The following excerpt is taken from the essay “The Understanding That Sets the Heart Free”, which is part of Avatar Adi Da’s Source-Text Ruchira Avatara Hridaya-Tantra Yoga, on the transcendence of the ego and the analogy of Narcissus:

Whatever is not ego-surrendering, ego-forgetting, and ego-transcending Devotion to Me is the dramatization of Narcissus at the pond. Narcissus imagines that the one he is looking at and adoring is someone else. Narcissus does not notice that he is looking at himself. Just so, when you look at your “things”, your disturbance, and your seeking—you presume you are looking at something else, not at yourself. When Narcissus finds out that he is looking at himself, then he wakes up. To find this out about yourself is to hear Me.

Egoity is bondage. And egoity makes bondage. This bondage continues on and on, never coming to an end—until you understand yourself most fundamentally, by truly hearing Me. By persisting in truly ego-surrendering, ego-forgetting, and ego-transcending Devotion to Me (surrendering body, emotion, mind, and breath to Me, moment to moment), you are spontaneously Granted the Gift of the true hearing of Me, or true self-knowledge (which is not mere information about the egoic self, but the capability to transcend the egoic self, or the capability to transcend the bondage of egoity).

Therefore, to fully practice the Way of Adidam is to transcend the illusion that you are “victimized” by the universe and trapped in the body-mind. This transcendence is the true hearing of Me. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam is not a matter of seeking any particular conditions (or any particular solutions to your presumed problems) on the basis of the self-contraction. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam is a matter of directly observing, understanding, and transcending the self-contraction (and all forms of search), in the midst of conditions, by always entering into Communion (and, Most Ultimately, by Realizing Inherent, and Inherently Most Perfect, Identification) with Me.

 
~UNDERSTANDING~

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