The Lesson

Happiness is the Native State of Being. No matter what arises, you are already established in that State—except that attention moves toward the various objects and conditions of the egoic self and forgets or abandons the Position and the Consciousness of Happiness.

As long as the conditions and objects of the egoic self are relatively pleasurable (or at least hopeful of attaining pleasure), the prior sense of Happiness “bleeds through” into the conventional states of the egoic self. But if the conditions and objects of the egoic self become profoundly pleasureless and hopeless, then the feeling of un-Happiness becomes utterly profound. The first great crisis of human existence is the observation of the tentative, minimal, and always temporary association between life and Happiness—and how the mortal and limited nature of embodiment itself makes the search for Happiness both a necessary and a futile enterprise.

You are, in general, un-Happy or, at most, only minimally and temporarily Happy. And your primal drive or motive is the need for Happiness. Each of you is devoted to the futile search for ultimate Happiness. The finite and changing conditions of the embodied self in Nature make Happiness an always temporary and minimal attainment. And the constant experience of Happiness as a temporary and minimal attainment forces you to conceive of Happiness as the ultimate Goal (rather than the always present Condition) of existence. You are active in the pursuit of Happiness (and in despair of Happiness), but you are not simply, always, and already Happy. Only those who are un-Happy seek Happiness.

The Great Wisdom is a matter of the serious acceptance of the Lesson involved in this observation. You do not tend to take it seriously. You tend to think (or both cosmic Nature and the conventions of human society condition you to think) that life is somehow a necessary process (given by God, or at least somehow given, and without any alternative). You tend to think that life, as it tends to be, must be embraced. Therefore, you tend to accept the idea that life must be a search for ultimate Happiness, even if the Happiness you actually attain is always minimal and temporary. (And you may even console yourselves with the idea that, if you embrace the futile search for ultimate Happiness in this finite world, you will actually attain ultimate Happiness in some infinite world beyond, after death, or after God somehow intervenes and transforms the universe into a Heaven of Happiness.) But such views are simply the conventions of egoity, or non-Wisdom. Wisdom begins when you are no longer inclined to adopt such views.

The beginning of Wisdom is when you are made truly serious by this Lesson of life: The achievement of Happiness is always minimal, temporary, and ultimately unattainable. You cannot become Happy. You can only be Happy. Happiness is not a matter of subsequent action (or seeking) but of prior being. Happiness is Being Itself. Therefore, Happiness must be presently Realized, since It cannot ever be attained on the basis of Its prior non-Realization. Until you take this Lesson seriously, the mere observation of un-Happiness in general will only be part of the psychological process whereby you become constantly re-motivated to seek Happiness by various conventional or traditional means.

The Argument I propose is the Argument of ultimate Wisdom. The Way of Adidam, to which I invite you, is based on a “radical” understanding of existence. It is not a conventional call to religious belief and Spiritual practice, for such beliefs and practices are merely extensions of the usual search for Happiness. The Way of Adidam is based on a “radical” rather than a conventional understanding. It is not based on any problem or method of solution to a problem. It is based on seriousness, or the clear observation and profound acceptance of the Lesson of life.

The Way of Adidam is based upon the serious observation and understanding of the entire process and mechanism of un-Happiness. It is only when the mechanism and full extent of un-Happiness is appreciated that the Way of Happiness Itself can be Realized.

The search for Happiness is the basic human convention. It is an effort based on the problem of un-Happiness. And it is a program that characterizes the total spectrum of human enterprise, from the lowest level of physical self-indulgence to the highest level of magical and technological invention, psychic ascent, and ascetical inversion. All of humanity is seeking Happiness and presuming that it is “natural” for existence to be devoted to such a search.

I am simply pointing out that the search for Happiness is based upon a lack of seriousness (or real understanding) relative to actual un-Happiness. Instead of seeking Happiness, you should understand un-Happiness. Then, and only then, are you capable of Wisdom and the Way of Adidam.

The first great crisis of life occurs in everyone. But most of you simply go only from there to seek Happiness, or even to despair of It. The second great crisis of life occurs only in the case of those who can seriously accept and understand the Lesson of the first great crisis of life. Therefore, I Argue that Lesson, so that you may become serious, understand your un-Happiness, and begin the Way of Happiness Itself. The second great crisis of life is this process of serious understanding of un-Happiness and conversion to the Way of Happiness (rather than the futile search for Happiness). Such understanding is what I call “hearing,” and such conversion is what I call “seeing.” It is only when such hearing and seeing prevail that the practice of the Way of Adidam can begin.

The Way of Adidam is a matter of Great Wisdom. It can begin only when you become serious—when you observe and understand the mechanism of un-Happiness, and, therefore, when you accept the fact that Happiness is unconditional and Perfectly Subjective and that It cannot be fully or permanently attained by any seeking, or means of experience or knowledge, high or low in the scale of possible human endeavor. When this is seriously and fully understood and accepted, then you can naturally renounce or live free of the search for Happiness. And, in that disposition, you are capable of “Locating”, or Realizing, Happiness Itself.

My first Work is to Help people observe and understand their un-Happiness, so that they may naturally renounce or be free of the dilemma, or problem-based motivation, of their life of seeking. My second Work is to Awaken such natural renunciates (or serious people) to the Person, Self-Condition, and Way of Happiness Itself.

 
~UNDERSTANDING~

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