A Radical New Understanding
Avatar Adi Da has always fiercely criticized cults and cultism — but His critique ranges far beyond the usual perspectives that are featured in the sensationalistic media.
His consideration leads to the startling awareness that, no matter how "normal" any interest may appear to the common world, the seeds of cultism lie within it.
Avatar Adi Da says that cultic tendencies, like every other form of human suffering and insanity, are a result of egoity.
Egoity is the core presumption that "I" am an irreducibly separate — and therefore infinitely threatened — entity, locked in time and space.
Because of this primitive presumption, the presumed individual human ego is forever drawing circles around itself — that is to say, circles that compulsively delineate the difference between "me" and "not-me".
When human beings form groups, they do the exact same thing, but now en masse.
Avatar Adi Da further suggests that even romantic relationships can embody this same cultic disposition.
When the relationship begins to "draw a circle around itself", then human growth and spiritual growth are both suffocated. Avatar Adi Da has called this dynamic "the cult of pairs".
The Scapegoat Game
Unfortunately, there is more to the cultic disposition than stagnant insularity. Avatar Adi Da points out that the ego's cultic ritual has a predictable cycle. He calls it the "man in the middle", or the "scapegoat game".
This is the phenomenon where, in one way or another, people eventually come to reject, abandon, or even abuse the central object of their cult. Heroes and icons rise when they seem to hold some sort of promise to be the source of happiness. As they fail to meet that impossible demand, they are aggressively forced from their pedestals.
Our heroes and icons rise when they seem to hold some sort of promise to be the source of happiness. As they fail to meet that impossible demand, they are aggressively forced from their pedestals.
On Cults and Cultism