My Call for the Universal Restoration of the Sacred (or Central) Domain of Human Life
A Talk by Avatar Adi Da Samraj
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: Religion is about the disposition to transcend, or exceed, the confinement of mortality. Human beings inherently want to become enlarged beyond the confinement, or fault, of mortality. That fundamental human impulse is the domain of sacred culture.
In human societies, there is always a play (and even a competitive tension) between (on the one hand) the secular (or exoteric) necessity of bringing order to collective society and (on the other hand) the sacred (or esoteric) necessity of allowing for the profound religious and Spiritual enterprise that human beings have (spontaneously, and inherently) always wanted to be involved in. The sacred (or esoteric) domain should be the center of lifethe Pleasure-Dome core of lifein relation to which everything secular is simply the "business outside the gates". However, in this "late time" (or "dark" epoch), human culture is developing in such a manner that the sacred domain is tending to be eliminated. When the sacred domain is suppressed, ignored, or forgotten, human culture produces nothing but a "stage-play" that goes on and on and on, even while all the "players" keep dying. In that case, human life has no purpose greater than mere reproduction, simply for the purpose of ensuring that the "play" can go on.
Such is merely a mortal dramaand it is not satisfactory enough for the human heart. Human beings are heart-urged to Find What Is Greater than that, to Find a connectedness to What Is Greater than that, to participate in the real transcending of mortality. Therefore, a culture of human beings that is balanced and saneaccommodating all the fundamental aspects of reality that need to be accommodated for the sake of rightly oriented human existencemust include both a sacred domain and a secular domain.
The urge to contemplate is apparent in all conditionally manifested forms. The urge to contemplatenot merely the urge to relax. In other words, the urge to be entered into, or to be combined with, or to discover and be in real association with, That Which Is Greater than your mortality, and Which Supports your existence in the form in which you are now appearing, while also Giving you an existence exceeding your mortal limits. (This fundamental urge can beand, in the history of the Great Tradition of humankind, has beendescribed in many different ways. I am simply Giving a generalized description here.)
The urge to contemplate, to be associated with What Is Great, is an inherent aspect of the human beingand it is inevitably demonstrated by human beings, unless it is suppressed. Traditional cultures accommodated both aspects (sacred and secular) of the human requirement, but the world-culture of this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch) is largely impulsed to suppress the urge to profundity upon which the sacred domain is founded. Human beings must understand that the transcending of mortality is what they are purposed for, what they are living for. Human beings are not alive on Earth merely to be cogs in the machine of hoped-for progress toward utopiamerely to sing their "cricket song", make a baby or two, and then drop dead. No. There is also the impulse based on the knowledge that this human birth is a mortal condition. It is the urge to Find What Is Greater, and to be included in That.
Every living being has the instinct of Infinite Life. That instinct, that urge, must be allowed, cultivated, even educated. Sacred culture happens only if human beings create it. Otherwise, it does not happenand, in that case, the secular domain becomes a kind of self-contained culture, a culture in and of itself, fulfilling (to a greater or lesser degree) only the civic aspects of human existence, the more mundane aspects of human life.
It is essential that you be able to step out of the peripheral (or mundane, or secular) dimension of your life into the central (or sacred) dimension, and even, in your fundamental disposition, to always be focused in that sacred dimension. Otherwise, you forget your actual situation of mortality, and you forget your urge to transcend that situation.
The purpose of the secular domain is to accomplish a certain kind of order, handle a certain kind of businessin a cooperative manner. It is simply that. And the expected behaviors of daily life are an (in some sense) arbitrary set of rules devised for that purpose. In different parts of the world, there are different rulesbut, whatever the rules may be, they always serve the same basic purpose. However, the rules of daily-life behavior should not define human existence altogether. Those rules are simply a special "language" for certain kinds of circumstances, a special "costume" to be used within the secular domain. Those rules are what people agree to do when they are in common society with one another. But when you enter into the sacred domain, then you put that "suit" away, you leave behind the "language" of daily social commerce.
Thus, the social (or secular) domain must not be the measure of human existence. Rightly, the social (or secular) domain of organized humankind is simply a mode of creating order in common human society, whereby people agree about how they will function with one another in order to handle certain kinds of life-business. Such functioning is a significant part of lifebut it is not it. It is not enough merely to get up every morning and go to bed every night, devoting the hours between waking and sleeping to nothing but functioning. Such practical functioning has no ultimacy to it. It is similar to a computer languageit is simply a program designed for certain limited purposes.
If human culture becomes such that it renders human existence entirely profane, or secularnot even allowing or suggesting that people "reach beyond"that is a terrible situation. But that situation is not uncommon for human beings, and it is not unique to this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch). Generally speaking, people seem to be fixedly focused on gross matters and possibilitieseverything associated with gross human life. And, generally speaking, human intelligence is brought to bear primarily on gross matters, gross problems. In this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch), all else has been defamed or misrepresentedto such an extent that it has become the common set of mind either to ignore the domain of the sacred (and the Ultimate, or the Divine) or to presume that it is nonsense.
Even when scientists (who are, generally speaking, part of the secular culture of the gross-physical orientation) speak in paradoxical (and potentially sacred) language about the nature of reality as it is being presumed from a scientific and mathematical point of view, there is no corresponding sacred culture called for or suggested. If reality is the non-dual paradox suggested even by twentieth-century physics, then where is the sacred human culture of truly participatory existence that corresponds to such a universe? No such culture isin generalbeing proposed or created. Rather, the general presumption seems to be that everyone is supposed to be a mere worker of some kind, devoted to progress toward some imagined social utopia, some political design to be achieved in the future (for whomever, whenever), and ignore profound mattersignore not only profound questions, but profound doings. Such doings are the right occupations of human beingsdoings that take seriously the culture of "reaching beyond", together with the right handling of gross life.
Everything in the sacred domain is about ecstasy. Everything in the social (or secular) domain is about control of ecstasy and using the human faculties (of body, emotion, mind, and breath) for other (generally, non-ecstaticor ego-based) business in the moment. The basic taboos of the secular social domain are against sex (or bodily pleasure altogether), laughter (or genuine humor, and mental freedom), and Real-God-Realization (or Ecstatic Identification with the Divine Reality). From the point of view of the secular social domain, sex, laughter, and Real-God-Realization must be controlled, because they are forms of ecstasyand because the social-personality world feels threatened by the lack of social self-control implicit in ecstasy. Within the context of the secular social domain, such self-control is appropriate, and even necessary, for the purposes of conducting ordinary human business. There should be certain forms of self-control (or social self-discipline) in that domain of practical interaction between people. It is just that the world of human activity and experience must not be reduced to being only that practical (or secular) domain.
The sacred domain must be the core of life, and all kinds of activities and experiences belong there that do not belong in the secular social domainbut you must be able to enter into the sacred domain, readily, and be there when you get up in the morning, and freely enact there all the forms of ecstasy that you do not enact in the common (or secular) daily domain. The sacred culture determines how the forms of ecstasy are accommodated in human life, whereas the secular social world always wants to exclude them. If you have nothing but the secular social world, then ecstasy in all its formseven sexualbecomes suppressed, its integrity destroyed. Then life becomes nothing but a self-conscious exercise in which you merely preserve social rules, extending them even into the bedroom and the prayer roomsuch that you never turn ecstatic, you never "go native", when you are outside the common social (or secular) sphere.
Sex, laughter, and Real-God-Realization have their place in the sacred domain, at the center of life. The secular (or public) dimension of human existence should be economized, kept in its proper place, not allowed to take over the entirety of your life. There must be a sacred core of life, a culture at that core. And everything that has to do with ecstasy should be in that sphere, not in the secular (or public) sphere.
The sacred domain is about the expression of ecstasyin all its forms. Therefore, all the artsand, indeed, all forms of creativityare, basically, about the sacred domain. Everything about the religious life (including meditation, worship, prayer, and so on) is in the sacred domain. The sacred domain is even the primary place of food-taking. The sacred domain is the place of emotional-sexual intimacy, the place of friendship and human intimacy altogether. The sacred domain is the place where the truly human (and humanizing) culture of ecstasy is truly practiced, in the truest sense, assisted by cooperative association between people.
After the day's business is over, everyone should return to his or her sacred domain, where there is a real cultural order and real involvement in profound matters, where intimate human matters are kept alive and sacredly used. It must be so. You cannot expect the common (or secular) world to accommodate ecstasy. At most, you can expect the common (or secular) world to allow ecstasy its own (separate) sphere of privacy or intimate culture.
In the secular domain (or daily ordinary world) of survival-business, the required mode of the person can be said to be a kind of "uniform", a means of conforming to convention for the sake of handling all the ordinary business of human existence. But, in the sacred domain, it is not that the human being is, by comparison, undressed or naked, or just sort of "there" (in an un-patterned, or un-"uniformed" manner). No. Whereas the law in the common (or secular) world is a kind of "uniform", the law in the sacred domain is a kind of art form. Sacred culture always calls for the artful use of the body-mind, rather than the conventional (or "uniformed") use of the body-mind. Sacred culture is a matter of profound and intelligent and feelingly sensitive activityalways in the participatory, ego-surrendering, going-beyond disposition, rather than the analytical, separative, and controlling disposition.
The sacred should be the fundamental domain of everyone's life. It is in everyone's interest to protect the sacred domain and see that it flourishes in all its formsfor everyone, all over the world. Everyone should have access to the sacred domainotherwise, a collective insanity, or lack of sanity, develops. That lack of sanity comes from having lost touch with What is Beyond oneselfor the Sea of Divine Existence, altogether.
It is not possible to establish right human life on the basis of secular idealism alone. The secular aspects of life are just one part of the "master-plan" (so to speak). The secular domain is outside the center. All the shops and banks and business places are outside the sacred domain. It is not that the secular domain is an alien world in relation to the sacred domain. The secular domain is simply a place where people function in a certain manner, for the sake of handling basic life-requirements. It isor should bean orderly, efficient means for doing this, such that everyone can spend as much time in the sacred domain as possible. That is what the secular domain ought to beinstead of a "something" that is presumed to have ultimate value in and of itself, thereby suppressing the sacred domain and shutting out the Indivisible Mind of Being.
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: There is the sacred domain of life, and there is the secular (or public, or outer) domain of life. Human beings need to be centered in the sacred domainthe place of human intimacy, of true culture, of intimate cooperative community, the sphere of the primary culture of the arts and the intimate exercise of life. Human beings should be anchored in that sphere, and truly live in that sphereinstead of in the public, common, and, altogether, secular social domain.
There needs to be a clear division between these two domains. Both domains must exist, but they must exist in their right hierarchical relationshipwith the sacred domain always remaining senior to the secular (or public) domain. People need to be anchored in the sacred domain even in order to function rightly in the secular domain. The secular (or public) domain must not become absolutized as the sole domain that is "permissible" in human existence, such that people cannot find a way to be anchored in the sacred domain, cannot find a way to make the sacred domain the focus and the anchor of life. Therefore, giving people the means and the opportunity to be focused in the sacred domain is very basic to the creation of truly cooperative human community.
The reason so much of human existence is out of control in this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch) is that the sacred (and, therefore, truly cooperative) forms of life have been almost destroyed. The dimensions of human existence that rightly belong in the sacred domain have been forced into the secular (or public) domain, where they cannot rightly flourish. When people no longer have a true anchor in the free, sacred domain, then they become aberrated in the common sphere of secular restraints. The prevailing trend, in this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch), is to secularize everything in the human sphere, and to reduce everything to the "matter-only" point of view. This is a false and terribly destructive point of view.
The restoration of the sacred domain is the means for creating human balance in the world again. Only sacred culture gives people the means to live a truly sane existence. Ecstasy is a human necessity. This must be accepted and agreed by all. Thus, the creation of truly cooperative human community is not merely desirable for the sake of ordinary social human functioning, but the creation of truly cooperative human community is, itself, a profound necessitybecause it is the means for establishing the sacred domain (and the ecstatic disposition) at the center of the life of every human being.
As a general rule, all human beings are obliged to function (to one degree or another) in the secular (or public) domainand they should do so in a very positive and creative manner. But this positive creativity becomes possible to the fullest and rightest degree only when people are firmly concentrated and anchored within the sacred domain. Therefore, there must be a universal restoration (and centralization) of the sacred orderand the secular social (or public, or outer) domain must no longer suppress the sacred (or inner) domain of life. Only those who live focused in the inner, sacred, and intimate domain know what is most important and valuable to preserve about human existence. If people do not understand the sacred domain, then they automatically act in such a manner as to destroy that domainand, with it, the core of human life.
Some of the more oppressive governmental systems of this "late-time" (or "dark epoch") are explicitly purposed to reduce human life to materialistically based existence, without allowing or acknowledging any other dimension whatsoever. The presumption that material life is the sum total of reality is, altogether, the common view in the world of money and "real" politics. Indeed, in this "late-time" (or "dark" epoch), the "matter-only" idea is (more and more) the mind of humanitysuch that the sacred life is everywhere being fragmented, suppressed, and destroyed. All over the world, the prevailing trend (in this "late-time", or "dark" epoch) is toward the total secularization of humankind.
Thereforenow, and forever hereafterI Call all human beings, everywhere in the world, to reverse this secularizing trend.
Now, and forever hereafter, I Call all human beings, everywhere in the world, to rightly organize the secular (or public) domain, such that it is rightly subordinate to the sacred domain, governed by rules that rightly protect the sacred domain.
Now, and forever hereafter, I Call all human beings, everywhere in the world, to establish the sacred domain as the basis for human life.
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