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Adidam Glossary - C
See gross, subtle, causal.
childish and adolescent strategies
Avatar Adi Da uses the terms childish and adolescent with precise meanings in His Wisdom-Teaching. He points out that human beings are always tending to animate one of two fundamental life-strategiesthe childish strategy (to be dependent, weak, seeking to be consoled by parent-figures and a parent-God) and the adolescent strategy (to be independentor, otherwise, torn between independence and dependencerebellious, unfeeling, self-absorbed, and doubting or resisting the idea of God or any power greater than oneself). Until these strategies are understood and transcended, they not only diminish love in ordinary human relations, but they also limit religious and Spiritual growth.
The Circle is a primary pathway of natural life-energy and the Spirit-Current through the body-mind. It is composed of two arcs: the descending Current, in association with the frontal line (down the front of the body, from the crown of the head to the bodily base), which corresponds to the more physically oriented dimension of the body-mind; and the ascending Current, in association with the spinal line (up the back of the body, from the bodily base to the crown of the head), which is the more mentally, psychically, and subtly oriented dimension of the body-mind.
The word conditional (and its variants) is used to indicate everything that depends on conditionsin other words, everything that is temporary and changing. The Unconditional, in contrast, is the Divine, or That Which Is Eternal, Always Already the Casebecause It Is utterly Free of dependence on any conditions whatsoever.
Conductivity is Avatar Adi Da's technical term for participation in and responsibility for the movement of natural bodily energies (and, when one is Spiritually Awakened by Him, for the movement of His Divine Spirit-Current of Love-Bliss in Its natural course of association with the body-mind), via intentional exercises of feeling and breathing.
The exercises of Spiritual conductivity that Avatar Adi Da Gives to His (formally practicing) Spiritually Awakened devotees are technical whole-bodily Yogas of receptive surrender to the Living Spirit-Current. Rudimentary and preparatory technical forms of conductivity are Given to beginners.
congregations of Adidam
There are four different modes, or congregations, of formal approach to Avatar Adi Da Samraj, making it possible for everyone to participate in the Gift of heart-companionship with Him. The total practice of the Way of Adidam is engaged by those in the first and second congregations. Whereas all of Avatar Adi Da's devotees (in all four congregations) engage the fundamental practice of Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga, only members of the first and second congregations are vowed to engage the full range of supportive disciplines (meditation, sacramental worship, guided study, exercise, diet, emotional-sexual discipline, cooperative community living, and so on) Given by Avatar Adi Da Samraj.
For a more detailed description of the four congregations of Avatar Adi Da's devotees, see pp. xx-xx. [[refer to the Invitation]]
The conscious process is Avatar Adi Da's technical term for those practices through which the mind, or attention, is surrendered and turned about (from egoic self-involvement) to feeling-Contemplation of Him. It is the senior discipline and responsibility of all practitioners in the Way of Adidam. (Avatar Adi Da's descriptions of the various forms of the conscious process are Given in The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar.)
The technical term consider or consideration in Avatar Adi Da's Wisdom-Teaching means a process of one-pointed but ultimately thoughtless concentration and exhaustive contemplation of something until its ultimate obviousness is clear. As engaged in the Way of Adidam, consideration is not merely an intellectual investigation. It is the participatory investment of one's whole being. If one considers something fully in the context of one's practice of feeling-Contemplation of Avatar Adi Da Samraj, and study of His Wisdom-Teaching, this concentration results in both the highest intuition and the most practical grasp of the Lawful and Divine necessities of human existence.
Contemplation of Avatar Adi Da's bodily (human) Form
Traditionally, devotees have produced artistic images of their Gurus for the purpose of Contemplating the Guru when he or she is either not physically present or (otherwise) no longer physically alive.
Modern technology makes possible (through photography, videotape, film, holographic imagery, and other means) accurate Representations of the bodily (human) Form of Avatar Adi Da Samraj for devotional use by His formally acknowledged devotees.
The Sanskrit word mandala (literally, circle) is commonly used in the esoteric Spiritual traditions of the East to describe the hierarchical levels of cosmic existence. Mandala also denotes an artistic rendering of interior visions of the cosmos. Avatar Adi Da uses the phrase Cosmic Mandala as a reference to the totality of the conditionally manifested cosmos (or all worlds, forms, and beings).
Avatar Adi Da's Crashing Down is the Descent of His Divine Spirit-Force into the body-mind of His devotee.
My Avataric Divine Work (Altogether) Is My Crashing-Down Descent, At First Upon and Into My Own Avatarically-Born Bodily (Human) Divine Form, and, Thereafter (and Now, and Forever), Upon and Into the body-minds Of My Devotees and all beingsEven (By Means Of My Divine Embrace Of each, and all, and All) To Infuse and (At Last) To Divinely Translate each, and all, and All.
Therefore, My Avataric Divine Spiritual Descent Is The Secret Of My Early Life. My Avataric Divine Spiritual Descent Is The Secret Of My Divine Self-Emergence (As I Am) Within The Cosmic Domain. My Avataric Divine Spiritual Descent Is The Secret Of All The Secrets Of The (Avatarically Self-Revealed) Divine and Complete and Thoroughly Devotional Way Of Practice and Realization In My Company.
The Only-By-Me Revealed and Given Way Of The Heart (or Way Of Adidam) Is The Divine Yoga Of ego-Surrendering, ego-Forgetting, and ego-Transcending Devotional Recognition-Response To My (Avatarically Self-Revealed) Divine and Spiritual Person, and To My (Avatarically Self-Manifested) Divine and Spiritual Descent. The Only-By-Me Revealed and Given Way Of The Heart (or Way Of Adidam) Is The Total and Divine Way and Ordeal Of Counter-egoic Devotional Recognition-Response To My Avataric Bright Divine Self-Manifestation, and To The Avataric Crashing Down Of My Bright Divine Imposition.
And, In The Case Of My Each and Every Devotee, The Way Must Continue Until The Way Is Most Perfectly Bright, and The Way Itself Becomes Divine Translation Into My Own Sphere Of Brightness (Itself). [Ruchira Avatara Hridaya-Siddha Yoga]
Avatar Adi Da has always had a unique Method of Crazy Work, which, particularly during His years of Teaching and Revelation, involved His literal Submission to the limited conditions of humankind, in order to reflect His devotees to themselves, and thereby Awaken self-understanding in them (relative to their individual egoic dramas, and the collective egoic dramas of human society).
For Me, There Was Never Any Other Possibility Than The Reckless (or Divinely Crazy and Divinely Heroic) Course Of All-and-all-Embraceand I Began This Uniquely Crazy and Heroic Sadhana, Most Intensively, At The Beginning Of My Adult Life.
Indeed, I Have Always Functioned, and Will Always Function, In This Divinely Crazy and Divinely Heroic Manner. The Inherently egoless Crazy and Heroic Manner Is One Of My Principal Divine CharacteristicsWhereby I Can (Always, and Now, and Forever Hereafter) Be Identified.
Therefore, I (Characteristically) Functioned In This Crazy and Heroic Manner Throughout All Of My Sadhana Years, and Throughout All The Years Of My Avatarically Self-Manifested Divine Teaching-Work and My Avatarically Self-Manifested Divine Revelation-Workand I Have Done So (and Will Forever Continue To Do So) Throughout All The Divine-Self-Emergence Years Of My Avatarically Self-Manifested Divine Blessing-Work (Both During, and Forever After, My Avataric Physical Human Lifetime).
All My Avatarically Self-Manifested Divine Work Is A Divinely Crazy and Divinely Heroic Effort That Avoids Not anything or any onebut Which Always Divinely Blesses Everything and Everyone. [The Truly Human New World-Culture Of Unbroken Real-God-Man]