Divine Ignorance

Have you heard this is an apple?

Have you been told this is a tree?

Do you think this is the moon?

and this the sun?

Have you told someone this is a little girl?

and this is a little boy?

Well. But you and I can be very truthful to each other. And it seems to Me that, no matter what we name this or this or this or this or this or this, we still do not know what they Are. Truly, you and I don’t know what even a single thing Is. Do you know what I Am? See? And I don’t know what you Are, either. It is a Mystery. Doesn’t it make you feel good to feel It?

—Avatar Adi Da Samraj

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The above questions (taken from one of Avatar Adi Da’s books for children) can lead you to a remarkable intuition that is an important element of Avatar Adi Da’s Teaching: You do not and cannot know what even a single thing is.

Why? Because though you presume familiarity with objects and others, such familiarity is only a product of your presumption of separateness from them. The movement to “name” things and presume familiarity is based in fear of unknowability or loss of control, but names are only superficial and ultimately arbitrary.

Your native state of being is not separation, knowledge, or familiarity but the unknowability of simple Existence beyond fear or contraction. Avatar Adi Da calls this feeling-intuition of your native state “Divine Ignorance”.


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