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by The Adidam Writers Guild
At the heart of all religious and Spiritual endeavor, there is an urgean urge to Freedom, an urge to be truly Free of the all-too-apparent limits of human mortality. Traditionally, this urge to Freedom becomes the basis of an extraordinary search for what lies beyond the realm of mere appearances.
At first, this search for Freedom may take the form of pleading with a presumed "Higher Power" or "Creator"-God to bring Guidance and Blessing into the context of one's daily lifewith the constant hope to be carried to a better future beyond the confines of the present lifetime. Indeed, this is the usual understanding and rudimentary practice of religion in common society. There are, however, forms of religious and Spiritual practice that far exceed this beginner's exoteric (or "public") form of religion.
Advanced esoteric religious and Spiritual practice is initiated by an Awakened receptivity to the Spiritual Force of Godknown as "Spiritual Baptism" in Western religious traditions and as "Kundalini Shaktipat" in the Yoga traditions of India. The search for Freedom in these traditions takes the form of prayerful Communion with the Tangible Presence of God as Spiritand this as a means to be eventually (or perhaps even suddenly) transported to "higher" realms, or even "heaven above".
There is a fundamental flaw in this esoteric search for heavenly ascent, which is not only pointed out by voices from the transcendentalist branch of the Great Tradition of religious and Spiritual endeavor, such as is exemplified by original Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, but also by Avatar Adi Da Samraj Himself. From the transcendentalist point of view, it can be said that that Pure Bliss is indeed "tasted" by fullest ascent above, but since that Blissful State is attained via a conditional effort of the body-mind it will inevitably fall away. As the aphorism cautions: "What goes up, must come down."
The transcendentalist voices argue that no Freedom is found in such rise (and inevitable fall)and they further argue that, as long as conditional existence persists, all efforts for Freedom will necessarily fail. Therefore, it is within the transcendentalist traditions that the most audacious strategy for Realizing Freedom is proposed and practiced. That transcendentalist strategy is to intentionally cultivate a profound yogic revulsion to all the possibilities of conditional existence, high and low. Such turning away from the potential realms of experience is intended to result in Transcendental Self-Realization, whereby one Identifies with Consciousness Itself, Prior to the arising of the body-mind and all the realms of conditional possibility. Such Transcendental Self-Realization is Itself the ultimate gesture to be found in the entire Great Tradition of religious and Spiritual endeavor. It is traditionally called "Moksha" (or "Liberation") or "Nirvana" (indicating the "Quenching" of the burning flames of conditional possibilities).
But is this experience-excluding inversion into Prior Consciousness Perfect Enlightenment? Is Transcendental Self-Realization the same as True Freedom Itself?
© 2002 The Da Love-Ananda Samrajya Pty Ltd, as trustee for The Da Love-Ananda Samrajya.