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Avatar Adi Da's map of the seven stages of life is not only a powerful tool for understanding the fullest human potential--it is also the unique means by which the diverse religious and Spiritual traditions of the world can be understood to form a single (collective) Great Tradition. The various (and often contradictory) philosophies and practices recommended within the Great Tradition are--by means of Avatar Adi Da's Revelation of the seven stages of life--rightly understood as simply reflecting the different points of view of the different stages of life Realized by each particular tradition.
Avatar Adi Da has also Revealed that the seventh stage of life does not merely lie at the end of the developmental unfoldment of the previous six stages of life. Indeed, He Reveals that each of the first six stages of life is to be progressively dissolved in the always present Realization of the seventh stage of life. And how is that always present Realization of the seventh stage of life possible?
By virtue of Avatar Adi Da's Most Perfect Divine Self-Realization, any moment of true devotional self-surrender to Him Grants immediate access to His seventh stage Condition. That is the Great Secret of Most Perfect Real-God-Realization in the Way of Adidam. Avatar Adi Da Samraj Himself is the Great Means for the Realization of all beings.
As with each of Avatar Adi Da's "Source-Texts", The Seven Stages Of Life begins with His First Word, "Do Not Misunderstand Me--I Am Not 'Within' you, but you Are In Me, and I Am Not a Mere 'Man' in the 'Middle' of Mankind, but All of Mankind Is Surrounded, and Pervaded, and Blessed By Me". In this remarkable Essay, Avatar Adi Da Explains that His open Confession of Most Perfect Real-God-Realization is not to be misapprehended as a claim of the "Status" of the "Creator"-God of conventional religious belief--but, rather, His Divine Self-Confession must be understood and appreciated as a Free Demonstration of What is Realized in the Perfect Fulfillment of esoteric Spiritual practice, Which is the Most Perfectly Non-Dual Realization of Reality Itself. By virtue of His Free Demonstration, Avatar Adi Da Samraj makes clear that Most Perfect Real-God-Realization is the ultimate Potential and Destiny of all beings.
The Prologue to The Seven Stages Of Life, "My Divine Disclosure" (also, like "First Word", found in all twenty-three "Source-Texts"), is a poetic epitome of Avatar Adi Da's Avataric Divine Self-Revelation and His Call to all to turn to Him at heart and practice the Real-God-Realizing life of devotional self-surrender.
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