The Three Primary Perceptions, Conceptions, or Presumptions,
Avatar Adi Da Samraj has called the seven stages of life a map of consciousness, whereby one may navigate every experience or orientation. Application of the seven stage model clarifies every ordinary pursuit, and every religious or Spiritual occupation. Once one understands the actual developmental process involved in Divine Self-Realization, as outlined in the seven stages, then one has a tool for discriminating the nature of anything arising.
Avatar Adi Da has also Given other tools for developing this discriminative understanding. One of the most important of these is what He describes as "the three primary perceptions, conceptions, or presumptions. Each individual is primarily founded in one of these three orientations, and it influences and filters every aspect of his or her experience. These three orientations in turn may be seen in terms of the seven stages of life.
The three orientations are the point of view of the gross body (which is the orientation of the first three stages of life, and the original and basic contexts of the fourth stage of life), the point of view of the mind (which is the orientation of the advanced fourth and fifth stages of life), and the "Point Of View" of Consciousness Itself (which is the orientation of the sixth and seventh stages of life). Avatar Adi Da describes these orientations in the forty-third chapter of His Source-Text The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar:
From the point of view of the gross body (or gross conditional Existence), Everything (Including mind and Consciousness) Is Perceived, Conceived, and Presumed To Be An Irreducibly Material, Finite, Mortal Process.
From the point of view of the mind (or subtle conditional Existence), Everything (Including the gross body and all gross conditions) Is Perceived, Conceived, and Presumed To Be An EffectMade Of The Infinite Objective Substance (or The Infinite Cosmic Reservoir) Of Indestructible (and, Ultimately, Indivisible) Cosmic Light (or Cosmic Mind Itself), and Caused By (and Within) The Infinite Totality Of Cosmic Mind. And Even The Totality Of Cosmic Mind (Including the individual mind, and Consciousness Itself) Is, Thus, Presumed To Be Cosmic Light Itself (or Not Other Than Cosmic Mind Itself).
From The Point Of View Of Consciousness Itself, Everything conditional, objective, or Objectified (Whether gross Or subtle Or causal In Nature) Is Perceived, Conceived, and Presumed To Be Consciousness (or The Ultimate and Transcendental and Inherently Spiritual, or Love-Blissful, and Perfectly Subjective Reality) Itself, Such That conditional, objective, or Objectified Reality Is Inherently Realized To Be A Merely Apparent Modification (or An Illusory Play) Of, In, and Upon The Native Radiance Of Consciousness Itself.
These Three Primary Perceptions, Conceptions, or Presumptions Also Correspond (Variously) To The Stages Of Life.
The Perception, Conception, or Presumption Based On the point of view Of gross conditional Existence Corresponds To The conventional Perception, Conception, or Presumption Associated With The First Three Stages Of Life. (The cultural and General social Bias Toward scientismWhich Tends, and Even Seeks, To Bind or limit Mankind To gross conditional Nature and To the Even ancient tradition and philosophy of gross materialismExemplifies This lower, or mundane, or adolescent Orientation.)
The (Original, and Then The Basic) Fourth Stage Of Life Is A Transitional Stage (or Process)Originally Also Grounded In (or Naturally Associated With) the gross conditional point of view Of The First Three Stages Of Life, but Awakening (Progressively) Toward the (Potential) point of view, The Perception, The Conception, and The Presumption Of subtle conditional Existence, mind (or Total Cosmic Mind), and Cosmic Light. (The Ordeal Associated With The Transition To, and Through, The Original, and Then The Basic, Fourth Stage Of Life Is The Source Of popular Creationist, or Creator-God, Religions, As Well As the popular, or Less Developed, forms of sainthood.)
The Perception, Conception, or Presumption Based On the point of view Of subtle conditional Existence, mind, and Cosmic Light (In Itself), or Cosmic Mind (In Itself), Corresponds To The Perception, Conception, or Presumption Associated With The Fifth Stage Of Life, and The Advanced Fourth Stage Of Life. (And The Conceptions and Practices Associated With The Fifth Stage Of Life, and The Advanced Fourth Stage Of Life, Are The Primary Traditional Sources Of All That Is Commonly known As Higher Esoteric, or Secret and Higher and Mystical, Religion and Spirituality.)
The Perception, Conception, or Presumption Based On The Point Of View Of Consciousness Itself Corresponds To The Perception, Conception, or Presumption Associated With The Sixth and The Seventh Stages Of Life. (And The Sixth Stage Of Life Is The Basic, or Common, Source Of Transcendentalist Conceptions and Traditions Of Enlightenment, or LiberationWhereas The Only-By-Me Revealed and Given Seventh Stage Of Life Is The Domain Of Most Ultimate Freedom.)
Within the Great Tradition, there are champions for each of these orientation, some of which have just been indicated by Avatar Adi Da. However, Avatar Adi Da goes on to describe why the "Point of View" of Consciousness Itself is the Ultimately correct orientation:
Any One Of The Three Primary Modes Of Perception, Conception, or Presumption I Have Just Described Could Be (and Is) Affirmed By individuals, groups, and Traditions In The human Sphere, but Which One Of The Three Modes Is Ultimately Correct (or Expressive Of Truth Itself)? It Is The Thirdor The Perception, Conception, or Presumption Based On The Point Of View Of Consciousness Itself. Why? Because, No Matter what arises as Your experience or knowledge (Whether gross Or subtle Or causal, and Whether of body Or of mind), You Are The Witness Of itand That Which Witnesses Is Consciousness Itself.
No Matter what arises, You Are Consciousness Itself. You Are Never Really (or In Truth) Separately Identical To (or Even Really, or In Truth, limited by) what Is objective (or Objectified) To Youbut You Tend To Feel (or Presume) Specific (or Separate) Identification With (or, Otherwise, limitation by) objective (or Objectified) conditions, Until You Are Able To Inspect (and To Be Inherently, and Inherently Perfectly, Identified With) Your Real (or Native, or Inherent, and Inherently Perfect) Situation, Which Is Always Already Free Consciousness Itself, The Inherently Free Subject (or Perfectly Subjective Being) In The (Apparent) Context Of conditional objects (or Of Apparently Objectified Light), and Who (It Must Be Realized) Is The Self-Existing, Self-Radiant Condition (or Being, or Person) That Is Always Already Prior To all conditional objects and Always Already Prior To Apparently Objectified Light (or Apparently Objectified Spirit-Energy) Itself.
Although Consciousness Itself is the Ultimate orientation, knowledge of this alone does not allow one to at will change one’s point of view. One simply cannot decide that one’s orientation should be permanently different, and make it so by mere intention. Rather, growth through the stages of life and through these points of view is a profound process. And in almost all cases, this profound process requires real help and guidance from a Real-God-Realizer who has, himself or herself, Realized the process.
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