reply to post by Grumble
The Knee of Listening by Adi Da is the greatest spiritual book ever written.
In it Adi Da explains that what you believe is your sense of perception is not true perception at all but what he calls,"The avoidance of
relationship."In other words you are separating yourself from yourself as the Divine and creating the illusion of the Ego self.
Adi Da gave the world the Greatest Mantra:Simply Enquire,
"Avoiding being already entirely in relationship." or
"Avoiding Relationship." There is no you in this enquiry.
Thus this above quote is the most profound quote in Reality. This Radical Understanding is God. It is the action of God. It is what God does. God
Enquires. God is the Supreme Meditator.
"I saw that understanding was itself motiveless. But everything else was in fact the avoidance of relationship, and this was their very motivation!
Thus, the longer a man lives, the more complicated, contradictory and suffering life appears."
"I saw that men could easily be turned to self observation. And the process of observation could easily be maintained by proper guidance or
"hearing." And that process of observing gradually saw the emergence of fundamental insight. Men could understand the radical nature of seeking, the
adventure of Narcissus, the whole complex life of the avoidance of relationship. And when understanding arouse, men could easily apply understanding
to moment to moment experience. The understanding became the approach to life, rather than all the automatic, confused activities of seeking, the
drama of Narcissus. In that case, understanding became enquiry in the form of understanding itself: "Avoiding relationship?" And the abiding in
relationship with the use of enquiry became the fundamental activity of conscious life moment to moment or in special periods of enquiry which might
be called "meditation."
"Those who pursue this very perception as an exclusive goal call it "enlightenment" or "Self-realization," a kind of once and for all attainment.
In fact it is only the natural perception of super-consciousness. If a man has manipulated himself in dilemma to the point of temporary abandonment of
the "lower" life and even the living mind, he will feel he has attained reality and so await the dissolution of his personal existence at death. But
the man who understands does not abandon understanding or life. He has no motive for doing so. He will not be troubled by the return to mental life
and human existence. He simply understands that he has begun to include an even higher center and source of true being in life.
In any case, whatever arises in meditation, you should abide in understanding and simply enquire. In time the movement of consciousness will not even
tend to the point of super-consciousness above. The enquiry will become radical knowledge prior to every kind of activity and perception. Then you
will find that understanding even ceases to function as a mental activity. It will have become radically concentrated in that to which the enquiry
always leads. That silence, incomparable depth and formless object of contemplation will become utterly absorbing. Then, suddenly, you may find that
you are seated in the heart (God Realization). All the movements of consciousness, on every level, will have fallen away, and you will remain tacitly
aware as no-seeking in the heart, to the right side of the chest. You will possess unqualified knowledge of Reality and enjoy untouchable bliss. And
it will be the same bliss you know as understanding."