Originally posted by LesMisanthrope
I refuse your love because it is empty. I refuse it because it is a disguise, nothing more.
No. You refuse it because you are frightened. Your ego is the disguise of your fear.
(from The Method of the Siddhas, The Dawn Horse Press, 1973. Part One,
On April 25, 1972, the date of this talk, Franklin invited devotees, disciples, students and seekers to approach him for the first time at his
Ashram(1) in Los Angeles. Agroup of about 30 people assembled in a newly renovated storefront at 6913 Melrose Avenue, in a Hollywood business
district. As they arrived, they were ushered into a modestly sized hall, passing through the small bookstore that faced the street. There they sat
quietly, waiting for the evening's event to begin. It was on this date that his public work truly began. Before this time, prior to the creation of
his Ashram, he taught only a few intimates. But since that time he has been involved in a progressive and open communication and demonstration of the
way of Truth, the way of the Siddhas or "Completed Ones," who come in the forms and activities of God.
Once seated, Avatar Adi Da began to gaze silently around the room. He Radiated simplicity and ease. As He continued to sit, the room became thick with
the feeling of Fullness characteristic of His physical Company.
After a few minutes, He closed His eyes and sat quite still. Some of the people in the room also closed their eyes, while others continued gazing at
Avatar Adi Da. Everyone showed their respect by remaining silent and attentive.
After about an hour, Avatar Adi Da stretched His body from side to side, left to right, signaling the end of the silence.
Then he spoke in an undertone barely audible to anyone but Himself, "Who will cast the first stone?"
Then, addressing everyone in the room in a clear voice, He asked, "Everyone has understood?" As Avatar Adi Da spoke these words, the room was silent
in response. Then a man near the back of the room stood up and declared that he had not understood.
FRANKLIN: Are there any questions? (the people who were in attendance say the first statement of Adi Da was "Who will cast the first stone?"
No one replied, so Franklin spoke again.
FRANKLIN: Everyone has understood?
QUESTION: I haven't understood. Explain it to me.2
FRANKLIN: Very good. What haven't you understood?
QUESTION: Well, you said "Did everybody understand?" and everyone seemed to understand but me. Would you explain it to me?
FRANKLIN: Explain what?
QUESTION: Well, you could start with the word "understanding."
FRANKLIN: Yes. There is a disturbance, dissatisfaction, some sensation that motivates a man to go to a teacher, read a book about philosophy, believe
something, or do yoga.3
What we ordinarily think of as spirituality or religion is a way to get free of that sensation, that suffering that motivates us. So all paths, yogic
methods, forms of seeking, beliefs, religion, grow out of this sensation, this subtle suffering. Ultimately, all these paths are attempting to get
free of that sensation. That is the traditional goal. So all men are seeking, whether or not they are very sophisticated about it, using very specific
methods, yoga, philosophy, religion, whatever.
When that whole process of seeking begins to break down, the man no longer quite has the edge of his search left. He begins to suspect himself. He
begins to doubt the whole process of his search. Then he is no longer fascinated with his search, his method, his yoga, his religion, his ordinary
teacher. His attention begins to turn to this sensation that motivates his entire search.
When a man begins to re cognizee, consciously to know again that subtle motivation, this is what I call "understanding." When he begins to see again
the subtle forms of his own action, which are his suffering, that recognition is understanding. When this becomes absolute, perfect, when there is
utterly, absolutely no dilemma, no form in consciousness interpreting the nature of existence to the individual, when there is no contraction, no
fundamental suffering, no thing prior to consciousness, this is what I call "radical" understanding. It is only enjoyment.
The traditions call this enjoyment the Self, the Heart,4 God Union, Satire,5 Nirvana,6 Heaven. But it is simply consciousness. There is no thing prior
to consciousness. We are not some piece of Divinity seated inside the body, that somehow must get released from the body and go back to its spiritual
Home and Source. There is no such entity. The Home and Source is also the very Nature of the "entity." There is consciousness, and the apparent
entity is within consciousness. So that when consciousness begins to enjoy its own state or real nature, even in the midst of conditions, even where
there is life, that is true understanding. When, no matter what event appears, there is only the enjo