Unlike a mere experience, a Spiritual Realization of any degree
involves a fundamental and permanent shift in one's sense of reality
What is your sense of Reality right now?
Odds are that, in spite of any "spiritual experiences" you may
have had at one time or another in your life, the direct and tangible
awareness of God or a Greater Reality is not your experience in
this moment, and is not your constant or even regular experience.
this is so, then regardless of all those meditation classes, regardless
of all the spiritual reading you've done, it has not amounted
to a Spiritual Realization
— that is, a fundamental and permanent
shift in your sense of reality, and all your conclusions
about it. Every experience has its limit, because it doesn't fundamentally
change the experiencer.
is not to say that most people open to the possibility of growth
don't experience some kind of shift in their sense of reality.
For example, thinking of one particular friend of mine, perhaps
one used to feel most people were idiots, and now one feels much
more compassion for people (in part having seen one’s own liabilities,
but perhaps also just because of a general increase in one’s sensitivity
to one’s own suffering and the suffering of others). This is good!
And it is a realization of a kind (a small "r"), if it takes the
form of a permanent, positive shift in one’s relationship to others.
But as good and necessary as human maturation is (and it is indeed
a necessity at the beginning of genuine spiritual practice), why
settle for little "r" realization alone? Big "R" Realization is
available to you as well! The shift in sense of Reality that is
a Big "R" Realization is profound. It is literally a shift in
Identity. All the realizations associated with being merely the
physical body are still little "r" realizations. But you are also
Spirit (as is everything and everyone). And you are the Consciousness
in which the universe is arising.
is a very useful yardstick by which to measure our current realization,
and our own life goals! Does anything we are engaging in now have
the purpose of Realizing Perfect Happiness? Even close? Probably
genuine Spiritual process is all about Spiritual Realizations,
permanent shifts in one's
sense of Reality. Such Realizations are the milestones by which
one can mark one's actual progress in the process, and the process
culminates in the Ultimate Realization of Most Perfect God-Realization.
should be noted that there are profound cultural and religious
taboos against God-Realization. Simply put, these stem from the
misconception of God as "Creator", rather than God as "Source".
In the former view, anyone who says "I Am God" is committing sacrilege,
because built into the viewpoint is an unbridgeable gap between
Creator and creature. Even mystics speaking of "communion with
God" has been risky business throughout the course of the Great
Tradition, but most of them survived that confession without torture
or excommunication for heresy, and a few were even officially
recognized as saints.
truth of Christianity is Non-separateness, but It is expressed
and made unavailable in a theology that necessarily has
two exclusive terms: God (or the Trinity) and creature.
Thus, even the mysticism of Christianity is a profession
allowed to but a cloistered few, whose expressions are carefully
monitored. And the mystics become doubtful to the church
when they speak of non-separation from God.
Adi Da Samraj,
Knee Of Listening
worth considering for a moment the common uses of the word, "realization".
Two common uses are worth looking at.
of the word "realization":
first use is defined by the dictionary as "bringing into
concrete existence". "She realized her goal of earning a
million dollars" is an example.
second use is as a reference to a mental insight of some
kind, often sudden in nature: “He suddenly realized that
he had left his hat in the car.”
The sense in which we are using "Spiritual Realization" has something
in common with both these senses, but also cannot be reduced to
either. Spiritual Realization is very "concrete" in the sense
that it is a fundamental, permanent, and tangible
shift in one's sense of Reality. But unlike the "million dollar"
example, what is Realized is not something that wasn't the case
before; rather, like the "hat in the car" example, what is Realized
was (and is) already the case. Spiritual Realization is more like
awakening, like opening the eyes, than like achieving a goal.
is always already the case. But "Reality Itself is no small matter!",
Avatar Adi Da Samraj has quipped. And "Realizing Reality" is by
no means some kind of merely mental insight, or mental shift in
viewpoint, because Spiritual Reality is not merely mental. As
we will see, the actual Spiritual process even requires a profound
conversion of the entire body-mind, even at the physical, cellular
Enlightenment is a literal change of the whole body. When
you have acquired the human form, the literal change that
must occur in the body is not really so much in your outward
appearance, because you already have the necessary structure.
The changes that must occur are literal psycho-physical
changes, just as literal as if you were to acquire more
legs and arms, except that the most dramatic changes occur
in dimensions other than the shape of the body. Certainly
changes occur in the flesh and the elemental structures
of the body, but those changes do not really alter the body's
outward shape. The changes are as literal as evolving from
a dinosaur to a human being, and they are as dramatic as
that, but they principally occur at more subtle levels of
the physics of the conditional being. There are literal
changes in the nervous system, literal changes in the chemistry
of the body, literal changes in the structural functioning
of the brain.
Adi Da Samraj, The
Divine Physics of Evolution
God-Realization involves a series of permanent shifts in identity
until the Ultimate Divine Identity is Realized
shift in Realization from the sense of reality as a God-less universe
to one in which one is standing as the Divine Being is an extraordinary
one. And so the Ultimate Realization is not likely to happen overnight,
nor even in a single Realization. Instead, a progression of Realizations
typify the Way. And at the core of these Realizations is a shift
in Identity. Avatar Adi Da Samraj often refers to a particular
quote by the Indian Master Shankara, because it nicely summarizes
these shifts (and the change that spiritual practice undergoes
[the] tradition of Advaita Vedanta, there is a very interesting
summary statement, associated with Shankara, of devotion
to the Divine: 'From the point of view of the body, I am
Your servant. From the point of view of the mind, I am a
part of You, a fraction within You. From the point of view
of the Self, truly, I am You. Any statement of equation
with the Divine is authentic only from the "Point of View"
of Ultimate Realization. Yet identified with the body, or,
even more advanced, identified with the mind, subtly as
Yogis are . . . from the point of view of such identification,
the great statements are not true, the statement 'I am You',
or, said another way, 'Thou art That', is not true. Identified
with the body you are the servant of God, subordinate to
the Divine. From the point of view of the mind, you are
not the Divine. You are a part of the Great Unity, seeking
Union with the Great Unity, or That Which is One. Therefore,
previous to Ultimate Realization, the philosophy, the philosophical
point of view, the presumption, must acknowledge the position
you are in, acknowledge what you are identified with.
Adi Da Samraj
Thus, the growth in Realization, the increasing depth of Realization,
will generally proceed through the following sequence of Realizations:
I am the physical body in a still, often, apparently
God-less, materialistic universe, the universe of my physical
senses. But I now have sufficient human maturity, and have
been sufficiently Graced with the Revelation of God (through
my Spiritual Master's Transmission), that I am now aware
that the degree to which I am not feeling God for Real on
any regular basis is not evidence that God doesn't exist.
Rather it is an exact reflection of the amount of counter-egoic
(even bodily) work that is required of me in order for the
"vision of God" to be restored as my ordinary Realization
in every moment.
I am the physical body, but now tangibly aware of the Divine
to the unrelenting Transmission of my Divinely Realized
Spiritual Master. I am now rightly practicing as the 'servant'
of God, conforming the body-mind to better serve as a vehicle
that conducts the force and Presence of the Divine. The
core of my practice is conscious absorption in You, conscious
surrender of all my (otherwise unconsciously self-contracted,
self-absorbed) parts — mind, body, emotion, and breath —
so that they are absorbed in You. I am fulfilling what was
for Hamlet only a yearning:
that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve
itself into a dew!
Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2
I am spirit or energy.
The physical body is spirit or energy. The entire cosmos
is spirit or energy. E = mC2, but I am now directly
aware of the equation of matter and energy as my actual
experience. I have "lived to God" long and deeply enough
that a fundamental, even physical conversion has occurred
in the body-mind. What I am is not fundamentally that which
dies when the physical body dies; I am most primarily the
"mind" (or “soul”) part of the body-mind, which survives
the death of the more superficial "body" part. Thus I have
been set free of my mortal fear. I am now directly aware
that "I am a part of You", and what I used to have to even
muscularly feel through to You, my physicality, has now
been transformed to become as if transparent (to feeling).
My practice continues to be absorption in You through contemplation
of You in the form of my Spiritual Master, but it is now
easier and more profound.
I am Consciousness.
Even “soul” is understood to be a limit — like the physical
body, it too is not immortal, but rather, a passing thing.
The entire body-mind complex, body and soul, has been brought
into a profound equilibrium through steady, prolonged absorption
in You, and the moment Gracefully occurs when the self-contraction
is relaxed even beyond any identification with the body-mind.
I suddenly discover: "I am You". What I am, most primally,
is neither matter nor energy, but simply Consciousness Itself.
You are my True Self, only appearing in the apparent human
and Spiritual guise of my Master for the sake of bringing
about this Realization of Identification with You. My practice
has shifted from communion with and absorption in You, to
Identification with You. Even so, there still appears to
be a "difference" between Consciousness and the universe
of arising phenomena.
There Is Only God. The
Great and Ultimate Realization, Divine Enlightenment, has
occurred. I have completely Awakened. I am Consciousness,
but there is not the slightest difference between Me and
anything. All beings and worlds are arising in Me. Everything
is directly tacitly recognizable as a modification of My
Own Consciousness. I am Perfectly Eternally Free. I am Perfectly
Eternally Happy. Paradoxically, I may still be associated
with My human body for the span of its years, and thus may
serve as an Instrument of Realization for all beings who
still suffer the illusion and activity of separateness,
effortlessly and continuously transmitting this Revelation
of God to all other beings.
excerpt is taken from Book
1 of The
Practical Spirituality Series.
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