Divine Distraction

One of Adi Da’s most famous talks is called “Divine Distraction,” in which He compares the relationship to Him to the story of Krishna and the gopis from the Bhagavad Gita. The gopis were tending their cattle when they saw Lord Krishna in all His Divine Attractiveness and left their cattle to be with Him. They were drawn beyond themselves into ecstasy, forgetting their worldly concerns to be with God.

Adi Da explains that the meaning of this story is not that we should forget our worldly obligations, but rather flee to him from our cattle (our tendencies/desires/egoity.) His Attractiveness, like Krishna’s makes that very possible!

Relationship to Bhagavan Adi Da, like any good relationship is based on love, freedom, and spontaneity. I am like a typical Westerner, in that I am usually completely involved with the mind, trying to think everything out and structure “my” existence.

However, this is not how a real relationship works! You don’t say to your partner, “okay, we’re going to kiss every day at 9am for ten minutes, then again at 7pm before dinner. No, it just happens spontaneously!

Bhagavan Adi Da mentions that the gopis did not sit around thinking about whether they were going to leave their cattle and husbands, they just did in out of overwhelming attraction.The same goes with the relationship to Adi Da. Yes, devotees do have a daily form to follow involving meditation, conscious exercise, and sacramental activities, but they are not meant to be rote. Rather, Adi Da calls for His devotees to be moved, propelled by their Heart-attraction to Him. The daily schedule of devotional activities is meant to strengthen that heart attraction so that we may forget ourselves and live in constant remembrance of the Living Divine Reality.

We all have karmas and tendencies that will play themselves out forever if they are left to their own devices. It is important to remember though, that those tendencies and are simply klik-klak, the egoless pattern of the cosmos patterning itself and have nothing whatsoever to do with our True Condition.

There is simply no way to get rid of those tendencies as long as you are identified with them, no way at all! The absolute only way to get rid of them is to give them over to the Divine, to be so attracted to the Divine that the tendencies just fall away.

In another one of my favorite essays by Adi Da, we are told about the secret of how to change and make that change, or true ego transcendence “stick.”

“True change and advanced human adaptation are not made on the basis of any self-conscious resistance to old, degenerative, and subhuman habits. Change is not a matter of not doing something. It is a matter of doing something else — something that is inherently right, free, and pleasurable. Therefore, the key is insight and the freedom to feel and participate in ways of functioning that are right and new.” -Adi Da Samraj

In order to really reap the benefits of the Gift that Adi Da offers, it is necessary to truly be guided by heart attraction. Everything else is a struggle with separate self! The ego will keep its tendencies, that’s just its pattern and the only way to stop it is to not use it!

Being attracted beyond oneself is easy when  the Divine is just so damn Attractive!




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