From the 25th Anniversary Series DVDs - Volume 2 recorded January 18, 1976
"It is only when you begin to comprehend your life as suffering, as limitation, as dis-ease in some very fundamental way that you will practice real or Spiritual life in its true form.
"Anybody can want to be consoled, anybody can feel that life could be better or that life is not really so terribly good right now. But Spiritual practice rests upon the critical comprehension of the usual life itself as bondage."
— His Divine Presence, Avatar Adi Da Samraj January 18, 1976
Volume 2 of this unique set of DVDs is "The Grace of Suffering". In this talk from 1976, Avatar Adi Da makes clear that, no matter what the state of your life — whether apparently positive or apparently negative — there is always the present opportunity to enter into Communion with the Divine.
In the attached media clip, the questioner confesses his difficulty in maintaining the thread of practice while physically ill. In response, Avatar Adi Da humorously says, "There are no winners in God." In other words, sadhana (or practice in the Realizer's Company) is not about doing something "right" or "succeeding" in some manner.
Rather, He says, sadhana always shows you the failure of the search. And even though the devotee will never be perfected by practice, he or she does mature.
Especially at the beginning, Adi Da says, the devotee often finds himself or herself distracted by other interests or difficulties or experiences. Adi Da reassures the questioner that, if intelligence is available, noticing this identification with phenomena is useful — and it is an important lesson in the process of real practice.
In the continuous revelation of identification with phenomena at all levels, sadhana comes to be about True Freedom through sacrifice of "self".
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The 25th Anniversary DVD series was originally released in 1997 in celebration of the anniversary of the beginning of Avatar Adi Da's formal Teaching-Work in 1972. The series presents four talks by His Divine Presence Avatar Adi Da Samraj, recorded between 1973 and 1996.
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