SACRED HISTORY for October 31st
1984 “The Plight of The Divine Avataric Master” Given, ~Adi Da Samrajashram
1987 Adi Da Samraj Gathers with devotees and Discourses on the difference between academic philosophy and the traditional engagement of philosophy, emphasizing that Real-God-Realization is the ultimate and right purpose of philosophy.
His Divine Presence Parama-Sapta-Na Adi Da Says:
“You should investigate all ‘considerations’, line them up to Ultimate ‘Consideration’, and make sense out of it all. This is the function of philosophy.
Many Realizers have been philosophers. I am a kind of philosopher, not an academic philosopher, but a philosopher in the traditional sense. Philosophers traditionally have not been academic philosophers. Academic philosophy is a specialized development of philosophy and has its own limitations.
Philosophy means ‘the love of wisdom’. And, what is the best way to love wisdom? Some may professionalize their endeavor to speak to a certain dimension of humankind and become rather academic or philosophical in a rather professional sense. And many of those never Realize.
Academic philosophers are, in fact, notorious for not Realizing, not doing ego-transcending practice, but just thinking and talking. Academic philosophy is (one might say) part of the content of the ‘talking school’, then. So, what is better? Yes, it is fine to be discriminative and intelligent and even ‘consider’ many matters in a very sophisticated fashion. I do this Myself, sometimes.
But, if Truth is your ‘consideration’, then you must also do what you have to do to Realize. You must necessarily become a practitioner, a person who does ego-transcending practice. You must become an ecstatic, necessarily. You must do Yoga. You must transcend yourself for real.
So the import of philosophy is Realization, and the greatest of philosophers are Realizers. And how many of them were also academic philosophers or something like it? This is not to say that there is no usefulness in very discrete philosophical ‘consideration’. It has a certain usefulness. But it must not bar you from Realization. It must not bar you from the real practice. And, however you exercise your intelligence or your intention, it will tend to perpetuate itself. It is a conditional enterprise.
Therefore, if it perpetuates itself, it will tend to deny you Realization. So, one must be very mindful of how one uses attention. If one is to perform a service, to speak intelligently to others, well, good, do that. But do the practice. Transcend yourself. Realize.
You are ‘considering’ Truth, so the matter at hand is to Realize the Truth, whatever your daily service may be. If your daily service involves being something like an academic philosopher, or a scholar, and so forth, fine. But do the practice. Others may not have that particular specialty of service. Maybe they just are carpenters or plumbers, and so on. But they should do ego-transcending practice, too. All must Realize.” ~ Adi Da Samrajashram.
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