Robert Adams – The Fear of Death
From a satsang during the race riots in Los Angeles in 1992:
“Many of you go home and you begin to think of the world. We fear the riots downtown, the rebellion. We never seem to understand that these things have been happening since time immemorial. There has always been man’s inhumanity to man. There have always been riots, confusion, chaos. But my question to you is, ‘What does this have to do with you?’ You profess to be a spiritual person. A spiritual person understands where the world is coming from. They neither hate it nor love it. They just watch and observe and look. They cannot have feelings for being good or bad because their feelings are steeped in Godliness. Their feelings are always on the reality. The feelings do not go out and say, ‘This is terrible. This is wonderful. This is bad. This is good. This is how it should be. This is how it shouldn’t be.’ These things are the images on the screen.
Begin to see it this way. Your body and your mind and the things going on in the world are the images on the screen that are changeable, never being the same. This is the way of the world. We build things, structures, edifices, monasteries, big buildings, big cities and then they’re all destroyed in due time. And we build them again and they’re all destroyed again. It’s all a cosmic joke, but you’re taking it seriously. As long as you’re taking it seriously you become part of it. You experience it, you go through it. This is why it is written, ‘Whom shall you follow this day, God or mammon? Whom shall you follow? The world and it’s peculiarities – this is mammon – or the Self, the absolute reality. The choice is yours. Do the right thing. ”
~ Robert Adams, satsang (transcribed and titled by students) “The Fear of Death” May 3rd, 1992
There was some objection from a reader in the online Robert Adams group where I posted this that:
“I am all for peace but the world is in an awful mess right now . We can’t just sit by and watch the killings of black people just because there skin is a different colour. I mediate but when I wake in the morning the killings are still there it’s just not right ️”
To which I wrote (to other comments too):
One of the most striking things I ever heard Robert say was “You’re only freedom is to not react to circumstances.” (He meant the mind). You’re *only* freedom. That’s a pretty broad statement! He repeats it many times. Worth pondering deeply…
As human beings, we have zero freedom.
As the Universal Consciousness in which we appear, we are pure freedom.
In another satang (“The Battle is Not Yours” 20th May, 1993), Robert quotes the old testament:
“The battle is not yours but God’s. Set yourself and be ye still and see the salvation of the Lord.”
None of this is meant for the ignorant, who will take it the wrong way.
As a human being, you must do the things you are called to do (including speaking or acting about ignorant, cruel acts, etc), in compassion and humility, as an instrument of Consciousness.
The finite mind can never understand the infinite, but can accept the accumulation of evidence that life is more than appears to the senses …
In short, to act wisely, know who (or what) you are.
Just thought you might enjoy that.