Death Is a Freedom-Ritual of Self-Sacrifice

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

This passage is an excerpt from Avatar Adi Da's literary masterwork, The Mummery Book. It also appears in the Epilogue of Adi Da's book, Easy Death (and is republished from the Easy Death website). The protagonist of The Mummery Book, Raymond Darling, speaks his final resolution of the problem of life and death, which he has uncovered and investigated throughout his story. He has consented to be born. He has learned about the ordinary social world of "Mom and Dad". He has fallen in love with his beloved, Quandra, and then faced the sorrow of her death. He has seen and understood the rituals of the mortal self and its religious pursuits. At last, he speaks the following wisdom to himself. It is a statement that illuminates the true Purpose of death and our necessary voluntary and ecstatic participation in the Divine Process that is Light and Love.

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Death is not an explanation. Life, itself, is never, finally, explained. What follows the present life is not an after-death of explanation but, only more of life, itself. Continued. Unexplained. And only this mere more of life. Until, the Living Light the Brightness That Is Consciousness, Itself Outshines the ceaseless life-time of separate ego-"I". And Only That Outshining Brightness Un-explains the Unexplainable by Disappearing all the living mind that asks to be explained. And, Only Then, does Only Living Light Remain.

Therefore for now my death exists. For now, my death confronts me. For now, my death is me. . . .

Death requires a loving, fearless, sorrowless, unangered volunteer of me. Death requires the feeling-heart's participation enamored, self-forgetting, and without anticipation.

Death is an un-selfing kind of wind a sudden weather, any day. Death is the body's True fidelity to life, to love, and to Reality regardless of the weather and the day.

To die is necessary, in life's poor Mummery but, it is not Right and True, unless it is enacted from the feeling-heart. To die by yielding bodily, from the feeling-heart as when in the Embrace of body-love is perfect trust, beyond every thought of the little bed of "I"-and-"other"-in-a-room. Such feeling-death exceeds all loss of human love by means of the human heart's felt constant Un-denial of the Divine Inherent Fullness of Reality's own Love-Bliss.

The One-True-Heart's Divine True Love must be All-Shown to life by means of the body's universal kiss of feeling-heart-Found all-and-All in death. Therefore, true love's Right death is how the body-"I" keeps faith with the universe, and What Is.

Even all my life this constant dying, with the feeling-heart, is the constant toll required of me. It is required, constantly, by the tolling Bell! and constant Call, that sounds without a thinking thought within the node and rhythmic chamber of my breast and belly-chest of Breath.

Life is not given, anywhere, to be a life apart for its own sake. But, life is, always, to be a death of self. A Freedom-ritual of self-sacrifice enacted, bodily, by the Open hand of feeling-heart's true love. And the True Loved-One, of the feeling-heart, is not an "other" ever, or at last but, only That Which Is, forever. Always and Already there.

Therefore, It Is Reality, Itself, That Un-confines me here by Dying me, to death.

True Water Is the One Reality.

The One True Heart Is the One and Only Real True God.

And That True Heart-Reality Is "The Water-All" That, always, Takes my human feeling-heart to death.

And ego-death by feeling-heart's Free, Open hand Is the Perfect Way to Realize the Only Truth. The Truth That Is the One True Heart Itself.

And death of separate ego-"I" by means of feeling-heart's true love makes my true love, The Love Divine.



This passage appears in the Easy Death section,
the Sacred Literature and Theater section,
and the section, Readings from Adi Da's Teaching


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