does not account for suffering and death
The danger of equating self-fulfillment
inability for materialism to adequately account for this aspect
of oneself called “consciousness” is the reason why death too
has been inadequately accounted for. Materialism suggests that
death is simply when the battery dies and the “body-mind” machine
(thereby) comes to a halt. But if there is a residual part to
a human being beyond the part that has died (the physical body),
then understanding its destiny is of paramount, personal importance
to each of us. Therefore, the inability for materialism to account
for human consciousness raises a big question mark in the context
of our own mortality. If one has any intelligence one can’t
say, “I can’t account for consciousness in material terms”, and
simultaneously say, “Who cares about what happens after we die?
Let’s just eat, drink, and be merry in the meanwhile!”
seem to be getting by okay as materialists. Seem.
But Avatar Adi Da Samraj indicates that almost all of us die not
from “natural causes” but rather, from egoity.
That is to say, we are not
“getting by” being materialists. Being a materialist has a cumulative
effect, which, on a physical level, culminates in physical death,
and also carries over into our after-death destiny the psychic
baggage that has been accumulating.
materialism not only fails to account for death, in failing to
account for the non-material aspects of a human being; it also
fails to account for human suffering
materialism tends to equate self-fulfillment and happiness. Thus
its proposed solution to human suffering is to find out how to
fulfill oneself better (physically, mentally, emotionally, psychically,
etc.), and even to devise ever better technological means for
doing so. Its wisdom relative to personal happiness is limited
to the chemistry of the body and the therapies of materialistic
Adi Da Samraj has said that, as a result of this technological
frenzy, and as a result of mistaking self-fulfillment for happiness,
we are a culture that is increasingly pleasured in body and mind,
but increasingly desperate at heart.
search for self-fullfillment reinforces,
from moment to moment, the sense of being a limited sack of flesh
in need of self-fulfillment. This is why most of us tend to experience
increasingly less pleasure in the same things as we get older,
because the addictive activity of self-centering in which we are
chronically engaged is increasingly tightening the noose around
our neck, hunching the body, and collapsing the soul; eventually
it will kill us.
ego is a guru that has a fool for a disciple”, Adi Da Samraj once
said humorously. Self-fulfillment is the worshipping of ourselves,
and one cannot worship both self and God. As Jesus put it, we
cannot serve two masters: