“… All of life experiences are images on the screen of eternity …” ~ Robert Adams
If you have never had the pleasure of reading Silence of the Heart, a compilation of Robert Adam’s satsangs, it is highly recommended. Robert neither wrote books or gave lectures. In the end, he had small gatherings in Los Angeles and Sedona, Arizona. His students transcribed these talks and many of them are available on the net. Click here for more information on Robert Adams.
Here is a precious sampling of Robert’s wisdom, complements of Ramesh Chivukula : “Wise words from Robert Adams, an american non dual master (1928 – 1997)”
“All is well, and everything is unfolding as it should. There are no mistakes. None have ever been made, none are being made, and none will ever be made. Its all perception. It’s how you perceive things. For instance, when you look at me what do you see? If I ask each one of you I get seven, eight, nine different answers, but the truth is you are seeing yourself. I am simply a mirror for your own reflection, but I am a self-contained mirror. So all this is taking place as an image on myself. All of life experiences are images on the screen of eternity. The screen is real. The images change. Consciousness is the screen. When you identify with consciousness you become consciousness. When you identify with the image you enhance the image, and you worry, and fret, and fear and you have all sorts of experiences.
As soon as you begin to identify with reality, with consciousness, all fear leaves you, all doubt leaves you, all false thinking leaves you, and you become free. But that’s the only free choice you get. Everything else has been preordained.
The free choice again is: with what are you going to identify, with the image or the screen? If you identify with consciousness you are no longer reacting to conditions, because you understand that all things are for a short time only, then they disappear. Consequently nothing will irritate you, nothing will upset you, nothing will bother you for you are now appearing as only an image and will soon disappear.
Look at this planet which has been here for billions of years. There have been civilizations on this planet for billions of years, and they come and go. We had civilizations on this planet that surpassed our existence today. They are all gone. No trace. As a matter of fact, a couple of years ago there were some excavations in Egypt of a city that was buried about 5,000 years ago. The only thing left is a sign. They deciphered the sign and it said, “My name is King so-and-so, and this is my city that will last forever.”
So today we think we are going to make this a better world in which to live, and we are going to save the world, and so on. The world has it’s own collective karma. It’s going through a phase. Your job is to save yourself. If you find yourself in a burning building, you do not stop to admire the pictures on the wall, you get out of the building as fast as you can. So, when you know you have a short time in this existence you do not stop to play the games of life, you try to find yourself and become free as fast as you can….”
We encourage you to visit our friend Ed Muzika and his current website, We Are Sentience, where material from Robert Adams has been carefully archived. (Note: Ed’s other (older) blog It is Not Real used to contain over 200 satsangs and other material from Robert, however Ed’s current website (We Are Sentience) is easier to navigate and provides accessible material from Robert. Upon further research we were able to find Ed’s compilation of Robert’s Satsangs in PDF form: PDf version of Robert Adams Satsangs, The Collected Works, Book Version. This PDF was available through www.muddypractice.wordpress.com.}