Thoughts on Zero-Point Education from Adi Da's book Not-Two Is Peace

Below are my pasted notes on Zero-Point education compiled in response to a friend writing me concerning a workshop:

"I've been invited to facilitate a 2 and 1/2 hour workshop at Harvard's Divinity School as part of their "Transformative Leadership and Spiritual Development" program.  Would love your thoughts on how I might integrate the principles from Not-Two Is Peace into the program."

Basic Points on “zero-point” Education that Leaders need to know:

In order to be a truly transformed leader, one needs to understand the incorrect seeing problem of separateness that the ego “I” creates, and how to basically transcend this limited point of view through living egolessly be recognizing the state of prior unity. This is necessary for any leader to truly help everyone understand that the world can only exist in harmony when people take full responsibility for themselves and for the whole. It is the way the world will transform.

So, what is this separateness and ego and egolessness and prior unity that you mention?

In order to understand this one must go through an education process Adi Da in his book Not-Two Is Peace calls “zero-point” education.   

What the Hell is Zero-Point Education and why do Leaders need to undergo this lifetime process?

Why the leaders of today need to be educated in “zero-point” living (which is the same thing as prior unity and inherent egolessness combined): Living from the zero-point, or demonstrating inherent egolessness and prior unity is the transformed quality and characteristic required of the leadership that is necessary to move humankind as a whole to accept responsibility for itself. The leaders of today need these qualities to be effective.

NTIP simply put is: 1. Inherent egolessness and 2. prior unity. Or, 1. No self 2. No difference.

Zero point is about a way of life that follows from the root understanding of egolessness and prior unity. One must demonstrate that through the totality of their life.

The purpose and evidence of zero point education is zero point living and demonstration of zero point consciousness.

The entire point of zero point living is to Serve the system totality of human life.

“Zero-point” education would move people into right and positive action of global cooperative order.

Through responsible “zero-point” education and right self-management (self-responsibility and responsibility for the whole) humankind will go beyond tribalism and unprincipled consumerism. The demonstration of this actually working is the proof of the disciplining of the ego as consumer. One naturally assumes the position of right life. This is the transformed quality and characteristic required of the leadership that is necessary to move humankind to accept responsibility for itself.

Zero-point education is the constant intensive life-practice of intrinsically knowing intrinsic egolessness at the root of attention and of awareness itself.

The ego is the activity of difference. The ego is the lie of difference. Ego creates separation, difference, and self-ideas, always continuing to vibrate into the universe ones’ dull and mediocre vibration of ego.

The Ordering of these Great Principles is implicit; first one has to feel and know egolessness (even if for a brief blip) and then they can feel, intuit prior unity. Because if there is no ego, then we are a whole, we have no separation. We are in prior unity. 

These events and happenings—music, art, body, dance, sound, visual events where we lose ourselves and where we’re just living and breathing and being, pulsing as one, these events help us lose ego. By participating with one another we automatically engage in relationship, which I think helps us lose the inner conversation we’re always having with ourselves that can’t help but be egoic most of the time.

To create a “universal zero-point education for all” World Friend Adi Da states that:

For the intrinsic egolessness of attention itself and of awareness itself to be known to be self-evident at the root of attention itself and of awareness itself, it is necessary for human individuals (each and all) to embrace a lifetime of personal schooling, by means of intensive (and, at least eventually, esoteric Transcendental Spiritual) practice-participation in the discipline and process of “zero-point” education.

(The whole Esoteric Crux right here):

Zero-point education is the intensive and constant whole bodily (or total psycho-physical) life-process of intrinsically, always prior, tacitly, and constantly (or always presently)”locating” and knowing intrinsic egolessness (or “zero-point” consciousness) at the root of attention itself and of awareness itself and (on that constant, tacit basis) constantly (or always presently) apprehending the self-evident prior unity of the world (and of even all that arises to attention itself).

The tacit awakening of zero-point consciousness is the process and the event of tacit moment-to-moment root understanding of the reality condition of conditionally arising experience.

The zero point is the root of consciousness, the source of psychophysical awareness, where perception and conception arise from, prior to attention, prior to ego, the world, to objects and others, prior to the things of attention, prior to divisions, prior to divisibility, prior to difference.

The zero point is the native state of no self.

The zero point is the native state of no mind.

The zero point is the native state of no thoughts.

The zero point is the native state of no beliefs.

The zero point is the native state of no fear.

The zero point is the native state of no sorrow.

The zero point is the native state of no anger.

The fiction of separateness and the denial of universal prior unity is a profoundly and darkly negative act. Adi Da states the above so strongly because it is the primary root cause of fear, sorrow and anger and is the underlying aspect of countless sufferings of every kind on this earth.

What the leaders have to understand about how to lead in regard to what the ego “I” actually is, and is doing:

The ego “I” is the active and only source and the very structure and principle of all “difference”.

Egoity itself is the comprehensive psycho-physical act of self differentiation, separation, separateness, and separativeness as an identified separate self-identity.

The ego “I” constantly and actively “self” projects the idea and the pattern of “difference” onto the world. Apart from this “self” projected idea, there is no intrinsic difference anywhere or everywhere.

So apart from this “self” projected idea and pattern of “difference”, that isn’t even true, the world is a seamless whole, a uni-versal state, and pattern of prior unity. Utterly without difference.  The totality is intrinsically egoless.

Therefore, the ego “I” – or the activity of “difference”- projection must be intrinsically, always immediately, and constantly transcended.

The ego “I” cannot be transcended by the efforts of egoity. The ego can only be transcended intrinsically, and tacitly, priorly, or always already.

The inherent prior unity of the world can only be known and found to be self-evidently the case on the basis of prior egolessness. Therefore, for the prior unity of the world to be apprehended, egolessness itself must be priorly and always presently known to be self-evident at the root of attention itself and of awareness itself.

“Zero-point” education is the constant intensive life-practice of intrinsically knowing intrinsic egolessness at the root of attention and of awareness itself.

“Zero-point” education is the unlearning of the ego “I”.

Zero point education is about the awakening of zero point consciousness.

Zero point education is a lifetime of locating and knowing what is intrinsically the case. The tacit moment to moment root understanding of the reality condition of conditionally arising experience.

Zero point understanding or root wisdom is this: no matter what arises, one is never a self or a mode of separate identity or ego I but one is only the intrinsically egoless mere witness and the eternal context and substance of conditionally evident always temporary, mutually dependent, indivisible seamless, and perfectly non necessary mere patterns of cause and effect.

The zero point is itself the root of consciousness, the source-point of psycho physical awareness, the arising-place of perception and conception, prior to attention, prior to ego-I or separate self-identity, prior to the world, priot to objects and others, prior to attention, prior to all the things of attention, prior to all divisions, prior to all divisibility itself, prior to all modes of separate identity and categorical otherness, and altogether, prior to all difference.

The Zero point is the native position- or zero state position- of all conditionally arising experience.

The “zero-point” is the native state of no “self” and no “not-self” – no– ego-“I”, no “other”, no “object”, no-mind, no-thought, no-theories, no-explanations, no-belief, no-myths, no-histories, no-“God”-ideas, no-“Deity”, no-religion, no-“tribe”, no-personal-or-collective identity, no physically-based assumptions, no-mentally-based or metaphysically-based assumptions, no-body, no-world, no-time, no-space, no-separateness, no-dilemma, no-problem, no-seeking, no-method, no-answer, no-fear, no-sorrow, no-anger, and no-“difference”.

The “zero-point” is the egoless existence –circumstance of essential and self-evident being—the “point-of-view”-less “place” of the Un-mediated Self-Apprehension (or Self-Apperception) of the Native, Intrinsically egoless, Perfectly Non-separate, Indivisible, Acausally all-and-All-Pervading, and Self-Evidently Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State of Reality Itself.

To be at the intrinsically egoless “zero-point” of existence is to Be At and As the Native State of Reality Itself.

To Be As Reality Itself Is to Be nobody, and to have nothing, and to know nothing.

To (Thus) Be nobody is to exist and live as no-“self” (or egolessness itself).

To (Thus) Be (and live) as one who has (or “owns”) nothing is to be free of all divisive, negative, and harmful (or “other”-threatening) association with the body itself, and with the “things” of this world, and with the world itself.

To (Thus) Be and live as one who knows nothing is to be free of all presumptuousness, all mere “belief”, all that presumes or makes a “difference”, all that would separate “self” from “not-self”, all that would dissociate from the “other”, and all that is prejudiced against surrender to the native (or always already self-evident) state of intrinsic egolessness and the positively active participatory disposition of prior unity with all-and-All.