Men Don't Resist the Extraordinary, They Resist the Ordinary—As a Result, They Suffer

"... What is difficult for man is not extraordinary, the thing that requires the great, the dramatic, the heroic. It seems very amicable to go and sit in a cave, or wander in India reciting mantra all day [or wander into the jungle and drink ayahuasca all day]. Abandoning everything and going to India [or Peru] is an idea that commonly fascinates people who have heard a little about spiritual things. Men can imagine doing that. It is very dramatic. But to be an ordinary man, to function alive in the human world is a notion that men resist. The usual images of spiritual life, of spiritual attainment, implicitly contain the refusal of ordinariness. The common ‘spiritual’ motivation is a form of resistance... Some men devote themselves to this illusion of the fantastic which they call Truth. Whatever it may involve, including every kind of vision and miracle of the occult, it is simply resistance to ordinariness...


Becoming ordinary, functioning in the stream of manifest life, is what men resist. Indeed, suffering is a disorder in human functional life. It is not that Truth is absent. Truth is always already the case. It is simply not obvious to men. Truth is not absent. Men are suffering. There is this contraction, this disorder, this refusal of functional life, of ordinariness. The extraordinary, the search for the extraordinary is nonsense. It is adventure without intelligence or real beauty. Men create extraordinary seeking in order to compensate for self-created but unconscious suffering. The adventure itself never deals with its own motivation. ... The plane of spiritual action... is the ordinary. Not the extraordinary, not the search, not methods, but simple, ordinary, functional life. Such sadhana is the most difficult to attain. But it becomes possible in one who understands... such ordinariness is essential for a natural, pleasurable life. Sadhana is not the extraordinary... Sadhana is simplicity, it is relational life. It is your conscious humanity. You must live it. You must become a human being. You don't have any choice. Either you become a human being, and function truly as a human being, or your humanity becomes obsolete by non-use. Much of the traditional spiritual search is a way of making ordinary life obsolete by inattention and non-use. The popular Indian version of the search, for instance, is detachment and abandonment of all the ‘lower’ desires, the ‘lower’ forms of experience. The concern is only to ascend beyond life. By inattention to life, life becomes obsolete. Life certainly can be murdered by design. But the result is not enlightenment. If non-life were enlightenment, all you would have to do is kill yourself. So it is not making things obsolete by inattention that is the way of Truth. It is by the re-cognition of what you do under the conditions of the ordinary. ... Truth is always already in life. Truth is not someplace else. Truth is not itself identical to any experience or any place. There is no inner world, no chakra, no sound, no light, no form, no loka, no experience, no attainment that in itself is Truth. There certainly are such experiences, such manifestations, but they are not in themselves Truth. Truth is always already the case. Truth is the present condition, the real condition of every moment, whatever arises. It is not necessary to do one thing to make Truth arise in the present. There is only Truth. It couldn’t be more obvious. There is no dilemma. Only perceive your own action, your subtle strategy, moment to moment. Re-cognize it, and see what is always prevented by your own action. That which is always being prevented is Perfect. Where there is this re-cognition, all things, conditions and states become obvious. Dreams become obvious, sleep becomes obvious, death becomes obvious, birth and life become obvious. All manifestation becomes obvious as Truth, as the very Force, the very Intensity that is that one Reality, called God, Brahman, Nirvana. But Truth becomes obvious only to the one who lives the ordinary, whose thirst for the extraordinary has begun to die, has begun to show itself as seeking only, as a reaction to fundamental dilemma.”


~ excerpt from The Method of the Siddhas by Franklin Jones, 1973

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