Global Cooperation

The Movie ‘Avatar’ Shows Us ‘Prior Unity’
January 20, 2010, 7:22 pm
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Ever since I went to see Avatar I have been depressed. Watching

the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na’vi made me want to be

one of them. I can’t stop thinking about all the things that happened

in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it …”

‘Audiences Experience ‘Avatar’’ Blues’, CNN, January 11, 2010

We’re hearing a lot of that these days – people deeply moved, in one way or another, simultaneously, all over the world, by the movie Avatar.  Why?  It is easy to understand why in the context of Adi Da’s writings about ‘Prior Unity’.  James Cameron has described, in engaging and beautiful detail, an environment where Prior Unity is visible, palpable, and enjoyed by the whole planet: self-aware beings, animals, plants, and even the space itself.  This picture has great appeal. Again – why?

It’s because Prior Unity is the state of this world and of your life (and everything!) – right now. You (unconsciously) feel a tacit awareness and familiarity with the concept of everything being somehow interconnected. So when that is popped in front of you in iMAX 3D, you ‘recognize’ it. Not because it’s somebody else’s alluring fantasy vision, but because it is your own, unconscious awareness of reality.

That principle – of ‘recognition’ – is how the precarious state of the world is going to change for the better, says Adi Da.  Things are not going to change because of all the usual heros, speeches, institutions, etc. that we are putting our hopes in. No. Things are going to change because we recognize this prior unity and its attractiveness, relative to what we now experience, and what it will lead to in terms of arresting the disastrous global collapse now underway. Things are going to change because everybody ‘gets’ it and demands the change.

In Not-Two Is Peace Adi Da writes:

“Human beings must accept, with humility, that their rightful position (and that of everyone) in the naturally indivisible world-family of Earthkind (including humankind) is not the ego-place of prior dis-unity (and thus separateness, domination, and control), but the “heart-place” of prior unity (and, thus, of ego-transcending cooperation and tolerance) …”

For more, please go to where you can download the full text of the book Not-Two Is Peace


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