The Ordinary People’s Way of Global Cooperative Order



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The message of Not-Two Is Peace is not merely that human beings should work to resolve the world’s urgent crises, but that we must do so in a radically new way. At its core, this book is a call to uncover an entirely new disposition within ourselves, a fundamentally different consciousness, from which to engage the grave global challenges arrayed before us.

The striking notion put forth in this book is that what humanity must now grow beyond is nothing less than the fundamental orientation of searching for solutions to the world’s problems. Adi Da’s core argument is that the orientation of trying to find or create unity and peace out of all the divided interests of separate groups of people is “not it”—and is, in fact, no longer workable. Rather, what humankind desperately needs today is a profoundly new paradigm, which is summarized here as the principle—and working-presumption—of “prior unity”.

Prior unity is not just a philosophical concept or ideal. It is the structure of existence itself, as ancient seers have declared and even modern physics has demonstrated. To experience and presume prior unity obviates the search to “cause” or “create” unity or peace. The work becomes one of enacting and magnifying the prior unity that is already the felt reality. It is to enable the inherent prior unity of people to come forth on all levels of the world stage. It is a profoundly different context within which to work.

The practical means proposed by Adi Da for manifesting this prior unity is a “Global Cooperative Forum. This forum would serve the common interests of all of humankind, because it would operate on the basis of the new paradigm of prior unity, which would grant it a unique and inherent moral integrity.

All the fundamental global matters would be in its purview, but approached as one living process, rather than as a multiplicity of competing issues. Participation in the forum would depend upon people’s ability to set aside their personal, national, religious, ethnic, or other forms of identity, to accomplish the work at hand. The paradigm of prior unity would grant them the capacity to merely be there as human beings representing all of humankind.



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About the Author, the World-Friend Adi Da

From his birth (on Long Island, New York, in 1939), Adi Da always manifested unique signs of spiritual illumination. Nevertheless, from his birth, and until his spiritual restoration at thirty years of age, Adi Da submitted himself to an ordeal of “self-identification” with all the limitations and sufferings of the human condition.

Adi Da describes his early years as being focused in two fundamental activities: investigating how, in the scale of human “ordinariness”, to perfectly realize the Truth of “Reality Itself”, and (coincidentally) both achieving and demonstrating the human-scale ability to communicate the Truth of “Reality Itself” through both visual and verbal means.

Adi Da graduated from Columbia University in 1961, with a BA in philosophy, and from Stanford University in 1966, with an MA in English literature. His master’s thesis, a study of core issues in modernism, focused on the literary experiments of

Gertrude Stein and on the modernist painters of the same period.

In 1964, Adi Da began a period of intensive practice under a succession of spiritual masters in the United States and India. In 1968, he went to India and approached the renowned spiritual master Swami Muktananda of Ganeshpuri, who immediately responded by saying that Adi Da was a spiritual master at birth, and “the most extra- ordinary Westerner” he (Swami Muktananda) had ever encountered. One year later, in a unique letter of acknowledgement, Swami Muktananda made an open public declaration that Adi Da, by virtue of his evident spiritual signs and demonstrated states, was inherently qualified to teach others independently, and to awaken others spiritually by direct transmission.

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Endorsements for NOT-TWO IS PEACE

Every once in a while a prophetic voice is raised in the midst of crisis and chaos. It cuts through the walls of indifference, neglect, and just plain ignorance, and exposes the heart of the issue.... The voice of the World-Friend, Adi Da, which speaks to us through [Not-Two Is Peace] addresses none other than the issue of our collective survival.

Ervin Laszlo

Founder and President of the Club of Budapest

Not-Two Is Peace is Adi Da's urgent wake-up call to all men and women of conscience. Now is the time to bring together all our diverse gifts and talents into one shared project to make our world fit for all human beings to inhabit. We are united by the same need to live free of want, free of fear, and free to live a life of dignity. At the heart of the human condition lies the recognition that freedom for one must mean freedom for all. Peace is the prime directive. Peace is prior unity. The Global Cooperative Forum is the way.”

Hilde Rapp

Co-Director, Centre for International Peacebuilding, London

“In a world beset with innumerable challenges, Not-Two Is Peace offers a new vision for the future. Adi Da emphasizes “prior unity” as the basis for our decisions and actions. If we proceed with putting the interests of the whole of humanity first, then there is the possibility of growth and development for the nearly seven billion people on the planet, not just a privileged minority. Such wisdom cannot be ignored.”

Sam Pitroda

Former Advisor to the Prime Minister of India

Introduction to NOT-TWO IS PEACE
with Rolf Carriere

Former UN official, Senior Adviser to the Nonviolent Peaceforce

For over thirty years Rolf Carriere served as a senior official with the United Nations and the World Bank focusing on issues related to hunger, malnutrition, infant mortality, and education reform. Currently, he is a senior advisor to Nonviolent Peaceforce, a global organization of civilian, unarmed peacekeepers. He is also well known for his advocacy of advanced approaches to trauma healing in humanitarian settings. In this video, Rolf succinctly conveys that Not-Two Is Peace is, in his experience, the most profound diagnosis of the current human predicament.



Self-Liberated From The Stave In The Wheels

In the following essay from the book, the World-Friend Adi Da describes the ongoing confrontation between competing groups of all kinds as the “stave in the wheels” of the inherently “self-organizing, self-correcting, and self-rightening” nature of the human world system. This “stave”, Adi Da says, is “actively preventing the force of the whole from emerging”:

Unless they are specifically prevented from doing so, all systems will spontaneously righten themselves. The universe is a self-organizing, self-correcting, and self-rightening process. All systems are self-organizing, self-correcting, and self-rightening—unless something interferes with the self-organizing, self-correcting, and self-rightening process. The current power-structures in the human world are actually preventing the self-organizing, self-correcting, and self-rightening process of

humankind from happening.

The political, social, economic, and cultural patterning (and hierarchy of expectations and demands) of collective human life-systems is organized in the likeness (and by an extension) of the functions of the human brain and nervous system.

The human brain and nervous system is, characteristically, patterned to allow (and to seek, and to reward) a limited range of possible experiences and possible forms of knowledge—and the human brain and nervous system is also, characteristically, patterned to avoid (and to prevent, and even to punish) experiences and forms of knowledge that are not within the otherwise limited range of allowable (and, thus, seekable and rewardable) experiences and forms of knowledge.

Thus, and likewise, and by extension, all collective human political, social, economic, and cultural life-systems are (in accordance with the particular “personality profile” of the particular system in each case) strictly organized to allow (and to purpose, and to reward) only certain limited possibilities of experience and knowledge, and, otherwise, to disallow (and to restrictively prevent, and to punish) all possibilities of experience and knowledge that do not correspond to the designs of the particular case of human collectivity.


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Read and listen to excerpts from Not-Two Is Peace: Introduction by Ervin Laszlo; Humankind Is Literally One Family; C+T=P: Formula for World Peace; Principles Regarding a Global Cooperative Forum, Part 1; Everybody-All-At-Once; Reality-Humanity.


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Related Book by the World-Friend Adi Da:

The Basis For A New Human Civilization

The message of the book Prior Unity is that the impulse to peaceful, cooperative coexistence is humanity's “true north”. The impulse comes from our root-intelligence as one single species, and, at the same time, reflects the inherent unity of all life. To satisfy what human beings truly want and need (security, and the opportunity for unlimited participation in our social, cultural and economic life), and to ensure a benign future for life on earth, we have no choice: We must transcend what separates us and build on the deep foundation we all share, which is our prior, or already-existing unity.

“A global transformation is now required in human culture—after the devastation, or collapse, of ego-civilization in the twentieth century. Something entirely new is required—something comprehensively right.”  

- The World-Friend Adi Da, from Prior Unity

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Not-Two Is Peace is a publication of the Is Peace 723 imprint of the Adi Da Foundation Press, the publishing arm of the Adi Da Foundation. The Adi Da Foundation is a non-profit whose primary goal is the dissemination of the work of Adi Da for the upliftment of humankind. It includes four divisions: philosophical wisdom (The Adi Da Institute); social wisdom (Da Peace); visual art (Da Plastique); and literary art (Da Orpheum).

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“A new kind of human consciousness is requiredbased on the working-presumption of prior unity, and on an understanding of the indivisibly single world in which everyone is living. This involves not only the notion that there is such a single world, but it requires grasping the necessity for cooperation, and the necessity to function on the basis of an understanding that the Earth is a single system, and humankind (likewise) is a single whole.”

- The World-Friend Adi Da,
from Not-Two Is Peace