This is a summary of insights from ‘Adaptation’ in
Virtues & Values by the spiritual philosopher, T. Saraydarian

Adaptation is important, not just to survive, but also to creatively thrive and spiritually develop.

We need to adapt to the laws and conditions of Nature, yet also to Spiritual Purposes and Needs, such as Progression, Improvement, and Evolution. Adapt to the needs of Progression, Improvement, and Evolution.

Adapt to the Need – doing what is needed for Progression, or for Service, or to succeed through a challenge.

Adapt to Higher Goals, Purposes, Visions, Directions, and to new challenges.

Adapt (all aspects of yourself) to a Goal or Challenge, and to the discipline needed to succeed in it.

Adapt to higher challenges and disciplines, in order to actualize higher potentials.

See all situations and challenges as opportunities for development and progression.

Adapt to what will challenge you and develop your potential qualities and abilities.

Intentionally seek challenges or opportunities to develop your abilities and virtues. (this is conscious evolution)

Always be in progression – expanding your abilities, your consciousness, your intelligence and love, and surpassing previous limitations.

For adaptation, we need to increase our – mindfulness, intelligence, foresight, cooperation, and harmonious relationships.

Adaptation leads to Beauty, Truth, Love, and greater Synthesis.

Adapt to the Path of Creative Service and to your Soul-Purpose.

Adapt your mind, heart, and action to these Purposes.

Our mind needs to follow the deeper needs of our heart and our intuitions of Purpose.


Adaptation requires intelligence and the ability to learn

To adapt we must increase our intelligence (intelligence sees and learns How-to-adapt).

Adaptation requires learning from situations and challenges, or even from negative feedback (all feedback is part of any learning & adaptation process).

Use all of your current knowledge and experience, along with all of your intelligence and talents, to explore and be successful in new situations, to creatively solve challenges, and to reach higher Goals.


Steps towards adaptation

1. Understand your Vision or Goal or Need

2. Recognise the hindrances and obstacles in yourself, and whatever else you need to overcome.

3. Discover your self-potentials that are needed to overcome these obstacles and to actualize your Vision.


Adjustments and adaptations needed in oneself

To live in a higher altitude (a higher spiritual state), you need to adapt yourself to that higher place – you need to have adequate equipment suited to that place, and you may need to change some of your previous self-patterns.

Adaptation challenges you to re-organize and re-adjust.

Renounce the dysfunctional, and Adapt with the Best !

Clear the obstacles in yourself (emotional & mental).

Clear your memory bank of fixed beliefs and past emotions, in order to experience life with freshness and clarity.


Dealing with others and world conditions

One could acclimate & adapt to any group/culture, so we need to be intelligently selective because some groups are small-minded, unbalanced, or harmful.

You can either adapt to the lower levels of people or you can ascend to the highest in yourself – which then helps to raise the lower to higher.

Adaptation requires acceptance, cooperation, harmonizing and fitting in. But it’s not just passively accepting whatever, or always going along with whatever people ask.

Acclimate to the Good and to Higher Standards; not just to whatever people are doing – like to the culture at hand or to the lower habits/standards of those you happen to be near.

However, one still needs to adapt and be flexible to the [lower]-conditions one finds oneself in. Even if we are intending to help others in lower conditions, we need to adapt to those conditions.

Adapt to the Higher Purposes, yet also adapt to the lower levels (but just so you can work from that situation to help people evolve higher).


Adaptation has many related virtues

Adaptation involves responsibility and flexibility to help with what is needed.

Adaptation involves cooperation, yet with intelligent & good things.

Adaptation involves alignment and harmony with truth, love, goodwill, and evolutionary progress.

Adaptation involves intelligence and foresight about what is needed for true progress.

Adaptation involves awareness and mindfulness, observation and learning.

Adaptation involves acclimation and acceptance, but not blind acceptance, nor acceptance of stupid or harmful actions.

Adaptation involves patience and waiting for the right time, but not passivity because adaptation requires an active will to meet the need-at-hand.

One thought on “Adaptation

  1. Matt says:

    Natural Adaptation and Intentional Adaptation

    Natural adaptation and evolution is not intentional nor planned out. Natural adaptation is like ‘success by trial and error‘. In the natural process, an abundance of diversity is created over long periods of time; then from all these ‘creative experiments‘, the traits best fitted for their local natural environment are those that survive. Intelligence and harmonization progresses forward from this process, because greater intelligence and harmonious mutualism serve the needs of survival.

    In contrast, spiritual adaptation is conscious and intentional. It is a conscious evolution. Trial and error may still be used, but used with conscious intelligence, not randomly. Challenges may even be sought out, in order to develop more of one’s abilities and adaptability.

    Also, spiritual adaptation is multi-purposeful and not just for survival. These purposes include – harmony in oneself and in the world, improvement and progression in oneself and in the world, greater intelligence in oneself and in the world, as well as greater love, cooperation and synergy, greater abilities and greater adaptability.

    In natural evolution, individuals and species tend to become co-operative over time, because survival is enhanced by co-operative traits and behavior, and thus the surviving species are those with an efficiently co-operative relationship with their environment. Sustainable ecologies then naturally form from efficiently co-operative traits. In other words, the co-operative fitting traits, or those who are co-operatively adaptive, have greater ability to sustainably survive. Larger living systems (groups or ecologies) then develop from this co-operative value, which is also instrumentally efficient.

    Whereas in conscious evolution, co-operation and larger synergistic wholes are created intentionally by free choice. Synergy is combining smaller parts (ie.,individuals) into a larger integrated-functioning group, all co-operating and aligned under a united Purpose/Goal. Instead of being just separate individuals (or groups), a larger group-whole is created and functions with its own semi-autonomy. This larger synergy also develops a greater intelligence and functioning power than merely the sum of its separate parts.

Leave a Reply