Coccaro has been a devotee of Adi Da Samraj since the remarkable
1979 event he describes in this story. Dennis has been actively involved in making
Beloved Adi Da's Teaching available on the East Coast of the United States.
years of exploring, searching, studying, and practicing Eastern and Western religious
teachings, I discovered the Wisdom-Teaching of Adi Da Samraj while listening to
a Lex Hixon broadcast on WBAI Radio here in New York. The program featured a group
of Avatar Adi Da's devotees discussing the Way Of The Heart, and I was impressed
and tremendously enlivened by what I heard. To my delight, when I purchased His
books, The Knee Of Listening
and The Method Of The Siddhas
to read His Teachings, I found them to contain the most complete answer imaginable
to all my heart's questions about life, spirituality and death, and everything
For the next five years, I corresponded with the Adidam Community
(headquartered in California), and attended every study group, program and film
presentation that was offered locally. During this period, Adi Da began to appear
in my dreams, and I began to intuit how unique He Is as an Adept and Spiritual
Teacher. Then in 1979, I was invited to California to attend a spiritual celebration
of His birthday. He was going to personally attend.
A gentle steady rain
was falling. Six hundred of us were chanting in a large tent that had been erected
for this celebration on the grounds of the Adidam Sanctuary. Simultaneously, Adi
Da was in the main meditation hall, named Western Face Cathedral, with a select
group of his more advanced students. Each of us was to go and offer a gift of
fruit or flower at the large open double-doorway, and receive Adi Da's Blessing
Regard for a few moments, bow and leave. There was no plan for Him to sit in meditation
with any of us in the tent.
about an hour of chanting, and with only a small number of us having made our
way to offer our gift to Him, Adi Da unexpectedly left the meditation hall and
strode up the hill and into the tent. Cloaked in a white hooded kaftan, He took
His seat on the dais. It was completely obvious to me that it was His direct response
to the passionate heart-call of those of us who were chanting, and our need to
He took down His hood and stepped out of His sandals. As I turned
to see Him, I found myself transfixed and spontaneously stopped chanting. My body
relaxed. I felt completely open-hearted at the sight of this Great Vulnerable
Being of Love, who was self-evidently manifesting the Divine in human form. When
He Glanced at me, as He Glanced intentionally at each person in the tent, I was
no more than fifteen feet away.
Opened by the chanting and the whole-bodily
release that I was experiencing in that moment, I received all I had ever wanted
and intuited as Truth: the confirmation of the primacy of the Divine, and of Real
Love, Eye-to-eye and fully expressed there in His Form. I called out my love to
Avatar Adi Da, which, paradoxically, I knew to be His Gift to me, a Gift that
He was drawing out of me, a Gift that was itself His very Being. There was no
sense of separation left between us and I felt no separation from anyone in the
tent! There was only this Love-Blissful Condition.
A life of devotion was
inspired in that moment. And ever since, as long as I have been given over enough,
or have gotten myself out of the way enough to receive Adi Da's Transmission,
His Gifts have never ceased.
I haven't the slightest doubt in my mind that
a new way of life is possible in the world based on our relationship with This
Perfect Descent of the Divine into our midst. I have seen this myself. Adi Da
Samraj is here! And He is Radiant with the Gifts of Real God.
May you find
this Grace without equal in your life.