It is obvious, from all sorts of subtle details,
that [Adi Da Samraj] knows what IT's all about . . . One who knows that he is
the Godhead doesn't have to use any kind of force to be that . . . a rare being.
truth, every human heart longs to be perfectly and eternally happy. But, in a
time dominated by the materialistic viewpoint, few of us even consciously aspire
to Perfect Happiness, largely because we are not aware that it exists. An honest
appraisal of where we spend our time (despite toying with ideas of "spirituality")
reveals what we generally settle for: a dinner out with a bottle of "fine"
wine; a good movie; a little "peace of mind" through meditation; a little relaxation
of the body through hatha yoga.
Adi Da as Spiritual Transmitter. Throughout
history, the great Spiritual Masters appear on occasion, to re-Awaken human beings
to their highest destiny of Perfect and Eternal Happiness. By "great Spiritual
Masters", I mean something quite specific. Search the web and you may get the
sense that "spiritual teachers" are numerous and everywhere: This one teaches
Tibetan Buddhism; that one offers shamanic drumming; etc. All fine and good. But
the truly great Spiritual Masters are rare. They have never been merely intellectual
teachers, charismatic (but otherwise ordinary) human beings, or providers of piecemeal
techniques or rituals. They are always Spiritual
Transmission Masters, tangibly transmitting their own Spiritual Realization
to their devotees:
I felt Beloved Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission thick
in the room. I saw Him as the center of a field of visible, Love-Blissful, Conscious,
breathable Light. He was simply Divine Love-Bliss. There was no longer a sense
of being a separate self — just the profound peace of realizing there is nothing
to seek, nowhere to go, nothing to attain.
Different kinds of Spiritual Realization.
Different Spiritual Masters transmit different Spiritual Realizations, corresponding
to different human destinies. God-Realization — Realization of Perfect, Eternal
Happiness — is the greatest human destiny. And those rarest Masters ("Divine Incarnations")
who appear here by "crossing down" (the literal meaning of "Avatar") from the
Divine Domain spontaneously transmit that Divine Reality to others:
I didn't have any expectations when
I first saw Him. But as Avatar Adi Da walked toward His seat, I looked at Him
and felt He was only Love, walking around in a human body. I began to weep and
weep, because I was literally seeing the Vision of God. And I was overwhelmed
Adi Da as Divine Incarnation Transmitting in our time (and
eternally). The world's traditions are replete with spiritually significant
stories about great Masters like Jesus, Krishna, and Gautama Buddha. However,
sorting out the historical fact from the mythical embellishment is a formidable
challenge. Even if we could discover what occurred thousands of years ago (and
who actually really existed), is it still of spiritual use now? Are these
Masters still "Spiritually Transmitting" in the 21st century?
No Transmission comes directly from Jesus now. The link with Jesus through Baptized devotees has been broken. But many other Adepts appeared before Jesus and after Jesus, and they too have come and gone. Some precincts may exist within the Great Tradition here and there where this true spirituality is still alive — it is alive in my Company.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj "A Birthday Message From Jesus and Me", The Fire Gospel
Adi Da Samraj
is a Divine Incarnation who is Transmitting now.
react to the notion of a "Divine Incarnation" — our skepticism is born out of
both the traditional Judeo-Christian notion of "God" ("How can the all-powerful
God appear in limited human form?"), and our broader, materialistic doubt in the
existence of anything spiritual.
Adi Da strongly critiques both
God-less materialism and the notion that God is "all-powerful", the "Creator",
"in charge of the universe", etc. He instead describes God as the Source:
the Consciousness in whom all beings and things are appearing, as in a dream.
It is possible for God to appear in the "dream" (as a "Divine Incarnation"), and
for us to Awaken out of it (with the help of a Divine Incarnation); such "God-Realization"
is our greatest destiny. "Divine Incarnation" does not occur through a Divine
act of will alone (since the Divine is not all-powerful in the Judeo-Christian
sense). It depends on a rare and mysterious conjunction of circumstances that
create a "gateway" or "hole in the universe" for the Divine to appear here in
Adi Da as a child
The human life of a Divine Incarnation. Adi Da Samraj
describes how the Divine Being seized upon just such a rare opportunity to incarnate
in 1939 as an American named "Franklin Jones" in Long Island, New York.
I have no past lives and no future lives in
any dimension. This is My only birth . . . I am before time and space . . . I
have not appeared for reasons. It is only that this [body-mind] vehicle has mysteriously,
paradoxically coincided with Me. Therefore, I have conformed it to Myself and
Thus, Adi Da's first
thirty years are the extraordinary story of the Divine progressively Enlightening
"Franklin Jones", and preparing that human vehicle for the Divine Work of Enlightening
Because it is a story of Divine Descent, Adi Da's early
life is a radical reversal of the storyline of the lives of traditional saints
and yogis, whose spiritual attainments reach up to God in vision and mystical
union, and may even ultimately attain Identification with the Transcendental Consciousness
(see the left column of Figure 1), over many lifetimes
of spiritual effort.
In contrast, Adi Da's early life reflects the Divine
Descending into the human vessel of "Franklin Jones", and
awakening the various higher centers (and their corresponding
Realizations) in the reverse order from the familiar spiritual
traditions (see the right column of Figure
1), at the "God Speed" of a few years.
Adi Da's Work of Divine Emergence.
In September 1970, the process of Divine Acquisition reached the point where "Franklin
Jones" consciously Awakened as the Divine. Almost immediately, the same Divine
Process began extending Itself to all other beings:
Now. . . instead of confronting what was arising
in "myself", I "meditated" other beings. I would spontaneously become aware of
great numbers of people . . . and I would work with them very directly, in a subtle
It was as though
the Divine had established a "beachhead" on Earth through "Franklin Jones", from
which was launched a "campaign" ultimately capable of Awakening all beings to
the Divine Identity through this same means of Divinely Emerging as them:
There is only one Divine Process in the world,
and It is initiated when I [spiritually] "crash down" and "enter" My devotee.
I Am the Divine in bodily form. When My devotee truly surrenders to Me, then I
enter My devotee in the form of Divine Light.
My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence"
takes place not only in This Body. My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence"
takes place in your body, the bodies of My devotees, the bodies of all beings,
the "world" altogether. All must "experience" My Divine Avataric
Avatar Adi Da
Samraj "My Divine Avataric Self-Emergence Is An Event In My Divine
Bright Spherical Self-Domain Of Conscious Light", The
Knee Of Listening
Over the past three
decades, Adi Da has fully developed the Transcendental Spiritual Way of Adidam,
in which devotees "link up" with this Process of Divine Emergence. That Divine
Process distinguishes Adidam from other traditions. Conventional meditation, astral
projection, and other aspects of "New Age spirituality" work by stimulating specific
"higher" centers of human anatomy. The Way of Adidam places no ultimate
value on such "higher" experiences. The same limited ego experiences them, and
is not set eternally free by them. Instead, the Way of Adidam is about surrendering
the whole body (and all of its centers, higher and lower) to the Divine, to the
degree of complete Awakening.
The Way of Adidam is not based on any form
of search for the Divine. Adi Da makes the point that the Divine — Reality
Itself — cannot be sought, since It always already is the case. Seeking for the
Divine only puts off and diverts one from the actual finding of the Divine. The
only way to realize the Divine is for the Divine to be revealed directly. Adidam
is a God-Realizing Way because Adi Da's Incarnation here directly reveals the
Implications of a Divine Incarnation.
A Divine Incarnation actively Transmitting now provides immense opportunities:
most significantly, for Divine Enlightenment. The possibility of God Realization
depends upon the Divine appearing in human form; the Divine Being and State are
not otherwise accessible to humankind. (Figure 1 illustrates
how the traditional processes of Realization stop short of the Divine State. One
can't Awaken "oneself" from the "dream"; the Divine Person must initiate the process
by "crossing over" into the "dream".)
Short of our own Divine Enlightenment,
Adi Da's appearance here is also extraordinarily clarifying. He demonstrates what
Divine Realization looks like in factual — not mythical — terms. And
He provides the unadulterated details of how Spiritual Realization works, comprehensively
addressing the questions of spiritual beginners in the 21st century, including:
Will "Realizing God" require giving up my ordinary life and viewpoint?
Will it "ruin" my life? Yes! There can be no Realization of God — the
Great Identity — without complete transcendence of "self" — the lesser identity.
At some point, we realize our "precious" ordinary lives are pretty "low" on the
scale of possibility, as we start to really suffer their limitations (often as
we age). Such "positive
disillusionment" opens us to being Awakened out of this mediocre destiny,
which otherwise keeps repeating mechanically, lifetime after lifetime.
[Adidam] is not a message for consumers, it's a wake-up
communication! You don't get to be the same. You get to be told you are full of
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, September 19, 2008
Realization of Reality Itself utterly destroys your egoic life — so watch out!
The "trouble" with seventh stage Divine Self-Realization is that there is no "one"
left over to enjoy "It"!
Only Real practice undoes the psycho-physical energies
of bondage — the practice that coincides with Transcendental Spiritual Blessing,
profoundest devotion, Real Transmission, real "self"-discipline, endurance
of often intense difficulties, going Beyond "self", becoming a "self"-ruin
in the course of practice — until by uncommandable Grace, there is Revelation
which is Undeniable and Absolute, and Which never could have been thought before.
Da Samraj, part VI of "The 'Perfect Practice' of 'Perfect Knowledge' Is
The Avatarically Given Divine Way of Adidam" "Radical"
Is the body-mind-complex leading you
to Real-God-Realization? The body-mind-complex is a "guru" that leads
you toward karmic destiny. It is the ego. The body-mind-complex is the ego. The
body-mind-complex is the "self"-contraction. The body-mind-complex is
what you are transcending in the Great Process, then. It is specifically just
that. In the course of ego-transcending practice, then, there are increased dimensions
of the body-mind-complex for which you become completely responsible, or at least
fundamentally responsible. You cannot simply fulfill your destiny in life and
Realize Real God at the same time. It is not possible. You must put yourself
to work. You must transcend your limitations. You can practice the Reality-Way
of Adidam in the context of household living. This is certainly possible, if you
bring the discipline of the Reality-Way of Adidam to household living. I have
made it very clear to you how you may do so. But if you simply will not do it,
you are just stuck with the "householder's" destiny. Then you are just
fantasizing Real-God-Realization — in some fashion that consoles you, perhaps.
What you have is the "householder's" destiny — just that. And what will
you have twenty years from now? What will you have after this lifetime? What is
existence for — altogether? If you are going to get involved in intimate relationships
and make babies, and so forth, you better take practice into account! — so that
you have fullest energy and attention available for the Great Process. Otherwise,
that is just a ticket into the "world".
Is the Guru-devotee
relationship archaic? Now that we're living in the modern world of the 21st century, wouldn't a "do it yourself" approach work?
Like the laws of physics, the "psycho-physics" of how Spiritual Realization actually
works does not change just because social trends do; the Guru-devotee relationship
remains its very core.
The "self" preferring the "do it yourself" approach is the very identity needing
to be transcended. For more about why the Guru-devotee relationship is essential
for Divine Realization, click here.
How can we know Adi Da is a Divine Incarnation? By the
unique characteristics of the Divine State He Transmits — the complete dissolution
of all sense of "separate self", the Revelation of Consciousness and Energy
as a Unity, etc. — relative to which each of His devotees is a "recognizer" and
"reporter" (not a "believer"). Read the stories and testimonies on this site (or
our videos), in which devotees from around the world, who are "tuning in"
to His Transmission, describe the Revelation they have received of Who
Adi Da is, and what He offers. Talk
and meet with them. Read our FAQs
about taking up the Way of Adidam. Then place yourself in a position where
you too can receive His Transmission, and the Revelation of Who He is: view pictures
and videos of Him;
listen to talks by
Him; view His "Image
Art"; visit Adidam's Sacred
Sanctuaries — all of these means have been Spiritually Empowered by
Adi Da to channel His Transmission.
In a world ruled by human egoity and by the "bad news" egoity creates worldwide,
the amazingly good news is this: Beyond all materialistic expectations,
Perfect, Eternal Happiness is possible; and the means for Awakening to that egoless
Divine State is presently available through the devotional and Spiritual relationship
with Adi Da Samraj:
is only One Absolute Realization. I have described it when I said It was the "Bright"
as an infant. I described it [when I was a student at Columbia University]. I
have always been describing it. It is the Self-Existing, Self-Radiant Conscious
Light, The Divine Self-Condition That Is Always Already The Case. Everything else
is a mere and unnecessary appearance. And nothing else is satisfactory — only
this One Realization, which is Absolute and transcends all perception and is utterly
and inherently and perfectly egoless and Divine.
Avatar Adi Da
Samraj August 22, 2004
am like the sunlight in the morning. I intensify the light of morning until you
Awaken. Until then, you continue to dream, try to survive within the dream, pursue
all kinds of goals, searches, none of which Awakens you. I, Myself, the One Who
would Awaken you, am not an individual within the dream. I Am the Conscious Light,
the True Divine Heart — Breaking Through the force of dreaming. I Am your own
Most Prior Self-Nature Appearing within the dream in order to Awaken you.
learn more about Avatar Adi Da Samraj and the Transcendental Spiritual Way
of Adidam, please read the many stories and articles (as well as the many video and audio clips) on this site; and then visit our What Next? page.
is not Adi Da making a claim of "status" (a common misunderstanding).
It is a statement about the nature of God-Realization: how
the process of God-Realization does and does not work. Lesser
Spiritual Realizations can be the result of profound self-effort.
But God-Realization — the seventh stage Realization
— requires the Incarnation of God here, and one's
relationship with and response to that Incarnation.
Writing specifically about such sixth
stage practices as Ramana Maharshi's "self-inquiry"
(for locating the root of the "I"-thought), Adi
Da elaborates this more technically in the following passage,
most advanced form of practice in the Way of Adidam) — in
which He Himself, as the Divine Person, "does the Divine
Work" that liberates His devotee —from what He refers to as conditionally
based sixth stage practices, i.e., practices that are initiated
from the conditional side of the "divide" between
the Divine and conditional existence, and which therefore
cannot realize the Divine:
The Process of the "Perfect Practice"
of "Perfect Knowledge" [in the Way of Adidam]
is associated with the transcending of the ego knot
in the right side of the heart as a total psycho-physical
process of transcending egoity —
not merely a process of "locating" the feeling-sense
(or the Consciousness) that appears to be at the root
of the "I"-thought. . . .
Even sixth stage forms of practice which are an address
to the causal body (or anandamayakosha) are still
conditionally based activities (which exercise even
the gross and subtle bodies). Exclusively (or traditionally)
sixth stage practices may exercise the mind or the
physical body in some manner or another —
even though the fundamental address is to the root-disposition
(or causal being). Indeed, traditional (or conventional)
forms of sixth stage practice presume that the Divine
Reality can be Realized by "doing something"
to the causal body, or by becoming established
as the causal body, or merely by some sensation
of energy in the right side of the chest, or by whatever
kind of conditional "experiencing" or conditional
"knowing" may be suggested (in any particular
tradition) to be associated with Realization. All
such effort is conditional activity —
conditionally based, and ego-based. Therefore, no
such effort can Realize the Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition,
and Self-State. . . .
From the beginning of the only-by-Me Revealed and
Given Way of Adidam, the ego-forgetting process is
made possible by the Acausally-Enabling Divine Process
That IAm. The practice of the Way of
Adidam is entirely the devotional recognition-response
to Me. That practice opens My devotee to Me, because
that practice is ego-forgetting. Ultimately, that
practice is ego-forgetting in relation to all
of the sheaths, all of the conditional dimensions
of egoic "self"-presumption —
such that (Ultimately) only My (Inherently egoless
and Self-Evidently Divine) State (Itself) is "Located"
(by My Transcendental Spiritual Means, by Means of
the Force of My Inherently Perfect State Itself).
. . .
My (Inherently egoless and Self-Evidently Divine)
State is Self-Existing and Self-Radiant, and Does
the Divine Work That I have just Indicated —
but not in the sense of an effort. I Do this Work
by Merely Being (As I Am). . . . I Establish
MyselfAs My devotee. My devotee does
not do something in order to attain Me, or to attain
My State, or to imitate Me, or to manipulate "self"
in its structures in order to (somehow or other, by
that method) achieve My Likeness, or to achieve union
with Me. Divine Self-Realization is a Grace. Divine
Self-Realization is Given directly, by Me, and As
Me.. . . I Draw My devotee into My Own Acausal Divine
Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State by a Transcendental
Spiritual process that is effective in the context
of the body-mind. You may see various signs in the
but, fundamentally, the process is simply this: You
become Established As That Which Is
Always Already The Case (rather than merely
being changed in and as the body-mind).
In short, the Way of Adidam is the Way of
God-Realization via God-Possession: "I Establish MyselfAs My devotee". One recognizes Adi Da as the
Divine from the beginning, and, on that basis, surrenders
increasingly more of the ego to Him, until at last the ego
is completely transcended and there is only God.
earlier version of this article was reviewed (line by line)
by Adi Da and blessed by Him, and was
published (after being translated into Hebrew) in Ma'ariv,
the second largest newspaper in Israel, on 7/30/06 (a week
after 7/23/06, a date that
Adi Da has indicated
has special significance relative to the future of the planet;
for more, read chapter XXI of Adi Da's book, Not-Two
Is Peace). It appeared on the front page of Ma'ariv's
Lifestyles section. The publication of such an unusual article
— about a Spiritual Master who offers Perfect Happiness,
appearing in a prominent place in a major Israeli newspaper
at the height of the Israel-Lebanon conflict — made news
itself, appearing in some television news reports around
the world (even as far away as Australia). Adi Da was pleased
with the exposure, and called for us to replicate this degree
of communication about His Offering on a regular basis.
of the ways we responded to His Calling was to create
this Adi Da Up Close site a few months later (in February,