— Leroy has made many
contributions to the Adi Da Up Close website.
professional experience and training include, undergraduate degrees
in Biology, Psychology and French, a Master's degree in Developmental
Psychology, and post graduate training in various therapy and counseling
modalities. I have worked professionally as a technical translator,
mental health therapist, a child and family counselor, vocational
counselor, children's protective services social worker, and personal
computer database programmer. I was a medic and psychiatric tech
in the US Army during the Vietnam time, stationed in Korea.
I became a
formal corresponding devotee of Avatar Adi Da in 1976, while living in Portland,
Oregon. For most of my time as a devotee I have lived and served at Adi
Da Samrajashram in Fiji. It has always been my principal desire to serve
Adi Da Samraj as directly as possible.
first saw Avatar Adi Da in 1977, then in 1980 I finally moved to Lake
County, California and have been a fully participating devotee since then.
I initially served as production editor at the Dawn
Horse Press, then managed our correspondence department. From 1984 to 1986,
I lived in the UK and supported the Adidam mission in London. After that, I was
invited to serve at Adi Da Samrajashram and that is where (until recently) I have
lived and served most of the time. My services there included service in the editorial
department, photographer, videographer and video editor, communications manager,
shipping manager, iguana breeder, emergency medical assistant, Ashram manager,
Global Ashram Magazine manager, and personal assistant to the Ruchira
I became involved in creating this
website after leaving Adi Da Samrajashram in April, 2006. I realized that people
newly becoming interested in Adi Da's Teaching might not have a full understanding
of who Adi Da is, or an appreciation of what the real practice in Adidam is all
about. I know the profound depth of consideration Adi Da has taken devotees through
over the years may not be immediately obvious. Newer devotees can also find themselves
in a similar situation.
It also seemed to me that people just
becoming interested in Adi Da may be exposed to negative opinions about Adi Da
without having the benefit of being able to get a more in-depth view of Adi Da
and Adidam other than via the official
Thus, I was happy to participate in creating
this unofficial website to help bring this depth to people's understanding of
Avatar Adi Da, and to address the otherwise unanswered concerns and questions
people might have. We also wanted to publish the personal accounts of devotees
that provide examples of the human experience of Adi Da, the practice, and the
I have always been personally moved through seeing
the details of Adi Da's life and relationship to devotees, through which the larger
picture of Who He is can take shape. I have always found it important, as well,
to regularly study the world's traditional Spiritual and religious writings. This
study has always helped provide a frame of reference for more deeply understanding
Beloved Adi Da Himself, as well as my own experience in practice.
is so much about Adi Da that is utterly unique. There is no single statement or
address that can give one a full picture of Who He Is. Only His direct Transmission
can do that. But I hope it is for you as it is for me, that the sum of everything
you can read on this site or otherwise seem to know about Adi Da, points to an
unprecedented Intervention, a Revelation of Reality Itself, a Process in Truth
that cannot be contained or owned. What a Miracle! And What a Master!
in my contribution to this site, I am intending that as much as possible the stories
and articles by devotees be confessional and revelatory, without editorializing
or censoring. Any prefacing of devotee stories will be minimized and limited to
comments necessary to clarify the setting and perhaps some technicality of Adi
I am participating on an ongoing basis as
one of the people receiving and responding to your comments, questions, and feedback
on this site.
* * *
late November 2008, I was en route to Naitauba for retreat. I was going there
prepared to stay indefinitely in service to Beloved Adi Da, should He Bless me
to do so. With four other devotees, I was on the neighboring island of Taveuni
awaiting the next day's boat to be taken there. That evening we received the shocking
and totally unexpected news that Beloved Adi Da's heart had stopped late that
afternoon, and that He had taken His Divine Mahasamadhi.
arrived on Naitauba in time to be able to view His Bodily Human Form in a final
Darshan in His bedroom. We all then were able to participate in the procession
to the site of His Interment. All devotees present on the Island at the time served
the interment process in one way or an other. For something like six straight
hours, I helped pass all the dirt used to bury His Body, into the Temple where
the burial chamber was. We have included
on this site
as many descriptions and stories from this time as we can.