Hole in the Universe:
The Sacred Empowerment of Red Sitting Man
Rogers has been a devotee of Avatar Adi Da since the early 1970s. For many
years she served Adi Da personally.In 1979, Avatar Adi Da created
and consecrated a holy site at the Mountain Of Attention called Red Sitting Man —
an area of ash-white volcanic rock, shaped in the form of a massive natural fire-pit.
It was there, in July of that year, that He Initiated devotees into sacramental
worship of Him in the form of fire. Fire is one of the most powerful elemental
symbols of the Divine — a sign of Spirit, Light, and purification. Annie Rogers
recalls the potency of the occasion in initiating her recognition of Avatar Adi
Da as the Divine Person.
I will never forget the night of the consecration of the fire
site called Red Sitting Man at the Mountain Of Attention. It was the beginning
of my real intimacy with Avatar Adi Da as the Divine Person. In the evening, a
small group of us accompanied our Beloved Guru up the narrow, steep path that
leads to the fire site. I walked behind Him to escort and serve Him during the
ceremony. We rounded a bend in the path, and, beyond a large lone pine tree, I
saw Red Sitting Man. The site was awesome in the twilight, a wide trough etched
by Nature out of the stark white stone of the hillside. The fire pit lay at the
foot of the trough. Above, the stone rose to a slightly flattened mound — which
was to be our Beloved Guru's seat.
Beloved Adi Da
walked to His seat above the fire and sat down. Those in attendance sat on either
side of Him in a "U" around the fire pit.
From the moment that the fire
was lighted, Beloved Adi Da did not move for perhaps an hour and a half. He sat
upright in a perfect lotus posture. He wore a red cap, a yellow shawl, and blue
cotton pants. As it grew darker, the colors of His clothes faded, and He became
only a silhouette against the moonlit sky, but His face reflected the glow from
the fire. His open eyes reflected the flames. I gazed at Him almost constantly
through the entire occasion, and I never saw Him blink. He simply sat and stared
into the fire with complete stillness and intensity.
For a while, I sat looking back and forth from my Beloved Guru's glowing face
to the fire beneath us. As I sat there in His Company, I became aware of the world
in a totally new way, a way I had never noticed before. It was as though there
were a "Hole in the universe", as Beloved Adi Da describes it, a Hole through
the world itself, and on the other side was the Great Being, the Great One. This
One was Revealed to me that evening as a Person, a Great Personality, something
that tangible, that present, that conscious — Consciousness Itself. Suddenly I
knew and understood so many things that Beloved Adi Da had said. This was the
Prior Condition He had always spoken about — the Radiant Divine Being. I knew
It as the Divine Person.
This was the beginning of
my recognition that Beloved Adi Da is that Divine Being, that there is no difference
between Him and the Divine Person, between Him and the utter transcending of this
world, that He is the window, the "Hole in the universe". I knew that Beloved
Adi Da does not have to be active. He does not have to look at me. He does not
have to speak to me. He does not have to deal with me or Teach me or Instruct
me or do anything to me.
Annie Rogers with
Adi Da Samraj, 1982
Da Samraj at
Red Sitting Man, 1998
Da Samraj at
Red Sitting Man, 2002