Da's Teaching was communicated in many forms and stages of development, starting
in 1970 and ending in 2008. This section considers questions
about both real and apparent changes in Adi Da's Teaching over the years.
Some differences signify actual changes made by Adi Da over time, while other
differences reflect different ways Adi Da communicated the same underlying point
at different times.
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Framework for Exegesis: Understanding Adi Da's Word in Context
— To rightly understand a particular passage of Adi Da's Teaching Word, we must
know exactly when He wrote or spoke it, and the context in which He wrote or spoke
it. And to pin down that context, it is useful to evaluate the talk or essay or
passage along seven different dimensions, which are presented and described in
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on other Adepts — Has Adi Da changed His views on other adepts over the
years? In His autobiography, The
Knee Of Listening, 1973 edition, He expresses great respect towards Ramana
Maharishi and calls Maharshi His teacher. After that, when He developed his "seven
stages" framework, Ramana (and the Buddha) were given "seventh stage status".
But later yet, after 1991, it seems like He "demoted" them to sixth. Can you provide
some clarification here?
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Adidam a Religion? — It seems at times Adi Da has described the
Way of Adidam as a religion, and at other times has said it is not a religion.
So is Adidam a religion, or not?|
of the term, "Avatar" — In 1974, Adi Da said, "The world
is the Avatar, the totality of human beings is the Avatar." Many years later,
He would describe Himself as Avatar. How do we reconcile these?
and The Knee Of Listening — I heard that there was a chapter in
the original Knee Of Listening in which Adi Da described the time he spent
in Scientology, and that this was later removed. Was this because He didn't want
anyone to know about His association with Scientology?|
"QUESTIONS ABOUT ADI DA AND ADIDAM"