to the matter of Spiritual Recognition
Who is Adi Da? In His Talks and
Writings over the years, Adi Da has used various phrases to suggest something
about Who He is in spiritual terms, and the spiritual uniqueness of His appearance
here. The phrases have included: "Divine World-Teacher", "Promised God-Man", and
"first, last, and only seventh stage Adept".
Not all that surprisingly,
phrases like these often stir up strong reactions in people who hear them. A major
reason for the reactivity is that, through no fault of our own (but also generally
without our awareness or permission), those of us brought up in Western culture
have been culturally programmed to have a profoundly materialistic viewpoint that
automatically rejects (as nonsense) what is indicated by these phrases. If our
viewpoint is materialistic, who or what Adi Da is spiritually is not really the
point; our "doubt" is far broader. Anything non-material is in
doubt for us . . . let alone "God", a "God-Man", or a "Promised God-Man"! And
so a phrase like "Promised God-Man" is automatically presumed (by materialists)
to be the self-promotional communication of a megalomaniac; the possibility that
it could be an accurate, functional description of an extraordinarily rare event
in human history isn't even considered.
In a real sense, if we are confined
to the materialistic viewpoint, we cannot recognize anything genuinely
spiritual, because we are spiritually "blind". We
can be open to the possibility of a greater-than-material Reality; we can read
extensively; we can "believe" in something; but we cannot really know without
Unlike some traditional cultures, nothing
in our cultural upbringing has trained us to be spiritually sensitive.
Quite the opposite! We Westerners are trained to be exclusively interested in
(and to exclusively put our attention on) the material dimension — particularly,
whatever will bring us material fulfillment. Our Western culture gives us the
means by which we can train our palates to recognize a fine wine; our ears to
recognize a musical masterpiece; our eyes to recognize a beautiful woman. But
we are provided with no training that allows our heart to directly recognize a
great Spiritual Master, or a human incarnation of the Divine.
explores the matter of spiritually recognizing a great Spiritual Being, by people
who are not confined to the materialistic viewpoint and who do have a greater
sensitivity. Fortunately for the rest of us, it is possible for those who
do not have any (or much) spiritual sensitivity to develop a sensitivity to the
Divine Itself through the tangible human form and Spiritual Transmission of Adi
Da, as many of His devotees can attest.
To have no greater sense of Reality than the physical
is to be like a trapped rat, trapped on all sides. You just cannot endure the
confinement of mere mortality your heart cannot accept it, you see. To be in
that disposition, to have that sense of Reality, is obviously a disturbance. So,
obviously, the human being requires a Way not merely a way out. A way out, yes
in some sense but, for the integrity of your existence, you need direct access
to the Divine, even as a matter of ordinary sanity.
Significance of Recognition in the Way of Adidam In The
Aletheon, Adi Da speaks extensively of recognition of Him as the Divine
Person being the key to growth in the Way of Adidam. Chris Tong's article explores
many issues, including: recognition as a Revelation, not a belief; and the "recognition
consideration" for prospective devotees, whose successful conclusion (the Revelation
Itself) dissolves all questions or doubts they may have about becoming Adi Da's
recognition of Adi Da: Stories from His devotees
any individual may ultimately think, feel, or spiritually recognize about Adi
Da Samraj, the recognition that Adi Da Samraj is a uniquely powerful Spiritual
Transmitter is undisputed among His devotees. It is their direct and often
repeated experience, as well as the experience of many who are not Adi Da's
devotees. Most people who take the time to get to know something about
Adi Da also acknowledge Him to be an unequalled Spiritual Genius, both in the
profundity and breadth of His Written Teaching, and in all the many other modalities
through which He creatively communicates that same Message: from art to theater
to social wisdom. When taken altogether, the thousands of stories of devotees
relationship to Adi Da Samraj, weave a rich, mysterious tapestry of Who Adi Da
Is, and of His Undifferentiated Unity with all beings.
The Qualities of the Divine Person. Many of the following stories recognize and emphasize
particular qualities of the Divine Being in the human person of Adi Da:
Do you see the way I Am? You see My Manner,
My Disposition, My Humor, My sometimes Sympathetic Sorrow, My Quickness, My Disposition
to Intervene, My Gentleness, My Hardness, My Power-Foot, My Beauty-Foot? You see
all these Qualities. These Are the Qualities of My Omni-Presence also, My Eternal
Presence. So I am Exhibiting My Eternal Personality to you, by Showing It, in
some basic terms, in your likeness, through a human Form. . . . I Am Who
I Am, the Very Person. Therefore, by All I Do, by All My Appearance here,
I Am Showing you the Qualities of the Divine Person. . . . And they will continue
after My physical Lifetime. I will Be Present exactly as I Am now.
State of Absolute Freedom
Anne Henderson: "I was sitting at the dining
room table in the late morning, breathing consciously
to try to relax a little bit before giving a presentation.
. . Suddenly, there was what Bhagavan Adi Da would call
a 'transformation of view'."
Who Is a Master?" a conversation between
Crane Kirkbride and Adi Da Samraj about the difference
between the Divine Self-Realizer and God.
Yourself to Become My Instrument"
a story about Adi Da Samraj talking with a devotee
(also a United Nations diplomat) about His Influence
in the world and His relationship to devotees (and
others) who come to Him for His Blessing in their
service to the world.
Adi Da Samraj: I Work on the pattern
that is prior to the pattern that seems, or the
pattern that is concrete at the moment. I Work
on the pattern that is invisible, prior, not yet
observed. And then I Breathe it down into the
world. And the more people there are who know
Me and know this is What I am Doing, and who enter
into devotional Communion with Me, the more means
I have in the concrete field.
the Pain of Mankind a story
of devotee Stanley Hastings touching Avatar Adi Da Samraj's
body and being given a vision of His vulnerable non-separation
from the world of universal human suffering.
to the Source The story from a
Chi Gong master, devotee Jane Yang, of how she came
to acknowledge Avatar Adi Da Samraj as the ultimate
source of power and healing central to all of Chi-Gong.
Hole in the Universe: The Sacred Empowerment of
Red Sitting Man Fire Site In 1979, Avatar
Adi Da created and consecrated a holy site at the
Mountain Of Attention called Red Sitting Man.
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. Ann Rogers recalls the potency
of the occasion in initiating her recognition of
Avatar Adi Da as the Divine Person.
Eyes Emily Grinnell describes how Adi Da used
the circumstance of His own dancing to reveal Himself
as the Divine Person to her.
of the Master Victor Lagasse: "I
saw Bubba alternatively become Swami Nityananda,
Swami Muktananda, and Ramana Maharshi. ... I remember
feeling very deeply that this was a relationship
that had gone on for aeons of time. He had been
my Master, and I his devotee for aeons of time."
is Here! After years of searching and
practicing world religions, Dennis Coccaro discovered
Adi Da Samraj when he heard a radio broadcast-interview
which featured some of Adi Da's early devotees.
Dennis describes an occasion where Adi Da self-evidently
manifested His Divinity to Dennis.
"I saw, in person, the living demonstration
of that for which I had longed all my life. . .
. Ever since then, I can freely confess from my
own experience that the Divine Being, the inmost
Heart of all beings and of all manifestation, does
exist, and was, beyond all comprehension, and human
understanding, shown alive in the Person of Avatar
Adi Da Samraj. That certainty was imparted directly
to my heart, beyond the possibility of doubt."
Timothy describes a secret he wants to share with
a real sense, if we were "highly spiritual" — i.e., if we had
Realized any of the greater-than-material dimensions of Reality — we would
not have been born here in the first place! The very fact of our incarnation here
in this material dimension is a reflection of where our actual "center of
gravity" is (regardless of whatever spiritual aspirations we feel we may
have) — with the exception of the great Spiritual Masters who deliberately
make the sacrifice of incarnating here from a greater-than-material dimension,
for the sake of helping us Realize what they have Realized.