In response to a devotee's question about Spiritual Transmission, Adi Da discusses how the various schools of religious and Spiritual instruction fit within the Great Tradition.
("Great Tradition" is Avatar Adi Da's term for the total inheritance of human, cultural, religious, magical, mystical, Spiritual, and Transcendental paths, philosophies, and testimonies, from all the eras and cultures of humanity.)
Avatar Adi Da also describes the qualities of genuine Spiritual Transmission and offers guidance in transcending naive belief and all forms of limited thinking.
Anything was allowed to happen in the performance, and no rehearsal was required. The performers were open, concentrated, and ultimately, surrendered to the Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, permitting His Divine Transmission to dance the dancers and play the musicians.
John Wubbenhorst on lead flute, Michael Sheppard on electronic keyboard, Steve Zerlin and Byron Duckwall on various stringed instruments, and Ken Anoff with hand-held drums launched into a piece that ran for 75 minutes. The dancers began seated facing each other on the 8 X 16 foot raised stage they'd built for the occasion. From low-key, seated movements they took perhaps 6 minutes to develop their movements into a standing dance which acknowledged the portrait of Adi Da Samraj off stage left and climaxed in a slow but spectacular partnering sequence in which Tom carried Susana on his shoulders and lowered her to the floor by bending forward from the hips with a straight spine, a risky show of strength. The intensity of that early climactic moment galvanized the attention of the audience and lifted this improvisation out of any association it might have had with the lazy or casual.Later in their improvisation, Tom and Susana managed passages of rhythmic intensity, flinging their arms to the musicians' tight, fast tempos. We always expect professionalism from the Everts, but we were surprised at how successfully they maintained our interest in the extended improvisation.
A retrospective of Adi Da's monumental size art. Includes clips of Him talking about His work. Also includes slides from various exhibitions and some quotes about Adi Da's art from an art critic, art historian, and museum curator.
An excerpt from Avatar Adi Da's remarkable Discourse of September 23, 2004, in which He describes, in technical detail, the distinctive qualities of His Reality-Revelation in the context of the Ashtavakra Gita and the Great Tradition altogether.
In this part (Part Five), Adi Da clarifies why the seventh stage of life is unique, and describes the profound moment in His Avataric process that occurred at Ruchira Dham Hermitage (on Lopez Island, Washington) in April, 2000.
The full DVD of this talk (3.5 hours long) is available from The Dawn Horse Press here.
Adi Da Samraj talks about the principle of egoity: how this principle underlies the Great Tradition; how it makes existence "samsara" (illusion), in which we imagine that we are living in the real world; and how understanding this principle is the key to the Way of Adidam.
This is an excerpt from the key talk, "Self-Understanding", given by Adi Da on April 8, 1993. More from the same talk here (text) and here (video).
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poster: AdidamPodcasts length: 25:21 date added: March 17, 2012 listens: 824; listens this month: 31; listens this week: 11
In this discourse Adi Da calls us to understand the doctrines and spiritual attainments of humankind not as separate traditions or paths but as a whole: a single "Great Tradition". He also urges humankind to transcend merely belief-based religious myths, dogma, and "religious provincialism" which only support egoic separation and conflict.
poster: TheBeezone speakers: James Steinberg, Ed Reither length: 14:32 date added: February 13, 2011 views: 1369; views this month: 28; views this week: 8
Ed Reither of The Beezone interviews longtime devotee James Steinberg about Adi Da Samraj's development of His Teaching about the Great Tradition in which He clarifies and makes sense of all humankind's exploration of religion, spirituality and truth. James talks about Adi Da's description of the esoteric anatomy of the body-mind and the process that a person has to go through to realize the truth.
Classic animation from the 1930's. This was one of Adi Da's favorite cartoons, because of its depiction of Light and Happiness dissolving and outshining the force of egoity.
"Everyone transmits. All of you are transmitters. You reinforce these limitations in one another and you transmit them to one another. Each one of you emits invisible forces that are locked up in limited messages that reinforce the same limitations in others . . . Realizers of one or another degree of Spiritual development likewise by nature spontaneously Transmit what they are. . . . Since everything and everyone transmits states of existence, since life, or existence itself, is participation in transmissions of all kinds, the best thing you can do is to associate with the greatest possible Transmission above all. . . . That is the great rule, the Great Law, the Ultimate principle of the Great Tradition."
poster: AdidamVideos length: 07:36 date added: January 28, 2009 views: 2101; views this month: 37; views this week: 12
In this discourse, Adi Da Samraj suggests that the Way He offers is not based on this assumption of separate self, but rather identification with that that is transcendent from the body-mind, the Divine Self-Condition.
The devotee asking the question of Adi Da was a former student of Zen Buddhism, so in this discourse Adi Da refers to some metaphors that are part of the Zen Buddhism Tradition.
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