In this video clip from the 1988 talk, "What Is Your Intention?", Adi Da criticizes the "do-it-yourself" approach to spirituality that is popular in the world today, and speaks about why a teacher is necessary.
"In November 2010, a group of musicians traveled to the sacred hermitage island of Adi Da Samrajashram (Naitauba, Fiji) for spiritual retreat. We played daily at many of the holy sites on the island. We particularly fell into a blissful mood when playing on the veranda of our Guru's house."
"There, in the open air, with fresh breezes blowing, gentle waves washing, and birds chirping, we fell into deep devotion as we played. The music on this recording was spontaneously created on these occasions." —John Wubbenhorst
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Adi Da Samraj describes how the Guru-devotee relationship is based on the Realization of the Realizer. Contemplation of His Bodily Sign is the means by which all His Gifts are received and by which the devotee duplicates the Realization of the Realizer.
Adi Da admonishes devotees to understand that spiritual practice cannot be done merely by reading books and presuming an imaginary relationship with the Guru or the Divine. But Adi Da points out that real spiritual life is practice based on direct Spiritual Transmission. It requires a direct relationship with the Guru. Historically very few people have been willing to do what it takes, and have opted instead for an imaginary relationship.
Adi Da speaks about the beginning of spiritual practice in the Guru's company. He describes the beginners' tendency to equate the practice with "meditating" on the Guru and techniques that focus attention on Him. But this view is a beginner's error. The practitioner must also engage the full range of functional disciplines as part of the relationship to the Guru.
Adi Da Samraj speaks about the return to the Guru through sacrifice and how one's state of feeling (ie - feeling blissful) is not the sign to look for in sadhana. He also speaks about the responsibility for the bodily and mind processes that are required in sadhana.
[Starting around 8:50, the video clip breaks up, the quality gets degraded, and there is some repetition in the clip. The clip returns to normal quality around 10:10.]
Satsang, or the Company of the Awakened One, is the Way, the Truth, and Reality Itself. Adi Da not only communicates this truth verbally; He sits in silence communicating His Divine State, illustrating what He is talking about.
The occasion was a Prasad Day in May, 1973, in the backyard of a devotee's residence in Los Angeles.
poster: DawnHorsePress length: 05:03 date added: June 23, 2012 event date: December 23, 1973 listens: 735; listens this month: 28; listens this week: 4
An excerpt from "Guru As Prophet", a humorous and penetrating Discourse from the very earliest years of Avatar Adi Da’s Teaching-Work. Adi Da speaks of the Guru's role as prophet in the world, which is to create "an aggravation, a criticism, an undermining of the usual life". He speaks of how the Guru in the function of prophet is always working to produce a condition in which people's illusions may be undone.
poster: DawnHorsePress length: 04:34 date added: June 23, 2012 event date: January 18, 1973 listens: 767; listens this month: 25; listens this week: 4
An excerpt from "Money, Food, and Sex", a humorous and penetrating Discourse from the very earliest years of Avatar Adi Da’s Teaching-Work. Adi Da criticizes the typical conception of Spirituality as having nothing to do with the realities of day-to-day life and says that taking responsibility for money, food, and sex creates the foundation practice of genuine spiritual practice.
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