Saturday July 17th, 2010 7-9:30 pm St. John's Presbyterian Church 2727 College Avenue Berkeley, California
Featuring the Facing East group, with John Wubbenhorst (bansuri), Steve Zerlin (bass), Rishabh Dhar (packhawaj), Kit Walker (keyboards), and Samrat Kakkeri (tabla). Also music from Adi Da's daughter, Tamarind Free Jones (vocal), and a performance by Peter van Gelder (sitar) and Tim Witter (tabla).
This is a beautiful talk by Adi Da. But it IS very compressed, making quite a few points in a short space, and depending to a significant degree on a familiarity with Adi Da's spiritual teaching. Here are some notes that may help.
Throughout the talk, the technical term, "sadhana" (spiritual practice), is used.
After a recent illness, a devotee mentions to Adi Da that he notices how the physical suffering of illness was distracting enough that he was not "able" to find Adi Da's Transmission when he is ill.
Adi Da acknowledges this, and responds with three more general points.
1. The illness didn't "make" the devotee lose the thread of practice; rather, he allowed himself to be distracted from God by the illness. When the devotee gets this, and sees how he himself is "doing" the turning away, he'll be able to "do better next time" by not turning away even when ill.
2. Until Divine Enlightenment — in other words, until there is no limit on one's spiritual practice — sadhana (spiritual practice) is always only reflecting back to devotees the remaining limits in their practice: where they are still turning away from the Divine, where they still need to become responsible for not turning away.
In the beginning, the "turning away" is very "crude": even mere physical suffering is enough to distract one from God. (If we find ourselves saying, "what do you mean, MERE physical suffering?" that definitely identifies us as spiritual beginners! :-) ) But as one grows in practice, and ceases to turn away in such a crude manner (as one becomes a "saint", "yogi", "sage", etc.), one discovers that one is still turning from the Divine at an even subtler level of the being (in the mind, the psyche, etc.)
It is only when that "turning away" has been inspected, understood, and transcended in every dimension of the being that Divine Realization occurs.
In this sense, for the genuine spiritual practitioner, physical suffering — along with every other circumstance that reveals to us our turning away from the Divine — is truly a Grace, enabling us to grow in our practice.
3. Where we are turning away is a reflection of what we are identifying with: the body, the mind, the soul, etc. (For example, if physical illness is enough to distract us from God, then the physical body is what we currently are identified with.) God-Realization only occurs when all "identities" less than God are understood and transcended.
In this sense, "there are no winners in God" — the Way is not about seeking, accomplishment, or winning, but rather about surrender to God, sacrifice of self, and ego-death. There's no "one" left to "win"! But the One Who Remains is perfectly, eternally happy.
poster: adidatribute speaker: Crane Kirkbride length: 13:28 date added: July 6, 2011 event date: November 28, 2009 views: 2179; views this month: 44; views this week: 12
Longtime devotee, Crane Kirkbride, offers this testimonial to the life and work of Adi Da Samraj, in which he describes singing for, and with, Adi Da. Includes a clip of Adi Da singing opera with Crane; and a slideshow of stunning pictures of Adi Da from 1972 through 2008, accompanied by Crane singing "I Am Who You Are".
This video clip is an excerpt from First Evening: Tracks 16 and 17 on the DVD, A Tribute to the Life and Work of His Divine Presence, Adi Da Samraj. More than 7 hours long, this Tribute DVD was filmed on the occasion of the first Anniversary of Adi Da's Divine Mahasamadhi, when devotees, family, and friends of Adi Da Samraj gathered at Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji (Adi Da's principal Hermitage), to acknowledge Adi Da as the Divine in human form, to praise His Greatness, and to express their heart-felt gratitude for the Blessings they have received from Him.
A list of all the tracks on this DVD can be found here.
poster: DawnHorsePress length: 07:39 date added: February 13, 2011 event date: January 7, 2006 listens: 2109; listens this month: 35; listens this week: 11
On January 6, 2006 at The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary in California, Adi Da Samraj recited His own renderings of the Advaitic texts Maneesha Panchakam ("Five Verses on Wisdom"), Shankara's Dasasloki ("Ten Declarations"), and the Devikalottara.
It is a delight to hear Adi Da bring the essence of these ancient texts to life, and feel how He completely and utterly combined Himself with the tradition of the Advaitic Sages. Not only does Adi Da clarify the hidden treasures and ancient truths in these texts, He also explains why the meaning of a sacred text can be communicated only by someone who has Realized the truth of it.
This is an excerpt from Track 4 of Disk 3 ("Reality (Itself) Is All The God There Is").
The collection of Avatar Adi Da’s renderings and related discourses became the seed of His book, The Gnosticon, in which He thoroughly examines the Transcendental Teachings of the ancient Sages in relation to His Transcendental Spiritual Way of Adidam.
poster: AdidamVideos length: 07:36 date added: January 28, 2009 views: 2107; views this month: 39; views this week: 16
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.
Adi Da speaking to devotees in 2005 in Land Bridge Pavilion at The Mountain Of Attention on the subject of "no difference". He then silently gazes upon and blesses devotees as He walks slowly by them, on the way back to His residence.
poster: FacingEast108 length: 07:31 date added: May 21, 2010 views: 1901; views this month: 39; views this week: 18
From the CD, Facing Beloved, with John Wubbenhorst (bansuri), Subash Chandran (ghatam) and Ganesh Kumar (kanjira). This piece is based on a melody from J.S. Bach (siciliano) with elements of Raga Kirwani.
A summary communication of the practice and Grace essential to the real process of Divine Liberation—given in October 2004 and April 2005.
In the Discourses selected for these CDs, Avatar Adi Da leads His listeners through the maze of egoic misinterpretation of real Spiritual practice by articulating and debunking the errors that occur when such practice is engaged from the point of view of egoity (or presumed separateness). Avatar Adi Da clarifies, again and again, that the Way He Offers is not a Way of thought or philosophy, effort or escape, experiences or techniques—rather, Adidam is based solely on the inherent heart-attraction to That Which Is Beyond all conditional states, That Which Is Always Already the Case, That Which Is Perfect Divine Love-Bliss, and Which is Appearing in and as His human Form. In summary, in these Talks, Avatar Adi Da elucidates the essence, and the necessary foundation principles, of the devotional and Spiritual Way of Adidam.
We Are Waiting poster: frank marrero length: 03:39 date added: September 30, 2009 views: 1866; views this month: 25; views this week: 8
Darshan of Adi Da, accompanied by Adi Da's recitation of His poem, "We are waiting for something to happen to this", from Crazy Da Must Sing.
We are waiting for something to happen to this. Outside the Heart, there is only confusion and fear. All of this has become unnecessary, unequal to the Truth. Knowing this something force of our existence. We think that true appearance is in another drastic place. Seeing this dilemma and the something powerful implied somehow within it and around. There is only in the solution in the satisfactions elsewhere. Unless something happens to all of this.
Therefore, men have tussled with the two hands of adventure. Either to turn an extraordinary something here. Or else to make unusual escapes into another power, another timed, or timeless place. This is the whole account of man.
But there is a possibility between these means. There is another understanding, another adventure. If only we understand the harm in which we act. The origin of all this fearful desperation. The ordinary term in which we view the thing itself. There is a prime dilemma formed within the mind that sees the world and turns away. That turns away and turns within the life, but always turns upon the pivot of a single doubt. Within this doubt, two arms of possibility enlarge the man. One intends the world, intending magnificent life, ending in perfect happiness. One intends another life, more than life itself, beginning and ending in perfect truth. Therefore he sees all things in double terms. In opposites and contradictions, high and low. And he makes final appearance in neither kind. But forever agonizes the play of his dilemma until he dies. This is the kind he seems.
But one who understands, is free of doubt. He sees the world the same. The mind in which he sees the world is single as the Heart. He does not act upon the wheel evolving and involved, two forces on a spike. He always understands the source-ful act that turns men in and out. This is what he always does. But others act upon the thing he understands. Therefore, he is not in trouble. This is the only mood of his adventure. What should he wait to happen? Where should he go? What elsewhere? What event? All the places are a single world for him. Where others go, where others wait is all a single field of single action and no trouble. Therefore, neither high nor low, unmoved from the beginning, not turned, he stands as the Heart. This is understanding. And the image of His life.
This recording of Above the Clouds was made in November 2010, during a three day, 24-hour-a-day vigil of meditation and puja on the veranda of Aham Da Asmi Sthan, Adi Da's home on the island of Naitauba. Devotee John Wubbenhorst speaks of the sacred occasion of being dropped out into the space of being 'not really there' while the Guru plays the musical instrument (and the instrument that is one's body-mind).
"Above the clouds, There Is Always The Sun — Forever Free Of Earthly Weather. By Tendency, You Are Always Looking At the local weather, and Not At The Sun Itself. That Is What egoity Is About — Always Suffering The Changes Of The local Patterning That Is the body-mind In its egoic Bondage. Instead, You Must (In every moment) Turn To Me . . . "
poster: AdidamVideos length: 08:49 date added: January 28, 2009 views: 1791; views this month: 40; views this week: 11
Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj discusses the unattainability of Divine Self-Realization by effort of the individual body-mind, and the necessity of Grace, by which an individual is able to spontaneously respond to His Free Gift.
This talk excerpt is followed by a clip of Darshan of Adi Da (at 6:48).
Achille Bonito Oliva speaks (Italian) at the opening of Adi Da Samraj's solo exhibition, 'Orpheus and Linead', at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York - September 9, 2010. Translated by Teresa Romero.
"Adi Da has a flexibility in his expression that encompasses all the art forms and techniques of the East and West. His work is a multiplication of space in time and time in space.... He's like a barman shaking Western space in the fluidity of Eastern concepts and forms. Adi Da wants to ultimately affirm art as a form of, a spiritual representation of the Divine nature of man, which can articulate a new vision of space and a new vision of time. This relationship between the East and West is very important. In a historical moment such as this, it is important to affirm, as a fundamental value of art at this time, the coexistence of differences."
poster: SanctuaryKitchen speaker: Douglas Short length: 07:55 date added: January 26, 2011 event date: January 26, 2011 views: 1737; views this month: 37; views this week: 17
While Adi Da recommends a maximally raw diet [see Adi Da's Green Gorilla], the Sanctuary Kitchen occasionally makes a cooked dish drawn from the broader vegetarian cuisine. In this video, Douglas Short, the head chef at First People (The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary kitchen), instructs us on how to make red lentil dal soup. (You can see the finished result in Part 8.)
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