Adi Da recommends that everyone be told
this joke on their birthday each year:
A person jumps out of a skyscraper
window. On the way down, someone shouts out from a window as the jumper passes
by: "How's it going?"
The jumper responds: "So far, so good!"
human beings, death Is A Proposition and A Puzzle That Must Be Understood and
Transcended (By Correct and Revealing Information, or Fullest Education, and By
The Real Process Of self-Transcendence). There Is No Peace For human beings Until
This Matter Is Resolved.
Are you ready for death right now? Could
you handle it? Can you handle the death of the other? No one could be said to
be in a position to enjoy that, but there is a Profundity that Absolutely Transcends
it, Absolutely Perfectly, and is Untouched, Untouched by anything at all regardless
of what happens to the body-mind, regardless of its fate and the fate of its relations.
Adi Da Samraj
Da has brought into the world an immense body of wisdom about mortality, death,
serving the death transition, and the Divine Reality in which both life and death
are occurring. Much of this wisdom is codified in His book, Easy
Death, which Elizabeth Kόbler-Ross (author of the pioneering work, On
Death and Dying) described as "an exciting, stimulating, and thought-provoking
book that adds immensely to the ever-increasing literature on the phenomena of
life and death."The stories in this section are just a small sample of
how Adi Da's Wisdom and Blessing has served many people in their understanding
and experience of mortality, dying, and death, and their Awakening to
the Divine Reality altogether.
consciousness must become one with this Divine Reality. You must magnify your
association with That, enter into heart-Communion with That, rather than reinforce
the persona, or the egoic tendencies of attention. In this way, you prepare yourself
. . . for death, but you also live well. You live in Wisdom. And if you have lived
a lifetime in this Wisdom, then death will certainly become a profound event,
not different in kind from profound meditation.
a few books (for example, Raymond Moody's Life
After Life, or Kenneth Ring's Heading
Toward Omega) are now available that report near-death experiences, and
describe such recurring patterns as: leaving the body (and possibly looking back at
it from the outside, for a period); one's life flashing before one's eyes (or some
other kind of life summary or review); passage through a "tunnel"; a being of
light at the end of the tunnel; and returning to life. There is a tendency in
many of these books to depict such experiences as entirely positive (and to make
the hopeful suggestion that death itself will be the same). But Adi Da makes clear
that all the aspects of one's psyche positive and negative that are
present (perhaps unconsciously) while alive, come into play (in an intensified, psychic
form, liberated from physical constraint) in the transition between lifetimes.
One need only look at one's dreams at night to get some feeling for what one will
experience in the death transition.
I was just appreciating what a real disservice to the cause of the Realization
of Truth is done by these near-death experience reports. It seems to be very easy
ADI DA: It's inevitable that these reports
will be given but they are propagandized also beyond mere reporting and this doesn't
do any ultimate service to people. . . . So all kinds of possibilities are arising,
may arise there you see. The immediate experience after death can be pleasurable
temporarily but then it passes and all kinds of illusions arise. You think you're
in some place, about to get your head chopped off or to be snuffed out in darkness
or burned alive and then zap you're standing in a park somewhere and seeing your
relatives and then zap you're seeing lights and tunnels and there's no end to
it you see. In the case of a more benignly conditioned personality the after-death
phenomena are more pleasurable but still founded in egoity and an essential discomfort;
and for grossly and psychotically programmed personalities, the after-death condition
can be horrible. It's not forever but it can be a terrible passage, the drama
of confrontation with demons and purgatorial and hellish states of damnation,
things that seem like they're forever  which suddenly
vanish, but you don't know that that's the way it's going to be, you see.
On the basis of these reports [of near-death experiences],
people create programs for death and techniques ["go into the light"] to help
them feel more relaxed about dying. What actually occurs after death, however,
they do not know because the after-death experience is created by one's karmic
tendencies, and it is only affected by real Spiritual practice. Mind, or its absence,
determines where you will go.
There is nothing fatalistic or negative
about this viewpoint. It places responsibility for one's destiny squarely on one's
own shoulders. As Adi Da puts it in a nutshell, "While you are alive, you make
mind. But after death, mind makes you." So Adi Da's advice is to live a life of
contemplation of (and surrender to) the Divine, so that that is what one is doing
in one's death transition as well. If one does that, then one will have an "easy
death", and one's transition will indeed be a positive experience.
Journey into Death and Back
In December 1983, two months after Adi Da's arrival at Adi Da Samrajashram (on
the island of Naitauba in Fiji), an accident occurred that would have been fatal
without Avatar Adi Da's Intervention. The story of that incident is told by two
people: Frans Bakker, one of the doctors involved; and Tom Closser, the devotee
to whom the accident occurred, who describes his near-death experience, and a
profound lesson about how "guilt" can become a self-destructive impediment to
Cosmic Journey At the time of this story, Connie Mantas worked
with the dying. Connie was taken through a remarkable, visionary experience by
Avatar Adi Da. Through silent instruction, He guided her through the patterns
of conditional existence that are experienced in the death transition, for a very
unusual "near-death experience" that suggested to Connie
a greater purpose to a human lifetime than the usual one of self-fulfillment.
Adi Da Serving the Death Transition of His Devotees (and Their Families)
of Divine Enlightenment, one of the most fortunate and relieving events any person
can experience is to have one's Divine Master, Adi Da, directly serve one's transition
beyond this lifetime as the following
stories illustrate. Adi Da does not merely offer a philosophical reorientation
to death, through His Instructions to those who are dying. He offers a living
relationship with the Divine Reality, in Person.
Adi Da's compassion for
those who are dying is extraordinary and moving. This is especially so for His
devotees, because their devotional response to Him allows Him to serve their passage
in a more profound way, as the following exchange (from January, 1993, excerpted
DA: My devotee, Barry Juarez, passed yesterday morning. He has My Blessing.
May all his karmas be purified. My Barry was a longtime devotee of Mine, one of
the earliest. Some of you may remember him from the earlieast days. He was
by his own confession a homosexual, and
he died of AIDS. Unfortunately, he was infected with this dreadful plague. Yet,
he always remained My devotee. My devotees served him. He listened to My Word
and contemplated Me as My devotee in his dying time. He had My Word directly to
him in that time. I love him! And he is alright.
DEVOTEE: I remember
one time he wrote You a card, and he gave it to You himself. You told him that
you valued his relationship to You, that it was special. This meant so much to
him. He told me about it at the time. It was so clear how much he loved You then,
and that he always loved You.
ADI DA: He came to Me in Los Angeles
in the very early days. He was My devotee for two decades. Barry always took care
to maintain his relationship to Me. Therefore, he is a good sign for such a relationship
to Me. Because he was suffering greatly, I am glad he has passed now. It was thought
that Barry might live for another week or so, but I felt it would be best if he
could go quickly. He was ready. He was willing for death to occur. He had suffered
enough. I am glad that he is relieved of that extraordinary distress.
Beloved Lord, You love your devotees so much. It is a Grace to see You regard
Your devotees in any moment of their life of practice, but it is particularly
moving to see Your Blessing at the time of their passing.
John Bent tells the story of Adi Da Samraj's great Blessing Work
with His devotee, Tamara Mcphail (who was John's intimate partner from 1999 until
her death in 2002).
John Bent and Tamara Mcphail
Him My Love and Blessings" Angelo
Druda tells a miraculous story of the Blessing-Power of Avatar Adi Da Samraj
the Power that transcends space and time, body and mortality to
serve Bernie Kelly's passing, and communicate the Love of the Divine Heart to
the need of the human heart.
Lessons in Relating to Mortality and Serving the Dying (or Very Ill)
Adi Da is no longer present in human form, the Divine Reality He came to reveal
is still accessible through Him, as is His Blessing Grace. Invoking that Grace
continues to be the core of how devotees serve the dying and death transition
of others (as well as their general health and well-being while alive). Adi Da
created the Mate Moce Ministry for this specific purpose: to have devotees trained
in His Wisdom about the death transition serve others in that transition (including
the practical management of the three-day vigil that follows the death of a devotee).
Most of us have been raised in a materialistic, death-denying, and death-fearing
culture. Thus we tend to relate to our own impending deaths, and the deaths of
others close to us, with trepidation and reactivity of every kind ,
rather than seeing death as inevitable and (more importantly) part of a larger
and natural cycle of births and deaths all of which ultimately is to
be transcended in the Awakening beyond conditional existence that is Divine Enlightement.
you observe only the mechanics of the fleshiness of things, it is very easy to
believe that death is the final event. But if you are possessed of the True Vision
of the Infinite and Eternal Circumstance in which you live, and if you are able to
be sensitive to the totality of your living (not just the fleshy part), then you
already know very well that death is just a moment in the Totality of Indivisible
sensitive to the Divine Reality that is always already present, whether in our
life or our death transition, endows us with the right orientation toward our
own death and the death of others, allowing us to best serve those passages.
the death transition
Leroy Stilwell provides a vivid example of the importance of holding the three-day
vigil for the death transition, as recommended by Adi Da.
Water Wayne Owens tells the story
of how his very ill brother received Adi Da's Grace, in response to Wayne's prayers.
transition of dying animals
Stuart Camps: "People often wonder what to do when their pet, or another animal,
is dead or dying. Adi Da Samraj has given instruction on the death process for
humans in His book Easy Death.
The process is essentially the same for non-humans yet there are unique points
to consider in serving the death of animals, including whether euthanasia is appropriate."
"No Fish Is To Die"
Jeff Polson tells of the lessons he received about mortality and compassion
from Adi Da, while caring for the Master's fish.
ghosts Leroy Stilwell presents Adi
Da's wisdom about ghosts, along with a "ghost story" by Anne Rogers.
Always remember that your inherent heart-disposition
wants and needs Infinite, Absolute, True, Eternal Happiness.
But first you have to become supremely Real about your
The real man or woman learns to live by becoming willing
and able to die in any moment.
Such a one is able to confront the difficult barriers
and frustrations of this (only slightly evolved) "world"
and yet remain capable of ecstasy in every moment.
Therefore, the primary initiation that leads to human
maturity is the confrontation with mortal fear.
Only when the ultimate frustration that is death has
been fully "considered" and felt and understood
as a process can the individual live without "self"-protective
and "self"-destructive fears.
Only in intuitive freedom from the threat and fear of
death is the individual capable of constant love of the
Divine Being, and thus of all seeming "other"
Only in freedom from mortal recoil is the (apparent)
individual capable of ecstasy under all conditions.
Therefore, be alive but learn right life by first dealing
with your death.
Become aware that you do not live, but that you are Lived
by the Divine Person.
Become the devotee of Life by surrendering your illusion
of independent life, which is the "self", or
body-mind-complex, in ecstatic Communion with Real God.
Become willing to die in any moment, and maintain no
armor against it.
Die in every moment by not holding on to your (apparent)
Give your life up to the Divine Being, and allow the
Divine Being to Transform and Translate the body-mind-complex
The Secret and the Realization of all of this is in the
Teaching and the Reality-Way and the Company of the Divine
Avataric Master. In That Reality-Way is the only positive
Destiny of the individual and the "world".
But not in the reductionistic sense of eternal
salvation or damnation, as proposed by religions such as traditional Christianity.
The "places" ("bardos") one can appear in between lives can include some that
are heavenly, and some that are hellish, even as one can have heavenly dreams
or nightmares at night, while alive. These experiences can appear to go on for
a very long time, but eventually one does reincarnate. (Note: the subjective sense
of time spent in bardos does not necessarily correspond with the amount of "calendar
time" passing between death and rebirth.)
People typically go through different stages of reactivity
to their own impending death, before they come to a simple acceptance of it. In
her widely cited work, On
Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kόbler-Ross identified these different stages
of reactivity as denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. Our modern society's
death-denying disposition tends to only exacerbate such reactivity when death
finally arrives at one's doorstep. This is in direct contrast with the many traditional
societies that steep their members in an acceptance of death from childhood on.