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!"
Modern Westerners are always fantasizing the future on the basis of an egoic identification with the body. The fact that every one is, inevitably, going to die, and that every thing is going to disintegrate (or pass away), is, in the modern Western view, so terrible that, characteristically, all "Westernized" individuals feel compelled to convince one another that it is not so (by constantly "selling" one another lies that "prove" it is not so). Nevertheless, the mortal "facts" really are so.
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
Death makes your entire life bullshit. Dont you see? That's the problem. The body is going to die, every relation of the body is going to die. You can't even depend on it continuing for another moment while you're . . . associating with it. That's the situation youre in, but you use fabrications of mind and so forth, individually and collectively, that distract you from the fact of it, so that you won't feel it profoundly. And so you build up this whole lifetime of endeavors, of attachments, of things you own, things you do, things youre known for, things you know, things you know about on and on and on. And it all passes. But in the meantime. . . you bullshit one another, effectively.
The Great Matter doesnt confront you merely in death. It's just that in death you are disarmed and you have no choice. While you are alive, you delude yourself! You fabricate a reality that's not altogether true, in order to give yourself a sense of permanence, continuation, certainty as if life is about being enthusiastic, about fulfillment of the next desire. In fact, you could easily drop dead in any moment. All kinds of people drop dead every day. And a lot of them haven't lived a very long life beforehand. All kinds of terrible things are being done by human beings to one another and otherwise by the situation itself.
So you can participate in the round of desires and consolations as much as you are able for a lifetime, however long that lasts, and then be necessarily confronted by profundity at the point of death. Or you can go beyond even right now and exist in that profundity right now. . .
True religious life is a great profundity. But the religious life that people propose for themselves and propose to one another, generally speaking, is the life of consolation, of distraction, of arbitrary beliefs that suggest some kind of continuation (or even permanence) of the present pattern.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
So do not be stupid and cruel people. Be a little more humorous and loving, and acknowledge your friends compassionately. All of them are fleshily presented, and dying. All of your women friends, all of your men friendseveryone who lives is dying and is confronted with the most incredible circumstance. All are deserving of your love and compassion, and also of your demand for the discipline of love beyond egoic "self-possession", so that they too can enjoy the intuition of this Happiness.
Everyone is dying. All of these shapes get snuffed out with trembling stupidity and insanity. When the body dies, the brain becomes active for a moment, it begins to show you lighted shapes and to dissolve you beyond the elements. First you get fleshy, and then you get watery, then you get fiery, then you get airy, then you start screaming and nobody can hear you, and the body shakes all over the place, and then you are dead. I certainly wish you could acknowledge it while you are alive. If you can, you will love somebody, and if you cannot, you will not.
Do not pretend that you live in a Disney world of beauty. This life is many-sided, and you do not know what it is. And your Happiness depends on the total inspection of this life. Understand the situation you are in and become manly (male or female) on the basis of this observation, so that you may be lovers and friends. Acknowledge this terrible circumstance and be Happy, and stop placing stupid obligations on one another. You exist in a place that is open-ended, an edge to the Eternal, and you are dying. The only way you can comprehend this complication is by sacrificing it and becoming a lover and a friend. Nothing else you may project in your lifetime can change that. You are still a fleshy, homely being that can be crushed by circumstance.
Avatar 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.
The dead are rotted. And they are not art. They are all the dead, the objects of your ritual. And they are not preserved. Am I right? And you are the dead — about to be. You are all waiting for it. You are all going to die. And it will not release anything. You will be eaten. You are all biding your time with this ritual of museumistic philosophy — thinking and painting and drawing and musicking and lyricking. Poetry and politics — an involvement in action and repetition and experience. Until, one day, completely out of the blue, whenever it will occur — at twenty, or thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, a hundred, a hundred and fifty years, whenever it occurs — out of the blue, you will get this stuffy sensation in your chest, and your mind will become unavailable to you, and your personality will become magnificently obsolete, and you will puke yourself out and become nothing. And, for a moment, you will fulfill the Law with your bodies. But, in the next moment, all of you will be stretched out, with a little cord of Light. It is the only thing that keeps this body alive — with three parts, into the three stations of the bodily apparent heart. And you will stand up in the room, and see your dead body, and feel so relieved from it.
And that will seem like the fulfillment of the whole gesture of your understanding. But, then, you will turn around, and somebody like your mother, your uncle, the Virgin Mary, Jesus of Galilee, Gautama Sakyamuni, Swami Muktananda — somebody will be standing there saying, "Ah, hey, it's alright! You have died now, but you are not your body. Now, come with me, and we'll go into the other world." And you will believe it. And, actually, you should have been swept out centuries before, lives before, moments before your death. How unfortunate to have had to die in order to be relieved from your body. But, actually, you have not been relieved from your body-identification, only from the body itself. And, in the next moment, having submitted to this argument, this preacher of your own mind, you will be swifted into some place with all kinds of smiling, white-shirted people, whose entire business it is to make you feel as comfortable — as consoled and dead — as you could possibly be. And, then, you will be put to sleep, and you will dream for endless years.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, July 12, 1976
Ideally, it seems, it would be best if men and women did not ever have to take the life
of anything, but this cannot be done. Even your next breath will slaughter beings. And you, yourself, bodily,
will be given up eventually. The entire cosmic display is a kind of slaughterhouse, if you will, killing everything birthed.
Observing this, one can be possessed by a desperate and negative vision. That is why one must Hear the Truth and Wake up.
One must understand that, indeed, the conditional universe must be transcended, but, as a process, its greater meaning
is positive. It is a process of sacrifice, of yielding, of going beyond, as best one can.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, 1987
Life, rightly lived, is an intentional freefall. You cannot at all prevent your death.
You cannot call the hour, the day, the moment of it — it could happen at any time. Even right now, while
we are talking. Anybody could drop dead at any time. You cannot prevent it. You can build your life on trying
to prevent it, but it is an illusory effort, a terrible philosophical ordeal, because you cannot prevent it.
You can indulge in illusions that desensitize you to this, and that is what most of "religion" is about. That
is what exoteric "religion" is, for most people. It is a way of desensitizing them to the facts of existence
in this conditional life. One cannot blame them for the fear — and their clinging, then, to consolations.
But there is no Truth in it. The true renunciate knows there is no Truth in it, and relinquishes those consolations,
and allows the freefall. Then you make great discoveries. That is what the esoteric life is about — the discoveries
in freefall. You cannot control the ultimate thing you fear. That freedom from fear is about allowing the freefall
and relinquishing consolation. Your right relationship to Me is not a matter of consolation, it is a
matter of the embrace of the Beloved, the certainty of the Absolute, under circumstances in which you are
utterly bereft of certainty otherwise, in which you allow the overwhelming force of conditionality to be
the way it is. It is only in that disposition that you discover the Truth of Existence.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, June, 1980
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 Enlightenment.
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
Therefore, in the face of the death of an other, be confounded — and be moved to Real God. Remain sensitive to your present relationship with that one who has been irrevocably transformed before your eyes. Let the grosser part return to the dis-union of original elements. But remain free and Happy, allowing that one to be a blissful sacrifice in the mystery that also obliges you. Hold on to no thing and no one, not even your apparently individual self. Be certain of no knowledge. Be the sacrifice of all conditions in every moment — and (thus) abide in Communion with the Eternal Truth (Wherein the root of your independence is eternally hidden, and your common Identity is always already Revealed). In this manner, you will affirm and participate in the Eternal Existence in Which all appear: Surrender into Infinity with all your friends, and hold on to no thing or condition that ever appears. Forget all things in present-time Happiness, and so forgive the universe for all its playful changes. Always love one another — and (thus) forgive one another for appearing, for changing, and for passing out of present sight. So be it.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
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".
My Appearance does not limit you. The appearance of any other human being limits you. Mine does not. This is also fundamental to your devotional recognition of Me. Your right recognition of Me is such that even if you did not perceive Me in the likeness of this human Manifestation, you would still devotionally recognize Me. It is still Me. This is why, while you are alive in human form, you must devotionally recognize Me and Commune with Me in all of My Forms, at every level of recognition. This gives you the strength, the capability beyond this "world" beyond death to participate in the Transcendental Spiritual process of devotional Communion with Me, where you may (possibly, though not necessarily) be shifted out of any association with this human likeness. Your devotional recognition of Me will still permit you to recognize Me in that place, in that state, in that moment As I Am, and in some other Form that is not associated with this human likeness. But you may also see this Appearance or a transformed version of It. You will always "Know" Me.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, September 9, 1984
Death is not an explanation. Life, itself, is never, finally, explained. What follows the present life is not an after-death of explanation but, only more of life, itself. Continued. Unexplained. And only this mere more of life. Until, the Living Light the Brightness That Is Consciousness, Itself Outshines the ceaseless life-time of separate ego-"I".
And Only That Outshining Brightness Un-explains the Unexplainable
by Disappearing all the living mind that asks to be explained.
You should be so focused in the Love-Bliss you Realize in My Company that, in effect, you will almost swoon through this life — not disregarding it, but, even as you participate in it, feeling beyond it so profoundly that you hardly even notice your death. Be so focused in My Love-Bliss that life is a profound devotional Communion with Me for you, in which even all the stages between human birth and that transition place evaporate because of the intensity of your adoration of the Living One.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"Be Drawn into the Swoon of Infinite Love-Bliss"
For My true devotee, the life-process is constantly volunteered and freely allowed to be the moment to moment death-process of the apparently separate "self" (or the psycho-physically-patterned illusion of ego-"I").
In both life and death, the single process of devotion to Me is the whole-bodily-searchless Beholding of Me Which Is, Ultimately, the "Perfect Practice" of devotional and Transcendental Spiritual Communion with Me.
In the Context of That "Perfect Practice" of Communion with Me, Divine Translation Is Demonstrated.
There need be no concern at all about whether conditional existence continues or vanishes in this instant.
As long as conditions arise, there is, for My devotee, only the process of whole-bodily-recognition-responsive devotional turning to Me.
There should be no reluctance, no "self"-contraction, relative to thismoment being the moment of Divine Translation, in which all conditions are Outshined.
Such Is the Intrinsic Freedom of true devotion to Me the Freedom from clinging to conditional existence.
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.