This story was taken from Chapter
11 of The Promised God-Man Is
Here, by Carolyn Lee, Ph.D.
|1982 STAR-BULLETIN PHOTO
A motorist dodges damage in Mokuleia after Hurricane Iwa hit
in November 1982.
On November 23, 1982, news reached devotees at Da Love-Ananda
Mahal of a hurricane that had blown up in the Pacific and was
heading straight for the island of Kauai. By 4:30 in the afternoon,
huge trees were down across the road and a sixty-foot lychee tree
lay in splinters at the Sanctuary. Electric power lines were whipping
in the wind, and the rain was coming down in sheets. The river
below the Sanctuary was swollen brown and raging, and outside
the windows of Free Standing Man (Avatar Adi Da's residence, where
He was gathered with His devotees), leaves, branches, and debris
swept past in the howling storm.
Devotees were doing whatever they could to secure the Sanctuary.
Adi Da placed His Hands on the badly bruised neck of a devotee
who had injured herself running to safety. Through the healing
power of His touch, she could soon swallow painlessly, her breathing
normalized, and the bruise disappeared.
long afterwards, there was a new storm report threatening wind-speeds
of over one hundred miles per hour. At that point, Avatar Adi
Da rose and went to His library. He returned in a few minutes
with a small volume of poems in honor of Kali, the Hindu vision
of the Divine Goddess in Her terrible, destructive form. Unperturbed
by the deafening roar outside, He began to read poem after poem
that teased, scolded, and reverenced Kali as the trickster, the
Mother of illusions, awesome in Her devastating play. Devotees
looked on in amazement and joy. They knew that Adi Da was addressing
Hurricane Iwa directly, asserting His Mastery over this terrifying
manifestation of the Goddess-Power.
Finally, Avatar Adi Da put the book down. He said: "She
has done it." Then He went on:
Adi Da Samraj: This storm is the great picture.
This is life capsulized. Life is obliteration — not birth and
survival and glorification. It is death! The "Goddess" is the
sign of Nature, the Word of Nature, the Person of Nature — Kali,
the bloody Goddess with long teeth and blood pouring out of
her mouth. You poor people are deceived by Nature. [November
Avatar Adi Da continued speaking, Calling His devotees to Invoke
Him and resort to Him, the only One Who could Liberate them from
the effects of Nature. He spoke ecstatically of His Mastery of
the Goddess, and of His Power to calm Her wildness and Her potentially
destructive influence. The weather reports indicated that much
worse was yet to come, but, following their Beloved Guru, whose
mood became light, devotees began to celebrate, watching the storm
The next morning, the newspapers reported on the storm damage.
They described the fact that no one on the island had been killed
as a "miracle".
from the Mariners Weather Log,
During the afternoon and evening
of November 23, 1982 hurricane Iwa swept northward out of
the tropical Central Pacific and lashed the Hawaiian Islands
of Niihau, Kauai, and Oahu with high winds and damaging
surf. This was the first hurricane to seriously affect the
Hawaiian Islands for nearly a quarter of a century. . .
. In view of the large amount of destruction by wind and
waves, it seems miraculous that injuries and loss of life
were so small.
Later reports and satellite photographs from the U.S. weather
service showed that, at the very hour when Avatar Adi Da had begun
to read the poems to Kali, the hurricane suddenly doubled the
speed at which it was moving along its course, for no apparent
meteorological reason. As a result, Hurricane Iwa spent its force
and "aged" prematurely, changing shape and blowing itself out.
Thus, the worst of its fury never reached the Hawaiian Islands.