It almost goes without saying that, in the world of the 21st century,
when the extraordinary suggestion is made that a real human being of our time
and place (not a mythical "long ago and far away") could be an Incarnation of
the Divine, it provokes incredible skepticism and reactivity. We well understand
that, in our time, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence", as Carl
Sagan has put it. We don't blame anyone for harboring doubt, or raising questions
about how such a thing could be. It is extraordinary! But to those of us with
firsthand experience, it is no longer unbelievable. This entire website is a labor
of love purposed toward providing the evidence in the form of many personal,
firsthand accounts that supports a most extraordinary communication, and a most
extraordinary opportunity for a world and a time that could certainly use one:
Adi Da's Offering of the Divine State of Perfect and Eternal Happiness.
this section, we focus on extraordinary evidence of the "stand-out" miraculous
kind. As Adi Da puts it, instructing His devotees:
It is important to speak about the supernormal
characteristics of My Divine Avataric Lifetime from Birth, to tell the stories
of your being in the Company of One Who Functions on a supernormal basis.
should speak about the prevention of huge storms [ed: one example here]
and various other kinds of miraculous happenings, which you all have witnessed
repeatedly for over thirty-five years. You must tell the Story of the Lifetime
of One Whose Presence here makes a difference, and proves things that are otherwise
You must tell the Story of My Blessing-Transmission-Work
how I Awakened people to every possible kind of phenomenal "experience" associated
with the first six stages of life, and proved, by miraculous Transcendental Spiritual
Demonstration, that none of that was "It". That is a necessary Story because
It Communicates fundamental Truth to human beings.
This whole "trash
world without a miracle in it" needs to be told about the Divine
Avataric Intervention here. The world must hear from you about it. Tell the
story and present the evidence, as people who understand.
This site also includes extraordinary evidence of a less obvious,
but more profound kind, demonstrating Adi Da's uniqueness, and what can be Realized because
of Adi Da's unique Revelation and Way. See our Spiritual
Transmission and Spiritual
In this time — often called the
"late-time" by Adi Da — when the world is dominated by the
materialistic viewpoint, in some sense the greatest and most difficult (but perhaps
least appreciated) miracle is for a Spiritual Master to take ordinary human beings
whose life destiny is one of "sub-human", self-centered, materialistic self-fulfillment
and grow them up first into fully human, loving beings, and then (on that necessary foundation) into genuine
Spiritual practitioners. Our Crazy Wisdom
section presents "extraordinary evidence" of this very human kind.
2. Stories from Devotees
Blessing is simply My Nature, My State, My
Intrinsic Condition of Self-Radiance.
In this section, we provide some of the most obvious forms of "extraordinary
evidence": events that illustrate Adi Da's comprehensive awareness of the greater-than-material
dimensions of Reality, as well as the minds and hearts of His devotees; and His
power to miraculously, gracefully influence life and death, natural and supernatural
phenomena, and the lives of His devotees and many others. The stories included
in this section are just the tip of the iceberg, and stand as representatives
for literally thousands of other stories, which are all are part of the single spontaneous
demonstration that is Adi Da Samraj's Life and Work.
2.1. Adi Da's Influence on Birth, Life, and Death
Adi Da's power to influence
the great transitional moments of birth, life, and death has been demonstrated
time and time again.
True Source of Security In these two stories, Terry's brushes with death
(and the extraordinary Grace that saved him both times) would reveal Adi Da to be the
True Source of Humor, Security and Eternal Life.
2.2. Adi Da and Awareness
As the Consciousness in which the universe and all
beings are arising, Adi Da has demonstrated His awareness of the minds and
hearts of His devotees and much more countless times.
I Am Psychic.
I Am Transcendentally Spiritually and Universally Aware.
I See things.
I "Know" things.
I "Experience" things while having lunch.
I do not just wait for your reports.
It erupts in Me as pain, pictures, signs, sensations.
All manner of things come down into This Body.
This is how I "Know" things.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, April 14, 2004
The Peach Adi Da reads
the mind and heart of one young devotee who has a strong desire.
The Mad Talking Dance
A story from Leroy Stilwell about Adi Da spontaneously speaking the thoughts
of devotees around Him.
A Dream Encounter
An amazing "time travel" story that illustrates how the devotee's relationship
with Adi Da is literally prior to time and space.
the Pain of Mankind A story of devotee Stanley Hastings touching Avatar
Adi Da Samraj's body and being given a vision of His vulnerable non-separation
from the world of universal human suffering.
2.3. Adi Da and Elemental Forces
Adi Da has demonstrated many times over the
years a miraculous relationship with elemental forces like rain, wind,
and fire. We even have a phrase, "Grace rain", for the gentle, light drizzle that
so often descends when Adi Da appears in our midst. Here are some amazing
stories of Adi Da's interactions with the elements, and with the elemental forces
associated with growing things.
the Fire in the Eye On September 17, 1979, a hot
and dry day, fire threatened The Mountain
Of Attention Sanctuary. Ben Fugitt, a devotee caretaker of the Sanctuary, noticed
the initial tuft of smoke, and sprang into action. He soon discovered that the
fire was out of control, and heading on a direct line for the Sanctuary. He never
anticipated the adventure Adi Da would involve him in that day.
Hurricane Iwa Adi Da's unusual
Work (in November 1982) with changing the force of a major hurricane in Hawaii.
Miracle in the Garden: Adi Da's Empowerment of the First Holy Site During
her first weeks of coming to Avatar Adi Da in 1974, Ruchiradama Nadikanta broke
many things, including a plaster statue of the Virgin Mary that belonged to Avatar
Adi Da. At the same time, she was also in charge of the vegetable garden being
planted at The Mountain Of Attention, and this too was problematic. Nothing would
grow! For this reason, Avatar Adi Da decided (as He later put it) "to show her
Clear Blue Skies
While residing at Da Love-Ananda Mahal, Adi Da talks with devotees about the
esoteric significance of the Sanctuary, and how His Divine Presence is associated
with the element of water, and how the weather responds accordingly.
2.4. Adi Da's Physical Touch
On occasion, Adi Da Graced devotees with His physical
touch (through a hug, an intentional gesture on His part, etc.), or gave them
the extraordinary Gift of being able to touch His body. Often
the stories of the Spiritual
Transmission that occurred in that circumstance were remarkable.
Here are just a few.
at the Master's Feet In this compilation, Wes Vaught, Antonina Randazzo,
and Chris Tong describe the extraordinary Grace of touching (or being physically
close to) Adi Da's Feet, traditionally held to be the most sacred "part"
of the Spiritual Transmission Master's body.
Enters Devotee Aniello Panico describes an experience
where Adi Da placed His hand on the Aniello's forehead:
"I felt the Divine Force literally, tremendous Light
and Force Coming Down and Filling my entire body,
Consuming me, as if it was turning every part of me
the Pain of Mankind A story of devotee Stanley Hastings touching Avatar
Adi Da Samraj's body and being given a vision of His vulnerable non-separation
from the world of universal human suffering.
2.5. Adi Da and Healing
Adi Da has directly healed many people: devotees, their
family and friends, and many others. Devotees invoking His Blessing-Power have
been responsible for many more healings. Still other spontaneous healings have
happened through participation in a sacred occasion or being in a Temple Empowered
by Adi Da on one of His
Sanctuaries. Here is just the smallest sample of the stories that can
be told of Adi Da as miraculous healer.
Gift of Healing
Jack Schmitt describes a sudden and dramatic healing
that took place through Adi Da's Blessing-Power in
one of the temples at The Mountain Of Attention.
Healing Pamela Bennett
describes a sudden and dramatic healing that took
place through Adi Da's Blessing-Power while she was
sitting with Adi Da in meditation, in one of the temples
at The Mountain Of Attention.
in Adi Da's Arms
Trish Mitchell describes her miraculous recovery
from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) through
Adi Da's Grace.
2.6. Adi Da and Instantaneous Liberation from Karma
Adi Da's Disposition and Blessing always serves the complete
and instant liberation of every being
if they could make fullest use of
Many devotees report how they
suffered certain egoic patterns for decades (and perhaps even lifetimes), and were relieved
of those patterns in an instant through Adi Da's Grace.
Looked Like Love Anne Henderson describes how,
one night in January, 2013, Adi Da was suddenly in
the room, transforming it and her with His Love
and she was instantly, Gracefully relieved of a reactive
pattern that she had suffered for decades.
your approach to me is wonderful and full of love and sacrifice,
as it should be, then all the karma that must be seen, that
must become your responsibility, can be shown to you easily.
I am willing to it to be shown to you in a dream or in just
a brief moment, some little circumstance that come and goes.
I am perfectly willing for you to understand that dimension
that you must understand in yourself on just such an occasion.
I am willing for these karmas to pass in easy ways, in dreams
and simple circumstances. But if you approach is not whole,
not direct, not one of service, consciously lived all the
time, to the degree that you do not live such sadhana in my
Company, you must suffer your karmas as they stand. They will
still be awakened in you by the force of this Company that
you keep with me, but they will be awakened in gross ways,
as they tend to appear outwardly in your life, outwardly in
the waking state. Then the process has to be very dramatic
But the drama is unnecessary. If you are a little intelligent,
a little happy, a little free in my Company, then you can
grasp it as a little lesson. But some people have to be
beaten half to death to stop chewing their fingernails!
The little lesson they have to get requires incredible circumstances!
This life is just such a lesson, a lesson that would not
be necessary if you were straight. Nevertheless, it has
happened, and by taking on the form of sadhana in this life,
you can make all of the necessary lessons much easier, much
This is one of the effects of this Prasad, to make it possible
for the entire affair of your appearance in this world to
become a matter of responsibility in this lifetime. Independent
of that sadhana, that Satsang, that Prasad, that Grace,
it is absolutely impossible for most human beings to complete
the cycle of realization in a single lifetime. There are
a few who appear at random in the human plane for whom it
all seems to happen very easily, very quickly. But for the
usual man, independent of the real process of Satsang, the
transformation and liberation of manifest life is a matter
of billions and billions of lifetimes, of numberless lifetimes.
This is true!
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "Lay It At My Feet" The Dawn Horse Magazine, November 15, 1975
Narcissus is simply the turning within, turning toward yourself, turning to the knot of your own consciousness. To be released into Satsang is to be turned out of the ritual of Narcissus, and also then to be liberated from the karmic implications of future events. The more there is the life of the devotee, the more the karmas are dissolved. The more intense the life of the devotee, the more the lifting or purification of the karmas becomes a very off-hand matter. So life in Satsang is a perfectly purifying process, which depends of the response of the devotee, not on the assumption of any kind of status or path.
It is not uncommon for people to have experiences
of Adi Da in the subtle (non-material) dimensions before (or
after) they contact Him in waking life or become His devotee. Some have dreams,
others visions, some experience a curious synchronicity
of events and circumstances that eventually draw them to
their Guru. And, of course, many simply pick up one of Adi Da's books
or see His photograph or are taken to a lecture about Adi Da and Adidam
by a friend. In reality, all such contacts are equally extraordinary,
equally momentous the meeting of Guru and devotee is always
a miracle, a moment that changes one's life and destiny
Many people who are not (currently) Adi Da's devotees also
have subtle experiences of Him; we provide some examples below.
Lyn Hart, an administrator and businesswoman, tells
of being contacted and Instructed by Avatar Adi Da over
a period of several years before she had any idea of
Who He is or that He is alive in this world.
Book of Light
Trish Mitchell, an Australian radio journalist, bought
Dawn Horse Testament one day, simply because
she was "attracted" to the cover. She had no idea
what was waiting "inside" that book.
"Bright" in the Darkness: How Adi Da Found Me In 1967, Frank (Cheech) Marrero was imprisoned
at Rikers Island Penitentiary, awaiting trial for
a crime he had not committed. At a plea bargaining
session, he was told that if he pled guilty, he would
receive "only" 20 or 30 years, instead of life without
parole. Cheech was at the lowest point of his life.
He decided to end it all. Just as he was about to
do it, a miracle occurred.
Magnitude, and Serenity
Vinod Karki is a devotee originally from Uttar Pradesh
in northern India. He describes some extraordinary
visions he had of Adi Da, around the time of Adi Da's
Cream and Divine Distraction
Pamela Bennett: "I turned
my gaze away from the frozen yoghurt toward a most
unusual image: a Supremely Attractive Being whose
photograph graced the book's jacket. . . in an instant,
a shift occurred. There was no granite topped counter
and wooden stool with music in the background. There
was not a shred of bodily awareness whatsoever.
There was only a Bright, Radiant Field of Whitest
Light, a tiny point of witness, and the most extraordinary,
limitless, astonishing feeling of extravagant and
and Powerful Dreams Jenna receives a mysterious
communication: "A man was walking in the opposite
direction, towards me, but on the other side of the
hallway. . . I recognized him as Adi Da, whom I had
never met before. . . . He looked me in the eyes and
said, 'Ten more years.' "
God Knows Where Reading
an article in an Israeli newspaper revealed to Kiam
the identity of the face that had been appearing to
Dream about Adi Da's Mahasamadhi
Through a dream, a devotee is led to be with Bhagavan
at the time of His Divine Mahasamadhi and to feel the
miracle that He has not left at all.
Adi Da has demonstrated His ability to
be aware of, appear in, and move in, other dimensions of Reality, sometimes
even taking devotees with Him. Adi Da has also provided extensive wisdom and guidance
about His devotees' experiences in and with these other dimensions.
You are perfectly free to experience everything from ghosts and spirit
forces to the most sublime visions and absorptions in the Great Light that shines
above. And you are obliged to transcend all experience through heartfelt understanding
and the feeling sacrifice of the whole body-mind into the All-Pervading and Radiant
Avatar Adi Da Samraj The
Old Religions, the New Scientism, and the Awakening of the Psyche
A Cosmic Journey Adi Da takes
devotee Connie Mantas on a guided tour through the various dimensions of the Greater-Than-Material
Is All the Same Distraction: Ghosts, Goddesses, and Gratitude L. H.: "I
became aware of a figure approaching the site. It was a blue woman who was obviously
endowed with great power. I felt this woman was Kali, and I became afraid. She
then began to show me her power: the sun changed position in the sky and changes
were happening everywhere in nature. She was rearranging the universe. This is
actually what I saw. I felt how I could be snuffed out by the power of nature,
her power, at any moment." But then L.H. understood something even greater: "I saw that with all her power,
she, the energy and force of nature itself, was submitted to Supreme Consciousness Itself,
and that she was there to serve the Divine Purposes of Avatar Adi Da at His Holy Sanctuary, and indeed in the world altogether."
Saving a Life
in Future Time Adi Da teaches devotee Hellie Kalogeros the
Heimlich maneuver so that she can save the life of her child a few days later.
Visits to Other Worlds
Avatar Adi Da shows Anne Rogers other worlds both higher and lower than this
Fierce Woman Frans Bakker, M.D., tells the story of Avatar Adi Das Instruction
to him and the lessons he learned from a visitation by the Goddess Kali.
in Another Realm Alicia Aguilar describes her first encounter with Avatar
Adi Da. It takes place in her distant home village in the
Philippines — in another dimension.
A Devotee's 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 growth.
3. Why We Want Miracles
of why we desire to read stories of miracles and extraordinary events is to confirm
to ourselves the existence of a greater-than-material Reality. And certainly part
of why we desire to read stories of miracles and extraordinary events about Adi
Da is as a means for confirming that He is Who He says He is. Adi Da's life does
provide that body of evidence, filled as it is with miraculous occurences, a few
of which we have recounted here. But what is actually needed, in order for someone
to become Adi Da's devotee, is a very specific kind of miracle: the
direct Revelation of Who He is, to your heart. That, rather than some kind
of extraordinary miracle for the senses.
In a passionate, serious, and
humorous conversation with a group of His devotees in His early years of Teaching,
Avatar Adi Da explored the conventional idea of miracles why human beings feel
they need to see a miracle in order to be convinced of and respond to the Greater
Reality, and why miracles, in and of themselves, are never sufficient to cause
a human being to devotionally surrender his or her life to the Divine:
You haven't received enough Revelation yet?
Do you need to see a really big, miraculous vision or something? What is it you
need? What would be really impressive?
Perhaps I should be present just
in a body of light that looks substantial but which you can put your hand right
through, so that no matter where I go, everybody will always be saying, "Hey,
look, my hand goes right through it!" People swatting at My Body no matter where
I go, just to test it out and go, "Wow!"
What do you need? What miracle
would you like to see performed? It would have to satisfy you, you see. It would
have to prove something to you. What do you need?
If I were standing here
in My twenty-five-foot flaming fire-body, you would be falling on your knees,
you know what I mean? You wouldn't have any problem about surrendering. You would
surrender yourself completely if you were confronting such a vision directly.
What do you have to see? What will you worship? What is the Revelation
that makes you surrender spontaneously? You can imagine some manifestation or
other of a Spiritual nature that would oblige you to surrender spontaneously.
Other phenomena of experience allow you still to maintain some quality
of ego-possession, a lack of surrender. So, what do you have to see in order to
Is surrender the result of something that makes you comfortable?
Can anything create surrender, or does everything delay it everything,
including wonders and miracles?
Each of these is just another distraction,
an experience in itself. You might work yourself up to a little release in the
face of it, but that confrontation cannot create the release.
need is a big miracle if only so that you will realize that miracles are not
sufficient, and that you are going to have to surrender in the face of things
just as they are.
That kind of surrender cannot be caused, but perhaps
you need to see the big miracle to find that out.
You think true surrender
is caused by some dramatic confrontation a "miracle". You hold on to this popular
idea of salvation that you would be a perfect saint if only you had the perfect
Adi Da makes a similar point when He describes the challenge involved in writing His autobiography, The Knee Of Listening:
In this book, I have had to confront a most difficult means of instruction. I have had to fully illustrate my course of life, even in order to demonstrate the factuality of the extraordinary phenomena that mankind is presently in the habit of denying. But, in the end, in order to speak the Truth, I have had to argue against the ultimacy of many of the very things I have proven in my life. . . .
Both the search for ego-based Spiritual effects and the ego-based exploitation of life on a sensual and mental level are traps. The search for experience and the search for liberation from the bondage to experience are the same activity born out of the absence of "radical" self-understanding, the un-"creative" movement that is not Reality. Reality Itself is the only unique matter in the entire adventure of life, and It stands prior to all egoic efforts and all less-than-most-perfect discoveries.
In other words: it is essential to acknowledge the factuality of the greater-than-material dimensions of Reality.
To the extent that reading about (or having) such experiences helps open one's mind and heart to the greater-than-material
Reality, it serves the Greater Purpose. But one must not get sidetracked by (or lose oneself in) all the potential
greater-than-material experiences one can have (which are endless, and always temporary and limited, like the experiences
in this material dimension), when one is given the opportunity (via the Way of Adidam) to realize the Very Divine
— the Realization that infinitely exceeds all lesser experiences and lesser Realizations and is Eternal.
4. Related Books
and Blessings: The Divine Compassionate Miracles of Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Love and Blessings, twenty-five of Adi Da's devotees tell heart-breaking
stories of human need and Divine Response. A soldier in Iraq, a woman going blind
in Holland, a son with his dying father in Australia, a woman with cancer in America
these and others tell how they asked Adi Da Samraj for His Blessing-Regard and
the miraculous process that ensued. These stories are also about Adi Da's Liberating
Blessing-Grace, which He offers as a Gift for the sake of Awakening all beings
beyond any suffering of the body and mind to the Prior Condition of Eternal Freedom