It is obvious, from all sorts of subtle details, that [Adi
Da Samraj] knows what IT's all about . . . One who knows
that he is the Godhead doesn't have to use any kind of force
to be that . . . a rare being.
In truth, every human heart longs to be perfectly
and eternally happy. But, in a time dominated by the materialistic
viewpoint, few of us even consciously aspire to Perfect Happiness,
largely because we are not aware that it exists. An honest appraisal
of where we spend our time (despite toying with ideas of "spirituality")
reveals what we generally settle for: a dinner out with a
bottle of "fine" wine; a good movie; a little "peace of mind" through
meditation; a little relaxation of the body through hatha yoga.
Adi Da as Spiritual Transmitter. Throughout history, the
great Spiritual Masters appear on occasion, to re-Awaken human
beings to their highest destiny of Perfect and Eternal Happiness.
By "great Spiritual Masters", I mean something quite specific.
Search the web and you may get the sense that "spiritual teachers"
are numerous and everywhere: This one teaches Tibetan Buddhism;
that one offers shamanic drumming; etc. All fine and good. But
the truly great Spiritual Masters are rare. They have never been
merely intellectual teachers, charismatic (but otherwise ordinary)
human beings, or providers of piecemeal techniques or rituals.
They are always Spiritual
Transmission Masters, tangibly transmitting their own Spiritual
Realization to their devotees:
I felt Beloved Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission thick in
the room. I saw Him as the center of a field of visible,
Love-Blissful, Conscious, breathable Light. He was simply
Divine Love-Bliss. There was no longer a sense of being
a separate self — just the profound peace of realizing there
is nothing to seek, nowhere to go, nothing to attain.
Different kinds of Spiritual Realization. Different Spiritual
Masters transmit different Spiritual Realizations, corresponding
to different human destinies. God-Realization — Realization of
Perfect, Eternal Happiness — is the greatest human destiny. And
those rarest Masters ("Divine Incarnations") who appear here by
"crossing down" (the literal meaning of "Avatar") from the Divine
Domain spontaneously transmit that Divine Reality to others:
I didn't have any expectations when I first saw Him. But
as Avatar Adi Da walked toward His seat, I looked at Him
and felt He was only Love, walking around in a human body.
I began to weep and weep, because I was literally seeing
the Vision of God. And I was overwhelmed with gratitude.
Adi Da as Divine Incarnation Transmitting in our time (and
eternally). The world's traditions are replete with spiritually
significant stories about great Masters like Jesus, Krishna, and
Gautama Buddha. However, sorting out the historical fact from
the mythical embellishment is a formidable challenge. Even if
we could discover what occurred thousands of years ago (and who
actually really existed), is it still of spiritual use now?
Are these Masters still "Spiritually Transmitting" in the 21st
No Transmission comes directly from Jesus now. The link
with Jesus through Baptized devotees has been broken. But
many other Adepts appeared before Jesus and after Jesus,
and they too have come and gone. Some precincts may exist
within the Great Tradition here and there where this true
spirituality is still alive — it is alive in my Company.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"A Birthday Message From Jesus and Me", The
Adi Da Samraj is a Divine Incarnation who is Transmitting now.
Often, Westerners react to the notion of a "Divine Incarnation"
— our skepticism is born out of both the traditional Judeo-Christian
notion of "God" ("How can the all-powerful God appear in limited
human form?"), and our broader, materialistic doubt in the existence
of anything spiritual.
Adi Da strongly critiques both God-less materialism and the notion
that God is "all-powerful", the "Creator", "in charge of the universe",
etc. He instead describes God as the Source: the Consciousness
in whom all beings and things are appearing, as in a dream. It
is possible for God to appear in the "dream" (as a "Divine Incarnation"),
and for us to Awaken out of it (with the help of a Divine Incarnation);
such "God-Realization" is our greatest destiny.
I am like the sunlight in the morning. I
intensify the light of morning until you Awaken. Until
then, you continue to dream, try to survive within the
dream, pursue all kinds of goals, searches, none of which
Awakens you. I, Myself, the One Who would Awaken you,
am not an individual within the dream. I Am the Conscious
Light, the True Divine Heart — Breaking Through the force
of dreaming. I Am your own Most Prior Self-Nature Appearing
within the dream in order to Awaken you.
"Divine Incarnation" does not occur through a Divine act of will
alone (since the Divine is not all-powerful in the Judeo-Christian
sense). It depends on a rare and mysterious conjunction of circumstances
that create a "gateway" or "hole in the universe" for the Divine
to appear here in the "dream".
Adi Da as a child
The human life of a Divine Incarnation. Adi Da Samraj
describes how the Divine Being seized upon just such a rare opportunity
to incarnate in 1939 as an American named "Franklin Jones" in
Long Island, New York.
I have no past lives and no future lives in any dimension.
This is My only birth . . . I am before time and space .
. . I have not appeared for reasons. It is only that this
[body-mind] vehicle has mysteriously, paradoxically coincided
with Me. Therefore, I have conformed it to Myself and come
Thus, Adi Da's first thirty years are the extraordinary story
of the Divine progressively Enlightening "Franklin Jones", and
preparing that human vehicle for the Divine Work of Enlightening
Because it is a story of Divine Descent, Adi Da's early
life is a radical reversal of the storyline of the lives of traditional
saints and yogis, whose spiritual attainments reach up
to God in vision and mystical union, and may even ultimately attain
Identification with the Transcendental Consciousness (see the
left column of Figure 1), over many lifetimes
of spiritual effort.
In contrast, Adi Da's early life reflects the Divine
Descending into the human vessel of "Franklin Jones", and
awakening the various higher centers (and their corresponding
Realizations) in the reverse order from the familiar spiritual
traditions (see the right column of Figure
1), at the "God Speed" of a few years.
Adi Da's Work of Divine Emergence. In September
1970, the process of Divine Acquisition reached the point where
"Franklin Jones" consciously Awakened as the Divine. Almost immediately,
the same Divine Process began extending Itself to all other beings:
Now. . . instead of confronting what was arising in "myself",
I "meditated" other beings. I would spontaneously become
aware of great numbers of people . . . and I would work
with them very directly, in a subtle manner.
It was as though the Divine had established a "beachhead" on Earth
through "Franklin Jones", from which was launched a "campaign" ultimately
capable of Awakening all beings to the Divine Identity through this
same means of Divinely Emerging as them:
There is only one Divine Process in the world, and It is
initiated when I [spiritually] "crash down" and "enter"
My devotee. I Am the Divine in bodily form. When My devotee
truly surrenders to Me, then I enter My devotee in the form
of Divine Light.
My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence" takes place
not only in This Body. My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence"
takes place in your body, the bodies of My devotees, the
bodies of all beings, the "world" altogether.
All must "experience" My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence",
Avatar Adi Da Samraj "My Divine Avataric Self-Emergence Is An Event
In My Divine Bright Spherical Self-Domain Of Conscious Light", The
Knee Of Listening
During the time of His Work with devotees from 1972 to 2008, Adi Da fully developed the Transcendental
Spiritual Way of Adidam, in which devotees "link up" with this
Process of Divine Emergence. That Divine Process distinguishes
Adidam from other traditions. Conventional meditation, astral
projection, and other aspects of "New Age spirituality" work by
stimulating specific "higher" centers of human anatomy. The Way
of Adidam places no ultimate value on such "higher" experiences.
The same limited ego experiences them, and is not set eternally
free by them. Instead, the Way of Adidam is about surrendering
the whole body (and all of its centers, higher and lower) to the
Divine, to the degree of complete Awakening.
The Way of Adidam is not based on any form of search for
the Divine. Adi Da makes the point that the Divine — Reality Itself
— cannot be sought, since It always already is the case. Seeking
for the Divine only puts off and diverts one from the actual finding
of the Divine. The only way to realize the Divine is for the Divine
to be revealed directly. Adidam is a God-Realizing Way because
Adi Da's Incarnation here directly reveals the Divine.
Implications of a Divine Incarnation. A Divine Incarnation
actively Transmitting now provides immense opportunities: most
significantly, for Divine Enlightenment. The possibility of God
Realization depends upon the Divine appearing in human form; the
Divine Being and State are not otherwise accessible to humankind.
(Figure 1 illustrates how the traditional
processes of Realization stop short of the Divine State. One can't
Awaken "oneself" from the "dream"; the Divine Person must initiate
the process by "crossing over" into the "dream".)
Short of our own Divine Enlightenment, Adi Da's appearance here
is also extraordinarily clarifying. He demonstrates what Divine
Realization looks like in factual — not mythical —
terms. And He provides the unadulterated details of how Spiritual
Realization works, comprehensively addressing the questions of
spiritual beginners in the 21st century, including:
Will "Realizing God" require giving up my ordinary life
and viewpoint? Will it "ruin" my life?
Yes! There can be no Realization of God — the Great Identity
— without complete transcendence of "self" — the lesser identity.
At some point, we realize our "precious" ordinary lives are
pretty "low" on the scale of possibility, as we start to really
suffer their limitations (often as we age). Such "positive
disillusionment" opens us to being Awakened out of this
mediocre destiny, which otherwise keeps repeating mechanically,
lifetime after lifetime.
He who desires a comfortable and nice life and at the
same time wants to realise the Self is like the fool
who, wanting to cross the river, caught hold of a crocodile,
mistaking it for a log of wood.
Only Real practice undoes the psycho-physical energies
of bondage — the practice that coincides with Transcendental
Spiritual Blessing, profoundest devotion, Real Transmission,
real "self"-discipline, endurance of often
intense difficulties, going Beyond "self",
becoming a "self"-ruin in the course of practice
— until by uncommandable Grace, there is Revelation
which is Undeniable and Absolute, and Which never could
have been thought before.
Adi Da Samraj, part VI of
"The 'Perfect Practice' of 'Perfect Knowledge'
Is The Avatarically Given Divine Way of Adidam" "Radical"
Is the body-mind-complex leading you to
Real-God-Realization? The body-mind-complex is a "guru"
that leads you toward karmic destiny. It is the ego.
The body-mind-complex is the ego. The body-mind-complex
is the "self"-contraction. The body-mind-complex
is what you are transcending in the Great Process, then.
It is specifically just that. In the course of ego-transcending
practice, then, there are increased dimensions of the
body-mind-complex for which you become completely responsible,
or at least fundamentally responsible. You cannot
simply fulfill your destiny in life and Realize Real
God at the same time. It is not possible. You must
put yourself to work. You must transcend your limitations.
You can practice the Reality-Way of Adidam in
the context of household living. This is certainly possible,
if you bring the discipline of the Reality-Way of Adidam
to household living. I have made it very clear to you
how you may do so. But if you simply will not do it,
you are just stuck with the "householder's"
destiny. Then you are just fantasizing Real-God-Realization
— in some fashion that consoles you, perhaps. What you
have is the "householder's" destiny — just
that. And what will you have twenty years from now?
What will you have after this lifetime? What is existence
for — altogether? If you are going to get involved in
intimate relationships and make babies, and so forth,
you better take practice into account! — so that you
have fullest energy and attention available for the
Great Process. Otherwise, that is just a ticket into
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Is the Guru-devotee relationship archaic? Now that we're
living in the modern world of the 21st century, wouldn't a "do
it yourself" approach work?
Like the laws of physics, the "psycho-physics" of how Spiritual
Realization actually works does not change just because social
trends do; the Guru-devotee relationship remains its very core.
The "self" preferring the "do it yourself" approach is the very
identity needing to be transcended. For more about why the Guru-devotee
relationship is essential for Divine Realization, click
How can we know Adi Da is a Divine Incarnation?
By the unique characteristics of the Divine State He Transmits
— the complete dissolution of all sense of "separate
self", the Revelation of Consciousness and Energy as a Unity,
etc. — relative to which each of His devotees is a "recognizer"
and "reporter" (not a "believer"). Read the stories and testimonies
on this site (or watch
our videos), in which devotees from around the world, who
are "tuning in" to His Transmission, describe the Revelation
they have received of Who
Adi Da is, and what He offers. Talk
and meet with them. Read our
FAQs about taking up the Way of Adidam. Then place yourself
in a position where you too can receive His Transmission, and
the Revelation of Who He is: view pictures and videos
of Him; listen
to talks by Him; view His "Image
Art"; visit Adidam's Sacred
Sanctuaries — all of these means have been Spiritually
Empowered by Adi Da to channel His Transmission.
Conclusion. In a world ruled by human egoity and by the
"bad news" egoity creates worldwide, the amazingly good
news is this: Beyond all materialistic expectations, Perfect,
Eternal Happiness is possible; and the means for Awakening to
that egoless Divine State is presently available through the devotional
and Spiritual relationship with Adi Da Samraj:
is only One Absolute Realization. I have described it when
I said It was the "Bright" as an infant. I described it [when
I was a student at Columbia University]. I have always been
describing it. It is the Self-Existing, Self-Radiant Conscious
Light, The Divine Self-Condition That Is Always Already The
Case. Everything else is a mere and unnecessary appearance.
And nothing else is satisfactory — only this One Realization,
which is Absolute and transcends all perception and is utterly
and inherently and perfectly egoless and Divine.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
August 22, 2004
You are just beginning to Awaken.
I am like the sunlight in the morning. I intensify the
light of morning until you Awaken.
Until the Light Awakens you, even the Light of Consciousness
Itself, you continue to dream, try to survive within the
dream, manipulate yourself within the dream, pursue all
kinds of goals, searches — none of which Awaken you.
Those who are Awakening in Truth begin to notice something.
They begin to recognize the signs. They begin to recognize
the activity of dreaming. They begin to sense something
very unusual about Me. I Am your own True Self-Nature Appearing
within the dream to Awaken you.
I Am your Awakening, and your Always Already Conscious
learn more about Avatar Adi Da Samraj and the Transcendental Spiritual
Way of Adidam, please read the many stories and articles (as well
as the many video and audio clips) on this site; and then visit
primary point here (as suggested by the red "X"
in Figure 1) is that one can't "Wake
oneself up". The Divine must do that, by incarnating
and making the Divine directly available. For more on this
earlier version of this article was reviewed (line by line)
by Adi Da and blessed by Him. After being
translated into Hebrew, it
was accepted for publication by Ma'ariv,
the second largest newspaper in Israel, on
Adi Da has indicated
has special significance relative to the future of the planet.
(For more, read chapter XXI of Adi Da's book, Not-Two
Is Peace.) It
published a week later on 7/30/06, and
appeared on the front page of Ma'ariv's
publication of such an unusual article — about a Spiritual
Master who offers Perfect Happiness, appearing in a prominent
place in a major Israeli newspaper at the height of the
Israel-Lebanon conflict — made news itself, appearing in
some television news reports around the world (even as far
away as Australia). Adi Da was pleased with the exposure,
and called for us to replicate this degree of communication
about His Offering on a regular basis. One
of the ways we responded to His Calling was to create
this Adi Da Up Close site a few months later (in February,