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Word on Skeptics and Critics
of a Most Extraordinary Communication
almost goes without saying that, in the world of the twenty-first century, when
the extraordinary suggestion is made that a real human being of our time and place
(not some mythical "long ago and far away") could be an Incarnation of the Divine,
it provokes incredible skepticism and reactivity.
skeptics. Obviously a good deal of this is due to the materialistic view that
dominates our times: Anything greater than material is doubted by the materialist.
End of story, for most materialists ó not only in considering Adi Da as Divine
Incarnation, but in considering the possibility of genuine Spiritual Masters,
or even any kind of greater-than-material reality. But is materialism really the
"end of story"? We hope some of the
hundreds of stories on this site ó of miracles and more ó will cause our materialist
readers to reconsider their position.
Scientific materialism is a strange philosophy
for everyone to be attached to . . . Why should it be the preferred philosophy?
Of all the philosophies, itís the one that allows the least hope relative to any
matter whatsoever! If it were so ó well, thatís that, thatís the way it is. But
why should one hope that it is the one that turns out to be so? Why should one
so much want it to be so that one is moved to presently affirm that itís already
so, even though you havenít really found out that itís so yet? . . .
Why that, rather than just be willing to have it be whatever way it is, but
here to find out the way it really is?
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
Drifted in the Deeper Land
Judeo-Christian skeptics. Those raised in the Judeo-Christian
tradition often will bring a different kind of doubt to the table, including "How
can the God who created, and is in charge of, the universe appear in a limited
human form (with the paradoxical exception of Jesus for Christians)?" However,
the presumption behind such a question is that, when we refer to "God", we are
necessarily referring to "the Creator of the Universe". Adidam is based
on a very different notion of "Real God". In our view, God is not
the Creator of the universe, and is not "in charge" of it, in the sense of intentionally
directing the course of the universe. God is more akin to the Consciousness "dreaming"
this universe. A very rare set of circumstances makes it possible for the Dreamer
to appear as a "character" in the dream (as a "Divine Incarnation"), for the purpose
of awakening the "dream characters" (who are just forms of the Dreamer
— that includes all of us) from the dream. This is God-Realization: the
greatest possible human destiny and purpose of existence, transcending every limited
form of egoic destiny and purpose (within the dream).
Ex-devotee critics. Still others, including some
who have "tried" Adidam for some time and then "moved on",
will take exception to some of the "Crazy-Wise"
means used by our Spiritual Master to awaken His devotees,
to shake them loose from this mortal dream. Those of us
who have "stayed the course" have a different perspective
to offer, as you will discover in reading the stories on
The compassionate Master does not do for others
everything He can do within the bounds of propriety. The compassionate Master
will do everything, whether in the realm of propriety or not, for the sake
of Awakening others.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
While all new religious movements have significant turnover, the
great majority of ex-devotees
have a respect and appreciation for Adi Da and
their time in Adidam. (For example, 90%
of all ex-devotees
view Adi Da as a "great religious teacher".) There are
a few vocal "ex-devotee" critics who do not represent the great majority
of ex-devotees, but even some of them are now expressing
a different understanding and new appreciation of Adi Da
the evidence. We well understand that "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. And
Adi Da Himself has instructed us to compile the evidence and make it available
Devotees are obliged to tell this extraordinary
story that is ordinarily unacceptable to Western consciousness. You are more than
Westerners, because you have a Great "Experience", a Great "Consideration"
to present. It is a Timeless Sublimity, with a Great Purpose making its moment.
Adi Da Samraj, 1988
You must speak about being in the company of
someone who functions on a supernormal basis. You must speak about the
prevention of a huge storm, and various other kinds of what people would otherwise
call miraculous happenings,
which you have all witnessed repeatedly for over 35 years. You must tell the story
of the lifetime of someone whose Presence here makes a difference, and proves
things that are otherwise dismissed commonly. You must set Me apart, based [on
your confession of your recognition of Me as
the Divine, and therefore] on your confession that I am what your lives are
all about. . .
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.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, February, 2008
This website is a labor of love purposed toward providing
the evidence ó in the form of hundreds
of personal, firsthand accounts ó that supports a most
extraordinary communication, and a most extraordinary opportunity
for a world and a time that could certainly use one: the
offering of the Divine State of Perfect and Eternal Happiness.