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We regularly add new materials to our site. (Our site currently contains pages.) Our most recent additions are listed below. (For those interested in a summary of the developments on this site since it launched in February, 2007, click here.) If you like what you've read here, we would be happy to let you know whenever we add new materials to our site. Join our Facebook group, where we regularly post updates to this site. You can also set your Facebook notifications for our Facebook group so you are notified by email whenever we post something new on Facebook.

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    March 19, 2017: We have added 5 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

The True Food that Sustains Us  

The True Food that Sustains Usvideo— An audio excerpt from Adi Da Samraj's early talk, "Renouncing the Search for the Edible Deity", accompanied by photos of Adi Da from a more recent Avataric Discourse. We experience "independent" existence as a kind of madness, a seeming separation from food (both because of the cutting of the umbilical cord and as a feeling of separation from our ultimate source of sustenance, the Very Divine). We must instead be like the eating gorilla. . .

     
Diet as Regenerative Process  

Diet as Regenerative Processvideo— Adi Da gave this talk on May 24, 1983, in Fiji. In it he describes how all processes (including diet) associated with transformation of the body-mind (making it an appropriate yogic vehicle compatible with the Transcendental Spiritual Way of Adidam) necessarily first go through purification and rebalancing phases (for as long as they take) — associated with Fire — before they enter the regeneration phase — associated with Light. Knowing this helps one persist in the fire of the purification and rebalancing phases to the point where one comes out the other side.

     
Sacred Sighting  

Sacred Sightingvideo— A simple, potent, silent occasion in which Adi Da sits with His devotees (on June 2, 2008 at Adi Da Samrajashram) and communicates His Divine State.

     
Why One Needs A Teacher  

Why One Needs A Teachervideo— In this video clip from the 1988 talk, "What Is Your Intention?", Adi Da criticizes the "do-it-yourself" approach to spirituality that is popular in the world today, and speaks about why a teacher is necessary.

     
The True Nature of Reality  

The True Nature of Realityvideo— In this excerpt from the film, "Reality, Truth and Conscious Light", Adi Da describes Reality from the "point of view" of Conscious Light.

   
         
    Reality, Truth, and Conscious LightMarch 18, 2017: We added several new events to our calendar page for Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light and other introductory presentation (at locations worldwide during March, 2017 and later) on Adi Da's Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence.    
         
    March 5, 2017: We have added 2 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

What is the Zero Point?  

What is the Zero Point?video— In this video, longtime devotee and Adidam educator, Leo Burke, talks about Adi Da's concept of "The Zero Point". Leo and Carolyn Lee will be leading a retreat on "The Zero Point" that is taking place at the European Danda, April 28 - 30, 2017.

     
Surrender Without Limitation  

Surrender Without Limitationaudio— In this beautiful and intimate Discourse given on December 30, 1983 at Adi Da Samrajashram, Avatar Adi Da speaks with a man who suffers from claustrophobia. Avatar Adi Da points to the self-generated cause of such terrifying experiences, describing them as symptoms of feeling-contraction from the Field of Divine Existence. He calls this man—and all who are sensitive to suffering and anxiety—to find the Bliss of Divine Existence in His Company, and to intensively practice feeling beyond all emotional limits on living in That Bliss. This audio clip is an excerpt from the CD, Surrender Without Limitation.

   
         
    March 4, 2017: We have added 2 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

The Coincidence of All Phenomenaaudio— This video excerpt is an excerpt from Adi Da's talk, "The Bridge To God", from October 27, 1980. (The full talk, "The Bridge To God", is available as a CD and as an online transcript.) On the previous day, a shaman from Mexico visited The Mountain Of Attention, Avatar Adi Da Samraj’s Northern California sanctuary. The following day, Avatar Adi Da considered with His devotees the inherently magical nature of the world and our psychic relationship to it.

 

The Coincidence of All Phenomena

     

Introduction To The Zero Point Retreatvideo— In this video, longtime devotee and Adidam educator, Carolyn Lee, introduces "The Zero Point", a retreat taking place at the European Danda, April 28 - 30, 2017. Read or watch the daily news these days and you will find it filled with identity politics and the fear and anxiety that such politics engenders. Identity politics is a major threat to the world. In this retreat, we explore the root of identity politics: the presumption of difference and separateness. We also study and consider Adi Da's Wisdom on understanding, un-learning, and transcending the illusion of separateness and the act of separation, and Realizing Prior Unity, Non-Separateness, and unlimited relatedness to everything and everyone. The "Zero Point" is the place where we can drop all the limited and superficial points of view, and find the profound depth of Reality Itself. This has the potential for initiating a Reality-informed and Reality-transformed personal process and a collective activism in the contemporary world.

 

Introduction To The Zero Point Retreat

   
         
    Reality, Truth, and Conscious LightMarch 1, 2017: We added to our Special Events section a page for Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light, an introductory presentation (at locations worldwide during March, 2017 and later) on Adi Da's Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence. Learn about the true nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Darshan. Hear stories from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses.    
         
    The Bright Master of PeaceFebruary 27, 2017: We added a new story, The Bright Master of Peace, to our section, Blessings, Miracles, and Extraordinary Evidence. Alaya Gernon tells of travelling to and attending a retreat at The Mountain Of Attention in July, 2016, and the many Graceful Revelations given to her by Adi Da along the way.    
         
    At The Feet of the Spiritual MasterFebruary 26, 2017: We added a new story, At the Feet of the Spiritual Master, to our section, Finding Adi Da. Gerald Sheinfeld has been a devotee of Adi Da since the early 1970's. In these video clips, Gerald tells the story of how he found Adi Da, and how he became Adi da's devotee.    
         
    Adi Da JayanthiFebruary 26, 2017: We have added new photographs to our presentation on Adi Da Jayanthi, in our Celebrations section.    
         
    About Purification PujasFebruary 25, 2017: We have added photographs to our article, About Purification Pujas, in our introductory section on Other Entities and Other Realms.    
         
    February 25, 2017: We have added 3 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

Examine Your Total Conditionvideo— Adi Da: "Science is not a human activity, because it is an activity in which what is specifically human is fundamentally suppressed, abstracted, separated out. We're supposed to be devoted to finding out about this external world. We're not supposed to be devoted to participation in a total world in which reality includes not only the objects of perception and conception, but the process of perception and conception, and the being or consciousness in which perception and conception are experienced or recognized." This talk excerpt is track 2 of the CD, Science and the Myth of Materialism, a collection of talks from throughout the 30 years of Avatar Adi Da’s formal Teaching-Work that brings together samples from His vast Divine Instruction relative to the psycho-physical nature of the world, the limits of scientific materialism, and the Inherent Unity of Existence.

 

Examine Your Total Condition

     

Prelude to Wintervideo— In 2016, on a summer night in the beautiful city of Florence, the Florence Dance Company performed the multimedia dance event, Quattro Maggiore ("Four Seasons") — set to the music of Vivaldi (his most well-known work, "Quattro Maggiore", performed live) and the art of Adi Da Samraj as the backdrop. Vivaldi's masterpiece has four parts, corresponding to the four seasons. In this newly expanded performance, musical preludes have been added before each season, featuring the musical composition and performance of hang drummer extraordinaire Paolo Borghi of Rome. In this excerpt, we hear Borghi's "Prelude" to Vivaldi's "Winter".

 

Prelude to Winter

     

How I Became Adi Da's Devoteevideo— Gerald Sheinfeld, a devotee of Avatar Adi Da since the early 1970's, tells the story of the day he became Adi Da's devotee. It happened about eight months after he first met Adi Da. On that day, Gerald experienced (and was overwhelmed and heart-opened by) Adi Da's absolute vulnerability and complete lack of egoic armoring and received the Revelation of Adi Da's Divine State.

 

How I Became Adi Da's Devotee

   
         
    Open Eyes NewsletterFebruary 25, 2017: We have added 2 new newsletters to our Open Eyes Newsletter Archive.    
         
    February 19, 2017: We have added 3 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

A Devotee's Story about Adi Davideo— Cheech Marrero was one of Adi Da's earliest devotees. In this video clip, Cheech tells the story of how he found Adi Da. He also describes the defining moment in his relationship with Adi Da. After Cheech's story — at 5:18 in the video clip — a slideshow of images of Adi Da begins, followed by a video clip of Darshan of Adi Da at 7:38. The soundtrack for the slideshow and Darshan is Jacqueline Clemons singing her and Nick Milo's composition, "Universal World-Prayer", which sets to music the words of Adi Da.

 

A Devotee's Story About Adi Da

     

Jyota Se Jyotaaudio— One of the tracks on Tamarind Free Jones' CD, Traditional Chants in Praise of Avatar Adi Da Samraj. Tamarind Free Jones, one of Avatar Adi Da's daughters, offers devotional chants from the sacred traditions of India. These chants have been sung for hundreds of years in sacred places and forest hermitages all over the world. They not only serve to quiet the mind and relax the body, they also awaken the heart's devotion.

 

Jyota Se Jyota

     

Infernovideo— An excerpt from the Florence Dance Company's 2015 performance of Divina.com in Florence, Italy. The dance is based on Dante Alighieri's 700 year-old epic literary masterpiece, "La Divina Commedia" (The Divine Comedy). Like Dante's work, the dance performance has three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. This video excerpt is from Inferno.

 

Inferno

   
         
    February 12, 2017: We added a new subsection, Adi Da's Divine Response to Doubts About Him, to our Lawsuits section, with three stories (A Laser-Like Beam of Energy Shot Out Of My Heart, No Doubts Whatsoever, and Restored To Perfect Happiness) and one article (Doubt Mind).    
         
    February 10, 2017: We added a new article, About Purification Pujas, to our introductory section on Other Entities and Other Realms.    
         
    Reality, Truth, and Conscious LightFebruary 1, 2017: We added to our Special Events section a page for Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light, an introductory presentation (at locations worldwide during February, 2017 and later) on Adi Da's Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence. Learn about the true nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Darshan. Hear stories from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses.    
         
    January 30, 2017: We added a new page to our Special events section for Retreat Among Camels, a full-day retreat (on June 17, 2017) offered by Sacred Camel Gardens, in Lake County, California. Retreat, refresh, let go and reconnect with life's simplicity. To the degree that can be achieved in a full day of guided retreat, you will find yourself integrating with the camels to a point where you will feel "herd-connected". Retreat Guides: Stuart Camps and Sara Tourtelette.    
         
    The Divine Force That Brings an End To "me"January 29, 2017: We added a story, The Divine Force That Brings an End To "me", to our section, Spiritual Recognition of Adi Da. Daniela Morena: It took me about two steps into the room. . . then IT hit me full frontal. My mind shattered. My knees gave way. My body started shaking and my teeth were clattering. What I saw was Adi Da's fiery, 'Shiva the Destroyer' Form. I was in a state of absolute Shock."    
         
    January 28, 2017: We added a new page to our Special events section for "Where Is Happiness?", a FREE two-day retreat at the European Danda, in Maria Hoop, the Netherlands, March 18-19, 2017. Everybody wants to be happy, but how do you actually "do" happiness? Please join us to find out more about true happiness in this free, three-day retreat at The European Danda, a former monastery in the South of Holland close to the German border. This retreat includes meditations, yoga lessons, video presentations, group considerations, personal stories, contemplative walks, and delicious vegetarian meals. The retreat will also include a visit to the Adi Da Museum of Art.    
         
    January 27, 2016: Thank you all for your many responses to our site. . . We just reached a major (and auspicious) milestone: 700 responses! To see some of them, click here.    
         
    January 26, 2017: We have added 5 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

Lion Sutravideo— A contemplative piece for devotees of Adi Da. Words from Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "The Lion Sutra" (in Part Fifteen of The Aletheon). Music by Matthew Nicholson. Video editor: Matthew Nicholson.

 

Lion Sutra

     

The Bright Reality Beyond the God Ideavideo— In this excerpt from an Avataric Discourse, Adi Da gives a Radical and profound description of the true nature of the Divine Reality, stating that the Divine is the substance of all that arises, not the "cause" of anything, Adi Da goes on to describe how it is our own separation from that which is the very Divine, that causes the assumption of separation (and all our suffering). This talk excerpt is followed by a clip of Darshan of Adi Da (at 4:27).

 

The Bright Reality Beyond the God Idea

     

The God Who Truly Isvideo— An excerpt from "The God Who Truly Is", a talk given by Adi Da on March 28, 1994 at Adi Da Samrajashram. The complete talk can be found on the 2-CD set, Love Is How I Got To Here / The God Who Truly Is.

 

The God Who Truly Is

     

Death Is Not the End of Anythingvideo— This is an excerpt from Adi Da's talk, "Death Is Not The End Of Anything", on January 14, 1995 at Adi Da Samrasjashram. This talk appears as a chapter in Adi Da's book, Easy Death.

 

Death Is Not the End of Anything

     

The Commitment to God-Realizationvideo— This is an audio excerpt from The Commitment to Real-God-Realization, a DVD containing conversations between Adi Da and His devotees in 1988, in the United States, Fiji, and New Zealand. In these direct and challenging talks, Adi Da discusses how, through consideration, one can determine relatively quickly that one will survive death; on that basis, one can live life not merely for the sake of the physical body (which is going to die), but can practice in the context of (and in cooperation with) one's Eternal destiny: God-Realization.

 

The Commitment to God-Realization

   
         
    January 23, 2017: We added an index of all the Holy Sites to the beginning of our article on The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary, in our Empowered Places section.    
         
    January 23, 2017: We added many new photographs to our article, Before It Was The Mountain Of Attention, in our Empowered Places section.    
         
    January 15, 2017: We passed a major milestone today: 19,000 people have liked our site's pages and shared them with their Facebook friends. Thanks so much to everyone who has shared these pages! To see our "200 most shared pages", click here.    
         
    The Devotee Feeds the Guru and the Guru Feeds the DevoteeJanuary 14, 2017: We added an Introduction to Chris Tong's story, The Devotee Feeds the Guru and the Guru Feeds the Devotee (in our Finding Adi Da section).    
         
    An Open Letter To All Who Would Find Heart-Breaking FreedomJanuary 11, 2017: We replaced our version of Adi Da's An Open Letter To All Who Would Find Heart-Breaking Freedom (in our Crazy Wisdom section) with the longer, more recent version.    
         
    January 9, 2017: We have added 1 new clip (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

The Secret of Suddenness  

The Secret of Suddennessvideo— This is an excerpt from "The Secret of Suddenness", a talk given by Adi Da on February 1, 1985, at Adi Da Samrajashram. Adi Da discusses what happens after death, and how one can link up with a Greater Alternative (through Him) that transcends death and what happens after death, without needing to rely on beliefs about what happens after death or experience of greater-than-material dimensions. This excerpt is track 5 of the CD, Death and the Purpose of Existence, a collection of talks and recitations that exemplify Avatar Adi Da's essential Wisdom-Teaching on death and dying.

   
         
    Laughing Man Institute CoursesJanuary 8, 2017: We added a new page, Laughing Man Institute Courses, listing the current course offerings of the Laughing Man Institute, the public education branch of Adidam.    
         
    January 2, 2017: We have added 2 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

Nach dem Tod bestimmt euer Geist euch  

Nach dem Tod bestimmt euer Geist euchvideo— Contains German subtitles. In a sobering discourse, Adi Da speaks of the condition after death in which mind determines one's circumstance, without the limitations of the body, brain and unconsciousness. He addresses the fact that where one's attention is fixed during life affects attention and destiny after life. He recommends that devotees direct their attention to sadhana so that the purification process gives one wisdom that frees one from karmic limitations.

     
Das getrennte Selbst Ich ist eine Illusion  

Das getrennte Selbst Ich ist eine Illusionvideo— Contains German subtitles. "Das getrennte Selbst Ich ist eine Illusion" ("The Separate Self Is An Illusion") is a video excerpt from an Avataric Discourse given by Adi Da on July 7, 2005 in Land Bridge Pavilion at The Mountain Of Attention. Adi Da Samraj speaks about the action of self-contraction, which creates the sense of being a "separate self" - whereas, in Reality, no matter what arises, you are only and merely the Witness Consciousness. This talk is from the first occasion in many years in which Avatar Adi Da spoke directly to a gathering of His devotees in California. Questions from devotees about intimate, familial, and social issues are met with Avatar Adi Da's Compassion and Humor, as well as His Liberating Wisdom.

   
         
    Reality, Truth, and Conscious LightJanuary 1, 2017: We updated the database of sacred celebration dates for the new year of 2017, summarized on our page, The 2017 Sacred Cycle of Celebrations in Adidam.    
         
    Reality, Truth, and Conscious LightJanuary 1, 2017: We added to our Special Events section a page for Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light, an introductory presentation (at locations worldwide during January, 2017 and later) on Adi Da's Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence. Learn about the true nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Darshan. Hear stories from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses.    
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