About This Site
What this site is not
This site is not officially associated with
Adidam. The primary official sites for Adidam are www.adidam.org
ADIDAM is a trademark of The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam Pty Ltd,
as Trustee for the Avataric Samrajya of Adidam.
The perspectives or commentaries that you
find on this site represent the viewpoints of the individual authors
(presenters, interviewees, etc.) or our editorial and review staff.
They should not be taken as an official
viewpoint. The only voice truly representative of the Teaching
of Adidam is that of Avatar Adi Da Samraj. For this reason, we
have included, with permission, some of
Adi Da's own Teaching on this site so that you can know what He
has directly said about a variety of subjects. If you find the
materials on this site interesting, or you are moved by Adi Da Himself, we encourage you to deepen
your exploration of Adi Da, His Teaching, and His Work altogether
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site provides personal perspectives about Adi Da Samraj and Adidam:
stories of personal interactions with Adi Da, as well as
expository pieces sharing personal insights into some aspect of
Adi Da's Teaching or the Way of Adidam. This site is designed
and managed by a group of Adi Da's devotees,
and is greatly benefitted by the contributions of hundreds
of other devotees and appreciators of Adi Da. As we elaborate
in our introduction,
the purpose of this site is to bring a living dimension to Adi
Da Samraj's Teaching, principally through the devotee's story
of his or her relationship to Avatar Adi Da Samraj, the practice,
and the worldwide gathering of devotees.
of this site focuses on that period of Avatar Adi
Da's Work with devotees roughly between 1973
and 1986 — we often refer
to this period as Avatar Adi Da's "Teaching
Years". We offer extensive materials about this period on
our site because the unconventional "Crazy
Wisdom" Work Adi Da engaged in with devotees during this time
is often misunderstood. We hope our site will help clarify such
site also includes many stories about Adi Da's more recent Work
with devotees (including after
His human lifetime), which is of a very different nature:
It is "Blessing and Revelation Work", rather than "Submission
Work". The key difference is that, during His Teaching Years,
Adi Da "submitted" to us — becoming like us to reflect our tendencies
to us, with the intent that we would grow in self-understanding
and the impulse to self-transcendence.
After 1986, and increasingly so ever since, Adi Da made it clear
to devotees that His Teaching ordeal of assuming our likeness
longer necessary or appropriate; and that all of the diverse
kinds of conventional human seeking (money, food, sex, etc.) and
unconventional human seeking (spiritual experiences) are fruitless,
in that they do not (and cannot) bring about Perfect Liberation,
Enlightenment, or Happiness.
Today, the practice of Adidam is simply the fullness of the traditional
relationship to the Spiritual Master that was taught by Adi Da
from the beginning: recognize
and contemplate the Guru, live by His Instruction, and thereby
receive and be transformed by the Divine State He is always Transmitting.
Adidam news resource
If you are wanting to find out what's currently happening in
Adidam around the world, the Adi Da Up Close site is your most
current and comprehensive resource. We gather together for you
in one place (usually right on our
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These days, if you are wanting to find out more about one of
the world's great religious or spiritual traditions (Christianity,
Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, etc.) —
either as a current member or as someone interested looking
in from the outside — there
is a wealth of information available on the Web about every
aspect of that tradition, down to the last detail: every holy
place is available in pictures, videos and words; every aspect
of the practices or rituals is posted; every sentence of every
sacred text has accompanying exegesis
from the best scholars and practitioners of the tradition; and
countless common questions are answered.
We believe Adidam deserves no less in terms of Web resources
and tools both for supporting the deepening of practice in current
devotees and for supporting the needs of non-devotees interested
in that possibility, and learning more about it —
in-depth. Thus, one major intention behind our site is to develop
a resource that provides a comparable, "world religion"
level of support for the new spiritual tradition of Adidam —
the vastness and profundity of Adi Da's Teaching, and the subtlety
of the actual practice of, and growth in, the Way of Adidam
demand such a tool. The Way of Adidam is simple in principle
and at heart, but extremely detailed and sophisticated in practice,
especially over and against the always competing egoic communications
of the world and our own egoic patterning.
To create such a resource is a tall order! But we've made what
we believe is a good start, and will be constantly adding to
and refining this resource over time.
Funding this Site
The Adi Da Up Close site involves a lot of human labor. At the current time, all labor is through the gracious efforts of volunteers. In addition, maintaining this website involves web hosting costs, domain name registration costs, and other maintenance costs. One of the ways we partially defray some of these costs is as an "Amazon Associate". If you follow a link on this site that goes to an Amazon page, and then make a purchase, we earn a small commission.