Wisdom and a Pregnant Woman
Connie Mantas, R.N.
Recently, we came across a "statement" on several "anti-Adi
Da" websites about Adi Da Samraj having "hit a pregnant woman" in the belly.
We asked around if anyone knew about this, and sure enough the woman herself spoke
up. The woman, Connie Mantas, became a devotee during the Garbage
and the Goddess" period. She was a registered nurse at the time, and still
practices nursing today. She has assisted in the birth of many devotees' children
over the years. Here is her story of what actually happened.
Mantas: Around September or October of 1974, I was in the last trimester of
my pregnancy with my son, Ben. Spontaneously one evening, as we stood near the
Master's Chair chanting softly to Him, Beloved Adi Da reached out and placed His
hand very forcefully on my swollen belly. I fell back in a swoon of His Spiritual
Force onto the devotees who were standing behind me, and we all just stood in
that moment together. I closed my eyes and continued to feel His Spiritual Transmission
very strongly in my body. Then it was over just as quickly as it began.
Later, at the end of the evening, I still could feel the touch of His hand on
my stomach, and I had a sense of His strong Blessing, as if by placing His hand
there He were calling His devotee into being. Several months later, I had a wonderful
baby boy, fully healthy and strong.
"I was very fortunate to spend significant
time in Beloved Adi Da's Company while growing up
in the community of His devotees."
Da with Ben
(click to enlarge)
Adi Da with Ben, 1980 |
"This photo was taken at one of the children's
birthday parties, and beautifully exemplifies Adi
Da's Delight in His young devotees."
|Years later as a young adult, Ben became a technical
expert in the field of photography and a talented photographer as well. He has
managed the technical photographic group that served Beloved Adi Da Samraj directly
in the technical activities associated with creating His
Image Art. Click
here to listen to Ben tell the story of that service to Adi Da.|| |
Da in Samraj Mahal,
assisted by Ben, 2007