A Simple but Powerful Example of Crazy Wisdom:
At the Feet of a Spiritual Transmitter
is Part 2 of Chris Tong's eight part article, An Overview
of Adi Da's Crazy Wisdom and "The Way That I Teach".
Adi Da Samraj, 1986
When you have surrendered at the lotus feet
of the Master,
From the chains of this world you will break free.
in complete control of your mind and your senses,
Within your heart, you will
find the Lord.
Adi Shankara, Bhaja
Govindam ("Follow Your Heart")
kinds of "unconventional behavior" may be a normal part of a particular Spiritual
tradition, but may seem odd to someone who does not practice that tradition until
he or she better understands its basis — ideally through a firsthand account from
practitioners who are in position to fully understand and appreciate its purpose.
instance, all the world's spiritual traditions talk about the virtue of surrendering
at the Master's Feet — it is a kind of metaphor for spiritual practice altogether.
"Surrendering" at the feet of an ordinary person — a king or pharoah, for example
— is one thing, and there is a virtue in our modern world having outgrown that
sort of tradition, because, whatever else such a person may have (power, fame,
etc.), spiritually, he or she is an ordinary person like ourselves. But in requiring their subjects to bow at their feet, such kings
and pharoahs are mimicking something that is genuine, profound, and ultimately,
spiritually liberating: devotees surrendering at the feet of a Spiritual Transmission Master.
Adi Da elaborates (bold is mine):
is the significance of the Guru's feet? The Guru has all kinds of body parts,
you know. Why the Guru's feet? First of all, to relate to anyone at the level
of his or her feet, you yourself must assume a physical position that is different
from the usual stand-up, handshaking, egoic mode. The attitude of surrender is
suggested, then. . . .
Another aspect of relating to the Guru through His
feet is Yogic. The current of Divine Transmission passes through the Guru's
Feet. Every aspect of the Guru's body-mind is registered in various parts
of the feet. [ed: This is a well-known principle of reflexology and acupuncture
too.] The feet are the epitome of the body. So various Yogic aspects of Transmission
are epitomized in the feet of the Sat-Guru.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
in James Steinberg, Love of the
Here is an example:
Da Samraj] was most obviously Demonstrating His Divine Mood, clearly Indifferent
to any sense of limitation, Shining with Blessing Force, replete with native Freedom
and the certainty of unqualified Love, Transparent to the pure, sweet Grace of
God. . . .I threw myself face down and full-length at His [Adi Da's] Feet. His
Feet, somehow, were a perfect point of contact with this Blessing Force. I
wept and kissed His Feet, wetting them with tears of relief, joy, gratitude, and
also with the anguish that I could not completely let go of myself. Still I tried
to surrender, straining with my heart and brain to open more. But I could surrender
no more. Quietly, Adi Da lifted His Feet and placed them on my head. All stress
left my being. A golden balm of sweet light poured through every cell in my body.
A knot opened. I let go, and His brilliant Radiance washed through me. I was Home.
is another story, from Antonina Randazzo, who often sang for Adi Da at Sacred
the years, musical occasions with Bhagavan Adi Da became what He referred to as
"Sacred Offerings". Musicians were there to make an offering to Him that serves
everyone's participation in the fact that He is there granting His Sublime Darshan.
It creates occasion for people to give Him their attention. The attention was
not on the musicians, we would be there simply to serve the occasion by providing
contemplative music. I remember one occasion in 2004 in Samraj Mahal, an exquisite
Temple on the island of Naitauba. It is a beautiful
open-air Pavilion overlooking the ocean. Tropical breezes waft through the environment
and it is wholly conducive and pleasurable to sit in such a pristine setting.
This particular evening a lounge-type chair was set up for Bhagavan that allowed
Him to sit either cross-legged in His accustomed manner, or to extend His legs
and feet out down the length of the chair.
was particularly appreciative of this change in His chair, as from where I was
sitting, and with the chair angled off center a bit, His hands and feet would
point directly at me. We sat to the side, but only about five feet away from Him.
For a time he did sit cross-legged, but when He unfolded his legs, I felt a Transmission
flowing from His Feet that was almost too much to conduct at times. I felt His
Divine Touch Infusing my entire being. It rested me in deep contemplation, and
the music poured out of me from a much deeper place. It was that feeling again
of having my throat and the entire frontal line wide open, and He drew everything
out of me effortlessly.
Singing: "The Focus Is On The Divine"
yet another story, from my own experience.
In late 1995, Adi Da made Frans
Bakker and myself the co-directors of the Adidam Word and Mission Division.
We were both living at The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary in Northern California.
He invited us to be with Him at Adi Da Samrajashram (in Fiji) on December 24 (Christmas Eve), in time for the
Celebration of Danavira Mela. It was clear that He wanted to directly
work with the heads of His Mission in the most wonderful way (at the most wonderful
time!), for the sake of their practice, and for the sake of His Mission.
Da welcoming Chris with a kiss
(Christmas Eve, 1995)
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arrived in Adi Da Samrajashram, and gave Adi Da our gift. (It was a beautiful
glass globe of the world, signifying our intent to bring Him the world, so He
could liberate all beings — which He then placed in His most sacred temple, the
Sukra Kendra.) He then had Frans and I sit at His feet all evening, even as He
was receiving gifts from His other devotees, and kissed and embracing each of
them, one by one. It was a wonderfully happy evening.
At some point, I
spontaneously took hold of both His feet. This is not something I or any devotee
ever would do in their "right mind"! But I was not in my "right mind" — Adi Da's
Spiritual Transmission had shifted me into a completely different state, in which
I was profoundly drawn to Him, even to the point where my mind was dissolving
and my body was animating itself to be closer to Him in this way. In fact, I barely
noticed that I was holding His feet in my hands, so entranced was I by the Brightness
radiating from Him and all around His body. As it would turn out, Adi Da let me
continue to hold His feet for the next half hour or so — an extraordinary gift
of Grace, almost unbelievable as I look back on it. And at the same time, He and
the room got Brighter and Brighter — with Him as the obvious Center and Source
of that Brightness — until it became directly obvious that Beloved Adi Da, the
room, and everything were all a Unity in this Brightness. It was a sustained moment
of clear recognition of Adi Da as the Divine
Person. And in that moment of recognition, the Brightness enveloped me as
well, and "I" disappeared in It.
Because He Is the Great and Only and Very One,
devotees should surrender and forget themselves at the Feet of the Divine Heart-Master.
Because He Is the Great and Only and Very One, the Graceful Radiance That Flows
from the Divine Heart-Master's Feet Releases attention from the ego-"I" and the
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Ruchira
You may sometimes objectively see The Divine
Self-Brightness of My Avatarically Born Bodily Human Divine Form.
Self-Magnify My Inherent Self-Brightness, Where I Stand, Where You Stand, Where
It Stands, From The Inside Out, White As The Spiritual Current Of Being Is.
I Am Always Dissolving (Myself, and all-and-All) In My Own "Brightness".
This Is What I Do.
This Is What I Am Always Doing.
This Doing Is
Who I Am.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, p. 706, The
Knee Of Listening
The next thing "I"
knew, I was outside the gathering hall, in the open air, after some unknown time
had passed. I have no recollection of the time between when I disappeared, and
when I "reappeared" — to discover I was being supported on either side by friends
who were taking me to lie down. Mind you, I hadn't passed out — I had passed in
. . . to God knows where.
Adi Da has always said that, whenever we gather
with Him (as we did that night), He works to bring us to a point in the evening
where we "disappear", and lose a period of time in our memory; He has said that
if we could only allow that to happen, we would never be the same again. It happened
for me . . . I was in a state of continual bliss for the next three months. And
I can vouch for it: I haven't been the same since. And in my heart, I am still
there, holding His Feet.
* * *
"Surrendering at the
Guru's feet" is an appropriate metaphor for our practice altogether in every moment,
because reception of Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission is possible in every moment
(it's not in any way limited by physical distance) — if we are in that same "entirely
surrendered" disposition — regardless of whether we are literally at His feet,
or at His feet in mind and feeling.
It is not just My devotees who are noticing
the signs of My world-Blessing-Work. Others also are feeling My Presence and are
responding. . . . My experience is every one. I Extend out and I Touch you. When
My Divine Spiritual Body Extends out, Its Touch Touches every one. Every one has
felt My Spiritual Touch, whether they are consciously aware of it or not. I am
Touching every one right now.
If you were to lie down and extend your body
and touch someone's body, he or she would feel it. Well, I am Extended everywhere
like that. I am Experiencing all as My own Form. . . . All is in My View, My Touch-Field.
No one is unfamiliar to Me. No one feels as an "other" to Me. All is in My Sphere.
That suggests How I Work.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Adi
And so, to return to
our main point about "Crazy Wisdom": Without the context of understanding
that Adi Da is a genuine Spiritual Transmitter, and that something very
tangible and very profound literally takes place "at His feet", the fact that
devotees "surrender at His feet" as often as not gets miscommunicated to the conventional
world as: "There's this cult leader named Adi Da, who is on a 'power trip' and
makes His devotees kiss His feet. What an ego! What a megolomaniac!" Which, of
course is nothing like what devotees such as Wes Vaught, Antonina Randazzo, and
I actually experienced (and report here).
3: The "Evil Superman" Form of Misunderstanding Genuine Crazy Wisdom