answer: A recent independent study shows that
most ex-devotees are NOT negatively disposed toward
Adi Da and Adidam — quite the contrary! However, a
small number of unrepresentative (but very vocal)
ex-devotees have created critical websites that are
often mistaken for the "majority view" among ex-devotees.
And as it turns out, even some of those most vocal
critics are communicating a new and very different
understanding of Adi Da these days.
and Recognition of Adi Da Question:I know all
religions and spiritual traditions have people that leave,
so clearly it's not as simple as "if it's a true or real
or genuine practice, everyone would stay". But could
you say more about this point, in the context of Adidam?
Brief answer: Sure. The basic observation for traditions
that have a genuine esoteric spiritual practice (from Catholicism
to Adidam), is that there is a correlation between degree
of esoteric engagement (relative to the spiritual Revelation
and Realization possible via that practice) and staying in
that tradition. In other words, generally it's not the saints
who leave Catholicism, it's the more nominal Catholics. Because
the esoteric practice of Adidam is based on recognition of
Adi Da as the Divine (and no significant advance in practice
is possible without that), we'd expect to see a similar correlation
between recognition and staying.