is Part 2 of Chris Tong's five-part article, The Significance
of Recognition in the Way of Adidam.
Recognition of Me is all.
Recognition of Me is Liberation.
of Me demonstrates all of devotion, renunciation, and Realization.
recognition of Me Is the Way of Me.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
"The Boundless Self-Confession"
24, The Aletheon
If one reads Adi Da's final text, The
Aletheon, one will see everywhere throughout it that recognition of Him
as the Divine Person is the very basis for the Way of Adidam, and hence the
essential "entrance requirement" for becoming His devotee.
. . . If I am devotionally recognized, the "Radical"
Reality-Way of Adidam Ruchiradam Is Revealed. Indeed, the "Radical"
Reality-Way of Adidam Ruchiradam Is Found only if I am devotionally recognized
— because Adidam Ruchiradam Is participation in Me. Adidam Ruchiradam Is
the Process That Spontaneously Unfolds if I am devotionally recognized. Adidam
Ruchiradam is not a practice that is engaged merely because someone is moved by
Me (or relates to Me) as an "objective other", or as a Teacher-Master
in some not-yet-most-profoundly recognized sense. . . .
If I am not
devotionally recognized, there is an enormity of "world" and ego-"self"
to be figured out, and there are always a lot of things yet to seek and do. When
I am devotionally recognized, there is not anything to do anymore, because
there is no "problem", and (therefore) no basis for seeking. None whatsoever.
. . .
Adidam Ruchiradam begins only when I am straightforwardly devotionally
recognized in exactly these terms. . . .Whole bodily devotional recognition of
Me Is the "Root" of Adidam Ruchiradam.
Adi Da Samraj, "The Boundless Self-Confession"
24, The Aletheon
The entire devotional process in My Divine Avataric
Company . . . is the unfolding magnification of "Root"-Coincidence with
Me. If that "Root"-Coincidence is not (really, truly, and moment to
moment) the case, it does not make any difference how "correct" My devotee
is seeming to be, or how My devotee otherwise appears to be conforming to "correct"
behavioral details of the practice I Reveal and Give. None of that "correctness"
is authentic without That "Root"-Coincidence. Without That "Root"-Coincidence,
there is nothing but mere behavior, mummery, ego-enactment — fruitless and meaningless
Therefore, the only right and true Reality-practice of the only-by-Me
Revealed and Given Reality-Way of Adidam is "radical" (or always "at-the-root")
whole bodily-recognition-responsive devotional Communion with Me — As I
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "Always Know Me Perfectly"
9, The Aletheon
Those who recognize Me are transformed by knowing Me,
utterly transformed. Their faculties are turned to Me by My Force of Person. It's
not that you have a prescription to turn the faculties to Me. This is what devotion
is. It is the whole bodily response to Me. That means the faculties turn
This must be the case, first of all, for any further Instruction
to be given. I simply point out that's it. That's what devotion is. The Way is
built upon that. And then I elaborate all the various Instructions or matters
of address that I must put to devotees. And that's the Way. . . . It immediately
sets Me apart and turns the devotee to Me as My servant forever.
without that evidence is not My devotee, is at most some kind of nominal member
of the institutional gathering.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, April
Because recognition is the essential "entrance requirement" for taking
up the Way of Adidam, the Eternal Vow that is taken
when one becomes a devotee explicitly refers to one's recognition of Adi Da:
Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj, I recognize and acknowledge
Your Divine Person to Be the Eternal Source of Perfect Divine Grace, the Divine
True Heart of all conditionally manifested beings, the Very Divine Person Who
Avatarically Self-Manifested in bodily (human) Form for the Sake of the Divine
Liberation of all-and-All. Thus, I recognize and acknowledge Your Divine Person
to Be my Eternal Divine Avataric Master.
One cannot (and
should not) take this vow until one has recognized Adi Da as the Divine Person.
It is not something we do on the basis of belief, only on the basis of Revelation.
Just so, the Way of Adidam is not something we practice on the basis of belief,
only on the basis of Revelation.
You could correctly, so to speak, correctly follow
My Instructions and still not be practicing this Way because on that basis, invariably
you will have abandoned My fundamental instructions which have to do with the
recognition-response to Me, the devotional turning to Me.
Adi Da Samraj, "Find Me, Know Me, Recognize Me"
Way Beyond Ego (CD)
If you feel Me, you can practice turning (whole bodily)
to Me — because it is your heart-response to do so. That is the Way of Adidam.
If you do not heart-recognize Me, you will not heart-respond to Me. In that case,
you cannot (and will not) turn to Me. You may do some kind of strategic exercise
that you think is turning to Me, but no such exercise has anything to do with
Realizing Me, with entering into the (Spherical, Transcendental, and Self-Evidently
Divine) Sphere of My Acausal Divine Person and State.
Adi Da Samraj, Radical Transcendentalism
What should we do if we are moved to become Adi Da's devotee but have
not yet recognized Him? Here are Adi Da's instructions:
You are all wrapped up in the patterns of body-mind,
the structures of language, of thinking, the structures of presumed perception,
and presumptions about the identification of things and the “world of reality”.
And these are actually obstacles to the Realizing of Reality. There are psycho-physical
reasons why you don’t recognize Me. If it were not for that, if you were not doing
that now, your recognition of Me would be Perfect, Tacit, Un-“caused”, Self-Evident,
Always Already the Case — of that Nature, therefore not temporary, not just a
somehow temporarily “caused effect”.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj,
October 6, 2005
Into Unlimited Profundity
Devotion to Me is established through listening to
My Word, My Leelas, sighting My Form Bodily here. When this becomes the finding
of Me, the recognition of Me, then devotion to Me is established. This Way is
not established before then. Until then, you can study this Way, you can listen
to the stories of My Life and Work, you can sight My Bodily Human Form, Avatarically
Born Divinely here, and all that continues until there is the true recognition-response
to Me. Then The Way can begin.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "Find
Me, Know Me, Recognize Me"
Way Beyond Ego (CD)
So in short: we can use every
available means to immerse ourselves in Adi Da (including reading or listening
to Adi Da's words (on websites like this one, or in His
books, or through CDs
watching videos of Him
or listening to talks by Him, looking at pictures of Him, read and listen
to stories about Him from devotees (on this site — both written and video
— or through connecting with devotees online or in person), attending
regional Adidam events or courses, visiting
exhibits of Adi Da's Image-Art, visiting
the Empowered Sanctuaries of Adidam, and participating in performances of
Adi Da's Mummery Book),
so as to open ourselves to receiving His Gift of recognition.