Question:I'm not a devotee, but I'm very interested in Adi Da and the Way of Adidam.
Can I visit any of the Empowered Sanctuaries?
Spiritual Principles for Accessing the Empowered Sanctuaries
Spiritual Masters have been provided with places that were set apart — geographically,
psychically, and socially — from the conventional world, places where they were
free to do their Spiritual Work in an appropriate and secluded circumstance. These
places became Spiritually Empowered through their Presence and Work, and — as
a result — continued to Spiritually Transmit the Blessing of the Spiritual Master
beyond His or Her human lifetime. Avatar Adi Da has established and spiritually
empowered five Sanctuaries for all time:
Da Samrajashram, the island of Naitauba in Fiji, is the primary
place from which Adi Da's Divine Spiritual Blessing flows to the world;
Sundaram is a small Hermitage located in northern California;
Dham is a small Hermitage located on Lopez Island, Washington.
read more about the Empowered Sanctuaries of Adidam, click
For someone who is interested in the possibility of
becoming a devotee of Adi Da, there is nothing like visiting the holy places He
established (short of having come into Adi Da's physical company during His lifetime)
— because He installed Himself there Spiritually for all time, and
His Presence pervades the physical space, because of His Eternal connection to
performing puja at Seventh Gate Shrine at the Mountain Of Attention
also must always be kept in mind is the fact that the Spiritual potency of such
sacred places is very fragile. It is like a fire that can either be kept going
by the deliberate, devotional invocation of Adi Da by devotees who are strong
in their practice; or which can be extinguished — even unknowingly
— by well-intentioned people who are not devotees, or even by practitioners
who are still relative beginners in their devotional practice. People who are
invoking Adi Da moment-to-moment (based on their recognition
of Him as the Divine Person) help fan the flame, while those who do not (yet)
recognize Him in that way tend to help the flame go out.
this reason, during His lifetime, Adi Da had to re-empower The Mountain Of Attention
Sanctuary (the Sanctuary most accessible to the general public) several times,
by physically visiting the Sanctuary and intentionally re-installing Himself at
each holy site. Now that He is no longer physically available to re-empower the
Sanctuaries in this way, we must be that much more careful to continually "fan
the flame" (through daily pujas
that invoke Adi Da at all the holy sites on each Sanctuary), so as to preserve
Adi Da's Presence at these sites. Preserving His Presence is not only important
for the sake of individuals visiting the Sanctuaries, but for the Spiritual impact
these Sanctuaries have on the rest of the world:
Holy Sites, if rightly honored, would activate My Divine Transmission in a very
profound sense, and would even have a benignly transforming Effect on everything
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Here are some illustrations of what it means to "rightly honor" these Holy Sanctuaries.
Originally, the offices of Adidam's Institution were located on the grounds of The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary.
Over time, Adi Da discovered that devotees engaging in institutional "business" in this Holy Place (even business that served the
sacred purposes of Adidam) was diminishing the Empowerment of the Sanctuary. So He introduced a principle that no Institutional
business should be allowed in the "central core" of The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary.
Another example: The Way of Adidam is an ego-transcending practice. As one element of that practice, devotees annually engage in a process
of writing confessions describing their egoic patterns and making sacred resolutions for change. In the past, these confessions would
be burnt in a sacred fire at one of the Holy Sites on the various Empowered Sanctuaries. But at a certain point (in 2014), The Ruchira Sannyasin
Order decided that even
this psychic attention on devotees' "egoity" could negatively impact the Sanctuaries. And so, at The Mountain Of Attention, we adopted
a principle of not burning confessions in the "central core" of The Mountain Of Attention or at any of its Holy Sites. Just so, on Adi Da
Samrajashram, confessions are burnt on the beach, away from all Holy Sites.
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another reason for carefully preserving the Sanctuaries is the ensure the survival
of Adidam in this world (particularly in the case of worldwide catastrophes —
which we hope never occur, but we must plan for anyway):
long-standing prophecies from many sources foresee that the entire population
of the world will be reduced to a fraction of its size through a combination of
wars, natural disasters, and plagues. This dimension of the karma of humans may
affect the experience of the world profoundly, and it must be taken into account.
If the Communion is to survive, even though many may be lost, there must be locations
in many areas of the world where a certain number of members of the Community
exist. Then the Wisdom-Teaching in the world can survive, and centers of practice
can be part of a regeneration of the Communion in the future — if
such profound negative effects will actually be suffered. Therefore, it is in
the interest of the Communion, as a cultural entity, to create renunciate hermitages
in isolated areas and to support them for the survival of the Wisdom-Teaching
and for the practical survival of devotees.
Avatar Adi Da
Survival of the Community of Devotees in Crazy Wisdom, March/April
Thus the preservation of the Sanctuaries
— both their physical preservation and the preservation of their
Spiritual potency — is essential for a multitude of reasons.
devotees performing daily pujas invoking Adi Da, the Spiritual potency of these
sacred Sanctuaries is preserved by restricting access. For this reason, only certain
parts of certain Sanctuaries are open to the public or to beginning devotees.
We urge anyone interested in Adi Da and the Way of Adidam to take advantage
of any and every opportunity to visit the Sanctuaries. They are one of the most
Spiritually potent ways to connect with Adi Da, and can greatly serve your receiving
the gift of recognition of Him as the Divine Person, which is the
starting point for taking up the Way of Adidam.
Da visiting the Mountain Of Attention
I will always
(forever), during and after (and forever after) the (physical) Lifetime of My
Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form (here), be Divinely Transcendentally
Spiritually Present (by all My Divine Avataric Means) at all . . . of the Directly-by-Me
Transcendentally Spiritually Empowered Sapta Na Sannyasin Hermitages and Ruchira
Sannyasin Sanctuaries. . . each of Which I have Directly Transcendentally Spiritually
Empowered and Transcendentally Spiritually Established as a unique Sacred Domain
(and a Perpetual Agent of My Divine Avataric Purposes), Set Apart (and, Thus,
Made Holy) for constant Pilgrimages and Retreats (and every other truly Me-Invoking,
and devotionally Me-Recognizing, and devotionally to-Me-responding, and devotionally
Me-serving Sacred use) by My by-Me-Transcendentally-Spiritually-Initiated devotees.
Man of Radical Understanding Retreat Center at the Mountain Of Attention
offers regularly scheduled public retreats at The Man of Radical Understanding
Retreat Center, which is located on part of the larger property of the Mountain
of Attention Sanctuary in Northern California. The Man of Radical Understanding
Retreat Center is a Spiritually empowered place that is made available for anyone
with an interest in Avatar Adi Da and His remarkable Wisdom to spend time.
retreats consist of meditation, study, recitation, and practical life classes
about diet, exercise, and so forth. Some retreats may also include a guided tour
of the Holy Sites on the larger Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary property.
learn more about the variety of retreats offered, and the schedule of currently
planned retreats, click
The Mountain Of Attention is also sometimes open to
people with a strong heart-response to Adi Da for special celebrations like Adi-Guru
Purnima, which is held at the time of the full moon in July.
can also visit the Adidam Bookstore
on The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary, which is open to the public.
to find out about organizing a guided tour of the Da
Love-Ananda Mahal Sanctuary in Kauai, Hawaii. They hope to have a complete
center available to receive public and visitors in the near future.
more information, write to or call 707-483-9249.
Visiting the Regional Adidam Communities for Retreats and Sacred Occasions
regional Adidam communities (in or near major cities throughout the world) also
offer public retreats or sacred occasions in which non-devotees can participate.
The sacred places created by devotees around the world, as well as the sacred
occasions in which they gather together to invoke Adi Da, can serve as potent
vehicles for Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission. These places and occasions are excellent
opportunities for non-devotees to connect with Adi Da. Some of these regions have
been personally visited (and directly Blessed) by Adi Da. All the major regions
have received sacred objects empowered by Adi Da, that enable their main communion
hall (and the region altogether) to be directly Blessed by Adi Da. (For a story
of how one such regional communion hall was empowered by a sacred object personally
Blessed by Adi Da, click
For example, the European
Danda, the Ashram and Retreat Center for Adidam in Europe (located in Maria
Hoop, the Netherlands), was visited, Blessed, and Spiritually Empowered by Adi
Da in 1986 and 1996. It offers a regular and diverse retreat program for the public.
Current retreats focus on: Adi Da's life and work; Adi Da's Image-Art
(the European Danda has a permanent
collection of Adi Da's Art); Adi Da's seminal contribution to social wisdom,
Not-Two Is Peace; the raw
diet recommended for devotees by Adi Da; and more. For more about the European
Danda, click here.
Da visiting the European Danda in 1996
visit our Regions page
to see other places where there are communities of devotees near you, whether
they have public retreats, sacred events, etc.