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The Baby on My Shoulder

Margaret Dempsey

Margaret Dempsey has been a devotee of Adi Da since 2014. She was a teacher of kundalini yoga, and the author of Female Kundalini. She was the organizer of the Kundalini UK Conference 2013. She wrote this story in June, 2015.

Margaret Dempsey

In 2012, a devotee of Adi Da brought me a copy of The Knee of Listening. This took some courage on the part of the devotee — who knew that I was established teaching Kundalini yoga and was putting on a conference on Kundalini. Having been searching most of my life, I thought I was settled teaching Kundalini yoga. Even so, I still had questions which no spiritual teacher had answered, from the myriad of books I had read.

The Knee Of Listening sat on my table for a few days, while I resisted picking it up. But at last the pull was too strong, and I started to read. . . and all of the questions I had about Kundalini were answered.

That was when I knew that Adi Da Samraj was my spiritual teacher. But I resisted that awareness, because I had so much invested in being a Kundalini yoga teacher and in continuing to teach a technique that would be at odds with what was confirmed by Adi Da (and which I also now intuitively felt was true). So for a while, I resisted becoming Adi Da's devotee; I had loads of reasons why I didn't "need" to be a devotee.

Adi DaThen one night, I had a dream. I was standing in my kitchen, looking out to sea, and I had a baby on my shoulder. Because of how the baby was positioned, I couldn't see the baby's face, so I leaned back a little to look — and got the shock of my life when I recognised it as the face of Adi Da when He was a baby (the picture of Him sitting in the lotus position on His mat — which is my favourite picture of Him).

I was so shocked that I woke up immediately.

The next day I contacted the Adidam Ashram in London and said that I wanted to become a Third Congregation devotee. I took my vow to become a devotee on 31 August 2014, and I will be going on retreat to Adi Da Samrajashram (the sacred island of Naitauba in Fiji) in July, 2015.

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