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The Living Divine Light
Scott Belanger has been a devotee of Adi Da since
1995. He created One
True Water, through which he offers many different modalities
of therapeutic touch, including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point,
Myofascial Release, Polarity-Energy Balancing, and Reflexology.
Scott's posts tell of the last days in the lifetime
of his father, Serge Belanger — from December, 2016
to March, 2017 — and how Scott helped enable Adi Da's
Grace to enter into his father's life in those final moments.
I'm in the family waiting room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital,
after Dad had surgery for removal of a tumor. I'm getting acquainted
with the state of limbo, practicing in the midst of boredom, doubt
Serge (my Dad) went home this afternoon, feeling stronger. After
a challenging few days, it is good news that he has recovered
this much, feeling more optimistic for further improvement.
Serge Belanger at home
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[Scott is a member of the
Adidam New England community. As time passed (it was
now 2017), he wrote a letter to the devotees in his community,
asking them to pray for his father. Adidam communities regularly
engage together in what Adi Da calls The
Devotional Prayer of Changes, to invoke His Divine
Power in the midst of a particular (often challenging) circumstance.]
I wanted to provide an update on my father's process with
cancer and make a request for help wording a new Devotional
Prayer of Changes for him. My father had surgery in December
which removed a large tumor on the wall of his bladder.
Not all of the tumor was removed, so he was receiving chemo
and radiation to treat the remaining tissue.
Recently, he had been experiencing fevers which were high
enough to have him go to the emergency room. He was evaluated
for what was thought to be a urinary tract infection. However,
once this was ruled out, a CT scan revealed that he had
nodules on his lungs which his doctors think are cancerous.
To completely verify if the nodules are cancerous, and if
the cancer is from the bladder, a biopsy was done on his
lung tissue. The results will be available within the next
day or two. After the results are received he will need
to discuss a new plan of action.
The concern is that the cancer has metastasized and is
Serge has come to a level of acceptance of the situation,
and is prepared for his death transition if the cancer is
untreatable. With great sadness and concern for his wife
of 56 years,and how she will respond to his passing when
it occurs, he has communicated to me his final wishes and
requested for me to do the eulogy at his wake.
All of this may be premature, depending on the results
of the biopsy and decided next steps for his treatment,
and his body's response.
Please hold Serge in your prayers, visualizing and affirming
Beloved Adi Da's Blessing serving Serge through these days,
helping Serge to feel loved and supported by his family,
and relaxed of all concern for "self", while feeling a growing
sensitivity to his connection to the Divine Person Who is
Living all and All.
Pray "for any opportunity to open for Scott to serve
Serge and to share Beloved Adi Da's Teaching Word with him."
In gratitude for our Master and His Way of Adidam,
March 3, 2017
Serge wants to be home, he hates the hospital. But his fever
is spiking, he is delirious, and not recognizing where he is or
family members. So he reluctantly agreed to be admitted to the
hospital once more — the last thing he wanted.
I told Lynn (my ex) and Aidan (my oldest son) how I felt that
I couldn't bring spiritual energy into the hospital room with
my father because of the conventional minds surrounding him there.
I did the morning Puja
with Aidan before I left the house and prayed for an opening.
At the hospital, for the first hour or two, everyone was in the
room, and there was too much talk, superficial chitchat, etc.,
going on to invoke Adi Da.
Finally Aidan had a book on "Biocentrism"
that caught my sister in law's attention which sparked a conversation
about Consciousness (not matter) as the Primary Context of existence.
I advanced the conversation with my Avatar Adi Da's Revelation
and Teaching of the non-difference of Consciousness and Energy,
His Revelation of Conscious Light.
The energy of the room shifted.
My father was complaining of pain in his hip. I asked him if
I could do energy healing/laying on of hands on his hip. I then
instructed him to feel that, even though there is pain, there
are other areas of his body that still feel pleasure. Then I stroked
his arm and helped him to feel the pleasure of that. Then I instructed
him to feel the pleasure of the breath entering and exiting his
nose. He felt that.
Then I invoked my Spiritual Master's Presence silently and drew
down Adi Da's Light through my father's body.
A profound descent of energy filled the room. Everyone became
silent and rested.
I remained there by my father's side for an hour, holding and
continuing this conductivity of Conscious Light. My father would
fall into sleep and reawaken, then back into the Depth, as Beloved
Adi Da moved through his body.
My Mom was holding his hand and feeling the process as well.
Eventually my father awoke and asked her to lay down next to him.
Dad and Mom
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The Energy was Happy and I said, "See how even now you can still
They both said, "Yes".
This is an example of the real relationship devotees of
Adi Da have with their Master. The Living Divine Light is
tangible! And Beloved Adi Da worked through me as I had
asked. This event transformed the chaotic quality of the
room and everyone in it into a Blessed Occasion.
Serge is now back home again.
After a long day and evening of deep sleep, no solids or fluids,
and showing signs of an ascending process
(typical of impending
death), we felt Serge may have been leaving us last night. My
brother Jeff and his wife drove up from Florida and arrived around
I said, "Watch, he'll wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed",
and — lo and behold — this morning, Serge was awake
and interactive, joking and talking coherently. It seems he's
not quite ready to leave us! We see this as a good thing, as everyone
gets a chance to prepare to go through their grieving process.
We will have a capella singers and a harpist coming this
weekend provided by hospice. The snow falling is a nice touch
too. . .
It's very peaceful here.
[At this point, Scott writes a letter to Adi Da, which
is offered to Adi Da's Eternal Presence in the "Brightness"
Temple where Adi Da's body is buried, on the sacred island
Beloved Adi Da Samraj,
I bow in gratitude and humility, for Your Compassionate
and Graceful Instruction for serving the death transition
of my father, Serge Belanger. I am writing to update You
on the process here regarding Serge's transition.
At this moment, it is the third day with Serge at home
in hospice care, with his loving family serving him and
surrounding him with love and support.
As this process unfolds, I have been able to serve my family
in understanding the death transition process as You have
revealed it. With sensitivity to the circumstance of non-devotees
and the need to be respectful of others' beliefs, I am able
to bring Your Teaching in indirect ways, helping them to
feel Serge as he demonstrates his withdrawal from the body.
I have been able to guide them to be sensitive to giving
him space to release, to not distract him from the process,
and to practice releasing him to his greater destiny.
The bedroom Serge is in has become a sacred space, and
a vigil goes on there where people take shifts sitting with
him. At times, I and my son Aidan (a nineteen year old soon
to be in the Adidam
Youth Fellowship) sit alone with Serge and we Invoke
You Intensively. Aidan and I sit on either side of Serge's
body in the
gesture of Beholding, radiating Heart-Love to Serge,
and feeling You Pervading the room. When we do this, all
there is is Your Bright Love-Bliss Happiness. I feel like
I am in Your Kiln of Brightness, like I am in Your Temple.
My mother and sister have been the most emotional about
the loss of Serge, grieving deeply. But as the process unfolds,
their grief has changed to acceptance and readiness to release.
Last night, it seemed Serge would go, but this morning
he awoke and was interactive, with humor, and humility.
Now as I write, he is returned to the Depth, focused inward
and up. We do not know how long he has left, but Your Graceful
Blessings are felt here, and it has become a Sacred Occasion
as I had hoped.
I want to thank You, Beloved, for Your Divine Wisdom-Teaching
regarding the death process and serving the dying. We have
transformed this otherwise casual and painful event into
a circumstance of Love.
By Your Divine Grace, may Serge pass gently and peacefully,
and may his family embrace his death positively, blessing
him to release his body and flow to his greater destiny
Always at Your Feet, Dear Master of my heart,
We had Barbara the harpist today, playing beautiful songs for
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Today we invited the Journey Singers to sing for Serge.
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Hospice is such a blessing.
obituary:] "Serge B. Belanger, 76, of Mt. Tom Avenue passed
away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at his home surrounded by his
Being instructed by Adi Da about the death process and how to
serve others as they approach it has been such a powerful gift.
Only by Adi Da's Grace and Wisdom Means, have I been able to be
present, positively responsive, and capable of transcending what
Adi Da calls the "ritual of sorrow". Certainly there was grief,
but there was Happiness as well — we all experienced this
transition as very graceful and full of Blessing. Serge was surrounded
by Love and was enabled to have an easy death
in the company of his loving family.
Beloved Adi Da also instructs His devotees to "handle business"
with their parents, to resolve any oedipal
conflicts with them if we intend to mature in the real
Spiritual process with Him. A most important Gift I received from
my father was that he asked me to do his eulogy. With tears of
gratitude and indebtness to him for all he had given me, I gratefully
Our relationship is without regret and without any unresolved
hurt. There is Only Love. By Beloved Adi Da's Divine Attractiveness
and His Heart's Shout for Real Love, I have been enabled to grow
beyond my past childish and adolescent reactions to my father.
I have so much gratitude for all the Gifts of my Master.
Forever at His Feet
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