is obvious, from all sorts of subtle details, that [Adi Da Samraj]
knows what IT's all about . . . One who knows that he is the Godhead
from the beginning doesn't have to use any kind of force to be
whether spiritual, moral, or material a rare being.
heart longs to be perfectly and eternally happy. But in a time
such as ours, when the materialistic viewpoint rules, degrading
even our spiritual traditions, few of us even aspire to Perfect
Happiness. A little "peace of mind" through meditation, some
bodily rejuvenation through alternative medicine . . . throw
in a good movie and dinner out with a bottle of "fine" wine
if we take an honest look at where we actually spend
our time (despite our toying with ideas of "spirituality"),
this is what we generally settle for.
Da as Spiritual Transmitter. Throughout human history,
the great Spiritual Masters appear now and then, to re-Awaken
human beings to that greatest human destiny of Perfect and Eternal
Happiness. By "great Spiritual Masters", I mean something quite
specific. If you search the web or your local bookstore, you
may get the sense that "spiritual teachers" are a dime a dozen:
this one teaches some variation on Tibetan Buddhism; that one
offers shamanic drumming; etc. But the truly great Spiritual
Masters are rare. They have never been merely intellectual teachers,
charismatic (but otherwise ordinary) human beings, or teachers
of piecemeal techniques or rituals. They are always Spiritual
Transmission Masters, tangibly transmitting their Spiritual
Realization to their devotees. Their Words simply reflect what
their Spiritual Transmission directly communicates:
Beloved Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission thick in the room. I simply
looked at Him, and saw Him as the center of a field of tangible,
visible, Love-Blissful, Conscious, breathable Light. I felt myself
go through a kind of 'door'. On the 'other side' was the most
extraordinary perception of my beloved Spiritual Master that I
had ever experienced. It was primarily a feeling-recognition of
Him, a swoon of love in which He was simply Energy, Light, and
Divine Love-Bliss. He radiated a visible, even tangible Light
that was so attractive that I felt my entire being captured by
and attracted to Him. There was no longer a sense of being a separate
self just the profound peace of realizing that there is nothing
to seek, nowhere to go, nothing to attain. This was Reality itself,
and it was not separate from 'me'. I had no sense of my usual
persona or contracted self. It was like waiting all your life
for a package to arrive, and then when it comes, you aren't there!
But you are so happy that you don't mind at all.
kinds of Spiritual Realization. Different Spiritual
Masters transmit different Spiritual Realizations. The different
Spiritual Realizations communicated by the great Masters correspond
to different potential human destinies. God-Realization
Realization of Perfect, Eternal Happiness is the greatest
of all human destinies. And those rarest of Masters ("Divine
Incarnations") who appear here by "crossing down" ("Avatar"
literally means, "crossing down") from the Divine Domain spontaneously
transmit that Divine Reality, enabling others to enter the Divine
didn't have any specific expectations of feeling anything special
when I first saw Him. But as Avatar Adi Da walked just a few yards
toward the seat that had been prepared for Him, I looked at Him
and I tacitly felt: He was only Love, walking around in a human
body. I began to weep and weep, because I was literally seeing
a vision of God. I had not expected to see that Divine Vision.
But now everything that I had read and understood of His Teaching
was Embodied before me! And I was overwhelmed with gratitude.
Da as Divine Incarnation alive in our time. The world's
spiritual traditions are replete with stories, legends, and
myths about great Masters such as Jesus, Krishna, and Guatama;
much can be learned from these traditions. However, sorting
out the historical fact from the mythical or orthodox embellishment
is a formidable challenge. And even if we could discover what
factually occurred those thousands of years ago, the question
would still remain: is it still of spiritual use now?
Are these Spiritual Masters still "Transmitting" in the twenty-first
Adi Da Samraj is a Divine Incarnation alive in our time. Often,
Westerners react to the notion of a "Divine Incarnation" - our
skepticism is born out of both the traditional Judeo-Christian
notion of "God" ("How can the all-powerful God appear in limited
human form?"), and our broader, materialistic doubt in the existence
of anything spiritual.
Da strongly critiques the notion of God as "all-powerful", the
"Creator", "in charge of the universe", etc. even as
He critiques the materialistic viewpoint, and the view of "God"
as some Person-less "ground of being". Instead, He describes
God as the Source: the Person in Whose Consciousness all beings
and things are appearing, much as in the consciousness of a
dreamer. It is possible for God to appear in the "dream" (as
a "Divine Incarnation"), and for us to Awaken out of it (as
God, the only ultimately Real Being): such "God-Realization"
is our greatest destiny.
this reason, "Divine Incarnation" is not a matter of the Divine
Being saying one day, "I'm the all-powerful God; I think I'll
visit the earth today". It is a much more mysterious affair,
dependent on a rare conjunction of circumstances that provide
a "gateway" for the Divine to appear here as a character "in
the dream". Adi Da Samraj describes how, in a real sense, the
Divine Being "seized upon" such a rare opportunity to incarnate
in 1939, in Long Island, New York: an appropriate enough place
in an increasingly Westernized world!
human life of a Divine Incarnation. Adi Da's description
of His early years (in His autobiography, The
Knee Of Listening) makes it clear that the life of a
Divine Incarnation is paradoxically two-tiered:
the one hand, it is the extraordinary story of a human being
named Franklin Jones Awakening to the Divine Reality.
the same time, it is the even more extraordinary story of
how the Divine Being is progressively acquiring and preparing
a particular human vehicle for the work of Enlightening other
common story of a saint or yogi who attains a greater Spiritual
Realization is of the first kind. One can read the lives of
what Adi Da refers to as "fourth to fifth stage saints or yogis"
(Adi Da's Seven Stages
of Life provides a framework for classifying Spiritual
Realizations) and watch them move from visionary states or experiences
of "cosmic consciousness" (Savikalpa Samadhi) to the
objectless state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Or one can read
the lives of "sixth stage sages" and be inspired by their Realization
of Jnana Samadhi, complete identification with Consciousness
it is a story of Divine Descent, Adi Da's early life is a radical
reversal of the lives of traditional saints and yogis, whose
spiritual attainments reach up
to God in vision and mystical union, and may even ultimately
attain Identification with the Transcendental Consciousness
(see the left column of Figure 1),
over many lifetimes of spiritual effort.
amazing life story includes all these traditional Realizations
and more, including the (seventh stage) Divine Realization of
"There is Only God". But one of the most intriguing aspects
of Adi Da's "human life" is that He experienced these Realizations
in reverse (see the middle column of Figure
1) - and at a pace and in a spontaneous manner reflecting
the fact that this was not a Realizer, who, through much effort,
was attaining increasingly
greater states over the course of many lifetimes; this was,
rather, the Divine Being descending
into a particular human vehicle at the God-Speed of just a few
years within a single lifetime:
1967. Adi Da experiences Jnana Samadhi, the ultimate
sixth stage Realization while attending a Lutheran seminary.
1968. He visits Swami Muktananda in India for four days, and
experiences the ultimate fifth stage Realization of objectless
1970. He revisits Swami Muktananda, and experiences all the
traditional visionary phenomena ("Savikalpa Samadhi")
that fourth to fifth stage yogis and saints usually experience
for lifetimes before they attain Nirvikalpa Samadhi.
the Divine Acquisition of the human vehicle "took over" the various
centers of Adi Da's body-mind from highest to lowest, manifesting
the Spiritual Realizations associated with each center. In some
sense, the most remarkable aspect of this life of Divine Incarnation
was that it began in the seventh
stage State of Perfect God-Realization:
as a baby . . . I was a Radiant Form
the Source of Energy, Love-Bliss, and Light in the midst of a
world that is entirely Energy, Love-Bliss, and Light. . . . I
was the Heart Itself, Who Lightens the mind and all things.
when He was barely old enough to talk, Adi Da coined words He
would later use in His Teaching the "Bright": His word
for the Divine State; and the "Thumbs": his word for the process
by which the Divine "crashes down" into a human vehicle (so-called
because an aspect of the process feels like giant thumbs pressing
down on the head).
Da's Work of Divine Emergence. In September 1970,
Franklin Jones "Re-Awakened" as the Divine Being. Or, to describe
it within the other "storyline" of Adi Da's life: the Divine
Acquisition of the human vehicle had reached the point where
that human vehicle consciously Realized the Divine State.
the same Divine Process began extending
Itself to all other beings:
whenever I would sit . . . instead of confronting what was arising
in and as "myself", I "meditated" other beings and places. I would
spontaneously become aware of great numbers of people . . . and
I would work with them very directly, in a subtle manner.
It was as
though the Divine had established a "beachhead" on earth through
the vehicle of "Franklin Jones", from which was launched a campaign
ultimately capable of Awakening all beings to the Divine Identity
through the same means - by Divinely Emerging as
is only one Divine Process in the world, and It is initiated when
I [spiritually] "crash down" and [spiritually] "enter" My devotee.
I am not a human being. I Am the Divine Lord in bodily (human)
form, and I bring the Divine [Process]. When My devotee truly
surrenders to Me, then I Enter My devotee in the form of Divine
Light . . . . When a woman receives her lover, there is no doubt
does not have to consult her textbooks!
Spiritual Way of Adidam. In the more than three decades
that have passed since He formally began working with devotees
in April, 1972, Adi Da has fully developed the Spiritual Way
of Adidam, in which devotees "link up" with this Process of
Divine Emergence, so they can be transformed and ultimately
Awakened by It. That Divine Process distinguishes Adidam from
meditation, channeling, astral projection, kundalini yoga,
psychic powers, and other aspects of "New Age spirituality",
work by stimulating various "higher" centers in the human
body-mind. The Way of Adidam places no
ultimate value on "higher" or mystical experiences; the same
limited ego suffers them, and is not set eternally free by
them. The Way of Adidam is instead about surrendering the
whole body (with all
its centers) to the Divine, to the point of complete (Divine)
is not for spiritual seekers.
It is based on God already present
(via the human form of Adi Da Samraj) and entering into, and
ever deepening, the direct relationship with God.
Awakening and freedom from seeking come not from some merely
intellectual consideration, like: "the spiritual texts tell
me I'm already God, already happy, already free, already not
separate so I should just 'presume' all that; by
so doing, I will eventually Realize it to be so." You can't
get "There" from here by means of mere "presumption"! In the
Way of Adidam, Divine Awakening, Perfect Happiness, and freedom
from seeking come not from presumption of these, but from
being spiritually, ecstatically overwhelmed by the Divine
Force, Presence, and Bliss.
of a genuine Divine Incarnation. The appearance of
a Divine Incarnation in our time provides immense opportunities
- most significantly, the opportunity of Divine Enlightenment:
Realization of the Divine State requires the Divine to appear
in the form of a Spiritual Master; the Divine Being and State
are not otherwise accessible to humankind. (Figure
1 illustrates how the traditional processes of Realization
stop short of the Divine State. One can't Awaken "oneself" from
the "dream"; the Divine Person must initiate the connection by
"crossing over" into the "dream".)
have talked about traditional Yogic methods of seeking Self-realization
or God-union. They are something like sitting in a room, breathing
heavily, and looking at erotic pictures. You can generate something
that is like passion, but you are never going to make love! It
never becomes that. Just so, you can sit and breathe methodically,
turning inward, contemplating Divine images or God-ideas, but
it is never going to become God-union. God has never entered into
it. It is a very hopeful practice at best. There is no God-union
until God is there to be unioned with. As a lover depends
on his or her loved one, the God-seeker depends on the Living
Presence of God before there can be any God-union. And when God
appears, you are not going to have to do your "spiritual"
breathing! What there is to do will all be very obvious. You won't
have to think about what is necessary to be done to become one
with God. It is only the absence of God, the suffering, the iognorant
condition, that gets you involved in all of this seeking ["believing
in God", "meditation on a God-idea", etc.].
It is only where God is already not that all of these practices
There is nothing that you can do to save yourself, to become
Enlightened, to become Realized. Nothing whatsoever. If there
were something, I would tell you, but there is nothing. This is
because one always approaches the Truth from the point of view
of the search. Human beings seek the Truth. But the search
is (itself) a reaction to the dilemma, an expression of this separation,
this avoidance of relationship. So none of this seeking
nothing you can do becomes or attains the Truth.
the means of transformation belong to the Truth Itself, to the
Divine Person, to the True Divine Heart. Therefore, Satsang with
Me is (Itself) the only sadhana, the only true Spiritual practice.
Living, working, sitting with Me is sadhana. It is meditation.
It is Realization.
In a world
ruled by human egoity and the "bad news" egoity creates worldwide,
the amazingly good news is
this: beyond all materialistic expectations, Perfect, Eternal
Happiness is possible; and
the means for Awakening to the Divine State of Perfect, Eternal
Happiness is presently available through the devotional and Spiritual
relationship with Adi Da Samraj:
like the sunlight in the morning. I intensify the light of morning
until you Awaken. Until the light awakens you
even the Light of Consciousness Itself
continue to dream, try to survive within the dream, manipulate
yourself within the dream, pursue all kinds of goals, searches,
none of which Awakens you. . . . I, Myself, the One Who would
Awaken you, am not an individual within the dream. I Am the Real,
the Conscious Light, the True Waking State, the True Divine Heart
Breaking Through the force of dreaming. . . . I Am your own Most
Prior Self-Nature Appearing within the dream in order to Awaken