questions about spirituality, spiritual practice, Adidam, and Adi
to making possible our own Divine
Enlightenment, Adi Da's appearance here is also extraordinary
clarifying. He demonstrates what a human life of Divine Realization
looks like in fact, not merely ancient myth. And He provides the
unadulterated details of how Spiritual Realization actually works.
Adi Da comprehensively
addresses all the questions raised by spiritual beginners in the
twenty-first century, including:
can we do about the fact of our
own mortality? What does happen
after we die?
In what way — precisely — does how we live impact what happens to
us after we die? What
is the best way to live in order to serve tangible spiritual growth,
as well as our destiny after death?
our article, Mortality,
Death, and Beyond, to find out more
about how to link up with That which transcends both life and death:
how to commune with, and ultimately Realize God.
Will "Realizing God" require giving up my ordinary life and viewpoint?
Will it "ruin" my life?
A: Yes! That's the whole point: there can be no Realization
of God - the Great Identity — without complete transcendence
of "self" — the lesser
identity. We reach the point where we finally realize our
"precious" ordinary lives actually are pretty "low" on the scale of
possibility, as we start to really suffer their limitations (particularly
as we get older). Only after such "positive disillusionment" are we
open to the possibility of being Awakened out of this mediocre destiny
of a dream, which otherwise keeps repeating mechanically, lifetime
the Guru-devotee relationship an archaism of the past? Wouldn't a
it yourself" approach (more suited to the anti-authoritarian
egos of our time) work?
A: Quite to the contrary: the Guru-devotee
relationship is the very core of
of Spiritual Realization, which doesn't change with social
trends. Surrender and transcendence of "self" (the one preferring
the "do it yourself" approach) are still the necessary prerequisites
for Realizing the Divine Self.
can we know Adi Da is a Divine
A: By the unique characteristics of the Divine State He transmits
— the complete dissolution of all "separate self" sense including
all sense of separation from
the world; His direct Revelation of the unity of Consciousness and
Energy, etc. — relative to which each of His devotees is a
"witness" or "reporter" (not a "believer"). Talk
to Adi Da's devotees around the world who are "tuning in"
to His Transmission. Then place yourself in a position where you too
can receive His Transmission: study
His Teaching, view pictures and videos of Him, view
His "Image Art", visit Adidam's
Sacred Sanctuaries - all of these have been Spiritually Empowered
by Adi Da to channel His Transmission.
some other sites, I've read about some lawsuits, and a Today Show
episode, from 1985, that make some accusations about Adi Da's behavior
way back then. What should I make of these?
Read our special section on the subject:
Lawsuits, Countersuits, and Media Circuses.
ALSO WORTH READING: Author and longtime devotee, James
Steinberg, answers some frequently asked questions in A
Conversation with James Steinberg .