have found their way to Avatar Adi Da Samraj over the past few
decades. The stories of how they found Him are moving and often
extraordinary. From a lifelong spiritual seeker such as former
monk, Crane Kirkbride; to a successful businessman like Aniello
Panico, who "had it all", and was living the good life, but was
also on the verge of committing suicide their stories
tell how they finally found what their hearts were seeking. It
was only then that the real adventure of their life in God could
begin for real.
been a devotee of Avatar Adi Da Samraj since the beginning of
1975. He is currently living in northern California near the
Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary. He is an insurance broker and
lives with his intimate partner and teenage daughter. This is
his story of finding Avatar Adi Da.
A highly educated veteran of the black liberation movement,
Greg spent years as a spiritual seeker, trying to discover
how he could live a fulfilled life. Read his insightful account
of how he finally found God in the Person of Adi Da Samraj,
and came to understand that Adi Da was the Spiritual Master
he had been looking for since he was a small boy.
As someone with an academic career in the humanities,
Carolyn was familiar with the highest intellectual and artistic
achievements of Western civilization. But she was quite unprepared
for what happened in her first meeting with Adi Da Samraj.
In his thirties, Aniello had it all: he was a successful businessman,
he had a loving wife and four great kids, a beautiful home,
three new cars, and interesting friends. He appreciated good
literature, classical music, and the arts. He was living the
good life. And he was also on the verge of committing suicide.
Aniello tells what brought him to this point, and how he found
his Spiritual Master, Adi Da Samraj, in the nick of time.
Barbara is the founder and executive director of The Foundation
for Conscious Evolution. Called by Buckminster Fuller "the
best informed human on the concept of futurism", she is an internationally
known lecturer and author. Here is the story of how Barbara
found Adi Da Samraj.
K. Hall, M.D.
Robert K. Hall, M.D., is a psychiatrist and physician of the
body/mind, a lay Buddhist priest, poet and meditation teacher.
He is the author of Out of Nowhere, and the co-founder of
School and Lomi
Clinic. Here is how he found Adi Da Samraj.
After years of searching and experimentation in the Hindu
tradition, joining a religious order and finding his life
still wanting, Crane discovered Avatar Adi Da and the answer
to his lifelong quest for Happiness and Self-Realization.
In 1967, Cheech Marrero was imprisoned at Rikers Island Penitentiary,
awaiting trial for a crime he had not committed. At a plea
bargaining session, he was told that if he pled guilty, he
would receive "only" 20 or 30 years, instead of life without
parole. Cheech was at the lowest point of his life. He decided
to end it all. Just as he was about to do it, a miracle occurred.
Terry was a longtime successful Christian minister who read
Avatar Adi Da's books for years, applying what he learned
to his work in the church. All his life experiences, religious
and mundane, both high and low, finally coalesced, and led
to his leaving the ministry and becoming Avatar Adi Da's
In the early 1980's, Bill Somers had already realized
what he had held to be his life's ambition: to be principal
clarinetist in a symphony orchestra. But this accomplishment
was not enough for Bill, after all; his heart was not
satisfied. And that was a good place to be! It led him
to his Spiritual Master.
Jonathan Lynchis a biologist, and a professor of
plant nutrition at Pennsylvania State University. He discovered
Avatar Adi Da as a result of a more or less scientific
experiment he performed many years ago when he was an undergraduate
student at the University of California at Berkeley.
After years of searching and practicing world religions, Dennis
discovered Adi Da Samraj when he heard a radio broadcast-interview
which featured some of Adi Da's early devotees. The profound
and beautiful relationship that ensued continues to this day.
In 1974, Anthony Costabile was a young seeker, living in
the Denver/Boulder area, and given to browsing spiritual
bookshops. As he was browsing in the yoga and spirituality
section of one of those shops, Adi Da's The
Knee Of Listening suddenly "fell" off
the shelf, landed on the floor in front of his feet, and
changed his life.
Avatar Adi Da has described the various stage of development
we go through in our lives with Great Compassion, and also with
Great Humor. In fact, like many sages and wise men, the often
obvious Twinkle In His Eye and His Spontaneous Humor are Signs
of His Free State. Patrick found Avatar Adi Da's Humor the very
thing that attracted him in the first place.