Questions about Adi Da and Adidam


This section is organized as follows:

  1. Common Questions about Adi Da and Adidam
  2. On Questions and the Need to Know

1. Introduction

The heart has a question.

The heart must be Satisfied.

Without that Satisfaction Which is necessarily Spiritual in Nature there is no Real Happiness.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"The To-Me-Surrendered Head Is an Open Cup of Touch, Rather Than a Knotted Ball of Thought", in Hridaya Rosary


Are There Any Questions?

"Are There Any Questions?" As one begins to explore matters of Spiritual Realization, questions are useful . . . up to a point. But it is always also good to know what that point is, and when what is needed next is a Revelation the true, ego-dissolving Answer given by the Divine rather than an "answer" to another "question".

2. Common Questions about Adi Da and Adidam

The ultimate Destiny of the human being is a Destiny of the whole and entire body-mind. It is not merely an inward, mental, subtle, or personal destiny or future. It is not immortality as a subtle soul, or as an astral personality made of light, or even as a superior psycho-physical entity in the material worlds. It is a non-mortal Destiny, a Destiny Realized in the Sacrifice or Yielding of the whole and entire body-mind into the degree of Infinite Intensity.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
The Enlightenment of the Whole Body

This section contains questions from people expressing interest in learning more about Adi Da and the Way of Adidam. We will be adding many more questions and responses over time. If you are seriously interested in Adi Da or the Way of Adidam and have questions whose answers you cannot find here, please contact us.


The Need for a Spiritual Transmission Master

The Need for a Spiritual Transmission Master Why great Spiritual Realization doesn't occur through a "do it yourself" approach.

Taking up the Way of Adidam Questions about the significance of recognizing Adi Da as the Divine Person in becoming a devotee; disciplines in the Way of Adidam; the Eternal Vow; and "testing" the Way before taking it up and becoming a devotee of Adi Da.

Taking Up the Way of Adidam

Crazy Wisdom

Numbers and Value Questions about whether the number of Adi Da's devotees, the number of advanced or Enlightened practitioners in Adidam, or the recognition of Adi Da and Adidam by the world at large, reflect on the "value" of Adidam.
Adi Da's Divine Mahasamadhi and Adidam in Perpetuity Questions about the end of Adi Da's human lifetime and the future of Adidam.  
Adi Da's Divine Mahasamadhi and Adidam in Perpetuity
Ex-Devotees Questions about people who left Adidam, including "dissident" ex-devotees with negative impressions about Adi Da and Adidam, who create negative websites.
Crazy Wisdom Questions about Adi Da's use of Crazy Wisdom and "skillful means".  
Crazy Wisdom

Differences in Adi Da's Teaching Over Time

Differences in Adi Da's Teaching Over Time Adi Da's Teaching appeared in many forms, starting in 1970 and ending in 2008. This section considers questions about differences in Adi Da's Teaching at different times. Some differences signify actual changes made by Adi Da over time, while other differences reflect different ways Adi Da communicated the same underlying point at different times.
Comparisons with Other Traditions Questions about how Adidam compares with other religious, spiritual, or philosophical traditions.  
Comparison with Other Traditions

Empowered Places and Things

Empowered Places and Things Questions about the Empowered Sanctuaries and about Adi Da's Empowering of places and things so that they transmit His Blessing-Force. Including: "I'm not a devotee, but I'm very interested in Adi Da and the Way of Adidam. Can I visit any of the Empowered Sanctuaries?"
Miscellaneous Further questions about Adi Da and Adidam.  
Miscellaneous Questions

3. On Questions and the Need to Know

The Subject In Question
Adi Da Samraj: The Subject in Question I, 2006, 2007
(from Geome Four)
Pigmented inks on paper, mounted on aluminum
90 x 180 inches / 228 x 457 cm
(Click on image to view enlargement.)

Mere thought is an eternal wanderer, the "planetary" motion of attention. If self is defined in feeling, immediately all else makes "me" think. In all these years of Teaching, I have thus wandered among you and with you. And we could thus continue forever, except for death. But we have gone on long enough that a feeling is arising, full of weariness, that this wandering will never end. Even after all of this, you still have questions. Matters of great importance, which we grasped at the beginning or on the way, have been forgotten. Already you think of turning back to any one of the previous moments of clarity in which it seemed you were Free. Therefore, it is time to understand and transcend this wandering, this Planetary Lion.

Truly, great questions are an eternal occupation. They have neither the purpose nor the ability to be answered. They are simply paradigms of dilemma, they make mind. They are the movers of attention. They are to thought what desires are to sensation. Great questions, like great desires, cannot be satisfied, they are the guarantee of motion, even though they always anticipate rest.

Now we have entertained great questions, but we do not rest. It is time to understand what we have been about. We could go on and on. Even now you are not certain if there is an Eternal Substance of Transcendental Being pervading all, or if there is only a Void of changes, so that not even one thought is linked to another by anything more than the idea of such. Likewise, you are uncertain as to whether, in the ultimate Fulfillment of Realization, there is simple identification with Formless Being or inherence in and ecstatic worship of Divinity in an unity in an Eternal Domain. Therefore, of what further use is this conversion? Only practice Realizes the Truth of these paradoxes. And practice is continuous transcendence of self-contraction. You have wandered via great questions, and now it is the questions that define your presence. The vehicle of our wandering is self. No matter where the body goes, "I" am the body itself. No matter where the mind or attention wanders, "I" am its ghost. . .

Thus, our lives are the incarnation of questions. And we seek by our questions — our very selves, our minds, and our bodies — to achieve terminal thought or final experience. But in fact there is no rest, no end to seeking, no relaxation of questions, no release from the fundamental sense of dilemma unless we understand the self-process, and in such understanding transcend the terrible motion of body and mind. There is no ultimate answer, no perfect analysis, description, or experience. Truth is in the transcendence of the question itself. The ultimate or spiritual process is not a matter of the exploitation of mind or body — but it is a matter of the intuitive and self-transcending understanding of the active body-mind. The body-mind-self is itself, inherently, a dilemma. It is in the form of a question, an illusory or futile motion toward rest or release. There is no exploitation of this problem-based motion that ever becomes rest from it. It is this observation or insight that is the foundation of true understanding. . .

From now I presume no obligation or necessity to entertain or to comment upon great questions. The true spiritual process is not founded upon ultimate descriptions of Reality, God, self, or world. Nor is that process a matter of the pursuit of knowledge or experience via the body-mind. It is simply a matter of moment to moment direct observation, understanding, and transcendence of self-contraction in Good Company. Everything is Revealed and Realized on this basis.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"The Perfect Preparation for the Perfect Practice", The Lion Sutra

The ultimate end of. . . the search for Truth, is the confounding of the need to know. All knowledge is a reaction to the threat of experience, but the need for absolute certainties, or fixed conditions, within or without, is undermined and vanished in the mindless Humor of the Heart. When perplexity is inherent and overwhelming, the inner stresses all dissolve, and uncaused Wisdom Shines. When despair and hope are equally impossible, frustration yields to Life.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
The Enlightenment of the Whole Body

The universe is not in the form of a question.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

All questions are self-caused, or caused by your own presumption, your own self-contraction, your own apparent separation from the Very Condition in Which you are arising. The discovery of That Which Is Reality Itself, or the Very Divine, transcends all causes and effects, all separateness, all "difference", all relatedness, all otherness, all problems, all egoity. The universe, in fact, is vanished, utterly Outshined.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, October 20, 2004

I hate to tell you this, but when you really get down to the core of the Teaching you begin to realize that you are not going to be given any answers at all. There are no answers contained at any level in this process. But there is a certain influence that will destroy your questioning. I certainly hope you can make contact with it. As a matter of fact, I am it.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

The answer to every question is devotion.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj

My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Presence Dissolves "questions".

My devotees have noticed this over the years — and the dissolution of "questions" has (likewise) been noticed, for thousands of years, by those who came into The Company of True Realizers.

When you approach The Adept-Realizer as a seeker, you arrive at the "front door" with all kinds of "questions" — and, yet, once you "come inside" and sit down, your "questions" suddenly melt.

The "questions" are simply not there any longer, because Reality Itself Is Perfectly Prior to that which gives rise to your "questions" — Perfectly Prior to "self"-contraction, Perfectly Prior to presumed "problem".

The Vanishing of your "questions" — in Devotional Communion with Me — Is The "Answer".

Therefore, if you are My devotee, I call you to Realize That Which Is Perfectly Prior to all your "questions", Perfectly Prior to your presumed "problem", Perfectly Prior to your "self"-contraction.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Part Eight: Radical Transcendentalism, The Aletheon


Quotations from and/or photographs of Avatar Adi Da Samraj used by permission of the copyright owner:
Copyrighted materials used with the permission of The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam Pty Ltd, as trustee for The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam. All rights reserved. None of these materials may be disseminated or otherwise used for any non-personal purpose without the prior agreement of the copyright owner. ADIDAM is a trademark of The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam Pty Ltd, as Trustee for the Avataric Samrajya of Adidam.

Technical problems with our site? Let our webmaster know.