The Offering: The One before you now is that Uncaused Space, Self-Radiant without limit. This is why you find Me Attractive, if you do. Even without knowing altogether why, this is your intuition. This is what you are responding to. This Body is a unique Signal, a unique Sign, the Doorway to Who I Am and to Realization Itself. All you need to do in any moment is relinquish all other preoccupations and Contemplate Me. Then you are in my Seat and Place, and My Realization is yours.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
New Year's Eve, 1997/1998
The Way: With
two tuning forks of the same pitch, you may strike one and the other will start
to vibrate in resonance. The Spiritual Master is the first fork. The devotee is
the second. The devotee has only to release his or her grip on the tines of the
second fork and it will start to vibrate at the same pitch as the first.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
[The same point, with more detail:]
If You Consistently Turn The psycho-physical Faculties To Me, You Are (Thus and Thereby — By Surrendering, Forgetting, and Transcending the ego-"I") Sympathetically Attuned To Me. If a tuning fork Is Struck (or, Thereby, or Otherwise, Caused To Vibrate At its Characteristic Frequency), and Then a Second tuning fork (Of Similar Structure, Capable Of Resonating With the First) Is Brought Into Proximity With the First tuning fork, the Second tuning fork (Even If it Is Not Already Vibrating, and Not, Otherwise, Struck) Will Begin To Vibrate Sympathetically (or "In Sympathy" With the First tuning fork).
I Am Like the (First) Vibrating tuning fork — and You (As My Rightly Prepared Devotee) Are Like the (Second) Non-Vibrating tuning fork that Begins To Vibrate By Coming Into Proximity With the Already Vibrating tuning fork. Thus, By Coming Into True Sympathetic Association With Me, You Begin To Vibrate "In Sympathy" With Me — Until (In Due Course) You Become Completely Resonant With Me.
If the tuning fork that is Your body-mind-"self"
Is Vibrated By Me, I Can (In Due Course) Make it Vibrate
To The Degree Of Absolute Intensity.
But If You Are Gripping the tines of the tuning
fork, I Cannot Do My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual
Work With You.
Therefore, Take Your hand Off the tines —
and Come To Me.
Be Always Attuned To Me — and Vibrated By
I Vibrate You By Merely Being.
Therefore, You Must Come To Me To Merely Be
The very first time Adi Da watched a video of Himself, He beamed
and exclaimed, "It transmits!" It is fortunate for all of us and
for all future generations that it turned out that way. We can
receive His Transmission without Him needing to be humanly alive.
Spiritual Transmission Master
If there is a single greatest point of confusion about
Adidam and Avatar Adi Da, it is this: the idea and
the tradition of the Spiritual Transmission Master
is completely absent from contemporary culture.
This article explains how Spiritual Transmission Masters
transmit their Spiritual Realization to their devotees,
and how devotees Realize the Master's State by duplication,
in accord with the principle: "you become what
you meditate on."
Need for a Spiritual Transmission Master Q: I had an extraordinary Spiritual Revelation
without the help of any Spiritual Master. I'm not
sure why a Spiritual Master is necessary? A: That was a moment, and now you have a wonderful
memory. But if you want not just a momentary Revelation
(or just the memory of it), but a permanent Realization,
you need a Spiritual Transmission Master, and a practice
that enables you to meditate on His or Her Transmission,
while transcending your "self", for however
long it takes in your case (generally many years;
often, many lifetimes) to Realize what is being Transmitted.
In general, the more profound the Realization, the
more profound the help required, and Adi Da's Revelation
is the ultimate (seventh-stage)
Revelation of Divine Enlightenment.
Stories From Devotees and Appreciators of Adi Da's Wisdom
Transmission as Teaching Work: "Garbage and the Goddess". The period
in the Sacred History of Adidam known as "Garbage
and the Goddess"— occurring during
the first half of 1974 — was a time when Adi
Da deliberately intensified His Spiritual Transmission, and communicated it in
powerfully tangible ways, to make a variety of Teaching points. One of those points
was the basis for the name, "Garbage and the Goddess": He was demonstrating that
what He humorously called "the bangles of the Goddess" —
meaning all the fascinating Spiritual experiences that were manifesting around
Him — were really only "garbage" compared with
the Prior Happiness Revealed in His Divine Company, and, like all garbage, should
be "thrown away", rather than held onto or valued in themselves:
Every one succumbs to the "Goddess" on one level or another.
Some succumb in very subtle ways but most people succumb in very ordinary ways,
without even knowing the "Goddess" (as Such). They succumb to the mass of experiences,
of accumulations, of consolations. Every one is looking to be consoled. When your
consolations are ripped off, you find something else to be consoled by —
one thing after the next. The reason you do not surrender whatever you find consoling
is that you do not recognize it for what it is. Therefore, part of My Avataric
Function is to undermine all of this, to make the world show itself. I make the
"Goddess" — the "Shakti", or Universal Energy,
experienced as "Maya" [illusion] — show
you what She is really all about. . . .
From the beginning of My time of Teaching, I have said that
the Way in My Company is Satsang [devotional and Spiritual
relationship] with Me, the Satsang of the inherently egoless
Divine Heart Itself — not
the Satsang of the "Kundalini", of the Cosmic "Shakti", of the
"un-'Husbanded' Goddess". [See our article below on Hridaya-Shakti
versus Kundalini Shakti.]
Garbage and the
Goddess, Part 1 — Newcomers to The Mountain Of Attention during the first
half of 1974 found themselves entering a place of Divine Power. They became immersed
in a sea of energy, visions, and other psychic experiences, awakened through contact
with the Spirit-Force of Adi Da Samraj. But, as their stories show, what was fundamentally
occurring was the utter and overwhelming Revelation of Real God — and, therefore,
of the true Nature and Power of Avatar Adi Da.
and the Goddess, Part 2: Guru Enters Devotee — Aniello Panico describes
his personal experiences of the "Garbage and the Goddess" period: "I felt the
Divine Force — literally, tremendous Light and Force — Coming Down and Filling
my entire body, Consuming me, as if it was turning every part of me inside out."
There have been many people who have come to Me and very quickly became involved in the experiential dimensions stimulated by the yogic aspect of the Divine Power. They had all kinds of experiences. But it did not change them one iota. They were just as stupid, just as committed to their arsehole destiny in the midst of kriyas, blisses, visions as they were before they ever heard of kundalini. They failed to understand just as completely, and they were very quick to leave as soon as some fascination in their personal life or somewhere in the world presented itself.
My Teaching Work over the last two and a half years has thus been associated with inner and outer miracles, but it was all a way to demonstrate how the fulfillment of experiential life in individuals does not amount in any sense whatsoever to Illumination. The arising of miraculous or extraordinary experiential phenomena does not produce the Enlightened Man, the Wise Man. Enlightenment or Radical Understanding depends entirely on the conscious process, not on the experiential one.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, August 11, 1974
Spiritual Transmission as initiation. Apart from special periods or occasions like Garbage
and the Goddess, the reception of Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission is the
regular experience of every devotee. Each will have their own story of the first
time they experienced It, what that was like, and how that experience supports
their understanding and recognition of Who Adi Da is.
There Is Surrender — An account of Leroy Stilwell's first direct, tangible
experience of Avatar Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission.
Spiritual Transmission as purification.
Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission serves many
purposes. One of its functions is purification: relieving the body-mind
of the devotee of the force of a lifetime (or even many lifetimes) of egoic patterning.
The following stories are dramatic examples of such purification. To be free of
the force of a limiting character pattern —
whether it is shyness, difficulty in feeling, chronic anger, or whatever —
is something all of us would appreciate, even from the conventional standpoint
of an ordinary life. But in the Way of Adidam, in the context of a life dedicated
to Spiritual Realization, such purification serves a greater purpose. To the very
same degree that one's energy and attention is bound by such limiting egoic patterns,
one cannot devote one's energy and attention to Something Greater. Thus there
is an entire phase of the Way of Adidam during which Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission
serves this purpose of purification. As Adi Da puts it, the "dog" is washed from
"head" to "tail" (as His Transmission "Crashes down" from above the devotee's
head to the bodily base, cleansing what He refers to as the "frontal line", and
all the associated egoic patterns).
Has God Revealed Himself So Fully — Maksim Igorevich
Rykov: "Later that year, my friend told me
of a dream he had in which he saw me going through
a process of purification that Adi Da would be involved
in. Purification didn't sound too appealing to me,
but it soon manifested in full force in the form
of chicken pox! . . . I decided
to put on a video of Adi Da granting Darshan, and
the moment the video started, my heart was broken
by the immensity of Divine Force emanating from
Him. I wept and wept, my body radiating with His
Immense Burden Had Been Lifted from Me—
Toni Vidor tells
a story of the impact of Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission
on her: "When it was finally over, I felt as if an
immense burden — eighty tons of whatever it was I
had been carrying around all my life without even
realizing it — had been lifted from me."
is My Work"—
Elizabeth Lowe tells a similar story of being washed
through Adi Da's Power: "I suddenly found myself kneeling
in front of His feet on the chaise, with my head buried
between His knees. I was weeping and then screaming
with enormous force, my hands resting on His Divine
legs for strength and reassurance. I could hardly
believe my own ears as the screams seemed to fall
out of me into the chaise and the ground below, filling
the air with the horror that has always resided in
me. There was no particular content — just generalized
agony over the horrors of the world."
First Retreat and a Miraculous Healing
— Dan Sleeth: "Suddenly, I was howling with
utter abandon. . . . The sounds felt torn from my
intestines, and sent scuttling out through my lungs
in a gruff and horrific shriek. It was obvious to
me that something was being pulled out from of the
depths of my being, perhaps even demonic. I could
literally feel the blackness, coarse and oily, like
a mechanic's rag, passing through my throat. Beyond
any doubt, I was being purified of some horrible foulness
which I could not even name."
Sphere of Love and Compassion— Mary
Anne diFranco tells of being drawn in meditation into
a Sphere of love and compassion, which purified the
difficulties in her relationship with her intimate
Love Heals Everything
— Dennis Bumstead's story about gathering with Adi
Da on Naitauba in 1992, the Divine Love poured out
endlessly by Adi Da, and how that Divine Love healed
Dennis at a profound level.
Descriptions of Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission. Adi Da always transmits His Divine State to all beings.
Ultimately, the devotees who "receive" this Transmission most perfectly are Awakened
to the same Divine State, as their permanent Realization. But until that moment
of Divine Enlightenment, the very same Transmission is experienced differently
(in "stepped-down" versions) by different devotees. What exactly they experience
is a reflection of their particular body-mind and their level of practice. It
should be noted that Adi Da's Transmission remains completely available to all
devotees after the passing of
His human form. Indeed, the conscious purpose of Adi Da's finite human life was
to make His Transmission available to all beings in perpetuity.
Darshan — The letters included here were written
to Avatar Adi Da after occasions in which He sat in
Darshan with devotees, transmitting His Divine State
Everything Was Love-Bliss Radiance— Adi Da's
dentist, John Metcalfe, was once so overwhelmed by
Adi Da's Transmission of Love-Bliss that he completely
forgot he was there to do some dental work for Adi
The Silver Hall
Transmission Sittings. There is a room in Adi Da's residence,
Aham Da Asmi Sthan, on the island of Naitauba, Fiji, that houses
a meditation hall for use by His devotees. The room is formally
called Danavira Peetha. More commonly it is referred to as "The
Silver Hall", because many of the objects which surround Adi Da's
Chair and Murti Image in the hall are made of silver. It is a
place especially potent with His Divine Transmission. The unique
import of The Silver Hall, however, is that it is where Adi Da
Samraj initiates His First Congregation devotees
into the Transcendental Spiritual practice in His Company, a practice
that has no precedent in the history of religious and spiritual
traditions. The Silver Hall process, as it is called, is the leading
edge of practice in the Reality-Way of Adidam. The confessions
of those participating in this process are (in a very real sense)
"mind-blowing". Not only inspiring, they are proof that Avatar
Adi Da's Gifts are like those of no other teacher or teaching,
and a possibility for all His devotees.
The doors to the Silver Hall
(click to enlarge)
It was Avatar Adi Da's Intention that this most
potent Hall always be the Place of His (formal) Transcendental
Spiritual Initiation. Beginning in 2006, Avatar Adi Da began to
sit regularly in the Silver Hall, Granting His Transcendental
Spiritual Initiation to those who were prepared to participate
in this process. By sitting with devotees on so many occasions
in this Holy Place, His Divine Presence deeply Empowered the Silver
Hall as the circumstance for His unique Initiatory Transmission-Work
with His devotees.
The outer courtyard to Aham Da Asmi Sthan.
To enter the Silver Hall, devotees go through the center gates
and turn left.
devotees entering the Silver Hall
(click to enlarge)
Adi Da described the Silver Hall as part of the Transcendental Spiritual
"Paradise" that He Established on Earth:
To Me, the Sukra Kendras are Paradise.
There are no other places like them.
The Silver Hall is part of that Paradise,
because of how I am able to Set It apart — nothing else goes on there. The Silver
Hall is a Pure place, Full of Me, and I can Work with It as if It is My Own Body.
Work with everybody. I am always Working. I am never fixated in the boundaries
of this bodily (human) Form. I am the Same all the time. There is never a moment
in which I am not Transmitting Myself, My State. My Transmission does not begin,
My Transmission does not end. My Transmission is simply The Case. The Silver Hall
is not something that "self" is to receive.
The process in My
Company is about transformation in My Person. It is about Coincidence with Me
— not about something that is going to happen to a "self", or that is
going to get into a "self", or that is going to give something to a
At the "Root", there is an Infinite, Formless,
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
in the Deep of Feeling — Bill Somers: "Sitting
in the Silver Hall is the most extraordinary circumstance
I have experienced in this life. To be with Avatar Adi
Da in that concentrated pure place is to leave the world
and be immersed in His Divine Transcendental Spiritual
Presence." . .
Graceful Touch of My Master
— Paul Litchfield tells the story of his time with
Adi Da on Naitauba, during October and November, 2008,
up to and beyond the day of Adi Da's Divine Mahasamadhi,
including his sittings in the Silver Hall.
People will become more and more aware of how the Divine Siddhi manifests and what it is. It is greater than anybody could possibly comprehend. There is a profound mystery and technical process involved in life. There is far more involved in life than that of which people have even a little awareness.
The relationship between the Guru in the world and his external devotee is really just a play. The relationship between the Guru and the devotee exists on another plane entirely and is ongoing. My relationship to devotees is an eternal one, already fulfilled on another level. The drama that appears on this side is the transforming cosmic process.
There are some who are not involved with this work yet, but with whom I have an ongoing spiritual relationship, and with whom I work directly, who come and sit with Me in subtle form. Just so, all of you who are already with me in the body exist in another form entirely of which you are not aware, or are perhaps only mysteriously aware on occasion.
This world in itself and as it is, does not have any capacity whatsoever for enduring the Divine Presence. It is wedded through centuries of ritual, cultic, separative living so that every piece of the psyche, every cell in every manifest body is determined to separate itself and resist the Divine Influence.The Divine manifestation is not permitted in this world. it is the ultimate taboo. Happiness, ecstasy, freedom are taboo even in purely social terms. That resistance exists in the very material of life, and we are only reflecting it socially. The world is a massive resister of the Divine Event.
I have always looked for one thing from everyone with whom I have ever worked, and that is their attention. That attention is the connecting link. The more intense, unwavering, and constant that attention, the more the spiritual process is served in that
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "Franklin Jones Is a Fictional Character"