the sacred history of Beloved Adi Da's Teaching Work, July 9, 1979,
is recorded as the date when Red Sitting Man, the sacred fire site
on a hillside above the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary, was consecrated
as a holy site. It was an evening I will never forget because it
was the beginning of my real intimacy with Adi Da as the Divine
1979 was the
year we began sacramental worship of Beloved Adi Da. The fire that
night at Red Sitting Man was our first sacred
fire. It was most memorable, however, because Beloved Adi
Da attended the occasion. In the evening, a small group of devotees
accompanied Adi Da up the narrow, steep path that leads to the fire
site. I walked behind Him to escort and serve Him during the ceremony.
We rounded a bend in the path, and, beyond a large lone pine tree,
I saw Red Sitting Man. The site was awesome in the twilight, a wide
trough etched by Nature out of the stark white stone of the hillside.
The fire pit lay at the foot of the trough. Above, the stone rose
to a slightly flattened mound — Avatar Adi Da's seat.
Adi Da Walked
to His seat above the fire and sat down. Those in attendance sat
on either side of Him in a "U" around the fire pit.
From the moment
the fire was lighted, Beloved Adi Da did not move for perhaps an
hour and a half. He sat upright in a perfect lotus posture. He wore
a red cap, a yellow shawl, and blue cotton pants. As it grew darker,
the colors of His clothing faded, and He became only a silhouette
against the moonlit sky, but His Face reflected the glow from the
fire. His Open Eyes reflected the flames. I gazed at Him almost
constantly throughout the entire occasion and I never saw Him blink.
He simply sat and stared into the fire with complete stillness and
For a while
I sat looking from Adi Da's glowing Face to the fire beneath us.
As I sat there in His Company, I became aware of the world in a
totally new way, a way I had never noticed before. It was as though
there was a "hole in the universe," as Adi Da describes it, through
the world itself, and on the other side was the Great Being, the
This One was
Revealed to me that evening as a Person, a Great Personality, something
that tangible, that present, that conscious. It is Consciousness
Itself. Suddenly I knew and understood so many things Adi Da had
Spoken about. This was the Prior Condition. It was the Radiant Divine
Being. I knew It as the Divine Person. Throughout His Teaching Word
Adi Da refers to this One as the Divine Person, as a Personality.
In an Essay from The Enlightenment of the Whole Body,
Adi Da Says:
is only One Person. That Person is not separate from any
thing or any one. That Person is the Identity of the God
and of the World which people contemplate in their conventional
or separated psycho-physical condition. That Person is not
only the Identity of God, and of the World—God and World
representing the Self, or Mind, and the Body of the Divine
Person— but that Person is also the Identity of every human
individual, and of Man, and of all species of experiential
I looked off
into the distance at the mountains across the valley and I saw them
in a new way. I knew that they were not "real" in the sense I had
always thought them to be. I knew that somehow they were a part
of this Divine Person. And I looked at Adi Da, so beautiful in the
moonlight, the flesh in His Face reddened by the glow of the fire,
and I knew that like the mountains He was not "real" in the way
I had thought Him to be.
all the experiences I had ever been given in Adi Da's Company. Since
coming to Him, I had known every possible kind of experience, every
possible kind of Spiritual experience and had always thought that
these experiences — particularly the "Spiritual" ones — had something
to do with Spiritual life, and often that they were
Spiritual life. But I saw, as Adi Da describes, that all of these
experiences, all of these highs and lows, all of these seekings
for relief, all of these risings and blisses were only the experiential
play of the body-mind. But as I felt this Divine Being in Adi Da's
Company, the world was transcended and all experience was transcended
and I knew that experience made utterly no difference.
Hymn Of The True Heart-Master, Adi Da has Written:
visions, sounds, lights, conditional energies, fascinating
things, and all conditional knowing, within and without,
are not Ultimate "Knowledge" (or Free Realization) at all.
Therefore, I bow down to the One Who is always already Established
in the Mindless Mood of the Self-Existing and Self-Radiant
Transcendental Divine Being. [verse 63]
I will never
forget that night. I knew that I had experienced Adi Da's Blessing
About a year
later another experience with Bhagavan deepened my understanding
of this Divine One. One afternoon Adi Da was lying on a couch in
His quarters at Tumomama Sanctuary in Hawaii. I sat on the couch
with another devotee and massaged His calves and knees, putting
all my energy into the task. I began to feel the familiar sense
of the Divine Person and simultaneously the sense of attention in
the right side of the heart that always accompanies that intuition
Adi Da lay quietly
on the couch. As I massaged His leg and felt the Divine Being, I
looked down at Adi Da's Face, and it suddenly became overwhelmingly
clear to me that He is that Divine Being, that there is no difference
between Him and the Divine Person, between Him and utter transcendence
of this world. I knew that He is the window, the hole in the universe,
and I knew that His very flesh, even the toenails of His feet as
I massaged them, are the form of the Divine Being manifest in this
world. I knew He is Prasad — the Divine Gift — and absolutely Divine,
and that He Transmits this Power by His mere existence. Just as
on the night at Red Sitting Man, I knew that Adi Da does not have
to be active. He does not have to look at me. He does not have to
speak to me. He does not have to deal with me or Teach me or Instruct
me or do anything to me. I knew He is merely That.
On another occasion
at the Mountain Of Attention, on a summer evening in 1982, a group
of devotees were gathered in Beloved Adi Da's quarters at His residence.
As we sat around Him, we formed a mandala [a circle] with
Adi Da at the center.
Adi Da described
the Cosmic Mandala that night for the first time. He described the
White Star in the center of the Mandala, which is the reflection
of the Divine Domain. As He Talked, I began to see White Light emanating
from Him, and very soon the room was filled with White Light. He
became a White Being. I saw this dramatic change not in any ordinary
visual sense, for I could still see His bodily Form, but with some
subtler vision. And again I felt Him profoundly to be the hole in
Adi Da ended
His Talk and sat with us in meditation. Not only could I see Him
again in His Divine Form as the world seemed to dissolve around
me and everyone in the room was flooded with this White Light, but
I saw also that Adi Da Transmits this White Light, that it is something
He does. On this occasion of meditation, as He allowed us to witness
Him becoming active in this way, He became a very forceful, powerful,
and undeniable Transmitter of His Own Divine Condition.
I could "see"
the Light emanating from Him to the entire room. The Light did not
come from His flesh Form. It came through the hole in the universe
that He Is. It came from the Divine Domain. I recognized that this
was His unique Transmission.
Since that time,
Beloved Adi Da has Revealed Himself to me in deeper ways as the
Divine Person. But it is still the same fundamental intuition I
knew in 1979 at Red Sitting Man. And I know it is only Adi Da, the
Divine Person, that we will come to Realize.
with Adi Da Samraj
fire — Adi Da's devotees perform sacred fire ceremonies
(derived in part from ancient Vedic ritual fires) as a form of expressive
bodily worship of Avatar Adi Da. The fire ceremony is a tangible representation
of the living relationship to the Divine — the sacrifice required
in true Spiritual practice and the constant surrender of all objective
attachments into the "Fire" of Radiant Divine Consciousness.