of exploring, searching, studying, and practicing eastern and western
religious teachings, I discovered the Wisdom-Teaching of Adi Da
Samraj while listening to a Lex Hixon broadcast on WBAI Radio here
in New York. The program featured a group of Avatar Adi Da's devotees
discussing the Way Of The Heart, and I was impressed and tremendously
enlivened by what I heard. To my delight, when I purchased His books,
Of Listening and The
Method Of The Siddhas to read His Teachings, I found them
to contain the most complete answer imaginable to all my heart's
questions about life, spirituality and death, and everything in
For the next
five years, I corresponded with the Adidam Community (headquartered
in California), and attended every study group, program and film
presentation that was offered locally. During this period, Adi Da
began to appear in my dreams, and I began to intuit how unique He
Is as an Adept and Spiritual Teacher. Then in 1979, I was invited
to California to attend a spiritual celebration of His birthday.
He was going to personally attend.
A gentle steady
rain was falling. Six hundred of us were chanting in a large tent
that had been erected for this celebration on the grounds of the
Adidam Sanctuary. Simultaneously, Adi Da was in the main meditation
hall, named Western Face Cathedral, with a select group of his advanced
students. Each of us was to go and offer a gift of fruit or flower
at the large open double-doorway, and receive Adi Da's Blessing
Regard for a few moments, bow and leave. There was no plan for Him
to sit in meditation with any of us.
about an hour of chanting, and with only a small number of us having
made our way to offer our gift to Him, Adi Da unexpectedly left
the meditation hall and strode up the hill and into the tent. Cloaked
in a white hooded kaftan, He took His seat on the dais. It was completely
obvious to me that it was His direct response to the passionate
heart-call of those of us who were chanting, and our need to see
He took down
His hood and stepped out of His sandals. As I turned to see Him,
I found myself transfixed and spontaneously stopped chanting. My
body relaxed. I felt completely open-hearted at the sight of this
Great Vulnerable Being of Love, who was self-evidently manifesting
the Divine in human form. When He Glanced at me, as He Glanced intentionally
at each person in the tent, I was no more than fifteen feet away.
Opened by the
chanting and the whole-bodily release that I was experiencing in
that moment, I received all I had ever wanted and intuited as Truth:
the confirmation of the primacy of the Divine, and of Real Love,
Eye-to-eye and fully expressed there in His Form. I called out my
love to Avatar Adi Da, which, paradoxically, I knew to be His Gift
to me, a Gift that He was drawing out of me, a Gift that was itself
His very Being. There was no sense of separation left between us
and I felt no separation from anyone in the tent! There was only
this Love-Blissful Condition.
A life of devotion
was inspired in that moment. And ever since, as long as I have been
given over enough, or have gotten myself out of the way enough to
receive Adi Da's Transmission, His Gifts have never ceased.
I haven't the
slightest doubt in my mind that a new way of life is possible in
the world based on our relationship with This Perfect Descent of
the Divine into our midst. I have seen this myself. Adi Da Samraj
is here! And He is Radiant with the Gifts of Real God.
May you find
this Grace without equal in your life.