Adi Da Samraj
I am utterly grateful to my Great Teacher and Guru - Adi Da Samraj
I first came across Adi Da (Franklin Jones) in the 1970's when I read his first books: The Knee of Listening and The Method of the Siddhas. Although I was not (at first) attracted to his picture, his Voice and Teaching were so penetrating, insightful, critical, humorous and comprehensive, they changed the direction of my life in a moment;
a change that persists to this day.
Although I had a life-long sympathy with Hinduism and Buddhism, was a religious studies scholar, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation and had been actively pursuing what I thought to be a religious path or sadhana, I had never in my life come across any Teacher or Teaching that criticized my own character as well as everything I had studied, learned, desired, practiced or investigated, and did so with such a brilliant, penetrating insight and life-changing argument;
it was a religious experience.
Adi Da gave me a key to understanding all the scriptures I had studied, the religions of the world, the activities, fates and purposes of human beings throughout time, as well as a magical mirror in which I could see myself and begin to understand my own strivings (religious as well as the vital purposes of money, food, and sex). He pointed out the 'egg on my face' and my complete lack of comprehension of what I was actually up to; my mere hearing of Him was my 'second birth.'
His life was a Lila (a humorous play)
His Teaching a Purana (a Divine Tale of Instruction)
He was and Is
the Light of Understanding in the world
Along with my parents, I owe Him Everything
In the first words of the Knee of Listening,
He wrote the following Preface:
"Death is utterly acceptable to consciousness and life.
There has been endless time of numberless deaths,
but neither consciousness nor life has ceased to arise.
"The felt quality and cycle to death has not modified
the fragility of flowers,
even the flowers within the human body.
"Therefore, one’s understanding of consciousness and life
must be turned to That Utter, Inclusive Truth,
That Clarity and Wisdom,
That Power and Untouchable Gracefulness,
That One and Only Reality,
this evidence suggests.
We must cease to live in our superficial and divided way,
seeking and demanding only consciousness and life
in the present form we grasp,
avoiding and resisting what appears
to be the end of consciousness and life in death.
The Heart is that understanding,
that true consciousness, that true life
that is under the extreme conditions of life and death.
Therefore, it is said, that One that is is neither born
nor come to death, not alive as the limitation of form,
not rendered in what appears,
and it is the living One, than which there is no other,
appearing as all of this, but eternally the same.
There is only the constant knowledge and enjoyment of the Heart, moment to moment,
through the instant of all conditions
of appearance and disappearance.
Of this I am perfectly certain.
I am That.
- Adi Da Samraj
The quote is taken from the preface of His book:
"The Knee of Listening"
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