The Offering of Perfect Happiness:
The Divine Incarnation, Life, and Work of Avatar
Adi Da Samraj
It is obvious, from all sorts of subtle details,
that [Adi Da Samraj] knows what IT's all about
. . . One who knows that he is the Godhead doesn't
have to use any kind of force to be that . . .
a rare being.
Every human heart longs to be perfectly and eternally
happy. But, in a time dominated by the materialistic
viewpoint, few of us even aspire to Perfect Happiness.
An honest appraisal of where we spend our time (despite
toying with ideas of "spirituality") reveals what we
generally settle for: a dinner out with a bottle
of "fine" wine; a good movie; a little "peace of mind"
Adi Da as Spiritual Transmitter. Throughout
history, the great Spiritual Masters appear on occasion,
to re-Awaken human beings to their highest destiny of
Perfect and Eternal Happiness. By "great Spiritual Masters",
I mean something quite specific. Search the web and
you may get the sense that "spiritual teachers" are
everywhere: this one teaches Tibetan Buddhism; that
one offers shamanic drumming; etc. But the truly great
Spiritual Masters are rare. They have never been merely
intellectual teachers, charismatic (but otherwise ordinary)
human beings, or providers of piecemeal techniques or
rituals. They are always Spiritual
Transmission Masters, tangibly transmitting their
own Spiritual Realization to their devotees:
I felt Beloved Adi Da's Spiritual Transmission
thick in the room. I saw Him as the center of
a field of visible, Love-Blissful, Conscious,
breathable Light. He was simply Divine Love-Bliss.
There was no longer a sense of being a separate
self — just the profound peace of realizing there
is nothing to seek, nowhere to go, nothing to
Different kinds of Spiritual Realization. Different
Spiritual Masters transmit different Spiritual Realizations,
corresponding to different human destinies. God-Realization
— Realization of Perfect, Eternal Happiness — is the
greatest human destiny. And those rarest Masters ("Divine
Incarnations") who appear here by "crossing down" (the
literal meaning of "Avatar") from the Divine Domain
spontaneously transmit that Divine Reality to others:
I didn't have any expectations when I first saw
Him. But as Avatar Adi Da walked toward His seat,
I looked at Him and felt He was only Love, walking
around in a human body. I began to weep and weep,
because I was literally seeing the Vision of God.
And I was overwhelmed with gratitude.
Adi Da as Divine Incarnation alive in our time.
The world's traditions are replete with spiritually
significant stories about great Masters like Jesus,
Krishna, and Guatama. Sorting out the historical fact
from the mythical embellishment is a formidable challenge.
Even if we could discover what occurred thousands of
years ago, is it still of spiritual use now? Are these
Masters still "Spiritually Transmitting" in the twenty-first
Adi Da Samraj is a Divine Incarnation alive now.
Often, Westerners react to the notion of a "Divine Incarnation"
— our skepticism is born out of both the traditional
Judeo-Christian notion of "God" ("How can the all-powerful
God appear in limited human form?"), and our broader,
materialistic doubt in the existence of anything spiritual.
Adi Da strongly critiques both God-less materialism
and the notion that God is "all-powerful", the "Creator",
"in charge of the universe", etc. He instead describes
God as the Source: the "Dreamer" in Whose Consciousness
all beings and things are appearing. It is possible
for God to appear in the "dream" (as a "Divine Incarnation"),
and for us to Awaken out of it (as God, the only ultimately
Real Being): such "God Realization" is our greatest
destiny. "Divine Incarnation" does not occur through
a Divine act of will alone; it depends on a rare and
mysterious conjunction of circumstances that creates
a "gateway" for the Divine to appear here as a character
in Its Own "dream".
The human life of a Divine Incarnation. Adi
Da Samraj describes how the Divine Being seized upon
just such a rare opportunity to incarnate in 1939 as
an American named "Franklin Jones" in Long Island, New
York. Adi Da's first thirty years are the extraordinary
story of the Divine progressively Enlightening "Franklin
Jones", and preparing that human vehicle for the Divine
Work of Enlightening all beings.
Because it is a story of Divine Descent, Adi
Da's early life is a radical reversal of the lives of
traditional saints and yogis, whose spiritual attainments
reach up to God in vision and mystical union, and may
even ultimately attain Identification with the Transcendental
Consciousness (see the left column of Figure 1), over
many lifetimes of spiritual effort.
In contrast, Adi Da's early life reflects
the Divine descending into the human vessel of
"Franklin Jones", and awakening the various higher centers
(and their corresponding Realizations) in the reverse
order from the familiar spiritual traditions (see the
right column of Figure 1), at the "God Speed" of a few
Adi Da's Work of Divine Emergence.
In September 1970, the process of Divine Acquisition
reached the point where "Franklin Jones" consciously
Awakened as the Divine. Almost immediately, the same
Divine Process began extending Itself to all other beings:
Now. . . instead of confronting what was arising
in "myself", I "meditated" other beings. I would
spontaneously become aware of great numbers of
people . . . and I would work with them very directly,
in a subtle manner.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The
Knee Of Listening
It was as though the Divine had established a "beachhead"
on earth through "Franklin Jones", from which was launched
a "campaign" ultimately capable of Awakening all beings
to the Divine Identity through this same means of Divinely
Emerging as them:
There is only one Divine Process in the world,
and It is initiated when I [spiritually] "crash
down" and "enter" My devotee. I Am the Divine
in bodily form. When My devotee truly surrenders
to Me, then I enter My devotee in the form of
Adi Da Samraj
Over the past three decades, Adi Da has fully developed
the Spiritual Way of Adidam, in which devotees "link
up" with this Process of Divine Emergence. That Divine
Process distinguishes Adidam from other traditions.
Conventional meditation, astral projection, and other
aspects of "New Age spirituality" work by stimulating
specific "higher" centers of human anatomy. The Way
of Adidam places no ultimate value on such "higher"
experiences; the same limited ego experiences them,
and is not set eternally free by them. Instead, the
Way of Adidam is about surrendering the whole body to
the Divine, to the degree of complete Awakening.
Implications of a Divine Incarnation. A Divine
Incarnation alive today provides immense opportunities:
most significantly, for Divine Enlightenment. God Realization
depends upon the Divine appearing in human form; the
Divine Being and State are not otherwise accessible
to humankind. (Figure 1 illustrates how the traditional
processes of Realization stop short of the Divine State.
One can't Awaken "oneself" from the "dream"; the Divine
Person must initiate the process by "crossing over"
into the "dream".)
Short of our own Divine Enlightenment, Adi Da's appearance
here is also extraordinarily clarifying. He demonstrates
what Divine Realization looks like in factual, not mythical
terms. And He provides the unadulterated details of
how Spiritual Realization works, comprehensively addressing
the questions of spiritual beginners in the twenty-first
Will "Realizing God" require giving up my ordinary
life and viewpoint? Will it "ruin" my life?
Yes! There can be no Realization of God — the Great
Identity — without complete transcendence of "self"
— the lesser identity. At some point, we realize
our "precious" ordinary lives are pretty "low" on
the scale of possibility, as we start to really
suffer their limitations (often as we age). Such
"positive disillusionment" opens us to being Awakened
out of this mediocre destiny, which otherwise keeps
repeating mechanically, lifetime after lifetime.
Is the Guru-devotee relationship an archaism?
Wouldn't a "do it yourself" approach work?
The "psycho-physics" of Spiritual Realization does
not change with social trends; the Guru-devotee
relationship remains its very core.
The "self" preferring the "do it yourself" approach
is the very identity needing to be transcended.
How can we know Adi Da is a Divine Incarnation?
By the unique characteristics of the Divine State
He transmits — the complete dissolution of all
sense of "separate self", the Revelation of Consciousness
and Energy as a Unity, etc. — relative to which
each of His devotees is a "reporter" (not a "believer").
Talk to Adi
Da's devotees around the world, who are "tuning
in" to His Transmission. Then place yourself in
a position where you too can receive His Transmission:
His Teaching; view
pictures and videos of Him; view His "Image
Art"; visit Adidam's Sacred Sanctuaries — all
of these means have been Spiritually Empowered by
Adi Da to channel His Transmission. And when you
are rightly prepared, enter into His physical company.
Conclusion. In a world ruled by human egoity
and the "bad news" egoity creates worldwide, the amazingly
good news is this: beyond all materialistic expectations,
Perfect, Eternal Happiness is possible; and the means
for Awakening to that Divine State is presently available
through the devotional and Spiritual relationship with
Adi Da Samraj:
I am like the sunlight in the morning. I intensify
the light of morning until you Awaken. Until then,
you continue to dream, try to survive within the
dream, pursue all kinds of goals, searches, none
of which Awakens you. I, Myself, the One Who would
Awaken you, am not an individual within the dream.
I Am the Conscious Light, the True Divine Heart
— Breaking Through the force of dreaming. I Am
your own Most Prior Self-Nature Appearing within
the dream in order to Awaken you.
Adi Da Samraj
To find out more about Avatar Adi Da Samraj and the
Spiritual Way of Adidam, visit the About
Adidam website and the Adi
Da Up Close website.