"I Am Here To..."
A Study by Beezone into the Revelatory Claim of Adi Da Samraj
I was born to
fully Reveal and to Fully Establish the One and Complete
I AM GOD.
Ana al-Haqq, I
am the Truth, proclaimed Mansur
Hallaj, the Persian
"There is nothing wrapped in my turban but God," - "There is nothing in my cloak but God."
These utterances led to a long trial, and his subsequent imprisonment for 11 years in a Baghdad prison. He was publicly crucified on March 26, 922.
"There was a world by the name of Adorned with Pure Light. In that world was a Buddha by the name of Wisdom of Pure Flower Constellation King. Thus Come One, One Worthy of Offerings...Well Gone, One Who Understands the World, Supreme Lord, Regulating Hero, Teacher of Gods and Humans, Buddha, World Honored One. He was reverently circumambulated by a great multitude of limitless, boundless Bodhisattvas, to whom he was speaking the Dharma. The light that issued forth from Shakyamuni Buddha's white hair-mark universally illumined that country."
Chapter Twenty-four: "The Bodhisattva Wondrous Sound"
"If one wants to know about God, he should have the capacity to understand. Otherwise, he cannot understand whatever is said about God."
Shirdi Sai Baba
Let's try to understand and set the record straight about a Great Process and ecstatic statements of Spiritual Realizers and foremost by Adi Da Samraj. There have been many claims and revelations pronounced by enlightened masters of one degree or another over the centuries. In this investigation I would like to zero in on Adi's confession that he is the First, Last and Only Seventh Stage Realizer. Not only does Adi Da make this exclusive claim, but he also says he is the 'long awaited one' or in Christian terms, he appears to be pronouncing himself as the 'second coming' and as stated in the introduction to The Promised God-Man is Here, The Answer to Human Prayers.
Many statements by Adi Da and other realizers over the century are not considered 'worthy' of serious investigation as to the truth of their proclamations and are dismissed as either coming from the devil - the antichrist - or should be completely ignored and robustly exposed as being frauds.
"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." -1st John 2:22
By this you know the Spirit of
God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come
in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not
confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the
antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and
now it is already in the world.
This kind of caution can be found in all major religions. In Judaism the anti-messiah figure is called Armilus and in the Islamic tradition, Dajjal, "the false messiah".
"O men of Athens, I deserve
this reward far more than the citizen who has won the prize
at Olympia in the horse or chariot race, whether the
chariots were drawn by two horses or by many.
Sokrates' response to Meletus' call for death as his penalty of "of corrupting the young and of not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other spiritual things." - Recollections of Sokrates by Frank Marrero
As you can see, the 'world' has been dealing with these kinds of seemingly insane and deluded confessions for thousands of years. Some have been met with very strong responses. In some cultures where these 'divinely intoxicated' individuals have either been executed (see Mansur Hallaj above), sentenced to prison or committed to insane asylums. In The Grand Inquisitor, The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky he sums up the worlds response by having Jesus on his return to earth imprisoned. While in Jesus' cell Pontius Pilate addresses 'mankind's savior' by exclaiming, 'What can you say? You've said it all, speak no more' where upon he sentences Jesus to be burnt at the stake in the morning and leaves with a final declaration, "Go, and come no more. . . come not at all, never, never!"
Aside from Adi Da, the only other individual claiming the status of an 'Avatar' - the descent of the Supreme Being - that has risen to any prominence in the 20th Century (List of Avatar claims) (in a Western country and was not killed or committed - In India where the term originated Avatar is used in a much more broad manner) was Avatar Meher Baba (Meher Baba credited his Avataric advent to Upasni Baba, Shirdi Sai Baba, and three other Perfect Masters: Hazrat Babajan, Hazrat Tajuddin Baba, and Narayan Maharaj). In his book 'The Everything and The Nothing' he states that, "I am the Ancient One. When I say I am God it is not because I have thought about it and concluded that I am God - I know it to be so. Many consider it blasphemy for one to say he is God; but in truth it would be blasphemous for me to say I am not God."
In India there is a long history of Avatar's appearing for the sake of 'the world'. The prophetic 'announcement' of Shirdi Sai Baba was one in the 19th century.
"It was the 28th day of September
1835, Ganga Bhavajya and Devagiri Amma were continuing their
journey. The sun was rising throwing light red-coloured rays
on the earth. Devagiri Amma went into labour pains. She
slowly reached a big banyan tree and lay down on its shade.
Goddess Parvati was beside her unseen, giving her courage.
All other gods were witnessing from above, this unique
occasion of Lord Shiva being born in human form on the
earth. This new `Avatar' would put an end to religious
fanaticism, jealousies, hatred, arrogance, egoism and
attachments prevalent in the humans and would generate
peace, Jnana, love and equality among them. The gods
showered flowers from above, unseen, and jubilant over the
occasion. Great sages all over the world, for a moment
became still and in that state witnessed the arrival of Lord
Shiva in human form..."
In the Preface to James Steinberg's, Love of the God-Man, Saniel Bonder writes:
"On November 3, 1989, the fiftieth Anniversary of His Birth, Heart-Master Da Love-Ananda formally Announced His Stature and Function as the Divine World-Teacher or Jagad-Guru, the long-expected Divine Incarnation Who has Come not only to Restore the Way of Truth in the world but also to Enlighten all beings and, ultimately, even to Dissolve all worlds in the "Bright" Happiness of the One and Only Heart of our existence."
How is it possible to understand these grand, all encompassing and seemingly megalomaniac statements which are by religious standards blasphemous and by psychological analysis psychotic?
Since this enquiry is about the statements or the confession of Adi Da Samraj, let's look at the following from his 1996 book, THE HEARTS SHOUT, 'I Have Come To Reveal the Joy of Being'. In the essay, I Am Here to Complete the Great Tradition of Mankind, an excerpt from the Prologue of The Basket of Tolerance, Adi Da writes - which I break up into points and then make a comment:
I Am Adi Da, the Adi-Guru.
Here Adi Da is making reference to Siva (Adi-Guru) the Supreme Lord in the Hindu mythology linked with Brahma and Vishnu. In the Hindu spiritual tradition the Adi-Guru is the First Master and World Teacher. Adi Da continues:
(T)he Original and Eternal Teacher, here to Complete the Great Tradition of mankind.
The second point is Adi Da's mission, goal and role which is designed to "Complete the Great Tradition of mankind". This statement is packed with meaning. It infers a kind of finality or completion to what 'mankind' has been 'dealing' with since the beginning of time. He goes on:
I Am the all-Completing Adept, the First, Last, and Only Adept-Revealer (or Siddha) of the seventh stage of life.
This part of the essay probably creates the most resistance and obstruction for people to understand and accept. He states that he is the First, Last, and Only Adept-Revealer (or Siddha) of the seventh state of life. It is important to note here he is not saying there will not be any further seventh stage realized beings (devotees). In fact he said there would be other seventh stage realized beings (devotees). He is saying that he is the First, Last, and Only ADEPT-REVEALER (or Siddha). Many people who read Adi Da's writings about being the 'First, Last and Only' Adept-Revealer (Siddha) believe it to be egocentric and delusional. In addition, this claim distinguishes himself from all other enlightened beings (Siddhas) - in the history of the world - by saying in effect, not only is he the 'best of the best' and the 'only and forever' 'best of the best', but 'the completion' of humanities search for true God. In effect, the end of the story!
Is this really what he is saying? People read and understand it as such, but is this the right interpretation?
Adi Da continues:
I Am the seventh stage Realizer, Revealer, and Revelation of God, Truth, and Reality.
The fourth point is this new and completing revelation is from God, revealed thru himself and representing The Truth coming from Reality.
True or False
"The Life and Work of Avatar Adi
Da Samraj Is the Universally Consequential Event in all of
What can one say about these and other statements clearly indicating a 'unique, universal and eternal communication? Is there a way to discover the truth or falsehood of them? How could anyone say anything about 'verifying' such claims? These claims can not be verified objectively. One could deny them and then add all sorts of statements about why they are not true, but you could never verify your conclusions. You could assert that they are true and then try and explain why you believe such, but could you prove it?
To conclude that either Adi Da's statements are true or false is fruitless. If either claim is made you split the argument into half truths. So, where does that leave one who is seriously investigating the veracity of these claims.
In my understanding after reading, studying and actually being in the Company of Adi Da Samraj, the only true statement about Adi Da's confession is silence. The truth or falsehood is "in the pudding", in life. What are the 'signs', where are the 'signs'? How do these statements 'show' themselves? They only show themselves in lives of those who study, believe, practice and live the teachings and their relationship to Adi Da Samraj.
Adi Da Samraj, 2004
If one looks into history it is easy to see how new truths spoken too early upset the beliefs of society and were labeled heretical. One doesn't have to beyond the classic example of Galileo to discover how dangerous it is to 'go beyond' the minds and common beliefs of society and the powers that be.
So here I raise the possibility, not an answer, but a possibility to consider. Maybe, just maybe, because of our culturally conditioned minds and maybe because of our lack of, as he say, self-understanding, Adi Da is speaking 'into the future'. Maybe Adi Da is speaking truths that have yet to be fully understood. He says his revelation is established and completed and he is 'just waiting'. Waiting for what? Waiting for time to catch up with him? Waiting for us to see through our limited time and space bound view of the world? To verify any of this requires a connection to the speaker, to Adi Da himself, and therefore one must have a 'spiritual' connection to him (Recognition).
Adi Da finishes the essay with:
Given in this late-time
(or would-be Complete and potentially Consummate era)
Adi Da is clearly referring to a cycle of time in cosmic proportions.
and in this now dark epoch
(as it must be described from the Realized Divine and Spiritual "Point of View",
and with regard to the tendencies of the times),
and Given for the sake of Completion
(of the progressive Ordeal of Man)
and for the sake of Unity
(or the cooperative re-Union of mankind).
Your understanding of what Adi Da (and others) mean, and the truth of their claims, rests with your understanding of who they are more than what they say (Recognition).
Chris Tong, with AdiDaUpClose has done an excellent job at addressing this 'Claim/Revelation' in a full study. "Adi Da is the first, last, and only seventh stage Adept" is not a statement made out of the blue, in isolation. Rather, it is a conclusion removed from its context. The full context is a decades-long consideration (and gone beyond) by Adi Da, and the only right and fair way to present such a conclusion is alongside the full consideration that led to a 'gone beyond' conclusion(s)." Read more here.
The statements made by Adi Da, as Chris points out, are not 'one time ecstatic utterances'. They represent a 'conclusion' of 23 years of 'investigation'. How one hears and understands these statements requires a relationship with the 'speaker'. Until then your understanding rests within you.
Here is how Adi Da puts it in his essay 'I Am The Divine Self-"Emergence"
I Brought My Divine Wisdom-Teaching out of My-Selfthrough My Avataric Self-Submission to the Great Process of "reality consideration" with My devotees and with the world altogether. I am not here merely reading books and passing on an old tradition to people. Nor am I here to believe and to support the illusions of humankind. The only-by-Me Revealed and Given Way of Adidam, in Its entirety and in Its every aspect, has been Brought out of Me. The Way of Adidam has Appeared only through the Avataric Divine Process of My own Lifelong "reality consideration". The Way of Adidam is the Divine Process of My own Avataric Self-Submission to conditional realityWhich Avataric Self-Submission Started at the moment of My Avataric Human Birth (and Which Avataric Self-Submission Continuesnow, and forever hereafter).
It might be appropriate at this point to listen to Adi Da Samraj himself explain what Chris is pointing to in his investigation of Adi Da's process of Full Awakening to the last and final stage of the Seventh Stage, translation.
Adi Da Samraj - 2004
In 1995, Adi Da Samraj stated that one of the primary reasons there have not been any Seventh State Adepts or true Seventh Stage Realization and Seventh Stage teachings is because the "principle of egoity has not been understood and made the basis for the divine process". The understanding of egoity and the principles of 'mind' form our view of the world. We base on our understanding and projections and how we see things, our 'point of view', through the lens of 'who we are'. Our unique point of view defines our world, our world view and our response (or reaction) to it.
In the end, whatever story we are telling ourselves through our investigation of life is uniquely ours and therefore an interpretation. It's not the 'final truth', it's your version of it. Whether you see the devil or God, hopefully your Heart will have enough Love, understanding and compassion in it, as to not feel so threatened to allow others to share and enjoy the same world you live in.
May all beings be Happy.
Adi Da Samraj, May 2005.
"I Am Here To..."
"You should...understand that I am not here to fight with you for any cause whatsoever. Whatever you choose, you are completely free to choose, and that is all there is to that. All I represent here is an offering. I know how difficult it is to accept it and to live it....
My relationship to individuals is of a spiritual kind. It works on the level of the super-physics of things. It is not (exclusively) a worldly matter. It is not founded in this or any other world. It is not conventional, it is not something within your experience altogether ...The true spiritual process is not just mental stuff. It is cellular, molecular, and requires great human character to perform. And if you will live it, then a spiritual relationship with me, personally, directly, in the transcendental form in which it exists, becomes possible. Until then, you should just consider the Teaching if you are interested in it."
Adi Da Samraj
From AdiDaUpClose: Adi Da as "First, Last, and Only Seventh Stage Adept"
"How does one introduce a great adept (maha-siddha), a living Buddha, and his compassionate, prophetic teaching? In the following essay I have given my own answer to this question. I have tried to keep myself open to, and to faithfully represent, the teaching of Master Da Free John (Adi Da Samraj), while at the same time endeavoring to remain sensitive to the naturally skeptical posture which, I suspect, most readers will maintain while perusing this volume (of Nivanasara)." - Georg Feuerstein, From Scholarship to Understanding Introduction to Nirvanasara
Adi Da Samraj