Bubba Free John (Adi Da
The Guru is a special
And temporary manifestation
Of the divine work.
He completes that special work
During his own lifetime,
And then leaves behind him
An ashram or community
Which lives Satsang
And is responsible
For communicating its availability,
And its practice.
"Spiritual" forces of all kinds
Live within the community
That has come to me,
And these are not to be identified
With my Special Function.
They are the common life of the community,
To be responsibly realized, conserved and used
By virtue of the constant enjoyment
Of true Satsang
And its power of understanding.
My disciples must understand themselves
In relation to methods, concepts, promises, beliefs
And the apparently extraordinary activity
Of subtle forces.
If they do so,
They will remain free of their illusions
In the world.
If they do not,
They have chosen
The way of Narcissus
Rather than the way of Satsang.
Note to reader:
As a member of Adi Da's (then Bubba Free John's) community from about 1973-1975, during which time I lived for nine months in Persimmon, the sanctuary where he lived. My service was to creating an index of his early books. I found these writings to be compelling, along with some of outrageous talks that have not found their way into print. Around his birthday in 1975 (to the best of my recollection), Adi Da was planning on moving with a small group to Hawaii. For that occasion, I arranged a selection of his compelling words by topic (mostly selected from his books) and hand wrote them in a blank book for his enjoyment. As far as I know, nothing ever came of that compilation. That became Book One of two parts, the second of which I completed some time thereafter. Now through the Internet, I make both parts available to interested readers. These blank books (I made a copy for myself) have been sitting on my bookshelves all this time, and after Adi Da's passing, it occurred to me that this compilation would be very useful to many readers.