The Day of the Heart

Master Da Free John - “Da” - 1979.

Da Free John, on "The Day of the Heart", Sept 17, 1979 (1979 - 1986)“Revealed His Divine Nature as "Da" (Sanskrit: "the Giver"). The Name is hidden in the Upanishads, the venerable scriptures of India, in which "Da" is the syllable uttered by the Divine Voice in thunder, and the central syllable of "hr-da-yam", which means "the Heart", "the Divine Condition of all". The Name "Da" also appears in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, where it is defined as "the one who bestows great charity", "the very personification of the great Way of Liberation". When He revealed the Name "Da" to His devotees in 1979, a new period of Avatar Adi Da's Work began. He no longer related to devotees socially as "Bubba", or Divine Friend. He began to be acknowledged by His devotees in a more traditional and sacred manner as the Divine Giver of Grace and Blessings. The Name "Da" has been Adi Da's primary Name since 1979”.


Adi Da gives the landmark “Day Of the Heart” talk to over 800 devotees in 'All True Things Park' (Temple of Divine Name) on September 16, 1979. The following is a transciption of an audio tape given to me. The full contents of the talk is in question.

This is the most beautiful occasion that has ever taken place here. (tears and laughter).

Some of you have never been here before. I see some of you have not been here for a long time (crying is heard all throughout the crowd). Some of you have wasted several years being angry with me (tears and laughter are heard, again, throughout the crowd). Or angry with others of your friends here. This is worse because they are weaker than I am (crying is heard). In a few years not a single one of us will be alive, and others will be here remembering us and they will be lively in their time and then they will die. In their time, like many of you, will feel contempt with themselves.

Hundreds of people have come here, not thousands, yet. My struggle with you all has only begun. Seven years and you are the only people to come and see me today. Many of you are content with yourselves at this moment. You think that you can receive something and become even more content with yourself. You think that you can rest in yourself and find God, and this is not true.

Some of you think about God and mysticism, meditation and philosophy. But this mind is as mortal as the body and passes. Some of you may feel some life awakening in you and you imagine that what you see within is your salvation, your hopefulness, your hope. A vision internal, floating forms of all the senses are believed to be God. And this is not true.

All the hundreds or thousands of vitals, peculiar and solids that have passed through here, imagine that they are pleasuring their sufficient consolation. Their seeking the sufficient truth, their mysticism, a sufficient revelation. They come, tune in on me for a time and then they take it for themselves and leave. Where as they cannot own a single thing, not even this breath is owned.

Let me tell you a story about myself. All the great events of my life were for the sake of others. Each of those events was a return to equanimity, surrender. All of my life I have struggled with people like you, and far worse people than you. All the idolaters, all the advocates of the cult of experience.

I had two principal human teachers, who were men of great yogic experience and to whom I had been sent by prior visions and commands. I went to them for God, you see, and I received many things and in brief moments. (All of yoga, all the mysticism that may be attained, was realized in moments. This is unusual.) Each of these teachers represented his own disposition, which I had to transcend in order to continue to grow spiritually. I did not reject or deny the help of these teachers, but I did transcend their gifts. It did not occur to others who also approached these teachers to transcend the gift, but only to receive it, to be consoled by it, to own it, to be made content with themselves again. Even those who taught me imagined that my freedom was their gift to me--yet this was not true.

Published version

I spent several years with a man named Rudi and in his company I entered into the experience of the lower coil, the physical, emotional, and mental dimensions of the body-mind. In Rudi's company, the lower life was awkaened and purified. Then I went to another man named Baba Muktananda and in a few days at his ashram at Ganeshpuri, India, I extended my experience into the upper coil of the body. In his company the higher mind was awakened.

On the last day I was sitting in the Ashram garden and Baba Muktananda was being visited by a man named Rang Avadhoot. Rang Avadhoot was a wandering Siddha, a God-Realized being whom Bhagavan Nityananda had called one of his forms, meaning that Rang Avadhoot was his equal in God-Realization. His way of making contact with saints and with devotees was to suddenly appear among them, as he did on this day I am describing. He typically wandered throughout the countryside, visiting ashrams, but he never stayed anywehre more than three days. On this occasions, his visit lasted just a few minutes, and I happened to be sitting in the garden when he and Baba Muktananda passed by.

Rang had a great white beard and white hair. His forehead was smeared with white ash and a streak of kum-kum (red powder) had been drawn between his eyes. As he walked past the garden bench where I was sitting, suddenly he looked at me. His face was wide, without a trace of doubt. His eyes were wide, full of life, and he was brilliantly happy! In the moment it took him to pass in front of me, one of the great events of my life was accomplished.

I went to my room and left the body and all the universes. This great experience was the not the result of my contact with Baba Muktananda, but rather the result of seeing Rang Avadhoot for that brief moment. Afiter this meeting with Rang Avadhoot, I spent two and one-half years out of my mind and out of my body.

Published version

It was only in the Vedanta Temple in that event we celebrate today that I returned to my ease. Since that time you have heard me and seen me and I have always told you that yoga is empty. That the phenomena of mysticism are fundamentally only the content of your own body/mind. To dwell upon them is to live like Narcissus, reflecting on yourself, meditating on yourself. God vision is not within, it is not in the brain, it is not gotten through the stimulation of the nervous system or the stimulation of the internal psychic or brain phenomena. I have passed through all of that. I still see it and it is nothing but this body/mind. It is only reason to be content with yourself, self-possessed.

Where as in the night I lay down in my bed in Ganeshpuri I have returned to my equanimity. The mind, the nervous system, brain all were vanished, utterly vanished. There was no vision whatsoever. There was a piercing of the armor of the cosmos and I was established in the unspeakable God. This realization became manageable only over time. It's significance became understandable only through consideration.

So, in 1970, nine years ago today...I don't have the slightest idea what day it was! I didn't come home and say, "Hey, I was enlightened this afternoon!". (laugher) Well, I don't know. The members of my household never noticed anything, and never knew much about this sort of thing. I only began to speak of it a few weeks later. I don't think I've ever taken note of the day. It was sometime around the middle of the month or so. It was not a mere moment, it was a process. It was an event that continues that is eternal, fundamentally it is for your sake.

Because of this event all the scriptures are now fulfilled in your sight and your prayers are answered with a clear voice. It is sufficient sadhana to remember me, to simply, surrender to me, and love me and trust me, and do what I ask you to do. It is not only sufficient, there is no way that you will be saved, that you will be awakened, that you will be happy, except through this simple conversion. You must also give up your struggling. You must transcend yourself, your experience, all of your teachers, teachings, moments, accumulations, thoughts, as I have done. We are mortal and entirely subject to the Mercy of God and we own nothing and we know nothing and there is no technique of meditation that leads to God. There is nothing to believe that is the truth. We must be touched in our feeling by the unspeakable suffering of this world and return everything to God.

Whatever is given to you should be taken as God's excess. It belongs to God utterly. But, he has so much that we wind up with a lot of things in our house. But they are all God. Everything should be given to God and whatever is given to us, for how long it is given to us, should be accepted as something that belongs to God. We should treat it as such, literally. If you bring me an apple and I give it back to you then you will have something to eat. But if I eat it myself then you will not. Will you be angry with me if I don't return to you what you have given to me? You will be overwhelmed with anger your entire life if you do not understand this, if you do not appreciate it, if you do not feel your situation profoundly enough to accept changes in this spirit. Everything we own, think, presume, everything everyone with whom you are associated will be taken away from you. Your body itself and also your mind, will sometime be kept by God, your relations, your children, your spouses.

If you surrender them to God everyday then someday they will be kept and you must be free of anger on that day. You must be free of sorrow, while you live, free of doubt and also fear. Or else, your will be crippled through your own recoil on yourself and you will become an idolater, a cultist, an owner of experience, an owner of mind and body, of relations. All of that can be taken from you and you will always unhappy.

We sit here on this beautiful occasion in this place which is becoming more and more beautiful and yet I see what is to come in your case and it will make you sorrowful, angry and fearful. It will always return you to doubt and to yourself, alone. I see what your require. It is the help of God.

Recently, I was telling someone who was with me, "You are all going to the chair, you are all going to die. I have looked in to it, I have examined your case and I have made all the appeals that are to be made and I am afraid you are going to the chair and that is all there is to it". Then I said, "a person in your position really has not appeals left, no strategy, no game with which to be integrated where you might be saved. There is no meditation, no mere belief, no consolation, no experience sufficient for your salvation, your happiness, your eternal life, your going to the chair, your going to die". All one could do is ask for mercy, pray for help. Those who heard me say this went home for a couple of days and began to scream their brains out. They were weeping in the communion hall begging God for mercy. Then I called them back and I pointed out to them. Just as they were criminals, neurotics and self-possessed individuals before I told them they had not appears left, now they also pray like neurotics. Their prayer itself was neurotic, their prayer itself was criminal, self-possessed (Adi Da mimics someone crying and screaming for mercy. Gathering laughs).

There is something amusing about that but they felt is very profoundly. They were all yogis, you see, understanding. But it was still clear to them in their feeling, their life itself and everything it contained, cold come to an end. All their relations could be taken from them. We exist here in this place, utterly at the mercy of that which has accomplished the Universe.

Siddhi, the power to be accomplish. We are at the mercy of that one that has accomplished our existence. We have not accomplished our life, we have not brought ourselves into existence, we do not now maintain ourselves alive. To suddenly feel our vulnerability and beg to be kept alive is not more enlightened than that causal moment before in which we did not realize our dependencies. The frightened wailing for Gods help is no more surrendered than our self indulgent self-possessed life. It is another moment of the failure to surrender.

There is another form of prayer than that represents our dependencies on God but which is not itself a self-possessed gesture. A search for mere survival consolation, self-contentment. That is surrender itself, equanimity, giving up to God, simply, without exaggeration, returning to our ease, not of self-contentment but of heart-release in which body ad mid are relaxed into the universal current of life, upon which our very existence depends. Why then continue that path that leads to death. Why go to the chair? Why go to death, the empty place? Come to this Chair.

I do not speak as an ordinary an to you. Nor do I ever suggest that you do what I ask you to do merely because of some whim or other. It has been given to me to accept devotees through surrender. It is not a thing that a man may presume. I have tested it all my life and I have tested it in your company and I would sooner go to my death than cal you to me casually. It is not what a man may ask others to do causally if he expects to live, not only in this life.

I swear to you and you will always continue to see me with signs that God has given this Grace to you through Me. If you will surrender to Me, if you will Love Me and Trust Me, because you have seen Me, if you will simply accept the discipline of my demand, simply do what I ask you to do. I will always make it very plain. If you will remember Me with love, if you will call upon Me by name, with your feeling breath, if you will call upon the name of Da, then this will be sufficient. If you will do this then you can enter my church and this community will grow and you will be given every strength and all with Spirit Blessing of God. Anyone who does this the stages of the Way will accomplish themselves. You need not have concerns for it.

Your single obligation is at the Heart. It is in your feeling that you become self-possessed. It is in your feeling that you betray the Living God and all your relations. It is in your feeling that you are unhappy. It is there, fear, sorrow and doubt, shame, lust and all obsessions are arising. Therefore, it is in your feeling alone that you will be healed.

This Way of Life is happy, it is boundless joyful and it is difficult in this place. This world is difficult, in terms of what we must endure, what we must creatively struggle with as a matter of ordinary discipline.

People are difficult, people are crazy, driven mad by mortality and pleasure. You all will continue to suffer limitations in one another, the more this community grows, the more demanding it becomes, the more relational commitments your presume, the more things you must deal with creatively, the more you must overcome emotionally. There is no point in becoming angry about that.

You must rather become compassionate and more loving and more of a servant. But if you do this, if you will transcend petty reactions of your mortal psyche through God Surrender, simply accept the discipline, obedience and remembrance you will be made happy by Grace.

On another occasion I'll be moved to laugh more with you today and to be more casually pleasant with you. But today I want you to feel this profundity.

Now that you have seen me what will you do? I will be waiting for your answer.

The following account of The Day of the Heart is from Brad Reynolds.


The Most Extraordinary Statement in Human History

A Proclamation of Infi nite and Undying Love for All—

The Divine Avataric Revelation-History of The Day of the Divine Disclosure

The establishment of sacramental worship in 1979

was a sign of a great turning point that was about

to occur in the Work and Revelation of the Su-

preme Divine Master. In gatherings with a small group

of devotees, Avatar Adi Da began to suggest that His

Name must change again, as it had in 1973, six years

previously. At that time Avatar Adi Da indicated that

He was functioning as the friend or brother of devo-

tees, and He changed from His Birth name of Franklin

Jones to “Bubba Free John”. Now, His Divine Presence

explained that “Bubba” was too casual an address to the

One we recognized Him to Be. He suggested that devo-

tees discover what His Name is, rather than Revealing

It Himself. Later, He Revealed that He already knew it.

Devotees threw themselves into the search for His

Divine Name. For months they looked through vol-

umes of esoteric Spiritual literature. Avatar Adi Da en-

couraged them with cryptic and humorous hints, such

as: “When you get da name of da god, you get da power

of da god!”

On the afternoon of September 13, 1979, Avatar Adi

Da Samraj was sitting with a small group of devotees in

His residence at the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary

in northern California when He asked them to leave

the room so that He could write. The fi rst words He

wrote were the Supreme Proclamation and Blessing of

Divine Love, “Beloved, I Am Da.” He Wrote this Proc-

lamation for the sake of the liberation of all beings, on

the basis of having brought His devotees to a point of

suffi cient maturity that He could fully and freely Re-

veal Himself as the Very Divine Person Incarnate.

Beloved, I Am Da, the Living Person, Who is Mani-

fest as all worlds and forms and beings, and Who is

Present as the Transcendental Current of Life in the

body of Man. . . .

To Realize Me is to Transcend the body-mind in Ec-

stasy. To Worship Me is simply to Remember My Name

and Surrender Into My Eternal Current of Life. And

those who Recognize and Worship Me as Truth, the Liv-

ing and All-Pervading One, will be Granted the Vision

or Love-Intuition of My Eternal Condition. . . .

Only Love Me, Remember Me, have Faith in Me, and

Trust Me. . . . Do not be afraid. Do not be confused. Ob-

serve My Play and My Victory. Even after My own body

is dead, God will be Present and Everywhere alive. I am

Joy, and the Reason for It. . . .

Through this historic Proclamation, Avatar Adi Da

openly Declared His Divine Nature with no compro-

mise. In making this Proclamation, Avatar Adi Da was

not referring to Himself in the terms that people com-

monly associate with the Divine, such as the “Creator-

God”, the “Heavenly Father”, or the “Atman” within.

He was confessing His Identity with Real God, the

Divine Source and Substance of existence, Conscious-

ness Itself, Self-Radiant and Love-Blissful. He Fully

Proclaimed That One as Fully Awake and Alive As His

Form, Presence, and State.

“Aham Da Asmi (I Am Da)” is the most extraordi-

nary statement ever made in human history. Through

this Proclamation, Avatar Adi Da Samraj Reveals Him-

self as the Living Divine Person. He Invites everyone to

a devotional relationship with Him, in His Infi nite and

Undying Love for every one, thus Off ering the Way by

which Absolute Oneness with Him may be Realized.

Avatar Adi Da speaks His Great Confession in the

ancient language of Sanskrit. His devotees have dis-

covered that the Name “Da”, meaning “to give”, is a

primordial Name for the Divine Person, and that it car-

ries profound invocatory power. The Name is revealed

in the Upanishads, the ancient esoteric scriptures of

India, in which “Da” is the syllable uttered by the Di-

vine Voice of thunder. It is also the central syllable of

“hri-da-yam”, which means “the Heart”, or “the Divine

Condition of all”. The Name “Da” also appears in the

Tibetan Buddhist tradition, meaning “the one who be-

stows great charity”, “the personifi cation of the great

Way of Liberation”.

In making this Confession, Adi Da Samraj is Reveal-

ing that He is the Unspeakable Divine Itself—Which

can be described as Reality, or Truth, or Real God. He is

the Divine not in some abstract or “distant” sense, but

Appearing here on Earth as Avatar—in a human Form,

by Which He can directly Communicate with, and di-

rectly Bless, living beings, eternally.

Avatar Adi Da’s Primal Divine Self-Confession “I

Am Da” directly conveys His Purpose in Incarnating on

Earth, which is to Give His Gift of Liberating Realization

to all who are moved to respond to Him in the ancient

devotional manner. As can be felt in His Addressing ev-

eryone as His “Beloved”, He Off ers His supremely pre-

cious Divine Gifts out of His overwhelming Love for all