I have no idea what dark red is saying, all I know is that it’s dark red and I want to use it.
I have no idea what dark red is saying, all I know is that it’s dark red and I want to use it.
We’re working on putting together a public nonduality gathering in the San Francisco area in October, 2009. It will be part conference, part event, part festival.
The focus of the conference portion will be nonduality and science. The arts and music will be included.
We are keeping it undiluted by new agey teachings and free of the domination by any particular teacher or teaching.
Right now we can’t make any promises other than to say we’re working on it and so far so good.
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Death of Adi Da – Adi Da Mahasamadhi
What follows is a series of announcements that are out of chronological order and reproduced as received from my informant.
It is the middle of the night here at Adi Da Samrajashram, devotees remain in what is now clearly the Mahasamadhi Vigil of Beloved Bhagavan Sapta Na Adi Da Samraj. The time of Beloved Bhagavan’s Divine Mahasamadhi is being placed at approximately 5:10 PM on Thursday, November 27th, 2008.
Everyone here has been shocked at how quickly the Mahasamadhi occurred. Bhagavan Adi Da was sitting in His Chair Working in Picture Perfect. Just a minute before, He had been Giving Instructions relative to His Divine Image Art. A few minutes before that, He had been speaking humorously and laughing. And then He silently fell over on His Side and within a very short period of no more than a couple of minutes, He had entered into His Mahasamadhi. Dr. Charles Seage and Dr. Andrew Dorfman diagnose that Beloved Bhagavan suffered a fatal heart attack. There were no signs of struggle, but a quick and painless transition.
Beloved Bhagavan had given no indications that He was going to be taking Mahasamadhi. Up until that point, He had been experiencing what seemed to be a normal day. He had been continuing His Divine Puja of preparing gifts for Danavira Mela earlier in the day, and had been in Picture Perfect for a good part of the day.
Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da’s Body is now sitting upright on His Bed in His Bedroom at Aham Da Asmi Sthan. He is draped in orange clothes.
The Ruchira Sannyasin Order and a few intimate devotees are sitting in the bedroom with Him. Devotees are also sitting on the veranda outside of His Room in silent meditative communion.
Beloved Bhagavan has previously Given Instructions that His Body is to be allowed to rest uninterferred with for a minimum of three days before it is taken to the Outshining “Brightness”, His Permanent Mahasamadhi resting place. The pre-burial Vigil may last longer, even for several weeks, if Beloved Bhagavan’s Body does not show signs of decay.
Ruchiradama Quandra Sukhapur has invited all to come to Naitauba during this time. Everyone is invited. All four congregations of devotees. And anyone else who wishes to come who will be rightly related to making this pilgrimage. This has all happened so quickly that we have not yet figured out how the practical details will be managed. But anyone who is moved to come to Naitauba to participate in Beloved Bhagavan’s Mahasamadhi Vigil should begin to consider their practical arrangements to make the pilgrimage.
As mentioned, there is no way to know exactly how long it will be before Beloved Bhagavan’s Divine Bodily Human Form will be Sacredly Interned at the Outshining “Brightness”. If the pre-burial Vigil only lasts the minimum period of three days, Beloved Bhagavan’s Divine Bodily Human Form could be Installed at the Outshining “Brightness” as early as late Sunday. So all who wish to be here for this Sacred Ceremony should begin to make immediate plans for the journey.
This is a very difficult time for all devotees and friends of Adi Da Samraj. Adi Da has always told us that His Mahasamadhi would be the time when He would most fully enter into His Divine Translation. He has said that it would be for Him a Divine Outshining of this Realm altogether. And He has also told us, that it would unleash a further Siddhi of His Divine Blessing. This is already being felt by devotees here at Adi Da Samrajashram. So even though this is one of the most difficult times that all devotees will ever experience, in terms of the Mahasamadhi of our Beloved Divine Master, it will also best also be a time in which we remain focused in our Divine whole bodily turning to Beloved Bhagavan. It feels here that somehow He is “holding up” all of His devotees to go through this moment with equanimity and continued reception of His Divine Blessing.
(From James Steinberg at Adi Da Samrajashram)
Om Sri Parama-Sapta-Na Adi Da Love-Ananda Hridayam
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 11:37:39 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Fwd: Adi Da Samraj Health Situation
Dear Fellow Devotees,
Praise to Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj.
At this moment Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj is experiencing an extreme medical crisis. We do not know the full extent of what is happening with His Divine Bodily Human Form. However, this crisis is an extreme one in which He has Swooned out of His Body. This has occurred to the extent that He has not had a heart-beat or pulse, for nearly an hour’s time. Medical procedures are not reviving Him.
Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da has in the past Approved a medical protocol relative to such a circumstance. He has made it plain that nothing should be done to interfere with His Bodily Human Form for an extended period of time, a minimum of three full days. This is because He may always and at any point resume ordinary Consciousness and Life. However, at this moment, He is not animating the body at all.
He was working in Picture Perfect at the Matrix, at Adi Da Samrajashram. It appeared to be a normal day, and He had been with the healers last night and was doing very well physically. He has actually been stronger and in better health over the past few weeks. Therefore it was a surprise when He simply collapsed, while working on His Divine Avataric Image Art.
As devotees know, Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj is a Divine Yogi. There is a long history of such beings having very unconventional “death events” or moments in their lives. We have seen this in Beloved Bhagavan’s Case in many circumstances in the past–the Ruchira Dham or Lopez Island Event, and the Divine Emergence, as merely two of them. Certainly it is the hope of this moment, as we write, that Beloved Bhagavan will Re-Enter His Body and begin a new Phase of His Work. It is our hope and intention that He will Re-Animate the Body and wake up.
Here at Adi Da Samrajashram we are all invoking and praying for Adi Da Samraj to resume His Bodily Functioning. Ruchiradama Quandra Sukhapur Rani has repeated to us, that His Motive in Returning to the Body will be devotees’ heart-need and calling. All devotees are asked at this moment to engage in a Vigil of Prayer and Invocation of Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da, and a Calling to Him to Stay here with us.
In the history of the Great Tradition, there have been many great Yogic Realizers who have dropped out of their bodies for an extended period of time, without heartbeat or pulse, and later Spiritual Revived. This was the case with Swami Nityananda in the 1920s. He left the body for many hours and was believed by many to have died. Upon returning, he declared that his work was simply not done. Also Shirdi Sai Baba left his body for a full three days in the 1880s, and upon returning there was a dramatic change in the fullness and potency of his work. Examples like this are numerous. And Adi Da Samraj is the Greatest of Master Yogis. Therefore we call upon devotees to invoke and call upon Adi Da Samraj with our full heart-need for His Continued Presence amongst us in Bodily Human Divine Form.
At this moment, Adi Da Samraj remains lying in horizontal position at Picture Perfect. The devotees here are gathered around the building, doing Vigil and calling upon Him to remain with us, with full heart need. Drs. Charles Seage and Andrew Dorfman are with Beloved Bhagavan, as well as the Ruchiradamas, and many devotees to assist in tending to Adi Da Samraj.
One recommended action you can take, is to go into your Communion Hall and invoke Beloved Bhagavan down into His Divine Body, through waving of lights, chanting, recitations, the Devotional Prayer of Changes, or simply heartfelt invocation and communion with Him.
We will continue to inform and update you as the evening progresses.
Om Sri Parama Sapta Adi Da Love-Ananda Hridayam
Subject: Update on Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj
To: All 1C / 2C Devotees ~
At 8 pm Fiji time, Lesley Huber, speaking on behalf of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order Authority Office, made the following communication:
“At approximately 5:10 pm Fiji time, while working with His Divine Image Art in Picture Perfect, it appears that Bhagavan Adi Da suffered a massive heart attack, and since that time has shown no heartbeat or pulse. At this time, 8 pm, medical intervention has been suspended in respect for the Divine Yogic Integrity of the Master’s Body.
Masters choose their time of relinquishing the body, and saints and realizers have returned after extended periods without apparent life signs.
At this point, all devotees should understand that this is a Divine Yogic matter, and participate accordingly. Devotees in Hermitage are in a deep Vigil in and around Picture Perfect, and it is essential that devotees worldwide likewise enter into a Vigil in their own places of Communion and Worship. We encourage devotees to gather, wherever possible, in the Empowered Halls of the gathering, and stay connected.”
We will continue to send further updates as they become available.
Om Sri Parama-Sapta-Na Adi Da, Love-Ananda Hridayam
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2008 12:55 AM
Subject: Fwd: Further update
Update on Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da’s Condition
Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj’s Bodily Human Divine Form is now lying on His Bed in His Bedroom at Aham Da Asmi Sthan at the Matrix.
His Bodily Human Form was carried on a stretcher in silent procession from Picture Perfect to Aham Da Asmi Sthan. Beloved Bhagavan was covered with a sannyasin orange shawl during this time.
A number of devotees are now in the Bedroom with Adi Da Samraj keeping Vigil with lit deepa lamps. The rest of the Adi Da Samrajashram devotees are keeping Vigil outside on the veranda in front of the Darshan swing.
Please continue to invoke and call Adi Da Samraj to Reanimate His Divine Bodily Human Form for the sake of each of us and for the entire world.
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Are you wondering about reincarnation and its place in the teaching of nonduality?
The teaching of Advaita Vedanta — also known simply as Advaita — is part of Hindu tradition. Advaita addresses your questions of karma and reincarnation. Dvaita means duality, and the ‘A’ prefix confers the ‘non’ portion. Advaita = Nonduality.
Advaita means nonduality, and nonduality means ‘not two.’ While things, events, phenomena appear to be separate, in reality there are not two — not separate — things.
Advaita is a tradition which takes the student through steps of knowledge leading to the full recognition of reality as nondual. Neither Advaita nor Buddhism nor other teachings in their advanced forms talk about reincarnation or soul development. Those experiences are not more special than other experiences. However, if questions about reincarnation are important to you, they need to be addressed.
In Advaita, one of the steps on the way to nondual understanding is the teaching of karma, free will, and reincarnation. This step is not the ultimate teaching of Advaita. The ultimate teaching is that there is only reality, God, Christ, Truth, The Eternal Self, The Kingdom of God, Oneness, or whatever you wish to call it.
It’s important to have a sense of the ultimate teaching while investigating your urgent questions, such as reincarnation.
One way of keeping the ultimate teaching present, is to resort to a metaphor.
View burning questions and intense emotions as the rising of waves in the ocean. Any wave can be tremendously awesome, hugely violent, or small and calmly gentle. Yet no wave is separate from the great, vast ocean. The ocean is the nondual self, the eternal Self, the real you. While Advaita teaches about the qualities of waves, the ultimate teaching is about the ocean itself.
I suggest that Advaita is the best context in which to pursue questions about reincarnation for one who senses nondual reality. If you wish to look into Advaita, begin at this page on Dennis Waite’s site. Also, Dennis’s books are the best guides to Advaita. In Back To The Truth he speaks specifically about reincarnation.
Chuck Hillig’s classic, Enlightenment for Beginners, brings reincarnation into the view of nondual reality. Chuck is a devotee of Ramana Maharshi, who is mentioned below.
Finally, note that the very same teacher of Advaita (or nonduality) will one moment explain reincarnation in detail and at the next moment deny there is such a thing as reincarnation.
Do not let the apparent contradiction confuse you. Do not be offended or insulted by any response. The teacher is speaking to different needs of different people. He is giving the answer that would best serve the specific student. Simply hone in on the response that is right for you and don’t worry about the rest, for now.
For example, look at this teaching from one of the great sages of Advaita, Ramana Maharshi.
Advaita requires that one know the source of questions about reincarnation. Until one is ready to approach that knowledge, and in order to stimulate curiosity about that knowledge, careful answers about reincarnation are given. So are answers given to questions about karma, free will, desire, creation, purpose, happiness, and the world in general.
Advaita is a full path to full knowledge of the Self.
Neo-Advaita? Well, that’s another story. Neo-Advaita is the confession, claim, report, or description of existence and reality from the point of view of one who has attained full knowledge of the Self. Some people are in such a disposition that they can hear one of these confessions and awaken to the full knowledge of Self. But many cannot. For those who cannot, the path of Advaita is available.