Blessing Darshan of Avatar Adi Da Samraj
by Bill Gottlieb, editor Global
I wrote this article in July of 2005, while living near The Mountain
Of Attention Sanctuary of Adidam — where Avatar Adi Da Samraj
was in residence. I revised it in September of 2005 and again
in February of 2006.
blessed months while He was in residence, I received Avatara Da's
"Darshan" — the devotional sighting of His Divine Human Form —
dozens of times.
I was in
front of Him when the video footage and photographs that accompany
this article were taken. And so were hundreds of other formal
devotees of Avatara Da, people who have taken an "Eternal Vow"
of devotion to Him, and who practice His ego-surrendering, ego-forgetting,
ego-transcending Way, His Way of Divine Self-Realization, His
Way of Adidam.
And so were
hundreds of people who were not formal devotees, but who acknowledged
Avatara Da as a Divinely-Awake Spiritual Master.
had made a pilgrimage to The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary,
in northern California, to receive His Blessing Darshan while
He was in residence there. Many who recognized Him and responded
to Him during those months found that Avatar Adi Da's Darshan
changed their lives.
more than 30 years of Teaching and Blessing, Avatar Da has Granted
His Darshan almost exclusively to those who are His formal devotees.
He has always taught that His Darshan is truly useful for individuals
who practice The Way of Adidam: who approach Him in a disposition
of devotion and surrender, and who practice disciplines that prepare
the body and mind to receive His Liberating Transmission of Love-Bliss
and Conscious Light.
of the need of the world, during those months Avatar Adi Da Granted
His Blessing Darshan to respectful and grateful members of the
public who were not formal practitioners of the Way of Adidam.
- The criteria
for receiving Avatara Da's Darshan during that time were: Understanding
Avatar Adi Da to be a Divinely-Realized Spiritual Master
- Being a
serious religious or spiritual practitioner, of a balanced and
benign disposition, who gratefully and humbly wants and needs
to come into Avatar Adi Da's Divine Company for His Blessing
- Being open
to the possibility of cultivating an ongoing devotional and
Spiritual relationship with Him, by possibly coming under vow
in the Way of Adidam
And so, many
people who had been reading His Wisdom-Teaching . . . and who
were known in one of the regional communities of devotees found
throughout the world . . . and who had already participated in
events or retreats or seminars for the public . . . were invited
to participate in a weekend retreat at The Mountain Of Attention
Sanctuary in northern California.
On many occasions
during those retreats, an invitation was offered to receive Avatara
was not then and never can be guaranteed for anyone. Avatar Adi
Da is spontaneous and free. He lives without plan, responding
to every one and every thing, every where and every when. And
as the photos and video footage that accompany this article record,
the occasions of His Blessing-Darshan during that period were
particular opportunity is no longer available, Avatar Adi Da is
offering the opportunity of a spiritual relationship to Him at
all times. If you are moved by this possibility and are not already
known in one of the regional communities of the devotees of Avatar
Adi Da, I urge you to make that connection now.
As you begin
to participate, you can prepare for the living relationship to
Avatar Adi Da — in whatever form He Makes available for you in
any moment. Please contact devotees
in the region nearest you.
In love, and in service to Avatar Adi Da Samraj and His world-Blessing-Work,