Adi Da > Dennis Regan
His Blessing Intrusion
Regan lives in Sydney, Australia and has been a devotee
of Adi Da since 1984.
childhood, I have been driven to know what is going on here. .
. Where is the Truth? What is our purpose?
In my late teens, I considered entering Catholic seminary. I
finally chose science as a way of knowing, and engineering as
a way of making a living and making life better.
I obtained a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a
Ph.D in biotechnology from the University of New South Wales and
conducted post-doctoral research at University College London
before joining the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation (CSIRO) in Melbourne.
One paper that I co-authored (Regan DL, Gartside G, 1983, "Liquid
Fuels from Microalgae", CSIRO, Melbourne) caught
the attention of the mainstream media in early 1984. And one
entrepreneur who read the article was unusual in his urgency to
meet me, demanding that we meet that day. It was a kind of intrusion
that I found unusual, so I agreed to meet him that night at a
We talked about the technical stuff, and then he suddenly paused
and said: "Have you ever heard of Da
Free John? He's the Real Thing."
I had not heard of him. I thought his name sounded ridiculous,
and I was not interested in gurus.
I already had chosen my path of knowledge and it was scientific
I didn't forget that name. A few months later, while browsing
in a Melbourne bookstore, a book by "Da Free John" with
an equally mind-boggling title, Scientific
Proof of the Existence of God Will Soon Be Announced by the White
House!, fell into my lap.
It was a strange coincidence. So I bought the book and took it
home. I left it unopened on my coffee table for months, until
the first Tuesday in November, 1984, Melbourne Cup Day, a public
holiday in Victoria.
I opened the book, randomly, at some place in the middle. I read
a few lines.
Everything went Bright. There was no doubt. This was the Truth.
It was not a matter of knowledge or intellect; it was a Revelation.
Da Free John — Adi Da — was the Truth, Love-Bliss,
Conscious-Light. He was the Real Thing.
I had been found by Him.
I had come home.
I put on my coat. I caught the tram to the Adidam Centre in Russell
Street, only to be confronted by a fire that had been lit by kids
at the doorway as a bit of holiday mischief. Undaunted, I walked
in and was met by Glen Johannes, a devotee who had been sent to
Australia by Adi Da to welcome His devotees here.
I was 38 years of age. On the spot, Adi Da became my Ishta, my
chosen Guru, my Heart-Master, the Giver of Happiness, Da.
I resigned from the CSIRO. I abandoned scientific materialism
as my way of knowing.
I began to study the Way that Adi Da Teaches, and began to understand
and realise What had been paradoxically Revealed in a moment,
upon opening His book. That process of understanding and realisation
continues to this day — many years later.
Thank You, Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da, for Your Blessing Intrusion
in my life.
I did not find You. You found me.