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"You Have a Choice to Make"
It was early November, 1992 at Adi Da Samrajashram. We retreatants had heard that our beloved Guru was going to arrive at the beach of Joyful Submission (the retreatants' quarters) with His small boat, the Ngala-Gala. We run to the beach in joyful excitement.
We could hear the engine noise and could see the outline of the boat, and our Beloved Adi Da, distinctly silhouetted against the sky. We started shouting our praises to make Him feel how happy we were to see Him.
The boat arrived closer when suddenly, the engine stopped.
"Oh!", we all went.
The devotee piloting the boat tryied to restart the engine, but nothing happened.
"Oh no, no, no!" we all said in unison, well aware that any "problem" was only the sign of devotees' resistance to the Guru. We did not want to succumb to egoic resistances just now! So we all started shouting even louder, with energetic "counter-egoic" emphasis.
There seemed to be some commotion on the boat. We could see that Beloved Adi Da was moving as though to leave the boat, but one of His Ruchiradamas was pleading with Him. There are corals on the seabed, and they feared He might cut Himself.
Suddenly, He leapt overboard, into the water, which reached His chest. We all roared in unison! Our Beloved Adi Da was going to come to us, whatever the obstacles! We were running up and down the beach.
Beloved Adi Da reached high behind Him with His arm, and was handed His staff. He grabbed it with both hands and held it up above His head. Then He proceeded to march in the water like a Divine warrior. A roar came out of our throats! We were all jumping up and down, in ecstasy.
Adi Da came closer and closer, and we waded out into the water to welcome Him. . . We surrounded Him with our love.
At last, Beloved Adi Da stepped onto the beach, and the retreatants hit the sand in full prostration, a colourful carpet of bodily devotion. Adi Da absorbed it for a timeless moment, then strode on.
Up we all jumped and again started calling His Name and praising Him.
At this point, my mind kicked in.
"If I run up ahead, I can see Him from the front!" I thought to myself.
Without hesitation, I sprinted on ahead, then turned around to take in the colourful garland of devotees all around the Great One. . . what a marvelous sight!
But my mind piped in again. "Oh! Am I being greedy, trying to be clever here?!". I was stumped for a few seconds. Then: "nah! You know what? i am SO Happy I don't care!!". And as mind receded in the wake of the heart's upsurge, i saw Him looking at me. He had a definitely amused look on His Face....he had "heard" my thoughts!! And as is looked into His Face, the leftovers of my mind and awareness evaporated into bliss.
I do not recall Him leaving the beach. I was still kneeling in the sand where i had "dropped" when some of my friends came looking for me, to tell me He had left in His car a couple of minutes earlier.
That night Beloved called a gathering. When He walked into "Hymns to Me", His left foot was bandaged. To respond to our devotion He HAD cut Himself on the corals...
His was the First Sacrifice. Da!
What will you do? You have a choice to make, all of you together, regardless of race or religion. . . the entire human family. . . You are fully capable of choosing a different, more benign, destiny than the path you’ve set yourselves upon. It is up to you. . .
In the early morning hours of December 26, 2004 (Fiji time), about five hours before the enormous calamity in Southern Asia and East Africa [the massive Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami], Adi Da concluded a long night of discussions with devotees worldwide via live internet feed. just as He was about to leave the room in the early hours of that morning Adi Da softly whispered, almost to Himself, "Blessings on those who pass today." Then, like a breeze, He rose and left.
A few hours later news came of the great tsunami that deluged so much of the world's coastline, killing hundreds of thousands of people, and many millions of non-humans, across the globe.
The next night, Adi Da talked at length about the event that generated this tsunami. He referred to the story of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, together in a room one time. It's assumed that the felt differences between them were so fierce that a bookcase actually cracked!
A different sign of conflict came when Jung asked Freud what he made of parapsychology. Sigmund was a complete skeptic:
occult phenomena were to him a "black tide of mud". But as they were sitting talking, Jung's diaphragm began to feel hot. Suddenly, a bookcase in the room cracked
loudly and they both jumped up. "There, that is an example of a so-called catalytic exteriorisation phenomenon", Jung retorted — referring to his theory
that the uncanny could be projections of internal strife. "Bosh!" Freud retorted, before Jung predicted that there would be another crack, which there was.
Mark Vernon, "Carl Jung, part 2", The Guardian, June 6, 2011
Adi Da proposed that, although it may never be proven, it should nevertheless be considered that the forces that created the earthquake and resultant tsunami may actually have been brought about, or supported, by the collective negative forces active in the psyche of mankind as a whole. . . all of the human conflicts going on in the world, our competitiveness, tribal rivalries, and wars with one another, the wanton worldwide destruction and tension increasing day by day — might this be sufficient negative energy to actually fracture the earth, throwing the edge of an immense ocean up onto dry land?
He said, "There are oppositions, energies colliding, there is terrible energy in the world. It needn't be believed that it cracked the earth, but suspicion must be raised."
When asked how He knew in advance about the imminent tsunami, and was moved to Bless all those about to die or suffer that day, Adi Da replied that there was no way he could really describe His spiritual work. He went on to briefly explain various of His perceptual capacities that might be understood by people, then paused and waved His hand over those in the room and concluded, "I also just see it in the 'flow'." He talked with powerful, urgent compassion and love for humans and non-humans, for all who died in the tsunami, all who survived, and for everyone who will die in any case.
He was as passionate as ever in calling for human beings to embrace truth, love, compassion, forgiveness, peace and tolerance, for all men and women to be made serious by the event of our lives. . . to not be naive and foolish, to not assume insoluble differences with each other, and to allow and energetically support all who live to be Free — equally, truly, and at Heart.
He said over and over again that it is not enough to merely believe in God. We must all truly Realize God, or the Very Divine, as our actual Condition, beyond belief or doubt.
another piece by Stuart Camps, read Serving the Transition of Dying Animals.