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    Featured Introductory EventsSeptember 21, 2018: We just added new Conscious Light screenings around the world to our Featured Introductory Events page for September, 2018 and later.    
         
    September 18, 2018: We have added 3 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

Pulapka doswiadczeniavideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] W tym fragmencie dyskursu z wrzesnia 2004 r. Awatar Adi Da odnosi sie do faktu, ze ludzie cenia dobre doswiadczenia i unikaja zlych. Adi Da ujawnia - co zaskakuje wielu - ze kazde doswiadczenie jest z natury wiazace. Pozytywne lub negatywne - nie robi zadnej róznicy! Idac dalej, podaje równiez konkretne opisy tego, co musi zostac odkryte w obu przypadkach:
• Pozytywne: "Musisz rozpoznac twoje cierpienie nawet w pozornej przyjemnosci."
• Negatywne: "Musisz znalezc twoja wolnosc, nawet w bólu i widocznym cierpieniu."
In "Pulapka doswiadczenia" ("The Trap of Experience"), a video excerpt from an Avataric Discourse given on September 1, 2004, Adi Da addresses the fact that people tend to value good experiences and shun the bad ones. Adi Da reveals that all experience — positive or negative — is inherently binding (which may come as a surprise to many).

 

Pulapka doswiadczenia

     

Nie jestes w stanie spelnic wszystkich oczekiwanvideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Uczen Adi Da, który jest Indianinem i który sluzy w Adi Da Aszramie na Fidzi, omawia próbe pogodzenia jego zobowiazan kulturowych i rodzinnych w Indiach, z pragnieniem sluzenia i praktykowania jako uczen Adi Da. Adi Da odpowiada na jego pytanie ze wspólczuciem, humorem i uznaniem silnych wymagan kultury, z której pochodzi Jego uczen. Adi Da równiez wskazuje na to, ze decyzja, która on sam musi podjac, zalezy od tego, do czego zmierza w swoim zyciu. "Nie jestes w stanie spelnic wszystkich oczekiwan" ("You Cannot Satisfy Everyone's Expectations") is a video excerpt from an Avataric Discourse given by Adi Da Samraj on July 7, 2005, in Land Bridge Pavilion at The Mountain Of Attention. In this excerpt, Adi Da responds to a devotee from India who asks for Adi Da's guidance on how to reconcile his traditional family obligations with his impulse to serve His Spiritual Master. This talk is from the first occasion in many years in which Avatar Adi Da spoke directly to a gathering of His devotees in California. Questions from devotees about intimate, familial, and social issues are met with Avatar Adi Da's Compassion and Humor, as well as His Liberating Wisdom.

 

Nie jestes w stanie spelnic wszystkich oczekiwan

     

Pozytywne rozczarowanievideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] W tym fragmencie nigdy wczesniej nieopublikowanego dyskursu Adi Da mówi o koniecznosci rozczarowania sie zyciem smiertelnika w pozytywnym sensie. Pozytywne rozczarowanie pojawia sie, kiedy zaczynasz rozumiec i rezygnujesz ze stresujacych i ostatecznie daremnych poszukiwan osobistego przetrwania, ziemskiego szczescia i ostatecznego spelnienia w zyciu. Tylko wtedy moze pojawic sie ponowne „poznawanie” i ekstatyczny udzial w Rzeczywistosci, i w relacjach z Prawdziwym Urzeczywistnionym. In "Pozytywne rozczarowanie" ("Positive Disillusionment"), a video excerpt from an Avataric Discourse, Adi Da speaks about the necessity to become disillusioned with mortal life in a positive sense. Positive disillusionment is emerging when one begins to understand and relinquish the stressful and ultimately futile search for personal survival, worldly happiness, and ultimate life fulfillment. Only then can one be drawn into recognizing, learning about, and ecstatically participating in Reality Itself, in relationship to a True Realizer.

 

Pozytywne rozczarowanie

   
         
    September 12, 2018: We have added 4 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

Sydämen muuttumattoman Tuntemuksen ja Nautinnon  

Sydämen muuttumattoman Tuntemuksen ja Nautinnonvideo— [Contains Finnish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Adi Dan väkevä kehoitus ymmärtämykseen ja elämän ja kuoleman kehän ylitykseen "Sydämen muuttumattoman Tuntemuksen ja Nautinnon" kautta. Adi Da recites "Sydämen muuttumattoman Tuntemuksen ja Nautinnon" ("The Heart of Understanding"), the Prologue to His autobiography, The Knee Of Listening. "The Heart of Understanding" also is the Prologue to His book, Easy Death. The recitation is accompanied by photos of Adi Da. "The Heart of Understanding" is extraordinarily good news: death itself can be transcended! The death of the body-mind is not a problem, and is utterly acceptable, if one realizes and stands as Consciousness Itself, in which all mortal forms and limited worlds are arising. In the final words of "The Heart of Understanding", Adi Da reveals that He is That: Consciousness Itself. Because this is so, He transmits that Revelation to all beings, and provides (and is) the means whereby all of us finally can be free of mortality and the mortal vision.

     
The Relationship To The Guru Is The Constant In Life  

The Relationship To The Guru Is The Constant In Lifevideo— This video clip is an excerpt from the DVD, The Relationship To The Guru Is The Constant In Life. By tendency, people are bound to the natural cycle of ups and downs. Neither bodily pleasures nor spiritual pursuits result in True Freedom from this constant phasing. One path merely accentuates the descending (or bodily) experiences and the other, the ascending (or subtle) experiences. In this Discourse, Avatar Adi Da reveals with absolute clarity how the relationship with the Guru gives freedom from this trap—because the Guru is the Manifestation of the Condition that is Prior to this mechanical cycling, not part of it.

     
Jak sluzyc umierajacej osobie  

L Jak sluzyc umierajacej osobievideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] W tej rozmowie Adi Da odpowiada na pytanie studentki, która pyta o to jak sluzyc swojej umierajacej matce. "Jak sluzyc umierajacej osobie" ("How To Serve a Dying Person") is an excerpt from a talk given by Adi Da in Land Bridge Pavilion at The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary, on May 31, 1980. In this discourse, a student of Adi Da asks Him for suggestions to help her dying mother. Adi Da then responds both with compassion and also with very practical advice on how to serve the dying.

     
La Función de la Literatura Espiritual de Adi Da Samraj  

La Función de la Literatura Espiritual de Adi Da Samrajvideo— [Contains Spanish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Leela acerca de la función de la literatura espiritual de Adi Da Samraj por Jonathan Condit y Megan Anderson - Editores de la Prensa Dawn Horse. This video clip, "La Función de la Literatura Espiritual de Adi Da Samraj" ("The Function of Adi Da Samraj's Spiritual Literature") includes: Commentary from Jonathan Condit (at 0:00) — Jonathan Condit was Adi Da's senior editorial assistant, and is Senior Editor for the Adidam Editorial Department; Excerpt from an Avataric Discourse by Adi Da (at 5:35) — The Discourse is "My Teaching is a Direct Transmission of Me", from October 28, 2005; Commentary from Megan Anderson (at 12:44) — Megan Anderson is an editor in the Adidam Editorial Department.

   
         
    Conductivity HealingSeptember 12, 2018: We added to our Books of Adidam section a new book, Conductivity Healing. About the book: Straightforward and practical guidance on how to understand and practice energy healing. Avatar Adi Da Samraj offers simple practices that support well-being by feeling and breathing and circulating etheric energy—in one’s own case and also for others, through forms of healing touch.    
         
    Featured Introductory EventsSeptember 10, 2018: We just added many new Conscious Light screenings around the world to our Featured Introductory Events page for September, 2018 and later.    
         
    Featured Introductory EventsSeptember 1, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for Featured Introductory Events for September, 2018 and later. Introductory presentations on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Learn about His core teaching on the nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings. Hear stories and testimonials from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.    
         
    Open Eyes NewsletterSeptember 1, 2018: We have added a new quarterly newsletter to our Open Eyes Newsletter Archive.    
         
    Laughing Man Institute CoursesAugust 31, 2018: We added a new course, Listen To My Testament of Divine Secrets, to our page of current course offerings from The Laughing Man Institute.    
         
   

August 26, 2018: We have added 12 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

La Oración Universal  

La Oración Universalvideo— [Contains Spanish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] La cantante y compositora Jacqueline Clemons canta "La Oración Universal", una oración por la paz escrita por Adi Da Samraj. Música de Nick Milo y Jacqueline Clemons. Composed by Jacqueline Clemons and Nick Milo, and sung by Jacqueline Clemons, this soulful rendition of Adi Da's prayer for world peace, "The Universal World-Prayer", was sung many times at The Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town, South Africa, in December, 1999.

     
Techniki medytacji nie usuwaja leku  

Techniki medytacji nie usuwaja lekuvideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Awatar Adi Da ponownie analizuje powierzchowne podejscie do zycia i medytacji; ponownie oswietla zródlo strachu jako samo-ograniczenie, które tworzy oddzielne zycie. Zadna technika nie cofa strachu, tylko radykalne samozrozumienie i radykalna odpowiedzialnosc usuwa zródlo i substancje leku i separacji. "Techniki medytacji nie usuwaja leku" ("Meditation Techniques Do Not Touch Fear") is an excerpt from the Avataric Discourse of August 23, 2004 at Adi Da Samrajashram.

     
El Corazón del Entendimiento  

El Corazón del Entendimientovideo— [Contains Spanish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Adi Da recites "El Corazón del Entendimiento" ("The Heart of Understanding"), the Prologue to His autobiography, The Knee Of Listening. "The Heart of Understanding" also is the Prologue to His book, Easy Death. The recitation is accompanied by photos of Adi Da. "The Heart of Understanding" is extraordinarily good news: death itself can be transcended! The death of the body-mind is not a problem, and is utterly acceptable, if one realizes and stands as Consciousness Itself, in which all mortal forms and limited worlds are arising.

     
Zbliz sie do Mnie sercem  

Zbliz sie do Mnie sercemvideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Zabawna rozmowa Adi Da Samraj ze studentami o milosci, seksie i barierach emocjonalnych oraz naszej ludzkiej skromnosci i zaklopotaniu. In this clip, "Zbliz sie do Mnie sercem" ("Approach Me from the Heart"), Adi Da speaks to devotees in the Manner Of Flowers (at the Mountain Of Attention), during the "Love of the God-Man" Celebration on March 8, 1984. Adi Da talks about praise speech, ecstasy, and Satsang.

     
La Relación con Adi Da Samraj Después De Su Vida  

La Relación con Adi Da Samraj Después De Su Vidavideo— [Contains Spanish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] This video begins with longtime devotee, Anthony Costabile, describing how the relationship to Adi Da is manifesting after the end of Adi Da's human lifetime. Then at 2:29, Adi Da also speaks on this subject. This is an excerpt from a talk He gave on April 16, 1995, "Love is How I Got To Here". You can read a transcript of much more of this talk here. The talk is also available as a CD here. At 6:43, another longtime devotee, Dennis Coccaro, talks about the direct relationship to Adi Da after His lifetime.

     
Smierc jest ofiara w Bogu  

Smierc jest ofiara w Boguvideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] W tej rozmowie z 12 pazdziernika 2004 r. Awatar Adi Da odnosi sie do nieuchronnosci smierci i zycia w którym celem jest transcendencja smierci. In this excerpt, "Smierc jest ofiara w Bogu" ("Death is a Sacrifice in God"), from an Avataric Discourse from October 12, 2004, at Adi Da Samrajashram, Adi Da addresses the inevitability of death, the life of profound purpose that outshines mortality, and how living life as a sacrifice in the Divine is the key to the death process.

     
La Gracia del Sufrimiento  

La Gracia del Sufrimientovideo— [Contains Spanish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Un discurso de Avatar Adi Da Samraj "La Gracia del Sufrimiento", Enero, 1976. In this seminal discourse (at the Mountain Of Attention), from the early years of His Teaching Work, Adi Da speaks about the inevitable process of self-revelation and self-understanding that prepares the being for true Spiritual life.

     
Le creazioni di Adi Da che saranno esposte al Museo del Bargello a Firenze  

Le creazioni di Adi Da che saranno esposte al Museo del Bargello a Firenzevideo— [Contains Italian subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Per la prima volta in 150 anni di storia, il famoso Museo del Bargello ospita la mostra in solitario di un artista contemporaneo nato negli Stati Uniti: Adi Da Samraj. Adi Da Samraj creating the Orpheus One and Linead One suites. Accompanied by Adi Da talking about His Image-Art. Edited by Carmen Morrow.

     
Cos'č il Cultismo?  

Cos'č il Cultismo?video— [Contains Italian subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Adi Da critica il cultismo in genere e in particolare quello religioso. Questo discorso, che risale al 1978, č uno dei ricorsi sullo stesso tema che si sono susseguiti negli anni. Adi Da criticized religious cultism, long before the subject gained any popular attention. (For an audio clip of His earliest criticisms — in June, 1972 — click here.) This discourse, "Cos'č il Cultismo?" ("What Is Cultism?"), given in 1978 at The Mountain Of Attention, is one of His summary addresses on the subject. Adi Da observes that the primary characteristic of a cult member is shared enthusiasm (like enjoying the energy of the crowd at a football game). For example, in "the cult of the Spiritual Master", everybody is enjoying the enthusiasm (their own and each other's) associated with having "found" the great Master; but no one is actually engaged in significant deepening of the devotional and spiritual relationship with the Master, and practicing on that basis — hence no Spiritual growth or Realization occurs.

     
Ai Piedi del Maestro Spirituale  

Ai Piedi del Maestro Spiritualevideo— [Contains Italian subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Gerald Sheinfeld, un devoto di Avatar Adi Da sin dai primi anni 70, ci racconta la magnifica storia dell'incontro col suo Maestro, Adi Da Samraj, e del suo immediato riconoscere in Adi Da la singolaritŕ del Suo stato di Felicitŕ e Liberazione. Gerald parla anche del modo in cui il riconoscere Adi Da risvegli implicitamente il nostro stesso stato di Unitŕ-a-priori. Gerald Sheinfeld, a devotee of Avatar Adi Da since the early 1970's, tells a wonderful story about how he found his Guru, Adi Da Samraj and his immediate recognition of Adi Da's unique state of Freedom, Happiness, and Liberation. Gerald speaks about how that recognition of Adi Da has the capacity to awaken others to that state of Prior Unity.

     
Yleinen Maailmanrukous  

Yleinen Maailmanrukousvideo— [Contains Finnish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Laulaja ja muusikko, Jacqueline Clemons, esittää "Yleisen Maailmanrukouksen", Adi Da Samrajin kirjoittaman rauhanrukouksen. Nick Milon ja Jacqueline Clemonsin sävellys. Composed by Jacqueline Clemons and Nick Milo, and sung by Jacqueline Clemons, this soulful rendition of Adi Da's prayer for world peace, "The Universal World-Prayer", was sung many times at The Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town, South Africa, in December, 1999. The song accompanies a slideshow of pictures of Adi Da.

     
Sinä Et Ajattele  

Sinä Et Ajattelevideo— [Contains Finnish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Ote keskustelusta, joka tapahtui 10. lokakuuta 2004. Adi Da Samraj selittää, miten kaikki olennot ja asiat, jotka oletamme olevan itsenäistä olemassaoloa ovat itse asiassa vain ilmestyksiä, jotka ilmenevät yhdessä, kaikenkattavassa Tietoisuudessa, ja ovat yhteisen, allaolevan Jumalaisen Todellisuuden muunnoksia. Avatar Adi Da huomio, että myös ajattelumme on osa tätä ilmestystä. Hän sanoo, että jopa ajatukset ovat vain toimintaa, joka illmenee Tietoisuudessa, ja jos todella tutkisimme tätä toimintaa, huomaisimme, että emme tuota ajattelemisen prosessia. This video excerpt, "Sinä Et Ajattele" ("You Do Not Think") is from an Avataric Discourse given by Avatar Adi Da on October 10, 2004, on Adi Da Samrajashram.

 

   
         
    August 21, 2018: We added to this month's page of featured introductory events many premier screenings around the world of the new, award-winning documentary film, Conscious Light.    
         
   

August 17, 2018: The Adi Da Up Close site has just passed a major milestone in helping to make Avatar Adi Da and Adidam globally accessible: our Audio/Video Library now contains 100 non-English video clips, in 9 different language video channels:

You can access these videos through the individual language channel links given above, or by going to the Audio/Video Library main page and selecting a channel from the language menu.

The bulk of the credit for this work (mostly in the form of subtitles) goes to the Adidam Translation Guild (with additional help on the Portuguese videos from the Source Temple in Brazil). A huge THANK YOU! to all these dedicated devotees who brought (and continue to bring) their language skills to the great task of making Avatar Adi Da available to increasingly more of the seven billion people on this planet. (Thanks to David Rosen for choosing many of the clips to be translated.)

   
         
    August 10, 2018: We have added 6 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

Is an ant an ego?  

Is an ant an ego?video— In this humorous and profoundly insightful Avataric Discourse (given by Adi Da on October 20, 2004 at Adi Da Samrajashram), Adi Da considers the difference between self-consciousness and egoity, referring to both humans and non-humans (including dogs, ants, and trees).

     
La Unidad de la Humanidad  

La Unidad de la Humanidadvideo— [Contains Spanish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Un extracto del Discurso de Avatar Adi Da Samraj. "La Unidad de la Humanidad" ("The Unity of Humankind") is an excerpt from the Avataric Discourse of August 22, 2004. Adi Da describes how humankind is a single family, a single species in "diaspora" — dispersed across the earth as the result of migrations from a single point of origin (in Africa) thousands of years ago. Making much of superficial differences due to race, nation, religion, language, tribe, political system, etc. obscures this more fundamental, deeper reality of the unity of humankind. For the sake of everyone's survival, humankind must begin to live on the basis of its unity, and establish a global cooperative order that includes and serves everyone.

     
Ty nie myslisz  

Ty nie mysliszvideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] W tym wykladzie z 10 pazdziernika 2004 r. Adi Da Samraj wyjasnia, w jaki sposób wszystkie istoty i rzeczy, o których z przyzwyczajenia zakladamy, ze sa niezaleznymi i oddzielnymi bytami, sa w rzeczywistosci tylko przejawem modyfikacji powstajacych w jednej, uniwersalnej Swiadomosci i sa modyfikacjami jednej, niepodzielnej Boskiej Rzeczywistosc. Avatar Adi Da zauwaza, ze nawet nasz proces myslenia jest przejawem tego procesu. Mówi, ze same mysli sa tylko dzialaniem powstajacym w Swiadomosci, i gdybysmy naprawde zbadali te aktywnosc, zauwazylibysmy, ze NIE generujemy procesu myslenia. This video excerpt, "Ty nie myslisz" ("You Do Not Think") is from an Avataric Discourse given by Avatar Adi Da on October 10, 2004, on Adi Da Samrajashram.

     
L'Essenza nella Via di Adidam  

L'Essenza nella Via di Adidamvideo— [Contains Italian subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Adi Da spiega il perché religioni convenzionali e avvicinamenti spirituali non riescono a Realizzare pienamente il Divino. "L'Essenza nella Via di Adidam" ("The Essence of the Way of Adidam") is an excerpt from an Avataric Discourse given by Adi Da at Adi Da Samrajashram on April 12, 2004. Adi Da describes why conventional religious and spiritual approaches fail to fully realize the Divine. He then summarizes, in a simple way, the practice He offers: the Reality-Way of Adidam.

     
Nutzt Euer Leben  

Nutzt Euer Lebenvideo— [Contains German subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] In this talk, "Nutzt Euer Leben" ("Use Your Life") from 1988, Adi Da discusses death, and how, through consideration, we can (and should) very readily come to the certainty that we survive death. Given that certainty, we then should practice not merely for the sake of improving one's circumstance while alive, but in the context of Eternity, relative to the Great Matter in God: the Realization of the Divine.

     
Lila de James Steinberg  

Lila de James Steinbergvideo— [Contains French subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] James Steinberg, un dévot de longue date d'Adi Da, raconte comment il est venu ŕ Lui. Excerpt from First Evening: Track 4 on the DVD, A Tribute to the Life and Work of His Divine Presence, Adi Da Samraj. More than 7 hours long, this Tribute DVD was filmed on the occasion of the first Anniversary of Adi Da's Divine Mahasamadhi, when devotees, family, and friends of Adi Da Samraj gathered at Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji (Adi Da's principal Hermitage), to acknowledge Adi Da as the Divine in human form, to praise His Greatness, and to express their heart-felt gratitude for the Blessings they have received from Him.

   
         
    Featured Introductory EventsAugust 1, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for Featured Introductory Events August, 2018 (and later). Introductory presentations on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Learn about His core teaching on the nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings. Hear stories and testimonials from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.    
         
    Celebration at the Mountain Of AttentionJune 18, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for the Celebration of Da Purnima in Sydney, Australia. Come join devotees for the Celebration of Da Purnima on July 29, 2018 (Sunday) in East Lindfield on the north shore of Sydney Harbour.    
         
    July 9, 2018: We have added 11 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

La Nature de la Souffrance Humainevideo— [Contains French subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] La Nature de la Souffrance Humaine ("The Nature of Human Suffering") is an excerpt from the video presentation, "Reality, Truth, and Conscious Light". Darshan of Avatar Adi Da begins at 2:34.

 

La Nature de la Souffrance Humaine

     

Growing Up as a Devotee of Adi Da: Megan Andersonvideo— Devotee Megan Anderson, who grew up in the Company of Adi Da, offers this testimonial to His life and work. She also describes how she was encouraged by Adi Da to take up her service to Him as one of the key editors of His Word, and how He personally guided her growth into human maturity. Excerpt from Second Evening: Track 7 on the DVD, A Tribute to the Life and Work of His Divine Presence, Adi Da Samraj. More than 7 hours long, this Tribute DVD was filmed on the occasion of the first Anniversary of Adi Da's Divine Mahasamadhi, when devotees, family, and friends of Adi Da Samraj gathered at Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji (Adi Da's principal Hermitage), to acknowledge Adi Da as the Divine in human form, to praise His Greatness, and to express their heart-felt gratitude for the Blessings they have received from Him.

 

Growing Up as a Devotee of Adi Da: Megan Anderson

     

Sacred Sighting: August 14, 2008video— Sacred Sighting of Adi Da Samraj on August 14, 2008, on Adi Da Samrajashram.

 

Sacred Sighting: August 14, 2008

     

This Place Is Not a Utopiavideo— Excerpt from an Avataric Discourse given by Adi Da Samraj on October 6, 2005, at the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary. ADI DA: "I find people's sorrows and losses to be heartbreaking and terrible and an immense burden and I am sympathetic and bless people in their trouble. However you must understand that is the nature of this place. This is not utopia, it is not paradise. It is a place of death, endings, suffering, brief amusements. It is not enough and merely to react to your difficulties for overlong and try to make an entire life out of it is fruitless. You do have to move on beyond that reaction to any moments suffering and loss. You must know the place you’re in and live in accordance with that knowledge instead of being sympathetic with some false view of the world or self or trying to idealize some aspect of potential experience, indulging in what amounts to addictions, repetitions of experiences, in order to avoid the knowledge of what is inherent in life, as well as all the hell that is coming on earth and is here. You will not be fulfilled.”

 

This Place Is Not a Utopia

     

L'Enfance d'Adi Davideo— [Contains French subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] A brief video clip about Adi Da as a young child, including Adi Da's Own commentary.

 

L'Enfance d'Adi Da

     

Mitä Tapahtuu Kuoleman Jälkeenvideo— [Contains Finnish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Tässä erittäin raitistavassa puheessa Adi Da käsittelee sitä tosiasiaa, että se, mihin huomiosi kohdistuu eläessäsi muokkaa huomiotasi ja kohtaloasi elämän jälkeen. Mitä Tapahtuu Kuoleman Jälkeen ("What happens after death") is published as "After Death, Mind Makes You", in the book, Easy Death. In this sobering discourse, Adi Da speaks of the condition after death in which mind determines one's circumstance, without the limitations of the body, brain and unconsciousness. He addresses the fact that where one's attention is fixed during life affects attention and destiny after life. He recommends that devotees direct their attention to sadhana so that the purification process gives one wisdom that frees one from karmic limitations.

 

Mitä Tapahtuu Kuoleman Jälkeen

     

One More Monkeyvideo— Avatar Adi Da gave this talk in 1988. The jumping off point for His talk is some mathematical ideas about number and infinity (including different kinds of infinity) that He studied while He was a student at Columbia University. Adi Da makes the point that all such ideas (even the idea of infinity) are limited abstractions motivated by the human need to control. In contrast, Reality Itself is not limited, and is always already free.

 

One More Monkey

     

Siunattu Kärsimysvideo— [Contains Finnish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Adi Da puhuu tilanteesta, jossa ihminen ymmärtää tavallisen elämän sitovuuden ja rajoitukset, joka mahdollistaa hengellisen harjoituksen. In this seminal discourse (at The Mountain Of Attention), from the early years of His Teaching Work, Adi Da speaks about the inevitable process of self-revelation and self-understanding that prepares the being for true Spiritual life.

 

Siunattu Kärsimys

     

Jeho Ucení Jako Prenosvideo— [Contains Czech subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Jonathan Condit, vedoucí redakce Adi Da Samráje, mluví o “úloze duchovní literatury Adi Da Samráje”. Dále Adi Da mluví o procesu svého ucení jako o prenosu a na záver následuje rozhovor s jednou jeho žákyní, která mluví o tom, jak se v jejím prípade prenos projevuje.

 

Jeho Ucení Jako Prenos

     

Jednota Lidstvavideo— [Contains Czech subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Avatár Adi Da klade duraz na to, jak je duležité si uvedomit, že jsme jedna lidská rodina. Volá po rozvoji humánního kooperujícího usporádání. Podotýká, že jednota je nám vrozená a ví se, že to tak je. Naléhave nás žádá, abychom se sešli a vyrešili to. "Jednota Lidstva" (The Unity of Humankind) is an excerpt from the Avataric Discourse of August 22, 2004.

 

Jednota Lidstva

     

Retreat at the Mountain Of Attentionvideo— Come on retreat at the Mountain Of Attention! Retreat at the Mountain Of Attention is a unique opportunity to drop out of one's regular life and obligations, and devote a period of time exclusively to reinvigorating and intensifying one's practice of the Way of Adidam. And there is no better place to go on retreat than one of the Empowered Sanctuaries of Adidam, that are everywhere filled with Adi Da's Blessing-Power.

 

Retreat at the Mountain Of Attention

   
         
    Featured Introductory EventsJune 30, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for Featured Introductory Events July, 2018 (and later). Introductory presentations on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Learn about His core teaching on the nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings. Hear stories and testimonials from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.    
         
    Celebration at the Mountain Of AttentionJune 18, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for a special Celebration at the Mountain Of Attention on June 24, 2018 in Lake County, California. Come join devotees for the Celebration of the Sovereign-Avataric Holy Day of the Initiation of Free Light-Imagery, on June 24, 2018 (Sunday) at the Mountain Of Attention, Lake County, California. Devotees from all Congregations are invited!    
         
    Open Eyes NewsletterJune 12, 2017: We have added a new quarterly newsletter to our Open Eyes Newsletter Archive.    
         
    June 9, 2018: Adi Da Up Close is now a secure site! Every page you look at on the site has a web address beginning with https: rather than http: -- the "s" stands for secure. You can see the different web address in the address bar of your browser. Many browsers also display an icon to the left end of the address bar that signifies "secure page" -- for example, a lock icon.    
         
    Featured Introductory EventsJune 1, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for Featured Introductory Events June, 2018 (and later). Introductory presentations on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Learn about His core teaching on the nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings. Hear stories and testimonials from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.    
         
    Featured Introductory EventsMay 1, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for Featured Introductory Events May, 2018 (and later). Introductory presentations on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Learn about His core teaching on the nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings. Hear stories and testimonials from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.    
         
    Celebration at the Mountain Of AttentionApril 21, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for a special Celebration at the Mountain Of Attention on April 29, 2018 in Lake County, California. Come join us at the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary for the Celebration of the Radical Establishment of the "Radical" Reality Way of Adidam Ruchiradam, commemorating the opening of the Melrose Ashram in Los Angeles on April 25, 1972. Devotees from all congregations are invited!    
         
    March 14, 2018: We added a new page to our Special events section for "Where Is Happiness?", a FREE, two-day retreat based on the wisdom of Adi Da Samraj being held the weekend of March 31-April 1, 2018, in Berkeley, California. Everybody wants to be happy, but how do you actually "do" happiness? Please join us to find out more about true happiness in this free, two-day retreat. This retreat includes meditation, yoga lessons, video presentations, group considerations, personal stories, and delicious vegetarian meals. Accomodations not provided.    
         
    Perfect Knowledge Retreat at The Mountain Of Attention, July 7-8, 2017March 7, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for the "Perfect Knowledge" Retreat at the Mountain Of Attention in Lake County, California. You are invited to the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary for this special weekend retreat that is for all 1C and 2C devotees who wish to deepen their participation in Avatar Adi Da's Gift of "Perfect Knowledge". The retreat is also recommended for anyone interested in transitioning to the First Congregation.    
         
    March 3, 2018: We have added 3 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

The Spiritual Process Has Always Been Lived in Difficult Times  

The Spiritual Process Has Always Been Lived In Difficult Timesvideo— This is a video excerpt from Adi Da's classic talk, "The Bodily Location of Happiness", which He gave on November 28, 1981. This talk was originally published in the book, The Bodily Location Of Happiness. The full talk is available on DVD and on CD, and as an online transcript.

ADI DA: "Life is foolishness. This is no time, in any case, to be tolerant of foolishness. The world is mad, and these are dreadful times. Things are not going to be easier in the years ahead. The spiritual process has always been lived in difficult times. Therefore, the spiritual process tolerates no fool. The spiritual process itself will spit you out. It is not an easy attainment, but a profoundly difficult affair. Even what you have listened to today has been heard by only a fraction of the human race in all of history. The opportunity to practice is extremely rare, and the fulfillment of practice is practically unknown."

     
A los Pies del Maestro Espiritual  

A los Pies del Maestro Espiritualvideo— [Contains Spanish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Tras haber ido a Adi Da en Febrero de 1972, antes de la inauguration del primer ashram de Adi Da, y participar como devoto a lo largo de los ańos de Su Enseńanza Formal y el Trabajo de Bendición, el seńor Sheinfeld fue testigo de toda la vida de Enseńanza, Instrucción y Bendición Espiritual de Adi Da Samraj. Las historias de Gerald dan una visión única de la relación Gurú / devoto, llena de la Sabiduría transformadora de Adi Da y Su humor penetrante del corazón. Gerald Sheinfeld, a devotee of Avatar Adi Da since the early 1970's, tells a wonderful story about how he found his Guru, Adi Da Samraj and his immediate recognition of Adi Da's unique state of Freedom, Happiness, and Liberation. Gerald speaks about how that recognition of Adi Da has the capacity to awaken others to that state of Prior Unity.

     
Venez à Moi par le Coeur  

Venez ŕ Moi par le Coeurvideo— [Contains French subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] In this clip, "Venez ŕ Moi par le Coeur" ("Approach Me from the Heart"), Adi Da speaks to devotees in the Manner Of Flowers (at the Mountain Of Attention), during the "Love of the God-Man" Celebration on March 8, 1984. Adi Da talks about praise speech, ecstasy, and Satsang.

   
         
    Featured Introductory EventsMarch 1, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for Featured Introductory Events March, 2018 (and later). Introductory presentations on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Learn about His core teaching on the nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings. Hear stories and testimonials from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.    
         
    February 4, 2018: We have added 4 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

La Pérdida y Dolor Humanovideo— [Contains Spanish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Una charla de Adi Da Samraj acerca de la Realización como la unica liberación de la pérdida humana. 3 de Octubre de 2004 en Naitauba, Fiyi. In this excerpt, "La Pérdida y Dolor Humano" ("Human Loss and Pain"), Adi Da Samraj talks about the pain of loss, and about liberation. This is in response to a devotee's question about the Devotional Prayer Of Changes and the death of the devotee's grandchild.

 

La Pérdida y Dolor Humano

     

Gerald Sheinfeld wspomina pierwsze spotkania z Adi Da Samrajvideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Gerald Sheinfeld, uczen Awatara Adi Da od wczesnych lat 70-tych, opowiada wspaniala historie o tym, jak odnalazl swojego Guru i natychmiast rozpoznal wyjatkowy Stan Adi Da: Milosc, Szczescie i Wyzwolenie. Gerald mówi o tym, w jaki sposób rozpoznanie Adi Da budzi czlowieka do Stanu Inherentnej Jednosci. Gerald Sheinfeld, a devotee of Avatar Adi Da since the early 1970's, tells a wonderful story about how he found his Guru, Adi Da Samraj and his immediate recognition of Adi Da's unique state of Freedom, Happiness, and Liberation. Gerald speaks about how that recognition of Adi Da has the capacity to awaken others to that state of Prior Unity.

 

Gerald Sheinfeld wspomina pierwsze spotkania z Adi Da Samraj

     

Za hranice sexu, vedy a sama sebevideo— [Contains Czech subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Adi Da Samráj oslovuje fakt, že konecné osvobození ci dosažení Realizace nelze nikdy dosáhnout pomocí sexu, vedy nebo náboženství! Tvrdí, že ve skutecnosti "Realizace nemá nic spolecného s komplexem tela a mysli“. Jedná se o prímou úcast v samotné Skutecnosti, která predchází veškerou cinnost vykonávanou telem-myslí. In this Adidam Revelation Discourse from January 21, 2005, Adi Da reveals that Liberation cannot ever be achieved through sex, science, or religion! And He makes the astounding assertion, “Realization has nothing to do with the body-mind.”

 

Za hranice sexu, vedy a sama sebe

     

Bóg nie jest w nas, ani poza namivideo— [Contains Polish subtitles. If the CC icon ("Subtitles/closed captions") has a red line under it, the subtitles should appear. If you don't see them, just press the CC icon to turn them on.] Jedno z najwczesniejszych nagran video z Awatarem Adi Da. Tutaj mówi o Wolnym stanie w pelni Urzeczywistnionej Istoty, który, jak wyjasnia, nie jest ani w nas, ani poza nami. "Bóg nie jest w nas, ani poza nami" ("God is neither within nor without") is an archival talk from July 15, 1973. One of the earliest video recordings of Avatar Adi Da speaking. Here He talks about the Free State of the fully Realized being, which is neither inward nor outward.

 

Bog nie jest w nas, ani poza nami


   
         
    February 3, 2018: We added a new page to our Special events section for "What Is Happiness?", a two-day, FREE retreat based on the wisdom of Adi Da Samraj being held the weekend of March 10-11, 2018, on 16 acres peacefully nestled in the Waitakere foothills of West Auckland, New Zealand. The retreat will be an in-depth and personal consideration about happiness, based on the wisdom of Adi Da Samraj, including excerpts and video footage from Adi Da's talk, "The Bodily Location of Happiness". The schedule includes guided meditation, yoga lessons, video presentations, group considerations, personal stories, contemplative walks on the beautiful grounds, and delicious vegetarian meals. This retreat is designed for and offered to people who are new to Adi Da's Teaching.    
         
    Featured Introductory EventsFebruary 1, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for Featured Introductory Events —February (and later). Introductory presentations on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Learn about His core teaching on the nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings. Hear stories and testimonials from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.    
         
    Love-Ananda Leela Retreat at The Mountain Of Attention, July 7-8, 2017January 29, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for the Searchless Raw Diet Retreat at the Mountain Of Attention in Lake County, California. Do you feel confused about the searchless raw diet? You are invited to the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary, February 10-11, 2018, for a special weekend retreat that will review adaptation to the dietary discipline, how to make decisions, and where to get help to make them. All 1C, 2C, and 3C devotees are invited!    
         
   

Love-Ananda Leela Retreat at The Mountain Of Attention, July 7-8, 2017January 8, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for the Love-Ananda Leela Retreat at the Mountain Of Attention in Lake County, California. You are invited to the Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary for a special weekend retreat celebrating the Love-Ananda Leela, from January 26 through January 28, 2017. (This event is for 1C and 2C devotees only.)

   
         
    January 6, 2018: We have added 2 new clips (below) to our Audio/Video Library.

How Magical! How Profound!  

How Magical! How Profound!video— An extraordinary, ecstatic talk given by Adi Da on February 4, 1994, at Adi Da Samrajashram, about the nature of the Guru-devotee relationship, when truly and fully lived and animated, as Adi Da Himself illustrates here.

     
The Virtue of Positive Disillusionment  

The Virtue of Positive Disillusionmentvideo— In this excerpt from a never-before-published discourse, Adi Da speaks about the necessity to become disillusioned with mortal life in a positive sense. Positive disillusionment is emerging when one begins to understand and relinquish the stressful and ultimately futile search for personal survival, worldly happiness, and ultimate life fulfillment. Only then can one be drawn into recognizing, learning about, and ecstatically participating in Reality Itself, in relationship to a True Realizer.

   
         
    Featured Introductory EventsJanuary 1, 2018: We added to our Special Events section a page for Featured Introductory Events — January (and later). Introductory presentations on the Life, Teaching, and Living Spiritual Presence of Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008). Learn about His core teaching on the nature of reality, the illusion of the separate self, and the nature of human suffering. Experience Adi Da's transformative Spiritual Presence through His Teaching and Sacred Sightings. Hear stories and testimonials from His longtime devotees, and see never-published video discourses of Him speaking.    
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