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I saw Adi Da in 2005 in many occasions, and my personal experience after having studied most of the alternatives was that Adi Da is by far the Greatest Master of all.

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KEN WILBER: "I have not, and have never, renounced Da as Realizer, nor have I in any way abandoned my love and devotion for Him. . . . I have sat in satsang with Master Adi Da, and with numerous other great Adepts, and my own opinion is that Master Adi Da is the living Sat-Guru. . . Many people have made their way to Master Da because of my own writings. I am completely happy about that, and I hope I can continue that positive influence. At the same time, I have received an enormous amount of grief, from personal and professional quarters, for my endorsements. I do not regret those endorsements, nor do I retract them. . . . I affirm my own love and devotion to the living Sat-Guru, and I hope my work will continue to bring students to the Way of the Heart. . . . I send my best wishes and love to the Community, and a deep bow to Master Adi Da."

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I lived with Adi Da. It was truly amazing. There is or was nothing like it. His condition was a 24/7 experience in his proximity....not something that was reserved for a retreat of some sort of lucky moment....it was full on all the time. All day all night. He was a constant source miracle really....his words were pregnant with his realization. He could be talking about sandwiches and you'd become God-realized from it. It was remarkable. I left. 

I don't care what ANYONE says....almost NOBODY was willing to bring their innocent sister to this scene. Some long-term devotees shared that THEY were very reticent to bring family, and they weren't sure why. My feeling was that for some of us crazy spiritual cowboys, we'd risk it all with him. But this was NOT for everyone. It was not a simple road, this life with Da. It was the ultimate risk. It was a permanent thing. You can never back out, once you stepped inside that temple. He was dangerous. It was permanent, his presence. You could never retract it, NEVER. 

He had ridiculously powerful Siddhis that were manifest all the time, every time. He was far beyond any other "guru" I'd met....light years beyond. "RADICAL" in his own description....it was so far beyond the typical "teacher" scenario. A bazillion miles past shaktipat and all that adolescent stuff. This was so far outside the box, it was almost impossible to even get in the doors, let alone meet him, and for good reason. You had to be ready for this on some odd, never before level. 

The average "seeker" type would likely have a total breakdown, a crisis, and be carted off if they were allowed to get close to this massive, blazing event we call Adi Da. It's impossible to describe the implications of his presence here. IT WAS NOT JUST AN INTENSE VERSION OF WHAT WE KNOW HAS COME BEFORE- IT WAS UNPRECEDENTED IN THIS WORLD.....For the record, it wasn't an energetic thing, which is sort of implied in this video. Far from it. Shaktipat was an energetic path. Adi Da was not that kind of thing you might be thinking of..... amplified. No sir. NOT THAT! His transmission was pure consciousness from pure consciousness and pure consciousness only, and had a distinctly different quality from the usual "energies" people either experience or associate with "spiritual" crap. It was BEYOND that entire realm of (heightened material energy)experience. That's why it was indeed radical. It immediately erased any prior idea as to what was spiritual transmission. Your cells knew it. IMMEDIATELY! It was all at once, like a tidal wave. 

It's not for the masses...I'm sorry, but it was not for the general public and maybe never will be. Unless you sat with him, his videos, the stories...they probably won't communicate the radical state or condition of being that I BECAME in that room as he meditated all of us into HIM. Maybe the videos will do it for some, but I'm not sure. Sitting with him was so incredible....you can't even describe it. Rick Archer ( nice guy) has one idea a bit off here. It wasn't like voltage. It wasn't that you couldn't "physically" handle the transmission. That's not why it was so intense. (although it was at the same time, intense ) BUT It was intense because of the absolute nature of his transmission- totally IT.....which shattered any experience or concept you ever had... which would make all these other supposed "awakened" people realize what fools they are, discussing non-duality and pretending to have some kind of "realization." All that goes out the window, in the presence of Da. 

Ken Wilbur retracted his "endorsement" of Adi Da, because he is a corporate Yogi and quite frankly, a self-deluded fool. He's nothing and his endorsement meant nothing to me at least. I thought his endorsement was a big zero... It was just Ken's need to associate himself with superior beings to validate himself somehow (which is not how it works hello). Then, when he found out that Da was controversial....he ran for the hills. He didn't want to jeopardize his phony businesses, so he played it safe, and said Da was good but bad but okay but not quite okay....Ken Wilbur has no clue. He's the Swami Rama of publishing. I'm sure he's done well in the yogic goldrush, formulated for fools and products and wellness retreats. The pathway to hell is paved by good publications. 

Anyway...back to Adi Da. He was certainly controversial, there were some questionable things....but I loved him. And he was packing the ultimate heat and there was no fooling around about it. It was incredible. It was NOT for all people. It was too intense and too radical and too shattering. 

His devotees were cool. Courageous pioneers who went way out on a limb with it. They threw everything away and went on this crazy, wild event with Da. I loved those people, so much. Very cool....the whole crazy thing. It was....almost not believable that it could even happen. But it did happen. I was there. I love Da because of it (and his core devotees) It was so great, words will never do him justice, or the whole event. His core devotees....many so brilliant, so adept, and so courageous and adventurous, so loyal and so resilient....they deserve a big round of love applause because they served this madman Godman for their entire lives....and it wasn't easy at all. But it was truly great! If you're going to come to a world, what else would you rather do?

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If we could examine the long history of spiritual traditions and spiritual masters would we discover that practitioners of various paths or students and devotees of various masters and teachers had awakened or grown significantly in maturity through their involvement in spiritual life? 

The evidence of even the last two centuries would indicate that awakening or spiritual advancement from devotees of a specific master is very rare, this is true in Adi Da's case, but we could say the same about a whole bunch of realizers, ranging from Ramana Maharshi, to Bhagavan Nytyananda who made the statement that "most people had come to him for lottery numbers". 

Spirituality can be just as much a vehicle for creating a self image or egoic construct, then being involved in any other pursuit. One could argue that the effort of individuals to gather around a specific idea, theme, or person, thereby constructing or re-enforcing their identity or self image, is what constitutes a cult. Indeed, I do believe that is the definition of a cult and this could be applied to political parties or the boy scouts for that matter, but where the definition becomes loaded, is when cults are associated with spiritual paths and spiritual teachers, where there is always the potential danger of abuse of power and exploitation. 

Adi Da was very critical of this egoic tendency, because cultic behavior is the very antithesis of self transcending practice leading to growth and awakening, in any context of spiritual practice. Cultism immediately transform any esoteric school which should result in individual and collective transformation into exoteric belief based dependency. 

This was my personal discovery in my time as a practitioner of the Way of The Heart, specifically when I spent 2 years serving very close around Adi Da. My discovery was that as a an individual involved in the activity of what he termed 'self contraction' aka 'egoity', I actually wanted nothing to do with real spiritual life, and was utilizing spirituality as a means to construct an identity and prop up a self image. It was a devastating discovery, since I had spent a good 30 years of my life involved in spiritual pursuit having come to Adi Da in 1989. 

In the midst of this reflection in Adi Da's company in 2007, I had to see all that I had gleamed over and suppressed as a cultist, not only in terms of my own liabilities, but also in terms of the sangha, cultural context around Adi Da,, and Adi Da himself. 

So I completely resonate with what Terry is saying here, since it has been my experience, to wrestle with this paradox of having come across a genuine spiritual Master Realizer Spirit Baptizer whom I utterly fell in love with, and witnessed on a daily basis the signs of his Heart Transmission Siddhi which lifts the veils of duality revealing unspeakable Love-Bliss that breaks the heart in Ecstatic Communion with the Irreducible Source Condition of all things, while also witnessing for lack of a better word, so much cultic dysfunctionality around Adi Da and the part he played in that dynamic. 

Getting back to my original point, I think maybe there are two areas of investigation and consideration here. The first, how to navigate the paradoxical nature of various Masters, who function in a crazy wise context, display genuine signs of realization, spiritual transmission, genius and brilliance, who disseminate great esoteric teachings, yet seem to cross the line on a range of other issues. 

The second, the sobering acknowledgement of the egoic liabilities we all represent as spiritual practitioners falling into the pitfalls of cultic behavior, which may be indicative as to why so few aspirants who have come to spiritual Masters have awakened or significantly matured. Without wanting to sound righteous and judgmental or disrespectful but even some of the comments on this short thread, come off sounding quite cultic. 

To finish off, I left Adi Da personal company in late July 2007, was not re-associated with the community till 2012 and as a practitioner in 2017 and I am still going through a lot to process the paradoxical nature of this consideration relative to Adi Da. Its really challenging for me right now, and I see a great struggle and upheaval taking place in the community of Adi Da's devotees with all sorts of signs including cultism. So this kind of dialogue is crucial and important if any sangha or individual is to authenticate their practice, and I think trust is at the heart of that capacity.

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