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Alan Watts is the author of The Way of Zen and The Wisdom of Insecurity.

It is obvious, from all sorts of subtle details, that he knows what IT's all about . . . a rare being.

I regard the work of Avatar Adi Da and his devotees as one of the most penetrating spiritual and social experiments happening on the planet in our era.

Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., is the author of The PK Man: A True Story of Mind Over Matter . He also was the host of the Thinking Allowed public television series.
Bryan Deschamp is Senior Advisor at UNHCR (the United Nations High Commission for Refugees). He was formerly the Dean of the Carmelite House of Studies, Australia, and the Dean of Trininty College, University of Melbourne. The life and teaching of Avatar Adi Da Samraj are of profound and decisive spiritual significance at this critical moment in history.
Sun Bear is the founder of the Bear Tribe Medicine Society and was its medicine chief until his death in 1992. He is also the author of Black Dawn / Bright Day and The Path of Power.

Adi Da Samraj is a man who has truly walked in Spirit and given true enlightenment to many.

Adi Da Samraj has spoken directly to the heart of our human situation the shocking gravity of our brief and unbidden lives. Through his words I have experienced a glimmering of eternal life, and view my own existence as timeless and spaceless in a way that I never have before. Richard GrossingerRichard Grossinger is the author of Planet Medicine and Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's.
Charmian Anderson, Ph.D.Charmian Anderson, Ph.D., is a therapist whose work has been featured in USA Today and Fortune Magazine. She is also the author of The Heart of Success, and Bridging Heaven and Earth. That God can actually incarnate in human form once seemed unbelievable to me. It breaks my heart that there are so many who have not yet found out that Avatar Adi Da Samraj is here.
I regard Adi Da Samraj as one of the greatest teachers in the Western world today. Irina Tweedie is the author of Chasm of Fire. She was a Sufi teacher until her death in 2000.
Barbara Marx Hubbard is the author of Conscious Evolution and the founder and executive director of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution. I recognize the God-Presence Incarnate in Adi Da Samraj as whole and full and complete.
Robert K. Hall, M.D., is a psychiatrist, the author of Out of Nowhere, and the co-founder of The Lomi School and Lomi Clinic. Adi Da's Teachings have tremendous significance for humanity. . . He represents a foundation and a structure for sanity.
My relationship with Adi Da Samraj over many years has only confirmed His Realization and the Truth of His impeccable Teaching. He is much more than simply an inspiration of my music, but is really a living demonstration that perfect transcendence is actually possible. This is both a great relief and a great challenge. If you thirst for truth, here is a rare opportunity to drink. Ray LynchRay Lynch is a three-time Billboard award winner and the composer of the platinum album, Deep Breakfast, as well as The Sky of Mind, and Ray Lynch, Best Of.
Elisabeth Targ, M.D., is a professor with the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also the director of the Complementary Medicine Research Institute at the California Pacific Medical Center. Adi Da Samraj and his unique body of teaching work offer a rare and extraordinary opportunity for those courageous students who are ready to move beyond ego and take the plunge into deepest communion with the Absolute. Importantly, the teaching is grounded in explicit discussion of necessary psychospiritual evolution and guides the student to self-responsibility and self-awareness.
Fly to the side of this God-Man. His Divine Transmission works miracles of change not possible by any other Spiritual means. Lee Sannella, M.D.Lee Sannella, M.D., is the author of The Kundalini Experience.
Chris Tong, Ph.D.Chris Tong, Ph.D., is the author of The Practical Spirituality Series and the director of The Foundation for Real God. He was formerly a professor of computer science at Rutgers University, and a world-renowned researcher in Artificial Intelligence. More recently, the success of several web service enterprises that Chris founded led to his receiving the 2002 National Leadership Award from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), which also appointed him as the Special Advisor to the Chairman on the NRCC's Business Advisory Council. I have spent a lifetime studying and experimenting with the traditional and contemporary "solutions" to the basic Spiritual problems with which mankind has struggled for eons. And so I can say without a doubt (not merely as a scholar, but as a practitioner) that Avatar Adi Da Samraj offers to all beings the greatest Spiritual Realization ever made available on this planet. Strong words! And ones that both affront an egalitarian society, and require much to back up. But I've dedicated much of my recent life and writing to doing just that, with the passionate intent that many others become aware of, and drink from, this Unlimited Fountain of Perfect Happiness.
If there is a man today who is God-illumined, that man is Avatar Adi Da Samraj. There exists nowhere in the world today, among Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or any other groups, anyone who has so much to teach. Avatar Adi Da is a force to be reckoned with a Pole around which the world can get its bearings. Henry Leroy Finch, Ph.D., is the author of Simone Weil and the Intellect of Grace and Wittgenstein: The Later Philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Hunter College, City University, New York.
Joseph Troncale, Ph.D., is a professor of Russian at the University of Richmond, where he is also the Director of Russian and East European Studies. In 1989, he received the Virginia State Council of Higher Education Oustanding Teaching Award. No message of Liberation has ever been so direct. All stories and traditions of the God-Man pale before the intensely loving and heart-stirring Cry of Avatar Adi Da to simply melt into the Ocean of Divine Love-Bliss that He Is.
How can one describe Who Avatar Adi Da Samraj Is? Can the brightness of the sun be hinted at in a fire of sticks? In the traditional sources, it is said that the Guru is necessary because the Guru Reveals God. Without the Guru, God would not be known by ordinary men and women. Thus I would like to place you in front of Adi Da. For if you could truly see Him, you would see God, and then no long-winded discussion would be necessary.   Lee Sannella, M.D.James Steinberg is the author of Divine Distraction: A Guide to the Guru-Devotee Relationship and is featured in Dialogues with Emerging Spiritual Teachers. He is a longtime devotee of Adi Da Samraj.
     
Testimonials for Avatar Adi Da Samraj's
Transformative Photographic Artwork
     

The experience of Adi Da Samraj's work is not photographic in the traditional sense. Yes, the camera has a lens that is its point of view, its point of you. But suppose the point of you disappears, for a sixtieth of a second. What happens?

His photography is about the time it takes for you to discover, to walk through, to lose balance in, the intrinsic architecture of his frames. Like music, it requires time.

The "instants" recorded by Adi Da Samraj are the clicks of a train leaving the station of the familiar. As you travel with him, you might lose yourself in the midst of blacks, of grays, of whites; and as you do this, you will recognize the space of his images as one of your own. The center has shifted. You are in the "bright room". We always were.

  Michel KarmanMichel Karman, who heads A & I Xibit, is world-renowned as a master printer. His services are in great demand by many well-known photographers including Helmut Newton, Sally Mann, Nan Goldin and Greg Gorman. Recently, The Corbis Collection invited Michel to hand-select and print 75 of the archive's most striking (some never before) images, and give them new life in a special limited-edition presentation, "The Living Lens: 75 Limited Edition Prints from the Bettmann Archive." Michel's work is currently on exhibit at the Louis Stern Fine Arts Gallery, West Hollywood, California.
David T. Hanson is Professor of Photography (retired) at the Rhode Island School of Design. His recent book of photographs, Waste Land: Meditations on a Ravaged Landscape, illustrates how beauty can be used to arouse our social conscience.  

Adi Da's work breaks the traditional rules and conventions of standard photographic practice not as a formalist exercise or to participate in the (conventional) games of the avant-garde, but rather as a means of creating true visionary art. There is in this work a refreshing sense of play, of experimentation, of pushing the medium to communicate the ineffable. Alchemical transformations are at work here.

I see these images as dreamscapes, as manifested ecstatic visions, as rich mythologies intricately weaving together the world and the Transcendent. Glimpses into a mysterious, enchanted world, these transformative visions are an answer to the question of how one might create a truly sacred art in our time.

In stark contrast to the cynicism that dominates much contemporary art, Adi Da's art is a deeply generous and compassionate gift to its viewers. Through his artwork, Adi Da is redefining the nature of art, returning art to its ancient, sacred origins. In his remarkable, transformative artwork, viewers are being given an opportunity to experience the ecstatic unity of creation. His images offer a truly rare opportunity for revelation.

Looking at this work, it seems to become possible again to raise the issue of an identity between truth and beauty, without the embarrassment this might normally cause in what we like to think of as a hardheaded and realistic age. This beauty is not seducing us into any kind of sentimentality or escapism, but is demonstrating its power to undo our ordinary objective thinking and to confront us with a sense of awe and mystery.

I can sum up the total effect this work has had on me in terms of a comparison with brilliant and warming sunshine flooding over the predominantly bleak landscape of contemporary culture, bringing with it a positive sense of release from the confusion and anxiety engendered within this environment. Adi Da Samraj has given us a new vision of what is possible with photography.

 

Jan Taylor is Professor of Art History (retired) at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Dean Foster is an artist and graphic designer with George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic. He has worked on the digital effects of such Star Wars movies as The Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace.  

Whether you are looking at a landscape or closeup of a woman's face, Adi Da's rich and subtle black & white photos speak volumes about the human condition. His spontaneous and masterful use of in-camera multi-exposure allows his subjects to dissolve into luminescence or to cubistically shatter apart. In particular, his series "The Virgin Suite" literally moved me to tears. All non-essentials have been removed, except for three naked humans and a chair and ladder in a bare white room with an open skylight. Adi Da has stripped away all pretense from his subjects, as he leads them through a stunningly composed dance of longing, ecstasy, and pain of separation. His pictures of people are vulnerable, warm, and smooth, exuding an ethereal vitality that, combined with an exquisite sense of composition and a deep love of his subject, cross the boundaries of mere design into Great Art.

Adi Da's photographic art explores an exciting new way of being through seeing!

Alex GreyAlex Grey is a renowned artist, and the author of Transfigurations and Sacred Mirrors and The Mission of Art. His work has been included in the album art of such popular rock groups as Nirvana and the Beastie Boys and a book of songs by the Talking Heads. Healers, body workers and "new age" figures including Matthew Fox, Joan Borysenko and Deepak Chopra have all used his work to describe the dimensions of body, mind and spirit. Grey's artwork has been exhibited worldwide, including Stux Gallery and the New Museum in NYC, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil, the Centro Culturale Zittele in Venice, Italy, University Galleries of the University of Illinois, and La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.



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