Watts is the author of The
Way of Zen and The
Wisdom of Insecurity.
is obvious, from all sorts of subtle details, that he knows what
IT's all about . . . a rare being.
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.
Mishlove, Ph.D., is the author of
PK Man: A True Story of Mind Over Matter . He also was the
host of the Thinking
Allowed public television series.
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.
life and teaching of Avatar Adi Da Samraj are of profound and decisive
spiritual significance at this critical moment in history.
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.
Da Samraj is a man who has truly walked in Spirit and given true
enlightenment to many.
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
Grossinger is the author of Planet
Medicine and Out
of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's.
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.
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.
regard Adi Da Samraj as one of the greatest teachers in the Western
Tweedie is the author of Chasm
of Fire. She was a Sufi teacher until
her death in 2000.
Marx Hubbard is the author of Conscious
Evolution and the founder and executive
director of The
Foundation for Conscious Evolution.
recognize the God-Presence Incarnate in Adi Da Samraj as whole and
full and complete.
K. Hall, M.D., is a psychiatrist, the author
of Out of Nowhere, and the co-founder
of The Lomi
School and Lomi
Da's Teachings have tremendous significance for humanity. . . He represents
a foundation and a structure for sanity.
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.
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
Targ, M.D., is a professor with the
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.
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
to the side of this God-Man. His Divine Transmission works miracles
of change not possible by any other Spiritual means.
Sannella, M.D., is the author of
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
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.
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.
Leroy Finch, Ph.D., is the author of Simone
Weil and the Intellect of Grace and
Philosophy. He is Professor Emeritus
in the Department
of Philosophy at Hunter College, City University, New York.
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.
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.
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.
the author of
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.
for Avatar Adi Da Samraj's
Transformative Photographic Artwork
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.
"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
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
Stern Fine Arts Gallery, West
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is Professor of Art History (retired) at Queen's
University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
Da's photographic art explores an exciting new way of being through
is a renowned artist, and the author of Transfigurations
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.