Have I Said It? – Satsang

Have I Said It?

Franklin Jones, 1973 (Adi Da Samraj)

Note to reader:

As a member of Adi Da’s (then Bubba Free John’s) community from about 1973-1975, during which time I lived for nine months in Persimmon, the sanctuary where he lived. My service was to create an index of his early books. I found these writings to be compelling, along with some of the outrageous talks that have not found their way into print. Around his birthday in 1975 (to the best of my recollection), Adi Da was planning on moving with a small group to Hawaii. For that occasion, I arranged a selection of his compelling words by topic (mostly selected from his books) and hand-wrote them in a blank book for his enjoyment. As far as I know, nothing ever came of that compilation. That became Book One of two parts, the second of which I completed some time thereafter. Now through the Internet, I make both parts available to interested readers. These blank books (I made a copy for myself) have been sitting on my bookshelves all this time, and after Adi Da’s passing, it occurred to me that this compilation would be very useful to many readers.


Ed Hirsch
Ashland, Oregon


Bubba Free John, 1974 – Adi Da Samraj, 2008

Chapter 14


Satsang is the Activity and
Communication of Truth.



Satsang is

The real condition.

Satsang is

The activity

And communication

Of truth.


The function of satsang

Is truth.

It is truth.

It is no solution,

No answer,

No thing.


Satsang is the principal

Condition of sadhana.

The entire process of sadhana

Is its realization.


Satsang is truth,

It arrives as truth,

And it functions as truth

In life.


Satsang does not proceed

Toward a goal of truth.

Satsang is truth.

It is the life of truth.

It is the force,

The consciousness

That is truth.


Truth does not

Specially appear

Under the form

Of anything extraordinary

Of fascinating.


It is the most

Subtle communication,

The most

Absolute communication,

The most

Obvious communication,

And its only condition

Is the obvious.


In satsang,

The dharma,

Which is truth itself,

Is communicated

Always perfectly,


Without limitation.


All of it is given.

The truth

Is fully communicated

In satsang.

It is the perfect condition

Of satsang.


The force

That is in satsang

Is the force

Of reality.


The intensification

Of everything

Is the activity

Of satsang.



Is a paradox.


There is a real process,

Which is called satsang.

It is the unqualified

Communication of life.

It is simply unqualified,

Conscious relationship.



Is a relationship.

It is obvious.

Satsang is the

Enjoyment of relationship,

Being in relationship.


Satsang is the meditation.

That is the real condition.

That is the realization.

That is perfect enjoyment.


Satsang is the discovery,

Satsang is the realization.

Satsang is understanding.

It is meditation,

It is truth,

It is enjoyment,

It is humor.

It is the principle of life.

Satsang is only force,

It is one!

The absolute vision

Is communicated in satsang

All the time!

Satsang itself

Is the absolute vision!

It is above your heads!

Just sit up

A little straighter!


God is the

Entire principle of this work.

There is absolutely

No limitation

In the principle of this satsang.


Only the divine

Is active in this work.


The divine person,

The lord,

Is the eternal siddha,

The master of this yoga.

He is the revealer

And the power

Which fulfills this satsang.


The communication of satsang

Is the communication

Of that very one,

That intensity,

That absolute

Existing one.


The lord is the fundamental

Condition communicated in

With the man of understanding.

From the beginning,

Not merely at the end,

Truth is the condition

Of this process.


Satsang is your condition

In the worlds.

It is the true nature

Of your birth.

It is the God-given form

And real destiny.


The assumption of limitation

Is not the nature

Of this satsang.

In this satsang,

Your perfection,

Your real condition,

Is assumed,

The divine nature of this life

Is assumed, lived and known.


Satsang is the dream

Wherein the man of



Satsang is

Attention to the guru

As guru,

Attention to the guru

As the manifest agent

Of the very divine,

Attention to the guru

And through the guru

To the divine,

The absolute divine,

The absolute intensity

Of real-God.


Satsang is not simply

A common relationship

Between a teacher and a

Fundamentally, it is

The intuitive enjoyment

Of the absolute divine.


Satsang is

Absolute attachment

To the guru in God.

It is maddening attachment,

Love of the guru

That distracts one

From the whole course

Of conventional life.


Satsang is humor,



The truth

Is the condition of satsang

That must be realized

In every single moment.

That constant realization

Is happiness.


When satsang

Becomes your condition,

Every moment

Becomes the spiritual event.


Not a breath is spent

Outside of satsang

Once it begins.


Freedom always already

Is the case.

Thus, freedom is enjoyed

Where truth

Suddenly comes alive.


Mortal laughter

Does not change

The condition of men,

Apart from the creation

Of temporary amusement.

But divine humor, truth,

Delights men

And utterly transforms

Their lives.


Everything is satsang.

There is only satsang.

It is eternal.

But after this

Is all seen to be so,

It must be lived.


Satsang must begin.

Satsang must be enjoyed

As the condition

Of life.



Is the great condition,

The only condition.

It is always

Your condition,

But it is not lived.

It is denied,




The principle

Of ordinary life

Is entirely, continually

Antagonistic to satsang.

You can see it

In yourself-

How do you live satsang

From hour to hour?

You don’t…


Satsang is a

Radical condition

And it does require

Everything of you.

It does require you

To absolutely lose face.


Truth must become

The point of view.

Require truth.


Don’t be cool

To a heart

That’s true.


Come to satsang

With real need,

Not with anything

To defend.



A man brings

To the heart

To defend

Is destroyed.


He defends

Is undermined.


Satsang contains

And communicates itself

As a demand.


Every moment

Is a demand

For attention.


What arises is never

The point,

But it is always

Only a paradox

And a test,

A form of the always

Prior demand,

Which is itself

The divine person,

The maha siddha,

The siddha-guru.


Consciousness is the demand,

And that

Has nothing to do

With the things

That arise.


Satsang is a fire!

This communion

Is not a place

Where we talk “philosophy.”

There is a living force

Enacted here.

It is a living



This sadhana

Requires everything

Of you.


You must do

This sadhana

With great intensity.


I expect each one

To maintain

This satsang



The best thing

A man can do

Is spend his time

In satsang.


The quicker it becomes

In you,

The more intelligent,

The more “like” reality

You become.


If we were not here

In satsang together,

What would we be doing?

What is the alternative?

What’s on television tonight?

What could you possibly do?


All your alternatives

Are brief.


In satsang

Nothing is given.

Only that relationship

Is offered.


Nothing is offered

But satsang.

Nothing is given

But that relationship,

Because it is truth.


Satsang does not

Fulfill your search.


It is absolutely impossible

To believe

That there is only God,

To assume it,

To think it,

To gather it.

You have nothing

To resort to

Other than that

Real life

Which is satsang.



Is the same

For everyone.


It is

Equally available

To all.


Live this satsang,

Enjoy this satsang.


For those

Who live satsang,

Satsang is sufficient.


Have I Said It?

Franklin Jones, 1974 (Adi Da Samraj)


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