Have I Said It? – Understanding

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 9


There is Only



At the beginning and forever,

Only radical understanding

Is necessary and real.

Only radical understanding


It is the viewpoint

Of Reality itself.

Where there is

Understanding in life,

What is actually being known

Is Consciousness,

Unqualified Reality.



Is very Reality,

What is always

Already the case,

Clarifying itself,

Enforcing itself.


Unqualified understanding

Is the enjoyment

Which is Reality itself.

Understanding is Reality

In its fullness.

It is the perfection

That is Reality

Prior to intuition, symbol and

It is radical truth.


Where there is understanding,

There is Reality.

Where there is ignorance,

Reality is sought.

Where there is conscious

There is Reality.

Where is no understanding,

There is the persistence of



Is present bliss,

Unqualified freedom and

Consciousness itself

Without motion or necessity.


Is the enjoyment

Of Consciousness.


Is the principle and form

Of real Consciousness.


Is real Consciousness.


Is Consciousness itself,

Which Reality

Is your actual nature

Now, and now, and now.



Is the unbroken act

Of Conscious Being.

It is simply

The unqualified state.


Is at once

A state and an act.

It is effective

And always already free.

It is intensive

And also instant.


The Way

Is only radical understanding,

Which is free Consciousness.

Where there is understanding,

There is no turning,

And every action

Turns no way at all,

For there is only

Radical consciousness behind

Turning no way,

Knowing only great bliss.



Is the simplest activity.


Is simple waking up.


Is only knowledge

Of the exact nature

Of experience

In this instant.


Is the direct awareness

Of life

Moment to moment.


Is the ground

Of this moment,

This event.


Is always instant.

It is realized in this moment,

And now in this moment,

And now in this moment.

It is initiated at the very

It is not something towards

One’s spiritual life is

It is the foundation principle

Of one’s spiritual life.

And it is continually



Is a simplicity

In Consciousness.

A presence you bring

To all things.


Is simply

To be present,

Whatever arises.

It is not the ground

Of the abandonment

Of what arises,

But it is the ground

Of the creative use

Of what arises.


Is simply to be

In relationship

To what arises.

It is to be

In relationship,



Without implication.


Is to live as the Heart

Or real action

In the midst of forms,

Directly, consciously,

In truth,

As enjoyment,

In the humor of Reality.


One who is thus present

Is the heart,

And (s)he knows it.


Is the action of the present

The living self,

Not any search for him.

It is not a pursuit of the

But the very action of the

It is the natural exercise

Of the heart itself,

Our real state.

It is the heart itself,

Simply present.

In the instant

Of radical understanding

There is only the intuitive

Of the true self or Real-God,

Where before

There was the ego,

The separate self sense,

And the urgency of Narcissus.

When attention

Is drawn to understanding,

The whole movement of seeking

Comes to an end.

The man only understands

Where he would otherwise seek.


Is entirely free

Of the consequences

Of every path.


Is the path of Reality,

Prior to all the searches

For the Heart

That are the actions

Of the great traditions.

There is no need

For ascent or descent

In the name of Truth.

There is only present

It is the mystery of joy

That confounds all seekers

And even the saints.


When you see that you are

Always seeking,

Understanding is emerging.

When you see the pattern of

As all your motives,

All your acts, all your

Understanding is emerging.

When you see you are always

Understanding is emerging.

When you see that every moment

Is a process in dilemma,

Understanding is emerging.

When you see that every moment is a

Of identification, differentiation and

Understanding is emerging.

When you see that every

When you are at your best

As well as when you are at your

You are only avoiding

Then you understand.

When you see that which already

Apart from the avoidance of

Which already absorbs

Prior to the whole dilemma,

Motivation and activity of

Then you have

Finally understood.

When you have understood,

When you have uncovered

The sham of your

Then you stand already

Unreasonably happy.

Only when you lose the support

Of your reasonableness

Can you be really happy.

One who has understood

In this fundamental way

Is happy while alive.

Such is the power, the

The unreasonable happiness

That is enjoyed in the case

Of one who understands.


The power of the Divine

Intensifies that understanding

To the point of

Perfect dissolution in God.

And there is no

Sudden terrifying event.

It must take place

While alive.

The absolute, infinite

Unqualified Divine

Is the Consciousness

Of one who understands.

And he doesn’t have to die

In order to realize that.


All of these worlds,

All of these possible

Apparently limited dimensions

Are forms of enjoyment for

In which the Divine

Is still the condition.

Those who know the Divine

In whatever world they appear

Are free,

And that world becomes Divine

Theatre for them.

They don’t always look to

To some other world.

They live in God

And play out the present

Such is the habit of wise men.

Wise men are fools,

Useless people, madmen,

Because they don’t

Look for another place.

They can throw this one away.

And they are always

Throwing it away

By living it with humor,

The humor

Of the prior Divine Condition.


And enquire of the instant

Of your being.

Simply understand

With intensity.

Devote yourself

To understanding

In the midst of

All experiences.

Make understanding

Your radical approach

To life.


One must be willing

To abandon everything

For understanding.

For one who has understood,

There is no drama.

Nothing is happening anymore.

He has become

An ordinary man.


Is not a different

Than the ordinary.

There is only the ordinary.

There is no special

And exclusive communication

That is truth.

There is no exclusive

State of truth.

But there is

The communication

Of the ordinary.

All I have asked

Is that you understand.

It is a simplicity,

Signaled in many ways.

Do not imagine

It is more or less

Than my plain word,

The time you heard me

And understood.


Heartless one, Narcissus,

Friend, loved one,

After all of this,

Why haven’t you understood?

The only thing

You have not done

Is understand.

You have seen everything,

But you do not understand.

Only those who understand

Experience the communication

Of Reality.

Those who understand

Are only present.

They will abide

Now, and now, and now.

Those who understand

Know only humor

In the form of life.

Those who understand

Are love.

The man who understands,

Who is already free,

Is never touched

By the divisions of the mind.

And he alone is standing

When all other beings and

Have gone to rise or fall.

Then a man

Finds only silence

In his inner forms,

But everywhere in all

The worlds

He sees the Heart

Stand out

Aloud and bright.

All of this is obvious

To one who understands.

There is only



Have I Said It?

Franklin Jones, 1974 (Adi Da Samraj)


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