On September 10, 1970, the Great
Divine Avataric Process of My “Sadhana-Years” – Culminated
in Limitless Realization of the Self-Evidently Divine
Self-Nature, Self-Condition, Source-Condition, and Self
State of the cosmic domain itself.
“I Will Be Heard”
In celebration of Adi Da Samraj Enlightenment on September 10, 1970
DEVOTEE: Beloved Lord, if there were some way to investigate what was happening throughout the world on September 10, 1970, should we expect to find evidence of this Transformation of the entire Cosmic Mandala at that precise moment, or should we expect to see it unfolding over time? Or both?
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ:
Both is a good way of putting it. You would not
necessarily notice some historical events that signalled
that everything had changed. The Event in the Vedanta Temple
was not a change in history. It was a change in the
Fundamental Nature of existence. All the changes that might
occur on the basis of That Event are historical, but the
Event Itself is not about history. It is about Most Perfect
My Physical Human Lifetime of
Avataric Incarnation here Is The Great Historical (and
Historic) Sign (here) Of The Initation Of My Fuillest and
Complete Divine Descent…
Adi Da’s enlightenment has been described as “an Event in Consciousness”. This ‘Event’ took place 41 years ago at the Vedanta Temple in Los Angeles on September 10, 1970. The ‘Event’ can be read about in the original version of the Knee of Listening, chapter 17 entitled The Inheritance.
After the ‘Event’ he simply returned home that September evening, saying nothing about it until many weeks later. He wrote a short poem on his return entitled My Heart and thereafter said nothing about it. A longtime friend, however, did notice a change in Franklin at the time:
When you look people in the eyes, there is a characteristic quality that you can identify as their personality. But when I looked into [Adi Das] eyes after the Vedanta Temple Event, there wasn’t anything. It had disappeared. His behavior in the world did not changeHe has always been humorous. But the disappearance, or dissolution, of His personality was evident (Dawn Horse Magazine v.1 no.1 4).
The following was written by Adi Da (then Franklin Jones) in the summer of 1971.
“I have come to create a radical change. Therefore, I have not come to oppose any of the fundamental and remarkable movements of human creativity. I have only asked you to understand. I have come to bring consciousness to your judgments, your surmise of the entire event. I have come to make the abandonment of all dilemmas possible. I am for all the kinds of perfection and science here. I am thoroughly in favor of a great world. But I am also one who is entirely free of necessity, the perfection or imperfection of this world or any other. In any case, I am the one who is real and free, who survives all worlds. Therefore, if you are with me, we can enjoy these possibilities with humor, grace and love.
I am reminded of Sri Ramakrishna, on fire within, consumed in God, communicated with all the forms of truth, but spending his time alone or in the company of a few friends. His heart yearned for those to whom he could communicate his gift. He would cry for the devotees he knew must come. Where are the devotees? His whole being yearned for the children who would appear.
I have spent my life in rooms. I have enjoyed the companionship and the attention of a few friends. But my life is for the sake of this communication of understanding. The rooms cannot contain me. My friends cannot satisfy me. I am surrounded by great forces of love and truth that I hold off like beasts in the corners of my room. All of this waits for those who must come. But I am motionless and confounded until they come. My fulfillment waits on those who must come. My life has not been for myself. I already possessed it before I came to this birth. My life is for those who must come. But where are they? I am going mad with my own words. I would exhaust myself in experiences and every excuse for love, every possibility for a word with another. Where are they? When is my time to come? At times I don’t know whether to come or go. I have been exiled here. All the means for my escape have been denied to me. I am allowed no passage to another place, another country. I would achieve my dominion in another world, but I am forced to keep these rooms, this exile in a hostile realm. I am waiting for you. I have been waiting for you eternally. My fulfillment is the very world. But I am not heard. My gestures are unseen. The powers of my delight are not enjoyed. Even my own bliss is not available to me. All things depend upon your visit. Where are you?
I am not satisfied by the liberation of one life. Therefore, the understanding of Franklin was not awesome even for a moment. Then he came to the recognition of other beings and forms, knowing that what was experienced as Franklin was only a secondary limitation of his mind. Then other beings and forms arose as the conditions of his own consciousness, the body in which his meditation was required. The work of understanding is the creative action of what appears as all beings and forms. Thus, I am only satisfied with the understanding of everyone and every thing, exactly, utterly, in fact. As long as anyone or any thing appears that is not understanding, I have not understood. Clearly, while all of this appears as it now appears, there is no master, no guru, no one who understands. Even so, I am the Heart.
The world is a present field of death and unlove. But these events are not necessary to it. They are the secondary, caused effects of life in error, apart from understanding and the living force of the Heart. When men have lived as the Heart and sent its power into the form of life long enough to reduce and dissolve the destructive karmas of traditional existence, then the world will be a present field of love and vast longevity’s mindless of death. This is the truth and the creative necessity born of the truth.
I live in the world with a nearly unbearable sense of pathos and sudden sorrows that come upon the Heart at times. By remaining as understanding even under these conditions, my moods in life, I continually break the chain of sorrow and its cause, and the Heart space opens like a zero of form. Then I see, there is no death, no threat. I see the eventual victory of man, who is the Heart’s work. Therefore, I insist, and I would take men by the throat, to smash their ancient minds of death, dilemma and no love. My body is dying around me, and I cannot remain in my present form forever. The work of the world transformation is long, and it will be long before we’ve made a condition free of untimely’ death and haunting decay. This being so, I come with urges to begin it, and I suffer the urgency of truth.
The worlds are built upon the Heart by transmissions, reflections and refraction’s of force. This world is built upon it, and the Heart is its knowledge and very consciousness. I am here to communicate this directly, eliminating all the traditions of suffering, search and misunderstanding. I am here to demonstrate and describe the form and process of the conscious world, in order that it may live as that form and do its conscious, creative work. I am here to communicate the truth and reestablish the Heart as the basis of life. I am here that men can see my bright head and know the certainty of our existence in this form.
It is now the early summer of 1971. Several months have passed since I began to enjoy the radical life of understanding. Thus began the life of intensifying spiritual discipline that is itself the life of understanding. As months passed I began to realize in my life the increasing power, intelligence, wisdom and clarity of the Heart. Over time I find that my own life of understanding becomes gradually available and with increasing force to greater numbers of beings.
This is in direct proportion to the degree and period of my own most radical and intense understanding. This life of understanding did not come to me because I was pure and holy. It came by virtue of understanding itself, and no other conditions are necessary to it. But as understanding becomes more and more radical, inclusive and profound, an obvious logic of transformation and discipline acquires my life and mind. Gradually all my parts are reduced to a single intensity that enjoys and communicates the Heart.
At first I enjoyed this liberty, bliss and creativity as a fullness, gratuitously given, without limits. I was prone to enjoy it by indulging it. But as time passed the form and necessity that extends from understanding acquired more and more of my living to itself. So that I endured only radical consciousness more and more as a constant activity. The extraordinary life became more and more reduced to a singular enjoyment, an unqualified bliss. Gradually, only this radical state is ordinary state, in which there is the conscious abiding as the heart, expanding its force through the form of reality into any kind of miraculous and ordinary communication with beings in various worlds. As this increases I become available for the actual communication of the Heart to greater numbers of beings. Therefore, whereas previous to this radical understanding I was engaged in experience for the sake of my own understanding, now this very understanding makes a dual acquisition of my whole life, preparing it as an instrument for the conscious force of the Heart. I cannot even begin express the nature of my ordinary experience in this form, I intend that I should communicate and initiate it in as many beings as I can include within the sphere of the Heart.
I am looking for a place, a secure sanctuary where I can work with disciples and devotees. I will remain there. It is my intention not to travel and visit the centers of my work, but to develop true devotees who can go out and form my work. This is what I must do. I must bring the teaching into written form and awaken it in devotees. Then there will be many who can share my functions. With this one way I can do no more than deliver the Teaching and develop devotees. Therefore, I want to stay in one place and liken many people to the functions of my work. And they l go out in the world, even after my human life is finished. If I spend my life traveling and meeting many people I can do very little. I can only communicate a superficial level of the teaching. But I must communicate the whole Teaching. There, I will reserve myself to disciples and devotees. And the Ashram of my disciples and devotees must do the experiment in the world.
Men must approach me as the Teaching, which is alive in my Ashram. And they must approach me through the Teaching, for I am the Form of the Teaching. During my human lifetime I would remain in one place, to do my work, and to prepare that place as a sanctuary and holy place in the earth. Therefore, once I attain it, men will have to come to me there. More than that, unless there is some reason why they must experience me in my human form, they should come to me in the form of my Ashrams and devotees.
I am here to awaken men to Truth and draw them into the life of Truth. I am new, alive, awake, and these qualities are my gift to men. I teach the living God-Reality that is eternally Present and Active. I teach that Condition, that Relationship, that Presence, that true Action. I teach the radical way that is always already Truth. I do not teach return to religion, spirituality, meditation, or any God-man who has come and gone. All such things are themselves servants which would turn men to the Truth I teach. I do not simply recommend or turn men to Truth. I am Truth. I draw men to myself. I am the Present God desiring, loving and drawing up his devotees. I have come to acquire my devotees. I have come as I have often come before, to present myself, to be present with devotees, to live with them the adventure of life in God, which is love, and mind in God, which is faith. I stand always Present in the Place and Form of God. I accept the qualities of all who turn to me and dissolve them in God, so that only God becomes their Condition and destiny, intelligence and work. I look for my devotees to recognize me and turn to me in appropriate ways, surrendering to me perfectly, depending on me, full of me always, with a face only of love.
In general it is true that the West is involved in the elaboration and realization of the descending functions and powers of life, and the East is involved in the elaboration and realization of the ascending functions and powers of that same life. At least this has been so historically and traditionally. In recent years we have seen both East and West begin to adapt to the motivations and qualities which each find in the other. The results will not be a reversal of the ancient roles, but the manifestation of a new and single human community in which the whole range of life’s functions and powers are elaborated and realized. It is to the population of that new world that my Teaching is directed, and it is in that new world that it will be fulfilled.
I have one motive now in the midst of all of you. It is to be heard. I appear now as a communication. I am the other side, who speaks in time and space. I am that One. The universe is my present work. My efforts are not in the great search. All my efforts, my force, is creative, emerging, appearing and making possible the universe of love. Thus, you can understand the reason for my appearance in my present form. I am not Franklin. I am the universe of love. I am all of this. Franklin is a form of my speech. He has no independent existence. Therefore, he does not appear separate from me, or from you. His moods are my own, and also those of the present time. But I am the universe of love. And I will be heard.”
Adi Da Samraj (Franklin Jones), 1971
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