The Death of Adi Da – Mahasamadhi

13 Years Ago

The Maha Samadhi 
Adi Da Samraj

November 27, 2008

Adi Da Samraj, November 26, 2008


“I am not going to Incarnate again just because you did not get it! It is there still to be gotten even after My physical lifetime, but My Work is done, all the Dharma Communicated, all the Siddhis Established that are necessary for your practice of the Way of the Heart.” – Adi Da 1993

  “The Community will be tested its ability to survive without the physical presence of the Guru. It remains to be seen what will result. He has never claimed that the spiritual process would be a “success.” He has criticized as dreamy nonsense the notion that heavenly assurances would ultimately bring his teaching some sort of global acceptance. He has made it equally clear that there need be no guru if humanity only maintains contact with the eternally present divine. It was only because men had lost the way.” – East West Journal – 1976


Read a Leela written 8 months after the passing of Adi Da by Michael Shaw, devotee

Terry Patten – Integral Heart – Blog – In Memoriam: Adi Da Samraj — 1939-2008

Path of No Seeking – Morgan Zo-Callahan – “In 1972 I became aware of Franklin Jones…I was graced with, or maybe just lucked into, an intense five-year relationship with Franklin as my spiritual teacher”

DEVOTEE: As the Guru sheds the physical body, is it the Divine Force that becomes alive in the disciples and other people who live in relationship to the Guru?

BUBBA: Sure. Then the devotees of such a one become the functional means for the presentation of that Force in the world. They have that living relationship with the Guru, who is now gone in his ordinary human form. Their relationship is unbroken, so the activity, the Divine Siddhi that was the Guru continues to manifest through them as a community. India Tapes – 1973

BUBBA: …communities tend to become not communities, but cults. They tend to be centered in the personality of a Guru, directed to that Guru as a form of fascination. It is the community re-enacting the ritual of the ego that people all enact individually. So they never become a community, and they never turn outward and become functional and truly live this Siddhi. They remain inward directed, always concentrating on this one who is gone. I have told you that the Guru comes to manifest that Satsang that existed prior to his physical birth. People don’t relate to that. After the Guru’s death they try to relate to that Satsang that he apparently generated during his lifetime. So they go around trying to remember what he looked like and carrying that whole cult of his personality, instead of truly living the Divine Satsang that he was here to communicate while he was alive.I India Tapes – 1973

My Real Divine Avataric Work has only now Begun

“My promise to devotees is the same that all the Siddhas have declared*: I am with you now, as I have always been, and I will always be with you. My Function is without beginning or end. The work I do in my psycho-physical form is temporary. it is done in order to re-awaken The Way itself. Therefore, my human life is only a moment. But the purpose of my work while alive is to establish The Way of Understanding in Satsang for the coming generations of mankind. And the special inheritance of my devotees will be the Community, the Teaching, and the Living Places I will create and reserve among you. – Bubba Free John, October 18, 1973.

Paul Mason *When in 1953 Guru Dev (Swami Brahmananda Saraswati Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath) left this mortal frame and attained nirvana…I became very sad, very sorry, very morose, the entire world was emtpy for me and I did not understand what to do without Guru Dev. Just a minute or two seconds after Guru Dev appeared to me and was scolding me; “What a fool you are! You have been with me for all these many years and you heard my discourses too. Why should you be sorry today? And you think that I am gone, where am I gone? Till now whenever you wanted to meet me , you had to come to the place where I was, and today when I have attained nirvana, I am everywhere, I am omnipresent, Where have I gone? Very foolish for you to mourn on this occasion. I am with you, here, there, everywhere. Why should you be sorry?”pp. 308-09 The Biography of Guru Dev, – Vol II, Paul Mason

“My psycho-physical form is mortal, a function of the worlds” – Breath and Name

“When this life of Bubba Free John (Adi Da) is abandoned, the Person and Siddhi of the Divine will continue to be manifested to my devotees in exactly the same way I have made known to them while I live. And the Community of my devotees will remain in the world as my very incarnation. It will continue to serve as the fundamental and living instrument whereby my work will be extended beyond my lifetime.” – June 7, 1974 – Garbage and The Goddess – Chapter 10

“The kernel of Liberation…is conscious realization of complete oneness with the Brahman. It makes little difference whether this occurs in an embodied state or in a disembodied one.” – The Yoga-Vasistha – The Character of the Liberated Living Man

I think the guru’s psycho-physical death is a lesson of the same order so everybody has to get it together without having to die the same lesson can be taught if it’s necessary. The same lesson is already being taught by my withdrawing in various ways into isolation, just leaving things alone in various ways for periods of time.  

“The guru’s psycho-physical death is a lesson of the same order so everybody has to get it together. Without having to die the same lesson can be taught if it’s necessary. The same lesson is already being taught by my withdrawing in various ways into isolation, just leaving things alone in various ways for periods of time. My withdrawal not just a way of becoming independent of the ashram. It’s a way of requiring the ashram to take on its proper function. It’s not an abandonment. It’s a form of teaching in which things are done at the right time and in the proper way the ashram does begin to fulfill its functions better. It also begins to be Satsang more as it is, not as a cultic life with a human individual, but it’s life in God in divine communion, so the guru takes on opportunities he must take in order to place his devotees in that more perfect Satsang. The Ashram is still very childish, people require very childish consolations when they should be busy doing it instead of expecting me to be something like an entertainer or a consoling presence and get them into line, week after week. Why should that be necessary anymore.” – unpublished talk – 1974  

“(My work is) the same that all the Siddhas have declared: I am with you now, as I have always been, and I will always be with you. My Function is without beginning or end. The work I do in my psycho-physical form is temporary. It is done in order to reawaken the way itself. Therefore, my human life is only a moment. But the purpose of my work while alive is to establish the way of Satsang for the coming generations of mankind”. – Breath and Name  

“…it should be presumed that this transmission will continue through my Agency…after my death. Spiritual Agency, once established doesn’t come to an end with physical death. I will be functioning through tangible Agency of those who are in this plane, capable of receiving it. They won’t even have any particular sense necessarily of having some association with me in a subtle form, an astral form, that looks like I did during my life….But the Siddhi itself will remain obvious to them…and the cycle will not be interrupted.” – Adi Da 1982

“My Work…is mysterious to me. I cannot explain it really…you all must progressively adapt to something that has happened that even I cannot explain altogether” – Adi Da Samraj, 1986

This is a bardo, a transitional place – in other words, a transformation of mind…that is what it really is. You cannot merely…believe it…it is not a doctrine. I can only Confess to you My State. Either you recognize Me or you do not. February 16, 1983, ‘God is not a Gentleman, and I Am That One’ The entire function of the human guru’s appearance in the world is to create devotees. Once devotees are created, it isn’t necessary for there to be a human guru. The eternal guru, who is also that human guru, is always present, and devotees are always in touch with that one. The creation of devotees is what is necessary, not the creation of more gurus. – Have I Said It?

“I see death as just a drawing back in of this extension here. My so-called death will just draw this psycho-physical being back into the Position in which I am already living. This body is not my position.” –What if the Universe Were to Disappear in Light?

“It seems trivial to say that everyone dies, but it really is the case. Love your way beyond it. Do not take it. The heart cannot accept it. Don’t. You cannot know about it altogether, but you can trust it. How do you get to trust it? Seriously ‘consider’ this matter with Me. The Heart is faith, it is trust. Where there is no emotional contraction in the midst of conditions, that is faith, that is absolute trust. You do not have to be sold on it by adding a belief structure. Understand. Enter into heart-Communion with Me for real, and not by self-concern, but through this response to Me. Then the Law becomes obvious”. – AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ – May 7, 1997


AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: You must all become energetic in your devotion to Me. You must all become un-“knowable” to yourselves in the “Play” with Me. You must all become so disturbed in your center that you have no reach to yourself, but, in spite of your reach, in your simplest activities, you express Me without “knowledge”– and This Is the Force of My Intrusion upon Which I Depend, and upon Which My Continuation is Guaranteed. When I see all of that multiplied in My devotees, then I am free to Abandon This Body. You may consider It somehow unfortunate, but It will occur. When I see in many of you the energy of true devotion in My Company, in all kinds of relations with Me, then I Know that My Birth has Begun. These signs of your enthusiasm and freedom are My Birth-Pangs. They are the signs of My Ending in the Body. These signs demand that Ending, in order to be instigated and furthered, in order to be refined and defined. Now This Body must Go. When you see this in one another, know that the Work of This Body is Completed.  

“If any one Wonders How This Can Be So, Let him or her Study The Great Tradition Of The Esoteric Spiritual, Transcendental, and Divine Realization Of Truth. Let every one who Will Study The Great Tradition Understand That, Although The Way Of The Heart Is A New and Most Full Revelation Made Under the circumstances arising During The Physical Lifetime Of My Now Speaking Bodily Human Form, It Is Also The Eternal and Ancient “Secret” Way That Is The Seed Of All Religions”. – The Dawn Horse Testament – Chapter 4

“It is only in the next generation beyond this body that the factuality of this circumstance becomes apparent” – My Death is My Birth – July 12,1976

“The Guru is not of the kind that at death returns to the soup” …..”(my influence) remains with those whose connection is with me, even those who are now on this earth and who do not know (this) body. That influence is working on them at this moment. – You Are Not That Either – November 20, 1975

Welcome, Sister Death – On the Remarkable Departures of Illumined Beings Ron Boyer, Laughing Man Magazine, 1981

Do Guru’s feel pain? – “it is immaterial to him where and when he leaves the body. Some of them when passing appear to suffer, others may pass while in Samadhi and quite unconscious of the outer world, while yet others may just disappear from sight at the moment of death” A Sadhu’s Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi by Sadhu Arunachala (A.W. Chadwick)

After My Death Bubba Free John 4/17/76

After my death, no one will ever see me, but my work will continue Breath and Name

“I will yield utterly to the condition of Siddhi and Person of God, and, therefore, I will remain only Perfectly Present” New Age Journal – 1976

After My Death Garbage and The Goddess

The body of the Guru is not God – An excerpt from, The Decision to Eat, 4/4/76

“The withdrawal of my human influence will change nothing” Bubba Free John, 1976

There is no birth either on this or the other side (of the world). A compound thing (samskrta) originates from its conditions. Therefore it is sunya by its nature. This fact comes into the range of knowledge of an omniscient one. – Mahayanavimsaka of Nagarjuna – ADORATION TO THE THREE TREASURES


November 26, 2008 – The day before his death



The Temple at the “Brightness” Divine Mahasamadhi Site