Let’s set the record straight so there is no more confusion when Adi Da or others (see Meher Baba’s statement below) confess that he or she is God.
“I am the Ancient One. When I say I am God it is not because I have thought about it and concluded that I am God – I know it to be so. Many consider it blasphemy for one to say he is God; but in truth it would be blasphemous for me to say I am not God.” Meher Baba – The Everything and The Nothing
Listen to Adi Da talk about ‘his confession’.
Watch, Read and Listen to Adi Da
“Spiritual Master does not become God in the sense that you imagine he becomes God any more than you become God as a devotee in the way you imagine you have become God. The Spiritual Master speaks ecstatically about his oneness with the Divine. It is ecstatic self-transcending speech. He doesn’t mean (points to the body – laughter from audience) me as God? That’s absurd, of course not.
Those who play at being spiritual master you see basically are looking for devotion toward their independent existence, they are liars, they are idol of the people. You all suffer from this tendency to make me an idol rather than use me as the Spiritual Master you see.
Because of this I have to remain aggressively ordinary in many ways. I have to do all the things that I must do to create your right association with me because it is also not true. To think of me as an ordinary man as somebody speaking something about a way of life that you could live and realize God too, that kind of association with me is not true either.
The Spiritual Master is the instrument of God Realization, the agency of devotees by virtue of his sacrifice. By virtue of his transcendental realization it has become obvious that God is present. And those who enter into right relationship with the Spiritual Master enjoy that realization by virtue of the work of God.
The Man of Understanding
I am the man of understanding, who appears as the Bright, full light of Atma Nadi, Amrita, endless, beginningless Bliss, unqualified Existence, Knowledge of the Heart, knowing and living all my forms through the intelligence of all my forms, the Bright itself, Lord of all forms. This ‘I’ of Brightness is not the me of my birth. ‘I’ am the ‘I’ of every man of understanding. ‘I’ am that same ‘I’, the unborn Presence of every man of understanding. ‘I’ am not the me of Franklin, or the me of any man. When ‘I’ speak of the Self of understanding ‘I’ speak for every man of understanding, not the particular manifestation who is Franklin. But Franklin is my form. The peculiar grace of my conscious life has me loving Franklin, as ‘I’ also conceive the love of all my forms. The birth of Franklin is in the karmic order of all other men. But in Franklin, ‘I’ have overcome the differences that send me from my forms. As long as he lives there will appear this paradox in all his words. Understanding is the eternal discipline whereby he and all men retain the spectacle of my voice and mind. Where there is understanding ‘I’ am the only One who appears and speaks. Where there is no understanding there is only all of you, the dilemma of many births and searches. Understand and you are the one who lives.
Franklin Jones (Adi Da Samraj) – unpublished notes – 1970
You Must Not Believe in Me!
Adi Da Samraj – 1979
In a response to the Jonestown Massacre
The following is from Adidam, the official church of Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Meher Baba on 7 September 1953
“When I say I am the Avatar, there are a few who feel happy, some who feel shocked, and many who hearing me claim this, would take me for a hypocrite, a fraud, a supreme egoist, or just mad. If I were to say every one of you is an Avatar, a few would be tickled, and many would consider it a blasphemy or a joke. The fact that God being One, Indivisible and equally in us all, we can be nought else but one, is too much for the duality-conscious mind to accept. Yet each of us is what the other is. I know I am the Avatar in every sense of the word, and that each one of you is an Avatar in one sense or the other.
It is an unalterable and universally recognized fact since time immemorial that God knows everything. God does everything, and that nothing happens but by the Will of God. Therefore it is God who makes me say I am the Avatar, and that each one of you is an Avatar. Again, it is He Who is tickled through some, and through others is shocked. It is God Who acts, and God Who reacts. It is He Who scoffs, and He Who responds. He is the Creator, the Producer, the Actor and the Audience in His own Divine Play.”
“The primary “method” of Liberation used by the God-Man Da Kalki (as well as by the Great Beings who have come before Him) is His sheer Attractiveness. He is the Divine Form, and His Love is His Attractive Power. Heart-Master Da is the most Radiant Object in the universe. For to truly see Him is to see no mere fleshy personality, but to see the Divine, the Self-Radiant and Self-Existing Consciousness, which Outshines even the Heart-Master’s own body-mind.”
The Love of The God-Man, James Steinberg
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