I am the Body – Part 11 – Book 1 – Have I Said It? – Bubba Free John – selected quotes 1972-1975 – Ed Hi.

Have I Said It?

Bubba Free John (Adi Da Samraj), 1973

Note to the reader

Adi Da Samraj (Bubba Free John)

Bubba Free John (1974)…..Adi Da Samraj (2008)

Chapter 16

The Community


The Guru is a special

And temporary manifestation

Of the divine work.

He completes that special work

During his own lifetime,

And then leaves behind him

An ashram or community

Which lives Satsang

And is responsible

For communicating its availability,

Its teaching,

And its practice.

“Spiritual” forces of all kinds

Live within the community

That has come to me,

And these are not to be identified

With my Special Function.

They are the common life of the community,

To be responsibly realized, conserved and used

By virtue of the constant enjoyment

Of true Satsang

And its power of understanding.

My disciples must understand themselves

In relation to methods, concepts, promises, beliefs

And the apparently extraordinary activity

Of subtle forces.

If they do so,

They will remain free of their illusions

In the world.

If they do not,

They have chosen

The way of Narcissus

Rather than the way of Satsang.

Adi Da Samraj (Bubba Free John)

Bubba Free John (1974)…..Adi Da Samraj (2008)


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 creating an index of his early books. I found these writings to be compelling, along with some of 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