Divine Distraction

Invoking our relationship to Adi Da Samraj

Adi DA Guru Purnima Presentation, July 4, 2020

given at Dandelion Farm


  1. The Guru appears in the world As the Heart. . . The Guru, the one who would awaken you, is not a person, The Guru is a function. He is not an individual within the dream. He is your very consciousness. He is the Real, Self, Light, the true Waking State and The Heart. The Guru is breaking through the force of dreaming, within the dream as an ordinary man.

    Essentially the Guru is your own nature appearing within the dream to awaken you. The Guru is your awakening, and your always already Conscious state. He is not some separateness, some individual, nor does He live as an “other” in any sense. He is Very Consciousness. The Guru is one’s own nature, absolutely, not symbolically.

    The Guru is not simply a human individual, a cultic figure. The Guru is a special Function in God. It is not a form of status, nor is something to be achieved. The Guru is not a big guy, a superman or superhero who appears among a lot of little guys in some form of superiority or narcissism. He must always become nothing so that the Divine Power becomes active.

    The true Guru is not the fascinating initiator of experience in men, but one who has died in the Heart, who has become empty of powers and without self, who has found that fullness is only, always and already God. The Guru is an agent of the Divine Work, not because He has all kinds of heroic accomplishments in His psyche, but because He has become nothing. He has attained nothing, He has been undone. The Guru is not identical to a person. The only reason an apparent human individual can function as Guru is because He has consciously ceased to be identical to a human individual in limitation. . .

    There is no longer any sense whatsoever in the human Guru of separate existence. None. The Guru is not a personality. The only reason He can perform the function of Guru is because He is dead. He is finished with all the cults and conventions of human life. He has already wrecked Himself, so you don’t have to worry about Him. He is finished, the Guru in the world is a paradoxical event. He is always a paradox, like the universe itself. The Guru is not an idol or a form of fascination. The Guru is not just a human person who can have human effects on you. The Guru is active, Present as that Divine Power, dead or alive. The Guru is communicated to you under all conditions: twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty five days a year, winter, spring, summer or fall, in good times and in bad, The Communication is always being given.

    Truth must confront a man, live him and meditate him. It is not your meditation that matters, Truth must meditate you. The matter of Truth is entirely academic until it communicates itself to you and takes you over. Then it creates sadhana and creates the conditions for transformation. So the Truth must find some way to communicate Itself as a function in specific relationship to you. Therefore, the human Guru is an appropriate means, and that is why He exists. Truth itself must become the process of life and communicate and create conditions in life, and make demands which restore the conscious participation of the individual.

    Individuals are terrified in the face of the Divine. Because in the Face of the Divine there is the Demand and The Revelation. The Demand is the sacrifice of self; and the Revelation is there is only God, your present state. If the Demand is not made there is only separate existence — ego — and fear, contraction.

    Avatar Adi Da Samraj, 1973

  2. I had registered for the Danda Celebration of Da Purnima, and greatly enjoyed the program on Saturday and today. It was remarkable how well the technical part went. It was obviously very well prepared. Until … this afternoon at 15:00 when we were supposed to change to Zoom for responses and the closing occasion. Whatever I tried, I could not join the Zoom meeting. After 15 minutes I gave up. This abrupt ending of a peaceful, beautiful, and quiet online celebration was a bit sad, so the thought came to check my regular email. No email from the Danda, but … unexpected news from “Admin”. A new post was published for Da Guru Purnima. I was happy! Now I could continue the celebration. I immediately started to watch. It felt really good that the Da Purnima Celebration was very concretely put in the larger context of the really worldwide and anciently celebrated love of the Guru – with greetings coming from India. It seemed to add an extra dimension to the celebration, in the sense that I became aware of a much larger “field” of celebration, one that went beyond the specific Adidam culture, and even beyond this specific time and place, as if part of an ongoing celebration throughout the history of mankind. The presentation was specifically focused on the love of the Guru in a way that it stirred my heart. To be so concretely reminded of Bhagavan’s Love for each of us – He is the first to submit! – warmed my heart in a strong response to Him. This was a beautiful and rich ending of the Adi Da Guru Purnima Celebration! Thank you to all!

  3. Excellent presentation Jambo, as usual. Thanks!

  4. The key-word is involvement. It was mentioned in your presentation that Adi Da would criticise our involvement when watching movies, thus forgetting Him. To be involved in your presentation is to forget our devotion to the Divine. No matter how wonderful and ‘perfect’ the conditions, no matter how informative, devotion is paramount no matter what. This is the confession of a true devotee. His or her attention is fixed on That that is prior to the most articulate person. I love Beloved simply because all else is suffering for me. Beloved has never left me, and this is apparent right now. I endorse this felt fact. He is my most intimate Friend.

    I hold up my hands and prostrate at His Feet.

    Thank you James.

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