Divine Distraction

Invoking our relationship to Adi Da Samraj

Category: Leelas and testimonials (page 1 of 2)

Adi Da Guru Purnima Prayer, 2017

 

Da Guru Purnima Invocation, 2017, read in Land Bridge Pavilion, July 9

 

–To Beloved Bhagavan Adi Da, the Divine and Absolute Person of Love, we bow down

–To He Who has loved us and held us tight, and Who has straightened and purified us with His Fierce Sword of compassion, burning the brush of our egoity, and Who drives us deeper than our bodies and minds in His State of Silent Radiant Bliss, to that Divine Person, we bow down

–To He Who has endured our falsity, ordinariness, our disrespect and immaturity with a Staying Power and sense of humor unmatched by any Adept in history, to that Wounded Lover of Humankind, the only One Who Stood up for everyone, we bow down

–To He Whose Ecstasy and Divine Self-Confession brought the Living God Present before our eyes.  To He who Proclaimed that laughter is the only Suitable Mantra, whose very Name is that Giving, DA, that is the Radiant Prasad that is the Source of the universe, to that World-Friend, we bow down

–To All of the God-Realized Baptizers and World Teachers of Humankind, we bow down

–To Robert the Cat, Swami Rudrananda, Swami Muktananda, Swami Prakashananda, the Divine

Nityananda, Sri Rang Avadhoot, Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi and other Awakened servants of our Divine Guru Adi Da Samraj, we bow down

–To all heart-broken devotees and true worshippers of the One God in all His or Her Forms, we bow down

–To all suffering in this place of darkness and confusion, subject to natural fires and cyclones and natural disasters, and human intolerance and hurtful divisiveness, fundamentalism and cultism and gross materialism, we bow down in love and empathy and blessing,

–Surrendered at the Heart Place, all Beings in all worlds pray to the Infinite and Unknowable Grace of the Eternal Divine Person

–Immersed in the Infinite All-Pervading Force Field of Divine Life, free of fear, open-eyed, God-Confessed and surrendered, having bowed down through the Grace of the Divine Guru, we enter into relationship with the Heart Supreme.

–Oh Beloved Da, skilled in Discrimination, endowed with Compassion, Supreme Teacher, Bright-Heart—to that Realized One, the Master of our body-minds, we bring our attention

[below not read on Sunday this year]

Let us rejoice in the good company of one another, in the Sacred Ashram, and the Dharma of our Master Supreme

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Why I Surrender, by Peter Wood

IMG_0656Why I surrender to Adi Da.

I’ve asked myself on many occasions why I devote so much time to contemplating Adi Da’s picture and the simple answer is that I’ve no one in my conditional world that I get peace of mind from.

It was Adi Da Samraj, at the beginning of my formal Sadhana, some 30 years or so ago, I saw to be my last resort.  After everything else had failed Adi Da comes along, shouts at me via the Dreaded Gomboo essay, telling me loud and clear to Stop Doing my suffering, to take responsibility for my destiny, for my Only Real Cure.  He said, Peter there is no one or no thing that can cure you of your suffering other than simply surrendering to God via the ongoing practise of devotion to Me, the Divine Person, the Divine Agent.  Either I understood this or I didn’t; well, needless to say, I did.  I understood because I could see and feel this ‘doing’.  It was so obvious to me that I was doing what He called the self contraction.  wow!  Here, for the first time in my life, I had the answer: to stop seeking a cure via worldly alternatives, that were always failing me, never giving me a cure that was ongoingly successful, but to have this love relationship with This Person of love, accessible even in a queue in a supermarket.  Another Wow!

So, although Adi Da seemingly became my last resort at the age of about 35, he in fact became my first resort, and continues to be. Wow! LOL.

I don’t know about you and the reason, or reasons why you have become His devotee, but I do wonder if there are many devotees who can share the plight, the karma that spurred me into finding my Only Cure? Would you like to hear why it’s necessary for me to  use Him throughout each and every day as my Only Cure, the Only Cure for a loveless heart?

Image5Well, simply because everything and everyone failed me.  My parents failed me, my siblings fail me, relations failed me, and continue to do so, my religion failed me, my teachers failed me, my friends failed me, my music failed me, my diets failed me, my medication failed me, books failed me, self help groups failed me, work failed me, students failed me, lovers failed me, belief failed me, counsellors  failed me, other religions failed me, my mind fails me, my desires fail me, Adidam failed me, devotees failed me, I failed me, even my four attempts to kill myself failed me!  Can you beat that?  Yes, of course there were times of happiness and times of self fulfillment, but none of that happiness or joy extended more than a few hours, or possibly a day or so.  My suffering was so blatantly obvious that I was forever seeking cures, here there and everywhere.  So what were the symptoms of my internal suffering, what were the results of my self contraction?

For years and years, from infancy to my Thirties,  not just the odd day, or 5 minutes here and there, but on going for years, I suffered asthmatic  attacks, head banging, temper tantrums, suicidal feelings, anxiety attacks, neurotic tendencies, self consciousness, profuse sweat attacks, migraines, headaches, nervousness, self destructive tendencies, nightmares, paranoia, delusions, illusions, The Dreaded Gomboo without a doubt.  I suffered, and at the same time I was expected to function, to earn a living.  If it wasn’t for the fact that I had a deep connection with Jesus, with God, I wouldn’t have survived, but I needed a reason for my suffering, and it wasn’t until Adi Da came into my life that I eventually understood.

So what doesn’t fail me now is the self understanding that Adi Da has given me.  I understand that I did all of that suffering, and still have the tendencies to do, but I need not anymore, and as long as I continue to resort to Adi Da, I no longer suffer.  I require His Grace entirely for a life of Real Happiness, a life that really is a pleasure to live.IMG_0658

Letter to Adi Da from Peter Wood

IMG_0655Dear Beloved

You are active as a miracle worker in my life, through me.  You have given me the self understanding that I required in order to incarnate as love, or at least to do so more and more.

All those 30 or so years ago I recognized your Great Help.  All those years ago I recognized your Great Influence, telling me to simply commune with You, to be in relationship with You, no matter where I was, whom I might be with, no matter what was arising.  You said to me to choose any condition and to Find You there.  That has been my practice all these years, Finding You there, wherever there might be.

If someone could never sit still and then could do in contemplation of You, that is a miracle.

If one couldn’t watch a film with ones family then could do in relationship with you, that is a miracle.

If one couldn’t play solos in front of others then could do, while feeling Your loving regard, then that is a miracle.

If one couldn’t sit still and watch a rugby match with ones father, but could do with this secretive relationship with You, that is a miracle.

If one couldn’t walk out of the front door without feeling self conscious, but suddenly could while with You, that is a miracle.

If one found it difficult to do the most ordinary of functional jobs, without getting anxious and flustered, but suddenly could do with You, then that is nothing short of being miraculous..

If one  got concerned about the slightest of mundane things and then, in relationship with You, Didn’t, then that is simply miraculous.

My spiritual relationship with You is secretive, it is unknown, it is unseen.  But it’s fruits are known.

20000521_273[1]Beloved You have shown Yourself, revealed to me Your love that surpasses all internal conflicts, all dilemma, all pathetic concerns, transforming the situations that I have found myself in, a transformation that is nothing but miraculous, I am deeply heart grateful for.

My whole life of difficulties and frustrations, anxieties and dilemmas has been necessary in order to find You, and to refinding You, as an answer to my childhood prayer of wanting to be like Jesus and not simply a follower.  You are the means for this body mind transformation, a transformation that is gracefully given, totally dependent on me finding You Attractive beyond all of the results of my self-contraction.

Dear Beloved you never forsake me, for it is I that forsake you.

I pray that my life circumstances will only ever be what is required for my personal Sadhana, a sadhana that can only be about Real Love.  As long as I continue to be Attracted to You, and only You, beyond my separative acts, I know inherently that I am Yours and that You will bless me with those gifts that reflect such devotion.

I wish to be an advocate of this Loving, transforming and miraculous Relationship that you offer, which is really all that Adidam is about.  It is a personal relationship that has a great influence on others and things.  I wish to be Your instrument of incarnation. Please grant me the arms to be capable of such a heartfelt prayer.

I bow down at Your Feet, freely offering You my self.

Peter Wood

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My Lord has made a madwoman out of me, poem by Lynn Thompson

File0004_1My Lord has made a madwoman out of me

i cannot hold my Ps and Qs in line

the news tries to tell me to take it seriously

and all the earnest faces beckon out their plights

 

but the Lord has made a madwoman out of me

all the washing is left dripping on the line

and the bread and butter sandwiches

have to make themselves

 

Alas my Lord has made a madwoman out of me

He gave me all the rulebooks

then tore them from my hands to only read

them all afresh to me

 

File0006Our Lord has made a madwoman out of me

A craziness settles on these bones

all stacked here on the floor below His Feet

His beauty eats me alive as i gaze at Him

 

Great Lord has made a madwoman out of me

He flies me out through all the worlds

He pushes me against all experience

and thrashes every desire in His Bright White Light

 

The Lord has made a madwoman out of me

He rushes me through  golden streets

and dashes me against craggy rocks

as tenderiser all beat and pulped to Him

 

4175_92594194714_4611580_nDa Lord makes a madwoman out of me

He dances a million forms of crazy light

right here right now unbidden always

He strokes my stoic face to softened touch

 

Crazy Lord makes a madwoman out of me

His glinting eyes make murti glass all shards

His every move disciplines my every turn

before Him ecstatic He bends my trembling knees

The Hand Gesture that Proved the Incarnation of God, by Hellie Kalogeros

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Helllie Kalogeros

I have been with my Beloved Guru, Heart-Master Da since May of 1972, one month after He officially opened the Ashram in Los Angeles. Since that time I have sat in Darshan with Him hundreds, if not thousands of times.
As was customary of His sitting with devotees in a large group, He would come in, sit with his legs crossed in a lotus or half lotus position and begin to meditate all of us. Most of the time Beloved did not move, except to sometimes gaze over the crowd of devotees, making occasional eye contact with people, and sometimes, during certain meditations with Him, His Body would often spontaneously animate certain hand mudras.
On one of these occasions at The Mountain of Attention Sanctuary in northern California, I happened to be sitting next to a brand new student beginner, there for her first Darshan event. She was an older lady, and I was thrilled to see her excitement at seeing Beloved for the first time.
When Beloved came in and sat down, the room got extremely quiet as it usually did during our time of sitting with Him. On this particular occasion He began animating hand mudras almost immediately. This was the first time I had seen this happen so quickly. As I sat there with my attention on Him, I noticed something about one of the hand mudras He did and thought to myself, that’s odd I don’t remember Him ever doing that. At which point, the new lady student next to me burst into tears, and was weeping uncontrollably.

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Adi Da Samraj in Extraordinary Eyes, exhibiting hand gestures or mudras, 1992

I could see and feel she was completely touched by the event of her first Darshan and could not wait to talk to her after the occasion to see how she was doing. When Darshan was over, and Beloved had left the building, I went up to her and asked her what she had experienced, to which she promptly replied: “You probably won’t believe it if I tell you.” Laughing at her response I said, “With our Guru, anything is possible, try me.”

She then told me a story which really did blow my mind. She said that when she was a little girl, she would talk to God constantly, bargaining with Him to reveal Himself to her in life. She said that when she was in her twenties, she made a deal with God that if He lived in the world, He should reveal Himself to her by demonstrating a certain hand gesture that only she and God knew about. She had been a seeker for years and had many teachers, and she always looked for them to display the special hand gesture that would prove themselves to be the Incarnate One, but none of them had proven themselves to be genuine.

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Rasa Leela, Krishna and Radha at centter

DSC0083aThis was her first sitting with Beloved, and within the first few minutes of the Darshan, He had demonstrated to her the hand gesture she required for proof of the Incarnation of God, at which point her eyes filled with tears of gratitude once again. She then told me how grateful she was for her first Darshan occasion.
For me, over the years, I have looked to see if Beloved has ever done this one particular hand mudra again, and I have never seen Him repeat it in any Darshan I have personally had with Him.
This leela showed me even more that the story from the Hindu Tradition of Krishna and Radha is really true. In the paintings where the Rasa Leela or Round Dance is taking place, Krishna is shown in the center of a circle of female devotees, dancing with one woman, Radha, the chosen one. The other women who are encircling Krishna are blissfully, and jealously pining to be in the center with him, all wanting to be in Radha’s place.

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Round Dance, Krishna dancing with each gopi or cowgirl, individually

I realized once again that we are all in the center Dancing with Beloved. He Dances with every one of His Devotees Personally and Intimately according to their particular needs. (In some versions there is also a form of Krishna dancing both with Radha in the center, and also with each of the ladies in the larger circle. Adi Da has described this as a way of rightly understanding the Guru-devotee relationship. That we all dance with Him individually, each one of us.)Just as with this new student on this Amazing Darshan Occasion. It just shows me again how our relationship with the Divine Heart-Master is Absolutely Personal and Perfect for each and every one of us now and forever.

Thank you my Beloved Heart-Master Da
Hellie

My Birthday Gift, by Hellie Kalogeros

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Hellie Kalogeros

In 2010, the night before my birthday, my husband Carl informed me that we would be going to a birthday lunch at a fancy restaurant with family and friends the next day. We don’t eat out that often and so this was a rare treat and I was excited about it. When I went to sleep that night I had a wonderful dream.

I was in a place that resembled a small theater. On the stage was a long platform built the entire length of the stage, with three very large steps leading up to it. Beloved was sitting in His Chair at the top of this platform, and I was sitting at the bottom on the floor below the last step.

There was a sheer black curtain stretched the entire length of the stage between myself and Beloved. The curtain stopped at the top edge of the platform above, so that the stairs were free of the curtain down to where I was sitting. Beloved was sitting facing out to my right side, so all I could see of Him was His profile and the right side of His Body.

It felt as if there were thousands of beings who were behind this sheer curtain with Him, and it felt as if the space behind Him, was Bigger and more Vast than the Universe itself, but not empty, it seemed crowded there in fact.

20000521_305[1]Beloved appeared very Bright in His Chair, but everything behind Him was black and I couldn’t see anything beyond Him. He was literally outshining everything behind this sheer black curtain and nothing else behind Him was visible although I could sense and feel beings, I could not see them, no matter how hard I tried.

I could sense and feel that He was having an intense non-verbal conversation with them on the other side of this sheer black curtain, and although I kept trying, I just couldn’t penetrate this sheer curtain to see into the blackness beyond, only Beloved remained visible.

I could feel He was addressing everyone on the other side about their practice, as He did with devotees when He was alive, and could feel Him intensifying my own practice as I sat there, even though I could not hear what He was saying nor see those he was communicating to, his communication to me was very clear.

pour_a_bucket_of_ice_water_over_your_head_by_kylekirk-d7ww1m5When I got the message, all of a sudden Beloved stopped His address to those on the other side and turned His Head to His right to see me sitting there at the bottom of the platform steps. He got up as if He had been waiting for me, walked to the back of His Chair, grabbed a bucket of water that was just to His right side, came out from behind the sheer black curtain, took one step down the platform steps and dumped the entire bucket of water on my head, saying: “Now you can go to lunch with Carl”.

He then walked back behind the sheer black curtain, behind His Chair, sat down and once again began addressing those on the other side non-verbally.

When I woke up after the dream I felt completely Blessed, realizing I had received the most Wonderful and Personal Darshan Birthday present .

I also realized that the black sheer curtain I had tried so hard to look beyond was in Reality “The Veil of Death.” That is why no matter how hard I tried, I could not penetrate it to view what was on the other side. Only my Beloved Guru could cross into both worlds with the ease and simplicity of pulling back a curtain. Thank You Heart-Master Da

Hellie

 

 

 

 

 

Extended Grace, by Carl Pengelly

File0006It says in the spiritual Traditions that the Grace of the Guru not only extends to His Devotees, but also extends to the family members of His devotees as well. And that lesson became ever so clear in the case of my mother’s passing.

I was never brought up in a very strict religion, although I was brought up as a Catholic. But, over the adult years of my life I became more interested in the process of life and what it was all about, and I became more of a seeker in finding Truth and Reality, because conventional religion seemed shallow and superficial to me.

At one particular point in my search I did realize that I needed help, I realized that I needed a Spiritual Teacher, and I knew that I was not going to go to India to find one.

In 1983 in one of my periods of intense seeking, I stumbled on a spiritual book store in San Rafael California. In the front window of the book store was an enlarged poster sized photo of Beloved Adi Da. And as I looked at the photo, I was thinking to myself, He looks about the same age as me, so what the hell does He have that I don’t have, in somewhat of an angry cynical manner. This only added to my frustration.

I entered the bookstore and bought a book that was recommended to me to read. At that particular period I was very frustrated and cynical in general in my quest for understanding of what life was about. So I bought the book that was recommended to me, took it home, read half way through it, put it down and felt that it didn’t satisfy my need for answers.

I went back to the book store, browsed around a bit, and saw that on a table there were several books, featuring “The Knee of Listening”. I picked up the book and began to browse through it, going to a section in the back of the book called “The Wisdom of Understanding.” I read maybe two pages and realized that my search was OVER. In just those two pages my questions were answered. I bought the book, took it home and read it, and realized at that time I had found my Spiritual Teacher. Shortly after that I became a devotee of Beloved Adi Da.

File0026And as a new student beginner of His work, there were study courses in the Traditions, and I became more familiar with all of the Wisdom Teachings of both Eastern and Western philosophy. And so throughout the years I would have conversations with my mother regarding the Spiritual Traditions and these different points of view. As my understanding grew, I would convey my understanding to her. Although my mother was somewhat skeptical she listened.

As I grew in my understanding of the difference between the Great Tradition and Beloved’s Teaching, I would also convey this to her, and at one point she began to see and feel the difference, and was somewhat more open in her understanding. Yet still not completely converted.

In 1993, my mother took a turn for the worst after a stroke she suffered two years earlier. My wife and I were by her bedside in the hospital a couple of days before her passing. She would lapse between a semi-conscious and unconscious state, never seeming to fully regain conscious awareness. It was in a moment of being in the semi-conscious state that she, out of the blue, spoke up and said: “Take me to Fiji, Take me to Fiji, He loves us, He loves us. He’s with us all the time.” At that point my wife and I looked at each other with an Absolute look of Astonishment on both our faces and wondered where did that come from. I spent the rest of my time with her until her passing a couple of days later, all the while feeling my Guru’s Presence very strongly, I know He entered the room and was sitting with me.

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Pancho Villa

It wasn’t until some time later, when we were invited to a celebratory occasion with Beloved that the significance of that moment became clarified. Somehow the conversation came up relative to my father. One of the devotees mentioned to Beloved that my father rode with Pancho Villa. Wherein Beloved asked, “What about your father Carl.” I told Him he was a very simple hard working man, and He responded, “Like you Carl.” To which I responded “yes, Lord.” And then again out of nowhere Beloved said: “About your mother Carl, I was with her when she passed.” At that point my heart was completely broken and sobbing I said “Yes, I know You were Lord.”

What I realized was that out of all the conversations I ever had with my mother with regards to religion, she had listened to the point of being able to receive the Gift of Love and Compassion at the end of her life. Beloved’s Grace and Compassion had taken care of her on her death bed, and completely consumed her. Her death seemed to be an easy transition, for which I was completely grateful.

I bow down at the Feet of my Beloved Master Adi Da, who’s Loving Grace fills our hearts with Love.

Carl Pengelly

 

 

The Glass of Water, by Hellie Kalogeros

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Hellie Kalogeros

On day at The Mountain of Attention Sanctuary Beloved called some of us over to His house for a gathering. And I was fortunate to have been invited.

As always whenever you would be invited to the Master’s house for a gathering your heart would race with anticipation and you would be exploding with excitement as to the nature of how the rest of your day would unfold in His Divine Human Company, and of course you were always ecstatic to be going.

And whenever you were invited, you could never be fashionably late. Beloved always expected you to just simply drop whatever you were doing and rush over. But if in the course of doing so, you ended up being improperly dressed you would always hear about it.

So you could never linger in the self indulgence of putting on a little extra make up, or taking extra time in choosing your wardrobe, because if you were late you would hear about it. He would often Bellow out: “Where’s Mulund, or Where’s Aniello?” And you had better be right outside the door waiting to come in, because if He had to send an attendant for you, you would get a consequence, like chugging a beer at the beginning of the gathering or serving other devotees throughout that day’s gathering. Consequences we all tried to avoid.

And so, the bottom line rule of gathering with Him was to simply drop everything, handle all of your worldly business so that He could have your entire attention without distraction, and rush over looking impeccable for the day’s gathering. And more often than not you only had fifteen minutes to a half an hour in which to do all of this. It was a koan we all accepted, and it was always a sadhana, always stressful, and if you were late you’d better have a good excuse.

File0016And there were very few excuses He would accept. You had to make sure any children would be cared for of in terms of babysitting requirements while you were at the gathering and handle any important Ashram business that couldn’t be put on hold. That’s basically it.

At this particular gathering, I had to handle more business than usual and ended up being one of the last people in the door. Beloved would sit on His chair and face us, while we would sit on the floor facing Him, leaving a walking isle down the middle of the room which led to His Chair. Because I had taken so long to wrap things up, and was one of the last people to arrive, I had to take a seat more or less in the back row on the right. But I scored a seat on the aisle and there was no one sitting to my left, and so I ended up getting an unobstructed view of Beloved.

The gathering went on for a couple of hours, after which Beloved called for a break, and so He got up, walked down the center of the aisle and left the room. I didn’t really need to get up at that point and so simply sat there and watched every one else file out of the room behind Him, except for one other devotee to my right who decided to stay in the room as I did.

thCATYW32JAs I sat there I noticed that down the center of the aisle not to far from Beloved’s chair toward the front of the room, there was a tall glass of water sitting so close to the center of the aisle, that I couldn’t help but think to myself, “the next person who comes back in the room is going to knock that glass of water over and it’s going to spill on carpet.” I was absolutely sure that this was the scenario that was going to take place with this glass of water, without a doubt. I knew this would happen.

My intuition was so strong, that it was like a cramp in my navel, but I did nothing about it. I continued to sit there, with this knowledge gnawing in the pit of my stomach and at the heart region in my chest. It was so overwhelming it became totally annoying and now had captured my full attention. But instead of acting on it, I debated with myself, as to whether I should remove the glass of water or not. I was now going back and forth in my own mind, justifying my feelings by thinking that it was only a strong feeling and didn’t deserve my attention. All the while sitting with this feeling in the pit of my stomach and at the heart region in my chest, gnawing at me like a mouse gnawing on a piece of cheese and wondering if I should get up and remove the water.

At one point I was so sure it was going to happen that I turned to the devotee who was sitting next to me, as we were the only ones in the room at that point and I mentioned the glass of water and how I was sure someone would knock it over. But this person didn’t feel the way I did and so dismissed it and told me not to worry about it, to once again focus my attention on the Master and let it go. But this only fueled my drama further. Now I was truly torn, between simply getting up or sitting still, going back and forth trying to dismiss the feelings I was having. But this glass of water had completely captured my total attention.

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Hellie and Adi Da Samraj (then Bubba Free John) at a devotee wedding, The Mountain of Attention, July 974

About ten minutes went by, and as I was going through this internal drama with this glass of water it began to seem totally ridiculous to me that this glass of water was the only thing I was thinking about and had been for the last ten minutes. My mind simply went back and forth as to whether I should or shouldn’t  remove it from its place on the carpet. And so, after all of the drama I made the decision to just leave it where it was.

When I had finally made the decision to do nothing, then a devotee who was sitting near the glass of water headed back to his seat and in doing so accidentally knocked over the glass of water that I had been meditating on for the past ten minutes. It had now spilled on the carpet just as I had been predicting.

By then, Beloved, had re-entered the room and was now watching the entire drama unfold in the way of someone mopping up the water. I of course felt bad, as I could have prevented the accident entirely, but I chose to do nothing. It was at that point that Beloved on His way back to His chair stopped right in front of me and stood in the center aisle looking down at me.

As I looked into His beautiful face, He bent down and slightly cuffed me on the left cheek with his open hand and said: “I have been telling you to move that glass of water for the last ten minutes. Why haven’t you been listening to Me.” And then He sat back in His chair and the gathering continued.

Needless to say I was totally blown away, as was the person sitting on my right who I mentioned the feeling to. By lighting tapping my cheek I realized that He had totally absolved any guilt karma I had created with the water glass and taught me a lesson on how to listen a little deeper.

Thank you Beloved for this Gift.

Divine Intervention, by Hellie Kalogeros

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Hellie Kalogeros

I’ve been a student of my Beloved Guru Adi Da for over 37 years as I am writing this story.

I wish to relate to you the following true story relative to Heart-Master Adi Da’s Divine Love and Compassion, which truly Transcends time and space.

I was at a gathering with Heart-Master Adi Da, where He was giving a discourse to a number of students, speaking to us about our disciplines and daily spiritual practices.

I was sitting not too far from my Beloved Guru among about 25 or 30 other students and there was a brief break in the conversation. Someone mentioned to Heart-Master Da that a famous person had died that day and He asked how it happened. To make a long story short the conversation drifted from the intensity to which we should be practicing to how some famous people in the past had died.

We began amusingly swapping terrible death stories. My Beloved Guru then mentioned hearing how Mamma Cass had died. He said He had heard that she choked to death in a restaurant eating a ham sandwich. He then said, “Of course when she died, they didn’t have the Heimlich Maneuver back in those days, as they did today”. It was at that point He looked directly at me. I thought it rather odd that He would single me out of a crowd of so many people, but dismissed it almost immediately. (The Heimlich Maneuver has been a proven life-saving method for people who are choking.)

IMG_2144As the evening wore on, my attention was sort of drifting and I was getting sleepy when the conversation again came around to death and how some people die by choking. Again my Beloved Guru turned in my direction, looked directly in my eyes and said, “You do know what the Heimlich Maneuver is don’t you.” I turned around to see if He was looking at the person behind me. And He yelled out, “That’s right, I’m looking at you.”

Surprised by His direct attention, and unmistakable address, I answered “Yes I do.” I thought to myself, perhaps He could feel me getting sleepy again and wanted me to be more alert for the conversation by addressing me personally.

Then He simply went on with the conversation and did not address me further the rest of the evening. As I sat there I didn’t think anything more of it, except to notice that my attention was once again restored and I was fully awake till the end of the evening. I felt He was just trying to help me stay awake.

A few days later we were in another discourse again with many other students present. This time I was sitting right in front of my Guru, and again the conversation came around to death by way of suffocation. Heart-Master Da mentioned to us that He was almost strangled at birth, by the umbilical cord which was wrapped around His neck.

Once again, in the midst of a crowd of students, He then turned to me and asked me directly, looking deep into my eyes, if I knew how to do the Heimlich Maneuver.

Naturally I thought, this was a test to see if I was paying attention, and thinking proudly to myself that I had passed the test, I answered loudly “yes.”

About a week later a few of us were on the lawn surrounding Heart-Master Da. It was a beautiful but warm day, and someone was showing Him some new plants that had arrived for the garden area. Heart-Master Da mentioned something about the weeds choking out some of the plants in the garden, and again the conversation turned to the subject of death by choking.

thCA61GCPYI was standing next to Him, when He said, “Well there is the Heimlich Maneuver. Do you all know what that is and how to apply it?” Before we could even answer, suddenly my Beloved Guru stands behind me and puts His arms around me and places His fists in a position underneath my rib-cage and demonstrates exactly how to do the Heimlich Maneuver.

At first I thought this rather odd, but dismissed it as just a coincidence that I just happened to be one of the people standing next to Him, and I felt honored that I could be the subject of His demonstration. But then I thought no more about the incident.

A few days later, two other ladies and I were in the kitchen cooking lunch for the resident children. It was a hot day and we had already placed the silverware, napkins, condiments and ice water on the table.

Because we were busy attending to matters in the kitchen none of us were paying much attention to one of the children who came in ahead of the others and sat down to sample some of the items on the lunch table.

All of a sudden I heard a strange sound coming from the dining room table. It was some kind of unusual gurgling noise. I turn to see what was happening and to my horror I saw my daughter and she appeared to be in great distress. She was holding her hands to her throat, trying to say something, but no words were coming out. Tears were streaming out of her eyes and there was a look of terror on her face.

Instantly I realized that she was choking on something.

While everyone else was frozen in fear, within a heart beat, I immediately flew into action. I wheeled her around, placed my hands under her rib cage just as My Beloved Guru had done with me on the lawn a few days earlier and began to engage the Heimlich Maneuver. Within a few strokes of pressure, out popped an ice cube, which literally flew across the room.

1975When it was all over I simply sat in awe with my daughter folded in my arms weeping and thanking my Beloved Heart-Master Adi Da for His Incredible Blessing Gift of her life.

It was an Extraordinary Lesson, one of Great Love and Great Compassion. And a demonstration of That One who utterly Transcends time and space, and all egoity.

I have thought over and over again what might have happened had my lesson not been so personal. Or had He not driven that lesson into my very body that day on the lawn. I should have known that His Divine Attention to me or any one else personally is never a casual matter.

It is very unusual for my Guru to physically touch His students. Our life with Him is very formal. And the events leading up to this Remarkable Blessing have truly opened my eyes to the Power and Mystery of my Beloved Guru, Heart-Master Adi Da Samraj, who constantly shows me His Divine Nature is that of One Who always already Transcends Everything.

I am so very Grateful for the Bodily Human Form of my Beloved Heart-Master Adi Da Samara and His Divine Intervention in my life and the life of my daughter.

Thank You my Beloved Heart-Master Adi Da Samaraj.

Hellie

p.s.

On a more practical note, never let small children eat ice.

 

 

 

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