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Q: Who will be Adi Da's "Murti
Guru" or successor?
A: Historically, esoteric spiritual
traditions like Adidam often are continued from generation to generation through
a lineage of Gurus that can be traced backed to the Founder of the tradition.
Like one candle lighting another, each lineage-Guru passes on the tradition's
Transmission to the next. Furthermore, each trains the next in the function
of "Spiritual Transmitter". To the extent that the lineage has preserved
its integrity, the original Transmission would still be accessible to future devotees,
hundreds or even thousands of years down the line, via the Guru lineage.
a time, Adi Da considered a similar notion as one of many means for preserving
His Spiritual Transmission here in perpetuity. He used phrases such as "Murti
Guru" or "Living Murti" to refer to the Adidam form of "lineage"
(properly qualified — see below):
[Adi Da] will not have
"successors" in the usual sense of a lineage of Gurus. But He will have
the Instrumentality of His Spiritually Awakened formal renunciate devotees, and,
always, in every generation, there is to be one among His Divinely Self-Realized
devotees . . .who will function as "Murti-Guru", or as His human Agent,
perfectly transparent to Him.
The "Murti-Guru" will grant Darshan
(just as Avatar Adi Da Himself does in His human Lifetime), and will be His principal
human Agent of Spiritual Transmission. By this means, Avatar Adi Da Samraj will
always have a human vehicle through which the Force of His Spirit-Blessing will
Flow perpetually. Thus He will never be absent, either Spiritually or humanly.
Lee, The Promised
God-Man Is Here
However, as those familiar with how
He worked know, Adi Da constantly evolved, tested, and refined the structure of
Adidam; His ongoing consideration about what would constitute the "Pattern"
that functionally would replace Him after the passing of His human body was no
exception. As He further clarified and elaborated on the uniqueness of His Guru-Function
— as First, Last, and Only Seventh Stage Adept,
etc. — it also became increasingly clear to Him and to all His devotees
that no single human being could perform His Function — unique to His Divine
Incarnation — and that it would be more accurate to describe the entire
collective of devotees (including any and all advanced practitioners in the Way
of Adidam), along with all His Sacred Treasures and Empowered
Places, as what would, together, replace His Function in perpetuity. Indeed,
in reaching this final conclusion — that the entire collective of devotees
would be serving as His "Instrumentality" — He was returning to
original vision in the early 1970's. "Murti Guru" was thus simply
an alternative He temporarily considered and ultimately rejected in the course
of an ongoing consideration.
Adidam Ruchiradam is (fundamentally and altogether) the relationship to Me — in which relationship I Transcendentally Spiritually Transmit Myself to you, and you (Thus and Thereby) "Locate" and "Know" (and respond to) My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Self-Transmission.
Thus, the relationship to Me (now and forever hereafter) is (fundamentally, and altogether) the specific and direct relationship to Me (Myself) — in and As My Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form, and, altogether, As I Am (Always Already, and in any present-time moment).
I Am Beyond the "point of view" of the body-mind-"self", or total psycho-physical ego-"I", of My any and every devotee.
Therefore, there can be no substitute or successor for Me, and even My Words and "Representation"-Forms are (now, and forever hereafter) merely Extensions of Me — neither substituting
for Me nor succeeding Me, but only providing Means for turning My any and every devotee to Me (Beyond and Prior to My Words, Beyond My "Representation"-Forms and Beyond
the ego-"I", or total body-mind, of My any and every devotee).
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, "No Seeking / Mere Beholding"
p. 799, The Gnosticon
article apppears in the sections
Da's Divine Mahasamadhi and Adidam in Perpetuity
Questions about Adi
Da and Adidam