the Spiritual Master
This is an excerpt from a
longer story. It illustrates the degree to which Adi Da was willing to do
anything to serve His devotees' self-understanding, for the sake of their Realization.
compassionate Master does not do for others everything He can do within the bounds
of propriety. The compassionate Master will do everything, whether in the
realm of propriety or not, for the sake of Awakening others.
Adi Da Samraj
I will tell one story. It was told
to me in great confidence, a confidence I am probably breaking by telling it publicly.
I don’t care. The man is gone from this earth as the body/persona; and I just
want to relate this one incident, which seems to say something about Adi Da and
way that He taught.
In the early days when He was "Bubba Free John",
an incident occurred in His ashram where one of His devotees, who was an ex-Green
Beret, beat another devotee badly in a fight. Bubba had the ex-Green-Beret fellow
brought to His house, and Bubba questioned him intensely about what had happened.
Bubba told him that the only way he could do such a thing was that he did not
feel what he was doing, the pain he was inflicting.
Bubba asked him if
he would like to fight his Spiritual Master.
The fellow was ashamed and said no,
But Bubba wouldn’t let him off the hook and egged him on, to the point where
they actually stepped outside and fought tooth and nail.
got the worst of it, and was rather smashed up afterwards.
But then He
had the fellow come into His house again and discuss it. Bubba asked him if he
could feel now what he was doing with his violent behavior. The man confessed
he could — and that he was completely shattered by the realization.