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Avatar Adi Da's Extraordinary Connection
to Events in the World
Bill Dunkelberger, Lt. Col. US Army, ret.
Bill Dunkelberger was the devotee
principally responsible for the flow of news to Avatar Adi Da during
the Kosovo war. He is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant-colonel, experienced
in writing strategic military estimates and in intelligence operations.
Bill is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he led an intelligence
Bill describes below took place in conjunction with one of the
most intense periods of Avatar Adi Da's life. After rushing back
to Adi Da Samrajashram from California,
Avatar Adi Da secluded Himself for 43 days and nights in one of
His Most Potent Temples on the Island, the Outshining
Brightness, for what would be revealed to be His
Intentional Spiritual Work with the crisis occurring in Kosovo.
All He asked to be brought with Him was a shortwave radio for
listening to the world news. As a prelude to Bill's story, to
give you a feel for the setting, we include some material from
the complete accounting of His Spiritual Ordeal that time, excerpted
from The Promised God-Man
TO BILL'S STORY
Avatar Adi Da arrived at Naitauba in the evening
of March 7th. He stood on the deck of the Turaga Dau Loloma
[the Hermitage's boat], dressed in orange, His Staff in hand,
waiting to disembark. There was a feeling of profound vulnerability
in Him, of stillness and transparency. And there was a fragility
On March 10, Avatar Adi Da told
Ruchiradama Nadikanta that He was suffering
severe symptoms of heart stress. He passionately
urged her to feel and communicate the gravity of His physical
state and the threatening situation in the world. Minutes later,
Avatar Adi Da called for a car, put on orange sannyasin attire,
and asked to be driven to the Brightness, the temple that He had
(at the time) designated as His Mahasamadhi Site [the burial
site of a Spiritual Master].
Avatar Adi Da was so fiercely involved in His
Spiritual Work during this time that He would often not allow
His devotees to do even basic services for Him. He Himself would
pull the cart that contained His food up the hill, lift the food
bins, serve His own meals, and clean His room.
Ruchiradama Nadikanta: One night, it
was physically as if the war were occurring at the Brightness.
I was sleeping at some distance from the Brightness Temple,
and it was like being on the front line of a battlefield. A
few times, I had to go up to the field of the Brightness to
serve Beloved Adi Da, and the thunder was so loud it shook my
body like a barrage of artillery fire. And the lightning was
so bright, just blasting across the sky —
the whole field lit up, as if from explosives.
During the night, the winds were so strong
it felt as though the tent was going to be lifted right off
the ground. The agitation in the atmosphere altogether was extreme.
It felt like the war was occurring right in Beloved Adi Da's
Between 4:30 and 4:45 A.M. on April 2, a
terrific bolt of lightning struck, immediately followed by a
vast thunderous cracking noise, as if the sky were splitting.
The ground shook. The entire dome of sky over the Brightness
was lit, for a few seconds, by the blinding light.
Ruchiradama Quandra Sukhapur
Rani: I was about halfway down the path in the middle of the
Brightness field, when the most intense moment of the entire storm
occurred. The lightning ran around the sky in a circle. And the
circle of lightning established a dome over the Brightness. It
was unbelievable. There was a loud crackling electrical sound
all around the Brightness.
By mid-April, Avatar Adi Da was
rarely leaving His room except to cross the field to His bathhouse.
Ruchiradama Nadikanta describes Avatar Adi Da's Spiritual Ordeal
at this point in the war — when some 650 air strikes
a day were bearing down on Serbian targets.
Ruchiradama Nadikanta: After
dinner, Beloved Adi Da would sometimes permit me to anoint His
skin rashes and to rub healing ointment into His Feet for ten
minutes, if that. His Body felt battered and bruised, and at the
same time completely Translucent to His Divine Siddhi, which He
was Pulling down into this plane with such Forceful Intention
that He was barely even aware of His Body. I could feel that it
was painful for Him to be touched, even in that simple manner.
Any drawing of His attention into the physical was painful, because
He was taking into His own Body the pain and suffering of all
those who are dying and being tormented in Eastern Europe and
all over the world. His tapas [spiritual ordeal] was so extreme
that attention in the physical dimension was excruciating for
Shortly after leaving The "Brightness"
Avatar Adi Da Samraj's physical symptoms eased. He communicated
Avatar Adi Da Samraj:
Since I entered the Brightness forty-three days ago, I have been
minimally associated with the Body. The Force of My Spiritual
Work has been almost entirely above the Body. So there has been
a tremendous Force of Pressure in the Head, resulting in constant
external signs of thunder and lightning and heat-lightning in
All of these symptoms occurring presently in
this Body are spontaneous, and they are signs of the end of this
particular Struggle of Mine, and of what My Work has been to this
On June 7, the day that seemed, on the surface,
to spell peace, I received a communication from Avatar Adi Da, in
which He said, "The outcome of the situation is not written yet, and
it has every potential of becoming a terrible conflagration. There
is every sign that a ground war is going to take place, and is, in
fact, being intended."
For the duration of the Kosovo
conflict in 1999 it was my responsibility to provide Avatar Adi
Da Samraj with daily updates on the evolving military and diplomatic
situation. In addition, I would write my own summary and analysis
of the developments for Him.
I must confess that, at the time, I thought
that Avatar Adi Da was, to say the least, greatly overstating the
case. The framework of the peace agreement had already been agreed
to by all parties, and I could find no evidence at all in the daily
news that supported His point of view. Not understanding why He
was talking about a ground war, I did not respond to that point
in my letter to Him.
Then, on July 18, I made an
astonishing discovery. An article appeared in The London Observer
documenting that on June 7 a top-secret planning session had been
held in England to finalize plans for
a NATO ground invasion of Yugoslavia.
This confirmed to me that Avatar Adi Da Samraj never speaks casually,
and that His connection to this world extends far beyond ordinary
The complete accounting of Beloved Adi Da's
extraordinary involvement in the Kosovo crisis from
His "Seat" in the Outshining Brightness Temple at
Adi Da Samrajashram, Fiji, can be found in the 2004 edition of
The Knee Of Listening.
This story was taken from that section of the book, p. 653. There
are literally hundreds of such and similar stories by hundreds
of devotees in all areas of their lives and of their service to
Adi Da Samraj, stories which point to His coincidence with all
dimensions of our lives and experience, not limited by time or