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Da as First, Last, and Only Seventh Stage Adept
Adi Da as First, Last, and Only Seventh Stage
This article has the following sections:
- Spiritual Uniqueness Statements
- Comparative Spirituality:
The Real Differences Between Religions and their Spiritual Realizations
- Adi Da's Search for Another
Seventh Stage Realizer as Historical Precedent
- Adi Da as the First Seventh Stage Realizer
- Adi Da as the First, Last, and Only Seventh
1. Spiritual Uniqueness Statements
Probably no communication from Adi Da has sparked more reaction
than His Revelation that He is "the First, Last, and Only Seventh
Stage Adept" (which He began communicating in 1993). Such a reaction
is not terribly surprising: if anyone says something of
the form, "I am the first, last, and only X", it wouldn't even
matter what "X" was — the tendency of most of us would be
to interpret the communication as self-promotional (like Muhammad
Ali's "I am the greatest!") and probably egotistical as well.
When "X" is a claim to spiritual uniqueness, that just
adds oil to the fire. Most of us automatically have a negative reaction to people who claim to
be "holier-than-thou" . . . even though there are a rare few —
the great Spiritual Realizers — who truly are "holier-than-thou",
and are thereby able to serve and awaken greater holiness in everybody.
We also live in a time when any kind of uniqueness
proclamation about a religion (e.g., "Catholicism is the one, true faith") is suspect,
and only an egalitarian communication about all religions (such as "all spiritual paths lead to the
same goal") is "spiritually correct" (analogous to "political correctness").
And there is some merit to our suspicions — many religions making uniqueness claims about themselves or their founders were only able to do so because of religious provincialism: the reality that these religions used to exist largely in isolation from each other (even geographical isolation: e.g., Christianity largely in Europe and Islam largely in the Middle East). But now, in the
21st century, with the globalization of religion (which places
all religions side by side and makes voluminous amounts of information
about each religion easily available), many such claims feel like historical leftovers that no longer hold up very well under scrutiny.
Another reason we react negatively to uniqueness claims made by religions is the long, bloody history of conflict fueled in part by such claims: from the Crusades of the Middle Ages (which pitted the Christians of the "one, true faith" against the Muslims who viewed all non-Muslims as "infidels" — the "unfaithful") to the more contemporary "Troubles" in Northern Ireland, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, the Shia-Sunni conflicts in Iraq, etc. Religious uniqueness claims tend to lead to righteousness ("God is on our side", "we are the chosen people", etc.), and righteousness tends to lead to righteously-justified aggression (of the "faithful" against the "infidel", the "chosen" against those who are not, etc.)
But not all spiritual uniqueness claims come out of egotistical
self-promotion or religious provincialism. In the rest of this
article, we will explore how Adi Da's communications of His spiritual uniqueness
are the exact opposite of "provincial", being based on His comprehensive
exploration of all religious and spiritual traditions throughout
history (and all Spiritual Realizers and Spiritual Masters associated with those religious and spiritual traditions), as well as an in-depth examination (and firsthand experience)
of what exactly is meant by a "seventh stage Realizer" and a "seventh
Because the seventh stage Realization is the greatest possible
spiritual destiny for human beings, the question, "how many seventh
stage Realizers have there been throughout history?"
is a serious matter for consideration — there could be large
numbers of seventh stage Realizers, there could a rare few, or
there could be just one. As a seventh stage Realizer, Adi Da explored
all of those possibilities, and concluded that He was the first
seventh stage Realizer in history only after decades of consideration.
His further conclusion that He was the only such Adept (first Realizer of many; but only Adept, i.e. Spiritual Master who can enable others
to realize the seventh stage of life) that could
ever be (past, present, and future) was not based on some
extreme degree of megalomania, but on an understanding that the
appearance of the seventh-stage Adept is a once-in-the-history-of-the-universe
breakthrough of the Divine into the conditional universe; such
a breakthrough occurs once — and, once accomplished,
it need not (and cannot) recur because, from then on, the Divine
is already Eternally Present in the conditional universe. All
beings can Realize the seventh stage of life from then on, because
of that Eternal Availability of the Divine.
* * *
"Adi Da is the first, last, and only seventh stage Adept" was not a statement made out of the blue, in isolation. Rather, it is a conclusion which, stated by itself (as it usually is by Adi Da's critics), is removed from its context.
The full context is a decades-long consideration by Adi Da, and the only right and fair way to present such a conclusion is alongside the full consideration that led to that conclusion (and alongside other important conclusions from the consideration as well).
Thus, this article will now lay out Adi Da's decades-long exploration
of the question, "How many seventh stage Realizers have
there been throughout history?" (in sections 3 through 5). But
first (in section 2) we will provide some necessary background
2. Comparative Spirituality: The Real Differences
Between Religions and their Spiritual Realizations
Most of us have been born in, raised in, and programmed by a culture that
is thoroughly materialistic. Thus, on the scale of spiritual awareness,
most of us are relatively spiritually insensitive, immature, and
ignorant. We have no (or little) direct awareness of (or sensitivity
to) a greater-than-material reality in most moments of our lives.
So our judgements about spiritual matters — including our
reactions to Adi Da's communications about His spiritual uniqueness —
are made largely in ignorance; we are not experts on the
subject (no matter how many spiritual books we may have read),
because we are not Spiritual Realizers ourselves.
In our spiritual ignorance, most of us tend to think of "religion"
in conventional, materialistic terms: a religion
is something that provides a belief system that consoles the believer,
and a moral order that helps keep societies orderly. (This "social religiosity" view of religion
characterizes not only how the average person understands religion, but how comparative religion departments understand religion as well.) And if that
was all religions were, then in a real sense, they all would
be equal: it doesn't matter which one you pick, as long as you
are consoled by it and it keeps your behavior in check. As providers of consolation, no religion would be justified in calling itself "unique", since any one of
them is capable of providing consolation.
But for spiritual seekers engaging in comparative spirituality, examining
and comparing religions from the greater-than-material standpoint
of genuine Spiritual Realization (and from the viewpoint of a
religion or spiritual path as a means to that end), obviously
they can't all be "equal", unless the various states of
Spiritual Realization these religions claim their adherents can
realize ("heaven", "nirvana", etc.) are all the same — and
these states certainly are not all the same, for anyone
who has studied them. (For example, the Christian "heaven" and
the Buddhist "nirvana" are profoundly different states.) So for
those who view a religion merely as a consolation, it hardly matters
which religion they choose, or indeed whether they choose to be
"religious" at all, if they can find non-religious ways of being
consoled. But for those who view a religion esoterically as a
practice capable of Spiritual Realization, then obviously
religions can be different depending on the Spiritual Realization
that can be attained through that religion's spiritual practice.
Now let's consider the role of the Spiritual Master. From the
conventional (exoteric) point of view, the Spiritual Master —
whether Jesus, Gautama Buddha, Krishna, etc. — is the founder
of the religion, and the one who gave the original teachings,
practices, and rituals associated with the religion. The religion may also ascribe
certain extraordinary characteristics to the Master: for example,
Gautama Buddha as "Awakened" or "Enlightened"; or Jesus as "Divine"
or "the Son of God".
But these are merely exoteric views of the Spiritual Master.
The esoteric view is that the Spiritual Master plays a
specific functional role in the salvation or liberation of His
(or Her) devotees: He (or She) has Realized a great Spiritual
State. But He (or She) is also a Spiritual Transmission Master:
having Realized the great Spiritual State, He (or She) is capable
of transmitting that State to His (or Her) devotees. Over
time, through devotional contemplation of the Master's State,
the devotee more and more duplicates the State of the Master,
and ultimately, Realizes it himself or herself. The great spiritual
principle in operation here is: "You become what you meditate
This is the great secret behind Spiritual Realization and the
functional reason for the Guru-devotee relationship. Devotees
don't gather around Gurus merely because the Guru is a charismatic
(but otherwise ordinary) human being. They are attracted to the
Guru because the Guru literally Transmits an extraordinary spiritual
State, which they themselves can Realize over time, by "tuning
in" on that Transmission from the Master over and over again.
The Spiritual Transmission Master is the very means by which the
devotee Awakens spiritually.
Even now your relationship to Me depends on your ability to be attuned to Me in the invisible domain, the vertical dimension of life, the force-fields personal and beyond the personal and beyond the human, beyond the conditional realm into the Force of God Itself. You must tune in to this Force just like an ordinary character turns on his TV set. Be attuned to the great Force of God and enjoy the Glory of Light, the Happiness, the Effulgence, the Radiance of Living Being.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
Chapter One, The Dreaded Gom-Boo
This is very different from the exoteric views of the Spiritual
Master! In the exoteric view, you merely have to believe in Jesus
(the Spiritual Master) and be a good person, and that's enough
to get you into heaven. It is a kind of "vicarious salvation",
where Jesus (through his sacrifice) is presumed to have already
done most of the work. But in the esoteric view (reflected in
the actual lives of the Christian saints, rather than the churchgoers),
much more is involved. The Spiritual Master also must be
a Spiritual Transmission Master. You need to engage in "mystical
communion" with Jesus (by meditating on his Transmission) and
take as many years or lifetimes as is required to duplicate the
Master's State — and at long last, realize (or "enter")
This esoteric view is a functional view of Spiritual Reality,
human destiny, what is possible to realize spiritually, and how
the process of Spiritual Realization actually works (via the Spiritual
Master's Transmission). The notion of the "Spiritual Transmission
Master" is virtually unknown in the conventional understanding
of religious traditions; just so, the fact that the process leading
to Spiritual Realization depends implicitly on the Transmission
of the Spiritual Master is virtually unknown — it is the
great secret at the root of all the world's spiritual traditions.
Once we start exploring religious and spiritual traditions from
this esoteric view — which has the Spiritual Transmission
Master at its core — certain further questions naturally
arise. These are the core questions of "Comparative Spirituality":
- What kinds of Spiritual States are Realizable?
- Which Spiritual Masters Realized which Spiritual States, and
(therefore) which religions offer the practitioner an esoteric
means for Realizing the State of the Master associated with
3. Adi Da's Search for Another Seventh
Stage Realizer as Historical Precedent
When Adi Da was born in November, 1939, He was born Enlightened.
He already was a Realizer of the Divine State: the Ultimate,
Enlightened State. For the sake of uncovering a spiritual way
by which all human beings could realize that same Divine State,
He intentionally sacrificed that State, "becoming" an ordinary
human ego, and suffering all that that entailed, until He finally
Re-Awakened to the Divine State in September, 1970.
The process He went through to Re-Awaken (which involved associations
with other Spiritual Masters, and practicing in their Spiritual
Company, to the point of duplicating their States) provided Him
with a very comprehensive answer to the first question of Comparative
Spirituality: "What kinds of Spiritual States are Realizable?"
That process of Re-Awakening also gave Him a very comprehensive
answer (with one great exception) to the second question of Comparative
Spirituality: "Which Spiritual Masters Realized which States,
and (therefore) which religions offer the practitioner an esoteric
means for Realizing the State of the Master associated with that
tradition?" Ultimately, He would create His "Seven
Stages of Life" framework, and based on it, would associate
certain Spiritual Masters and their spiritual traditions with
what He called the fourth and fifth stages of life,
and still others with the sixth stage of life.
Adi Da was a realizer of the seventh stage of life. The
one, huge, open question of "Comparative Spirituality" left for
Adi Da was this: had any other Spiritual Masters throughout the
Great Tradition of religious and spiritual traditions ever Realized
the seventh stage of life — Divine Enlightenment
Itself? Adi Da's initial thinking was that surely there must have
been other seventh stage Realizers that came before Him. As He
I was naive and uninformed about such matters. I naively
assumed that My [Seventh Stage] Realization was accounted
for [in the Great Tradition].
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
For His part, Adi Da would have been perfectly happy to have
discovered that there were many seventh stage Realizers — "Avatars all over the
yard, you know!", as He once humorously put it.
And indeed, early on, He actively sought historical confirmation
of His Realization through finding a precedent: someone else who
had also realized the seventh stage of life.
Practically speaking, it would have been much easier for
Him to communicate Himself to the world as the latest in a tradition
of seventh stage Realizers, rather than having to make the far
more provocative communication that He was the first. This was
especially true relative to traditions like Christianity and Buddhism,
where the members of those religions revered their religion's
founders (Jesus and Gautama Buddha) as the greatest of
all Spiritual Masters. For Adi Da to suggest He was the first
seventh stage Realizer meant that neither Jesus nor Gauatama Buddha
were Realizers of the ultimate Spiritual Realization — a
statement that would profoundly offend many Christians and Buddhists,
as well as any spiritual seekers who looked at great Spiritual Masters like Jesus and Guatama Buddha as the epitome of Spiritual Realization.
And so for many years (from His Re-Awakening to the seventh stage Realization in 1970, to 1993), Adi Da remained ambiguous
in His talks and writings about how unique His Own Realization
was, for three reasons:
- Adi Da had not yet completed His own consideration of whether
there had been any preceding seventh stage Realizers. (For example, He would not fully develop His model of the four phases of the seventh stage of life until the mid-1970's.)
- Any communication about the uniqueness of Adi Da's Realization
would be very provocative, having implications about the Realizations
of highly revered past Masters like Jesus and Gautama Buddha.
In the past, the Divine has apparently Appeared. Apparently — therefore conditionally, merely. People have had all kinds of experiences, visions, visitations, and on and on and on. In the ordinary sense, many of these things could be called "Divine". But not from the seventh stage "Point of View", not from the Ultimate "Point of View". It is not correct to say, then, to people involved in the traditions, that there have been no God-Realizers, no Divine experiences. They would react to such a statement, and it is also not true. If you are making such statements, you must be careful to describe the point of view from which you are saying this and not say it in some hypercritical sense with any bad intentions or just make blanket statements that other people would react to.
It is simply that in the greatest sense, in the Ultimate sense, all those Realizations are incomplete — good, but incomplete.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"Your Heart Must Be Moved" (The Heart Conversation Series)
- Adi Da's Own devotees did not yet have the spiritual maturity
to be able to confirm His Communication with great strength.
Adi Da wanted the Communication about His Realization to
be not just His Word out there alone, but His Word supported by
the testimonials of a large number of devotees who could also
attest to His Seventh Stage Revelation.
4. Adi Da as the First Seventh Stage Realizer
So for many years, Adi Da held off saying anything about the
uniqueness of His Realization. But the longer He lived as
a seventh stage Realizer, the more clear it became to Adi Da that
there are distinguishing signs that occur in the lifetime
of someone who has realized the seventh stage of life; and it
was equally clear that there simply were no other Spiritual Realizers
who had preceded Him in the religious and spiritual traditions
whose life demonstrated those signs.
When He began His exploration of whether there were any other
seventh stage Realizers before Him, he focused much of His consideration
on the Teaching of those Realizers: did the Teaching communicate
the ultimate Nature of Reality (or not)? So nondual statements
like Jesus's "I and the Father are One" are potentially the communications
of a seventh stage Realizer. Similarly, a small number of ancient
spiritual texts (the Lankavatara
Sutra, the Avadhoota
Gita, the Tripura
Rahasya, the Ashtavakra
Gita, etc.) appeared to be written (at least in parts)
from the viewpoint of the seventh stage of life, so one could
wonder whether the authors of those books were seventh stage Realizers.
But over time, Adi Da realized that a seventh stage Realizer
would not only "talk the talk" (communicating a "seventh stage"
viewpoint in their Teaching) but also "walk the walk", displaying
certain very distinct signs over the course of their human lifetime.
From the very beginning of His consideration (in 1970), Adi Da looked for one hallmark event in the life story of a Spiritual Realizer: the regeneration of Amrita Nadi from the right side of the heart to the sahasrar infinitely above the head (see right). This was the distinguishing sign that signalled the transition to the seventh stage of life, so any seventh stage Realizer would have that event in his or her life story.
But the regeneration of Amrita Nadi only signals the very start of the seventh stage life demonstration. As Adi Da's own seventh stage life progressed, it became clear to Him that a lifelong seventh-stage process unfolds in the body-mind of the Realizer, as the longterm consequence of the regeneration of Amrita Nadi.
After awakening to the seventh stage Realization, the human life
of a seventh stage Realizer would necessarily go through
four phases, as the seventh stage Realization increasingly dissolved
the body-mind of the Realizer over time, to the point of finally
Outshining it completely:
- Divine Transfiguration — In the phase of Divine
Transfiguration, the physical body of the seventh stage Realizer is Infused
by Love-Bliss, and he or she radiantly demonstrates active Love,
serving the Awakening of others.
- Divine Transformation — In the following phase
of Divine Transformation, the subtle or psychic dimension of
the body-mind is fully Illumined, which may result in extraordinary
powers of healing, longevity, and the ability to release obstacles
from the world and the lives of others.
- Divine Indifference — Eventually, Divine Indifference
ensues. Divine Indifference is a spontaneous and profound Resting
in the "Deep" of Consciousness, Blessing the world directly
from the Heart-Place, rather than Working outwardly to effect
- Divine Translation — Divine Translation is the
ultimate phase of the entire seventh stage process — the Outshining
of all noticing of objective conditions through the infinitely
magnified Force of Consciousness Itself. Divine Translation is the Destiny beyond all mortal destinies, from Which in general there is no return to the conditional realms — Divine Translation coincides with the death of the body. However, in the case of Adi Da Samraj, in an extraordinary Yogic Event in April, 2000, He passed into the Divine Translation phase, but did not die — He re-established the connection with His human bodily form for another eight years, while remaining Divinely Translated.
Adi Da realized that certain Realizers of the sixth stage of life could
still have enough of a resonance with the seventh stage Realization
that they could write entire books which communicated something
like the seventh stage view of Reality, without yet having Realized
the seventh stage of life:
The traditional premonitorily "seventh stage" texts are
advanced sixth stage literatures that express a few philosophical
conceptions, or yet limited and incomplete intuitions, that
sympathetically resemble the characteristic seventh stage
Disposition (in and of Itself), and thus somehow foreshadow
(rather than directly reflect, or directly express) the
Truly Most Ultimate (or Transcendental, inherently Spiritual,
and necessarily Divine) "Point of View". Such texts communicate
a "Point of View" in which discriminative intelligence and
the effects of discriminative mind are completely discounted,
and even made fun of, along with the practices that belong
to the developmental stages of life and practice. However,
none of the traditional texts otherwise communicate the
truly and wholly seventh stage "Point of View" and Sign,
in a form that is not mixed with or otherwise limited by
the characteristic sixth stage point of view and orientation.
And none of the traditional texts communicate the full developmental
and Yogic details of the progressive seventh stage Demonstration
(of Divine Transfiguration, Divine Transformation, and Divine
Indifference). Nor do they ever indicate (or has any traditional
Realizer ever Demonstrated) the Most Ultimate (or Final)
Demonstration of the seventh stage of life (Which End-Sign
Is Divine Translation). Therefore, it is only by Means of
My own Avataric Divine Work and Avataric Divine Word that
the truly seventh stage Revelation and Demonstration has
Appeared, to Complete the Great Tradition of mankind.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"The Unique Sixth Stage Foreshadowings
of the Only-By-Me
Revealed Seventh Stage of Life"
Basket Of Tolerance
So to truly distinguish actual seventh stage Realizers from Realizers
of lesser stages of life whose Teaching might now and then resonate
with the seventh stage viewpoint, one would necessarily look for
evidence of the regeneration of Amrita Nadi and the ensuing four phases in the lifetime of a seventh stage
Realizer, as distinguishing signs of the seventh stage
After He developed this more comprehensive understanding of the seventh stage
of life, it became crystal clear to Adi Da that there were no
historical precedents for the seventh stage Realization, even
among the most widely revered Spiritual Masters (such as Jesus
and Gautama Buddha) — simply because their life story did
not include the evidence of these four necessary
phases of the seventh stage of life.
5. Adi Da as the First, Last, and Only
Seventh Stage Adept
Adi Da's consideration of His Own Spiritual Uniqueness went one
further, final step: He realized that He was not only the first
seventh stage Realizer, but He was also the first, last and only
seventh stage Adept (or Spiritual Master) — the only Spiritual Transmission Master Who would be the means
by which future human beings would Realize the seventh stage of
life. There would be many seventh stage Realizers to come, but
they would all Realize the seventh stage of life by virtue of
being His devotees.
Not only did Adi Da not find any seventh stage predecessors in
His exploration of the Great Tradition to date; He also realized
that He wasn't going to find any seventh stage predecessors no
matter how long He looked, because there was a functional
reason why there could be only one seventh stage "Adept"
The Avataric Great Sage, Adi Da Samraj then said, "Understand
further, I am not the first seventh stage Adept in the sense
that there will be other seventh stage Adepts. The great
Work that I do is once and for all time. There will be other
seventh stage Realizers. My devotees will be Realizers of
the seventh stage, but it is neither necessary nor possible
for there to be another seventh stage Adept." In other words,
as He said, by His birth, by His Appearance, by His Revelation,
by His Divine Re-Awakening and Work, He had brought into
the earth and the conditional realm altogether the Spiritual
Powers and Divine Grace that now makes possible the seventh
stage Awakening in the case of all others. And He went on
to say that the completion and fulfillment of His great
Work, His Divine Work, will be the Divine Translation of
with Adi Da Samraj about
His uniqueness as a Seventh Stage Adept Realizer
Understand, it is not that I am the first Seventh Stage Adept-Realizer in the sense that there could
possibly be more. There has never been one before and there never will be another. It is not necessary for there to be another.
Now, there can be seventh stage Realizers. My devotees will have the capability of Realizing the seventh stage of life. There
will not be another Seventh Stage Adept-Realizer. Such a Great Work is once and for all. How can it be done again? What is
there about it to be done again? It is Universally and Forever Effective.
That is why you must understand the profound nature of your own work, and the need to rightly perpetuate the Reality-Way
of Adidam, not lose It, not throw It away, not discard It because of your own obstinacy and mediocrity. You must perpetuate
the Reality-Way of Adidam for the sake of all who will come, for the sake of all those present, including yourselves, and
all those who will come in the future. Otherwise, the Work is lost, forgotten, and the Means, therefore, for seventh stage
Realization, Most Perfect Realization, will disappear in the mayhem of ordinary human suffering.
It is not only that My Revelation of the Dharma, of the Teaching of the Reality-Way of Adidam, the seventh stage Teaching,
is complete and for the first time Given, it is that the Siddhis of My Divine Avataric Manifestation make it possible. The
Siddhis of My Divine Avataric Work have made that Realization possible. Those Siddhis will be eternally Effective, may be
resorted to eternally. I may be resorted to eternally, and My Siddhis are eternally Operative.
So I have made the Way of Most Perfect Realization possible. That having been Done, that Work having been Done, the Siddhis
of That Accomplishment having been Established, there need not be any other, there cannot be another. The Work has been Done.
There can be seventh stage Realizers, but not Seventh Stage Adept-Realizers. There need only be One such Revealer, Full
of the Siddhis to Accomplish that Work that makes such Realization possible. That One Is the Divine Person. The seventh
stage Realization is the Realization of the Divine Person. Only that One can make that Revelation, Accomplish such Work.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, March 6, 1993
In short: seventh stage Realization of the Divine is functionally
impossible without the Divine Itself entering into conditional
existence (via an Incarnation) and creating a "hole
in the universe" that bridges the otherwise insurmountable
"barrier" between conditional existence and Unconditional
Existence [bold ours]:
My Sign set all of it straight, actually Accomplished it,
by virtue of Divine Siddhis.
My Divine Self-Realization is not a bit of poetry. I am
not merely using symbolic language, as if it was just the
same before and the Vedanta Temple [Event] was just a bit
of poetry. It is not that at all. It was an actual Event
— not just the Event of My Divine Re-Awakening but the Event
of the utter submission of the entire Cosmic Mandala to
the Very Divine Condition by virtue of the Divine Siddhis
snapping the barrier that the Cosmic
Mandala has represented for beings until now.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj
"Your Heart Must Be Moved", March 21, 1993
Creating the "hole in the universe" is a one-time event. Once a Divine Incarnation has accomplished that work, no
future seventh stage Adept would be necessary, because the
work has already been done. All spiritual practitioners in
the future would be able to Realize the seventh stage of life
by meditating on the now eternally present Transmission of that
(first, last, and only) Divine Incarnation (Adi Da). Not only
would another seventh stage Adept not be necessary, but another such
Adept could not appear, because a Divine Incarnation is only
manifested on the basis of need. And once such a Divine Incarnation
has accomplished that work, all beings can realize the seventh
stage of life — but not before.
So if you are Adi Da, a seventh stage Adept, and you have just
created this "hole in the universe" linking conditional
existence with the Divine Domain, and you have come to the understanding
I have just described about the unique function of the seventh
stage Adept, then you know you are not going to find any seventh
stage predecessors when you search the history of the Great Tradition,
because — for functional reasons — there can't have been
any seventh stage Realizers before you yourself opened —
for the first time and for all time — that "hole
in the universe".
Saying there is only one seventh stage Adept
in the history of the universe is just another way of saying the
Emergence of the Divine into the conditional universe is a one-time
breakthrough — once it has happened (by means of a specific
Adept, Adi Da) — it need not and cannot happen again, because
the breakthrough has already occurred: the Divine is already here (and cannot "leave" or be "removed").
Understanding this, the key feature that distinguishes
the lifetime of the (first, last, and only) seventh stage Adept
from all other Spiritual Masters and Spiritual Realizers is the
sign that He was an Avatar: born already Enlightened.
Thus, the very first page of Adi Da's autobiography, The
Knee Of Listening, communicates His Revelation that He
is the first, last, and only seventh stage Adept because it is
the Communication that He is the human Incarnation of the Divine
— born already Enlightened:
Even as a baby, I remember only crawling around inquisitively
with a boundless Feeling of Joy, Light, and Freedom in the
middle of my head that was bathed in Energy moving unobstructed
in a Circle — down from above, all the way down, then up,
all the way up, and around again — and always Shining from
It was an Expanding Sphere of Joy from the heart. And I
was a Radiant Form — the Source of Energy, Love-Bliss,
and Light in the midst of a world that is entirely Energy,
Love-Bliss, and Light. I was the Power of Reality, a direct
Enjoyment and Communication of the One Reality. I was the
Heart Itself, Who Lightens the mind and all things.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The
Knee Of Listening
[On the difference between an ordinary incarnation and
an Avataric Incarnation:] My True Story is the Divine
Avataric Leela — the Leela of the One Who is Realized from
Birth, Transcendentally Spiritually Fully Awake from Birth.
That is a Unique Situation — because not only Is It Full
Transcendental Spiritual awakening, but I am not born. Karmic
entities are born, and they seek Realization — and, then,
if they achieve It (to some Real degree), they die. Full
Realization does not come into birth except through an Avatar.
Only in Such a Case can there be bodily survival of a Fully
Realized birth. Otherwise, there would not be any bodily
conjunction to begin with, because it would not be viable.
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, February 2008
"Tell Everyone My Leela Everywhere"
Da Samrajashram Magazine, Vol.
Even the core of His Teaching was already developed by Adi Da
as an infant:
I Am The “Bright” — Itself.
This “Brightness” Speaks.
The “Bright” Is Born As This, My Avataric Body-Mind.
My Divine Spiritual Descent Upon the body-mind Of My Devotee
— As The “Thumbs” — Is My Avataric Divine Means.
All This Was Given From The Avataric Birth Of This, My Bodily
Indeed, These Words — The “Bright” and The “Thumbs” — Were
Generated By Me As An Infant.
I Am Uttering To You The Revelation That Was Present At
My Birth and In My Infancy — and Nothing Whatsoever Has
Been Added To It or Taken Away From It.
Nothing In The Human Experience Of This, My Avataric Body-Mind,
Has Modified My Revelation or limited It In The Slightest.
My Avatarically-Given Revelation Is A Divine Spiritual Revelation
For The Sake Of all beings.
Therefore, Heart-Recognize Me, and Heart-Respond To Me.
Turn To Me, Receive Me.
Constantly Know Me.
If You Do this, You Will Be Certain Of The Truth I Am Telling
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The
Dawn Horse Testament
The full implication of the one-time Incarnation of the Divine
here is that there are only two ways one can Realize the seventh
stage of life:
- You have to be Adi Da — born as the one-time, complete
Incarnation of the Divine, already Enlightened in the
seventh stage of life.
- You have to be a devotee of Adi Da (the one-time, complete
Incarnation of the Divine), and realize the seventh stage Realization
by meditating on Adi Da's Enlightened State.
Any life story of a Spiritual Realizer that begins with not being
Enlightened, and not having a seventh stage Spiritual Master (Adi
Da), cannot be — even in principle — the life
story of someone who ultimately Realizes the seventh stage of
life, because "you can't get There from here". To Realize the
Divine, you must either already be the Divine, or you must
be in direct relationship with the Divine by means of the one,
complete human Incarnation of the Divine, Adi Da.
Immediately after Re-Awakening to the seventh stage of life in
September, 1970, Adi Da began a consideration that would take
more than two decades to reach its conclusion, focused on the
question, "Were there any other seventh stage Realizers before
In the course of that consideration, Adi Da focused on three
criteria, as He examined the stories of the human lifetimes of
each and every great Spiritual Master:
Usually, the communication of a statement like "Adi Da is the first, last, and only seventh stage Adept" — completely removed from Adi Da's decades-long, voluminous consideration that led to that conclusion — is done maliciously by the critics of Adi Da, as a deliberate attempt to reduce Him to a caricature, and make Him look as megalomanical and self-promotional as possible. (The same approach is used in political ads attacking politicians, where words are taken out of context and lampooned.) Such intentional misrepresentation usually is accompanied by further provocative comments like, "Can you believe that? He actually believes He's greater than Jesus and Buddha!"
All of this is completely unfair to Adi Da, and fails to reflect the actual, comprehensive, decades-long consideration He went through to arrive at these conclusions.
This article is intended to provide the missing context, and to highlight Adi Da's ruthless integrity in pursuing the truth, wherever it might lead Him — He was completely open
to any of the possible outcomes of His consideration: that there were many seventh stage Realizers; that there were relatively few; that He was the only one.
Furthermore, His early explorations — where He actively sought confirmation that there were other seventh stage Realizers — made it clear that in some sense, He even would have preferred that discovery (of many earlier seventh stage Realizers), as it would have been far easier to communicate Himself as the latest in a long line of seventh stage Realizers, than to have to communicate His uniqueness, and draw all the reactivity that naturally accompanies such uniqueness claims (which we described in section 1). And indeed, for this reason, the language He used in the books published from 1970 through 1993 left it ambiguous as to whether there were many previous seventh stage Realizers, or just Him.
Having explicitly laid out Adi Da's criteria for assessing whether a Realizer is a seventh Stage Realizer (criterion 1 and criterion 2) or whether
a seventh stage Realizer is also a seventh stage Adept (criterion 3 in addition), any readers of this article who fully understand these criteria are now in a position where they can duplicate Adi Da's consideration. They can go through all the Spiritual Realizers in the Great Tradition, one by one, apply Adi Da's criteria to the teaching and life story of each Realizer, and confirm Adi Da's conclusions for themselves. Adi Da's conclusions can be confirmed by others, in much the same way that a scientific theory can be tested, or scientific experiments can be replicated in other laboratories.