In 1981, I was fresh out of Interpreters' School, living near Florence, in Italy, with my family. I was
into all the things my generation pursued: peace, music, free love, and drugs. But I was not
happy, although I did not realise it at the time.
My father had found me a job in the marketing office of a hotel chain, and I started work on 5th
My boss kept a lot of his books in a room at the back of this office, and they attracted my attention
because they all seemed to be from the same author — albeit one who changed his name from
Franklin Jones to Bubba Free John to Da Free John! I was intrigued. I tried to read some, but the books
seemed to make no sense at all to me. I found that very puzzling: I was, after all, a qualified
The pictures in the books though. . . those cast a spell on me. Literally. Every time I was alone in
the office, I would dash to the back room to leaf through the books, from picture to picture, over
and over. The man in the pictures seemed to me to be very captivating. I could not say why, but I really wanted to
look at him a lot!
I finally found the courage to ask my boss about the books, and he told me they were of his
Spiritual Master, Adi Da Samraj. He offered to lend me some, and ask him any questions I had
about them. Many very lively arguments ensued, with me feeling totally offended by what I
perceived to be a person placing himself in a superior position to everyone else. But still, those
photos. . . I kept going back to them.
One day, as I unashamedly snooped inside my boss's cupboard, I came across a large framed
photo. Adi Da Samraj was seated inside a car, and was smiling with an open expression,
looking directly at the camera. It felt like He was looking at me!
Suddenly, the room around me dissolved in a bright cloud. There was light everywhere, only light.
The boundary of my skin, separating my body from the surrounding environment, was no
longer there. I was still "me", but I no longer felt like a separate person. There was only a continuum, an
infinite field of light. And the picture and the Spiritual Master were right there with me, in that ocean of light.
I gave out a huge sigh, and burst into tears. My heart skipped a beat from the emotion, as my
brain formulated these words: "Finally! Finally what I have been longing for! This is Home!" I felt
elated, although I had not been aware of seeking such a place, such a feeling, before. It felt perfect,
I was so very, very happy.
I do not know how long it lasted, but this Revelation revolutionised my entire life, because now I felt with
profound certainty that I needed to — I wanted to — meet Adi Da Samraj in person. He had touched
something deep in my heart that I did not know was there, a need so profound and so much deeper than anything else
I might have sought, before and since. And I felt that I needed to change my life
accordingly, because He had the key, the answer.
And He did. And He still does! And that is why I have been His devotee since 1986.
more stories from Daniela Morena, read He Is the Heart, Infinite and Blissful, Adi Da "Heard" My Thoughts, and The Divine Force That Brings an End To "me".
story appears in the section, Finding Adi Da