Something entirely new is required—something comprehensively right. My entire life has been spent in working to establish the basis for a new and comprehensive culture. My image-art is a summation, in artistic terms, of the work I have done. Similarly, the books I have written are a summation, in literary and philosophical terms, of that same lifetime of work. My lifetime of work has always been about rightening of human existence, and the transcending of what is binding human beings and leading them on a destructive course. What is now required is an epochal change in the history of human endeavor. A transformation of human understanding and of human processes altogether must occur.
—Adi Da Samraj
Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008) is an extraordinary presence and a unique intervention in human history. He lived entirely for the purpose of revealing the Truth of our human existence. He fulfilled that purpose through abundant gifts of instruction and blessing, gifts which enable us to live a deeply right human life (beyond all self-centeredness), to know the Truth (beyond any mere belief), and to live in Reality (beyond all illusion).
Even in his earliest years, Adi Da was aware of what human beings were doing that was preventing them from seeing the Truth of their real condition. Therefore, the purpose of his life and work was to reveal that truth to all, and bless them to know it in their living experience. His revelation of truth stands beyond both science and religion—beyond both the materialistic view and the traditional theological view. That revelation is a new and comprehensive view of human existence—and also of the greater context of Reality within which human existence appears.
During his lifetime, Adi Da created a truly immense legacy—including unparalleled spiritual, philosophical, and practical wisdom, powerful works of literature and visual art, and invaluable guidance on how to bring peace to the world. He intended these gifts to be means by which people could always contact his influence, now and into the future, and also to be means for establishing a new and comprehensive human culture. His communications of Reality, Truth, and Beauty are a living legacy of blessing for all humanity, profoundly relevant to people of all cultures, faiths, and traditions.
The Adi Da Foundation invites you to come to know Adi Da Samraj—himself, and through the gifts of his legacy.
The wisdom and art of Adi Da—his philosophical and spiritual teachings, his message about “prior unity” and world peace, and his visual and literary art—are a unique way to learn about and participate in ultimacy, in what Adi Da called “Reality Itself”.
The Adi Da Foundation is responsible for bringing Adi Da’s wisdom and art to the world.
The Adi Da Foundation has four organizational elements: the Adi Da Institute, Da Peace, Da Plastique, and Da Orpheum.
The Adi Da Foundation is organized under the laws of California as a non-profit public charity and is approved by the United States IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Adi Da’s vision was for every person on earth to be educated about Truth—based, ultimately, on the recognition of consciousness itself as the transcendental source-point of human awareness, prior to any sense of duality or difference. Such Truth-based education, he said, frees the individual from all that is divisive, negative, and harmful, allowing each person to live in wisdom—in the positive disposition of prior unity with the beings and things of existence. Throughout his life, Adi Da worked tirelessly to create the fullest possible communication of Truth, as part of his legacy to humankind. Adi Da’s writings and his recorded talks cover the full spectrum of transcendental philosophy—in other words, philosophy that accounts for all dimensions of Reality, the material dimension and the dimensions that are beyond (or transcending) the material—and the practical wisdom (relative to such areas of life as diet, exercise, sexuality, right livelihood, and so forth) that forms the practical foundation for right human living. The Adi Da Institute produces books, webinars, seminars, and other materials and events to bring education in Adi Da’s teachings about “the Reality-Truth” to the world.
The [writings of Adi Da] are the most doctrinally thorough, the most philosophically sophisticated, the most culturally challenging, and the most creatively original literature on radical nonduality currently available in the English language.
–Jeffrey Kripal, PhD, J. Newton Rayzor Professor
of Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University.
Da Peace is responsible for communicating the ancient truth, newly revealed by the World-Friend Adi Da, that the world and all existence is an inherent, or “prior” unity. Da Peace invites everyone to consider and explore what this truth means for how we need to live—socially, culturally, politically, and economically. In particular, Da Peace conveys Adi Da prophetic insistence that learning to live in the working-presumption of prior unity (rather than in the presumption of division and separateness) is the necessary and only basis for a peaceful and sustainable future on Earth. In practical terms, the message of Da Peace is summarized in Adi Da’s “Formula for World Peace”: Cooperation + Tolerance = Peace.
Living things of all kinds are non-locally connected throughout the biosphere; theirs is a subtle connection that is real although it has been only recently discovered. So-called primitive people did not repress their prior unity. But modern man, homo the knower, homo the wise, did repress the recognition of his prior unity and then, emboldened by his misguided rationality, denied its very existence. We are now witnessing the consequences.
Return to unity—to seamless wholeness . . . . Utopia? No: it is the uncompromising requirement of homo’s physical, biological, and socio-psychological survival.
Ervin Laszlo, Founder and President
of the Club of Budapest, Nobel Peace Prize nominee,
from his introduction to Not-Two Is Peace,
by the World-Friend, Adi Da
Adi Da Samraj created art for more than 40 years with a single intention: the visual communication of truth, and the creation of means to draw the viewer beyond the sense of separate self-existence into the reality of indivisible unity.“My image-art can be characterized as paradoxical space that undermines ‘point of view’,” Adi Da wrote. “That undermining allows for a tacit glimpse, or intuitive sense, of the transcendental condition of reality—totally beyond and prior to ‘point of view’”.
Adi Da’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. His art was featured in an official solo collateral exhibition at the 2007 Venice Biennale, and his exhibition The Ascent of Orpheus: Between and Beyond Representation and Abstraction is at the Bargello National Museum in Florence from July 9 to October 11, 2015.
Adi Da is a rare artist—one who can convey, convincingly, being face to face with the source of Being.
–Donald Kuspit, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus
of art history and philosophy,
State University of New York at Stony Brook
The Orpheum: The Tragic History of the Recent Return of Orpheus is a trilogy of novels that are also intended to be enacted theatrically. The novels tell the mysterious and heartbreaking story of the life and death of the “Great Sage” Raymond Darling—and they are designed to draw the reader or viewer into what Adi Da called the “maze of ecstasy”, wherein the separate self is understood to be a fiction, a false presumption or myth, arising in the indivisible radiance of Reality Itself.
The Mummery Book [Book I of The Orpheum trilogy] is brilliant in all its aspects. It would be hard to express my happiness at the way it breaks and exposes the heart of the world. Living and working as a writer for many decades, I have not encountered a book like this, that mysteriously and unselfconsciously conveys so much of the Unspeakable Reality.
—Robert Lax, poet, author of Circus of the Sun,
and When Prophecy Still Had a Voice:
The letters of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax