Not-Two Is Peace: New, Expanded Fourth Edition


Not-Two Is Peace: New, Expanded Fourth Edition

Oct 07, 2019

Da Peace (an element of the Adi Da Foundation) announces the publication of the fourth edition of the book:

Not-Two Is Peace: The Ordinary People’s Way of Global Cooperative Order
by the World-Friend Adi Da


A new kind of human consciousness is required—based on the working-presumption of prior unity, and on an understanding of the indivisibly single world in which everyone is living. This involves not only the notion that there is such a single world, but it requires grasping the necessity for cooperation, and the necessity to function on the basis of an understanding that the Earth is a single system, and humankind (likewise) is a single whole.

–from Not-Two Is Peace

This new book is now available from Da Peace, one of the elements of the Adi Da Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization serving the worldwide recognition and reception of the wisdom-teaching (Adi Da Institute), social message (Da Peace), visual art (Da Plastique), and literary art (Da Orpheum) of Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008).

You can read excerpts from Not-Two Is Peace, and order the book, at  

In this book, the World-Friend Adi Da speaks to the necessity of re-establishing human civilization based on principles of mutual trust, cooperation, tolerance, “prior unity”, and the limitless participation of all humankind in transforming its own destiny. This is a uniquely comprehensive address to the global crises of our time. Adi Da wrote Not-Two Is Peace out of concern for humanity's current plight. It contains His “radical” argument for transcending egoity along with His urgent call to found the Global Cooperative Forum-a new type of human order. This forum will allow humankind to become conscious of itself as one great coherent force-the only force capable of requiring and implementing systemic changes the world needs.


This fourth edition is essential study for anyone concerned about the state of global affairs.

There are three new essays in this updated edition: “All Modes of True Religion Point To Reality Itself”, “Humankind-As-A-Whole Must Collectively Address Its Real Issues”, and “No Enemies”.


“At this crossroads in history, many serious attempts are being made to steer humanity toward a new and sustainable civilization. Among them, this book by Adi Da is outstanding as a unique and radical message oriented to meet the global state of emergency through a new modus operandi, “the working-presumption of prior unity”, and a Global Cooperative Forum that could empower the more than six billion inhabitants of the planet to take their destiny into their own hand. This vision deserves to be read and pondered, and decisively acted upon.”

—Ervin Laszlo
Founder And President Of The Club Of Budapest

In Adi Da’s wonderful book, this great friend of the whole world reaches out, with impeccably loving truth, profound compassion, and enlightened insight, to offer humanity a way forward to heal and re-solve our dis-membered psyche and thus our dysfunctional behaviors that continue to arise from its schism. Adi Da identifies its cause as our ego-based illusion of the apparent separation of the world and our collective forgetting of its and our “prior unity”. Not only is his understanding of unity-expressed-in-diversity vital at this pivotal moment in human history, but it is gaining compelling and transformational validation from the latest scientific evidence.

—Dr. Jude Currivan
Cosmologist, Futurist, Author: The Cosmic Hologram—In-Formation At The Center Of Creation


From his birth (on Long Island, New York, in 1939), Adi Da always manifested unique signs of spiritual illumination. Nevertheless, from his birth, and until his spiritual restoration at thirty years of age, Adi Da submitted himself to an ordeal of “self-identification” with all the limitations and sufferings of the human condition.

Adi Da describes his early years as being focused in two fundamental activities: investigating how, in the scale of human ordinariness, to perfectly realize the Truth of Reality Itself, and (coincidently) both achieving and demonstrating the human-scale ability to communicate the Truth of Reality Itself through both visual and verbal means.

Adi Da graduated from Columbia University in 1961, with a BA in philosophy, and from Stanford University in 1966, with an MA in English literature. His master’s thesis, a study of core issues in modernism, focused on the literary experiments of Gertrude Stein and on the modernist painters of the same period.

In 1964, Adi Da began a period of intensive practice under a succession of spiritual masters in the United States and India. In 1968, he went to India and approached the renowned spiritual master Swami Muktananda of Ganeshpuri, who immediately responded by saying that Adi Da was a spiritual master at birth, and “the most extraordinary Westerner” he (Swami Muktananda) had ever encountered. One year later, in a unique letter of acknowledgment, Swami Muktananda made an open public declaration that Adi Da, by virtue of his evident spiritual signs and demonstrated states, was inherently qualified to teach others independently, and to awaken others spiritually by direct transmission. Later, in 1970, after a final period of intense spiritual endeavor, Adi Da spontaneously became re-established in the continuous state of illumination that was his unique condition at birth.

After his re-awakening, Adi Da began to teach, creating a vast repository of wisdom, in living dialogue with those who approached him as devotees. His literary, philosophical, and practical writings consist of over seventy published books—many internationally acclaimed. In the early 1970s, Alan Watts, writer of numerous books on religion and philosophy, acknowledged Adi Da as “a rare being”, adding, “It is obvious, from all sorts of subtle details, that he knows what IT’s all about.” In the late 1990s, poet Robert Lax said of Adi Da’s radically experimental novel, The Mummery Book (the opening volume of Adi Da’s Orpheum Trilogy), “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.”

Having fully given his teaching, Adi Da lived independently on his island hermitage in Fiji, constantly working to express the Truth of existence through modes of communication to which all human beings can respond—including literary, theatrical, artistic, and philosophical works. Simultaneously, and most fundamentally, He was always working to establish his island-hermitage as a place from which his spiritual blessing could perpetually flow into the world, both during and after his physical lifetime. He passed from the body on November 27, 2008.

Adi Da is not political in any ordinary sense of the word. Rather, his address to humanity and the process of civilization comes from his lifelong intention of communicating the truth of existence—uncovering both the essential driving forces of limitation and suffering and the means to go beyond those forces.


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