Big Adi Daddi
File under: Wackadoo Gurus
On a hunt for inspiration, we landed on the site of Adi Da, formerly Franklin Jones, mystic, guru, and of course now the one and only unique and original avatar for this age:
While there have been many saints and sages in human history, the ancient traditions of humankind foretell a final Revelation, a God-Man promised for the "late-time" who will perfectly fulfill the deepest longings of the human heart. Adidam is established on the recognition that this all-surpassing Event has occurred. Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the Divine Being of Grace and Truth Who authenticates the ancient intuitions.Sure, him and at least a few thousand others. We find this sort of pure and unadulterated narcissism to be utterly horrifying. Kind of like watching pit bulls eat babies or Paris Hilton describe herself as intelligent:
The recognition of Avatar Adi Da Samraj as the very Divine Person and Presence—visible to one’s eyes, and Standing in one’s heart—is the basis of the Way of Adidam. Adidam is a relationship—the devotional and Spiritual relationship to Avatar Adi Da Samraj. This is how He Works in this world, through drawing those who recognize Him into the highest form of relationship available to human beings.But even more horrible is the fact that people go for it.
We've always wanted to like Adi Da. First because Ken Wilber liked him, and then because he was so out in the open with his craziness. Gurus, drugs and group sex just get us so hot! But once he started with his "world teacher" shtick, he went from being a tantric engine of transformation to just another wackadoo guru.
When will folks learn that your guru doesn't have to be God and that claims of divinity do not a good guru make? Probably never, we're sorry to say. There's just too much need for mommy and daddy figures in the world. People want to believe they're ok. Being loved (and fleeced) by a living, breathing "God" can be the best mirroring available for many. Thus the insecure and narcissistic flock to an insecure and narcissistic "God-Man," where everyone gets their needs met... for awhile.
Too bad it all has as much to do with the nondual truth as my dog's ass. People may believe they are getting experiences all day long from him, but those are likely to be generated by their own expectations, due to the fact of their belief that Da is the sole provider of all their "spiritual" experiences.
For wackadoo runaway narcissists like Da, it's all about these "experiences," their own and those they believe they give to the devotees. You can look it up in Faith Healing 101, but because it's got "Eastern" slapped all over it, it's called the divine power of the avatar's enlightenment instead.
Because there's a demand in the world for people like Adi Da, he can become wildly successful merely by being a roll of sticky fly paper for the emotionally needy. Obviously, what they really need is a good therapist, the devotees and Adi Da. This may or may not come as a surprise, but we know a few good ones we can recommend, just in case his people want to get in touch with us.