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There exists nowhere in the world today, among Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, native tribalists, or any other groups, anyone who has so much to teach, or speaks with such authority, or is so important for understanding our situation. If we are willing to learn from him in every way, he is a pole around which the world can get its bearings. --Henry Leroy Finch, author, Wittgenstein--The Early Philosophy and Wittgenstein--The Later Philosophy

About the Author

On November 27, 2008, Adi Da Samraj, departed from the body. He passed on to humankind a legacy of inexhaustible profundity and limitless Blessing-Power. Adi Da's primary gift is his own Eternal Transcendental Spiritual Being. The primary purpose of his human lifetime was to establish the means by which any and all beings could be truly connected to him and in devotional communion with him. Thus, he worked with utmost intensity, throughout his entire life, to develop and establish his Transcendental Spiritual Way.

Adi Da's literary, philosophical, and practical writings consist of over sixty published books including The Knee of Listening, his Spiritual Autobiography, The Dawn Horse Testament, his magisterial revelation of the entire Spiritual Process from beginning to end, and The Aletheon, his final (and first and foremost) book. In addition to his writings, Adi Da gave thousands of hours of recorded discourse. Many discourses have been published by The Dawn Horse Press on CD and DVD.

Adi Da was a prolific artist, producing a remarkable body of work in different media. He was invited to show his work in a solo exhibition at the 2007 Venice Biennale, and also as part of the 2008 Winter in Florence and his work will be shown in New York. Among the publications of Adi Da's art are The World As Light, Transcendental Realism, and The Spectra Suites.

Another dimension to Adi Da's far-reaching legacy is the social wisdom embodied in his book Not-Two Is Peace. In it he calls for the establishment of a Global Cooperative Forum that mobilizes 'everybody-all-at-once' on the basis of recognizing the prior (or inherent) unity of the entire human family. He proposes that such a forum is the necessary and effective means for addressing the world's most pressing issues.

In Praise of Adi Da Samraj

'I regard Heart-Master Adi Da as one of the greatest teachers in the Western world today.'
--Irina Tweedie, Sufi teacher; author, Chasm of Fire

'He is a great teacher with the dynamic ability to awaken in his listeners something of the divine Reality in which he is grounded, with which he is identified, and which in fact, he is.'
--Israel Regardie, author, The Golden Dawn

'It is obvious, from all sorts of subtle details, that he knows what IT's all about . . . a rare being.'
--Alan Watts, author, The Way of Zen, Man and Woman, In My Own Way

'I regard the work of Adi Da and his devotees as one of the most penetrating spiritual and social experiments happening on the planet in our era.'
--Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D. host, PBS Series Thinking Allowed and author.

'Through his words I have experienced a glimmering of eternal life, and view my own existence as timeless and spaceless in a way that I never have before.'
--Richard Grossinger, author, Planet Medicine, The Night Sky

Praise for Not-Two Is Peace

'Absolutely brilliant. Undauntingly honest. Staggeringly bold. A breathtaking call to humankind to wake up'
--Charmian Anderson, Doctor of Transpersonal Psychology and author.

'Profound wisdom on the root of human conflict, and the path away from a grim destiny. An astonishing gift'
--Jonathan Lynch, Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Praise for Avatar Adi Da's Transcendental Realism Art

'It is a rare artist who can convey, convincingly, the sense of being face to face with the source of being. Adi Da can clearly live in the depths without succumbing to their pressure, bringing back pearls of art to prove it.'
--Donald Kuspit, Critic, Professor of Art History and Philosophy, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: The Dawn Horse Press; First edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570972818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570972812
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adi Da was born in New York at the outbreak of World War II. From 1983 he lived principally in Fiji and became a Fijian citizen. The author of over sixty books on spirituality and a prolific artist, he also had profound attention for world affairs, particularly during the last decade of his life, as summarized in Not-Two Is Peace.
Adi Da was born in a unique spiritual state. As a young man, he immersed himself in the traditions of human wisdom and spirituality. His Western studies included university degrees--in philosophy from Columbia and in literature from Stanford. Following his university years, he intensively engaged both Western and Eastern forms of spiritual practice.
In 1970, at the age of thirty, Adi Da was re-established in the illumined condition he had known in his earliest life. He began to offer formal instruction in spiritual practice to those who came to him, creating (out of a free interactive participation with his devotees) what is now an unprecedented body of spiritual, philosophical, and practical writings (find the most current offerings at the Dawn Horse Press website), as well as an immense body of visual art (the website dedicated to Adi Da's art is called Daplastique). In 2007, his artwork was exhibited at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and subsequently in several other exhibitions, including in Florence, New York, and Los Angeles.
As spiritual teacher, artist, and "World Friend", Adi Da is not a conventional figure. He is not political in any ordinary sense of the word. Rather, his address to humanity comes from his lifelong communication of the truth of human existence. He is making clear the species-endangering forces of limitation in our world, the means to go beyond them, and the great urgency of this "going beyond".

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I bought this book recently. Thinking at first it was a too massive and incredibly too complex tome to understand, digest and make full use of I delayed purchasing it for months. Now that I have it at last it I'm satisfied I did. It is proving to be an invaluable resourse on countless investigations I had about life and reality.

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