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The Paradox of Instruction: An Introduction to the Esoteric Spiritual Teaching of Bubba Free John Paperback – 1977

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  • Paperback: 89 pages
  • Publisher: The Dawn Horse Press; 1st edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913922277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913922279
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,176,530 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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"The Paradox of Instruction," first published in 1977, is an ultra-esoteric spiritual text for the ages. As I peruse my copy, which I recently received from storage, I marvel at the penetrating spiritual insights of Bubba Free John (a.k.a. Franklin Jones, Da Free John, and finally Adi Da Samraj). The other prominent spiritual gurus of this era - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), Chogyam Trungpa, and Suzuki Roshi - dwarfed Bubba Free John in popularity, but he towered above them in profundity.

There are a number of brilliant arguments put forth by Free John in this text, and the most interesting one is found in the chapter The Great Path of Return Vs. the Radical Path of Understanding. In this chapter, Free John differentiates his path from those of the yogis, saints and sages. According to Free John, the paths of the yogis, saints, and sages [Jnanis] are characterized by a search for Truth rather than a radical understanding and direct penetration of the sense of dilemma that motivates the search. From Free John's perspective, even the Jnani's practice of Self-enquiry is exclusive and reductive because it involves the inversion of attention to seek the Self within. According to Free John, Truth is the Condition of all conditions; therefore Truth is no more within than it is without. Thus, radical spiritual life is not about an inward, or inward and upward, journey; rather, it is about directly and immediately standing forth as the Self, the Heart. But paradoxically, even if one's spiritual practice is to stand forth as the Self, the Great Path of Return must (spontaneously rather than strategically) be recapitulated because of the inherent spiritual-anatomical structure of the incarnate bodily-being.
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"Paradox of Instruction" by Bubba Free John, aka Adi Da, is the explanation of what we as beings are"doing" to ourselves, to perpetuate suffering by experiential inclusion of unnecessary actions of thought , word and deed eminating from karmic DNA habituation and present moment contribution to exclude ourselves from the "Real, That, Is", presently, "Now", Manifesting ,Divine, God, Everything! Avoiding Relationship...
Written in the '70's by the emerging Avatar Siddi Of Love Ananda, it is a true rendering of Contemporary Light on timeless question of the Heart and the answer to everything...
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