The First Congregation

The First Congregation is comprised of members of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order of Adidam Ruchiradam.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj is a Renunciate, or, in traditional language, a Sannyasin, meaning One who has taken "Sannyas", or renounced the world. Thus, He is not a public figure, nor does He live amongst the general gathering of His devotees. Rather, He lives in the sphere of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order, devotees practicing in the ultimate stages of the Way of Adidam whom He has Chosen to initiate into sannyas, or free renunciation, based on their unique signs of Guru-devotion, and exemplary practice.

The members of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order renounce all ownership of property and worldly ties, including any obligation to manage the second congregation. The Ruchira Sannyasin Order is a retreat order, and its function in relation to all other devotees is one of Spiritual and cultural guidance.

Avatar Adi Da's Instruction is conveyed to the gathering of devotees through the Ruchira Sannyasin Order, and, after His physical Lifetime, the Ruchira Sannyasin Order will ensure that His Spiritual Authority and the forms of His Divine Agency (including His Divine Teaching, His Artistic Work, and the Empowered Sanctuaries) are authentically preserved for all generations.

This is a profound collective Spiritual function. No single individual in the Ruchira Sannyasin Order will ever stand in the place of the Divine Avatar. By virtue of His unique Divine Nature, Avatar Adi Da can have no human successors, nor is any "lineage" necessary to continue His Work into the future. His Ruchira Shaktipat will always be available directly to His every practicing devotee, through each one's devotional and Spiritual relationship to Him.

But the authenticity of that Divine Transmission process requires that devotees come, from time to time, into the company of members of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order (who will always reside at the retreat Sanctuaries Empowered by Avatar Adi Da during His human Lifetime). In other words the progression of Initiations in Adidam Ruchiradam, which, during the Lifetime of Avatar Adi Da Samraj, takes place in His Personal Company on retreat, will after His Lifetime, occur through the collective Instrumentality of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order.

Thus, Ruchira Sannyasin Order has a unique responsibility in perpetuity for the Spiritual life of devotees. Therefore, Avatar Adi Da calls His devotees in all generations to set the Ruchira Sannyasin Order apart with great care and respect so that they can fulfill their retreat vow and the full process of the "Perfect Practice", while also serving their unique Spiritual role.

Membership in the first congregation can only be established after a profound demonstration of exemplary practice within the second congregation.


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