To live in the service of the Divine Heart-Master is the Secret of the Way of Truth.

Ruchira Avatara Gita, verse 46

Avatar Adi Da has often remarked on the traditional stories of spiritual aspirants who entered monasteries in the hope of receiving esoteric Teachings. Invariably, the stories tell, the first thing such aspirants are given is not the hoped for words of wisdom but a broom!

The beginner in Spiritual life must prepare the body-mind by mastering the physical, vital dimension of life before he or she can be ready for truly Spiritual practice. Avatar Adi Da Himself intensely engaged this bodily practice—or sadhana—with His first Teacher, Swami Rudrananda (Rudi):

It was one demand on top of the other. It was work. Work was the sadhana, work was the Spiritual life. There was no “Come to me and sit and chat”. It was “Take out the garbage, sweep out this place”. I worked constantly day and night for four years.

The Divine Siddha-Method Of The Ruchira Avatar

Service is not an effortful struggle. Neither is it about performing “good works” only for their own sake.

All service—from bringing the Guru a glass of water, to cooking and cleaning before a sacred celebration, to financial patronage and temple building—is the Yoga of devotion in action.

Turning every action into meditation on, and absorption in, Avatar Adi Da is both the foundation and the culmination of Spiritual practice in Adidam. In this way, true service is approached as an art to be learned through practice.


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