In 1964, Avatar Adi Da was moved to go to New York where He found His first human Teacher, Rudi (Swami Rudrananda). He submitted Himself to the ordeal of work and surrender that Rudi taught. The practice Adi Da engaged under Rudi purified His Body and lay the foundation for His later Spiritual practice.

By 1968, Avatar Adi Da had an irresistible impulse to move on in the great lineage of Gurus to which Rudi belonged. And so Avatar Adi Da asked, and received, Rudi’s permission to approach Rudi’s Guru, Swami Muktananda.

Avatar Adi Da traveled to India three times to visit Swami Muktananda, and during His second visit in 1969, Swami Muktananda acknowledged Avatar Adi Da’s attainment of Yogic Liberation and passed on to Adi Da the right to teach others.

From the beginning of their relationship, Swami Muktananda instructed Avatar Adi Da to visit the burial site of Swami Muktananda’s own guru, Swami Nityananda, and to surrender to Swami Nityananda as the Supreme Guru of the Lineage.

During Avatar Adi Da’s third visit to India, while visiting Swami Nityananda’s burial shrine, Avatar Adi Da was instructed by him to relinquish all others as Guru and to surrender directly to the Divine Goddess as Guru. Thus, Swami Nityananda passed Avatar Adi Da to the Goddess Herself, the Source-Guru of the Lineage that included Swami Nityananda, Swami Muktananda, and Rudi.

Avatar Adi Da received instruction from the Goddess to go on a pilgrimage of the Christian Holy Sites in Europe, after which He returned to the United States and eventually settled in Los Angeles.

[I]n My always Absolute heart-Fidelity to the Great Process Wherein and Whereby I was Passed from one to the next of each and all of the Spiritual Masters within My present-Lifetime Lineage of Spiritual Masters, I have Exemplified, to all and All, the Law and the Truth of True Guru-Devotion.

Therefore, I have always Continued to Honor and to Praise all My present-Lifetime Lineage-Gurus—including Rudi!, and Baba Muktananda!, and Rang Avadhoot!, and Bhagavan Nityananda!, and (above all) the “Bright” Divine “She” of Me, Who Always Already Serves Me Most Perfectly!

—Avatar Adi Da Samraj

The Knee Of Listening


Avataric Birth | Early-Life | Beginning of the “Sadhana Years” | Lineage
Re-Awakening | Teaching Work | Divine Self-“Emergence” | World-Blessing Work
Forerunners | Summary Dates