An Overview of
Santosha Adidam

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A very basic starting point of Avatar Adi Da's discussion in Santosha Adidam is His confirmation that (as has been universally maintained in all religious and Spiritual traditions) "matter" (or the physical) is not "all there is" to existence. Avatar Adi Da acknowledges that the analysis of conditional existence (present in many religious and Spiritual traditions, most articulately in the traditions of India) as comprising three fundamental dimensions-gross, subtle, and causal-is correct. Avatar Adi Da has described the gross as the "apparent external dimension", the subtle as the "apparent internal dimension", and the causal as the "root-dimension". Thus, the gross is the physical dimension, the subtle includes the realms of life-energy, emotion, thought, volition, discriminative intelligence, psychic awareness, and mystical phenomena, and the causal is the fundamental sense of separate self-existence (with no qualities except the feeling of being an "I" distinct from other "I's" and things).

These three dimensions are directly reflected in our daily experience of waking, dreaming, and deep sleep. In the waking state, our attention is centered in the gross dimension (while we simultaneously participate in the subtle and causal dimensions). In the dreaming state, the gross dimension "drops away" from awareness, and our attention is centered in the subtle dimension (while we simultaneously participate in the causal dimension). In the state of deep sleep, both the gross and the subtle dimensions have "dropped away", and one simply abides as the causal root-dimension.

Therefore, to fully understand conditional existence requires an examination of all three of these dimensions-gross, subtle, and causal-and of the relationship of the conditional (in its three dimensions) to the Unconditional (or That Which Is Prior to conditionality). Such a full examination is exactly what Avatar Adi Da presents in Santosha Adidam, as the foundation for His "Essential Summary Of The Divine Way Of Adidam".