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Adidam Glossary - A

Adi Sanskrit for “first”, “primordial”, “source”—also “primary”, “beginning”. Thus, most simply, “Adi Da” means “First Giver”.

The primary name for the Way Revealed and Given by Avatar Adi Da Samraj.

When Avatar Adi Da Samraj first Gave the name “Adidam” in January 1996, He pointed out that the final “m” adds a mantric force, evoking the effect of the primal Sanskrit syllable “Om”. (For Avatar Adi Da's Revelation of the most profound esoteric significance of “Om” as the Divine Sound of His own Very Being, see He-and-She Is Me.)

Simultaneously, the final “m” suggests the English word “Am” (expressing “I Am”), such that the Name “Adidam” also evokes Avatar Adi Da's Primal Self-Confession, “I Am Adi Da”, or, more simply, “I Am Da” (or, in Sanskrit, “Aham Da Asmi”).

Adidam Samrajashram
See Sanctuaries.

See childish and adolescent strategies.

Advaita Vedanta
The Sanskrit word “Vedanta” literally means the “end of the Vedas” (the most ancient body of Indian Scripture), and is used to refer to the principal philosophical tradition of Hinduism. “Advaita” means “non-dual”. Advaita Vedanta, then, is a philosophy of non-dualism, the origins of which lie in the ancient esoteric teaching that Brahman, or the Divine Being, is the only Reality.

Advaitayana Buddha / Advaitayana Buddhism
“Advaitayana” means “Non-Dual Vehicle”. The Advaitayana Buddha is the Enlightened One Who has Revealed and Given the Non-Dual Vehicle. “Advaitayana Buddhism” is another name for the Way of Adidam. The name “Advaitayana Buddhism” indicates the unique sympathetic likeness of Adidam to the traditions of Advaitism (or Advaita Vedanta) and Buddhism. In His examination of the entire collective religious tradition of humankind, Avatar Adi Da has observed that these two traditions represent the most advanced Realizations ever attained previous to His Avataric Divine Incarnation. The primary aspiration of Buddhism is to realize freedom from the illusion of the separate individual ego-self.

The primary aspiration of Advaitism (or the tradition of “Non-Dualism”) is to know the Supreme Divine Self absolutely, beyond all dualities (of high and low, good and bad, and so on). Advaitayana Buddhism is the Non-Dual (“Advaita”) Way (“yana”, literally “vehicle”) of Most Perfect Awakening (“Buddhism”). Advaitayana Buddhism is neither an outgrowth of the historical tradition of Buddhism nor of the historical tradition of Advaitism. Advaitayana Buddhism is the unique Revelation of Avatar Adi Da Samraj, which perfectly fulfills both the traditional Buddhist aspiration for absolute freedom from the bondage of the egoic self and the traditional Advaitic aspiration for absolute Identity with the Divine Self. (For Avatar Adi Da's discussion of Advaitayana Buddhism, see The Only Complete Way To Realize The Unbroken Light Of Real God.)

“Advaita” is Sanskrit for “Non-Duality”. Thus, “Advaitic” means “Non-Dual”. Avatar Adi Da has Revealed that—in Truth, and in Reality—there is not the slightest separation, or “difference”, between the Unconditional Divine Reality and the conditional reality. In other words, Reality altogether is Perfectly One, or Non-Dual, or Advaitic.

the advanced and the ultimate stages of life
Avatar Adi Da Samraj uses the term “advanced” to describe the fourth stage of life (in its “basic” and “advanced” contexts) and the fifth stage of life in the Way of Adidam. He uses the term “ultimate” to describe the sixth and seventh stages of life in the Way of Adidam.

“advanced” context of the fourth stage of life
See stages of life.

Agents / Agency
Agents (or Agency) include all the Means that may serve as complete Vehicles of Avatar Adi Da's Divine Grace and Awakening Power. The first Means of Agency that have been fully established by Him are the Wisdom-Teaching of the Way of Adidam, the Hermitage-Retreat Sanctuaries and the Pilgrimage and Retreat Sanctuaries that He has Empowered, and the many Objects and Articles that He has Empowered for the sake of His devotees' Remembrance of Him and reception of His Heart-Blessing.

Aham Da Asmi
The Sanskrit phrase “Aham Da Asmi” means “I (Aham) Am (Asmi) Da”. “Da”, meaning “the One Who Gives”, indicates that Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the Supreme Divine Giver, the Avataric Incarnation of the Very Divine Person.

Avatar Adi Da's Declaration “Aham Da Asmi” is similar in form to the “Mahavakyas” (or “Great Statements”) of ancient India (found in the Upanishads, the collected esoteric Instruction of ancient Hindu Gurus). However, the significance of “Aham Da Asmi” is fundamentally different from that of the traditional Mahavakyas. Each of the Upanishadic Mahavakyas expresses, in a few words, the profound (though not most ultimate) degree of Realization achieved by great Realizers of the past. For example, the Upanishadic Mahavakya “Aham Brahmasmi” (“I Am Brahman”) expresses a great individual's Realization that he or she is Identified with the Divine Being (Brahman), and is not, in Truth, identified with his or her apparently individual body-mind.

However, “Aham Da Asmi”, rather than being a proclamation of a human being who has devoted his or her life most intensively to the process of Real-God-Realization and has thereby Realized the Truth to an extraordinarily profound degree, is Avatar Adi Da's Confession that He Is the Very Divine Person, Da, Who has Appeared here in His Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form, in order to Reveal Himself to all and All, for the sake of the Divine Liberation of all and All.

all and All / All and all
Avatar Adi Da uses the phrase “all and All” (or “All and all”) to describe the totality of conditional existence from two points of view. In Aham Da Asmi, He defines lower-case “all” as indicating “the collected sum of all Presumed To Be Separate (or limited) beings, things, and conditions”, and upper-case “All” as indicating “The All (or The Undivided Totality) Of conditional Existence As A Whole”.

Amrita Nadi
Amrita Nadi is Sanskrit for "Channel (or Current, or Nerve) of Ambrosia (or Immortal Nectar)". Amrita Nadi is the ultimate "organ", or root-structure, of the body-mind, Realized as such in the seventh stage of life in the Way of Adidam. It is felt to Stand Radiant between the right side of the heart (which is the psycho-physical Seat of Consciousness Itself) and the Matrix of Light infinitely above the crown of the head. (For Avatar Adi Da's principal discussions of Amrita Nadi, see The Knee Of Listening, The All-Completing and Final Divine Revelation To Mankind, Santosha Adidam, and The Dawn Horse Testament.)

See Spiritual anatomy.

Sanskrit for bodily “posture” or “pose”—by extension, and as Avatar Adi Da often intends, “asana” also refers to the attitude, orientation, posture, or feeling-disposition of the heart and the entire body-mind.

“Atma” indicates the Divine Self, and “Murti” means “Form”. Thus, “Atma-Murti” literally means “the Form That Is the (Very) Divine Self”. And, as Avatar Adi Da Indicates everywhere in His Wisdom-Teaching, “Atma-Murti” refers to Himself as the Very Divine Self of all, “Located” as “the Feeling of Being (Itself)”. To Commune with Avatar Adi Da as “Atma-Murti” is to Realize (or enter into Identification with) His Divine State.

Avadhoot is a traditional term for one who has “shaken off” or “passed beyond” all worldly attachments and cares, including all motives of detachment (or conventional and other-worldly renunciation), all conventional notions of life and religion, and all seeking for “answers” or “solutions” in the form of conditional experience or conditional knowledge.

“Avatar” (from Sanskrit “avatara”) is a traditional term for a Divine Incarnation. It literally means “One who is descended, or 'crossed down' (from, and as, the Divine)”. Avatar Adi Da Samraj Confesses that, simultaneous with His human Birth, He has Incarnated in every world, at every level of the Cosmic domain, as the Eternal Giver of Divine Help and Divine Grace and Divine Liberation to all beings—and that, even though His bodily (human) Lifetime is necessarily limited in duration, His Spiritual Incarnation in the Cosmic domain is Eternal.

Avataric Incarnation
Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the Avataric Incarnation, or the Divinely Descended Embodiment, of the Divine Person. The reference “Avataric Incarnation” indicates that Avatar Adi Da Samraj fulfills both the traditional expectation of the East, that the True God-Man is an Avatar (or an utterly Divine “Descent” of Real God in conditionally manifested form), and the traditional expectations of the West, that the True God-Man is an Incarnation (or an utterly human Embodiment of Real God).

For Avatar Adi Da's discussion of the “Avatar” and “Incarnation” traditions, and of His unique and all-Completing Role as the “Avataric Incarnation” of the Divine Person, see “'Avatar' and 'Incarnation': The Complementary God-Man Traditions of East and West”, in The Truly Human New World-Culture Of Unbroken Real-God-Man.

Avataric Self-Submission
For a full description of Avatar Adi Da's “Ordeal Of Avataric Self-Submission”, see The Promised God-Man Is Here, by Carolyn Lee.

“Avoiding relationship?”
The practice of self-Enquiry in the form “Avoiding relationship?”, unique to the Way of Adidam, was spontaneously developed by Avatar Adi Da in the course of His Divine Re-Awakening (as Avatar Adi Da describes in The Knee Of Listening). Intense persistence in the “radical” discipline of this unique form of self-Enquiry led rapidly to His Divine Re-Awakening in 1970.

The practice of self-Enquiry in the form “Avoiding relationship?” is the principal form of the “conscious process” practiced by devotees of Avatar Adi Da who choose the Devotional Way of Insight. (See also “Devotional Way of Insight / Devotional Way of Faith” and “Re-cognition”.)