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Adidam Glossary - Q-R

The term “radical” derives from the Latin “radix”, meaning “root”, and, thus, it principally means “irreducible”, “fundamental”, or “relating to the origin”. In The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar, Avatar Adi Da defines “Radical” as ”Gone To The Root, Core, Source, or Origin“. Because Adi Da Samraj uses “radical” in this literal sense, it appears in quotation marks in His Wisdom-Teaching, in order to distinguish His usage from the common reference to an extreme (often political) view.

See Lineage, Avatar Adi Da's.

Ramana Maharshi
A great sixth stage Indian Spiritual Master, Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950) became Self-Realized at a young age and gradually assumed a Teaching role as increasing numbers of people approached him for Spiritual guidance. Ramana Maharshi's Teaching focused on the process of introversion (through the question “Who am I?”), which culminates in conditional Self-Realization (or Jnana Samadhi), exclusive of phenomena. He established his Ashram at Tiruvannamalai in South India, which continues today.

Rang Avadhoot
Rang Avadhoot (1898-1968) was a Realizer in the tradition of Dattatreya. In The Knee Of Listening, Avatar Adi Da describes the brief but highly significant meeting that occurred between Himself and Rang Avadhoot in 1968.

Real God
Avatar Adi Da uses the term “Real God” to Indicate the True and Perfectly Subjective Source of all conditions, the True and Spiritual Divine Person (Which can be directly Realized), rather than any ego-made (and, thus, false, or limited) presumptions about God.

“Re-cognition”, which literally means “knowing again”, is Avatar Adi Da's term for “the tacit transcending of the habit of 'Narcissus'”. It is the mature form into which verbal self-Enquiry evolves in the Devotional Way of Insight. The individual simply notices and tacitly “knows again” (or directly understands) whatever is arising as yet another species of self-contraction, and he or she transcends (or feels beyond) it in Satsang with Avatar Adi Da.

renunciate orders
Avatar Adi Da has established two formal renunciate orders: The Ruchira Sannyasin Order of the Tantric Renunciates of Adidam (or, simply, the Ruchira Sannyasin Order), and the Lay Renunciate Order of Adidam (or, simply, the Lay Renunciate Order).

The senior practicing order in the Way of Adidam is the Ruchira Sannyasin Order. This order is the senior cultural authority within the formal gathering of Avatar Adi Da's devotees. “Sannyasin” is an ancient Sanskrit term for one who has renounced all worldly bonds and who gives himself or herself completely to the Real-God-Realizing or Real-God-Realized life. Members of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order are uniquely exemplary practitioners of the Way of Adidam who are (generally) practicing in the context of the ultimate (sixth and seventh) stages of life. Members of this Order are legal renunciates and live a life of perpetual retreat. As a general rule, they are to reside at Adidam Samrajashram. The Ruchira Sannyasin Order comprises the first congregation of Avatar Adi Da's devotees.

The members of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order have a uniquely significant role among the practitioners of Adidam as Avatar Adi Da's human Instruments and (in the case of those members who are formally acknowledged as Avatar Adi Da's fully Awakened seventh stage devotees) as the body of practitioners from among whom each of Avatar Adi Da's successive “Living Murtis” (or Empowered human Agents) will be selected. Therefore, the Ruchira Sannyasin Order is essential to the perpetual continuation of authentic practice of the Way of Adidam.

The Founding Member of the Ruchira Sannyasin Order Avatar Adi Da Himself.

In “The Orders of My True and Free Renunciate Devotees” (in The Lion Sutra), Avatar Adi Da describes the Lay Renunciate Order as “a renunciate service order for all intensively serving (and, altogether, intensively practicing) lay practitioners of the total (or full and complete) practice of the Way of Adidam”.

All present members, and all future members, of the Lay Renunciate Order must (necessarily) be formally acknowledged, formally practicing, significantly matured (tested and proven), and, altogether, especially exemplary practitioners of the total (or full and complete) practice of the Way of Adidam. They must perform significant cultural (and practical, and, as necessary, managerial) service within the gathering of all formally acknowledged practitioners of the four congregations of the Way of Adidam. Either they must live within a formally designated community of formally acknowledged practitioners of the Way of Adidam or, otherwise, they must be formally designated serving residents of one of the by Me formally Empowered Ruchira Sannyasin Hermitage-Retreat Sanctuaries or one of the by Me formally Empowered Pilgrimage and Retreat Sanctuaries for all formally acknowledged practitioners of the Way of Adidam. And they must formally accept (and rightly fulfill) all the obligations and disciplines associated with membership within the Lay Renunciate Order. [“The Orders of My True and Free Renunciate Devotees”]

right side of the heart
See heart, stations of the heart.

Ruchira Avatar
In Sanskrit, “Ruchira” means “bright, radiant, effulgent”. Thus, the Reference “Ruchira Avatar” indicates that Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the “Bright” (or Radiant) Descent of the Divine Reality Itself into the conditionally manifested worlds, Appearing here in His bodily (human) Form.

Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga
Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga is the principal Gift, Calling, and Discipline Offered by Adi Da Samraj to all who practice the Way of Adidam (in all four congregations).

The phrase “Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga” is itself a summary of the Way of Adidam. “Bhakti”, in Sanskrit, is love, adoration, or devotion, while “Yoga” is a Real-God-Realizing discipline (or practice). “Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga” is, thus, “the Divinely Revealed practice of devotional love for (and devotional response to) the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj”.

The technical practice of Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga is a four-part process of Invoking, feeling, breathing, and serving Avatar Adi Da in every moment.

For Avatar Adi Das essential Instruction in Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga, see the Da Love-Ananda Gita (The Free Gift Of The Divine Love-Bliss), Part Five, verse 25, and Part Six; Hridaya Rosary (Four Thorns Of Heart-Instruction), Parts Four and Five; and What, Where, When, How, Why and Who To Remember To Be Happy, Part Three, “Surrender the Faculties of the Body-Mind To Me” and “How to Practice Whole Bodily Devotion To Me”.

Ruchira Avatara Satsang
The Hindi word “Satsang” literally means “true (or right) relationship”, “the company of Truth”. “Ruchira Avatara Satsang” is the eternal relationship of mutual sacred commitment between Avatar Adi Da Samraj and each true and formally acknowledged practitioner of the Way of Adidam. Once it is consciously assumed by any practitioner, Ruchira Avatara Satsang is an all-inclusive Condition, bringing Divine Grace and Blessings and sacred obligations, responsibilities, and tests into every dimension of the practitioner's life and consciousness.

The Ruchira Buddha
The Enlightened One Who Shines with the Divine “Brightness”.

The Ruchira Buddha-Avatar
The “Bright” Enlightened One Who is the Incarnation of the Divine Person. (See also Avatar.)

Ruchira Buddhism
“Ruchira Buddhism” is the Way of devotion to the Ruchira Buddha—“the 'Bright' Buddha”, Avatar Adi Da Samraj (or, more fully, “the Radiant, Shining, 'Bright' Illuminator and Enlightener Who Is Inherently, or Perfectly Subjectively, Self-Enlightened, and Eternally Awake”).

Ruchira Samadhi
“Ruchira Samadhi” (Sanskrit for “the Samadhi of the 'Bright'”) is one of the references that Avatar Adi Da Samraj uses for the Divinely Enlightened Condition Realized in the seventh stage of life, Which He characterizes as the Unconditional Realization of the Divine “Brightness”.

Ruchira Sannyasin Order
See renunciate orders, and see also pp. xxx. [[Refer to the Invitation.]]

Rudi / Swami Rudrananda
See Lineage, Avatar Adi Da's.