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Dustin LindenSmith

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Adi Da (a.k.a. Adidam Samraj, Bubba Free John, Da Free John, and Franklin Jones) is Dead



Da Free John was the first exposure I ever had to contemporary nonduality. I was introduced to him by Jerry Katz in 1997, who was at that time a fellow telephone interviewer at a local marketing research company in Halifax. Je became and the closest and longest-standing friend I've made in Halifax since my wife and I arrived here in 1996. Jerry gave me a copy of Da Free John's mid-1970s book, The Knee of Listening, and he played several videos of his talks for me.

Like many gurus, Adi Da was at times surrounded by controversy about his use of drugs and alcohol and his sexual encounters with devotees and members of his ashram. He has also been criticized for a seemingly egotistical approach in his teaching. I never knew the man personally, so I have only experienced the benefit and insights of his teachings through printed and other media. That gives me the advantage of not having to worry about whether or not he was a sexually manipulative asshole in real life, or to what degree that might have been the case. His teachings, or those that I've read and heard, are first-rate. His experiences and deep ongoing spiritual questioning (indeed, his sadhana) can be great signposts for the early student.`

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(Anonymous) December 22nd, 2008
I enjoyed catching up with your blog. Merry Christmas! I put your card on my fridge. I'm going to Hui's Christmas eve and working Christmas day. They're having a turkey dinner at one of the houses.

We've been putting together a conference on science and nonduality. Lots of work defining what belongs in the conference and then designing the hour to hour, day to day program. We're sort of in limbo right now as some sharpening of different aspects is required. It's all part of the effort to bring nonduality to the public, which we first attempted back in'96-'97! We were too early.


baal_kriah December 22nd, 2008
Back in 1974 I read his book "The Knee of Listening" and really resonated with the message that one didn't need a guru to attain, and then investigated what he was doing and found that he was now billing himself as the greatest guru of all. Needless to say, I stuck with the message and left the messenger behind. I think he sold out the truth in order to make a living, which he did in spades. None of the rest of the controversy has anything to do with that. You don't need a guru to attain.

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