Appendix IV: The Daism Research Index
~Deconstructing Adi Da~
edited by Sioux Marshman and Elias Oz
Adi Da is a complex character who evokes complex responses. Some believe he is the singular manifestation of the Divine in the entire universe of universes--no kidding. Some believe he is a crank, a fraud, a con artist. Just so.
No effort has been made in this book to support Frank's positions. The Da-man has self-published something like a hundred volumes--so surely he has spoken sufficiently for most of us. Instead, herein are commentaries on the various claims Da and his followers make about him and his teachings. Some writers have been intimately involved with Adi Da, while others know him only through his voluminous works.
Please note that, in order to protect the innocent and guilty alike, the names of Adi Da supporters have all been changed to 'Pilgrim.' Let no one say I have not been compassionate in editing this collection. Otherwise, the names of posters are unaltered.
If someone is thinking of joining Adidam, or leaving Adidam, or just wondering about the whole show, this is the book for you. Read on, read on. One caveat, however. Da is noted for taking credit for anything good, while projecting blame on others for anything bad. In the service of this duality, Frank has a disclaimer printed in each of his books. Just so. In our case we provide this disclaimer as well: your reactions to these commentaries are entirely governed by you.
1. The Greatest of Allllll Tiiiiime?
2. Da as Narcissus
3. Charges Against Frank
4. Adi Da n' Sex n' Gopis n' Stuff
5. Frank and Other Teachers
6. The Cult That Denies Cultism
7. Amrita and Poison
8. That Ultimate 7th Stage
9. The 3rd Stage Teaching with a 7th Stage Map
10. Ex-Devotees Speak Out
11. Devotee vs. Ex-devotee
12. That Vow, That Vow!
13. Crazy-Wise or Just Crazy?
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