The New Pattern
What follows is a kind of wrap-up of events since my last report. As before, brief quotations have been supplied from communications that were distributed to the entire Adidam community. They are offered here to provide an objective basis for scholarly discussion. No violation of copyright is intended, and these passages are quoted under Section 107 (Fair Use Provisions) of United States Copyright Law.
LEAVING LOS ANGELES
Frank originally went to Los Angeles for extensive medical tests, following a series of anxiety attacks in April and early May. He stayed in two different residences -- causing enough disturbance in both places that the neighbors complained to the police. Whether the tests were complete is not clear, but on Saturday, June 10, Frank began to experience renewed symptoms in his body, became very disturbed, and began "a consideration" about changing the way he does his work.
In what has been referred to as "a meltdown moment", he decided everything was wrong, nothing was working, and he needed to return to his hermitage in Trinidad, on the coast of northern California.
He left Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 14, and traveled north by train. After stopping overnight at a hotel, he was driven the rest of the way to Tat Sundaram, his private residence high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He was greeted by about "one hundred devotees and contact people" who had been hurriedly brought there on retreat.
Beloved got out of the car at Tat Sundaram and walked straight around the side of the House to the back porch and gazed out to sea. The sun was setting. Beloved stood there with great Concentration for about five minutes, the great rock in the sea right in front of Him. Then He walked back around to the front door and a flower mala was placed around His neck as He entered the House. Beloved toured the House and went upstairs to His Bedroom. Then He came down to receive the daily kava offering in the Darshan Hall.
THE NORTH COAST JOURNAL REPORT
[This section of the Daism Report contains background information on Trinidad and the purchase of Tat Sundaram.]
Trinidad, California, a town of about 400 people, may be one of the most scenic spots on the planet. A web search pulls up dozens of websites about Trinidad, including lots of great pictures. Here's a few of the best sites:
The Trinidad Chamber of Commerce describes Trinidad this way:
The Trinidad area is home to fishermen, woodsmen, retirees, educators, and artists in paint, print, wool, wood, poetry, photography, food, and friendliness. It's a marine resort for salmon, lingcod, rock fish, bottom fish, surf fish, crabbing, and clamming. There is a state park in town and Redwood National Park just up the road, with almost continuous state and county parks in between.A January 1999 article in The North Coast Journal describes Adidam's arrival in Humbolt County and the purchase of the house in Trinidad:
...Devotee Jim Calladine said the religious group was closing escrow on a Stagecoach Road home and had just had its offer accepted to purchase the Shadow Lodge.
After the closing, Adi Da wrote a poem about his new house:
Tat Sundaram! All of this (that arises and passes) Is Beautiful! All of this (arising and passing) Is Self-Existing (As Consciousness Itself) and Self-Radiant (As Primal Energy Itself, or Light Itself--Which Is Happiness Itself)! Therefore, let all of this Be So!
ADIDAM STATISTICS AND CHANGES
During the period of darshans in Los Angeles, Frank decided that too many uncommitted people were getting in to see him. He proposed to tighten the rules--
The qualifications being proposed by the Samrajya for coming to receive Beloved's Darshan included the offering either of significant dakshina (money), a significant gift of service (beyond one's agreed responsibilities), or bringing to Beloved a new person who is ready to come under vow as His devotee.
But then Adi Da received news that no less than 31 new student-novices had come under vow during the month of May. No matter than every one of these 31 newbies was an ex-follower of Frederick Lenz (see Daism Reports #1 and #2), recruited by their friends -- Frank was sure that a world-wide change was taking place. Immediately he decided to continue the openness that had begun to establish itself during his Los Angeles stay.
And so, the Samrajya process of access now requires that everyone who comes to see Beloved on retreat should:It is interesting to note that 31 new students is considered a significant recruitment by this community. Frank was similarly impressed to learn that 76 people, world-wide, were taking courses about the Way of Adidam.
Our investigations have revealed that Adidam, as it is currently constituted, is a very small organization, in the neighborhood of a thousand members.
One official report indicates that, in addition to a small number of Advocates, "as of April there were 890 Student Beginners and 235 Student Novices." But sources indicate that these numbers are inflated. When people leave the community their names are kept on the rolls as long as possible, often a year or more, so that Frank will not see declining numbers.
Conservatively then, the membership of Adidam is around 1000 people at this time, probably less. For a group this small, 31 new members is a shot in the arm, especially if they are tithing $3,000 to $4,000 a month, as most of the Rama-Lenzite's do.
The financial situation for most Adidamites is pretty scary. Their obligations to their guru include the following:
--15% of gross income tithe
Curiously, after all these years, Adidam has never been able to develop a really successful community business -- one that would free devotees from the exorbitant drain on their personal incomes. In fact, Frank has tended to sabotage all such efforts, even while demanding that devotees become as successful as possible in the world.
Finally, it is worth noting that as Frank approaches his 61st birthday...
It does have to be considered at this point that there are no practitioners in the advanced and ultimate stages.
THE NEW PATTERN
Frank has recently revealed that he is "not a tantric"...nor is he to be considered a "crazy-wise" adept.
All of that, he says, was a reflection of devotees, and the world. Devotees were informed that "something has burned up in him", and he has moved into the absolute purity of "the divine as man". Accordingly, Adidam must make this clear in its presentations.
The public-relations book The Promised God Man Is Here will be completely rewritten "to reflect Who He Is in His Purity". Meaning, one supposes, all the "naughty bits", already "explicated" for the general public, will be further sanitized, or taken out entirely.
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: Years ago, when I began to Work, what I did was not My Way but a reflection of My devotees. I Submitted Myself in order to Teach them, but, in that process, I was not Revealing Myself. It was about revealing my devotees to themselves. That was the nature of My Purity. I made that Submission and did that Work until the time came when I Revealed Myself as I Am. That was My Divine Emergence. And so the revelation, during My Teaching Years, was never about Me, Myself. It was about Revealing the Way of Adidam to all and addressing the world and its present-time reality. There was nothing conventional about it.
SURFING WITH FRANK
Recently, after allowing his website to go fallow for more than a year, Frank began to reconsider the role of the Internet.
AVATAR ADI DA SAMRAJ: The Internet principle is a means altogether for the mission, for education, and taking everyone into My Circumstance. It is an important link to make because it makes the process global. It is a new communicative means that must be used. When I brought this up in the 70s it did not exist.Following this recent consideration, Frank decided to begin offering monthly darshan via the Internet.
AVATARA ADI DA SAMRAJ: I cannot possibly do my Emerging Work in the context that it has been done previously because I cannot be interactive with thousands. And so there has to be a different way of contact. The Internet is the means and Darshan is the process-- but not Me giving lectures on the Internet, or interacting in a personal way. That is not at all required. My Function is Vast and Complex. I cannot Function as a social, human entity. All the Spiritual and psychic connectiveness that exists between Me and all beings is alive and must be cultivated. The Internet has changed the situation for all. It has made this possibility of My Working globally. By using the Internet I am not going to be less connected. On the contrary, it should be a means to connect further to every one. And so there is the culture of Adidam with its organization and Mission and there is the existing Literature to study. And then there is the Internet means, which is a global mechanism through which people can come and sit with Me. I do not Function any longer through an interactive Play. And so, Sittings with Me via the Internet can be very much a part of My global Work.
THE QUANDRA MAI RUMORS
There is apparently some substance to recent rumors that one of Frank's wives -- Quandra Sukha Mai (Bonnie Beavan) -- has been elevated above the other.
Quandra Nirvanasati (Elizabeth Brown) is hardly ever mentioned in communications these days, whereas previously both were always equally referred to or involved. Sources indicate that Frank accused Ms. Brown of displaying "too much ego" over the matter of the Rama devotees coming into the inner circle. She was sent away for several weeks to live with her family in Massachusetts. Since her return she has not been given rooms close to her husband, as was formerly the custom.
The number one wife, Bonnie Beavan, is now sometimes referred to as Quandramaj Sukhamaj -- a distinct elevation in name, following the Hindu manner of naming.
THE RAMA-LENZITES vs ADIDAM OLD-TIMERS
The tension between the former followers of Frederick Lenz and the long-time devotees of Franklin Jones has not abated -- in fact, it has continued to fester and grow. Old-timers are reported "feeling disoriented" by the "new pattern" of the Lenzites. In their private conversations deep resentment of the newcomers is often expressed. Spokemen for the old-timers have made cautious appeals to Frank to go back to the old ways, but he has turned them down cold.
Meanwhile the Rama-Lenzites are having their own problems. Some of them are beginning to crack under Frank's demands. Others, who are required to keep working in their high-tech big-bucks jobs are resentful of their friends who have been initiated into Frank's inner circle.
Old-timers and ex-devotees who know them have humorously described the Lenzites as similar to the dark-suited agents of the Matrix (in the film of the name).
And, last but not least, the very first Rama-Lenzite who came over to Frank has now been tossed out of her position in Frank's inner circle and sent down to the larger community. (So what else is new?) This woman is said to have single-handedly brought most of the Lenzites into Frank's influence.
[Editorial note: What goes around comes around. Frank is sending you a message, Lenzies -- "Service to me is not about becoming a bigshot. It is always and forever about humiliation." ]
THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN
The descriptions of recent darshan occasions can be quite touching to read. Clearly the membership at large, which only sees Adi Da occasionally, continues to have a profound transference to him. They do see him as God, and desperately want to please him and win his approval, even if it means sacrificing their lives.
At the beginning of the Darshan occasion, Beloved looked very Serious, even a little stern. And then He began to fill the room with His Spirit-Presence, doing His mysterious Alchemy. Toward the end His Kheyala (facial mudras) was breathtaking. His Lips would spread showing His Teeth, and the Light and Force in the room would somehow magnify. His Face was Moved by Blissful Love in Looks of ego-obliterating world-forgetting Joy, Fierce Ecstasy, Indescribable.
But sources paint a quite different picture of what goes on behind the scenes. When the veil is pulled away, and "the man behind the curtain" is revealed, Frank comes across as incessantly foul-mouthed, petty, nagging, totally self-obsessed and controlling. His life is a constant stream of decision-making about his hobbies and his possessions. He obsesses about money, and he micro-manages virtually every detail of ashram life.
Among his intimates he often refers to the devotees as "dummies", "damn phonies", "kiss-ass retards", and "high-faluting egos" who "diddle me with their crap". (And those are only a few of the nice things he says about his followers.) His private conversation is laced with obscenities. This is a man who would feel right at home in any workingman's drinking establishment. One can't help thinking of President Nixon and the split between his public and private personna.
Despite his "rough edges", these days Frank doesn't enjoy the give and take of relationship with real men. It is clear that the men he keeps close to him quickly develop an emasculated quality. After awhile, their faces take on an ashen red-eyed look, like victims of vampirism. Anybody who dares to stand up to his bullying is quickly sent packing.
And yet, to be fair, he impresses some who are intimate with him as almost childlike in his vulnerability. His masseuse reports:
When I massaged Beloved a few days ago I intuitively "saw" His Cosmic Form--the term that came to me was "Star Body". It wasn't that I saw Him literally as the Star, but rather that I saw Him containing everything in the Cosmos. I could feel without a doubt that my working on His human Body was affecting larger matters. I sensed that by releasing the tightness in specific areas in His physical Body, some corresponding changes were occurring at the Cosmic level. This had nothing to do with me. It was a revelation Beloved gave me about His Divine Body. (weeping again) I was overwhelmed by the Sacrifice of His Incarnation, and how essential it is that we do the service to His Body, because it literally affects everything.Still no word on who bought the broken Q-tip or what they paid for it. But we did learn that in a previous auction one of Frank's half-smoked cigarette butts went for $800. Surely a Q-tip is worth twice that amount!