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Franklin Albert Jones

Born: November 3, 1939, Jamaica, Queens, New York City

November 27, 2008, Naitauba, Lau Islands, Fiji

Age: 69

Cause of death: Natural causes.

 

Notable because: Considered by many as an Avatar.

 

Adi Da Samraj was a contemporary and controversial guru, spiritual writer, and artist, and the founder of the new religious movement currently known as Adidam. He also used names such as Bubba Free John, Da Free John, Dau Loloma, Da Love-Ananda, Da Avadhoota, Da Kalki, and Da Avabhasa. Adi Da taught that he was an "Avataric Incarnation", the "Da Avatar", a uniquely full and complete manifestation of the Divine Person unprecedented in human form, and that his life and teaching fulfill and transcend the limitations of what he termed the "Great Tradition" of human spirituality.

Adi Da's teaching is summarized as follows: suffering is the result of the (false) presumption of separateness. This assumption forms the basis of all conventional human activity, and must be undone. The ego is identified by Adi Da as the activity of separativeness, which is enacted in every moment. Ultimately, there is only one divine consciousness, which is the state to be realized. This can be done by turning one's attention to the realizer of the divine in every moment, thereby receiving the grace of spiritual blessing and transmission.  Adi Da described himself as the "First, Last, and Only Seventh Stage Adept", "Promised God-Man", and "Divine World-Teacher". He states that the ego cannot undo itself, which is why divinity in the form of the spiritual master appears in human life. He describes the ultimate condition (or prior condition) as love-bliss, self-radiant indivisible conscious light. More simply, he refers to it as the Bright. In this realization, all egoic tendency is "outshined", or made completely obsolete.

Allegations by ex-members of what is now known as Adidam that Adi Da (then known as Da Free John) and some of his followers engaged in financial, sexual and emotional abuses were widely reported in American news media in 1985, including The Today Show.  Adidam said these public allegations were part of a conspiracy to extort large sums of money from the religious group and to discredit and destroy the group in a smear campaign. The claims were settled out of court by Adidam with payments and confidentiality agreements, per an attorney who handled three such cases

 

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