The End of the Interview
Note: The following is Part Five of an updated version of "Bubba Free John and Swami Muktananda: A Confrontation of Dharmas", originally published in The Dawn Horse magazine, Volume 2, Number 2 (1975). Links to further readings from the published Writings of Avatar Adi Da Samraj are also included following the article.
By the end of the interview, it was clear to Avatar Adi Da that he had fulfilled his obligation to represent Himself intelligibly to Swami Muktananda, and that the nature of their relationship had changed. Swami Muktananda had communicated an understanding of Realization that was fundamentally different from the Realization expressed in Avatar Adi Da's questions.
Avatar Adi Da's fourth question was never asked, but, for the sake of completeness, it is included here:
Swami Muktananda's responses to the first three questions made it obvious that he would not be able to confirm and acknowledge Avatar Adi Da's Realization.
Therefore, after the first three questions had been presented, it was clear to Avatar Adi Da that what He had come to accomplish had been done. He knew that His former Guru had heard His Communication and thus would be able to comprehend something of the reasons and necessity for the change in their relationship.
The night before the interview, Professor Jain, the one who would act as interpreter, discussed the questions with Avatar Adi Da. He asked Avatar Adi Da: "What do you think Baba is going to do, give you a diploma?"
Avatar Adi Da laughed and said that Swami Muktananda would do nothing of the kind, and that, in fact, he would do nothing at all. Avatar Adi Da intended for the formal meeting and the written questions to be a formal demonstration of what had already become clear.
In a Talk recorded by Gerald Sheinfeld on August 5, 1973, two days before the meeting, Avatar Adi Da Samraj had Said:
These remarks clarify the mood and intention of Avatar Adi Da's questions.
This book was conceived by Adi Da Samraj at the end of 2005. He was first moved to make His own rendering, or "interpretive translation", of a traditional Advaitic text, The Heart of the Ribhu Gita, in order to elucidate (and thereby honor) its full meaning.
Adi Da Samraj then did the same with other great teachings from the traditions of Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism. In each case, He brought the essence of the instruction to the fore, with elegance and Illumined understanding.
Texts whose meanings were only partially (or cryptically) expressed even in the original — let alone in translation — suddenly shone forth, like rough gems cut by an expert hand.