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The Knee Of Listening: The Divine Ordeal of the Avataric Incarnation of Conscious Light (The Seventeen Companions of the True Dawn Horse, Book 4)

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First published in 1972, The Knee of Listening is the spiritual autobiography of the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj. Containing simple narrative, ecstatic poetry, complex argument, and discourse, Adi Da’s autobiography reveals the miraculous story of his unique incarnation and revelation in the west for “the sake of liberating all beings.” The revised edition includes an ex ...more
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Published June 26th 2007 by The Dawn Horse Press (first published 1972)
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James Brennan
Rigorous, brilliant, and demanding...
I have just finished reading the most recent edition (having already read two previous editions earlier in my life). I'll return to it regularly for further contemplation.
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this book radically changed my life
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I could not take my eyes off the front photo, then after reading the book I realised why, this is not an ordinary man , or an ordinary spiritual Teacher , what is written is profound .
Paul LaFontaine
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
The spiritual autobiography of Franklin Jones AKA Adi Da Samraj. Starts with stories of him as a child and comes to its main conclusion in Los Angeles in 1970 at the Vedanta Temple where he claims enlightenment. The tale chronicles his explorations of Christianity, Vedanta and his own version of direct seeing.

I first read the Knee of Listening in 1984 and was struck then as I am now at what a remarkable document the core writing contains. It is a no holds barred journey of a remarkable spiritu
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story of a real huckster. If you have or do read this, then you'll see it was his wife who was actually the "spiritual" person. Adi Da, I often say "Ladi Da." His ego was massive. When he and his wife went to India, it was his wife whom the monks singled out as "spiritual." It's unbelievable to me how many people actually believe hucksters like him. ...more
Moises Pittounikos
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This 800 page tome is different from the innocent first edition.

Here we have a heavyweight kickboxing champion on steroids! The writer matures with age, he gets better at describing the Divine Condition and he rips his shirt off and announces his Divinity!

So this is a crazy book! No doubt! However, the writer was a poetic genius. His description of Ramana Maharshi's system is better than the Maharshi himself! And he devised a word salad for the English mind to enjoy. Here are no Eastern cliche
Hope Brady
I thought the stories from his early life were fascinating. There is a point in the story where he seems to reject the guidance of his mentor and goes off into his imagination. He didn't see it that way but that's how it looked to me and he lost some credibility for me at that point. Still, it was interesting and a good read. ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I have read similar biographies of Hindu gurus and the main unique thing about this one is that he was an American. I found the second section which was based on a series of essays by him to be repetitious and saying the same thing over and over again. To me there was not much nee in the book.
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The great autobiography of our time - life-changing
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Adi Da Samraj, born Franklin Albert Jones, has published works on his own spiritual system–variously referred to as "Adidam" or "The Daist Free Communion"–under a variety of adopted names, including Bubba Free John;, Da Free John, Heart-Master Da Love-Ananda, and Avadhoota Da Love-Ananda Hridayam. ...more

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“This “Bright”, this Real Consciousness, is the perfect Form (and the Source of the living condition) of Reality, and It is never undone. It is now, and It is you. Now and always, every living being is arising within and as this Form, Which is the very Form of life. It is only that life is not lived as Real Consciousness. It is confused with some experience, some fragment of Energy in the event of the personality, in the functions that operate by laws subconscious and unconscious to the individual, or some wave of Energy that fascinates the individual in the superconscious patterns above. When such confusions of identity overwhelm and distract one into some division of the living structure of Reality, one is moved to great seeking in the alternatives of life. Every course that is not simply the demonstration of Real Consciousness, direct and present, is a schism in one’s living form.” 2 likes
“This Form (the “Bright”) was (Itself) “radical” self-understanding. It was no-seeking and no-dilemma as primary, inherent, un-“created”, Self-Abiding Divine Self-Recognition. It was inherently free of the entire search for perfection and union. When the “Bright” is Realized, all of life is simply observed and enjoyed (if noticed at all), and the things of life no longer provide a source of motivation separate (and separating) from this primary Awareness. Therefore, the “Bright” is the very Medium for unqualified Presence and Enjoyment—without dilemma, unconsciousness, or separation.” 0 likes
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