,
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Knee Of Listening: The Divine Ordeal of the Avataric Incarnation of Conscious Light (The Seventeen Companions of the True Dawn Horse, Book 4)” as Want to Read:
The Knee Of Listening: The Divine Ordeal of the Avataric Incarnation of Conscious Light (The Seventeen Companions of the True Dawn Horse, Book 4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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
Paperback, 840 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by The Dawn Horse Press (first published 1972)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Knee Of Listening, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Knee Of Listening

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.09  · 
Rating details
 ·  117 ratings  ·  10 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Knee Of Listening: The Divine Ordeal of the Avataric Incarnation of Conscious Light (The Seventeen Companions of the True Dawn Horse, Book 4)
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.
...more
Lotara
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this book radically changed my life
Alaya
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
...more
Wisteria
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
...more
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
Sieglinde
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
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.
Memphis Reed
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schweet
George Palmer
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The great autobiography of our time - life-changing
Carlos
rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2018
Keith
rated it liked it
Jul 12, 2008
Sophia Hoadley
rated it it was amazing
Mar 23, 2016
Tom
rated it liked it
Jun 02, 2012
Jeff
rated it really liked it
Jan 24, 2013
Joseph Massey
rated it it was amazing
Nov 06, 2014
Mike
rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2016
Steve Diamond
rated it really liked it
Feb 11, 2012
Sean Tinslay
rated it it was amazing
Nov 07, 2019
Darren
rated it it was amazing
Nov 22, 2012
Nathan
rated it it was amazing
Mar 05, 2013
David Jacobs
rated it liked it
Nov 03, 2011
Surreal
rated it liked it
Nov 03, 2008
Josh Douglas
rated it it was amazing
Aug 14, 2019
Shashank
rated it it was amazing
Aug 09, 2017
John Forman
rated it liked it
May 28, 2012
Italian
rated it it was amazing
Sep 29, 2020
Todd Van
rated it it was amazing
May 17, 2020
Daniel
rated it really liked it
Oct 21, 2011
Tom
rated it really liked it
May 25, 2021
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Eye to Eye: The Quest for the New Paradigm
  • Dating for Dummies
  • Sacred Feminine Awakening: The Emergence of Compassion
  • Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire
  • Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening
  • Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy
  • Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming
  • The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development
  • The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book One (Metamodern Guides 1)
  • Transformations of Consciousness: Conventional and Contemplative Perspectives on Development (New Science Library)
  • Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
  • Yoga Sequencing: Designing Transformative Yoga Classes
  • 2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses
  • Theosophy: An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos (Cw 9)
  • Girlvert: A Porno Memoir
  • Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)
  • Snow
  • A Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat
See similar books…
24 followers
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

News & Interviews

Here at Goodreads World Headquarters, we're always on alert for any shifts in readerly attention that we can spot. Recently we've noticed a...
79 likes · 8 comments
“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
More quotes…