Alas, poor Wilber!
His private communication to the Adidam community leaked out to the public,
and now he came across looking worse than ever to his public: as
someone who was completely two-faced, and with neither loyalty nor
You would think
that, at this point, Wilber would have no place to go, no way to
write himself out of his quandary. But he has built his trade on
his clever writing. How did he next defend himself to his public?
By trying to suggest that it was Adi Da Samraj who was contradictory!
So "obviously" he had to be contradictory if he was to faithfully
reflect Adi Da Samraj in his writings.
And if you believe
all that, we have a bridge we'd like to sell you.
He also tries
to account for his own contradictory writings by saying Adi Da Samraj
is a "very strong" personality. I suppose this is meant
to suggest that the flip-flopping in his own writing is due to his
own relative "weakness" of character, and that he is trying
to portray himself as having being overpowered by, victimized by,
and forced into writing contradictory statements by such a strong
lame, don't you think?
He says here,
"I accept my faults and admit them." That feels disingenuous
to us. When it comes to his writing about Adi Da Samraj, Wilber's
main "fault" is that he has been afraid to be associated
in public with Adi Da Samraj, and has equivocated in his communications
about Adi Da on that basis. We can't find Wilber's acknowledgement
of that "fault" anywhere.
KEN WILBER: Over the years I have made numerous very strong and
sometimes contradictory statements about Adi Da, mostly because he is
a very strong and sometimes contradictory personality. In the Foreword
I was asked to write to his book Scientific Proof of the Existence of
God Will Soon Be Announced by the White House!, I stated my opinion that
Da was one of the greatest spiritual Realizers of all time, unparalleled
in his grasp of many profound spiritual issues. Yet in The
Strange Case of Adi Da, I called attention to the fact that, even
though Da might be highly spiritually realized, he seemed to have several
problematic, perhaps even pathological, aspects to his personality and
the way he was running his community. Yet again, in an open letter to
his community (which was posted on the KW Forum), I again affirmed my
belief in Das great spiritual realization. Contradictory? Perhaps, but
only because Da is contradictory. Contradictory and problematic deeply
This is why, as a
blanket statement, I can no longer and do no longer recommend Das
community for the typical spiritual aspirant, and I have asked his community
to cease using my name in this regard. Nonetheless, for those individuals
who realize full well the extremely risky nature of the adventure, but
who feel a strong pull toward complete and total surrender of their lives
to a spiritual Master, I can certainly recommend Adi Da with all the
caveats of which I have written.
The real difficulty
of "the strange case of Adi Da" is that the guru principle is neither
understood nor accepted by our culture, and therefore anybody entering
into Guru Theater does so at great, great risk. Added to this is the fact
that as I mentioned in The
Strange Case of Adi Da (and explained at length in The Eye of
Spirit) individuals can be at a relatively high level in their spiritual
development but at relatively low levels in other lines of their development,
and this mixture can be very problematic. This is true for many, perhaps
most, people, and I believe it is so with Adi Da as well.
When I point this
out, the typical response of members of Das community has been to point
to faults in my own character as if that had anything to do with the
faults in Da. I accept my faults and admit them. Let us hear Da and his
community do the same for Da.
In the meantime, I
affirm all of the extremes of my statements about Da: he is one of the
greatest spiritual Realizers of all time, in my opinion, and yet other
aspects of his personality lag far behind those extraordinary heights.
By all means look to him for utterly profound revelations, unequalled
in many ways; yet step into his community at your own risk.