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I have been to many teachers, many saints, many sages. He also spent time with less well-known teachers such as Swami Brahmadanda "the Staff of God" in the holy city of Varanasi. In the s Adams developed Parkinson's Disease ,  which forced him to settle in one location and receive the appropriate care. He died at the age of 69 from cancer of the liver. Adams did not consider himself to be a teacher, a philosopher or a preacher. Adams' way of communicating to his devotees was often funny,  and with interludes of silence or music between questions and answers.
He stated that there was no such thing as a new teaching. This knowledge could be found in the Upanishads , the Vedas and other Hindu scriptures. Adams did not write any books himself nor publish his teachings as he did not wish to gain a large following. He instead preferred to teach a small number of dedicated seekers. The highest teaching in the world is silence. There is nothing higher than this. A devotee who sits with a Sage purifies his mind just by being with the Sage. The mind automatically becomes purified. No words exchanged, no words said.
Silence is the ultimate reality. Everything exists in this world through silence. True silence really means going deep within yourself to that place where nothing is happening, where you transcend time and space.
You go into a brand new dimension of nothingness. That's where all the power is. That's your real home. That's where you really belong, in deep Silence where there is no good and bad, no one trying to achieve anything. Just being, pure being. Although Adams was never initiated into a religious order or spiritual practice , nor became a renunciate , his teachings were described by Dennis Waite as being firmly based in the Vedic philosophy and Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedanta.
A clay pot has space inside of it and outside of it. The space inside is not any different from the space outside.
When the clay pot breaks, the space merges the inside with the outside. It's only space. So it is with us. Your body is like a clay pot, and it appears you have to go within to find the truth. The outward appears to be within you. The outward is also without you. There's boundless space. When the body is transcended, it's like a broken clay pot. The Self within you becomes the Self outside of you The Self merges with the Self. And yet it is called Brahman. When there is no body in the way, the Atman and the Brahman become one Those in search of liberation from the manifest world will gain it only when the mind becomes quiescent.
The world is in fact nothing other than the creation of the mind, and only by the removal of all thoughts, including the 'I' thought, will the true reality of Brahman shine forth. After acknowledging to oneself that one exists, and that whether awake, dreaming or in deep sleep one always exists, one then responds to every thought that arises with the question "Who am I? You're looking for the source of 'I', the personal 'I'. Where did it come from? Who gave it birth? Pose those questions, but never answer them You're watching the thoughts come.
As soon as the thoughts come, in a gentle way you enquire, 'To whom do these thoughts come? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? I am the LORD. Leviticus No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; no man with a crippled foot or hand, or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect , or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.
When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? This is a much more subtle thing than simply teaching someone a skill or understanding. Willard: As an apprentice of Christ, I may be saved by grace, but I still have years of habitual anger, materialism, lust, and many other things to be dealt with. As I spent more time studying the Gospels, I saw that Jesus came preaching that the kingdom of the heavens is at hand. It's an opportunity for pastors to learn how to love people who aren't students of Jesus. While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.
Leviticus Do not offer to the LORD the blind , the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as an offering made to the LORD by fire. Deuteronomy If an animal has a defect, is lame or blind , or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the LORD your God. Deuteronomy Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you. Job I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.
Isaiah In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. Isaiah Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind , to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. Isaiah I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant of the LORD?
Isaiah Lead out those who have eyes but are blind , who have ears but are deaf. Isaiah Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead. Jeremiah See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth.
Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. Lamentations Now they grope through the streets like men who are blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments. Zephaniah I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like filth. Malachi When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong?
Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you?
Would he accept you? While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. Matthew Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Matthew The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?