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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 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 expanded description of Adi Da’s early life leading up to his divine reawakening in 1970, as well as revelations about the spiritual work of the great realizers in his lineage. "From time to time, there is a book that challenges, and eventually changes, the entire perspective of a civilization. In modern times, Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was such a book–and, centuries before Darwin, On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres of Copernicus (the first publication of the theory that the earth orbits the sun). The Knee Of Listening is such an epoch-making book–in an entirely different way. Appearing at the beginning of the third millennium of the Common Era, it carries a Revelation that has the potential to transform all future time. This book is not about how life on earth physically evolved, nor the design of the solar system (of which this planet is a part). The Knee Of Listening is about Reality Itself, the Reality within which this earth and its cosmic locale arise—the Blissful, Effulgent, Conscious Force of Being which is always so, and which can be located and enjoyed under every possible condition, and in every dimension of space-time." —from the Introduction by Carolyn Lee, PhD


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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 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 expanded description of Adi Da’s early life leading up to his divine reawakening in 1970, as well as revelations about the spiritual work of the great realizers in his lineage. "From time to time, there is a book that challenges, and eventually changes, the entire perspective of a civilization. In modern times, Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was such a book–and, centuries before Darwin, On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres of Copernicus (the first publication of the theory that the earth orbits the sun). The Knee Of Listening is such an epoch-making book–in an entirely different way. Appearing at the beginning of the third millennium of the Common Era, it carries a Revelation that has the potential to transform all future time. This book is not about how life on earth physically evolved, nor the design of the solar system (of which this planet is a part). The Knee Of Listening is about Reality Itself, the Reality within which this earth and its cosmic locale arise—the Blissful, Effulgent, Conscious Force of Being which is always so, and which can be located and enjoyed under every possible condition, and in every dimension of space-time." —from the Introduction by Carolyn Lee, PhD

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    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. 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lotara

    this book radically changed my life

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alaya

    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 .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul LaFontaine

    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 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 spiritual figure. Some amazing realizations are buried within. It appears he comes to a place of direct insight after six years of focused seeking. I remember the original version and was struck by the unreadable appendages that have made their way to the introduction and subsequent followup chapters since then. Like his search, the spiritual community around him (of which I was a tiny part for a short while in 1984) was overhauled, renamed, recasted and mutated repeatedly. I think he had seven or eight names in his time. The final spiritual language that he and his community settled on reads more like Finnegans Wake than a spiritual text. His final chapter in this heavily edited book is simply titled, "I Am Utterly Beyond your Comprehension." In the end, you were sir. Cautiously recommend

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wisteria

    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. 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Moises Pittounikos

    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 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 cliches or difficult Sanskrit words. The writer is far from being the enlightened Avatar as his worshippers say he was. But I enjoy reading his writings.

  7. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sieglinde

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Memphis Reed

    Schweet

  10. 4 out of 5

    George Palmer

    The great autobiography of our time - life-changing

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

  12. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Hoadley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Massey

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steve Diamond

  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Tierra FrogHeart

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Jacobs

  24. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Shashank

  27. 4 out of 5

    John Forman

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Todd Van

  30. 4 out of 5

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