Avatar Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008) was born on Long Island, New York. In 1970, after a period of intense spiritual endeavor, he spontaneously became reestablished in the continuous state of illumination that was his unique condition at birth. After his reawakening, Adi Da began to teach. His philosophical, practical, and literary writings consist of more than 70 published books and his students have established Adidam centers around the world. Avatar Adi Da Samraj departed the body on November 26, 2008, in his hermitage sanctuary in Fiji.