Adi Da was bornon 3 November 1939 in Queens, American, is Founder of Adidam. Better known as ‘Adi Da Samraj’, Franklin Jones has brought not only a new belief system to this world but also introduced a new set of spiritual techniques under the movement called ‘Adidam’. He was an energetic, radiant, enigmatic and yet, controversial spiritual leader to have emerged in the later part of the 20th century. Inspired by eastern traditions and the Advaita Vedanta schools of Hinduism, he was a devotee of Swami Muktananda, all through his life. A mesmerising and eloquent speaker, Jones offered discourse on philosophy and gave an in-depth insight into devotional and spiritual traditions of the eastern religions to western followers. He was a proficient author and authored over 60 books on spirituality during his lifetime. He was also an artist and created some of the most intriguing works of digital and photographic art which has been displayed across the world. As a young man, he was inquisitive and asked questions about the meaning of life and the cause of suffering. Many of his followers affectionately address him as an ‘avatar’.
Earlier, he had predicted that by the year 2000, the entire world would recognize him for his unique spiritual realization
On January 11, 1986 he experienced a severe physical and psychological crisis due to stress
In 1972, his autobiography titled ‘The Knee of Listening’ was published
In 1967, he experienced an anxiety attack while he was a student at Philadelphia's Lutheran Theological Seminary
In 1964, he moved to New York City and became a student of Albert Rudolf, an oriental art dealer and self-styled spiritual guru
In 1963, he graduated from the Stanford University with a master’s degree in English literature
In 1961, he graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy