For millennia, North America’s inland plains were home to countless millions of buffalo. Hundreds upon thousands of herds annually undertook their awesome migrations across the sacred vastnesses of this “Turtle Island”.
The lives and cultures of the native peoples depended on the bison, in their north-south, and east-west movements about the land.
In large measure, these large, woolly, creatures were the life-blood of the plains people; a steady source of material and spiritual abundance. Buffalo provided them with meat, hide and bones (food, shelter, clothing, weapons and tools). Before the 1700’s, they hunted the buffalo on foot, sometimes herding them over cliffs, or into canyons. After the introduction of horses, by the Spanish, they also began hunting from horse-back.
The various plains tribes venerated the buffalo as representatives of the great Spirit-being, “Tatanka” (He Who Owns Us), ritually celebrating their association with the Great Buffalo Spirit through sacred hunts, and related ceremonies.
A centuries-old sacred legend of the Lakota Sioux people, according to their “winter counts”, tells of the experience of two young men, around 900 CE, (probably in the Lower Mississippi River region of the Southern Great Plains). They recounted to the elders that during a hunting trip, they were confronted by a pure white buffalo who turned into a beautiful woman, the White Buffalo Calf Woman. She gave the two men instruction about how the Sioux Nation should live, and conduct itself, and then prophesied her reappearance, one future day, in the form of a white female bison calf.
The reappearance of the White Buffalo Calf Woman, long-awaited by the Sioux, and other tribes, was always expected to initiate the restoration of their culture, and that of all mankind, to the Divine Spirit, and to bring peace, and real humanity, back to the Earth.
On August 2, 1994, on a small farm in Jainseville, Wisconson, a female white bison calf was born, and given the name, “Miracle”. A pure white calf, she lived until September 19, 2004. (See Miracle’s website.)
The Native Americans regarded the appearance of Miracle as a Divine manifestation. From the moment of her birth news spread rapidly, and the pilgrimages began. Those moved by the prophecy traveled to Jainseville from all over the United States, and Canada, and from around the world, to pay homage to this celebrated buffalo. They brought gifts of dream-catchers, medicine wheels, sweet grass, turquoise, cedar berries, and alabaster. They came to perform ceremonies, and offer prayers.
Far across the world, in November 1994, three months after her birth, Adi Da Samraj came to hear the story of Miracle.
From information received from a friend, I sent a simple presentation to Adi Da about Miracle’s birth, and the prophecy around her. I thought he would find it interesting. I later learned that only moments before receiving my letter, Adi Da was looking through some books, and a video, about the very same prophecy of the White Buffalo Calf Woman, including Black Elk’s, “The Sacred Pipe”. After looking over my letter, he sent me a question.
“As I remember, the source of the legend of the White Buffalo Woman is the tradition of the sacred pipe described by Black Elk. I have the impression that the return of this Spirit is regarded to be a sign of the end of the world, and of the restoration of Native Americans to their integrity, which inherently has something to do with their lands. The prophecy contains both suggestions. What are they actually proposing? Does the appearance of this white buffalo signal the restoration of the Native Americans, or is it associated with the end of the world — a judgement day, a holocaust, or some such event?” (November 8, 1994)
Adi Da asked me to consult more than books about this. He asked me to directly contact, and talk to, Lakota leaders to find out about the legend first hand. The Lakota Sioux are the keepers of the “sacred pipe” of the White Buffalo Calf Woman prophecy.
I was soon talking with two men in Rapid City, South Dakota: Joseph Chasing Horse, and Floyd Hand (“Looks for Buffalo”). Both men were receptive to my inquiry on behalf of Adi Da, and were willing to speak about the prophecy.
In these telephone conversations I learned that the Sioux regarded the appearance of this white calf as a confirming sign of the purification, and awakening, of the Native American Nations, and all nations of the world. The prophecy predicts the regeneration of humanity through an ordeal of difficulty, and hardship. The expected results of this ordeal include the restoration of humans to their roots, the Source of Life, the Great Mystery. The Sioux, as I passed on to Adi Da, regard the suggestion of the “end of the world” as a reference to the end of modern western civilization, and a restoration of human and spiritual integrity.
Both Joseph Chasing Horse and Floyd Hand asked me to give their respective messages to Adi Da, which I did.
Joseph Chasing Horse, a Sioux leader (and emissary to Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th holder of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe), wanted Adi Da to know about an immanent gathering of tribal leaders at Big Mountain, Arizona, to inspire native people to “return to the Buffalo”, or to their roots. The present state of the world has Native American leaders feeling urgent that all cultures return to their roots, to the spiritual source of existence.
Floyd Hand, a Sioux shaman, spoke of his recent visions pertaining to the white calf prophecy. He said that during the predicted restoration many white animals would be born, signaling the reappearance of purity and goodness. He also said many black animals would be born, signaling the end of old ways. As our conversation ended he asked me to pass on a message to Adi Da about a vision he received while we were talking.
Floyd said, “Tell him (Adi Da) to watch the left side of his body and his left hand, for a serpent is crawling, and the serpent is not a snake. He goes to a small hill, with trees, where he meditates. A person will approach him from his left side, and it will be a female. Tell him to watch, to be careful.”
When I asked Floyd to explain the vision further, he said I did not need to know anything about it. He said Adi Da would know what the vision means, so I should just pass it along.
On only a handful of occasions did Adi Da directly write a letter to anyone.
On the morning of November 16, 1994, Adi Da Samraj wrote directly to Floyd Hand (Looks For Buffalo), in reply to the message from his vision. This hand-written letter was placed in a very sacred temple (Sukra Kendra), and later that day, it was typed and sent to me to pass on.
In his letter, Adi Da revealed the depths of his wisdom, and his universal calling for all so-called, ‘others’, to enjoy the same. He also directly guided Looks For Buffalo to a more complete understanding of his recent vision.
Looks For Buffalo is a traditional Lakota Sioux shaman, who had never heard of Adi Da until our phone conversation.
These two spiritual leaders were destined to connect, through their historic exchange, for the benefit of everyone, everywhere.
From Adi Da Samraj, Naitauba Island, Fiji, to Floyd Hand (Looks for Buffalo) of the Lakota Sioux Nation, Pine Ridge, South Dakota (November 16,1994)
If you see right visions, then See Who I Am. I Am Adi Da, the Expected One, Named John by Birth. The Woman you see on My Left Is Not Here to do harm. I have Husbanded Her, So That the coming events May Be Made “Bright”. She Is the One you see Appearing As the White Animals, but She Is Only My Own “Bright” Spirit-Power. What you see as the serpent of harm Is Only the Rising of My Own Spiritual Energy, to Purify and Control the earth and the ego. The white tribes, and every tribe, of every color, must be Purified at heart, or all will suffer. I Am the Sun of the Heart. I Stand At the right-hand side of every one. Therefore, do not meditate on harm, or on what you see to the left. Keep your eye to the right, and only meditate on Me, for the Sake of “Brightness”. Ask Her, and She will also Tell you This of Me.
(If Adi Da had communicated such a response to any other shaman, or leader, of any other culture, he would have written essentially the same response to a message so given and, as in this case, specifically in the traditional, and esoteric, terms that any of those shamans, or leaders, would have understood from the viewpoint of their own culture. And, as in his letter to Looks For Buffalo, he would have similarly addressed the entirely of mankind.
Adi Da, rightly understood, is a phenomenon in the history of man. He was not ordinary, nor even extraordinary. He will likely never be fully understood by humans, at least not in these present times. Maybe a few will do so.
His wisdom is a direct, unequivocal, criticism of all the cultures of man, who separate ourselves as superior in the face of all others; who seek to control and dominate the entire world of nature, and all the ‘innocents’ of the Earth.
Adi Da does not take the sides of white or black, yellow or brown, human or non-human. At heart, all are the same. He loves all, equally, and without distinction.
Adi Da Samraj described this recent time, into which we have all been born, as the worst time in human history, when the Divine Light seems to have been cast out from the world by mankind’s indifference. In the Hindu tradition, the present era is regarded as the end-time of the cycle of epochs. It is the time of great purification, the “kali yuga”, or “dark epoch” — which is the epoch of the Goddess in her most destructive aspect, known as “Kali” (the “Dark One”).
The cultures of mankind, in all times, have contained prophecies, expressing the hopes and aspirations of all living beings, for a Divine Intervention that will restore the world to rightness. Such is the prayer expressed by the prophecy of the white buffalo.
Adi Da Samraj, who stands, “at the right-hand side of every one”, concludes his letter by speaking to Looks For Buffalo as a shaman who is in touch with greater energies and powers than the ordinary man. Adi Da invites him to, “Ask Her, and She will also Tell you This of Me.” And each of us, in our own ways, are invited to do the same.)
In the early evening of November 16, 1994, Looks For Buffalo was reached by telephone in South Dakota. It was explained that while a hard copy of the letter was being mailed to Pine Ridge, Adi Da also wanted his written words read aloud, directly over the phone.
Sioux elders are typically well considered in speech, saying only what is useful and necessary. On the other end of the line, Looks For Buffalo listened quietly to Adi Da’s words. When the brief letter ended, he sat silently for a while.
Then he said, “This is a good letter. This is a letter for the whole world to hear.”