The Literary Art of Adi Da Samraj

Adi Da Samraj (1939-2008) is the author of The Orpheum: The Tragic History of The Recent Return of Orpheus, or, The First Room In Three Books.

The three unpublished novels in this mysterious and metafictional trilogy—the story of “The Great Sage” Raymond Darling—are The Mummery BookThe Scapegoat Book, and The Happenine Book. An excerpt from The Happenine Book—“The Killers (A True Story About My Life—Re-Told As A Parable About The Voluntary Death of Childhood)” —was published in 2014 in MAKE literary magazine (Issue #15, Summer/Fall 2014).

The Orpheum is also designed to be performed theatrically—as a means of assisting the viewer’s entrance into the transformative subjective process that Adi Da intended The Orpheum to elicit. You can find more about the enactments by clicking “The Orpheum” on the menu above.

Along with The Orpheum, Adi Da is the author of more than seventy books of philosophy and practical wisdom, and a visual artist, with a large body of work in different media. ( We invite you to explore the bountiful literary and artistic legacy of Adi Da Samraj.


The Adi Da Foundation, for the literary estate of Adi Da Samraj

The author, Adi Da Samraj, reads an excerpt from “The Killers” in 2006

The Mummery Book is brilliant in all its aspects. It would be hard to express my happiness at the way it breaks and exposes the heart of the world. Living and working as a writer for many decades, I have not encountered a book like this, that mysteriously and unselfconsciously conveys so much of the Unspeakable Reality.

Robert Lax, poet, author of Love Had A Compass and (with Thomas Merton) A Catch of Anti-Letters