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Spiritual leader passes on

Friday, November 28, 2008

Update: 4:30PM Adi Da Samraj, leader of a spiritual community based at Naitauba in Lau, passed away at his home on the island on Thursday.

Adi Da Samraj, 69, established Naitauba as his principal teaching retreat in 1983 and became a Fiji citizen in 1993.

Spokesperson for the Naitauba Trust, owner of the island, Matt Wilson said Adi Da Samrajs followers from many countries around the world would continue to maintain Naitauba as a centre for quiet study and contemplation for those who come there year round.

Courses at the Naitauba retreat programs focus on Samraj Adi Das teachings of spiritual self-realisation, tolerance, respect, the unity of humanity, world peace and cooperation.

He said Adi Da Samraj wrote many books about his beliefs.

He also encouraged his students to study the worlds great religious traditions.

Adi Da Samraj was a legal renunciate, who owned no personal possessions.

Mr Wilson said Naitauba is a significant contributor to the economy of the Lau Group.

"It provides employment and contributes to many social and educational causes including scholarships for students in the Lau and Cakaudrove provinces."