- A conversation with Dennis Leroy Stillwell. Dennis Leroy has been a formal devotee of Adi Da since 1977. Since 1986 he regularly lived in hermitage on Naitauba, Fiji, for extended periods during which he participated in cycles of consideration with Adi Da, served as editor, photographer, videographer, communications manager, ashram manager, and personal assistant to the Ruchira Sannyasin Order. He author of Love’s Sacrifice: Witnessing the Self-Revelation of the Divine Person - 30 Years with my Spiritual Master, Adi Da (2014) and For Those Who Call For Light - Learning How to Think about Religion (2013).
Born in 1947, an American "baby boomer," he grew up the second of three children of a career US Army officer and British “war bride,” living on military bases in Europe and the United States much of his youth. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with degrees in Biology and French; trained as a medic and psychiatric technician in the US Army during the Vietnam era, serving in Korea; obtained a Master's degree in developmental psychology from the Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, France; then began a professional career in human services. Over the years he has worked professionally in child and family guidance, children's protective services, programs for the blind, programs for severely developmentally disabled children, vocational counseling, and, translation, teaching, and computer technical support.
Avocationally, he has enjoyed being a soap maker, iguana breeder, and musician. In 1975, Dennis heard about Adi Da. He became a formal devotee in 1977 and first saw Adi Da that same year. In 1986 he became a resident in Adi Da's hermitage (Naitauba, Fiji), where he lived and served for much of the following twenty years. In 2006 he helped found www.adidaupclose.com, for which he is still one of the editors. Presently, he lives in Lake County, California.
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