Luminous places.com Paul C Adams (aka Prem das) home
Paul (Prem Das) worked in electronics technology, and as a seminar teacher, percussionist, wilderness guide, art collector-salesman; he haS also worked in self storage, retail grocery and hardware . During teen years he designed and built ham radio transmitters, receivers, and set up antenna systems used for worldwide amateur communications. In the field of electronic air purification technology, age 30, he received a patent, for a unique air purifier-ionizer design: operational prototypes of this device gained endorsements from distinguished professionals.
In his youth Paul was a falconer, hiking in wilderness areas searching for falcons and hawks. At this time he volunteered for a series of hypnosis experiments at Stanford University. Later he learned self hypnosis at a YMCA course, and attended private sessions by the instructors who were exploring age regression, past lives and in-between life time states. Self hypnosis revealed inner dimensions, and he further explored similar avenues with psychedelics. This led to yoga, travel to India, and instruction from a yoga master about life force power, known as prana, prakriti and shakti.
Hari Dass (Ram Dass' yoga teacher) gave
Paul the yogi name Baba Prem Dass in 1970,
while studying yoga in India. After
returning to the United States he
was known as Prem Dass, and then later when he
married, changed the name to
Prem Das, the name of a house
holder, rather than a monk-sadhu. In Mexico
the Huichol Indians called him "Prenda", a
Spanish word meaning "turn on".
returning from India, he went to Mexico, into the remote Sierra Madre
mountains. Following a path similar
to that of Carlos Castaneda, he spent years
apprenticing with an elder shaman of the
Huichol Indian tribe, don Jose Matsuwa.
Pilgrimage to natural places of power, to
find "kupuri" (vital energy) formed a
substantial portion of this experiential
education. The DeYoung Museum in San Francisco
used field research, photos, recordings, and
art in exhibits, which went on to The Museum
of Man in San Diego, Fields in Chicago, the
New York Museum of Natural History, and the
Hauge in Amsterdam, Holland. The exhibit
catalog was published as a book called
Art of the Huichol Indians- Harry Abrams
Prem Das (Paul) shared his research with the public via workshops, lectures and seminars and articles. This has included teaching at: Esalen Institute, Joy Lake, Westerbec Ranch, Mt. Madonna, The California Institute of Integral Studies, Antioch West, JFK University, and at Cold Mountain Institute in B.C., Canada. Also, New Dimensions Radio and Big Sur Recordings interviewed Prem Das on multiple occasions between l973 and l985.
1987 to present, he has been interested in exploring the wilderness to find places of natural luminosity. He has hiked more than 25,000 miles (avg. 3 miles day for 25 years) through open spaces, national forests and parks. Using digital photography and field notes, he has produced a book and website which reveal beautiful, exotic and extraordinary luminous-places in the wilderness.
Paul Adams was born in Berkeley, California,
and went to school in Palo Alto, CA. He has
three children and three grand-children.
Paul C Adams 2012