That so many of you believe Jed might be Adya really makes me question myself, but I'm still very skeptical. Jed says some things that seem to go against what Adya tries to convey to people.
For example, using one of your quotes, Jed says "If, however, your interest is in awakening to your true nature, then you're in the wrong place and you've got a very messy fight ahead and there's no point in pretending otherwise." Adya has repeatedly said that there's no need to fight anything to awaken, that this idea is actually very harmful. It's a very simple thing and the belief that there needs to be a long hard process to awaken is often what keeps some people from being able to awaken.
This quote also really emphasizes the need for struggle that I just don't feel from adya: "I like happiness as much as the next guy, but it’s not happiness that sends one in search of truth. It’s rabid, feverish, clawing madness to stop being a lie, regardless of price, come heaven or hell. This isn’t about higher consciousness or self-discovery or heaven on earth. This is about blood-caked swords and Buddha’s rotting head and self-immolation, and anyone who says otherwise is selling something they don’t have." Adya often says that anyone who claims that another path is wrong and theirs is right is missing something because it is not possible to know. Jed claims that 'unknowing' is the way to go but at the same time he acts like he has all the answers and many others are mistaken. Adya just seems to me to come from a purer, more truthful and less ego-based place.
Jed: "The student has no idea what the next thing they need to hear might be, but I know exactly what it is because I’m looking down from an elevation that lets me see exactly where they are, where they want to be, and where they have to go to get there. It’s all perfectly clear to me, but because they don’t have that overview, students cannot effectively chart their own course. That’s the role of the teacher, otherwise everyone could just pick up a book and, as Jolene puts it,bam!"
I don't think Adya would say something like this. He puts so much stress on the fact that it is the students responsibility to choose their own path and figure things out for themselves. He's different from many spiritual teachers because he believes that the teacher should play a more minimal role in the awakening experience, and he doesn't like telling people what to do. He definitely does not claim that the teacher is a necessary part of a student's awakening process like jed just did. I can't imagine him saying "students cannot effectively chart their own course". And again, this seems very ego-based to me, he seems to always be stressing that he is on a higher level than others.
It is interesting that they both spoke about manifesting good parking spaces, but they seemed to be using it to say different things. When Adya talked about The Secret and being able to manifest things, he was saying that the power to do this wasn't very attractive to someone who was awake. He said that he noticed he had this kind of power but he never used it except when he wanted to get a parking space once in a while, that it was more interesting to see what life provided for you than to make it do what you want.
I couldn't find where you quoted Jed from, but it would be interesting to know what he was talking about? It seems to me from that quote that he was talking about manifesting like it was a good thing, like people start with small things like traffic lights and aim to work their way up. Not really what Adya was saying at all.
They do say many of the same things but to me it seems like Jed is saying them from a totally different place. And I just don't see why Adya would publish under a secret name and keep his identity hidden because he doesn't want his followers to know this other side of him. Watching him talk, I feel like he is coming from a place of deep truth and I can't bring myself to believe this is something he'd do. I think if Adya had something he wanted to say to his followers he would just say it without worrying it might be too harsh or whatever for some of them to hear - he is already a very no-nonesense kind of teacher. It does not seem to me like Adya is suppressing his personality in any way to come across as more mild, I can't think of a reason that an awake person would do this. I guess it could be argued that he's just doing it to reach as wide a variety an audience as possible, but this seems like it would be somewhat manipulative to me, and Adya is definitely not about attaining as many followers as possible.