This 1991 version of The Dawn Horse Testament is NOT the final version by Adidam (Adi Da).
“you should not
study any earlier edition of The Dawn Horse Testament (or
any earlier edition of any other of My
“source-Texts”). The final edition is it. There are not
“multi-editions” or “mutil-instructions”.
The current and latest 2004 edition of The Dawn Horse Testament is out of print. It is not entirely “current” with Beloved Adi Da’s final language conventions and the details of His practical Instructions. Since their is no final or official version available Beezone feels it appropriate to use this 1991 version as a form of study with the understanding of the above ‘notice’.
THE DAWN HORSE TESTAMENT (1991)
by Roy Finch
Professor-Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion, City University of New York, (Hunter College) and Graduate Center; Chairman of Columbia University Seminar on Religion
The book which you have in your hand and are about to look into, read, study, or perhaps spend the rest of your life coming to terms with, is the record of an extraordinary Odyssey. It summarizes the findings of a vast Voyage of Discovery that never had to go anywhere but to where we already are. It is, in religious terms, a timeless adventure still taking place in our time, which is of the greatest significance to all those everywhere concerned with religion and the human situation.
Da Avabhasa (in a world which has had more than its share of false gurus and teachings) is that most extraordinary of occurrences, a True Teacher, because He is (in the language of the Hindu tradition) a Full Divine Embodiment. That makes Him (and we capitalize Him as the Hindus and Buddhists do, speaking of their Avatars and Buddhas) a proper cause for celebration by everyone of whatever religion.
Da Avabhasas explicit admonition is to surrender to the contemplative worship of the Divine in human form-that is, to acknowledge that He Himself is the Divine Being. Such worship of Divine Love in a Human Embodiment is fully acceptable to the Hindu tradition and the more esoteric dimensions of Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism, and has analogies even in Christian and Jewish sacred circles. Many from widely different religious backgrounds, or from none at all, have become convinced by their own experience, study, and deep intuition that this very One before them, Da Avabhasa, is in no way an “ego-self” or even a “separate individual” but is the Divine Embodiment, just as He Himself has said. Their intelligent response to Him requires reciprocation of His Love.
The Dawn Horse Testament is a genuine scripture, expressing the heart and soul (and body) of the non-separated Divine Being best known to Eastern experience. There does not exist a stronger affirmation of the Universal Original Condition, not as “Eden” but as the worlds unborn, infinite Source. For this reason The Dawn Horse Testament is free of the historical revelations and national and cultural particularisms which are such an essential part of the Western religions (and which, sorrowfully, in their exclusivity and power-attachment have curtailed and limited human freedom).
A Hindu story tells of the Soul that said, “Before I was born I said: I will not forget this, but one minute after I was born I had forgotten it.” Heart-Master Da not only has not forgotten; He has made the Infinite Original Being wholly living and real and available to all.
Da Avabhasa is delivering ordinary life into its Extraordinariness, which means exposing and discarding ego-drivenness and ego-darkness. He is not working in a domain apart from life, but at the very Source of life, the wellspring of human culture.
For Da Avabhasa the Biblical absolute difference between the human and the Divine (upon which the Bible rested the same absolute difference between the monotheistic religions and all other religions) is an illusory difference to begin with, and the search to resolve it is already a mistake. The Unconditioned Infinite Bliss, Light, and Love is, in Da Avabhasas words, “always already” present and is everythings True Being.
All this would be so many words-words-words, and in no way convincing, without the Living Demonstration in front of our eyes in the form of the Teacher, the living proof that it can be done, that it is so. To embark on such a Demonstration in a secularized, hedonistic, ego-centered world is bound to appear as a Divine Madness and the Teaching itself (as Heart-Master Da called it) a “Crazy Wisdom”. His Demonstration was, in fact, an experimental Ordeal which had to be made in the West by a born Westerner. Even though it found its closest precedent in the East, it must not be thought that Heart-Master Da simply stepped into a ready made Indian tradition (as it were, out of the books!). It was not that easy. He was a twentieth-century human being, born in New York, a graduate of Columbia, who had to beat His way, step by step, over a period of many years to the results shown in this Testament. (“I Found No Tradition . . . I Found No One Spiritual Master . . . I Had To Discover The Fullest Extent Of The Heart-Way By My Self, Through A Hard School Of self-Observation and Spontaneous Inspiration. . . .” [p. 116]) The detailed Yogic and Spiritual Instructions found in this book are an example of the meticulous thoroughness with which the Exploration was carried out both in His own life and in His extraordinary Teaching and Blessing Work.
Here we will also find details concerning the Spiritual-physical Transmissions proceeding directly from Heart-Master Da, which, for those contemplatively devoted to Him, are able to bring about profound, actual Spiritual-physical transformations. And this radical actuality of the Guru-devotee relationship, rather than any merely conceptual wisdom, is the critical content of this entire book.
It has been said that the Old Testament God of Creation is too far away, too Beyond, too Outside, too Other, while the Hindu God, or the ever-present Immanent Source, is too Close, too Omnipresent, too Invasive. (India was once called the country with “too much God”.) It is part of the Christian tradition, too, to give up the ego and be abandoned to the Divine Spirit, but not to the point of complete giving up of individuation and separateness. The paradox of the ultimate Divine Self-Realization that Da Avabhasa proclaims, exemplifies, and awakens in His devotees is Realization of the God Who is not absolutely apart from the world but Who pervades the world and within Whom the world arises. This One is fully capable of Individual Incarnation and All-Pervasive, Transcendent Divine Consciousness and Radiant Presence simultaneously.
Heart-Master Da Avabhasa has demonstrated finally and decisively the very ancient, but still, as it turns out, waiting and alive world-alternative to the finitist, individuated and intellectually and critically centered civilization of the West, as well as the inwardly removed and world-and-life-disconnected civilization of the East. There exists nowhere in the world today, among Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, native tribalists or any other groups, anyone who has so much to teach, or speaks with such authority, or is so important for understanding our situation. If we are willing to learn from Him in every way, He is a Pole around which the world can get its bearings.
“The perfect among the sages is identical with Me. There is absolutely no difference between us”
Tripura Rahasya, Chap XX, 128-133