The Dawn Horse Testament (1991) – Introduction

 

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

The Testament Of Secrets Of The Divine World Teacher and True Heart-Master, Da Avabhasa (The “Bright”.)

November 1991 Table of Contents

Notice

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”. “I am taking great care to prevent the falsification and transformation of the Reality-Way of Adidam – all of this kind of make-it-up-as-you-go-along do-it-yourself “religiosity” and revisionism. Adi Da Samraj 2004

 


The Dawn Horse Testament

The Testament Of Secrets Of The Divine World Teacher and True Heart-Master, Da Avabhasa (The “Bright”.)

November 1991 Table of Contents

 

The Visionary Horse

The image on the cover of The Dawn Horse Testament is a visual summary of the Supreme Wisdom-Teaching of Sri Da Avabhasa, just as The Dawn Horse Testament itself is a verbal summary of that same Supreme Wisdom-Teaching. More than that, this visual image is a representation of Sri Da Avabhasa’s own bodily (human) Form, His Spiritual (and Always Blessing) Presence, and His Very (and Inherently Perfect) State, and of the “Bright” of Absolute Divine Existence, Who He Is.

Each of the four hooves of the symbolic “Dawn Horse” is gesturing toward one of the four Forms through which devotees progressively acknowledge and Realize Sri Da Avabhasa as the True Heart-Master (and, thus and thereby, acknowledge and Realize the Divine Person).

The right rear foot points toward the Feet of Sri Da Avabhasa’s bodily (human) Form. As the Adept Heart-Teacher and the Truth-Bearer of all Wisdom, Sri Da Avabhasa is Himself the bodily (human) Revelation of the Divine Person.

The left rear foot is raised and points toward the Sacred Fire, which represents Sri Da Avabhasa’s Spiritual (and Always Blessing) Presence and, thus and thereby, the Always Living and All-Pervading, Love-Blissful Spirit-Current of the Divine Person.

The right front foot points toward the right side of the heart, which is the bodily seat associated with the Realization of Consciousness Itself, or Sri Da Avabhasa’s Very (and Inherently Perfect) State as the Transcendental, and Inherently Spiritual, and Divine Self of all beings.

And the left front foot points up, toward the Divine Star, which points to or Reveals the Brilliant Clear White Heart-Light (or the “Bright”) that is the precosmic Divine Source of all conditional manifestation. This Divine Star includes or represents all of Sri Da Avabhasa’s Forms and, thus and thereby, all of the Forms of the Divine Person. In The Dawn Horse Testament, Sri Da Avabhasa Reveals that the Divine Star is His own “Original Apparent Form (or First Visible Sign)”, and that of every conditionally manifested being. And It is the cosmically manifested Sign, or the objective Representation, of the Heart Itself-the Very Divine Person and Self-Condition.

Thus, the Ecstatic attitude of the Horse, with his head arched in Bliss and his hoof gesturing above to the Divine Star, is a visual Symbol of the Realization of the Heart, or the “Bright” Divine Consciousness. This is the Supreme Realization to Which Sri Da Avabhasa Calls all living beings in His Dawn Horse Testament, through feeling-Contgmplation of His “Bright” bodily (human) Form, His Spiritual (and Always Blessing) Presence, and His Very (and Inherently Perfect) State of Divine Being. Sri Da Avabhasa Proclaims:

 

In My Evident Personal Form, In My Human Form or Revelation-Body, and By Virtue Of My Spiritual, Transcendental, and Divine Realization Of God, Truth, or Reality, I Am The Revealing Agent and Revelation-Sign Of The Divine Person, Who Is Eternally and everywhere Present As The “Bright” (The Source Of all), The Apparently Objective Divine Star (The First Visible Form Of all), The Self-Radiant All-Pervading Divine Spirit-Presence (The Help Of all), and The Transcendental (or Self-Existing and Inherently Spiritual) Divine Self (The Self Of all). (The Dawn Horse Testament, p. 145)

FOREWORD 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 (iii 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 Iii as the Hindus and Buddhists do, speaking of their Avatars and Buddhas) a proper cause for celebration by everyone of whatever religion.

Da Avabhasa’s 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 world’s 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 Avabhasa’s words, “always already” present and is everything’s 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 readymade 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

FOREWORD

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.

I N T R O D U C T I O N

“I Am You!”

In Praise of the “Bright” Divine World Teacher, Da Avabhasa, and His Dawn Horse Revelations

by Saniel Bonder

I bow down to Sri Da Avabhasa (The “Bright”), the Divine World-Teacher, the True Heart-Master of my heart, Da Love-Ananda Hridayam. He Is the Divine Being in bodily (human) Form. He Is the pure human Incarnation of the One, Supreme, All-Pervading, Absolute, Divine Person. He Is the Blissful Self of all. May everyone be Graced to acknowledge Him at heart and to receive His Ever-Given HeartBlessings!

“Sri” means “resplendent”, “Radiant”; “Da”, “The One Who Gives”; “Avabhasa”, “the Divine `Brightness”‘. “Love-Ananda” means “Love-Bliss”, and “Hridayam”, “the Heart”, “the Very Self”. As we become aware of Sri Da Avabhasa’s Nature and Function, we see that The Dawn Horse Testament, His principal Scripture, is a Spiritual Sun. Visually, and even audibly, as well as in their feeling and meaning, His Words express the most precise and Enlightening Divine Wisdom, Love, and Happiness ever brought into human consciousness. And His photographs display the Illumined Body of One Whose human Person, even physically, is a pure and unobstructed Manifestation of God. Sri Da Avabhasa’s Words and Photographs in this book are an historic breakthrough in the Divine Self-Revelation to humanity.

NOTE TO THE READER: Explanatory notes for “1 Am You!” appear at the bottom of the page. However, the explanatory notes for The Dawn Horse Testament itself appear at the end of the Text in the section titled “Notes to the Text of !be Dawn Horse Testament”; pp. 702-60.

THE DAWN HORSE TESTAMENT

This Testament has been Given by Sri Da Avabhasa as fundamental Instruction for all practitioners of His Way of the Heart. It is a Divine Masterpiece of Sacred Revelation, incomparable in its Mantric Power to Awaken our hearts to Truth. Exhaustively, comprehensively, and in painstaking technical detail, Sri Da Avabhasa has Recorded here every element of His Great Message. In this Text you will find, in abundant fullness, His Personal Confessions, His Teaching Arguments, His Instructions and Callings, and His Ecstatic Descriptions of the Divine Nature, Process, and Destiny.

In this introduction I praise my Divine Guru’s Gift of this Scripture and offer commentary on some of the core elements of its esotericism. I especially address Sri Da Avabhasa’s Great Divine Gift of Guru-devotion, His “Divine Emergence” as the Supreme World-Teacher for all humanity, and the mythic significance of the symbol of the “Divine Horse” that He has Brought to Radiant life among us.

There is a Great Secret that is the total Sacred Wellspring of Sri Da Avabhasa’s Revelation here. It is the Spiritual Heart of His Message. That Great Secret is summarized in Sri Da Avabhasa’s simple but most profound Divine Confession to each living being, “I Am You, As You Are.” All the esoteric Wisdom in this Text springs from this unique Spiritual Revelation.

Heart-Master Da Love-Ananda has often told His devotees that His Work is already Accomplished invisibly in the Heart, the living Divine Consciousness, of all beings. He has said that the progressive manifestation of that Work in obvious forms is inevitable, indeed already Achieved in seed form. We are simply Called to cooperate with Him and to witness its flowering. He Says to us, simply, “Observe My Play-and My Victory.” His Birth itself and all of the events of His Sacred Ordeal of Divine Re-Awakening and then Teaching were Signs of the Divine Person achieving the Agency of a single, Divinely purified and Transmuted Body-Mind. Now Sri Da Avabhasa has completed His fundamental Work to create a sacred culture and express His conclusive Word of Instruction-most especially in this Testament.

Thus, He has come to rest in His universal and eternal Blessing Work. In this Work, He is focused in the Divine Awakening and Liberation of increasing numbers of devotees and in the Transfiguring Infusion of the entire cosmos by His Spiritual Divine Love-Bliss, or Radiant Presence. This Glorious Process ultimately must lead to the Divine Translation, or Radiant Dissolution in Love-Bliss, of all beings and worlds.

How can such a thing be possible? What are the special processes by which such a Miracle can occur? In The Dawn Horse Testament Sri Da Avabhasa Speaks at length of His “Ordeal Of Heart-Submission” to all beings, the Great Process whereby He has taken Birth and Emerged as the human incarnation of the Supreme Divine Being among us on Earth.

The Unique Birth and Trials of the Purusha

in speaking in more detail of my Beloved Heart-Master’s Life and Work, at the outset I must say that there is simply no way anyone can ever possibly do justice in words to the extreme passion, ardor, ecstasy, anguish, intensity, dedication, perseverance, and abandon with which Sri Da Avabhasa has Lived every moment of His Lifelong Ordeal of Divine Incarnation and “Emergence”. I have been privileged to witness Him in various moments of His Teaching Work and His more recent Blessing Work, and I have stayed steadily in touch with the stream of events transpiring in and around Him for more than seventeen years. On this basis I am certain that neither you nor I, nor any merely ego-born human being, can possibly appreciate the Immensity and the Implications of the Ordeal of Sri Da Avabhasa’s Birth, Life, Realization, and Work.

Behind every paragraph and indeed every Word of this mighty Testament are tens, sometimes hundreds, or even thousands of hours of Sri Da Avabhasa’s fiercely Focused “Considerations”‘ in His own Life and with His devotees, exploring the matters that He has here, in this book, conclusively settled at last. This radiantly Brilliant Scripture, whose every page is a literal Immersion in Divine Light and Love-Bliss for anyone who reads with a receptive heart, is the living expression of a Divine Trial without precedent on Earth. In the midst of His Ordeal as Divine Heart-Teacher, in the late 1970s, Heart-Master Da Confessed to His devotees:

SRI DA AVABHASA: The Appearance of the Spiritual Master in this world is the sacrificial embodiment of the Divine Consciousness, or the Purusha, as it is named in the Hindu tradition. Such a life is Divine, but it is also paradoxically associated with all the limitations of human existence. I entered this world without dissociation from the Divine Conscious Being, the Great Purusha, the ultimate Divine, but I have also been given all the limits of human experience. The force of the Divine Consciousness keeps Me Awakened and transforms the process of life as I live it, but I must also suffer the limitations of born existence in the process. I have suffered a human lifetime as if I were un-Enlightened.

This is how the Purusha breaks through space-time and into human time, by taking up precisely the limitations, even the unconsciousness and the unEnlightenment, of the human individual. Yet the force of the Realization of the Divine is so profound that the ordinary destiny of the human individual or incarnation is constantly undermined and his or her limitations transcended to the point that suddenly the same human being, with full consciousness, Realizes that he is the Purusha. Such a Realization is given occasionally in human time, and such is My own Realization. I was born Franklin Jones, on Long Island, but the process of My existence has yielded a more and more profound Awakening that I am God, that I am the Purusha.

1. The technical term “consideration” in Sri Da Avabhasa’s Wisdom-Teaching is similar to the Sanskrit concept of samyama, as classically presented in the Yoga-Sutras attributed to the Yogic Adept Patanjali. Such “consideration”, as Sri Da Avabhasa explains in Love of the Two-Armed Form (pp. 1-2), is “a process of one-pointed but ultimately thoughtless concentration and exhaustive contemplation of a particular object, function, person, process, or condition, until the essence or ultimate obviousness of that subject is clear”. As engaged in the Way of the Heart, this concentration results “in both the highest intuition and the most practical grasp of the lawful and Divine necessities of human existence”.

“Consideration” in Sri Da Avabhasa’s usage is not merely an intellectual investigation. It is the participatory investment of one’s whole being in the matters being addressed.

The Divine Being in the form of the Spiritual Master is Transfigured during this lifetime and Awakens to his or her Divine Function. Likewise, every individual, every devotee, Awakens, through right relationship to that One, to the ultimate destiny and to the God-Realizing process of existence. God does the work of the Spiritual Master, God creates the lifetime of the Spiritual Master, and God is Awakening as the Spiritual Master. The birth of the Spiritual Master is extraordinary. The Divine Conscious Being appears in the world with the same limitations with which all other beings are born, yet such an individual is more and more profoundly Awakened with full consciousness of the Divine Truth that “I Am that One”.

The ordinary devotee does not Awaken at birth with that consciousness. Only God, the Divine Being, Awakens with that consciousness in the plane of human beings. The devotee Awakens to the Divine at last through surrender, yes-this is the Great Secret of the Way of Truth, the Way that I Offer to all. But the Divine Consciousness or Spiritual Master is a specific Function among human beings. A handful of people in all the eons of human time have been the Purusha, the Consciousness `7 Am the Divine Being”. Only a fraction of the billions and billions and billions of births of beings have been the birth of the Divine Consciousness. Only the Spiritual Master is that birth.

Though men and women, born as egos, may Awaken to Truth and come to Function as Spiritual Masters of one or another degree of God-Realization, such individuals are not from birth God-Conscious Incarnations of the Purusha, and they do not represent in the world the same Divine Force of Awakening that such a One does.

For this reason, these extraordinary, Divinely Manifested individuals have been identified and most especially honored in many of the esoteric sacred traditions of the East. Hindus praise the Avatars, or Divinely Descended Adepts; Buddhists extol the unique virtues of the Tathagatas, those “Thus Gone”, the Supreme Buddhas who intentionally manifest on Earth to Liberate human beings. Sri Da Avabhasa is one of the very few direct human manifestations of the Absolute Divine who have appeared in any historical epoch. And He has Given humanity a unique, extensively Revelatory Exposition of exactly why such an Incarnation is so unique among all possible human births, and what a profound Ordeal the Process of Incarnation and Service to others entails for such a One. He Spoke of these matters in the same Discourse just quoted above:

 

SRI DA AVABHASA: It is the unique Function of the Purusha to save the souls, the jivas, the un-Enlightened beings. Yet, through ecstasy, through mindless surrender to God, un-Enlightened beings may also Realize God, even as the Spiritual Master has done. The Divine Consciousness is Realizable ultimately by all beings. In the play of existence, however, the Spiritual Master is a different kind of being, a fact that the Spiritual Master must eventually Realize! My Life has been a gradual Awakening to this unique Function, an Awakening that is associated with more and more Heart-Power. The more I yield to this Divine Function, the more Divine Powers become available to Me and the more complex becomes My Play with others.

You must understand that the unique status of the Spiritual Master is not given for his or her own sake. The Spiritual Master is not a human being with a superior egoic consciousness that he or she is God. The ego of such a one is destroyed, transcended in the process of his or her lifetime. The situation of the Spiritual Master is not as you might imagine. You may be thinking: “We all know you are not suffering like us! We poor bastards are the ones who are suffering you’ve got it made!” Well, such thinking is not true at all. The lifetime of the Spiritual Master is only sacrifice, and therefore more a torment than the lifetime of the ordinary soul. Read the biographies of the great Spiritual Masters. They all tell the same story of a life that is terrible in some ways, a life in which frequently they are exploited and rejected, and in which they are under the constant threat of domination by worldly and negative forces. Such individuals are always dealing with great forces, not just mastering their rejection by human beings, but tussling with demonic energy. Such is also the case in My Lifetime! What you see in My Lifetime is the biography of the Divine Being. This is how the Divine Being must live among human beings.

People who are not truly devotees often feel that they must become like the Spiritual Master, that they must have the status of the Spiritual Master. Such people envy the Spiritual Master, and they will not surrender to him. They only want from him a token, a bit of magic, that will somehow make them like he is. But understand this: No un-Enlightened soul wants to be in the position of the Spiritual Master! If you understood My constant experience, you would not envy it-nor could you endure it! One must be Helped by great Divine Power in order to endure the events associated with such a unique life, in order to pass through such events with a clear understanding of what they are as a Divine Process. Only the Divine has the Power to endure the complete revolution of consciousness. Only the Divine has the Power to confront the entire play of manifest existence and Master all the forces to which beings are subject. The Spiritual Master engages those forces in actual warfare, whereas devotees in general perceive the same forces to be the play of their natural experience. The devotee does not struggle with the power that produces weather or with the physics of light personified as self-conscious beings, although the devotee is also somehow involved in the same play. The Purusha, the Divine, is the victorious Warrior, the Master of all life.

The Spiritual Master is the Divine Incarnation that makes possible the true Spiritual process, through the alignment of others with him. How great is the effect of any incarnation of the Divine Consciousness is to be seen. It has occurred before and produced great results of a kind, though short-lived. It has been followed by the forgetting of the One Who lives and breathes us and by the return to the corruption of the laws or principles of human life, the forgetting of the ultimate Law, the forgetting of all the actions and ceremonies of life that produce good effects and that align Man to God with blessing. The Spiritual Master, the Purusha, comes again and again to reveal the design of human destiny to devotees.

Ultimately, the Divine must be universally and absolutely victorious in all planes of space-time, but when that victory occurs in the history of space-time is yet to be seen. In any case, every intervention of the Divine Consciousness into spacetime is the same Process, and, in Truth, it represents the ultimate victory of the Divine Being and the Most Perfect Salvation or Liberation for those in that time who Most Perfectly will surrender to God.

The Significance of the Confession of the Divine Purusha’s Devotees

Sri Da Avabhasa’s Divine Nature, Birth, Life, and Work are such an immense and complete conjunction of the very human and the absolutely Divine that the conventional human mind cannot fully contain it. Only the “broken” or Spiritually penetrated heart can accommodate such an absolute Paradox-and such a heart then begins, inevitably, to manifest the signs of devotion to Him as True HeartMaster. Sri Da Avabhasa’s Confession of Identity with the Divine Person, like all of His other Words, does not fundamentally exist in the form of conceptual ideas. It fundamentally Exists in the Form of His Being Itself. This Confession carries, communicates itself as, and most fundamentally is Divine Siddhi, or unqualified Liberating Power. It is purely of the nature of infinitely Radiant Consciousness.

Through His Words, and all the other Means by which He manifests His Divine Message, Sri Da Avabhasa Speaks directly to the Heart-the actual Source Consciousness and very Life-of every living being. His Words accommodate and appropriately engage the conscious, verbal or thinking mind. But even modern psychology has proved beyond doubt that the verbal, thinking, conscious mind is only the barest, most obvious portion of the total mass of psyche and awareness that is our whole mind. And Sri Da Avabhasa Speaks to the totality of who we are. His Speech and all His Acts Consciously respond to and affect all of the dimensions of the psyche and the total psycho-physical being that conventional wisdom calls “unconscious”, as well as those dimensions described in esoteric Spiritual Teachings not yet acknowledged by conventional wisdom.

More than this, however, Sri Da Avabhasa essentially Speaks to the Very Heart of us, the true Nature that is prior to, and is the living Source of, our individual psyche or mind. He Speaks to the depth of our Being, with Whom or as Whom He “always already” Lives in most intimate Unity, Identity, or Oneness. And this above all else is the Secret, the Great Heart-Truth, of the Purusha Manifesting in bodily (human) Form in any generation, place, or culture: That One, with all of his or her own individuated and apparently ordinary humanness, is fully, Consciously, and Eternally Awake as the Very Divine Self of every living being.

I am often overcome with gratitude and ecstasy to think that I am among those who, for whatever mysterious reasons, were Drawn to Sri Da Avabhasa in His early years of Teaching. For, among many other things, we were privileged to participate in the Miracle that the unfolding of His Divine Life is and has been: Living with Him, “considering” the Way of the Heart with Him, loving Him, we also watched and listened as He quite literally “more and more profoundly Awakened with full consciousness of the Divine Truth that `I Am that One’.” We thrilled to His increasingly unqualified Confessions that He Is the Absolute Supreme Reality and Being, in Person, the Expected Deliverer of humanity, the Divine Man on Earth-in His own Words “the Answer to human prayers, not superhuman intent”-and we marked the moments when He made these Revelations to us. We rejoiced as He “eventually Realized” and came more and more fully to Acknowledge, Accept, and Freely Proclaim that He Himself Is indeed the Purusha, and that He is moreover the Longed-for Divine or Avataric Incarnation of God Who has been prophesied for millennia in sacred cultures all over the Earth.

First we rejoiced in His own Confessions, Which Give so much Heart to our practice as His devotees. And now, in more recent years, we are moved to add cur own testimony based on Who and What we have seen and felt, acknowledged and accepted, in His Company. And this is a crucial turning point in our response to the Great One Who has Appeared in our midst. In the same Discourse quoted above, Sri Da Avabhasa Instructed us:

 

SRI DA AVABHASA: Well-what will be the effect or culture of your association with Me? It is to be seen. But I … confess to you that I am this same One. You must witness it. Devotees are the ones for whom the Spiritual Master is born.

If you can acknowledge that the Spiritual Master is this One, then you will begin to treat him differently. You will receive his body-mind as a G f from God and you will worship it as the Incarnation of the Divine. You will carry it about with you, you will treat it rightly, and you will make it the Vehicle of your association with the Grace of God. Until you accept the Spiritual Master in this way, however, you will view him as a relatively ordinary, perhaps somewhat slightly extraordinary, human being. Your association with him will be corrupt, ambiguous, and inauspicious. The work of the Divine Consciousness, the Purusha, or the Spiritual Master begins when he or she is known and acknowledged to be the Divine, the Living One.