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The Dawn Horse Testament: The Testament of Secrets of the Divine World-Teacher and True Heart-Master, Da Avabhasa (The Bright) (The Bright/ New Standard) Rev Sub Edition

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  • Series: The Bright/ New Standard
  • Paperback: 820 pages
  • Publisher: The Dawn Horse Press; Rev Sub edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918801036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918801036
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,308,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adi Da was born in New York at the outbreak of World War II. From 1983 he lived principally in Fiji and became a Fijian citizen. The author of over sixty books on spirituality and a prolific artist, he also had profound attention for world affairs, particularly during the last decade of his life, as summarized in Not-Two Is Peace.
Adi Da was born in a unique spiritual state. As a young man, he immersed himself in the traditions of human wisdom and spirituality. His Western studies included university degrees--in philosophy from Columbia and in literature from Stanford. Following his university years, he intensively engaged both Western and Eastern forms of spiritual practice.
In 1970, at the age of thirty, Adi Da was re-established in the illumined condition he had known in his earliest life. He began to offer formal instruction in spiritual practice to those who came to him, creating (out of a free interactive participation with his devotees) what is now an unprecedented body of spiritual, philosophical, and practical writings (find the most current offerings at the Dawn Horse Press website), as well as an immense body of visual art (the website dedicated to Adi Da's art is called Daplastique). In 2007, his artwork was exhibited at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and subsequently in several other exhibitions, including in Florence, New York, and Los Angeles.
As spiritual teacher, artist, and "World Friend", Adi Da is not a conventional figure. He is not political in any ordinary sense of the word. Rather, his address to humanity comes from his lifelong communication of the truth of human existence. He is making clear the species-endangering forces of limitation in our world, the means to go beyond them, and the great urgency of this "going beyond".

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl Armstrong on June 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Avatar Adi Da Samraj otherwise known as Da Free John or Franklin Jones had only one purpose in life.It was to show others the correct way to interpret scripture.This Dawn Horse Testament will teach you just exactly that, regardless of which religeous faith you may be.By studying this sacred text, you will then discover the true meaning of the Bhagavad Gita, the Lotus Sutra, the Koran, or whatever denomination that you may be.Adi Da reveals in his writings, that which can ONLY be understood by the HEART, and NOT by the BRAIN.As you read this book, the words will actually be your heart speaking to you, from the sea of pure consciousness that exists in your heart cave.Adi Da was therefore the true Heart Master and the greatest Jnana Yogi that ever lived.(The book Lion Sutra is also a timeless masterpiece that is vital towards self realization).
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By EduardoP on December 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Dawn Horse Testament is the ultimate guide to the mastery of transcendental awareness, and enlightenment. The incomparable western master Adi Da exquisitely illuminates the mystery of Who you Ultimately Are, intensifying meditative awareness through the ajna door into the incredible mastery of Divine Ignorance, Divine Realization, and Divine Being. The ultimate answers within transcendental awareness await the arrival of the newly wakened meditator's assimilation of the four samadhis of Adi Da.
The Dawn Horse Testament is an invaluable companion to anyone on the path of the mastery of awareness. Other seventh stage teachings are Self-Realization of Noble Wisdom: The Lankavatara Sutra; Mahamudra: Quintessence of Mind and Meditation; and The Four Yogas Of Enlightenment. The exploration of consciousness through the four samadhis of The Dawn Horse Testament is without parallel and sublimely transcendental.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spirit of Enquiry on February 20, 2010
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Whether someone who is 'enlightened' (or has had even many deep enlightenment EXPERIENCES) can still do 'things that harm others' is actually a very deep question.

Equally deep is the fact of different people's perceptions of the same action.

As is the whole issue around gurus doing strange things that some people interpret as something they are doing to enlighten their students, others interpret as the flow of unpremeditated enlightened freedom, and still others interpret as just a bad action, by someone probably unenlightened and possibly deranged. This is a VERY thorny area, though with teachers (as distinct from 'free spirits', who don't have quite the same responsibility - if you want to play with the fire, it's your problem if you get burnt lol!) I tend to err on the side of:

"The deeper the enlightenment --> the deeper the knowing that ultimately everyone/everything is 'just fine' + a deep respect for all beings through knowing their essential inalienable dignity and purity ---> it's definitely not necessary to harm people based on the CHANCE this might get them enlightened quicker."

Observe the Dalai Lama and Dilgo Khyentse for example. OFTEN deep realisation brings...a certain relaxation!

(Hey, Milarepa was tough and WANTED the quickest, most powerful way. We moderns are a bit more sensitive!)

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One thing is certain though: it's possible to read the last couple of chapters of this book and fall into spontaneous enlightenment experiences. It is that good.

I have to caveat all my reviews of books on here with the fact that when I first bought THIS book, I actually threw it in the bin out of frustration.

Now, for those chapters alone, it's part of the (very small) core of my spiritual library.
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The only reason people still find Adi Da fascinating, well I do anyway, is the guys blurbs. Isreal Regardie, Georg Feuerstein, Alan Watts, Ken Wilber, Fred Alan Wolff, Alex Grey, and a few others who've escaped me, all reckoned that He was a manifestation of the Universe. No other thinker has so many ecstatic blurbs.

In fact, Georg Feuerstein's religious eulogy's to Adi Da (when he was known as Da Free John), way back in the 1970's, are astounding when you consider his more serious scholarly books.

And the embarrassing Ken Wilber review of this book is all over the Internet and Ken has gotten a lot of stick over it. If you think Ken Wilber got carried away, then you will be surprised to know that George Feuerstein's writings are even more unbelievable.

Sadly, Feuerstein's writings are not available online today, but if you purchase Da's books from the 1970's, like I did, you are in for some seriously good read. George Feuerstein introductions at the beginning of those ealy books are superb. Feuerstein compares Adi Da to the Christ and the Buddha. This is how serious he was.

To be honest, Adi Da's early books are not at all cultish. Hence the impressive introductions from serious scholars and those blurbs.

So I purchased Dawn Horse Testament hoping for more George Feuerstein. Unfortunately, this book has the date '1985', and I think that this was around the time of the scandals. George Feuerstein left around that time. There no blurbs at the back of the book. There isn't even a fancy introduction like in the early books. Well, there is an into that talks about what you are about to read but there isn't a name to it. I suspect Adi Da wrote it about himself! At least He allowed another writer inside in those early days.
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