Celebrations > The Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence"

The Holy Day of
the Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence"

 
Avatar Adi Da Samraj, 1986
This section is organized as follows:
  1. The Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence"
  2. The Da Ashvamedha Horse Sacrifice
  3. The Re-Initiation of the Yearly Devotional Cycle

1. The Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence"


The Process of My Divine Avataric Self-Submission in the Context of My Divine Avataric Teaching-Work Culminated in the Initiation of My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence", at Adi Da Samrajashram, in January 1986.

The Initiation of My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence" Was the Turn-About Moment of My Divine Avataric Incarnation here.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The Boundless Self-Confession


On January 11, 1986, at 5:30 a.m. (Fiji Time), Avatar Adi Da Samraj's Teaching-Work spontaneously completed itself as He fell into a profound yogic swoon. Ruchiradama Quandra Sukhapur describes what happened:


At the moment of the Yogic Establishment of Beloved Adi Da's Avataric Divine Self–"Emergence", I was sitting by His side while He spoke about His Yogic death to others on the phone. He was describing how the energy and life–force were leaving His Body. Then I observed the apparent death of My Beloved Guru's bodily (human) Form as He fell to the floor.

[She then witnessed and served His re-integration with the body.]

I received a Vision, or Revelation, of His Incarnation. . . . I was intuitively certain that my Beloved Guru's Avataric Divine Self–"Emergence" was an Event unprecedented and unknown in the conditionally manifested worlds. I felt His Avataric Divine Self–"Emergence" as a breakthrough of Consciousness Itself into the world. And I could feel this breakthrough of Consciousness Itself to be coincident with His "Brightening" Power, the Power that Outshines all separation and death.

His physical Body was dramatically changed in this Event, such that it was obvious that Real God, or Truth Itself, or Reality Itself is Embodied in His bodily (human) Form. This heart–recognition had been present in my relationship to Beloved Adi Da from the beginning, but now I intuited the vast consequences of His Incarnation. I was certain that His Avataric Divine Self–"Emergence" carried profound implications for the destiny of humankind.


It became obvious that a Greater Bodily Manifestation had appeared. The Divine Reality Itself had now completely incarnated as the body — even all the way down "to the toes". The Divine Reality Itself had now completely Acquired the bodily (human) Form in and as which He had incarnated. Adi Da's first act upon returning to the body was to spontaneously weep in compassion for the billions of suffering people on this planet.


On many occasions, I had Confessed to My devotees that I wished I could Kiss every human being on the lips, Embrace each one bodily, and Enliven each one from the heart.

But That Impulse could not possibly be fulfilled in This Body. I could never have such an opportunity.

However, in the Great Event of January 11, 1986, I Realized — in that Incarnating Motion, that Sympathetic Acceptance of the body and its sorrow and its death — a Means of Fulfilling My Impulse to Kiss each and all.

In that Great Event, I spontaneously Made a different kind of Gesture toward all, which was (in some fundamental sense) the equivalent of the Bodily Embrace that I would Give to all human beings, and even to all who are self-conscious and dying in this place — by Fully Assuming This Body, in the apparent likeness of all, and Accepting the sorrow of mortality without the slightest reservation.

In some sense, that day was My Birth Day.

There are descriptions of various Yogis — of how a Realized being "comes down" into the body only so far: down to the brain or the throat or the heart, but (typically) no "lower" than the heart. In My Avatarically Self-Manifested human Life here (previous to the Initiation of My Avataric Divine Self-"Emergence"), I had invested Myself more profoundly than merely down to the throat or the heart — but I had never "come down" all the way to the bottoms of My Feet. I have remained a kind of "shroud" around This Body — deeply Associated with It, but somehow "Lifted off the floor", somehow not entirely embracing the sorrow and the mortality, somehow expecting (having Come as deep as I had) to Teach enough, Embrace enough, Kiss enough, Love enough to make the difference. At last, I Realized the futility of Making My Own Submission as a means of Utterly Transforming and Liberating even those I could Bodily Embrace and Know intimately. That futility and frustration was Fully Known by Me. In that profound frustration, I Left This Body — and, then, suddenly, I Found Myself Re-Integrated with It, but in a remarkably different Disposition. In that Great Event, I Achieved your likeness exactly, thoroughly, to the bottoms of the feet. I Achieved "un-Enlightenment", Achieved human existence, Achieved mortality, Achieved sorrow.

To Me, This was a Grand Victory!

Through that effortless, will-less Integration with human suffering, something about My Avataric Divine Work became more profoundly Accomplished and more Auspicious than ever before.

I have not dissociated from my Native (or Inherent) Divine State of Being. Rather, I have Accomplished your state completely, more profoundly than you (yourself) are sensitive to it.

On January 11, 1986, I Became This Body — Utterly. And My Mood is different. My Face is sad, but not without Illumination.

Now I Am the Murti, the Icon — Full of my Own Avatarically Self-Transmitted Divine Spiritual Force, but also Completely what you are, Suffered constantly. I have no distance whatsoever from this suffering anymore.

After January 11, 1986, I Said: I Am In the Body now — more than you.

After January 11, 1986, I Said: I Am This Body, down to its depth — Invading these cells, these toes, this flesh, more profoundly than has occurred in human time.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, The Knee Of Listening


Comparing before and after January 11, 1986, Adi Da said, "There is nothing left but the Ash". Only the irreducible "Brightness" of His Divine Self-Condition was left from the sacrifice of His "Sadhana Years" and His years of Teaching-Submission. His Teaching-Work had spontaneously completed itself. When He re-associated with His physical body, the particular Siddhi that had enabled Adi Da to work with His devotees in the manner of His Teaching Years was replaced by a universally magnified Siddhi of Divine Blessing.

Adi Da has emphasized that the event of January 11, 1986, was not just a one-time occurrence, but the beginning of an ongoing process of Divine Self-"Emergence", whose ultimate purpose was the Divine Translation of all beings by Divinely "Emerging" as them, one by one, even as the Divine had "Emerged" as the body-mind of "Franklin Jones":


My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Work (Altogether) Is My Crashing-Down Descent, at first upon and into My Own Divinely-Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form, and, thereafter (and now, and forever hereafter), upon and into the body-minds of My devotees and all beings — even (by Means of My Divine Embrace of each, and all, and All) to Infuse and (at last) to Divinely Translate each, and all, and All.

Therefore, My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Descent Is the Secret of My early Life.

My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Descent Is the Secret of My Divine Avataric Self-“Emergence” (As I Am) within the cosmic domain.

My Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Descent Is the Secret of all the Secrets of the (Avatarically Self-Revealed) Divine and Complete and thoroughly devotional Way of practice and Realization in My Company.

The only-by-Me Revealed and Given “Radical” Reality-Way of Adidam Ruchiradam Is the Divine Yoga of ego-surrendering, ego-forgetting, and ego-transcending devotional recognition-response to My (Avatarically Self-Revealed) Divine and Transcendental Spiritual Person, and to My (Avatarically Self-Manifested) Divine and Transcendental Spiritual Descent.

The only-by-Me Revealed and Given “Radical” Reality-Way of Adidam Ruchiradam Is the total and Divine Way and Ordeal of intrinsically ego-transcending devotional recognition-response to My Avataric “Bright” Divine Self-Manifestation, and to the Avataric Crashing-Down of My “Bright” Divine Imposition.

And, in the case of My each and every devotee, the Way must continue until the Way Is Most Perfectly Transcendentally Spiritually “Bright”, and the Way Itself Becomes Divine Translation into My Own Sphere (and “Midnight Sun”) of Transcendental Spiritual Self-“Brightness” (Itself).

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, verse 72, Atma Nadi Shakti Yoga


The paramount importance of Adi Da's "Divine Avataric Transcendental Spiritual Descent" to every aspect of His life and work is the reason He uses words like "Avatar" and "Avataric" so frequently and centrally. (In Sanskrit, the word "Avatar" means "one who has crossed down" from the Divine "place" to the human realm.)

After January 11, 1986, Adi Da's appearance was also strikingly different, as the following video clip (from July, 1986) illustrates:



Adi Da's Divine Self-"Emergence" enables a completely different opportunity, way of life, and destiny for all of humankind, as the following passage makes clear:


As the gathering of My devotees, you are not to be reflecting the "daily news" of the "world" in your lives. My devotees are not in a recession. You are in the midst of My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence". I have had enough of this gloomy, depressed quality reflecting the "world" conditions. That is not the disposition appropriate for My devotees. You should happily handle your practical requirements, individually and in a cooperative manner, and just do so, whatever is going on in the "world" at large. My devotees are not here to be depressed by "world" conditions. You should just function creatively in the midst of these conditions and succeed fully through your cooperative efforts. You should get out of this mind of the "world" situation. The "world" is simply a mass of karmic destiny, and it will always be so. My devotees should be of a mind that reflects My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence" and not the daily news and the supposed economics of the moment and the politics, and on and on. You should get out of the mind of the "world" and participate in My Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence" and function cooperatively to handle your ordinary and collective requirements.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, November 6, 1996






2. The Da Ashvamedha Horse Sacrifice


The Da Ashvamedha Horse Sacrifice

For many years, Adi Da has drawn the attention of His devotees to the Ashvamedha Sacrifice of the Vedic religious tradition, and has pointed out how its true meaning correlates with His Dawn Horse Vision, and applies to, and is most perfectly fulfilled by, His own Divine Life and Work.

 
A Horse Appears In The Wild Is Always Already The Case
A Horse Appears In The Wild Is Always Already The Case
(from Spectra Two), 2006
156 x 312 inches / 396 x 792 cm
(click to enlarge)

In the exoteric (or outward) form of the Horse-Sacrifice, which was performed only by the greatest of India's warrior-kings, a white stallion was consecrated and then sent out to wander through the king’s domain for a year, attended by warriors, priests, and magicians. In its free wandering, the horse might enter the territory of other rulers, in which case an armed struggle might ensue for the possession of that territory—because whatever lands were touched by the sacrificial horse were understood to fall under the sovereignty of the king who was performing the Ashvamedha. While the horse wandered, the people honored the king with continuous festivities and celebrations—until the end of the year, when the horse was returned to the king’s city and sacrificed at the climax of a highly elaborate ritual.

 
Illustration of the Ashvamedha  from the Ramayana
Illustration (1652) of the Ashvamedha from the Ramayana
(click to enlarge)

Apart from the exoteric forms of the rite, Yogis have been known to describe their Spiritual practice symbolically in terms of the Ashvamedha. In this case, the “horse” to be sacrificed is understood to be the limited self, or gross bodily awareness, which is intentionally relinquished through a process of intense inward concentration, such that the focus of attention rises to the psychic centers between the brows and above the crown of the head, resulting in subtle visions and blissful trance-states.

But the greatest and most esoteric meaning of the Horse-Sacrifice has been described by Avatar Adi Da:


In its most esoteric form, the Ashvamedha is the Revelation of the Ultimate Divine Being—through the Sacrifice of everything conditional, and through the Most Perfect Realization of That which Transcends the Cosmic domain.

My Demonstration of this Ultimate Form of the Ashvamedha was—and is—totally spontaneous. I Did it spontaneously, without any information in mind. Nonetheless, you will see that study of the sacred traditions confirms the truth of what I am Telling you. You have seen the True Ashvamedha Performed in My own Form.

The Ultimate Form of the Ashvamedha Transmits not merely Cosmic realization, but Transcendental Divine Self-Realization, through the Sacrifice of all conditional arising.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, April 2, 1987


There is a passage in one of the oldest Hindu scriptures, the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, which speaks of the sacrificial horse as the very form of the world:


Aum, the dawn, verily, is the head of the sacrificial horse, the sun the eye, the wind the breath, the open mouth the Vaisvanara [universally worshipped] fire; the year is the body of the sacrificial horse, the sky is the back, the atmosphere is the belly, the earth the hoof [or, the earth is his footing], the quarters the sides, the intermediate quarters the ribs, the seasons the limbs, the months and the half-months the joints, days and nights the feet, the stars the bones, the clouds the flesh; the food in the stomach is the sand, the rivers are the blood-vessels, the liver and the lungs are the mountains, the herbs and the trees are the hair. The rising (sun) is the forepart, the setting (sun) the hind part, when he yawns then it lightens, when he shakes himself, it thunders, when he urinates then it rains; voice, indeed, is his voice.


The ancient understanding suggested here is that the sacrificial horse itself is the Divine, Who makes the sacrifice of taking form as the conditional worlds.

The ancient text declares that the leading part of the horse — the head — is "the dawn". This reference is an ancient premonition of the "late-time" Dawn Horse: the Work and the Person of the Ruchira Avatar, Adi Da Samraj.

For this reason, Adi Da as the Ashvamedha Horse Sacrificed is celebrated each year at this time. The Celebration of the Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence" involves High Pujas in Adi Da's Domains around the world, and culminates in a Sacred Fire Puja. In the Fire Puja, a wooden horse is offered. (In the Fire Puja that takes place at Red Sitting Man at The Mountain Of Attention, the wooden horse contains the names of all devotees worldwide and a globe of the world.) In preparation for the Fire Puja, the wooden horse is led on a ceremonial Yajna for three days, representing Avatar Adi Da's Avataric "Wandering" in the cosmic domain (just as the horse wandered for a year in the ancient Ashvamedha ritual of India), as part of His Divine Enactment of the "Horse-Sacrifice". The extended Celebration also includes a second Horse, second Yajna, and second Fire Puja — on Sunday, when orange ties are offered to all as Prasad.


 
The Ashvamedha Horse begins its wandering at the European Danda (January 8, 2012)
The Ashvamedha Horse begins its
wandering at the European Danda:
January 8, 2012
(click to enlarge)

 
The Ashvamedha Fire Puja
The Ashvamedha Fire Puja in Auckland, New Zealand
January 8, 2005
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3. The Re-Initiation of the Yearly Devotional Cycle

The celebration of the Divine Avataric Self-"Emergence" concludes the Sovereign-Avataric Celebration of the Great Acception (which began in October) and the Celebration of Danavira Mela (which began in November).

The yearly devotional cycle of Adidam Ruchiradam is re-initiated in January with the regeneration of devotional recognition of Avatar Adi Da Samraj as the Divine Conscious Light in bodily (human) Form and, in response, the surrender of the ego in ever-renewed devotion and right relationship to Him.

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