Four Yogas recommended books, with reviews - Nagualism, Tibetan Buddhism, Adi Da, nondual Shaivism, Meditation

Adi Da Samraj - The Dawn Horse Testament,
The Five Books of the Heart of the Adidam Revelation

Ken Wilber - Dawn Horse review

"This is not merely my personal opinion; this is a perfectly obvious fact, available to anyone of intelligence, sensitivity, and integrity: The Dawn Horse Testament is the most ecstatic, most profound, most complete, most radical, and most comprehensive single spiritual text ever to be penned and confessed by the Human Transcendental Spirit. That seems an objective fact; here is my own personal and humbler opinion. I am honored (even awed) to be allowed in its Presence, to listen to and Hear the Potent Message of the Heart-Master Da. How can the soul not bow down to such a Message? What other is the appropriate response? How can I not say what I am saying? How, in the face of such a Testament, can we possible justify neglect?

At the very least, it is perfectly obvious that there is now no excuse whatsoever for any intelligent and spiritually-minded person, of whatever persuasion, not to be at least a student (or one who simply studies the Written Teachings) of Master Da Free John. The days of denial are over; this nonsense of neglect cannot continue, with any rational reason. I ask my friends, my students, my readers, even my casual acquaintances, to see and recognize and--above all--confess the Realization that Master Da is.

I do not understand why so many thousands of people--who have heartily expressed to me the opinion that my own written works express great clarity, judgment, and understanding--balk and look in disbelief when I speak ecstatically of the Heart Master Da. It is as if my friends believe everything I say except that Master Da is a genuine Adept, Free at the Heart, Confessed in Radiance, Transcendent to it all. How has my judgment suddenly lapsed in regard to this Man? I am as certain of this Man as I am of anything I have written--in fact, as certain as I am of my own hand (which apparently claps by itself in solitude when it comes to this Great Issue). So I make only one request: if you do only one thing to test my judgment in this matter, please read this Dawn Horse Testament cover to cover (and I mean cover to cover), an then I will be glad to argue with you if you still wish--but not before. And, I think, we will then see who the Master of the Heart really is. Is that not fair? Read this Man, Listen to this Man, Hear this Man, then See Him. And then, I think, you will stand Smiling. What else do you really want? What else can I say?"

Ken Wilber, author

No Boundary : Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth

A Brief History of Everything

The Marriage of Sense and Soul : Integrating Science and Religion

A Theory of Everything : An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality

The Spectrum of Consciousness

Integral Psychology : Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy

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Edward Plotkin - Dawn Horse commentary


Many have read Adi Da's books cover to cover, but few have pierced the teachings. Adi Da's Dawn Horse Testament is the song of enlightenment of a profoundly enlightened adept. One cannot absorb His rapturous samadhis through “reading”, any more than one can discover Beethoven through merely reading the Ninth Symphony manuscript. Until one can assimilate the Divine songs of an enlightened master in meditative absorption, rather than merely reading the chapters, the transcendental samadhis of Adi Da Samraj will remain obscure.

The assimilation of the four samadhis of Adi Da is not about what others say or write about Master Da, but rather the discovery of the Divine Secret within your consciousness. When you have mastered the four samadhis of Adi Da, the ultimate truth of your Identity, and that of Adi Da Samraj, will be Self-evident.

The Dawn Horse Testament is the ultimate guide to the mastery of transcendental awareness. The incomparable western master Adi Da Samraj (Da Avabhasa) 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 awakened meditator's assimilation of the four transcendental samadhis of Adi Da Samraj.

Tranquility and insight are the essential requirements. Tranquil absorption is the foundation for insight into the nature of mind and ultimate reality.  When thought projections are cleared the mind becomes stable and immobile. Just as salt dissolves in water, the mind dissolves into its intrinsic nature. Within the still of the profoundly absorbed mind of meditation the samadhis of Adi Da Samraj are revealed through transformations in consciousness.

The unenlightened mind of the average reader believes that it is the guru who is in some special trance state. Just the opposite is true. Unless you are an already enlightened master, it is you who are in the trance state, entrained in the doings of the verbal mind of self and society. You create your world through your inner dialog, often suffering needlessly, and rarely consider that what you tell yourself has no more truth than the voice of delusion.

Meditate on the nature of your awareness at this very moment. You believe in a word designated time called past, while no such state of time has ever been observed and simply does not exist. You consider the past to be as real as a ring on your finger. I say to you that if there were such a thing as past you could at the very least retrieve the past, or show the past to someone, or return to the past, or photograph the past, or record the past in this very moment of now. Yet many of your actions, reactions, and plans are based upon an imagined state of time; no more real or available to you in this very moment of now, than in any other apparent moment that you have been witness to.

You are, and remain, the immutable, formless, and timeless witness of everything that arises in consciousness. If this were not so, where is the past moment? Where is the future moment? Is it not true that this apparent moment of now arises constantly, while considerations of past, and future actions and reactions are continually sliding off the plate of awareness? You Are the witness in consciousness, dreaming the world of the self, magically conjuring dreams of past, present, and future reality, while unknowingly and Truly remaining ever and always in the eternally present Now. There is no out there beyond consciousness. If this is not so, then tell me, where is your past of just ten years ago, ten months ago, ten days ago, or even ten minutes ago? For your amusement consider the legend of Narada.

Forget all that you have learned from parents, teachers, friends, society, and meditate to the point of radical seeing. Undo your entrainment in the teachings of the world and liberate your Being from within. The four transcendental samadhis of Adi Da Samraj reveal the radical Truth of the nature of consciousness and Its journey through eternity. Through the divinely ecstatic samadhis of Adi Da's Dawn Horse Testament, your journey in meditation will transform into a magnificent voyage of discovery, love, empowerment, and transcendental wisdom.

Edward Plotkin, author
The Four Yogas Of Enlightenment:
Guide To Don Juan's Nagualism & Esoteric Buddhism

Yoga: A method to yoke or join egoic or worldly mind to transcendental mind.

Samadhi: A state of awareness beyond the doings and teachings of worldly mind. Paradoxically, samadhi is the unseen yet ever present ground of consciousness, revealed at the juncture of meditative absorption and discerning awareness.

Dawn Horse Testament

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Aham Da Asmi (Beloved, I Am Da)
Book One
The "Late-Time" Avataric Revelation Of The True and Spiritual Divine Person (The egoless Personal Presence Of Reality and Truth, Which Is The Only Real God)
by Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Henry Le Roy Finch

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Editorial Review

From the Back Cover
"Avatar Adi Da is the greatest Spiritual Master ever to walk the earth. He is the God-Man. He reveals the ultimate truth residing in the human heart." (The Reverend Thomas E. Ahlburn Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church, Providence, Rhode Island) "Fly to the side of this God-Man. His Divine Transmission works miracles of change not possible by any other Spiritual means." (Lee Sannella, author, THE KUNDALINI EXPERIENCE) "That God can actually incarnate in human form once seemed unbelievable to me. It breaks my heart that there are so many who have not yet found out that Avatar Adi Da Samraj is here." (Charmian Anderson, Ph.D., author, BRIDGING HEAVEN AND EARTH; THE HEART OF SUCCESS)

"My relationship with Avatar Adi Da Samraj over the past 23 years has only confirmed His Divine Realization. In the context of our dark time, Avatar Adi Da Samraj simply offers Himself, and the act--if fully understood--will break your heart." (Ray Lynch, composer, DEEP BREAKFAST; NO BLUE THING; NOTHING ABOVE MY SHOULDERS BUT THE EVENING).

About the Author
Avatar Adi Da Samraj Realized the Divine State of unalloyed spiritual Freedom, Happiness, or Enlightenment, at the age of 30. The extraordinary ordeal that led to his perfect re-Awakening to Divine Consciousness is described in his autobiography, The Knee Of Listening. In the 30 years since his Awakening, he has expressed this Free Realization by helping people of all ages to find and feel and practice true Spiritual Happiness. He has given thousands of hours of discourses and published well over 60 books on every subject that relates to human and spiritual growth, including: meditation, diet & health, the stages of human and spiritual development, death & dying, the “radical” nature of true Enlightenment, sacred sexuality, and much more. His unique wisdom has inspired the formation of schools, clinics, artisans guilds, and retreat sanctuaries, as well as an international network of communities devoted to the spiritual practice that he has outlined.


Customer Reviews

4 out of 5 starsAdi Da speaks directly to the heart., February 21, 1999
Reviewer: Diane Bryan, Internet Project Manager and Website Designer ( from Potomac, MD

There are several reasons why every person should read Aham Da Asmi. I have read it, and my life has been changed. That's an extreme statement to make about a book, but you will understand how I could say such a thing when you read Aham Da Asmi.

In Aham Da Asmi, Avatar Adi Da speaks in plain, straightforward language. What I appreciate the most is being addressed so directly-- for in this book, Adi Da speaks directly to the heart, and the more He spoke to my heart, the more He brought my heart to the fore as the one receiving His Revelation. I soon found myself in a "conversation" in which all my real questions were being answered. And the answers were plain Truth, spoken with the clarity and authority of one who knows. This book reveals Adi Da's utter commitment to engaging the heart of every being in a sacred dialogue. I have always looked for people who are interested in the great matters of life and spirituality, and if you are such a person, I am happy to introduce this book to you.

4 out of 5 stars Aham Da Asmi is a miracle!, January 24, 1999
Reviewer: Ted Ulle ( from Boston, MA

When I first got Aham Da Asmi, I hoped for a lot-- but there is so much more than I even dared hope for. Every time I read it, I find I am changed in some way-- a new understanding of myself, of the world and of God. Adi Da's elegant writing moves me through my confusions, and challenges me to live from a greater depth. For me, the wonderful mystery is: Who can write such transforming words? Who knows my heart so perfectly?
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Ruchira Avatara Gita (The Way of the Divine Heart-Master)
Book Two:
The "Late-Time" Avataric Revelation Of The Great Secret Of The Divinely Self-Revealed Way That Most Perfectly Realizes The True and Spiritual Divine Person (The egoless Personal Presence Of Reality and Truth, Which Is The Only Real God)
by Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, M. P. Pandit

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Editorial Review
M.P. Pandit, author, The Upanishads: Gateways of Knowledge; and Studies in the Tantras and the Veda

"Only those who are ready to go beyond themselves can taste the ambrosia that flows out of such a Master."

Ray Lynch, composer and musician, Deep Breakfast; The Sky of Mind
"My relationship with Adi Da Samraj....has only confirmed His Realization and the Truth of His impeccable Teaching."

Book Description
Avatar Adi Da Offers to everyone the ecstatic practice of devotional relationship to Him–explaining how devotion to an authentic Adept-Realizer has always been the source of true religion, and distinguishing true devotion from religious cultism.

From the Back Cover
"If there is a man today who is God-illumined, that man is Avatar Adi Da Samraj. Here is the most ancient tradition of mankind expressed in a way that is startlingly modern. There exists nowhere in the world today, among Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or any other groups, anyone who has so much to teach. Avatar Adi Da is a force to be reckoned with--a Pole around which the world can get its bearings." (Henry Leroy Finch, author, WITTGENSTEIN-THE EARLY PHILOSOPHY and WITTGENSTEIN-THE LATER PHILOSOPHY) "Avatar Adi Da's RUCHIRA AVATARA GITA has been carved out of the Heart of a great, presently living Master, out of compassion for aspiring humanity. Only those who are ready to go beyond themselves can taste the ambrosia that flows out of such a Heart-Master as Avatar Adi Da. I feel this Gita will be of immense help to aspirants for a divine life." (M. P. Pandit, author, THE UPANISHADS; GATEWAYS OF KNOWLEDGE; STUDIES IN THE TANTRAS AND THE VEDA)


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This book will touch and move you at heart., February 26, 1999

In all my life, I have never encountered a book like this. Avatar Adi Da Samraj's esoteric writings about the Guru-devotee relationship will touch and move you at heart. They will make you aware of the possibility that you can actually awaken to and be the very Divine Self of Infinite, Immortal Light. And that awakening, as the book explains, is not achieved by effort, but is Grace-Given, in the context of the love relationship with the Divine Guru. Just imagine the God-intoxicated devotees of Jesus, the Buddha, and Krishna, and the intimate, loving relationship they shared with one other. Just so, you can have this same relationship with the Divine Heart-Master, Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj, who has descended from the God-Realm out of overwhelming love and the desire to liberate everyone from suffering and awaken all to Himself. I urge you to read this book.


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Da Love-Ananda Gita
Book Three:
The "Late-Time" Avataric Revelation Of The Great Means To Worship and To Realize The True and Spiritual Divine Person (The egoless Personal Presence Of Reality and Truth, Which Is The Only Real God)

by Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, Richard Grossinger

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 Editorial Reviews
Richard Grossinger, author, Planet Medicine; The Night Sky.
"This is the birth of fundamental and radical Scripture."

Gary Coates, Professor of Architecture, Kansas State University; editor, Resettling America: Energy, Ecology and Community.
"Receive this feast of blessings. It is a love song from the very Heart of God."

Book Description
Avatar Adi Da reveals the secret simplicity of truly finding the Divine: relinquishing all self-preoccupation and directly contemplating and meditating on the "Bright" Divine Person of Infinite Love-Bliss.

From the Back Cover
"With great force and loving abandon, Avatar Adi Da dances words into print. He openly confesses His compassion for all beings and calls everyone to release the painful habit and dreadful destiny of the separate self. Receive this feast of blessings. It is a love song from the very Heart of God." (Gary Coates, Professor of Architecture, Kansas State University; editor and author, RESETTLING AMERICA: ENERGY, ECOLOGY, AND COMMUNITY and ERIK ASMUSSEN, ARCHITECT) "What happens when the Living Master stops teaching, when he ends his brilliant and shocking discourse, yet remains among his disciples? When all that can be said, has been said, on this dense, implacable plane, the Master remains, calling his disciples to Pure Contemplation of his bodily human Form. This is the birth of fundamental and radical Scripture. When Avatar Adi Da Samraj says My bodily (human) Form is (Itself) the Teaching, this is an absolute Phenomenon to which all other truths must bear witness." (Richard Grossinger, author, PLANET MEDICINE; THE NIGHT SKY) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Da Love-Ananda Gita is a gift of perfect wisdom., June 5, 1999
Reviewer: Diane Bryan ( from Potomac, MD

In my search for spiritual life I happened upon the teaching of Avatar Adi Da Samraj. I can see now that it was not an accidental happening, but an inevitable one. The first book by Avatar Adi Da that I ever studied was the Da Love-Ananda Gita.

Da Love-Ananda Gita is a gift of perfect wisdom. Its expression is direct and complete, and if you allow yourself to be immersed in it, a simplicity is revealed that will break your heart. How to live a life of Grace. That is what I always wanted, and I hardly dared to believe I was being given this secret so freely.

The book is really a love affair. It is the love between my heart and the Divine, exquisitely described and evoked. As Avatar Adi Da concludes the final essay, "What is a Greater Message than this?" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Hridaya Rosary (Four Thorns of Heart-Instruction)
Book Four:
The "Late-Time" Avataric Revelation Of The Universally Tangible Divine Spiritual Body, Which Is The Supreme Agent Of The Great Means To Worship and To Realize The True and Spiritual Divine Person (The egoless Personal Presence Of Reality and Truth, Which Is The Only Real God)

by Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, J. C. Troncale

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 Editorial Reviews
Jonathan Lynch, Professor and Research Scientist, Penn. State University
"You are holding something unique and remarkable. Consider it. Test it. Feel it..."

J.C. Troncale, Professor of Russian and East European Studies, Univ. of Richmond
"No message of Liberation has ever been so direct."

Book Description
The ultimate Mysteries of Spiritual life fully revealed. In beautiful poetry, Avatar Adi Da Samraj sings of the "melting" of the ego in the Divine "Rose Garden of the Heart".

From the Back Cover
"It is obvious , from all sorts of subtle details, that he knows what IT'S all about . . . a rare being." (Alan Watts, author, THE WAY OF ZEN; THE WISDOM OF INSECURITY) "What Einstein could never even begin to imagine--as he was riding on his beam of light--Avatar Adi Da has Realized and Revealed: that He is Light itself, incarnate, radiant with heart-love, and the truth that we are never separate from the inherent Divinity of unbroken Light, even here, even now." (Scott Anderson, M.D., director, Society for Orthomolecular Health Medicine) "No message of Liberation has ever been so direct. All stories and traditions of the God-Man pale before the intensely loving and heart-stirring Cry of Avatar Adi Da to simply melt into the Ocean of Divine Love-Bliss that He Is." (J.C. Troncale, Professor, University of Richmond; director of Russian and East European Studies) "You are holding something unique and remarkable. Consider it. Test it. Feel it. Feel what it awakens in you, and enter into the Company of True Happiness." (Jonathan Lynch, Professor and Research Scientist, Pennsylvania State University)


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Hridaya Rosary is attractive at the deepest level., June 22, 1999
Reviewer: Rob Meadows ( from U.S.

In one essay in this book, Adi Da says, "You cannot merely read my Wisdom-Teaching and 'get it'". He is right. I found that these writings were addressing some part of me far deeper than the thinking mind or even the emotional being. Throughout the book, he describes and recommends a process of "melting down" which I found overwhelmingly attractive at the deepest level. Carrying out the instructions in the book has re-arranged my orientation to life and my place in it. I feel more real, more balanced, more sane than ever before.

The essays and talks in Hridaya Rosary are sophisticated. When I tried to grapple with them mentally I just became frustrated. When I was able to relax the mind, then the words somehow enforced themselves at a primal point in me, at the heart. In these moments the wisdom of the book became intuitively clear and I felt a profound relief. At these times, it was obvious that the way things really are, Reality (with a capital R), is much different from what I ordinarily assume.

I believe this is the most efficacious instruction I have ever read.

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Eleutherios: The Only Truth That Sets the Heart Free
Book Five:
The "Late-Time" Avataric Revelation Of The "Perfect Practice" Of The Great Means To Worship and To Realize The True and Spiritual Divine Person (The egoless Personal Presence Of Reality and Truth, Which Is The Only Real God)
by Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj

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 Editorial Reviews
Bryan Deschamp, Senior Advisor at the United Nations
"The life and teaching of Adi Da are of profound and decisive spiritual significance at this critical moment in history."

Dan Hamburg, Former Member of Congress
"Adi Da's Teaching is neither utopian nor dissociative; it is simply a radically new human politics based on Truth."

K.D. Tangod, writing in Pathway to God magazine
"This book is a must for spiritual aspirants . . . an unfailing guide to all true devotees."

Book Description
An address to the great human questions about God, Truth, Reality, Happiness, and Freedom. Avatar Adi Da Samraj Reveals how Absolute Divine Freedom is Realized, and makes an impassioned Call to everyone to create a world of true human freedom on Earth.

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"The life and teaching of Avatar Adi Da Samraj are of profound and decisive spiritual significance at this critical moment in history." (Bryan Deschamps, Senior Adviser at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees; Former Dean of the Carmelite House of Studies, Australia; Former Dean of Trinity College, University of Melbourne) "Avatar Adi Da Samraj Calls mankind to the absolutely necessary, radical, spiritual reorientation of our desperately adrift civilization." (Den Busted, Ph.D., The World Bank) "I do not know how such Divine Intervention works, but I have absolutely no doubt that Avatar Adi Da Is Who He Says He Is." (Golf Career, UNCIAL Representative; United Nations Development Specialist) "This book is a must for spiritual aspirants . . . an unfailing guide to all true devotees." (K. D. Banged, writing in PATHWAY TO GOD magazine) "I regard the work of Avatar Adi Da and his devotees as one of the most penetrating spiritual and social experiments happening on the planet in our era." (Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., host, THINKING ALLOWED public television series; author, THE ROOTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS)


Customer Reviews

Transcending the root-cause of collective suffering., July 28, 1999
Reviewer: Cortney Smith ( from Williamsburg, VA

In Eleutherios, Adi Da Samraj reveals that the feeling of being a separate self is the root-cause of suffering individually and collectively. He reveals that this feeling is an activity we are generating at the core of our being. He also says that this activity can be gone beyond by communing with the egoless personal presence of truth and perfect happiness, which he freely states is his constant, conscious condition, moment to moment. He claims that this condition is who he is. I am struck not only by the penetrating clarity of Adi Da's teaching in Eleutherios, but by the fact that reading it gracefully reflected to me the ways in which I generate my own feelings of separateness and the ways I dramatize them. In one of the last essays in the book he calls the leaders of the world to examine themselves in the light of his teachings in the areas of social, political, and economic activities so that we might begin to grow beyond our terrible separative, egoic and collectively destructive tendencies.

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