The Ashvamedha Horse Sacrifice

This excerpt is taken from The Promised God-Man is Here, a biography of Adi Da Samraj:

Avatar Adi Da Samraj has for many years drawn the attention of His devotees to the traditional Ashvamedha, and has pointed out how its true meaning applies to, and is Most Perfectly Fulfilled by, His own Divine Life and Work. 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.

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.

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.


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