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Adidam Glossary - D

Avatar Adi Da's Name “Da” means “The Divine Giver”. In Sanskrit, “Da” means principally “to give”. It is also associated with Vishnu, the “Sustainer”, and it further has a secondary meaning “to destroy”. Thus, “Da” is anciently aligned to all three of the principal Divine Beings, Forces, or Attributes in the Hindu tradition—Brahma (the Creator, Generator, or Giver), Vishnu (the Sustainer), and Siva (the Destroyer). In certain Hindu rituals, priests address the Divine directly as “Da”, invoking qualities such as generosity and compassion.

The Tibetan Buddhists regard the syllable “Da” (written, in Tibetan, as well as in Sanskrit, with a single symbol) as most auspicious, and they assign numerous sacred meanings to it, including that of “the Entrance into the Dharma”.

Da Love-Ananda Samrajya
For a description of the Da Love-Ananda Samrajya, see p. xxx. [[refer to section in the Invitation]]

Da Avatar
“Da” is Sanskrit for “The One Who Gives”. Therefore, as the Da Avatar, Adi Da Samraj is the Divine Descent of the One and True Divine Giver.

“dark” epoch
See “late-time” (or “dark” epoch).

“Darshan”, the Hindi derivative of the Sanskrit “darshana”, literally means “seeing”, “sight of”, or “vision of”. To receive Darshan of Avatar Adi Da is, most fundamentally, to behold His bodily (human) Form (either by being in His physical Company or by seeing a photograph or other visual representation of Him), and (thereby) to receive the spontaneous Divine Blessing He Grants Freely whenever His bodily (human) Form is beheld in the devotional manner. In the Way of Adidam, Darshan of Avatar Adi Da is the very essence of the practice, and one of the most potent forms of receiving Avatar Adi Da's Blessing is to participate in the formal occasions of Darshan—during which Avatar Adi Da Samraj Sits silently, sometimes gazing at each individual one by one.

By extension, “Darshan” of Avatar Adi Da Samraj may refer to any means by which His Blessing-Influence is felt and received—including His Written or Spoken Word, photographs or videotapes of His Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form, recordings of His Voice, Leelas (or Stories) of His Teaching-Work and Blessing-Work, places or objects He has Spiritually Empowered, visualization of His Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form in the mind, and simple, heart-felt Remembrance of Him.

Dattatreya was a God-Realizer who appeared early in the common era and about whom no certain historical facts exist apart from his name. Over the centuries, numerous legends and myths have been spun around him. He was early on regarded to be an incarnation of the God Vishnu, later associated with the tradition of Saivism, and worshipped as the Divine Itself. He is commonly venerated as the originator of the Avadhoota tradition and credited with the authorship of the Avadhoota Gita, among other works.

The devotional sect worshipping Dattatreya presumes that he continually reincarnates through a succession of Adepts for the sake of gathering and serving devotees. The belief in the continuing incarnation of Dattatreya should be understood as a popular religious belief that is peripheral to what the Adepts in the Dattatreya succession actually taught.

The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar
The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar is Avatar Adi Da's paramount “Source-Text”, summarizing the entire course of the Way of Adidam. (See “Avatar Adi Da Samraj's Teaching Word”, pp. xx-xx.)

developmental stages of practice
For all members of the first and second congregations of Avatar Adi Da's devotees, the Way of Adidam develops through a series of (potential) developmental stages of practice and Realization. These stages of practice, and their relationship to the seven stages of life, are described by Avatar Adi Da Samraj in chapter seventeen of The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar.

When using the phrase “necessary (or, otherwise, potential)”, Avatar Adi Da is referring to the fact that His fully practicing devotee must practice in the context of certain of the developmental stages of practice (corresponding to the first three stages of life, the “original” and “basic” contexts of the fourth stage of life, the sixth stage of life, and the seventh stage of life) but may bypass practice in the developmental stages that correspond to “advanced” context of the fourth stage of life and to the fifth stage of life.

Devotional Way of Insight / Devotional Way of Faith
Avatar Adi Da has Given Instruction in two variant forms of the fundamental practice of feeling-Contemplation of Him: the Devotional Way of Insight and the Devotional Way of Faith. Each of Avatar Adi Da's fully practicing devotees is to experiment with both of these Devotional Ways and then choose the one that is most effective in his or her case.

Both Devotional Ways require the exercise of insight and faith, but there is a difference in emphasis.

In the Devotional Way of Insight, the practitioner engages a specific technical process of observing, understanding, and then feeling beyond the self-contraction, as the principal technical element of his or her practice of feeling-Contemplation of Avatar Adi Da.

In the Devotional Way of Faith, the practitioner engages a specific technical process of magnifying his or her heart-Attraction to Avatar Adi Da, as the principal technical element of his or her practice of feeling-Contemplation of Avatar Adi Da.

Avatar Adi Da's extended Instruction relative to both Devotional Ways is Given in The Only Complete Way To Realize The Unbroken Light Of Real God.

Dharma, dharma
Sanskrit for “duty”, “virtue”, “law”. The word “dharma” is commonly used to refer to the many esoteric paths by which human beings seek the Truth. In its fullest sense, and when capitalized, “Dharma” means the complete fulfillment of duty—the living of the Divine Law. By extension, “Dharma” means a truly great Spiritual Teaching, including its disciplines and practices.

“Difference” is the epitome of the egoic presumption of separateness—in contrast with the Realization of Oneness, or Non-“Difference”, Which is Native to the Divine Self-Condition.

Divine Being
Avatar Adi Da describes His Divine Being on three levels:

This flesh body, this bodily (human) Sign, is My Form, in the sense that it is My Murti, or a kind of Reflection (or Representation) of Me. It is, therefore, a Means for contacting My Spiritual Presence, and, ultimately, My Divine State.

My Spiritual Presence is Self-Existing and Self-Radiant. It Functions in time and space, and It is also Prior to all time and space. . . .

My Divine State is always and only utterly Prior to time and space. Therefore, I, As I Am (Ultimately), have no “Function” in time and space. There is no time and space in My Divine State.

Divine Body
Avatar Adi Da's Divine Body is not conditional or limited to His physical Body but is “The 'Bright' Itself (Spiritually Pervading and Eternally Most Prior To The Cosmic Domain)”.

Divine Enlightenment
The Realization of the seventh stage of life, which is uniquely Revealed and Given by Avatar Adi Da. It is release from all the egoic limitations of the first six stages of life. Remarkably, the seventh stage Awakening, which is Avatar Adi Das Gift to His rightly prepared devotee, is not an experience at all. The true Nature of everything is simply obvious, based on the Realization that every apparent "thing" is Eternally, Perfectly the same as Reality, Consciousness, Happiness, Truth, or Real God. And that Realization is the Supreme Love-Bliss of Avatar Adi Das Divine Self-Condition.

Divine Ignorance
“Divine Ignorance” is Avatar Adi Da's term for the fundamental Awareness of Existence Itself, Prior to all sense of separation from (or knowledge about) anything that arises. As He proposes, “No matter what arises, you do not know what a single thing is.” By “Ignorance”, Avatar Adi Da means heart-felt participation in the universal Condition of inherent Mystery—not mental dullness or the fear-based wonder or awe felt by the subjective ego in relation to unknown objects. Divine Ignorance is the Realization of Consciousness Itself, transcending all knowledge and all experience of the self-contracted ego-“I”.

For Avatar Adi Das extended Instruction relative to Divine Ignorance, see What, Where, When, How, Why, and Who To Remember To Be Happy, Part Two: “What, Where, When, How, Why and Who To Remember To Be Happy”, and Part Three: “You Do Not Know What even a single thing Is” and “My Argument Relative to Divine Ignorance”.

Divine Indifference
See four phases of the seventh stage of life.

Divine “Intoxication”
Unlike common intoxication, such as with alcohol, Divine “Intoxication” Draws Avatar Adi Das devotees beyond the usual egoic self and egoic mind through His Blessing Grace into a state of ecstatic devotional Communion (and Identification) with Him.

Divine Parama-Guru
The Supreme Divine Guru.

Divine Re-Awakening
Avatar Adi Da's Divine Re-Awakening occurred on September 10, 1970, in the Vedanta Society Temple in Hollywood, California. For a full description of this Great Event and its import, see The Promised God-Man Is Here, by Carolyn Lee, or chapter sixteen of The Knee Of Listening.

Divine Self-Recognition
Divine Self-Recognition is the ego-transcending and world-transcending Intelligence of the Divine Self in relation to all conditional phenomena. The devotee of Avatar Adi Da who Realizes the seventh stage of life simply Abides as Self-Existing and Self-Radiant Consciousness Itself, and he or she Freely Self-Recognizes (or inherently and instantly and Most Perfectly comprehends and perceives) all phenomena (including body, mind, conditional self, and conditional world) as transparent (or merely apparent), and un-necessary, and inherently non-binding modifications of the same “Bright” Divine Self-Consciousness.

Divine Self-“Emergence”
On January 11, 1986, Avatar Adi Da passed through a profound Yogic Swoon, which He later described as the initial Event of His Divine Self-"Emergence". Avatar Adi Da's Divine Self-“Emergence” is an ongoing Process in which His Avatarically-Born bodily (human) Divine Form has been (and is ever more profoundly and potently being) conformed to Himself, the Very Divine Person, such that His bodily (human) Form is now (and forever hereafter) an utterly Unobstructed Sign and Agent of His own Divine Being.

For Avatar Adi Da's Revelation of the significance of His Divine Self-“Emergence”, see section III of “The True Dawn Horse Is The Only Way To Me”, in The All-Completing and Final Divine Revelation To Mankind, The Heart Of The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar, and The Dawn Horse Testament Of The Ruchira Avatar.

Divine Self-Domain
Avatar Adi Da affirms that there is a Divine Self-Domain that is the Perfectly Subjective Condition of the conditional worlds. It is not “elsewhere”, not an objective “place” (like a subtle “heaven” or mythical “paradise”), but It is the always present, Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, Divine Source-Condition of every conditionally manifested being and thing. Avatar Adi Da Reveals that the Divine Self-Domain is not other than the Divine Heart Itself, not other than Himself. To Realize the seventh stage of life (by the Divine Grace of Avatar Adi Da Samraj) is to Awaken to His Divine Self-Domain.

For Avatar Adi Da's extended Instruction relative to His Divine Self-Domain, see The All-Completing and Final Divine Revelation To Mankind.

Divine Star
The primal conditional Representation of the "Bright" (the Source-Energy, or Divine Light, of Which all conditional phenomena and the total cosmos are modifications) is the brilliant white five-pointed Divine Star. Avatar Adi Das bodily (human) Divine Form is the Manifestation of that Divine Star—and His head, two arms, and two legs correspond to its five points. Avatar Adi Da can also be seen or intuited in vision to Be the Divine Star Itself, prior to the visible manifestation of His bodily (human) Form.

Divine Transfiguration
See four phases of the seventh stage of life.

Divine Transformation
See four phases of the seventh stage of life.

Divine Translation
See four phases of the seventh stage of life.

Divine World-Teacher
Avatar Adi Da Samraj is the Divine World-Teacher because His Wisdom-Teaching is the uniquely Perfect Instruction to every being—in this (and every) world—in the total process of Divine Enlightenment. Furthermore, Avatar Adi Da Samraj constantly Extends His Regard to the entire world (and the entire Cosmic domain)—not on the political or social level, but as a Spiritual matter, constantly Working to Bless and Purify all beings everywhere.

See waking, dreaming, and sleeping.