The following was on the inside cover of the first Dawn Horse Magazine, Vol. 1, Number 1, May 1974.


The Early Magazines of the Community of Devotee's of Adi Da Samraj (Bubba Free John)

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The name of this magazine, like The Dawn Horse Communion itself, refers to a visionary symbol which appeared to Bubba as he wandered consciously during sleep in the spring of 1970, not long before the events in the Vedanta Temple.

He appeared in the Ashram of a Siddha who was proficient in the siddhi, or yogic power, of spontaneously manifesting objects. Only men were present; they were the disciples of this Siddha, learning to develop this same power themselves. The Siddha was seated in a large throne-like chair, and his disciples were standing before him in rows, in two large groups so that there was a pathway leading out in front of his chair. Bubba was standing among these men.

The Siddha began to initiate the process of manifestation. Everyone sat quietly for a time, and then the disciples started to get up and leave the room. They were all satisfied; it had been done. But nothing had appeared. They wandered away and the Siddha remained sitting quietly in his chair. Bubba stayed where he was, and suddenly a horse began to appear. At first it was vaporous and indistinct, but gradually it solidified and became crisply defined. The horse was perfectly formed, much like a thoroughbred, but very small, perhaps three feet high. It was alive, but it stood without moving.

Bubba remembers bringing this "dream" into his conscious mind as he woke up.

There was something about it that was hidden, so it remained with him as a symbol. After his realization in the Vedanta Temple and the development of his function as Guru over the next few months, it became clear to him exactly what had occurred. He was no longer there to recall it from the mind's point of view; he could reconnect directly with the situation itself. He could see that this wasn't just a siddha practicing the yogic siddhi of manifesting something from nothing. This was the Very Divine, the Maha-Siddha, shown in a visionary form revealing the nature of the creation of the manifest world, the nature of His relationship to it, and the nature of the world itself. This world appears to be very solid, like the horse, but it's a spontaneous creation, subject to the conscious process. At every moment, the visible worlds are utterly dependent upon the Divine, who is the present and continuing creator, not the one who made everything long ago in some unique and magnificent power.

As an archetype of the relationship between this world and the Divine, this dream implies something about the way life should be lived once this relationship is known or can be intuited. In Satsang the Guru demonstrates this to the intuition, and restores the awareness of devotees to clear understanding of their present dependence upon God. The disciples in Bubba's dream were intuiting this Real Process rather than involving themselves with the evidence of it. They knew that the manifestation had been accomplished without having to wait and see the horse itself appear.

The creation of the horse is also a symbol for Bubba's creative work in the world. The Divine is spontaneously manifesting this community and its development over time like anything else that can be seen. Soon after Bubba opened the Ashram he named it "Shree Hridayam" which refers to the Sanskrit name for the Heart, "that into which all things return in the end." Bubba encountered (watching a science-fiction movie) the scientific name for the first known ancestor of today's horse, "Iohippus," Greek for "dawn horse," and he liked that as a name for the horse he had seen. Thus, when he decided not to associate his work with Indian or other traditions, he changed its name to "The Dawn Horse Communion."

As it appears on the cover of this magazine, the logo of The Dawn Horse Communion is a symbol for the nature of life and consciousness and their immediate dependence upon the Divine, the Heart. At the bottom of the logo is a small circle crossed by two lines. This is a sign for the earth, the solid element, and the horse's feet are there. Above that, wavy lines symbolize water and the watery levels of being; the lower body of the horse passes through this. At the center of the large outer circle is a smaller one representing the sun. The heart of the horse, if shown, would be at the center of this circle. The sun represents the fiery element. The horse's heart symbolizes the Very Heart, God. The horse's upper body passes through the air, which also symbolizes its element. In the logo, the rays of the sun are represented here. The horse's head rests in another small circle, the moon. The moon represents the mind, including the high or illumined states of consciousness. All of these are a reflection of the Heart, just as the moon only reflects the light of the sun. The curve of the horse's neck represents the S-curve of the Amrita Nadi, the open channel of light between the Heart and the point at the top of the head at which the Divine Light is intuited.

The Early Magazines of the Community of Devotee's of Adi Da Samraj (Bubba Free John)