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A
The first letter in all the world‐alphabets save a few, such for instance as the Mongolian, the Japa ...
Aahla
One of the divisions of the Kerneter or infernal regions, or Amenti ; the word means the “Fi ...
Aanroo
The second division of Amenti. The celestial field of Aanroo is encircled by an iron wall. The f ...
Aaron
The elder brother of Moses and the first Initiate of the Hebrew Lawgiver. The name means the I ...
Ab
The eleventh month of the Hebrew civil year; the fifth of the sacred year beginning in July. [w.w.w. ...
Abaddon
An angel of Hell, corresponding to the Greek Apollyon. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG terms) ...
Abatur
In the Nazarene system the “Ancient of Days”, Antiquus Altus, the Father of the Demiurgus of the ...
Abba Amona
Lit., “Father‐Mother”; the occult names of the two higher Sephiroth, Chokmah and Binah, ...
Abei‐Zivo
The Metatron or anointed spirit with the Nazarene Gnostics; the same as the angel Gabriel. [[Categor ...
Abhamsi • Abhâmsi IAST
A mystic name of the “four orders of beings” which are, Gods, Demons, Pitris and Men. Orientalists s ...
Abhasvaras
The Devas or “Gods” of Light and Sound, the highest of the upper three celestial regions (planes ...
Abhava
Negation, or non‐being of individual objects; the noumenal substance, or abstract objectivity. [ ...
Abhaya • Abhaya SD
A son of Dharma; and also a religious life of duty. As an adjective, “Fearless,” Abhaya is an epithe ...
Abhayagiri
Lit., “Mount Fearless” in Ceylon. It has an ancient Vihâra or Monastery in which the well‐known ...
Abhidharma
The metaphysical (third) part of Tripitaka, a very philosophical Buddhist work by Kâtyâyana. [[C ...
Abhijna • Abhijñâ SD • abhijnā IAST • abhijnA HK
Six phenomenal (or “supernatural”) gifts which Sâkyamuni Buddha acquired in the night on which he re ...
Abhimanim
The name of Agni (fire) the “eldest son of Brahmâ”, in other words, the first element or Force produ ...
Abhimanyu
A son of Arjuna. He killed Lakshmana,in the great battle of the Mahâbhârata on its second day, but w ...
Abhutarajasas
A class of gods or Devas, during the period of the fifth Manvantara. [[Category: Theosophical Gl ...
Abib
The first Jewish sacred month, begins in March; is also called Nisan. [[Category: Theosophical G ...
Abiegnus Mons
A mystic name, from whence as from a certain mountain, Rosicrucian documents are often found to be i ...
Abiri
See Kabiri, also written Kabeiri, the Mighty Ones, celestials, sons of Zedec the just one, a group o ...
Ablanathanalba
A term similar to “Abracadabra”. It is said by C. W. King to have meant “thou art a father to us”; i ...
Abracadabra
This symbolic word first occurs in a medical treatise in verse by Samonicus, who flourished in the r ...
Abraxas • Abrasax
Mystic words which have been traced as far back as Basilides, the Pythagorean, of Alexandria, AD. 90 ...
Absoluteness
When predicated of the UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE, it denotes an abstract noun, which is more correct and l ...
Avebury • Abury
In Wiltshire are the remains of an ancient megalithic Serpent temple: according to the eminent antiq ...
Ab‐Soo
The mystic name for Space, meaning the dwelling of Ab the “Father”, or the head of the sou ...
Ab‐i‐hayat
Water of immortality. Supposed to give eternal youth and sempiternal life to him who drinks of it. [ ...
Acacia
Innocence; and also a plant used in Freemasonry as a symbol of initiation, immortality, and purity; ...
Achamoth
The name of the second, the inferior Sophia. Esoterically and with the Gnostics, the elder Sophia wa ...
Achar
The Gods over whom (according to the Jews) Jehovah is the God. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ET ...
Achara
Personal and social (religious) obligations.<span st ...
Acharya
Spiritual teacher, Guru; as Sankar‐âchârya, lit., a “teacher of ethics”. A name generally given ...
Achath
The one, the first, feminine; achad being masculine. A Talmudic word applied to Jehovah. It ...
Acher
The Talmudic name of the Apostle Paul. The Talmud narrates the story of the four Tanaim, who ent ...
Acheron
One of the rivers of Hades in Greek mythology.<span ...
Achit
Absolute non‐intelligence; as Chit is—in contrast— absolute intelligence. [[Category: Theosophic ...
Achyuta
That which is not subject to change or fall; the opposite to Chyuta, “fallen”. A title of Vishnu ...
Acosmism
The precreative period, when there was no Kosmos but Chaos alone. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary ...
Ad
Ad, “the Father”. In Aramean ad means one, and ad‐ad “the only one”. [[Category: Theosop ...
Adah
Borrowed by the Hebrews for the name of their Adah, father of Jubal, etc. But Adah meaning the first ...
Adam
In the Kabalah Adam is the “only‐begotten”, and means also “red earth”. (See “Adam‐Adami” in the ...
Illa‐ah, Adam
Adam Illa‐ah is the celestial, superior Adam, in the Zohar [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ET ...
Adam Kadmon
Archetypal Man; Humanity. The “Heavenly Man” not fallen into sin; Kabalists refer it to the Ten Seph ...
Adamic Earth
Called the “true oil of gold” or the “primal element” in Alchemy. It is but one remove from the pure ...
Adbhuta
Is a title of Vishnu, the “first Element” containing all elements, “the unfathomable deity”. [[C ...
Adbhuta Brahmana
The Brâhmana of miracles; treats of marvels, auguries, and various phenomena. [[Category: Theosophic ...
Adbhuta Dharma
The “law” of things never heard before. A class of Buddhist works on miraculous or phenomenal events ...
Adept
Adeptus, “He who has obtained.” In Occultism one who has reached the stage of Initiation, and be ...
Adharma
Unrighteousness, vice, the opposite of Dharma.<span ...
Adhi
Supreme, paramount.<span style="color: grey; font-si ...
Adhishtanam
Basis; a principle in which some other principle inheres. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG ter ...
Adhi‐bhautika duhkha
The second of the three kinds of pain; lit., “Evil proceeding from external things or beings”. [ ...
Adhi‐daivika duhkha
The third of the three kinds of pain. “Evil proceeding from divine causes, or a just Karmic punishme ...
Adhyatma Vidya
Lit., “the esoteric luminary”. One of the Pancha Vidyâ Sastras, or the Scriptures of the Five Scienc ...
Adhyatmika duhkha
The first of the three kinds of pain; lit., “Evil proceeding from Self ”, an induced or a generated ...
Adhyatmika duhkha
The first of the three kinds of pain; lit., “Evil proceeding from Self ”, an induced or a generated ...
Adi
The First, the primeval.<span style="color: grey; fo ...
Adi Varsha
The first land; the primordial country in which dwelt the first races. [[Category: Theosophical Glos ...
Adikrit
Lit., the “first produced” or made. The creative Force eternal and uncreate, but manifesting periodi ...
Aditi
The Vedic name for the Mûlaprakriti of the Vedantists; the abstract aspect of Parabrahman, thoug ...
Aditi‐Gaea
A compound term, Sanskrit and Latin, meaning dual, nature in theosophical writings—spiritual and phy ...
Aditya
A name of the Sun; as Mârttânda he is the Son of Aditi. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG terms ...
Adityas
The seven sons of Âditi; the seven planetary gods.<s ...
Adi‐Buddha
The First and Supreme Buddha—not recognised in the Southern Church. The Eternal Light. [[Category: T ...
Adi‐Sakti
Primeval, divine Force; the female creative power, and aspect in and of every male god. The Sakti ...
Adi‐Sanat
Lit., “First Ancient”. The term corresponds to the Kabalistic “ancient of days”, since it is a title ...
Adi‐bhuta
The first Being; also primordial element.<span style ...
Adi‐budhi
Primeval Intelligence or Wisdom; the eternal Budhi or Universal Mind. Used of Divine Ideation, “ ...
Adi‐natha
The “first” Lord”—Âdi “first” (masc.), nâtha “Lord”. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG ...
Adi‐nidana
First and Supreme Causality, from Âdi, the first, and Nidâna the principal cause (or the con ...
Adonim‐Adonai • Adon
The ancient Chaldeo‐Hebrew names for the Elohim or creative terrestrial forces, synthesized by Jehov ...
Adonai
The same as Adonis. Commonly translated “Lord”. Astronomically—the Sun. When a Hebrew in reading cam ...
Adwaita
A Vedânta sect. The non‐dualistic (A‐ dwaita) school of Vedântic philosophy founded by Sankarâchârya ...
Adwaitin
A follower of the said school.<span style="color: gr ...
Adytum
The Holy of Holies in the pagan temples. A name for the secret and sacred precincts or the inner cha ...
Aeolus
The god who, according to Hesiod, binds and looses the winds; the king of storms and winds. A king o ...
Aeon • Aeons
Periods of time; emanations proceeding from the divine essence, and celestial beings; genii and ange ...
Aesir
The same as Ases, the creative Forces personified. The gods who created the black dwarfs or the ...
Aether
With the ancients the divine luminiferous substance which pervades the whole universe, the “garment” ...
Aethrobacy
Lit., walking on, or being lifted into the air with no visible agent at work; “levitation”. It may b ...
Afrits
A name for native spirits regarded as devils by Mussulmen. Elementals much dreaded in Egypt. [[Categ ...
Agapae
Love Feasts; the early Christians kept such festivals in token of sympathy, love and mutual benevole ...
Agastya
The name of a great Rishi, much revered in Southern India; the reputed author of hymns in the Rig ...
Agathodaemon
The beneficent, good Spirit as contrasted with the bad one, Kakodæmon. The “Brazen Serpent” of the B ...
Agathon
Plato’s Supreme Deity. Lit., “The Good”, our ALAYA, or “Universal Soul”. [[Category: Theosophical Gl ...
Aged
One of the Kabbalistic names for Sephira, called also the Crown, or Kether. [[Category: Theosoph ...
Agla
This Kabbalistic word is a talisman composed of the initals of the four words “Ateh Gibor Leolam Ado ...
Agneyastra
The fiery missiles or weapons used by the Gods in the exoteric Purânas and the Mahâbhârata t ...
Agni
The God of Fire in the Veda; the oldest and the most revered of Gods in India. He is one of the thre ...
Agni Bahu
An ascetic son of Manu Swâyambhuva, the “Self‐born”. ...
Agni Bhuvah
Lit., “born of fire”, the term is applied to the four races of Kshatriyas (the second or warrior ...
Agni Dhatu Samadhi
A kind of contemplation in Yoga practice, when Kundalini is raised to the extreme and the infinitude ...
Agni Hotri
The priests who served the Fire‐God in Aryan antiquity. The term Agni Hotri is one that denotes obla ...
Agnishwattas
A class of Pitris, the creators of the first ethereal race of men. Our solar ancestors as contrasted ...
Agni‐ratha
A “Fiery Vehicle” literally. A kind of flying machine. Spoken of in ancient works of magic in India ...
Agnoia
“Divested of reason”, lit., “irrationality”, when speaking of the animal Soul. According to Plutarch ...
Agnostic
A word claimed by Mr. Huxley to have been coined by him to indicate one who believes nothing which c ...
Agra‐Sandhani
The “Assessors” or Recorders who read at the judgment of a disembodied Soul the record of its li ...
Agruerus
A very ancient Phœnician god. The same as Saturn.<sp ...
Ajnana • Agyana
Non‐knowledge; absence of knowledge rather than “ignorance” as generally translated. An Ajnâni m ...
Aham
“I”—the basis of Ahankâra, Self‐hood.<span style ...
Ahan
“Day”;the Body of Brahmâ, in the Purânas.<span s ...
Ahankara
The conception of “I”, Self‐consciousness or Self‐ identity; the “I”, the egotistical and mâyâvic ...
Aheie
Existence. He who exists; corresponds to Kether and Macroprosopus. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary ...
Ahi
A serpent. A name of Vritra, the Vedic demon of drought. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG term ...
Ahti
The “Dragon” in the Eddas.
Ahu
“One” and the First.<span style="color: grey; font-s ...
Ahum
The first three principles of septenary man in the Avesta ; the gross living man and his vital a ...
Ahura
The same as Asura, the holy, the Breath‐ like. Ahura Mazda, the Ormuzd of the Zoroastrians or Pa ...
Ahura Mazda
The personified deity, the Principle of Universal Divine Light of the Parsis. From Ahura or Asura' ...
Ah‐hi
Ahi (Sk.), or Serpents. Dhyân Chohans. “Wise Serpents” or Dragons of Wisdom. [[Category: T ...
Aidoneus
The God and King of the Nether World; Pluto or Dionysos Chthonios (subterranean). Nameless, and ther ...
Aij Talon
The supreme deity of the Yakoot, a tribe in Northern Siberia. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary ...
Ain
The negatively existent; deity in repose, and absolutely passive. [w.w.w.] [[Category: Theosophical ...
Ain Soph
The “Boundless” or Limitless; Deity emanating and extending. [w.w.w.] Ain Soph is also written E ...
En Soph • Ain Soph
The endless, limitless and boundless. The absolute deific Principle, impersonal and unknowable. It m ...
Ain Soph Aur
The Boundless Light which concentrates into the First and highest Sephira or Kether, the Crown. [w. ...
Aindri
Wife of Indra.<span style="color: grey; font-size: 9 ...
Aindriya
Or Indrânî, Indriya; Sakti. The female aspect or “wife” of Indra. [[Category: Theosophical G ...
Ain‐Aior
The only “Self‐existent” a mystic name for divine substance. [w.w.w.] [[Category: Theosophical Gloss ...
Airyamen Yaego
Or Airyana Vaêgo; the primeval land of bliss referred to in the Vendîdâd, where Ahura Mazda ...
Airyana‐ishejo
The name of a prayer to the “holy Airyamen”, the divine aspect of Ahriman before the latter became a ...
Aish
The word for “Manʺ.<span style="color: grey; font-si ...
Aisvarikas
A theistic school of Nepaul, which sets up Âdi Buddha as a supreme god ( Îsvara ), instead of seeing ...
Aitareya
The name of an Aranyaka (Brâhmana) and a Upanishad of the Rig Veda. Some of its portions are pur ...
Aith‐ur
Solar fire, divine Æther.<span style="color: grey; f ...
Aize • Liber
De Lapide Philosophico. An alchemic treatise by an unknown German author; dated 1677. It is to be fo ...
Aja
Aja (Sk.). “Unborn”, uncreated; an epithet belonging to many of the primordial gods, but e ...
Ajitas
One of the Occult names of the twelve great gods incarnating in each Manvantara. The Occultists iden ...
Akar
The proper name of that division of the Ker‐ neter infernal regions, which may be called Hell. [w. w ...
Akasa
The subtle, supersensuous spiritual essence which pervades all space; the primordial substance erron ...
Akbar
The great Mogul Emperor of India, the famous patron of religions, arts, and sciences, the most liber ...
Akiba
The only one of the four Tanaim (initiated prophets) who entering the Garden of Delight (of ...
Alexander Nikolaevich Aksakoff • Alexandr Aksakov
Russian writer, translator, journalist, editor.
Akshara
Supreme Deity; lit., “indestructible”, ever perfect. ...
Akta
Anointed: a title of Twashtri or Visvakarman, the highest “Creator” and Logos in the Rig ‐Veda. ...
Akupara
The Tortoise, the symbolical turtle on which the earth is said to rest. [[Category: Theosophical Glo ...
Al • El
This deity‐name is commonly translated “God’, meaning mighty, supreme. The plural is Elohim, also tr ...
Alaparus
The second divine king of Babylonia who reigned.. “three Sari”. The first king of the divine Dyn ...
Alaya
The Universal Soul (See Secret Doctrine Vol. I. pp. 47 et seq.). The name belongs to the Tib ...
Alba Petra
The white stone of Initiation. The “white cornelian” mentioned in St. John’s Revelation. [[Categ ...
Alchemists
From Al and Chemi, fire, or the god and patriarch, Kham, also, the name of E ...
Alchemy
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Alcyone
Or Halcyone, daughter of Æolus, and wife of Ceyx, who was drowned as he was journeying to consult th ...
Alectromancy
Divination by means of a cock, or other bird; a circle was drawn and divided into spaces, each one a ...
Alethae
“Fire worshippers” from Al‐alt, the God of Fire. The same as the Kabiri or divine Titans. As ...
Aletheia
Truth; also Alethia, one of Apollo’s nurses.<span st ...
Alexadrian School • Philosophers
This famous school arose in Alexandria (Egypt) which was for several centuries the great seat of lea ...
Vorborth A.A.
Russian diplomat, full state Councilor, who in 1887-1898 served as Consul General in London. In 18 ...
Alhim
See “Elohim”<span style="color: grey; font-size: 90% ...
Alkahest
The universal solvent in Alchemy (see ʺAlchemy ʺ); but in mysticism, the Higher Self, the union with ...
Almadel
The Book. A treatise on Theurgia or White Magic by an unknown mediæval European author; it is not in ...
Almeh
Dancing girls; the same as the Indian nautchies, the temple and public dancers. [[Category: Theo ...
Alpha Polaris
The same as Dhruva, the pole‐star of 31,105 years ago. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG te ...
Alswider
‘‘ All‐swift’’, the name of the horse of the moon, in the Eddas. [[Category: Theosophical Glossa ...
Altruism
From alter = other. A quality opposed to egoism. Actions tending to do good to others, regardless of ...
Al‐Chazari
A Prince‐Philosopher and Occultist. (See Book Al‐Chazari.) [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ET ...
Al‐ait
The God of Fire, an ancient and very mystic name in Koptic Occultism. [[Category: Theosophical Gloss ...
Ama
Amia, (Chald.). Mother. A title of Sephira Binah, whose “divine name is Jehovah” and who i ...
Amanasa
The “ Mindless”, the early races of this planet; also certain Hindu gods. [[Category: Theosophical G ...
Amara‐Kosha
The “immortal vocabulary”. The oldest dictionary known in the world and the most perfect vocabulary ...
Amba
The name of the eldest of the seven Pleiades, the heavenly sisters married each to a Rishi belon ...
Ambhamsi
A name of the chief of the Kumâras Sanat‐Sujâta, signifying the “waters”. This epithet will become m ...
Amdo
A sacred locality, the birthplace of Tson‐kha‐ pa, the great Tibetan reformer and the founder of the ...
Amen
In Hebrew is formed of the letters A M N = 1,40,50 =91,and is thus a simile of “Jehovah Adonai”=10, ...
Amenti
Esoterically and literally, the dwelling of the God Amen, or Amoun, or the “hidden”, secret god. Exo ...
Amesha Spentas
Amshaspends. The six angels or divine Forces personified as gods who attend upon Ahura Mazda, of whi ...
Amitabha
The Chinese perversion of the Sanskrit Amrita Buddha, or the “Immortal Enlightened”, a name of G ...
Ammon
One of the great gods of Egypt. Ammon or Amoun is far older than Amoun‐Ra, and is identified with Ba ...
Ammonius Saccas
A great and good philosopher who lived in Alexandria between the second and third centuries of our e ...
Amrita
The ambrosial drink or food of the gods; the food giving immortality. The elixir of life churned out ...
Amulam Mulam
Lit., the “rootless root” ; Mulâprakriti of the Vedantins the spiritual “root of nature” [[Category: ...
Amun
The Egyptian god of wisdom, who had only Initiates or Hierophants to serve him as priests [[Category ...
Ana
The “invisible heaven”or Astral Light ; the heavenly mother of the terrestrial sea, Mar, whence ...
Anacalypsis
Or an “Attempt to withdraw the veil of the Saitic Isis”, by Godfrey Higgins. This is a very valuable ...
Anagamin
Anagam. One who is no longer to be reborn into the world of desire. One stage before becoming Ar ...
Anahata Chakram
The seat or “wheel” of life; the heart, according to some commentators [[Category: Theosophical Glos ...
Anahata Shabda
The mystic voices and sounds heard by the Yogi at the incipient stage of his meditation, The third o ...
Anaitia
A derivation from Anâ (q.v.), a goddess identical with the Hindu Annapurna, one of the names ...
Analogeticists
The disciples of Ammonius Saccas (q.v.), so called because of their practice of interpreting all sac ...
Ananda
Bliss, joy, felicity, happiness. A name of the favourite disciple of Gautama, the Lord Buddha [[Cate ...
Anandamaya‐Kosha
“The illusive Sheath of Bliss”, i.e., the mâyâvic or illusory form, the appearance of that which is ...
Ananda‐Lahari
“The wave of joy”; a beautiful poem written by Sankarâchârya, a hymn to Pârvati, very mystical and o ...
Ananga
The “Bodiless”. An epithet of Kâma, god of love<span ...
Ananta‐Sesha
The Serpent of Eternity—the couch of Vishnu during Pralaya (lit., endless remain) [[Category: Theoso ...
Anastasis
The continued existence of the soul<span style="colo ...
Anatu
The female aspect of Anu (q.v.). She represents the Earth and Depth, while her consort represents th ...
Anaxagoras
A famous Ionian philosopher who lived 500 B.C., studied philosophy under Anaximenes of Miletus, and ...
Ancients
The. A name given by Occultists to the seven creative Rays, born of Chaos, or the “Deep” [[Category ...
Anda‐Kataha
The outer covering, or the “shell” of Brahmâ’s egg; the area within which our manifested universe is ...
Androgyne Goat
Androgyne Goat of Mendes. See "Baphomet"<span st ...
Androgyne Ray
The first differentiated ray; the Second Logos; Adam Kadmon in the Kabalah; the “male and female ...
Angaraka
Fire Star; the planet Mars; in Tibetan, Mig‐mar< ...
Angirasas
The generic name of several Purânic individuals and things; a class of Pitris, the ancestors of ...
Denis, Angoras
A physician of Paris, astrologer and alchemist in the XIVth century” (R.M.C.) [[Category: Theosophic ...
Angra Mainyus
The Zoroastrian name for Ahriman; the evil spirit of destruction and opposition who (in the Vendid ...
Anima Mundi
The “Soul of the World”, the same as the Alaya of the Northern Buddhists; the divine essence whi ...
Anjala
One of the personified powers which spring from Brahmâ’s body—the Prajâpatis [[Category: Theosophica ...
Anjana
A serpent, a son of Kasyapa Rishi<span style="color: ...
Annamaya Kosha
A Vedantic term. The same as Sthûla Sharîra or the physical body. It is the first “sheath” of th ...
Annapura
See “Anâ”<span style="color: grey; font-size: 90%; f ...
Annedotus
The generic name for the Dragons or Men‐Fishes, of which there were five. The historian Berosus narr ...
Anoia
“Want of understanding”, “folly”. Anoia is the name given by Plato and others to the lower Manas ...
Anouki
A form of Isis; the goddess of life, from which name the Hebrew Ank, life. (See “Anuki.”) [[Cate ...
Ansumat
A Purânic personage, the “nephew of 60,000 uncles” King Sagara’s sons, who were reduced to ashes by ...
Antahkarana • Antaskarana
The term has various meanings, which differ with every school of philosophy and sect. Thus Sankârach ...
Anthesteria
The feast of Flowers (Floralia): during this festival the rite of Baptism or purification was pe ...
Anthropology
The Science of man; it embraces among other things :—Physiology, or that branch of natural scien ...
Anthropomorphism
From “anthropos” meaning man. The act of endowing god or gods with a human form and human attributes ...
Anu
[1] (Sk.)An “atom”, a title of Brahmâ, who is said to be an atom just as is the infinite universe. A ...
Anubis
The dog ‐headed god, identical, in a certain aspect, with Horus. He is pre‐eminently the god who dea ...
Anugita
One of the Upanishads. A very occult treatise. (See The sacred Books of the East.) [[Categor ...
Anugraha
The eighth creation in the Vishnu Purâna.<span s ...
Anuki
“See Anouki” supra. “The word Ank in Hebrew, means ‘my life’, my being, which is the persona ...
Anumati
The moon at the full; when from a god— Soma—she becomes a goddess [[Category: Theosophical Glossary ...
Anumitis
Inference, deduction in philosophy<span style="color ...
Anunit
The goddess of Akkad ; Lucifer, the morning star. Venus as the evening star as Ishtar of Erech [[Cat ...
Anunnaki
Angels or Spirits of the Earth; terrestrial Elementals also [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG t ...
Anupadaka
Anupapâdaka, also Aupapâduka; means parentless”, “self‐existing”, born without any parents or progen ...
Anuttara
Unrivalled, peerless. Thus Anuttara Bodhi means unexcelled or unrivalled intelligence”, Anutta ...
Anyamsam Aniyasam
A no‐ranîyânsam (in Bhagavad gîtâ). Lit., “the most atomic of the atomic; smallest of th ...
Aour
The synthesis of the two aspects of astro‐ etheric light; and the od—the life‐giving, and th ...
Apam Napat
A mysterious being, corresponding to the Fohat of the Occultists. It is both a Vedic and an Avestian ...
Apana
“Inspirational breath”; a practice in Yoga. Prana and apâna are the “expirational” and the “ ...
Apap • Apophis
The symbolical Serpent of Evil. The Solar Boat and the Sun are the great Slayers of Apap in the Bo ...
Aparinamin
The Immutable and the Unchangeable, the reverse of Parinâmin, that which is subject to modification, ...
Aparoksha
Direct perception.<span style="color: grey; font ...
Apava
Lit. “He who sports in the Water”. Another aspect of Nârâyana or Vishnu and of Brahmâ combined, for ...
Apavarga
Emancipation from repeated births<span style="color: ...
Apis • Hapi‐ankh
The “living deceased one” or Osiris incarnate in the sacred white Bull. Apis was the bull‐god that, ...
Apocrypha
Very erroneously explained and adopted as doubtful, or spurious. The word means simply secret, eso ...
Apollo Belvidere
Of all the ancient statues of Apollo, the son of Jupiter and Latona, called Phœbus, Helios, the radi ...
Apollonius of Tyana
A wonderful philosopher born in Cappadocia about the beginning of the first century; an ardent Pytha ...
Aporrheta
Secret instructions upon esoteric subjects given during the Egyptian and Grecian Mysteries [[Categor ...
Apsaras
An Undine or Water‐Nymph, from the Paradise or Heaven of Indra. The Apsarases are in popular belief ...
Arahat
Also pronounced and written Arhat, Arhan, Rahat, &c., “the worthy one”, lit., “deserving divine hono ...
Arani
The “female Arani” is a name of the Vedic Aditi (esoterically, the womb of the world). Arani is ...
Aranyaka
Holy hermits, sages who dwelt in ancient India in forests. Also a portion of the Vedas containing Up ...
Araritha
A very famous seven‐lettered Kabbalistic wonder‐word ; its numeration is 813 ; its letters are colle ...
Arasa Maram
The Hindu sacred tree of knowledge. In occult philosophy a mystic word [[Category: Theosophical Glos ...
Arba‐il
The Four Great Gods. Arba is Aramaic for four, and il is the same as Al or El. Three male de ...
Archaeus
“The Ancient.” Used of the oldest manifested deity; a term employed in the Kabalah ; “archaic ”, ...
Archangel
Highest supreme angel. From the Greek arch, “chief” or “primordial”, and angelos, “messenger ...
Archetypal Universe
The ideal universe upon which the objective world was built. [w.w.w.] [[Category: Theosophical Gloss ...
Archobiosis
Primeval beginning of life<span style="color: grey; ...
Archons
In profane and biblical language “rulers” and princes; in Occultism, primordial planetary spirits [[ ...
Archontes
The archangels after becoming Ferouers (q.v.) or their own shadows, having mission on earth; a m ...
Ardath
This word occurs in the Second Book of Esdras, ix., 26. The name has been given to one of the recent ...
Ardhanariswara
Lit., “the bi‐sexual lord”. Esoterically, the unpolarized states of cosmic energy symbolised by the ...
Ardha‐Nari
Lit., “half‐woman”. Siva represented as Androgynous, as half male and half female, a type of male an ...
Ares
The Greek name for Mars, god of war; also a term used by Paracelsus, the differentiated Force in Cos ...
Argha
The ark, the womb of Nature; the crescent moon, and a life‐saving ship ; also a cup for offerings, a ...
Arghyanath
Lit., “lord of libations”<span style="color: grey; f ...
Arian
A follower of Arius, a presbyter of the Church in Alexandria in the fourth century. One who holds th ...
Aristobulus
An Alexandrian writer, and an obscure philosopher. A Jew who tried to prove that Aristotle explained ...
Arithmomancy
The science of correspondences between gods, men, and numbers, as taught by Pythagoras. [w.w.w.] [[C ...
Arjuna
Lit., the “white”. The third of the five Brothers Pandu or the reputed Sons of Indra (esoterically t ...
Ark of Isis
At the great Egyptian annual ceremony, which took place in the month of Athyr, the boat of Isis was ...
Ark of the Covenant
Every ark‐shrine, whether with the Egyptians, Hindus, Chaldeans or Mexicans, was a phallic shrine, t ...
Arka
The Sun<span style="color: grey; font-size: 90%; fon ...
Arkites
The ancient priests who were attached to the Ark, whether of Isis, or the Hindu Argua, and who w ...
Aroueris
The god Harsiesi, who was the elder Horus. He had a temple at Ambos. if we bear in mind the definiti ...
Artephius
A great Hermetic philosopher, whose true name was never known and whose works are without dates, tho ...
Artes
The Earth; the Egyptian god Mars<span style="color: ...
Artufas
A generic name in South America and the islands for temples of nagalism or serpent worship [[Cat ...
Arundhati
The “Morning Star”; Lucifer‐Venus<span style="color: ...
Arupa
“Bodiless”, formless, as opposed to rûpa, “body”, or form [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG ...
Arvaksrotas
The seventh creation, that of man, in the Vishnu Purâna [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (E ...
Arwaker
Lit., “early waker”. The horse of the chariot of the Sun driven by the maiden Sol, in the Eddas ...
Arya
Lit., “the holy”; originally the title of Rishis, those who had mastered the “Âryasatyâni” (q.v.) an ...
Aryahata
The “Path of Arhatship”, or of holiness<span style=" ...
Aryasangha
The Founder of the first Yogâchârya School. This Arhat, a direct disciple of Gautama, the Buddha ...
Aryasatyani
The four truths or the four dogmas, which are (1) Dukha, or that misery and pain are the unavoid ...
Aryavarta
The “land of the Aryas”, or India. The ancient name for Northern India. The Brahmanical invaders (“ ...
Arya‐Bhata
The earliest Hindu algerbraist and astronomer, with the exception of Asura Maya (q.v.); the author o ...
Arya‐Dasa
Lit., “Holy Teacher”. A great sage and Arhat of the Mahâsamghika school [[Category: Theosophical Glo ...
Ar‐Abu Nasr‐al‐Farabi
Called in Latin Alpharabius, a Persian, and the greatest Aristotelian philosopher of the age. He was ...
Asakrit Samadhi
A certain degree of ecstatic contemplation. A stage in Samâdhi. [[Category: Theosophical Glossar ...
Asana
The third stage of Hatha Yoga, one of the prescribed postures of meditation [[Category: Theosoph ...
Asat
A philosophical term meaning “non‐being”, or rather non‐be‐ness. The “incomprehensible nothingne ...
Asathor
The same as Thor. The god of storms and thunder, a hero who receives Miölnir, the “storm‐ hammer”, f ...
Asava Samkhaya
The “finality of the stream”, one of the six “Abhijnâs” (q.v.). A phenomenal knowledge of the fi ...
Asburj
One of the legendary peaks in the Teneriffe range. A great mountain in the traditions of Iran which ...
Asch Metzareph
The Cleansing Fire, a Kabbalistic treatise, treating of Alchemy and the relation between the metals ...
Ases
The creators of the Dwarfs and Elves, the Elementals below men, in the Norse lays. They are the prog ...
Asgard
The kingdom and the habitat of the Norse gods, the Scandinavian Olympus ; situated “higher than the ...
Ash
Fire, whether physical or symbolical fire; also found written in English as As, Aish and E ...
Ask • Ash
The “tree of Knowledge”. Together with the Embla (alder) the Ask was the tree from which the god ...
Ash Yggdrasil
The “Mundane Tree”, the Symbol of the World with the old Norsemen, the “tree of the universe, of tim ...
Ashen and Langhan
Certain ceremonies for casting out evil spirits, akin to those of exorcism with the Christians, in u ...
Asherah
A word, which occurs in the Old Testament, and is commonly translated “groves” referring to idolatro ...
Ashmog
The Dragon or Serpent, a monster with a camel’s neck in the Avesta; a kind of allegorical Satan, ...
Ashta Siddhis
The eight consummations in the practice of Hatha Yoga [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG terms)] ...
Ashtadisa
The eight‐faced space. An imaginary division of space represented as an octagon and at other tim ...
Ashtar Vidya
The most ancient of the Hindu works on Magic. Though there is a claim that the entire work is in the ...
Asiras
Elementals without heads; lit., “headless” ; used also of the first two human races [[Category: Theo ...
Asita
A proper name; a son of Bharata; a Rishi and a Sage< ...
Aski‐kataski‐haix‐tetrax‐damnameneus‐aision
These mystic words, which Athanasius Kircher tells us meant “ Darkness, Light, Earth, Sun, and Truth ...
Asmodeus
The Persian Aêshma‐dev, the Esham‐dev of the Parsis, “the evil Spirit of Concupiscence”, acc ...
Asmoneans
Priest‐kings of Israel whose dynasty reigned over the Jews for 126 years. They promulgated the Canon ...
Asoka
A celebrated Indian king of the Môrya dynasty which reigned at Magadha. There were two Asokas in rea ...
Asomatous
Lit., without a material body, incorporeal; used of celestial Beings and Angels [[Category: Theosoph ...
Asrama
A sacred building, a monastery or hermitage for ascetic purposes. Every sect in India has its Ashr ...
Assassins
A masonic and mystic order founded by Hassan Sabah in Persia, in the eleventh century. The word is a ...
Assorus
The third group of progeny (Kissan and Assorus) from the Babylonian Duad, Tauthe and Apason, accordi ...
Assur
A city in Assyria ; the ancient seat of a library from which George Smith excavated the earliest kno ...
Assurbanipal
The Sardanapalus of the Greeks, “the greatest of the Assyrian Sovereigns, far more memorable on acco ...
Assyrian
Holy Scriptures. Orientalists show seven such books: the Books of Mamit, of Worship, of Interpreta ...
Asta‐dasha
Perfect, Supreme Wisdom; a title of Deity<span style ...
Aster’t
Astarte, the Syrian goddess the consort of Adon, or Adonai [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG te ...
Astraea
The ancient goddess of justice, whom the wickedness of men drove away from earth to heaven, wherein ...
Astral Body
The ethereal counterpart or shadow of man or animal. The Linga Sharira, the “Doppelgäinger ...
Astral Light
The invisible region that surrounds our globe, as it does every other, and corresponding as the seco ...
Astrology
The Science which defines the action of celestial bodies upon mundane affairs, and claims to foretel ...
Astronomos
The title given to the Initiate in the Seventh Degree of the reception of the Mysteries. In days of ...
Asura Mazda
In the Zend, Ahura Mazda. The same as Ormuzd or Mazdeô; the god of Zoroaster and the Parsis [[Ca ...
Asuramaya
Known also as Mayâsura. An Atlantean astronomer, considered as a great magician and sorcerer, we ...
Asuras
Exoterically, elementals and evil, gods— considered maleficent; demons, and no gods. But e ...
Aswamedha
The Horse‐sacrifice; an ancient Brahmanical ceremony ...
Aswattha
The Bo‐tree, the tree of knowledge, ficus religiosa [[Category: Theosophical Glo ...
Aswins • Aswinau • Aswinî‐Kumârau
Are the most mysterious and occult deities of all; who have “puzzled the oldest commentators”. Liter ...
Atala
One of the regions in the Hindu lokas, and one of the seven mountains; but esoterically Atala is on ...
Atalanta Fugiens
A famous treatise by the eminent Rosicrucian Michael Maier; it has many beautiful engravings of Alch ...
Atarpi • Atarpi‐nisi
A personage who was “pious to the gods”; and who prayed the god Hea to remove the evil of drought an ...
Atash Behram
The sacred fire of the Parsis, preserved perpetually in their fire‐temples [[Category: Theosophical ...
Atef • Crown of Horus
It consisted of a tall white cap with ram’s horns, and the urœus in front. Its two feathers repr ...
Athamaz
The same as Adonis with the Greeks, the Jews having borrowed all their gods [[Category: Theosophical ...
Athanor
The “astral” fluid of the Alchemists, their Archimedean lever; exoterically, the furnace of the ...
Atharva Veda
The fourth Veda; lit., magic incantation containing aphorisms, incantations and magic formula On ...
Athenagoras
A Platonic philosopher of Athens, who wrote a Greek Apology for the Christians in A.D. 177, addresse ...
Athor
“Mother Night.” Primeval Chaos, in the Egyptian cosmogony. The goddess of night [[Category: Theosoph ...
Ativahikas
With the Visishtadwaitees, these are the Pitris, or Devas, who help the disembodied soul or Ji ...
Atlantidae • Atlantidæ
The ancestors of the Pharaohs and the forefathers of the Egyptians, according to some, and as the Es ...
Atlantis
The continent that was submerged in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans according to the secret teac ...
Atma • Atman
The Universal Spirit, the divine Monad, the 7th Principle, so‐called, in the septenary constitution ...
Atma Vidya
The highest form of spiritual knowledge; lit., “Soul‐knowledge” [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (E ...
Atmabodha
Lit., “Self‐knowledge”; the title of a Vedantic treatise by Sankârachârya [[Category: Theosophical G ...
Atma‐bhu
Soul‐existence, or existing as soul. (See “Alaya”.) [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG ...
Atma‐jnani
The Knower of the World‐Soul, or Soul in general<spa ...
Atma‐matrasu
To enter into the elements of the “One‐Self”. (See S. D. I.,334 ''Atmamâtra is the spiri ...
Atri
A class of Pitris, the “ancestors of man”, or the so‐called Prâjapâti, “progenitors”; one of the sev ...
Attavada
The sin of personality<span style="color: grey; font ...
Atyantika
One of the four kinds of pralaya or dissolution. The “absolute” pralaya [[Category: Theoso ...
Atziluth
The highest of the Four Worlds of the Kabbalah referred only to the pure Spirit of God. [w. w. w.] S ...
Audlang
The second heaven made by Deity above the field of Ida, in the Norse legends [[Category: Theosophica ...
Audumla
The Cow of Creation, the “nourisher”, from which flowed four streams of milk which fed the giant Ymi ...
Augiras
One of the Prajâpatis. A son of Daksha ; a lawyer, etc., etc. [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG ...
Augoeides
Bulwer Lytton calls it the “Luminous Self ”, or our Higher Ego. But Occultism makes of it something ...
Aum
The sacred syllable; the triple‐lettered unit; hence the trinity in One [[Category: Theosophical Glo ...
Aura
A subtle invisible essence or fluid that emanates from human and animal bodies and even things. It i ...
Aurnavabha
An ancient Sanskrit commentator<span style="color: g ...
Aurva
The Sage who is credited with the invention of the “fiery weapon” called Agneyâstra [[Category: ...
Avaivartika
An epithet of every Buddha: lit., one who turns no more back; who goes straight to Nirvâna [[Categor ...
Avalokiteswara
“The on‐looking Lord” In the exoteric interpretation, he is Padmapâni (the lotus bearer and the lotu ...
Avarasaila Sangharama
Lit., the School of the Dwellers on the western mountain. A celebrated Vihâra (monastery) in Dhana‐k ...
Avastan
An ancient name for Arabia<span style="color: grey; ...
Avasthas
States, conditions, positions<span style="color: gre ...
Avatara
Divine incarnation. The descent of a god or some exalted Being, who has progressed beyond the necess ...
Divine Incarnations • Avatars
The Immaculate Conception is as pre‐eminently Egyptian as it is Indian. As the author of Egyptian ...
Ava‐bodha
“Mother of Knowledge.” A title of Aditi<span style=" ...
Avesta
Lit., “the Law”. From the old Persian Âbastâ, “the law”. The sacred Scriptures of the Zoroastria ...
Avicenna
The latinized name of Abu‐Ali al Hoséen ben Abdallah Ibn Sina; a Persian philosopher, born 980 AD)., ...
Avidya
Opposed to Vidyâ, Knowledge. Ignorance which proceeds from, and is produced by the illusion of t ...
Avikara
Free from degeneration; changeless—used of Deity<spa ...
Avitchi
A state: not necessarily after death only or between two births, for it can take place on earth as w ...
Avyakta
The unrevealed cause; indiscrete or undifferentiated; the opposite of Vyakta, the differentiated ...
Axieros
One of the Kabiri<span style="color: grey; font-size ...
Axiocersa
ʺ ʺ<span style="color: grey; font-size: 90%; font-st ...
Axiocersus
ʺ ʺ<span style="color: grey; font-size: 90%; font-st ...
Ayana
A period of time; two Ayanas complete a year, one being the period of the Sun’s progress northward, ...
Ayin
Lit., “Nothing”, whence the name of Ain‐ Soph. (See“Ain”.) [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG te ...
Aymar
Jacques. A famous Frenchman who had great success in the use of the Divining Rod about the end of th ...
Ayur Veda
Lit., “the Veda of Life”<span style="color: grey; fo ...
Ayuta
100 Kôti, or a sum equal to 1,000,000,000<span style ...
Azareksh
A place celebrated for a fire‐temple of the Zoroastrians and Magi during the time of Alexander the G ...
Azazel
“God of Victory”; the scape‐goat for the sins of Israel. He who comprehends the mystery of Azazel' ...
Azhi‐Dahaka
One of the Serpents or Dragons in the legends of Iran and the Avesta Scriptures, the allegorical des ...
Aziluth
The name for the world of the Sephiroth, called the world of Emanations Olam Aziluth. It is the ...
Azoth
The creative principle in Nature, the grosser portion of which is stored in the Astral Light. It is ...
Hades • Aїdes
The “invisible”, i.e., the land of the shadows, one of whose regions was Tartarus, a place of comple ...
B
The second letter in almost all the alphabets, also the second in the Hebrew. Its symbol is a hous ...
Baal
Baal or Adon (Adonai) was a phallic god. “Who shall ascend unto the hill (the high place) of the Lor ...
Babil Mound
The site of the Temple of Bel at Babylon<span style= ...
Bacchus
Exoterically and superficially the god of wine and the vintage, and of licentiousness and joy; but t ...
Bacon
Roger. A Franciscan monk, famous as an adept in Alchemy and Magic Arts. Lived in the thirteenth cent ...
Bacon, Francis • Lord Verulam
was an English philosopher, historian and statesman. Bacon has been called the father of empiricism ...
Baddha
Bound, conditioned; as is every mortal who has not made himself free through Nirvâna [[Category: The ...
Bagavadam
A Tamil Scripture on Astronomy and other matters<spa ...
Bagh‐bog
“God”; a Slavonian name for the Greek Bacchus, whose name became the prototype of the name God or ...
Bahak‐Zivo
The “father of the Genii” in the Codex Nazarœus. The Nazarenes were an early semi‐Christian sect [[C ...
Baissac, Jules
French theologist, who viewed Satan as a 'Centrifugal Energy of the Universe’ in a cosmic sense [[Ca ...
Bakhour
R. M. [Cyclop.]<span style="color: grey; font-si ...
Bal
Commonly translated “Lord”, but also Bel, the Chaldean god, and Baal, an ʺidolʺ [[Category: Theosoph ...
Bala • Panchabalâni
The “five powers” to be acquired in Yoga practice; full trust or faith; energy ; memory; meditation ...
Baldur
The “Giver of all Good”. The bright God who is “the best and all mankind are loud in his praise; so ...
Bal‐ilu
One of the many titles of the Sun<span style="color: ...
Bamboo Books
Most ancient and certainly pre‐historic works in Chinese containing the antediluvian records of the ...
Bandha
Bondage; life on this earth; from the same root as Baddha [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG ter ...
Baphomet
The androgyne goat of Mendes. (See Secret Doctrine, I. 253). According to the Western, and espec ...
Baptism
The rite of purification performed during the ceremony of initiation in the sacred tanks of India, a ...
Bardesanes • Bardaisan
A Syrian Gnostic, erroneously regarded as a Christian theologian, born at Edessa (Edessene Chronic ...
Bardesanian
The “Codex of the Nazarenes”, a system worked out by one Bardesanes. It is called by some a Kabala w ...
Baresma
A plant used by Mobeds (Parsi priests) in the fire‐ temples, wherein consecrated bundles of it a ...
Barhishad
A class of the “lunar” Pitris or “Ancestors”, Fathers, who are believed in popular superstition to h ...
Basileus
The Archon or Chief who had the outer super‐vision during the Eleusinian Mysteries. While the latter ...
Basilidean
Named after Basilides; the Founder of one of the most philosophical gnostic sects. Clement the Alexa ...
Bassantin
James. A Scotch astrologer. He lived in the 16th century and is said to have predicted to Sir Robert ...
Bath
Daughter<span style="color: grey; font-size: 90%; fo ...
Bath Kol
Daughter of the Voice: the Divine afflatus, or inspiration, by which the prophets of Israel were ins ...
Batoo
The first man in Egyptian folk‐lore. Noum, the heavenly artist, creates a beautiful girl—the ori ...
Batria
According to tradition, the wife of the Pharaoh and the teacher of Moses [[Category: Theosophical Gl ...
Beel‐Zebub
The disfigured Baal of the Temples. and more correctly Beel‐Zebul. Beel‐Zebub means ‐ literally ...
Bel
The oldest and mightiest god of Babylonia, one of the earliest trinities,—Anu (q.v.) ; Bel, “Lor ...
Bela‐Shemesh
“The Lord of the Sun”, the name of the Moon during that period when the Jews became in turn solar an ...
Bembo
Tablet of; or Mensa Isiaca. A brazen tablet inlaid with designs in Mosaic (now in the Museum at ...
Ben
A son; a common prefix in proper names to denote the son of so‐and‐so, e.g., Ben Solomon, Ben Ishmae ...
Ben Shamesh
The children or the “Sons of the Sun”. The term belongs to the period when the Jews were divided int ...
B’ne Alhim • Beni Elohim
“Sons of God ”, literally or more correctly “Sons of the gods”, as Elohim is the plural of Eloah. A ...
Benoo
A word applied to two symbols, both taken The only English work on the Isiac Tablet is by Dr. W. Wyn ...
Berasit
The first word of the book of Genesis. The English established version translates this as “In the be ...
Bergelmir
The one giant who escaped in a boat the general slaughter of his brothers, the giant Ymir’s children ...
Berosus
A priest of the Temple of Belus who wrote for Alexander the Great the history of the Cosmogony, as t ...
Bes
A phallic god, the god of concupiscence and pleasure. He is represented standing on a lotus ready to ...
Bestla
The daughter of the “Frost giants”, the sons of Ymir; married to Bun, and the mother of Odin and his ...
Betanelly M. C.
was a Georgian immigrant engaged in export-import business. He married Helena Petrovna Blavatsky ...
Beth
House, dwelling<span style="color: grey; font-size: ...
Beth Elohim
A Kabbalistic treatise treating of the angels, souls of men, and demons. The name means “House of th ...
Betyles
Magical stones. The ancient writers call them the “animated stones” ; oracular stones, believed in a ...
Be‐ness
A term coined by Theosophists to render more accurately the essential meaning of the untranslatable ...
Bhadra Vihara
Lit., “the Monastery of the Sages or Bodhisattvas”. A certain Vihara or Matham in Kanyâkubdj ...
Bhadrakalpa
Lit., “The Kalpa of the Sages”. Our present period is a Bhadra Kalpa, and the exoteric teaching make ...
Bhadrasena
A Buddhist king of Magadha<span style="color: grey; ...
Bhagats
Also called Sokha and Sivnath by the Hindus; one who exorcises evil spirits [[Category: Theo ...
Bhagavad‐gita
Lit., “the Lord’s Song”. A portion of the Mahabharata, the great epic poem of India. It contains a d ...
Bhagavat
A title of the Buddha and of Krishna. “The Lord” literally [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG te ...
Bhao
A ceremony of divination among the Kolarian tribes of Central India [[Category: Theosophical Glossar ...
Bharata Varsha
The land of Bharata, an ancient name of India<span s ...
Kirâtarjuniya • Bharavi
A Sanskrit epic, celebrating the strife and prowess of Arjuna with the god Siva disguised as a fores ...
Bhargavas
An ancient race in India; from the name of Bhrigu, the Rishi [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG ...
Bhashya
A commentary<span style="color: grey; font-size: 90% ...
Bhaskara
One of the titles of Surya, the Sun; meaning “life‐ giver” and “light‐maker” [[Category: Theosophica ...
Bhava
Being, or state of being; the world, a birth, and also a name of Siva [[Category: Theosophical Gloss ...
Bhikshu
In Pâli Bihkhu. The name given to the first followers of Sâkyamuni Buddha. Lit., “mendicant scho ...
Bhons
The followers of the old religion of the Aborigines of Tibet; of pre‐buddhistic temples and ritualis ...
Bhrantidarsanatah
Lit., “false comprehension or apprehension”; something conceived of on false appearances as a maya ...
Bhrigu
One of the great Vedic Rishis. He is called “Son” by Manu, who confides to him his Institutes. H ...
Bhuhta‐vidya
The art of exorcising, of treating and curing demoniac possession. Literally, “Demon” or “Ghost‐know ...
Bhumi
The earth, called also Prithivî<span style="colo ...
Bhuranyu
“The rapid” or the swift. Used of a missile— an equivalent also of the Greek Phoroneus. [[Catego ...
Bhur‐Bhuva
A mystic incantation, as Om, Bhur, Bhuva, Swar, meaning “Om, earth, sky, heaven, This is the exo ...
Bhur‐loka
One of the 14, lokas or worlds in Hindu Pantheism; our Earth [[Category: Theosophical Glossary (ETG ...
Bhutadi
Elementary substances, the origin and the germinal essence of the elements [[Category: Theosophical ...
Bhutan
A country of heretical Buddhists and Lamaists beyond Sikkhim, where rules the Dharma Raja, a nominal ...
Bhuta‐sarga
Elemental or incipient Creation, i.e., when matter was several degrees less material than it is now ...
Bhutesa • Bhûteswara
lit., “Lord of beings or of existent lives”. A name applied to Vishnu, to Brahmâ and Krishna [[Categ ...
Bhuts
Bhûta.: Ghosts, phantoms. To call them “demons”, as do the Orientalists, is incorrect. For, if o ...
Bhuvana
A name of Rudra or Siva, one of the Indian Trimurti (Trinity) [[Category: Theosophical Glossary ...
Bhuya‐loka
One of the 14 worlds<span style="color: grey; font-s ...
Bifrost
A bridge built by the gods to protect Asgard. On it “the third Sword‐god, known as Heimdal or Riger” ...
Bihar Gyalpo
A king deified by the Dugpas. A patron over all their religious buildings [[Category: Theosophical G ...
Binah
Understanding. The third of the 10 Sephiroth, the third of the Supernal Triad; a female potency, cor ...
Birs Nimrud
Believed by the Orientalists to be the site of the Tower of Babel. The great pile of Birs Nimrud is ...
Black Dwarfs
The name of the Elves of Darkness, who creep about in the dark caverns of the earth and fabricate we ...
Black Fire
A Kabbalistic term for Absolute Light and Wisdom; “black” because it is incomprehensible to our fini ...
Black Magic
Sorcery; necromancy, or the raising of the dead, and other selfish abuses of abnormal powers. This a ...
Blavatsky Nikolai Dmitrievich
The nephew of N.V. Blavatsky, who served as secretary to the Tiflis governor K.I. Orlovsky, ...
Blavatsky Yuri • Youry Blavatsky
Infant-ward of H. P. Blavatsky and N. V. Blavatsky.
Блаватская ЕП - 1889 (обработанная).jpg Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
She was the main source of Theosophical teachings and discussed the major themes of Theosophy in man ...
Блаватский НВ.jpg Nikifor Vladimirovich Blavatsky
Vice Governor (1849-1861) of Erivan Province (now Armenia) of Russian Empire; husband of [[Blavatsky ...
Boat of the Sun
This sacred solar boat was called Sekti, and it was steered by the dead. With the Egyptians the ...
Boaz
The great‐grandfather of David. The word is from B, meaning “in”, and oz “strength”, a symbolic ...
Bodha‐Bodhi
Wisdom‐knowledge<span style="color: grey; font-size: ...
Bodhi • Sambodhi
Receptive intelligence, in contradistinction to Buddhi, which is the potentiality of intelligenc ...
Bodhi Druma
The Bo or Bodhi tree; the tree of “knowledge the Pippala or ficus religiosa in botany. It is ...
Bodhidharma
Wisdom‐religion; or the wisdom contained in Dharma (ethics). Also the name of a great Arhat Ks ...
Bodhisattva
Lit., “he, whose essence (sattva) has become intelligence (bodhi)”; those who need but one m ...
Bodhyanga
Lit., the seven branches of knowledge or understanding. One of the 37 categories of the Bodhi pakc ...
Boehme
A great mystic philosopher, one of the most prominent Theosophists of the mediæval ages. He was born ...
Bona‐Oma • Bona Dea
A Roman goddess, the patroness of female Initiates and Occultists. Called also Fauna after her fathe ...
Bonati
Guido. A Franciscan monk, born at Florence in the XIIIth century and died in 1306. He became an astr ...
Bono
Peter. A Lombardian; a great adept in the Hermetic Science, who travelled to Persia to study Alchemy ...
Boodhasp
An alleged Chaldean; but in esoteric teaching a Buddhist (a Bodhisattva), from the East, who was the ...
Sepher Jetzirah • Book of the Creation
The most occult of all the Kabalistic works now in the possession of modern mystics. Its alleged ori ...

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