A Greek term meaning the vast or Great Countenance. Used in Kabbalistic philosophy to refer to the Lord or “Face” of the Universe.
An epithet of Krishna.
Refers to the middle way or path between extremes of eternalism and nihilism.
The Middle Way. A major Mahayana Buddhist school of philosophy, which stresses the middle way between all extremes, that reality is beyond “being” and “non-being”. It was founded by Nagarjuna in the second century A.D.
The root term for the word Magician, to be seen in its esoteric rendering.
(Plural for magus.) The name given to the wise men “magicians” of the ancient Persians. They were skilled in astrology, or astromancy. Three of these visited Jesus at the time of his birth, bearing the gifts that also symbolised their esoteric accomplishments.
The ancient sacred science that allows one to contact and to control subjective forces and energies and with them manipulate aspects of the outer phenomenal world of seeming. H.P. Blavatsky states in her Theosophical Glossary that:
“Ancient and mediæval mystics divided magic into three classes – Theurgia, Goetia and natural magic. ” Theurgia has long since been appropriated as the peculiar sphere of the theosophists and metaphysicians”, says Kenneth Mackenzie. Goetia is black magic, and “natural (or white) magic has risen with healing in its wings to the proud position of an exact and progressive study.”
White Magic – the form of control over natural forces and energies obtained by members of the Hierarchy of Love, and consists of working in cooperation with the greater Deva Builders.
Black Magic – the form of dominance over natural forces wielded by members of the dark brotherhood and those who are selfishly motivated; the forces of evil. They manipulate the lower forms of elemental lives, and thus cause the types of phenomenal happenings in the three worlds of human livingness that serve their ambitions.
The Great Mother; the Mother of the World.
The law of attraction between opposite polarities of the same type of substance. It is one of the fundamental laws in Physics, and all large spheres such as the Earth and the Sun have magnetic properties. Esoterically it refers to the attractive force of Love blended with that of the Will, especially when magnetic radiance is spoken of. It is that force that draws together and coheres all separative units into a unified whole. It can be viewed as the force of the Heart of the One beating out its attractive radiance or life force to the many, so that they can be again drawn to that which is the Source of Life to them.
Animal magnetism is that fluid radiatory attractive energy that emits from the vital (etheric) bodies of all animal forms, and which sounds out the note or well-being of that entity. It is literally his jiva (converted prana) that can be used as a healing force, if the “animal” is intrinsically healthy, for it is the expression of the Monadic force from the Heart, though modified with the sum of the qualities associated with the other organs of expression within the body. It is that radiatory or attractive quality that is sometimes called “charisma” when associated with human beings. As such, it is modified also by the qualities of the characteristic of the mind, to the degree or extent that it is Soul-infused. This form of magnetism comes to be converted into the radiant aura of an enlightened Being, and which indicates the extent of his compassionate undertakings.
The final or major undertaking of any work by a Creative individual, the symbolic or effectual attainment of the philosopher’s stone by an individual through that accomplishment.
A Magician, or master of the entire life process, one who can willfully control the elements, an Adept.
The great war which Arjuna fought with the aid of Krishna. The book The Bhagavad Gita is a part of the great epic story of the Mahabharata.
Gross elements, the sum of the (four) Elements.
The Great (maha) Chohan. Presently an Initiate of the seventh degree that has evolved along the Rays of the Mind, Who thus controls the dispensation of that element or quality into the sum of manifest space. He thus becomes the Lord of Civilisation for any given epoch of evolutionary development of the human race, for active intelligence still is the major characteristic to be developed by humanity. He is one of the three great Departmental Heads of the Hierarchy; the Manu is the head of the first Ray department, the Christ is the head of the second Ray department, and the Mahachohan rules the third Ray department. Together they embody the three aspects of Deity, the Father, Son, and Mother, for humanity and the Hierarchy. Under the Mahachohan work the Chohans that are the Lords of the five Rays of Mind.
A title of Shiva, meaning the great (all-embracive) Deva or angelic Lord.
A great or universal spiritual Teacher (guru).
A major cycle of time. See Kala.
A great or universal age. See Kalpa.
A great or Universal cycle of activity, generally meaning for the duration of the entire evolutionary history of a Solar System (or even a Universe). It incorporates many lesser cycles of activity (manvantaras – Days of Brahma) and of rest (pralaya – Nights of Brahma). A Great Year in the Life of Brahma.
The Great Symbol. The absoluteness of Being, which unites all duality, male and female into a unity, a wholeness, completedness. This Symbol can be depicted as the cypher zero, and involves the sum of the entire cause-effect world play, as it impresses itself upon our consciousness. The major schools of Mahayana Buddhism incorporates the Mahamudra teaching as its basic doctrine.
The opposite of a Mahamanvantara. Hence a major (Solar) period of rest, the Great (cosmic) Night, thus a period of dissolution of all activity, which the onset of the Judgement Day produces. Esoterically, abstraction into buddhic or etheric space.
A title of Vishnu, the supreme or Great overriding consciousness principle, the Soul of all Life.
The four great Deva Lords that embody the substance of the Throne of God. These are the four great Rajah (kingly) lords that embody the four directions in Space, the four Continents or Elements in Buddhist and Hindu philosophy. They can be equated with the four Kumaras of esoteric philosophy, (Sanat Kumara and the Buddhas of Activity) but more correctly are their Devic compliments, the Cherubim.
(Tib. grub thob chen po). A yogin/yogini with siddhi or great spiritual accomplishments. An accomplished Tantric yogin. See siddhi.
Indescribable happiness. The highest Bliss.
This term, which means literally, “the great one” can best be understood as cosmic or Logoic Intelligence, the Fires of the Concrete Mind of such an Entity, and which conditions all manifest Life. The Mind of a Master of Wisdom can be considered an aspect of Mahat. Manas, as we understand it is its lower reflection, and it can also be understood as that principle that causes the individuation of all manifest things, the ability of a (Logoic) Being to say “I AM” and thus differentiate Himself from all others. Hence it is the producer of differentiation on a Cosmic scale, when we are viewing Universals, or the interrelation of groups of individuals within a greater whole. It is the major factor in Creative Being. It is Agni’s Fiery Element.
The dark brotherhood evolve through waves of primordial Mahat to obtain their goals or cosmic destination.
A “great Being”, one who has united consciously with the highest factor of Individuation, the Spirit or “atma” or Monad. We thus use the term to refer to Initiates of the sixth degree (Chohans), but in the more common usage it can also refer to Initiates of the fourth or greater. Also equatable with the Hindu term Rishi.
A great rhythm of the Fire of cosmic Space, sensed by short periods of time by the followers of Agni yoga. See also Chotavan, a small rhythm. They are explained in paragraphs 357 and 401 of the book Agni Yoga by Helena Roerich.
The great Esoteric science, or Wisdom Teaching.
The illusional body of appearance.
The Great Vehicle. This is the northern school of Buddhism, espousing the Bodhisattva path, in contradistinction to the southern school, the Hinayana. See Hinayana Buddhism for further detail.
A Great Age. The aggregate of four yugas or ages of 4,320,000 solar years, making a Day of Brahma.
The names of the Goddesses that embody the Mother principle.
The forthcoming Buddha of Compassion. Hence the form the Christ (the Bodhisattva) will take when he appears. See also Buddha, Bodhisattva.
A most mystical term, meaning “the crocodile”. A early version of the sign Capricorn, and concerns the fusion of the watery element with that of the mind, hence has everything to do with the evolution of the desire-mind, and with all aspects of magical invocations wherein the watery aspect is invoked. Literally the fusion of the signs Cancer and Capricorn, (earth and water) which are polar opposites. It is the title of the third Creative Hierarchy, who fuse with the fourth Creative Hierarchy to endow man with his periodical vehicles. Makara is the vehicle of Varuna, the God of the Waters.
A Sanskrit term referring to the Mysteries of the pentagram, and thus of the blueprint of etheric space.
A Hebrew term meaning the messengers or angels.
The sum of the qualities of the mind, or the fires thereof, the fifth principle.
Kama manas, the desire mind.
Higher manas, the archetypal, or abstract realms of the mind, wherein resides the Causal form of the Soul. The three higher subplanes of the mental plane as divorced from the four lower or concrete subplanes.
“The efflux of the divine mind.”
The Devic Lords of meditation substance who helped build the Causal forms of humanity.
Sons or forms (putras) of Mind (manas). This is a term that refers to the human “man-plant”, to our Causal forms. We are sons of Will and Mind, Lords of Sacrifice.
Circle, wheel. A literary or esoteric corpus filled with religious symbolism that is drawn by one wishing to contemplate things divine, or to evoke potencies and forces associated with Nature and the subjective realms. A perfected, completed, state of being and perception encompassing all phenomena when presented symbolically in a specific form or blueprint of what is to be. Used as a visualising tool during Deity Yoga.
The Solar Plexus Centre, situated in the naval area that has ten petals coloured green and rose. It expresses the qualities associated with the emotional body, our desires, feelings, and sense of touch. It is the abdominal brain and therefore the organ of clairvoyance, opening the entire psychic, astral, world to the mystic or occultist, and gives control of the Watery Element.
That aspect of mind that is dominated by the solar plexus centre, hence desire-mind, but it is more than that, for it concerns the ability of the emotions to colour all thought processes, causing the individual to see through a “glass darkly”, via his feeling perceptions. Hence, everything becomes distorted, according to the subtle wish-fulfilling aspect of the solar plexus centre.
In Buddhism, the Bodhisattva that embodies the sum of Wisdom. He is generally depicted with the sword that can cut through all illusions and glamours, and he also holds the book of the good law, which rests on a lotus. Another term for this Bodhisattva is Manjughosha, the glorious Gentle-voiced one. (Tibetan = Jampal.)
(Mano-maya-koa) The sheath or vehicle (Kosha) that holds the substance of the mind in its dual attributes (Mano) and veils it thereby (maya). Thus our mental body.
A sacred verse or word of power. Mantrams can be seen as the incantations uttered by the religious to bring about specific objectives. They are forms of Words or sacred syllables rhythmically expressed so that when sounded produce certain effects. They are used in all forms of magical and meditative practices and are given their potency according to the quality of the devic lives they attract, and which embody the related sound patternings. This is done according to the esoteric knowledge, directed will, and psychic purity of the person or group sending forth the Sound.
Tantric (magical) works (shastras) on mantric sounds and incantations.
(Mantrika akti) The shakti or psychic power of these mantras, and their numerogical ordering and arrangement of the sound patternings.
The title of one who holds office as the primal progenitor of a race of men, or of any other kingdom of Nature or aspect thereof. The Manu is responsible for the sum of the evolutionary development of the Life aspect that has incarnated into that class of individuals. He thus works along the line of the great first Ray department. Each of the Root Races of humanity have as ruler or director of their evolutionary impulse a presiding Manu. The present Manu that rules the journeying of the fifth Root Race is termed Vaivasvata Manu.
Human Buddhas, incarnate Bodhisattvas, Dhyan Chohans.
A cycle of evolution, part of a great or major cycle of evolution. Specifically a Day of Brahma, said to be 4,320,000,000 Solar years. See Mahamanvantara.
The great deceiver (thus the creator of astral illusions), that which tempts one with the allurements of the material world and its sensual delights. The hordes of Mara (his demons of illusion) are the final thing that the Buddha had to overcome before He could gain His Nirvana under the Bo tree.
The lowest of the stratas of the astral realms, literally hell, inhabited by the most desolate of beings.
The path, or sacred way.
The Roman version ofhe Greek Ares, the God of war. He is the son of Juno and Jupiter/Zeus. In Esoteric Astrology Mars is a non-sacred planet and governs the sixth Ray of Devotion.
Storm Gods, or primary Devic forces of the air. They must be tamed by the mind if the higher types of prana are to flow through the nadi system without whipping up the astral forces of a being, and thus psychically tearing him to pieces.
(Masorah) Hebrew word designating the traditional system of the registration of words, grammatical marks, consonants etc.
The intensely luminous substance of the higher astral subplanes and mental spheres, with octaves of colours ranging beyond those known to our physical plane.
The substance of the highest spheres, equivalent to Akasha, the subtlest Primal ethereal substance that fills the whole of Space.
The shortest period of time in relation to the duration of sound, as the twinkling of an eye.
Matripadma. (Matri-padma) The Mother lotus (padma), the Womb of all Being, the foundational matrix (mandala) that underlies the nadi system from which all manifest things can come into objectivity.
The Divine Mothers, the feminine or Dævic complements to the Creative Deities, generally seen as seven in number, relating to the seven planes of perception, or seven kingdoms in nature.
The Sanskrit term for illusion. D.K. defines maya on pages 148-9 of Glamour: A World Problem thusly:
“Maya is predominantly (for the individual) the aggregate of the forces which control his septenary force centres to the exclusion, if I would emphasise, of the controlling energy of the soul. Therefore, you will see that the bulk of humanity, until a man stands upon the Probationary Path, are under the control of maya, for a man succumbs to maya when he is controlled by any other force or forces than those energies which come direct from the soul, conditioning and controlling the lesser forces of the personality as they eventually and inevitably must and will.
When a man is under the control of physical, astral and mental forces, he is convinced at the time that they are, for him, right forces. Herein lies the problem of maya. Such forces, however, when they control a man, determine him in a separative attitude and produce an effect which feeds and stimulates the personality and does not bring in the energy of the Soul, the true individuality….
Many people, particularly the unintelligent masses, are solely inspired by desire – material, physical and temporary. Animal desire for the satisfaction of the animal appetites, material desire for possession and for the luxuries of existence, the longing for “things,” for comforts and for security – economic, social and religious – control the majority. The man is under the influence of the densest form of maya, and the forces of his nature are concentrated in the sacral centre. Others are motivated by some form of aspiration or ambition – aspiration towards some material heaven (and most religions portray heaven in this manner), ambitions for power, desire for the satisfaction of the emotional or aesthetic appetites and for the possession of the more subtle realities, and the longing for emotional comfort, for mental stability and assurance that the higher desires will meet with gratification. All this is maya in its emotional form, and it is not the same thing as glamour. In the case of glamour, the forces of a man’s nature are seated in the solar plexus. In the case of maya, they are seated in the sacral centre. Glamour is subtle and emotional. Maya is tangible and etheric.”
Maya is literally the effect of the sum of the forces of the threefold personality that work through his etheric vehicle and which causes him to identify with and attach undue importance to the vicissitudes of the material world and its transient conditionings. It is thus that which veils and blinds him to the Real, the world of true and lasting values.
The etheric body, or double, through which maya finds its mode of expression. It is thus literally the body (rupa) of illusion (maya), the body of force currents and ever changing desire patternings. It can also be viewed as the sheath of substance and of materiality through we must all live and labour. As we begin to control the related pranas or forces, so we begin to become rulers of our destinies, and become Masters. We begin to live in the substance of the centres (chakras) above the diaphragm and not be subjugated to the effects of those below the diaphragm.
Hebrew for “the king of righteousness”. (Melchisedec, in the New Testament.) He is described in Hebrews 7:1-3 thus:
“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To who also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.”
See also Genesis 14:18, Heb. 5:6, 10, 6:20, 7:17, 21, 7:10, 11 and 15.
He is the Avatara of the planetary Logos (and thus is “made like unto a son of God” and “abideth a priest continually”, and in the Hindu terminology is given the name Sanat Kumara. See Kumara, Sanat Kumara.
Hebrew, the singular of Malachim, an angel.
The permanent atom that exists upon the concrete levels of the mental plane. It differs from the other permanent atoms in that there are only four spirals and corresponding spirillae to it, related to the four lower mental subplanes, and to the quaternity that is the personality vehicle. (Concrete mind, astral body, etheric body and dense physical sheath.) The art of building the antahkarana concerns linking this permanent atom with the manasic permanent atom, through a sea of consciousness, thus bypassing the field of evolution of the Soul, but producing a direct link in consciousness with the spiritual Triad.
The Roman version of Hermes, the messenger of the Gods. In Esoteric Astrology, a sacred planet ruling the fourth Ray of Harmony through conflict.
The mountain that supports the kingdom of the Gods (as the Greek Mt. Olympus) and is said to be situated at the centre or navel of the world.
In the Hebrew philosophy he was a divine Charioteer, who imparted knowledge of the heavenly realms, of the past, present and future to man. He can be equated with the Archangel Michael, and can also stand as the Soul, the Angel of the Presence.
The doctrine of the transference of human souls into and out of animal forms and lesser evolved species than humanity. This doctrine is the exoteric account of reincarnation, but is not possible, for many reasons; one reason is that the animal form contains no mechanism whatsoever that would allow a human unit to appropriate it; another is that it serves absolutely no purpose for a human unit to re-use the animal forms that it had evolv