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The Egyptian name for the Mental Body.

(Hebrew בעלים) Baalim is plural, from Baal "mister, sir."

"And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baalim..." - Judges 2:11

"The schools of the Baalim were instituted in the abyss by humanity. These are all the pseudo-spiritual schools that actually exist in the world. All such external schools are from the abyss. If man wants to leave the abyss he must liberate his mind from all these cages. When we penetrate into the internal worlds we find all the students of the schools of Baalim submerged in the profound darkness of black magic. These poor beings are searching outwardly for what they already have inside. All such souls continue to rebel against the commands of the Lord Jehovah, eating the forbidden fruit, of which He said, “you shall not eat.” It is painful to see these souls enslaved by the Baalim. The Baalim are black magicians." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

In the Judeo-Christian scriptures, in Hebrew, the word Babylon does not appear; instead, it is spelled בבל BBL (Babel). Babel is an important symbol with many meanings, primarily as a symbol of degenerated humanity.

"We must destroy Babylon the Great, the mother of all fornication and abominations of the Earth. Obviously, Babylon is our psychological city, populated by the psychic aggregates that we carry within our interior." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

(Greek βαίτυλος; pl. baetyli) Also Bethel or Betyl. Any sacred stone that fell from heaven and contained the power of life, and thereafter used for worship and ritual. Every religion utilizes sacred stones in various forms, which have symbolic value, representing the Philosophical Stone: mercury.

Sankrit term for "bondage" or "to bind together." Primarily used to refer to our psycho-spiritual conditioning, but can also be used to refers to postures in Hatha Yoga.

""What is Banḍha [bondage]? Such Saṅkalpas [thoughts] as "I was born," etc., arising from the affinities of beginningless Ajñāna form bondage. The thought obscuration [or mental ignorance] of the mundane existence of "mine" in such as father, mother, brother, wife, child, house, gardens, lands, etc., forms bondage. The thoughts of I-ness as actor, etc., are bondage. The thought of the development in oneself of the eight Siḍḍhis (higher psychical powers) as Anima and others is bondage. The thought of propitiating the angels, men, etc., is bondage. The thought of going through the eight means of Yoga practice, Yama, etc., is bondage. The thought of performing the duties of one's own caste and order of life is bondage. The thought that command, fear and doubt are the attributes of [or pertain to] Āṭmā is bondage. The thought of knowing the rules of performing sacrifices, vows, austerity and gift is bondage. Even the mere thought of desire for Moksha (emancipation) is bondage. By the very act of thought, bondage is caused." - Nirālamba Upanishaḍ of Śukla-Yajurveḍa

"1. What is Banḍha [bondage]? Āṭmā [the Self] falsely superimposing the body and others which are not-Self upon Himself, and identifying Himself with them—this identification forms the bondage of the Self."

"2. What is Moksha [emancipation]? The freedom from that [identification] is Moksha." - Sarvasāra-Upanishaḍ of Kṛshṇa-Yajurveḍa

Baphomet as illustrated by Eliphas LeviDerived from Greek βαϕή baphe, βάπτω ("I dip") "immersion" + Μῆτις, Metis "wisdom," "skill," or "craft." Thus, Baphomet means "baptism" or initiation into wisdom. The Baphoment represents Pan, the force of nature that Adam and Eve have to tame and master in order to return to Eden.

A medieval mystic term usually identified with the goat of Mendes. The Templars of Malta were accused of worshiping Baphomet as an idol. Baphomat signifies a baptism in wisdom or initiation, but became degraded and misunderstood when the keys to its real meaning were lost.

The symbol of the Baphomet is related to Arcanum 15: Passion, as explained in Tarot and Kabbalah.

The term baphomet hides a message when read backwards: Tem-o-h-p-ab, which is the symbol of the Latin words "Templi ommun hominum pacis abbas," which means, "The Father of the temple of universal peace for men."

See also Typhon.

baptism jesusFrom Greek baptizein or baptizo, "I wash," which originates from "bapto," "to dip."

An ancient ritual visible in some form within all the world's religions. While baptism is usually associated with Christanity, it is derived from the Jewish טְבִילָה tevilah, a full body immersion in a mikveh.

Baptism or ritual immersion in water symbolizes the descent of the energy of the "water of life" or primeval womb (chaos) as a blessing upon the soul who seeks to become pure of blemish. The ritual bath or immersion represents a pact of sexual purity, in which the soul promises to become clean of animal lust. 

In the esoteric aspect, baptism is the absorption of the image of God (Tzalem) by means of sexual transmutation.

"The Baptism is a pact of sexual magic. When we fulfill the pact of sexual magic, then we reach the Self-realization of the Being." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"It is relevant to clarify, once and for all, beloved brothers and sisters, that baptism clearly and specifically symbolizes the sexual work with the ens seminis within which the whole ens virtutis of the fire is found in a potential state." —Samael Aun Weor

(Greek Βαρβηλώ)

"The abode of the Light... The abode of Barbelo is the ocean of the Uncreated Light." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

(Tibetan; Sanskrit: antarabhava) Literally, "between." Six transitional states of consciousness: vigil, dream, meditation, death, reality, rebirth, that can be utilized for spiritual comprehension. These are detailed in "The Great Book of Natural Liberation through Understanding in the Between." See Book of the Dead, below.

(Gnostic) A Gnostic teacher and philosopher. From The Theosophical Glossary: "A celebrated Alexandrian Gnostic of about 120 AD, probably born in Syria, whose teachings included a system of emanations and hierarchies of powers; founder of the Basilidian Gnostics, declared an heretical sect. Basilides claimed to have derived his teachings from an original Gospel of Matthew and from Glaucus, a disciple of Peter."

"The Patriarch Basilides belonged to the Gnostic church. He was the celebrated alchemist who left a seven page book of lead, which, according to Master Krumm- Heller, is preserved in the Kiercher Museum of the Vatican. This book cannot be understood by archaeologists because it is a book of occult science. Basilides was a disciple of Saint Matthias." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony (1950)

"The School of Gnosticism was divided into two major parts, commonly called the Syrian Cult and the Alexandrian Cult. These schools agreed in essentials, but the latter division was more inclined to be pantheistic, while the former was dualistic. While the Syrian cult was largely Simonian, the Alexandrian School was the outgrowth of the philosophical deductions of a clever Egyptian Christian, Basilides by name, who claimed to have received his instructions from the Apostle Matthew. Like Simon Magus, he was an emanationist, with Neo-Platonic inclinations. In fact, the entire Gnostic Mystery is based upon the hypothesis of emanations as being the logical connection between the irreconcilable opposites Absolute Spirit and Absolute Substance, which the Gnostics believed to have been coexistent in Eternity." - Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)

(Hebrew; plural בהמות behemoth; singular בהמה behemah) Literally, "cattle, beast, animal, brute." In Kabbalah, behemah represents the unpurified sexual power we have within, that has to be tamed and transformed in order for us to unite with the divine.

"And אלה-ים Elah-Yam (the Sea Goddess) brought about [...] בהמה behemah according to מינה miynah (sex)." - Genesis 1:25

"Behold now בהמות behemoth, which I [יהוה Yehovah] made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his און aun [sexual force] is in the שריר shariyr [moisture] of his belly." - Job 40:15-16

"In chapter 40 of the book of Job, behemoth is described as being a terrible beast full of incredible power, yet God put him there. Why? He is the power of the Nephesh, he is the power in our blood, the power of life. To be alive is to have Behemoth." - The Hebrew Letter Nun

Our inner, divine Source, also called the Innermost or Monad, which is not easily definable in conceptual terms. The use of the term "Being" is important though, in relation to its roots:

From the Online Etymology Dictionary: "O.E. beon, beom, bion "be, exist, come to be, become," from P.Gmc. *beo-, *beu-. This "b-root" is from PIE base *bheu-, *bhu- "grow, come into being, become," and in addition to the words in English it yielded German present first and second person sing. (bin, bist, from O.H.G. bim "I am," bist "thou art"), L. perf. tenses of esse (fui "I was," etc.), O.C.S. byti "be," Gk. phu- "become," O.Ir. bi'u "I am," Lith. bu'ti "to be," Rus. byt' "to be," etc. It also is behind Skt. bhavah "becoming," bhavati "becomes, happens," bhumih "earth, world."

"The conception we have of the Being is not the Being. Any intellectual concept we have created about the Being is not the Being. Our opinion of the Being is not the Being. The Being is the Being, and the reason for the Being to be is to be itself." —Samael Aun Weor, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac

Often translated as "Parlok"; a term used in the teachings of Gurdjieff.

"To exercise the Being-Partkdolg-Duty means that we not allow intellectual concepts to pass through our mind in a mechanical manner; in other words, we become cognizant of all the intellectual data that come to the mind. How do we become cognizant of that data? It is done by means of meditation. So, if we read a book, we should meditate on it, try to comprehend it.

"2. We must become cognizant of all the activities of our Emotional Center. It is unfortunate to see how people move under the impulse of emotions, in a completely mechanical manner, without any control whatsoever. So, we must become self-cognizant of all emotions.

"3. The habits and customs of the Motor Center. We must become self-cognizant of all our activities, of all our movements, of all our habits, and not do anything in a mechanical manner.

"4. We must become lords of our instincts and subdue them. We must comprehend them in-depth, integrally.

"5. We must transmute the sexual energy. We transmute our creative energies by means of certain alchemical procedures.

"Obviously, our life unfolds harmoniously, when we fulfill in this manner the Cosmic Duty or Being-Partkdolg-Duty and we live in harmony with the Infinite, in agreement with the Great Law. Thus, we will be able to reach old age full of ecstasy; we will be able to attain Mastery and perfection." - Samael Aun Weor, excerpts from The Erroneous Functions of the Five Centers

(Hebrew; Beni = “children,” Elohim = “Gods and Goddesses”)

1. One of the classes of angels or sanctified souls. Corresponds to the Christian term “angel.” Related to the sephirah Hod.

2. The name of God in Yetzirah (the World of Formation and of the angels).

(Hebrew בראשית) The first word of the Bible "Bereshith" has six letters and is translated in common English as “In the beginning" and in Greek as "Genesis." Yet in Kabbalah, the meaning of this word has yet to be fully explored, because it contains a treasure trove of meanings.

For example, according to Kabbalah:

  • “Be” = The

  • “Raishath” = "Higher, or Upper Wisdom,” which in Daath is related to the Sephirah Chokmah: the Cosmic Cognizance that is always creating is hidden within the letter "Vav".

So the "Higher, or Upper Wisdom" which is hidden within the six Hebrew letters of the word Barashith, which is the creative power of (Iod-Havah Elohim in Daath) created the Heaven and the Earth. Chokmah, the "Higher, or Upper Wisdom" of the Elohim (Gods and Goddesses), is related to creation in Briah. In Daath is where the Heavenly Man is created = Heaven. ‘And’ in Yesod in the SIXTH DAY, the Terrestrial man Adam was created from Adama = the Earth.

(Hebrew ב) The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it means and symbolizes "a house." Its Kabbalistic numerical value is 2.

(Hebrew בת שבע) Also Beth-Shabbat or Bathsheba. The wife of King David and mother of King Solomon.

"And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" - Samuel 11:3

"Beth or Bath" in Hebrew means daughter, and "Sheba" means seven. Solomon's mother's name literally means daughter of Sheba, daughter of the Seven. When read backwards it is Sheba-bath or Shebbath: Shabbath.

"The house of bread” in Aramaic and Hebrew [בית לחם]. "The house of meat” in Arabic [بيت لحم]. The Holy City of western religions and a deep symbol. The birthplace of King David and Jesus.

“In order for the Savior to be born, the event of Bethlehem has to be repeated; such an event is very profound and at the same time symbolic. The town of Bethlehem which the Gospels refers to is very allegorical. It is said that this small town did not exist in the epoch of Jesus of Nazareth. If we analyze the word Belen (which is Bethlehem in Chaldean), we have Bel-En. Then, we see that Bel in Chaldean terminology signifies “tower of fire.” When is this tower of fire attained? This is attained when one has created the Superior Existential Bodies of the Being, when the Sacred Fire has reached the superior part of the brain. This is how the Advent of Bethlehem occurs.” - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

The Song of the Lord. A well-known Hindu scripture, comprising eighteen chapters of the Bhisma Parva of the Mahabharata.

(Sanskrit) Reverent devotion to the divine. The name of one of the paths of Yoga.

"Bhakti comes from the word “Bhaj” which means ‘to be attached or devoted to’. It is pure unselfish love mixed with reverence. Bhakti is the basis of all religious life. Bhakti destroys Vasanas and egoism. Bhakti elevates the mind to magnanimous heights. Bhakti is the master-key to open the chambers of wisdom. Bhakti culminates in Jnana [knowledge]. Bhakti begins in two and ends in one. Those who fight on the point: “Which is superior Bhakti or Jnana?” are groping in darkness. They have not understood the real Tattva. Para Bhakti and Jnana are one. Bhakti or devotion in the form of Anuraga or attachment to the Lord leads to the highest good or the attainment of God-realisation. The stronger the attachment, the quicker the realisation. Prahlada says: “O Lord Hari, may I have the same sort of profound abiding love for Thee, which the worldly people cherish for the fleeting sensual objects of this universe. May not that Bliss disappear from my heart, when I think of Thee.” What a beautiful definition of Bhakti. These thoughts have emanated from the core of Prahlada’s heart. They are charged with intense feeling and devotion. It is easy to have a thing that is beautiful. God is Beauty of beauties. God is the source for all beauties. God is an embodiment of undecaying beauty. So it is very easy to love God. [...] In Bhakti Yoga, there are three things, viz., Lover, Beloved and Love. As soon as the Lover knows that he is identical with the Beloved, there is an end for Bhakti. Jnana dawns. Duality vanishes. Who is to love whom now? [...] Perfect knowledge is all love. Perfect love is all knowledge." - Swami Sivananda

(Sanskrit) Fear.

(Sanskrit) From भुजङ्ग, "serpent." An alternate name for Kundalini. The "serpent power," a descriptive term for the energy of the Divine Mother that awakens in the physical and internal bodies of those who earn it by means of purity, chastity, and service to others (i.e. Kundalini Yoga, tantra).

"Kundalini is also called Bhujangini, serpent power." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

The collection of texts used as scripture by modern Christians.

"It is a grand volume, a masterpiece composed of clever, ingenious fables, containing great verities; but it reveals the latter only to those who, like the Initiates, have a key to its inner meaning; a tale sublime in its morality and didactics truly--still a tale and an allegory; a repertory of invented personages in its older Jewish portions, and of dark sayings and parables in its later additions, and thus quite misleading to any one ignorant of its esotericism." —Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

"In order to study the Bible, one needs to have studied occultism, because the Bible is a book of occultism and cannot be read at face value as when reading a newspaper. Therefore, the Bible is the book of the Gnostics, and only when one becomes a Gnostic can one understand it." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

"The Bible, from Genesis to Apocalypse, is nothing but a series of historical events of the great struggle between the followers of Agathos and Cacus, White and Black Magic, the adepts of the Right-hand Path, the Prophets, and the adepts of the Left-hand Path, the Levites..." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains

(Hebrew בינה; means understanding; related to תבונה (tabuwn) intelligence, or knowledge from experience) The third sephirah on the Tree of Life. Related to the Holy Spirit. Known in Hinduism as Shiva-Shakti.

Related symbols:
  • Aztec: Tlaloc Quetzalcoatl
  • Christian: The Holy Spirit
  • Egyptian: Osiris-Isis
  • Gnostic: The Third Logos; The 8th Aeon
  • Hindu: Shiva
  • Mayan: Raxa Kakulha
  • Nordic: Thor
  • Represents: The creative principle of the Trinity.
  • Body: Nirmanakaya
  • Dimension: Seventh or Zero Dimension
  • Heaven of: Saturn and Jupiter
  • Level of Consciousness: Nirmanakaya (Buddhist), Aralim (Kabbalah), Thrones

"Binah is the Holy Spirit; He is the Third Logos, the Lord Shiva of the Hindus, who manifests himself as sexual potency within everything which is, has been, and will be... The Holy Spirit unfolds himself into an Ineffable Woman; She is the Divine Mother; She is dressed in a white tunic and a blue mantle. The Holy Spirit is Shiva, the Divine Spouse of Shakti, the Divine Mother Kundalini." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"...proper form and image are not formed until they emerged from בינה Binah and afterwards they were formed and consolidated. The world to come, which is Binah, is also the craftsman of all the creation and is the secret of Elohim that is mentioned there, as it is written: "And Elohim said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light" and also, "And Elohim said, 'Let there be a firmament.'" So Binah is the craftsman, the one who forms, that makes the shape of light, water, and firmament..." - Zohar 11:77

Learn more: Tarot and Kabbalah

(Sanskrit; Tibetan: tigle) Literally, "point, drop, spot, particle, dot, pearl." A critical term in Tantra, with many levels of meaning.

1. A synonym for Dharmakaya, "the unique seminal point." See Dharmakaya

2. The pure essence of the sexual energy.

"In Yoga Sastras it is said: “Maranam bindupatanat jivanam bindu-rakshanat: falling of semen brings death; preservation of semen gives life.” Semen is the real vitality in man. It is the hidden treasure for man. It imparts Brahma-Tejas to the face and strength to the intellect." - Swami Sivananda, Easy Steps to Yoga

"The breathing is calmed when the mind becomes steady and calm; and hence the preservation of bindu. The preservation of this latter makes the sattva established in the body." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika

A term that describes the multitude of creatures who seek power, glory, fear, envy, lust, vengence, domination, etc. and use whatever means necessary to get what they want; in other words, they are ruled by desire, and use desire to manipulate others. It is called "black" because it is corrupted by the ego, desire, attachment, etc.

"From the dawn of life, a great battle has raged between the powers of Light and the powers of Darkness. The secret root of that battle lies in sex. Gods and Demons live in eternal struggle. The Gods defend the doctrine of chastity. The Demons hate chastity. In sex is found the root of the conflict between Gods and Demons... There are Masters of the Great White Lodge. There are Masters of the Great Black Lodge. There are disciples of the Great White Lodge. There are disciples of the Great Black Lodge. The disciples of the Great White Lodge know how to move consciously and positively in the Astral Body. The disciples of the Great Black Lodge also know how to travel in the Astral Body... The White Magician worships the inner Christ. The Black Magician worships Satan. This is the I, the me, myself, the reincarnating ego. In fact, the I is the specter of the threshold itself. It continually reincarnates to satisfy desires. The I is memory. In the I are all the memories of our ancient personalities. The I is Ahriman, Lucifer, Satan." —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Understand that every association of fornicators forms a black lodge, and each lodge or school of this kind has its boss or manager who they venerate as a saint or master." —Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

Learn more: The Revolution of Beelzebub

Magic comes from "mag," priest. Black magic is the science of the impure priesthood, or those who awaken the consciousness without eliminating the ego (pride, anger, lust, etc). See also Goetia.

"Black Magic appeals to the mass mind. It appeals to the principles of our civilization. It offers something for nothing. As long as there is cupidity in the human heart, it will remain as a menace to the honesty and integrity of our race." —Manly P. Hall, from Magic: a Treatise on Esoteric Ethics

"The black magicians have their mysticism, and they always firmly believe that they walk on the good path. No black magician believes that he walks on the evil path. The path of black magic is a broad way filled with vices and pleasures." —Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

"The most dangerous form of black magic is the scientific perversion of occult power for the gratification of personal desire. Its less complex and more universal form is human selfishness, for selfishness is the fundamental cause of all worldly evil. A man will barter his eternal soul for temporal power, and down through the ages a mysterious process has been evolved which actually enables him to make this exchange. In its various branches the black art includes nearly all forms of ceremonial magic, necromancy, witchcraft, sorcery, and vampirism. Under the same general heading are also included mesmerism and hypnotism, except when used solely for medical purposes, and even then there is an element of risk for all concerned. Though the demonism of the Middle Ages seems to have disappeared, there is abundant evidence that in many forms of modern thought--especially the so-called "prosperity" psychology, "willpower-building" metaphysics, and systems of "high-pressure" salesmanship--black magic has merely passed through a metamorphosis, and although its name be changed its nature remains the same." —Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings Of All Ages

"Multitudes of schools of black magic exist, many of them with very venerable traditions that teach Sexual Magic with the orgasm, the spilling of semen [whether outside of the body or within the body, ie. injaculation[. They have very beautiful theories that attract and captivate, and if the student falls in that seductive and delicious deceit, he becomes a black magician. Those black schools affirm to the four winds that they are white and that is why ignorant ones fall. Moreover, those schools talk of beauty, love, charity, wisdom, etc., etc. Naturally, in those circumstances the ignorant disciple attains the belief with firmness that such institutions are not evil and perverse. Remember good disciple, that the Abyss is full of sincerely mistaken ones and people of very good intentions..." —Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"Evilness is so fine in the world of the mind... Evilness is so delicate and subtle in the plane of cosmic understanding that in reality a lot of intuition is needed in order not to be cheated by the demons of the Mental World." —Samael Aun Weor, Treatise of Sexual Alchemy

"The intellect as the negative function of the mind is demoniacal. Everyone that enters into these studies, the first thing that they want is to dominate the mind of others. This is pure and legitimate black magic. No one has the right to violate the free will of others. No one has the right to exercise coaction upon the mind of others because this is black magic. The ones that are guilty of this grave error are all of those mistaken authors that are everywhere. All of those books of hypnotism, magnetism and suggestion are books of black magic. Whosoever does not know how to respect the free will of others is a black magician; those who perform mental works in order to violently dominate the mind of others convert themselves into perverse demons. These people separate themselves from the Innermost and they crumble into the Abyss." —Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"Black Magic is not a fundamental art; it is the misuse of an art. Therefore it has no symbols of its own. It merely takes the emblematic figures of white magic, and by inverting and reversing them signifies that it is left-handed." —Manly P. Hall

Quoted from the Theosophical Online Library: "HPB was born in Russia. She spent her early years in travel, arriving in New York in 1873. Together with Colonel Henry Steele Olcott, William Q. Judge and others, she formed the Theosophical Society. She published her first book, Isis Unveiled, in 1877. The following year HPB and Olcott went to India to establish the TS there, leaving Judge to continue the work in the United States. HPB edited the magazine The Theosophist while in India. She moved on to England in 1887 and established the Blavatsky Lodge in London. She also started a magazine, Lucifer (from the Latin "Luciferus", meaning the Light-bringer, the Morning Star). HPB's master-work, The Secret Doctrine, was published in 1888. HPB suffered from a chronic kidney disease for many years. She contracted the flu and died on May 8, 1891." She wrote in her Secret Doctrine, "In Century the Twentieth some disciple more informed, and far better fitted, may be sent by the Masters of Wisdom to give final and irrefutable proofs that there exists a Science called Gupta-Vidya; and that, like the once-mysterious sources of the Nile, the source of all religions and philosophies now known to the world has been for many ages forgotten and lost to men, but is at last found." This prediction is a reference to Samael Aun Weor.

Refers to the vital values, energetic potential carried in the individual. An obscure term, but known in the teachings of Gurdjieff.

"One system of Djamtesternokhi or mechanical watch contains a spring exactly calculated and arranged so that the length of the duration of its tension from unwinding may be sufficient for twenty-four hours; another system has a spring for a week, a third for a month, and so on. The Bobbin-kandelnost in the brains of beings existing only according to the principle Itoklanoz corresponds to the spring in mechanical watches of various systems. Just as the duration of the movement of mechanical watches depends upon the spring they contain, so the duration of the existence of beings depends exclusively on the Bobbin-kandelnosts formed in their brains during their arising and during the process of their further formation. Just as the spring of a watch has a winding of a definite duration, so these beings also can associate and experience only as much as the possibilities for experiencing put into them by Nature during the crystallization of those same Bobbin-kandelnosts in their brains. They can associate and consequently exist just so much, and not a whit more nor less. As mechanical watches can act as long as the spring has what is called ‘the-tension-of-winding,’ so the beings in whose brains the said Bobbin-kandelnosts are crystallized can experience and consequently exist until these Bobbin-kandelnosts formed in their brains—owing to the mentioned seven external conditions—are used up." —Gurdjieff, All and Everything 29.440

"Even if this seems incredible, the truth is that—within each person—death is processed in thirds. It has already been demonstrated completely that every illness has its basis in one of the three brains. The great law has wisely deposited within each of the three brains of the intellectual animal a definite capital of vital values. Saving such capital prolongs life, whereas squandering such capital produces death... In the center of Asia there exists a religious community constituted by elderly people who do not even remember their teenage years. The average life span of these old people oscillates between four hundred and five hundred years. The whole secret of long life for these Asiatic monks lies within the wise use of the three brains. The balanced and harmonious function of the three brains results in the saving of vital values and, as a logical consequence, the prolongation of life." —Samael Aun Weor, Fundamentals of Gnostic Education

"[Regarding Arcanum 13] A Hierarch of the Law cuts some stalks of wheat that have large and small grains, which are called Bobbin-Kandelnosts. They represent the values, the capital, that each human being carries in the three brains (intellectual, motor, emotional). Whosoever carries small grains lives little, dying within a few days, months, or within the first year of life. One lives by thirds and dies by thirds. Whosoever squanders their intellectual capital falls into insanity, schizophrenia, etc. Whosoever squanders their motor center, or center of movement, ends up paralyzed, deformed, etc. Whosoever squanders their emotional center suffers from illness of the heart." —Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

(Sanskrit) self-knowledge; knowledge; of knowledge; conscious

(Sanskrit बोधि) adj. wise, learned. As a feminine noun, "perfect knowledge." Also used to mean "enlightened mind." It is said that the Buddha acquired enlightenment at the base of the Bodhi tree, which is a type of fig tree (compare with the story of Adam and Eve). Bodhi can also be used to describe a rooster (which interestingly, is also a symbol of Christ).

(Sanskrit बोधिचित्त; often spelled bodhicitta, but pronounced "bo-dee-cheeta") Literally, Bodhi means enlightenment or wisdom. Chitta means mind. The synthesis, bodhichitta means the enlightened mind or the mind of wisdom. This term has many levels of application.

  1. In Sutrayana (introductory form), bodhichitta is used to describe the altruistic intention to attain enlightenment for the benefit of suffering beings.
  2. In Mahayana teachings, bodhichitta is an elevated state of awareness (prajna) which directly perceives Emptiness (the Absolute).
  3. In Tantrayana, bodhichitta refers to the seminal fluids of the body. The Tibetan version, byan-sems, can be translated either as “enlightenment mind” or “semen.” It must be understood that "semen" (literally "seed") is found in both males and females, and can only create life when combined; the seed-essence (the energy) creates Bodhichitta only in very specific circumstances. Read The Perfect Matrimony.
  4. Samael Aun Weor often expresses the synthesis, which combines all of these meanings.

"Whatever joy there is in this world
All comes from desiring others to be happy,
And whatever suffering there is in this world,
All comes from desiring myself to be happy.

But what need is there to say much more?
The childish work for their own benefit,
The Buddhas work for the benefit of others.
Just look at the difference between them!" —Shantideva

"Bodhicitta or the altruistic aspiration to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings is a state of mind which cannot be cultivated or generated within one's mental continuum simply by praying for it to come into being in one's mind. Nor will it come into existence by simply developing the understanding of what that mind is. One must generate that mind within one's mind's continuum. In order to engage in meditation with sustained effort over a period of time what is crucial is first of all to be convinced of the positive qualities of that mind, and the benefits and merits of generating such a state of mind. It is only when one has seen the qualities, merits and benefits of generating such a state of mind that one will be able to generate within oneself a genuine enthusiasm and perseverance in engaging in a meditation which would enable the individual to generate the mind." —The 14th Dalai Lama

"The Bodhichitta is the awakened and developed superlative Consciousness of the Being. The Bodhichitta emerges in the aspirant who sacrifices himself for his fellowmen, long before the Mercurial bodies have been created... It is necessary for the Bodhichitta, which means the auric embryo, the awakened consciousness, to fall into the Illuminated Void." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"Obviously, before the Bodhisattva is born, the Bodhichitta must be formed within ourselves. Furthermore, it is important to clarify the necessity of disintegrating the ego, the “I,” in order for the Bodhichitta to emerge. The Bodhichitta is formed with the merits of love and supreme sacrifice for our fellowmen. The Bodhisattva is formed within the environment and psychological atmosphere of the Bodhichitta." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"The one who does not possess the Bodhichitta, even when he has created the superior existential bodies of the Being, is still unconscious and absurd." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

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An Indian adept of the fifth or sixth century AD. He founded Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism and originated the martial art known today as Kung Fu.

(Sanskrit बोधिसत्त्व) Literally, the Sanskrit term bodhi means "enlightened, wisdom, perfect knowledge," while sattva means "essence, goodness." Therefore, the term bodhisattva literally means “essence of wisdom.”

A bodhisattva is a human soul (consciousness) who is on the direct path. A bodhisattva is the messenger or servant of their inner Being / Buddha. The inner Being or Buddha resides in the superior worlds, and sends the bodhisattva into the lower worlds to work for others.

"The bodhisattva is the human soul of a master. The master is the internal God [Atman, the Innermost Buddha]." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

One becomes a bodhisattva upon:

  • creating the solar bodies (astral, mental, causal) through sexual transmutation
  • choosing to enter the direct path to the absolute rather than the slower spiral path
  • having developed sufficient Bodhichitta (love for others in combination with comprehension of the absolute)

The word bodhisattva is a title or honorific that describes a level of consciousness earned through internal initiation, not physical. A bodhisattva is a person who through dedication to compassionate service to humanity has some degree of Bodhichitta — a psychological quality uniting deep compassion with profound insight into the nature of reality, the Absolute — and has also created the solar bodies, which correspond to the first five serpents of kundalini (candali).

In Tibetan Buddhism the term bodhisattva is sometimes publicly used in a more "generous" way to include those who aspire to become bodhisattvas.

The Tibetan translation of bodhisattva is jangchub sempa. Jangchub (Sanskrit bodhi) means "enlightenment," and sempa (Sanskrit sattva) means "hero" or a being, therefore meaning "enlightened hero." The word jangchub is from jang, "the overcoming and elimination of all obstructive forces," and chub, "realization of full knowledge." Sempa is a reference to great compassion.

"...bodhisattvas are beings who, out of intense compassion, never shift their attention away from sentient beings; they are perpetually concerned for the welfare of all beings, and they dedicate themselves entirely to securing that welfare. Thus the very name bodhisattva indicates a being who, through wisdom, heroically focuses on the attainment of enlightenment out of compassionate concern for all beings. The word itself conveys the key qualities of such an infinitely altruistic being." - The 14th Dalai Lama

"We, the bodhisattvas of compassion who love humanity immensely, state: as long as there is a single tear in any human eye, as long as there is even one suffering heart, we refuse to accept the happiness of Nirvana... We must seek the means to become more and more useful to this wretched, suffering humanity." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

Strictly speaking, the term bodhisattva addresses not a physical person but the human soul of someone walking the Direct Path. The bodhisttva is the human soul (Tipereth, the causal body), which is the servant or messenger of the inner Being (Chesed). The human soul earns the title bodhisattva by —because of love for humanity — choosing to advance spiritually by entering the terrifying Direct Path instead of the easier Spiral Path, a choice that is made only after finishing the Fifth Initiation of Fire (Tiphereth, causal body). By means of this sacrifice, this individual incarnates the Christ (Chenresig, Kuan Yin, Avalokitesvara), thereby embodying the supreme source of wisdom and compassion. That human soul is then a mixture of the divine and human, and by carrying that light within becomes a messenger or active exponent of the light. The Direct Path demands rapid and complete liberation from the ego, a route that only very few take, due to the fact that one must pay the entirety of one's karma imminently. Those who have taken this road have been the most remarkable figures in human history: Jesus, Buddha, Mohamed, Krishna, Moses, Padmasambhava, Milarepa, Joan of Arc, Fu-Xi, and many others whose names are not remembered or known.

Even among bodhisattvas there are many levels of Being: to be a bodhisattva does not mean that one is enlightened. In fact, there are many fallen bodhisattvas: human souls who resumed poor behavior, reviving their ego, and are thus cut off from their inner Being.

"Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor." - 1 Corinthians 10.24

"The truly humble Bodhisattva never praises himself. The humble Bodhisattva says, 'I am just a miserable slug from the mud of the earth, I am a nobody. My person has no value. The work is what is worthy.' The Bodhisattva is the human soul of a Master. The Master is the internal God." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"Let it be understood that a Bodhisattva is a seed, a germ, with the possibility of transcendental, divine development by means of pressure coming from the Height." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

Interestingly, the Christ in Hebrew is called Chokmah, which means “wisdom,” and in Sanskrit the same is Vishnu, the root of the word “wisdom.” It is Vishnu who sent his Avatars into the world in order to aid humanity. These avatars were Krishna, Buddha, Rama, and the Avatar of this age: the Avatar Kalki.

The lunar protoplasmatic bodies; the lunar Mental, Astral, Vital and Physical Bodies.

The Causal Body (Tiphereth).

(Sanskrit: Kamarupa) The protoplasmatic Lunar Astral Body, commonly mistaken for the true Astral Body, which must be created through Alchemy.

"It is emphatically established within esoteric schools that we have a Luminous Astral Body. This is very arguable, because the Astral Body must be built in the Ninth Sphere by means of the transmutation of the Hydrogen SI-12. What the current and common people possess is the Body of Desires, which is confused with the Astral Body. So, to assert that we have an Astral Body is a severe error, a tremendous mistake, because the Body of Desires is not the Astral Body. In the Egyptian Mysteries, this Body of Desires is known as Apopi, which is the Demon of Desire. Such a demon is frightfully malignant. Woe unto us, because everybody has this demon! All of the people in this world are malignant, and in order to stop being demons, efforts and super-efforts on this Path are required in order to achieve this." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

The perfected body of a highly developed master. In Sanskrit, this body is called Svabhavikakaya.

"The Body of Liberation has a Christic appearance. It exudes the aroma of perfection. This body replaces the physical body; it is made of flesh, but it is not the born from the flesh of Adam. This is the body of paradisiacal beings; this body is not submitted to illnesses or death." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries "

"We extract the body of liberation from the physical body. This body is made with flesh, but flesh that does not come from Adam. It is a body filled with millenarian perfections. It is elaborated with the most evolved atoms of our physical body. [...] The body of Liberation is neither subjected to sickness, nor to death. The body of Liberation is made with flesh and bones, but it is flesh that does not come from Adam. It is flesh from the Cosmic-Christ. The body of Liberation is similar to the Divine Rabbi of Galilee. The body of Liberation is the body of the Gods." - Samael Aun Weor, Treatise of Sexual Alchemy

"The body of liberation converts us into citizens of Eden." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

(or Bhons) The oldest religion in Tibet. It was largely overshadowed (some say persecuted) by the arrival of Buddhism. Samael Aun Weor had accepted the statements of earlier investigators which described the Bon religion as essentially Black; but upon further investigation he discovered that they are not necessarily Black, just extreme in some practices.

Quoted from Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine: "The history of the evolution of the Satanic myth would not be complete if we omitted to notice the character of the mysterious and Cosmopolitan Enoch, variously called Enos, Hanoch, and finally Enoichion by the Greeks. It is from his Book that the first notions of the Fallen Angels were taken by the early Christian writers. The "Book of Enoch" is declared apocryphal. But what is an Apocrypha? The very etymology of the term shows that it is simply a secret book, i.e., one that belonged to the catalogue of temple libraries under the guardianship of the Hierophants and initiated priests, and was never meant for the profane. Apocrypha comes from the verb Crypto, [[krupto]], "to hide." For ages the Enoichion (the Book of the SEER) was preserved in the "city of letters" and secret works -- the ancient Kirjath-Sepher, later on, Debir (see Joshua xv., 15)... The Book of Enoch, in short, is a resume, a compound of the main features of the History of the Third, Fourth and Fifth Races; a very few prophecies from the present age of the world; a long retrospective, introspective and prophetic summary of universal and quite historical events -- geological, ethnological, astronomical, and psychic -- with a touch of theogony out of the antediluvian records. The Book of this mysterious personage is referred to and quoted copiously in the Pistis Sophia, and also in the Zoharand its most ancient Midrashim. Origen and Clement of Alexandria held it in the highest esteem. To say, therefore, that it is a post-Christian forgery is to utter an absurdity and to become guilty of an anachronism, since Origen, among others, lived in the second century of the Christian era, yet he mentions it as an ancient and venerable work. The secret and sacred name and its potency are well and clearly though allegorically described in the old volume. From the XVIIIth to the Lth chapter, the Visions of Enoch are all descriptive of the Mysteries of Initiation, one of which is the Burning Valley of the "Fallen Angels." Perhaps St. Augustine was quite right in saying that the Church rejected the BOOK OF ENOCH out of her canon owing to its too great antiquity, ob nimiam antiquitatem. There was no room for the events noticed in it within the limit of the 4004 years B.C. assigned to the world from its "creation"!

(Egyptian) An ancient ritualistic and occult work attributed to Thoth-Hermes, found in the coffins of ancient mummies.

Also called "Bardo Thodol." Actually entitled, "The Great Book of Natural Liberation through Understanding in the Between." One of many Tibetan texts intended to be read to the dead or dying person, and which provides guidance to pass consciously through varying states of being.

"The Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan book that talks about the spirits of the world of the afterlife, stands out magnificently before our eyes, letting us see the crude reality of the infernal worlds located within the interior of this planetary organism on which we live." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains

The first aspect of the Hindu Trinity, the other two being Vishnu and Siva. Brahma is a symbol of eternity, the immutable, the origin of creation, and the ultimate root of self.

"The development of the divine qualities is indispensable for the attainment of Self-realisation. Brahman or the Eternal is purity. The Eternal cannot be attained without the attainment of purity. Brahman is truth. The Eternal cannot be attained without practising truth. Brahman is fearlessness. The Eternal cannot be attained unless you become absolutely fearless. [...] Brahman is Sat or Existence-Absolute. [...] Conquer egoism by self-sacrifice, self-surrender, self-abnegation and meditation on the non-dual, eternal, self-luminous Brahman, the innermost Self, the Inner Ruler, the Immortal. " - Swami Sivananda, All About Hinduism

"In Sanskrit, the internal chamber of the heart is called “Brahma-pura” (the city of the supreme God)." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

(Sanskrit) Someone who is practicing Brahmacharya (sexual abstention).

(Sanskrit) Sexual abstention. See: What is Brahmacharya?

"Pseudo-esoteric and pseudo-occult reactionaries suppose they can awaken Kundalini by means of brahmacharya or forced celibacy. All initiates of authentic mystery schools know, through direct experience, that it is impossible to achieve the awakening and development of the seven grades of the power of fire without Tantric practices. There are two types of brahmacharya (sexual abstention): solar and lunar. Solar Brahmacharya is obligatory for all those who have already been born in the superior worlds with solar bodies, that is, for those who have left the Ninth Sphere. Lunar brahmacharya is practiced by many sincerely mistaken people, by many ignoramuses who have never worked in the Ninth Sphere, who have not built the solar bodies, who are without inner self-realization. The practice of lunar brahmacharya is harmful to those who have not built the solar bodies because they become charged with frightfully evil and terrible vibrations." - Samael Aun Weor, Light from Darkness

(Sanskrit ब्रह्मदण्ड) Literally, "staff of Brahma." Danda means "staff, rod." Also known as Meru-danda.

"Thou art the cause of all causes. Thou art a Brahma (in the form of Pranava), thou art Swaha; thou art the bearer of the Danda [staff, rod], thy head is bald, and thou art he who has his words, deeds and thoughts under control." - Mahabharata

 

"The vertebral column is known by the Hindus as Brahmadanda or the staff of Brahma. It is also symbolized by the bamboo reed with seven knots that the yogis from India carry." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

(Sanskrit) The Absolute; the Supreme Reality of Non-dualistic Vedanta.

Do not confuse Brahman with:

  • Brahma, the Creator God, first of the trinity
  • brāhmaņa (ब्राह्मण), "pertaining to prayer," a commentary on the Vedic mantras
  • brāhmaņa (ब्राह्मण), priest; usually rendered in English as "Brahmin"

 

"The Brahmanadi or “canalis centralis” within which the Kundalini ascends exists throughout the length of the spinal medulla... Each one of our seven bodies has its own spinal medulla and its Brahmanadi." - Samael Aun Weor, The Mysteries of the Fire: Kundalini Yoga

"Within the Sushumna Nadi there is a Nadi by name Vajra. Chitra Nadi, a minute canal, which is also called Brahmanadi, is within this Vajra Nadi. Kundalini, when awakened, passes through Chitra Nadi." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

(Sanskrit) "“Brahmarandhra” means the hole of Brahman. It is the dwelling house of the human soul. This is also known as “Dasamadvara,” the tenth opening or the tenth door. The hollow place in the crown of the head known as anterior fontanelle in the new-born child is the Brahmarandhra. This is between the two parietal and occipital bones. This portion is very soft in a babe. When the child grows, it gets obliterated by the growth of the bones of the head. Brahma created the physical body and entered (Pravishat) the body to give illumination inside through this Brahmarandhra. In some of the Upanishads, it is stated like that. This is the most important part. It is very suitable for Nirguna Dhyana (abstract meditation). When the Yogi separates himself from the physical body at the time of death, this Brahmarandhra bursts open and Prana comes out through this opening (Kapala Moksha). “A hundred and one are the nerves of the heart. Of them one (Sushumna) has gone out piercing the head; going up through it, one attains immortality” (Kathopanishad)." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

(Sanskrit) From brahmavid ब्रह्मविद्, "knower of Brahma, skilled in magic and sacred spells" and varishta वरिष्ठ, "best, most excellent, greatest." A being who has incarnated the ultimate knowledge of the divine. See: Brahma.

(Hebrew בריאה; also Beri'ah, Briyah or Olam Briyah; the world of creation) The second of the Four Worlds of the Kabbalah. This is the world of creation and is centered in the second triangle of the Tree of Life. Ruled by Chokmah.

"Here is a secret to the wise. Within the strong rock, which is the world of Briyah, in the hidden firmament, above every other firmament there, there is a certain chamber called the chamber of love, which is situated underneath the Holy of Holies of Briyah. There are hidden treasures there, and all the kisses of the king’s love are there. All the souls beloved of the king enter there." - Zohar 10:3:61

(Greek) A monstrous creature with one-hundred arms, the offspring of Gaia (earth) and Uranus (sky). Sometimes Poseidon is mentioned as his father.

The unworked (untransmuted) sexual energy.

(Sanskrit) n. “awakened one, enlightened, sage, knowledge, wise one.” adj. “awake, conscious, wise, intelligent, expanded.”

Commonly used to refer simply to the Buddha Shakyamuni (the “founder” of Buddhism), the term Buddha is actually a title. There are a vast number of Buddhas, each at different levels of attainment. At the ultimate level, a Buddha is a being who has become totally free of suffering. The Inner Being (Hebrew: Chesed; Sanskrit: Atman) first becomes a Buddha when the Human Soul completes the work of the Fourth Initiation of Fire (related to Netzach, the mental body).

One of the Three Jewels (Tri-ratna), which are Buddha (the awakened one, our own inner Being), Dharma (the teaching he gives to perfect us), Sangha (the community of awakened masters who can help us awaken).

The historical Buddha Shakyamuni is a very great master who continues to aid humanity. Nevertheless, he is not the only Buddha.

"Much has been said of the Buddhas. There is no doubt that there are Contemplation Buddhas and Manifestation Buddhas. Manifestation Buddhas are creatures who dominated the mind, who destroyed the ego, who did not let negative emotions enter their hearts, who did not create mental effigies in their own mind nor in the minds of others. Let us remember Tsong Khapa who reincarnated in Tibet; he was the Buddha Gautama previously. The Buddha of Buddha Amitabha is another thing, his true divine prototype. Amitabha is the Contemplation Buddha, and Gautama, we could say, is the Manifestation Buddha, the worldly Buddha or Bodhisattva. We cannot deny that Amitabha expressed himself brilliantly through Gautama. We cannot deny that later Amitabha sent Gautama (the Bodhisattva or worldly Buddha) directly to a new reincarnation. Then he expressed himself as Tsong Khapa. These are Contemplation Buddhas, they are masters of their mind, creatures who liberated themselves from the mind. The Lords worship the Great Buddha that we also know as the Logos and they pray to him." - Samael Aun Weor from the lecture entitled Mental Representations

"We know very well that Atman-Buddhi is the Inner Buddha, the Buddha, the Innermost; this is how it is written in the Sanskrit books. Now then, we know that Christ is the Second Logos; since the First Logos is Brahma, the Second is Vishnu (the Son) and Shiva is the Third Logos (the Holy Spirit). Therefore, the Inner Christ, evidently and within the levels of the Being, or better said, within the levels of our Superlative and Transcendental Being, is beyond our Inner Buddha, yet they complement each other. Two types of Buddhas exist; yes, we know this. There exist the Transitory Buddhas and the Permanent Buddhas. A Transitory Buddha is a Buddha who still has not achieved within himself the incarnation of the Inner Christ. A Permanent Buddha or Buddha of Contemplation is a Buddha who has already Christified himself, a Buddha that has already received the Inner Christ within his own internal nature. This type of Buddha is a Buddha Maitreya, since it is a Buddha who incarnated the Inner Christ (this is how the term “Maitreya” should be understood). So, Buddha Maitreya is not a person: Buddha Maitreya is a title, a degree, which indicates any given Buddha who already achieved Christification." - The Esoteric Path

"The Buddha appears in the world so that sentient beings may obtain the gnosis that he himself obtained. Thus, the Buddha's demonstrations of the path are strictly means to lead sentient beings to buddhahood." - The Fourteenth Dalai Lama [http://www.dalailama.com/page.22.htm]

Often called simply, "the Buddha," or Gautama Buddha. He is a great initiate who delivered his doctrine to humanity between 563 and 483 B.C. The Buddha once summarised his entire teachings in one sentence: "I teach about suffering and the way to end it."

The English rendering of Buddhadhatu ("Buddha element, cause, metal, root, principle, or element"), which is itself a description of the Sanskrit word Tathagatagarbha, "the embryo or seed of a Buddha." Variously called sugatagarbha, buddhata, or Essence.

"The Buddhadatu, the Buddhist principle, exists within the interior of every human being who is not yet in the final state of degeneration. This Buddhadatu is the psychic material or raw material that can be fabricated into what is called a Soul [i.e. a Buddha]." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

Physically, either (1) a ring of bones around the neck or (2) a string of beads numbering 108. Such prayer beads are common in Eastern and Western religions, and they normally number 108. This number also carries many levels of meaning, but primarily the beads are a reminder to the spiritual aspirant that our time in a humanoid body is short: the normal cycle of manifestations in a human body is limited to 108; those who fail to acheive the Self-realization of the Being within their 108 lives are recycled by nature through the process of devolution and the Second Death. See also Intellectual Animal.

Derived from "buddhadatu or buddhadhatu" (Sanskrit), which means "essence of the Buddha," (from धातु dhatu, "element, primary element, cause, mineral"). The term buddhadhatu appeared in Mahayana scripture as a reference to tathagatagarbha, the "embryo of the Buddha," also called Buddha Nature. In general use, this describes that element in us that has the potential to become a Buddha, an "awakened one."

(Sanskrit बुद्धि, literally "discernment, discrimination, judgment, intelligence, understanding, presence, perception, reason, comprehension, realization, self-knowledge") Abstract, intuitive mind. In Kabbalah, it is associated with the sephirah Geburah, "severity," judgment.

"Buddhi is pure [superior] reason. The seat of Buddhi is just below the crown of the head in the Pineal Gland of the brain. Buddhi is manifested only in those persons who have developed right intuitive discrimination or Viveka. The ordinary reason of the worldly people is termed practical reason, which is dense and has limitations... Sankhya Buddhi or Buddhi in the light of Sankhya philosophy is will and intellect combined. Mind is microcosm. Mind is Maya. Mind occupies an intermediate state between Prakriti and Purusha, matter and Spirit." —Swami Sivananda, Yoga in Daily Life

"When the diverse, confining sheaths of the Atma have been dissolved by Sadhana, when the different Vrittis of the mind have been controlled by mental drill or gymnastic, when the conscious mind is not active, you enter the realm of spirit life, the super-conscious mind where Buddhi and pure reason and intuition, the faculty of direct cognition of Truth, manifest. You pass into the kingdom of peace where there is none to speak, you will hear the voice of God which is very clear and pure and has an upward tendency. Listen to the voice with attention and interest. It will guide you. It is the voice of God." —Swami Sivananda, Essence of Yoga

"The knowledge by which Âtmâ (sat) and Mâyâ (Asat) are discriminated is called Jñânam (Brahmâ Jñânam). The knowledge is considered as the root discriminator of various objects of enjoyments (i.e., by which the various objects are at once recognised as different from Âtmân). By Buddhi is meant the right seeing of things, (as certain) and is considered as the seed of Jñânam." —Devî Bhâgavatam

"[God] is beyond the reach of impure mind only, but not of the purified mind (Manas). He cannot be apprehended by ordinary intellect, but purified intellect (Buddhi) can comprehend Him. Mind and intellect become purified when they are absolutely free from attachment to lust and wealth (Kâmini and Kânchan). Then purified mind and purified intellect become one. Indeed God can be realized by the purified mind. Is it not true that the sages and saints have realized Him? They realized the Supreme Spirit in the Self by their true Self." —Ramakrishna

"To them, ever steadfast and serving Me with affection, I give that Buddhi Yoga by which they come unto Me. Out of mere compassion for them, I, abiding in their hearts, destroy the darkness (in them) born of ignorance, by the luminous lamp of knowledge*." —Krishna, Bhagavad-gita 10

"*Luminous lamp of knowledge—characterised by discrimination; fed by the oil of contentment due to Bhakti [devotion]; fanned by the wind of absorbing meditation on Me [Christ]; furnished with the wick of pure consciousness evolved by the constant cultivation of Brahmacharyam {chastity; no orgasm] and other pious virtues; held in the reservoir of the heart devoid of worldliness; placed in the wind-sheltered recess of the mind, withdrawn from the sense-objects, and untainted by attachment and aversion; shining with the light of right knowledge, engendered by incessant practice of concentration." —Sankara

Kabbalah: The feminine Spiritual Soul, related to the sephirah Geburah. Symbolized throughout world literature, notably as Helen of Troy, Beatrice in The Divine Comedy, and Beth-sheba (Hebrew, literally "daughter of seven") in the Old Testament. The Divine or Spiritual Soul is the feminine soul of the Innermost (Atman), or his "daughter."

All the strength, all the power of the gods and goddesses resides in Buddhi / Geburah, Cosmic Consciousness, as within a glass of alabaster where the flame of the Inner Being (Gedulah, Atman the Ineffable) is always burning.

(Sanskrit) Literally, "intuitional mind."

The body of consciousness, which is related to the sephirah Geburah.

The complete and total elimination of the false self, the I, through comprehension in meditation and profound works in the crucible of sexual transmutation.