Etymologies, meanings, and definitions of spiritual, religious, and philosophical words beginning with the letter D.

(Hebrew דעת means knowledge) The hidden sphere in the Tree of Life. Daath is the Tree of Knowledge, which is related to sexuality.

"My son, hearken to my wisdom [חכמה Chokmah]; incline your ear to my understanding [בונה Binah], to watch [your] thoughts, and your lips shall guard knowledge [דעת Daath]. - Proverbs 5

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Daath-Gnosis): because thou hast rejected knowledge (Daath-Gnosis), I will also reject thee, that thou shall be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." - Hosea 4:6

Dagon in Hebrew is spelled: Daleth, Gimel, Vav and Nun = DAG + ON. Dagon = DAG + AUN = DAGON means the might of the fish (human sperm). Dagon is the Nun-Force, the might of the human seed. Fish symbolize the yielding fruits of the sexual strength where the qualities of the Mind Soul and Spirit are placed, and the excellence of the power of Binah, the Holy Spirit. So, the latent power of God (Nun) in the Ens Seminis (Mem) is Dagon, which ancient, present and future Philistines (Lustful Egos) miscarry through fornication; it is represented by a half-man and half-fish, because the possibilities of becoming a true Human Being are hidden within the Fish (human sperm). Fornicators worship the lustful passional fires of their own particular, individual Dagon or Leviathan; they expel the fish (Human Sperm), their sexual strength through the orgasm or sexual spasm. They are slaves of Dagon, the Leviathan. Jonah was expelled by the Fish, the Messiah on the shores of Nineveh because he was not a fornicator.

(Greek) Not to be confused with the Christian term "demon." The Daemon of Socrates is the inner instructor, the Divine Spirit who guides the soul to perfection. In the original Hermetic works the name has a meaning identical with that of "god," "angel," or "genius." The name was given by ancient people to all kinds of spirits, whether good or bad.

(Tibetan kandroma) A race of awakened female entities who are renowned for their great wisdom and power. Males are called Dakas (Tibetan dapo).

"Tibetan texts dedicate a considerable amount of space in order to praise and to disclose the beauty and grace of the Dakinis" form. They are represented with a beautiful contexture, ruby red skin, gentle and pensive faces, red eyes and red nails, and it is said that they exude the tenuous fragrance of a lotus bud." - Samael Aun Weor, Occult Medicine and Practical Magic

The 14th Dalai Lama explained that the title originated when the Mongol leader Altan Khan intended to translate the name "Sonam Gyatso" into Mongolian. However, "...many writers have mistranslated Dalai Lama as "Ocean of Wisdom". The full Mongolian title, "the wonderful Vajradhara, good splendid meritorious ocean", given by Altan Khan, is primarily a translation of the Tibetan words Sonam Gyatso (sonam is "merit"). And "The very name of each Dalai Lama from the Second Dalai Lama onwards had the word Gyatso [in it], which means "ocean" in Tibetan. Even now I am Tenzin Gyatso, so the first name is changing but the second part [the word "ocean"] became like part of each Dalai Lama's name. All of the Dalai Lamas, since the Second, have this name. So I don't really agree that the Mongols actually conferred a title. It was just a translation."

A title referring to the secular and religious leader of Tibet. The Dalai Lamas are the lineage of spiritual and temporal leaders of Tibet, begun in the 14th century by Tsong Khapa. They are chosen by investigations into their inner identity, which is always determined by qualified lamas or priests. There have been fourteen Dalai Lamas.

"The Dalai Lamas have not always integrated completely with divinity. However, the Dalai Lamas are adepts in the complete sense of the word." - Samael Aun Weor

In The Story of Tibet, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama said, "If someone asks me whether I am the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama," he said, "Then I answer, without hesitation, yes. This does not mean that I am the same being as the previous Dalai Lama. Some Dalai Lamas are a manifestation of Manjushri. Some are a manifestation of Chenrezig... I have a special connection with the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and the Fifth Dalai Lama. I have felt some kind of karmic relations or connections even with the Buddha... we might have been born in the same time during a past life; a teacher and a student; or a ruler and a subject or we might even have been spiritual friends."

ד (or Dalet, Daled) The fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, ד Daleth symbolizes "a door." When adapted to Greek, it became the letter Delta (a triangle).

Daleth is related with:

  • The four elements of the physical world: fire, air, water, and earth
  • The four states of the matter: solid, liquid, gaseous, combustion
  • The four atoms in Alchemy: hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen
  • The four worlds of Kabbalah: Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiah
  • The four letters of the name of God: Iod, Hei, Vau, Hei
  • Etc

In Kabbalah, the letter Daleth represents a youth, the terrestrial man, who receives charity from his heavenly man, his letter Gimel. For this, Shaddai El Chai must stand at the open door (Daleth) of the entrance of his house (physical body).

The Kabbalistic value of Daleth is 4.

According to classical mythology, Damocles so persistently praised the power and happiness of Dionysius that the tyrant, in order to show the precariousness of rank and power, gave a banquet and had a sword suspended above the head of Damocles by a single hair. Hence the expression "the sword of Damocles" to mean an ever-present peril.

(דוד Hebrew) A Kabbalistic symbol in Hebrew scriptures, who represents the middle stages of Initiation, or in other words, one of the three Malachim (Kings Saul, David, Solomon), who in their synthesis represents the internal, psychological drama of Initiation lived by an genuine initiate, and which conclude when the three kings attend the birth of the Savior (Yeshua). "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David..." - Matthew 1:1. David is related with the sephirah Malkuth.

A French historian and linguist who lived in Tibet for fourteen years and became a Buddhist Lama during a period in which foreigners were not allowed into the country. She studied Tantrism with great enthusiasm, meeting yogis, hermits and lamas including the famous Thirteenth Dalai Lama. She spent many years in meditation retreats and wrote extensively of her experiences in many books.

"The famous doctor J. Dee sought the Philosopher's Stone and never found it, but he was reduced to the most frightening misery. In the final years of his life, the poor doctor horribly degenerated with mediumship and became a toy of the inferior entities that live in the molecular world." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

The capital sins, whose combinations result in millions of various psychological problems.

"Analyze all the human defects and you will see that they all have their foundation in desire." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

(Greek, for “worker” or “craftsman”) The Demiurgos or Artificer; the supernal power that built the universe. Freemasons derive from this word their phrase “Supreme Architect.” Also the name given by Plato in a passage in the Timaeus to the creator God.

"Esotericism admits the existence of a Logos, or a collective Creator of the universe, a Demiurge architect. It is unquestionable that such a Demiurge is not a personal deity as many mistakenly suppose, but rather a host of Dhyan Chohans, Angels, Archangels, and other forces." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains

"It is impossible to symbolize or allegorize the Unknowable One. Nevertheless, the Manifested One, the Knowable Elohim, can be allegorized or symbolized. The Manifested Elohim is constituted by the Demiurge Creator of the Universe. [...] The great invisible Forefather is Aelohim, the Unknowable Divinity. The great Triple-Powered God is the Demiurge Creator of the Universe: Multiple Perfect Unity. The Creator Logos is the Holy Triamatzikamno. The Verb, the Great Word. The three spaces of the First Mystery are the regions of the Demiurge Creator." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"The Demiurge Architect of the Universe is not a human or divine individual; rather, it is Multiple Perfect Unity, the Platonic Logos." - Gnostic Anthropology

There are two main types of demons: the demons inside of us, and those outside of us.

The demons inside of us are our psychological defects, also called I's, sins, aggregates, samskaras, etc., such as pride, lust, envy, anger, greed, gluttony, laziness, etc. Any being with these psychological characteristics (whether visible or submerged in the mind) is demonic; that is, having the characteristics of demons.

The demons outside of us are also of two types: those who are aware they are demons, who are awakened in evil and for evil, and those who are not aware they are demons, who are asleep.

"In this day and age, there are many perverse people who are severed from their Innermost. These are crowds who follow a terribly tenebrous devolution in the abyss. All these devolving people have horns on their foreheads. Some of them are demons endowed with sparkling intellects, who boast of being prophets and avatars. Thus, shrouded within fine manners and exquisite culture, they often establish spiritual schools. Yes, within the privileged ranks of aristocracy are thousands of learned, educated, and intellectual people, who even follow mystical traditions, yet they are already totally severed from their Innermost. These are souls who have horns on their foreheads; they are tenebrous demons. These types of souls possess only the four bodies of sin (physical, ethereal, astral, and mental bodies). Unfortunately, their triune immortal Spirit is no longer linked within them. They live in the physical world, yet internally they dwell within the abyss." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

"Millions of women and distinguished gentlemen, who are presently living on this world, do not have their Innermost (Spirit), and are therefore perverse demons, even though they still have physical bodies. The human being becomes a demon when the psychological "I" attains absolute control of the four bodies of sin (physical, ethereal, astral and mental), then the Innermost (the Spirit) withdraws from him... When somebody who has a physical body enters into the abyss, the Antakarana, which is the thread that connects the fourth and fifth human principles, is broken. Those inferior quaternaries which are separated from the spiritual triad become demons. When a soul is very perverse, the Spirit abandons that soul. These people without Spirit are demons. Therefore, when the Spirit definitively abandons the body, the person passes through death, even though he may still be physically alive. Then, the name of this Spirit figures in the book of the deceased. Presently, there are many people who already do not have the Spirit (the Innermost). Whosoever loses the Innermost becomes a demon, and every demon belongs to the abyss." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

(384–322 B.C.) A Greek lawyer who overcame a weak voice to become widely considered the greatest Greek political orator.

(Sanskrit: pratityasamutpada) Twelve successive phases of the process of cause and effect. Also called the Twelve Nidanas.

In spirituality, desire is described as the cause of suffering. However, the common modern use of the word desire as "longing, wish" is very broad in meaning and is not what is referred to in scriptures. Rather, what causes suffering is a specific form of desire: the longings or wishes of the conditioned consciousness, also called "ego, kleshas, samskaras," etc. These conditioned desires are known as anger, pride, envy, lust, avarice, laziness, etc.

The problematic form of desire is described as:

  • Sanskrit: Raga
  • Tibetan: 'dod chags
  • Greek: ἡδονή hēdonḗ
  • Hebrew: תְּשׁוּקָה tĕshuwqah; חָמַד chamad

Broadly speaking, this form of desire is craving for pleasure. This desire exists because of a fundamental lack of perception (ignorance, avidya) of our true nature (the Being). 

"What is raga? It is attachment to the three realms of existence. Its function consists of engendering suffering." - Abhidharma-samuccaya

"It is raga that leads back to birth, bound up with passionate greed. It finds fresh delight now here and now there, namely, craving for sense pleasures, craving for existence and becoming, and craving for non-existence." - Buddha Shakyamuni, Samyutta Nikaya lvi.11

"Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God;" for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own ἡδονή hēdonḗ (desire). Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death." - James 1.13-15

"What causes wars, and what causes fighting among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." - James 4.1-3

Arjuna: What is the force that binds us to selfish deeds, O Krishna? What power moves us, even against our will, as if forcing us?

Krishna: It is selfish desire and anger, arising from the state of being known as passion; these are the appetites and evils which threaten a person in this life. Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as an embryo is enveloped deep within the womb, knowledge is hidden by selfish desire--hidden, Arjuna, by this unquenchable fire for self-satisfaction, the inveterate enemy of the wise. Selfish desire is found in the senses, mind, and intellect, misleading them and burying wisdom in delusion. Fight with all your strength, Arjuna! Controlling your senses, conquer your enemy, the destroyer of knowledge and realization. - Bhagavad Gita 3.36-41

"This star which guides our interior (the Ain Soph) has sent its own ray into the world in order to build consciousness of its own happiness. Happiness without consciousness of its own happiness is not absolute happiness. Thus is the reason why this ray had to have mineral, plant and animal consciousness. Desire gave birth to the "I." This is the way in which the instinctive forces of nature trapped the innocent mind of the human being. So, the false mirage of desire emerged and the "I" continued reincarnating in order to satisfy its desires. Thus, we remained submitted to the Law of evolution and karma... Kill desire. Kill even the very shadow of desire." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

In the lecture "The Mysteries of Life and Death ," Samael Aun Weor describes the Davachan as "a region of ineffable happiness in the World of the Universal Superior Mind." And in "Mental Representations ," he says, "The dead commonly waste much time in the Devachan. I will not deny that this Devachan is a place of happiness and delights, but the figures that make life in the Devachan agreeable are merely living representations of the families, parents, and friends they left on Earth. In one word, the forms of the Devachan are living mental representations, or effigies. They result in a bizarre nature, that is why I say they waste too much time in the Devachan, but they are happy in this place. They feel accompanied by the loved ones they left on Earth. They do not even remotely notice that this world of happiness is full of mental effigies. If they noticed, they would lose the Devachan for themselves."

(Sanskrit, "shining ones") The gods of Hindu mythology.

"The Devas or Angels are never inferior to humans. The Devas or Angels are True Solar Human Beings and that is all. The Devas or Angels are Twice-born." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

DEVI or Maheswari or Parasakti is the Supreme Sakti or Power of the Supreme Being. When Vishnu and Mahadeva destroyed various Asuras, the power of Devi was behind them. Devi took Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra and gave them necessary Sakti to proceed with the work of creation, preservation, and destruction. Devi is the Creatrix of the universe. She is the Universal Mother. Durga, Kali, Bhagavati, Bhavani, Ambal, Ambika, Jagadamba, Kameswari, Ganga, Uma, Chandi, Chamundi, Lalita, Gauri, Kundalini, Tara, Rajeswari, Tripurasundari, etc., are all Her forms. She is worshipped, during the nine days of the Dusserah as Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Devi is the Mother of all. The pious and the wicked, the rich and the poor, the saint and the sinner—all are Her children. Devi or Sakti is the Mother of Nature. She is Nature Itself. The whole world is Her body. Mountains are Her bones. Rivers are Her veins. Ocean is Her bladder. Sun, moon are Her eyes. Wind is Her breath. Agni is Her mouth. She runs this world show. - Swami Sivananda, Devi

(Latin) From devolvere: backwards evolution, degeneration. The natural mechanical inclination for all matter and energy in nature to return towards their state of inert uniformity. Related to the Arcanum Ten: Retribution, the Wheel of Samsara. Devolution is the inverse process of evolution. As evolution is the complication of matter or energy, devolution is the slow process of nature to simplify matter or energy by applying forces to it.

Through devolution protoplasmic matter and energy descend, degrade and increase in density within the infradimensions of nature to finally reach the center of the earth where these attain their ultimate state of inert uniformity.

Devolution transfers the psyche, moral values, consciousness, or psychological responsibilities to inferior degradable organisms (Klipoth) through the surrendering of our psychological values to animal behaviors, especially sexual degeneration.

(Sanskrit) In Patajali's Yoga, dharana is the fourth step, "concentration."

(Sanskrit धर्म; Tibetan chö) A word with many levels of application. Dharma literally means "Law or Justice personified, righteousness, duty, merit, statue, practice, religion, observance, relating to justice or virtue, law, thing, ceremony, good works, character, propriety of conduct, morality or ethics, virtue." Generally: the inner constitution of a thing, which governs its growth. Also, the Law or the Way. The Tibetan version chö implies "change" or "bringing transformation." The spiritual teachings themselves are the Dharma. Likewise, the fruit of good actions, which we receive as compensation, is Dharma. Any great truth is Dharma. In common usage, the word Dharma refers to the teachings of the path to the end of suffering, and to the result of that path. One of the Three Jewels (Tri-ratna).

"When a Bodhisattva renounces all of his psychic powers, when he radically eliminates the false idea that in order to be happy he needs something external, then a particular knowledge, a marvelous resplendence, will come upon him. In occultism this is called Dharma Megha ("cloud of virtue"). These types of Bodhisattvas can no longer fall; these types of Bodhisattvas possess within themselves all of the basis of knowledge; they enjoy the most profound peace, and from their hearts spring the substance of love." - Samael Aun Weor, The Doomed Aryan Race

(Sanskrit धर्मधातु; Tibetan chöying or chos-nyid) Literally, "realm of dharma." Emptiness, the Absolute. The all-encompassing space which is unoriginated and beginningless from which all phenomena arise.

1. Hinduism: "the nature of things, in the sense of a rule to which they hold."

2. Buddhism: (Mahayana) "the realm of dharmas is the uncaused and immutable totality in which all phenomena arise, dwell, and pass away." The dimension of the Dharmakaya, the cognition of reality (dharmadhatujnana).

(Sanskrit) Literally, "law body, or truth body." The ultimate nature of a fully awakened being. The Buddha Body of Reality. The highest of the bodies of a Buddha (see Kaya). The Dharmakaya is the archetypal "form" of an awakened being, that part which straddles the boundary between the unmanifested Absolute and manifested things. In Kabbalah, Dharmakaya corresponds to the sephirah Kether ("crown").

"Only those who possess the Dharmakaya body, the Law-body, the body which is Substance-Being, can enter into the temple of the Unmanifested Cosmic Mother... Those who enter into the bosom of the Great Reality possess the glorious body of Dharmakaya. Those who possess the body of Dharmakaya submerge themselves within the joy of life, free in its movement." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

(Sanskrit) Literally, "do your duty." A quote from Taittireeya Upanishad, Shiksha Valli, Anuvak 11.

(Sanskrit, "Guardian of the teaching") "Precisely the Dharmapalas, or legion of great Masters of Strength, are intensely working in order to eject the Chinese Communists from Tibet." - Samael Aun Weor, Cosmic Teachings of a Lama

(Sanskrit) "Lord of the Light." A Cosmocreator or Elohim. The Divine Intelligences supervising the cosmos. "A Dhyan Chohan is one who has already abandoned the four bodies of sin, which are the physical, astral, mental and causal bodies. A Dhyan Chohan only acts with his Diamond Soul. He has already liberated himself from Maya (illusion); thus, he lives happily in Nirvana." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

(Sanskrit; Tibetan sampten; Pali: jhana; Chinese: Ch’an; Japanese: zenna or zen) The Sanskrit term refers to “meditation,” but is used to mean mental stability and active meditative contemplation on the nature of an object.

  1. In Hinduism, Dhyana is the fifth of the six stages of Patanjali’s yoga, and refers to state of conscious stillness, with perfect concentration on the object of meditation. From this, the sixth stage of Samadhi can be reached.
  2. In Buddhism, Dhyana is the fifth of the six Paramitas (perfections). In Tibetan, the term sampten or bsam gtan means “definitive” or “established,” because this is the basis from which all conscious realizations are reached. Therefore, in Buddhism, the term Dhyana is equivalent to the Hindu use of Samadhi: they both refer to conscious, meditative absorption.

(Sanskrit) "When a Logos wants to come into the World, he emanates his Innermost. The Innermost then, together with the Divine Soul, is the Dhyani Bodhisattva of a Logos." - Samael Aun Weor, Manual of Practical Magic

(Sanskrit) "Meditation Buddha." Any one of the five symbolic aspects of the Buddha, often presented as "enlightened families" of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. These five Buddha families symbolize the fully developed consciousness related to the purified skandhas.

(Sanskrit) "The rope of the Dhyanis or Spirits; the Pass-Not-Ring; the circle below which are all those who still labour under the delusion of seperateness." - from the Theosophical Glossary.

Polyvision; the eye of omniscience that awakens when the sacred fire opens the Seventh Church called Laodicea; the crown of the saints.

"The one who is already intuitive is so because he has a specially constructed Mental Body. The nucleus from such a mind is a circle of a resplendent violet color. Within the book Azug, the mind which is thus organized is called "Damiorfla." A Damiorfla person does not bend himself before the potencies of evil, neither is he a slave of maya (illusion)." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

(Greek διάνοια) diánoia: from diá, "thoroughly, from side-to-side," which intensifies noiéō, "to use the mind," noús, "mind." Dianoia can be translated as understanding, discrimination.

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy ψυχή psychē, and with all thy διάνοια dianoia." - Matthew 22:37

"And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us διάνοια dianoia [understanding], that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." - 1 John 5:20

In esoteric psychology, the third of the Four States of Consciousness. In the Fourth Way schools, it is called Self-remembering, and is a state of actively directed conscious attention.

"Dianoia" was used by Plato to signify "understanding or intellectual activity" as a discursive process, in contrast with the immediate apprehension characteristic of noesis (related to Nous, the Fourth State of Consciousness).

"Dianoia is the intellectual revision of beliefs, analysis, conceptual synthesis, cultural-intellectual consciousness, scientific thought etc. Dianoetic thought studies phenomena and establishes laws. Dianoetic thought studies the inductive and deductive systems with the purpose of using them in a profound and clear way. " - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

(Greek Διογένης) A controversial Greek philosopher who extolled poverty as virtuous, begged for a living, and slept in a tub in the marketplace. He was notorious for his provocative and confrontational behavior, and was one of the only people to survive publicly insulting Alexander, who deeply respected Diogenes. One story relates that Diogenes walked the city carrying a lamp in the daytime, looking for an true man but not finding any.

A test (ordeal) of fidelity.

"When Jehovah Elohim says to Adam and Eve from the Tree, Daath, the sexual force, who is in the middle of the Garden, which is Yesod, "You shall not eat." This is the first ordeal. But who is the one who gives to Adam the apple? It is Eve. In this case the Direne ordeal is in relation with the female aspect. But when people read literally they think that it is in relation with a male who is going to be tested by a woman in the physical world. Of course, if I am a man I will be tested by a woman. But if you are a woman you are going to be tested by a man. And that is the Direne ordeal, because that Direne ordeal is a female force. It is not related with certain women or certain men. It is always related with our genital"s sexual force which is always feminine." - a lecture related to Arcanum 22

Ever since the Divine Comedy was written, some seven centuries ago, there have been piles of books written commenting upon the works of Dante, but especially the Divine Comedy. Dante Alaghieri was born in 1265 in Florence, Italy. What is known of his life is based on scraps of documentary evidence: a little note here, a reference there. Otherwise, all that is known is what scholars have assumed based on his works. While many scholars and readers have noticed that Dante seems particularly mystical, none identified him as an initiate of the mystery schools. For until very recently, only those who were initiated into such schools could recognize the works of another educated in those esoteric sciences. Dante was in fact writing a work that would have gotten him killed had he written it openly. Dante himself said that the "letter is fiction, and the truth is found in the allegory alone." Thus for centuries scholars and philosophers have expounded theory upon theory attempting to understand this complex and deeply woven poem, and most, if not all, agree that they appreciate it"s beauty, but never managed to penetrate it"s inner meaning. None have captured the truth of his allegory. The Divine Comedy, as the greatest work produced by Dante, is then a great work of initiatic wisdom. In it we can find an outline of the complete path of the Bodhisattva, a path traveled by very few beings of this humanity. In this work he describes in depth the path that one must walk in order to redeem the soul and claim a place in the Kingdom of Heaven. It is not a "comedy" in the way we understand it: the term used to mean something that had a happy ending, and that was written in a humble and everyday style.

Summary of The Divine Comedy: "In exposition, says Dante, "always the literal must come first"; and he adds, describing his interpretation of his own canzoni, "I shall discourse first of the literal meaning, and after that shall treat of the allegorical, that is, the hidden truth." We may pursue the same course. Literally, then, the Divina Commedia is the narrative of a journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The poet, in the middle of his life, finds himself astray at night in a dark wood. He tries to save himself by climbing a mountain whose top is lit by the rays of the rising sun; but three beasts, besetting his path, are about to drive him back, when Virgil, summoned to Dante's help by Beatrice, at the bidding of Mary and St. Lucia, appears and offers to guide him. They can escape from the wood only by going through the earth from side to side. This path leads them through the whole of Hell, where Dante sees the punishment of every kind of sin and converses with the damned. Hell ends at the earth's center, and from that point the poets climb out by a dark, undescribed channel to the opposite hemisphere. They emerge in the middle of the ocean, on the shore of an island which consists mainly of a colossal mountain. Cato of Utica, the guardian of the place, meets and directs them. Up the steep mountain-side Dante drags himself, still accompanied by Virgil. On the ledges are repentant souls preparing themselves by discipline for the heavenly life. As Dante and Virgil are approaching the summit, they are joined by Statius, who has just completed his penance. The three mount together to the top, where they find the Garden of Eden, and in it a fair, happy, amorous young maiden, Matelda, who seems to embody the spirit of the place. Amid the trees and flowers they witness a pageant of the Church, or Triumph of Revelation, whose culmination is the appearance of Beatrice in a shower of lilies thrown by angels. Now Virgil vanishes, and presently Statius is mentioned for the last time. Beatrice it is who leads Dante up from earth through the revolving heavens into the real Paradise, which is the presence of the Almighty, and consigns him to St. Bernard, the great mystic. The poem ends with a vision of the Trinity." The Divine Comedy reflects, according to Dante himself, a previous work of similar nature: the Aenied, written by the Roman poet Virgil, who in Dante"s time was universally regarded as the wisest man in history. And in the sixth book of the Aeneid, the hero must travel through the regions of the underworld.

The knowledge and understanding of the existence of multiple psychological elements that we carry within.

"It cannot be asserted emphatically enough that the Doctrine of the Many Selves is 100 percent Tibetan and Gnostic in origin. It is not at all pleasant to find out that within each person lives hundreds and thousands of psychological people." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

"The obligation of the Tithe, in its Exoteric or public aspect... is the universal obligation which all the brethren of the Path have, which is to loyally contribute part of their income (that should not be inferior to the Tithe) in a Free And Eligible Way, according to what the brethren judge to be more opportune and effective in order to support the Cause of Truth and Justice...

"The tithe in its Esoteric or secret aspect symbolizes the Scale of payments in the Sphere of Neptune...

"It is unquestionable that here we have to arrange affairs with the enemies of the King Licos (the Lords of KARMA).

"It is indubitable that we assassinated the God Mercury, HIRAM, and it is not possible to resuscitate him within ourselves, without previously having paid for this abject crime...

"Therefore, the Tithe becomes a practical and necessary complement of the dynamic principle which emanates from the profound study of the Tenth Commandment, in other words: We must consider the mysterious YOD which is hidden in the middle of the Central Delta of the Sanctuary of our Being, as a fountain, spring and spiritual Providence of all the interior and divine centers of our life...

"This point of the Tithe is clarified with the words of the Gospel: "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also... - (Matthew 6: 20-21)

"Malachi: 3: 10 says: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now here-with, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."  – Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains 

(Tibetan rmi-lam) The science of awakening consciousness in the dream state, transforming it into an opportunity for spiritual development.

(Also known variously as Druk-pa, Dugpa, Brugpa, Dag dugpa or Dad dugpa) The term Drukpa comes from from Dzongkha and Tibetan འབྲུག་ཡུལ་ (’brug yul), which means "country of Bhutan," and is composed of Druk, "dragon," and pa, "person." In Asia, the word refers to the people of Bhutan, a country between India and Tibet.

Drukpa can also refer to a large sect of Buddhism which broke from the Kagyug-pa “the Ones of the Oral Tradition.” They considered themselves as the heirs of the indian Gurus: their teaching, which goes back to Vajradhara, was conveyed through Dakini, from Naropa to Marpa and then to the ascetic and mystic poet Milarepa. Later on, Milarepa’s disciples founded new monasteries, and new threads appeared, among which are the Karmapa and the Drukpa. All those schools form the Kagyug-pa order, in spite of episodic internal quarrels and extreme differences in practice. The Drukpa sect is recognized by their ceremonial large red hats, but it should be known that they are not the only “Red Hat” group (the Nyingmas, founded by Padmasambhava, also use red hats). The Drukpas have established a particular worship of the Dorje (Vajra, or thunderbolt, a symbol of the phallus).

Samael Aun Weor wrote repeatedly in many books that the "Drukpas" practice and teach Black Tantra, by means of the expelling of the sexual energy. If we analyze the word, it is clear that he is referring to "Black Dragons," or people who practice Black Tantra. He was not referring to all the people of Bhutan, or all members of the Buddhist Drukpa sect. Such a broad condemnation would be as ridiculous as the one made by all those who condemn all Jews for the crucifixion of Jesus.

"In 1387, with just reason, the Tibetan reformer Tsong Khapa cast every book of Necromancy that he found into flames. As a result, some discontent Lamas formed an alliance with the aboriginal Bhons, and today they form a powerful sect of black magic in the regions of Sikkim, Bhutan, and Nepal, submitting themselves to the most abominable black rites." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

"The world of relativity is based on constant dualism and therefore, on the chain of causes and effects. We must break chains in order to submerge ourselves within the Illuminated Void." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"...when the mind has freed itself from dualism, then the new comes to us. It is necessary to empty the mind of all types of thoughts, desires, passions, appetites, fears, etc. in order for the experience of reality to come to us. The eruption of the Void, the experience in the Illuminating Void, is only possible when the Essence, the Soul, the Buddhata, liberates itself from the intellectual bottle. The Essence is bottled up within the tremendous battle of the opposites: heat and cold, like and dislike, yes and no, good and evil, pleasant and unpleasant. When the mind is still, when the mind is in silence, then the Essence remains free and the experience of that which is the reality within the Illuminating Void comes." - Samael Aun Weor, Practical Astrology

"Fire produced by rubbing together two sticks of wood then consumes both sticks; likewise, discernment of dualism engenders wisdom, which then destroys the two [dualistic notions]." Kasyapaparivarta-sutra

"Human individuals are bound by dualistic conceptions; Yogins who overcome dualism achieve liberation." - Madhyamakavatara

(Sanskrit) The destructive or ferocious aspect of the Divine Mother.

This refers to Mystical Death, symbolized in all great relgions by decaptiation, the process through which all that is false (the ego) is removed, leaving only the purity of the free consciousness. Also called Buddhist Annihilation.

(Tibetan, literally "Great Perfection" similar to Mahamudra; the Sanskrit equivalent is mahasandhi) The Highest Yoga Tantra of the Tibetan tradition, and synonymous with Universal Gnosticism. His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, "According to the Nyingma tradition, Dzogchen is the most profound of all the vehicles leading to enlightenment... but unless the practitioner has the capacity to understand the teachings properly, mistaken views can easily develop... Without a deep intellectual and experiential foundation... [it] can easily lead to confusion." The same may be said of Gnosis.

Padmasambhava said, "[Dzogchen] is the secret, unsurpassed cycle of the supreme vehicle [of Tantra], the true essence of the definitive meaning; the short path for attaining Buddhahood in one life."

Based in developing the powers of visualization in meditation, and rooted in the establishment of perfect control over attention, Dzogchen harnesses the nature of all experience through profound conscious transformation of all impressions, and is enforced and realized through the supreme methods of White Tantra, or the perfect transformation of the vital energies.

(Greek) Διονυσο, Dionysos, also called Bacchus ("riotous"). Originally, Dionysus was a Greek symbol in the secret mystical schools, and was related to sexual power and to wine in the same way that Jesus is related to wine in Christianity. Those traditions were dedicated to purity of character and the perfection of the human being by transforming the base animal desires into purified spiritual exaltation. Dionysus was related to the spiritual intoxication that resulted from the purification of the heart and mind, thus he and his followers were represented in states of ecstasy, dancing, "drunk" on the "wine" of transmutation. Later, through degeneration, the symbolism of Dionysus was corrupted by a wide variety of cults and hedonistic interests. As a god, Dionysus was represented as androgynous (having both masculine and feminine aspects, as also represented in the Hebrew word Elohim). This also was later seized upon as a justification for degenerated interests.

Like Jesus, Dionysus was

  • born of the union of a god and a mortal virgin (parthenos): "And Semele, daughter of Cadmus was joined with him [the god Zeus] in love and bare him a splendid son, joyous Dionysus, -- a mortal woman, an immortal son. And now they both are gods." - Hesiod, Theogeny 940
  • turned water into wine: "...in the Isle of Andros there is a Fountain in the Temple of Father Bacchus [Dionysus], which upon the Nones of January always runneth with Water that tastes like Wine..." - Pliny (the Elder), Natural History

Thus, originally, Dionysus pointed the way towards elevation of the human being. However, humanity being what it is, we inverted the meaning. Now, people think Dionysus is a drunkard, homosexual god.

"It is urgent to correctly define Dionysus in the following precise and blunt way:

  • Voluntary transmutation of the sexual libido
  • Transcendental mystical ecstasy

"Therefore, to define the two aspects, positive and negative, of this cosmic vibration is relevant, urgent, and indispensable.

  • Positive Dionysian Pole: sexual enjoyment by means of sublimation; voluntary transmutation of the entity of semen; awakened consciousness; objective knowledge; superlative intuition; transcendental music of the great classical Masters, etc.
  • Negative Dionysian Pole: sexual degeneration; infrasexuality of many types; homosexuality, lesbianism; demonic pleasures within the infernal worlds by means of drugs, mushrooms, alcohol, etc., infernal music such as the “music” of these modern days, etc.

"To comprehend in depth the intimate processes of these two poles of the Dionysian wave is something very urgent... As a living example of these pair of diametrically opposite poles that correspond to the mentioned undulation, it is now opportune to cite here as a mode of illustration two contemporary revolutionary movements. Plainly speaking, I want to clearly and delicately refer to the universal, international, Christian, Gnostic movements, and also to the obverse of the Dionysian coin known with the ill-famed or infamous name of the Hippie movement and subsequent cultures. Unquestionably, the two mentioned psychological antipodes constitute, “per se,” a living, manifested demonstration of these pair of opposite poles of the tremendous Dionysian vibration. When judiciously arriving at this part of the present chapter, the necessity of a didactic confrontation is unavoidable. Dionysian inebriation, ecstasy, Samadhi, is obviously indispensable when one is trying to experience that which is the Truth, the Reality. Such exaltation is one hundred percent possible by means of the technique of meditation. Psychedelia is different. This term must be translated as this: psyche = “soul”; delia = “drug.” Specifically, we will state: psychedelia is the antithesis of meditation. The inferno of drugs is within the interior of the planetary organism on which we live, under the very epidermis of the terrestrial crust. Hallucinatory mushrooms, L.S.D., pills, marijuana, etc., evidently intensify the vibratory capacity of the subjective powers, but it is clear that they could never originate the awakening of the consciousness. Psychedelic drugs fundamentally alter the sexual genes and this is already scientifically demonstrated. The birth of monstrous children is evidence of the sequence of such negative, genetic mutations. Meditation and psychedelia are incompatible, opposite, and antagonistic. They can never be mixed. Unquestionably, these two factors of the Dionysian inebriation refer to and indicate psychological rebellion." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains

"You may remember for a moment the Bacchantes when they were in their orgiastic period of rage. These were feminine beauties positively polarized with the Dionysian wave, nymphs of the forests and mountains who were persecuted by the lascivious Sileni. Behold now the ridiculous Maenads, who were negatively polarized with the wave of Dionysus... They were licentious dancers in the rage of their sacred madness, “hippie” women of ancient Greece... They were feminine prostitutes who were excited by drugs in complete Dionysian inebriation... the human and animal sacrifices were making them even more dangerous.... The lustful Maenads were the ones who killed Orpheus, and the marvelous lyre fell upon the floor of the temple and was broken into pieces." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains