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

also Gavriel, Gavri'el (Hebrew) גַבְרִיאֵל from גברי gavri, in the sense of "man-like," and אל (el, "God"). גַבְרִיאֵל means "strong man of God." An important angel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. One of the seven primary intelligences of our solar system.

"And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision." - Daniel 8:15-16

"And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God..." - Luke 1:19

"Gabriel, as a Regent of the Moon, is one of the planetary Genii. Yet, the Intimate Gabriel is something distinct. He is one of the autonomous and cognizant parts of our own Being. The Intimate Gabriel governs our own psychological Moon. The psychological Moon also has two faces, the visible and the hidden. All of our psychological defects, visible to simple sight are in the visible part of the Psychological Moon. However, the secret defects are found in the hidden part of our own Psychological Moon. It is obvious that defects, psychic aggregates and perversities that we do not even remotely suspect, exist in the hidden part of our own Psychological Moon." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

(Sanskrit) One of the eight major powers (siddhis).

"The power to willingly increase the weight of the physical body to that of a mountain." - The Aquarian Message

"This is the opposite of Laghima. In this the Yogi acquires an increase of specific gravity. He can make the body as heavy as a mountain by swallowing draughts of air." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

(Sanskrit) A name of the Divine Mother, the feminine aspect of Brahma (the First Logos, the Father, Kether, the Dharmakaya). Gayatri comes from gaya (vital energies) and trayate (deliver, liberate, preserve).

(Alternatively gevurah; Hebrew גבורה means severity or power) The fifth sephirah of the Tree of Life. Also called Din.

Related symbols:
  • Arthurian: Guinivere
  • Buddhist: Dakini
  • Christian-Jewish-Muslim: Sarah
  • Dante: Beatrice
  • Gnostic: The 6th Aeon
  • Greco-Roman: Helen / Persephone / Eurydice
  • Hindu: Buddhi / Radha
  • Wagner: Brunhilde
  • Represents: The Spiritual Soul. The Divine Consciousness.
  • Body / World: Buddhic
  • Dimension: Sixth
  • Heaven of: Mars and the Sun
  • Level of Consciousness: Seraphim (Kabbalah), Powers

"Geburah is Severity, the Law, Buddhi, the Spiritual Soul, the Valkyrie... - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

Learn more: Tarot and Kabbalah

(Hebrew גדולה) An alternate name for the sephirah Chesed.

(May 21st to June 21st) The third sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Mercury. Related to the element air.

"The natives of Gemini are of firm will, possess great courage, are versatile and like to travel a lot. Their lives are a mixture of successes and failures. At times they live in comfort and at times they have to endure much misery. They are very intelligent and become irritated easily. The defect of those born under Gemini is that they want to solve all matters with their head; they always want to silence the wise voice of the heart and this creates all kinds of problems for them." - Samael Aun Weor, Manual of Practical Magic

The formation of a new individual by a process of budding; an asexual method of reproduction; gemmulation; gemmiparity.

(Latin) Genius is Latin for "guardian deity or spirit that watches over each person; spirit, incarnation" from root of gignere "beget, produce." Lucis is Latin for "light."

"...the genius lucis... is the Odic or magnetic force with which the animal ego is converted into cosmic dust. We must learn how to utilize the genius lucis in order to eliminate the “I.” The genius lucis of man and woman can eliminate all of those entities that form the “I,” the “myself,” because it is the weapon used in order to destroy the ego." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

Latin gentilis, "of the same family or clan," in Medieval Latin "of noble or good birth," from gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan.”

“Blessed be the גוי Goy (gentile) whose Elohim is יהוה Yod-Havah, the selected people (the Neshamoth Chayim) for his (חיה Chaiah, his) own inheritance.” —Psalm 33:12

1. There is an ancient rune named Gibor, shaped like an x, cross, or swastika. Learn more: Rune Gibor.

2. (Hebrew גיבור) hero, protagonist; valiant, valorous, brave, Samson. See also Giborim, Geburah, etc.

(Hebrew גברים) Literally, "heroes, mighty ones, valiant ones" but this must be understood in context, since the word can refer to actual heroes (related to the sephirah Geburah), or to those who have fallen from that state.

"There were נפלים Nephilim ["giants," another type of fallen angel] in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God [angels, bodhisattvas] came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] גברים [Giborim, "mighty men"] which [were] of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually." - Genesis 6

The Zohar describes five types of fallen angels; one of them are called Giborim who "built organizations, colleges, and founded oracles and temples, not for the worship and glory of the Holy One, but for their own self-exaltation, and then tyrannized over [the archetypes of] Israel as though they were dust of the earth, by plundering and robbing them of every thing they possessed."

Learn more about the Zohar: Fallen Angels.

The third letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes the Inner Man "Chesed" bestowing through Neshamah his will, his teachings, upon the Human Soul. Its Kabbalistic value is 3.

The deepest, most sublime heights of our inner Being.

"Our [inner] Father is, first of all, a flame of burning fire, and all flames are susceptible to the fiery expansion and development, unfoldment, evolution, and independence of each of its sparks. Perform an experiment with any flame and you will see that the flame can spread everywhere, and that each of its sparks can become an independent flame. Now, take this example to the aurora of the Mahamanvantara, and you will comprehend how your celestial Fathers engendered you. Now, if you consider that each spark is associated with its own ray of light, you will then comprehend the relationship of the sparks to the light, and the relationship of our divine spark with the ray of Absolute Light to which we belong. That ray of Absolute Light is our Glorian. Our “Glorian” is a breath, profoundly unknowable unto itself; our “Glorian” is a breath of the Absolute." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course (1951)

"In reality, the Glorian is nothing but the Ray from which the Innermost (Spirit) emanated. Thus, the Glorian is substance, yet it is not Spirit, neither matter. The Glorian is the Great Breath that is profoundly unknowable to itself. It is a breath from the Absolute, one of the many breaths from the Great breath. The Glorian is the “Atmic Thread” of the Hindus. It is the Absolute within us, our own individual ray, the whole of our Real Being made in glory. The soul aspires for the union with his Innermost, and the Innermost aspires for the union with his Glorian." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

One of the seven capital sins. Must be transmuted into its pure form: temperance, which is related to Saturn (Orifiel).

(Greek γνώσις) Knowledge.

  1. The word Gnosis refers to the knowledge we acquire through our own experience, as opposed to knowledge that we are told or believe in. Gnosis - by whatever name in history or culture - is conscious, experiential knowledge, not merely intellectual or conceptual knowledge, belief, or theory. This term is synonymous with the Hebrew "Daath" and the Sanskrit "jna."

  2. The tradition that embodies the core wisdom or knowledge of humanity.

"Gnosis is the flame from which all religions sprouted, because in its depth Gnosis is religion. The word “religion” comes from the Latin word “religare,” which implies “to link the Soul to God”; so Gnosis is the very pure flame from where all religions sprout, because Gnosis is Knowledge, Gnosis is Wisdom." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Path

"The secret science of the Sufis and of the Whirling Dervishes is within Gnosis. The secret doctrine of Buddhism and of Taoism is within Gnosis. The sacred magic of the Nordics is within Gnosis. The wisdom of Hermes, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed and Quetzalcoatl, etc., etc., is within Gnosis. Gnosis is the Doctrine of Christ." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

(Greek) From γνῶσις, knowledge, and ἐκκλησία, assembly. Thus, strictly defined, the Gnostic Church is a body or gathering of knowledge. The Gnostic Church is the repository of the greatest knowledge in the universe. The Gnostic Church is comprised of all the perfect beings in existence, who are called gods, angels, buddhas, masters, etc. The Gnostic Church is not a physical entity, but exists in the internal worlds in the superior dimensions. The Gnostic Church utilizes whatever means are appropriate in the physical world in order to aid the elevation of humanity out of suffering. Throughout time, we have known that aid through the various religions, philosophies, teachers, etc. For a complete explanation of the Gnostic Church, study the online course The Sacraments of the Gnostic Church.

"In this course, we are going to explain the sacraments instituted since ancient times in the church of Christ, which has its latest roots in Egypt. Internally, the Holy Gnostic Church is situated in the superior dimensions. Yet, in this day and age, the Holy Gnostic Church has in the physical world a physical exponent in every Lumisial of our visible and invisible Gnostic organisations that form the gigantic Gnostic Movement. The Gnostic Church was instituted by the Master Jesus two thousand years ago in the Middle East, but is a church that has a history much longer than that. It is related with the mysteries of ancient Egypt that has its roots in Atlantis, which come from a Neptunian-Amentian epoch directly related with the World of Yesod, the fourth dimension and beyond. As you know, Gnosis comes from a Greek word for knowledge, and this doctrine of knowledge is related with the famous tree of knowledge of the book of Genesis..." - The Sacraments of the Gnostic Church

"The love that all mystic institutions of the world feel for the divine is noticeable: for Allah, Brahma, Tao, Zen, I.A.O., INRI, God, etc. Religious esotericism does not teach atheism of any kind, except in the sense that the Sanskrit word nastika encloses: no admission of idols, including that anthropomorphic God of the ignorant populace. It would be an absurdity to believe in a celestial dictator who is seated upon a throne of tyranny and throws lightning and thunderbolts against this sad human ant hill. 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. God is Gods. It is written with characters of fire in the resplendent book of life that God is the Army of the Voice, the great Word, the Verb. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3) For this reason, it is evident that any authentic human being who really achieves perfection enters into the Current of Sound, into the Celestial Army constituted by the Buddhas of Compassion, Angels, Planetary Spirits, Elohim, Rishi- Prajapatis, etc. It has been said to us that the Logos sounds and this is obvious. The Demiurge, the Verb, is the multiple, perfect unity. Whosoever adores the Gods, whosoever surrenders worship unto them, is more capable of capturing the deep significance of the diverse divine facets of the Demiurge architect. When humanity began to mock the Holy Gods, then it fell mortally wounded into the gross materialism of this Iron Age." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains

The perfect, intelligent, impersonal, ineffable, and unrevealed multiplied unity or entity that nobody has seen, but whose strength, creative potential, has been molded in the perennial rhythm of creation.

"If when you address “God” you mean that puppet painted by some dead sects? That puppet has no existence. That puppet is created by our misleading fantasy ... It is better if we think of the manifested unity, which is the Army of the Word; you yourself are part of that Army of the Word — better said, the superior part of your self in the Tree of Life, the Kether of the Hebrew Kabbalah, an igneous and divine particle, is therefore a fragment of the great manifested unity, which is not an individual and who has no head or feet, but is an ocean, essential with space, life, free in its movement. In turn, that manifested unity comes from the unmanifested unity.  The unmanifested is endless! Can you find an end to space? For it is the same space. Where can you mark an end to space? Therefore, if we think this way, we will understand better. Because if you talk to me about a God in the sky, a gentleman with a long beard that reaches his navel, seated on a throne of tyranny, throwing thunderbolts against all of this wretched human anthill — well, frankly, I do not accept it. Indeed, in relation to that puppet, you could ask, "Who made this puppet?" Well, of course, when one comes to know a tyrant puppet like that, one has to grab it from his beard, right? But that puppet does not exist. That is a misleading fantasy. We must begin to understand that in the depths, there in the most profound depths of our being, we are just particles of the great ocean of universal life, and that is all. So, this is how we must understand God, in that manner and not in an anthropomorphic way.  Anthropomorphism has caused a lot of damage. Many Russians, those Russian astronauts precisely, when they got to space in their famous rockets, the famous Russian rockets, they said: “Where is God, we have not found him anywhere here.” Why? Because humanity was taught idolatry. Humans were taught that God is a gentleman up there in the sky, seated on the throne of tyranny. So, that is misleading, that is false..." - Samael Aun Weor, Omnipenetrating Ray of Okidanokh

The feminine, receptive force through which creation occurs, symbolized in many religions by figures such as Isis, Mary, Maya, Tara, Isobertha, Rhea, Cybele, Gaea, etc. The formless-force-matter symbolizing Nature, whose conception and childbirth reveals the fertility of Nature. In Hebrew, Eloah, the feminine counterpart of El, whose union produces Elohim.

"Eloah [The Goddess’] generations of the heavens and of the earth when in her [the letter 'Hei'] were created, in the day that Iod-Hei Vav-Hei Elohim made the earth and the heavens." - Genesis / Bereshit 2:4

"By the breath (or, soul) of Eloha they perish..." - Job / Iyov 4:9

"...I would behold the goddess (Eloah) while still in my flesh." - Job / Iyov 19:26

The independent intelligent wills that manifest the creative or destructive power of the Unknowable Multiple Divine Unity.

"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken..." - John 10:34-35

(Greek γοητεία goēteia "sorcery") Also called goetia. A term primarily known in English largely from the seventeenth century book The Lesser Key of Solomon, in which its Ars Goetia describes the evocation of seventy-two demons. The book was popularized by Aleister Crowley in 1904 as "The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King."

Goeteia is a science of black magic (magic comes from magi, priest). Magic is the science of influencing nature's phenomena, both internal and external. The practitioner of goeteia uses ritual and energy in conjunction with lower beings in nature to manipulate, harm, gain power, control, and indulge in sensations through intentionally feeding desire. It is easy to see the results of such techniques by observing the degeneration of its enthusiasts.

"Goeteia teaches us how to invoke the purely tenebrous entities. Goeteia’s invokers are enslaved by the powers of evil." - Samael Aun Weor, Esoteric Treatise of Theurgy

"Frankly, Spiritism (with its mediums) would have been useless to us, since we wanted to see, touch, and feel all the entities that are mentioned in the Conjuration of Solomon the sage! Likewise, for us Goeteia’s circle of pacts and black evocations would have also been useless, since none of us wanted to fall into the abyss of black magic. Therefore, only High Theurgy could help us resolve all of these problems." - Samael Aun Weor, Esoteric Treatise of Theurgy

An Alchemical symbol with levels of meaning. Spiritual Gold is Sacred Fire which must be made to rise through the 2 cords or nervous channels Ida and Pingala. Volatile Gold is the fire of Kundalini, otherwise known as "perfect medicine." This form has an affinity with Mercury: both are perfect and incorruptible. Gold becomes perfect Mercury. Dead Gold is useless and must be reduced it to it"s female state (crude matter) to be reborn by a process of regeneration. (For more information about these terms, study Treatise of Sexual Alchemy).

In all ancient mystical traditions, time is considered in four or five ages or periods, beginning with the purest and gradually declining into the final, darkest age, after which there is death of all impurity so that the cycle can begin anew.

"A golden age is an age of innocence, beauty, and goodness, of love, fraternity, brotherhood among people without ego." —Samael Aun Weor

Aramaic, literally "pile of skulls.” Hebrew גלגלת (Num 1:2; Ch1 23:3, Ch1 23:24; Kg2 9:35). Also called Calvary from Latin calva “bald head” or “skull.” A skull-shaped hill in Jerusalem, the site of Jesus’ Crucifixion.

"And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull..." - Mat 27:33, Mar 15:22, Jhn 19:17

Golgotha is an esoteric symbol related to the death of the psychological I.

"With this [sexual] cross, we need to advance on the path that will conduct us to the Golgotha of the Father." - Samael Aun Weor, Christ and the Virgin

"We have to raise the igneous serpent of our magical powers up to the Golgotha of the Father (the brain)." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"All of the vehicles of the initiate must be crucified and stigmatized in the Golgotha of supreme sacrifice. The Golgotha of the Father is the brain. We must rise to the Golgotha with the cross on our back." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"When the initiate has made the Kundalini of his Astral body arrive at the heart, then in the internal worlds he experiences the symbolic death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then, in the internal worlds, the initiate lives out the whole drama of Golgotha in his Astral body... Our Astral body is transformed into a living Nazarene, filled with power and glory when we experience the event of Golgotha in the Astral body." - Samael Aun Weor, The Seven Words

"Understand that there are Seven Serpents of Fire and Seven Serpents of Light. The ascension of each one of the Serpents of Light is a very arduous and difficult task...  these are the seven eternal Calvaries... [The seven serpents of light] are the seven terribly divine Golgothas..." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

In Hebrew, the two sides of the Tree of Knowledge (Daath), written as Tob [טוב] and Ra [רע]. More accurately, טוב means "goodness" and רע means "impurity."

"In pure esotericism, good is all that is in its place; bad is all that is out of its place. Likewise, fire in the kitchen, when in its place, besides being useful, is good. Yet, the fire out of its place, burning the furniture of the living room, would be bad and harmful. Thus, any virtue, no matter how holy it might be, is good in its place; yet, it is bad and harmful out of its place. We can harm others with our virtues. Therefore, it is indispensable to place virtues in their corresponding place. What would you say about a priest who preaches the Word of the Lord inside a brothel? What would you say about a meek and tolerant male who blesses a gang of assailants attempting to rape his wife and daughters? What would you say about that type of tolerance taken to such an extreme? What would you say about the charitable attitude of a man who, instead of taking food home, shares his money among beggars who have a vice? What would be your opinion of a helpful man who in a given moment lends a dagger to a murderer? Remember, dear reader, that crime also hides within the rhythm of poetry. There is much virtue in the perverse one and as much evil in the virtuous one. Even though it may appear incredible, crime also hides in the very perfume of prayer." - Samael Aun Weor, Revolutionary Psychology

Quoted from the Online Etymology Dictionary: "O.E. godspel "good news," from god "good" + spel "story, message," translation of L. bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Gk. euangelion "reward for bringing good news.""

Generally, the term Gospel refers to the first four books of the Christian New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

"The four Gospels can only be understood with the key of Sexual Magic and the Perfect Matrimony. The four Gospels were only written to serve as a guide to the few who follow the path of the razor’s edge. The four Gospels were never written for the multitudes. The work of adapting the cosmic drama to the new age was marvelous. Secret groups of initiates took part in this work. They did a splendid job. When profane people study the Gospels, they misinterpret them." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Some Atlantean survivors searched for refuge on the small continent of Grabontzi (present-day Africa). This continent increased in size and extension because other landmasses (which had surfaced from within neighboring seas) were added onto it." - Samael Aun Weor, The Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries

An alchemical symbol of the Innermost (Chesed, Atman). Our Internal Angel. Synonymous with the Tincture of Gold and the Divine Crocodile Sebek.

"The flaming powers of the Guardian Angel are truly extraordinary, marvelous, and extremely divine. I know what the Guardian Angel is from purely Gnostic sources, secretly kept in monasteries of initiation. These bear no resemblance to common pseudo-Christianity and pseudo-occultism which are accessible to the general public." - Samael Aun Weor, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac, and Dream Yoga

"Theurgy is one thing and Necromancy is another... The internal master of the Theurgist is the Intimate. The internal master of the Necromancer is his Guardian of the Threshold to whom they call the guardian of their consciousness, the guardian of the precinct, the guardian of their chamber, the guardian of their sanctum... The Intimate is our Divine Spirit, our Real Being, our Internal Angel. The Guardian of the Threshold is the internal depth of our animal “I.” The Intimate is the ardent flame of Horeb. In accordance with Moses, the Intimate is the Ruach Elohim who sowed the waters in the beginning of the world. He is the Sun King, our Divine Monad, the Alter Ego of Cicerone. The Guardian of the Threshold is our Satan... our internal beast, the source of all of our animal passions and brutal appetites... The Real Being of the Theurgist is the Intimate. The superior “I” of the Necromancer is the Guardian of the Threshold. The powers of the Intimate are divine. The powers of the Guardian of the Threshold are diabolic. The Theurgist worships the Intimate. The Necromancer worships the Guardian of the Threshold. The Theurgist avails himself with the power of his Intimate in order to perform his great works of practical magic. The Necromancer worships the Guardian of the Threshold for his works of black magic." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

An alternative name for Tepeu-Gukumatz. Gugumatz, along with Hurucan, created heaven and earth according the Popol Vuh. See: Tepeu-Gukumatz, Hurucan, and Popol Vuh

(Sanskrit) Literally, "fundamental quality."

"Prakriti is composed of the three Gunas or forces, namely, Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Sattva is harmony or light or wisdom or equilibrium or goodness. Rajas is passion or motion or activity. Tamas is inertia or inaction or darkness. During Cosmic Pralaya these three Gunas exist in a state of equilibrium. During Srishti or projection a vibration arises and the three qualities are manifested in the physical universe." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

"Sattva, Rajas and Tamas (harmony, emotion and inertness) were in a perfect, nirvanic equilibrium before the dawning of the dawn of the Mahamanvantara. The fire put the cosmic scale in motion. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas were unbalanced; therefore, the Mahamanvantara dawned. The yogi must liberate himself from Sattva, Rajas and Tamas to gain the right to enter into the Absolute. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas will be in perfect equilibrium again at the end of the Mahamanvantara; thus, the universe will sleep again within the profound bosom of the Absolute, within the supreme Parabrahman, the In-nominated." - Samael Aun Weor, Kundalini Yoga: The Mysteries of the Fire

(Sanskrit) The science of mantras, the magic of the Word; it is based on the mystical powers of sounds, on the science of harmony.

(Sanskrit, literally "teacher") This term can apply to any kind of teacher. Yet, in Gnosis the focus is generally upon the superior or root Guru, who can lead us to complete liberation.

"Realisation cannot come to you as a miracle done by your Guru. Lord Buddha, Lord Jesus, Rama Tirtha have all done Sadhana. Lord Krishna asks Arjuna to develop Vairagya (dispassion) and Abhyasa (practice). He did not say to him, "I will give you Mukti (liberation) now". Therefore, abandon the wrong notion that your Guru will give you Samadhi and Mukti. Strive, purify, meditate, and realise." - Swami Sivananda

"The path of the Initiation is something very internal [not physical] and delicate. In order to possess the reed, the disciple must liberate himself from all types of schools, religions, sects, political parties, concepts of motherland and flags, dogmas, intellectualism, selfishness, hatred, anger, opinions, classroom arguments, authoritarianism, etc... There is a need to search for a Guru in order for him to guide us along this internal and delicate way. The Guru must be searched for within, in the profundity of the consciousness... Each disciple must search for the Master inside, inside, inside. The Master is found in the profundity of our consciousness. If you want to search for the Master, abandon all bookish erudition and pseudo-spiritual schools. The Master appears when the disciple is prepared." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose