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

Any subjective element in the 49 levels of the mind. Each "I" has its own thoughts, feelings and activities.

"The evil consequences of the abominable Kundabuffer organ are represented by thousands and millions of small “I’s” of an animal-like and perverse nature. In the intellectual animal, there is neither a single command center, nor an “I” or permanent ego. Each idea, each sentiment, each sensation, each desire, each “I desire this,” each “I desire such and such a thing,” each “I love, I do not love,” is a different I. All these small and quarrelsome ‘I’s argue among themselves, they fight for supremacy, they are not connected among themselves, nor coordinated in any way whatsoever. Each of these small “I’s” depends on the changes of the circumstances of life and on the changes of impressions. Each small “I” has its own ideas, its own criteria; true individuality does not exist in the poor intellectual animal. His concepts, actions, ideas, depend on the “I” which dominates the situation in those moments." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

"When a human being disintegrates all of his defects, then his “I” is dissolved. The truth comes into us when the “I” is dissolved. This is how we become perfect clairvoyants. The truth is born from creative comprehension. The truth is non-temporal, eternal, and divine. The “I” cannot know the truth, because the “I” is just a bunch of memories. The “I” is of time. The “I” is born in time and dies in time. Death is just a subtraction of fractions. After finishing the mathematical operation (death), only the values remain. Later on, such values return into newborn physical bodies. Such values are the “I,” the myself, the returning ego. Therefore, the “I” is just illusion. Any crime, any felony, and any vice are the fatal outcome of the affirmation of the “I,” of the myself. The origin of pain lies within the “I.” The “I” is dissolved when we annihilate desire. Where the truth abides, the “I” cannot abide, because the truth and the “I” are incompatible. The “I” is a transitory error of the Wheel of Samsara (the Wheel of Reincarnation and Karma). The “I” is the heresy of separatism. The “I” is the origin of egotism, hatred, fornication, adultery, envy, anger, etc., etc. The “I” is the thirst of pleasures and the source of pride and vanity. Therefore, in order to incarnate the truth one needs to dissolve the “I.” In order to attain internal peace, one needs to dissolve the “I,” the myself. In order to acquire perfect clairvoyance and supreme illumination one needs to dissolve the “I.” The truth is the Internal Christ of every human being. The “I” is the Satan that we carry inside. Where the “I” is the truth cannot be."The Truth cannot enter where the “I” abides. The Lord is the Truth." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

“I AM the way, the truth, and the life.” —John 14:6

"Some people say, “I believe in the ‘I want,’ in the ‘I can,’ as well as in the ‘I do.’” This is what they consider to be positive. But, in reality, these people fortify Satan with these affirmations. The Lamb is not the “I.” The Lamb is neither a superior “I,” nor by a long shot an inferior “I.” When the Lamb says, “I AM,” we must interpret this as, “HE IS,” because the Lamb is the one who is uttering it, and not the human being. [...] The phrase “I am” must be translated as “I am the Being.” In reality, the beloved one is the Being of our Being, that is, was, and is to come. We possess a precious tabernacle (the physical body), an anguished soul, and a spirit (the Innermost). This human triad emanated from that terribly divine ray (Christ), who strikes his bell in the infinite space when we come into the world. Each person has his own particular ray that resplendently shines with the power of its glory in the world of the ineffable gods. This ray of dawn is the Being of our Being, the Inner Christ of each human being. This is the Sephirothic Crown of the Kabbalists, the crown of life. [...] Some philosophers affirm that Christ brought the doctrine of the “I,” because he said: “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.” [John 14:6] Certainly, the Lamb said, “I AM,” and only the Lamb can say “I AM.” This phrase was spoken by the Lamb, but this phrase cannot be uttered by us (poor sinning shadows) because we are not the Lamb. Really, the exact and axiomatic translation of “I AM,” which was uttered by the Lamb, must be as follows: “HE IS the way, the truth, and the life.” “HE IS” because HE was the one who uttered it. We did not utter it; the one who uttered it was HIM, HIM, HIM. HE lives within the unknown profundities of our Being. “HE IS” the way, the truth, and the life. He transcends any concept of “I,” any individuality, and any vestige of personality." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

(c. A.D. 250-325) Among the most important of the Neoplatonic philosophers. He was a student of Plotinus" disciple Porphyry. His influential treatise On the Mysteries of Egypt expresses High Magic, which operates through the agency of the gods. Agrippa refers frequently to Iamblichus in his Occulta Philosophia. Iamblicus wrote, "They (the Beings we invoke) will not hearken to the person who is invoking them if he is not pure from sexual contamination..." And, "Theurgy unites us more strongly with divine nature. This nature is engendered by itself and acts in accordance with its own powers. It is intelligent and sustains everything; it is the ornament of the universe and invites us to the intelligent truth, to perfection, and to share this perfection with others. It unites us so intimately to all the creative acts of the Gods in proportion to the capacity of each one of us. After accomplishing these sacred rites, the soul is consolidated within the actions of the intelligence of the Gods until identifying itself with them. Thus it is absorbed by the primeval and divine Essence. Such is the object of the sacred initiations of the Egyptians."

(Sanskrit इडा) A deep, significant word in Hindu esotericism. Literally, "speech, food, praise, particular artery on the left side of the body, animation, stream or flow of praise and worship, goddess iDA or iLA, commendation, recreation, comfort, tubular vessel, heaven, refreshing draught, cow, vital spirit, libation, refreshment, earth, offering, at this moment."

The word ida is especially utilized to indicate the feminine serpent of our internal energetic bipolarity, which is symbolized on the Caduceus of Mercury, and in the bible by Eve, the olive trees, and the Two Witnesses. Ida is related to procreation.

From Latin idolum “image (mental or physical), form;” from Greek eidolon "appearance, reflection of oneself in water or a mirror, also mental image, apparition, phantom;" eidolon also means “any material image, statue,” from eidos “form” from Latinized form of Greek -oeides, from eidos “form,” related to idein “to identify,” eidenai literally “to idein-tify, to recognize, mental perception.”

Certain religions emphasize that one should not worship "idols":

"You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image [idol], or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them..." - Exodus 20:2-5

This is generally interpreted to refer only to material, literal "idols," such as statues. However, the root word idolum indicates a mental or physical form, especially as a reflection of oneself. Thus, the idols we truly worship are mental images of ourselves: our egos ("I"), defects, desires, memories, resentments, etc. All of those mental idols in their chaotic, conflicting mass constitute the subconsciousness, which in ancient Greek writing was called Eidolon, meaning an apparation that has our form (image) but is inherently illusory. 

What is necessary is for our inner divinity to make a true image within us, a real eidolon, which is solar, divine. This is what is indicated in Genesis:

"And Elohim said, Let us make Adam in our image, after our likeness." - Genesis 1:26

(Sanskrit avidya, Tibetan ma rig pa) Mistaken apprehension of the nature of phenomena, and the tendency to assign false qualities onto them.

"There is no doubt that ignorance is the worst of all disgraces." - Samael Aun Weor, Revolutionary Psychology

Also called the Absolute, Emptiness, Sunyata.

The ultimate nature of reality, which is impossible to convey in words. In Buddhist philosophy, it is described as paramarthasatya (ultimate truth), dharmata (actual reality), and tathata (suchness), each of which attempt to communicate the total absence of self-identity ("I") and inherent existence. Only through the experience of the voidness or emptiness can one understand it, and that experience can only be reached through a very specific type of meditation. 

"Transcendent wisdom is inexpressible and inconceivable. Unborn and unceasing, it has the nature of space; It is realized through an individual's discernment And is the object of pristine awareness. It is the mother of all Buddhas throughout the three periods of time." - Buddha Shakyamuni

"Buddhist Enlightenment is not gained through holding onto or inflating one's self-awareness. On the contrary, it is gained through killing or crushing any attachment to this illuminating consciousness; only by transcending it may one come to the innermost core of Mind—the perfectly free and thoroughly nonsubstantial illuminating-Voidness. This illuminating-Void character, empty yet dynamic, is the Essence (Chinese: ti) of the mind. The important point here is that when the word "Essence" is mentioned, people immediately think of something quintessentialy concrete; and when the word "Void" is mentioned, they automatically envision a dead and static "nothingness." Both of these conceptions miss the meanings of the Chinese word ti (Essence) and the Sanskrit word Sunyata (Voidness), and expose the limitation of the finite and one-sided way of human thinking. The ordinary way of thinking is to accept the idea that something is existent or nonexistent, but never that it is both existent and nonexistent at the same time. A is A or not A; but never is it both A and not A simultaneously. In the same way, the verdict of common sense on Voidness versus existence is: "Voidness is not existence, nor is existence Voidness." This pattern of reasoning, regarded as the correct and rational way of thinking, is advocated by logicians as a sine qua non and is accepted by common sense for all practical purposes. But Buddhism does not invariably follow this sine qua non, especially when it deals with the truth of Sunyata. It says: "Form does not differ from Voidness, and Voidness does not differ from Form; Form is Voidness and Voidness is Form." Buddhism also says that it is owing to Voidness that things can exist and, because of the very fact that things do exist, they must be Void. It emphasizes that Voidness and existence are complementary to each other and not in opposition to each other; they include and embrace, rather than exclude or negate each other. When ordinary sentient beings see an object, they see only its existent, not its void, aspect. But an enlightened being sees both aspects at the same time. This nondistinguishment, or "unification" as some people like to call it, of Voidness and existence, is the so-called Nonabiding Middle Way Doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism. Therefore, Voidness, as understood in Buddhism, is not something negative, nor does it mean absence or extinction. Voidness is simply a term denoting the nonsubstantial and nonself nature of beings, and a pointer indicating the state of absolute nonattachment and freedom. Voidness is not easily explained. It is not definable or describable. As Zen Master Huai Jang has said, "Anything that I say will miss the point." —Garma C.C. Chang, The Practice of Zen (1959)

"Only in the absence of the ego can we directly experience Illuminating Emptiness." - Samael Aun Weor, The Mystery of the Golden Blossom

"Those who are ignorant of the void cannot achieve liberation. These confused minds wander in the prison of the six realms." - Bodhichittavivarana

"We have learned that imagination is translucent. It is the mirror of the soul; it is divine clairvoyance. In order for the devotee to see, he must use his imagination. When the chakra of the forehead begins to rotate, then the images that are seen with translucent imagination become more brilliant, splendorous and luminous. The devotee must distinguish between imagination and fantasy. Conscious imagination is positive, yet fantasy is negative and harmful for the mind because it could lead us to have hallucinations or to reach madness." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book

A Christian term for the conception of a child without the orgasm. (See The Universal Savior for examples from around the world.) According to the 14th Dalai Lama, in Tibetan, the child of such an event is called Lha Trug. In The Story of Tibet he expressed his belief that many such children have been born in Tibet.

The information received by the senses and transmitted to the brain. We do not see the tree, we see our impression of the tree. For more information, read The Revolution of the Dialectic.

From Latin incestum "unchastity, impious unchastity," incestus "unchaste, impure," then Old French inceste "incest; lechery, fornication." 

Therefore, the real meaning of incest is not limited to sex between relatives, but is much broader, and includes all forms of sexual misconduct.

In Kabbalah (and therefore the Bible), there are many forms of "incest," sexual misconduct.

(plural: incubi) a creature of male form who has sexual intercourse with its creator in dreams and fantasies. Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin incubare, "to lie on."

"The terms incubus and succubus have been applied indiscriminately by the Church Fathers to elementals. The incubus and succubus, however, are evil and unnatural creations, whereas elementals is a collective term for all the inhabitants of the four elemental essences. According to Paracelsus, the incubus and succubus (which are male and female respectively) are parasitical creatures subsisting upon the evil thoughts and emotions of the astral body. These terms are also applied to the superphysical organisms of sorcerers and black magicians. While these larvæ are in no sense imaginary beings, they are, nevertheless, the offspring of the imagination. By the ancient sages they were recognized as the invisible cause of vice because they hover in the ethers surrounding the morally weak and continually incite them to excesses of a degrading nature. For this reason they frequent the atmosphere of the dope den, the dive, and the brothel, where they attach themselves to those unfortunates who have given themselves up to iniquity. By permitting his senses to become deadened through indulgence in habit-forming drugs or alcoholic stimulants, the individual becomes temporarily en rapport with these denizens of the astral plane. The houris seen by the hasheesh or opium addict and the lurid monsters which torment the victim of delirium tremens are examples of submundane beings, visible only to those whose evil practices are the magnet for their attraction." - Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928) by Manly P. Hall

from Latin individuus, from in- ‘not’ + dividuus ‘divisible’ (from dividere ‘to divide’). A genuine individual is integrated with divinity, not divided into conflicting wills.

"Within each one of us there are many thousands of different individuals, different persons, “I’s,” or people who quarrel amongst themselves, who fight amongst themselves for supremacy and who do not have order or concordance whatsoever... We believe that we have one will, when in reality we possess many different wills. Each “I” has its own will. The tragic comedy of all this interior multiplicity is dreadful. The different internal wills clash against each other, they live in continuous conflict, and they act in different directions. If we had true individuality, if we were a unity instead of a multiplicity, then we would also have continuity of purpose, awakened consciousness, a particular, individual will." - Samael Aun Weor, Treatise of Revolutionary Psychology

(Sanskrit) A reference to the energetic root of sensations.

The deepest levels of our submerged consciousness, related to the lower spheres of the Klipoth (hell).

From infra, "below, underneath, beneath; later than, smaller, inferior to," from *ndher "under." As opposed to "supra."

Sexuality has three basic levels:

  1. Suprasexuality: sexual transmutation to create the soul and the perfect human being. Christ, Buddha, Dante, Zoroaster, Mohammed, Hermes, Quetzalcoatl, and many other great masters were suprasexual. See also Suprasexual.
  2. Normal sexuality: sexuality for procreation and the continuity of the species. 
  3. Infrasexuality: sexuality of the underworld, hell, the abyss, which has now infected humanity worldwide. The degeneration in the use or function of the sexual organs or energy. This includes all forms of sexual perversion, such as sexual violence, sex as power or addiction, pornography, prostitution, masturbation, homosexuality, hatred of sex (such as among religious people), etc. 

"It is obvious that the Infernal Worlds are infrasexual. It is evident that infrasexuality reigns with sovereignty within humanity." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"It is necessary to remember that infrasexuality hates normal sex and Suprasex. In all ages, infrasexual ones have blasphemed against the Third Logos, considering sex to be taboo, a sin, a cause for shame, clandestine, etc. Infrasexual people have schools where they teach people to hate sex. Infrasexual people consider themselves to be Mahatmas, hierophants, etc." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Kabbalistic traditions state that Adam had two wives: Lilith and Nahemah. Lilith is the mother of abortions, homosexuality and in general, all kinds of crimes against Nature. Nahemah is the mother of malignant beauty, passion and adultery. Thus, the Abyss is divided into two large regions: the spheres of Lilith and Nahemah. Infrasexuality reigns sovereign in these two large regions. [...] The sphere of Lilith is characterized by its cruelty. The psychology of this sphere has various aspects: monks and nuns who hate sex, homosexuality in convents, homosexuality outside of monastic life, induced abortions, people who love masturbation, criminals of the brothel, people who enjoy torturing others, etc. In this sphere we find the most horrible crimes reported in police records: horrible cases of bloody crimes of homosexual origin, terrifying acts of sadism, homosexuality in jails, lesbianism, terrifying psychotic criminals, those who enjoy making their loved one suffer, horrible infanticides, patricides, matricides, etc. In this sphere we also find pseudo-occultists who would rather suffer from nocturnal pollution than get married, people who mortally hate the Arcanum A. Z. F. and the Perfect Matrimony, people who believe that they can reach God while hating sex, anchoritic people who abhor sex and who consider it vulgar and gross. [...] The sphere of Nahemah seduces with the enchantment of her malignant beauty. In this infrasexual sphere we find the “Don Juans and femme fatales.” The world of prostitution unfolds in this sphere. The infrasexual men of Nahemah feel very manly. Men who have many women live in this sphere. They feel happy in adultery. They believe themselves to be very manly; they are unaware that they are infrasexual. In the sphere of Nahemah we also find millions of prostitutes. These poor women are victims of the fatal charm of Nahemah. In the sphere of Nahemah we find elegant ladies of high social standing. These people are very happy within adultery. That is their world. In the infrasexual region of Nahemah we find a sweetness that moves the soul: virgins that seduce with the charm of their tenderness, very beautiful seductive women, men who abandon their homes bewitched by the enchantment of these most precious beauties. In this region we also find indescribable beauty, uncontrollable passions, beautiful salons, elegant cabarets, soft beds, delightful dances, orchestras of the Abyss, unforgettable romantic words that cannot be forgotten, etc. The infrasexual people of Nahemah sometimes accept the Arcanum A.Z.F. (Sexual Magic) but fail because they are unable to avoid the ejaculation of semen. They almost always withdraw from the Perfect Matrimony uttering horrible things against it. We have heard them saying: “I practiced Sexual Magic and sometimes I was able to remain without spilling the semen. I was an animal enjoying the delicious passions of sex.” After withdrawing from the path of the razor’s edge, represented by the spinal medulla, they seek refuge in some seductive doctrine of Nahemah. If they are lucky enough not to fall into the sphere of Lilith, they continue ejaculating the seminal liquor. Such is their infrasexual world." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Infrasexuals and perverts mortally hate the doctrine of Peter. Many are the sincerely mistaken ones who believe that they can Self-realize by excluding sex. Many are the ones that talk against sex, the ones that insult sex, the ones that spit all of their slanderous drivel on the sacred sanctuary of the Third Logos. Those that hate sex, those that say that sex is gross, filthy, animalistic, bestial, are the insulters, the ones that blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. Flee fornication (spilling of semen), every sin that a man doeth is without the body but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. [1 Corinthians 6:18] Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men...neither in this world, neither in the world to come. [Matthew 12:31-32; see also Mark 3:28-29] For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. [Hebrews 10:26; see also Hebrews 10:27-31] Whosoever pronounces himself against Sexual Magic, whosoever spits their infamy against the sanctuary of the Third Logos, cannot ever reach the Second Birth. In the Occidental world, many people exist that mortally hate Sexual Magic. Those people justify their absurd hatred with many pretexts. They say that the Maithuna is only for Oriental people, and that we the occidentals are not prepared. Such people affirm that with this doctrine of sex yoga, the unique thing that can result is a harvest of black magicians. What is interesting about all of this is that such people of a reactionary, conservative, regressive and retarded type do not say a single word against fornication, against adultery, against prostitution, against homosexuality, against masturbation, etc., etc. All of this seems normal to them, and they do not have any inconvenience in miserably squandering the sexual energy. Sex must be in itself the most elevated creative function. Disgracefully, ignorance reigns with sovereignty and humanity is very distant from comprehending the great mysteries of sex." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"Really, it causes pain to see those poor infrasexuals in the Molecular World (Astral Plane) after death. Their lunar bodies convert them into lunar women who wander throughout the Molecular World as somnambulists, asleep, cold, and unconscious creatures. What was the good of all of the subjective practices of these infrasexuals? What was the good of all of their beliefs, systems, orders, etc.? To no avail, the infrasexuals will try to gain their liberation by despising sex, by renouncing the Maithuna (Sexual Magic), by abstinence, by abuse, or by following the degenerated path of the homosexuals and masturbators, etc. Uselessly, the mistaken, sincere ones try to create the Solar Bodies by practicing respiratory exercises, yoga without Maithuna, or similar exercises, or with vegetarian diets, etc. It is completely demonstrated that we are children of sex and that only through [pure, upright] sex can we create. Really, we can only create the Solar Bodies with sex. We can convert ourselves into Solar Spirits only with the marvelous force of the Third Logos." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

Initiations are stages of spiritual development. Initiation is internal, spiritual, and not physical.

"There are white initiations and black initiations, temples of light and temples of darkness." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"There are very respectable and venerable schools. These institutions have their courses of instruction and degrees. Some of them also have rituals of initiation. However, in the superior worlds the degrees and initiations from these schools are useless. The Masters of the White Lodge are not interested in the degrees and hierarchies of the physical world. They are only interested in the Kundalini. They examine and measure the spinal medulla. If the candidate has not yet raised the serpent, for them, he is simply an ordinary being, like any other, even though he may occupy some high position in the physical world, or be a venerable person or some supreme hierarch in his school or lodge. If the Kundalini has risen three vertebrae, he is considered by the masters to be an initiate of the Third Degree, and if has risen it only one vertebra, an initiate of the First Degree. Thus, the masters are only interested in the Kundalini." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Initiation is something very intimate, very secret, very divine. Avoid all those who say, “I have so many initiations, so many degrees.” Avoid all those who say, “I am a master of Major Mysteries; I have received so many initiations.” Remember, dear reader, that the “I,” that the personality does not receive initiations. Initiation is a matter for the Innermost; it has to do with the consciousness, with the very delicate things of the Soul. One must not go about speaking of these things. No true adept would ever use phrases like, “I am a master of the White Lodge,” “I have such-and-such degree,” “I have so many initiations,” “I have these powers,” etc." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Initiation is neither bought nor sold. Avoid those schools that give initiations by correspondence. Avoid all those who sell initiations. Initiation is something very intimate to the Soul. The “I” does not receive initiations. Therefore, those who say, “I have so many initiations,” “I have such-and-such degrees,” are liars and fakes, because the “I” does not receive initiations or degrees. There are nine Initiations of Minor Mysteries and five important Initiations of Major Mysteries. The Soul is the one who receives the initiations. This is a very intimate matter; something that one must not go about speaking of, nor something that must be told to anyone. Indeed, all the initiations and degrees that many schools of the physical world confer have no value whatsoever in the superior worlds, because the masters of the White Lodge only recognize the legitimate initiations of the Soul as genuine. These are completely internal. The disciple can ascend the nine arcades, pass through all the nine Initiations of Minor Mysteries, without having worked in the Arcanum A.Z.F. (Sexual Magic). Nevertheless, it is impossible to enter the Major Mysteries without Sexual Magic (the Arcanum A.Z.F.)." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"There are eight Initiations of Major Mysteries and nine Initiations of Minor Mysteries. To reach the great Initiations of Major Mysteries is impossible without having passed through the nine Initiations of Minor Mysteries. [...] Samael Aun Weor declares that he was the first human being in the world to publicly deliver to humanity the secrets of initiation. If the reader of this book wants to enter the path of initiation right now, then let him study and totally live my two books The Perfect Matrimony and The Revolution of Beelzebub." - Samael Aun Weor, Esoteric Medicine and Practical Magic

"Authentic degrees and authentic white initiations are received in the consciousness. These initiatic ceremonies are performed within the superior worlds. Initiations are intimate realizations of the consciousness, which must not be revealed, or spoken about. No one can grant initiations to anyone. Initiation is attained through life itself." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

"Only the Innermost is the unique One who receives Initiations, Degrees and Feasts. The Initiations are for the Innermost. You are nothing else but a shadow which must be annihilated." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"The only objective of the [first] five Initiations of Major Mysteries is the fabrication of the solar bodies. In Gnosticism and esotericism, one understands that the fabrication of the solar bodies and the incarnation of the Being are known as the Second Birth." - Samael Aun Weor, Practical Astrology

"There are nine Initiations of Minor Mysteries and seven great Initiations of Major Mysteries. The INNERMOST is the one who receives all of these initiations. The Testament of Wisdom says: “Before the dawning of the false aurora upon the earth, the ones who survived the hurricane and the tempest were praising the INNERMOST, and the heralds of the aurora appeared unto them.” The psychological “I” does not receives initiations. The human personality does not receive anything. Nonetheless, the “I” of some initiates becomes filled with pride when saying 'I am a master, I have such initiations.' Thus, this is how the “I” believes itself to be an initiate and keeps reincarnating in order to “perfect itself”, but, the “I” never ever perfects itself. The “I” only reincarnates in order to satisfy desires. That is all." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"Just as they are called initiations, so in actual fact we have learned from them the fundamentals of life and have grasped the basis not only for living with joy but also dying with a better hope." - Cicero

The qualifications of the consciousness as it ascends into greater degrees of wisdom. The first five Initiations of Major Mysteries correspond to the creation of the real Human Being. Learn more by studying these books by Samael Aun Weor: The Perfect Matrimony, The Three Mountains, and The Revolution of Beelzebub.

"High initiation is the fusion of two principles: Atman-Buddhi, through the five principal Initiations of Major Mysteries. With the first we achieve the fusion of Atman-Buddhi, and with the fifth, we add the Manas to this fusion, and so the septenary is reduced to a trinity: “Atman-Buddhi Manas.” There are a total of Nine Initiations of Major Mysteries." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

"The fact that I have previously spoken of five Initiations of Major Mysteries and now I come to speak of nine will appear contradictory to many people. Therefore, I must clarify myself: We fulfill our human evolution with the five Initiations of Major Mysteries. The remaining three Initiations and the degree of “Lord of the World” are of a “Super-Human” nature." - Samael Aun Weor, Occult Medicine and Practical Magic

The probationary steps required of all who wish to enter into the Path of Self-realization. These nine tests are given to all disciples who begin to perform the Gnostic work in themselves. Only those who complete these tests can receive the right to enter into the Major Mysteries. For more information, read The Perfect Matrimony.

"Remember that each one of the nine Initiations of Lesser Mysteries has a musical note and an instrument which produces it." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

"To want to rapidly become fused with the Innermost without having passed through the nine initiations of Lesser Mysteries is akin to wanting to receive a doctor’s degree in medicine without having studied all the required years at university, or like wanting to be a general without having passed through all the military ranks." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

"Throughout the Initiations of Lesser Mysteries, the disciple has to pass through the entire tragedy of Golgotha..." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

One of the three types of mind.

"The Inner Mind is fundamental for the direct experience of the truth. Undoubtedly, the Inner Mind creates its basic concepts with information contributed by the Superlative Consciousness of the Being. Unquestionably, the Consciousness can live and experience reality. Without a doubt, the Consciousness knows the truth. To manifest itself however, the Consciousness needs a mediator, an instrument of action, and this in itself is the Inner Mind. Consciousness knows directly the reality of each natural phenomenon and can manifest it through the Inner Mind... One who has opened the Inner Mind recalls one’s previous existences, knows the mysteries of life and death; not because of what one has or has not read, not because of what someone has or has not said, not because of what one has or has not believed, but because of terribly real and vivid direct experience." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

"That part of the Reality (God) within man that the Yogi seeks to attune himself to before attaining cosmic consciousness." - M, The Dayspring of Youth

“Our real Being is of a universal nature. Our real Being is neither a kind of superior nor inferior “I.” Our real Being is impersonal, universal, divine. He transcends every concept of “I,” me, myself, ego, etc., etc.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

Also known as Atman (the "self"), the Spirit, Chesed, our own individual interior divine Father.

"...the nature of the Innermost is absolute happiness, absolute existence, and absolute omniscience." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

"The Innermost is the ardent flame of Horeb. In accordance with Moses, the Innermost is the Ruach Elohim (the Spirit of God) who sowed the waters in the beginning of the world. He is the Sun King, our Divine Monad, the Alter-Ego of Cicerone." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

"The Innermost is a true human being that lives incarnated within the human body, and that all of us carry crucified in our heart. When the human being awakens from his dream of ignorance, then he delivers himself to his own Innermost. Then the Innermost unites himself with the Christ and the human being becomes powerful as the Absolute from where he emanated. The Innermost is God within the human being. The human being who ignores this great truth is only a shadow, a shadow of his Innermost." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"Atman is our Innermost, our divine Seity, the seventh principle who is in all Beings, but who is not within all human beings. In order for oneself to be fused with Atman, the following experience is required: to depart in the astral body by abandoning the physical body; afterwards, one has to abandon the astral body by ordering the following, “Go out of me.” In order to perform this, willpower is required. So when doing this, the astral body leaves through the vertebral column and we remain in the world of the mind. Afterwards, one has to abandon the mental body by commanding the following, “body of the mind, go out of me.” This is performed with an act of willpower, and one remains with the causal body that also has to be ordered to go out of us. This also requires a great effort. The body of conscious will obeys better, and one orders it to go out and abandon the thirty-three vertebrae, leaving oneself with the buddhic or intuitional body. This body is very obedient and also has to be ordered to go out. Thus, in this way one remains in the world of Chesed, in the world of Atman, the ineffable one. [...] The one that thinks is the mind, not the Innermost. The human mind in its current state of evolution is the animal that we carry within. The concept of Descartes, “I think therefore I am,” is completely false, because the true human being is the Innermost, and the Innermost does not think because he knows. Atman does not need to think because Atman is omniscient." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

The four letters appearing over the head of the crucified Christ. The exoteric or common explanation of these letters is derived from: "Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm" which is "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." But there are esoteric meanings:

  1. Ignis Natura Renovatur Integram – Fire Unceasingly Renews Nature.
  2. In Necis Renascor Integer – In Death I Am Reborn Intact and Pure.

"Two types of intellect exist: 1. The commonly known sensual intellect. 2. The intellect which is given by the Being; this is a conscious intellect." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

The common sensual or subjective intellect is the capacity of reasoning and comparing (see Intellectual Animal). Related to the Intellectual Brain or Center, and to the physical brain.

"The intellect is a very precious instrument for the Great Work of the Father, when it is absolutely used for the pure service of the Spirit. A mystic without intellect fails because of lack of culture (see Intellectual Culture). The intellect is satanic when it is used for the service of the internal beast. The intellectual villains (cynics and skeptics) are the result of intellectualism without spirituality." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"The intellect never attains Initiation. Only the heart attains the Golgotha of the High Initiation. The majority of people have their heads filled with absurd theories and ancestral prejudices; they do not open their minds to anything new." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

The current state of humanity: animals with intellect.

When the Intelligent Principle, the Monad, sends its spark of consciousness into Nature, that spark, the anima, enters into manifestation as a simple mineral. Gradually, over millions of years, the anima gathers experience and evolves up the chain of life until it perfects itself in the level of the mineral kingdom. It then graduates into the plant kingdom, and subsequently into the animal kingdom. With each ascension the spark receives new capacities and higher grades of complexity. In the animal kingdom it learns procreation by ejaculation. When that animal intelligence enters into the human kingdom, it receives a new capacity: reasoning, the intellect; it is now an anima with intellect: an Intellectual Animal. That spark must then perfect itself in the human kingdom in order to become a complete and perfect Human Being, an entity that has conquered and transcended everything that belongs to the lower kingdoms. Unfortunately, very few Intellectual Animals perfect themselves; most remain enslaved by their animal nature, and thus are reabsorbed by Nature, a process belonging to the Devolving side of life and called by all the great religions "Hell" or the Second Death.

"The present manlike being is not yet human; he is merely an intellectual animal. It is a very grave error to call the legion of the “I” the “soul.” In fact, what the manlike being has is the psychic material, the material for the soul within his Essence, but indeed, he does not have a Soul yet." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

"Whosoever possesses the physical, Astral, Mental, and Causal bodies receives the animistic and spiritual principles, and becomes a true human being. Before having them, one is an intellectual animal falsely called a human being. Regarding the face and shape of the physical body of any intellectual animal, they look like the physical characteristics of a human being, however, if their psychological processes are observed and compared with the psychological processes of a human being, then we find that they are completely different, totally distinct." - Samael Aun Weor, Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries

"I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e'er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, To Him we shall return." - Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207 – 1273) founder of the Mevlevi order of Sufism

A complete and comprehensive intellectual understanding of the many aspects of the Path of Initiation.

"To possess an intellectual culture is necessary for the development of clairvoyance. To have an intellectual discipline is necessary for the development of the latent powers, chakras, discs, magnetic wheels of the Astral Body." - Samael Aun Weor, Endocrinology & Criminology

"In order to develop positive clairvoyance, it is required to practice the necessary esoteric exercises and to study the best authors of Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Yoga, Psychology, etc., etc. Our worst enemy is ignorance; therefore, we recommend our readers study the great works of the female Master Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, entitled The Secret Doctrine. We also recommend Kundalini Yoga of Sivananda, the books of Dr. Arnold Krumm-Heller, the books of Dr. Adoum, the books of Rudolf Steiner, etc., etc." - Samael Aun Weor, Endocrinology & Criminology

"Every esoterist student must have discipline and intellectual culture. The occultist without discipline and intellectual culture converts himself into a delinquent." - Samael Aun Weor, Endocrinology & Criminology

"Intellectualism is the opposite pole of intelligence; it is very different from the "Illuminated Intellect." Intellectualism is a mixture of the psychological "I" with the information acquired through the external senses. Intelligence is an attribute of the Being; it is a faculty of the superlative consciousness of the Being. The conscious humanity works with intelligence; the tenebrous mechanical humanity gets its levels of social, economic and political prestige by working with the astute intellectualism, working with the mechanical part of the intellectual center; this means, with the worst part of it." - Samael Aun Weor

(Hebrew: Binah) The Sephirah Binah of the Tree of Life. The Holy Spirit. The Divine Mother.

"Indeed, all phenomena of nature and all objects are found intimately and organically joined together, internally dependent upon each other and mutually conditioning each other. Indeed, no phenomena of nature can be integrally comprehended if we consider it isolated. Everything is in incessant movement. Everything changes; nothing is quiet." - Samael Aun Weor, Endocrinology & Criminology

This was taught by the Buddha Shakyamuni as pratityasamutpada, translated as Dependent Origination or the doctrine of Emptiness (the Void).

Also called the Mystical Mind. One of the three types of mind.

"Found in the Intermediate Mind are religious beliefs, unbreakable dogmas, etc." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

The many dimensions beyond the physical world. These dimensions are both subjective and objective. To know the objective internal worlds (the Astral Plane, or Nirvana, or the Klipoth) one must first know one's own personal, subjective internal worlds, because the two are intimately associated.

"Whosoever truly wants to know the internal worlds of the planet Earth or of the Solar System or of the Galaxy in which we live, must previously know his intimate world, his individual, internal life, his own internal worlds. Man, know thyself, and thou wilt know the Universe and its Gods. The more we explore this internal world called “myself,” the more we will comprehend that we simultaneously live in two worlds, in two realities, in two confines: the external and the internal. In the same way that it is indispensable for one to learn how to walk in the external world so as not to fall down into a precipice, or not get lost in the streets of the city, or to select one’s friends, or not associate with the perverse ones, or not eat poison, etc.; likewise, through the psychological work upon oneself we learn how to walk in the internal world, which is explorable only through Self-observation." - Samael Aun Weor, Revolutionary Psychology

Through the work in Self-observation, we develop the capacity to awaken where previously we were asleep: including in the objective internal worlds.

Information and understanding that comes from the highest parts of our Innermost Being. There are many degrees in the development of Intuition. This power relates specifically to the heart (Anahata chakra) and the pineal gland (Sahasrara chakra).

“Intuition is direct perception of the truth, without the depressing process of reasoning and opinions.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

“The heart is the sacred temple of our Inner Master. The Inner Master speaks to us through intuition (feelings, perceptions, hunches). If humans obeyed these intuitions, they would live without problems.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

“The highest part of man is the World of Intuition and objective spiritual Consciousness. In the World of Intuition, the archetypes of all things in Nature develop. Only those who have penetrated into the World of Objective Intuition, only those who have reached the solemn heights of Noetic thought, are truly awakened and illuminated.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"What is intuition? It is the faculty of interpretation." - Samael Aun Weor, The Elimination of Satan's Tail

An Atlantean term which means something like "my respects to the deepest parts of your Being."

The descent of the Spirit into matter as symbolized by the Ray of Creation and the gradual condensation or crystallization of matter in ever increasing densities. Do not confuse this term with devolution, the simplification of matter and energy that always follows any process of evolution or complication of energy. Through involution, the Spirit becomes "involved" with nature.

"We have already passed through involution (descent of the Spirit into matter). We also suffered horribly in evolution (process of complication of the energy). Now, a complete revolution (dissolution of the “I”) is urgent." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

Involution is the involvement of the Ain Soph (limitless) into matter; this process is performed by the Monads that emerge from out its bosom and descend through its light-ray (Ain Soph Aur) into the universe (adverse of the unity). Once the involution ends, the mechanical process of evolution and devolution begins.

Involution is the process by which the Absolute manifests matter, energy, and cognizance within the universe; it is the process by which diversity emerges from unity.

Involution is the necessary decent of the Noumenon into the Phenomena, that is, the necessary descent of that which is unknowable to itself, in order to become knowable to itself.

Involution is the process of how part of the Absolute becomes self-limited by veiling its cognizance from itself by stages into the complication of the matter and energy until it assumes an illusory appearance in the seven cosmos.

Involution is the process where the Absolute becomes infinite so that its spiritual properties can awaken into infinite possibilities, for the only purpose of knowing itself.

Involution is the descent of the Monads into the universe in order to devote themselves to the attainment of self-cognizance through the building of energy-matter-cognizant vessels, so that the noumenon can manifests its properties.

Through involution, the Ain Soph (limitless) gradually carries its life into denser and denser cosmic matters to the lowest point of materiality, in order to manifest its properties; from that point, in order to victoriously re-ascend towards its original point of departure, its life must gradually revolve by means of its cognizance and will, thus succeeding in the objective of its existence, during which the Monad develops self-cognizance.

In Greek mythology, daughter of Inachus, a river God. She was a virgin (chaste) priestess of Hera, who earned Hera"s wrath by attracting the attention of Zeus. According to Aeschylus (in his Prometheus Bound), Io was exiled and turned into a cow (by either Zeus or Hera) and was stung continually by gadflies (sent by Hera) in order to stop from her from resting anywhere long enough for Zeus to unite with her. Argus, a giant with a hundred unsleeping eyes, was charged by Hera to guard over her for the same purpose. The giant was killed by Hermes (Mercury). She was pursued by the flies and wandered all over until finally arriving in Egypt where Zeus changed her back into a woman and, with a touch of his hand, impregnated her. This is but one of several versions of her story; Ovid in his Metamorphasis tells another. Io came to be worshipped as the goddess Isis and had a son named Epaphus who was worshipped as the bull-deity Apis.

י (Hebrew: also Yodh, Yud, Yod)

1. י is the the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It symbolizes the lingam (masculine sexual organ), the sexual, generative power of Kether hidden within Nachash-Ima-Elohim, Havah in Yesod. Its Kabbalistic numerical value is 10.

2. The word יד Iod can mean hand, strength, power (fig.), side (of land), part, portion (metaph.) (fig.), sign, monument, part, fractional part, share, time, repetition, axle-trees, axle, stays, support (for laver), tenons (in tabernacle), a phallus, wrists

יהוה The Tetragrammaton (Four-lettered Name), which in Hebrew is: Iod, Hei, Vau, Hei. The sacred name of Divinity is firstly given in the Tree of Life, Kabbalah, to the Second Logos, Sephirah-Chokmah, which in Christianity is Christ the Son of the Father. Chokmah is Vishnu among the Brahmans, Avalokiteshvara among the Buddhists, Quetzalcoatl among the Aztecs, Kukulcan among the Mayans, Ahura Mazda among the Persians. It is not an individual, but a universal, cosmic and impersonal principle, which must be assimilated by each human being through sexual magic.

The Aztec name for the unmanifested or uncreated Light. This name is associated with Seity and was symbolized by a golden sun. The Absolute. See Ain.

A term used by Gurdjieff referring to a cosmic scale of "'exchange of substances,’ maintaining the existence of everything existing in the Megalocosmos as one whole." (Gurdjieff, All and Everything 39:775)

Iris(Greek Ιρις, literally "rainbow"; also "messenger") Virgin goddess and messenger of the Olympian gods.

"Iris, divine, ineffable maiden, messenger goddess of winged feet, you are the one who protects initiate women who work in the flaming forge of Vulcan." - Samael Aun Weor, Magic of the Runes

(Hebrew: Yeshaaya or Yeshaayahu ישעיהו) Derived from the root יש"ע, salvation, and combined with the letters יהו - a name of God. A prophet in the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

"Isaiah, Samuel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many other prophets shone filled with light upon the streets of Jerusalem. These were the prophets chosen to accompany the Lord." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

(Hebrew איש) Compare with אש, fire. איש is the man; the fire of “Iod” the phallus; the fire of pingala or Od the solar serpent of the Caduceus of Mercury. Plural: Ishim, masculine sexual fires.

"And Adam [אדם] said, This [זאת] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman [אשה], because she was taken out of Man [איש]." - Genesis 2:23

Hebrew [אשה] The woman, as well as the fire of “Hei” the uterus, and the fire of Ida (Sanskrit) or Obd; the lunar serpent of the Caduceus of Mercury. Plural: Ishoth, feminine sexual fires.

"And Adam [אדם] said, This [זאת] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman [אשה], because she was taken out of Man [איש]." - Genesis 2:23

Interestingly, the same letters [אשה] can also be pronounced "Ishe" which in ancient Hebrew means "fire offering."

(Hebrew אישים) Literally, "men." Ishim אישים is a plural word that points at the human androgyne. Significantly, it is spelled with the three mother letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The word Ishim contains the three mother letters and two Iods, the two polarities of the fire which are also represented in יהוה Iod Hei Vav Hei, the sacred name of God, synthesized in the number 72, all of the powers of Shem Hamphorash written with 22 letters.

In Kabbalah, ishim is related with:

  1. Ishim is the name of Malkuth in the world of Yetzirah.

  2. Initiates in Malkuth (Assiah, the physical world) are Ishim.

  3. The androgynous man, the heavenly man, the self-realized Adam, is Ishim in Malkuth of the world of Yetzirah.

  4. The word אישים Ishim relates to the fires of the central column of the Tree of Life, which relates to our spinal column and to our three brains as follows: Aleph א is the intellectual brain, Shin ש is the emotional brain and Mem ם the motor, instinctual sexual brain. The two Iods י of the word belong to the two creative powers: the throat and the genitalia.

(Sanskrit) One of the eight major powers (siddhis) of a spiritually developed person.

“The power that permits the Saint to resurrect the dead. Whosoever reaches this height is a liberated one, a Lord of the living and of the dead.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

“It is the attainment of divine power. The Yogi becomes the Lord of the universe. The Yogi who has this power can restore life to the dead. Kabir, Tulsidas, Akalkot Swami and others had this power of bringing back life to the dead.” - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

"When one achieves the inner Self-realization of the highest part of one’s Being, one receives the grade “Ishmesch.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac

A character from Assyrian-Bablyonian myths (notably in "The Epic of Gligamesh"), clearly related to Isis, Venus, Astarte, and other goddesses. The name Ishtar is Semitic (Hebrew), and has been explained as meaning "the self-waterer" (George A. Barton, 1915).

"Mary Magdalene, as well as Salambo, Matres, Ishtar, Astarte, Aphrodite and Venus all represent the priestess-wife with whom we must practice Sexual Magic in order to awaken the fire." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"The myth of Tammuz and Ishtar is one of the earliest examples of the dying-god allegory, probably antedating 4000 B. C. The imperfect condition of the tablets upon which the legends are inscribed makes it impossible to secure more than a fragmentary account of the Tammuz rites. Being the esoteric god of the sun, Tammuz did not occupy a position among the first deities venerated by the Babylonians, who for lack of deeper knowledge looked upon him as a god of agriculture or a vegetation spirit. Originally he was described as being one of the guardians of the gates of the underworld. Like many other Savior-Gods, he is referred to as a "shepherd" or "the lord of the shepherd seat." Tammuz occupies the remarkable position of son and husband of Ishtar, the Babylonian and Assyrian Mother-goddess. Ishtar--to whom the planer Venus was sacred--was the most widely venerated deity of the Babylonian and Assyrian pantheon. She was probably identical with Ashterorh, Astarte, and Aphrodite. The story of her descent into the underworld in search presumably for the sacred elixir which alone could restore Tammuz to life is the key to the ritual of her Mysteries. Tammuz, whose annual festival took place just before the summer solstice, died in midsummer in the ancient month which bore his name, and was mourned with elaborate ceremonies. The manner of his death is unknown, but some of the accusations made against Ishtar by Izdubar (Nimrod) would indicate that she, indirectly at least, had contributed to his demise. The resurrection of Tammuz was the occasion of great rejoicing, at which time he was hailed as a "redeemer" of his people.

"With outspread wings, Ishtar, the daughter of Sin (the Moon), sweeps downward to the gates of death. The house of darkness--the dwelling of the god Irkalla--is described as "the place of no return." It is without light; the nourishment of those who dwell therein is dust and their food is mud. Over the bolts on the door of the house of Irkalla is scattered dust, and the keepers of the house are covered with feathers like birds. Ishtar demands that the keepers open the gates, declaring that if they do not she will shatter the doorposts and strike the hinges and raise up dead devourers of the living. The guardians of the gates beg her to be patient while they go to the queen of Hades from whom they secure permission to admit Ishtar, but only in the same manner as all others came to this dreary house. Ishtar thereupon descends through the seven gates which lead downward into the depths of the underworld. At the first gate the great crown is removed from her head, at the second gate the earrings from her ears, at the third gate the necklace from her neck, at the fourth gate the ornaments from her breast, at the fifth gate the girdle from her waist, at the sixth gate the bracelets from her hands and feet, and at the seventh gate the covering cloak of her body. Ishtar remonstrates as each successive article of apparel is taken from her, bur the guardian tells her that this is the experience of all who enter the somber domain of death. Enraged upon beholding Ishtar, the Mistress of Hades inflicts upon her all manner of disease and imprisons her in the underworld.

"As Ishtar represents the spirit of fertility, her loss prevents the ripening of the crops and the maturing of all life upon the earth.

"In this respect the story parallels the legend of Persephone. The gods, realizing that the loss of Ishtar is disorganizing all Nature, send a messenger to the underworld and demand her release. The Mistress of Hades is forced to comply, and the water of life is poured over Ishtar. Thus cured of the infirmities inflicted on her, she retraces her way upward through the seven gates, at each of which she is reinvested with the article of apparel which the guardians had removed." - Manly P Hal, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

(Sanskrit ईश्वर) Literally, "able to do, prince, capable of, king, liable, queen, exposed to, god of love, Supreme Being, number eleven, supreme soul, god, ziva, ruler, one of the rudras, husband, lord, master."

"Just as air is formless and at the same time takes the form as of a cyclone, so also the formless Brahman can assume a form. [...] Ishvara or the Lord, though unmanifest Himself, caused this universe to be gradually manifested. [...] The common name of God is Brahman, Paramatman, Bhagavan or Ishvara. [...] Ishvara Himself assumes the forms of Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra through Sattva, Rajas and Tamas and becomes the creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe. [...] Anthropomorphic conception of God is that in which man gives human attributes to God. Mohammedan conception of God is anthropomorphic. The impersonal aspect (Nirakara, Nirguna) is called Brahman, or ‘unknowable’ by Herbert Spencer, ‘will’ by Schopenhauer, Absolute Noumenon by some ‘substance’ by Spinoza. The personal aspect (Sakara) of that Being is termed ‘Ishvara’ or Allah, Hari, Jehova, Father in Heaven, Buddha, Siva, etc. Just as vapour or steam is formless, so also God is formless in His unmanifested or transcendental state. He takes a form to please His devotees. He assumes a form for the pious worship of His Bhaktas. He gives Darshan to His devotees in the form in which they meditate. For a devotee who has Prema Nishtha, a form is necessary. When he develops Para Bhakti, the form will vanish away and he will become one with the all-pervading pure Consciousness. Lord Krishna is the Prema aspect of Ishvara or the Lord. Lord Siva is the wisdom aspect of Ishvara. Devi is the Sakti aspect of Ishvara. Virat is the manifested aspect of Ishvara. Hiranyagarbha is the immanent aspect of Ishvara. Hanuman is the Rudra aspect of Lord Siva. Dattatreya is the combined aspect of (Trinity) of Ishvara. Brahma is the creative aspect of Isvara. Vishnu is the preservative aspect of Ishvara. Siva is the destructive aspect of Ishvara. Meditate on any aspect you like, attain union with the Lord and cross this ocean of Samsara." - Swami Sivananda, Self-knowledge

"Really, Ishvara (the supreme master) is a very special Purusha who is exempted from sufferings, actions with results, and desires. Imagine the Universal Spirit of Life as an ocean without beaches, without shores. Think for a moment of a wave that emerges in order to get lost anew within its liquid element. Then, this diamantine wave would be Ishvara. Brahma, the ocean of the Spirit, manifests itself as Ishvara, who is the master of masters, the governor of the universe. Within Him, that omniscience (which in others only exists as a germ) becomes infinite." - Samael Aun Weor, Magic of the Runes

(Egyptian) 1. The Divine Mother.

2. A priestess of a temple.

(Hebrew ישראל) This important word hides a great variety of meanings (such as I-SaRah-El). Primarily:

  1. IS [יש] reminds us of Isis and the Isiac Mysteries. Certainly, Isis is the Divine Princess (Sarah) Kundalini. She is the light or fire (יש Ish in Hebrew) of the middle י Iod of the letter ש Shin, which rises up through the spinal medulla (Sushumna) thanks to the other Iods (Ob and Odb, Yin and Yang, Ida and Pingala, Eve and Adam, Sa and Ra) of the letter ש “Shin,” which from Yesod (Iod- sex) entwine along the spinal medulla to the brain.

  2. RA [רא] reminds us of the Solar Logos, the letter ר Reish, the Head of the Universe, Kether. Let us remember the disk of RA found in ancient Egypt of the Pharaohs.

  3. EL (אל Aleph, Lamed) is Hebrew for “God,” the inner, profound God within each one of us.

In sequence and correct etymological corollary, when the scriptures refer to the "people of Israel," this is a reference to the various parts of the inner Being. All of the multiple Self-cognizant and independent parts of our own individual Being constitute the people of Israel. Until we reach the complete liberation of our inner Being from the ego, we are trapped in slavery in Matzarim (Egypt).