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

Laboratorium Oratorium

(Latin, indicating a place of work and prayer) A reference to the practice of Alchemy, originating from an illustration by Heinrich Kunrath.

Laghima

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

“The power to decrease the weight of the physical body to that of a feather. We can float in the air with the physical body, thanks to this power.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

“He (the initiate) can make his body as light as cotton or feather. Vayustambhanam is done through this Siddhi. In Jalastambhanam also the power is exercised to a very small degree. The body is rendered light by Plavini Pranayama. The Yogi produces a diminution of his specific gravity by swallowing large draughts of air. The Yogi travels in the sky with the help of this Siddhi. He can travel thousands of miles in a minute.” - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

Lama

(Tibetan བླ་མ་ bla-ma; "chief" or "high priest"; Sanskrit: guru) A title for a teacher of the Dharma. It is composed of "La," which refers to the universal binding cosmic energy that lies at the base of all existence. "Ma" is a universal term for the Divine Mother. A Lama is the one who is there to assist students with love and with compassion, as a reflection or as a vehicle of that love of the Divine Mother, the cosmic mother.

Lamed

The twelfth Letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes aspiration, contemplation of the heart, and spiritual work. It is formed by a letter Vav, whose head (a letter Iod) looks downward on the letter Kaph. "A tower soaring on the top of the head, in the air,” this is the only kabbalistic letter that ascends above the head. Its Kabbalistic value is 30.

Language

"In ancient times, mankind spoke the divine solar language, and all the creatures of the earth, water, air, and fire knelt before mankind in obedience. But, when mankind ate of the forbidden fruit, he forgot the language of the Children of the Fire, and built the Tower of Babel. This tower symbolizes all the languages of the world. Consequently, human beings were left confused amongst themselves with many languages. In ancient times, only the language of Eden was spoken. The Children of the Fire created all things with this sacred Verb." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

"Before all the languages of the Tower of Babel were scattered abroad upon the face of all the earth, only one language, a language of gold, a universal idiom existed. That language has its perfect Cosmic Grammar. The letters of that golden language are written in all of Nature. Whosoever has studied the Nordic Runes and the Hebrew, Chinese, and Tibetan characters, will be able to intuit such a “Cosmic Language” with its enigmatic letters." - Samael Aun Weor, Logos Mantra Theurgy

Laodicea

(Greek Λαοδικεία, from λαός laos, "a people," δίκη, díkē, "right, just, lawful, upright, innocent")

1. The highest of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation of St. John. Although several ancient cities held this name, the Biblical reference is related not to the mistranslated "Asia," but to the Hebrew word "Assiah," our body. Laodicea is one of the seven "churches" or energetic gathering places, called chakras in Sanskrit.

"When the Kundalini reaches the pineal gland it opens the church of Laodicea. This chakra has 1,000 splendid, sparkling petals. This is the crown that shines like an aura of light upon the head of the Saints. The atom of the Holy Spirit exists in the pineal gland. It is in this church that we attain the white dove of the Holy Spirit; here we fill ourselves with illumination, wisdom and omniscience." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book

"The Church of Laodicea exists in the pineal gland. During the time of the Hyperboreans, a virgin with the name of Laodicea existed. She was carrying offerings to Delos, or Delphi, of ancient Greece." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

2. "The people of Delos wisely said that the Hyperboreans had the beautiful and innocent custom of sending their sacred, divine offerings in the hands of two enchanting and ineffable virgins. The name of one was Hyperoche and the other Laodicea." - Samael Aun Weor, Gnostic Magic of the Runes

Law

"In Gnosis, we look at ethics, morality, or guidelines for behavior as having two fundamental aspects, or two divisions you could say, and these are the First Law and the Second Law. A law of course is a guideline, a rule - this is the way we usually think of a law, something that somebody decided and opposes on us, but we are not talking about that kind of law. When we talk about the First Law and the Second Law, we are talking about law in the sense of Dharma. Dharma means "truth, law, a fact," something which IS, so when we discuss the Law, the Cosmic Law, we are not describing some rule that a bearded man in heaven decided on and is demanding of those below him; this is not what we mean by Law. What we mean is, as an example, gravity. In this third dimensional world, gravity is a law, it is a truth, it is a fact. So the First Law and the Second Law are exactly like that: they are truths, facts of reality, facts of existence, but according to certain levels." - The Freedom of Discipline

Law of Seven

Heptaparaparshinokh: The Law of Seven. This is the fundamental principle of the organization of everything that is created. Thus we have seven primary colors, seven primary chakras, seven primary notes, seven primary planets, etc.

Law of Three

(Also called Triamazikamno) The law of nature through which action is accomplished, by means of three forces. The active principle is the positive pole, the passive principle is the negative pole, and the principle that conciliates both is the third force, the neutral force. The Law of Three is formed then by the three principles: Holy Affirmation, Holy Negation, and Holy Conciliation. The third force conciliates the affirming force with the negating force. This profound law is represented in all religions by a trinity of powers. [See: Trinity]

Laya

(Sanskrit, meaning, "point of dissolution") Laya is from the Sanskrit root li, meaning "to dissolve," "to disintegrate," or "to vanish away."

“The point of matter where every differentiation has ceased.” - Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

In Yoga: "Laya is the state of mind when one forgets all the objects of senses and gets absorbed in the object of meditation. Laya enables one to have perfect control over the five Tattvas, mind and Indriyas. The fluctuations of mind will stop. The mind, body and Prana will be entirely subdued." - Swami Sivananda

Laya Center

Sanskrit meaning, "point of dissolution" Laya is from the Sanskrit root li, meaning "to dissolve," "to disintegrate," or "to vanish away." A laya-center is the cosmic point where matter disappears from one dimension and passes to exist into another dimension. A laya center is the core-space through which the Logos applies the karmic law as a cause for any life in any dimension, from higher laya centers of higher parallel universes into the lower laya centers of lower manifested universes. A laya-center could be conceived as a cosmic vortex through which the Logos from superior spheres of consciousness pours down its creative energy into the lowers spheres, thus, animating, inspiring and breathing its own essence or substance into the lower parallel universes. The Logos is the cognizant or mechanical directive force or driving power of many degrees behind any laya center in any universe. Behind the laya-center of any evolving and devolving mechanism of nature stands the intelligence of the Logos. A laya-center is that core of the space where the substance becomes again homogeneous. Therefore, Any given laya-center exists in between parallel universes. Any Logoic Hierarchy, therefore, acts through innumerable number of laya-centers.

Laziness

One of the seven capital sins. Must be transmuted into its pure form: diligence or zeal, which is related to Mercury (Raphael).

“The atoms of laziness are a serious obstacle for the progress towards the superior worlds.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

Left-hand

In traditional cultures (especially Asian), the right hand is utilized for positive, clean, upright actions, such as eating, making offerings, etc., while the left hand is used for hidden, unclean, or harmful actions. This tradition emerged from the ancient esoteric knowledge, unknown to the public, in which the followers of the light (divinity, purity) correspond to the "right-hand of God" while the adherents of impurity and desire fall to the left, into disgrace. These contrary paths are rooted in Sanskrit terms. Dakshinachara (Sanskrit दक्षिनाचार) literally means "upright in conduct" but is interpreted as "Right-Hand Path." Vāmācāra (वामाचार) literally means "black magic," or " behaving badly or in the wrong way," and is used to refer to "Left-Hand Path" or "Left-path" (Sanskrit: Vāmamārga वाममार्ग). These two paths are explained in Kabbalah as well.

In modern times, those who follow the left-hand path have worked hard to make their path seem respectable and equal to the right, by claiming the two need each other to exist. This argument is based on the lie that left-hand initiates pursue the darkness of the Uncreated Light, the Absolute (which is pure, divine), yet the reality is that their degeneration and harmful acts propel them into the darkness of the abyss, the hell realms, to be cleansed of their impurity. Followers of the left-hand path believe they can outwit Divinity.

"And he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. And he shall set the sheep on his right, but the goats on his left." — Matthew 25: 32-33

"Then the people of the right hand - Oh! how happy shall be the people of the right hand! And the people of the left hand - Oh! how wretched shall be the people of the left hand!" - Qur'an, The Inevitable

The widespread of the use of these terms in the West originated with H. P. Blavatsky.

It is important to note that physical handedness has nothing to do with one's spiritual level, value, or destiny. The persecution of left-handedness is just an ignorant form of discrimination.

"In symbolism the body is divided vertically into halves, the right half being considered as light and the left half as darkness. By those unacquainted with the true meanings of light and darkness the light half was denominated spiritual and the left half material. Light is the symbol of objectivity; darkness of subjectivity. Light is a manifestation of life and is therefore posterior to life. That which is anterior to light is darkness, in which light exists temporarily but darkness permanently. As life precedes light, its only symbol is darkness, and darkness is considered as the veil which must eternally conceal the true nature of abstract and undifferentiated Being.

"In ancient times men fought with their right arms and defended the vital centers with their left arms, on which was carried the protecting shield. The right half of the body was regarded therefore as offensive and the left half defensive. For this reason also the right side of the body was considered masculine and the left side feminine. Several authorities are of the opinion that the present prevalent right-handedness of the race is the outgrowth of the custom of holding the left hand in restraint for defensive purposes. Furthermore, as the source of Being is in the primal darkness which preceded light, so the spiritual nature of man is in the dark part of his being, for the heart is on the left side.

"Among the curious misconceptions arising from the false practice of associating darkness with evil is one by which several early nations used the right hand for all constructive labors and the left hand for only those purposes termed unclean and unfit for the sight of the gods. For the same reason black magic was often referred to as the left-hand path, and heaven was said to be upon the right and hell upon the left. Some philosophers further declared that there were two methods of writing: one from left to right, which was considered the exoteric method; the other from right to left, which was considered esoteric. The exoteric writing was that which was done out or away from the heart, while the esoteric writing was that which--like the ancient Hebrew--was written toward the heart." - Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

Lemurian Root Race

The third Root Race of this terrestrial round. The Lemurians existed before the Atlanteans, but have been confused with them by some groups. About this, H.P. Blavatsky said, "In our own day we witness the stupendous fact that such comparatively recent personages as Shakespeare and William Tell are all but denied, an attempt being made to show one to be a nom de plume, and the other a person who never existed. What wonder then, that the two powerful races -- the Lemurians and the Atlanteans -- have been merged into and identified, in time, with a few half mythical peoples, who all bore the same patronymic?" (The Secret Doctrine, 1888)

"It is clear that the Miocene Epoch had its proper scenario on the ancient Lemurian land, the continent that was formerly located in the Pacific Ocean. Remnants of Lemuria are still located in Oceania, in the great Australia, and on Easter Island (where some carved monoliths were found), etc." - Samael Aun Weor, Gnostic Anthropology

"The third Root Race was the Lemurian race, which inhabited Mu, which today is the Pacific Ocean. They perished by fire raining from the sun (volcanoes and earthquakes). This Root Race was governed by the Aztec God Tlaloc. Their reproduction was by means of gemmation. Lemuria was a very extensive continent. The Lemurians who degenerated had, afterwards, faces similar to birds; this is why some savages, when remembering tradition, adorned their heads with feathers." - Samael Aun Weor, The Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries

Leo

(July 23 to August 22) The fifth sign of the zodiac, ruled by the Sun and related to the element of fire.

"The natives of Leo are like the lion: kind and courageous. The natives of Leo are mystics and like to command. The natives of Leo suffer a lot. The natives of Leo sometimes suffer accidents to their arms or hands. The natives of Leo are magnanimous and kind. The natives of Leo become irritated and angry easily." - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

Lethe

(Greek) Ληθη, "forgetfulness, oblivion."

1. A symbolic "river" in the underworld, which the dead drink of in order to forget their past.

2. The spirit (daimona) of forgetfulness and oblivion, also associated with the underworld river Lethe.

"After having incinerated the seeds of the “Ego” through the purification of our corruption in Purgatory, the Initiate then bathes in the rivers Lethe [forgetfulness] and Eunoe. [...] The dissolution of the ego is necessary because the ego is nothing but an addition of tenebrous entities. We have arrived at the conclusion that every human being must dissolve the ego, burn the seeds of the ego, and be bathed in the waters of Lethe in order to be finished with the memories of the past. Then after the Confirmation in the Light, one is welcomed into the White Brotherhood; there one signs papers and is warned that one must be careful." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"It is written that the Son of Man has to descend into the atomic infernos of Nature. It is written that the Son of Man has to ascend to heaven, after passing through the Purgatorial region. The Son of Man has to carefully submerge himself within the waters of Lethe in order to reconquer innocence. With great urgency, we need to forget the sinful and absurd past that is the origin of much bitterness. The Lethe and Eunoe are certainly, and without the least bit of doubt, a single river of clear and profound waters. On one side, its waters delectably descend, singing upon its rocky bed, carrying the marvelous virtue that erases the memory of sin, the remembrances of “myself.” Its name is Lethe. The other very holy and sublime shore has the delectable enchantment of fortifying virtues, and its name is Eunoe. It is obvious that the tenebrous remembrances of too many yesterdays must be erased, because to our own disgrace, they have the tendency of actualizing, projecting themselves into the future through the alley of the present. In the name of truth, I have to say that the profound work within the waters of Lethe is frightfully difficult and more bitter than bile. The matter of passing beyond the body, affections, and the mind is not easy. Too many beloved shadows live within time... The memories of desire persist; they refuse to die; they do not want to disappear." - Samael Aun Weor, Magic Runes

Level of Being

The level of development of the consciousness.

Leviathan

(Hebrew לויתן or לווייתן) A Biblical symbol mentioned throughout the Judeo-Christian scriptures and thoroughly described in Job 41. Like all other scriptural symbols, it has a variety of meanings.

  1. Leviathan symbolizes the sexual power within our organism, that must be tamed and controlled by the human soul. "The Leviathan is the sexual force that receives that energy of Behemoth. All that energy from the animal kingdom, that is in your sub-consciousness, infra-consciousness, and unconsciousness goes through the blood and into the seed, and this is why the animal is very strong in us." - Lecture: Arcanum 14

  2. A Resurrected Master has completely eradicated the animal ego, and thereby becomes Leviathan (Levi-tannyn), and through death has conquered death. "It is necessary to comprehend and meditate that the Leviathan, that one who is moving through the waters, is the True Master that has been decapitated and decapitated again. Who is capable of decapitating the Leviathan? Who is capable of hurting the one who has already received all harms and become resurrected? Let us be converted into Resurrected Masters." - Samael Aun Weor

    This is why Kabbalah states that Moses is a Leviathan.

Liberation

(Sanksrit moksha or mukti) Freedom for cyclic existence, or karmic conditioning. One is liberated from suffering when the consciousness is extracted from the ego: from desire, karma, attachment, pride, lust, envy, jealousy, fear, gluttony, anger, etc. When the soul is free of all blemish, it is a liberated soul.

"No single living being can Self-realize or attain liberation through the mechanical law of evolution." - Samael Aun Weor

"Any attempt at liberation, no matter how great it might be, if it does not take into consideration the necessity of dissolving the ego, it is condemned to failure." - Samael Aun Weor, Revolutionary Psychology

Libra

(September 23rd to October 23rd) The seventh sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Venus and related to the element air.

"The natives of Libra always have their love on the scale and their lives are as unstable as the movements of the pans of the scale. The natives of Libra suffer in love. The natives of Libra have many aptitudes and a great ability to earn their daily bread." - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

Lilith

(also Lilit; Hebrew לילית‎) An ancient symbol appearing in Sumerian mythology (4000 BC), later known in Kabbalah as the feminine half or the first "wife" of Adam. After the division, she because the source of many demonic spirits who continue to plague mankind, including the sucubi and incubi generated by masturbation and sexual fantasy.

"In a hole by the great, supernal abyss, there is a certain female, a spirit above all spirits. We have explained that its name is Lilit. She was first with Adam, being his wife... In ancient books, it has been said that Lilit fled from Adam before that, namely before Eve was prepared. We did not understand it this way, because this female, Lilit, was with him. As long as this woman, Eve, was not made to be with Adam, Lilit was with him. When Eve was designed to be with him, Lilit fled to the sea, destined to harm the world." - Zohar

1) "Lilith is the mother of abortions, homosexuality, and in general, all kinds of crimes against Nature." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

2) "Another small moon called Lilith by astronomers also exists. Lilith is the black moon. The souls that have already totally separated themselves from their Monad formed by Atman-Buddhi-Manas, go there." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

Limbus

“Limbus Major” is a term used by Paracelsus; it means “primordial matter.”

Linga Swayambhu

A phallic symbol that resides inside the Chakra Muladhara; a reference to Shiva.

Lingam

(Sanskrit लिङ्गं ) Although in general usage the term lingam can mean many different things depending upon the context, ranging from "symbol" to "mark" to "gender," in spiritual context it refers to the Hindu symbol Shiva and the masculine sexual organ.

Lingam Sharira

(Sanskrit; or sukshma-sharira; sukshma: “subtle,” sharira: “body or sheath.”) The vital or ethereal body, related to the fourth dimension.

Litelantes

(1920-1998) The inner name of the spouse of Samael Aun Weor.

“The Guru Litelantes, known on the earth with the profane name of Arnolda de Gomez, taught me about the Jinn State. This Lady-Adept is my priestess-wife and my esoteric collaborator.” - Samael Aun Weor, Occult Medicine & Practical Magic

Locusts

In spirituality, locusts symbolize the fiery sparkling life-force power of the Logos Samael which descend from Geburah into the waters of Yesod (Scorpio) and which through transmutation can return upwardly to our Geburah, our consciousness. This is the esoteric meaning of the verse: “And Iod-Chavah said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand (Iod, phallus) over the land of Egypt (our physicality) for the locusts (the fiery sparkling life-force powers of Samael Geburah), that they may come up (through the spine) upon the land of Egypt (our physicality), and eat every herb (spiritual force) of the land, even all that the hail hath left." (Ex. 10:12), Here, locusts symbolize the ascending fiery sparking life-force principles of Geburah by means of sexual transmutation.

Logoic Triangle

The first trinity of sephiroth on the Tree of Life: Kether, Chokmah, and Binah. Ruled by Kether.

Logos

(Greek) means Verb or Word. In Greek and Hebrew metaphysics, the unifying principle of the world. The Logos is the manifested deity of every nation and people; the outward expression or the effect of the cause which is ever concealed. (Speech is the "logos" of thought). The Logos has three aspects, known universally as the Trinity, Trikaya, or Trimurti. These are related to the three primary forces behind all forms of creation. 

The First Logos is the Father, Brahma, Kether.

The Second Logos is the Son, Vishnu, Chokmah.

The Third Logos is the Holy Spirit, Shiva, Binah.

One who incarnates the Logos becomes a Logos. In Buddhism, the Logos is the Trikaya: Dharmakaya, Sambogakaya, Nirmanakaya.

"The Logos is not an individual. The Logos is an army of ineffable beings." - Samael Aun Weor, Endocrinology & Criminology

Lotus of Gold

The previous cosmic day, the period in which the Lunar humanity was active. See The Revolution of Beelzebub by Samael Aun Weor.

Lucifer

(Latin: lux, lucis, luce, luci, and lucu: “light”; fer, fero: “to bear, carry, support, lift, hold, take up”; these synthesize as “Bearer of Light”) Before Milton, Lucifer had never been a name of the devil. One of the early Popes of Rome bore that name, and there was even a Christian sect in the fourth century which was called the Luciferians. Lucifer, the "carrier of the light," is Prometheus, the divinity who brings the life-giving fire to humanity, yet is punished for this act, and is only freed when that fire incarnates as Herakles ("the aura of Hera"), the hero (bodhisattva; i.e. Jesus, Krishna, Moses, etc) who liberates the Christic fire from its bondage in the stone (the mountain / Mercury).

Luminous Ether

One of the four ethers of the Ethereal Body. The luminous ether is related with the caloric, luminous, perceptive, etc., phenomena.

Lumisial

"A place of light." A Gnostic Lumisial is a generator of spiritual energy, a Gnostic school which maintains the ancient initiatic Three Chamber structure. The source of power is the Cosmic Christ, and the means to receive and transform it are within the Second and Third Chambers.

"We are therefore working, my dear brethren, to initiate the Era of Aquarius. We are working in order to save what is possible, meaning, those who allow themselves to be saved. This is why it is necessary that we shape our Gnostic Movements and that we organize them each time better; that we establish the Three Chambers. Our Gnostic Movements must have exactly Three Chambers. Each Lumisial must have Three Chambers for the instruction of our students. Our Gnostic Centers receive a name in a very pure language that flows like a river of gold that runs in the sunny, thick jungle; that name is LUMISIALS." - Samael Aun Weor, The Final Catastrophe and the Extraterrestrials

Lunar channel

One of the two energetic non-physical channels alongside the spinal column. The moon channel carries the "white" or cooling energies of the vital body. It is known in various traditions as ida, eve, kyangma, lalana, and obd.

Lust

One of the seven capital sins. Must be transmuted into its pure form: chastity, which is related to Venus (Uriel).

“There are three gates to self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed.” - Bhagavad Gita 16.21

“Desire never rests by enjoyment of lusts, as fire surely increases the more butter is offered to it.” - Laws of Manu 2.94

“In the region of Light live the beings who adore each other. In the region of Darkness live the souls who become inebriated with the chalice of lust, and who after getting drunk spill the cup. Those souls are consumed in the fire of their own lust.” - The Perfect Matrimony

“The origin of the sinful “I” lies in lust.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

“Lust is sexual desire... Lust can be transmuted into love.” - Samael Aun Weor, Endocrinology & Criminology

“If we want to dissolve the “I,” we must start by terminating lust. If the water is taken away from the fish of the sea they will die. If the Luciferic Fire is taken away from our “I’s”, these psychological “I’s” will die. We must stop the nourishment from which they live.” - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” - Galatians 5:16

“We must eliminate even the most intimate roots of that which is called lust.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

Quote of the Moment

"Whosoever looks upon his wrongdoing as wrongdoing, makes amends by confessing it as such, and abstains from it in the future, will progress according to the Law."

- Buddhism, Digha Nikaya, Samanaphala Sutta

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