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

"Those who have passed beyond the Illuminated Void and the relativity of life, experience that which is called Tality. The Tality is the Great Reality of life, free in its movement... It is unpostponable to Self-realize within ourselves that which is called Tality. The Tality is the Great Reality beyond perversity and holiness. The saints can never exist within the womb of the Tality, which is beyond perversity and holiness. There is nothing in the Tality which can be called holy. The Great Reality is the Great Reality, the Tality. The saints and the perverse ones revolve within the great Wheel of Samsara. Therefore, they are very far from the Tality... The Tality is beyond the machinery of relativity, and also beyond the Illuminated Void. The Tality is that which is beyond the body, the affections, and the mind. The Tality is that which is far beyond all dualism." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

One of the three gunas, or qualities of nature. The quality of darkness, foulness, ignorance, obscurity, heaviness or inertia. The “lowest” of the three qualities. From the Mahabarata: "Complete delusion, ignorance, illiberality, indecision in respect of action, sleep, haughtiness, fear, cupidity, grief, censure of good acts, loss of memory, unripeness of judgment, absence of faith, violation of all rules of conduct, want of discrimination, blindness, vileness of behaviour, boastful assertions of performance when there has been no performance, presumption of knowledge in ignorance, unfriendliness (or hostility), evilness of disposition, absence of faith, stupid reasoning, crookedness, incapacity for association, sinful action, senselessness, stolidity, lassitude, absence of self-control, degradation, - all these qualities are known as belonging to Darkness (Tamas). Whatever other states of mind connected with delusion exist in the world, all appertain to Darkness. Frequent ill-speaking of other people, censuring the deities and the Brahmanas (priests), illiberality, vanity, delusion, wrath, unforgiveness, hostility towards all creatures, are regarded as the characteristics of Darkness. Whatever undertakings exist that are unmeritorious (in consequence of their being vain or useless), what gifts there are that are unmeritorious (in consequence of the unworthiness of the donee, the unseasonableness of the time, the impropriety of the object, etc.), vain eating, - these also appertain to Darknesss (Tamas). Indulgence in calumny, unforgiveness, animosity, vanity, and absence of faith are also said to be characteristics of Darkness. Whatever men there are in this world who are characterised by these and other faults of a similar kind, and who break through the restraints provided by the scriptures, are all regarded as belonging to the quality of Darkness."

(Hebrew תנין) An often debated term in the Hebrew scriptures, variously interpreted to mean, "whale, crocodile, serpent, leviathan, dinosaur," and more. The real meaning is revealed in Kabbalah. Study this lecture about the letter Nun.

"And God created great tanniyn , and every nephesh chaiah that creeps, which the mayim brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good." - Genesis 1:21

"When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast [it] before Pharaoh, [and] it shall become a tanniyn." - Exodus 7:9

Sanskrit for "continuum" or "unbroken stream." from Sanskrit tantram, lit. "loom, warp," hence "groundwork, system, doctrine," from tan "to stretch, extend." Tantra refers first (1) to the continuum of vital energy that sustains all existence, and second (2) to the class of knowledge and practices that harnesses that vital energy, thereby transforming the practitioner. There are many schools of Tantra, but they can be classified in three types: White, Grey and Black. Tantra has long been known in the West as Alchemy. In Asian religions, there is a corresponding class of books called Tantras.

“In the view of Tantra, the body's vital energies are the vehicles of the mind. When the vital energies are pure and subtle, one's state of mind will be accordingly affected. By transforming these bodily energies we transform the state of consciousness.” -The 14th Dalai Lama

(Sanskrit; Tibetan: Dolma) Literally, "savior" or "she who liberates." An emanation of Avalokitesvara. Tara is a goddess of compassion who appears in twenty-one forms. Her veneration is very popular in Tibetan Buddhism. For more information, study The Arcanum Twenty-one.

"Through the Gypsies the Tarot cards may be traced back to the religious symbolism of the ancient Egyptians. [...] Count de Gébelin believed the word Tarot itself to be derived from two Egyptian words, Tar, meaning "road," and Ro, meaning "royal." Thus the Tarot constitutes the royal road to wisdom. (See Le Monde Primitif.) [...] The Tarot is undoubtedly a vital element in Rosicrucian symbolism, possibly the very book of universal knowledge which the members of the order claimed to possess. The Rota Mundi is a term frequently occurring in the early manifestoes of the Fraternity of the Rose Cross. The word Rota by a rearrangement of its letters becomes Taro, the ancient name of these mysterious cards. [...] The Pythagorean numerologist will also find an important relationship to exist between the numbers on the cards and the designs accompanying the numbers. The Qabbalist will be immediately impressed by the significant sequence of the cards, and the alchemist will discover certain emblems meaningless save to one versed in the divine chemistry of transmutation and regeneration." As the Greeks placed the letters of their alphabet--with their corresponding numbers--upon the various parts of the body of their humanly represented Logos, so the Tarot cards have an analogy not only in the parts and members of the universe but also in the divisions of the human body. They are in fact the key to the magical constitution of man. [...] The Tarot cards must be considered (1) as separate and complete hieroglyphs, each representing a distinct principle, law, power, or element in Nature; (2) in relation to each other as the effect of one agent operating upon another; and (3) as vowels and consonants of a philosophic alphabet. The laws governing all phenomena are represented by the symbols upon the Tarot cards, whose numerical values are equal to the numerical equivalents of the phenomena. As every structure consists of certain elemental parts, so the Tarot cards represent the components of the structure of philosophy. Irrespective of the science or philosophy with which the student is working, the Tarot cards can be identified with the essential constituents of his subject, each card thus being related to a specific part according to mathematical and philosophical laws. "An imprisoned person," writes Eliphas Levi, "with no other book than the Tarot, if he knew how to use it, could in a few years acquire universal knowledge, and would be able to speak on all subjects with unequalled learning and inexhaustible eloquence." - Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)

"The author of the Tarot was the Angel Metatron. He is Lord of the serpent wisdom. The Bible refers to him as the Prophet Enoch. The Angel Metatron, or Enoch, delivered the Tarot, in which the entirety of divine wisdom is enclosed. The Tarot remains written in stone. He also left us the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This great Master lives in the Superior Worlds, in the world of Atziluth, which is a world of indescribable happiness. According to the Kabbalah, this world is the region of Kether, a very high Sephirah. All Kabbalists base themselves on the Tarot and it is necessary for them to comprehend the Tarot and study it deeply. The Universe was made with the laws of numbers, measurements, and weight. Mathematics forms the Universe, and the numbers become living entities." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

(Greek, tartaros) A section of Hades (hell) reserved for the worst offenders.

(Sanskrit) “truth, fundamental principle.” A reference to the essential nature of a given thing. 

"Prana is the Vital Christ or Great Breath. That Vital Christ is modified into Akasha, within which the Son, the First Begotten, the Purusha of every human being, is hidden. Akasha is modified into Ether, and the Ether is transformed into Tattvas. The Tattvas are the origin of fire, air, water, and earth. Therefore, everything that exists, everything that has been, and everything that shall be comes from the Great Breath, the Cosmic Christ, the Army of the Voice..." - Samael Aun Weor, Kundalini Yoga

"When you know the real Tattva (Brahman), the waking consciousness also will become quite false like a dream." - Swami Sivananda

"The names and forms (Nama-rupa), the appearances that you see outside are all effects of Maya. Maya is Avyakta (hidden, unmanifested); Avyakriti (undifferentiated). It is the indescribable power of the Lord (Anirvachaniya), being the equilibrium of Sattva (purity), Rajas (passion) and Tamas (inertia). When this equilibrium is disturbed by the will of the Lord to give fruits to the Karmas of Jivas, this world is projected at the beginning of the Maha Kalpa. Brahman thought: “There indeed are the worlds; I shall create the protectors of the worlds.” He gathered the Purusha (Hiranyagarbha) from out of the water only and fashioned him. He heated him by the heat of meditation (Aikshanta). When he was thus heated, his heart burst out, from the heat, the mind came, from the mind the moon, the presiding deity of the mind. Heart is the seat of the mind. So the mind came out when the heart burst out. In Samadhi the mind goes to its original seat, the heart. In sleep also it rests in the heart with a veil of ignorance between the mind and the Brahman” (Aitareya Upanishad 1-3-4). From the Avyaktam or the unmanifested (Maya) the Mahat Tattva comes out first, just as the sprout shoots out from the seed in the ground. From Mahat proceeds Ahankara. Then mind, senses, prana and Tanmatras, the five gross elements come into being. Then the whole external universe is created out of the five gross elements." - Swami Sivananda, Self-knowledge

In general the word tattvas refers to the five elemental forces of nature: akash (which is the elemental force of the ether), tejas (fire), vayu (air), apas (water) and prithvi (earth).

There are many other tattvas mentioned in Hinduism, but two particular higher tattvas are important: adi and samadhi.

"Those who have knowledge of the flow of the five Tattvas in the nostrils can very rapidly advance in meditation. There is an intimate connection between the mind and the five Tattvas. When Agni-Tattva flows through the nostrils, mind is much agitated and meditation is interrupted. During the flow of the Akasa-Tattva, meditation is very favourable. A knowledge of "Svara-Sadhana" or "Svarodaya" as it is popularly termed is an indispensable necessity for those who take up to meditation." - Swami Sivananda

"The physical body is composed of the five great elements or the Mahabhutas, viz., earth, water, fire, air, and ether. The Devas or gods are endowed with a divine or luminous body. The fire Tattva is predominant in them. In man, the earth Tattva is preponderating. In the case of aquatic animals, the element of water predominates. In the case of birds, the element of air predominates. Hardness of the body is due to the portion of earth; the fluidity is due to the portion of water; the warmth that you feel in the body is due to fire; moving to and fro and such other activities are due to air; space is due to Akasa or ether. Jivatma or the individual soul is different from the five elements. After death, these elements are dissolved. They reach their primordial sources in the inexhaustible storehouse of nature. The element of earth goes and joins its store of Prithvi Tattva. The other elements also go back to their sources. The respective functions of the organs are blended with the presiding gods. Sight goes to the sun from where it had its power of vision, speech goes to fire, life-breath to air, the ear into quarters, the body into the earth, hairs into annual herbs, hairs of the head into trees, and blood and semen into waters." - Swami Sivananda

(April 20th to May 20th) The second sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Venus. Related to the element earth.

"Taurines are gluttons; they love what is beautiful, gorgeous. Taurines love much and suffer much because they go through great amorous deceptions. When Taurines become furious, they are furious bulls. Taurines are like the ox: hardworking and tenacious." - Samael Aun Weor, Manual of Practical Magic

The twenty-second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes power and servitude. Its Kabbalistic value is 400.

(Sanskrit, literally "brilliance, glow") 1) The tattva (energetic source) of the element of fire. 2) the aura seen around the head of a master.

There are four primary temperaments: Earth (Phlegmatic; Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus), Fire (Sanguineous; Leo, Aries, Sagittarius), Air (Nervous; Libra, Aquarius, Gemini), Water (Voluptuous; Pisces, Scorpio, Cancer).

The four temperaments are commonly attributed as developments of the four humors of the Greek philosophers Aristotle, Hippocrates, and Galen, yet can also be traced to India, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, and is still used in many traditions today, such as Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

The temperaments describe basic qualities of health and psychology, and are combinations of the four elements (earth, water, air, and fire) and the four qualities (cold, hot, moist, and dry).

"The mind's inclination follows the body's temperature." —Galen

Melancholic
Psychology: gluttonous, emotional, introspective
Humor: Black Bile
Element: Earth
Season: Winter
Age: Old Age
Qualities: Cold & Dry
Organ: Spleen or gall bladder
Planet: Saturn

Phlegmatic
Psychology: fearful, heavy, slow
Humor: Phlegm
Element: Water
Season: Autumn
Age: Maturity
Qualities: Cold & Moist
Organ: Brain or lungs
Planet: Moon

Choleric
Psychology: ambitious, easily angered, violent
Humor: Yellow Bile
Element: Fire
Season: Summer
Age: Childhood
Qualities: Hot & Dry
Organ: Spleen or gall bladder
Planet: Mars

Sanguine
Psychology: irresponsible, generous, happy, optimistic, loving, passionate
Humor: Blood
Element: Air
Season: Spring
Age: Adolescence
Qualities: Hot & Moist
Organ: Heart or liver
Planet: Jupiter

"Sexual temperaments are another grave hinderance to happiness. ...this subject matter of temperaments is very important. Not only is it necessary to have affinity between the different centers of the organic machine — intellect, emotion, movement, instinct and sex — but moreover, affinity of temperaments is also necessary. Only by the affinity of temperaments and by a perfect interrelation between the different centers of the human machine can there be authentic affinity that will bring happiness." —Samael Aun Weor, Sexology

The Temple of Medicine located in the internal planes, under the leadership of Raphael, Regent of Mercury.

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"The Temple of Alden is the Temple of Science. The internal bodies also get sick and are also in need of the assistance of these doctors. These doctors are the Masters of Science, who are wealthy in wisdom. They heal the internal bodies of the Initiates and also of anyone who asks for help." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God;" for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death. - James 1:13-15

"Temptation is fire. Triumph over temptation is light." - Samael Aun Weor

"The results speak for themselves. If there are no temptations there are no virtues. Virtues are more grandiose when temptations are stronger. What is important is not to fall into temptation. That is why we have to pray to our Father, saying, “Lead us not into temptation.” Only through the struggle, the contrast, the temptation, and rigorous esoteric discipline, can the flowers of virtue sprout from us." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

(or Gugumatz) The Mayan version of Huehueteotl. He is also seen as an aspect or even a Quiche Mayan translation of Quetzalcoatl. See: Huehueteotl, Quetzalcoatl, and Gugumatz.

An account of personal experience.

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness." - Jesus teaching sexual transmutation to Nicodemus

"For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator." - Hebrews 9

"...there also began to be grouped various forms of what are called ‘Tetartocosmoses’ of all three brain-systems. And among these latter there then first arose just those biped ‘Tetartocosmoses’ whom you a while ago called ‘slugs.’" - Gurdjieff, All and Everything 9.86

The ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes the snake or serpent (nahash) in the Garden of Eden (Sex). Its Kabbalistic value is 9.

A Greek word referring to the Hebrew name of God, the Holy Four-lettered Name יהוה YHVH (Yod He Vau He) often translated as Jehovah, or erroneously as Yahve, Yahweh or Jahve, which is actually the name of a demon although it is spelled the same way. This word has many levels of meaning and application.

(Greek) Willpower.

“Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will (Thelema), but thine, be done.” - Luke 22: 42

So (Father), "do what thou wilt (Thelema), shall be the whole of the Law." And what is the whole of the law?

”Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (who is thy Father, thy true Self).” - Matthew 22: 37-39

On these two commandments hang the whole of the law and the prophets.

"The emanation of the Most Most Holy Sun Absolute Itself they called, as I have already told you, ‘Theomertmalogos’ or ‘Word-God.’" - Gurdjieff, All and Everything 39.760

Samael Aun Weor: “The different pseudo-esoteric and pseudo-occult schools affirm emphatically that the human being possess seven bodies:

1. The first one is called physical body, it is the famous Stula-Sarira of the Oriental theosophists.
2. The second one in Orient is called Linga-Sarira or Vital body and is the base of the organic life, the tetra-dimensional part of the physical body.
3. The third body is Kamas, the principle of desire, the famous Astral body cited by the medieval alchemists.
4. The fourth body is called the Mental body by the Hindustani and Inferior Manas in Sanskrit.
5. The fifth vehicle is the Causal body or Arupic as is called by the theosophists.
6. The sixth body is the Buddhic or Intuitional, the Superlative Consciousness of the Being.
7. The seventh is called Atman the Ineffable by the Hindustani... the Innermost. Certainly, the ancient wisdom says: “Before that the false aurora ..... It is necessary to adore and worship the Innermost.”

The word is derived from the Greek theos (god, divinity) and sophia (wisdom). The Neoplatonists, the Gnostics, and the kabbalists are generally considered types of theosophists. Jakob Boehme, regarded as the father of modern theosophy, developed a complete theosophical system attempting to reconcile the existence of an all-powerful and all-good God with the presence of evil in the world. The philosophy and theology of Asia, especially of India, contain a vast body of theosophical doctrine. Modern theosophy draws much of its vocabulary from Indian sources. The Theosophical Society, with which theosophy is now generally identified, was founded in 1875 by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky; associated with her were H. S. Olcott and W. Q. Judge. Blavatsky wrote The Secret Doctrine (1888, repr. 1964) and Key to Theosophy (1931, rev. ed. 1969). An active exponent of theosophy in Europe, America, and the East was Annie Besant, who added many works to the literature on the subject.

(Egyptian) from Renenutet, Renenet, Ernutet, Thermuthis, Thermouthis, Termuthis. “She Who Rears” was a cobra goddess of nursing or rearing children, fertility and protector of the Pharaoh. Known as the “Nourishing Snake,” she not only was a goddess who was sometimes shown nursing a child, but she offered her protection to the Pharaoh in the Land of the Dead. In later times she was thought to be the goddess who presided over the eighth month of the Egyptian calendar, known by Greek times as Parmutit.

(from Latin: theurgia, Greek: theourgeia, related to theos, "god," and ergon, "work") The action of Theos (God, the Monad). This is white magic, the influence and power that the Monad has over nature and its phenomena. This power and intelligence is exercised in many ways and can be exercised through the Bodhisattva or any particular solar body.

Binah, the Holy Spirit. See also Logos.

An Egyptian symbol of the Christ-Mind. Related to Hermes/Mercury.

Gnostic Psychology recognizes that humanoids actually have three centers of intelligence within: an intellectual brain, an emotional brain, and a motor/instinctive/sexual brain. These are not physical brains; they are divisions of organized activity. Each one functions and operates independent of the others, and each one has a host of jobs and duties that only it can accomplish. Of course, in modern humanity the three brains are grossly out of balance and used incorrectly. See Revolutionary Psychology by Samael Aun Weor.

In order to assure succes in the development of the human being, one has to work daily with the three factors of the revolution of the consciousness:

  1. To be born as a soul
  2. To die as an ego
  3. To sacrifice for others

In Mahayana and Tantrayana Buddhism, these three factors are taught in a definitive order:

  1. Death: to cease harmful action and its causes
  2. Birth: to adopt virtuous action and support its causes
  3. Sacrifice: to work for the benefit of others

In Greek and Roman religion and mythology, the three daughters of Mother Earth, conceived from the blood of Uranus, when Kronos castrated him. They were powerful divinities that personified conscience and punished crimes against kindred blood, especially matricide. They were usually represented as winged women with serpent hair. Their names were Megaera [jealous], Tisiphone [blood avenger], and Alecto [unceasing in pursuit]. When called upon to act, they hounded their victims until they died in a “furor” of madness or torment. In the myth of Orestes they appear as Clytemnestra’s agents of revenge. After Athena absolved Orestes of guilt in the murder of his mother, she gave the Furies a grotto at Athens where they received sacrifices and libations, and became euphemistically known as the Eumenides [kindly ones]. Samael Aun Weor explains that the Three Furies are the same as the Three Traitors (see below).

(Sanskrit: Tri-ratna, literally, "triple gem"; Tibetan: kon-chog-sum) The objects of refuge: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.

An ancient esoteric symbol of our inner psychology. They are present in the Christian Gospel (Judas, Pilate, Caiaphas), in the Masonic Legend of Hiram Abiff, and are the Three Egyptian Demons who killed Osiris. These Three Traitors are related to our Three Brains and the Three Protoplasmatic Lunar Bodies.

"The first is the Demon of Desire, the second is the Demon of the Mind and the third is the Demon of Evil Will. The first one is inside the Astral Body. The second one is inside the Mental Body. The third is inside the Body of Will (Causal Body). All of these three together are the Black Dragon with three heads. They are also Sebal, Ortelut and Stokin, the three traitors of Hiram Abif. In short, these three unclean spirits are our psychological “I,” the ego, the myself." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"When the Kundalini reaches the heart it opens up the chakra of Thyatira. This grants us the power to work with the four winds. The lotus of the heart has twelve petals and its element is the air elemental of the Wise. Whosoever wants to learn how to enter into the supra-sensible worlds with the physical body must awaken the chakra of the heart. This is what is known as “Jinn” science. Then, indeed, the human body can leave the physical plane and enter the supra-sensible worlds. When the sacred serpent reaches the heart it opens the church of Thyatira and transforms us into intuitive human beings." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book

(Tibetan, literally "seminal point"; Sanskrit: bindu) In Tantra, this term has levels of meaning.

  1. Pure, uncorrupted sexual energy.

  2. The Dharmakaya (Truth-Body). In Tibetan: thig-le nyag-gcig.

  3. Light perceived in the intermediate state (bardo) of Reality, and which can also be seen in certain practices of meditation.

(Also tiferet; Hebrew תפארת means beauty or compassion) The sixth sephirah of the Tree of Life. The Human Soul.

Related symbols:
  • Arthurian: Lancelot
  • Buddhist: Bodhisattva
  • Christian-Jewish-Muslim: Isaac, Moses
  • Dante: Dante
  • Gnostic: The 5th Aeon
  • Greco-Roman: Perseus / Theseus / Odysseus, etc.
  • Hindu: Yudishtara
  • Wagner: Siegfried, Parsifal
  • Represents: The Human Soul. The Human Consciousness. Abstract mind.
  • Body / World: Causal
  • Dimension: Sixth
  • Heaven of: The Sun and Venus
  • Level of Consciousness: Malachim (Kabbalah), Virtues

"Tiphereth is the groom of the bride; it is the Superior Manas of Eastern Theosophy; it is nothing else but the Human Soul, the Causal Body. It is that Soul who suffers and gives that very human part onto us. We must distinguish between what the Human Soul is and what Tiphereth is in itself. It is very easy to mistake Tiphereth with the Causal Body. The Causal Body becomes the vehicle of Tiphereth." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

Learn more: Tarot and Kabbalah

(the Aztec version of Chac) The Aztec and Mayan God of the rain. He was a main deity of the Aztecs and was worshipped at the Major Temple of Tenochtitlan. Related to the Kabbalistic sphere of Binah, Tlaloc is seen as the symbol of the Holy Spirit (rain comes from the heavens) pouring or unfolding into Yesod (the earth below) in order to bring abundance (spiritual and material). See: Binah

"Tlaloc is the God of rain. Tlalli means “ground”; Octli means “wine”; “the wine soaked up by the ground.”" - Aztec Christic Magic

"Who is Tlaloc? He is a king of nature; he is a perfect creature who is beyond good and evil. Inundation, drought, hail, ice, the lightning are in his hands, enough reason for the fright that ancient magician had against his wrath. One day while being in a state of profound meditation, I became in a direct contact with the blessed lord Tlaloc. This great Being lives in the causal world, beyond the body, affections and the mind. I experienced the tremendous reality of his presence in all of the parts of my Being. Exotically dressed, he looked like an Arab of ancient times. His countenance, impossible to describe with words, incomparable, it looked like a lightning. When I reprimanded him for the crime of having accepted too many sacrifices of children, women, men, elders, etc., etc., (Tlaloc also appears among the Aztecs and we are referring to those sacrifices) his answer was the following: "That was not my fault. I never demanded such sacrifices; these were things from the people there in the physical world." Thereafter, he concluded with the following words: "I will come again in the Age of Aquarius." Unquestionably, the God Tlaloc will reincarnate within few years." - The Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries

(Aztec; Tlal, “earth” and Tecuhtli, “Lord”) The Aztec god of earth.

The Aztec philosopher priests. They had various orders and degrees such as the Ocelotl (Jaguar/Tiger) Knights and the Cuauhtli (Eagle) Knights. The Tlamatinime were those Magi or initiates that Moctezuhma sent to find Coatlicue, the mother of Huitzilopochtli in Chicomoztoc. The Tlamatinime were also called Nahua. See: Chicomoztoc, Ocelotl, Cuauhtli, and Nahua

(Greek σῶμα ἡλιακόν) Literally, “The Golden Body of the Solar Man.” A reference to the solar bodies, the soul, represented in various religions by the wedding garment, the chariot of Ezekiel, Krishna or Apollo, etc.

The Aztec name for the Divine Mother Kundalini (see entry for Kundalini). To invoke her, one states: “Tonantzin, Teteoinan, Divine Mother, come unto to me and assist your beseeching child.”

(Hebrew תורה) Literally, teaching, instruction, or law. This word is synonymous with the Sanskrit word Dharma.

"For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the תורה [law] [is] אור [light]; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of חי [life]..." - Proverbs 6:23

The conscious reception and digestion of sensory information.

As a term of esoteric psychology: "Every perception passes from the senses into the mind. The “I” translates all the information that is collected by the mind in accordance with its own prejudices, desires, fears, remembrances, preconceptions, maliciousness of a certain type, fanaticism, hatred, envy, jealousy, passion, etc., etc." - Samael Aun Weor, Endocrinology & Criminology

From Latin transmutationem (nom. transmutatio) "a change, shift," noun of action from Latin transmutare "change from one condition to another," from trans- "thoroughly" (see trans-) + mutare "to change." To change from one substance or form to another. A term from alchemy, whose entire science is focused on the change of the impure into the pure.

"No one can Self-realize without transmutation." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

(Hebrew עץ הדעת טוב ורע) "And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." - Genesis 2:9

From the Hebrew: עץ for tree. דעת (Daath) means knowledge. טוב means "goodness." רע means "pollution" or "impurity."

One of two trees in the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Knowledge in Hebrew is Daath, which is related to the sexual organs and the study of sexuality, known also as Alchemy / Tantra.

(Hebrew עץ החיים) Although the Hebrew term is plural ("Tree of Lives") it is usually rendered singular.

"And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life [עץ החיים] also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." - Genesis 2:9

This tree represents the structure of the soul (microcosm) and of the universe (macrocosm).

"The Tree of Life is the spinal medulla. This Tree of Wisdom is also the ten Sephiroth, the twenty-two creative Major Arcana, letters, sounds and numbers, with which the Logos (God) created the Universe." - from Alcione, a lecture by Samael Aun Weor

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.

"Holy-Affirming, Holy-Denying, Holy-Reconciling, Transubstantiate in me, For my Being." - Gurdjieff, Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson (1949)

"...this Sacred-Triamazikamno consists of three independent forces, which are called: the first, 'Surp-Otheos'; the second, 'Surp-Skiros' the third, 'Surp-Athanotos'; which three holy forces of the sacred Triamazikamno the said science calls as follows: the first, the 'Affirming-force' or the 'Pushing-force' or simply the 'Force-plus'; the second, the 'Denying-force' or the 'Resisting-force' or simply the 'Force-minus' and the third, the 'Reconciling-force' or the 'Equilibrating-force' or the 'Neutralizing-force'." - Gurdjieff, Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson (1949), 4203 XXXIX

'A new arising from the previously arisen through the "harnel-miatznel," the process of which is actualized thus the higher blends with the lower in order together to actualize the middle, and thus to become either higher for the preceding lower or lower for the succeeding higher. - Gurdjieff, Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson (1949)

"The creative process of the Sacred Cosmic Common Triamatzikamno was initiated with the sexual marriage of the Word because in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Because of Him all things were made and without Him nothing that was made would have been made." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

(Sanskrit त्रिदण्डिन्) Literally, "carrying the 3 staves tied together; triple commander." 

"That man is called a (true) tridandin in whose mind these three, the control over his speech (vagdanda), the control over his thoughts (manodanda), and the control over his body (kayadanda), are firmly fixed. That man who keeps this threefold control (over himself) with respect to all created beings and wholly subdues desire and wrath, thereby assuredly gains complete success."  - Laws of Manu 12:10-11

"...he who has been initiated into three degrees, who carries the three rods, and who has power over three things: thought, speech, and action." - Louis Jacolliot, Occult Science in India

"The Shushumna channel together with the two sympathetic cords are symbolized by the bamboo reed with three knots, that the Trans-himalayan yogis use... This is why they are known as Tridandins." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

 

(Sanskrit) Literally, “three faces” or “triple form.”

(English) Derived from the Latin trinitatem (nom. trinitas) meaning "Trinity, triad", from trinus "threefold, triple," from the plural of trini "three at a time, threefold." Trinity generally refers to the Christian symbol of God as three-in-one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, this is not unique to the Christian tradition, but is the trinity is the fundamental structure of Kabbalah (which in the Tree of Life, is a series of trinities or triangles); this structure exists in every religion, even if veiled or with other names. Examples:

  • Aztec: Tepeu K’Ocumatz, Ehekatl Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc Quetzalcoatl
  • Buddhist: Dharmakaya, Sambogokaya, Nirmanakaya
  • Egyptian: Osiris-Ra, Horus, Osiris-Isis (upper trinity); Osiris, Isis, Horus (lower trinity)
  • Gnostic: First Logos, Second Logos, Third Logos
  • Hebrew: Kether, Chokmah, Binah (upper trinity); Chesed, Geburah, Tiphereth (lower trinity)
  • Hindu: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (upper trinity); Shiva, Shakti, Ganesha (lower trinity)
  • Mayan: Huracan Kakulha, Chipí Kakulha, Raxa Kakulha
  • Nordic: Odin, Balder, Thor

(Sanskrit त्रिवेणी) A feminine word. Literally, "Triple-braided, the place where three holy rivers meet, place of confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and subterranean Sarasvati."

"The Nadis of each side Ida and Pingala are the left and right sympathetic cords crossing the central column from one side to the other, making at the Ajna with the Sushumna a threefold knot called Triveni; which is said to be the spot in the Medulla where the sympathetic cords join together and whence they take their origin—these Nadis together with the two lobed Ajna and the Sushumna forming the figure of the Caduceus of the God Mercury which is said by some to represent them... Ida starts from the right testicle and Pingala from the left testicle. They meet with Sushumna Nadi at the Muladhara Chakra and make a knot there. This junction of three Nadis at the Muladhara Chakra is known as Mukta Triveni. Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati dwell in Pingala, Ida and Sushumna Nadis respectively. This meeting place is called Brahma Granthi. Again these meet at the Anahata and Ajna Chakra. In the macrocosm also you have a Triveni at Prayag where the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati meet." - Swami Sivnanada, Kundalini Yoga

"There is a vast inexhaustible magazine of power and knowledge within. Learn the ways to tap the source. Dive deep within. Sink down. Plunge in the sacred waters of immortality-the holy Triveni (triple stream confluence where river Ganga and Yamuna meet along with the invisible underground river Saraswati)." - Swami Sivnanada, Practical Way to Self-realization

"It is said that there are 3½ crores of nadi in the human body, of which some are gross and some are subtle. Nadi means a nerve or artery in the ordinary sense; but all the nadis of which the books on Yoga speak are not of this physical character, but are subtle channels of energy. Of these nadi, the principal are fourteen; and of these fourteen, ida, pingala, and sushumna are the chief; and, again, of these three sushumna is the greatest, and to it all others are subordinate. Sushumna is in the hollow of the meru in the cerebro-spinal axis. It extends from the Muladhara lotus, the Tattvik earth centre, to the cerebral region. Sushumna is in the form of Fire (vahni-svarupa), and has within it the vajrini-nadi in the form of the sun (surya-svarupa). Within the latter is the pale nectar-dropping chitra or chitrini-nadi, which is also called Brahma-nadi, in the form of the moon (chandra-svarupa,). Sushumna is thus triguna. The various lotuses in the different Chakra of the body (vide post) are all suspended from the chitra-nadi, the chakra being described as knots in the nadi, which is as thin as the thousandth part of a hair. Outside the meru and on each side of sushumna are the nadi ida and pingala. Ida is on the left side, and, coiling round sushumna, has its exit in the left nostril. Pingala is on the right, and, similarly coiling, enters the right nostril. The sushumna, interlacing ida and pingala and the ajna-chakra round which they pass, thus forms a representation of the caduceus of Mercury. Ida is of a pale colour, is moon-like (chandra-svarupa), and contains nectar. Pingala is red, and is sun-like (suryya-svarupa), containing "venom," the fluid of mortality. These three "rivers," which are united at the ajna-chakra, flow separately from that point, and for this reason the ajna-chakra is called mukta triveni. The muladhara is called Yukta (united)-tri-veni, since it is the meeting-place of the three nadi, which are also called Ganga (Ida), Yamuna (Pingala), and Sarasvati (sushumna), after the three sacred rivers of India. The opening at the end of the sushumna in the muladhara is called brahma-dvara, which is closed by the coils of the sleeping Devi Kundalini." - Arthur Avalon

The law of nature that balances the reciprocal nourishment of all organisms. This law is the equilibrium of nature, within which all creatures receive what they need to survive, and give to others what they need to survive. Everything in nature must conform to this law in order to live.

In Irish mythology, invaders of ancient Ireland before the Milesians. They were endowed with great supernatural powers, which enabled them to defeat their predecessors, the Fomors. However, they were themselves defeated by the Milesians.

"Ancient Irish traditions (wisely consigned in the delectable chants of their bards or Nordic rhapsodies) spoke justly about an extraordinary Cainit or Inca people (in other words, “Priest Kings”) called the Tuatha Dé Danann who were very skillful in all types of magical arts learned in Thebes. Obviously, the Tuatha Dé Danann are a great Jinn people, prototype of the indefatigable traveler, “the errant Jew.” The Tuatha Dé Danann traversed the Mediterranean countries until arriving at the same Scandinavia where they founded four great magical cities, in addition to having previously founded a Lunar and a Solar city. When the Tuatha arrived in Ireland, they disembarked on that island, as Aeneas in Cartagus, protected by a thick magical mist (or the Veil of Isis of the fourth dimension that hid them). In other words, we state that the Tuatha returned to Ireland; they arrived there within the fourth dimension." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains

(Tibetan: gtum mo; Sanskrit: candali) Literally, "fierce woman" or "She who terrifies egotistic forces." Tummo Yoga is one of the yogas of Naropa and is related to “inner heat,” or the transmutation of sexual energy for the purpose of destroying the causes of suffering.

A group of Atlanteans that survived the Deluge.

(Sanskrit, literally "fourth") The fourth and highest of the four states of consciousness, transcending the states of vigil ("wakened"), dreaming, and deep sleep. The state of turiya is described in the Mandukya Upanishad as "Invisible, otherworldly, incomprehensible, without qualities, beyond all thoughts, indescribable, the unified soul in essence, peaceful, auspicious, without duality, is the fourth stage, that self, that is to be known." In other words, this is the point of view of Atman / Chesed. "The fourth state is without parts and entanglements; Not bound to this world, It is auspicious and non-dual. Thus the form of AUM is verily the Self itself. He who knows thus enters into his own Self by himself."

"The yogī who places his mind in My form of Nārāyaṇa, known as the fourth factor [turīya-ākhye], full of all opulences, becomes endowed with My nature and thus obtains the mystic perfection called vaśitā." - Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.15.16

The Twelve Repentances are advanced tests given to the initiate who is working in the Second Mountain. These tests are given in order to prove their mastery. Each Repentance is related with a different sephirah (aeon) of the Tree of Life (Kabbalah).

“‘O Light of lights, I have transgressed in the twelve aeons, and have descended from them; wherefor have I uttered the twelve repentances, [one] for each aeon. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, forgive me my transgression, for it is exceedingly great, because I have abandoned the regions of the height and have come to dwell in the regions of the chaos.’" - Pistis Sophia 57

"The Twelve Repentances of Pistis Sophia are related with the Twelve Hours of Apollonius, the Twelve Works of Hercules, the Twelve Aeons. In these Twelve Repentances, the qualification of the Eight Great Initiations of the Fire take place, as well as four more works following the Resurrection of the Intimate Christ within the Bodhisattva. It is clear that every fallen Bodhisattva descends from the Thirteenth Aeon and falls into the Chaos. Undoubtedly, Pistis Sophia must work in the Chaos, in order to reascend to the Thirteenth Aeon. The Thirteenth Repentance of Pistis Sophia belongs to the Thirteenth Aeon. Unquestionably, the initiate must work in each one of the Thirteen Aeons, if he wants the final liberation. The First Aeon is Malkuth, which is here and in the sub- merged Abyss. The Second Aeon is Yesod, which is in our sexual organs and in the fourth dimension, within which is the Terrestrial Paradise, the Ethereal World. The Third Aeon is the Astral World, the Sephirah Hod. The Fourth Aeon is Netzach, the Mental World. The Fifth Aeon is Tiphereth, the Causal World. The Sixth Aeon is Geburah, the Buddhic or Intuitional World. The Seventh Aeon is the World of Atman, the Ineffable One, the region of Chesed or Gedulah. The Eight Aeon is Binah, the region of the Holy Spirit, the world of Shiva, the Third Logos. The Ninth Aeon is Chokmah, the region of the Logos, the Cosmic Christ. The Tenth Aeon is Kether, the region of the Ancient of Days. The Eleventh Aeon is the Region of Ain Soph Aur, the Third Great Aspect of the Absolute. The Twelfth Aeon is the region of Ain Soph, the Second Aspect of the Absolute. The Thirteenth Aeon is the region of the Ain, the Unmanifested Absolute. Each one of the Thirteen Aeons must be Self-realized within ourselves. Based on conscious works and voluntary sufferings, Pistis Sophia must Self-realize herself in these Thirteen Aeons." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

 

The five (5) physical senses plus the seven (7) awakened chakras or churches. These are the twelve fruits of the Tree of Life.

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” - Revelation 22:2

“All of the faculties and powers of the Innermost are the fruits of the Tree of Life. The human being will eat from the fruits of the Tree of Life when he returns to Eden in the same way that he departed.” - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

Derived from the Sanskrit word Dvija (द्विजा), literally "twice-born."

Exoterically, in common usage it refers to three of the four castes in Indian society, or is used by various religions to denote those who "believe" in their dogma. Sadly, the term "Twice-born" has been twisted into a multiplicity of justifications for the crimes of humanity, such as caste discrimination, racial hatred, religious dogmas and fanaticisms, etc. But the real meaning has never been known by the public. 

Jesus: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” —John 3

Esoterically, a Twice-born person is someone who has created the soul, and is therefore a solar human being, as opposed to the more common lunar intellectual animal.

"Hindu Brahmins symbolize the Second Birth sexually. In their liturgy, a large golden cow is constructed and the candidate for the Second Birth has to pass through the hollow body of the cow three times, by dragging himself, exiting through the vulva, and thus he becomes consecrated as a true Brahman-Dvija, or Twice-born: once of his mother and second by the cow. It is in this manner that the Brahmins symbolically explain the Second Birth taught by Jesus to Nicodemus... The Brahmins are not Twice-born, but symbolically they are. The Master Mason is not truly a Master, but symbolically he is. The interesting thing is to reach the Second Birth, and this problem is one hundred percent sexual." - Samael Aun Weor, Practical Astrology

"The solar race, the Twice-born, have solar bodies. Yet ordinary people, humanity in general, belong to a lunar race and only have lunar bodies (bodies of a lunar type)."- Samael Aun Weor, Practical Astrology

"Once the body of conscious will [causal body, Tiphereth] is built, one becomes a Twice-born." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

 

(Greek) From The Theosophical Glossary: "Typhoeus in Hesiodic theogony is a son of Tartarus and Gaia, a fire-breathing titan with a hundred heads and begetter of destructive hurricanes. He rebels against the gods and is killed by Zeus with a thunderbolt and buried under Mount Etna. Typhon was originally his son -- post-type of himself -- but the two were later identified. He represents the necessary counterpart of Zeus, as darkness is of light, Set of Osiris, or Satan of God. He is the Dragon Apophis, the Accuser in The Egyptian Book of the Dead, murderer of Osiris, destroyed by Horus; the dark side of Zeus, as Set is the dark side of Osiris, and night the dark side of day; Python, Loki, Rahu, and falling demons in general. In one form he is the dragon slain by St. Michael or St. George. The original meaning is sublime, for Typhon in its prototypal significance is chaos, the unorganized womb or fountain of production, which calls forth the creative energy by resisting it, and is equally necessary with the former. When humanity falls into matter, then these dark-side potencies of nature acquire for mankind a distinctly evil connotation, and their names can be given to vast destructive forces which the misuse of the human will has engendered. In a more restricted sense as connected with our earth, Typhon was not only the causative agent, but likewise the symbol of all seismic and volcanic phenomena, as well as being, even according to ancient Greek philosophical thought, in intimate connection with meteorological phenomena as evidenced by winds and storms." See Typhon Baphomet.

(Egyptian) An aspect or shadow of Osiris. Typhon is not an “evil principle” or “Satan,” but is rather the lower cosmic principle of the divine body of Osiris, being the shadow of Him. In the Book of the Dead, he is described as being one who “steals reason from the soul.”

The eighteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes faith, imagination, divine perception, the righteous one. Faith is not futile beliefs; faith is related to the Superlative Consciousness of the Being! Faith is the Light of the Ain Soph placed within the Vav (spinal medulla) of the son of Nun by means of Iod (the phallus)! Its Kabbalistic value is 90.

(Hebrew צדיק) Literally, "righteous."

(Hebrew צדיקים) "The righteous ones" who fulfill the covenant.

or Tzelem (Hebrew צלם) Literally "image." And אלהים [Elohim] said, Let us make אדם [Adam, man] in our צלם [image], after our likeness..." - Genesis 1:26

(Hebrew for contraction or constriction) Explains how the Abstract-Absolute-Universal-Cosmic-Common-Father (Ain Soph) contracts his absolute essence within the abstract space in order for a universe to appear, thus allowing creation or the eternal becoming of any of the seven independent kosmos.