glossary

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

See also Eucharist.

"Every Gnostic Unction in whatever cult or belief, sect or religion, is associated, intimately united with the Last Supper of the Adorable one through the blood pact. The Holy Primeval Christian Gnostic Church, to which we have the privilege of belonging, preserves in secrecy the primeval rituals used by the Apostles. These were the rituals of the Christians that met in the catacombs of Rome during the time of the Caesar Nero. These are the rituals of the Essenes, a humble cast of great initiates to which Jesus the Christ belonged. These are the primeval rituals of the ancient Christians." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

(Sanskrit उपाधि) Literally, "addition." A limiting factor. A philosophical term used in a variety of ways, such as "substance, basis, matter, vehicle." In generally, upadhi refers to anything that conceals reality (the Absolute, Brahman).

A term used by Shankaracharya in the philosophy of Hindu Vedanta to point out the fundamental impermanence of the sheaths or bodies we use during manifestation, but which confuse our perception of what is real: the Innermost.

"The reflected image of the Sun expands when the surface of the water expands; it contracts when the water shrinks; it shakes when the water is agitated; it gets divided when the water is divided. It participates in all the qualities and conditions of the water, while the real sun is unchanging throughout. Even so, Brahman although never changing participates, as it were, in the attributes and conditions of the body and the other Upadhis or limiting adjuncts or vehicles within which He dwells, He grows with them, as it were, and so on, but not in reality." - Sivananda

"Sense-organs, physical body, mind, Pranas, intellect, etc., are the products of Avidya (nescience). They are Upadhis (limiting adjuncts). Negate them, sublimate or eliminate them through Vedantic doctrine Neti-Neti (not this, not this). What remains behind, the balance or the residue left is Atman or Brahman only." - Sivananda

"Matter is Eternal. It is the Upadhi (the physical basis) for the One infinite Universal Mind to build thereon its ideations." - Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

"This world of delusions appears good;
The fool surrounded by darkness, bound by 'Upadhi' [Substratum of being, or basis of individual existence],
Regards it as eternal.
To him who sees aright, it is all nothing." - Buddha, Udana 7:Cula

"[The Three Traitors] are the Demon of Desire, the Demon of the Mind, and the Demon of Evil Will. They are the three Upadhis, bases, or lunar foundations that are within each human being." - Samael Aun Weor, Magic of the Runes

(Sanskrit, “skillful means”) In Mahayana Buddhism, upaya summarizes the first five paramitas (conscious attitudes), and are therefore “methods” or attitudes of upright action. In Tantric scriptures, upaya refers to sexual transmutation (Tibetan: sbyor-ba).

"The Tibetan Vajrayana school is different; and although its two principal pillars are also “Vision and Action,” [prajna and upaya] it is unquestionable that it places special solemnity on the latter [upaya], and tirelessly struggles to lead its devotees to the Ninth Sphere (sex). It is not irrelevant to assert in this chapter that the aspirants of the Mahayana School truly long for and have an infinite yearning for direct experience of the Illuminating Void [prajna]. We are in no way exaggerating if we state with a certain fervor that disciples of the Vajrayana school labor tenaciously in the “forge of the Cyclops” (sex) [upaya] with the intelligent objective of achieving Innermost realization of the Illuminating Emptiness [prajna]." - Samael Aun Weor, The Mystery of the Golden Blossom

(Greek: Ourania) One of the nine Muses of Greek Mythology. Urania is related to astronomy or to the celestial realms, the heavens.

Chaldean for Ur = “fire,” Anas = “water.” The planet of sexuality.

"Uranus was a Divine King from primeval Atlantis. Uranus reminds us of UR-ANAS, the Primordial Fire and Water. This is equivalent to the establishment of the First Luni-Solar Cult of the Androgynous "IO," in other words, the apparition of the Astrological Chaldean; therefore, Uranus, the Asura-Maya, the First Atlantean, is factually the first revealer of Sexual Mysteries." - Samael Aun Weor in the lecture The Mysteries of Life and Death

("Above Lotus Pose") From Swami Sivananda: "Perform Sirshasana. Slowly bend the right leg and keep it on the left thigh and keep the left leg on the right thigh. You must do this very carefully and slowly. If you can stand in Sirshasana for more than 10 or 15 minutes, then you can attempt this. Otherwise you will have a fall and injure your legs. A gymnast, who can balance on the parallel bars on the ground, can do this. The benefits of Sirshasana can be realised from this Asana."

(Hebrew אוּרִיאֵל from אוּרִי "my fire" and אֵל God) An important angel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He is related to the planet Venus.

"We learned that when Uriel was seen upon the altar in the likeness of a mighty lion that crouches on its prey, the priests and Yisrael saw and were glad, for they knew that their sacrifice was welcome to the Holy King. Another fire, Holy and supernal, came down, against the lower fire. The man would then go trembling before his Master and complete repent." - The Zohar 28 Tzav 19