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

(Hebrew אהרון) In the books of Moses, the brother of Moses. Since Moses (משה) is a symbol of the Causal Body (the sephirah Tiphereth) which is related to the pineal gland, Aaron his brother represents the Mental Body (the sephirah Netzach), which is related to the brain. Aaron is the head of the tribe of Levi, which is related to the priesthood (magi), and the Kabbalistic triangle of the priesthood or magi-c: Netzach, Hod, Yesod.

A Biblical symbol of the raised serpent of fire (see Numbers 21) also called Kundalini (Sanskrit).

(Hebrew אבדון) destruction.

"Sheol (hell) and Abaddon are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied." - Proverbs 27:20

"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." - Revelation 9:11

"[from the verbal root 'abad to perish, be cut off] Destruction, abyss; the region of the dead, synonym of She'ol in the Old Testament. Equivalent to the Greek apollyon (destruction, laying waste -- Rev 9:11). Thus Abaddon, Apollyon, Hades, and Orcus all signify the underworld -- the kama-loka or region of disintegrating "shells," human or other." - The Theosophical Glossary

Hebrew אב, “father.” The masculine sexual power of the Holy Spirit, the sephirah Binah ("understanding"), accompanied by Aima, the feminine sexual power of Binah.

Abba the Father of Shechinah (feminine Hebrew word that means “the dwelling of the presence of God" - the sephirah Chesed, "mercy"), Gedulah is fecundated by the Holy Spirit Binah (Jehovah Elohim) within the womb of Aima Elohim. He controls the creation of the lower sephiroth by means of Daath ("knowledge"). Thereafter, he may impregnate the womb of Aima Elohim in order for Chokmah (as the Son of Man, Christ) to be born within the bodhisattva.

Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” - Mark 14:36

(Hebrew הבל Hei, Beth, Lamed, pronounced "ha-bel") Literally, "nonsense, futility, idleness, vapor, breath, vanity, to waste life on vain things."

One of the "sons" of Adam and Eve. A kabbalistic symbol with many levels of meaning. 

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain [Kayin], and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel [Habel]. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground." - Genesis 4:1-2

"Adam in himself having become impure before conjugal union (fornication) with Eve his offspring was therefore impure, but Abel begotten in a state of purity after repentance was consequently pure. Thus we learn why the two brothers, Cain and Abel, were so dissimilar in nature and character." - Zohar

"And (through sexual achemy) Abel, he also (רָצוֹן ratsown, willpower) brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat (better said: quintessence) thereof. And יהוה Iod-Havah gave וישע salvation unto Abel and to his offering." - Genesis 4: 4

הבל הבלים אמר קהלת הבל הבלים הכל הבל - "Abel of abel, saith the Preacher, abel of abels; all [is] abel (futility)." - Ecc 1:2

"Light and darkness, White Magic and Black Magic, are mutually combating each other. Eros and Anteros, Cain and Abel, live within us in an intense battle, until by discovering the mystery of the sphinx, we grasp the flaming sword, and thus, this is how we become liberated from the wheel of the centuries." —Samael Aun Weor, Alchemy and Kabbalah in the Tarot

"We need the Solar Adam, the Abel to which the Bible refers, to be born within ourselves. In order to become immortal, the possession of the Solar Bodies is necessary." —Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah


The sacred name of the great being who sent his Human Soul to the Earth two thousand years ago and came to be known as "Jesus." 

"Jesus, -- that is Aberamentho, -- said..." - The Pistis Sophia


The name "Aberamentho" in Coptic as it appears in The Pistis Sophia

(Sanskrit; a “without,” bhaya “fear”) 1. Fearless. 2. One who does not produce fear in others.

(Sanskrit अभ्यास) Practice, habit, drill, custom, study, use, military exercise, repeated or permanent exercise, multiplication, act of adding anything.

"Control of vrittis [modifications of mind] is done by abhyasa and vairagya. Of these, practice is the effort to secure steadiness of vrittis. Practice becomes firmly grounded when practiced for a long time, without any break, and with perfect devotion." — Patanjali, Yoga Sutras 1:12-14


(Hebrew אברהם) The progenitor of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. From Semitic roots, Abraham means “the divine Father is exalted”: from אב Ab, father; and רהם ram, raham, exalted.

"Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram [אברם], but thy name shall be Abraham [אברהם]; for a father [אב] of many nations have I made thee." - Genesis 17:5

In Kabbalah, Abraham represents the sephirah Chesed, our Innermost.

"When Abraham appeared, as he is the secret of Chesed..." - Zohar

"For it is written, that Abraham (Abba, the Father, Iod in Yesod) had two sons, the one by a bondmaid (the fallen Eve-Venus, the lunar serpent Od, Ida = Agar the lunar female force that instinctively procreates in Egypt, Matzarim, the World of Malkuth, Assiah), the other by a freewoman (Zain, Urania-Venus, Sa-Ra the Female Adept from Nirvana, the Mother of Isaac, the Son of Man in Daath). But he who was of the bondwoman was born (in Malkuth) after (the blood of) the flesh; but he (the Bodhichitta within the Bodhisattva) of the freewoman was by (sexual transmutation, and this is the) promise (of Shaddai-El-Chai, the Holy Spirit). Which things (women) are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Agar (Egypt, Matzarim, Assiah). For this Agar (Egypt, Matzarim, Assiah) is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to (the terrestrial) Jerusalem which now is (was and will be Malkuth, Egypt, Matzarim, Assiah), and is in bondage with her children (within the wheel of evolution and devolution in Samsara). But (the Heavenly) Jerusalem which is above (the Sephirah Malkuth, Egypt, Matzarim, Assiah) is free, which is the mother of us all (in Yesod the Fourth Dimension). For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bear not; break forth and cry, thou that travails not: for the desolate (Eve-Venus, the fallen lunar force in Malkuth) has many more children than she (Urania-Venus, the creative sexual force that rises to the Pineal Gland) which has a husband (the Holy Spirit). Now we, (Gnostic) brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of (Shaddai-El-Chai, the Holy Spirit through sexual transmutation, and this is the) promise. But as then he (the fornicator) that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born (through sexual transmutation) after the (Holy) Spirit (the sexual creative force of Shaddai-El-Chai), even so it is now. Nevertheless what says the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son (into Malkuth, the Wheel of Samsara): for the son (the soul dressed with lunar protoplasmic bodies) of the bondwoman (Eve-Venus, the fallen lunar force in Malkuth) shall not be heir with the son (the soul dressed with solar bodies) of the freewoman. So then, (Gnostic) brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman (Eve-Venus, the fallen lunar force in Malkuth), but of the free (sexual forces of SA and RA, which become the Divine Princess Kundalini that rises victoriously to the brain)." - Galatians 4: 22-31

Abraxasor Abrasax (Gnostic, from the Greek Αβραξας) From The Theosophical Glossary: "Mystical term used by the Gnostics to indicate the supreme entity of our cosmic hierarchy or its manifestation in the human being which they called the Christos. Abraxas has the value of 365, based on numerical equivalents of the Greek alphabet. Because 365 represents the cycle of one revolution of our planet around the sun, they held that in Abraxas were mystically contained the full number of families of entities composing a hierarchy. These entities received from their supreme illuminator, Abraxas, the streams of life and inspiration governing their existence. Thus in a sense Abraxas is the cosmic Oversoul, the creative or Third Logos, Brahma. The Basilidean Gnostics [see: Basilides] taught that from this supreme God was created nous (mind). Abraxas also was identified with the Hebrew 'Adonai, the Egyptian Horus, and the Hindu Prajapati. Gnostic amulets known as Abraxas gems depicted the god as a pantheos (all-god), with the head of a cock, herald of the sun, representing foresight and vigilance; a human body clothed in armor, suggestive of guardian power; legs in the form of sacred asps. In his right hand is a scourge, emblem of authority; on his left arm a shield emblazoned with a word of power. This pantheos is invariably inscribed with his proper name IAO and his epithets Abraxas and Sabaoth, and often accompanied with invocations such as SEMES EILAM, the eternal sun (Gnostics and Their Remains 246), which Blavatsky equates with "the central spiritual sun" of the Qabbalists (SD 2:214). Though written in Greek characters, the words SEMES EILAM ABRASAX are probably Semitic in origin: shemesh sun; `olam secret, occult, hid, eternity, world; Abrasax Abraxas. Hence in combination the phrase may be rendered "the eternal sun Abraxax."

"Remember, beloved devotee, the double tail of the serpent that forms the legs of the solar rooster of Abraxas. The entire process of the Great Work consists of releasing oneself from the enchanted rings of the tempting serpent..." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

Abstract space; that which is without attributes or limitations. Also known as sunyata, void, emptiness, Parabrahman, Adi-buddha, and many other names.

The Absolute has three aspects: the Ain, the Ain Soph, and the Ain Soph Aur.

Three Aspects of the Absolute

"The Absolute is the Being of all Beings. The Absolute is that which Is, which always has Been, and which always will Be. The Absolute is expressed as Absolute Abstract Movement and Repose. The Absolute is the cause of Spirit and of Matter, but It is neither Spirit nor Matter. The Absolute is beyond the mind; the mind cannot understand It. Therefore, we have to intuitively understand Its nature." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"In the Absolute we go beyond karma and the gods, beyond the law. The mind and the individual consciousness are only good for mortifying our lives. In the Absolute we do not have an individual mind or individual consciousness; there, we are the unconditioned, free and absolutely happy Being. The Absolute is life free in its movement, without conditions, limitless, without the mortifying fear of the law, life beyond spirit and matter, beyond karma and suffering, beyond thought, word and action, beyond silence and sound, beyond forms." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

1) Hell, known in Kabbalah as Klipoth, which is depicted as a reflection of the Tree of Life, below Malkuth.

2) The great void that separates the superior triangle of the Tree of Life from the remaining seven sephiroth. “We know very well that the “Great Abyss” of the eternal waters is found between Binah and Chesed. This is known by any Kabbalist who consults the Tree of Life.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

(Greek) One of the rivers of Hades in Greek Mythology

(Hebrew אדם aleph, daleth, mem) Literally, "The first." In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the name of the first human being. The name Adam actually has many esoteric meanings that are unknown to the public. Primarily, Adam can refer to different levels of the inner Being, such as Adam Kadmon, the perfect human being, in contrast to the sinning Adam or terrestrial person expelled from Eden.

"Every spirit [ruach] is called Adam [man], which means that only the aspect of the light of the spirit that is enclothed within the body is called Adam [man]. So the body of the spirit of the holy side is only a covering; in other words, the spirit is the actual essence of man and the body is only its covering. But on the other side, the opposite applies. This is why it is written: "you have clothed me with skin and flesh..." (Iyov 10:11). The flesh of man is only a garment covering the essence of man, which is the spirit [ruach]. Everywhere it is written the flesh of man, it hints that the essence of man [Adam] is inside. The flesh is only a vestment for man, a body for him, but the essence of man [Adam] is the aspect of his spirit [ruach]." - Zohar 1A:10:120

"We learned that man has names in different stages, Adam (man), Gever (male man), Enosh (human), Ish (person). The greatest is Adam, as written, "So Elohim created man (Heb. adam) in His own image" (Beresheet 1:27), and, "for in the image of Elohim made He man (Heb. adam)" (Beresheet 9:6), instead of using Gever, Enosh or Ish. Rabbi Yehuda said, in that case, it is written, "If any man (Heb. adam) of you bring an offering to Hashem" (Vayikra 1:2). Who needs to bring an offering? Only whoever sins." - Zohar 15:22:106

Genesis 1:26: "And Elohim said; Let us make Adam in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion:

  1. Over the fish of the sea (Tattva Apas – Hei - Water),
  2. And over the fowl of the air (Tattva Vayu – Vav - Air),
  3. And over the cattle, and over all the earth (Tattva Prittvi – >Hei - Earth),
  4. And over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth (wherein there is life – Iod - Tattva Tejas – Fire, the Serpent.)

A symbol with many levels of meaning. These are only a few of them:

Historical: ”Do not forget that Adam is not one man, neither is Eve one woman. Indeed, Adam is all of the millions of men of Lemuria, and Eve is all of the millions of women of Lemuria.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub


1) Physical: Adam represents the brain and Eve represents the sexual organs

2) Ethereal: Adam and Eve symbolize the two canals that entwine around the spinal column.

(Hebrew) This term Adam Kadmon has many applications, including the first manifestation of the Abstract Space; The Archetypal Man; Humanity; The Heavenly Man, not fallen into sin.

"The body of Adam Kadmon is formed by the Sephiroth." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

The Hebrew word Adam united to the Latin word Solus represents the Polar First Root Race who possessed a pure Androgynous-Physical-Spiritual existence. From them emerged the Second Root Race: the Hyperboreans, who expressed the Twin Souls, Adam-Eve or Iod-Havah, or pure Androgynous-Physical-Psychic existence. The Hyperboreans (by means of physical psychological transformation) originated the Lemurian Hermaphrodite Third Root Race, who when dividing themselves into opposite sexes (event symbolized in the Bible by the allegory in which the Inner Iod-Havah physically separates herself Eve “Havah” from his self “Iod” Adam) who by means of their physical fall divided their consciousness into Cain (the consciousness bottled up into Evil - the Mind) and Abel (the innocence of the Soul). The innocence of Abel died by the evilness of Cain, who by means of regeneration produced the Atlantean Fourth Root Race, Seth-Enos. The Atlanteans (by means of successive transformations) originated Noah, the Vaisvasvata Manu (the son of the Hyperborean Surya, “the Sun”), the forefather of the post-diluvium race, the Aryan Root Race. The Fourth and the Fifth (the present Aryan Root Race) are the outcome of the tasting of the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil (orgasm).

(Hebrew אדמה) “ground, earth.” Genesis 2:7 says, “God [Adonay Elohim] formed man [Adam אדמ] out of dust of the ground [Adamah אדמה], and breathed into his nostrils a breath of life. Man [Adam אדמ] became a living creature." The Hebrew word for ground or earth, Adamah is related to Adam, the Hebrew word for man. Both words are also cognate to adom, meaning red, and dam meaning blood.

"The substance in itself, the famous Iliaster that reposes within the profound darkness of the abyss or bottomless space during the great cosmic night, it is indestructible. This is unknown to the modern scientists. The atoms proffer many surprises that the men of science, nuclear physicists not even remotely suspect. The atoms carry within their interior that which the Hebrews call "Igneous Particles", "Hashim" or "Igneous Souls". These Igneous souls are formidable. The atoms cannot process themselves within the living constitution of matter without these Igneous Souls. Therefore, indeed, no one truly knows the power, for instance, of a few grains of dust. We can be sure that nobody knows the power which is enclosed or what it is capable of doing. The Hashim or Igneous Souls are enclosed within each atom (of Adamah 'the dust of the ground').The great Magicians of the east (Alchemists) know how to work with these igneous particles of the atoms, and in any situation, the atoms are impelled by these igneous particles." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

(Latin) adeptus, "One who has obtained." In esotericism, one who has reached the stage of initiation and become a master in the science of esotericism.

Gnosis describes three degrees of adept:

  1. Adeptus minor: An initiate who has successfully completed the initiation of the sephirah Tiphereth (the fifth serpent of fire).
  2. Adeptus major: Related to the sephirah Geburah.
  3. Adeptus exemptus: Related to the sephirah Chesed.

"...whosoever reaches the fifth Initiation of the Fire [Tiphereth] becomes an adept..." —Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

(Sanskrit) Spiritual.

(Sanskrit, literally "eternal, limitless power") A name for the Divine Mother, the source of everything that exists.

Samantabhadra, Adi-Buddha(Sanskrit. In Tibetan, Dang-po'i sangs-rgyas) From Vajrayana Buddhism; also known as Samantabhadra/Samantabhadri or Vajradhara. Adi-Buddha, Adhi-buddha, or Adibuddha is the "Primordial Buddha," or origin of all the Buddhas. Adi-Buddha is a self-emanating, self-originating Buddha, present before anything else existed.

"The Thirteenth Aeon is Ain, Sat, the Seity. Beyond the Thirteenth Aeon is the Cosmic Common Eternal Father, and Adi-Buddha, who is the Buddha of our individual Buddha. Adhi-Buddha is the Father of our Father, but He never comes into manifestation, because He is the Unknowable Divinity. Only at the end of the mahamanvantara, after having integrated ourselves with our Father who is in secret, do we then integrate ourselves with Adhi-Buddha. This integration with Adhi-Buddha is performed in the mahapralaya, in the cosmic night and within the bosom of the Absolute Abstract Space." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

Aditi(Sanskrit) The Vedic name for Mulaprakriti, the abstract aspect of Parabrahman, though both are unmanifested and unknowable. In the Vedas, Aditi is the indivisible conscious-force and ananda of the Supreme; the Mother; the infinite Mother of the gods; supreme Nature or infinite Consciousness.

(Hebrew אדני) Lord or master.

Read the full definition here: What is Adultery?

(Sanskrit) Literally, non-duality. An ancient philosophical presentation of the nature of consciousness or Being that is "not-two," or not separate from its source: the Being itself.

The Advaita philosophy has been taught by many Hindu teachers, notably Adi Shankaracharya.

"The Advaita philosophy came millions of years before Jesus Christ." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

or adyton (Greek: Άδυτον) or adytum (Latin). The Holy of Holies of any temple. A name for the secret and sacred precincts or the inner chamber, into which no profane could enter; corresponds to the sanctuary of the altars of the Christian churches.

(Hebrew אאלהים)

"The Interior Elohim is the ray that emanates from Aelohim. Aelohim is the Omnimerciful, the Cosmic Common Eternal Father, the Abstract Absolute Space... Aelohim is the infinitude that sustains all." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

From the lecture Christ, the Mystery of the Light: ""In Pistis Sophia, the Gnostic bible, Master Samael Aun Weor states that Elohim - which is that divinity which is three, namely: אל "El", אלה "Elah", אלהים "Elohim" - within the absolute is אלהים אין "Ain-Elohim" or "Aelohim", which means the trinity within the Abstract Absolute Space. "Ain-Elohim" is the Unmanifested Seity. From Aelohim emerges Elohim, which is the manifested deity. Elohim is a plural name, which means "gods and goddesses." Thus, behold Aelohim is the root of Elohim. This is useful in comprehending the sexuality explained in many myths of Gods with Goddesses, and as a foundation for the creation of the different stories in Greek, Hebrew, or any other mythology.

בראשית בר אאלהים את השמים ואת הארץ - Genesis 1:1

"These Hebrew words are the first words of the Bible and can be translated as "Barashith Bar AElohim at Ha-Schamayim Ve-At Ha-Aretz" that is to say: "In the beginning the Son of AElohim was in the heavens and in the Earth." The first three words of the Bible "Barashith Bera Elohim" are usually translated as 'In the beginning God created'. The word "Bera" means creation and is written with three letters: Beth, Resh and Aleph; yet the word "Bar", which means Son in Aramaic, is written only with two letters: Beth, Resh. So, when we take the Aleph out from "Bera" and move it close to Elohim, then the sentence is spelled "Bar Aelohim" or "the Son of Aelohim". Thus, we read: "In the beginning the Son of AElohim was IN the Heavens and IN the Earth". This Son of AElohim - which is the uncreated light - is Christ, as we explained here. It is equal to the Greek trinity: Uranus-Heaven, Gaia-Earth, and Eros-Love, Light. Thus, Eros, or Christ, as power, is intelligence within the Abstract Absolute Space, in the seventh dimension. That is why the book of Genesis states that Elohim- the outcome of the uncreated light - saw that "Eros", the created light, was good. That light is Christ, the Ain Soph Aur."

Aeons on the Tree of Life(Greek αιών aion) Literally, "a duration of time."

"An interval denoting time." – Theodoret (A.D. 300-400)

In Gnosticism, the Greek term aion refers to a class of being. It can also refer to (sometimes simultaneously):

  1. the title of a Master of the Great Day.

  2. a region or dimension. "The Twelve Aeons or Twelve Cosmic Regions mutually penetrate and co-penetrate without confusion... We must make a clear differentiation between Firmament and Regions. Regions are equivalent to Dimensions. The twelve Aeons are the twelve Regions. The twelve hours of Apollonius are related with the twelve existing Aeons within every Firmament... 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 submerged 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 Sephira 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. Pistis Sophia must Self-realize herself in these Thirteen Aeons, based on conscious works and voluntary sufferings." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

(Tibetan nyon mongs) "An affliction is defined as a phenomenon that, when it arises, is disturbing in character and that, through arising, disturbs the mind-stream." (Asanga, Compendium of Knowledge) In Buddhist philosophy, ten general forms of afflictions are described: attachment, hostility, pride, ignorance, doubt, seeing the false I's as real, seeing the false I's as lasting or wrongly believing self to end with death, beliefs in wrong views, beliefs that certain behaviors lead to liberation (i.e. mechanically), and wrong views in general.

Like the twelve months of a calendar year, there is also a celestial or zodiacal year with twelve parts: each part is an Age or Era of 1,240 years influenced by a constellation of the zodiac.

"Each year the sun passes entirely around the zodiac and returns to the point from which it started--the vernal equinox--and each year it falls just a little short of making the complete circle of the heavens in the allotted period of time. As a result, it crosses the equator just a little behind the spot in the zodiacal sign where it crossed the previous year. Each sign of the zodiac consists of thirty degrees, and as the sun loses about one degree every seventy two years, it regresses through one entire constellation (or sign) in approximately 2,160 years, and through the entire zodiac in about 25,920 years. (Authorities disagree concerning these figures.) This retrograde motion is called the precession of the equinoxes. This means that in the course of about 25,920 years, which constitute one Great Solar or Platonic Year, each one of the twelve constellations occupies a position at the vernal equinox for nearly 2,160 years, then gives place to the previous sign... The period of 2,160 years required for the regression of the sun through one of the zodiacal constellations is often termed an age. According to this system, the age secured its name from the sign through which the sun passes year after year as it crosses the equator at the vernal equinox. From this arrangement are derived the terms The Taurian Age, The Aryan Age, The Piscean Age, and The Aquarian Age. During these periods, or ages, religious worship takes the form of the appropriate celestial sign--that which the sun is said to assume as a personality in the same manner that a spirit assumes a body. These twelve signs are the jewels of his breastplate and his light shines forth from them, one after the other. From a consideration of this system, it is readily understood why certain religious symbols were adopted during different ages of the earth's history; for during the 2,160 years the sun was in the constellation of Taurus, it is said that the Solar Deity assumed the body of Apis, and the Bull became sacred to Osiris... During the Age of Pisces, the Fish was the symbol of divinity and the Sun God fed the multitude with two small fishes... Aquarius is called the Sign of the Water Bearer, or the man with a jug of water on his shoulder mentioned in the New Testament. This is sometimes shown as an angelic figure, supposedly androgynous, either pouring water from an urn or carrying the vessel upon its shoulder... Thus the sun in its path controls whatever form of worship man offers to the Supreme Deity." —Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

planetary conjunction of February 4-5, 1962

The planetary conjunction of February 4-5, 1962 also featured a full solar eclipse and a new moon.

An era of time under the influence of the zodiacal sign of Aquarius that will last for approximately 2,140 years. The new Aquarian era began with the celestial conjunction of February 4-5, 1962.

On February 4-5, 1962, exactly when there was a new moon AND a full solar eclipse, there was also an extraordinary celestial conjunction of the seven primary planets with the Earth. The Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were all visibly grouped close together, and their orbits were aligned with the Earth. This event signaled a change of era, similar to how the hands of a clock move into a new day. The Earth had completed an era of approximately 2,140 years under the influence of Pisces, and then entered an era influenced by Aquarius.

When the Age of Aquarius arrived, humanity entered into a very new situation. With the new celestial influence we saw the arrival of a huge shift in society: mass rebellion against the old ways, sexual experimentation, giant social earthquakes shaking up all the old traditions. We also saw the arrival in the West of a strong spiritual longing, and deep thirst for true, authentic spiritual experience. These two elements: 1) rebellion to tradition and 2) thirst for spiritual knowledge are a direct effect of the influence of Aquarius, the most revolutionary sign of the zodiac. Aquarius is the Water Carrier, whose occult significance is Knowledge, the bringer of Knowledge. With the new age came a sudden revealing of all the hidden knowledge. The doors to the mysteries were thrown open so that humanity can save itself from itself. Of course, the Black Lodge, ever-eager to mislead humanity, has produced so much false spirituality and so many false schools that it is very difficult to find the real and genuine path.

"The majority of the tenebrous brothers and sisters of Aquarius are wicked people who are going around teaching black magic." —Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

"The age of sex, the new Aquarian Age, is at hand.  The sexual glands are controlled by the planet Uranus which is the ruling planet of the constellation of Aquarius.  Thus, sexual alchemy is in fact the science of the new Aquarian Age.  Sexual Magic will be officially accepted in the universities of the new Aquarian Age.  Those who presume to be messengers of the new Aquarian Age, but nevertheless hate the Arcanum A.Z.F., provide more than enough evidence that they are truly impostors, this is because the new Aquarian Age is governed by the regent of sex.  This regent is the planet Uranus. Sexual energy is the finest energy of the infinite cosmos.  Sexual energy can convert us into Angels or Demons.  The image of truth is found deposited in sexual energy.  The cosmic design of Adam Christ is found deposited in sexual energy." —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

To learn more about the Aquarian era, read Christ and the Virgin by Samael Aun Weor.

A Buddhist term referring to the new Aquarian Era, which began in 1962.

"The Age of Maitreya is the age of association and confraternity among all human beings." - Samael Aun Weor, Kundalini Yoga: The Mysteries of the Fire

piscesA cosmic age or era that endured for approximately 2,140 years and ended on Feburary 4-5, 1962. 

"The age of Pisces that ends on the 4th of February, 1962, was the age of dogmatic Christianity struggling against atheist materialism. If we observe the sign of Pisces, we see two fish, duality, the struggle between two opposing ideologies: spiritualism and materialism in total battle, the church and the state at war, science and religion in conflict. The fish that lives under the waters and is carried by the currents is instinctive and brutal, like the people of the Piscean age. The man of that era does not know how to handle nor transmute the waters of life, in other words, the seminal liquor." —Samael Aun Weor, Christ and the Virgin

"During the Age of Pisces, the Fish was the symbol of divinity and the Sun God fed the multitude with two small fishes." —Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

"The Age of Pisces should not have been a failure as it really was. The causa causorum of the Piscean failure was due to certain tenebrous elements who betrayed Gnosis and preached certain Agnostic or Anti-Gnostic Doctrines, underestimating the Fish, discarding the religious wisdom and sinking humanity into materialism." —Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

(Sanskrit skandha, Tibetan pungpo nga) Literally “group, pile, aggregate, heap.” A general term of Buddhist philosophy describing the basic faculties of a sentient being or “personality.”

1. Corporeality or form (rupa)

2. Sensation (vedana)

3. Perception (samjana)

4. Mental Formations (samskara)

5. Consciousness (vijnana)

Each aggregate is composed of a combination of factors and parts, which implies that it does not have independent existence. This is the basis for the Buddhist argument that there is no independently existing self.

The Skandhas relate to five lower bodies or sephiroth.

1. Physical Body (Malkuth)

2. Ethereal Body (Yesod; made of four ethers and vibrating with Tattvic energy)

3. Lunar Astral/Emotional Body (Hod): the body of desires

4. Lunar Mental Body (Netzach)

5. Essence or Consciousness (Tiphereth)

It is said in Buddhism that our suffering comes from the attachments and cravings that reside within the skandhas, or in other words, the egos live within the psyche of the terrestrial man. The bodies of the soul (skandhas) must be cleaned and purified through alchemical birth and psychological death. This work is done by the Cosmic Christ within the Bodhisattva, as clearly symbolized in the Prajnaparamita Sutra:

The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Cosmic Christ) while moving in the deep course of Perfect Understanding (Binah) shed light on the five Skandhas (the light of transmuted fire) and found them equally empty [of self]. (because the fire destroys the egos) After this penetration, he overcame all pain. (Resurrection)

In Gnosis, the term aggregates is usually used in reference to impermanent and inhuman psychological "I's" ("egos" or defects) that fill the lower levels of consciousness and trap the psyche in suffering. Aggregates are psychological elements created by means of desire. Each aggregate traps a certain percentage of consciousness, which when freed through the destruction of the aggregate, results in the awakening of consciousness in a positive manner. In synthesis, a psychic aggregate is a positive or negative value that is the source of suffering. See also ego, defect, "I."

"The Kingdom of Agharti is found in the subterranean caverns of the Earth. The Earth is hollow and the network of caverns constitute Agharti. The Genie of the Earth (Melchisedec) lives in Agharti with a group of survivors from Lemuria and Atlantis. The Goros, powerful Lords of life and death work with Melchisedec. The whole ancient Wisdom of the centuries has been recorded on Stone within the Kingdom of Agharti."- Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

  1. (Hebrew אגלא) Atah Gibor Le-olam Adonai,"You, O Lord, are mighty forever."

  2. "AGLA (American Gnostic Liberation Action) is constituted by the triangle ALAS-Gnosis-Sivananda Aryabarta Ashrama. These are three powerful, united movements that propagate Gnosis. Throughout the world, they teach the Gnostic esoterism of our adorable Savior of the world.If after reading this book you wish to enter AGLA, you must write to us. Not a single letter will remain without answer. AGLA is formed by millions of people in the west, as well as in the east. AGLA is forming the world salvation army. The supreme chief of AGLA is Jesus Christ." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

Agni, a Hindu symbol of the creative fire at the base of all things(Sanskrit) One of the most ancient symbols in the world, representing the source and power of the sun, lightning, and fire. The Rig Veda states that all the Gods are centered in Agni (fire). There is also a great Master named Agni, who is related to that root creative fire.

"Agni is the God of fire. This great Master helps to restore the fire in each of the seven bodies: Physical, Ethereal, Astral, Mental, Causal, Buddhic, and Atmic." - Samael Aun Weor, Logos Mantra Theurgy

"Shine thou before us, Agni, well enkindled, with flame, most youthful God, that never fadeth. [...] Seven fuel logs hast thou, seven tongues, O Agni, seven Rishis hast thou, seven beloved mansions. Seven-priests in sevenfold manner pay thee worship. Fill full—All-hail to thee!—seven wombs with butter." - White Yajurveda

(Sanskrit अग्निष्वात्त) From agni "fire, gold" and shvatta, "spiced, seasoned, sweetened." A term used in Hinduism to describe certain types of beings.

1. A class of souls of ancestors from ancient times.

"...know thou that there are seven classes of Pitris [ancestors], of which four classes have embodied forms and the remaining three without embodied forms. It is well known that the illustrious Vairajas and Agniswattas and Garhapattyas (three classes of Pitris) range in heaven." - Mahabharata, book 2

"...the Moon is the mother of the Earth, the antecessor of our globe. The Moon is where our parents or Pitris came from." - Samael Aun Weor, The Doomed Aryan Race

2. A class of awakened beings who reside in Sutala, an elevated region of consciousness.

"The third loka, or plane of consciousness, is Sutala. It is the plane of sound. Buddha Gautama reached such a plane in this world. This is the plane of the Hierarchies of the Kumaras and Agnishvattas." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

"Our saviors, the Agnishvatta, the superior titans of the luciferic fire..." - Samael Aun Weor, Parsifal Unveiled

"The manes are primeval deities, free from anger, careful of purity, ever chaste, averse from strife, and endowed with great virtues. [...] The (various) classes of the manes are declared to be the sons of all those sages, Mariki and the rest, who are children of Manu, the son of Hiranyagarbha. The Somasads, the sons of Virag, are stated to be the manes of the Sadhyas, and the Agnishvattas, the children of Mariki, are famous in the world of the gods. [...] One should know that the Agnidagdhas, the Anagnidagdhas, the Kavyas, the Barhishads, the Agnishvattas, and the Saumyas, are of the Brahmanas alone." - Laws of Manu 3

A term invented in September 1869 by the English scientist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), supposedly from Greek agnostos "unknown, unknowable." The term is now proudly claimed by many people who believe the word means that they do not believe in religion. Surprisingly, the word agnostic is a very accurate description for them, since the word agnostic is actually derived from the prefix a- "not, without" and the word gnostikos "knowing, able to discern," from gnostos "knowable," from gignoskein "to learn, to come to know," thus agnostic means "without knowledge, to not know, to be ignorant." In fact, he said:

"I ... invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic,' ... antithetic to the 'Gnostic' of Church history who professed to know so much about the very things of which I was ignorant." —Science and Christian Tradition, 1889

Curiously, those who embrace the term "agnostic" usually fail to realize that its origin was steeped in an effort to reject the blind faith of religious fanatics, and encourage freedom of personal investigation, all of which is the heart and soul of Gnosticism. After all, the word gnosis means "experiential knowledge of truth." So, in this regard, Huxley and his followers, while attempting to reject religion, were actually using an aspect of Gnostic reasoning. One can only know the truth through your own experience, and to acquire that experience, one must free the mind from beliefs, dogmas, religions, sects, etc.

"The mind must free itself from all kinds of schools, religions, sects, beliefs, etc. All those “cages” are obstacles which render the mind incapable of thinking freely. It is necessary for the mind to become free of the illusions of this world and to instead become a fine and marvelous instrument of the Inner Being." —Samael Aun Weor

(Sanskrit अहङ्कार, also ahankara) Literally, "pride, egotism, conception of one's individuality, individualization, arrogance, etc." From अहम् aham, "I." Hindu philosophies use the word ahankara in varying ways, not always negative. At its base, ahankara is simply the perception of being "separate." Yet this perception quickly develops into egotism.

"Atman in conjunction with the Buddhi is Ahankara. The basis of Ahankara is Buddhi. As the Buddhi (Bheda Buddhi) is the cause for this differentiation (this little "I"), Buddhi is the cause or seed for Ahankara. Ahamta and Mamata ('I'-ness and 'mine'-ness) are Jivasrishti. It is Jivasrishti that binds a man to the world. Isvarasrishti (God's creation) helps man in his God-realisation. The seed of mind is Ahankara. Ahankara is development through the thoughts of the mind. As the first thought is the 'I' thought and as this 'I' thought is at the base of all other thoughts, Ahankara is the seed for the mind. This idea of 'I' will bring in its train, the idea of time, space and other potencies. With these environments, the name Jiva accrues to it. Contemporaneously with it, there arise Buddhi, memory, Manas which is the seed of the tree of Sankalpa. When you are a boy, the Ahankara is not very potent. It is like a shadow in a glass. It gets developed and firm-rooted during your adolescence after you marry and entangle yourself in the achievement of various worldly desires. You are fearless in your boyhood. The moment this little 'I' becomes stronger in your, side by side, various sorts of fears, various sorts of desires, a host of delusions take firm hold of you. The world appears to you more real, too. Ahankara is, after all, nothing. But, tremendous is its influence! Maya means Ahankara. Mind is another name for Ahankara. World means Ahankara. The sprout of Ahankara ramifies here and there with its long branches of 'mine' and 'thine'. It is inveterate. Ahankara wants to live in flesh (Abhinivesa or clinging to life), to eat flesh and to embrace flesh. This is pure Ajnana (ignorance) only. Look at Maya's deception and wholesale swindling! Beware! Awake! Get Jnana. Just as the cloud screens the sun, so also this cloud of Ahankara screens the 'Jnana Surya', the Infinite Sun of Knowledge, Brahman. You cannot realise God, if you have the least tinge of egoism, if you have the slightest attachment to name and form, if you have the least tinge of Vasana or if you have the least trace of worldly desire in the mind." —Swami Sivananda

"You are born to conquer nature and thereby realise Atman. Try to know the ways and habits of this Ahankara. It thirsts for self-aggrandisement or self-advancement, power, possession of objects and enjoyment. Kill this Ahankara or egoism and selfishness. Be disinterested. Pin your faith to the opposite virtues, spirit of sacrifice and selflessness. Accept sacrifice and service as guiding principles of life. At once you will have a rich, expanded spiritual life." —Swami Sivananda

"From desire spring cupidity and delusion and vanity and pride and ahankara (selfishness)." —Mahabharata

"To truly eliminate the ahamkara bhava, the egoic condition of our consciousness, would be absolutely impossible if we commit the crime of forgetting our own Divine Mother Kundalini." - Samael Aun Weor, Magic of the Runes

"Ahamsara, the karmic remnants of the Gods, are precisely those phantom-like “I’s.” - Samael Aun Weor, Alchemy & Kabbalah

(or Ah-hi; Sanskrit) In ancient literature, Ahi can have many meanings depending upon usage: a snake, the serpent of the sky, the demon Vritra, a cloud, water, the sun, a traveller, the navel, lead, or (in arithmetic) the number eight. In Theosophy, the term Ah-hi is defined as “the serpents or dragons of wisdom,” a reference to realized Beings. In the Germanic Eddas, the Dragon is called Ahti.

(Hebrew, אימא ; אם “mother”) A Kabbalistic name of the Divine Feminine or Goddess.

"This is Binah, which is called 'the fiftieth year,' and also called "Ima." - The Zohar

An unfoldment of Ruach Ha Kadosh (the Holy Spirit) Binah (understanding). Aima is the Mother of Shechinah (feminine Hebrew word that means “the dwelling of the presence of God” - Chesed - Mercy), Gedulah is conceived by Aima Elohim when fecundated by the Holy Spirit Binah (Jehovah Elohim). She creates the lower Sephiroth by means of the Initiations of Chesed. Thereafter, she may conceive in her womb Chokmah (as the Son of Man, Christ).

In Greek “Aima” means blood either in humans or rational or irrational animals, it is also metaphorically referred to as juice of grapes, or specifically to the blood of Christ.

(Hebrew אין) The first aspect of the primordial Absolute or Emptiness.

"AIN is the same as SAT in Sanskrit, in other words, the Unmanifested Absolute." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"The Thirteenth Aeon, which is beyond the Twelve Gates, is Ain, Sat, the Unmanifested One. Knocking on the Thirteenth Gate is equivalent to entering the bosom of the Cosmic Common Eternal Father, whose Hebraic name is Aelohim." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

(Hebrew אין סוף) Alternatively Ein Sof or Ayn Sof.

"AIN SOPH is the second aspect (of the Absolute); it is where a certain manifestation already exists... A divine Ray exists within the human being. That Ray wants to return back into its own Star that has always smiled upon it. The Star that guides our interior is a super divine Atom from the Abstract Absolute Space. The Kabbalistic name of that Atom is the sacred Ain Soph." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

(Hebrew) The third aspect of the primordial Absolute or Emptiness.

"Each Universe in infinite space possesses its own central Sun, and the addition of all of those Spiritual Suns constitutes the AIN SOPH AUR, the Protocosmos, the Solar Absolute." - Tarot and Kabbalah

"We must make a specific differentiation between the Ain Soph and the Ain Soph Paranishpanna: In the Ain Soph, interior Self-realization does not exist, but in the Ain Soph Paranishpanna, interior Self-realization does exist." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

(Sanskrit) The pituitary chakra that is connected to the pituitary gland of the physical body. It is recognized in the astral body as a lotus with two petals. A developed Ajna Chakra enables clairvoyance. Also called the agni or agniya (fiery) chakra.

(Sanskrit) Literally without (a-) knowledge (-jnana). Ajnana is a term used in Hindu philosophy to refer to a state of consciousness that lacks perception of reality, and is thus the cause of suffering.

(Sanskrit आकाश; or akasa) "Space, sky, atmosphere, vacuity, ether, free or open space, subtle and ethereal fluid, heaven, god brahma." From akash, "to be visible, appear, shine, be brilliant."

"A subtle agent that penetrates and permeates the whole space." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

The most subtle level of matter. The solar light comes to earth and everything on earth transforms that light. Prana is the light from the Absolute. When it passes through the law of seven it becomes the Akasha. Akasha is further modified into the tattvas and the elements.

Akasha is the name of the first tattva, the primordial substance that inundates the entire space; all the other tattva (Fire-Tejas, Air-Vayu, Water-Apas and Earth-Prithvi) are modifications of these cosmic waters, all of them live and work within Akasha. All forms, thoughts, dreams and ideas of the universe live in Akasha. There is no living thing in the universe that can exist without Akasha or multiply its species without it. Akasha is the substance from which every other substance emerges; Akasha is that which every other tattva emerges from; Akasha is where everything is in potency, and Akasha is where everything is in activity. Thus, Akasa appears in various positions. Wherever there is any room for any substance, there is Akasha.

"By dint of His will, the Lord, the undecaying substratum or reality of the universe, gave the first impetus to Nature to shake off her state of primal equipoise and to be gradually and successfully evolved into those categories and elements which were necessary for the formation of the present universe. The first evolute is Akasa. Why should Akasa be the first evolute? Because, without space, nothing can exist. Prana acted on Akasa. There was Spandana or vibration. Wherever there is vibration, there must be motion. Motion is the quality of air. Therefore, air came out of Akasa. Motion produced heat. Therefore, fire was born of Vayu or air. When there is heat, water is produced. On a hot day, the body perspires. Hence, water was born of fire. Wherever there is water, there is food. Earth is Annam or food. Therefore, earth was born of water. The subtler the element, the more powerful it is. Water is more powerful than earth, because it is more subtle than earth. Water removes away earth. Fire is more powerful than water, because it is more subtle than water. Fire dries up all water. Air is more powerful than fire, because it is more subtle than fire. Air blows up fire. Ether or Akasa is more powerful than air, because it is more subtle than air. Air rests in Akasa. Akasa is the support for air. Air is born of Akasa, fire is born of air, water is born of fire, earth is born of water. During cosmic Pralaya, earth is reduced or involved into water, water into fire, fire into air, and air into Akasa." —Swami Sivananda

"According to the Hindu Philosophy the whole nature is composed of two principal substances. One of them is called the Akasa or ether and the other, Prana or energy. These two may be said to correspond to matter and force of the modern scientists. Everything in this universe that possesses form or that has material existence, is evolved out of this omnipresent and all-pervasive subtle substance ‘Akasa’. Gas, liquid and solid, the whole universe, consisting of our solar system and millions of huge systems like ours and in fact every kind of existence that may be brought under the word ‘created’, are the products of this one subtle and invisible Akasa and at the end of each cycle return to the starting point. In the same way, all the way of forces of nature that are known to man; gravitation, light, heat, electricity, magnetism all those that can be grouped under the generic name of ‘energy’, physical creation, nerve-currents, all such as are known as animal forces and thought and other intellectual forces also, may be said to be the manifestations of the cosmic Prana. From Prana, they spring into existence and in Prana, they finally subside. Every kind of force in this universe, physical or mental can be resolved into this original force. There can be nothing new except these two factors in some one of their forms. Conservation of matter and conservation of energy are the two fundamental laws of nature. While one teaches that the sum total of Akasa forming the universe, is constant, the other teaches that the sum total of energy that vibrates the universe, is also a constant quantity. At the end of each cycle the different manifestations of energy quiet down and become potential: so also the Akasa which becomes indistinguishable: but at the beginning of the next cycle the energies start up again and act on the Akasa so as to involve the various forms. Accordingly, when the Akasa changes and becomes gross or subtle, Prana also changes and becomes gross or subtle. As the human body is only a microcosm to a Yogi, his body composed of the nervous system and the internal organs of perception represent to him, the microcosmic Akasa, the nerve-currents and thought-currents, and the cosmic Prana. To understand the secrets of their workings and to control them is, therefore, to get the highest knowledge and the conquest of the universe." —Swami Sivananda

Permanent impressions held in nature of everything that has ever occurred, i.e. “the memory of nature.” By means of awakening consciousness, it is possible to access past, present, and future events within these records.

"The Akasha is a subtle agent that penetrates and permeates the whole space. All the events of the Earth and its races, the life of Jesus etc., are depicted as an eternal and living film within the Akasha. [...] We already know that all movement is relative and that there is only one constant. This one is the velocity of light. Light travels at a certain constant velocity. With their lenses astronomers perceive stars that have already ceased to exist. What they see and even photograph of these stars is the memory, the Akasha. Many of these stars are so distant, that the light coming from them could have begun its journey before the formation of the world. This slowness of light, this constant, may in reality make the invention of certain special instruments with which the past can be seen possible. None of this is impossible. Thus, with a very special telescope, with a very special radio-television apparatus, it is possible to capture sounds and light, events and happenings that have occurred on our Earth since the formation of the world. [...] The devotee will be able to study the Akashic Records of Nature with the Astral Body and know all past, present and future events." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

(Sanskrit अलय, a, "not"; laya, from the verb-root li, "to dissolve"; hence Alaya means "the indissoluble." Also alaya-vijnana. In Tibetan: kunshi namshe) In the Mahayana Yogachara school of Buddhism, alaya is considered to be a base function of consciousness, the ground consciousness or storehouse consciousness, the base consciousness of everything that exists, from which everything arises. It is said to contain the seeds or germs of experience. As a "storehouse" it is said to be karmically neutral but perpetuates habitual patterns.

"Immense is the ineffable joy of those Diamond Souls who became lost within the great Alaya of the universe. [...] Alaya is the Anima Mundi of Plato, the Super-Soul of Emerson, submitted to incessant periodical changes. Alaya is in itself eternal and immutable; however, it suffers tremendous changes during the Mahamanvantaric manifestation. The Yogacharyas from the Mahayana school state that Alaya is the personification of the Illuminating Void. It is unquestionable that Alaya is the living foundation of the seven cosmos... [...] Alaya, even being eternal and immutable in its essence, reflects itself within every object of the universe, just as the moon does in the clear and tranquil water. [...] The Cosmic Consciousness, the great Alaya of the Universe, must awaken within each human being. Nevertheless, we make emphasis of the necessity of not confusing the consciousness with the Absolute." —Samael Aun Weor, Cosmic Teachings of a Lama

"As for this sparkling awareness, which is called "mind,"
Even though one says that it exists, it does not actually exist.
(On the other hand) as a source, it is the origin of the diversity of all the bliss of Nirvana and all of the sorrow of Samsara.
And as for it's being something desirable; it is cherished alike in the Eleven Vehicles [of dharma].
With respect to its having a name, the various names that are applied to it are inconceivable (in their numbers).
Some call it "the nature of the mind" or "mind itself."
Some Tirthikas call it by the name Atman or "the Self."
The Sravakas call it the doctrine of Anatman or "the absence of a self."
The Chittamatrins call it by the name Chitta or "the Mind."
Some call it the Prajnaparamita or "the Perfection of Wisdom."
Some call it the name Tathagata-garbha or "the embryo of Buddhahood."
Some call it by the name Mahamudra or "the Great Symbol."
Some call it by the name "the Unique Sphere."
Some call it by the name Dharmadhatu or "the dimension of Reality."
Some call it by the name Alaya or "the basis of everything."
And some simply call it by the name "ordinary awareness." —Padmasambhava, Self Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness

"The Alaya Consciousness is the good earth,
The inner teaching is the seed that is sowed,
Achievement in meditation is the sprout,
And the three bodies of the Buddha are the ripened crop.
These are the four lasting mainstays of heavenly farming."  —Milarepa

To be "born again" as explained by Jesus to Nicodemus (John 3) "of water and of the Spirit" through the science of Alchemy; this birth is realized through the creation and subsequent perfection of the Soul. See also Alchemy.

Al (as a connotation of the Arabic word Allah: al-, the + ilah, God) means "The God." Also Al (Hebrew) for "highest" or El "God." Chem or Khem is from kimia (Greek χυμεία) which means "to fuse or cast a metal." Also from Khem, the ancient name of Egypt. The synthesis is Al-Kimia: "to fuse with the highest" or "to fuse with God."

"Q. What precaution should be taken in reading the Hermetic Philosophers? A. Great care, above all, must be observed upon this point, lest what they say upon the subject should be interpreted literally and in accordance with the mere sound of the words: For the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." - Paracelcus, Alchemical Catechism

"In Hebrew , Alchemy is written as אלכימיה Alchimiah. Analyzing this word kabbalistically, we see that it is composed of El אל + Chemi כימי + the letter Hei ה. El אל means “god.” Chemi כימי means “as in the days.” So, the first part of the word is אלכימי “in the days of God,” which clearly points at the book of Genesis / Barashyth, where we find the alchemical story of the seven days of creation. Then, there is that letter Hei at the end of the word אלכימיה Alchimiah. Hei ה means “the.” The letter Hei by itself means “behold” and also means “breath.”  Thus, אלכימיה Alchimiah can mean “In the days of God, behold…” or “In the days of God, breath…” —Zohar Ha-Adam, זוהר האדם The Man of Splendors

In Alchemy, it is symbolically stated that there exist Five Atomic Ingredients with a Unitive Cement in order to acquire such fusion: Seed, Honey, Wine, Bread and Milk.

  1. Seed: Represents the Ens Seminis, the masculine and feminine creative energy.
  2. Honey: wisely represents the Bartholin glands or greater vestibular glands. These are two glands located slightly below and on both sides of the vaginal opening in women. They secrete mucus to provide lubrication, especially when the woman is sexually aroused, thus facilitating sexual activity.
  3. Wine: Is the same Ens Seminis, transmuted or elevated to a higher scale of vibration by means of the alchemical transmutation, which is magisterially symbolized in the biblical narration of the transmutation of water into wine in the weddings of Canaan of Galilee.
  4. Bread: it is a clear reference to the Solar Bodies, the Existential Vehicles of the Being; the outcome of the Alchemical Work.
  5. Milk: Symbol of the Developed Virtues.

(Greek) Literally "Strong-Help", or "Kingfisher."

1. "A Pleiad, a daughter of Atlas and Pleione, by whom Poseidon begot Aethusa, Hyrieus and Hyperenor." - Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology

2. An adept of the great White Fraternity.

3. "Alcyone is the principal sun of the Pleiades, and around it seven suns gravitate (our sun being the seventh one which rotates around Alcyone). Each sun is the center of a solar system, and Alcyone is the center of seven solar systems." - Samael Aun Weor

[א] The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes the element air. Its Kabbalistic numerical value is 1. Aleph is one of the three mother letters (אמש). Study: א Aleph, The Magician and א Aleph

(Hebrew עמלקי) From עמלק Amalek, which means, the ע Ayin, eye, of the מלק beheaded King, Kether of Klipoth, Hell.

In Greek mythology, ambrosia is food and drink with which the Olympian gods preserved their immortality; a symbol of sexual energy. Also known in India as Soma and in the Judeo-Christian scriptures as Manna.

In Hebrew letters, Amen is spelled אמן Aleph, Mem, Nun, and is a synthesis of El Melech Naaman, which in Hebrew means “God, the faithful king” (El for Aleph, Melech for Mem, and Naaman for Nun). Derived from Amen-Ra (Egyptian).

Egyptian name for both the netherworld and the goddess who presides there to aid the suffering beings of that region.

Amitabha Buddha(Sanskrit अमिताभ) literally means "boundless light and boundless life".

"Shariputra, what do you think? Why is this Buddha called Amitabha? Shariputra, the brilliance of that Buddha's light is measureless, illumining the lands of the ten directions everywhere without obstruction. For this reason he is called Amitabha. Moreover, Shariputra, the lifespan of that Buddha and that of his people extends for measureless, limitless asamkhyeyas of kalpas. For this reason he is called Amitayus." - Sutra of the Buddha's Teaching on Amitabha

Amitabha has significance in all schools of Buddhism, but with much variation and interpretation.

Like all Buddhas, Amitabha is both (1) an archetype within the consciousness of every sentient being, and (2) a human being who acheived liberation.

In Tibetan Buddhism, there are many important figures connected with Amitabha (whether as incarnations or emanations), including Padmasambhava, the Dalai Lamas, the Panchen Lamas, the Karmapas, and more. 

H.P. Blavatsky stated in The Secret Doctrine that Amitabha is the inner Being (Contemplation Buddha) of Gautama and Tsong Khapa:

"...according to the Orientalists, there are five Dhyanis who are the "celestial" Buddhas, of whom the human Buddhas are the manifestations in the world of form and matter. Esoterically, however, the Dhyani-Buddhas are seven, of whom five only have hitherto manifested, and two are to come in the sixth and seventh Root-races. They are, so to speak, the eternal prototypes of the Buddhas who appear on this earth, each of whom has his particular divine prototype. So, for instance, Amitabha is the Dhyani-Buddha of Gautama Sakyamuni, manifesting through him whenever this great Soul incarnates on earth as He did in Tzon-kha-pa. As the synthesis of the seven Dhyani-Buddhas, Avalokiteswara was the first Buddha (the Logos), so Amitabha is the inner "God" of Gautama, who, in China, is called Amita(-Buddha)." - The Secret Doctrine Vol. 1

"Let us remember Tsong Khapa who reincarnated in Tibet; he was the Buddha Gautama previously. The Buddha of Buddha Amitabha is another thing, his true divine prototype. Amitabha is the Contemplation Buddha, and Gautama, we could say, is the Manifestation Buddha, the worldly Buddha or Bodhisattva. We cannot deny that Amitabha expressed himself brilliantly through Gautama. We cannot deny that later Amitabha sent Gautama (the Bodhisattva or worldly Buddha) directly to a new reincarnation. Then he expressed himself as Tsong Khapa." - Samael Aun Weor from "Mental Representations"

"In the White Lodge, the name of the “Higher Self ” is revealed to the disciple — that is to say, the name of the disciple’s Innermost, which is the name his Monad has been always named in all the karmic books through all eternity. For example, in the inner worlds the Buddha Gautama is named Amitabha..." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

"There are kingdoms of inconceivable happiness that the disembodied one must make the effort to enter; let us remember the Blissful Kingdom of the West governed by Amitabha Buddha." - Samael Aun Weor, Practical Astrology

Amrita(Sanskrit; Tibetan dutsi) A symbolic beverage that provides immortality.

"'The gods are long-lived; through ambrosia (amrita) they are..." - The Grihya Sutras, Kandika

"The ambrosial drink or food of the Gods; the food which gives immortality. The elixir of life churned out of the ocean of milk in the Puranic allegory. An old vedic term applied to the sacred Soma juice in the Temple Mysteries." - from the Theosophical Glossary.

The transmutation of the sexual waters elaborates the extraordinary "pure waters of Amrita," the mercury of secret philosophy.

"In the primordial Chaos, before it became developed into the Seven Oceans (Sapta Samudra) -- emblematical of the seven gunas (conditioned qualities) composed of trigunas (Satwa, Rajas and Tamas, see Puranas) -- lie latent both Amrita (immortality) and Visha (poison, death, evil). This allegory is found in the "Churning of the Ocean" by the gods. Amrita is beyond any guna, for it is UNCONDITIONED per se; yet when fallen into the phenomenal creation it got mixed up with EVIL, Chaos, with latent theos in it, and before Kosmos was evolved. Hence, one finds Vishnu -- standing here for eternal Law -- periodically calling forth Kosmos into activity -- "churning out of the primitive Ocean (boundless Chaos) the Amrita of Eternity, reserved only for the gods and devas; and he has to employ in the task Nagas and Asuras -- demons in exoteric Hinduism. The whole allegory is highly philosophical, and we find it repeated in every philosophical System. Plato, having fully embraced the ideas of Pythagoras -- who had brought them from India -- compiled and published them in a form more intelligible than the mysterious numerals of the Greek Sage." - H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

"Narada said, Salutations to thee, O God of gods, O thou that art freed from all acts! Thou art he who is divested of all attributes, who is the Witness of all the worlds, who is called Kshetrajna, who is the foremost of all Beings, who is Infinite, who is called Purusha, who is the great Purusha, who is the foremost of all Purushas, who is the soul of the three attributes, who is called the Foremost, who is Amrita (nectar), who is called Immortal..." - The Mahabarata

"The disciple of the rocky path that leads to Nirvana is filled with ecstasy when he has the joy of contemplating Anael, the Angel of love. Anael presents himself before those who invoke him, who know how to call him. Anael is a beautiful child of the dawn. In the presence of the Angel of love, we feel ourselves returning to the lost innocence of Eden. Anael's hair is like a golden waterfall falling on his alabaster shoulders. The face of the Angel of love has the rosy color of the dawn. Anael wears a white tunic and he is indescribably beautiful. Anael is the Angel of music and love, the angel of beauty and tenderness, the delightful cupid of all lovers, the ecstasy of all adoration." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

(Sanskrit अनागामिन्) "not returning." In Pail, the term is sakadagami. A term used by the Buddha Shakyamuni when he described four levels or degrees of attainment. Anagamin is the third degree. In Sutrayana (Foundational Path) of Buddhism, anagamin is understood in a exoteric manner and each school has its own way of applying the term. In esotericism, anagamin is very specific: it refers to those who have completed the third degree of Major Mysteries, the third of the seven serpents of Kundalini / Candali.

(Sanskrit अनगारिका) Literally, “homeless one.” The term is commonly applied to those who have renounced worldly things but are not full fledged monks or nuns.

The word Anagarika is also used as a title among black magicians.

"The white magician aspires to the angelic state. The lords of the dark countenance want to reach the grade of Anagarikas." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

(Sanskrit) Literally, "soundless," derived from an (not) ahat (sound). The chakra or energetic center related to the heart. In the Bible, it is called the Church of Thyatira.

A high pitched note heard in moments of drowsiness or meditation.

(Sanskrit, "bliss") In Hinduism, ananda describes the bliss of unconditioned consciousness, free of the ego. This is a state of consciousness that becomes more and more accessible as the Kundalini awakens (see ch. 23 of Parsifal Unveiled by Samael Aun Weor).

In Buddhism, Ananda is said to be the name of the chief disciple of the Buddha. When analyzed Kabbalistically, the Buddha is the sephirah Chesed, whose chief disciple is Tiphereth, the human soul. Tiphereth means "beauty," and is the free, human consciousness that should be in a state of Eden (literally, "bliss").

In addition, the Hindu term Anandamaya kosha (literally "bliss-illusion-sheath") refers to the sephirah Tiphereth.

(Sanskrit) Literally "blissful sheath." Also called karana-sharira. One of the five koshas (sheaths or bodies) in Hindu Vedanta and the Upanishads. Corresponds to the Causal body. In Kabbalah, it is related to the sephirah Tiphereth.

ananke(Greek) Ananke or Anagke comes from the ancient Greek Ανάγκη, a goddess representing destiny, necessity, and fate. She is a primeval goddess (protogenos) who emerged self-formed at the very beginning of existence, and is said to be a formless serpent encompassing all manifested existence. She emerged with her serpent mate Khronos or Cronos, the god of time. They are far beyond all other Gods. The daughters of Ananke are the three Fates.

"There is a law of stern Ananke (Necessity), the immemorial ordinance of the gods made fast for ever, bravely sworn and sealed: should any Daimon (Spirit or God), born to enduring life, be fouled with sin of slaughter, or transgress by disputation, perjured and forsworn, three times ten thousand years that soul shall wander an outcast from Felicity, condemned to mortal being, and in diverse shapes with interchange of hardship go his ways. The Heavens force him headlong to the Sea; and vomited from the Sea, dry land receives him, but flings unwanted to the burning Sun; from there, to the heavenly vortex backward thrown, he makes from host to host, by all abhorred." - Empedocles, Fragments (Greek philosopher C5th B.C.)

"[Prometheus bound to Mount Kaukasos:] Let him [Zeus] lift me on high and hurl me down to black Tartaros with the swirling floods of stern Necessity (anankê): do what he will, me he shall never bring to death [for Prometheus is immortal]." - Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 1050

"And he [Epicurus] says that the world began in the likeness of an egg, and the Wind [Khronos (Time) and Ananke (Inevitability) entwined?] encircling the egg serpent-fashion like a wreath or a belt then began to constrict nature. As it tried to squeeze all the matter with greater force, it divided the world into the two hemispheres, and after that the atoms sorted themselves out, the lighter and finer ones in the universe floating above and becoming the Bright Air [Aither or Ouranos] and the most rarefied Wind [Khaos the Air?], while the heaviest and dirtiest have veered down, become the Earth (Ge), both the dry land and the fluid waters [Hydros or Pontos?]. And the atoms move by themselves and through themselves within the revolution of the Sky and the Stars, everything still being driven round by the serpent-form wind [Khronos and Ananke?]." - Orphica, Epicuras Fragment (from Epiphanius)

"I [Prometheus] must bear my allotted doom [to be chained to a mountain] as lightly as I can, knowing that the might of Necessity (anankê) permits no resistance." - Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 103

"And there were another three who sat round about at equal intervals, each one on her throne, the Moirai (Fates), daughters of Ananke, clad in white vestments with filleted heads, Lakhesis, and Klotho, and Atropos, who sang in unison with the music of the Seirenes, Lakhesis singing the things that were, Klotho the things that are, and Atropos the things that are to be . . . Lakhesis, the maiden daughter of Ananke (Necessity)." - Plato, Republic 617c (trans. Shorey) (Greek philosopher C4th B.C.)

"Anankei : With Anankei (Necessity) not even gods fight." - Suidas s.v. Anankei (Byzantine Greek Lexicon C10th A.D.)

(עתיק יומין Atik Yomin, from Aramaic) A name for God in many traditions.

"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] his wheels [as] burning fire." - Daniel 7:9

"The First Mystery is [the sephirah] Kether, the Ancient of Days..." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"...the ineffable Ancient of Days who is the Being of our Being, the Father/Mother within us." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"The tree [of life] begins with the Ancient of Days, Kether, who is in the most elevated place of the tree." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"Whosoever invokes Andrameleck in the internal worlds will have the most tremendous surprise, because either the demon Andrameleck or Andrameleck, the Master of the White Lodge, can attend. Andrameleck is a Hanasmuss with a double center of gravity." - Samael Aun Weor

"Andrameleck will not have a physical body again! He is a terribly perverse demon. The Internal Master suffered horribly, and of course, he will have to pay a great Karma for having created that demon." - Samael Aun Weor

Gk. androgynos, "male and female in one," from andros "male" + genika "female", meaning: having male and female sexual polarities or characteristics. A sexless being capable of reproducing its own species by means of asexual reproduction, in other words, a living species that without having evident sexual organs is capable of reproducing its own species (i.e. fissiparous "Tending to break up into parts or break away from an androgynous body").

From Greek aγγελος angelos "messenger, envoy, one that announces."

"The whole cosmos is directed, watched, and animated by a series of almost interminable hierarchies of conscious beings. Each one of them (whether they are called by one name or another, such as Dhyan Chohans, angels, or devas, etc.) have a mission to accomplish, and are messengers only in the sense that they are agents of the Karmic and Cosmic Laws. They vary in their respective degrees of consciousness and intelligence infinitely. All of them are perfect humans in the most complete sense of the word. Multiple angelical services characterize divine love. Each Elohim works within his specialty. We can and must appeal for angelical protection." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains

“In reality, angels are perfect human beings. Therefore, whosoever reaches the perfect state of human being becomes an angel. Those who claim that an angel is inferior to humans are falsifying the truth. No one can achieve the angelic state if he has not previously reached the state of perfect human being. No one can achieve the state of perfect human being if he has not previously incarnated his Soul. This is a sexual problem. The angel is born only within the true human beings.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

“There are two types of angels: innocent angels and virtuous angels. The innocent angels are the elementals of plants, and the virtuous angels are perfect human beings.” - Samael Aun Weor, Esoteric Medicine and Practical Magic

A psychological element of hostility or violence. In Christianity, one of the seven capital sins. In Buddhism, anger (hate, aggression) is depicted as one of the three core defects upon which the entire Wheel of Samsara rotates. According to the Paramitas, anger is the chief obstacle in the development of patience (ksanti). Samael Aun Weor stated that anger (hate) must be transmuted into its pure form: love, which is related to Mars (Samael).

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

Finding its fuel in the foul state of mind That arises from its bringing about things I don’t want And its preventing what I wish, Anger, once enflamed, destroys me. - Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva

Why, sir, do you get angry at someone who is angry with you? What are you going to gain by it? How is he going to lose by it? Your physical anger brings dishonor on yourself; Your mental anger disturbs your thinking. How can the fire in your house burn the neighbor’s house Without engulfing your own? - Hinduism. Basavanna, Vachana 248

“The psychic aggregates of anger are multiple. There is anger because of jealousy, because of hatred, because of frustrated desires, because of selfish monetary motives, because of disputed matters, because of terror, or because of various states of spirit, mind, body, and tongue, etc... Anger is associated with many psychic aggregates. The angry one fails in the Great Work of the Father.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

“One needs serenity in order to have clairvoyance. In order to see in the Internal Worlds, one has to not allow oneself to be driven by anger, because anger destroys the frontal chakra. Therefore, serenity is required.” - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

“Anger is the violent outcome of frustrated desire... Anger, rancor, and hatred are distinct forms of desire that are transmuted into supreme sweetness, infinite pardon, and supreme love.” - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamental Notions of Endocrinology & Criminology

"When reason ends, then anger begins. Therefore, anger is a sign of weakness." - 14th Dalai Lama

Latin, soul.

(Sanskrit) One of the eight major powers (siddhis) of yoga, related to the "Jinn state," the condition that results from moving physical matter into the fourth dimension.

"Anima is the power to become as minute as you like." - Swami Sivananda, Practical Lessons in Yoga

The instinctive mind developed by the process of our evolution through the animal kingdom and remaining with us when we enter the humanoid kingdom. This form of mind is instinctive and belongs to nature. This is the lunar mind that must be replaced by the solar mind of the Real Human.

Part of our own psyche, the Nephesh is related to our motor-instinctive-sexual brain, and is also related with the soul of animals. The Nephesh is related to the blood and to animal instinct.

(Sanskrit, from anna, "food"] One of the five koshas (sheaths or bodies) in Hindu Vedanta and the Upanishads. Corresponds to the physical body.

"The destruction of the subjective psychic aggregates, required in the work to free the soul from suffering. The annihilation of the psychic aggregates can be made possible only by radically comprehending our errors through meditation and by the evident Self-reflection of the Being." - Samael Aun Weor, The GNostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

A term used by Gurdjieff, which means "everything issuing from everything and again entering into everything." (Gurdjieff, All and Everything 39:761)

(Sanskrit अन्तःकरण, literally "inner organ, instrument, conscience, mind, heart, soul, seat of thought and feeling") In Hinduism, our psychological-spiritual structure, comprised of manas, buddhi, chitta, and ahamkara.

"Antahkarana is a term used by the Vedantins to include mind, Buddhi, Chitta and Ahankara. When used in a broad sense, it means the internal instrument. 'Antah' means internal; 'Karana' means instrument. It is the inner instrument (as distinguished from the term Bahya Karana, outer instrument or the senses or Indriyas) through which you sense, perceive, think and reason out." - Swami Sivananda

Antahkarana is the name of the "silver cord" that joins the physical body with the internal bodies.

"...or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." —Ecclesiastes 12

"When the bridge called "Antahkarana," which communicates the divine triad with its "inferior essence," is broken, the inferior essence (trapped into the ego) is left separated and is sunk into the abyss of destructive forces, where it (its ego) disintegrates little by little." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

Greek ἀντίχριστος 

The force or energy described in the Bible which is polarized in the opposite vibration of the energy or force of the Christ, also called Avalokitesvara, Vishnu, Quetzalcoatl, etc. The Christ is the force of light which gives rise to all life: it is creative, illuminating, and marked by pure, selfless love, compassion. The energy or force of the Antichrist is destructive, bringing darkness, selfishness, and hatred.

"Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." —1 John 2:18

"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." —2 John 1:7

The antichrist has two notable expressions:

  • materialistic science: which accepts only that which the physical senses perceive.
  • the intellect: which accepts only sensory data and its theories 

"The antichrist, or the false science, will perform miracles. He will make atomic rockets that will be able to travel to any planet of our solar system. Frightening weapons will be invented, and all the people will kneel to the ground worshipping the great beast and saying, “There is nothing like this official science,” “There is no one likened unto the beast,” “There is no one like the Antichrist.” People say in these times, “I want demonstrations,” “I have to see it in order to believe it,” “I only believe in what my physical senses inform me,” “Those mystical matters from the roof above no longer concern me.” “There is no one like the beast,” they say." —The Aquarian Message

The antichrist is not a particular person, but is within all people who have the ego alive.

The Antimony is one part of the Being. It is the great Alchemist who fastens the Gold into the superior existential bodies of the Being. - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

(Sanskrit अणु) Literally, "atom." The term is used in the general sense for any atom, yet Anu is also a name of "Brahma," the primordial atom. 

"The primordial atom, Anu, is the purest atom that enters through the magnetic field of our nose. This atom cannot be multiplied in the pre-genetic or primal-genetic state. It is an omni-gatherer. It is omniscient, omnipresent, a total sum, unlimited and absolutely divine." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

"Anu is one of the names of Brahma (as distinct from Brahma neuter), and it means "atom": Aniyamsam aniyasam, "the most atomic of the atomic," the "immutable and imperishable (achyuta) Purushottama." - H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

"Anu is the primordial chaos, the god time and world at once, χρομος and Κοσμος, the uncreated matter issued from the one and fundamental principle of all things." - H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled

anubisMentioned many times in Gnostic scripture The Pistis Sophia (he is "the dog-faced one") and well-known in Egyptian symbolism, Anubis is the supreme hierarch of the Law of Karma who is assisted by 42 Judges. The Temple of the Law where he presides is located on the Sun, which is ruled by Michael, the holder of the scales of cosmic balance, related with the Law.

"The one who awakens consciousness can travel in his internal bodies outside the physical body, with full conscious will, and study his own book of destiny. In the Temple of Anubis and his Forty-two Judges, the initiate can study his own book. Anubis is the supreme ruler of Karma. The Temple of Anubis is found in the Molecular World, called the Astral World by many people. The Initiates can directly negotiate with Anubis. We can pay every karmic debt with good deeds, but we have to negotiate with Anubis. The Law of Karma, the Law of the Cosmic Balance is not a blind law; one can also ask for credit from the Lords of Karma, but every credit must be paid with good deeds and if not paid, then the Law collects with pain." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

(Sanskrit) "Parentless, self-existing." 

"The term Anupadaka, "parentless," or without progenitors, is a mystical designation having several meanings in the philosophy. By this name celestial beings, the Dhyan-Chohans or Dhyani-Buddhas, are generally meant. But as these correspond mystically to the human Buddhas and Bodhisattwas, known as the "Manushi (or human) Buddhas," the latter are also designated "Anupadaka," once that their whole personality is merged in their compound sixth and seventh principles -- or Atma-Buddhi, and that they have become the "diamond-souled" (Vajra-sattvas),* the full Mahatmas. The "Concealed Lord" (Sangbai Dag-po), "the one merged with the absolute," can have no parents since he is Self-existent, and one with the Universal Spirit (Svayambhu),** the Svabhavat in the highest aspect. The mystery in the hierarchy of the Anupadaka is great, its apex being the universal Spirit-Soul, and the lower rung the Manushi-Buddha; and even every Soul-endowed man is an Anupadaka in a latent state. Hence, when speaking of the Universe in its formless, eternal, or absolute condition, before it was fashioned by the "Builders" -- the expression, "the Universe was Anupadaka. [...] ...the Logos (the first), or Vajradhara, the Supreme Buddha (also called Dorjechang). As the Lord of all Mysteries he cannot manifest, but sends into the world of manifestation his heart -- the "diamond heart," Vajrasattva (Dorjesempa). This is the second logos of creation, from whom emanate the seven (in the exoteric blind the five) Dhyani Buddhas, called the Anupadaka, "the parentless." These Buddhas are the primeval monads from the world of incorporeal being, the Arupa world, wherein the Intelligences (on that plane only) have neither shape nor name, in the exoteric system, but have their distinct seven names in esoteric philosophy. These Dhyani Buddhas emanate, or create from themselves, by virtue of Dhyana, celestial Selves -- the super-human Bodhisattvas. These incarnating at the beginning of every human cycle on earth as mortal men, become occasionally, owing to their personal merit, Bodhisattvas among the Sons of Humanity, after which they may re-appear as Manushi (human) Buddhas. The Anupadaka (or Dhyani-Buddhas) are thus identical with the Brahminical Manasaputra, "mind-born sons" -- whether of Brahma or either of the other two Trimurtian Hypostases, hence identical also with the Rishis and Prajapatis. Thus, a passage is found in Anugita, which, read esoterically, shows plainly, though under another imagery, the same idea and system. It says: "Whatever entities there are in this world, moveable or immoveable, they are the very first to be dissolved (at pralaya); and next the developments produced from the elements (from which the visible Universe is fashioned); and, after these developments (evolved entities), all the elements. Such is the upperward gradation among entities. Gods, Men, Gandharvas, Pisachas, Asuras, Rakshasas, all have been created by Svabhava (Prakriti, or plastic nature), not by actions, nor by a cause" -- i.e., not by any physical cause." - H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine (1888)

"From the Unknowable Entirety or Radical Zero, the Pythagorean Monad, the Verb, the Arch-Magi or Hierophant, the Unique-One, the Buddhist Aunadad-Ad, the Ain Soph, En Soph or Chaldean Pneuma-Eikon, the Ruach Elohim or divine Spirit of the Lord floating upon the Genesiac waters, the one who exists by himself, Anupadaka, or the Aryan Manu-Swayambu-Narayana, emanates in the beginning of any manifestation or universe." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains

"Some eastern authors think that Anupadaka — that is to say, the Buddha of Contemplation (because of the fact of being in itself the Father-Mother, the glorious complement of any terrestrial Bodhisattva) — is Fatherless and Motherless. This concept seems wrong to me, because any Buddha of Contemplation, any Father-Mother (a glorious complement of the Bodhisattva) obviously has emanated from the eternal, common, cosmic Father (this must be understood) and of the unmanifested Divine Mother, the unmanifested Prakriti. The cosmic, common, eternal Father is dual, is Father-Mother in itself. In turn, from it emanates the Buddha of Contemplation, who is the particular Father-Mother of any Bodhisattva, and you all must understand this… Therefore, I do not think that Anupadaka, the Father-Mother, is an orphan. I think that the inner Father-Mother of each one of us emanates from the eternal, common, cosmic Father-Mother, that is coessential with Absolute Abstract Space. So, I allow myself to dissent with some authors regarding the term “Anupadaka" — that is, the Buddha of Contemplation — being devoid of Father and Mother, just for the fact of being in himself the Father and Mother of a Bodhisattva. Indeed, Anupadaka is something more than that. Anupadaka is the Buddha of Contemplation that has emanated from the eternal, common, cosmic Father-Mother." - Samael Aun Weor, Seven Minds and Seven Truths

(Sanskrit) The vital energy that carries downward unassimilated food and drink. An aspect of prana. 

"The Apana dwells in the organs of excretion and generation... The goddess of the earth attracts Apana downwards." —Prasna Upanishad

"Prana is one; but it has many functions to do. Hence it assumes five names according to the different functions it performs, viz., Prana, Apana, Samana, Udana and Vyana. According to the different functions they perform, they occupy certain places in the body." —Swami Sivananda

"The chief aim of Pranayama is to unite the Prana with the Apana and take the united Pranapana slowly towards the head... The seat of Prana is the heart; of Apana, the anus... Apana does excretion." —Swami Sivananda

"Q. Will you be kind enough to elucidate ‘Apana Vayu’? We inhale air, thereby oxygen is absorbed by blood-cells as well as plasma. But from that oxygen, how Apana is formed? In what part it resides? What is the nature? How and where Prana and Apana unite? Kindly explain scientifically mentioning parts affected thereby.

"A. Apana is not formed from oxygen. Apana is energy. Apana resides in the lower part of the abdomen, in the Muladhara, in the descending colon, rectum and anus. Its nature is downward motion. Its function is ejection of urine, gas and excreta." —Swami Sivananda

(Sanskrit, "water") The tattva or vibration of aquaeous ether. From this vibration arises physical water.

"Behold, then, in the modern denizens of the great forests of Sumatra the degraded and dwarfed examples -- "blurred copies," as Mr. Huxley has it -- of ourselves, as we (the majority of mankind) were in the earliest sub-races of the Fourth Root-race during the period of what is called the "Fall into generation." The ape we know is not the product of natural evolution but an accident, a cross-breed between an animal being, or form, and man. As has been shown in the present volume (anthropogenesis), it is the speechless animal that first started sexual connection, having been the first to separate into males and females. Nor was it intended by Nature that man should follow the bestial example -- as shown by the comparatively painless procreation of their species by the animals, and the terrible suffering and danger of the same in the woman. The Ape is, indeed, as remarked in Isis Unveiled (Vol. II 278) "a transformation of species most directly connected with that of the human family -- a hybrid branch engrafted on their own stock before the final perfection of the latter" -- or man. The apes are millions of years later than the speaking human being, and are the latest contemporaries of our Fifth Race. Thus, it is most important to remember that the Egos of the apes are entities compelled by their Karma to incarnate in the animal forms, which resulted from the bestiality of the latest Third and the earliest Fourth Race men. They are entities who had already reached the "human stage" before this Round. Consequently, they form an exception to the general rule. The numberless traditions about Satyrs are no fables, but represent an extinct race of animal men. The animal "Eves" were their foremothers, and the human "Adams" their forefathers; hence the Kabalistic allegory of Lilith or Lilatu, Adam's first wife, whom the Talmud describes as a charming woman, with long wavy hair, i.e.-- a female hairy animal of a character now unknown, still a female animal, who in the Kabalistic and Talmudic allegories is called the female reflection of Samael, Samael-Lilith, or man-animal united, a being called Hayo Bischat, the Beast or Evil Beast (Zohar). It is from this unnatural union that the present apes descended." - H.P. Blavatsky. The Secret Doctrine

The Egyptian symbol of the tempting serpent of Eden, the Luciferic fire of passion.

The sacred bull Apis(Egyptian) The sacred bull of Memphis, said to be the incarnation of Osiris or of Ptah. His worship spread throughout the Mediterranean world and was particularly important during the time of the Roman Empire.

"Among the ancient Egyptians, the Sacred Bull Apis had to be young, healthy and strong in order to symbolize the Philosophical Stone. The famous Bull Apis, so adored in the Egyptian mysteries, was the creator and prosecutor of souls. The symbolic Bull Apis was consecrated to Isis, because it is in fact related to the Sacred Cow, the Divine Mother Isis, whose veil no mortal has ever lifted. In order for a Bull to have the high honor of being promoted to such a category, it was necessary for it to be black and to have on its forehead or on one of its shoulder blades, a white spot in the shape of a crescent Moon. It is also true, that said sacred bull had to have been conceived under the impression of the ray and have under the tongue the mark of the sacred scarab. Apis was the symbol of the Moon, both because of its horns in the shape of a crescent Moon, as well as because, except during the full moon, this celestial body always has a tenebrous part (indicated by the blackness of the Bull's skin) and another resplendent side (symbolized by the white spot)." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

Generally a reference to the Book written by St. John, which is the last book of the Christian Bible. This book is also called the Revelation of St. John. This controversial and deeply symbolic work is discussed in many of the books of Samael Aun Weor, but especially in The Aquarian Message and The Revolution of Beelzebub.

"The fundamental book of the Great Work, which James carries in his hands, is the Apocalypse (Revelation). Unquestionably, the Apocalypse is the book of Wisdom, which is comprehensible only by the Alchemists. Only the workers of the Great Work can comprehend the Apocalypse. The secret science of the Apocalypse is found in the superior Chemistry, which is Alchemy. The laws of the superior Chemistry or Alchemy, the principles, the order of the Magisterium of the Fire, are found placed in the Apocalypse." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic BIble: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"But what is an Apocrypha? The very etymology of the term shows that it is simply a secret book, i.e., one that belonged to the catalogue of temple libraries under the guardianship of the Hierophants and initiated priests, and was never meant for the profane. Apocrypha comes from the verb Crypto, [[krupto]], \to hide."- The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky -- Vol. 2: ENOICHION-HENOCH.


(Greek Απολλων, literally Apollon) The greatest and most influential of the Greek Olympian gods, related to music, prophecy, healing, poetry, and much more. Associated to the Sun (and the god Helios), and by driving his chariot through the sky represented the life-bringing powers of the Sun, which makes him therefore a Greek symbol of Christ, equivilent to Horus, Krishna, Jesus, Surya, etc. Also called Lukêgenês, meaning "born of light." Apollo slayed the tempting serpent Python.

"Straightway large-eyed queenly Hera took him [Typhaon] and bringing one evil thing to another such, gave him to the Drakaina [Python]; and she received him. And this Typhaon used to work great mischief among the famous tribes of men. Whosoever met the Drakaina, the day of doom would sweep him away, until the lord Apollon, who deals death from afar, shot a strong arrow at her. Then she, rent with bitter pangs, lay drawing great gasps for breath and rolling about that place. An awful noise swelled up unspeakable as she writhed continually this way and that amid the wood: and so she left her life, breathing it forth in blood. Then Phoibos Apollon boasted over her: `Now rot here upon the soil that feeds man! You at least shall live no more to be a fell bane to men who eat the fruit of the all-nourishing earth, and who will bring hither perfect hecatombs. Against cruel death neither Typhoios [her consort] shall avail you nor ill-famed Khimaira [her spawn], but here, shall the Earth and shining Hyperion make you rot.' Thus said Phoibos, exulting over her: and darkness covered her eyes. And the holy strength of Helios made her rot away there; wherefore the place is now called Pytho, and men call the lord Apollon by another name, Pythian; because on that spot the power of piercing Helios made the monster rot away." - Homeric Hymn 3 to Apollo 356 (7th - 4th B.C.)

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"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." - Revelation 9:11

The book of Revelation equated Abaddon with Apollyon, and Cornelius Agrippa positioned him as the monarch in Klipoth, yon in the lower shadow of the Sephirah Tiphereth (Beauty) on the Kabbalistic Tree. Indeed, Tiphereth is governed by the Sun-Apollo (the Cosmic Christ) and the planet Venus-Aphrodite (Goddess of love and beauty).

Tiphereth relates to the Human Soul and the Heart in the physical body. The blood stream places the Astral Light (Apollo) “yon” Tiphereth-the Heart, there in Yesod-Sexual Organs.

Thus, Apollyon is the descent of Tiphereth (the Malachim, the human soul, the psyche) that receives the Astral Solar Light of Apollo (Christ) through the heart; yet, in opposition, we find Abaddon, who squanders the fiery elementals "locusts" through the sexual organs by means of fornication and adultery (Lilith and Nahemah – Evil Beauty), the negative aspects of Venus-Aphrodite (sexual force).

"There we see Abbadon, the angel of the Abyss, who suffers in the chains and bonds with which he martyrized others." - Samael Aun Weor, Occult Medicine and Practical Magic

As described in Revelation, Apollyon (Apollo, Tiphereth) opens the gates of the abyss (Klipoth) and unleashes upon the earth his swarms of fiery elementasl “locusts,” who then proceed to torture those of mankind who do not bear the seal of God (chastity) upon their forehead. After that, (by means of the Great Arcanum) he (Tiphereth, the Human Soul – Willpower - Thelema) is supposed (with the help of Apollo - Christ) to seize Satan [the ego] himself, bind him and toss him into the bottomless pit (Klipoth-Sheol) for a thousand years.

The Egyptian symbol of the Demon of Desire, one of the Three Traitors, related to the heart and to the Kundabuffer organ. Also known as Sebal (Masonry) or Judas (Christianity).

hebeFrom Aqua- Aerius "pertaining to water (Aqua) and Aeris (Air),” means, the air (Spirit) as a water carrier.

The eleventh sign of the zodiac (January 20th to February 18th) . Ruled by Uranus. Related to the element air.

The Age of Aquarius is an astrological epoch that began the 4th of February in 1962.

Aquarius pours the Dionysian vibrations of Uranus (Chokmah) into the Earth (Malkuth) Gnostically, the Dionysian vibrations are the fiery water “Schamayim” or wine from heaven (Gnosis) which is poured into the psyche through three ways:

1: The Lord's Baptism (Sexual Alchemy): Consubstantiation. Yesod. “Whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” - John 4:14

2 : The Lord's Supper (Eucharist): Transubstantiation. Hod. “Whosoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him/her at the last day; for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.” - John 6:54-56

3: The Lord’s Incarnation (Anointment): Permutation. Netzach. “The Man (manas: mind) shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” - Matthew 4:4

“And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” - Mark 1:10,11

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

“The natives of Aquarius are of strict will and possess a formidable intuition. The natives of Aquarius are friends of independence and dearly love polemics and philosophical discussions. The great leaders of Aquarius are the revolutionaries of the era. Aquarians have a great disposition for all studies of occult wisdom.” - Samael Aun Weor, Manual of Practical Magic

(or erelim; Hebrew אראלם) Literally, "warriors, heroes, valiant ones." According to Kabbalah, a being related to the sephirah Binah, equivalent to the Christian hierarchical levels of “Dominions” and “Thrones.”

"Behold, their אראלם [valiant ones] shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly." —Isaiah 33:7

Or aratrika (Sanskrit): A form of worship. The circular movement of a flame before the temple deity at the high point of a ritual worship.

Arcadia was a symbol in Greek and Roman mythology for an earthly paradise, where one found Pan, the god of woods, fields, and flocks. Arcadia was described a terrestrial paradise in which there was no danger, and everyone lived a life of peace and harmony with nature. Arcadia hides many meanings. Historically, it can refer to an age of high culture and peace, such as the ancient Saturnian Round, the first round of the current Mahamanvantara, or also the Lemurian or pre-Lemurian races. [Read Revolution of Beelzebub by Samael Aun Weor].


(Latin. plural: arcana). A secret, a mystery. The root of the term "ark" as in the Ark of Noah and the Ark of the Covenent.

The practice of sexual transmutation as couple (male-female), a technique known in Tantra and Alchemy. Arcanum refers to a hidden truth or law. A.Z.F. stands for A (agua, water), Z (azufre, sulfur), F (fuego, fire), and is thus: water + fire = consciousness. . Also, A (azoth = chemical element that refers to fire). A & Z are the first and last letters of the alphabet thus referring to the Alpha & Omega (beginning & end).

(Greek) From arch, chief or primordial, and angel, messenger.

From "the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype."

In Kabbalah, the blueprint or original image from which creation emerges; related to the the first of the four worlds: Atziluth.

"Concept and word are one and the same substance. The concept is internal and the word is external. This process is similar in all the levels of consciousness and in all dimensions of space. Ideas are only abstract concepts. Ideas are much larger concepts and belong to the world of Spiritual Archetypes. Every existing thing in the physical world is a copy of those archetypes. During Samadhi, the initiate can visit the world of spiritual archetypes in Astral or Super-astral journeys." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Sexual energy contains within it the living archetype of the authentic Solar Man, which must take shape within us." - Samael Aun Weor, The Mystery of the Golden Blossom

The vital principle or force which (according to Alchemy) presides over the growth and continuation of living beings; the anima mundi or malleable power of the alchemists and philosophers.

(Greek) Literally, "prince" or "ruler." Esoterically, primordial planetary spirits.

"We have previously stated that the Golden Fleece, the Treasury of the Light, is found within the profundities of oneself. Unquestionably, the Archons of the Fate and the Rulers of the Aeons and those of the Sphere turn to the matter of their refuse. They subdue it, devour it, subjugate it, govern it, and do not let it go to become Souls in the world. This means that they, the Rulers, maintain the elemental Essences in their respective Kingdoms. Such elemental Essences are governed by the Archons. However, while the elemental Essences develop, they pass from one Kingdom to another, according to the Law. Every elemental Essence can convert itself into a human Soul, at its time and hour, and according to the Law. [...] The Archons of the Twelve Aeons, their Lords and their Authorities, their Angels and their Archangels, are represented within ourselves by the distinct autonomous and self-conscious parts of our own Being. The powers of the Rulers of the Aeons, and those of the Fate and those of the Sphere are found within our own Soul." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"...the Archons are the diverse, autonomous and Self-conscious parts of our own Being. [...] The violent judgements of the evil Archons fall upon those who violate the Law. The terms good and evil are very discussable. Something is good when it is suitable for us and evil when it is not suitable for us. Evil Rulers must be understood in esoteric form. No one can enjoy the violent judgements of the Lords of Karma. This is why they are symbolically denominated as evil Archons. We need to be saved from the Archons or violent Rulers of darkness and also from the violent receivers of the outermost darkness." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled


(Sanskrit अर्धनारीश्वर) A symbolic form of Shiva and Parvati combined that represents the androgynous nature of divinity, the union of masculine and feminine in one, identical to the Hebrew word Elohim ("god and goddess").

"Brahma was unable to create and bring forth creatures from his mental creation. To know the method of creation he did Tapas [spiritual austerities]. As a result of his Tapas, Adyasakti [the Divine Mother] arose in Brahma’s mind. Through the help of Adyasakti, Brahma meditated upon Tryambakesvara [a temple for Shiva]. Pleased by the penance of Brahma, Lord Siva appeared in the form of Ardhanarisvara (half male and half female). Brahma praised Ardhanarisvara. Lord Siva then created from His body a Goddess by name Prama-Sakti. Brahma said to the Goddess: “I was not able to bring forth creatures by my mental creation. Though I created the Devatas yet they could not multiply. Therefore, I wish to bring forth creatures by intercourse. Before Your appearance or till now, I was not able to create the endless female species. Therefore, O Devi, be merciful and take birth as the daughter of my son, Daksha.” - Swami Sivananda

ares-god-of-war(Greek) One of the twelve gods of Olympus. Ares was associated with the Roman god Mars and the planet Mars. Ares represented the divine forces related to manliness, courage, ferocity in battle, and when placated, the possibility of peace.

"Ares, exceeding in strength, chariot-rider, golden-helmed, doughty in heart, shield-bearer, Saviour of cities, harnessed in bronze, strong of arm, unwearying, mighty with the spear, O defender of Olympos, father of warlike Nike (Victory), ally of Themis, stern governor of the rebellious, leader of the righteous men, sceptred King of manliness, who whirl your fiery sphere [the star Mars] among the planets in their sevenfold courses through the aither wherein your blazing steeds ever bear you above the third firmament of heaven; hear me, helper of men, giver of dauntless youth! Shed down a kindly ray from above upon my life, and strength of war, that I may be able to drive away bitter cowardice from my head and crush down the deceitful impulses of my soul. Restrain also the keen fury of my heart which provokes me to tread the ways of blood-curdling strife. Rather, O blessed one, give you me boldness to abide within the harmless laws of peace, avoiding strife and hatred and the violent fiends of death." - Homeric Hymn 8 to Ares; C7th to 4th B.C.

or Arhan. (Sanskrit अर्हत्. Tibetan dra chompa) In exoteric usage, a title given to sutrayana practitioners who have eleminated the klesas; in other words, Sravakas and Pratyeka Buddhas (of the Spiral Path). 

In esotericism, arhat is a title for those who have raised the fourth serpent of kundalini.

"The Christ-mind takes us to the fourth Initiation of Major Mysteries, and confers upon us the degree of “Arhat.” ...This task is achieved through the Kundalini of the Mental Body. This is the fourth Kundalini." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

(March 21st to April 19th.) The first sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Mars. Related to the element fire.

(Chaldean) Literally, “the vast countenance," or "the huge face." The Zohar describes it as “the ancient of ancients.” Arik Anpin is the first manifested aspect of divinity, represented in Kabbalah as the first trinity (Kether, Chokmah, Binah).

A Greek philosopher who, wanting to show his wisdom and humility, garbed himself with an old robe, full of patches and holes. In this manner he walked the streets of Athens clutching the staff of philosophy. When Socrates saw him approaching he exclaimed, "Oh, Aristippus, your vanity shows through the holes in your garment."


(Sanskrit अर्जुन) Literally, "white, silver, gold, peacock, shape." A central character in the epic poem The Mahabharata. Arjuna represents the Human Soul and causal body.

Learn more:  Mahabharata Course

Although the word ark does not appear in the Hebrew scriptures (Tanakh or Torah), it does appear in Latin as arca, but translated from two very different words.

  1. In relation to Noah's Ark (ship) and the ark of Moses (Moshe's cradle), in Hebrew these are תבת, tebah, which means "box, chest, case, casket, crate."

  2. In relation to the container (the Ark of the Covenant) built by Betzalel for Moshe, in Hebrew it is ארון, Aron, spelled Aleph-Resh-Vav-Nun.

The Aron Kodesh (Holy Container) is contracted to Ar-K orally. These two very different words (boat and container) are translated to Latin as arca, meaning chest, both as a box and the trunk of the human body, and also as a coffin, as that which Joseph was placed within when he died. Thus, for centuries people have conflated several very different things, although they are closely related in the Kabbalistic tradition.

In fact, in the Judeo-Christian scriptures there are many "arks," but to find them one must know the Hebrew letters. Yet, it is not exclusively a Western symbol, as variations of the sacred vessel occur in every religion.

"The Ark is the sacred Argha of the Hindus, and thus the relation in which it stands to Noah's ark may be easily inferred when we learn that the Argha was an oblong vessel, used by the high priests as a sacrificial chalice in the worship of Isis, Astarte, and Venus-Aphrodite, all of whom were goddesses of the generative powers of nature, or of matter -- hence representing symbolically the Ark containing the germs of all living things." ("Isis Unveiled," Vol. II., p. 444.)" —H.P. Blavatsky

A reference to Elohim Sabbaoth (Hebrew), the army or host of gods and goddesses.

"...the Dhyan Chohans, called Devas (gods) in India, or the conscious intelligent powers in Nature... The "army of the Voice" is a term closely connected with the mystery of Sound and Speech, as an effect and corollary of the cause -- Divine Thought." —HP Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

"Christ is not an individual but an army, the Army of the Voice, the Word." —Samael Aun Weor

In alchemy, a symbol of the sacred fire (sulfur) trapped in the ego, which is poison (arsenic) to the soul.

"We must annihilate the psychic aggregates and the Arsenic Sulfur. The arsenic, poisonous Sulfur is an infernal type of fire within the lower animal depths of the human being. The Arsenic Sulfur is that horrible Python serpent that slithered in the mud of the earth and that the irritated Apollo hurt with his darts. It is the tail of Satan." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled


(Greek) An Olympian goddess in Greek religion and mythology, daughter of Zeus and Leto and twin sister of Apollo. Artemis' early worship, especially at Ephesus, identified her as an earth goddess, similar to Astarte. In Classical Greek literature she was portrayed as a deliberate and unshakable virgin, a symbol of having perfect chastity; she punished anyone who attempted to violate this state and required all of her attendents to maintain their chastity as well. She defended chastity among men and women. In later legend, however, she was primarily a virgin huntress, goddess of wildlife and patroness of hunters. As the complement to Apollo, she was often considered a moon goddess and as such was identified with Selene and Hecate; the confusion with Hecate arose because Artemis was considered the bringer of death to women, while her twin brother Apollo brought death to men. In ancient Greece, the worship of Artemis was widespread. The Romans identified her with Diana. She is mentioned in the biblical book of The Acts of the Apostles.

The word Aryan is not a term only for "white people" or an ancient, dead civilization, but instead refers to to the vast majority of the population. All modern races are "Aryan."

“From Sanskrit [=a]rya excellent, honorable; akin to the name of the country Iran, and perh. to Erin, Ireland, and the early name of this people, at least in Asia. 1. One of a primitive people supposed to have lived in prehistoric times, in Central Asia, east of the Caspian Sea, and north of the Hindoo Koosh and Paropamisan Mountains, and to have been the stock from which sprang the Hindoo, Persian, Greek, Latin, Celtic, Teutonic, Slavonic, and other races; one of that ethnological division of mankind called also Indo-European or Indo-Germanic.” - Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

While formerly it was believed that the ancient Aryans were European (white), most scientists now believe that the ancient people commonly referred to as Aryan were the original inhabitants of India, which Manu called Aryavarta, "Abode of the Aryans."

"(Sanskrit) Ārya [from the verbal root ṛ to rise, tend upward] Holy, hallowed, highly evolved or especially trained; a title of the Hindu rishis [initiates]. Originally a term of ethical as well as intellectual and spiritual excellence, belonging to those who had completely mastered the aryasatyani (holy truths) and who had entered upon the aryamarga (path leading to moksha or nirvana). It was originally applicable only to the initiates or adepts of the ancient Aryan peoples, but today Aryan has become the name of a race of the human family in its various branches. All ancient peoples had their own term for initiates or adepts, as for instance among the ancient Hebrews the generic name Israel, or Sons of Israel." - Theosophical Glossary

The word aryan is noted for its close relationship with Ares or Mars, the God of War. Compare with "AquAryan" and "barbAryan." The Aryan race, the fifth great race to exist on this planet, is under the guidance of Ares, Mars, the fifth of the "Seven Spirits before the Throne of God."

Map of the Subraces of the Aryan Root Race

"Every Root Race has seven Subraces. The seed of our Aryan Root Race is Nordic, but when the Nordics mixed themselves with the Atlantean survivors, they gave origin onto the Subraces of the Aryan trunk.

"First Subrace: It flourished in central Asia, in those now vanished kingdoms of central Asia, and whose ruins still exist in the Himalayas around the country of Tibet. Powerful spiritual civilizations of the first Aryan Subrace existed in those regions.

Second Subrace: It flourished in India and the entire south of Asia. In Pearland, the sacred land of the Vedas, in the ancient Hindustan, where the second Aryan Subrace developed, formidable esoteric cultures and tremendous civilizations existed.

Third Subrace: It created powerful civilizations. Babylon, Chaldea, Egypt, etc., etc. were the scenario of very rich and powerful civilizations created by the third Aryan Subrace.

Fourth Subrace: It developed in Rome, Greece, Italy, and Athens, the great city founded by the Goddess Athena. Before their degeneration and destruction, Greece and Italy were marvelous scenarios where the powerful civilizations of the fourth Aryan Subrace developed.

Fifth Subrace: Are the Anglo-Saxon and Teutonic. The First and Second World Wars, with all of their barbarism and moral corruption, point with their accusatory fingers to the men and women of the fifth Aryan Subrace.

Sixth Subrace: The mixture of the Spanish Conquistadors with the Native-American tribes. The effort to form the sixth Subrace in the redskin territory was very difficult, because the English Conquistadors destroyed them; they assassinated them, instead of mixing themselves with the natives. Only in a very insignificant and incipient way was the mixture of blood performed. This is why the Occult Fraternity saw the necessity of converting the North American territory into a melting crucible of races. So, the formation of the sixth Subrace in the United States had enormous difficulties; there, all the races of the world have mixed. The sixth Subrace in Latin America was formed very easily and this is something that must not be ignored by the treatisers of anthropogenesis and occultism.

Seventh Subrace: The survivors of the new great cataclysm that soon will destroy this Aryan Root Race will be formed by the survivors of the Seventh Subrace; they still do not exist, but they will.

So, this Aryan Root Race, instead of evolving, has devolved, and its corruption is now worse than that of the Atlanteans in their epoch. Its wickedness is so great that it has reached unto heaven." - Samael Aun Weor, The Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries

"...our current fifth root race, the Aryan multitudes who inhabit the face of the Earth, separated from its parent stem (the Atlantean), has already more than a million years of existence and is on the verge of total annihilation." —Samael Aun Weor, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac

(Sanskrit आर्यावर्त, "land of the Aryans" or "land of the noble") 

A name appearing in some of the oldest extant scriptures, it is usually interpreted literally as some part of India. 

The Hebrew name Ari (also Arieh or Aryeh) translates as "lion" the Biblical Judah (in Hebrew Yehuda) is the original name of the tribe of Judah - traditionally symbolized by a lion. In Genesis, the patriarch Jacob refers to his son Judah as a Gur Aryeh, "Young Lion" (Genesis 49:9) when blessing him. So, Aryeh is the constellation of Leo, house of the Sun, the Ain Soph Aur and of the Christified initiates.

(Sanskrit आसन) Posture, seat, or position.

"For prayers and meditation, you can have any comfortable position. You must select a fine pose in which you can sit for a long time comfortably. The only condition is that your neck and back should be erect." —Swami Sivananda, Autobiography

"When you sit on the posture, think: "I am as firm as a rock". Give this suggestion to the mind half a dozen times. Then the Asana will become steady soon. You must become as a living statue when you sit for Dhyana. Then only there will be real steadiness in your Asana. In one year by regular practice you will have success and will be able to sit for three hours at a stretch. Start with half an hour and gradually increase the period. When you sit in the Asana, keep your head, neck and trunk in one straight line. Stick to one Asana and make it quite steady and perfect by repeated attempts. Never change the Asana. Adhere to one tenaciously. Realise the full benefits of one Asana. Asana gives Dridhata (strength). Mudra gives Sthirata (steadiness). Pratyahara gives Dhairya (boldness). Pranayama gives Laghima (lightness). Dhyana gives Pratyakshatva (perception) of Self and Samadhi gives Kaivalya (isolation) which is verily the freedom or final beatitude." —Swami Sivananda

An aspid is a viper (Vipera aspis).

(Hebrew עשיה; also Asiyah or Olam Asiyah, the world of action) The fourth and lowest of the Four Worlds of the Kabbalah, corresponding to the physical world or physical body.

"The expression 'doing (heb. Asiyah)' applies to the body, which is in the world of Asiyah." - Zohar 10:3:351

"...everything, both good and bad, depends upon action." - Zohar

In the Biblical Book of the Revelation of St. John, this term is mistranslated as "Asia." It should say:

"John to the seven churches [energetic, psychological centers] which are in Assiah [the physical body]: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne." (Revelation 1:4)

"Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Assiah [the physical body]; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea." (Revelation 1:11)

This term is derived from pertaining to or proceeding from the stars, but in the esoteric knowledge it refers to the emotional aspect of the fifth dimension, which in Hebrew is called Hod. Related terms are below.

The body utilized by the consciousness in the fifth dimension, the world of dreams. This body is related to the emotional center and to the sephirah Hod.

"...the astral body is material, and it is a dense organism like the physical body. The fact that matter, in its last synthesis, is reduced to energy, does not deny its existence once in that state. If we cannot see it with our sense of sight, it is because it belongs to the fifth dimension. Our physical eyes will not serve for seeing the astral plane until we make them suitable for this purpose or until we place ourselves into the astral plane with our physical body. Thus, the astral organism is as dense as the physical organism, yet it belongs to another department of the kingdom. The astral body is much more sensitive than the physical body. The astral organism is like a duplicate of the physical organism. As the physical body has to be nourished with food related to its nature, so does the astral body. The occultist utilizes the astral body for his studies and for his great investigations, because that body is advantageously arranged over the physical body. Time and distance do not exist for the astral body, and what one learns through it remains immediately recorded within the consciousness of the Being, forever." —Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

"During the hours of sleep all human beings travel in the [lunar] astral body, but they disgracefully live in the astral plane with the consciousness asleep. They are sleeping wanderers." —Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

What is commonly called the astral body is not the true astral body, it is rather the lunar protoplasmatic body, also known as the kama rupa (Sanskrit, “body of desires”) or “dream body” (Tibetan rmi-lam-gyi lus). The true astral body is solar (being superior to lunar nature) and must be created, as the Master Jesus indicated in the Gospel of John 3:5-6,

“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

The solar astral body is created as a result of the third initiation of major mysteries (serpents of fire), and is perfected in the third serpent of light. 

“One knows that one has an astral body when one can use it, as one knows that one has feet, because one can walk with them, or hands because one can use them; likewise, one knows that one has an astral body when one can travel with it.” —Samael Aun Weor, Gnostic Cult to Agnostos Theos

“Really, only those who have worked with the maithuna (white tantra) for many years can possess the astral body.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Elimination of Satan’s Tail

"THE [LUNAR] ASTRAL BODY.—A sheath of radiant, fluidic atmosphere that envelops the physical form and is seen by the third eye. It registers our passions and desires and is a remnant of the past." —M, The Dayspring of Youth

"We have the longing of visiting or entering the sephirothic regions of space. One thing is to grasp a sephirah and another thing is to enter it. Obviously, the sephiroth are atomic, and we, the Gnostics, must enter the Tree of Life. We must know that there are many sephirothic regions in space; to enter them is marvelous. How are we going to enter the Kabbalistic region of Hod if we do not have a psychological body? There are psychological projections (astral projections). The diverse psychological aggregates can, at any given moment, integrate themselves in order to enter the sephirah Hod (astral world, or first heaven). But that would only be a subjective entrance; that would not have objectivity such as when the second body (solar astral body) has been created. This body has to be created in order to handle the emotions of this region. What type of emotions am I referring to? I am referring to superior emotions. The inferior emotions are an obstacle for experiencing what is reality (God), and for the psychological development of the Being. If we want to be born again, to create a second body, in order to enter into the sephirothic region of Hod (the kingdom of heaven), then it is obvious that we should not torpidly waste our energies by letting ourselves be pulled in by negative emotions, such as violence, hatred, jealousy, pride, etc." —Samael Aun Weor, Alcyone and Negative Emotions

"There has been an infinite confusion of names to express one and the same thing. The chaos of the ancients; the Zoroastrian sacred fire, or the Antusbyrum of the Parsees; the Hermes-fire; the Elmes-fire of the ancient Germans; the lightning of Cybele; the burning torch of Apollo; the flame on the altar of Pan; the inextinguishable fire in the temple on the Acropolis, and in that of Vesta; the fire-flame of Pluto's helm; the brilliant sparks on the hats of the Dioscuri, on the Gorgon head, the helm of Pallas, and the staff of Mercury; the πυρ ασβεστον the Egyptian Phtha, or Ra; the Grecian Zeus Cataibates (the descending); the pentecostal fire-tongues; the burning bush of Moses; the pillar of fire of the Exodus, and the "burning lamp" of Abram; the eternal fire of the "bottomless pit"; the Delphic oracular vapors; the Sidereal light of the Rosicrucians; the AKASA of the Hindu adepts; the Astral light of Eliphas Levi; the nerve-aura and the fluid of the magnetists; the od of Reichenbach; the fire-globe, or meteor-cat of Babinet; the Psychod and ectenic force of Thury; the psychic force of Sergeant Cox and Mr. Crookes; the atmospheric magnetism of some naturalists; galvanism; and finally, electricity, are but various names for many different manifestations, or effects of the same mysterious, all-pervading cause--the Greek Archeus, or Αρχαιοσ. [...] The thaumaturgists of all periods, schools, and countries, produced their wonders, because they were perfectly familiar with the imponderable--in their effects--but otherwise perfectly tangible waves of the astral light. They controlled the currents by guiding them with their will-power. The wonders were both of physical and psychological character; the former embracing effects produced upon material objects, the latter the mental phenomena of Mesmer and his successors. This class has been represented in our time by two illustrious men, Du Potet and Regazzoni, whose wonderful powers were well attested in France and other countries. Mesmerism is the most important branch of magic; and its phenomena are the effects of the universal agent which underlies all magic and has produced at all ages the so-called miracles. The ancients called it Chaos; Plato and the Pythagoreans named it the Soul of the World. According to the Hindus, the Deity in the shape of Æther pervades all things. It is the invisible, but, as we have said before, too tangible Fluid. Among other names this universal Proteus--or "the nebulous Almighty," as de Mirville calls it in derision--was termed by the theurgists "the living fire," the "Spirit of Light," and Magnes. This last appellation indicates its magnetic properties and shows its magical nature. For, as truly expressed by one of its enemies--μαγος and μαγνες are two branches growing from the same trunk, and shooting forth the same resultants. Magnetism is a word for the derivation of which we have to look to an incredibly early epoch. The stone called magnet is believed by many to owe its name to Magnesia, a city or district in Thessaly, where these stones were found in quantity. We believe, however, the opinion of the Hermetists to be the correct one. The word Magh, magus, is derived from the Sanskrit Mahaji, the great or wise (the anointed by the divine wisdom). [...] Now, what is this mystic, primordial substance? In the book of Genesis, at the beginning of the first chapter, it is termed the "face of the waters," said to have been incubated by the "Spirit of God." Job mentions, in chap. xxvi., 5, that "dead things are formed from under the waters, and inhabitants thereof." In the original text, instead of "dead things," it is written dead Rephaim (giants, or mighty primitive men), from whom "Evolution" may one day trace our present race. In the Egyptian mythology, Kneph the Eternal unrevealed God is represented by a snake-emblem of eternity encircling a water-urn, with his head hovering over the waters, which it incubates with his breath. In this case the serpent is the Agathodaimon, the good spirit; in its opposite aspect it is the Kakodaimon--the bad one. In the Scandinavian Eddas, the honey-dew--the food of the gods and of the creative, busy Yggdrasill--bees--falls during the hours of night, when the atmosphere is impregnated with humidity; and in the Northern mythologies, as the passive principle of creation, it typifies the creation of the universe out of water; this dew is the astral light in one of its combinations and possesses creative as well as destructive properties. In the Chaldean legend of Berosus, Oannes or Dagon, the man-fish, instructing the people, shows the infant world created out of water and all beings originating from this prima materia. Moses teaches that only earth and water can bring a living soul; and we read in the Scriptures that herbs could not grow until the Eternal caused it to rain upon earth. In the Mexican Popol-Vuh man is created out of mud or clay (terre glaise), taken from under the water. Brahma creates Lomus, the great Muni (or first man), seated on his lotus, only after having called into being, spirits, who thus enjoyed among mortals a priority of existence, and he creates him out of water, air, and earth. Alchemists claim that primordial or pre-Adamic earth when reduced to its first substance is in its second stage of transformation like clear-water, the first being the alkahest proper. This primordial substance is said to contain within itself the essence of all that goes to make up man; it has not only all the elements of his physical being, but even the "breath of life" itself in a latent state, ready to be awakened. This it derives from the "incubation" of the Spirit of God upon the face of the waters--chaos; in fact, this substance is chaos itself. From this it was that Paracelsus claimed to be able to make his "homunculi"; and this is why Thales, the great natural philosopher, maintained that water was the principle of all things in nature. What is the primordial Chaos but Æther? The modern Ether; not such as is recognized by our scientists, but such as it was known to the ancient philosophers, long before the time of Moses; Ether, with all its mysterious and occult properties, containing in itself the germs of universal creation; Ether, the celestial virgin, the spiritual mother of every existing form and being, from whose bosom as soon as "incubated" by the Divine Spirit, are called into existence Matter and Life, Force and Action. Electricity, magnetism, heat, light, and chemical action are so little understood even now that fresh facts are constantly widening the range of our knowledge. Who knows where ends the power of this protean giant--Ether; or whence its mysterious origin?--Who, we mean, that denies the spirit that works in it and evolves out of it all visible forms?" —H.P.Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled

“There is one vital substance in Nature upon which all things subsist. It is called archæus, or vital life force, and is synonymous with the astral light or spiritual air of the ancients. In regard to this substance, Eliphas Levi has written: “Light, that creative agent, the vibrations of which are the movement and life of all things; light, latent in the universal ether, radiating about absorbing centres, which, being saturated thereby, project movement and life in their turn, so forming creative currents; light, astralized in the stars, animalized in animals, humanized in human beings; light, which vegetates all plants, glistens in metals, produces all forms of Nature and equilibrates all by the laws of universal sympathy--this is the light which exhibits the phenomena of magnetism, divined by Paracelsus, which tinctures the blood, being released from the air as it is inhaled and discharged by the hermetic bellows of the lungs.” (The History of Magic.) This vital energy has its origin in the spiritual body of the earth. Every created thing has two bodies, one visible and substantial, the other invisible and transcendent. The latter consists of an ethereal counterpart of the physical form; it constitutes the vehicle of archæus, and may be called a vital body. This etheric shadow sheath is not dissipated by death, but remains until the physical form is entirely disintegrated. These “etheric doubles, “seen around graveyards, have given rise to a belief in ghosts. Being much finer in its substances than the earthly body, the etheric double is far more susceptible to impulses and inharmonies. It is derangements of this astral light body that cause much disease. Paracelsus taught that a person with a morbid mental attitude could poison his own etheric nature, and this infection, diverting the natural flow of vital life force, would later appear as a physical ailment. All plants and minerals have an invisible nature composed of this “archæus,” but each manifests it in a different way. [...] The practice of magic--either white or black--depends upon the ability of the adept to control the universal life force--that which Eliphas Levi calls the great magical agent or the astral light. By the manipulation of this fluidic essence the phenomena of transcendentalism are produced. The famous hermaphroditic Goat of Mendes was a composite creature formulated to symbolize this astral light. It is identical with Baphomet the mystic pantheos of those disciples of ceremonial magic, the Templars, who probably obtained it from the Arabians.” —Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

"The Astral Light is the deposit of all of great Nature's past, present and future forms. The Astral Light is the Azoth and Magnesia of the ancient Alchemists, Medea's Flying Dragon, the Christians' INRI, the Tarot of the Bohemians. The Astral Light is a terrific sexual fire springing from the Sun's nimbus and is fixed to the Earth by the force of gravity and the weight of the atmosphere. The Sun is the one that attracts and repels such an enchanting and delightful light. The Astral Light is Archimedes' lever. The old sage said: "Give me a fulcrum and I will move the universe." The semen is the human being's Astral liquid. The semen is the Astral Light. The semen is the key to all powers and the key to all empires. The Astral Light has two poles, one positive and the other negative. The ascending serpent is positive. The descending serpent is negative." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"The Astral Light is the battlefield between white and black magicians. The Astral Light is the clue of all empires and the key of all powers. It is the great universal agent of life. All the columns of angels and demons live within the Astral Light..." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

"The souls of the dead live in the Astral Light. The Astral Light is the light of all enchantments and magic spells. The Astral Light is related to the air; we eat it, we breathe it, but we can see it only with the eyes of the soul." —Samael Aun Weor, The Mysteries of Life and Death

From Astro (Greek, "star") Logos ("the Word"). In esoterism, the Logos is the primordial intelligence that creates ("...and God said, Let there be light...") therefore, esoteric astrology is the study of the Word (Logos) in relation to the stars (astro), in relation to the heavens, and how the Light of the Logos as it descends through all the layered condensations of matter and energy (symbolized in the Kabbalah) influences all phenomena.

"Astrology is a science which goes back to the time of the first ages of humanity." - Samael Aun Weor, Occult Medicine

From Astro (Greek, “star”) and Greek: theourgeia, related to theos, “god,” and ergon, “work.” The synthesis: “the science to consciously work with the intelligences of the stars.”

(Sanskrit) One of the regions of the Hindu Lokas (realms).

All the superlative spheres of the cosmic consciousness are classified by the Vedas in the following order: Atala is the first plane, directly emanating from the Absolute. The hierarchies of the Dhyani Buddhas belong to this plane. They are in the state of Parasamadhi or Dharmakaya, a state in which there can be no progress, because they are completely perfect entities who only await the cosmic night in order to enter into the Absolute." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

A symbol in the tradition of Alchemy. The athanor was a symbolic oven.

"The Alchemist needs an athanor to work in the great work. The athanor is the woman." - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

(Sanskrit) soul; self; person; mind; heart; living entity

(Sanskrit) From atma (self) and vidya (conscious knowledge).

"What is fundamental is Atma-Vidya; it includes all of the former sciences (Kabbalah, chiromancy, astrology, occult physiology, scientific cartomancy, etc.,) in their essential aspect and can even use them occasionally; but it only utilizes their quintessential extracts purified of all dross. The golden door of wisdom can transform itself into the wide door and broad path, which leads to destruction, the door of magical arts practiced with egotistical ends. We are in the Age of Kali Yuga, the Iron Age, the Black Age and all the students of occultism are predisposed to becoming lost in the black path. It is astonishing to see the mistaken concept held by the “younger brothers” regarding occultism and the ease with which they believe they can reach the door and cross the threshold of mystery without a great sacrifice. To attain the Atma-Vidya without the Three Factors for the revolution of consciousness is impossible. To attain the Atma-Vidya is impossible without first having attained the Second Birth. To attain the Atma-Vidya is impossible without the death of the pluralized I. To attain the Atma-Vidya is impossible without sacrifice for humanity. It is not the law of evolution that confers the Atma-Vidya upon us. It is not the law of devolution that confers the Atma-Vidya upon us. It is only on the basis of tremendous and frightening Inner Revolutions, that we arrive at the Atma-Vidya." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

(Sanskrit, literally "self") An ancient and important word that is grossly misinterpreted in much of Hinduism and Buddhism. Many have misunderstood this word as referring to a permanently existing self or soul. Yet the true meaning is otherwise.

"Brahman, Self, Purusha, Chaitanya, Consciousness, God, Atman, Immortality, Freedom, Perfection, Bliss, Bhuma or the unconditioned are synonymous terms." - Swami Sivananva

Thus, Atman as "self" refers to a state of being "unconditioned," which is related to the Absolute, the Ain Soph, or the Shunyata (Emptiness). Thus, Atman refers to the Innermost, the Spirit, the Son of God, who longs to return to that which is beyond words.

"Atman, in Himself, is the ineffable Being, the one who is beyond time and eternity, without end of days. He does not die, neither reincarnates (the ego is what returns), but Atman is absolutely perfect." - Samael Aun Weor

In general use, the term Atman can also refer to the spirit or sephirah Chesed.

"The Being Himself is Atman, the Ineffable. If we commit the error of giving the Being the qualifications of superior “I,” alter ego, subliminal “I,” or divine ego, etc., we commit blasphemy, because That which is Divine, the Reality, can never fall into the heresy of separability. Superior and inferior are two sections of the same thing. Superior “I” or inferior “I” are two sections of the same pluralized ego (Satan). The Being is the Being, and the reason for the Being to be is to be the same Being. The Being transcends the personality, the “I,” and individuality." Samael Aun Weor

"Bliss is the essential nature of man. The central fact of man's being is his inherent divinity. Man's essential nature is divine, the awareness of which he has lost because of his animal propensities and the veil of ignorance. Man, in his ignorance, identifies himself with the body, mind, Prana and the senses. Transcending these, he becomes one with Brahman or the Absolute who is pure bliss. Brahman or the Absolute is the fullest reality, the completest consciousness. That beyond which there is nothing, that which is the innermost Self of all is Atman or Brahman. The Atman is the common Consciousness in all beings. A thief, a prostitute, a scavenger, a king, a rogue, a saint, a dog, a cat, a rat-all have the same common Atman. There is apparent, fictitious difference in bodies and minds only. There are differences in colours and opinions. But, the Atman is the same in all. If you are very rich, you can have a steamer, a train, an airship of your own for your own selfish interests. But, you cannot have an Atman of your own. The Atman is common to all. It is not an individual's sole registered property. The Atman is the one amidst the many. It is constant amidst the forms which come and go. It is the pure, absolute, essential Consciousness of all the conscious beings. The source of all life, the source of all knowledge is the Atman, thy innermost Self. This Atman or Supreme Soul is transcendent, inexpressible, uninferable, unthinkable, indescribable, the ever-peaceful, all-blissful. There is no difference between the Atman and bliss. The Atman is bliss itself. God, perfection, peace, immortality, bliss are one. The goal of life is to attain perfection, immortality or God. The nearer one approaches the Truth, the happier one becomes. For, the essential nature of Truth is positive, absolute bliss. There is no bliss in the finite. Bliss is only in the Infinite. Eternal bliss can be had only from the eternal Self. To know the Self is to enjoy eternal bliss and everlasting peace. Self-realisation bestows eternal existence, absolute knowledge, and perennial bliss. None can be saved without Self-realisation. The quest for the Absolute should be undertaken even sacrificing the dearest object, even life, even courting all pain. Study philosophical books as much as you like, deliver lectures and lectures throughout your global tour, remain in a Himalayan cave for one hundred years, practise Pranayama for fifty years, you cannot attain emancipation without the realisation of the oneness of the Self." - Swami Sivananda

In Kabbalah, the Atmic body is related with the sephirah Chesed. This is the superior body of the Innermost, the Being, the Father contained within the Trinity of each Monad. The Atmic Body is immersed within the sixth dimension. Man is septuple (possessing seven bodies) and the Atmic Body is the seventh body.

While modern science studies atoms as the basic unit of matter, they are ignoring the two other essential aspects of each atom: energy and consciousness.

"Every atom is a trio of matter, energy and consciousness. The consciousness of every atom is always an intelligent elemental. If the materialists are not capable of seeing those elementals, it is because they still do not know the scientific procedures that allow us to see them. We have special methods in order to see those creatures. Indeed, the atom is a truly infinitely small planetary system. Those planetary systems of the atoms are formed by ultra-atomic ternaries that spin around their centers of gravitation. The atom with its Alpha, Beta, and Gamma rays is a trio of matter, energy and consciousness." —Samael Aun Weor, Sexology, the Basis of Endocrinology and Criminology

Thus understood as being more than mere matter, atoms have great significance for all living creatures, since atoms form the basis for all living things. That is why the spiritual classic The Dayspring of Youth by M explains that atoms are “Minute bodies of intelligence possessing the dual attributes of Nature and man.” While there are many types and levels of such atomic intelligences, both positive and negative, some of particular importance are Aspiring atoms, Destructive atoms, the Nous atom, Informer atoms, Scholar atoms, etc. 

“Life will not be fully understood until we recognise the living forces within us and transplant atoms of a higher nature into the body. This will eventually help humanity to become the personification of justice. Our atomic centres are similar to the starry clusters in the sky, and each atom is a minute intelligence revolving within its own atmosphere. When we aspire we unite ourselves to atoms that have preceded us in evolution; for they evolve as we evolve: this body being their university, and they prepare the path for us to follow.” —The Dayspring of Youth by M


(Hebrew אצילות; also Atzilut or Olam Atzilut) The First of the Four Worlds of the Kabbalah, whose center of gravity is in the superior triangle of the Tree of Life. This is the World of Archetypes or Emanations, ruled by the sephirah Kether.

"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." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

The Sanskrit Mantra AUM(Also Aom, Om, Ohm) A sacred sound (mantra) of great importance in many religions. Aum represents the primordial abstract, absolute space that is beyond attributes or forms, yet is the origin of everything. In the Hindu Vedas, AUM is called the "Sound of the Sun," and the "Sound of Light." In Islam, this is known as Saut-I-Sarmadi, the Unsounded Melody, or Kalma, "word." The Sikhs call it Shabd. The Tibetan Buddhists call it bden tshig.

"Master Jesus also vocalized the great mantra AUM. Esoterically, this mantra is vocalized AOM. The mouth is broadly opened with the A; it is rounded with the O and closed with the M. The A engenders everything, the O gestates everything, and everything is born with the M. The one who wants to be born has to enter into the womb of a woman in order to have the right to be born. Each letter of the mantra AOM has to be prolonged and sustained." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

(Hebrew און) Virility, sexual strength.

The symbiosis of the forces of heaven and the earth crystallized within the superlative consciousness of the Being by means of their Self-realization.

“When the ego is destroyed, the Auric Embryo is formed; then the immortal principles enter into the initiate...” - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah


Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit, lit. "Lord who looks down"; Tibetan spyan-ras-gzigs dbang-phyug) is a manifestation of the compassion (bodhichitta) of all buddhas. Avalokiteshvara can be seen as a deity or as referring to the Bodhisattvas of Compassion. The Tibetan name is Chenrezig. Avalokiteshvara is a symbol of the Cosmic Christ.

The eleven-headed, thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara is the symbol of the many Bodhisattvas of compassion that attained the ten Bodhisattva stages and also symbolizes the many Avalokiteshvara’s incarnations or Buddhas of compassion within the different Sephiroth of the Tree of Life. He is also known as Kuan-Yin and Chenrezig; in Hinduism he is Vishnu. In the Greek language he is Khristos or Christ who looks in every direction in order to assist and save any being through his Bodhisattvas. Thus, its thousand arms extend his helping hands toward all beings. His ten heads indicate the process through the ten Bodhisattva stages towards the perfection of the Nirmanakaya Body; these stages are represented in the ten hierarchies of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life of the world of Yetzirah with the eleventh that represents the acquisition of the Samboghakaya Body; thus, the eleventh head indicates the incarnation of the universal compassion of all Buddhas. The ten heads also represent the prajnaparamita type of vision that is able to look at all beings within and without the ten Sephiroth of space; the eleventh head represents the all-encompassing Buddha wisdom (Chokmah).

Or greed. One of the seven capital sins. Must be transmuted into its pure form: altruism, which is related to the Moon (Gabriel).

“Greed is the desire of accumulating... Greed can be transmuted into charity... The accumulative desire of greed is transmuted into the happiness of giving everything, even one’s life, for the love of this suffering humanity.” - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamental Notions of Endocrinology & Criminology

“Renounce avarice, that ye may be worthy of the mysteries of the Light and be saved from the fire-rivers of the dog-faced [one].” - The Pistis Sophia

From the Sanskrit अवतर or अवतार avatāraḥ, meaning "descent" (of a deity from heaven), avatar: ava, down + tarati, "he crosses." An incarnation of the cosmic, universal Christ (Vishnu, Chokmah).

Samael Aun Weor used the term "avatar" to mean "messenger."

"The reincarnated Christ expresses himself through every authentic avatar. " - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"...the Omni-merciful, the infinitude that sustains all, the very, very sacred Absolute Sun, periodically sends Avatars, Saviors, to this valley of tears. These sacred individuals, these messengers, these Saviors, are living incarnations of the Omni-merciful. Nevertheless, this lunar race, this perverse race of Adam, mortally hates such helpers. [...] The blessed Krishna, the blessed Buddha, the blessed Lama, the blessed Mohammed, the loving, essential Ashiata Shiemash, Moses, Quetzalcoatl (and many others) were all Avatars. The doctrine of all Avatars has its roots in the three basic factors of the revolution of the consciousness: to be born, to die, and to sacrifice the self for humanity." - Samael Aun Weor, The Doomed Aryan Race

"Avataras appear for special reasons in special circumstances. Whenever there is much unrighteousness, whenever confusion and disorder set in on account of unrighteousness and baffle the well-ordered progress of people, whenever the balance of human society is upset by selfish, ruthless and cruel beings, whenever irreligion and Adharma prevail, whenever the foundations of social organisations are undermined, Avataras appear to establish Dharma and to restore peace. Avatara is a descent of God for the ascent of man. A ray from the Hiranyagarbha descends on earth with mighty powers to keep up the harmony of the universe. The work done by the Avataras and their teachings produce a benign spiritual influence on human beings and help them in their upward divine unfoldment and Self-realisation. The Avatara comes to reveal the divine nature in man and makes him rise above the petty materialistic life of passion and egoism." - Swami Sivananda, Lord Krishna, His Lilas and Teachings

In Buddhism, one of the three poisons at the root of the mind, and at the root of suffering. The Tibetan word zhe-sdang and the Sanskrit dvesa are also interpreted as anger or hatred.

(Sanskrit) Ignorance.

"The mind itself is a creation of Avidya (ignorance). It is a Karya (effect) of Avidya. It is filled with delusion. That is the reason why it deceives and tempts you. It makes you go astray. If you can destroy the cause of the mind, Ajnana, by getting Jnana (knowledge of the Supreme Self), mind is nowhere. It dwindles into an airy nothing. Manonasa (annihilation of mind) takes place when Jnana dawns.

"Avidya works through Upadhis (attributes, limiting adjuncts). All the special apparatus required by Avidya constitute the Upadhis of the soul. Mind is an Upadhi; Buddhi is an Upadhi and Ahankara also is an Upadhi.

"The sea of Avidya (ignorance) is in the mind of man. The explanation of the empirical concept must be sought in the nature of our cognitive faculty. Sri Sankara explains Avidya in this way. It is Naisargika; it is innate in our mental faculty. It is Mithyajnananimitta, based on wrong knowledge; and, knowledge is a function of the mind. It is Nityapratyayarupa; it consists in the form of a wrong conception. "All Jivas-human entities-which are really non-existent, are (with all concomitant appearance of birth, death, etc.) mere results of the objectivising tendency of the mind and nothing else."

"The whole experience of duality, made up of perceiver and perceived, is pure imagination. There is no Avidya apart from the mind. On destruction of the mind, all is destroyed. The activity of the mind is the cause of all appearance. On account of Avidya or Bhranti (illusion) in the mind, you see the objects, trees, etc., outside and feel as if they are separate from you and real.

"So long as there is mind, there are all these distinctions of big and small, high and low, superior and inferior, good and bad, etc. The highest Truth is that in which there is no relativity. If you can transcend the mind by constant and profound meditation on Atman, you will be able to attain the Nirdvandva state (a state beyond the pairs of opposites) wherein lies the supreme peace and highest knowledge.

"There is no Avidya outside the mind. The mind itself is Avidya. Imaginations and Sankalpas are products of Avidya. Ignorance is imbedded in the mind. The mind needs thorough cleansing with Japa, Pranayama, Satsanga, Vichara and Nididhyasana, just as a rusty copper plate needs cleansing with earth, ash, tamarind, powder, etc." - Swami Sivananda

(Sanskrit and Pali, literally "without waves"; also transliterated Avichi, Avici) In Buddhism, the lowest level of the hell realms, inhabited by those who have committed one or more of the Five Grave Offenses:

  1. Intentional murder of one's father
  2. Intentional murder of one's mother
  3. Killing an Arhat (enlightened being)
  4. Harming a Buddha
  5. Creating a division or split within the spiritual community

A state of alert consciousness with an infinite range of development. An awakened consciousness directly perceives (at its level) reality; that is, it is receptive to seeing what is there. It is not projecting dreams, fantasies, thoughts, or ideas. An awakened consciousness is here and now, seeing what is. With development and expansion, the awakened consciousness can see other dimensions, beyond the limits of the physical dimension.

"When the Buddha started to wander around India shortly after his enlightenment, he encountered several men who recognized him to be a very extraordinary being. They asked him: "Are you a god?" "No," he replied. "Are you a reincarnation of god?" "No," he replied."Are you a wizard, then?" "No." "Well, are you a man?" "No." "So what are you?" They asked, being very perplexed. Buddha simply replied: "I am awake."

"Indeed, to find in life an awakened, self-cognizant person is a great oddity, since people’s consciousness usually dreams when their physical body sleeps, and likewise it dreams when their physical body is awake. Yes, people drive cars with dreaming consciousness, they work with dreaming consciousness, walk in the streets with dreaming consciousness, live all the time with dreaming consciousness. This is why it is very natural for a professor to forget his umbrella, or to leave a book or wallet unnoticed in his car. All of this happens because the professor has his consciousness asleep; thus, he dreams... It is very difficult for people to recognize that they are asleep, since the entire world believes themselves to be awake. Nevertheless, if someone was to recognize that his consciousness is asleep, it is obvious that he would begin to awaken from that very moment. [...] In life, the consciousness of the human being is hardly awake; when this does awaken, it is only for a brief moment, i.e. in cases of infinite terror, the human being momentarily sees himself in an integral form. These moments are unforgettable. It is very difficult for a person who returns home after having traveled through an entire city to remember in detail all his thoughts, incidents, people, things, ideas, etc. On trying to remember, the person will find huge gaps in his memory; these gaps correspond precisely to the most profound sleepy states of his consciousness. Some students of psychology have set out to live from moment to moment with their consciousness in an alert state, nevertheless, suddenly their awareness falls asleep, perhaps on meeting a friend in the street, or when entering into a store in order to buy something, etc., thus, hours later, when they remember their decision to live from moment to moment with their consciousness in an alert and awake state, they realize that their awareness started to fall asleep when they entered into such and such a place, or when they met such and such a person. To become self-cognizant is something very difficult, however, one can reach this state by learning how to be alert and vigilant from moment to moment. If we want to attain self-cognizance, we need to know ourselves in an integral manner." - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamentals of Gnostic Education

The basic function of consciousness. In Buddhism, the specific term is rig-pa (Tibetan) or vidya (Sanskrit), and is interpreted according to context, since consciousness has infinite levels of development, and thus infinite ranges of awareness.

A superior emotion that expresses reverence, respect and wonder inspired on the knowledge and comprehension of Divine Law.

(ע) The sixteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes: the eye, delight, divine providence, divine sight. Its Kabbalistic value is 70.

(Greek - "Highest Order") This is the 7th or Zero dimension and the realm of the Infinite or Firmament, the Logos (see TRIAMAZICAMNOS). It is SI on the tonal scale of creation and is related to the Law of Three. The Beings that exist here are classified as Trikayas (three Kayas): Dharmakayas (Kether), Sambokayas (Chokmah), Nirmanakayas (Binah).

"The second is the Ayocosmos or Megalocosmos, that is to say, the Vast Cosmos, or all of the Suns, all of the worlds of the infinite space." - Samael Aun Weor, The Elimination of Satan's Tail

In alchemy, Azoth is the life principle of all metals. Azoth is most known in relation to Paracelsus.

"The Azoth and the fire clean the brass, that is to say, they clean and completely remove all of its blackness.” —Semita Semitae, by Villanova

It is commonly stated that the word Azoth is derived from Arabic al-zā'ūq: “the mercury.” While this is relevant, it is not the only important appearance of this word.

"Behold now, observe הזאת Hazoth (the Azoth) is near, flee to it, and it is small: I pray thee, let me escape thither -- is it not small? -- and my soul shall live." - Genesis 19: 20

"And Adam said, זאת zo'th [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: זאת zo'th shall be called אשה 'ishshah, because זאת zo'th was taken out of איש 'iysh." - Genesis 2:23

איש + זאת = Ish-Zoth = Azoth. This has been explained in the course on Alchemy

"...Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt, which, volatized and fixed alternately, compose the AZOTH..."  - Eliphas Levi, Transcendental Magic (1856) 

"...the four elements of Alchemy are: Salt, Mercury, Sulfur, and Azoth: the Salt is the matter; the Mercury is the Ens Seminis, the Azoth is the mysterious ray of Kundalini." - Samael Aun Weor, Alchemy and Kabbalah

"Whosoever wants to edify the New Jerusalem must first awaken the sacred fire of Kundalini. This Pentecostal serpent is INRI, Azoth." —Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"The Mercury is the metallic soul of the sperm; understand, it is the metallic soul. Allow me to illustrate this better: there are three types of Mercury. The first Mercury is called the Brute Azoth or the sperm. The second Mercury is called the metallic soul of the sperm, and the third Mercury is called Mercury plus Sulfur (Mercury fecundated by fire). To conclude, the Mercury is the metallic soul of the sperm, and the Sulfur is the sacred fire." —Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

"The name of Aleph and the sacred name of Thau must be uttered, united in the Kabbalistic name of Azoth... Sophia is found in the sexual Chaos, in the brute Azoth. We must liberate Sophia from within the darkness of the Chaos... The brute Azoth, which is the sacred sperm not yet worked with, is a closed book. We need to open that book." —Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled 

Alchemists always address three symbolic substances: mercury, sulfur, and salt. Azoth is added as a fourth, mysterious permuting life principle. According to Alchemy: Salt, sulfur, and mercury each have a triune nature, for each of these substances contain, in reality, also the other two substances. Therefore, the body of Salt is threefold: salt, sulfur, and mercury; but in the body of Salt one of the three (salt) predominates. Mercury is likewise composed of salt, sulfur, and mercury with the latter element predominating. Sulfur, similarly, is indeed salt, sulfur, and mercury, with sulfur predominating. The permutation of these nine divisions - 3 times 3 – 9 is done thanks to Azoth, the sacred fire of Kundalini. Azoth is therefore the universal substance, the invisible eternal fire, electricity, magnetism, astral light, the measureless spirit of life, the fiery mercurial essence that flows out from the throne of God and the Lamb, the spinal medulla. This is the River of living water in Eden – Sex, the Genesiac mist of the earth, the igneous particles ‘Haishim’ within the dust of the ground (Adamah) from where God formed the electronic bodies of Adam, the true human being.

Whosoever wants to study the book of oriental wisdom entitled Azug has first of all to submit himself to great and terrible initiatic ordeals. I received this book from the hands of the authentic Master of wisdom Kout Humi (K. H.). - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub.