Etymologies, meanings, and definitions of spiritual, religious, and philosophical words beginning with the letter S.
or Shabbat (Hebrew שבת) A deep mystery in the Judeo-Christian tradition related to the most holy science of creation, unknown to the uninitiated but celebrated in the weekly holy day (holi-day). In Kabbalah, the mystery of the sephirah Binah. Sabbath is also related to the ancient Saturnalia, a ritual feast. The essence of the Sabbath is sexual purity.
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." - Exodus 20
"Remember the Shabbat day, to keep it holy" (Shemot 20:8). This is the secret of the Holy Covenant, which is Yesod, for in this Covenant lie all the sources of the limbs of the body, and it comprises everything. In the same manner, the Shabbat day includes all the Torah, all of its secrets originate in it. And he who keeps the Shabbat is considered as one who keeps the whole Torah." - Zohar
One of the three primary factors of any genuine mystical or religious teaching, the other two being Birth and Death. Sacrifice describes the action of giving up self-interest in order to benefit others; it is also called charity, service, seva, altruism, generosity, etc.
"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 Narrow Way
"Action does indeed bind the self [through cause and effect, karma] except when done as sacrifice; so work one must consecrated, offered to Deity high above. When beings came from Creator He ordained all to sacrifice; By sacrifice are worlds sustained And by it everyone does live. [...] Things exist through all other things, all things are knit with all others, so that the being of a thing is contribution by others. Independent no one exists as all are also all others, thus existence of anything is sacrifice by other things." —Krishna, Bhagavad-gita 3
"Only unselfish service, chastity, and sanctity take us to the ineffable summits. Now, sibling of mine, you have seen what the great service is. I know many spiritual brothers and sisters, good and virtuous, who fight for their perfection. I know many brothers and sisters who fight indescribably to correct their defects and to purify themselves. Yet, they do not remember others... They feel alone, they fight for their own spiritual progress and for their moral self-development. However, they do not remember that they have brothers and sisters, and that all of us are children of the same mother. Their spirituality is selfish spirituality. Therefore, the masters do not owe them anything. There is nothing to pay them because nothing is owed to them. They do not assist anyone. They do not sacrifice themselves for anyone, nor do they fight for the spirituality of anyone. Every initiation is a payment that must be given to the human being. Yet, if nothing is owed to the human being, then nothing is given to him. Therefore, even if he screams and cries out asking for an initiation, he will become old before receiving it." —Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose
In Hebrew, "sacrifice" is קרבן and comes from קרב meaning to "come close or draw near to God."
"The one lamb (Heb. keves) you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer towards evening" (Shemot 29:39 and Bemidbar 28:4). And about the secrets (Heb. Kavshi) of the Merciful One, the sages have taught: 'Why do you probe into the secrets of the Merciful One?', the meaning of which is: Matters that are of the mysteries of the world, let them be concealed under your dress. Just as clothes cover the body, so also must the secrets of the Torah be kept covered up, and this applies even more to the secret of the sacrifices, which are like a wife drawing near to her husband, which is what a sacrifice is called 'KORBAN', from the same root as the word kirvah, meaning nearness." —Zohar
"Jesus answered and said unto them, Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own traditions. For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and, Whosoever curse father or mother, let him die the (second) death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Korban [קרבן], that is to say, a gift (offering), by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your traditions, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye." —Mark 7
(November 23rd to December 21st) The ninth sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Jupiter and related to the sign of fire.
“The natives of Sagittarius are extremely passionate. The natives of Sagittarius become angry easily and forgive easily. The natives of Sagittarius are magnanimous and generous. The natives of Sagittarius always love adventures and operate inns; everything that is grandiose and gigantic attracts them. The natives of Sagittarius are tenacious and contenders; when people think that they have overcome them, they reappear on the battlefield of life, full of courage and valor. The natives of Sagittarius have a great disposition for philosophy.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic
(Sanskrit सकृदागामिन्) "returning only once again i.e. being re-born, once-returner." In Pail, the term is sakadagami. A term used by the Buddha Shakyamuni when he described four levels or degrees of attainment. Sakridagamin is the second degree. In Sutrayana (Foundational Path) of Buddhism, sakridagamin is understood in a exoteric manner and each school has its own way of applying the term. In esotericism, sakridagamin is very specific: it refers to those who have completed the second degree of Major Mysteries, the second of the seven serpents of Kundalini / Candali.
(Sanskrit समाधि) Literally means “union” or “combination,” although in context it can have a dizzying number of meanings (see below). Its Tibetan equivalent means “adhering to that which is profound and definitive,” or ting nge dzin, meaning “To hold unwaveringly, so there is no movement.” Related terms include satori, ecstasy, manteia, etc. Samadhi is a state of consciousness. There are many levels of Samadhi.
In general, the word refers to the ultimate stage of yoga, in which the consciousness, freed of the conditioning of the body and mind, experiences its true nature: happiness, insight, joy, freedom, etc. This experience is reached and perfected only through meditation.
See: What is Samadhi?
(Hebrew סםאל) A great Archangel who has been assisting humanity for ages. He has been known by many names throughout our history, but he is perhaps best known as Ares, Mars, the God of War. His war is always a spiritual one, the war against the corruption of the human mind. Knowing this helps the reader understand why the writings and teachings of Samael Aun Weor are so direct and so potent.
Samael (Ares) is the great cosmic Intelligence which is responsible for the spiritual development of this current humanity, which has long been known as the “Aryan” (from Ares) race. (Unfortunately, this term “Aryan Race” has been corrupted by many ignorant people.) Therefore, he needed his terrestrial part to work here in the physical world on behalf of humanity.
His son, the bodhisattva Samael Aun Weor, fell into disgrace for many centuries, and committed many mistakes. Due to this, the esotericists of past ages knew him as a great demon. Subsequently, the bodhisattva was brought to realize his mistakes, and he worked very hard to rectify them. Now, Samael, the inner Being, has his son standing upright once more, and he was able to deliver his teachings to humanity.
"I ended up transforming myself into a fallen angel. Many egos resurged within my mind and I became transformed into a true devil. Now, in this present existence, I comprehend the necessity of eliminating my egos, the necessity of performing the Great Work of the Father. Therefore, this is why today I am here speaking to you all, with my hand placed on my heart. Samael Aun Weor is my true name as a Bodhisattva. Samael is the name of my Monad! - Samael Aun Weor
(Hebrew סםאל און ואור)
"Samael Aun Weor is the authentic name of a flame of the great blaze, before whom I must prostrate myself. Samael Aun Weor means “Will of God...” - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course
"His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God.” - Revelation 19:12-13
"The name of my Real Being is hidden within the name “Word of God” because the Bible is highly symbolic. God is represented with the monosyllable “Aun” or “Aum.” Word or Verb is within “Weor,” which is pronounced Veor, so the W is the V sound. This W together with the remaining three letters (e-r-o) of Verb and Word form “Weor.” Thus, we have the name Aun Weor (Aum Weor, Aum Word, God Word) hidden within the phrase “Word of God.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
(Hebrew סםאל צבאות) In Hebrew, the Army of the Voice, the Logos, the Host, or Creative Hostess of the Elohim, receives the name of צבאות Sabaoth or Tzabaoth. Samael Sabaoth is the name of the army or diverse forces of Samael.
Every star is the center of gravity of a particular Logos, a Sabaoth, an Intelligent Host of Creative Forces that manifest within all Kingdoms of Nature. Samael Sabaoth in the human body governs the divine vital essence, principle or substance or animating divine fiery force within sex (Scorpio), this is why it is stated that Samael is the seducing fiery serpent of Eden (Yesod, sex). When the human being fornicates, when the human being becomes enslaved by his own concupiscence (sinning against the Holy Spirit), then (within the fornicator) the fire of Samael becomes the primeval atomic angelic force that rebels against the Divine Forces (the Holy Spirit); then, this creative sexual fire through fornication creates Kain, the "Red Dragon," the Angel of Death. The Talmud states that "the Angel of Death and Satan are the same" (the same sexual principle or creative fire that crystallized in Klipoth, Hell, by means of fornication). Samael Sabaoth in Aries is the Warrior, the Knight equal to Michael, the slayer of his own shadow, Satan (the sexual creative fire crystallized in Klipoth, Hell) as well as St. George, who is also a Dragon Slayer. We must alchemically comprehend the Seven Centers of the Human Machine, since the fire of Samael is directly related with the Fifth Center, the Sexual Center. The Seven Centers are connected to the spinal medulla; the Fifth, the Sexual Center, is directly related with the transformation of the Scorpio creative sexual fires of Samael, the Fifth Spirit before the Throne of God (the central nervous system).
(Sanskrit) from सम्भोग sambhoga, "sexual intercourse, sexual union, sexual joy, delight, enjoyment, pleasure" and kaya काय "body, principle, house, habitation, collection."
Also called "body of perfect enjoyment" or “the perfect resource body."
In Buddhism, one of the "bodies" of a buddha corresponding to a very subtle level of manifested existence. As such, it corresponds to a level of nature that other beings can perceive or experience with training, specifically during dream state, and in preparation for the process of death, during which one who is prepared can recognize the Sambhogakaya experience and utilize it as a doorway to a better level of existence.
Sambhogakaya corresponds in Kabbalah to the sephirah Chokmah.
"Sambhogakaya relates to the sephirah Chokmah, which in Christianity is called the Son. Chokmah is the world of Christ, compassion, Bodhichitta. Chokmah translated means “wisdom,” which in sanskrit is bodhi. This is the emergence of bodhichitta, which is the heart essence of a bodhisattva. A bodhisattva is a vehicle of Christ. Sambhogakaya represents all of the luminous qualities of Christ, all of those particles of light, of love, that Christ emanates. Sambhogakaya is incredibly complex and beautiful. It is the highest form of wisdom that exists. It is the very wisdom mind of all buddhas, of all angels. If you were to visualize and imagine all of the angels and buddhas in existence, and imagine their minds, which are all love and knowledge, a knowledge that creates universes, that is Sambhogakaya." - Why We Must Die
The fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes the cycle of eternity within the cosmic womb, vulva, or volva (from Latin volvere, “to turn, twist or roll”) where the continuous revolving Light of the Ain Soph is located. Christus-Lucifer originates infinite cosmic possibilities. Samech is the letter that represents the Ouroboros, the eternal cyclical action of the Light-Life-Fire-Wisdom of the Ain Soph; these revolutions of the light of the Absolute manifests as innumerable cycles of death and rebirth at all levels in the universe.
Its Kabbalistic value is 60.
(Sanskrit संसार; Tibetan khorwa or khor-ba) Literally, "to flow on; circling." Samsara refers to the state of consciousness that is conditioned by subjective psychological factors, called sins, samskaras, egos, defects, aggregates. Samsara is cyclic, conditioned existence whose defining characteristic is suffering. It is contrasted with nirvana. Although the term is commonly used to refer to the realms of nature (such as the physical world or the hell realms), beings only exist in such realms because their minds are conditioned.
"Samsara is your mind’s deluded form." —Padmasambhava, Descending with the View from Above
“Cyclic existence [samsara], which is full of attachments, aversions, etc., is like a dream. It appears to be real as long as one is ignorant, but becomes unreal when one is awake.” —Shankaracharya, Atma Bodha 6
"All beings have lived and died and been reborn countless times. Over and over again they have experienced the indescribable Clear Light. But because they are obscured by the darkness of ignorance, they wander endlessly in a limitless samsara." —Padmasambhava
"Samsara - our conditioned existence in the perpetual cycle of habitual tendencies — and nirvana, genuine freedom from such an existence, are nothing but different manifestations of a basic continuum. So this continuity of consciousness is always present. This is the meaning of tantra. According to Buddhist practice, there are three stages or steps. The initial stage is to reduce attachment towards life. The second stage is the elimination of desire and attachment to this samsara. Then in the third stage, self-cherishing is eliminated." —The 14th Dalai Lama
(Sanskrit संस्कार) Saṃskāra literally means "that which has been put together" and "that which puts together." In Hinduism, samskara can refers either to a series of ritual initiations (Sanskar) or more importantly, to formations in the mind, impressions, consequences.
"Vritti (whirlpool, thought-wave) arises in the mind-ocean. It operates for sometime. Then it sinks below the threshold of normal consciousness. From the surface of the conscious mind wherein it was uppermost for some time, it sinks down deep into the region of the subconscious mind (Chitta). There, it continues to be a subliminal action and becomes a Samskara (impression). A conscious action-whether cognitive, affective or conative-assumes a potential and hidden (Sukshma and Avyakta) form just below the threshold of consciousness. This is termed a Samskara." - Swami Sivananda, Mind - Its Mysteries and Control
"Those who have not eliminated the Abhayan Samskara, the innate fear, will flee from the Ninth Sphere by telling to others that the work in the forge of the Cyclops (sex) is worthless." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot & Kabbalah; Cosmic Teachings of a Lama
In Buddhism, samskara is the the fourth skandha and the second link in the twelve Nidanas, the chain of dependent origination.
(Hebrew שמשון) A character of renowned strength who features prominently in the Old Testament. He symbolizes the strength of the solar fires (Ens Virtutis in the head) from the waters of sex (Ens Seminis). Samson in Hebrew is pronounced Shemshon, and comes from:
שמש Shemesh = The Sun
און Aun or On = sexual strength, virility
In the light of Gnostic Kabbalah, Samson is read as follows: The two letters "Shin - Fire" are the two fires, Ida and Pingala, Ob and Od, Yin and Yan that give the strength, the might of "El Shaddai" that emerges from the sexual waters (the letter "Mem" between the two "Shins") in the sexual act!
(Sanskrit संयम, "holding together, control, self-control") Perfect control of the mind.
"The three [dharana, dhyana, and samadhi] together constitute samyama." —Patanjali, Yoga Sutras 3:4
"The word Samyama is used in Yogic literature to denote the triple process of concentration, meditation, and Samadhi practiced at one and the same time." —Swami Sivananda, Practical Lessons in Yoga
"The great yogi Patanjali states in his aphorisms that by practicing a samyama on the physical body, it becomes as light as cotton and can float on air. A samyama consists of three tempos: concentration, meditation and ecstasy. First, the yogi concentrates on his physical body. Second, he meditates on his physical body inducing sleep. Third, full of ecstasy, he gets up from his bed with his body in the Jinn state. Then, he penetrates into hyperspace and escaping from the law of gravity, he floats in the air." —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
(Sanskrit, literally "the ever youthful")
"...a venerable Elder mentioned in very ancient religions. He is one of the Four Thrones of which the Bible speaks. Three are gone and only he remains. He grasps the rod of Aaron, the scepter of the kings. He is ineffable and is related with Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas, the three Gunas that are in equilibrium. Sanat Kumara gives the esoteric initiation of the Astral Solar Body." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
"Sanat Kumara, the founder of the Great College of Initiates of the White Lodge, is another living Christ." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
"Let us remember Sanat Kumara, the Ancient of Days, the great immolate, the founder of the College of Initiates of the great White Lodge. This adept lives in the Gobi desert in an isolated oasis. The body of this great Being is more than 18 million years old. With him, in the same oasis, live a group of adepts with immortal Lemurian bodies. All these adepts travel through the superior dimensions of space with their physical bodies. They have the power to tele-transport themselves with their physical bodies through the fourth or fifth dimensions. They all exercise power over the Angels of Death. They are the adepts of the mysteries of life and death. They have all had to work with the Great Arcanum." - Samael Aun Weor, Beyond Death (The Book of the Dead)
Sacredness or holiness. While we have anger, lust, envy, pride and all the other moral defects, we are not sanctified. To acheive sanctity we must eliminate our psychological defects.
"To speak of sanctity in these times is something very difficult because the world is full of stupidly sanctimonious persons who presume to be saints." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology
(Sanskrit) A spiritual community. The third of the Three Jewels (Tri-ratna). The outer meaning refers to a community of like-minded aspirants. The inner meaning refers to initiates who have acquired some degree of realization and awakening: the conscious circle of humanity.
(or Samnyasin; Sanskrit संन्यासिन्, literally "who has cast aside, one who abandons or resigns worldly affairs, devotee") A renunciate. Plural: sannyasis or sannyasins.
"He who has no Raga [desire] but possesses Titiksha (power of endurance) can do anything. He can move about wherever he likes. He is as free as the atmospheric air. His happiness, freedom and peace are unbounded. Their extent can hardly be imagined. The freedom and joy of such Sannyasins cannot be imagined by the poor, petty-minded worldlings. It is Raga and luxury that have enfeebled the householders." - Swami Sivananda. Mind - Its Mysteries and Control
"The great ascetics of meditation are the great sannyasis of the cosmic mind, whose flames glow within the igneous rose of the universe. It is urgent to acquire absolute chastity, tenacity, serenity and patience in order to be a sannyasin of the mind." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose
(Hebrew שרה) A symbolic character in the book of Genesis by Moses.
"And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name שרי Sarai, but שרה Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him." - Genesis 17
"Sarai שרי is written with the letters Shin, Resh and Iod, שרי. In the name שרי Sarai we see the letters Shin (symbol of fire) which represents the three primary forces, and the letters Resh and Iod which are related to the head of Arik Anpin. So in the name שרי Sarai, princess, we discover that the Nukva as wisdom is an unfoldment of the Resh, the head, and the Shin, the trinity, or the three primary forces and the Iod from the Ain Soph. Sarai שרי is placed above the head because the letter Iod and Shin corresponds to the Ain Soph and the first triangle, the crown above the Resh, the head. This is why Abram’s sister is שרי Sarai. Sarai שרי, the princess, as the Valkyrie, is the female aspect of Iod-Havah Elohim, an issue of Binah, because the letter Shin of שרי Sarai is placed always in Daath. So שרי Sarai as a female aspect, the Nukva, has the archetypes of Isra ישר within her womb. Observe that שרי Sarai and Isra (Yasher ישר) are spelled with the same letters. This is why it is written that שרי Sarai was sterile, meaning that still the archetypes were not developed in the ה Hei of יהוה. So as in Hinduism, Brahma (Abraham) and his wife Saraswati (Sarah) are emanations of the Supreme Being named Brahman whose Nukva is known in Sanskrit as Prakriti. In their turn both are emanations or Parabrahman, the Absolute. Likewise, Abraham and his wife Sarah both are emanations of Iod-Havah Elohim, which in their turn are emanations of Aelohim the אור Aur, the light, of the Absolute." - Kabbalah of Genesis 17 Israel's Entrance into Nukva, Part 1
(Sanskrit सरस्वती) Usages include "goddess identified with education and knowledge, excellent woman, name of a river [mythical], learning wisdom, any river, region abounding in pools and lakes, celestial or oracular voice, speech or the power of speech, eloquence, cow."
A Hindu goddess, one of a trinity including Parvati and Lakshmi. Sarasvati represents the Divine Mother as goddess of knowledge. Her name literally refers to an abundance of water (from सरस् saras, "anything flowing or liquid, lake, pool") which symbolically is central to her importance, especially in esotericism. Her male counterpart is Brahma. While they are symbolized as god and goddess, the reality is that these are formless intelligences, aspects of cosmic beingness. Sarasvati is the power, energy, shakti of Brahma. Without Sarasvati, Brahma would be powerless. Brahma is the Hindu equivalent of the sephirah Kether, thus Sarasvati is the shakti (power) of Kether.
"Saraswati is cosmic intelligence, cosmic consciousness, cosmic knowledge." - Swami Sivananda
"The sacred scriptures of India affirm that the navel, the heart, and the throat are igneous centers of the human organism. They also affirm that by meditating on these centers, we experience the presence of the Masters Sarasvati, Lakshmi, and Parvati or Gauri in successive hierarchical order. These three masters work with the three profundities of our resplendent Dragon of Wisdom. These three Masters direct the forces that come from the three aspects of the Solar Logos. Sarasvati works with the forces of the Father. Lakshmi works with the forces of the Son, and Parvati with the forces of the Holy Spirit. Sarasvati exerts control over the human mind. Lakshmi exerts control over the Astral Body. Parvati exerts control over the physical body..." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
One of the seven churches mentioned in the Christian book of Revelation.
"When the Kundalini has risen to the region of the larynx it grants the power of hearing the voices of those beings that live in the supra-sensible worlds. The Church of Sardis is in the chakra of the larynx; this chakra has sixteen petals. When the Kundalini reaches this height, it flourishes upon our fertile lips made verb." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book
(Sanskrit सत्) Literally, "existence, reality, truth, that which is, being, essence, enduring." Usually translated as "absolute existence," indicating the primordial emptiness or potentiality from which everything emerges and returns.
"Brahman is Sat, the Absolute, Reality. That which exists in the past, present and future; which has no beginning, middle and end; which is unchanging and not conditioned by time, space and causation; which exists during the waking, dream and deep sleep states; which is of the nature of one homogeneous essence, is Sat. This is found in Brahman, the Absolute. The scriptures emphatically declare: "Only Sat was prior to the evolution of this universe." —Swami Sivananda
"...OM TAT SAT, the symbol of Para Brahman or Para Brahman Itself."—Swami Sivananda
OM TAT SAT is a mantra given by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita.
Sanskrit, from सद्गुरु sat "real, true," and गुरु guru "teacher." A term used in various Hindu traditions to refer to the highest teacher, a person who has accomplished self-realization and is totally pure. The significant term here is Sat, a reference to the Absolute, the primordial, incomprehensible origin of everything.
"Brahman is Sat, the Absolute, Reality. That which exists in the past, present and future; which has no beginning, middle and end; which is unchanging and not conditioned by time, space and causation; which exists during the waking, dream and deep sleep states; which is of the nature of one homogeneous essence, is Sat. This is found in Brahman, the Absolute." —Swami Sivananda
"A true Sat Guru is absolutely free from passion, anger, selfishness, greed, hatred and egoism. He is beyond worldly temptations. He is able to remove the ignorance of people. He can clear any kind of doubt. He can give practical, easy lessons to control the mind and the senses. His instructions are very impressive. Even an arrogant proud man bends his head before him. He is able to take the students to the door of Moksha. He can remove the obstacles, pitfalls and snares on the path. He is versed in the Vedas. He is sinless. He is an ocean of mercy. He is a friend to all... The Satguru is Brahman [the Absolute] Himself. He is an ocean of bliss, knowledge and mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is the fountain of joy. He removes all your troubles, sorrows and obstacles. He shows you the right divine path. He tears your veil of ignorance. He makes you immortal and divine. He transmutes your lower, diabolical nature. He gives you the rope of knowledge and saves you when you are drowning in this ocean of Samsara. Do not consider him to be only a man. If you take him as a man, you are a beast." —Swami Sivananda
"...blessed be the one who knocks at the thirteenth door, the door of the Ain, because that one will become a sat-guru, that is, a living manifestation of the Absolute, here and now, that one will become a seity beyond good and evil... the most authentic manifestation of the Absolute in a human body: a God, like Jesus of Nazareth (a paramarthasattya)..." —Samael Aun Weor, The Dimensions of the Tree of Life
"Truly it is said that the Satguru is God Incarnate. His greatness is indescribable... Satguru is a prophet and a messenger of God, is a cosmic friend and benefactor of the world. He is a guiding star to the suffering mankind." —Swami Sivananda
See also: What is the Absolute?
(Hebrew שטן, opposer, or adversary)
"And שטן [Satan] stood up against Israel..." - 1 Chronicles 21:1
Although modern Christians have made Satan into a cartoon character, the reality is very different.
Within us, Satan is the fallen Lucifer, who is born within the psyche of every human being by means of the sexual impulse that culminates in the orgasm or sexual spasm of the fornicators. Satan, the fallen Lucifer, directs the lustful animal currents towards the atomic infernos of the human being, thus it becomes the profoundly evil adversary of our Innermost (God) and human values within our own psyche. This is why it is often identified with the leader of the fallen angels or fallen human values (parts) of our consciousness trapped within the animal mind (legions of egos, defects, vices of the mind) in other words, Satan is the Devil or "evil" adversary of God that everybody carries within their own psychological interior. The spiritual aspirant has to conquer Satan and transform him back into Lucifer, which is Latin for "bearer of Light." This was once known in Christianity (even some popes were named Lucifer), but over the centuries Christianity degenerated.
"The white magician worships the inner Christ. The black magician worships Satan. This is the “I,” the me, myself, the reincarnating ego. In fact, the “I” is the specter of the threshold itself. It continually reincarnates to satisfy desires. The “I” is memory. In the “I” are all of the memories of our ancient personalities. The “I” is Ahriman, Lucifer, Satan. Our real Being is the inner Christ. Our real Being is of a universal nature. Our real Being is not a superior or inferior “I.” Our real Being is impersonal, universal, divine. He transcends every concept of “I,” me, myself, ego, etc. The black magician strengthens his Satan and upon this he bases his fatal power. Satan’s form and size result from the degree of human evil. When we enter the path of the perfect marriage, Satan loses his volume and ugliness. We need to dissolve Satan." —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
"The origin of the sinful “I” lies in lust. The ego, Satan, is subject to the law of the eternal return of all things. It returns to new wombs in order to satisfy desires. In each one of its lives, the “I” repeats the same dramas, the same errors. The “I” complicates itself over time, each time becoming more and more perverse. The Satan that we carry within is composed of atoms of the Secret Enemy. Satan had a beginning; Satan has an end. We need to dissolve Satan in order to return to the inner star that has always smiled upon us. This is true final liberation. Only by dissolving the “I” can we attain absolute liberation." —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
"Pain cannot make anyone perfect. If pain could perfect anyone, then all humanity would already be perfect. Pain is a result of our own errors. Satan commits many errors. Satan reaps the fruits of his errors. This fruit is pain. Therefore, pain is satanic. Satan cannot perfect himself, nor can he make anyone perfect. Pain cannot make anything perfect, because pain is of Satan. The great divine reality is happiness, peace, abun- dance, and perfection. The great reality cannot create pain. What is perfect cannot create pain. What is perfect can only engender happiness. Pain was created by the “I” (Satan)." —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
"Time is Satan; Satan is memory. Satan is a bunch of memories. When a human being dies, only his memories remain. These memories constitute the “I,” the me, myself, the reincarnating ego. Those unsatisfied desires, those memories of yesterday, reincarnate. Thus, this is how we are slaves of the past. Therefore, we can be sure that the past is what conditions our present life. We can affirm that Satan is time. We can also state, without fear of being mistaken, that time cannot liberate us from this valley of tears because time is Satanic. We have to learn to live from moment to moment. Life is an eternal now, an eternal present. Satan was the creator of time; those who think they will liberate themselves in a distant future, within some millions of years, with the passing of time and the ages, are sure candidates for the Abyss and the Second Death, because time is of Satan. Time does not liberate anyone. Satan enslaves; Satan does not liberate. We need to liberate ourselves right now. We need to live from moment to moment." —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
(Sanskrit सत्त्व) Literally, the essence, spirit, nature, entity, character of things. It can also be used to mean consciousness, embryo, fetus, demon, monster, goblin, noun, firmness, strength, reality, material or elementary substance, courage, vital breath, existence, quality of purity or goodness, good sense, strength of character, matter, disposition of mind, wisdom, being, resolution, life, animal, substantive, goodness, mind, energy, living being, self-command, living or sentient being.
Sattva is one of the three gunas, or qualities of nature. The quality of goodness, pleasure, clarity, serenity, illumination, detachment or purity. The “highest” of the three qualities.
The seventh of the seven primary planets of this solar system. As a planetary influence, Saturn is related to: "Matters related with lands, matters related to mines, funerary matters, angels of death, etc." - Samael Aun Weor, Manual of Practical Magic. Governed by Orifiel.
(Hebrew שמים) Literally "superior waters" but translated in the Bible as "heaven." Schamyim is ש fire and מים water, which is the divine fiery water, which is the fiery outflow of Solar Energy, the flaming river pouring from the Ain Soph Aur in the presence of Iod-Havah Elohim in Daath.
"The schools of the Baalim were instituted in the abyss by humanity. The schools of the Baalim consist of all the pseudo-spiritual schools that presently exist in the world. All such external schools are from the abyss. If man wants to leave the abyss he must liberate his mind from all these cages. When we penetrate into the internal worlds we find all the students of the schools of Baalim submerged in the profound darkness of black magic. These poor beings are searching outwardly for what they already have inside... The Baalim are the black magicians. All such spiritualistic schools are filled with fornication and adultery." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose
(October 24th to November 22nd) The eighth sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Mars and related to the element water.
“Scorpio rules the sexual organs and the redemption of man is in the sexual organs. The natives of Scorpio possess tremendous magical powers. The natives of Scorpio are irritable, rancorous, and vindictive. However, by dominating anger, vengeance, and rancor, the natives of Scorpio can transform themselves into powerful and wonderful White Magicians. Scorpios are either completely chaste or complete fornicators. The natives of Scorpio have tremendous will.” - The Manual of Practical Magic
"The Book of the Dead says: "
I am the three-wicked Flame and my wicks are immortal,
I enter into the domain of Sekhem and I enter the region of the Flames who have destroyed their adversaries." This region of Sekem, the region of the flames, is the ineffable joy of Nirvana... The sacred crocodile is the Intimate. The Intimate is the flame with three immortal wicks. These three wicks are the Intimate’s Diamond Soul, his Igneous Mind and Atman, his own spiritual body." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
To be "born again."
The creation of the soul as taught by Jesus to Nicodemus:
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, 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. - John 3:1-6
"In Gnosticism and esotericism, one understands that the fabrication of the solar bodies and the incarnation of the Being are known as the Second Birth." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology
"No one can reach the Second Birth, be reborn again (as it stated in the Gospel of the Lord), as long as they continue living with the psychology of the inferior, common, everyday humanoid." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion
A mechanical process in nature experienced by those souls who within the allotted time fail to reach union with their inner divinity (i.e. known as self-realization, liberation, religare, yoga, moksha, etc). The Second Death is the complete dissolution of the ego (karma, defects, sins) in the infernal regions of nature, which after unimaginable quantities of suffering, proportional to the density of the psyche, in the end purifies the Essence (consciousness) so that it may try again to perfect itself and reach the union with the Being.
"He that overcometh (the sexual passion) shall inherit all things; and I will be his God (I will incarnate myself within him), and he shall be my son (because he is a Christified one), But the fearful (the tenebrous, cowards, unbelievers), and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21) This lake which burns with fire and brimstone is the lake of carnal passion. This lake is related with the lower animal depths of the human being and its atomic region is the abyss. The tenebrous slowly disintegrate themselves within the abyss until they die. This is the second death." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message
"When the bridge called “Antakarana,” 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. This is the Second Death of which the Apocalypse speaks; this is the state of consciousness called “Avitchi.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course
" The Second Death is really painful. The ego feels as if it has been divided in different parts, the fingers fall off, its arms, its legs. It suffers through a tremendous breakdown." - Samael Aun Weor, from the lecture The Mysteries of Life and Death
“The Nous atom is sometimes called by the occultist the white or good principle of the heart. We will now speak of its opposite: the dark atom or Secret Enemy. In many ways its activities are similar to the Nous atom; for it has legions of atomic entities under its command; but they are destructive and not constructive. This Secret Enemy resides in the lower section of the spine, and its atoms oppose the student’s attempts to unite himself to his Innermost. The Secret Enemy has so much power in the atmosphere of this world that they can limit our thoughts and imprison our minds... The Secret Enemy works in every way to deny us any intelligence that would illuminate our minds, and would seek to stamp man into a machine cursed with similarity and a mind lacking all creative power... Man easily degenerates when in the power of the Secret Enemy; it preys upon the burning furnace of his desires, and when he weakens he is lost and sometimes cannot regain contact with his Innermost for two or three lives wherein he works out the karma of his evil desires.” - M, The Dayspring of Youth
A symbol of the sexual seed, the sacred sperm, the Ens Seminis.
Psalm 69:36: "The seed of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein."
"Ancient populaces worshiped the corn, wheat and rice, because they represent the sacred seed. Mayas and Nahuas symbolized the Mercury of the Wise with corn. The Middle East and Europe saw the blessed seed in the wheat. China, Japan and India saw the sacred sperm in the rice. We transform the Ens Seminis into creative energy, which means into Mercury, only by the science of transmutation. Whosoever possesses the Mercury of the Wise can create within himself the superior existential bodies of the Being. Whosoever possesses the Mercury of the Wise within himself will abide in the city of Heliopolis. God will save Zion by virtue of the Mercury of the Wise. The interior cities will be constructed, and the Initiates will dwell in them and inherit them. A City of Light, a Heavenly Jerusalem, must be constructed within each human being." - The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
From Latin se (“oneself”). Seity is commonly defined as “that which is particular to oneself.”
"The Abstract Absolute Space is the causa causorum of everything that is, has been, and shall be.The Abstract Absolute Space is the causa causorum of everything that is, has been, and shall be.The profound and joyful space is certainly the incomprehensible “Seity,” which is the ineffable, mystical root of the seven cosmoses. It is the mysterious origin of all that we know as spirit, matter, universes, suns, worlds, etc.“That,” which is divine, the space of happiness, is the tremendous reality beyond the universe and gods.“That” has no dimension, yet indeed, it is what is, what always has been, and what always will be. It is the life that intensely palpitates within each atom and within each sun." —Samael Aun Weor, Cosmic Teachings of a Lama
"Our real Being is of a universal nature. Our real Being is neither a kind of superior nor inferior "I." Our real Being is impersonal, universal, divine. He transcends every concept of "I," me, myself, ego, etc., etc." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony. See: Atman
"Every being has the Buddha Nature [tathagatagarbha]. This is the self." - Buddha Shakyamuni, Mahaparinirvana Sutra 214
An exercise of attention, in which one learns to become an indifferent observer of one's own psychological process. True Self-observation is an active work of directed attention, without the interference of thought, emotion, or sensations.
"We need attention intentionally directed towards the interior of our own selves. This is not a passive attention. Indeed, dynamic attention proceeds from the side of the observer, while thoughts and emotions belong to the side which is observed." - Samael Aun Weor, Revolutionary Psychology
Derived from the Sanskrit phrase Atma Jnana (आत्मा ज्ञान), which literally means "self-knowledge."
The achievement of perfect knowledge. This phrase is better stated as, “The realization of the Innermost Self,” or “The realization of the true nature of self.” At the ultimate level, this is the experiential, conscious knowledge of the Absolute, which is synonymous with Emptiness, Shunyata, or Non-being.
"Gnostic knowledge always escapes the analyses of normal subjective rationalism.
"The correlative of this knowledge is the infinite togetherness of the person, the Being.
"The reason for the Being to be is to be the Being himself. Only the Being can know himself.
"In Gnosis, therefore, the Being becomes Self-known.
"Undoubtedly, Gnosis in itself is Self-Gnosis; it is the Being evaluating and knowing himself.
"The Self-knowledge of the Being is a supra-rational movement that depends on the Being, and that has nothing to do with intellectualism.
"The abyss between the Being and the ego is impassable; this is why only the Pneuma, the Spirit, can recognize himself, and the action of recognizing himself is an autonomous act in which the subjective reasoning of the intellectual mammal becomes ineffective, insufficient, and terribly weak.
"Self-knowledge, Self-Gnosis, demands annihilation of the “I” as a previous, urgent, and unpostponable work. The I, the ego, is made up of additions and subtractions of subjective inhuman and bestial elements, which unquestionably have a beginning and an end.
"Unfortunately, the Essence, the consciousness, since it is imprisoned, trapped, bottled up within these diverse elements which constitute the myself, the ego, is painfully processing itself according to its conditioning.
"However, the Essence, the consciousness, awakens, becomes enlightened, is liberated, when the “I,” the ego, is dissolved, thus as a consequence or corollary, Self-knowledge, Self-Gnosis, develops. Undoubtedly, authentic revelation has its irrefutable and indisputable basis in Self-Gnosis... In the name of truth, I solemnly declare that the Being is the only real existence, and before the ineffable and terribly divine transparency of the Being, that which we call I, ego, myself is just outer darkness, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.
"Therefore, due to the flow of the anthropological aspects of the Pneuma or Spirit, Self-Gnosis, or the Self-gnostic recognition of the Being, is confirmed decisively a savior.
"Knowing oneself is having achieved identification with one’s own divine Being.
"To know that you are identical to your own Pneuma or Spirit, to experience directly the identification of cognizance with the cognizant, is what we can and must define as Self-Gnosis.
"Clearly, this extraordinary disclosure invites us to die within ourselves so that the Being can manifest himself within us.
"On the contrary, to move away from the Being, to continue as ego within the heresy of separateness, means to condemn ourselves to the submerged devolution within the infernal worlds.
"This evident reflection leads us to the topic of the freely chosen Gnostic. Unquestionably, a serious Gnostic is already a chosen one, a posteriori chosen one.
"The Gnostic experience allows the sincere devotee to know himself and to integrally realize the Self.
"Let it be understood that Self-realization is the harmonious development of the entire infinite of human possibilities.
"Self-realization is not a matter of capriciously distributed intellectual data nor is it a mere insubstantial wordy talk of ambiguous chattering.
"Everything that we are stating in these paragraphs should be appreciated as genuine experience, real and vivid." —Samael Aun Weor, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac
"Man is a strange complex mixture of will, feeling and thought. He is a triune being. He is like a tricycle or a three-wheeled chariot. He wills to possess the objects of his desires. He has emotion; and so he feels. He has reason and so he thinks and ratiocinates. In some the emotional element may preponderate, while in some others the rational element may dominate. Just as will, feelings and thought are not distinct and separate, so also, work, devotion and knowledge are not exclusive of one another. He must, therefore develop his heart, intellect and hand. Then alone can he attain perfection. Many aspirants have lop-sided development. They do not possess an integral development, as they neglect one or the other of these aspects of their personality. One-sided development is not commendable. Religion and Yoga must educate and develop the whole man - his heart, intellect and hand. Then only he will have integral development. In the mind there are three defects, viz., Mala or impurity, Vikshepa or tossing, and Avarana or veil. The impurities of the mind should be removed by the practice of Karma Yoga, by selfless service. The tossing should be removed by worship or Upasana, by Japa and devotion. The veil should be torn down by the practice of Jnana Yoga, i.e., by study of Vedantic literature, enquiry, self-analysis, service to the Guru, and deep meditation. Only then Self-realization is possible. If you want to see your face clearly in a mirror, you must remove the dirt in the mirror, keep it steady, and remove the covering also. You can see your face clearly in the bottom of a lake only if the turbidity is removed, if the water that is agitated by the wind is rendered still, and if the moss that is lying on the surface is removed. Even so is the case with Self-realization. Action, emotion and intelligence are the three horses that are linked to this body-chariot. They should work in perfect harmony or unison. Then only the chariot will run smoothly. There must be integral development." —Swami Sivananda
See also: The Nature of True Realization by Milarepa
A state of active consciousness, controlled by will, that begins with awareness of being here and now. This state has many levels (see: Consciousness). True Self-remembering occurs without thought or mental processing: it is a state of conscious perception and includes the remembrance or awareness of the inner Being.
"Even though it seems incredible, when aspirants are observing themselves they do not remember their Self. Indeed, beyond any doubt, aspirants do not perceive their Self; they have no cognizance of their Self. It seems inconceivable that when Gnostic aspirants self-observe their mannerisms when they laugh, speak, walk, etc., they forget their Self; this is incredible, but true. Nevertheless, it is indispensable to exert the remembrance of our Self while we are observing ourselves. This is fundamental in order to attain the awakening of the consciousness. Self-observing, self-knowing, without forgetting our Self, is terribly difficult, but frightfully urgent in order to attain the awakening of the consciousness. What we are stating seems trivial to the people who ignore that they are asleep; they ignore that they do not remember their Self, not even when they look at their bodies in a full-length mirror, moreover, not even when they observe themselves in detail meticulously. The forgetfulness of our Self, the lack of remembering of our Self, is indeed the causa causorum of all human ignorance." —Samael Aun Weor, Light from Darkness
"Behold how difficult is to remain with the consciousness awake from instant to instant, from moment to moment, from second after second; however, if one has true longings for becoming fully awakened - this is the beginning - one must not forget oneself, not even for a moment. Yes, one must keep remembering oneself wherever one walks - in any living room, or whichever street one goes around by walking, jogging or riding a car, whether it be at night or at daylight; wherever one might be, at work or in the shop, anywhere, one must remember oneself while in the presence of any beautiful object, or while before any window-shop where very beautiful things are being shown, etc., in other words, one must not become identified with anything that one likes or is captivated with." —Samael Aun Weor, The Key of SOL
Latin, literally "seed of plants, animals, or people; race, inborn characteristic; posterity, progeny, offspring," figuratively "origin, essence, principle, cause." In other words, semen is not just a fluid in masculine bodies. Semen refers to the sexual energy of any creature or entity. In Gnosis, "semen" is a term used for the sexual energy of both masculine and feminine bodies. For a complete definition, see: What is Semen?.
"It is necessary to annihilate desire if we want to avoid the danger of falling. One who wants to annihilate desire must discover the causes of it. The causes of desire are found in sensations. We live in a world of sensations, and we need to comprehend them. There are five types of sensations:
"The five special types of sensations transform themselves into desire. We must not condemn the sensations; we must not justify them. We need to profoundly comprehend them. Only by comprehending the sensations do we kill desire. Only through annihilating desire is the mind liberated, a mind that is normally found bottled up within the bottle of desire. The awakening of the Consciousness occurs when the mind is liberated. If we want to exterminate the causes of desire, we need to live in a state of constant awareness. It is urgent to live in the state of alert perception and alert novelty. The ego is a big book, a book of many volumes. We can study this book only through the technique of internal meditation." - Tarot and Kabbalah
One of the three types of mind.
"Unquestionably, the Sensual Mind develops its basic concepts via external sensory perceptions. Under these conditions the Sensual Mind is terribly crude and materialistic. It cannot accept anything which has not been physically demonstrated. Since the fundamental concepts of the Sensual Mind are based on external sensory data, undoubtedly, it can know nothing about what is real, about the truth, about the mysteries of life and death, about the Soul and the Spirit, etc. For the rogues of the intellect, totally trapped by their external senses and incarcerated within the basic concepts of the Sensual Mind, our esoteric studies are lunacy. In the reasoning of the unreasonable, in an insane world, they are right due to conditioning by the external sensory world. How could the Sensual Mind accept what is not sensory?" —Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion
(or sefira; Hebrew) plural: Sephiroth. The "Sefirot" (סְפִירוֹת), singular "Sefirah" (סְפִירָה), from ספר ("to count") literally means "counting" or "enumeration", yet given the flexibility of Hebrew has other roots, such as sefer (text), sippur (recounting a story), sappir (sapphire, brilliance, luminary), separ (boundary), and safra (scribe).
A Sephirah is a symbol used in Kabbalah to represent levels of manifestation ranging from the very subtle to the very dense, and which apply to everything that exists, from the grandest scale to the most minute. Generally, these levels are represented in a structure of ten sephiroth called "the Tree of Life." This ten-sphered structure is a simplified arrangement of more complex renderings.
1. An emanation of Deity.
"The ten Sephiroth of universal vibration emerge from the Ain Soph, which is the microcosmic star that guides our interior. This star is the real Being of our Being. Ten Sephiroth are spoken of, but in reality there are twelve; the Ain Soph is the eleventh, and its tenebrous antithesis is in the abyss, which is the twelfth Sephirah. These are twelve spheres or universal regions that interpenetrate each other without confusion." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
1. Kether: The Father
2. Chokmah: The Son
3. Binah: The Holy Spirit
4. Chesed: Atman, the Innermost, our Divine Being
5. Geburah: The feminine Spiritual Soul, Buddhi.
6. Tiphereth: Superior Manas, the Human Soul
7. Netzach: The Solar Mind, the Christ Mind
8. Hod: The legitimate astral solar body
9. Yesod: The Cubic Stone, sex
10. Malkuth: The physical body
"The Sephiroth are atomic. The ten Sephiroth can be reduced into three tables:
1. A quantum table of the radiant energy that comes from the sun
2. An atomic weight table of the elements of nature
3. A molecular weight table of compounds.
"A Sephirah cannot be understood only in one plane, because it is of a quadruple nature. Therefore, the Kabbalists clearly express the fact that there are Four Worlds." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
2. A name of the Divine Mother.
"The ten known Sephiroth come from Sephirah, the Divine Mother, who resides in the heart temple. The mantra of the Divine Mother is IO which is the 10 emanations of Prakriti, in other words, the 10 (ten) Sephiroth." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
See also: What are Sephiroth?
(Hebrew שרפים, plural of שרף) A word that comes from the Hebrew root Saraph meaning “to burn.” Seraphim literally means “the burning ones.” This word is used differently by various traditions. Manly P. Hall suggests the name is related to the Egyptian Serapis.
1. According to the Kabbalah, Seraphim is a very awakened, pure being related to the sephirah Geburah.
2. According to Christianity, a Seraphim is the highest type of angel, related to the sephirah Kether.
"Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged." —Isaiah 6
An ubiquitous symbol throughout world religions and mythology, which always has one of two primary meanings. The serpent or snake represents either a negative intelligence (cunning) or a positive intelligence (wisdom). There are far too many examples to cite here, but significant ones include the Biblical serpent of Eden; the Bronze Serpent of Moses; the Greek serpent of the Hesperides and the dreaded Python; the Buddhist serpent that protected the Buddha; and the Egyptian serpents (both positive and negative).
“Lo and behold, since Esau followed on the serpent, Jacob dealt with him slyly, as the serpent was cunning and had crooked ways. As it is written, "the serpent was more cunning than any beast” (Genesis 3:1), which means that Esau was cunning and sly (Genesis 25: 27: “And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter”). Yet, what Jacob did with Esau was serpent-like. This was as it ought to have been; by making Esau go after that serpent, so that he would be separated from Jacob, and thus share nothing with him in this world or in the world to come.” —Zohar
"Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited for thy salvation, Oh Iod-Havah." —Genesis: 49:17,18
"And Iod-Havah said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." —Numbers 21:8, 9
"Jesus said: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”—Matthew 10:16
These are the Great Mysteries, or Seven Initiations of Major Mysteries, which are the beginning stages of the First Mountain, the Mountain of Initiation. Through the accomplishment of these processes, the initiate creates the Solar Bodies. For details, read The Perfect Matrimony and The Three Mountains.
Any initiate who completes the Serpents of Fire AND chooses to continue by walking on the Direct Path then enters into the second half of the First Mountain. The Christ is born inside the initiate, who then begins to illuminate each of the seven bodies of the soul (the spinal column of each body is filled with the Light of the Christ).
"Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils." - Mark 16:9
"The seven demons that the Great Master Jesus the Christ threw out of the body of Mary Magdalene are the seven deadly sins: Anger, Greed, Lust, Envy, Pride, Laziness and Gluttony. Naturally, each one of these demons separately leads a Legion [See: Legion]." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion
"Then lo! on the Day of Resurrection ye are raised (again). And We have created above you seven paths, and We are never unmindful of creation." —Qu'ran, al-Mu'minun: The Believers
"This verse in the Veda (X. 5-6), 'The seven wise ones (rays of wisdom, Dhyanis) fashion seven paths (or lines as also Races in another sense). To one of these may the distressed mortal come' -- which is interpreted solely from the astronomical and cosmic aspect -- is one of the most pregnant in occult meaning. The "paths" may mean lines (maryadah), but they are primarily beams of light falling on the paths leading to wisdom. (See Rig Veda IV. 5-13.) It means "ways" or paths. They are, in short, the seven Rays which fall free from the macrocosmic centre, the seven principles in the metaphysical, the seven Races in the physical sense. All depends upon the key used." —H.P.Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
"When the master reaches the Fourth Initiation of Major Mysteries, seven paths are opened before him: First: To enter Nirvana. Second: To do superior works in Nirvana. Third: To form part of the major government of the Logos of the solar system.
Fourth: To remain as a Nirmanakaya, working in the astral plane for humanity. Fifth: To work in the future Jupiterian period of our earth. Sixth: To reincarnate in order to work for humanity. Seventh: To enter the devic or angelic evolution in order to work in this great laboratory of nature under the direct orders of the Lord Jehovah." —Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose
A deeply symbolic and multifacted part of mysticism in every tradition, the seven rays represent the fundamental law of seven, the law of cosmic action and organization. As an expression of a law of nature, the seven rays can be seen in all levels of manifested nature, whether formless or with form.
"The names of the Seven Rays -- which are, Sushumna, Harikesa, Viswakarman, Viswatryarchas, Sannaddha, Sarvavasu and Swaraj -- are all mystical, and each has its distinct application in a distinct state of consciousness, for occult purposes. The Sushumna, which, as said in the Nirukta (11, 6), is only to light up the moon, is the ray nevertheless cherished by the initiated Yogis. The totality of the Seven Rays spread through the Solar system constitute, so to say, the physical Upadhi (basis) of the Ether of Science; in which Upadhi, light, heat, electricity, etc., etc., -- the forces of orthodox science -- correlate to produce their terrestrial effects. As psychic and spiritual effects, they emanate from, and have their origin in, the supra-solar Upadhi, in the ether of the Occultist -- or Akasa." —H.P.Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
"The Seven Beings in the Sun are the Seven Holy Ones, Self-born from the inherent power in the matrix of Mother substance. It is they who send the Seven Principal Forces, called rays, which at the beginning of Pralaya will centre into seven new Suns for the next Manvantara. The energy from which they spring into conscious existence in every Sun, is what some people call Vishnu (see foot-note below), which is the Breath of the ABSOLUTENESS..." —H.P.Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
"The Tanmatras are literally the type or rudiment of an element devoid of qualities; but esoterically, they are the primeval noumenoi of that which becomes in the progress of evolution a Cosmic element in the sense given to the term in antiquity, not in that of physics. They are the logoi, the seven emanations or rays of the logos." —H.P.Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
The Logos, or both the unmanifested and the manifested WORD, is called by the Hindus, Iswara, "the Lord," though the Occultists give it another name. Iswara, say the Vedantins, is the highest consciousness in nature. "This highest consciousness," answer the Occultists, "is only a synthetic unit in the world of the manifested Logos -- or on the plane of illusion; for it is the sum total of Dhyan-Chohanic consciousnesses." "Oh, wise man, remove the conception that not-Spirit is Spirit," says Sankaracharya. Atma is not-Spirit in its final Parabrahmic state, Iswara or Logos is Spirit; or, as Occultism explains, it is a compound unity of manifested living Spirits, the parent-source and nursery of all the mundane and terrestrial monads, plus their divine reflection, which emanate from, and return into, the Logos, each in the culmination of its time. There are seven chief groups of such Dhyan Chohans, which groups will be found and recognised in every religion, for they are the primeval SEVEN Rays. Humanity, occultism teaches us, is divided into seven distinct groups and their sub-divisions, mental, spiritual, and physical... Hence the seven chief planets, the spheres of the indwelling seven spirits, under each of which is born one of the human groups which is guided and influenced thereby. There are only seven planets (specially connected with earth), and twelve houses, but the possible combinations of their aspects are countless. As each planet can stand to each of the others in twelve different aspects, their combinations must, therefore, be almost infinite; as infinite, in fact, as the spiritual, psychic, mental, and physical capacities in the numberless varieties of the genus homo, each of which varieties is born under one of the seven planets and one of the said countless planetary combinations... all adepts and Dhyan Chohans are divisible into seven classes, each of which is guided, controlled, and overshadowed by one of the seven forms or manifestations of the divine Wisdom." —H.P.Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
"...there are seven rays of cosmic evolution: 1. The Lunar ray 2. The Mercurian ray 3. The Venusian ray 4. The Solar ray 5. The Martian ray 6. The Jupiterian ray 7. The Saturnian ray What Theosophists state about initiates entering another cosmic ray in each Initiation of Major Mysteries is not true. Each master evolves and unfolds in his own ray, and never changes rays. In the internal worlds, each of the seven rays has its temple of mysteries." —Samael Aun Weor, The Seven Words
“There are seven bodies of the Being. Each body has its “cerebrospinal” nervous system, its medulla and Kundalini. Each body is a complete organism. There are, therefore, seven bodies, seven medullae and seven Kundalinis. The ascension of each of the seven Kundalinis is slow and difficult. Each canyon or vertebra represents determined occult powers and this is why the conquest of each canyon undergoes terrible tests.” —Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course
"The Temple of Wisdom has seven columns. These are the Seven Degrees of the Power of the Fire. There are seven serpents, two groups of three plus the coronation of the sublime seventh tongue of fire, which unites us with the One, with the Law, with the Father. The first serpent belongs to the physical body, the second to the Vital Body, the third to the Astral Body, the fourth to the Mental Body, the fifth to the Body of Willpower, the sixth to the Buddhic Body and the seventh to the Intimate. These are the seven steps of knowledge. These seven serpents cannot be lifted up simultaneously. Since the Magistery of Fire is very difficult, one must advance by degrees. Initially, it is necessary to raise the first serpent, then the second. Later on, the third can be raised, then the fourth, etc. The Yogi who does not practice with the Arcanum A.Z.F. is like a garden without water. Practice any Yoga, but work with the Great Arcanum in the Magistery of Fire." —Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message
The esoteric knowledge contained within the ancient tradition of Alchemy. The Western equivilent of Tantra.
“The philosophy of Sexual Alchemy has its principles in the school of the Essenes, in the school of Alexandria, in the teachings of Pythagoras, in the mysteries of Egypt, Troy, Rome, Carthage, Eleusis, as well as in the wisdom of the Aztecs and Mayas, etc. The procedures of the science of Sexual Alchemy must be studied in the books of Paracelsus, Nicholas Flamel, Raymond Lully. We also find these procedures hidden within the veil of all symbols, in all the hieratic figures of ancient hieroglyphics of many ancient temples, as well as in the Greek and Egyptian myths.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message
(शक्ति Sanskrit, literally "force, power, energy"; also transliterated as Sakti) From the root sakt, which means "to be able, to do." In Hinduism, shakti is symbolized as a goddess, the wife of Shiva, the Third Logos, the sephirah Binah. The feminine aspect of Binah. A personification of primal energy. Symbolized by a yoni, a female sexual organ.
"Sakti is symbolically female; but It is, in reality, neither male nor female. It is only a Force which manifests Itself in various forms." — Swami Sivananda
"The power or active aspect of the immanent God is Sakti. Sakti is the empodiment of power. She is the supporter of the vast universe. She is the supreme power by which the world is upheld. She is the Universal Mother. She is Durga, Kali, Chandi, Chamundi, Tripurasundari, Rajarajesvari. There is no difference between God and his Sakti, just as there is no difference between fire and its burning power. He who worships Sakti, that is God in Mother form, as the supreme power which creates, sustains, and withdraws the universe, is a Sakta. All women are the forms of Divine Mother. Siva is the unchanging consciousness. Sakti is His changing Power which appears as mind and matter." —Sivananda, Tantra Yoga
"There are seven cosmic forces: First: the force of the Glorian. Second: Para-shakti (light and heat). Third: Jnana-shakti (wisdom, intelligence). Fourth: Iccha-shakti (willpower). Fifth: Kriya-shakti (Christic-mind) Sixth: Kundalini-shakti (seven serpents) Seventh: Mantrika-shakti (the power of the Word)." —Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose
A term derived probably via German Schamane, from Russian sha'man, from Tungus saman, which is perhaps from Chinese sha men "Buddhist monk," from Prakrit samaya-, from Sanskrit sramana, "Buddhist ascetic". In general, people nowadays use the term shaman to refer to a magician who works with plants and animals, yet the term really just refers to any priest, whether upright or degenerated.
"Religion is as inherent to life as humidity is to water. The great cosmic universal religion becomes modified into thousands of religious forms. Thus, the priests from all religious forms are completely identifiable with one another through the fundamental principles of the great cosmic universal religion. Therefore, a basic difference between the Mohammedan priest and the Jewish priest, or between the Pagan priest and the legitimate Christian one, does not exist. Religion is one. Religion is unique and absolutely universal. The ceremonies of the Shinto priest of Japan or of the Mongol Lamas are similar to those ceremonies of the shamans and sorcerers from Africa and Oceania. When a religious form degenerates, it disappears; yet, the universal life creates new religious forms in order to replace it." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
"What the common people know of the reality of shamanism is very little, and even this very little has been adulterated, the same adulteration that has occurred in the rest of the non-Christian religions. Shamanism used to be called, without any right, the “Paganism of Mongolia,” since it is one of the most ancient religions of India. It refers to the cult of the Spirit, the belief in the immortality of souls, and that these, beyond death, keep presenting the same characteristics of the human beings whom they were animating here on the earth. This occurred even when their bodies had lost their objective form, when the human being substituted its physical form for the spiritual one because of death. In its present form, such a belief is a sprout from the primitive theurgy, and a practical fusion of the visible world with the invisible one. When a foreign person who is naturalized in this country wishes to enter into communication with his invisible brothers, he has to assimilate their nature, that is, he must find these beings by walking half of the way that separates him from them. Then, enriched with an abundant provision of spiritual essence given by them, he then endows them in return with a part of his physical nature, in order to place them, through this action, in the condition of being able to sometimes show themselves in their semi-objective form, a form that they ordinarily lack. Such a process is a temporal change of nature, which is commonly called theurgy. Shamans are called sorcerers by vulgar people, because it is said that they invoke the spirits of the dead with the goal of exercising necromancy. But true shamanism cannot be judged based on its degenerated ramifications in Siberia, in the same way that the religion of Gautama Buddha cannot be confused with the fetishism of some people in Siam and Burma who call themselves its followers." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains
(Samatha) Tranquility Meditation. Sha in Sanskrit means “peace.” Mata means “dwelling” or “stability.” Samatha means “to dwell or to be founded, to have establishment in peace, to dwell in peace.” This is the same as Pratyahara. The term Shamata is also related to the Tibetan shi-ne which means “peace.” Samatha is one-pointed mind, or the varying levels of concentrated attention. According to the Maitreya Buddha, there are nine distinct levels of Shamata.
"The entire country of Shambhala is in the Jinn State; here is where the principal monasteries of the White Lodge exist." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries
"The secret country of Shamballa is in the Orient, in Tibet. The Master Jesus has a temple there. Other Masters live with him who have also resurrected and who have kept their bodies over the many ages of time." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message
(Sanskrit, or sarira) Literally, "easily dissolved" but interpreted to mean "body." Hinduism understand the multidimensionality of nature, including our own, and studies it using a variety of models. In some cases, it is said there are three sharira or bodies: the sthula-sharira (physical body), sukshma-sharira (subtle body, which is actually three bodies in one), and the karana-sharira (causal body). When the three parts of the "subtle body" are expanded, it is then said we have five bodies. The three parts of the subtle body are the vital, astral, and mental bodies.
(Hebrew) "The Hebrew word for seven is sheba. Seven is very significant in the economy of God. It is the most frequently used number in the Bible. From it is shaba, meaning, "to be complete... to seven oneself, i.e. swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times)" Seven speaks of fullness, completion, perfection. Nothing can be added to or taken from it without it becoming marred. Being a prime number makes it divisible only by itself. The word shabath is derived from shaba, and means, to cease, desist, REST, and from this word comes Shabbath, a DAY OF REST. Therefore, seven/sheba/shabbath speaks of a completed work wherein rest (death) is found.”
Also spelled Shechinah, Shekhinah, Shekina, Shechina, Schechinah, etc. (Hebrew שכינה) Literally means "dwelling place." A feminine noun. In Kabbalah, the שכינה is the feminine aspect of God (the Divine Mother) that inhabits the temple when Israel is in harmony with God.
"...the word 'בהבראם Be’Hei-baram' signifies that the heavens and the earth were created by the Shekinah, of which the letter Hei is the symbol..." - Zohar
Shechinah is the feminine Divine force of God. She is the Divine Mother whose essence, feminine force or creative force is in exile (not active in us). She is the creative force of God that abides in the Chakra Muladhara. The Divine Mother Kundalini is the erotic, sensual chaste loving force underlying within the Church of Ephesus, whose veil covers the mystery of Daath. She is the fiery power within every Elohim.
(Hebrew השם המפורש "Hashem Hamephorash") The “separated name,” or the “name of extension, or "the blessed name.” Specifically, a name of God that has 72 aspects and is hidden in the original Hebrew of Exodus 14:19-21. It is said that there are two versions: one positive, corresponding to White Magic, and one negative, corresponding to Black Magic. It is also the Cubic stone of Yesod, the stone that Jacob anointed with oil and "a Stone of stumbling, a rock of offense." Nicolas Valois: “It is a Stone of great virtue, and is called a Stone and is not a stone.” It is the Serpentine Fire of the Holy Spirit.
[ש] The twenty-first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It symbolizes fire. The shape of shin displays the three fires or three Iods (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the Holy Triamazikamno, the three wicks (three Vavs) within the Nun or Divine Essence of God (El-Shaddai). Its Kabbalistic numerical value is 300. Shin is one of the three mother letters (אמש).
(Sanskrit सिव) A multifacted symbol in the Hindu pantheon.
"Lord Siva is the pure, changeless, attributeless, all-pervading transcendental consciousness.... At the end of Pralaya, the Supreme Lord thinks of re-creation of the world. He is then known by the name Sadasiva. He is the root-cause of creation. From Sadasiva creation begins... [Additionally,] Lord Siva represents the destructive aspect of Brahman... He destroys all bondage, limitation and sorrow of His devotees. He is the giver of Mukti or the final emancipation. He is the universal Self. He is the true Self of all creatures. He is the dweller in the cremation-ground, in the region of the dead, those who are dead to the world. The Jivas and the world originate from Him, exist in Him, are sustained and rejected by Him and are ultimately merged in Him. He is the support, source and substratum of the whole world. He is an embodiment of Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Bliss. He is Satyam, Sivam, Subham, Sundaram, Kantam. He is the God of gods, Deva-Deva. He is the Great Deity—Mahadeva." - Swami Sivananda, Lord Siva and His Worship
The Hindu Creator and Destroyer, the third aspect of the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva). The Third Logos. The Holy Spirit. The Sexual Force. The Sephira Binah. Symbolized by a Linga / lingum, a male sexual organ.
(Sanskrit) A name for the semi-physical channel (nadi) of energy in the spinal column. In TIbetan Buddhism, it is called uma.
"When we study the construction, location and function of the Spinal Cord and the Sushumna Nadi, we can readily say that the Spinal Cord was called Sushumna Nadi by the Yogins of yore. The Western Anatomy deals with the gross form and functions of the Spinal Cord, while the Yogins of ancient times dealt with all about the subtle (Sukshma) nature. Now in Kundalini Yoga, you should have a thorough knowledge of this Nadi. Sushumna extends from the Muladhara Chakra (second vertebra of coccygeal region) to Brahmarandhra. The Western Anatomy admits that there is a central canal in the Spinal Cord, called Canalis Centralis and that the cord is made up of grey and white brain-matter. Spinal Cord is dropped or suspended in the hollow of the spinal column. In the same way, Sushumna is dropped within the spinal canal and has subtle sections." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga
"The Hindus state that within the medullar canal there is a channel called Sushumna, and within this channel is another called Vajrini and within this a third called Citrini, which is "as fine as a spider's thread on which the chakras are threaded, like the knots on a bamboo pole." Thus, this is what the sacred books of India state, and we know that the Kundalini rises through the Citrini solely and exclusively with the Maithuna, Sexual Magic, Arcanum A.Z.F." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
(Sanskrit, "the perfect pose") A seated posture for meditation or Alchemy. It is described by Swami Sivananda as follows: "Next to Padmasana comes Siddhasana in importance. Some eulogise this Asana as even superior to Padmasana for purposes of Dhyana. If you get mastery over this Asana, you will acquire many Siddhis. Further it was being practised by many Siddhas of yore. Hence the name Siddhasana. Even fatty persons with big thighs can practise this Asana easily. In fact this is better to some persons than Padmasana. Young Brahmacharins who attempt to get established in celibacy should practise this Asana. This Asana is not suitable for ladies. Place one heel at anus. Keep the other heel on the root of the generative organ. The feet or legs should be so nicely arranged that the ankle-joints should touch each other. Hands can be placed as in Padmasana."
(Sanskrit सिद्धि) Literally, "success; any unusual skill, faculty or capability." Nowadays this term usually indicates "spiritual powers." Many of the powers (siddhis) of yoga are related to the "Jinn state," the condition that results from moving physical matter into the fourth dimension.
"The yogi acquires multiple powers (siddhis) in accordance with the awakening of superlative consciousness... Powers [siddhis] are flowers of the soul that sprout when we have sanctified ourselves. For each step that we walk in the development of the chakras, we must also walk a thousand steps in sanctity." —Samael Aun Weor, Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries
"If there is Shuddhi (purification), Siddhi (perfection) will come by itself. Siddhi is not possible without Shuddhi." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga
"Siddhi is produced by sadhana [practice, effort]. The former term, which literally means "success," includes accomplishment, achievement, success, and fruition of all kinds. A person may thus gain siddhi in speech, siddhi in mantra, etc. A person is siddha also who has perfected his spiritual development. The various powers attainable – namely, anima, mahima, laghima, garima, prapti, prakamya, ishitva, vashitva, the powers of becoming small, great, light, heavy, attaining what one wills, and the like – are known as the eight siddhi. The thirty-ninth chapter of the Brahmavaivarta Purana mentions eighteen kinds, but there are many others, including such minor accomplishments as nakhadarpana siddhi or "nail-gazing." The great siddhi is spiritual perfection. Even the mighty powers of the "eight siddhi" are known as the "lesser siddhi," since the greatest of all siddhi is full liberation (mahanirvana) from the bonds of phenomenal life and union with the Paramatma, which is the supreme object (paramartha) to be attained through human birth." - Arthur Avalon, Mahanirvana Tantra, Tantra of the Great Liberation 
"An accomplished Purnayogi in the path of Kundalini Yoga is in possession of eight major Siddhis, viz., Anima, Mahima, Laghima, Garima, Prapti, Prakamya, Vasitvam and Ishitvam.
1. Anima: The Yogi can become as minute as he pleases.
2. Mahima: This is the opposite of Anima. He can become as big as he likes. He can make his body assume a very large size. He can fill up the whole universe. He can assume a Virat Svarupa.
3. Laghima: He can make his body as light as cotton or feather. Vayustambhanam is done through this Siddhi. In Jalastambhanam also the power is exercised to a very small degree. The body is rendered light by Plavini Pranayama. The Yogi produces a diminution of his specific gravity by swallowing large draughts of air. The Yogi travels in the sky with the help of this Siddhi. He can travel thousands of miles in a minute.
4. Garima: This is the opposite of Laghima. In this the Yogi acquires an increase of specific gravity. He can make the body as heavy as a mountain by swallowing draughts of air.
5. Prapti: The Yogi standing on the earth can touch the highest things. He can touch the sun or the moon or the sky. Through this Siddhi the Yogi attains his desired objects and supernatural powers. He acquires the power of predicting future events, the power of clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, thought-reading, etc. He can understand the languages of the beasts and birds. He can understand unknown languages also. He can cure all diseases.
6. Prakamya: He can dive into the water and can come out at any time he likes. The late Trilinga Swami of Benares used to live for six months underneath the Ganges. It is the process by which a Yogi makes himself invisible sometimes. By some writers it is defined to be the power of entering body of another (Parakaya Pravesh). Sri Sankara entered the body of Raja Amaruka of Benares. Tirumular in Southern India entered the body of a shepherd. Raja Vikramaditya also did this. It is also the power of keeping a youth-like appearance for any length of time. Raja Yayati had this power.
7. Vashitvam: This is the power of taming wild animals and bringing them under control. It is the power of mesmerising persons by the exercise of will and of making them obedient to one’s own wishes and orders. It is the restraint of passions and emotions. It is the power to bring men, women and the elements under subjection.
8. Ishitvam: It is the attainment of divine power. The Yogi becomes the Lord of the universe. The Yogi who has this power can restore life to the dead. Kabir, Tulsidas, Akalkot Swami and others had this power of bringing back life to the dead." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga
"Many people are attracted to the practice of Pranayama and other Yogic exercises, as it is through Yoga that psychic healing, telepathy, thought-transference, and other great Siddhis are obtained. If they attain success, they should not remain there alone. The Goal of life is not ‘healing’ and ‘Siddhis’. They should utilise their energy in attaining the Highest.. A Yogi on the appearance of certain Siddhis thinks that he has achieved the highest goal. He may give up his further Sadhana through false contentment. The Yogi who is bent upon getting the highest Samadhi, must reject Siddhis whenever they come. Siddhis are invitations from Devatas. Only by rejecting these Siddhis, one can attain success in Yoga. He who craves for Siddhis is a worldly-minded man. He is a very big householder. Those who crave for Siddhis will never get them. If a Yogic student is tempted to attain Siddhis, his further progress is seriously retarded. He has lost the way." - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga
"If the [Jinn] practice has been performed well, then your body will enter the “Jinn” state, meaning that it will submerge within the supra-sensible worlds. A body in the “Jinn” state can float in the air (Laghima) or be submerged within the waters (Prakamya), or pass through fire without being burned, or be reduced to the size of an atom (Anima), or be enlarged to the point of touching the sun or the moon with the hand (Mahima). A body submerged within the supra-sensible worlds is submitted to the laws of those worlds. Then, this body is plastic and elastic, so it can change form, decrease its weight (Laghima), or increase its weight (Garima) willingly... The holy eight is the sign of infinity. The two witnesses of the Apocalypse are entwined around the spinal medulla, thus they form the holy eight. All of the mystical powers of the heavenly Jerusalem emanate from this holy eight. Now the devotees can better comprehend why we speak of eight mystical, ineffable powers." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message
Sidereal means "starry," from Latin sidereus "starry, astral, of the constellations." The Astral World, the fifth dimension, related to emotion, the heart, the world of dreams, etc.
"...the Sidereal World, which is the Astral World." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
"It is urgent to asseverate with great emphasis that the Sidereal Body or Astral Body of the Alchemists and Kabbalists is developed and splendidly unfolded under the absolute control of the twenty-four laws." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains
Hebrew רחק חבל.
"Or ever the רחק חבל [silver cord] be loosed... Then shall the dust [of the body] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto אלהים Elohim who gave it." —Bible, Ecclesiastes 12:6
"When the soul leaves the body, its connection with the body remains intact, by means of what is termed the silver cord or magnetic tie." —Zohar
"Much has been said about the silver cord; it is indubitable that every soul is connected to the physical body by means of this magnetic thread. However, we have been told that a section of this cord or thread of life is found related to the heart and another to the brain. Diverse authors emphasize the idea that seven sections are derived from the silver cord and that these are found connected with seven specific centers of the human organism."—Samael Aun Weor, Hell, the Devil, and Karma
"Through Yoga practice atoms called Transformation atoms of a higher voltage are attracted and formed into a mental shield that protects the student from opposing forces in Nature and man. It is the temple in which the Master atom of the mind will reside and is the condenser and transmitter of the powerful voltage of the Innermost." - M, The Dayspring of Youth
"The Mental Body is enveloped by a silken membrane, which protects it and keeps it in line with the cerebrospinal nervous system. This covering is the Silver Shield of the Mental Body." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
(Gnostic) A very powerful Gnostic teacher who unfortunately fell into black magic.
"Simon Magus, the magician of New Testament fame, is often supposed to have been the founder of Gnosticism. If this be true, the sect was formed during the century after Christ and is probably the first of the many branches which have sprung from the main trunk of Christianity. Everything with which the enthusiasts of the early Christian Church might not agree they declared to be inspired by the Devil. That Simon Magus had mysterious and supernatural powers is conceded even by his enemies, but they maintained that these powers were lent to him by the infernal spirits and furies which they asserted were his ever present companions. Undoubtedly the most interesting legend concerning Simon is that which tells of his theosophic contests with the Apostle Peter while the two were promulgating their differing doctrines in Rome [See: The Acts of Peter and Paul]." - Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)
"Evilness is so fine and delicate that even the Master H. P. Blavatsky firmly believed that Simon the Magician was a Master of the White Lodge. Master Huiracocha [Arnold Krumm-Heller] also believed that Simon the Magician was a great Gnostic Master, and he told us that everything that ‘Papus’ and other authors have taught in the past years about magic was taken from Simon the Magician. The only one who was not mistaken with respect to Simon the Magician was Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy. [...] Simon the Magician profoundly knew about Sexual Alchemy and the Great Arcanum. However, he fell into black magic because he continued to look into the past and he did not want to accept Christ." - Samael Aun Weor, Treatise of Sexual Alchemy
(Sanskrit; Tibetan: phung po) Literally “group, pile, aggregate, heap.” A general term of Buddhist philosophy describing the basic faculties of a sentient being or “personality.”
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.
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)
"When the serpent ascends to the height of the prostate (uterus), the Church of Smyrna is opened. This chakra has six petals and confers the powers of creation. Creation is not possible without the prostatic chakra. The supreme rector of the prostatic Chakra is the immortal Babaji, a Yogi Christ from India whose physical body has existed for millions of years that are lost in the night of time. Babaji drives all life and has the power to create and create again. The elemental water of the Wise (Ens Seminis) is the element of this chakra. Whosoever opens the church of Smyrna has the power to control the waters and tempests." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book
From medieval Latin sodomia, from late Latin peccatum Sodomiticum ‘sin of Sodom," a reference to the city Sodom in Genesis 19 that was destroyed because of the sexual degeneration of its inhabitants. Originally, the term sodomy referred to all forms of sexual degeneration, but over the centuries the term has been reduced to being a reference only to homosexuality. When studying the scriptures, it is essential to define the term with its original meaning: all forms of sexual degeneration.
A reference to the sacred vehicle(s) that the initiate must construct in order to ascend into the superior worlds. Various traditions number them differently depending upon the point of view. The physical, vital, astral, mental, and causal bodies that are created through the beginning stages of Alchemy/Tantra and that provide a basis for existence in their corresponding levels of nature, just as the physical body does in the physical world. These bodies or vehicles are superior due to being created out of Solar (Christic) Energy, as opposed to the inferior, lunar bodies we receive from nature. Also known as the Wedding Garment (Christianity), the Merkabah (Kabbalah), To Soma Heliakon (Greek), and Sahu (Egyptian).
"All the Masters of the White Lodge, the Angels, Archangels, Thrones, Seraphim, Virtues, etc., etc., etc. are garbed with the Solar Bodies. Only those who have Solar Bodies have the Being incarnated. Only someone who possesses the Being is an authentic Human Being." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology
“All flesh [is] not the same flesh: but [there is] one [kind of] flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, [and] another of birds. [There are] also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial [is] one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial [is] another. [There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for [one] star differeth from [another] star in glory.” - Paul, from 1 Corinthians 15
See also: What are the solar bodies?
A term used by Gurdjieff to describe an energetic influence in our solar system.
"First of all you must be told that all the three-brained beings, on whatever planet they arise and whatever exterior coating they receive, always await the manifestations of the action of this law with impatience and joy, somewhat as your favorites look forward to their feasts of 'Easter,' 'Bairam,' 'Zadik,' 'Ramadan,' 'Kaialana,' and others. The only difference is that your favorites look forward to these feasts of theirs with impatience because on these 'holy days' it has become customary for them to abandon themselves to merrymaking and drunkenness; whereas the beings of other planets await the action of Solioonensius with impatience because thanks to it the need for evolving, in the sense of acquiring Objective Reason, increases in them by itself... As for the causes that give rise to the action of this cosmic law, they are different for each planet, but always flow from and depend upon what is called the 'common-cosmic harmonious movement'; and as regards your planet Earth, what is called the 'center of gravity of causes' is brought about by the 'periodic tension' of the sun of its system, brought about in its turn by the influence upon this sun of a neighboring solar system, existing under the name of 'Baleaooto.' In this latter system, however, the 'center of gravity of causes' is determined by the presence, among the number of its concentrations, of a great comet, 'Solni,' which, in accordance with certain combinations of the 'common-cosmic harmonious movement,' comes at times in its falling very near to its sun Baleaooto, which is thereby forced greatly to increase its 'tension' in order to maintain the path of its own falling. This tension provokes the same in the suns of the neighboring systems, among which is the system Ors; and when in its turn the sun Ors increases its tension in order not to change the path of falling proper to it, it provokes the same tension in all the concentrations of its own system, among which is also the planet Earth. The 'tension' in each of the planets acts also on the common presence of all the beings arising and breeding on it, always engendering in the beings, besides desires and intentions of which they are not aware, the feeling called sacred 'iabolioonozo' or, as your favorites would say, 'religious feeling,' namely, that 'being-feeling' which, as I have already said, appears at times in the desire and striving for more rapid self-perfecting as regards Objective Reason. It is interesting that when this sacred feeling--or another similar to it likewise engendered by a certain common-cosmic actualization--is produced in the presence of your favorites, they accept it as a symptom of one of their numerous diseases, and call it 'nerves.'" —Gurdjieff
"There is a cosmic law called Solioonensius. After the submersion of Atlantis, this law has manifested itself upon our planet Earth forty times. That cosmic law is the outcome of the electromagnetic tension of the worlds.There is a cosmic law called Solioonensius. After the submersion of Atlantis, this law has manifested itself upon our planet Earth forty times. That cosmic law is the outcome of the electromagnetic tension of the worlds.Our solar system of Ors has a neighboring solar system called Baleooto. In the cosmos there is also the famous comet Solni. Sometimes this comet Solni draws dangerously close to the resplendent Baleooto sun. Many times in the past this resplendent sun has been forced to develop a strong magnetic tension in order to be able to firmly maintain its customary cosmic path. This tension naturally and logically provokes identical tension upon all the neighboring suns; among them is our sun which is called Ors. When our sun Ors also puts itself in electromagnetic tension, (in order for the cosmic path that it follows not to be modified) it originates identical tension upon all the planets of the solar system of Ors, including our planet Earth. This is the cosmic Solioonensius. This great law acts upon our planet Earth at very long intervals. Normally, this great law produces intense religiosity and profound yearning for inner Self-realization. However, when humanity is not psychologically prepared for the action of this law, the outcome is customarily catastrophic." —Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic
(Hebrew שלמה, Shĕlomoh)
Historically: In the Bible, the son of David and builder of the most sacred Temple of Jerusalem, an important icon for Christians, Jews, and Masons. He was renowned as a man of great wisdom who authored the book of Proverbs.
"Azasel is an Egregore who gave great assistance to humanity. Azasel was the king Solomon. Actually, the Bodhisattva of Azasel is fallen, but it is logical that, in the close future, this Bodhisattva will rise from the clay of the earth again." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message
H.P. Blavatsky stated that the Biblical Solomon was derived from the Persian word Soliman, a title for divine kings. "The Persian traditions, then, are full of two nations or races, now entirely extinct, as some think; whereas, they are only transformed. They are ever speaking of, and describing the mountains of Kaf (Kafaristan?), which contain a gallery built by the giant Argeak, wherein the statues of the ancient men under all their forms are preserved. They call them Sulimans (Solomons), or the wise kings of the East, and count seventy-two kings of that name.* Three among them reigned for 1,000 years each. [* Thence King Solomon, whose traces are nowhere to be found outside of the Bible, and the description of whose magnificent palace and city dovetail with those of the Persian tales; though they were unknown to all pagan travellers, even to Herodotus.]" - The Secret Doctrine, vol 2
(Sanskrit सोम, Greek σῶμα) The term soma has a variety of applications, and two primary derivations.
First, according to ancient Indian religious texts (especially the Vedas), soma is the name of the sacred drink of the gods (i.e. amrita, ambrosia). The word soma means "to press.". This substance is related to the god Chandra "the bright," who is related to the Moon. (Chandra is often mistakenly called Soma). It was said that it was the force of Chandra the Moon that gave life to all animals, gods, humans and spirits. (This is very interesting to consider in light of what Samael Aun Weor taught regarding the Selenite humanity, which inhabited the Moon in the previous Age).
The second primary derivation is from the Greek, in which soma means "body." This word refers to the body and mind as one, and is the root of many terms, such as "psycho-soma-tic." In the context of the teachings of Samael Aun Weor, soma also refers to the moon, and is a symbol of the woman.
"He to whom heaven and earth bow down; he at whose might the mountains are appalled; he who is the drinker of the Soma juice, the firm of frame, the adamant armed, the wielder of the thunderbolt; he, men, is Indra." - Rig Veda
Learn more about soma: Spiritual Birth
From Greek Soma-Pneuma-eikon: Soma meaning body; Pneuma (spirit), and ikon derives from Eikōn meaning image. Literally, the Spirit Body Image.
"It is sown a soul body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a soul body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." - 1 Corinthians 15: 44, 45
from Greek Soma Psyche eikon: Soma meaning "body"; ψυχικός Psuch (psyche) "soul", and ikon derives from Eikōn meaning "image." Literally, "the Soul Body Image."
"Whosoever wants to enter Eden has to previously have received the Wedding Garment of the Soul; this garment receives the name of “Soma Psuchikon.” Such a garment is an organized body of ethereal material. When the clairvoyant examines this ethereal organism, he can then prove that it is transparent as crystal. It looks like a beautiful, innocent girl. It is necessary to know that the “Soma Psuchikon” is governed by the Moon. Whosoever possesses this body can visit all the departments of the kingdom with it." —Samael Aun Weor, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac
"We need to create an astral body, a mental body, and a causal body, which in theosophy are called the astral body, the inferior mind or manas, and the causal body, which is called the superior manas. These are called in Greek the famous To Soma Psuchikon...To Soma in Greek means “the body.” Psuch comes from psyche and ikon means “image.” The image of what? To Soma Psuchikon is precisely that psychic body or soul body that has to emerge from the waters. The Ikon is called in Hebrew Tzalem or image. In other words, the image of JAH, which is Kether, and is symbolized by the letter Yod, which means phallus, esoterically speaking; that image is in the seed, in the sexual organs, in Yesod. So from Yesod there has to emerge Elijah, the God JAH, the forces of ELIAO, in the different steps, in order for the reincarnation of that Elijah, ELIAO to be in the earth. This reincarnation of Elijah (the God JAH) can happen within anyone on the earth. Elijah symbolizes the Bodhichitta that has to be created. That Bodhichita emerges before the creation of the Mercurial bodies, or the astral, mental, and causal bodies, because To Soma Psuchikon is related with Yesod. It is in Yesod when we start developing the Consciousness by taking care of the sexual seed, or the Tzalem of God, or the Icon of God... Understand that such an image is precisely what has to emerge from Yesod - His image. His IKON as we say in Greek: TO SOMA PSUCHIKON, the soul image of God, this is what we have to create within. This is what we Gnostics are interested in: to create the image of God within. And this is a matter of permutation through transmutation; because what people have within their psyche is not the image of God. It is enough to sit down and observe our mind in order to see that ELIAO is not there, the Bodhichitta is not there. The Bodhichitta is the image of God that emerges through transmutation in Yesod. " —Bodhichitta in Christianity
From the Bible, initially Hebrew בן-אדם [Ben-Adam]. Later, it is Bar-Enosh, בר אנש. In the later books in the New Testament it is in Greek [υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου].
"When the Beloved One [Christ] becomes transformed into the soul, and when the soul becomes transformed into the Beloved One, that which we call the Son of Man is born from this ineffable, divine, and human mixture. The great Lord of Light, being the Son of the living God, becomes the Son of Man when he transform himself into the Human Soul. The Sun-Man is the result of all our purifications and bitterness. The Sun-Man is divine and human. The Son of Man is the final outcome of the human being. He is the child of our sufferings, the solemn mystery of the transubstantiation." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message (1960)
"The Son of Man is born in the Ninth Sphere. The Son of Man is born of Water and Fire. When the Alchemist has completed his work in the mastery of Fire, he receives the Venustic Initiation. The betrothal of the Soul to the Lamb is the greatest festival of the Soul. That great Lord of Light enters Her. He becomes human; She becomes divine. From this divine and human mixture is born that which with so much certainty the Adorable One called “the Son of Man.” The greatest triumph of supreme adoration is the birth of the Son of Man in the manger of the world. The man and woman who love each other are truly two miraculous, harmonious harps, an ecstasy of glory, that which cannot be defined because if it is defined it is disfigured. That is love. The kiss is the profound mystic consecration of two souls who adore each other, and the sexual act is the key with which we become Gods. Gods, there is God. All of you who truly love, know that God is love. To love, how beautiful it is to love. Love is nourished with love; only with love are the alchemical weddings possible. Jesus, the Beloved One, reached the Venustic Initiation in the Jordan. In the moment of the baptism, Christ entered within the adorable Jesus through the pineal gland. The word was made flesh and lived amongst us, and we beheld his glory as the Father’s only son full of grace and truth." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony (1950)
"In the early parts of the Bible, the original Hebrew for Son of Man is בן-אדם [Ben-Adam]. Later, it is Bar-Enosh, בר אנש. In the later books in the New Testament it is in Greek [υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου]. In some cases, the phrase literally refers to a common person. But in others, the meaning is something elevated, superior. In the gospels, the great teacher Jesus refers to the Son of Man often. But he says it in a way that is very interesting. He never says “I.” He talks about the Son of Man in the sense that it is him and it is not him. He says the Son of Man will be persecuted and will rise again. He is talking about himself, but at the same time he is not talking about himself. Why is that? Because he is not the only one. The Son of Man is a symbol of how the force of the cosmic Christ expresses itself through Chokmah, the Second Logos, which is the Son, and becomes humanized in the initiate." - Course: The Book of Revelation
The modern definition and usage of this word "soul" is filled with contradictions, misconceptions, and misuse. In Gnosis (the heart of all religions), the meaning is very precise. The English word comes from the Old English sawol, meaning the "spiritual and emotional part of a person."
In Kabbalah, the spiritual and emotional part of the person is related to the sephiroth Hod (emotion), Netzach (mind), Tiphereth (will; Human Soul), and Geburah (consciousness; Divine Soul). Furthermore, these sephiroth undergo stages of growth, explained as five types or levels of soul: nephesh, neshemah, ruach, chaiah, and yechidah.
The teaching of the Buddha explains that there is no "soul" in the sense of a permanent, eternally existing element beyond the body that defines a person. Samael Aun Weor uses the word soul in the way that Buddhism uses the word "body" (of which there are physical and nonphysical bodies); each, even when created and refined, is merely a vehicle, and as such is impermanent. What is eternal is what uses those bodies.
In reality, the common person does not have a "soul" yet; they have the essence or seed of the soul, which must be grown through the "second birth." As Jesus explained, "With patience ye shall possess thy souls." (Luke 21) Thus, the development of the soul is the mere beginning of the path to full development. Afterward, there are far greater works to accomplish.
The term "soul" should not be confused with "spirit," which refers to a higher aspect of the Innermost (Atman; Chesed).
(Greek) Spagyria or spagyric medicine comes from the Greek “spao,” to extract, and “ageiro,” to reunite.
"Alchemy, as demonstrated by two of its most prominent exponents, Basil Valentine and Paracelsus, is concerned not only with the attainment of the Philosopher's Stone, but with the preparation of medicines, by which is meant the separation of the ethereal from the gross, the true secret of the Spagyric Art." - Manly P. Hall
"Therefore learn Alchemy, which is otherwise called Spagyria. This teaches you to discern between the true and the false. Such a Light of Nature is it that it is a mode of proof in all things, and walks in light." - Paracelsus, Paramirum, Lib. I., c. 3.
"...when the medieval spagyrists referred to plants, they were not referring to vegetation, but to the plant human being. Therefore, the entire spagyrics of Philipus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (Aureolus Paracelsus) and his disciples is absolutely sexual. " - Samael Aun Weor, Treatise of Sexual Alchemy
from Ancient Greek σπέρμα (spérma) literally means "that which is sown," and is used for "the seed of plants, also of animals." Since to grow human beings the seeds of both sexes are required, the word sperm or semen actually means the sexual seed of both males and females.
The path of gradual spiritual development chosen by the Pratyeka Buddhas. Such beings have developed the soul but not eliminated the ego. They are called saints, angels, buddhas, etc. but are not one hundred percent awakened. The Spiral Path is in stark contrast to the very difficult Straight Path (or Path of the Bodhisattva), chosen by very few, because it requires the rapid and complete elimination of all ego (karma). To learn more, study The Three Mountains by Samael Aun Weor.
From the lecture "The Elements in Spiritual Growth":
This word spirit in English has been terribly abused, especially in the last one hundred years. Nowadays, no one can give an accurate or consistent definition to the word spirit. We use it for things ranging from the feeling of a certain kind of music or art to descriptions of ghosts and phantoms to discussions of god, and even alcohol ("spirits"). So, our definition of spirit is very imprecise, and not founded in the ancient, accurate, specific knowledge regarding how to awaken consciousness.
If we look at what Gnosis teaches us about spirit, we can look at any of the ancient traditions and the etymologies of the words used for spirit and they all agree.
- spirit: mid-13c., "animating or vital principle in man and animals," from O.Fr. espirit, from L. spiritus "soul, courage, vigor, breath," related to spirare "to breathe," from PIE *(s)peis- "to blow" (cf. O.C.S. pisto "to play on the flute"). Original usage in English mainly from passages in Vulgate, where the Latin word translates Gk. pneuma and Heb. ruah.
The true meaning of spirit is “animating principle.” So, ultimately, what has given us life?
The Hebrew word ruach can mean “breath, wind, spirit” and refers to our inner Spirit, or in Christian terms, our “Father.” In Kabbalah, this is related with the sephirah Chesed, and is represented in the Bible by Abraham, the patriarch (“father”) of the tradition.
The equivalent symbol in Hinduism is Atman. Directly translated, Atman means “self,” but refers to our inner spirit, the essence of ourselves, the ultimate sense of where we come from.
In Buddhism, it is simply the Buddha, “the awakened one.”
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water [sex] and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh [through common sex] is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit [through immaculate sexuality, as required in Leviticus 15] is spirit." - John 3
Those who are genuine initiates on the path of awakening consciousness must occassionally endure spiritual nights, a length of time in which there is no solar light — inspiration, confidence, experiences, etc. A spiritual night is not the "spiritual darkness" of the common person, since the genuine initiate has already begun awakening consciousness physically and internally, and receiving internal initiations ("light" in the spinal column), and is thus in chastity (no orgasm), eliminating defects and vices, and is actively sacrificing on behalf of others. Only someone who has been consciously receiving the light of the Solar Force can then experience a "spiritual night" when that sun is not visible.
"There are times of terrible loneliness, and the best initiates have spoken about that loneliness. The "spiritual night" of Beethoven, the "spiritual night" of Mozart, the "spiritual night" of Jesus of Nazareth, the "spiritual night" of Hermes Trismegistus: times in where one is in the most terrible loneliness, separated from all spirituality. Above they do not welcome you, because you do not deserve it; down here they do not welcome you either, because one has become an enemy of the psychological ego. To that end, one walks like a disgraced one upon the clay of the earth. Many fail at the time of those spiritual nights. Yet, the few who manage to resist, truly succeed. But they are few, I repeat, those who manage to resist such a hard ordeal.
Student: Master, in order to know exactly if we arrive at that time named "spiritual night,” what are its characteristics and manifestations, in order to not be confused?
Samael Aun Weor: They are very practical and concrete: a lack of internal illumination, boredom, sexual failure, more despair, a high degree of materiality. Not a ray of light or a note of hope: only a sensorial, endlessly boring world, and nothing else. These, then, are the symptoms of the “spiritual night”; I repeat, these are the symptoms.
Student: I wonder, venerable master, how long the "spiritual night" endures and if it is equal for men and women.
Samael Aun Weor: The "spiritual night" is for men and women. It can last months, as it can last for many years; the time varies. The majority of people flee, they indulge in drinking, they escape. Again, rare are those who have enough strength and tenacity in order to reach the end of it. Those who persevere will be saved. Those who persevere will reach enlightenment. Those who persevere, will advance on the path of initiation. That is all!
Student: Master, what formulas could you give to the creatures that pass through that trance, so that they come out of it as soon as possible?
Samael Aun Weor: In the midst of solitude and silence, in the midst of pain and widowhood; before boredom, emptiness, there is only one way: Meditation. When the mind is quiet, when the mind is silent, the new arrives. During Meditation one must exhaust the process of thinking. When that process is exhausted, then the new arrives. If we achieve the emergence of the Illuminating Void within the mind, we will then receive enlightenment, and this will comfort us greatly.
In times of strong temptation, as said by Fray Diego de Molina in his "Spiritual Guide,” one needs to submerge into introspection, into profound Meditation. Therefore, whosoever wants to become triumphant during a "spiritual night,” let them deliver themselves to deep Meditation. That is all. —Questions About the Path
Also called the Divine Soul. Related to the sephirah Geburah on the Tree of Life.
"The Being, the Innermost, the Monad, has two Souls: the first is the Spiritual Soul, the second is the Human Soul. The Spiritual Soul is Dante’s Beatrice, Beautiful Helen, the Sulamite of the wise Solomon, the ineffable adorable wife, the Buddhi of Theosophy." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology
"For us males, it is a great joy to find there, for example, our Valkyrie, the Shulamite of Solomon, the feminine divine soul, the beautiful Helen of Troy. Likewise, it is a great joy for females to find there, their most beloved, their Solomon, their eternal bridegroom..." —Samael Aun Weor
The pseudo-religions or doctrines which state that the masters, prophets, and angels of the beyond communicate with the living through mediumistic practices by means of mediums / channelers. Many of these groups are now called "New Age" movements. Most proclaim to teach the "channelled" messages of St. Germain, Jesus Christ, Moria, even Samael or other such masters.
In general, the term "spiritualism" is used by Samael Aun Weor to denote any person or group who fails to verify the authenticity of their teachings through practice and direct experience. Thus, even many so-called Gnostic devotees are "spiritualists" who fall into the trap of believing the proclamations of pseudo-clairvoyant Gnostics who are misled by their own misinterpreted inner visions.
"We will end this by clarifying that within the term “Spiritualism” we are including all those cages-like schools where futile, chattering parrots gather, namely: Theosophism, Rosicrucianism, Spiritualism, Aquarianism, Martinism, Masonry, Mazdaznan, Circles of Communion of Thought, Anthroposophism, diverse independent groups, Brethren of Dharma, Krishnamurtianism, and thousands of religious sects or spiritual groups whose doctrines are filled with mystical fornication, useless intellectualism and absurd fanaticism. Understand that when we use the term “Spiritualism,” we are addressing their fornicating spiritualist devotees, because through that term we are embracing all those types of fornicating people who belong to the distinct schools, lodges, orders, halls, centers, etc. " - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries
(Sanskrit) "Stream-winner, stream-enterer." In Pail, the term is sotāpanna. A term used by the Buddha Shakyamuni when he described four levels or degrees of attainment. Srotapanna is the first degree. In Sutrayana (Foundational Path) of Buddhism, srotapanna is understood in a exoteric manner and each school has its own way of applying the term. In esotericism, srotapanna is very specific: it refers to those who have completed the first degree of Major Mysteries, the first of the seven serpents of Kundalini / Candali.
(Greek σταυρός) Literally "tree, pole, stake" that in Roman times became the "cross" of execution. A cross in the shape of an X, related to the Hebrew letter Tav.
"And he that taketh not his σταυρός stauros [cross], and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." - Matthew 10
"The vertical line being the male principle, and the horizontal the female, out of the union of the two at the intersection point is formed the CROSS; the oldest symbol in the Egyptian history of gods. It is the key of Heaven in the rosy fingers of Neith, the celestial virgin, who opens the gate at dawn for the exit of her first-begotten, the radiant sun. It is the Stauros of the Gnostics, and the philosophical cross of the high-grade Masons. We find this symbol ornamenting the tee of the umbrella-shaped oldest pagodas in Thibet, China, and India, as we find it in the hand of Isis, in the shape of the "handled cross." In one of the Chaitya caves, at Ajunta, it surmounts the three umbrellas in stone, and forms the centre of the vault." - H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled
"They [the Gnostics] show, further, that that Horos of theirs, whom they call by a variety of names, has two faculties,—the one of supporting, and the other of separating; and in so far as he supports and sustains, he is Stauros, while in so far as he divides and separates, he is Horos. They then represent the Saviour as having indicated this twofold faculty: first, the sustaining power, when He said, “Whosoever doth not bear his cross (Stauros), and follow after me, cannot be my disciple;” and again, “Taking up the cross, follow me;” but the separating power when He said, “I came not to send peace, but a sword.” They also maintain that John indicated the same thing when he said, “The fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge the floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable.” By this declaration He set forth the faculty of Horos. For that fan they explain to be the cross (Stauros), which consumes, no doubt, all material objects, as fire does chaff, but it purifies all them that are saved, as a fan does wheat. Moreover, they affirm that the Apostle Paul himself made mention of this cross in the following words: “The doctrine of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us who are saved it is the power of God.” And again: “God forbid that I should glory in anything save in the cross of Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I unto the world.” - Irenæus
The Direct Path to the Absolute, also called the Path of the Bodhisattva. This spiritual path is very revolutionary and is rejected by humanity, the saints, and the demons. Very few enter the Straight Path, because it requires the complete and rapid elimination of all ego (karma). To enter the Straight Path, one must first reach the Fifth Initiation of Fire (Tiphereth). To learn more, study The Three Mountains by Samael Aun Weor.
“What do modern psychologists understand as “objective?” They understand it to be that which is external to the mind: the physical, the tangible, the material.
“Yet, they are totally mistaken, because when analysing the term “subjective,” we see that it signifies “sub, under,” that which is below the range of our perceptions. What is below our perceptions? Is it not perhaps the Infernal Worlds? Is it not perhaps subjective that which is in the physical or beneath the physical? So, what is truly subjective is what is below the limits of our perceptions.
“Psychologists do not know how to use the former terms correctly.
“Objective: the light, the resplendence; it is that which contains the Truth, clarity, lucidity.
“Subjective: the darkness, the tenebrous. The subjective elements of perception are the outcome of seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting. All of these are perceptions of what we see in the third dimension. For example, in one cube we see only length, width and height. We do not see the fourth dimension because we are bottled up within the ego. The subjective elements of perception are constituted by the ego with all of its “I’s.” - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
“The modern, revolutionary psychology of the new Age of Aquarius utilizes the terms “objective ” and “subjective” in the following way:
A) Objective - Real, spiritual, true, divine, etc.
B) Subjective - Vague, incoherent, not precise, illusory, fantastical, absurd.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains
(plural: succubi) a creature of female form who has sexual intercourse with men in their dreams and fantasies. Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, alteration of Latin succuba paramour, from succubare to lie under, from sub- + cubare to lie, recline.
"The terms incubus and succubus have been applied indiscriminately by the Church Fathers to elementals. The incubus and succubus, however, are evil and unnatural creations, whereas elementals is a collective term for all the inhabitants of the four elemental essences. According to Paracelsus, the incubus and succubus (which are male and female respectively) are parasitical creatures subsisting upon the evil thoughts and emotions of the astral body. These terms are also applied to the superphysical organisms of sorcerers and black magicians. While these larvæ are in no sense imaginary beings, they are, nevertheless, the offspring of the imagination. By the ancient sages they were recognized as the invisible cause of vice because they hover in the ethers surrounding the morally weak and continually incite them to excesses of a degrading nature. For this reason they frequent the atmosphere of the dope den, the dive, and the brothel, where they attach themselves to those unfortunates who have given themselves up to iniquity. By permitting his senses to become deadened through indulgence in habit-forming drugs or alcoholic stimulants, the individual becomes temporarily en rapport with these denizens of the astral plane. The houris seen by the hasheesh or opium addict and the lurid monsters which torment the victim of delirium tremens are examples of submundane beings, visible only to those whose evil practices are the magnet for their attraction." - Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928) by Manly P. Hall
Sanskrit दुःख dukha, Pali dukka, Tibetan སྡུག་བསྔལ་ sdug bsngal, pr. "duk-ngel": the most basic interpretation of this important word is "unsatisfactoriness."
In Buddhism, the Four Noble Truths explain the basis of spiritual pursuit:
"It is through not understanding, not realizing four things, that I, Disciples, as well as you, had to wander so long through this round of rebirths. And what are these four things? They are the Noble Truth of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Extinction of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Path that leads to the Extinction of Suffering."
It is said that there are three types of suffering:
Suffering of suffering: pain, birth, illness, growing old, and dying
Suffering of change: the anxiety or stress of trying to hold on to things that are constantly changing
Suffering of conditioned existence: unsatisfactoriness, caused by mistaken perception of “self”
“Nirvana” [literally "cessation"] or liberation is the release from dukha, suffering.
"Only a tremendous revolution can save us from the abyss. When the human being dissolves the “I,” then there is a complete revolution. The human being will stop suffering only when he will be capable of dissolving the “I,” since pain is nothing more than the result of our evil deeds. Thus, pain belongs to Satan (the “I”) because he is the one who commits the evil deeds. The Absolute Abstract Space, the Universal Spirit of Life, is absolute happiness, supreme peace and abundance. Therefore, those who make a mysticism out of pain are masochists, since Satan (the “I”) was and is the creator of pain." - The Aquarian Message
“You are liberated when your delusions and contaminated karmic actions are exhausted.” - Nagarjuna
"The personality, the individuality and the “I” are the hard chains that bind us to the hard rock of suffering and bitterness. Gods and humans are submitted to the suffering of conditioned life." - The Major Mysteries
(or Shukla; from Sanskrit) Literally, "light" or "white," and embodiment of purity or religion. This word is used to hide a variety of meanings, primarily semen or solar fluid.
"The southern rays of the sun are the honey-cells on the right. The Yagus verses are the bees, the Yagur-veda sacrifice is the flower, the water is the nectar. Those very Yagus verses brooded over the Yagur-veda sacrifice; and from it, thus brooded on, sprang as its essence, fame, glory of countenance, vigour, strength, and health. That flowed forth and went towards the sun. And that forms what we call the white (sukla) light of the sun." - Upanishads
The giver and supporter of life.
"Our physical sun has its higher counterpart, just as man has within him a higher self, the man of nature. Man also has atoms of the sun, moon, and stars in his body, so his real light and guidance comes from the sun behind his own sun." —M, Lord God of Truth Within
"The sun gives us the power to restrain ourselves, and patiently to conserve and build up power in order to break our way into the greater truth." —M, Lord God of Truth Within
Aspects of nature that vibrate at higher frequencies than we can perceive with our physical senses. Classically, the superior worlds are called "heavens, nirvana," etc.
"Whosoever wants to awaken the consciousness in the Superior Worlds must begin by awakening it in the here and now." - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamentals of Gnostic Education
The term Superman first appeared in English in 1903 when George Bernard Shaw translated the German Übermensch, "highly evolved human being that transcends good and evil," from "Thus Spake Zarathustra" (1883-91), by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). This term refers to a type of human being far beyond the ordinary person.
In general, there are three types of human beings:
The ordinary person (called human being out of respect): the intellectual animal
The true Human Being or Man (from manas, mind): someone who has created the Soul (the Solar Bodies, symbolized as the chariot of Ezekiel or Krishna, the Wedding Garment of Jesus, the sacred weapons of the heroes of mythology, etc. Such persons are Saints, Masters, or Buddhas of various levels.
The Superman: a true Human Being who has also incarnated the Cosmic Christ, thus going beyond mere Sainthood or Buddhahood, and into the highest reaches of liberation. These are the founders of religions, the destroyers of dogmas and traditions, the great rebels of spiritual light.
"The masses qualify the Superman as perverse for the very fact that he does not fit in with indisputable dogmas, neither within pious phrases, nor within the upright morality of seri- ous people. People abhor the Superman. They crucify him amongst criminals because they do not understand him, because they prejudge him, viewing him through the psychological lenses of what is believed to be holy, even if it is evil. The Superman is like a flash of lightening which falls over the perverse, or like the brilliance of something which is not understood and which is later lost in mystery. The Superman is not a saint, nor is he perverse; he is beyond sanctity and perversity. Nevertheless, people qualify him as holy or perverse. The Superman glimmers for a moment within the dark- ness of this world and soon afterwards disappears forever. Within the Superman, the Red Christ, the revolutionary Christ, the Lord of the great rebellion radiantly shines." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion
Supra means "above, over, beyond, before," from L. supra "above, over, before, beyond," in supera (parte), lit. "on the upper (side)," from old fem. ablative singular of superus (adj.) "above," related to super "above, over." Suprasexuality is the sexuality of awakened beings, angels, masters, buddhas, etc.
"Suprasexuality is the result of sexual transmutation. Christ, Buddha, Dante, Zoroaster, Mohammed, Hermes, Quetzalcoatl and many other great masters were suprasexual. [...] By studying the life of animals we discover very interesting things. If we cut a serpent in half we can be sure that it has the power to regenerate itself. It can totally develop a new half with all of the organs of the lost half. Most worms of the earth and sea also have the power of continuous regeneration. The lizard can regenerate its tail and the human organism its skin. The power of regeneration is absolutely sexual. The human being has the power to recreate himself. Man can create the Super-Man within himself. This is possible using sexual power wisely. We can recreate ourselves as authentic Supermen. This is only possible with sexual transmutation. The fundamental key to sexual transmutation is the Arcanum A.Z.F. (Sexual Magic). The key to all power is found in the union of the phallus and the uterus. What is important is that the couple learns how to withdraw from the sexual act before the spasm, before the seminal discharge. The semen must not be spilled either inside the uterus or outside of it, neither to the sides, nor anywhere else. We speak clearly, so that people will understand, even though some puritanical infrasexual people might consider the former statement to be pornographic. Human life in itself has no meaning. To be born, to grow, to work hard in order to live, to reproduce oneself as any animal, and then to die is really a chain of martyrdom that the human being carries entangled in his soul. If that is life, it is not worthy of living. Fortunately, we have in our sexual glands the seed, the grain. From this seed, from the grain, can be born the Super-Man, the Adam Christ, the Golden Child of sexual alchemy. For this, life is certainly worth living." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
(Sanskrit स्वभाव; Tibetan: rang bzhin) From bhava, "becoming, being, attitude, state of being" and sva, "own." In general use, svabhava means "innate nature."
1. In Hinduism, svabhava can refer on the cosmic scale to the ultimate nature of all things (Brahma), or down at the personal scale to our apparant self-nature.
2. A term used in Buddhist philosophy to clarify what is inherently existent, and what is not (nisvabhāva, rang bzhin med). Mahayana Buddhism posits the doctrine of the inherent emptiness (sunyata) of all things (svabhava), and is therefore called svabhava-sunyata. This is the core message of the prajnaparamita scriptures.
"The producers of form from no-form — the root of the world — the devamatri and svabhavat, rested in the bliss of non-being." - The Voice of the Silence
"Ishvara wills. The equilibrium of the Gunas is disturbed through Kaala under the influence of Ishvara. Kaala is a Sakti of Ishvara. Then transformation takes place through Svabhava, which is the essence of Prakriti. The development of the Mahat Tattva follows from Karma. Originally this world was enveloped in darkness. Ishvara or the Lord, though unmanifest Himself, caused this universe to be gradually manifested. 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 in those twenty-four categories and elements such as intellect, egoism, root-elements or Tanmatras. Prana, Mind, the five Bhutas or elements which were necessary for the formation of the present universe." - Swami Sivananda, Self-knowledge
(Sanskrit) A variation of svabhava, meaning "one's conditioned nature."
"In accordance with the svabhavat [particular nature] one has acquired in conditioned life, whatever one does with body, words, mind, senses, intelligence or purified consciousness one should offer to the Supreme, thinking, "This is for the pleasure of Lord Nārāyaṇa." - Srimad Devi Bhagavatam
(Sanskrit; also known as Jnanakaya) The Essence-Kaya, the Essence-Body, the unifying essence of the trikaya (bodies of the Buddha) formed by liberating the kayas of light that which the Hebrews call "Igneous Particles", "Haishim" (literally, "the fires") or "Igneous Souls”, from the skandhas (psychological aggregates). It is the body of liberation, the Rainbow Body. The Svabhavikakaya is counted as the Fourth Kaya, it is the receptacle of the three Solar Kayas, or the unity or non-separateness of the three kayas. In other teachings, it is called theomertmalogos.
(Sanskrit स्वप्न, literally "dream, sleep, drowsiness, sloth, indolence") A state of dreaming or sleeping consciousness, one of the states of consciousness described in the Hindu scripture Mandukya Upanishad.
"Avasthas or states of consciousness are three: Jagrat (waking), Svapna (dreaming), Sushupti (deep sleep)." —Swami Sivananda
"That state in which objects are perceived through the impressions produced during waking state is called Svapna or dreaming state. The consciousness of the subtle, inner, subjective Prapancha or world, which during the quiescence of the sense-organs arises in the form of the percipient and object of perception by virtue of the latent impressions of what is seen and heard in Jagrat is Svapna." —Swami Sivananda
"I too am deluded in this way, O almighty Lord, foolishly thinking my body, children, home, wife, money and followers to be real, though they are actually as unreal as a dream (svapna)." —Śrīmad Bhagavatam 10.40.24
"From age to age the vision of a perfect civilization is preserved as the ideal for mankind. In the midst of that civilization shall stand a mighty university wherein both the sacred and secular sciences concerning the mysteries of life will be freely taught to all who will assume the philosophic life. Here creed and dogma will have no place; the superficial will be removed and only the essential be preserved. The world will be ruled by its most illumined minds, and each will occupy the position for which he is most admirably fitted. The great university will be divided into grades, admission to which will be through preliminary tests or initiations. Here mankind will be instructed in the most sacred, the most secret, and the most enduring of all Mysteries--Symbolism. Here the initiate will be taught that every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle. Here mankind will learn that CHiram (Truth) lies buried in every atom of Kosmos; that every form is a symbol and every symbol the tomb of an eternal verity. Through education--spiritual, mental, moral, and physical--man will learn to release living truths from their lifeless coverings. The perfect government of the earth must be patterned eventually after that divine government by which the universe is ordered. In that day when perfect order is reestablished, with peace universal and good triumphant, men will no longer seek for happiness, for they shall find it welling up within themselves. Dead hopes, dead aspirations, dead virtues shall rise from their graves, and the Spirit of Beauty and Goodness repeatedly slain by ignorant men shall again be the Master of Work. Then shall sages sit upon the seats of the mighty and the gods walk with men." - Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
Syneisaktism (from Greek συνεισάκ “to add or bring together”): the practice of a chaste man and woman living together in a spiritual marriage. The term is most closely associated with early and medieval Christianity. Several related terms are used to label such communities, for example, the virgins subintroductae, the agapetae, and the gynaikes syneisaktoi.
The practice was widely adopted in early Christianity:
“Of one thing we can be sure: there was hardly a church province in ancient Christianity in which spiritual marriages were unknown.” —Seboldt, Roland H. A. Spiritual Marriage In the Early Church: A Suggested Interpretation of 1 Cor. 7:36-38, part 2, Concordia Theological Monthly Volume: 30 Number: 3 in 1959, p. 176-189
“Nor was syneisaktism a phenomenon peculiar to one locality; it can be found in Ireland, Syria, North Africa, and many other centers of Christianity.” —Clark, Elizabeth A., John Chrysostom and the Subintroductae, Church History, 46(1977), p. 173
Chaste cohabitation was repeatedly denounced as immoral by several Church authorities, believing that it was too tempting, and moreover, useless. This is because the esoteric Christian doctrine was unknown to them. The true understanding of syneisaktism (and likewise 1 Corinthians 7:25 - 29) is for the married couple to unite sexually for spiritual development, with total renunciation of orgasm and ejaculation of both husband and wife. This is an undefiled act of sexuality in accord with Leviticus 15. Thus, the base water of sexuality (symbolized as the Well of Jacob) is transmuted into the wine of Christ (symbolized at the Wedding of Cana, and referred to in the instruction of Nicodemus).
"The greatest joy for the Gnostic is to celebrate the discovery of some of his defects."