Etymologies, meanings, and definitions of spiritual, religious, and philosophical words beginning with the letter W.
From a parable of Jesus: "Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen." - Matthew 22
"Let us now concentrate on the constitution of the human being. In order to be a human being in the most complete sense of the word, first of all it is necessary to have or possess Solar Bodies. We have been talking a lot about the Egyptian Sahu, which is the same Wedding Garment from that parable in which one man came to be seated at the table of the Lord without the Wedding Garment. Then the Master commanded that he be cast into the darkness. So then, without a Wedding Garment or Solar Bodies we also cannot enter into the Kingdom of the Heavens. It is logical that whosoever does not possess the Solar Bodies is dressed with the Lunar Bodies, which are cold, spectral, diabolic, and tenebrous bodies. An Anima (Latin for “soul”) dressed with Lunar Bodies is not a Human Being, but is an Intellectual Animal, which is a Superior Animal (Anima). The mistake of humanity is to believe that they are already Human Beings, but they are not. Let us remember the story of Diogenes and his lantern; he was looking for a Man (Human Being) and he did not find one. Only Kout Humi, the Master Morya, Saint Germain, etc. are Human Beings; what we have abundantly in this present time are Intellectual Animals. The first body which must be built in the Forge of the Cyclops is the Astral Body. Thus, we become Immortals in the World of 24 Laws. Afterwards, we need to build the Mental Body, which is ruled by 12 Laws. Whosoever builds the Mental Body is Immortal in the World of 12 Laws. Afterwards, one must build the Body of Conscious Will, and become Immortal in the World of 6 Laws. [...] This famous garment is the Egyptian Sahu or the Greek “To Soma Heliakon,” in other words, the Body of Gold of the Solar Man. This is the Wedding Garment required in order to attend the Banquet of the Pascal Lamb. It is necessary and essential to understand that in order to have the Body of Gold of the Solar Man, the Great Alliance is necessary, that is, the work in the Ninth Sphere between man and woman." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
(Sans"krit, bhavachakra; Tibetan, srid pa'i 'khor lo / Shri Pa'i Korlho) The world of illusion; the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Related to Arcanum 10 Retribution.
In Buddhism, the Wheel of Life is depicted as a great cycle held in the claws of Yama, the lord of death. The wheel illustrates the cyclical nature of karmic conditioning within which all deluded beings are migrating.
"Inconceivable is the beginning of this Samsara [circling]; not to be discovered is any first beginning of beings, who, obstructed by ignorance, and ensnared by craving, are hurrying and hastening through this round of rebirths. Which do you think is the more: the flood of tears, which weeping and wailing you have shed upon this long way-hurrying and hastening through this round of rebirths, united with the undesired, separated from the desired this, or the waters of the four oceans? Long time have you suffered the death of father and mother, of sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters. And whilst you were thus suffering, you have, verily, shed more tears upon this long way than there is water in the four oceans. Which do you think is the more: the streams of blood that, through your being beheaded, have flowed upon this long way, or the waters in the four oceans? Long time have you been caught as dacoits, or highwaymen, or adulterers; and, through your being beheaded, verily, more blood has flowed upon this long way than there is water in the four oceans. But how is this possible? Inconceivable is the beginning of this Samsara; not to be discovered is any first beginning of beings, who, obstructed by ignorance, and ensnared by craving, are hurrying and hastening through this round of rebirths. And thus have you long time undergone suffering, undergone torment, undergone misfortune, and filled the graveyards full; verily, long enough to be dissatisfied with all the forms of existence, long enough to turn away, and free yourselves from them all." —Buddha
"Wherever you look, there is a rushing and a struggling, and an eager pursuit of pleasure. There is a panic flight from pain and death, and hot are the flames of burning desires. The world is Vanity Fair, full of changes and transformations. All is Samsara, the turning Wheel of Existence." —Buddha, the Gospel
"If we accomplish no benefit within this life, we may not hear later even the words "the higher realms". Cycling again and again on the wheel of samsara for a long time we will have to stay in the lower realms. Having no knowledge of what we should accept and reject, we will certainly go upon a mistaken path wandering in samsara, without beginning or end." —The Great Perfection
The ancient collection of pure human beings who uphold and propogate the highest and most sacred of sciences. It is called “white” due to its purity and cleanliness (ie. the absence of pride, lust, anger, etc.). This “brotherhood” or “lodge” includes men and women of the highest order from every race, culture, creed and religion.
"There are masters from all races in our venerable White Lodge... God has no preference for anyone. All human beings without distinction of sex, race, creed, or color are beloved children of the Father. They have the same rights." —Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose
In Hebrew, Chokmah (the second sephirah of the Tree of Life). In Sanskrit, Bodhi (the name of the tree under which the Buddha awakened).
"The word wisdom is derived from vid, videre (to see) and from dom (judgment). Thus, wisdom alludes to that which one can see with the senses of the soul and of the Innermost; to the wise judgments which must be based on the ultra-sensorial perceptions and not simply on dogmatic intellectualism or vain professional sufficiency, which are already in declination and decrepitude." - Samael Aun Weor, Occult Medicine and Practical Magic
Some terms used in Spanish have a very different implication in English; the Spanish word for witch implies someone who is managing forces of nature for selfish or harmful ends. Thus, Samael Aun Weor uses the word to indicate a person who consciously manages forces of nature while motivated by desire, lust, greed, anger, etc. and who by matter of course can awaken their consciousness in the negative way, becoming a demon.
"Witches? Sorcerers? Black magicians? They are found everywhere like wild weeds." - Samael Aun Weor, Revolutionary Psychology
"All of us as children listened to many stories of witches and fairies. Our grandmothers always used to tell us stories of witches that at midnight rode on their brooms and travelled through the clouds. Although it will seem incredible to many students of occultism, Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, etc., those witches really exist. They do not ride brooms as grandmothers believe, but they do know how to travel through the air. The so-called “witches” travel with their body of flesh and bone through space. They know how to make use of hyperspace and travel from one place to another with the physical body. Soon astrophysics will discover the existence of hyperspace." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
"Much is said about "vampirism;" it is said that "many women are vampirized." I don't deny that there are sexual vampires (yes, they exist); "Draculas" have existed and continue existing; further, it is normal today that they abound everywhere (presently, they exist and are everywhere), they are commonly called “warlocks." It is good to remember the adventure of the Trojans with the famous "hags (witches; sorceresses)" of whom Virgil the Poet of Mantua spoke, in The Aeneid. There is no doubt that when those "black sorceresses," those hags, put their bodies in a Jinn state, they are able to transport themselves to different locations of the Earth. If they have enemies, they approach them and they bite them. The wound appears, later, like a black mark in this or that part of the body. So then, indeed, they are not exactly vampires, but hags and warlocks. That is all. They are called "witches." They are something very common, and you know that." - Samael Aun Weor, From the lecture Questions of Importance to Women
"The establishment of a consecutive order of the different parts of the Work, related to this extremely serious subject of eliminating the psychic aggregates, allows us to generate a Work-Memory. This is quite interesting, and even extremely useful in the question of inner development. This Work-Memory can certainly give us distinct psychological “photographs” of the different stages of our past. As a whole, it will bring to our imagination a vivid and even repugnant imprint of what we were before beginning the radical psycho-transforming Work. There is no doubt that we would never wish to return to that horrifying image, that vivid representation of what we once were. From this point, such psychological “photography” is useful as a means of confrontation between a transformed present and a regressive, stale, clumsy and unfortunate past. The Work-Memory is always recorded on the basis of successive psychological events registered by the center of Psychological Self-observation." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion