glossary

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

(Sanskrit, alternately spelled "pancatattwa") Panca: “five.” Tattva: “essence; principle.” A Tantric ritual in which the five elements are transmuted. The five M’s are Maithuna (Sexual Magic), Madya (“Wine”), Mamsa (Meat), Matsya (Fish), Mudra (Grain).

(Sanskrit) The Five Objects of Desire, which symbolize the attributes of sensation that hypnotize the senses.

  1. Mirror: sight
  2. Cymbals or Lute: sound
  3. Fruit: taste
  4. Incense Burner: scent / smell
  5. Silk: touch

(Sanskrit) The five observances or aspects transformed through Tantra:

  1. sexuality (Maithuna) transforms the tattva of ether
  2. wine (Madya) transforms the tattva of air
  3. meat (Mamsa) transforms the tattva of fire
  4. fish (Matsya) transforms the tattva of water
  5. grains (Mudra) transforms the tattva of earth

"...by the intelligent enjoyment of the five “M’s” (Maithuna, Madya, Mamsa, Matsya, Mudra), that is: woman, wine, meat, fish, and grains, we invoke the power (Shakti) of the elements, bringing it to the present within ourselves here and now."- Samael Aun Weor, The Mystery of the Golden Blossom

(Greek Πανδώρα, from πᾶν "all" and δῶρον "gift", meaning "all-giving", or "all-endowed") In Greek Mythology, Pandora was archetype of the first woman, created by Zeus and given attributes from all the Gods. Pandora's daughter Pyrrha (Fire) became the first mortal woman. (Pyrrha and her husband Deukalion alone survived the Great Flood, the same story as Noah). There are many variations of her story. Compare with Havah (Eve, "the mother of the living") of the story given by Moses in Genesis / Bereshit.

Aristophanes wrote in The Birds: "...[render worship] to Pandora, the earth, because she bestows all things necessary for life."

(Greek: pas/pan “all” and sperma “seed”) The hypothesis that “seeds” of life exist already all over the Universe, that life on Earth may have originated through these “seeds,” and that they may deliver or have delivered life to other habitable bodies.

(Sanskrit पापपुरुष) Literally, "villain, villanous man, rascal." From papa, "crime, mischief, vice, evil, sin, wrong" and purusha, "male, man, soul, spirit, human being."

"Nârâyana said: O Great Muni! Now I shall tell you the rules of Bhûta S’uddhi, i.e., the purification of the elements of the body. [...] Think, then, of the Pâpapurusa, the Sinful Man in your body. The size of this Man is that of a thumb and it is situated in the left abdomen. The head of him is represented by Brahmahatyâ (murdering a Brâhman); his area as stealing gold; his heart as drinking wine; his loins as going to the wife of his Guru, his legs as mixing with people who go to their Guru's wives, and his toes as representing other sins and venial offences. The Sinful Man holds axes and shield in his hands; he is always angry, with his head bent down and his appearance is very horrible. Inhale air through the left nostril thinking of “Vam” the Root Mantra of air and make Kumbhaka, i.e., fill the whole body with that air, and hold it inside, purifying the sinful man; then repeating “Ram,” the seed Mantra of fire, think the sinful man with his own body burnt down to ashes. Then exhale outside through the right nostril those ashes of the Sinful Man. Next consider the ashes due to the burning of the Sinful Man, as rolled and turned into a round ball with the nectar seed of the Moon. Think steadily this ball as transformed into a golden egg by the Seed Mantra “Lam” of the earth. Repeat then, “Ham” the seed Mantra of Âkâs’a and think yourself as an ideal being; pure and clear..." - S'rîmad Devî Bhâgawatam

"In imagination, the "man of sin" (Papapurusha) is burnt in mental fire, kundalini absorbs the centers, unites with Shiva, and then, redescending, recreates the centers, bathing them in nectar. By the mental representation of this process, the mind and body are purified, and the former is made to realize the unity of man and the Supreme Power, whose limited form he is, and the manner whereby the Universe is involved into and evolved from Shiva-Shakti. All these, and other rituals keep the mind of the Sadhaka occupied with the thought of the Supreme Power and of his essential unity with It, with the result that he becomes more and more that which he thinks upon. His Bhava, or disposition, becomes purified and divinized so far as that can be in the world. At length practice makes perfect in Sadhana, and on the arising in such purified and illuminated mind, of knowledge and detachment from the world, there is competency for Yoga. When in turn practice in Yoga makes perfect all limitations on experience are shed, and Nirvana is attained." - Shakti and Shâkta (ch 23 The Psychology of Hindu Religious Ritual) by Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), [1918]

(Sanskrit, literally "the highest brahman") The Absolute or universal self. Also called Paramatman.

"...the great word ‘Tat’ means Para-Brahman Itself, the Eternity. This is the symbol used for that Lord who is beyond all definitions and arguments. This Lord is the embodiment of Supreme Knowledge itself. That is, He wishes to be in the form of Knowledge Absolute." - Swami Sivananda, Lord Siva and His Worship

"Sattva, Rajas and Tamas were unbalanced; therefore, the Mahamanvantara dawned. The yogi must liberate himself from Sattva, Rajas and Tamas to gain the right to enter into the Absolute. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas will be in perfect equilibrium again at the end of the Mahamanvantara; thus, the universe will sleep again within the profound bosom of the Absolute, within the supreme Parabrahman, the Nameless." - Samael Aun Weor, Kundalini Yoga

(Sanskrit) supreme spiritual happiness, "supreme bliss."

(Sanskrit) From parama: uppermost, artha: meaning. Literally "supreme reality, supreme truth" or "absolute existence." Paramartha is the Absolute, the Reality.

(Sanskrit) Para, “absolute, supreme.” Parama, “that which knows, or the consciousness.” Artha, “that which is known.” Satya, “existence, Truth.” In synthesis, “The supreme knowledge of all that exists: TRUTH.”

1) A being of very high development; an inhabitant of the Absolute.

2) The ultimate truth, as opposed to conventional truth (samvriti-satya) or relative truth of the manifested world.

(Sanskrit, "perfections" or literally, "that which has reached the other shore") In Buddhism, the paramitas are six or ten virtuous qualities or states of consciousness and also the path to perfect them. They are (1) charity, or alms-giving (dana); (2) discipline, or observance of precepts (sila); (3) forbearance, or patient resignation (ksanti); (4) energy or exertion (virya); (5) concentration or meditation (dhyana); and (6) wisdom (prajna). Although there are usually said to be six paramitas, sometimes their number is expanded to ten (with the addition of expedients/means, vows/prayer, power, and knowledge/pristine awareness).

(Sanskrit. Tibetan: yongs su mya ngan las 'das) The state of total cessation of all sufferings, disturbing emotions, and their psychological sources. This term is usually used in reference to the passing away of a buddha or practitioner.

(Sanskrit परिनिष्पन्न, alternately parinishpanna, paranishpana, or parinishpana; Tibetan: Yong-Grüb) "Real, perfect, existing. Absolute truth," or "Absolute happiness." From "para" which means "beyond" and nishpanna, sometimes translated as "knowledge," "completeness," "perfection" or "happiness."

"...all that seemingly exists in this universe will come to have real existence in the state of Paranishpanna." —Samael Aun Weor, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac

(Greek παρουσία) In ancient Greek, the word parousia referred to the presence, arrival, or official visit of a dignitary, leader, royalty, etc. In the New Testament of Christianity, the word is used to refer to the "second coming of Christ" and therefore implies salvation.

"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be... But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be." —Matthew 24

"That which is divine, that which dwells deepest in the soul, the authentic and legitimate cognizant faculty, annihilates the ego and absorbs the Essence in its parousia, and in a total enlightenment saves it." —Samael Aun Weor, The Secret Doctrine of Anahuac

(also known as the Chief Feature by students of G.I. Gurdjieff) See The Revolution of the Dialectic, by Samael Aun Weor, chapters 2-4.

"Awakening is only possible by destroying the “I,” the ego. We have to recognize with complete clarity that each person has his own Particular Characteristic Psychological Feature (PCPF), which we have spoken about many times before. Certainly, each person has his own particular characteristic psychological feature, this is a fact. Some will have lust as their characteristic feature; others will have hatred; for others it will be covetousness, etc. The feature is the sum of several particular characteristic psychological elements. For each PCPF, a definitive event, a precise circumstance, always occurs. What if a man is lustful? There will always be circumstances of lust in his life accompanied by specific problems. These circumstances are always repeated. We need to know our PCPF if we want to move on to a superior level of the Being and eliminate from within ourselves the undesirable elements which constitute our psychological feature." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

Shiva and Parvati

(Sanskrit पार्वती) "She of the mountain." Also called Uma. In Hinduism, one of the three primary aspects of the Divine Mother. Parvati is the wife / feminine aspect — meaning the shakti, power — of Shiva, the creator and destroyer; He is the Third Logos, the Holy Spirit; He is the sephirah Binah in Kabbalah; thus, Parvati is the power of Binah, and is thus the goddess of creation, fertility, destruction, and mother of all. She also manifests as Durga and Kali.

"Siva and Sakti are inseparable. This is shown in Ardhanarisvara—Siva and Parvati (with one body, half-male and half-female). Lord Siva has Parvati as the left half of His body. Siva-Jnana leads us on to the realisation of Self and bestows on us eternal bliss and frees us from births and deaths. It shows us the light of life. It is the eye of intuition. It is the third eye of Siva. This third eye destroys all illusions and passions. Sakti is thought of in various forms. Sarasvati is the Goddess of learning. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth. Parvati or Uma is the bliss-bestowing Goddess." - Swami Sivananda

ardhanarishvara

Ardhanarisvara: Shiva / Parvati as One, the same symbol as the Hebrew "Elohim."

"Parvati... is the wife or Sakti of Lord Siva. She is the matrix of the universe. She is the revealer of Brahman. She is not only Loka-Mata or World-Mother but also Brahma-Vidya. One of Her names is Sivajnana-Pradayini. She is also called Sivaduti, Sivaradhya, Sivamurti and Sivankari. The grace of Devi is an indispensable factor for the attainment of God-realisation. Parvati or Sakti is all-in-all. You must rouse the Sakti by Yoga. Then the grace of Sakti will lead you to God-realisation and the attainment of the final emancipation and the achievement of infinite, eternal supreme bliss. The glorious story of Parvati is related in detail in the Mahesvara Kanda of the Skanda Purana. Sati, the daughter of Daksha Prajapati, the son of Brahma, was wedded to Lord Siva. Daksha did not like his son-in-law on account of His queer form, strange manners and peculiar habits. Daksha performed a sacrifice. He did not invite his daughter and son-in-law. Sati felt the insult and went to Her father and questioned him. He gave Her a displeasing reply. Sati got enraged at this. She did not want any more to be called his daughter. She preferred to offer Her body to fire and to be born again as Parvati to marry Siva. She created fire through Her Yoga’s power and destroyed Herself in that Yogagni. Lord Siva sent Virabhadra. He destroyed the sacrifice and drove away all the Devas who assembled there. The head of Daksha was cut off and thrown into the fire. Lord Siva had a goat’s head stuck to the body of Daksha at the request of Brahma. Lord Siva repaired to the Himalayas to do austerities. Asura Taraka had a boon from Brahma that he should die only at the hands of the son of Siva and Parvati. Therefore the Devas requested Himavan to have Sati as his daughter. Himavan agreed. Sati was born as Parvati, the daughter of Himavan. She served Lord Siva during His penance and worshipped Him. Lord Siva married Parvati. Narada proceeded to Kailasa and saw Siva and Parvati with one body, half male, half female in the form of Ardhanarisvara. He wanted to see their play at dice. Lord Siva said He won the game. Parvati said that She was victorious. There was a quarrel. Siva left Parvati and went to practise austerities. Parvati assumed the form of a huntress and met Siva. Siva fell in love with the huntress. He went with her to her father to get his consent for the marriage. Narada informed Lord Siva that the huntress was Parvati. Narada told Parvati to apologise to Her Lord. They were reunited. Siva assumed the form of Arunachala hill as a Linga. He subdued the pride of Brahma and Vishnu who were quarrelling as to their relative greatness. Arunachala is a Tejolinga. Parvati saw Siva as Arunachala-Isvara. Siva took Parvati back to His side and made Her again Ardhanari. Asura Taraka greatly oppressed the Devas. Mahi-Sagara-Sangama-Kshetra was his capital. Lord Subrahmanya, the second son of Parvati, killed the Asura on the seventh day after his birth. Parvati created a child with the face of an elephant for Her pleasure. He was Lord Ganesa. He was made the Lord of all creatures to remove their obstacles. One day Lord Siva offered a fruit saying that it would be given to that child who would go round the world first. Lord Subrahmanya proceeded on a tour round the world. Lord Ganesa went round His father Siva, the Maha Linga who enveloped the whole universe, and got the fruit. Parvati had a dark skin. One day Lord Siva playfully referred to Her dark colour. She was much touched by Siva’s remark. She went to the Himalayas to perform austerities. She attained a beautiful complexion and came to be called Gauri. Gauri joined Siva as Ardhanarisvara by the grace of Brahma. One day Parvati came behind Lord Siva and closed His eyes. The whole universe lost life and light. Siva asked Parvati to practise austerities in order to make amends for Her folly. She proceeded to Kanchi (Kanjivaram) and did rigorous penance. Lord Siva created a flood. The Siva Linga which Parvati was worshipping was about to be washed away. She embraced the Linga. The Linga remained there as Ekambaresvara. She remained there as Kamakshi for the welfare of the world. Parvati ever dwells with Siva as His Sakti. She is the Divine Mother of this universe. She sheds wisdom and grace on Her devotees and makes them attain union with Her Lord. Salutations to Parvati and Siva, the real Parents of all beings." - 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

"This most divine plane of the cosmos is named “The Pass Not Ring” in the first volume of The Secret Doctrine by the Master Blavatsky. If we consider the cosmos as a great tree with its roots in the Absolute, then these roots will be the “Pass Not Ring” because no one can pass that plane, not even the greatest Gods of the cosmos can pass beyond that ring." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

Quoted from the Online Etymology Dictionary: "late 12c., "sufferings of Christ on the Cross," from O.Fr. passion, from L.L. passionem (nom. passio) "suffering, enduring," from stem of L. pati "to suffer, endure," from PIE base *pei- "to hurt" (cf. Skt. pijati "reviles, scorns," Gk. pema "suffering, misery, woe," O.E. feond "enemy, devil," Goth. faian "to blame"). Sense extended to sufferings of martyrs, and suffering generally, by early 13c.; meaning "strong emotion, desire" is attested from late 14c., from L.L. use of passio to render Gk. pathos. Replaced O.E. þolung (used in glosses to render L. passio), lit. "suffering," from þolian (v.) "to endure." Sense of "sexual love" first attested 1580s; that of "strong liking, enthusiasm, predilection" is from 1630s."

Known in Sanskrit as Bodhisattvayana or Paramitayana. The Direct Path to complete enlightenment, in which all of one's karma is accounted for, and one becomes an incarnation of the most profound wisdom-love, called Christ, Chenresig, Avalokitesvara, Kuan-yin, etc.

"The initiate must travel, with determination, along the Path of the Razor’s Edge. There are terrifying abysses on either side of this difficult road. On the difficult path to the dissolution of the ego, there are complex passages which have their roots precisely in the real path. Obviously, from the Path of the Razor’s Edge multiple paths diverge which lead nowhere. Some of them take us to the abyss and despair. There are paths which can transform us into the majesties of this or that zone of the universe. However, they can never return us to the bosom of the Eternal Universal Cosmic Father. There are fascinating paths of a most holy, ineffable appearance; unfortunately, they can only lead us into the submerged devolution of the infernal worlds. In the work of the dissolution of the “I,” we need to devote ourselves completely to the Innermost Christ. At times problems appear which are difficult to resolve. Suddenly the path is lost in inexplicable labyrinths and we do not know where it continues. Only absolute obedience to the Innermost Christ and the Father who is in secret can, in such instances, wisely guide us. The Path of the Razor’s Edge is full of danger, both inside and out." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

The seventeenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it symbolizes "the mouth." "We speak Grace (we communicate knowledge through Peh, the mouth) that we do know (in Daath), and testify that we have seen (with Ayin)." Its Kabbalistic value is 80.

Penance, Penitence: from Latin nom. Pænitens (Pene, Penis + Tense): the state in which the sexual energies of the Holy Spirit enter through the nervous system into the mind and liberate the soul from any mental tension. This is how the Initiate, through sexual dynamics, consciously attains the absolution from any psychological aggregate.

Pænitens (Pene, Penis + Tense): Let us acknowledge that the clitoris (located at the anterior part of the vulva, the most sensitive point of the feminine organism) is that magnetic centrifugal point which provides a woman's aura with suitable currents of energy. The sexual energies of the Holy Spirit in the female organism vibrate in that small elongated erectile organ. The female clitoris has the same evolutionary origin as the male penis but provides different functions. Any enlightened clairvoyant can perceive the magnetic centrifugal forces that initiate their course from the clitoris.

“True repentance has its foundation in the sexual mysteries.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"When the Kundalini rises to the region of the navel, it bestows the power of control over the fires of volcanoes. The church of Pergamus is located in this region of the navel. This chakra has ten petals. The fire elemental of the Wise is the element of this chakra." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book

(Greek Περσεφόνη, literally "bringer of death" or "destroyer"; also known as Kore, Κόρη, "virgin") A symbolic character from Greek mythology of central importance in the famous Eleusinian mysteries. She embodies many very sophisticated and complex esoteric teachings that have been kept secret by initiates of the mysteries.

"Sokrates : There were certain priests and priestesses who have studied so as to be able to give a reasoned account of their ministry [i.e. the priests of the Mysteries]; and Pindar also and many another poet of heavenly gifts. As to their words, they are these : mark now, if you judge them to be true. They say that the soul of man is immortal, and at one time comes to an end, which is called dying, and at another is born again, but never perishes. Consequently one ought to live all one's life in the utmost holiness. `For from whomsoever Persephone shall accept requital for ancient wrong, the souls of these she restores in the ninth year to the upper sun again [i.e. reincarnation]; from them arise glorious kings and men of splendid might and surpassing wisdom, and for all remaining time are they called holy heroes amongst mankind.'" - Plato, Meno 81a (Greek philosopher C4th B.C.)

(Latin personae: mask) There are two fundamental types of personality:

  1. Solar: the personality of the inner Being. This type is only revealed through the liberation of the mind from samsara.

  2. Lunar: the terrestrial, perishable personality. We create a new lunar personality in the first seven years of each new physical body, in accordance with three influences: genotype, phenotype and paratype. Genotype is the influence of the genes, or in other words, karma, our inheritance from past actions. Phenotype is the education we receive from our family, friends, teachers, etc. Paratype is related to the circumstances of life.

"The personality is time. The personality lives in its own time and does not reincarnate. After death, the personality also goes to the grave. For the personality there is no tomorrow. The personality lives in the cemetery, wanders about the cemetery or goes down into its grave. It is neither the Astral Body nor the ethereal double. It is not the Soul. It is time. It is energetic and it disintegrates very slowly. The personality can never reincarnate. It does not ever reincarnate. There is no tomorrow for the human personality." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Our personality has to become more and more passive..." - Samael Aun Weor, from the lecture "Knowing How to Listen"

"The human personality is only a marionette controlled by invisible strings... Evidently, each one of these I’s puts in our minds what we must think, in our mouths what we must say, and in our hearts what we must feel, etc.Under such conditions the human personality is no more than a robot governed by different people, each disputing its superiority and aspiring to supreme control of the major centers of the organic machine... First of all, it is necessary, urgent and imperative that the Magnetic Center, which is abnormally established in our false personality, be transferred to the Essence. In this way, the complete human can initiate his journey from the personality up to the stars, ascending in a progressive, didactic way, step by step up the Mountain of the Being.As long as the Magnetic Center continues to be established in our illusory personality we will live in the most abominable psychological dens of iniquity, although appearing to be splendid citizens in everyday life... These values which serve as a basis for the Law of Recurrence are always found within our human personality."- Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

"The personality must not be confused with the “I.” In fact, the personality is formed during the first seven years of childhood. The “I” is something different. It is the error which is perpetuated from century to century; it fortifies itself each time, more and more through the mechanics of recurrence. The personality is energetic. It is born during infancy through habits, customs, ideas, etc., and it is fortified with the experiences of life. Therefore, both the personality as well as the “I” must be disintegrated. These psychological teachings are more revolutionary than those of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. The “I” utilizes the personality as an instrument of action. Thus, personalism is a mixture of ego and personality. Personality worship was invented by the “I.” In fact, personalism engenders egoism, hatred, violence, etc. All of this is rejected by A-himsa. Personality totally ruins esoteric organizations. Personality produces anarchy and confusion. Personalism can totally destroy any organization... The personality is multiple and has many hidden depths. The karma of previous existences is deposited into the personality. It is karma in the process of fulfillment or crystallization. The impressions which are not digested become new psychic aggregates, and what is more serious, they become new personalities. The personality is not homogenous but rather heterogeneous and plural. One must select impressions in the same manner that one chooses the things of life. If one forgets oneself at a given instant, in a new event, new “I’s” are formed, and if they are very strong they become new personalities within the personality. Therein lies the cause of many traumas, complexes and psychological conflicts. An impression which one does not digest may form into a personality within the personality, and if one does not accept it, it becomes a source of frightening conflicts. Not all the personalities (which one carries within the personality) are accepted; the latter giving origin to many traumas, complexes, phobias, etc. Before all else, it is necessary to comprehend the multiplicity of the personality. The personality is multiple in itself. Therefore, there could be someone who may have disintegrated the psychic aggregates, but if he does not disintegrate the personality, he will not be able to attain authentic enlightenment and the joy of living." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

"The personality is energetic. The personality takes form during the first seven years of childhood and is strengthened with time and experiences... The Mental Body, the Body of Desires, the Ethereal Body, and the Physical Body integrate the personality... We must finish with the personality and with the “I” in order for the Being to be born within ourselves." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

from Latin Pharaonem, from Greek. Pharao, "Great Initiate, Great Priest," a title given to the Emperors of ancient Egypt.

"from Old English Fariseos, Old French pharise (13c.), and directly from Late Latin Pharisæus, from Greek Pharisaios, from Aramaic perishayya, emphatic plural of perish "separated, separatist," corresponding to Hebrew parush, from parash "he separated." Ancient Jewish sect (2c. B.C.E.-1c. C.E.) distinguished by strict observance but regarded as pretentious and self-righteous, at least by Jesus (Matt. xxiii:27). Meaning "self-righteous person, formalist, hypocrite" is attested from 1580s." —Online Etymology Dictionary

Pharisee and Publican“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the Publican standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, ‘God be merciful to me, a sinner.’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” —Luke 18: 10-14

"All of us think that we will never pronounce those words of the Pharisee in the biblical parable, “God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are,” etc. Nevertheless, and even if this might appear incredible, this is the way we behave daily. The butcher in the market says, “I am not like the rest of the butchers that sell bad quality meat and exploit people.” The vendor of textiles in the store exclaims, “I am not like the rest of the merchants that know how to steal when measuring and who have grown rich.” The milk vendor affirms, “I am not like the rest of the milk vendors that put water in their milk. I like to be honest.” The mistress of the house comments to her visitor the following, “I am not like such a lady who flirts with other men. I am, thanks to God, a decent person, since I am faithful to my husband.” Conclusion: Others are scoundrels, unjust, adulterers, thieves and perverse persons; yet each one of us is a humble lamb, “a saint with a golden halo,” who is worthy to be shown as a golden masterpiece inside any temple. How foolish we are! We often think that we never do all the foolishness and perversities that we see others do; this is why we arrive at the conclusion that we are magnificent persons. Unfortunately, we do not see the foolishness and wretched things we do." —Samael Aun Weor, Treatise of Revolutionary Psychology

"Jesus, the great Kabir, warned his disciples by saying: Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. - Matthew 16:6 Obviously, with this warning Jesus the Christ was refer- ring to the doctrines of the materialistic Sadducees and the hypocritical Pharisees. The doctrine of the Sadducees is the Sensual Mind. It is the doctrine of the five senses. The doctrine of the Pharisees is irrefutably and without dispute situated in the Intermediate Mind. Clearly, the Pharisees gather at their rites in order to be seen, so that it will be said that they are good people. They pretend in front of others, but they never work on themselves." —Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

"The interior Pharisee is an obstacle to comprehension. To presume that we are virtuous is absurd." —Samael Aun Weor, The Mystery of the Golden Blossom

"Mystical pride is a characteristic of the interior Pharisee. These are people who boast of being initiates, saints, and wise, who renounce sex without having previously built the solar bodies, without having previously worked in the ninth sphere, without previously reaching the Second Birth; thus, they wind up developing the abominable Kundabuffer organ. It is difficult to take these mistaken but sincere people away from their error, since they feel themselves to be super-transcended; they boast about being gods without ever having placed a foot on the first rung of the holy ladder." —Samael Aun Weor

"When the Kundalini reaches the mid brow it opens the Church of Philadelphia. The point between the eyebrows is known as the Eye of Wisdom. The Father dwells within this magnetic center. The chakra of the midbrow has two petals; it is the throne of the mind."- Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book

The physical body.

An Alchemical symbol with a very deep and complex meaning. Primarily, the Stone represents the Intimate Christ dressed with bodies of Gold. When acquired, this stone gives powers over nature. It is lost when thrown in water (through fornication). When the stone is dissolved in (sexual) water, then the metallic Spirit is melted, and interior Magnes escapes. It is said when this happens, one dissolves the stone in water on Saturday (Saturn = death). The Philosophical Stone is passes through phases of development: black, red & white. It is also the Cubic stone of Yesod (Parsifal Unveiled), 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.” Thus, this stone in synthesis, is the sexual energy. "The Philosopher’s Stone is the semen. He who practices Sexual Magic every day is working with the Philosopher’s Stone." - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

In western culture, the word is derived from the Greek words philo- "loving" and sophia "knowledge, wisdom." Originally, the pursuit of philosophy in the West was hand in hand with religion, and thus was an engagement of the entire psyche (heart and mind) seeking to experience divine principles. The introduction of the terms "philosopher" and "philosophy" has been ascribed to Pythagoras.

In Sanskrit, the word for philosophy is darshana, derived from dris, "to see," which imparts the same point of view of all original philosophies: the longing to experience the true nature of consciousness or Being.

(Greek Φλεγέθων, "flaming," or Pyriphlegethon Πυριφλεγέθων, "fire-flaming") One of the rivers of Hades in Greek Mythology.

"Beach the vessel beside deep-eddying Okeanos and pass on foot to the dank domains of Haides. At the entrance there, the stream of Akheron is joined by the waters of Pyriphlegethon and of a branch of Styx, Kokytos, and there is a rock where the two loud-roaring rivers meet." - Homer, Odyssey 10. 513

"[The] streams are many and great and of all sorts, but among the many are four streams, the greatest and outermost of which is that called Okeanos, which flows round in a circle, and opposite this, flowing in the opposite direction, is Akheron, which flows through various desert places and, passing under the earth, comes to the Akherousian lake... The third river [the Pyriphlegethon] flows out between these two, and near the place whence it issues it falls into a vast region burning with a great fire and makes a lake larger than our Mediterranean sea, boiling with water and mud. Thence it flows in a circle, turbid and muddy, and comes in its winding course, among other places, to the edge of the Akherousian lake, but does not mingle with its water. Then, after winding about many times underground, it flows into Tartaros at a lower level. This is the river which is called Pyriphlegethon, and the streams of lava which spout up at various places on earth are offshoots from it. Opposite this the fourth river issues [the Styx] . . . it passes under the earth and, circling round in the direction opposed to that of Pyriphlegethon, it meets it coming from the other way in the Akherousian lake. And the water of this river also mingles with no other water, but this also passes round in a circle and falls into Tartaros opposite Pyriphlegethon. And the name of this river, as the Poets say, is Kokytos." -Plato, Phaedo 112

“The fire of Phlegethon and the water of Acheron cross in the Ninth Sphere and form the sign of the infinite.” - Hilarion IX

From Latin pinea "pine cone." The endocrine gland in the center of the brain.

"E. A. Wallis Budge has noted that in some of the [Egyptian] papyri illustrating the entrance of the souls of the dead into the judgment hall of Osiris the deceased person has a pine cone attached to the crown of his head. The Greek mystics also carried a symbolic staff, the upper end being in the form of a pine cone, which was called the thyrsus of Bacchus. In the human brain there is a tiny gland called the pineal body, which is the sacred eye of the ancients, and corresponds to the third eye of the Cyclops. Little is known concerning the function of the pineal body, which Descartes suggested (more wisely than he knew) might be the abode of the spirit of man. As its name signifies, the pineal gland is the sacred pine cone in man--the eye single, which cannot be opened until CHiram (the Spirit Fire) is raised through the sacred seals which are called the Seven Churches in Asia." —Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages

“The pineal gland is situated in the superior part of the brain and is the queen of all glands... The sexual glands and the pineal gland are found to be intimately correlated. The potency of the pineal gland depends upon the potency of the sexual glands. The atom of the Holy Spirit is in the pineal gland. The atom of the Son (Christ) is in the pituitary gland. The atom of the Father resides in the magnetic field of the root of the nose... The pineal gland is the window of Brahma, the diamond eye, the eye of polyvoyance.” —Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

See: The Pineal Gland

The masculine/solar channel of energy that entwines up the spinal column and is related to the Being. Also called Adam (Christianity) and Od (Kabbalah).

(February 19th to March 20th) The twelfth sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Neptune and related to the element water.

“Pisceans are of a will that is stronger than steel. Pisceans are intuitive and profoundly sentimental. All Pisceans have to go through two homes or two marriages during the course of their lives. Pisceans are extremely sensitive and everything impresses them easily. At times, the natives of Pisces are profoundly melancholic. Although they live in everything, the natives of Pisces are separated from all the vanities of the world. The Piscean has a tendency to have two jobs, two different dispositions. From within the sea of Pisces comes forth the Star of the Magicians. From the sea of Pisces come forth all the Messiahs. All the events of the life of the Piscean repeat themselves. The good is repeated for them, as well as the bad. When good luck comes to them, it comes from all sides, and when bad luck comes, it too comes from all sides.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

(Greek πίστις, literally "faith, trust" derived from Πειθώ peitho, meaning "to prevail," "to grow in confidence," or "persuasion") Has levels of meaning, both positive and negative.

  1. In esoteric psychology, the second to the lowest of the Four States of Consciousness. This level corresponds to the so-called "vigil state" of the common person, within which the person believes they are awake but is nonetheless submerged within their own fetid and subjective psyche, driven by unperceived impulses and desires. "Pistis is the world of opinions and beliefs. Pistis is belief, prejudices, sectarianism, fanaticism, theories in which there does not exist any type of direct perception of the Truth. Pistis is that consciousness of the common level of humanity." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

  2. "Pistis signifies “power.” Sophia means “wisdom.” Unquestionably, the power is in the Fohat, which means in the Fire. The authentic Wisdom is converted into Fire. There exists the Fire of the fire, the Flame of the flame, which is the astral signature of the Fire. Obviously, Christ-Wisdom is the astral signature of the Fire." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

  3. One of the daimons or spirits (that of Trust or Faith) who fled to Heaven when Pandora opened the vase (box).

(Sanskrit पितृ) Literally, "ancestors, forefathers, father and mother." In spirituality, the term pitri refers to the forefathers of humanity of long forgotten ages, such as the Lemurian or Polar eras, or even older, the ancient humanity who populated the planet we now call the Moon.

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

"Asian theosophy, as well as the various pseudo-esoteric and pseudo-occult schools, speak about "supra-sensible planes.” Unquestionably, the term "planes" certainly seems a bit confusing, suggesting the wrong idea of a surface upon another surface, like a step ladder. Due to that assumption is precisely why in our gnostic nomenclature we have frankly decided not to use that term. We prefer to speak of "regions" or "superior worlds,” located in different dimensions of nature and the cosmos. This way, the knowledge becomes more intelligible, more clear. The three dimensional, Euclidian physical world is not everything, since above and below it there are other regions of the universe. It is unquestionable that above the tridimensional region of Euclid there are superior dimensions. It is undoubtable that below the tridimensional region are natural infradimensions, properly located within the planetary organism we live upon." —Samael Aun Weor

"After these seven Root Races, the Earth will become a new moon. In the first round, our Earth was created with matter from the mental plane. In the second round, our Earth condensed into substance of the astral plane. In the third round, our Earth condensed into an ethereal form; and in this present, fourth round, the Earth crystallized into a physical and chemical form. It is urgent to know that the physical-chemical Earth evolves according with the laws of planetary karma. The future fifth round will develop in the ethereal world, the sixth round in the astral world, and the seventh round in the mental world. Afterwards, the great cosmic night will arrive." - Samael Aun Weor, The Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries

(Greek πλήρωμα) “Fullness,” an ancient Gnostic term adopted to signify the divine world or Universal Soul. Space, developed and divided into a series of aeons. The abode of the invisible Gods. In correspondence to the Kabbalah, Pleroma refers to the World of Atziluth.

"For in him [Christ] dwelleth all the pleroma of the deity bodily." —Col 2:9

"...the Pleroma, the one embracing all within itself, an idea fittingly embodied in a name containing the sum of all its component powers." —The Gnostics and Their Remains, by Charles William King [1887]

(Sanskrit prasrabdhi प्रश्रब्धि; Tibetan shin sbyangs ཤིན་ཏུ་སྦྱང་བ་)

In meditation traditions, pliancy is a technical term that refers to "serviceability of mind and body," a quality that marks the establishment of meditative stability or serenity, the ninth degree of Shamatha. When this quality is developed, the mind and body willingly obey the consciousness, especially in regard to meditation. 

"What is pliancy? It is a serviceability of the body and mind due to the cessation of the continuum of physical and mental dysfunctions, and it has the function of dispelling all obstructions." —Asanga, Compendium of Knowledge

"...due to the unserviceability of the body and mind, even when you want to strive to eliliminate afflictions, you do so arduously and with distaste, like someone unable to engage in work. When pliancy is achieved, this tendency stops, and your body and mind become very easy to employ. Such complete physical and mental serviceability arises to a slight degree from the time that you start to cultivate concentration. This gradually increases until it finally turns into pliancy and one-pointed meditative serenity." —Tsong Khapa, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path

"Each idea, each passion, each vice, each affection, each hatred, each desire, etc., has its corresponding entity, and the conjunction of all of those entities is the pluralized “I” of revolutionary psychology." - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamentals of Gnostic Education

(Greek πνεῦμα) Literally "breath" or "wind." In the Bible is usually translated as "spirit." Related to the Hebrew: ruach.

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Pneuma." - Mat 1:18

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Pneuma, and with fire..." - Mat 3:11

"Then was Jesus led up of the Pneuma into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." - Mat 4:1

"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Pneuma shall not be forgiven unto men." - Mat 12:31

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the pneuma, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the pneuma is pneuma. The pneuma bloweth where it listeth. ... So is every one that is born of the pneuma." - Jesus in John 3

If the sexual energy is not used for reproduction of the race and it is not transmuted either, but there is only abstinence, a forced celibacy and nothing else, that sexual energy then will devolve, degenerate. Devolution of the sexual secretions produces malignant vibrations called Poisonioonoskirian Vibrations.

The first Root Race of this terrestrial humanity.

"The Aztecs state that the human beings of the first Root Race were extraordinary, dark-colored giants. This was a very civilized, androgynous, asexual, semi-physical, semi-ethereal Root Race. Their individuals could reduce their height to the size of an average person of this present Aryan Root Race. Their rituals as well as their wisdom were portentous. Barbarism did not exist in their epoch; this Root Race was devoured by the Tigers of Wisdom. The regent of the first Root Race was the God Tezcatlipoca. Each individual was a Master of Wisdom. Their reproduction system was effectuated by means of the fissiparous act; this is a system similar to that which organic cells use for reproduction, which is the process of cellular division. This is how the organism of the father-mother was divided into two, and the androgynous child was fastened to the father-mother for awhile. The first Root Race lived on the Sacred Island situated in the north polar cap. That island still exists, yet it is in a Jinn state within the fourth vertical." - Samael Aun Weor, The Kabbalah of the Mayan Mysteries

One of the most important surviving sacred books of the Quiche Maya is called the Popol Vuh or “council book.” It is set up in three parts; first it describes the creation of earth and its inhabitants, second it describes the lives and stories of the Hero Twins (Xbalanque and Hunahpu), and third it describes the Mayan dynasties. This book is the Mayan equivalent of the Judeo-Christian Genesis and is written Kabbalistically. See: Xbalanque

Partido Socialista Cristiano Latino Americano (Latin American Christian Socialist Party) A political action group formed by Samael Aun Weor in Latin America that he later dissolved because the ego was too strong in its members.

"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues..." - Mark 16:17

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." - Acts 2:4

"For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God." - Acts 10:46

"And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied." - Acts 19:6

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Understanding (Binah), who bestows the Power of Tongues within the Mental Solar Body. The Mental Solar Body has an atomic nucleus which serves as its base. Such a nucleus is the Master Atom of the mind. This Master Atom contains the whole wisdom of Nature. Whosoever learns how to be in communication with such an Atom through meditation will be taught and instructed on the Cosmic Wisdom, since this Atom is a Sage; this Master Atom resides in our seminal system. The Holy Spirit controls the sexual waters of life (seminal system); the Holy Spirit (through the Pineal Gland, its atomic abode) exercises control over the sexual glands. By practicing sexual magic, the Master Atom of the mind rises up towards our head and then illuminates us in the World of the Mind. This is how the Holy Spirit bestows the Gift of Tongues (Objective Reasoning) within the Initiate; this power is under the auspices of Raphael, the angel of Mercury, the second Spirit before the Throne of God. Fornicators cannot receive the Power of Tongues because their head (Mind) is a Tower of Babel. Therefore, incoherent babbling words uttered ambiguously are not by any means the Power of Tongues!

The many faculties awakened in the consciousness of spiritual aspirants, such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, astral travel, the remembrance of past lives, etc.

"Powers are born as fruits of our Innermost when our soul has been purified. The mental force that we stubbornly use in order to move a piece of paper would be better used in order to dominate our carnal passion, in order to end hatred, in order to dominate our language, in order to defeat selfishness, envy, etc. Let us purify ourselves, since powers will be granted to us through successive purifications. Powers are flowers of the soul and fruits of the Innermost. The powers of a Mahatma are the fruit of millinery purifications. The Gnostic disciple receives distinct powers from the White Lodge through the Initiatic ordeals. These powers are acquired by the soul and the Innermost “seizes” them because the Innermost is the real human within us. For instance, when the Gnostic wishes a distant friend to come near to him, then, he begs his Innermost as follows: “My Father, I beg you to bring near to me (name the person), but not as I will, but as you will.” If his Innermost considers that his petition is just, then the Innermost performs the miracle; that is to say, He performs a work of Theurgy, and the distant friend arrives. Yet, if the Innermost considers that the petition is unjust, then the Innermost does not perform the petition of his soul. This is pure White Magic. The black magician proceeds to use his so called “Asuncion” or willpower without taking the will of his Innermost into account. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is what the Gnostic says, because the Gnostic only performs the will of his Innermost on earth as it is in heaven, in other words, in the superior planes of consciousness. The Gnostic places all of his longings in the hands of his Innermost." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

(Sanskrit)

Purāṇa-saṃhitā 4.20: "anādy-antam ajaṃ sūkṣmaṃ tri-guṇaṃ prabhavāpyayam |  asāmpratam avijñeyaṃ brahmāgre samavarttata" —   "In the beginning there was brahman, without beginning or end, unborn, subtle, having the three qualities (guṇa), the origin and cessation [of the cosmos], timeless, and unknowable."

"Thus we have to study well the "Primary creation," before we can understand the Secondary. The first Race had three rudimentary elements in it; and no fire as yet; because, with the Ancients, the evolution of man, and the growth and development of his spiritual and physical senses, were subordinate to the evolution of the elements on the Cosmic plane of this Earth. All proceeds from Prabhavapyaya, the evolution of the creative and sentient principles in the gods, and even of the so-called creative deity himself. This is found in the names and appellations given to Vishnu in exoteric scriptures. As the Protologos (the Orphic), he is called Purvaja, "pregenetic," and then the other names connect him in their descending order more and more with matter." - H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

"Let this word be understood as a place or plane where all things originate and dissolve. Nevertheless, it is necessary to emphasize the transcendental idea that Prabhavapyaya is neither the “Mother of the World,” nor the womb of the Cosmos, nor the material cause of our planet Earth." - Samael Aun Weor, Cosmic Teachings of a Lama

 

(Latin) The word praetor indicates the man who 'goes before the others'. A magistrate or leader.

"There is the need for the disciple to be skillful in the astral, so that he can assist the Praetor of the Holy Gnostic Church at dawn on Fridays and Sundays. The other days, the disciple can receive wisdom within the Temple’s hall of esoteric instruction." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub

(Sanskrit, literally "lord of creatures") A title in the Vedas referring to Indra. In general, it refers to any divinity who creates life.

There are said to be children of Indra (Gods) who create life as well. In Gnosis, the prajaptis usually referred to are the Elohim or the "seven spirits before the throne": the seven cosmocreators who sustain life in a given solar system.

"Progenitors; the givers of life to all on this earth. They are seven and ten - corresponding to the seven and ten Kabbalistic Sephiroth; to the Mazdean Amesha-Spentas, etc.” - The Theosophical Glossary.

(Sanskrit, “discriminative awareness,” “consciousness” or “wisdom.” In Tibetan, shes rab) Literally “perfect knowledge.”

  1. In Hinduism: The third of the four states of the consciousness of Atman. In the Mandukya Upanishad, Prajna is described as a state of blissful, cognizant, dreamless sleep.

  2. In Buddhism: This term is defined by its context; it can mean intuitive wisdom, understanding, intelligence, discrimination, or judgment. In Buddhist philosophy, prajna describes the faculty of discriminative awareness that can see the true nature - the emptiness or void - of all things. Prajna is the highest paramita (conscious attitude or virtue).

(Sanskrit) Literally, “the perfection of wisdom.”

1. The Prajnaparamita type of vision in its more elevated degree is the same “Eye of Dangma,” the Polyvision that one acquires when the ego is 100% dead.

2. The Prajnaparamita Sutra, also known as the Heart Sutra, is the source of the famous mantra Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Swaha.

3. In Mahayana Buddhism, Prajnaparamita refers also to the literature which outlines the mahayana path and the teachings on emptiness.

(Sanskrit) One of the eight major powers (siddhis).

“The power that permits the mystic to submerge within the waters and to live submerged in the waters without receiving any harm. The great Guru-deva Sivananda told us of the case of the Swami Trillinga of Benares (India), who was accustomed to live six months of the year submerged within the waters of the river Ganges.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

“He (the initiate) 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.” - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

(Sanskrit) Literally, "nature" or "matter."

"Prakriti, the Divine Mother, is the primordial substance of nature. Several substances, different elements and sub-elements exist within the universe, but all of these are different manifestations of a single substance. The Great Mother, the Prakriti, the Primordial Matter, is the Pure Akasha contained within the entire space. [...] Millions and billions of universes are being born and dying within the bosom of the Prakriti. Every cosmos is born from the Prakriti and is dissolved within the Prakriti. Every world is a ball of fire that becomes ignited and extinguished in the bosom of Prakriti. Everything is born from the Prakriti; everything returns to the Prakriti. She is the Great Mother." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

"...during the mahamanvantara [cosmic day], as a consequence of the activity of the first, second and third Logoi, the Prakriti expands and builds up from herself in three aspects. The three modes of the Prakriti are: first, the Unmanifested Prakriti; second, the Prakriti in nature; third, the Prakriti as queen of the infernos and death." —Samael Aun Weor

"‘Prakriti’ means that which is primary, that which precedes what is made. It comes from ‘Pra’ (before) and ‘Kri’ (to make). It resembles the Vedantic Maya. It is the one root of the universe. It is called Pradhana or the chief, because all effects are founded on it and it is the root of the universe and of all objects. Pradhana or Prakriti is eternal, all-pervading, immovable. It is one. It has no cause, but is the cause of all effects. Prakriti is independent and uncaused, while the products are caused and dependent. Prakriti depends only on the activity of its own constituent Gunas (metaphysical properties). [...] Prakriti is the basis of all objective existence. Prakriti does not create for itself. All objects are for the enjoyment of the spirit or soul. Prakriti creates only when it comes into union with Purusha, like a crystal vase with a flower. This work is done for the emancipation of each soul. As it is the function of milk to nourish the calf, so it is the function of Prakriti to liberate the soul." — Swami Sivananda

"Prakriti does all action. It is the Gunas that operate. Owing to ignorance the body is mistaken for the Self. Egoism of man asserts at every step, nay, at every second. Just as the motion of the clouds is falsely attributed to the sun, so also the movements of the body and the Indriyas are falsely attributed to the Self. The Self is always silent and is the witness of all actions. He is Nishkriya or Akarta. You will find in the Gita: “All actions are wrought by the qualities born of nature only. The self, deluded by egoism, thinketh: ‘I am the doer.’ But he, O mighty-armed, who knoweth the essence of the divisions of the qualities and functions, holding that the qualities move amid the qualities, is not attached.” Ch. III-27, 28." — Swami Sivananda

"Prakriti or Nature is that state in which the three Gunas exist in a state of equilibrium. When this equilibrium is disturbed, creation begins and the body, senses and mind are formed. The man who is deluded by egoism identifies the Self with the body, mind, the life-force and the senses, and ascribes to the Self all the attributes of the body and the senses. In reality the Gunas of nature perform all actions." — Swami Sivananda

"Whosoever wants to be born again, whosoever wants to achieve Final Liberation, must eliminate the three Gunas of the Prakriti from their nature." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

(Sanskrit) A cosmic period of repose or rest.

A Sanskrit word, formed of pra and laya. Pra, means "forwards" or "progression," Laya, from the root li, which means "to dissolve," "to melt away," "to liquefy".

(Sanskrit प्रमाण) "Right knowledge, right perception, proof, authority, correct notion, measure, unity."

"Pramana [right knowledge] is direct perception, or inference, or testimony." - Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 1:7

"The following are the Pramanas (proofs of knowledge) of Vedanta:

1. Pratyaksha Pramana (direct proof)

2. Anumana (inference)

3. Sabda Pramana (testimony of the Vedas and realised persons)

4. Upamana (simile)

5. Arthapatti (presumption), and

6. Anupalabdhi (knowledge of non-existence)" - Swami Sivananda, Self-Knowledge

(Sanskrit) प्राण Prana: breath of life, breath, filled, old, full, ancient, spirit, vitality, energy, wind, spirit, respiration, spirit identified with the totality of dreaming spirits, poetical inspiration, vigour, life, power, air inhaled, vital organ, vital air, myrrh

Life-principle; the breath of life; energy. The vital breath, which sustains life in a physical body; the primal energy or force, of which other physical forces are manifestations. In the books of Yoga, prana is described as having five modifications, according to its five different functions. These are: prana (the vital energy that controls the breath), apana (the vital energy that carries downward unassimilated food and drink), samana (the vital energy that carries nutrition all over the body), vyama (the vital energy that pervades the entire body), and udana (the vital energy by which the contents of the stomach are ejected through the mouth). The word Prana is also used as a name of the Cosmic Soul, endowed with activity.

"Prana is the Great Breath. It is the Cosmic Christ. Prana is the life that palpitates within every atom, as it palpitates in every sun. Fire burns because of Prana. Water flows because of Prana. Wind blows because of Prana. The sun exists because of Prana; the life we have is Prana. Nothing can exist in the Universe without Prana. It is impossible for the most insignificant insect to be born, or for the smallest flower to bloom without Prana. Prana exists in the food that we eat, in the air that we breathe, and in the water that we drink. Prana exists within everything. When seminal energy is refined and totally transformed, the nervous system is provided with the richest type of Prana. This rich Prana is deposited within the brain in the form of pure Christic energy, the Wine of Light. An intimate connection exists between the mind, the Prana and the semen. We can gain dominion over the mind and Prana by controlling the seminal energy with the force of willpower. Those people who spill the semen can never gain control over their mind, let alone Prana. Their efforts to gain control over their mind and over Prana will undoubtedly fail. People who gain sexual control, also gain control of their minds and control of their Prana. These types of human beings reach true liberation." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book

“Prana is life and it circulates throughout all of our organs.” “Prana circulates throughout all of our nadis and vital canals.” “The sexual energy is Prana, life.” “Prana is sexual. The sexual energy is solar. The solar energy is Christic. The Cosmic Christ is the Solar Logos. The solar energy comes from the Cosmic Christ. The Christic Prana makes the spike of wheat to grow; thus, the Christonic substance ready to be devoured remains enclosed within the grain. The water from the mountain glaciers penetrates within the stump to ripen the grape, within which the whole life, the whole Prana from the Sun-Christ remains enclosed.” - Samael Aun Weor, Kundalini Yoga

“Prana is the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe. It is the sum total of all the forces in nature. It is the sum total of all latent forces and powers which are hidden in men [and women] and which lie everywhere around us. Heat, light, electricity, magnetism are the manifestations of prana. […] Whatever moves or works or has life is but an expression of manifestation of prana. The prana is related to mind [Hod / Netzach] and through mind to will [Tiphereth], and through will to the individual soul [Tiphereth / Geburah], and through this to the Supreme Being [Chesed / Atman]. If you know how to control the little waves of prana working thorough your mind, then the secret of subjugating universal prana will be known to you.” - Swami Sivananda

(Sanskrit, from prana, "life force") One of the five koshas (sheaths or bodies) in Hindu Vedanta and the Upanishads. Corresponds to the vital body.

(Sanskrit) The vital body. Corresponds to the Sephirah of Kabbalah called Yesod ("the foundation").

(Sanskrit) A sacred word.

Sanskrit प्राणायाम for “restraint (ayama) of energy, life force (prana).” A type of breathing exercise which transforms the life force (sexual energy) of the practitioner. There are many types of pranayama taught in the Gnostic tradition. You can learn some of them in the books The Major Mysteries, Kundalini Yoga, and The Yellow Book.

"Pranayama is a system of sexual transmutation for single persons." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book

"Many Asanas and exercises of Pranayama exist, but the former exercise of Pranayama [given in this book] is enough for the transmutation of the student’s sexual energies. [...] Oriental Yoga gives a great variety of exercises for Pranayama. Let us see: deep breathing exercise, Sukha Purvaka (easy, comfortable) Pranayama during walking, Pranayama during meditation, Rhythmical breathing, Suryabheda, Ujjayi, Sitkari, Sitali, Bhastrika, Bhramari, Murchha, Plavini, Kevala Kumbhaka, etc. All of these innumerable varieties of practices and Asanas (postures) served for the descending arch of the evolving life; yet, now we are starting an ascending arch of evolution, and therefore, that enormous quantity of postures and exercises are antiquated for the new Aquarian era." - Samael Aun Weor, Kundalini Yoga

(Sanskrit) One of the eight major powers (siddhis).

“The power of prophecy, the power of clairvoyance, the sacred ear, psychometry, telepathy and intuition, the power of understanding the language of the animals. Apollonius of Tyana and Saint Francis of Assisi were able to communicate with animals of the forest.” - The Aquarian Message

“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.” - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

(Sanskrit, "Prati" liberation, "moksha" from cyclic existence. ) In Gnosticism, the term refers to a specific practice in which the ego is examined and revealed in a very direct way. In Buddhism, the term refers to the foundational vows taken by practitioners.

(Sanskrit प्रत्याहार) Literally, "withdrawl, drawing back, retreat."

In yoga, the fifth of the eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga (Raja Yoga), which is to withdraw the consciousness from the senses so attention can be fully directed within.

"He who has gained Pratyahara (withdrawing the senses from the objects) will have a good concentration. You will have to march in the spiritual path step by step, stage by stage. Lay the foundation of Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama and Pratyahara to start with. The super-structure of Dharana and Dhyana will be successful only then." —Swami Sivananda

"If you want Samadhi, you must know well the process of Dhyana. If you want Dhyana, you must know accurately the method of Dharana. If you want Dharana, you must know perfectly the method of Pratyahara. If you want Pratyahara, you must know Pranayama. If you want Pranayama you must know Asana well. Before going to the practice of Asana, you should have Yama and Niyama. There is no use of jumping into Dhyana without having the various preliminary practices." —Swami Sivananda

According to Blavatsky, this word is related to Mahapralaya, or the Great Night or great rest, which can be understood as the rest or silence of the mind.

(Sanskrit, prati, meaning "towards, for"; eka, the numeral "one") Those who achieve a certain measure of inner realization yet choose to follow the Spiral Path, taking untold aeons to complete their work. They are called "selfish" because they reject the Straight Path to Enlightenment, the Path of the Bodhisattva. Pratyeka-Buddhas attain enlightenment through the intellect and self-discipline. They lack the loving compassion and self-sacrifice of the Bodhisattvas.

"We must make a complete differentiation between the Sravakas and Pratyeka Buddhas on one side, and Bodhisattvas on the other. The Sravakas and Pratyeka-Buddhas preoccupy themselves only with their particular perfection, without caring a bit for this poor suffering humanity. Obviously, the Pratyeka Buddhas and Sravakas can never incarnate Christ. Only the Bodhisattvas who sacrifice themselves for humanity can incarnate Christ. The sacred title of Bodhisattva is legitimately attained only by those who have renounced all Nirvanic happiness for the love of this suffering humanity." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

One of the seven capital sins. Must be transmuted into its pure form: humility, faith, which is related to the Sun. Pride has many faces, both "positive" and "negative," such as shame.

“Only the humble one can receive illumination by grace of the Lord. Those who have not annihilated the psychic aggregates of pride cannot in any way reach illumination.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

The illuminated psyche is free of pride, and instead displays Solar Dignity, a form of self-confidence that is completely free of ego or self-grasping.

from Priest, Priestess: Preost, Prestar, Prestere from Latin Presbiter (Elder), from Greek Presbyteros (Older), One who leads the Cow (pres – “before” + root of bous “Cow” - symbol of Nature).

Priest, Priestess, therefore means a Theurgist, someone who dominates Nature, a Buddha, an Illuminated One (Gautama the Buddha or Gotama literally means the conductor of the Cow) Every True-Priest/Priestess is a Cowherd, a conductor of the Cow, a Priest/Priestess of Nature (a Magician, a Theurgist).

(Spelled variously Prittvi, Prithivi, Pritvi, Prittwi, etc. from Sanskrit, "earth")

1) The tattva (energetic source) of the element of earth.

2) The earth goddess.

(Greek Προμηθεύς, "forethought" or to know in advance) From Greek mythology, the son of the Titan Iapetus and of Clymene or Themis. Because he foresaw the defeat of the Titans by the Olympians, he sided with Zeus and thus was spared the punishment of the other Titans. According to one legend Prometheus created mankind out of clay and water. When Zeus mistreated man, Prometheus stole fire from the gods, gave it to man, and taught him many useful arts and sciences. In another legend he saved the human race from extinction by warning his son, Deucalion / Deukalion, of a great flood. This sympathy with mankind roused the anger of Zeus, who then plagued man with Pandora and her vase and chained Prometheus to a mountain peak in the Caucasus. In some myths he was released by Hercules; in others Zeus restored his freedom when Prometheus revealed the danger of Zeus' marrying Thetis, fated to bear a son who would be more powerful than his father.

The Promised Land is the Fourth Dimension:

The Embryo of Soul, the Buddhata, Nephesh, needs to develop the twelve powers of the Elohim; these powers unfold within the zodiacal womb, which is divided into twelve tribes, represented by the twelve signs of the zodiac.

It is clear that when all the twelve tribes of Israel, meaning, when all the parts of our Inner Being are harmoniously integrated by means of the Self-Realization of the Being, all these integrated powers make of that Initiate an Elohim, a Iod-Havah Elohim, an Adam Kadmon.

Thus, this is how, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve powers of Chokmah are harmoniously integrated within Adam Kadmon.

Initiates, who know how to suffer their trials with patience and work on the integration of the twelve powers within themselves, will inherit the Kingdom, the Promised Land. These types of humans are the only ones who can enter into the Promised Land, the Fourth Dimension, Eden, the Land of Israel.

Obviously, these true human beings are the ones who have the Mercabah, To Soma Heliakon, the Egyptian Sahu, the Solar Bodies. These are the ones who are the inhabitants of the Kingdom of God, the Tree of Life.

Only the inhabitants of the Kingdom of God, the Tree of Life, may eat and drink at the table of the Lord. Only the twelve powers within Our Own Self may sit on the twelve thrones in the Heavenly Jerusalem, the City of Heliopolis, the Kingdom of Zion in the Fourth Dimension.

However, when the twelve tribes of Israel, when the twelve powers of the soul, are not harmoniously integrated, it is because all of them are in servitude of the forces of Klipoth, in the kingdom of the confusion of tongues, the tridimensional world, Assiah.

It is important to remember that the soul, the Buddhata, Nephesh of people, reincorporates, is born under Aries, others under Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces; these are the twelve tribes of Israel.

Therefore, the twelve tribes of Israel in servitude of the forces of Klipoth are the entire humanity, which in its totality form the Lost Tribe of Israel. If they do not renounce fornication, if they continue experiencing the sexual spasm, the orgasm of the beasts, they will never achieve the integration of the twelve powers of the soul, thus, they will never enter into the Promised Land. the Fourth Dimension, the Land of Avalon.

Therefore, the Lost Tribe of Israel is form by the fornicators who have physical bodies in Malkuth, Assiah, Matzarim, the circle of confusion of tongues. Their soul wanders from life to life (as the Fool of the Tarot) within the Wheel of Samsara, Malkuth, the Tridimensional World, the World of Assiah, Matzarim.

The Lost Tribe of Israel is Kabbalistically called “Wandering Jews”, they are not human beings, they are merely intellectual mammals; these souls eventually become inhabitants of Klipoth, the infernal worlds.

proserpinaor Proserpina, from Latin. A Roman name derived from the tradition of the Greek goddess Persephone. 

"Proserpine, the Queen of the Infernos, is also Hekate, the Blessed Goddess Mother Death under whose direction works the Angels of Death." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

"DAUGHTER of Jove, almighty and divine,
Come, blessed queen, and to these rites incline:
Only-begotten, Pluto's honor'd wife, 
O venerable Goddess, source of life:
'Tis thine in earth's profundities to dwell, 
Fast by the wide and dismal gates of hell:
Jove's holy offspring, of a beauteous mien,
Fatal, with lovely locks, infernal queen:
Source of the furies, whose blest frame proceeds
From Jove's ineffable and secret seeds: 
Mother of Bacchus, Sonorous, divine,
And many-form'd, the parent of the vine:
The dancing Hours attend thee, essence bright,
All-ruling virgin, bearing heav'nly light:
Illustrious, horned, of a bounteous mind, 
Alone desir'd by those of mortal kind.
O, vernal queen, whom grassy plains delight,
Sweet to the smell, and pleasing to the sight:
Whose holy form in budding fruits we view,
Earth's vig'rous offspring of a various hue: 
Espous'd in Autumn: life and death alone 
To wretched mortals from thy power is known:
For thine the task according to thy will, 
Life to produce, and all that lives to kill.
Hear, blessed Goddess, send a rich increase 
Of various fruits from earth, with lovely Peace;
Send Health with gentle hand, and crown my life
With blest abundance, free from noisy strife;
Last in extreme old age the prey of Death,
Dismiss we willing to the realms beneath, 
To thy fair palace, and the blissful plains
Where happy spirits dwell, and Pluto reigns." —Orphic Hymns

(Greek) Proto means "first." The Protocosmos corresponds to the first of the seven regions of the universe, the Spiritual Sun, which is ruled by one law.

A term used by Gurdjieff to refer to the first of seven crystallizations of energy. The seven are:

  1. protoëhary

  2. deuteroëhary

  3. tritoëhary

  4. tetartoëhary

  5. pentoëhary

  6. exioëhary = sperm

  7. resulzarion = gestational results

These words are composed of a prefix derived from Greek numbering. The suffix –ehary is derived from the term “johary” which in Persian-Azerbaijani-Turkish vocabulary means “essence” (or extract) of, or “atomic crystallization of.”

(Greek) "Primeval god" or the “first-born”; used of all the manifested gods and of the Sun.

"The Divine Ray and the Chaos, Pistis Sophia and the Great Abyss, shine with pleasure when united. Thus, the Chaos delectably sparkles when obtaining its meaning from this union with the Spirit. When Sophia, as Divine Spirit, is associated with the Chaos, then the Protogonos, the primogenial light, emerges. The Logoic Ray, impregnated by Sophia, fecundates the waters of life, in order for the Universe to emerge." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

“Declare to me from the beginning, you Mousai who dwell in the house of Olympos, and tell me which of them first came to be. In truth at first Khaos (Air) came to be, but next wide-bosomed Gaia (Earth), the ever-sure foundation of all the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympos, and dim Tartaros (Hell) in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth, and Eros [or Himeros] (Love), fairest among the deathless gods, who unnerves the limbs and overcomes the mind and wise counsels of all gods and all men within them. From Khaos (Air) came forth Erebos (Darkness) and black Nyx (Night); but of Nyx (Night) were born Aither (Light) and Hemmera (Day), whom she conceived and bore from union in love with Erebos. And Gaia (Earth) first bore starry Ouranos (Heaven), equal to herself, to cover her on every side, and to be an ever-sure abiding-place for the blessed gods. And she brought forth long Ourea (Mountains), graceful haunts of the goddess Nymphai who dwell amongst the glens of the hills. She bore also the fruitless deep with his raging swell, Pontos (Sea), without sweet union of love. But afterwards he [Gaia] lay with Ouranos and bare deep-swirling Okeanos, Koios and Krios and Hyperion and Iapetos, Theia and Rhea, Themis and Mnemosyne and gold-crowned Phoibe and lovely Tethys. After them was born Kronos the wily, youngest and most terrible of her children, and he hated his lusty sire. And again, she bare [Gaia to Ouranos] the Kyklopes, overbearing in spirit, Brontes, and Steropes and stubborn-hearted Arges, who gave Zeus the thunder and made the thunderbolt: in all else they were like the gods, but one eye only was set in the midst of their fore-heads. And they were surnamed Kyklopes (Orb-eyed) because one orbed eye was set in their foreheads. Strength and might and craft were in their works. And again, three other sons were born of Gaia and Ouranos, great and doughty beyond telling, Kottos and Briareos and Gyes, presumptuous children. From their shoulders sprang a hundred arms, not to be approached, and each had fifty heads upon his shoulders on their strong limbs, and irresistible was the stubborn strength that was in their great forms. For of all the children that were born of Gaia and Ouranos, these were the most terrible, and they were hated by their own father from the first. And he used to hide them all away in a secret place of Gaia (Earth) so soon as each was born, and would not suffer them to come up into the light: and Ouranos rejoiced in his evil doing. But vast Gaia (Earth) groaned within, being straitened, and she made the element of grey flint and shaped a great sickle, and told her plan to her dear sons [the Titans]. And she spoke, cheering them, while she was vexed in her dear heart: `My children, gotten of a sinful father, if you will obey me, we should punish the vile outrage of your father; for he first thought of doing shameful things.’ So she said; but fear seized them all, and none of them uttered a word. But great Kronos the wily took courage and answered his dear mother: `Mother, I will undertake to do this deed, for I reverence not our father of evil name, for he first thought of doing shameful things.’ So he said: and vast Gaia rejoiced greatly in spirit, and set and hid him in an ambush, and put in his hands a jagged sickle, and revealed to him the whole plot. And Ouranos came, bringing on night and longing for love, and he lay about Gaia spreading himself full upon her. Then the son from his ambush stretched forth his left hand and in his right took the great long sickle with jagged teeth, and swiftly lopped off his own father’s members and cast them away to fall behind him.” - Hesiod, Theogony 115

Psyche

(Greek Ψυχη) "the soul, mind, spirit; breath; life, one's life, the invisible animating principle or entity which occupies and directs the physical body; understanding." Psykhe comes from ψυχή (psūkhē) "life" in the sense of "breath", formed from the verb ψύχω psukhō, "to blow". 

In relation to the human being, psyche refers to the human soul.

In esoteric Greek traditions, the human soul was symbolized as a beautiful virgin cherished by Eros (divine love). Apuleius tells the story in "The Golden Ass."

"All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of anthrōpos humans, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also epouranios heavenly bodies, and epigeios terrestrial bodies: but the glory of the epouranios is one, and the glory of the epigeios is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a psychikos soul body; it is raised a pneumatikos spiritual body. There is a psychikos body, and there is a pneumatikos body. And so it is written, The first anthrōpos human Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a giving life spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is pneumatikos, but that which is psychikos; and afterward that which is pneumatikos." - I Corinthians 15

"A psychological country exists within each one of us, which is populated by all of the psychic aggregates which we carry within our interior. The people know the place in which they are situated at each given moment, yet, they disgracefully ignore the psychological place in which they are situated. There are those who live situated in brothels and taverns, or in filthy places of their psychological countries, and they lamentably ignore it. Even though it seems incredible, the fact is that there are some very worthy and virtuous spouses who live within their homes in the physical world, yet psychologically, they are found situated in brothels. Honest and decent gentlemen with magnificent records are found psychologically situated in suburbs, towns, and streets of gangsters, thieves, and bandits. All of this is due to those psychic aggregates which we carry in our interior." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"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

The different dimensions through which the Psyche or consciousness (the essence-part of the Monad) has developed itself through different evolving or devolving organisms within the ethereal, astral, mental, causal, or divine dimensions. For Psyche we understand the element which allow us to be cognizant of the dimension where it is active through physical, ethereal, astral, mental, causal, or divine bodies.

From Greek psyche (pskhe) meaning "soul," and Logos, the "principle governing the cosmos," the Word, God. True psychology is "the knowledge of the relationship of the soul with God." Esoteric Psychology is the highest and most potent level of that knowledge, which is "private" and "interior" and is entered into in levels, according to the internal, initiatic process of the seeker.

(Sanskrit) Supreme being.

"Behind this world show, behind this physical phenomena, behind these names and forms, behind the feelings, thoughts, emotions, sentiments, there dwells the silent witness, thy immortal Friend and real Well-wisher, the Purusha or the World-teacher, the invisible Power or Consciousness." - Swami Sivananda, God Exists

"That secondless Supreme Being, who resides in the chambers of your heart as the Inner Ruler or Controller, who has no beginning, middle or end, is God or Atman, or Brahman or Purusha or Chaitanya or Bhagavan or Purushottama." - Swami Sivananda