Etymologies, meanings, and definitions of spiritual, religious, and philosophical words beginning with the letter V.
"Vitriol is one of the clues of the Gnostic Alchemist. The word signifies: “Visitam Interiorem Terre Rectificatum Invenias Ocultum Lapidum.” “Visit the interior of the earth, which through rectifying you will find the occult stone.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
"Vitriol is a very noble mineral among the rest, and was held always in highest estimation by philosophers, because the Most High God has adorned it with wonderful gifts. They have veiled its arcanum in enigmatical figures like the following: "Thou shalt go to the inner parts of the earth, and by rectification thou shalt find the occult stone, a true medicine". [...] Thereupon follows the greatest arcanum, that is to say, the Supercelestial Marriage of the Soul, consummately prepared and washed by the blood of the lamb, with its own splendid, shining, and purified body. This is the true supercelestial marriage by which life is prolonged to the last and predestined day. In this way, then, the soul and spirit of the Vitriol, which are its blood, are joined with its purified body, that they may be for eternity inseparable." - Paracelsus, The Aurora of the Philosophers
By rectifying the interior of our own earth, the physical body, we find the source of all powers: the Intimate Christ.
(Sanskrit) "Vairagya is the opposite of Raga, or desire. It is dispassion or non-attachment. It is indifference to sensual objects herein and hereafter. Vairagya thins out the fatty sensual mind. It turns the mind inward (Antarmukh Vritti). This is the most important qualification for an aspirant. It is the one and the only means to enter into Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Vairagya that is born of discrimination is lasting and steady. If you seriously think of the various kinds of pain in this Samsara such as birth, death, worries, depression, suffering, disease, loss, hostility, disappointment, fear, etc., if you understand intelligently the defects of sensual life (Dosha Drishti), and the transitory and perishable nature of all objects of the world, Vairagya will immediately dawn." - Swami Sivananda
From The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky: “In one case it has reference to that mystery when mankind was saved from utter destruction, by the mortal woman being made the receptacle of the human seed at the end of the Third Race, and in the other to the real and historical Atlantean submersion. In both cases the “Host” — or the Manu which saved the seed — is called Vaivasvata Manu. Hence the diversity between the Puranic and other versions; while in the Sathapatha Brahmana, Vaivasvata produces a daughter and begets from her the race of Manu; which is a reference to the first human Manushyas, who had to create women by will (Kriyasakti), before they were naturally born from the hermaphrodites as an independent sex, and who were, therefore, regarded as their creator’s daughters. The Purânic accounts make of her (Ida or Ila) the wife of Budha (Wisdom), the latter version referring to the events of the Atlantean flood, when Vaivasvata, the great Sage on Earth, saved the Fifth Root-race from being destroyed along with the remnants of the Fourth. This is shown very clearly in the Bhagavad Gitâ, where Krishna is made to say: — “The Seven great Rishis, the four preceding Manus, partaking of my essence, were born from my mind: from them sprung (were born) the human races and the world.” (Chapter X., verse 6). Here the four preceding “Manus,” out of the seven, are the four Races which have already lived, since Krishna belongs to the Fifth Race, his death having inaugurated the Kali Yuga. Vaivasvata Manu, the son of Surya (the Sun), and the saviour of our Race, is connected with the Seed of Life, both physically and spiritually.”
("The Adamantine Pose") A posture for meditation or Alchemy. Described by Swami Sivananda as follows: "Those who sit in this Asana have a quite steady and firm pose. They cannot be easily shaken. The knees are rendered very hard. Merudanda becomes firm and strong. This Asana resembles more or less the Namaz pose in which the Muslims sit for prayer. Keep the soles of the feet on both sides of the anus, i.e., place the thighs on the legs one over the other and the soles on the buttocks. The calves must touch the thighs. The part from the toe to the knee should touch the ground. The whole burden of the body is put on the knees and ankles. In the beginning of practice you may feel a slight pain in the knee and ankle-joints but it passes off very quickly. Massage the painful parts and two joints with the hands. You can use a little Iodex or Amrutanjan for rubbing. After fixing the feet and the knees, put both the hands straight on the knees. Keep the knees quite close. Sit like this keeping the trunk, neck and head in one straight line. This is the most common Asana. You can sit in this Asana for a very long time comfortably. Yogins generally sit in this Asana. If you sit in this Asana for fifteen minutes immediately after food, the food will be digested well. Dyspeptics will derive much benefit. The Nadis, nerves and muscles of the legs and thighs are strengthened. Myalgia in the knees, legs, toes and thighs disappears. Sciatica vanishes. Flatulence is removed. Stomach exercises a stimulating, beneficial influence on Kanda, the most vital part from which all the Nadis spring."
(Sanskrit; Tibetan dorje tekpa) Literally, Diamond Vehicle, or Diamond Soul. In Buddhism, Vajrasattva is a symbol of the purifying aspect of divinity.
"People imagine that our Father who is in Heaven is a Lord who is seated there. Yet, if we profoundly reflect on this, we discover the Monad, the number one, the origin of all of the other unities or Monads. It is clear that the Monad needs something in life in order to Self-realize. What is it that the Monad needs? We find the answer in the light of Sanskrit. It needs “Vajrasattva,” which means “a Diamond Soul.” This is a Soul that has no “I,” that has eliminated all of the subjective elements of perception; these subjective elements are the “I’s” and the three traitors of Hiram Abiff, or in other words, Judas, the demon of desire, who is mistakenly confused with the Astral Body; Pilate, the demon of the mind, who is confused with the Mental Body; and Caiaphas, the demon of Evil Will." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
(Sanksrit, literally "Diamond Vehicle") Also known as Tantrayana and Mantrayana. A tradition of esoteric Buddhism.
"It is evident that the Vajrayana Path is really profoundly Buddhist and Christic... The Vajrayana school, with its deep esotericism, leads us along the sexual path to the incarnation of the Word and final liberation... Disciples of the Vajrayana school labor tenaciously in the “Forge of the Cyclops” (sex) with the intelligent objective of achieving Innermost realization of the Illuminating Emptiness." - Samael Aun Weor, The Mystery of the Golden Blossom
(Sanskrit, from vajra: "thunderbolt, lightning, diamond, adamantine") Practices in Hindu and Tibetan Yogas, albeit with an incredible amount of variation and opposing uses. Some vajroli techniques (such as the one taught by Samael Aun Weor) are positive and valuable, but most are degenerated, ranging from useless to dangerous.
Perhaps the most famous variation is described by Swami Sivananda in his book Kundalini Yoga: "This is an important Yogic Kriya in Hatha Yoga. You will have to work hard to get full success in this Kriya. There are very few people who are experts in this act... This Kriya is of immense use for keeping up perfect Brahmacharya (chastity)... Even a drop of semen cannot come out of the Yogi who practises this Mudra... The Yogi, who draws his semen up and preserves it, conquers death. Good smell emanates from his body... The object of Vajroli Mudra is to be perfectly established in Brahmacharya. When aspirants practise this Mudra, they unconsciously divert their mind to sexual centres and thereby they cannot get any success. When you see the description of this Mudra, you will clearly understand that strict Brahmacharya is absolutely necessary... This must be done under the direct guidance of a Guru."
Samael Aun Weor indicated that certain aspects of the traditional Vajroli are damaging to the organism. He taught a safe method in the transcribed book "Sacred Rites of Rejuvenation."
"It causes us great horror to know that the tenebrous black magicians of the Drukpa clan (those who are dedicated to the fatal and horrible black tantra) ejaculate the seminal liquor during their practices of black magic. These black magicians have a fatal technique that enables them to reabsorb the spilled semen. Such a technique is known as black vajroli. This practice is completely negative; therefore we do not even want to explain the procedure. We know that there exist many people with very weak mentalities, who could easily be led into practicing such horrible black tantra. Karma would then fatally fall upon us. The spilled semen is mixed with feminine “verya” (feminine semen) and afterwards it is re-absorbed. Thus, it is horribly recharged with atoms of the secret enemy. These are satanic atoms that are collected from the atomic infernos of the human being. The inevitable result of this black tantra is the descent of the serpent towards the atomic abyss of Nature. This is how the human personality ends. It is definitely disconnected from its Divine Spirit. The human being is then transformed into a demon. The Arcanum A.Z.F. (Urdhvarata) was practiced within the ashrams of ancient India. At that time, yogis were prepared for sexual magic with the white vajroli. Unfortunately, the brothers and sisters of the temple committed scandalous acts, which discredited sexual magic. The Gurujis then pulled the curtains of esotericism shut, and the Arcanum A.Z.F. was forbidden." - Samael Aun Weor, The Yellow Book
An alchemical legend whose actual identity has yet to be discovered, yet is is presumed that he lived in the fifteenth century and was likely to have been a Benedictine monk. According to tradition, his name is derived from the Greek basileus, the King, and valens, powerful, thus meaning the Powerful King, the Philosopher’s Stone. His legacy is immortalized in his Twelve Keys, a series of highly symbolic drawings.
(Gnostic) From The Theosophical Glossary: "Famous 2nd century Gnostic who in many ways was the unacknowledged teacher of the Church Fathers Origen and Clement. His teachings, largely those of the ancient wisdom, were probably derived from the esoteric schools in Alexandria. He is author of "The Shepherd of Hermes" and various Homilies and Epistles, and is said to have been the author of the celebrated Gnostic gospel, the Pistis Sophia, where his doctrines are set forth. His school, the Valentinians, had Italian and Asiatic branches, which gave rise to other offshoots, thus spreading his influence far and wide and exerting an enduring effect on thought. He averred that the apostles had not publicly given out all they knew, but that they had esoteric knowledge. He taught that the primal cause, which he names Bythos (depth), manifested itself as the pleroma (fullness), the sum total of all manifestation. His teachings on pleroma are defined by a vast, intricate diagrammatic scheme, representing a process of emanation on a hierarchical plan with threefold, sevenfold, tenfold, and twelvefold hierarchies; mankind itself forming a lower branch of these hierarchies. Thus he is enabled to explain the origin of mixture or evil, and to reconcile the goodness of God with the imperfection of nature by pointing to minor demiurgic creators; thus too he can give the true meaning of Christ and redemption."
"Undoubtedly, Valentinus was a great master of love and formed a school called the Valentinians. They were dedicated to the study of Esoteric Christianity in all its aspects, and because of this we will address you in a precise form to speak about the miracle of love." - Samael Aun Weor
"After the death of Basilides, Valentinus became the leading inspiration of the Gnostic movement. He still further complicated the system of Gnostic philosophy by adding infinitely to the details. He increased the number of emanations from the Great One (the Abyss) to fifteen pairs and also laid much emphasis on the Virgin Sophia, or Wisdom. In the Books of the Savior, parts of which are commonly known as the Pistis Sophia, may be found much material concerning this strange doctrine of Æons and their strange inhabitants." - Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages (1928)
Vampires exist, but are nothing like what is depicted in popular culture.
"Among the most abominable products of Lilith, it is opportune to cite the case of Count Dracula in Russia. This movie’s personage truly existed, and H. P. Blavatsky comments about him in one of her books. This great female Master stated that such a Count (in times of the Czars) was the Mayor of a certain Russian town. He mortally hated his wife, because vampires are homosexuals; they mortally hate the opposite sex... An order of vampires exists in Palestine; they hide themselves behind the following title, “Order of the Immortal Guardians of the Holy Sepulcher.” Vampires are the outcome of homosexuality in combination with Tantra between persons of the same sex. It is an execrable monstrosity, a frightful abomination." - Samael Aun Weor, The Doomed Aryan Race
"The aggregate or psychic aggregate of vanity impedes the correct relation with the superior parts of the Being. Vanity is a relative of pride. Vanity is a charlatan. Pride is silent. Someone will speak about certain things because of vanity, yet, will keep silent about them because of pride." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
(Sanskrit वासना) Desires.
"The experiences of the waking state are reproduced in the dream through Vasanas and Samskaras, with alterations, additions and mysterious combinations. It is the mind that creates all the dream pictures. Mind is the subject. Mind itself is the object. Mind itself assumes the forms of a woman, horse, cart, driver, road, river, city, etc."—Swami Sivananda
"Life is a great battlefield. Life is a conquest. To live is to fight for the ideal and the goal. Life is a series of awakenings. You must conquer your mind and the senses. These are the real enemies. You must conquer internal and external nature. You must conquer your environments, old evil habits, old evil Samskaras, evil thoughts and evil Vasanas. You must fight against the antagonistic dark forces. You must resist the forces of degeneration." —Swami Sivananda
(Sanskrit) One of the eight major powers (siddhis) of a yogi.
“The power with which the mystic can dominate the wildest animals; also the power to pronounce words which enchant and quiet poisonous serpents.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message
“This is the power of taming wild animals and bringing them under control. It is the power of mesmerising persons by the exercise of will and of making them obedient to one’s own wishes and orders. It is the restraint of passions and emotions. It is the power to bring men, women and the elements under subjection.” - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga
(Latin) The daughter-goddess of Jupiter; the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
The third of the seven rays / planets. As a planetary influence, is related to "Loves, marriages, women, perfumes, music, plastic arts, dramatic arts, poetry." - Samael Aun Weor, Manual of Practical Magic. Governed by Uriel.
Has an esoteric relation ship with Christ (the "morning star") and with Lucifer (the "Son of Dawn" from Isaiah).
"The Venustic Initiation is for Real Men only, never for intellectual animals. Let us understand that by 'real Men,' we mean those who have built their solar bodies [this is not related to gender]. Let us understand that by 'intellectual animals,' we mean all of humanity, all those who possess only lunar bodies. The Venustic Initiation is the real Christmas of the tranquil heart. It is for the few; it is by the grace of the Solar Logos. In nirvana, there exist many Buddhas who, despite their great perfection, have never attained the Venustic Initiation." - Samael Aun Weor, Christmas Message 1966-1967 (aka The Buddha's Necklace)
The Venustic Initiations are the Seven Serpents of Light of the First Mountain plus one more related with the Sephirah Binah.
"The one who sacrifices the self for humanity attains the Venustic Initiation. It is urgent to know that the Venustic Initiation is the incarnation of Christ within the human being. The one who incarnates the Christ in oneself has to live the entire Cosmic Drama. The Venustic Initiation has seven degrees; it begins with the event of Bethlehem and ends with the Death and Resurrection of the Lord. The one who reaches the Venustic Initiation also becomes a Christ. It is only by means of the Three Factors for the Revolution of Consciousness that one attains the Venustic Initiation." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology
In several regions of Christendom there is honored under this name a pious matron of Jerusalem who, during the Passion of Christ, as one of the holy women who accompanied Him to Calvary, offered Him a towel on which he left the imprint of His face. This is a symbol of Christ-Will. (See The Three Mountains.)
(Roman name; known in Greek as Hestia) Hestia is the gentle, virgin goddess of the hearth-fire (both private & municipal), the home and family. She voluntarily relinquished her position as one of the twelve Olympians in place of Dionysos. As recompense she was made goddess of the sacrificial flame and granted a portion of all sacrifices to the gods. She is clearly a symbol of the the Divine Mother Kundalini, the root fire of all that exists. She was highly honored in every household from early times to the beginning of Christianity, when her worship was outlawed. Her public cult maintained a sacred building in which her priestesses, the vestal virgins, tended the communal hearth and fire, which was never allowed to die out.
"To Hestia, fumigation from Aromatics. Daughter of Kronos, venerable dame, who dwellest amidst great fire’s eternal flame; in sacred rites these ministers are thine, mystics much blessed, holy and divine. In thee the Gods have fixed their dwelling place, strong, stable basis of the mortal race. Eternal, much formed, ever florid queen, laughing and blessed, and of lovely mien; accept these rites, accord each just desire, and gentle health and needful good inspire.” –Orphic Hymn 84 to Hestia
A term derived from Roman religion, referring to a priestess of Vesta. The term refers to a sacred duty performed by virginal (sexually pure) women in many esoteric traditions. In Roman times, while still little girls, they were chosen from prominent Roman families. Their duties included the preparation of sacrifices and the tending of the sacred fire. If any vestal broke her vow of chastity, it is said that she was entombed alive. The vestals had great influence in the Roman state.
"The woman is the vestal of the temple; thus, the fire of the temple is lit by the vestal. In ancient times, the fire was guarded and lit by the vestals. This symbolizes that only the woman has the unique capability of lighting her husband’s fire of Kundalini, which is the fire from our body or our temple. The temple of the very high, living God is our body and the fire of this temple is the Kundalini, which our vestal-spouse lights by means of the same sexual contact, or Sexual Magic, as taught in the book The Perfect Matrimony or the Door to Enter into Initiation, and as well within this current book. In this present time, the Roman Catholic Church has totally lost this tradition. That is why we see that in this Roman Church the fire of the temple is lit by acolyte boys, an action that is not only an absurdity, but moreover, a very grave sacrilege and an insult to life itself." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
"In that [past] epoch, there were sacred priestesses inside the temples, special Vestals. The celibate male initiates worked with these Vestals. In this day and age such women inside of the Lumisials would not be beneficial... They would be scandalous. Therefore, in this day and age, the Maithuna, Sex Yoga, can only and must only be practiced between husband and wife, within legitimate, constituted marriages." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Magic of the Runes
(Sanskrit) Science, knowledge. Hinduism defines two forms of vidya:
1. aparavidya: lower knowledge, which is acquired through the intellect
2. paravidya: higher knowledge, gained through intuitive, conscious, spiritual experience, and leads to liberation from the ego.
This term is also used in a Tantric application, where vidya (Tibetan: rig ma) refers to a "knowledge woman" or tantric consort.
In the meditation tradition, vigilance is a precise technical term that refers to:
"...an accurate awareness of whether you are distracted and whether you are becoming distracted." —Tsong Khapa, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path
"Examining again and again the states of the body and the mind (intellect and emotion) — just that, in brief, is what it means to preserve vigilance." —Shantideva, Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds
Vigilance is a capacity of consciousness that works alongside mindfulness, another technical term with precise meaning.
"When mindfulness dwells at the gate of your mind for its protection, then vigilance will appear." —Shantideva, Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds
In the Shamatha meditation teachings of Buddha Maitreya, vigilance is represented visually by a hook used to tame animals.
(Sanskrit, "consciousness, knowing")
(Sanskrit) From विपरीत viparita, “opposite, upside down, reverse, contrary” and करणि karani, “making, doing, form.” A term that describes a variety of postures used in Hatha Yoga, yet with a primary form described below, and which is practiced in the Rites of Rejuvenation.
“Lie on the ground. Raise the legs up straight. Support the buttocks with the hands. Rest the elbows on the ground. Remain steady. The sun dwells at the root of the navel and the moon at the root of the palate. The process by which the sun is brought upward and the moon is carried downward is called Viparitakarani Mudra. The positions of the sun and the moon are reversed.” - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga
“... if the Veerya is controlled, and if it is made to flow upwards into the brain by pure thoughts and the practice of Viparita Karani Mudras such as Sarvangasana and Sirshasana and Pranayama, the mind and the Prana are automatically controlled.” - Swami Sivananda, Brahmacharya
(Sanskrit विपर्यय) Wrong perception; mistaking anything to be the reverse or opposite of what it is; inverted, perverted, opposite. The tendency to perceive inaccurately, especially in regard to how the mind interprets and projects information falsely.
"Wrong knowledge is false perception, whose real form is not seen." - Patanajali, Yoga Sutra 1:8
(or Vipassana; Sanskrit / Pali) Insight. Vi comes from viesa which means “special” or “superior.” Ashyana means “to perceive.” So Vipashyana means “to perceive the superior.” Related to the Tibetan lhagthong: “To see the special.” Vipashyana is the discrimination of phenomena.
Classical Buddhism presents “Vipashyana” in different ways. But in synthesis, Vipashyana (insight meditation) should be understood as any meditation practice that by means of mental tranquility (calm abiding, Shamatha) achieves insight into the true nature of the object of meditation.
True Vipashyana is achieved through the conscious use of the imagination, often called “clairvoyance.”
(1) A state of sexual purity; or (2) an esoteric degree of initiation.
“Religious people know that a Virgin named “Immaculate Conception” exists. Any mystic-illuminati perfectly knows that she lives in Eden working with the immaculate conceptions of the Holy Spirit. When a conception without the spilling of the seminal fluid is performed, it is done by the Holy Spirit. Such a conception is under the vigilance and direction of the “Immaculate Conception.” We announce that this said Virgin is not the Hebrew Mary. Indeed, the “Immaculate Conception” is a woman who attained the degree of Virgin. Many similar women exist, true living Buddhas who attained the Fifth Initiation. Let us remember the Virgin of the Sea (Mother of Jesus), and the eleven thousand Inca Virgins, the Virgins of the stars, the Virgin of the law, etc. All of those women are living Buddhas, women who attained the Fifth Initiation of Major Mysteries (true human beings). The most elevated degree for a woman is that of Virgin. The most elevated degree for a human is that of Christ. The Virgin who renounces Nirvana and reincarnates in order to work for humanity as a human being elevates herself to the degree of Christ.” - Samael Aun Weor, Aztec Christic Magic
A Latin term for the practice of sexual intercourse while maintaining chastity, between husband and wife in a “spiritual marriage.” The women who practiced this were referred to as the virgins subintroductae. The term “subintroduction” refers to the special way of uniting the male and female sexual organs:
During the Middle Ages, many Gnostics practiced the Maithuna with Vestal Virgins, calling this marvelous practice Virgine Subintroductis (Sexual Magic). The Virgine Subintroductis with Vestal Virgins was formidable. It was practiced in the form of Karezza, so that the vestals retained their virginity. In this excellent practice, the man and the priestess lay on their sides, making sexual contact. The man introduced his phallus gradually, with extreme caution, between the vaginal labia and the hymen. With time the hymen became elastic, thus enabling deeper penetrations each time. Thus, this is how vestals never lost their virginity; they remained virgins for their entire life. The man attained realization raising Kundalini through the spinal canal with a virgin vestal. —Samael Aun Weor, Light from Darkness
(August 23rd to September 22nd) The sixth sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Mercury and related to the element of earth.
“Virgo is the sign of the Celestial Virgin. Virgo is the virginal womb of Divine Nature.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic
“The natives of Virgo unfortunately fall into the vicious cycle of reasoning and because of this they harm themselves. The natives of Virgo are unfortunate in love. The natives of Virgo fall into the aberrations of intellectualism and because of this do not progress. If the natives of Virgo want to progress they should be simple; they should end all reasoning and have the minds of innocent children.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic
"Virtue comes from the syllable vir, virility. The precious gems of virtues are obtained only with virility. Sexual virility, sexual potency is necessary to obtain virtues in the Flaming Forge of Vulcan. Each time that a psychic aggregate is dissolved a precious virtue emerges in ourselves." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
"...Vishńu, from the root Vis, 'to enter' or 'pervade;'..." - Vishnu Purana
"Brahma, Vishnu and Siva are the three aspects of God. Brahma is the creative aspect; Vishnu is the preservative aspect; and Siva is the destructive aspect. There is no polytheism in Hinduism. Siva, Vishnu, Brahma, Sakti are different aspects of the one Lord." - Swami Sivananda, Hindu Gods and Goddesses
"An eternal breath exists within the heart of every life. All of the breaths of life are the Great Breath emanated from the Absolute in the dawn of the Mahamanvantara. All the breaths are resplendent Dragons of Wisdom. The Great Breath is the Cosmic Christ, the Army of the Voice, Kwan-Yin, the Melodious Voice, Avalokiteshvara, Vishnu, Osiris, the Central Sun." - Samael Aun Weor, Kundalini Yoga
"The Cosmic Christ is called “Christos” by the Greeks, “Osiris” by the Egyptians, “Vishnu” by the Hindus, “Kuan Yin,” the Melodious Voice by the Chinese, “Avalokiteshvara” by Tibetans. The Cosmic Christ is the Army of the Voice, the great breath, the central sun, the Solar Logos, the Word of God." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries
"Christ is Vishnu in the sacred land of the Vedas. He is the Second Logos, sublime emanation of Brahma, the First Logos." - Samael Aun Weor, The Three Mountains
"The incarnation of Vishnu into a human being is what is called an Avatar. Properly, Vishnu is the Christ, the Solar Logos. This is why in India they say that reincarnation is performed by Vishnu. Krishna spoke about this by saying, “Only the Devas reincarnate.” - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah
(Also called Ethereal Body) The superior aspect of the physical body, composed of the energy or vital force that provides life to the physical body.
"It is written that the vital body or the foundation of organic life within each one of us has four ethers. The chemical ether and the ether of life are related with chemical processes and sexual reproduction. The chemical ether is a specific foundation for the organic chemical phenomena. The ether of life is the foundation of the reproductive and transformative sexual processes of the race. The two superior ethers, luminous and reflective, have more elevated functions. The luminous ether is related with the caloric, luminous, perceptive, etc., phenomena. The reflective ether serves as a medium of expression for willpower and imagination." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
In TIbetan Buddhism, the vital body is known as the subtle body (lus phra-mo). In Hinduism, it is known as pranamayakosa.
(Sanskrit) The ability of the consciousness - not the intellect - to discriminate between illusion and reality.
"By samyama [conscious effort] over the moments and their succession [self-observation], there comes the higher knowledge that is born from discrimination. [ksana tat kramayoh samyamat viveka-jam jnanam. viveka = discrimination, discernment; ja = born of; jnana = knowledge, gnosis]. From that discriminative knowledge comes awareness of the difference or distinction between two similar objects, which are not normally distinguishable by category, characteristics, or position in space. That higher knowledge is intuitive and transcendent, and is born of discrimination; it includes all objects within its field, all conditions related to those objects, and is beyond any succession. With the attainment of equality between the purest aspect of sattvic buddhi and the pure consciousness of purusha, there comes absolute liberation, and that is the end. - Patanjali, Yoga Sutras 3
(Sanskrit) In Patanjali's Raja Yoga / Ashtanga Yoga, vrittis are modifications of mind, thought-waves.
"The modifications are five, [some] painful and [some] not painful: Right knowledge, wrong knowledge, fantasy, sleep, and memory." - Patanjali, Yoga Sutras 1:5-6
"Chitta is the mental substance. It takes various forms. These forms constitute Vrittis. It gets transformed (Parinama). These transformations or modifications are the thought-waves, whirlpools or Vrittis. If the Chitta thinks of a mango, the Vritti of a mango is formed in the lake of Chitta. This will subside and another Vritti will be formed when it thinks of milk. Countless Vrittis are rising and subsiding in the ocean of Chitta. These Vrittis cause restlessness of mind. Why do Vrittis arise from the Chitta? Because of Samskaras and Vasanas. If you annihilate all Vasanas, all Vrittis will subside by themselves. When a Vritti subsides it leaves a definite impression in the subconscious mind. It is known as Samskara or latent impression. The sum total of all Samskaras is known as “Karmasaya” or receptacle of works. This is called Sanchita Karma (accumulated works). When a man leaves the physical body, he carries with him his astral body of 17 Tattvas and the Karmasaya as well, to the mental plane. This Karmasaya is burnt by highest knowledge obtained through Asamprajnata Samadhi." - Swami Sivananda
The Latin or Roman name for the Greek god Ἡφαιστος Hephaestus, known by the Egyptians as Ptah. A god of fire with a deep and ancient mythology, commonly remembered as the blacksmith who forges weapons for gods and heroes. Vulcan is very important in the tradition of Alchemy. In Hinduism, he is symbolized by Tvastri, later called Visvakarma.
"To Hephaistos (Hephaestus), Fumigation from Frankincense and Manna. Strong, mighty Hephaistos, bearing splendid light, unwearied fire, with flaming torrents bright: strong-handed, deathless, and of art divine, pure element, a portion of the world is thine: all-taming artist, all-diffusive power, 'tis thine, supreme, all substance to devour: aither, sun, moon, and stars, light pure and clear, for these thy lucid parts [of fire] to men appear. To thee all dwellings, cities, tribes belong, diffused through mortal bodies, rich and strong. Hear, blessed power, to holy rites incline, and all propitious on the incense shine: suppress the rage of fire's unwearied frame, and still preserve our nature's vital flame." —Orphic Hymn
"All of the processes related with sexual transmutation are possible because of the intervention of the Vital Body. This is the Archaeous that elaborates the blood and the semen in the human organism. This is Vulcan that transmutes the seminal liquor into Christic Energy. The Vital Body is the vehicle of the Soul-Consciousness in the human being. The consciousness is the flame and the vital body is the wick. Vulcan exists within the Microcosmos and within the Macrocosmos, in the human being and in Nature. The great Vulcan of Nature is Eden, the Ethereal Plane." —Samael Aun Weor, Alchemy and Kabbalah in the Tarot
Quotes from Paracelsus:
"The office of Vulcan is the separation of the good from the bad. So the Art of Vulcan, which is Alchemy, is like unto death, by which the eternal and the temporal are divided one from another. So also this art might be called the death of things." - De Morbis Metallicis, Lib. I., Tract III., c. 1.
"Vulcan is an astral and not a corporal fabricator." - De Caduco Matricis, Par. VI.
"The artist working in metals and other minerals transforms them into other colours, and in so doing his operation is like that of the heaven itself. For as the artist excocts by means of Vulcan, or the igneous element, so heaven performs the work of coction through the Sun. The Sun, therefore, is the Vulcan of heaven accomplishing coction in the earth." - De Icteritiis.
"Vulcan is the fabricator and architect of all things, nor is his habitation in heaven only, that is, in the firmament, but equally in all the other elements." - Lib. Meteorum, c. 4.
"Where the three prime principles are wanting, there also the igneous essence is absent. The Igneous Vulcan is nothing else but sulfur, Sal Nitrum, and Mercury." - Ibid., c.5.