A WORKING GLOSSARY
FOR THE USE OF
STUDENTS OF THEOSOPHICAL LITERATURE.
ABHAVA, non-existence, non-entity; privation, negation, destruct-tion, death. (
, being: non-being.)
ABHINIVESA, idle terror causing death.
ABHUTARAJASAS, bright incorporeal beings, deities having not even astral forms.(
ABHYASANA, uninterrupted contemplation of an object. (
“throwing [one’s self] into [study].”)
ACHARYA, a holy teacher; an instructor in the mysteries.
(Literally, “one who
, or rules.”)
ACHIT, one of the three inseparable aspects of Parabrahmam. (
, devoid of;
,thought, intelligent force, mind.)
the “unfalling,”that which is not subject to “fall;” a title given to Krishna
in the Bhagavat-Gita; a name of Vishnu.
ADEPT (Eng. ), as used in these times is applied to the Mahatmas, but as there are black and white, high and low Adepts, that use is erroneous. The word strictlymeans an expert or master in some particular art or science. In Theosophicalliterature the term is generally applied to those occultists who have passed beyond
the age of pupilage and have, so to speak, “come of age” in the stud
y and practice ofoccultism, being more than chelas but less than full Initiates.
ADHARMA, unrighteousness, wickedness, vice.
ADHIBAUTIKA, natural; a term applied to natural and extrinsic pain.
ADHIBHUTA, the lord of lives; the Supreme Spirit when dwelling in all elemental
nature through the mysterious power; of nature’s illusion.
ADHIDAIVATA, (also ADHIDAIVA), presiding deity, lord of all the gods; theSupreme Spirit as dwelling in the solar orb (meaning, according to Eastern ideas,