.). Six phenomenal (or
gifts which Sâkyamuni Buddha acquired in the night on which he reached
Buddhaship. This is the
” degree of Dhyâna (the seventh in esoteric teachings) which has to be attained by every true Arhat. InChina, the initiated Buddhist ascetics reckon six such powers, but in Ceylon they reckon only five. The first Abhijñâ is
, theinstantaneous view of anything one wills to see; the second, is
, the power of comprehending any sound whatever, etc., etc.
.). The name of Agni (fire) the
“eldest son of Brahmâ”
, in other words, the first element or Force produced in the
universe at its evolution (the fire of creative desire). By his wife Swâhâ, Abhimânim had three sons (the fires) Pâvaka, Pavamâna and
Suchi, and these had
five sons, who, with the original son of Brahmâ and his three descendants, constitute the
.). A son of Arjuna. He killed Lakshmana,in the great battle of the Mahâbhârata on its second day, but was himself
killed on the thirteenth.
). A class of gods or
, during the period of the fifth Manvantara.
) The first Jewish sacred month, begins in March; is also called
). A mystic name, from whence as from a certain mountain, Rosicrucian documents are often found to beissued
. There is a connection with Mount Meru, and other sacred hills. [w.w.w.]
). Water of immortality. Supposed to give eternal youth and sempiternal life to him who drinks of it.
). See Kabiri, also written Kabeiri, the Mighty Ones, celestials, sons of Zedec the just one, a group of deities worshipped inPh
nicia: they seem to be identical with the Titans, Corybantes, Curetes, Telchines and Dii Magni of Virgil. [w.w.w.]
). A term similar to
. It is said by C. W. King to have meant
thou art a father to us
; it readsthe same
from either end and was used as a charm in Egypt.(See
). This symbolic word first occurs in a medical treatise in verse by Samonicus, who flourished in the reign of theEmperor Septimus Seveus. Godfrey Higgins says it is from
in Celtic, and cad ‘‘
; it was used as a charm, and engraved on
as an amulet. [w.w.w.]
Godfrey Higgins was nearly right, as the word
is a later corruption of the sacred Gnostic term
, the latter itself being a still earlier corruption of a sacred and ancient Coptic or Egyptian word: a magic formula which meant in its symbolism
, and addressed the deity in its hieroglyphics as
. It was generally attached to an amulet or charm and worn as a Tat (q.v.), onthe breast under the garments.
Abraxas or Abrasax
). Mystic words which have been traced as far back as Basilides, the Pythagorean, of Alexandria, AD.90. He uses Abraxas as a title for Divinity, the supreme of Seven, and as having 365 virtues. In Greek numeration, a. 1, b. 2, r. 100, a. I, x60, a. I, s. 200 = 365 days of the year, solar year, a cycle of divine action. C. W. King, author of The Gnostics, considers the word similarto the Hebrew
, a holy word, the extended name of God. An Abraxas Gem usually shows a man
s body with the headof a cock, one arm with a shield, the other with a whip.[ w.w.w.]
Abraxas is the counterpart of the Hindu Abhimânim (q.v.) and Brahmâ combined. It is these compound and mystic qualities which caused
Oliver, the great Masonic authority, to connect the name of Abraxas with that of Abraham. This was unwarrantable ; the virtues andattributes of Abraxas, which are 365 in number, ought to have shown him that the deity was connected with the Sun and solar division of the year
nay, that Abraxas is the antitype, and the Sun, the type.
. When predicated of the UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE, it denotes an abstract noun, which is more correct and logical thanto apply the adjective
to that which has neither attributes nor limitations, nor can IT have any.