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New Age Dictionary...Holistic Quantum Relativity Glossary of Terms

 
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New Age Dictionary...Holistic Quantum Relativity Glossary of Terms
The Purpose of the HQR Glossary is to ensure that all the terms covered in the Holistic Quantum Relativity Socratic Dialogue are succintly defined so that it becomes easy for new entrants to understand what a particular term means in HQR's context. The Glossary does not seek to become comprehensive in terms of every faith. It primarily aims at providing meanings for those concepts, abstractions, thoughts, observations and views in Spirituality which converge with modern Science and vice-versa.

As HQR integrates relevant terms from Physics, Computing & Mathematics to analogous terms from Oriental faiths of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sant Mat, Shinto, Sikhism, Sufism, Taoism & Zoroastrianism as well as Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Islam & Judaism, the Union of Science & Spirituality's Glossary unfolds. Around 444 terms & rising! Please forgive errors and omissions in the interim, as this is work in progress. Your loving patience is much appreciated!
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Adwaita or Advaita: Non-duality between the observer and the observed.

AHARMAN: (also spelled as Ahriman): The Evil God perpetually at war with the Good God, Ahura-Mazda or Ormuzd, the Supreme Creator as given in the Zen-davasta of the Zoroastrians.

Air: Fourth Element.

AJNA or AJNA CHAKRA: Focal point behind and between the eyes, seat of the soul during waking state.

AKASH BANI : Voice from the heaven. fig. the Audible Sound Current, the creative life-principle, sustaining everything in the universe; same as Udgit of the ancients, the holy Word of the Christians, the Barg-i-Asmani or Kalma of the Mohammedans, and the Naam or Shabda of the Sikhs.

Akasha: "Non-visible." Sky, Inner sky, or ether. A broad term referring to the "fifth element" (earth, water, fire, air and sky), perceived as the rarified space or fluid plasma that pervades the universe. Even more subtly, akasha names the inner mind or superconscious stratum. It is through psychic penetration into the akasha that great cosmic knowledge is gathered and the entire circle of time, past, present and future can be known.

AKATH or AKATH KATHA: What cannot be adequately described; fig. the mystic sound principle: the wordless Word, the God-in-expression power, or the Music of the soul.

All-pervasive: Diffused throughout, or existing in every part of the universe, beyond universe and supra-universe.

AMAR DAS, Guru (Ministry 1553-74): Third in succession to Nanak.

ANAMI : The Nameless One without attributes. Same as Maha Dayal, Nirala and Soami.

ANANDA : Ecstasy or bliss.

Anava: The ego, sense of "I" and "mine," ignorance; separation from God. Denotes a sense of finitude and individuality. Derived from the word "anu" meaning an atom or something exceedingly small. One of the three malas or bondages: anava, karma and maya. Anava is the cause of the soul's mistaken sense of separation from God, and the last bond broken at union or Self-Realisation.

AND : The Third Grand Division in the creation, comprising of Trikuti and Sahansdal Kanwal, where subtle matter in the form of emotions and thoughts predominates and the spirit cannot but make use of them; a materio-spiritual region.

ANGAD, Guru (Ministry 1538-53): Second in succession to Nanak, original name being Bhai Lehna. Nanak recognised in him his worthy successor, with a claim to his spiritual riches (Lehna), in preference to his own sons. Nanak styled him 'Angad,' i.e., one cast in his own mould and filled by his own light, as a veritable part of his own being.

ANHAD or ANHAD BANI: Sound that is unending and knows no limits; fig. Audible Life-Current originating the Divine Will, endlessly carrying on the work of creating and sustaining the universe; interchangably used with An-hat meaning 'Unstruck,' as it is automatic and not instrumental.

ANTISH KARAN: inner four-petalled lotus of the mind, symbolic of four mental faculties: chit (memory), manas (feeling mind), buddhi (thinking intellect) and ahamkar (the self-assertive ego).

APRA VIDYA: Knowledge of the material world (observation and experiment) through senses, comprising of religous rites and rituals, formulas and formularies, fasts, vigils, pilgrimages as opposed to 'pra', the awareness of the spiritual world, the knowledge of which lies beyond senses and which is quite independent of them.

Aranayaka: Any of several Sanskrit religious and philosophical treatises, closely connected with the Brahmanas and Upanishads, and intended to be read by hermits in the quiet of the forest. [Sanskrit Āra-yakam, from neuteral singular of āranyaka-, pertaining to the forest, from āranya-, from aranyam, foreign land, wilderness, forest, from arana-, distant, foreign; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

ARJAN or ARJAN DEV, Guru (Ministry 1581-1606): Fifth in the line of succession to Nanak, compiled the Adi Granth (Guru Granth Sahib), the Bible of the Sikhs containing hymns of praise to God from the writings of all the Saints whether Hindus or Muslims, that he could lay his hands upon, besides his own compositions.

ASANA : A generic term denoting any posture in yogic discipline for self-development.

Asana: "Seat or posture." Positions or postures used in hatha yoga and meditation; the third stage of the ashtanga (eight-limbed) yoga system codified in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and discussed in numerous other scriptures. Padmasana ("lotus" or cross-legged pose) is a famed example, though many other postures exist which balance the energies of mind and body, promoting both health and serenity. Asana may also refer to the mat or place on which one sits during meditation. An important dimension of Natha sadhana.

Ascetic: A person who leads a life of contemplation and rigorous self-denial for religious purposes.

Ashram: "A place or state of striving." Holy sanctuary -- physical or virtual; abode or residence of a sadhu, saint, ascetic or guru who is engaged in spiritual instruction. May be a simple place where a guru and his disciples reside, a monastery or a communal institution with schools, guest houses, publishing facilities, charitable enterprises, etc.

Ashrama dharma: That dharma (way of righteousness) which expresses the natural unfoldment of the body, mind and emotions through four stages of life: student, householder, elder advisor and solitaire.

ashrama: Any of the four stages into which a person's life is divided according to Vedic teachings.

ASHTANG YOGA : An eight-fold path of yogic discip-line as developed by Patanjali, the reputed founder of yoga or the path of union of the soul with the Over-soul .

Ashtanga yoga: "Eight-limbed union." The classical raja yoga system of eight progressive stages or steps as described in numerous Hindu scriptures including various Upanishads, the Tirumantiram by Saint Tirumular and the Yoga Sutras of Sage Patanjali. The eight limbs are: restraints (yama), observances (niyama), postures (asana), breath control (pranayama), sense withdrawal (pratyahara), concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and contemplation (samadhi).

Astikya: "Faith." Among the traditional niyamas, or ethical practices, of ashtanga yoga, astikya is faith in God, Gods, guru and the path to enlightenment.

Astral body: "Body of the stars." Sometimes known as the emotional body, the astral body is the third most dense of the five interpenetrating bodies or sheaths (known in Sanskrit as koshas), through which the soul functions. The five bodies are: physical (annamayakosha), pranic (pranamayakosha), astral (manomayakosha), mental (vijnamayakosha) and causal (anandamayakosha). The astral body functions in the astral plane or Second World (Devaloka).

Astral plane: The subtle, non-physical plane or Devaloka, the second of three primary planes or worlds, or lokas, which include the Bhuloka (First World, or physical plane) and the Sivaloka (Third World, or causal plane).

Astral: "Of the stars." Belonging to the subtle, non-physical dimension of the Second World or Plane. "Astral forces" exist in the Second World but can be felt psychically in the First, ie, the Physical Plane.

Atma: Sanskrit for soul, including the individual soul body and its essence, in contrast with the outer self of individuality and personality with which a person commonly identifies.

Aum: Mystic syllable of Hinduism, identified in the Upanishads as standing for the whole world and its parts, including past, present and future, as well as for Paramatma, the Self of all things. "Aum" is the seed sound, the one undifferentiated primal vibration from which all manifestation issues forth. Associated with Lord Ganesha. Pronounced: "ah" "oo" "mm."

Aura: A subtle, luminous energy field radiating within and around the human body as far as 3-7 feet. That part of the aura which surrounds the head is often represented by artists as a nimbus or halo to depict saints and enlightened beings. Though awakened souls have more brilliant and pure auras, everyone has an aura. Seen psychically, the aura is filled with many colors which are reflections of the thoughts and emotions active in the nervous system and change according to the person's state of mind.

Austerities: Practices of strict self-discipline & self-denial.

Awareness: Individual consciousness, perception, knowing. In the teachings of Saiva Siddhanta Church, awareness describes the soul's ability to sense, see or know. When awareness is aware only of itself and of no object, it merges into Pure Consciousness, Satchidananda.

BABA: A reverential prefix, added to the name of a holy man of merit and renown, like the English prefix Rev. before clergymen.

BANG-I-ASMANI: The Call from heaven. fig. Kalma a holy Word.

BANI : Scriptural texts. fig. the holy Word or Naam

Bhagavad Gita: A portion of the Mahabharata, having the form of a dialogue between the warrior hero Arjuna and his charioteer, the Avatar of Vishnu, Lord Krishna, in which a doctrine combining Brahmanical and other elements is evolved by way of a discourse presented as "The Blessed One's Song."

Bhai Gurdas has given a beautiful description of it in his Kabits and Swaiyas Nos. 140, 141, 213, 265, 269, 270 and 294. Kabir has also referred to Till, in his Dohas or couplets. Tulsi Sahib, tells us that mystery of God is revealed only when one penetrates behind the Til.

BHAJAN : One of the three Sadhans (disciplines) in self-realisation and God-realisation and stands for attuning one's self with the Audible Life Stream.

Bhakta: A devotee (same as bhaktar).

BHAKTI : Worshipful devotion to the God-Man.

BHAKTI YOGA : One of the three important systems of Yoga: Jnana (The path of knowledge), Bhakti (the Path of devotion) and Karam (the path of action)

Bhakti: Devotion; the expression of love for and surrender to God.

Bhuloka: The physical world perceived through the five senses. Also called the First World or Plane.

BIBLE: The holy scriptures of the Christians, comprising of 66 books: 39 in the Old and 27 in the New Testament.

BRAHM GIANI: The knower of Brahm (the Universal Mind), the creator of Brahmand: the cosmos.

Brahmachari: An unmarried man and spiritual aspirant who practices continence, observes religious disciplines, including sadhana, devotion, service and teaching, and who may be under simple vows.

Brahmacharini: An unmarried, female spiritual aspirant who practices continence, observes certain disciplines, often relating to devotion, service and teaching children, and who may be under simple vows.

Brahmachariya: "Godly conduct." Brahmachariya, among the ethical restraints known as the yamas, means sexual purity--the restraint of lust and other aspects of the instinctive nature. In its strictest application, brahmachariya is celibacy, complete sexual abstinence, as practiced by monastics and advised for all persons prior to marriage. Thus, the first phase of life, until age twenty-five, is called the brahmachariya ashrama, a time of studentship and transmutation of sexual energies into intellectual and spiritual concerns. In a broader sense, householders practice the sexual purity of brahmachariya by remaining faithful in marriage.

Brahman: A name for God or Supreme Deity in the Vedas. Descriptions of Brahman include the Transcendent Absolute, the All-Pervading energy, as well as the Supreme Lord or Primal Soul. Brahman is thus equivalent to God Siva in one or all three perfections.

BRAHMAND: Second Grand Division in creation, below Sach Khand. It is a spiritual-material plane of the Universal Mind and subject to decay and dissolution.

BUDDHA: More correctly 'The Buddha': 'the awakened' or 'the enlightened'; title of prince Siddhartha, often called Gautama; the founder of Buddhism.

Buddhism: The religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known as Buddha. He refuted the idea of man's having an immortal soul and did not preach of any Supreme Deity. Instead he taught that man should seek freedom from greed, hatred and delusion, and enlightenment through realizing the Four Noble Truths and following the Eightfold Path. The Four Noble Truths are: the fact of suffering, the origin of suffering, the annihilation of suffering, and the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path comprises: Right Views, Right Aspirations, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Meditation. Buddhism migrated out of India, the country of its origin, and now enjoys a following of roughly 300 million, mostly in Asia.

BUDDHI: Thinking and reasoning faculty: intellect. One of the three constituent parts that go to form a rational being: body, mind and intellect, the last being the discriminating faculty that reasons out right from wrong,

Chakra: "Wheel." A center of force and consciousness located within the inner bodies of man. Nerve plexes, ganglia and glands corresponding to principle chakras are located in the physical body, situated along the spinal cord from the base into the cranial chamber. Seven principle chakras, psychically seen as colored and multi-petalled lotuses, are commonly described, though many more exist.

CHAKRAS: Six ganglionic centres in the bodily system by controlling which one attains mastery over various processes going on in the body: e.g. physiological, psychological and respiratory etc. Since these centres are in the form of small wheels or lotus, these are called chakras.

CHHANDOGYA UPANISHAD: Based on Sama-Veda, explains the sacred syllable OM, (Udgita or Pranava), i.e. Brahma, the intelligent cause of the universe.

CHID-AKASH : Pure mind-essence wherefrom mental vibrations arise and assume the form of feelings, thoughts and actions.

CHIT OR CHITA : Lake of the mind wherein are stored all kinds of impressions in the form of memories, it is one of the four facets of manas: Chit, Mana, Budhi and Ahankar.

CHITR: One of the two recording angels: the other being Gupt; keeping a record of the deeds of each person (manifested acts and unmanifested latencies and thoughts).

CHRIST: (Gr. Christos, the Annointed one). Title given to Jesus, the founder of Christianity, as being the Messiah or Lord's Annointed of the ancient Hebrew prophecy.

Concentrated meditation: A type of meditation which may infuse a new type of life (Jia or inner awareness) in the heart of the meditator.

Conscience: The inherent knowledge or sense of right and wrong. Our conscience is the innate wisdom of our soul, along with all we have learned from our past lives.

Conscious mind: The everyday, thinking state of mind. We function in the conscious mind during most of our waking hours. One of the five states of mind: conscious, subconscious, sub-subconscious, sub-superconscious & superconscious.

Conscious: Aware, sentient, able to feel and think; the ordinary waking state.

Consciousness: Short form for Supra-Universal Consciousness.

consciousness: Perception, awareness, apprehension. There are many layers or levels of consciousness ranging from the ordinary, every-day consciousness of our body and mind to omniscient states of superconsciousness, the ultimate Truth being Supra-Universal Consciousness. Consciousness aware only of itself is Pure Consciousness. Basic consciousness and soul are essentially the same. The soul which has begun functioning in an individual (begun entanglement) is basic consciousness, consciousness when not functioning in an individual is soul. When unaware, both are the same as spirit.

Creed: An authoritative formulation of the beliefs of a religion or a community. A creed is meant to summarize the specific teachings or articles of faith, to embody and thus protect and transmit the beliefs. Creeds have arisen historically when a religion was transplanted from its country or region of origin to a new culture.

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