Foundations of Esoteric Philosophy
from the writings of H.P. Blavatsky

Appendix B - Glossary

Notes based on H.P. Blavatsky's Theosophical Glossary

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The Theosophical Publishing House Ltd 1980
London Adyar, India; Wheaton USA
Second Edition (revised) 1990


 


Akasha

The subtle, spiritual essence which pervades all space.

Dhyan Chohans

Arch-angels or high spiritual intelligences charged with the supervision of the Kosmos (cf. Archangels).

Dzyan

Wisdom, divine Knowledge.

Karana

Cause

Karma

literally, action; universal law of cause and effect.

Mahat

Universal Intelligence and Consciousness, cosmic consciousness

Manas

Mind; the reincarnating principle in man, the Higher Ego, the reasoning ability of the mind

Manvantara

A period of manifestation or cosmic activity, n. epoch.

Maya

Illusion; the cosmic power which renders phenomenal existence possible.

Mulaprakriti

Undifferentiated substance; the root of matter.

Nastika

Atheist, or rather, one who does not worship any gods or idols.

Parabrahman

Beyond Brahman; the impersonal, nameless universal Principle; the Absolute.

Prakriti

Nature in general, as original substance.

pralaya

A period of rest between manvantaras or periods of activity

Purusha

Spirit

Sat

The one ever-present Reality; the divine Essence or Be-ness.

Upadhi

A basis or vehicle of something less material than itself.


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