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Etymologies, meanings, and definitions of spiritual, religious, and philosophical words beginning with the letter C.

[Cabiri, Kabeiroi, Kabirs] "The eight Kabirs, those powerful, semitic, ineffable, and terribly divine Gods (who were later worshiped by the Greeks and Romans, and whose principal sanctuary was found always in Samothrace) are intimately related with the holy eight, with the sacred symbol of the infinite. The eight Kabirs are the children of Ephestus or Vulcan and an adorable daughter of Proteus. They were born from the sacred fire (that manifests itself within the terrible profundities of the Earth) by the forging action of Proteus upon that universal substance that naturally has the property of taking any form. These eight Kabirs are the fundamental intelligences of this Nature. They are the extraordinary regents of the great mysteries of life and death. According to a very ancient esoteric tradition, one of those eight Kabirs was assassinated by one of his own brothers; however, later on he was resuscitated with the help of Hermes. This reminds us of the symbolic death and resurrection of Hiram, Osiris, and Jesus that must be comprehended in depth by the M. M." - Samael Aun Weor, The Doomed Aryan Race

"Cagliostro was a disciple of Count Saint Germain. Cagliostro was an alchemist; he transmuted the lead into gold and made genuine diamonds. This Master was known in the distinct places of the world, under different names in different countries. He was known with the following names: Tis-chio, Milissa, Belonte, DÌanna, Fenix, Pellegrini, Balsamo, Mesmer, Harut and Cagliostro. This famous historical lineage was recorded by Alexandre Dumas in his work entitled, The Queens Necklace. Cagliostro had many Alchemist disciples in Strasbourg. He was judged and persecuted by the Inquisition, sent into the bastille and later into the fortress of Leone. The Inquisition condemned him to death, but the enigmatic and powerful Count Cagliostro mysteriously disappeared from the prison. Death could not do anything to Cagliostro." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

The high priest of the Christian gospels who pushed for the crucifixion of Jesus. He symbolizes the demon of evil-will, one of the three traitors within us who betrays the inner Christ.

"The multiple psychic aggregates within our psychological depths scream for the crucifixion of the Innermost Lord. Without a question, each of us carries three traitors within our psyches: Judas, the demon of desire; Pilate, the demon of the mind; and Caiaphas, the demon of evil will. These three traitors crucify the Lord of Perfections in the very depths of our Soul." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

"It is written that any intellectual animal carries inside the horrendous Caiaphas, the third traitor of Hiram Abiff. If Judas, the dreadful Demon of Desire, the abominable Apopi, is thus so depraved, if Pilate the tenebrous one of the mind, the hideous devil Hai, causes us too much pain with his indignant justifications and washing of hands, then, what can we say about the horrendous Caiaphas? I saw my own (Demon of Evil-Will) climbing up step after step throughout the stairs of my own abode. It is unquestionable that he possessed a Caesarean, impotent, and terrible aspect... To reduce into cosmic dust this perverse Demon of Evil Will is only possible with the power of the Divine Mother Kundalini, the igneous serpent of our magical powers." - Samael Aun Weor, Cosmic Teachings of a Lama

(Hebrew קין) Kain, Qayin or Kayin. Son of Adam and Eve. The name Kahyin literally means, “to possess.” Cain, like all esoteric symbols, carries different meanings.

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, saying, I have acquired a man from the Lord." - Genesis / Beresheet 4:1

  1. "The mind is called Cain. The mind is a hunter. The mind is hunting for fortunes, social positions, fame. This mind is utilized by the know-it-all-scoundrels in order to triumph; they feel they are wise and powerful with that animal lunar mind that is well-cultivated. [...] We must kill Cain, which is the lunar mind. This mind is worthless and it must be eliminated. It must be killed because it is animalistic." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

  2. "The third Root Race, the Lemurian people, arose (always by modification) from the Hyperborean. This race was the separating hermaphrodite Cain and Abel, which lived upon the gigantic continent of Mu, or Lemuria as it was later called, that was situated in the Pacific Ocean." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Magic of the Runes

  3. קין (Kuf, Iod, Nun-Sophit) means ‘smith’, as in metal-smith, or more precisely as in blade-smith, a required skill (or kenning = knowing) of Alchemy (the melting of metals). Thus the name (Cain) in the Book of Genesis is a descriptive appellation to Alchemists.

"(The zodiacal influence of) Cancer produces the sickness that carries its name. Cancer (the illness) is the Karma of fornicators." - Samael Aun Weor, The Zodiacal Course

Universal Gnosticism presents to humanity several cures for the horrible illness of cancer. See the book Occult Medicine and Practical Magic by Samael Aun Weor.

(June 21 to July 22) The fourth sign of the zodiac. Ruled by the moon and related to the element water.

“The natives of Cancer are tenacious, and like the crab, they prefer to lose a leg than to lose their prey. The natives of Cancer triumph on long trips. During the first quarter of the moon and during full moons their enterprises are carried out successfully. The character of the natives of Cancer varies according to the cycles of the Moon. The natives of Cancer are romantic and sentimental but when they get angry, their anger is terrible.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

(December 22nd to January 19th) The tenth sign of the zodiac. Ruled by the Saturn and related to the element earth.

“The natives of Capricorn are pessimistic and melancholic. The natives of Capricorn have a great aptitude for earning their daily bread. The natives of Capricorn are hardworking and industrious, and have a high sense of their own moral responsibility. A Judas who betrays them is never lacking during their lives. Every Capricorn has to go through a tragedy in love... a terrible betrayal of love.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Manual of Practical Magic

A term commonly used by Sigmund Freud that refers to the psychic (sexual) energy invested in any particular mental formation.

"The psychic energy, cathexis, processing itself as an executive force, is formidable. The reserves of intelligence are the different parts of the Being and are denominated as bound cathexis or psychic energy in a potential and static state. The bound cathexis orients us in the work related with the disintegration of the ego and with the liberation of the mind. The bound cathexis, contained within the mind, guides us in the work related with Revolutionary Psychology and with Integral Revolution. The values of the Being constitute the bound cathexis. Only the bound cathexis can liberate the mind through the disintegration of the undesirable psychic elements which have been segregated by means of structural and transactional analysis. Bound cathexis is different from loose cathexis, since the latter is the psychic energy which the ego utilizes to dominate the mind and the body for its manifestation. We have to permit the bound cathexis (which is the dynamic psychic energy) to be the one to direct our existence. We have to work psychologically in order for the bound cathexis to enter into activity to dominate and govern the free cathexis. This free cathexis is the energy of the body which has always been pitifully dominated by the loose cathexis, which is the ego." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

(Latin) "Cause of causes."

The Body of Conscious Will, related to the sephirah Tiphereth and the Human Soul.

In Hindu philosophy, it is called Anandamaya kosha (sheath / body of bliss).

"And finally, it will be necessary to create the Egoitoorasiana body or the body of Will of the Being, which is the Causal body." - Samael Aun Weor, Questions of Importance to Women

The World of Causality or Conscious Will, which is related to the Sephirah Tiphereth in the region of the sixth dimension.

The physical world (1st-3rd dimensions)

"All the planes of existence mentioned by Theosophy may be perfectly synthesized in four regions: Hell, Earth, Paradise, and Heaven. That is to say: Mineral World, Cellular World, Molecular World and Electronic World." - Samael Aun Weor, THe Mysteries of Life and Death

The Seven Centers and Three BrainsThe human being has seven centers of psychological activity. The first five are the Intellectual, Emotional, Motor, Instinctive and Sexual Centers. However, through inner development one learns how to utilize the Superior Emotional and Superior Intellectual Centers. Most people do not use these two at all.

"Each one of these five centers penetrates the entire organism; nonetheless, if one Self-observes profoundly, one becomes aware that each one of the centers has a central, basic point situated at a specific area of our organic machine. The center of gravity of the intellect is found in the brain. The center of gravity of emotions is situated in the solar plexus. The center of gravity of movement is situated in the superior part of the dorsal spine. The center of gravity of instinct is found in the inferior part of the dorsal spine. The center of gravity of sex clearly has its roots in the sexual organs. Each one of the centers of the “machine” has absolutely defined specific functions." - Samael Aun Weor

chac moolThe Mayan god of rain, thunder, and abundance. This deity is seen carved on the footsteps of temples in a position that is useful for Astral travel. This is the Mayan deity associated with the Third Logos or Holy Spirit. It is the Mayan equivalent of Tlaloc. See: Tlaloc.

(or Caitanya; from Sanskrit) Awakened consciousness.

Chakras or Churches(Sanskrit) Literally, "wheel." The chakras are subtle centers of energetic transformation. There are hundreds of chakras in our multi-dimensional physiology, but seven primary ones related to the awakening of consciousness.

  1. The Chakra Muladhara
  2. The Chakra Svadhishthana
  3. The Chakra Manipura
  4. The Chakra Anahata
  5. The Chakra Vishuddha
  6. The Chakra Ajna
  7. The Chakra Sahasrara

"The chakras are points of connection through which the divine energy circulates from one to another vehicle of the human being." - Samael Aun Weor, Aztec Christic Magic

We use this word in two primary ways.

1. Each vertebra of the spinal column can be referred to as a chamber.

2. In all ancient spiritual traditions, there are three levels of help and instruction. They have been known by many names, but generally can be defined as (1) public instruction (exoteric), (2) private instruction (mesoteric), and (3) secret instruction (esoteric). First Chamber is the public, introductory teaching. Second Chamber is for those who have committed themselves to chastity and the death of the ego; Second Chamber is kept secret as it is a sacred and profound trust. Third Chamber is an even more advanced level of help, which is also kept hermetically sealed. These Three Chambers reflect the universal nature of all true initiatic colleges: in Egypt the initiates of each level were called (1) Apprentice, (2) Journeyman or Craftsman, and (3) Master. In Tibet, the same system is preserved.

It is important to note that Samael Aun Weor emphasized the necessity for the Three Chamber system and any school that does not maintain this structure is lacking the connection to the Logos Samael. Only those institutions who maintain the Chambers can be said to be true Gnostic Schools, wherever they may be.

"We are therefore working, my dear brothers and sisters, to initiate the Era of Aquarius. We are working in order to save what is possible, meaning, those who allow themselves to be saved. This is why it is necessary that we shape our Gnostic Movements and that we organize them each time better; that we establish the Three Chambers. Our Gnostic Movements must have exactly Three Chambers. Each Lumisial must have Three Chambers for the instruction of our students. Our Gnostic Centers receive a name in a very pure language that flows like a river of gold that runs under the thick jungle of the sun; that name is LUMISIALS." - Samael Aun Weor, from a lecture entitled The Final Catastrophe

(Greek χάος) khaos "abyss, that which gapes wide open, is vast and empty." There are three primary applications of this term.

"The first Chaos from which the cosmos emerged is between the Sephiroth Binah and Chesed. The second Chaos, from where the fundamental principles of the human being emerged, exists within Yesod-Mercury, which is the sexual human center. The third Chaos, the Infernal Worlds, exists below the Thirteenth Aeons in the region of Klipoth, in the underworld." - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

The abyss (not the inferior abyss), or the "Great Deep." Personified as the Egyptian Goddess Neith. The Great Mother, the Immaculate Virgin from which arises all matter. The Chaos is WITHIN the Ain Soph. The primitive state of the universe. Esoterically, a reference to the semen, both in the microcosm and the macrocosm. Alchemically, it is said to be a mixture of water & fire, and it holds the seeds of the cosmos.

"In truth Chaos came into being the very first." - Hesiod, Theogony

"First I sung the obscurity of ancient Chaos, How the Elements were ordered, and the Heaven reduced to bound; And the generation of the wide-bosomed Earth, and the depth of the Sea, And Eros the most ancient, self-perfecting, and of manifold design; How he generated all things, and parted them from one another." - Orphic fragment (Greek)

Sacrifice for suffering humanity. Loving-kindness towards all beings. One of the three primary factors for spiritual development.

"Charity is a matter of common sense. To give food to the hungry is something very humane, because even the prisoners have to eat, otherwise they would die of hunger. To give drink to the thirsty is something very logical, since it would be cruel to deny a glass of water to a thirsty person. To give a shirt to the naked is something very natural; to console the afflicted one is very humane; so, we do not needed judges for that. Nevertheless, it would be an absurdity to give alcohol to the drunkard, or to lend a weapon to an assassin. Love is law, but love with cognizance!" - Samael Aun Weor, Beyond Death

(Hebrew) According to Kabbalah, a being related to the sephirah Chesed, equivilent to the Christian hierarchical levels of “Dominions” and “Powers.”

Sexuality without the stain of lust.

See also: What is Chastity?

"Chavajoth directs the negative ray of the Moon... Chavajoth has a physical body. Chavajoth is now reincarnated in Germany; he poses as a war veteran and works for the Great Black Lodge. In the inner worlds, the black magician Chavajoth dresses in a red tunic and wears a red turban. This demon cultivates the mysteries of black sexual magic in a tenebrous cavern. He has many European disciples." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

In relation with our personal psychology, Chavajoth, Chavayoth, or Chavayot is Kabbalistically read Chava-Iod; this means that Chava (the female power of the Holy Spirit - Eve, “the Mother of the Living” - the sexual organs) is through fornication rebelling against the “Iod” (the male willpower of the Holy Spirit in the pineal gland of Adam, the brain). Thus sex is dominating the brain.

(Sanskrit, from cheta, "servant") Literally, "child." A disciple, the pupil of a guru or sage.

One of the four ethers of the Ethereal Body. The chemical ether is related with all the processes of organic assimilation and nourishment.

(Tibetan sPyan-ras-gzigs) Literally, “looking with clear eyes.” The Tibetan equivalent of Avalokita (Avalokiteshvara). An embodiment of the compassion of the Gods: in other words, the Cosmic Christ. Chenresi is the patron deity of Tibet. Most commonly depicted as standing with one-thousand arms reaching out to aid suffering beings in all the worlds. His sacred mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum.

Do not confuse this name with Cherenzi. Samael Aun Weor mentioned “the black Cherenzi” in reference to a person who called himself “Cherenzi” but was teaching black tantra.

(Hebrew כרבים) Plural of cherub כרב.

"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." - Genesis / Bereshit 3:24

  1. According to the Kabbalah, a Cherubim is a being related to the sephirah Yesod.

  2. According to Christianity, a Cherubim is the second highest type of angel, related to the sephirah Chokmah.

(Hebrew חסד means mercy or loving-kindness) The fourth sephirah of the Tree of Life. Related to the Atmic Body, the Innermost, the Inner Spirit, our own individual Divine Father. Also named Gedulah.

Related Symbols:
  • Arthurian: King Arthur
  • Buddhist: Buddha or Yidam
  • Christian-Jewish-Muslim: Abraham
  • Egyptian: Horus
  • Gnostic: The 7th Aeon
  • Hindu: Atman
  • Nordic: Odin
  • Wagner: Wotan
  • Represents: The Spirit. The Innermost. Our personal inner Father.
  • Body / World: Atmic
  • Dimension: Sixth
  • Heaven of: Jupiter and Mars
  • Level of Consciousness: Hasmalim (Kabbalah), Dominions

"Chesed, in Himself, is the Innermost; according to the Hindus He is Atman. It has been said that Chesed is directly governed by Jupiter and nothing else. This is false, because the Innermost is Martian, a warrior, a fighter. This is not accepted by many Kabbalists, who might even consider it absurd. But, whosoever has a direct experience in Chesed knows very well that Chesed is a warrior. It is the Innermost who has to be in a struggle to the death against darkness, who has to fight very hard for His own intimate realization of the Self; He is always in battle. It is obvious that He has something of Jupiter, because He can grasp the scepter of Kings; I do not deny it, but it is a false statement that He is only and exclusively Jupiterian. Atman is our Innermost, our divine Seity, the seventh principle who is in all Beings, but who is not within all human beings." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

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ח (or Cheth) Pronounced “het.” The eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Chet symbolizes the motion of Universal Life, the Light of the Ain Soph Aur via the Law of the Cosmic Common Trogoautoegocrat. Its Kabbalistic value is 8.

"Everything that we see, or imagine, or dream, we have to perceive in space. This is the ordinary space, called the Mahâkâsha, or elemental space. When a Yogi reads the thoughts of other men, or perceives supersensuous objects he sees them in another sort of space called the Chittâkâsha, the mental space. When perception has become objectless, and the soul shines in its own nature, it is called the Chidâkâsha, or knowledge space. When the Kundalini is aroused, and enters the canal of the Sushumna, all the perceptions are in the mental space." —Vivekananda, Raja Yoga

See: Particular Characteristic Psychological Feature.

"Heaven is masculine, Yang, and its element is fire. The earth is feminine, Ying, and its element is water. In the Taoist doctrine, we find White Tantra. The Ying-Yang, the Dragon, and the Tiger are the axis of Taoism. According to Taoist interpretation, the Ying-Yang is the outcome of T’ai Chi, the Prima Matter of the universe and creation emerges from the sexual union of this pair of opposites. Maithuna (Sexual Magic) exists within the White Tantrism of India and Tibet. Buddhist White Tantra, Chinese Taoism, and the legitimate Tibetan Yogas, practice the Arcanum A.Z.F. Only the infrasexual pseudo-yogis and yoginis (that are so abundant in America and Asia) hate the Arcanum A.Z.F. Chinese Alchemy is the foundation of the authentic schools of Yoga. The Yellow Lodges are schools of regeneration." - Samael Aun Weor, Alchemy and Kabbalah

(Sanskrit चित्) Consciousness.

An energetic canal within the spinal column.

“The seven churches are similar to lotus flowers that are suspended from the famous Chitra Nadi. The canal of Shushumna exists within the medullar canal. The canal of Chitra Nadi is within this canal of Shushumna.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

“Within this Sushumna there is a Nadi by name Vajra which is lustrous as Surya (sun) with Rajasic qualities. Again within this Vajra Nadi, there is another Nadi, called Chitra. It is of Sattvic nature and of pale colour. The qualities of Agni, Surya and Chandra (fire, sun and moon) are the three aspects of Sabda Brahman. Here within this Chitra, there is a very fine minute canal (which is known as Canalis Centralis). This canal is known as Brahmanadi through which Kundalini, when awakened, passes from Muladhara to Sahasrara Chakra. In this centre exist all the six Chakras (lotuses, viz., Muladhara, Svadhishthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha and Ajna). The lower extremity of the Chitra Nadi is called Brahmadvara, the door of Brahman, as Kundalini has to pass through this door to Brahmarandhra. This corresponds to Haridwar which is the gate of Hari of Badrinarayan in the macrocosm (physical plane). The Chitra terminates in the Cerebellum. In a general sense the Sushumna Nadi itself (gross Spinal Cord) is called Brahma Nadi because, Brahma Nadi is within the Sushumna. Again the canal within the Chitra is also called Sushumna, because the canal is within the Sushumna. Ida and Pingala Nadis are on the left and right sides of the spine. Chitra is the highest and most beloved of the Yogins. It is like a thin thread of lotus. Brilliant with five colours, it is in the centre of Sushumna. It is the most vital part of the body. This is called the Heavenly way. It is the giver of Immortality. By contemplating on the Chakras that exist in this Nadi, the Yogi destroys all sins and attains the Highest Bliss. It is the giver of Moksha.” - Swami Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga

(Sanskrit चित्त) This Sanskrit word has a huge varieties of meanings in Asian traditions, so the precise meaning can varying depending upon the context in which it is used. In general use, it refers to "mind." Literal meanings include "wish, thought, ninth mansion, thinking, aim, intention, reason, observing, imagining, intelligence, mind, reflecting, attending, memory, heart, knowledge."

"Chitta is the sub-conscious mind. It has two layers. One layer for emotion and the other for passive memory. The instinctive mind is the lower nature of human beings. It is the desire-mind or Kama Manas. The spiritual mind is the higher Manas. The seat of the mind is the heart. The mind connected to the Somachakra of the lowermost portion or under-surface of the brain is termed the organ of understanding. By Manonasa or annihilation of the mind is meant the destruction or dissolution of the lower nature, desire-mind. Sankhya Buddhi or Buddhi in the light of Sankhya philosophy is will and intellect combined. Mind is microcosm. Mind is Maya. Mind occupies an intermediate state between Prakriti and Purusha, matter and Spirit." - Swami Sivananda, Yoga in Daily Life

"Chitta is termed as the mind-stuff or mental substance. It is the groundfloor, as it were. From it proceed the three Vrittis, viz., Manas, Buddhi and Ahankara. This word belongs to the Rajayogic terminology of Maharshi Patanjali. Also in the Gita, Lord Krishna uses the term Chitta in various places.

"Chitta is a separate faculty or category in Vedanta. Sometimes it is Antargata, comes under Mind. In Sankhya philosophy, it is included in Buddhi or Mahat-Tattva. The Chitta of Patanjali Rishi's philosophy of Raja Yoga (Yogas-chittavritti-nirodhah) corresponds to the Antahkarana of Vedanta.

"Subconscious mind is termed 'Chitta' in Vedanta. Much of your subconsciousness consists of submerged experiences, memories thrown into the background but recoverable. The Chitta is like a calm lake and thoughts are like waves upon the surface of this lake and name and form are the normal ways in which these waves rise. No wave can rise without name and form.

"The functions of the Chitta are Smriti or Smarana, Dharana, attention and Anusandhana (enquiry or investigation). When you repeat the Japa of a Mantra, it is the Chitta that does the Smarana. It does a lot of work. It turns out better work than the mind or Buddhi." - Swami Sivananda, Mind, Its Mysteries and Control

"Everything that we see, or imagine, or dream, we have to perceive in space. This is the ordinary space, called the Mahâkâsha, or elemental space. When a Yogi reads the thoughts of other men, or perceives supersensuous objects he sees them in another sort of space called the Chittâkâsha, the mental space. When perception has become objectless, and the soul shines in its own nature, it is called the Chidâkâsha, or knowledge space. When the Kundalini is aroused, and enters the canal of the Sushumna, all the perceptions are in the mental space." —Vivekananda, Raja Yoga

chnoubisAlso variously as Chnubis, Chnoubis, etc. A symbolic figure found in Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Gnostic traditions with a variety of forms and appearances. 

"In old Egypt, the God Nahbkoon, "he who unites the doubles," (astral light re-uniting by its dual physiological and spiritual potency the divine human to its purely divine Monad, the prototype "in heaven" or Nature) was represented as a serpent on human legs, either with or without arms. It was the emblem of the resurrection of Nature, as also of Christ with the Ophites, and of Jehovah as the brazen serpent healing those who looked at him; the serpent being an emblem of Christ with the Templars also, (see the Templar degree in Masonry). The symbol of Knouph (Khoum also), or the soul of the world, says Champollion (Pantheon, text 3), "is represented among other forms under that of a huge serpent on human legs; this reptile, being the emblem of the good genius and the veritable Agathodaemon, is sometimes bearded." The sacred animal is thus identical with the serpent of the Ophites, and is figured on a great number of engraved stones, called Gnostic or Basilidean gems. This serpent appears with various heads (human and animal), but its gems are always found inscribed with the name [[CHNOUBIS]] (Chnoubis). This symbol is identical with one which, according to Jamblichus and Champollion, was called "the first of the celestial gods"; the god Hermes, or Mercury with the Greeks, to which god Hermes Trismegistos attributes the invention of, and the first initiation of men into, magic; and Mercury is Budh, Wisdom, Enlightenment, or "Re-awakening" into the divine Science.... The symbol of Chnouphis, or the soul of the world, writes Champollion, "is among others that of an enormous serpent standing on human legs; this reptile, the emblem of the good genius, is a veritable Agathodaemon. It is often represented bearded. . . . . That sacred animal, identical with the serpent of the Ophites, is found engraved on numerous Gnostic or Basilidean stones . . . . The serpent has various heads, but is constantly inscribed with the letters [[CHNOUBIS]]." Agathodaemon was endowed "with the knowledge of good and evil," i.e., with divine Wisdom, as without the former the latter is impossible. Repeating Iamblichus, Champollion shows him to be "the deity called [[Eichton]] (or the fire of the celestial gods -- the great Thot-Hermes), to whom Hermes Trismegistus attributes the invention of magic." —HP Blavastsky, The Secret Doctrine

"...the Solar Gnostic Chnouphis, the Christus Agathodaemon, the serpent of Genesis, the Nahuatl Lucifer [Xolotl], the resplendent dragon of wisdom."—Samael Aun Weor

(Alternatively Chochmah, Chockmah, Chokhmah; Hebrew חכמה; means wisdom) The second sephirah of the Tree of Life. 

Related symbols:
  • Aztec: Ehekatl Quetzalcoatl
  • Christian: The Son
  • Egyptian: Horus
  • Gnostic: The Second Logos; The 9th Aeon
  • Hindu: Vishnu
  • Mayan: Chipí Kakulha
  • Nordic: Balder
  • Represents: The passive / receptive principle of the Trinity.
  • Body: Sambogokaya
  • Dimension: Seventh or Zero Dimension
  • Heaven of: Uranus
  • Level of Consciousness: Sambogokaya (Buddhist), Ophanim (Kabbalah), Cherubim (Christian) 

"The Second Logos, Chokmah, is Love, the Agnus Dei, the Immolated Lamb; it is the Fire that burns since the beginning of the world, in all of creation, for our salvation. Chokmah is fire and underlies the depth of all organic and inorganic matter." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

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A cosmic event in the ancient past. Gurdjieff explains this in his "All and Everything."

“The point is, that before this terrifying cosmic event of which I am speaking, the sacred Theomertmalogos which issued from the Most Most Holy Sun Absolute was still in a pure state without the admixture of any extraneously caused arisings whatsoever with their own subjective properties, and when this sacred Theomertmalogos came into the spheres of those planets on which the sacred crystallizations arose and from the results of the transformations of which higher being-bodies were coated and perfected through beings-apparatuses, then these latter received their presences exactly as they had to, to correspond to the required conditions of existence in the sphere of the Most Most Holy Sun Absolute. [...] But afterwards, when the mentioned common-cosmic misfortune occurred, on account of which the sacred Theomertmalogos began to issue from the Most Most Holy Sun Absolute with the admixture of subjective properties of extraneously caused arisings, then from that time these sacred cosmic arisings ceased to have the possibility of corresponding to the required conditions of existence in the sphere of the Most Most Holy Prime-Source." - Gurdjieff

(Sk.). Literally means "small rhythm" while Mahavan means "large rhythm". These refer to the rhythms of the Fire of Space, the rhythm of Cosmos.

Derived from the Greek Χριστός Christos, “the Anointed One,” and Krestos, whose esoteric meaning is “fire.” The word Christ is a title, not a personal name.

"I [John] indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he [Christ] that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he [Christ] shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire: Whose fan [is] in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." —Matthew3:12, Luke 3:16

"I [Christ] am come to send fire on the earth..." —Luke 12:49

Jesus [Christ] said, "I [Christ] have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes." —Gospel of Thomas

Jesus [Christ] said, "He who is near Me [Christ] is near the fire, and he who is far from Me is far from the Kingdom." —Gospel of Thomas

"If someone is near me [Christ], he will burn. I [Christ] am the fire that blazes. Whoever is near me is near fire; whoever is far from me is far from life." —Gospel of the Savior

"Now therefore if any one hath received the mysteries of Baptism, those mysteries become a great fire, exceeding strong, and wise, so as to burn up all the sins: and the Fire [Christ] entereth into the soul secretly, so that it may consume within it all the sins which the counterfeit of the spirit hath printed there." —Pistis Sophia

"Indeed, Christ is a Sephirothic Crown (Kether, Chokmah and Binah) of incommensurable wisdom, whose purest atoms shine within Chokmah, the world of the Ophanim. Christ is not the Monad, Christ is not the Theosophical Septenary; Christ is not the Jivan-Atman. Christ is the Central Sun. Christ is the ray that unites us to the Absolute." —Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

"The Gnostic Church adores the Saviour of the World, Jesus. The Gnostic Church knows that Jesus incarnated Christ, and that is why they adore him. Christ is not a human nor a divine individual. Christ is a title given to all fully self-realised Masters. Christ is the Army of the Voice. Christ is the Verb. The Verb is far beyond the body, the soul and the Spirit. Everyone who is able to incarnate the Verb receives in fact the title of Christ. Christ is the Verb itself. It is necessary for everyone of us to incarnate the Verb (Word). When the Verb becomes flesh in us we speak with the verb of light. In actuality, several Masters have incarnated the Christ. In secret India, the Christ Yogi Babaji has lived for millions of years; Babaji is immortal. The Great Master of Wisdom Kout Humi also incarnated the Christ. Sanat Kumara, the founder of the Great College of Initiates of the White Lodge, is another living Christ. In the past, many incarnated the Christ. In the present, some have incarnated the Christ. In the future many will incarnate the Christ. John the Baptist also incarnated the Christ. John the Baptist is a living Christ. The difference between Jesus and the other Masters that also incarnated the Christ has to do with Hierarchy. Jesus is the highest Solar Initiate of the Cosmos..." —Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

Christ-Mass, the solar rite celebrated at the solar solstice of winter, which relates to the rebirth of the solar light of the cosmic Christ within matter.

"Christmas is a cosmic event that must be performed in each one of us. The Nativity (Christmas) is absolutely individual. It is necessary for the Christ to be born in each one of us. The Nativity of the heart is urgent." - Samael Aun Weor, Tarot and Kabbalah

Learn more: Alchemical Symbolism of the Nativity of Christ

Materialistic science has only identified forty-six chromosomes as related to physicality (the three dimensional world, the sephirah Malkuth). Modern science remains unaware of the vital or ethereal aspect of our physiology (the fourth dimensions, the sephirah Yesod) in which there are two additional chromosomes, making the actual number forty-eight. This corresponds to the forty-eight laws of the microcosm and hydrogen 48.

"The sixth cosmic order—any human organism—is definitely controlled by forty-eight laws. We can see that this is totally proven in the human germinal cell, since this is constituted—as it is already known—by forty-eight chromosomes..." - Samael Aun Weor, Hell, the Devil, and Karma

(Greek ἐκκλησία ekklēsia, "place of assembly" especially in a religious sense. From a compound of ἐκ and a derivative of καλέω, thus meaning "to call forth.")

1. A place of worship.

"There are three types of churches: first, the Triumphant Church, represented by the few Knights of the Grail who persisted to remain pure; second, the Failing Church, represented by those who abhor the Initiatic Stone; third, the Militant Church, represented by the others, who as Mary Magdalene, Paul of Tarsus, Kundry, and Amfortas, are still in rebellion against the seductive Luciferic fire." - Samael Aun Weor, Magic of the Runes

2. Physiologically, energetic centers that allow energy from the superior worlds to connect to the physical world. The churches are only activated in those who have awakened them through raising the fire of the Holy Spirit (pentecost, Kundalini) upon the spinal column (the rod of Aaron). The conditions to awaken them are described in the book of Revelation.

“The seven most important glands of the human organism constitute the seven laboratories controlled by the Law of the Triangle. Each of these glands has an exponent in a chakra of the organism. Each one of the seven chakras is found located in intimate correlation with the seven churches of the spinal medulla. The seven churches of the dorsal spine control the seven chakras of the Grand Sympathetic Nervous System. The seven churches become intensely active with the ascent of the Kundalini along the medullar canal. The Kundalini dwells in the electrons. The Sages meditate on it; devotees adore it, and in homes where the Perfect Matrimony reigns, it is worked with practically.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

“The seven churches are within the Microcosmos and within the Macrocosmos. The seven churches of the spinal medulla are united to the seven chakras or plexus of the Grand Sympathetic Nervous System by means of very fine nerves. The seven churches are similar to lotus flowers which are suspended from the famous Nadi Chitra. The canal of Shushumna is within the medullar canal. The canal of Nadi Chitra is within this canal of Shushumna. The seven beautiful and divine churches are suspended from this precious medullar canal.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"Clairaudience is the power to hear in the internal worlds. Clairaudience is the magical ear." - Samael Aun Weor, Manual of Practical Magic

A term invented by occultists, derived from the French clair "clear," and voyance "seeing."

Clairvoyance is simply the perception of non-physical imagery, such as imagination. Inferior forms include hallucinations, dreams, daydreaming, fantasy, memory, etc. Superior forms provide perception of other dimensions, free of the limitations of physical spacetime.

"There exist clairvoyance and pseudo-clairvoyance. The Gnostic student must make a clear differentiation between these two forms of extrasensory perception. Clairvoyance is based on objectivity. However, pseudo-clairvoyance is based on subjectivity. Understand that by objectivity we mean spiritual reality, the spiritual world. Understand that by subjectivity we mean the physical world, the world of illusion, that which has no reality. An intermediate region also exists, this is the Astral World, which can be objective or subjective according to the degree of spiritual development of each person." - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony

"Positive clairvoyance is achieved only with a great intellectual culture and a great esoteric discipline. The highest cultured people, who are submitted to the most rigorous intellectual disciplines, only achieve the truly positive clairvoyance. The illuminated intellect is the outcome of positive clairvoyance." - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamental Notions of Endocrinology and Criminology

The two main categories of consciousness are objective (positive, related with free consciousness) and subjective (negative, related to the deluded perception and opinions of the psychological “I”s). Further, there are five types of clairvoyance, as explained in Fundamental Notions of Endocrinology and Criminology.

1. Conscious clairvoyance: to perceive any given phenomenon (whether internal phenomenon related with the psyche and internal worlds or external phenomenon related to the circumstances of the physical world and nature) through the intelligence of the Monad which is essence or consciousness. Conscious clairvoyance is experienced when one is able to perceive a physical or psychological phenomenon how it really is, in all of its causes and multiple dimensions.

2. Supra-conscious clairvoyance: This is the level of Logoic consciousness. This is only for those Venerable Masters who finish The Great Work. This level of consciousness is Turiya, those Masters who have no ego, who have resurrected, and for those who never dream.

3. Subconscious clairvoyance: This is related to the perception of the egos who are related with memories of past experience. These egos are the most superficial egos whose inherent pattern was defined during the formation of the personality (birth to seven years old). These egos can be created at any time in our lives but the pattern is related to the false personality and the PCPF. An example of a subconscious ego is the one who avoids broccoli for their entire lives because they remember the disgust they had when they were forced to eat it by their parents. Remember that subconscious clairvoyance is the way the ego perceives that particular experience; as in the example, it was the way the ego perceives the impression of broccoli and that example.

4. Unconscious clairvoyance: This is the type of perception that develops through the frustration of desires. Pride constantly talks about himself and how great he is because it if frustrated that nobody else talks about him; this is an unconscious habit. Lust becomes frustrated because it was never able to satisfy its sexual desire to fornicate with a particular movie star, etc. This desire becomes frustrated and in the astral plane projects its frustrated desires in the form of sexual dreams with the image/impression of the movie star.

5. Infra-conscious clairvoyance: The deepest aspects of our egos, related to the spheres of Lilith in the Klipoth. Remember that everything in the universe has its antithesis. The antithesis of the angel of love, Anael, is Lilith, the demon of fornication, black magic and homosexuality. This region is usually only experienced during nightmares. A minority of people bring these egos to the surface, incorporating these elements in action and with the personality. Sadly, this humanity has more and more people who bring the elements of black magic, homosexuality and brutality to the surface of their psychological world.

(Tibetan Buddhist) A descriptive, not literal term, referring to the nature of consciousness as empty and luminous.

The Aztec name for the Divine Mother Death. She is related to the Hindu goddess of death, Kali. See: Kali

From Latin cognoscere "to get to know, recognize," from com- "together" + gnoscere "to know."

"To state that “this is good” or “that is evil” is an easy matter, yet to have cognizance of good and evil is very difficult. Likewise, to state that 2 + 2 is 4 is very easy, yet to have cognizance that 2 + 2 is 4 is a matter that pertains to Gods.

"The drunkard knows that drinking alcohol is wrong, yet the drunkard does not have cognizance that drinking alcohol is wrong. If the consciousness of the drunkard became cognizant that drinking alcohol is wrong, then he would prefer that a millstone be hung about his neck and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea than continue in the vice of alcoholism.

"Our consciousness awakens by means of more elevated levels of the Being and life. Thus, knowledge that does not become cognizance is worthless. Millions of spiritualist students study our books, yet the intellectual knowledge of the written truths alone is worthless, because having cognizance of these truths is what is important. Thousands of spiritualist students believe they have cognizance of the truths they have read; wretched beings… they are mistaken…

"Only the great Masters of Major Mysteries have cognizance of those truths.

"Students of spiritualist schools are parroting chatterers who repeat what they read, that is all. Therefore, what is important is the awakening of the consciousness, because the intellect is just a function of the animal soul, yet the consciousness is a function of God." - Samael Aun Weor, The Major Mysteries

"Only the one who truly possesses the complete knowledge of his Inner Self is awake in an integral manner. This is what is called self-cognizance... To become self-cognizant is something very difficult, however, one can reach this state by learning how to be alert and vigilant from moment to moment. If we want to attain self-cognizance, we need to know ourselves in an integral manner. Every one of us has the “I,” the self-willed, the ego, which we need to explore in order to know ourselves and thus become self-cognizant... Your intelligence, whose true nature is the Void—which must not be seen as a void of nothingness, but as that very intelligence without shackles: brilliant, universal, and happy— is Cognizance, the Buddha, universally wise. Your own empty cognizance and that brilliant and joyful intelligence are inseparable; their union forms the Dharmakaya, the state of perfect illumination. Your own brilliant cognizance, empty and inseparable from the great body of splendor, has neither birth nor death: it is the immutable light, the Amitaba Buddha. This knowledge is enough. To recognize the emptiness of your own intelligence as the Buddhic state and to consider it as your own cognizance is to continue within the Divine Spirit of Buddha." - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamentals of Gnostic Education

"...the Master of Masters of the great White Lodge... is Sanat Kumara, the founder of the College of Initiates of the Universal White Fraternity. He is one of the Four Thrones, of which the Bible speaks. This great Being descended to our Earth in the beginning of the Lemurian epoch, before the separation of sexes, in order to found the College of Initiates of the great Hierarchy." - Samael Aun Weor

"When we, the members of the Sacred College of Initiates, are out of this physical body of clay, we function with the body of liberation, which is made from the purest musk. However, when we are incarnated, accomplishing the mission in favor of this painful humanity, we move through places unnoticed just as anyone on the street. We dress in clothes as our fellowmen. We live and work to earn our daily bread, just as every citizen does." - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose

"Presently, the brethren of the great College of Initiates of the White Lodge are selecting human personnel; they are separating the sheep from the goats so that the New Era can be initiated." - Samael Aun Weor

A solution to wash the eye. Related to Alchemy, one finds the following quote from Basil Valentine (Triumphant Chariot of Antimony): “You titular Doctors, you I speak to, who write long Scroles of Receipts: you Apothecaries, who with your Decoctions fill Pots, no less than Those (in Prince Courst) in which Meat is boiled for the sustentation of some hundreds of men: you, I say, who hitherto have been blind, suffer a Collyrium to be poured into your Eyes, and permit them to be anointed with Balsom, that the most thick skin of Blindness may fall from your Sight, and you behold the Truth, as in a most clear Glass. GOD grant you Grace, that you may know his wonderful Works, and the Love of your Neighbour be rooted in you, that you may search out true Medicine, which the Ruler of the Heavens hath, by his own omnipotent hand, and his ineffable and eternal Wisdom, from above infused in, impressed on, and communicated to his Noble Creatures, for the Good of Mankind; whence man may find help in his greatest Necessity, and Counsel for Health in his Diseases. Why do you, miserable Worm of the Earth, and food of Worms, look so intently on the Rind or Shell, and neglect the Kernel, being unmindful of your Creator, who formed you according to his Image; when as you ought to give thanks to him, and with diligent Study to search out his Works, exceeding Nature herself? Return and look into your self, there behold the Image of your own ingratitude, that you may be ashamed of yourself, especially because you have not search out those things, which the most wise GOD, for the good of Mortals; hath infused in his Creatures; by knowing which, you might have offered unto him the most acceptable Sacrifice of Praise and Gratitude.”

The Second Law given to Moses, as recorded in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Samael Aun Weor corrects their order and explains their true meaning:

“Whosoever wants to die in the Lord must practice the Ten Commandments for the new era:

“First: Thou shalt love thy internal God, and thy neighbor as thy Self.

“Second: Thou shalt study the secret doctrine of the Savior of the world.

“Third: Thou shalt never slander thy neighbor, neither shalt thou utter immodest or vain words.

“Fourth: Thou shalt sacrifice the self for the love of mankind and to love thy worst enemies.

“Fifth: Thou shalt obey the will of the Father on Earth as it is in heaven.

“Sixth: Thou shalt not commit fornication, neither adultery, in thy thought, words, and deeds.

“Seventh: Thou shalt fight against the world, the demon, and the flesh.

“Eighth: Thou shalt be infinitely patient and merciful.

“Ninth: Thou shalt practice the Arcanum A.Z.F. with thy spouse.

“Tenth: Thou shalt wash thy feet in the waters of renunciation.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

(Tibetan: go; Sanskrit: jna, “to know.”)

"To comprehend is something immediate, direct, something that we vividly undergo intensely, something that we experience very profoundly, and which inevitably becomes the true intimate source of conscious action. To remember or to recollect is something dead, something that belongs to the past, and that unfortunately becomes an ideal, a motto, an idea, an idealism that we want to mechanically imitate and unconsciously follow. In true comprehension, in profound comprehension, in intimate in-depth comprehension, there exists only the intimate pressure of the consciousness, a persistent pressure born from the Essence that we carry within, and that is all. Authentic comprehension is manifested as a spontaneous, natural, and simple action, free from the depressing process of selection; it is pure, without any type of indecision." - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamentals of Gnostic Education

"Knowledge and comprehension are different. Knowledge is of the mind. Comprehension is of the heart." - Samael Aun Weor, Treatise of Revolutionary Psychology

"The annihilation of the psychic aggregates can be made possible only by radically comprehending our errors through meditation and by the evident Self-reflection of the Being... It is urgent to know how to meditate, in order to comprehend any psychic aggregate, or in other words, any psychological defect. It is indispensable to know how to work with all our heart and with all our soul, if we want the elimination to occur." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"[The Apostle] Thomas is the part of the Being who is related with the intimate sense of comprehension. A great deal of analysis, reflection, and above all, meditation and evident self-reflection of the Being are indispensable for comprehension." - Samael Aun Weor, The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled

"No phenomena of nature can be integrally comprehended if we consider it isolated." - Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

This is why the study of Kabbalah is so important: Kabbalah is a map how everything in nature (including our soul) is related to everything else.

The ability to focus the attention on one thing without distraction. The power of conscious concentration (directed attention) is developed in all genuine spiritual traditions. In Hindu and Buddhist systems, concentration (dharana, shamatha, etc) is noted as a middle step towards real meditation. 

"Without wise concentration of thought, the experience of the truth is impossible." —Samael Aun Weor, Spiritual Power of Sound

"...concentration is the first and foremost thing a sadhaka or aspirant should acquire in the spiritual path." —Swami Sivananda

"If you focus the rays of the sun through a lens, they can burn cotton or a piece of paper; but, the scattered rays cannot do this act. If you want to talk to a man at a distance, you make a funnel of your hand and speak. The sound-waves are collected at one point and then directed towards the man. He can hear your speech very clearly. The water is converted into steam and the steam is concentrated at a point. The railway engine moves. All these are instances of concentrated waves. Even so, if you collect the dissipated rays of the mind and focus them at a point, you will have wonderful concentration. The concentrated mind will serve as a potent searchlight to find out the treasures of the soul and attain the supreme wealth of Atman (the Self), eternal bliss, immortality and perennial joy." —Swami Sivananda

See also: Frequent Questions about Meditation

"Wherever there is life, there exists the consciousness. Consciousness is inherent to life as humidity is inherent to water." - Samael Aun Weor, Fundamental Notions of Endocrinology and Criminology

From various dictionaries: 1. The state of being conscious; knowledge of one’s own existence, condition, sensations, mental operations, acts, etc. 2. Immediate knowledge or perception of the presence of any object, state, or sensation. 3. An alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation.

In Universal Gnosticism, the range of potential consciousness is allegorized in the Ladder of Jacob, upon which the angels ascend and descend. Thus there are higher and lower levels of consciousness, from the level of demons at the bottom, to highly realized angels in the heights.

"It is vital to understand and develop the conviction that consciousness has the potential to increase to an infinite degree." - the 14th Dalai Lama. See also: Level of Being.

"Light and consciousness are two phenomena of the same thing; to a lesser degree of consciousness, corresponds a lesser degree of light; to a greater degree of consciousness, a greater degree of light." - Samael Aun Weor, The Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology

"Wherever there is light, there is consciousness." - Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

Tibetan: rnam-par shes-pa; Sanskrit: vijnana

See also: What is Consciousness?

A period of cosmic activity (Sanskrit: Manvantara).

The series of events that every initiate must pass through on the Path to the Self-realization of the Being.

A period of cosmic repose. (Sanskrit: Pralaya).

An awakened cosmic intelligence capable of creating a planet or sun. An Elohim.

or kosmos. (Greek κόσμος) "Order, good order, orderly arrangement." A term from Greek philosophy that implies systematic order, but which also carries the implication of "ornamentation, adornment" especially on women. In Gnosis, we use this word to describe the orderly levels by which all existing things are arranged, like ornaments on the body of the Divine.

In general use, cosmos refers to any orderly system. Primarily, we study the relationship between two systems:

  • macrocosm: from makros "large, long" + kosmos, meaning "large orderly system" as a reference the universe around us.
  • microcosm: from mikros "small" + kosmos "world," a reference to ourselves, since we have an inner universe that is a reflection of the universe

We also study these two in a more elaborated structure:

1. Absolute - Protocosmos

2. All the worlds from all of the clusters of Galaxies - Ayocosmos

3. A Galaxy or group of Suns - Macrocosmos

4. The Sun, Solar System - Deuterocosmos

5. The Earth, or any of the planets - Mesocosmos

6. The Philosophical Earth, Human Being - Microcosmos

7. The Abyss, Hell - Tritocosmos

(Hebrew ברית bĕriyth) An agreement, a promise.

"And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 'And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your זרע zera` (semen) after you...'" - Gen 9:8-9

"The secret of the holy covenant is the letter י Iod (Yud)..." - Zohar

In Buddhism, one of the three poisons of the mind, and one of the three roots of suffering. The Tibetan word dod-chags and the Sanskrit raga can also be translated as attachment or lust.

One of the most ancient and universally known symbols, visible in the traditions of the Aztecs, Babylonians, Buddhists, Hindus, and many more.

"The four points of the cross symbolize the Fire, the Air, the Water, and the Earth (also Spirit, Matter, Movement, and Repose)... The cross has four points. The cross of initiation is phallic. The insertion of the vertical phallus into the formal cteis forms a cross. This is the cross of initiation that we must place upon our shoulders." - Esoteric Course of Alchemical Kabbalah

"The cross does not alone represent a cross upon which a man was hung, but also a thing upon which glory descended. The cross is the symbol of one crucified and reborn into the Innermost, and not a thing of torture and pain. Crucifixion means one who has mastered his lower nature, and has been made clean in the consciousness of the Innermost." - M, The Dayspring of Youth

The Supernal Triangle of the Kabbalah: Kether (Hebrew: "Crown"), Chokmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Intelligence).

(Greek κτείς Kteis) Alternatively spelled "ecteis." Literally, "comb" (of a loom), used for rake, horn, fingers, ribs, scallop, vagina, yoni. 

"The Cteis was a circular and concave pedestal, or receptacle, on which the Phallus, or column [obelisk] rested. The union of these two, as the generative and producing principles of nature, in one compound figure, was the most usual mode of representation. Here we find the origin of the point within a circle, a symbol which was first adopted by the old sun worshipers. The Compass arranged above the Square symbolizes the (male) Sun, impregnating the passive (female) Earth with its life-producing rays. The true meanings, then are two-fold: the earthly (human) representations are of the man and his phallus, and the woman with her receptive cteis (vagina). The male-female divinities were commonly symbolized by the generative parts of man and woman… The Phallus and Cteis (vagina), emblems of generation and production, and which, as such, appeared in the Mysteries. The Indian Lingam was the union of both, as were the Boat and Mast, and the Point within the Circle. The Cteis was symbolized as the moon. The female personification of the productive principle. It generally accompanied the Phallus... and as a symbol of the prolific powers of nature, and was extensively venerated by the nations of antiquity." - Morals and Dogma, by Albert Pike, [1871]

"The kteis, or female organ, as the symbol of the passive or reproductive powers of nature, generally occurs on ancient Roman monuments as the concha Veneris, a fig, barley, corn and the letter delta." - PRIAPEIA, sive diversorum poetarum in Priapum lusus, translation by Leonard C. Smithers and Sir Richard Burton [1890]

(Nahuatl for “eagle”) The Order of the Eagle Knights amongst the Aztec initiates. See: Tlamatinime.

(Latin; CVLTVS, cultus, worship, from colere, to cultivate)

Objectively, it is an exclusive group of awakened people (Initiates) who cultivate and share an esoteric knowledge, usually verified by the superior senses of their consciousness. “Man know thyself and you will know the universe and its Gods.”

Subjectively, it is a religious, philosophical or scientific system of worship and ritual; in other words, a way of expressing devoted reverence in a religious or non religious (subjective scientific manner, five senses). For example: "Scientific methods or regimen of present epochs cultivate a subjective knowledge about the origin of Man based exclusively on their subjective reasoning (five senses), which is an obsessive, faddish, devotion to a person’s theories or sophisms. The source of such devotion is pride and ignorance. The interpretation of any religious scripture can become extremist or false when interpreted by subjective reasoning (five senses) or without the proper esoteric tools. Then, its followers can end up living a life in an unconventional manner and under the guidance of an ignoramus, authoritarian, charismatic leader."

(Greek: Κυβέλη Kybele) A symbol of the Divine Mother Kundalini. Among the Greeks she was known as Rhea, as METER THEON, "Mother of the Gods," as Μήτηρ (Mētēr "Mother"), and as Μήτηρ Ὀρεία ("Mountain-Mother"). In Roman mythology, her equivalent was Magna Mater or "Great Mother."

From Greek kynikos, literally "dog-like," from kyon "dog".

Originally, to be a cynic meant to be a follower of Antisthenes, a Greek philosopher, whose "purpose in life was to live in virtue, in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, people could gain happiness by rigorous training and by living in a way which was natural for themselves, rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, sex and fame. Instead, they were to lead a simple life free from all possessions. [...] By the 19th century, emphasis on the negative aspects of Cynic philosophy led to the modern understanding of cynicism to mean a disposition of disbelief in the sincerity or goodness of human motives and actions. [In modern times,] Cynicism is an attitude or state of mind characterized by a general distrust of others' motives. A cynic may have a general lack of faith or hope in the human species or people motivated by ambition, desire, greed, gratification, materialism, goals, and opinions that a cynic perceives as vain, unobtainable, or ultimately meaningless and therefore deserving of ridicule or admonishment." [Wikipedia] In fact, in 2014 scientists found evidence that cynicism leads to dementia: "...people with high levels of cynical distrust were three times more likely to develop dementia..."

"Undoubtedly, karma regulates our lives. But we must never protest against karma. There are things that we want to be in a certain way, since they are not as we wish they were. Then we protest against karma, instead of thanking karma. Actually, karma is a medicine, my dear brothers and sisters. Extraordinary medicine! A medicine with which they want to cure us. Then why do we protest against that medicine? Foolish is the patient who protests against the remedy that is being given to him. If this remedy is brought to heal us, why do we protest against the remedy? “Behold, blessed is the man whom God corrects: therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.” —Job 5:17. Obviously, the Creator wants to heal us, and his medicine is called “karma." Yet, when we have no remedy, when the medicine no longer helps us, when we have become so cynical that not even karma can truly heal us, obviously we must then enter into the submerged devolution in the infernal worlds. There we will conclude with the Second Death (as written in the Gospels): where it is clear, the annihilation of the egos occurs. The Essence is something else; she escapes from the abyss in order to begin a new evolving journey. Therefore, cynicism is the last word of the lost. The cynic for whom the medicine is no longer effective is a lost case... Obviously, they can no longer exist; they have come to their final destruction, and nobody can stop them; their devolution is frighteningly precipitated towards the center of gravity of the Earth, where they turn to dust..." —Samael Aun Weor

"The intellect is satanic when it is used for the service of the internal beast [of Revelation]. The intellectual villains (cynics and skeptics) are the result of intellectualism without spirituality. These intellectual villains are the exact image of the beast." —Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message

"The Poisoninioskirian vibrations [that result from abuse of sexual energy] produce in people a high degree of fanaticism and expert cynicism. These types of people were abundant among the great Inquisitors, for example, Tomas de Torquemada." —Samael Aun Weor, The Doomed Aryan Race

"Devolution of the sexual secretions produces certain malignant vibrations, known in esotericism as “Poisonioonoskirian vibrations.” Already poisoned by evil Poisonioonoskirian vibrations, any abstaining person undergoes horrific catastrophes in his biology, physiology and psyche. Some individuals build up fat in their bodies, while in others it turns into something different and makes them become scraggy, thin as a rake, covered by pimples, with marks on the skin, etc. Now from a psychological point of view, the involuting sperm produces a personal idiosyncrasy: on the one hand, it becomes extreme fanaticism, and on the other hand, very highly expert cynicism. Let us look at the men of the Middle Ages, the great inquisitors: abstaining, celibate, fat individuals, loaded with fat, real pigs; others thin, gaunt, ugly, horrible, with their skin full of spots. After they burned a victim at the stake, or tortured him, you could see their cynicism, their eyes were glittering with fanaticism. So, in that kind of person we find on the one hand fanaticism taken to the extreme, and on the other hand disconcerting cynicism. After burning an innocent victim, they would shrug their shoulders and justify themselves in a really cynical way." —Samael Aun Weor, The Transmutation of Sexual Energy (2)

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