Tama Guna (Static Force): the crudest force in the creative force of the universe (the operative power of the three gunas). It is through the crudifying ability of the tama guna that the consciousnesses have been made, crudified, thickened, and enabled the manifested universe to be created. It is also responsible for the feeling of “I have done” (memory) in the individual mind and Universal Mind.
Tama guna is also responsible for the state of ignorance (crude consciousness) or unawareness. It is the source which binds the Soul toward becoming self-centered, narrow-minded, lost, and having a feeling of separation from the universe. It is the same as devil.
Telepathic Ability: the ability to communicate only through the use of mind waves.
Temple: symbol for the body, and also the universe as the “temple of God.” The body is a universe too, as it has all the ingredients which can be found in the universe. The Soul of man is the god of the body. The nucleus (Soul) of the universe is God of the universe.
The buildings as temples are an external expression of internal truth. They are an effort to create a symbolic physical structure for this spiritual meaning of temple. Also a building as a temple will become a center of worshipping and gathering for people. This has a social significance beside spiritually reminding people of their duties to God.
Third Eye: the spiritual eye of the human which has been closed. It is, however, present as the pineal gland in the center of the brain. When the spiritual aspirant opens this center in the middle of the brain, he can grasp the realities of the spiritual world. His eyes will be opened. He is no longer dead. He will become different from the people of this world.
Three Gunas, The: the three forces in the universe as satva (sentient), raja (mutative), and tama (static). In the operative state, they are the same as the creative force of the universe (Prakrti). They are also the three parts of the Universal Mind and individual mind ().
The three gunas and consciousness are a part and parcel of one entity (inseparable). Consciousness is the controller of the three gunas, and the three gunas are the creative power of the consciousness.
Time, Place, and Person: all things in this universe depend on time, place, and person (persons) involved. In any situation, the action or decision can be from ignorance (irrelevant to that situation), from passion (being for selfish gain), or from knowledge (relevant, correct, and Divine).
Tohied : God is one.
In its more expanded meaning, “Tohied” means that all things have come from one Source, or from God. So God is everything, and everything is One. This is supported by the sentence, “and untoAllah we return” (which is repeated many times in the Koran). It means that we have come from Him and we should return to Him. Or in other words, He is everything.
In a narrower sense, “tohied” means that there is only one God to be worshipped as the Supreme Being. There is no God other than He.
Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil, The: to follow one’s own feelings and judgment as guidance rather than to follow God’s Laws, Commandments, and guidance.
That is exactly what the woman did. She “saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise [temptation], she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat…” (Gen. 3:6).
She did what seemed good to her, so felt it was alright. But the result was to fall into misery and confusion. In fact that is the reason for the miseries of humanity, because they do not follow God’s Laws and examples. Instead of sharing and cooperating, they follow the rule of taking and create confusion — because of their crude minds under the influence of the tama guna (devil,serpent). So they become fallen men.
Tree Of Life: immortality and the way to the state of Pure Consciousness.
The Law of Karma works both individually and collectively. This can be realized by observing individual lives and also history. In fact, history is an especially good lesson to observe and learn from.
If the human learns these lessons, he can create a proper environment to live in. Otherwise the suffering will continue to be on earth.
Twenty-Four Elders: the twenty-four elements in the body and universe. These consist of the fifteen fine organs in the body (the five Pancha Tatwa, five organs of the senses, and five organs of actions), plus five basic elements (ethereal, aerial, luminous, liquid, and solid), and the three levels of the mind (the three gunas) along with the illusive “I am” as a separate entity. These are symbolized as or correspond to “the four and twenty elders” in Revelation 4:10.
Unconscious Mind (Collective Consciousness): same asUniversal Mind. Also refers to the memories in the Akashic Records which are not easily accessible to all individuals. Only those who purify themselves and go beyond their individual minds (egos), with His Grace, can have access to them.
Universalism: to consider the good and progress of the whole universe as the goal of life; to consider the universe as our home and country; to see the whole universe as God, so serving the universe is serving Him.
Any ideal other than universalism will result in narrowness of the mind, and any narrowness is bound to create suffering.
Those humans who are inclined toward accumulation of the physical wealth and control of the resources, and are interested in economic activities, are the Vaeshyas.
They can be categorized as intellectuals (Vipras) whose intellects are directed toward economic activities. They have very little interest in things other than these activities.
Veda (from the Sanskrit root “vid,” to know) means the knowledge which contains the evidence of its truth within itself. The Vedas are made up of four principle books as Rg, Yajus,Sama, and Atharva.
The Rg Veda contains prayers and hymns to the elemental deities (“rig” means “to laud”). The Yajus (“yaj,” “to sacrifice”) contains sacrifices and prayers adapted for certain rites. The Sama-Vedacontains songs of lyrical character to be recited with melody. TheAtharva-Veda consists of various hymns and incantations.
The Atharva-Veda is considered to not be an Aryan Scripture, but one that was added to the Vedas later on.
“Vidya” is opposite to avidya (ignorance). Vidya means “to turn toward God or knowledge.” Avidya means to turn toward the external world (Maya) or ignorance.
Vipras are those whose abilities are to penetrate, understand (to know), and to try to explain the phenomena in the material or manifested world and in society.
The honest and developed intellectuals are guided with rational minds, but not with emotions or intuition. The intellectualized spiritual theories (the binding religious doctrines) are created or supported by those intellectuals who want to exploit the masses (consciously or unconsciously).
When intellect is accompanied by intuition, it becomes illuminated intellect and a guide for the self and others.
White: symbol of purity and detachment.
Wind: symbol of illusionary ideas.
As the wind never can be chased or captured (even if it is captured, it will not be wind any longer), so the illusions of being attracted to this external world (Maya) also cannot be chased or captured. Even when an unnecessary desire (illusion) is fulfilled (captured), a new desire will replace it and the process is insatiable.
That is why in the Bible, “wind” is used as the one that stirs the sea (unit consciousness) or the great sea (collective consciousness). The winds that stir up the consciousness are attraction to the external world, unnecessary desires, when desires are fulfilled, they bring attachment to the external world, and the result of all of them is the greed.
These are the illusions (winds) of the world that bring confusion and tribulation (“restless sea” or “great sea”) to man.
Wine (Nectar): when a person reaches higher consciousness, especially to his fourth chakra, a liquid kind of fluid will be felt in the throat area which is known as “nectar.” The blessing felt in this stage is beyond description. It is called milk and honey nectar, and is symbolized as wine in the Bible.
Woman (Used Interchangeably As The Lower Nature, Eve): the part that was, symbolically, separated from Adam (the original dual-natured human); also used symbolically as the lower nature of the human; Divine Mother (energy) directed toward mundanity (woman).
Word, The: the Divine Vibration that resides in each Soul. It leads to Pure Consciousness. The Word consists of four parts. When the four parts are learned internally and correctly, and meditated on, the Divine Vibration will be realized which is The Word. This will become a guide for the person. If the person starts to go astray, it vanishes and when he starts coming back to the path, it returns. The ultimate achievement will be PureIntuition ().
(1) Non-Violence: not violating the innate nature (Darma) of things.
(2) Truthfulness, With Discriminating Mind: to guide all thought, speech, and action with the spirit of welfare.
(3) Non-Stealing: not to take things which rightfully are others or prevent someone from his duties.
(4) Non-Indulgence: not to indulge in the enjoyment of such amenities and comforts as are superficial to the preservation of life.
Yantra : a crystallized ideology in the shape of a painting, symbol, or sign; or a shape or painting which guides the mind into its deeper levels.
Yoga : union.
A systematic process to awaken latent spiritual forces toward higher consciousness.
Zion: the triangle downward () in the Star of David () which symbolizes justice and control.