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List of Title Abbreviations (in alphabetical order)

TG L. -- The twelfth letter of the English Alphabet, and also of the Hebrew, where Lamed signifies an Ox-goad, the sign of a form of the god Mars, the generative deity. The letter is an equivalent of number 30. The Hebrew divine name corresponding to L, is Limmud, or Doctus.

TG Labarum (Lat.). The standard borne before the old Roman Emperors, having an eagle upon it as an emblem of sovereignty. It was a long lance with a cross staff at right angles. Constantine replaced the eagle by the Christian monogram with the motto GREEK LETTERS which was later interpreted into In hoc signo vinces. As to the monogram, it was a combination of the letter L, Chi, and P, Rho, the initial syllable of Christos. But the Labarum had been an emblem of Etruria ages before Constantine and the Christian era. It was the sign also of Osiris and of Horus who is often represented with the long Latin cross, while the Greek pectoral cross is purely Egyptian. In his "Decline and Fall" Gibbon has exposed the Constantine imposture. The emperor, if he ever had a vision at all, must have seen the Olympian Jupiter, in whose faith he died.


SD INDEX Laboratory, in our atmosphere I 583

TG Labro. A Roman saint, solemnly beatified a few years ago. His great holiness Consisted in sitting at one of the gates of Rome night and day for forty years, and remaining unwashed through the whole of that time. He was eaten by vermin to his bones.

KT Labro, St. A Roman Saint solemnly beatified a few years ago. His great holiness consisted in sitting at one of the gates of Rome night and day for forty years, and remaining unwashed through the whole of that time, the result of which was that he was eaten by vermin to his bones.

TG Labyrinth (Gr.). Egypt had the "celestial labyrinth" whereinto the souls of the departed plunged, and also its type on earth, the famous Labyrinth, a subterranean series of halls and passages with the most extraordinary windings. Herodotus describes it as consisting of 3,000 chambers, half below and half above ground. Even in his day strangers were not allowed into the subterranean portions of it as they contained the sepulchres of the kings who built it and other mysteries. The "Father of History" found the Labyrinth already almost in ruins, yet regarded it even in its state of dilapidation is far more marvellous than the pyramids.

SD INDEX Labyrinth I xxviii; II 220-1, 436

SD INDEX Labyrinthodon(ts) (Saurian) third eye developed in II 299n, 697

SD INDEX Lacaille, Abbe N. L. de, astronomical tables of I 661

SD INDEX Lacertilia (lizards) II 205, 296

SD INDEX Lachelier, Henri, & monads of Leibniz I 629, 630 &n

SD INDEX Lacour, P., Les Aeloim, on the Fall II 215-16n

TG Lactantius. A Church father, who declared the heliocentric system a heretical doctrine, and that of the antipodes as a "fallacy invented by the devil".

SD INDEX Lactantius Firmianus, Divine Institutions, Logos brother of Satan II 162

TG Ladakh. The upper valley of the Indus, inhabited by Tibetans, but belonging to the Rajah of Cashmere.

TG Ladder. There are many "ladders" in the mystic philosophies and schemes, all of which were, and some still are, used in the respective mysteries of various nations. The Brahmanical Ladder symbolises the Seven Worlds or Sapta Loka; the Kabalistical Ladder, the seven lower Sephiroth; Jacob's Ladder is spoken of in the Bible; the Mithraic Ladder is also the "Mysterious Ladder". Then there are the Rosicrucian, the Scandinavian, the Borsippa Ladders, etc., etc., and finally the Theological Ladder which, according to Brother Kenneth Mackenzie, consists of the four cardinal and three theological virtues.

SD INDEX Ladder. See also Jacob

of being II 239
gods ascend, descend II 357

OG Ladder of Life -- A term frequently found in theosophical literature, briefly and neatly expressing the ascending grades or stages of manifested existences in the universe. In one sense the term ladder of life is interchangeable with the other terms, the Hermetic Chain or the Golden Chain.

The universe is imbodied consciousnesses; and these imbodied consciousnesses exist in a practically infinite gradation of varying degrees of perfection -- a real ladder of life, or stair of life, stretching endlessly in either direction, for our imagination can conceive of no limits except a hierarchical one; and such hierarchical limitation is but spacial and not actual, qualitative and formal. This ladder of life is marked at certain intervals by landing places, so to say, which are what theosophists call the different planes of being -- the different spheres of consciousness, to put the thought in another manner.

TG Lady of the Sycamore. A title of the Egyptian goddess Neith, who is often represented as appearing in a tree and handing therefrom the fruit of the Tree of Life, as also the Water of Life, to her worshippers.

SD INDEX Lady of Urka, Omoroca or II 135

TG Laena (Lat.). A robe worn by the Roman Augurs with which they covered their heads while sitting in contemplation on the flight of birds.

SD INDEX Laertius. See Diogenes

WG Laghima, lightness, one of the magic powers by which one can control weight.

TG Lahgash (Kab.). Secret speech; esoteric incantation; almost identical with the mystical meaning of Vach.

SD INDEX Lahgash [Lahash] (Heb) secret speech, incantation I 354

SD INDEX Laing, Samuel

----- Modern Science & Modern Thought
cannibalism & civilized races II 723
crossbreeding among animals II 287
data on early man lacking II 717
Dryopithecus man's ancestor II 675
embryo of man II 259
evolution described II 731
First Cause & good & evil II 510n
geology & astronomy compared II 71-2
Jews had merit of monotheism II 252
length of periods uncertain II 155
man in the Miocene II 677
on meteors I 503-4
methods of reproduction II 116
Moon thrown off fr Earth I 154
oldest fossil man still man II 716
review of, quoted I 669
sequence of life II 254-5
----- A Modern Zoroastrian
African, British flints similar II 522
Eve not begotten II 661
methods of reproduction II 166, 658-9, 661-2
our atoms those of ancestors II 671-2
religious evolution sexual II 657
sex appears late in embryo II 172n

SD INDEX Lajard, J. -B. -F., ["Recherches sur le Culte . . . ," in Memoires de l'Academie Roy le . . .], on the elements I 125n

TG Lajja (Sk.). "Modesty"; a demi-goddess, daughter of Daksha.

SD INDEX Lake Dwellers II 722

flora of, of African origin (Heer) II 739
Neolithic, of Europe II 716, 722

SD INDEX Lake Superior, stone symbols II 790

TG Lakh (Sk.). 100,000 of units, either in specie or anything else.

WG Lakh, (also LAC), 100,000.

TG Lakshana (Sk.). The thirty-two bodily signs of a Buddha, marks by which he is recognised.

WG Lakshana, characteristic mark; topic.

TG Lakshmi (Sk.). "Prosperity", fortune; the Indian Venus, born of the churning of the ocean by the gods; goddess of beauty and wife of Vishnu.

WG Lakshmi, a mark or sign of luck, good or bad, but usually good, and so of wealth, prosperity; the goddess of wealth.

SD INDEX Lakshmi (Skt)

Agni son of II 578
black side of II 579
called padma or lotus I 380
female aspect of Vishnu I 379-80; II 31, 76n
later Kama son of II 176
Moon, water & II 77
Sri, Venus are I 380; II 76n, 77

SD INDEX Lalande, J. J. L. de, believed many worlds inhabited II 706

TG Lalita Vistara. (Sk.). A celebrated biography of Sakya Muni, the Lord Buddha, by Dharmarakcha, A.D. 308.

WG Lalita-Vistara, Nepalese life of Buddha.

SD INDEX Lalita-Vistara, self-maceration, etc in I 47n

TG Lama (Tib.). Written "Clama". The title, if correctly applied, belongs only to the priests of superior grades, those who can hold office as gurus in the monasteries. Unfortunately every common member of the gedun (clergy) calls himself or allows himself to be called "Lama". A real Lama is an ordained and thrice ordained Gelong. Since the reform produced by Tsong-ka-pa, many abuses have again crept into the theocracy of the land. There are "Lama-astrologers", the Chakhan, or common Tsikhan (from tsigan, "gypsy"), and Lama-soothsayers, even such as are allowed to marry and do not belong to the clergy at all. They are very scarce, however, in Eastern Tibet, belonging principally to Western Tibet and to sects which have nought to do with the Gelukpas (yellow caps). Unfortunately, Orientalists knowing next to nothing of the true state of affairs in Tibet, confuse the Choichong, of the Gurmakhayas Lamasery (Lhassa) -- the Initiated Esotericists, with the Charlatans and Dugpas (sorcerers) of the Bhon sects. No wonder if -- as Schagintweit says in his Buddhism in Tibet -- "though the images of King Choichong (the 'god of astrology') are met with in most monasteries of Western Tibet and the Himalayas, my brothers never saw a Lama Choichong". This is but natural. Neither the Choichong, nor the Kubilkhan (q.v.) overrun the country. As to the "God" or "King Choichong", he is no more a "god of astrology" than any other "Planetary" Dhyan Chohan.

IU Lamas. -- Buddhist monks belonging to the Lamaic religion of Thibet, as, for instance, friars are the monks belonging to the Popish or Roman Catholic religion. Every lama is subject to the grand Taley-Lama, the Buddhist pope of Thibet, who holds his residence at Lha-ssa, and is a reincarnation of Buddha.

WGa Lama, a title properly given only to the superior priests of Thibet; now of ten, however, applied to those of any caste. The Grand Lama is supposed to be an incarnation of Buddha.

SD INDEX Lama(s, ism)

confused w Buddhism I 539n
Dalai & Teschu (Tashi) I 471; II 178, 502n
little known of I xxvii
uninitiated, I xxi

FY Lama-gylongs, pupils of Lamas.

SD INDEX Lamarck, J. de Monet

Crookes on evolution of I 585 &n =
evolutionists & II 646
"inherent & necessary" law of II 738

SD INDEX Lamaseries, cave-libraries in I xxiv

SD INDEX Lamb I 384

Christianity & the I 441-2; II 210n
tortoise &, as symbols I 441

SD INDEX Lambert, Franz, "Die Altagyptische Seelenlehre," diagram of seven principles I 227n; II 633

SD INDEX Lamech (Heb)

perished in Deluge II 265n
son of Methusael, Methuselah II 391n

SD INDEX Lamps, Church, & frog symbol I 386

SD INDEX "lamps shone brighter" [Dryden] I 273

TG Lamrin (Tib.). A sacred volume of precepts and rules, written by Tson-kha-pa, "for the advancement of knowledge".

VS birth-place of the sacred rivers is the sacred land (II 29) [[p. 39]] Tirthikas are the Brahmanical Sectarians "beyond" the Himalayas called "infidels" by the Buddhists in the sacred land, Tibet, and vice versa.

SD INDEX La Naulette (Belgium). See Canstadt Man

jaw & ornaments at II 744

SD INDEX Lancet, The, disease & cycles (Laycock) II 622-3 &n

SD INDEX Lanci, M. A., Sacra scrittura . . ., Azazel has become a devil II 376

SD INDEX Land(s) II 6, 399-401 &nn. See also Continents

of eternal Sun, Hyperborean II 11-12
of fire & metal (East & North) II 428
need rest, renovation II 726
periodic redistribution of II 725-7

SD INDEX Land and Water, Bartlett article in II 595

TG Land of the Eternal Sun. Tradition places it beyond the Arctic regions at the North Pole. It is "the land of the gods where the sun never sets".

SD INDEX Lane, Homer, heat, contraction I 84-5

SD INDEX Lang [Lung] (Chin), dragon II 210

SD INDEX Lange, on atomic theory I 518

TG Lang-Shu (Chin.). The title of the translation of Nagarjuna's work, the Ekasloka-Shastra.

SD INDEX Language(s). See also Sounds, Speech, Writing

Darwinism & II 662
dependent upon reasoning faculties II 199
development of I 189; II 199-201
divine origin of I 307-9
of gods & magic I 464
of initiates I 568
isolated, of Basques II 790 &n
Kabiri invented devanagari II 364
within a language I 308-10
mankind once of one I 229, 341; II 198, 452, 760n
monosyllabic II 198-9
Mystery I 310-25; II 574-89
number is basis of I 320-3; II 560
of occultism is varied II 616
Plato, Magi used veiled II 395
religion & I xxix
Sanskrit, of the gods I 269
secret sacerdotal I xliii, 362
seven keys of II 334-5
Skinner on symbolic I 308
thought &, identical (Muller) II 199n
a universal I 310

TG Lanka (Sk.). The ancient name of the island now called Ceylon. It is also the name of a mountain in the South East of Ceylon, where, as tradition says, was a town peopled with demons named Lankapuri. It is described in the epic of the Ramayana as of gigantic extent and magnificence, "with seven broad moats and seven stupendous walls of stone and metal". Its foundation is attributed to Visva-Karma, who built it for Kuvera, the king of the demons, from whom it was taken by Ravana, the ravisher of Sita. The Bhagavat Purana shows Lanka or Ceylon as primarily the summit of Mount Meru, which was broken off by Vayu, god of the wind, and hurled into the ocean. It has since become the seat of the Southern Buddhist Church, the Siamese Sect (headed at present by the High Priest Sumangala), the representation of the purest exoteric Buddhism on this side of the Himalayas.

WG Lanka, the capital of ancient Ceylon; the island of Ceylon.

SD INDEX Lanka (Skt) Atlantis-Ceylon

Ceylon northern portion of II 332
Egyptian zodiac fr II 435
giants of II 70, 236, 408
Hanuman reconnoitered II 163
Hindus now on, not Atlanteans II 323-4n
men-demons of II 752
rakshasas or giants of II 276, 776
Ravana giant king of II 224, 225n, 232n, 495

SD INDEX Lankester, Professor Edwin, on development of eye II 295

WG Lankrika, psycho-physiological powers supposed to be developed by physiological means; the results obtained by hatha-yoga practices.

Lanoo: For more information on this term see Teachers, Disciples, and the Hierarchy of Compassion on this site.

TG Lanoo (Sk.). A disciple, the same as "chela".

WG Lanoo (Thibetan), disciple, chela, neophyte or student of the Mysteries, under the instruction of a Guru or Master.

OG Lanoo -- A word used in old Asiatic mystical training-schools for "disciple." (See also Chela)

IN Lanoo Student, disciple, chela.

SD INDEX Lanoo(s) (disciple, chela) I 11, 71, 77, 120; II 300

deva-eye will not help impure II 295
inner, taught seven principles I 122
studies practical esotericism I 71n


SD INDEX Laomedon (Gk) symbolic meaning of II 796

TG Lao-tze (Chin.). A great sage, saint and philosopher who preceded Confucius.

KT Lao-Tze (Chin.) A great Sage, Saint, and Philosopher, who preceded Confucius.

FY Lao-teze, a Chinese reformer.

WGa Laotze, a great Chinese philosopher; the founder of Taoism. He preceded Confucius. The mystic doctrine of the latter (now almost universal in China) is in many ways but the revived Taoistic belief.

SD INDEX Lao-tzu. See also Confucius

Japanese sect of I 173
many works of, disappeared I xxv
spirit emanates ethereal life II 36-7
----- Tao-teh-ching
brevity of I xxv
I Hi Wei is Jehovah (Remusat) I 472


SD INDEX Lapides igniti caelorum (Lat) incandescent celestial stones I 440

TG Lapis philosophorum (Lat.). The "Philosopher's stone"; a mystic term in alchemy, having quite a different meaning from that usually attributed to it.

SD INDEX Lapis Philosophorum (Lat) [philos stone], one in essence, three in aspect II 113

SD INDEX Laplace, Pierre-Simon de

answers Napoleon on God I 498, 576n
believed worlds inhabited II 701, 706
Crookes refers to I 585
derided Pictet re aerolites II 784n
fusion of nebular matter I 505
Indian & European day names I 652
near occult theory I 588
on Phobos, Mars satellite I 165
solar atmospheric fluid of I 502
solar system fr nebular rings I 149-50n
theory not hypothetical (Mill) I 588
----- Exposition du systeme du monde
comets are strangers I 500
deals w Buffon's comet I 597
motion a blind law I 498
nebular theory of I 591-3

SD INDEX Laplander(s), call corpses "manee" II 774n

SD INDEX La Pluche, Abbe, on mathematical pt I 613

TG Lararium (Lat.). An apartment in the house of ancient Romans where the Lares or household gods were preserved, with other family relics.

TG Lares (Lat.). These were of three kinds: Lares familiares, the guardians and invisible presidents of the family circle; Lares parvi, small idols used for divinations and augury: and Lares praestites, which were supposed to maintain order among the others. The Lares are the manes or ghosts of disembodied people. Apuleius says that the tumulary inscription, To the gods manes who lived, meant that the Soul had been transformed in a Lemure: and adds that though "the human Soul is a demon that our languages may name genius", and "is an immortal god though in it certain sense she is born at the same time as the man in whom she is, yet we may say that she dies in the same way that she is born". Which means in plainer language that Lares and Lemures are simply the shells cast off by the EGO, the high spiritual and immortal Soul, whose shell, and also its astral reflection, the animal Soul, die, whereas the higher Soul prevails throughout eternity.

SD INDEX Lars, Lares (Etruscan)

esoteric definition of II 361
Faber relates, to Kabiri II 360

SD INDEX Lartet, Edouard A. I. H.

man dates fr Miocene II 714n
man lived in Tertiary II 751
races larger before Deluge II 278
on "tallies" & early writing II 729
----- Cavernes du Perigord
man lived w extinct species II 746
----- "Nouvelles Recherches . . ."
Christian datings pushed back II 690-1
no date of man in Genesis II 690

TG Larva (Lat.). The animal Soul. Larvae are the shadows of men that have lived and died.

SD INDEX Lassen, Christian

----- Indische Alterthumskunde
Chinese visited New World (Neuman) II 424n
early Buddhist monastery I xxviiin

SD INDEX Last Judgment Day, or "Day-be-with-us" I 134n

SD INDEX Latency

Parabrahmic II 24
pre-cosmic I 58

SD INDEX "Latent Dynamical Theory . . ." See Thomson

SD INDEX Lateres Coctiles I 357

SD INDEXa Lateras coctiles I 357 (Lat) "Burned tiles (tablets of clay)."

SD INDEX Latham, R. G., q by Retzius II 792

SD INDEX Lathe, cruciform II 322n, 543, 559

SD INDEX Latin Church. See Roman Catholic

SD INDEX Latin Lexicon [Worterbuch]. See Freund

SD INDEX Latitude, place of no (Surya Siddhanta) II 401-2n

SD INDEX Latona (Rom, Leto in Gk)

born fr Leda's egg I 366
brought forth Sun II 771n
Diana, Ceres & II 419n
Hyperborean continent or II 770
Isis or II 130
story of II 771-2 &n

SD INDEX Laurence, Archbishop Richard. See alsoBook of Enoch

----- Introduction to Book of Enoch
on age of Book of Enoch II 230, 506
plagiarism fr Book of Enoch II 482
translated Book of Enoch II 531

SD INDEX Laurentian Period (Pyrolithic age) II 151

age of, rocks II 709
astral forms physicalized in II 684, 712
first condensation of oceans in II 159
Gladstone on II 254

SD INDEX Lava, Lemurian cities of stone & II 317

SD INDEX Lavana (Skt) [salt water] surrounds Jambu (dvipa) II 320

SD INDEX Lavater, Johann K., many worlds inhabited II 706

SD INDEX Lavoisier, Antoine L., Journal des Colonies, living elements I 468


The radical unity of the ultimate essence of each constituent part of compounds in Nature - from Star to mineral Atom, from the highest Dhyan Chohan to the smallest infusoria, in the fullest acceptation of the term, and whether applied to the spiritual, intellectual, or physical worlds - this is the one fundamental law in Occult Science. -- H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, I, p.217

SD INDEX Law(s). See also Karma, Lipika

absolute will & II 164
of analogy I 150-1, 173, 177, 586n, 604
of birth, growth, decay I 144-5
Deity is I 152
dhyani-chohans enact nature's I 38, 278
eternal cyclic, of rebirth II 232
evolution guided by II 731
Fohat & I 109-11, 139
of harmony depends on altruism II 302n
immutability of natural I 640; II 731
impressed on plastic minds I 269
intelligences started, (Newton) I 594
intelligent I 22, 38, 139, 277-8
internal, in evolution II 697
Kabiri-Titans laid down II 364
karma, of ethical causation II 302n
karma or fundamental II 510n
manvantaric, immutable I 529-30; II 489
mechanical, alone insufficient I 594, 601
no blind or unconscious I 274, 27
of offering II 747-8
one eternal, produces harmony II 420
of periodicity (Second Fundamental Proposition) I 16-17
of probabilities I xlvi-vii
of retardation, many still under II 172n, 197
of retribution I 634; II 304-5
rules smaller creators I 199
science ignorant re origin of I 498; II 65
scientific, often variable I 501-2
working w occult, of nature I 489n

SD INDEX Laws, The (De Legibus).See Plato

SD INDEX Laws of Manu (Manava-dharma-sastra)

all matter living I 280-1
Brahma as creator II 58
Brahma awakes, emanates spirit I 447
Brahma divides into male, female I 9n, 137-8; II 126, 134n
Brahma-Vach bisexual in I 72n
Chandalas (Jews) in I 313n
on connubial life II 411n
Deluge not in I 67-8
evolution of universe I 333-5
exaggerations in II 67
fourteen manus in kalpa II 307, 308 &n
grihasta & laws of marriage I 210; II 411n
Hiranyagarbha, Brahma I 89, 360
Kapila esoterically explained I 600
Narayana resting on waters I 457-8n
fr not-being is born being I 344
Om, Bhur, Bhuva, Swar I 432n
pitris lunar ancestors II 91 &n
pradhana I 256 &n
Rudras paternal grandfathers II 164n
sarisripa II 185
six (seven, five) elements II 574
sons of Atri, Marichi II 89
Svayambhuva Manu & man I 248
teaches evolution II 259
ten prajapatis, seven manus I 449; II 573
true Brahman a trisuparna I 210; II 590
Vasus, Rudras, Adityas, etc II 248n
Viraj creator of world II 311 &n

SD INDEX Laws of Moses

enacted against nations II 456
Sadducees held to I 320-1n

TG Law of Retribution. (See "Karma".)

KT Law of Retribution (vide Karma).

TG Laya or Layam (Sk.). From the root Li "to dissolve, to disintegrate" a point of equilibrium (zero-point) in physics and chemistry. In occultism, that point where substance becomes homogeneous and is unable to act or differentiate.

WG Laya, passivity; a neutral center; in yoga practice, the natural disposition toward passivity of mind, one of the obstacles to concentration.

OG Laya-Center -- A "point of disappearance" -- which is the Sanskrit meaning. Laya is from the Sanskrit root li, meaning "to dissolve," "to disintegrate," or "to vanish away." A laya-center is the mystical point where a thing disappears from one plane and passes onwards to reappear on another plane. It is that point or spot -- any point or spot -- in space, which, owing to karmic law, suddenly becomes the center of active life, first on a higher plane and later descending into manifestation through and by the laya-centers of the lower planes. In one sense a laya-center may be conceived of as a canal, a channel, through which the vitality of the superior spheres pours down into, and inspires, inbreathes into, the lower planes or states of matter, or rather of substance. But behind all this vitality there is a directive and driving force. There are mechanics in the universe, mechanics of many degrees of consciousness and power. But behind the pure mechanic stands the spiritual-intellectual mechanician.

Finally, a laya-center is the point where substance rebecomes homogeneous. Any laya-center, therefore, of necessity exists in and on the critical line or stage dividing one plane from another. Any hierarchy, therefore, contains within itself a number of laya-centers. (See also Hierarchy)

SKf Laya 'A vanishing-point'; derived from the verb-root li -- to dissolve, to vanish away. The laya-centers spoken of in Theosophy refer to those disappearing points or foci or channels through which consciousnesses or life-atoms pass when going from one plane to another, from higher to lower or from lower to higher. They are like doors which lead in two directions, downwards and upwards, or rather outwards and inwards. Modern science deals only with matter up to this zero- or disappearing -point, but Theosophy and Occultism deal with worlds beyond that. The heart or center of any being is a laya-center through which lives of many grades constantly flow back and forth.

SP Laya -- dissolution, disappearance.

Alaya -- non-dissolution, permanence.

SD INDEX Laya (Skt)

absolute homogeneity I 522, 589
awakens, becomes a comet I 203-4
-centers a condition, not points I 145
condition, "central sun" in II 240n
described I 147-8
divine breath issues fr I 289
dying globes transfer energy to I 155-6
evolution of atoms fr I 522
Ilus rests in I 140
Keely terms "Etheric Centers" I 148n, 556-7
life even in I 258-9
nirvana of seventh principle I 289 &n
nirvana or, & elements I 140
points visible to adepts I 489
primitive, state of atoms 568n
protyle & I 522; II 105
seven, centers I 138-9, 147-8
state normal condition I 567
transfer of principles & I 172
universal Virgin-Mother emerges fr I 88
fr, to vortex of motion I 258
zero point or I 130, 147-8, 545, 551, 620


SD INDEX Layard I 125n, 126. See Lajard, J.-B.-F.

SD INDEX Layard, Austin H., excavations of II 5

SD INDEX Laycock, Dr Thomas

----- "Periodicity of Vital Phenomena"
cyclic nature of disease II 622-3 &n
man's three septenary cycles II 623n

SD INDEX "Lead us not . . ." II 517

addressed to God, not Devil I 414

SD INDEX "Leaflets from Esoteric History." See Blavatsky, H. P.

SD INDEX Leah, mandrakes, magic &, [Genesis] II 27n

VS Hall of Learning [[p. 6]] The Hall of Probationary Learning.

TG Lebanon (Heb.). A range of mountains in Syria, with a few remnants of the gigantic cedar trees, a forest of which once crowned its summit. Tradition says that it is here, that the timber for King Solomon's temple was obtained. (See "Druzes".)

SD INDEX Lebanon

initiates called cedars of II 494-5
Nabatheans of Mount II 455n

SD INDEX Le Clerc, Jean, oulam [olam] not eternity I 336n, 354n

SD INDEX Le Couturier, Charles H.

----- Panorama des mondes
attraction just an idea I 492n
combated Newton's vacuum idea I 494 &n, 495
Earth 350 million years old II 698n
force & mass I 502
gravitation merely a word I 604
rotation of Sun I 500

SD INDEX "Lecture on Protoplasm." See Huxley, T. H. "On the Physical . . ."

SD INDEX Lectures on Mr. Darwin's . . . See Muller

SD INDEX Lectures on the Bhagavad-Gita. See Subba Row "Notes . . ."

SD INDEX Lectures on the Origin . . . See Sayce, A. H.

SD INDEX Lectures on the Philosophy of History. See Hegel

SD INDEX Lectures on the Science of Language. See Muller

SD INDEX Lectures on the Science of Religion. See Muller, F. M. Introduction . . .

SD INDEX Leda (Gk)

Apollo, Latona fr egg of I 366
fable of Jupiter & II 197n
legends of, various II 121-4
mother of Castor & Pollux II 121-2
swan, Kalahansa, etc I 358-9; II 122

SD INDEX Ledrenus. See Cedrinus, George

SD INDEX Lefevre, Professor Andre

----- La Philosophie
chronological info uncertain II 66 &n
on death of old races II 780
geological time imperfect II 685 &n
last glaciation 100,000 years ago II 779n
man dates fr Miocene II 714n
man last of mammals II 714n
monogenism vs polygenism II 169 &n
recapitulation of embryo II 187n
relative figures of Periods II 709-10
Tertiary man on sunken lands II 782n
traces pre-Aryan Europe II 741
vegetable phase of human foetus II 685n

SD INDEX Left-Hand Path I 417-18

adepts of, called trees II 494-5
adepts of, or Levites II 211
Atlanteans followed I 192n; II 331
persecution of right by prophets of II 503
right &, began in Atlantis I 192n
South Pole & II 400n
started sacerdotal castes II 503

SD INDEX Legend(s). See also Allegories, Myths

based on facts in nature II 293, 393
of deluges II 314
of four previous races universal II 311
Gould on actuality of II 217-19
more true than history II 182
of reclaiming buried libraries I xxxiv
of third race propagation II 132
transformed by popular fancy II 777
worldwide community of II 311

SD INDEX Legendes Persanes. See d'Herbelot

SD INDEX Legends & Theories . . . See Hardy, R. S.

SD INDEX Le Gentil de la Galaisiere, G.-J.-H., on Hindu zodiac I 663

SD INDEX Legge, James, The Life & Teachings of Confucius, Confucius transmitter, not maker I xxxvii

SD INDEX Legibus, De. See Plato,Laws

SD INDEX Legum Allegoriae. See Philo Judaeus

SD INDEX Lehm, gravel deposit in Belgium II 744

SD INDEX Leibniz (Leibnitz), Gottfried W.

all matter connected I 615, 627
believed many worlds inhabited II 706
Couchy's points are monads of I 630-1n
ethereal fluid of I 623, 626
Haeckel's theories & monads of II 671, 673
metaphysical intuition of I 627
monadic evolution of I 619-20
monad reflects itself in root forms II 186
monads of, & early atomists I 579
monads of, or elementary germs I 139, 489
on Newton's agent of gravity I 491
not initiate or mystic I 619
objective pantheist I 629
science should weigh theories of I 625
sought univ philos tongue [Merz] I 310
theories of, dealt w lower planes I 626
truths of, alloyed I 622
----- Examen des Principes . . .
God made nothing but monads I 631
----- Letter to Father Des Bosses
distinguishing betw monads, atoms I 631
----- The Monadology (Monadologie)
atoms as mathematical points I 628
brushes esoteric secrets I 626
endowed nature w life I 627, 630
monads as entelechies I 632n
monads indestructible I 179
monad universe in itself I 107
universe reflected in monad I 632
----- Systeme nouveau . . .
on atoms I 630n, 631n

SD INDEX Leibniz. See Merz, J. T.


SD INDEXa Le Jour de "Viens a nous" . . . c'est le jour ou Osiris a dit au Soleil: Viens! Je le vois rencontrant le Soleil dans l'Amenti I 134n (Fr) "The Day 'Be With Us' . . . that is the day when Osiris said to the Sun: Come! I see him meeting the Sun in Amenti." -- Paul Pierret, Le livre des morts (The Book of the Dead) 17.61

SD INDEX Lemaitre, Jules, on Renan II 455

SD INDEX Lemmings, migration of, & Atlantis II 782

SD INDEX Lemminkainen (Finn), good magician II 26

SD INDEX Lemniscate, symbol of, & caduceus I 550-1

SD INDEX Lemnos, Island of

fire (Kabiri) worship in II 363
giant skeleton at II 278
sacred to Vulcan II 3
volcanic isle (Decharme) II 391

SD INDEX Lempriere, Dr John, on Sanskrit I xxxviii

SD INDEX Lemur, & modern pithecoids II 717

TG Lemuria. A modern term first used by some naturalists, and now adopted by Theosophists, to indicate a continent that, according to the Secret Doctrine of the East, preceded Atlantis. Its Eastern name would not reveal much to European ears.

WGa Lemuria, the name given by some writers to a continent supposed to have existed at one time, but now hidden under the waves. The Secret Doctrine affirms its previous existence and holds that it extended between India and Africa. The land of the Third Race.

SD INDEX Lemuria. See also Lemuro-Atlanteans, Root-Race -- 3rd

Africa never part of II 263, 368
archaic names of, secret II 263-4
"Atlantis" &, may rise again II 333
Atlas personified II 762
Australia remnant of II 314, 779
HPB on, (Theosophist) II 788-9
broke into smaller continents II 324, 327-8
climate of II 777 &n
colossi & cyclopean ruins fr II 263, 346n
combustion & submersion of I 439n
complete records of II 334
continents of II 220, 326, 781n
cradle of ape-man (Haeckel) II 171, 193n
cradle of physical man II 46, 679-80, 715n, 737, 789
described II 7-8 &n, 221, 264, 323-4, 326-8, 333-4, 405, 781n
destroyed by fire II 266, 316, 331, 762
destruction of I 439n; II 197, 221, 313-14, 332, 371-2, 776
Dioscuri, seven dhyani-chohans of II 361n
Easter Island remnant of II 326-8
elect of, in Sambhala II 319
evidence for II 781-2, 788-9
extended up the Atlantic II 337
giant peaks of II 763
Latona-Niobe story & II 771-2 &n
Madagascar remnant of II 177
man originated in, (Haeckel) II 679-80
New Zealand part of II 296
no sharp line betw, & Atlantis II 333
origin of name (Sclater) II 7, 171, 323-4n
perished before Eocene II 31, 779
re-Tertiary II 8n, 433n
risings, sinkings of II 320-31
sank in Indian Ocean (Haeckel) II 679-80
Sons of Light & of Darkness in II 772-3
southern Hyperborean continent II 770n
stretched to polar regions II 769n
submerged continent of, (Crotch) II 782
Sweden, Norway part of II 402
tilting of axis & II 329
volcanism destroyed II 141n, 266
Wallace admits, a reality II 193n
written language of II 346n

SD INDEX Lemurian(s). See also Lemuro-Atlanteans, Root-Race -- 3rd

accursed races of II 319
adepts II 351
ancient nations descend fr II 768-9
Andaman Islanders fr late II 195-6
androgynous then bisexual II 777
animals, mated w II 286-7, 775
bred monsters II 285-6
built huge cities II 316-17
continent broke apart II 324-8
continent submerged II 606n
cyclopean ruins of II 263
divine dynasties of II 366, 774
early, androgynous II 777
early, were astral II 737
elect of, on Sacred Island II 319
failures among II 272
first physical man II 46
gravitated toward North Pole II 274
hermaphrodite then sexual II 178
holy race of giants II 171-2
later, highly intellectual II 263
looked upon as mythical II 761
male, forefather of apes II 201n
mindless wives of II 283, 286
no outward worship among II 272-3
physicalization of II 736-7
pineal a gland after fall of II 301
polar regions tomb of II 324
records of II 334-5
Saturn governed II 765
seven, divisions of Earth II 366
seven kumaras, White Island & II 584
sin of the mindless of II 683
size of II 171-2, 316, 340, 344, 446
sorcerer & circular stones II 343-4
sorcery of II 286
Tasmanians fr late II 195
third deluge destroyed II 351
two classes of II 772
ungodly Atlanteans comp w II 350
Wealdon remnant of, river II 333
worshiped their own statues II 316

SD INDEX Lemuridae, Haeckel's, & Prosimiae II 649-50, 668

SD INDEX Lemuro-Atlantean(s). See also Lemuria

age of II 751
bred monsters I 184n; II 285, 775
civilization of, drowned II 426
continents II 10
descendants of II 195, 199n, 779
dynasty of spirit-kings II 221-2
fell victim to animal natures II 285
first physical races II 772
had no dogmas II 272
highly civilized, speaking race I 191
innate knowledge of II 285
kings of, not always good II 222
overlapping of Atlantis & Lemuria II 433n
"Sons of Night, Sons of Sun" II 772
took wives of lower race II 195, 283, 284-5

SD INDEX Lenoir, Marie-Alexandre, "Du Dragon de Metz" II 386

SD INDEX Lenormant, Franccois, [Manuel d'Histoire ancienne de l'Orient], prehistoric Egyptians II 432

SD INDEX Leo (Constellation)

fiery lions or divine flames & I 213
heart of, & beginning of kali-yuga I 663
Hydra & Dendera II 432-3
Judah & I 651
vanquished II 785
vertical to Ceylon II 407
Virgo inseparable fr II 785

SD INDEX Leo [III] Isaurus, burned Constantinople library II 763n

TG Leon, Moses de. The name of a Jewish Rabbi in the XIIIth century, accused of having composed the Zohar which he gave out as the true work of Simeon Ben Jachai. His full name is given in Myer's Qabbalah as Rabbi Moses ben-Shem-Tob de Leon, of Spain, the same author proving very cleverly that de Leon was not the author of the Zohar. Few will say he was, but every one must suspect Moses de Leon of perverting considerably the original Book of Splendour (Zohar). This sin, however, may be shared by him with the Mediaeval "Christian Kabalists" and by Knorr von Rosenroth especially. Surely, neither Rabbi Simeon, condemned to death by Titus, nor his son, Rabbi Eliezer, nor his Secretary Rabbi Abba, can be charged with introducing into the Zohar purely Christian dogmas and doctrines invented by the Church Fathers several centuries after the death of the former Rabbis. This would be stretching alleged divine prophecy a little too far.

SD INDEXa Leontoid ophiomorphos II 481 (Lat & Gk) "The lion-like serpent."

SD INDEX Le Plongeon, Augustus

discovered Kan Coh sepulcher II 34n
----- Sacred Mysteries . . .
on Book of Enoch II 229-30, 506
Mayan & Egyptian alphabets alike I 267n
Mexican Sephirothal Tree II 36 &n
number seven in antiquity II 34-5

SD INDEX Leporine (hare-rabbit), fertile hybrid II 287

SD INDEX Lepsius, Karl Richard, Denkmaler aus Aegyptien . . ., Osiris-Lunus I 228

SD INDEX Leslie, Sir John, An Experimental Inquiry . . ., light & heat related I 515n

SD INDEX Lesser Bear. See Ursa Minor

SD INDEX Lesser Holy Assembly. SeeIdra Zuta Qaddisha

SD INDEX Lethe (Gk), river of forgetfulness II 690

SD INDEX Leto (Gk). See Latona

SD INDEX Letter(s)

M & its symbolism I 384-5
P & R evolve fr one II 574
seven, of Jehovah's name I 335, 351-2

SD INDEX Letters from North America. See Hodgson, A.

SD INDEX "Letter to a Theosophist," race of buddhas, christs II 415

SD INDEX "Letter to Father Des Bosses." See Leibniz

SD INDEX "Let there be Light" (Genesis) I 215-16n

SD INDEX "Lettres et conversations." See Humboldt

SD INDEX Lettres Persanes. See Montesquieu, Baron de

SD INDEX Lettres pour servir . . . See Brasseur de Bourbourg

SD INDEX Lettres sur L'Atlantide. See Bailly, J. S.

SD INDEX Leucippus (of Abdera)

atomic theory of I 2, 117, 579
atoms in a vacuum I 64, 343
believed in gods I 518

SD INDEX Leucomaines, men, animals swarming w I 260-1, 262n

TG Levanah (Heb.). The moon, as a planet and an astrological influence.

SD INDEX Leverrier, U. J. J., predictions of II 441

SD INDEX Levi (son of Jacob) II 211-12. See also Levites

Simeon &, or Gemini I 651

TG Levi, Eliphas. The real name of this learned Kabalist was Abbe Alphonse Louis Constant. Eliphas Levi Zahed was the author of several works on philosophical magic. Member of the Fratres Lucis (Brothers of Light), he was also once upon a time a priest, an abbe of the Roman Catholic Church, which promptly proceeded to unfrock him, when he acquired fame as a Kabalist. He died some twenty years ago, leaving five famous works -- Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (1856); Histoire de la Magie (1860); La Clef des grands Mysteres (1861); Legendes et Symboles (1862); and La Science des Esprits (1865); besides some other works of minor importance. His style is extremely light and fascinating; but with a rather too strong characteristic of mockery and paradox in it to be the ideal of a serious Kabalist.

SD INDEX Levi, Eliphas I xliiin; II 268n

astral light of I 196, 253-5, 338n, 421; II 74, 409, 485
re concept of God II 545, 555
confuses ruah & nephesh II 633n
full of contradictions I 259n
God should not be given form II 536
hesitated re Fall of Angels II 238n
incarnated paradox II 584
kabbalist II 238n, 506
miracles he claimed I xliiin
pandered to Rome II 507, 510-11, 562
paradoxes of II 510, 589
phallic interpretations of II 555
terminology of I 242
universal agent of I 76
veiled references of II 511
----- La Clef des Grands Mysteres
angels aspire to become men II 377
sevenfold man (Kabbala) I 241-2, 243-5
----- Dogme et Rituel . . .
Enoch & six-pointed star II 533
sign of cross II 562
yang, yin explained II 554
----- Histoire de la Magie
astral light I 259n
Fall of Angels II 238n
grand kabbalistic symbol II 359-60
Lucifer or astral light II 511
Satan described II 506-7
Sepher Yetsirah, Zohar, etc II 536
----- The Mysteries of Magic [A. E. Waite]
on astral light I 253-4n, 255
[Waite] q re Book of Enoch II 506
----- [Paradoxes of the Highest Science]
[Master KH] II 415
Leviathan (flying serpent) II 577
in Job II 206
Neptune riding on II 268n
saraph mehophep & II 206n

TG Leviathan. In biblical esotericism, Deity in its double manifestation of good and evil. The meaning may be found in the Zohar (II. 34b.) Rabbi Shimeon said: The work of the beginning (of 'creation') the companions (candidates) study and understand it; but the little ones (the full or perfect Initiates) are those who understand the allusion to the work of the beginning by the Mystery of the Serpent of the Great Sea (to wit) Thanneen, Leviathan." (See also Qabbalah, by I. Myer.)

SD INDEX Levites. See also Jews, Levi

Ark in Holy of Holies of II 459
degraded Holy of Holies II 468-9
"fiery serpents" name given to II 212
of left-hand path II 211, 212
priestly caste, disappeared II 130

SD INDEX Leviticus

disfigured Laws of Manu II 748
offering of "coats of skin" II 748
seven rounds, forty-nine races II 618, 747-8
seven Sabbaths II 565n
twelve cakes I 649
unclean foods I 80n

SD INDEX Lewes, George Henry

"guarded materialism" of I 124-5n
more dangerous than Buchner I 528n

SD INDEX Lewins, Dr

effects of Newton's discoveries I 484n
----- "Phreno-Kosmo-Biology"
on cerebration I 297 &n

SD INDEX Lewis. See Lewes, G. H.

SD INDEX Lewis, G. C,. Capella on Egyptian astronomy I 650

SD INDEX Lexicon Pentaglotton. See Schindler, V.

TG Lha (Tib.). Spirits of the highest spheres, whence the name of Lhassa, the residence of the Dalai-Lama. The title of Lha is often given in Tibet to some Narjols (Saints and Yogi adepts) who have attained great occult powers.

WG Lha (Thibetan), pitris, spirits.

IN Lha(s) (Tib) Celestial beings ranging from the highest to a terrestrial spirit; equivalent to Skt deva.

SD INDEX Lha(s) (Tib) spirits, pitris

create the world II 23
defined II 22
fivefold I 238
incarnate in men II 191
inferior, & man's body II 57
Melha a revered II 63
of Moon gave man form II 102
solar II 17, 105, 109, 110

TG Lhagpa (Tib.). Mercury, the planet.

VS Lhagpa [[p. 36]] Mercury.

TG Lhakang (Tib.). A temple; a crypt, especially a subterranean temple for mystic ceremonies.

SD INDEX Lhakhang (Tib) I xxiv

TG Lhamayin (Tib.). Elemental sprites of the lower terrestrial plane. Popular fancy makes of them demons and devils.

VS Lhamayin (III 17) [[p. 58]] Lhamayin are elementals and evil spirits adverse to men and their enemies.

WGa Lhamayin, an order of Elementals. (Thibetan).

IN Lhamayin (Tib) Non-deity, demon, elemental; spirits of lower spheres; equivalent to Skt asura.

SD INDEX Lhamayin (Tib), of below & Lhas II 63

SD INDEX Lhasa (capital of Tibet), word derived fr Lhas II 63

SD INDEX L'Homme rouge des Tuileries. See Christian, P.

SD INDEX Lhy [Li] (Chin), cuts communication betw heaven & Earth II 281

MO Li and Lacti [[Norse]] (law, lay-tee) Genetic bloodline and distinctive character or appearance

SD INDEX Liafail (Celt) speaking stone at Westminster II 342

VS man's liberation (III 20) [[p. 63]] This is an allusion to a well-known belief in the East (as in the West, too, for the matter of that) that every additional Buddha or Saint is a new soldier in the army of those who work for the liberation or salvation of mankind. In Northern Buddhist countries, where the doctrine of Nirmanakayas those Bodhisattvas who renounce well-earned Nirvana or the Dharmakaya vesture (both of which shut them out for ever from the world of men) in order to invisibly assist mankind and lead it finally to Paranirvana is taught, every new Bodhisattva or initiated great Adept is called the "liberator of mankind." The statement made by Schlagintweit in his "Buddhism in Tibet" to the effect that Prulpai Ku or "Nirmanakaya" is "the body in which the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas appear upon the earth to teach men" is absurdly inaccurate and explains nothing.

SD INDEX Liberation. See also Nirvana

creators who have reached II 77
marut-jivas attained final II 615
way to final II 322

SD INDEX Liber de Culture . . . See Abenephius

SD INDEX Liber mysterii. See Knorr von Rosenroth


Aries, & Greek zodiac II 436n
Asher or I 651
Enoch, & Hermes are one II 129
Hindu zodiac & I 661, 663
invention by Greeks explained II 502n
three Virgos betw Leo & II 368
Volney on Aries & I 658

SD INDEX Library (ies)

Alexandrian I xxiii, xxxiv; II 692, 763n
Atlantean, Babylonian, & Chinese II 692
Central Asian underground I xxxii
destruction of II 692, 763n
Mazarine II 531
Russian I xxxvi
sacred, of Fo-Kien I 271n
Sargon's, at Akkad II 691
subterranean cave- I xxiv-v &nn
teachings of all adepts in I xxxiv
temple II 529

SD INDEX Libya (Lybia in tx), golden apples not in II 770n

SD INDEX Libzu (Bab), "wise among the gods" II 5

SD INDEX Lice, aphides or plant- II 133

SD INDEX Lichen(s), emergence of I 246, 608n

SD INDEX Liddell & Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, re Deus II 582 &n

MO Lidskjalf [[Norse]] (leed-shelv) [hlid aligning with, or lid suffering + skjalf shelf] The plane of aid or compassion

SD INDEX Liber de Culture . . . See Abenephius

SD INDEX Liber mysterii. See Knorr von Rosenroth


Aries, & Greek zodiac II 436n
Asher or I 651
Enoch, & Hermes are one II 129
Hindu zodiac & I 661, 663
invention by Greeks explained II 502n
three Virgos betw Leo & II 368
Volney on Aries & I 658

SD INDEX Library (ies)

Alexandrian I xxiii, xxxiv; II 692, 763n
Atlantean, Babylonian, & Chinese II 692
Central Asian underground I xxxii
destruction of II 692, 763n
Mazarine II 531
Russian I xxxvi
sacred, of Fo-Kien I 271n
Sargon's, at Akkad II 691
subterranean cave- I xxiv-v &nn
teachings of all adepts in I xxxiv
temple II 529

SD INDEX Libya (Lybia in tx), golden apples not in II 770n

SD INDEX Libzu (Bab), "wise among the gods" II 5

SD INDEX Lice, aphides or plant- II 133

SD INDEX Lichen(s), emergence of I 246, 608n

SD INDEX Liddell & Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, re Deus II 582 &n

SD INDEX Liechan [Liuhan] (Norse) [enlighten], Loki, Lux &, same origin II 283n

SD INDEX Liege, old skulls at II 278

TG Lif (Scand.). Lif and Lifthresir, the only two human beings who were allowed to be present at the "Renewal of the World". Being "pure and innocent and free from sinful desires, they are permitted to enter the world where peace now reigns". The Edda shows them hidden in Hoddmimir's forest dreaming the dreams of childhood while the last conflict was taking place. These two creatures, and the allegory in which they take part, are allusions to the few nations of the Fourth Root Race, who, surviving the great submersion of their continent and the majority of their Race, passed into the Fifth and continued their ethnical evolution in our present Human Race.

MO Lif and Lifthrasir [[Norse]] (leev, leev-trah-seer) [life and survival] Immortal principles

SD INDEX Lif, Lifthrasir (Norse) coming Adam & Eve II 100

VS Give up thy life, if thou would'st live (I 13) [[p. 5]] Give up the life of physical personality if you would live in spirit.

VS Secret Life (II 34) [[p. 41]] The "Secret Life" is life as a Nirmanakaya.

SD INDEX Life I 157n. See also Fohat, Jivas, Lives, Nephesh, Pranas

animated by atomic vibration I 633
atoms instinct w desire for I 249
battle of mortal, w immortal II 272
bundle of, (Zohar) II 315
came fr molecular action II 730
cosmic, an electric ocean I 604
death necessary for evolution of II 389
desire to live, tanha II 109-10
earth never without I 258
egg symbol of eternal I 365
germs of II 719
light is, & electricity I 579
light of men was I 70
"like a dome" [Shelley, Adonais] I 238
maha-buddhi becomes universal I 572
march towards a higher I 277
mechanical origin of II 652
meteor brought, to earth (Thomson) I 366n, 488; II 158, 719, 730
"molecular arrangements" I 502n
nature of, not understood I 493, 540
non-separateness of I 68-9
now an empty word II 730
no, without death I 413
Odin gives man, & soul II 97
"the one form of existence" I 49
origin of II 164-5n
orthodox & esoteric science on II 711-15
on our planets II 706-8
pervades spirit, soul, body I 49
primordial germ of I 455
radiates fr the Unreachable I 59
respect for, in ovum & egg I 366
science ignorant of origin of II 655
secret of, series of lives I 238
spirit & I 284
spontaneous generation (Genesis) II 151
Sun origin of, -essence I 540-1
terrestrial & stellar II 703, 707
too much, may kill I 539
traced back to Silurian II 72
union of circle & diameter II 106-7
universality of I 49, 225 &n, 248-9, 258; II 702n, 703
Vaisvarana aspect of the One II 311n
water of II 400 &n
what is, (Felix) I 670

SD INDEX Life and Letters of Faraday. See Jones, H. B.

OG Life-Atom -- A learning, evolving entity, each one a unit in one or other of the numberless hosts or hierarchies of them which exist. A life-atom is a vital individualized vehicle or body of a spiritual monad, which latter is the consciousness-center, the ultimate, noblest, highest, finest part of us. The heart of every life-atom is a spiritual monad. Life-atoms are young gods, embryo gods, and are, therefore, in a continuous process of self-expressing themselves on the planes of matter.

A life-atom may be briefly said to be the ensouling power in every primary or ultimate particle. An atom of physical matter is ensouled by such a life-atom, which is its pranic-astral-vital primary, the life-atom of it. The life-atom is not the physical atom, which latter is but its garment or vehicle and is compounded of physical matter only, which breaks up when its term of life has run, and which will return again in order to reimbody itself anew through the instrumentality and by the innate force or energy latent in its ensouling primary, the life-atom.

In other words, the life-atom has a house of life, and this house of life is its body or physical atom; and the life-atom itself is the lowest expression of the monadic light within that atomic house.

OG Life-Atoms -- The physical body is composed essentially of energy, of energies rather, in the forms that are spoken of in modern physical science as electrons and protons. These are in constant movement; they are incessantly active, and are what theosophists call the imbodiments or manifestations of life-atoms. These life-atoms are inbuilt into man's body during the physical life which he leads on earth, although they are not derivative from outside, but spring forth from within himself -- at least a great majority of them are such. This is equivalent to saying that they compose both his physical as well as his intermediate nature, which latter is obviously higher than the physical.

When the man dies -- that is to say, when the physical body dies -- its elements pass, each and all, into their respective and appropriate spheres: some into the soil, to which those that go there are drawn by magnetic affinity, an affinity impressed upon their life-energies by the man when alive, whose overshadowing will and desires, whose overlordship and power, gave them that direction. Others pass into the vegetation from the same reason that the former are impelled to the mineral kingdom; others pass into the various beasts with which they have, at the man's death, magnetic affinity, psychic affinity more accurately, an affinity which the man has impressed upon them by his desires and various impulses; and those which take this path go to form the interior or intermediate apparatus of the beasts into which they pass. So much for the course pursued by the life-atoms of the man's lowest principles.

But there are other life-atoms belonging to him. There are life-atoms, in fact, belonging to the sphere of each one of the seven principles of man's constitution. This means that there are life-atoms belonging to his intermediate nature and to his spiritual nature and to all grades intermediate between these two higher parts of him. And in all cases, as the monad "ascends" or "rises" through the spheres, as he goes step by step higher on his wonderful postmortem journey, on each such step he discards or casts off the life-atoms belonging to each one of these steps or stages of the journey. With each step, he leaves behind the more material of these life-atoms until, when he has reached the culmination of his wonderful postmortem peregrination, he is, as Paul of the Christians said, living in "a spiritual body" -- that is to say, he has become a spiritual energy, a monad.

Nature permits no absolute standing still for anything, anywhere. All things are full of life, full of energy, full of movement; they are both energy and matter, both spirit and substance; and these two are fundamentally one -- phases of the underlying reality, of which we see but the maya or illusory forms.

The life-atoms are actually the offspring or the off-throwings of the interior principles of man's constitution. It is obvious that the life-atoms which ensoul the physical atoms in man's body are as numerous as the atoms which they ensoul; and there are almost countless hosts of them, decillions upon decillions of them, in practically incomputable numbers. Each one of these life-atoms is a being which is living, moving, growing, never standing still -- evolving towards a sublime destiny which ultimately becomes divinity.

SD INDEX Life-Atoms. See also Atoms

anima mundi & II 672 &n
of prana & heredity II 671-2
sleeping atoms & II 672

SD INDEX Life-Cycle. See also Cycle

end of this, seventh race II 49
men of this, & next I 267, 309
Vaivasvata Manu & this II 321

SD INDEX Life Germs

aggregate, produce other lives I 259
via a meteorite I 488; II 158
fr Moon II 139

SD INDEX Life of Brahma

length of I 206; II 70
maha-kalpa or I 368; II 179
one hundred years of 360 days I 36
universal pralaya after I 552
we have passed one-half of the I 368

SD INDEX Life of Confucius [Life & Teachings . . .]. See Legge, J.

SD INDEX Life of Jesus. See Renan, J. Ernest

SD INDEX Life of Moses. See Philo Judaeus

SD INDEX Life of Paracelsus. See Hartmann, F.

SD INDEX Life Principle. See also Liquor Vitae, Nervous Ether, Vital

anima mundi source of II 562
Archaeus or II 654
astral form instinct w II 117
astral light, of every creature I 196
daiviprakriti or I 602
force as noumenon of II 672-3
kinetic & potential energy aspects of II 673n
meaningless to science II 730
omnipresent, indestructible II 672-3 &n
Sun source of I 593-4
too much, too little, may kill I 539

SD INDEX Life, the One I 110, 291, 539, 591. See also Boundless, That

as electricity I 81, 137, 139; II 65
eternal motion attribute of I 2
highest aspect of electricity I 81-2
jivatman or I 50
law &, ever unknown II 732
lives & I 250, 268
related to one law -- karma I 634
"secondless" I 120
THAT or I 258
the Unmanifestable I 10
wrongly identified w God I 225

OG Life-Wave -- This is a term which means the collective hosts of monads, of which hosts there are seven or ten, according to the classification adopted. The monad is a spiritual ego, a consciousness-center, being in the spiritual realms of the universal life what the life-atoms are in the lower planes of form. These monads and life-atoms collectively are the seven (or ten) life-waves -- these monads with the life-atoms in and through which they work; these life-atoms having remained, when the former planetary chain went into pralaya, in space as kosmic dust on the physical plane, and as corresponding life-atoms or life-specks of differentiated matter on the intermediate planes above the physical. Out of the working of the monads as they come down into matter -- or rather through and by the monadic rays permeating the lower planes of matter -- are the globes builded. The seven (or ten) life-waves or hosts of monads consist of monads in seven (or ten) degrees of advancement for each host.

When the hosts of beings forming the life-wave -- the life-wave being composed of the entities derived from a former but now dead planet, in our case the moon -- find that the time has arrived for them to enter upon their own particular evolutionary course, they cycle downwards as a life-wave along the planetary chain that has been prepared for them by the three hosts of elementary beings, of the three primordial elementary worlds, the forerunners of the life-wave, yet integral parts of it. This life-wave passes seven times in all around the seven spheres of our planetary chain, at first cycling down the shadowy arc through all the seven elements of the kosmos, gathering experience in each one of them; each particular entity of the life-wave, no matter what its grade or kind -- spiritual, psychic, astral, mental, divine -- advancing, until at the bottom of the arc, when the middle of the fourth round is attained, they feel the end of the downward impulse. Then begins the upward impulse, the reascent along the luminous arc upwards, towards the source from which the life-wave originally came.

IN Life-wave Kingdom or family of monads which progress through the 7 globes of a planetary chain.

SD INDEX Life Winds, Anugita on I 96; II 496 &n, 566-9


absolute, is darkness I 69-70, 201, 337; II 95, 489
Adam Kadmon, Sephirah or I 337
adepts know every phase of I 516
Aditi or primordial II 107
aspect of universal motion I 147
"Boundless," of Gnostics I 577
called a god esoterically I 672
can be stored (Grove) I 508-9
chemical action of terrestrial I 597
comes fr darkness I 40-1; II 485-6, 488, 492
cosmic desire becomes absolute I 201
cosmic principle of II 41
creative II 233, 239
darkness & I 70, 450; II 162, 412-14
darkness &, eternal ways (Gita) I 86
differentiated, becomes Fohat I 216
discribed I 41, 70, 481-9, 579-80; II 37-40
drops ray into Mother I 64
electricity & I 508-9, 579-80
eternal, or Ptah II 553
fatal, of Levi II 512
Fire, Flame &, (Stanzas) I 81-2 &n
force, vibration I 483
generated in darkness II 492
in Genesis I 337, 356n, 450
God not, but cause of I 285
heat & I 2-3, 515n; II 130
infinite ocean of I 481
is cold flame I 82
of Logos, Christos I 216; II 38
Lords of Being & condensed II 33
minerals are, crystallized & immetallized II 169
mysteries focus of II 281
nature of, not understood I 493
not matter (Grove) I 484
noumenal, phenomenal I 145-6
Occult Catechism on I 120
physical, reflects divine I 259n
Pleroma vehicle of II 511
primeval, Amun as source of II 130
primordial, dual II 36-7
primordial, is seventh principle I 216
primordial, Mithras as II 130
primordial, or central sun I 344
produces no evil II 490
purely phenomenal effect I 146
science re I 530-1, 554, 591, 595, 597
secondary effect of other causes I 484
shadow &, exist eternally II 214
shineth in darkness I 70
sidereal, of Paracelsus I 255
sons of I 31, 106, 138-9, 196, 239, 481, 572, 575
spirit & matter I 481
spiritual, how men put out II 413
springs fr upadhi of ether I 515n
Sun not cause of I 580
svara &, (Subba Row) I 270n
swan symbol of I 357
three kinds of II 37-8
three sacred number of II 590
true source of I 621n
ultimate causes of, discussed I 514-17
unknown, & Logos II 703 &n

SD INDEX Light-Bringer. See Lucifer

TG Light, Brothers of. This is what the great authority on secret societies, Brother Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie IX., says of this Brotherhood. "A mystic order, Fratres Lucis, established in Florence in 1498. Among the members of this order were Pasqualis, Cagliostro, Swedenborg, St. Martin, Eliphaz [[Eliphas?]] Levi, and many other eminent mystics. Its members were very much persecuted by the Inquisition. It is a small but compact body, the members being spread all over the world."


SD INDEX [Lightfoot, J. B., q by Oliver], on seven sounding letters II 603

SD INDEX Lightning

ash tree & II 520
Baudry's speculations on II 526
Christ comes like II 485
of Cybele I 338n
fury, evil spirit (Hebrew) I 467
globular, derided II 784n
Jupiter Fulgar or I 467
Karshipta incarnation of II 292
Prometheus, arani & II 526-7
Satan falls like II 230-1 &n, 485

SD INDEX Light of Asia. See Arnold, Sir Edwin

SD INDEX Light of the Logos. See also Daiviprakriti

awakens in animal man II 42
creative, generative II 233
daiviprakriti I 136-7, 293, 430 &n; II 38
everything created thru I 430
link betw matter & thought I 137n
Madhyama form of Vach I 432
seven sons of Sophia or I 430 &n
three kinds of, (Kabbala) I 432


Light of, or fire self II 570
physical light & I 259n
seven, & monads I 120
seven, fr one I 122
seven splendid I 433
six, fr a seventh II 625
three, in Kabbala I 432; II 37-8
"of thy Father" II 564
uncreated, created (Mazdean) II 291

SD INDEX Light-waves, hypothetical agent of I 528

SD INDEX Light-Wisdom, Black Fire is absolute II 162

TG Lila (Sk.). Sport, literally; or pastime. In the orthodox Hindu Scriptures it is explained that "the acts of the divinity are lila", or sport.

SD INDEX Lila (Skt) [amusement] universe created as in II 53, 126

SD INDEX Lilalohita. See Nilalohita

SD INDEX Lilatu. See Lilith

TG Lilith (Heb.). By Jewish tradition a demon who was the first wife of Adam, before Eve was created: she is supposed to have a fatal influence on mothers and newly-born infants. LIL is night, and LILITH is also the owl: and in mediaeval works is a synonym of Lamia or female demon. [W.W.W.]


Adam, & chhaya-birth II 174
degenerate, of third race Adam II 679
described II 174, 285 &n
Pramlocha is Hindu II 175
Samael-, ape descended fr II 262

TG Lil-in (Heb.). The children of Lilith, and their descendants. "Lilith is the Mother of the Shedim and the Muquishim (the ensnarers)". Every class of the Lil-ins, therefore, are devils in the demonology of the Jews. (See Zohar ii. 268a.)

SD INDEX Lillie, Arthur, Buddhism in Christendom, errors in I 539n

SD INDEX Lilliputians, future men, in size & giants in mind II 289n

SD INDEX Lily (ies). See also Water Lily

archangel Gabriel & I 379 &n; II 472

SD INDEX Limbus (Lat) border, fringe

astral light or I 353
kama-loka or I 334, 463

TG Limbus Major (Lat.). A term used by Paracelsus to denote primordial (alchemical) matter; "Adam's earth".

SD INDEX Limbus Major, chaos, primordial matter I 283

SD INDEX Limbus Minor, terrestrial seed, sperm I 283

SD INDEX "Limestone as an Index of Geological Time."See Reade, T. M.

SD INDEX Limne (Gk) sea (Iliad) II 766

MO Lin [[Norse]] (leen) [lin flax] Frigga, Odin's consort


has length only II 553
point fructifies the I 91

TG Linga or Lingam (Sk.). A sign or a symbol of abstract creation. Force becomes the organ of procreation only on this earth. In India there are 12 great Lingams of Siva, some of which are on mountains and rocks, and also In temples. Such is the Kedaresa in the Himalaya, a huge and shapeless mass of rock. In its origin the Lingam had never the gross, meaning connected with the phallus, an idea which is altogether of a later date. The symbol in India has the same meaning which it had in Egypt, which is simply that the creative or procreative Force is divine. It also denotes who was the dual Creator -- male and female, Siva and his Sakti. The gross and immodest idea connected with the phallus is not Indian but Greek and pre-eminently Jewish. The Biblical Bethels were real priapic stones, the "Beth-el" (phallus) wherein God dwells. The same symbol was concealed within the ark of the Covenant, the "Holy of Holies". Therefore the "Lingam" even as a phallus is not "a symbol of Siva" only, but that of every "Creator" or creative god in every nation, including the Israelites and their "God of Abraham and Jacob".

WG Lingam, the genital organ, membre virile, phallus.

SD INDEX Linga (Skt) sign, symbol. See also Phallus

Catholic writers on II 85
Hindu, & Jacob's pillar II 471-2
Hindu, & rabbinical Holy of Holies II 469
Jehovah on par w yoni & II 474
pasa can be viewed as II 548
sacr, yoni & II 465 &n, 467 &n, 588
stone in Ark, yoni & II 473
symbol of jod in Kabbala II 126n, 473-4
-worshipers of India I 347; II 472

TG Linga Purana (Sk.). A scripture of the Saivas or worshippers of Siva. Therein Maheswara, "the great Lord", concealed in the Agni Linga explains the ethics of life -- duty, virtue, self-sacrifice and finally liberation by and through ascetic life at the end of the Agni Kalpa (the Seventh Round). As Professor Wilson justice observed "the Spirit of the worship (phallic) is as little influenced by the character of the type as can well be imagined. There is nothing like the phallic orgies of antiquity; it is all mystical and spiritual."

SD INDEX Linga Purana

complexion of early races II 249-50
"First was Mahat" I 451, 454n
lists seven winds or principles II 612
names for Mahat I 256
names of Dattoli II 232n
Narayana, waters I 457-8n
Rudra was first rebel II 613n
Sanat-Kumara I 458
Siva reborn in each kalpa II 282
Vamadeva reborn in many colors I 324
year of seven rishis, year of dhruva II 307n

TG Linga Sharira (Sk.). The "body", i.e., the aerial symbol of the body, This term designates the doppelganger or the "astral body" of man or animal. It is the eidolon of the Greeks, the vital and prototypal body; the reflection of the men of flesh. It is born before and dies or fades out, with the disappearance of the last atom of the body.

KT Linga Sharira (Sans.) "Astral body," i. e., the aerial symbol of the body. This term designates the doppelganger, or the "astral body" of man or animal. It is the eidolon of the Greeks, the vital and prototypal body, the reflection of the man of flesh. It is born before man and dies or fades out with the disappearance of the last atom of the body.

WG Linga-sarira, the astral form upon which the physical body is concreted. (linga, characteristic; sarira, body.)

OG Linga-Sarira -- (Sanskrit) Linga is a word which means "characteristic mark," hence "model," "pattern." Sarira, "form," from a verb-root sri, meaning "to molder" or "to waste away," the word thus signifying "impermanence."

The sixth substance-principle, counting downwards, of which man's constitution is composed. The model-body, popularly called astral body, because it is but slightly more ethereal than the physical body, and is in fact the model or framework around which the physical body is builded, and from which, in a sense, the physical body flows or develops as growth proceeds.

At death the linga-sarira or model-body remains in the astral realms and finally fades out, dissolving pari passu, atom by atom, with the atoms of the physical corpse. These astral realms are not one single plane, but a series of planes growing gradually more ethereal or spiritual as they approach the inward spheres of nature's constitution or structure. The linga-sarira is formed before the body is formed, and thus serves as a model or pattern around which the physical body is molded and grows to maturity; it is as mortal as is the physical body, and disappears with the physical body.

SKo Linga-sarira The Model-body, often called the 'astral body'; a compound of linga -- model, and sarira -- form, derived from the verb-root sri -- to waste away; hence Linga-sarira implies a model that is impermanent. This Model-body is more ethereal than the physical body. It is the causal form from which flow the energies which build the physical body atom for atom. Like the Astral Light it automatically records all the effects of the earth-experiences lived through by the man; and therefore, if more fully understood, could give the key to many human and psychological mysteries.

SD INDEX Linga-Sarira (Skt) II 242. See also Astral Body

action of stars & I 532
astral body or I 157 &n, 242; II 596
chhaya or II 593
corresponds to globe five I 153 &n
spirit of Earth builds man's II 241
vehicle of prana I 157 &n


SD INDEX Lingha(m). See Linga

SD INDEX Linghayic, Siva becomes, & yonic II 548

SD INDEX Linnaean Classification, lists most plants as bisexual II 133

SD INDEX Linnaeus, Carl von, remark of II 287

SD INDEX Linus (legendary Gk poet), poems of I 648

SD INDEX Lion (Leo, Simha) I 663

Christian sacred animal I 363, 441-2
in Dendera & Indian zodiacs II 368, 432-3
on Gnostic gems II 481, 564, 565
grip of, paw & decad II 581
inverted (Dendera) II 433
Mikael, Michael I 127n; II 115n
Mother of God sitting on a I 400
Ophite, or Christian Michael I 127n
Paleolithic man lived w II 722 &n
puma or, in New World II 792
St Mark, Fire &, (table) II 114
Satan &, devour men I 442n
symbolizes fourth race II 533
tribe of Judah I 651
two, & Toum or Fohat I 673n
Virgin &, [Leo] II 431

SD INDEX Lip, or language (See Genesis 11:1) mankind once of one I 229; II 198, 452, 760n, 774n

TG Lipi (Sk.). To write. See "Lipikas" in Vol. I. of the Secret Doctrine.

TG Lipikas (Sk.). The celestial recorders, the "Scribes", those who record every word and deed, said or done by man while on this earth. As Occultism teaches, they are the agents of KARMA -- the retributive Law.

WGa Lipikas, the celestial scribes; the recorders of every thought, act, and word of man. Collectively, the "Book of the Recording Angel". Agents of Karma in the greater sense; mentioned in the Secret Doctrine,

OG Lipika(s) -- (Sanskrit) This word comes from the verb-root lip, meaning "to write"; hence the word lipikas means the "scribes." Mystically, they are the celestial recorders, and are intimately connected with the working of karma, of which they are the agents. They are the karmic "Recorders or Annalists, who impress on the (to us) invisible tablets of the Astral Light, 'the great picture-gallery of eternity,' a faithful record of every act, and even thought, of man [and indeed of all other entities and things], of all that was, is, or ever will be, in the phenomenal Universe" (The Secret Doctrine 1:104).

Their action although governed strictly by kosmic consciousness is nevertheless rigidly automatic, for their work is as automatic as is the action of karma itself. They are entities as a matter of fact, but entities which work and act with the rigid automatism of the kosmic machinery, rather than like the engineer who supervises and changes the running of his engines. In one sense they may perhaps better be called kosmic energies -- a most difficult matter to describe.

SKo Lipika The Lipikas are Kosmic energies or spiritual beings belonging to the Hierarchy of Compassion. Their very action, the nature of which is harmony with the Kosmic Consciousness, automatically and impersonally impresses on the Astral Light, "the great picture gallery of Eternity," a record of every deed, word, and thought of all the entities of the Kosmos. They have been called the 'Agents of Karman,' and the 'Guardians of Destiny,' for in one sense they blaze the paths that all entities will follow in a future Manvantara. The word Lipika comes from the verbal root lip -- to write.

IN Lipika (Skt) "Scribe," celestial recorders on the astral light of every thought, word, and act; highest cosmic agents of karma.

SP Lipika -- scribe, celestial recorder.

SD INDEX Lipika(s) (Skt)

agents of karma I 294 &n
barrier betw EGO & SELF I 129
concerned w man's hereafter I 126
exist as entities I 106
Fohat, Sons of I 107
meaning of word I 128-9n
mysteries to highest adepts I 128
not linked w death, but life I 105
objectivize plan of universe I 104
only, cross line betw finite & infinite I 132
recorders of karma I 103-5, 128, 129
Ring "Pass-Not," pi & I 131
separate world of spirit fr matter I 130
Sons (gods) come under eye of I 192
stand in middle wheel I 31-2, 118
three groups of I 127-8
various equivalents of I 105

SD INDEX Liquid(s)

gases, solids & I 526; II 136-7n
spherical form of drop of I 97-8n

SD INDEX Liquid Fire II 106

water is II 114

SD INDEX Liquor Amniae, foetus amidst, in womb II 188

SD INDEXa Liquor Amnii II 188 (Lat) "Amniotic fluid."

SD INDEX Liquor Vitae (of Paracelsus)

life fluid I 538-9
nervous ether of Richardson I 532 &n

SD INDEX Lithos (oi). See also Baetyl, Bethels

decad &, of Egypt & America I 321
magic stones, betyles or II 346n
phallus, lingham or II 85

SD INDEX Lithuanian Legend, of man's regeneration after Flood II 270

SD INDEX "Little Ones," initiates (Zohar) II 504

SD INDEX Little Tibet

Baltistan & II 204, 416n
part of home of physical man II 416n

SD INDEX Littre, Maximilien P. E.

----- Revue des deux Mondes
potentialities of matter I 502n
----- "Y a-t-il eu des hommes sur la terre . . ." [in Revue]
man before last geological epoch II 738-9


countless, build man, nature I 260-1
fiery I 249-50, 259, 262-3n; II 117
infinitesimal, bacteria I 225n
life collectively I 268
myriads of unknown I 607-8
spiritual, sishtas, seeds II 164

SD INDEX Lives of Alchemystical Philosophers (anon), destructions of Earth II 762n

SD INDEX Lives, Past, personality ignorant of II 306

SD INDEX Livia Augusta, transmuted bronze East to gold facsimile II 580

VS living and the dead (II 32) [[p. 40]] The "living" is the immortal Higher Ego, and the "dead" the lower personal Ego.

VS living Dead (II 36) [[p. 42]] Men ignorant of the Esoteric truths and Wisdom are called "the living Dead."

SD INDEX Livre des morts, Le. See Pierret, Paul

SD INDEX Lizards

atrophied eye in II 296 &n
w bird's wings II 55
flying II 218-19, 258, 387
Iguanodon of Mesozoic & II 154n

SD INDEX Lizeray, Henri, La Trinite Chretienne devoilee, dragon as the Verbum II 355n

SD INDEX Llama, copy of camel II 792