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List of Title Abbreviations (in alphabetical order)

TG U. -- The twenty-first letter of the Latin alphabet, which has no equivalent in Hebrew. As a number, however, it is considered very mystical both by the Pythagoreans and the Kabbalists, as it is the product of 3 x 7. The latter consider it the most sacred of the odd numbers, as 21 is the sum of the numerical value of the Divine Name aeie, or eiea, or again aheihe -- thus (read backward, aheihe):

he i he a
5 + 10 + 5 + 1 = 21.

In Alchemy it symbolizes the twenty-one days necessary for the transmutation of baser metals into silver.

TG Uasar (Eg.). The same as Osiris, the latter name being Greek. Uasar is described as the "Egg-born", like Brahma. "He is the egg-sprung Eros of Aristophanes, whose creative energy brings all things into existence; the demiurge who made and animates the world, a being who is a sort of personification of Amen, the invisible god, as Dionysos is a link between mankind and the Zeus Hypsistos" (The Great Dionysiak Myth, Brown). Isis is called Uasi, as she is the Sakti of Osiris, his female aspect, both symbolizing the creating, energising, vital forces of nature in its aspect of male and female deity.

TG Uchchaih-Sravas (Sk.). The model-horse; one of the fourteen precious things or jewels produced at the Churning of the Ocean by the gods. The white horse of Indra, called the Raja of horses.

GH Uchchaihsravas The white horse produced by the gods at the churning of the ocean (see Ananta). He became the steed of Indra (q.v.), and is regarded as the model horse, 'the king of horses.' (Meaning of the word itself: neighing aloud. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 74)

TG Uchnicha, also Buddhochnicha (Sk.). Explained as "a protuberance on Buddha's cranium, forming a hair-tuft". This curious description is given by the Orientalists, varied by another which states that Uchnicha was "originally a conical or flame-shaped hair tuft on the crown of a Buddha, in later ages represented as a fleshy excrescence on the skull itself". This ought to read quite the reverse; for esoteric philosophy would say: Originally an orb with the third eye in it, which degenerated later in the human race into a fleshy protuberance, to disappear gradually, leaving in its place but an occasional flame-coloured aura, perceived only through clairvoyance, and when the exuberance of spiritual energy causes the (now concealed) "third eye'' to radiate its superfluous magnetic power. At this period of our racial development, it is of course the "Buddhas" or Initiates alone who enjoy in full the faculty of the "third eye", as it is more or less atrophied in everyone else.

TG Udana (Sk.). Extemporaneous speeches; also Sutras. In philosophy the term applies to the physical organs of speech, such as tongue, mouth, voice, etc. In sacred literature in general, it is the name of those Sutras which contain extemporaneous discourses, in distinction to the Sutras that contain only that subject matter which is introduced by questions put to Gautama the Buddha and his replies.

SD INDEX Udana (Skt) to breathe upwards

physical organs of speech I 95
principal life-wind II 567-8


WG Udasini, indifferent, free from affection; a stoic philosopher; a religious mendicant. (ud, apart; asini, sitting: sitting apart.)

TG Udayana (Sk.). Modern Peshawer. "The classic land of sorcery", according to Hiouen-Thsang.

TG Udayana Raja (Sk.). A king of Kausambi, called Vatsaraja, who was the first to have a statue of Buddha made before his death; in consequence of which, say the Roman Catholics, who build statues of Madonnas and Saints at every street corner -- he "became the originator of Buddhist IDOLATRY".

TG Udra Ramaputra (Sk.). Udra, the son of Rama. A Brahmin ascetic, who was for some years the Guru of Gautama Buddha.

TG Udumbara (Sk.). A lotus of gigantic size, sacred to Buddha: the Nila Udumbara or "blue lotus", regarded as a supernatural omen whenever it blossoms, for it flowers but once every three thousand years. One such, it is said, burst forth before the birth of Gautama, another, near a lake at the foot of the Himalayas, in the fourteenth century, just before the birth of Tsong-kha-pa, etc., etc. The same is said of the Udumbara tree (ficus glomerata) because it flowers at intervals of long centuries, as does also a kind of cactus, which blossoms only at extraordinary altitudes and opens at midnight.

SKv Udumbara, Nilodumbara The Udumbara (of unknown derivation) is the Ficus glomerata, one of the varieties of the fig-tree which is held sacred in India. Udumbara is also applied to a species of lotus, called the Nila-Udumbara or Nilodumbara, 'the blue-lotus.' The blossom of this plant is of such rare occurrence that it is considered to presage some great event. The Voice of the Silence says:

Arhans and Sages of the boundless Vision are rare as is the blossom of the Udumbara tree. -- Fragment II

In H. P. Blavatsky's Theosophical Glossary we find under the word Udumbara:

A lotus of gigantic size, sacred to Buddha: the Nila-Udumbara or "blue lotus," regarded as a supernatural omen whenever it blossoms, for it flowers but once every three thousand years. One such, it is said, burst forth before the birth of Gautama, another, near a lake at the foot of the Himalayas, in the fourteenth century, just before the birth of Tsong-kha-pa, etc., etc. The same is said of the Udumbara tree (ficus glomerata) because it flowers at intervals of long centuries, as does also a kind of cactus, which blossoms only at extraordinary altitudes and opens at midnight.

SD INDEX Ueber die Auflosung . . . See Wiegand, J.

SD INDEX Ueber die Grenzen. See Du Bois-Reymond

SD INDEX Ugrasena, King of Mathura II 323

SD INDEX Uhlemann, Rosetta Stone of II 464

TG Ullambana (Sk.). The festival of "all souls", the prototype of All Souls' Day in Christian lands. It is held in China on the seventh moon annually, when both "Buddhist and Tauist priests read masses, to release the souls of those who died on land or sea from purgatory, scatter rice to feed Pretas [thirty-six classes of demons ever hungry and thirsty], consecrate domestic ancestral shrines, . . . . recite Tantras . . . accompanied by magic finger-play (mudra) to comfort the ancestral spirits of seven generations in Naraka" (a kind of purgatory or Kama Loka). The author of the Sanskrit-Chinese Dictionary thinks that this is the old Tibetan (Bohn) "Gtorma ritual engrafted upon Confucian ancestral worship," owing to Dharmaraksha translating the Ullambana Sutra and introducing it into China. The said Sutra is certainly a forgery, as it gives these rites on the authority of Sakyamuni Buddha, and "supports it by the alleged experiences of his principal disciples, Ananda being said to have appeased Pretas by food offerings". But as correctly stated by Mr. Eitel, "the whole theory, with the ideas of intercessory prayers, priestly litanies and requiems, and ancestral worship, is entirely foreign to ancient and Southern Buddhism". And to the Northern too, if we except the sects of Bhootan and Sikkim, of the Bhon or Dugpa persuasion -- the red caps, in short. As the ceremonies of All Saints' Day, or days, are known to have been introduced into China in the third century (265-292), and as the same Roman Catholic ceremonial and ritual for the dead, held on November 2nd, did not exist in those early days of Christianity, it cannot be the Chinese who borrowed this religious custom from the Latins, but rather the latter who imitated the Mongolians and Chinese.

TG Uller (Scand.). The god of archery, who "journeys over the silvery ice-ways on skates". He is the patron of the chase during that period when the Sun passes over the constellation of Sagittarius; and lives in the "Home of the Light-Elves" which is in the Sun and outside of Asgard.

MO Ull [[Norse]] An Ase: the god of a highly spiritual, unmanifest world

TG Ulom (Phoenic.). The intelligible deity. The objective or material Universe, in the theogony of Mochus. The reflection of the ever-concealed deity; the Pleroma of the Gnostics.

SD INDEX Ulom. See Olam

TG Ulphilas (Scand.). A schoolman who made a new alphabet for the Goths in the fourth century -- a union of Greek letters with the form of the runic alphabet, since which time the runes began to die out and their secret was gradually lost. (See "Runes".) He translated the Bible into Gothic, preserved in the Codex Argenteus.

SD INDEX Ultramontanes, patriarchs & twelve signs of zodiac I 651

SD INDEX Ulug-Beg [Ulugh-Beg] (Arab) tables of, (1437 AD) I 658

TG Ulupi (Sk.). A daughter of Kauravya, King of the Nagas in Patala (the nether world, or more correctly, the Antipodes, America). Exoterically, she was the daughter of a king or chief of an aboriginal tribe of the Nagas, or Nagals (ancient adepts) in pre-historic America -- Mexico most likely, or Uruguay. She was married to Arjuna, the disciple of Krishna, whom every tradition, oral and written, shows travelling five thousand years ago to Patala (the Antipodes). The Puranic tale is based on a historical fact. Moreover, Ulupi, as a name, has a Mexican ring in it, like "Atlan", "Aclo", etc.

SD INDEX Ulupi (Skt), Arjuna married II 214 &n, 628

SD INDEX Ulysses, story of, interpreted II 769

TG Uma-Kanya (Sk.). Lit., "Virgin of Light"; a title ill-befitting its possessor, as it was that of Durga Kali, the goddess or female aspect of Siva. Human flesh was offered to her every autumn; and, as Durga, she was the patroness of the once murderous Thugs of India, and the special goddess of Tantrika sorcery. But in days of old it was not as it is now. The earliest mention of the title "Uma-Kanya" is found in the Kena-Upanishad; in it the now blood-thirsty Kali, was a benevolent goddess, a being of light and goodness, who brings about reconciliation between Brahma and the gods. She is Saraswati and she is Vach. In esoteric symbology, Kali is the dual type of the dual soul -- the divine and the human, the light and the dark soul of man.

SD INDEX Uma-Kanya (Skt) [light-virgin] Anaitia, astral light & I 91-2

SD INDEX Umbilicus, connected thru placenta II 461

TG Umbra (Lat.). The shadow of an earth-bound spook. The ancient Latin races divided man (in esoteric teachings) into seven principles, as did every old system, and as Theosophists do now. They believed that after death Anima, the pure divine soul, ascended to heaven, a place of bliss; Manes (the Kama Rupa) descended into Hades (Kama Loka); and Umbra (or astral double, the Linga Sharira) remained on earth hovering about its tomb, because the attraction of physical, objective matter and affinity to its earthly body kept it within the places which that body had impressed with its emanations. Therefore, they said that nothing but the astral image of the defunct could be seen on earth, and even that faded out with the disintegration of the last particle of the body which had been so long its dwelling.

SD INDEX Umsimi (Chald) ideal creative organ II 283-4n

TG Una (Sk.). Something underlying; subordinate; secondary also, and material.

SD INDEX Unconsciousness

cannot know self-consciousness I 51
consciousness &, discussed I 56
esoteric school rejects idea of I 453
of Hegel becomes self-conscious I 106
of von Hartmann & Hegel I 1-2n, 50, 51, 106; II 649, 662, 670

SD INDEX Underground Region (Zuni) black coin depicts II 629

SD INDEX Underworld, various deities of I 463

TG Undines (Lat.). Water nymphs and spooks. One of the four principal kinds of elemental spirits, which are Salamanders (fire), Sylphs (air), Gnomes (earth), and Undines (water).

SD INDEX Undines (water elementals), sylphs &, derided today I 606

SD INDEX Undulatory theory of light I 483, 486, 495, 528, 579-80

SD INDEX Unger, Professor Franz, Die Versunkene Insel Atlantis, believed Atlantis theory II 783

SD INDEX Ungulate(s) (hoofed mammals)

diagrams of II 735
root of II 736

SD INDEX Unicorn, Gould on credibility of II 218

SD INDEX Unicorn, The: A Mythological Investigation.See Brown, R.

SD INDEX United States

artificial mounds in II 424n
flora of East Asia & II 781
germs of sixth subrace in II 444-5
Miocene, Tertiary flora II 727, 790

SD INDEX Unity. See also One

absolute I 58-9; II 239, 545
ALL & I 8
of all nature I 120, 276
boundless, infinite II 42-3, 553
in diversity I 285; II 310
divine, as a circle I 1; II 553
divine, Egyptian idea of I 675
of divine names II 39
dual in manifestation II 24
ever unknown I 347
Fohat the binding I 111
is no number (Pythagoras) I 433
kosmos is a unity in all its parts I 480
of mankind & exceptions II 195-6
One, & manus II 322
original status of all beings II 545
plane of illusion & I 582
pulsating great heart II 588
reabsorption into I 266
spirit & matter aspects I 16
of structural plan II 737
systolic, diastolic nature of II 43
in thought & action I 644
universal, during pralaya I 613
universal, first occult dogma I 58
zero &, symbol of Deity II 581

SD INDEX Unity of Nature, The. See Campbell, G. D.

SD INDEX Universal

agent or lapis philosophorum II 113
belief in man's origins II 492
Deity has naught to do w form I 492-3n
element I 75
events preconcerted II 500n
history & Chinese moon-periods II 621
tradition safest guide II 349
tradition, testimony of ages II 194, 340


Katherine Tingley:

There should be in all things one single devotion, one motive, one desire and aspiration. Differences of nature and mind are inevitable; each should therefore accord to all the same toleration he asks for himself, and then the single thread of devotion will unite all into one Universal Brotherhood. The power would be immense; if this were put into operation it would send to all, along the invisible but real currents, a stream of help for mind, soul, and body, uniting all on the inner plane, and thus show the world the real power of co-operation on all the planes of force and consciousness . . . None can grow in the truest sense spiritually, unless he has suffered till his mind and heart are attuned to the heartache of the world.

KT Universal Brotherhood. The sub-title of the Theosophical Society, and the first of the three objects professed by it.

OG Universal Brotherhood -- Universal brotherhood as understood in the esoteric philosophy, and which is a sublime natural fact of universal nature, does not signify merely sentimental unity, or a simple political or social cooperation. Its meaning is incomparably wider and profounder than this. The sense inherent in the words in their widest tenor or purport is the spiritual brotherhood of all beings; particularly, the doctrine implies that all human beings are inseparably linked together, not merely by the bonds of emotional thought or feeling, but by the very fabric of the universe itself, all men -- as well as all beings, both high and low and intermediate -- springing forth from the inner and spiritual sun of the universe as its hosts of spiritual rays. We all come from this one source, that spiritual sun, and are all builded of the same life-atoms on all the various planes. It is this interior unity of being and of consciousness, as well as the exterior union of us all, which enables us to grasp intellectually and spiritually the mysteries of the universe; because not merely ourselves and our own fellow human beings, but also all other beings and things that are, are children of the same kosmic parent, great Mother Nature, in all her seven (and ten) planes or worlds of being. We are all rooted in the same kosmic essence, whence we all proceeded in the beginning of the primordial periods of world evolution, and towards which we are all journeying back. This interlocking and interblending of the numberless hierarchies of beings forming the universe itself extends everywhere, in the invisible worlds as well as in the worlds which are visible. Finally, it is upon this fact of the spiritual unity of all beings and things that reposes the basis and foundation of human ethics when these last are properly understood. In the esoteric philosophy ethics are no mere human convention or rules of action convenient and suitable for the amelioration of the asperities of human intercourse, but are fundamental in the very structure and inextricably coordinated operations of the universe itself.


FY Universal Manas, the universal spirit.

SD INDEX Universal Mind. See also Ideation, Mahat, Mind (Cosmic)

collective dhyani-chohanic minds I 579n
comes into action I 38
Demiurgos or I 110; II 704n
dhyani-chohans reflect ideation of I 279-80
directs divine thought into chaos II 704n
earliest adepts & II 215
Father & Son are II 492
Fohat impresses ideas of I 85
intellectual process not akin to man's I 1n
is not a being I 285n
lipikas objectivize plans of I 104
Mahat or I 216n; II 58-9, 79
matter is upadhi for I 280-1
reflection of, or cosmic ideation I 110
self-consciousness & I 51
surrounds ahamkara II 616
various names of I 110
was not (pralaya) I 38

SD INDEX Universal Oversoul

aspect of Unknown Root I 17
identity of all souls w I 17

OG Universal Self -- The universal self is the heart of the universe, for these two phrases are but two manners of expressing the same thing. It is the source of our being; it is also the goal whither we are all marching, we and the hierarchies above us as well as the hierarchies and the entities which compose them inferior to us. All come from the same ineffable source, the heart of being, the universal self. All pass at one period of their evolutionary journey through the stage of humanity, gaining thereby self-consciousness or the ego-self, the "I am I," and they find this ego-self or consciousness, as they advance along this evolutionary path, expanding gradually into universal consciousness -- an expansion, however, which never has an end, because the universal consciousness is endless, limitless, boundless, and without any frontiers whatsoever. (See also Paramatman; Self)

SD INDEX Universal Soul

akasa or II 511-12
Alaya, anima mundi I 49-50
astral light material aspect of I 421
ether breath of I 102
maha-atma, Brahma I 365 &n
Mahat, Mahabuddhi or I 420-1
mind of the Demiurge I 352
Mother, female I 352-3
Plato's, & Ptah I 353
Ra, Narayana or I 231
upadhi or basis of I 101
vehicle of spirit I 420

SD INDEX Universal Spirit I 257n; II 596. See also Spirit

atma, anupadaka [aupapaduka] & I 52, 571
Christos, Fravashi, or II 478
Paramatman or I 265
waking, sleeping of I 372

OG Universe -- The theosophical philosophy divides the universe into two general functional portions -- one the consciousness side, the abode or dwelling place, and at the same time the aggregate, of all the self-conscious, thinking entities that the boundless universe contains; and the other, the material side of nature, which is their schoolhouse, their home, and their playground too. This so-called material side is a practically infinite aggregate of monads or consciousness-centers passing through that particular phase of their evolutionary journey. This universe, therefore, is a vast aggregate of consciousness centers in both the two functional portions of it; and these consciousness-centers theosophists call monads. They are entities conscious in differing degrees, stretching along the boundless scale of the universal life; but in that particular phase which passes through what we humans call matter, those monads belonging to and forming that side of the universe, in the course of their long, long, evolutionary journey have not yet attained self-conscious powers or faculties. And furthermore, what we call matter, in its last analysis is actually an aggregate of these monads manifesting in their physical expressions as life-atoms. The consciousness side of universal nature, which also consists of countless hosts of self-conscious entities, works in and through this other or material side; for these hosts of consciousnesses self-express themselves through this other or material function or side, through these other countless hosts of younger and inferior and embryo entities, which are the life-atoms -- embryo gods. The universe is therefore actually and literally imbodied consciousnesses.

WW Universe Now Universe is the most general term of the four before us. I am subject to correction, but I believe that in my reading in English it has always struck me as being properly applied as signifying all the immensity of what is commonly called creation, all the immensity of visible being, and would include of course not only our solar system, but other solar systems, the galaxy, etc. If then, the Universe means the immensity of visible being, Pleroma would mean the immensity of the interior spheres. But Universe is best applied as meaning all that is -- both inner and outer.

SD INDEX Universe(s). See also Cosmos, Kosmos

& all in it maya I 274, 329-30
anupadaka [aupapaduka], was I 52
birth of I 110-11, 337
birth of, as spider & web I 83
blind forces could never build II 348
bounded by pentagons II 576
as Brahma & Brahma I 17-18
Brahma expands to become I 83
breathes as does man I 541
casts off skin periodically I 74
cause of its successor I 43
condition of, during pralaya I 54-5, 69
creation of, needed intelligence II 239
disintegration of visible I 4
divine thought & I 61
dodecahedron, built as a I 340, 344; II 36
dreamless sleep of I 47
Earth born in, like foetus II 188-9
effect of predecessor I 43
egg in the beginning I 359-60
elements & I 92n, 461
Essence is life & light of I 6
an eternal becoming II 449n
eternity of, as boundless plane I 16
everything in, is conscious I 274
evil a necessity in manifested II 389
evolution of, mere phallicism? II 544
evolved fr sun, point, germ I 379
evolved out of ideal plan I 281, 340
expanding, contracting of I 83-4
figures for birth of I 340
fire or intelligence moves I 77
Fohat in the unmanifest I 109
guided fr within outwards I 274
Hegel's I 51
hierarchies explain mystery of I 89
ideal, & manifested kosmos I 614
incessantly appearing, dying I 16-17; II 43
invisible, throughout space II 25
in Japanese cosmogony I 217
lipika spirits of I 128-9
lives in & returns to Brahma I 8-9
lotus symbol of I 379-86
made of ether-matter-energy I 669
manifested, is Secondary Creation II 59
manifested, pervaded by duality I 15-16
manifested, reflected in monads II 186
manifests only what is there I 570
mechanical origin of I 594-6
mechanicians in, necessary I 594
metaphysical abstractions become I 45
mind-born Son of Virgin I 399
mirrors the Logos II 25, 186
monads the expression of I 629-30
Moon & fire make up II 639n
more than what is perceived I 421n
Mundane Egg contains II 616
not separate fr the All II 384n
our, one of infinite number I 43
periodical manifestation of I 273
periodical, or Son I 41; II 492
periodical renovations of I 637-8
perpetual motion of I 2
phenomenal, an illusion I 145-6, 329
plenum or a fullness I 671
point in mundane egg & I 1
pralaya of I 41
real to the beings in it I 274, 329-30
reawakening of, in third Stanza I 21
represented in the monads I 632
requires elastic atoms I 519
rests on inter-etheric point I 556-7
revolves around Pleiades II 551
ruled by intelligent powers II 502
Sephirothal Tree is I 352
septenary state of II 598
seven principles & four principles of I 18; II 58n
seven heads of Sesha support II 505
"Son of Necessity" I 42
Son or, springs fr point, Logos I 614
three aspects of I 278
Trithemius on actuating of I 453n
fr unconscious to self-conscious I 106
unfolding of, (Manu) I 333-5
unknown absolute essence of I 273
Vach, Voice, calls, out of chaos I 137
various modes of procreation in I 406
visible, is sthula-sarira I 598
whole, lit fr one rush-light I 85n
will live 49,000 years (Persian) II 618


SD INDEX L'Univers explique . . . See Chaubard, L. A.

SD INDEX Unknowable, Unnameable. See also First Cause, God, Reality, That

absolute divine essence I 56
Ain-soph I 113; II 41, 128
circle symbol of I 113
Crookes on I 581 &n
God, not God of Israel I 327
ideas opposed to, (Spencer) II 490
karma one w II 306
materialization of first Principle II 503
not the creator I 346
Parabrahm II 128
source & cause of all II 43
of Spencer I 14 &n, 54n, 281, 327 &n, 496, 675
spirit of God moving on waters II 128
various names for I 113

SD INDEX Unknown

Aditi, chaos in first remove fr the II 527
darkness & I 134n, 333, 356, 365, 425
Hellenes had altar to, god I 327-8
light reflected in Firstborn II 703n
power & motion II 551-2
Zeruana Akerne is Persian II 488

SD INDEX Unmanifested

the Absolute or I 88
Heavenly Man is I 215
motion eternal in I 97n

SD INDEX Unpublished Manuscript. See Skinner, J. R.

SD INDEX Unpublished Manuscripts. See Mathers, S. L. M.

SD INDEX Unseen Universe. See Stewart & Tait

SXa Unum intra alterum, et alterum super alterum II 25 (Lat) "[Three Heads have been formed] one within the other, and the other above the other" -- The Lesser Holy Assembly (Idra Zuta Qadisha) 2.59 (Mathers, Kabbalah Unveiled, p. 265)