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SD INDEX Brachmans. See Brahman (caste)

SD INDEX Brae, de. See Braye, de

TG Bragadini, Marco Antonio. A Venetian Rosicrucian of great achievements, an Occultist and Kabbalist who was decapitated in 1595 in Bavaria, for making gold.

TG Bragi (Scand.). The god of New Life, of the re-incarnation of nature and man. He is called "the divine singer" without spot or blemish. He is represented as gliding in the ship of the Dwarfs of Death during the death of nature (pralaya), lying asleep on the deck with his golden stringed harp near him and dreaming the dream of life. When the vessel crosses the threshold of Nain, the Dwarf of Death, Bragi awakes and sweeping the strings of his harp, sings a song that echoes over all the Worlds, a song describing the rapture of existence, and awakens dumb, sleeping nature out of her long death-like sleep.

MO Brage, Bragi [[Norse]] (brah-geh) An Ase: poetic inspiration, wisdom

SD INDEX Brahe, Tycho

triple force in stars I 493
----- Astronomiae inst. Progymnasmata
mean motion of Moon I 667n
new star of I 590; II 486n

TG Brahma (Sk.). The student must distinguish between Brahma the neuter, and Brahma, the male creator of the Indian Pantheon. The former, Brahma or Brahman, is the impersonal, supreme and uncognizable Principle of the Universe from the essence of which all emanates, and into which all returns, which is incorporeal, immaterial, unborn, eternal, beginningless and endless. It is all-pervading, animating the highest god as well as the smallest mineral atom. Brahma, on the other hand, the male and the alleged Creator, exists periodically in his manifestation only, and then again goes into pralaya, i.e., disappears and is annihilated.

KT Brahm (Sans.) The student must distinguish between the neuter Brahma, and the male Creator of the Indian Pantheon, Brahma. The former Brahma or Brahman is the impersonal, Supreme, and uncognizable Soul of the Universe, from the essence of which all emanates, and into which all returns; which is incorporeal, immaterial, unborn, eternal, beginningless and endless. It is all-pervading, animating the highest god as well as the smallest mineral atom. Brahma, on the other hand, the male and the alleged Creator, exists in his manifestation periodically only, and passes into pralaya, i. e., disappears and is annihilated as periodically. (Vide infra.)

FY Brahma, the Hindu Deity which personifies the active cosmic energy.

WG Brahma, the Absolute, Parabrahmam.

WG Brahma, the creator; the impersonal universe-pervading spirit personified under this name; the lord or ruler over a Brahmanda, at the end of whose "life" that system is resolved into its final elements and reabsorbed by Parbrahmam.

OG Brahma -- (Sanskrit) A word of which the root, brih, means "expansion." It stands for the spiritual energy-consciousness side of our solar universe, i.e., our solar system, and the Egg of Brahma is that solar system.

A Day of Brahma or a maha-manvantara is composed of seven rounds, a period of 4,320,000,000 terrestrial years; this period is also called a kalpa. A Night of Brahma, the planetary rest period, which is also called the parinirvanic period, is of equal length.

Seven Days of Brahma make one solar kalpa; or, in other words, seven planetary cycles, each cycle consisting of seven rounds (or seven planetary manvantaras), form one solar manvantara.

One Year of Brahma consists of 360 Divine Days, each day being the duration of a planet's life, i.e., of a planetary chain of seven globes. The Life of Brahma (or the life of the universal system) consists of one hundred Divine Years, i.e., 4,320,000,000 years times 36,000 x 2.

The Life of Brahma is half ended: that is, fifty of his years are gone -- a period of 155,520,000,000,000 of our years have passed away since our solar system, with its sun, first began its manvantaric course. There remain, therefore, fifty more such Years of Brahma before the system sinks into rest or pralaya. As only half of the evolutionary journey is accomplished, we are, therefore, at the bottom of the kosmic cycle, i.e., on the lowest plane.

GH Brahma The first aspect of the Hindu Trimurti (or triad), the emanator or 'creator' -- the other two being Vishnu, the 'preserver,' and Siva, the 'destroyer,' or rather the 'regenerator.' The idea of the Trimurti is not found in the Vedas, nor does the name Brahma occur; the active creator is therein known as Hiranyagarbha, or Prajapati: in later times the term Prajapati was bestowed on Brahma (meaning 'the Progenitor'). In The Laws of Manu (Manava-Dharma-Sastra) it is said that the supreme soul, the selfexistent lord created the waters and deposited in them a seed, which seed became a golden egg (Hiranyagarbha) in which he himself was born as Brahma, the progenitor of all the worlds. The idea of the Trimurti is of course present in the epic poems: Brahma is represented as springing from the lotus which arose from the navel of Vishnu. From Brahma then rise the mind-born sons (the Prajapatis) who people the world. In the Puranas (especially in Vishnu-Purana), Vishnu becomes more prominent than Brahma: the latter is represented as being in its totality the aspect of Prakriti (q.v.), both evolved and unevolved (Mulaprakriti), and also the aspect of Spirit, and the aspect of Time.

Brahma is in fact the vehicle or sheath of Brahman: the spiritual evolving or developing energy-consciousness of a solar system, i.e., the Logos, deriving from Brahman. It should be pointed out that the Sanskrit word Brahman is both masculine and neuter, and therefore has two meanings: in order to distinguish these, in Theosophical literature the masculine is spelled Brahma (the nominative form), whereas the neuter is spelled Brahman (q.v.).

"Brahma, as 'the germ of unknown Darkness,' is the material from which all evolves and develops 'as the web from the spider, as foam from the water,' etc. . . . Brahma 'expands' and becomes the Universe woven out of his own substance." (Secret Doctrine, I, p. 83). (The following word is derived from the verbal root:) brih, to expand, to grow, also meaning to fructify.) (Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 56 -- where it should be spelled Brahman. See Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 61.)

SKo Brahma (masculine), Brahmanda Brahma is the Self or Hierarch of a Solar System. The Solar System or imbodiment of Brahma is often spoken of as 'the Egg of Brahma' or Brahmanda (a compound of Brahma and anda -- egg). 'A Day of Brahma' consists of seven Rounds of the planetary chain, or what is called a Planetary Manvantara, a period of 4,320,000,000 terrestrial years. 'A Night of Brahma' is of equal duration. 'A Week of Brahma' or seven Planetary Manvantaras make one Solar Manvantara. 'One Year of Brahma' equals 360 Divine Days or Planetary Manvantaras. The 'Life of Brahma' consists of 100 Divine Years or Solar Manvantaras, a period of 311,040,000,000,000 terrestrial years. There are as many Brahmas as there are solar systems.

SKs Brahma, Vach, Viraj The ancient Hindu scriptures tell us in their poetic manner that the Universe was sung into being by the inspiration arising in the divine mind of Brahma, the Father of the Universe. This Divine Thought in Brahma's mind was carried by Vach, the Mother of the Universe, or the Divine Voice, or Mystic Sound, and gave rise to Viraj, the Son, or the Divine Word, or the manifested Universe of harmony.

Vach literally means 'speech' or 'word.' It is often used synonymously with Svara, the 'Divine Sound,' and is verily 'the music of the spheres' spoken of by Pythagoras, who himself studied in, India. Viraj literally means 'sovereign,' 'splendid,' derived from the verb-root viraj -- to be illustrious, to shine forth. [From Sanskrit Keys to the Wisdom Religion, p. 7 -- H. P. Blavatsky tells us that Sanskrit has never been known nor spoken in its true systematized form except by the Initiated Brahmans. This form of Sanskrit was called, as well as by other names, Vach, the mystic speech, signifying the pulsating or vibratory tones that lie latent in its syllables and words. These tones, arranged in a Mantra, are a power in the hands of one who is familiar with the correlations of sounds, numbers, colors, and hierarchies in the Cosmos.]

IN Brahma (Skt) Hindu creator god; individualized, periodical generative aspect of Brahman; hierarch of a universe.

SP Brahma -- the individual or personified aspect of brahman.

SD INDEX Brahma (Skt). See also Days, Life, Nights, Years of; Sons of; Trimurti

Abhimanin eldest son of I 521
Adi-Sanat, Ancient of Days I 98
Age of I 8, 206, 289, 368, 552; II 70
agneyastra fiery javelin of II 629
All-Being I 55
androgyne (Vedic) I 427
Anu one name of I 542
aspect of Parabrahman I 451
assumes form of swan I 357
awakens I 337, 447, 454
birth of, (Polier) I 345-6
as boar II 53, 75, 252
Brahma(n) (neuter) & I 17-18, 61, 80
fr brih, "to expand" I 8n, 83
Burnouf on I 380n
Bythos or, periodical I 214
called forth the elements II 574
cause of potencies I 55
changes Io (cow) into deer II 418n
cosmic Logos II 247
created first man I 345
creates four orders of beings I 456n
creates his own limbs I 231
creates planets & zodiacal signs II 625n
creates thru daughter (Vach) I 431
creative activities of I 8, 10, 55, 58-60; II 162-3, 313, 553
the Creator II 313
creatures born fr parts of II 625n
cursed Narada II 47-8, 585
death of I 8, 54n, 373n
differentiated fr Parabrahm I 55-6
Divine Mind, Mahat I 451; II 79
does not create Earth I 380n
Egg of I 8, 80-1, 89, 257, 333, 335, 345, 350, 357, 359-60, 365-7, 373, 377; II 553, 616, 631
emanates spirit (Manu) I 447
evolution out of Vishnu II 31
expands to become universe I 83
Father, Mother, Son I 41
father of gods, asuras I 427
father of kumaras II 106
fifth head of II 502n, 578n
fire-god I 341
five, or Panchasya I 213
forms heaven, Earth I 333
four bodies of I 213; II 58-60
four-faced I 55, 110, 344; II 465
generative power II 43n, 125n
germ of Unknown Darkness I 83
Hari as, sleeps in Space I 371-2
Hiranyagarbha is I 89, 286
hurled to Earth (Fall) II 483, 515
an illusion I 333
instrumental not ideal cause I 55
issues fr lotus I 381n
Jyotis one name of II 766
Kalahansa I 20, 79-80
Kama born fr heart of II 176
Kasyapa son of II 382n
kriyasakti used by II 59
Kwan-shi-yin or I 452
light of the Logos II 233
Logos & I 9, 429; II 247
lotus, enthroned on I 379
the male I 59, 78, 80
male & female, becomes I 7, 9 &n, 41, 61, 81, 89, 137-8, 335, 355n; II 126, 128, 134
male principle I 59, 80, 333
manifested deity I 7; II 108
manus created by II 237
Manu-Svayambhuva II 128
many forms of II 146n
Marichi son of II 89, 132, 253
mind-born sons of I 145, 457 &n; II 44, 78, 86, 140n, 176n, 624-5
monsters created by II 65n
mover on the waters I 345
Narada & II 47, 502
ninth or Kumara Creation II 106, 579
not direct creator of man I 445
not in Vedas I xix, 426, 445
permutation of Narayana I 431
prajapatis are collectively II 60
prajapatis created by II 176n, 573
prakriti & I 542
Protologoi I 335
recoalescence of II 309n
Sanat or I 98, 459
Sarasvati wife of II 76n, 77
Sarpa, Ahi fr hair of II 181-2n
Sephirothal Tree or I 352
seven & four principles of II 58n
Siva hurls, into Abyss II 515
soul of the world I 365
story of Abram based on story of II 77
svar-loka abode of II 404
Theos evolving fr Chaos I 344
as tortoise II 75
universe is, & Brahma I 17-18
Vach & I 137, 430-1; II 107, 126, 128, 147, 418n, 472
Varaha avatara II 53
vehicle of Brahman I 17, 80
Viraja is II 90
Vishnu Purana on I 19, 421n
Vishnu, Siva & I 538; II 115
weaves universe fr own substance I 83
wrathful w Vedhas, Brahma's sons II 78
yoga power used by II 115


SD INDEX Brahma, Age of. See Brahma, Maha-Kalpa

SD INDEX Brahma, Days & Nights of. See Days of Brahma, Nights of Brahma

TG Brahma's Day. A period of 2,160,000,000 years during which Brahma having emerged out of his golden egg (Hiranyagarbha), creates and fashions the material world (being simply the fertilizing and creative force in Nature). After this period, the worlds being destroyed in turn, by fire and water, he vanishes with objective nature, and then comes Brahma's Night.

KT Brahma's Day. A period of 2,160,000,000 years, during which Brahma, having emerged out of his Golden Egg (Hiranya Garbha), creates and fashions the material world (for he is simply the fertilizing and creative force in Nature). After this period the worlds being destroyed in turn by fire and water, he vanishes with objective nature; and then comes [[Brahma's Night.]]


SD INDEX Brahma, Egg of. See Brahma, Golden Egg, Hiranyagarbha

SD INDEX Brahmachari Bawa (Yogin V. B. Gokhale), "Some Things the Aryans Knew," magic of ancient Aryans II 427n

SD INDEX Brahmacharya [or Brahmacharin] (Skt), pure life of II 458

SD INDEX Brahmadevas (Skt), five kumaras are fifth order of II 578

SD INDEX Brahmadicas (Skt), prajapatis or seven II 142

Brahmaivedam Sarvam God is verily all This (the manifested universe)

SD INDEX Brahma-Kalahamsa (Skt) divine swan II 122 &n

WG Brahma-kalpa, a "day of Brahma," embracing a period of fourteen manvantaras, together with the sandhis intervening between two Manus, equal in all to 1,000 mahayugas, or 4,320,000,000 solar years.

SD INDEX Brahma-loka (Skt), denizens of, at pralaya I 372

SD INDEX Brahman, Brahma, Brahm (neuter, Skt)

absorption in I 134n, 636
without attributes I 420
Brahma, Vishnu, Siva energies of II 115
cannot be said to be anywhere I 374
cannot cognize I 6
confused w Brahma (masc) II 465
does not create or evolve I 50n, 451
in every atom I 17
free fr pairs of opposites II 495
incognizable I 50n, 61; II 108
Kalahansa & I 20, 78, 79-80, 359; II 465
Krishna part of supreme II 359
Mysterium Magnum of Paracelsus I 61
names of, in descending order II 108
noumenon or, never rests I 374
potencies of beings in I 450-1
prakriti, spirit, time & I 19, 421
-Pumis [Pums]-Pradhana I 445
radiates the gods, rests I 447
Self or Kshetrajna II 639
That I 451
universe is, & Brahma I 17-18
universe lives in & returns to I 8-9
Vishnu Purana on I 256, 420, 445


SD INDEX Brahman(a, as) (Skt, caste) also spelled Brahman, Brahmin(s), Brachman(s)

Abraham or A-bram & II 139n, 200
abridged Upanishads I 271
advised to read Puranas II 148
Akbar & I xxiii &n
ancient, descend fr Brahmaputras I 209
anthropomorphized truths II 567
Bharata reborn as II 321
Brihaspati (Brahmanaspati) lord of the II 45n
Buddha disciple of initiated I xxi
candidate & Golden Cow II 462
Chaldeans pupils of I 117
chronology of II 49, 66-74
cross known to, before Europeans II 556
describes initiation (Anugita) II 637-8
destroyed Buddhism in India I 368n
distort meanings II 92-3
do not eat eggs I 366
Druids &, affinity between II 756
Egyptian allegories in books of I 365-6
fair-skinned, & dark Dravidians II 768
forbidden to receive money II 323
four- & three-fold upadhis of II 592-3n
gotras or caste races of II 502
greed, ambition of II 60
as grihastha II 77-8, 411n
having son religious duty of I 383
hid truth fr masses II 320
honor Agni w perpetual fire I 341
initiated, know Puranas II 320
initiated, know secret passages II 221
invaded India fr north I 270; II 768
invented Sanskrit (Stewart) II 442
Jews descend fr ex- II 200
labeled asuras demons II 487
life of traditional II 411n
Magas of Atlantis & II 322-3
misled Jones & Wilford I xxx-i &n
misrepresented suras, asuras II 93
occupation of India, effects of II 608
opposed Chandragupta II 550 &n
oppose pantheists, Advaitas I 8
oppose seven-fold division of man II 592-3n
originators of caste system I 270
origin of initiated I 209
pitris of ritual importance to II 91
primeval, initiated in Central Asia II 565
procreation not sinful w I 383
protest Esoteric Buddhism I xviii
proud exclusiveness of II 471
Pythagoras brought dual system of, & Iranians II 573
rabbi &, on linga symbol II 471-2
regard for monkeys explained I 185n
retires to jungle I 383
ritualism of II 567
on senses (Anugita) I 87; II 637-8
seven dvipas II 404 &n
sevenfold classification of II 29n, 641
tampered w Vishnu-Purana I 423
terrestrial bodhisattvas I 572
-theosophist on cosmic pralaya II 69n
Tirvalour, Tiravalore of, & Hindu epoch I 661-2, 666
of Upper India (Marcellinus) II 327
Vedas once sole property of I 271
Voltaire drawn to knowledge of II 742

SD INDEX Brahmana(s) (commentary on the Vedas).See also Aitareya-, Satapatha-, etc

Colonel Wilford & I xxxi
Gathas (Persian), Puranas same origin as II 409-10
occult works I 68, 165
personnel of, prehuman II 284
require a key I xxvii, 68
temple-Brahmans & I 271
Upanishads attached to I 269-70
Vedantin sects & I 451-2

SD INDEX Brahmanaspati (Skt) Jupiter

Brihaspati I 120n; II 45n, 498
materialization of divine grace II 498
symbol of exoteric worship II 45n

SD INDEX Brahmanda Purana

described I 367n
seven dvipas in II 404
Weber on date of I 436

SD INDEX Brahmandika (Skt), solar, lunar pitris I 442

SD INDEX Brahmanical

Buddhist &, Logos same II 637
cis-Himalayan secret teachings II 308n
culture in Babylon II 203
figures for rounds, yugas II 68-70
genealogies confusing II 42
sacred books & Upanishads I 270

SD INDEX Brahmanism

Buddhism &, compared II 637
kept masses ignorant II 60
slaughtered Indian Buddhism I 368n
Venus origin explained in II 30

TG Brahma Prajapati (Sk.). "Brahma, the Progenitor", literally the "Lord of Creatures". In this aspect Brahma is the synthesis of the Prajapati or creative Forces.

SD INDEX Brahma-Prajapati (Skt) I 79-81. See also Prajapati

breath of, creates asuras II 500
creates spiritually II 44
degraded by sexual mysteries II 471
firstborn of II 466
Jehovah-Sephiroth & II 126
male-female I 89
manifested Logos II 624
numerological confirmation of II 466
other names of I 436-7
synthesis of seven builders I 436
Tetragrammaton II 625

WG Brahma-pura, a Vedic term for the heart, also for the body. (brahma, Brahma; pura, city: city of Brahma.)

SD INDEX Brahma Purana, mind-born sons II 275

TG Brahmapuri (Sk.). Lit., "the City of Brahma".

TG Brahmaputras (Sk.). The Sons of Brahma.

WG Brahma-putras, sons of Brahma.

SD INDEX Brahmaputra(s) (Skt) II 374

initiated Brahmans descend fr I 209
Narada was a I 413

SD INDEX Brahmarandhra (Skt), jiva goes fr the heart to I 132

SD INDEX Brahmarshi(s) (Brahma-Rishis) II 176n, 502

SD INDEX Brahma-Rudra (Skt) [Siva], kumaras mind-born sons of I 458-9

WG Brahma-samadhi, abstract meditation upon Brahma, perfect absorption in thought upon the Supreme Spirit.

SD INDEX Brahma Savarna, seed-manu, planet [globe] G, fifth round II 309

TG Brahma's Night. A period of equal duration, during which Brahma is said to be asleep. Upon awakening he recommences the process, and this goes on for an AGE of Brahma composed of alternate "Days", and "Nights", and lasting 100 years (of 2,160,000,000 years each). It requires fifteen figures to express the duration of such an age; after the expiration of which the Mahapralaya or the Great Dissolution sets in, and lasts in its turn for the same space of fifteen figures.

KT Brahma's Night. A period of equal duration, in which Brahma is said to be asleep. Upon awakening he recommences the process, and this goes on for an AGE of Brahma composed of alternate "Days" and "Nights," and lasting for 100 years of 2,160,000,000 each. It requires fifteen figures to express the duration of such an age, after the expiration of which the Mahapralaya or Great Dissolution sets in, and lasts in its turn for the same space of fifteen figures.

SD INDEX Brahma's Night (Pralaya). See Night of Brahma


TG Brahma Vach (Sk.). Male and female Brahma. Vach is also sometimes called the female logos; for Vach means Speech, literally, (See Manu, Book I., and Vishnu Purana.)

WGa Brahma Vach, the speech of Brahma, and hence Brahma male and female.

SD INDEX Brahma-Vach (Skt)

androgyne, Tetragrammaton II 601
bisexual (Manu & Puranas) I 72n
bisexual Jehovah II 125, 128, 601
female half of Brahma I 81, 137
manifest theogony starts w I 434
separation of II 147
Viraj (male symbol) fr II 472


SD INDEX Brahma-Vach-Viraj (Skt)

bisexual creative deity II 125
divine hermaphrodite II 126-7

SD INDEX Brahma Vaivarta Purana, kalpas, life of Brahma I 368; II 307n

TG Brahma Vidya (Sk.). The knowledge, the esoteric science, about the two Brahmas and their true nature.

KT Brahm-Vidya (Sans.) The knowledge or Esoteric Science about the true nature of the two Brahmas.

WGa Brahma Vidya, the knowledge of or about Brahman; true knowledge -- not literally, but in the sense that if of Brahman it must be true.

TG Brahma Viraj. (Sk.). The same: Brahma separating his body into two halves, male and female, creates in them Vach and Viraj. In plainer terms and esoterically, Brahma, the Universe, differentiating, produced thereby material nature, Viraj, and spiritual intelligent Nature, Vach -- which is the Logos of Deity or the manifested expression of the eternal divine Ideation.

WGa Brahma Viraj, almost the same as Brahma Vach; it is Brahman differentiated into material unintelligent nature and into spiritual intelligent nature.

SD INDEX Brahma-Viraj (Skt)

Jehovah-Adam & I 355-6; II 126
male half of Brahma I 81; II 128
red II 43n

TG Brahmachari (Sk.). A Brahman ascetic; one vowed to celibacy, a monk, virtually, or a religious student.

FY Brahmachari, a Brahman ascetic.

WG Brahmacharin, an ascetic mendicant who lives under the direction of a spiritual Master and is vowed to celibacy and mendicancy.

SKs Brahmacharin One who follows a life of sacred study, a devotee of divine wisdom and learning. Brahmacharin is a compound of brahma -- cosmic divinity, or divine wisdom; and charin -- 'one performing,' derived from the verb-root char -- to go along, to perform.

WG Brahmacharya, life of religious studentship and holiness.

GH Brahmacharya Following a life of philosophic and religious training -- usually applicable to the first stage in the life of a Brahmana of ancient times, signifying the state of an unmarried religious student of the Vedas. (Compound Brahman, the Cosmic Spirit -- in some cases meaning 'spiritual wisdom'; charya, conduct). The person following this mode of life is called a Brahmacharin. (Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 46)

SKv Brahmaivedam sarvam. Verily, all the Universe is Brahman. (Brahmaivedam is a compound of Brahma -- the Universal Divinity, eva -- verily, and idam -- this, the manifested Universe; sarvam means 'all.')

FY Brahmagnani, one possessed of complete illumination.

TG Brahmajnani (Sk.). One possessed of complete Knowledge; an Illuminatus in esoteric parlance.

TG Brahman (Sk.). The highest of the four castes in India, one supposed or rather fancying himself, as high amoung, men, as Brahman, the ABSOLUTE of the Vedantins, is high among, or above the gods.

FY Brahman, the highest caste in India; Brahman, the absolute of the Vedantins.


WG Brahman, religious devotion, prayer; one who prays, a priest.

OG Brahman -- (Sanskrit) A word of which the root, brih, means "expansion." It is that part of the celestial being which first initiates manifestation through the various Brahmas, the expansion of the one into the many. It is what is called the unmanifest Logos. It may also be called the impersonal and uncognizable principle of the universe, and must be sharply distinguished from the masculine Brahma of which there are many in a universe.

Note: In early theosophical literature, as well as in translations of the Hindu writings, Brahman is sometimes spelled Brahma or even Brahm; but this should not be confused with Brahma. (See also Parabrahman, Brahma)

GH Brahman The impersonal and uncognisable Principle of the Universe, implying both the aspect of essential consciousness and that of substance: thus it represents the spiritual background of the Universe, the Cause of all Causes. "The student must distinguish between Brahma the neuter, and Brahma, the male creator of the Indian Pantheon. The former, Brahma or Brahman, is the impersonal, supreme and uncognizable Principle of the Universe from the essence of which all emanates, and into which all returns, which is incorporeal, immaterial, unborn, eternal, beginningless and endless. It is all-pervading, animating the highest god as well as the smallest mineral atom. Brahma, on the other hand, the male and the alleged Creator, exists periodically in his manifestation only, and then again goes into pralaya, i.e., disappears and is annihilated." (Theosophical Glossary, H. P. Blavatsky, p. 62)

GH Brahman is what is called in Theosophy the Unmanifest Logos: through and from It, therefore, arises Brahma (q.v.). (The following word is derived from the verbal root:) brih, to expand, to grow. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 58)

SKo Brahman (neuter) The loftiest Hierarch or Divinity of our Kosmos; the SELF, or the summit or the Absolute of this Galactic Universe. There are as many Brahmans or Divine Kosmic Hierarchs as there are Universes in Boundless Infinitude. Brahman is to the Universe what Atman or 'the Divine Self' is to man. When Brahman breathes forth, the manifold Brahmas or Selves or Hierarchs of the Solar Systems come into being. Brahman is derived from the verb-root brih -- to expand; hence Brahman implies 'expansion.'

IN Brahma(n) (Skt) The impersonal, absolute, ultimate reality; the unmanifest Logos.

SP Brahman -- the impersonal absolute, or ultimate reality.

TG Brahmanas (Sk.). Hindu Sacred Books. Works composed by, and for Brahmans. Commentaries on those portions of the Vedas which were intended for the ritualistic use and guidance of the "twice-born" (Dwija) or Brahmans.

WG Brahmana, a class of prose works appended to the Vedas, as the Rig-Veda has the Aitareya-Brahmana and the Kaushitaka-Brahmana; the White Yajur-Veda has the Satapatha-Brahmana; the Black Yajur-Veda has the Taittiriya-Brahmana; the Sama-Veda has eight Brahmanas; and the Atharva-Veda has the Gopatha-Brahmana. They are esoteric keys to the ceremonial magic of the Vedas.

OG Brahmana -- (Sanskrit) A word having several meanings in Hindu sacred literature. Brahmana is both noun and adjective, as noun signifying a member of the first of the four Vedic classes, and as adjective signifying what belongs to a Brahmana or what is Brahmanical. Secondly, it signifies one of the portions of the Vedic literature, containing rules for the proper usage of the mantras or hymns at sacrifices, explanations in detail of what these sacrifices are, illustrated by legends and old stories.

Another adjective with closely similar meaning is Brahma. An old-fashioned English way of spelling Brahmana is Brahmin.

GH Brahmana (often Anglicized as BRAHMAN or BRAHMIN) The highest of the four castes into which the social classes of Hindusthan were divided in post-Vedic times. Originally a Brahmana was one who had been twice-born (i.e., a dvija, or an initiate), but in decadent times the term came to be used simply as a hereditary prerogative, and hence applied to the members of the priestly caste. (Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 127)

SKo Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Sudra The Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras were the four castes of the early civilization of India. The Brahmanas are the priest-philosophers; the Kshatriyas, the warriors and ruling class; the Vaisyas, the agriculturists, merchants, and business men; the Sudras, the servants and laborers. In archaic times a man became a Brahmana, or verily a devotee of Brahman, by self-conquest, rather than by hereditary right as is the case today. Originally the caste-system referred to different disciplines followed by various types of men. The rigid caste-system based on blood-descent was a later and degraded development.

SKv Brahmana, Vaishnava, Saiva These three words are the adjectival forms of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva. (For explanation of Brahmana see [[SKo]].) The Vaishnavas and Saivas are names of two of the principal sects of modern Hinduism. The Vaishnavas worship Vishnu as their Supreme God, whereas the Saivas worship Siva as their greatest Lord.

SP Brahmana -- a Brahmin, a member of the priestly class, the first of the four classes; or a Brahamana, a text of the second layer of the Veda.

TG Brahmana period (Sk.). One of the four periods into which Vedic literature has been divided by Orientalists.

FY Brahmana period, one of the four periods into which the Vedic literature has been divided.

TG Brahmanaspati (Sk.). The planet Jupiter; a deity in the Rig-Veda, known in the exoteric works as Brihaspati, whose wife Tara was carried away by Soma (the Moon). This led to a war between the gods and the Asuras.

WG Brahmanda, a macrocosm, the mundane egg; a division of infinite space containing the fourteen lokas. (Brahma, the creator; anda, egg.)

TG Brahmarandhra (Sk.). A spot on the crown of the head connected by Sushumna, a cord in the spinal column, with the heart. A mystic term having its significance only in mysticism.

WG Brahma-randhra, an opening in the crown of the head through which the soul is said to escape at death. Nine openings of the human body are usually reckoned, the Brahma-randhra being the tenth. It is, however, in the right sense, an astral current and not a material place or opening. (brahma, the Supreme, the Atma; randhra, an opening, any one of the openings of the human body.)

TG Brahmarshis (Sk.). The Brahminical Rishis.

WG Brahma-rishi, (also Brahmarshi), a priest-sage.


SKs Brahma-vidya 'Divine-Wisdom.' H. P. Blavatsky says in The Key to Theosophy, p. 2, that "Theosophy is the equivalent of the Sanskrit Brahma-Vidya, divine knowledge."

SD INDEX Brahma-Vishnu (Skt) infinite space I 8n

SD INDEX Brahma-Vishnu-Siva, Trimurti (Skt), Diana-Hecate-Luna & I 387

SD INDEX Brahmin. See Brahman

SD INDEX Brahms & A-brahms II 130


activity electric phenomena I 85
animal, philosophizes (Levi) II 74
ape & human II 193n, 646n, 661, 676, 682
Atlantean, & nervous centers II 761
-change & thought I 124n
Chochmah [Hokhmah] or I 352
dreamless sleep & I 266
eyes grow fr within II 295
gray matter of, & sexual acts II 296
heart &, of sun I 541
human, needed for speech II 661
intellect & II 301
Laing on negro II 677 &n
mammalian II 301
normal & abnormal states of II 296
our, has softened II 250
of Paleolithic man II 686n
particles record thought I 104
physical, forgets II 424
reacts on pineal gland II 296, 301-2
registers memory II 301
size of, & intellect II 168n, 522-3
sound & I 554, 565
-stuff on physical plane I 291

SD INDEX B'raisheeth. See Bereshith

SD INDEXa B'raisheeth barah elohim ath hash ama yem v'ath haa'retz [B're'shith bara' 'elohim 'eth hash-shamayim v'eth ha'arets] I 374 (Heb) "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Gen 1:1, King James version); alternatively, "In a host the gods (elohim) formed themselves into the heavens and the earth" (G. de Purucker, Fundamentals of the Esoteric Philosophy, 2nd ed., pp. 98-9).

SD INDEX Branchiostoma, materialists & II 370n

SD INDEX B'rash. See Bereshith


feminine principle I 364
symbolized nether world I 364n

SD INDEX Brasseur de Bourbourg, C. E. See alsoPopol Vuh

man present when Andes formed II 745
----- Histoire des Nations . . . Mexique. . .
Nargal, Nagal, & Naga II 213 &n
----- [Lettres pour servir . . .]
Votan son of the snakes II 379

SD INDEX Braun, on the Divine Breath II 649n

SD INDEX Braye, de, found Neolithic idols II 723

SD INDEX Brazen Serpent I 364 &nn

gross symbol II 473
healer I 414, 472; II 208, 387n
magic agent symbol I 253n
of Moses II 206n, 387n
ram's horns & II 213n

SD INDEX Brazil, fauna of II 792

TG Bread and Wine. Baptism and the Eucharist have their direct origin in pagan Egypt. There the "waters of purification" were used (the Mithraic font for baptism being borrowed by the Persians from the Egyptians) and so were bread and wine. "Wine in the Dionysiak cult, as in the Christian religion, represents that blood which in different senses is the life of the world" (Brown, in the Dionysiak Myth). Justin Martyr says, "In imitation of which the devil did the like in the Mysteries of Mithras, for you either know or may know that they also take bread and a cup of water in the sacrifices of these that are initiated and pronounce certain words over it". (See "Holy Water".)

SD INDEX Breal, Michel, Hercule et Cacus, Kronos frkar, to create II 269n

SD INDEX Breast-eared, Breast-eyed man II 634

SD INDEX Breath. See also Breaths, Great Breath

of animal life I 242-3; II 56
asura, of God II 59, 500
becomes a stone, plant, animal, etc I 107
cool, is Mother I 12
creative, unrevealed deity I 2
crystallized into Word I 79
of Darkness moves on Waters I 64
"dead," given back I 102
divine I 41, 43, 289, 520; II 95, 551-2, 649n
divine, works thru Pleiades II 551
of elohim I 375
eternal, of the One, All I 11, 43, 54-6, 64, 75, 497n
evolution of man & II 241
Father-Mother-Son & I 41, 75, 83-5
first II 241
formless worlds or I 606
God breathed, of life I 225; II 81
heat or I 103
hot, is Father I 12
human monad or II 105
knows itself not I 56
of Life I 212, 225-6, 242-4, 342, 626 &n; II 23, 81, 162, 175, 456, 589, 604, 632
lower Adam & II 162, 175, 456
motion or I 2, 11-12, 14, 54-6, 97, 143, 497n; II 551
number, deity & I 66-7
one, & countless II 492
pneuma or II 113
prana or expirational I 95
regulation of, injurious I 95-6
returns periodically II 43
spirit is the fiery II 114
Sun & planets, universe & kosmos II 23
synthesis of senses I 96

SD INDEX Breathing of Earth & Universe I 541

SD INDEX Breaths. See also Prana, Winds

asuras highest II 92
blow in every direction I 496
countless, informed by one II 492
dhyan-chohans or I 103
fiery, & sephirothal triad I 213
had life but no understanding II 109
intellectual, or flames II 318n
monads, of the One II 610
rudras the ten vital II 548
seven, of Dragon of Wisdom I 106

SD INDEX Bree, C. R., Exposition of Fallacies . . .

Mivart on saltations II 696
no link betw man & monkey II 729
no missing link in sunken lands II 727-8

SD INDEX Breeding

inter-, of genus, species II 287
of men & animals II 184-5, 191, 201, 267

SD INDEX Bretange. See Brittany

SD INDEX Brewster, Sir David

other worlds inhabited II 701-2
----- A Treatise on Optics
light is material I 580

SD INDEX Briah [Beri'ah] (Heb), kabbalistic Neshamah fr II 604

TG Briareus (Gr.). A famous giant in the Theogony of Hesiod. The son of Coelus and Terra, a monster with 50 heads and 100 arms. He is conspicuous in the wars and battles between the gods.

SD INDEX Briareus (Gk)

giant described by Hesiod II 775-6
Orion & II 70
stands for polar continent II 776

TG Briatic World or Briah (Heb.). This world is the second of the Four worlds of the Kabbalists and referred to the highest created "Archangels", or to Pure Spirits. [W.W.W.]

SD INDEX Briatic World. See also Briah

Metatron angel of II 111

TG Bride. The tenth Sephira, Malkuth, is called by the Kabbalists the Bride of Microprosopus; she is the final He of the Tetragrammaton; in a similar manner the Christian Church is called the Bride of Christ. [W.W.W.]


of Christian kabbalists I 216, 240; II 595
Church, of Christ II 377
marriage of lamb w, (Rev) II 231

WG Brih, prayer; expansion.

SD INDEX Brih (Skt), to swell or expand I 8n, 83, 356

TG Brihadaranyaka (Sk.). The name of a Upanishad. One of the sacred and secret books of the Brahmins; an Aranyaka is a treatise appended to the Vedas, and considered a subject of special study by those who have retired to the jungle (forest) for purposes of religious meditation.

FY Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, one of the sacred books of the Brahmins; an Aranyaka is a treatise appended to the Vedas, and considered the subject of special study by those who have retired to the forest for purposes of religious meditation.

SD INDEX Brihadaranyaka-Upanishad

Brihaspati father of gods I 120n
Moon is mind, Sun understanding II 639n
rudras, breaths, Siva in II 548

TG Brihaspati (Sk.). The name of a Deity, also of a Rishi. It is likewise the name of the planet Jupiter. He is the personified Guru and priest of the gods in India; also the symbol of exoteric ritualism as opposed to esoteric mysticism. Hence the opponent of King Soma -- the moon, but also the sacred juice drunk at initiation -- the parent of Budha, Secret Wisdom.

WG Brihaspati, the personification of exoteric ritualism; the planet Jupiter.

GH Brihaspati The deity who represents the worshiper of the gods: the suppliant and sacrificer, designated as the Purohita (family priest), because he intercedes with the gods on behalf of mankind, and likewise protects the righteous men from the wicked. He is often called the father of the gods because of his creative powers, and is named the shining one, the golden colored one. Brihaspati is also the regent of the planet Jupiter. The lengthy legend about his wife, Tara, being carried off by Soma, the moon, and the consequent war in heaven (the Tarakamaya) is related in The Secret Doctrine, (II, pp. 498-9) and is there interpreted, H. P. Blavatsky. (Compound brih, as noun, 'prayer,' from (The following word is derived from the verbal root:) brih, to grow great, to expand; pati lord. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 74)

SD INDEX Brihaspati (Skt). See also Jupiter, War in Heaven

Brahmanaspati or I 120n; II 45n, 498
building of Earth & II 23
claims Budha (wisdom) as son II 499
dead-letter worship symb II 499, 500-1
father of gods I 120n
second race under II 29
Tara wife of II 45, 138, 456, 498-9

WG Brihat-saman, a sacred verse which is said to reveal the path to Nirvana.

GH Brihat-Saman The name of the hymns in the Sama-Veda, written in the Brihati meter, i.e., meters of 36 syllables (originally written 8-8-12-8). (Compound Brihat, the Brihati meter; Saman, a sacred verse to be sung. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 76)

MO Brimer [[Norse]] (bree-mer) [ocean surf] An aspect of Ager. See Ymer

SD INDEX Brimstone II 513

SD INDEX Brinham [Brimham in Yorkshire], rocking stones at II 347

TG Briseus (Gr.). A name given to the god Bacchus from his nurse, Briso. He had also a temple at Brisa, a promontory of the isle of Lesbos.

MO Brisingamen [[Norse]] (bree-sing-a-mayn) [brising fire + men jewel] Freya's gem, human intelligence

SD INDEX Britain, legends of giants in II 754

SD INDEX British, regarded Indians as inferior II 287

SD INDEX British Association, anti-Darwinists in II 696

SD INDEX British Association . . .Reports

Flower on man's antiquity II 169
Grove on ether, breath I 102
Thompson on strobic circles II 589

SD INDEX British Columbia, hieroglyphs at Indian village in II 430

SD INDEX British Isles. See also England

Atlantic ridge starts near II 333
Egyptians reached, by land II 750 &n
future sinking of II 266
not white island II 402
part of horseshoe continent II 326, 333
rocking stones in II 342n
submerged four times II 746n, 787n

SD INDEX British Linear Measures

inch of, & esoteric system I 316
Parker ratio base of I 313

SD INDEX British Museum

Assyrian tile in, & Moses II 428
Chaldean fragment in II 283-4n
Coptic manuscripts I 132n
Easter Island statue II 331, 337, 340, 680
hidden Tibetan library too large for I xxiv
Karnac monolith re Hathor I 400
Mexican manuscriptsI 36
specimens of dragons II 354-5
wealth of evidence in II 340

SD INDEX Brittany, Bretagne

Carnac stones II 341, 752
"drouk" or the devil in II 206n
Karnak (Egyptian) twin to Carnac II 380
menhirs in, & Atlanteans II 352
rocking stone at Huelgoat II 342n

SD INDEX Broca, Professor Paul

dates man to Miocene II 714n
divides man into two species II 725
on fallacies of evolutionists II 681
Preface to Anthropology by II 249n
supports Atlantis hypothesis II 790

MO Brock [[Norse]] A dwarf: the mineral kingdom

SD INDEX Bronze, Race of, third root-race II 97

SD INDEX Bronze Age II 741. See also Dvapara Yuga

Ash tree & men of II 97, 519-20, 772
every race, subrace has II 198
Jupiter created, of heroes II 270
third race (Hesiod) II 271, 520n, 772


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SD INDEX Brotherhood. See also Adepts, Esoteric School, Initiates, Mahatmas, Masters, Teachers

of adepts I 574; II 636-7
concealed books I xxiii-iv
kept third race teachings II 636-7
Nabatheans an occult II 455
pledging oneself to the I 164
of serpents (Gnostics) II 386
union, harmony, & I 644


TG Brothers of the Shadow. A name given by the Occultists, to Sorcerers, and especially to the Tibetan Dugpas, of whom there are many in the Bhon sect of the Red Caps (Dugpa). The word is applied to all practitioners of black or left hand magic.

WGa Brothers of the Shadow, the opposite of the Adepts of the white or unselfish school. Those of the shadow include all black magicians, sorcerers, and others who intelligently abuse occult powers for selfish ends. They are not only living in bodies, but are also still undestroyed or not yet disintegrated shades of former living beings who were magicians of the black school. See also Dugpa and Gyalukpa.

OG Brother(s) of the Shadow -- A term given in occultism and especially in modern esotericism to individuals, whether men or women, who follow the path of the shadows, the left-hand path. The term "shadow" is a technical expression and signifies more than appears on the surface: i.e., the expression is not to be understood of individuals who live in actual physical obscurity or actual physical shadows, which literalism would be simply absurd; but applies to those who follow the path of matter, which from time immemorial in the esoteric schools in both Orient and Occident has frequently been called shadow or shadows. The term originally arose, without doubt, in the philosophical conception of the word maya, for in early Oriental esotericism maya, and more especially maha-maya, was a term applied in one of its many philosophical meanings to that which was contrary to and, indeed, in one sense a reflection of, light. Just as spirit may be considered to be pure energy, and matter, although essentially crystallized spirit, may be looked upon as the shadow world or vehicular world in which the energy or spirit or pure light works, just so is maya, as the garment or expression or sakti of the divine energy, the vehicle or shadow of the divine side of nature, in other words its negative or nether pole, as light is the upper or positive pole.
The Brothers of the Shadow are therefore those who, being essentially of the nature of matter, instinctively choose and follow the path along which they are most strongly drawn, that is, the path of matter or of the shadows. When it is recollected that matter is but a generalizing term, and that what this term comprises actually includes an almost infinite number of degrees of increasing ethereality from the grossest physical substance, or absolute matter, up to the most ethereal or spiritualized substance, we immediately see the subtle logic of this technical term -- shadows or, more fully, the Path of the Shadows, hence the Brothers of the Shadow.
They are the so-called black magicians of the Occident, and stand in sharp and notable contrast with the white magicians or the Sons of Light who follow the pathway of self-renunciation, self-sacrifice, self-conquest, perfect self-control, and an expansion of the heart and mind and consciousness in love and service for all that lives. (See also Right-hand Path)
The existence and aims of the Brothers of the Shadow are essentially selfish. It is commonly, but erroneously, supposed that the Brothers of the Shadow are men and women always of unpleasant or displeasing personal appearance, and no greater error than this could possibly be made. Multitudes of human beings are unconsciously treading the path of the shadows and, in comparison with these multitudes, it is relatively only a few who self-consciously lead and guide with subtle and nefast intelligence this army of unsuspecting victims of maya. The Brothers of the Shadow are often highly intellectual men and women, frequently individuals with apparent great personal charm, and to the ordinary observer, judging from their conversation and daily works, are fully as well able to "quote scripture" as are the Angels of Light!


SD INDEX Brothers of the Sun I 271n

SD INDEX Brown, Robert, The Countries of the World, Peru, Easter Island relics II 317, 336-7

SD INDEX Brown, Robert, Jr, The Unicorn II 218 &n

SD INDEX Bruce, James

accused of lying II 440
discovered Book of Enoch II 531

SD INDEX Brucker, J. J., Historia Critica . . ., seed of Mot created all I 451 &n

PV Brujo Spanish, the "black magician," doomed to hell in Xibalba, the underworld. His nahual is the culebra. The elder of an earlier cycle of Maya prehistory.

SD INDEX Brunck, Richard F. P., Analecta veterum poetarum . . ., Mesomedes hymn Nemesis II 305n

SD INDEX Bryant, Jacob

Christian orientation of II 364
----- A New System . . . Mythology
egg symbol among ancients I 359-60
Mt Ararat II 596-7
Neptune greets Noah I 444n
Sydic or Sadic was Noah II 391-2