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


Hel queen of II 99
no, or blind matter I 274, 280-1, 507; II 672
Ptah Egyptian god of I 353
something, was once living I 507-8n

SD INDEX Dead, Book of the. See Book of the Dead


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Death is our common lot. Material riches are won and lost. Let thy life be inspired by the purest justice! Be beyond reproach in relation to others and to thyself. Seize every opportunity to learn. In this way thou wilt lead a most pleasurable life.

Ponder these thoughts. When thou art filled by them thou wilt be enabled to conceive of the nature of God, of men, and of things, and to account for the unity of all creation. Thou wilt then know this universal law, that everywhere in the world matter and spirit are in principle identical.

Continue the work of liberating thy soul by making a judicious and well-considered choice in all things, to the end that thou mayest assure the triumph of what is best in thyself - the triumph of the spirit. Then, when thou leavest thy mortal shape, thou wilt rise into the ether and, ceasing to be mortal, wilt thyself assume the form of an immortal god.

OG Death -- Death occurs when a general break-up of the constitution of man takes place; nor is this break-up a matter of sudden occurrence, with the exceptions of course of such cases as mortal accidents or suicides. Death is always preceded, varying in each individual case, by a certain time spent in the withdrawal of the monadic individuality from an incarnation, and this withdrawal of course takes place coincidently with a decay of the seven-principle being which man is in physical incarnation. This decay precedes physical dissolution, and is a preparation of and by the consciousness-center for the forthcoming existence in the invisible realms. This withdrawal actually is a preparation for the life to come in invisible realms, and as the septenary entity on this earth so decays, it may truly be said to be approaching rebirth in the next sphere.

Death occurs, physically speaking, with the cessation of activity of the pulsating heart. There is the last beat, and this is followed by immediate, instantaneous unconsciousness, for nature is very merciful in these things. But death is not yet complete, for the brain is the last organ of the physical body really to die, and for some time after the heart has ceased beating, the brain and its memory still remain active and, although unconsciously so, the human ego for this short length of time, passes in review every event of the preceding life. This great or small panoramic picture of the past is purely automatic, so to say; yet the soul-consciousness of the reincarnating ego watches this wonderful review incident by incident, a review which includes the entire course of thought and action of the life just closed. The entity is, for the time being, entirely unconscious of everything else except this. Temporarily it lives in the past, and memory dislodges from the akasic record, so to speak, event after event, to the smallest detail: passes them all in review, and in regular order from the beginning to the end, and thus sees all its past life as an all-inclusive panorama of picture succeeding picture.

There are very definite ethical and psychological reasons inhering in this process, for this process forms a reconstruction of both the good and the evil done in the past life, and imprints this strongly as a record on the fabric of the spiritual memory of the passing being. Then the mortal and material portions sink into oblivion, while the reincarnating ego carries the best and noblest parts of these memories into the devachan or heaven-world of postmortem rest and recuperation. Thus comes the end called death; and unconsciousness, complete and undisturbed, succeeds, until there occurs what the ancients called the second death.

The lower triad (prana, linga-sarira, sthula-sarira) is now definitely cast off, and the remaining quaternary is free. The physical body of the lower triad follows the course of natural decay, and its various hosts of life-atoms proceed whither their natural attractions draw them. The linga-sarira or model-body remains in the astral realms, and finally fades out. The life-atoms of the prana, or electrical field, fly instantly back at the moment of physical dissolution to the natural pranic reservoirs of the planet.

This leaves man, therefore, no longer a heptad or septenary entity, but a quaternary consisting of the upper duad (atma-buddhi) and the intermediate duad (manas-kama). The second death then takes place.

Death and the adjective dead are mere words by which the human mind seeks to express thoughts which it gathers from a more or less consistent observation of the phenomena of the material world. Death is dissolution of a component entity or thing. The dead, therefore, are merely dissolving bodies -- entities which have reached their term on this our physical plane. Dissolution is common to all things, because all physical things are composite: they are not absolute things. They are born; they grow; they reach maturity; they enjoy, as the expression runs, a certain term of life in the full bloom of their powers; then they "die." That is the ordinary way of expressing what men call death; and the corresponding adjective is dead, when we say that such things or entities are dead.

Do you find death per se anywhere? No. You find nothing but action; you find nothing but movement; you find nothing but change. Nothing stands still or is annihilated. What is called death itself shouts forth to us the fact of movement and change. Absolute inertia is unknown in nature or in the human mind; it does not exist.

SD INDEX Death. See also Devachan, Kama-loka, Pralaya

adept's, life in astral body II 531-2
adepts solved problem of II 451
after-, journey I 132, 227-8, 577, 673-4
Angel of, & Satan same II 385, 388-9
of body & Rudra-Siva I 526n
came w physical organism II 609n
change of polarity at I 526n
does not liberate fr rebirth I 39
Egy teachings on I 227-8, 367 &n, 674 &n
first two races knew no II 121, 138, 609-10
girdle of II 235
ignorance is II 215
liquor vitae after rigor mortis at I 538
of man & kosmos I 173
man prevented fr foreseeing II 523
man's, & pralayas II 309-10n
man's life-atoms after II 671-2
man's principles after I 122n, 158, 220, 242, 526n, 538 &n
man's soul after II 364
Mara god of, & birth II 579 &n
Mars lord of, & birth II 392
no life possible without I 413, 459n
postmortem separation in II 496
resurrection (initiation) & II 462
Samael Angel of II 111, 385, 388
of secret sciences II 503
third race knew, at close II 610
time of, determines future I 86
Yama god of II 44

TG Death, Kiss of. According to the Kabbalah, the earnest follower does not die by the power of the Evil Spirit, Yetzer ha Rah, but by a kiss from the mouth of Jehovah Tetragrammaton, meeting him in the Haikal Ahabah or Palace of Love. [W.W.W.]

SD INDEX Debir or Kirjath-Sepher II 529

SD INDEX Decad (Gk, decade in tx) II 581

brought fr India II 573
contains four unities, three binaries I 239
formation of I 99
found all over world I 321
in interlaced triangles II 591-2
Pythagorean I 321, 616; II 553, 573
recorded the kosmos I 321
twofold meaning of II 573
unified, realm of reality I 333

SD INDEX Deccan (India), dwarfed men of II 411n

SD INDEX Deceiver, found in all cosmogonies I 413

SD INDEX December 25th, & incarnation of solar gods I 656

SD INDEX Decharme, Paul

----- Mythologie de la Grece antique
ash tree & lightning II 519-20
Bailly & Voltaire on Hesiod II 777
Castor & Pollux II 121-2, 123-4n
four ages, races (Hesiod) II 270-1
kabeiron fr Greek "to burn" II 363
Mt Atlas II 763
Nemesis II 305-6n
new period of creation II 269 &n
Pandora II 270 &n
Phoroneus II 519-21
Prometheus II 519, 521-2, 524-5
q Baudry on fire II 524, 526
Rhodes birthplace of Telchines II 391
stealing of fire II 525
swan & golden eggs II 122

SD INDEX Decidua Deciduata, Indeciduata, Haeckel's prosimiae & II 649-50, 668

SD INDEX Decimal System

antiquity of II 37n
Great Pyramid built on I 362
among Hindus, Pythagoreans I 360-2

SD INDEX Deep, Great (or Space). See also Abyss

abode of Ea, wisdom II 53, 139n, 477
Aditi, Chaos, Shekinah or I 460; II 527
chaos I 65, 250, 312, 337, 344, 674; II 65, 145, 313, 384
energy reflected in I 337
Flood stands for II 139, 145
Gaia, Aditi or II 269
Logos, Soul of World or I 353
moist principle (Pymander) II 236
Mother or I 625-6
primordial waters I 80, 431, 460; II 65
Thavatth, Thalassa & II 115

SD INDEX Definitions of Asclepios. See Kingsford, Virgin of the World

WG Deha, the body.

TG Deist. One who admits the existence of a god or gods, but claims to know nothing of either and denies revelation. A Freethinker of olden times.

KT Deist. One who admits the possibility of the existence of a God or gods, but claims to know nothing of either, and denies revelation. An agnostic of olden times.

TG Dei termini (Lat.). The name for pillars with human heads representing Hermes, placed at cross-roads by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Also the general name for deities presiding over boundaries and frontiers.

SD INDEX Deities. See also Architects, Builders, Gods

beneficent & maleficent II 477
cosmo-psychic powers & I 86
creative I 127-8, 427; II 43
female, more sacred than male I 5
hosts of incarnated beams II 584
lunar, solar I 229, 362, 396
names of, change w each cycle II 90
330 million, in India II 90

SD INDEX Deity I 349-58. See also God

absolute, above space, time II 158
as absolute, abstract "Ens" I xx
absolute, in every atom I 58-9
abstract, as That I 77
abstract, attributes of I 438-9
abstract, sexless I 59, 136n
abstract triangle in occultism I 19
Adi-Budha or Unknown I xix
aether as, pervades all things I 343-4
anthropomorphic, & ether I 332
Architect higher than creative II 43
becomes a whirlwind I 117
body of, seven plus three limbs I 240
boundless, infinite expansion I 120
center of unity (Pythagoras) I 433
chaos-theos-kosmos the triple I 347
circle symbol of I 113-14; II 549
concealed I 75n, 437
creative I 332, 340-1, 346, 427; II 43
degraded by sexual mysteries II 471
Demiurgos no personal I 279-80
dragon symbol of manifested II 386-7
eternal Karana or cause I 93n
four-syllable symbol of I 351
geometrizes (Plato) II 39
given too human-like ways II 555
hidden, or circumference of circle II 536
highest universal, not creator I 439-40, 492-3n
incognizable, & circle I 113
is law I 152
is One in many I 112
Jehovah & kabbalistic I 439-40n
living fire I 2
male, has mother, no father I 59
manifest, or diameter II 553
nameless, or ONE REALITY I 119
Nemesis, karma & I 645; II 304-5n
not God I 350
only Christian, a creator I 439-40
perfect cube w orthodox I 19
personal, aspects of I 280, 332, 427, 629, 638; II 518
Plato on II 554
presides over a constellation I 638
sea fr which wisdom flows I 239
shadow of, vivifies germ I 367
space, parent, etc I 8, 35
Sun original symbol of II 584
supreme, dual II 412n
theos or, expl II 545
time, space & II 382n
tribal, exalted II 507-8
unclean animals once symbols of I 355
universal, eternal in nature I 79, 295n
universal, vs anthropomorphic II 158
universe as I 92n
unknowable, breathes universe I 43
unknown I 327
unknown, passive (Justin) II 489
vacuum or latent I 343
will of, that acts II 528

SD INDEX "De la Croix ansee." See Raoul Rochette

SD INDEX Delambre, Jean Baptiste Joseph, Histoire de l'astronomie . . ., Sun as a magnet I 499 &n

SD INDEX Delgarme [Dalgarno, George,], Ars signorum vulgo . . ., universal language of I 310

SD INDEX Delhi, built on earlier cities II 221, 397

SD INDEXa Deliciae humani generis I 604 (Lat) "Delightful human creations."

SD INDEX (Delios), or Apollo kills python II 771n


Apollo born on Isle of II 771n
called Basilea, Osericta II 773
original, not in Greece II 773

SD INDEX Delphi(c) I 636

gods of, & Stonehenge II 379
Greeks consult, oracle re Xerxes I 466
oracular vapors & I 338n
temple & the E Delphicum II 580

SD INDEX Delta (Gk letter), Deus, Zeus & II 582

SD INDEX Delta (of the Nile)

inhabited for over 100,000 years II 746
Io guided to II 418
occupied fr northeast II 368
once part of Europe II 8
thickness of, deposits II 750n

SD INDEX Deluge(s). See also Cataclysm, Floods, Noah

Atlantean, an allegory (Massey) II 353
Atlantean, buried sorcerers II 772
Atlantean or Noah's II 69n, 142-6, 313-14, 395, 410, 423, 533-4, 751n, 774
Book of Enoch & II 530-33
builders of Babel after II 375
Cain, Ham &, (Rom Church) II 391
causes of II 144-5, 274, 699
Chaldean & biblical, not Atlantean II 4
changed whole Earth II 533-4
cosmic II 69n
Deucalion, Pyrrha escape II 270
divine, or Tityus II 142
early buddha of fifth race saw II 423
Faber on Atlantean II 264-5
fish &, in ancient symbolism I 653
of fourth round I 444
geological, ended 3rd race II 313
historical events II 335
Ila primeval woman after I 523
inclination of axis caused II 52
inversion of poles & II 360
Jewish, based on Poseidonis II 751n
Kabirim gods of the II 360
little, in Central Asia (Bunsen) II 141
many, compressed into one II 141
meanings of II 139-40, 144, 145-6
moon, planets & II 699
Noachian I 415, 444-5; II 3, 32, 69n, 138, 222, 265, 309, 390, 393, 466
Noah's, not mythical II 774
our, 850,000 years ago II 141, 144
overtook fourth race II 350
periodical, geological II 274, 410, 776 &n
in Popol-Vuh II 35
population explosion after II 453
predicted by zodiac I 649
pyramids, constellations & II 352
in Samothrace & Gobi II 4-5
satya-yuga followed I 67
several, in fifth race II 353
sidereal & geological II 314
skeletons before, tall II 278
story of, & third race II 139-40 &n
of Thessaly II 776
third & fourth, not a curse II 410
third, was Lemurian II 351
Timaeus re occasional II 784
traditions of I 322; II 141, 365, 751 &n, 774
universal II 530
universal, watery abyss (Berosus) II 715n
Vaivasvata's I 369, 523; II 4, 69n, 139, 309, 313
various I 67-8; II 141-6, 270-1, 313-15, 784-5

VS webs of Delusion (I 7) [[p. 4]] Sakkayaditthi "delusion" of personality.

SD INDEX Demaimieux. See Maimieux, de

SD INDEX Dematerialization of Earth II 250

TG Demerit. In Occult and Buddhistic parlance, a constituent of Karma. It is through avidya or ignorance of vidya, divine illumination, that merit and demerit are produced. Once an Arhat obtains full illumination and perfect control over his personality and lower nature, he ceases to create "merit and demerit".

TG Demeter. The Hellenic name for the Latin Ceres, the goddess of corn and tillage. The astronomical sign, Virgo. The Eleusinian Mysteries were celebrated in her honour.

SD INDEX Demeter (Gk)

feminine aspect of Axieros II 362
sanctuary to, (Pausanias) II 363
Zeus begot Dionysos by II 415

SD INDEX Demigods (Rishis, etc)

gods, heroes, & men II 367, 368
incarnated in man II 373n
of third race II 319

IN De minimus non curat lex (Lat) The law does not concern itself with trifles.

SD INDEXa De minimis non curat lex I viii (Lat) "The law does not concern itself with trifles."

SD INDEX Demions [Dimyon, Heb], personating spirits, daimons II 508-9

TG Demiurgic Mind. The same as "Universal Mind". Mahat, the first "product" of Brahma, or himself.

TG Demiurgos (Gr.) The Demiurge or Artificer; the Supernal Power which built the universe. Freemasons derive from this word their phrase of "Supreme Architect". With the Occultists it is the third manifested Logos, or Plato's "second god", the second logos being represented by him as the "Father", the only Deity that he dared mention as an Initiate into the Mysteries.

IU Demiourgos; or Demiurge. -- Artificer; the Supernal Power which built the universe. Freemasons derive from this word their phrase of "Supreme Architect." The chief magistrates of certain Greek cities bore the title.

WG Demiurgos (Greek), the creator, not in any personal sense, but as the aggregate of creative forces in the universe.

IN Demiourgos (Gk) Cosmic artificer, supreme architect; collectively, the creative powers which build the universe.

SD INDEX Demiurge, Demiourgos (oi). See also Architect, Creator, Logos

aggregate of dhyani-chohans I 279-80
angels rebelled against II 237
anthropomorphized as Deceiver I 413
beings refusing to create & II 93
collective creator, architect I 279-80
collective, or sound I 372
compound of creative builders I 380n
creator I 110; II 5, 25
devoured by Bhutadi I 372
directs Divine Thought II 704n
Egyptian, or solar fire: Ra-Shoo I 311
elohim of Bible I 346
fashions kosmos out of chaos I 346
fiery serpents symbols of II 387n
Horus idea in mind of I 348, 366
Iao called, (Furst) II 541
Logos or I 380n
not perfect, not to be worshiped I 280
not yet architect I 380
numerological confirmation of II 466
Second Logos, Tetraktys II 22, 478, 599
subordinate to highest deity II 541n
synthesis of architects I 346
Universal Mind I 110; II 704n
Universal Soul I 352-3

SD INDEX Democritus (of Abdera)

atomic theory of I 579
atoms & a vacuum of I 64, 343
believed in gods I 518, 611
gyratory atoms of I 117
Leucippus taught I 2
materialistic conceptions of I 50
pupil of the Magi I 117
skeptical but factual II 285-6

TG Demons. According to the Kabbalah, the demons dwell in the world of Assiah, the world of matter and of the "shells" of the dead. They are the Klippoth. There are Seven Hells, whose demon dwellers represent the vices personified. Their prince is Samael, his female companion is Isheth Zenunim -- the woman of prostitution: united in aspect, they are named "The Beast", Chiva. [W.W.W.]

SD INDEX Demon(s). See also Adversary, Asuras, Devil

Ahi-vritra, of drought II 384
angels of light turned into II 93
born of Kasyapa-Aditya II 382n
Brahma first creates II 58
Brahmans labeled asuras II 487
Christians call Boreas a I 467
dakini, khado II 271, 285
Danavas or, magicians II 183
fallen angels not II 516
gods by day, demons by night II 59 &n
gods made into I 202; II 232
Hindu, often pious I 415
impure, of matter II 274
"is the lining of God" I 235-6
male & female II 271
material devas are II 58 &n
more powerful by night II 59n
nine classes of II 389n
oppose clergy & ritualism I 415
pitris of the II 89
of pride, lust, hatred II 274
rakshasas as I 415; II 165n, 232n
Satan belongs to fifth class of II 389n
serpents, giants are II 280n
Seth, Typhon become II 32n, 82n
shells (kama-rupas) are II 111 &n
South Pole abode of II 404
"tempting" II 174
tremble at names of Hathor I 400
Venus degraded into II 45
wicked II 20

TG Demon est Deus inversus (Lat.). A Kabbalistic axiom; lit., "the devil is god reversed"; which means that there is neither evil nor good, but that the forces which create the one create the other, according to the nature of the materials they find to work upon.

SD INDEX Demon est Deus inversus (Lat, Kab) I 70, 411-24; II 274, 478, 487, 513

astral light is I 424; II 512-13
asuras & II 487
light, darkness & I 70

SD INDEXa Demon est Deus inversus I 411 (Lat) "The Devil is God inverted."

TG Demonologia (Gr.). Treatises or Discourses upon Demons, or Gods in their dark aspects.

SD INDEX Demonologists, Demonology, of Roman Church re Satan II 389n, 510

TG Demrusch (Pers.). A Giant in the mythology of ancient Iran.

SD INDEX Demrush, slain Persian giant II 398

SD INDEX Dendera Zodiac

discovered II 431-3
planisphere of, & Stonehenge II 344
preserved by Coptic & Greek adepts II 432
records over 75,000 years II 374n, 432
three Virgos of II 368, 433

TG Denis, Angoras. "A physician of Paris, astrologer and alchemist in the XIVth century " (R.M.C.).

SD INDEX Denis. See Dionysius Periegetes

SD INDEX Denmark

dolmens found in II 752
shores of, have risen 200-600 ft II 787n

SD INDEX Denon, Baron Dominique Vivant, Voyage dans la Basse . . ., age of Egyptian zodiac II 332, 431, 433

SD INDEX Denton, William & Elizabeth, The Soul of Things, psychometrizes meteorite I 201n

TG Deona Mati. In the Kolarian dialect, one who exorcises evil spirits.

FY Deona or Mati, one who exorcises evil spirits (Kolarian).

SD INDEXa Deorsum fluens II 230 (Lat) "Flowing downwards."

SD INDEX De placitus philosophorum. See Plutarch, Moralia


Bythos, Propator or (Gnostic) I 214
seventh, & essence of things I 628
Unfathomable, or Bythos II 214, 569n

TG Dervish. A Mussulman -- Turkish or Persian -- ascetic. A nomadic and wandering monk. Dervishes, however, sometimes live in communities. They are often called the "whirling charmers". Apart from his austerities of life, prayer and contemplation, the Turkish, Egyptian, or Arabic devotee presents but little similarity with the Hindu fakir, who is also a mussulman. The latter may become a saint and holy mendicant; the former will never reach beyond his second class of occult manifestations. The dervish may also be a strong mesmerizer, but he will never voluntarily submit to the abominable and almost incredible self-punishment which the fakir invents for himself with an ever-increasing avidity, until nature succumbs and he dies in slow and excruciating tortures. The most dreadful operations, such as flaying the limbs alive; cutting off the toes, feet, and legs; tearing out the eyes; and causing one's self to be buried alive up to the chin in the earth, and passing whole months in this posture, seem child's play to them. The Dervish must not be confused 'with the Hindu sanyasi or yogi. (See "Fakir").

IU Dervishes, or the "whirling charmers," as they are called. Apart from the austerities of life, prayer and contemplation, the Mohammedan devotee presents but little similarity with the Hindu fakir. The latter may become a sannyasi, or saint and holy mendicant; the former will never reach beyond his second class of occult manifestations. The dervish may also be a strong mesmerizer, but he will never voluntarily submit to the abominable and almost incredible self-punishment which the fakir invents for himself with an ever-increasing avidity, until nature succumbs and he dies in slow and excruciating tortures. The most dreadful operations, such as flaying the limbs alive; cutting off the toes, feet, and legs; tearing out the eyes; and causing one's self to be buried alive up to the chin in the earth, and passing whole months in this posture, seem child's play to them. One of the most common tortures is that of Tshiddy-Parvady. [Or more commonly charkh puja.] It consists in suspending the fakir to one of the mobile arms of a kind of gallows to be seen in the vicinity of many of the temples. At the end of each of these arms is fixed a pulley over which passes a rope terminated by an iron hook. This hook is inserted into the bare back of the fakir, who inundating the soil with blood is hoisted up in the air and then whirled round the gallows. From the first moment of this cruel operation until he is either unhooked or the flesh of his back tears out under the weight of the body and the fakir is hurled down on the heads of the crowd, not a muscle of his face will move. He remains calm and serious and as composed as if taking a refreshing bath. The fakir will laugh to scorn every imaginable torture, persuaded that the more his outer body is mortified, the brighter and holier becomes his inner, spiritual body. But the Dervish, neither in India, nor in other Mahometan lands, will ever submit to such operations.

TG Desatir. A very ancient Persian work called the Book of Shet. It speaks of the thirteen Zoroasters, and is very mystical.

WGa Desatir, an ancient Persian book containing the books of the various prophets. It is full of mysticism and not clear to the modern mind.

SD INDEX Desatir, The, everything shadow of higher spheres II 268

SD INDEX Descartes, Rene

denied soul to animals I 627
pineal gland seat of soul II 298
plenum of I 623
retaught elemental vortices I 117, 206n, 492
on rotation of planets I 206n
Spinoza & I 628-9
----- Principes de la philosophie
"Cogito ergo sum" II 242

SD INDEX Descending Arc. See Arc

SD INDEX Descent of Man. See Darwin, Charles

SD INDEX Description of Greece. See Pausanias

SD INDEX Desert(s). See also Gobi, Sahara

destroy evidence of past II 311
once fertile II 503

DESIDERATA by Max Ehrmann

SD INDEX Design I 341, 643; II 261

in action of "blindest" forces I 277
of future in seed II 653-4, 731

SD INDEX Designers, builders or II 732

SD INDEX Desire. See also Kama

on II 637
Boehme on II 634
Brahma & I 110
connects entity, nonentity II 176
cosmic, becomes absolute light I 201
Earth now body of I 260, 572
Eros & II 65, 234
first arose in It II 176, 578
lower aspect of manas II 412-13
pothos or, & creation I 110
Promethean vulture & II 412-13
for sentient life I 44-5
sons of Vedhas without II 78, 176n

SD INDEX Desnoyers, J. P. F. S.

calumnies poured on II 751
man dates fr Miocene II 714n

SD INDEX Destiny I 654. See also Karma, Lipikas, Providence

action of seven agents & I 436
cyclic, & humanity II 446
fate & Moira II 604-5 &n
karma-nemesis & I 642-5; II 304-6
Pleiades connected w II 768
written in the stars I 638-9

SD INDEX Destroyer(s) I 13n

battle betw creators & I 199
creators &, in body I 261-4, 262-3nn
divine fire a II 114
fiery lives both, & builders I 262n
microbes as I 261-3 &n
Rudra as II 69n

SD INDEX Destruction

constant, or nitya pralaya II 309-10n
fifth root-race saved fr II 310
legends of world, universal II 311
of secret books I xxiii-iv
of worlds, many meanings II 704-6

SD INDEX Deucalion (son of Prometheus)

Adonis-Osiris worship & II 769n
ancestor of man (Boeotians) II 519
created men out of stones II 768-9
escapes deluge in an ark II 270
Greek Noah II 768-9
name, contains story of Deluge II 335
Vaivasvata, Xisuthrus, Noah II 309, 314

SD INDEX Deus (Lat)

fr Aryan Dyaus, the day I 347
four-letter God II 602
Zeus, delta & II 582

SD INDEX Deus enim et circulus est (Lat) II 552

SD INDEXa Deus enim et circulus est II 552 (Lat) "And certainly Deity is circular." -- Pherecydes' hymn to Jupiter.

SD INDEXa Deus est demon inversus (Lat) II 478. See also Demon est Deus Inversus

SD INDEX Deus explicitus, Deus implicitus (Lat), manvantara & pralaya I 281n

SD INDEX Deus Lunus (Lat) I 381, 386-403

occult potencies of Moon I 396
same as Babylonian Sin I 388
Soma is Hindu II 466

SD INDEX Deus Mundus (Lat), Jupiter Mundus has become I 463

SD INDEX Deus non fecit mortem (Lat) II 422

SD INDEXa Deus non fecit mortem II 422 (Lat) "God did not make death." -- Wisdom of Solomon or Sapientiae (Apocrypha) 1:13

SD INDEX Deuteronomy

eating locusts, beetles I 80n
fiery serpents II 206
giant King Og II 336
God hath divided them II 477
Jehovah as tribal god II 537
Kadesh II 460
Lord a consuming fire I 87, 122, 466, 626n
Lord's portion is his people I 576

SD INDEX Deutsche Mythologie. See Grimm, J.

SD INDEX Deuxieme Memoire [de Mirville's Des Esprits vol II] I 506n

SD INDEX Dev(s). See Daevas

TG Deva (Sk.). A god, a "resplendent" deity. Deva-Deus, from the root div "to shine". A Deva is a celestial being -- whether good, bad, or indifferent. Devas inhabit "the three worlds", which are the three planes above us. There are 33 groups or 330 millions of them.

KT Deva (Sans.) A god, a "resplendent" Deity, Deva-Deus, from the root div, "to shine." A Deva is a celestial being -- whether good, bad or indifferent -- which inhabits "the three worlds," or the three planes above us. There are 33 groups or millions of them.

FY Deva, God; beings of the subjective side of Nature.

WG Deva (also Devata), a celestial being, a god.

OG Deva(s) -- (Sanskrit) A word meaning celestial being, of which there are various classes. This has been a great puzzle for most of our Occidental Orientalists. They cannot understand the distinctions that the wonderful old philosophers of the Orient make as regards the various classes of the devas. They say, in substance: "What funny contradictions there are in these teachings, which in many respects are profound and seem wonderful. Some of these devas or divine beings are said to be less than man; some of these writings even say that a good man is nobler than any god. And yet other parts of these teachings declare that there are gods higher even than the devas, and yet are called devas. What does this mean?"

The devas or celestial beings, one class of them, are the unself-conscious sparks of divinity, cycling down into matter in order to bring out from within themselves and to unfold or evolve self-consciousness, the svabhava of divinity within. They then begin their reascent always on the luminous arc, which never ends, in a sense; and they are gods, self-conscious gods, henceforth taking a definite and divine part in the "great work," as the mystics have said, of being builders, evolvers, leaders of hierarchies. In other words, they are monads which have become their own innermost selves, which have passed the ring-pass-not separating the spiritual from the divine.

GH Deva A divinity, a spiritual being. In the plural the reference is to the heavenly or shining ones called in the Rig-Veda (II, p. 3, 4) visve devas 'all the gods,' -- often reckoned as 33 (figuring 11 for each of the 'three worlds'), or again as the 8 Vasus, the 11 Rudras, the 12 Adityas, and the 2 Asvins. This is also the enumeration in the Mahabharata. The three worlds are the "three planes above us." (Theosophical Glossary, H. P. Blavatsky, p. 98) The word is generally rendered 'god,' although incorrectly, as pointed out by Subba Row: "Do not make the mistake of thinking that the word Deva means a god, and that because we have thirty-three crores of Devas, we therefore worship thirty-three crores of gods. This is an unfortunate blunder generally committed by Europeans. Deva is a kind of spiritual being, and because the same word is used in ordinary parlance to mean god, it by no means follows that we have and worship thirty-three crores of gods. These beings, as may be naturally inferred, have a certain affinity with one of the three component upadhis [basic principles] into which we have divided man" (Notes on the Bhagavad-Gita, pp. 37-8) -- i.e., the upadhi of the Karana-sarira. (from div, the sky, the heaven. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 74)

SKo Deva A Divinity or a 'Shining One'; derived from the verbal root div -- to shine. Deva is a very general and inclusive term for all grades of spiritual beings ranging from the young god-sparks on the ladder of evolution, whose evolution is still latent, up to the highest of the Gods who are divine manifestations and self-conscious Divinities.

SP Deva -- celestial being, a deity.

Note: Devachan (the state of rest between incarnations) has been mistakenly explained as a compound of Sanskrit deva with a supposed Tibetan word chan meaning land or region. Devachan is actually a borrowing of the Tibetan word bde-ba-can (pronounced de-wa-chen), which is the Tibetan translation of Sanskrit sukhavati, "the happy place."

SD INDEX Deva(s) (Skt) celestial beings. See also Daevas

act in space, time I 418
arupa II 585
Asvattha boughs are Hiranyagarbha I 406
Brahmins rule II 111
canon of proportion fr I 208-9n
cast no shadows II 112
classes of, given II 90
compelled to incarnate II 516
consciousness & the monad I 619
demons more material than II 58n
dhyani-chohans I 93, 458; II 307
divine dynasties & II 369
divine men or, & primeval age II 712
each, has planet, nation, race II 538
elements stand for I 339
fire angels refuse to join II 243
gods & men II 211
gods in India I 93
Hermetic daimones, genii I 288n
hierarchies of I 92
Hindu, & devil I 73
identical w elohim, cherubs I 92; II 85
incarnate in man II 98, 373n
Indra leads, against rebels II 382
kumaras division of I 458
lords of wisdom II 172
manasa-, or Prometheus II 525
man cannot propitiate I 276
manushis & I xliii
modes of motion (science) I 478
must pass thru human stage II 322
not all gods II 90
progenitors I 606
rebel, were asuras II 162
refused to create II 172
reigns of, (Bailly) II 368
seven primordial sages II 267n
solar, or agnishvatta I 181
sons of Bhumi or I 605
war of asuras &, (Taraka-maya) II 63
Zoroastrian devs I 577

SD INDEX Deva Brahma, title of Narada II 48

TG Devachan (Sk.). The "dwelling of the gods". A state intermediate between two earth-lives, into which the Ego (Atma-Buddhi-Manas, or the Trinity made One) enters, after its separation from Kama Rupa, and the disintegration of the lower principles on earth.

KT Devachan (Sans.) The "Dwelling of the Gods." A state intermediate between two earth-lives, and into which the Ego (Atma-Buddhi-Manas, or the Trinity made one) enters after its separation from Kama Rupa, and the disintegration of the lower principles, after the death of the body, on Earth.

FY Devachan, a blissful condition in the after-life; heavenly existence.

WG Devachan, heaven, the subjective rest between incarnations.

OG Devachan -- [Tibetan, bde-ba-can, pronounced de-wa-chen] A translation of the Sanskrit sukhavati, the "happy place" or god-land. It is the state between earth-lives into which the human entity, the human monad, enters and there rests in bliss and repose.

When the second death after that of the physical body takes place -- and there are many deaths, that is to say many changes of the vehicles of the ego -- the higher part of the human entity withdraws into itself all that aspires towards it, and takes that "all" with it into the devachan; and the atman, with the buddhi and with the higher part of the manas, become thereupon the spiritual monad of man. Devachan as a state applies not to the highest or heavenly or divine monad, but only to the middle principles of man, to the personal ego or the personal soul in man, overshadowed by atma-buddhi. There are many degrees in devachan: the highest, the intermediate, and the lowest. Yet devachan is not a locality, it is a state, a state of the beings in that spiritual condition.

Devachan is the fulfilling of all the unfulfilled spiritual hopes of the past incarnation, and an efflorescence of all the spiritual and intellectual yearnings of the past incarnation which in that past incarnation have not had an opportunity for fulfillment. It is a period of unspeakable bliss and peace for the human soul, until it has finished its rest time and stage of recuperation of its own energies.

In the devachanic state, the reincarnating ego remains in the bosom of the monad (or of the monadic essence) in a state of the most perfect and utter bliss and peace, reviewing and constantly reviewing, and improving upon in its own blissful imagination, all the unfulfilled spiritual and intellectual possibilities of the life just closed that its naturally creative faculties automatically suggest to the devachanic entity.

Man here is no longer a quaternary of substance-principles (for the second death has taken place), but is now reduced to the monad with the reincarnating ego sleeping in its bosom, and is therefore a spiritual triad. (See also Death, Reincarnating Ego)

WW Devachan This word is Tibetan, and properly transliterated would be Bdebachan, probably from the Sanskrit Deva, a divine being. This last is connected in meaning with the Greek word daimon; the ending is a locative; hence, the 'deva-world'.... It really means god-country, god-world, the Sanskrit equivalent being Sukhavati, a noun meaning "state or place of happiness"; vati is simply a grammatical particle implying quality, or as used here is a possessive adjective; hence, the state or place of actual, real joy, bliss. (The Tibetan alphabet has certainly been derived from the Devanagari system, in which Sanskrit is mostly written).

GH Devachan A Sanskrit-Tibetan compound word (deva, a divine being, deity; chan, region): the heaven-world. The state of the ego after death between earth-lives, when it rests in utter bliss and perfect repose. In this state all the spiritual aspirations and intellectual yearnings of the past life find fulfilment. Devachan is "an absolute oblivion of all that gave it pain or sorrow in the past incarnation, and even oblivion of the fact that such things as pain or sorrow exist at all. The Devachanee lives its intermediate cycle between two incarnations surrounded by everything it had aspired to in vain, and in the companionship of everyone it loved on earth. It has reached the fulfilment of all its soul-yearnings. And thus it lives throughout long centuries an existence of unalloyed happiness" (The Key to Theosophy, p. 148). (Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 51)

SKo Devachan A state of mental bliss and rest enjoyed by the Reincarnating Ego after the separation of the higher and lower principles in the astral realms. In the Devachan a man's spiritual thoughts, yearnings, and aspirations reach their fruition in a happy dream state. But those who have laid up no 'treasures in heaven' do not enter the Devachan, but are reborn on earth after their, passage through Kama-loka, or the astral realms of desire. The length of the Devachanic dreams depends on the grade of spiritual aspiration during earth-life. As a rule, the higher the spiritual yearnings are the longer and richer is the Devachan. However, high Initiates who are masters of life and death do not need this state of rest accompanied by illusory dreams, but return very quickly to carry on their spiritual labors for the Hierarchy of Compassion.

SD INDEX Devachan (Tib) heaven world

analogy of, & kosmic nirvana I 173
animal monad has no II 196n
divine teachers spurn II 281
early races had no II 610
egg as, (Egyptian) I 365
Field of Aanroo or I 221
fields of bliss I 386n
higher principles in I 220; II 374n
inner man spurns II 281
manas & I 334; II 57n, 111
man may escape rebirth & I 39
nirmanakayas have no II 615
Sekhem (Egyptian) or I 220
seven successive I 674n
three witnesses & I 570-1
winged scarabaeus symbol of I 365

WG Devadatta, the conch-shell of Arjuna; one of the vital airs. (deva, god; delta, given: god-given.)

GH Devadatta The name of the conch-shell of Arjuna. This conch was given to Arjuna by his parent Indra, the deity of the sky, upon the successful conclusion of the expedition which he was requested to make against the daityas of the sea, who had been troubling the deities. They were vanquished by Arjuna. (Meaning of the word itself: god-given. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 3)

WGa Devagana, a troop of Gods or celestial beings possessing much wisdom, for they are presided over by Indra, chief of the Gods.

WGa Devaganeshwara, an epithet of Indra, because he is lord of a collection or troop of Gods.

SD INDEX Devagnanams [Devajnanis] (Skt), beings belonging to, listed II 90

TG Devajnanas (Sk.). or Daivajna. The higher classes of celestial beings, those who possess divine knowledge.

TG Devaki (Sk.). The mother of Krishna. She was shut up in a dungeon by her brother, King Kansa, for fear of the fulfilment of a prophecy which stated that a son of his sister should dethrone and kill him. Notwithstanding the strict watch kept, Devaki was overshadowed by Vishnu, the holy Spirit, and thus gave birth to that god's avatara, Krishna. (See "Kansa".)

WG Devaki, the mother of Krishna.

SD INDEX Devaki (Skt)

anthropomorphized Aditi II 527
called Arani II 524n, 527
prayer to II 527-8
seven children of, killed II 604n
Vishnu & eighth child of II 48

GH Devala A Vedic Rishi descendant of Kasyapa: he is credited with having written some of the hymns of the Vedas, particularly Rig-Veda ix. (Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 72)

TG Deva-laya (Sk.). "The shrine of a Deva". The name given to all Brahmanical temples.

TG Deva-lokas (Sk.). The abodes of the Gods or Devas in superior spheres. The seven celestial worlds above Meru.

SD INDEX Devaloka (Skt)

plane of I 131
sons of, & sons of Bhumi I 605-6

SD INDEX Deva Manu (Skt), Vaivasvata was a II 715n

SD INDEX Devamata (Skt), dialogue w Narada II 566-8

TG Devamatri (Sk.). Lit., "the mother of the gods". A title of Aditi, Mystic Space.

IN Devamatri (Skt) "Mother of the gods," cosmic or mystic space.

SD INDEX Devamatri (Skt) mother of gods

Aditi or I 53, 99, 356, 527n; II 527
akasa as I 527n
cosmic space I 53n
Sun & planets born fr I 99

TG Devanagari (Sk.). Lit., "the language or letters of the devas" or gods. The characters of the Sanskrit language. The alphabet and the art of writing were kept secret for ages, as the Dwijas (Twice-born) and the Dikshitas (Initiates) alone were permitted to use this art. It was a crime for a Sudra to recite a verse of the Vedas, and for any of the two lower castes (Vaisya and Sudra) to know the letters was an offence punishable by death. Therefore is the word lipi, "writing", absent from the oldest MSS., a fact which gave the Orientalists the erroneous and rather incongruous idea that writing was not only unknown before the day of Panini, but even to that sage himself! That the greatest grammarian the world likes ever produced should be ignorant of writing would indeed be the greatest and most incomprehensible phenomenon of all. /

FY Devanagari, the current Sanskrit alphabet.

WG Devanagiri, the character in which Sanscrit is usually written. (Literally, "the divine-city writing.")

SD INDEX Devanagari (Skt alphabet) I xxiii

Kabiri-Titans invented II 364


SKs Deva-parvata 'The divine mountain,' a name for the sacred and mystical mountain of Sumeru (q.v.); a compound of deva -- divine, and parvata -- mountain, derived from parvan -- knotty, rugged.

TG Devapi (Sk.). A Sanskrit Sage of the race of Kuru, who, together with another Sage (Moru), is supposed to live throughout the four ages and until the coming of Maitreya Buddha, or Kalki (the last Avatar of Vishnu); who, like all the Saviors of the World in their last appearance, like Sosiosh of the Zoroastrians and the Rider of St. John's Revelation, will appear seated on a White Horse. The two, Devapi and Moru, are supposed to live in a Himalayan retreat called Kalapa or Katapa. This is a Puranic allegory.

SD INDEX Devapi (Skt) I 378

SD INDEX Deva-putra Rishayah (Skt) sacrificers, sons of God II 605

TG Devarshis, or Deva-rishi (Sk.). Lit., "gods rishis"; the divine or god-like saints, those sages who attain a fully divine nature on earth.

WG Devarshi, divine sage, demi-god. (deva, god; rishi, sage.)

SD INDEX Deva Rishi, Devarshi (Skt), title of Narada II 48, 82-3, 502

TG Deva Sarga (Sk.). Creation: the origin of the principles, said to be Intelligence born of the qualities or the attributes of nature.

SD INDEX Devasarga (Skt) divine creation I 454; II 176n

TG Devasarman (Sk.). A very ancient author who died about a century after Gautama Buddha. he wrote two famous works, in which he denied the existence of both Ego and non-Ego, the one as successfully as the other.

SD INDEX Devasena (Skt), Vach as, & Sarasvati II 199n

GH Deva-sthana literally 'The place of a deity,' or any place in which a deity stays or has its abode. Equivalent to Deva-loka (the word usually employed). (Compound deva, a divine being, a deity; sthana, a place, an abode. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 67)

SD INDEX Devatas (Skt). See also Sastra-devatas

pitar (pitri)-, or gods II 148, 248
war betw, & Daityas II 405-6

SD INDEX Deva Vardhika (Skt), name for Visvakarma II 559

SD INDEX Devayana (Skt) [path of the gods], way to immaterial worlds I 132

SD INDEX Dev-bend (Pers), name for Tahmurath II 397

WG Devi (feminine of Deva), an elemental being, a goddess,

SD INDEX Devi Bhagavata Purana. SeeBhagavata Purana

SD INDEX Devi-durga (Skt), Annapurna & Kanya I 91-2

SD INDEX Devil(s). See also Adversary, Dragon, Satan, Serpent, White Devil

Azazel not a II 376
belief in a personal II 377, 475
can reunite w deity (Hindu) II 237n
Chaldeo-Judaean myth II 477
Church called, darkness I 70
Church made, anthropomorphic II 508
creative force, not a person II 510
"doubles" are not I 235
dragon of Revelation made into II 484-5
elohim called I 442n
fallacy of dogma on II 209
father of lies I 414
forced pagans to copy Jews II 472n
"lead us not" addressed to I 414
Leviathan, Saraph meopheph & II 206n
mankind is the II 507 &n
in man's image II 228
"monkey of God" II 476
opposite of creator I 413
pagan deities became II 480-1, 507
prototype of Christian II 246
prototypes of Michael & II 478
Puranic giants called I 415
reality of, (de Mirville) II 341
Samael-Satan made into II 378
serpent made into I 344, 410, 442n; II 98, 528
Simoon, Atabutos, Diabolos II 385
Son of God (Bible) I 70, 412, 414
theology makes man a II 228
there is no II 162, 389
Titans, Kabirs linked w II 354
work of the II 472n
Zoroastrian devs or I 73

SD INDEX Devil-fish, Hugo ridiculed re II 440-1

SD INDEX Deville. See Ste-Claire Deville

SD INDEX Devon, cave of II 722

SD INDEX Devonian Age I 253n; II 712

SD INDEX Devonshire (England), subtropical in Miocene II 726

SD INDEX Devotion, aspiration &, in early man I 210-12

SD INDEX Devourers I 258-9

differentiate fire-atoms I 259
fiery lives or I 250

SD INDEX Dev-sefid [Div-sefid] (Arabic) [White Devil], giant killed by Krishna II 403, 407 &n