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List of Title Abbreviations (in alphabetical order)

TG Prabhavapyaya (Sk.). That whence all originates and into which all things resolve at the end of the Life-cycle.

SD INDEX Prabhavapyaya (Skt) manifested deity I 46; II 107-8

WG Prabhuta, governed, presided over.

TG Prachetas (Sk.). A name of Varuna, the god of water, or esoterically -- its principle.

FY Pracheta, the principle of water.

SD INDEX Prachetas (Skt) [observant or wise], name of Varuna II 578

TG Prachetasas (Sk.). See Secret Doctrine, II. 176 et seq. Daksha is the son of the Prachetasas, the ten sons of Prachinavahis. Men endowed with magic powers in the Puranas, who, while practising religious austerities, remained immersed at the bottom of the sea for 10,000 years. The name also of Daksha, called Prachetasa.

SD INDEX Prachetasas (Skt)

fathered Daksha by Marisha II 176-7
five ministers of Gnostics II 578
rishis of Aryan race II 495
solar portion of manas II 496
ten (exoteric), five (esoteric) II 578

SD INDEX Practical Lessons on the Occult, re the Unknown I 581n

TG Pradhana (Sk.). Undifferentiated substance, called elsewhere and in other schools -- Akasa; and Mulaprakriti or Root of Matter by the Vedantins. In short, Primeval Matter.

WG Pradhana, in the Sankhya systems, the source of the material world; the manifestation of mulaprakriti. (Literally, "the originant.")

SKo Pradhana That shadowy substance or 'veil' placed before or surrounding Brahman, the Universal Self. Hence Pradhana may be spoken of as the envelop or manifested expression of Brahman, its spiritual counterpart. Pradhana is derived from the verb-root dha -- to place, and the preposition pra -- before.

SP Pradhana -- undifferentiated matter.

SD INDEX Pradhana (Skt) primordial matter. See also Aether, Ether, Protyle

Alaya & I 49-50, 50n
Brahma-Pums &, in the beginning I 445
Brahma superior to I 370n
efficient, material causes & I 55
first form of prakriti I 582
Mahat first production of I 216n
matter is, or eternal I 545
mulaprakriti & akasa I 256
presided over by kshetrajna I 284-5
purusha-, kala & creation I 451-2n
some schools call, illusion I 62
Universal Mind first product of II 58
unmodified matter I 176, 582

SD INDEX Pradhanika Brahma Spirit [Pums] (Skt), Mulaprakriti-Parabrahman I 256, 445

SD INDEX Praelectiones Theologicae. See Peronne, G.

SD INDEX Praeparatio evangelica. See Eusebius

TG Pragna (Sk.) or Prajna. A synonym of Mahat, the Universal Mind. The capacity for perception. (S. D., I. 139) Consciousness.

KT Pragna, or Prajna (Sans.) A term used to designate the "Universal Mind." A synonym of Mahat.

FY Pragna, consciousness.

WG Pragna, (also PRAJNA), consciousness; wisdom personified; the energy of Adi-buddhi.

SD INDEX Pragna. See Prajna

TG Prahlada (Sk.). The son of Hiranyakashipu, the King of the Asuras. As Prahlada was devoted to Vishnu, of whom his father was the greatest enemy, he became subjected in consequence to a variety of tortures and punishments. In order to save his devotee from these, Vishnu assumed the form of Nri-Sinha (man-lion, his fourth avatar) and killed the father.

GH Prahlada The son of Hiranyakasipu of the Daitya race (i.e., Titans), who waged wars with the gods, in one of which they overcame Indra and took possession of Svarga (heaven). Prahlada, however, as a boy, instead of following the Daitya practice, became an ardent worshiper of Vishnu. This was told his father who in anger ordered that his son be killed. But no Daitya weapon could cause his death, nor even the flames of fire, whereupon Prahlada was sent back to his preceptor and he continued his adoration of Vishnu. Because of Prahlada's persecution, Vishnu took on incarnation as the Narasinha ('man-lion') Avatara, slaying Hiranyakasipu and expelling the Daityas from heaven. (See under Krishna.) They took up their abode in Patala under the rule of Prahlada. At his death Prahlada attained union with Vishnu. The Padma-Purana narrates that in a previous birth, as a Brahmana named Sornasarman, he was desirous of uniting himself with Vishnu, but was distracted in his meditations by the Daityas, and so was born again as one of them, (Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 75)

SD INDEX Prahlada (Skt), son of Hiranyakasipu I 420n

TG Prajapatis (Sk.). Progenitors; the givers of life to all on this Earth. They are seven and then ten -- corresponding to the seven and ten Kabbalistic Sephiroth; to the Mazdean Amesha-Spentas, &c. Brahma, the creator, is called Prajapati as the synthesis of the Lords of Being.

FY Prajapatis, the constructors of the material universe.

WG Praja-Patis, creators; the seven progenitors of the first seven divisions of men on the planet. (praja, offspring; patis, fathers, lords.)

OG Prajapati -- (Sanskrit) A word meaning "governor" or "lord" or "master" of "progeny." The word is applied to several of the Vedic gods, but in particular to Brahma -- that is to say the second step from parabrahman -- the evolver-creator, the first and most recondite figure of the Hindu triad, consisting of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva. Brahma is the emanator or evolver, Vishnu the sustainer or preserver, and Siva, a name which may be translated euphemistically perhaps as "beneficent," the regenerator. Prajapati is a name which is often used in the plural, and refers to seven and also to ten different beings. They are the producers and givers of life of all on earth and, indeed, on the earth's planetary chain.

GH Prajapati literally 'Lord of progeny,' or lord of creation: a title applied originally to several of the Vedic gods, as divinities presiding over the production of worlds and men; later applied to the Hindu Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Siva) especially to Brahma as the chief progenitor, evolver, and producer (as in The Laws of Manu (Manava-Dharma-Sastra). Likewise Manu Svayambhuva is termed a Prajapati as the son of Brahma, and as the secondary creator of the ten Rishis -- the mind-born sons of Brahma from whom mankind is descended, hence termed Prajapatis. These are enumerated as: Marichi Atri Angiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Vasishtha, Prachetas (or Daksha), Bhrigu, Narada. Occasionally only the first seven are enumerated, and they are made equivalent to the seven great Rishis (q.v.). The Prajapatis "are neither gods, nor supernatural Beings, but advanced Spirits from another and lower planet, reborn on this one, and giving birth in their turn in the present Round to present Humanity." (Secret Doctrine, II, p. 611) "What are all the myths and endless genealogies of the seven Prajapatis, and their sons, the seven Rishis or Manus, and of their wives, sons and progeny, but a vast detailed account of the progressive development and evolution of animal creation, one species after the other?" (Secret Doctrine, II, p. 253) (The following word is derived from the verbal root:) pra-jan, to give birth to; pati lord. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 85)

SKf Prajapati 'The Lord of Progeny'; a compound of pati -- lord, and praja -- progeny; derived from the verb-root jan -- to produce, and the preposition pra -- forth. Prajapati is a name given to Brahma, the Great Evolver of the Solar System. The seven, ten, or twelve Prajapatis are the Producers of Life on this planet. They are the Lords or Hierarchs of the different classes of monads. The Prajapatis are mystically described in the Puranas as the sons of Brahma and as the fathers of the Manus (See [[SKo]]). Some of the Puranic legends of the Prajapatis and the Manus are mystical histories of our higher Monads in their descent through the spheres.

SP Prajapati -- literally "lord of progeny," brahma.

SD INDEX Prajapati(s) (Skt). See also Lords of Being, Rishis

advanced spirits fr lower planet II 611
ativahikas or, aid jiva I 132
Bhrigu one of II 76n
Brahma creates the II 176n
Brahma is, collectively I 81, 94-5; II 60
create on Earth, not Brahma II 163
creators in Rig-Veda I 346, 426
Daksha chief of II 82, 247n
dhyani-buddhas, manasaputras or I 571
dhyani-chohans or I 375
fathers of various beings II 259n
first male & mother's husband I 91
flames or, incarnate in third race II 247-8
forefathers of man I 445
informing intelligences II 34
Jyotis one of II 766 &n
led on by Adam Kadmon II 129
located along tail of tortoise II 549
lower, fathers of man's body I 457
Manu Svayambhuva synthesis of II 704n
mind-born sons of II 140n
Narada one of the II 82
Osiris as chief I 437
pitris &, seed-manus II 164
pole star & the seven II 768
pre-human period, belong to II 284
produce seven other manus I 449
rishis become seven, ten of I 442
rishis or I 346, 349
sephiroth or, seven of I 89-90, 355
seven builders or I 436
seven, fourteen, twenty-one of, explained I 235n; II 259n
seven, of this round II 614n
seven, origin of I 433; II 253-4
seven, progenitors, races I 248; II 611
sishtas &, throw seed of life II 150
speech & mind consult, (Anugita) I 94-6
spiritual self in man fr I 457
ten & seven I 355; II 176n, 365, 573-4
ten, produced I 449; II 308n
ten semidivine I 349
ten, six, five of I 90
twenty-one I 90; II 40
Vach &, in creation I 137, 431
Vasishtha-Daksha's sons are II 78
Zohar on II 624-5 &n

SD INDEX Prajna (Skt) intelligence, wisdom. See also Consciousness

chinmatra is potentiality of II 597n
seven aspects of I 139; II 597n
seven states of II 29n, 636, 641


WGa Prakamya, one of the eight superhuman faculties; the power to exercise irresistible will. See Vibhuti.

WG Prakasana, manifesting to; enlightening; an epithet of Vishnu.

TG Prakrita (Sk.). One of the provincial dialects of Sanskrit -- "the language of the gods", and therefore, its materialisation.

WG Prakrita, essential, natural.

SD INDEX Prakrita [Prakritika] Creation I 427

first three creations called I 446, 453
Tairyagyonya creation & I 455 &n

TG Prakriti (Sk.). Nature in general, nature as opposed to Purusha -- spiritual nature and Spirit, which together are the "two primeval aspects of the One Unknown Deity". (Secret Doctrine, I. 51.)

FY Prakriti, undifferentiated matter; the supreme principle regarded as the substance of the universe.

WG Prakriti, nature; cosmic matter, always in combination with spirit -- purusha. (Literally, "procreated.")

OG Prakriti -- (Sanskrit) A compound consisting of the prepositional prefix pra, meaning "forwards" or "progression," and kriti, a noun-form from the verbal root kri, "to make" or "to do." Therefore prakriti means literally "production" or "bringing forth," "originating," and by an extension of meaning it also signifies the primordial or original state or condition or form of anything: primary, original substance. The root or parent of prakriti is mula-prakriti or root of prakriti. Prakriti is to be considered with vikriti -- vikriti signifying change or an alteration of some kind, or a production or evolution from the prakriti which precedes it. As an illustration, the chemical elements hydrogen and oxygen combine in the proportion H2O, producing thus a substance known in its most common form as water; but this same H2O can appear as ice as well as vapor-gas; hence the vapor, the water, and the ice may be called the vikritis of the original prakriti which is the originating hydrogen and oxygen. The illustration is perhaps not a very good one but is suggestive. In common usage prakriti may be called nature in general, as the great producer of entities or things, and through this nature acts the ever-active Brahma or Purusha. Purusha, therefore, is spirit, and prakriti is its productive veil or sheath. Essentially or fundamentally the two are one, and whatever prakriti through and by the influence of Purusha produces is the multitudinous and multiform vikritis which make the immense variety and diversity in the universe around us. In one or more of the Hindu philosophies, prakriti is the same as sakti, and therefore prakriti and sakti are virtually interchangeable with maya or maha-maya or so-called illusion. Prakriti is often spoken of as matter, but this is inexact although a very common usage; matter is rather the "productions" or phases that prakriti brings about, the vikritis. In the Indian Sankhya philosophy pradhana is virtually identical with prakriti, and both are often used to signify the producing element from and out of which all illusory material manifestations or appearances are evolved.

GH Prakriti Broadly speaking equivalent to Nature -- in the sense of the great producer of beings. Through Nature acts the ever-moving Spirit -- Brahma or Purusha. Thus Purusha is Spirit and Prakriti is its productive veil or sheath. Although Prakriti is commonly rendered 'matter,' matter is rather the productions that Prakriti brings about (i.e., the Vikritis) through the excitation or influence of Purusha. Some Hindu schools use Prakriti in the sense of Sakti or Maya (Illusion), the Vedantins, however, teach that every particle of Prakriti contains Jiva (divine life) and is the sarira (body) of that Jiva which it contains. (Compound pra, forwards, progression; (The following word is derived from the verbal root:) kri to do, to make; hence literally production, bringing forth. Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 65)

SKo Prakriti Literally, 'production' or 'bringing forth'; a compound of the preposition pra -- forth, and the verb-root kri -- to do, to make. Prakriti is Nature, or that producing element out of which springs the universe with all its various material spheres and bodies. The consciousness or motive-power or spirit which acts through Prakriti is Brahma or Purusha.

Thus there are the three Logoi: the First Logos or the Unmanifest -- Parabrahman and Mulaprakriti; the Second Logos or the partially Manifest -- Brahman and Pradhana; and the Third Logos or the Manifest -- Brahma and Prakriti, or Purusha and Prakriti.

SKf Prakriti (See Prakriti, [[SKo]].) The Prakritis are the Cosmic Elements and their power of producing substance; they are the living garments of the Tattwas or Seven Principles of the Cosmos. Therefore they are identical with the Seven Mahabhutas or the Great Elements of earth, water, air, fire, etc.

Prakritika-Pralaya and -Manvantara
are the universal dissolution and the manifested existence of Nature. Prakritika is the adjectival form of Prakriti -- nature.
Saurya-Pralaya and -Manvantara
are the dissolution and the manifested existence of the Solar System. Saurya is the adjectival form of surya -sun.
Bhaumika-Pralaya and -Manvantara
are the terrestrial or planetary dissolution and its manifested existence. Bhaumika is the adjectival form of bhumi -- earth.
Paurusha-Pralaya and -Manvantara
are the death and life of the individual man. Paurusha is the adjectival form of purusha -- man.
Nitya-Pralaya and -Manvantara
are the constant or continuous change or death and the regeneration and life of the cells of a body, whether of man, or a planet, or a Solar System. Nitya means 'constant'.
All these cycles of life and death, whether of a Universal Being or of an atomic entity, repeat themselves again and again, but ever higher. The only difference among them lies in the length of the cycle and the degree of evolutionary unfoldment. Life and death, Manvantara and Pralaya, are two continuously recurring phases in the Great Adventure of Evolution.

IN Prakriti (Skt) Primal nature, spiritual and ethereal substance; opposite pole of Purusha.

SP Prakrti [prakriti] -- nature or material manifestation.

SD INDEX Prakriti(s) (Skt) nature, primary substance

akasa, ether confused w I 255
akasa noumenon of I 508
alone is senseless I 247
astral light on low plane of I 255
bore Brahma in its womb II 527
Brahma & I 19, 542
Brahman is spirit & I 421
discrete & indiscrete I 373
illusion (Advaiti philosophy) II 598
irrational without purusha II 42
Kantian soul & I 602
in laya or sukshma state I 522
localized matter II 65
mineral kingdom aspect of I 178
mulaprakriti root of I 62; II 65
not the immortal spirit I 255
Padma &, creations I 427
positive aether I 508
pradhana first form of I 545, 582
at pralaya I 255, 257, 373
purusha &, Second Logos I 16
purusha blind without I 247; II 123n
-purusha produce all things I 284
Sankhya philosophy re I 256n, 335; II 42
seven, or protyles I 328
seven principles of I 257 &n
seven, purushas & principles I 335, 373 &n
three-faced prism of II 635
web of universe & I 83


TG Prakritika Pralaya (Sk.). The Pralaya succeeding to the Age of Brahma, when everything that exists is resolved into its primordial essence (or Prakriti).

WG Prakrita-pralaya, the change of the universe from its present to a latent condition and its dissolution in unmanifested nature, in which no evolution can take place until the dawn of a new manvantara. This takes place at the end of each maha-kalpa, and the pralaya continues during an expanse of time equal to a maha-kalpa -- 311,040,000,000 solar years.

SD INDEX Prakritika (elemental) Pralaya

described I 370-1; II 69n
at end of Brahma's life I 371-2
universal pralaya II 309n

WG Prakriti-sambandha, connection with matter; being bound to matter.

TG Pralaya (Sk.). A period of obscuration or repose -- planetary, cosmic or universal -- the opposite of Manvantara (S. D., I. 370.).

KT Pralaya (Sans.) Dissolution, the opposite of Manvantara, one being the period of rest and the other of full activity (death and life) of a planet, or of the whole universe.

FY Pralaya, the period of cosmic rest.

OG Pralaya -- (Sanskrit) A compound word, formed of laya, from the root li, and the prefix pra. Li means "to dissolve," "to melt away," "to liquefy," as when one pours water upon a cube of salt or of sugar. The cube of salt or of sugar vanishes in the water -- it dissolves, changes its form -- and this may be taken as a figure, imperfect as it is, or as a symbol, of what pralaya is: a crumbling away, a vanishing away, of matter into something else which is yet in it, and surrounds it, and interpenetrates it. Such is pralaya, usually translated as the state of latency, state of rest, state of repose, between two manvantaras or life cycles. If we remember distinctly the meaning of the Sanskrit word, our minds take a new bent in direction, follow a new thought. We get new ideas; we penetrate into the arcanum of the thing that takes place. Pralaya, therefore, is dissolution, death. There are many kinds of pralayas. There is the universal pralaya, called prakritika, because it is the pralaya or vanishing away, melting away, of prakriti or nature. Then there is the solar pralaya. Sun in Sanskrit is surya, and the adjective from this is saurya: hence, the saurya pralaya or the pralaya of the solar system. Then, thirdly, there is the terrestrial or planetary pralaya. One Sanskrit word for earth is bhumi, and the adjective corresponding to this is bhaumika: hence, the bhaumika pralaya. Then there is the pralaya or death of the individual man. Man is purusha; the corresponding adjective is paurusha: hence, the paurusha pralaya or death of man. These adjectives apply equally well to the several kinds of manvantaras or life cycles. There is another kind of pralaya which is called nitya. In its general sense, it means "constant" or "continuous," and can be exemplified by the constant or continuous change -- life and death -- of the cells of our bodies. It is a state in which the indwelling and dominating entity remains, but its different principles and rupas undergo continuous and incessant change. Hence it is called nitya, signifying continuous. It applies to the body of man, to the outer sphere of earth, to the earth itself, to the solar system, and indeed to all nature. It is the unceasing and chronic changing of things that are -- the passing from phase to phase, meaning the pralaya or death of one phase, to be followed by the rebirth of its succeeding phase. There are other kinds of pralayas than those herein enumerated.

SKo Pralaya Dissolution, death, or a period of repose between two Manvantaras. Pralaya is a compound of pra -- away, and laya, derived from the verb-root li -- to dissolve. Just as dissolution implies a transformation of substances into another state of matter, so at the time of Pralaya all manifested or visible things dissolve or vanish into the noumenal or invisible worlds: the Many return to their Source, become the ONE. There are many kinds of Pralayas, for the word can be applied to the death of a man, a planet, or a Universe.

IN Pralaya (Skt) "Dissolution,'' death, a period of latency between manvantaras, planetary or cosmic.

SP Pralaya -- a cycle of dissolution between manvantaras.

SD INDEX Pralaya(s) (Skt) dissolution. See also Manvantara, Nitya, Obscuration

absolute & minor I 12n
beginning of, & seven suns I 290
Berosus figured, by zodiac I 649-50
builders latent during I 88, 104
cosmic deluge or II 69n
cosmic ideation ceases in I 328-9; II 598
cyclic, are but obscurations II 660n
described I 172n, 368-78; II 307n
Deus implicitus or I 281n
duration equal to a manvantara I 240
fate of various beings during I 571-2
First Logos sleeps during I 429
follow manvantaras like nights & days I 373-4
after fourteen manvantaras I 245, 370
gnatha [jnata] latent during I 428
great & minor I 18 &n
hinted at in Revelation II 565 &n
kalpa interval between minor II 307
matter undifferentiated in I 328
monad loses name in I 570
motion during I 497n
Night of Brahma or I 240; II 307n
Noah's raven & I 443
afterone thousand periods of four ages I 370
Parabrahman the one ego in I 428-9
Parasara's puranic account II 757
partial, after Day of Brahma I 552
planetary dissolution or I 159, 172 &n
primeval matter during I 69
reduces bodies, egos I 265
Seneca quoted on II 757
seven sabbaths are seven II 747
seven terrestrial II 329-30
Siphrah Dzeniouta on II 504
solar I 172n, 371-2
Stanza I describes I 21
by submersion II 324-5
universal or maha- I 172n, 371-3, 552
various I 53, 172n, 370-3; II 69n, 309-10n


SD INDEX Pralina (Skt) reabsorbed, withdrawn I 372

TG Pramantha (Sk.). An accessory to producing the sacred fire by friction. The sticks used by Brahmins to kindle fire by friction.

SD INDEX Pramantha (Skt)

Agni born to Arani & II 101, 526-7
celestial fire &, Baudry on II 526
friction of, degraded II 101
Prometheus & II 413n, 520, 524-5
tool for kindling fire II 413n, 524

SD INDEX Pramatha (Skt), signifies theft II 413n

TG Prameyas (Sk.). Things to be proved; objects of Pramana or proof.

FY Prameyas, things to be proved, objects of Pramana or proof.

TG Pram-Gimas (Lithuanian). Lit., "Master of all", a deity-title.

SD INDEX Pram-gimas [Pramzimas] (Lithuanian) advised couple saved fr Deluge II 270

TG Pramlocha (Sk.). A female Apsaras -- a water-nymph who beguiled Kandu. (See "Kandu".)

SD INDEX Pramlocha (Skt) a nymph

Hindu Lilith II 175
Kamadeva & II 175-6
perspiration fr pores of II 171n, 175
story of Kandu & II 174-7
symbol of nascent physical man II 411

TG Prana (Sk.). Life-Principle; the breath of Life.

KT Prana (Sans.) Life Principle, the breath of life, Nephesh.

FY Prana, the one life.

WG Prana, breath; the force derived from the sun, which is represented in man by the breath; one of the seven human principles.

OG Prana -- (Sanskrit) The word is derived from pra, prepositional prefix meaning "before"; and an, verb meaning "to breathe," "to blow," "to live." Usually translated "life," but rather the psychoelectrical veil or psychoelectrical field manifesting in the individual as vitality. Commonly called "life principle." This Sanskrit word is used by modern theosophists in a general sense, although in the Sanskrit it has a rather specific and restricted meaning, because there are, as a matter of fact, a number of life currents, vital fluids. They have each one its own name. One system gives the number as three; another as five, which is the commonly accepted number; another enumeration is seven; another again is twelve, as is found in some Upanishads; and one old writer even gives them as thirteen.

The life-atoms of the prana, or psychoelectrical field, fly instantly back at the moment of physical dissolution to the natural pranic reservoirs of the planet.

SKo Prana The Life-principle in man; a compound of the verb-root an, 'to breathe,' and the prepositional prefix pra -- forth. Theosophy in a general sense speaks of Prana as that efflux or life-fluid of Atman which manifests in the more physical realms and gives to man his vital energy. The ancient Sanskrit literature speaks of Prana as the expirational breath, and as only one of the seven life-breaths or Pranas working in man.

SP Prana -- breath or the various life-breaths or vital forces.

SD INDEX Prana(s) (Skt) breath II 242

apana, etc, life winds II 566-8
atoms of, never lost II 671-2
breath of life (Massey) II 632
corresponds to globe five I 153
expirational breath I 95
inert without matter I 526n
life, corresponds to oxygen II 593
life essence II 596
life principle I 157-8
lowest subdivision of I 262n
not jivatman I 226n
pervades body of man I 526n
rudras, ten vital breaths or II 548
second principle, male, active I 525n
second principle of dhyanis I 224
speech, apana & I 95


TG Pranamaya Kosha (Sk.). The vehicle of Prana, life, or the Linga Sarira: a Vedantic term.

FY Pranamaya Kosha, the principle of life and its vehicle; the second sheath of the Divine monad (Vedantic).

WG Prana-maya-kosa, the vital sheath surrounding the soul.

SD INDEX Pranamaya Kosa (Skt) I 157. See also Astral Body


TG Pranatman (Sk.). The same as Sutratma, the eternal germ-thread on which are strung, like beads, the personal lives of the EGO.

FY Pranatman, the eternal or germ thread on which are strung, like beads, the personal lives. The same as Sutratma.


TG Pranava (Sk.). A sacred word, equivalent to Aum.

WG Pranava, a substitute word for the sacred word Aum.

SD INDEX Pranava (Skt) sacred syllable Om

called Vach I 138
mystic term like Om I 432 &n

TG Pranayama (Sk.). The suppression and regulation of the breath in Yoga practice.

WG Pranayama, suspending the breath: by rechaka, or holding the left nostril and breathing through the right; puraka, closing the right and breathing through the left nostril; kumbhaka, both nostrils closed and breathing suspended.

SD INDEX Pranayama (Skt) breath control

acquiring of II 568
dangers of, in yoga I 95-6
regulation of vital winds I 96

TG Pranidhana (Sk.). The fifth observance of the Yogis; ceaseless devotion. (See Yoga Shastras, ii. 32.)

SD INDEX Pranidhana (Skt) [persevering devotion] yogi's fifth observance II 88

WG Prapatti, a phase of Yoga -- devotion and means for attainment of supreme bliss -- in which one contemplates: first, one's own inability to practice either of the other kinds of Yoga; and, second, the attributes and qualities of Isvara as the sole redeemer. Prapatti is much approved in the Visishtadvaita school of religious philosophy. It is particularly intended for those who are unable to contemplate the impersonal Deity.

TG Prapti (Sk.). From Prap, to reach. One of the eight Siddhis (powers) of Raj-Yoga. The power of transporting oneself from one place to another, instantaneously, by the mere force of will; the faculty of divination, of healing and of prophesying, also a Yoga power.

WGa Prapti, one of the eight superhuman faculties. See Vibhuti for description.

WG Prarabdha-karma, that karma which has already begun to produce results, such as we now experience.

TG Prasanga Madhyamika (Sk.). A Buddhist school of philosophy in Tibet. It follows, like the Yogacharya system, the Mahayana or "Great Vehicle" of precepts; but, having been founded far later than the Yogacharya, it is not half so rigid and severe. It is a semi-exoteric and very popular system among the literati and laymen.

SD INDEX Prasanga Madhyamika (Skt), teachings of, on time I 43

TG Prashraya, or Vinaya (Sk.). "The progenetrix of affection." A title bestowed upon the Vedic Aditi, the "Mother of the Gods".

SD INDEX Prasraya or Vinaya (Skt) [modesty], mother of affection II 528

WG Pratibha, comprehension, understanding.

TG Pratibhasika (Sk.). The apparent or illusory life.

FY Pratibhasika, the apparent or illusory life.

SD INDEX Pratisamchara (Skt). See also Pralaya

incidental dissolution I 372

TG Pratisamvid (Sk.). The four "unlimited forms of wisdom" attained by an Arhat; the last of which is the absolute knowledge of and power over the twelve Nidanas. (See "Nidana".)

SD INDEX Pratisarga (Skt), secondary creation II 106

SD INDEX Pratt, Henry

kabbalist-positivist I 226n
----- New Aspects of Life & Religion
Central Sun II 240
elemental spirits, matter I 234n
fallen angels I 194n
Jehovah Spirit of Earth II 508-9
kingdom of spirits, souls II 242
space & First Cause I 9-10n, 342, 615
spirit called "deprived" II 246n
triangles & pyramids I 616-17
units I 617

TG Pratyabhava (Sk.). The state of the Ego under the necessity of repeated births.

TG Pratyagatma (Sk.). The same as Jivatma, or the one living Universal Soul -- Alaya.

WG Pratyagatma, the individual soul.

SD INDEX Pratyagatma (Skt), Jivatman as Logos II 33

TG Pratyahara (Sk.). The same as "Mahapralaya".

WG Praty-ahara, restraint of the organs of sense from all outward things and directing them entirely to mental impressions. (Literally, "drawing back, restraint.")

SKv Pratyahara 'Withdrawal'; derived from the verb-root ahri -- to bring, and prati -- back. Pratyahara is often used as a synonym for Pralaya, the dissolution of the manifested universe, which is brought about by the withdrawal into higher spheres of the Universal Self. Pratyahara as the fifth stage of Yoga is the withdrawal of the consciousness inwards toward spiritual things. This is brought about by strong love and devotion to realities and Truth, thus silencing the wayward senses which tend to make one respond to external and deceptive concerns.

SD INDEX Pratyahara (Skt) withdrawal

elemental pralaya I 257, [373]
restraint, regulation of senses I 96

TG Pratyaharana (Sk.). The preliminary training in practical Raj-Yoga.

TG Pratyaksha (Sk.). Spiritual perception by means of senses.

FY Pratyaksha, perception.

WG Praty-aksha, perception, apprehension by the senses. (prati, near; aksha, eye: in sight.)

TG Pratyasarga (Sk.). In Sankhya philosophy the "intellectual evolution of the Universe"; in the Puranas the 8th creation.

SD INDEX Pratyayasarga Creation (Sankhya) I 456

TG Pratyeka Buddha (Sk.). The same as "Pasi-Buddha". The Pratyeka Buddha is a degree which belongs exclusively to the Yogacharya school, yet it is only one of high intellectual development with no true spirituality. It is the dead-letter of the Yoga laws, in which intellect and comprehension play the greatest part, added to the strict carrying out of the rules of the inner development. It is one of the three paths to Nirvana, and the lowest, in which a Yogi -- "without teacher and without saving others" -- by the mere force of will and technical observances, attains to a kind of nominal Buddhaship individually; doing no good to anyone, but working selfishly for his own salvation and himself alone. The Pratyekas are respected outwardly but are despised inwardly by those of keen or spiritual appreciation. A Pratyeka is generally compared to a "Khadga" or solitary rhinoceros and called Ekashringa Rishi, a selfish solitary Rishi (or saint). "As crossing Sansara ('the ocean of birth and death' or the series of incarnations), suppressing errors, and yet not attaining to absolute perfection, the Pratyeka Buddha is compared with a horse which crosses a river swimming, without touching the ground." (Sanskrit-Chinese Dict.) He is far below a true "Buddha of Compassion". He strives only for the reaching of Nirvana.

VS Pratyeka-Buddha (II 38) [[p. 43]] Pratyeka Buddhas are those Bodhisattvas who strive after and often reach the Dharmakaya robe after a series of lives. Caring nothing for the woes of mankind or to help it, but only for their own bliss, they enter Nirvana and disappear from the sight and the hearts of men. In Northern Buddhism a "Pratyeka Buddha" is a synonym of spiritual Selfishness.

WG Praty-eka-Buddha, a Buddha who obtains emancipation for himself only. (Literally, "one by one.")

OG Pratyeka Buddha -- (Sanskrit) Pratyeka is a compound of two words: prati, prepositional prefix meaning "towards" or "for"; eka, the numeral "one"; thus we can translate the compound by the paraphrase "each one for himself."

The Pratyeka Buddha, he who achieves buddhahood for himself, instead of feeling the call of almighty love to return and help those who have gone less far, goes ahead into the supernal light -- passes onwards and enters the unspeakable bliss of nirvana -- and leaves mankind behind. Though exalted, nevertheless he does not rank with the unutterable sublimity of the Buddha of Compassion.

The Pratyeka Buddha concentrates his energies on the one objective -- spiritual self-advancement: he raises himself to the spiritual realm of his own inner being, enwraps himself therein and, so to speak, goes to sleep. The Buddha of Compassion raises himself, as does the Pratyeka Buddha, to the spiritual realms of his own inner being, but does not stop there, because he expands continuously, becomes one with All, or tries to, and in fact does so in time. When the Pratyeka Buddha in due course emerges from the nirvanic state in order to take up his evolutionary journey again, he will find himself far in the rear of the Buddha of Compassion.

SKv Pratyeka-Buddha, Buddha of Compassion Pratyeka is a compound of prati -- for, towards; and eka -- one; hence the term implies 'for one alone.' The Pratyeka-Buddha is a lofty spiritual being who becomes so wrapped up in the beautiful future of spiritual peace and rest and wisdom that Nirvana offers, that he becomes oblivious of those who could gain much by his help and enlightenment. When the choice comes, as it comes to all Initiates -- Shall I enter this well-earned Nirvana which means blissful rest for aeons, or shall I give up this wondrous and glorious state so that I may remain as a spiritual inspirer, a Nirmanakaya, in the world of men's thoughts and feelings and thus answer the deepest call of the human heart, compassion? -- then a Pratyeka-Buddha, whose goal is for self alone, because his spiritual parts are awakened only in their lower aspects, chooses the former path of bliss; whereas a Buddha of Compassion, an older soul, awakened in the loftier aspects of his spiritual nature, renounces Nirvana and follows the call of compassion. At the dawn of a new cycle of evolution in the far distant future a Pratyeka-Buddha will have to undergo certain experiences in the lower spheres in order to develop the deeper and more compassionate side of his higher nature; whereas a Buddha of Compassion will be winging his way on to greater vistas of evolution, to heights beyond human ken.

SP Pratyeka-buddha -- one who attains buddhahood for himself alone.


SD INDEX Pravaha (Skt) [wind], regulates course of stars II 612

SD INDEX Prayag (Allahabad)

built on subterranean cities II 221
lunar kings reigned at I 392

SKf Pravritti, Nivritti Pravritti is derived from the verbal root vrit -- to flow or to turn, plus the preposition pra -- forth, hence the word means 'a flowing forth,' an unfolding of what is within, in other words, evolution. Nivritti is a 'flowing back' (ni -- back), an infolding of what is without or already manifest in other words, involution. The processes of evolution and involution are simultaneous and cannot be separated. On the Downward Arc of Evolution or the Cycle of emanating forms, matter undergoes Pravritti and hence bodies of many grades are developed, and Spirit undergoes Nivritti and hence becomes inwrapped in these bodies of ever increasing materiality. On the Upward Arc or the cycle of spiritual development matter involves and spirit evolves, outward forms gradually disappear inwards and spirit unfolds itself in ever fuller visible expressions, such as divine and compassionate actions and qualities.

SP Pravrtti [pravritti] -- evolution, the reverse of nivrtti [nivritti], involution.

SD INDEX Prayer(s)

Christians & pagans both use I 466-7
Council of Constantinople & II 279n
for destruction is black magic I 416, 467-9
of Earth Spirit II 28
to Father in secret I 280n
of gods to Devaki II 527-8
of gods to Vishnu I 419
Jewish liturgy of Pentecost I 618
Mazdean & Lord's II 517
Nemesis not propitiated by I 643
of Rabbi Ben Gebirol I 439n
Sabean II 361-2
to Virgin of the Sea I 468

SD INDEX Pre-Adamic (-Adamite) Races II 172, 252, 289n, 747

Bible skips II 252
Chwolsohn on II 452-7
earth & alkahest I 345
Figaniere on II 289n
implied in Genesis II 394
kings II 83-4
Kings of Edom I 375; II 705
period of divine man II 284, 285n
[of Reverend Gall] I 324-5
seven manus were, men II 311
Simorgh fr last, deluge II 397
third race men II 172

SD INDEX Preadamites. See Winchell, A.

SD INDEX Pre-animal Races, were "angels" II 650

SD INDEX Preceptors. See Divine Kings

SD INDEX Precepts for Yoga, on life & tree of life I 58

SD INDEX Precession of the Equinoxes. See also Equinoxes, Sidereal Year

Aldebaran & II 785
Babylonian dates fixed by II 693
beginning of kali-yuga & I 663
Bentley on II 550
climate changes &, (Croll) II 314
cyclic, sidereal years or I 439n
Egyptian records of I 650
great tropical year or II 505
Herodotus & data on, (Egyptian) I 435
movement of apsis, equinox & II 330n
recession of tropics & II 331

SD INDEX Precious Things, Fourteen, & fourth initiation I 67 &n

SD INDEX Precis elementaire de physiologie. See Magendie

SD INDEX Pre-Cosmic

ideation & substance I 15, 58, 452
theogony II 94n, 144-5, 147

SD INDEX Predestination

Calvinist II 304 &n
in history of globe, races I 641, 645

TG Pre-existence. The term used to denote that we have lived before. The same as reincarnation in the past. The idea is derided by some, rejected by others, called absurd and inconsistent by the third: yet it is the oldest and the most universally accepted belief from an immemorial antiquity. And if this belief was universally accepted by the most subtle philosophical minds of the pre-Christian world, surely it is not amiss that some of our modern intellectual men should also believe in it, or at least give the doctrine the benefit of the doubt. Even the Bible hints at it more than once, St. John the Baptist being regarded as the reincarnation of Elijah, and the Disciples asking whether the blind man was born blind because of his sins, which is equal to saying that he had lived and sinned before being born blind. As Mr. Bonwick well says: it was "the work of spiritual progression and soul discipline. The pampered sensualist returned a beggar; the proud oppressor, a slave; the selfish woman of fashion, a seamstress. A turn of the wheel gave a chance for the development of neglected or abused intelligence and feeling, hence the popularity of reincarnation in all climes and times. . . . thus the expurgation of evil was . . . gradually but certainly accomplished." Verily "an evil act follows a man, passing through one hundred thousand transmigrations" (Panchatantra). "All souls have a subtle vehicle, image of the body, which carries the passive soul from one material dwelling to another" says Kapila; while Basnage explains of the Jews: "By this second death is not considered hell, but that which happens when a soul has a second time animated a body". Herodotus tells his readers, that the Egyptians "are the earliest who have spoken of this doctrine, according to which the soul of man is immortal, and after the destruction of the body, enters into a newly born being. When, say they, it has passed through all the animals of the earth and sea, and all the birds, it will re-enter the body of a new born man." This is Pre-existence. Deveria showed that the funeral books of the Egyptians say plainly "that resurrection was, in reality, but a renovation, leading to a new infancy, and a new youth". (See "Reincarnation".)

OG Preexistence -- This term means that the human soul did not first come into being or existence with its present birth on earth; in other words, that it preexisted before it was born on earth. This doctrine of preexistence is by no means typically theosophical, for it likewise was a part of the early teachings of Christianity, as is evidenced in the writings that remain to us of Origen, the great Alexandrian Church Father, and of his school. The theosophical student should be very careful in distinguishing the technical meanings that pertain to several words which in popular and mistaken usage are often employed interchangeably, as for example preexistence, metempsychosis, transmigration, reincarnation, reimbodiment, rebirth, metensomatosis, palingenesis. Each one of these words has a specific meaning typically its own, and describes or sets forth one phase of the destiny of a reimbodying and migrating entity. In popular usage, several of these words are used as synonyms, and this usage is wrong. Preexistence, for instance, does not necessarily signify the transmigration of an entity from plane to plane nor, indeed, does it signify as does reincarnation that a migrating monad reinfleshes or reincarnates itself through its ray on earth. Preexistence signifies only that a soul, be it human or other, preexisted before its birth on earth. The doctrine of the great Origen, as found in his works that remain to us, was that the human soul preexisted in the spiritual world, or within the influence or range of the divine essence or "God," before it began a series of reincarnations on earth. It is obvious that Origen's manner of expressing his views is a more or less faithful but distorted reflection of the teaching of the esoteric philosophy. The teaching of preexistence as outlined by Origen and his school and followers, with others of his mystical quasi-theosophical doctrines, was formally condemned and anathematized at the Home Synod held under Mennas at Constantinople about 543 of the Christian era. Thus passed out of orthodox Christian theology as a "newly discovered heresy" what was a most important and mystical body of teaching of the early centuries of the new Christian religion -- to the latter's great loss, spiritual and intellectual. The doctrines of Origen and his school may be said to have formed an important part of original Christian theosophy, a form of universal theosophy of Christianized character. (See under their respective heads the various correlated doctrines mentioned above.)

SD INDEX Preexistence

of every creature II 618
of universal consciousness II 490n
of universe I 278


SD INDEX Pre-Existing, evolves fr Ever-existing I 278

SD INDEX Pre-Glacial man II 71-4, 715-30

SD INDEX Prehistoric Ages

calculated by seers II 67
myths contain realities of I 304n

SD INDEX Prehistoric Congress (Brussels, 1872), doubted Bourgeois' findings II 751-2

SD INDEX Prehistoric Europe. See Geikie, J.

SD INDEX Prehistoric Man. See Wilson, D.

SD INDEX "Prehistoric Man." See Lubbock, Sir John

SD INDEX Prehistorique antiquite. See Mortillet, G. de

SD INDEX Pre-Homeric Greeks II 11-12

SD INDEX Pre-human Period II 165n

first race up to fourth race II 315
genealogies embrace II 322
monsters II 115, 634

SD INDEX Pre-Matter, or protyle I 328n, 598 &n. See also Crookes, Wm. A.

SD INDEX Presence I 618

the All- I 46
ever incognizable I 1, 2, 239, 280, 629
karana or I 280

SD INDEX Present. See also Duration, Time

cross section in time, space I 37
eternal, Divine Thought & I 61
generations & occult truths I 298
past & future alive in I 105
past, future & I 37, 43-4; II 446
past helps us grasp I xlvi

SD INDEX "Present Position of Evolution." See Haeckel

SD INDEX Preserver(s)

divine fire is II 114
rakshasas in allegory II 165n
Vishnu as I 286, 459n, 526n; II 313
were builders, fashioners, rulers II 514

SD INDEX President (US), Indian petition to II 439

SD INDEX Presidential Address. See Crookes, Wm. A., "Elements & Meta-Elements"

TG Pretas (Sk.). "Hungry demons" in popular folk-lore. "Shells", of the avaricious and selfish man after death; "Elementaries" reborn as Pretas, in Kama-loka, according to the esoteric teachings.

FY Pretya-bhava, the state of an ego under the necessity of repeated births.

WG Pretya-bhava, the state after death. (pretya, having died; bhava, being.)

SD INDEX Prevision, & cyclic events I 646

SD INDEX Priam (King of Troy) son of Laomedon II 796

SD INDEX Priapic Deities I 358

SD INDEX Priapus (ian,ic) (Gk) I 6n

celestial, or Agathodaemon II 458
Jewish God euhemerized II 543

SD INDEX Pride II 237, 271, 274, 514n

SD INDEX Priest(s)

ancient, moved stones by will II 342n
-architects I 208-9n
assume names of gods II 379-80
Atlantean, addressed gods I 464
grihastha, of exoteric ritual II 499
high, & revelation II 455
initiated, could read Dracontia II 346
-initiates II 494, 517, 529, 542
kept reincarnation secret II 552
lost teaching of rounds, races II 618
man's good actions the only I 280
responsible for materialism I 578
six Zuni, & one priestess II 628-9

TG Priestesses. Every ancient religion had its priestesses in the temples. In Egypt they were called the Sa and served the altar of Isis and in the temples of other goddesses. Canephorae was the name given by the Greeks to those consecrated priestesses who bore the baskets of the gods during the public festivals of the Eleusinian Mysteries. There were female prophets in Israel as in Egypt, diviners of dreams and oracles; and Herodotus mentions the Hierodules, the virgins or nuns dedicated to the Theban Jove, who were generally the Pharaohs' daughters and other Princesses of the Royal House. Orientalists speak of the wife of Cephrenes, the builder of the so-called second Pyramid, who was a priestess of Thoth. (See "Nuns".)

SD INDEX Priestess

-Mother, speckled corn & II 629
six Zuni priests & one II 628-9

SD INDEX Priestley, J., "discoverer" of oxygen I 623

SD INDEX Prima materia See. Primordial Matter

SD INDEX Primary Age (geology) II 160, 710. See also Primordial-, Secondary-, Tertiary-, & Quaternary Age

compared w theosophy II 712 &nn
rocks of, 42,000 feet thick II 709
two & 1/2 races in II 712

SD INDEX Primary Creation I 454-5. See also Creation

creation of light or spirit I 450
darkness to profane II 59
elemental kingdoms dominant II 312n
evolution of worlds fr atoms II 731
forces self-evolving in I 446
found in Genesis I 450
gods & rudiments of senses in I 446-7
Hindu I 450-2
precedes all cosmogonies II 59
Secondary Creation & II 53n, 107, 113, 312n
of self-born gods, elohim I 450

SD INDEX Primeval Age, divine men in II 712

SD INDEX Primeval Man Unveiled . . . See Gall, Rev J.

SD INDEX "Primeval Race Double-Sexed." See Wilder

SD INDEX Primordial Age (geology). See also Primary-, Secondary-, Tertiary-, & Quaternary Age

compared w theosophy II 712 &nn
marine fossils of, third round II 712
rocks 70,000 feet thick II 709

TG Primordial Light. In Occultism, the light which is born in, and through the preternatural darkness of chaos, which contains "the all in all", the seven rays that become later the seven Principles in Nature.

SD INDEX Primordial Matter. See also Daiviprakriti, Pradhana, Prakritis, Protyle

direct emanation of universal mind I 602
homogeneous I 601
Kant's, & akasa I 601-2
mind ordered, (Anaxagoras) I 595
Mother or Prima materia I 291-2
motion in I 97-8n
not hot or cold I 82
nucleus of, & the Sun I 540-1
sixth principle or I 594
sons of I 82
soul of, is aether I 341-2
upadhi of seventh principle I 594
various names for I 283
Ymir (Orgelmir) or I 427

SD INDEX Primordial Seven I 88, 106, 108

SD INDEX Primordial Substance. See Substance

SD INDEX Prince of the Air

an everlasting principle II 515
St Paul's, explained by Levi II 485

SD INDEX Prince of Waters, St Michael called, in Talmud II 505

SD INDEXa Princeps aeris hujus [principem potestatis aeris hujus] II 485, 515 (Lat) "Prince [of the power] of the air" -- Ephesians 2:2.

SD INDEX Principalities (of Christian hierarchy)

copy of archaic prototypes I 92
Powers of St Paul & I 632n
fr providence or divine light I 350


SD INDEX Principes, genii of Nazarenes I 195-6

SD INDEX Principia. See Newton, Isaac

SD INDEX Principia Rerum Naturalium. See Swedenborg

SD INDEX Principle(s) (cosmic)

akasa fifth universal I 13n
animating, of stars I 117
astral light sixth & seventh, of space II 511-12
daiviprakriti or unmanifested Logos I 216
divided variously I 110
elements & I 334-5
fifth, or mother & dhyani-chohans I 293
fourth, animal soul of nature I 111-12
of globes transferred I 172
God the Father or seventh I 74n
& human principles II 596
indiscrete, Wilson, etc on I 521-2
informing, enter laya-center I 147
Kwan-shi-yin form of seventh I 471
lower, mayavic I 17-18
Plato on elements & I 491-2
primordial light is seventh I 216
septenary in Puranas II 616
seven, & seven-headed serpent I 407
seven creations, rishis, etc II 612
seven, in Bible II 747-8
seven, purushas & prakritis I 335
seventh & sixth, in cosmogony I 594
seventh, in man, cosmos I 74n; II 593, 596
seventh, of mother substance I 289-90
seven, variously given I 335, 342; II 58n, 108
six, all come fr seventh I 17
sixth, or Brahma I 17-18
solar system has seven I 110
spirit, soul-mind & life I 624 &n
three, & mulaprakriti I 620
three, & three strides I 113 &n, 122
vital, of Sun I 591; II 105
world-stuff or fifth & sixth cosmic I 101

TG Principles. The Elements or original essences, the basic differentiations upon and of which all things are built up. We use the term to denote the seven individual and fundamental aspects of the One Universal Reality in Kosmos and in man. Hence also the seven aspects in their manifestation in the human being -- divine, spiritual, psychic, astral, physiological and simply physical.

OG Principles of Man -- The seven principles of man are a likeness or rather copy of the seven cosmic principles. They are actually the offspring or reflection of the seven cosmic principles, limited in their action in us by the workings of the law of karma, but running in their origin back into THAT which is beyond: into THAT which is the essence of the universe or the universal -- above, beyond, within, to the unmanifest, to the unmanifestable, to that first principle which H. P. Blavatsky enunciates as the leading thought of the wisdom-philosophy of The Secret Doctrine. These principles of man are reckoned as seven in the philosophy by which the human spiritual and psychical economy has been publicly explained to us in the present age. In other ages these principles or parts of man were differently reckoned -- the Christian reckoned them as body, soul, and spirit, generalizing the seven under these three heads. Some of the Indian thinkers divided man into a basic fourfold entity, others into a fivefold. The Jewish philosophy, as found in the Qabbalah which is the esoteric tradition of the Jews, teaches that man is divided into four parts: neshamah, ruah, nefesh, and guf. Theosophists for convenience often employ in their current literature a manner of viewing man's composite constitution which is the dividing of his nature into a trichotomy, meaning a division into three, being spirit, soul, and body, which in this respect is identical with the generalized Christianized theosophical division. Following this trichotomy, man's three parts, therefore, are: first and highest, the divine spirit or the divine monad of him, which is rooted in the universe, which spirit is linked with the All, being in a highly mystical sense a ray of the All; second, the intermediate part, or the spiritual monad, which in its higher and lower aspects is the spiritual and human souls; then, third, the lowest part of man's composite constitution, the vital-astral-physical part of him, which is composed of material or quasi-material life-atoms. (See also Atman, Buddhi, Manas, Kama, Prana, Linga-sarira, Sthula-sarira)

SD INDEX Principle(s) (human). See also Kama, Manas, etc

analogy of, & root-races II 254n
in animals II 196n, 255, 267
body & two lower, die II 235
Brahmanic & theosophic II 640-1
buddhi is sixth, passive II 231n
buddhi-manas is higher self II 230-1
cannot be separated I 158
cosmic principles & II 596
derivation of five middle I 222
development of, in races II 254 &n
development of, in rounds I 259-60; II 167
divided variously I 110
each, fr hierarchy of spirits I 133; II 273
elements & II 593
emanate fr prism of prakriti II 635
esoteric & kabbalistic I 243-4
fifth, hypostasized II 275
four lower I 122n
four lower, four flames II 57n
four sacred animals symbolize I 363
globes, upadhis & I 153-4 &n
Gnostic II 604-5
of the gods I 633
God the Father seventh, in man, cosmos I 74n
how man obtained his fifth I 247
indiscrete, & buddhi I 453
Levi's, & theosophists' I 242-5
man's lower, re-used next life I 173
Massey, Boehme on II 630-5
middle, most gross I 260
physical, not grossest I 260
saptaparna or I 236
seven II 635-41
seven, & gods, men I 226-7
seven, & seven-headed serpent I 407
seven, called seven souls (Massey) II 631n
seven, developed in seventh round II 167
seven, fr Kabbalah, Book of Dead II 633-5
seven Hindu & Egyptian, given II 632
seven, in Bible II 747-8
seven, in esoteric schools I 122; II 603-4
seven, in Pymander II 491-2
seven letters used for II 57n
seven, not in Isis Unveiled I 197, 231n
seven, or seven-eyed stone II 627
seven rishis symbolize II 139, 313
seventh, loaned to man I 224
seven, under seven planets II 29 &n
six, given lay chelas I 122
source of II 241
three, & their garments II 315
three, & three strides I 113 &n, 122
three higher, three fires II 57n
three middle, more material I 225
two connecting, & agnishvattas II 79
union of fifth & sixth II 247
wheat symbolizes II 374 &n


SD INDEX Principle(s) (primordial or philosophic)

Absolute I 6; II 167
Boundless I 14
Brahma as fructifying I 333
female generative, & ark II 139
First, of Plato II 554
fundamental, of Secret Doctrine II 536
Infinite, cannot create I 7
of life may kill I 539
moyst, of Poimandres II 236, 591n
never-resting, & cosmic monad II 311
Unknown, present everywhere I 481
unseen, in nature, humanity II 555-6

SD INDEX Principles of Biology. See Spencer, H.

SD INDEX Principles of Geology. See Lyell, C.

SD INDEX Principles of Human Knowledge. See Berkeley

SD INDEX Principles of Psychology. See Spencer, H.

SD INDEX Principles of Science. See Jevons, W. S.

SD INDEX Principles of Zoology. See Agassiz, J. L. R.

GH Pritha The name of the daughter of Sura, a Yadava prince, who gave her to his childless cousin Kunti (or Kuntibhoja) by whom he was adopted -- hence she was called Kunti (q.v.). She is the mother of the Pandavas. Throughout the text Arjuna is referred to as the son of Pritha (in Sanskrit, Partha). (Bhagavad-Gita, W. Q. Judge, p. 20)

SD INDEX Prithee [Prithi, Prithu] (Skt)

milks Earth of grains II 259n
pursues the Earth I 398n
Wilford believed, was Noah I 654

WG Prithivi, the earth.

SD INDEX Prithivi (Skt) I 237

divided into seven principles II 616
as Earth greets Vishnu I 18
six worlds above II 385n, 608

SD INDEX Privation(s)

germ concealed in I 219
prototypes (Aristotle) I 59; II 489

TG Priyavrata (Sk.). The name of the son of Swayambhuva Manu in exoteric Hinduism. The occult designation of one of the primeval races in Occultism.

SD INDEX Priyavrata, King

divides seven dvipas II 320, 326, 369n
seven, ten sons of II 320, 369n, 406n

SD INDEX Prjevalsky (or Przhevalsky), General N.,From Kiakhta to the Sources . . ., Tchertchen ruins I xxxiii-iv

SD INDEX Probabilities, Law of I xlvi-vii

SD INDEX Proceedings of Royal Society (London), Reade, T. M., on sedimentary strata II 11

SD INDEX Proceedings of the Royal Institute

Crookes on genesis of elements I 581, 621-6; II 105 &n
Huxley on persistent forms II 256-7

TG Proclus (Gr.). A Greek writer and mystic philosopher, known as a Commentator of Plato, and surnamed the Diadochus. He lived in the fifth century, and died, aged 75, at Athens A.D. 485. His last ardent disciple and follower and the translator of his works was Thomas Taylor of Norwich, who, says Brother Kenneth Mackenzie, "was a modern mystic who adopted the pagan faith as being the only veritable faith, and actually sacrificed doves to Venus, a goat to Bacchus and . . . designed to immolate a bull to Jupiter" but was prevented by his landlady.

SD INDEX Proclus

-----Commentaries on Euclid's Elements
visible & invisible circles II 552
----- Commentaries on the Timaeus
Arkite Titans II 143
Iamblichus on Assyrians I 409, 650
Marcellus on Atlantis II 408-9
Rhea is monad, duad, heptad I 446
Tetraktys II 603
----- On the Theology of Plato
highest principle I 426
Tetrad II 599

SD INDEX Procreation. See also Oviparous

ancients venerated I 209-10
animal, painless II 262
change in, described II 415
desecrating, caused curse II 410-11 &n
by egg, vapor, vegetation, pores, womb II 183
five evolutionary stages of II 166-7
necessary pangs of incessant II 475
occult evolution of II 657-60
seasons of animal II 412n
sexual, will disappear next root-race I 406
variety of modes of II 168, 172-8, 183
by will I 192; II 183, 766
yod (Hebrew) or ten & II 574

SD INDEX Proctor, Richard A.

"coincidences" of I 314-15, 324
on Great Pyramid & pole star II 432
----- Knowledge (periodical)
date of Egyptian zodiac II 435
date of Great Pyramid II 431
Dragon constellation at pole II 352-3
refutes Smyth pyramid figures I 314
----- Myths and Marvels of Astronomy
accurate astronomy 2400 BC I 650; II 435

SD INDEX "Proem to Genesis." See Gladstone, W. E.

SD INDEX Profugis, De. See Philo Judaeus

SD INDEX Progenitor(s). See also Pitris, Prajapatis

androgynous II 130
are ourselves (first personalities) II 88
became gods before becoming men II 349
created seven races II 77
creators of our bodies II 88, 110
details about, contradictory II 138
divine builder of men II 194
highest, gave man mind II 92
men in Mazdean ark are II 291
merged w own astral bodies II 138
mindless, & primeval man II 80
monad used astral body of II 660 &n
pitris, pitar I 456n; II 58-9, 88, 110
projected shadowy men II 95, 138, 164
prototypes of first root-race I 456n
seven, & seven races II 611
seven degrees of II 712 &n
seven, or pillars II 293
seven, or prajapatis II 611
shadows of, dominate 3-1/2 races II 110

SD INDEX Progress of Religious Ideas. See Childs, L.

SD INDEX Progymnasmata. See Brahe,Astronomiae

SD INDEX Promanthanein (Gk) to learn beforehand, name Prometheus fr II 521

SD INDEX Pro-Mater, divine fire II 114

SD INDEX Promati [probably Pramati] (Skt) son of Fohat II 413-14n

SD INDEX Promenades au Musee . . . See Mortillet, de

TG Prometheus (Gr.). The Greek logos; he, who by bringing on earth divine fire (intelligence and consciousness) endowed men with reason and mind. Prometheus is the Hellenic type of our Kumaras or Egos, those who, by incarnating in men, made of them latent gods instead of animals. The gods (or Elohim) were averse to men becoming "as one of us" (Genesis iii., 22), and knowing "good and evil". Hence we see these gods in every religious legend punishing man for his desire to know. As the Greek myth has it, for stealing the fire he brought to men from Heaven, Prometheus was chained by the order of Zeus to a crag of the Caucasian Mountains.

SD INDEX Prometheus (Gk) II 411-22, 519-28. See also Lucifer, Pitris (Solar)

agnishvattas became II 79, 411
allegory of, explained II 103
Athena &, create new race II 519
Azazel is the Hebrew II 376
boons of, to mankind II 523
chained on Mt Caucasus II 414
champion of mankind II 411-12n
crucified on Mt Kajbee II 44
crucified Titan explained II 413, 561
derivation of name II 413-14n, 420n, 521
divine soul II 419
evil fire, lightning, etc II 526
Fetahil [Pthahil] of Nazarenes I 195n
fire of, inner not physical II 523-4
forty-nine fires & II 521
found in every theogony II 420-1
gift of, became curse II 420
Jupiter is II 269
Loki same as II 283n
Lucifer another version of II 237n
molded & enlightened man II 519
myth fr Aryavarta II 524
myth misunderstood II 525-7
myth older than Greeks II 413
Norse prophecy & II 100
phallic slant given to II 526
pitris or I 195n
prophecy of, & mysteries II 419
son of Asia, brother of Atlas II 768-9
son of Titan Iapetos II 525
spiritual man & II 95
steals divine fire II 244, 525
Sun-god, hero II 44
symbol of, degraded II 100-1
taught man civilization II 526
thunderbolt &, myth II 522
Titan-, rebelled against Zeus II 280n
Titans-Kabirim symbolized by II 363
transforms perfect animal II 244
Zeus cursed, sent to Hades II 244, 412


SD INDEX Prometheus Bound, Prometheus Vinctus.See Aeschylus

SD INDEX Promised Land, nirvana or I 568 &n

SD INDEX Proof(s)

history & tradition are II 336
twentieth-century disciple may give I xxxviii

SD INDEX "Proofs of Evolution." See Haeckel, E.

SD INDEX Propagation. See also Procreation, Reproductive

by will before the Fall I 192

TG Propator (Gr.). A Gnostic term. The "Depth" of Bythos, or En-Aior, the unfathomable light. The latter is alone the Self-Existent and the Eternal -- Propator is only periodical.

SD INDEX Propator (Gk)" Forefather." See also Bythos, Depth

existed before Bythos I 349
periodical I 214
ray fr Ain-soph I 349
unmanifest Logos I 214

SD INDEX Prophecy (ies)

adepts taught Balaam II 409
alleged, about savior I 653
based on cycles & mathematics I 646; II 621
re chemistry as new alchemy I 622-3
re deathblow to materialism I 612
disciple may be sent I xxxviii
door wider each century I xxxviiin
Dracontia used for II 347
re European nations I 644, 646; II 266, 435
Figaniere, re man's future II 289n
Frankenstein, homunculi are II 349
re future subraces II 444-6
re kali-yuga I 377-8, 644-5
re Kalki avatara II 483
re modern nations II 330-1
re Moru [Maru] & solar dynasty I 378
Norse, of seventh race II 100
re priority of man II 690
prognostication is not I 646
re Prometheus & Sabasian Mysteria II 419
recording, beforehand explained II 621
re vindication of Asiatic philosophy II 334
volumes I & II of, described I xliv
zodiac & I 649, 653

SD INDEX Prophet(s) II 469

Adam, of Moon II 468
adepts of right-hand path II 211
Hecate & jealous God of I 395
initiates or II 492
of Israel & Bath-Kol II 107
leaping, of Baal II 460
persecution of right-path, by left II 503
secret colleges of II 533

SD INDEX Proportion

laws of, taught at initiations I 208n
lost canon of I 208-9n

SD INDEX Propositions I 272-82

Three Fundamental I 14-18
three new, re mankind II 1

IN Pro re nata (Lat) For a special emergency or business.

SD INDEX Proselenoi (Gk) [prior to moon], Arcadians called themselves II 352

SD INDEX Proserpine(a) (Lat). See also Persephone

lunar goddess I 396
seven Atlantis islands sacred to II 408

SD INDEX Prosimiae, critique of Haeckel's II 649-50, 668-9

SD INDEX Protagoras. See Plato

SD INDEX Protamoeba, primitive protoplasm II 164n

KT Protean Soul. A name for Mayavi rupa or thought-body, the higher astral form which assumes all forms and every form at the will of an adept's thought. (Vide "Plastic Soul" in the Theos. Gloss.)

SD INDEX Protein, protoplasm &, (Huxley) I 637n

SD INDEX Protesilaus, on skeleton at Sigeus II 278

SD INDEX Protestant(s) I 226

faith of I 612
link brazen serpent w Christ I 364 &n
lost sight of Michael II 479
slander Dragon of Wisdom II 377

SD INDEX Proteus

Hindu, of 1,008 names I 349
hypothetical, of science I 326
light the great I 579
primordial substance I 330
superior wisdom of II 762
Toum [Tum] the Egyptian I 673 &n

SD INDEX Protista (ic) (unicellular organism)

germ of apperception in I 455
Haeckel traces consciousness to II 650
moneron passes fr, to animal II 153 &n
not an animal II 594n

SD INDEX Protogenes, primitive protoplasm II 164n

SD INDEXa protogonon diphue trigonon Bakcheion Anakta / Agrion arreton kruphion dikerota dimorphon I 335 (Gk) "O firstborn, dual in nature, thrice begotten, Bacchic king / Rural, ineffable, cryptic, two-horned, two-formed." -- "To Bacchus," Mystical Hymns of Orpheus, Hymn 30

TG Protogonos (Gr.). The "first-born"; used of all the manifested gods and of the Sun in our system.

SD INDEX Protogonos (oi) (Gk) firstborn

called dis by Damascius I 70, 343 &n
firstborn form & idea II 25
firstborn gods II 43, 490n, 703n
firstborn light I 70, 343
manifested Logos II 592
not yet mirrored in chaos II 704 &n
produced fr spirit & chaos I 70
"unknown Light" reflected in II 703n

TG Proto-ilos (Gr.). The first primordial matter.

TG Protologoi (Gr.). The primordial seven creative Forces when anthropomorphized into Archangels or Logoi.

SD INDEX Protologos (oi) (Orphic) II 107

Brahma same as all I 335
spirit of nature II 108
totality of prajapatis I 356

SD INDEX Proto-organisms

animals & man once ethereal II 184
of Naudin II 120

SD INDEX Protoplasm II 730

defined by Haeckel II 164n
homogeneous I 46
laya-center & I 204
man's body began as II 255
origin of II 158-60, 164-5n
potentialities of, discussed II 653-4
protein &, Huxley on I 637n
sarcode or II 153 &n
speck of, (moneron) II 151, 189

TG Protyle (Gr.). A newly-coined word in chemistry to designate the first homogeneous, primordial substance.

SD INDEX Prototype(s). See also Adam-Kadmon, Chhayas

astral, become physical II 68n, 660n, 712, 736, 737, 738
astral, of third round II 186, 256-7, 712
Christian angelology fr archaic I 92
each human has spiritual I 235n
mammalia fr, fourth round man shed II 684
of mankind I 224
monad requires a spiritual I 247
present in ideal form I 63
"privations" of Aristotle I 59; II 489
reincarnation & celestial I 639
senses fr astral II 295
Silent Watcher or divine I 265
spiritual beings objectivize I 282
spiritual, in the ether I 282 &n, 332
spiritual, of all things exists I 58
Vaivasvata, of Noah II 306
Venus is Earth's spiritual II 31

SD INDEX Protyle(s) (primordial substance). See also Elements, Ether, Ilus, Pradhana

atoms & I 582
atoms evolve fr laya to I 522
basic line of Pythagorean triangle I 617
cooling of I 625
corresponds to planes of matter II 737
differentiates into elements I 130
elements become, again I 240
ether of science I 339
hydrogen nearly allied to II 105
invisible, of science I 58
is our layam II 105
mediate phase I 328 &n, 598n
next neighbor to mulaprakriti I 582
original primal matter I 581
science returns to I 553
seven, or prakritis I 328
six, basis of objective universe II 737
Subba Row on Crookes' I 620-1
Sun & planets evolved fr I 625
undifferentiated matter I 60, 240
yliaster ancestor of Crookes' I 283

SD INDEX Proverbs [or Proverbs of Solomon]

wisdom & understanding II 134n
wisdom's house w seven pillars I 356; II 641

SD INDEX Providence

analogy of ant, sin, & I 133
astral light material of active I 421
chief cause of "ways of" I 643
cruel, degradation of Deity II 305-6n
karma cannot be called I 634
proceeded fr the Word I 350
punishes evil to seventh rebirth expl I 643

SD INDEX Pruner-Bey, Franz, fallacies re man & ape II 681

SD INDEX Prytanea [Prytaneum], & self-moving stones II 345