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List of Title Abbreviations (in alphabetical order)

SD INDEX Teachers I 159-60. See also Adepts, Initiates, Mahatma Letters, Masters

HPB had Sinnett's letters fr I 187
on cometary matter I 597
forbidden to speak on some subjects I 163-5
inhabit Snowy Range I 271
Mahaguru guides I 208
various names for I 271n

SD INDEX Teachings. See also Occultism

qualifications for secret I 164
Rig-Veda corroborates occult II 606
Secret Doctrine, old as the world II 449

SD INDEX Teakwood, Babylonians used, fr India II 226

SD INDEX Teapy [i]. See Easter Island

TG Tebah (Heb.). Nature; which mystically and esoterically is the same as its personified Elohim, the numerical value of both words -- Tebah and Elohim (or Aleim) being the same, namely 86.

SD INDEX Tectum (Lat) [roof], Ragon on tau & II 581

TG Tefnant (Eg.). One of the three deities who inhabit "the land of the rebirth of gods" and good men, i.e., Aamroo (Devachan). The three deities are Scheo, Tefnant, and Seb.

SD INDEX Tefnant [Tefnut] (Egy) inhabits devachan II 374n

SD INDEX Tehung & Lhy [Li] (Chin) two lower dhyani-chohans II 280-1

SD INDEX Teimuraz. See Tahmurath

WG Tejas, flame; radiance, brilliance.

SP Tejas -- brightness, the element of fire. Taijasa is the corresponding adjective, fiery.

SD INDEX Telang, Kashinath Trimbak

on Anugita II 566n
Buddhism not taught in Gita I 419n
on fire symbol in Vedas II 567
Gita passage puzzles I 86
on life-winds II 567-8
meanings of sattva I 68-9 &n
translated Anugita II 496n

SD INDEX Telchines, Kabiri, Titans, Atlanteans II 391

SD INDEX Telepathic Impacts, science now considers II 156

SD INDEX Telescopes, cannot see outside matter world I 166-7

SD INDEX Telesphoros (Gk) [bringing to fulfillment], name for heptagon II 602

SD INDEX Tell, William, some say, never existed II 761

SD INDEX Tel-loh, monuments at, 4000 BC II 226, 691-2

TG Telugu. One of the Dravidian languages spoken in Southern India.

FY Telugu, a language spoken in Southern India.

SD INDEX Temperature

differs on other planets I 142
theories of solar I 484n

SD INDEX Templars, serpent symbol of Christ w I 472

SD INDEX Temple(s). See also Initiations, Pyramids, Temple of Solomon

body of man is a I 212, 327, 574n; II 470, 651
bulls in old Hindu II 418n
curtains in ancient I 125, 462; II 459
Dracontian, grandeur of II 380
gods are, of God I 578
-libraries II 529
planetary, in Babylon II 456
rock-cut, of India I 126
sacred to Sun, dragon II 378-9
in universe & in us II 651
Vitruvius gives rules for Greek I 209n

SD INDEX Temple, Bishop Frederick

----- The Relations between Religion & Science
"primal impress" of Logos II 24, 645
supported Darwinism II 645

SD INDEX Temple de Jerusalem. See Villalpand, J.-B.

SD INDEX Temple of Pachacamac (Peru) II 317

SD INDEX Temple of Solomon II 233. See also Solomon

based on pyramid symbolism I 115n, 314-15
Holy of Holies of I 391
left pillar of, or Boaz II 461
like that of Hiram II 541
Masonry &, (Ragon) II 795
measurements of, universal II 465, 543
never had any real existence I 314
planets, elements, zodiac I 395

SD INDEX Temptation

of flesh in Eden I 383
two kinds of, defined I 414

SD INDEX Tempter. See also Jehovah, Nahash, Rakshasas, Satan

in Garden of Eden I 383, 422; II 387
mind is redeemer & II 513
Zeus as the II 419

TG Temura (Heb.). Lit., "Change". The title of one division of the practical Kabalah, treating of the analogies between words, the relationship of which is indicated by certain changes in position of the letters, or changes by substituting one letter for another.

SD INDEX Temurah, T'murah (Heb) interchange of Hebrew letters, I 78, 90n; II 40

SD INDEX Ten. See also Decad

born fr matter, chaos, female I 90n
described & explained I 94-6, 392; II 581
double womb I 391-2
dual, one & circle I 94, 391, 398
esoteric in India I 360
esoteric rendering of I 433
five &, sign of Makara I 221
four, seven & II 603
full number of Sephirothal Tree II 595
Jehovah, androgyne or II 416n
Jod is, male & female I 347; II 126n, 574
mother of the soul (Hermes) I 90n
number of all human knowledge I 36
one & nine or I 98 &n
part of sacerdotal language I 362
perfect number I 98n; II 564, 573
phallic number I 391; II 463
Pythagorean decad I 36; II 553, 573, 603
seven proceeds fr II 573
three plus seven or I 98n, 427
three plus three & four or II 564, 603
twelve & II 36
universal only w Ain-soph II 596
universe contained within I 94, 360-1, 427; II 573

SD INDEX Ten-brel chug-nyi (Tib) I 38n. See Nidanas

SD INDEX Tenerife (Mt)

Asburj & II 408
Atlantis & II 727, 791
once three times higher II 763
relic of two lost continents II 763
Sun sets at foot of II 407

SD INDEX Tennyson, Alfred, The Idylls of the King, temptation of Merlin II 175n

TG Ten Pythagorean Virtues. Virtues of Initiation, &c., necessary before admission. (See "Pythagoras".) They are identical with those prescribed by Manu, and the Buddhist Paramitas of Perfection.


SD INDEX Ten-shoko-daijin [or Ten-Sho-Dai-Jiu] (Jap) first of five gods (races) of Earth I 241

PV Tepeu [[Quiche]] One of six hypostases of Cabahuil. Especially associated with Cabahuil itself and with another hypostasis, Gucumatz, as the three suns of the line of parallel (rising, at zenith, setting). Corresponds to the sun at rising.

PV Tepexpan The site in Mexico where in 1947 a human skull and a considerable part of the skeleton were unearthed in association with bones of extinct mammoths and bone and stone artifacts. Tepexpan man is given a geological horizon of 11-12,000 years before the present.

SD INDEX Tephireth. See Tiphereth

TG Teraphim (Heb.). The same as Seraphim, or the Kabeiri Gods; serpent-images. The first Teraphim, according to legend, were received by Dardanus as a dowry, and brought by him to Samothrace and Troy. The idol-oracles of the ancient Jews. Rebecca stole them from her father Laban.

SD INDEX Teraphim (Heb) nourisher, oracle

mode of divination II 455
Seldenus describes I 394

TG Teratology. A Greek name coined by Geoffroi St. Hilaire to denote the pre-natal formation of monsters, both human and animal.

SD INDEX Tereti, power of Chald gods II 283-4n

SD INDEX Termini (Lat) II 542

SD INDEX Terminus & Tectum (Lat) Ragon on tau & II 581

SD INDEX Ternary

animals are, only II 575
divine creation & II 128
spiritual & physical man are II 575
symbol of third life I 384
three spirits or II 576
triangle & I 616

SD INDEX Terra (Lat), Gaia (Gk) [Earth-goddess], Cyclopes sons of, by Coelus II 769

SD INDEX Terra del Fuego. See Tierra del Fuego

SD INDEX Terrestrial. See also Cataclysms, Earth, Substance

cosmic &, forces I 205, 291, 554, 594, 604
laws begin w physicalization II 736
life no gauge for stellar life II 703, 707

SD INDEX Tertiary Age II 688n. See also Mesozoic, Primary Age, Secondary Age, Quaternary Age

age & size of animals II 733
Atlantean apex & destruction II 710
axis change began early in II 314
beginning of II 751
brilliant civilization in II 679
Croll's figures re II 10 &n, 685, 715n
endured five to ten million years (Laing) II 676
flora in II 727, 790
Lemuria perished before II 313, 433n
mammals appear in II 258
man & ape date back to I 190; II 87n
man existed before II 206, 288, 751
man fr ape in late, (Haeckel) II 680
man lived in II 56n, 155, 751
Northeast Asia, America united in II 322n
pre-, giant man in II 9
rocks of, 5,000 feet thick II 709
science on man in II 288, 713-15 &nn
term Age of Mammals misleading II 713n
uncertainty as to periods of II 10-11, 693-5

SD INDEX Tertullian

Devil "Monkey of God" II 476
existence of, some doubt II 278 &n
----- On Baptism
great fish saves many fishes II 313n
----- On the Resurrection . . .
giant skeletons in Carthage II 278
----- The Prescription against Heretics
Basilidean teachings I 350
World Holders, Dominations I 331

FY Tesshu Lama, the head of the Tibetan Church.

SD INDEX Teshu, Teschu Lama. See Tashi Lama

SD INDEX Teth. See Set, Thoth

SD INDEX Teth (nineth letter of Hebrew alphabet) I 76

SD INDEX Tethys (Gk) wife of Oceanus

is & is not Gaia or Earth II 65
magi &, [should be Thetis] I 467

SD INDEX Tetrachord, in ancient musical notation II 600

SD INDEX Tetractis. See Tetraktys

SD INDEX Tetrad. See also Four, Tetraktys

animal of Plato, (Thomas Taylor) II 599
four elements & I 448
Microprosopus is, male-female II 626
root of all things (Plutarch) II 601
Supreme, appears to Marcus I 351-2
unfolded makes hebdomad II 599

SD INDEX Tetragram

interpreted II 128-9
Isis Unveiled on II 557

TG Tetragrammaton. The four-lettered name of God, its Greek title: the four letters are in Hebrew "yod, he, vau, he" or in English capitals, IHVH. The true ancient pronunciation is now unknown; the sincere Hebrew considered this name too sacred for speech, and in reading the sacred writings he substituted the title "Adonai", meaning Lord. In the Kabbalah, I is associated with Chokmah, H with Binah, V with Tiphereth, and H final with Malkuth. Christians in general call IHVH Jehovah, and many modern Biblical scholars write it Yahveh. In the Secret Doctrine, the name Jehovah is assigned to Sephira Binah alone, but this attribution is not recognised by the Rosicrucian school of Kabbalists, nor by Mathers in his translation of Knorr Von Rosenroth's Kabbalah Denudata: certain Kabbalistic authorities have referred Binah alone to IHVH, but only in reference to the Jehovah of the exoteric Judaism. The IHVH of the Kabbalah has but a faint resemblance to the God of the Old Testament. [W.W.W.] The Kabbalah of Knorr von Rosenroth is no authority to the Eastern Kabbalists; because it is well known that in writing his Kabbalah Denudata he followed the modern rather than the ancient (Chaldean) MSS.; and it is equally well known that those MSS. and writings of the Zohar that are classified as "ancient", mention, and some even use, the Hebrew vowel or Massoretic points. This alone would make these would-be Zoharic books spurious, as there are no direct traces of the Massorah scheme before the tenth century of our era, nor any remote trace of it before the seventh. (See "Tetraktys".)

KT Tetragrammaton (Gr.) The deity-name in four letters, which are in their English form IHVH. It is a kabalistical term and corresponds on a more material plane to the sacred Pythagorean Tetraktys. (See Theos. Gloss.)

WGa Tetragrammaton, the four-lettered name of God with the Greeks.

SD INDEX Tetragrammaton (YHVH)

Adam Kadmon or I 99n; II 596
Ancient of Days becomes I 60
androgynous I 72 &n
cherubs (two) on sides of II 361n
equivalents in other faiths II 601, 625
esoteric interpretation II 601, 625-6
firstborn I 344; II 25
four letters of I 438n; II 57n, 312n, 625n
head of seven lower sephiroth I 344, 438n
"Heavenly Man" or II 25, 625n
host of builders I 344
invented to mislead profane I 438
is Jehovah I 618; II 601
Jah-Noah was II 596
Logos in Kabbala I 99n
Malkuth bride of I 240
manifested kosmos II 24
Microprosopus or I 240
Ophis & I 73n
Protogonos or II 25
secondary perfection II 582
Second Logos II 599
Sephirothal Tree II 625n
seven, essence of II 626, 628
six-pointed star & I 215
Tetraktys & II 312n, 463 &n, 599, 621
triangle, Tetraktys & II 312n
two of, discussed II 626
universe emanates fr II 625n
YHVH or I 438n, 618

TG Tetraktys (Gr). or the Tetrad. The sacred "Four" by which the Pythagoreans swore, this being their most binding oath. It has a very mystic and varied signification, being the same as the Tetragrammaton. First of all it is Unity, or the "One" under four different aspects; then it is the fundamental number Four, the Tetrad containing the Decad, or Ten, the number of perfection; finally it signifies the primeval Triad (or Triangle) merged in the divine Monad. Kircher, the learned Kabbalist-Jesuit, in his OEdipus AEgypticus (II., p. 267), gives the Ineffable Name IHVH -- one of the Kabbalistic formulae of the 72 names -- arranged in the shape of the Pythagorean Tetrad. Mr. I. Myer gives it in this wise:

1 -- [I] -- 10
2 The Ineffable -- [IH] -- 15
3 Name thus -- [IHV] -- 21
4 -- [IHVH] -- 26
10 -- 72 [Totals]

He also shows that "the sacred Tetrad of the Pythagoreans appears to have been known to the ancient Chinese". As explained in Isis Unveiled (I, xvi.): The mystic Decad, the resultant of the Tetraktys, or the 1+2+3+4 = 10, is a way of expressing this idea. The One is the impersonal principle 'God'; the Two, matter; the Three, combining Monad and Duad and partaking of the nature of both, is the phenomenal world; the Tetrad, or form of perfection, expresses the emptiness of all; and the Decad, or sum of all, involves the entire Kosmos.

SD INDEX Tetraktys (Pythagorean) I 616

dhyani-chohans & I 197
eternal in essence only I 88
four or sacred square I 89n, 134n
heptagon & II 598-602
lower, root of illusion II 599
Macroprosopus in circle II 626
musical notations & II 600
mystery of I 344
oath on the II 603
Reuchlin on unfolding of II 601
Second Logos II 599
self-existent one or I 88
symbolizes the sephiroth II 111 &n
symbol of man II 36
Tetragrammaton II 312n, 463 &n, 599, 621
three becomes II 621
triad becomes I 60, 99
triangle in square II 24
triangle, quaternary & I 614; II 582

SD INDEX Teut, Egyptian four-letter god II 602

SD INDEX Teutobochus (Teutonic chief) spurious bones of, found II 277

SD INDEX Teutonic Peoples, & giants II 754

SD INDEX Text-book of Physiology. See Foster, M.

SD INDEX T.G.A.O.T.U. (Masonic) The Great Architect of the Universe I 613

SD INDEX Thabit ibn Qurrah (Thebith in tx) oscillatory theory of I 664

SD INDEX Thackeray, William M., soul part eternal II 424

SD INDEX Thaingen Grotto (Switzerland) reindeer portrait in II 717-18, 720

SD INDEX Thalamencephalon (interbrain) in Quain's Anatomy II 297

SD INDEX Thalami, Optic. See also Third Eye

pineal gland & II 297-8, 301

TG Thalassa (Gr.). The sea. (See "Thallath".)

SD INDEX Thalassa (Gk). See also Thalatth

deep sea, Moon II 115
Greek goddess II 65n

SD INDEX Thalatth (Chald). See also Thalassa

Binah, Elohim, Tiamat or I 394
Chaldean feminine element I 394; II 54, 115
gave birth to sea monsters II 65n
sea dragon, Satan II 61
signifies beginning of creation II 135

TG Thales (Gr.). The Greek philosopher of Miletus (circa 600 years B.C.) who taught that the whole universe was produced from water, while Heraclitus of Ephesus maintained that it was produced by fire, and Anaximenes by air. Thales, whose real name is unknown, took his name from Thallath, in accordance with the philosophy he taught.

SD INDEX Thales (Gk philosopher) I 330

universe evolved fr water I 77, 345 &n, 385
on water element I 385; II 591n

SD INDEX Thalia. See Herodotus

TG Thallath (Chald.). The same as Thalassa. The goddess personifying the sea, identical with Tiamat and connected with Tamti and Belita. The goddess who gave birth to every variety of primordial monster in Berosus' account of cosmogony.

SD INDEX Thamasa. See Tamasa

SD INDEX Thammuz [Akkadian Tammuz, Sumerian Dumuzi], son, father, husband I 396

TG Tharana (Sk.). "Mesmerism", or rather self-induced trance or self-hypnotisation; an action in India, which is of magical character and a kind of exorcism. Lit., "to brush or sweep away" (evil influences, tharhn meaning a broom, and tharnhan, a duster); driving away the bad bhuts (bad aura and bad spirits) through the mesmeriser's beneficent will.

SD INDEX Thartharaoth, mule, Uriel & II 115n

SD INDEX That I 373-4. See also Ain Soph, All, Boundless, Parabrahm, Sat

the Absolute All II 158
abstract Deity or I 77
alone was I 445
Be-ness, not a being II 310
can never be at rest II 80
cause of spirit & matter I 35
First Cause & I 391n, 426
golden womb & I 89
illusory dual aspect of I 545
is Non-being to finite beings I 7
is the One Life I 258
neither asleep nor awake II 310
"One Pradhanika Brahma Spirit" I 256
Parabrahman or I 7
precedes manifestation I 450-1
Rabbi Barahiel on I 618
space & time as incognizable II 612
"Thou art," or Brahman I 572
unfathomable darkness I 77, 373-4
of which all things are made I 371

SD INDEX Thaumaturgists, two mentioned by Franck I xliiin

TG Thaumaturgy. Wonder or "miracle-working"; the power of working wonders with the help of gods. From the Greek words thauma, "wonder", and thergia, "divine work".

SD INDEX Thavatth. See Thalatth

SD INDEX Thayngin Grotto. See Thaingen Grotto

TG Theanthropism. A state of being both god and man; a divine Avatar (q.v.).

SD INDEX Thebes, Theban (Egy)

Ammon at I 367, 675
catacombs of, described II 379
heroes who fell at II 271
now dated 7,000 years old II 750
sacerdotal class conceptions I 311
temple of Kabirim at II 363
triad discussed II 464

SD INDEX Thebith. See Thabit

SD INDEX Theein (Gk) [to run], theos, theoi derived fr (Plato) I 2n, 346; II 545

TG Theiohel (Heb.). The man-producing habitable globe, our earth in the Zohar.

SD INDEX Theists I 147, 414, 421, 634

TG Theli (Chald.). The great Dragon said to environ the universe symbolically. In Hebrew letters it is TLI = 400+30+10 = 440: when "its crest [initial letter] is repressed", said the Rabbis, 40 remains, or the equivalent of Mem; M = Water, the waters above the firmament. Evidently the same idea as symbolised by Shesha -- the Serpent of Vishnu.

SD INDEX Themis (Gk) kept man within nature's limits II 305n

SD INDEX Thenay, Miocene flints of II 740n, 748 &n

TG Theocrasy. Lit., "mixing of gods". The worship of various gods, as that of Jehovah and the gods of the Gentiles in the case of the idolatrous Jews.

SD INDEX Theocritus, Idylls, Castor & Pollux, dual man II 122 &n

TG Theodicy. "Divine right", i.e., the privilege of an all-merciful and just God to afflict the innocent, and damn those predestined, and still remain a loving and just Deity: theologically -- a mystery.

TG Theodidaktos (Gr.). Lit., "God-taught". Used of Ammonius Saccas, the founder of the Neo-Platonic Eclectic School of the Philalethae, in the fourth century at Alexandria.

KT Theodidaktos (Gr.) The "God taught," a title applied to Ammonius Saccas.

FY Theodidaktos (Lit. "God taught"), a school of philosophers in Egypt.

SD INDEX Theodolinda, crucifix of II 587

SD INDEX Theodoret, Quaest. xv in Exodum, Jehovah or Yahva (Samaritans) II 129, 465

SD INDEX Theodosius I 312

Bossuet on II 485

TG Theogony. The genesis of the gods; that branch of all non-Christian theologies which teaches the genealogy of the various deities. An ancient Greek name for that which was translated later as the "genealogy of the generation of Adam and the Patriarchs" -- the latter being all "gods and planets and zodiacal signs".

KT Theogony. From the Greek theogonia, Lit., the "Genesis of the Gods."

SD INDEX Theogony (ies) II 147. See also Hesiod

all, have divine rebels II 79, 94n
beginning of I 231
connected w zodiac I 652
of creative gods a key I 424-45
future, concealed in divine thought I 1
Greek & Latin, appropriated fr India II 143-4
key of, re Moon not phallic I 390
key to all II 23, 767
key to symbols I 363
manifest, begins w Brahma-Vach I 434
metaphysics of, & elements II 359 &n
old primitive II 248

SD INDEX Theogony. See Damascius

SD INDEX Theogony. See Hesiod

SD INDEX Theogony. See Mochus

SD INDEX Theoi (Gk). See Theos

SD INDEX Theologian(s)

compress Hindu chronology I 654
craft & deceit of I 423
dated man 6,000 years old II 675
degraded kumaras into Satan I 458
distorted ancient ideas II 475-6
Hindu genealogies & II 248
slander Satan I 415
symbols confused by II 476
take everything on blind faith I 669
took God, angels, Satan fr pagans II 475-6

SD INDEX Theological

historical facts become, dogmas II 776
religions stand for dead letter II 377

WW Theology This word is from theos (theos) and logos (logos). Logos literally means word, but it has many literary colorings. It may mean discourse, pronouncement, anything which is given out by vocables, by words, and it also had a particular application in the mysteries of Greece as referring to the sayings or pronouncements of the hierophant, or, the chief functionary in the celebration of the mysteries. The words of Jesus are a case in point. Now, we may see that per se, in itself, 'theology' has a close similarity to the word 'Theosophy'. Very much the same meanings are involved in both, but theology has come to signify in Christian countries the dogmas, doctrines, tenets, and beliefs, which belong to the Christian system. The word is not of Christian usage originally. It is found first in Plato and Aristotle, and was used by them to signify very much what we mean by Theosophy -- the words or discourses or pronouncements or expositions concerning the Gods. That also was the brief way they had of describing the study of the causal physiology of the Universe.

SD INDEX Theology

absurd fictions of materialistic II 149
anthropomorphism of I 3n
antiquity of man & I 323; II 194-5
astronomy &, linked I 320
biblical II 9, 194-5
Christian, enforces belief I 287
cruel & pernicious dogma II 231
dead-letter sense of II 94n, 95n
disfigures truth II 451
distortions of Christian I 414-15, 417, 458; II 475-6, 485
dogmas of, based in fact II 776
dogmatic assertions of II 349
every, sprang fr Mystery language I 310
followed twisted paganism II 507
materialism & I 323
materialistic II 149
occultism differs fr II 449
rejected doctrine of emanations II 41
sees every occultist as evil II 70
western, holds copyright to Satan II 231-2

TG Theomachy. Fighting with, or against the gods, such as the "War of the Titans", the "War in Heaven" and the Battle of the Archangels (gods) against their brothers the Arch-fiends (ex-gods, Asuras, etc.).

TG Theomancy. Divination through oracles, from theos, a god, and manteia, divination.

SD INDEX Theon (of Smyrna), Mathematics Useful for . . . Plato, Pythagorean musical canon II 600

SD INDEX Theophane (Gk) Poseidon as a ram deceived II 775

SD INDEX Theophania (Gk) & astrological magic I 652

TG Theopathy. Suffering for one's god. Religious fanaticism.

TG Theophilanthropism (Gr.). Love to God and man, or rather, in the philosophical sense, love of God through love of Humanity. Certain persons who during the first revolution in France sought to replace Christianity by pure philanthropy and reason, called themselves theophilanthropists.

TG Theophilosophy. Theism and philosophy combined.

SD INDEX Theophilus, & cruciform couches II 559

SD INDEX Theophrastus II 760. See also Theopompus

----- De Ventis (Weather Signs)
Moon a feebler Sun II 124n

TG Theopneusty. Revelation; something given or inspired by a god or divine being. Divine inspiration.

TG Theopoea (Gr.). A magic art of endowing inanimate figures, statues, and other objects, with life, speech, or locomotion.

SD INDEX Theopompus of Chios, Meropis, on Atlantis [q by Aelianus] II 371, 760, 764

SD INDEX "Theorie der Materie, Die." See Wundt

SD INDEX Theorie du monde. See Huygens, C.

SD INDEX Theorie mecanique . . . See Hirn

SD INDEX Theory (ies)

anthropology & geology II 71-2
can never excommunicate fact II 715n
given out as facts II 662-3
short-lived, one-sided I 637
speculation, not law II 665

SD INDEX "Theory of a Nervous Ether." See Richardson

SD INDEX Theos, Theoi (Gk) God, gods I 288n

chaos-, -kosmos I 342-9
derivation of, (Plato) I 2n, 346; II 545
evolves out of chaos I 344
four-letter god II 602
messengers of the law I 346
planets are I 2n
Plato's conception of II 554

TG Theosophia (Gr.). Wisdom-religion, or "Divine Wisdom". The substratum and basis of all the world-religions and philosophies, taught and practised by a few elect ever since man became a thinking being. In its practical bearing, Theosophy is purely divine ethics; the definitions in dictionaries are pure nonsense, based on religious prejudice and ignorance of the true spirit of the early Rosicrucians and mediaeval philosophers who called themselves Theosophists.

KT Theosophia (Gr.) Lit., "divine wisdom or the wisdom of the gods." [[For a fuller explanation of such words as "Theosophy," "Theosophists," "Theosophical Society," etc., vide the Theos. Gloss.]]

SD INDEX Theosophical Publication Society, [Theosophical Siftings], Moore on Keely's work I 560-1


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To study ancient and modern religion, science, and philosophy;
To investigate the powers innate in man.

Biographies and Information on Leaders of The Theosophical Society:

(Helena P. Blavatsky, William Q. Judge, Katherine Tingley, Gottfried de Purucker, Arthur L. Conger, James A. Long)

Chronology of H.P.B. and The Theosophical Society

TG Theosophical Society, or "Universal Brotherhood". Founded in 1875 at New York, by Colonel H. S. Olcott and H. P. Blavatsky, helped by W. Q. Judge and several others. Its avowed object was at first the scientific investigation of psychic or so-called "spiritualistic" phenomena, after which its three chief objects were declared, namely (1) Brotherhood of man, without distinction of race, colour, religion, or social position; (2) the serious study of the ancient world-religions for purposes of comparison and the selection therefrom of universal ethics; (3) the study and development of the latent divine powers in man. At the present moment it has over 250 Branches scattered all over the world, most of which are in India, where also its chief Headquarters are established. It is composed of several large Sections -- the Indian, the American, the Australian, and the European Sections.

SD INDEX Theosophical Society

first rule of I 296
interlaced triangles & II 591-2
motto of I xli; II 798
mysteries of spiritual procreation & II 415

TG Theosophists. A name by which many mystics at various periods of history have called themselves. The Neo-Platonists of Alexandria were Theosophists; the Alchemists and Kabbalists during the mediaeval ages were likewise so called, also the Martinists, the Quietists, and other kinds of mystics, whether acting independently or incorporated in a brotherhood or society. All real lovers of divine Wisdom and Truth had, and have, a right to the name, rather than those who, appropriating the qualification, live lives or perform actions opposed to the principles of Theosophy. As described by Brother Kenneth R. Mackenzie, the Theosophists of the past centuries -- "entirely speculative, and founding no schools, have still exercised a silent influence upon philosophy; and, no doubt, when the time arrives, many ideas thus silently propounded may yet give new directions to human thought. One of the ways in which these doctrines have obtained not only authority, but power, has been among certain enthusiasts in the higher degrees of Masonry. This power has, however, to a great degree died with the founders, and modern Freemasonry contains few traces of theosophic influence. However accurate and beautiful some of the ideas of Swedenborg, Pernetty, Paschalis, Saint Martin, Marconis, Ragon, and Chastanier may have been, they have but little direct influence on society." This is true of the Theosophists of the last three centuries, but not of the later ones. For the Theosophists of the current century have already visibly impressed themselves on modern literature, and introduced the desire and craving for some philosophy in place of the blind dogmatic faith of yore, among the most intelligent portions of human-kind. Such is the difference between past and modern THEOSOPHY.

IU Theosophists. -- In the mediaeval ages it was the name by which were known the disciples of Paracelsus of the sixteenth century, the so-called fire-philosophers or Philosophi per ignem. As well as the Platonists they regarded the soul (psyche) and the divine spirit, nous (nous), as a particle of the great Archos -- a fire taken from the eternal ocean of light. The Theosophical Society, to which these volumes are dedicated by the author as a mark of affectionate regard, was organized at New York in 1875. The object of its founders was to experiment practically in the occult powers of Nature, and to collect and disseminate among Christians information about the Oriental religious philosophies. Later, it has determined to spread among the "poor benighted heathen" such evidences as to the practical results of Christianity as will at least give both sides of the story to the communities among which missionaries are at work. With this view it has established relations with associations and individuals throughout the East, to whom it furnishes authenticated reports of the ecclesiastical crimes and misdemeanors, schisms and heresies, controversies and litigations, doctrinal differences and biblical criticisms and revisions, with which the press of Christian Europe and America constantly teems. Christendom has been long and minutely informed of the degradation and brutishness into which Buddhism, Brahmanism, and Confucianism have plunged their deluded votaries, and many millions have been lavished upon foreign missions under such false representations. The Theosophical Society, seeing daily exemplifications of this very state of things as the sequence of Christian teaching and example -- the latter especially -- thought it simple justice to make the facts known in Palestine, India, Ceylon, Cashmere, Tartary, Thibet, China, and Japan, in all which countries it has influential correspondents. It may also in time have much to say about the conduct of the missionaries to those who contribute to their support.

WW Theosophist The word comes from the Greek word theos, a god (not necessarily the supreme arbiter of the universe, or the great architect of the cosmos, but a god in the general sense as understood by the ancients, a divine being), and sophia, wisdom. In one sense the word Theosophy can be considered as expressing "Divine Wisdom"; in a better and larger sense as the "Wisdom of Divine Beings". Let us consider this definition: it is dual. First, the Wisdom of Divine Beings, i.e. how they consider the universe, subjectively, through processes of intellection rather than thought, because it is doubtful, I fancy, if we can speak of divine beings, the spiritual entities who govern the cosmos, as thinking, in our sense of the word; so possibly we may use the word intellection. And the second aspect is the "Wisdom of Divine Beings", i.e. concerning those matters, things, concerns, which are the objects of their intellection.

It is very interesting in this connection to remember that this is a descriptive definition of the Qabbalah, and that the Jewish philosophers who represent the Theosophy of Judaism have given practically that definition of the Qabbalah -- the study of divine things as the higher spiritual entities conceive them. It thus becomes apparent that Theosophy is far removed from the ordinary conception of it such as we have just read in the encyclopedia. You see immediately, I presume, that it is not uncanny, it is not weird, it is not superstition, it is not even hypothetical; and as we progress in our studies, it will be our duty to come to a firm and positive understanding of the doctrines of Theosophy; and having arrived at this point, having grasped the reality of the conception, we shall instinctively perceive that we may say with truth and with logic that Theosophy is real, that it is not founded on simple hypothesis, because it appeals to the ultimate tribunal of judgment which all men have within them, and that is intelligence. In the nature of things all proofs are submitted to the mind; it depends upon the mind of the one who receives how a subject is conceived. For instance, take a court of law; to a court of law matters in dispute are presented, the jury may sit and hear, the judge sits and judges; but during the course of the trial it is what may come up in the shape of proof, the testimony of witnesses, the evidence that is presented -- it is this that counts. What is the tribunal which renders the final decision? It is the sense of justice, of truth, of reality innate in us, and it is this faculty which we must try and awaken in our studies in Theosophy.

SD INDEX Theosophist(s)

arraigned by public opinion I 298
Brahman seven-fold classification & II 641
God no-being, no-thing to I 352
Massey vs II 630-1 &nn
no true, claims infallibility II 640
q on avenging angel I 644
reception of Secret Doctrine volumes (I & II) II 798
recognize value of science I 296
some, translate karma as nemesis II 305n
take nothing on trust I 669
taxed w insanity I 676

SD INDEX Theosophist, The I 306, 570n

HPB on higher states of matter I 560
HPB on manus II 307-10
HPB on Pacific Lemuria II 788-9
on Esoteric Buddhism I xviii
Figaniere article II 289n, 290
Mitford on War in Heaven II 244-5 &n
Row, B. P. S. on yugas II 69-70
Row, T. S., Notes on Gita I 10n, 428; II 25n, 90, 140n, 318n
Row, T. S. on cosmic vital principle II 311n
Row, T. S. on evolution of elements I 620-1
Row, T. S. on forces of nature I 292-3
Row, T. S. on history of creation I 269
Row, T. S. on mulaprakriti I 10n
Row, T. S. on seven-fold man I 157-8
Row, T. S. on seven-fold nature II 635-6
Sankara on Isvara, atma I 573-4
Wilder on bisexuality II 133-4


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"Theosophy is the art of living." -- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Quotes from Leaders on Theosophy:

That we, the devoted followers of that spirit incarnate of absolute self sacrifice, of philanthropy, divine kindness, as of all the highest virtues attainable on this earth . . . should ever allow the Theosophical Society to represent the embodiment of selfishness, the refuge of the few with no thought in them for the many, is a strange idea, my brothers. -- Chohan

Theosophy is no new candidate for the world's attention, but only the restatement of principles which have been recognised from the very infancy of mankind. -- K. H.

The sun of Theosophy must shine for all, not for a part. -- M.

Theosophy is the shoreless ocean of universal truth, love, and wisdom, reflecting its radiance on earth, while the Theosophical Society is only a visible bubble on that reflection. Theosophy is divine nature, visible and invisible, and its Society human nature trying to ascend to its divine parent. Theosophy, finally is the fixed eternal sun, and its Society the evanescent comet trying to settle in an orbit to become a planet, ever revolving within the attraction of the sun of truth. It was formed to assist in showing to men that such a thing as Theosophy exists, and to help them to ascend towards it by studying and assimilating its eternal verities. -- H. P. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy

Theosophy is that ocean of knowledge which spreads from shore to shore of the evolution of sentient beings; unfathomable in its deepest part, it gives the greatest minds their fullest scope, yet, shallow enough at its shores, it will not overwhelm the understanding of a child. -- William Quan Judge

Think of theosophy not so much as a body of philosophic or other teaching, but as the highest law of conduct, which is the enacted expression of divine love or compassion. -- Katherine Tingley

We have no dogmas or creeds in the Theosophical Society nor in its work; and thus it is that we have Hindu theosophists, Buddhist theosophists, Christian theosophists, Mohammedan theosophists, and Jewish theosophists, as well as other theosophists who belong to no religion -- except to theosophy as the religion of religions. Hence it is our bounden duty to cultivate in our hearts the spirit of true brotherly love towards all, however much they may differ from us in philosophical and religious or scientific opinions; but while we are thus absolutely free as members in our choice of religion and philosophy, we all hold to the primeval prerequisite of a theosophist, which is a belief in universal brotherhood and an adherence to the sublime ethics which theosophy teaches. -- Gottfried de Purucker

[[As a man]] learns to understand and to be able to assist others, so in turn does this strengthen his knowledge of his own inner being and make him more truly a worker for the sacred cause of universal brotherhood. -- Arthur L. Conger

View theosophy, literally, as "knowledge of things divine." If we can consider it in this sense, we will realize that the essence of pure religion and philosophy -- and of science too when considered as pure "knowledge" which is what the word means -- is theosophia with a small t, that quality of "wisdom" which the greatest Seers of mankind have attained through direct perception of "things as they are." -- James A. Long

In its broadest sense, theosophy connotes the stream of inspiration and wisdom that has been, is, and ever will be transmitted by generations of sages -- in proportion to the receptivity of an aspirant or people. -- Grace F. Knoche

FY Theosophy, the Wisdom-Religion taught in all ages by the sages of the world.

WGa Theosophy, divine wisdom; the wisdom of the Gods, obtained through the Gods, not however by revelation, but through individual aspiration and experience.

OG Theosophy -- A compound Greek word: theos, a "divine being," a "god"; sophia, "wisdom"; hence divine wisdom. Theosophy is the majestic wisdom-religion of the archaic ages and is as old as thinking man. It was delivered to the first human protoplasts, the first thinking human beings on this earth, by highly intelligent spiritual entities from superior spheres. This ancient doctrine, this esoteric system, has been passed down from guardians to guardians to guardians through innumerable generations until our own time. Furthermore, portions of this original and majestic system have been given out at various periods of time to various races in various parts of the world by those guardians when humanity stood in need of such extension and elaboration of spiritual and intellectual thought. Theosophy is not a syncretistic philosophy-religion-science, a system of thought or belief which has been put together piecemeal and consisting of parts or portions taken by some great mind from other various religions or philosophies. This idea is false. On the contrary, theosophy is that single system or systematic formulation of the facts of visible and invisible nature which, as expressed through the illuminated human mind, takes the apparently separate forms of science and of philosophy and of religion. We may likewise describe theosophy to be the formulation in human language of the nature, structure, origin, destiny, and operations of the kosmical universe and of the multitudes of beings which infill it. It might be added that theosophy, in the language of H. P. Blavatsky (Theosophical Glossary, p. 328), is "the sub-stratum and basis of all the world-religions and philosophies, taught and practiced by a few elect ever since man became a thinking being. In its practical bearing, Theosophy is purely divine ethics; the definitions in dictionaries are pure nonsense, based on religious prejudice and ignorance." (See also Universal Brotherhood)

SD INDEX Theosophy. See also Esoteric, Occult, Secret Doctrine

essence of Buddhistic, (King) I 668
not limited to Buddhism I xvii
Pember on II 229n

SD INDEX Thera (Isle of), giant remains on II 278-9

TG Therapeutae (Gr.). or Therapeutes. A school of Esotericists, which was an inner group within Alexandrian Judaism and not, as generally believed, a "sect". They were "healers" in the sense that some "Christian" and "Mental" Scientists, members of the T. S., are healers, while they are at the same time good Theosophists and students of the esoteric sciences. Philo Judaeus calls them "servants of god". As justly shown in A Dictionary of . . . Literature, Sects, and Doctrines (Vol. IV., art. "Philo Judaeus") in mentioning the Therapeutes -- "There appears no reason to think of a special 'sect', but rather of an esoteric circle of illuminati, of 'wise men' . . . They were contemplative Hellenistic Jews."

KT Therapeutae, or Therapeuts (Gr.) A school of Jewish mystic healers, or esotericists, wrongly referred to, by some, as a sect. They resided in and near Alexandria, and their doings and beliefs are to this day a mystery to the critics, as their philosophy seems a combination of Orphic, Pythagorean, Essenian and purely Kabalistic practices. (See Theos. Gloss.)

SD INDEX Theraphim. See Teraphim

SD INDEX Thermochemie [Grundriss der].See Naumann

TG Thermutis (Eg.). The asp-crown of the goddess Isis; also the name of the legendary daughter of Pharaoh who is alleged to have saved Moses from the Nile.

SD INDEX Thermuthis (Egy) crown formed of an asp II 26n

TG Thero (Pali). A priest of Buddha. Therunnanse, also.

SD INDEX Thesmophoriazusae. See Aristophanes

SD INDEX 2 Thessalonians Lord (Christos) as flaming fire I 87

SD INDEX Thessaly

deluge of, confused w Atlantis II 776
sorcerers of, called down Moon II 762
witches of, & Moon I 156

SD INDEX Thetis (Gk, Tethys in tx) [sea deity], Xerxes' Magi sacrificed to I 467

TG Theurgia, or Theurgy (Gr.). A communication with, and means of bringing down to earth, planetary spirits and angels -- the "gods of Light". Knowledge of the inner meaning of their hierarchies, and purity of life alone can lead to the acquisition of the powers necessary for communion with them. To arrive at such an exalted goal the aspirant must be absolutely worthy and unselfish.

TG Theurgist. The first school of practical theurgy (from theos, god, and epgon, work,) in the Christian period, was founded by Iamblichus among certain Alexandrian Platonists. The priests, however, who were attached to the temples of Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia and Greece, and whose business it was to evoke the gods during the celebration of the Mysteries, were known by this name, or its equivalent in other tongues, from the earliest archaic period. Spirits (but not those of the dead, the evocation of which was called Necromancy) were made visible to the eyes of mortals. Thus a theurgist had to be a hierophant and an expert in the esoteric learning of the Sanctuaries of all great countries. The Neoplatonists of the school of Iamiblichus were called theurgists, for they performed the so-called "ceremonial magic", and evoked the simulacra or the images of the ancient heroes, "gods", and daimonia (daimonia, divine, spiritual entities). In the rare cases when the presence of a tangible and visible "spirit" was required, the theurgist had to furnish the weird apparition with a portion of his own flesh and blood -- he had to perform the theopaea, or the "creation of gods", by a mysterious process well known to the old, and perhaps some of the modern, Tantrikas and initiated Brahmans of India. Such is what is said in the Book of Evocations of the pagodas. It shows the perfect identity of rites and ceremonial between the oldest Brahmanic theurgy and that of the Alexandrian Platonists. The following is from Isis Unveiled: "The Brahman Grihasta (the evocator) must be in a state of complete purity before he ventures to call forth the Pitris. After having prepared a lamp, some sandal-incense, etc., and having traced the magic circles taught him by the superior Guru, in order to keep away bad spirits, he ceases to breathe, and calls the fire (Kundalini) to his help to disperse his body." He pronounces a certain number of times the sacred word, and "his soul (astral body) escapes from its prison, his body disappears, and the soul (image) of the evoked spirit descends into the double body and animates it". Then "his (the theurgist's) soul (astral) re-enters its body, whose subtile particles have again been aggregating (to the objective sense), after having formed from themselves an aerial body for the deva (god or spirit) he evoked" . . . . And then, the operator propounds to the latter questions "on the mysteries of Being and the transformation of the imperishable". The popular prevailing idea is that the theurgists, as well as the magicians, worked wonders, such as evoking the souls or shadows of the heroes and gods, and other thaumaturgic works, by supernatural powers. But this never was the fact. They did it simply by the liberation of their own astral body, which, taking the form of a god or hero, served as a medium or vehicle through which the special current preserving the ideas and knowledge of that hero or god could be reached and manifested. (See "Iamblichus".)

IU Theurgist. -- From Theos, god, and Epgon, work. The first school of practical theurgy in the Christian period was founded by Iamblichus among the Alexandrian Platonists; but the priests attached to the temples of Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia, and who took an active part in the evocations of the gods during the Sacred Mysteries, were known by this name from the earliest archaic period. The purpose of it was to make spirits visible to the eyes of mortals. A theurgist was one expert in the esoteric learning of the Sanctuaries of all the great countries. The Neo-platonists of the school of Iamblichus were called theurgists, for they performed the so-called "ceremonial magic," and evoked the "spirits" of the departed heroes, "gods," and Daimonia (daimonia, divine, spiritual entities). In the rare cases when the presence of a tangible and visible spirit was required, the theurgist had to furnish the weird apparition with a portion of his own flesh and blood -- he had to perform the theopoea, or the "creation of gods," by a mysterious process well known to the modern Fakirs and initiated Brahmans of India. This is what is said in the Book of Evocations of the pagodas. It shows the perfect identity of rites and ceremonial between the oldest Brahmanic theurgy and that of the Alexandrian Platonists: "The Brahmana Grihasta (the evocator) must be in a state of complete purity before he ventures to call forth the Pitris."

After having prepared a lamp, some sandal, incense, etc., and having traced the magic circles taught to him by the superior guru, in order to keep away bad spirits, he "ceases to breathe, and calls the fire to his help to disperse his body." He pronounces a certain number of times the sacred word, and "his soul escapes from his body, and his body disappears, and the soul of the evoked spirit descends into the double body and animates it." Then "His (Grihasta's) soul reenters into his body, whose subtile particles have again been aggregating, after having formed of their emanations an aerial body to the spirit he evoked." And now, that he has formed for the Pitri a body with the particles the most essential and pure of his own, the grihasta is allowed, after the ceremonial sacrifice is over, to "converse with the souls of the ancestors and the Pitris, and offer them questions on the mysteries of the Being and the transformations of the imperishable." "Then after having blown out his lamp he must light it again, and set at liberty the bad spirits shut out from the place by the magical circles, and leave the sanctuary of the Pitris." [Book of Brahmanical Evocations, part iii.]

The school of Iamblichus was distinct from that of Plotinus and Porphyry, who were strongly against ceremonial magic and practical theurgy as dangerous, though these two eminent men firmly believed in both. "The theurgic or benevolent magic, the Goetic, or dark and evil necromancy, were alike in preeminent repute during the first century of the Christian era." [Bulwer-Lytton: "Last Days of Pompeii," p. 147 , Bulwer-Lytton, Last Days of Pompeii, Book II, ch. viii..] But never have any of the highly moral and pious philosophers, whose fame has descended to us spotless of any evil deed, practiced any other kind of magic than the theurgic, or benevolent, as Bulwer-Lytton terms it. "Whoever is acquainted with the nature of divinely luminous appearances (GREEK) knows also on what account it is requisite to abstain from all birds (animal food), and especially for him who hastens to be liberated from terrestrial concerns and to be established with the celestial gods," says Porphyry. ["Select Works," p. 159.] Though he refused to practice theurgy himself, Porphyry, in his Life of Plotinus, mentions a priest of Egypt, who, "at the request of a certain friend of Plotinus (which friend was perhaps Porphyry himself, remarks T. Taylor), exhibited to Plotinus, in the temple of Isis at Rome, the familiar daimon, or, in modern language, the guardian angel of that philosopher." [Ibid., p. 92.] The popular, prevailing idea was that the theurgists, as well as the magicians, worked wonders, such as evoking the souls or shadows of the heroes and gods, and doing other thaumaturgic works by supernatural powers.

SD INDEX Theurgist(s). See also Alchemy, Neoplatonists, Paracelsus

Emperor Julian on II 35
Fire & the Magi I 81n
"living fire" of I 311, 338, 344

KT Theurgy (from the Greek theiourgia). Rites for bringing down to earth planetary and other Spirits or Gods. To arrive at the realization of such an object, the Theurgist had to be absolutely pure and unselfish in his motives. The practice of theurgy is very undesirable and even dangerous in the present day. The world has become too corrupt and wicked for the practice of that which such holy and learned men as Ammonius, Plotinus, Porphyry and Iamblichus (the most learned Theurgist of all) could alone attempt with impunity. In our day theurgy or divine, beneficent magic is but too apt to become goetic, or in other words Sorcery. Theurgy is the first of the three subdivisions of magic, which are theurgic, goetic and natural magic.

WGa Theurgy, divine Magic, or power to work phenomena through Divine aid or by the aid of the "Gods", or powers of nature. See Magic.

SD INDEX Thevetat, evil Atlantean king II 222

SD INDEX Thierry, Augustin, Revue des deux mondes, legends as history I 675-6; II 182

SD INDEX "Thieves, all . . . before me are" [John 10:8] II 482

SD INDEX Third Creation. See Indriya Creation

SD INDEX Third Eye. See also Dangma, Pineal Gland, Siva-Eye

acted no longer II 227, 271, 288
active into Atlantean times II 306
ascetic must acquire II 615
ascribed to early man I 46n
atrophied II 294-5 &n, 302, 306
atrophy of, & Ulysses-Polyphemus II 769
connected w karma II 302
embraces eternity II 298-9n
expands during visions II 294
Eye of Siva I 46n; II 284, 295
holy Atlantean sorcerers & II 350
laid aside for future use II 299
location of II 294 &n
loss of, evolution not Fall II 302
many animals have atrophied II 296
odd, primeval, or Cyclopean eye II 299
originally seeing organ II 299 &n
origin of II 295-302
pineal gland relic of II 295
retreated within II 294-5
simple gland after Fall II 301
Siva's, is Egyptian Ru on Tau-cross II 548
Siva's, spiritual insight II 179
spiritual intuition I 46n; II 299
window, mirror of soul II 298

SD INDEX "Third Letter to Bentley." See Newton, I.

SD INDEX Third Logos. See also Amshaspends, Brahma, First Logos, Jehovah, Logos, Prajapatis, Second Logos

Man regarded as II 25

SD INDEX Third Manvantara, can mean third root-race II 94

SD INDEX Third Race. See Root-Race -- Third

SD INDEX Third Round. See Round, Third

SD INDEX Third Stage of Cosmic Manifestation

all personal gods belong to I 437
ray separates into seven Forces I 437-8

SD INDEX Third World (Yetsirah, Zohar), sephiroth inhabit II 111

SD INDEX Thirteen, & thirteen forms I 374-6

WG Thirty-Two Characteristics, the thirty-two marks some or all of which are found on spiritually developed men, or Bodhisattvas. On Buddha all were found.

TG Thirty-two Ways of Wisdom (Kab.). The Zohar says that Chochmah or Hokhmah (wisdom) generates all things "by means of (these) thirty-two paths". (Zohar iii., 290a). The full account of them is found in the Sepher Yezirah, wherein letters and numbers constitute as entities the Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom, by which the Elohim built the whole Universe. For, as said elsewhere, the brain "hath an outlet from Zeir Anpin, and therefore it is spread and goes out to thirty-two ways". Zeir Anpin, the "Short Face" or the "Lesser Countenance", is the Heavenly Adam, Adam Kadmon, or Man. Man in the Zohar is looked upon as the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet to which the decad is added; and hence the thirty-two symbols of his faculties or paths.

SD INDEX This, or manifested universe I 7

SD INDEX Thlinkithians, in Popol Vuh II 222

TG Thohu-Bohu (Heb.). From Tohoo -- "the Deep" and Bohu "primeval Space" -- or the Deep of Primeval Space, loosely rendered as "Chaos" "Confusion" and so on. Also spelt and pronounced "tohu-bohu".

SD INDEX Thomas, or Adam, Athamas, Tam II 135

SD INDEX Thomas Aquinas I 582n

prototypes of Michael were devils II 478


SD INDEX Thomas, Prof, man has no connection w monkeys II 729

TG Thomei (Eg.). The Goddess of Justice, with eyes bandaged and holding a cross. The same as the Greek Themis.

SD INDEX Thompson, Charles Wyville, "Geographical Distribution . . .," Old, New World fauna, flora II 792

SD INDEX Thompson, Prof S. P., strobic circles II 589

SD INDEX Thomson, Sir William

age of vegetable kingdom II 154, 694
ether continuous I 482
incrusted age of world II 149n, 694
life came via meteorites I 366n, 488; II 158, 719
man product of matter II 719
nebular matter dark, cold I 505
predicts death of universe I 552
primitive fluid & chaos I 579
tidal action of II 64
----- "On the Dynamical Theory of Heat"
life span of Sun I 501; II 149n, 258n
----- "On Geological Time"
age of Earth 400 million years II 258
----- "On Vortex Atoms"
vortical atoms I 117, 488, 492, 579
----- Philosophical Magazine (article in)
perfect elasticity of atoms I 513-14

SD INDEX Thomson, Sir Wm. & P. G. Tait

----- Treatise on Natural Philosophy
age of Earth & Sun II 10n
cooling of Earth I 501 &n; II 694
matter resists outside influence I 485n

TG Thor (Scand.). From Thonar to "thunder". The son of Odin and Freya, and the chief of all Elemental Spirits. The god of thunder, Jupiter Tonans. The word Thursday is named after Thor. Among the Romans Thursday was the day of Jupiter, Jovis dies, Jeudi in French -- the fifth day of the week, sacred also to the planet Jupiter.

MO Thor [[Norse]] [thorr, thonor, thur thunder, consecrator, guileless power] An Ase: god of power, life force, electricity, and of the planet Jupiter. Also called Trudgalmer, Vior, Lorride in different applications

SD INDEX Thor (Norse)

four-footed cross weapon of II 546, 588
swastika, mjolnir, hammer, & I 5; II 99, 588

TG Thorah (Heb.). "Law", written down from the transposition of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Of the "hidden Thorah" it is said that before At-tee-kah (the "Ancient of all the Ancients") had arranged Itself into limbs (or members) preparing Itself to manifest, It willed to create a Thorah; the latter upon being produced addressed It in these words: "It, that wishes to arrange and to appoint other things, should first of all, arrange Itself in Its proper Forms". In other words, Thorah, the Law, snubbed its Creator from the moment of its birth, according to the above, which is an interpolation of some later Talmudist. As it grew and developed, the mystic Law of the primitive Kabbalist was transformed and made by the Rabbins to supersede in its dead letter every metaphysical conception; and thus the Rabbinical and Talmudistic Law makes Ain Soph and every divine Principle subservient to itself, and turns its back upon the true esoteric interpretations.

SD INDEX Thorah. See Torah

TG Thor's Hammer. A weapon which had the form of the Svastika; called by European Mystics and Masons the "Hermetic Cross", and also "Jaina Cross", croix cramponnee; the most archaic, as the most sacred and universally respected symbol. (See "Svastika".)

SD INDEX Thor's Hammer. See also Mjolnir

fylfot II 546
genesis of II 99, 588
sparks fr, become worlds II 99
swastika in circle I 5

TG Thoth (Eg.). The most mysterious and the least understood of gods, whose personal character is entirely distinct from all other ancient deities. While the permutations of Osiris, Isis, Horus, and the rest, are so numberless that their individuality is all but lost, Thoth remains changeless from the first to the last Dynasty. He is the god of wisdom and of authority over all other gods. He is the recorder and the judge. His ibis-head, the pen and tablet of the celestial scribe, who records the thoughts, words and deeds of men and weighs them in the balance, liken him to the type of the esoteric Lipikas. His name is one of the first that appears on the oldest monuments. He is the lunar god of the first dynasties, the master of Cynocephalus -- the dog-headed ape who stood in Egypt as a living symbol and remembrance of the Third Root-Race. (Secret Doctrine, II. pp. 184 and 185). He is the "Lord of Hermopolis" -- Janus, Hermes and Mercury combined. He is crowned with an atef and the lunar disk, and bears the "Eye of Horus", the third eye, in his hand. He is the Greek Hermes, the god of learning, and Hermes Trismegistus, the "Thrice-great Hermes", the patron of physical sciences and the patron and very soul of the occult esoteric knowledge. As Mr. J. Bonwick, F.R.G.S., beautifully expresses it: "Thoth . . . has a powerful effect on the imagination . . . in this intricate yet beautiful phantasmagoria of thought and moral sentiment of that shadowy past. It is in vain we ask ourselves however man, in the infancy of this world of humanity, in the rudeness of supposed incipient civilization, could have dreamed of such a heavenly being as Thoth. The lines are so delicately drawn, so intimately and tastefully interwoven, that we seem to regard a picture designed by the genius of a Milton, and executed with the skill of a Raphael." Verily, there was some truth in that old saying, "The wisdom of the Egyptians". . . . "When it is shown that the wife of Cephren, builder of the second Pyramid, was a priestess of Thoth, one sees that the ideas comprehended in him were fixed 6,000 years ago". According to Plato, "Thoth-Hermes was the discoverer and inventor of numbers, geometry, astronomy and letters". Proclus, the disciple of Plotinus, speaking of this mysterious deity, says: "He presides over every species of condition, leading us to an intelligible essence from this mortal abode, governing the different herds of souls". In other words Thoth, as the Registrar and Recorder of Osiris in Amenti, the Judgment Hall of the Dead was a psychopompic deity; while Iamblichus hints that "the cross with a handle (the thau or tau) which Tot holds in his hand, was none other than the monogram of his name". Besides the Tau, as the prototype of Mercury, Thoth carries the serpent-rod, emblem of Wisdom, the rod that became the Caduceus. Says Mr. Bonwick, "Hermes was the serpent itself in a mystical sense. He glides like that creature, noiselessly, without apparent exertion, along the course of ages. He is . . . a representative of the spangled heavens. But he is the foe of the bad serpent, for the ibis devoured the snakes of Egypt."

SD INDEX Thot[h] (Egy) Hermes. See also Hermes, Mercury, Set, Thoth-Hermes

authenticity of Book of II 506
biblical Patriarch, (Bailly) I 648
caduceus & II 364
chief of seven planets (Gnostic) II 538n
divine instructor II 365
in earliest trinity II 462, 464
Edris became II 529
escaped fr Typhon I 362
explained II 267-8n
generic name of initiates II 210n, 267n
god of wisdom II 558
has retreat in Moon I 403
Horus, Set & II 283n
Ibis-headed god II 558
Ibis sacred to Mercury or I 362
invented Egyptian alphabet I 307; II 581
Khonsoo confused w II 464
Osiris &, initiate candidate II 558
scribe of Amenti I 385
Seth a Jewish travesty of II 380, 530
seven-rayed solar discus of II 529
sitting on lotus I 385
symbol of Virgin Mother I 403
Taut or, serpent symbol II 26n
various names of II 380, 529-30
Wednesday sacred to II 366-7

SD INDEX Thoth-Hapi (Egy), Lord of Horizon I 674

SD INDEX Thoth-Hermes (Egy) I 353, 675; II 359, 540

Budha, Mercury or I xxxii
chief of the rectors I 577
generic name II 210n, 211, 267n
hides in Moon I 403
Osiris reappears as II 359
represents secret wisdom I 403
sacred volumes of I xliii
secretary to King Saturn I 459

SD INDEX Thoth-Lunus (Egy)

Budha-Soma, Mercury-Moon I 396n
Khonsoo becomes II 464
occult potencies of Moon I 396
septenary god of seven-day week II 529-30

TG Thothori Nyan Tsan (Tib.) A King of Tibet in the fourth century. It is narrated that during his reign he was visited by five mysterious strangers, who revealed to him how he might use for his country's welfare four precious things which had fallen down from heaven, in 331 A.D., in a golden casket and "the use of which no one knew". These were (1) hands folded as the Buddhist ascetics fold them; (2) a be-jewelled Shorten (a Stupa built over a receptacle for relics); (3) a gem inscribed with the "Aum mani padme hum"; and (4) the Zamatog, a religious work on ethics, a part of the Kanjur. A voice from heaven then told the King that after a certain number of generations every one would learn how precious these four things were. The number of generations stated carried the world to the seventh century, when Buddhism became the accepted religion of Tibet. Making an allowance for legendary licence, the four things fallen from heaven, the voice, and the five mysterious strangers, may be easily seen to have been historical facts. They were without any doubt five Arhats or Bhikshus from India, on their proselytising tour. Many were the Indian sages who, persecuted in India for their new faith, betook themselves to Tibet and China.

SD INDEX Thotmes, Pharaoh shown worshiping Hathor I 400

SD INDEX Thot-Sabaoth, bear in alchemistry II 115n

SD INDEX Thought(s). See also Divine Thought, Ideations, Mind

Descartes on I 629
divine I 1 &n, 3, 16, 39, 44, 61, 64, 74, 325-41, 348; II 158, 488-9, 536-7, 649n
divine, becomes kosmos I 43
divine, or boundless darkness I 327
divine, or Logos I 58
exists eternally I 570
Fohat & I 108, 137n; II 649n
freedom of, in Upanishads I 270
ideas vs absolute II 490
impressed on astral I 93, 104; II 199n
infinite gradations of I 627
karma & I 644
kriyasakti power of I 293; II 173
language & II 199n
nerve molecules & I 134n
passions stimulated by II 244
without phosphorus no II 244
product of molecular change I 124 &n
reflection of universal mind I 38, 280, 617
seven modes of II 335, 569n
subjective side of nervous motion I 124-5n
unrelated to intellection I 1n
Voltaire on what produces II 88-9

SD INDEX "Thought father to the wish" (Shakespeare) I 413

OG Thought Transference -- The power of transferring one's thoughts without a word -- voiceless speech. This is no psychical power. Its psychical aspect, commonly called thought transference or telepathy, is but a feeble manifestation of a truly sublime power, and is illusory, because it is but a reflected light of the real spiritual power within. True thought transference is a spiritual faculty. Having this spiritual power you can transfer your thought and your consciousness and your will to any part of the earth -- and actually be there, see what goes on, know what is happening there. No merely psychical power will ever enable you to do that. In Tibet this power is called by the generalizing name hpho-wa. Having this power your conscious and percipient inner self can pass through stone walls as easily as the electric current runs along or through the copper wire. (See also Mayavi-Rupa)

SD INDEX Thought Transference, once common to mankind I 537; II 199


fire (Kabiri) worship in II 363
Orphic priests of, & Druids II 756

TG Thraetaona (Mazd.) The Persian Michael, who contended with Zohak or Azhi-Dahaka, the destroying serpent. In the Avesta Azhi-Dahaka is a three-headed monster, one of whose heads is human, and the two others Ophidian. Dahaka, who is shown in the Zoroastrian Scriptures as coming from Babylonia, stands as the allegorical symbol of the Assyrian dynasty of King Dahaka (Az-Dahaka) which ruled Asia with an iron hand, and whose banners bore the purple sign of the dragon, purpureum signum draconis. Metaphysically, however, the human head denotes the physical man, and the two serpent heads the dual manasic principles -- the dragon and serpent both standing as symbols of wisdom and occult powers.

SD INDEX Thraetaona (Pers), war betw, & Azhi-dahaka II 390


analogy the Ariadne's, to mysteries II 153
of immortal monadship II 513
of life I 222
of radiance II 80
betw Silent Watcher & shadow I 264
-soul or sutratman I 16-17n, 222, 236, 610 &n; II 79-80, 513

TG Thread Soul. The same as Sutratma (q.v.).

KT Thread Soul. The same as Sutratma, which see.

WGa Thread-Soul, see Sutratman.

VS sacred three (I 38) [[p. 19]] Every stage of development in Raja Yoga is symbolised by a geometrical figure. This one is the sacred Triangle and precedes Dharana. The is the sign of the high chelas, while another kind of triangle is that of high Initiates. It is the symbol "I" discoursed upon by Buddha and used by him as a symbol of the embodied form of Tathagata when released from the three methods of the Prajna. Once the preliminary and lower stages passed, the disciple sees no more the but the abbreviation of the , the full Septenary. Its true form is not given here, as it is almost sure to be pounced upon by some charlatans and desecrated in its use for fraudulent purposes.


becomes the Sacred Four II 621
-eyed man II 744
Father, Mother, Son I 58
first came, or triangle II 594
five, seven &, in Masonry I 113n
four &, female & male I 321
four, seven &, explained II 582-3
gamma or Gaia (Earth) II 583
higher grades of initiation I 206
male, spirit or I 36; II 592
seven & divine, or ten II 564
-tongued flame I 237
transformed into four I 58

TG Three Degrees (of Initiation). Every nation had its exoteric and esoteric religion, the one for the masses, the other for the learned and elect. For example, the Hindus had three degrees with several sub-degrees. The Egyptians had also three preliminary degrees, personified under the "three guardians of the fire" in the Mysteries. The Chinese had their most ancient Triad Society: and the Tibetans have to this day their "triple step"; which was symbolized in the Vedas by the three strides of Vishnu. Everywhere antiquity shows an unbounded reverence for the Triad and Triangle -- the first geometrical figure. The old Babylonians had their three stages of initiation into the priesthood (which was then esoteric knowledge); the Jews, the Kabbalists and mystics borrowed them from the Chaldees, and the Christian Church from the Jews. "There are Two", says Rabbi Simon ben Jochai, "in conjunction with One; hence they are Three, and if they are Three, then they are One."

TG Three Faces. The Trimurti of the Indian Pantheon; the three persons of the one godhead. Says the Book of Precepts: "There are two Faces, one in Tushita (Devachan) and one in Myalba (earth); and the Highest Holy unites them and finally absorbs both."

TG Three Fires (Occult). The name given to Atma-Buddhi-Manas, which when united become one.

SD INDEX Three Fires II 57n, 247

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SD INDEX Three Fundamental Propositions I 14-20

SD INDEX Three in One

atma-buddhi-manas II 113
higher triad II 595-6, 597n, 599
spirit, soul & mind II 113

SD INDEX Three New Propositions II 1-12

SD INDEX Three Strides (of Vishnu) II 38, 622n

body, soul & spirit or I 113 &n, 122

SD INDEX Thribhujam. See Tribhuja

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SD INDEX Throne(s)

abode of pure spirits II 111
of the Almighty II 63
b'ne-aleim tenth subdivision of II 376
copy of ancient prototype I 92
Dominions & I 92, 435
firstborn, first to fall II 80
monad as the, (Masonic) I 613
Saturn governed by I 435


TG Thsang Thisrong tsan (Tib.). A king who flourished between the years 728 and 787, and who invited from Bengal Pandit Rakshit, called for his great learning Bodhisattva, to come and settle in Tibet, in order to teach Buddhist philosophy to his priests.

TG Thumi Sambhota (Sk.). An Indian mystic and man of erudition, the inventor of the Tibetan alphabet.

TG Thummim (Heb.). "Perfections." An ornament on the breastplates of the ancient High Priests of Judaism. Modern Rabbins and Hebraists may well pretend they do not know the joint purposes of the Thummim and the Urim; but the Kabbalists do and likewise the Occultists. They were the instruments of magic divination and oracular communication -- theurgic and astrological. This is shown in the following well-known facts: -- (1) upon each of the twelve precious stones was engraved the name of one of the twelve sons of Jacob, each of these "sons" personating one of the signs of the zodiac; (2) both were oracular images, like the teraphim, and uttered oracles by a voice, and both were agents for hypnotisation and throwing the priests who wore them into an ecstatic condition. The Urim and Thummim were not original with the Hebrews, but had been borrowed, like most of their other religious rites, from the Egyptians, with whom the mystic scarabaeus, worn on the breast by the Hierophants, had the same functions. They were thus purely heathen and magical modes of divination; and when the Jewish "Lord God" was called upon to manifest his presence and speak out his will through the Urim by preliminary incantations, the modus operandi was the same as that used by all the Gentile priests the world over.

SD INDEX Thummim. See Urim & Thummim

TG Thumos (Gr.). The astral, animal soul; the Kama-Manas; Thumos means passion, desire and confusion and is so used by Homer. The word is probably derived from the Sanskrit Tamas, which has the same meaning.

KT Thumos (Gr.) A Pythagorean and Platonic term; applied to an aspect of the human soul, to denote its passionate Kamarupic condition: -- almost equivalent to the Sanskrit word tamas: "the quality of darkness," and probably derived from the latter.

SD INDEX Thunder(s)

Jove, Agni, fire & I 462
seven of Revelation I 410; II 563, 565

SD INDEX Thursday, Jupiter's Day I 652

MO Thurse [[Norse]] [dull, stupid] Uninspired matter giant

SD INDEX Thury, psychod & ectenic force of I 338n

WG Thvak, the skin as the organ of touch.

SD INDEX Thyan-Kam (Tib)

power guiding cosmic energy I 635
was not, Stanza One I 23