Glossary of Terms

father, affectionate term for the master or guru
the great incarnation (mahavatar) of God who re-introduced the lost spiritual science of Kriya Yoga in 1861
(“that which enables to carry”): arms (upper extremities)
power, strength, vitality, vigor
(“bond”): one who is in bondage; obstacle
(or Bhagawan, Bhagwan): God; a title given to a great realized saint, such as Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and so on
a sacred scripture of 18,000 verses written by Sage Vyasa
devotion; a path of experiencing pure divine love for God
pertaining to the yoga of divine love
the yoga of divine love, yoga of devotion
India; one of the first kings of India; an epithet for Arjuna (sometimes also for Yudhishthira). Bha means divine illumination and rata means engrossed — the state of expansion attained by the life force (prana), in which brilliant divine light is perceived.
the Almighty Father, the real sun of the universe
mood; being; feeling
a state of divine consciousness through the path of love
the pronoun ‘You’; the creator
fear — the greatest fears are death and losing happiness
one of the five Pandava brothers; he was the second son of Kunti, born mystically through union with the god Vayu (air). His power resides in the heart and lungs.
the commander-in-chief of the Kauravas. His name means firm determination of mind, but he also has a false sense of prestige and strong will power. He cannot make correct decisions due to his occasional wrong associations.
enjoying divine bliss. In this material world, many people are born for God- realization, but if they remain attached to their ego and whims, life is not complete and they do not attain the supreme goal.
the experiencer
the first of the seven upper spheres of existence (loka); corresponds to the money (earth) center
one of the warriors on the side of the Kauravas. Bhuri means many, and shrava means to hear. So Bhurishrava means one who is hearing many things about someone or something, so his mind becomes bewildered and indecisive.
oblation or offerings to animals, spirits, and the elements
prosperity, wealth, glory
the second of the seven upper spheres of existence (loka); corresponds to the procreation (water) center
(“seed word”): seed syllable (most basic mantra)
soul, Krishna; God in His aspect of Creator; the first of the Vedic trinity
to keep the mind engrossed in Brahman
the knowledge of the Absolute
one who observes the vow of brahmacharya
abstinence or perpetual celibacy, sense control; brahmacharya means “to roam (char) in God (Brahman)”, metaphorically to live in constant God consciousness
divine fire
knowledge of the Absolute, highest state of wisdom
God, the Ultimate Absolute, the formless Spirit; derived from the root brih, “to grow” or “to expand”
divine bliss; the perennial joy of God
to be absorbed in soul and to feel that in every action, the soul is doing everything from within
qualities of a true guru who has experienced Brahman, the supreme Self
the door of Brahman, fontanel
one of the three fundamental scriptures (known collectively as prasthana trayi) for God-realization, written by Veda Vyasa
those who are always seeking God, truth, and the soul in every thought, word, and deed
the first caste in the ancient Vedic social system of priests and teachers; metaphorically those who are on the spiritual path; to be established in God (Brahman)
the intellect; faculty of decision