Symbols of the world's religions


The Master's Glossary

Edition One

Frank Davis


3 Incredible Weeks: I had not yet met Beloved Baba physically but, while dear Darwin Shaw shared with a group of us the events of his "Three Incredible Weeks with Meher Baba" -- the 1954 Sahavas in India -- the Beloved appeared before me. - Bernice Ivory (N2-20th Anniversary, May, 1986, p. 24)

3rd eye: In addition to our two outward eyes, there is a third eye internally which sees through the two outward eyes and is situated between the eyebrows -- the yogis know about it. The real yogi, in his advanced state, sees God, or Brahmand (the God of the universe), through this third eye contained in his mind -- within the skull.

The Perfect Master sees three different things as it pleases his fancy. With his external eyes, he can see the universe and the world; with his inner eye, he sees God. And with his external eyes he actually sees all that exists coming out of himself in the form of innumerable circles -- through the point of his inner third eye. Those yogis who see through the Brahmand are many, while Perfect Masters always number only five.(1)

(1) There exists on earth at all times fifty-six God-Realized Perfect Persons (the Shiv-Atmas), five of whom are Perfect Masters. In Vedanta, the five Masters are called Sadgurus, and in Sufism they are Qutubs. Refer to GOD SPEAKS, pages 158-164, regarding the types of God-Realized souls. (Ka, pg. 449)

Abba: Father. (N2)

abdal: A master who has the characteristics that he can and does exchange one of his physical bodies for another at will -Sufi. (1a)

Spiritually advanced souls who can take different physical forms at will. -Sufi. (1b)

(plural of badal) A spiritual agent or master who has the characteristic that he can and does exchange one of his physical bodies for another at will. -Arabic. (Du)

abhanda (also abhanga): A meter used in Marathi poetry. (N4)

abhangs’: Spiritual verses. (CJ pg. 36)

Abraham: The Prophet; the Patriarch. In the Koranic story, Abraham (Ibrahim) is called upon to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismail); in the Bible he is called upon to sacrifice his son Isaac. (1b)

abrar: A saint of the fifth plane -Sufi. Vedanta: mahapurush (sant) (1a)

See: wali. -Sufi. (1b)

Absolute Vacuum state: See: Nirvana. (1b)

accidents-Prauge, OK, USA, the (automobile):

accidents-Satara, India, the (automobile): It was only after the accident in 1956 in Satara in which Eruch was driving, that Eruch recalled Baba’s words. (Ka 2299 )

Adam: The first soul who completed the cycle of evolution (from stone to man), and involution (from Man back to God). Traditionally, the first man. Also, the first Avatar. (1a)

adept pilgrim: A person either on the fifth or sixth plane of consciousness, or in between them. (N2)

adhyatma marga (also adhyatmic marga, moksha marga): The spiritual Path. -Vedanta. Sufi: tariqat, rah-e-tariqat. (1a)

The inner path of spiritual advancement. -Vedanta. Sufi: tariqat. (1b)

Adi Purush: The Ancient One. (N4)

Adi Shakti: The Primal Power. (N4)

adum: Nothingness. -Sufi. (1a)

advaita: Absolute Oneness. One without a second. -Vedanta. Sufi.: tauhid-e-tanzihi. (1a)

Advaitism: The "non-dualist" school of Vedanta founded by Sankaracharya. Comparable views are held by the Sufi Wujudiyyah. -Vedanta. (1a)

advanced pilgrim: A person either on the third or fourth plane of consciousness, or in between them. (N2)

afrad: An adept pilgrim on the sixth plane. -Sufi. Vedanta: satpurush. (1a)

afreed: Literally, one who creates. One of the powerful divine agents. -Persian. (Du)

Afridgar: The Creator. -Sufi. Vedanta: Brahma. (1a)

afsoony: Literally, a magic or miraculous power. (Afsoony masiha is the power to raise the dead.) One of the powerful divine agents. -Persian. (Du)

agents, Baba’s: Special incarnate souls who help Baba with His work and are known only to Him. (Da)

Meher Baba explained that three types of spiritual agents work from the inner planes for Him. Each holds a definite and distinct office and carries out instructions to further the Avatar’s spiritual work. Direct agents are few and receive instructions directly from the Avatar. Indirect agents are few, also, and receive orders from the direct agents. Borrowed agents are many and receive orders from the indirect agents. (Ka 2045 )

Agiary: Zoroastrian fire temple used as a place of worship. (AJ)(Gr)

Agrakuti (also Agra Kuti): Literally, the front cottage. The first cottage built by the mandali at Meherabad. (N4)

Literally, "First Hut"; the original name given to the small structure in Lower Meherabad which later came to be known as Baba’s "Jhopdi" (see jhopdi). (I)

ahadiyat: Literally, Oneness. Conscious Unity. The highest consciousness. halat-e-Muhammadi. -Sufi. Vedanta: vidnyan. (1a)

See under: vidnyani sanskaras. (1b)

Aham Brahmasmi: "I am God". -Vedanta. Sufi: Anal Haqq. (1a)

"I am the Reality"; the affirmation of the God-realized state. See also: "I am God"; Realization. -Vedanta. Sufi: Anal Haqq (1b)

Literally, "I am God". God-realization. -Sanskrit. (Du)

ahimsa: See also Jainism. –Ed.

ahl-e-tauhid: Members of mystic schools concerned with tauhid, the Unity of God. Wujudiyyah and Shuhudiyyah. (1a)

Ahmednagar: Ahmednagar (often shortened to Nager) is located about 117 km (73 miles) northeast of Pune in a predominantly agricultural district. The city itself has grown rapidly in recent years. A drive through downtown Ahmednagar is a challenging obstacle course round yellow and red S.T. buses (the "State Transport" buses), trucks, rickshaws, scooters and bicycles that materialize out of nowhere, horse drawn tongas, and the ever present stray cow or dog.

Outside the city, village life still follows traditional patterns. Women dressed in brilliant saris with large brass pots balanced solidly on their heads visit the village well each day to draw water. Farmers work the land with bullocks and handheld plows, and carry their crops to market in small wooden carts. If there is enough rain, village fields are green with millet, wheat, sugar cane, mangos, and other fruits. In recent years, scooter factories and other industrial plants have also begun to dot the landscape.

Ahmednagar Avatar Meher Baba Centre: This Centre was opened by Meher Baba in 1959. Meetings, consisting mainly of Indian devotional music, are held every Saturday between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Extensive musical programs are held during Meher Baba’s birthday celebration. (Part of the Meher Nazar Compound, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Ahuramazda (also Ahura Mazda): Almighty God. -Zoroastrian. Sufi: Allah. Vedanta: Paramatma. (1a)

Almighty God; the supreme Being in Zoroastrianism. Cf. Oversoul, Glossery Part I. -Avestan. (1b)

Another name for Yazdan, the good principal in Zoroastrianism, and opposed to Ahriman. (A)

Almighty God. (Da)(Gr)(L)(N2)

aikya: Union. -Vedanta. Sufi: haqiqat, vasl. (1a)

See: Union; Vasl. (1b)

ain-ul-yaqin: See: yaqin. (1a)

Ajanta: An area with 30 Buddhist caves dating back to the 2nd century BC containing a number of painted murals and sculpture on the life of Buddha. Meher Baba visited Ajanta at least once. (A location within Maharashtra State. -Ed.) (EBF)

Akbar Press: The home in Ahmednagar of the extended family of Eruch Jessawala, one of Meher Baba’s resident men mandali. (I)

akhada: A camp. (N4)

akhyar: An advanced pilgrim on the Path. -Sufi. Vendanta: mahatma. (1a)

Akmal: A Most Perfect One. A rare type of God-realized Salik in baqa-billah who has duty in Duality, but no circle of disciples. Also called Salik-e-Akmal. -Sufi. (1a)

A most Perfect One. A rare type of God-realized person who has a duty towards Creation but no circle of disciples. (N4)

al-: (The Arabic article is not alphabetized.) (1a)

al Ama: The Dark Mist. A designation of the Beyond-Beyond state of God. -Sufi. (1a)

alam-e-hahut: The sphere of Mastery. The aspect of the fifth (Real) sphere from which the Qutub and Avatar direct the universe. -Sufi. Vedanta: vidnyan bhumika. (1a)

alam-e-jabrut: The mental sphere, comprising the fifth and sixth planes of consciousness. -Sufi. Vadanta: mano bhuvan. (1a)

See: mental sphere. (1b)

alam-e-kabir: The macrocosm, comprising the five kinds of existence, khamsa wujudat. -Sufi. (1a)

alam-e-lahut: The sphere of Perfection. -Sufi. Vadanta: vidnyan. (1a)

alam-e-malakut: The subtle sphere, which comprises the first through the fourth planes of consciousness. -Sufi. Vedanta: pran bhuvan. (1a)

See: subtle sphere. (1b)

alam-e-nasut: The gross sphere. The world of matter, of which most human beings are exclusively conscious. -Sufi. Vedanta: anna bhuvan. (1a)

See: gross sphere. (1b)

alam-e-saghir: The microcosm. The human body. -Sufi. (1a)

Alekum Salam: Peace be with you; good morning to you; farewell. (Gr) (see also salam ‘alekum. -Ed.)

Al-Futuhat-al-Makkiyya: (See: Ibn Arabi. -Ed.)

Al-Insan-ul-Kamil: (filed alphabetically under Insan. -Ed.)

Allah: God in the Beyond State. Almighty God. -Sufi. Vedanta: Paramatma. Zoroastrian: Ahuramazda, Yezdan. (1a)

Almighty God; the supreme being in Islam. Cf. Oversoul, Glossery Part I. (1b)

The Muslim name for the One God. -Arabic. (Du)

Allah-o-Akbar: God is the Greatest. (N5)

alphabet board: A board with English alphabet letters and numbers 1 to 9 and 0. Shortly after Meher Baba began His silence He pointed to letters printed in a newspaper to form words. The first board was made by one of the early mandali to make it easier for Baba, and He used this method until October 1954. (L)

amal: Desires, hopes. It is the impression of these (nuqush-e-amal) which are sanskaras, q.v. -Arabic. (Du)

Amartithi: Literally, amar, deathless; tithi, day. The anniversay of the day (31 January) that Meher Baba, the deathless One, dropped His body. -Hindi, Marathi. (1b)

Literally: "eternal date". A commemoration of the day, January 31st, 1969, when Avatar Meher Baba, the Eternal Beloved, put aside His physical body. On this day each year, Baba lovers from all over the world gather * at Meherabad where His body is interred. (N1)

*or otherwise especially remember; often including gatherings. (Ed)

Literally, date with the Eternal One. (N5)

amavasya: The darkest night of the lunar month. (1b)

Anal Haqq: "I am God." -Sufi. Vedanta: Aham Brahmasmi. (1a)

(sounds like "hock") "I am the Reality"; the affirmation of the God-realized state. See also: "I am God"; Realization. -Sufi. Vedanta: Aham Brahmasmi. (1b)

anand (also ananda): Bliss. -Vedanta. Sufi: musarrat. (1a)

Bliss. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Anand is a Sanskrit word meaning bliss or happiness. (Ka 2119 )

anant: Infinite. -Vedanta. Sufi: la mahdood. (1a)

angels: It might be interesting to know a little bit about angels. They seem always to be pictured with wings. When we do not have to travel in our gross bodies, but live in our subtle bodies in other dimensions, we can transport ourselves as fast as we can think. I presume the only way this concept could be conveyed to people was by painting wings on the angels. Birds in the skies provided the analogy. In the same way, they are shown playing harps to indicate the celestial music always sounding in the spheres.

On a cold, wintry day in places where the snow falls you will notice that as a person exhales, his breath begins to be visible a few inches from his mouth. The breath forms a vapor of minute droplets when exposed to the frosty atmosphere. With this in mind, you can understand why many ancient writings portray creation as having been blown out from God's mouth in one mighty breath, and that one day He will inbreathe the whole manifestation and have another sleep. This inhalation is referred to in literature as Mahapralaya, or the day of Quiamat.

Following this concept, the angels comprise that portion of the great breath not yet visible. They never did get far from the source of their being. They are "unembodied" souls who are pure and uncontaminated with physical embodiment. This is why the Bible states that man is higher than the angels, because man has to wrestle with all the temptations of the gross world and still surmount them and ascend back to God. Neither angels nor arch-angels ever suffer -- they always enjoy God, although they do not "see" Him in the way a spiritual man of the sixth plane does. Instead of wishing to be an angel, one could feel a little sorry for them, that they cannot reach the seventh plane, but we have to keep remembering that there IS only God, and the angelic soul-rays are all part of His being, just as we are.

The concept of Mahapralaya is interestingly set forth in a translation, as follows: "A spider weaves a web out of its saliva. It does not require any outside help for it. Similarly, God does not require any outside help in creating the universe. The spider moves on the fibre from one end to the other, or it hangs by it in the middle. Even so the Jiva -- the worldly soul passes from one birth to another. But it is all his own making, his own creation. At the end the spider takes its web back into its own mouth, and there is an end to its play. Likewise, at the end of the sport, at the time of the Great Destruction, God re-absorbs the whole universe into His own consciousness, and nothing remains but Him." (Translated from Kalyan, Spiritual Stories from India, edited by Chaman Lal, Charles E. Tuttle Co., publishers.) (Du2, Pages 47-48)

animals: Baba occasionally remarked that a certain animal he held was pushed through its evolution and entered human form in its next incarnation. (Ka 2375 )

It was because of Elizabeth Patterson’s love for animals that Baba virtually kept a miniature zoo in the ashram. When Elizabeth was sent back to America in 1942, Baba disbanded the zoo and gave away those animals. (Ka 2416 )

anna: A small coin, one sixteenth of a rupee. -Hindi. (1a)

A small coin, no longer in use, worth one sixteenth of a rupee. -Hindi. (Du)

anna bhumi: The gross world. -Vedanta. Sufi: alam-e-nasut. (1a)

anna bhumika: The gross plane. -Vedanta. (1a)

The gross (physical) plane. (CJ pg. 18)

anna bhuvan: The gross sphere. -Vedanta. Sufi: alam-e-nasut. (1a)

See: gross sphere. (1b)

antar drishti: Literally, inner "seeing" (seeing God). Conviction by sight. -Vedanta. Sufi: ain-ul-yaqin. See: yaqin. (1a)

anwar: plural of nur, q.v. See also under tajalli. -Sufi. (1a)

anwaya: synthetic activity of the mind; connective process. (1b)

aparoksha: Manifest, perceptible, not invisible. -Sanskrit. (Du)

aql-e-kull: The Universal Mind. Acquired by Perfect Masters. -Sufi. Vedanta: sarvabhaumic manas. (1a)

A’ramgah: Literally, the place of rest. A "burial ground" of the Zoroastrians; a place where the last rites of the Zoroastrians are performed. (N4)

Arangaon: A small village five miles outside of Ahmednagar, near which Meher Baba established Meherabad. (I)

aray: An interjection of calling. -Sanskrit. (Du)

ardasa: A Sikh prayer. (N5)

arif: Literally, knower. A soul on the fifth plane of consciousness. -Sufi. (1a)

arif-ul-wujud: See: wujud. (1a)

Arjuna: See under: Krishna. (1b)

arsh-e-ala: Literally, the highest throne. The highest spiritual state, i.e., of Avatar and Perfect Masters. -Sufi. Vedanta: vidnyan bhumika. (1a)

arti (also arati): (plural, -s). A devotional song or prayer with a refrain or theme expressing the yearning for and the offering of oneself to the one worshipped; an act of devotion; the performance of devotional songs and prayers. -Vedanta. (1b)

A devotional song; a song in praise of God. (C)

A devotional song of prayer with a refrain or theme which expresses the yearning for the offering of oneself to the One worshipped; the performance of devotional songs or prayers. (Da)(I)

A traditional Hindu ceremony performed in the worship of gods by moving a lighted lamp of camphor circularly around the idol. In the case of Meher Baba, Hindu devotees would move a tray with burning camphor circularly before Him. (Du)

A traditional Hindu ceremony of worship to the pantheon of Gods. To Meher Baba, arti was a song sung in His praise, describing His divine attributes. (Gr)

An ancient Hindu method of concluding worship. Traditionally, at the time of arti, small lighted lamps of camphor are slowly waved in a circle before the person, idol or picture of the diety, saint, Man-God or God-Man being worshipped, while a special song with a theme or refrain of offering oneself to the One worshipped is sung. Meher Baba’s lovers do not necessarily do this when His art is sung. (L)

A traditional Hindu way of worshipping by waving a lighted lamp or joss sticks in a circle in front of the idol, picture, or person being worshipped. In the case of Meher Baba, His lovers do not necessarily do this when the arti (song of praise and dedication) is recited or sung. (N1)

A traditional Hindu ceremony performed in the worship of gods by moving a lighted lamp, camphor or joss sticks circularly around the idol. In the case of Meher Baba, His lovers do not necessarily follow this conventional ceremony when the arti (song or songs of dedication) was recited or sung. (N2)

A traditional Hindu way of worshipping gods, a saint, a Sadguru or the Avatar by waving a lighted lamp or joss sticks in a circle in front of the idol or picture of a saint, Sadguru or the Avatar. In the case of Meher Baba, His lovers do not necessarily do this when the arti (song of praise and dedication) is recited or sung. (N4)

A cry of the yearning heart; an ancient Hindu method of concluding worship. Traditionally, at the time of arti, small lighted lamps or joss sticks are slowly waved in a circle before the person, idol or picture of the deity, saint, Man-God or God-Man being worshipped, while a special song with a theme or refrain of offering oneself to the One worshipped is sung. Meher Baba’s lovers do not necessarily do this when His arti is sung. (N6)

asan (also asana): Posture, as for meditation. -Vedanta. (1a)

Posture, as for meditation. -Sanskrit. (Du)

asar: The influence (of God experienced by the recipient of hal). -Sufi. (1a)

ascenseur: An elevator. -French. (Du)

ashiq: Literally, lover. A soul on the sixth plane of consciousness. -Sufi. (1a)

ashiq-o-mashuq: Lover and the Beloved in One, the aspect of God in the sphere of Perfection, alam-e-lahut. -Sufi. (1a)

ashqiyyat: The state of being a lover. The epiphany of glory in the first manifestation, wherein God is the Beloved and man the lover. -Sufi. (1a)

ashram: An unostentatious establishment where the Guru and his mandali, as well as other close disciples, live. (A)

Abode; spiritual center. (C)

A simple, humble retreat; the abode of a spiritual teacher. (AJ)(Da)(Gr)

A place of retirement from the ordinary business of life, whether a private hut or the abode of a spiritual teacher. -Sanskrit. (Du)

A place of retreat. (N2)

A place of residence for spiritual aspirants. (N5)

A place for contemplation on the Divine; a place of residence for spiritual aspirants. (N7)

ashramite: A person living in an ashram. (N5)

asman: Plane. -Sufi. Vedanta: bhumika. (1a)

aspirant: See: sadhak; yogi. (1b)

asthana: A threshold. (N4)

astitva: Existence, reality. -Sanskrit. (Du)

astral body: The form that experiences the astral world, which serves as a link between the gross and subtle worlds. See also: semisubtle world. (For further information see God Speaks). (1b)

atma (also atman): The soul. Atmapratisthapana (Vedanta) = Sahaj Samadhi. See: baqa-billah. -Vedanta. Sufi: jan or ruh. (1a)

The soul. Atmapratisthapana. See: Sahaj Samadhi. -Vedanta. Sufi: jan, jaan, ruh, rooh. (1b)

The individualized soul that is really identical with Paramatma, the Oversoul. (C)

Attar, Sheikh Fariduddin. Of Nishapur. Author of Mantiq-ut-Tayr (Conference of the Birds). Killed in the Mongol sack of Nishapur in 1229 A.D. (1a)

Aum: See under: Om. (1b)

aura: The emanation surrounding each individual, which can be sensed by others as vibrations (or "vibes"). It takes on different colors with changing moods and thoughts and is sometimes visible to those with clairvoyant faculties. -Greek. (Du)

In this instance, red sanskaras mean mental sanskaras, those in seed form. White refers to subtle sanskaras, those taking energy. Yellow equates with gross sanskaras, a form of matter. Colors relate to the aura of an animate body. (Ka 2114 )

Aurangabad: A city 109 km (68 miles) north of Ahmednagar midway between the Ellora and Ajanta caves. Aurangabad contains a number of Western-style hotels and restaurants. Commercial tours can be arranged to the historic spots in the area. The Bib-ka-Maqbara, or so called "Mini-Taj", is also located here. This tomb was built by the Emperor Aurangzeb in memory of his wife and modeled after the Taj Mahal, built by his father. (A location within Maharashtra State. -Ed.) (EBF)

avadhoot: A spiritually advanced person who generally wears no clothes. (N2)

Avatar (also Avatara): The Christ, the Savior, the Ancient One. -Vedanta. Sufi: Rasool, Saheb-e-Zaman. (1a)

(also Avatarhood, Avataric) The total manifestation of God in human form on earth, as the Eternal Living Perfect Master; the direct descent of Reality into Illusion; the Savior, the Highest of the High, the Ancient One. Also called God-Man, the Messiah, the Buddha, the Christ, the Rasool. -Vedanta. Sufi: Saheb-e-Zaman. (1b)

God-man; the total manifestation of God in human form. The Avatar awakens contemporary humanity to a realization of its true spiritual nature, gives liberation to those who are ready, and quickens the life of the spirit in His time. (A)

...the descent of God into human form.; adj. Avataric. (C)

Literally, "descent of God"; the term refers to the appearance of God in human form which constitutes The Advent. (Da)(I)

The God-Man, Messiah, Christ. -Sanskrit. (Du)

The God-Man, The Christ; the descent of God as man on earth to make His being and His attributes more tangible to mankind. (AJ)(Gr)

the: The Incarnation of God, the Infinite in (finite (L)) human form. The God-Man, Messiah, Christ, Rasool, Saheb-e-Zaman. (N1)

the: "God-become-man." The incarnation of God, the infinite, in a finite human form. (N5)

avatar: an: An incarnation manifesting a specific divine quality. (N1)

Avatar’s Abode (Kiel Mountain/Woombye): On a sub-tropical hill in Woombye (Queensland, Australia), this 100-acre property was identified by Meher Baba as His other main centre and as a future "place of world pilgrimage". It has a few buildings and areas visited by Meher Baba during His 1958 stay, the focus of these being His room. The site features forest walks, gardens, a reception centre/library and some pilgrim accomidations. (Ke)

Avatar Meher Baba Centre, Mumbai: Visitors are always welcome at the Mumbai Avatar Meher Baba Centre. The Centre is open each evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Special meetings are held on Sundays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Avatar Meher Baba Centre (opposite Minerva Cinema), Navyug Nivas, 3rd floor, Lamington Road, Mumbai, 400 007. (EBF)

Avatar Meher Baba Centre, Pune: This centre is somewhat difficult to find. It is located on a side road behind the K.E.M. Hospital. Meher Baba gave darshan a number of times in its large hall. A wide variety of Baba books and pamphlets are also on sale here. Visitors are welcome at meetings on Mondays at 7:00 pm. Avatar Meher Baba Pune Centre, 441/1, Somwar Peth, Pune 411 001. Hours: Daily 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 to 9:00 pm. Phone: 627846. (EBF)

Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai: Hail to Avatar Meher Baba; may He be victorious, (in the sense of God being victorious over our lower self). (AJ)(Gr) (see also ki jai, ki and jai independently. -Ed.).

Avatar Meher Baba Trust: This is a public charitable organization set up by Meher Baba in 1959 and supported today by donations from Baba followers all over the world. Divided into two parts, the Trust provides for Meher Baba’s close mandali and others He named as beneficiaries, and administers a variety of other charitable projects. Recent activities at the Meherabad site of Meher Baba’s Tomb have included the development of surrounding lands, construction of residential facilities for pilgrims and staff, as well as a clinic, hospital, school buildings, and pilgrim hostel. (part of the Meher Nazar Compound, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.)(EBF)

Another reason for forming the Trust was because of persons such as K. J. Dastur writing to Meher Baba for money. With the creation of the Trust, Baba could reply that all financial matters were out of His hands. (Ka 2036 )

avataran: Coming down. (N4)

Avataric: Pertaining to the Avatar. (N5)

Avesta: See under Zoroaster. (1b)

The commentary still used today as sacred scripture among the Parsis, the basic text of which was composed by the followers of Zoroaster. (A)

The Holy Book of the Zoroastrians. (N4)

avtad: (plural of watad). The principal agents of the Qutubs (q.v.). They act as messengers of information. -Arabic. (Du)

awagawan: See: rij’at. -Hindi. (1a)

Awarif-ul-Maarif: The Gifts of Gnosis, treatise by the thirteenth century Sufi, Sheikh Suhrawardi. -Sufi. (1a)

ayn (also ain): The Essence, synonymous with zat. Also, the eye, or sight. -Sufi. (1a)

ayurvedic: An ancient Indian science of medicine based on ingesting herbs. (AJ)

Azad-e-Mutlaq: The liberated Incarnate. God in the ninth state. -Sufi. Vedanta: Jivanmukta. (1a)

See: Jivanmuktas. (1b)

Azl-ul-Azal: The Eternity of eternities. A designation of the Beyond-Beyond state of God. -Sufi. (1a)


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