Symbols of the world's religions


The Master's Glossary

Edition One

Frank Davis


wada: A mixture of mashed potatoes and seasoning, combined with other vegetables such as peas, which is rolled in a batter of chick-pea flour and deep-fried. (I)

wahdat-ul-shuhud: Literally, unity of witness. Apparentism. -Sufi. (1a)

wahdat-ul-wujud: Literally, unity of existence. Identityism. -Sufi. (1a)

wahdiyat: Conscious Oneness. -Sufi. (1a)

wahdiyat-e-wahdiyat: Conscious Oneness conscious of Oneness-in-Manyness. This is the consciousness of haqiqat-e-Muhammadi in the alam-e-hahut (sphere of Mastery). -Sufi. (1a)

wahidiyat: Oneness consciousness of manyness. The tauhid of Illusion. -Sufi. (1a)

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

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

wali (also vali, abrar, wali Allah): Literally, friend. One who has wilayat, q.v. Frequently used in a more restricted sense to mean a saint on the fifth plane. -Sufi. Vedanta: mahapurush. (1a)

Literally, friend of God; one who is on the fifth plane of consciousness. -Sufi. Vedanta: mahapurush, sant. (1b)

Literally, friend; frequently used in a more restricted sense to mean a saint. (C)

Literally, friend. A friend of God; one who has wilayat. More specifically, a fifth plane saint. (N2) -Arabic. Arabic plural: awliya. Plural: walis -English. (Du)

In a special sense, a friend of God, or someone on the fifth plane of consciousness. (N5)

wali Allah: Literally, a friend of God. A wali. -Sufi. (1a)

walla (or wala): Used as a suffix to indicate one’s trade or role. Literally means "man". (Da)

A suffix denoting an agent, doer, owner, possessor, keeper, or inhabitant*. (N2) -Hindi. (Du)

*as in guy or gal in the context of: A taxi guy (a tongawalla), that blonde gal, the motivated one, etc. Right now you’re a readingwalla. It has been said by Bhau that this generation just after Baba’s dropping the physical form who’ve been drawn to Baba are "Bananawala"; i.e., reincarnations of those many who had received Baba’s banana prasad from the numerous mass darshan programs in the last life. (-Ed.)

Wankadia, Jehangir: Jehangir Wankadia stayed in Bangalore for a month. (Ka 2445 )

waqif: Literally, one who knows. A gross-conscious soul. -Sufi. (1a)

waqt: An age of 65-125 years duration. There are eleven ages in each cycle. -Sufi. Vedanta: kal. (1a)

Wara-ul-Wara: God in State I. The Beyond-Beyond state of God. -Sufi. Vedanta: Paratpar Parabrahma. (1a)

wasif: Literally, praiser. A subtle-conscious soul. -Sufi. (1a)

watch: From the beginning a disciple would be on watch by Meher Baba’s side at night, and no one was allowed to enter His room unless called. (Ka 2202 )

Wayfarers, The: A book by William Donkin, describing Meher Baba’s work with masts. Published 1948 by Adi K. Irani, in India. (1a)

A full and superbly written account of Meher Baba’s unique work with the God-intoxicated is given in The Wayfarers by Dr. William Donkin. Published 1948. (G)

wazifa: A mantra, q.v. -Sufi. (1a) -Arabic. (Du)

wicket: In the game of cricket, the sticks at either end of the playing field. (I)

wilayat: Literally, friendship (with God). The state of a soul on the fifth and sixth planes. -Sufi. (1a)

Literally, friendship (with God). The state of a soul on the fifth or sixth planes. (N2)

work, Baba’s: No one knows exactly what this work is, but it is accomplished during the Advent of the Avatar. (Da)

". . . butter, bread and shoes." Referred to household details. In other words, Baba did not wish to deal with such gross worldly matters during this period of intense contact with masts. (Ka 2377 )

See also sexuality, boy, toilets and Universal Work. -Ed.

wujud: Literally, existence. -Sufi. (1a)

arif-ul-wajud: Knower of existence (knowing existence), descriptive of the Qutub in the sphere of Mastery (alam-e-hahut). Corresponds to the second manifestation (tajalli-e-dovvom). (1a)

mumkin-ul-wujud: Possible existence, of a soul in the subtle sphere (alam-e-malakut). Corresponds to the fourth manifestation (tajalli-e-chaharom). (1a)

mumtan-ul-wujud: Negative existence, of a soul in the mental sphere (alam-e-jabrut). Corresponds to the third manifestation (tajalli-e-sevvom). (1a)

wahid-ul-wujud: Unitary existence, the conscious oneness (ahadiyat) experienced by the Majzoob in the sphere of perfection (alam-e-lahut). Corresponds to the first manifestation (tajalli-e-avval). (1a)

wajib-ul-wujud: Necessary existence, of the normal gross-conscious individual in the gross sphere (alam-e-nasut). Corresponds to the fifth manifestation (tajalli-e-panjom). (1a)

Wujud-e-Mutlaq: The Absolute Existence. -Sufi. (1a)

wujudat: Existence. -Sufi. (1a)

khamsa wujudat: The five kinds of existence. See: wujud. (1a)

Wujudiyyah: The Sufi school of Identityism, whose views are comparable to the Advaita school of Vedanta. -Sufi. (1a)



ya: Oh! (N4)

yakka: A species of bamboo. (N5)

yaqin: Certainty. Conviction. -Sufi. (1a) -Arabic. (Du)

ain-ul-yaqin: The conviction of sight, which comes by seeing God face to face on the sixth plane. -Sufi. Vedanta: antar drishti. (1a) -Arabic. (Du)

Haqq-ul-yaqin: The certainty of Realization. -Sufi. (1a) -Arabic. (Du)

ilm-ul-yaqin: Intellectual conviction based on rock-like faith. -Sufi. (1a) -Arabic. (Du)

urf-ul-yaqin: The certainty of Gnosis of the Avatar and Perfect Masters, who use their Knowledge to help souls in bondage. -Sufi. (1a) -Arabic. (Du)

yaqin-ul-yaqin: Conviction of souls on the first through the fifth plane. -Sufi. (1a) -Arabic. (Du)

Yazdan (also Yezdan): Almighty God. (L)(N2) -Zoroastrian, (Avestan). (Du) Vedanta: Paramatma. Sufi: Allah. (1a)

Almighty God. See also Ahuramazda. Cf. Oversoul, Glossary Part I. -Avestan. (1b)

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

Yezdan is one of the Zoroastrian Names for God. (I, pg. 56)

yoga: Literally, union. The state of an individual when his life of action and thought is totally in harmony with the very source of his being. -Vedanta. (1a)

Yoking, union; disciplined activity or way of life. See also bhakti-yoga; dnyan-yoga; karma-yoga. -Vedanta. (1b)

Restraining of the mind; disciplining the activity of consciousness. (A)

Union; physical exercises that develop the body and ultimately lead to union with God. (AJ)

A way of traversing the Path toward union. (C)

Literally, union. In the sense of seeking union with God. (Gr)

Literally, union. The method and practice leading to conscious union of the human being with the Divine Principle (God (N5)). (N2) Defined by Meher Baba as "you go", (i.e., you cease to identify with your lower self).

bhakti yoga: The yoga of love or devotion. -Vedanta. (1a) -Sanskrit. (Du)

dnyan yoga: The yoga of knowledge. -Vedanta. (1a) -Sanskrit. (Du)

karma yoga: The yoga of action. -Vedanta. (1a)

The life of perfect action, wherein proper adjustment between material and spiritual aspects of life is observed. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Patanjali yoga: Yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras, aphorisms written by Patanjali ca. 300 BC-Sanskrit. (Du)

raj yoga (also raja yoga): Yoga by means of meditation and contemplation. -Vedanta. (1a)

The yoga of kingship, or mastery, over the mind. -Sanskrit. (Du)

yoga-bhrashta: An aspirant who has a setback or downfall on the spiritual path. -Vedanta. (1b)

yoga-marga: The way of yoga. (C)

yoga-samadhi: A trance induced by yogic practices. (N6)

yogananda: The bliss experienced by yogis in samadhi, q.v. -Sanskrit. (Du)

yogayoga sanskaras: The nonbinding sanskaras (impressions) of the Perfect Ones who return to normal consciousness; the impressions of the inpressionless Ones. (1b)

yogi (also yogin): = sadhak: One who traverses the Path. -Vedanta. Sufi: rahrav. (1a)

(plural, -s); One who practices or has attained yoga; an aspirant. See also karma-yogi; sadhak. -Vedanta. Sufi: rahrav. (1b)

A man practicing yoga. (A)

One who traverses the Path. (C)

A soul who is traversing the spiritual Path. One who practices yoga. (L)(N2) -Sanskrit. Plural: yogis -English. (Du)

yuga: A cycle of time, of about 700 to 1400 year’s duration, which begins whenever the Avatar appears. (N2) -Sanskrit. (Du) -Vedanta. Sufi: daor, zaman. (1a)

See also Kalanki. –Ed.

Yusuf: See Jesus. –Ed.

Yuz (also Yuzu): See Jesus. –Ed.


zaman: = yuga. -Sufi. (1a)

zat: God’s divine essence. -Sufi. (1a)

Zat-al-Baht: The pure essence. A designation of the Beyond-Beyond state of God. -Sufi. (1a)

zikr: The repetition of God’s name. (N6)

(See also japas. -Ed.)

zil: Literally, footnote; appendix, tail. God’s illusory manifestation. -Sufi. (1a)

Zoroaster (also Zarathustra): The ancient Avatar who lived in Iran, (dates uncertain. (L)) one of the earliest of whom we have records. (1a)(Du)(Gr)(N2)

The Avatar (q.v., Glossary Part I) whose teachings come to us through Zoroastrianism and the Avesta. (1b)

The earliest known Avatar for this cycle of time; His teachings, the Avesta, the bible for the Zoroastrians, stress "Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds." (I)

Zoroastrian: A follower of Zoroastrianism, a life affirming Indo-Iranian religion, established by Zoroaster; still living on in Gabar communities of Persia and the Parsis of Mumbai. (A)


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