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Paramology glossary

This Paramology glossary pertains to the "middle level" of understanding, since the higher obviously is beyond words and concepts :-)

The Absolute - the Absolute Reality. This term is used by Plotinus to describe the ultimate reality, which he also refers to as The One.

Absolute Consciousness - the same as The Absolute Reality; it is suggested here that the Absolute Reality by its very nature must also be Conscious(ness), but in a completely non-dual way. Likewise non-dual consciousness cannot be anything other than (an aspect of) the Absolute. more

Absolute Reality - all that is, the ultimate reality, the Absolute, the True nature of things, beyond the partial perspectives of "Godhead" and "Void" - more

Aspect - as defined here, a partial but still totally valid element of a larger Totality

Avatar - an incarnation or descent of the Supreme in physical (human or nonhuman) form

Consciousness (with a capital "C"), totally non-dual awareness, an attribute or aspect of Absolute Consciousness

Descent - the transformation of a lower hypostasis by a higher one

The Divine - term used bySri Aurobindo and the Mother as an alternative to "God". As used here, the Divine refers to any quasipersonal aspect or activity of the Supreme. the reference is to the "religious" or "numinous" nature of the aspect or process, without the religious baggage of excluvism and judgmentalism that accompanies the lower understanding

Formless - lacking form or characteristics. May be either Impersonal or Quasipersonal, although, as explained in the Buddhist term shunyata, ultimately these terms are meaningless since the Absolute is beyond conceptiual characteristics

God - either (Lower Understanding) an allegorical term for the Absolute Reality, or a religious term for the Personal Aspect of the Divine, or else (Middle Understanding) any of the Gods or Archetypes of the Kosmos (manifest existence) worshipped to the exclusion of other Gods/Archetypes, or an ahrimanic thoughtform which is concerned with the negation or denial of higher spiritual realities. Because of the ambiguity resulting from these three very different definitions, it is recommended that other terms be used for philsophical precison is required

God(s) - any of the cosmic or Archetypal Personalities of the Supreme

Godhead - a term for the higher aspect of the Divine, which includes but also transcends the Personal

Hypostasis - (as defined here, in the Plotinian sense) underlying Divine or Absolute Reality, the Truth or Foundation or Essence or Support or Cause of a thing more

Immanent - pervading creation or the Kosmos. The opposite of transcendent (although ultimately the distinction between transcendent and immanent are transcended in the Supreme)

Impersonal - lacking characteristics or a Personality aspect, the Buddhist shunyata or Advaitin nirguna brahman

Logos - (as defined here) the intelligent activity of a higher hypostasis in or as the hypostasis immediately below it. (from Plotinus, but also in the sense of the dynamic aspect of the Absolute or Divine found in Philo and Sufism)

Manifest Absolute - term used here as an alternative to Sri Aurobindo's "Sat", "Chit-Tapas", "Ananda" and "Supermind" (the latter here is called the Noetic Absolute) ("Upper Hemisphere"). The aspect of the Absolute Reality that possesses qualities or attributes such as Sachchidananda. See also The Supreme. more

Noetic - of the nature of Mind or Consciousness, also, an aspect of the Noetic Absolute

Noetic Absolute - term used here as an alternative to Sri Aurobindo's "Supermind" (the latter being somewhat ambiguous in English). The dynamic aspect of the Manifest Absolute. Equivalent to "the Logos" in Sufi and some other theologies. May also be equivalent to the term "God" in the broader sense. See also The Supreme. more

Personal - relating to the Individual, having characteristics or a Personality aspect (in Vedanta - saguna), the opposite of formless, also the opposite of Impersonal

Personality - the Personal aspect of a Cosmic or Divine being.

Quasipersonal - having or taking on Personal aspects or attributes, but not limited or totally defined by them. May include elements of both Personal and Impersonal

Sachchidananda (also spelt Sacchidananda and Sat-Chit-Ananda): having the qualities of Reality, Non-dual Consciousness, and Bliss and Delight. In Indian philosophy, these are the qualities and attributes of the Absolute Reality. According to Sri Aurobindo, these are expressed in the planes of infinite Sat, infinite Chit-Tapas, and infinite Ananda (see Manifest Absolute)

Shakti - a or any dynamic or manifesting aspect or activity of Absolute Reality, the Supreme, or the Divine

Shunyata - variously translated as "void", "emptiness", or even "openness"; Buddhist term for that aspect of the Absolute Reality or the Divine that does not possess qualities, or it does these are not apparent to or accessable by the relative consciousness

The Supreme - term used by Sri Aurobindo to describe the ultimate reality. He used it both as a synonym for Absolute Reality and the Absolute in Manifestation or Supermind (here: the Noetic Absolute). As defined here, the Supreme refers to any quasipersonal aspect or activity of the Transcendent Manifest Absolute, and especially to the Noetic Absolute. The Supreme in manifestation or activity (see shakti) experienced in an immanent or personal way can be called the Divine

Thought Form - in this context, a human-created mental formation that is a collective response to the actrivity of a Personality. As to this personality aspect, it could be said that a thought form exists and can be created or plugged into - eg Mary, kwan Yin, the personality of God, The Supreme, the ongoing process of the creative aspect, or the void, or anything else.

Transcendent - totally beyond, or else descending into to transform, creation or the Kosmos. The opposite of immanent (although ultimately the distinction between transcendent and immanent are transcended in the Supreme)

Unmanifest Absolute - the aspect of the Absolute Reality that does not possesses qualities or attributes, and is transcendent in relation to the Kosmos. Note, this is not necessarily the same as Impersonal or Formless - more

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