the philosophy of
pertaining to the Atman.
Incarnation of God.
the sacred energy center located at
the ‘third eye’, in the center of the forehead.
the sacred energy center located in
the ‘heart area.’
Lord Brahma is the
Creator, the first of the Hindu Trinity.
the Supreme Reality;
non-dual, formless pure Awareness.
the seven sacred energy
centers within the spine of man.
Seeing a Saint. (In Sai
Baba's ashrams, 'darshan' specifically refers to Baba's
walking out among the devotees, giving everyone a chance to see
dreams given by God to His devotees, in which a form of God
With a capital ‘G’, the word implies a fully Self-Realized
divine wisdom of the
highest order. (One who truly has Jnana has reached
the Goal of Life.)
one who has attained
full Realization of the Atman. The term is most
often applied to those who have attained Realization via the
path of Self-enquiry.
the cosmic law of cause
and affect; ‘As you sow, so shall you reap.’
a red powder used in
the worship of the Divine Mother.
the spiritual force
latent within man, which remains dormant unless awakened through
divine play, or sport.
Many Hindus believe the whole universe is a ‘leela’, a play of
a symbol of the Supreme Reality, used in the worship of Lord
Maha: a prefix meaning 'great'.
‘Great Divine Incarnation’.
Maya: The cosmic illusion;
the power which veils the truth and keeps us stuck in bondage.
Moksa (also: Moksha): The
final spiritual Liberation, i.e., Self-Realization.
Muladhara Chakra: the sacred
energy center located at the base of the spine.
Nilayam: ‘The abode of…’.
Pada Puja: foot-worship
Paramatma: Supreme Divine
Parashakti: a name of the
Divine Mother, meaning ‘Supreme Power’.
Parvati: one form of the
Divine Mother. (Parvati is the consort of Lord Shiva.)
Poornavatar: a full
incarnation of God.
Prashanti: Supreme Peace.
Prema: Divine Love.
Puja: worship ceremony.
Purushartha: the spiritual
Goal of Life, i.e., Self-Realization.
Puttaparthi: the town in
Andhra Pradesh, South India, where Sai Baba’s “Prashanti Nilayam”
ashram is located.
Rishis: the ancient Hindu
Rasa dance: Krishna's dance
with the Gopis, in which He manifested Himself into many
different forms so He could personally dance with each Gopi.
Sadhaks: dedicated full-time
Sadhana: spiritual practices
such as meditation, contemplation, Self-enquiry, and repetition
of the Divine Name.
Sakti: Divine Power; also, a
name of the Divine Mother.
Samadhi: a state of Yogic
absorption in the Supreme Being, in which the mind is completely
Shirdi: the town in
Maharashtra where Shirdi Sai Baba lived.
Siddhis: Yogic powers, i.e.,
the power to work miracles.
Subramaniam: The second son
of Lord Shiva and Parvati.
Tantra: an ancient spiritual
path. (‘Right-handed tantra’ involves worship of the
Divine Mother through mantras and meditation, whereas
‘Left-handed tantra’ additionally involves the direct use of
sexual energy and, sometimes, intoxicants, to awaken the
spiritual power within man.)
Vasanas: mental tendencies;
oft-repeated patterns of thought and action which create
unwanted habits and mental bondage.
Venkateshwara: a form of Lord
Vishnu, worshipped in Tirupathi, Tamil Nadu.
Vibhuti: ‘sacred ash’, often
manifested by Sai Baba for His devotees. Vibhuti carries
a spiritual and/or medicinal blessing.
Vishnu: the ‘Preserver’ in
the great Hindu Trinity, ‘Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.’ Many
Hindus worship Vishnu as the Supreme Lord.
Yoga: the many-branched
science of attaining union with God.
Yogi: one who has attained
union with God through the practice of Yoga.
the sacred syllable “OM”.