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Dictionary of Spiritual Terms – D

spiritual dictionary dictionary of spiritual terms - d Dictionary of Spiritual Terms - D pic1Daemon: A Greek word for spirit.

Darsham: Devine vision.

Death: The permanent end of physical life.

Deva: Divine Being.

Dharama: The devine law which is the way of righteousness and is ones true nature/duty and obligations.

Dharana: Concentration of the mind.

Dhyana: Contemplation, higher concentration-state contentment, meditation, awareness.

Diksha: Initiation.

Discipleship: A disciple is one who undertakes the discipline of his/her teacher. Thus, discipleship is about learning what that discipline is, learning how to follow. It’s part education, part mentoring, part apprenticeship, but it goes a step beyond it. Disciples not only take in what they are taught and what they learn from being with the teacher, they take it into their core identity, so that it defines who they are.

Divination: A method of inquiring into a situation through tools, some examples of divination are scrying, tarot and runes.

Divine: Divine means from God or God like. In other words something heavenly.

Dogma: A teaching in a religion that is seen as part of that religion’s core tradition, spelled out in some specific way that is considered definitive or authoritative. Dogmas are common to most religions, and sometimes non-religious systems. The Roman Catholic Church still believes it can declare Christian dogma; other Christians do not accept that any one body can issue dogma, or even that there is such a definitive thing as ‘dogma’. Today, the word ‘dogma’ has a negative feel to it, because dogmas have been used by those in authority to limit freedom.

Drashta: Seer,awareness experience of the self. Culmination of meditation.

Dreams: A mental process, usually in the form of a series of imagined events occurring during certain phases of sleep. A dream is an interface between the process of life and our conscious personality. Dreams can be an expression of what is happening in the physical body. They can be a source of insight and information derived from our memory, experience and subconscious. Dreams can be a means to the solving of problems and can be used to access a world beyond our physical realm.