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Dictionary of Spiritual Terms – M

spiritual dictionary Dictionary of Spiritual Terms - M Dictionary of Spiritual Terms - M pic1Mahad: Ego.

Mahakavaya: The 4 upanishad`s on the reality of the self.

Mahamritunjaya: Universal Shiv Mantra.

Maithun: Sexual desire.

Mala: String of 108 beads Tulsi,Rudras,Sandlewood,Coral.

Mandala: The word comes from the sanskrit and means sacred circle. The circle symbolizes the womb of creation.

Mandalas are geometric designs that are made through uniform divisions of a circle. The divisions are symbols that embody the mathematical principles found throughout creation and reveal the inner workings of nature and the inherent order of the universe. mandalas translate complex mathematical expressions into simple shapes and forms.

Mandalas act as a bridge between the different dimensions or realms. They are gateways that link your consciousness to realms of archetypes. For thousands of years mandala’s have served as a means to expanded thinking. The images are beyond language and the rational mind. They bring about wisdom of universal knowledge and a deeper understanding of human consciousness.

Yantras are a particular field of mandala imagery. They are a visual representation of the harmonic tones of mantras. By directing your thoughts to these archetypal planes you can attune your consciousness with the harmony of universal consciousness.

Sri Yantra is the most revered of all the Hindu yantras. It is sometimes known as the Yantra of Creation. The Sri Yantra is believed to be the image of the ‘Om’ mantra. In the Hindu tradition the sound ‘Om’ is understood to be the sound of creation. If the sound ‘Om’ is transformed into a visual representation displayed on a screen (throught the use of a tonoscope) it produces a circle. As the tone is completed the circle is filled with squares, triangles and finally as the tone dies away the Sri Yantra

Meditation: A discipline in which the mind is focused on a single point of reference. Employed since ancient times in various forms by all religions, the practice gained greater notice in the postwar U.S. as interest in Zen Buddhism rose. Meditation is now used by many nonreligious adherents as a method of stress reduction; known to lower levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress. Enhances recuperation and improves the body’s resistance to disease.

Mantra: Common to Hinduism and Buddhism. A word or syllable, usually sacred. It is used as an object of concentration and repeated constanly whilst in a meditative state. It is believed to embody some aspect of spiritual power and bring into being the reality it represents. Use of such mantras usually requires initiation by a guru, or spiritual teacher.

One of the most popular spiritual mantras is the sound ‘Om’ (see above)

Maya: Illusion of the world.

Medium: A person who acts as a spiritual itermediary between the living and the dead.

Metaphysical: It means that which is beyond what can be grasped by the senses. The term comes from Aristotle, who meant by it some form of theological philosophy, but it means something else in today’s world. The modern media often use the word to mean the same thing as ‘spiritual’. There is lots of overlap, but the two words refer to different things. ‘Spiritual’ refers to the realm of spirits. ‘Metaphysical’ refers to that which underlies everything, of which spirits are a part. ‘Metaphysics’ deals with questions like, “what is real?”, “what is important?” and “what is true?”.

Metaphysics: A field of abstract thought and philosophy about topics not on the concrete or physical level of understanding. This includes subjects like existence, the soul, being, the supernatural, astral travel and psychicism.

Metempsychosis: A belief in which the soul goes from one body to another, until either time ends or the soul is made pure or complete. This belief is older than recorded history, and was probably a feature of the early religions of the Indo-Europeans and South Asians. It is fully present in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Judaism, medieval Kabbalists developed a limited form of it. In Greek philosophy, Plato was its best-known supporter; it was Plato’s followers who first used the term. Through Plato, it influenced some early Christians, including Origen. Yet, Augustine of Hippo argued vigorously against it, and it was eventually condemned at the Council of Florence in 1439. Metempsychosis conflicts with Christian belief in resurrection of the entire person, a belief that does not separate the body and the spirit from the soul. Metempsychosis treats the body as a ‘container’ that’s not an essential part of who we are. Thus it stands with gnosticism in not treating the physical world and bodily life as being real or of any ultimate value.

Moksha: Liberation.

Monad: The Monad is the spark of god within each person. In the beginning the Monads were the divine sparks of the Creator. Each Monad created twelve souls. Each soul then created twelve personalities or soul extensions. The soul extension is that which is able to be birthed into three dimensional existence.

Monism: The belief that all that exists is rooted in one single essence or reality: all is one, we are united with each other, and the essence of that oneness is what we call ‘god’.

Monotheism: The belief in one God. The term is applied particularly to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Mooldhara: First pranic centre or chakra located at the bottom of the spine.

Mukti: Freedom liberation.

Mysticism: A belief that beyond the visible material world there is a spiritual reality which may be called God that people may experience through meditation, revelation, intuition, or other states that takes the individual beyond a normal consciousness.