Spiritual Dictionary (Abba to Aya, page 1 of 6)

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Note: CAPITALIZATION indicates a cross-reference to a related entry.

Abba-A name for God in Aramaic, which was an ancient Semitic language spoken in biblical times, especially in the area of Palestine where Christ lived, and he spoke this Palestinian dialect. Apparently it is not listed as a SACRED LANGUAGE.

Abbey-A CONVENT or MONASTERY (or monastic community) under the direction of the ABBOT, and served as islands of civilization all over Europe beginning in the century. Some were very large compounds and served as intellectual, administrative, and spiritual centers. These centers could house 1,000 people and several hundred monks and guests.

Abbot-The superior of a monastery or ABBEY.

Absolute-Represents the FUNDAMENTAL reality of all manifestation in the galaxy, with purity that is based on eternal truths or the original source. Ground zero of manifestation, or the base origin that cannot be changed or modified in any way.

Accord-To be in balance, in harmony or agreement with.

Acculturation-The alteration of an individual (or an entire culture) which is influenced by contact with a different culture. Compare with INCULTURATION.

Actualization-The realizing of one's achievement or objective in the present moment. See also SELF-ACTUALIZATION.

Addiction-Any repetitive, non-sensical behavior that affects one's life in such a way that it gives the illusion that some sort of control exists. It is detrimental to one's development in that the behavior distracts one's attention from developing in other more positive ways and it usually leads to the use of habit-forming substances. It is one of the main points used in recovery groups.

Advaita or Advaitic-A term in HINDU MYSTICISM that refers to non-dual, perceptive CONSCIOUSNESS or KNOWLEDGE.

Affirmation-A statement of positive thought regarding the determined direction that one intends to make in one's life, usually in the area of self-improvement.

Afterlife-Continued existence after death, described by some religions as the opportunity to learn things that have not been learned on the earth plane, and to move to a higher plane in the world beyond. Some authors have stated that any scientific or experimental facts regarding the existence of an afterlife would be revolutionary, world-shaking information.

Afterworld-The location of existence after death.


Agnostic-A person who does thinks that it is impossible to know one way or the other if a GOD exists, but does not discount the possibility that one does exist. Basically, it means "it cannot be known".

Ahimsa-In HINDUISM and JAINISM, the practice of non-violence to all living things, and therefore declaring the belief of the SACREDNESS and respect of all living creatures.

Allah-The Muslim (Muslum) name for the SUPREME BEING.

Ahriman (AH-re-mahn)-The spirit of evil in ZOROASTRIANISM.

Allegory-A narrative in a story with characters and events that have symbolic meaning or evoke mental images, ideas or principles. Compare to METAPHOR.

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