Combined 1882 and 1891 Glossaries

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Abracadabra: Abrakad'abra was a monotonous prayer, set in the form of a triangle, of short and discon­nected sentences, so arranged that it was without beginning or ending, the which a person might repeat over and over to induce sleep or trance. Persons who practiced casting themselves in trance by this method were called Abracadabras. The following is a sample prayer:

O Mighty One! I am devoured with sin. Im­merse me in You, O my Father in Heaven! Hide me, so that I will be no more forever! Death I covet, O All One! Sweet world in pain; Death in life! Mighty Creator! Blessed! Heavenly! Amen! Ex­tinguish my iniquities! Make me as nothing! I want to be a saint. Talk to me, O High Ruler, Who made me before I knew it! O Mighty, All Perceiving! Holy, Holy, above all else! What am I that I should call upon You? You know all. I am not hidden. My flesh is dead even while I live. Remove all that is foul in me! Come near me, if only for once, O Mighty One! I could be destroyed by a stroke of Your hand, O All One! I am merely a waste particle in Your creation. Give me the obliterating stroke! Purify me, O Father, or blot me out! O Mighty One! You, Who are never seen, though the print of Your presence is all around me! Glory to You, on high, O Mighty One! How fearfully You made me! Take out that which is dead in me, and lo I am not! Take out that which is life in me, and lo I am not! Hallowed be Your works, O Father! All Holy be Your hidden name! Mighty and everlasting! I dare not call You by Your name, O Father! Holiness is in the thought of You; but words blot You. Take me into You, so that I shall be lost forever! Now I am going! Hold me, O Father! My vision is clouding. O You All Creator! O You Mighty One! Swallow me up, so that I am no more! Immerse me in Your Being! Make me all forgetfulness, forever! I rest in You, for­ever. Amen! O You Mighty One! You All Holy! One, and one only forever! Amen! Blessed are Your works! Blessed are my songs of You! Blessed is all Your creation! Blessed are All Your sons and daughters, forever! Amen! O You Mighty One!

You everlasting Creator! O Mighty One!

When the prayer Abrakadabra [sic] was given to a man, it was from mouth to ear, and never written. The receiver was told that on learning it he should forever keep it a secret, and only reveal it to one person just before his death. He was told also that it had power to induce the trance state in himself; ­and this he usually believed, hence it was universally effective. Persons who thus attained to the self‑­trance state became oblivious to pain and to all knowledge of things around them for a certain period of time, which was generally marked out by themselves beforehand. In this trance, the person often worked what was then called miracles. When he applied himself to heal the sick, he made the sick one keep repeating the word "Abrakadabra." This of course also had its faith effect on the sick one, in which case a healing was sure to take place. The word is pronounced Abraka, as if written aub, rau, kau, and d'aub, rau, with the accents on kau, and on the final rau; or, in the English language as if written ob re kaw', de ob raw'.

The meaning of the word in the ancient tongue is: Ab: Something is, as the earth and sky. Things move. I am, and I move. My hand moves. Life in me makes my hand move. Therefore life is primus; |1731| motion comes afterward. Life in me causing motion shows that life moves all the universe. It is the I AM, self‑existent everywhere. We now have corpor, motion and life, three in one. This is the foundation of the problem, and is called ab. Ra: Things move two ways, to life and from life. One is creating and coming together, and the other is going away from, as destruction or death. This is ra, the second part of the problem.

I cannot exist separate from thinking, nor can my life move even my hand without thinking. Therefore thinking is before life itself. I could not think if I had not inherited it from the I AM. Therefore He is the Knowledge pervading all life and all corporeal things. This thinking is ka. D'ab is the fourth proposition in the problem, signifying a creation coming out of the first and second. For as ab stands for general creation, life and coming together, motion, etc., so d'ab signifies that which creates out of the evil creation, or lesser creation. As man sins against creation if he kills. Thus he becomes a creator himself, but of death. This is d'ab.

Ra: the fifth part of the problem, which is evil in crossing conditions of earth. I may plan war, but of my own self kill not; but my soldiers do the killing. My thoughts, my life and my powers are directed to evil creation. I am the d'ab ra, or evil creator. Ra alone is sin, evil, destruction, death; but he who stands behind as the inventive mind is the creator of sin, the d'ab ra.

At least such was the doctrine of the ancients. They held that the word was the digest of all things into five simple problems. Moreover, they taught that to repeat the word over and over put man in conjunc­tion with the I AM in all holiness. [See 20/32.7; but there is also a tablet called Abracadabra, see 20/34.16; 37/5.30-31.]




































































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A'du: Death. [see 04/4.17]

Agni: Fire or light, especially without combustion, as spirit lights, a pillar of fire by day, as with the Israelites going out of Egypt. [See e.g.,05/13.4; 35/D.17, 72, 74.]   (see image only)



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A'ji: Semi-dark. A dense region in etherea which sometimes descends to the earth. Less than nebula. [see 35/D.56]   (see image only)



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Algonquin: The United States of the North American Indians before their destruction by the Christians. See O‑pah‑Egoquim. [See 24/27.48-49; also, Saphah is filled with cited Algonquin words and ceremonies.]   (see image only)



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Anash: A wicked tongue; one of the Hebrew seven tetracts (evil dispositions within man). [see 10/13.9-11; 11/1.68]   (see image only)



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Angel: A spirit man or woman. (The word, spirit, does not define whether man or animal, but is sometimes used instead of angel.); see Spirit. [see e.g., 04/2.1]   (see image only)



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Anubi: God of the scales. Sometimes called, God of Justice. See plate of Anubi i051, with ceremonies, Saphah 35/V. [also see, e.g., 25/4.4-6; 25/7.1-3]

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Aph: The God who submerged the continent of Pan. See Aph 10/ and account of the flood.

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Apollo: The God to whom was assigned the duty of beautifying mortals in form and figure. See Book of Apollo 14/. He had many names, as Soodhga, So Gow, Choo-­Choo, Sudghda, and so on; but the meaning is the same, whether in Chinese, Hindu, Greek, Latin or English. [also see, e.g., 15/3.10]

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Apostrophe: Something omitted, but which in this history is of no importance. [There are Innumerable examples throughout Oahspe. For example, with the name Ah'shong, there are sounds between the Ah and the shong, but perhaps unpronounceable and unrepresentable in mortal language. For instance, in the English language, there is no symbol for the sound of a staccato clicking of the tip of the tongue sucking against the gum line of the upper front teeth, sometimes referred to by writers as tsk, tsk, tsk. || Therefore, in the place where such a sound occurred in a word, an apostrophe would be placed there instead.

Hence, as we have been taught, an apostrophe is used for contraction of a word.]


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Archangels: Angels next in rank to Gods, who dwell in certain arcs in etherea. They generally come in the dawn of a cycle to give new inspiration to mortals.   (see image only)



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Asaphs: Angels in heaven whose office it is to receive the spirit when a mortal dies, and bear it to the place prepared for it. They are in organic associations. Their rank is next below ashars.

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Ashars: Guardian angels who are appointed over mortals, to be with them during life. They deliver the spirit in time of death into the hands of the asaphs. They also keep the record of the mortal, which is also given to the asaphs in heaven, along with the newborn spirit. Ashars are next in rank to loo'is. See word loo'is.   (see image only)



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Asu, or Adam: The first race of man. Did not walk upright. (see image only) [see 04/6.11; also image i013 (with text)]



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Atmospherea: Substances or worlds that are intermediate in condition between etherea and corporea. [see 04/2.1-10, especially 04/2.8-10; also see 35/D.121]   (see image only)



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Aven: Evil actions. One of the seven Hebrew tetracts (evil dispositions within man). [see 10/13.9-11; 11/1.68; 21/11.4]   (see image only)

Avom lights: Such as are adapted to the company. [At 20/9.9, avom would mean a decrease of light, to suit the company; being a soft pleasant light, in no way threatening, but more like an attractively warm light that perhaps doesn't unduly call attention to itself, yet in whose presence one feels safe and secure.]


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Babel: Confounded by compounding too many things together, as the Yi-haic language.

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Beast: The animal man. The earthly part of man. Anything that is enforced, as a religion.

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Belyyaal: One of the seven Hebrew tetracts (evil dispositions within man). Hypocrisy crawling. [see 10/13.9-11; 11/1.68; 21/11.4]

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Brah or Brahman: Wisdom, knowledge. Brah was the founder of Brahmanism (the first and true), and was contemporaneous with Abram, or Abraham. Under the false God, Ennochissa, the word Brahma or bra'hma became synonymous with warrior.

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Bride and Bridegroom: The emancipated degree of angels in heaven; a title bequeathed to all those who have gone beyond the bound heavens, atmospherea, and who are free from the Gods and Saviors. As we say of man at twenty-one years [1880s], he is free from his father; he is strong enough to go alone.

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Budha: Wisdom, knowledge, But afterward, under the false God, Kabalactes, the word budha [Buddha] became synonymous with warrior.

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