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Macrocosm The greater body of manifestation in which we (the microcosm) live.


Mahachohan Lord of Civilisation. Head of the third great department of the Hierarchy. Embodiment of the 3rd ray or 3rd aspect of Deity - Active Intelligence, which gives birth to the 4 rays of attribute.


Mahamanvantara A great cycle of manifestation for a solar system. A "manvantara" is a lesser cycle within this greater cycle, but still of vast duration by human standards - 308,448,000 years.


Maitreya Buddha Forthcoming Buddha of Compassion. The Christ.


Manas The mind, the mental faculty, that which distinguishes the human from mere animal. The individualising principle; that which enables the individual to know that he or she exists, feels and knows. Divided into two parts - higher mind/lower mind.


Mandala A mystical diagram in which are drawn symbols representing aspects of Deity, and used to invoke that energy.


Mantrams A form of words or syllables rhythmically arranged, so that when sounded, certain vibrations are generated. "The word made flesh."


Manu The representative name of the great Being who is the Ruler or primal progenitor of the human race. "Manu" and "Manas" come from the sanskrit root "man" - "to think".


Manvantara Period of activity as opposed to a period of rest. Frequently used to express a period of planetary activity and its seven races.


Maya Illusion on the physical plane; that which the whole planet is enmeshed. The result of manifestation; an aspect of time; the world of physical forces in which we dwell; related to the form-building activity of the planetary Logos Himself. (see "Glamour")


Masonry Ancient esoteric tradition whereby an attempt is made to align with the forces of Deity, through ritual, allegory and symbol, and thereby anchor those forces upon the physical plane. The "Builders" of Masonry are an allegory for the building, by the soul, of the causal body. Some more modern orders admit women.


Master One who has taken the fifth Planetary initiation and the first Sirian or Cosmic initiation; a Master of the Wisdom is One Who has effected the transfer or polarisation from the three atoms of the personal life - as included in the causal body - into the three atoms of the Spiritual Triad. He is consciously spirit-intuition-abstract mind or Atma-Buddhi-manas, and this is not potentially but in full effective power, realized through experience; One Who knows the meaning of consciousness, Life and of Spirit (see Adept).


Mayavi Rupa Sanskrit "illusory form". Body of manifestation created by a Master through an act of will, for use in the three worlds.


Meditation The means by which the higher consciousness is contacted; the result of an inward-turning tendency, of the capacity to abstract the consciousness from form and substance and to center within itself; the mind's power to hold itself steady in the light; a technique of the mind which eventually produces correct, unimpeded relationship, another name for alignment; the establishment of a direct channel between one source, the Monad, and its expression. (see Alignment)


Microcosm The little universe, or a human manifesting through its body, the physical body.


Mind The mental faculty that attracts, repels, coordinates and produces cohesion. (see Manas)


Monad The immortal essence of ourselves which uses the soul to incarnate through, just as the soul incarnates through our personality. The One. The threefold spirit on its own plane. The unified triad of atma, buddhi and manas - Spiritual Will, intuition, and Higher Mind - or the immortal part of the unit which reincarnates in the lower kingdoms and gradually progresses through them to the final goal; dynamic will or purpose remaining unrevealed until after the third initiation; Life, the sustaining force; a Lord of persevering and ceaseless devotion to the pursuit of a seen and determined objective; Human Monads in their seven types are found on the plane of spirit as it is the plane of duality. The deva Monads are also found there.


Monadic consciousness The great universal Oneness: Life, the sustaining force - the unified triad of Spiritual Will, intuition, and Higher Mind. Monadic consciousness embodies divine life - purpose and intent, and uses the soul in order to demonstrate through that soul the inherent purpose of deity. Building of the bridge between lower and higher mind is the first step towards achieving monadic consciousness, and thus the first step towards the Way of the Higher Evolution.


Mother of the World Great "deva lord" who embodies the substance of all planes of perception. She is responsible for the Law of Karma working out through her many deva "agents".


Nadi A channel for the conveying of prana in the etheric vehicle.


New Group of World Servers On the physical plane, without any exoteric organization, ceremonials, or outer form, there is integrating - silently, steadily and powerfully - a group of men and women who will supersede eventually the previous hierarchical effort. They are of all races; they speak all languages; they embrace all religions, all sciences and all philosophies. Their characteristics are synthesis, inclusiveness, intellectuality and fine mental development. They own to no creed, save the creed of Brotherhood, based on the One Life.


Nirmanakayas The perfected beings who renounce nirvana (the highest state of spiritual bliss) and choose a life of self sacrifice, becoming members of that invisible host which ever protects humanity within karmic limits.


Nirvana The Way into new fields of spiritual experience and of divine development - incomprehensible as of yet, even to the initiate of the third degree; this Way is revealed only when the antahkarana is built and completed and the disciple becomes focussed in the Triad as consciously as he / she is now focussed in the threefold lower nature; the culmination of all knowledge and absolute wisdom.



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