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Esoteric Encyclopedia
In the remote corner of the exotic west of Tibet, the pristine Mount Kailash (6714 meters) dominates the entire region’s landscape. The celestial beauty of Mt. Kailash is not only fascinating, but it is also the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. For all four religions, Mount Kailash is... / READ MORE /
The vast, unknown depths of the human psyche have long yielded more questions than answers in our humble search for self awareness and significance in the grand scheme. The world’s psychologists and cerebral explorers have rappelled into the collective mind, seeking to understand the science of consciousness in a way that can illuminate our identity... / READ MORE /
The early years of medieval Christianity greatly diverged from what we commonly associate with the teachings of Christ in the modern age. During the 11th century, an influential but ephemeral religious group known as the Cathars emerged in the Languedoc region of France. Their dualist, Gnosticism-infused teachings confused and infuriated the Catholic church, who often... / READ MORE /
Cycles of Time and Karma The word kalachakra means cycles of time, and the Kalachakra system presents three such cycles – external, internal and alternative. The external and internal cycles deal with time as we normally know it, while the alternative cycles are practices for gaining liberation from these two. The structures of the external and internal cycles are analogous,... / READ MORE /
The sweltering plateaus of Mali, Northwest Africa, are home to a mysterious lineage infamous for their apparent ancestral connection to advanced extraterrestrial beings. This covert, culturally rich collective is known as the Dogon Tribe. The Dogon people are the closest thing to a real life Wakanda. Their ancient wisdom reveals a deep understanding of advanced... / READ MORE /
On the outskirts of Nag Hammadi, Egypt in December 1945, a farmer was digging for fertilizer around the mountainous caverns of Jabal al-Tārif. After hitting something unusually solid, the farmer unearthed a skeletal mass guarding an assemblage of archaic books inscribed with esoteric writing. What he unknowingly discovered was the last remaining translations of the... / READ MORE /
The Essenes were a reclusive and mysterious Jewish sect that believed in reincarnation, human ascension, and the immortality of the soul. Many Essenes engaged in communal ownership of property, participating in voluntary poverty and asceticism. Their monastic, money-less lifestyle was governed by customs upheld by the Essene priest class, who practiced strict celibacy and vegetarianism... / READ MORE /
The Law of One is a 5 part series of channeled books detailing a vast metaphysical philosophy that has left a lasting impression on the spiritual community. These recorded interviews expand on complex concepts with unwavering integrity, gradually conveying complete and coherent insight on enigmatic topics such as ascension, higher dimensions, extraterrestrials, consciousness, the infinite... / READ MORE /
The secret nature of the cosmos has long been accepted as an unreachable enigma to the seekers of every age. The body held a similar miraculous mystery for millennia, until anatomy and astronomy revealed a glimpse of our inner and outer universe. Even with these scientific advancements, innumerable secrets of the celestial and mundane worlds... / READ MORE /
The Buddhist monks of the esoteric Shingon or “True Word” tradition once practiced a mysterious ritual that is said to transmute the consciousness of the ascetic into a living Buddha. This process requires the monk to maintain a strict diet and meditate for many days inside a sealed tomb, ringing a bell every day until... / READ MORE /
Featured art by Natalee Miller Kundalini is a Sanskrit word meaning “coiled one”, which refers to a type of shakti, or primal cosmic energy, that is found coiled at the base of the spine within the human subtle body.  This coiled energy is normally in a dormant state until one experiences a “kundalini awakening“, in... / READ MORE /
The secret work of the hermetic philosophy Wherein the secrets of nature and art concerning the matter of the philosophers’ stone and the manner of working are explained in an authentic and orderly manner. The Hermetic Arcanum The work of an anonymous author, penes nos unda tagi. 1. The beginning of this Divine Science is... / READ MORE /
Binah, is a Hebrew word which means “understanding”, and is the second intellectual sephira on the kabbalistic Tree of Life. It sits on the level below Keter (in the formulations that include that sephirah), across from Chokmah and directly above Gevurah. It is usually given four paths: to Keter, Chockmah, Gevurah, and Tiphereth (some Kabbalists... / READ MORE /
Da’at (or Daas) is a Hebrew word that means Knowledge. In the Kabbalistic Tree of Life Da’at is the location (the mystical state) where all ten sephirot are united as one. According to Wikipedia: In Da’at, all sephirot exist in their perfected state of infinite sharing. The three sephirot of the left column that would receive and... / READ MORE /
Gevurah is the fifth of the ten Sefirot we’ve been exploring over the past few weeks on The Esoteric Encyclopedia series. This sphere corresponds to the second day of creation, and represents the second layer of the emotive attributes in Creation. Gevurah is seen as God’s mode of punishing the wicked, and judging humanity. It is the... / READ MORE /
Chesed is the fourth sephirot on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, and is a Hebrew word commonly translated as “loving-kindness,” “kindness” or “love.” The first three of the ten sephirot, are the attributes of the intellect, while Chesed is the first sephira of the attribute of action. Its position is below Chokhmah, across from Gevurah and above... / READ MORE /
Tiferet, which is defined as “Adornment” or “Beauty”, is the sixth sefira in the kabbalistic Tree of Life, located in the Middle Pillar. It represents the archetype of the number 6, the descent of the Godhead into consciousness, and is also associated with “Spirituality”, “Balance”, “Integration”, “Beauty”, “Miracles”, and “Compassion”. According to Wikipedia: Tiferet is the... / READ MORE /
Netzach (Hebrew: נצח‎‎, “victory”) is the seventh of the ten Sefirot from the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. Located beneath Chesed (‘loving-kindness’), at the base of the “Pillar of Mercy” which also consists of Chochmah (‘wisdom’). Netzach generally translates to ‘eternity’, and in the context of Kabbalah refers to ‘perpetuity’, ‘victory’, or ‘endurance’. It communicates the idea of long-suffering,... / READ MORE /
Yesod, Hebrew: יסוד “foundation”,  is the 9th sephirah in the kabbalistic Tree of Life, which is located below Hod and Netzach, and above Malkuth. It can be seen as the vehicle from one thing or condition to another (the power of connection). The consciousness of Yesod, is often associated with the moon. It is the realm of precognition,... / READ MORE /
Malkuth is the tenth sephirot on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, its literal translation is “kingdom” (Hebrew: ملكوت ;מלכות). Sitting at the bottom of the Tree, below Yesod, this sephirah symbolizes the Bride, which relates to the sphere of Tipheret, symbol of the Bridegroom. Unlike the other nine sephirot, Malkuth is an attribute of God which does not... / READ MORE /
The Incubus and Succubus are two different types of spirits, who are known as “sex demons” or “night demons” because they are believed to engage in sexual activity with with men and women during the dream state. The Incubus is believed to be male, while the Succubus is female. According to Wikipedia: Incubi were thought to be... / READ MORE /
Karma and Dharma are two esoteric terms which are integral to understanding the base spiritual laws which shape the human soul. According to Study.com: Building on the eternal concept of atman, karma is the belief that a person’s actions in life will determine their fate in the next life. With the belief in karma, Hinduism holds firmly... / READ MORE /