Glossary of Terms

the destroyer
(“aloneness”): the highest state of God consciousness; the Supreme
principle of time, death, the lord of death
one of the names of the Divine Mother, destroyer of time, space, and object, i.e., ignorance
the dark or “iron” age in the Vedic cosmological system of cyclical time
a pond in Vrindavan that contained a venomous snake, which was tamed by Lord Krishna
the divine wish-fulfilling cow, a metaphor for the soul in the body or the power of God that has entered into all the creation. Anything that you ask from her will be given to you immediately.
the evil maternal uncle of Krishna who tried to kill Krishna
(“bulb”) a branch
derived from kapi, “son of air” (Hanuman), and dhwaja, “banner”; On Lord Krishna and Arjuna’s chariot was a banner bearing the emblem of Hanuman. The principal meaning is that Krishna (soul) is the life of every human being, constantly pulling the air through our nose (inhalation).
kapila means copper color; in meditation, one perceives this copper color. Kapila was a perfect being, realized from the moment of his birth.
the twelve instruments or organs — five organs of action (vocal chords, hands, feet, rectum, and sex organ), five organs of perception (touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing), and the mind and intellect
holy word, mantra, divine sound, pleasing to the ears
founded by Swami Shriyukteshwarji in the holy city of Puri, on the east coast of India
the promise to do or accomplish something
to renounce attachment to action — to remain calmly in the fontanel and compassionately detached while doing any kind of work and perceiving that the soul is the real doer in your body
the yoga of action — to offer every action as worship to God, union with the supreme Consciousness through action
fruition of actions
action; duty; the law of cause and effect
(“action organs”): the five organs of action: vocal chords, feet, hands, rectum, and genitals
eldest son of Queen Kunti, the most powerful warrior among all the armies of both the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Karna, in Sanskrit, means ears. Our ears want to hear melodious song, sweet words, praise, flattery, and soothing talk.
the agent of action — the cause by which the body is activated
duty, real activity. The work that should be undertaken, in other words, the practice of Kriya — pranakarma is the real work to be done.
literally, the king (raja) of Kashi (another name for Benares, or Varanasi) Metaphorically, it comes from kashyate which means “to illuminate” and rajyam, “kingdom.” This is the kingdom of brilliant illumination, the human body.
a pungent, disagreeable taste
“son of Kunti,” Arjuna. Kunti means sharp intelligence. Arjuna is the son of sharp intelligence because he is always seeking the truth and striving to fix his attention in the pituitary and above.
the evil warriors opposed to the Pandavas in battle. Kaurava comes from kuru, or kur, and rava. Kur means to do work, and rava means disposition given by the soul from above for the delusion of human beings. So the Kaurava party represents the millions of cells, tissues, and atoms in our gross body which are forcing us to commit evils, giving us delusion and illusion.
one of the principal Upanishads
another name of Lord Krishna that means the Lord of creation, preservation, and dissolution, but this word has a special significance. Keshava is made of ka (in the head) plus isha (lord) plus va (abode).
the delusive power or negative qualities
(“absolute retention”): a special breathing technique
a yogic exercise associated with the position of the tongue. It is derived from kha (“space”) and char (“to roam”) — to roam in the inner space, vacuum of meditation.
sheath or covering
any work, activity, or action
(“grace”) name of the guru of the Kauravas and Pandavas
made of krishi, “cultivation” (of the body land) and na, the power of God. Lord Krishna, the divine incarnation, represents the indwelling Self who is the conductor of the body.
any work, activity, or action done by the soul
the science of self-control and Self-realization through meditation
the practitioner of Kriya Yoga
anger, one of the “gates to hell”
(“patience”): forgiveness
(“forbearance”): forgiveness, accommodation
(“mobile”) perishable
the second caste of warriors in the ancient Vedic social system; metaphorically, those who constantly fight with lower qualities to reach the divine goal
complete elimination or destruction
the body land; a holy place of pilgrimage
the knower of the body field; the one who is the director, conductor, evolver, and protector of the body
a very ugly hunchback who decorated Lord Krishna with sandalwood paste, thereby obtaining his grace
the word kulakshaye is composed of kula and kshaye. Kula means “dynasty” or “family” (akuler kul means helper of the helpless — so God is the only helper of every helpless person). Kshaye means destruction. Kulakshaye means that one who is not seeking God will find spiritual destruction and will be deprived of joy, peace, and bliss.
(“pot-like”): retention of breath
latent spiritual energy in a person
mother of the five Pandava brothers and of Karna. The power inside the pituitary is called kun (dhatu) ti; kun means atom — the finest atom point in the soul.
one of the warriors on the Pandavas’ side. His name is derived from kunti (pinpointed attention in the soul) and bhoj (enjoying divine bliss) — one who is constantly absorbed in God and in divine bliss. Kuntibhoja also means one who holds his attention, like the needle of a compass, in the pituitary.
the ancestor to both the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Kuru means “to do” — to do work.
contains the words kuru and kshetra. Kuru means “to do,” and kshetra means “field.” Every human life is a field of work or activity. The doer of the body field is the soul, Krishna. Kurukshetra is also a holy place where the Mahabharata war took place. The battle also occurs in the body of each human being.
a descendant from the line of Kuru; a name of Arjuna; metaphorically, one who is very active in selfless soul culture
(“anvil”): changeless; metaphorically, designates the soul center, the unchanging anvil on which life experiences are molded