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Letters on Occult Meditation - Glossary L-O
Lemuria A modern term first used by some naturalists and now adopted by Theosophists to indicate a continent that, according to the Secret Doctrine of the East, preceded Atlantis. It was the home of the third root race.

Logos The deity manifested through every nation and people. The outward expression, or the effect of the cause which is ever concealed. Thus, speech is the [355] Logos of thought, hence it is aptly translated by the "verbum" and the "word" in its metaphysical sense. (See John 1:1-3.)

Lord of Civilization see Mahachohan

Lords of the Flame One of the great Hierarchies of spiritual beings who guide the solar system. They took control of the evolution of humanity upon this planet about 18 million years ago, during the middle of the Lemurian, or third root race.

Macrocosm The great universe, literally; or God manifesting, through His body, the solar system.

Mahachohan The Head of the third great department of the Hierarchy. This great being is the Lord of Civilization, and the flowering forth of the principle of intelligence. He is the embodiment on the planet of the third, or intelligence, aspect of deity in its five activities.

Mahamanvantara The great period of time of an entire solar system. This term is applied to the greater solar cycles. It implies a period of universal activity.

Manas (Manasic Principle) Literally, the Mind, the mental faculty; that which distinguishes man from the mere animal. It is the individualizing principle; that which enables man to know that he exists, feels, and knows. It is divided in some schools into two parts, higher or abstract mind, and lower or concrete mind.

Mantrams Verses from the Vedas. In the esoteric sense a mantram (or that psychic faculty or power that conveys perception or thought) is the older portion of the Vedas, the second part of which is composed of the Brahmanas. In esoteric phraseology mantram is the word made flesh, or rendered objective [356] through divine magic. A form of words or syllables rhythmically arranged, so that when sounded certain vibrations are generated.

Manu The representative name of the great Being Who is the Ruler, primal progenitor and chief of the human race. It comes from the Sanskrit root "man" - to think.

Manvantara A period of activity as opposed to a period of rest, without reference to any specific length of cycle. Frequently used to express a period of planetary activity and its seven races.

Maya Sanskrit, "Illusion." Of the principle of form or limitation. The result of manifestation. Generally used in a relative sense for phenomena or objective appearances that are created by the mind.

Mayavi Rupa Sanskrit, "Illusive Form." It is the body of manifestation created by the adept by an act of will for use in the three worlds. It has no material connection with the physical body. It is spiritual and ethereal and passes everywhere without let or hindrance. It is built by the power of the lower mind, of the highest type of astral matter.

Microcosm The little universe, or man manifesting through his body, the physical body.

Monad The One. The threefold spirit on its own plane. In occultism it often means the unified triad - Atma, Buddhi, Manas; Spiritual Will, Intuition and Higher mind, - or the immortal part of man which reincarnates in the lower kingdoms and gradually progresses through them to man and thence to the final goal.

Nirmanakaya Those perfected beings who renounce Nirvana (the highest state of spiritual bliss) and choose a life of self-sacrifice, becoming members of [357] that invisible host which ever protects humanity within karmic limits.

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