Hindu religious ritual of worship in which light (usually from a flame) is offered to a deity or guru.
Akashic Record (also Akash, or Akash Remembrance)
Compilation of energetic information which contains a record of every soul’s past, present, and potential future thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Amrit or Amrita
Translates as immortality and is often used to denote the nectar of the Gods that bestows immortality. (Sanskrit)
Spiritual bliss. (Sanskrit)
Energetic bridge or tube of light between the Higher Self and a person’s physical form, enabling the movement of light from higher dimensions into the physical and subtle bodies.
One who was once a human being and has now achieved spiritual mastery through ascension of consciousness and matter. Ascended Masters are committed to serving and guiding the spiritual evolution of humankind from the higher dimensions of light.
Transformation of matter into the higher frequencies of light and love. Ascension allows physical death to be bypassed through raising the vibration of the entire physical body into light.
Self, Higher Self or Supreme Self. The true essence of the individual beyond body, mind, and emotions. (Sanskrit)
(See Sai Baba)
Devotion. Refers to the spiritual practice or the state of devotion leading to union with God (e.g., devotion to a spiritual teacher or guru). (Sanskrit)
Blue Pearl (also blue light)
Subtle energy structure located in the bindu (center of the crown chakra). It is considered the abode of the Supreme Self in the physical body. Most often seen with the inner eye during meditation.
State of consciousness or being associated with the physical body and physical plane.
Spiritual energy vortices (centers) in the subtle body. There are seven major chakras in human beings, located from the base of the spine to the top of the head. (Sanskrit)
Chant (also bhajan)
Verbal repetition of sacred phrases or mantras, usually sung to music.
State of consciousness in which one realizes union with the divine.
(see Higher Self)
Foundational state of beingness, the basic constituent of all existence.
An offering, often monetary, given to the Guru/Teacher as a way to honor the Guru as the source of grace and highest knowledge. (Sanskrit)
Vision or experience of the divine brought about by being in the presence of a holy person or sacred statue. (Sanskrit)
Deity. Benevolent supernatural being. (Sanskrit)
Concept of right action, duty, or destiny that is aligned with one’s spiritual evolution. Natural laws of cosmic and social order. The law of righteousness. (Sanskrit)
Initiation. Referring to a transference of divine energy from a master. Sai Maa Diksha is a powerful practice offered by Sai Maa for illuminating the brain. It is the physical transference of energy or divine light into the brain that initiates the process of enlightenment. (Sanskrit)
The energy and qualities of the Divine Mother within — the essence of all creation. A universal energy that we all carry within us and express through the qualities of love, compassion, wisdom, and forgiveness.
A universal energy that we all carry within us and express through the qualities of pure consciousness, presence, clarity and will.
(see I AM Presence)
The view that the universe and the nature of existence consists of two realities, such as good and evil, or mind and matter.
Spiritual liberation or Self-Realization. Being consciously and permanently awake in the I AM. A state of consciousness marked by the continuous presence of love, peace, and compassion, where a being permanently experiences the Higher Self as their true nature.
A period or era of great peace, purity, truth and prosperity. (Sathya yuga in Sanskrit.)
Divine gift and energy that allows all our spiritual efforts to be realized.
Great Silent Watcher
A cosmic being who sustains the immaculate concept and divine blueprint for the entire cosmos.
Translates as from darkness to light, and refers to a spiritual master who dedicates herself/ himself to serving the transformation and evolution of others. (Sanskrit)
Higher Self (Christ Self, Buddha Self, Atma)
Dimension of our being that serves as a step-down transformer, regulating the amount and quality of energy that flows into the subtle and physical anatomy of the body from the higher dimension of the Presence. Our Higher Self holds the state of divine love and unity, and continually maintains a vision of the perfection that is the birthright of every human to manifest in the physical realm.
I AM Presence (also the I AM, the I AM Principle or the Presence)
The highest dimension of our being and represents the first projection of individuality from Source. The Presence is all the pure qualities of Source in its perfection. As we are the Presence in our essence, these pure qualities are our natural state of being.
Ceremony by which the student is instructed in a spiritual practice by a spiritual teacher or guru; can also include an energetic transfer of energy to the student by the master.
Jagadguru (see Guru)
Guru of the universe. (Sanskrit)
Jai (also Jay or Jaya)
Translates as hail to or glory to. Usually used in a mantra, phrase, or chant that is praising an aspect of the divine. (Sanskrit)
Practice of rhythmic repetition of a sacred name or mantra. Japa is often practiced with a mala and is used to bring about a union of the mind with the divine. (Sanskrit)
Action. Referring to the universal principle of cause and effect. Karma is an energetic accumulation of all of the actions a given person has performed in their current and previous lives, and directly affects the experiences and circumstances that are drawn into that person’s life. (Sanskrit)
A call-and-response style song or chant where multiple singers express loving devotion to a deity.
Kundalini (also Mother Kundalini Shakti)
Powerful divine energy that lives within every human being in the base of the spine, most often in a dormant state. It is symbolized by a coiled snake whose awakening and movement through the chakras brings about great purification and inner bliss. (Sanskrit)
Energetic pathways or channels of the earth, akin to human acupuncture meridians.
A grid of light or subtle energy that unifies the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of one’s being.
Maa (also Ma, Mata, Mataram, Mataji)
Mother or Divine Mother, used to show both affection and respect.
Great love of and devotion to the divine. (Sanskrit)
String of 108 beads used in practicing japa. (Sanskrit)
Sacred temple. (Sanskrit)
Sacred word or phrase used in a prescribed way, often in repetition during meditation to focus the mind. (Sanskrit)
Translates as illusion or ignorance, and refers to that which veils the experience of the true reality of Unity. (Sanskrit)
Type of spiritual practice used to focus the mind and develop an awareness of our divine nature. There are many forms of meditation that may include practices such as mantra, contemplation, conscious breathing, and visualization.
Spiritual liberation, enlightenment. (Sanskrit)
Mother Kundalini Shakti
Feminine aspect of God.
Greeting meaning I honor the divinity within you. Often spoken with palms together at the heart (as in prayer). (Sanskrit)
An ancient Vedic name for Lord Vishnu.
Om (also Aum)
Primordial sound by which the universe came into existence, holding within it the totality of creation. This sacred mantra is often chanted as a practice of aligning our energies with the divine impulse of creation.
Om Jai Jai Sai Maa
Mantra or greeting meaning Hail to Mother Divine or I honor the Divine Mother in you and in me. (Sanskrit)
Om Namah Shivaya
Mantra or greeting meaning I honor the divine within me or I honor Shiva (essence of pure space). (Sanskrit)
One aspect of God, representing unlimited power.
One aspect of God, representing presence everywhere at the same time.
Supreme Self or Supreme Soul. (Sanskrit)
Focal point for the divine spark manifest within each one of us and carried from one incarnation to the next. Usually said to be located in the heart chakra or pineal gland.
Breath. Pure, life-giving force that resides within all. (Sanskrit)
(See I Am)
A learned priest, scholar, or teacher of the Vedas. (see Vedas)
Worship or ritual to invoke and give praise to an aspect of the divine represented in a picture, statue, sacred object or a living being. (Sanskrit)
Master power of life that resides within everyone and contains the power to manifest perfection in all.
Spiritual practice or discipline. The goal of sadhana is to attain spiritual realization. (Sanskrit)
Spiritual aspirant, the practitioner of a spiritual discipline or sadhana. (Sanskrit)
One who takes an initiation of renunciation within the Vedic tradition in pursuit of spiritual attainment. (Sanskrit)
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, affectionately called “Baba,” is the Guru of Sai Maa. He is one of India’s most revered spiritual masters and many consider him to be an Avatar (incarnation of God).
Samskara (or Sanskara)
Subtle energy impressions or imprints of past thoughts, feelings, and actions contained in the nervous system. (Sanskrit)
Sat-Chit-Ananda (also Sachchidananda)
Phrase meaning existence (Sat), consciousness (Chit), bliss (Ananda), referring to the sublimely blissful experience of divine consciousness. (Sanskrit)
Translates as in the company of truth and refers to a gathering of spiritual seekers for the purpose of spiritual practice and study. (Sanskrit)
(See Higher Self)
Selfless service. A spiritual practice of offering any form of service, simply for the sake of serving, without expectation of gain. (Sanskrit)
Divine feminine creative power or energy that resides in all of life. The cosmic force of creation that is often represented as the Divine Mother. The transformative spiritual power radiated by a master or being of light. (Sanskrit)
Divine presence or consciousness that destroys all ignorance and liberates the aspirant from the suffering of the changing, relative world. Pure space. (Sanskrit)
One who has attained spiritual perfection through yoga. (Sanskrit)
So Ham (pronounced so hum)
Mantra meaning I AM and used as an affirmation of the divinity within. (Sanskrit)
In India, it is the Supreme Self, which is completely pure. In the West, it is considered the non-physical, spiritual accumulation of all one’s lives.
Our essence, or the spark of light residing in the heart that accompanies us from one life experience to the next. The soul accumulates the memories and impurities of one’s lives and requires purification to return to its essence.
All-pervading Oneness from which all of creation arises, the All That Is.
Sri (or Shri)
Title of respect. (Sanskrit)
Layers of subtle energy surrounding the physical body (e.g., the etheric, emotional, mental, causal, spiritual bodies). Each band of frequencies has its own unique set of characteristics and together the subtle bodies are sometimes referred to as the aura.
(See I AM)
Eternal consciousness of the Higher Self. Realization of the eternal, indestructible, immortal nature of ourselves, beyond birth or death.
Ancient sacred scriptures cognized by the seers of India and the basis of the Vedic tradition. They contain the wisdom of the universe and the nature of consciousness. (Sanskrit)
Sacred fire ceremony. An ancient Vedic science to offer healing on all levels of consciousness.
Practice leading to the state of union with God, or that state of Oneness. (Sanskrit)