Sanscrit Glossary: t

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Sanscrit Glossary: ta


One of the three Gunas. The energy or principle of solidity, resistance, inertia, which in combination with the other Gunas constitutes all phenomena.


Coming from ‘Tanoti’ (to expand) and ‘Trayati’ (liberation). Also thread or continuity. Tantra is a profound, subtle approach to life and Yoga in which all manifestations are regarded as expressions of the divine, and all the natural energies of man and nature are explored, harnessed and transformed for the sake of liberation.


Texts expounding the theory and practice of Tantra. Also rule or ritual. A series of spiritual texts that emphasize the practice of Japa, Mantra and other esoteric rituals especially relating to the power of Shakti.


Lit. ‘heat’, denoting spiritual suffering, mortification or austerity as well as the spiritual ecstasy of a Yogin; essential energy leading towards elimination of physical and mental impurities on the way to spiritual enlightenment. One of the five Niyamas or vows or conducts as well as part of Patanjali’s Kriya Yoga.


Principle, essence or elements that constitute the natural world.

Tat Tvam Asi

‘Thou art that’.


The practice of candle-gazing or any other prefered object without blinking, which develops concentration and strengthens the eyes. One of the six purificatory processes (Shatkriyas or Shatkarmas), really used to get in contact with our sub- and unconscious mind to clear out old dross, phobias and fear.


Fourth (or transcendental) state of consciousness; the unmanifest state of Purusha.