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Sacred Geometry {8} ~ Metatron’s Cube

Metatron’s Cube is also said to symbolize the creation of life itself; the spheres represent the feminine and the straight lines connecting them represent the masculine, as they work together to create a unified whole. This powerful symbol contains the 5 Platonic solids or the 5 elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Aether), and meditating upon Metatron’s Cube is said to have profound healing powers.

~Unmani~

Unmani is Sanskrit word that means “no mind,” “beyond the mind” or “thoughtless.” In yogic philosophy, it describes a state of transition between two states of consciousness – waking and dreaming. In unmani, the yogi is neither fully awake nor asleep. It can also be thought of as the transition between conscious and unconscious thought patterns. Unmani is not a state of meditation, which requires an awakened state.

The word unmani is also sometimes used to mean samadhi or one of the levels of samadhi, or the final limb of Patanjali’s eightfold path of yoga.

~Guruji~

Guruji is a word made up of the Sanskrit word, guru, meaning “teacher,” “guide” or “master,” and the suffix -ji, which is commonly used in many South Asian language as a gender-neutral honorific. As such, the whole term guruji is a very respectful and affectionate term for one’s guru or spiritual teacher. It may be used especially used in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism.

In some cases, specific spiritual teachers may be known to their students as “guruji” in place of their actual name.

~Prapti~

Prapti is a Sanskrit term that means “obtaining,” “acquisition,” and gain.” In yoga and Hindu philosophy, it is the power to enter or penetrate everywhere and is one of the main unusual abilities or skills known as siddhis.

A yogi attains these abilities, including prapti through years of practice and following the eight-limbed path of yoga as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Prapti is sometimes referred to as the ability to obtain – that is, being able to travel anywhere to get anything.

~Vastiva~

Vastiva is a Sanskrit word that means “self-command,” “mastery of oneself,” “bewitching,” and “being one’s own master.” It is one of the ashta siddhis, or eight main special skills or unusual abilities that a yogi may attain through deep and prolonged meditation and other yoga practices. These siddhis are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

More specifically, vastiva is the power to control living beings and objects (both organic and inorganic), as well as one’s own and other people’s minds.

~Tanmatras~

Tanmatras are the five objects of perception, made up of the five subtle elements. According to this principle, each of the five senses (sound, touch, sight, taste and smell) corresponds with one or more of the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth).

Tanmatras is an important concept in both Ayurveda and Hindu philosophy. The word itself stems from two Sanskrit roots; tan, meaning subtle, and matra meaning element. These subtle energies form the way in which the objective, material world is perceived.