Ajah Lingo

In Ajah Dharma many people have taken to commonly work in both Rasta words and Yoga terms in there vocabulary. .

  • “I-and-I”- in the first person includes the presence of the divine within the individual, It is used as a practical linguistic rejection of the separation of the individual from the community, and God its self. The term is often used in place of “you and I” or “we”, implying that both persons are united under the love of Ajah. I and I is a complex term, referring to the oneness of God and every human. I and I is an expression of total oneness, the oneness of two persons. So God is within all of us and we’re one people. I and I is the best way to describe this essential truth, I & I means to me, the ego-self and the god-self. I & I , the brain and the soul…
  • Ajah-jiva- one who is a knower of the true self.
  • Bardo- The empty space you go to in between lives.
  • Ajnana- Ignorance of one’s own true nature.
  • Ajnani- One who is ignorant of his true nature.
  • I-man / Purusha / Shiva- is the Divine person within all beings. The one God-self, the true spiritual Self, as opposed to body-mind identity. The Self which abides in the heart of all beings.Also commonly called the great spirit
  • Body-man / Praktiki /shakti- used as a term for material nature,
  • Chakra- One of the main yogic centers in the body.
  • Irie- refers to positive emotions or feelings, or anything that is good. Specifically it refers to high emotions and peaceful vibrations. This is a phonetical representation of “all right”.
  • Brethren- is the way of expressing unity amoung the people
  • Unity- The state of pure one-ness or being-ness.
  • Ajah- Supreme Being: The Ultimate Reality; The Absolute.
  • Iya (higher)- Rasta vocabulary is full of references to the “iya man”, “stepping higher and higher”. It is not a reference to the “high” normally associated with cannabis, but to stepping into higher realms of reality, as in higher awareness.
  • Avatar -Divine incarnation.
  • Dreadlocks- describes the matted hair, now universally called dreadlocks in English. To many, dreadlocks can be a deeply spiritual part of their identity.
  • Ego- the illusion of the mind
  • Maya- Illusion. The illusory power of appearance. The force which projects the entire world of duality and causes us to loose consciousness of our nature as Brahman, the Absolute.The world appearance itself, and more particularly the primordial illusion of identification with the body-mind.
  • Babylon is an important term, referring to human government and institutions that are seen as in rebellion against the rule of God. In a more general sense, Babylon refers to any system that oppresses or discriminates against all peoples.
  • Ananda- Bliss: happiness; joy.
  • Chit- Universal consciousness.
  • Chitananda- The bliss of pure consciousness.
  • Politricks is a Rasta term replacing English “politics”, because so many politicians, etc. turn out, they say, to be more like tricksters. Politrickster n.
  • Everliving replaces “everlasting” originally meant physical immortality, but I & I understand it as enlightenment in which you realize the soul is immortal and therefore you will not die.
  • Ajah (lit. unborn), name of God, used to express God’s in truest form.
  • Downpression replaces “oppression”, because oppression holds man down instead of keeping him up. Similarly “downgression” = “violence” (from aggression). Downpressor n.
  • Livication replaces “dedication”, to rid itself of a connotation of death. adj. Livicated. v. Livicate.
  • Overstanding (also “innerstanding”) replaces “understanding”, referring to an epiphany that raises one’s awareness.
  • Jiva- Self, as conditioned by body-mind; individual soul.
  • Darshan- The blessing derived from being in the presence of a holy person. Grace of the Self.
  • Zion refers to as a state/place of unity & bliss one can enter. also is used to refer to nature.
  • Know replaces “believe”. An true Ajah knows, he does’nt “believe” . They would say they “know” these things.
  • Whore of Babylon is the Revelation character used to denote someone is a materialist.
  • Self-enquiry- the practice of scrutinizing or attending to the feeling ‘I’ in order to find out ‘who am I’.
  • Bhajan- Singing of devotional songs.
  • Bhakti- love( of God)
  • Bhakti-yoga- The discipline or path of devotion; the practice of loving devotion to God as the Supreme Being of Love, Peace and Grace.
  • Satsang- Dharma Teaching.
  • Thinking Meditation- contemplation.
  • Gunas- The basic attributes or energetic/material qualities that underlie and operate the world process: Satva(purity), Rajas(passion) and Tamas(ignorance).
  • Guru- A true spiritual teacher, who is one with God or the real Self.
  • Guru’s light- The Grace of the Guru.
  • Hridayam The Heart, which is the real Self.
  • Ishwara God; The supreme personal God of Hinduism. The Inner Being and guide.
  • Jagrat- Waking state or waking condition.
  • Jagrat-sushupti The state of wakeful sleep, in which there are no thoughts but in which there is full awareness of the existence-consciousness ‘I am’.
  • Japa- Repeating the name of God; repetition of a mantra.
  • Jivan- mukta- One liberated while still alive.
  • Jnana- Knowledge, particularly spiritual knowledge. Knowledge of the Self.
  • Jnani- ‘One who knows’; a liberated or enlightened one. It is not an experience of true Knowledge, it is Knowledge itself. ‘There are no jnanis, only jnana’- Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • Karma-yogi- One whose actions are not motivated by desire for personal benefit or by any other kind of attachment.
  • Kevala -nirvikalpa Samadhi- A temporary state of Samadhi or Self-absorption.
  • Kosa -Sheath; covering.
  • Kundalini -The primordial cosmic energy located in the individual.
  • Lila or Leela- The sport or Play of God.
  • Mantra- A sacred formula used for japa or repetition.
  • Mauna -Silent one.
  • Moksha -the emancipated state of the jiva or individual soul; Release; freedom from the rounds of rebirth (samsara); Self-realization.
  • Muni- Silent one; sage; jnani.
  • Nama- Name.
  • Namaskar- The act of obeisance.
  • Neti-neti- ‘Not this, not this’, negating all names and forms in order to arrive at the eternal underlying truth.
  • Nirguna -Without attributes.
  • Nirvana- The state of liberation or egolessness.
  • Nirvikalpa Samadhi -The state of Self-absorption.
  • Om- It is the primordial sound from which all creation springs. It is the most important element in most mantras.
  • Pandit- A learned man; a scholar; a man of wisdom.
  • Para- Supreme.
  • Prana Vital energy- vital breath.
  • Prarabdha Destiny- the portion of the fruit of one’s actions which are allotted to be experienced in this lifetime.
  • Prem- Divine love (for God).
  • Puja- Worship.
  • Rajas- One of the three aspects of cosmic energy; passion; creativity; restlessness.
  • Rishi- A Sage.
  • Sadhana- Spiritual practice.
  • Sadhu- Wandering Holy man.
  • Sahaja- Natural state.
  • Sahaja jnani- One who abides in the natural state, having attained self-knowledge.
  • Sahaja Samadhi- The permanent and natural state of Samadhi or complete Self-absorption.
  • Samadhi- The state of Self-absorption, in which ( as defined by Sri Ramana Maharshi ) ‘ there is only the feeling ‘I am’ and no other thoughts’.
  • Samsara- The state of mundane activity or worldly existence.
  • Samskara or Vasana- A mental impression or tendency continuing from former lives.
  • Sannyasa- Renunciation.
  • Sannyasin- A renunciate.
  • Sat Existence- Being; reality.
  • Sat-chit- Existence-consciousness.
  • Sat-Guru- The true teacher, no different from ones true Self; the highest Guru. The inmost Reality.
  • Satsang- Association with the wise; being in the presence of someone who has realised the self.
  • Satva Light- purity; loving kindness; compassion.
  • Shakti Energy- power; force of The Supreme Being.
  • Shanti- Peace.
  • Siddha- A perfected Yogi.
  • Siddhis- Occult powers
  • Tamas- The guna or quality of inertia, resistance, stupidity, ignorance; also the claiming of doer-ship; one of the three gunas.
  • Tattva jnani- One who knows the Reality.
  • Vasana Mental tendencies. Latent tendencies, repressed subconscious identification; subtle desire.
  • Self-enquiry- inquiry into the nature of the Self. The quest ‘Who am I?’; see ‘atma-vichara’.
  • Jnana-yoga- The path of self-enquiry.
  • Viveka Discrimination- between the Real and the unreal.
  • Vritti Thought- activity of the mind.
  • Yoga Union- spiritual discipline, practice designed to purify one’s mind and bring one closer to Self-realization.
  • Yogi- An adept in yoga.

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