Advice: opinions and information you receive (asked for or not) from others, which you could use (an advice is not an order!).
Ashram: community devoted to developing one’s spiritual life
Bharat: the official Hindi name of India; the Asian subcontinent where you will find all possible ways of life, culture, religion and spirituality
Belief: in this word we find the origins of the word –love-: individually love the idea or philosophy.
Celibacy: intention/vow to devote one’s life primarily to the Ultimate Truth
Cosmos: the totality of all
Creation: seeming reality, maya, what we with God have made from cosmic energy
Development: taking of layers of ignorance; the opposite of envelopment
Duality: the idea that opposites really are existing
Enlightenment: when we discover something significant, related to the spiritual world, affecting the rest of our life.
Entity: a more or less individualised spirit or soul.
God: the totality of the spirit in the cosmos
God the Creator: all spirit directly involved in creation; incarnated or not
Great God Beyond / the Source / God as Itself / Noumenal Reality: the totality of spirit in the cosmos beyond creation
Happiness/joy: in this life, moments of good feelings; in the Real life, depending on our development, a more and more constant state of being
Hindu / Hinduism: The name colonisers gave to the religion and people of India
Imam Mahdi: see Messiah
Incarnation: our individual soul connecting itself temporarily to a created body
Kali-Yuga: in Hinduism, the last of the four yugas (ages) that make up one cycle of creation. The Kali-Yuga, in which some Hindus believe we are now living, is characterised by wickedness and disaster, and leads up to the destruction of this world in preparation for a new creation and a new cycle of yugas.
Knowledge: something you have experienced and proved as being true
Life: a. being part of the Ultimate Truth or Great Cosmic Soul; the 'Real life’ b. incarnation on this planet, named ‘this life here’
Maitreya: see Messiah
Materialism: focus on and preference for the physical aspects of life
Maya / illusion: Having expectations, perceptions and / or perspectives of the world which are most probably wrong
Meditation: try to concentrate on one item only, to expand consciousness
Messiah: this individual has been expected for generations by all of the major religions. Christians know him as the Christ, and expect his imminent return. Some Jews await him as the Messiah; Hindus look for the coming of the Kalki Avatar; some Buddhists expect him as Maitreya Buddha; and some Muslims anticipate the Imam Mahdi. It is really your Self.
Old/young: part of duality /maya/mistake that there is an existing past and future
Peace: contentment and patience through understanding why everything came to be as it is at the moment, combined with the acceptance that it will and has to change.
Proof: what people are asking for when too lazy to try to find out themselves.
Rebirth: could be used instead of reincarnation, but we use it to indicate a significant change (progress) in an individual’s spiritual life (close relation to enlightenment)
Reincarnation: an important part of our being connecting itself temporararily but more than once to a created body
Religion: sect, organised belief; a group of people which claim or strive to have a uniform belief
Self-Realization: knowing who we really are, our true Self, undivided and unbroken, one with Brahman or God / Ultimate Reality
Soul/ / spirit / entity: our real self or being/ the energy of love
Spirituality: all which relates to feelings and dreams, the longing for / realization of Self and Truth
Swami: one who has renounced self / ego, usually a Hindu monastic / sannyasi
Vedanta: a Hindu system of belief / philosophy
Universe: cosmos; all, everything and no-thing: what is and is not, noticeable and unnoticeable
War: the ongoing struggle / choice between materialism and spirituality
World: the space around us as far we know and not know it / see cosmos