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Adidam Glossary - M

Maha-Siddha
The Sanskrit word “Siddha” means “a completed, fulfilled, or perfected one”, or “one of perfect accomplishment, or power”. “Maha-Siddha” means “Great Siddha”.

Mandala
The Sanskrit word "mandala" (literally, "circle") is commonly used in the esoteric Spiritual traditions to describe the entire pattern of the hierarchical levels of cosmic existence. Avatar Adi Da also uses the word "Mandala" to refer to the Circle (or Sphere) of His Heart-Transmission, or as a formal reference to a group of His devotees who perform specific functions of direct service to Him.

mantra
See Name-Invocation.

meditation
In the Way of Adidam, meditation is a period of formal devotional Contemplation of Avatar Adi Da Samraj. Meditation is one of the life-disciplines that Avatar Adi Da Samraj has Given to His devotees in the first and second congregations, as a fundamental support for their practice of Ruchira Avatara Bhakti Yoga. For those who have fully adapted to the disciplines of the first and second congregations, the daily practice of meditation includes a period of one and one-half hours in the morning and a period of one hour in the evening. Such daily practice is increased during periods of retreat. Members of the third and fourth congregations are also encouraged (but not required) to engage formal meditation.

missing the mark
“Hamartia” (the word in New Testament Greek that was translated into English as “sin”) was originally an archery term meaning “missing the mark”.

Most Perfect / Most Ultimate
Avatar Adi Da uses the phrase “Most Perfect(ly)” in the sense of “Absolutely Perfect(ly)”. Similarly, the phrase “Most Ultimate(ly)” is equivalent to “Absolutely Ultimate(ly)”. “Most Perfect(ly)” and “Most Ultimate(ly)” are always references to the seventh (or Divinely Enlightened) stage of life. Perfect(ly) and Ultimate(ly) refer to the sixth stage of life or to the sixth and seventh stages of life together. (See also stages of life.)

mudra
A “mudra” is a gesture of the hands, face, or body that outwardly expresses a state of ecstasy. Avatar Adi Da sometimes spontaneously exhibits Mudras as Signs of His Blessing and Purifying Work with His devotees and the world. He also uses the term "Mudra" to express the Attitude of His Blessing-Work, which is His Constant (or Eternal) Giving (or Submitting) of Himself to Be the Means of Divine Liberation for all beings.

Muktananda, Swami
See Lineage, Avatar Adi Da's.

mummery / The Mummery
The dictionary defines mummery as “a ridiculous, hypocritical, or pretentious ceremony or performance”. Avatar Adi Da uses this word to describe all the activities of ego-bound beings, or beings who are committed to the false view of separation and separativeness.

The Mummery is one of Avatar Adi Da's twenty-three “Source-Texts”. It is a work of astonishing poetry and deeply evocative archetypes. Through the heart-breaking story of Raymond Darling's growth to manhood, his search to find, and then to be reunited with, his beloved (Quandra), and his utter self-transcendence of all conditional circumstances and events, Avatar Adi Da Tells His own Life-Story in the language of parable, and describes in devastating detail how the unconverted ego makes religion (and life altogether) into a meaningless mummery.

Murti
“Murti” is Sanskrit for "form", and, by extension, a "representational image" of the Divine or of a Guru. In the Way of Adidam, Murtis of Avatar Adi Da are most commonly photographs of Avatar Adi Das bodily (human) Divine Form.

“Murti-Guru”
See “Living Murti”.

Mystery
Avatar Adi Da uses the term “the Mystery” to point out that, although we can name things, we actually do not know what anything really is:

It is a great and more-than-wonderful Mystery to everyone that anything is, or that we are. And whether somebody says “I don't know how anything came to be” or “God made everything”, they are simply pointing to the feeling of the Mystery—of how everything is, but nobody knows what it really Is, or how it came to be. [What, Where, When, How, Why, and Who To Remember To Be Happy]