Table of Contents for Root Meanings

General notes:

  • Root Meanings is a work in progress that will continue to emerge and evolve until the Mind of minds is absolutely clear. The definitions below are subject to evolution.
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Revision: 11 Mar 2023


  • Conceptual grasp of an experience.
  • Conceptual grasp of a phenomenon.
  • One or more fixed ideas.
  • Reality cannot be understood. Concepts cannot grasp that which is beyond concepts.
  • Understanding is a form of identification.
  • Understanding can be liberating or limiting.
  • Understanding can clarify the root of limitation, which is the desire to understand, and the nature of limitation, which is fixed ideas in the mind. Such understanding is liberating.
  • When THE SUPREME is realized, understanding is released along with the impulse to seek understanding.


  • “What you understand you can command.”
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