Trivia / IAO, YHVH, HU, etc.

   Some characters in the following paragraphs [Hebrew (Aramaic) block-style script, Greek letters, etc.] are not here transcribed as they appear in the original texts. Instead I have represented them with italics and/or English characters, etc. [- E.M.]



   Iao is certainly a title of the Supreme Being, and belongs partially to the Ineffable Name; but it neither originated with nor was it the sole property of the Jews. Even if it had pleased Moses to bestow the name upon the tutelar "Spirit," the alleged protector and national deity of the "Chosen people of Israel," there is yet no possible reason why other nationalities should receive Him as the Highest and One-living God. But we deny the assumption altogether. Besides, there is the fact that Yaho or Iao was a "mystery name" from the beginning, yhvh and yh never came into use before King David. Anterior to his time, few or no proper names were compounded with iah or jah. It looks rather as though David, being a sojourner among the Tyrians and Philistines (2 Samuel), brought thence the name of Jehovah. He made Zadok high-priest, from whom came the Zadokites or Sadducees. He lived and ruled first at Hebron hbyrvn, Habir-on or Kabeir-town, where the rites of the four (mystery-gods) were celebrated. Neither David nor Solomon recognized either Moses or the law of Moses. They aspired to build a temple to yhvh, like the structures erected by Hiram to Hercules and Venus, Adon and Astarte.
   Says Furst: "The very ancient name of God, Yaho, written in the Greek Iaw, appears, apart from its deriviation, to have been an old mystic name of the Supreme deity of the Shemites. (Hence it was told to Moses when initiated at Hor-eb - the cave, under the direction of Jethro, the Kenite or Cainite priest of Midian.) In an old religion of the Chaldeans, whose remains are to be found amongst the neo-Platonists, the highest divinity enthroned above the seven heavens, representing the Spiritual Light-Principle (nous)* and also conceived as Demiurgus,+ was called Iaw [yhv], who was, like the Hebrew Yaho, mysterious and unmentionable, and whose name was communicated to the initiated. The Phoenicians had a Supreme God whose name was trilateral and secret, and he was Iaw."++



* Nous, the designation given by Anaxagoras to the Supreme Deity, was taken from Egypt, where he was styled Nout.
+ By very few though, for the creators of the material universe were always considered as subordinate deities to the Most High God.
++ Lydus, 1.c., Ledrenus, 1. c.

[Based on: Isis Unveiled, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Theology / 1998 reprint of the 1877 edition), p. 297]
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[....] Ju or Jovis is the oldest Latin name for God. "As male he is Ju-piter, or Ju, the father, pitar being Sanscrit for father; as feminine, Ju-no or Ju, the comforter - nvch being the Phoenician word for rest and comfort."+ Professor Max Muller shows that although "Dyaus," sky, does not occur as a masculine in the ordinary Sanscrit, yet it does occur in the Veda, "and thus bears witness to the early Aryan worship of Dyaus, the Greek Zeus" (The Veda).
   To grasp the real and primitive sense of the term IAO, and the reason of its becoming the designation for the most mysterious of all deities, we must search for its origin in the figurative phraseology of all the primitive people. In one of the Books of Hermes, for instance, we find him saying that the number TEN is the mother of the soul, and that the life and light are therein united. For "the number 1 (one) is born from the spirit, and the number 10 (ten) from matter";++ "the unity has made the TEN, the TEN the unity." # [....]


+ Professor A. Wilder
++ These sacred anagrams were called "Zeruph."
# "Book of Numbers, or Book of the Keys."

[Based on: Isis Unveiled, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Theology / 1998 reprint of the 1877 edition), p. 298]
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   If we can once appreciate the fact that, among all the peoples of the highest antiquity, the most natural conception of the First Cause manifesting itself in its creatures, and that to this they could not but ascribe the creation of all, was that of an androgyne deity; that the male principle was considered the vivifying invisible spirit, and the female, mother nature; we shall be enabled to understand how that mysterious cause came at first to be represented (in the picture-writings, perhaps) as the combination of the Alpha and Omega of numbers, a decimal, then as IAO, a trilateral name, containing in itself a deep allegory.
   IAO, in such a case, would - etymologically considered - mean the "Breath of Life," generated or springing forth between an upright male and an egg-shaped female principle of nature; ....


[Based on: Isis Unveiled, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Theology / 1998 reprint of the 1877 edition), p. 299]
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   There is no other deity which affords such a variety of etymologies as Iaho, nor a name which can be so variously pronounced. It is only by associating it with the Masoretic points that the later Rabbins succeeded in making Jehovah read "Adonai" - or Lord. Philo Byblus spells it in Greek letters IEYO - IEVO. Theodoret says that the Samaritans pronounced it Iabe (Yahva) and the Jews Yaho; which would make it as we have shown I-ah-O. Diodorus states that "among the Jews they relate that Moses called the God Iaw."


[Based on: Isis Unveiled, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Theology / 1998 reprint of the 1877 edition), p. 301]
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YHVH - "Transliterated Hebrew spelling for the word/words 'Jehovah' [Exodus 6:3]; [Joel 2:32]; [Romans 10:13], [Acts 22:16]; [Deuteronomy 26:7]. Reported definitions include: 'the special and significant name [not merely an appellative title such as Lord [adonai], by which God revealed himself to the ancient Hebrews [Exodus 6:2-3]. This name, the Tetragrammaton of the Greeks, was held by the later Jews to be so sacred that it was never pronounced except by the high priest on the great Day of Atonement, when he entered into the most holy place. Whenever this name occurred in the sacred books they pronounced it, as they still do, 'Adonai' [i.e., Lord], thus using another word in its stead. The Massorets gave to it the vowel-points appropriated to this word. This Jewish practice was founded on a false interpretation of Leviticus 24:16. The meaning of the word appears from Exodus 3:14 to be 'the unchanging, eternal, self-existent God,' the 'I am that I am,' a convenant-keeping God. [Compare Malachi 3:6; Hosea 12:5; Revelation 1:4, 8].' [Easton]; I cause to be. Associated spellings/words: YHWH, Yahveh, Yahweh, Yahuva, JHVH, Jehovah, Jahveh; EIMI HO ON (Greek)."   [See:]


"And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name of JEHOVAH was I not known to them" (Exodus vi. 3), spake God unto Moses.
   A very startling bit of information that, when, before arriving at the book of Exodus, we are told in Genesis (xxii. 14) that "Abraham called the name of that place" - where the patriarch had been preparing to cut the throat of his only-begotten son - "JEHOVAH-jireh"! (Jehovah sees.) Which is the inspired text? - both cannot be - which the forgery?


[Based on: Isis Unveiled, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Theology / 1998 reprint of the 1877 edition), p. 167]


   We must now give some proofs of what we have stated, and demonstrate that the word Jehovah, if Masonry adheres to it, will ever remain as a substitute, never be identical with the lost mirific name. This is so well known to the kabalists, that in their careful etymology of the yhvh they show it beyond doubt to be only one of the many substitutes for the real name, and composed of the two-fold name of the first androgyne - Adam and Eve, Jod (or Yodh), Vau and He-Va - the female serpent as a symbol of the Divine Intelligence proceeding from the One-Generative or Creative Spirit.* Thus, Jehovah is not the sacred name at all. Had Moses given to Pharaoh the true "name," the latter would not have answered as he did, for the Egyptian King-Initiates knew it as well as Moses, who had learned it with them. The "name" was at that time the common property of the adepts of all the nations in the world, and Pharaoh knew certainly the "name" of the Highest God mentioned in the Book of the Dead. But instead of that, Moses (if we accept the allegory of Exodus literally),  gives Pharaoh the name of Yeva, the expression or form of the Divine name used by all the Targums as passed by Moses. Hence Pharaoh's reply: "And who is that Yeva+ that I should obey his voice?"
   "Jehovah" dates only from the Masoretic innovation. When the Rabbis, for fear that they should lose the keys to their own doctrines, then written exclusively in consonants, began to insert their vowel-points in their manuscripts, they were utterly ignorant of the true pronunciation of the NAME. Hence, they gave it the sound of Adonah, and made it read Ja-ho-vah. Thus the latter is simply a fancy, a perversion of the Holy Name. And how could they know it? Alone, out of all their nation the high priests had it in their possession, and respectively passed it to their successors, as the Hindu Brahmaatma does before his death. Once a year only, on the day of atonement, the high priest was allowed to pronounce it in a wisper. Passing behind the veil into the inner chamber of the sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, with trembling lips and downcast eyes he called upon the dreaded NAME. The bitter persecution of the kabalists, who received the precious syllables after deserving the favor by a whole life of sanctity, was due to a suspician that they misused it. At the opening of this chapter we have told the story of Simeon Ben-Iochai, one of the victims to this priceless knowledge, and see how little he deserved his cruel treatment.



* See Eliphas Levi's "Dogme et Rituel," vol. 1.
+ Yeva is heva, the feminine counterpart of jehovah-Binah.

[Based on: Isis Unveiled, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Theology / 1998 reprint of the 1877 edition), pp. 398-399]

   It was the secresy of the early kabalists, who were anxious to screen the real Mystery name of the "Eternal" from profanation, and later the prudence which the mediaeval alchemists and occultists were compelled to adopt to save their lives, that caused the inextricable confusion of divine names. This is what led the people to accept the Jehovah of the Bible as the name of the "One Living God." Every Jewish elder, prophet, and other man of any importance knew the difference; but as the difference lay in the vocalization of the "name," and its right pronunciation led to death, the common people were ignorant of it, for no initiate would risk his life by teaching it to them. Thus the Sinaitic deity came gradually to be regarded as identical with "Him whose name is known but to the wise." [....]

[Based on: Isis Unveiled, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Theology / 1998 reprint of the 1877 edition), p. 400]

[....] The Jews regard the name given to them -- the Yah-oudi -- as an insult. Yet they have, or would have if they only wished it, as undeniable a right to call themselves the ancient Yah-oudi, "Jah-hovians," as the Brahmins have to call themselves Brahmins, after their national deity. For Jah-hovah is the generic name of that group or hierarchy of creative planetary angels, under whose star their nation has evolved. He is one of the planetary Elohim of the regent group of Saturn. Verse 26 of Genesis, ch. iv., when read correctly, would alone give them such a right, for it calls the new race of men sprung from Seth and Enos, Jehovah, something quite different from the translation adopted in the Bible: -- "To him also, was born a son, Enos; then began men to call themselves Jah or Yah-hovah," to wit men and women, the "lords of creation." One has but to read the above-mentioned verse in the original Hebrew text and by the light of the Kabala, to find that, instead of the words as they now stand translated, it is: -- "Then began men to call themselves Jehovah," which is the correct translation, and not "Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord"; the latter being a mistranslation, whether deliberate or not. Again the well-known passage: "I have gotten a man from the Lord," should read: "I have gotten a man, even Jehovah."* [....]

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* See "Source of Measures," p. 227.

[Based on: The Secret Doctrine, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Anthropogenesis / 1999 reprint of the 1888 edition), p. 127]

[On-line version @: - [Vol. 2, Page] 127 SETH OUR PROGENITOR.

*Trivia: Genesis Chap. 4  [E.M.]

[....] And so it was, since from Enosh, the "Son of Man," only, were the truly human races to begin and "to be," as males and females. This statement receives further corroboration, inasmuch as Parkhurst makes the verb hvh to mean: (1) "To fall down" (i.e. into generation or matter); and (2) "To be, to continue" -- as a Race. The aspirate of the word eua (Eva) "to be" being vh Heve (Eve), which is the feminine of yhvh and the same as Hebe, the Grecian goddess of youth and the Olympian bride of Heracles, makes the name Jehovah appear still more clearly in its primitive double-sexed form. [....]

[Based on: The Secret Doctrine, by H.P. Blavatsky (Vol. 2 - Anthropogenesis / 1999 reprint of the 1888 edition), pp. 129-130]

[On-line version @: - [Vol. 2, Page] 129 THE JEWISH GOD-NAME.

"Jehovah was originally Yahuva, Ya suggesting the word oh and Hu standing for God, while the A represents manifestation. Hu is the origin of the sound, but when the sound first takes shape on the external plane, it becomes A, therefore alif or alpha is considered to be the first expression of Hu, the original word. [....] The letter A is pronounced without the help of the teeth or tongue, and in Sanskrit A always means without."

[Based on:] - [T.D. - 11/03/07] - [T.D. = "transcription date"]


Hu (mythology) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Redirected from Hu (god) [....]

"In Egyptian mythology, Hu (?w) is the deification of the first word, the word of creation, that Atum was said to have exclaimed upon ejaculating, in his masturbatory act of creating the Ennead.

Hu is mentioned already in the Old Kingdom Pyramid texts (PT 251, PT 697) as companion of the deceased pharaoh. Together with Sia, he was depicted in the retinue of Thot, with whom he was also occasionally identified.

In the Middle Kingdom, all gods participated in Hu and Sia, and were associated with Ptah who created the universe by uttering the word of creation. Hu was depicted in human shape, as a falcon, or as a man with a ram's head.

In the New Kingdom, both Hu and Sia together with Heke, Irer and Sedjem were members of the fourteen creative powers of Amun-Ra. By the time of Ptolemaic Egypt, Hu had merged with Shu (air).

As the word of creation, he is comparable to the Hindu concept of Vac, and the Greek concept of Logos. His name is thought to originate as an onomatopoeia of the act of drawing breath (compare the Hindu and Buddhist notion of AUM). It was later said that Atum split this aspect from himself by extracting blood from his own penis and turning it into Hu (logos) and Saa (sophia).

[Based on:] - [T.D. - 10/11/08]

*Trivia: "hu" (authorative utterance) : the creative word of the supreme creator-god is uttered by his tongue. To speak words of power is immediate and carries conviction, strength and weight. "Hu" is also deified, and is always depicted together with Sia. Both represent the basic functions of the divine mind : overarching understanding (overviewing the Two Lands) hand in hand with authority, weight & power of command. Both concepts pre-figurate the omiscience & omnipotence of the Judeo-Christian God ;

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The Supreme Being has been called by various names in different languages, but the mystics have known him as HU. . . the only name of the Nameless. . . The word Hu is the spirit of all sounds and of all words, and is hidden within them all, as the spirit in the body. It does not belong to any language, but no language can help belonging to it. This alone is the true name of God, a name that no people and no religion can claim as their own.

[Based on: The Mysticism of Sound, by Hazrat Inayat Khan, pages 64-65 (original copyright date 1923)]
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"[....] The Seven Names of God Prayer is a prayer given by Meher Baba first in 1926 to his Prem Ashram students and later his close disciples to memorize and recite, often as a chant or song. The seventh of the names is Hu.

Hari, Paramatma,
Allah, Ahuramazda,
God, Yezdan, Hu


Update (Aug. 29, 2009) Moved from comments.

Also what "Hu" is in Arabic-Farsi-Urdu-Turkish is etymologically related to "Su" in Sanskrit, and "Eu' in English (e.g., euphony, euphemism, eucharist.

In the Avestan 3-part ethical formula of Zarathusthra the word "Hu" means beautiful or good:

Hu Mata (Good thoughts)

Hu Ukhta (Good Words)

Hu Varashta (Good actions)

~Talat Halman

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Hu - "[....] Describing the temples of the Druids, Charles Heckethorn, in The Secret Societies of All Ages & Countries, says: 'Their temples wherein the sacred fire was preserved were generally situate on eminences and in dense groves of oak, and assumed various forms - circular, because a circle was the emblem of the universe; oval, in allusion to the mundane egg, from which issued, according to the traditions of many nations, the universe, or, according to others, our first parents; serpentine, because a serpent was the symbol of Hu, the Druidic Osiris; cruciform, because a cross is an emblem of regeneration; or winged, to represent the motion of the Divine Spirit. *** Their chief deities were reducible to two - a male and a female, the great father and mother - Hu and Ceridwen, distinguished by the same characteristics as belong to Osiris and Isis, Bacchus and Ceres, or any other supreme god and goddess representing the two principles of all being.'" [Based on: The Secret Teachings Of All Ages, by Manly P. Hall, pp. 47-48 (2003 edition) - original text 1928] See also:

Hu - "Godfrey Higgins states that Hu, the Mighty, regarded as the first settler of Britain, came from a place which the Welsh Triads call the Summer Country, the present site of Constantinople. Albert Pike says that the Lost Word of masonry is concealed in the name of the Druid god Hu. The meager information extant concerning the secret initiations of the Druids indicates a decided similarity between their Mystery school and the schools of Greece and Egypt. Hu, the Sun God, was murdered and, after a number of strange ordeals and mystic rituals, was restored to life." [Based on: The Secret Teachings Of All Ages, by Manly P. Hall, p. 48 (2003 edition) - original text 1928] See also:

"VIRGIN BIRTH. - The origin of this is to be found in the sacred Writings of Mu. It appears in the Fifth Command of The Creation: [NP] "From these cosmic eggs life came forth as commanded." [NP] In a subsequent table explaining the commands in creation, cosmic eggs are referred to as "the virgins of Life." The sentence reads: "Hol Hu Kal." Translated into English it reads: Hol - closed; Hu - virgin womb; and Kal - to open. Free reading: To pierce or open the virgin womb of life. [....] Being the First Known commands or executors of the commands of the Creator, they were called of virgin birth to correspond with the teachings of the Sacred Writings regarding earthly life - thus the First life either of the Gods or nature was the result of Hol Hu Kal. [NP] Upon this ancient conception modern priesthoods (within the last two thousand years) have invented virgin births and immaculate conceptions for various men that have lived, as an example, Masters. [....]" [Based on: The Sacred Symbols of Mu, by Col. James Churchward, 1992 reprint (First published in 1933), pp. 48-50] - [My brackets. NP = "new paragraph"]

from The Flaming Door: Mission of the Celtic Fold Soul

by Eleanor C. Merry, 1936

"And that which came to meet the soul (as light and sound come to meet our outer eyes and ears) was called HU, the spiritual world." (p. 137)

"The God HU was the all-ruling Divinity of Western Celtic mythology. He represented the power and the glory of the spiritual world." (p. 153)

"The Mysteries of HU revealed the other pole of human life: the ascent out of the body into the 'glorified' state of expansion of the consciousness in the spiritual world." (p. 153)

"And HU could bring music to the consciousness of waking man and teach it to him, because he himself could hear in sleep the harmonies of the spheres, and his passage from waking to sleeping to waking was unbroken by any obliteration of consciousness. This was always the summit of initiation experience." (p. 165)


"The Mysteries of HU revealed the other pole of human life: the ascent out of the body into the 'glorified' state of expansion of the consciousness in the spiritual world." Eleanor C. Merry


Hu - "The true Name of God. The origin and end of every sound as well as the background of each word. The spirit of all sounds and of all words. It does not belong to any language, but no language can help belonging to it (Based on: Julian Johnson, The Path of the Masters - 1939). Trivia: According to the best efforts of linguists and researchers the root of the present word God is the Sanskrit word hu which means to call upon, invoke, implore."


"The Supreme has been called various names in different languages, but is known to those who recognize the real wisdom as HU, the name of the nameless one. The word HU is the spirit of all sounds and of all words, and is hidden under them all, as the spirit of soul. It does not belong to any language, but no language can help belonging to it. This alone is the true name of God, a name that no people and no religion can claim as their own."

[Based on: FLUTE OF GOD (Chapter 6, as it appeared in ORION): pages 43 and 44 by Paul Twitchell and copyrighted in 1967] - [Source link:  ]

*Trivia: HU. HYOO The most ancient, secret name for God. The singing of the word HU is considered a love song to God. It can be sung aloud or silently to oneself. (Copyright © 2001 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved. Last modified August 30, 2001) [Based on:]

HU - "The HU has been in use for thousands of years by many different cultures and religious groups as a means to have a greater conscious contact with the Light and Sound of God. Texts or practices of the ancient Eyptians, Gnostics, Greek mystery schools, Druids, Sufi, Hermetic, early Christian, Coptic, Africans and Eckankar have, or still use the HU." [Based on: message (The HU) by Cybersailor_Rich, 10/03/2001] - [see: *Link]

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God - The supreme Being God is 'the god'; and god, OE god, is akin to OFris, OS, MD (var got) -D god, OHG-MHG got, G Gott, Go guth, ON goth, guth: perh orig 'the (one, the being, hence the deity) invoked': Walshe cfs the 'Skt -huta (for *ghuta) "invoked" (deity)', huta being the pp of havate, he calls upon (a god); perh cf also Ga and OIr guth, voice, OC *gutus (r *gut-).

[Based on: ORIGINS / A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English, by Eric Partridge, 1983 edition, p. 259]

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