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Origin of third eye
Words nearby third eye
What else does third eye mean?
The third eye is a representation of mystical intuition and insight—an inner vision and enlightenment beyond what the physical eyes can see. It is traditionally depicted as being located in the middle of the forehead.
How is third eye pronounced?[ thurd ahy ]
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Where does third eye come from?
The concept of the third eye is an ancient one. One of the most powerful and important gods in Hinduism, Shiva, is often depicted with a third eye, representing his wisdom and enlightenment—but also representing the power of destruction. In the Sanskrit epic poem the Mahabharata, Shiva reduces Kama, the god of desire, into ashes with his third eye. The term third eye is recorded in English in the early 1800s.
Later in the 1800s, Russian occultist Helena Blavatsky, who co-founded the Theosophical Society, claimed that the third eye was a non-physical capacity for “inner vision” possessed by humanity’s ancestors. Blavatsky associated the third eye with the pineal gland, an association still made by some in spiritualist communities today. An article published by the Theosophical Society in the late 1800s connected (citing a source from Kolkata) the third eye with one of the chakras, spiritual energy centers in the body in Hindu tradition. Here, the third eye was specifically connected to the Ajna chakra, located in the forehead.
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, a Japanese scholar of Zen Buddhism, described in the 1960s the overcoming of ignorance as opening the third eye. The Atlantic, meanwhile, explored the connections between the third eye, chakras, the pineal gland, and new states of consciousness in a 1966 article titled “LSD and the Third Eye.” Third eye has also permeated more recent popular culture (e.g., San Francisco rock band, Third Eye Blind, who formed in 1993).
How is third eye used in real life?
Third eye is used by yogis and yoga practitioners, the New Age movement, and other spiritual practitioners to refer to the chakra and the spiritual vision it is believed to confer.
The idea of opening your third eye is also used in the general population to refer to achieving a new and clearer perception of reality—just as using or seeing with one’s third eye is an allusive shorthand for “intuition” or “insight.” This new perception is sometimes associated with the use of psychedelic drugs.
Be aware that the third eye has been used as a vulgar slang term for the anus.
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“The third eye is our greatest gift to connect us to source and remind us of a universe much more mystical than that which we perceive with our physical senses. It’s through the awakening of the third eye and its corresponding pineal gland that we’re able to attain supernatural feats of telepathy, psychic vision and an intimate connection with God.”
—Gaia, February 2020
How to use third eye in a sentence
The third suspect, an 18-year-old named Hamyd Mourad, who turned himself in, is part of the same extended family.
Officials have said the war to reclaim upward of a third of Iraq and a quarter of Syria from ISIS could take years.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Third parties in turn quibbled with his accounts, and he was irritated, but not overly so.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The third problem is the evidence of corroborating witnesses.Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Murders are slightly down from 414 last year, but have fallen by about one—third since 2003.
But Lucy had noted, out of the corner of her watchful eye, the arrival of Miss Grains, indignant and perspiring.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
As his eye became accustomed to the gloom, David Arden saw traces of gilding on the walls.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
As small letters weary the eye most, so also the smallest affairs disturb us most.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Ripperda's eye fell upon the mantle,—it was discoloured a dark red in many places, he nodded his head, and the man withdrew.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
But the Mexican caballeros had no notion of coming up to the scratch a third time.