E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A system of religion established in India in the third century. The general outline of the system is that the world is a transient reflex of deity; that the soul is a vital spark of deity; and that after death it will be bound to matter again till its wearer has, by divine contemplation, so purged and purified it that it is fit to be absorbed into the divine essence.