Theosophical Glossary by HPB:  (Hebrew)  An image, (Kab.) lit., a shadow;  the shadow of the physical body of a man, also the astral body.

"Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible".   "Tselem" occurs 16 times translated into English as "image", 1 time translated as "form" and one time it is translated as "vain shew" (perhaps because a vain woman was conceived as caring only about her image).

Be'TZELEM Elohim - In God's Image:  While some maintain that the human being is only physical form, the Torah, in one of its most important sentences, insists that every person is also created in the image of God--tzelem Elokim (Genesis 1:26,27). On the surface we see each others' outward appearance, but if we look deeply, we ought be able to perceive a little bit of God in our fellow human being.

In fact, it is the tzelem Elokim which makes the human being unique. In the words of Pirke Avot, "beloved is the human being who is created in the image of God." (Avot 3:18)  http://www.hir.org/torah/rabbi/5759/bereshit59.htm

ALSO:    Tsulma' - (Chaldean) A shadow, image; used in the Kabbalah in connection with the neshamah and ruah: during the last seven days of man's life, it is said, every night the neshamah goes up from a person and the tsulma' is no more shown; when the tsulma' goes away the ruah goes with it (Zohar i 117a, Crem ed).

Koah hag-Guph -  (Hebrew) [from koah power, strength, aptness + guph body, vehicle, shell] Also Choach-ha-guf, ko'h-ha-guph, etc. The body  of (vital) strength; equivalent to the model-body or linga-sarira in the sevenfold classification of human principles (cf SD 2:633--SD INDEX Koah Haguph (Heb), life force II 633). http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/etgloss/ke-kz.htm




From Genesis:

1.26: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

1.27 "So God created man in his own image in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

 5.3 "And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth."

9.6. "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."


Bhuta (Sanskrit) [from the verbal root bhu to be, become] Has been; as an adjective become, been gone; as a noun, that which is or exists, any living being; entities that have lived and passed on. Applied specifically to "spooks, ghosts, simulacra, the reliquiae, of dead men; in other words, the astral dregs and remnants of human beings. They are the 'shades' of the ancients, the pale and ghostly phantoms living in the astral world, or the astral copies of the men that were; and the distinction between the bhuta and the kama-rupa is very slight. http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/etgloss/bh-bo.htm



Linga Sarira



Chhaya chaya (Sanskrit) A shade, shadow, copy; esoterically, the astral image or body of a person. Besides referring to the human astral form, the term is usually applied to the shadows or copies -- the astral body-projections -- of the spiritual beings or pitris who played an important part in the early evolutionary development of humankind. In the first root-race, "the pure, celestial Being (Dhyan Chohan) and the great Pitris of various classes were commissioned -- the one to evolve their images (Chhaya), and make of them physical man, the others to inform and thus endow him with divine intelligence and the comprehension of the Mysteries of Creation" (SD 2:233n). This idea also appears in the Zohar: "'In the Tzalam (shadow image) of Elohim (the Pitris), was made Adam (man)' " (SD 2:137). See also SANJNA

Chhaya Birth The primeval mode of asexual procreation of the first root-race of mankind on this globe in this round. This first race, who were mere chhayas (astral forms or images), are said to have oozed out from the forms of the pitris. See also SANJNA   http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/etgloss/cha-chy.htm