a A great prophet of the tribe of Judah, who was taken as a captive to Babylon; he was renamed Belteshazzar by the king of Babylon (Book of Daniel). b David's son (I Chron. 3:1). c One of the sons of Ithamar, who came back with Ezra from the Babylonian captivity (Ezra 8:2).
Meta. Spiritual judgment. Daniel signifies pure judgment, conscious integrity. He typifies the clear, penetrating insight of Spirit. Daniel humbled himself in the presence of the universal Mind, and thereby opened his understanding and made himself receptive to the cosmic consciousness. Daniel and his companions were superior in wisdom and understanding to all the native magicians and seers in the whole Babylonian realm. The Scripture says that God gave Daniel knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom, and "Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." Cultivate purity of mind and body and you will open the way to the higher planes of thought, as did Daniel. He "purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself" (Dan. 1: 8).