Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Bahir Verse 57-61

This could be a difficult passage except that it is following the rule of mind via thought all along. This rule says that the meanings referred to are pointing to operations of thought. They are spoken of in allegory and transmitted to us in a time honored way. Since the universe is expanding, growing in understanding it follows that today we are able to have a more clear interpretation of these verses than even when they were first spoken or written down for a select few. Here is the verse, the commentary as usual follows.

Bahir Verse 57. What is the meaning of the verse (Isaiah 30:26) , "The light of the moon shall be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, like the light of the seven days." The verse does not say "seven days," but " the seven days." These are the days regarding which it is written (Exodus 31:17), "For six days God made [the heaven and the earth]." As you said, God made six beautiful vessels. What are they? "The heaven and the earth." Are they not seven? Yes, as it is written (ibid.) "And on the seventh day, He rested and souled." What is the meaning of "souled?" This teaches us that the Sabbath sustains all souls. It is therefore written that it souled.

Commentary: The light of the moon is the reflected light. We are in truth that reflected light. We are the reflected light of soul. When 'he rested and souled,' we came to be. So it is when our thoughts are at peace and the results of our thinking appear before us souled by the thoughts we have meditated upon. The recognition of this soul completes the cycle and makes the light of our understanding the equivalent of seven times brighter.

We continue this concept in the next verse 58

Verse 58. Another explanation: This teaches us that it is from there that souls fly forth. It is thus written, "and He souled." This continues for a thousand generations. It is thus written (Psalm 105:8), "The word that He commanded until a thousand generations." Immediately after this it says, "[the covenant] that He cut with Abraham." What is the meaning of "cut"? He cut a covenant between the ten fingers of his hands and the ten toes of his feet. Abraham was ashamed. God then said to him (Genesis 17:4), "And I, behold My covenant is with you," and with it, "you will be the father of many nations."

Commentary: Let stay with our explanation in Mind. When understanding occurs it reaches out into every part of our being. Since we are beings of the universe this understanding permeates the universe of ideas in our view. 'A thousand generations,' the single understanding begets multiple insights and these do indeed go on. 'Generation' is another word taking form from one thing into another. It is an evolving sequence of events just like our thoughts evolve in the experiences we are becoming. That which is cut between the ten fingers alludes to the blessing that the kohain gives with both hands in Spock's live long and prosper configuration. We bring forth blessings by our connection with unity. This covenant simply means as a man thinks so shall he experience. It is the fundamental law around which all of our lives revolve. The nations of which you are the father of are the experiences you have as a result of your intentional thinking. You see yourself in the experiences that you understand. You are truly their father. Abraham was ashamed refers perhaps to the circumcision which the covenant was sealed with but more likely in higher thought we always shy away from negative energy. Being ashamed means that now Abraham has the capacity to know that what he thinks is what he experiences and therefore may regret certain actions. All in all the ashamed part can be taken out of this context here or only be used to show that our actions results from our thoughts. There isn't any shame in making a mistake. Once you realize your direction you may work increasingly for correction which means thinking positive thoughts for your life's plan.

A slight departure occurs in the next verse but we will catch up with it and unify it with the whole.

Bahir Verse 59. Why is heaven called Shamayim? This teaches that God kneaded fire and water, and combined them together. From this He made the "beginning of His word." It is thus written (Psalm 119:160), "The beginning of your word is truth." It is therefore called Shamayim ­ Sham Mayim (there is water) ­ Esh Mayim (fire water). He said to them: This is the meaning of the verse (Job 25:2), "He makes peace in His heights." He placed peace and love between them. May He also place peace and love among us.

Commentary: The key to progressing along this path of positive thought is given. Emotion-water, and Fire-thought. The word starts out in truth and with emotion rides the crest of manifestation according to our steadfast intention. 'Peace in the heights' refers to our High Watch, our ability to continually choose the higher thought. Out of our choices then we experience the peace and not fighting with our ego constantly. 'Peace and love between them' is the bonding between emotion and thought which sees on high. The emotion is the inspirational source of power to promote your utmost good throughout every circumstance that you experience. What the rabbis are saying here is to work with this process and experience all of the benefits from on high through the process of unfoldment that takes place when your emotions and thoughts work together for your good.

Details are forthcoming in verse 60

Verse 60. We also say (Psalm 119:164), "seven times each day I praised You for Your righteous judgement." They asked him, "What are they?" He replied, "You do not look at it carefully. Be precise and you will find them."

Commentary: Once again the seven times we see in relationship to the light of the sun in verse 57. The theme is being continued. The righteous judgement is our choices that we make to choose our higher thoughts and not descend to our lower nature. The students question is answered above by the rabbi telling the student to look carefully at those times when they are in the middle of making their choices. This may be as simple as changing your mind in the middle of an angry moment realizing that all anger is self anger. When you make the choice to not hurt yourself by becoming angry then you are choosing the right thoughts, referred to as 'them' in Verse 60.

There is one more verse in this series of expositions relating to mind and our chosen thoughts. Verse 61 continues the idea and adds another dimension to it.

Bahir verse 61. They asked him, "What is the letter Tzaddi ?"" He said: Tzaddi is a Nun and a Yod . Its mate is also a Nun and a Yod . It is thus written (Proverbs 10:25), "The righteous (Tzadik) is the foundation of the world."
The letter yod is associated with the hermit in tarot.
The Nun is associated with the Death card.

On the one hand we have the hermit on the mountain keeping the High Watch and on the other hand is the passing away of old habit patterns. This is the entire point of these past five verses.


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