Thursday, July 28, 2005

Bahir Verse 64

How can you tell what is right and what is wrong? Where is the dividing line between these two apparently opposite poles? The next two verses in the Bahir point us in that direction.


Bahir 64. Furthermore, if there is no wisdom, then there is no justice. It is thus written (1 Kings 5:26), "And God gave wisdom to Solomon." He then judged the case [of the two mothers and the infant] correctly, and it is then written (1 Kings 3:28), "And all Israel of the judgement that the Kind had judged, and they feared the king, for they say that the wisdom of God was in him to do judgement."

Commentary: Justice is the right thing to do. It isn't necessarily righting a wrong but doing the right thing in the first place. In Mind this refers to making the right choice(s). You have for example two thoughts which are seeking dominance. One of them is negative. The other is positive. Perhaps the negative one holds the promise of all sorts of explanations why things should be a certain way. The positive may only open us up to another way of looking at things. How may we choose rightly.
Weigh the scales here. Which feels lighter? Which thought feels like it has the capacity to rise up and produce others of similar direction? Which brings health and peace? Which only brings turmoil?
Solomon tries the mothers in the mantle of their love. The true mother loved her baby so much that she would rather give him up rather than have Solomon part it in two. What is your true mother? Not your physical mother but Kabbalisticly speaking. Binah is the 'great mother' from whence everything else proceeds. It is then from Wisdom into Binah and then into Justice. Therefore there is no Justice without Wisdom. The last line from verse 64 refers to 'Israel feared the kind of justice that the king was able to impart." Feared in this sense refers to looking up as in awe and also in terms of the tree where Israel is Zeir Anpin which by the nature of the structure of the tree, the lower Sephirot look up at the higher Sephirot. So too is it with your thoughts. Israel represents your everyday mind and even mass mind which must give up its allegiance to higher mind in order to grow in its understanding.

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