Monday, August 22, 2005

Bahir 68

Now the way is prepared and it is shown in all its glory. See inside and then venture there to all palaces of the imagination.

We continue with the Bahir.

Bahir verse 68. : The disciples asked Rabbi Rahumai: What is the meaning of the verse (Habakkuk 3:1), "A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, for errors." A prayer? It should be called a praise [since it speaks of God's greatness]. But whoever turns his heart from worldly affairs and delves in the Works of the Chariot * is accepted before God as if he prayed all day. It is therefore called "a prayer." What is the meaning of "for errors"? As it is written [regarding wisdom] (Proverbs 5:19), "With its love you shall always err." Regarding what is this speaking? The Works of the Chariot, as it is written (Habbakuk 3:2) "O God, I heard a report of You and I feared."

Commentary: Look within and discriminate the truth. 'Works of the Chariot' refers to the works of the mind in contemplation of God. The impelling force of inquiry is the opening to all phases of the mystery. All we need to is to keep asking the question. Answers are then forthwith added. We then take our wisdom from these answers in order to apply them daily. First we make the effort and if we seem to fail we continue without regard for judgement of the results. Our effort is therefore ongoing and cumulative. Pulse and pace provides the answer here. More on this aspect in another post.


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