Friday, September 16, 2005

Bahir Verse 77-81

First a brief commentary on why certain passages are quoted here in the Bahir and Zohar. Both of these texts come from either inspirations which the author has chosen to reveal in this form or as a result of actual conversations which were remembered and written down. In each case the information received or the Kabbalah revealed is non linear in nature. Think of thought(s) as a vast current of ideation out of which we pull that which appeals to us in the moment. The only way at that time to describe higher conceptualized thought was through biblical references. These references formed the basis for organized meditation. It kept the group focus and because of this lead to the amazing revelations that we are seeing through Modern Kabbalah today. All that the writers and the conversationalists were concerned with at this time was the connection. It is this connection which derives our meanings as we look into these writings together. Let us continue now in that spirit to resolve some of the mysteries contained within Bahir Verse 77

Bahir Verse 77. What is the meaning of the verse (Habakkuk 3:2) "In anger, you shall remember love (rachem)" ? He said: When Your children sin before You and You are angry at them, "remember love." What is the meaning of "remember love"? That regarding which it is written (Psalm 18:2), "I love (rachem) You O God, my strength." And You have him this attribute, which is the Divine Presence of Israel. He recalled his son whom he inherited, and whom You gave to him. It is thus written (I Kings 5:26), "And God gave wisdom to Solomon." And You should remember their father Abraham, as it is written (Isaiah 41:8), "The seed of Abraham My friend" ­ "In the midst of years make it known."

Commentary: There are two themes here, anger and love. We are being asked to remember one while in the midst of another. Notably remember love in the midst of anger. On the surface yes this is wisdom and indeed the wisdom of Solomon alluded to further on in the verse. Here is the context of love that we are being asked to remember. Remember love in 'God, my strength.' Remember the strength of love. Remember love in terms of the 'Divine Presence.' This Divine Presence is a gift that is given to us from above. We are likewise to bestow this gift of connection which is the ancient meaning of Divine Presence or Sheckinah. When it says remember Abraham, think about remembering the one for is not Abraham the father of Judaism yes but more than that also the father of the concept of the unity of oneness of God. We are asked 'in the midst of years make it know.' What this means is to remember the oneness of God eternally. The result of the constant evocation of unity cannot be other than love which is the acceptance of unity along with its ascension to its highest form. Therefore look at your children (these are your thoughts for your heart's desire that you have sent forth) with love and remember that love. In plain language when you dream your dreams do not be frustrated by the results. Just because you do not see them doesn't mean they are not forming. This forming of your heart's desire requires only one thing on a daily basis, that is your love. It nurtures your heart's desire and causes it to blossom forth.

Watch what happens because of this nurturing in the next verse.

Bahir Verse 78. Where do we see that Abraham had a daughter? It is written (Genesis 24:1), "And God blessed Abraham with all (Bakol) ." It is also written (Isaiah 43:7), " All that is called by My name, for My glory I created it, I formed it, also I made it." Was this blessing his daughter, or was it not? Yes, it was his daughter. What is this like? A king had a slave who was complete and perfect before him. The king tested the slave in many ways, but the slave withstood all temptation. The King said, "What will I give that slave? What should I do for him? I can do nothing but command my older brother to advise him, watch over him and honour him." The slave thus went to the older brother and learned his attributes. The brother loved him very much, and called him his friend. It is thus written (Isaiah 41:8), "The seed of Abraham My friend." He said, "What will I give him? What can I do for him? Behold I have made a beautiful vessel, and in it are beautiful jewels. There is nothing like it in the treasuries of kings. I will give it to him, and he will be worthy in his place." This is the meaning of the verse, "And God blessed Abraham with all."

Commentary: Yes Abraham has a daughter. The daughter is the Shekinah, the Divine Presence, the connection with God and yes it's connection to our heart's desire. Of course God blesses Abraham with all. Once we recognize and court the connection our heart's desire cannot help but reveal itself over and over again. Here you see the ancient descriptions in terms of beautiful jewels and treasuries of kings. Our heart's desire is just that and is revealed by our connection to unity, to the unity of our purpose. We can only be right in our own hearts and minds if we keep our focus perfect. We see our heart's desire, we nuture it with love and we are open to the connection that builds itself between the thought of our heart's desire and it fruition. It is the parable of creation taking place all over again. Remember that the form of thought contains within it the design of thought as well. As makers in unity with connection we may continually perfect the designs and therefore the forms of our life. Who is the slave in this passsage. It is mind which is ruled by will which is the older brother showing compassion and knowledge to this slave. How you approach the very subject of mind within yourself will determine your success in becoming active in its operation. Approach mind with love and turn back your angry thoughts with love as from verse 77. Then connect with and expand that love to unravel the subjugation of your emotions which are also a slave to will through the actions of mind. What Modern Kabbalah is showing here is the relationship you have within yourself to your own destiny. Where you stand and how you administer your world makes all the difference between happiness and negativity. Stand upright in mind accepting the will of your maker, your heart's desire and prepare yourself to be blessed by all as this verse concludes with.

These themes are continued and as we see are even more directly addressed in the next verse 79

Bahir 79. Another explanation: [It is written] (Habakkuk 3:2), "I heard a report of You and I feared." [This means] "I understood what was reported about You and I feared." What did he understand? He understood God's thought. Even [human] thought has no end, for man can think, and descend to the end of the world. The ear also has no end and is not satiated. It is thus written (Ecclesiastes 1:8), "The ear is not satiated from hearing." Why is this so? Because the ear is in the shape of an Aleph. Aleph is the root of the Ten Commandments. Therefore "the ear is not satiated from hearing."

Commentary: You have unlimited capacity. Thought is what we hear within. Our capacity is related to what God's capacity is for listening and that is of course endless. When we realize this our lives change. What is called fear here is endless wonder that can appear as fear to the uninitiated but in the case of Modern Kabblah this fear is our sense of wonder. Once you experience this connection you are filled with wonder and can never get enough of this feeling. The feeling of wonder is what brings about inspiration which determines the course of our thought and what we are able to hear in each moment. We make ourselves new each time we recognize and let go into the capacity of infinity.
Situations occur that would otherwise never have appeared to your ears or listening capacity. Out of these situations new forms of thought arise causing even more variations. Your perspective changes offering new insights by the moment.

More specifics about this process are continued here:

Bahir Verse 80. What is the meaning of the letter Zayin in the word Ozen (ear)? We have said that everything that the Blessed Holy One brought into His world has a name emanating form its concept. It is thus written (Genesis 2:19), "All that the man called each living soul, that was its name." This teaches us that each thing's body was thus. And how do we know that each thing's name is its body? It is written (Proverbs 10:7) , "The memory of the righteous shall be a blessing, and the name of the wicked shall rot." What actually rots, their name or their body? [One must agree that it is their body.] Here too, [each thing's name refers to] its body.

Commentary: Here the process of thought coming into form is deliniated. First there is the Holy One which names a thing according to its concept. Start with your heart's desire and give it a name or simply call it your heart's desire. Every thought that issues forth because of your focus on your heart's desire is ensouled by this heart's desire. The body or the form that results comes from the 'memory of the righteous,' which means that the righteous or those who keep their focus on their heart's desire get to see their heart's desire appear in form. The blessing of our focus is the seeing of this focus in a body. The wicked here refers to what happens when we lose our focus. The body of our heart's desire rots. To further clarify it isn't just the body but the very idea or name of this body which dissipates. The key to preventing this dissipation is memory. Remember your heart's desire and love it and nuture it.

To complete these thoughts we must look at one more verse in this series:

Bahir Verse 81. What is an example of this? Take the word for root ­ Shoresh (Shin ­ Resh ­ Shin). The letter Shin looks like the roots of a tree. [ Resh is bent, since] the root of every tree is bent. And what is the function of the final Shin? This teaches us that if you take a branch and plant it, it will root again. What is its function of the Zayin [in Ozen ­ ear]? [Its numerical value is seven] corresponding to the seven days of the week. This teaches us that each day has its own power. And what is its function [in the word Ozen ]? This teaches us that just like there is infinite wisdom in the ear, so is there power in all parts of the body"

Commentary: Look now how our focus has caused our heart's desire to take root. Once it takes root then by remembering any other part of it (branch) we can restore it to it's original function. This is compared to the days which come one after another. The infinity of time and the infinity of the function of form is told. The same power which rules each day also rules every thought that has become attached to our heart's desire by our remembering to keep our focus on this heart's desire. This is what it means to say that there is infinite wisdom in the ear, What ever we find becoming associated with our heart's desire expands infinitely even to expressing itself into the all the forms of being or 'in all parts of the body.'


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