Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bahir 141

The theme of Aleph is continued in this next verse.

141. What are the Ten Sayings? The first is the Highest Crown. Blessed and praised be it name and its people. Who are its people? They are Israel. It is thus written (Psalm 100:3) , "Know that the Lord is God, He made us, and not (Lo) we, His people." [Lo is spelled Lamed Aleph and can be read, "to Aleph". ] The verse then reads, "to Aleph are we." [It is our duty] to recognise and know the Unity of Unities, who is unified in all His names.

Commentary: Lets first take a look at Psalm 100 referenced here:

What we are called to listen to here concerns a sense of direction. This direction is our particular aspect of relationship to Hashem. What is being spotlighted here is that "to Aleph are we" or to the beginning of things are where our attention must be. In terms of our hearts desire I will give the following example.

I want desperately to have a new car. I think about it somewhat but I am usually distracted. Sometimes I am distracted even while actively thinking about it. I think about it but in negative ways such as in 'How will I be able to afford it', or some other kind of negative approach to my initial intention. But if I remember my intention to have this new car and think about it positively and consistently knowing that I already have it by the feelings of satisfaction I am able to promote in my being then my new car cannot help but appear. I have to keep returning to the initial thought in all of its power and majesty.

'Know ye that the Lord He is G-d." Once again the conception of divinity is explained. What is the Lord in the context of this verse 100 here and the context of the Bahir verse 141. The way in which we tie these two together is going to be the substance and heart of this lesson.

What is your highest conception in the moment of your heart's desire? How do I feel about my heart's desire? Do I feel with certainty the presence of the fulfillment of my heart's desire? These are questions that help to define your highest aspirations. They are part of a process meant to aid you in connection your heart's desire with the its fulfillment. This fulfillment represents a change of worlds for you. One moment you will be living in a world that does not contain your heart's desire and then another moment there is a shift and then your heart's desire appears as if it has always been there. This is the place where we are trying to get to. This is the understanding that is being given in both this Psalm 100 and Bahir verse 141. Translate (YHVH = Lord) into what you hold highest in your thoughts about what you want to bring into this world or more accurately how you want to move into a world into which the thing you have set your mind on is now present and accessible to you. It is the Lord above you in the sense that it is directing both thoughts and actions that will bring about the desired results. It is in all senses of the mystery revealed the secret of not only the name but of the NAME, Hashem. You pray to the Lord or (YHVH) and there are your prayers constantly rising through your attention on your heart's desire. Thoughts move and have one thing in common in this area and that is the desire for unification. Why is this so? Think about it. Every thought needs to both stand on its own and be connected with another thought. It is how mind moves in ascension. Things have to make sense even if the status quo of mundane thinking has to step outside of its own box of limited awareness. Everything comes down to questions and answers. Questions set the mind a wandering and answers bring the mind home. There is an order to mind and awareness that is represented by the Sephiroth.

The Highest Crown is the Lord or YHVH coming forth at the instant of the initiation of the first inkling of our heart's desire. It is our thought that knows the end, the beginning and all the places in between. From this Highest Crown called Keter all of the directions of unity proceed including both the going forth and the returning thoughts all adding to the awakening of unity leading to the unity is all His names. What are all His names? Consider then Elohim above the Lord coming first in creation as male-female creator-G-d. His names refer not only to the various names of G-d that appear in the Torah either overtly or covertly through gematria and the use of cyphers but also in terms of what essences internal and external we are called upon to name as our own in the seeking of the truths that resonate within our own beings. You see it says 'it is our duty to recognize and know the Unity of Unities.' What is being presented here is our immediate focus in the moment. What are we thinking about? It is only by our attention that we may become connected to the Lord or YHVH through the passion with which we think about our heart's desire and it is only through this connection that we are then coming from 'Aleph are we,' as it states in Bahir Verse 141.

'Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.' This phrase echoes the attitude of attention we are asked to assume. Thanksgiving for the heart's desire already realized. Praise for the act of creation itself in all its wonder and the blessing of being able to understand this process continually as an awakening study. ' Give thanks unto Him and bless His name.' What do you call your heart's desire? That is its name. It is how we think about something that determines what we are able to see in regards to the actions of our thinking. These actions determine the inspirations or openings that then occur in response to our reaching up or our prayers.

The last part of Psalm 100, 'For the Lord is Good, His mercy endureth forever', speaks to the following:
Our thoughts about what we choose to keep our attention focused upon can only become more and more unified in terms of our seeing them appear before us as a reality in substance. We keep declaring our Good and hold it most high. We groove it in this way so that Creation (Elohim)fills this mold of ideation with the actualization of Creation. His mercy refers to the fact that we cannot keep our focus indefinitely upon our heart's desire. Therefore his Mercy is that quality of remembrance that allows us to take up where we left off in our ongoing meditations upon that heart's desire. If we do not experience that heart's desire we may take up where we left off and experience it again anew this time with more intensity of focus and a greater degree of understanding in terms of how we may let go into the Creation or actualizing process. This will be the subject of the remaining verses concerning the Sephiroth as we continue to enter the Mystery and report on our discoveries here.


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