Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bahir 159-160

It is happening even now that rest which fills you with creation. It fills you to the point of overflowing.Let's see how.

159. What is this "rest"? It is the absence of work. It is a cessation which is called Shabbat (meaning rest). What is this like? A king had seven gardens, and the middle one contained a fountain, welling up from a living source. Three [of his gardens] are at its right, and three are at its left. When it performed its function and overflowed, they all rejoiced, saying, "It overflowed for our sake." It waters them and makes them grow, while they wait and rest. Do we then say that it waters the seven? But it is written (Isaiah 43:5), "From the east I will bring your seed." This indicates that one of [the seven] waters it. We must therefore say that it waters the Heart, and the Heart then waters them all.Commentary: There is no rest nor stillness until the heart is at peace or rest. Creation issues from this peaceful stasis. Out of this rest is the overflowing of creation. Our heart's desire cannot be realized without this rest. This isn't a rest of more making or of the incubation of fulfillment. It is the rest of stillness where inner knowing meets outward growing. The fountain is the life force flowing into manifestation continuously taking the symbolic forms of the three on each side alluding to the reproductive force of creation that reproduces itself. This speaks to the functionality of the Sephiroth themselves which are a means visualization that raises our thoughts to the abstract level of ideation crucial to the development of creator type awareness. Thought is watered by inspiration and discovery following inquiry. This is ongoing and the basis of every experience we may perceive. The seed that is brought out of the east is the pregant power of your heart's desire which is nurtured or watered by the certainty of your imagination.

160. Rabbi Berachiah sat and expounded: Each day we speak of the World to Come. Do we then understand what we are saying? In Aramaic, the "World to Come" is translated "the world that came." And what is the meaning of "the world that came"? We learned that before the world was created, it arose in thought to create an intense light to illuminate it . He created an intense light over which no created thing could have authority. The Blessed Holy One saw, however, that the world could not endure [this light]. He therefore took a seventh of it and left it in its place for them. The rest He put away for the righteous in the Ultimate Future. He said, "If they are worthy of this seventh and keep it, I will give them [the rest] in the Final World." It is therefore called "the world that came," since it already came [into existence] from the six days of creation. Regarding this it is written (Psalm 31:20), "How great is Your good that You have hidden away for those who fear You."

Commentary: The world that came. It is a telling statement. Already in our imagination the thing passes into history. What is to become has become. Listen to what they are saying here. The world arose in thought before it was created by means of a great light. This light is the inspiration of holiness that works its will according to no outward control since it emanates directly from holiness. Let's step outside of time and recognize thought as both the initiator and the final outcome. When we are able to see this then we are open to this good that has been hidden away. It is the recognition of the process of unfoldment that awakens our inner being to this world to come that already is. It tells us that thought is both the result of inspiration and the effect of demonstration. This is the revelation that is being shown here. As in all revelation there is contained therein the reflected light of creation that is too much to be shown all at once. That is why we learn about it and experience it in pieces so that our understanding may keep pace with our curiosity about the process of how things are actually being worked out.


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