Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bahir 174

Extension. Watch as this idea unfolds

Verse 174. And what is the reason that you said that the Song of Songs is beautiful? Yes, it is the most beautiful of all the Holy Scriptures. Rabbi Yochanan thus said: All Scripture is holy, and all the Torah is holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies. What is the meaning of the Holy of Holies? It means that it is holy for the Holy Ones. What are the Holy Ones? They are the counterparts of the six directions that are in man. That which is holy for them is holy for everything.

Commentary: It is ecstasy that is being described within the Song of Songs. It is the kind of ecstasy associated for a man with a beautiful woman. It is the a description of the Divine Presence, the Shekinah. This experience of the Shekinah is always described in sensual terms. This sensuality however, surpasses the physical sensations ascending and becoming something else that is best described as the holy of holies. The best counterpart for the holy of holies is the sahasra chakra described in Kundalini meditation. This chakra is the crown chakra associating it with Kether and beyond. It is also called the thousanded petalled lotus because of the bliss that radiates outwards from this experience. An allusion to this outward radiation is when the Holy Ones are described as 'the counterparts of the six directions that are in man. We are speaking here of the level where cause comes into being taking part in everything that descends from it. The Shekinah experience is holy because it is a direction connection to the G-d within that speaks in the classic terms of feelings and love.

Song of Songs 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth--for thy love is better than wine.

Here is the experience of the Shekinah opening up to the interests of man in his quest for unity sublime. We learn from this that not only do we seek the Shekinah but also that the Shekinah seeks us.

Song of Songs 1:3
Thine ointments have a goodly fragrance; thy name is as ointment poured forth; therefore do the maidens love thee.

The ointments in this case are our Torah studies which rise to the higher levels as oinment is poured forth. The maidens are the angels above who carry these oinments swooning with their fragrances of truth and insights.

Song of Songs 1:4 Draw me, we will run after thee; the king hath brought me into his chambers; we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will find thy love more fragrant than wine! sincerely do they love thee.

See how the Shekinah beckons us. Bring me down or draw me into thy life. We will run after thee. Here is the evidence that the Shekinah is an angelic presence made up and the Ophanim and chayoth ha kodesh.
The chambers are the inner sanctuaries in mind sometimes called mansions where we connect to Arik Anpin or the totality of the universe. We will be glad... speaks of the sensation of bliss that is returned for or by our efforts. When we love the Shekinah that love is consumed with relish and flavor and returned completely, 'sincerely do they love thee.'

Song of Songs 1:5
'I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.

Symbolically this is the mind of the man reaching out for connection. It is dark because it seeks connection but doesn't have it yet. The daughters of Jerusalem are symbolic of thought that has been infused with the Shekinah.

Song of Songs 1:6
Look not upon me, that I am swarthy, that the sun hath tanned me; my mother's sons were incensed against me, they made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.'

Many times in life we find ourselves thinking about someone else's problems never really dealing with our own situation. Because of this chaos or darkness still clings to us.

Song of Songs 1:7
Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon; for why should I be as one that veileth herself beside the flocks of thy companions?

Seeking connection the soul asks where to find it; where to find the peace of communion with thoughts (thy flocks) that are infused with the Shekinah, with connection. There isn't any need to hide your thoughts once they reach out for unity in Torah in the Tree of Life.

Read the Song of Songs now with the idea of Shekinah and the rising of Kundalini energy. Keep in mind that in some portions are described the downward flow and in others are described the upwards flow.
Take all of this with inner connection of the Tree of Life which turns out to be the flowing of energy centers throughout the body in one sense but in another sense describes the process of thought as it passes from inspiration into sensation. More on this and the Song of Songs in the next verse.


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