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“Those who are wise will shine like the radiance(Zohar) of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3
The Zohar (Hebrew: זֹהַר, lit. Splendor or Radiance) is the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah. It is a group of books including commentary on the mystical aspects of the Torah (the five books of Moses) and scriptural interpretations as well as material on mysticism, mythical cosmogony, and mystical psychology. The Zohar contains a discussion of the nature of God, the origin and structure of the universe, the nature of souls, redemption, the relationship of Ego to Darkness and “true self” to “The Light of God”, and the relationship between the “universal energy” and man. Its scriptural exegesis can be considered an esoteric form of the Rabbinic literature known as Midrash, which elaborates on the Torah. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zohar
All of my quotes that I do not specifically annotate, The Quotes that I have selected are from the introduction to the Pritzker edition of the Zohar by Daniel C. Matt.
“The zohar represents a hidden radiance issuing forth from the highest sefirotic realms, a showering of sparks lighting up all that comes in its path.”
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. (Albert Einstein, 1954)
“…there is an assimilation of the kabbalist to the biblical description of Moses as he emerged from the Tent of Meeting, his face flowing with the radiant presence of God. But the kabbalist is also Moses’ brother Aaron, the ancient priest whose face shines with divine presence as he bestows the blessing of God’s own countenance upon the children of Israel.” “Eden is the “upper world” a recondite and inward aspect of being that is mirrored in the “garden”.
“But she too(the shechinah) is a garden…” “Somewhere between this world and Shekhinah stands the “Garden of Eden” that contains the souls of the righteous, both those who have completed their time on earth and those not yet born.” “The kabbalist sitting and studying Torah with his companions in an earthly garden – physically in Castile, but imaginatively in the Holy Land – is aware that at the same moment the righteous in the Garden of Eden are also engaged in such a study. Their garden is open from above, because it is taught that God Himself descends into that Garden to take delight in the souls of the righteous.” PONDER THE RHETORICAL TAUTOLOGY BETWEEN THE CHAKRA SYSTEM IN INDIA IN WHICH THE SAHASRARA THE SEVENTH CHAKRA KNOWN AS THE THOUSAND PETALED LOTUS IS AT THE TOP OF THE HEAD, THIS IS NOT AN ACCIDENT, IT IS INDICATIVE OF A COMMON ORIGIN.
At this point I am going to back track because I have gotten ahead of myself and I missed some stuff.
“In the series of homilies by various speakers around a particular verse or moment in the scriptural text, the Zohar takes its readers through multiple layers of understanding, reaching from the surface layer of “plain” meaning into ever more profound revelations. A great love of language is revealed in this process; plays on words and subtle shadings of meaning often serve as ways to a total reconfiguration of the Scripure at hand. For this reason, the endless fascination with the mystery of words, including both their aural and graphic manifestations.”
What I find interesting about this paragraph is how it confirms my research. As a linguistic philosopher I have realized that I have a linguistic fetish. A linguistic fetish is fairly uncommon. This innate desire to play with words. Mike Myers has one, Will Ferrell developed one later in his career. I can actually recognize Freemasons by their rhetoric, their sense of humor and how they express themselves. Many will scoff at my saying this but their are people whom I have told that they sound like Freemasons and they later confirmed that they were.
“There is not a single mystical interpretation of a verse or passage that is the secret in the eyes of the zohar. “Secret” (sod in Hebrew; raza in Aramaic) is rather a method, a way of reading that contains endless individual secrets within it.
The language of sefirotic symbolism offers the Zohar limitless opportunities for creative interpretations of Scripture. On the other hand, the Zohar’s speakers and authors exult in the newness and originality of this exegesis. Rabbi Shim’on and his disciples speak glowingly of hiddushei Torah, novellae in Torah interpretation, and their great value. God and the angels join in rejoicing over each new insight. But the Zohar also seeks to deny the newness of kabbalistic interpretation. Not only is the work itself allegedly an ancient on: the interpretive craft of the Zohar goes to a higher, deeper, and hence also more “ancient” level of text. As the highest rung within the Godhead is sometimes called Attiqa, the elder or “ancient one,” so does profound interpreatation take Torah “back to its antiquity,” to its original, pristine, highest state.”
Notice the simlarity in phonology between the word sod for secret and the meaning of the Hindu word Sat:
Sat (Sanskrit: सत्) is a Sanskrit adjective meaning “the ideal; pure and true essence (nature)” of an entity or existence in the Vedanta. It can thus be concluded as “the self-existent or Universal Spirit, Brahman“.
- Asato mā sad gamaya / tamaso mā jyotir gamaya / mṛtyor mā amṛtam gamaya
- “lead me from delusion to truth; from darkness to light; from mortality to immortality”
Its negation asat consequently refers to nonexistence and falsehood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sat_(Sanskrit)
“This community viewed the Torah as an object of love, and an eros of Torah study is depicted in many passages in the rabbinic aggadah, Based on biblical images of feminine wisdom, Torah was described as the daughter and delight of god, and as Israel’s bride. Study of torah, expecially the elaboration of its law, was described by the sages as courtship and sometimes even as the shy, scholarly bridegroom’s act of love, the consummation of this sacred marriage.”
I would like to point out a few things at this point. The fact that they use the word eros to describe love is very telling and I will explain. When the Jews hellenized the absorbed Greek Philosophy and Culture, funny thing is they were originally responsible for it so it was in a way a reacquainting of itself with itself. If you are familiar with my theories and my tracing of philosophy and religion to it’s origins in India this might not come as much of a surprise to you. The writers could have chosen between one of 4 different types of love to describe the relationship between the kabbalist and the Torah, they could have chosen agape, (unconditional love) storge (familial love) or philia (brotherly love, kind of misleading, think of a philosophical brotherhood that may or may not fight, like the dominicans, or jesuits, or shaolin monks, or knights templar) instead they chose eros (erotic love).
Eros (/ˈɪrɒs/ or /ˈɛrɒs/; Ancient Greek: ἔρωςérōs “love, mostly of the sexual passion”) is one of the four words in Ancient Greek which can be rendered into English as “love”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros_(concept)
I am going to expand on this concept a little more. This is a direct homage to the relationship between Eros and Psyche.
In psychology, the psyche/ˈsaɪki/ is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious. Psychology is the scientific or objective study of the psyche. The word has a long history of use in psychology and philosophy, dating back to ancient times, and has been one of the fundamental concepts for understanding human nature from a scientific point of view. The English word soul is sometimes used synonymously, especially in older texts.
The basic meaning of the Greek word ψυχή (psūkhē) was “life” in the sense of “breath”, formed from the verb ψύχω (psukhō, “to blow”). Derived meanings included “spirit”, “soul”, “ghost”, and ultimately “self” in the sense of “conscious personality” or “psyche”.
What we see when we meditate is that the kabbalist is a philosopher, meditating on the law of the universe Torah. It is only the philosopher that has a soul, as he sits in contemplation of the Laws governing the universe. Only the Kabbalist is “inspired”. If you are familiar with my theories on the origins of religion, philosophy, and eventually the sciences, and are entire Western concept of thought it goes back to a Pre-Greek Cult known as the Augure’s.
The high priest of the Augure’s was not above the law and he didn’t create the law, he expounded the law. This law was reason and the nature of the universe. The above video is very important for my theories and philological investigations.
IN CLOSING I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS MYSTERY TO MEDITATE ON.
Saraswati (Sanskrit: सरस्वती, Sarasvatī?) is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and nature. She is a part of the trinity of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. All the three forms help the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the creation, maintenance and destruction of the Universe. The Goddess is also revered by believers of the Jainreligion of west and central India.
She is generally shown to have four arms, which represent the four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness, and ego. Alternatively, these four arms also represent the four Vedas, the primary sacred books for Hindus. The Vedas, in turn, represent the three forms of literature:
I can’t find a good source for this so you are just going to have to take my word as a jnana guru and a shaktipat guru. Saraswati order monks wear saffron. Below you will find a picture of my guru wearing saffron with Saraswati, her name is Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.
h b. `Umar said: “The Prophet peace be upon him saw me wearing two garments dyed with saffron, so he said: “These are the clothes of the unbelievers, so do not wear them.” [Sahîh Muslim (2077)]