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August 6, 2010


The Kabbalist Universe

“BEHOLD HE THEN RESTRICTED HIMSELF, IN THE MIDDLE POINT WHICH IS IN HIM, PRECISELY IN THE MIDDLE, HE RESTRICTED THE LIGHT. AND THE LIGHT WAS WITHDRAWN TO THE SIDES AROUND THE MIDDLE POINT. AND THERE HAVE REMAINED AN EMPTY SPACE, ATMOSPHERE, AND A VACUUM SURROUNDING THE EXACT MIDDLE POINT. 

AND BEHOLD AFTER THE RESTRICTION MENTIONED ABOVE, IT DREW FROM THE ENDLESS LIGHT ONE LINE, DIRECT FROM HIS CIRCULAR LIGHT FROM ABOVE DOWNWARDS, AND IT GRADUALLY DESCENDED BY EVOLUTION INTO THAT HOLLOW OR VACUUM.  … AND IN THAT VACUUM HE EMANATED, CREATED, FORMED AND MADE ALL THE COLLECTIVE WORLDS.

- Isaac Luria -

“...the void of Unmanifest Existence ... was ... the size of a dimensionless dot
in the midst of the Absolute.”

“... every created being cries out the name I AM 
as it emerges from Kether, 
before plunging into the Cosmic Sea below.”

- Kabbalist, Halevi, 1977 –

"Thus, even in the Vacated Space, Godliness exists in concealed form.
 Binah, then, is conceptually the Vacated Space 
wherein the formation of all the Universe takes place.” 

  - Anatomy of The Soul, Chaim Kramer, 1998 -

Supernal Points & The Mystical Heart
of Judaism and Kabbalah

Table of Contents

Preface

I
THE KABBALIST UNIVERSE

1.  Diagrams of God, the Microcosm & the Macrocosm 
2.  Negative Existence: Three Realms of Non-Being & the Supernal Points 
3.  The Zimzum & the Supernal Point 
4.  The Lightening Flash or Line of Light
5.  The Supernal Triad: Kether, Chokmah and Binah
6.  Da’at: The Invisible 11th Sephirot 
7.  The Tree of Life & the Four Worlds
8.  The God Particle of the Kabbalist—the Da’at of Creation
9.  The Heart Space of Binah

 
 

 

1.  Diagrams of God: 
Microcosm & Macrocosm

“The ignorant man goes no further than the concept of God as an old man with a long beard who sat on a golden throne and gave orders for creation. The scientist will go back a little further before he is compelled to draw a veil called the ether; and the philosopher will go yet further before he draws a veil called the Absolute; but the initiate will go back furthest of all because he has learnt to do his thinking in symbols, and symbols are to the mind what tools are to the hand –an extended application of its powers. ... (Esotericists) do not try to explain to the mind that which the mind is not equipped to deal with; they give it a series of symbols to meditate upon, and these enable it to build the staircase of realisation step by step and to climb where it cannot fly.  The mind can no more  grasp transcendental philosophy than the eye can see music.” (Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah, 1935, pp. 30-31, 29) 
The KABBALAH (also spelt Qabalah, Cabala) is an esoteric mystical  teaching of Judaic origin.  Dion Fortune (1935) describes it as “the Wisdom  of  Israel.”  In simple numeric, geometric, symbolic and mythic terms, Kabbalah elaborates basic principles of mystical creation and metaphysics.  The principles of Kabbalah can be used to illustrate ideas concerning the nature of the Absolute, the fundamental cosmic laws and the hierarchies of creation.  Kabbalah is a profound mystery teaching–highly pertinent to modern theories concerning creation events and understanding the nature of the higher dimensional realities, which sustain all things. 

The basic symbol of Kabbalah is the Tree of Life–a pattern of 10 Sephirot (or Sefiroth).  The term “sephirot” refers to “numerations” or “Lights”–or “aspects” of God.  The Sephirot are represented as circles or spheres in diagrams of the Tree and are arranged on Three Pillars (also referred to as the Three Splendors).   In the Tree of Life, the three higher sephirot are within the unmanifest supernal realm, while the seven sephirot below are subtle and material world orders.  The ten sephirot begin with Keter, the Crown and culminate within the final sephira of Malkuth, the Kingdom.   Between the supernal triad and the seven manifest sephirot is the “abyss,” which separates the higher and lower worlds. 

Blavatsky provides this simplified summary of basic Kabbalist principles:

"The entire system of the Kabalistic numerals is based on the divine septenary hanging from the Triad (thus forming the Decade) ... which finally, all merge into the One itself: an endless and boundless Circle."   (1888, p.239)
The seven lower sephirot hang from the three supernal sephirot to give a Decade–all part of the One.  The Tree of Life depicts the dimensions of cosmic existence according to ancient metaphysical principles.  The Tree of Life is essentially a diagram of God or a diagram of creation.  It is said to provide an objective image of the universe or any cosmos, the microcosm or the macrocosm, at every level of its manifest and non-manifest existence. 
Supernal
Triad

ABYSS
 
 
 

7 Worlds

     According to Kabbalah, the creation process involves the “descent of supernal light” within the realm of the Void, or NON-BEING.   The descent of light passes between three levels on the three pillars of the Tree, which generates successive world orders on subtle and manifest dimensions of being.  The line of light propagates by sequential symmetry breaking, which precipitates levels of being out of the plenum of non-being.  This diagram of God portrays the differentiation of the One into the Plurality–all according to the Laws of Three and Seven.  The basic patterns of the Tree are repeated above and below, within the microcosm and the macrocosm, and in any realm of nature we might attempt to study. 

 Kabbalists describe creation as beginning with the emergence of a infinitesimal point source of light within the top sephira of Kether, meaning Crown, and descending through the  sephirot (or spheres), as equilibrium states are disrupted and the three splendors or three pillars enter into varied combinations (like the three gunas of Vedic teaching).  We have three upper supernal sephirot and seven manifest sephirot, and a hierarchy of broken symmetries in higher dimensional space.  Broken symmetries in the Eternal realms of NON-BEING precipitate dimensions of being out of non-being.  The 0 gives rise to the 1, which manifests as 3, and generates 7, to give 10. 

 A more complete model of Kabbalist creation involves a series of four trees of life, which descend from each other, as one world order generates the next successive world order.  These worlds are described as those of “emanation,” “creation,” “formation” and “made.”    This gives forty world orders in the “ladder of Jacob.”  The tree of life depicts the movement of all cosmic forces, energies, and materializations upon the many planes of being.

   Four trees of life mediate between the all and the nothing, and sustain cosmic processes which  govern the universe and humankind.  Kabbalists address the same issues that modern scientists are currently struggling with in order to understand the origins of the universe, and the ultimate origins of existence.  Kabbalah, like other esoteric teachings, has explored such issues, hundreds and thousands of years before the development of modern physical theories.  However, the most recent concepts of physics–of vacuum genesis, of singularities, broken symmetries, and higher dimensional hyperspace, illustrate basic Kabbalistic ideas.

 The Kabbalist model of the Cosmos is also pertinent to the study of a human being, and the origins of consciousness and Self.  Like the macrocosm, the microcosm or Self originates as a point source of supernal light, which is conditioned by the three pillars or forces of nature, and embodied within different world orders.  Human consciousness has its ultimate origins in the Supernal Triad and in the Absolute, and is embodied in varied forms within the different dimensions of being.  Between the egoic personal self, and the ultimate divine spark, there are the soul and spiritual dimensions of consciousness and being. 

 Kabbalah is a profoundly rich source of mystical metaphysics, which provides a model of cosmic creation and a basis for a “science of consciousness and soul.”

Next Section

2. NEGATIVE EXISTENCE:
Three Realms of Non-Being & the Supernal Points
 

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