CREATOR AND CREATION - Shattered Vessels Nov 5, 2010 9:28:22 GMT 1
Post by Anne Terri on Nov 5, 2010 9:28:22 GMT 1
''November 5, 2010 God's Living Bible - The Third Testament - Research Library - The Kabbalah - Creator and Creation
CREATOR AND CREATION
CREATOR AND CREATION
In Hebrew, 'Shevirat haKeilim' means the shattering of the vessels in reference to the world of Tohu. This helps explain the intricacies of the Creator and Creation, and when evil began. The Hebrew word Tohu, is written in the Hebrew Bible, in Genesis 1:2. The entire phrase is 'Tohu wa bohu'. When translated into English the meaning is: 'without form and empty'. This is how it was on earth before God Created Light. For my purposes of study, I need to refer to Arizal's Kabbalah concepts. As you see, at this point, Shattered Vessels is an appropriate title for this study. We will travel back in history to understand Arizal.
See Genesis 1:2-3 in King James Bible:
The Arizal, lived a short time, and out of respect for the Jews, I will write as they have his title.
'The G-dly Rabbi Isaac of Blessed Memory.' The man, a Kabbalist, was Rabbi Isaac Luria, who lived from 1534 to 1572.
During his time, the Jews were going in many directions after being exiled from Spain at the same time Columbus sailed, in 1492. Like Columbus, some of the exiled Jews went to discover the Americas. Most, however went to Turkey. The city of Safed became their new home in the Holy Land, in the early sixteenth century.
Famous Rabbis in Safed The Mystical City:
Rabbi Joseph Karo: Writer of the Bet Yosef a book on Jewish Law, and the Code of Jewish Law.
Rabbi Moses Cordevero (The Ramak): Writer of Kabbalistic Work 'Pardes Rimonim'
Rabbi Isaac Luria (The Arizal) 'The G-dly Rabbi Isaac of Blessed Memory: Not a writer but knew the secrets of Creation.
Rabbi Chaim Vital: (Disciple of The Arizal): A scribe of his words, the secrets of Creation. 'Kitvei Ari' – 'writings of the Arizal'
About the Kitvei Ari: the main concept of Kitvei Ari, is of 'Etz Chaim' – or in English 'The Tree of Life ' This is the base for the Kabbalah.
Once mastering the concepts of 'Kitvei Ari', Jews of higher knowledge read the 'Zohar'. It is said it is impossible to understand the 'Zohar'. Without advanced knowledge of the Kitvei Ari.
These are part of the advanced studies of Etz Chaim.
Pri Etz Chaim – The Fruit of the Tree of Life
Shaar HaKavanot – Gate Of Meditations: How to apply what you have learned in Pri Etz Chaim. For example tizitzit or tefillin: Prayer or Eating unleavened bread (matzah)
Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (The Arizal) basically said that The Creator felt the Divine Will to create the world as we know it, which is finite. However to do this, The Creator would need to hide the infinite. Rabbi Isaac Luria described this as the first 'world' or plane. To hide the infinite he says is called a constriction.
Adam Kadmon – Primordial Man
Rabbi Isaac Luria explains further, there was a post creation which I find difficult to explain. It is written in the Kabbalah, G-d now Creates something from within himself, like himself, 'primordial man'. The Arizal tells us this Creation, is named 'Adam Kadmon'. Going deeper into the theories of Creation, it is said 'Light emanated from the eyes of Adam Kadmon'. The sources for this term in early religious writings of the Kabbalah write Adam Kadmon, as Adam ha-Kadmoni. Adam is the beginning. The Arizal defines Adam Kadmon as a collection of all human souls, known as 'Adam Soul'.
The more one learns about Creation, the less one knows.
Adam Kadmon, at this time is still to close to The Creator, and full of light.
Arizal's theory is that there was a series of constrictions of Adam's light, in order for him to exist in a world where the world would be finite.
The next step is called Akudim. A single vessel where ten degrees of light are bound, ,and so on, in their own individual vessels. This is the world of Nikudim or Tohu.
THE NEKUDOT: Ten individual points of light.
The Nekudot housed the Ten lights coming forth from Adam Kadmon. These lights are strong for they are close to The Creator. To go deeper into this explanation would be as trying to explain G-d. When reading further it is similar to Infinity, in how Rabbi Isaac Luria writes of his concept of the Ten Lights which emanate from Adam Kadmon. To help one to see more, just remember these lights are very intense, and each one different. The vessels housing the lights can not contain them.
Anne Terri's Question: God, You Spoke to Me yesterday about these concepts within The Kabbalah, of the 'constriction' for hiding the infinite. Why hide infinity?
''November 12, 2010 God's Living Bible – The Third Testament – God's New Revelations – God's Teaching of The Kabbalah – Creation and Creator
The Kabbalah – Creation and Creator – Infinity (God Through Anne Terri)
The Seifrot of Tohu contain the ten lights which emanated from Adam Kadmon. The Seifrot have different levels.
It is said the lower seifirot of Tohu shattered, but the lights remained above.
The shards from the broken Seifrot fell lower to the Tohu.
Remember, Tohu is without form, like empty space before Creation. Only the three highest Seifrot Vessels were strong enough to hold the lights. They did not fail or experience death. It is taught that death means to descend below, to a lower level. The lower level is the world of Beriya. For us, we could almost see they were teaching the concept of hell. And because the seven lower vessels shattered, their lights had no vessels to keep them in, and they remained above.
The Scholars of The Kabbalah feel the Ten Seifrot of Tohu refers to the Kings of Edom from Genesis 36:31-39
KINGS THAT REIGNED IN THE LAND OF EDOM (ESAU)
Beor: King Bela (Son)
Zerah of Bozrah: King Jobab (Son) Reigns after King Bela's death
King Husham of Land of Temani Reigns after King Jobab's death
Bedad: King Hadad (Son, who smote Midian in field of Moab)
King Samlah of Masrekah
King Saul of Rehoboth by river
Achbor: King Baal-hanan (son)
City of Pau
King Hadar and Wife Mehetabel
Matred: Mehetabel (daughter)
Mehetabel daughter of Matred/Daughter of Mezahab.
There fore The Arizal felt that this concept, The Tohu or the void was a primordial form of existence. This Tohu was created to be destroyed and rebuilt, and destroyed again. In the translation Tohu is called the world of Tikun, meaning restoration. See Genesis 1:31.
 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
However, The Arizal goes further to explain that even though G-d is pleased by his Creation, he is not pleased by the sefirot of Tohu.
The sefirot of Tikun being compound structures requires much study for they have broken them down in to parts. For example, a group of sefirot are called sefira, each containing ten sefirot of its own.
Partzuf: Metaphorical figure of human likness – an expansion of individual sefira.
Partzufim's Ten Sefirot: Atik, Yomin, Arich Anpin, Abba, Imma, Zeir Anpin (ben), Nukva (bat).
These ten are harmonious and symbolic, and overpower nekudot of Tohu. The neukudot is also a tool used in the Hebrew for pronunciation and can control the interpretation of their sentences.
They say what can not be elevated into Atzilut remained in Beriya
The Arizal says 288 sparks of light remained even after the sefirot of Tohu shattered and died. They are called nitzotzin. They are referring to Genesis 1: 1-2
Genesis 1: 1-2
 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
When G-d Created the heavens and the earth, the earth was Tohu or a void filled with darkness. G-d looked at the Creation thus far, and continued.
To go much deeper into this section on the sefirot of Tohu would require years of study as a Rabbi. I will now progress to, Creation and the Name of 72