This is ancient Kabbalistic book is believed to be written by Abraham “Avinu”
These pages include:
32 paths of wisdom, made up of ten Sephirot joined together by the 22 letters of the alphabet.
The beauty and simplicity of the 32 Mystical paths of creation,
belies the vast fascinating cosmos that they represent, which is what this page will consider.
Below is a diagram, the famous "tree of life" which is made up of the 10 sephirot connected by the 22 letters of the alphabet.
These are reflected by the 10 Sephirot.
The manifestations of the 10 Sephirot in human beings are a reflection of the creation of the universe with ten utterances.
Opening Page of
SEFER YETSIRA 1:1
32 mystical paths of Wisdom
The divine created the Universe with ten steps of energy, from the galaxies to the human being.Similarly, He also created the human being with these ten steps. These 10 steps are like quantum jumps which are called Sephirot. The creation of humanity is an image of the creation of the universe. The macrocosm is a reflection of the microcosm.
similar example is the DNA structure in the egg cell, which is duplicated
in every other cell's DNA, for that individual.
Each cells DNA is an image or reflection of every other cell's
Sepher Yetsira refers to the Sephirot as Nothingness. AYIN
The whole table of the Sephirot finds itself interposed in a triad between the extremes of Ayin and Ein SOF as in the diagram on the below. It is easy to understand that God is the creator of the vastness of the expanding universe, EIN SOF but a little more difficult to comprehend that God's presence runs through the whole of the creation, getting smaller and smaller, right into the nothingness of AYIN and the Sephirot.
There is a paradox that God is everywhere and nowhere simultaneously. These notes will try to illuminate this paradox
Features of the Sephirot
The intellectual triad.
The love of knowledge
We start with the features of Ketter. Ketter means crown and represents the crown which sits above the head but is not part of the head. It is all part of the Ein SOF. It represents God’s will. God decided to create the universe. He did it by his own will (ratson). Why did He create the universe? Scriptures tell us that He did it for His own pleasure (Ta-anug). By his own will for his own pleasure. Ketter is the most difficult of the Sephirot to understand. Sefer Yetsira tells us that the beginning is in the end implying that Ketter, at the beginning is in the end, Malchus.
Chochma is the next Sephira. It may be considered as that part of mind which is forever producing ideas. Its produces ideas in abundance. It is a typical masculine phenomena to produce in abundance, whether it is the human male seed, or the male pollen from a flower. In contrast the next Sephira, Bina, which is a typically feminine takes only one of the seeds and nurtures it. An example of one of these seeds could have been that produced by a Archimedes when he got into his bath and saw the water rising. He spent the rest of his life nurturing this one Idea. Chochma is at the head of the positive column, whilst Bina is at the head of the negative column. Bina represents the quality of discrimination, Chochma produces an abundance of information. Bina selects one of the concepts or ideas from Chochma and develops it, in the same way as a female selects one male and develops him. Bina is also called discrimination from the word ‘BEN’ meaning between. It selects between different alternatives.
Can also be the suppression of Knowledge
The Emotional Triad
The Love of beauty
Chesed , which is the next Sephira, is translated as kindness. It is said that God created the universe with kindness and so kindness runs through the whole universe. But, kindness also needs its limit which is established by Guvura. A good example of the balance between Chesed and Guvura is the overwhelming excessive kindness of a parent towards its child, which needs to be modified or limited by Guvura. The earth needs rain, but an excess of it may produce a flood. The abundant Chesed in the form of rain needs to be limited by Guvura. To stop the nose growing longer and longer like Pinocchio, it’s growth is limited by the power of Gevura. When Guvura and Chesed are in balance they produce the Sephira of Tiferet, which is translated into beauty. Another example of this balance can be understood by the sight of water falling over rocks. This soft flowing water of Chesed is broken up by the hard rocks of Guvura producing the beautiful cascade of Tiferet.
THe Physical triad
Love of movement .Sport
Netzach, which is the next Sephira is translated into victory and represents forcefulness vigour, perseverance, consistency. Like all the other masculine sephirot in this column if it is balanced by the feminine Sephira of Hod. Netzach can also represent the relationship between teacher and pupil or between man and woman or between any two people. When it is healthy, with mutual respect, the pupil learns and the man and woman man combine to have a family. On the other hand it also represents the military general’s understanding and overcoming his opponents. Moses is considered to be a representation of Netzach while his brother Aaron ,who played a more passive role is represented by Hod.
Yesod represents the happy union between male and female or the successful teaching of the student. Yesod also shows the way all the forces from the higher sephirot above, channel into Yesod and then proceed into the kingdom of Malchus. Malchus represents the kingdom on earth. This is where you and I find each
The construction of the table of the 10 Sephirot can be simplified by considering a series of 3 triads.
THE FIRST TRIAD
Diagram on the right
Represents the creation of of BOTH the universe and humanity. The spectrum from Ein Sof to Ayin
From Keter, Ein Sof, The Divine, Absolute All
Malchus, the Kingdom, AYIN. Absolute Nothing
An active male column on the right, passive female column on the left and a neutral column in the middle. It is furthermore divided horizontally into three triads
THE THIRD TRIAD
The threefold division of the human being into
head, heart and body
is very common.
Thinking or intellectual or head
Feeling or emotional or heart
Movement or physical or body
The pelvis is subdived into movement and sex
This symbol is so versatile and fundamental that many esoteric groups have used it to enhance and explain their own teaching. SEARCHING ON THE WEB For Sephiroth, we find an astonishing number of web sites which mention Sephirot:-
The Table of the Sephirot
is a profound concept of the resolution of the tension between 3, 7 and
10 and summarised in the first sentence of the bible, the Torah.
A) Were the substances
of the world created by the vibrations of the sounds of the letters as
have been taught
substance and speech (or vibrations of sound)
is connected with a major 30 year dilema in nuclear physics, ie is the
world made of vibration or solid particles?
The torah is also enclosed in LEV, the first and last letters of the Torah. The Torah starts with the word Berieishis and the last letter of the Torah is the lamed of Yisrael. The reader may complain that this is in reverse order but imaging is always in reverse order just like your own image in the mirror,. Your left-hand is on the right side and vica versa. (See Reflection)
The beth and the lamed have another interesting feature. They are the only letters to which the suffixes of God's name can be added.
There are 32 hard spinal vertebra with the corresponding number of spinal nerves (Grays Anatomy. Medical text book)
There are 32 hard teeth in the Head.
The text of Sefer Yetsira Page1:1 goes on to talk about the creation of the universe with Three books.
He created His universe
And He created His universe with text (Sepher)
we look at the text
of the Torah, said to be the blueprint or the DNA of the universe, it
may help us to understand what this can mean.
Avram changed to Avraham
Our forefather's name Abram was changed to Abraham as well as his wife whose name was changed from Sarai to Sarah. Genesis; Lech lecha 17:5 The addition of the "H" or "hey" in Hebrew, which is one of the letters of the tetragrammaton,( yud hey vav hey which is an abbreviation of God's Name) The addition of this letter is an indication of increased piety
Purchase of Machpela
Similarly the removal of one of these letters from a persons name is an indication of diminished piety. Exemplified by the amazing story of Abraham's purchase of the cave of Machpela in Hebron as a burial place for his deceased wife Sarah. Genesis: Chayei Sarah: 23:16. A careful comparison of the two spellings of Ephron's name in this sentence, will reveal that the Vav is missing in the second spelling. The story seems to be a beautiful story of bargaining and generosity by Ephron, but the sages point out the removal of the Vav is a sign that he was a crook. Further study confirms this.
There is an injunction that nobody is allowed "to alter neither a dot nor a comma in the text" so any changes must be highly significant.There are 4 levels of understanding the meaning of the text (click on pardes for the 4 levels of meaning)
Thus the numeous variations of the original letters of the text as above, of the Old testament, each one giving further clarification (pardes) to the meaning must be highly significant