Saturday, June 14, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Let no one call war, or killing, or greedy injustice the 'human condition' or any other dismissive false explanation
"Amongst the many things that religious tradition holds in store for us is a legacy of wonder. The surest way to suppress our ability to understand the meaning of God and the importance of worship is to take things for granted. Indifference to the sublime wonder of living is the root of sin.
"Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is a result of what man does with his higher incomprehension. The greatest hindrance to such awareness is our adjustment to conventional notions, to mental cliches. Wonder, or radical amazement, the state of maladjustment to words and notions, is therefore a prerequisite to that which is."
-Abraham Joshua Heschel (quoted in Louie, Louie, 11june2014) http://fatherlouie.blogspot.com/2014/06/radical-amazement.html
Names of the Dead
The Department of Defense has identified 2,311 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the death of the following American recently:
WALKER, Matthew H., 20, Pfc., Army; Hillsboro, Mo.; 101st Airborne Division.
(New York Times, 11june2014)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
In Isaiah 45:7 the Lord declares: "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil". Kabbalists have interpreted this to mean that light and peace were already part of the divine, but that darkness and evil were not, and that the fundamental creative act was a withdrawal of God to create the possibility of distinction, of separation, and definition. This idea is paralleled in Genesis 1, where God manifests Light, and then separates Light from Darkness.
This primary duality has a technical definition in Kabbalah. Light is the power of life, giving, mercy, loving-kindness, and water, and is called Chesed. Dark is the power of death, taking, separation, distinction and constraint, boundaries and fire, and is called Din.
The diagram above attempts to condense several key ideas in Kabbalah. Light is separated from darkness, creating a space where the power ofDin predominates. Light (divine creative energy) enters this space, and forms ten progressively attenuated "layers" (i.e. sefirot), which shield the primordial intensity of the light. No part of the Light has autonomous existence. The structure of layers is created through the interaction of Light with the power of Din, so that reality emerges from the interweaving.
The Tree of Life embodies these ideas in the form of the interaction of the Pillars of Mercy and Severity.We have become separated from the equanimity of wholeness included in choosing the right thing to do the right person in the right situation.
(--from, The Tree of Life, in Hermetic Kabbalah), http://www.digital-brilliance.com/themes/tol.php
What emerges is our doing.