From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday
(--from Office of Readings for Holy Saturday)
“The task approached in tenderness
and faith is to hold up unquestioningly,
without choice and without fear, the
(--quote by Joseph Conrad used in preface to Pure Act, The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, by Michael N. McGregor)
The forms ירה (yrh) and ירא (yr') are officially unrelated but their basic mechanisms appear to overlap somewhat. Both reflect an exchange of energy from a higher, dispensing level to a lower, receiving level. It appears that the form ירה (yrh) mostly describes the sending of the energy; either the exchange viewed from the perspective of the dispensing side, or else the shock-free absorption of the energy on the receiving side. The form ירא (yr') appears to deal mostly with the receiving of the energy; the exchange viewed from the perspective of the receiving side, and that usually with the anticipation of intense alteration.
Note that one of the two verbs ירא (yara') is a by-form of ירה (yara), and also note the similarity between these forms and the verb ראה (ra'a), meaning to see or look at:
The general meaning of the graceful root-verb שלם (shalem) is that of wholeness, completeness or "unbrokenness" (and see for the opposite the verb רעע, ra'a). Our verb is used to characterize the uncut stones of the altar (Deuteronomy 27:6) and the temple (1 Kings 6:7). It tells of a "full" or perhaps "righteous" wage (Ruth 1:12), and the entirety of a population (Amos 1:6). It also tells of "full" and just weights, which are God's delight (Deuteronomy 25:15 and Proverbs 11:1), and of "whole" hearts devoted to the Lord (1 Kings 8:61). This verb may even denote the completeness of sin (Genesis 15:16), and in some rare cases it may denote friendship (Jeremiah 20:10, Psalm 41:10).
In the Hebrew language it's quite simple to indicate not only a condition (like shalem), but also the means to get there (to "shalemize"). The usage of this shalemize form in Scriptures is quite revealing. Wholeness is achieved or restored most often by some kind of restitutory payment or covenant: God pays a man according to his work (Job 34:11), but the wicked borrows and does not pay back (Psalm 37:21). The owner of an accidentally killed ox is paid restitution (Exodus 21:36); oil is sold to pay off a debt (2 Kings 4:7); and the Gibeonites swindle Joshua into making a covenant with them (Joshua 10:1). Likewise, shalem is used when vows are to be paid to the Most High, or when days of mourning are to be completed (Isaiah 60:20), and ties in directly to the Messiah and his salvific work (Joel 2:25).
The name Jerusalem is divided between two root words: Yara (pronounced as yahr-ah) and shalem. We already know what shalem means. Yara means: dual, as related to the two hills on which Jerusalem sits. And it also means: founded peacefully, to flow as water (i.e. rain), to shoot as an arrow, to point out (as if by aiming a finger), to teach. http://sidroth.org/articles/real-meaning-jerusalem
stochastic |stəˈkastik| adjective --randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely. (from Greek stokhastikos, from stokhazesthai ‘aim at, guess,’ from στόχος stokhos ‘aim.’) (Apple Dictionary)At Sunday Morning Practice, meetingbrook monastics, in stay-at-home hermit wohnkuche readings-and-response this first day of Spring and Palm Sunday, jot down thoughts arising and expressed:
Yes and no…this or that…one or zero. In the basis of this elementary two-term discrimination, all human knowledge is built up. The demonstration of this is the computer memory that stores all knowledge in the form of binary information. It contains ones and zeroes, that's all.
- See more at: http://www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=583 Robert Pirsig, on, The Japanese Word MUElsewhere:
It does not follow that just because our digital computers are so primitive to have to use binary logic that our brains are digital. (6) Human brains appear to act more like Artificial Neural Networks, (7) these functioning as analogue circuits. With the, at present long-off, advent of Quantum computing we will no doubt believe that human brains are miniature mirrors of the cosmos; with events and thoughts being determined by stochastic quantum sub-atomic processes [see 18]. This may well become a more dominant metaphor, but will the eventual dominance of quantum computers mean that we will begin to think differently after exposure to this distant possibility? A future ‘definition’ of Pirsig’s Quality could be the undecided state of a quantum computer (or possibly quantum processes in the human mind). On the 60th Anniversary of ‘Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ maybe Pirsig’s vision will finally come to full fruition.
(6). it has been claimed that our DNA and even our brains are binary but...”The language of DNA is digital, but not binary. Where binary encoding has 0 and 1 to work with (2 - hence the 'bi'nary), DNA has 4 positions, T, C, G and A. Whereas a digital byte is mostly 8 binary digits, a DNA 'byte' (called a 'codon') has three digits. Because each digit can have 4 values instead of 2, a DNA codon has 64 possible values, compared to a binary byte which has 256. http://ds9a.nl/amazing-dna/(7). “Neural networks take a different approach to problem solving than that of conventional computers. Conventional computers use an algorithmic approach i.e. the computer follows a set of instructions in order to solve a problem. Unless the specific steps that the computer needs to follow are known the computer cannot solve the problem. That restricts the problem solving capability of conventional computers to problems that we already understand and know how to solve. But computers would be so much more useful if they could do things that we don't exactly know how to do.” http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~nd/surprise_96/journal/vol4/cs11/report.html
(from, Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’: Quality, reason and binary oppositesAlistair JP Brudenell, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London). (see also, Robert Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’:)What is it about the story of Jesus that has not computed yet?