Spiritual Standards

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does the letterSamech” in The Zohar refer to GAR (the three upper Sefirot) de Bina if letters start only with ZAT (the seven lower Sefirot) de Bina?

Answer: And how do we use letters in our world? Do we really have any connection to ZAT of Bina, ZA (Zeir Anpin), and Malchut of the world of Atzilut? It’s known that letters from Aleph to Tet descend from ZAT de Bina; Yod to Tzadik from Zeir Anpin, and Kuf-Resh-Shin-Tav from Malchut, while the final letters MaNTzePaCh stem from the Parsa.

Everything ends at the Parsa of the world of Atzilut, below which lie the worlds of BYA (Beria, Yetzira, Assiya). Below them we have this world, while we exist even lower than that, in our world. So how do we use letters?

The point is that in the world of Atzilut there is a pattern according to which every part of reality divides further more. Hence, no matter where I am, I can use letters according to my spiritual degree.

In France, for instance, in the International Bureau of Weights and Measurements, BIPM, there is a meter gauge made of platinum and iridium. (Incidentally, they decided to stop using the physical model, and from now, a meter is defined based on the consistency of the continuity of the speed of light, as the distance the light travels in a vacuum per 1/299,792,458th of a second.)

Therefore, in our world there are world standards of measurements with which to verify our measuring devices. This allows us to measure objects and distances between them in any place. Likewise, there is the world of Atzilut, where the key model or standard is. It governs how everything is divided and measured in all other worlds. Based on this standard, all other degrees in the world of BYA are built, each of which is a projection of the world of Atzilut, and that is why there are letters in them as well.

Our world is a projection of the upper worlds although its matter has a totally different nature, the egoistic one. Therefore, in our world, we also use letters. Besides, we use the words of our world to describe the spiritual worlds, the so-called “language of branches.”
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/26/2011, The Zohar

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  1. A key or scientific standard, would provide a basis for the unification of all the existing growths, trees, structures, philosophies and religions. All of them are part of the same network, the key is identifying the trunk!

  2. Perhaps the evolutionary fractal example could work as the standard? It shows life goes through a pattern of self development, then group development, unification of the group into a larger self, and then the further development of that self, back and forth like a pendulum or upward spiral forever. The fractal pattern in biological evolution is something that would continue forever, and thus would be a useful standard of measurement as to what direction our efforts are leading regardless of where we are now. To greater unity? or greater Disunity (conquest)?

    I would actually argue that the first and second temples, being dwelling places of the upper force in reality (revelation in its maximum form), are actually the development of the cell (proof of infinity and life), which broke and couldn’t keep the thought of creation and grew larger egoistically, then man, who broke as he couldn’t keep the thought of creation and then grew egoistically. The people in the stories of Torah then then are not people in reality but forces, movements, forms of desire. Moses could have been a sudden awareness in some people, etc.

    The third temple would be the unified humanity, the third original being, cell(1), to man or animal(2), to planetary consciousness(3), Gaia I think it’s called sometimes. This would last forever, as it would finally be able to keep the thought of creation and not lose it! The reason why it would work this time is that an infinite set or fractal pattern, requires at least three measurements, as seen in the golden ratio fractal pattern, the simplest of fractals. Unless there are examples of at least three unities, cell, man, planet, the pattern can not be understood or envisioned within the mind, and thus would not remain. There is a good reason most people do not comprehend the importance of fractals, the unification of finite with infinite.

    I have done experiments speaking with those not involved in spirituality whatsoever. The Bio fractal seems to be the only argument that is effective at leading them to ein sof.

    That all being said, infinity is really the true source, the upper most exalted concept. But, such a thing is utterly detached from us, totally concealed. The Bio fractal provides a bridge, or a ladder of sorts leading upwards. A map to guide our development. I hope this is helpful or at least stimulating / amusing.

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