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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Public Square

In public view the Lover controls his passion. But when the Beloved steps off the world stage and enters the public square, she mounts her Lover.  The Lover gives no notice of the spectators and their astonishment.  In the company of the Beloved, the Lover removes the veil.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Mystical Meaning of Sister Sarah to Abraham

The Zohar explains the mystical meaning of Sarah’s role as sister to Abraham. In the Zohar it sheds light on the Shekinah.  Twice Abraham said of Sara, “She is my sister.”  On the first occasion he referred to the Shekinah, who was constantly with Sarah, and as Abraham was of the right side he could indeed say of the Shekinah “She is my sister,” using the term in the same mystic sense as in the verse, “my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled.”  Abraham always called her “sister” because he was attached to her inseparably.  Abraham says, “moreover she is my sister, the daughter of my father: the daughter of Supernal Wisdom, for which reason she is called “my sister” and also Wisdom- “but not the daughter of my mother”- from the place where is the origin of all most hidden and recondite.  “And so she became my wife”, by way of fondness and affection.  Abraham never deviates from the true faith.  By referring to Sarah as his sister he is claiming the same indissoluble kinship as between brother and sister.

What Abraham saw in Egypt was all the people were worshipping the stars and constellations, Abraham, the true believer, avowed “she is my sister”, as much to say “We two will never separate.”  Abraham and Sarah cleave to God.

When God created man in his perfect state, man and woman were side by side (androgynous).  When the female separated from the male they were then face to face.  No longer one being but two separate beings.  A man who cleaves to God is said to be at the right side of God.  Such a man whom cleaves to God is called holy, perfect, wholly devoted to God.

The Shekinah is not found in the company of sinners, but when a man exerts himself to purify himself and to draw near to God, then the Shekinah rests on him.

When the man and wife are joined together and are called by one name, then the celestial favors rest upon them.  The word for “God” signifies the radiance of Wisdom into two Hebrew letters He, signifying the female; the letter Vau, signifying the male; when they are joined the holy neshamah is united to this spot.

For it is the path taken by man in this world that determines the path of the soul on her departure.  For it is by his acts, by his words, and his devotion that he can draw to himself that spirit on high.  If man follows a certain direction in this world he will be led further in the same direction when he departs this world; as that to which he attaches himself in this world, so is that to which he will find himself attached in the other world: if holy, holy, and if defiled, defiled.  If he cleaves to holiness he will on high be drawn to that side.  Similarly if he clings to uncleanliness, he will be drawn there towards that side and be made one of the unclean company and be attached to them.

(Deau. 10:20) “Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord?”  And the answer given,” He that hath clean hands and a pure heart.”

(Ps. 24:3-4) , that is he that has not made with his hands vain shapes nor grasped with them wrongful objects, nor has he defiled himself through them like those who defile their bodies wilfully.

Reference~ The Zohar, Volume 1

Friday, February 14, 2014

Take A Good Look

One night
during prayers
a vision 
of the Beloved
appeared to me.
Lifting the veil
from his face,
he said:
"Take a good look
at the one
you always leave behind."

Reference~ Awhad al-Din Kirmani

Monday, February 10, 2014

Love's Secrets

Love discoursed with me in private.  He told me all His secrets and made me promise not to tell another living soul.  I told Love no other soul would believe me anyways.  Now that I know all of Love's secrets, I no longer wish to keep company with anyone else.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Letter to my Reader

Dear Reader,

I’ve been trying for years to make sense of some of my experiences.  Without having a frame to put them in, it can leave me frustrated and more driven to uncover the truth.  The truths of who I am are shaped by these experiences.

When we unearth a piece of ourselves and light shines on it, it is a wonderful feeling.  In our search we get a glimpse of God’s mystery.  The nature of God reveals Himself to us at just the right time.  

An experience we had in childhood finally makes sense.  We have a deep understanding of ourselves and feel a profound connection to others.  But it is God’s timing that the truth is revealed at the time it is revealed.  Staying in faith helps with our struggles in everyday life.  It will all be revealed to us at God’s appointed time.  Trust that God knows what He is doing in your life.

God Bless,

Madison Meadows