Intoning the Shema with traditional Kavvanot

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Intoning the Shema with traditional Kavvanot

#1 Postby Martina » Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:21 am

Greetings Tau Malachi,

"intoning the Shema with traditional Kavvanot" is often a part of spiritual practices you are describing. Could you say more about how this is done?

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Kavvanot of the Shema

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:08 pm

Kavvanot of the Shema

There are three parts of the Shema:

Shema Israel – “Hear, O Israel”

Adonai Elohenu –“The LORD is your God”

Adonai Achad – “The LORD is One.”

These correspond to Malkut-Adonai, Tiferet-Yahweh Elohenu (or Yahweh Yeshua) and Keter-Eheieh, respectively; these are the kavvanot.

As we intone the Shema we may engage these kavvanot in the following way:

As Shema Israel is intoned we envision the world formed of Light – the world as it is in the Light Realm, the Kingdom of Heaven, all self-radiant with the glory of the Holy One; and we envision ourselves in Body of Light, radiant with glory as the Risen Messiah.

When we intone Yahweh (Adonai) Elohenu, we envision all dissolving into fluid flowing light and pouring into us, merging with us as with Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah.

When we intone Yahweh (Adonai) Achad, we envision Clear Light Union, that or unification in the Ocean of Endless Light.

All is purified and uplifted in this way – these are the essential traditional kavvanot as we intone the Shema.

This, of course, may be expanded with knowledge and understanding of these three Holy Sefirot.

Here we may say that this plays upon a deep mystical understanding of the Holy Trinity – the Holy Spirit or Shekinah, the Spiritual Son and the Living Father.

In this we have the very essence of Jewish-Christian Gnosticism.

Hear, O Israel, the LORD is your God, the LORD is One – Amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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#3 Postby Martina » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:37 am

It is good to learn something of the great light power in this saying and to be able to draw on it in prayer and meditation.

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Yahweh and Adonai

#4 Postby Marion » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:27 am

Shalom All!

So, Am I hearing that one could intone Yahweh instead of Adonai? in the Shema? I didn't connect that before that Yahweh is the divine name there.
For what intentions would one use Yahweh? because The Shema feels very different depending on what name is used.
When Adonai is used it feels more like the immanent aspects of the Holy One and when Yahweh is used it feels like the more transendent and all-encompassing aspects of God are being focused on.
Yet, in the Shema itself, both of these aspects are being drawn out, "Hear oh Israel, the Lord is your God" Your God meaning, God in Your understaning, the Holy One that dwells within every living thing? "the Lord is One" meaning The God the transendent, Omnipotent force, the source of which cannot be seen?
Or could the divine names be switched? so it would be: Shema Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Yahweh Achad. ?

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Names

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:38 pm

Greetings!

Either Adonai or Yahweh is used throughout, one Name or the other - Yahweh being the inner form used during advance practices or in moments of power; generally the Name of Adonai is used most of the time.

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