Unity of Yahweh: Loving God & Neighbor (Mark 12:29-31)

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Unity of Yahweh: Loving God & Neighbor (Mark 12:29-31)

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:16 pm

Unity of Yahweh, Loving God & Neighbor
(The Greatest Commandment)

In the Gospel of Mark a scribe inquired of Adonai Yeshua what he taught as the first and foremost commandment and Yeshua replied:

“The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (12:29-31).

This teaching is well known to us from the Holy Torah, but here in this passage of Mark it is worded in a very specific and special way by Adonai Yeshua, and I’m inclined to write to you some stirrings in my heart about the subtle shifts in his teaching of it.

First, having knowledge of the traditional utterance of the Shema in Judaism, instead of saying ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord is your God’ - Yahweh Elohenu, the Master says ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God’ - Yahweh Eloah. This is significant because to say ‘your God’ may imply some separation between the speaker and those listening, but to say ‘our God’ implies something shared between the speaker and listener, a nearness and interconnection in God and with God, and a shared knowledge of God. In that Adonai Yeshua is the Messiah, Son of God, Son of Man, there is a unification of the listener with him, and an assertion of the equality of souls in God, the soul who is the Anointed of God - Messiah, and the souls to whom God has sent him; hence, as in his teachings elsewhere he implies by this that we are all sons and daughters of God - ‘our God,’ ‘our Father.’

‘Our God,’ ‘One God,’ the God of all; there is no other deity. More so, as we know concerning the ‘Lord is One’ - Yahweh Achad, all creation, and so all creatures, exist in the Absolute Oneness that the Lord Is, and apart from the One God nothing has being or existence, for the being and existence of all things, all creatures, all creation, emanates from God. Thus, truly, in reality there is nothing other than God, the Eternal One; there is no other, none whatsoever! This is a proclamation of the most intimate nearness of God with all creatures, and specifically, human beings, humanity; hence, ‘Hear, O Israel.’

The commandments of love that follow are the direct and logical expression of the awareness, or knowledge and understanding of this Absolute Oneness of God; loving God, loving others, it is all loving God. If, indeed, we are aware of the Eternal One, the One God, we will love God and cleave to God, seeking to realize our innate oneness with God, seeking to experience conscious union with God - the Reality of the Messiah.

Now to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, understand that God is the All-In-All, and likewise remember that ‘all’ in Hebrew is a cognomen of Yesod-Foundation, which is called Holy Tzaddik - ‘Righteous One; so this power to love is the power of God in you, it is the ‘inner tzaddik,’ the indwelling Messiah and Holy Spirit. This is love in the awareness of the Oneness of Yahweh, Eternal One, and such love brings into conscious union, so that your heart is as the Heart of God, your soul is as the soul of God, your mind is as the mind of God, and your strength - your body, is as the Body of God; this is the Reality of the Messiah, and in this way you embody the Word and Holy Spirit, the Messiah - you in the Messiah and the Messiah in you, moving with, in and through you, and manifesting as you.

As we love in this way, an inward silent love, in intimate nearness, oneness, so all things, and all people, are known in their inwardness - seeing with God, hearing with God, feeling with God, so we see all things, and all people, as they are in God, and see God in all things, all people - God knowing God, Messiah knowing Messiah.

In this, perhaps, you may understand the these two commandments are the very heart essence of the Straight Path - Gnostic Path.

As Messiah Yeshua teaches us, though, you must ‘deny yourself,’ denying that self has any separate independent existence apart from God, and ‘take up your cross,’ passing away in the Oneness that God Is, the Messiah and Holy Spirit taking up your person and life, and so ‘follow in the Way,’ be the Way - Body of Messiah, the Sanctuary of Grace.

Indeed, we must deny ourselves, ending our self-idolatry, recognizing, realizing and acknowledging the Lord is One - Yahweh Achad, and that there is no other, that nothing exists apart from the Holy One of Being, the Infinite and Eternal.

These were the stirrings in my heart. I pray they might touch others, and perhaps spark insight.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Loving the LORD with All One's Mind

#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:55 pm

Shalom Tau Malachi:

In this, perhaps, you may understand the these two commandments are the very heart essence of the Straight Path - Gnostic Path.

Many thanks for this utterance of the Shema as the heart essence of the Straight Path.

We're blessed to be in a portion of Zohar that is explicating the Shema from many angles. To help us access what the rabbis said, you shared some immensely helpful points for us to apply in our practice and integration with the Shema.

I'm grateful that you quoted from the Gospel of Mark, as it's the only one of the synoptic gospels that quotes the Shema in full. Yet I'm intrigued that Adonai Yeshua spoke an additional point of kavvannah-concentration: with all your mind. This occurs no where in all of the Hebrew Bible.

The Zohar expounds
When a person arouses love toward the blessed Holy One, arousal of the right is roused only in three ways, as is written: with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might (Deuteronomy 6:5)—look, three ways here! For you should not say, "Either one or the other"; rather all are necessary, since it is not written with all your soul or with all your might—rather all are necessary: heart, soul, and wealth (2:162b).

In Matthew and Mark, the Lord added with all your mind ; in Luke, a lawyer added the same iteration.

Now to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, understand that God is the All-In-All, and likewise remember that ‘all’ in Hebrew is a cognomen of Yesod-Foundation, which is called Holy Tzaddik - ‘Righteous One; so this power to love is the power of God in you, it is the ‘inner tzaddik,’ the indwelling Messiah and Holy Spirit

I'm fond of attributing "all" these loves with all one's heart, soul, mind, strength to the yesodot-foundations: west, south, east, and north respectively. Elements, Ways, and seasons all coalesce in these kavvanot you've taught. But this phrase with all your mind appears to be an innovation in the time of Yeshua. In what other ways does evolve the Shema?

Gratefully,

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Re: Unity of Yahweh: Loving God & Neighbor (Mark 12:29-31)

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:57 pm

Blessings to you in the Holy Light of the Messiah, the Spiritual Sun of God!

This insight that you have shared is delightful my brother, the four vehicles of love and cleaving, heart, soul, mind and strength, corresponding with the four yesodot, the fundamental elements of consciousness, or water, fire, air and earth, respectively; to love Yahweh with the entirety of each of these, and all of them together, corresponds with the arising of these fundamental elements of consciousness in their primordial purity from the “fifth element,” the element of space or spirit, which as we know corresponds with the Clear Light and Holy Tzaddik. Here we may understand the Oneness of Yahweh as corresponding to the fifth element, Yahweh being the Absolute Light, Infinite Light, conscious union with Yahweh, oneness with Yahweh, corresponding with the reintegration of the five yesodot in us with that Clear, Absolute, Infinite Light of the Primordial One, the Supernal One - Yahweh; and this is the generation of the Anointed Tzaddik, or ‘Gnostic Apostle,’ fullness of the Messiah embodied, fullness of the Word and Holy Spirit.

This, of course alludes to the Blessed Name, the Shin added to the four letters of YHVH indicating the fifth element as the foundation of them all and as the essential vehicle of reintegration and conscious union; hence, the realization of the ‘Great Natural Perfection,’ the innate unity of our inmost being and the Eternal One, Yahweh.

Understand, even in the midst of the impure arising of the yesodot, the fundamental elements of consciousness, soul - the arising of them in ignorance, the Absolute Oneness of Yahweh remains nevertheless and the appearance of separation is illusory, unreal.

Now, in the original commandment ‘heart’ included mind, but Adonai Yeshua cites the mind as distinct from the heart, for as we know in our own experience there is a distinction between the intuitive intelligence and ‘sense of feeling’ of our heart and the intellectual intelligence and reason of the mind, and in our experience as human beings - profoundly mental beings, the play of thought and thinking, and the intellect and reason, are very prominent. Thus, as much as with our heart, soul and strength (body and life), we are to seek and find God, and cleave to God and love God with all our mind, the full force of our intellect and reason; hence through mental contemplation as well as the contemplation of the heart, the ‘silent love’ beyond thought and thinking. In this regard we may consider the teaching of St. Paul, which is one of the Three Roots of nearness and cleaving in faith, “Set your mind on those things that are above…” Thus, cleave to God and love God with your mind, through contemplations with your intellect and reason. Given the times in which we live, and the lauding of intellect and reason, we can see clearly how the inclusion of mind by Adonai Yeshua was very important, very insightful, and even prophetic. Consider also that the most immediate out reach beyond the Jews to preach the Gospel by the Holy Apostles after him would be among the Greeks, who deeply valued the intellect and reason among their great philosophers; it seems quite insightful and prophetic.

You have stumbled, though, into a deep, secret and esoteric teaching that was very likely in the inspiration for this fourfold utterance of cleaving and love. Indeed, for to those with understanding of the mystical and metaphysical teachings of the yesodot, the primordial, fundamental elements of consciousness, understanding all that appears, all creation on all levels, is an arising of these yesodot, and understanding all of them arising from the ‘fifth element,’ space or spirit, the essence of which is the Clear Light - the Absolute Light that God Is. Through deep contemplation and meditation upon the yesodot an individual can acquire knowledge of the Absolute Oneness of Yahweh through direct experience, actual spiritual and supernal realization. Thus, his variation of the saying provides a direct inroad to the essential wisdom of the Shema and the recognition and realization of innate oneness with Yahweh, the Eternal One - Bornless Being.

I can say no more in the moment.

May the face of Yahweh shine upon you this day and may it come to pass that you are blessed to one day see face to face! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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