Milah: The Sign of the Covenant

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Milah: The Sign of the Covenant

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Jun 13, 2004 9:58 am

Ten Sefirot of Nothingness
in the number of ten fingures
five opposite five
with a singular covenant in the middle
in the circumcision of the tongue
and in the circumcision of the member
.
(Sefer Yetzirah 1:3)

The sign of the covenant, of the tongue and the "member," are in the middle of the body, and the hands are the extremities of the right and left. To the right hand are attributed the Sefirot of Mercy, Keter, Hokmah, Hesed, Tiferet and Netzach, and to the left hand those of Judgment, Binah, Gevurah, Hod, Yesod and Malkut (attributes given from thumb to little fingure, respectively).

Yod, which means "hand" equals ten, and when an initiate binds his or her soul to the Sefirot, drawing down Mochin, Shefa and Ruhaniyot, the power of the Sefirot (Light-emanations) is in his or her hands - by way of laying on of hands healing and transmission can occur, and the spiritual forces of the matrix can be consciously directed by gestures (whether the externally appearing matrix or the internally appearing matrix of the Body of Light).

In order to join the soul to the Sefirot and the Sefirot to one's soul, one must enter into a state of complete mental silence and the vital must be in complete repose, thus purifying the mind, heart and life of all negativity (klippot), and abiding in the middle - without attachment or aversion, complete clear. Then one becomes a holy vessel/vehicle of the influx of Supernal Light from the holy Sefirot and the Shekinah rests upon oneself. Thus, here, in the Sefer Yetzirah, we have instructions in how to prepare ourselves for the influx of Supernal Light, and to one who understands this mishna, we have instructions of how to invoke the Supernal Influx (Shefa). In essence, one must become empty of oneself to become filled with the Spirit and Light of God.

In Hebrew the word for "circumcision" is Milah, which also means "word," as we find in 2 Samuel 23:2, where it is written: "God's Spirit speaks in me, his word (milah) is on my tongue." Thus Milah can also be translated as "a word of the tongue." This directly connects Milah with Logos, the active power of the Christos.

Milah may also denote a fluency of speech. In exodus when Moses is breaking faith with Hashem he says, "How will Pharoah listen to me, when I have uncircumcised lips?" (Exodus 6:12) This relates to Mochin or the Gnosis Mind, and the inspired utterance of the Holy Spirit - the fluid flow of the Light-power from within oneself. A circumcision is necessary to remove all obstructions to the flow of the Divine Spirit.

In Gnostic Christianity we speak of the Milah of the heart, which replaces the Milah of the member (phallus), and thus of a circumcision that applies equally to men and women alike. Though there may be an outward circumcision, unless there is an inward one it make no difference spiritually; likewise, when the heart is circumcised whether or not there is an outer sign or not makes no difference. The circumcision of the tongue may be understood as the purification of the mind, and the circumcision of the heart may be understood as the purification of the vital (or desire-energy); hence what is necessary for one to become a channel or vehicle of the Divine presence and power.

In a state of purity the Divine presence and power comes to rest upon us and pervades the body-mind complex; hence when our mind, heart and life are aligned and in harmony with the Divine Will and Kingdom. Not only do we receive the flow of Supernal Light and blessings, but we become empowered to transmit them, akin to what we see with the priestly blessing, when the hands of the ancient Israeli priest were held at the level of the mouth on either side of the face, and the blessing was spoken: "Hashem bless you and keep you; Hashem make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; Hashem lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. [So they shall put my Name on the Israelites, and I will bless them]." (Numbers 6:25-27) This is also reflected in the method of holding the hands and interlocking them by the thumbs during the intonement of the Shema in our tradition, as taught to initiates.

The hands thus serve as a focus of power or energy, and their joining in the chant of the Shema alludes to the mystery of the sacred marriage (hieros gamos) - hence the flow of Pure Desire-Energy. This alludes to a way all peoples experience the state of nothingness or mental silence in which the holy Sefirot are glimpsed - namely the instant of climax in sexual union when a thoughtless and desireless state naturally and spontaneously arises, if but for a brief moment. (The circumcision of the male "member" alludes to this very mystery in the old covenant, as does the circumcision of the heart in the new covenant.)

Under the old covenant circumcision occurs on the eighth day of life, which alludes to a transcendence. For according to Genesis God creates for six days and rests on the seventh day, the Shabbat, the eighth day representing an ascension or self-transcendence in consciousness; hence a passage from space-time-consciousness to eternal consciousness. This is the very nature of the state in which the holy Sefirot are glimpsed, according to the Sefer Yetzirah. Essentially, by way of the Milah-Word of God and the covenant through which we enter into unification with God's presence and power, we are given power over the inner and transcendental planes, for we are empowered to draw down the Light of the Supernal Planes.

The secret keys are the cessation of thought and desire (the nothingness state in mind), and the knowledge of how to use the Divine Name; hence how to put the Name on oneself and on others.

With these few hints this begins a contemplation. It will be interesting to see where it might be taken...

Blessings & shalom!
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Milah; The Sign of The Covenant

#2 Postby NH » Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:16 pm

The Sefer Yetzirah states that the Sefirot, while usually arranged in three columns, may create a dynamic tension when arranged in two arrays of left and right, the polarities of female and male, evoking the force of the "unifying covenant" in between - that place of pristine power and unadulterated clarity where spiritual force becomes centralized and focused. In the healing arts, I've experienced this to be that place of the quintuplicate mirroring of polarized force between the five masculine loves and the five feminine strengths, the dance of the electromagnetic that generates transmutative, healing energy upon the most transcendent of planes. It is the palace of deafening silence.
Is there a parallel to the binding of one's soul to the Sefirot and the binding of the channels of Ida and Pingala in equilibrium, resulting in the dynamic movement of Kundalini through the central core of Sushumna?

Shalom,

Nancy

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Repose

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:46 pm

Salutations Nancy!

Yes, indeed, is we are to speak of milah-circumcision on an esoteric level it is the sublimation of desire-energy, which is to say the sublimation of the *serpent power*; hence it is the capacity to turn the serpent power inward and upward (Godward), through the central channel-way. This energy-intelligence must be gathered from the lunar and solar channels into the central channel, then uplifted to repose at the brow or crown center; this opens the way for self-realization either at the level of cosmic consciousness (brow) or supramental consciousness (crown).

If we are to speak of the lunar and solar currents they represent aversion and attachment, and they correspond to the white father seed and red mother seed, respectively. Thus, the sublimation of the serpent power represents a cessation of attachment and aversion, the *cessation of self-cherishing*.

This reflects a teaching Tau Elijah often spoke, “The entire path is self-purification.”

The awakening of the serpent power, in and of itself, is not enlightenment and liberation, though it is a divine energy-intelligence that may lead to enlightenment and liberation, a driving forces, as it were; likewise, higher gradations of mental and vital consciousness are not automatically indicative of enlightenment and liberation, nor is the opening of consciousness to new dimensions – these may be part of the process along the way, but actual enlightenment and liberation is something “more” than this. Essentially, so long as self-cherishing, attachment and aversion remain, or dualism in consciousness, though, perhaps something of the “enlightenment experience” might transpire, nevertheless the liberation of the soul-stream has not been accomplished.

In this sense, milah takes on new meaning, for it is a circumcision of the mind, heart and life – the “cutting away” of self-grasping, which is the root of all attachment and aversion.

If we are able to abide without attachment or aversion, in a state of pure being or pure awareness, naturally and spontaneously the serpent power will arise through the central channel-way into repose – and we will find this a “pregnant emptiness,” the womb of Mother Sophia in which the Pleroma of Light is realized.

Here we may say, given the idea of the milah of the “member,” we may understand that there is a *true conception in the light* (true light) and a *false conception in the light* (false lights) – all depending upon the degree to which we have tended to our self-purification.

May we be reborn of an Immaculate Conception, all in the Divine Mother; amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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Re: Repose

#4 Postby NH » Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:01 pm

It is all truly quite beautiful.

I thank you Tau Malachi, for your teaching that led to a deep contemplation of this wisdom from our Maiden of Light.

From "The Secret Gospel of St. Mary Magdalene":

16. Mary said to some women, "If you know the path of the moon, you will know the path of the sun. With this knowledge and understanding, follow the path of Light, which is beyond the sun or the moon. This is the path of the cross.
17. Mary said to her disciples, "The cross is the limit, for it binds the power of the demiurgos and Satan, which is death. Death has never existed. The Lord has shown us this and now we must remember."

Yes, "now we must remember."

Shalom,

Nancy


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