Tzaddik: The Foundation of the World

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Tzaddik: The Foundation of the World

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Jun 26, 2004 10:39 am

102. We learned: There is a single pillar extending from heaven to earth, and its name is Righteous (Tzaddik).
This pillar is named after the rightous (tzaddikim). When there are righteous people in the world, then it becomes strong, and when there are not, it becomes weak.
It supports the entire world, as it is written, "And Righteousness is the foundation of the world." If it becomes weak, then the world cannot endure.
Therefore, even if there is only one righteous person in the world, it is he who supports the world. It is therefore written, "And a righteous one is the foundation of the world."
You should therefore take My lifted offering from him first. Then, "And this is the lifted offering that you should take from them" - from the rest. (Exodus 25:3) What is it? Gold, silver and copper.
(The Bahir)

"Heaven" is Tiferet or Zer Anpin (the Little Face) and "earth" is Malkut or the Female Principle, Nukvah (the Daughter). The "single pillar" called Tzaddik in between is Yesod - through Yesod, Tiferet and Malkut are united, and thus Supernal Grace flows down the Middle Pillar. According to the Bahir and Zohar it is this that sustains the world or creation.

According to the Sefer Yetzirah, in the spiritual world opposites are divided, for opposites cannot exist in proximity to one another in the spiritual world. Only in the physical or material world can opposites exist in proximity to one another and be united in one single form. Thus, only in the world can tikkune (correction, mending, healing) be accomplished through the unification of opposites, which effects a transformation. This is the divine labor of the tzaddikim in the world - the faithful and elect, or spiritual peoples. Here, of course, the Bahir is speaking of the union of heaven and earth, or the spiritual and material worlds - hence the Great Transformation or Ascension of this Good Earth.

Essentially the Kabbalah says that our role as human beings it to bring forth Light into the world and to bring forth Light from the world itself - hence God's instruction to the Human One (Adam and Eve) to tend to the earth, and to sow and reap (a phrase indicating this Great Work). We do this by binding our soul to the holy Sefirot, and binding or minds, hearts and lives to the Sefirot; hence the esoteric meaning of keeping the commandments or precepts which represent the holy Sefirot or Light-emanations. This is the meaning of "righteousness," honoring the innate goodness of the Light-presence in ourselves, one another, and all things.

Goodness can be strengthened in the world or weakened in the world, all depending upon our own actions. Light can be invoked or obstructed in our lives, all depending upon the choices we make - hence the exercise of our free will. Although it seems to us in ignorance that it does not matter very much what we do as individuals concerning the well-being of the world, the Bahir makes it clear that it does matter and that even one individual can and will make a difference. If we want to see goodness and Light in the world, then we ourselves must labor to bring it forth and embody it in our own lives. According to this passage it might well serve to preserve and maintain the life of the entire world!

Pointing to Yesod the Bahir is pointing to the subtle astral dimension of the earth and the astral planes through which the influence of spiritual forces is brought into the material dimension or world. Essentially, with our every thoughts, emotion, word and action we link with and bring forth spiritual forces, whether divine, admixed or dark and hostile. In effect, we are vehicles or channels of spiritual forces, whether of the Light or the Darkness; hence the phrases "sons and daughters of Light" and "sons and daughters of Darkness" that appear in the teachings. The power of Yesod manifests in the astral dimension of the earth when the righteous - the faithful and elect - link heaven and earth, and invoke and embody the Divine presence and Divine powers. In this way the spiritual person serves to bring forth Divine Blessings and Supernal Grace into the world, becoming a vehicle or channel of that Divine presence and power; hence an offering up of one's own mind, heart and life to True Light (God).

Gold, silver and copper as mentioned here correspond to Tiferet, Yesod and Malkut, respectively, and to the principles of thesis, antithesis and synthesis. They allude to a spiritual alchemy through which our consciousness is transformed and brought into unification with supernal or Messianic consciousness. It also indicates the awareness of Sacred Unity in which we realize the inseparability of of our own state of consciousness and how things appear to manifest externally.

Truly, this passage in the Bahir is very empowering - it reminds us of the Truth and Light in us, and of our purpose here in this world as human beings. More could certainly be said, but this is enough to start a contemplation and potential discussion.

Blessings & shalom!
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#2 Postby Rebekah » Sun Jun 27, 2004 7:06 am

Shalom Malachi!

Your post brings up thoughts of Divine Pride and Spiritual Humility (which itself is a unification of opposites) in relation to the union of heaven and earth. So often we humans feel insignificant, unworthy, or ineffectual.

Experiments were performed many years ago in which plants were subjected to positive and negative emotional energies. Those plants subjected to expressions of anger, hate, and violence withered and died, while those subjected to expressions of love and kindness thrived. This seems to me a simple yet profound example of how our consciousness strengthens or weakens goodness in the world.

It is important for all of us to realize that our thoughts, emotions, words, and deeds do make a difference, no matter how insignificant, unworthy, or ineffectual we may think we are!

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The Power of One & Many

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Jun 27, 2004 9:33 am

Greetings Rebekah!

Indeed, we are constantly an influence on our environment, more or less, depending upon our level of concentration and presence of awareness - the more centered inwardly and concentrated, clear and consciousness, the more influence we bear; hence we become a cause rather than an effect.

Spiritual self-worth and spiritual humility indicate an essential state of being. By way of spiritual humility we are open and sensitive to God and in relationship to God become a direct effect; by way of spiritual self-worth we become a cause in the world, living according to the Divine presence and power received through our openness and sensitivity. In other words, in this way we become a vehicle or channel of the Blessing Power and Grace of Divine Being.

In the Bahir the sages inquire why God began creation with the letter Bet. Their response to this question is that God initiates creation with Bet because it begins the word for blessing (Baruch). According to the tradition, the aim of creation is the generation of the human being and a human being is meant to be a vehicle of the Blessings and Grace of Divine Being; hence the agent of the completion and perfection of creation (a co-creator).

If an ordinary human being by way of her or his thoughts and emotions can have such an affect/effect, then we can only wonder at the greater affect/effect of a Christed or realized individual. Of course, with various great masters we have perfect examples, such as Master Yeshua in the Gospels.

From a Gnostic point of view, faith in Christ is faith in this Light-power in ourselves, in everyone and everything. The "good works" of faith is actively drawing out that Light, activating the Divine potential in life. These are works of a conscious agent of the Divine Will and Divine Kingdom, works of an active co-creator.

I am especially struck by this passage in the Bahir because it points to the power of one, as much as the power of many. So often we can become discouraged because of a feeling of powerlessness or helplessness in life, yet the Bahir states that we are really never powerless or helpless. We often wonder what one person can do to uplift the world or change the course of events, thinking only the power of many can make a difference. Alot of people, thus, do nothing to bring about a change because of this. Yet, the power of a group or collective is founded upon individuals - its entire power is in the individual.

I am reminded of the words of my beloved tzaddik, "If you desire to bring about a change in the world, then bring about that change in yourself. If you wish to see a greater good in the world, then give birth to that greater good through yourself." These words often echo in my mind and heart.

Blessings & shalom!
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Bringing forth Light From the World

#4 Postby Magdalena » Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:49 pm

]I am wondering how we can "bring forth Light from the world." Does this mean that we will transform matter itself?
I've heard that the Earth is becoming a star. Are these two things related?
There is the alchemy of the Human Soul, and then the alchemy of the physical world, or matter?
I'm new to this forum, see my introduction under the first topic. I don't think that I am new to this work, thought. Blessings Upon this Online community of De-Light. MM
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Transformation

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:46 am

Greetings Magdalena, and welcome to our online community!

There is no doubt that there are many interpretations of what is meant by “bringing light forth from the world” or “drawing out light from the world.” First and foremost, in Kabbalah and Gnosticism it implies that light is bound up in the darkness of matter, or as one modern British physicist has said, that “matter is frozen light.” Thus, our spiritual labor – the Great Work, is the release of light or energy bound up in matter, the fruition of which is, indeed, the transfiguration or transformation of the substance of matter. This we witness in the resurrection and in the attainment of the Rainbow Body – the substance of the physical body translated into light or pure radiant spirit.

If we contemplate the wonderworking ministry of Lord Yeshua and Lady Mirya, or the wonderworking we might encounter with a holy tzaddik or apostle, essentially it is a drawing out of the light-power from within the world, as much as a bringing of light-power down into the world. This we understand very well from the art of spiritual healing in which healing transpires by drawing out light from within the cells of the body and particles of matter composing the body – the healing power being contained in the body itself.

In the Kabbalah there are four kinds of light, or four forms the Divine Light assumes: supernal, spiritual, astral and material – matter being the densest form of light. Essentially, the supernal light assumes the form of spiritual, astral and material light, and at the center of every particle of matter one finds the supernal light, this spiritual nuclear fire; thus, in the experience of Supernal or Messianic Consciousness the Supernal Light that is above is everywhere below – the Pleroma of Light.

The very essence of the Supernal Light is the simple Primordial Light, the Clear Light Essence; hence, the Light of Awareness that comes into being on the first day of creation. Thus, the light that is “seen” is the glory of the True Light, El Elyon – the True Light being most subtle and sublime, the Invisible and Bornless Spirit.

We may say that on Easter Morning, when the Risen Messiah appears to the Magdalene, the Planet Earth became a *Holy Star*, emitting its True Radiance, the generation of the Human One of Light, the Great Seth (Shin-Tau). As souls are joined to the Mystical Body of the Risen Messiah – this Body of Supernal Light, the divine fullness of this True Radiance grows and increases so that the Planet Earth shines with Light upon Light, becoming fully transformed into the Holy Star of Divine Grace, the fulfillment of the Divine Plan in creative evolution. Such is a vision of the Second Coming, the Reception of the Holy Bride, the Shekinah of Messiah.

In this midst of this, of course, using the metaphor of light we are talking about drawing out the innate good of all life – the whole of life, whether material, psychic or spiritual; and yes, we are talking about a spiritual alchemy in body and soul, and the eventual refinement and transformation of all into Pure Spirit, *Pure Radiant Awareness*.

May we be blessed and empowered to sojourn the Path of the Great Resurrection and Ascension, running and returning; amen.

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