The Darkness of the Light: Tzimtzum

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The Darkness of the Light: Tzimtzum

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Jun 25, 2004 9:50 am

1. Rabbi Nehuniah ben HaKana said: One verse states, " And now they do not see light, its brilliance (Bahir) in the skies...[round about God in terrible majesty]." (Job 37:21)
Another verse, however, states, "He made the darkness his hiding place." (Psalm 18:12) It is also written, "Cloud and gloom surround him." (Psalm 97:2) This is an apparent contradiction.
A third verse reconciles the two. It is written, "Even darkness is not dark to you. Night shines like day - light and darkness are the same." (Psalm 139:12)


The Bahir begins with this teaching, which alludes to the tzimtzum, the process of the constriction of Or Ain Sof (the Light of the Infinite). The first verse points to Hokmah, the second to Binah and the third to Keter, and indicates the three principles of thesis, antithesis and synthesis which are represented by the Pillar of Mercy, Severity and Compassion, respectively.

Here, at the outset, the method of solution is given when one encounters an apparent contradiction in spiritual teachings - one must seek to develop a new paradigm from a higher consciousness which brings about a sythesis between a thesis and antithesis. Here we see the demonstration of this method with verses of Scripture.

Now, as we know, God and Godhead transcend creation, yet through Light-emanations (the Sefirot) God's presence and power are immanent in creation. Through the holy Sefirot God relates with creation and creature and creation are brought into relationship with God. Through tzimtzum or the constriction of God's light - presence and power, the ten Sefirot are emanated, each representing a different gradation of the light from Keter to Malkut. Keter is the least restricted and Malkut is the most restricted - neverthless the Sefirot are restrictions of Or Ain Sof and, as such, are as darkness before Ain Sof. Indeed, on account of tzimtzum darkness comes into being in creation and, thus, the play of cosmic forces in opposition. There is light and darkness, yet to Ain Sof all is light and truth - there is no darkness or falsehood.

In prophetic vision, when symbols, images and light are seen, at best it is but a dim reflection of Divine Being, however luminous it might appear to be. It is the glory of God's presence and power (Shekinah), and it is darkness compared to the direct radiance of Or Ain Sof. One does not look and see God, but one sees the glory of God, the holy Shekinah of God. On this point it is important that we are never confused lest we fall into grave error.

Even in a conscious unification with God one does not see God - one experiences God's presence and power manifesting as oneself, but one does not see God. Who has ever seen seeing?

What does the Bahir say at the outset? Remember, when speaking about God we are speaking about what is unspeakable - do not be deceived. We may speak about the reflection of God in the mysteries of creation (Ma'aseh Bereshit) and we may speak of the mysteries of entering into prophetic states of consciousness (Ma'aseh Merkavah) and even experience those states, yet we cannot speak of God directly. In truth we cannot communicate the gnosis of God, but each aspirant must enter into the mystical journey for him or herself to acquire gnosis. Yet, even in the highest states of gnosis, the gnosis of God is infinitely more.

This indicates a simple truth of our experience of supernal or Messianic consciousness. One may experience a state in which one is fully reintegrated into the Light-presence and Light-continuum, and experience a conscious unification in which all of oneself is joined to God and Godhead, yet, although one embodies something of God, God and Godhead will remain ever beyond oneself. Such is the nature of our experience of supernal or Messianic consciousness.

Is not the Christ-bearer as darkness in which the Light-presence (Christ-presence) hides Itself? This question can prove an interesting contemplation...

Blessings & shalom!
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#2 Postby JoAnn305 » Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:20 pm

Hello;

This makes me wonder if 'The Fall of Sophia' could have been that she had entered into the light presence and, the darkness she experienced was the ignorance of not knowing where she was.

If this is not a possibility, I hope you can set me straight.

Bless you in all you do!

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Looking & Seeing

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Jun 26, 2004 9:36 am

Greetings JoAnn!

Perhaps we could say that in the myth Sophia did not recognize her innate connectedness to the True Light in her initial state of being; hence did not recognize the Light within herself. Consequently, seeking the Light external to herself she was deceived and descended down into darkness chaos and hyle (matter). This, of course, leads to the appearance of the play of cosmic forces separate and apart from the Most High or the manifestation of her own energy under the dominion of the cosmic illusion-power.

So yes, in a manner of speaking, Sophia is perceiving the Light-presence as darkness, chaos and hyle - an illusory appearance of dualism on account of ignorance. After all, everything is a manifestation of the One Life-power, the Great Spirit, for nothing truly exists apart from the One, not even the demiurgos, archons and demons. According to the Kabbalah the demiurgos, archons and demons are a secret operation of the Holy Spirit and play an integral role in the development and evolution of souls, as well as in the eventual completion and perfection of creation.

It always seems to be a question of whether or not we are able to recognize the Light-presence within ourselves and within whatever appears. I'm reminded of the saying of the Master, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

These thoughts came to mind as I read your post...

Blessings & shalom! :)
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Dark Light from Ascension

#4 Postby Doug M » Mon Oct 10, 2005 10:00 am

Greetings!
This post reminded me of the works of St. John of the Cross and some of his observations about the dark night of the soul. For it seems that not only is there a darkness that can deceive and lead to a descent, as in the Pistis Sophia, but a darkness that comes as a result of an ongoing ascent, showing a need for purification. John describes it thusly:

It seems incredible that the brighter and purer the supernatural, divine light is, the darker it is for the soul; and that the less bright it is, the less dark it is to the soul. We can understand this truth clearly if we consider what we proved above from the teaching of the Philosopher; that the clearer and more evident supernatural things are in themselves, the darker they are to our intellects. - The Dark Night, Book Two, Chapter 8.

We are all familiar with the everyday phenomenon of being blinded by a light until our eyes adjust. Apparently, there exists an equivalent spiritual phenomena as well. The radiance of the Light does not change, but our ability to perceive it can range from non-existent (the darkness of the Light) to highly refined and attuned. Such darkness might be considered more a reflection of the openness and capacity of our state of consciousness and ability to detach and perceive with faculties other than senses than of any inherent quality of the Light itself!

May Grace descend for all,
Doug

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Ah, Yes!

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:09 pm

Greetings Doug!

Well said! I do believe you are on to something there, my friend - something quite essential.

What a delightful extension of the contemplation...

Blessings & shalom!
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