Sunday, September 09, 2007

Tree of Life

Bought a few books to suppress the urge to buy a fancy cell phone (which I have a finally decided to get anyway). Took up The Rosicrucian Enlightenment instead of the Memories of My Melancholy Whores which I have been meaning to read since forever. It’s a really good thing that the Wikipedia is there to help us idiots understand things a little better.

“The Tree of Life, or Etz haChayim (עץ החיים) in Hebrew, is a mystical symbol within the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism used to understand the nature of God and the manner in which He created the world ex nihilo (out of nothing). The Kabbalists developed this concept into a full model of reality, using the tree to depict a "map" of Creation. The tree of life has been called the "cosmology" of the Kabbalah.

Some believe the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah corresponds to the Tree of Life mentioned in Genesis”

“But the Tree of Life does not only speak of the origins of the physical universe out of the unimaginable, but also of man's place in the universe. Since man is invested with Mind, consciousness in the Kabbalah he is thought of as the fruit of the physical world, through whom the original infinite energy can experience and express itself as a finite entity. After the energy of creation has condensed into matter it is thought to reverse its course back up the Tree until it is once again united with its true nature. Thus the kabbalists seeks to know himself and the universe as an expression of God, and to make the journey of Return by stages charted by the Sephiroth, until he has come to the realisation he sought.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_Life_%28Kabbalah%29

5 comments:

Dorian Gray said...

Nice :)

עץ החיים is very interesting, even for an Atheist person like me, Kabala always had the Halo of WOW.

Dorian Gray said...

Oh, and with all my love to Marquez, the "Memories" is a waste of time and probably money. It is laying next to me on my desk and I can truly say that I did not enjoy it at all.

Kazi Rubaiat Imam said...

what? u don't do short and sweet anymore? i got this book recently, The Universal History of Numbers, but pora shuru kori nai. Its three books in total, words n pages have it. thinking of hitting nilkhet someday to browse, u savvy?

Weatherman said...
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Weatherman said...

Dorian, thanks for the warning. I already bought it though. Sigh...

Tan, lets do that this weekend. Been a while since I went down there. :)