Monday, March 20, 2017

A Universe on the Grow!

In Expression

What's Your Compassion,
 Whilst lacking recipients?

What's Your Infinity,
 In absence of the finite?

What's Your Eternity
 Without earthly temporality?

Your Infinite Light,
 Is Your Infinite Life,
Endless in potential,
 Whilst latent n’ lurking,
Yearning for expression,
 Burning for actualization!

For even n’ especially,
 Within the Infinite Light,
To be denied expression,
 Is to be denied reality!

Being Sweepingly Seamless,
 Means Oneness, no drops...
For to express a drop,
 Is to express everything.

To express everything,
 Is to silence a drop;
Which is a definite,
 Very “All or nothing” deal!

So to nuance nuances,
 Within Infinite potential,
As vast ocean recedes,
 Around a tiny air bubble,
So Infinite Light receded,
 Leaving a tiny vacated space.

Now there was needy,
 Lending reality to Compassion.

Now there was finite,
 Lending reality to Infinite.

Now there was temporal,
 Lending reality to Eternal.    

Now there was lack,
 In multiple hues n’ versions,
Lending reality to,
 Multiple nuances of potential,
Awaiting expression,
   Within vast Infinite Light!  

Recently, some in the physics community have been considering a theory called, “A multiverse”, which claims the possibility that our universe is just one of many. About 1997 I considered a similar possibility, just not from the perspective of physics, but rather from the perspective of Kabbalah. Though I ultimately rejected the idea, the exploration enlightened me; with much learned on the journey.

In Kabbalistic parlance God is often called, “The Infinite Being”. The term “Infinite” is used here in the sense of “no limitation”, nothing which any finite entity can relate to. The Lurianic school of Kabbalah teaches that our universe began inside of an attribute of the Infinite Being called, “The Infinite Light”. For our purposes the Infinite Light can also be called, “The Infinite Life”, i.e. God presented as being infinitely alive - i.e. without any limitations. To my understanding, this is the most primal attribute of God that the human mind can point to. (Unless I am misunderstanding, it seems to me like there are a few Kabbalists who prefer that their students think of the Divine Will as the very earliest identifiable attribute, but logically speaking, being alive precedes having a will.)    

The Infinite Light withdrew from an area within its midst to make space for a finite universe. Being Infinite, the force of withdrawal was even on all sides. As equal force was applied on all sides, the resulting vacated space ended up shaped very evenly, like a ball or sphere; a tiny bubble nestled in the midst of the Infinite sea of Light.  

The interior of the vacated sphere eventually became our universe. As with a human, the universe has both a body and various soul levels. The universe’s body is the physical part, which is perceptible to scientists. The universe’s various soul levels are the parts which are not detectable by physical means, as they are beyond the range of anything to do with physical senses or possibly even the current limits on biologically bound intelligence. They are realms which are typically conceived of as being home to various levels of souls, angels, divine forces, divine names and certain divine attributes, etc.   

Lurianic Kabbalah teaches that the universe was created to give meaning to the latent nuances of potential within the Infinite Light by providing them with a stage for expression. For example, of what meaning is there to God’s attribute of kindness or compassion if there is nobody to whom to be kind or compassionate to? Therefore, there needs to be a world to serve as a stage where kindness and compassion can be meaningfully acted out. (see beginning of Etz Chaim)

Being that the Light is Infinite, His expressions of latent potential must also be endless. The latent nuances of potential awaiting expressive manifestation must by far outweigh those which had actually been manifest at the time the vacated space took shape. If so, then why were only a select few latent nuances of potential within the Infinite Light allowed manifestation, leaving the vast majority in abeyance? If the goal is either full or near-full expression of these nuances of latent potential, how is such a limited selection helping the process?  

In one form or another, I have harbored this question in my heart for about the past twenty years. The question has coaxed me to consider whether many universes simultaneously happen within the Infinite Light, like tiny air bubbles in a vast sea, with each giving expression to different sets of the latent potential’s nuances. This way other sets of nuances unexpressed in this universe, might actually find expression in other universes. Thus, in the aggregate, the Infinite Light enjoys near full expression of latent potentials.

When I ran this idea past my Kabbalah teachers, I was told that even if multiple universes co-exist within the Infinite Light, they would not serve the purpose of lending vaster expression to the endless nuances of potential within the Infinite Light ~ as each universe would not be different enough from the next to accomplish this. In an attempt to clarify, they gave me an answer which I did not understand all that well. Hence, I continued to harbor the question for the next twenty years.

Today, I agree with them, but for a different reason (as I still do not understand their reason). Greater numbers can’t do justice to express that which is beyond numbers. For example, a million infants won’t collectively add up to the intelligence of a single adult Einstein; to reflect the various nuances of his intellectual potential. Similarly, one universe or a zillion universes will still lack the ability to grasp at, manifest and express the endless sea of nuances which exist within the Infinite Light.

Imagine bringing a net to a well to fetch water. A net can’t really grasp the water. It can only to get wet. Obviously, the answer isn’t to bring more nets to the well. The answer is to bring along a more solidly developed container - like a bucket.

Similarly, the only way to gather more expression from the Infinite Light is to grow and develop the single universe, which already exists ~ so that it may become a vessel to manifest something more and higher. This would be akin to the infant growing, maturing and eventually becoming Einstein’s prized student. The universe’s growth includes the various states of rectification, the messianic era, the era of resurrection, the ultimate Sabbath and all the stages beyond ~ millennium by millennium. The choice as to what expression to begin the universe with, probably just has to do with what’s necessary to manifest for the beginning stages to occur. Once the universe grows and grows, more and more expressions emerge into manifestation. It would seem like this process can continue on and on, until almost all latent nuances of endless potential eventually find expression in the ever maturing universe ~ whose stages of maturing and growth are endless. Viewed from the past, it’s always an adult. Viewed from the present, it’s always maturing. Viewed from the future, it’s an infant - or even a fetus.

Of course, if this process were to actually reach the point where every latent nuance of potential became manifest, the ever-growing universe would totally merge with Infinite Light ~ becoming one unit. Such an outcome would effectively end the whole process of lending expression to the Light’s endless sea of seamless potential. As the Medieval Jewish poet proclaimed, “If I knew Him, I’d be Him”.

Since the Infinite Light is beyond any type of time, as far as He’s concerned, every stage of the universe whether past, present or future is experienced simultaneously. The great deluge and the resurrection are experienced by Him at once. This not only refers to the earthly side of these events, but, also to the spiritual side of these events as well ~ as each event which happens physically also happens spiritually. Each event has a body and a soul. Therefore, every possible expression of the latently seamless potential within the Infinite Light can be appreciated at once. It’s like someone looking in a mirror and seeing every stage of his or her face from infant to aged at once, in a single glance.   

As I’m contemplating this topic, I am reminded of a passage in the Zohar which mentions that all three patriarchs of the Jewish people had four wives. By Jacob, it’s clearly spelled out in Genesis that he married two sisters and their servants - equaling four wives. By Abraham it’s derived by the passage stating that later in his life he had “concubines”, plural, after Sarah had passed on and Hagar was dismissed (following a different opinion than Rashi who states that Hagar was later taken as Keturah, i.e. they were the same woman).

When it comes to Isaac, the Zohar wonders how did he have four wives? The Zohar responds that Rebecca was so amazing that Isaac had four wives in her. She was seamlessly multileveled. This is how I feel about my own Wife. Every level within me yearning for expression find a matching level mirrored back to me in her. Similarly, the Creator does not require multiple “wives”, i.e. universes. Just one great universe in continuous growth can do the best possible justice for the goal of expressing the capacities seamlessly latent within His Infinite Light.

So unlike Abraham and Jacob, Isaac’s marital situation was closer to the true Jewish ideal; as it more closely resembled the relationship the Infinite Light and the universe ~ one cosmic male discovering full expression of self mirrored back is one cosmic female.      


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Guidance for the Sincere

After a long absence, I just started reviewing Rabbi Judah HaLevi’s “Kuzari”. To me, the book’s first lesson is that God truly appreciates the sincere, regardless of origin. Compassionately, God seems to find ways to guide the truly sincere. He tends to be sincere with the sincere.

The book opens up with a historical account of a truly sincere man who was an idolater, just because he innocently didn't know any better. God seemed to love that man’s sincerity so much that He gifted him with a rare revelation, one that’s near prophetic and perhaps on reserve for the saintly, by sending him an angel in a dream to guide him.

(Even if you are among those who think that the story as presented by Rabbi Judah HaLevi was a mere literary device and not entirely real, still he wouldn’t have mentioned anything unless he firmly believed that it could have happened.)


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

White Ring

In the midst of a workday,
 I peer down on my ring finger,

N’ notice a sparkling gleam,
 Reflecting a smooth bend of light.

My wedding ring speaks,
 A deeply sentimental story;

One of deep yearning n’ love,
 Of soulmates in continuous reunion.

The whiteness of gold,
 Tells of our love’s purity n’ largess.

The roundness of the ring,
 Tells of smoothness in our bonding.

It’s place on my finger,
 Tells of my special place in your life,

As it gently whispers,
 “Yes, you’ve finally come home”.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Gift for Master

Run, I run into the fields,
 Into the depths of forests,

To find a special gift,
 For my master’s joy.

He feeds me.
 He defleas me.

He delitters me,
 Twice, thrice weekly.

He’s a good master,
 Certainly, indeed!!!!!

I spot a field mouse,
 She’s scurrying about.

Not good enough,
 Not unique for my master.

Let her be my dinner!
 Chase, chase...gulp, gulp...yum, yum!

On my way to find,
 To find, that special prize.

My master is wonderful,
 He’s masterfully kind to me.

Ah...I spy a chipmunk,
 Peeking behind a trunk.

I approach with stealth,
 Got em’! Got my wealth!

On my way home we go,
 Me alive, him

Yes, home at least,
 Yes, home for repast.

Paw pound door, pound n’ pound...
 Knock, knock, knock...knock

I can’t wait to see,
 Grin on master’s face.

Door opens wide,
 Alas, home sweet home.

I place gift at master’s feet,
 I look up feeling proud n’ merry!

But he kicks it aside,
 His grin turns down into a frown.

I wonder why?
 I worked so hard to please.

Oh well...maybe next time,
 Perhaps, bushy squirrel or fat rat!



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

First Match!

The Talmud teaches...
First match is from heaven,
  Second, third...earned by deeds.

The Zohar qualifies...
A second match can be first,
  A first match can be second, third...

A first match is unique,
It’s oneself vibing in another’s skin;
  A shared soul pulsating in two bodies.

As a singular self,
We are everything to each other!

Until you came along,
All we could do is is long;
  Long for a distant unknown hope...

We have longed long,
We have longed in womb.
  We have longed since womb.

Finally you came along,
A harbinger of Divine compassion;
  Exposing seamless one in seeming two.

We asked how can we thank you,
For simply introducing us to ourselves?

You responded, “With a poem”.

So please accept our poem,
  In token thanks for a kindness,
    Of a sort that thanks doesn’t suffice.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

All Quests are Quests for Life!

Quests to accomplish, self-actualize,
 Acquire, receive gifts,
  Immerse in pleasures, get married,
   Are all to access deeper life; yea... higher life!

We’re like a fly buzzing about a naked bulb,
 With greater light and warmth,
   The fly is flying with more life!

With the energies released by food,
 We feel more alive!

With the love n’ support of family,
 We feel more alive!

Whilst captivated by art n’ drama,
 We feel more alive!

In the presence of saintly speech,
 We feel more alive!

Obviously, with our Soul mates,
 We feel more alive!

Holy souls imbibing Torah in paradise,
 Feel more alive!

With their every imbibe,
 Comes a new influx of life!

Bodies resurrected feel more alive,
 Than in their prior life at peak!

Their attendant souls feel more alive,
 Than in the very peaks of paradise!

Resurrected couples will feel more life,
 With a mere proximity,
   Than they had felt in their past,
     Whilst twined in the depths of intimacy!

One can barely imagine the life,
 Which will course betwixt them,
   In their post-resurrection intimacy!


Access to Life ...

Ultimately, every gift and acquisition is about the attainment of greater life. It’s strange how whatever God gifts and/or bestows upon a person is from his/her own life.

Through the progressive stages of concealment access to higher aspects of one’s own life becomes more and more tenuous, until most of the access is lost ~ though a vague sense of familiarity lingers. These feelings serve as an arrow pointing in the direction of one’s own lost treasure of self.

Even the material blessings one receives are only the very shoes which a higher version of one’s own life walks about in. Even if these shoes are relatively empty, they are never entirely empty. They always bear some living wearer; as some new gleam of one’s lost hold on life has returned.

So too with my Soul mate, she’s a lost part of my life which I have been yearning for all along. Together, we’re both more alive! We’re two legs of a greater soul. Our bodies are the shoes. We are each inserted into a precious shoe, so we can stroll the earthly realm together.

Together, we can draw down the light of our unified soul more effectively into the earthly realm. Since our soul is an aspect of God’s Light which He wishes to bring down into the earthly realm to make a “dwelling below”, a temple or a paradise below, by our union we play a very important part in this cosmic process of making our realm more alive.