Suares: Bayt (or Vayt), no. 2, is the archetype of all "dwellings", of all containers:
the physical support without which nothing is.
With Bayt, a Double Letter, we enter into the realm of the thinkable, in contrast to the infinite, unknowable, energy/consciousness of Aleph. In thinking about Bayt, we create Bayt's of thought about what Bayt might be. This is the logical place to realize that Bayt is not any specific Bayt (container) of thought (an idea or image or abstraction). The problem with thought (Bayt-ing) is that sensuously-based, colloquial languages train our minds to think in semantically arbitrary specifics (the signs point to the material world). To understand Bayt, we have to train our minds to think in semantically non-arbitrary generalities (the signs point in the opposite direction).
Bayt is not any of our Bayts about Bayt, such as container, matter, duality, separation, division. It is the Bayt-ness of all those specific qualifications, across the entire range of structuration of matter and consciousness. Similarly, as we encounter each letter, Ghimel is not our Bayt of Ghimel, but a sign for a completely generalized abstract organizational principle underlying all our Bayts of motion, movement, change, interchange and relationship. In fact, Ghimmel is not in our Bayts at all, but rather in the movement of our Bayts animated by Aleph, of which we have no Bayt (thought) at all.
The particular words or descriptions chosen to describe the basic energies are simply intended to be as general as possible and to lead the mind away from specifics and towards a set of underlying, generalized, structures. The reader can use more appropriate terms from their own language or experience.
The other quality of our new way of thinking, besides learning to Bayt in the most generalized structural terms instead of about specific objects, is the non-arbitrary part. It is difficult to even begin to think about a non-arbitrary language because we are so saturated in arbitrary ones.
To use our example of linguistic arbitrariness from Aleph, "casa" or "building" or "house" can all be used to point to the same thing (material object), but neither the words nor their letters have any inherent connection to either the physical structure or our ideas of what makes a house a "house."
In Hebrew, both Bayt the letter and Bayt the word, both spelled Bayt-Yod-Tav, mean house. Bayt, in formative semantics (a phrase for our non-arbitrary language) means an abstract, generalized container, the "houseness" of house. Bayt is the container for the uncontainable, Aleph; in its most generalized sense it is Bayt-El (Bethel), the Bayt of Aleph, or the "house" of Aleph-Lammed, "God:" Bayt-Yod-Tav -- Aleph-Lammed-(Phay).
Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in addition to signifying a basic creative energy or fundamental power, is itself spelled by the letters of the same alphabet of basic energies. This means that the Hebrew letters are self-defining and self-signifying when their basic (generalized) meanings are understood. Each letter has an inner structure of its own and in half the cases, a role in the spelling and meaning of the other letters.
It is a trivial task to assign abstract meaning to twenty-two letters. It is much more difficult to spell those letters with meanings from the other letters in a consistent and coherent way, and account for their positions in a logical array of meaning. If the initial meanings are arbitrary, the system will fail as a language.
Using our basic generalized summary of the fundamental creative powers, we can begin to explore our non-arbitrary language starting at the beginning with the letters themselves and their non-arbitrary relationships to each other and the whole.
If Aleph, spelled Aleph-Lammed-Phay projects (Lammed) into unstructured substance (Phay), Bayt announces the counterpart theme of the dual structuration of energy: the response of Tav. Infinite energy expands though the alphabet to Tav, where it meets its mirror, infinite compressive energy, and is reflected back. These two flows, or "breaths," corresponding to the structuration of material and psychological (spiritual) energies, create all that exists.
Bayt, abstract archetype of containing energy or structure, shows what a generalized container is from the inside by its spelling. Bayt-Yod-Tav: 2-10-400: Bayt: archetypal container -- Yod: in existence -- Tav: cosmic resistance. Bayt's roots span the three worlds: it already contains Aleph's projection in existence, Yod and it ends with the last letter of the alphabet.
The first two letters establish the complete dual circuit of energy, from Aleph to Tav and back: Aleph acts on unstructured substance; Tav gives existence to containers for Aleph.
Tav is already present as the seed of the seed within the Dallet of the Lammed of Aleph (see the full expansion). It becomes explicit in Bayt-Yod-Tav, where it provides the backstop of cosmic resistance that allows Aleph the uncontainable to be contained at all. Reading "backwards": as Tav in existence -- Yod -- Aleph contains -- Bayt -- itself.
The Aleph-Bayt, the Aleph and the Tav, and the letter or sign (Aleph-Waw-Tav) are all equivalent in signifying the "alphabet" as a total set of semantically-accurate signs (their Alephs are linked to their Tavs). The signifier is the signified.
Having introduced the idea of analyzing the meaning of a letter by its own spelling and checking for internal consistency, and then the idea that the spellings of the letters have spellings, we can open a small porthole into the matrix with the full spellings of the first two letters of the alphabet.
The roots of Aleph and Bayt continue forever in the infinite expansions of Waw and Mem, Dallet and Lammed. We find that they are both complementary in their initial spellings and identical in their deeper roots, the biologically-structured energies of Dallet (response), Lammed (equilibrium) and Mem (biological matrix). Aleph contains Hay, life, in its Phay, but it is unitary and terminates, while the Waw of Tav proliferates the containers of Bayt endlessly.
This illustrates the fact that the letters are not so much spelled as structured; they can be seen as patterns of energy or meaning in their full expansions.
Bayt, Dallet (Dallet-Lammed-Tav), Hayt (Hayt-Yod-Tav) and Tayt (Tayt-Yod-Tav) all draw their existence from Tav: signs of containment/division (Bayt), resistance/response (Dallet), unstructured/unconditioned consciousness/energy (Hayt) and seed/formation (Tayt). In Dallet, resistance is defined from the inside as active response/necessary resistance to life. Bayt itself contributes to the structuration of no other letter of the alphabet. None of the first three (Aleph, Bayt, Ghimmel) are found as organizational elements of the other letters: they are the seeds of the seeds.
We've used Bayt to think about the arbitariness of ordinary language, and to begin to consider the Hebrew alphabet as a non-arbitrary language of basic energies defined by the spelling of its own letters, in this case, Bayt, which is all we can think of but not all that is.
See: Bereshyt | Bara | Shabatai