Elohim

Elohim
40/600 10 5 30 1
Gematria: 86/646

Yom Echad | Archetypes of Genesis


Suares:   "Total process through which timeless Aleph becomes Yod which is of time. This process sets in motion the organic functions of living beings. Existence is projected into the passive multitudes of resistence. These allow themselves or do not allow themselves to be fertized after the manner of the living and the dead waters."
     --Cipher of Genesis, page 79.

Bereshyt Bara Elohim

Aleph-Lammed-Hay-Yod-Mem
Aleph : infinite, timeless, intermittant, sign of the unknowable, creation
Lammed : organic movement, functional, existent
Hay : archetype of Life itself
Yod : existence, duration in time, foundation of actuality
Mem : maternal waters (Maim), projection of resistance into organic/existence, where it becomes the passive creative matrix for existential life (Noun, 50)
Far from signifying some abstract conception of a "God," Elohim is an exact equation for the total evolutionary life process in the universe. Again, the two partners, Aleph and Yod, who made their appearance in Bereshyt, now in an organic, evolutionary role, driving the life process. Aleph (infinite unknowable consciousness) sets in motion organic life (Lammed-Hay); existence (Yod) then proves fertile, or not (in Mem, the waters).



"In the beginning, God created ..." is an invitation to leave rational thought behind, an invitation taken in almost every case. The unthinkability of this thought is rarely tested, as Gershom Scholem points out in commenting on R. Isaac Luria's doctine of Tsimtsum:

    This paradox of Tsimtsum -- as Jacob Emden said -- is the only serious attempt ever made to give substance to the idea of Creation out of Nothing. Incidentally, the fact that an idea which at first sight appears so reasonable as "Creation out of Nothing" should turn out upon inspection to lead to a theosophical mystery shows us how illusory the apparent simplicity of religious fundamentals really is.      Scholem, Major Trends, Schocken 1995, p.253


Readers of English/Christian translations of the "Old Testament" (Hebrew Tanakh) may not always be aware of the actual Hebrew words translated as "God" or "The Lord" or "The Almighty" and may miss the significance of the different usages. There are many explanations for the usages of the two principle sacred names the Old Testament, Elohim and YHVH.

In brief, Elohim is the evolutionary process, while YHVH is Life-In-Existence, the goal of the involutionary process.

Elohim appears 32 times in Chapter 1 of Bereshit/Genesis.

Elohim

      In Hebrew, Elohim is written in two alternative ways, according to the Qabala. Both terminate in MEM, but this may take the value 40 or 600. The spelling is ALEPH-LAMMED-HAY-YOD-MEM. The number-schemata are therefore either (1.30.5.10.40) or (1.30.5.10.600). We shall write the former as ELOHIM and the latter as ELOHIM .

      Both words signify a projection into life on Earth of the Cosmic Drama of ALEPH playing the game against YOD. Incidentally, the word YOD is spelt YOD-WAW-DALLET and means hand in Hebrew. Since DALLET conveys the notion of resistance and response to challenge, the Hebrew meaning of hand could be rendered into English by "that which holds its own ."

      MEM (600) signifies the highest achieved state of VAV (6). Since VAV is fertility, impregnation or planting, this MEM therefore symbolizes fruitfulness in the highest degree. Any achievement of cosmic significance is indicated by 600.

      LAMMED (30) is the projection into existence of movements of change; the transformation of what exists; transfer or transmission through what exists.

      Hence ELOHIM reads:

      The unknowable power or energy (ALEPH) transmitted into and through the organic movement (LAMMED) of life (HAY) plays out the game with its own projection (YOD) in existence as "the waters" (MEM) of the biosphere.

      Hence MEM (40) states the process. ELOHIM with MEM (600) expresses that the highest state of achievement of the process is in action: extending its scope, as it were, more and more. Through the action of ELOHIM the "waters" of the biosphere teem and seethe with living things, all participating individually in the process ELOHIM.

      In ordinary usage, MEM (600) is the plural ending, indicating the notion of a numerical fruitfulness by which the one becomes many, becomes a multitude.

      The cosmic game is indicated, in code, in ELOHIM by the presence of ALEPH and YOD together. Life (HAY) is in the middle, maintaining a precarious balance (precarious because the drama is hazardous) between opposing impulses of ALEPH-LAMMED and YOD-MEM acting from either side. The drama is being played out on the stage of life by two duelling actors. The fight is carried on through life and this is ELOHIM. ELOHIM , therefore, expresses a simultaneous emanation of life and of its physical supports, as an evolutionary process. It is not the deity it is supposed to be.

The juxtaposition of the letters ALEPH-LAMMED is a schema signifying that the energy of ALEPH acquires the power to project changes in existence. Without this LAMMED, ALEPH is not able to become organically alive in HAY. So ALEPH in isolation is like the enormous energy locked up inside the atomic nuclei, having an explosive potency not yet released. ELOHIM without the HAY would symbolize an enormous density of existing things on the Earth (YOD-MEM) locked in conflict with ALEPH-LAMMED, the timeless energy of ALEPH endowed with the potency to bring about tremendous changes. The out-come of their conflict would manifest as cataclysmic upheavals succeeded by comparative quiescence, the two alternating as the rallies of the game shifted it from one court to the other. Historically, whole continents, seas and mountain-ranges appeared and disappeared again and again as the Earth writhed between the hammer and the anvil of a doublefold energy, explosive and compressive. As we know from Earth history, this situation persisted for the two thousand millions of years of geological time that preceded the action of the biosphere as a reconciling force. At a certain moment, this conflict opened up the issue of ALEPH, and the Earth was able to produce the archetype ADAM. The cycle of evolution of life commenced to elaborate the living forms of the biosphere in order to resolve a further stage of the cosmic game playing itself out through ELOHIM.

      The letter HAY is in a central position amongst the nine archetypes, the remaining eight are equally balanced on either sie -- four on one side, four the other. Life is a balancing factor in the cosmic game. It can transmit an impulse of reconciliation. Through ELOHIM, the conflict can maintain a state of equilibrium which evolves through stages of finer balance until a cycle of evolution is completed. Then a further cycle begins, and so on. They are not cycles in time but simultaneous. Vegetable life and animal life coexist as different modes of equilibrium whose seven-fold structure is exemplified in the biolgical classification of: Species, Genus, Family, Order, Class, Phylum and Kingdom. This is the projection of ZAYN (7) into life on Earth (the Seventh "Day"). The cyclic structure of vegetable and animal life, however achieved, is only a static, identical recurrence of the same modes of equilibrium. In them, ALEPH is, as it were, taken around closed cycles aganin and again, indefinitely. The cosmic game is being played out through an endless recurrence of the the same prototypes and not getting any further. ALEPH can only burst out of this closed cycle into a further cycle in a human being : ADAM This is why, in the book of Genesis, ADAM is described as "the living image" of ELOHIM. ADAM has with him as the DALLET of his name the resistance which must respond to the challenge of the ALEPH driving towards a further stage of fullfilment in MEM (600). In harmonizing these warring natures with him, he is ABRAM. In succeeding and thereby gaining a new life, he becomes ABRAHAM.

     Suares, Tree II


Scholem on Bereshyt Bara Elohim:

     There are certain spheres of Divinity where questions can be asked and answers obtained, namely the spheres of "this and that", of all those attributes of God which the Zohar symbolically calls Eleh, i. e., the determinable world. In the end, however, meditation reaches a point where it is still possible to question "who", but no longer possible to get an answer; rather does the question itself constitute an answer; and if the domain of Mi, of the great Who, in which God appears as the subject of the mundane process, can at least be questioned, the higher sphere of divine wisdom represents something positive beyond the reach of questioning, something which cannot even be visualized in abstract thought.

     Ihis idea is expressed in a profound symbol: the Zohar, and indeed the majority of the older Kabbalists, questioned the meang of the first verse of the Torah: Bereshith bara Elohim, "In the beginning created God"; what actually does this mean? The answer is fairly surprising. We are "told" that it means Bereshith -- through th medium of the "beginning," i. e., of that primordial existence which has been defined as the wisdom of God,-- bara, created, that to say, the hidden Nothing which constitutes the grammatical subject of the word bara, emanated or unfolded, -- Elohim, that is to say, its emanation is Elohim. It is the object, and not the subject of the sentence. And what is Elohim? Elohim is the name of God, which guarantees the continued existence of creation insofar as it represents the union of the hidden subject Mi and the hidden object Eleh. (The Hebrew words Mi and Eleh have the same consonants as the complete word Elohim). -- In other words, Elohim is the name given to God after the disjunction of subject and object has taken place, but in which this gap is continuously bridged or closed. The mystical Nothing which lies before the division of the primary idea into the Knower and the Known, is not regarded by the Kabbalist as a true subject. The lower ranges of God's manifestation form the object of steady human contemplation, but the highest plane which meditation can reach at all, namely the knowledge of God as the mystical Mi (Who), as the subject of the mundane process, this knowledge can be no more than an occasional and intuitive flash which illuminates the human heart, as sunbeams play on the surface of water -- to use Moses de Leon's metaphor."

     Gershom Scholem, Major Trends, Schocken, 1995, p.220


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