OUTLINE SESSION THREE
THE ORGANIZATION OF THE HEAVENS III
THE BEARD OF GOD
I. The beard has a special significance in the Kabbalah.
a. According to the Ari, the beard symbolizes the forces of Divine compassion in the universe.
b. The sections in the Idras that describe the beard of Arich Anpin and Zeir Anpin explain how energy and consciousness pass down through the worlds.
II. The Kabbalistic tradition provides us with a vehicle for evoking these spiritual forces in the form of two Biblical prayers of compassion.
a. The prayer of Moses on Mount Sinai [Exodus 34:6-7] b. The prayer of the prophet Micha [7:18-19]
I. There are unexpected and inexplicable moments when God’s grace comes pouring into the world for no apparent reason.
a. In India, there is a tradition that we receive a blessing merely by being in the presence of a holy person. They call this blessing “darshan”.
b. The Zohar provides us with a Cosmic version of the process of darshan.
III. The Cheeks of the Greater Countenance
a. In the Zohar, the energy of Divine grace that sustains all the worlds is sent through the cheeks of the Greater and Lesser Countenances.
b. There are two energy centers which are located behind the cheeks.
c. The seventh tikkun of the beard is that the cheek area is completely free of hair.
d. This tikkun symbolizes the fact that there is no obstruction to the passage of the Divine light through the centers in the cheeks.
THE MIND OF GOD
a. There is a Supernal Torah, which contains all the thoughts, wisdom, knowledge and desires of the Creator.
b. In the Kabbalah of the Ari, this Torah is embodied in the sephirah of daat of Atik Yamin.
a. Each person, the Ari explains, has a letter in the Supernal Torah, which is linked to his shoresh neshama, his soul root.
b. Through the practice of prayer, meditation and contemplation, we can touch our source in the Supernal Torah.
c. Our spiritual goal is to use the practices and teachings of the lower Torah to help us to unite with our source in the Supernal Torah, so that we can receive the daat of Atik, the Infinite and Eternal knowledge in the Universal Mind of God.