THE EVOLUTION OF THE CONCEPT OF THE TEMPLE
a. In the Torah God commands the Children of Israel:
“Build Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in your midst.”- Exodus 25:8
b. The concept of the Mikdash or Temple can be understood as the embodiment of a Divine thoughtform – as an idea that arises in the Universal Mind of God.
c. This Divine thoughtform descends through the worlds until it manifests on the physical plane.
d. The thoughtform of the Temple is not a static concept. It evolves and changes over time.
a. Three thousand five hundred years ago, the Children of Israel received the inspiration of the Mikdash or Temple and built a physical building dedicated to the God of Israel. This vision of the Temple lasted until two thousand years ago when the second Temple was destroyed by the Romans.
b. A thousand years later, the Kabbalists understood the Temple as a mystical vessel that receives potent spiritual energies which descend from the supernal worlds on high.
c. Seven hundred years later, the Baal Shem Tov saw the Mikdash as a place within each of us that can serve as a dwelling place for God.
d. Today, we envision the future Temple as a vast network of light and energy that is constructed through the inner work of prayer and meditation.