Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Meditating the Lord´s Prayer –Part I

The highest form of prayer is inner silence and serenity, born out of the Love for the Eternal One.

However, it´s a subtle state, difficult to perceive and sustain owing to physical and psychological knots, which cut the connection with deeper levels of being.

The human being is stagnated and threatened by repressed love, which turns into hate, envy, anxiety doubt, lack of self-esteem...

The wish to receive is greater than the wish to give because of a lack of inner plenitude. And in order to give, one must receive first from higher emotions and thoughts of the spirit.

In the Hebrew-Christian tradition there are forms of meditation and prayer essential to create a proper mental disposition that may help to clean and open the window of the heart.

Among these we have the famous Lord's Prayer, taught by Yeshua the Nazarene  (Matthew 6:12), although it was probably known already by Essenes like John the Baptist. It was a good complement to the traditional Jewish prayer known as Shema, recited by Yeshua quoting Deuteronomy 6:4: 

Listen Israel, Yhwh Elohym is only one Yhwh (Verb-Word). You shall Love the Supreme with all your Heart, with all your Soul, with all your Mind, with all your Strength (Luke 10:27).

Unfortunately, very few seem to listen to the Master:

And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets... But you, when you pray, enter into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking–Matthew 6:6-7

It is worthless to pray aloud and at high speed, as it is done in churches; it is not about vomiting words but tasting their meaning, which in this case comes from Hebrew. If one does not perceive the content of the prayer, it is better to stay quiet; inner silence will always be more productive.

For this reason, from now and during the coming days we present the Lord´s Prayer, summarizing its meaning, phrase by phrase, respecting its teaching:

1. Our Father who art in the Heavens everywhere (Shamayim).

or more precisely: 

Our Father who dwells in the omnipresent Mother Light.

Jesus/Yeshua used to refer to the Eternal Origin as Abba, and it is curious that the Gospels translated into Greek preserved this and other Hebrew and Aramaic words, possibly as clues for those who "have eyes and ears" [2].

Abba is often translated as Father, although the Hebrew speakers still call Abba not only to the father but the mother and other close relatives as well.

Therefore, what did Yeshua really mean?

We should keep in mind that the Master taught from 
what he called Key of Knowledge:

Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the Key of Knowledge [kleis tes gnoseos]: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in, you hindered–Lucas 11:52

This Key is what the mystic Hebrews, including Paul (1 Cor 2:7-8), called Jokmah Nishtar, the Hidden Wisdom revealed to the prophets since Adam, and which became hidden when people worshiped their Golden Calf, rejecting the spiritual Torah/Instruction, which was not written on stone (Exodus 32:16). Thus humanity could only receive a Torah codified on stone (Exodus 34:1).

Under the light of the Key of Knowledge, the word Abba shines with its most revealing meaning:

In Hebrew Father, Abba, is written as AB (Alef, Bet). Alef is the divine atom of will-light, while Bet is the House, the feminine space where it radiates

As for the word Heaven, Shamayim, it is composed of the letter Shin, meaning Fire of spiritual severity (Geburah), and the word Mayim, which means Waters of benevolence (Jesed)

The Language of the Torah shows that the water of Jesed (Benevolence) balances the Fire of judgement and power (Geburah), giving as result a merciful Spirit (Ruach), which is the Holy Spirit, associated to the Mother and the Daughter, i.e the Human Soul, where the "seed" of the Son is born.

We hear about the Daughter Soul in Isaiah 66:10

Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her. For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and be delighted with the splendor of her glory

The 19th Ode of Solomon is even more clear: the Holy Spirit opened Her bosom, and mixed the milk of the two breasts of the Father (Abba) [3]

Milk from the breasts of Abba. Suggestive metaphor, isn´t it?

The soul of the Torah, revealed in works as the Zohar, teaches that in order to create, the Limitless God or Ayn Sof,  conceals itself in contraction (tzimtzum), in order to open a space or womb where intelligent beings can be created and receive bliss in varying degrees.

This cosmic Womb becomes filled with Waters of Light substance, the splendor of Absolute Will.

The physical universe is actually such Light in a condensed form.

The Ocean of Light is also known as Great Face, represented as a dot amidst a circle, as shown above. In Hebrew it´s known as Kether, the Crown, whereas the Pythagoreans called it Monad.

Therefore, the first phrase in the prayer simply means: Our Father who dwells in the omnipresent Mother Light.

Tomorrow we'll see what the next phrase means: Hallowed be thy Name, for it is important to understand that the Eternal One can only be known through its vibratory attributes, its Name-Word, the Tetragrammaton: YHWH.

[1] Irenaeus, Eusebius and other Father of the Church wrote that the early gospels were written in Hebrew and Aramaic. Some of them even quoted fragments from which we know the original meaning of certain words, all of which was surprisingly ignored by mainstream Christianity.

Moreover, from some apostolic letters we also learn that the disciples close to Yeshua had good reasons for not delivering great knowledge to just anyone, and they just gave clues, keeping the original Nazarene gospels exclusively for some Jewish groups. Then alternative versions were made for the Gentiles, so that nobody tampered with the content, as it actually happened, specially in the process of translation from Hebrew and Aramaic into Greek.

The aim was to reach what Yeshua called “lost sheep of Israel”, that is to say, those hearts who seek and struggle to find the Beloved, despite living gentile lives.


[3] 'The Ancient of Days has three heads. He reveals himself in three archetypes, all three forming but one. He is thus symbolized by the number Three. They are revealed in one another: first, secret, hidden 'Wisdom' (Hochmah Nishtar); above that the Holy Ancient One; and above Him the Unknowable One [Ayn Sof]. None knows what He contains; He is above all conception. He is therefore called for man 'Non-Existing' [Ayn]".(Zohar III, 288b)

The Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity expresses different aspects, as we will see tomorrow, although we already talked about it in the notes of the article Awe of the Lord, published on the 8th of June 2014.

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