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Quote of the Week 37 - Wind, Water, Stone

Wind, Water, Stone
BY OCTAVIO PAZ

Water hollows stone,
wind scatters water,
stone stops the wind.
Water, wind, stone.

Wind carves stone,
stone's a cup of water,
water escapes and is wind.
Stone, wind, water.

Wind sings in its whirling,
water murmurs going by,
unmoving stone keeps still.
Wind, water, stone.

Each is another and no other:
crossing and vanishing
through their empty names:
water, stone, wind.

CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS

I will be making a presentation at the Atlanta Southeast Limmud this Labor Day weekend, with the following title:

Job’s Second Daughters and the Kabbalah of the Unicorn.

There has been much existential hand-wringing discussion over the centuries about the Book of Job. However, there has been little focus on the significance of the concluding verses and his second set of daughters. Come explore these interesting passages and the mystical significance of how one daughter’s name relates to a single-horned creature, sometimes associated with a unicorn.




Please check out the following, which is an ongoing activity that may be of interest:


www.meetup.com/Interspiritual-Contemplative-Group










Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Kabbalah of the Unicorn





The Kabbalah of the Unicorn


In lieu of the Quote for the Week this Week, I present the following.

A few months back, I made a two-part presentation at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta on the Book of Job. (The audio recordings of these sessions are available in the “links” section of this blog, in the right column). In preparation for this presentation, I came across something at the end of the Book of Job that had not previously caught my attention, but this time, my spiritual radar perked up on encountering these passages. They recite that in the aftermath of his ordeal, Job was restored in greater abundance than he ever had in the past. Included in this new abundance were seven new sons and three new daughters. A few things that caught my attention about this recitation: here is one of the infrequent occurrences in the Tanak where an unusual prominence is attributed to females in a variety of ways. First, the names of the daughters are provided, but not the names of the sons. Usually, it is the other way around, where men’s names are provided, but not the names of women, wives and daughters. Second, it is emphasized that Job gave his daughters an inheritance, just like their brothers. This appears quite extraordinary, and a more radical extension of the limited inheritance extended to women under certain circumstances related in the Torah concerning the daughters of Zelophedad (I leave it to the reader to research this for themselves, if they are not already familiar with it). Lastly, but not leastly, concerns the significance of the names of these three daughters, particularly the third one, Keren-happuch. My intuition and limited research about this unfolded many interesting connections. I also realized that my limited knowledge of the nuances of Biblical Hebrew would restrict my full exploration of all of the aspects of this subject and its various connections. So I commissioned a study of this subject on a deeper level by Rabbi Gershon Winkler, a scholar and practitioner of traditional Jewish teachings and uncommon kabbalistic and shamanistic roots underpinning the Jewish tradition. Below is a result of his research that I wanted to share due to its profound insights and inspiration. I highly recommend the works of Rabbi Winkler, particularly his book, Magic of the Ordinary. You can check him out further at his website, www.walkingstick.org.












1 comment:

John Carey said...

Very enlightening and informative. I have no doubt I was led to this story. I will enjoy reading and learning more about this subject. I am grateful.