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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Passover starts this evening. Regardless of spiritual tradition, it's a good time of year to recognize slavery in its many different forms, both external and internal, and to remember the ways each of us conducts our own personal Exodus toward freedom. It's also worth recalling that to attain liberation, we must pass through gates...
This selection may seem a little disorienting at first, but there is much worthy of contemplation here. The "gates" referred to are the Sephiroth of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. They are the stations of divine manifestation, through which the Eternal becomes the manifest in the material world.
Come and see:
There is opening within opening,
level beyond level.
Through these the Glory of God becomes known.
Not only do these gates mark the path of divine manifestation, they are also the stations of personal realization. Each gate or Sephiroth can be understood as an aspect of the Divine that ultimately leads the mystic to the wholeness of the Divine.
'The opening of the tent' is the opening of Righteousness,
as the Psalmist says:
'Open for me the gates of righteousness...'
This is the first opening to enter.
Through this opening, all other high openings come into view.
One who attains the clarity of this opening
discovers all the other openings,
for all of them abide here.
The "tent" here is the entire Tree of Life, and the "opening of the tent" is the first gate or Sephiroth encountered by the seeker: Malkuth, the Kingdom, the realm of physical manifestation in harmony with the Divine Plan. Here, it is rendered succinctly as "Righteousness." In other words, as we cultivate a sense of harmony and justice and purity within our hearts and our lives, we approach the first gate. And it is only through that gate that the subsequent gates of spiritual realization reveal themselves.
I'd also like to point out how much fun is found in the sense of confusion in the following lines:
The ones below proclaim that He is above:
'His Presence is above the heavens'
the ones above proclaim that He is below:
'Your Presence is over all the earth'
Finally all of them, above and below, declare:
'Blessed be the Presence of YHVH wherever He is!'
Have a beautiful day!
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