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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
This passage has so much to contemplate and explore on many levels. I would just point out that the word "zohar" is a reference to light or shining. It is the light of mystics. It is the light of enlightenment.
Once these two absorbed each other, all colors appeared:
purple, the whole spectrum of colors, flashing, disappearing.
Those rays of color do not wait to be seen;
they merge into the fusion of zohar.
Once the "two colors" -- the solar and the lunar, the masculine and the feminine -- are balanced and merged, once they are "blended together," then a new, all-encompassing level of radiance is discovered. This is a shining composed of all things, all light, "all colors," flowing into and out of appearance, "flashing and disappearing."
Someone seeking yogic parallels might identify this zohar as the radiant crown chakra -- the place of divine presence. "In this zohar dwells the one who dwells... Here dwells YHVH, / perfection of all sides, above and below."
I also want to note the Zohar's mystical understanding of Jacob/Israel. "Here Jacob is found..." Jacob is not simply a figure of history and culture. Jacob is presented to us as a living presence, available, accessible, and connected to all, "linked to all sides". And, of course, Jacob became known as Israel, giving his name to his offspring as a people. Jacob, as a Patriarch and a bridge to divine presence, also gives us a mystical understanding of Israel, not as a nation upon a map, but as a state of awareness.
Finally, it's worth contemplating what the Zohar means by "the End of Thought." This End of Thought is the "Mighty Voice," the "Oral Torah," the "Elucidation of the Torah," "a well and an explanation" of the Torah. The Zohar seems to suggest that the Law of God can only be understood by attaining perfect silence and stillness.
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