Nov 05 2008
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With the election of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States of America, I can’t resist a brief exploration of the esoteric meaning of his name.
The word barack, like the Hebrew word baruch, means blessing or blessed. But that’s just the most surface translation of the word. A deeper exploration of the word relates to sending down roots or to kneel down in prayer. Both of these meanings carry the sense that what is above is reaching down to what is below. So, in the fullest sense, barack and baruch imply the heavenly reaching to the earth, rooting its blessings in the earth, weaving its life throughout the world.
Regardless of our political viewpoint, that is a blessing we all pray for.