Nov 05 2008

Barack, Baruch, and World Blessings

Published by at 10:07 am under Poetry Chaikhana Misc.

/ Photo by jetheriot /

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.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Barack, Baruch, and World Blessings”

  1. Helen Robertson 05 Nov 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Very dear Ivan, and all your compatriots…


    In loving friendship, Helen

  2. Sharon Georgeon 05 Nov 2008 at 1:40 pm

    This poem is so appropriate for today.
    A day of vast emotions! Never before have I felt so much emotions regarding the election of an American President. Joy, pride and optimism, beyond belief and the overwhelming presence of Gods blessings on our earth! Witnessing the acceptance speech of Barack Obama, I found myself succumb to emotions I never imagined I would feel. I can only describe it as a feeling of pride, justice, unity and oneness of spirit with all, not just all American’s, but all of humanity. I have always been a patriot but never more than today, am I proud to be called an American! A daughter of a Veteran of 3 wars and 30 years of military service, a mother of a Veteran of the Iraqi war, a white, middle class American. Since childhood I have always declared my favorite president as President Lincoln, yesterday I fully understood why! God’s speed, peace and blessings on President Elect Barack Obama, his family and us the American people. S

  3. Rudolf Harston 10 Nov 2008 at 8:22 am

    I've been enjoying your poetry and blogging for several months — but this explanation of our HopeFull President's first name was a particularly wonderful blessing. I have been seeking an image for this new political phenomenon to carry in my Divine Imagination, and now I have one: roots reaching down from the heavens, surrounding and embracing mySelf and my fellow Travellers. Thank you!

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