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Kabbalah 401.2: Let's talk about graven images

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Probably, the greatest Gift that the Hebrew People has given the World is not Monotheism, as many commentators theorize. Rather, it would be the concept of a completely imageless Deity. This is heavily emphasized in the Second Commandment.

You shall not have the Gods of others in My presence. You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness which is in the heavens above, which is on the earth below, or which is in the water beneath the earth. You shall neither prostrate yourself before them nor worship them, for I, YHVH, your God, am a jealous God, Who visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons, upon the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, and I be merciful to thousands of generations, to those who love Me and to those who keep My commandments.

The Second Commandment is linked to the Second Sefira on the Tree of Life, Chokhmah.

The Second Path is Named the Radiant Intelligence (Sekhel Maz’hir מזהיר שכל ). This is the Crown of Creation, and the Radiance of the Unity, for It is exalted above all that follows It, and named by the Masters “the Second Glory”.

Notice that the "Second Glory" is not to be confused with the "First Glory". Everything has its place!

In Nova Thought, Chokhmah would relate to White, the Chaos Source, the Number Eight, the Pingala Nadi, the Character of the Master, to the downward-moving right hand White Pillar Jachin (God Establishes) of King Solomon’s Temple, and the Rune Hagalaz. There is also a Kabbalistic Attribution to the Hebrew Letter, Mim.

As we have discussed before, Gentiles tend to ignore the First Commandment. Those who follow this variation usually split the Second Commandment into Two parts. It is important to understand, that in Ancient Times, statues of other Gods were generally placed in each other’s Temples. Apparently, YHVH would have none of this. This does not Mean that the other Gods were “real”; they were simply not to be tolerated.

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