Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Creative Triad

“ ...The letter Shin signifies the trinity of the first three Sephiroth. The central circle slightly above the other two is the first Sephira— Kether, the White Head, the Crown. The other two circles represent Chochmah, the Father, and Binah, the Mother. From the union of the Divine Father and the Divine Mother are produced the worlds and the generations of living things. The three flame-like points of the letter have long been used to conceal this Creative Triad of the Kabbalists…….” …………Manly P. Hall

Probably the closest symbolism of the creative triad or trinity is seen in Vedic symbolism of the trident of Lord Shiva. There again we have the central limb of the trident slightly raised above the other two branching limbs. As Manly Hall points out the lower two Sephiroths of the Upper most level in the Kabbalistic tree of life are the generative elements of male and female principles from which a transformative process is set forth and generates all manifestations.

In Luranic Kabbalah, Chochmah is identified with intellectual wisdom and is assigned the male or father principle, which typically is involved with the process of knowledge acquisition in a hierarchy, a higher structure of information gathering. But Binah, is associated with intellectual understanding and is assigned the female or mother principle. This is an intuitive function which provides the birthing energy in any holistic process of revelation. So also the manifestation of creation is the transformation of the Divine essence into a form for which the understanding comes from the intuitive level of consciousness.

Shin is also the first letter of the name of God El "Shaddai" stands for "Mi she'Amar Dai L'olamo" - "He who said 'Enough' to His world."
When God was creating the world, He stopped the process at a certain point, holding back creation from reaching its full completion, and thus the name embodies God's power to stop creation.
The initial impetus and the revealed physical laws were given by the pure consciousness - El "Shaddai". This can also be understood from the Big Bang theory where in the creative process was through the coming forth of the Cosmic energy and in instantaneous inflation. The inflationary epoch comprises the first part of the electroweak epoch following the grand unification epoch. It lasted from 10−36 seconds after the Big Bang to sometime between 10−33 and 10−32 seconds. Following the inflationary period, the universe continued to expand, but at a slower rate.

This creative and evolutionary phase are distinguished in Judaic Cosmogony as two distinct and yet sequential process which maps truly on to scientific findings.

Aleister Crowley writes, finding parallel in Vedic philosophy; "Shin is the Fire of Pralaya, the 'Last Judgement'. The combination [of Shin and Teth] would therefore exhibit the methods whereby 'None' and the 'Two' phases alternate. (The state of the non-dual and the dual)
It will be found that this principle of attention is integral to suitable induction of the magical trance and the ingress of something new. The term 'Pralaya' is linked to cosmic time (Aeonics) and is "Non-existence - a state of matter achieved when the three gunas (principles of matter) are perfectly balanced.

We now take a brief detour to probe a little further into the symbolism of these three Gunas.

Whilst we should bear in mind the dangers and difficulties of mixing systems, it was very much part of Crowley's own disposition that he perceive the correlations between systems, and it was he, after all, that raised the matter by introducing the term' Pralaya'. These three Gunas, which we can identify as the three flames of Shin, refer to three forces present within the universe:

1: Thought, pleasure, thinking, clarity, understanding, illumination. - Sattva
2: Motion, energy and activity. Also pain and suffering craving and attachment. - Rajas
3: Restraint and dullness, indifference, darkness. - Tamas

The alphabet Shin also evokes the aspiration of creation to move back to its original glory. The upward thrust of the symbol is a three fold aspiration to integrate, the life giving spirit, the soul and the body to find its original home. This is the karmic journey of every creation to move back to ‘Ain Sof’ or the Godhead.

Love to you all

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