Yodh – The Infinite Point

20 Dezember, 2009 (23:21) | | goldener schnitt | 1 Kommentar

„J“ is the tenth letter in the modern Latin alphabet; it was the last of the 26 letters to be added.

But Yodh, also spelled Yud or Yod, is the tenth letter of the Semitic alphabet. The tenth shall be holy; as the decimal nature of reality.

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
He trusts in Adonai; let Adonai rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.

As Yodh is the smallest letter, much kabbalistic and mystical significance is attached to it. The secret of this point is the power of the Infinite to contain finite phenomena within Himself and express them to apparent external reality. This initial point, the essential power of the Yodh, is the „little that holds much.“

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.

According to the Gospel of Matthew Jesus mentioned it during the Antithesis of the Law when he says: „One Yodh or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.“ Yodh was often overlooked by scribes because of its size and position as a mater lectiones.

Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

In modern Hebrew, the phrase „tip of the Yodh“ refers to a small and insignificant thing, and someone who „worries about the tip of a Yodh“ is someone who is a „Korinthenkacker“ that means to be picky and meticulous about very small details.

From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my Adonai.
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no-one to help.

In „gematria“, the Hebrew language and Hebrew alphabet, Yodh represents the number ten, and its place in the name of Adonai.

Eli Eli, why have you forsaken me?

Two Yodhs in a row designate the name of HIM and in pointed texts are written with the vowels of Adonai; this is done as well with the Tetragrammaton.

Adonai, deliver my precious life from the power of the dogs.

Yodh is thought to have originated with a pictograph of a hand, Yad in Hebrew.
Yad can also refer to pointer used for Torah reading in Jewish synagogues.

Quote: Psalm 22

Beitrag vom 20 Dezember, 2009 (23:21) | Autor: Kathrin Drescher | Rubrik: goldener schnitt | Beitrag drucken Beitrag drucken | (1) Kommentar


Chicken Soup. Notes from Bottom

12 September, 2009 (19:24) | | suppenküche | Kommentieren

You can say the Jesus Prayer from now till doomsday, but if you don’t realize that the only thing that counts in the religious life is detachment, I don’t see how you’ll ever even move an inch.

When speaking of detachment, desirelessness. or the „cessation from all hankerings“, there we are, right in the middle: The very first book that once sparked me for spirituality, is Salinger’s novel about Franny and Zooey, the two youngest members of a jewish-irish family from New York city. The following synopsis, which includes two quotes, might tell you of what is figured to religion in this modern „Zen tale“.

Franny is an undergraduate and actress, who is depicted reading the book: The Way of a Pilgrim, which contributes to an emotional breakdown. Zooey, her brother, five years older than Franny, is an actor too.
He visits Franny’s in her room and they talk about her dreams, the religion seminar professor that hates her, and acting. Franny shows him the pilgrim book, which tells how a Russian wanderer learns to take the prayer to a point where it becomes unconscious, almost like a heartbeat, ultimately leading to spiritual enlightenment.

But Zooey totally questions that reciting of a prayer and leaves the room.
… if it’s the religious life you want, you ought to know right now that you’re missing out on every single goddam religious action that’s going on around this house. You don’t even have sense enough to drink when somebody brings you a cup of consecrated chicken soup– […] Even if you went out and searched the whole world for a master –some guru, some holy man–to tell you how to say your Jesus Prayer properly, what good would it do you?

A little later Zooey calls Franny by phone, they continue to talk, and remembering the Fat Lady in their audiences, he shares with Franny some words of wisdom that their eldest brother, Seymour, once gave him:

The only thing you can do now, the only religious thing you can do, is act. […] I don’t care where an actor acts. It can be in summer stock, it can be over a radio, it can be over television, it can be in a goddam Broadway theatre, complete with the most fashionable, most well-fed, most sunburned-looking audience you can imagine. But I’ll tell you a terrible secret– Are you listening to me? There isn’t anyone out there who isn’t Seymour’s Fat Lady. That includes your Professor Tupper, buddy. And all his goddam cousins by the dozens. There isn’t anyone anywhere that isn’t Seymour’s Fat Lady. Don’t you know that? Don’t you know that goddam secret yet? And don’t you know–listen to me, now–don’t you know who that Fat Lady really is? . . . Ah, buddy. Ah, buddy. It’s Christ Himself. Christ Himself, buddy.

(C) Kathrin Drescher, (aus: „Notes from Bottom“ vom 22.12.2008)

Beitrag vom 12 September, 2009 (19:24) | Autor: Kathrin Drescher | Rubrik: suppenküche | Beitrag drucken Beitrag drucken | Kommentieren


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