Of all the sephiroth of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, Kether is
the most elevated and the most profound. In Hebrew, the word "Kether"
means"Crown" - it is the sephirothic Crown of the Tree of Life, the
first terribly divine emanation of Absolute Abstract Space. From Kether
emanate Chokmah and Binah, and all three together constitute the Logoic
Triangle of the Tree of Life, which is also known as the Holy Trinity in
Christianity and other religions. The Trinity constitutes the esoteric
core of our Being, and has been referred to as the Resplendent Dragon of
Wisdom. Kether is the center of gravity of the Logoic Triangle, and is
also the highest sephiroth of the Pillar of Equilibrium, which also includes
Tiphereth, Jesod, and Malkuth.
Kether is the deepest part of our Inner
Being, and is symbolized by a crown. He is often referred to as the First
Logos, the Ancient of the Days, the Venerable Elder, and the Father who
resides in secret. The Ancient of the Days is the occult of the occult,
the good of the good, the kindness of kindnesses, the root of our Being.
He is infinitely merciful, and carries absolute wisdom. The First Logos
is sometimes referred to as the "Great Wind", since from the
world of Kether the multitudes of humanity look like leaves fallen from
trees, hurled by the terrible wind of the Ancient of the Days. In the world
of Kether neither individuality, personality, nor any type of superior
or inferior "I", exist. Although referred to as "He",
it is important to note that that Elder of Days is androgynous, meaning
He is man and woman simultaneously, and is the first and last synthesis
of our Being.
Each person has his or her own particular
crown, which is our own ray that connects us with the Absolute. Each of
us has in the depths of his or her consciousness a distinct Venerable Elder,
a particular Father who resides in secret. Blavatsky has said that there
are as many Fathers in Heaven as there are human beings on earth. Kether
is related with the first arcane of the Tarot, "The Magician."
This arcane represents unity and that which begins. This unity is the Divine
Monad, the First Logos. It is said that the hair and beard of the Ancient
of the Days each have 13 locks. This reminds us of Arcane 13 of the Tarot,
"Immortality," which is also intimately related with the First
Logos. It is only by overcoming death, by completely eliminating the psychological
ego and creating the solar bodies of our Being, that we can incarnate the
Ancient of the Days. In other words, before incarnating Kether we must
first completely realize the mysteries of the thirteenth arcane within
ourselves, and overcome the frightful and terrible tests of this arcane
in the internal worlds.
If we look at a diagram of the Tree of Life, we can see that Kether is a sephiroth that is very far away
from Malkuth, the physical world. This is why we cannot easily understand
or relate to our Father who resides in secret. Although objects and events
that take place in Kether are real and mathematically exact, they seem
abstract and remote to our minds. The religion of Buddhism has its center
of gravity in Kether, and this is the reason why many people find it difficult
to relate to and understand its concepts and teachings.
One can meet his or her own Father who
resides in secret during moments of Samadhi in meditation. In this way
one can receive His commands, and thus do His will. The mantram "PANDER",
when vocalized in supreme and profound meditation, permits us to see the
majestic presence of the Elder of the Days. We can also call upon the Angel
Metatron to help us. The Angel Metatron, who was the prophet Enoch in the
Bible, is the head of the world of Kether, and during meditation the disciple
can invoke and beg the Angel to take him or her to the sephiroth of Kether.
When Jesus prayed to his Father in the Bible, he prayed to his Father who
resides in secret.
The Lord's Prayer, the "Our Father", which Jesus left us, is completely magical. Many people
pray the Lord's Prayer in a mechanical fashion, simply repeating the words.
Merely reciting the prayer, however, brings about few, if any, results.
Rather, each line should be analyzed and meditated upon. Each verse and
petition in the prayer contains great wisdom, and can only be comprehended
in profound meditation.
Although the Ancient of the Days emanates
directly from the Absolute, He is profoundly unknown unto Himself. By working
towards incarnating all the sephiroth within ourselves, our Father gains
knowledge and dominion over the entire Tree of Life. When the Elder of
Days has self-realized the ten sephiroth, he transforms himself into Adam-Kadmon
of the Kabbalah, the Celestial Man, with powers over all of creation. Then
the ten sephiroth shine in the world of Light as precious gems, as resplendent
stones within the body of the Ancient of the Days. This is how we convert
our entire Inner Being into the Celestial Jerusalem, the completely self-realized
individual. No one, however, reaches the Father, except through the Son.
The Son is Chokmah, the Cosmic Christ. We have to form Christ within ourselves
in order to rise towards the Father. Only one who incarnates Kether has
the right to wear, in the internal worlds, the hair and beard of the Venerable
Elder, thus becoming "one more old man in eternity."
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