posted on Jul, 13 2015 @ 01:31 PM
«Sefer Yetzirah» is a cornerstone of Jewish mysticism and translates «The Book of Formation» in English and the «Etz ha-Chayim» is what it's all
about: «The Tree of Life». What it is exactly is hard to say, I kind of see it as a sort of mind map for everything Hebrew. A sort of mental index
containing the keys to uncover hidden sides of many things. From seeing the structure of the Hebrew language, enabling you to learn Hebrew in a new
and exciting way, to being a roadmap in an age old wisdom tradition, or as a companion on the way of reaching philosophical enlightenment, or for that
matter to help you memorising combinations and guards for marshal arts and cane fighting.
Many of you have probably seen illustrations like the one above showing the mystical Tree of Life (the one above is from
and shows the Tree of Life according to the «Bahir», another important
book in the schools of Kabbalah. But few of you know how to make your own, even if that is the whole point with the «Sefer Yetzirah», to read the
instruction and draw the Tree, to fully understand the structures and numbers and letters described in the book and elsewhere. Below you can see a
diagram I made the other day showing the few steps of drawing up the «Etz ha-Chayim». The book on its own is rather cryptic and may read like
gibberish to most at first and second and even third glance. But learn these few techniques below, and the book will open up and you will see more
clearly the rationality of the Hebrew language, the cosmological and philosophical concepts included, and how it contains a valuable source of manna
and wisdom, and seeing what a truly remarkable system it is factoring and rationalising everything down to a simple geometric figure you can draw in
less than a minute, given you have a square and compass and some kind of stylus.
The quote in red is from «Sefer Yetzirah» ch.5 and the drawing in red to the far right shows a cane fighter in the first station. You can read the
book lots of places online and places like amazon.com and bookdepository.com have several different ones, and it's translated to most languages and
well, you shouldn't have much difficulties finding yourself a copy. All you need is to discover the system and break the code. You'd do fine, I'm
sure. Below are two 19 c. versions from sacred-texts.com
(translated by W.W. Wescott, 1887)
(translated by Isidor Kalisch, 1877)
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