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Originally posted by All Seeing Eye
And, what are your thoughts concerning the Jewish mystical "Merkabah"?
Mercabah (Hebrew) Literally, “chariot.” Refers to the Soul the Initiate must build.
“With patience ye will possess thy souls.” – Yeshua Hamashiah
Sahu (Egyptian) The Egyptian Sahu is the same as the Greek To Soma Heliakon, the Hebrew Merkabah; it is the Physical, Astral, Mental and Causal Solar Bodies as a whole.
To Soma Heliakon (Greek) Literally, “The Golden Body of the Solar Man.”
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
Well, you are looking for signs of ancient astronauts in holy text. Which is sort of like trying to push string.
The "Maaseh Merkabah" means the "workings of the chariot" and refers to the complicated blueprint of divine order unfolded in Ezekiel's vision in the eponymous work.
Those who know, the initiates, are persons who have studied Torah, the Prophets, and Writings, and are ready to explore the inner, spiritual meaning of the text.
The technical aspects of Ezekiel's direct perception of the Deity are so loaded with power that they may not be published or spoken of to persons having no spiritual training.
Anyone who knew the working of the chariots would probably think alien life is irrelevant in comparison to the gift of learning the essential truth about God's nature.
THE REWARDS OF CONTEMPLATING THE CHARIOT
According to one mystical text, the rewards of contemplating the Merkabah (which Nathan says are also the rewards of "busying oneself with matters pertaining to AMIRAH") are the following:
"1. Said R. Ishamel: [What are the rewards to] one who desires to contemplate the mysteries of the chariot, to enter upon it in peace and return in peace?
"2. The greatest of his rewards is that it brings him into the celestial chambers and places him before the divine throne and he becomes knowledgable of all future events in the world: who will be thrust down and who will be raised up, who will be weakened and who will be strengthened, who will be impoverished and who will be made affluent, on whom will be decreed death and on whom life, from whom will be taken away an inheritance and to whom will be given an inheritance, who will be endowed with Torah and who with wisdom.
"3. Greater than this is that he becomes knowledgeable of human behavior. If a person commits adultery he knows it; if a person commits murder he knows it; if he is suspected of having relations with a woman during her menstrual period, he knows it. Greater than these is the fact that he becomes a savant in the arts of magic.
"Greater than this is that whoever should raise his fist at him and hit him would be covered with leprosy. Greater than this is the fact that whoever should slander him would be smitten with wounds and growths which produce festering boils on the skin.
"Greater than this is that he becomes distinguished among all people in his behavior and is honored among higher and lower beings. Whoever should inadvertently injure him will suffer injury; and misfortunes will descend on him by heavenly decree, and whoever should raise his hand against him will suffer retribution from the heavenly tribunal." (Pirkei Hekhalot Rabbati 1:2-5)