posted on Jul, 30 2010 @ 06:25 PM
Well, 3 is a special number.
It basically sums up all existence. Thesis, antithesis, synthesis.
The triangle serves as a symbol for this.
The kabbalistic work sefer yetzirah speaks of 3 dimensions which essentally constitutes all reality. Space, Time and soul, called Olam (which is funny
considering the word olam typically means eternity - tie, yet the ancient kabbalists knew that time and space were integrally attached) Shana (year)
and nefesh (soul). These are 3 basic dimensions.
The eye at the top signifies G-d, who overlooks his creation. Of course, a gnostic could warp this idea into thniking that the eye is the 'higher
self' and therefore any human who attains to that state is the 'eye' overlooking the pyramid of creation..
Most symbols are relatively neutral. It takes a person to attach significance to it.
One more note on the sefer yetzriah. The space dimensionn is really 3 dimensions, as we know. Height, length, width. With time - forward, and soul,
which ultimately constitutes 5 dimensions. 4 are creations - correspondng to the 4 kabbalistic worlds, with the soul, a piece of the creator,
corresponding to the upper point of the Yod of the tetragrammaton and the reality of Adam Kadmon "universal man".
as integral as 3 is. 4 represents the 'vessel' and so we find that the the cubes 6 faces, 12 lines and 8 corners add up to 26, the value of G-ds
essential name YHVH, and also the value GOD in english.
So the cube represents moral perfection, perfection within society. This is why the Temple is a cube in shape. It mirrors the higher world and brings
down the shefa of holiness into the world.