EIGHTH PART OF THE BEARD OF MACROPROSOPUS.
424. THE eighth conformation. There goeth forth
a certain tress of hairs surrounding the beard, and they hang down evenly into
the heart. "Arise thou, Eleazar, my son, and expound this conformation."
425. Rabbi Eleazar, his son, arose, and
commenced, and said: "All things depend from the influx, even the Book of the
Law in the Temple. This have we understood from the 'Book of Concealed
Mystery,' and it speaketh thus.
426. "Therefore do not then all things depend
from the influx? Also we have learned that the Book of the Law must be holy,
and its covering holy, and the Temple holy.
427. "Also it is written, Isa. vi. 4: 'And they
called one unto another and said: Holy, holy, holy!' Behold these three (repetitions
of the word 'holy') unto which the Book of the Law correspondeth, for its
covering is holy, and the Temple is holy, and the book itself is holy.
428. "And thus the law hath been constructed in
triple holiness, in three degrees, in three days, (but) the Schechinah
(is) in the three (following) which are the Table, the Ark, and
the Temple; and in the same manner it dependeth from the Book of the Law, and
that dependeth from the Influx.
429. "Also it is written, Jer. x. 2: 'Be ye not
dismayed at the signs (or influences) of the heavens.' Because if they
exist in holiness, in the same way they must depend from the Influx.
430. But thus have we read in the "Book of
Concealed Mystery" that this venerable holy tress of hair, wherein all the
locks of the beard hang down, is called the Influx. Wherefore? Because that
all the holinesses of the holinesses of all holinesses depend from that
431. "And in the Book of the Law, although it
is holy, the ten holinesses 1 do not descend,
until it be brought into the Temple. But after that it is brought into the
Temple it is called holy with the ten holinesses.
432. "As in the above instance mention is not
made of the Temple save when the ten holinesses are associated with it.
433. "Also we have learned that all things
that Influx which is (symbolised by)
that tress of (hair of the beard) from which all (the other) hairs
434. "Why is this called the Influx (or
influence)? Because from it depend the influences and the influences of
the influences, and from it come forth those which are above and those which
435. "And because it dependeth, and that in it
all the things of the universe depend, superiors and inferiors; also in the
last place the Book of the Law, which is in the Temple, and is crowned with
the ton holinesses, is not excepted hence with the other holinesses. All
things depend from it (this conformation, namely).
436. "And he who beholdeth that form, before
him are they subjected and inflected (others read: 'all sins are subjected,
&c.'), according to that which is written: 'IKBVSh OVThINV, Yekebosh
Auonothino, He hath pardoned our iniquities' (or He hath subjected, &c.)."
437. Rabbi Schimeon said unto him: "O my son!
blessed be thou by the Holy of the Holy Ones, the One Ancient before all."
160:1 370 =
OSh, Aush = formation, action, creation. And the least number of 3 + 70
= 37 = 70 = Malkuth, the decad of the Sephiroth.
Expressed by the re in return.
of course refers to the ten Sephiroth. In the Sepher Yetzirah, SPR
ITzIRH, a very ancient and mystical qabalistical book attributed to Abraham
the Patriarch, which treats of the creation of the universe through the
symbolism of the ten numbers (Sephiroth), and the twenty-two letters,
together called the thirty-two paths of wisdom, where the ten numbers are
derived into a tetrad and a hexad (the latter consisting of the four cardinal
points of the compass, together with height and depth), this phrase is
employed: "And in the midst of the hexad is the Holy Temple." This book "Yetzirah"
is not included in the present volume.
Chapter XX: Concerning the Ninth Part of the Beard of Macroprosopus