EARS OF MICROPROSOPUS.
582. THERE are two ears for hearing the good
and the evil, and these two can be reduced into one.
583. As it is written, 2 Kings xix. 18:
"Incline, O Tetragrammaton, Thine ear, and hear."
584. The ear from within dependeth upon certain
curves which are therein formed, so that the speech may be made clearer before
its entrance into the brain.
595. And the brain examineth it, but not with
haste. For every matter which is accomplished in baste cometh not from perfect
586. From those ears depend all the Lords of
Wings who receive the Voice of the Universe; and all those are called thus,
the Ears of Tetragrammaton.
587. Concerning whom it is written, Eccles. x.
20: "For a bird of the air shall carry the voice," &c.
588. "For a bird of the air shall carry the
voice." This text hath a difficult (meaning). And now (for so much is
expressed) whence is the voice?
589. For in the beginning of the verse it is
written: "Curse not the King even in thy thought." Where it is written
concerning even the (unexpressed) thought, and concerning the secret
thoughts of thy couch.
590. Wherefore? Because "a bird of the air
shall carry the voice." Which (voice) as yet is unexpressed.
591. Assuredly this is the true meaning.
Whatsoever a man thinketh and meditateth in his heart, he maketh not a word
until he bringeth it forth with his lips. (What the text intendeth is)
if any man attendeth not hereunto.
592. For that voice sent forward (from
inconsiderate thought) cleaveth the air, and it goeth forth and ascendeth,
and is carried around through the universe; and therefore is the voice.
593. And the Lords of Wings receive the voice
and bear it on unto the King (Microprosopus), so that it may enter into
594. This is that which standeth written, Deut.
v. 28: "And Tetragrammaton hath heard the voice of your words." Again, Num. xi.
1: "And Tetragrammaton heard, and His wrath was kindled."
595. Hence every prayer and petition which a
man poureth forth before God the Most Holy One-blessed be He!--requireth this,
that he pronounce the words with his lips.
596. For if he pronounce them not, his prayer
is no prayer, and his petition is no petition.
597. But as far as the words go forth, they
air asunder, and ascend, and fly on, and from
them is the voice made; and that which receiveth the one receiveth also the
other, and beareth it into the Holy Place in the head of the King (otherwise,
beneath Kether, the Crown).
598. From the three cavities (of the brain
of Microprosopus) distilleth a certain distillation, and it is called the
Brook. As it is said in 1 Kings xvii. 3: "The brook Kherith," as it were an
excavation or channel of the ears.
599. And the voice entereth into that curved
passage, and remaineth in that brook of that distillation.
600. And then is it therein detained, and
examined, whether it be good or whether it be evil. This is the same which is
said, Job. xxxiv. 3: "Because the ear examineth the words."
601. For what cause doth the ear examine the
words? Because the voice is detained in that brook distilling into the curved
passage of the ears, and doth not swiftly enter into the body, and thereunto
is an examination instituted between the good and the evil.
602. "As the palate tasteth meat." Wherefore
can the palate taste meat? Because in the same manner it causeth it to delay,
and (the meat) doth not enter so rapidly into the body. And hence (the
palate) proveth and tasteth it (to discern) whether it he sweet and
603. From this opening of the ears depend other
openings (namely) the opening of the eye, the opening of the mouth, the
opening of the nose.
604. From that voice which entereth into the
opening of the ears, if it be necessary (a certain part) entereth into
the openings of the eyes, and these pour forth tears.
605. From that voice, if it be necessary (a
certain part) entereth into the opening of the nose, and from that voice
it produceth smoke and fire.
606. This is that which is written, Num. xi. i.:
"And Tetragrammaton heard, and His wrath was kindled, and the fire of
Tetragrammaton turned against them."
607. And if it be necessary that voice goeth
forth into the opening of the mouth, and it speaketh, and determineth certain
608. From that voice are all things: from that
voice (a certain part) entereth into the whole body, and by it are all
things affected. Whence doth this matter depend? From that ear.
60g. Blessed is he who observeth his words.
Therefore is it written, Ps. xxxiv. 13: "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy
lips from speaking guile."
610. Unto this ear is attributed hearing, and
under (the idea of) hearing are those brains comprehended. 1
611. Chokmah is contained therein, as it is
written, 1 Kings iii. 9: "And wilt Thou give unto Thy servant a hearing
612. Binah also, as it is written, 1 Sam. iii.
9: "Speak, for Thy servant heareth." Also 2 Kings xviii. 26: "Because we have
heard." And hencefrom all things depend.
613. Däath also, as it is said, Prov. iv. 10,
"Hear, O my son, and receive My sayings." And again, ibid. ii. 1, "Thou
shalt hide My sayings with thee." And thereunto all things depend from the
614. From these ears depend prayers and
petitions, and the opening of the eyes.
615. This is the same which standeth written, 2
Kings xix. 16: "Incline, O Tetragrammaton, Thine ear, and hear; open Thine
eyes, and see. Thus all things depend hencefrom.
616. From this ear depend the highest Arcana,
which go not forth without, and therefore is (this ear) curved in the
interior parts, and the Arcana of Arcana are concealed
therein. Woe unto him who revealeth the Arcana!
617. And because the Arcana come into contact
with this ear, and follow the curvings of that region, hence the Arcana are
not revealed unto those who walk in crooked paths, but unto those (who walk
in) those which are not crooked.
618. Hence is it written, Ps. xxv. 14: "The SVD
IHVH, Sod Tetragrammaton, Secret of Tetragrammaton, is with them that
fear Him, and He will show them His; covenant;" namely, unto such as keep
their path and thus receive His words.
619. But they who are perverse in their ways
receive certain words, and quickly introduce the same into themselves, but in
them is no place where they can be detained (for examination)
620. And all the other openings are opened
therein, until those words can issue forth from the opening of the mouth.
621. And such men are called the shiners of
their generation, hating God the Most Holy One-blessed be He.
622. In Mischna, or our tradition, we have
taught that such men are like unto murderers and idolaters.
623. And all these things are contained in one
saying, where it is written, Lev. xix. 26: "Thou shalt not go up and down as a
tale-bearer among thy people, neither shalt thou stand against the blood of
thy neighbour: ANI IHVH, I am Tetragrammaton."
624. Therefore he who transgresseth the first
part of that verse doth the same as if he were to transgress the whole.
625. Blessed is the portion of the just,
concerning whom it is said, Prov. xi. 13: "A tale-bearer revealeth secrets,
but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter."
626. "Spirit, RVCh, Ruach," properly (is
for the Ruach of such is extracted from the
Supernal Holy Place.
627. Now we have said that this is a symbol.
Whosoever revealeth Arcana with fixed purpose of mind, he is not of the body
of the Most Holy King.
628. And therefore to such a man nothing is an
Arcanum, neither is from the place of the Arcanum.
629. And whensoever his soul departeth, the
same adhereth not unto the body of the King, for it is not his place. "Woe
unto that man! woe unto himself! woe unto his Neschamah!" 1
630. But blessed is the portion of the just who
conceal secrets, and much more the Supernal Arcana of God the Most Holy
One--blessed be He!--the highest Arcana of the Most Holy King.
631. Concerning them it is written, Isa. lx.
21: "Thy people also shall be all righteous; they shall inherit the land for
three divisions of the Brain of Microprosopus.
Chapter XVII: Concerning the Countenance of Microprosopus