SIXTH PART OF THE BEARD OF MACROPROSOPUS.
395. THE hair is arranged in the sixth
conformation, and ascendeth from below upwards, and toucheth the circles .
of most excellent fragrance, even unto the
beginning of the mouth above; and the hair descendeth from the beginning (of
the mouth above) unto the beginning of the opening of the mouth below.
"Arise thou! Rabbi Yisa, and expound this conformation."
396. Rabbi Yisa arose, and commenced, and said,
Is. liv. 10: "'And thy blessing shall not depart from thee!'
397. "Also it is written: 'And in everlasting
compassion have I had mercy upon thee.'
398. "Do not these verses contradict one
another? They do not. For this is what we have learned: there is given a
compassion (of one kind), and again there is given a compassion of
another kind. For the one is the interior compassion, and the other is the
399. "The interior compassion is that of which
we have spoken concerning the Ancient of Days, and that is concealed in this
part of the heard, which is called the angle of the beard.
400. "Neither is it advisable for a man to
destroy this part (of his beard) because of this interior compassion of
the Ancient of Days.
401. "And therefore is it written concerning
the inferior priesthood, Lev. xxi. 5: 'They shall not make baldness, upon
their head, neither shall they shave off the angle of their beard.'
402. "Wherefore? Lest they should destroy the
path of the Mercy of the Ancient One. For also the priesthood is (symbolically)
referred unto this path.
403. "Also we have learned in the 'Book of
Concealed Mystery' that every work existeth in order that it may procure
increase for Mercy, and that it may establish the same; also that this is not
to be cut off nor removed from the world.
404. "This is that which is written: "And My
Compassion shall not depart from thee.' Namely, the Compassion of the Ancient
405. "(But when it is said in another text),
'And in mercy, OVLM, Olahm, for ever (this is the sense), the
mercy which is called 'mercy for ever' is the second form concerning which it
is written, Ps. lxxxix. 2: 'I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever.'
406. "And this compassion of the Ancient of
Days is the mercy of truth. And (this phrase) 'mercy of truth' is not
said concerning the life of the body, but concerning the life of the soul.
407. "And therefore is it written, Mic. vii.
1:8: 'Since He Himself wisheth Mercy.' This is the sixth conformation of the
venerable beard of the Ancient of the Ancient Ones."
is, the lower forms of the Sephiroth.
Himself, HVA. Hoa, whom we can only symbolize by this pronoun. HE, Who
is the Absolute; HE, Who is beyond us; that awful and unknowable Crown, Who
hath said, I AM; in Whom is neither put nor future, He Who is the ETERNAL
PRESENT. Therefore is HE, Hoa, the Father, known of none save the Son,
IHVH, and him to whom the Son will reveal Him. For none can see Hoa and
live, for they would be absorbed in Him.
Chapter XVIII: Concerning the Seventh Part of the Beard of Macroprosopus