FIRST PART OF THE BEARD OF MICROPROSOPUS.
819. "IN the first conformation the hair is
disposed from above, and goeth forth before the opening of the ears, beneath
the locks which hang down over the ears; and the hairs descend, hairs above
hairs, even unto the beginning of the mouth.
820. "This have we learned. All those hairs
which are in the beard are harder than all the hairs of the locks of the hair
of the head. But the hair of the head is longer and bendeth more easily, while
these hairs (of the beard) are not so long.
821. Of the hairs of the head some are hard and
some are soft.
822. And whensoever the white locks of the
Ancient of Days reach forward into Microprosopus, it is written that, Prov. i.
20: 'Wisdom crieth without.'
823. "What is this (word) 'without'? In this (instance)
in Microprosopus, wherein are conjoined the two (forms of the) brain.
Two forms of the brain, sayest thou? But it should rather be said, four forms
of the brain.
824. (Assuredly) "there are three (forms
of the) brain in Microprosopus, and they are found in the three cavities
of the skull of His head.
825. "And there is one calm and tranquil brain
residing in its own clear brilliancy, which comprehendeth all the three (forms
of the) brain, and from it are brought forth the productions of the hairs
which are produced and continued in equilibrium in the white hair into that
part of Microprosopus, into His three (forms of) brain (namely), so
that therein in Him are found four (forms of the) brain.
826. "And hence are perfected the four texts
which are written on the phylacteries, because in them is contained the Holy
Name of the Ancient of Days, the Ancient of the Ancient Ones, and that of
827. "For this is the perfection of the Holy
Name, concerning which it is written, Deut. xxviii. 10: 'And all the people of
the earth shall see that the name of Tetragrammaton have been invoked over
thee, and they shall be afraid of thee.'
828. The Name of the Lord is this very Name of
Tetragrammaton, which formeth the canals and hollows of the phylacteries.
829. "And therefore is it said: 'Wisdom crieth
without,' Prov. i. 20, because it is herein found (i.e., in Microprosopus).
830. "For truly the Ancient of the Ancient
Ones, even He who is concealed with all concealments, is not found, neither
doth His wisdom come forth (openly); seeing that His wisdom is
concealed in all, and doth not make itself manifest.
831. "And since there are four (forms of the)
brain associated together, and that herefrom, even from Microprosopus, there
flow down four fountains in four directions, and that they are all distributed
from one fountain, which proceedeth from them all, therefore are there four. 1
832. Also we have learned: From the Wisdom
which is comprehended in the Quaternary the hairs flow down,
which hang in curls upon curls, and all are
strong and close, and they extend and flow down singly each in its own
833. "And so many thousand thousand myriads of
myriads depend from them that they are innumerable.
834. "This is that same which is written, Cant.
v. 11: 'His locks are bushy, ThLThLIM, Teltelim,' as if it were ThLI
ThLIM, curls heaped upon curls.
835. "And all are strong and close (fit)
for breaking (whatsoever is opposed to them), hard as the rock, and as
836. "Until they can make openings in the
skull, and the fountains can flow down beneath the locks, those strong
fountains flow forth in separate directions, and in separate ways.
837. "And because those locks are black and
obscure, it is written, Job xii. 22: 'He discovereth deep things out of
darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.'
838. "Also we have learned that those hairs of
the beard are so much harder than those hairs of the head, because these alone
make themselves so prominent, and are easily found, and are hard in their
839. "Wherefore sayest thou that they are hard?
Is it because they all symbolize Judgment? By no means; for truly in those
dispositions Mercy as well as Judgment is found.
840. "When the thirteen fountains of the rivers
of oil descend, all these are mercies.
841. "But yet we have learned that all those
hairs of the beard are hard. Wherefore? Those which symbolize mercies
necessarily must be hard in order to divert the course of Judgment.
842. "And all those which denote Judgment, are
also firm; and therefore it is necessary in every instance that they should
both be hard.
843. "When the Universe hath need of Mercy,
mercies are strong, and prevail over Judgment; but when it requireth Judgment,
Judgment is strong, and prevaileth over Mercy; and therefore is it necessary
that in each instance they should be firm and strong.
844. "And whensoever Mercy is required, those
hairs which symbolize Mercy stand forth, and the beard is evident in those
hairs only (otherwise, is contained by those hairs only), and all are abundant
845. "But when Judgment is required the beard
is evident in those hairs only (which denote judgment), and all consist
846. "But when that holy white beard 1
is uncovered, all these (hairs denoting Mercy) and all those (hairs
denoting Judgment) are alike illuminated and made brilliant, like as when a
man cleanseth himself in a deep river from his uncleanness.
847. "And all consist together in Mercy, and
there is no Judgment to be found at all.
848. "And when all those 2
nine forms shine together, all are made white with Mercy.
849. "And therefore Moses saith in another
place, Num. xiv. 18: 'Tetragrammaton is ARK APIM, Arikh Aphim,
long-suffering (literally long of nose), and of great mercy.'
850. "And that which he had said
concerning truth, 3
Exod. xxxiv. 6, he addeth not (in this passage), because the Arcanum of
the matter is these nine measurements which shine down from the Ancient of
Days into Microprosopus.
851. "For when Moses in the second passage
rehearseth these praises of God, Num. xxiv. 18, he enumereth the nine
conformations; and these are the conformations of the beard, even those which
are found in Microprosopus, and descend from the Ancient of Days and shine
down into Him.
852. "The word AMTh, Emeth, Truth,
therefore dependeth from the Ancient One; whence in this passage Moses saith
not: 'And in truth.'
853. "We have learned that the hairs of the
head of Microprosopus are all hard and curling, and not soft. 1
854. "For we see that in Him three forms of the
brain are found in the three cavities (of the skull), which shine forth
from the hidden and concealed brain.
855. "And because the brain of the Ancient of
Days is tranquil and quiet, like good wine upon the tees, hence all His hairs
are soft, and anointed with excellent oil.
856. "And therefore is it written, Dan. vii. 9:
'His head like pure wool.'
857. "But those which are in Microprosopus are
partly hard, and partly not hard, because they all hang down, and are not
diverted from their course.
858. "And therefore Wisdom 2
floweth forth and proceedeth (therefrom); but it is not the Wisdom of
Wisdom, for that is quiet and tranquil.
859. "For we have learned that no one knoweth
the brain of the Ancient of Days save Himself alone.
860. "This is that very thing which is said,
Job xxviii. 23: 'God understandeth the way thereof,' &c.; which (words)
are spoken concerning Microprosopus."
861. Rabbi Schimeon said (unto him):
"Blessed be thou, O my son! in that Holy and Blessed One, in this world and in
the world to come!"
four proceeding from one, and containing all things, is precisely the
Pythagorean doctrine of the Tetractys, which Pythagoras probably obtained from
qabalistic sources, though indeed most religions of antiquity attached
considerable importance to this number four. Four is said to contain the whole
Decad, because the sum of the first four numbers = ten; 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10.
But eight is the reflection of four, and eight is IHVH ADNI (see
Introduction). And 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 36. the number of the
Decans (or groups of ten degrees) in the Zodiac. But 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 26, the
number of the IHVH. Therefore thirty-six represents the sum of the letters of
the Tetragrammaton, and the number of the Sephiroth.
definition of term "path" in Introduction.
is of course that of Macroprosopus. the Ancient of Days.
nine conformations into which the beard of Microprosopus is divided.
216:3 I give
these two passages side by side for the reader's benefit.
Exod. xxxiv. 6 and 7: "The LORD, the LORD God,
merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
"Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving
iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the
guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the
children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."
Num. xiv. 18: "The LORD is long-suffering, and
of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing
the guilty. visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the
third and fourth generation."
appears to read thus in the Chaldee and in the Latin alike, though this
statement is contradicted distinctly both in § 587 and in § 857. I should
think the word "LA, not," before "soft," is a mistake, or else that the
passage refers to the hair of the beard, and not that of the head.
is, Chokmah of the second Sephira, and not that Chokmah which is its root
concealed in Kether: for in Kether are all the other Sephiroth contained.
Chapter XXXVI: Concerning the Second Part of the Beard of Microprosopus