Tris (tryst_inn) wrote in theqabalah,

A bit more depth on Da'at/h

I've been thinking about this one for some time, especially after the last discussion on this and so went back to the books. Da'at/h exists in the Chassidm works on KBLH, its definately seen in the more Jewish texts, though often mentioned in the gnostic and pagan works, as well.

Here's an example from older Jewish KBLH texts:
The five kindnesses and five mights of the right and left eyes discussed in the letter ayin are in fact the dual manifestations of the sefirah of da'at, knowledge, as taught in Kabbalah. Da'at is the power of union and communication. Providence is the power of da'at as revealed by the eyes. The power of da'at as revealed by the mouth - speech - is the more explicit form of contact and communication between individuals. Just as in the verse: "and Adam knew his wife Eve," "knew," the power of da'at, refers to the physical union of man and wife, so is "speech" idiomatically used by our Sages to refer to such union. So are we taught in the Zohar: "[the power of] da'at is concealed in the mouth."
Da'at, contact, at the level of the eyes, is the secret of the written Torah. In reading the written Torah in the synagogue service the reader must see every letter of the Torah scroll. Sometimes a "silver finger" is used to point, direct one's sight, to every word. Contact at the level of the mouth is the secret of the Oral Torah.

So, its in the Zohar and in modern Hassidic works, considered part of KBLH by Rabbi Yisrael Ba'al Shem Tov (founder of the Chassidic movement), Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh's more modern works and a concept taught within Chassidut. The sephirah term is specifically used, as you see above.

If Keter is the unclosing eye of the Creator, then perhaps its inclusion is questionable. As in Malkuth, as it is the Earthly realm, which is denoted by the oft-seen dashed lines. So, since it exists in the older Jewish texts...what happened to it in the gnostic, CM and other texts. (I'm leaving out pagan, as the two pagan KBLH authors both mention it, as well).

Things to ponder.
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