The Lord’s Prayer, Part 3/4

Every new departure is the conclusion of an earlier development
… « And now let’s look at the final verse of the Lord’s Prayer: ‘FOR THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY ARE YOURS FOREVER.’ 3/4

‘In order to understand these words we must turn our attention to the spiritual regions, to what Jesus called ‘the heavens’, which correspond to what the Cabbalah calls the sephiroth. The ten sephiroth together form the Sephirotic Tree or Tree of Life.

The name of each sephirah expresses a quality or attribute of God: Kether, the crown; Chokmah, wisdom; Binah, understanding; Chesed, mercy; Geburah, strength; Tiphareth, beauty; Netzach, victory; Hod, glory; Yesod, the foundation; Malkuth, the kingdom. The tenth sephirah, Malkuth, reflects and summarizes all the others.

Jesus said that the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. A seed always represents a beginning, the beginning of a plant or tree. But we must realize that although, on the physical plane, everything begins from below, the situation is reversed on the spiritual plane: on this level everything begins from above. And this is why growth on the physical plane is an upward movement, whereas on the spiritual plane it is a downward movement.

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The seed of the Tree of Life, therefore, is KETHER, the first sephirah. When the seed begins to grow it divides into two before putting out a trunk, branches, leaves, buds, flowers and fruit, and the fruit, in turn, produces more seed. When the seed, Kether, is planted, it becomes a tree as it passes through each sephirah in turn all the way to Malkuth. The ripe, life-bearing fruit, the flesh given for our nourishment, is Yesod, and this is the fruit that produces the seed, Malkuth.

So you see that at the end of its cycle of growth the seed that was first sown becomes the seed in the fruit, and Malkuth, the seed below, is identical to Kether, the seed above, for the beginning and the end of any one thing are always identical.

Every new departure is the conclusion of an earlier development, and every conclusion is a new departure for further development. Everything has a beginning and an end, and yet there is no such thing as an absolute beginning. Every cause produces its effect, and each effect becomes a new cause producing a new effect.

In the final phrase of the Lord’s Prayer, ‘For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours for ever,’ kingdom, power and glory correspond to the three sephiroth, Malkuth, Yesod and Hod.

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The ‘KINGDOM’ is MALKUTH, the kingdom of God, the realm of realization, and this is the planet Earth.

The ‘POWER’ is YESOD, which means ‘foundation’ or basis, because this is the sephirah that reigns over purity, the true foundation of all things. Sexual energy is associated with Yesod, because true power, the life force, is expressed in sexual energy.

It is this same power, on a higher plane, that gives rise to all great achievement.
The ‘GLORY’ is HOD, the bright light of knowledge and science. Its planet is Mercury.

So this last phrase of the Lord’s Prayer means ‘The three regions that represent the final stages of Kether’s growing into Malkuth, that represent the realm of realization, are yours.’  The kingdom, the power and the glory form a triangle, a repeat of the first triangle: ‘Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done.’

The name, the kingdom and the will are Kether, Chokmah and Binah. So the upper triangle of Kether, Chokmah and Binah, which represents creation in the invisible, spiritual world, is reflected in the lower triangle of Malkuth, Yesod and Hod, which represents formation, realization on the physical level. The phrase ‘for ever’ corresponds to the sephirah Netzach which means ‘eternity’.

Now, perhaps you are wondering where to situate the remaining sephiroth, Tiphareth, Geburah and Chesed. You should be able to find the answer for yourselves if you work out the correspondences using the same method and with the explanations I have just given you”…

To be continued…

Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, from a lecture given at the Bonfin in 1962.
Izvor Book 215,  The true Meaning of Christ’s Teaching
Original Edition 1985, Chapter 1.

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