Sefer Yetzirah, thoughts

So, yeah, I have been at a fast run since stumbling into the ‘Saadia Tree‘ articulated over at Blogos, and surely been pleased as punch to see it stand up to a lot of wild pushing and shifting. But I want to come back to the Sefer Yetzirah (SY) itself for a moment and talk about why I think it is so flexible. Take this reflection for what it is, some thoughts on work in progress.

At its root, it isn’t about a diagram. The diagram is a handy mnemonic. The real force of the work for me has been the projection of the sefirot into space, time, and the body.

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[NB] Yoga of Plato

I picked up a copy of David Gordon White’s The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography on Friday for the bus ride home. As I have read through his introduction to the sutra’s context, I have been surprised how familiar it is. White’s contention is that the sutra is much less significant in appreciating yoga’s history even though it has become a vitally important text in its present. In making that claim, he notes that most of the talk about the eight-fold path in yogic literature favors the account of it in the Mahabharata, not Patanjali’s.

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The Cave

I can assume we are all familiar with the allegory of the cave, right? If not, well, follow that link for the crash course. I have generally thought about it only in passing because of its account of the blindness and clumsiness that follows illumination. A dream put me in mind of it, so I took a look at it again. It’s a funny allegory. Plato spends so much effort describing the shadows on the wall, but when he moves to describe the intelligible realm, what does he do? He uses the same visual register that defines the shadow realm. Which is sort of weird, right?

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