Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Semantic Paradox of Ain Soph.

It seems only right to follow an enigma with a paradox, as the two are, so to speak, relatives if not bretheren. Ain, Ain Soph, and Ain Soph Aur are three qabbalistic veils that surround space, the first heaven if you will, creation. Its is then as if around our creation (i.e. that creation we live within.) there was a veil drawn covering the literal 'unseen'. When one considers that which lies beyond creation first one intellectually sees a void, Ain, nothing if you will. This then becomes limitless, a sea of possibility, one might even say a 'field' in physics speak. Then if one stares deep into the darkness one might 'see the light', Ain Soph Aur, the limitless light. Thus, 0, 00, 000. Now we come to the semantic paradox of which the title promised. An atheist says 'beyond the universe there is nothing, a believer on the other hand says 'beyond the universe is veiled from appears to me as nothing. Let us consider things, a cup is a thing, we have created it for a purpose, we have named it, we control it, we may measure it's dimensions and its volume, moreover its characteristics we decide on its inception and subsequent creation, it is a thing because we can comprehend it. God on the other hand does not fall into this category, he is as will be and as he was, in his true reality beyond our perceptions. If there are 'more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of' then surely the supporting origin of creation, the supreme architect of our creation is beyond quantification, and thus is not a thing. So here then is the semantic, the atheist says 'nothing' while the believer says 'no thing', Ain Soph as it were.

(P.S. Any student of the oral tradition will know that this paradox manifests in mystical thought of which there are two distinct schools. There is the school, atheist if you will that says the progression goes 0, 00, 000 whereupon the light breaks out in kether descending as a flaming sword down the tree to Malkuth. Then there is the position of the believer, that the progression goes 000, 00, 0, 1, where the light descends to a spark at kether, a big bang if you will, and the tree of life, the universe itself, comes into being as a plan of the supreme architect.)

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