Jewish Meditation
- Part 2: Practice -
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Stage 1
Place this study in a proper place for it contains holy Hebrew letters

"I dedicate this study on meditation, with gratitude, to the masters who taught me this meditative approach of the Torah through their humility (anava) and integrity. May they also serve as a beneficent conduit for all those who study and integrate these texts, and their loved ones."


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Let us begin with one of my meditation poems on our connection to the source:

 

"My love for you
is as beautiful as the flight of birds,
as the song of blackbirds and the dancing of waves,
as the green landscapes,
the water-colored clouds,
the purity of dew-drops,
the laughter of babies,
the majesty of mountains,
the immensity of oceans,
the amazingly infinite galaxies,
the caresses of cascades and rivers,
the power of leaping tigers,
the variety of the seasons,
and of men and women of every race,
the music and dances,
and intoxicating perfumes.”
Said the Creator to Israel,
said the Creator to every being
made in very His image.

“I love,
You are of this source,
Cease all wars,
all hatred,
all that is ugly.
There is only one being,
in every being.
It is so good, so clear.
It is a fatal mirage,
the money which you seek.
This is the Jewish challenge of every being".

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CAUTION: THESE PHOTOS AND DRAWINGS ON JEWISH MEDITATION SHOULD BE VIEWED SLOWLY, IN SMALL DOSES, OVER SEVERAL DAYS.

ABSORBING THEM WITHOUT KAVANA, IN ONE GO, WOULD HAVE A VERY NEGATIVE EFFECT ON THE VIEWER, AT EVERY LEVEL OF HIS BEING

THE MOTION OF THE TRAJECTORY DESCRIBED IN THE PRECEDING PAGE IS ESSENTIAL FOR EACH IMAGE, WHICH SHOULD BE ABSORBED SLOWLY, WITH SELF-AWARENESS AND AWARENESS OF THE TARGET, WHICH IS THE UNIQUE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING, AND “BE-AHAVA RABBA – WITH GREAT LOVE”!

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Following the study on Jewish meditation
(refer here to the study)

we now come to the page of exercises in practical training on Jewish meditation. Through this long gallery of photos, we are going to train ourselves to develop the ways we look at His Creation and to face the gift that is present and receive the present (in the double meaning of “actual” and “gift’). We will then have succeeded in the stages which comprise the trajectory of Jewish meditation.

 

Remember that all of this takes place within a moment (ata, now), as we adopt the approach of the prophets, when they said hineni, here am I. If we look at times when “ata” figures in our Tanakh (the word appears 433 times!), we shall see that this is not a physical exercise in a gym but a deep, holistic approach, of the body, at all levels of being:

 

Bereshit (Genesis) 26,29: ata ata barukh Hashem (thou art now the blessed of Hashem)
Shemot (Exodus) 18, 11: ata yadati ki gadol Hashm (Now I know that Hashem is great)
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 32, 39: reu ata ki Ani Ani Hu (See now that I am He)
Shofetim (Judges) 17, 13: ata yadati ki yativ Hashem li (Now, I know that Hashem will do me good)
Yeshaya (Isaiah) 33.10: ata akum yomar Hashem, ata aromam. Ata enasse (Now will I rise, saith Hashem, now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself).
Tehilim (Psalms) 2.10: ve ata melakhim haskilu (Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings)
Tehilim (Psalms) 27.6: ve ata yarum roshi al-oyevai (and now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies)
Tehilim (Psalms) 119.67: ve imratekha chamarti (now I have kept thy teachings)
Tehilim (Psalms) 115, 18: va anahnu nevarekh Ya meat ve ad olam halleluya (But we will bless Hashem from now, henceforth, and forever more, halleluya)
Tehilim (Psalms) 125, 2: va Hashem saviv leamo meata vead-olam (And Hashem surrounds his people from now, henceforth, even forever).
And here is the word Ata in a short Psalm, just three verses long – Psalm 131, which perfectly describes the approach of Jewish meditation:
“A Song of Degrees of David.
- Hashem, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in great matters or in things too high for me.
- Surely I have behaved and quieted myself as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
- Let Israel hope in Hashem from ata (now) and for ever.”


All the stages involved in this approach are described in this Psalm.

Let us begin this voyage by with these six stages:
(links: 1 encounter – 2 answer – 3 taking flight – 4 entrance - 5 taste – 6 stability)

 

Stage 1

in the passage towards meditation: the “encounter” because we listen
(which is the characteristic of the nation of Israel)
and we see the beauty of divine Creation in our path.
Just as Moshe Rabbenu saw the burning bush (Shemot, Exodus, chapter 3).

Let us pause in front of every image in order to truly experience the encounter.

Notice the delicacy of nature – it is a mark of holiness


It is important to know how to maintain a relationship of intimacy, while moving on to something that is different.
This is also the case
in marital relationships
and in any human relationship
with all sons of Adam.









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