The Lion Of Fire Part 2

The text is alive with myth, magic and mystery. The  most startling revelation  is the radical claim of the text as to the originating place of the sexual drive. Why does this drive, personified as a lion of fire, emerge from the Temple’s Holy of Holies? Apparently this is its eternal abode. Thus, remarkably, the text is telling us that  the seat and source of the sexual drive is none other than t...
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The Lion Of Fire Part 3

The answer lies in the story itself. When the lion is subdued, the world does not wake up with just its sexual drive lobotomized. Rather, the world wakes up to an overwhelmingly dull and drive-less existence. The passionate engagement in all activity has suddenly withered and vanished. Whether it be in sex, art, work, or creativity, the thrill of existence is gone. Clearly, that fiery feline in...
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The Lion Of Fire Part 1

The Lion of Fire The best way to behold such mysteries is through the gleaming prism of story. Thus we begin with a spell-binding ancient text which sits at the core of the mystery tradition. This esoteric tale describes an extraordinary scene which takes place in Jerusalem in roughly 500 BCE, almost two centuries before Plato and Aristotle, The masters of the day were distressed. Adultery was...
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The Approach

The Approach
The Approach To understand the mystery of the Temple and what it has to teach us, we need to approach her more carefully. Indeed, the gradual approach towards the center is always the essential formula in the quest of the spirit. The Temple itself was built somewhat like an exquisite mandala. The mandala invites the gazer to pass through layer after layer of imagery before beholding its wondro...
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Raiders of the Lost Arc

Raiders of the Lost Arc
Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Seat of the Secret Remember the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Indiana Jones adventuring through the dusty Middle East in search of the Ark of the Covenant? Lives are lost, blood is let. One was tempted to ask why he shouldn’t just let the ark stay lost! The answer: the ark, perhaps more than any other earthly object, is of overwhelming mystical signific...
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Mystery of Love Chapter One

Mystery of Love Chapter One
Imagine the scene: You walk into your local place of worship - church, synagogue, mosque, meditation center or whatever. The pastor or rabbi has apparently decided to redecorate while you were away on vacation. You find that he has installed atop the ark or altar a statue of sexually intertwined golden figures. In addition he positions another free standing set of sexually embraced figures among t...
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The Berdichever Passport

The Berdichever Passport
The Berdichever Passport A White Fire story told by the Kabbalists: It happened in Eastern Europe in the mid 19th century.   Wolfie had to travel to St. Petersburg and he was afraid. He knew it was a place which was not safe. And he did not have the papers he needed. But he needed to make the journey for his very life depended on it. He went to his teacher –the greater master Levi Isaac of ...
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