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PostSubject: Keter (The First Path)   Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:15 am

Keter is the first path on the Kabbalah Tree of Life

The Infinite
Keter's planet is Pluto.

Divine ideal wisdom / Will / Inspiration / Spirit

Keter is the source of all, including the things as yet unmanifest. Stabilizing consciousness at this sphere is the goal of human evolution.

KETER, or "The Infinite," is the crown of the tree, the peak of the spiritual realm, the assimilation of all spiritual work. It is the place where the pure energy first extends into the world and becomes recognizable as tangible reality.

Keter-as-Emanation is described in the Zohar, in "P'Tach Eliahu," where, addressing the Creator, Eliahu the Prophet says: "...[You are the] Orach Atzilut, the Path of Spiritual Emanation, which irrigates the tree of the Sefirot with its arms and branches, like water that irrigates a tree causing it to grow thanks to that irrigation. Master of the Universe, You are the Primary Cause, and Producer of Results, Who irrigates the tree through the spring of prophecy. That spring is like the soul to the body, in that it gives life to the body."

Keter, forming a triad with Binah and Kochma, balances three forces: Spiritual love and awareness (Binah), Spiritual will and purpose (Kochma), and the infinite realized self (Keter). These three spheres could be compared to the 'Father, Son, and Holy Ghost' in the Christian pantheon.

Keter is Brahman - the impersonal, absolute existence, or Godhead, the all-pervading transcendental reality, the implicate and implicit order.

Potentials of Keter: Solving the inner quest, revelation, divine inspiration, Samadhi, spiritual ecstasy, enlightenment, union with infinite merciful bliss.

Keter is called the "Crown," while Malchut is Kingdom. Some Kabalists envision multiple trees of life connected top to bottom, with Crown and Kingdom joined. This allows for infinitely more layers and distinctions within Creation. Concepts of Kingdom/King/Creator are explored in Malchut.

The joining of Keter and Malcut follows Sepher Yetzira, which says: "The End is Buried in the Beginning." Keter is Cause, Malchut is Effect. Keter is the "male" aspect of Creation, Malchut is the "female" aspect of creation.

Balance, always a core concept in Qabala, manifests itself in the transpersonal triad as a synthesis of our highest thinking, feeling and awareness.

Transpersonal Triad "colors" are light, the absence of light (dark), and half-light.

The fragrance ascribed to Keter is Ambergris. The character is the prodigal son, returning to the father. This is where the individual raindrop joins the sea.

Commandment: I AM YHVH, your God, who took you out of Egypt.

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