Palm Tree of Deborah

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Palm Tree of Deborah

Post by Nicholas » Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:50 pm

A mystical, ethical text on the imitation of God, by Moses Cordovero (1522-70)

http://www.digital-brilliance.com/kab/d ... eborah.pdf
It is proper for man to imitate his Creator, resembling Him in both likeness and image according to the
secret of the Supernal Form. Because the chief Supernal image and likeness is in deeds, a human
resemblance merely in bodily appearance and not in deeds debases that Form. Of the man who resembles the
Form in body alone it is said: 'A handsome form whose deeds are ugly.' For what value can there be in man's
resemblance to the Supernal Form in bodily limbs if his deeds have no resemblance to those of his Creator?
Consequently, it is proper for man to imitate the acts of the Supernal Crown, which are the thirteen highest
attributes of mercy hinted at in the verses:

Who is a God like unto Thee, that beareth iniquity
And passeth by the transgression of the remnant of
His heritage?
He retaineth not His anger for ever,
Because he delighteth in mercy.
He will again have compassion upon us;
He will subdue our iniquities:
And Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of
the sea.
Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob, mercy to
Abraham
As Thou has sworn unto our fathers from the days
of old. [Micah 7:18-20]

Hence it is proper that these thirteen attributes, which we shall now expound, be found in man.
May all seek, find and follow the Path of selflessness.

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Re: Palm Tree of Deborah

Post by Nicholas » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:19 pm

In addition to comments on these 13 virtues (above), each of the ten Sephiroth, being aspects of the Divine, have qualities that we should imitate:
Chapter II: Attaining the Qualities of Keter

For man to resemble his Creator according to the secret of the Supernal Crown he must possess, too, many of
the chief qualities of the divine providence.

I) The quality of humility includes all qualities, for it belongs to the Crown, which is the highest attribute. It
does not raise nor exalt itself upwards; on the contrary, it descends to look downwards at all times. For this
there are two reasons. The first is that it is ashamed to gaze at its Source, but the Cause of its emanation
looks continually into it to give goodness to it while it looks down to those beneath. So, too, man should be
ashamed to gaze proudly upwards, but he should ever look downwards in order to abase himself as much as
possible.
This quality depends chiefly on the head, for the proud man lifts his head upwards while the poor man lowers
his head. Behold, there is none so patient and so humble as our God in His quality of Crown. For there is
perfect mercy before which there can enter no flaw, sin, judgment nor any other quality to prevent it
providing and flowing with goodness at all times. So, too, should man behave, that no cause whatsoever
prevent him doing good to others and any sin or the misdeeds of unworthy persons be barred entrance in
order to prevent him doing good to all who need it at all times and in every moment.
May all seek, find and follow the Path of selflessness.

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Re: Palm Tree of Deborah

Post by TexasBuddhist » Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:00 pm

Deborah looks like a fine woman to marry. But? . . . :"":

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