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Ain Soph Aur

A Marr's Fist Guild

The Limitless Light (Hebrew)

In the beginning there was Ain, a complete void and vacuum. Not simply nothing, but not even the existence of nothing itself -- absolute, incomprehensible nada. Ain is God, the creator. At some point Ain began to concentrate and created Ain Soph, which is infinity in existence, which is to say something forever. Ain is the idea of infinity, while Ain Soph is infinity. Ain Soph is the Waters, the most vast element. Then Ain Soph moved and created Ain Soph Aur, the limitless light. This means the Spirit or Breath of God. Ain Soph Aur is the Light, the center of life itself.


Ain Soph Aur: Limitless Light In the physical world, light is a phenomenon only vaguely related to matter. AL II, 51: "Purple beyond purple: it is the light higher than eyesight." Pure energy is described by the equation E=MC squared wherein energy can be understood as equal to the value of a given mass times a very large constant. Always tossing in a large number- how us humans try to get a grip on the nature of existence in this, our universe. Since light energy is measurable, it must have existence. Boundless implies two separate meanings: infinite numerically, as well as not having boundaries. "Unbounded" seems too similiar to "Without Limit", the translation of the title of the veil Ain Soph, so "infinite numerically" is more appropriate. Outside of theoretical hard science, an infinite quantity is beyond human perception, and there fore also appropriate in attmpting to describe something off the Tree of Life. So, there is a connection, if very tenuous, that is the nature of Ain Soph Aur, tenuously glimpsed past the glory of the crowning of our existence.

Ain Soph: Without Limit With each remove beyond the Tree of Life, the veils become less complex or differentiated, compared the clear distinctions between the ten Sephiroth. This title is just a description of a state of being, not involving a thing being that way. It implies more than infinity; it implies the on-going act of blowing away any defined limitations. Ain Soph is a state of being greater than. Such as an object accelerating forever, never encountering a speed limit. Such as persisting into the future and the past and all other metophorical directions. Ain Soph apparently defies having any description hung upon it, as that would limit it. AL II, 15: "For I am perfect, being Not.." Yet there is a definite force at work- pushing, stretching, expanding, continuing, escaping- the great insistence to move.

Ain: No-Thing What can you say about void? Even a void is a hole. Ain must the non-state, the absence, that provoked a universal True Will to coalesce and begin the process of formation. The etymology of the word absence provokes some insight into Ain. 'Ab-' means 'not' or 'away from', and '-sense' is similar to sense or perception. Together , absence is the perception of being away while still being missed, such as an empty seat in a classroom. The adjective form, absent, means close to not sent or sent away or did not go, depending on passive or active voice. Therefore Ain, being No-Thing is a placeholder for before the existence of the physical universe and even before the existence of the gods. Only a universal longing.

That covers the three Veils of Negative: Ain, No-Thing, absent at roll-call: Ain Soph, Without Limit, the great insistence, Ain Soph Aur, Boundless Light, the omnipresence, pure energy. Ain could be a first noticeable lack, Ain Soph the restless stirrings, Ain Soph Aur the first universal awareness and consciousness.

All this falls within the assumption that man, along with the pursuit of the Great Work of perfecting the species by perfecting the individual, is the big and exciting conclusion to the whole exercise in this, our physical real universe. AL II 19: "Is a God to live in a dog? No! but the highest are of us." AL II, 78: "Lift up thyself, o my prophet, thy stature shall surpass the stars."

Love is the law, love under will.

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