Saturday, November 27, 2021

On the Next Day But in Yet Another Post

We made two rather largish points at the conclusion of the previous post: first, that truth is double-sided, and second, that the disclosure of being implies an absolute and a relative aspect. Each of these claims is in need of additional justification, or at least a plausible alibi.

As to the first, truth is always double-sided, for the simple reason that Being is frankly a two-faced beach. 

For to say ocean is to say shore, and here we stand on the latter, casting the pole of intelligence into the sea of being and pulling out something fishy indeed. But here at One Cosmos we throw back the little ones and pan-fry the big ones.     

Regarding the second truth, as we've said so many times and in so many ways, it turns out that I Am and It Is -- Creator and Creativity -- are so intimately related as to be...  relatives. Absolute relatives. 

Let's say you open your eyes and gaze upon the world for the very first time -- no, not as an infant or progressive, but as a fully functioning adult. What do you apprehend? 

First, IT IS! 

And second -- although it may be nearly simultaneous -- I AM!

With God, of course, it's the other way around: I AM!, followed by IT IS! 

Or Abracadabra! -- which is from the Aramaic phrase avra kehdabra, meaning “I will create as I speak." 

However, to say "followed by" is slightly misleading, if it is true that there is no time in the Godhead, but you get the point: in heaven the tense is always present, while for us it stretches forward and back, up and down, inside and out.

Now, come to think of it, our account of God isn't quite accurate, because IT IS! should properly read HE IS! In other words, God engenders the other subject(s), who is in turn "followed" by a relation-in-love -- this latter being not a verb or noun but a third pronoun.

The point is -- and we will no doubt return to this subject as we proceed -- ultimate reality must be thought of in terms of three-subjectivities-in-oneness, even if doing so strains your puny brain. 

And do not think of either three or one in mere quantitative terms but in fundamentally qualitative quantitative terms. God writes straight with a crooked number.

Thinking properly about God requires both a maximum of precision and a generous slackful of wiggle room. This latter is not a loophole or a copout, rather, just an acknowledgement of the limits of.... of limitation. God doesn't have any, you know.

I take that back, since God is of course "limited" by his own nature. If this weren't the case, then we would have no word for God.  

I'm not trying to annoy the reader, rather, it is quite effortless. But we'll also have to take back what we just said, because Who are we to linguistically limit God with our own linguitations? Isn't this crudely anti-semantic? The Jews recognized this early on, thus the Unpronounceable Name. But guess what? 

"Jesus" is actually the Greek form of the Hebrew Yeshua, which in turn was a shortened form of Joshua (Ye hosu'a). Yeshua, a common name at the beginning of the Christian era, means "Yahweh saves" (Marthaler, The Creed). 

But properly speaking, "Yahweh" is just our way of pronouncing the Unpronouncable. So if we want to be quite literal and in context, we would have to say something to the effect that the meaning of the name "Jesus" is that the Great Unprouncable becomes Pronouncable in order for the pronounceable to become the Unpronouncable.

I remember -- must have been 20 years ago -- mentioning Jehovah to a Jewish friend, thinking that I was being culturally sensitive. He responded with words to the effect of, "who is this Jehovah of whom you speak?, and of course, by Jove, he was correct to do so, for Jehovah is a made up Christian term. Prof Wiki:

Jehovah is a Latinization of the Hebrew יְהֹוָה‎ Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible....

The historical vocalization was lost because in Second Temple Judaism, during the 3rd to 2nd centuries BCE, the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton came to be avoided, being substituted with Adonai ("my Lord"). 

We're just about out of time, so let's just stipulate that Someone whose name is linked to the ocean of being that surpasses language not only became that ocean but then leapt from the ocean to the shore in order to fish for men. Or something like that....


julie said...

We're just about out of time, so let's just stipulate that Someone whose name is linked to the ocean of being that surpasses language not only became that ocean but then leapt from the ocean to the shore in order to fish for men. Or something like that....

Names have power; just think how it feels to hear your own being called by someone else? Or what can happen if someone gets your name & ssn.

If we could truly pronounce The Name, I suspect that would be a very dangerous thing, indeed.

Re. fishing, I had a Dream about that once...

Anonymous said...

And now you know why anon stays anonymous. Great post by the way. I read it while blazed out of my mind and somehow, I was able to follow each obscure twist and turn. A real treat.