Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The "Name of Seventy-two Names": A Biblical Spin-off - Part 4

Another, perhaps not so well-known, meditational usage of the “Name of Seventy-Two Names,” one which I have personally found particularly useful, is based on the teaching that the visualisation of the letters of a Hebrew Divine Name activates the Spirit Forces embodied in the letters. This practice incorporates the same procedure of intertwining Divine Names addressed earlier in "The Book of Sacred Names" in terms of the Tetragrammaton, Adonai and the “Forty-two Letter Name.” In the current instance the procedure is worked in the following manner:
The application requires one to picture the four letters of the Ineffable Name in ones mind, visualising them slightly separated, and then to fit the three letters comprising each of the seventy-two combinations comprising the “Shem Vayisa Vayet” respectively into the three spaces between the letters.
However, I was taught that before one could commence this meditation, one should recite Exodus 15:1 three times in Hebrew. It reads:
Az yashir mosheh uvnei yisra’el et ha-shirah ha-zot la-YHVH va-yomroo leimor ashirah la-YHVH ki ga-oh ga-ah sus v’roch’vo ramah bayam.
Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto YHVH, and spoke, saying: I will sing unto YHVH, for He is highly exalted; the horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea.
The utterance of this verse is then followed by the recitation of the entire “Name of Seventy-two Names” prior to working any of the visualised unifications of each three-letter portion of the “Shem Vayisa Vayet” with the Ineffable Name, as depicted above.
(More to follow)

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