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THE UNITY THERE IS AND THE COMMANDMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ITS PRESENCE WHEN YOU ARE THERE
* Background story *
The Rabbis taught: Four entered the Garden. They were Ben Azzai, Ben Zoma, “the Other” and Rabbi Akiva.
Rabbi Akiva said to them, “When you come to the place of pure marble stones, do not say, ‘Water! Water!’
for it is said, ‘He who speaks untruths shall not stand before My eyes'”.
Ben Azzai gazed and died. Regarding him the verse states, ‘Precious in the eyes of G-d is the death of His pious ones’.
Ben Zoma gazed and was harmed. Regarding him the verse states, ‘Did you find honey? Eat as only much as you need, lest you be overfilled and vomit it’.
Acher clipped the saplings before their time.
Rabbi Akiva entered in peace and left in peace.
** Zohar **
The ancient Saba stood up and said to Shimon bar Yochai, “Rabbi, Rabbi! What is the meaning of what Rabbi Akiva said to his students, “When you come to the place of pure marble stones, do not say ‘Water! Water!’ lest you place yourselves in danger, for it is said, ‘He who speaks untruths shall not stand before My eyes.'” But it is written, ‘There shall be a firmament between the waters and it shall separate between water (above the firmament) and water (below the firmament)’. Since the Torah describes the division of the waters in to upper and lower, why should it be problematic to mention this division? Furthermore, since there are upper and lower waters why did Rabbi Akiva warn them, “do not say, ‘Water! Water!'””
The ancient Saba answered, “Rabbi, Rabbi, Holy Lamp. Surely the pure marble stones are the letter yud – one the upper yud of the letter aleph, and one the lower yud of the letter aleph. Here there is no spiritual impurity, only pure marble stones, so there is no separation between one water and the other; they form a single unity from the aspect of the Tree of Life, which is the vav in the midst of the letter aleph. In this regard it states, ‘and if he take of the Tree of Life (and eat and live forever)'”
Explanation: At the level of the Alef = Echad = One =Unity (a level of perception – and the one & only unconditional aspect of existence) …
is made up of a diagonal line which is a Vav
on its axis
and two yuds
one above the line and one below
At the level of Alef (Unity/the place of No Spiritual Impurity), there is a Single Unity of the Tree of Life, which is represented by the Vav (line)
This is the place of Everlasting Life