Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Song of Songs: The Love Story of God and Israel (II)
“Fear me not because I am dark, because the sun has tanned me. The sons of my mother were angry with me, they made me keeper of the vineyards. [Because] My vineyard, my own, I have not kept.” (1:6)
Israel speaks to the foundations (the “sons of her mother”) of her true essence and identity as to what she must return, for darkness is not part of her.
Here we understand that the negative choices of ego's fantasies and illusions (including addictions, attachments, and obsessions) are temporary. These ultimately are necessary experiences in order to make us appreciate and value goodness as the transcending essence of Israel's identity.
Thus Israel, as the conscious self, speaks to her own transcending positive qualities as also scions of her mother. Here the mother is Jerusalem, the connecting point with God, from where Israel came to fulfill His will for the material world. Hence the sons of her mother, her brothers, represent ways and means to return to the Creator and bond permanently with Him.
This interpretation is similar to the opinion of the Yeffe Kol (a commentary on the Song of Songs by Rav Shmuel Yeffe Ashzenazi, b. in the XVI century), referring to the “sons of my mother” as Israel's prophets who urged her to return to God's ways in order to avoid exile and destruction.
In this view, our prophets also represent the highest awareness of the Jewish identity, as well as the positive guiding and directing principles in consciousness that maintain and safeguard our permanent connection with God. The latter reproach Israel by being angry (lit. “incensed”) with her for her negative choices and actions that took her into the darkness of exile among the nations. These as the playing fields of ego's fantasies and illusions.
“Tell me, You whom my soul loved, where do You delight [graze], where You rest [Your flock] down at noon. For why should I be as one veiled by the flocks of Your companions?” (1:7)
Israel asks God's love in her desire to return to His ways and attributes as the flock that He grazes. The first sentence suggests that the soul is the link to God. The past tense (“my soul loved”) indicates separation and yearning to love Him properly again. This proper way is about living by God's ways and attributes.
There is also a field where the grazing of the flock takes place, and it is God's place. In the awareness of His oneness, we realize that the Sabbath is God's place where He delights, and also the time of Israel's final redemption. The eternal place of rest in the total awareness of God's love.
“If you know not, [you] fair among women, get you forth by the traces of the flock and feed your goat kids by the shepherds' dwellings!” (1:8)
God answers Israel that following His flocks (His ways and attributes) is what needs to be done, and “feed” (inspire) our actions (goat's kids) as well as our children, sons and daughters, with the principles, values and guidelines (“shepherd tents”, “shepherds” and “tents”). Footsteps (“traces”) as the effects of our actions by the direction these take.
Thus we assimilate that wisdom, as the source from which intellect expresses itself, is also the source of the genuine expressions of love. Hence wisdom and love belong to each other, and are part of each other. There is no true love without wisdom, and there is no true wisdom without love.
In this context, love is a pure and untainted expression of wisdom, and its ways and attributes are conceived by the righteousness inherent to wisdom.
Wisdom implies an ethical conception and expression of love. This wisdom is acquired by a deep insight and discernment from intellect, and makes us understand God's love, and getting us close to Him.
Thus we understand that pure intellect is the expression of the soul in human consciousness. Thus we also understand that the soul is our permanent connection with God.
From the Book's Foreword
Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.