Sunday, October 2, 2016
The Song of Songs: The Love Story of God and Israel (VII)
“I have ordered you, daughters of Jerusalem, by gazelles and by hinds of the field. Stir not up nor arouse the love until she pleases.” (2:7)
God speaks to the higher levels of consciousness (the daughters of Jerusalem) asking them not to force the conscious self (Israel) to love and manifest love in its ways and attributes as permanently as this must be, according to what our highest awareness requests from our intellect, mind, thoughts, emotions, feelings, passion and instinct.
God does not force His will on Israel or the nations, for He gave them free will. However, God commands all to be and do goodness, for it is the natural expression of love as a material manifestation of His love in all His creation. God's love bestows His goodness on all, and sustains them all.
Nevertheless, God adjures “by gazelles and hinds of the field”. The field represents life and the goodness it contains, represented by beautiful and delicate animals as positive traits and trends in human consciousness. These qualities are summoned by God also as witnesses of the choices we make in regards to either love's ways and attributes or ego's fantasies and illusions.
“The voice of my Beloved! Lo, He is coming, leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills.” (2:8)
Israel answers also by comparing her Beloved to a deer “leaping on the mountains” (pleased with His ways) and “skipping on the hills” (happy with His attributes). Mountains and hills are higher places as higher levels of consciousness in life as the earth where we live. Those are the “places” where God reveals to us His ways and attributes, so we come up to them in order to dwell together with Him.
Israel hears the voice of her Beloved, not only as her husband and king but also as her redeemer. God's voice is His love fulfilling the promise to redeem Israel through His ways and attributes as the mountains in which He delights.
“My Beloved is like a deer, to a young one of the harts. Lo this, He is standing behind our wall, looking from the windows, peering through the lattices.” (2:9)
Israel continues referring to God's ways and attributes as the delicate and vibrant qualities of deer and harts in the fields of life. The first part of this verse belongs to the previous one. The next sentence refers to God's presence in the Temple of Jerusalem, that permanently watches over His people.
We have to complete the allegory of the deer, gazelles, hinds and harts as the liberating and redeeming ways and attributes of God's love. Thus we understand how God cares and watches over us.
These ways and attributes also include God's commandments as the means He provides for us to bond and connect with Him. This is anchored in our highest level of consciousness represented by the Temple of Jerusalem.
God's presence is not an abstract concept but a concrete principle manifest as ways and attributes that give meaning and purpose to human life in general, and to the Jewish people in particular.
The more we attune and connect with them, the more we experience God's presence in our lives. They also protect us from ego's fantasies and illusions, for these oppose and obstruct God's purpose and mission for us; as we will see in the upcoming verses.
Thus we understand “our wall”, because God and Israel share the same house where His love stands within, looking for us from its windows hoping we come soon to dwell permanently with Him.
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.