Image of God (2/3): Sefer Yetzirah (The Book of Creation)
Sefer Yetzirah is the Holy Book of Kabbalah. In the book, JAH the Lord of Hosts creates the universe by the three Sepharim – Number, Writing, and Speech. (KALISCH, 1877; Wescott, 1887) Next, the Image of the All is used to reveal the secret symbolism behind the story.
“Ten are the numbers, as are the Sephiroth, and twenty-two the letters, these are the Foundation of all things. Of these letters, three are mothers, seven are double, and twelve are simple.” (Chapter 1:2)
The first chapter of Sefer Yetzirah explains the numbers (decimal-system) and their abilities. The writer gives us clues of infinity and eternity. In Chapter 1:11, the name JAH is used to create the six directions. This is because JAH is three letters (3-cycle) and thus, mathematically, it is possible to form 6 different permutations:
3 × 2 × 1 = 3! = 6.
Also, in Chapter 4:4 we find a reference to permutations: “From two letters, or forms He composed two dwellings; from three, six; from four, twenty-four; from five, one hundred and twenty; from six, seven hundred and twenty; from seven, five thousand and forty; and from thence their numbers increase in a manner beyond counting; and are incomprehensible.” (Chapter 4:4)
Actually, the numbers are not incomprehensible. According to the calculation rules of permutations is valid
2! = 2 × 1 = 2,
3! = 3 × 2 × 1 = 6,
4! = 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 24,
5! = 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 120,
6! = 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 720, and
7! = 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 5040.
This means that out of seven letters, it is possible to create 5040 different words. This number 5040 is also our first clue related to the Image of the All. By using miles, the diameter of the Moon is 2160, the diameter of the Earth is 7920 and finally the Earth-Moon radius is 5040.32
32 More about number 5040, see e.g. Laws by Plato.
This gives us reason to think that perhaps the three mothers (Chapter 3:1) are Earth, the Sun and the Moon of Image of God (Image 43). They form a Balance described in the language of symbolism.
“The three mother letters A, M, SH are the foundations of the whole; and resemble a Balance, the good in one scale, the evil in the other, and the oscillating tongue of the Balance between them.” (Chapter 3:1)
In Chapter 2, JAH makes a sphere with 231 modes of entrance. Of course number 231 is the Key in binding together this symbolical story to the Image of the All.
“These twenty-two letters, the foundations, He arranged as on a sphere, with two hundred and thirty-one modes of entrance. If the sphere be rotated forward, good is implied, if in a retrograde manner evil is intended.
For He indeed showed the mode of combination of the letters, each with each, Aleph with all, and all with Aleph. Thus in combining all together in pairs are produced these two hundred and thirty-one gates of knowledge. And from Nothingness did He make something, and all forms of speech and every created thing, and from the empty void He made the solid earth, and from the non-existent He brought forth Life.
He hewed, as it were, immense column or colossal pillars, out of the intangible air, and from the empty space. And this is the impress of the whole, twenty-one letters, all from one the Aleph.” (Chapter 2:4-5)
Let us take a better look at number 231, thus with prime factorization there is
231 = 3 × 7 × 11.
All of these numbers are familiar to us already. In Image of the All (Image 43), the diameter of the Moon is 3, the diameter of the Earth is 11 and the Earth-moon radius is 7. Furthermore, if we put the aleph in the mid-point and thus do not count it, then 21 letters can be formed as
21 = 3 + 7 + 11.
That is the exact relation (3 : 7 : 11) that creates all life here on Earth. This also ends our proof, because it is now clear that Sefer Yetzirah is correct knowledge and its position as Scripture is justified.
Corollary 2 concerning to Sefer Yetzirah is proved.