We must comprehend and understand that the Bible itself is what we call the body of the doctrine. Yet in order to comprehend the body of the doctrine, we have to study the soul of the doctrine and the spirit of the doctrine.
We cannot comprehend the body of the doctrine if we ignore the soul and spirit of the doctrine. The soul of the doctrine is the knowledge related to the science of Alchemy, which in the Tree of Life is represented by the sephirah Daath, the canopy of the Tree of Knowledge; and the spirit of the doctrine is the science of Kabbalah – the Tree of Life, represented in the ten Sephiroth.
The spirit of the doctrine, the Kabbalah, relates to what we call the archetypes, the different spiritual symbols which are interrelated with the psychological symbols of the soul of the doctrine which is Alchemy. The body of the doctrine is contained in what we call the Bible; so, soul and spirit explains the body or different stories that we find written especially in the book of Genesis.
Humanity has the body of the doctrine, but millions of human beings ignore the soul of the doctrine and the spirit of the doctrine. The soul and spirit of the doctrine are precisely what we teach in these lectures in order for us to understand all those symbols, stories, that we find written in the body of the doctrine; people who ignore Alchemy and Kabbalah misinterpret the Bible, thus, this is why these ignorant arrive at the conclusion that the Bible is just a book of tales written by people who did not make any sense of their stories. This is why we are giving these lectures so that we can comprehend all of these alchemical and kabbalistic narratives of the bible. So the story of Lot and his two daughters, who escape from Sodom and Gomorrah, is something that relates to our own psychological nature.
To begin, let us comprehend what the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge, which are interrelated with our own psychosomatic nature, explain about the four elements of nature. To know about this, we have to read just the first verse of the first chapter of the book of Genesis 1:2, where we find the explanation of how everything began. It is written:
בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ
“In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.”
If you observe the Hebrew letters of the words that mean “the heavens and the earth” in Hebrew , namely, את השמים ואת הארץ Ath ha’Shamayim Veath Ha’Aretz, in them are hidden the main letters that symbolize the four elements in Alchemy. In Kabbalah the letter א Aleph is the symbol of air. The letter ש Shin is the symbol of fire. The letter מ Mem is the symbol of water. Now, the letter ת Tav at the very bottom, is the symbol of earth. In the beginning the letter Tav was written as a cross, thereafter as an X, then later, as a character that looks like the letter H. And finally, the modern ת Tav whose shape joints a letter Resh, at the right side of it, to the letter Nun at its left; Nun, fish is a symbol of earth. Why is Tav the symbol of earth? Because the word [את Ath], contains the first letter and the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The letter Aleph being the symbol of the first triangle of the Tree of Life, which is call the Holy Trinity. And the letter Tav or cross, symbol of Malkuth, the earth, the last sephirah, which is at the West or bottom of the Tree of Life.
So when we see the Tree of Life, we find that the East relates to the letter Hei, that is called in Kabbalah, the Ain Soph, from which the light of Kether – which is the crown, first Sephirah of the Tree of Life – emerges. Kether represents the Atzilutic triangle, symbolized by the letter Aleph. The Hebrew word הא, Ha, contains the letter Hei and the letter Aleph together, הא, Ha, means Lo or Behold, yet in Hebrew Hei-Aleph הא is also the spelling of the letter Hei. What we want to state here is that the letter Aleph is always hidden within the letter Hei. Thus, Air, Aleph is the breath always hidden within the letter Hei. Behold, Aleph is the breath hidden within the ה Hei of the mysterious Tetragrammaton, יהוה Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei. So, the shape of the letter א Aleph, symbol of the Atzilutic Trinity, also contains the letters Iod and Vav of the Tetragrammaton, יהוה, which are represented here, in the first triangle of the Tree of Life.
Let us now study the four elements, in order for us to understand how they are distributed in the Tree of Life. So the first, the Atzilutic triangle is in relation with the letter Aleph, air. The second, the Ethical triangle is in relation with the letter Shin, fire. And the third, the triangle of Priesthood is in relation with the letter Mem, water. And as we stated, the letter Tav the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is the cross that symbolizes Malkuth, the Earth, which is at the very bottom of the Tree of Life. So, this is how we have to visualize the four elements.
Now, the four cardinal points, east, west, north and south on the Tree of Life are located as follows: east is Kether above and west is Malkuth below. Let us continue reading the book of Genesis related with the four elements: We read that “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth,” and thereafter, “And the earth – which is the west – was formless and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep”, the deep is the South. “And the רוח אלהים Ruach Elohim hovered upon the face of the waters” the רוח אלהים Ruach Elohim that hovered upon the face of the western waters is the North. This is how we visualize the four elements and the four cardinal points in the Tree of Life. The earth which is the west, which is formless and void is our own physicality; formless and void because we do not have the elements within that we need in order to realize the Tree of Life. Usually, some Kabbalists associate the south with Chesed, and the north with Geburah, which is wrong. Any alchemist knows very well that in order to perform the exorcism of fire, he has to face south. And fire in the south relates to Geburah, and the water to the north relates to Chesed. These two elements are interrelated in the stories of the book of Genesis. And this is how we have to place and see them, because the south, which is of course the left side of the Tree of Life goes down into the west and even further into what is call Klipoth, which is the center of the earth; this is where we find the fire. This is why in Alchemy, when we talk about the south, we always point down towards Hell. And when we say North we point up, which is of course when the sun is at its zenith. Anybody knows that when the sun is at its zenith, it is in the north; it is when the sun is strong. But the south relates to two aspects: the left side of the Tree of Life, and the very depth of the earth. This is why south and west are interrelated in the stories of the book of Genesis.
So when we want to explain the origin of life in the universe, we always know that the east is of course Kether, and the West is the earth. But also we have to comprehend that the north is also up, and the South is down. That way, we do not enter into confusion, because in the story of Abraham, he always travels to the South. This is why many Kabbalists state that because Abraham always travels to the South, he is the South, and this is wrong. Abraham, Chesed is in the North, when the sun is at its zenith, when it is very shiny and strong during the day.
And יהוה appeared unto him in the plains of מים רא Maim re: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day. —Genesis 18: 1
The esoteric meaning of which is as follows: When Abraham sat at the door of his tent; that is, at the gate separating the higher (triangle) and lower worlds (or sephiroth), symbolized by the letter Aleph, he felt the great heat of the day (the sun at its zenith, the North); that is, he became mentally and spiritually enlightened by (the rising of) the divine light of Kether, the First Logos (in Chesed). – Zohar
When the divine light of Kether sets in the West, it is because it is sinking, going down into the South, so, when it goes towards the South, it goes down and sets in the West; and continues down into Klipoth.
The light of Chokmah, the Second Logos, was beheld by Isaac (in Geburah) when, in the cool of the evening when the sun was going down (to the South), he prayed for the coming of this light, as it is written: “And Isaac (Geburah) went out to meditate in the field at the eventide.” Genesis 24: 63 – Zohar
Any initiate, any monad, any spirit who wants self realization has to travel from Chesed to Geburah. Chesed symbolizes our Innermost, our Inner Being, our Spirit, Abraham, who seats at the door of his tent in the heat of the day, the North, up there when the sun is at its zenith; thus our Monad has to travel to the South, in order to descend into Yesod, the center of the earth. Never for instance will an alchemist say that the North is in the center of the earth. If we say, the South is in the center of the earth, it is logical. And if we say our head is in the North, it is logical too. We have to apply Alchemy and Kabbalah at the same time, but some Kabbalists are not Alchemists; they are just intellectual Kabbalists, this is why they err.
“The descent into the Ninth Sphere (the center of the earth) was, in the ancient mysteries, the highest trial to prove the supreme dignity of the hierophant. Hermes, Buddha, Dante, Zoroaster, Abraham, etc. had to descend to the Ninth Sphere (Yesod) in order to work with (Geburah-Samael) the fire and (Chesed-Abraham) the water, the origin of worlds, beasts, humans and Gods. Every authentic and legitimate White Initiation begins there (in the South).” —Samael Aun Weor.