Saturday, December 3, 2005

Nothing and Everything

"Can you hear me Josh? Do you remember what I said to you then? God, He was just over there outside the Black Hole– still is, I have a message...."
"....He doesn’t want to go back into the Big Black Hole! We must help Him to never forget where He’s come from, what He’s been through. He can never be ‘nothing’ again. He’s gotten too used to being Everything."

"I have learned it. Known who burned me
Avatar has warmed my feet
Take me with you. Let me see you
Time and life can meet
Rumor has it. Minds are open
Then rumors fill them up with lies
Future passing. Nothing lasting
I try to scream, 'cause nothing dies.

Nothing is everything
Everything is nothing is
Please the people, audiences
Break the fences, nothing is

Let's see action. Let's see people
Let's see freedom. In the air
Let's see action. Let's see people
Let's be free. Let's see who cares..."
- from 'Lets See Action (Nothing is Everything)' by Pete Townshend
Everything, the:
God the Infinite. The Everything, being everything, includes the Nothing. (1a)
God, the Infinite; the Everything, being infinite, includes the Nothing. (1b)

Nothing, the:
The infinite shadow of God, Who is the Everything. (1a)
The infinite shadow of the Everything (God). (1b)

God is in everything that exists, though everything that exists is not God. It is present in everything, and everything comes into being from it. Nothing is devoid of its divinity. Everything is within it; it is within everything and outside everything. There is nothing but it.

In the beginning Ein Sof [אֵין סוֹף, without end; God] emanated ten sefirot, which are of its essence, united with it. It and they are entirely one...

Ein Sof emanated one point from itself, one emanation. This is Keter [כתר; crown], called Ayin [אַיִן], Nothingness, on account of its extreme subtlety, its cleving to its source, such that being cannot be posited from it.

Ayin, Nothingness, is more existent than all the being of the world. But since it is simple, and every simple thing is complex compared with its simplicity, it is called Ayin... Being is in nothingness in the mode of nothingness, and nothingness is in being in the mode of being. Nothingness is being, and being is nothingness.
"You are everything
That is real,
Everything that is good;
Everything that is not."
- from 'You Are' by John W. Leys


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.