The Hebrew word Merkabah is used in Ezekiel (1:4-26) to refer to the throne-chariot of God, the four-wheeled vehicle driven by four ‘chayot’  (‘living creatures’), each of which has four rings and the four faces of a man, lion, ox, and eagle. Due to the concern of some Torah scholars that misunderstanding these passages as literal descriptions of God’s image might lead to blasphemy and/or idolatry, there was great opposition to studying this topic.

Jewish biblical commentaries emphasize that the imagery of the Merkaba is not meant to be taken literally; rather the chariot and its accompanying angels are analogies for the various ways that God reveals Himself in this world. Hasidic philosophy and Kabbalah discuss at length what each aspect of this vision represents in this world, and how the vision does not imply that God is made up of these forms. Jews customarily read the Biblical passages concerning the Merkaba in their synagogues every year on the holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the receiving of the Ten Commandments.

One Comment to “Merkabah”

  1. The Merkabah can be constructed around any person with sufficient knowledge to do so. It requires heart centred awareness and can be done with specific instructions. It is a temple / vehicle / chariot for the conciousness to reside in, and due to it’s proportions (sacred geometry) creates a direct passage to God (just like a divinely constructed temple), and therefore provides a vehicle for ascension of the conciousness. All people who ascend, do so in a Merkabah, the stories are accurate but also contain metaphors and symbology. It is a chariot, but not like the ones that get pulled by horses, although same idea – you see merKAba – the KA part is similar to car or vehicle – we could describe it has having four wheels and being red and having fire out the exhaust, but really we mean it was a vehicle, and that’s exactly what a Merkabah is, a vehicle for conciousness.

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