- Hardcover: 231 pages
- Publisher: Shambala Publications, Inc. (1970)
- ASIN: B001MXPS06
- Package Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,803,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cipher of Genesis: The Original Code of the Qabala as Applied to the Scriptures Hardcover – 1970
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I understand that this book deals with such kinds of questions, ones which we may never be able to answer. We certainly cannot answer them with the everyday mind and everyday language because these questions are to large to be captured by mere words and concepts. After all, words are a means to convey a concept, and a concept is a mental model or simplification of reality, and a level removed from reality. You may think your HD TV is just great, but an image of a person, no matter how lifelike it appears, is not the same as the living, breathing, flesh and blood reality of one in your presence. Neither is an image of a meal a meal itself.
This book is based on Qabbalistic interpretation of Hebrew words as the meaning derives from the letters and the number the letters mean. This is an unusual way to regard words because the word's meaning is not derived phonetically but by numerology.
There are many surprises in the book, and intriguing ones to me. According to this book, the usual way these stories are understood is wrong, or incomplete, or misleading.
I was especially interested in Adam and Eve and Cain and Able. It seems that this book will upset everything you might have understood about these stories. The book even touches on Jesus and Judas and their true relationship a bit at the end. The interpretation of Judas is not new to me, but it might be an eye-opener to you. As to the serpent and the Garden of Eden, I never saw it coming.
I am impressed that this book gives women such a powerful role in cosmology. I always have thought of Judaism as patriarchal to the nth degree. It is nice to see a view of the power and mystery of the sacred feminine from a Qabbalistic point of view.
I find some of the ideas in the book very useful in my everyday meditations and my everyday world view. I appreciate the idea that some of us are like Adam, of the Earth and Heaven, but interested mostly in continuity and comfort. I affectionately call this type the "lizard on the rock". You know, a lizard finds a nice rock in the warm sun and wants to stay like that forever. I also see Bilbo Baggins like this: enjoying his three breakfasts and the comforts of his home.
In contrast is the need to grow spiritually, and for that one needs disruption and discontinuity. That is what Eve represents, and what Bilbo's mother's side of the family, the Tooks, represent. When Bilbo is comfortable at home, that is his Baggins' side. When he accepts the adventure and leaves home, that is his Tookish side. It is interesting that Gandalf the Wizard play the instigator role, but it is Bilbo who must either accept or reject the opportunity to grow. Bilbo accepts. Had he not, Tolkien would have had no book.
I wish that the book had some explanations for some of its concepts. I would like to understand more about 'resistance" and "resistance to life", more than I just intuited and made up for myself. Along the same lines, I would like to hear more about the container, or the husk, around the "germ" of life.
This is a good book, and unsettling book, and in that sense it can represent a more forward for those who read it and profit by what it says.
The only reason I gave this book three stars is for Suares’s great idea and bold attempt. Unfortunately, Suares is unqualified for the task. Not only does he exhibit limited understanding of the meaning of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, he also has no real understanding of spirituality. In short, he is in over his head with this text. Moreover, his writing is not agreeable, but rather cryptic, ambiguous, stilted, and “psychologized.”
Anybody intimate with J.Krishnamuti’s teachings, will quickly recognize that Suares “spiritual” analyses and interpretations of the Bible are right out Krishnamurti. And unsurprisingly, Suares, clearly taken with Krishnamurti, wrote a book on his teachings (“Krishnamurti and the Unity of Man”).
I am an expert on Krishnamurti’s teachings – in the 1970s I participated in various J. Krishnamurti groups—and only an “uninitiated” spiritual philosopher would attempt to marry J. Krishnamurti’s teachings with Qabalah. J. Krishnamurti had great potential, but after “First and Last Freedom” (see my five-star review) and “Commentaries on Living,” he went flat. There is no spiritual (or energetic) dimension to his teachings, which became a repetitive, “psychologized” drone after the aforesaid texts. Simply put, Krishnamurti did not “crack the cosmic code,” and neither does Suares in “The Cipher of Genesis.”
I’ve had “The Cipher of Genesis” for several years, and twice before attempted to read it. But each time I gave up because Suares didn’t impress me, and I didn’t want to take the time to learn the esoteric meaning of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. But a bright young lady who posts at my Facebook group (Electrical-Hermetic Christianity) insisted that I needed to give it another try -- and so I did. And this time I took several hours to figure out the esoteric meaning of the Hebrew letters. (I went to a few websites for different perspectives.)
What did I find? Two important things: First, Suares’s interpretation of the letters does not closely match mine; second, there are four basic gematria methods, so the numbers Suares uses are hardly etched in stone as the right ones.
I really believe that Suares had a great idea with his application of gematria to the Bible and qabala, and hopefully in the future someone more qualified will carry this work forward.
1) its a tad difficult to read
due to the authors train of thought…..
He begins in one arena and then goes on and on and on (with what I find to be
somewhat boring) just to end with what he could've said up front.
Some may like that, but I like to get to the point.
Purchased this because I read Glynda-Lee Hoffmann and the way in which she
portrayed this work, I was fascinated…..
I am NOT saying the book is not good……..
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