A Mystical Key to the English Language
Robert Hoffstein explains that words are not arbitrarily chosen but constructed on ageless principles, an awareness of which allows us to communicate with more understanding and potency. With humor and insight, the author analyzes the esoteric meaning of words and letters we use every day, relating them to ancient alphabets and symbolic language.
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A SAMPLING OF SIMPLE COMBINATIONS
EXAMPLE OF SOME EXTRAORDINARY WORDS
Absolute activity Adam and Eve Aleph aspect bares essence basic becomes binding burning Christ circle circumference compressed concentration concept configuration confined conjoined connection Consider the word creates cross dark death denotation derived desire devil double-you earth emerges enclosing enclosure English alphabet equation essence eternity etymological evil existence expresses Fabre d'Olivet female following words force googol guggie Hebrew Hebrew alphabet hieroglyphic individual Indo-European inner instinctive intense istence joined Kaph koan Latin letter light likened manifestation maya mirror mold mortal coil move movement mystery nourishment one's oneself onomatopoetic opposites originally paradoxically penetration potential prefix primal principle qabbalistically realization reduced refers reflected related esoterically relationship rendered reveals root meaning sacred sacrifice seed sense serpent soul sound spirit stands suffix swelling symbol Tat Tvam Asi temenos Thou tion transcend transformation transmutation understand vehicle verb vowels womb YHVH
Page x - It would then be found that the words, vowels and phonemes are so many ways of "singing" the world, and that their function is to represent things not, as the naive onomatopoeic theory had it, by reason of an objective resemblance, but because they extract, and literally express, their emotional essence.
Page 1 - I would try it out on a yeshiva bucherfriend of mine. For him, the Talmud was the only orthodox study; Qabbalah was out of bounds — "evil." I laughingly told him, point blank, that Christ was hidden in his own alphabet in a way that he would never suspect. He looked at me with wide open eyes, anxious to hear what I was about to say, ready to pounce on me for my unorthodox leanings. I simply repeated that "Christ" was the grand finale, the coda of his own beloved Aleph-Beth.