Sefer ha-bahir – Para 51 – One, Two, Three
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
51. The students asked Rabbe Berachia ‘Let us discuss these words with you’ but he would not give them permission. Once, however, he did give them permission, but he did so to test them, to see if they would now pay attention…..
They began and said:
In the beginning is One
Two is (Isiah 57:16) the spirit that enwraps itself from Me and I have made souls
Three is (Psalm 65:10) – the divisions of God are filled with Water
What are these divisions? You taught us, our master, that God took the Waters of creation and separated them, placing half in the skies and half in the ocean. This is the meaning of the ‘divisions of God are filled with Water’.
Through them man studies the Torah