FOREHEAD OF MACROPROSOPUS.
87. THE forehead of His skull is the
acceptation of acceptations, whereunto is opposed the acceptation of
Microprosopus, like as it is written, Exod. xxviii. 38: "And it shall be upon
His forehead always for acceptation," &c.
90. And that forehead is called RTzVN,
Ratzon, Will-power, because it is the ruler of the whole head and of the
skull, which is covered by four hundred and twenty worlds.
91. And when it is uncovered, the prayers of
the Israelites ascend.
92. "When is it uncovered?" Rabbi Schimeon was
silent. He asked again a second time, "When?" Rabbi Schimeon said unto Rabbi
Eleazar, his son, "When is it uncovered."
93. He answered unto him: "In the time of the
offering of the evening prayer on the Sabbath."
94. He said unto him: "For what reason?" He
answered unto him: "Because at that time the lower judgment threateneth
through Microprosopus; but that forehead is uncovered which is called
'Acceptation,' and then wrath is assuaged, and the prayer ascendeth.
95. "This is that which is written, Ps. lxix.
14: 'And I have prayed unto Thee, O Tetragrammaton! in an acceptable time.'
96. "And the time of acceptance by the Ancient
of Days 1 is here to be understood, and of the
unveiling of the forehead; and because it is thus disposed at the offering of
the evening prayer on the Sabbath."
97. Rabbi Schimeon spake unto Rabbi Eleazar,
his son, and said: Blessed be thou, O my son! by the Ancient of Days; for thou
hast found in that time in which thou hast need--the acceptation of His
98. Come and behold! in these inferiors, when
the forehead is uncovered, there is found fixed shamelessness.
99. This is the same which is written, Jer.
iii. 3: "Yet thou hadst the forehead of a shameless woman, thou refusedst to
100. But when this forehead 2
is uncovered, inclination and acceptation are found in perfect form, and all
wrath is quieted and subdued before Him.
10I, From that forehead shine forth four
hundred habitations of judgments, when it is uncovered during that period of
acceptation, anti all things are at peace before it.
102. This is the same which is written, Dan.
vii. 10: "The judgment was set"--that is, subsideth in its place, and the
judgment is not exercised.
103. And this is the tradition: There is no
hair found on that part, because it is opened and not covered.
104. It is covered, I say, and the executors of
judgment behold this, and are pacified, and (judgment) is not
105. This is the tradition: This forehead hath
been extended into two hundred and seventy thousand lights of the luminaries
of the superior Eden.
106. This is the tradition: There existeth an
Eden which shineth in Eden. The superior Eden, which is not uncovered, and is
hidden in concealment, and is not distributed into the paths, like as it hath
107. The inferior Eden is distributed into its
paths; (namely) into thirty-two directions of its paths.
108. And although this Eden is distributed into
its path, yet is it not known unto any, save unto Microprosopus,
109. But no man hath known the superior Eden,
nor its paths, except Macroprosopus Himself.
110. Like as it is written, Job xxviii. 23:
"God understandeth the way thereof, and He knoweth the place thereof."
111. "The Elohim understand the way thereof:
"this is the inferior Eden, known unto Microprosopus. "And He hath known the
place thereof:" this is the superior Eden, which the Ancient of Days hath
known, the most abstruse of all.
Chapter IX: Concerning the Eyes of Macroprosopus