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Tabernacle

By Phillip Ghee (US)

Chapter 4


 

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Tabernacle

 Chapter 4

 



Anahata

    The foundation in its rudiment form had been laid. All the areas had been properly measured and roped off. Essentially all the construction materials including the suitable substitutions had arrived. Christine’s interior décor materials had also arrived, so much, to the point that she needed a storage trailer of her own.
    The site now had the look and feel of a true construction site. A temporary shaded gate was erected around the entire compound. An area had been bulldozed flat to accommodate the many cars, trucks and vehicles that were now being parked on premises.  
    The compound was now patrolled by security. The firm that handled the security was a company that did a lot a business with the entertainment industry. However, the solitary, graveyard shift, night watchman was a man of the director’s own choosing. He was a seemingly frail and elderly gentleman who barely spoke English. His guard uniform hung pitifully from the emaciation old age frame.
    Rudolph assumed it was some sort of nepotism, an aged uncle from the old country he gathered. But Rudolph had a lot valuable equipment out there in the heart of the desert and he had no plans to allow it to fund a methlab. He placed his own man out at the site, someone he trusted. The man occupied a stakeout position from the same sand dune on which Rudolph had an earlier encounter with the director. From his binocular-aided vantage point he reported that things were quiet and quite in order at the site during the off-hours. There were no strange vehicles scoping the area. As for the elderly night watchman, he spent most of his time reading from some large book but, hourly he would make a round of the entire compound, chanting in some ancient tongue as he made his way purposefully around the site.

 

Rudolph now had the liberty to raise the Tabernacle as he chose. But, that liberty was short lived. On the very day that Rudolph was set to kick off the erection phase of the project, he arrived at the work site only to find the director, Mr.Merguedithian, at the front gate.  He was there greeting the arriving workman, even shaking hands. This was most odd behavior for a man of his status, thought Rudolph. Many of the workmen had arrived early. They had vehicles that could accommodate them living days at a time, on-site but the director had forbid it.  Now many of them were grumpy, having to make the long daily commute. As if sensing their discontent, the director had arrange a catering truck to be on site early and provide the men, without charge, a variety of breakfast items as well as gourmet coffee and other drinks. This certainly cheered the men up and made the director more favorable in their eyes. On the other hand a skeptical Rudolph unintentionally slammed his car door and approached the director with reservations.

 

“Rudolph, I need to ask you a favor, you know, some of the Prima Donna type stuff we talked about earlier”. He lowered his voice and brushed close to the man as if to simulate an intimate proposal between friends.
    He pulled out an iPad from the interior of shimmering green army officer’s trench coat. He tapped in several command and brought up a computerized rendition of the same medieval era construction plans that Rudolph was encouraged to work from.  For Rudolph’s benefit he pointed with computer pen to several of the named areas.
“So Rudolph as you can see… you have been reading the biblical text as well?  Oh! Anyway, as you can see, anyone entering the Tabernacle had to proceed in a specific order. I need you to proceed with the construction in a similar fashion. Please do not have your men working on various sections simultaneous and do not proceed at all past this point (he pointed to a specific area) until you have contacted me. Are we Ok with that?
    The director returned his attention to the iPad.

“With all due respects Mr. Merguedithian. I know that you are a powerful man and time is money to powerful men.  I can have this project completed in half the allotted time only if you allow me…”
   
    The director was seemingly only half-listening. He was already engaged in something else. He was constructing an e-mail to an old friend who had been shut-in.

                     “Rudolph, you’re worrying about that bonus aren’t you?” He didn’t wait for a reply or even direct his attention away from the e-mail. ”Not to worry my boy, do it my way and you will have all that is coming to you and maybe more.”
                 . “Done!” He was apparently commenting on completion and successful delivery of the e-mail.
 
   The director took a few steps closer to the catering truck. “Remember Rudolph, proceed in order. This time he faced Rudolph and looked directly into his eyes. He stretched out one arm towards the catering truck and was instantaneously rewarded with a green chili breakfast burrito.  He whipped out a dark pair of aviator sunglasses and dramatically affixed them to his face.
                     “ Ciao “ No sooner had  the words left his mouth did a bold, outfitted Hummer, more Special Forces than Schwarzenegger, pull up and spirited him away. Rudolph was a bit irked by the whole affair; after all he was the professional in regards to construction. But, Mr. was the boss and Rudolph was a man under authority.
           “Hollywood meets Religious Fundamentalism.” He mused. “Now there’s a match made in Heaven.”

         

 

  

 

Otto’s Tale

    Otto left Dachau, on November 3, 1938. This time his excuse was fact based and not fiction. Elsa, his beloved mother had taken gravely ill and Otto rushed to be by her side.  Elsa although in her sixties was still physically fit and medically sound.  The doctors could provide no real explanation as to why her health should have declined so rapidly. Medically, her heart could have gone on beating for another forty years or more if it had not been for the burden of sadness and grief that had come to bear upon it. Although she could only get bits and pieces of the news concerning her homeland, what she did get was not welcoming news at all. The anti-Semitic fervor that had begun to sweep over German proper had also extended into the acquired lands and provinces with large German populations. The estranged relationship with her parents now seemed a trivial thing given the magnitude of the persecution that befell peoples of her inherited ethnicity, if not her faith. When the deportations started her heart sunk to depths to which it was never to submerge. She dared not risk communications for fear that she would be found out. Now being found out not only meant losing social status it may very well would have cost her, her life. Without true knowledge she could only cling to a fleeting fantasy that somehow they were absolved or had escaped the deportations.

     Her fictitious parents had reportedly met a tragic end according to the web of deception that Elsa had sprung in her youth. Little did she know then that their end would be more tragic than anything that a mischievous young and precocious Elsa could have ever imagined. It might be said that it was either irony or grace of an apparently indisposed God that, Otto was unaware that some of the mumblings he heard, that faithless day at the camp, issued forth from the very mouths of his biological grandparents.

 
   Otto remained day and night by his mother’s side, attending to her every need which was few and rarely expressed. She knew more about the degree of atrocities at the camps than Otto himself; this due to his willful ignorance. In her mind, she cried, she pleaded and begged Otto to leave Dachau. She revealed her secret truth and told him about her heritage. She convinced him to join the resistance. Whereas in her body, she only held his hand and wept out the very last tears in her body. And when the last tear had been shed her heart simply stopped. Perhaps it was best she died on that day. Had her heavy heart continued to beat,  just one more day, she would have been alive to witnessed ‘Kristallnacht’ and, most certainly that would have caused her already burdened heart to explode.

 

The Author’s Tale

    I originally began this tale as a way to educate and enlighten as well as entertain. However there are aspects of this story this must only be told by those who are properly sanctioned to tell such. Unfortunately, I have discovered that I am not such a one. I have been stricken with such a fitting malady so specific as to undoubtedly convey that I shall continue no further in this tale.
    My apologies to my reading audience. Perhaps my reasons for ending the story in such an abrupt manner is in itself a completion of the tale. I myself find it interesting that I finally got the message while in the middle of writing the Anahata Chapter which coincides with the Heart Chraka. The parallels of the writing of the story to the story being told are uncanny.
Psalm 62:10 ... “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately    wicked; Who can know it? ...wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, ...”
 The God of the Old Testament is a God of law and I humbly return myself back to the Body of Grace. If at such a time I am commissioned to complete the tale I will but knowing my heart, I doubt it.
 I encourage the reader to find out more on the subject material. And in conclusion I offer the following appendix as a guide.
                                          Shalom

 

 

 

 

                                          APPENDIX
http://www.the-tabernacle-place.com/tabernacle_articles/tabernacle_holy_of_holies.aspx

The Holy of Holies and the Veil

The Holy Place - from the Tabernacle Model
Within the Holy Place of the tabernacle, there was an inner room called the Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy Place. Judging from its name, we can see that it was a most sacred room, a place no ordinary person could enter. It was God’s special dwelling place in the midst of His people. During the Israelites’ wanderings in the wilderness, God appeared as a pillar of cloud or fire in and above the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies was a perfect cube — its length, width and height were all equal to 15 feet.
A thick curtain separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place. This curtain, known as the “veil,” was made of fine linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn. There were figures of cherubim (angels) embroidered onto it. Cherubim, spirits who serve God, were in the presence of God to demonstrate His almighty power and majesty. They also guarded the throne of God. These cherubim were also on the innermost layer of covering of the tent. If one looked upward, they would see the cherubim figures.
The word “veil” in Hebrew means a screen, divider or separator that hides. What was this curtain hiding? Essentially, it was shielding a holy God from sinful man. Whoever entered into the Holy of Holies was entering the very presence of God. In fact, anyone except the high priest who entered the Holy of Holies would die. Even the high priest, God’s chosen mediator with His people, could only pass through the veil and enter this sacred dwelling once a year, on a prescribed day called the Day of Atonement.
The picture of the veil was that of a barrier between man and God, showing man that the holiness of God could not be trifled with. God’s eyes are too pure to look on evil and He can tolerate no sin (Habakkuk 1:13). The veil was a barrier to make sure that man could not carelessly and irreverently enter into God’s awesome presence. Even as the high priest entered the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement, he had to make some meticulous preparations: He had to wash himself, put on special clothing, bring burning incense to let the smoke cover his eyes from a direct view of God, and bring blood with him to make atonement for sins.
“But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.” (Hebrews 9:7)


... condition for Aharon's entry into the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle. ... offering and mentions nothing of an unlawful entry (carefully read 10:1), ...
www.vbm-torah.org/archive/intparsha/vayikra/29-62achareikedoshim.doc

 

Inside the Holy of Holies was placed the Ark of the Covenant. Which many of us are only familiar with by way of the Indiana Jones movie. But much like the villain of that movie; divine punishment is dispensed upon all who enter the site illegally.

See: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/ark.html

 The Lost Ark of the Covenant

 

The Tabernalce was an earlier incarnation of the Temple of Israel. The first Temple built by Solomon was constructed from plans given by God to David. When God refused David permission to build the Temple (2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17), David took the plans and gave them to his son and designated heir, Solomon (1 Chronicles 28:1–19).

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

Seven chakras in particular are described in the Shakta Tantra tradition that was brought over to the West. Below is a description of each of them, with Eastern and Western associations.

 

 

 

The Seven Primary Chakras


Name

Number

Associated with

Muladhara

Chakra one

Survival.

Svadhisthana

Chakra two

Emotions and sexuality.

Manipura (Nabhi)

Chakra three

Power and will.

Anahata

Chakra four

Love and balance.

Vishudda

Chakra five

Communication and creativity.

Agnya (Ajna)

Chakra six

Intuition and imagination.

Sahasrara

Chakra seven

Knowledge and understanding.

TANTRA CHAKRAS
1 - Root chakra (red) The Root chakra is about being physically there and feeling at home in situations. If it is open, you feel grounded, stable and secure. You don't unnecessarily distrust people. You feel present in the here and now and connected to your physical body. You feel you have sufficient territory. If you tend to be fearful or nervous, your Root chakra is probably under-active. You'd easily feel unwelcome. If this chakra is over-active, you may be very materialistic and greedy. You're probably obsessed with being secure and resist change.
2 - Sacral chakra (orange) The Sacral chakra is about feeling and sexuality. When it is open, your feelings flow freely, and are expressed without you being over-emotional. You are open to intimacy and you can be passionate and lively. You have no problems dealing with your sexuality. If you tend to be stiff and unemotional or have a "poker face," the Sacral chakra is under-active. You're not very open to people. If this chakra is over-active, you tend to be emotional all the time. You'll feel emotionally attached to people and you can be very sexual.
3 - Navel chakra (yellow) The Navel chakra is about asserting yourself in a group. When it is open, you feel in control and you have sufficient self esteem. When the Navel chakra is under-active, you tend to be passive and indecisive. You're probably timid and don't get what you want. If this chakra is over-active, you are domineering and probably even aggressive.
4 - Heart chakra (green) The Heart chakra is about love, kindness and affection. When it is open, you are compassionate and friendly, and you work at harmonious relationships. When your Heart chakra is under-active, you are cold and distant. If this chakra is over-active, you are suffocating people with your love and your love probably has quite selfish reasons.
5 - Throat chakra (blue) The Throat chakra is about self-expression and talking. When it is open, you have no problems expressing yourself, and you might be doing so as an artist. When this chakra is under-active, you tend not to speak much, and you probably are introverted and shy. Not speaking the truth may block this chakra. If this chakra is over-active, you tend to speak too much, usually to domineer and keep people at a distance. You're a bad listener if this is the case.
6 - Third Eye chakra (indigo) The Third Eye chakra is about insight and visualization. When it is open, you have a good intuition. You may tend to fantasize. If it is under-active, you're not very good at thinking for yourself, and you may tend to rely on authorities. You may be rigid in your thinking, relying on beliefs too much. You might even get confused easily. If this chakra is over-active, you may live in a world of fantasy too much. In excessive cases hallucinations are possible.
7 - Crown chakra (violet) The Crown chakra is about wisdom and being one with the world. When this chakra is open, you are unprejudiced and quite aware of the world and yourself. If it is under-active, you're not very aware of spirituality. You're probably quite rigid in your thinking. If this chakra is over-active, you are probably intellectualizing things too much. You may be addicted to spirituality and are probably ignoring your bodily needs.

Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra

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Sahasrara, which means 1000 petalled lotus, is generally considered to be the chakra of pure consciousness, within which there is neither object nor subject. When the female kundalini Shakti energy rises to this point, it unites with the male Shiva energy, and a state of liberating samadhi is attained. Symbolized by a lotus with one thousand multi-coloured petals, it is located either at the crown of the head, or above the crown of the head. Sahasrara is represented by the colour white and it involves such issues as inner wisdom and the death of the body.
Its role may be envisioned somewhat similarly to that of the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system and also connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. According to author Gary Osborn, the thalamus is thought to have a key role in the physical basis of consciousness and is the 'Bridal Chamber' mentioned in the Gnostic scriptures. Sahasrara's inner aspect deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation, mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and emotional action with "beingness".[24]
In Tibetan buddhism, the point at the crown of the head is represented by a white circle, with 32 downward pointing petals. It is of primary importance in the performance of phowa, or consciousness projection after death, in order to obtain rebirth in a Pure Land. Within this chakra is contained the White drop, or Bodhicitta, which is the essence of masculine energy.

Ajna: The Brow Chakra

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Ajna is symbolised by a lotus with two petals, and corresponds to the colors violet, indigo or deep blue. It is at this point that the 2 side nadis Ida and Pingala are said to terminate and merge with the central channel Sushumna, signifying the end of duality. The seed syllable for this chakra is the syllable OM, and the presiding deity is Ardhanarishvara, who is a half male, half female Shiva/Shakti. The Shakti goddess of Ajna is called Hakini.
Ajna (along with Bindu), is known as the third eye chakra and is linked to the pineal gland which may inform a model of its envisioning. The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and waking up. Ajna's key issues involve balancing the higher & lower selves and trusting inner guidance. Ajna's inner aspect relates to the access of intuition. Mentally, Ajna deals with visual consciousness. Emotionally, Ajna deals with clarity on an intuitive level.[25] (Note: some opine that the pineal and pituitary glands should be exchanged in their relationship to the Crown and Brow chakras, based on the description in Arthur Avalon's book on kundalini called Serpent Power or empirical research.)
In Tibetan Buddhism, this point is actually the end of the central channel, since the central channel rises up from the sexual organ to the crown of the head, and then curves over the head and down to the third eye. While the central channel finishes here, the two side channels continue down to the 2 nostrils.

Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra

Chakra05.gif

Vishuddha (also Vishuddhi) is depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, with 16 light or pale blue, or turquoise petals. The seed mantra is Ham, and the residing deity is Panchavaktra shiva, with 5 heads and 4 arms, and the Shakti is Shakini.
Vishuddha may be understood as relating to communication and growth through expression. This chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation. Physically, Vishuddha governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security.[26] In Tibetan buddhism, this chakra is red, with 16 upward pointing petals. It plays an important role in Dream Yoga, the art of lucid dreaming.

Anahata: The Heart Chakra

Chakra04.gif

Anahata, or Anahata-puri, or padma-sundara is symbolised by a circular flower with twelve vermillion, or green petals. (See also heartmind). Within it is a yantra of 2 intersecting triangles, forming a star of David, symbolising a union of the male and female. The seed mantra is Yam, the presiding deity is Ishana Rudra Shiva, and the Shakti is Kakini.
Anahata is related to the thymus, located in the chest. The thymus is an element of the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system. It is the site of maturation of the T cells responsible for fending off disease and may be adversely affected by stress. . Anahata is related to the colours green or pink. Key issues involving Anahata involve complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well-being. Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.[27]
In Tibetan buddhism, this centre is extremely important, as being the home of the indestructible red/white drop, which carries our consciousness to our next lives. It is described as being white, circular, with 8 downward pointing petals, and the seed syllable Hum inside. During mantra recitation in the lower tantras, a flame is imagined inside of the heart, from which the mantra rings out. Within the higher tantras, this chakra is very important for realising the Clear Light.

[edit] Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra

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Manipura or manipuraka is symbolised by a downward pointing triangle with ten petals. The seed syllable is Ram, and the presiding deity is Braddha Rudra, with Lakini as the Shakti.
Manipura is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. Manipura is believed to correspond to Islets of Langerhans,[28] which are groups of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex. These play a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food matter into energy for the body. The colour that corresponds to Manipura is yellow. Key issues governed by Manipura are issues of personal power, fear, anxiety, opinion-formation, introversion, and transition from simple or base emotions to complex. Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth.[29]
In Tibetan buddhism, this wheel is represented as a triangle with 64 upward pointing petals. It is the home of the Red drop, or red bodhicitta, which is the essence of feminine energy (as opposed to the Shakta system, where the kundalini energy resides in Muladhara). It contains the seed syllable short-Ah, which is of primary importance in the Tummo inner fire meditation, which is the system by which the energy of the red drop is raised to the white drop in the crown.

[edit] Svadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra

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Swadhisthana, Svadisthana or adhishthana is symbolized by a white lotus within which is a crescent moon, with six vermillion, or orange petals. The seed mantra is Vam, and the presiding deity is Bramha, with the Shakti being Rakini ( or Chakini ). The animal associated is the crocodile of Varuna.
The Sacral Chakra is located in the sacrum (hence the name) and is considered to correspond to the testes or the ovaries that produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle. Svadisthana is also considered to be related to, more generally, the genitourinary system and the adrenals. The key issues involving Svadisthana are relationships, violence, addictions, basic emotional needs, and pleasure. Physically, Svadisthana governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm.[30]
In Tibetan buddhism, this is known as the Secret Place wheel. Below this point the Shakta tantra and Vajrayana systems diverge somewhat.

[edit] Muladhara: The Base Chakra

Chakra01.gif

Muladhara or root chakra is represented as a yellow square, with 4 red petals. The seed syllable is Lam, the deity is Ganesh, and the Shakti is Dakini. The associated animal is the elephant Ganesha. This chakra is where the 3 channels are merged, then separate and begin their upward movement. Inside of this chakra is wrapped up the goddess kundalini three times around a black lingam. It is the seat of the red bindu, the female drop (which in Tibetan vajrayana is located at the navel chakra).
is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality. This center is located in the perineum, which is the region between the genital and the anus. Although no endocrine organ is placed here, it is said to relate to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat. There is a muscle located in this region that controls ejaculation in the sexual act of the human male. A parallel is charted between the sperm cell and the ovum where the genetic code lies coiled and the kundalini. Muladhara is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the colour red. Key issues involve sexuality, lust and obsession. Physically, Muladhara governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security.[31]
There is no chakra that exists in this position within Tibetan buddhism. Instead, below the secret place wheel, there are 2 other wheels, the jewel wheel, which is located in the middle of the sex organ, and the wheel located at the tip of the sex organ. These wheels are extremely important for the generation of great bliss, and are involved with tantric consort practices.

 

 

 

                                                                  
                                 World War ll references

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristallnacht
Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, also known as Reichskristallnacht, Pogromnacht, and Novemberpogrome, was a pogrom or series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9–10, 1938.[1]
Jewish homes were ransacked, as were shops, towns and villages, as SA stormtroopers and civilians destroyed buildings with sledgehammers, leaving the streets covered in pieces of smashed windows—the origin of the name "Night of Broken Glass." Ninety-one Jews were killed, and 30,000 Jewish men—a quarter of all Jewish men in Germany—were taken to concentration camps, where they were tortured for months, with over 1,000 of them dying.[2] Around 1,668 synagogues were ransacked, and 267 set on fire. In Vienna alone 95 synagogues or houses of prayer were destroyed.[3]

It would appear that the fake shower heads on the ceiling of the chamber <photo 35>, ... ...a good use for the gas chamber and for the poison gas provided. ...
www.holocaust-history.org/dachau-gas-chambers/ - Cached -

For a complete list of all causitles of World War ll see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties

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