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not just clever animals

Reader comment on item: Musing on History
in response to reader comment: A Queer Sort of Book

Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullah (Australia), May 31, 2015 at 06:16

"...The word used here for "breath" is "a puff of wind", from the Hebrew word "nasham", lit. "to pant". This refers to the "spirit", which is called "wind" in Hebrew and "breath" in Greek...."

OK, spirit and breath are completely linked. The essence of life itself is the breath. It is the most precious thing to those seeking truth, and the most overlooked for those that do not and the most vital for both.

"Adam was not the first physical human being. As you probably understand, it's difficult even to define who or what the first homo sapiens was."

At some point humans became self-aware and aware of their connection to the greater whole - that could have been 300,000 years ago or more. Very hard to pin that one down.

"...What was important about Adam, that separated him as far from other humans as it did from animals and plants, was what was going on in his psyche: He had a relationship with God; he walked and talked with God Himself!"

Yes, humans aren't just clever animals - there's something deep and mysterious going on with us.

"...I've done with that spirit much the same foolish thing Adam did: I mixed it with the lying spirit from haSatan (which is endemic in this world), got things all twisted around, fell on my face, ..."

Well, that's the thing isn't it? Some of the more adventurous of us have to try everything only to very convincingly hit the bottom of the barrel before seeking real answers. One question that arises from this is it better or worse to go through a lot of self-inflicted suffering than to just accept the seemingly unacceptable ? I guess it does have the effect of really making sure you do not repeat your performance - and can at times be a lesson to others. And a lesson to yourself in how deep and amazing transformation can be.



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