Androgyny, Toward a New Theory of Sexuality

10 Aug

The idea of several successive creations of the world, of which our own is the latest and the least perfect of all is not unique to the literature of the Kabbalah. It also existed in Greek mythology; it is found in the four yugas of the Hindu world cycle, and in other places.

The “necessary interplay between the yes and no of the creative process” is offered in the following Talmudic analogy,

First the Holy One, Blessed be He, tried to create the world according to the measure of mercy [grace] but it fell apart. Then he tried to create it according to the measure of justice [din, judgement] but that too fell apart. What did he do? He took and equal measure of mercy and mixed it with an equal measure of justice, and the result was our world.

Justice and Mercy, in the sefirothic schema, represent feminine and masculine elements, respectively, and so it is clear that without a harmonious balance between these two, the world could not have been created.

June Singer; Adrogyny, Toward a New Theory of Sexuality (Anchor Press/Double Day, Garden City, New York ©1976) p 160-161

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