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One and Two

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


     At one of the most intense times during the long Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) service in the Temple, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) would enter the Holy of Holies and toss some of the blood from the animal sacrifice, first upward once, then downward seven times. Each time he would toss the blood he would count; “One (upward), One and One (below), One and Two (below), One and Three (below) One and Four (below) and would continue counting like this until he tossed the blood seven times below.

     Why was he counting in this very unusual way? One reason given is that it was a memory device so he would not get mixed up in his count. A much deeper reason is; he was referring to the hidden nature of creation; there is a higher perspective, and there is a lower perspective. Both are true.

     When we look at the world from the higher perspective (represented by his tossing the blood upward) we see all is One. When we look at the lower perspective (represented by his tossing the seven times below) we see that there are many things in the creation.

     So he counted One and One, One and Two, One and Three, One and Four… Meaning all is One, and even when we see that there are two, these two are actually also One. The Two (multiplicity) that we see in everyday life is indeed Two (many), but those Two are One. And when we see Three things, yes they are Three, but from the higher, broader perspective, we see that the Three are actually One. Indeed, the many are many, yet they are also always One.

     See the Visual Demonstration Explaining the One at Be sure to read the explanations and conclusions.


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