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solomon levi
01-20-2010, 08:03 PM
Ain Soph Aur is the Hebrew/Kabbalistic unmanifest preceding the Tree of Life
and its ten emanations/sephirot.

Its literal meaning is "boundless (infinite) light"
ain = nothing
ain soph = boundless; limitless
ain soph aur = boundless light

playing with some words we also get:

aur = gold
soph-aur = sulphur
soph-aur-ain = sovereign

sometimes it is written "en soph aur":

ens-offer/o-pher = bearer of the ens
en suffer = in suffering

01-21-2010, 02:21 AM
Ain(la-hem) Sof. "This is the term usually used for God, the Infinite Being. Each direction extends without limit , and in this respect, the Sefirot share a property with the Infinite Being. " Sefer Yetzirah (http://books.google.com/books?id=18fLFow9QKgC&dq=sefer+yetzirah&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=1r1XS63vJ4_IsAP-2sDGBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=&f=false)- Aryeh Kaplan

With 32 mystical paths of wisdom
engraved Yah
the lord of hosts
the God of Israel
the living God
King of the Universe
El Shaddai
Merciful and Gracious
High and Exalted
Dwelling in Eternity
Whose name is Holy-
He is lofty and holy-
And He created His universe
with three books (Sepharim)
----with text (Sepher)
----- with number (Sephar)
-----and with communication (Sippur)

-From The Sefer Yetzirah- Ari Version