Merkaba

The Merkabah is the 3d version of the star of David or hexagram. Made of two star tetrahedrons holding each other in perfect balance it symbolizes the balance of opposites; man-woman, dark-light etc. The Merkaba symbol was known in many cultures around the world. The word Merkaba comes from the Hebrew “to ride” and can however also relate to the riding chariot seat of God.

Arab history

In the Arab world the symbol was known as the Seal of Salomon. The legend of the Seal of Solomon mainly comes from medieval Arabic writers, who wrote that the the symbol was engraved in a ring by God and was given to the king directly from heaven. It was depicted as either a hexagram or a pentagram and was later adopted by Jewish Kabbalists.

The word Muraqaba (“to observe”) is the name of a sufi meditation meaning to find balance within oneself by watching over their (spiritual) heart and gain insight into the heart’s relation with its creator and its own surroundings.

Hindu

In Hindu mandalas the shape is generally understood to consist of two triangles—one pointed up and the other down—locked in harmonious embrace. The two components are called “Om” and the “Hrim” in Sanskrit, and symbolize man’s position between earth and sky. The downward triangle symbolizes Shakti, the sacred embodiment of femininity, and the upward triangle symbolizes Shiva, representing the focused aspects of masculinity.

The mystical union of the two triangles represents Creation, occurring through the divine union of male and female. The two locked triangles are also known as ‘Shanmukha’—the six-faced, representing the six faces of the son of Shiva & Shakti, Kartikeya, the God of war and brother of Ganesha.

The hexagram is also a called satkona yantra or sadkona yantra and can be found on ancient South Indian Hindu temples. It symbolizes the nara-narayana, or perfect meditative state of balance achieved between Man and God, and if maintained, results in “moksha,” or “nirvana” (release from the bounds of the earthly world and its material trappings)

Buddhism

In Buddhism, some old versions of the Bardo Thodol, also known as The “Tibetan Book of the Dead”, contain a hexagram with a Swastika inside. In Tibetan, it is called the “origin of phenomenon” (chos-kyi ‘byung-gnas). It is especially connected with Vajrayogini, and forms the center part of Her mandala. In reality, it is in three dimensions, not two, although it may be portrayed either way.

Jewish

The Merkaba, or its flat representation, the Star of David, is the national symbol of Israel and jews worldwide. Though the shape does not occur in the bible as such, the name Merkaba does appear as the chariot of God in Ezekiel’s vision. The main works of Merkabah literature was composed in the period 200–700 CE. Later references to the Chariot tradition can also be found in the literature of the Chassidei Ashkenaz in the Middle Ages. A major text in this tradition is the Maaseh Merkavah (Works of the Chariot). The name of the Israeli tanks is Merkava.

New age

The Merkaba has gotten a revival through the books of  Drunvalo Melchizedek who designed and rediscovered techniques to enhance ones energy by using the shapes of the two tetrahedrons in visualizations.

The shape is full of symbolic meaning; twelve sticks, like the months of a year, two triangles entangled in perfect balance like night and day, summer and winter, male-female. 

Practical usage

The practical shape of the merkava makes it useful in many items that need to be folded like camping chairs. It can be argued that the Eiffel tower was built using many merkava’s piled on top of eachother.

Cube

The Merkaba is actually a cube shape. When it is laying down on the floor or table it is a sturdy square with six faces.  

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