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Time:10:10 pm
Apologies if this is unrelated to the community-

I am looking for information about the Tetragrammaton in the Human Heart (image can be found here.) I'm considering getting this as a tattoo, but obviously would reconsider if its meaning was somthing i did not like/agree with.

This is an etching by Jakob Böhme. In his book he described it as "For we men have one book in common which points to God. Each has it within himself, which is the priceless Name of God." Basically, i am interested in it's symbolic value and what the lettering is (hebrew and otherwise) in a less vague terms than what Böhme described. ANY helps is appreciated.
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jheti
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Time:2005-02-08 04:33 am (UTC)
I found a short, but fairly thorough, article on the Tetragrammaton itself: http://pages.cthome.net/hirsch/tetra.htm <=== there.

Having difficulty finding the specific symbol you've shown ^^;

I suppose its most basic meaning is simply the connection between people and God; pretty sure it's not a "disrespectful" or "harmful" symbol, and I don't get a bad feeling from looking at it, so. *Shrug.*

Although it may mean "the God in PEOPLE," with the emphasis more on people (speculating here), so I guess it depends on which angle you're most comfortable with.

Just my initial thoughts.
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bedtookfire
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Time:2005-02-08 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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prettyarbitrary
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Time:2005-02-08 08:18 pm (UTC)
My guess is that it's an artistic representation of the way the name of God is engraved on all things that exist, as the foundation and basic principle of all Creation.
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greenjeanz
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Time:2005-02-11 08:34 am (UTC)
The Tetragrammaton basically has no bad connotations at all.
It can represent a lot of things;
the search for the ultimate truth
the kinship between God & humanity
God's protection
God's sacred and all-permeating nature.

It sounds like a great idea for a tattoo. :)
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nekodan
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Time:2005-02-11 06:11 pm (UTC)
I've seen this symbol several time before, I can explain the hebrew parts, but I have not idea what the roman letters stand for.

Hebrew letters have an insane ammount of meaning behind them. Understanding the Tetragrammaton takes alot of reading. Wikipedia has alot of great information on the it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetragrammaton

I've seen many similar trangles of repeating letters in hebrew mysticism. The tetragrammaton is arranged in such a way to emphasize the potentnce of the meaning behind each letter. the letters are as follows (read from right to left)

Yod
He Yod
Vau He Yod
He Vau He Yod
He Vau Shin He Yod

The addition of the Shin, the meaning of which is far to deep for me to explain here, to the Tetragrammaton creates the name Yeshua, the name of Jesus. People who say that Jesus never claimed to actually be God never knew what his name really meant.

The Tetragrammaton basically means (I say basically, because the four letters have so much meaning, I could go on for paragraphs) "I am that which is, so that all else may be" or "Because I am that which I am, all else may be" or "I am that which causes all else to be" or "I am that which is without beginning or end, but that which gives beginning and end to all else." Basically.

The Shin is the heart, the heart of man, God becoming manifest as man, so that he may reside in our hearts. Jesus essentially said "I am God as man" every time he introduced himself!

This may blow you mind:
http://www.yhwh.com/Cross/cross22.htm

I also find the "God in the human heart" an interesting phrase - God's name, four letters - human heart, four chambers...

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bedtookfire
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Time:2005-02-11 10:29 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that's a great link. Thanks!
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