Known as the 42 letters name, the ancient and mysterious Ana
Becoach/BeKoach prayer (pronounced ANA BE' KO-AA-KH) was
written in the 1st century by Rabbi Nehonia Ben Hakana. It
is composed of seven lines with six words in each line. When the
first letter of each word is taken and composed together, the
result is the sacred 42 letters name.
The search for the ultimate formula or equation that governs the
universe, or actually sustains the Cosmos itself, was sought after
for generations by mathematicians and physicists. According to the
Kabbala, there is such a formula and it was hidden in both the
sacred 72 names and the 42 names.
Many people are not aware of the fact that the Hebrew names of God
are not names at all, but definitions. The reason that most of us
are not aware of these facts is the wrong translations or actually
the misunderstanding of the Hebrew meaning of these names. In the
west people always tend to write the four-letter Hebrew name of
G-d known as the Tetragrammaton or "HASHEM HAMEFORASH". It is the
Explicit name, in Hebrew, as YHWE and pronounces it
mistakenly as "Yahwe". I even heard archeologists in the west
pronounce it that way and even try to connect its roots to an
Egyptian deity by the name of Yahu.
However the name is actually pronounced as "YEHOVAH" and it is
composed of the Hebrew words "Haya" - was, "Hove'e" - is, and
"Yihiye" - will be. Past, present and future. It is a definition
of sustained existence. As a matter of fact, the other biblical
Hebrew name for God, ELOHIM is actually composed of three words -
El, Ela, Elim - god, goddess and gods, and it comes to emphasize
that everything in existence is an expression of ONE force, One
That is why the 42 names were known as one of those secret
formulas and it is actually based on the first two sentences in
the first chapter of Genesis. The use of this name is mentioned in
the Talmud, but its meaning and the way to use it as a key to the
secrets of the eternal was lost after the destruction of the
temple by the Romans. The Ana Be'koach prayer was used
over the decades as an amulet for remedy protection and healing.
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David's Ana Bekoach related dream
I've made these amulets years ago after an interesting experience.
One of the most unpleasant and frightening experiences one can
have is a phenomenon known as sleep paralysis, which is a
phenomenon in which a person, either falling asleep or awakening,
temporarily experiences an inability to move, speak or react.
"One night I happened to experience this unpleasant
experience. I woke up in the middle of the night and felt this
dark presence in my room. As I tried to look I came to realize
that I was completely paralyzed. I wasn't able to move or to
speak. I was horrified by this experience. Then out of the blue,
I suddenly visualized the 42 letters name. I focused my
attention on the letters, and as I reached the third line I woke
up completely and was free. When I woke up the next morning I've
decided to create these amulets."
The Ana Bekoach Explained (Click to Enlarge):
It actually surprised me, but the use of this prayer in a form of
a talisman ceased to exist in the middle of the 19th century, so
it happened that I was the first one bring this tradition back to
life. Though many people started to copy these designs and
use to accompany it only with the beliefs in its healing and
protective characteristics, I've made these amulets in the hope
that maybe someday someone will be able to decipher the original
meaning or formula of the 42 letters name...
One funny related episode took place in the Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, where deep thought - the huge
supercomputer built to find the answer to the ultimate question of
life, the universe, and everything, after spending 7.5 million
years - issued a surprising answer - 42...
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