AIN SUPh, אין סוף
Added to ideas presented under the First Veil, AIN, are associations of the Second Veil of the Absolute, אין סוף, AIN SUPh. This Veil translates simply as the 'Limitless, Boundless.' SUPh, סוף, is defined as 'end, close, finally, at length' in standard Hebrew dictionaries. Added to AIN then, SUPh literally suggests 'no end, no close, infinity.' Isaac Meyer calls AIN SUPh the “Without End, the Eternal that is neuter.” MacGregor Mathers offers the term “Limitless Expansion.” Only very recently have our world's astro-physicists discovered and determined that Space (AIN SUPh) is continually expanding. The physical sciences as we know them have always been 50 to 500 years behind the enlightened individuals in any period. In the cases of AIN, AIN SUPh, and AIN SUPh AUR, science has been over 5,000 years behind those same enlightened individuals. Back then the very ancient Egyptians, and later the Babylonians, have taught these very principles in their esoteric schools.
In the Kybalion the Creative Principal and all therein is named The ALL. This title encompasses all three of the Veils of the Absolute and are described together as One. However, the portion of the quotation presented here cannot be mistaken for anything other than the Second Veil, or second aspect, AIN SUPh:
"It must be Infinite in Space -- it must be everywhere, for there is no place outside of THE ALL -- it cannot be otherwise than continouous in Space, without break, cessation, separation, or interruption, for there is nothing to break, separate, or interrupt its continuity, and nothing with which to fill in the gaps."1
The Hebrew spelling of AIN SUPh carries number value 146. Another Hebrew phrase with value 146 is בבא קמא, baba qamah, meaning 'First Gate'. This is also an affectionate term used by some Qabalists to describe Kether, the Crown, and the first Sephirah on the Tree of Life. Another word with number value 146 is עולם, ay-olahm, 'eternity, immemorial'. When applied toward AIN SUPh then, it would appear that the First Veil, AIN, expands Itself as a First Gate, First Cause, or first outward expression. That expansion comes from a time immemorial and continues into eternity. The total value of AIN SUPh equals 207. The Hebrew רבה, rabah, 'to grow, to multiply' sums the same. This hints AIN SUPh to be a growing, expanding, and therefore LIVING, something. Of this the Jewish philosopher, Spinoza, wrote somewhere:
"By the Being who is the cause and governor of all things I understand the AIN SUPh - i.e., a Being infinite, boundless, absolutely identical with itself, united in itself, without any attributes, will, intention, desire, thought, word or deed."
Again, regarding the antiquity of the concept of אין סוף, AIN SUPh, we discover the expansion of Space in six directions described according to the ספר יצירה (Sepher Yetzirah). The origin of this important Qabalistic treatise has been variously attributed into antiquity as far back as Abraham's era beginning from an oral tradition. Chapter One, Section 8, in Rev. Dr. Isidor Kalisch's translation of the Sepher Yetzirah draws on the six permutations of the divine name יהו (yod, heh, vau) to the infinite above, below, east, west, north, and south. It describes the Cube of Space so important in the Hermetic and Rosicrucian traditions, and proves fundamental to arcane understanding behind sacred geometry, metaphysics, and construction of the Tarot.
There is still no manifestation whatever at the Second Veil, AIN SUPh being merely an endless, timeless expansion of the No-Thing and equally incomprehensible to our finite minds. See AIN SUPh AUR.
1 Three Initiates, The Kybalion. Chicago: Yogi Publication Society, 1940, chpt. 4.