The Descendants of Cain
“In Kabbalah, every cause is considered a root and every consequence of the cause is considered a branch. The roots are also referred to as ‘parents’ and the branches are considered their ‘children.’ The key concept in Kabbalah is that what happens in the roots will happen in the branches. Each object in the world is connected to a special force.” – Rav Michael Laitman, Ph.D.
The following 'Descendants of Cain' is actually the descent and unfolding of collective human consciousness; that is, its development as life is experienced in this physical world. Aspects of our consciousness are continually unfolding, and the record of that unfoldment is our global history. This Biblical narrative is about all of us. The basic traits in every one of the following characters is in each of us, evoked more or less, at some time or other. None of the persons are real, though the modes of consciousness personified are actually within us. Some characters personify maliciousness, stupidity or mere innocence, like us today. Though initially narrated, then written, so many centuries ago we can readily recognize these behavioral attributes in ourselves and played out in the daily news.
These Biblical lessons survived the times, became popular, then sacrosanct and evolved into the Hebrew Pentateuch. However, the essence of these stories have no physical locale; being universal and recorded in several creation sagas around the world. There are Far Eastern versions, Mesopotamian versions, Mezzo American versions and other versions. This version was rooted in the global region that is today considered the Mideast, and continues with...
Genesis 4:17 “And Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.”
And that’s all we know about Enoch, son of Cain. Except in the next verse Enoch also has a son.1 Again, some ‘authorized’ commentators are perplexed; Cain built a city? For whom? Authorized commentators would have us believe there is just Adam, Eve, Abel (recently diseased), and Cain (with a wife all of a sudden). This verse is almost proof positive, or should be to the literal translators and commentators, that this family tree is not the only alleged group of humans in the region. There were thousands of people "from the Dust of the Earth" on the planet, and not merely on one continent. The original author(s) knew this of course.
But there is reason for Enoch in the narrative. When Literal Qabalists have nothing more than a word to go by, that’s exactly what they use. Enoch, חנוך, hanoch, basically means ‘education’ as a noun and ‘to initiate’ as a verb. The number within these letters sum to 84. Another word summing to 84 is ידע, edo, the verb ‘to know.’ With different vowel points hanoch becomes chanakh and means ‘to inaugurate, dedicate, teach, consecrate, tutor and to mentor.’ Left with one word a Qabalist would reduce this number of the name to find its root suggestion; 84 will reduce to 12 by Theosophic Reduction. Many hints abound but one will suffice here and that is אוה, avah, ‘to wish, to long, to hunger, to desire.’
The temurah of Enoch brings up the letters ס ט פ ל, which sum to 179 and calls up a phrase with a matching number from Rosicrucian writings: Primum Desiderium, ‘primal longing,’ the primal angst and shame we all carry to this day.
We, collective humanity as Cain, want into a physical world and to indulge in all its wonders. Cain inherited that from Adam. And we ‘Cains’ want all we can get. To do that we believe we must be on our own, against all odds and all competition, and assemble whatever it is we think we might need to do this great adventure. We have DESIRE and a hunger! We gather our wits and begin the battle of life. Cain, as a branch of the root, Adam, is also the root with a branch into Enoch. Early Man (us) needed to be educated of everything; our environment in the physical world. We needed food and to learn how to gather it, then grow it. We needed shelter and how to assemble it and later build it. We had to learn Nature. Today education is primary to even function in this cut-throat environment. All the while we carry this angst of something missing. Having killed off our conscience somewhat, we need help, but don’t know of what kind.
1 The name ‘Enoch’ comes up again under the descendants of Seth, Adam’s third son. It is spelled the same, with the same gematria.
This will be elaborated upon under Seth’s line.