There is a small but growing number of Filipinos that believe that the symbols of the baybayin writing system have deeper meanings. It is not uncommon for letters, pictographs and symbols to have deep hidden meanings—even magical power, for cultures around the world have rich histories and stories connected to symbols, letters and written words. Other countries and cultures too have symbols and writing systems that were multi-dimensional, that is, their writing systems in application could not only be read as words and every day messages or chronicles, but also could convey that meanings that were profound, sacred or even used as divination. Norse, Druidic, Tibetan, Hindu and Hebrew many other samples will be shared at this website. For more examples go to Parallels.
A dictum of Kabbalism teaches that the every letter of the Hebrew alphabet or Aleph-Beis has body spirit and soul. The 22 letters of the Aleph-Beis are profound, primal spiritual forces and are in effect, the raw material of Creation. When God combined them into words, phrases and commands, they brought about Creation, translating His Will into reality. Ancient Hebrew sages believed that the Aleph-Beis predated Creation and is the protoplasm of the universe thus that the there were powerful qualities to being able to combine letters because the combination of sacred letters is how heaven and earth were created. The knowledge of scred letters and what they represent was always a prerequisite for one who undertaks to build God’s Temple.
In Hebrew spiritual scholarship it is believed that the study of the Aleph-Beis can serve as an inspiration to return the the roots of the Hebrew/Judaic mission on earth. In Jewish thought, it is believed that the individual letters, their names, their graphic forms and respective positions are Divinely ordained.
Rabbi Mark Sameth unveils a mystery of the Hebrew letters that spell God. I found an article written by Gary Stern, in the Journal News • july 21, 2008. Here is the online version: Rabbi unveils a secret of God.
The Rabbi’s theological exploration is about the tetragrammaton of “YHWH”, the four-letter, too-holy-to-speak name of God handed down by the ancient Israelites. According to Rabbi Sameth, the Hebrew letters represent both Male Aspect and Female Aspect. The interpretation of Hebrew writing symbols’ deeper, sacred meanings is an ancient practice. Legend even tells of Jesus’ own Torah studies as he explains to his teacher the meaning of Aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
There are similarities between this interpretation of the Hebrew symbols “YHWH” and the Filipinos interpretation of the baybayin symbols of “bahala” or “Bathala.” The BA and LA symbols represent the Female and Male Principles, respectively. (See previous post “Meanings and Diwa (Idea or Spirit) within “Bahala” and “Bathala“)
The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Michael L. Munk, Mesorah Publications Ltd., Brooklyn, NY, 1983.
And you can read more about the deeper meanings of every hebrew alphabet at this page http://shekinah.elysiumgates.com/hebrew.html.