"Da'ath is "the secret sphere of Knowledge on the cosmic tree."
3045. yada', yaw-dah,; a prim. root; to know (prop. to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, fig., lit., euphem, and infer. (including observation, care, recognition, and causat, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) [as follow]:--acknowledge, acquaintance (-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, [un-] awares, can [-not], certainly, for a certainty, comprehend, consider, X could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be [ig-] norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to, let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have [knowledge], (be, make, make to be, make self) known, + be learned, + lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, X prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have [understanding] X will be, wist, wit, wot
"The word for "knowledge", da'ath, has a technical meaning. When the Bible was translated into Greek, the word da'ath was translated as "gnosis". Da'ath has a very peculiar status in Kabbalah, being a kind of non-existent, a nothingness. In modem Hermetic Kabbalah it is sometimes represented as "a hole or gate into an abyss of consciousness". Crowley's experiments with "the Call of the Thirty Aethyrs" led him into this abyss."
"And by Da'ath, the rooms [or spiritual 'receptivities'] are filled with all precious and pleasant [Sephirothic] riches."
"Unlike the sephirah which represent states
of mind rather than static placements, and the paths of lessons learned
to move from one sephirah or concept to another, Da'ath is not represented
upon the Qabalah tree. It is placed below the three supernal sephirah
- Kether (the crown), Binah (+) and Chokmah (-). The
polarities of positive and negative alternate up and down the tree and
cause the energies to circulate as the universal input is pulled downward
through the tree supernal sephirah to Da'ath. In this void
between the higher and the lower the hither to formless energy of the universe
takes on material shape by crystallization. Here is the highest point of
the human mind: the home of the brainstorm or creative energy that is brought
into manifestation on the earthly plain. As the sand passes through the
narrow center of the hour glass, so does knowledge incoming from the universe
pass into our consciousness in the machinery of Da'ath. Here is
the ultimate home of intuitive knowledge from which all concepts stem.
"When working with the tree either to call down the greater knowledge of the superhuman universe and its infinite organization, or to bring our self up the tree from the lower sephirah for spiritual upliftment and higher perspective, all energy must pass through Da'ath on its way into matter or disintegration into the hypertext of the universe. Thus the term mysterious knowledge is given to Da'ath where wisdom (Chokmah) is combined with understanding (Binah) and melded to the material level through the influence of Tipheret (sixth sephirah: balanced harmony) which pervades one's soul with the concealed light of illumination of consciousness."
"DA'ATH - Knowledge - is not a Sephira. It is not on the Tree of Life: that is, there is in reality no such thing. Da'ath is the crown of the Ruach, the Intellect; and its place is in the Abyss. That is, it breaks into pieces immediately as it is examined."
"Da'ath has a dual aspect; on one hand it is our knowledge of the world of appearance, the body of facts which constitute our beliefs and prop up the illusion of identity and ego and separateness. On the other hand it is revelation, objective knowledge, what is often referred to as "amosis". The transition between the knowledge of the world of appearance and revelation entails the experience of the abyss, the abolition of the sense of ego, the negation of identity. From within the abyss any identity is possible. It is Chaos, unformed. It contains, as it were, the seeds of identity. It is from this point that an infinity of gates open, each one a gateway to a mode of being [the Many Faces]. These are referred to as the 'Gates of Knowledge'."
*discern: g1253 diakrisis; from
g1252."-- judicial estimation
g1252 diakrino:--to separate thoroughly, i.e., to withdraw from or oppose ; to discriminate or hesitate; contend