Metaphysical meaning of ark (mbd)
ark, ärk (Lat.)--a holy abode; a sanctuary; a tabernacle; any vessel for preservation; a sphere; a coffer; receptacle; depository; treasury; coffer; corporeity of light; body of light.
a Noah's ark (Gen. 6:14-16; 7:13). b The basket in which Moses was hidden (Exod. 2:3). c The Ark of the Covenant (Exod. 25:10-22).
Meta. Noah's ark symbolizes the spiritual part of oneself, built in the midst of the flood of error. One builds one's ark on the scientific understanding of the wisdom, presence, and power of God. The ark is built upon the affirmations of what one is in Spirit.
One takes into the ark one's wife, one's sons, and their wives (spiritual principles inhering in the soul), "and of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort" ("male and female," the positive and the negative activities of life in the organism); that is, one affirms Spirit as all in all, as primal essence.
The Ark of the Covenant, sacred ark, or ark of the testimony, represents the original spark of divinity in man's being It is a covenant, or agreement, of the Father with the son that He shall inherit all that the Father has. "All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine(John 16:15).
This original spiritual spark is a very sacred, holy thing, because upon its development depends man's immortality. It is represented as occupying the most holy place in the temple and as being protected and cared for with great devotion. All that man is has been brought forth from this central spark, yet the sense-conscious man often neglects it and ignores its very existence. The attention is taken up with the things of sense to the exclusion of Spirit.
In individual consciousness, when the ark of the covenant is removed from the heart center (city of Jerusalem) the spiritual forces are scattered. Because of lack of a substantial basis from which to operate, no definite spiritual unfoldment can take place. It was therefore necessary to establish this holy meeting place, as David (love) well knew (II Sam. 6:1-19).
After David had fully learned that working with divine law always brings good, and that disobedience is the cause of destruction, he brought the Ark of the Covenant back to its proper place in Jerusalem. Its presence there insured to the Israelites a peace and a harmony and a spiritual progress that they had not known during the absence of the Ark.
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