Meta. The strength of youth; the vital something in us that overcomes thoughts and tendencies that lead to dissolution. The vital life principle constantly inspires us from within to keep on living. This thought of youth was in Lamech, the father of Noah, and it found expression in Noah. (See NOAH.) The thought of strength and youth that is symbolized by the Lamech descended from Cain is carnal and physical. The new line of descent from Adam, through Seth, that follows this Lamech introduces a higher, a more spiritual understanding.
Lamech signifies the principle of life, which not only tends to keep one alive in the body but also brings about the building of a new body and reentrance into manifest existence for each one who lets go of his consciousness of life in the body for a time, thus allowing his organism to disintegrate; in other words, for each one who goes through the experience that the world has named death.