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**Tree of
Life**

As pointed out in #4 of **Sacred geometry/Tree of Life**,
the tetractys at the heart of Pythagoras' teachings is equivalent to the Tree of Life. This tells us that
holistic systems, such as the very space-time continuum itself, are 10-fold. This is precisely what superstring
theory predicts! Nine dimensions of space accompany the dimension of time. The 10 yods of the tetractys
symbolize the 10 dimensions. The three white yods at its corners symbolize the three large-scale dimensions of
the everyday world, or, rather, the universe. The six black hexagonal yods at the corners of a hexagon denote
the six curled-up, or "compactified," dimensions predicted by superstring theory but not yet detected by
experimental, high-energy physics. The square-shaped hexagonal yod at the centre of the tetractys denotes the
dimension of time. Because of the one-to-one correspondence between the ten Sephiroth of the Tree of Life and
the ten yods of the tetractys (see here), there is no alternative, more natural way of interpreting the yods in
terms of the 10 dimensions of superstring space-time. For example, it is counter-intuitive to suppose that the
three uppermost yods in the tetractys denote large-scale dimensions because this would put on the same footing
one of the members of the Supernal Triad symbolized by the yod at the top corner of the tetractys and two of the
Sephiroth of Construction denoted by the two black hexagonal yods in its second row, whilst the two other
corners symbolizing the remaining two members of the Supernal Triad would then denote compactified dimensions.
Implausibly, this would mean that that *two* types of yods denote the three large-scale dimensions.
Instead, the two basic classes of yods — corners of tetractyses and hexagonal yods — denote *two types of
dimensions,* one large-scale, the other compactified. The central hexagonal yod that symbolizes the
dimension of time corresponds, appropriately, to Malkuth, the temporal universe. The great scientific mystery of
why six dimensions remained curled-up as space-time expanded after the Big Bang (or before it in a hypothesized
inflation era) has all to do with the basic, Kabbalistic distinction between the subjective Supernal Triad
existing outside all realities, both physical and superphysical, and the seven objective Sephiroth of
Construction, which manifest in these realities. Superstring space-time is a *whole* because it
expresses a Sephirah (namely, Malkuth), a Divine Quality that is whole in itself, and so it
*must* conform to the Pythagorean symbol of such spiritual wholeness, namely, the tetractys. That is
why superstring space-time *has* to be 10-dimensional. That is why the emergence in the earliest era
of the universe of three large-scale dimensions of space and six microscopic dimensions is no mystery — at least
from Kabbalistic and Pythagorean perspectives. Rather, this 3:7 division of the 10 dimensions of superstring
space-time is plain, incontestable evidence that the physical universe — the lowest level
of the spiritual cosmos — conforms to the 10-fold nature of God as symbolized by both the Tree of Life and the
tetractys. This is because the space-time continuum is Malkuth of the Cosmic Tree of Life, the final stage of realization of the 10-fold Divine
Life.

According to M-theory, the as yet unformulated "theory of everything" that unifies supergravity
theories with superstring theory, space-time has 11 dimensions. This is *still* consistent with the
above interpretation provided that the central hexagonal yod is now interpreted as the tenth dimension of space,
which is either a circle (SO(32) heterotic superstrings) or a 1-dimensional gap between the two parallel space-time
sheets to which E_{8}×E_{8} heterotic superstrings of ordinary matter and shadow matter are
confined. This means that both 10-dimensional, superstring space-time and the 10-dimensional space of the grand,
unified M-theory conform to the Pythagorean tetractys representation of holistic systems.

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