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    6. The Photosynthesis Equation

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    Let us analyze the photosynthesis equation numerically:

    6CO2 ^ 12H2O ^ sunlight <_> C6H12O6 ^ 6H2O ^ 6O2
    Equation 1

    The atomic numbers of the three elements involved in the process are:
    H (Hydrogen) = 1
    C (Carbon) = 6
    O (Oxygen) = 8


    If we substitute the elements on the left side of Equation 1 for their atomic number equivalents , we come up with the following atomic value:
    6CO2 = 6 (6 ^ 2(8)) = 132
    12H2O = 12 (2(1) ^ 8) = 120
    132 ^ 120 = 252

    The atomic value 252 = the numerical value of Bless You (yvrchecha, yevarechecha) the first word of the priestly blessing: "May G-d bless you and keep you…" (priestverseone.). The priestly blessing is the quintessential Jewish blessing. The Hebrew word for blessing (brachah., brachah) implies augmentation, as in the Mishnaic verb 'to graft' (lhavrich., le'havrich) specifically, the type of grafting which involves bending the tree's branches into the ground and then severing them from the tree after they have taken root. The purpose of the priestly blessing is to augment or increase the energy of holiness and Divine presence in the world (as evident from the blessing's conclusion: "…and place My name upon the children of Israel and I will bless them"). Photosynthesis is the material counterpart of this process; it absorbs energy from the sun and uses it to increase life on the planet (being, as it is, the foundation of the entire food chain).

    Now, let us calculate the total number of atoms that enter the photosynthetic process (the left side of equation 1):
    6CO2 = 6 (1 ^ 2) = 18
    12H2O = 12 (2 ^ 1) = 36
    18 ^ 36 = 54

    How are the total number of atoms involved in photosynthesis related to 252, the atomic value of those same atoms? Interestingly, 54 is the ordinal value of yvrchecha (yud. = 10, beis. = 2, raish. = 20, khaf. = 11, khafsofis. = 11), the same word whose numerical value is 252, which as we saw is the atomic value of the equation!

    Let us contemplate for the moment glucose, a 6-carbon carbohydrate made from photosynthesis products that is the most common carbohydrate in animals and humans. The core of glucose is its carbon, all of which originates from the carbon dioxide converted into carbohydrate by photosynthesis. In every molecule of glucose, the six carbon atoms possess together an atomic value of 36 (62). If we subtract the atomic value of these carbon atoms (36) from the total atomic value of the equation (252), we are left with 216. The number 216 is one of the most significant ones in Kabbalah (the value of the sefirah of Might (gevurah., gevurah) as well as of its inner-quality, Awe (yirah., yirah). However, for our purposes here we will concentrate on the fact that 216 is equal to the cube of 6 (63).

    We can now re-express the total atomic value of photosynthesized elements as the sum of 62 (the atomic value of the 6 carbon atoms) and 63 (the atomic value of the remaining atoms). The generic function in number theory would read:
    f[n] = n2 ^ n3
    which produces the following series of values:
    2, 12, 36, 80, 150, 252

    We can see that 252, the atomic value of photosynthesis is also the 6th number in the series (a series which we arrived at by isolating carbon, whose atomic number is 6, from the chemical equation).

    We discover as well that the sum of the first 6 numbers in the above series is 532, a number known in astronomy to be closely related to the "movement" of the sun, the source of the energy driving photosynthesis. The 'movement' of the sun, as observed from earth, is characterized by two cycles: the minor cycle of 19 years (relative to the moon) and the major cycle of 28 years (relative to the zodiac). Consequently, every 532 years (19 · 28), the sun completes a combination of its minor and major cycles, returning to its original position relative to all the celestial bodies.

    Let us now contemplate a bit more the above series of f[n] values; but first, we must find its base .

    The simplest way to find the base of a series is to identify, recursively, the value differences (i.e. the differences between values, then the intervals between those intervals and so on). In the case of our series, the process is as follows:
    2   12   36  80  150  252
     10  24  44  70  102
      14   20   26   32  
       6  6   6    
    Hence we discover that the base of our series is also 6!


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