Bitul– is another ‘state’ of being described in various places throughout the Jewish teachings and its meaning is, ‘self nullification’.  The teachings of Rabbi Ginsburg describes it thus:

Bitul is the spiritual state… whereby one’s consciousness opens up to a continuous flow of Divine wisdom and new insight through one’s nullifying his sense of autonomous and self-sustained being. Bitul is the experience of ayin, of being nothing within the omnipresent radiance of God’s infinite light.” This can be compared with the frequently discussed topic in eastern traditions known as ‘ego-nullification, ‘ego-death’. There are 2 types of bitul according to Rabbi Ginsburg: Bitul b’metziut (“existential nullification“) and Bitul hayesh (“nullification of [one’s] somethingness“) they are clearly described as follows:

Bitul b’metziut (“existential nullification”) constitutes the absolute form of bitul whereby one loses all sense of independent existence. This is the state of bitul in the world of Atzilut, whose consciousness, permeated by the supernal level of chochmah (Abba mekanen b’Atzilut), is solely that of God’s omnipresence.

Bitul hayesh (“nullification of [one’s] somethingness”) constitutes a lower form of bitul whereby one is consciously involved in the process of nullifying the outer layer of self (ego). This is accomplished by the concentrated effort to experience the continual recreation of all reality, including oneself, as “something from nothing.” This impresses upon one’s consciousness that there is no independent reality attached to one’s sense of “somethingness.” This is the state of bitul present within the three lower worlds of BeriahYetzirah and Asiyah, while its conscious experience is dependent upon one’s Divine service.”  -Quoted from

Posted on July 14, 2011, in Bitul. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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