“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
There couldn’t be more suitable words to describe the massive effect King Solomon’s wisdom has made in our human world, as the people of Creation. Reaching depths and heights of great universal knowledge, Solomon’s philosophy has inspired people from different religions, ethnicities, countries and ages to follow the same truths that sustain for thousands of years, and reach beyond earthly boundaries. After all, the world has existed before us and will exist long after we’re gone, and so it is rather calming to realize that there really is nothing new under the sun. The earth keeps on turning, and the only true meaning of our time here is to simply find happiness.
The verse above is attributed to Solomon himself as he wrote his philosophical conclusions during the third part of his life. As a man who was graced by God to live such a diverse life filled with knowledge and limitless experiences, Solomon put down in writing all that he has learned, leaving us his own take on the grand experience called “life”.
In his writings, Solomon offers us a thoughtful and practical guidebook to living life to the fullest, as residents of the world. He speaks of arts, science, politics, health, faith, and everything else that combines human life in a larger sense, as he takes a bite out of everything and everywhere. That is exactly why the significance of his educated journey stands through the test of time, as it is relevant today as it was throughout history.
The cultural source of things
Solomon’s kingship was not only a golden age for the nation of Israel, it was a time of peace and neighborly relationships with countries of the entire area. Reigning over a united kingdom that stretched from the Euphrates River to the border of Egypt, Solomon knew that ruling by diplomacy and not by war will achieve far more, joining in commerce, negotiations, treaties, and international relationships. As a beloved statesman, Solomon bolstered political alliances by marrying daughters of other kings like Pharaoh, used his keen mind and business skills like the collaboration with Hiram, the King of Tyre, and mesmerized the queen of Sheba with his wit – as he widened his kingdom elegantly, and not by the swift of the sword.
As Solomon’s kingdom spread beyond the Hebrew people and the Jewish religion, so did his wisdom has been used as a bedrock for other religions, Hellenism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, with Jerusalem as an intersection of cultures, eastern and western combined. Solomon’s tradition revealed by the tales of magical legends portraying him as the king of kings, a prophet of Islam, and a prototype to Jesus’s persona, as he described the love between God and Man so vividly in Song of Songs.
As rich and flourishing cultures stand as a beacon of light to other cultures, Solomon was considered by all as the father of ruling, both of human society and of nature’s elements. His reign was a manifestation of the cosmic order, led with a moral administration and respectful use of available natural resources.
The Torah, for example, speaks of various ways to understand the universe, as the world is combined with different parables, as Solomon’s understanding of the physical life and the higher spiritual realms spread across “three thousand parables”.
Solomon, the patron of arts and science, inspired artists, theologians, astronomers, medicine people, architects, and poets over history to create some of the most legendary cultural pieces, such as Dante’s Heaven and One Thousand and One Nights, presenting with the powerful connection of nature-aesthetics-metaphysics.
Western philosophers such as Tolstoy, Kierkegaard and Spinoza have contemplated the concept of the meaning of life, searching for the truth we should live by in order to achieve self-fulfillment, doing that in relation to Solomon’s philosophy and one of the world’s most acknowledged philosophical pieces ever written – the Book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon’s conclusion of a true life of joy emphasized the inseparable connection between Wisdom and Desire, as Solomon’s great legacy talked about aspiring to always be a student in life. No one could ever be a highly knowledgeable expert without desiring to learn more…
Solomon’s Seals: Multi-cultural icon that survived for centuries onto changing our lives today
44 seals were left to us by king Solomon, each is designed to guide us toward a change of relief we need in our course of life. But what cultural background stands behind their unique design and shape?
Well, Solomon’s own ring was designed with the pentagram star, and together with the hexagram shape that followed, their special graphics are a symbol of a magical function, coming directly from the hidden world.
Archeological findings have proved these geometric shapes as relics of various periods of history, such as ancient Greece, Babylon, the Roman Empire, Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, and the kingdom of Judah.
Ever since ancient times, the Hexagon symbolized the cosmos and the planets’ harmonic motion up in the spherical skies. The story of Solomon’s heavenly ring is shared with all 3 monotheistic religions, symbolizing this contrasting harmony between cultures, between the elements of the world – revealing overwhelming beauty and wisdom offered to us to obtain ourselves.