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Arvut

Arvut: two people on a boat, when one of them suddenly begins to drill a hole in the boat. His friend asked: “why are you drilling?” and he replied: “what business is it of yours, I’m drilling under me, not under you,” so the first man told him: “Fool, we shall both drown together!”

Baal HaSulam

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Indeed, if we set our hearts to answer but one very famous question, I am certain that all these questions and doubts will vanish from the horizon, and you will look unto their place to find them gone. This indignant question is a question that the whole world asks, namely, “What is the meaning of my life?”

Rav Yehuda Ashlag F/Intro. to Talmud Esser Sefirot

The Essence of Kabbalah

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VIDEO: What is the Essence of Kabbalah?

What is the Essence of Kabbalah? 04:31
Kabbalah has been clouded in confusion, legend, myth & misrepresentation because authentic Kabbalah has been hidden for thousands of years … until today!

Transcript of “What is the Essence of Kabbalah”:
Well, there has been a lot of confusion, legend myth & misrepresentation surrounding the true nature of Kabbalah because it’s been shrouded in mystery for thousands of years, and it’s called the Hidden Science for 3 reasons.

1. In the past Kabbalists taught only a few worthy, highly developed people in each generation who already possessed inner qualities not developed in humanity as a whole until recently. These qualities allowed them to understand and use it correctly. So it was purposely hidden by the Kabbalists.

2. All Kabbalistic books are written using words that seem to refer to things and people but in fact not a single word in any Kabbalistic book is talking about the physical world, and if you don’t learn how to read these books from a Kabbalist in the authentic teaching lineage, you simply can’t understand them. No matter how bright you are, you’ll end up with a product of your imagination and nothing more.

3. Kabbalah reveals the purpose and nature of this system we call life, and unless a person has a powerfully real and serious need to ask this very question, they can’t hear the answer, even if it’s shouted at them. But today people all over the world are seeking out Kabbalah.

So let’s clear up the misunderstanding. First lets look at what Kabbalah is not.

It’s not and has nothing to do with

religion, magick, mysticism, witchcraft, divination, cults, healings, meditation, self-help, philosophy, theory, parapsychology, ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, new age, psychokinesis,
superstition, dream interpretation, phrenology, tarot cards, mantra’s, yoga,

red strings, holy water,

blessings,

Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism,

or any-ism,
past life regressions, holistic medicine, numerology, faith healing, aromatherapy,
secret societies, reiki, hypnosis, channeling, transmutation, phrenology, astrology,
astral travel or projection, lucid dreaming, spiritualism, communicating with the dead,
out of body experiences, magnetism, voodoo, freemasonry, theosophy,
reflexology,
UFOs,
creationism,
fanaticism,
or any other belief…

…although many of the above mentioned have borrowed and misinterpreted the principles of Kabbalah over the years.

So now, what is it really?

Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag defines Kabbalah this way:

This wisdom is no more and no less than a sequence of roots, which hang down by way of cause and effect, in fixed, determined rules, weaving into a single, exalted goal described as “the revelation of His Godliness to His creatures in this world.” *

Which means there is an upper force and then there are governing forces that descend from this upper force and bring about our existence in this world. We’re familiar with physical forces, such as gravity, electromagnetism and the power of thought. But there are forces of a higher order that act while remaining hidden from us. Just like we know the effects of electricity, but can’t see it and don’t we don’t really know what it is.

The ultimate comprehensive force—the Creator—is the sum of all of the world’s forces and the highest level in the line of higher governing forces.

This upper force gave birth to five upper worlds and a barrier separating them from our world.

The science of Kabbalah doesn’t study our world and the people in it, the way traditional science does. It investigates everything that exists beyond that barrier.

There is nothing other than forces descending from above in accordance with precise laws. These laws, as Ashlag writes, are fixed, absolute and everywhere. Ultimately, they’re all directed so that we can reveal the governing force of nature even while we exist in this world.

* Quote taken from Ashlag, Yehuda. “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah.”

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