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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

Kabbalah

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

So… What IS Kabbalah?

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches a practical method of attaining the upper world and the source of our existence. By realizing our true purpose in life, man attains perfection, tranquility, unbound enjoyment and the ability to transcend the limitations of time and space while still living in this world.” Rav Michael Laitman, PhD

Although its origins are rooted in deep antiquity, from the time of ancient Babylon, the science of Kabbalah has remained virtually hidden from humanity since it appeared more than four thousand years ago.

This very concealment has sustained Kabbalah’s undying allure. Renowned scientists and philosophers of many countries, such as Newton, Leibniz, and Pico della Mirandola, have investigated and tried to understand the science of Kabbalah. However, to this very day only a few know what Kabbalah really is.

The science of Kabbalah does not speak about our world, and therefore its essence escapes people. It is impossible to comprehend the invisible, the imperceptible, and that which has not been experienced. For thousands of years, humanity was offered a wide variety of things under the name “Kabbalah”: spells, curses, and even miracles, all except for the science of Kabbalah itself. For over four thousand years, common understanding of the science of Kabbalah has been cluttered with misconceptions and misinterpretations. Therefore, first and foremost, the science of Kabbalah needs to be made clear. Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag defines Kabbalah in the following manner in his article The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah :

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”.

There is nothing other than forces descending from above in accordance    withbb_tree_dark precise laws. Moreover, these laws as Ashlag  writes, are fixed, absolute and omnipresent.  Ultimately, they are all directed so that one can  reveal the ultimate governing force of nature while  being in our world. Scientific definitions may be  complicated and cumbersome. Let’s try to examine  what is being said here.

 There exists the upper force or the Creator, and governing forces descend from this Upper Force into our world. We do not know how many forces there are, but this is actually unimportant. We exist here in our world. We are created by some upper force that we call “the Creator”. We are familiar with various forces in our world, such as gravity, electromagnetism and the power of thought. However, there are forces of a higher order that act while remaining hidden from us.

We call the ultimate, comprehensive force “the Creator”. The Creator is the sum of all of the world’s forces and the highest level in the line of the governing forces.

This upper force gave birth to the upper worlds. There are five worlds in total. The so called Machsom – a barrier that separates the upper worlds and our world – follows them. From the Upper Force – the Creator, also known as “the world of Infinity” – the forces descend through all the worlds, giving birth to our world and human beings.

The science of Kabbalah does not study our world and humans in it, as traditional sciences do. Kabbalah investigates everything that exists beyond the Machsom .

Until a person fully reveals this force, until one knows all the worlds one has to climb, obeying the same laws as the descending forces, and until one

4-behinot_previewreaches the world of Infinity, such a person will not leave this world. What does “will not leave” mean? This person will continuously be reborn into our world, evolving from onelife to the next until reaching the state where the desire to attain the higher force emerges.

 

The 11 most popular misrepresentations of Kabbalah, and why Kabbalah is not any of these:

  • Jewish Mysticism
  • Religion
  • Mysticism
  • Magic
  • That you have to be Jewish to study Kabbalah
  • That you have to had mastered preliminary wisdom before studying Kabbalah
  • Holy water
  • Amulets
  • Red strings
  • A means for protection
  • The same as Eastern teachings
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