Sunday, Sep 24th 2017

Kabbalah In Our Time

KABBALAH IN OUR TIME : Part I

A very brief introduction about what kabbalah is, and what it is not.
By Samuel Ben-Or Avital

The increased popularization of the Kabbalah of our time has both positive and negative aspects on the psyche of humanity. The gullibility of accepting ideas, concepts, assumptions and ways of beliefs without examining them can cause great damage to many brains now pretending that they are “on the right track”.


The whole movement of New Age in America and other countries I witnessed was built on that weak human gullibility to accept everything and assume without thorough examination both with the brain and the heart. Once the false of yesterday is repeated and repeated again and again by oneself or manipulators with a hidden agenda, it becomes the “ truth ” of today.

That is why Kabbalah spends a lot of time in what we call “ preparation ”. A preparation that trains the student to connect with the source of all creation and make oneself ready to experience “both worlds”, “ this world ” ( Olam Hazeh ) and the “ world above ” ( Olam Elion ) right here on earth, with full clarity and intense great pleasure.

This is a preparation that teaches the student to rise above the sense of self only to a higher state of being beyond the attitude of “ for me only ” and “ after me let there be flood ”. Developing an attitude that considers the “other” and the “stranger” as our history teaches us, that we are strangers in a strange land and to consider the “other more than oneself”.

The immense ego of our selves (which is necessary to exist, but not more) causes this simple concept not to be accepted by many. Just as the concept of “immortality” is not accepted because of the wrong premises that this “humanity” have been led to accept via many religions and philosophies to accept “ death as an inevitability ” , rather than “ Death as an unacceptable reality ”.

These divisions in one’s understanding, and living divided and conflicted as one is brought up to believe, and as a result, the world is where it is today with nothing learned from its bloody history. When the “ wrong is right ” “ right is wrong ” and the “ darkness is light ” way of thinking, the human pretense is pushing deeper into what is called “ The edge of the edges ”.

I once uttered a very simple and obvious realization to my students that, it is futile to try to convince people what is the difference between a true teacher and a false teacher, or how to recognize the true from the false according to our simple human understanding. I said, that the charlatan has a very important role to play, so that those who are really searching can distinguish between the false and the true. It was said: “ FALSE (fool’s) gold exist because there is such a thing called TRUE GOLD .” Or “ Counterfeiters exists because there is such a thing called authentic gold .”

So, this bring us back to the immense popularization of the Kabbalah, and even those who “teach Kabbalah” and presenting it in such a way to attract the gullible and the superficial have a role to play, so that those who seek the true gold will enter that gate and begin their individual period of preparation and we witness then, that the true student learns that great concept of the Kabbalah, HOW to transform the false into the true and how to turn the negative into the positive and change one’s inclination of being bad to being fully good.

By the time that individual transformation is caused by deep learning and purity of the heart, and is really ready to BEGIN to study the Kabbalah.

Let me state once more clearly here the genuine way of the Kabbalah:

The ancient-new science wisdom of the Kabbalah teaches us a very practical method and effective systems to apprehend the “ world above ” ( Olam Elion ), and the very root and source of our existence during our lifetime here in “this world”.

Through this way of practical wisdom we may achieve perfection, and can take control over this life and transcends all limitations of so called “ time ” and “ space ”.

This way we may realizes our true purpose and deep meaning in life and achieves – the real tranquility, and infinite and unbounded enjoyment while we are still living in “this world”.

No one can function properly in this world without knowing it with one’s five (5) senses limited perceptions, we call that “reality”, I must say, a limited reality. The soul also, cannot function properly in the “ world above ” ( Olam Elion ) without using the new tools one must built beyond the five senses, that is, the other 95 senses we do not use.

The study and application of the wisdom of kabbalah offers and provides us with the knowledge to build the spiritual sense , so we can also explore profoundly the “ Infinite with the new tools of the “infinite. ” Acquiring this sense of “ touching eternity ” while in this world is possible with the Kabbalistic way of being and becoming.

In my Hebrew version of  “The Invisible Stairway: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Hebrew Letters ”, I elaborate on few essentials that are necessary for one to prepare to begin and be able to study the Kabbalah via the “mystery” of the Hebrew letters. Here are some of them.

1. One has to come to an end of philosophy , meaning, to stop the vicious circle of mental acrobatics with no direction whatsoever. It is futile to repeat the utter failure of most philosophers of all time.

2. STOP arguing with the world , because it is a great distraction and, that does not mean not to take care of the events, thoughts and activities of “this world”, but integrate that self discipline until one does the first steps of the Tikkun, the restoration needed that prepares one to “ enter the palace of learning ”.

3. The third principle is: Not to try to understand anything during the period of preparation . Because when one tries one create an invisible obstacles that retards his or her real understanding via experience, rather than just a mental or physical understanding.

4. the fourth principle: The profound question who am I and what is the meaning of my existence in this world? One must come to that nagging question, who am I? what I am doing here? What is the meaning of my life? Is there any sense in this cycle of habits and routine and the rush and run for no purpose? A genuinely deep question that one feels very urgent and honestly wants to dedicate oneself to learning and ready to apply and work toward that goal to find meaning and purpose. When one comes to that impasse in life, and profoundly searching for a new door and a meaningful, he may be ready to learn and apply the learning.

The above four guidelines are not easily acceptable for one who was trained to “ play the violin with one hand ”, meaning that one is using only a fragmentation of one’s ability and capacity of being and living. According to authentic knowledge that life is animalistic and stagnant, and this proposition of preparation can open the real gates of full reality and true knowledge of creation, knowing the “Mysteries” of creation and the purpose of our humanity being here at this crucial time of transition and rapid change.

When we build and develop that “spiritual sense” beyond our limited five senses we enter into a new spiritual dimension of being, and shifting from the “ will for me only ” to align, think and act with the “ will of the creator.”

Next: Some Basics on Kabbalah

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Kabbalah is both a concealed and revealed vast body of knowledge, a practical science of wisdom that one can learn easily, intuitively and logically, and available today to those who are honestly ready and seeking the authentic knowledge in "this world and beyond."