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Kabbalah: Ancient Jewish History or Todays Truth?

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Kabbalah - what is it?

Kabbalah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia According to Kabbalistic tradition, knowledge was transmitted orally by the Patriarchs, prophets, and sages (Hakhamim in Hebrew), eventually to be ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabbalah
Introduction; Free Kabbalah course/book online 12 chapters

"Kabbalah reaches out to all those who are seeking awareness. It teaches you how to add an essential feeling of the spiritual sphere – the sixth sense – that will affect your life in this world. This will allow you to perceive the upper world – the Creator – and to gain control over your life.

 

The Bible, The Zohar, The Tree of Life and other authentic spiritual sources were set down in order to teach us how to progress in the spiritual realms, to study them and to receive spiritual knowledge. They explain how to set out on a path to spiritual ascent in this world. Over the generations, Kabbalists have written many books in various styles, each in accordance with the era in which they lived.

 

In total, four languages were created to introduce us to our spiritual reality: the language of the Bible (which includes the Five Books of Moses, the Prophets and the Scriptures), the language of legends, a legalistic language, and the language of Kabbalah, which describes the spiritual upper-worlds system and how to reach it. The differences in languages simply present various perspectives on the same subject in different formats – each suiting the generation it was intended for."

 

http://www.kabbalah.info/engkab/book_1/book1eng_intro.htm

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"In an ancient tale from the Kaballah, God told the angels in training that the capacity to forgive is the most excellent gift in the human experience, more essential to the continuity of life than the courage to sacrifice your own life for someone else or enduring the pain of giving birth. God explained to one angel, “Forgiveness is the only reason my creation continues. Without forgiveness, all would disappear in an instantaneous flash.”

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I love this story!

Anonymous
Kabbalah

The Kabbalah is dear to my heart.  Our perception of an idea or situation contributes to our Beliefs.  I would like to request that the following perception be considered.

From childhood, I have been taught by God Himself through Kabbalistic methods. Then, after I have mastered something, God will Reveal to me support for the universal Knowledge of the topic/task. i.e., I will find information in books, see a movie, find something in nature or in a manmade building... evidence of the existance of the information.


In my own research on Kabbalah, I found that the most Knowledgeable people were taught by God Himself. My question is... do we have the Right to teach someone else methods that are God Given or should we be leaving that education to the God who Provides it better than we ever could?! My Guidance tells me that I am "limited" in the extent of information that I am to pass on to others. It is The Way I live my life that is important. Through my life, God will Teach others in the same Way that He taught me. He begins with the child, not the adult. Examples?! Samuel, Moses, Saul who became Paul, and other Prophets to include Yeshua, Himself.

What was learned in childhood led to the "ministry" of the adult... This is my perception because of what I have experience.  I am very interested to hear your perception or experience. God Bless! 

 

 

human soul has three elements

"The Kabbalah posits that the human soul has three elements, the nefeshru'ach, and neshamah. The nefesh is found in all humans, and enters the physical body at birth. It is the source of one's physical and psychological nature. The next two parts of the soul are not implanted at birth, but can be developed over time; their development depends on the actions and beliefs of the individual. They are said to only fully exist in people awakened spiritually. A common way of explaining the three parts of the soul is as follows:

  • Nefesh (נפש: the lower part, or "animal part", of the soul. It is linked to instincts and bodily cravings.
  • Ruach (רוח: the middle soul, the "spirit". It contains the moral virtues and the ability to distinguish between good and evil.
  • Neshamah (נשמה: the higher soul, or "super-soul". This separates man from all other life-forms. It is related to the intellect, and allows man to enjoy and benefit from the afterlife. This part of the soul is provided at birth and allows one to have some awareness of the existence and presence of God.

The Raaya Meheimna, a section of related teachings spread throughout the Zohar, discusses fourth and fifth parts of the human soul, thechayyah and yehidah (first mentioned in the Midrash Rabbah). Gershom Scholem writes that these "were considered to represent the sublimest levels of intuitive cognition, and to be within the grasp of only a few chosen individuals". The Chayyah and the Yechidah do not enter into the body like the other three—thus they received less attention in other sections of the Zohar.

  • Chayyah (חיה: The part of the soul that allows one to have an awareness of the divine life force itself.
  • Yehidah (יחידה: the highest plane of the soul, in which one can achieve as full a union with God as is possible." 
As far as anything being teachable? Yes, but to what effect? If I teach someone something that is not true and not verifiable within oneself, what service or disservice have I done to that person? Mental learning is possible both in colleges, schools and religions, but that is as far as it goes for the most part.. Very little of that learning is proven through direct experience and verified as being true through personal example. The highest teaching that I got through college was the ability to question and dig for truth, not just blindly believe whatever is being said or claimed as truth. At Cornell, it is stated as; "promote a culture of broad inquiry throughout and beyond the Cornell community." http://www.cornell.edu/strategicplan/commitments.cfm
On the other hand, what if I can teach by EXAMPLE, so that someone else can follow and also learn, as well as verify from within the truth of what is being taught? 
The principles taught above are things that I see in many other religions, but with different names.. Could these be universal soul based principles? 
Anonymous

Your training/education at Cornell was an earthly training.  You were provided textbooks and to a limited extent, given Creative license.  As wise as the highly educated believe they are, they really Know Nothing compared to the Knowledge God brings!! 

The Kabbalah is a Spiritual experience.  As you increase in Knowledge and Experience, you move up and through the Spiritual levels.  Many people fall into the abyss and never make it to the Crown.

 I had been told in a former time, that one of three things happen to a person "playing around" with Spiritual things.  You would: die a physical death, go "crazy", or come out of the experience whole and healthy with enlightenment.   I believe the originator of this piece of Wisdom was a Jewish rabbi who Knew of Mystical things.

At a point on the "ladder", it is impossible to continue to live in this earthly realm.  Therefore, Elijah, Moses, Enoch and others "passed over"! 

Could it be that as you move up the Spiritual ladder, the information and experience is disseminated by different levels of the soul? 

You are a wonderful source of information, Green Road A!  Teaching may just be one of your Gifts, whether it is on the Kabbalah or other topics!

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Thanks Sarah, excellent post... I met a Jewish person recently and she told me that a Jew FIRST needs to be grounded in the 'basic teachings', and only then can they progress to the Kabbalah, as it is 'airy fairy' and up in the sky, not grounded in reality. 

 

What kind of response would you give to a person who says this? 

Anonymous
Kabbalah

If I Understand correctly, the Jew must be around 40 years old to begin in depth Spiritual study.  Please correct me if this is incorrect.  My Understanding was that a person must be "mature" to handle these studies.

Kabbalah

That makes sense.. My understanding of what you are saying is that a young person lacks the experience, knowledge and basic understanding to ascend to very high spiritual heights and keep the experience, without getting lost in ego, worldly attractions, going crazy,  etc... Would it be kind of like building a foundation, and then building a house on top of that? 

 

This may also be a universal teaching. First one must get the basic understanding of a particular religion, and then one can get into the metaphysical or mystical meanings and experiences.. This may apply also to Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, etc.. It will be interesting to test this premise and see if it applies elsewhere as well.

 

Going right into the metaphysical or mystical arena is very difficult or almost impossible if one has no knowledge of any religion, and one has no spiritual path to stay grounded with..Bottom line, I tend to agree with you Sarah..

 

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