Since all the threads I have found on this subject are old, I felt the need to make a fresh one dedicated to this most awesome system of ‘Life’ study. Those who wonder what it is, please ask, and those who know what it is, please tell your perspective if you are moved to.
I just want to ask why is it most awesome and why should I be interested?
damn man you’re still on here, i was trying to message you but you’re on anon mode… Anyway, i wanted to ask.. if you read, what books have you read and would recommend? If not books then Links, videos, etc.?
@elkra, To a degree it’s also about gaining knowledge, but one person may show one perspective on a subject, another one a different one, so it’s also about the personal views of someone and his stake in it. Like reading about a different religion without prejudice, but with enough curiosity to learn something new about yourself rather than believe it entirely.
@Vovinawol, Kabbalah is about the Spirit behind the words of the bible.
Like when the bible says, “God’s hand”, it doesn’t actually mean a physical hand, or even a hand for that matter, but a reality in itself.
Kabbalah is about virtue of humility and understanding it through awareness of the infinite source of life.
Basically what all religions teach, but it is has a very strong spiritual/mystical element.
@beyond, Yes, I made this thread so we can get each others views and add them to our own. I say it is most awesome…not in itself, or what it represents, but because of the way that this school of thought has one of the best systematic layouts that we can sort out our knowlege and experience, and neatly place them in a sort of filing cabinet.
From what I know so far, it’s a form of spirituality that started quite a long time ago. Idk if it’s actually based on bible teachings as someone above mentions, but it does capture a lot of the essence in all religions. It’s more of a science than a religion, as it’s always evolving and I doubt is complete.
It was kept secret, had an occult following. It’s a Jewish sect that was only ever available to married Jewish men over age 40 or something, so pretty exclusive club. It was passed through the generations by the teachers to their apprentices. There’s no single book for authority on Kabalah (like the bible for christianity), but rather about a dozen books. Each written by a teacher during their time. Each writer built upon the works of the previous books/teachers and some of the more recent ones are most popular. The author of the most recent book(published in the last decade I think) decided that Kabalah should be available and taught to ALL people, feeling the world was ready for it. (Previously restricted to only married men > 40) So that was a big change that brought Kabalah into the public light and the reason people are just now hearing about it after it being hidden for hundreds and hundreds of years.
It was kept so secret and occasionally violently oppressed by the respective era’s religious dictators that Kabalah barely survived history. According to records there were some points in time where a teacher and his apprentice were the only two people alive who knew about it. Other times, only a handful of people.
There are many very interesting concepts in the books or websites that review Kabalah. Some of the main ones are a little difficult to wrap my mind around, because it’s such a large and complete concept of spirituality, but I feel in my heart that it’s true.
It’s not necessarily monotheistic, but it does claim belief in a Creator. But this creator isn’t like a turtle in the middle of the ocean who magically sprang life from it’s back or something. It’s not even an entity necessarily, more of a all-encompassing intelligence of the universe. Everything around us is the Creator’s creations, including us. A lot of our sorrow and troubles come from not living in sync with the creator’s will to respect creation. Once we realize our separation(I relate this to enlightenment), we can unify with the creator and become creators ourselves. I don’t think this means that we literally become gods, but realize that we ARE god, as a part of him. We’re like the fingers on his hands.
And it seems to stress the fact that the creator is benevolent and loves us and wants to give us anything we ask for. But it’s tricky, because most of us are always asking for selfish desires that are not in alignment with the creator’s big picture or something. The correct request is to ask to be more like the creator; and opening up to his will, you let him act through you for the good of all creation, and in turn yourself. I think this is what the goal of Kabalah is, to become like the creator, one with the creator.
That’s what I’ve read so far, anyway. There are many more details to these concepts and other very interesting perspectives that I just can’t recall right now. It seems similar to the core concepts of many religions and new-age beliefs like the Law of Attraction or Karma. It’s a system for correction and getting what you want out of life.
@stevenv, It is the only way I know to talk most of the time : ) There are so many books on it that I wouldn’t know where to begin. Only the ladder of lights comes to mind here, and it is one that I didnt read yet. I think William Grey wrote that one. The system is so vast that we all aproach it from a unique avenue.