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INTRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KNOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER










INRODUCTION


1. WHAT IS KABBALAH?

2. OTHER PATHS TO KBOWLEDGE

3. PYTHAGORAS

4. THE TAROT

5. ADAM KADMON

6. ACT OF CREATION

7. THE TREE OF LIFE

8. THE FOUR WORLDS

9. HOD & NETZAH

 10. LIFE IS EVERYWHERE

11. LIFE AND DEATH

12. REINCARNATION

13. PSYCHOLOGY

14. THE VITAL PRINCIPLE

15. SYNCHRONICITY

16. TZIM-TZUM

17. BODIES OF MAN

18. HUMAN MIND

19. LILITH

20. KNOWLEDGE

21. OF ANGELS AND MEN

22. CREATION IN  GENESIS 2

23. THE LETTER YOD

24. TWENTY-TWO LETTERS

25. THE NAME OF GOD

26. THE ZOHAR

27. ABRAHAM AND SARAH

28. THE HEBREW LANGUAGE

29. THE PATRIARCHS

30. MALKHUT - THE LAST SEPHIRA

31 THE MYSTICAL KABBALAH

32. BETH – THE FIRST LETTER








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8. THE FOUR WORLDS OF THE KABBALAH

 

Let’s look now what have the Kabbalists to say about the phases of Creation, after the world has emerged from behind the veil covering the to us incomprehensible Ain Soph. For the process of Creation to take place, the emergence from the Ain-Sof has to come in four phases, also called the Kabbalistic Worlds. The first phase is called Atziluth, the World of Emanation; this is where all the archetypes are created, in other words, everything that will or can happen in the future world is already present here in the state of potentiality. It has not gained any form yet, and it will not do so for a long time, at least in our concept of time. According to W. Wynn Westcott, in the first, purest and highest world of Atziluth, there dwell only the primary ten sephiroth of the Adam Oilah (the Heavenly Man) or archetypes, perfect and immutable. The Atziluth is to our minds almost as incomprehensible as Ain Soph, though the most brilliant human brains are said to be allowed at least a glimpse of these mysteries. Unless we possess such a brain, it would probably be best to simply take note of its existence and move onto the second world, Briah.

More from Wynn Westcott:
 

In the Second World of Briah reside the Archangels headed by “Metatron” related to Kether, in solemn grandeur; He is the garment of Al Shaddai, the visible manifestation of God; the Number of both is 314 (Zohar iii. 231a). The word Metatron meant “The Great Teacher.” It has a curious resemblance to the Greek words met thronon, beside or beneath the throne of God; but this derivation is fanciful. He rules the other Archangels of the Universe, who govern in their courses all the heavenly bodies, and the evolutions of the dwellers on them: He is, according to the Kabbalists, the efficient God of our Earth -- the Greek Demiourgos. The other Archangels are according to Macgregor Mathers, Ratziel, Tzaphkiel, Tzadquiel, Kamael, Michael, Haniel, Raphael, Gabriel, and Sandalphon.

In the Third World of Yetzirah are the Ten hosts of Angelic beings, a separate class for each Sephira; they are intelligent incorporeal beings, clothed in a garment of light, and are set over the several heavenly bodies, the planets, over the elemental forces, and over seasons, times, etc.; they are the officers of the great Archangels. The Hosts of Angels of the Sephiroth are Chaioth ha kodesh, Auphanim, Arelim, Chashmalim, Seraphim, Melakim, Elohim, Beni Elohim, Cherubim, and tenthly the Ishim who are the Beatified Souls of men and women.

The next phase is Yetzira, the level of Formation, it includes the sephiroth Chesed, Geburah, Tiferet, Netzah, Hod and Yesod.

The Fourth World of Assiah is filled with the lowest beings, the Evil Demons, Kelifot or Qliphoth, the cortices or shells, and with all so-called material objects, and to this world belong men, the Egos or Souls imprisoned in earthly human bodies. This world also has its ten grades, each one more far from the higher forces and forms, each one more dark and impure. First come THU, Tohu, the Formless; and BHU, Bohu, the Void, thirdly ChShK, the Darkness, of the early universe, and from these our world was developed and now exists; then come seven hells, whose dwellers are evil beings representing all human sins; their rulers are Samael or Satan the angel of death, and Lilith, the Asheth Zenunim, the Woman of whoredom, and this pair of demons are also called “The Beast,” see Zohar II. 255; Samael had also an incommunicable name, which was IHVH reversed; for Demon est Deus inversus.

A different way of viewing the Four Worlds is seeing Atziluth as the archetypal World of Emanation, essentially beyond our level of understanding, which expresses through the mystical Kabbalistic significations of names and numbers. The word Atziluth actually derives from the Hebrew verb for “to emanate.” It also corresponds to the element of Fire of the ancient philosophers.

Briah, from the Hebrew for “to create” is the World of Creation, which expresses through religion and the philosophy of numbers, This is the world where, according to Pythagoras and other ancient philosophers, stars and planets create the so-called music of the spheres. Briah also corresponds to the element of Air.

Yetsirah, which corresponds to the element of Water is the Formative World, which expresses through astrology and numerology, which is the higher form of mathematics, also known as the Sacred Science of Numbers. The word Yetzirah is derived from the Hebrew verb “to form.”  Water is the element that represents emotions and that is changeable, pliable, all penetrating. The astral or desire body of the Theosophists together with its seven chakras, which are wheels of light, sometimes also described by clairvoyants as petals of a flower, which change colour and intensity when they are influenced by emotions, comes under formation. The astral body is being driven by human emotions, and the degree of its controllability depends on how much we can subject our emotions to our will. Making journeys in the astral body can almost any person, though he or she is rarely able to predict where such a journey might take them. It’s not unlike diving into the sea while randomly selecting the place where one will leave the boat and dive in. There might be a school of fish or other interesting creatures right under the surface, there might be a shark, or it could be a boring, uninteresting dive. In most cases we have a tendency to forget what we have seen anyway.

The word Assiah derives from the verb “to make.” Assiah is the World of Material Form, which expresses through mathematics, the application of Number. It corresponds to the element of Earth, or the sephira Malkhut, which is the most negative of all the sephiroth in as much as it is the one with the strongest desire to receive. If we consider desire to receive as gravity, Malkhut has a very strong force of gravity, to attract to it all the energies of the world. One might expect the forces of Creation at this point to be weak, as they are far away from their source, but the exact opposite is true, they are at their strongest, as they are being pulled by the vortex of desire into their final destination.  The fourth phase is sometimes called the “line” or the “linear phase”, because the desire has, at the physical point, become very strong, when reaching it things no longer follow the curved or circular paths, but they rather fall straight down. At the highest levels of emanation, the pull is very slow, circular illumination is infinite, while straight illumination is direct and finite.

 

THE WORLD OF KELIFOT

 

The whole process moves step by step, from cause to effect, from pure to the coarse, while to us all this is obscured by the Shells. For man to become free of predestination and to have a will of his own, he must overcome the turbidness of the world of Kelifot (also Qlifot, Kelifoth, Kliphot Qelifot, Keliphoth, Qelipot, etc.), the world of the Shells. It is hard finding an analogy that would fit, but we could perhaps imagine an onion with its layers deferring from one another in thickness and density, also rate of vibrations. Each kelifa touches or in any case affects the next, denser shell. Another way of imagining the world of Kelifot is seeing it as a Chinese puzzle ball or as its cousin, the Rubic cube. Of course, while a rather elaborate Chinese puzzle ball might have perhaps a dozen or so layers, the number of layers in the World of Kelifot would be infinite. Like on the puzzle ball, there would be holes, smaller and larger, of various shapes, which could randomly line up, allowing us a perceptive flash of light. The flashes we get through the holes don’t last long, fortunately, because with many people they could be rather traumatic.

Voyen Koreis: The World of Klifot

Kelifot is also what we call the evil inclination that is within us; it makes us to look at things from a negative point of view, while the sephiroth give us the positive view. There is a constant state of conflict within us and we continuously have to make choices. The existence of evil is therefore a necessity, giving us the arena of free choice, which is the stepping-stone to the ultimate reward. In this view, man’s mission in this world is to steer through the pitfalls and temptations that are constantly being placed in front of him, and that originate in the world of Kelifot.

        Kelifot can be the source of our worries and our feel of guilt, which is the biggest problem of mankind; the Kabbalists sometimes call this “the Bread of Shame”. We often feel guilty without a valid reason, even when we did the right thing, we might still want to convince ourselves that we did it for the wrong reason, begin to question our motives, etc. Thus we might be completely free of any blame, yet something in us makes us device a reason for feeling guilt. We might also have gained something in our lives that we feel might not have been fully deserved. How should we combat this? There are two things that we must realise.

Firstly, let us have it imprinted permanently in our mind: We do not ever receive anything for nothing. When it appears that way it is so either because we have already paid for our “free gift,” or because we are expected to pay for it in the future. The “future” could be in this world, or in another existence, next incarnation, possibly even several incarnations away.

Secondly, we have to accept that we are bound to make mistakes and that feeling guilty about them is not going to help us in any way. We should try to forget anything that makes us look back and concentrate on moving forward. The person who is on the path sees the light ahead, he or she is progressing towards illumination; there is no reason to look behind one’s back at every cockroach we have inadvertently treaded over (cockroaches, by the way, seem to epitomise the worlds of Kelifot, with their looks, breeding habits, etc.).

 

Always remember that the Shells can be put asunder by clear thinking, by good deeds, and by concentrating onto the positive rather then negative side of things.

 

EFFECT PRECEDES THE CAUSE

       

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. (Genesis 1:6)

In terms of the Book of Genesis, when it is said: “let there be light”, the light is Chokhmah, Wisdom. When there is a talk about the spirit of God moving upon the face of waters, it is Binah, Understanding.  When the firmament is mentioned, what is meant is Tiferet, and with it the rest of the sephiroth that surround this sephira. Every material manifestation is a product of thought in the mind of the Creator; therefore it belongs to the world of Emanation. In Atziluth there is the beginning of what will end up in the world of physicality, in Assiah, in Malkhut. If we intend to build something the end product of what we are going to fabricate is already present at some level somewhere, even though we might not be fully aware of it. Completion precedes fabrication. Every thought or action is preceded by an impulse that contains all the potentialities and possible outcomes.  All this may be contradictory to the established notion that “cause precedes effect”, but we might just as well say that “effect precedes the cause”.

During the 20th century there were two major developments in the field of psychology. The first we have already mentioned; it is the theory of archetypes and of collective unconscious, pioneered by Carl Gustav Jung. Related to this is the field of “popular psychology,” and personal development. Millions of copies of books are being sold all around the world dealing with the personal development, motivation, self-help, success in life, etc. Others deal with the negative side and how to overcome various blocks that people have in their minds; for instance how to deal with grief caused by death of a near person or with the aftermath of divorce, etc. There are also courses being offered, there are lectures being given on these subjects. Motivation has now turned into an important industry, which is constantly growing.

Students of the Kabbalah might become effective teachers of such motivation courses. Without mentioning anything of the Kabbalistic teachings (naturally), without using any Kabbalistic terms (sensibly), they could tell their students that Nature is such that it will not allow any thought or any impulse to enter their minds that would not already have with it all the appendages and, all the tools, that would enable it to become fulfilled. They could tell the class that once we conceive something, once have a thought of doing something, it is entirely up to us what we are going to do with it, because we can be certain that there is a way of it coming into fruition, and that Nature is going to help us, provided that we have the necessary confidence, persistence, strength of character, will power and, above all, a positive approach. If we have all this, one way or another, Nature is going to provide us with the necessary tools, the capital, the help, etc. It still isn’t going to be a smooth sailing all the way though, because with it the Nature will also provide the enemies, the envious neighbours, the obstructionists within the City Council, and all kinds of other obstacles...

Those who have read books on the recent theories of the quantum physics will find them to be very similar to the ancient doctrines about the cause and effect of the Kabbalists.

 

TO;  HOD & NETZAH


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