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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










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











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







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18. THE HUMAN MIND

RIDERS ON THE TRAIN

 

The difference between Nefesh and Neshamah is that Nefesh is the immediate feel, the instantaneous response to the impulses that we have. This is propped by the fact that the same word in Arabic is Nafs, which means desire, and the Astral body of the Theosophists is also known as the Animal or Desire body. Nefesh is thus the seat of our desires, in a more primitive or crude sense, perhaps with some, but not a great, involvement of our intellect. Just as it is with the higher animals, such as the monkeys, dogs, cats, elephants, dolphins, etc., who will learn certain tricks, particularly if it helps to satisfy their desires, or even learn to understand and respond to up to several hundred words.

As we advance through the journey of life, we can elevate ourselves to the level of Neshamah, but with many of us this never happens. In our train analogy, to be in a possession of Neshamah would be the same as not only having acquired a ticket for the complete journey, but also staying awake throughout the entire trip, being a silent witness to all the happy reunions, tearful partings and other happenings even at the smallest of railway stations, conversing with the train conductors or vendors at the stations where the train has stopped in their own language, buying things, committing to memory the names of all the towns and townships we have passed on our journey … simply being far more than the average bored and boring tourist with a camera. The possessor of Neshamah would constantly display activity, initiative and motivation. With most people it is not so. As soon as they make themselves comfortable in their seat they become drowsy, in between taking a few snap shots periodically falling asleep and thus missing most of the excitement of the journey. Some people even remain fast asleep throughout the entire trip, and their Neshamah never fully wakes up perhaps until the end of the trip is near.

When we talk about differences between the various components of the human soul, we must be aware that they are part and parcel of the same thing, of the one soul that is in our body. This soul has levels of development, of spirituality, but one cannot be dissociated from another. A large number of people, perhaps as many as 99%, are “sleepers on the train,” which means they do not move past the point of Nefesh.

Here follows part of a dialogue between G. I. Gurdjieff (left) and P. D. Ouspensky (right), from my radio play Struggle of the Magicians, where the two protagonists discuss the state of the human mind, which Gurdjieff compares to a “machine”:

 

Gurdjieff:     What to do? Always that same stupid question. Do nothing! Nothing can be done. This is the first thing you must understand!

Ouspensky:  But, I want to...

Gurdjieff:     Look, Piotr Demianovich, man always has thousands of false ideas and images, particularly regarding his own personality and what he would like to do. These ideas must be thrown away, before new ones can take their place. Otherwise he would be building on the wrong foundations and with disastrous results.

Ouspensky:  To lose such false ideas, what does one have to do?

Gurdjieff:     Do, do, and do again! The greatest mistake is to think that something can be done. People never stop thinking of what they are going to do, and always ask what they should do. In reality no one ever does anything and no one can do anything, please get this once and for all into your head!

Ouspensky:  It sounds so hopeless...

Gurdjieff:     That’s because it is hopeless. While man remains a machine, things only happen to him. Everything that goes on in and around him, happens. All that he supposedly does, happens. Even when he thinks that he has originated something, it simply happened while he wasn't looking.

Ouspensky:  But how does it happen?

Gurdjieff:     When there is a change of temperature in the upper atmosphere, it happens to rain. When the temperature drops down, it snows. Snow begins to thaw when the sun shines on it. That's how things happen.

Ouspensky:  Don't we have any influence at all on what we are doing? What about our creative work, what about art?

Gurdjieff:     Don't hold any false illusions about man's creativity. The mechanical man is born, he lives, he procreates, he even writes books, but not because he would want it that way, only because it happens to him. Everything happens, his love, his desire, his anger, his hate.

Ouspensky:  I refuse to believe that!

Gurdjieff:     You see? When told the truth, he won't believe it. It is the most disagreeable and offensive thing you can tell to anybody, because it is the truth and no one wants to know the truth!

Ouspensky:  All right, let's say that you'd made that point. What comes next? Are we now able to change things, can we do something about it?

Gurdjieff:     People fail to understand that once something was done in a certain way, it cannot be undone or overdone. For instance, everybody talks about this war we are having, they all have their theories, they all think that only they know how it should be resolved, that the politicians and the generals got it all wrong...

Ouspensky:  ... while they couldn't do anything else, because things just happened to them?

Gurdjieff:     That's right, everything happened in the one and the only possible way. If one tiny incident was left out, everything would be different. Maybe the war would not have happened, who knows? But everything depends on everything else, all is joined into a network, nothing can exist outside of it, everything happens the only way it can happen.

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (1866? –1949, right) was born in a Greek family living in Armenia; he traveled a great deal around Middle East, Asia and Russia, eventually moving permanently to France after the Russian revolution. His spiritual teachings are a mixture of the Kabbalah, Theosophy and Sufism, with a great deal of individual wisdom added on. His pivotal theory was that man is essentially a machine, and only a shock treatment combined with a sustained conscious mental and physical effort can shake him out of this kind of machine-like existence. The analogy of the sleepers on the train that we’ve been using here would in all probability have appealed to him.

The people on the train have their immediate desires (or they happen to them, as Gurdjieff would have said), and they fulfil them as they go along, buying a drink or a hot dog here and there, some even flirting with the person of opposite sex present in the same coupé for a while, buying a souvenir or two… In their real lives they are often the types that acquire various properties because they like to have power, but they do not know why they need all this; when they reach a certain stage in life they often say to themselves: why do I have all this, what have I achieved, what do I believe in? When they come near the end of their life many of them might feel that they have wasted it. The majority of us who live in the Western world have most of our needs fulfilled, but in addition to that we have our other desires, our “wants,” which we could also get, however we do get them conditionally. That condition reads: toil, blood, sweat and tears.

This is what life is all about; if we want more then we need we have to work for it. Those who try to take anything by force at the expense of other people or of the system are like somebody who treads on a dog’s excrement on their way to the train station (please, forgive me this simile, but it fits).  When they enter the train coupé they bring in with them the smell, and people turn away from them and maybe go to sit somewhere else. They may not know why people shun them, but all the time there are the remains of that turd on their shoes and the smell is there. I don’t want to be misunderstood - there is nothing wrong with having desires beyond one’s needs, provided that one is prepared to work for it. If we are dishonest, if we try to steal away from the system and gain more then we deserve, we do not ever fully benefit from our ill acquired wealth; either we easily loose it again, like the bank robbers who end up chasing the flying bank notes, or we have to live with an inner sense of guilt that is inbuilt in all of us.

 

THE HORN OF PLENTY

 In life, we can desire a lot of things. But Nature is very rich; there is a superabundance of everything. Let’s remind ourselves what the Bible says about it:

[1-11] And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

[1-25] And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

[1-26] And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

God made the Earth and put all the flowers, plants, herbs, all the birds of the air, fish of the sea, cattle of the land, and all this, and he then told man: you can have it! Even when man did the wrong thing, God still told him: get out of the Garden of Eden and go on the Earth. He further told him: you are going to have to earn your bread by the sweat of your brow. It might look like a punishment, but there is a hidden meaning behind this, which is that man will be able to reach to the highest point of his being. In Kabbalistic terms the brow of Adam Kadmon is the Crown of the Tree of Life, its highest point, while the lowest point is his feet, which stand on earth, the Kingdom of Malkhut. To be able to get to the fruit of Malkhut, the fruit of the beginning of the spirituality, man has to stand firmly on the ground, while also reaching up to the very top; in other words, he has to make the a link between these two points.

The picture Nymphs Filling In the Horn of Plenty (right) comes from the studio of Peter Paul Rubens.

Our stay on Earth is temporary, we are invited to share in its abundance and wealth, but we must always remain mindful that we are still only the guests here. Freemasons are aware of this and this is why they wear an evening suit when they meet in the temple. Masonic rituals, and indeed the whole structure of this society, are very much built along the lines of the Kabbalah. So when their meetings end, there always is a banquet held, even if only a symbolical one, but still introduced in a formal manner. Tradition demands that when we are invited to a party, we wear a dinner suit. The dinner suit constantly reminds to a Freemason that we are guests here, and also that the Creator, who has created the world, has also created many other guests beside ourselves. When you are aware of being one of many guests, you also behave in a proper manner, not trying to push the others away so that you can get to the “goodies”, but sharing everything with the others.

 

THE POWER OF THOUGHT

 

When we enter a room with our mind correctly tuned, that is being positive and not ridden by guilt, we radiate this to all those present. Thoughts travel like radio waves. There is a magnetic band around the world, some may call it the ether, others speak about the akashic records, etc. There are waves of sound, some of which we are able to listen to through the help of various and increasingly sophisticated pieces of equipment, while others are still without the reach of even the most advanced modern technology. They can nevertheless be transmitted and received by our minds. A person who is trying to sell something can broadcast his or her intention to others even before opening the mouth, and those prospective buyers may also be unconsciously influenced by the attitude of that person. If this happens to be a negative one, if the salesman for instance is unsure of himself and his product, if he keeps telling himself that he is not going to sell it to these people, this is exactly what happens, regardless of how much they might actually need the product. They might say “no” to the poor salesman and afterwards they might wonder what it was that made them to dismiss him, when they really have had every intention of buying. Responsible were the negative ideas that the salesman was projecting. This has been recognised for quite some time; people have always been at least unconsciously aware of the pitfalls of having negative thoughts spoil their success, and a whole new industry has been created around this since the beginning of the 20th century, which has been growing larger year by year. There are motivational books, videos, films, speakers and entrepreneurs who travel from town to town and from country to country to give public lectures, etc. They all have built their act around the two magical words: Think Positive!

        There are people who are aware of the power of the human thought, but who want to misuse it by trying to cast various spells. Dion Fortune, who also wrote The Mystical Qabalah, says this in another of her books, Psychic Self-Defense.

We live in the midst of invisible forces whose effects alone we perceive. We move among invisible forms whose actions we very often do not perceive at all, though we may be profoundly affected by them. In this mind-side of nature, invisible to our senses, intangible to our instruments of precision, many things can happen that are not without their echo on the physical plane. There are beings that live in this invisible world as fish live in the sea. There are men and women with trained minds, or special aptitudes, who can enter into this invisible world as a diver descends to the ocean-bed. There are also times when, as happens to a land when the sea-dykes break, the invisible forces flow in upon us and swamp our lives. Normally this does not occur. We are protected by our very incapacity to perceive these invisible forces. There are four conditions, however, in which the veil may be rent and we may meet the Unseen. We may find ourselves in a place where these forces are concentrated. We may meet people who are handling these forces. We may ourselves go out to meet the Unseen, led by our interest in it, and get out of our depth before we know where we are; or we may fall victim to certain pathological conditions, which rend the veil.

The Threshold of the Unseen is a treacherous coast on which to bathe. There are potholes and currents and quicksand. The strong swimmer, who knows ±he coast, may venture in comparative safety. The non-swimmer, who takes counsel of nothing but his own impulses, may pay for his temerity with his life. But we must not make the mistake of thinking that these invisible forces are necessarily evil and inimical to humanity. They are no more inimical in themselves than are water or fire, but they are potent. If we run counter to them, the result is disastrous for us, for we have broken a natural law; but they are not out to attack us, any more than we are out to attack them. We must face the fact, however, that men and women with knowledge of these things, have, both in the past and in the present, used that knowledge unscrupulously, and that we may find our selves involved in the results of their actions. It may safely be said that the Unseen is only evil and inimical to humanity when it has been corrupted and perverted by the activities of these unscrupulous men and women, whom initiates call adepts of the Left-hand Path. 

Psychic attacks could come from anywhere, and not only from the “evil magicians”. You might not have been aware of it, but it is quite possible, even probable, that you have experienced some in the past, especially if even accidentally you had stepped on some people’s toes, which in life sometimes is hard to avoid. Someone who was annoyed with you might have sent evil thoughts to you, which did you little or no harm, however. A little farther Dion Fortune continues:

The commonest form of psychic attack is that which proceeds from the ignorant or malignant mind of our fellow human beings. We say ignorant as well as malignant, for all attacks are not deliberately motivated; the injury may be as accidental as that inflicted by a skidding car. This must always be borne in mind, and we should not impute malice or wickedness as a matter of course when we feel we are being victimised. Our persecutor may himself be a victim. We should not accuse a man of malice if we had linked hands with him and he had stepped on a live rail. Nevertheless, we should receive at his hands a severe shock. So it may be with many an occult attack. The person from whom it emanates may not have originated it. Therefore we should never respond to attack by attack, thus bringing ourselves down to the moral level of our attackers, but rely upon more humane methods, which are, in reality, equally effectual and far less dangerous to handle.

There is little doubt that some spells can be potentially quite powerful, the question is where and how they are going to work. All intending “witches” should be forewarned that by far the most likely recipients of spells they might try to cast on others are going to be themselves. It so happens that virtually all of us are protected in some way or another, and when a spell that was sent out cannot penetrate its target, it bounces off and then invariably finds its way back to its “Mummy” or “Daddy”.



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