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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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25. THE NAME OF GOD

 

More than five thousand times in the Bible we encounter the name of God of Israel, which the Kabbalists call the Tetragrammaton, or quadrilateral name. There are other divine names, such as ADNI (Adonai), AHIH, and AGLA, which also contain four letters, but there is only one Tetragrammaton. It is spelt Yod-He-Vav-He — in English letters, I-H-V-H (or Y-H-V-H). The Kabbalists hold it that this name is unpronounceable and therefore it is normally spelled out rather than pronounced, any attempts at which are considered a sacrilege. The only person who knew the correct pronunciation was the High Priest of the Temple, who used it only on special occasions. According to the tradition, to be able to pronounce this name means to possess a key to all wisdom. The word is a cipher, behind which the profoundest mysteries of the Kabbalistic doctrine are concealed.

        Paul Foster Case in his Introduction to the Study of the Tarot  (Booksplendour 2008) suggests these ideas associated with each of the letters of the Tetragrammaton, to be a subject of meditation.

             YOD
    

A hand; creation, executive, realisation; Mexican, Hindu, Persian, and Christian symbol of God. In the Zohar, divine royalty, typified by the rod of Moses (Eliphas Levi); the active principle of all things (Papus); Spirit, Ruach, Prana, or Pneuma, the “life-breath”; inmost principle of man, the Ego, termed Purusha by Hindus.
 

    HE

A window; suggests (1) admission of light and air into a building, and (2) a means of outlook, which enables those within to see what happens outside. The first implicit represents movement from a circumference to a center, or involution; the second stands for motion from within outward, or evolution. Kabbalists call He “the Mother,” and say creation took place therewith. It is a sign of instrumentality, of the universal passive principle, the Non-Ego, which is the Prakriti, or Great Mother, of the Hindus.

     VAV

A nail, or hook; fastening, junction, binding, suspension. In the Tetragrammaton, that which joins Yod to He. The link between Essence (Purusha) and Substance (Prakriti) i. e., Motion or Force. According to Papus, Vav denotes the universal, passive-active, formative power.
 

    HE

In the Tetragrammaton the second He represents the second implicit of the letter-name. It is a sign of evolution, of transmission from one cycle, or plane, of activity to another. Papus compares it to a grain of wheat relatively to the ear, and calls it a Yod in germ — a synthesis of the first three letters, a concentration of their potentialities. It is a sign of Form, which combines Essence, Substance, and Activity.

After digesting the foregoing interpretation of the letters the student will have no trouble to understand the following table:

 

Yod

He

Vav

He final

Spirit

Soul

Astral Body

Physical  Body

Archetypal

Creative

Formative

Material

Fire

Water

Air

Earth

Lion

Eagle

Man

Bull

Leo

Scorpio

Aquarius

Taurus

 

Yod is a symbol for the active principle of all things, which must be a perfect unity. It has the numerical value of ten, but 10 consisting of 1+0 and therefore is 1.

He represents the universal passive principle, opposing the active Yod, and even suggesting an invitation to a union with the Yod (the opening near the top)

Vav is a sign of the union of Yod and He (Yod = 10, He = 5; Yod + He = 10 + 5 = 15 = 1 + 5 = 6, the numerical value of Vav), is analogous to 3, which is the sum of 1 and 2.

Finally, as the second He is a Yod in germ, so is 4 a potential 1: for by that process of occult mathematics called “theosophical extension” 4=1+2+3+4=10, and by reduction 10=1+0=1.

As a potential 1, the number 4 may be thought of as beginning a second group of integers — 4, 5, 6, and 7. In this quaternary, 7 is the second He. Thus it is also a Yod in germ. It returns to unity just as 4 does, for it extends to 28=2+8=10.         Hence occultists take it as the initial figure of a third quaternary — 7, 8, 9, 10. 10 is like 4 and 7. It returns to unity at once, by reduction, and its extension is 55=5+5=10=1+0=1.

By arranging the four letters YHVH in the form of the Pythagorean Tetractys (once again), the 72 powers of the Great Name of God are manifested:

 

   Y                                     10 = 10

   H Y                            5+10 = 15

   V H Y                   6+5+10 = 21

   H V H Y         5+6=5+10 = 26

   The Great Name of God = 72

Finally, the four letters of the Tetragrammaton arranged in the following way hint at the image of the Creator and of man.

 

GEMATRIA, NOTARICON, TEMURA

Gematria is a system by which a numerical value is assigned to letters of the alphabet. It was known to and used by the Greeks as well as the Kabbalists; the word Gematria probably comes from Geometria, or geometry. Gematria is a fairly straightforward method, by which the numerical value of a word is calculated, and then the word is compared with other words bearing the same numerical value. A couple of examples in this place should give you some ideas.

The words, Ruach Elohim, spelled Resh (200) Vav (6), Chet (8), Aleph (1), Lamed (30), He (5), Yod(10), Mem (40), mean  The Spirit of God. When the values of individual letters are added together they give the total of 300, the same as the letter Shin, which is associated with the element fire, and which according to Gematria must therefore have been the main instrument of Creation.

In another example we can take the word “messiah,” spelled in Hebrew with Mem (40), Shin (300), Yod (10), Chet (8). This gives us the total value 358. The phrase “iba Shiloh,” (Shiloh shall come) spelled with Yod (10), Beth (2), Aleph (1), Shin (300), Yod (10), Lamed (30), He (5) has the same value of 358, and thus there is deemed to be a relation, and the verse in Genesis 49:10 —

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

is considered to be a prophesy of the Messiah. Interestingly, when Aaron casts his rod at the feet of the Pharaoh in Exodus 7:10 —

And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.

it becomes a serpent “Nachash,” Nun (50), Chet (8), Shin (300), with the same numerical value of 358. Thus there must be a connection between the words Messiah, Shiloh, and the Serpent of Moses, just inviting a mystical interpretation, at least this is what Gematria tells us.

Concerning the Notaricon and Temura, let’s once again give the word to William Wynn Westcott, who wrote this in his Introduction to the Study of the Kabbalah:

NOTARICON, or abbreviation, is of two forms; one word is formed from the initial and final letters of one or more words; or the letters of one name are taken as the initials or finals of the words of a sentence. For example, in Deut. 30 V. 12, Moses asks, Who shall go up for us to Heaven? The initial letters of the original words MI IOLH LNV HShMILH, form the word MILH, mylah, which word means circumcision, and the final letters are IHVH, the name Jehovah: hence it was suggested that circumcision was a feature of the way to God in heaven.

Amen, AMN is from the initials of Adonai melekh namen. “The Lord and faithful king”; and the famous Rabbinic word of power used for talismans AGLA is formed of the initials of the words “Ateh gibur leolam Adonai,” “The Lord ever powerful,” or Tu potens in saeculum Dominine.

TEMURA is a more complex procedure and has led to an immense variety of curious modes of divination: the letters of a word are transposed according to certain rules and with many limitations: or again, the letters of a word are replaced by other letters as arranged by a definite scheme, often shown in a diagram. For example, a common form was to write one half of the alphabet over the other in reverse order, and so the first letter A was replaced by the last T, and B by Shin, and so on. On this plan the word Sheshak of Jeremiah 25 v. 26, is said to mean Babel: this permutation was known as ATBSh, atbash. On this principle we find twenty-one other possible forms named in order Albat, Abgat, Agdat: the complete set was called “The combinations of Tziruph.” Other forms were rational, right, averse and irregular, obtained from a square of 22 spaces in each direction, that is of 484 secondary squares, and then putting a letter in each square in order up and down, and then reading across or diagonally, etc. Of this type is the so-called “Kabbalah of Nine Chambers” of the Mark Masons.

 

To this I have to add that the Mark Masons’ degree follows the three basic craft degrees; it could therefore be called the 4th degree in Masonry and the first of the higher degrees.

I CHING, THE CHINESE ORACLE

A question may be asked: are we dealing with superstitions, are these rules open to other possible interpretations? Can we, for instance, leave the sacred book underneath and not on top as it should be, and then try to justify it by saying that the word of God it contains is the root of everything?

The answer to this is: No. We cannot rationalise this word; there are certain rules that must remain unchanged, rituals that have to be retained. For an example we can look at I Ching, the Chinese book of oracles. From the Wilhelm-Baynes translation of the Book of Changes we reprint the commentary:

        The hexagram number 11 is called T’AI.

The trigram above:  K’UN - the Receptive, Earth

    The trigram below: CH’IEN - the Creative, Heaven

The Receptive, which moves downward, stands above; the Creative, which moves upward, is below. Hence their influences meet and are in harmony, so that all living things bloom and prosper. This hexagram belongs to the first month (February-March), at which time the forces of nature prepare the new spring.

THE JUDGMENT

PEACE.

The small departs,

The great approaches.

Good fortune. Success.

This hexagram denotes a time in nature when heaven seems to be on earth. Heaven has placed itself beneath the earth, and so their powers unite in deep harmony, then peace and blessing descend upon all living things.

In the world of man it is a time of social harmony; those in high places show favour to the lowly, and the lowly and inferior in their turn are well disposed toward the highly placed. There is an end to all feuds.

Inside, at the center, in the key position, is the light principle; the dark principle is outside. Thus the light has a powerful influence, while the dark is submissive. in this way each receives its due. When the good elements of society occupy a central position and are in control, the evil elements come under their influence and change for the better. When the spirit of heaven rules in man, his animal nature also comes under its influence and takes its appropriate place.

The individual lines enter the hexagram from below and leave it again at the top, here the small, weak, and evil elements are about to take their departure, while the great, strong, and good elements are moving up. This brings good fortune and success.

The next hexagram is made up from the same trigrams, but in the reverse order - the commentary is nowhere near as optimistic:

Number 12, is called PI.

The trigram above: CH’IEN - the Creative, Heaven

The trigram below:  K’UN - the Receptive, Earth

Heaven is above, drawing farther and farther away, while the earth below sinks farther into the depths. The creative powers are not in relation. It is a time of standstill and decline. This hexagram is linked with the seventh month (August-September), when the year has passed its zenith and autumnal decay is setting in.

THE JUDGMENT

STANDSTILL.

Evil people do not further

The perseverance of the superior man.

The great departs; the small approaches.

Heaven and earth are out of communion and all things are benumbed. What is above has no relation to what is below, and on earth confusion and disorder prevail. The dark power is within, the light power is without. Weakness is within, harshness without. Within are the inferior, and without are the superior. The way of inferior people is in ascent; the way of superior people is on the decline. But the superior people do not allow themselves to be turned from their principles. If the possibility of exerting influences is closed to them, they nevertheless remain faithful to their principles and withdraw into seclusion.

We can see that when the trigram of the Earth (represented by three open lines) is above the trigram of Heaven (three solid lines), it is a desirable situation, because that which is receptive is moving downwards while the creative is moving upwards, meeting in the middle and creating harmony in which all living things bloom and prosper. If, on the other hand, we find the trigram of heaven above the earth trigram, contrary to expectations, such situation is not desirable; heaven and the earth are seen as moving away from each other, resulting in stagnation. The Kabbalistic Tree of Life is also concerned with balance, with upward and downward movement of forces, meeting in Tiferet, at the centre of the tree.

The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor chose you, because ye were more in number then any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:” (Deut. 7:7).

Whoever humbles himself, will be raised. When we are on the path to study the sacred law, you have to develop humility, so that we would be open to the truth, while constantly seeking to improve and defend our own opinion about things. If we develop this humility, we also develop the constructive receptivity. The one who is more advanced then we are, taps directly from the source, if he is genuine. The test is one of humbleness and lack of self-interest.

TO: 26. THE ZOHAR


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