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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








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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29. THE PATRIARCHS

THE BIBLICAL PATRIARCHS

 

The Biblical patriarchs can be associated with the days of Creation and with the seven lower sephiroth:

 

1st    Day of Creation               

Chesed

Abraham

2nd   Day of Creation              

Geburah

Isaac

3rd   Day of Creation  

Tiferet

Jacob

4th   Day of Creation  

Netzah

Moses

5th   Day of Creation  

Hod

Aaron

6th   Day of Creation  

Yesod

Joseph

7th   Day of Creation

Malkhut

David

 

                     Abraham’s Sacrifice by Rembrandt

According to the Talmudic tradition, God had created the world anticipating that Abraham will come into it and teach for the first time monotheism. In Creation everything is preordained, but we still have the God given power to apply our free will and change things. It is for instance said that king David was not supposed to live a full life, only a very short one, but that Adam, who learned about it in advance, gave 70 years of his own life, so that David could live longer. The sephira Chesed is the limitless outburst of divine desire to give, to share.

Abraham belongs to the first day of Creation; he is the man who has been magnanimous, always generous in giving but also the man who has fostered monotheism around the world. Through his own hard earned lesson he found out the truth about human sacrifice and   he   taught   others that the widespread practice of sacrificing the first-born son to the gods was wrong.

Geburah, Severity, rules over the second day, and the patriarch that made the link with this attribute was Isaac. The tradition states that when Isaac was about to be sacrificed, and his hands were being bound, the angel came and cried for the boy. Some of the tears of the angel fell into the eyes of Isaac and as a consequence, after his rescue Isaac lost most of his vision and became almost blind. This is also why his son Jacob was later able to make his father believe that he was Essau, his  brother, and how through this deception he gained his father’s blessings. 

Personally, I find the story of Abraham and his intended sacrifice of his son Isac rather repulsive. I understand the motive behind it, but somehow I feel that if God had to test Abraham and his faith, he might have found a different, less drastic way. But maybe, this is where it shows that I'm not Jewish... 

 Jacob Wrestles with an Angel by Gustave Doré

The third day and Tiferet belongs to Jacob. Jacob was the man who had wrestled with the angel of God and who became limp after the fight. He also conceived of building the House of God, Bethel, after having the famous vision of the ladder leading to heaven. Jacob was a man of great fortitude and of courage, who was able to overcome many obstacles. An example of this is his determination to marry Rachel, the daughter of Laban. After having worked for her father for seven years, he was told by his future father in law that he must first marry Rachel’s older sister Leah; if he still wanted Rachel, he would have to work for another seven years.

On the Tree of Life (left) we find Yesod below Tiferet. Yesod belongs to the sixth day of Creation. Jacob’s son from Rachel, Joseph, was destined to become a saviour of the whole world. Because he had suffered so much before he could marry his mother, Joseph was the favourite son of Jacob’s. Apart from Joseph, Jacob had six sons from his first wife Leah and others from two concubines; all these brothers were jealous of Joseph and had the desire to kill him (the evil inclination in humanity can be very strong and can afflict even its most advanced members).

However, they spared Joseph’s life, but sold him as a slave to Egypt, where Joseph eventually became a very powerful man, through his ability to explain the meaning of peoples’ dreams (Yesod). Because of this gift, Joseph was able to interpret the dream of the Pharaoh and to save the known world from a terrible famine that was about to come into the Egyptian land.

 

 

Jacob’s Dream 

The fourth and the fifth days belong to Moses and his brother Aaron. We know already that there are two stories of man’s Creation in the Bible; in the book of Genesis:

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. (Genesis, 1:26).

And further on:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis, 2:7)

        The first man, made in the image of God, is a spiritual man. The second man, made of the dust of the ground is the physical man, man of the earth. The spiritual man was expected to stay close to God, but the earthly man wanted to use his free will and live his own life. For the “runaway” man to get back to spirituality, he has to undergo an initiatory process. With Jews, it was the whole nation or rather a budding nation, as the Jews were at that time little else then a conglomerate of nomadic families, that was required to undergo the initiation, primarily through the Egyptian bondage. First Jacob with his family was made to go to Egypt to escape the famine in the land of Canaan, then (again as a result of the famine) the Jews in Egypt became a powerful minority and as such they were liable to persecution by the Egyptians. This is what nearly always happens when a minority gains prominence in any country, typically through their industry and their willingness to do work that the locals for some reason don’t want to do. In such circumstances, xenophobic tendencies are on the rise, be it in our times or three and a half millennia ago. When the situation in Egypt became unbearable, God provided the Jews with the inspiration (Netzah, Moses) that lead them out of Egypt and eventually, after many years in the desert, to their own land. Amongst the Jews were the Levites, the priests, who have retained their purity of faith and who were never enslaved by the Egyptians who respected them.

 

 

Nicolas Poussin: The Pharaoh’s Daughter Finds the Baby Moses (1638)

 

Moses was born into the family of a Levite at the time when there was a confrontation looming; the well known story of his miraculous survival after the first-born children were condemned to die has parallels in several mythological stories concerning the founders of great religions or dynasties (i.e. the king Sargon I. of Assyria, Krishna of the Indians, Romulus and Remus of Rome, etc.). We see here a representation of archetypes in different settings, which are bound to keep recurring throughout the human history.

Moses became the faithful shepherd, who took his children out of the land of bondage, but his brother Aaron played a very important role as well. When a child, Moses lived in the house of Pharaoh (where he was fostered by the king’s daughter) who was given the prophecy that a child who stays there will overshadow the monarch. To save himself, the child Moses put into his mouth a piece of burning coal to feign feeble-mindness; however this left him with a speech impediment that stayed with him throughout his life. Aaron therefore became Moses’ mouthpiece. Aaron was a good-hearted man, who always acted as a peacemaker and who never opposed anybody; for these qualities he was to become the first High Priest of the Jewish nation.

DAVID - MALKHUT

Michelangelo’s statue of David


    

The seventh day of Creation is a day of rest, and it belongs to God. Malkhut represents the whole world that has manifested and it belongs to David. David was the son of Jessie, his mother was a descendant of Ruth, the Moabite who became converted to Judaism and married Boaz.
     Even as a child David was very loyal, obedient, sincere and very religious; he had a beautiful voice to which he could play musical instruments; we might say that he was one of those people who are born with the gift of knowledge and the accompanying powers of the mind. The statue of David by Michelangelo, perhaps the most famous sculpture ever made, shows him as an Apollo-like extremely handsome young man. The spiritual leader of the Jews at that time was the prophet Samuel who was lead to the son of Jessie by God and who was told to anoint David, which was the prerogative of kings. At the time of David’s youth, Saul was made the first king of the Jews. Saul suffered from melancholy and when he was told that there was a shepherd boy who played beautiful music, he invited David to his court and made him his armour bearer. David met Saul’s son Jonathan, who was his sister soul; the two men became great friends.

After the well-known episode with the killing of the Philistine giant Goliath, David, who showed enormous courage and military skills, briefly enjoyed Saul’s favour and even married the king’s daughter Michal. David’s successes though did not wash too well with Saul, who gradually grew jealous of the young man and begun to make life difficult for David. Even Jonathan could only temporarily stop his father from attempting to kill David; eventually his wife Michal convinced him that he had to leave the court, which David did, just in time to escape another attempt at his life. For some time David was on the run hiding from the king’s assassins and finally he was forced to flee to the Philistines, who gave him the city of Ziklag.                   

David ruled as the king there while still under the yoke of Philistines, being engaged in the war against his father in law. Eventually Saul died and David became the king of Judea. David made some humanly mistakes too, and was made to suffer for them. One was having a relationship with a captive woman, Maacah, who bore him the son Absolom.

Absolom later tried to kill his own father, but was in turn killed by David’s general Joab. David grieved the death of his son greatly. Another of David’s acts which “displeased God” was the relationship he had with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his own generals, whom David deliberately sent to a war mission, knowing that he would meet there with his death. Despite these transgressions (which he deeply regretted), David was a great man who had an enormous knowledge and who wrote the most beautiful psalms, which besides being some of the greatest works of poetry and literature are also magical formulae that act as remedies for various afflictions.  According to the Talmud, David was given the prophecy that he was going to die on the Sabbath day. Every Saturday he thus studied the books of the Pentateuch while the Angel of Death was waiting for him, vainly, because David would not give him the opportunity, as he would never close his eyes. Traditionally, the angel of death has no power over people who are engaged in the study of the Bible, so in this case he had to resort to trickery. He caused a loud noise in the palace and made David, who left his book for a moment to go to investigate, and fall off the stairs to his death.

It was David’s idea to build the first Temple of God in Jerusalem, for which he already gathered the money and was ready to commence the works. However, as a punishment for some of his indiscretions, he was not allowed to do it and so the task was passed on to Solomon, his son by Bathsheba and his eventual successor, who completed the building after his father’s death. Still, it is said that David was God’s favourite, that God loved David more then any other patriarch and inspired him to writing songs and prayers for the whole of humanity to follow and also as cures for all the evils that would befall the human kind.

The patriarchs shown in our table are the chariots or the line of communication with their particular sephiroth. It is through reading about them and by trying to understand their lives and their work that we can connect with the various sephiroth on the Tree of Life. The different stories in the Bible are attached to the distinct things in the Universe, through the combination of letters, the names of power, the special names of God that are used, all make an impression on our minds, both its conscious and its unconscious parts. Again, according to the Hebrew tradition, David was the first Messiah, while the second Messiah, who is yet to come, will be from the lineage of David. This, of course, has been a major point of argument between the two religions, Judaism and Christianity over the past two thousand years, but I certainly do not intend to buy into that here.

There are ten sephiroth within every sephira, for instance in the cosmic Binah we thus have Malkhut of Binah, Yesod of Binah, Hod of Binah, etc. The first nine letters of the alphabet, from Aleph to Thet, are equivalent to the nine sephiroth of cosmic Binah. The letters that denote the tens, from Yod to Tzade, are equivalent to the nine sephiroth of cosmic Tiferet, while the letters that denote hundreds, Qoph to Tav, relate to cosmic Malkhut. The Bible is a coded message and the Kabbalah is the secret key that helps us to decode it.  The letters of the Hebrew alphabet are forces or energy intelligences. The last four letters Qoph, Resh, Shin, Tav, are our link to the upper levels of consciousness.  Jacob who appears on Tiferet and Joseph who appears on Yesod are the two apexes of the triangles that form the Star of David, and between themselves connect the celestial middle column with the celestial Universe. King David was the chariot of Malkhut, and attained the cosmic consciousness at the moment he was anointed with the sacred oil by the prophet Samuel. David is the final link in the chain of cosmic connections.

In the Garden of Eden, there was the Tree of Life, which was connected with the worlds of cosmic good. Attached to the Tree of Life, there was also the Tree of Knowledge. When God told Adam not to eat the tree’s fruit, by disobeying and by eating the fruit, the latter created a contact with the other side, the worlds of Kelifot or the world of the shells, of death, of darkness, of evil. Adam thus severed the Tree of Knowledge from the Tree of Life. The world of Kelifot gained access to the Tree of Knowledge and begun to feed of it; this is how the tree of Knowledge manifested the good and the evil. The Empire of the Dark Lord is fed by doing the wrong things. Before the good and the evil was allowed to become manifested, it was present on the Tree of Knowledge only in potential. As I have stated, evil is a desire to receive without any intention to share.


THE STAR OF DAVID

The Star of David represents an opening to the higher worlds, while the so-called Star of Death, or sometimes the Dark Star, opens to the inferior worlds of Kelifot. It is in the way that we live and behave, where the determination of which door we are going to reach, lies. If we model our personal conduct on the life of any of the patriarchs, like for instance the strong Isaac, the peaceful Aaron or the visionary Joseph, then we are headed for the right entrance.

The Star of David is also known as the Magden David, which literary means the Shield of David, or sometimes simply as the hexagram or six-pointed star. The letters Shin, Daleth, Yod pronounced Shadai are in the middle of the emblem, which is formed by two intertwined triangles. We could project it onto the Sephirotic Tree of Life, with the upper sephiroth, Chesed, Geburah and Tiferet forming the upper triangle, and with the three lower sephiroth, Hod, Netzah and Yesod juxtaposed on the former. We could take this further and introduce the colours, with the three primary colours, red, blue and yellow, belonging to the upper triangle, and the three secondary colours, orange, green and purple, belonging to the lower triangle.

Their arrangement on the six-pointed star is such that each colour has its complimentary colour directly opposite and its components on its either side (i.e. the orange of Hod is opposite the blue of Chesed, as it was derived from it neighbours, the red of Geburah and the yellow of Tiferet). On such a scheme, Yesod can appear above its superior sephira Tiferet, because at this level we have no dimensions, no space, no time.

The Star of David was a very well kept Kabbalistic secret. The word Shadai (or Shaddai) in the centre of the star has the prominent letter Shin, which can be viewed as three lights or three Yods, while the fourth, as we have already mentioned, is concealed. In the word Shadai, however, the fourth Yod is made visible, but the letter Daleth, the meaning of which in Hebrew is door, separates it. Thus within the Star of David, between that which is revealed and that which remains concealed, there is a passage, there is an opening. 

The symbolism of the Star of David had been known since the time of the Patriarchs. It is the opening into the celestial realms, the door into the celestial consciousness. It is a gate that can take us back up the Tree of Life, through the middle column to its very top, to the source. It is a way that cannot be forced, because it only opens to those who have reached the necessary degree of knowledge and spiritual purification.

 


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