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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



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32. BETH - THE FIRST LETTER


 

THE NEED FOR BALANCE

There are three columns in the scheme of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. On one side there is Binah (understanding or intelligence), below it is Geburah (severity, strength) and lower still is Hod (glory, reasoning). On the other side we have Chokhmah (wisdom), below it is Chesed (mercy, benevolence), and further down is Netzah (imagination, artistry, music, the poesy of life). The three sephiroth on the top of the tree are the “supernals,” Kether, Chokhmah and Binah; they are separated from the rest and they have a life of their own. Below them there are the six sephiroth, Chesed, Geburah, Netzah, Hod, Yesod and Malkhut; they are in a state of tension, they are pushing and attracting, centrifugal and centripetal forces. All are held together by the central sephira, Tiferet, the balance, the beauty of the world. Balance is the key word when we talk about the Kabbalah.

We have previously seen, on the example of Hod, what could happen when there is too much preoccupation with this particular sephira. People who are ruled by Hod would vivisect every thought and idea, they would rationalise violations of moral and social codes of conduct they might have committed, etc. While doing this, they would kill completely their inner voice, thus making any real advancement of the spirit impossible. Naturally, the same thing in a reverse would happen if someone becomes too immersed in the realm of Netzah. Such people could turn into hopeless dreamers, designing wonderful schemes for themselves and society, without giving any regard to their practical application.

That said, still Netzah remains the place for you to be, if you want to enter the path of initiation. The practical advice for you as an aspiring initiate is to try to put aside the Hod aspect of your being, and to follow the way of Netzah. Do something creative, paint abstract pictures, play music or theatre. Or at least go to a gallery, theatre or concert hall. But beware! Once you have made some advances, once the creative and imaginative side of your being had been activated, the time comes when you need to immediately go back to Hod and re-examine everything you have just experienced from this position. You want to make sure that you are not deluding yourself; something that Netzah could easily have done to you — make you abandon your good judgement. Every significant step you make on the spiritual path has thus to be scrutinised and analysed by your Hod-driven logical faculties. We are talking here of the way of the Kabbalah, the way Hermetic societies in the West have been following for centuries. If you go to an Eastern guru you might get completely different advice. From those, for instance, who wish to follow the path of Jnana Yoga, a show of real devotion would be expected, similar to that required by monks in some medieval monasteries. After such an experience, spending for instance a time in an Indian ashram, if you went back to Hod and watched yourself from this angle, a devoted disciple “sitting at the feet of thine Master,” your Hod might very well disagree. At the least, it would probably make you ask yourself the question — “Is this the right path for me, or do I look ridiculous, doing this?” If the answer is — “Yes, I do look ridiculous,” like for many other Westerners this probably is not the right path for you to follow, and you should look for another. Logic has to be temporarily abandoned to allow you to enter the path, but under no circumstances should it be thrown away. It is too important to you. There are many p

aradoxes that you encounter once you are on the path, many enigmas, and this is one of them, also it happens to be the one that you will have to tackle very early: If you hold steadfast to your power of logic you will not get far on the path, in fact you never even move onto the path, you’ll talk yourself out of it, because you’ll inevitably convince yourself that all this is just a humbug, fanciful and ludicrous, and you’ll dismiss the notion immediately without even giving it a try. If, on the other hand, you abandon your logic altogether then you would move to the extreme side of the Tree of Life, shoot away from it on a tangent, and drown in the realm of fantasy.

Some years ago I had acted as a moderator at a public radio station, in a regular programme concerning mainly the alternative styles of living. Sometimes I found it a little hard having to judge whom I should invite to the programme and, occasionally, some self-deluding dreamer would slip through, in which case I had to deal with the situation as best as I could. Once, a youngish man who had just returned to Australia from England, and who was recommended to me by someone, was on the programme. All went reasonably well, until he suddenly began to talk about having gone to Hampstead Heath, where through some magical ritual he invoked the “Spirit of London,” with whom he claimed to have held some conversation. The listeners unfortunately had no chance of finding out what the Angel of London looks like, or exactly what was the nature of conversation that he had held with this entity, because I had cut my guest off at the nearest opportunity, naturally as painlessly as I could do it. My Hod immediately told me: even if this fellow had succeeded in invoking such a “spirit,” of which I had some doubts, this is not the thing I would have wanted to impose on my listeners, particularly if he went into more details. Some might have been tempted to try to do the same, and I would not have wanted to feel responsible.

 

THE JAIL


      Every human being carries within a piece of the Creator, a Divine spark, which is imprisoned in our physical body, in various degrees of incarceration. Imagine a cell in jail. The cell has three walls and the fourth wall is made of iron bars. Let’s say that it is a very modern jail with the governor an enlightened man, so the prisoners are allowed to have television sets in their cells. By far the largest number of inmates sits with their backs to the bars, watching their favourite TV programme, most likely a soap opera. They don’t even know they are in jail, and they wouldn’t care much even if they knew. The fundamental questions of life to them are: Would Ramon propose to Rachel and if so, would the regal Rachel accept him, or is she too infatuated with the rakish Ronald to realise how much she really is in love with Ramon?

A much smaller number of prisoners have not turned their TV sets on; they’ve realised their situation, and they are looking at the walls, perhaps even thinking of possible ways of getting out of jail. An even smaller number have already identified the weak point – the front bars, and they are working out various schemes that would get them past the jailers and out to freedom. A tiny percentage have everything worked out perfectly, and in their mind are already out of jail.

There is a certain factor that makes us yearn and search for something, for our spiritual source. Nevertheless, for some people, those who would rather watch their soap opera and wouldn’t turn off their TV sets even for a minute of contemplation, the door to the spiritual inner world is irrevocably locked — they find themselves in a high degree of incarceration. They are not even aware of the walls that surround them, let alone the metal bars; they keep telling themselves, “here we are, and here we’re going to stay till we die.” There is little that can be done for such people, and it would be a mistake trying to force open the door for them, regardless how close they might be to us, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters… A belief in spirituality simply isn’t there, everything is physical to them, and no amount of talk would make them alter their views.

This lack of interest some people have may not be such a problem, unless it involves someone who might be close to us, a brother, sister, wife, husband. Sometimes, particularly when they have married young, study of esotericism undertaken by one of the spouses creates division between the couple; this is a fairly common occurrence. Real interest in these subjects rarely comes before a person turns thirty, and often much later in life. I mentioned before that in the past a serious Kabbalist would not take on a student/disciple before he turned forty, and there certainly was a good reason for this.

Imagine that we have a case in which one of the partners, let’s say it is the woman, is irresistibly drawn toward the esoteric studies; she meditates, goes to lectures on the Kabbalah, reads books on esoteric subjects, etc. Naturally, she would try to pull her husband onto the same path. Thus far, everything worked nicely in their marriage, they have brought up successfully two children, and they never had a serious problem. So the wife thinks that if she introduced her husband to the Kabbalah he would take to it, particularly now when they both have more time on their hands, with the children out of the house. However, after a couple of years and a great deal of frustration, she finds out that the harder she tries the less it works. This has nothing much to do with the level of intelligence or creativity of her husband — he too is an avid reader, he even writes poetry sometimes, he paints very nice semi-abstract pictures, etc. But when it comes to the things of spiritual nature he simply is not interested. The man’s wife just has to realise that there are limits to his mental horizon beyond which he is not willing to go.

One cannot take an elephant and make it fly; there is not much one could do in such situation but arranging some modicum of acceptance, some compromise, find some interests in common, if possible. The only way we can help other people to reach a higher spiritual level is by our own example, by our behaviour, perhaps by telling them stories that have a moral meaning and letting them work it out for themselves, by arranging our life in such a way that might light up that Divine spark that lies dormant in any of us. We cannot force them to go to a lecture with us or demand that they read a particular book; this would not work. Above all, we must always bear in the mind that we too, in some previous life, must have found ourselves in a similar state of existence, even though we do not remember it. Which brings us to the questions of life after death and reincarnation.

 

The letter Beth as the first letter of the Old Testament, also known as the Book of Bereschit, represents everything that was created; it is also said to be Berakha or blessing. Blessing implies God reaching down to man, the word Berekh means “the bending of the knees”, in other words, for God to be able to give, to create, he has to lower himself. Likewise, if man wants to be able to receive and to give, he has to resemble God, he has to lower himself in order to give; if one stayed haughty or arrogant, one would not be giving without hurting the feelings of others.

When we wake up in the morning, we usually go to the bathroom and wash our hands and our faces with clean cold water. We feel the cool and invigorating touch of fresh water against our face, we feel pure and clean. It is a blessing and this is the time when we can really understand and recognise it as such, when we could be able to comprehend that there is a God out there.

On the other hand we might be very sick, we might wake up in the middle of the night feeling that we are about to suffocate, gasping for air, when the passage suddenly opens up and we can breathe again!

When we find ourselves by the seaside or on top of a mountain, and when we behold in front of our eyes all the beauty of creation, or when we simply sit in the garden of our house, while listening to the birds singing and watching the butterflies move from colourful flower to another, we could often feel deep inside us something that cannot be otherwise expressed but by letting out the words: “Oh, God!” or “How beautiful!” By pronouncing the word “beauty”, we involuntarily refer to the sephira Tiferet, or Beauty, one of the aspects of God. Such are the times when we can comprehend and, as the saying goes, we count the blessings we are receiving.

God’s purpose in Creation was to bestow good upon his handiwork; this purpose is fulfilled through awakening from below. We might say that God is elevated by our being elevated and we move a step closer to Him each time we partake of a thing that gives us a physical, emotional or intellectual enjoyment and can do so with some appreciation of the nature of the blessing that is bestowed upon us.

 



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