Tuesday, Sep 19th 2017

Kabbalah Basics

KABBALAH BASICS

Some Basics on Kabbalah

After that introduction we will move now to introduce some of the basics of the Sacred Kabbalah.

The word Kabbalah literally means " to receive ", what to receive, how to receive, when to receive and from whom to receive is what is called and elaborated on as "Tradition"

that was passed on as the "Oral Teaching"( Torah SheBeal Pe ), since ancient times as it is transmitted from Abraham and Moses, the source of all our learnings, and throughout the generations from "teacher"to "student"and "father"to "offspring" until this very day.

The first teachings and appeared first in writing in the following important works:
1. Sefer Yetzirah (c. C.E. 3rd-6th centuries)
2. Sefer HaBahir (c.1180)
3. Sefer HaZohar (c. 1280)

These books were translated as Book of Creation, or Book of Formation, Book of Brilliance, or Book of Illumination, and Book of Splendor or Radiance.

One of the great and visionary Kabbalist who lived in Spain and traveled extensively was Rabbi Abraham Abulafia, (1240 – 1292) who wrote many books that have been newly republished in Israel, elaborated in his teachings and developed great meditation techniques with the Hebrew Letters, and thus in his book called "Otzar Gan-Eden" –  "The treasures of The Garden of Eden", he elaborated with his unique approach about the Sefer Yetzirah, the Hebrew Letters computations and on the Sefiroth as they are presented in Sefer Yetzirah.

He even developed a certain way to breath and utter the Hebrew letters in a certain way to invoke the deeper meaning, and cause inspiration, realization, causing "Divine revelation", and deep inner experience of "that which cannot be talked about," or "that which we cannot described."

Rabbi Moshe Cordovero or as he called the RAMAK, (1522 – 1570), was a very profound theoretician of the ten emanations ( Sephirot ) of the Divine expression of the Creator. He lived in the City of Safet, or Tzefat in Eretz Israel. He was the contemporary of he great Rabbi Isaac LURIA, known as the ARI, (1534 -1572). The Ari who developed, amplified and transformed some of the Kabbalah teachings into a comprehensible system of practice that is the current stream of Kabbalah Study. Most of his teaching was transmitted orally and was recorded by his devoted student, Rabbi Hayim Vital, Born in Tzefat, Eretz Yisrael, 1543 and died in Damascus, Syria, 1620, in his many books.

Over the generations and history many from various cultures have studied this Sacred knowledge and wisdom, wrote books and interpretations that they learned from books, and left various impressions and information for the generations to come and discern and recognize the authentic from the false.

This is not the place for such elaborations, but for the student it is recommended to be informed more and go on, as long as one distinguishes very clearly between information and knowledge, especially these days, where everyone who informs oneself about the "finger" one pretends to know the "whole body". And also as suggested above, one may search and find an authentic teacher to learn and transmit in a certain way this great teaching and its practical application in everyday life.

The Hebrew Letters - Some of the BASIC meanings.

According to Sefer Yetzirah – Book of Formation, "Twenty-two letters: He ordained them, He hewed them, He combined them. He weighted them. And created with them the whole creation and everything to be created in the future."

The Kabbalah tradition transmitted this knowledge in Sacred Hebrew (Lashon Hakodesh).  This brief introduction is in English, just to present some of the basics and therefore, good effort has been made to be exact to the original writing.

 

א

ALEPH. The original representation of the Divine Emanations from which all else follows. Especially: The creation of SPIRIT, then AIR, ABUNDANCE, and the trunk of the human body.

ב

BEITH. The foundation of LIFE. Corresponds to the direction ABOVE.

ג

GIMEL. The foundation of life is well being. Corresponds to the direction BELOW.

ד

DALETH. The foundation of life is WISDOM. Corresponds to the direction EAST.

ה

HE. The foundation of life is SIGHT. NORTHEAST. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to ARIES.

ו

VAV. The foundation of life is HEARING. SOUTHEAST. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the TAURUS

ז

ZAYIN. The foundation of life is SMELL. HIGHEAST. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the GEMINI.

ח

HETH. The foundation of life is SPEACH. LOWEAST. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the CANCER.

ט

TETH. The foundation of life is TASTE. HIGHNORTH. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the LEO.

י

YOD. The foundation of life is SEXUAL LOVE. LOWNORTH. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the VIRGO.

כ

KAPH. The foundation of life is WEALTH. Corresponds to the WEST.

ל

LAMED. The foundation of life is WORK. SOUTHWEST. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the LIBRA.

מ

MEM. The essential foundation of life is WATER. Corresponds to the WEST.

נ

NOON. The essential foundation of life is MOVEMENT. NORTHWEST. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the SCORPIO.

ס

SAMEKH. The essential foundation of life is ANGER. HIGHEAST. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the SAGGITARIUS.

ע

AYIN. The essential foundation of life is HAPPINESS. LOWEAST. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the CAPRICORN.

פ

PE. The essential foundation of life is BEAUTY. NORTH.

צ

TZADE. The essential foundation of life is THOUGHT. *Imagination, Mrditation. HIGHSOUTH.. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the AQUARIUS.

ק

KOF. The essential foundation of life is SLEEP. LOWSOUTH. Extending to the infinity of the Universe, continuing and embracing the ETERNITY of BEING. Corresponds to the PISCES.

ר

REISH The essential foundation of life is FRUITFULNESS. Corresponds to the SOUTH.

ש

SHEEN. The essential foundation of life is FIRE, then HEAVEN. The human head.

ת

TAV. The essential foundation of life is DOMINION. Corresponds to the sustaining "SACRED PLACES"in the Center of all DIRECTIONS.

 

E I N S O F and THE T E N  S E F I R O T

ספירות - Sefiroth (plural)
ספירה - Sefirah (singular)

To give you an idea of the nature of Kabbalah, I will mention one of the better known, fundamental concepts of kabbalistic thought: the unconceivable being of the Creator is called: EIN SOF, the TEN SEFIROT, and the kabbalistic TREE OF LIFE. This poor explanation is a gross oversimplification. We do not dare or pretend to fully understand these ideas.

According to Kabbalah, the true essence of the CREATOR is so transcendent, and cannot be described, except with reference to what it is not. This true essence of the CREATOR is known as EIN SOF, which literally means "without end" or "with no end," which encompasses the idea of the lack THE boundaries in both time and space. In this truest form, the EIN SOF is so transcendent that, It cannot have any direct interaction with the universe. The EIN SOF interacts with the universe through ten emanations from this essence, known as the Ten Sefirot.

The ten Sefirot corresponds to the various qualities of the CREATOR. They consist of, in descending order:
KETER (the Crown), HOKHMAH (Wisdom), BINAH (Intuition, Understanding), HESED (Mercy) or GEDULAH (Greatness), GEVURAH (Strength), TIF’ERET (Glory), NETZAH (victory), HOD (Majesty), YESOD (Foundation) and MALKHUT (Sovereignty or Kingdom).

The middle five qualities are mentioned clearly and in order at: Chronicles I. 29:11:
Yours, O L-rd, is the greatness (gedulah), the strength (Gevurah), the glory (Tif’eret), the power (netzach), and the splendor (hod).

לְךָ יְהֹוָה הַגְּדֻלָּה וְהַגְּבוּרָה וְהַתִּפְאֶרֶת וְהַנֵּצַח וְהַהוֹד... דברי הימים א. יא

This passage have been translated extensively in varying ways, but the Hebrew corresponds to the names of the Sefirot is in order.

The Ten Sefirot include both masculine and feminine qualities. Kabbalah considers a great importamnce of attention to the feminine aspects of The Creator.  The Sefirot are commonly represented as in the diagram at left. This diagram is commonly known as the Tree of the Sefirot or the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. There is great significance to the position of these various attributes and their interconnectedness.

The Sefirot are not separate deities, as some might think by taking this too literally. They are intimately a part of The Sacred one, HaKadosh Barukh Hu, and yet they are in contact with the universe in a way that the Ein Sof is not.

The Sefirot connects constantly and eternally with everything in the universe, including "this world"of humanity. The good and evil that we do resonates through the Sefirot and affects the entire universe, up to and including The Creator’s Being.

אין סוף - EIN SOF AUR Infinity, unlimited beyond human definition.
אור הגּנוּז - AUR HAGANUZ = The Concealed Light
כתר - KETER
חכמה - HOKHMA
בינה - BINAH
חסד - HESED
גבורה - GEVURAH
תפארת - TIF’ERETH
נצח - NETZAH
הוד - HOD
יסוד - YESOD
מלכות - MALKHUTH
א ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט י כ ך ל מ ם נ ן ע פ ף צ ץ ק ר ש ת

Notes:

* See the article "Finding Your True Living Master Teacher" by Samuel Ben Or Avital, Creator of BodySpeak™ – Moving Body and Mind , with the addendum called "The Presence"of the Teacher and the Emanation of Energy".

NOTE: See also the private publication of the book "THE INVISIBLE STAIRWAY: Kabbalistic Meditations of The Hebrew Letters." privately published in 2003 and 2006, By Samuel Ben Or Avital.  See details how to be invited to contribute to purchase this book.

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