What is Kabbalah?
WHAT IS KABBALAH?
The word Kabbalah means many different things to many different people. In a nutshell, it is an ancient wisdom that reveals how the universe and life work. On a literal level, the word Kabbalah means "receiving." It's the study of how to receive fulfillment in our lives.
Sometimes we neglect the fact that we're not as fulfilled as we could be. These feelings have overcome most people at some time. And sadly, the harder we strive to achieve that fulfillment, the more it eludes us.
But when we talk about fulfillment, we don't mean being happy or experiencing a sense of wellbeing in a temporary way because all of us have enjoyed flashes of happiness. When we talk about connecting to the energy of fulfillment, we mean maintaining your connection to it in a long-lasting, permanent way.
Kabbalah is an ancient yet entirely new paradigm for living. It teaches that all of the branches of our lives - health, relationships, business - emanate from the same trunk and the same root. It's the technology of how the universe works at the core level. It's a whole new way of looking at the world that can connect you to the kind of permanent fulfillment you may be seeking.
The bottom line in Kabbalah is - the proof is in the pudding. The knowledge kabbalah.com imparts, the information we provide for you, and the tools we share must have practical results in your life, results you can feel.
One of the nice things about studying Kabbalah is that it doesn't require you to leave your current faith or religious path. Kabbalah will merely deepen your understanding of the universe and give you more information and tools to understand why things are happening to you and how you can better connect to the light of the creator and receive the fulfillment you're looking for.
Kabbalah teaches universal principles that apply to all peoples of all faiths and all religions, regardless of ethnicity or where you come from. The beauty of studying Kabbalah is that you can't be forced to think in a particular way. All we can do is simply share information with you and hope that you will apply it in your life for the sake of bettering it. That's the purpose of everything you will discover on kabbalah.com.
WHAT'S THE POINT?
We all want to understand ourselves better, to live more fulfilling lives, to have a richer experience of who we are and what we are here to contribute. All of us want to be happy, and in truth, most of us really want the same things out of life:
- we want to love and be loved
- we want to have the best relationships
- we want to enjoy financial resources and to feel secure
- we want great health
- we want our children to be happy and safe...
...and we have questions, so many questions. Deep down, we all want to understand the meaning of our lives.
As a child, you may have even wondered, "Why was I born? What is the purpose of my life?" Then we grow up and get busy. We have to pay the rent, create a life, pursue a career, pick up the groceries. Sometimes, out of exhaustion, we lapse into a rut, a robotic existence, and stop asking the profound questions that fascinated us as children.
But do we have to? Wouldn't we be much better off if we continued to grow and develop, to wonder about and define our purpose in life? To connect to our true potential?
We've all been resigned on a certain level to the ups and downs of life. One day, we're feeling good about ourselves; the next day we're a little depressed. One day we're happy with our partner; the next day we break up. One day there's money in the bank; the next day it vanishes.
Does life have to be so rocky? Can situations start at one point and just continue to improve everyday? Is it possible? Is there a way to achieve what I want in my life?"
Yes, there is a way. Not only that, but you always have the opportunity to alter your destiny and achieve your true potential. Everybody can make it - no one is too young or too old or too stuck in their ways! We all have the ability to find meaning and achieve fulfillment beyond our wildest dreams and imaginings. You don't have to live like a robot or a victim or feel confused by a life that seems purposeless or filled with random ups and downs. You have no limits; you can soar.
How? In our humble opinion, one way is the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Approximately 4,000 years ago, a set of spiritual principles was communicated to humanity in a moment of divine revelation. These ancient revelations unlock all the mysteries of humanity; the secret code that governs the universe. It's the grand unified theory pursued by Einstein. It's an incredible system of logic and a phenomenal technology that can alter the way you view your life. It is the oldest sacred document in existence, filled with wisdom. This extraordinary, powerful set of tools is known as Kabbalah - the original instruction manual for life.
In recent years, millions of men and women all over the world have discovered Kabbalah and have changed their lives dramatically. Kabbalah is the magic that will transform your life too. Its timeless principles apply to everyone who seeks fulfillment.
Kabbalah is also about getting rid of chaos and experiencing the universe the way the creator meant for you to experience it. In learning Kabbalah, you will understand what chaos really is, the challenges, difficulties, and upsets that throw you off center each day. And you will realize that this was never meant to be a part of your life. What's more, you will discover powerful tools for eliminating chaos and replacing it with harmony, love, and fulfillment.
Our physical universe operates under a clear set of spiritual laws. You may be unaware of the laws that govern it, laws whose power are available to you on a daily basis. Now, with the wisdom of Kabbalah, these spiritual laws are explained to you in a way that you can understand them. You'll be better able to make sense of your life and be better equipped to live it without suffering too much chaos. This is the magic, the power that Kabbalah can bring to you.
Indeed, you are about to discover the hidden meaning of living.
It may seem unlikely that knowledge first communicated to people who lived 4,000 years ago could have any relevance to men and women in today's world. But the fact is we need the wisdom of the Kabbalah more now than at any other time in our history. Kabbalah is not a religion, it's not dogmatic, and it's not a belief system that you have to buy into. Even more importantly, it's not anyone's personal opinion of how the universe works. It's simply timeless knowledge whose time has finally come.
THE SECRET REVEALED
The teachings upon which the Kabbalah is based have existed from the beginning of time, but the first written record of it is called The Book of Formation. This ancient document, written 4,000 years ago, attempts to help us to understand the secrets of our universe, but if we were to open it and try to understand our lives and why things often don't go our way, we would have a hard time deciphering any meaning.
However, two thousand years ago, the main body of the teachings of Kabbalah, called The Zohar or The Book of Splendor, was revealed and manifested in Israel by mystic Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. The knowledge of how the universe functions is contained in The Torah (also known as The Five Books of Moses or The Old Testament), but Rabbi Shimon explains that all of those stories are not just meant to be understood on a literal level.
Rather, they are analogies or a code for how the universe functions in a spiritual way. The encoding took place to teach us that in order for us to extract fulfillment, we must go deeper. The Zohar deciphers the ancient scripture. In fact, it explains chapter by chapter what each Bible story is really talking about spiritually.
For centuries, the study of Kabbalah was conducted only among scholarly Jewish men over the age of forty, and forbidden to all others. But it was not easy for them. Scorned by the religious establishment for their efforts to make Kabbalah and the teaching of the Zohar available to men from all walks of life, many were tortured and their lives were ruined.
This tradition of hidden knowledge existed until 1968, when Rav Berg (Rav is simply another way of saying Teacher) first became director of the Kabbalah Centre. At that time, he and his wife insisted on opening the wisdom of Kabbalah to everyone, regardless of race, gender, or religious belief. When we are on a spiritual path, we are seeking to reconnect with Spirit. This spirit has no name; it is not Christian, or Jewish, or Buddhist or any other limiting description. It is just Spirit, far beyond the confines of any particular faith. And it has no gender. All people should be able to connect to its wisdom too.
It wasn't easy to open the teachings of Kabbalah to the whole world. Historically, Kabbalah has been reserved only for the most advanced scholars. And by making it available to anyone who was interested, they were defying a 4,000-year-old tradition. But despite their difficulties, the study of Kabbalah has become more and more popular, and the Kabbalah Centre has grown from a small, exclusive organization in Israel into a worldwide entity with more than 40 branches in cities throughout the world as well as over 100 study groups that have provided instruction to nearly four million students.