Ancient Tradition of Kabbalah
For thousands of years, true Kabbalists have had more insight into creation, the cause of all being, than profane science, which derives its knowledge from limited empiricism. The profane approach of today’s exoteric natural sciences is unable to grasp the true interaction of microcosm and macrocosm, human being and environment. Kabbalah provides a system for classifying the worlds and planes that precede material plane phenomena. Many outstanding and serious scientists of the modern era have studied Kabbalah, most notably the Nobel laureate and brilliant discoverer of the theory of relativity, Albert Einstein. He believed that the degree to which a person is free from selfishness, and the means by which he achieves this, defines his true worth. This altruistic attitude is particularly conveyed in the teachings of the Kabbalah. It is extremely rare for the average person to be exposed to Kabbalah, unless it is in a profane form such as we often find today. Since there are few serious writings available, it is even more difficult to find quality Kabbalistic literature in a standard bookstore. Here, scientific, university-like treatises are tempting, but they look only at the superficial appearance and miss the true essence of Kabbalah. The same is true of sober historical analyses and references. They poison the inquisitive mind and distract from the true purpose of Kabbalah. Kabbalistic terminology frightens the layman. It makes it difficult for the interested person to enter this royal science for the first time.
Although some Kabbalistic writings have been known for only 2000 years, the tradition is much older. In the Old Testament, Abraham is described as one of the great prophets. Oral tradition reports that he received and passed on certain aspects of the Kabbalah. This tradition is concealed within the Biblical writings. It is impossible to receive the light of the Bible without Kabbalistic training. Even Jesus, to whom the major New Testament works are dedicated, is attributed clear Kabbalistic statements. The Lord’s Prayer is in accordance with the rules and assignments of the Tree of Life, one of the most important glyphs of the Kabbalah. Kabbalistic education is multifaceted. It includes both theoretical and practical training. In theory, one learns the background of the mysticism of numbers, the theory of letters, the spheres, the worlds and Creation. If the aspiring student is ready, he receives the basics of these theories, but only if he has shown perseverance and has fulfilled the ethical requirement, he may come into contact with the practical side of Kabbalah. This includes methods of meditation, prayer, and Theurgy. Thus, the student is gradually prepared to become receptive. His personality is corrected so that he can participate in meditation. Only when this condition is created is he suitable for the higher levels of Kabbalah.
Practical Kabbalah requires that the student master the art of meditation, for creation is a process of meditation that takes place in the mind of God. Then the student is truly receptive to the teaching. “Receptive” in Hebrew is “KIBEL”, this is the language root of “KABBALAH”, of the tradition given from mouth to ear. Therefore, there is a need for someone to reveal the teaching, and there is also a need for someone to receive the teaching. The Revealer of these mysteries is God. Often, God’s Word works through His instruments who serve as a bridge. These are the high initiates of the Kabbalah. Everything depends on the Divine Will. If it is God’s will that the student receive certain areas of the Kabbalistic tradition, then it will happen. That student will meet a teacher who will reveal to him those laws for which he is ready to receive them. This is a multilayered process. Even if he imagines that he gains this knowledge of his own accord, it still comes from a higher source. This knowledge is always present at a transpersonal level. God in His wisdom and understanding potential is always omnipresent. All knowledge that ever was, is, or will be is present.