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The Kabbalah

The Kabbala is the unofficial jewish mystics. The kabbalists look at the bible from an esoteric standpoint and search for the hidden allegories.

The Sohar is the most important  multi-volume work of the Kabbalah. The name Sohar means 'Splendor', and the book is traced back to the texts of the prophets Ezekiel (Ez 1,28: 8,2) and Daniel (Dan 2,31; 12,3).

But later kabbalists develeoped further theories about the Ain-Soph and the en-soph-aur, the infinite divine light, the 10 sephiroth and Adam Kadmon.

 

Merkabah

Der Merkabah('Wagen') or Merkavah - mysticism (100 BCE – 1000 CE) was a precabbalist scool which relied on the visions of the Ezekiel Chap. 1 and concentrated on the Heichalot - Literature with their divine palaces, the throne of god and the seven heavens, which were already long ago mentioned in Henochbook 2.

This Heichalot(Hekhalot : heavenly places) - literature contains several bigger texts like

  • Hekhalot Rabbati ( The Greater Palaces, or Pirkei Hekhalot) - the ascend of Rabbi Ishmael
  • Hekhalot Zutartey ( The Lesser Palaces ) - the ascend of Rabbi Akiva
  • Maaseh Merkabah ( Work of the Chariot ) - Sammlung von Hymnen und Gottesnamen
  • Merkavah Rabba ( The big Chariot )
  • Sepher Hekaloth (Enoch 3) - Buch der Paläste
  • Re'uyyot Yehezqel (Visions of Ezekiel)
  • Massekhet Hekhalot ( The Tractate of the Palaces )
  • Shi'ur Qomah ( Divine Dimensions )
  • Sepher Ha-Razim ( Book of the Mysteries ) - seven heavens. Names of 700 angels
  • Harba de Moshe ( The sword of Moses )
  • Alphabet of Akiba ben Joseph

and further smaller texts.

Kabbalah

Features of the modern Kabbalah are the kabbalistic tree with the 10 Sephiroth, the EN-SOPH-AUR, the there overcoming boundless light, and the En-Soph, with which an adept cannot unite, and books as the "Sepher Jezirah", which speaks about "Jah Jahve Sebaoth", the ONE almighty, merciful and gracious God and creator.

The 22 Tarotcards, the small Arcans, which have references to these letters, are however already a mapping of the process of the 22 universal steps on a spiritual system. On step of 16 the universal doctrine (see the accompanying Tarotcard 16), this divine power overtakes the leadership of the process: God extasy, like the Ishvara Samadhi of the Raja - Yoga. In the end the Kabbalist realizes all Sephiroth in himself and becomes a personification of "Adam Kadmon".

Beneath the Sohar exist other important kabbalist books like the

* Sepher Ha-Bahir

Sepher Jezirah, the book of creation (Jah Jahve Sebaoth : Jesaja 6.3) with  the letters of the alphabeth and the protecting name of god

* Pardes Rimonim

* Clavicula Salomonis

* Sepher Raziel HaMalach(Buch Raziels des Engels) with magical sygils.

There are further books from contrasting kabbalistic currents such as the ecstatic and theosophical orientations of the older Kabbalah.

Since Pico della Mirandola (15. Jh.) developed a christian  Kabbala(Cabala) and a hermetic  Kabbala(Qabalah).

The Sohar recognizes four (72) stages for the biblical exegesis:

  1. The literal text ( hebr. pschat )
  2. die allegoric meaning (allegory, hebr. remez)
  3. the meaning in life (exegesis, interpretation, hebr. drasch)
  4. the mystic meaning (secret, hebr. sod)

The goal of the Kabbalists war the selfrealisation of Adam Kadmon, the  divine sephirotic man described by the Sepher Ha-Bahir. In addition to a pure life-style, the main means for this was the- mysticism of the alphabet  and of the divine names.

Sepher Jesirah

A short extract from the Sepher Jesirah of Lazarus Goldschmidt,  Frankfurt - Main, Kauffmann, 1894 - ( Nachdruck bei der Wissenschaftlichen Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt, 1969)

Chapter I
In thirty-two hidden pathes of wisdom, Jah Jahve sebaoth, the God of Israel, the living God and King of the world, the Almighty, Merciful, and Gracious God ... He created his world by three counter - principles: number, counters, and counted.

Chapter II
Ten numbers without something, and twenty-two basic letters, three mothers, seven double, and three simple.
... III : 22 letters arranged in a wall in a circle :....

... There is nothing in the good about 'ONG' and nothing in evil about 'NGA'

... Ten numbers without anything, their appearance is like the appearance of a lightning, their goal is endless, his word is in them In back and forth...

Chapter IV
7. Moreover, God has made the one against the other, the good against evil and the evil against good, good from good and evil from evil. Good distinguishes evil, and evil distinguishes good. Good is kept for the good and evil for the wicked.

Chapter IX
Ten numbers without anything. Their measure is ten, but they are limitless. There is a dimension of the beginning and the end, a dimension of good and a dimension of evil,....

Ten numbers without anything. Their appearance is like a flash. Their goal is endless. HIS word is in them in the back and forth

ONE - the divine spirit. His throne has always been ready. His name, which continues to live in eternity, is eternal and everlasting.

Voice, spirit and word, that is the spirit of the holyest. His beginning has no beginning and his end has no limit.

Chapter XIII
He chose three letters from the simple (the mystery of the three mothers A-M-Sch) and put them inro his great name and sealed with them the six ends.
Five, he sealed the height, turned upwards and sealed it with J.H.V .... etc.


* Archive.org : The complete text of the  " Sepher Jezirah " (Westcott  Rittangel  1893)

* Jewish literature.

The  22 letters of the  Thora have been added to 22 steps of consiousness of the 22 tarotcards.

The Schem ham-meforasch (tetragrammaton) is the divine synthesis of vibrations and can only be experienced. Creation can be expressed by certain vibrations. Combinations of letters like "ONG - NGA" stand for the good and the evil. There are others and similar vibrations and also names of god. All that is the secret science of Quabbalah.

The cabbala teaches 10 Sephiroth(cernels of the good) and several Qlippoth(shells), in which the evil resides. The appearance of the 10 Sephiroth is like a "flash without end", says says the Sepher Jezirah. In the end the kabbalist realizes all Sephiroth in himself and becomes a personification of "Adam Kadmon".

Hinduism and quabbala

The Schem (Tetragrammaton) is comparable with the greece Logos and the hinduist Shabda of the Ishvara -Tattwa (Omkara, Nada). On the buddhic  plane is another impure pranava which is a viration of the maya - ethers.

In the Mahabharata is a "Nâga" a snake oder a negative force, whose allegorical archenemy is the Garuda, often depicted with a serpent in his claws,

Mantras with the mit der ending "NGA" are not used in india. A truie master gives Mantras - like 'ong namo'. Hrim und Hring are traditional Mantrams to control the Maya.

The cabbalist syllable "Ong" is also used in india, not only with 'Ong namo'.

The order of the letters is also important. The Sepher Jezirah discusses accordingly all combinations of JHV to VHJ.


Hiram(Hjrm) is the aalomonian master-builder. Das indische "Sonnengebet"(Surya Namaskar) uses Mantras like Hrim, Hraum, Hrum und Hraim. These therefore have effects on the lower planes.


Such linguistic considerations can only be applied on the ancient Hebrew language as well as on the ancient Sanskrit, the language of the gods.

God created the world according to the Kabbalah by three counting principles. All science, therefore, ends at a certain limit where there are no more units. There is a world no longer comprehensible to reason, since it has no measure for the infinite and the unity. Among these are the mathematically comprehensible natural laws, which go beyond the well-known mathematics.  The present man has not the intuitive intellect to descibe the upper worlds  mathematically, which he does not even know and therefore can not model - but he would gladly conquer them.

The Sepher Jezirah speaks of a graceful and merciful God "Jah Jahwe Zebaoth". The John Apocalypse describes god different: "No man could stand before the wrath of the Lamb, and of the one who sat upon the throne."

The divine creates the power of anger (or the Hindu Maya force), and the evil ("nga") was thereby created. 

The Old Testament also states: "Fear the Lord, for he is great and mighty." In the Kabbalist writings, only Quodesh, the saint, is described as a kind and gracious ruler.

Therefore "Jah Jahwe Zebaoth" is probably the creator god of the sixth plane (ishvara) and not the unknown highest godhead above the hindu parabraman or satyaloka.

Literature

Zur Kabbalah gibt es neben dem "Sohar" mit der "Kleinen Versammlung"(Idra Sutta) und der "Grossen Versammlung"(Idra Rabba) beispielsweise auch die Bücher von Eliphas Levi wie "Transzendentale Magie" und Knorr von Rosenroth (Kabbalah Denudata), und nicht zuletzt aus neuerer Zeit das unschätzbare Buch von Franz Bardon : "Der Schlüssel zur wahren Quabbalah".

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* Kabbalist books