Your First Course in Kabbalah – Episode 3

Two Paths

Lesson 3 of 5

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What is in this lesson?

  • In our original state, we are in equivalence of form with the Creator, experiencing unbounded fulfillment, eternity and perfection.
  • We are destined to return to our original state, and there are two paths leading there: (1) the path of pain, and (2) the path of light and transformation.
  • The path of pain is our unconscious development. Humanity’s entire history to date has been via the path of pain, where we are unaware of how we are being developed. On the path of pain, we experience suffering through our lack of awareness, our lack of equivalence with the force that is guiding us.
  • The path of light is the path by which we discover our own nature and the nature of the force that is guiding us. We come to understand what it is, where we came from, where we are headed, and learn from this force in order to move toward the source of pleasure and alleviate suffering.
 

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Your First Course in Kabbalah – Episode 2

Perception of Reality

Lesson 2 of 5

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What is in this lesson?

  • Our five senses block us from perceiving the true, eternal reality.
  • The program that runs our five senses is called “egoism.”
  • In order to know the greater reality that surrounds us, we need to develop an additional sense, what Kabbalists call “the sixth sense.”
  • All of our thoughts and actions are motivated by the desire to receive pleasure (or, “the will to receive”).
  • We evolve individually and humanity evolves as a whole through five sets of desires: (1) food, sex, shelter; (2) wealth; (3) honor, pride, power; (4) knowledge; (5) spirituality.
  • Human nature is a will to receive (egoism) and the nature of the Creator is a will to bestow, unconditional altruism.
  • The law of equivalence of form states that we are created in order to become equivalent to the Creator, i.e. to acquire altruistic qualities.

Anthony Kosinec explains how our five senses block us from perceiving the true, eternal reality, and how we can use what Kabbalists have discovered, to break through our limitations, and achieve the complete, eternal perception of reality.

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Your First Course in Kabbalah – Episode 1

Kabbalah: A Basic Overview

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What is in this lesson? 
  • 3 reasons why Kabbalah is called “the hidden science.”
  1. Purposeful concealment of the science by Kabbalists themselves.
  2. Kabbalists wrote all their texts in a special language: “the language of branches.”
  3. Kabbalah studies what is hidden from our inborn perception. 
  • The 11 most popular misrepresentations of Kabbalah, and why Kabbalah is not any of these:

  • Jewish Mysticism
  • Religion
  • Mysticism
  • Magic
  • That you have to be Jewish to study Kabbalah
  • That you have to had mastered preliminary wisdom before studying Kabbalah
  • Holy water
  • Amulets
  • Red strings
  • A means for protection
  • The same as Eastern teachings
  • The only requirement for studying Kabbalah is a sincere desire to discover the meaning of life.
  • Kabbalah studies how our life and our world has been created, and how to achieve connection with our life’s source, the totality of reality.

Note: When you finish this entire “Your First Course in Kabbalah” series, you can continue these video lessons at Kabbalah TV, by going to the category on the right side of the page titled “Kabbalah Revealed – Full” – and starting from #6, “The Screen.”

Anthony Kosinec introduces “what Kabbalah is” and “what Kabbalah isn’t” in this overview of some of its basic concepts, and the difference between authentic Kabbalah and how Kabbalah is popularly viewed. He speaks from the perspective of “practical Kabbalah,” as taught today by Rav Michael Laitman, PhD.

Essentially, this is the process of how to reveal Kabbalah’s hidden aspect: the Upper Worlds—what is hidden behind our five senses. Kosinec explains that understanding the Kabbalistic “language of branches” is the key to starting a practical application of Kabbalah. He also puts across that a misunderstanding of this language is the reason Kabbalah has been misinterpreted in myriad ways—as religion, mysticism, magic, and many others—and that the key to start applying Kabbalah practically is to first understand that its language only describes the Upper Worlds: higher levels of consciousness completely removed from everything we receive through our five senses.

From this basis, one can begin learning what one can do in order to attain these higher levels of consciousness.

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The Wisdom of Kabbalah – 15th Tevet, 5771


Kabbalah for the Student

Kabbalists Write about the Wisdom of Kabbalah.

    Had my people heeded me in this generation, when heresy is increasing, they would have studied The Book of Zohar and the Tikkunim (corrections), and contemplated them with nine-year-old children.

–Rav Yitzhak Yehudah Yehiel of Komarno,
Notzer Hesed (Keeping Mercy), Chapter 4, Teaching 4

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – Video

Kabbalah Moments
A video clip from Dr. Michael Laitman’s daily Kabbalah Lesson.

 

Daily Zohar Lesson – Video

Unlocking The Zohar
A video clip from Dr. Michael Laitman’s daily Zohar Lesson.

The Wisdom of Kabbalah – 14th Tevet, 5771


Kabbalah for the Student

Kabbalists Write about the Wisdom of Kabbalah.

    Let not the eunuch say, “For I am a dry tree, and who am I to approach the holiness within, in the books of Kabbalah?” This is because all the righteous have already agreed that today this is the counsel of the inclination and a lie. And although he does not understand everything, still, the words of the Holy Zohar have power for the soul, and are approachable for every soul of Israel, small or great, each according to one’s understanding and the root of one’s soul.

–Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Horovitz of Backshwitz,
Hanhagot Yesharot (Upright Guidance), Item 5

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – Video

Kabbalah Moments
A video clip from Dr. Michael Laitman’s daily Kabbalah Lesson.

 

Daily Zohar Lesson – Video

Unlocking The Zohar
A video clip from Dr. Michael Laitman’s daily Zohar Lesson.

The Wisdom of Kabbalah – 13th Tevet, 5771


Kabbalah for the Student

Kabbalists Write about the Wisdom of Kabbalah.

    Concerning the rule to not roam in the PARDESS, unless one has filled one’s stomach with meat and wine, it should be said to one who comes to do only what the Torah commands by law. But one who craves and yearns to learn the inner things, to know His truthfulness, is under the rule, “one should always learn Torah in the place one’s heart wishes.” And one should be very strong in one’s way and know that he will learn and succeed… and make one’s soul’s craving to adhere to knowing His Name permanently. And if one should see that the majority of the students are not so, he should know that this is right for them, so they will not destroy the sanctity until they walk by gradations. This has nothing to do with ostentation and boasting, only divisions in the soul’s nobility.

–The Rav Raiah Kook,
Orot HaTorah (Lights of the Torah), Chapter 9, Item 12

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – Video

Kabbalah Moments
A video clip from Dr. Michael Laitman’s daily Kabbalah Lesson.

 

Daily Zohar Lesson – Video

Unlocking The Zohar
A video clip from Dr. Michael Laitman’s daily Zohar Lesson.

The Wisdom of Kabbalah – 12th Tevet, 5771


Kabbalah for the Student

Kabbalists Write about the Wisdom of Kabbalah.

    Even if we find people who are great in the Torah, in fear, and in wisdom, yet who are not interested in the secrets of the Torah because of the sublimity of their degree, because they have many possessions with which to occupy their spirit in the treasures of the revealed Torah and wisdom, let it not droop the heart of one who feels an inner sensation, a pressure of the soul’s craving for the way of secrets. For even if we decide that this yearning came to him due to his lack of skills in the revealed matters, so what? In the end, this is one’s share, and one should be happy with one’s lot, for the Lord is near to all them that call upon Him in honest truth.

–The Rav Raiah Kook,
Orot HaTorah (Lights of the Torah), Chapter 10, Item 4

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – Video

Kabbalah Moments
A video clip from Dr. Michael Laitman’s daily Kabbalah Lesson.

 

Daily Zohar Lesson – Video

Unlocking The Zohar
A video clip from Dr. Michael Laitman’s daily Zohar Lesson.