Introduction to Kabbalah
|Written by Samael Aun Weor|
The origin of the Kabbalah is lost in the night of the centuries, there, where the universe was formed in the womb of Maha Kundalini, the Great Mother. The Kabbalah is the Science of Number.
The author of the Tarot was the Angel METRATON who is Lord of the Wisdom of the Serpent. He was the prophet ENOCH about whom the Bible speaks.
The Angel METRATON or Enoch left us the Tarot, in which is contained all Divine Wisdom. This was written in stone.
He also left to us the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. This great Master lives in the superior worlds, in a world of unimaginable happiness; the world of Aziluth, or in terms of the Kabbalah, the region of Kether, a very elevated Sephiroth.
All kabalists base themselves in the Tarot. It is necessary to study and know it profoundly. The universe is formed with the Law of Number, Measure and Weight. Mathematics forms the universe. Numbers become living entities.
Whoever enters the pure and ineffable world of Spirit, CHESED, is able to verify that in this region everything reduces to numbers. It is a region of tremendous reality. We do not see things as they are in our world; rather we see images of things. In Chesed, one knows how many atoms there are in a table, how much KARMA the world owes, one knows how many molecules live in each body; it is a world of mathematics, a world of realism. One believes that one will be distanced from worldly reality in this world, and yet, one lives in reality. In a temple one knows the number of persons who are Self-Realised, and those who are not. If one enters a kitchen one knows the number of atoms contained in the food, which is to be eaten. It is a world of tremendous reality. In the world of Chesed one is able to know who is a True Man.
One night, whilst in the world of Chesed, I entered a theatre where karmas were balanced, and on a screen, the screen of creation, one could observe the activity of the Masters of Karma. The karma of the two greatest powers on earth was placed, one on each side of a huge scale. The scale inclined against the colossus of the North. It owes a great karma; it will decline, will fall devastated because that which it owes must be paid in one way or another.
The Theosophists speak of planes and sub-planes. These are the TEN SEPHIROTH. TEN EMANATIONS OF THE ETERNAL MOTHER SPACE, TEN WAVES WHICH SERVE AS THE FOUNDATION OF THE GREAT MOTHER.
The seven planets of the solar system are the seven Sephiroth and the triune Spiritual Sun is the Sephirothic Crown. These SEPHIROTH live, palpitate within our Consciousness and we have to learn how to manage them and combine them in the marvellous laboratory of our internal universe. Thanks to the Sephiroth, one can be transformed into a Man. There are also SEPHIRAH in the same manner as there are positive ions and negative ions.
WE NEED TO REALISE THOSE TEN SEPHIROTH BECAUSE THEY ARE WITH US, HERE AND NOW. Those ten Sephiroth realised in an individual, transform him into a Self- Realised being. They resemble a setting of precious gems; it is something marvellous.
The SEPHIROTIC Crown is formed of Kether, Chokmah and Binah; one must understand the foundation of these three Sephiroth.
KETHER: The Ancient of Days, the hidden of the hidden, the good of the good. He has 31 ringlets, and his beard has 13 curls. Thirteen symbolises the Verb, the Word. About him wonders have been spoken. By means of SHAMADHI (ecstasy) one may meet with him in order to receive his commands. He is infinite mercy, complete wisdom.
CHOKMAH: The Christ, Love. The Christ awaits the day that the disciple will work in the Ninth Sphere, and prepares him with infinite love. The instructor of the world is Love.
BINAH: The Holy Spirit, Igneous power. A hierophant had to cure an insane woman, and was successful. The hierophant asked for financial recompense from the family of the ill woman. Afterwards he met with the Holy Spirit who took the form of a white dove. The hierophant asked if he was doing well and the Holy Spirit replied that he was doing badly: “IT IS I WHO CURE” he said, and in the face of this, the Master had to return the money. IF ONE HAS THE POWEER TO CURE AND ONE CHARGES, ONE COMMITS A VERY SERIOUS OFFENCE.
In the internal worlds, much is said in a kabalistic form. One must know how to make additions with kabalistic numbers. If one asks a Master: “How long will I live?” He would reply in numbers.
The objective of studying the Kabbalah is to prepare us for the Superior Worlds. For example: on one occasion, an Initiate asked for the faculty of clairvoyance, and internally received the reply: “You will get it in 8 days.” One who did not know about Kabbalah would return to the physical body believing that in 8 days he would be clairvoyant. For example if today was Wednesday, then on the following Wednesday. In reality, “8” is the number of Job and was indicating the need for patience. He who does not know is confused in the internal worlds. Knowing the Kabbalah is fundamental for understanding the language of those worlds.
Kabalistic study must obviously be accompanied by work on oneself. One must make oneself conscious of the said study, because if it remains in the intellect, at death it will be lost. If however, one has consciousness of it, it will manifest from childhood.
On a certain occasion, an Initiate wanted to know how he was in terms of his esoteric studies, and his guru spoke to him kabalistically saying, “You need 58 minutes in order to finish the work, and you have to bring 36 Bolivars (Venezuela’s currency) of 32 kilograms and the initiations must be assessed.”
If an Initiate lacks 58 minutes, this means that he has not even an hour in order to achieve liberation; 5 + 8 = 13 Death. If minutes are spoken about, it is because little time remains.
The 36 Bolivars, San Martines or Morelos are the liberators. 3 + 6 = 9; the Ninth Sphere, sex, the work with the Lance. They are 36 basic fundamental works.
THE 32 KILOGRAMS REFERS TO THE 32 WAYS, THE PENTALPHA.
58 + 36 + 32 = 126 = 1 + 2 + 6 = 9
ALL THE WORK HAS TO BE DONE IN THE NINTH SPHERE. This is the kabalistic language which is used in the White Lodge. Don’t forget that the additions in themselves are kabalistic additions. One must be totally practical.
Once the meanings of the 22 arcana are known, the practical aspect of PREDICTION will be studied so that it can be wisely used in cases of great importance. The 22 arcana must be committed to memory. In order to really be complete kabalists, one must study; one must engrave these teachings in the memory.
Samael Aun Weor. Tarot and Kabbalah (1978), "Prologue"
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