Did you know that originally, kabbalah was thought t be so complicated that it could not be taught t anyone else apart from men who were at least 40 years of age? The main aim of these teachings, which have their origins in Judaism, is to try and explain the relationship between the unchanging, eternal and mysterious infinity and the universe as we know it. Most people have the misconception that Kabbalah is a religion, however, these teachings are not a religion, but are used by many religions.
Origins of Kabbalah
The origin of the teachings was within the Jewish tradition. This is why it is not uncommon to hear Kabbalists making use of Jewish sources in their attempts to explain and make sense of esoteric teachings. It is however believed that Kabbalah may have existed even before all other world religions. As a matter of fact, it is believed to have formed the blueprint that formed creationist philosophies, political systems, religions and arts. Currently, the teachings are used by Judaists to try and explain the innermost meanings of the Hebrew bible and other rabbinic teachings.
Why kabbalah is a grossly misunderstood doctrine
This is probably one of the most misunderstood parts of Judaism. The misunderstandings started occurring when Christians, occultists, and mystics started defining the teachings and warping them to fit their dogma. Recently, there have been people that try to use the teachings in activities such as tarot card reading, which distorts the true value of the teachings. The fact that celebrities are adopting this magic-like form distortion of the teachings does not make the case any better.
Is Kabbalah a belief in Magic?
Most people think of magic when they hear the word kabbalah. While it is true that the explanations that the original kabbalah gave about the universe and how it works contain some connection to magic, there is more to the explanations than that. There have been accounts of rabbis that performed acts that could be described as magic in the modern context. For instance, there was an account of one rabbi that created a man (golem) from clay and brought him to life by simply reciting the various names of God. While there may not be any evidence to show that this is no more than a legend, it is great to recognize that not all religions are willing to have faith as deep as the ones that adopt kabbalah related beliefs.
Changing the image of Kabbalah
The many misconceptions about the teachings are perhaps the reason why the true followers, rabbis and devout Judaists are coming up with Kabbalah centers around the world. These are non-profit organizations that provide courses about Zohar and other Kabbalistic teachings. The courses are available both online and through some of the regional centers that the founders have put up around the country. The headquarters of the school are in Los Angeles, California. There are other Kabbalah centers around the world, with another one being located in Europe.
About the founders
The founders of the kabbalah center are Philip Berg and his wife, Karen Berg. The two opened the center in 1984 and it has been growing ever since. The need to set the record straight about the true nature of the Kabbalistic teachings is what motivated the two to start the center. However, the original American center was founded in 1965 in New York City. This was after the death of the founder of the original center in Israel.
In order to understand the true nature of Kabbalah teachings, it is recommended that one familiarizes themselves with the center. If not able to get there physically, there are online classes that the centers offer. Their aim is to make sure that Kabbalah is used for its intended purpose only.