A well established school of thought since the twelfth century, Kabbalah has remained a consistent presence in the realm of religious scholars and devout followers alike. Passed down through ancient tradition, Kabbalah is unique, in the sense that its followers not only express their beliefs through ritualistic behavior, but also see their way of life as an outward expression of their devout faith. Though many have heard of Kabbalah, few people have in-depth knowledge regarding this highly revered sect of Judiasm. Following, are a few basic concepts and tenants that all followers of Kabbalah adhere to.
The most pivotal component of Kabbalah is the belief that all which exists, whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual, stems directly from God. “Ein Sof” is the belief that the very nature of God exists within two realms, meaning that he is neither spiritual, nor physical. Kabbalah is “monotheistic,” which means that followers believe in one true God.
Another facet of Kabbalah, is the idea that God will present himself in a variety of forms, or “virtues”. This concept is referred to as the “Ten Sephirot”. The “Ten Sephirot” encourages followers to engage in a variety of positive, community oriented behaviors, which promote kindness, strength, and understanding of others. Kabbalah also emphasizes consistent “self-examination,” or looking inwards at oneself to strive for self-improvement and spiritual growth.
Through it’s tennants and long held beliefs, Kabbalah is often considered to be a religion which thrives on community. When devout followers are able to discuss various facets of Kabbalah on a regular basis, they are better able to strengthen the bond of their religious community as well grow in their indivual spirituality. If one is interested in taking the first steps towards a fulfilling spiritual journey, the Kabbalah Centre’s website is a wonderful place to start.
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