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In writing a paper on the Qabbalah before the issuance of "The Zohar: Pritzker Edition" by Stanford University Press, I used this edition for my research. This edition is put out by "The Kabbalah Center", which is a fine organization for those who mind neither loose scholasticism in their learning about the Qabbalah nor the blending of New Age concepts therein, but for those who wish to learn of Sepher HaZohar through the purity of itself without the invasion of New Age ideas having nothing to do with traditional Qabbalah, then avoid the Kabbalah Center and this translation of The Zohar like the plague. Aside from this, I did not like how this translation inserted interpretations into the main body of the text, rather than in foot-notes, as does the Pritzker Edition.
The Zohar is a magickal work of history. Some confuse the Kabbalah Center and this work as "creating a religion", the truth is - all western religions are rooted in the wisdom of this knowledge - most of which has been hidden from the common people, but used extensively by those in command and control.
I dismissed "all" religious systems 3 years ago and concluded "If the Divine is real, I should be able to find it in the present and connect with it in the present, without having to go to the past for any written or oral tradition" why? Because I found all if it filled will command and control "less than" fear based doctrines that I knew could not of come from a loving, all powerful creator. Too much contradition, too much war, too much abuse, too much racism and elitism embedded within the "faiths" that require "belief".
In fact, if a "religon" requires "belief" it's a clue to run away, because - "GOD" has always revealed itself through demonstration of power - so that people have "knowing" rather than "belief".
When I came across the Zohar - I was blown away because - it's authors apprantly had similar thoughts to mine, 2000+ years ago, in fact Rule #1 - "Don't believe anything you read or hear" is the first "Rule" of the Kabbalah Center - demand "proof", if it "doesn't work", why bother? I founded a spoof "church" called "TheChurchOfWhatWorks" and a 5 part Divinity and truth filter to sort out fact from religious fiction.
I have found that within the Zohar itself - is imbedded secrets, in fact when you read it - (scan/or what ever) it does trigger thoughts that come to you - (i.e. you receive) - and those thoughts and insights may have nothing to do with the text of the Zohar you are reading.Read more ›
I an a Catholic, but I can recognize the real stuff when I see one. The Zohar represent a real miracle in my life. As they say: you do not need to know Hebrew to "read" the Zohar, all that is sufficient is just "to scan" the Hebrew sentences with your eyes. I was very poor and unemployed, I purchased this version of the Zohar (with an English translation and notes beside the Hebrew text). I started scanning with all my faith. The collision with my Catholic faith was huge, I started challenging many of the explanations given in the English text (because I could understand them). At the end I could not scan any longer because I was challenging everything. Nothing seemed to fit into my previous mindset and I was extremely upset about that. But a little voice was telling me: "There is TRUTH in those volumes, do not give up." So I purchased the Hebrew Zohar, no English text whatsoever, I finally could not challenge a single word. I started scanning, again faithful 100%. I scanned the Zohar for a year and a half, nothing happened. They say that the Zohar provides miracles, I believed that, but I was not seeing a single miracle in my life, despite all my scanning. I spent many nights awake, just to scan the Zohar. Now, FINALLY, I saw a miracle, and what a miracle! I am talking about real stuff here, not those intellectually justified explanations that want to show you that you had a miracle when indeed you had none. I received an offer from a company, they want to pay me huge money, just to work from home, and it is in a field I like very much (actually it is in the field of my .....hobbies), I also put into practice many of the principles that the Kabbalah Centre teaches, like tithing your money, like using the energy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, using the energy of Chanucka to manifest miracles.Read more ›
The Zohar--Book of Splendor is the true inner teachings of Mystic Judaism. Just as the Rubiayat contains also the inner esoteric teachings, Sufis, The Interior Castle of St. Theresa of Avila, The Revelation of St. John, The Bhagavad Gita interpretation by Paramahansa Yogananda as well as his "Second Coming of Christ and the teachings of Self Realization Fellowship. Mahatma Ghandi knew, he took discipleship from Yogananda in 1935. I reviewed many of these Mystical Paths on my non-profit radio show "East Meets West" I'm Daniel Steffens and this is Mystical Insights" from 1968-1972" on KUSC radio station. I spent my early years from the age of 8 years old with many texts on my bed in my room in Los Angeles, (The City Yogananda referred to as the Benares of the West)---who normally would believe this? But its true. So a Kabbalah Center is there and in NYC. Of Course! The world is going through a dark cloud now but we will emerge by 2015 and maybe 2014. 2012, Dec. 21st is just an inflection point moving into a higher age. We are now on an upswing for another 10,500 years. Get used to it. The reason strict Hasidics and followers of Judaism assert that you must be a student of the Talmud first has truth from the ancient Jewish tradition. Patanjali Yoga Asphorisms state there are eight definitive steps and the first have to do with the dos and don'ts (what? we are back to the 10 Commandments---They can also be called the 10 Rules of Eternal Happiness. You can go into the inner teachings first without fully following the dos and don'ts but you will have to fill in the gaps ultimately. In the old Testament the word fear is used frequently just substitute Love and it takes on a deeper meaning for us. That was a brutal Age.Read more ›
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