Friday, March 30, 2007

Our Purpose

People continuously seek purpose in their lives. There are times when things seems to be going well and ones purpose in life appears to be clear and then there are other times, in every life, when that purpose, which seemed so clear only a short time back is completely clouded and cannot become clear no matter how hard one tries. Perhaps we each have to analyze the validity of our various definitions of purpose, but to do so we must first look back to the source of our current day perspectives.

Zealous pursuit of material pleasure, motivated by our collective desires, has led us into a world which continues to be driven by this objective, yet “purpose” remains fleeting and people continue to seek 'it' in their lives. However, if mans' purpose was a lost cause then we would move more rapidly, as a human race, toward the brink of our own self inflicted destruction, but that's not quite the way it is...

Purpose is the central element of any culture, if it can be identified it can be nurtured to increasingly empower society, but when single minded devotion to purpose is diluted by other purposes that compliment the collective ‘noise’ of desire then our actual purpose is diluted. If we go back to the roots of our spiritual culture in the western world, particularly around the time of the revelation to the people at Mt. Sinai, we will see that purpose in life was centered on the soul. At this time, as is evident in the Torah and in Egyptian archaeological records, the passage of the soul was clearly the focus of so many aspects of society. Whilst the Egyptian records refer to the soul’s passage in the afterlife (to a greater degree), in everyday life passage remained the focus. Either way, the soul was at the absolute center of purpose and thought that prevailed in society.

Society’s absolute commitment to elevation of the soul was the living purpose of the mainstream so much so that their conscious minds were readily aware of and always centered on the potential impact their actions may have on the elevation of their souls in the afterlife. Negative moral behavior would lead to a demise of the energy of the soul, which was seen as the antithesis of ones G-d or god given responsibility. By the end of life’s term the body and mind should be elevated to the purest state so that the elevated soul be returned to rising to a higher heaven that its origin. Torah and Kabbalah resolved that a single purpose cannot be defined by multiple gods and that was the defining difference between the holy people of Israel and Egypt.

If we were all truly committed to the improvement of life on planet earth we would first begin to recognize our life purpose so that it could manifest in our thoughts and actions, in the way we operate and function as individuals and as societies and finally as a common race of human beings . In the absence of messianic intervention, a dramatic change is not possible, but if one contemplates the era in which we find ourselves and takes a global view of significant ecological, territorial and cultural events of recent history one can only begin to draw conclusions that improvement, through unity, is the only logical direction toward which society must move, in order that we can ultimately attain the peaceful objectives that are ultimately prophesized for the human race; to bring G-d to dwell amongst us in a direct and absolute fashion.

This objective is clearly referred to in the Torah, particularly in the lead up to messianic times when we (on earth) are to make a home for G-d to dwell amongst us. In Hebrew 'home' is written בית (bayit). The same word is used for the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (bet - בית), the letter is ב (bet or beit) representing the number 2. The gematria of (ta’avah) meaning “desire” or passion בית = 412 = תאוה (bayit). Generally ta’avah is referred to as a negative desire, but when it is associated with a righteous person it becomes positive. The signs are therefore clear, our progressive return to a righteous state will correct the energy of our collective desires and bring with it the presence of G-d to dwell in the house that we make for Him. There are some very special connotations related to the energy associated with the letter ב (bet), particularly as they relate to the third and final temple in Jerusalem. The letter ב (bet) is the first letter of Torah.

Discovering our collective purpose as a human race seems to be a perplexing problem, but there can be no greater purpose than to bring G-d’s presence to dwell amongst us in a real and absolute sense.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Which Way from here?

At the beginning of each day during services in synagogues and homes around the world several short blessings are pronounced before any other prayers are conducted. Amongst these blessings are particular paragraphs of interest including;

“My G-d, the soul which You have given within me is pure. You have created it, You have formed it, You have breathed it into me and You preserve it within me. You will eventually take it from me, and restore it within me in the Time to Come. So long as the soul is within me, I offer thanks to You, Lord my G-d and G-d of my fathers, Master of all works, L-rd of all souls. Blessed are You, L-rd, who restores souls of dead bodies.”


“And may it be Your will, L-rd our G-d and G-d of our fathers, to accustom us to study Your Torah, and to make us cleave to Your commandments. Do not bring us into sin, nor into transgression or iniquity, nor into temptation or scorn; and may the evil inclination not have mastery over us. Keep us far from an evil person and an evil companion. Make us cleave to the good inclination and to good deeds, and compel our inclination to be subservient to You. Grant us this day, and every day, grace kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who behold us; and bestow bountiful kindness upon us. Blessed are You, L-rd, who bestows bountiful kindness upon His people Israel.

May it be Your will, L-rd my G-d and G-d of my fathers, to protect me this day, and every day, from insolent men and from impudence; from a wicked man, from an evil companion, from an evil neighbor, and from an evil occurrence, from an evil eye, from a malicious tongue, from slander, from false testimony, from men’s hate, from calumnious charges, from unnatural death, from harsh diseases, and from misfortune; from the destructive adversary and from harsh judgment; from an implacable opponent, whether or not he is a member of the Covenant; and from the retribution of gehinnom (hell).”

The prayer is said for the soul, for the things that are not tangible, the abstract and unknown. If one considers carefully what is actually being said, word for word, it becomes evident, once the soul is consciously called into focus, that the forces about which the prayer is most concerned are those of the dark side, the evil forces whether directly targeted or delivered by a carrier. This prayer is said in the morning time when the G-d in His merciful state shines His countenance upon us as we ask;

“and may the evil inclination not have mastery over us. Keep us far from an evil person and an evil companion. Make us cleave to the good inclination”.

Here the objective is clear and the request is straight forward; keep evil away and make us cleave to the forces of good, which we may not be able to consciously identify. If this statement came true, evil thoughts would be rejected and good thoughts promoted by our cleaving. Through this we would know the thoughts to which we ought to focus our attention. This then becomes the object of our thinking through the day whenever we think of anything, two questions should come to mind either prospectively or retrospectively;

Was it from the side of evil?
Was it from the side of good?

So long as we identify the source of our thoughts we will begin to manage our thinking so that our thoughts can be dominated by that side, which we choose to be dominated by. These thoughts are translated into prevailing actions, which over time will begin to modify the way we function.

Most people have experienced a concept referred to as ‘synchronicity” – this occurs when events appear to happen by apparent coincidence, particularly when things appear to be too coincidental. Then a simple explanation won’t suffice and one is left to ponder the reasons why the events occurred in such a specific manner. Could there be a meaning behind the events? Could there be a message? What should I do? In fact many people follow instincts at junctures like these where all their retained pragmatic logic gets shifted aside for the more esoteric logic, which is simply a reaction to the events they just experienced or is it?

Events like these are occurring all the time, but it is only the rare occasion that one consciously recognizes the synchronicity and only because at that moment the conscious mind happens to be in sync with the soul. Most times the intellectual ‘noise’ is too great for synchronicity be consciously noticed. Although it will continue to occur, without recognizing this phenomena decisions directed by free choice absent of this higher state of consciousness, may be squandered because of a simple lack of awareness and sensitivity.

One of the most important messages is that people build a greater awareness of the energy forces of G-d and the spiritual realm in which they occur so their perspectives can be elevated on the ‘wings of eagles’, the guiding forces that are constantly being sent through your soul to your sub-conscious and conscious brain. An awareness of these is the starting point for a journey to the inner realm where a holistic comprehension of each decision you face through each thought that comes to you can be better understood.

At the highest point of morning prayer the Daily Amidah, an ancient prayer that was once mediated over 3 times each day for 2-3 hours where each and every word was carefully concentrated upon such that rolling prayer continued throughout the day, there is a section as follows;

“Let there be no hope for informers and may all heretics and all the wicked instantly perish; may all enemies of Your people be speedily extirpated; and may you swiftly uproot, break, crush and subdue the reign of wickedness speedily in our days. Blessed are You, L-rd, who crushes enemies and subdues the wicked.

May Your mercies be aroused, L-rd our G-d, upon the righteous, upon the pious, upon the elders of Your people Israel, upon the remnant of their sages, upon the righteous proselytes, and upon us. Grant us ample reward to all who truly trust in Your name, and place our lot among them; may we never be disgraced, for we have put our trust in You. Blessed are You, L-rd, the support and security of the righteous.”

In this prayer we see that all righteous people are being prayed for, people of all nations, a unifying message that seeks to create a unifying prayer for G-d to strengthen all of us.

It is becoming increasingly clear as we develop a full perspective that the purpose of our lives has become distorted by intellectual noise spoken of earlier. The noise is prevalent because of the good and evil factors discussed and it continues to prevent our clarity of purpose to be revealed, or does it?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

G-d’s Interactive Angels

Well known to man for thousands of years are the works of G-d’s legions of angels and special souls. Each major angel, represented by one of G-d’s 10 ineffable names, is in charge of legions of lesser angels that perform their work according to His commands. These are the angels that interface directly with our souls, these are the energies that connect and steer us through every aspect of our life, these are the vessels that have been meditated upon, visited and which visit us frequently delivering all that is His will.

Visions of these angels have been contemplated and expounded upon by the greatest prophets and sages many of whom have described their experiences. Methods for elevating thought to the heights of these supernal beings have been well documented and exist in books that are only recently being published in English and other languages. Mediation techniques so specific they are arguably the most complex and sophisticated techniques known, revealing the perfected mind state that must be reconstructed in order that holiness of thought can yield a true perception of our connection to G-d. Spoken of as 'dangerous' even the most stable rabbinical sages have been psychologically scarred for life or have passed from this world as a direct result of their ascension and elevation away from the physical world of Asiyah through these meditations.

Consider that many of the thoughts you are stimulated to think originate by external Divine stimulus, by the activities of others around you and by desires that are ever present. Thoughts can be categorized, but the one we are interested to review is desire; the root of the ‘noise’ that we have grown accustomed to in our lives.

So where do these thought stimulation's come from? How do they arrive in our minds?

Contemplating ‘thought’ itself, prompts us to first classify types of thought most of which are generated by continuously recycling information – much like a washing machine that tumbles clothes around and around. In the undisciplined mind, the one without dominant intent or determination to achieve a purpose, thoughts that are continuously recycled can be classified as producers of ‘noise’. However, there are two primary thought categories and many different sub categories, which have been very carefully analyzed by psychologists, professional people, Rabbis, Priests and Clerics. Since we have already identified the first category as ‘desire’ we will now focus only on those thoughts in the second category ‘analytical’.

At the level of conscious thought, analysis is often the more substantive process. Generally analysis emerges by concentrating on a particular subject over time. Essentially thoughts are ‘brewed’, but this does not fully describe how they emerge, rather the process of ‘brewing’ relates to the concentration on the subject and not the emergence of the thought. Brewing simply enables the subject matter to be elevated and to permeate the conscious and sub-conscious such that the energy of the subject begins to infuse with the essence of the intellect through the Sefirot. By quieting the noise of desire and of the intellect, through silent concentration, gates (aspects) to each Sefirah are opened to receive the external energies that interact, intertwine and influence the sub attributes of each relevant Sefirah whose gates have been stimulated and activated to open. As mentioned earlier there are 49 major attributes of the lower (emotional) Sefirot each of which are meditated upon during the counting of the Omer. However, each 1/7th of each Sefirah also has 7 further sub gates, making a total of 49 sub-gates per Sefirah, which are the third dimension of its attributes. The 50th gate is the highest level, the body of the vessel and therefore the passage of transfer between Sefirah.

Interaction between the Sefirot of the soul and the Sefirot of the subject or object being contemplated are communicated through the brain. Acting as a large antenna and transceiver ultra sensitive energies, emerging through the soul, stimulate the most sensitive parts of the brain. This results’ in slight chemical changes, which begin to flow more actively as the neurons in the brain, responsible for the emergence of thought, convert this energy, by chemistry, into a specific neuron stream. By activating or de-activating memory agents, that store inert knowledge that your brain possesses[1], a direct thought is created. The quality of access to inert knowledge is contingent on low level impedance from the ‘noise’ of the intellect. There are significantly more complex descriptions that exist in the teachings of Rabbis who have studied the origin and passage of thought, this description attempts to summarize the quantum mechanics of the process and to reconcile it with modern psychology.

The Sefirot provide us with a reference defined as a web of highly sophisticated interconnected energies through which G-d interfaces with all that there is on a spiritual and physical level. G-d’s ministering angels can therefore influence our thinking by way of our soulful interaction with His Sefirot passed down through each universal realm.

Reducing intellectual noise enables us to achieve progressively intensified concentration for disciplined and corrected thought. When that thought is focused on purification, preparation and subjects of holiness, intrinsic wisdom and understanding locked by our minds can be released. The pathway for any thought is always clearly mapped and can be followed all the way up the line through the Sefirot of the world of Asiyah to the Sefirot of each of the higher worlds. Commanding the higher Sefirot that control Understanding and Wisdom comes by first reaching the lower Sefirot that control Justice and Mercy. The path through the Sefirot is well documented in many works of Kabbalah.

By way of meditation and deep prayer the minds capacity to conceptualize the soul and the angels of G-d’s universe that interact with the soul will emerge. In this framework of elevated mental holiness the perception of G-d’s legions becomes apparent. This is beautifully described in many ancient writings using elaborate terms like; Chariots, Hands, Wheels, Wings, Speaking Silence, Glowing husks and Living Creatures.

God’s angels are always hard at work communicating with our souls.

[1] The Society of Mind – Marvin Minsky

Thursday, March 01, 2007


The demise of Ancient Egypt's religious culture and growing acceptance of Israelite monotheism draws the natural conclusion that idolatry and paganism were deeply flawed, therefore it did not withstand the true test of time. In the period Abraham through Moses, Egypt’s intellectuals contested the perfect logic of Israelite mysticism. With Israels departure, Egyptians had finally met their spiritual match and it took less that 1000 years after that for Egypt to completely relinquish its belief system in its entirety.

A consistent doctrine that has strayed from its holy origin must ultimately re-orient with its source in order that its constituents benefit through prescribed methodologies to yield wisdom and understanding so that truth and knowledge can embellish their lives.

It is difficult to discover a depth of understanding from a literal reading of Torah and even more so through translations that do not share the same grammatical and numerical construct as its holy language source. Correct interpretation is made more complex because each Hebrew letter is founded upon particular energies that connect and flow in the 'spiritual vessels' attributed to G-d’s 10 names, His angels of the highest realm, the highest Sefirot, the essence of which is captured in every one of Torah's holy 22 letter alphabet. In the lower realms these energies take their form as the letters and words of thought and speech.

The word 'alphabet' originates by combining the first two letters of Hebrew 'Aleph and Bet'. Whilst those with an anti Semitic slant may present an argument in favor of the Greek letters Alpha and Beta, it is the source of the Greek language that owes a deep gratitude to its Hebrews origin. The Holy Hebrew tongue is not a man made code and The Torah is not a document dictated by a man, it is the words of G-d transcribed through a man in a language determined by G-d.

New found knowledge establishes the basis around which more people begin to understand these deeper 'mystical' insights of Kabbalah. Growing curiosity and increased desire for truth is destined to re-orient the masses of the world toward a holy path that will ultimately accomplish the prophecies about which the Torah speaks. However, in the absence of complete acceptance and reliance on ancient Hebrew's holy source documents other religions, which are based in whole or in part on some translation of Torah, cannot reference the complete source construct that reveals the inner (mystical) beauty of Torah.

Christianity and Islam have simplified Judaism such that neither are synchronized to their source!

Over time, mans ever improving awareness of historical and scientific fact, together with the revelations of Torah, enables increasing focus and distinction of 'truth'. Therefore, doctrines that are not true to their source will be exposed and eventually judged as being flawed. A blatant example is found in The New Testament prophecy of 'messianic return'. Jesus (Yeshu - Salvation), an orthodox Jew did not believe in Messiah in the absence of the third temple, nor in the 'messianic return', nor the concept of trinity, yet Christianity is founded on these precepts.

Deeply embedded in Torah is life's truth, how we ought to live it and most importantly how people can return to a state of 'inner peace' as individuals to bring peace, harmony and purpose to life for the benefit of all people. Through the mystical revelations of Kabbalah small diverse sub-sections of the mainstream are just beginning to see the deeper wisdom in the words of the Torah. As demands for this knowledge increase and access to it via the Internet improves, so other religions will become progressively marginalized as they are confronted by the 'dead end' of logic in the face of their increasingly sophisticated constituents.

Religions based on a relationship with Torah don't believe in different G-d’s, but each religion has its own systems that enable people to connect with G-d and there is no system quite like Israels' Kabbalah and Chasidus, which encapsulate the deep fabric of Jewish life, tradition and belief. These are the embodiment of the perfected logical construct containing the secrets through which people unite with G-d. Not all people interpret Kabbalah correctly, in fact most people get it wrong, nevertheless deep inside Torah the correct messages lie waiting. So long as we refine the methodologies for extracting truth and establishing proper guidelines for pursuing it we will move at an ever increasing rate toward the supernal light (spirituality) that is beginning to shine upon us during this pre-messianic period through which we are living.

The most advanced works of Kabbalah and Chasidus focus their attention on the mind and its relationship to the animal and Divine Soul. Many of these works, produced from their source in Torah, are the worlds most complete and truthful studies of psychology because they emanate from the psychology of the G-dhead itself. Since man was created in the image of G-d, what better source than Torah to reveal the mechanics of mans complex mind.

The Hebrew word for truth is אםת (emmet) numerically 1-40-400 . Of significance is the fact that the 3 letters of this word are, in order, the first, middle and last in the Hebrew alphabet.