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Results 1 - 25 of Sold Item Details for Buddhism. This short summary of the Kabbalah is necessarily very imperfect, omitting altogether many points of great importance, and is no doubt tinctured by my own personal views, which it is very difficult to eliminate from such an essay. But I hope I have succeeded in m. Many of its doctrines are of course insusceptible of proof, many run counter to the prejudices of public opinion, but these are not reliable evidences of error.

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VIII, No. IX, No. If not as punishment, yet the majority of female lives are harder to bear than male lives; possible male and female lives are alternative, and complementary to each other, each supplying needful experiences. I have indeed found that the modern Theosophists of the school of the late lamented Madame Blavatsky are fond of wandering from the Sanskrit path of Occult Philosophy into the fields of the Egypto-Hebraic Mysticism of the early Kabbalah.

Our respected H. Blavatsky herself also has, in her books, made constant references to the philosophic and mystic doctrines of the ancient Rabbinic teachers, and, although we find her condemning many of their more modern vagaries, yet she implied the belief that the pure and ancient Kabbalah was a Western offshoot from the Wisdom Religion of prehistoric times. Had she been of opinion that the system had originated-de novo [anewJ-at any time since the era of Ezra who codified the Old-Hebrew-Testament , she would not have made such constant references to the Kabbalah, to throw side lights upon the Secret Doctrine, the elements of which she has promulgated with such learning, and with so much gradually increasing success.

Several of my previous lectures having been printed, and still accessible, I have felt it necessary this evening to traverse new ground, to eliminate from my purpose the general view of the subject which has been at other times supplied, and to restrict myself within the limits of a consideration only of certain particular Kabbalistic dogmas, and of some historical side lights which can be thrown upon the subject. Two or three centuries have now passed since any notable addition to the body of Kabbalistic doctrine has been made, but before that time a constant series of additions and a long succession of commentaries had been produced, all tending to illustrate or extend the philosophic scheme, and this growth of the system had, we believe, been in process from before the Christian era.

When the Kabbalah first took shape as a concrete whole, and a philosophic system, will remain for ever an unknown datum, but if we regard it-as, I believe, is correct-as the Esotericism of the religion of the Hebrews, the foundation dogmas are doubtless almost as old as the first promulgation of the main principles of the worship of Jehovah.

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I cannot now attempt any glance at the contentions of some doubting scholars, who question whether the story of the twelve tribes is a historic fact, or whether there ever were a Moses. It is sufficient for my present purpose that the Jewish nation had the Jehovistic theology and a complete system of priestly caste, and a coherent doctrine, at the time of the Second Temple, when Cyrus, sovereign of all Asia, holding the Jews in captivity, permitted certain of them to return to Jerusalem for the express purpose to reestablishing the Hebrew cultus which had been forcibly interfered with by Nebuchadnezzar, B.

After this return to Jerusalem it was that Ezra and Nehemiah, circa B. The new regime was maintained until B. Further Jewish troubles followed, however, and Jerusalem was again taken and pillaged by Antiochus in B. Then followed the long wars of the Maccabees; subsequently the Romans dominated Judea, then, quarrelling with the Jews, the city was taken by Pompey, and not long after again plundered by the Roman general Crassus 54 B.

Yet the Jewish religion was preserved, and we find the religious feasts and festivals all in progress at the time of Jesus; yet once more, in A.

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Through all these vicissitudes, the Hebrew Old Testament survived, yet must have had almost unavoidable alterations and additions made to its several treatises, and the more Esoteric doctrines which were handed down along the line of the priestly caste, and not incorporated with the Bible of the masses, may, no doubt, have been repeatedly varied by the influences of contending teachers.

Of these, one of the earliest is the volume called the Targum of Ankelos, written about A. About A. To the original Mischna time added further commentaries named From this time the literature of Judaism grew apace, and there was a constant succession of notable Hebrew Rabbis who published religious treatises, until, at least, A. The two Talmwls were first printed at Venice in and respectively. The Old Testament may be looked upon as the guiding light through the ages of the Jews, but the learned of them were never satisfied with it alone, and they, at all times, supplemented it by two parallel series of works of literature: the one, Talmudic, being commentaries to illustrate the Old Testament, and supply material for teaching the populace and supplementing their material volume, and the other a long series of treatises of a more abstruse character, designed to teach the secret doctrines and esoteric views of the Priesthood, the Rabbis, the teachers of IsraeL Foremost among these latter works were the Sepher Yetzirah, or Book of Formation, ascribed to the patriarch Abraham, and that curious collection of treatises, which, later on, became collected into a single volume and called Zohar, or Book of Splendour.

These two books are the oldest works still extant of the Hebrew Secret Doctrine. They represent the kernel of that oral instruction which the Rabbis in all ages have prided themselves upon possessing, and which they have always claimed as being the secret knowledge which God gave to Moses for the use of the Priests themselves, in contradistinction to the written Law, intended for the masses of the people.

Returning to the books which illustrate the Kabbalah, whatever may be the authenticity of their alleged origins, it cannot be denied that those ancient volumes, Sepher Yetzirah and Zohar, contain a system of spiritual philosophy of clear design, deep intuition, and far-reaching cosmologic suggestions, that are well worthy of the honor of receiving a special name and of founding a Theological body of doctrine-the Kabbalah-which will be found to illustrate and to reflect light upon the Secret Doctrine which has been nursed in Central Asia, and has been now recently introduced into this country as the foundation of modern Theosophy.

The parallelism of the Kabbalah and the Secret Doctrine, and, indeed, also the divergences which are notable, are the points of interest which are attracting the attention of the members of the Theosophical Society today. Many of you are passing direct from Christian orthodoxy to the Indian doctrine, but for myself, I was for fifteen years a Kabbalist and Hermetist, before I entered upon the Theosophic path, and so my attitude toward the Kabbalah is one of love and respect, as that of a pupil to a system which has led him from darkness into light, even if it may be that in the future the Eastern Wisdom may overshadow in my eyes the illumination of Kabbalism, my first mystic study-but for that issue I am content to wait.

I am not ashamed to have changed the opinions of my early manhood, and I shall not be ashamed to confess the change, if by patient study and self-development I ever discard Kabbalism for the Secret Doctrine of Tibet: our greatest living Englishman, has I believe, said that "a lifelong consistency in matters of opinion is not to be expected of any man," and apart from party politics, of which I know nothing, I heartily endorse the dictum.

True progress cannot be made by a rigid adherence to the ideals of childhood, and I urge upon all of you, my hearers, the duty of forming your own opinion on matters of religion: be not blindly led of any man: search 22 23 Gemara. I congratulate you who are present, as those who have come out from among the masses of unthinking beings, and are seeking for Truth, earnest of purpose, and not to be dismayed by the disapprobation of those who prefer the easy, but humiliating path of the many who allow others to do their thinking for them, and of those who are content with the ideal of a happy home to be obtained by means of the bodily sufferings of another.

The bulwark and main foundation of the public Hebrew religion has always been the Pentateuch, five treatises attributed to Moses which contained the Laws of Jehovah given to His chosen people. The Old Testament beginning with these five books is further continued by historic books, by moral teachings and by prophetic works, but the whole group is marked by materialistic characteristics, and an absence of the higher spiritual significance which other books of the great religions are found to display.

The Mosaic Law, eminently valuable for many purposes to a small nation 3, years ago, and containing many regulations of a type showing great attention to sanitary matters, is marred by the application of penalties of gross cruelty and harsh treatment of erring mortals, which are hardly compatible with the views of what might have emanated from the personal Designer of the Universe with its million worlds: and the almost entire absence of any reference to a life after death for human beings shows a materialism of a type so gross as indeed to need a Secret Doctrine, or a new Revelation by a Jesus, whose life has earned the title of Christ.

Yet the orthodox of England pay so little real attention to their religion that they would hear this statement with incredulity and with denial: but if asked to show the passages in the Old Testament which insist on a life after death, or on a succession of lives for purposes of retribution, or the passages demonstrating the immortality of the soul, they could not produce them, and are content to refer you to the Revd. The answer of the reverend gentleman generally is, "Oh, well, if not plainly laid down, these dogmas are implied.

If they are, how is it that notably clear passages can be quoted which show that important authors in the Old Testament make statements in direct, opposition to these doctrines? And how is again, that a great author of modern times has said, "Prosperity was the blessing of the Old Testament for good works, but adversity that of the New? All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

But perhaps this book is from the pen of some obscure Jew, or half pagan Chaldee or Babylonian. Not at all; Jewish critics have all assigned it to Solomon, the king of the Jews at the time of their heyday of glory; surely if the immortality of the soul were the essence of the Judaism of the people, he could not have so grossly denied it. Go back, however to the narrative of creation and the same story is found; the animals are made from the dust, man is made from the dust, and Eve is made from Adam, and each has breathed into the form, the NEPHESH CHIAH-the Breath of Life; but there is no hint that Adam received a ray of the Supernal Mind, which was to dwell there for a time, to gain experience, to receive retribution, and then another stage of progress, and a final return to its divine source.

And yet the authors of these volumes, whoever they were, could hardly have been without the conception of the higher part of man, of his spiritual soul. My contention is that the Old Testament is emasculated, was deprived at some period by designing men of its religious philosophy, which was set apart for a privileged class, while the husk of strict law and tradition was cast forth for vulgar acceptance. The kernel of spiritual philosophy, which is lacking in the Old Testament as a religious book is, I deem, the essential core of the Kabbalah; for these Kabbalistic dogmas are Hebraic, and they are spiritual, and they are sublime in their grandeur; and the Old Testament read by their light becomes a volume worthy of the acceptance of a nation.

It might be well argued that the Catholic Church, from which the Protestant Church was derived, was from its origin in the possession of the Hebrew secret of the intentional exotericism of the Bible, and of a priestly mode of understanding it, the Esotericism of the Kabbalah, as a key to the true explanations of the Jewish books, which being apparently histories are really largely allegoricaL If this were granted, it would be plain that the Catholic Church has for ages acted wisely in discouraging the laity from Bible study, and that Protestantism made a great mistake in combining with the reformation of a vicious priesthood the declaration of the profit to be gained by the lairy from reading the Bible.

The literal interpretation of the Mosaic books and those of the Old Testament generally has repeatedly been used as a support for vicious systems of conduct, a notable example of which was seen not even a hundred years ago, when the clergy of Protestant nations almost unanimously supported the continuance of the Slave Trade from arguments derived from the laws of Jehovah. The Freethinkers of that day were largely the champions of the suffering and oppressed races, and for centuries the wisest of men, the greatest scientists, have maintained, and ever won, struggle after struggle with the assumed infallibility of old Hebrew Testament literal instructions, and assertions, and narratives.

The Old Testament may indeed be, to some extent, the link which binds together thousands of Christians, for Christ founded his doctrine upon a Jewish basis, but the interminable list of Christian sects of today have almost all taken their rise from the assertion of an assumed right of personal interpretation of the Bible, which should have remained debarred to the generality by the confession that the keys were lost, or, at least, missing, and that, withouttheir assistance, error of a vital character was inevitable.

The vast accumulation of varying interpretations of the Bible, although a stupendous folly, yet sinks into insignificance as an incident of importance, before the collateral truth that the followers of each of the hundreds of sects have arrogated to themselves, not only the right of personal interpretation, but the duty of condemning all others-as if the infallibility they claimed for the Bible could not fail to be reflected upon the personal propaganda or the specialities of a chapel service. Religious intolerance has cursed every village of the land, and hardly a single sect has originated which has not only claimed the right to differ from others and to criticize-the claims of a Theosophist-but also to persecute and assign to perdition all beyond its narrow margin.

The Jehovah of the Old Testament-as a tribal Deity, of personal characteristics, demonstrating His power and glory to a chosen people, oppressing other nations to do them service, and choosing as His special envoys and representatives men whom our civilization would have condemned as not high enough for Spiritual power-is not represented in the Hebrew Secret Doctrine.

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The Kabbalah indeed is full of Jehovah, of the Divine Four-lettered Name, but it is the name of a group of Divine conceptions, of emanations from a central Spiritual Light whose presence alone is postulated; of an Absolute, which has an infinity of intervals extending downward even to reach Jehovah-the Elohim-the group of Holy Spiritual attributes, which human intellect can alone cognize. After another manner, Jehovah is the group of the emanations from the Deific source, called the Ten Sephiroth, the Voices from Heaven.

In form parallel to the Theosophic doctrine, we find that the Kabbalah contemplates a period when Pralaya existed, a period of repose and absence of manifestation, when the Negative reigned supreme. From passivity there proceeded emanation, and manifested Deity arose. Thence follow the Ten Sephiroth, the Holy Voices, upon successive worlds, and concentrating into four divine conceptions we reach a stage of Spiritual existence which man attempts to grasp, and by defining, to limit, bound and describe, and so creates for his worship a Divine personality.

By gradual stages of development, each farther from the source, there arise the powers and forces which have received the names of Archangels, Angels, Planetary Spirits, and guardians of man; still farther from God, we obtain the human Souls, which are as sparks of light, struck off from the unsupportable Light of Divinity, which have been formulated into egoity to pass through a long series of changes and experiences by which they make the circuit of a Universe, in every stage of existence, of separation from the divine fountain, to be at last once more indrawn to the Godhead, the Father, whence they emerged upon a pilgrimage, following a regular succession of evolution and devolution, as even the Divine passes ever along in successive periods of inbreathing and outbreathing, of Manifestation and of Repose.

The chief difficulty of the beginner either as a student of Kabbalah, or of Esoteric Theosophy, is, it seems to me, to conquer the impressions of the reality and materiality of matter. One must entirely relinquish the apparent knowledge of matter as an entity apart from Spirit. The assertion that matter exists, and is the entity entirely different from Spirit, and that Spirit-the God of Spirit-created it, must be denied, and the notlon must be torn out by the roots before progress can be made.

If matter exists, it is something, and must have come from something; but Spirit is not a thing, and creative Spirit, the highest spiritual conception, could not make matter, the lowest thing, out of nothing: hence it is not made, and hence there is no matter. All is Spirit, and conception. Ex nihilo nihil fit [out of nothing; nothing is created]. All that does exist can only have come from Spirit, from the Divine Essence.

That Being should arise from non-being is impossible. That matter should create itself is absurd; matter cannot proceed from Spirit; the two words mean that the two ideas are entirely apart; then matter cannot exist. Hence it follows that what we call matter is but an aspect, a conception, an illusion, a mode of motion, a delusion of our physical senses. Apart from Theosophy or Kabbalah, the same truth has been recognized both by Christians and by Philosophers.

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What is commonly known as the Ideal theory was promulgated years ago by Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne in Ireland; it is nearly identical with the Kabbalistic doctrine of all things being but emanations from a Divine source, and matter but an aspect. Other Philosophers have discussed the same theory in the controversy of Nominalism versus Realism; does anything exist except in name?

Is there any substratum below the name of anything? Need we postulate any such basis? All is Spirit, says the Kabbalah, and this is eternal, uncreated; intellectual and sentient on our plane; inhering are life and motion; it is self-existing, with successive waves of action and passivity.

All emanates from That, and is in That.

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  7. The Universe is an immanent offspring of the Divine, which is manifested in a million forms of differentiation. The Universe is yet distinct from God, even as an effect is distinct from a cause; yet it is not apart from Deity, it is not a transient effect, it is immanent in the cause. It is God made manifest to Man. Matter is our conception alone; it represents the aspect of the lowest manifestation of Spirit, or Spirit is the highest manifestation of matter.

    Spirit is the only substance. From God, and the World around us, let us pass to consider, what the Kabbalah teaches about Man, the human SouL It has already been explained that the doctrine of emanation postulates successive stages of the manifestation of the Supreme Spirit, which may be regarded as existing on separate planes. At his origin there was formulated what the scientists would call 'Archetypal Man,' and what the Kabbalists call Adam Kadmon, the heavenly man. Successive stages of entities of this type pass along the ages through a descending scale, offering the individual every variety of experience, and then along an ascending scale of redevelopment until human perfection is attained, and ultimate reunion with the Divine is the result of the purified Soul having completed its pilgrimage.

    The Kabbalah then teaches that the Egos have come out from the Spirit Fountain, suffer incarnation again and again until experience and perfection have been attained, and ultimately rejoin the Divine Source. It is a Divine Spark, composed of several elements derived from the symbolic Four Parts of Jehovah, and from the Three Worlds, and those are seated in the Fourth World of Effects, the material Universe. Now, it is no doubt true that in the several Kabbalistic schools, the numbers and names of these Essences vary, but the basic idea remains the same: just in a similar way the principles of Man's constitution as stated in different Theosophic books also vary, but the root idea is the same in them all.

    The human principles may be stated as three in a fourth-the body; or as five, recognizing astral form and body; or as seven, subdividing the divine principle; or as ten, comparable to the Sephiroth. To explain these fully would take too long, and would cumber you with abstruse words, a jargon to those who are unused to them: one system will suffice as an illustration.

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