What is Kabbalah?
Kabbalah means many different things to many different people.
The Kabbalah Centre teaches Kabbalah as a universal wisdom that predates the Bible or religion, and can be studied by anyone regardless of their faith or path. Presenting the wisdom from a lineage of kabbalalists, The Kabbalah Centre provides a course of study that describes the origin of Creation, the physical and spiritual laws of the universe, including human existence, and the journey of the soul.
On a literal level, the word kabbalah means “receiving.” It’s the study of how to receive true fulfillment in life.
What is it that The Kabbalah Centre teaches?
The Kabbalah Centre addresses spiritual questions such as what is the purpose of life? Why was the world created? Is life random? The study of Kabbalah covers Creation, the spiritual rules of the universe, and the journey of the soul.
There are five core principles:
Sharing: Sharing is the purpose of life and the only way to truly receive fulfillment. When individuals share, they connect to the force of energy that Kabbalah calls the Light—the Infinite Source of Goodness, the Divine Force, the Creator. By sharing, one can overcome ego—the force of negativity.
Awareness and Balance of the Ego: The ego is a voice inside that directs people to be selfish, narrow-minded, limited, addicted, hurtful, irresponsible, negative, angry, and hateful. The ego is a main source of problems because it allows one to believe that others are separate from them. It is the opposite of sharing and humility. The ego also has a positive side, as it motivates one to take action. It is up to each individual to choose whether they act for themselves or whether to also act in the well-being of others. It is important to be aware of one’s ego and to balance the positives and negatives.
Existence of Spiritual Laws: There are spiritual laws in the universe that affect people’s lives. One of these is the law of cause and effect: What one puts out is what one get back, or what we sow is what we reap.
We Are All One: Every human being has within him- or herself a spark of the Creator that binds each and every person into one totality. This understanding informs us of the spiritual precept that every human being must be treated with dignity at all times, under any circumstances. Individually, everyone is responsible for war and poverty in all parts of the world and individuals can’t enjoy true and lasting fulfillment as long as others are suffering.
Leaving Our Comfort Zone Can Create Miracles: Becoming uncomfortable for the sake of helping others taps us into a spiritual dimension that ultimately brings Light and positivity to our lives.
How did Kabbalah start?
All of the teachings of The Kabbalah Centre are based on the ancient texts of Kabbalah such as, the Zohar. The inner understanding of these foundational texts has been passed down directly from teacher to student over the course of 4000 years.
In 1922, The Kabbalah Centre was founded by Rav Yehuda Ashlag, who completed the first translation of the Zohar from the ancient language of Aramaic into modern day Hebrew. When Rav Ashlag—who felt that the study of Kabbalah would remove negativity from the world—passed away, his closest student Rav Brandwein, continued teaching Kabbalah. Rav Brandwein studied with Rav Berg for years and the two became very close. Upon Rav Brandwein’s passing, the leadership of The Kabbalah Centre was handed to Rav Berg.
What is a typical Kabbalah student’s experience?
Every student has their own experience. We provide students with the basic principles and it is up to each student as to how they incorporate Kabbalah into their own lives. Some people simply want a daily inspirational message. Some want to dig deeper into the principles, which is where classes, courses, one-on-one instruction, and events come in. There are also daily meditations. It is entirely a personal decision.
Is The Kabbalah Centre the authority on Kabbalah?
There are many meanings of Kabbalah that have developed over time. Kabbalah means different things to different people. The Kabbalah Centre supports the various interpretations of Kabbalah around the world.
The Kabbalah Centre teaches Kabbalah as a universal wisdom that predates the Bible or religion, and can be studied by anyone regardless of their faith or path. Presenting the wisdom from a lineage of great kabbalists, The Kabbalah Centre provides a course of study that describes the origin of Creation, the physical and spiritual laws of the universe, including human existence, and the journey of the soul.
Is The Kabbalah Centre a Jewish organization?
The Kabbalah Centre teaches universal principles that apply to all peoples of all faiths and all religions, regardless of ethnicity or where they come from. The Kabbalah Centre doesn’t force people to think in a particular way. Instead The Kabbalah Centre shares spiritual information with students and lets them apply it to their lives with the hopes of improving it.
As for the kabbalists of the past, many were Jewish, but there were also Christian kabbalists. Today, more than 70% of Kabbalah Centre students are not Jewish.
What does The Kabbalah Centre do with donations?
Donations are used in the research and development of new methods to make Kabbalah accessible and understandable. The Centre accomplishes this in many ways: The translation and publishing of kabbalistic texts; development of courses, classes, online lectures, books, and audio products; one-on-one instruction; and volunteer programs that allow students to participate in charitable initiatives.
Does practicing Kabbalah guarantee a better life?
The Kabbalah Centre shares spiritual information with students and lets them apply it to their lives with the hopes of improving it. The application of the tools is what can create the positive difference in each student’s life journey.
What is the biggest strength of what The Kabbalah Centre teaches?
The Kabbalah Centre teaches people that everyone is powerful, life is not random and that there is a spiritual system. The biggest strength of Kabbalah, as it is taught at The Centre, is providing people with spiritual tools that can help them make decisions that will hopefully improve their lives, and the world around them.