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					What Is Kabbalah by Robert Waxman (author of Kabbalah Simply Stated)
  When I began studying Kabbalah in 1985, very few people knew anything about
Kabbalah. Now, thanks to Madonna, the word 鈥渒 abbalah 鈥?has become a hot
topic of conversation in the media, on the internet and at cocktail parties.
  Along with this fabulous publicity, many people have asked, 鈥淚 s Kabbalah a cult?
鈥? 鈥淚 s it a religion?鈥?and, 鈥淚 s it only for Jewish people?鈥?So, the time has
come to clarify what Kabbalah is, and what it 鈥檚 not.
  Kabbalah is not a cult. There are some Kabbalah organizations that have a cult-like
atmosphere, but this is a common abuse of trust that develops in all faith-based
movements.
  Kabbalah is not a religion. Kabbalah is an ancient, universal, wisdom tradition that
鈥檚 existed since time immemorial.
  Kabbalah is not just for Jewish people. All faiths and denominations are welcome to
study and learn the beauty of Kabbalistic truths. The first proposition in Kabbalah
includes unity, oneness and universal love. Kabbalah is truly for everyone!
  Kabbalah holds the key to many mysteries of The Bible. For thousands of years it
was known as 鈥淭 he Oral Wisdom Tradition 鈥?which was passed down from one
generation to the next by word of mouth. Kabbalah offers answers to many of the
most profound questions ever asked by the greatest minds that have ever lived:
  1) How did the universe begin?
  2) What is the purpose of life?
  3) What happens after death? and;
  4) Are we spiritual beings having a physical experience? Or are we physical beings
having a spiritual experience? These are just a few of the questions that Kabbalah can
explain in detail. When Kabbalah is studied in universities, students are required to
read classic books written by the great scholars. Three of these brilliant scholars
include: Gershom Scholem, Aryeh Kaplan and Isaiah Tishby. These teachers/authors
have made essential contributions to the study of Kabbalah. These intellectuals have
made it possible to separate fact from fiction, so Kabbalah can be studied as a serious
subject of inquiry.
  To many people, Kabbalah seems to be a collection of wild fables, volumes of words
and numbers, vague symbolism and inconsistent methods of decoding the secrets of
The Bible. This is why it 鈥檚 so important to study the teachings of the great
scholars. These critically acclaimed writers spent their lives researching, translating
and interpreting the true teachings of Kabbalah. Their explanations are factual, logical
and solely based upon the original texts written by the most influential Kabalists
throughout history.
  Kabbalah is not a haphazard collection of facts. It is based on the fundamental
natural laws of the universe, and the unfolding of these laws as they evolve outwardly.
These teachings are derived from timeless, universal truths that lead to inner
illumination.
  Kabbalah is not taught as a speculation. It is a body of knowledge that can split into
sections, and then understood as a whole. Some students may be confused after
separating the teachings into various categories, but they will eventually understand
the full meaning of Kabbalah, when these sections come together and form one
unified philosophy.
  A natural question for the student of Kabbalah to ask is: "What type of activities
should be supported in this busy world of family, career and daily responsibilities?"
The student of Kabbalah is a friend to all movements of pure intent. Students should
select for themselves their favorite fields of activities and pursue them with passion
and enthusiasm.
  The true Kabalist is a philanthropist, an honest upright individual, and one who has a
genuine feeling of love, compassion and respect for all humankind.
  About the author:
  Robert Waxman is an author, educator, and featured speaker on the topics of
Comparative Spirituality, The Near-Death Experience (NDE), and Survival of
Consciousness After Death. He has been interviewed on national TV and radio, and is
the author of: 2012: The Meaning and The Message, Kabbalah Simply Stated, The
Power of AWE, and The Seven Principles of Esoteric Philosophy.
  With humor and simplicity, Bob explains the mysteries, hidden meanings, and
similarities found in esoteric philosophies. Since 1998, thousands have attended his
classes and presentations that are filled with startling facts, amazing theories, and the
latest scientific advances in consciousness studies.
  Additionally, Robert offers a multi-media presentation focusing on "the 2012
controversy". During this two hour event, he separates fact from fiction and deciphers
the true meaning of the Mayan Calendar. Robert also offers seminars and workshops
on the comparative aspects of spiritual traditions including: Kabbalah, Gnosticism,
Taoism, Vedanta, Sufism, Zen, Mahayana Buddhism, and The Perennial Philosophy.
He is a frequent guest speaker at education centers and a wide variety of religious and
philosophical organizations. Robert received his Masters Degree from Skidmore
College and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Human Sciences at Saybrook
University.

 http://robertwaxman.org

				
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