A Guide to the Hidden Wisdom of Kabbala
Following his father’s death, he took it upon himself to continue teaching the
special method he had learned. Despite his great achievements, like his
father, he insisted on keeping to a very modest way of life. During his
lifetime he worked as a cobbler, construction worker and clerk. Externally, he
lived like any ordinary person, but devoted every spare moment to studying
and teaching Kabbalah. The Rabash died in 1991.
Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, the Baal HaSulam, is the recognized spiritual leader for
our generation. He is the only one in this generation who has written a fully
comprehensive and updated commentary of The Zohar and the writings of
the Ari. These books, with the addition of his son Rabbi Baruch Ashlag’s
essays, are the only source we can use to assist us in further progress.
When we study their books, we are actually studying The Zohar and the Ari’s
writings through the most recent commentaries (of the past 50 years). This
is a life belt for our generation, since it enables us to study ancient texts as if
they had been written now, and to use them as a springboard to spirituality.
Baal HaSulam’s method suits everyone, and the sulam (ladder) he built in his
writings ensures that none of us need fear studying Kabbalah. Anyone
learning Kabbalah is assured that within three to five years he will be able to
reach spiritual spheres, all realities and divine understanding, the name
given to that which is above and beyond us and not yet felt by us. If we
study according to the books of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, the Baal HaSulam, we
can reach true correction.
The study method is constructed to awaken in us a desire to understand the
upper worlds. We are given a greater desire to get to know our roots and to
connect with them. We are then empowered to improve and fulfill ourselves.
All three great Kabbalists are of the same soul: first appearing as Rabbi
Shimon, on a second occasion as the Ari, and the third time as Rabbi Yehuda
Ashlag. On each occasion, the timing was ripe for further revelation because
the people of that generation were worthy, and the soul descended to teach
the method suitable for that generation.
Each generation is increasingly worthy of discovering The Zohar. What was
written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and hidden was later discovered by the
generation of Rabbi Moshe de Leon, and then by the Ari, who started to
interpret it in the language of Kabbalah. These writings were also stored
away and partly rediscovered when the timing was right. Our generation is
privileged to learn from the Sulam, which enables everyone to study
Kabbalah and to correct himself now.
We see that The Zohar speaks to each generation. In each generation it is
more revealed and better understood than in the generation before. Each
generation opens the book of The Zohar in a unique way, suited to the roots
of its particular soul.
Importantly, at the same time, an attempt is made to conceal Kabbalistic
writings so that those feeling the need to seek them will discover them by
themselves. The Kabbalists evidently know that the process of change
requires two conditions: correct timing and maturity of the soul. We are
witnessing a very interesting occurrence, characterized by the breakthrough
and signaling of a new era in the study of Kabbalah.