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A Guide to the Hidden Wisdom of Kabbala

Chapter 6: How To Study
Part I
Several hundred years ago, it was impossible to find Kabbalah books or
books on this subject. Kabbalah was transmitted solely from one Kabbalist to
another, never reaching the ordinary person. Today, the situation is
reversed. There is a desire to circulate the material among all, and to call on
everyone to participate in its study. When studying these books, the desire
for spirituality grows, whereby the light surrounding us, the real world hidden
from us, starts to reflect on those people who wish to be closer to the special
charm of spirituality, and they start to desire it even more.
Kabbalists prohibited the study of Kabbalah by people who had not been
prepared for it, unless they did so under special circumstances. They treated
their students cautiously to ensure they studied in the proper manner. They
limited students by certain criteria.
Baal HaSulam describes these reasons at the beginning of his Introduction to
the Study of the Ten Sefirot. However, if we understand these restrictions as
conditions for the proper comprehension of Kabbalah, we will see that they
are intended as a way to prevent students from deviating from the correct
Part II
What has changed is that we now have more of a language, better conditions
and a stronger determination to study Kabbalah. Because souls feel the need
to study Kabbalah, Kabbalists such as Baal HaSulam have written
commentaries that enable us to study free of errors. Everyone can now learn
Kabbalah through his books.
To study Kabbalah in the proper way, it is recommended that the student
focus solely on the writings of the Ari, Baal HaSulam and Rabash in their
original versions.
The primary objective of Kabbalah is to achieve spirituality.
Only one thing is necessary – proper instruction. If a person studies
Kabbalah in the right way, he progresses without forcing himself. There can
be no coercion in spirituality.