A Guide to the Hidden Wisdom of Kabbala
The aim of study is for a person to discover the connection between himself
and what is written in the book; this should always be borne in mind. That is
the reason Kabbalists wrote down what they experienced and achieved. It is
not in order to acquire knowledge of how reality is built and functions, as in
science. The intention of the Kabbalah texts is to create an understanding
and assimilation of its spiritual truth.
If a person approaches the texts in order to gain spirituality, the text
becomes a source of light and corrects him. If he approaches the texts in
order to gain wisdom, it is for him mere wisdom. The measure of inner
demand is what determines the measure of strength he gleans, and the pace
of his correction.
That means that if a person studies in the proper manner, he crosses the
barrier between this world and the spiritual world. He enters a place of inner
revelation and reaches the light. That is known as the beautiful sign. If he
does not achieve this, it is a sign that he has been negligent in the quality or
quantity of his efforts; he did not make a sufficient effort. It is not a question
of how much he studied, but a question of how focused he was on his
intentions, or if he lacked something. However, if he reaches this desire to
correct himself, he can attain spirituality. Only then will the heavens open for
him to allow his entry into another world, another reality, another dimension.
He reaches this stage by studying Kabbalah in the right way.
Embracing Kabbalah does not work by merely avoiding nice things so that
one’s desire will not be kindled. Correction does not come from self-
punishment, but rather as a result of spiritual achievement. When a person
achieves spirituality, the light appears and corrects him.
This is the only way a person changes. Any other way is hypocritical. He is
mistaken if he believes that by putting on a nice appearance he will achieve
spirituality. Inner correction will not follow, since only the light can correct.
The purpose of studying is to invite the light that corrects one. Therefore, a
person should work on himself only for that purpose.
If there is any pressure, or any obligatory rules or regulations, it is a sign
that it is man-made and is not an action intended by the upper worlds. In
addition, inner harmony and tranquility are not prerequisites for attaining
spirituality; they will appear as a result of the correction. But a person should
not believe this can happen without an effort on his part.
The Kabbalah way absolutely rejects any form of coercion. It grants a person
an inkling of spirituality, bringing him to prefer it to materialism. Then, in
relation to his spirituality, he clarifies his desire. Accordingly, he retreats
from material things as his attraction to or necessity for them disappears.
Studying Kabbalah incorrectly, even with the best intentions, can distance a
person from spirituality. This type of student will only fail.
Among the languages of the study of spiritual worlds, between the Bible
(which includes the Five Books of Moses, the Prophets and the Scriptures)
and Kabbalah, the latter is the most useful and direct. Those who learn it
cannot err in their understanding. It does not use names from this world, but
possesses a special dictionary directly indicating the spiritual tools for
spiritual objects and forces, and the correlation between them.