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A Guide to the Hidden Wisdom of Kabbala


Chapter 11: Kabbalistic Music
Part I
Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), author of the Sulam commentary of
The Zohar, expressed his spiritual feelings through the words of his
numerous published writings. Among them he wrote songs and composed
melodies based on these spiritual feelings.
The music itself is based on the way a person feels in the spiritual world.
What is so special about the music is that everyone can understand it, even if
he has not reached the composer’s spiritual level. Listening to the Baal
HaSulam’s music, as conveyed by his son Rabbi Baruch Ashlag, we have the
opportunity to experience the spiritual sentiments of these prominent
Kabbalists.
The Kabbalist achieves two polarized stages in spiritualism: agony, as a
result of drifting away from the Creator, and delight, as a result of getting
closer to Him. The feeling of drifting away from the Creator produces sad
music, expressed by a prayer appealing for closeness. The feeling of
closeness to the Creator produces joyous music, expressed by a thanksgiving
prayer.
Part II
Therefore, we hear and feel two distinct moods in the music: longing and
desire for unification when drifting away, and love and happiness when
discovering unification. The two moods together express the Kabbalist’s
unification with the Creator.
The music bathes the listener in a wondrous light. We do not need to know
anything about it before listening to it, since it is wordless. Yet its effect on
our hearts is direct and swift. Hearing it over and over again is a special
experience.
The notes are composed in adherence to Kabbalistic rules. The notes are
chosen according to the way man’s soul is built. The listener feels them
penetrating deep within his soul, unobstructed. This happens because of the
direct connection between our souls and the roots of the notes.
In 1996, 1998, and 2000, three CDs of the Baal HaSulam’s and Rabash’s
music were recorded and published. The melodies are presented as Rav
Michael Laitman, PhD heard them from his rabbi, Rabbi Baruch Ashlag, eldest
son and follower of the ways of Baal HaSulam.
 
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