Kabbalah and the Zohar
The Kabbalah Learning Centre was founded in 1922 and its mission is to make the wisdom of Kabbalah available to all those who wish to learn. Kabbalah was never a religion, but a spiritual wisdom which eventually served as the bedrock of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions.
The Zohar was revealed approximately 2,000 years ago by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai who it while hiding in a cave from Roman persecution for 13 years with his son who rendered his father’s words to written form. The Zohar was written to make the earliest known written Kabbalistic work, the Book of Formation by Abraham the Patriarch, more comprehensible to mankind. The Zohar was basically hidden from the world until it emerged in Spain in 1270 AD and was thought of as a bewildering book of mysticism.
Imagine trying to demonstrate a computer 750 years ago, you would be called a mystic, a heretic, mad…. This is primarily why this wisdom has remained hidden until now, the world was simply not ready for this wisdom and would severely persecute those who learned and taught it. Many Kabbalistic like Rabbi Akiva and Jesus were tortured and killed for spreading this wisdom. As science over the years has revealed more and more about the universe, the Zohar has become easier and easier for mankind to accept. The Zohar’s contents, being thousands of years ahead of the time in which it was written, are being confirmed by science at an ever increasing speed. The time has arrived where the world is ready for Kabbalah and The Zohar and one of our missions is to put this wisdom into the hands of the masses.
In addition to a comprehensive text of spiritual wisdom, the Zohar also addresses the laws that govern our physical universe. There are many examples of these physical laws that the Zohar described 2,000 years ago that were confirmed many years later by science. When the brightest minds said the world was flat, over a thousand years earlier the Zohar described the earth as rolling around like a ball, so some people are above and some below. In the time of Columbus, it was thought that only two continents exist. 2,000 years ago the Zohar said that “seven major geographic continents exist, but this is not known to those that made geographical boundaries”. 2,000 years ago the Zohar described that cholesterol was the primary component of bile, and even described the concept of good fats and bad fats. This has only been confirmed by the medical community in recent years.
The Zohar described the universe as being composed of ten dimensions, six of which are compressed into one. This description mirrors today’s most prevalent theory promoted by science known as the Superstring Theory. Our physical world is only one of these dimensions. The other nine dimensions cannot be perceived by the five senses and the Kabbalists said that 99% of reality is found within these other nine dimensions. These other dimensions are the source of all wisdom, joy, healing, ideas, prosperity, and creativity. When Paul McCartney described waking up one morning with his song “Yesterday” in his head, he had tapped into this 99% reality. Mozart said that he could perceive an entire symphony in his mind within a spilt of a second. He described this experience as transcending our ordinary world of time and space and entering another reality, the 99% reality. Moments we experience of pleasure, intuition, and joy is our own contact with this 99% reality. The Zohar has the power to connect us to the 99%.
Plato talked about a hidden reality he called the “World of Ideas”. One of the greatest scientists of history, Sir Isaac Newton stated that Plato got his ideas from the Kabbalists dwelling in Egypt at that time. This position was also promoted by Newton’s teacher, the philosopher Henry More. During the Renaissance period, many of the great Christian scientists and philosophers were inspired by the Zohar, Newton being one of them. His famous Law of Attraction and Repulsion and this finding that all of the colors of the rainbow can be found within the color white was a direct result of his study of the Zohar.
Many people are surprised to hear that Newton wrote far more about Kabbalah and mysticism than he ever did about scientific matters. Newton’s personal copy of the Zohar is still archived at Trinity College in Cambridge. During this Renaissance period, these Christian Kabbalist pursued a wisdom based upon Kabbalah that they referred to as Prisca Theologica. They believed that this wisdom, if rediscovered, had the spiritual power to bring harmony and unify all people in order to bring about a true heaven on earth. It was no coincidence that the timing of the rediscovery of the Zohar in 1270 AD heralded and end of the Dark Ages and the entrance of the Renaissance which was also referred to as the Enlightened Age.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the inventor of calculus and considered the father of the modern day computer was enamored by the Zohar. He often spoke of his plans for a learned society that would combine Kabbalah, calculus, and mechanics. Paracelsus was the father of modern medicine. Encyclopedia Britannica states that “he established the role of chemistry in medicine’. Columbia Encyclopedia states that “the Scientific Revolution begins with the work of Paracelsus’. Paracelsus himself stated that “All of you, who teach so much wisdom, remember that you must take into yourselves the teachings of the Kabbalah if you want to accomplish all this”.
The Zohar is not just for the Jewish people, but for people of all faiths. Kabbalah existed long before there was a Jewish religion and in the wisdom of kabbalah formed the bedrock upon which the Jewish religion was founded. The wisdom of Kabbalah is what constituted the Oral Law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai along with the stone tablets containing the 10 Utterances (incorrectly translated often as commandments) and the Torah. The Talmud, a sacred text of the Jews, contains much of the wisdom of Kabbalah. The Catholic Church played a large role in preserving the Zohar and Kabbalah. In the 15th century, Pope Sixtus IV had 70 Kabbalistic books translated into Latin. In 1559, during the Roman Inquisition, Pope Paul IV ordered the burning of the Talmud and the Koran. As 12,000 books were turning to ash he authorized the first ever printing of the Zohar.
Mohammed wrote about an earlier work attributed to Abraham the Patriarch and known as the “Book of Formation” in the Koran, referring to it as the “Book of Abraham”, and he held it in the highest esteem. The Zohar was written as an expansion of that earlier work of Abraham in an effort to make its challenging content and writing style more comprehensible to mankind. Many people are unaware that Mohammed began his metaphysical education when he was 40 years of age and he chose to study this material in a cave as did Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Rabbi Shimon went into a cave to learn all about the wisdom of Sephirot and Kabbalah. For thousands of years, until the year 1540 when Abraham Azulai removed the decree, a person had to be 40 years of age before they could study Kabbalah.
The most sacred city to all Muslims is the city of Mecca. This is the place Muslims face five times a day to pray. The Zohar uses the Hebrew word Mecca — the same spelling for the city of Mecca — for the concept of a window opening up into the heavens where the divine Light is. In fact, you can read the original Zohar sentence two ways:
FIRST WAY: The word Mecca can mean to break open the window into heaven.
THE SECOND WAY: The word MECCA can also be read as the actual opened window to heaven.
The sentence changes when you simply remove the vowels from the word MECCA.
The most sacred site to Muslims within the city of Mecca is a large black square building known as the Kaaba, which is known as the House of Allah. The larger structure of the Kaaba is build upon the remnants of a much earlier structure said to have been built by Abraham and his son Ishmael.
According to Muhammad, Allah told Abraham to build the first Kaaba “stone by stone”. Abraham wrote in his Kabbalistic text, the “Book of Formation” (Sefer Yetzira) that “Two stones build 2 houses. Three stones build 6 houses. Four stones build 24 houses.” Both Kabbalah and Muhammad are talking about building a “house, stone by stone.” The Kabbalists teach us that the stones are a code for the Aramaic Letters and the Names of God. The “house” is the container or Vessel that holds the Light. Muhammad was really telling us that Abraham built vessels of Aramaic letters to draw the Light of the Creator (Allah). The physical Ka’ba in Mecca is merely like the Holies of Holies in Jerusalem. It is the physical manifestation of the window and gateway into the Light. But it’s the “stones”, it is the letters, the teachings of Kabbalah and the Names of God that build our non-physical “house” or Vessel to capture that Light and bring it into our lives. Very profound.
When Muhammad was rebuilding the Kaaba at the age of thirty-five, he came across the famous Black Kaaba Stone. Islam says there was an Aramaic inscription on the stone so it was shown to a knowledgeable Israelite who deciphered it. Of course, the Zohar is written in Aramaic, the technology and language of the Kabbalists.
The Kaaba is one of the pilgrimage sites that a Muslim must visit at least once in their life and when they do visit it they encircle the Kaaba seven times as people are doing in the photo above. When Muslims pray facing Mecca they are directing their prayers to the Kaaba. Now, if the Kaaba is the “House of Allah” look what happens when you join the two words Kaaba and Allah together… House of Allah…or… Kaaba of Allah is…
Kaaba Allah or Kabbalah!!
It’s been right in front of our faces for 2000 years. Allah is encoded in the word Kabbalah and the Kaaba in Mecca is connected to this wisdom. This makes perfect sense to you and I because we know that Abraham, the first Kabbalist, wrote the Book of Formation which the Koran calls “The Book of Formation”.
“The last versions of the Kabba, which were rebuilt approximately 60 years after Muhammad’s death, were definitely influenced by the Kabbalistic concepts found in the Book of Formation, written by Abraham.”
—Scholar Vincent Bridges
According to the Koran there are four archangels, Gabriel, who is God’s stenographer, Michael, the champ, who fights Gods’ battles; Azrael, the angel of Death, and Israfel, who will sound the last trumpet. Christians do not talk about these 4 Angels and nor does the Torah. Only the Zohar does which led to this incredible statement by a famed 19th century Kabbalist:
“But we are obliged to go to the Kabbalah for information (not to be found in traditional Judaism) about those four angels who preside over the whole celestial army, called in Islam Gabriel, Michael, Azrael, and Israfel. Where else do we find this, if not in the Kabbalah ? Kabbalah alone recognized these four archangels, who surpass all others in dignity and power,…”
—19th Century Italian Kabbalist Eli Benamozegh
The noon time Islamic prayer is in the Zohar. The Zohar sentence: “With the power of these letters (Allah) he opens all the windows (Mecca) of heaven and enters into the splendor (Zohar) of the sun.”
Here the Zohar uses the actual word “Zohar” to describe the splendor and energy that glows from the heavenly Sun. This explains why Zohar is also the name of the noon time prayer in Islam. It is called the Zohar Prayer. Why?
Because the noon time sun is the strongest sun of all. And, even more important, the energy that emanates from the heavenly sun is called Zohar! Take a minute right now and go to Google. Type in (or cut and paste) this exact phrase:
ISLAM AND ZOHAR PRAYER
Read the entries on the first two Google pages. NOT ONE entry concerns Kabbalah. It’s all about the Islamic prayer called ZOHAR! Why this name?
We can now begin to better appreciate our Zohar. What is it? Besides being the Holy Grail and the Hidden Light lost on Mount Sinai, this earthly book of Zohar is another way for Muslims to connect to Allah, Mecca, and of course, to the Light that shines from the Heavenly Sun, which is called splendor and ZOHAR. It’s a short cut to Heaven. It’s a direct link to God. A broadband connection to the Light of Paradise for all Muslims.
Abraham Abulafia, the great Kabbalist who lived in the 13th century says “The 72 Names of God” must be brought to Muslims and Christians if we are going to bring world peace and immortality!
Rabbi Abulafia says this is why we visually scan and meditate upon the 72 Names in three directions during Rosh Hashana – right to left, left to right and top to bottom. Abulafia says those three directions are for Christians, Muslims and Jews.
- Muslims connect to the right to left direction or the Right Column
- Christians connect to the left to right direction or the Left Column
- The Children of Israel connect to the top to bottom or the Central Column
Together, the three Abrahamic faiths make up the Three Column System, representing a a circuit of energy like
1. The Positive pole in a bulb
2. The Negative Pole in a bulb
3. The Filament connecting the two poles in the bulb.
When all three are united, light goes on. We can now realize that as long as the three great faiths remain separated, darkness will continue. However, if we unite, the Light goes on forever. We all win. Muslims win. Israelites win. Christians win.
Rabbi Abulafia also says the names of Mohammed, Moses, & Jesus combined has the numerical value of 765, the same as the phrase “The name of God Unified”. Think about that. He did. You know what he said after he thought about it? In order to unify the Name of God, which really means unifying the spiritual world with this physical world, we need to share the blessings and Light of Kabbalah with the followers of the prophet Muhammad and the followers of Jesus. So God’s Name will never be unified until we share (not teach or preach) the Light of the Zohar with our Christian and Muslim brothers.
Professor Robert Eisenman, a prominent Dead Sea Scroll scholar, said that “the New Testament, the Koran, and the Dead Sea Scrolls are all heirs to and are permeated with the imagery and traditions found in the Zohar”.
2,000 years ago the Zohar spoke about a time of unprecedented change. The Zohar marked this change by the arrival of the Hebrew calendar year of 5760, also known in the Gregorian calendar as the year 2000 AD. Following this time of change, the Zohar speaks of two possible paths, one of judgment and one of blessings. The Zohar is the tool that leads to blessings for those who embrace it.