cabala or cabbala also kabala
or kabbala (kàb´e-le, ke-bä´-) noun
1. Often Cabala. A body of mystical teachings of rabbinical origin, often based on an esoteric interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures.
2. A secret doctrine resembling these teachings.
[Medieval Latin, from Hebrew qabbâlâ, received doctrine, tradition, from qibbêl, to receive.]
- cab´alism noun
- cab´alist noun
"Some mystical jewish accounts of
creation also foreshadow DNA
in an almost eerie manner. In ancient days, Torah scrolls were written
without punctuation or spaces between the letters (like DNA), and some later
Jews argued that this artifact of the writing machine alluded to a cosmic Torah
that preceded the one handed down at Sinai. This original Torah was a
living text of infinite
potential woven from the letters of the tetragrammaton - YHVH, the four-lettered
name of god. This blueprint of creation was also described as a heap of
scrambled letters, which one text calls "the concentrated, not yet unfolded
Torah." Once god arranged these letters into words, the Torah "unfolded
into the manifold shapes of the created world. Far more pleasant worlds
than ours were possible, but Adam's poor behavior selected the words, and the
world, we got. Still Kabbalists looked forward to the messianic age, when
god would perform a kind of cosmic genetic engineering, rearranging the letters
to the Torah to spell out paradise.
- Erik Davis - _Techgnosis: Myth, Magic & Mysticism In The Age Of Information_
compression schemes like PKzip and MP3
Hibiru - The Language Of Light:
As the ancient texts declare, "If you would speak with the gods you must first learn the language of the gods." DNA, the ancient cabalistic "Tree Of life" portrayed in the biblical Torah, is now coming to be viewed as a live vibrating structure, rather than a fixed tape recording.
Kabbala is an ancient esoteric Jewish mystical tradition of philosophy containing strong elements of pantheism, yet akin to neo-Platonism. Kabbalistic writing reached its peak between the 13th and 16th centuries. It is largely rejected by current Judaic thought as medieval superstition, but is basic to the Hassid sect. The Hassidim are members of a sect originating in 18th-century Poland under the leadership of Israel Ba'al Shem Tov (c. 1700–1760). Hassidic teachings encourage prayer, piety, and serving the lord with joy. Many of their ideas are based on the kabbala. Hasidism spread against strong opposition throughout Eastern Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, led by charismatic leaders, the Zaddikim. The sect emphasized ecstatic prayer, while denouncing the intellectual approach of Talmudic academies. Hassidic men dress in the black suits and broad-brimmed hats of 18th-century European society, a tradition which they conservatively maintain. A resistance to modernization had led some Hassids to oppose Zionism, though others are active supporters of Israel.
Cabala, generically, Jewish mysticism in all its forms; specifically, the esoteric theosophy that crystallized in 13th-century Spain and Provence, France, around Sefer ha-zohar (The Book of Splendor), referred to as the Zohar. Cabala's roots are in Hellenistic astral mysticism, in which the adept, through meditation and the use of magic formulas, journeys ecstatically through and beyond the seven astral spheres. Medieval Spanish Cabala, the most important form of Jewish mysticism, is more concerned with esoteric knowledge about the nature of the divine world and its hidden connections with the world of creation. According to the Zohar, above and beyond all human contemplation is god as he is in himself, the unknowable, immutable En Sof (Infinite). Zoharic theosophy concentrates on ten sefirot (realms or planes) as symbols of the inner life and processes of the Godhead. Because they are also archetypes for everything in the world of creation, understanding their workings can illuminate the inner workings of the cosmos and of history. This cosmic aspect was dramatically developed in 16th-century Lurianic Cabala, which arose in response to the cataclysmic experience of Jewish exiles expelled from Iberia in the 1490s, and which projected that experience onto the divine world.
"The belief in the magical power of language is not unusual, both in mystical and academic literature. The Kabbalists - Jewish mystics of Spain and Palestine - believed that supernormal insight and power could be derived from properly combining the letters of the Divine Name. For example, Abu Aharon, an early Kabbalist who emigrated from Baghdad to Italy, was said to perform miracles through the power of the Sacred Names."
"What kind of power are we talking about here?"
"Most Kabbalists were theorists who were interested only in pure meditation. But there were so-called 'practical Kabbalists' who tried to apply the power of the Kabbalah in everyday life."
"In other words,sorcerers."
"Yes. These practical Kabbalists used a so-called 'archangelic alphabet', derived from first-century Greek and Aramaic theurgic alphabets, which resembled cuneiform. The Kabbalists referred to the alphabet as 'eye-writing,' because the letters were composed of lines and small circles, which resembled eyes."
"Ones and zeroes."
"Some Kabbalists divided up the letters of the alphabet according to where they were produced inside the mouth."
"Okay. So as were would think of it, they were drawing a connection between the printed letter on the page and the neural connections that had to be invoked in order to pronounce it."
"Yes. By analyzing the spelling of various words, they were able to draw what they thought were profound conclusions about their true, inner meaning and significance."
- _Snow Crash_ by Neal Stephenson
...Also extremely interesting is the use of the Kabbala in the film. As said before there are four great realms within the Tree of Life . Stanley Kubrick reflects these realms with each of the four chapters in _2001_ The first is the earthly realm, represented by Malkuth, which is the sephireh located at the very bottom of the Tree of Life. This is the realm of the kingdom, or of mankind. The second realm up is that of the moon, or the sephireh Yesod. The third realm is that of the sun, or the sephireh named Tiperoth, and the final realm of the Tree of Life is that of the ultimate being or consciousness, represented by the sephireh named Kether.
Like all great alchemical
works the film _2001_ is broken up into four chapters. The first, the apeman
sequence, is the only episode to take place on
the planet earth. This would represent the realm of the Earth, or Malkuth, according
to the Kabbala. The second chapter takes place off of the Earth,
with Heywood Floyd going to the moon. It finally climaxes on the very surface
of the moon. This chapter represents Yesod in the Tree of Life,
or the realm of the Moon. The third chapter which is about the mission to Jupiter
is a little more tricky. In order to understand the Kabbalic significance
of this sequence it is important to understand, that in the original script,
C. Clarke and Kubrick, the space craft Discovery was
heading towards the planet Saturn, and not Jupiter. As stated earlier, Kubrick
was forced to switch to Jupiter because the rings of Saturn proved
too difficult. The Special Effects department couldn't make them realistic enough.
In the original script the planet was Saturn. This is very important
because in the Kabbala, one can switch places between the Sun, or Tiperoth,
and Saturn. In other words Saturn can be used as a symbolic
representation of the Sun. Is it a coincidence that this third chapter, which
was originally intended
to be about a voyage to Saturn, is also
about the third realm of the Kabbala - Tiperoth? When one considers this switch
is allowed in the rules of the Kabbala this sequence comes to
represent the third realm of the Tree of Life.
The fourth and last sequence in the movie concerns the voyage to the infinite. In this chapter Bowman experiences a universe far more vast and unbelievable than any mortal man has ever conceived. In the final realm of the Kabbala the seeker can swim in the ocean of the mind of god - which is represented by the sephireh named Kether. This state of awareness is a Sammadi-state from the yogic tradition. It can only be attained by very few people. In the case of the film, the final realm of the Tree of Life can be only attained by one man and this can be done only with the help of the monolith, or the stone. Bowman - the furthest out and the loneliest person in the universe - is that man.
In _Mystery of the Cathedrals_ Fulcanelli points out quite clearly - once one understands the key, that this fourth realm of the Tree of Life is physically represented by the very center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The four spheres are thus, the Earth, Moon, Sun and Galaxy. In the final sequence of the film, Kubrick very consciously shows a galaxy. It is expanding and growing like an organism. Kubrick has brought the viewer of the film through the four realms of the Tree of Life, all brilliantly evoked in the right pattern with enough intricate knowledge of the Kabbala to give one a long pause for consideration. It certainly seems that someone was aware of the Kabbala in the making of this film.
- _Alchemical Kubrick - 2001: The Great Work On Film_ by Jay Weidner
Sumerian pictographs carvings have depictions similar to the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.
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