For those who have never heard of the Kabbalah Centre it might sound very mysterious and esoteric. However, the Kabbalah Centre is very far removed from the kind of philosophically snobby institute that the name might conjure up. Rather it is a education organization dedicated to the teaching and dissemination of the traditional metaphysical and spiritual beliefs entailed within the Kabbalah. The text central to the Kabbalic traditions is the Zohar which forms the backbone for all of the institutions teachings, though various other texts are utilized to supplement – many of which are written by the learned staff such as the founder and prolific author, Rabbi Phillip Berg.
Despite the spiritual orientation of the Zohar and the Kabbalah more broadly, the Kabbalah Centre is not a religious institution, nor does it require a background in either the Kabbalah or the Zohar or any of the attentive Jewish mystical or Christian hermetic texts. Rather, the Kabbalah Centre focuses upon teaching those who are uninitiated with the Kabbalic tradition by giving them a entry level foundation for understanding.
Some concepts taught by the institution are that man should not attempt to have a relationship with God directly as God is definitionally unknowable and beyond comprehension. Rather, a initiate of the Kabbalic tradition should seek to acquiant themselves with his worldly and spiritual manifestations – what is generally referred to by adherents of the Kabbalah as “the light.” The primary barrier to spiritual actualization are the Klippot (alternatively known as the Qlipoth) which means “husk” or “shell” – which are consider impure and sometimes evil spiritual forces (sometimes metaphorically, sometimes literally, depending on the teacher). It is only by breaking this earthly “shell” then that one can reach the Ein Sof, the infinite realms.
Unlike many other institutions that teach the Zohar and other Kabbalic texts, the Kabbalah Centre does so from a perennialist perspective. The perennial tradition teaches that all religious contain some portion of universal spiritual truth and are, in that regard, equally worthy of study and understanding.
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