Arizal Prince of the Kabbalists
Rabbi Itshak Luria, known as the Ari or Arizal was born in Jerusalem in 1534, in his short life he influenced greatly the learning and development of the Kabbalah. No one as of today, dares to refute or contradict any of his teachings. The level of his knowledge and revelation was and still is far above the possible comprehension of most men. To best describe his heavenly nature, his main student Rabbi Haim Vital writes as an introduction in one of his works the following:
The Ari overflowed with Torah. He was expert in Scripture, Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, Maaseh Bereishit and Maaseh Merkavah. About all the different levels of prophecy, their details and from which level the prophets had their revelations. He understood the whistling of the trees, the grass and stones, the language of the birds and other animals, the conversations of angels, the flicking of a candle. He could read lines on the hand or faces in the manner outlined in the Zohar (2:74b). He could discern all that any individual had done, and could see what they would do in the future. He could read a person’s thoughts, even before the thought entered his mind. He saw future events and knew about all happening here or decreed in heaven. He understood the mysteries of reincarnation, who had been born before or incarnated for the first time. He could talk to the soul of a person in front of him; know of his previous incarnations, what he did from the day he was born until now and what his present Tikun is. He could tell anyone about his sins in his previous life and why he came back in this present life. He could look at someone and let him know how he was connected to higher spiritual levels and what is his original root in Adam Harishon.
The Ari could see extraordinary things about someone in the light of a candle or through the flame of a fire. He was able to see the souls of the righteous, those who had died lately or had lived in ancient times. With these souls he studied supernal secrets. By a person’s scent he was able to know all that he had done. The evildoers avoided him, he could see though them and know what they did or thought. When sincere men wanted to repent, then he would tell them what was their exact Tikun to restore and completely repair their souls. He would tell his students how lost souls would come to him by the thousands whenever he was in the fields. They would fill the trees, the rivers and ask him to help and repair them. He knew every deed a person had done or would do in the future, see his thoughts and foresee all his future ones. He could travel great distance by concentrating and projecting his physical body instantly. All the secrets and mysteries were in him and disclosed whenever he desired. All this we witnessed with our own eyes not heard from others. They were extraordinary things never revealed since the times of Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai. This was not achieved through magic since it is strongly prohibited to use these forces. Instead, it came naturally because of his saintliness and asceticism after studying for many years ancient and newer Kabbalistic texts. He increased and reached higher levels of piety, purity and holiness where Eliyahu the prophet continually revealed himself to him, speaking to him directly and teaching him these secrets.
The Kabbalah is the mystical and esoteric explanation of the Torah. It teaches the unfolding of the worlds, the will of the Creator, the various ways of guidance of these worlds, the role of man in the creation, and more. No other writings explain in details; the creation of this world and the ones above it, the energies that influence its guidance, nor the final goal of everything. These writings are based on ancient Jewish texts and mostly on the Zohar.
The Kabbalah teaches us that the world is guided by an extremely complex system of forces or energies, which through their interactions provoke chain reactions that impact directly on man and the worlds. Each one of these reactions has numerous ramifications, with many details and results. It explains to us the true guidance of the world, so that we may understand the will of God. How and why He created the world, in what way He governs it, the provenance of the souls and angels, the reasons for the dualism of reward and punishment, etc.
Other writings explain in details “how” to do, but the Zohar and Kabbalah explain the exact reasons, and effects of all our prayers and actions.
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I have tried with this work to first give a truthful description of the Arizal’s extraordinary life by translating an annotating known publications as ‘Shivhe HaAri’ and ‘HaAri Veguriav’ which factually describe some of his wonders as witnessed and testified by his contemporaries. In the second part, I have translated and explained some excerpts of his main works as to give a first idea of the extremely high level of his revelations and explanation of the authentic Kabbalah
The study of Kabbalah involves a good comprehension of its general idea, as well as its concepts.
Introductory and advanced concepts of the Kabbalah. Explanation of the main concepts and systems that are put in place to interact with man and for the guidance of the worlds.These systems make us understand the purpose of our actions, their interactions with the superior realms, the hidden messages and meanings in the Torah.
Translation and explanation of terms and concepts of the Kabbalah.The goal of this dictionary is to provide a genuine picture of the true Kabbalah.In the rare books that deal seriously with the subject, the concepts of the Zohar and the Kabbalah are often quoted but not explained.
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