The Kabbalah refers to a collection of some of the most powerful esoteric works known to mankind. Along with the Vedantic philosophy of the Hindus, the Pāli Canon of the Theravadan Buddhists, the Koans of Zen masters, and the Gnostic Christian texts, the Kabbalah is one of the greatest collection of texts detailing the road to spiritual liberation. Although the Kabbalah officially belongs to the Jewish tradition, many scholars and spiritual seekers from different sects have sought refuge in these teachings. Indeed, many people interested in comparative religions have been studying the Kabbalah intensively recently. Just a few of the greatest spiritual luminaries that looked deeply into Kabbalistic literature include René Guénon, Julius Evola, and Frithjof Schuon.
The word “Kabbalah” has been translated as both “tradition” and “to receive” in English. The core teaching of these documents is that all humans can have access to the divine if they train throughout their lives in spiritual awakening. Many of these texts expound on the ten “archetypes” God manifests himself through in this universe, which are referred to as the ten Sephiroth. Many scholars have noted the similarities found in the spiritual practices detailed in Kabbalistic texts, like the Zohar and the Book of Splendor, with works of Hindu Vedantic philosophy.
For many years, the texts of the Kabbalah were only taught to Jewish men over the age of 40 who had proper training. These men had to know a great deal about the Talmud, the Torah, and other central Jewish texts in their original languages before even beginning to tackle the wisdom of the Kabbalah. Thus, for most of human history, the vast majority of people on this earth have not been able to study or appreciate the wisdom of these stunning works.
Thankfully, this is all changing in our globalizing world. One of the main forces to bring the Kabbalah‘s wisdom into the homes and hearts of contemporary man is the Kabbalah Centre International. This instructional non-profit institution was founded in 1984 by Philip Berg for people of various faiths interested in the wisdom of the Kabbalah. Their main office is currently in Los Angeles, CA.
The Kabbalah Centre opens its doors to anyone with a genuine interest in the Kabbalah. There are no pre-requisites to enter into any of their study programs. Although knowledge of the central tenants in the Jewish faith may help spiritual aspirants, it is not required knowledge to take a course at the Kabbalah Centre. Today, the Kabbalah Centre has attracted a great deal of attention because many celebrities have stopped by to study in one of the centre’s international locations. Some of these stars include Ariana Grande, Mick Jagger, and Madonna. Currently, the Kabbalah Centre has offices in the USA, Europe, Israel, and the Americas.