The Kabbalah and Its Followers Term Paper by Nicky

A look at practicing the Kabbalah.
# 150803 | 1,400 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 23, 2012 in Religion and Theology (Judaism) , Religion and Theology (General)


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This paper discusses the mysticism of the Kabbalah and how it is practiced among its followers today, both Jewish and non-Jewish. First, the paper describes the significance of the Kabbalah as a Jewish and universal mystical text. Then, it highlights how many follow its teachings today, regardless of religious upbringing. Meditation in Kabbalah is explored and comparisons are made to Buddhism. Finally, the paper considers why many are drawn to the lessons of Kabbalah, noting a trend of individuals searching for spiritual meaning in their lives. The paper concludes by stating that the follower of modern Kabbalah pursues divine unification through personal introspection.

From the Paper:

"Kabbalist practice involves meditating on these Divine emanations. Called hithonenut, in Hebrew, devotees concentrate on the Divine Light that informs the sephirot, and brings forth the values associated with each sephirah. Light, as a symbol of inspiration and knowledge, is directly connected with the idea of mind. As in other religious practices, such meditation is intended to bring the worshipper closer to Divine reality. D. Scott Rogo has compared this experience of the light in Kabbalistic mysticism to the effects in a wide variety of other religious traditions. In particular, he notes the similarities with the Buddhist practice of Kundalini, "Whereas most Eastern traditions speak of the Kundalini as a heat energy, the Kabbalistic tradition refers to it as 'light.' It is also suggestive that the Kabbalistic rabbis were, by tradition, gifted with psychic powers.'" In Buddhist practice, Kundalini is a kind of mystic energy. Those who can rouse the Kundalini energy can ascend to higher realms of consciousness, while simultaneously developing the power to perform great psychic feats. Thus, Kabbalah practice can also be seen as a way of enhancing one's hidden inner powers in a search for greater truths. Individual practitioners can learn to transcend..."

Sample of Sources Used:

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