by Rav P.S. Berg
From the back side:
For thousands of years,
no book has been more shrouded in mystery than the Zohar, yet no
book offers us greater wisdom. The central text of Kabbalah, the
Zohar is a commentary on the Bible's narratives, laws, and
genealogies and a map of the spiritual landscape.
In The Essential Zohar, the eminent kabbalist Rav P. S. Berg decodes its teachings on
evil, redemption, human relationships, wealth and poverty, and other
fundamental concerns from a practical, contemporary perspective.
The Zohar and Kabbalah have traditionally been known as the world's most
esoteric sources of spiritual knowledge, but Rav Berg has dedicated
his life to making this concentrated distillation of infinite wisdom
available to people of all faiths so that we may use its principles
to live each day in harmony with the divine.
Some quotations, just to give
you a taste of this highly recommended book.
As you will understand the chosen
ones have been a great source of inspiration for me.
You will find most of them in one
way or another back on the home page.
Purpose in life
Our purpose in life is first to recognize God, then to understand His
presence in our lives, and ultimately to achieve unity with His nature.
Once we have internalized the reality of the Creator's love and have learned
to recognize His Light in the workings of our everyday lives, we are well on
the way toward the unity with God that is our true purpose.
The transformation of your being from what it is now to what the Creator
wants and intends for you from a being of self-serving desire into one of
desire for the purpose of sharing with others.
Awe of the Creator is the gateway to everything.
Importance of Names
the Zohar as well as in the Bible, names are linked not only to an
individual's physical identity but also to his level of spiritual elevation.
People's names tell us not only who they are in the world, but also where
they are on the ascending path toward God.
When I got the name Deva Deep (Divine Light) from my spiritual Master Osho,
my whole life changed and I started doing things, I had never done before.
It has always been an expression of my ultimate potential and in this way a
Light of the Creator (Picture Chapel of the Burning Bush)
The entire project of existence, even the creation of the universe itself,
consists in resolving this duality through the unification of "getting" and
"giving" into a single desire to "receive in order to share." When
this is accomplished, Kabbalah teaches, the Vessel will at last be prepared
to receive the Light of the Creator in full force.
is a precept of Kabbalah that our actions in the physical dimension create
the channels that connect us to the Divine
ourselves initiate and perpetuate the Light's presence in our lives.
Interactions between the physical and the supernal are always
Therefore it is written, "Do not keep silent, Elohim," so that there
will always be an awakening from below upon which that from above will come
The Zohar is literally a kind of lightning rod. It draws the Light of the
Creator to us and reveals the Light in ourselves. In so doing, it eliminates
inner darkness, for darkness cannot coexist with Light. Nor can chaos, whose
essence is disconnection, remain in force when a genuine connection with the
Upper World has taken place.
When a miracle occurs, a channel is opened and never closed, so that the
power of the miracle can easily be called upon forever thereafter.
The truth always turns out to be more wonderful than anything we could have
Miracles are not about extraordinary happenings. They are about the
connection to the Light that makes the extraordinary possible, and the
(seemingly) ordinary as well. In this sense, the Zohar tells us, raising
children is a miracle. So is just staying alive.
Ultimately, according to Kabbalah, every soul is destined for peace, joy,
and the fulfillment that accompanies oneness with the Creator.
must accept responsibility for everything that comes into our lives,
even our own death.
One of Kabbalah's most important teachings states that negative thoughts are
the origin of chaos in our lives. And of all negative thoughts, doubt may be
The critical mass
Perhaps the most fundamental teaching is that when a sufficient
number of people have chosen to use the divinely given spiritual tools, a
critical mass will be achieved that will bring about the redemption of
humanity as a whole, even including those who have followed the negative
path. That, one might say, is the good news.
The bad news is that the reverse is also true, as has been proven on a
number of occasions in the biblical narrative. When evil has become
sufficiently widespread, a general cleansing must take place, on a scale
that transcends the virtue or depravity of individual human beings. At that
point, the wheat is no longer separated from the chaff. Everything is
The golden calf – Mount Sinai
much energy is wasted by humankind in the pursuit of things that are
ultimately meaningless, while we avoid experiences that can foster spiritual
The incident of the golden calf offers a dramatic case in point. After
escaping slavery in Egypt and miraculously crossing the Red Sea, the
Israelites arrived at the foot of Mount Sinai. But as we have pointed out,
in the Zohar, "Egypt" does not refer to a political or geographical entity.
"Egypt" is a coded representation of a spiritual condition. It denotes
slavery to the physical world, bondage to the degenerate attractions of
material reality, and estrangement from the real treasure and fulfillment,
which is the Light of the Creator.
The true purpose of
The true purpose of humanity in general, and of every human being, is to
connect with the Light of the Creator in greater and greater intensity, and
eventually to literally become one with the Light. But creating this
connection with the Light is not simply a matter of gaining access to it.
Making ourselves ready to receive the Light means "preparing the vessel"
into which the Light will flow. It means taking positive action in the
everyday conduct of our lives. It means replacing desire to receive for
ourselves alone with desire to receive in order to share, and loving others
as we love ourselves. As the great sage Hillel said, "The rest is
The very essence of
the zoharic worldview
Humanity was endowed by the Creator with the power to influence and
determine the very nature of the universe, from the quantum level to the
birth and death of stars. The instrument of this great power is nothing more
than our consciousness, and our realization of the capabilities that are
within our grasp.
Kabbalah teaches that our thoughts, feelings, and especially our spiritual
awareness determine events in the external environment. What takes place in
our minds and hearts is the ground state of the physical realm. This view,
it is interesting to note, is also expressed in the so-called Copenhagen
interpretation theory of quantum mechanics, as articulated by Niels Bohr.
The Zohar depicts humankind as an essentially spiritual entity whose fate is
determined by the nature of our own thoughts and actions. That is to say, it
is all up to us. Only human beings have the power of free will in
determining their spiritual evolution, which in turn is the controlling
energy of their physical and material well-being.
The fundamental interconnection of consciousness and creation is the very
essence of the zoharic worldview. To perceive and embrace this unity is to
experience the true spirit of Kabbalah.
A miracle in itself
Comment from Deva Deep: At this moment there are
several new sources stating the same and I will refer to some of them on the
other pages. But a miracle in itself is that these quotations are ancient
and at the same time completely in accordance with the spirit of this time.
The Zohar even predicts what is happening now and contributes greatly to reach
the critical mass for the transformation of human kind.
I feel very blessed to have received these teachings
and to share them with the world, which is the essence of the Zohar
Now I can understand why so many famous and talented
people, who have influenced this world, like Madonna, are attracted to these
high teachings of the Kabbalah.
about the Zohar
The Zohar (Hebrew: זֹהַר, lit Splendor or Radiance) is widely considered
the most important work of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. It is a mystical
commentary on the Torah (the five books of Moses), written in medieval
Aramaic. It contains a mystical discussion of the nature of God, the origin
and structure of the universe, the nature of souls, sin, redemption, good
and evil, and the relationship between God and man.
The Zohar is not one book, but a group of books; these books include
scriptural interpretations as well as material on theosophic theology,
mythical cosmogony, mystical psychology, and what some would call
of this Wikipedia article.