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The Essential Zohar

The source of Kabbalistic wisdom

by Rav P.S. Berg

ISBN10 0609807315  ISBN13 9780609807316


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


In 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 guiding light.


The 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.


It is a precept of Kabbalah that our actions in the physical dimension create the channels that connect us to the Divine


We ourselves initiate and perpetuate the Light's presence in our lives. Interactions between the physical and the supernal are always "ground-based."


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 to rest.


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 imagined.


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.




We 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 deadliest.


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 considered chaff.


The golden calf Mount Sinai


So much energy is wasted by humankind in the pursuit of things that are ultimately meaningless, while we avoid experiences that can foster spiritual growth.


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 humanity


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 commentary."


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 teachings.

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.



More information 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 anthropology.


Further reading of this Wikipedia article.


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