Most people do not ever ask the above question. Yet it is an important question to ask since there is much confusion of the terms that refer to people and their level of consciousness. This is especially true of spiritual people since today the term religion, spiritual, and many other terms are used by many with very few clear definitions. It is the intent of this essay to provide a list of spiritual levels of consciousness and explain and define these terms as the Kabbalists use the term and how the Kabbalists define the term.
In today's parlance the term Nation and Religion are not related to each other. The term soul, consciousness, and spirituality are used by many interchangeably and by many meaning different things. All of this creates confusion so let us define these terms. The place to start to define them is the Hebrew Language and the usage within the Old Testament of the Bible.
Terms Defined in the Old Testament
In the Old Testament everyone spoke one language which is / was the Hebrew Language. People were identified by their lineage which was based on three levels or generations. Thus Noach is the son of Lemech who is the son of Methusalech. The bible does not identify anyone by family name since there is no family name. Each person comes from a by / soul part of Adam and Chavah. Yet the Name of a person does not identify where within the body / soul part of Adam and Chavah that person relates.
Prior to the Tower of Babel Incident families developed yet they were related as rulers and Kings along with the First Born energy that provided the energy of the Priesthood. After the Tower of Babel incident the families developed by language and the attitude of a nation. There were 70 nations which meant there were 70 languages. Each language caused the thinking of the people of that nation to think in a particular way. The Names of a language gave us hints and information about the practitioner of this language. These hints related to the personality and the character traits of these nations. Again none of these family identifiers related to the part of the soul that a person came from Adam or Chavah. Much of our confusion comes from this lack of connection that originated by the Names people called each language or family without identifying the part of Adam and Chavah these group of souls originated from. All of the confusion about language also applies to the family name and levels of consciousness as well. Let us try to define the confusion and clarify the method of defining these various items mentioned above.
We also have a teaching that indicates that it is important for the soul to know its name while the body also needs to know its name when the body dies and the soul leaves the physical world after a lifetime of being unified as body and soul. We learn from the Names of Angels that the Name of something relates to its purpose. Names of Angels have attached - sometimes - a Name of the Creator such as HaShem or El or Elohim or Eheyeh or Shaddai. There are also other Names of HaShem utilized for this purpose as well. With this background let us start to address the kinds of classifications that make sense and also become complete and meaningful in our lives and in our world.
According to the ARIzal there are 5 levels or classification of the English world soul. They are from lowest to highest:
Nefesh - נפש Translation as life force energy - also called Chi or Qi energy in the Eastern languages. The Nefesh resides in the blood and provides a transition from the body to the higher levels of soul. According to Rabbi Bar Tzadok we learn that the Nefesh energy or soul is used as a medium of exchange between the various worlds and entities within the Creation. Our Sages also teach that we can lose Nefesh Energy through various negative actions and can add to the life force energy through various positive actions. There is a limit to how much life force energy can be added since in the physical world most people die and all people must leave the frame of reference called physical. We also learn that people die when their Nefesh energy falls below a certain level or they reach a specific age that is relative to their goal in life. A Nefesh soul is sometimes referred to as an animal soul. This translation of "animal soul" indicates that it is not at a human level as of yet. It does not mean that the animal soul can be used as energy transference.
Ruach - רוח Translation as spirit or wind. A Ruach needs a completely corrected Nefesh to be its garment or covering. If the Nefesh does not complete the task of correcting itself in its first lifetime then the Ruach may not use that related Nefesh but utilize something called a Ger Ruach or a "foreign spirit" in any subsequent reincarnations. To our knowledge the Name of a Ruach does not tell us where within Adam and Chavah it originates and what is its Tikune.
Neshamah - נשמה is the level of soul that normally stays within the body yet has the free choice to leave the body and return to the level of Surrounding Light as a reference difference to the concept of inner Light. That part of the soul that has been revealed and stays within the physical body. The Hebrew word for Name - Shem is within the word Neshama and thus is hinting to us that the part of Adam and Chavah that this soul part comes from is available to us through certain techniques of letter intertwining and letter substitution and sometimes the hint is through the use of one of the levels of gematria. In the Tribe of Yehudah's Orthodox morning prayers we are instructed to intertwine our first Name with the word Neshama while having the consciousness that we are connecting to the Neshama of Adam or Chavah. Here is an example for my name of Chanoch. חננשומךה. My tikune or service to HaShem - these are two different things is to teach the Hidden Wisdom of HaShem. This comes from the name Chanoch as has been explained elsewhere. There is also a hint as to which part of Adam my soul spark comes from in my opinion. Yet this soul spark hint is not sufficient to let us know which part of the body / soul of Adam i come from. This information is not complete.
Chaya - חייה is the level the Hasidic Kabbalah calls the unconscious. Most of the time this level exists outside fo the body and is considered the aura by the people who have psychic ability to notice or interact with the Aura of a person. It is actually much more than the unconscious since it also holds the doorway to what the new age systems call the Acachic Records. What the majority of these new age teachings suggest is that the history of that individual that they visit and are informed about is actually what happened in previous lifetimes. This is not a complete understanding. Each time a decision point is made a new file is created in the Acachic Records that shows the potential lives that could have been made by that decision. When someone accesses the Acachic Records they need to know which aspect they are looking at. All of the potential lives are available to pursue in the true and total Acachic Records.
Yechidah - יחידה is the unity of the human species. It is rarely accessed. Moshe is the only one that we know got to that level and he did not actually get there and stay there. Moshe represents the corrected human soul which includes all 12 Tribes of the Children of Israel. The other 70 Nations will eventually all integrate into the 12 Tribes of the Children of Israel. This is the central issue of spiritual growth of each human being. The Yechidah is not the part of the soul that goes into the body of any human being and actually represents more than anybody can accept of one person.
There is much to add to the above discussions. Please review our approximately 200 classes on Advanced Reincarnation to understand the above.
Let us truly begin to understand the true codes of the Torah. There are 12 Children of Israel which became 12 Tribes and relate to the 12 signs of the Zodiac which also has a relationship to the "body" of Adam and Chavah as well as a relationship to the 12 Elemental Letters of the Hebrew Alef Bet. These Zodiac signs also relate to the 7 double letters and also to the 3 Mother letters. Thus everything is included in the letters and the creation and all of this is revealed by the various levels of Names and aspects of the Hebrew Letters. All of these connections are clarified in the 12 months of the Hebrew year which is sometimes 13 months in its leap year.
With that understanding let us start to realize how the 12 Tribes relate to the body of Adam and Chavah. Kabbalah teaches that Adam and Chavah are 2 parts of 1 whole. They were created back to back and then were changed to be separate sexes and beings. Due to this teaching what is said about one sex applies to the other with some differences which is usually ignored. i will ignore what can be ignored and discuss what needs to be discussed. Please note everything up to now is revealed by the Sages of the Kabbalah or can be expressly extrapolated from their teachings. What is below is my own thoughts and while i know that these teachings are truth for me they need to be evaluated by each person to determine if they are truth for you.
A human body has 12 large components from the physical perception of a body. They are the following parts. Some of these parts have sefirot identified with them and others do not. This is the same idea and mistake that is made by many students of the Eastern teachings dealing with Yin and Yang and the 7 Chakras. Many people relate the 7 Chakras to the 7 lower Sefirot and this relationship is based on putting round cubes into square holes. The relationship works if the circles are smaller than the squares but it is not truly correct. Here are the 12 parts of the bodies:
1. Head - Sefirah of Keter
2. Neck - is not a Sefirah - yet relates to the non Sefirah of Da'at
3. Right Arm - Chesed
4. Left Arm - Gevurah
5. Chest - from the Diaphragm to the neck - Tiferet
6. Spine and Sex Organ - Creation - Yesod
7. Right Leg - from Diaphragm to knee - Netzach
8. Left Leg - from Diaphragm to knee - Hod
9. Feet - both together - Knees to toes including the heels - Malchut
10. Right Elbow -
11. Left Elbow -
12. Right Knee -
13. Left Knee -
Why are there 13 components? This relates to the idea of Moshe being a hub soul that relates to the whole of the human species - all 70 nations. To understand this read the lesson no 11 of "You are Who You Hate" which is section 18 of the book itself.
If you want to relate these 13 components to the Tribes, here are some ideas but i have never seen the list completed and so i do not recommend that you complete it without a great deal of contemplation and relating to your own intuition.
Leah had 6 sons and one daughter. This daughter Dinah, according to the Midrash became the grandmother of Joseph's Wife - the daughter of Potiphar in Egypt. Jacob told us in the Torah that the sons of Joseph became his sons also since both mother and father are Jacob's descendants.
Rachel and the two hand maids of Rachel and Leah each had 2 sons. If you add this up you find that there are 6 sons from Leah and 6 from the other 3 wives + 2 from Joseph. This totals 14 plus Dinah.
One Tribe / Son was tithed to HaShem. That is the Tribe of Levi who was donated to work in the Temple either as a Levite or as a Priest. The two sons of Joseph represent the double portion to Joseph the first born. Joseph is not considered to be one of the Tribes since he was elevated to the Yesod channel of the world when Pharaoh elevated Joseph to be his second in command.
Thus we have the following double set of Tribes:
The second set of 12 Tribes is as follows:
Ephraim replaces (just a suggested word) Levi
Yehudah - becomes King as in King David and King Mashiach
Menasha replaces Joseph - just a suggested wordDan
The Temple is served by the Tribe of Levi which is the 13th Tribe.
This explains that Jacob was supposed to have 14 sons and one daughter for a total of 15 children. This also relates to the idea that Noach was to have more children than the 3 races of Shem Yaphat and Ham. The jealousy of Ham relates to the desire not to share part of his inheritance - the physical world with additional children. Our Sages teach us that what happens to the Fathers happens to the children.
We will include more of these explanations in the next class.
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It is time that people start to learn what Kabbalah teaches about the populations of the nations of the world. There are 10 levels of positive oriented people in the world. From Idol worshipper to an Ivrei - a Hebrew.
Ultimately every human being will grow spiritually to become one of these levels. The Torah puts the 70 Nations into one of these 10 categories as being the source of the souls of that nation. Ultimately these 70 nations will grow higher and higher to become the most that they can become. The most that someone can become is what they are in the Endless World.
1. Idol Worshipper
Most people are taught that idol worshipping is bowing down to an idol. This comes from pictures and the stories and pictures that are shown to us when we are children. Actually idol worship has a different definition in Kabbalah. Idol worshipping is anything physical and sometimes spiritual that you are holding and are unwilling to let go. This can be money, it can be jewelry, it can be your job or work, it can be your dog, your car, something physical that you love, and anything that you are unwilling to let go of.
Above we stated this category of idol worshipper is one of the ten levels of positive people. How can an idol worshipper be considered a positive oriented person?
Let us take as an example someone who is a workaholic. They provide for their family. Yet their work is an idol to them and it can be both an idol and a positive aspect. This is very difficult for people to understand.
To help you understand this duality let us ask the question "What is wrong with idol worship? What is so horrible about idol worship. Why does HaShem tell us He is a jealous God. Is HaShem truly jealous? The Answer is no. HaShem knows that to accomplish all that we can accomplish we have to have our consciousness on the essence of HaShem. To the extent we do not have this conscious of connecting to HaShem we do not reveal the Light of HaShem. With that in mind when we do not reveal the Light of HaShem we create darkness. Now we can begin to get an inkling of what is the issue with idol worship. Any idol takes us away from the Light of Creator. When there is any spark of light not yet revealed means that there is something missing in the endless world.
In my opinion, religion is an idol. Actually there is no word for religion in the Torah. The word in modern Hebrew is Daati. It is spelled differently than the word Daat in the Torah. Religion is spelled without an Ayin while knowledge is spelled Dalet Ayin Tav. This indicates that religion is causing someone to lose sight of the essence of HaShem and His Mitzvot. Actually one is doing the Mitzvot but not with the inner and outer aspects being in sync. This is another aspect of idol worship since there is no heart to the body of the action.
One of the most important teachings by the Tribe of Yehudah is that the people who follow the man from Nazareth are considered idol worshippers. Let me read to you a teaching that comes from a blog in the land of Isreael to demonstrate the difference between heart and body.
Am I allowed to daven (pray) here? I took this picture a couple of days ago at the Kotel. I went to daven mincha (afternoon prayers) as usual, but it was cold so I went inside to daven. The minyan (quorum) started as I walked in so I quickly stepped forward to daven, but then I saw a man who was obviously not Jewish standing right in front of where I stood to pray. He had a copy of his "new testy" open on the stender (stand) in front of him and he had his hands spread out onto the Kotel.
"Oh man! Am I allowed to daven here? Okay, so it's the Kotel, the holiest place a Jew can go today to daven, and okay that I am standing in a minyan of religious Jewish men, but how can I daven right behind a x-ian with his book of idolatry open right in front of me?"
I backed up and moved to the other side of the minyan. That's where I took the picture from. [Note: Picture is not included here.]
Do you know of any other religion in the world that would allow someone from a totally contradictory religious belief, stand in the middle of them with their book open in front of them when they pray? Is there any mosque, church or temple in the world that would allow Jews to stand between their worshipers wearing tefillin and daven? I don't think so. Not that any normal Jew would want to do such a thing. Yet at the Kotel it happens almost every day!
I must admit that I do not like it. Yes, HaShem told us through the Prophet Isaiah that after the redemption, "My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples," Isaiah 56:7 but that means His house. His house means His way. It does not mean that there will be idolatry in the Temple.
I asked a senior rabbi if we are allowed to daven at the Kotel in such a situation. He answered, "It's not nice, but you are allowed. It is permitted."
What can we do about it? Pray for the Temple to come quickly so we will be able to stand with only those who are worshiping HaShem and not an idol.
Now i ask you to contemplate who is the idol worshipper? My answer is that both are idol worshipper. The Senior Rabbi answered, "It is permitted." What is permitted?" The Xian Bible or the limitation desired by the Tribe of Yehudah?
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2. Ger - Stranger - Accepts the 7 laws of Noachide and gives up Idol Worship.
What is a Ger? It is someone who accepts the following responsibilities upon himself.
1. Believe / know and trust in G-d - Do not worship idols עֲבוֹדָה זָרָה
I will not speak of each of these now but i will speak about each of these in a later class.
2. Respect and praise G-d - Do not blaspheme. בִּרְכַּת הַשֵׁם
3. Respect the sanctity of human life - Do not murder, assault or slander. שְׁפִיכוּת דָּמִים
4. Respect family values - Do not have perverse sexual relations. גִּלּוּי עֲרָיוֹת
5. Respect the rights and property of others - Do not steal. גָּזֵל
6. Respect animals rights - Do not eat flesh from a live animal. אֵבָר מִן הֶחָי
7. Responsibility for society - Establish a system of Justice. דִּינִים
In essence, the Seven Noahide Commandments establish a stable, humane and just society, which accomplishes G-d’s command of inhabiting the world. Observing these Laws helps everyone accomplish his or her true purpose: to make a dwelling place for G-d in this world.
‘For, from the rising of the sun until its setting, My Name is great among the nations, and everywhere offerings are burnt and offered up to My Name; yea, a pure oblation, for My Name is great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts.’ - Malachi 1:11
Actually this list is not correct. The 7 Noachide Mitzvot actually are only negative Mitzvot. There are no positive Mitzvot. The Rabbis of the Talmud [Religion] have explained that each of these 7 negative Mitzvot have a relationship to a positive Mitzvot [Two side of the same coin].
When one delves into these 7 Mitzvot and compares them to the 613 Mitzvot for the Children of Israel, one finds that there are just a few differences. One difference is there is no law of Kings or Mashiach. This is because a Ger may not become a King of Israel and / or a Mashiach and there is no need to cleanse that aspect of him or herself.
Another area is the laws of sacrifices such as the book of Leviticus. This is for the same reason. A ger brings a sacrifice but does not need to study these laws of how to perform them. That is the purview of the Cohenim.
3. Ger - Toshav – A Stranger who does more than the minimum connection to the 7 laws of Noach.
4. Ger Tzedek - Righteous Stranger - A Stranger who accepts all of the 613 Mitzvot but not with the consciousness or desire to be Jewish.
5. Yehudi - Jew - Anyone who identifies themselves as a Jew. Usually referred to as a Ben-Oni - An in-between person.
6. Anyone who has allowed an investigation into their family background to satisfy the requirements of a Jewish Marriage or a similar ritual. The results of this investigation may not be made public unless the person authorizes this.
7. Israeli - Someone who struggles with the essence of himself and his connection to HaShem.
8. Tzadik - Someone who has opened the door between the physical world and the spiritual worlds.
One who has begun to do Mind Over Matter and other psychic - energy sensitivity.
9. Ivrei - Someone who crosses over - Performs psychic and astral travels to physical dimension other than our physical world.
10. Tzadik Gamur - Someone who crosses over - Performs psychic and astral travels to higher dimensions and worlds.
The above are my personal perceptions of peoples in the world.
We will continue to discuss these subjects over future classes. Are there any questions?
The Tikunei Zohar is explaining the word Beraishit as follows:
בראשית =אב רשית
Av Raishit = Father of Beginnings
This hints to all of the 613 Mitzvot. One way to categorize Mitzvot is positive and negative. The Positive Mitzvot that are categorized starting with the first of the Esser Debrot - Anoki - אנכי. Anoki is an acronym for the Hebrew phrase, "I give myself to you."
The Tanya teaches from the Zohar: "Now, in one source it is written that the 248 positive commandments are [rooted] in the Five Attributes of Kindness of Za of Atzilut, for every positive command serves as a vessel to receive an expression of the kindly attributes and a calling forth of Divinity.".
The other is the negative Mitzvot - which comes from the words in the Esser Deborot: Do not do - Lo Yihiyeh Lecha - לא יהיה לך. This phrase comes from the second of the Esser Debrot.
And the 365 prohibitions are [rooted] in the Five Attributes of Severity of Za of Atzilut.
The Gevurot (the attributes of severity) reflect a Divine thrust to self-contraction and limitation. The prohibitory commands thus derive from them, since the intent of these commands is to withhold the efflux of holiness from kelipot.
The word Av = father is spelled Alef Bet. The "do" Mitzvot starts with an Alef. The "do not" Mitzvot are considered as the house of protection - the Bet.
There is more to follow:
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