What is Kabbala? part 2

We are born equipped with everything necessary to accomplish our mission―the right genetics, looks, circumstances, parents, location, etc.On life’s path, each of us encounters people, things, and events that contain “sparks” (a kabbalistic metaphor for fragments of divine consciousness) that we are supposed to redeem just like in a video game. The only difference is that we don’t know where these “sparks are hidden. They can be anywhere, sometimes even in the lowest, darkest places, where we would never guess to look. We redeem them by striving to improve ourselves, bringing godliness, consciousness, kindness, and prayer, opening to the higher energies in this imperfect world. There is a fancy word for this concept of bettering the world: tikkun.

How did these “sparks” (fragments of divine consciousness) get lost and end up in our physical world? One of the stories about the “sparks,” according to the Ari (a big kabbalist from 16th century) tells us that the original world was full of revealed good, abundance,and unity. They say Adam was able to see from one end of the universe till other end, knowing everything. Some call that stage “paradise.” Then a cosmic mishap happened, and this perfect world was crashed by Adam’s infamous sin of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which is known in kabbalistic circles as the “breaking of the vessels.” (Many kabbalists believe that it was at this point that the physical body manifested, as it’s written that God made for humans ”garments of skin.” Before this, existence was only on a higher level with bodies made of “light.” With physicality, concepts like death, painful childbirth, etc. were introduced.) Simply put, that good world transformed into a less kind one, where the good is often hidden, where more work is needed, and more trouble is present, where choosing good is not so obvious.The holy sparks were buried in the lower, physical level. Humans are unique among creatures because they have a godly spiritual soul empowered by an additional animalistic soul and a body to function in the physical world. Only humans have the ability to collect and elevate these “divine sparks,” which can be in anything, some are buried so deep its hard to believe they’re really there. We are in a partnership with God in creating our universe. Each of us has a unique mission to find the “sparks” that only we can redeem. You and only you can accomplish your mission in life. This comes with a responsibility to know that you and everything you do matters now and forever, which is one of the main ingredients in life and the foundation of kabbalah. We must find our unique mission and path. Like the hasidic master reb Zusha said “ In the end of my life, by the divine tribunal i will not be asked “Why were you not Moses?” Instead i will be asked “Why weren’t you Zusha?” We all have to fulfill our own potential.

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5 thoughts on “What is Kabbala? part 2

  1. How do you know if you’re fulfilling your own potential? How do you know that you’ve encountered a spark?

    That’s interesting that Kabbala says Man could previously see from one end of the universe to the other. String Theory’s holographic principle says that should be possible right now as well. A hologram perfectly encodes all the three dimensional information of a specific area on a two dimensional plane that can be read with the right code, with the right code being a certain light frequency. String Theory suggests the universe works the same way, and perhaps if we knew the code we could see across the universe.

    1. Interesting.
      “Sparks” are metaphor for energy burbs which can inspire us, vitalize us, reconnect us with parts of us we might not be fully connected. Can take a form of a conversation, a movie or anything we encounter and makes us feel awakened in some part of us.

      How do we know we fulfill our potential? Most humans has infinite potential and the goal is to keep growing and discovering ourselves and the universe. We can take a wrong turn sometimes, but than at least, we know which is not our path and have a better clue what we don’t like. How can we know in simple daily practice? If example someone pigs out on chocolate cake or drinks too much, which might feel good at the moment, but if feelings of remorse follows, than its a signal from our higher self, that this action doesn’t support our long term goals. When we do things supporting our growth ,we feel great after

  2. I agree that we must work to fulfill our own potential and that can be difficult given the obstacles placed in our way. If prior to our physicality the world was filled with revealed abundance, good and unity, what does Kabbalah say as to why G-d allowed the world to be transformed into a less kind place where the good is often hidden?

    1. Answering the question Why G-d allowed the world to be transformed into a less kind place?
      Only G-d really knows the answer, but my guess would be that our world is a free will universe and humanity might had a part of this happening.

  3. G-d gave us free will to set us apart. Unfortunately, due to our imperfections, we sometimes choose yetzer hara over yetzer hatov. To fulfill our full potential, it is our duty to strive to choose yetzer hatov in all situations. If we can do this, the sparks will light up a much better world.

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