Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Philosophy Exam Vs. Kabbalah

By Bnei Baruch

There was a story, an urban legend, of a philosophy professor who wrote only one question on his final exam. The question was “Why?” His students thought carefully before putting pen to paper. Many then began writing long expositions. However, the professor deemed each student’s answer wrong except one - “Why not?”

You can imagine how angered the students were. Some thought that this was unethical, even downright cruel. Some even left philosophy thinking that the professor did not have any true perception of life’s purpose whatsoever, thinking that all life happened accidentally.

Can philosophy accurately answer the question, “What is the purpose of my life?” Everyone can write a different answer, since philosophy deals with what each person sees within his or her own mind. When a hundred students try to answer this question, there will be a hundred different answers; and even when a philosophy professor finds wisdom in only one paper - especially in the response “Why not?” – This does not provide any true help for any of us and we do not get any closer to finding the true answer.

To find this answer, what we need is a scientific method, and the wisdom of Kabbalah provides just such a method. From the first Kabbalist - who was able to penetrate through matter and discover the hidden laws of Nature governing the universe - this wisdom has been transferred from teacher to student for millennia, from one generation to the next. Each teacher had personally researched and understood the governing laws of Nature, and thus discovered that there was indeed a purpose. These teachers, who undertook to examine this question in complete detail, are called Kabbalists.

In the study of Kabbalah, there are no written exams, and yet the question remains the same. In fact, it is the only question Kabbalah ever deals with, "What is the purpose of life?" This question is carefully examined through everything which happens in life. Yet, unlike philosophy, one does not research this question individually, isolated from others. Rather, he does it while taking other people into account and together with them, since the answer can only be found through connecting with other people. Why is that? It's because the answer to it lies precisely within one's connection with the rest of humanity.

Through the study of Kabbalah, students learn how they are all interconnected on the level of thoughts and intentions, and they learn about the forces which govern this world. Soon they learn to write their first sentence down, that is to say, to take their first step towards answering this vital question. And then gradually, given time, they are able to write another sentence, thus coming closer and closer to realizing the answer all the time.

Every time they study, they focus all of their thoughts and desires to unveil this question. With such efforts, hard work, and determination, plus with the help of the right teacher and authentic Kabbalah sources, everyone in the class is sure to get an A+ at the end of this lifelong course.

Bnei Baruch, is the largest group of Kabbalists in Israel, sharing the wisdom of Kabbalah with the entire world. Study materials in over 25 languages are based on authentic Kabbalah texts that were passed down from generation to generation.

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