Understanding the Symbols of the Theoretical Kabbalah, Lesson 5


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Lesson 5 – The “MAH-HADASH” : The Rectifying Light of the Forehead “Third Eye” of AK. Sha'ar HaHakdamot (28b) by Rabbi Hayim Vital This class deviates from the course's norm by using a different text to explain this most profound psychological topic. RaMHaL was a student of the Ari'zal system, therefore we go to the source, the original writings of Rabbi Hayim Vital, himself. This lesson explains how the fallen kings were “sifted and rectified,” and what this actually means in psychological reality. Emphasis is placed on the reality that the shattering of the vessels and their repair is not an event in past history, but rather it is an on-going psychological process that is continually happening. The new light of the Forehead of AK emanates from the “inner brains” and thus can be called symbolically the “third eye.” This new light MAH aligns with the fallen vessels, making them subservient to itself, thus they become BEN. Here we have the genesis of the balance which is called by many names. One symbol to describe the MAH-BEN relationship comes to us form the Orient, apparently not from Jewish sources, this is the Yin/Yang symbol. This class explains what this symbol actually means, and its relationship to our Kabbalah here. Examples of practical tikkun (rectification) are given with references to the American Civil Rights Movement, and the need for proper balance and equality for women. In-depth insight is provided into the male/female-anima/animus relationship, which expresses the actual MAH-BEN relationship internally in its psychological parameters.
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