Filed under: after life, Angels, divine thought, Eastern mysticism, spirits, Zohar
Rabbi Aba said: One day, I came upon a town that belonged to the children of the East. They shared with me a part of the wisdom that they knew from antiquity. Then they searched for books of their own wisdom and gave me one. Inside this book, it was written that according to the intention of a person’s desire in this world, he draws a spirit from above upon himself similar to the desire that he clung to. If his desire is to achieve something holy and divine, then he draws the same from above and brings it down upon himself. If he wishes to cleave to the Other Side, and is intent upon it, he draws the same from above down and brings it upon himself. They used to say THAT TO DRAW SOMETHING DOWN FROM ABOVE depends mainly on speech, deed, and the wish to cleave to it. This is how that certain side that he cleaves to is drawn down from above.
So one must be careful with their thoughts, speech and actions making sure that they are all and always for the sake of Heaven. So to draw upon you the Spirit Holy.
And I have found IN THAT BOOK all the rites and ceremonies for worshipping the stars and constellations, as well as what is required to worship them and how to direct one’s will toward them in order to to draw them closer.
Originally the the rites and ceremonies were part of the worship of the God. Confusion came and people started worshiping many “gods”, these beings are really Angels and not God at all. Each planet has a Soul, that of a Angel. They are all servants of the God. It is only proper to worship the God. Yet the Energy, flow of the God flows through these Angels. This energy can be directed for the sake of Heaven. In these matters one must take care. These Angels to a certain extent have free will and can harm humans.
In the same manner, for whoever desires to cling to the Holy Spirit above, it depends on the act, words, and the intent of the heart, so that he may succeed in drawing it down upon himself so that he may cling to it.
And they were saying in the book: Whatever path a person follows in this world is the path along which he is drawn when he leaves this world. And whatever he clung to and pursued while in this world, he clings to in the World of Truth–if to Holiness then to Holiness; if to impurity then to impurity.
If to Holiness, then he is drawn toward that same side OF HOLINESS. He clings to it above, and becomes a serving minister before the Holy One, among all the angels. And so he is attached to the supernal WORLD and stands among those holy beings, as it is written: “then I will give you access among these that stand by” (Zecharyah 3:7).
Those who stand refers to the angels called Sarafim
And so, in the same manner, if HE HAS CLEAVED to impurity WHILE IN THIS WORLD, then he is drawn to the IMPURE side. He becomes one of them and is attached to them. And they are called the ‘demons of people.’ So when he departs from this world, they take him and cast him into Gehenom (Hell) –into that place where the impure, who have defiled themselves and their spirits, are judged and punished. He then clings to them, becoming ‘a demon’, just like the demons of the world.
I said to them: My sons, the sayings of this book are close to the sayings of the Torah. But you should stay away from these books, so that you will not be attracted to those beliefs and all those aspects that are mentioned there. Otherwise, heaven forbid, you may abandon the service of the Holy One !
One can learn from their teachings, but beware of corruptions and things that are not true. And beware as many of these eastern practices have actual service of Idol worship involved. Such as burning incense before a Image and this is forbidden. Only worship the God. The god has many names but has no form. And is not represented by Idols as it is written :
“You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for you any engraved image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them; for I the Yhv”h Elohech”a am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me”
People are led astray because of these books. The people of the east were wise and inherited this wisdom from Abraham, who gave it to the sons of the concubines. As it is written: “But to the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from his son, while he yet lived, eastward, to the east country”. Abraham shared with them knowledge of the 7 lower crowns (sefirot), they call 7
(Genesis 25:6). Afterward, they developed their wisdom in many directions.
Later this wisdom became corrupted.
Even so the God hears all who call in truth