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1.0 out of 5 stars Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone, 12 Feb 2009
This review is from: The Essential Zohar (Paperback)
This book perpetuates the cult of Berg's "Kaballah", to be distinguished from genuine Jewish Mysticism, Christian Kaballah (i.e. Agrippa etc.), and even the imaginative/daft Golden Dawn and Thelemic developments. By tackling the major text of the Zohar, Berg is attempting to hijack and re-invent Kaballah as his own exclusive and very expensive brand. Truth has always been hazy and obscured in "genuine" kaballah as it has in other traditions (i.e. Hermes Trimegestrous, de Geblin's Tarot, ad infinitum). But Berg, like a genuine cult leader, makes outrageous claims and is not to be trusted. For example, the Zohar is not thousands of years old, but is in fact a late medieval text historically proven to be written by Moses de Leon.
Berg's is not a "school of mysteries", but another new-age cult (with fulfilment equated to being rich) in pseudo ancient Jewish fancy dress. If you want to pay to be mislead, deluded and ripped off, Berg's your man. If you are interested in the history of the Kaballah, Scholem's works would be recommended. If you want to practice Kaballah....well Kaplan's "Meditation and the Bible", or even Gareth Knight's hermetic Christian books would be recommended. But even with these, the QBL shows itself as a tricky tradition with plentiful dubious claims. However, these recommended versions although quirky are at least sincere attempts to convey what is in essence beyond communication.
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2010 10:22:34 BDT
As we are all entitled to our opinions, I would like to add a comment. I am grateful that someone has gone to the effort to make this spritual wisdom so accessible to the masses. Kabbalah began as an oral tradition and was later written. I do not believe in the slightest that Kabbalah can be described as a cult, and does seem to be the greatest misconception about Kabbalah! It is precisely the opposite to a cult, in that it encourages 'free will' and choice and our ability to question our actions - all the time, the responsibility of our life is our own.

You should attend a lecture, 'free', I might add, to experience the essence of Michael Berg and the genuinely commendable effort he has made to overcome some of life's obstacles. He radiated an honest, sincere and heart felt attempt to share his experience and life long teachings. It left me with feelings of hope and optimism for humankind and for what we can achieve as human beings.

I intend to read everything I can in the hope of achieving even a fraction of his wisdom, understanding and humble, yet elevated, level of consciousness.

Love and light to all.

Helen Leadbetter

Posted on 15 Nov 2010 18:39:29 GMT
If a cult is synonymous with making money, then I would think the number 1 in that category belongs to the Catholic Church.

Simone Valmont.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2010 18:57:37 GMT
I agree. I first read Yehuda Berg's book "The power of the Kabbalah" and it presents a framework that brings structure to diverse mystical and spiritual teachings, and modern science.

In this day and age, one should not hoard spiritual truths or obfuscate them in out of date language - light belongs to all of us, as is sunlight! I read one comment by a rabbi on Madonna and Kabbalah, that actually had a go at Rav Berg, for being Jewish and casting his pearls amongst us swines, gentiles..that kind of mindset, is no longer acceptable or spiritual, it is spiritual meanness - no man meanness.

Simone Valmont.

Posted on 25 Jul 2011 15:13:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jul 2011 15:15:44 BDT
lsur says:
I am familiar with some of the works mentioned in this comment. It seems a reasonable and informed caveat which anyone interested in the occult might do well to heed. I especially agree with the reference to the Golden Dawn and Gareth Knight - it seems they were onto something (with varying degrees of Victorian dottiness) and may well have developed a Path better suited to non-Jews, at least as an introduction to the Kabbalah. I subsequently found Yehuda Berg's 'Power of the Kabbalah' all the more striking given a background in what Dion Fortune called 'the Yoga of the West'.
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