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Chapter 4: The History of Desires 45 When Sex, P ow e r , a n d K n owl e dg e Don’t Do It for Me When desires for worldly pleasures—food, sex, family, wealth, power, and knowledge—fail Kabbalearn to keep their promise of lasting happiness, “the point in Kabbalah distinguishes the desire for the Creator from all other desires. the heart” begins to develop. ” the mundane desires have exhausted themselves. J The Point in the Heart The point in the heart, the desire for Light—the Creator—awakens within the egoistic desires, which an individual cannot fulfill.
He saw the wonders of human existence and asked questions of the Creator, and thus discovered the Upper Worlds. Abraham passed the knowledge and the method he used to acquire the Upper Worlds to the generations following him. In this way, Kabbalah was transferred from teacher to students for many centuries. Each Kabbalist added his unique experience and personality to this body of accumulated knowledge. Abraham lived in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) and, as all inhabitants, worshiped the sun, the moon, the stones, and the trees.
Abraham started the first “Kabbalah group” through his teaching and wrote The Book of Creation. • Moses is the force that pulls us out of egoism and into spirituality. He wrote the Torah (Pentateuch). • The Book of Zohar, the seminal book in Kabbalah, predicted its own reemergence at the end of time. Kabbalists say that the end of time is our time. • The Ari created the scientific method of teaching Kabbalah that is the predominant teaching method today. The book he is most famed for is The Tree of Life.