Some say kabbalah is the user's manual for reality. Other say it is a Jewish discipline. According to Deepak Chopra - a well known Indian-American medical doctor and writer who has written many books on spirituality, kaballah shows you how to reveal the beauty of your spirit and embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.
The word Kabbalah comes from the Hebrew word lekabbel, to receive. It describes the motives of actions as "the desire to receive". Hence it seeks to define the nature of the universe and the human being.It seeks to define the nature and purpose of existence.
THE KABBALAH CENTRE - founded in Jerusalem in 1922, say this about the Kabbalistic teachings:
It is the worlds oldest body of spiritual wisdom - it contains the long-hidden keys to the secrets of the universe as well as the keys to the mysteries of the human heart and soul. Kabbalistic teachings explain the complexities of the material and the nonmaterial universe, as well as the physical and metaphysical nature of all humanity. It shows in detail,how to navigate that vast terrain in order to remove every form of chaos, pain, and suffering.
Bnei Baruch -the largest group of Kabbalists in Israel and also a movement of many thousands of students worldwide also explain it in a similar fashion:
an accurate method to investigate and define mans position in the universe. The wisdom of the Kabbalistic teachings tells us the reason why man exists, why he is born, why he lives, what the purpose of his life is, where he comes from and where he is going after he completes his life in this world.
If this is the case anyone studying these teachings would find the answers to these 4 questions man has tried to find answers to for centuries.
It seems many people is doing just that.
Today, millions of people of all religions and faiths are studying it. According to the Kaballah Center there are two primary reasons for this:
1. It works - people apply the wisdom and tools in this teaching to their lives and they experience positive results.
2. It is a way of life that can enhance any religious practice. Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Jews use the Kabbalistic teachings to improve their spiritual experience.
People who hear about The Kabbalah teachings think it is a Jewish discipline - a school of thought discussing the mystical aspect of Judaism. The word is a Jewish word meaning "receiving" so it is understandable that one would think this.
However according to the the Kaballah Center:
Many scholars of Kabbalah have been non-Jewish scholars of this wisdom, such as Christian Knorr-von-Rosenroth, Pico Della and Sir Isaac Newton, just to name a few.
The startling truth is that Kabbalah was never meant for a specific sect. Rather, it was intended to be used by all humanity to unify the world.