Purpose of Life According Kabbalah
What is the purpose of life? This should be a question that brings a man to the Kabbalah where he expects to get the answer.
The question of the purpose and the meaning of life is a question above all others, it has troubled the greatest minds from the dawn of time to this day, and the answer was given only to the chosen ones.
It is believed that mankind is now ready and that is why Kabbalah opened up to the world in the last century.
Is it possible that life is just passing through pain and suffering from birth to death with only small intervals of true happiness and complete fulfillment, which is rarely felt? Is the faith in the existence of the World to come and the reward that is awaiting us worth all the human troubles, wars, hatred and destruction that have been going on for centuries, and now with the development of technology threatens to completely destroy the planet?
Everything is actually completely the opposite, although it does not look that way. God created man with enormous love, in order to give him fulfillment in every way; we are the beginning and the end of His idea of creation and grace.
The reason why in practice this is not the case is that man has cut off ties and connections with the source of happiness in the higher worlds, and the purpose of Kabbalah and Freemasonry is for them to be restored and that all mankind may receive that which was intended for it.
The path to it is a complete transformation of human nature. From selfish beings, as we currently are, focused on ourselves and fulfilling only our lowest inclinations, we must become beings that give, altruistic and focused on others, beings of love—we simply need to become identical with God.
This is absolutely possible, and many righteous people have achieved it. To understand this hypothesis which is hard to accept, we need to get back to the beginning.
So, how did it all start? The only axiom in Kabbalah is the existence of God or Light, which is an infinite source of goodness, grace, and giving. At one time, the Light decided to make its Creation, someone who would receive this infinite goodness and Kabbalah called it the Vessel for Receiving Light. In the chapter on God, the very process of creation is explained in detail, and at this point I would just remind you that until Adam’s fall, unlimited grace and blessings were available to man.
From that moment on, after the Fall of Man—as it has been called by mystery systems throughout history everything has changed. The world of chaos has emerged and instead of the Tree of Life, the human race lives in a reality determined by the so-called Tree of Knowledge. With great effort, mankind will return to the Garden of Eden, through pain and suffering, but the ultimate goal is final reunion with Light and it will surely be fulfilled. This is a story that Freemasonry tells through rituals of birth, life, physical death, and resurrection.
The goal of Kabbalah is to help each and every one of us perfect ourselves in an easier and faster way. The reason we have no fulfillment is that we are not connected to our real possibilities and potentials. Kabbalah offers tools that help us approach and connect with the unlimited potentials which everyone possesses, and to achieve this absolute and lasting fulfillment that we seek and consciously or unconsciously yearn for. It teaches that the more people succeed in self-realization, the more it will have a collective role to the whole world in the removal of pain and suffering on the earth and bringing human life to completion.
In the realization of one’s own being, it is first necessary to explain obstacles that prevent man in achieving that. Kabbalah calls them the Opponent, Satan, or Ego. It is part of a human being, a force within us that could be called our personality for ease of understanding. So, the man is made up of a Soul, which has an insignificant role in everyday life, and Ego, which keeps us away from the Light. As in any fight, the game of life is to overcome the Opponent and every day wage war with him. The greater part of our being is placed under the influence of the Soul, and the more we reduce the influence of Ego, we get closer to the Light.
How does the Satan or Opponent work and manifest himself? Why did God even create him?
Before answering this question, it is necessary to explain the concept of great importance in Kabbalah, one that is called the bread of shame. It is an ancient term used for anything obtained but not deserved. Embarrassment in itself has a special spiritual significance in Kabbalah and is explained as something terrible that we experience when meeting God after death.
Then our Soul, freed from the body, experiences its entire material life through the spiritual prism and becomes aware of all its sins. While standing naked in front of God, without the body’s covering, it becomes aware of the mistakes it has made during its physical life and feels incredible shame that constitutes punishment and real hell.
The bread of shame is the Light that he would receive, and that he had not earned through his works. A nice comparison would be a golf player who got a magic stick hitting a hole with each impact. How much fun would it be for such a player to win tournaments? Certainly not for long, because it would not be the result of training and the efforts of the finally rewarded title. Another example is a child who inherits a great fortune at birth. He would never appreciate it as someone who worked hard and toiled in life and got rewarded as a result of it.
Therefore, God, the source of constant goodness and Light, cast the Opponent into the game of life. The greater the challenge, the greater the pleasure and reward after each victory. The Opponent, Satan, or Ego functions within us through something called reactive behavior. Getting to know yourself practically means discovering this kind of behavior on a daily basis, overcoming individual challenges, and making spiritual progress day in and day out.
Proactive and Reactive Behavior
What does that look like in practice? Our separation from the Light leads us to assume the attitude and formation of reactive consciousness, that we are a consequence rather than a cause. We do not realize our life is completely in our hands, that we receive messages from the Light at any time, and have the free will to choose our actions. The course of our lives depends on our choices; we choose which way we will go, but all scenarios are already written.
There are countless parallel universes, and from one moment to the next, from decision to decision, we direct our lives toward the already written script, we just choose which one to follow. Reactive behavior leads us to the position of the victim, we blame the circumstances, people and events around us, unconscious that they are not the essence. Our awareness of them is most important.
Transformation of consciousness lies at the center of spiritual advancement. Every moment is a lesson that comes with love from the Light and has the sole aim of sending us a message that we must learn to read. We have to become proactive, which is the opposite of reactive behavior. We ourselves are the cause, not the victim or consequence.
The following example will show what it looks like in practice. We come home from work, having worked all day. In the house we find absolute chaos that the children had made. Reactive behavior would be an instant reaction of anger. I shout at the kids and argue with my wife. Is this what I deserve? I work all day, and this is waiting for me? What have I achieved by that course of action? The children are afraid of me, and I had an argument with my wife.
Proactive behavior implies that when we encounter such a situation, we should stop. We say to ourselves that this is a lesson, too. We think about what we want to achieve. We explain to our children that such behavior is unacceptable. If necessary, we can be strict and come up with a punishment, but not in rage. The goal will be achieved, the children will learn the lesson, and we will learn it too. Every time we need to stop, think, become aware of the message that is sent to us, and only then react.
Tikkun: Correction of the Soul
Each of us is born with a certain set of traits and challenges that must be corrected in this life. They are caused by former lives and represent the path to perfection, the road that we must travel to become equal with and one with God. These are lessons that we had not mastered in previous lives, so each human life is an exam, taking and mastering of which leads to the rise on the spiritual ladder. This group of challenges in Kabbalah is called tikkun, or correction of the Soul. We were born in a country that is ideal for solving our tikkun, we selected parents who serve the same goal, the complete setting of our lives is created to overcome the challenges that are just ours.
Here we come to the essence: KNOW THYSELF. This means that we must become aware of our tikkun and work on its daily correction. It can be fear, anger, jealousy… The list is huge. As we discover one challenge after another and solve it, it will no longer appear in our lives, but we will move on to the next level. When we overcome fears, life will make us scenarios for dealing with sadness. When we get rid of sadness, something new will emerge.
The essence is to become aware that ALL IS GOOD, and that every moment, no matter how difficult it may seem, is sent to our life by the Light with grace and enormous love in order to correct our Soul.
This is very difficult, requires constant exercise, everyday analysis of events from that day and clarification of hidden messages. In this way, according to Kabbalah, the Sixth Sense is developed, and we learn to communicate with the higher worlds, the worlds of causes of all events.
We come to another important concept that Kabbalah calls absolute certainty. This means that we must transform consciousness to the level that we have no doubt that every event, however painful it is, is a direct message from the Light. “I’ll believe it when I see it” must be replaced with “I’ll see it when I believe”.
However, when tough moments in life occur, a man starts to doubt, loses strength, and re-examines the existence of God, Light, lessons and everything. I am telling this from my own experience, with life challenges being so painful that the struggle with absolute certainty was conducted every day in the cruelest possible way. In moments of strength, everything gets meaning, every event becomes a lesson given by the best lecturer, and then everything is elevated to even harder and harder levels. Falls are inevitable, as well as the question: “How much longer?”
Confidence and certainty are not that we will get what we want (calm, tranquility, happiness, complete fulfillment), but that we have already received what we need for our spiritual growth. In all segments of life, the duration of pain and chaos is proportionate to the degree of our uncertainty and disbelief.
Answer to The Purpose of Life
When this is overcome, there are major changes in life in all fields: health, tranquility, emotions, and business. Perhaps all this sounds like some sort of a New Age text, but it should not be forgotten that millennia of wisdom stand behind Kabbalistic lessons, only they are now simplified and reduced to the language of the twenty-first century man. Challenges never stop, but only their form change and are directed to the next level that needs to be recognized. There are very few righteous ones in history who have mastered all the lessons, became Saints, and ended their material existence.
The safest tools Kabbalah proposes for transformation of consciousness and correction of the Soul are sharing and giving. Accessing these principles with full awareness of their importance makes us similar to the Light on the spiritual plane. In this way, according to the Law of Attraction, by doing the right things, we draw more and more Light into our lives. As Kabbalists say, in that way we increase our Vessel for Receiving Light and climbing spiritual ladders. Reading and studying the Zohar, meditation over 72 Sacred Names of God and prayer, are also tools that Kabbalists use on a daily basis as a means of helping on the spiritual path.