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Channeling Divine Benevolence
Linking one's awareness to the Divine, in prayer
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Channeling Divine Benevolence


Those who are proficient in kabbala are able to consciously channel G-d's blessing and beneficence into the world. This is achieved through the process of kavana, "intention," (pl. kavanot) - kabbalistically formulated meditations used during prayer or while fulfilling a mitzva. It is through kavana that the sefirot become properly harmonized and united, allowing the Divine efflux to flow down, and the soul of the person practicing the kavana (called a "mechaven") becomes a channel through which G-d pours out His benevolence.

He becomes the abode of the Shechina

When the mechaven cleaves to his Creator in thought and in deed (by fulfilling the mitzvot) his soul rises up and is elevated from level to level, from principle to principle and from cause to cause, until He pours out upon him a great outflow of beneficence so that eventually this righteous person can become the seat and locus of outflow for the entire world. He becomes the abode of the Shechina and the node through which G-d's blessing issues forth to the world. The mechaven therefore bears great responsibility towards his fellow man; at the same time, he is a greatly privileged individual.

When meditating, the mechaven does not focus on the sefirot per se, but rather on the atzmut (the Infinite Light) illuminating the sefirot - his prayer is "to Him, not to His attributes."(Sifri) Proper kavana focuses upon G-d as He is when acting through the sefira of chesed, for example, or through gevura. The Essential Name of G-d represented by the four letter Tetragrammaton - Yud-Hei-Vav-Hei, is indicative of the Infinite Light clothed within the sefirot. Each sefira is distinguished from the others by the manner in which the Infinite Light is clothed within it. This is indicated by the change in the vowel-points (nekudot) found underneath each of the four letters of the Name in each sefira.(Pardes Rimonim sha'ar 32, chaps. 1-3)

Each sefira is distinguished by the manner in which the Infinite Light is clothed within it.
SEFIRA
NEKUDAH
Keter
Kametz
Chochma
Patach
Bina
Tzeirei
Chesed
Segol
Gevura
Sheva
Tiferet
Cholam
Netzach
Chirik
Hod
Kubutz
Yesod
Shuruk
Malchut
No vowels

One who is versed in kabbala knows how to act at the right time by knowing which sefira dominates at a particular time, and he cleaves to the light of the dominant sefira. He can then bring about the correct adjustment and harmonization of the sefirot through proper thought, speech and deed. In this way a person extricates himself from lack of awareness of G-d, which may be compared to sleep and death, and binds himself to holiness and eternal life, which is the mystery of Gan Eden. Thus the Crown of the Shechina never departs from his head.

[Translation and commentary by Moshe Miller from Tomer Devorah chap. 10.]

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Rabbi Moshe Cordovero known as "the Ramak", 5282-5330 (1522-1570 CE). Kabbalist in Safed. Author of several important Kabbalistic works, including Pardess Rimonim (completed at the age of 27); Sefer Eilimah Rabbati; Or Ne'erav, Or Yakar (a commentary on Zohar) and many others. Student of Rabbi Yosef Karo and Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz.
Moshe Miller, a guest teacher at Ascent when he lived in Israel, was born in South Africa and received his yeshivah education in Israel and America. He is a prolific author and translator, with some twenty books to his name on a wide variety of topics, including a new, authoritative, annotated translation of the Zohar. He currently lives in Chicago.
Excerpted from The Palm Tree of Devorah by Rabbi Moshe Cordevero; edited by Moshe Miller. A masterful synthesis of Kabbalah and ethics that teaches us to emulate G-d in our every thought and deed. Deeply inspiring, it imbues us with a sense of great purpose and possibility. This new edition includes the Hebrew text, an all-new English translation and extensive notes making it an invaluable resource for student, scholar and layman alike.(Targum/Feldheim Press; 209 Pages)

 

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Posted: Jan 16, 2014
I'd like to share, as a student of Kabbalah, a way I have found that brings YHVH very near to us. It pleases him for there are few who do it.
Cry for HIS pain. Make HIS happiness the purpose and the desire of prayer. YAH isn't used to that. He's besieged continuously with "gimme gimme gimme". He is besieged nearly as continuously with "give them, give them, give them". But how few there are who truly pray for HIS happiness. YAH has suffered a lot. Check out Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel.
My beloved one G-D, I just want you to be happy. You've suffered too much already. Don't let me sin against you today. Don't let me distress you in any way. I just want you to be happy.
When I first started praying that way as the tears for HIM rolled down my cheeks, I heard him tell his angels, "Put her tears in a bottle." I have a very close and very real relationship with my beloved. I am grateful.
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Posted: July 30, 2011
abraham goldwasser
In answer to your question:
Sunday - Chesed
Monday - Gvura
Tuesday - Tiferet
Wednesday - Netzach
Thursday - Hod
Friday morning - Yesod
Friday afternoon (beginning of Shabat) - Malchut
Friday evening (Shabat) - Bina
Friday (Shabat) midnight - Daat
Shabat morning - Chochma
Shabat afternoon - Keter
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Posted: July 26, 2011
Meditation and Kabbalah
For those seeking easy-to-read & authoritative & modern guidance re: meditation, see "Meditation and The Bible" and "Meditation and Kabbalah," both by R. Aryeh Kaplan, of Blessed Memory. Both are available in trade paperback in bookstores & online.
Posted By Anonymous, Old Saybrook, CT/USA

Posted: July 14, 2011
Ein Sof
That specific ray of light steams from the cosmos. This is understanding complete and holds the very fabric of humanity together. Call it discernment, the artifact or ability to choose correct principles.
Posted By Uriel Orde, Redwood City, Ca

Posted: Jan 25, 2011
ola´sou do Brasil gostaria muito de encontrar algo sobre a questão sifirotes em portugues ou alguém que podence indicar algo aqui no brasil sobre tema .!!!
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Posted: Jan 19, 2011
guidance in modern times
I would like to practice kabbalistic meditation and i dont know how to find the proper sefira each day can somebody guide me?
Posted By abraham goldwasser, grenoble, france
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Posted: July 11, 2010
Soul Meditation as an Auto de Fe
As many masters have said, man is G-d's candle. In meditation, man should endeavor to "lose himself" in the Light, to "make room" (so to speak) for G-d's Light to abide in him, and to be channeled through him to and for the benefit of others. We are torches. Collectively, our burning souls are the bush from which G-d spoke to Moshe.
Posted By Anonymous, Old Saybrook, CT/USA

Posted: July 3, 2010
kabbalistic meditations
I am wondering why there is no mention of the force called kavanah, without which there can be neither meditation nor prayer at an effective level. it is the driving force that is needed to keep the meditation on track and a prayer on target.
i am also wondering why there is no topic in this section of meditation on the 72 names of g-d
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Posted: Apr 28, 2010
kabballah
Se duvida é um dos texto mais bonito que já vi sobre assunto . Muito bom !!!!
Posted By zaqueu da silva siqueira, São gonçalo , Brasil/Rj

Posted: Jan 31, 2010
malchut
it has no vowels because it is receiving from the spherit above it?
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