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By W Wynn Westcott

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Historical Ritualistic Lore and Prophecies of the long run Made show up to guy. With 8 Diagrams. Contents: The Kabalah; the sensible Kabalah; The Dogmatic Kabalah

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The lJniverse is an immanent offspring of the Divine, which is manifested in a million forms of differentiation. The Universe is yet distinct from God, even as an effect is distinct · from a cause; yet it is not apart from Deity, it is not a transient effect, it is immanent in the Cause. It is God made manifest to Man. r Spirit is the highest manifestation of matter. Spirit is the only substance. " The Hindoo philosopher called matter a Maya, a delusion. As already remarked the Supreme Being of the Kabalah is found to be demonstrated in more than one aspect.

This process of mental Abstraction was the Rabbinic form of what the Hindoo knows as Yoga, or the Union of the human ,vith the Divine, by contemplation and absorption of the mind in a mystical reverie. Frequently quoted Kabalistic words are: Arikh Anpin, 1-fakroprosopos, the Vast Countenance v,'hich is a title of Kethe-r the Crown, Deity Supreme; Zauir Anpin, 1'Iikroprosopos, the Lesser Countenance is the Central Sun, Tiphereth, a conception that has something in common with that of the Christian Christ, the Son of God.

As already remarked the Supreme Being of the Kabalah is found to be demonstrated in more than one aspect. " Again is the reflection 40 THE KABALAH repeated, and the Divine Essence in its group of exalted attributes is cognisable to the Angelic Powers, the Third or Yetziratic W orId; and then finally the Divine abstractions of the Sacred Ten Sephiroth are by a last Emanation still more restricted and condensed than the latter, and are rendered conceivable by the Human intellect; for man exists in the Fourth W orId of Assiah in the shado\v of the Tenth · Sephira-the 1'Ialkuth, or Kingdom of the vVorId of Shells or material objects.

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