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Awesome, thanks for sharing Gitith

cool, gitith.  i would like to add the following sites as well...

These sites, on the other hand, seem quite well put together.  I don't really have the time at the moment to go through them and make a better assessment of their contents, but - seeing as it is steve recomending them and knowing his interest in the Kabbalah - I would venture to say they are likely of higher quality.


Please do not be angry with me, Gitith - I just call things as I see them.  I can be rather blunt at times.



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Hmm - to be perfectly honest, I find this particular website leaves much to be desired.  Any website concerning the Kabbalah which feels the necessity to, effectively, drop the names of pop culture icons like Madonna is suspect in my book.  I don't know - it just seems to cheapen the sacred sciences, but perhaps that is just me.



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Fr. E.S.Q.S. replied to Gitith's discussion 'Great kabbalah website for beginners'

What are the web  sites that you consider better or more informative than this one? Would like to browse them or it.


To be perfectly honest, I do not rely on websites for information concerning the Kabbalah so I could hardly offer better or more informative websites.  Rather, I much prefer books and papers such as Dion Fortune's "The Mystical Qabalah" (sp?) - an easy read, Israel Regardie's "The Tree of Life" and "A Garden of Pomegranates" (sp?), the various grade lectures/papers of the Golden Dawn, the various grade lectures/papers of The B.O.T.A. and The F.L.O. and, lastly but certainly not least, the TAROT itself - by meditation, of course.  I'm sure I am forgetting a number of books, but I can add them as I recall them.  Thus, if you want to read them be my guest - you might start with Esoteric Online's Library, actually, for it seems that a great many of the things that I have already mentioned are there.



Fr. E.S.Q.S.  

Just finished showering - a few more to add now that I remember them: Mather's book "The Kabbalah Unveiled", P.F.C.'s "The Book of Tokens" and "The 32 Paths of Wisdom"...



Fr. E.S.Q.S.

Can anyone help explain in simple terms, the significance, importance and meaning of the combination of the alphabets (Yud Lamed Yud) in kabbalah. I got this from a kabbalah book entitled the 72 names of God.

Though I am unfamiliar with that particular name (ILI), I might offer a few directions you could go in attempting to analyse it.  So, let us begin:

ILI = Yod - Lamed - Yod = Hand - Ox-Goad - Hand... right here we see something of significance, in that we have a relationship between the Hand - that part of our anatomy which enacts the dictates of Will - manipulating the Ox-Goad of Lamed or, rather, the Law.  First impression here is that it relates to an attempt to harness the blind force represented by Aleph - the Ox or Bull - by means of the Law in relation to the higher Will, represented by Yod.  ILI = Intelligence of Will - Faithful Intelligence - Intelligence of Will = 10 + 30 + 10 (50 - which connects the idea ILI with Nun and, therefore, Key XIII.)... There, again, I think is something significant - a connection with Key XIII. or Death.  Not in Death as Death, but rather in Death as Transformation, change, growth - all of which accords with Law and its relation to higher Will.  Thus, it would seem that this particular harnessing concerns growth according to the bounds of Law and the dictates of higher Will.  ILI = 10 + 30 + 10 = 10, 1 and 3 or Malkuth, Kether and Binah... we have Yod - also Key IX. (Yesod) - relating to both Kether and Malkuth in value, while also having Lamed - also Key XII. (Chokmah) - relating to Binah.  On first impression, it seems very much to convey the same ideas as above... the Crown, the Kingdom (and the Foundation) are quite connected with the idea of a guiding principle, of a germ or seed - a plan, if you would - that comes to fruition (Binah or Understanding) via the harnessing of Lamed (also Chokmah or Wisdom).  However... one must also be alive to the fact that this is not just one Hand at work but two, which seems to imply an extra effort on the part of Will to direct the untamed force of Aleph.  Let's call it something akin to forceful Will; a struggle against inertia or otherwise.

Anyways, I am not all too sure whether or not this shall help you in the long run but hopefully it does.  This is just a quick glance at its values and correlations - and by no means all of them, my fellow.


Fr. E.S.Q.S.

Thank you, E.S.Q.S, it is beginning to make sense gradually. I was later given a book entitled "72 names of God" by Yehuda Berg and I saw that the second name is "Yud Lamed Yud". The person that asked me the question is the owner of this book and wanted some more clarification because, the subject of meditation with this name is "Recapturing the sparks". He was wondering how this name could be used to recapture the spark. From your explanation, it is beginning to make sense to me and I will reflect more on it.

I appreciate.

"Recapturing the sparks" huh - very interesting subject, indeed.  ...It brings to mind the Path of Return or Evolution, in which the out-going "sparks" - if you will - are drawn to union with their Source all the wiser for the journey.  I could likely go on an and on analysing just that one phrase alone but perhaps it would be better if you or your friend did it. 


Beyond that, I am only too glad to have been of some help to you and your friend; it is a joy and a pleasure.



Fr. E.S.Q.S.   

Why do I get this , without really understanding what I have read !


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