How do you know if you’ve got yourself involved in a false kabbalah cult, instead of an authentic place of kabbalistic learning? For one thing, have a look at who the students and members are, and what they are about. Are they following a path to holiness and sanctity (Kedusha), through attaining faith above all understanding and love in the Creator? Or are they doing something else entirely? Either way, it will be reflected in their external actions (as well as their internal attainments). Their external actions should be one of the main indicators as to whether you’re in a false kabbalah group or cult or not. See for yourself: are the followers outwardly busy pursuing their own egos, or are they busy bestowing to pursue the love of God without receiving anything for themselves? Ego or Evil in kabbalah is defined as self-love, the will to receive only for oneself, be it the will to receive wealth and riches, fame, power, recognition, and other corporeal desires of this world. Or any desire, really, even the desire for spirituality, if the primary goal is to satisfy one’s self and not to bestow purely in order to provide contentment to one’s Maker.
The ones pursuing their own egos would be hard to miss – they’re the ones busy satisfying their own desires for themselves, all the while screaming and hollering for attention. The ones who are living on the path of holiness, on the other hand, won’t be so obvious at all, and most likely won’t be much to look at on the outside, because their desire to stay humble will ensure that their efforts won’t be seen or recognised by others easily. See, you can’t do both, pursue your ego as well as pursue God at the same time. That’s the whole point about being on the path to spirituality. You can only choose one way, and if purification and holiness are not where you’re heading, then you’re going in the opposite direction. Time to take stock and get back on track, if that’s what you really want to do. (Learn to surrender to the Creator completely by studying authentic Kabbalah for starters. With God, these are all the things that are possible and in fact, exactly what He intended for us – only the best out of life).
Madonna – The Kabbalah Centre cult’s #1 Student, and Most Famous and Devoted Follower
Take the performer known as Madonna (pictured here) for example. She’s the Kabbalah Centre cult’s most famous follower/cult member, “the face” of the Kabbalah Centre cult, as most people would probably know. It’s one of the things that she’s most known for, having been with the Kabbalah Centre cult since the early to mid-1990s, and proudly proclaiming to the whole world of this fact through her highly-publicised Kabbalah Centre cult activities. So that’s at least 20 years of being the most famous if not “devoted” and celebrated student of the Kabbalah Centre cult. After 20 years of studying so-called kabbalah from this place, we should expect her to be well and truly on the path to holiness, sanctity, and righteousness, if the Kabbalah Centre taught authentic kabbalah, should we not?
Hmmm. What do you think?
I think NOT.
Seriously. If carrying on in this way is what the Kabbalah Centre cult is teaching Madonna, then she really needs to demand her money back, (and according to her charity organisation’s IRS documents she gives the Kabbalah Centre cult millions of tax-free dollars each year), because what they’re teaching her is most definitely NOT authentic kabbalah, going by what she’s patently showing to the whole world. Madonna wants the whole world to know that she’s a devoted kabbalah student. What the world needs to know, however, is that Madonna is a devoted FALSE kabbalah cult student. There’s a mighty big difference. And the results are manifested quite clearly enough. As one can see for one’s self.
Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag writes:
“In the verse, “O ye that love the Lord, hate evil; He preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivered them out of the hand of the wicked,” he interprets that it is not enough to love the Creator, and to want to be awarded adhesion with the Creator. One should also hate evil.
The matter of hatred is expressed by hating the evil, called “the will to receive.” And one sees that one has no artifice to be rid of it, and at the same time one does not want to accept the situation. And one feels the losses that the evil causes him, and also sees the truth that one cannot annul the evil by himself, since it is a natural force by the Creator, who has imprinted the will to receive in man.
In that state, the verse tells us what one can do, meaning hate evil. And by that the Creator will keep him from that evil, as it is written, “He preserveth the souls of His saints.”
… Hence, since the Creator loves to bestow, the lower ones should also adapt to want only to bestow. The Creator also hates to be a receiver, as He is completely whole and does not need a thing. Thus, man, too, must hate the matter of reception for oneself.
It follows from all the above, that one must bitterly hate the will to receive, for all the ruins in the world come only from the will to receive. And through the hatred, one corrects it and surrenders under the Kedusha (Sanctity).”
It goes without saying, then, that if one wishes to study authentic Kabbalah that will bring one to closeness and therefore revelation of the Creator in his/her life, that one should take care not to be dazzled or duped by famous celebrities (even those whose talents and achievements one admires) and instead stay as far away from the Kabbalah Centre cult as much as one possibly can.