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Basics in Kabbalah: What is Kabbalah? Part 9 – Converting Holy Sparks

As explained in the previous chapter, there are holy sparks of truth in foreign cultures that can and should be returned to their source in Torah. To give an example of the conversion process: We learn in Kabbalah that there are fifteen contact points or energy centers down the middle line of the body. To one familiar with yoga, the seven chakras immediately come to mind.

The first stage of the conversion process is to know not to confuse the two concepts. The chakras are not the body's true energy centers and derive from impure, foreign sources.

The second stage of the conversion process begins with the realization that although all of the spiritual and physical properties attributed to the chakras by yoga are certainly not true, there may be points of wisdom that one has gained from the study of chakras. These points of wisdom must be totally disassociated from their impure source and not called by their foreign name, just as a true convert to Judaism must totally disassociate from his past. 

Thereafter, one may proceed to the third and final state of the conversion process–the recognition of the true source of the seven points and their functions in the complete, rectified system of the fifteen contact points described in Kabbalah. Now one may fullybelieve in the newly redeemed wisdom that had previously been trapped in a foreign shell.

Let us note that the three stage conversion process described above corresponds to the three stage paradigm of Divine service taught by the Ba'al Shem Tov: submission, separation, and sweetening. Knowing that the chakras derive from an impure source is submission. Disassociating the points of wisdom from their source is separation. Incorporating the points of wisdom in the complete system of the fifteen contact points, as taught in Kabbalah, is sweetening.

Finally, a word about Eastern meditation. Eastern forms of meditation pose most serious problems for the seeker of truth, and are strictly forbidden. The mantras used in Eastern meditation are for the most names of idols. The entire system draws its energy from an impure source that creates in the psyche–by the endless repetition of a mantra that numbs the true inner senses of the soul–a false sense of negating the ego, antithetically opposed to the true sense of bitul ("selflessness"), characteristic of Judaism in general and of Jewish meditation in particular.

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