"Life in the World to Come" Abulafia's Circles
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A new book on the legends and history of Kabbalah and the Book of Creation, Kabbalah's Secret Circles, has just published! Read some of the chapters and download a free PDF sample of the book to preview. This page is an excerpt from the book on Abraham Abulafia and his circles.
The "Shem HaShani"
The founder of the school of “Prophetic Kabbalah,” Abraham ben Shmuel Abulafia, was considered a master of tzeruf (letter combinations) during late the 1200’s in Spain.
Meditation performed by a pure human being on any letter was just like meditating on the entire Creation, he claimed.
In 1289, Abulafia produced a commentary on the SEFER YETZIRAH in his work called GAN NAUL (THE LOCKED GARDEN). OHR HA-SECHEL (LIGHT OF THE INTELLECT) is Abulafia’s handbook on meditation with concepts from Maimonides’ GUIDE OF THE PERPLEXED (MOREH NEVUCHIM), the ancient BOOK OF CREATION (SEFER YETZIRAH) and Eleazar of Worms' BOOK OF THE NAME (Sefer Ha-Shem).
This is from a page (out of 30 pages) translated fromAbraham Abulafia's Jewish mystical work called "Chaye Ha Olam Haba" (Life in the World to Come).
Abulafia produced 120 circles across 30 pages. Each circle contains 9 letters for a total of 1080 letters. Start upper right, follow each circle counterclockwise from the arrow.
Some claim this is a method to enliven a golem, while others say it is merely a meditative system.
There seem to be some common content between Abulafia's book and the "Sefer Raziel HaMelech," especially in the description of the 72 names of the angels (based on the 3 lines of Exodus 14:19-21).
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