49 Gates of Light: a course in Kabbalah
by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom
"He (Gershom) is a sensitive counselor and spiritual Healer, endowed with the understanding of dreams and visions, and a channel for the healing wisdom of the archetypal Tree of Life." (Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi)
The print version of this book retails for $36 (color printing is very, very expensive) but you can have the exact same PDF file used to print the books for only $7 as a download or on a data CD (see below to order). That's only a dollar a week for a seven-week daily course! (And yes, you can print out a copy for your own use.) The PDF file is the authorized version directly from Rabbi Gershom and is NOT a pirate copy. It can be read on any computer with Adobe Reader, which you can get for free at Adobe.com.
Here’s how it works: Each day, you will explore one of the 49 “flavors” of consciousness, with a specific Hebrew mantra to open the Heart based on the daily Sefirah combination (spelled out in English letters), a story or teaching to study to develop the Mind, and something active for you to do on the path of Action. The 49 lessons are co-coordinated to the “Omer” period on the Jewish calendar, which is the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot (Feast of Weeks.) However, you can also do this program anytime as a set of personal lessons. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary -- everythig is clearly explained in English, with definitions and proper pronunciations given for any Hebrew terms used.
The Tree diagrams and lesson pages are color-coded to match the rainbow pattern on the B'nai Or tallis (prayer shawl) designed by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, as well as the Seven Days of Creation and other kabbalistic themes. Each week focuses on one of the Seven Lower sefirot (levels) on the Tree diagram. The process works on many levels, and you are free to make it as simple or complex as you wish. If you are not the type of person who likes to analyze, simply read the daily page, do the mantra and experiential meditation, then journal your thoughts and reactions. If you do this faithfully for the entire seven weeks, you will be amazed at your spiritual progress. However, if you are not content to “just do it” and want to know how the process works and why, the introductory sections will give you the theory, along with various diagrams of the Tree and more in-depth ways to use the book. Also included is a glossary of Hebrew terms and some interesting background history.
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