by
Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain, Founder & Spiritual Director
DONMEH WEST
[First Published March 18, 2003]



Sri Ramakrishna was a 19th century Hindu priest and holy man whom a religious congress in India, and countless ordinary Hindus along with it, proclaimed then and now to be the Avatar of the Age -- which is to say, like Sabbatai Zevi before him, a living container of and conduit for God. I feel toward Hinduism and Ramakrishna the way my 17th and 18th century Jewish predecessors -- Sabbatai Zevi and his spiritual heir, Yakov Leib Frank -- did toward Islam and Christianity, respectively. Like Sabbatai and Frank before me, I am a Jew and more, an hereditary Jewish Priest in the lineage of Aaron. Nevertheless -- and for the same reasons Sabbatai Zevi "converted" to Islam and Frank to Catholicism -- over thirty years ago, after having studied Hinduism for a number of years on my own, I was initiated into Vedanta by my teacher, Swami Swahananda, head of the Sri Ramakrishna Order of India in Southern California, where I later taught and gave sermons for a number of years, many of which are still available on audio-tape at the Vedanta Society Bookstore.


SRI RAMAKRISHNA:

"Om is the sacred syllable representing the Impersonal Absolute, as well as the personal aspect of God -- the Logos. Om is the undifferentiated Word which has produced all manifestation."  (Ramakrishna-Vedanta Wordbook, Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1962, p. 54)


REB YAKOV LEIB'S COMMENTARY:

In this regard, Om -- as the "undifferentiated Absolute" -- corresponds directly in Kabbalah to Sefirah Keter (the "impersonal" aspect of God) and also Sefirah Tiferet (its "personal" aspect) which ultimately differentiates from it, as shown below:



Significantly, for reasons we shall see presently, this Sefirah Keter contains within itself the great name of God, Yahweh, in Hebrew spelled (from right to left) while the Sanskrit word for Om is as follows:



First, notice that there are four components to the Sanskrit for Om, just as there are four letters in the Hebrew name Yahweh. These are: 1) the half-moon shape on the top of the pictogram; 2) the first C-shaped form directly under that; 3) the second C-shaped form under the first; and 4) the "tail" coming out of the intersection between the two C-shaped forms. With a little imagination, these can be seen from top to bottom as virtually identical to the Hebrew letters forming the name Yahweh:


= The" half-moon" at the top of Om

= The first "C-shaped" form, laid on its side

= The "tail," also laid on its side

= The second "C-shaped" form, again laid on its side


This occult connection between Om in Vedanta and Yahweh in Kabbalah is shown even more forcefully in the Hebrew letters that would be used to spell Om which are (from right to left) and have the Gematria (Kabbalistic numerical value) of 46:


Om  = (6) + (40) = 46


Now, what makes this significant is that the Hebrew word for "resembling Yahweh," spelled (from right to left) as , has exactly the same Gematria (i.e., 46) as the Sanskrit word for Om when spelled in Hebrew:


K'Yahweh = (20) + (10) + (5) + (6) + (5) = 46


Thus, by Kabbalistic analysis the Sanskrit Om -- which represents the undifferentiated aspect of God in Vedanta -- "resembles" Yahweh, which represents the same undifferentiated aspect of God in Kabbalah.




BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES:
| Sabbatai Zevi | Jacob Frank | Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain |
| A Critical Re-Assessment of Sabbatai Zevi |
| Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain's Professions of a Holy Sinner |
AUDIO LECTURES ON KABBALAH BY REB YAKOV LEIB HAKOHAIN:
| The Zohar |
ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES OF "YALHAKIAN" NEO-SABBATIAN KABBALAH:
| Knowing the Unknowable |
| A Brief Note on Enlightenment |
| A Neo-Sabbatian Discourse on the Son of God |
| A Primer of "Yalhakian" Neo-Sabbatian Kabbalah |
| Participating in the Continuing Incarnation of God |
| Sabbatai Zevi's 'God of the Faith' | Evolution of the Ego |
| Two Torahs of Kabbalah: Torah D'Atziluth & Torah D'Beriah |
| On the Limits of Antinomianism | The Transformation of God |
| Commentary on the 13th Century "Treatise on the Left Emanation" |
| A Selection of Neo-Sabbatian Quotations Culled from Various Sources |
KABBALISTIC WRITINGS OF REB YAKOV LEIB HAKOHAIN:
| Commentaries on Rabbi Azriel of Gerona's 12th Century Text, "Explanation of the Ten Sefirot" |
| Kabbalistic Genetics of the Holy Seed & Reclaiming the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel |
| A Commentary on the Book of Job | Kabbalah and the Interpretation of Dreams |
| To Die for the People: A Kabbalistic Reinterpretation of the Crucifixion of Jesus |
| The Shemot Shel Katzar Tikkunim: Revealing the Concealed Names of God |
| The Christian Myth of Melchizedek vs. Hereditary Jewish Priesthood |
| The Apocrypha of Jacob Frank | The Tikkun of Raising Animals |
| Appointment in Smyrna: A Neo-Sabbatian Odyssey |
| Sabbatai Zevi and the Mystery of the Red Heifer |
| The Kabbalah of the Hindu Mantra "OM" |
| The Mystery of the Middle Column |
| The Hidden Structures of Water |
| Exegesis on the Rod of Aaron |
| Book of Silence |
ROADMAPS TO GOD:
| Ten Sefirot of Jewish Kabbalah | Sufi Lion of Bektashi Islam |
| Mandala of Tibetian Buddhism | Seven Chakras of Tantric Hinduism |
| Ox-Herding Pictures of Zen Buddhism | Rosarium Pictures of Christian Alchemy |
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