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The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah: Recovering the Key to Hebraic Sacred Science

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A vast reconstruction of the knowledge of the ancient Jewish priest-scientists, with vital implications for contemporary spirituality and science.

• Reveals an ancient science that used geometry, sound, and number to link the finite world of human experience with the infinite realm of the divine.

• Uses teachings extending back thousands of years to explicate key concepts of quantum physics and quantum cosmology. 

For centuries the Kabbalah has fascinated devotees of ...

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Overview

A vast reconstruction of the knowledge of the ancient Jewish priest-scientists, with vital implications for contemporary spirituality and science.

• Reveals an ancient science that used geometry, sound, and number to link the finite world of human experience with the infinite realm of the divine.

• Uses teachings extending back thousands of years to explicate key concepts of quantum physics and quantum cosmology. 

For centuries the Kabbalah has fascinated devotees of mysticism while its origins have remained obscure. Now, in her brilliant new work, Leonora Leet reveals that the Kabbalah was the product of a sophisticated, though largely forgotten, Hebraic sacred science that was the rival of any in Egypt or Greece. Not only does Leet reconstruct the secret teachings of the priest-scientists of the Hebrew temple, she also shows them to be the key to understanding both biblical and kabbalistic cosmology. 

Unlike previous purely historical explorations of the Jewish esoteric tradition, The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah resurrects this ancient body of knowledge to reveal eternal truths that can have a profound and positive impact on contemporary spirituality. New experimental methods of practicing Hebraic sacred science are explored that explain as never before the meaning of the central cosmological diagram of the entire Western esoteric tradition—the kabbalistic Tree of Life. Leet shows that the Kabbalah and its central diagram enshrine a key to the purpose of the cosmos, a key that has vast implications for modern physics and cosmology. 

In a final synthesis, she envisions a culmination in which the universe and its divine child, perfected humanity, achieve that unification of the finite and infinite which has ever been the secret doctrine of the Kabbalah.

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Editorial Reviews

John Anthony West
"This magisterial work reveals in irrefutable fashion the cosmological foundations of the Kabbalah and its expression in sacred geometry and number symbolism. It sweeps aside centuries of speculation, misunderstanding, and partial understanding and in all likelihood will set off the storms of scholarly controversy that invariably attend genuinely original and revolutionary thought. I believe that Leonora Leet has done for Kabbalah scholarship what R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz did for Egyptology—this is a work of immense importance."
Elliot R. Wolfson
"The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah is a bold and innovative interpretation of the esoteric teachings of Judaism. Leonora Leet creatively expands the parameters of the tradition in her efforts to plumb the depths of the secrets of Judaism. Particularly impressive is her utilization of mathematical and scientific categories to illuminate the mystical teachings of the kabbalah. The result is a fresh and fascinating exploration of the hidden wisdom of Judaism, which should be of great interest to all those who are searching for an enriched engagement with spiritual matters."
Robert Lawlor
"With mastery, sensitivity, and depth, Leonora Leet has illuminated the hidden meaning and structure of one of the world's great transmissions of mystery—the Kabbalah—in a manner that invigorates its power to transform individual awareness and inform and reform our social development."
Richard Smoley
"Impressive and erudite. A major advancement in our understanding of the kabbalistic tradition."
Bodhi Tree Book Review
"Kabbalah, meaning "tradition," originated with the ancient Hebraic priesthood. This book will attempt to recover not only the main features of the priestly lore, but its meaning, that which through the millennia has continued to embody the secret heart of Jewish mysticism and give it vitality."
P. Randall Cohan
"The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah is the second book by Dr. Leonora Leet (with two more planned) to result from a project begun in 1978 with the accidental discovery of what she believes to be the ultimate source of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life diagram. Her first text, Renewing the Covenant: A Kabbalistic Guide to Jewish Spirituality, should be perused before attempting to decipher this brilliant but dense treatise. Not for the casual or merely curious reader, Leet's book expounds on such theoretical subjects as the Tetragrammaton, the Covenant of Number, the sacred science of sound and spiritual practice, Kabbalistic geometry, and cosmic genesis. She goes on to synthesize sacred science and Kabbalistic cosmology with quantum physics. If your IQ is at least comparable to your body weight, and your bent is unlocking the doors of the universe through geometry, this excruciatingly well-researched tome may get you in the front gate."
author of Hidden Wisdom and editor of Gnosis Richard Smoley
"Impressive and erudite. A major advancement in our understanding of the kabbalistic tradition."
Summer / Fall 2000 Bodhi Tree Book Review
"Kabbalah, meaning "tradition," originated with the ancient Hebraic priesthood. This book will attempt to recover not only the main features of the priestly lore, but its meaning, that which through the millennia has continued to embody the secret heart of Jewish mysticism and give it vitality."
author of Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom John Anthony West
"This magisterial work reveals in irrefutable fashion the cosmological foundations of the Kabbalah and its expression in sacred geometry and number symbolism. It sweeps aside centuries of speculation, misunderstanding, and partial understanding and in all likelihood will set off the storms of scholarly controversy that invariably attend genuinely original and revolutionary thought. I believe that Leonora Leet has done for Kabbalah scholarship what R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz did for Egyptology—this is a work of immense importance."
author of Voices of the First Day and Sacred Geome Robert Lawlor
"With mastery, sensitivity, and depth, Leonora Leet has illuminated the hidden meaning and structure of one of the world's great transmissions of mystery—the Kabbalah—in a manner that invigorates its power to transform individual awareness and inform and reform our social development."
From the Publisher
"The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah is the second book by Dr. Leonora Leet (with two more planned) to result from a project begun in 1978 with the accidental discovery of what she believes to be the ultimate source of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life diagram. Her first text, Renewing the Covenant: A Kabbalistic Guide to Jewish Spirituality, should be perused before attempting to decipher this brilliant but dense treatise. Not for the casual or merely curious reader, Leet's book expounds on such theoretical subjects as the Tetragrammaton, the Covenant of Number, the sacred science of sound and spiritual practice, Kabbalistic geometry, and cosmic genesis. She goes on to synthesize sacred science and Kabbalistic cosmology with quantum physics. If your IQ is at least comparable to your body weight, and your bent is unlocking the doors of the universe through geometry, this excruciatingly well-researched tome may get you in the front gate."

"Impressive and erudite. A major advancement in our understanding of the kabbalistic tradition."

"Kabbalah, meaning "tradition," originated with the ancient Hebraic priesthood. This book will attempt to recover not only the main features of the priestly lore, but its meaning, that which through the millennia has continued to embody the secret heart of Jewish mysticism and give it vitality."

"No less than an attempt not only to improve upon the traditional summations of Kabbalistic truth and practice but to reconcile them with modern linguistic and cosmological theory, this will delight adepts but may leave beginners behind. Nevertheless, Leet's is an impressive work."

"This magisterial work reveals in irrefutable fashion the cosmological foundations of the Kabbalah and its expression in sacred geometry and number symbolism. It sweeps aside centuries of speculation, misunderstanding, and partial understanding and in all likelihood will set off the storms of scholarly controversy that invariably attend genuinely original and revolutionary thought. I believe that Leonora Leet has done for Kabbalah scholarship what R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz did for Egyptology—this is a work of immense importance."

"With mastery, sensitivity, and depth, Leonora Leet has illuminated the hidden meaning and structure of one of the world's great transmissions of mystery—the Kabbalah—in a manner that invigorates its power to transform individual awareness and inform and reform our social development."

"The Secret Doctrine of the Kabbalah is a bold and innovative interpretation of the esoteric teachings of Judaism. Leonora Leet creatively expands the parameters of the tradition in her efforts to plumb the depths of the secrets of Judaism. Particularly impressive is her utilization of mathematical and scientific categories to illuminate the mystical teachings of the kabbalah. The result is a fresh and fascinating exploration of the hidden wisdom of Judaism, which should be of great interest to all those who are searching for an enriched engagement with spiritual matters."

Bodhi Tree Book Review
Kabbalah, meaning "tradition," originated with the ancient Hebraic priesthood. This book will attempt to recover not only the main features of the priestly lore, but its meaning, that which through the millennia has continued to embody the secret heart of Jewish mysticism and give it vitality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892817245
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 861,534
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonora Leet (1929-2004) received her Ph.D. from Yale University and was Professor of English at St. John’s University. She is the author of Renewing the Covenant, The Kabbalah of the Soul, and The Universal Kabbalah.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Theoretical Foundations
1. An Introduction to the Priestly Legacy
2. The Hebraic Secret Doctrine of the Son
3. Sacred Science: Modes and Meaning

Part II: The Kabbalistic Sacred Science of Language
4. The Tetragrammaton and Hebraic Sacred Science
5. The Sacred Science of Sound and Spiritual Practice

Part III: The Kabbalistic Sacred Science of Geometry
6. Kabbalistic Geometry and the Cosmic Genesis
7. Kabbalistic Geometry and the Genesis of the Son
8. Kabbalistic Geoometry and the Tree of Knowledge

Part IV: Syntheses of Sacred and Secular Science
9. A Synthesis of Sacred Science and Quantum Physics
10. A Synthesis of Kabbalistic and Quantum Cosmology

Notes

Bibliography

Index of Persons

Index of Primary Sources

Index of Subjects

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