Isaac Newton and Kabbalah

Isaac Newton and KabbalahThe image on the right is a page from a Latin translation of The Zohar, ascribed to Isaac Newton.The Zohar in Latin

In the book, The Religion of Isaac Newton, Frank E. Manuel wrote that “Isaac Newton was convinced that Moses possessed the knowledge of all scientific secrets.” Dr Seth Pancoast wrote that “Isaac Newton was led to the discovery of physical laws (forces of gravitation and repulsion) through the study of Kabbalah.”

A Latin translation of The Book of Zohar (Kabbalah Denudata), was found in Newton’s library, and is currently kept at the Trinity College in Cambridge. Isaac Newton based his scientific research on philosophical principles. In particular, Newton wrote: “In my books I laid down the principles of philosophy that are not purely philosophical, but also mathematical, which can serve as the basis for discussing physical matters. So that they don’t seem fruitless, I accompanied them with some physical explanations” (Newton I., Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, 1686, V. 3, “The System of the World,” p. 501).

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  1. I have been studying Kabbalah for a couple of years now, and questions have popped up in my mind very frequently. And this is the main one right now: It’s been said that Kabbalah is a provable science, and that everything in it is demonstrable. It has been also said that the Kabbalah sages who attained the upper worlds wrote their texts based on a tangible – and not abstract -experience . But how can I be sure of these statements. Where are the demonstrations of their attainments ? By just blindly believing in everything it has been said, am I not being sucked into the concept of blind faith? How can I be certain about the aforesaid?

  2. Good question, indeed. From what I’ve understood they will have you believe that they have a sixth sense and you do not, therefore they can not demonstrate anything to you up until you develop that sixth sense which can take up to a few life times.

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