ARMENIAN CHRISTIANS SPEAK
A Letter From Two Members of the Armenian Christian Community
My wife and I have been part of this wisdom at the Kabbalah Center for the past ten years. We are of Armenian descent, the first nation who adopted Christianity. My wife’s father, who passed on recently, was the esteemed priest of the apostolic faith, Senior Diocesan Clergyman, Rev. Archpriest Fr. Vartan Dulgarian. He has authored several books and has been hailed as a prolific writer of the Church. He was also a genocide survivor and quite well-known globally.
Both my wife and I are highly educated people and grateful that the gates of Kabbalah were opened to us. The teachers at the Kabbalah Centre have made it easier for us to better understand our apostolic and catholic faiths with spiritual luminosity and simplicity and understand the place of Torah and Kabbalah in the world as a whole.
Not once in our ten years have we been forced, coerced or otherwise. From all members of the Kabbalah family, most especially Rav Berg and Karen Berg and their sons, who are prolific rabbis and Kabbalists in their own right, the love has flickered and fundamental change for the better has taken place in these morally bankrupt times.
As Christians and Armenians, I find it disgraceful how Jews condemn other Jews, especially those who carry the spiritual flame of Kabbalah, which as I learned, is the true soul of the Old Testament.
The Kabbalah Centre has awakened a profound respect within myself and my wife, for the Torah and the Kabbalists of history. We are grateful for these valuable opportunities and have greatly benefitted from them. With unmistakable clarity we have had utmost freedom to question everything and been given direction that has brought true solutions to stormy problems with spiritual and moral foundation. We like to perceive others with equal radiance and not see people as strangers or remote aliens, but rather as brothers sisters, friends and neighbors.
The heart of man has no other emotion as strong as love.
In the words of my wife’s father Rev. Archpriest Fr. Vartan Dulgarian of blessed memory “It is a rule of life that every man must taste bitterness with the sweet , experience failure with success, enmity with friendship, only unconditional love can open every door no matter how rusty the lock.”
As the daughter of an Armenian priest, my wife was predisposed to religion. I, however had found all organized religion to be a failure. I can tell you I was pleasantly shocked the first time I heard the Kabbalist, Rabbi Berg, share a sermon on the very first Shabbat service that I attended.
Rabbi Berg was clear” Kabbalah was not about religiosity and blind faith. It was about questioning everything and probing to the inner truth and meaning behind each rite, each ritual, each prayer, each practice. How refreshing and revolutionary this was for me.
I left the Shabbat services giddy. That was ten years ago.
The Centre welcomes people of all faiths without trying to convert them, or coerce them. But rather, they make all feel welcome and connected by respecting them and finding ways to unite the faiths. Most fascinating, the Kabbalah Centre welcomes all faiths while still maintaining the absolute integrity of orthodox Torah observance. Without compromise. This to me, is as stunning as it is remarkable.
As Christians, I hope other Jews realize the fountain of divine energy and Light that shines in their midst.
I know all Christians at the Kabbalah Centre feel the same way.
George and Sonia Keshishian.