The Mind Cannot Comprehend The Zohar

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: Sometimes The Zohar text is written so clearly that it seems to address me and talk about me directly.

My Answer: You should be clever and realize that even though a portion of the text appears to be clear, you actually don’t comprehend it any more than you do an unclear part. Comprehension at this point doesn’t matter. In your current state, you don’t understand anything.

If, by chance, it seems that you can put these words together and prescribe a certain meaning to  them, it’s a problem that you are confused. It has nothing to do with the intention of the authors of The Zohar. They write about properties and acts which you have no connection to yet. Not a single word there talks about a person in this world or the actions that he or she performs here.

Cast away your mind as soon possible and as far away as possible. This is the biggest favor you can do for yourself.

Question (continued): Sometimes The Zohar talks about something incomprehensible, and it makes it easier for me to focus on the intention.

My Answer: Your going deeper into the intention does not depend on the text being or not being clear to you. It bears absolutely no relation to how much you understand the text.

Suppose that now I simply listen to the text, without knowing any Hebrew or  having any translation. Then I only think about when this medicine will affect and cure me. That’s all. That is all you need.

Say I come to see a doctor and he tells me to take a certain medicine. He mentions a long name in Latin that reflects its chemical composition. Do I really need to know how this medicine works, what its composition is, and why it is called a certain way? Do I need to know these things in order to believe that it will help me and I will be healed?

I only have to understand what the doctor says in terms of how to take the medicine, and nothing more. All other information will only harm me. I will think I’m smart and start acting as if I really know about these things.  But, it is a doctor, and not you, who is given the right to treat you. You don’t have to treat yourself. The instruction says: “If you are sick, go to a doctor (Nitan La Rofe Lerapot).”

Does the intention depend on how much you understand the text? There is no connection between them whatsoever.

From the 1st Part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/31/10, The Zohar

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  1. On this subject: Wouldn’t it be better to read the Zohar written in Hebrew though I do not know Hebrew but I do know the aleph bet and simply look at each letter of every word with the correct intention? I have been told not to do this because it is scanning and there is no light drawn in this. Is this true?

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