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Religions Around The Wisdom of Kabbalah

Laitman_115Question: In Wikipedia it is written that “Kabbalah (Hebrew: קַבָּלָה‎, literally ‘parallel/corresponding,’ or ‘received tradition’) is an esoteric method, discipline, and school of thought that originated in Judaism.” What can you say about that?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah is a science that is learned by people who feel the upper world and have attained it with the help of particular internal actions within them and not through mystical actions. They learn and investigate laws of the higher structure, all the upper forces that exist around us now that we don’t feel, but the Kabbalists have revealed them.

These forces are called higher because they are found in the realm of bestowal, these are forces of the characteristic of bestowal, not of characteristics of reception, and therefore, we explain and define them like that.

There is nothing religious, mystical, or esoteric about the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is pure science. That is also what was written by the ancient philosophers who learned this wisdom from Kabbalists in ancient Israel. Also, scientists from the Middle Ages to our day actually wrote this about it.

It has no relevance to Judaism. Judaism was founded much later; it emerged from the wisdom of Kabbalah and became the basis for actions customary in our world.

People who wanted and decided to aim toward relationships with the Creator in our world basically took external descriptions from the wisdom of Kabbalah, and created their religion from them. That is how spiritual teachings, which were transmitted through the ego, became the basis for Judaism and other religions.

Comment: In Wikipedia it is written that the wisdom of Kabbalah appeared in the 12th to 13th century.

Answer: This is also incorrect. The wisdom of Kabbalah appeared almost 5,777 years ago. We indicate this date as the Jewish New Year.

The appearance of Adam and the revelation of the laws of nature that he discovered symbolizes the birth of the wisdom of Kabbalah. We began our count from then.

The spread and dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah began in the 12th century and continued in the 14th century in its recorded form for everyone.

Therefore, the only correct point in Wikipedia is that the main discovery of the wisdom of Kabbalah began in the 14th century. Everything else was invented. The wisdom of Kabbalah is not philosophy, mysticism, religion, or Judaism. There is complete confusion about this, which includes the religious Jews, who consider the wisdom of Kabbalah is part of their religion.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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A Place Is A Desire

laitman_275Question: How was the creation created and established?

Answer: When I was a student I was taught that the universe is eternal and that it has no beginning and no end, no dimensions and no time. This was a scientific point of view.

Then suddenly, at one point everything began to fall apart and scientists began to say that the universe is merely 14 billion years old. Physicists said that there was nothing before that and that we have to believe them. So what was there instead of the universe? Nothing. Was there some place? No, there wasn’t.

So where did it come from? Perhaps there was a vacuum and then the stars appeared? No, there was no vacuum either.

This is something that doesn’t make sense.

Question: And what does the wisdom of Kabbalah say?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah says the same thing. Scientists are getting closer in their views to the wisdom of Kabbalah because the ego has developed and is getting closer to it.

Question: So what was there before the creation—the desire to receive?

Answer: Before the appearance of the desire to receive there was only a desire to bestow, the Creator, Light.

The desire has no place. It is actually called the place itself. If I have a desire to eat now, for example, if you ruin this desire, I will feel that I have lost my appetite. Does the desire have a place or not?

If I have lost the desire, I will not be able to force myself to eat even if I am very hungry. This means that the desire is the place and not my empty stomach.

Question: Where is the desire?

Answer: Nowhere. I can check my stomach and say that it is empty. It wants to eat, but I am telling you if I don’t want anything, not even a small piece will enter my mouth! This means that in the corporeal world, you cannot point at a place that contains a desire.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/12/17

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Resistance To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah, Part 2

Laitman_060.01The wisdom of Kabbalah and Kabbalists have undergone special development throughout history because the desire to enjoy needs to grow and thus show that material progress is useless.

And every time, the wisdom of Kabbalah must adjust itself to coincide with those people in whom it is revealed, that is, with the people of Israel, the group founded by Abraham.

We see that the wisdom of Kabbalah was available for use by all people only for a limited time when it was revealed inside the people of Israel in the time of Moses. And this was accompanied by numerous arguments, clarifications, and wars within people.

Then, after entering the land of Israel—when Moses left the people and his pressure disappeared—the people of Israel began to descend from their spiritual height. At that time, religion and rules of behavior in the material world emerged, which copied spiritual Kabbalistic laws in matter. People began to create “idols” and “holy things” for themselves.

People went more and more into material traditions, and as it went, the wisdom of Kabbalah came out of it and disappeared. After the destruction of the Second Temple when people fell out of brotherly love into unfounded hatred, Kabbalah completely went into hiding.

One must understand that no one teaches love for one’s neighbor except the wisdom of Kabbalah. Although the principle “Love your neighbor as yourself” is the main rule of the Torah, the Torah itself—which is the wisdom of Kabbalah and the wisdom of Light—no longer exists in the people of Israel. It turned out that the people are in exile from the method of love and unity. The understanding of what the upper force is—the people of Israel, and their mission and development goal—has vanished.

Today, we are already in the very end of days of the genuine exile and on the verge of liberation. In each generation, Kabbalists were revealed that were suitable for that time or for the next generation. We need to understand that the actions of Kabbalists and resistance against them is a consequence of development.

Cruel forces rose against the wisdom of Kabbalah. But, there was a division between religious people. On one hand, there were Hasidim and, on the other, their opponents the Mitnagdim, and many other branches and movements. Kabbalists were also divided into those who were more concerned with the right line or the left, according to man’s nature.

Before the time of the Ari, Kabbalists followed the school of Ramak. Then, Ari’s method was popularized. The next important stage in the development of Kabbalah began with Baal HaSulam because there is a big difference between what was before and after him. Then, Rabash (Rav Baruch Ashlag) developed Kabbalah further. Baal HaSulam and Rabash prepared the method of Kabbalah for our generation.

Each time Kabbalah’s method improved and consequently, its opponents rose, rebelling against the new method, the “new Torah,” and the “new religion.” After all, people do not understand what Kabbalists’ actions are based on. It is very important to learn what claims are raised against Kabbalah to understand what to resist and how to turn these supposedly evil forces into good and useful ones. All this should help us realize the general process by which the Creator leads the created beings to bring their desire to complete correction.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/17, Lesson on the Topic: “The Resistance to Kabbalah”

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Resistance To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah, Part 1

laitman_259.01We see that humanity develops under the influence of two forces: support and opposition, pros and cons, driving force and resisting force. It is natural for any development that there is expansion and contraction all the time, like inhale and exhale.

At any given moment, these two forces act because the right development is impossible without a balance between them.

Kabbalah and Kabbalists develop according to their generation. Sparks emerge in the broken vessel of the soul. These sparks are ready to resurface from the fragments of the soul, and they demand correction.

People in whom such sparks awaken feel the need to reveal the purpose of creation, the upper force, the Creator, and to learn about the universe. They seek to rise above ordinary life so as not to remain within their broken desires but to live just for the sake of the spiritual sparks.

Although these sparks are broken, a person feels that they need to be revived. Therefore, there are many forces inside a Kabbalist: sparks, spiritual genes (Reshimot), and desires related to correction, that is, the properties of bestowal.

This process began with the first man Adam. And then more and more people, from those who felt the need to discover and comprehend the purpose of creation and to belong to the upper power and the upper system, joined him in each generation. So, from Adam descended the entire line of Kabbalists who developed the method of revealing the Creator to the created beings in this world.

Kabbalists were those created beings who revealed the upper force. And since spiritual sparks and desires awakened in many people, Kabbalists also spread the wisdom of Kabbalah, which evoked different reactions.

And even a simple study of Kabbalah awakens two opposing forces in a person: the desire for and against the revelation of the Creator. After all, a man is a broken desire to enjoy, an egoist, and inside of him is a spark that demands a gateway to another dimension, to another level—the intention to bestow.

This spark refers to a different life, a different world. Therefore, a Kabbalist has two inner worlds: sometimes he is dominated by the force of bestowal and sometimes by the force of reception. He always goes through ups and downs as two of these opposing forces constantly work in him: sparks and broken desires demand their realization. In this way a Kabbalist develops, sometimes in the right and sometimes in the left line.

The same rule applies to a person and his environment. Abraham, the first Kabbalist who began spreading Kabbalah to the masses, met with strong resistance from his father Terah and his entire former school, as well as from the ruler of Ancient Babylon, Nimrod. The resistance was so strong that he had to leave Babylon.

Resisting Kabbalah is natural, because nothing develops without it. We see in the example of the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels of nature that the whole evolution happens as a result of struggle, and it couldn’t have been otherwise.

Therefore, Kabbalists are patient toward Kabbalah’s opponents because they realize that they receive them from above and that it is the Creator who organizes all these protesting forces. But at the same time, as representatives of the force of spiritual development, they need to resist material and egoistic development.

Opponents of Kabbalah fight it in every possible way, but Kabbalists understand that all this resistance is arranged by the Creator who controls these forces, and therefore, the answer to it must be appropriate. In the end, we need to act for one purpose only: to reveal the Creator to the created beings in this world, which is the goal of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Kabbalah is revealed for this very purpose and it is impossible for one to unfold without the other, as progress and resistance are based on each other.

Therefore, one must treat Kabbalah’s opponents rationally, realizing that from the moment the Light created darkness, that is, when the altruistic desire created the egoistic desire, these desires were opposite to each other, but they must develop together. After all, the Light also develops when it enters the creation, organizes it, and builds up more and more diverse connections in it.

Therefore, one must treat all criticism creatively, with understanding. And although the opponents of Kabbalah brought many misfortunes to Kabbalists, on the other hand, all these forces act according to the program of creation.
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From the Lesson “Resistance to the Science of Kabbalah” 9/24/17

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Why The Soul Requires Correction

Laitman_117Question: Why does the soul require correction?

Answer: From the start, one single creature existed called a soul. So that the creature can feel independent and attain the greatest blossoming, meaning the level of the Creator, it must pass through shattering and correction.

Therefore, in our world each one receives a small part of his soul. In each one of us there is a small part of the general soul called Adam HaRishon (the First Man) or simply, Adam (a desire). The fulfillment of the soul is Light.

In fact, the creature doesn’t feel itself in the beginning of its creation because in it there was very little desire and a very small Light. To bring it to a state resembling the Creator, the soul was broken into 600,000 main parts, and as a result of continued division, it became a multitude of many more fragments.

In each fragment, meaning in a small individual soul, there is a desire and its fulfillment also. During the shattering, these fragments began to feel independent; partitions appeared between them, as there are between people, and they began to feel cut off, torn off, and detached from each other. This rejection is called egoism. And at present it is necessary to gather all the fragments and bring them to their original state, to connect them into one general desire and fill them with one general Light.

But where then will the egoism disappear, which separates us as such, that each one is imprisoned in his Klipa (shell)? Nowhere. It is up to us to connect with each other against the egoism, and then we receive a Light that is 613 times greater than it was before.

In this way, instead of feeling a tiny bit of life: cold here, hot there, a bit of light, a bit of shade, we begin to feel piercing states. We feel, “with whom we have business,” who is giving us power and life, how it is possible to relate to the Creator and enter into a connection with Him: “I am to the Highest, and He is to me.” In other words, we begin to attain the Creator and rise to His level.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/23/17

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The Book Of Zohar: Tuning For The Perception Of The Creator

Laitman_151Question: How can The Book of Zohar be useful if only its fragments were found?

Answer: The Book of Zohar was indeed written in a very large volume; it possibly contained about a hundred books.
From this ancient book we got, maybe, only a tenth part. However, we do not need more.

When Kabbalists began to explore this book ten centuries ago, starting from the 11th century, they found out that they did not lose anything. After all, The Book of Zohar only sets the person to the correct perception of the Creator, and then he goes by himself according to the principle “One’s soul teaches him.”

Therefore, what is not written in The Book of Zohar, you open and write on your heart, that is, on your corrected desires.

Question: Don’t we need to know the commentary on the words that we do not understand?

Answer: If a person already perceives the upper images of the Creator in himself, then he does not need books.

Remark: But we are talking about those people who are first-time readers of The Book of Zohar. They read and do not know what these words are about.

Answer: It does not at all matter whether they know or not. The main thing is that their aspiration to attainment evokes a special force, called Zohar – radiance. People who study Kabbalah selectively attract the surrounding Light, and it begins to purify them, raise them, and change them, up to the point where they become capable of feeling the upper world, the Creator.

Question: Does The Book of Zohar write about the laws of communication between people?

Answer: Yes, but nowadays they are not revealed to us as the laws of communication. The fact is that first The Book of Zohar affects a person in such a way that it attracts the upper Light that purifies and changes him, correctly connecting him with others. And then, in connection with other friends, he begins to reveal its meaning.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/4/17

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Why Did The Creator Create Such A World?

laitman_760.1Question: Why did the Creator create a world in which the law of equivalence of form exists? Couldn’t He create a world with other characteristics and laws?

Answer: No, He could not because according to the law of equivalence of form, He wants a person to become similar and equal to Him. It is up to us to attain this state during the 6,000 years of our existence. We have about 220 years left.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/12/17

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The Secrets Of A Glorious Wisdom

Laitman_632.1Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: This concept is clarified over nearly 2,000 pages that explain all the secrets of Torah that the human eye cannot see. It will make every person believe in its truthfulness, as they will see that they are the words of the Lord, for secrets of a glorious wisdom attributed to prophecy testifies to their truthfulness.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is a great knowledge about the system of governance, the upper force, and how we can be included in this governance, how we can influence it, and how it can influence us. That is, a person rises to the level of the Creator. It is written: “Rise up to me.”

I think that humanity will not go through terrible sufferings in order to recognize this wonderful opportunity and will begin to climb this ladder.

Question: When Baal HaSulam speaks about “the secrets of Torah that the human eye cannot see,” does he mean the Light that Reforms that “will make every person believe in its truthfulness” by gradually awakening a person to this? That is, one way or another, is this a passage to the point in the heart?

Answer: Yes. Only through gradual sensations.
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What Can One Get From Kabbalah?

226Question: What can one get from Kabbalah?

Answer: From Kabbalah one can receive the revelation of the Creator, and this explains everything. Indeed, the revelation of the Creator is the unveiling of that common single force that governs the entire universe: the still, vegetative, animate, and human levels of nature of our world and all five worlds that are included in the world of Infinity.

Relative to us, this one common force of control is called the Creator. It contains all the pleasures, all the happiness, all that a person desires. Kabbalah reveals this force. And all the rest comes from this.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/25/17

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 3/12/17

laitman_281.02Question: Do I understand correctly that the main creature is man and all other types and levels of creation exist only for him?

Answer: Yes. However, it is not our body that is called a man, but a desire, and not just an ordinary animalistic desire of the material body, but a desire to become similar to the Creator.

Question: If Kabbalists revealed the Creator, does it mean they are the Creators? Perhaps I am also the Creator, just an underdeveloped one.

Answer: To the extent that we are similar to the Creator, we become like Him.

Question: Is the Big Bang somehow connected to the entrance of the first person into spirituality?

Answer: No. The Big Bang is the emergence of matter at the level of our world.

Question: What is the most common cause for the delay in development of a spiritual person?

Answer: It is only his laziness, lack of attention, and disregard for those states that we must undergo.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/12/17

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