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Reading The Book Of Zohar With A Critical Approach

laitman_527.05Question: Is it possible to read The Book of Zohar with a critical approach, with doubt that the truth is written in it?

Answer: I would not recommend it; this will cause harm. How can there be a critical approach? Someone who doesn’t understand the upper world doesn’t have the tools in his hands for criticizing things.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah there is no concept of a “critical approach” because anyone who attains the upper world understands what it is talking about. And someone who has not attained can criticize as much as he wants, that is his own business, but he is only harming himself.

I am amazed at your words! How can you evaluate a book that speaks about things you do not understand at all? In doing so, you bring it down to the level of ordinary philosophy or mysticism.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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Signs Of Progress In The Study

laitman_219.01Question: How can I check whether I am making progress in studying Kabbalah? How is progress measured?

Answer: A sign of progress in the study is a change in your attitude to life. The more I understand that life is much longer than the time between my birth and my death, the more ready I am to exit these limitations; the more deeply I get to know my life and discover the hidden forces that impact this world, the more I have progressed.
From the “Beginners’ Q&A” 7/24/17

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To Open The Book Of Zohar

laitman_530Question: How does the upper force expand our boundaries of knowledge and our sensations when we read The Book of Zohar?

Answer: The Book of Zohar becomes closer to us and is revealed to us to the degree that we while studying The Book of Zohar connect between us, open ourselves to each other, and try to combine and create a common desire out of our different egoistic desires and focus it on attaining the upper level—the Creator.

This is the reason why everything depends on how people connect with each other; they correctly understand the condition that they must acquire in connection with each other so that The Book of Zohar opens up in them.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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Feeling The Book Of Zohar

Laitman_633.4Question: Does everyone feel The Book of Zohar in the same way?

Answer: Basically, yes. When we speak about our feelings in this world, there are differences of opinion and misunderstandings. And when we speak about spiritual attainments, there aren’t any problems because the references are absolutely accurate and there is a common terminology.

Question: How can I develop my sensitivity by using The Book of Zohar?

Answer: Sensitivity to The Book of Zohar emerges only to the extent that one reads it. You should begin to read it. The main part is in the first volume. You should go over it several times and you will see how the book suddenly begins to operate in you; this happens quite quickly.

Good luck to us all that we can properly put ourselves under the upper illumination called The Zohar.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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A Different Kabbalah

laitman_570Question: I can understand some of the grievances that religious people have against you, but why are you also criticised by scholars who study Kabbalah in universities?

Answer: Scholars who study Kabbalah sit in universities and nobody has any issue with them, whereas with us Bnei Baruch, everybody attacks us and everyone is unhappy with us. So the issue is not that we are studying Kabbalah, but precisely how much this type of study of Kabbalah is not tolerated by religion and religious and secular people.

University scholars write about each other, of what each one thinks about Kabbalah. This came from ancient Greeks who studied Kabbalah from the prophets, but they understood it on a purely superficial level and this is how they began to write about it. Then, following generations wrote about the previous generations of philosophers and what they believed.

In other words, academic Kabbalah does not pursue the goal of attaining the Creator and the upper world and of making Kabbalists of their students, it merely aims to study previous university researchers.

Perhaps such people also come to us with a desire to study Kabbalah on the surface like in universities, and so they leave dissatisfied with us, for allegedly, we are studying the “wrong thing.” Likewise, scientists who study us in universities do not understand us and internally resent us for being different, not like them.

They cannot comprehend that our Kabbalah is DIFFERENT from theirs: We have attainment of the upper world from Kabbalists who perceive it in practice, while what they have is studying the opinions of their predecessors who have not attained the higher world.

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Write On The Tablet Of Your Heart

laitman_281.02Question: In the past, it was unacceptable and even forbidden to write down the explanations of teachers who taught Torah; why don’t we behave that way today?

Answer: They didn’t record the words of the teacher in the past but learned orally, not because it was difficult to record on wooden tablets, for example, but because the students heard and attained the upper world while processing the profundity of the words of the teacher.

Now the situation is different; we hear and record to know mechanically, not through living attainment. When a student follows his teacher like a lower Partzuf following an upper Partzuf through adhesion with it, a living picture of the upper world is revealed to the student. Therefore, the student receives his attainment “mouth to mouth” from the higher level, meaning through sharing a Masach (Screen) with the teacher.

This is called “writing on the tablet of your heart” on the corrected desires. And today people learn dead letters and words because there is no Light in them; there is no characteristic of bestowal, only external knowledge. This is called exile from the upper world.

So, after the fall from the level of spiritual attainment happened two thousand years ago, they began to record the words of the sages of the Torah so that when we would leave the exile in the future, we would ascend to love and bestowal and could revitalize their texts through the upper Light.

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Creation Is Desire

laitman_243.05Question: What is creation according to Kabbalah?

Answer: Creation is a desire to receive, which can be found in different forms: in insects, in people, in space, in angels, in everything

There are desires on the levels of the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking, and the levels of intention are determined accordingly.

Question: What is the difference between intention and desire?

Answer: The desire is awakened in us by the upper Light, and the intention is the manner in which we use our desire.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/19/17

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What Is a Desire?

laitman_283.02Question: Why do we sometimes refer to desire as matter and another time as a force? Can matter be a force? Or does force clothe into matter?

Answer: Often times we refer to desire as matter because there is nothing other than desire. But the desire is inherent in the force (as much as it desires); that is why we also refer to it as a force.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/19/17

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The Purpose Of Creation And The Development Of Desire

laitman_548.02-jpgQuestion: What are the Creator’s attributes?

Answer: The Creator is the attribute of absolute goodness, absolute love. The thought of creation is the creation of a created being that can become equal to the Creator, to ascend to His level.

If we had the Creator’s attributes from the start, we would have existed in Him, not feeling that we exist. We have to feel our difference from the Creator in order to simultaneously feel both ourselves and our resemblance to the Creator: what are we and what is the Creator, and all this distance between us is like a sense of distance and contradiction, similarity and equality.

This is the reason that the whole system of creation, which operates on us in order to bring us to the level on which we resemble it, was created by the Creator.

The first thing the Creator created was a desire to receive.

The desire descended from the Creator according to five phases of descent until it reached the level of our world in which the desire develops and evolves and everything in the world is built: the universe, the earth, other planets, and us.

Now we begin to ascend back to the Creator. Eventually we will attain the state in which we become similar to Him and ascend to the His level. This happens in accordance to our ascent though the levels of five worlds or 125 levels.

Question: How have we discovered that our mission actually comes down to the ascent?

Answer: Being in the lowest state, we begin to feel a certain inclination to ascend upward. This inclination is called the point of the heart; it pulls us forward.

From that moment, from the moment the created being begins to feel a desire to ascend, he is considered a human being, Adam, according to his goal because he yearns for the upper point called Adam, which means to resemble the Creator (Domeh).

Thus, the thought of the creation includes five worlds, the descent of the created being downward, the creation of the soul, and finally its correction.

Question: It seems that our evolution should come to an end at a certain point?

Answer: Our evolution will come to an end and it will be quite soon. It is a constantly accelerating process. This is the reason that first space was developed and then the earth and then man. We develop in such a turbulent manner that each day is very different from the next.

The Creator created a desire to receive that develops, descends, and becomes increasingly more egoistic.

Then, when the soul is created, the desire acquires an intention. First, at the lowest point, it is an egoistic intention for my own sake.

Then the desire begins to ascend and it changes the intention to an altruistic one. The desire always changes according to the intention since in itself it is indifferent, it is just matter, all of the matter in nature.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/2/17

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How Can We Learn Spiritual Laws?

Laitman_049.02Question: What is the spiritual meaning of the law, “The general and particular are equal”? What can I learn from this general law?

Answer: The general and particular are equal means that if I learn about the particular, from this I can learn about the general. If I attain something in common, then to the same degree I can penetrate into each one of its parts.

There is a single law: mutual cooperation between the Light and the desire when they resemble each other. This can be discovered both in the totality of creation and in each one of its tiniest particles.

For example, in our world, a geologist can separate a small fragment from a mountain and accordingly discover and know much about the entire mountain.

Question: Does this mean that it is nevertheless possible to explain spiritual laws according to examples from our world, in particular from the law the general and particular are equal?

Answer: This is an inductive law that makes it possible to explain our world too. But this does not speak about a purely rational explanation. For a person to acquire spiritual characteristics within him, he must feel them.

After all, he feels our world and examines it from that. Therefore, he must feel the upper world and learn it from his feelings; otherwise, his arguments will be unfounded.

I cannot take a book of Kabbalah, read it, and then convince everyone that this is the truth. And what is next? How does one use what is spoken about in it? Where is all of this found? First of all, it is up to me to attain the spiritual characteristics and powers. They must be inside of me and then I will be able to apply what is written in a book.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/12/17

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