Entries in the 'Kabbalah Study' Category

Decide For Yourself

Laitman_101Question: To be honest, I do not want to study Kabbalah. But I have no choice because I feel I will not be left alone. Or am I wrong?

Answer: I don’t know. Try to quit. If it works—fine. If it doesn’t work, then make the final decision and come back. It is useless to run back and forth, study a little, and let go for some time. I would like to make it sharp: it is not worth it. It is no use starting, getting disappointed, and blaming Kabbalah instead of correcting yourself.

Studying the wisdom of Kabbalah has certain conditions. If you want to get into it, you must meet these conditions. If not, you should quit it, the sooner—the better.

Remark: But I have a feeling that if I do not study Kabbalah, the Creator will punish me.

Answer: There is nothing to fear! The Creator never punishes anybody for anything.

But you have a great opportunity to discover the upper world. Is it really not worth it?! What do you have in this world?! Another 20, 30, 40 years will pass… and that is all!

And here eternity is opening in front of you. You do not feel how you move from one world to another. You drop your body like a rocket drops its stages, and you keep flying.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16

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Origins Of Culture

laitman_628_2Question: Where is the border between spirituality and culture?

Answer: Culture is not a separate concept.

The difference between culture, ethics, and spiritual situations, does not exist. Religion is the source of culture. Without religion, painting, literature, and music would not have developed. All of them began with religion, and developed externally later. But the foundations for all of them were laid in spirituality.

Question: There are tribes that do not maintain any of the world religions. They have their own culture, communications, behavior, and foundations.

Answer: Those tribes have their own customs. There are 2,800 kinds of religions and faiths that exist in the world.

Everything that there is in humanity has appeared thanks to religion. All the arts were created out of the religious need of humanity to express itself to the higher power.

Question: In the Torah, it is said: “Regarding his son, a father is obligated to circumcise him, redeem him, teach him Torah, marry him to a woman and teach him an art.” (Kiddushin 29a).

Answer: The intent of the word “art” is the characteristic of bestowal.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/8/17

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Can You Learn Hebrew Through Spiritual Attainment?

Laitman_522_01Question: If a Kabbalah student attains the spiritual worlds, will he automatically know Hebrew?

Answer: This is not a simple question. It depends on the level of a person’s attainment.

If he attains Kabbalah at the highest level, he will definitely know Hebrew, and this language will become the most native internal language for him. With his inner sight, he will see a combination of positive and negative forces that draw letters for him, which he will feel and hear. He will master Hebrew perfectly.

Many years ago, I received a letter from Siberia that was sent to me through many people from a person who was in jail there. Without knowing any Hebrew, he suddenly started to write in this language. When I showed this letter to Rabash he said, “This person experienced great suffering and as a result of it, Hebrew and the spiritual knowledge were revealed to him, which he described absolutely correctly and very highly.”

It is not a miracle, but an attainment. There are no miracles.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Ethics And Kabbalah

laitman_265Question: Why is Kabbalah not human ethics and philosophy at the same time if its main postulate is “love your neighbor”?

Answer: Kabbalah should become like that, and it will become like that. However, today humanity is not ready for this yet.

Currently, we undergo certain stages of the realization of the evil nature of man, and we learn through all the troubles that constantly haunt us. It leads us to the fact that we do not know what to do with ourselves and our world.

Therefore, we are already beginning to realize that we require knowledge about our world, about the depths of the actions of the forces in it. Gradually we will understand that without the knowledge of Kabbalah, we are just a lost generation.

When we discover Kabbalah for ourselves, that is already ready for use, we will enter into a very rapid, easy, and pleasant development, up to our final, absolutely good state.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart

New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

The ceremonies in our world do not change our intention from reception to bestowal, but are only symbols.

The physical action does not purify anything because everything depends on the person’s intention.
From KabTV’s “New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart,” 5/11/17

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Freemasons And The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

Laitman_112Question: Some people say that Masonic Lodges were formed with the active participation of Kabbalistic groups. Who are the Freemasons and are they connected to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Freemasons are completely unaffiliated with the wisdom of Kabbalah. These are people who act in special relationships among themselves and they build a small closed society in their connection. It has nothing to do with Judaism, religion, and all the more so with the wisdom of Kabbalah. They believe that by performing certain rituals, they can impact their conditions of the conditions of those around them.

I met with Freemasons in Rome and gave them lectures. They invited me to their ceremonies and explained what they meant, but I would not say that their rituals were interesting. It is very difficult to impress me because Kabbalah puts a person on such a level that after that there is nothing to be impressed by.

Don’t look for anything mysterious in the world because whatever seems mysterious is only because we don’t know its nature. Be an absolute materialist!

The wisdom of Kabbalah is the study of the upper nature, not the physics of our world. This is actually how it approaches every phenomenon and this is how it explains it. Therefore, it is open to everyone and does not require any initiations, incantations, secret signs, or special dress.

Do you have a desire? Come and study the wisdom of Kabbalah. Afterward, everything will depend on you. You will manage to ascend above your egoistic nature and become Kabbalists, both men and women.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Instructions Of “The Last Generation”

laitman_533_01Question: When reading Baal HaSulam manuscript The Last Generation, we feel that there is a treasure in them—instructions how to build the future society. How can we understand it correctly to study and present it to other people?

Answer: The problem is that Baal HaSulam these manuscripts wrote for himself; they are not systematized enough and repeat themselves in many respects. He was making sketches from time to time, but didn’t bring them to any order.

Rabash said that Baal HaSulam considered his generation still not ready for correction, and therefore he stopped writing. After all, his newspaper was closed and it was forbidden to print his writings.

I understand your desire, but you should also understand me. It is based on Kabbalah; I can say that this is an absolutely practical science! Although it seems like mysticism where some Sefirot, Partzufim, and worlds are supposedly spinning, this is the most practical science! It completely depends on the inner state of the people studying it.

Therefore, I don’t know to what extent we can develop the topic of “The Last Generation.” Perhaps, we can do it in a very limited form since we need to reach this individually by ourselves. We’ll try to do this.

I understand your enthusiasm. Perhaps it can help us. But you need to understand that I get up every morning, which starts for me at midnight, and I begin to study. I come to the audience without knowing at what level the lesson, the discussion, or the questions will be; it doesn’t depend on me.

I can’t reveal more than how I feel the desire of the people, their needs, and their ability to at least partially absorb the material. If they can absorb at least ten percent of what I am saying among them, it means that I can already speak and I invest a hundred percent. Otherwise, I can’t.

Therefore, despite your strong desire to describe the instruction of “The Last Generation,” if the audience doesn’t have such a desire, I find it difficult to do so.

So far we haven’t reached this. But I am an optimist, I am always ready.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/15/17

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How Does One Study The Wisdom Of Kabbalah?

Laitman_165Question: How does one study the wisdom of Kabbalah correctly if a person doesn’t understand anything?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah is not taught for you to understand everything. It will not be understood until you acquire the minimal characteristic of bestowal and begin to feel the upper world through it. In this case, you will not even need books. You will begin to discover the true reality, like a newborn who opens his eyes and begins to study and explore this world.

Therefore, we don’t study the wisdom of Kabbalah to acquire wisdom or knowledge. We read Kabbalistic books only to awaken and invite the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) upon ourselves, which will reveal our characteristics so that we will attain the upper world, explore and feel it.

In other words, attaining the upper world us not scientific but sensory, just as we feel and comprehend our world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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laitman_526Question: What does it mean to read a Kabbalah book?

Answer: Reading a Kabbalah book means reading it with the thought that it will impact you.

A Kabbalah book is like medicine that can correct, change, and bring us to the state where we begin to feel what we read. Not to understand but to feel!
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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Practical Work In The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

Laitman_137Question: You have already taken a particular path. In looking back, would you want to change the method for spiritual ascent to make it simpler or the opposite?

Answer: I am taught how to act and I cannot do otherwise. I would very much want to hasten the process, but this is impossible.

Question: Could it be that the wisdom of Kabbalah lacks practical work?

Answer: In our groups, there is constant practical work during lessons and throughout the day.

Question: If beginner students study only once a week, what must they do during the rest of the time?

Answer: We have an enormous amount of material in every language. Every day we present lessons that are recorded and stored in our website’s archive. There is my blog and recordings of my conversations and lectures. New students should go through as much material as they can. Even if they meet once a week, this is enough. During all their free time, they have the opportunity to read our materials, listen to the morning lesson, and participate in our events and conventions.

All of this is very important. Then the upper Light will begin to influence them and they will feel that they are changing. That is how they begin to understand more, feel the material more, and participate with us in the discovery of the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/29/17

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