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What Is The Secret Of Kabbalah?

laitman_216.03Question: If today Kabbalah is open for everyone, then what is its secret?

Answer: There are no secrets in Kabbalah and never have been. The entire problem is only in society’s  possibility of correctly accepting it, adapting to it, tasting it, and using it correctly for its development. There is nothing else.

For example, it is written in The Book of Zohar that of the great Kabbalist Rabbi Shimon’s ten disciples, only Rabbi Aba could correctly expound upon it so that it would be accessible, smooth, correct, and at the same time hidden.

And the measure of concealment must be so special that when you read the Kabbalistic text, it reveals itself to you, and maybe not to your neighbor.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/12/17

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Have Patience!

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe separation of creation from the Creator happens because of the difference in intention, not in action. Through the action of receiving, the created being adheres to the Creator who is the one giving: as an infant to the mother. And if the infant had adult reasoning and experience, then he would understand that it is not necessary to interrupt his receiving from the mother, but rather to add to it his own intention to give.

It is not enough for the mother to delight only in the infant’s receiving from her. It is also necessary to add the child’s understanding of the entire depth of her experience and love and his own gratitude for such bestowal. This will then become the level of human, not an animal one, as an unaware infant.

In the created being, the sensation of the lack of such an intention is called shame, and it is the reason for making the restriction. (Talmud Eser Sefirot)

The Main Thing Is To Have Patience

The whole difficulty in studying Kabbalah lies in that it demands a change in values. That’s why people leave; they are not ready and do not agree to this because they lack patience. They do not believe that this study will bring them a real outcome and do not understand what this wisdom is talking about.

And here patience is mandatory in order to give the upper Light, the force that turns us into a new creation, time to work. Gradually we begin to feel, understand, and judge by new criteria. Then even though from all appearances it may seem that the individual is still the same person, in reality, he becomes completely different.

It becomes impossible to judge him by ordinary, earlier measures, values, and laws because he now reasons according to the law of similarity of form with the upper force; in other words, he reasons completely differently from the way he did before.

We attain such a substantial change as a result of the work of the upper Light on us, by going through a very complex inner revolution. Many years are needed for this to take place because such changes occur within a person gradually, in small portions. And even this is difficult to bear. It is much easier to advance within a group, which a person can hold on to. If, with eyes closed, a person grabs on to a group, then he can move through all difficulties.

He closes his eyes to the old values and receives from the group, from the connection with the friends, from the new Kli (vessel) in which ten becomes as one with new values: new reason and experience, new relations, new units of measure.
This is a very delicate, difficult period, about which it is written: “A thousand enter the room, but only one exits into the light.” It is necessary to acquire patience, to give the upper Light the opportunity to work on you and give you new qualities. Where it is written: “Do anything, just don’t leave,” it refers specifically to this process.

An infant is not ashamed to receive from the mother; there is no shame yet on his level. But Malchut of the world of Ein Sof (infinity) decided that she wants to be the same as the Creator and bestow to Him in the same manner. That’s why she makes a restriction—a very noble and strict action. On one hand, she stops receiving from the Creator. And on the other hand, she decides that adhesion to the Creator is more important than receiving from Him.

This decision determined the entire subsequent process creation goes through. For the one who desires adhesion with the Creator, the understanding of adhesion must be more important than the reception of fulfillment, in other words, more important than life!

After creation develops, in the fulfillment it receives from the Creator, it discovers that the Creator loves it and wants to give it pleasure. That’s why it cannot be fulfilled just by receiving. The love of the Creator obligates it to respond in a similar manner, called “Reflected Light.” Of course, this returning Light is very weak in comparison with the Light of Hochma of the Creator, but it makes the creation similar to the Creator.
(Rabash, “The First Renewal”)

Until the person rises above his desire to enjoy, acquires a screen and Reflected Light, in other words, some kind of similarity of form with the Creator, can he exist in the spiritual world, in the experience of the upper Light, or to understand spiritual actions? The entire renewal begins only after the exit from Egypt, from egoistic receiving.

That is why it is forbidden for idol worshippers to study the Torah, where “forbidden” means “impossible.” A person cannot study the Torah because he does not have any connection to it. Torah is the clothing of the upper Light in the desire to the degree in which the desire is ready to receive it, in other words, similarity of form with the Light. And then the upper Light clothes in the desire, as water fills an appropriate vessel which correspondences to it, possessing a screen and an intention for bestowal.

So, we attain the Creator by His actions, by studying His nature. In reality, we attain the Creator in our own selves, revealing in ourselves the forms of bestowal and calling them the Creator (Boreh), in other words, “come and see” (Bo-Reh). In this manner we study the Torah, that is, the laws of the upper Light’s clothing in the corrected desire. All of this begins only after the restriction and acquisition of the screen and Reflected Light, which is called the exit from Egypt.

Without a group, the person has no place where he can formulate his relationship to the Creator. In a group he creates that place, through which he receives from the Creator and through which he gives to the Creator. And then he sees that this is not just a group, but ten Sefirot, a soul.

Lo Lishma” means that the work not for the sake of the Creator, but for the Pharaoh, in other words, “not for Her Name” (Lo Lishma).

History Is Coming To A Close

Laitman_001.02All sciences, except Kabbalah, work within a small Light that can be obtained in receiving desires without correction. So our entire world exists without the intention for bestowal.

But this is a very limited glow, a barely smoldering spark of life that allows desires to exist just waiting until the time of correction.

In our time, the Light has almost filled all desires. Therefore, science is in crisis, and has reached a dead end. There are no more breakthroughs in science; everything is fading. We only find connections between various phenomena. Humanity is allowed to discover this because it leads to the understanding that our world is closed, round, global, and integral.

So we must be connected with each other and with all of nature. Only in this direction does science develop and reveal our common relationship to us. But beyond that, there will be no scientific development. Only technology will develop, not the fundamental sciences. Scientists have been talking about this for many years.

We have completely exhausted our desire to enjoy that we can exist in. Now only its perverted forms are possible. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries before the Great Depression in America, we used such incentives as money and power to advance for.

Then, it ended. Today, we simply earn abstract numbers in accounts, and money also is losing its value. History is coming to a close. In other words, we are becoming aware of the need for correction.

However, there will be no more material development due to the Light of Hochma entering into this world’s desires. As a result, people will experience disappointment, depression, and a global crisis in all areas of human activity.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/28/18, Shamati, Article 37 “An Article for Purim”

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The Period Of Concealment In The History Of Kabbalah

Laitman_138Question: If Kabbalah is the method to discover the Creator, why was it concealed for two thousand years, preventing people from using it?

Answer: It was a latent period in the history of Kabbalah, like the Middle Ages.

To us, it seems like nothing happened during the Middle Ages. Development in Europe appeared to freeze, but this was not so. Experts will tell you it was a period of rapid development, but it was internal, hidden. It prepared Europe for all the subsequent progress. Without this preparation, there would have been no cultural or industrial revolution. no Renaissance, nothing.

Question: If our development were not technological, what would it be?

Answer: Our development had to be technological because it was the result of our egoistic development.

Today, this period is coming to an end. The next stage will be spiritual development. We are gradually entering it now. Our recognition of the evil of our current development will lead us to it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/23/17

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Is It Worthwhile For An Older Person To Study Kabbalah?

laitman_622.01Question: If you know that you will not be able to apply Kabbalah practically due to your age, should you continue to study and work in connection with a group?

Answer: There is no question about age here.

How can you know how much time is left until the end of your soul’s correction? If you received this opportunity at a mature age, at a certain time, in a certain situation, it means that you specifically need it to be this way and not otherwise. Do not curse and negate anything.

Don’t complain. Instead, learn specifically in the situation given to you and you will see that it is optimal for your soul.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/24/17

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The True Origins Of Kabbalah

laitman_527.07Question: What is the difference between the school of the Baal Shem Tov and that of the Vilna Gaon?

Answer: This is a very complex system of two trends in the wisdom of Kabbalah. In general there are four streams in the wisdom of Kabbalah:

1. The Eastern wisdom of Kabbalah,

2. Kabbalah of Baal HaSulam, which is a continuation of the wisdom of the Kabbalah of the Baal Shem Tov,

3. Kabbalah of the Vilna Gaon, which is a continuation of the wisdom of Kabbalah of the Ramchal (Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto), and

4. The wisdom of Kabbalah of the Ramak (Rabbi Moshe Cordovero).

Today, however, there are no more unique streams. They are all studied mixed together and different Kabbalistic sources are used. Today you can’t even understand which of them are true and which are not.

I believe that the true sources are The Book of Zohar with the Sulam Commentary, the writings of Ari, and the writings of Baal HaSulam and Rabash. We study according to them.

There are streams that study according to other streams, with other sources. I cannot say anything about them, nor do I want to say anything about them. Each person will choose according to his interests.

Our main task is to make the wisdom of Kabbalah accessible to everyone in all languages and in the simplest way so that every person in the world can use it and discover how to correct himself and discover the system of higher management.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/1/17

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Truth And Falsehood From The Perspective Of Kabbalah

laitman_229Question: People rely on particular models of the world that they have formulated in their minds when making decisions. All models, to some degree, are false because they reflect only limited properties of reality.

It would be interesting to know in what way a model of the world is false and in what way it may be true, maybe by assigning percentages to each aspect. What does truth and falsehood mean with respect to nature, or rather with respect to the model of nature that we build to reflect it?

Answer: Kabbalah examines two systems: the upper (spiritual) and the lower (material).

In the upper system we are all integrally interconnected, which is why there cannot be any independent states. It is an ideal level, called the world of Ein Sof (infinity), perfection, in which all objects of our world exist on the spiritual level. Everything experiences its complete interdependence and destiny, comprehends it, and therefore each part is able to interact correctly with all the others. This is an ideal system described in Kabbalah where all parts are inherently and clearly interconnected.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that we are approaching this ideal system by way of our material evolution. This is exactly what is waiting for us in the future. We may choose to accelerate the process to its revelation within our experience and understanding. Or we may allow the natural process to teach it to us through the blows of destiny, which is what we see happening today. That is how humanity advances.

Our world exists below this complete and ideal upper system because it came into existence as a result of a gradual degradation of this system and its descent along the 125 levels to the lowest level—the one where we live today.

In this world we feel ourselves completely disconnected from each other and if something does connect us, it is only our egoism. All our experiences are geared only toward using everything and everyone according to our personal interests.

Naturally, that which we call “truth” is only that which exists on a higher level. And that which exists on our level is absolute falsehood because the only thing that motivates us today is the personal egoism of each creature, egoism that blinds us, distances us from each other, and drives us to use each other as much as possible.

That is truth and falsehood from the perspective of Kabbalah.

There is no truth in our world. It can exist only in those individuals who attain the complete mutual interdependence of nature, in other words, the upper system, which they are trying to discover within themselves. Then they relate to all those around them with completely different intentions: friendship, love, cooperation, and unity.

This principle was initially described in the Torah, even though, unfortunately, no one really takes it seriously. In this lies the difference between truth and falsehood. Truth and falsehood are not the subjective proclamations of an individual who thinks something is true and something is false.

When a completely coherent, unified system of all forms of creation—inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human levels of nature—exist in a harmonious interconnected state, it is called truth. And a state that is a complete opposite to this is falsehood. And between them there is a multitude of possible levels—some with a little more truth, some with a little more falsehood.
From KabTV’s “Together About the Main,” 12/8/17

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The Last Revelation Of Kabbalah

254.02Question: In the history of Kabbalah, this knowledge has been deprecated many times. Will humanity come to the time when people will stop devaluing Kabbalah as a science?

Answer: Kabbalah was revealed 5,778 years ago and gradually broke out first in Ancient Babylon, then in Ancient Egypt, and 3,000 years ago in Ancient Israel. Then, for 2,000 years it was in hiding, and now is starting to emerge again.

We all participate in the revelation of this knowledge that studies the management system of our world. Throughout the years, Kabbalah needed to go into exile repeatedly, but today we begin our last campaign. It is written in the Kabbalistic books that there will be no more concealment of Kabbalah.

Of course, we still feel today that we have a lot of ill-wishers, but the general tendency is to open Kabbalah. The whole world assists with it, all its progress and emerging problems without solution at the level of our world through other sciences.

We must constantly reveal that the Kabbalistic approach to the world is special: nothing negative exists, everything is given only to balance each force that is opposite to it and move forward this way.

The prohibition from above to refrain from the open study of Kabbalah was for a limited period until the end of 1,490. From this year onward, this decree has been lifted and it is permitted to study The Book of Zohar openly.

And since the year 1,540, it is considered to be the higher purpose for the masses to study, old and young, as it is written in “Reya Meemna.” [Abraham Azulai, Preface to the book Ohr HaChama]

This is a gradual process, and we are in the beginning of it. Until now, only small groups of people have engaged in studying Kabbalah. Today, we are beginning to spread it to the masses and to absolutely all without restrictions. Similarly, it happened only with Abraham in Ancient Babylon, 3,500 years ago. And now we repeat his path practically.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/29/17

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Societal Focus Of The Science Of Kabbalah

laitman_214Remark: Baal HaSulam wrote many books and articles but for some reason you emphasize only his social doctrine, even though this is a very small part of his works, a portion he never even planned to publish.

My Comment: It is true that he did not intend to publish the article “The Last Generation.” But the newspaper HaUma (The Nation) was published in his lifetime and brought a great deal of difficulties in his battle with certain circles of that society.

Remark: Nonetheless, in his fundamental work, Talmud Eser Sefirot (TES), there is nothing about society.

My Comment: Only people who do not understand anything about the science of Kabbalah can declare that Talmud Eser Sefirot (TES – The Study of the Ten Sefirot) says nothing about how to change one’s qualities toward love of others. TES explains how to take a group of ten members and start connecting them to each other so as to turn them into a system called a Partzuf,  the soul—ten parts connected by one goal.

Remark: But in his famous book Shamati, for example, there is no mention of a social orientation.

My Comment: In Shamati, it talks about how an individual must control his egoism. And what does he need to do it for? Through what does he realize his corrected egoism?—In relationships, in the correct connection between everyone. The law “Love your neighbor as yourself” is the fundamental and general law for everyone. Baal HaSulam explains this in the articles “The Giving of the Torah (Matan Torah),” “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” and others. For the individual, the revelation of the Creator can only take place in the center of the ten. I understand that this repels many people because we are egoists and are ready to engage in anything other than unity.

After coming to Kabbalah, for a long time I didn’t understand that attainment depends on my relationship with others, that I have to dissolve in nine of my friends and that only through them would I be able to permeate into the upper world. I didn’t want to understand this! My egoism completely eclipsed it.

I studied graphics, charts, and various Kabbalistic diagrams, the structure of the system of the upper worlds, the upper system’s control, etc., because my professional specialization is biocybernetics, that is, control systems.

But when I started to comprehend that this is all realized in the connection between me and those like me, and that I must get spiritually closer to them, unite, and create a mutual system of connections called a Partzuf and later called a soul (because none of us has a soul, each one of us can only be one-tenth of its parts), I was gripped with a terrible despondence.

That is why I understand you completely. I went through it all myself.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/8/17

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Kabbalah And Social Psychology

laitman_263Question: I am a psychologist and I see that Kabbalah and social psychology have much in common, for example, the rules of the workshop. Did you take them from psychology or do you have such methods in Kabbalah?

Answer: Psychology appeared a little more than 100 years ago, at the end of the 19th century.

Kabbalah appeared 5,778 years ago. So, it was not Kabbalah that took something from psychology, but psychology and especially philosophy, as Baal HaSulam wrote, borrowed a lot from Kabbalah. That is why psychologists think that Kabbalah took some methods from them.

Everything happened the other way around because Kabbalistic books were written two, three, and four thousand years ago. Moreover, if you penetrate into what Kabbalah says, which supposedly looks similar to social psychology, you will find out that it is an absolutely different system.

After all, the method of Kabbalah leads a person to correction under the influence of the upper force, the upper Light. All our exercises, studies, meals, and everything else are for this purpose.

Psychology is different. It uses the person’s ordinary, inner egoistic forces. Therefore, we see that it began to fade out as quickly as it emerged.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/8/17

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