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What Language Did The Babylonians Speak?

laitman_933.jpgQuestion: What language did people in Babylon speak and write?

Answer: Babylonians spoke Aramaic. We use this language in Kabbalah along with Hebrew. Only those who attained the upper world spoke Hebrew because it is the language of light, and Aramaic is the language of the Kli (vessel), meaning desires that reveal the light.

Both languages are completely identical and at the same time completely opposite to each other. Let’s say “light” in Hebrew is “Ohr,” and night in Aramaic is “Orta.” That is, both languages use the same word but with completely opposite meaning.

Question: What language did Terach, Abraham’s father, speak?

Answer: Terach spoke Aramaic, and Abraham switched to Hebrew. They knew both languages.

As modern publications confirm, from these two ancient languages, which complement each other, a global script developed. After all, both languages are built on coincidence of two forces, bestowal and reception, plus and minus. Precisely from there came the horizontal and vertical elements of the letters that are the basis of the writing in any language.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Demons, Angels, And Miracles

Laitman_151Question: The Book of Zohar mentions demons, angels, and other miracles. It seems strange to me that Kabbalah is not mysticism. Would you explain what you mean by that?

Answer: The fact is that the Kabbalists used terms such as “satan,” “angel,” “demon,” and so on, to name physical forces of nature.

The positive and negative forces of nature are equivalent. Moreover, negative forces are in no way worse than positive forces, but in Hebrew, they are described in those terms, and therefore, Kabbalah uses them. It was written in Kabbalah 5,000 years ago when there was no Christianity nor Judaism.

The fact that people began to give the names of physical forces, forms, volumes, and add them to their lives as if placing them in our world is the imagination of a person; this is mysticism.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Violence In Spirituality

laitman_622_01Torah, Deuteronomy 22:25: But if a man finds the betrothed girl in the field, and the man overpowers her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die.

Question: What does violence mean in spirituality?

Answer: Violence is the disparity of a desire and a Masach (screen). This shouldn’t be done. However, on the other hand, there are such desires that can’t be corrected any other way. We see such examples even in our world among animals and humans. This is a consequence of spiritual behavior.

This is a very complex system of behavior in our world between a man and a woman that obviously originates from the spiritual states of the Masach and desire.

On one hand, a woman consciously or subconsciously provokes a man, meaning she attracts him, even to the point that he could rape her. In our world, she can be, in part, psychologically unaware of it, but in the spiritual world, this is so. Therefore, we must understand that all of this is a very complicated system.

When we begin to unveil our desires and think about how to correct them, we are amazed that it is precisely due to the fact that we live in our illusory world that we receive through it the ability to describe spiritual states. After all, there is no language in the spiritual world and there are no separate objects such as man, woman, field, city, and so on.

It would be very difficult to describe all of this if the Kabbalists didn’t use the language of branches. Therefore, in our world, it is possible to depict everything so beautifully and in such detail that there are words for everything, for example: “A man finds the betrothed girl in the field and the man overpowers her.”

It means that the Torah uses thousands of didffernt words that describe such a state in detail, and if we describe this in a Kabbalistic language, then it speaks about the way the Masach interacts with desire, how they approach each other, meet in the field, that is, outside of the influence of all of the others, since no one has the opportunity to influence and limit them.

The Masach tries by all means to perform a correction, even over a desire that is unsuitable for it. In principle, this is an incorrect action, but the desire can be corrected this way.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/10/16

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Spiritual Language Is Eternal

laitman_216_03Question: The Shamati articles were written from a position of bestowal in forms that were appropriate for the generation that was living then. Shouldn’t the articles and books be adapted to the current generation?

Answer: To be honest, I don’t really understand what the difference is. People have not changed since then. If we use examples from those times, they are understandable to modern people today. Concepts like parents, children, food, suffering, and goodness are concepts that are accepted by everyone.

Less than a hundred years have gone by since Shamati was written. For the wisdom of Kabbalah, that is not considered a period of time at all. We use books of Kabbalah that were written 4,000 years ago, and that is astounding!

Imagine that you suddenly met a person living in Europe a thousand years ago. You would not find a common language, common impulses or understanding with him. But if you were to meet a person who was involved with the wisdom of Kabbalah in his time, even 4,000 years ago, you would find a common language and common interests with him.

What could you ask him or learn from him?! After all, before the decline of the generations, people were much closer to spirituality and felt it much more distinctly. Our language would be absolutely identical.

Question: Why have all languages changed and Hebrew has not changed?

Answer: It is because the Hebrew language has an unchanging spiritual root.

Hebrew, as scientists are now proving, is a language that preceded even the Egyptian hieroglyphics. This is essentially the same language that Adam spoke 6,000 years ago. And in general, Hebrew is considered a more ancient language. That is, it is a language that comes from spiritual roots so its writing and pronunciation haven’t changed their form; after all, the spiritual roots are permanent.

Thus, we could speak freely with our spiritual ancestors, understand them, and communicate with them spiritually, and this is what we do. When we ascend the spiritual levels, we actually ascend to them and begin to communicate with them. But it is no longer on a physical level but on the spiritual level, and they are revealed to us as completely precise components of the general soul.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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A Conversation With The Creator

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In the News (The New York Times): “New research is teasing out more of the profoundly miraculous process of language learning in babies. And it turns out that even more is going on prenatally than previously suspected.

“By looking at international adoptees — babies who were adopted soon after birth and who grow up hearing a different language than what they heard in the womb — researchers can see how what babies hear before and soon after birth affects how they perceive sounds, giving new meaning to the idea of a “birth language.”

“Experts have known for some time that newborns prefer to listen to voices speaking the language that they’ve been listening to in the womb, said Anne Cutler, a psycholinguist who is a professor at the Marcs Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University, in Australia.

“Newborns can recognize the voices they’ve been hearing for the last trimester in the womb, especially the sounds that come from their mothers, and prefer those voices to the voices of strangers. They also prefer other languages with similar rhythms, rather than languages with very different rhythms. …”

Question: What is your opinion as a Kabbalist about the connection between the brain and speech, what are words and letters, what is expression?

Answer: Speech is a very complicated mechanism that expresses thoughts and emotions that we learn and acquire throughout life, but this mechanism begins to develop even in the embryonic state of the person.

Before it is born, a fetus hears and understands the speech of its mother, so a baby begins to understand the speech of adults at a very early stage, even after a few weeks. The manner in which the parents speak with him is of great importance, as well as the behavior of the mother during pregnancy, because she is communicating internally with him and the fetus absorbs everything. All of these impressions influence his speech.

In fact, speech is a divine gift to humanity, with its help, he communicates with the Creator.

Just as a mother speaks with a fetus who is not yet born, or with a baby, so we must also imagine to ourselves that we are conversing with the Creator, and if we just want to, we can exchange words with the Creator; this language is called a sacred language.

With its help a small person (this could be someone who is adult in age, because from the perspective of his internal development he may still be small), is linked with the Creator and can communicate with Him. If it is not in words, then it is with a smile, gestures, inner drives, and so forth. In other words, a language is a code.

Furthermore, Hebrew is a special language that was created in a written and spoken form, with all its inner meanings, from the forces through which the Creator and the creature converse with each other. So there is nothing that can be substituted for Hebrew, it is the foundation of all languages.

Question: Does this mean that Hebrew actually lives in everyone?

Answer: Absolutely! This is because the letters are composed of two forces, vertical and horizontal.

As a result of this, the letters have square shapes because there is nothing besides the two forces, vertical and horizontal, from above to below, from below to above, or from right to left, and from left to right. These two directions include all the forces of nature within them, because the horizontal is characteristic of bestowal and vertical is characteristic of reception.

Question: And what is a point?

Answer: A point is both the beginning of a vertical line and a horizontal line, or their intersection. From this state comes the communication of a person with the Creator or even between people. It seems to people that they are communicating with each other directly, but they are communicating between them through the Creator.

Comment: You are asserting revolutionary declarations, like Hebrew exists within every person…

My Response: Hebrew is the foundation of the inner program of a person, like the foundation of any computer program is zero and one. It is the same thing here.

Comment: An additional declaration is that we are communicating through the Creator.

My Response: Solely and only! He connects us and nobody else! Otherwise, we would not be connected. All of us are absolute egoists, and as such we have no ability to have contact between us, the Creator fills the void and the space between us. What this means is that our language is the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/23/16

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Sex Is Important

laitman_543_02Question from Facebook: Why are people so interested in sex and in the mutual relations between the two sexes? It seems that this is the only thing people are interested in.

Answer: They say that love and hunger make the world go round. If hunger no longer manages the world because there is actually enough food for everyone, what is left which can fill a person is love.

A person’s desire is to enjoy. It is the essences of his existence. This is how we are programmed. If we could turn off this program inside us, the world would be totally different. Radio, TV, sports, arts, science, everything would be totally different.

Sex is a person’s greatest desire. We cannot even imagine how everything that we do is actually subconsciously sex-oriented. Everything that we do stems from our internal sexual inclination. It is the basis of our behavior.

What is more, it isn’t about the kind of sex that we understand as corporeal coupling but about a yearning for a filling by something that is opposite from me, just like a plus yearns for a minus. All of a person’s thoughts are absolutely sexually directed.

What do we mean by sex? On the one hand there is the desire, the need (even in food), and, on the other hand, the filling. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, sex is referred to as Zivug de Hakaa (mating).

So it all depends on the level at which we examine this concept. On the physiological level of the corporeal bodies, we call it sex; whereas, on the lower level of the still or vegetative nature or the higher level of spirituality, it is called coupling.

If a person who knows nothing about the wisdom of Kabbalah begins to read Kabbalah books, he comes across many sexual concepts such as: coupling, upper kiss, lower kiss, practically the Kama Sutra.

It is actually because sex is at the basis of our desire that the wisdom of Kabbalah refers to it in such direct, very accurate, and correct language. If you wish to read a good sexual novel, you can read the The Study of the Ten Sefirot.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/28/16

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Kabbalistic Texts Are Multilayered

laitman_209Comment: In the past you have said that there are states in which a person looks at the letters in a text and they suddenly begin to disappear.

My Response: This is a phenomenon that happens when a person begins to be shaped by a particular emotion. This is a sign of emotional expression; the emotion itself having no form. So the letters that made it possible for you to describe something as emotions begin to disappear and you no longer see them.

It could also be the other way around, when a person who is reading a Kabbalistic book can suddenly see additional words appear that are not written in the text. These are not miracles because the texts that are written by Kabbalists are multilayered. If you are lucky and achieve a level like this, you will see many additional words that arose in the thoughts of the author.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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Where Does The Language Of Kabbalah Come From?

laitman_233Question: Words like “Keter, Hochma, Zeir Anpin,” etc, do not exist in nature, so where does the language of Kabbalah come from?

Answer: Such words are not used in everyday life because there are no Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut in our earthly nature.

The language of Kabbalah stems from the essence of objects that exist in the spiritual world.

The language that exists in the upper world doesn’t fully descend into our world because, on the one hand, there are many more spiritual objects there than their revelations in our world. On the other hand, there are more and more artificial objects in our world, which are manmade that we give names to.

The word “telephone,” for example, in Hebrew is “Sah Rahok,” (Sah, Shihan – conversation, Rahok – remote) distance speaking, which means that it is means for distance conversation, but this word has not been accepted, just like many other words, because the names of many objects come to us from the West, from the world where they appeared.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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Can Letters Program Our Fate?

laitman_526Question: Can letters or combinations of letters program our destiny and life and carry strength?

Answer: The letters themselves cannot do anything. Writing letters on paper has no effect on anything. Any so-called “holy letters” that people kiss, put under their pillows or on their foreheads, or meditate with have only a psychological effect of a person supporting himself with his own intention.

This helps him to a certain degree, but has no meaning other than that.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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Miracles Don’t Happen

Laitman_632_2Question: Can a Kabbalist insert power and pass it through a corporeal object?

Answer: There are no miracles in nature. All the actions that Kabbalists perform, which we read about in Kabbalah books, are only actions in the upper world. In our world there are only physical laws that operate and nothing else! Therefore, don’t invent any miracles, and there have never been any.

Don’t translate the spiritual language into corporeal language according to concepts that you seemingly understand, like bread and water, for example, are the attribute of Hassadim. It is better to immediately begin to study how to penetrate the right structure of the language, which is only about your attributes, about bestowal, receiving, and how to be more connected with each other in order to discover what the book says.

Not one word in the sources refers to our world, because this world is all that we feel in our ego! If the ego did not exist, we wouldn’t feel this world. When we correct ourselves, we begin to feel our world in attributes, actions, and mutual altruistic relations, and then we also easily understand the Kabbalsitic language. Our world and its physical laws exist as long as we are in our egoism. When there is no ego, this world will disappear.

The only miracle in our world is when a person ceases to care about himself and begins to care about others.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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