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Gematria—The Language For Describing The Upper World

Laitman_151Question: Is the logic of our world preserved in spirituality? For example, does two plus two also equal four?

Answer: In spirituality, the logic of our world is not preserved. There is no arithmetic there, but there are many other different calculations depending on what one is working with. We will have different mathematics on different levels.

Question: Is spiritual arithmetic the Gematria of words? Is it related to the desire?

Answer: Of course, because each letter in itself represents the combination of various proportions of the forces of bestowal and reception, each of which creates one particular basic form or another. That is why the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are the basis.

The first nine letters correspond to the nine Sefirot of Bina, the second nine letters are the nine Sefirot of Zeir Anpin, and the four final letters are the four Sefirot of Malchut. There are also five additional letters, which are formed from the Parsa.

Question: Each element of the letters: the point, the horizontal line, the vertical line—are all these forces?

Answer: Yes. A specific combination of forces of bestowal and reception represents letters. There is no other combination.

The Creator created the desire to receive (the black point). During the desire’s development process, He was constantly exerting influence on it and gathering all possible combinations of His influence. That is why when the black point is reflected on the background of white Light, it depicts the correlation between the upper Light and itself, its desires. This creates the 22 patterns.

The laws of Gematria are the same everywhere, the ten Sefirot do not change. But this is not reflected in the mathematics of our world. Gematria is one of the languages describing the upper world and its processes. This is the language of Kabbalah.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 2/25/18

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Did The Characters Of The Torah Exist?

laitman_527.04Question: Did the prophet Bilam, who was equal to Moses, ever exist physically or were they both historical representations of spiritual forces?

Answer: The Torah speaks only about person’s spiritual path, about his spiritual elevation. Bilam is a great negative force, the opposite side of Moses. In order to reach the degree called Moses, first we will have to be at the opposite degree called Bilam.

It is necessary for us, like Moses; one cannot exist without the other. Similarly, Pharaoh is the opposite side of the Creator, equal to him in strength, but negative, not positive.

Question: So did Rabbi Shimon, the author of The Book of Zohar, exist both physically as a historical figure, and as a spiritual degree, but Bilam and Moses were not historical characters?

Answer: All characters of the Torah existed physically, but each of them played his spiritual role. Therefore, each of them personified a quality opposite to the one opposite to him. For example, Bilam personified the quality opposite to Moses.

In principle, the spiritual root must always touch its earthy branch once, embodied in matter. However, Kabbalah deals exclusively with roots. What do we care about historical characters? We are interested in ascending the spiritual ladder and going through all the states called Bilam, Moses, and so on.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/14/18

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Spiritual Harmony Of The Hebrew Language

Laitman_151Knowledge of Hebrew is very important in studying Kabbalah. It is unlike the sciences of this world, for example physics, which can be learned in any language. Kabbalistic terms in Hebrew directly correspond to spiritual vessels, lights, and actions.

While reading the Kabbalistic text, we do not just read words, but go from desire to desire, revealing the Creator through the change of letters and their sequence.

Each letter is a spiritual symbol, and each word is a matrix. It is like a special secret code, an encryption. Each word, letter, order of words, and the root of each word come from the relationship of lights and desires. The Hebrew language was created on this foundation. It is the only language that has arisen not for corporeal use, but has descended from Above to define relationships between lights and desires.

Therefore, knowledge of Hebrew helps us penetrate deeper into the connection of light and desire, to feel its taste and understand why it is exactly the way it is. We can feel the harmony embedded in the Hebrew language and the internal interconnection of the forces of nature that are expressed through its letters.

When translating Kabbalistic text to English or to any other language, the essence of the explanation that is included in the word itself is lost. Translation gives a more external understanding of the action, whereas the Hebrew word expresses the inner meaning of the desires, their connection between each other and with the light, and the form of filling.

In addition to letters in Hebrew there are vocalization points, crowns over letters—TANTA (Ta’amim-Nekudot-Tagin-Otiot – tastes-points-crowns-letters)—which show how these properties begin to unfold.

There are 22 letters in Hebrew: nine from Bina, nine from Zeir Anpin, and four from Malchut, and five more letters at the end of words, that is, the symbols standing on the Parsa. The exit of the light builds points (vocalizations) that disappear. Vowels are almost never used, they are just implied.

Letters, points, crowns over the letters are all very important. They can reveal the entire wisdom. If we knew the inner meaning of the words and of the order of words and letters—all this is the entire revelation of the Creator to the created beings.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/14/18, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Giving of the Torah – 1”

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Twice About Love

laitman_591Question: An ordinary person understands the earthly manifestation of love for a mother and children. Can he learn something from this in terms of achieving spiritual love?

Answer: I would not advise engaging in psychology, especially like with a mother and children. I quite often give this example only because it is real, but not more. That love that we achieve among ourselves in the group is not like that at all. It is special. It is built on the balance of opposites.

Question: Meaning, what a person knows about love and hatred from his life experience has nothing to do with the love that Kabbalah speaks about. Why haven’t the Kabbalists chosen another word to express this concept?

Answer: In order to explain the upper world, Kabbalists use the language of our egoistic world, what is called the “language of branches.” There is no other way. We take the definitions of objects and phenomena of our world and with their help describe the upper world as existing on the mutual balance of two opposite properties. This is not our world at all.

We will need to try very hard to find the right interaction among ourselves to learn what the construction of the right spiritual relationship and love are.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 8/6/17

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Letters – Forms of Interaction Of Two Forces

laitman_251Question: What is the principle of the name HaVaYaH—the four-letter name of the Creator?

Answer: Kabbalah came to us from Adam—a man who lived 5,777 years ago. He was the first to disclose and describe this science of the upper world, about the governing system of the whole universe and us.

It has been developing since then. “Kabbalah” in Hebrew means “to receive.” After Adam, a whole school emerged whose representatives called themselves Kabbalists, that is, those who “received” the higher knowledge about the governing system of our world.

Adam revealed that two forces operate the world: the negative and the positive. They are opposite to each other but work in harmony with each other and form all kinds of connections and interactions. One of them is the quality to bestow (1); the second is the quality to receive (2).

A horizontal line denotes the quality of bestowal, and the vertical line is the quality of receiving. In addition to them, there is a point (3), which signifies the beginning of creation. The whole universe consists of these three elements.

With their help, you can express any combination of forces, the state of any element of creation. Therefore, when we say that the upper Light acts, we mean that it acts upon the point.

The impact of the upper Light from Keter, which is still without any form, on the desire (the red dot) leads to the emergence of the initial point of the letter “Yod,” which then grows into a special tail denoting the further spreading of Light. That is, from the point (the quality of Keter) the letter “Yod “(the quality of Hochma) is acquired.

Continuing to evolve, the Light turns into a very interesting system, called “Hey”—a special letter or sign. It is how a special property—Bina appears, which changes to be similar to Keter. This, in fact, is the desire to receive, which while in Keter is just a point and must acquire the form of the letter “Hey” to become like Keter.

Further distribution of the letter “Hey” forms the letter “Vav” (Zeir Anpin), and the second letter “Hey” (Malchut).

Thus, Adam revealed that the governance of the entire system of the universe occurs through combinations of two forces and they are graphically depicted.

He derived forms of interaction between the force of bestowal, the force of receiving, and the point, and discovered only 22 forms of interaction in nature, the so-called “22 letters” plus five final letters that denote the endings of all influences. These comprise theHebrew alphabet.

The alphabet is an image of all possible combinations of two forces that exist in the universe.

Today, science reveals that this is the very first alphabet in the world. It came to us from the first man. And by the first, it doesn’t mean the first person on Earth, but the first one who revealed the upper system of governance. Therefore, he is called, Adam.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/5/17

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The Illusion Of Our World

737.01Question: Does war have a spiritual root?

Answer: There is nothing in our world that does not have a spiritual root, otherwise the object or phenomenon would not exist. The forces that came down from the spiritual world, from the upper system of governance and integration of forces, gradually materialized and formed various objects in our world.

That is why it is written: “You haven’t a blade of grass below that has not a fortune and a guard above that strikes it and tells it, ‘Grow’!” This is obvious.

Upper forces that come down from the world of Infinity through the worlds of Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya reach our world and materialize here.

However, if we are talking about the upper root, in regard to its branch in our world, then it is difficult to explain anything because the system is completely confused. For example, how can you relate a cup or a human hand to an upper equivalent?

Moreover, our world has no such equivalents! It is merely the forces that depict them in our consciousness, in our perceptions. Although, we think that they are material objects, they are illusions.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/9/17

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The Language Of The Kabbalist

laitman_526Question: What were the relations between Baal HaSulam and his students? What was his connection to them and the letters that he wrote to them?

Answer: The connection between a Kabbalist and his students is described very well in Baal HaSulam and Rabash’s letters.

They wrote more than they spoke. Practically, I never heard Rabash say, “It seems to me that my eyes see the friends, my arms embrace them, and my legs dance with love and joy along with them in a circle, and then my ‘I’ is annulled and dissolved in my friends.”

As for Baal HaSulam, he expressed everything academically.

Remark: Nevertheless, he had a breakthrough when he wrote: “The only thing that stands before you is the love of friends.”

Answer: He points to this as the most important thing; otherwise, what is the use of all the other actions if there is no clear intention to unite the group in which all this is revealed?

The fact is that there are four languages for explaining the actions: the language of the Tanakh, i.e., the Torah and everything that exists behind it, the language of the Talmud, the language of legends, and the language of Kabbalah. We need to connect all these in order to fully explain it. This is HaVaYaH—the full name of the Creator—that is, a complete revelation of the upper force, the property of bestowal in the property of reception.

Only in this is the love of friends is revealed. Therefore, Baal HaSulam writes that the most important commandment is the commandment of unification and now it stands before the whole world.

I hope very much that with the help of such great figures as Baal HaSulam and Rabash we can do it. At least we see how it all materializes.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/16/16

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Two Unique Languages And Their Spiritual Roots

Laitman_151Question: What are the spiritual roots of Hebrew and other languages?

Answer: Lately, this information can be found on the Internet. Recently, it was discovered that Egyptian hieroglyphs originated from ancient Hebrew.

The first type of writing with Hebrew letters came to us from Adam. He discovered the interaction of two forces, the force of Hochma (the Light of Hochma, descending from above downward) and the force of Bina (the Light of Hassadim moving horizontally in the plane).

Such an interaction between vertical and horizontal vectors builds, like in the oscilloscope, all kind of figures, all kind of letters. Therefore, the letters are square because they consist of four elements, four phases of the direct Light.

The desire to receive begins to spread from the middle of Bina and by passing through ZAT de Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut, forms 22 letters, nine letters in ZAT de Bina, nine letters in Zeir Anpin, and four letters in Malchut.

There is another screen (Masach) under Malchut, what is called the Parsa that consists of five final letters that mean a potential barrier through which the Light of Hochma cannot pass downward.

This is the basis of the alphabet of two related languages Hebrew and Aramaic. They sound a little different, but have the same alphabet. One of them denotes the descent of the Light and the other, the descent of the desire. Therefore, they complement each other. There are no two languages in the world with the same alphabet, one parallel to each other, depicting upper qualities.

Thus, we use both Hebrew and Aramaic. We use Aramaic very seldom because it comes from the representation of desires and they are characterized as darkness. Hebrew comes from the side of Light and so we use it more often. For example, The Book of Zohar and both the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud are written mainly in Aramaic, from the side of desire.

Baal HaSulam once wrote a very serious letter in Aramaic because in it he wanted to show a vision from the side of the Kelim (vessels), from the side of letters and forces, not from the side of Light.

The grammar of both languages is precisely built on the correspondence between spiritual rules. Therefore, it does not change. As Adam discovered it almost 6,000 years ago, so to this day it remains the same. We can open a book that is 4,000 years old, let’s say The Book of Creation of Abraham or the Torah that is 3,000 years old, or books written in Aramaic or Hebrew 1,000 years ago and read them without problem and understanding what they are talking about.

If today we met a great Kabbalist from the past, who lived, say 3,000 years ago, we would be able to talk to him freely and understand his language; we would not have any problems understanding each other. This is the unique state of the Hebrew language because it is intended for representing upper actions.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/9/17

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Who Invented The Language Of Branches

laitman_531.03Question: Who invented the language of branches and what circumstances caused such a need?

Answer: The question about the creation of languages is very complicated. The language of branches was invented 6,000 years ago by Adam who felt the upper attributes and the attributes of our world, and compared the two. He began to call objects in our world by certain sounds and combinations of sounds, and this where Aramaic and Hebrew stem from.

These two languages are close in their essence and written by the same signs, but there is a difference in the way they are written. The wisdom of Kabbalah uses both languages because they connect the upper world with our world. The other languages emerged later.

The language of branches is written in words used in our world, but the words refer to the forces and attributes of the upper world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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The Origin Of Hebrew

Laitman_151Question: What is the origin of the word “Kabbalah”? Was it invented by Adam HaRishon (First Man)? And why is it written in this specific way?

Answer: Before Adam HaRishon, the Hebrew and Aramaic languages did not exist. But he did not invent them; rather, he extracted them from his own attainment.

One time I received a letter from a man in a Siberian prison. He absolutely did not know Hebrew, but he suddenly started to write beautiful poetry in this language. And the poetry was Kabbalistic.

When I showed it to my teacher Rabash, he said that this man was experiencing terrible suffering and through it such an awakening came to him.

This is an example of how Adam, who started to attain higher qualities, the upper world, was able to extract the Hebrew language from his attainment.

Question: But why does the word “Kabbalah” (קַבָּלָה) consist of these specific letters?

Answer: This is a depiction of the upper forces that present themselves to us in this way—as vertical and horizontal lines. For example, in an oscilloscope there are only horizontal and vertical lines, which in their combination generate ellipses and various other forms.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/5/17

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