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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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The Two Forces Of Creation

Laitman_630_1Question: If we take any letter from the Hebrew alphabet, are its components a point and two lines? Are there no other forms?

Answer: A point and horizontal and vertical lines create a wide variety of combinations between the two forces that create everything that we can see, feel, grasp, and sense, everything that exists, not only in our world, but in all the worlds.

Question: Did the First Man (Adam HaRishon) feel the horizontal force as the power of bestowal and the vertical force as the power of reception, meaning, did he feel these two forces within himself?

Answer: Certainly, and therefore he discovered them. Nothing exists in the world except for these two forces. Plus and minus, electron and positron, and everything else, these are derived from the same two forces.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/5/17

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The Creator Is On The Right

laitman_212Question from Facebook: Why is Hebrew written from right to left?

Answer: The right line represents wholeness in the system of the upper leadership, whereas the left line is the opposite, full of deficiencies, problems, and corruptions. This is the reason that everything begins from the right side toward the left side.  The Creator is on the right.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/3/17

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Hebrew And Aramaic

laitman_562_02Question: Why was The Book of Zohar written in Aramaic?

Answer: Aramaic is parallel to Hebrew. These are the two most ancient languages in the world, which also have the same alphabet. When we describe and present the attributes of the Light, they are described in Hebrew, and when we describe and present the attributes of the vessel (the desire) they are described in Aramaic.

The two languages complement each other because when we study the spiritual world, the desire and the Light are two completely different, opposite categories, distant from each other. Therefore, we usually use these two languages in order to indicate these differences, and this is how they have always been revealed.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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