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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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Hebrew, A Language That Descended From The Light

Laitman_631_3Question: Hebrew is written from right to left, whereas most languages are written from left to right. What is the reason for that?

Answer: In nature everything comes from the source of goodness, from the Creator, from the Light that descends from Him, from the right line. Therefore, this is the attribute of the Hebrew language so this is how it is used.

Other languages do not stem from the Light but from a desire of egoism, and so they are written from left to right.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/27/16

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The Forces Are What Operate And Not The Sounds

laitman_934Question: The language of the Light of Torah penetrates through all the worlds. Does the language of people only create vibration in this world?

Answer: Certainly. You can shout, curse, sing nice songs, or pray, do anything that you want. There is no significance to this; nothing influences the Creator.

You can be heard only when your desires are selflessly directed toward good through your friends‘ “spiritual weapons” directly to the Creator.

This is a language of sensations, a language of friendship, connection, love, and unity. It is not even necessary to clothe it in words and express it; it operates even this way. After all, the forces are what operate, not sound waves.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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The Wisdom Of Kabbalah In Russian

laitman_262Question: Is there a translation of the language of Kabbalah to Russian?

Answer: Yes. There are a variety of texts on our Kabbalah website, translated word for word, and also dictionaries in Russian and Hebrew. Interestingly, the Kabbalistic literature is mainly in Russian. I believe that the major force of people who truly aspire for and focus on the upper goal, on the upper world, are Russian speakers.

Question: Is it possible to break through to the spiritual feeling by using Russian?

Answer: Not through Russian, but when studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, even in Russian it is possible.

Question: Did Baal HaSulam know Russian?

Answer: He didn’t write in Russian, but he did know and understand it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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The Amazing Power Of The Book Of Zohar

Laitman_065Question: When reading The Book of Zohar, how can I avoid imagining all kinds of pictures to myself if this book is like a beautiful fairy tale for my ego?

Answer: I am very happy that The Book of Zohar gives you so much pleasure and you find it relaxing.

Indeed, this book was written in a special language. There is incredible power in it. When you read it, you feel infinite goodness, a sweet feeling of tremendous power that helps you, envelops you, leads you forward, supports and cares for you. Precisely because of this, The Book of Zohar is a great book.

Even if you read it in translation, you will begin to feel it contains a higher goodness. That is why it influences people so strongly.

Comment: Baal HaSulam wrote that one should begin studying the wisdom of Kabbalah specifically in Kabbalistic language because concepts like Keter, Hochma, Bina, and so forth do not awaken materialistic associations in people. But against our will, when we read The Book of Zohar, all kinds of images appear in our head.

My Response: Even if all kinds of images appear when reading The Book of Zohar, I still recommend reading it anyway.

Everything will gradually work itself out. When reading, you find yourself embraced by an immense good force that knows how to work with you. You don’t need to direct yourself toward it, say the right things, hide anything, or pretend something…relax like a baby in his mother’s arms.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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The Uniqueness Of the Language Of Legends

laitman_248_02Question: Why does Baal HaSulam recommend to start studying the spiritual worlds specifically through the language of the wisdom of Kabbalah and not through the language of Torah, stories (legends), and others?

Answer: It is because those languages are inaccurate, allegorical.

Question: How must one relate to reading a text in the language of legends if there are always physical images, the crossing of the sea with Moses in the lead?

Answer: This is a problem. I believe that it is preferable not to read texts like these. Likewise, seeing movies like these is strictly forbidden because they lead us away from the right spiritual actions.

Question: In the article, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence,” Baal HaSulam teaches that the advantage of the language of the wisdom of Kabbalah is that it doesn’t confuse a person because worldly associations don’t appear in us at all, whereas, when reading the text in other languages, an entire “Hollywood movie” pops up in one’s head. Do those who have been studying the wisdom of Kabbalah for a long time have an antidote for content of this type?

Answer: In any case, without a choice, even if it is not clear, all kinds of physical images appear even for them. If they read: “Angels (particular forces) came to Abraham (a particular Kli),” in any case, they will even partially materialize this image. For the meantime, this is problematic.

Question: Is there something in the language of legends that is missing in other languages?

Answer: Feelings, the language of legends can convey countless shades of feelings. We will begin to grasp and translate these feelings within us in a correct way only when we are in spiritual attainment, then this language will receive the right “form” within us, within precise sensations.

Question: What is the uniqueness of the laws of language?

Answer: Language laws are very strict and precise. They fully transmit how every branch in our world matches its root in the spiritual world; they provide minute details about everything. But for people who have not attained the upper world, it is very difficult to connect this to particular spiritual actions, only to physical actions. In the Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Baal HaSulam writes that the most active, highest, and universal language is the language of the wisdom of Kabbalah. It doesn’t use images from our world, neither emotional nor theoretical images like in the language of legends, nor details about our world like the language of laws. It is a language of direct interrelationships between spiritual objects.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/1

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In What Language Should One Speak With The Creator?

laitman_568_01Question: Why is the language of Kabbalah more appropriate for our generation? Is it because it is possible to wake up and summon the positive force of nature with its help?

Answer: Yes. The language of Kabbalah is most appropriate for our times because it is a precise language. When a person uses it, he helps shape his emotions correctly.

A person wakes up and summons the influence of the higher forces upon himself with feelings, not through words. When these feelings are processed, spoken, and shaped internally into particular patterns appropriate for the structure of the spiritual world, they acquire an absolutely precise manner of expression in spiritual forms. So he awakens and summons upon himself the influence of the Upper Light, the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) with maximal intensity.

If we are talking with the Creator, meaning with the higher level, it is necessary to speak in Hebrew.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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Four Languages Of The System Of Creation

laitman_567_04Language is a means of connection between the elements of creation. For example, a computer has a programming language. The computer itself is a collection of all kinds of memory elements, but how they can be connected and in what order and sequence, what kind of connection between them will activate them is a language.

Different languages are required for different levels of development. When I was a student, we learned programming languages that are already forgotten today. Nobody knows them and nobody has heard of them. The languages of today are appropriate for modern problems and modern computers.

There are many different languages. One language is designed for playing chess on a computer, another language is designed for biological research, a third language for defining questions, etc. That is, the language describes the interaction of the system’s elements.

The system of creation is one, but it has four levels: first, second, third, and fourth. Each level has its own language even though everything that happens in one of them is similar to what happens on other levels but in different forms with different materials.

Even though the same laws operate on all of the levels, because they are clothed in the material of the still, vegetative, animate, and human matter, they look totally different. Understandably, the language that describes them is very different.

In the universe, for example, the inanimate elements of nature interact, they are countless in number, but qualitatively elementary. On the other hand, if we examine human society, compared to the stars and galaxies, it is quantitatively small, but on the highest level qualitatively.

So the descriptive language of their behavior and interaction differs. There are four languages that correctly describe the interaction in nature.

Although in the wisdom of Kabbalah, all four languages can be used on every level, beginning from the lowest and to the highest, we simply use them mixed together to describe all of the levels of nature. This is very interesting because we assume that it is impossible to do this with a computer program. They have completely different tasks, different approaches, and different program segments.

A Kabbalist who describes some kind of system uses the language of Kabbalah, moves to the language of the Tanakh, then to the language of religious law (Alahot), and finally to mythical language. He can use all of them absolutely freely according to what is convenient for him.

And he has the right to do this because the system of creation is built on a combinatorial basis. It is entirely comprehensive, integrated, connected, and complex. Therefore, it is possible to describe every part of the system through the language of the level of the “speaking,” let’s say, (which is the highest level, the level of Kabbalistic language), and to some degree the level of a simpler language, the language of the laws, and so on.

That is how we work. But when we investigate this system, we enter it, we begin to feel it. Then it is not important to us what language we are using. Each one of them enters into us and becomes a language of emotions, of sensations.

If a Kabbalist must convey something to others to maintain this system somehow, to do something with it, then a language is used, but within himself he has no need for a language. Or even if I read something, it is not important to me in which of the four languages I am reading because all of the information that is in me changes its form to a language of sensations.

In this manner, the four languages of the wisdom of Kabbalah describe the entire system, but besides them there exist another 70 languages because the body of every phenomenon, image, object, or spiritual creation is composed of 70 parts. They are all composed of seven Sefirot (Hesed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut), and each one of them includes ten Sefirot. In total: 7 x 10 = 70. If we want to describe something that is typical in one of these subsystems, we need to use a specific language.

In Kabbalah this is almost never used, but we need to know that it is possible to make a unique translation for a particular language, an algorithm that will be understandable only for a specific small link in the general system of the common soul.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/18/16

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