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The Book Of Zohar, Learning The Spiritual Language

laitman_531.01We should not yearn to understand what we read in The Book of Zohar with our corporeal mind. It is better to totally shut the mind off and to try to hear or to read and at the same time open our mouth like a baby who doesn’t understand anything he is told.

Although a baby doesn’t understand and doesn’t perceive anything, when you say something directly to him he looks at you and tries to understand. It is very important that the baby in me should open his mouth that way and simply try to understand what he is told.

In our world a baby learns how to speak this way; we have to teach the spiritual language in the same manner, and thus we will acquire it. If we process the text of The Zohar through our understanding of our world, we will not understand or know anything.

Nothing in The Book of Zohar has anything to do with our world. It tells us about animals, people, palaces, mountains, rivers, etc., but all these images refer to the attributes of the upper world, to different vectors we don’t fully know or feel.

Therefore, we should not make anything up because we can imagine whatever we want in our distorted egoistic attributes and feelings, but all this has nothing to do with the spiritual world so we will only confuse ourselves.

It was determined that The Book of Zohar will actually be revealed in our generation, which is very far from spirituality and cannot imagine anything sublime in a correct way. Therefore, it can easily relinquish the need to connect the text of The Zohar to the corporeal world and read it only in order to evoke and summon the upper Light unto ourselves, which will reveal The Book inside us and depict for us what is happening inside us and not on the outside.

We must remember that only a person who understands that The Book is about the forces that impact us can understand and perceive The Book of Zohar correctly.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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Reading The Book Of Zohar With A Critical Approach

laitman_527.05Question: Is it possible to read The Book of Zohar with a critical approach, with doubt that the truth is written in it?

Answer: I would not recommend it; this will cause harm. How can there be a critical approach? Someone who doesn’t understand the upper world doesn’t have the tools in his hands for criticizing things.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah there is no concept of a “critical approach” because anyone who attains the upper world understands what it is talking about. And someone who has not attained can criticize as much as he wants, that is his own business, but he is only harming himself.

I am amazed at your words! How can you evaluate a book that speaks about things you do not understand at all? In doing so, you bring it down to the level of ordinary philosophy or mysticism.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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To Open The Book Of Zohar

laitman_530Question: How does the upper force expand our boundaries of knowledge and our sensations when we read The Book of Zohar?

Answer: The Book of Zohar becomes closer to us and is revealed to us to the degree that we while studying The Book of Zohar connect between us, open ourselves to each other, and try to combine and create a common desire out of our different egoistic desires and focus it on attaining the upper level—the Creator.

This is the reason why everything depends on how people connect with each other; they correctly understand the condition that they must acquire in connection with each other so that The Book of Zohar opens up in them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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Feeling The Book Of Zohar

Laitman_633.4Question: Does everyone feel The Book of Zohar in the same way?

Answer: Basically, yes. When we speak about our feelings in this world, there are differences of opinion and misunderstandings. And when we speak about spiritual attainments, there aren’t any problems because the references are absolutely accurate and there is a common terminology.

Question: How can I develop my sensitivity by using The Book of Zohar?

Answer: Sensitivity to The Book of Zohar emerges only to the extent that one reads it. You should begin to read it. The main part is in the first volume. You should go over it several times and you will see how the book suddenly begins to operate in you; this happens quite quickly.

Good luck to us all that we can properly put ourselves under the upper illumination called The Zohar.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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The Book Of Zohar—The Most Important Condition

laitman_530The most important condition for studying The Book of Zohar is a well-prepared, organized group. You cannot open The Book of Zohar alone and expect it to begin to influence you and to reveal the upper world to you. You need to be in a certain connection with the friends for that to happen.

When a person studies The Book of Zohar with the friends, he spurs and summons changes to the point that he begins to feel the picture of the upper world in the connection like on a TV screen: sensations, volumes, dependencies. There cannot be any feeling of the upper world unless you are connected to the group.

In our world there is no connection between people. We are absolute egoists who aspire only to extract mutual benefit from each other. And in the upper world this connection is revealed during the study of The Book of Zohar, and a person begins to actually perceive, explore, and affect it.

The Book of Zohar does not require prolonged effort, especially not mental ones. The efforts should be emotional. You should study regularly, but not for a long time. An hour a day is enough.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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The Zohar—A Tool For Working On Yourself

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: One reads The Book of Zohar as a fairy tale; for another, it is not important to understand, but to get feelings from it. How does one not turn The Zohar into a book for meditation, but make it a tool for working on oneself?

Answer: First of all, you need to read this book with others. Preferably, do it in groups of ten, not mixed, but separate men’s tens and women’s tens.

The essence of The Book of Zohar is not its literal translation and meaning. If we organize ourselves correctly and listen to it in any language, even one we do not understand, this book will affect us. In fact, it represents a bridge between the spiritual world and our points in the heart that yearn to attain it.

The Book of Zohar performs the function of a tube through which the Light from the upper world passes into our heart, into the heart’s point that asks about the meaning of life. This point starts to grow and we gradually better understand what the meaning of existence actually is. It is continuous work on ourselves, but we have time. Why is this life given to us? To understand why it is given to us.

I see in my students, how The Book of Zohar influences them and they start to feel the internal taste of it, which in Hebrew is called “Han de Kedusha” (the charm of the upper illumination). Though it is not clear, we explicitly feel that this book carries something in it that expands our feelings. And although we do not know what it is filling with, something is happening. This is the gradual influence of The Book of Zohar on a person.

Later on, our desires, feelings, and various inner instruments will become more suited for the study of The Book of Zohar and we will perceive the results from reading it very clearly.

Study does not consist of becoming familiar with the text of The Book of Zohar and acquiring knowledge about the wisdom of Kabbalah. Its study is the entry of the upper Light inside us through the tube, which is The Book of Zohar, and then the Light develops new sensations in us through which we start to feel the upper world.

Question: When I read the book, Delicious and Healthy Recipes, I start to salivate, meaning that I feel pleasure. Can we say this about The Book of Zohar, that it loves my soul, but I don’t feel it because I don’t have these tastes yet?

Answer: I would say that it is much better because when reading that recipe book, a person thinks  about whether he or she will ever taste this food. By studying The Book of Zohar, a person starts to evoke the influence of the upper Light on oneself right away. By influencing you, the upper Light builds new desires and possibilities in you. The desires that are inherently built in us get uncovered during the reading of The Book of Zohar and we start to reach for it.
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From the Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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Why Are There No Movies About The Book Of Zohar?

laitman_571.03Question: Why have many movies been made about the Bible, but there are no movies about The Book of Zohar?

Answer: Unfortunately, there are no movies about The Book of Zohar. I hope that there will be such a movie in the future. The Book is waiting for its romantic explorer, for an expert who will discover its essence correctly and how it was passed on from one generation to the next until it was discovered in our times.

I would like someone to produce a movie that would describe what is happening in a more or less accurate manner.

Question: Does this mean that you are critical of Hollywood movies about the Bible stories?

Answer: It is a complete distortion of spirituality, Hollywood in its most loathsome, revolting form.

It is very important that a real and candid movie about The Book of Zohar be produced that will tell people about this book. I hope that it is yet to come.
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Pleasure From The Book Of Zohar

Laitman_630.1Question: Does a Kabbalist feel pleasure while reading The Book of Zohar?

Answer: It is a tremendous pleasure, because when a Kabbalist reads The Book of Zohar and discovers its meaning, he sees how all the parts of the creation connect above all the differences. The greatest pleasure is when all the parts that seem totally incompatible suddenly become compatible to each other, connect, and merge into one.

Question: Can it be compared to an ordinary person who reads a novel or an adventure book and finds great pleasure in it?

Answer: Yes. After all, as children we received very vivid impressions from reading books, but the pleasure from The Book of Zohar is much more sublime.

Today, when it is already impossible to surprise and to fill us with anything, The Book of Zohar can absolutely fill us. It all depends on its effect on a person.
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The Book Of Zohar—The Heart Understands

laitman_527.07Question: One of the principles of studying The Book of Zohar is that the heart understands. What does that mean?

Answer: When we read The Book of Zohar we accept the condition that The Book acts only our feelings but not on our mind, which is a pure product of our world.

Feelings can resemble the upper world in some sense, and we are waiting for the moment that they awaken in us. This is called the heart understands.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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The Secret Of Reading The Book Of Zohar

Laitman_065Question: What is the secret of reading The Book of Zohar? You say that what is written in it is about love and bestowal. However, is it possible to devote 100 volumes to that?! What is written there?

Answer: The Book of Zohar describes all the phases and stages of correction of the soul, and there are many phases and stages. They include 620 desires, each one of them requiring correction from absolute egoistic reception to absolute altruistic bestowal, from absolute hatred to absolute love.

Each one of the desires must be attached to all the rest of the desires so that they will become one single network. When a person creates this network, within it he begins to discover the upper world and the higher power, the Creator.
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