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The Book Of Zohar: Tuning For The Perception Of The Creator

Laitman_151Question: How can The Book of Zohar be useful if only its fragments were found?

Answer: The Book of Zohar was indeed written in a very large volume; it possibly contained about a hundred books.
From this ancient book we got, maybe, only a tenth part. However, we do not need more.

When Kabbalists began to explore this book ten centuries ago, starting from the 11th century, they found out that they did not lose anything. After all, The Book of Zohar only sets the person to the correct perception of the Creator, and then he goes by himself according to the principle “One’s soul teaches him.”

Therefore, what is not written in The Book of Zohar, you open and write on your heart, that is, on your corrected desires.

Question: Don’t we need to know the commentary on the words that we do not understand?

Answer: If a person already perceives the upper images of the Creator in himself, then he does not need books.

Remark: But we are talking about those people who are first-time readers of The Book of Zohar. They read and do not know what these words are about.

Answer: It does not at all matter whether they know or not. The main thing is that their aspiration to attainment evokes a special force, called Zohar – radiance. People who study Kabbalah selectively attract the surrounding Light, and it begins to purify them, raise them, and change them, up to the point where they become capable of feeling the upper world, the Creator.

Question: Does The Book of Zohar write about the laws of communication between people?

Answer: Yes, but nowadays they are not revealed to us as the laws of communication. The fact is that first The Book of Zohar affects a person in such a way that it attracts the upper Light that purifies and changes him, correctly connecting him with others. And then, in connection with other friends, he begins to reveal its meaning.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/4/17

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Everything Is Decided Only In The Upper World

laitman_237The truth is that The Book of Zohar does not speak about this world at all, but only about the upper worlds. (The Book of Zohar, “Vayetze”)

In our world there are no changes; we cannot do anything in it, and therefore, there is nothing to say about it. We see how we bang our heads against the wall trying to solve something, but in fact, nothing is solved in this world.

Everything is decided only at the upper level. And our world is just a place where we prepare ourselves for the entrance to the next level, to the upper world.

Our purpose is to achieve it and start working in it. Therefore, in our world there are no corrections; all the corrections take place only in the upper world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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Is The World Within Me Or Outside Of Me?

laitman_423.02Question: Everybody knows that The Book of Zohar speaks about a person’s perception of reality. It is written in it that “a person is a small world.” That is, the entire world is within a person. If everything is in me, then how can it be that someone from the outside intervenes in my reality and can even harm me?

Answer: He does not exist outside of you. He is within you.

You are arranged in such a way that there are antagonistic qualities and forces within you. However, since you have not achieved a state of inner harmony yet, instead of seeing all the negativity within you as some bad inner combination, opposition, and antagonism of qualities and forces, you see it from the outside.

All this is for you to correct yourself internally. You are specifically shown all the faults from the outside, so that it is clear to you what you must correct within yourself. After all, you do not feel this inside yourself.

Question: That is, ideally, it would be good to feel all this inside myself?

Answer: If you could correct this inside yourself, then outside you would see only simple white light, the quality of love.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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How Can You Feel The Joy Of Life?

laitman_572.02Question: How does one feel the joy of life?

Answer: Joy comes from the fact that I am connected with something great, very important, eternal, and perfect. Joy should be even from the knowledge that there is the upper force that fills the entire world and arranges everything; it is the first and it is the last, surrounding us from all the sides, as it is written, “Thou hast hemmed me in behind and before.”

What is left to me if everything is in the hands of this upper force? It only remains for me to annul myself. If I annul myself as if I do not exist and pass myself to the dominion of this upper force, the Creator, then I am already an embryo.

And then, I no longer want to be an embryo and to float passively in the world of the Creator as on the waves. I want to become His partner, to participate and to add from myself. Then I begin to work above my self-annulment. But this is already a different type of work that we will study later in practice.

However, joy must be from the very first action. If I completely annul myself, then I get included in the upper force that does everything.

Everything we do in this world is intended only to eventually come to the disappointment and understanding that this is useless work, worthless actions, without meaning, and  that “it is better to sit and do nothing.”

Therefore, if you think like this: Nothing will happen or everything that will happen is done by the Creator; nothing depends on me except to agree with this fact in spite of all the obstacles and confusion, then you already are in the Creator. It is from this that you feel joy. Try it!
From the Lesson on The Book of Zohar, 25 /7/17

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The Laws Of Nature Do Not Change

laitman_612Question: The Book of Zohar was written 2,000 years ago. How can it explain my personal feelings and worries today and reveal the connection between us?

Answer: Nothing new has happened in man’s life during the last 2,000 years. Our nature has remained the same. The principles according to which nature operates are the same principles, the laws of physics. It doesn’t really matter whether we know them or not. The laws remain the same laws. They still exist in nature whether we have discovered them or not.

With time, our days will also become ancient history and our descendants will speak about our primitive life, and the world will continue to revolve and to exist.

Question: Will everything in the future be measured according to a person’s level of happiness?

Answer: Basically yes. We will not change anything about the laws of nature. The wisdom of Kabbalah only reveals to us another part of the laws by which we can actually enter an external space.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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The Principle Of The Influence Of The Book Of Zohar

laitman_526Question: According to what I understand, reading The Book of Zohar without understanding its content is not a scientific approach; the Reforming Light is a new phenomenon that has not yet been discovered by science. How does the mechanism of the influence of the Light work?

Answer: I can say only one thing: modern science and higher modern science are not prepared to discover the principle according to which The Book of Zohar operates. It is truly an unscientific approach and I confirm this as a scientist.

Science in our world works within the five physical senses; therefore, it cannot be involved with what is found outside of them. We perceive only what enters into our senses, and what is outside of them is as if nothing exists for us. But there is a vast world that we are not aware of and don’t feel because we were created in such a way that we are not prepared to feel it.

The Book of Zohar is involved with expanding the absorption of our senses and makes it possible for us to perceive additional information that we call the upper world.

This is not science, I agree. I was also involved with science in my first professional biocybernetics, and so I understand what you are talking about.

But like The Book of Zohar, the wisdom of Kabbalah also says from the start that it is a different science. If in ordinary science we are involved in an attempt to discover the world around us, so the wisdom of Kabbalah opens inner abilities in us and we perceive the world around us more deeply and wider.

In other words, there is a science that determines the characteristics of a person within which are found what he perceives and investigates. And there is a science that is the wisdom of Kabbalah, which develops the characteristics of the person and investigates what is perceived in the extended characteristics.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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The Book Of Zohar – Open It, Read It, Try It

laitman_527.05Question: Are there restrictions for studying The Book of Zohar?

Answer: In our time there are no limitations for studying The Book of Zohar. It is possible to study it in any condition, in every combination, at every age.

The main thing is to open it, read it, and try to learn from it. It is desirable that the study be done through our lessons because that way there is no danger that you will become confused.

Comment: But Baal HaSulam wrote that there are three limitations that must not be violated when studying the wisdom of Kabbalah: substance, the form of the substance, and abstract form and essence.

Answer: The limitations are not about reading The Book of Zohar but about the perception of reality, meaning in what manner we must limit, connect, and shape ourselves, to direct ourselves precisely toward feeling the upper world. For this, there is a defined system of direction for us to the upper world.

The upper world is a world of forces, a world that must be copied, a world of bestowal. To the same degree that we resemble it, meaning to the degree that we are with the characteristics of bestowal, love, and connection, to that degree we begin to discover it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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Correct Study Of The Book Of Zohar

Laitman_065Question: For me, The Book of Zohar is very difficult to comprehend. There are parts that I read again and again, but in spite of that, they remain incomprehensible. How does one overcome them?

Answer: You must read what we are studying. It is preferable to connect to the lessons. It could be that it is difficult for a person to read by himself, so it is preferable for him to hear and grasp everything by closing his eyes. I advise proceeding in a way that is comfortable for you. You must put yourself under the influence of The Book of Zohar in any condition; it is not important which.

Question: Baal HaSulam wrote that before we study The Book of Zohar, we need to study the four introductions he wrote. What do you suggest?

Answer: I would suggest that you immediately immerse yourself in The Book of Zohar, after a person browses through The Book of Zohar once, he will be able to begin to study the theory, meaning the “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah” and the rest of the prefaces, and then he can already work on The Book of Zohar seriously.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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Following Kabbalists’ Advice

Laitman_165Question: What does “principle” mean in spirituality? Is it a law? And what will happen if I don’t follow a certain principle?

Answer: All the principles that we have from the wishes and advice of Kabbalists are intended only to help us focus ourselves correctly on the feeling of the upper world. Therefore, if we follow their advice, we will begin to perceive and to attain the upper world, which is the main thing and everything else is up to you.

Many Kabbalah students are stubborn and don’t want to change anything internally. They don’t want to change their paradigm of the perception of the world. Therefore, keep running into a wall when studying this wisdom and cannot do anything.

Question: I understand what will happen in our world if I ignore the law of gravity, but what will happen if I don’t keep or follow a law or a principle that is in The Book of Zohar?

Answer: If you don’t keep a law of the upper world, you will not feel it.

Question: Is this the worst thing that can happen?

Answer: It can be much worse because our entire development in this world is aimed at pushing us to further development: to the perception of the upper world. If we don’t do this, we will develop by terribly painful afflictions.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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Reading The Book Of Zohar

Laitman_524.01Question: Why is a collective reading of The Book of Zohar preferable? Is this related to the laws of psychology?

Answer: No. The upper world is built upon bestowal and love, upon the connection and integration of characteristics.

Kabbalists wrote extensively about these conditions. If relationships exist between friends in which they complement each other, connect, and so forth, then The Book of Zohar begins to illuminate them and fill them. Otherwise, it has no influence on the person.
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