Daily Kabbalah Lesson 02.20.10

The Book of Zohar – Selections, Chapter “BeHaalotcha (When You Mount The Candles),” Item 93
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The Zohar Holds A Healing Power For The Soul

zohar100x65_preview At the time of the Messiah (the correction of humanity), evil increases and impudence and vice will be led by the heads of the mixed multitude (Erev Rav). Then the Hidden Light will appear from the Heaven – The Book of Zohar, followed by the writings of the Holy Ari. And this learning will root out the evil in our souls. We will be rewarded with cleaving to the Upper Light, and we will be rewarded all the virtues in the world. It is for this reason that this Light appeared.

And the essence of your study will be to attain illumination and Godly liveliness in your soul. The Ari said that at that time the hidden will become revealed.
The Hall of Blessing, Deuteronomy 208

Let not the eunuch say, “For I am a dry tree, and who am I to approach the holiness within, in the books of Kabbalah?” This is because all the righteous have already agreed that today this is the counsel of the evil inclination and a lie. And although a person does not understand what he reads, still, the words of the Holy Zohar have healing power for the soul, and are approachable for every soul. Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Horovitz of Backshwitz, Upright Guidance, Item 5.

Study of The Book of Zohar brings a miraculous force. Even if a person does not understand what he studies, it is important to the Creator and loved by Him, similar to how an infant does not understand what he speaks, but the parents rejoice at hearing his voice. Hence, one cannot complain that he does not know or understand.
Pele Yoetz, Chapter, “Zohar”.

Lesson Program For The Third Day Of The Zohar Convention 2010

Seventh Lesson: Perception of Reality (10:00am)

  1. Central concepts from the article “Introduction to the Book of Zohar” and the book “Shamati (I Heard).”
    a. Everything is arranged and determined in relation to the souls.
    b. Everything takes place in one Adam (man).
    c. The Torah is within us – the internality of the Torah.
    d. The right way to study the authentic wisdom of Kabbalah.
  2. Selected quotes from The Zohar on the topic of how we perceive reality.
  3. Questions from the audience.

Eighth Lesson: Educating the New Generation (not just the young of age) (16:00)

  1. Words of Kabbalists on our need to teach and promote the wisdom of Kabbalah, and to open schools for the learning of the wisdom.
  2. The need for the construction of a school, where the new generation will learn how to be an Adam (man).

Ninth Lesson: The Day After the Convention (19:30pm)

  1. Unity among all people in the world – “For they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” “and the leopard shall lie down with the kid (young goat).”

a. Our salvation depends on the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah and in the unity among us – two concepts that seemingly contradict one another: one aims us internally, whereas the other aims us externally, yet it is up to us to connect them within ourselves.

b. There is a “hero” in quantity, and a “hero” in quality – we need both the quantity and the quality.

c. A short overview of the groups of the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute and Kabbalah L’Am around the world. The correction has been left to us and to our ability to help the whole world shift from the path of suffering to the path of the Light.

2. Selected quotes from The Zohar on the spiritual path.

3. Explanation of the structure of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson and on the proper relationship to each of its parts (The Zohar, Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah/The Study of the Ten Sefirot, articles of Baal HaSulam, The Zohar evening lessons).

The Light Will Correct Us

lightwillThree questions I received about spiritual correction:

Question: As a student of Kabbalah, I naturally want to experience the sensation of the Creator, but it seems that the more important thing is being changed or corrected so that my desire is to bestow to others. I am uncertain about something. Is feeling the desire to bestow to others experiencing the sensation of the Creator, or is there more? Is experiencing the sensation of the Creator like a kind of “high” or euphoria?

My Answer: Even before acquiring the quality of bestowal you will sense the Creator slightly, from a distance.

Question: I understand that you need to have the need for correction deep in your heart and pray for it to happen. However, the more I look at the people surrounding me and their actions, the more I hate them. For example, I feel this way every time they play loud music at 4 a.m. or drop all kind of things on the ground, or are violent with each other. How can I love this society? I hate it completely, but on the other hand there’s the need for correction.

My Answer: It’s not them tormenting you. The Creator does this so you will turn your attention to Him!

Question: What should one do if he has no desire to function in his day to day life, such as at work?

My Answer:You should earn what is necessary for your sustenance, and leave it to the Light to perform the spiritual correction.

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Life Under Anesthesia

lifeunder A question I received: If The Zohar says that everything that happens takes place only within a person, then why do we suffer in the physical world?

My Answer: What is the material world? It is also within me and I divide it into the inner and outer types of perception.

It appears to me that earthquakes happen somewhere outside of me, like in Haiti, or planes crash, or fires start. However, this is due to a flaw in my perception of reality. In fact, everything takes place within me; I just don’t feel that this is so.

It is as if I hurt my leg, but I don’t feel the pain because my leg has been anesthetized.

Help Against You

каббалист Михаэль ЛайтманIf we want to make spiritual progress, we need the help of an egoistic force called “evil.” In fact, if not for this evil force revealing itself, we would remain in one place having nothing to do. Since the right and left lines oppose each other, they alone cannot help us progress in this way. Thus, we need an external trigger, which is the interference of evil. Its purpose is to push us toward the birth of a new life.

This is what is referred to as “help against you.” It acts by the evil force working devotedly, evoking a chain of states within us. Therefore, a leap to a new state and transition to the Upper Level is impossible without it.

That is to say, everything is ready for Malchut to give birth to new souls, except that she’s unable to do so. In order to achieve birth, the evil must evoke itself in Malchut, giving her an additional egoistic desire. Only then is she able to deliver and connect with the Light on a new level.

The Best Remedy For The Soul

каббалист Михаэль ЛайтманA question I received: If a person doesn’t study Kabbalah but only reads The Book of Zohar, what will he get out of doing that?

My Answer: The Zohar is the central book in the wisdom of Kabbalah. For us The Book of Zohar with the “Sulam Commentary” is the most effective and powerful source for the correction of the soul.
The broken soul exists in each of us and it’s completely concealed inside. We don’t know what it is. It is, in fact, an enormous, endless desire (Kli) and it exists in every person. We have to find, reveal, and correct it. Precisely in this soul we will sense the eternal reality called “Creator.”
I identify myself with this soul when I reveal and sense it. In the end it turns out that the Creator and I become one.

However, all of this can be carried out only by the Upper Light. It is the force which acts upon us and develops within us the sensation that we exist in the spiritual system in addition to the sensation of this world.

If a person only reads The Book of Zohar with us, it’s not enough. Baal HaSulam preceded The Book of Zohar with four prefaces. It’s not an accident that he wrote them as prefaces to The Book of Zohar and not as separate works.

Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah” introduces a person to the wisdom of Kabbalah. “Preface to the Book of Zohar” provides the correct approach to The Book of Zohar that will help a person to open this book. “Preface to the Sulam Commentary” describes the entire structure of the spiritual system by way of the three lines. And finally, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar” talks about the general system of creation, including the three states of creation, about the research and the fundamental questions, and about the rungs of the spiritual ladder by which a soul ascends.

A person doesn’t need anything else after these prefaces and The Book of Zohar because these texts contain everything. However, there is one more very special preface, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot.” However, when a person studies The Zohar he will see what is written in the “Study of the Ten Sefirot” and in the introduction to it. He will sense internally the same explanations which Baal HaSulam provides in other articles.

A person will feel all these conclusions and facts from The Book of Zohar, provided that his study is combined with its four introductions. Therefore, there should be a special course preceding the study of The Zohar. A person can study The Zohar together with us, but at the same time he should be taking this course. That should be enough for him.