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Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: This wisdom is generally divided into two parallel, identical orders, like two drops in a pond. The only difference between them is that the first order extends from Above downwards, to this world, and the second order traverses from below upwards, precisely by the same routes and make-ups imprinted at the root when they appeared from Above downwards.
The first order is called “the order of descent of the worlds, Partzufim,and Sefirot,” in all their occurrences, whether lasting or transient. The second order is called “attainments or degrees of prophecy and Holy Spirit.” A person rewarded with it must follow the same trails and inlets, and gradually attain each detail and each degree, precisely by the same rules that were imprinted in them upon their emanation from Above downwards.
After the descent of the upper force from above downward, the steps Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya remain and we use them to ascend from below upward through Assiya, Yetzia, Beria, Atzilut, and Adam Kadmon.
A revelation of Godliness does not appear at once, but gradually, over a period of time, depending on the cleansing of the attaining, until one discovers all the degrees from Above downwards. And because they come in an order of attainment, one after the other and one above the other, as do rungs of a ladder, they are called “degrees” (steps).
The ascent from below upward is an attainment of the steps that have descended previously from above downward, in order to determine the levels of our attainment. This path is prepared for us from the beginning.
Therefore, the science of Kabbalah and all the conditions are now being revealed so we can absorb it wherever we are and advance further.
Question: Is it possible to fall from these steps?
Answer: You can fall and rise partially. But in principle, they all lead to ascent because even descents are meant for that. It is impossible to move along the steps of the spiritual worlds without descents. A special kind of start-stop movement happens here.
Each time we descend in order to comprehend our path. However, it is not a descent. For example, in every science there are such periods when you don’t understand anything, don’t know anything, can’t think, are absolutely exhausted and it is the same here. Then, you rise again.
Such step-by-step development is necessary for constant renewal, clearing yourself of previous baggage, and becoming completely empty to the extent of your last fulfillment. And precisely because fulfillment turns into a new emptiness, one can reach the next step.
Question: Is the main thing to not be afraid of descents?
Answer: Do not be afraid of anything. Any fulfillment will turn into emptiness and any emptiness will turn into even greater fulfillment. This is the law of nature.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 8/18/19
Baal HaSulam, ”The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: Any reasonable person will understand that when dealing with spiritual matters, much less with Godliness, we have no words or letters with which to contemplate. This is because our whole vocabulary is but combinations of the letters of our senses and imagination. …
It is particularly so where one needs to find some rationale in these words to help one in the negotiations customary in the research of the wisdom. Here the sage must use rigorously accurate definitions for the eyes of the observers.
If we expressed in our words everything we feel, each of us will create our own language, our own encyclopedia, etc., and we would be unable to communicate with each other. Therefore, what we can and should do is take the words, expressions, and definitions based on our essence.
This is exactly what Kabbalah does. It says that a person consists of desire that is divided into five kinds: zero, one, two, three, and four. In these five types of desires, we feel various positive and negative fulfillments, and everyone has them. Thus, everything consists only of desire.
Therefore, if we adhere to a clear Kabbalistic language, we will not go astray. We will speak the same language. It was so before the shattering in ancient Babylon when all people spoke one language, Aramaic, in which The Book of Zohar is written.
The Aramaic language is good because it comes from the essence of nature itself. The five levels of desire, from which each of us consists, generate five definitions. This language is based on them.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19
New Life #1164 – The Future of Europe and Its Relationship to Israel
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
Europe is against the nation of Israel because Israel is not delivering the method of correction for the human ego. Europe is modern Islam and its hatred and anti-Semitism will continue even if the nation of Israel ceased to exist. There is only one hope for Jews and the world: if Jews learn to communicate with each other correctly through love of others, all the hatred in the world will calm down. Connection between Jews will lead to loving connection between all people, above religion and nationality in both Europe and America.
From KabTV’s “New Life #1164 – The Future of Europe and Its Relationship to Israel,” 10/10/19
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