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A Work Written for the Current Generation

209Question: The Study of the Ten Sefirot, written by Baal HaSulam, is a commentary on the book of the Ari, the great Kabbalist of the sixteenth century.

Why was it important at that time to write about such phenomena as time, space, and motion, first the Ari, and then Baal HaSulam?

Answer: Because at that time humanity had already grown to a state where it could somehow intuitively understand these sources.

In principle, they wrote for their own and for subsequent generations. And earlier Kabbalists expressed all this in the form of various stories and legends.

Comment: Indeed, the Ari and Baal HaSulam have a completely different language. We read The Study of the Ten Sefirot as some kind of physics. And there was no such thing before.

My Response: Yes, it was different before, but the same thing was stated.
From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 2/12/23

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Where Is the Will to Receive?

962.2The entire substance that is attributed to the emanated being is the will to receive. Any addition in it is attributed to the Emanator (Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Inner Observation, Chapter 10).

Everything we observe, see, and feel in this world is attributed to the Creator, except the will to receive. The Creator has no will to receive, but He controls it.

Comment: It turns out that we are not inside Him. But you say sometimes that we are in the Creator, in nature.

My Response: It depends on how you explain it and how to accept it. But in general, on the one hand, we are outside the Creator, and on the other hand, inside Him.

Question: He created the will to receive, which does not exist in Him, but He controls it. Where is this desire? In what place?

Answer: There is no place. A place is a desire.
From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 2/12/23

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Written… Eternal…

526Question: In your opinion which work is more successful: when a person is already in the system of attainment or when he is just entering it?

Answer: In principle, anyone can write. But a Kabbalistic work can be written by a person who feels the upper world, who realizes, understands, and feels the action of the light, the Creator, on himself according to the changes that it causes in him. He goes toward the light, and the light acts on him accordingly.

The wisdom of Kabbalah describes only these phenomena, which, in general, consist of two components: a person and the Creator, a person and the light. There is nothing else.

Comment: But you wrote your first book as a complete beginner in this system.

My Response: Yes, these are the first three books in Russian. I published them in 1983. Then, of course, I was a beginner. I was completely attached to my teacher Rabash and this helped me get some insight from him and sanctification with a big smooth light emanating from him. Therefore, what I have stated in these books is indeed true. Moreover, in general, I simply recounted some of the main positions of Kabbalah, the very basics.

Comment: You also wrote the book Attaining the Worlds Beyond at that time. After that, you wrote seemingly more complex or easy to understand books, but it was never anything so sensorial. It still works very well.

My Response: I wrote Attaining the Worlds Beyond in ten days. It just popped out like that and that is it. As I have already said, the material accumulates internally, accumulates more, and then splashes out. Nine months you bear it and in a couple of hours you give birth.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Written… Eternal…” 6/2/12

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The Example of Rabbi Yossi Ben Kisma

528.03Comment: You often give the example of Rabbi Yossi ben Kisma, who was offered the chance to leave his disciples, but he refused because for him the disciples were like a spiritual simulator.

My Response: Rabbi Yossi ben Kisma felt his disciples internally. He did not see their external qualities, not the way we see ourselves and the world, but he saw through several layers inside. After all, we are all in a completely corrected state, and we are only separated from it by 125 concealments, as if by shells.

This is how we feel—everyone through the maximum shell on which he is standing now.

Rabbi Yossi tried to go through all these shells and see their inner essence. This is how he discovered their completely corrected state and saw them as one, great, and united.

He communicated precisely with this state and not with an external group. For him this group was like a single whole, something sacred, something that existed in the corrected state.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. A Spiritual Exercise Machine” 7/27/12

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