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The Importance Of The Science Of Kabbalah

laitman_214Question: What is the significance of the science of Kabbalah for our generation?

Answer: The significance of the science of Kabbalah is not theoretical, but purely practical. When humanity comes to a state of hopelessness, not knowing how to move forward, what it exists for, and what guides it, then a need for the science of Kabbalah arises in it. Before that, it does not need it, especially since the science of Kabbalah does not offer itself to anyone. It is hiding inside humanity in a state of preparation because Kabbalists develop and prepare it for popularization, dissemination, and application.

Now we have come to a state when Kabbalah can be revealed to the world. But until our time, it was practically hidden.

Question: Baal HaSulam writes that Kabbalah reveals the Creator to every person in the world. Did people need this before?

Answer: No, and today they do not need it. After all, a person does not need truth, but needs what will give him some comfort, satisfaction, and answers to the minor issues in his life.

Question: But I don’t think that someone would refuse to reveal the Creator if he knew that it were possible to reveal Him.

Answer: No. Even of those who come today and listen about the possibility of the revelation of the Creator, the upper world, the next level of humanity’s development, only a few remain with us.

Question: Is it possible that people do not want the Creator that Kabbalah offers?

Answer: Perhaps.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/13/18

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The Importance Of Disseminating The Wisdom Of Kabbalah To The World

laitman_962.4First of all, we must remember that the goal of correction is the whole world, all the nations. It cannot be any other way and this is the role of the people of Israel. Just like our forefathers, once in the corrected state, worked with the people of Israel and drew them to spirituality, we must today reach the degree of the forefathers in order to perform their work and be able to lead others. They were once able to make us into the people of Israel, and now we need to do the same work and draw the entire world to the spiritual degree.

No concessions and compromises are possible here because this is the law of nature.

Abraham raised disciples and then they passed on his teaching to other people, who formed the nation of Israel. In the same way, we too must become teachers who will deal not only with the ones who came out of ancient Babylon, but rather with all people, elevating them to the same degree that the people of Israel were once in, that is, leading them to understanding and awareness of spirituality. This means correcting the desires into bestowal with the help of the reforming light and coming to love for one’s neighbor.

Fathers and sons are two degrees and today’s sons are the whole world, so we must teach everyone. The whole world demands correction and we are responsible for it like fathers are toward sons.1

Before we come to correction, we need to determine exactly what we want to correct. Therefore, we need to connect to the nations of the world and discern their deficiencies, their state, in order to imagine the state we need to come to ourselves and the state to which we need to bring them. And then we will be able to perform our correction because we do not correct ourselves for the sake of ourselves but for the sake of becoming a pipeline for the whole world.

Our correction should from the very beginning be aimed at such a selfless transmission, “the pipeline.” If in our request we do not present ourselves as a pipeline, passing everything received from the Creator to others and leaving nothing to ourselves, then we will not receive anything from the Creator but only ruin ourselves even more. We have nothing left of this transmission but our role and it is called “the vessel that holds the blessing for Israel.”

This is why the people of Israel still do not see the blessing no matter how many actions they perform. On the contrary, there is a continuous descent from generation to generation because we do not fulfill the main thing—our role regarding the world that many Kabbalists wrote about. A person limits himself to observing traditional commandments, not wanting to take upon himself responsibility for the nations of the world and the soul’s correction. The necessity to think about it and worry about it all the time is difficult because it goes against the will to receive, and therefore, our egoism resists it.

Until the time of the Ari, it was enough to observe the corporeal commandments. But after the Ari, the opportunity for everyone to engage in the wisdom of Kabbalah opened up and became a duty, because only through it the correction of the world will come.2
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/23/19, “The Importance of Disseminating the Wisdom of Kabbalah to the World”
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2 Minute 10:10

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The Call To The Correction Of The World

laitman_962.2There is no one else beside the Creator, and therefore, everything comes from above: both awakening from above and awakening from below. The only difference is in how we feel this awakening: each one personally or all together in general. Personal awakening is not associated with a certain period; each person receives it in due time; according to his place in the common system, he begins to advance, to study, and comes to the group.

But there is an awakening from above that acts on all the people of Israel and carries them through different periods, favorable or difficult. It all depends on our compliance with the upper governance. The present time is special and if we do not wake up and change in the way that the upper governance requires of us, then we will feel very bad.

We must not shut our eyes, calming ourselves with the fact that everything seems alright so far. The sage sees the future state, so now is the time to create a rehabilitation program for both the people of Israel and the whole world. Similarly, in medicine, huge amounts of money are invested in the development of diagnostic devices in order to identify a dangerous disease in advance. If this is not done and the disease progresses, it leads to tragic consequences.

Therefore, we need to accelerate time and look in advance for what needs to be done to save everyone and also fulfill the purpose of creation and bestow pleasure to the Creator. Of course, “There is none else besides Him,” but where am I, where is my personal participation in this? My awakening from below is included in “there is none else beside the Creator,” but because of the lack of adherence with Him for the time being, we do not know how this is combined.

Unity is necessary for the whole world, and this means that it is necessary for the Creator because He dwells within the nation. We believe that we can attain the Creator personally, individually, but this is an egoistic demand. If we are to achieve revelation, then we will be the last ones after the whole world. After all, the correction of the world is the call of the time; we live in the last generation.

If we want to bestow to the Creator, we must take care of the correction of the whole world, and this is possible only through the people of Israel. You can act on Israel only through our group, through my ten, through the personal participation of everyone. If we build reality along such a pyramid and we influence it, each one and all together, then we will succeed.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/15/19, Writings of Baal HaSulam, Newspaper, “The Nation”
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From A Small Room To A Huge World

laitman_944Question: Why did Kabbalists hide Kabbalah for many years?

Answer: Look at yourself. You have already been studying Kabbalah for years. How would it be possible to reveal everything that it studies to you all at once? Even when you begin studying any science, it is revealed to you gradually because you need to gather data, store it, adapt yourself to it, and chew on it within yourself.

And Kabbalah is a science that simultaneously includes feelings within you. That is, you yourself must change and adapt yourself sensually to the material you work with. Gradually you get used to it and change according to it; you will feel and absorb it differently. These are very serious, long stages of incorporating a person into Kabbalah and Kabbalah into a person.

This is not a usual science that people deduced from their conclusions. Under the guidance of Kabbalists you discover a world, yourself, and your feelings, and begin to apply your knowledge to the world that exists around you. You bring it closer and closer to yourself and feel it.

So, it turns out that this takes time, it is not possible to get past this instantly. For example, you cannot take a little child to a classic ballet, to the theater, or to a scientific experiment, he will not understand it. You can take him with you, but he will receive nothing from it. On the contrary, he will be scared or understand all of it incorrectly.

Therefore, the problem is not that Kabbalists do not want to reveal everything immediately. They, as true methodologists, understand that it requires a very long path of a person’s inner growth. That is the problem.

Such maturation might take 20 or 30 years. After all, you adapt yourself to the system that works according to different laws than your animalistic body, our primitive lower world, does.

You are like a little child who comes out of his nursery, in which his whole world was encapsulated, into the big world. There are completely different interactions in it, there are strangers and other laws.

Therefore, you need to adapt. Just like in our world we have parents and teachers who guide us and create special systems of maturation and incorporation into this world, it is the same in Kabbalah.

However, everything is much more difficult in spirituality because in the corporeal world we have natural desires and sense organs, but in Kabbalah we must develop them. This means that we must be united into tens through which we will be able to begin feeling the upper world and adapt to it.

Only now are we beginning this process, gradually exiting our little “nursery,” not even into the big world, but into the “yard.” This is precisely what we are beginning to do now.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/19

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On The Verge Of Breaking Into The Spiritual World

laitman_214Question: Was the desire for knowledge once an obstacle for the development of Kabbalah?

Answer: Thirst for knowledge pushed aside striving to attain the upper world and people began to engage in comprehending the material world. Since the middle of the 17th century there was interest in science and art and then the technological revolution occurred. This eclipsed humanity’s striving for spiritual knowledge.

If a person has interesting possibilities of revealing the secrets of nature of this world and attaining them, then why engage in something intangible, incomprehensible? This is how the first layer of the desire for knowledge appeared.

But at the beginning of the 20th century it became clear that science had exhausted itself and by the end of the century many scientists already said that the age of science was coming to an end and there was nowhere else to develop it. And today everyone agrees with this.

That is, there is nothing in the world we could discover that would really be a special breakthrough. There are even theorems about the finiteness of knowledge.

The science of Kabbalah explains that gaining knowledge is a human method and proceeds from our capabilities. We do not explore what the world is. We explore the world as it appears in our senses.

The world is matter given to us in our sensations. So we need to introduce a clear framework: where is the boundary of our attainment? And it turns out that it is very clear, simple, and close. In principle, we already feel it.

In this way, science, which blazed for 150 years, has practically burned out. And therefore, we are now on the threshold of breaking into the spiritual world.

Kabbalah predicted this many thousands of years ago. It clearly saw that at the end of the year 2000, when the realization of all of the ten Sefirot of the third world was completed, a feeling of their end would begin to appear as well as understanding that there should be a breakthrough to the upper area.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/7/18

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Implementing The Creator’s Plan

laitman_938.04Question: Is the mass dissemination that you have launched based on the fact that we have reached the last generation?

Answer: The words of my teachers that we are in the last generation are my starting point; I must act on this fact. Therefore, I act. What will come out of it is not my doing, but the Creator’s. I do not know how it will work out either, but it does not particularly interest me. I have to do what I can.

There are no secrets of the Torah, no secrets of the universe, no secret forces, spells, and other things. There is a system of uniting all people in the world into the same system of Adam, which we were once in. Therefore, I see nothing wrong with that. I have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to fear.

Remark: But there is only one secret we always come back to: We cannot unite by ourselves. We can only make efforts, and everything else is done by the Light that returns to the source.

My Comment: This is already a method! But to call on all nations to realize the Creator’s plan is our duty. We have come to this state and cannot ignore it if we want to be somewhat connected with the Creator. Therefore, to establish this foundation is exactly what I wanted in my life.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/9/18

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One-Way Communication

laitman_962.7Remark: In Rabash’s time there was no Internet. Today social networks are highly developed. When disseminating on social networks, there is a risk of succumbing to corporeal pleasures. They literally suck people in.

My Comment: Dissemination can only be in that I express my opinion, the opinion of Kabbalah, or the opinion of my teachers.

We have only one-way communication! Whoever wants to—come to our site and study. Whoever does not want to—is free to leave. We do not engage in any dialogs or discussions.

Question: Will people in the group of the last generation absorb something from others around them?

Answer: We have nothing to absorb from them. We can only regret what they spend their time and energy on.

We can perceive from the others only their desire to come closer to an understanding of the rational, good, and eternal, but nothing else.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 4/25/18

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When Will All People Feel A Spiritual Awakening?

laitman_963.8Question: We know that it takes many years before a person engaged in spiritual work begins to feel an internal response to the rule “love your neighbor as yourself.” Will those people outside the group also require the same amount of time to come to this feeling?

Answer: If these people do not have an inner urge and the upper providence does not bring them to the group in order to realize it, they will not be able to do anything.

There are two necessary conditions: the point in the heart, and the condition of the Creator placing a person’s hand on the good fortune and beginning to help him in this. Otherwise, nothing will work out.

Many people in the world have a point in the heart, but for some reason they are not brought into our ranks. Perhaps it is still early or there are some other circumstances we do not know about.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 4/18/18

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At The Beginning Of The Spiritual Experiment

laitman_938.05Question: Kabbalah is a science. Can we take a certain segment of people and show that they can be corrected by this method?

Answer: Science is what you hypothesize and then confirm in practice. Once you have clear results, the hypothesis becomes a science.

Currently, we do not have this data. We have just come to the beginning of the experiment. If this experiment works successfully, then we will be able to say that the science of Kabbalah was proven in our time.

Kabbalah is a practical experimental science, and this is the way we work.

Question: So you aren’t saying that Kabbalah is a method of correction? Do we just make attempts at it?

Answer: Even if I did affirm this, I would be ridiculed: “Where did you get that Kabbalah is a method of correction?”

That is, I see how it works on myself and I can see some others. But how does it work on the world scale?

We are in a state when we are just starting its implementation. The fact that the world is on the decline is clear to us. The fact that the world has no method of correction is clear. The world has no power to fix itself, it has no understanding of how it works—this is clear too.

The only way I can prove experimentally that I possess the method that actually works is to demonstrate it on myself and others.

I am sure of the scientific nature of the method Kabbalah because I have experienced it firsthand and have seen it actualized on my teachers. I see how gradually it is been introduced over decades. I have been involved in it for over forty years, but I cannot show this method to anyone else.

Logically, all this is true, but until proven in practice, no one will listen to us. If you take a certain society and teach this method to it, if it masters it on itself and can demonstrate it to the rest of the world, then everything will work out.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/24/18

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Spread The Knowledge About The Creator In The World

laitman_214Question: If I tell somebody about the Creator and about the upper worlds, does it mean that I love him? The purpose for telling this person about it is unknown. It is not that simple.

Answer: First, you have to prepare—understand what he would like to hear. You teach students in the same way: you feel what they would like to hear from you and what they would not like. You already understand them. This is how the love for the created beings and the love for the Creator are expressed.

You are between the Creator and the created beings, transmitting the knowledge about the Creator to them: how to get close to the upper force, how to start being filled with it, become similar to it, and attain the state of eternity and perfection.

You try to tell everyone about it. What can be better for a person than to understand that he can reach the level of the Creator and that he is given opportunities, tools, and the method? This is the most you can do for people.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/17/18

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