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An Infinite Source Of Pleasure

laitman_293In the article “The Matter of Spiritual Attainment,” (Shamati #3) Baal HaSulam says that Ein Sof is the source of everything and that it is called “Light without a vessel,” which mean the limitless light of the Creator in a certain attribute. From there the root of creation originates, the connection between the created being and the Creator, called the Creator’s desire to do good to His created beings. This pleasure begins in the world of Ein Sof and descends through all the worlds until the world of Assiya.

The upper light that wants to fill all the souls that descend from the world of Ein Sof through the worlds of Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, Assiya, and our world. In order to do so He needs to create a vessel for the light that the souls can be filled with because the light brings the pleasure the Creator wants to give them.

It is like a child who wants to enjoy only sweets, but his parents do not let him. This is how the Creator treats us. In order to determine the pleasure that He gives us, the Creator puts us through many different impressions.

We need to choose which fillings are correct in order to get closer to the Creator, to resemble Him, and to begin to see the world as He sees it: infinite and whole. In order to do so, we need to change our desires and our awareness.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19

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How Should We Respond To Criticism Of Kabbalah?

laitman_627.1Question: How should we respond to the fierce criticism of Kabbalah coming from family during the quarantine period?

Answer: You should explain to your family that Kabbalah talks about how to create good relationships between people, how to raise children correctly, how to make sure that when you drive you are careful not to hit others or crash into the car in front of you, and to give way to others. A person should understand that society is integral and how beneficial it is for it to be connected through good relations.

Kabbalah explains the correct social structure in which everything works smoothly as one single organism. Creating such an organism is completely contrary to our egoism, which is decidedly opposed to it. This is the state we are in, but we must still find a way to correct ourselves. Kabbalah talks about how this can be done.

There is a positive force in nature—altruism. We must attract it to help us balance the negative force—the egoism that initially exists in us. Then we will live in an open, friendly, kind society. Otherwise, we will bring ourselves to mutual destruction.

Tell this to your family. It is unlikely they will be able to object.

Kabbalah is the science of how to use the positive force of nature, the quality of bestowal, the quality of connection, against our egoistic quality of separation and distance.

This is the science of balancing the two opposing forces in human society: positive and negative. By balancing them out, we transform the family, society, and the environment into something good and positive.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/3/20

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Do Not Add One Mistake Over Another

Dr Michael LaitmanQuestion: Religion is a framework of relationships between people who share the same faith. Is the wisdom of Kabbalah a religion?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah has nothing to do with religion. The fact that in our ordinary life we begin to establish certain rituals and laws that do not exist in nature, but want them to exist, is what we often call religion. Or it may also be some kind of cultural norm of society.

This isn’t the case with the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is based on the fact that you reveal these laws in nature, comprehend them for yourself in absolute knowledge, and then you have no problem with it.

Of course the wisdom of Kabbalah is not a religion nor is it a science because it does not reveal anything in our senses or in our mind, but instead, it is actually revealed in the attributes that you develop internally when you ascend above your ego, above the matter of our world. Then you begin to feel totally different attributes, different laws, and this is how you advance.

You need to delve into this issue in order to attain the truth and in order to understand what you engage in.

Otherwise, you relate to what you hear today from the perspective of what you heard yesterday. What is the result? Yesterday your head was filled with certain dogmas, which you accepted as true, and today you condemn and criticize what you received yesterday and define everything anew.

This means that you have accepted something as a condition, and now you negate everything else, and thus you will continue to increase your mistakes, and will not reveal anything new in life. In ten years you will still be in the same state you are in today.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/15/19

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How Can You Enjoy Learning Kabbalah?

laitman_567.04Question: How does one enjoy learning Kabbalah?

Answer: Only by understanding the greatness of what you are doing. After all, you are studying the greatest science not only in our world, not only in the universe, but in all the worlds. This science reveals the structure of the entire universe to you, introduces it to you, and gets you into it.

At the same time, you lose the sense of life and death and you can be simultaneously in all properties and at all levels of the universe.

When you understand this, think about it, and do it, you see that you are dealing with the greatest thing in the worlds and you become acquainted with the only governing higher force—the Creator. What could be better? This should fill you with pride and joy.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/26/20

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Light Emanating From A Wise Heart

laitman_251At the time of the Ari, souls underwent a special inner transformation. Our time is also special as Baal HaSulam wrote that we are living in the era of the Messiah. He talks about the changes that he sees from spiritual attainment.

From the Ari onward, a new generation of the end of correction comes to the world and everyone gradually begins approaching and getting involved in this process. A new era begins in both corporeal and spiritual life.

These days, a real revolution in the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah is taking place. Kabbalah is open to everyone; it fills the Internet and is translated into many different languages. Anyone can start learning and studying the works of the Ari, Baal HaSulam, and Rabash; the sources are open to everyone.

First of all, it is our task to reveal this knowledge to the entire world. And then, the upper light will advance each soul and direct it to its necessary corrections.

From the times of the Ari, Kabbalah became the science of the heart and is perceived by students not through theoretical understanding in the mind, but through inner spiritual attainment due to a person’s internal change in sensations. This is the main difference of the new period. Thanks to the Baal Shem Tov, this wisdom, which requires a wise heart, began to develop widely. Today, every person who studies the wisdom of Kabbalah spreads the field of the upper light around him and thus makes the advancement toward the purpose of life easier for all of humanity.

Kabbalah is the science of all of creation, of all of reality, of a common upper force acting in the universe. This science is gradually being revealed to people and is getting closer to us. It was first revealed 6,000 years ago to the first man named Adam. Over thousands of years, this revelation went through several stages each with five stages: root, first, second, third, and fourth (the complete HaVaYaH).

The first stage is the time of Adam, then the time of Abraham, entering Egypt, the exodus from Egypt, the building of the First and Second Temples, and their destruction. After the destruction of the Second Temple in the time of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon, there comes a period of exile, and darkness sets in until the time of the Ari, for about 1,300 years.

After the Ari, a more favorable period for the development of Kabbalah comes especially due to the work of Baal Shem Tov, who created a mass movement that raised many Kabbalists. However, after it, Kabbalah was hidden again until our days.

At the beginning of the 20th century, from the time of Baal HaSulam, the interest in Kabbalah began to awaken again. Baal HaSulam made a huge contribution to the revelation of this wisdom, then his son Rabash after him, and we continue this work and very much hope that we really live in the days of the Messiah.

Rabash was the one who revealed the method of inner work. The Ari mostly spoke about the upper worlds, and Rabash wrote about the love between friends because all the worlds are within a person. The most powerful force that allows us to open the upper worlds is the force of love and connection. Therefore, there was a shattering, and now we have to connect into one soul again. The practical implementation of correction is to connect people into tens by the force of love within which the Creator will be revealed.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is the method of revealing the Creator to the created beings in this world, and therefore, it requires practical implementation. Our task is to take this knowledge left to us by the great Kabbalists, adapt it for the general public, and spread it all over the world in order to awaken the desire to get closer to the purpose of creation in everyone.

By that, we provide great help to people because we do not leave them helpless in the face of all sorts of viruses that are ready to attack humanity; rather, we sweeten the development. This is absolutely necessary now because look at how radically our lives have changed over the past three months, and nature is preparing for us even greater problems ahead.
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From the 3d part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/18/20, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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How Can We Explain The Wisdom Of Kabbalah?

laitman_214Question: How can we convey to people who come to study for the first time what the wisdom of Kabbalah is about in a nutshell and how it enters the learner’s emotions?

Answer: It is impossible to simply convey the wisdom of Kabbalah in words. A person needs to gradually explain it to himself. I cannot tell him all about it in one sentence. The wisdom of Kabbalah reveals the meaning of life to a person, the meaning of creation and how it was created, how it evolves, and where it is leading us, how we participate in the process, and what our ability to impact our fate and attain the goal of creation comes down to in a correct and quick way.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is not related to religion or philosophy. It is a separate wisdom that Adam received almost 6,000 years ago, and since then it has been living and developing in humanity. We must gradually accept, learn, and internalize this wisdom.

This wisdom does not oblige us to do anything but good. It is through the good connections with others that we reveal the upper world, the Creator, and at the same time cannot harm anyone or do anything negative in any way whatsoever. There are no limitations to studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, and whoever wants to study can do so. But a person who wants to study seriously must already keep certain conditions, not limitations, but conditions, as to how to study in order to truly fulfill this wisdom inside him.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/1/19

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I Want To Know The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

laitman_571.01Question: What should I do when I do not want to study anything related to my profession, but want to listen around the clock and to know only the wisdom of Kabbalah? I live only by it and nothing else interests me.

Answer: You need a group, systematic studies, and the correct relation of yourself with the surrounding world, family, work, and children. You must be fully in these systems, correctly balanced, and advancing to the attainment of the Creator. This is the only way to attain Him.

Question: How can I feel the Creator? At present, a lot of knowledge is opening up before me, but I cannot feel it.

Answer: Concentrate on the connection between you in the group, then you will be able to learn from this to direct yourself to the Creator.

Question: How can I correctly ask the Creator for His revelation?

Answer: Again, only if you are correctly connected with the group, study together with the friends, and advance according to the clear methodology.

Question: Once we complete the process of correction and we all are in one soul of Adam, what feelings will we experience?

Answer: We will feel that we are all together in one feeling, in one understanding, and are connected with the single upper force.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/26/20

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Two Forces Arising From One

laitman_562.02Question: There are two forces in nature. One of them is the force of bestowal, which develops us and builds integrated systems. The other is the force of rejection, which differentiates everything, and thanks to it there is diversity in nature. This is the force of receiving, absorbing oneself.

But Kabbalah says that there is only one force: “There is none else besides Him.” How do these two forces combine with it?

Answer: In the universe, there is one single force that directs all nature to unity, which is the goal of its development. But coming to this unity consists of lots of various movements, sometimes opposite to each other when it seems to us that they all are directed not toward unity and complementation, but in completely opposite directions. This is because we do not see the general picture of nature.

Remark: However, these two forces manifest themselves in our world. For example, in Chinese philosophy, it is yin and yang. In the Abrahamic religions, these are the forces of good and evil, which are already manifested at the level of society. And in co-evolution, this is natural selection. That is, they are present everywhere.

My Comment: Yes. But complementing each other, they still lead everything to a single integrated system.

Nature is constantly striving for a balance of these forces. But the fact is that both forces manifest in a person as the property of bestowal and the property of receiving and are absolutely unequal. The property of receiving is close to us, familiar, and desirable, but we are completely insensitive to the property of bestowal. Indeed, in order to give, everyone must feel the neighbor, but we do not feel the other.

Therefore, nature, created a feeling of only ourselves in us, of our “I”,  and seemed to have torn off the other half from us, a concern for what is outside of me. Therefore, I cannot come to balance using my natural qualities. On the contrary, the more I develop selfishly with only one force to receive, acquire, and seize, the more my participation in nature is defective.

Question: Does the unity of nature lie in the unity of opposites?

Answer: Yes. We will have to come to a state where we clearly realize that we are composed of two opposite properties and they must be balanced in the so-called middle line of our behavior.
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From KabTV’s “The Post-Coronavirus Era,” 4/16/20

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Kabbalistic Terms: “World Of Infinity,” Light,” “Sefira”

laitman_251By the world of infinity, we mean a state where the creatures, when they perceive it, see in it absolute infinity. We always talk with respect to the creatures. In the world of infinity, it is not limited in anything and feels its limitless possibilities.

Comment: The concept of “light” is also often used in Kabbalah.

My Reply: Light is what enlightens us, serves us, cares for us. Everything positive that is done in any of our states, ending with the very last, is carried out by the light.

The light is the force of bestowal and love of the Creator.

Question: And everything bad it is not the light?

Answer: Everything bad is the reverse side of the light, its disappearance, its distancing.

Question: That is, distancing from the property of bestowal and love, from the Creator, is called darkness, and nearing it is called light?

Answer: Yes. The light is the force that brings us closer.

Question: There is also the term :Sefira: In Kabbalah. What is that?

Answer: The “Sefira” from the word “sapphire,” “glowing,” is a desire that is similar to the Creator, i.e., to the property of bestowal, and therefore, it can accumulate light in itself and begins to glow.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Why Is Lesson Preparation Needed?

laitman_231.01When a person comes to studying the wisdom of Kabbalah he does not understand where he has come. He thinks that the main thing is knowledge and study.

He is curious to know how many angels are in heaven, what their names are, what the upper world is, what our lives are, who controls us, and how we can control our own destiny. However, he does not have and cannot have the right attitude to spirituality.

This is like a three-year-old child who does not understand how the world is organized,  how everything works, and what the true reasons is for everything that is happening. He lives by being close to the adults who arrange his world. And he perceives this world to the extent of his abilities.

So also a person who comes to the wisdom of Kabbalah at first hopes to learn something interesting, to gain some kind of power. However, over time, he understands what “faith above reason” means, which allows him to see with his inner vision the real world, the world of truth.

Then he begins to prepare himself for the transition from the perception of the world in corporeal sensory organs to perception in the vessels of bestowal in order to see the world as the Creator sees it. He wants to become like the Creator, to adhere to Him, to be together with Him, and to feel like He does; therefore, he always checks himself regarding his attitude to the Creator.

When he falls from this perception and begins to feel only this world, he returns to his demand to feel the Creator and all of reality as the Creator feels it, in the qualities of bestowal.

In this way, he constantly moves from the qualities of reception to the qualities of bestowal, from the left line to the right one, and begins to climb the degrees of the spiritual ladder, as though with two legs. He does not try to hop from step to step on one leg because this is impossible; rather, he first steps with his left leg, rising in the left line one degree higher, and then lifts his right leg there. And then again: the left line a degree higher and the right line that joins it. A person rises and each time changes his perception and measure of adhesion with the Creator. This is how his advancement takes place.

Therefore, the preparation for the lesson is aimed at increasing our sensitivity. It depends on what part of the world a person is in and what time of day they come to class. For many, it is early morning. They wake up from sleep and need to awaken their dulled feelings.

If a person lives in America, he comes to class after work, with the burden of the day’s worries. Therefore, we need preparation before the lesson, which should inspire the person, let him know where he is going and with whom he is dealing.

If he just woke up, he is completely detached from reality. And if he just came from work, he is immersed in his material problems and should shake them off. Therefore, we need to set ourselves up for the correct sensory perception of the study.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/24/20, “The Right Way To Study The Wisdom Of Kabbalah”

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