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Kabbalah—The Source of Sciences

1.02Question: What came first: Kabbalah or science?

Answer: In principle, science came from Kabbalah, which was discovered by Adam more than 5,700 years ago. After him, Kabbalists appeared 20 generations before Abraham, before ancient Babylon, and then others appeared after Abraham.

Kabbalah gave us a system. Philosophy emerged from Kabbalah. As medieval German philosophers write, Aristotle and Plato took scientific knowledge from Kabbalists, developed it, and turned it into philosophies, which became the foundations of the sciences.

Many ancient scientists write that they studied with Kabbalists. After all, back then, man aspired to enquire about the general nature that is not in his five animalistic sense organs. Today it sounds fantastic that a person was first drawn to know the meaning of his life; he was very close to nature, and this was what interested him. And then people went into egoistic development and into all kinds of technologies, and they adhered to this right up to our time. But now we are returning to the same position again, to the same first explorers of our world.

The study of our world is the most fundamental; it determines what we live for, what the material world is, and in what we exist.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is Science?” 3/6/11

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The Thought of the Creator

610.2The thought of creation was to delight the created beings in accord with His abundant generosity. For this reason, a great desire and craving to receive His abundance was imprinted in the souls.

This is so because the will to receive is the vessel for the measure of pleasure in the abundance (Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah”).

Question: It turns out that initially the Creator created us in such a way that we want to receive pleasure from the connection with Him, and this depends on the measure of our desire. What does it mean to receive pleasure from the connection with the Creator?

Answer: This phenomenon also exists in our lives. We do not need to go into some cosmic space or dive into spiritual levels. In accordance with his desire, a person can feel something that he wants, and he can even measure, weigh, and tell himself and others about it. Therefore, desire is a necessary condition for a person to feel something.

Since the Creator wants to delight the created beings, He created a desire to receive pleasure from Him in them. Thus, there is the Creator who radiates pleasure, and there are created beings who receive this pleasure, and they should feel that they receive it from the Creator. It all depends on us.

Nevertheless, there are conditions under which we can feel the pleasure emanating from the Creator, be filled with it, weigh it, define it, and even talk about it.
From KabTV’s “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah” 5/14/23

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The Privilege of Desire

527.03Question: In the “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah” Baal HaSulam writes that both pleasure and desire come from the Creator. However, they must be separated since pleasures come from Atzmuto, and desires are “existence from absence.” The Creator seemingly created the creation from nothing. What does “created from nothing” mean?

Answer: In order to feel something, we need a desire. Initially there was no created being, when it appeared, there was a desire in it to feel the Creator, to come closer to Him, and to be filled with Him. This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us.

Question: Can we say that all the desires of our world are pleasure from the Creator?

Answer: Yes, absolutely everything, because our world is included in Him.

The general pleasure that comes from the Creator and that all His created beings feel can be felt only to the extent of the desire that exists in the created being. To the extent that I want to feel pleasure, I can feel this fulfillment.
From KabTV’s “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah” 5/14/23

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Anyone Can Be a Kabbalist

214Question: What is science in your understanding?

Answer: Science is the exploration of the world through our sensory organs and devices that expand their range of perception of reality to the extent that it is available to us.

Any science is characterized by the repeatability of experiments and receiving real results. In no case should you add any of your guesses, additions, or theories! They take place in science, but only as assumptions, not its basic truths.

I, like scientists, absolutely follow this definition of science. I have no disagreements with them on this. The only problem is that they do not understand that Kabbalah is the same science that studies reality, only the reality that is not available to everyone.

Animals cannot explore our reality. Plants cannot explore the reality of animals and our reality. We cannot explore the reality that Kabbalists discover, only after they have created an additional sensory organ in themselves and thus feel the next dimension, a deeper world, on another wave, which we cannot feel, but which everyone can feel if they develop this sensory organ in themselves.

Therefore, anyone can be a Kabbalist, that is, can receive this additional knowledge.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is Science?” 3/28/11

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Scientific Principles of Kabbalah

265If a person develops in himself an additional sensory organ—the organ of bestowal instead of reception—and begins to feel outside of himself in a completely different attitude to nature, then he already explores it with the help of bestowal, but following the same principles as the sciences of our world: research, repetition, recording, reproduction, and the perception of reality.

He passes it on to others, and they also investigate and see the same results. Based on the fact that this reality is attained by many, it is perceived as existing and thus forms part of science.

It is difficult to convey to what extent Kabbalah expands the perception of what kind of world we live in, how we relate to this world, and how we explore it. That is, it begins to show us how subjective we are and are limited even in our sciences and in everything.

It is impossible to convey, and it is not necessary to. Kabbalists do not want to do this. They do not flirt with scientists; it is useless. If I do not have any sensory organ, how can I talk about what can be perceived in it? It seems to me incredible, fantastic, and false.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What is Science?” 3/28/11

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Blessing Is the Essence of the Letter “Bet”

65Question: The article “The Letters of Rabbi Hamnuna-Saba” describes how the letters came to the Creator in turn, and He each time explains why He will not create the world with it, until the letter “Bet – ב״ came.

It is written that the essence of the letter ״Bet״ is a blessing, and it has no opposing forces. Therefore, the Creator began the construction of the world from it.

How can it be that there is a sign that has no opposite force? What is special about the letter “Bet”?

Answer: The letter “Bet” means blessing. That is, there is a special force of the Creator that affects a person and moves him to the right goal, in the right direction, along the right path. This is what is called a blessing.

Question: Where can I find the letter “Bet” in me?

Answer: If you read this article, you will begin to feel how it affects you.

Question: That is, I will clearly understand that the force that leads me somewhere and gives me some kind of awareness is the force of “Bet”?

Answer: Yes, that is correct.
From KabTV’s “Introduction of The Book of Zohar” 4/23/23

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How Can You Correctly Understand the “Introduction of the Book of Zohar”?

137The letter Shin entered before Him. She said to Him, “O Lord of the world, it is good for You to create the world with me, for in me is Your name, Shadai, called, and it is becoming to create the world with a holy name.” He said to her, “You are comely, you are good, and you are true. But because the letters SheKeR [Shin-Kof-Reish, meaning “lie” or “falsehood”] took you to be with them, I do not wish to create the world with you, for there will not be falsehood unless the letters Kof and Reish take you (Zohar for All, “Introduction of the Book of Zohar,”“The Letters of Rav Hamnuna Saba,” Item 24).

Question: The article “The Letters of Rav Hamnuna Saba” describes how each letter entered before the Creator and spoke about its virtues, and He replied that there were negative forces in it, and therefore He would not create the world with it.

How can we understand this text correctly? I want to connect it with me. Where is it in me? What will it give me if I read it now?

Answer: I do not think it is going to give you anything special. But you will begin to feel that something in you is beginning to move, to act inside of you.

Even if you do not understand anything, nonetheless, putting your efforts into reading and trying to understand, absorb, swallow, and somehow digest this text (although you will not be able to do this of course), will help you reach some new state. After all, the reading itself, the letters themselves, and their appearance will affect you.

Question: Even if I read just out of curiosity because I am interested in the style of writing, since they wrote it 2,000 years ago and everything is presented in an entertaining dramatic form, will it affect me?

Answer: It will still affect you. I advise anyone who can to read it, in any language. Everyone will be able to feel for themselves how it affects them. Calmly, slowly, just read from the beginning to the end the “Introduction of The Book of Zohar.
From KabTV’s “Introduction of The Book of Zohar” 4/23/23

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Unity that We Attain Through the Letter “Aleph”

629.3The Creator told her, “Although the world was created with the letter Bet, you will be the head of all the letters, for there is no unification in Me, except in you. In you will all calculations begin, all the works of the people of the world, and the whole unification is only in the letter Aleph” (Zohar for All, Introduction of the Book of Zohar,” “The Letters of Rav Hamnuna Saba,” Item 38)

Question: Can you explain what unity we are talking about?

Answer: The letter “Aleph – א” opens a series of signs with which the Creator depicts the universe, the forces acting in it, and the connection between them from beginning to end.

Therefore, the letter “Aleph” has a very complex structure in its image: the upper world and the lower world, separated by a border called Parsa.

Only in this case is it possible to imagine a system that really consists of two worlds, is controlled from above by a single force, and brings the entire system and all worlds to a single form.
From KabTV’s “Introduction of The Book of Zohar” 4/23/23

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193Question: In principle, does each Hebrew letter have its own specific form that depicts the manifestation of upper forces in matter?

Answer: Yes, there are only a few forces, qualities, that form letters in a certain combination with each other and these combinations, as if stamp their altruistic qualities on the substrate of our world, on the egoistic desire.

Question: How can this affect a person? For example, if I look at the outlines of letters depicting some spiritual forces, and I do not understand what this is about, do they nevertheless somehow affect me?

Answer: Yes. Absolutely. Let’s say a person is like some small animal. But if he works with these letters, if he tries to find something in them, to depict, to understand, and to read, then with their help he gradually approaches the great knowledge of nature.

By his desire to understand what this is about, he, as if, summons all these forces upon himself, and they begin to change him from within, to give him some kind of awareness.
From KabTV’s “Introduction of The Book of Zohar” 4/23/23

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The Role of the Creator

610.2Question: Everything in the universe has a certain role. What is the role of the force called the Creator?

Answer: The role of the Creator is unequivocal; it is to constantly educate the creation created by Him so that it comes to perfection.

The upper force is everything. It includes the force of desire, will, knowledge, and decision. Everything that exists in nature at all is just the single upper force.

The desire to enjoy is created within it. This single, great force of the field works on the point of the desire that develops under its influence and becomes equal to the force of the field. The desire as if swells to the size of the field, then bursts, collapses into many parts, and then begins to work on itself in order to gather together.

Gradually, it gathers into that single new whole that fits into the same field. The Creator and the creation like two flatbreads stick together and penetrate each other by diffusion.

Although they are different in their original nature, they have come to a state where they are absolutely similar to each other in the quality that now comes from them—the quality of bestowal and love. For the Creator it is primary, for the creation it is secondary, acquired.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What is the Creator?” 2/21/11

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