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Kabbalistic Terms: “Zivug”

laitman_583.01Comment: When you speak about deeply philosophical topics, you suddenly use the words “love” and “bestowal.”

My Response: Not only. In the science of Kabbalah, such terms as “Zivug,” “adhesion,” and “copulation” are often used.

Everything that happens in our world in bodies, outside bodies, between bodies, etc. naturally occurs in the spiritual forces that control our bodies and our souls. Therefore, we must name all these actions and conditions specifically. We take the words expressing the actions of our world and call them spiritual actions.

Thus, the combination of two desires, we call Zivug, that is, intercourse, merger. In the spiritual world, there is birth, pregnancy, childbirth, and so on. In general, everything that exists in our world is a consequence of the upper world, and therefore, they have the same terms. In the spiritual, all this happens in desires, not in bodies and matter.

Question: So the same way atoms come together and a molecule is obtained, do desires also unite together?

Answer: Yes. As a result, more collected, more integrated desires come out. The desires that are collected in a specific HaVaYaH system are called Sefirot, Partzuf, and then Peace.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Yesh Mi Ain”

Laitman_144Comment: In Kabbalah, there is the term “Yesh Mi Ain,” which translates as “existence from absence.”

My Response: I would not translate this term at all. It’s better to leave “Yesh Mi Ain.”

Here, it is understood that everything that exists comes from zero—from the fact that somehow, somewhere, once in the field of high spiritual nature, a high mind, a plan for creation arose. And everything that follows from it descends and develops from this thought. Therefore, Yesh Mi Ain is what exists now, but once it was not.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Reshimo”

laitman_527.12Reshimo is an informational record that exists in creation so that it can somehow orient itself in the past, present, and future, and direct itself toward the goal.

Usually people simply have an understanding of where they exist. And the elderly with dementia (memory loss) do not have this, so they just do things without any basis. In the same way, the Reshimo decisively commands a man and determines his forward movement.

A Reshimo is in the soul, at each level and sublevel. Where there is a desire, where there is light, there is always a Reshimo, which connects this light and this desire and controls them inside the soul.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Masach“

laitman_234Masach (screen) represents the anti-egoistic force that a person gains with the help of the upper light.

A person, as if, puts on a screen on his desire and then can work with it in the opposite direction and act kindly toward others and the Creator. He is then able to work for bestowal without receiving any pleasure for his own sake.

Question: What is the problem with receiving for your own sake?

Answer: By this you separate from the Creator, you stop feeling the upper world and limit yourself only to the sensation of our world.

Remark: But this is how the Creator created us.

My Response: He created us such that from this state we would rise to Him, return to the state of merging with Him.

Question: Why was this even hidden? Why haven’t the sages taught this for the past thousand years?

Answer: In order to create the illusion of freewill in a person.

Remark: But if I were taught this at school, I would know that I do not have freedom of choice.

My Response: You cannot accept these things in your childhood and have them exist in you automatically. You must desire them yourself.

There were generations when people were taught this from a young age and they had no problems. But these were the first generations. And now, with our enormous selfishness, we must begin our journey long before the Machsom, before the manifestation of the Creator, before we understand where we are and whom we are dealing with. This is a part of our correction.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Soul”

laitman_626Question: Where did the term “soul” come from?

Answer: The term “soul” comes from the word “Neshama.” There are five states of the desire in Kabbalah similar to the Creator: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, and Yechida.

Nefesh, Ruach, and Neshama are states that we can reach and constantly stay in. The highest of them is Neshama. Therefore, this is the name of our spiritual part.

In addition, there are also states called Haya and Yechida. But these are supplemental, temporary additions to the state of the soul.
From KabYV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Gmar Tikkun”

Laitman_013.02Gmar Tikkun is the complete, final correction of egoism into bestowal and love when we turn the ego into the opposite quality.

Here, the science of Kabbalah comes to our aid. With the help of this methodology, the upper light affects the egoistic desire gradually raising it to new desires: to bestowal, love, and connection with others. This is a serious change of our essence into its opposite.

Question: Can we say that this is a change from an egocentric perception of the world to a holistic perception of the world?

Answer: Of course.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “MAN,” “Machsom”

Laitman_177.06MAN is an acronym for Mei Nukvin (female waters). A woman in Kabbalah is always associated with desire, a man with bestowal. A woman is a desire to receive, a man is a desire to give. Therefore, female waters means the rise of desire from the bottom up to the Creator. Moreover, they encourage the Creator to begin creation, correction, and fulfillment of these desires. In this case, requests from the bottom up are called prayer or MAN.

Question: Is that the MAN (manna) mentioned in the desert?

Answer: This is the MAN (manna), which the Torah says that every morning people picked up and fed on it.

Question: Very often in Kabbalah the term Machsom [barrier] is used. What does it mean?

Answer: Machsom is a state that a person must go through along the path from the sensation of only our world to the sensation of the upper world. In other words, this is the borderline between ours and the spiritual world, a kind of psychological barrier.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Upper World,” “Spiritual Attainment”

laitman_261Question: Why is the spiritual world called “upper”?

Answer: We call it the upper because it is above our properties. Our properties are the properties of receiving, and therefore, we are very dependent on our egoistic desires and their fulfillment.

And the upper world, these are properties that consist of the desire to give, fulfill, love, and nourish others. Since they (the properties) are independent, free in their essence, they are called upper.

In addition, they are closer to the Creator in their attributes. He is absolute bestowal and love. And therefore, everything that is closer to Him, we define as above us, i.e., closer to the root cause.

Question: Speaking of the upper world, we often call it spiritual. What does the word “spiritual” mean?

Answer: The upper world is called spiritual because it is not material.

Question: Is there a difference between the terms “spiritual world” and “upper world”?

Answer: No, these are common, unspecified names.

Question: What is spiritual attainment?

Answer: The comprehension of nature in the quality of bestowal, equal to the Creator, is called spiritual attainment.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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The World Of Roots And The World Of Consequences

712.03Remark: The form of corporeal reality is similar to the spiritual one. The difference is only in the quality of the material. There is no detail in our reality that would not have a root in the upper world.

In other words, our world is the world of consequences and the spiritual world, or the world of forces, is the world of roots, i.e., root causes.

My Reply: Everything is very simple. There are reasons and there are consequences. The cause is the upper world, and the effect is our world. Depending on this, we can define them like that.

Question: You said that in the spiritual worlds there are such phenomena that have no consequences in our world. There is a wider range of various sensations there and are not all of them materialized in our world?

Answer: Yes. What do the spiritual world and our world mean? The spiritual world is what is felt in our desires that are corrected into bestowal, into love for others. Our world is what is felt in our uncorrected, selfish desires.

Naturally, there is a difference in sensations because both worlds, their boundaries, calibration, and everything else, are determined only relative to a person. Therefore, we can talk either about what is felt by an ordinary person in our world, not corrected in his egoism, or by a person who has already risen above his egoism and feels what is happening in the intention for bestowal or love for the neighbor.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/10/19

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Are There Material Images In The Spiritual World?

laitman_600.04Comment: In the spiritual world there are only objects with independent, conscious desire. For example, a pencil does not exist there because it does not have that desire.

My Response: As with all inanimate matter, it has the common desire of this matter: to maintain its form. In the spiritual world there is no still, vegetative, or animate nature because all the desires of these levels are directed only to self-preservation.

An ordinary person does not exist there either. This is all imaginary nature because it does not emanate, does not produce anything from itself. It is busy only in order to maintain its existence in the most comfortable form and nothing more.

Question: It turns out that the entire spiritual world is exclusively in our brains?

Answer: Of course. Where else? After all, there really is no space. The spiritual desire is called space.

Question: But do the roots of all material objects and phenomena exist?

Answer: That is mandatory. They are in our desire and therefore are reproduced in it.

Question: Can you tell what, for example, is a table in the spiritual? What is being done to it, how is it being used?

Answer: There is a certain force or, as we call it, Reshimo (information record), which draws this table in us.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/10/19

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