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The Age Of Enlightenment And Emancipation, Part 3

Laitman_137The Ari’s Contribution to the Development of Kabbalah:

Question: It is considered that since the time of the Ari, the period of correction of humanity began because he empirically derived a method that could be used by everyone. What is this method?

Answer: It is about uniting people. The Ari organized a group of students and he taught them the structure of the upper worlds and he explained the methods of their functioning and the development of a common desire in the group, which is yearning more and more for similarity with the Creator. He presented all of this as necessary spiritual steps.

He raised the teaching of Kabbalah from the corporeal to the spiritual level using what is called “the language of branches,” in which we call something by corporeal names, but in fact, we do not mean any material forms of objects and phenomena but only our spiritual qualities.

Gradually, people began understanding that Kabbalah does not belong to our world at all. Moreover, our world is an illusory world that appears to exist only in our perception. In general, this is a whole system of views, a science that is available for everyone. The Ari outlined it very specifically.

In principle, the Ari invented a new language that explained the interaction of light and Kli. A Kli is a desire that includes everything there is in the world. The only thing that this desire feels is light.

It is the interaction of light and desire, the Creator and creation, that the Ari fully described in his books.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel” 5/8/19

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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.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “Lishma”

laitman_260.01Question: The Kabbalistic term Lishma is translated as “for the sake of the Creator.” What does it mean?

Answer: It is understood that the whole of creation, which is an egoistic desire for one’s own sake, must be corrected, changed, as if turning it inside out in order to do everything not for one’s own sake but for the sake of the Creator or for the sake of others, which is basically the same thing.

It is said: “From love of self to love of friends, and then to love of the Creator.” Meaning, it is one and the same. Only love of the Creator implies universal love, beyond all differences among people. Before that, we just practice on the love of friends.

Question: So both giving and receiving should be done not for my sake but for the sake of the Creator? Why?

Answer: Because this way your desires become infinite and you begin to feel what the Creator feels in them: eternity and perfection. It seems like you’re giving, but in reality you are receiving.

Question: Just like in a single organism where each organ takes what it needs and gives everything else to the rest of the organs, which allows the organism to sustain life for the benefit of all. Does Kabbalah say that we all have to arrive at this state?

Answer: We must come to the most perfect, best possible state of great fulfillment and knowledge. Therefore, “Kabbalah” is translated from Hebrew as the science of “receiving.”

This reception can be eternal and endless, but only if it works together with others.

Question: So this kind of interaction should be between all people?

Answer: Yes. It allows you to receive eternal and perfect fulfillment.

Question: What has to happen for it to occur?

Answer: Recognition of evil in our current state.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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Kabbalistic Terms: “The Quality Of Hassadim”

laitman_276.01Question: There is a concept in Kabbalah of the “quality of Hassadim,” “Hesed.” What does it mean?

Answer: Hesed is a property of bestowal. When such a quality arises in creation or a man aspires to it, we use the term “Hassadim.”

Question: It turns out that all of Kabbalah is about giving and receiving? Nothing else?

Answer: There is nothing else. In our world everything consists of plus and minus. All our thoughts consist of reception and bestowal.

Question: So, there are only two actions in society: either I receive from society or I give?

Answer: Absolutely correct.

Comment: But it seems like there’s a lot more.

My Response: No. Everything still consists of these two directions.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/17/19

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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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