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Roots And Branches—Causes And Consequences

laitman_219.01Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: The words uttered by a teacher cannot render any supreme knowledge that is beyond time, space, and movement.

We are talking about the upper world, which is not in our sensations, and therefore we cannot find a suitable equivalent to what is found in it. There are no such words, expressions, forces, actions, and relationships in our world as in the spiritual.

There is a problem of how to explain the spiritual world in our words to a person who has just started his journey. That is why Baal HaSulam says that we should try to express this in the language of branches. What does the language of branches mean?

Despite the fact that the upper world is absolutely unattainable with our current senses, everything in it descends into our world and forms branches here—consequences of it.

If we use the language of branches correctly, that is, if we name the properties of the higher world by using words, images, and definitions of our world, we can express everything that exists there correctly and pass our knowledge from teacher to student or between people and not get confused.

Let’s say that there is some interconnection between points “A” and “B” (roots) in the upper world. And in our world, we see their consequences as “a” and “b” (branches).

It turns out that then we can say that a certain property descended from the upper world into our world and formed a certain consequence in it, that is, we can talk about the interaction of roots and branches.

Question: Is it possible to say something about the big “A” from the small “a”?

Answer: We can say only one thing: the small “a” and the big “A” relate to each other as cause and effect. The big “A” is a cause and the small “a” is a consequence. The same relates to the big “B” and the small “b.” That is why they are called root (cause) and branch (consequence).

Thus, there is a connection between the properties of the upper world and our world. If sensations of the upper world start to appear in us, then we can say that we are transitioning from branch to root, implying the interaction of the roots in the branches of our world.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 10/27/19

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laitman_531.03Language Is a Sense of Communication

Baal HaSulam writes that a Kabbalist must use absolutely accurate definitions. Where can we find them?

Here, the law of root and branch arises in all worlds, in all states, in each and every one of us. It is from there that I can take clear, accurate definitions from nature’s point of view. You also will take your definitions from there and we will compare them with each other. From this comparison, we can correctly understand each other rather than speak with the same words but with a different meaning.

In our world, each one ascribes different meanings to the same words because each of us differs from the other. How can we combine everyone’s complex internal states in order to begin to understand each other and overlap each other so that these concepts will combine and give us a clear idea as to what extent we are talking and feeling the same thing? This is a problem with language.

Language is a sense of communication with each other when you and I feel the same thing. If we do not, then we clearly feel the difference in our sensations.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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laitman_227Adhere to the Language of Kabbalists

Baal HaSulam, ”The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: Any reasonable person will understand that when dealing with spiritual matters, much less with Godliness, we have no words or letters with which to contemplate. This is because our whole vocabulary is but combinations of the letters of our senses and imagination. …

It is particularly so where one needs to find some rationale in these words to help one in the negotiations customary in the research of the wisdom. Here the sage must use rigorously accurate definitions for the eyes of the observers.

If we expressed in our words everything we feel, each of us will create our own language, our own encyclopedia, etc., and we would be unable to communicate with each other. Therefore, what we can and should do is take the words, expressions, and definitions based on our essence.

This is exactly what Kabbalah does. It says that a person consists of desire that is divided into five kinds: zero, one, two, three, and four. In these five types of desires, we feel various positive and negative fulfillments, and everyone has them. Thus, everything consists only of desire.

Therefore, if we adhere to a clear Kabbalistic language, we will not go astray. We will speak the same language. It was so before the shattering in ancient Babylon when all people spoke one language, Aramaic, in which The Book of Zohar is written.

The Aramaic language is good because it comes from the essence of nature itself. The five levels of desire, from which each of us consists, generate five definitions. This language is based on them.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

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Hebrew Is A Way To Express Kabbalistic Knowledge

laitman_248.02Question: Was there another language in Kabbalah before Hebrew?

Answer: No. From the very beginning, Hebrew has been the only way of expressing Kabbalistic knowledge. It appeared out of a necessity to express spiritual roots, words, and actions. It exists for this sole purpose.

Conversational Hebrew should not have been used in our world at all. The fact that in Israel today Hebrew is used for writing, reading, and communication is incorrect. It never used to be like this. Kabbalistic texts have always been those written in Hebrew. Other languages were used for everything else, such as Aramaic or ancient Greek, but not Hebrew.

Hebrew is purely a language of branches that is used only for describing the spiritual forces, qualities, and actions.
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From KabTVs “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/23/19

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The Immutability Of Kabbalistic Sources

laitman_209Remark: In Kabbalah, a book, a source written by a Kabbalist even several thousand years ago, plays a very important role and is a means of spiritual attainment. For example, The Book of Zohar. In psychology, this is not so.

My Comment: Kabbalistic sources do not change, while texts of any books concerning psychology, politics, and everything humanity does, except for the natural sciences, are constantly changing because a person changes.

Therefore, what was written by psychologists 100 to 150 years ago or philosophers 500 or 1,000 years ago, today, of course, is no longer relevant. If the ancient Greek philosophers believed that the soul can be exhaled and inhaled, now no one has such primitive thinking about it.

Kabbalah, however, operates always with the same tools and objects as before.

Question: Does it mean that if we met a Kabbalist who lived 2,000 to 3,000 or 500 years ago, we would find a common language with him?

Answer: We would not only find a common language, but also would learn from him!

We would have a common language, that is, an absolute understanding of each other, and it would be interesting to talk to this person. Besides, we would have a common spoken language.

For example, if a modern French person met a French person who lived 500 years ago, they would not understand each other. Or take, for example, the Cyrillic alphabet created by Cyril and Methodius in which the letters and all kinds of circles have nothing to do with the modern alphabet.

Yet, Hebrew never changed. After all, there are laws according to which each letter must be precisely the way it is since its outline comes from the conformance of spiritual forces. In addition, the combination of Hebrew letters is nothing more than signs for expressing feelings of a person who has attainment of the Creator. That is why it never changes.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/13/18

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 1/6/19

laitman_567.01Question: We know that there was a shattering and then the descent of the souls. Does this process repeat itself?

Answer: The descent is only to our world. Before our world. There is no parallel to this process in our world.

Question: Why are Hebrew words written from right to left?

Answer: This is how the upper light spreads: from above to below and from right to left. This is, of course, unusual for us, although in other languages we encounter random writing like this: from top to bottom, from right to left, or writing in a circle.

Question: There are many words in Hebrew that are similar to words in languages like English, Russian, Arabic, and Turkish. Does the origin of the written language of the nations of the world derive from the Hebrew letters?

Answer: That could be. Of course, many other words originated from words in Hebrew because there was a time that the Jews became scattered all over the world. Somehow, these words slipped into Yiddish, Ladino, and other popular international languages. In addition, when creating the international language Esperanto, several words were borrowed from the Hebrew language.

Question: In what language do you think: Hebrew or Russian?

Answer: If I write on Twitter in Russian, then at that moment I think in Russian. But if I try to express what I feel in words, then since all of my knowledge is derived from Hebrew texts, I think in Hebrew. But if I go to a Russian-speaking audience, then I think in this language. Russian remains my native language.

Question: If most of humanity were to communicate in Hebrew and it were to become an international language, let’s say, instead of English, would the world become better?

Answer: No. The most important thing is human yearning! It is possible to successfully deceive people in Hebrew and nothing would happen. The formal use of a language does not indicate anything.

Question: In which language did Adam write the book Raziel HaMalach?

Answer: He wrote it in Hebrew.

Question: We learn cursive letters separately from block letters and some of them are very different. Which letters were the Kabbalistic sources written with?

Answer: The primary sources were clearly written in block letters. I do not know when the cursive letters appeared and what happened with them. In principle, wherever they talk about the meaning of the letters, what they mean is their block form.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/6/19

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Connection With The Creator Is The Basis Of Ancient Languages

Laitman_151Question: Is the Hebrew language a kind of middle line between letters and hieroglyphs?

Answer: I did not study the spiritual origin of hieroglyphs. I can only say one thing: the basis of all ancient languages is the connection of the person with the Creator. Although Hebrew conveys the most complete connection, and therefore the Torah and all other spiritual sources are given on it, we cannot say that through Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian, Egyptian characters, etc., there is no connection of the person with the Creator.

In any case, there is a connection because before any human began to feel how to express his opinion, his feeling, he received this knowledge from the Creator. It did not arise out of nowhere just like that.

In this sense, all languages have spiritual roots, only they have all deteriorated or disappeared. Hebrew is the only language that has remained the same, and therefore the Torah and all other books are given in Hebrew, of which all of humanity has gradually realized its spiritual sources.

We simply do not know the roots; we do not know the correct connection with the Creator in any ancient language But it undoubtedly exists, otherwise nothing could have happened.

In addition, scientists have intervened on the basis of their conclusions, dissertations, etc., and started to “break” them according to their understanding. From that, of course, nothing from the original sources of all languages remains.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian,1/6/19

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Know The Essence Of Things Through Letters

laitman_251Question: What does it mean to know the essence of things through letters?

Answer: First, it is necessary to understand each letter, what elements it consists of.
Without going deeply into the details, each letter is a certain combination of the light of Hochma and the light of Hassadim, receiving and giving, their variation and mutual alignment between each other.

In other words, how much can I give in order to receive something? Or vice versa, how can I receive and what should I give for it? These are different things, although they seem the same. It depends on what is ahead.

Secondly, letters cannot arbitrarily follow one after the other. There are letters that cannot stand together, they must have a certain sequence.

Letters represent light. According to the structure of the spiritual system, there are five Sefirot: Keter, Hochma, Bina, ZA, and Malchut. Until the middle of Bina, there are no letters, only abstract light.

Starting from the middle of Bina and on, the upper light enters the Kelim (vessels), desires. Therefore, there are nine letters in the lower part of Bina, nine in ZA, and four in Malchut, twenty-two letters in total.

They cannot be more or less because that is the number of Sefirot from Bina to Malchut, i.e., each Sephira corresponds to a certain letter. Moreover, at different levels Sefirot can be denoted by different letters. There are also five additional letters (Manzepach), which are placed at the end of words to complete the entire development from top to bottom.

According to Gematria (the numerical value of the letters), the first nine letters from Aleph to Tet are single unites, from Yod to Tzadik tens, and the last four letters Kuf, Reish, Shin, and Tav represent hundreds.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/6/19

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Binyan – The Structure Of The Word

laitman_614Question: Where did the binyanim come from—the forms of the construction of verbs in Hebrew? Do they have a spiritual root?

Answer: Hebrew is a mathematical language. It is the opposite of other languages.

There are two forces in the universe: the light of Hochma and the light of Hassadim. Their interaction is the basis of the future Kli (vessel). That is, the light is at the root of everything.

The root of Hebrew words can consist of one, two, or three letters. This is either one line, two lines, or three lines. The letters cannot arbitrarily be combined with each other, like in other languages according to their rules. Here there are no rules but laws of nature, laws of the world.

The binyan is the basis, the structure of the word, which always clearly expresses its root base: a combination of lights and desires. After all, what else is there? The light is from the Creator and the desire, that is, the intention, reflected light, is from creation.

It all depends on what state they are in. It can be only one, two, or three lines. Therefore, as a rule, we have two lines, and in special cases— three. It speaks only of the basis of the word.

All these questions are clearly mathematical. There can be no arbitrary movements.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 1/6/19

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Why Is The Day Of Translating The Torah Considered A Day Of Mourning?

Laitman_137Question: Why is the 10th day of the month of Tevet, the day of the translation of the Torah from Hebrew into 70 languages, considered a day of mourning? Allegedly, on this day, the Torah was removed from its place. What does it mean?

Answer: It’s because this translation deprived the Torah of its true spiritual foundation, of its true form, only a superficial translation remains. Even purely didactically it could not be exact, not to mention the fact that the spiritual part cannot be translated into any language.

Even Hebrew is not a language but a code—letters that follow each other in a certain sequence, according to certain rules. They cannot be rearranged. In each word, there is a certain root of two or three letters, the so-called “Binyan” (structure).

And when Hebrew is translated, all this is discarded and practically nothing remains of the language. One takes a simple translation of a word, a property from our world, although it does not say anything about material things at all, and gives it some kind of copy of our world.

Question: How many discussions exist around the fact that a woman was allegedly created from man’s rib, or that the horns of Moses were shining? All this because of an incorrect translation?

Answer: You cannot do anything. This is problem.

Question: Will humanity, by ascending back to the spiritual world, return the Torah to its place?

Answer: We have nothing to return! The Torah did not fall, did not break, and nothing happened to it.

The Torah is a portrayal of the device of the upper world. A person who starts to engage in it and rise, comprehends this device.

But when he thinks that this device is already in his pocket in the form of a book, not even written in Hebrew, but in a translation that does not have spiritual meaning, then he perceives the Torah as mere stories. When he reads that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, he thinks: “I know what heaven is. I know what Earth is. Let’s keep reading.”

Therefore, a person who does not want to “dissect” himself must not be allowed into the spiritual world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/6/19

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