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Two Types of Upper Light

243.07Hochma is called “light,” and Hassadim, “water.” Bina is called “upper water,” and Malchut, “lower water” (Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Part 1, “Inner Observation,” Chapter 8, Item 29).

There are two types of light: the light of Hochma and the light of Hassadim. The light of Hochma fills the desires to receive, which have corrected their intention to bestowal. The light of Hassadim fills the desires to bestow, which have also corrected themselves, but not to reception for the sake of bestowal, rather for pure bestowal.

Therefore, the light of Hassadim is much weaker in intensity and strength than the light of Hochma. But, in principle, these two lights fill the entire universe, which is the desire to receive.

Since the correction of the desire to receive into the desire to bestow is the purpose of our work, first we neutralize reception. This is called “Tzimtzum” (Restriction), which means that we do not want to work with the desire to receive, we rise above it.

Then the Ohr Hassadim (the light of Hassadim) spreads in our desire. And then we can even rise to the level where our desires are filled with the light of Hochma.

That is, everything happens in desire, which is the only creation.
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From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/15/23

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How Can You Be Useful in this World?

293.1Question: What is the Creator?

Answer: The Creator is the one and only force of nature.

Question: What information does the Creator transmit to a person?

Answer: Only what a person needs in order to be a useful entity in this world.

Question: How can one be useful in this world?

Answer: Love.
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From KabTV’s “Blitz Questions and Answers” 1/6/23

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Demand and Receive!

544Attempts to unite carried out in a group are always new. Like with a child who is constantly making mistakes, in the end, he comes to a decision and achieves the goal himself. But on the spiritual path, we see that we are not able to achieve the spiritual goal; we have to receive strength and explanation, help, and support from above. But this is already a decision. And then we demand and receive.

From where can a person of our world gain an understanding of the methodology, knowledge, and power? After all, it all belongs to the spiritual level, to the next dimension! It is just above his head: absolutely different thoughts, decisions, and understanding of nature, completely different brains. They work according to a different principle.

In our world, there are electronic devices that are not compatible with each other, and we need to create a commutation between them, build whole commutative systems.

And in spirituality, even this does not exist. There is a qualitative quantum leap here. We have to get an additional portion of light in order to rise to the next level.

Comment: You once explained that there is no need for heroism here. We do not need to strive to succeed because the Creator heals only broken hearts.

My Response: It is necessary to succeed in understanding that we require a portion of light from above that would give us absolutely new qualities.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. The Reason for Failures in the Group” 1/28/12

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On the Crest of Life

527.03Question: How should we view the suffering of a person on the spiritual path? What does it bring him?

Answer: Suffering helps to eliminate its cause. If I suffer from something, it makes me start looking into the cause of suffering and how to escape it.

Question: There is an animal-level suffering when a person wants to organize his material life, and there is an opposite, spiritual suffering, when one has everything, but cannot find himself. What is the qualitative difference between these two types of suffering?

Answer: It depends on the degree of suffering and on the level you are at; there are four levels of nature inside us: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human.

Question: You said that coming from the opposite, from feeling pain, you can feel pleasure much stronger.

Answer: Well, this is suffering of a different kind—suffering of love.

Question: Let’s say a person is on the path, and he actually realizes this is a difficult path that requires him to undergo certain things. What does the constant feeling of these waves give him?

Answer: Advancement, attainment, and the feeling of being at the very crest of life, at its very peak. He understands there is nothing else, this is the ultimate. He looks at everything around him, sees right through what is happening, and everything is clear and understandable to him. He wants to know, attain, and connect with the cause of everything that exists, and even to rise above this cause.

I don’t even know how to say it, but it doesn’t compare to anything. Kabbalah cannot be substituted with anything. Nothing! Any science or anything one is involved in this world is all inside this world: in the world of a meager consequence of the upper world.

Here you have a method of attainment, not just some story, but the attainment of the upper world.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Suffer, Derive Pleasure” 1/28/12

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The Work of a Kabbalist

619Question: What does a Kabbalist experience when he takes people to another degree?

Answer: That is his job. He works!

Question: Is there some mechanism by which he feeds all this mass?

Answer: He lives off their desire. They want to rise at least in something, at least somehow, at least passively, but they want to. And he doesn’t need anything else besides that.

Question: What is the beauty of this action?

Answer: The beauty is that there is a connection of different souls. When they unite with each other, they reveal the Creator, the upper force. Moreover, everyone to the extent of their participation.

And the Kabbalist who connects them feels it more, above all. He feels the benefit of his action both in relation to these souls and in relation to the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Become a Star?” 5/14/11

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The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning of Wisdom

294.4The fear of the Lord is the Resheet [beginning] of wisdom.” It is also written, “The fear of the Lord is the Resheet [beginning] of knowledge,” since fear is called Resheet. Also, it is the gate by which to enter faith, and the whole world exists on this Mitzva” (Baal HaSulam, Introduction of the Book of Zohar, “The Commandments of the Torah,” the First Commandment, Item 189).

The fear of the Creator is a common foundation that binds everything and holds the whole building on itself. A person fears the Creator, who is the root of everything, governs everything, and organizes everything. There is nothing in the world that exists outside of the Creator, the one upper force that embraces everything.

It is a mistake to think that a person can exist independently of the Creator and decide something oneself. Such a thing does not exist in nature. Only the Creator does everything, and therefore, fear of the Creator is the root of everything.

To fear the Creator means to tremble before the greatness of the one who reigns everywhere and governs everything like before the only force in the world on which a person depends one hundred percent.

But this is not about being afraid of the Creator, but about being afraid to separate from the force that embraces everything. A person should perceive every moment of his existence as being sent by the Creator. This is what is called the fear of the Creator.

The Creator is the entirety of nature, which includes all the natural laws that He established.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/23/23, Writings of Baal HaSulamIntroduction to The Book of Zohar

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Our World—Reception in Order to Receive for Oneself

550Question: Are there any examples of receiving for the sake of bestowal in our world?

Answer: No. In our world, we do not feel the desire to receive and the desire to give in an open form. We do not see the fulfillment that others receive.

Question: But in our world, a person also feels that he receives and gives. What desires are we talking about here?

Answer: The fact is that in our world all desires are egoistic. Even if a person gives, he acts so only for himself.

Question: So, when a person comes into some kind of contact with an upper force, he receives something from it, and gives something to it. And these calculations fill him when he receives and gives. And if I just contact people in this world, I also receive and give something, I also fill up, but is it something else?

Answer: If you assume that this brings you closer to the Creator, that you can give to Him, then you feel receiving or giving. It is impossible to give and receive directly from the Creator. It always goes through humanity, through other people.
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From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/15/23

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Connect with the Authors of The Zohar

165Before reading The Book of Zohar, we need to adjust ourselves so that we feel that we are in a group. Then we are in an equivalence of qualities with the very group of Kabbalists who wrote The Zohar, and we can more easily understand what they want to convey to us.

Understanding comes as a result of the influence of light. The light acts on us from the connection between the souls of the ten Kabbalists, who all together were in a completely corrected state, that is, in a completely corrected connection with each other.

Therefore, when they corrected the connection between them to such an extent that none of them had an uncorrected will to receive, they revealed between them the upper light, called “Zohar” – radiance, which is emanating from the Rosh (Head) of Arich Anpin, the light of infinity.

Therefore, if we try to reach the same relationship between us as the authors of The Book of Zohar, we attract light from the same states they have reached.

This light can also create a connection between us, as it is said: “He who makes peace above will make peace upon us.” This is what we should expect from reading The Book of Zohar.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/16/10, The Book of Zohar – Selections, Chapter “Shemot (Exodus)”

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Time Is What You Change

276.03Comment: If we treat time on a psychological level, then indeed, it may not exist. But with respect to our protein bodies, we see that time still exists.

My Response: Our protein bodies measure time by their pulse, the beats of the heart, and by the way we measure the relationship between the states we go through. But these are all purely subjective concepts.

In fact, if you are in a rocket that is launched into space at high speed, then time will be measured differently for you, and you will look different compared to others.

Time is not a biological system that changes you; time is what you change. So I would not treat time in this way. But we are used to it, and live in a world in which time passes according to the ticking of the clock.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 12/25/22

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From Fear to Trembling

249.02A man is created from the material of the desire to enjoy; therefore, he is constantly worried about whether he will be able to get pleasure. A person is concerned about this every moment of his life; a person feels some kind of deficiency and fears that he will not be able to fill it. He is like a bunny always hiding under a bush and trembling with fear.

The fear of not getting what we want lives in us all the time. This is our nature of the desire to enjoy, which is based on fear.

But when we correct ourselves, we must move from fear to trembling. This is something completely different. I am afraid that I will not be able to give to the Creator, I will not be able to draw near Him, to become like Him, to fulfill His desire. He has been guiding me and giving me exercises all my life, and I am afraid I will not feel it and will not connect with Him correctly.

Fear is anxiety about my own existence, and trembling is anxiety about whether I will give pleasure to the Creator. The main task of a person is to achieve such trembling; this is the very first commandment.

The feeling that everything comes from the Creator and there is none else besides Him is the root of the right trembling from which one already comes to wisdom, attainment, and correct fulfillment.

The source of trembling of the Creator is in Binah, and above Binah is Hochma, wisdom. And even higher is Keter, the full governance of the Creator over all reality. Therefore, it is possible to enter the GAR, the higher Sefirot Binah, Hochma, and Keter, only through Binah, which is called trembling.

There are different stages of fear. At the initial stages, a person worries about himself, about what will happen to him and what he will not have, and he is afraid of punishment. And so he goes through all the fears until he rises to true trembling when he is afraid whether he will be able to please the Creator.

And in order to come to trembling before the Creator, a person needs proper work with his friends, where is the root of all fears: Will I be able to help my friends, will I be able to feel their help for me or not? All work on spiritual development revolves around mutual guarantee.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/23/23, Writings of Baal HaSulamIntroduction to The Book of Zohar

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