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Worlds That Make Up The Universe

548.03Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah“: Kabbalists have found that the form of the four worlds named Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya, beginning with the first, highest world, called Atzilut, down to this corporeal, tangible world, called Assiya, is exactly the same in every item and event.

This means that everything that eventuates and occurs in the first world is found unchanged in the next world, below it, too. It is likewise in all the worlds that follow it, down to this tangible world.

Kabbalists discovered that there is an upgraded state of creation, which is the upper level called the world of Ein Sof. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, Ein Sof (infinity) and distances are not measured by kilometers or yards, so this measurement is not really relevant for them. Therefore, this world is called upper because the highest root is there and everything stems from it.

It is called the world of Ein Sof because we cannot attain it in its ultimate form.

The next world below it is called the world of Adam Kadmon (AK).

Adam is the prototype of the corrected state of creation, and Kadmon means primary or original. So the initial state of creation, the embryo, is called Adam Kadmon.

Then the world of Atzilut follows, stemming from the word “Etzlo” (in Him). Everything is contained in the world of Atzilut.

It includes the upper light coming from above and all the efforts and corrections that come from below. It is truly a serious spiritual object.

Atzilut is the upper world in which the Creator exists and operates on us from above downward.

Below this world are the worlds of Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya.

The world of Beria comes from the word “Bar” (emerging from the boundaries of the Creator, below His level).

Yetzira means that new, lower states are created in this world.

Assiya is the world of action.

Our world is below the world of Assiya and is sometimes perceived as its lowest level.

Question: What is the upper root and what is the branch?

Answer: Basically, the root is in the world of infinity. But it is not a root in itself yet, because it is too high. Our roots are actually in the world of Atzilut and our branches are in our world.

And in between, there are different states, combinations, and connections.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 10/6/19

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548.02“There is no difference between them, but only a difference of degree perceived in the substance of the elements of reality in each and every world. The substance of the elements of reality in the first, uppermost world, is finer than in all the ones below it. And the substance of the elements of reality in the second world is thicker than in the first world, but finer than all that is of a lower degree.

This continues similarly down to this world before us, whose substance of the elements of its reality is coarser and darker than in all the worlds preceding it. However, the shapes and elements of reality and all their occurrences come unchanged and equal in every world, both in quantity and quality.” (Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”)

Question: What is “a fine world?”

Answer: It is a world in which we use the desire with the intention of in order to bestow. This is actually what makes it fine.

“They compared it to the conduct of a seal and its imprint: All the shapes in the seal are perfectly transferred in every detail and intricacy to its imprinted object. So it is with the worlds: Each lower world is an imprint of the world above it. Hence, all the forms in the higher world are meticulously copied, in both quantity and quality, to the lower world.”

This is how everything takes place. The world of Ein Sof and the world of Adam Kadmon are called Keter, the world of Atzilut is called Hochma, the world Beria is called Bina, the world of Yetzira is called Zeir Anpin, and the world of Assiya, which also includes our world, is called Malchut. This is the structure of the whole creation.

If we look at one of the worlds, let’s say Bina, it is also made of Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut, and so on.

This means that the structure must always be made of five or ten parts. Later we will see that it is the same thing. The whole creation starting from the world of Ein Sof all the way to our world includes ten Sefirot, no more no less. Every particle in it is also made of ten Sefirot and is similar in its structure to all the worlds.

If we assume that the universe is built in the form of an atom and is made of these atoms, we can imagine what a root and a branch are. It all descends into our world and everything that we see before us are the branches of what is above our world, according to the hierarchy of the spiritual attributes, which in the spiritual world are called roots.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 10/6/19

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243.05Connecting to the Common Sefira of Love

Question: Why did Baal HaSulam chose only four categories: Hesed (mercy), Emet (truth), Tzedek (justice) and Shalom (peace) if there are many more? And where is the category of love? Why isn’t it part of the general list? Could it be that it has a special place?

Answer: Love is the goal.

Mercy, truth, justice, and peace exist only to bring us to complete connection. Complete connection is called love. So, it does exist here but only in a specific symbiosis of all these properties.

Question: Does this mean that we need to feel this attribute and reveal it in relation to these four categories?

Answer: When you balance all these four categories and use them not in a twisted manner but literally as one general whole, they connect into one common sphere, into the Sefira called love.

Question: So why do we still speak only about four categories?

Answer: It is because these are the four stages of the development of the desire by the light. There cannot be more or less. These are the same ten Sefirot, which must find the right combination between them.

Question: Do the ten Sefirot have to be correctly combined to reach love?

Answer: So that Malchut eventually connects to Keter and the crown of creation is formed.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/28/19

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Our World Is The Darkest Place

424.02Question: Does the mind change according to the material a person studies? Is the mind of a person who studies the wisdom of Kabbalah different from the mind of a person who studies astronomy for instance?

Answer: Yes. A person who studies the wisdom of Kabbalah studies about the actions of the Creator. He thinks differently.

There are five worlds, one inside the other. The upper light goes through all the worlds, all the way to the center. These worlds are called Adam Kadmon (early man), which means the prototype of man, Atzilut, Beriya, Yetzira, and Asiya. The smallest circle in the center is called our world, in which we live.

We live in the darkest place, while the upper light reaches us through all the worlds from the world of Ein Sof.

Question: There is so much light around us, but the section of our world remains in the dark.

Answer: A person has no need for this light, because we cannot stand the light of bestowal. It is death for us. We can only perceive the egoistic light and we live within it.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 4/21/19

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Small Bricks That The Worlds Are Built Of

117Question: By which methods, which means, and according to which order did the Creator create the world?

Answer: By desire! The Creator created desire and He fills it. A desire and a filling are the small bricks that all the worlds are built of. The whole world is made of these small bricks, small desires. When they come in contact with each other and connect, they create worlds, just like we build buildings from bricks.

Each brick is made of ten parts that are called ten Sefirot. When these ten Sefirot come together to a certain amount, they are called a Partzuf, which means a bigger unit.

When this Partzuf connects with other Partzufim it is called a world. The worlds connect to each other and create reality. This is how it works.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 4/21/19

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Five Parts Of Nature: The Root And Its Effects

548.03Comment: Rabbi Nachman wrote that he had a dream as if he had entered a cave where there were many different books. When he began to open them, they all opened in the same place and spoke about the same thing.

My Response: So it is, they all speak only about how to return to the state of spiritual fusion, union, ascent. In principle, all the primary sources are written for our time. We are now in the last, fourth exile from spirituality, and from it, we must come to complete unity with the King, with the Creator.

Question: But if all the primary sources say the same thing, why are there so many different books?

Answer: Because, first of all, there are four primary languages.

In our body, everything consists of five parts (the root and its four effects): five parts of the lungs, five parts of the mouth, five senses, five fingers on the hand, and so on.

The fact is that the light that builds the soul for itself is its root system, the so-called crown, the root. From the root come four stages, four emanations of the light that builds desire for itself. Only the last, fourth stage is the true desire that wants to rise to the light, to be the same as the light.

Thus, everything in nature is created in five stages, and therefore we have four types of language, that is, four types of perception of light by the creation.

In addition, there are four types of creation itself: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human.

Kabbalah describes all the stages of our change, i.e., climbing the 125 stages of the five worlds, the last of which is the root one.

In each world, there are five so-called Partzufim (great stages), each of which is subdivided into five more sub-stages—Sefirot. It comes out to 225 steps. All of them turn into one single comprehension of the Creator, called “His unchangeable indelible four-letter name.”

The four-letter name of the Creator includes the outgoing root (point) and the four letters that represent this point. That is, in the form of these five representations of Him, five manifestations, we feel Him.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #14

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The Highest Harmony Of The Spiritual World

610.2Question: Kabbalistic sources state that if we were to collect the pleasure experienced by all people throughout the entire history of mankind, it would still not be possible to compare it with the feeling of one gram of spiritual pleasure. Is this really so?

Answer: This is how it is. The fact is that nothing can compare with the spiritual world in terms of the strength, depth, and details of perception, the possibilities related to grasping opposing properties and states, as well as finding out how to compare them and connect them with each other.

Only the science of Kabbalah allows us to feel the highest level of harmony that consists of absolutely opposite properties. The revelation of the upper world is built precisely on the comparison of the most extreme opposites that, not only, cannot only be connected in any way, but also cannot even be compared in our world.

Any spiritual phenomenon consists of two opposite states that are not connected at the level of our world and cannot be studied together. It is only within our earthly minds on the material level that they do not have the opportunity to be connected somehow or to affect each other. Qualitatively, these are completely different states. The spiritual world could be characterized as the comparison of incomparable objects and phenomena.

It gives enormous pleasure because one feels harmony above the fact that everything you can imagine, even on the level of our world, is negating and mutually exclusive, whereas in the spiritual world, it is quite the contrary; everything is mutually supportive and creates the highest harmony out of the opposites.

Question: So if in the material world, two opposite states lead a person to a state of despair and one cannot explain why it is happening this way, in spirituality, it is the opposite?

Answer: In the spiritual world, they become even more opposite, critical, and sharply directed against each other. Then, a very new solution appears between them even though the conflict seemed unsolvable at the level of our world.

This creates a new volume in which the higher world exists.
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Two Governances: Heaven And Earth

214There are two governances in the world: heavenly and earthly. One acts from the side of nature, advancing the program of evolution as planned: “in due time,” leading each one and everyone all together to a predetermined state. As a result, the two forces—good and evil—must join together, replenish each other, and fully reveal the Creator to us.

The upper force created good and evil and imprinted them in creation. And now they must unite in order to reveal the Creator within this unity. This is the plan of heavenly governance, and the world will certainly carry it out; there is no doubt about it.

Nature will brutally push us toward this correction. Extinct dinosaurs, erupting volcanoes, tsunami waves, wars, all these prove that nature advances the program of heaven without any mercy, regardless of the fact that it causes suffering to our egoism.

But the human, the most developed part of nature, has the opportunity to get acquainted with this process, with the program of creation and its purpose, and become an assistant to the Creator in its implementation. In this case, he will be called “human.”

If a person takes control and strives to become like the Creator, he accelerates the development and reduces suffering. But he is trying not for his own sake but only to support the program of creation and to prove to everyone the righteousness of the Creator, to justify Him in everything.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/18/20, “Connecting the World in the Last Generation”

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Kabbalah And The Big Bang

619Question: I recently learned about the science of Kabbalah, and it seems to me that it does not answer the question of the beginning of creation. You often mention the Big Bang theory, thus supporting the teachings of godless materialistic scientists.

And Kabbalah says that God exists. Based on this logic, it turns out that an aircraft can be produced by blowing up an aircraft factory?

Answer: You are a little confused. First, the Big Bang that took place at the beginning of creation and which is described in the wisdom of Kabbalah is not something that actually existed and later exploded and ceased to exist. It is the penetration of upper energy into the lowest level, the level of our world, and the beginning of its spreading.

Before that, there was no time, motion, or space. One microscopic spark of the upper light that materialized in our world generated a space in which our universe and everything that is in it exists starting from hydrogen, helium, and all the other elements.

Second, the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us how this energy descended through the five upper worlds, from the world of Ein Sof to the last spiritual world called the world of Asiya, and then crossed that barrier between the spiritual world and our world and gave birth to everything that is in it. All this is studied in the science of Kabbalah.
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At The Beginning Of Creation: Line And Circle

548.03First, the light creates the desire to receive through the four stages of direct light and fills it. But the last fourth stage of desire makes a restriction, and the light goes out of all the spheres of this desire, from all its stages. And then the fourth stage begins to attract light by a special method called “line.”

The difference between a round sphere and a line is that there were no restrictions in the sphere and light could fill all the desire created by the Creator. And in the line, the desire itself determines in what form the light will come and fill it.

The circle is the filling of desire without any restrictions, and the line is the condition that the light comes only according to the desire and the desire restricts the light, leaving only a thin line from the sphere.

From this we can see that in the four stages of direct light there is no creation yet, and everything exists as created by the Creator. But then the desire to enjoy begins to manifest itself and limits the upper light, determining how the light can fill it and connect with it.

At first, all the spheres—zero, first, second, third, and fourth—were completely filled with light. But then the fourth stage felt itself receiving and opposite to the light. So it restricted its desire, and the light was gone. But since nothing is done in the spiritual by halves, the light has departed all spheres.

And now the fourth stage itself decides in what form the light will come and fill it, and decides not only for itself but also for all other spheres. And it turns out that all this empty space, all the spheres are cut only by one thin ray (line), one sector of light.

It is like a tube through which light flows, passing outside from the world of Ein Sof to the center of all spheres, inside all space, where the restriction operates.

The line is an extent of the equivalence of the desire to receive of the creation to the desire to bestow of the Creator. The line shows how much the creation is able to resemble the Creator; the more similar to the Creator the creation can be, the thicker the line, and the less similar, the thinner the line. And this determines how much light can flow through this tube. The line is a measure of a creature’s desire to become like the Creator.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/9/20, Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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