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Who Is The Book Of Zohar Meant For?

Laitman_065 Zohar for All, Torah, “BeHaalotcha” 58: Woe unto one who says that the Torah comes to tell literal tales and the uneducated words of such as Esau and Laban. If this is so, even today we can turn the words of an uneducated person into a law, and even nicer than theirs. And if the Torah indicates to mundane matters, even the rulers of the world have among them better things, so let us follow them and turn them into a law in the same way. However, all the words of the Torah have the uppermost meaning.

It is very difficult to explain The Book of Zohar to beginners. This is a completely closed book. Its texts seems to be literary or historical, often frightening, mystical.

When I began to study with Rabash, I was offered to study the article “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah” by Baal HaSulam, which is one of the introductions to The Book of Zohar. But the entire method, the technique of spiritual work, is clearly described in it in the language of Kabbalah and not in the language of feelings.

The Book of Zohar cannot be used as a textbook, it can be used only as material for extra classes for people who are seriously studying Kabbalah.

Question: What secrets are hidden in it?

Answer: It is impossible to reveal these secrets to a person because everything will be unclear to him since he does not have a corresponding mind that must put together incomprehensible things.

The fact is that a person currently studying Kabbalah has an ordinary earthly psychology. He must work on himself until the Light begins to change him a little, and in accordance with this he will differently perceive the material being studied.

Question: Then why was The Book of Zohar written?

Answer: So that you have something to study, that you can change, and in the measure of your changes, feel how the world, which used to seem one-sided, is changing, and now you see it as integral.

Then you will perceive it completely differently: complementary, interchangeable, as one common whole. All the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human nature will be perceived as one system.

But you will live in it. You will be unable to change something without changing everything else.

The Book of Zohar is a commentary on the Torah. In the Torah, absolutely everything concerning the way of a person and of all humanity is registered from the beginning to the end. Only the one who changes in accordance with the ascent on the spiritual steps attains what is written in it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/26/18

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Rosh HaShanah

laitman_283.02A “year” is a period from the beginning of creation to its end. It is written that a man called Adam was created on the eve of the new year, on Rosh HaShanah, and before that, the whole world was created. Therefore, within a year, we need to complete all the corrections, and if we do not succeed this year, then the next one comes.

A year is a complete cycle of states necessary to correct all of our properties. Therefore, our program for the next year is to reach a final, corrected state, and for this, it is necessary simply to awaken the Creator constantly so that He gives us strength to make corrections. We should not let Him go.1

Blowing the Shofar evokes mercy, the power of the good. Prayer, Shofar—all this is meant to awaken the upper level to make corrections in us.2
From the Daily Zohar Lesson 9/11/18, Zohar for All,  “Rosh HaShanah
1 Minute 25:30
2 Minute 28:54

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My Facebook Page: “5 Tips for Reading the Book of Zohar”

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/1/18

The Book of Zohar is a gateway to the causal level of reality, which is initially hidden from our perception. However, we need the right preparation in order to read The Zohar correctly.

So here are five rules to help you prepare for the great journey of discovery into The Zohar.

Rule #1: Do not seek intellectual knowledge

The Zohar is studied with the “heart,” that is, through your desire. Rather than mental processing of data, we have to develop a different approach: finding what needs to be tuned within us so as to perceive the hidden layer of reality.

Success depends only on how much we crave to discover and feel this reality. There is no need for prior knowledge, talent or wisdom. Only increasing the focus on your genuine desire to discover the meaning and purpose of life.

Rule #2: Interpret the words correctly

The Book of Zohar uses coded words and terms that may seem familiar to us from the physical world, such as: sea, mountains, trees, flowers, animals, people etc. It is critical to understand that all of the details, figures and events mentioned in the book do not speak of the external world around us, but only what is happening within us.
So when you read The Zohar, try to see the text as a bridge leading to your deepest desires and qualities.

Rule #3: Aim for the light

You may have heard that there’s a unique “light” that shines on a person when reading The Zohar. And that’s true. However, this isn’t some mystical or imaginary power.

The Zohar describes the higher states of perception attained by its authors. Yet, those states exist within every person in potential. So when you read about those higher states and attune your desire to attain them, those advanced states as if shine on your desire, making you more receptive to them. This is called “aiming for the light that reforms.”

Rule #4: Persist like a baby

When you study The Zohar correctly you begin to experience ascents and descents with regards to the intent with which you approach the book. It’s as if you tune in and out of the right frequency.

When that happens, remember that we are like babies with regards to the spiritual perception of reality, taking our first steps into it. Therefore, it’s only natural that we fall and rise up again until we can walk on our own.

Rule #5: Connect to your fellowmen

The Book of Zohar was written by a group of ten Kabbalists who connected their desires to sense nature’s governing force of connection between them, that is, the Creator. It was only the unity and connection between them that enabled them to perceive beyond the boundaries of the material world.

If we want to follow in their footsteps, we must try to build similar relations between us. The Zohar was born out of love, and its renewed discovery in our time will only be possible through love as well.

To learn more about The Zohar >> zoharstudy

This is a book with quotes from The Zohar that I highly recommend: LET THERE BE LIGHT

Excerpts From The Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/9/18

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom the 1st Part of the Lesson
Living In The Reality of “There Is None Else Besides Him”

  • All problems are caused by the revelation of the next Reshimo (spiritual gene), but they manifest in various clothings, in the form of enemies, sickness, problems with loved ones, or with random people. It depends on the form of the Reshimo that a person needs to correct.
  • In unpleasant situations, a person feels lost and wants to run away. But he needs to experience the full measure of the bitterness to the full depth of the Reshimo. Then he enters a new degree, as if “remembering” that all this was sent by the Creator to help him advance.
    He certainly would not have remembered the Creator on his own, but the suffering affects him, bringing him closer to the upper Light. Then, he begins to understand the reason for what is happening, to feel that it came from the Creator and to decide “There’s none else besides Him.” In this way, he conquers his fears and worries.
  • Problems that frighten a person are sent in order to help him adhere to the Creator; this is their only purpose. If a person understands that the Creator desires to draw him closer through these problems, then his attention shifts to the Creator and how to get closer to Him.
    It is like a small child who constantly tries to run away from his mother. But as soon as he sees something that frightens him, he clings to her and wants to hide in her arms so that she envelopes him, as if he were in her womb.
  • Frightening problems are a great correction and help sent to a person from above to distance him from his evil nature and bring him closer to the Creator. He understands good and corrects the revealed Reshimo by adhering to and justifying the Creator who sent him these problems in order to educate him.
  • How can a person be saved from evil and even justify the Creator in the direst circumstances of utter despair when the world is immersed in darkness? Only through the environment that supports him during difficult times and helps him remain in constant adhesion with the Creator regardless of the ever-increasing revelation of the breakage.
  • To justify the Creator means to connect everything that is happening to me with Him, rejoicing that He is distancing Himself from me so that in this new disconnected state I can adhere to Him.

From the 2nd Part of the Lesson 
The Study of The Ten Sefirot

  • The degrees of the spiritual world grow from within, clothing themselves into increasingly external manifestations, like concentric circles that spread out after a rock is thrown into the water. So a new inner core begins to grow in the Partzuf (spiritual object), while the former inner part becomes the external one.
    When it grows further, the external layer of the upper degree becomes the inner layer of the lower degree. Inner turns into outer and outer into the inner of the lower degree, and so on and so on.
  • The union of upper and lower degrees is the most difficult and deepest mystery because it is the union between the Creator and creation on each level.

From the 3rd Part of the Lesson
Baal HaSulam’s “Shofar HaMoshiach

  • Kabbalistic books have always been shrouded in secrecy. Other than the Kabbalists, no one understands anything that is written in them. Kabbalists speak about what is good for humanity and its progress toward correction.
    When we are teaching little children, we don’t disclose everything at once, but we reveal things gradually as they are ready for it. First, we educate them so they can use the knowledge they are receiving properly. When we are talking about spiritual degrees that are unattainable to the human intellect and feelings, special preparation is even more important.
  • If the generation is not ready, the Kabbalistic books return to concealment. This is what happened with Baal HaSulam who wrote many texts that he later hid and some he even burned. The authorities forbade him to publish his newspaper. This was all to ensure these texts would be revealed in the correct way and time.
  • Why is The Book of Zohar so important for our correction if it is a commentary on the Torah? The Torah contains all the information up to the end of correction, but it is not explained there.
    The Torah describes the corrections that were needed for the construction of the First and Second Temples. The Zohar, however, was written after the destruction of the Second Temple, and it tells how to come to the Third Temple following the destruction and exile.
    It was written for the last generation, when the exile ends and the construction of the Third Temple begins, which is the vessel for the revelation of the upper Light. This is the time when The Book of Zohar is needed.
    From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/9/18

Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 2/12/17

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Must we acquire spiritual senses to read The Book of Zohar or is The Book of Zohar what shapes the spiritual senses?

Answer: It is both this and that. The Book of Zohar shapes and develops spiritual senses, and simultaneously explains what the person perceives.

Question: Is it worthwhile reading The Book of Zohar independently? Is this liable to be harmful?

Answer: No, this will not be harmful and there is no need to be afraid. You can listen to The Book of Zohar lessons that we broadcast regularly.

Question: What does my ability to perceive depend on?

Answer: Your perception ability depends on the degree to which your senses expand.

Question: Does contempt for the opportunity of developing through the power of The Book of Zohar lead to the development through the painful way of suffering?

Answer: Development is not necessary through The Book of Zohar; development happens through studying Kabbalah, and The Zohar is one of the Kabbalah books that helps a person discover a perception of the upper world.

Question: Is it enough for me to read The Book of Zohar regularly to achieve true happiness?

Answer: No, the main thing is for you to be in a group. In this way you will expand your perception and and begin to feel the upper world through the group.

Question: Can The Book of Zohar reveal and show me the connections between people in this world at the level of the upper world, which governs their destiny?

Answer: Yes, but this again is in a group. The connection between friends creates a sense of a higher state in a person in which he perceives forces and characteristics of the upper world that are revealed in a group.

Question: What is the most important thing in The Book of Zohar? Is it its origin or the content itself?

Answer: The most important thing in The Book of Zohar is the upper Light, which descends on a person through its proper use.

Question: Have all the texts of The Book of Zohar been deciphered?

Answer: Yes, absolutely all of them have been deciphered. None of the text in The Book of Zohar speaks directly about what a person reads; the meaning is allegorically concealed in its words.

Question: When I read The Book of Zohar, answers to questions are revealed to me, but then additional questions appear and my mind becomes chaotic. Should I try to make order of this or simply turn off my intellect and let The Book organize everything itself?

Answer: You will not be able to do anything with what you got from reading. The best thing is to start studying correctly.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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Laitman_917.01Question: Did the Ari know about The Zohar?

Answer: Certainly! Beginning from the 13th century (the time of Rabbi Moshe de Leon) all of the Kabbalists studied The Book of Zohar. Thanks to this, the wisdom of Kabbalah coexisted with the usual religion all these years.

Question: It is written in The Book of Zohar that a person is a small world and the world is a big person. What does this mean?

Answer: It means that we were created in the image and likeness of the world and the world in our image and likeness.

Question: Does the higher illumination have a color?

Answer: It has all the colors of the rainbow.

Question: Is The Zohar suitable for a reader of any denomination, and will it work in any case if you read it carefully?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah does not belong to religions or faiths, only to a person. It was discovered by humanity thousands of years before the appearance of all religions and faiths. It is the science about the management of our world by a higher power and it has nothing to do with any religious actions, departures, and everything else humanity created for itself. It is absolutely egalitarian, equal for all.

Question: Why have particular people been given the opportunity to discover the wisdom of Kabbalah and others have not?

Answer: It depends on a person’s desire. Ultimately, everyone will strive to reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah and attain the meaning of life. But at the moment, ask any person on the street if he has a need for this and he will answer that he doesn’t.

Question: Is it necessary to sit in a cave to open the Torah?

Answer: For the authors of The Book of Zohar there was no other way; they were forced to hide. They were given such circumstances from above, which drove them into a cave and helped them write The Book of Zohar.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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From The Tree Of Knowledge To Our Days

Laitman_931.02Question: What are the connections between us that the Creator is revealed in?

Answer: We are updating the connection that existed between us before the shattering; we are trying to strengthen it. This work, although it seems complicated to us, is actually quite simple.

There was a four-letter structure of HaVaYaH with all kinds of secondary private HaVaYaH. It was built from the first nine Sefirot. They had the Light, a screen, 288 parts, Lights (RAPACH). These first nine Sefirot were joined by Malchut to carry out the complete correction (Gmar Tikkun).

That is, 32 more pieces were added to RAPACH to make 620—a perfect structure. But it was impossible to do this because an additional desire to enjoy was revealed, which was not known beforehand, as in shattering of the vessels in the world of Nekudim.

This is how shattering happened—the sin of the Tree of Knowledge. These 32 parts, Malchut that cannot be corrected by the intention for bestowal mixed with all the nine Sefirot, including all their private sub-Sefirot, and because of Malchut, the entire structure shattered, which means it acquired the desire to receive for the sake of reception.

That is, the intention shattered and not the connection. The network of connections remained. But the type of connections within this network has become for the sake of reception, and therefore, it is called shattering. A good aspiration from one to another shattered and instead of it, an evil aspiration was revealed.

Now we need to fix this. But we do not have to search between whom and with whom to establish connections. The Creator brought a person to the group, to a teacher, to a good fate and said: “Choose this!” We just have to change the intention: what do I connect with others for, what do I want from this connection? That is, we do not correct the connections between us but only the type of these connections. And this is what the entire correction is about.

A connection between all people exists. It is only necessary to correct the quality of the connections: from the intention “for one’s own sake” to “for the sake of bestowal.” According to this, we will discover ever greater opportunities and new connections, but they will open up on the path of correction.

Therefore, all that we need to do is to acquire an altruistic intention instead of an egoistic intention, which will be revealed. We must only make efforts to transform same connections into bestowal. For this purpose, we study The Book of Zohar and the rest of the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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Who Is The Zohar For?

Laitman_522.03Question: Can there be a random reader of The Book of Zohar, or does it fall into the hands of someone who has ripened for it?

Answer: There is nothing that happens by chance in our world, not even in ordinary life, not to mention that only people who are selected for it reach the wisdom of Kabbalah. Therefore, there can be no accidents here.

But as for communication with the the upper world is concerned, completely different laws operate.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/17

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Kabbalah Is The Method Of Revealing The Creator

laitman_563Question: Who called the wisdom we are studying “Kabbalah”? Does this name refer to the time of the writing of The Book of Zohar?

Answer: The word “Kabbalah” first appeared in the book of Abraham. It means “receiving,” because the most important quality of the created matter is reception. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah means a special quality of receiving the revelation of the Creator.

Question: Does it mean that such terms as “the science of Kabbalah” or “the wisdom of Kabbalah” were already known in the time of the First Temple?

Answer: Long before that, about 1,500 years before the construction of the First Temple. And whether before that, I cannot say.

In addition, a lot of books from Adam to Abraham were lost. We just do not need them and so they gradually disappeared. We do not know the books written by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob except The Book of Creation (Sefer Yetzirah) of Abraham. Rambam mentions that Abraham wrote many books; however, we do not know where they are.

Question: Is Kabbalah a method or a book?

Answer: Kabbalah is the method of the revelation of the Creator. The Torah (from the word “Ohr – Light)” is the knowledge about the upper Light. And the rest: the Mishnah, the Talmud, and other holy writings are an addition to it, commentaries and so on. The Book of Zohar is also a commentary on the Torah.

All of it together is called the Torah, that is, the instruction for revealing the upper Light.
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The Book Of Zohar, The Main Book Of The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

Laitman_065A person exists in the world in a certain volume where he is born, develops, and lives. During his lifetime, many questions may emerge in him, such as: What am I living for? What is the meaning of life? Is there a Creator? Could it be that the Creator is nature? Does life just go by and end?

We know that nothing happens in nature without a cause and that everything develops within a process of cause and effect, but we still do not understand what ultimately happens to us, what the reason of our existence is, and what the outcomes of our lives will be. When a person has such questions as these, he arrives at the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

The main book of the wisdom of Kabbalah is The Book of Zohar that describes all of the transformations a person undergoes and provides complete answers to all of the above questions. But The Book of Zohar should not be used as an ordinary guide in which a certain chapter engages in the meaning of life and another in the goal of creation. The Book of Zohar is not an encyclopedia. It was written according to a totally different principle. It is not an ordinary, scientific book although what it contains is absolutely scientific. It is based on a science that operates in a different way.

The science we know in our world fills and charges our brains and minds with various data that we can analyze and come to different conclusions about. But The Book of Zohar is studied in a different way. Studying The Book of Zohar has nothing to do with the intellectual level a person is on or may be on. It has nothing to do with filling the mind with different concepts and with questions as to whether a person can act according to these concepts. The Book of Zohar expands the framework of a person’s perception so that he can see much higher, wider, and deeper than in our world. A person receives knowledge of the upper force.

This information is initially perceived as a higher sensation from which a person begins to extract knowledge. It is like when children, on the level of our world, compare different experiences between them: I tried it, I did this, I got this; they accumulate information regarding cause and effect that helps them understand and attain our world. The same thing happens in the process of attaining and understanding the upper world. It is only through our practical work that we comprehend the management of our world and how our world affects the upper world, etc.

The Book of Zohar puts us in a special state. To the degree that the study is done properly, when I read it, and most importantly, how I read it correctly, a person prompts and summons a special Light upon himself, a force that expands the borders of his understanding, attainment, and feeling.

When a person feels, perceives, and attains these borders and compares all of the different data, new dimensions, levels, understandings, evaluations, and values of this totally different world inside himself, then a new science emerges inside him called the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is the science of the control system of our world because our world is based on a person’s sensations of oneself and the world around him.

When a person tries more and more to spur and summon the Light in order to reveal the upper world within himself, he feels it inside himself, attains it, and the connection between the two worlds becomes clear to him, that is, the connection between the world we are living in now and the world that is personally revealed to him. At the same time, he reaches a state whereby the two worlds exist in him with mutual cooperation and he operates between them.

At the same time, by using The Book of Zohar, a person begins to discover a tool for understanding new definitions, names, and feelings. Now he attains the world in two dimensions, beyond the frameworks of time, motion, and space. Most importantly, a person restores the connection with the upper force of management, mutually influence each other, and eventually become partners. The Book of Zohar enables us to achieve all of this.

This is the reason that a person begins to understand that the main thing is to spur and summon the upper force unto himself so that it will teach him more, fill him more, expand his horizons, and create totally different definitions and understandings within him. A person who exists in both our world and the upper world at the same time has to understand the connection between the two.

The Book of Zohar teaches a person how to manage his feelings and what the connection between the feelings associated with the upper world and the feelings associated with our world is.
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