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Faith And Attainment

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When does faith turn into attainment?

Answer: If it is faith above reason, then it becomes a vessel or Kli for attainment. After all, faith is a name for the Light of Hassadim.

Faith above reason is the quality of bestowal that rules over the desire to enjoy. The desire to enjoy with the intention of bestowal becomes a vessel or Kli for the Light of Hochma.

Then the Light of Hochma, clothed into the Light of Hassadim, starts to rule inside the desire to enjoy, and that is attainment.

The fulfillment of the Light of Hassadim by the Light of Hochma is called “total or complete faith” (Emuna Shlema).
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/25/10, The Zohar

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Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the beginning, Zeir Anpin and Malchut are the six Sefirot of Zeir Anpin and a point of Malchut. As to all of the worlds and Partzufim from the World of Infinity to Zeir Anpin, they are designated solely for Malchut. Malchut is the created being that for now is a mere point: “the point in the heart.” We have to enlarge it!

How, then, does the creature grow, and what does the Upper One have to do for it? In Malchut, in the point that is cleaving to his Chazeh, Zeir Anpin evokes a sensation of judgments (Dinim) and restrictions, that is, he stirs up the desires that are demanding to be fulfilled in order for this point to awaken and start growing.

These restrictions descend to Malchut from the mother, Bina. Through the Upper Sefirot, GAR de Zeir Anpin, they enter Keter of Malchut. It is regarded as Rosh Hashanah or the beginning (head) of the year, the beginning of Malchut which is called “a year.” This is where her awakening starts.

Her entire further development occurs by way of the lower Sefirot of Zeir Anpin, its NHY (Netzah, Hod, Yesod). To achieve this, Zeir Anpin has to attain the state of Gadlut (adulthood), which he receives from the mother, Bina, due to the “sounding of the Shofar.” This awakens in Zeir Anpin its own desires, the Sefirot of NHY, which occurs during the “ten days (Sefirot) of repentance” between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. During these “ten days,” every time Malchut receives stimulation from NHY of Zeir Anpin, they strengthen her so as to arrive at the state of “Yom Kippur.”

Awakening us to the state of Gadlut can be achieved solely by way of restrictions since only thanks to them (the Light of Hochma [Wisdom]) can we feel how much more needs to be corrected in us in order to prepare our spiritual vessels (Kelim). After all, we do have the vessels, but they are broken. At first, they are evoked through restrictions without any “sweetening,” but later, the Light of Hassadim (Mercy) descends and sweetens them (the state of being love-sick).

Sweetening is what is regarded as correction. It is written that the Creator “created the evil inclination, and He gave the Torah as a spice.” To add a spice to egoistic desire means to sweeten it so as to correct and use it. Previously, this desire was “bitter,” but if it is “spiced” with the intention to bestow, then it is sweetened and can be used and fulfilled.

This is what is called “sweetening” of the judgment. Judgment is the desire to receive for self-gratification, whereas sweetening is the same very desire, but with the intention to bestow. We only need to replace the intention.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/6/10, Talmud Eser Sefirot

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How To Prepare For The Creator’s Revelation

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is the Creator’s revelation related to what we read in Talmud Eser Sefirot (Study of the Ten Sefirot)?

Answer: Kabbalists write about the Creator’s revelation as the only necessary action in our world in order to prepare us for it. For this, we need to receive an impression from the Light of Hochma (Wisdom) and the Light of Hassadim (Mercy) and thus form the impressions (Reshimot, spiritual reminiscences) of these influences in our matter (desire) which neither feels nor perceives the spiritual world.

For every influence of the Light, we need to evaluate who receives pleasure from the revelation (reception): I, the Creator, or both? This is why the Light comes from the system of Aba ve Ima (father and mother) while Zeir Anpin (HaVaYaH) operates as the reference point for Malchut, determining what she needs to become in order to become like Him, to receive and bestow Light.

The influence from Above constantly changes Zeir Anpin’s attitude toward Malchut as if he were turning his different sides to her and, this way, she changes. She needs to feel the sensations from Zeir Anpin while the only thing needed from her is her readiness to become like Him.

This is our work because we make up the body of Malchut. Zeir Anpin, on the other hand, teaches us to properly perceive the Light or the three lines by influencing Malchut. He shapes us like a child by filling us with impressions and explanations: the impressions in an obvious manner while the explanations in a concealed manner as if they manifest on their own within us and do not come from Him.

We learn how Malchut is being developed from Above in the Study of the Ten Sefirot. We study how Zeir Anpin prepares Malchut (Nukva) for adhesion with Him in their absolute similarity and absolute opposition.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/27/10, Talmud Eser Sefirot

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When Pharaoh’s Questions Overcome Us

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What should we tell ourselves when Pharaoh’s questions overcome us?

Answer: A religious person does not suffer from these questions, he is content by the fact that he receives knowledge by studying the Torah. However, a person who studies Kabbalah constantly checks: Why am I doing this, where am I, and when will I reach the purpose of creation? That is, one exists in a constant state of inner analysis.

The environment that surrounds him also exists within the same circumstances, the same scrutiny, and it influences him. In addition, the environment is not just comprised of people that directly surround him, but of thousands of people all over the world that study Kabbalah and think in one direction. They all move synchronously, as though they are swept up by a powerful wind or by waves of a tsunami that approach one after another.

Therefore, these questions emerge in every person: “Who is this Creator, and why should I listen to His voice? Who am I doing all this for? What does this work give me?” That is, why am I doing all of this? Is it in order to reach bestowal? But what will that do for me?

These questions come from Pharaoh, our ego, and they are very fair and correct. It is written in The Book of Zohar that Pharaoh was smarter than everyone, and the greatest wisdom was accumulated in Egypt. Pharaoh personifies the whole spiritual vessel, the whole desire that was created by the Creator. Therefore, when the Creator wishes to draw the person (Moses and the nation of Israel) closer to Himself, He says: “Let’s go to Pharaoh!” Where else would a person get the desire to reveal who he is? Only from Pharaoh. The Creator says: “I will go with you Myself.”

It is like they have no choice. They need to turn to Pharoah, to get the strength from the egoistic desire since without it advancement is impossible. Where else would they get this wisdom? Only from Pharaoh, from the Light of wisdom, the Light of Hochma that exists in these desires.

Therefore, it is good that Pharaoh’s questions emerge in us. We just need to work with them.

From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/3/10, Article, “These are the Generations of Noah”

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Catching The Right Wave

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhat device can help me connect to the carrier wave that comes from the Creator? Should I sensitize my “antenna” to His transmitter?

Connecting to the Creator’s frequency can be done only through the group. Without the group, I will have no contact with His wavelength of bestowal. I have to place myself within the correct range of frequencies. This can only be found among friends in the group where this carrier wave is transmitted. As soon as I step out of the range of the group, I stop receiving any waves; the same occurs in the corporeal world when I step out of the zone of my cell phone’s signal reception.

What is the Creator transmitting to me at this frequency? He sends me fulfillment of my soul. There is a main carrier wave (the frequency of bestowal) which is necessary solely for me to attain similarity to the Creator. Attached to the main wave length is a minor wave which carries the fulfillment of my soul; it is a signal that brings me intelligence and perception, an understanding of His plan, as well as the skill and the strength to carry out His intention.

I need two frequencies in order to attain bestowal followed by fulfillment, a pipe within a pipe, both the Light of Hassadim and the Light of Hochma. If only one Light came in, it would annul my will to receive. But if I yearn solely for bestowal, the Creator can fill me without limitation. Only under this condition can a spiritual vessel open for infinite reception of Light.

The carrier wave is the Light of Hassadim; the accompanying wave (the “valid signal”) is the Light of Hochma. The transmission range is provided by the group. If I step out of it, I will stop receiving spiritual frequencies because I alone cannot tune into bestowal, try as I might. I must enter the place where such bestowal resides.

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/8/10, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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If Spirituality Were To Become Our Life…

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhile reading The Book of Zohar, the most important thing is to think about the connection between us in order to become “as one man with one heart.” The Light that Reforms is nearby and everything depends on our efforts to unite with one another in the system of Adam HaRishon.

This Light influences precisely the broken connections among us. If we try to unite and are unable to, then the Light unites us. It says in Item 155 of the “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot” that a person is influenced by the Surrounding Light to the extent he aspires to know what he studies. What does it mean “to know what you study”? It does not mean to acquire knowledge, as in our world.

In spirituality everything is attained through connection. Therefore, “to know” means to connect, as it is written, “And Adam knew Eve.” Therefore, the more we aspire to connect with one another through the desire for bestowal and love, the more we awaken the Surrounding Light and then the Light of Wisdom (Ohr Hochma). This Light appears and operates only in the place where we desire to unite but are unable to.

Therefore, there is no sense trying to study The Book of Zohar as a science or wisdom since we don’t understand its language or what it is talking about. To understand it, we have to be in the same world.

Therefore, we have to try to unite with one another. Then the Surrounding Light will come precisely into the places where we lack a connection among us. The Light will unite us with each other, and through the restored connections we will feel the quality of bestowal, the Creator, the Light of Hassadim, and then inside it we will reveal the Light of Hochma.

Therefore, our entire study must be preceded by the desire to unite with each other, and we should not forget about this while studying The Zohar. Baal HaSulam writes the following in Item 17 of  the “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot“: “Hence, the student pledges, prior to the study, to strengthen himself in faith,” meaning in the quality of bestowal, which he desires to attain as a result of the study, so it becomes his life.

From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/6/10, The Zohar

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Every Day Brings A New Revelation

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: Why do Kabbalists often write that they don’t want to add to what was already stated by their teachers?

My Answer: It is written that there was no greater prophet than Moses. So what can the Kabbalists after him possibly write about? What can be added to what is said in the Torah? They try to give a greater explanation of Moses’ revelation of the Creator. They receive nourishment from this primary source and try to present it to their students in a way that will allow them to understand the inner meaning more correctly.

Let’s suppose that we both went to a store, bought the same foods, and later prepared this food, but each according to our own taste. It is written that “everything that any Kabbalist is destined to reveal has already been revealed by Moses on Mount Sinai.” He revealed the Light of Infinity, which contained everything. Meanwhile, by correcting ourselves, we reveal parts of what already exists.

The Kabbalists of the past knew much more than their followers, but they did not know how to reveal their attainments. With our work, this generation is completing the general development and revealing the greatest desires (NHYNetzah, Hod, Yesod) and therefore the most immense Light (the level of Neshama). The great Light of Hochma comes into the desires (Kelim) of the patriarchs (KHBKeter, Hochma, Bina) and with every lesson a greater understanding of the system of creation is revealed to us.

So what is the essence of Baal HaSulam’s revelation? He arranged everything in order, in a system where everything is connected. The science of Kabbalah is a revelation of inner connections, an analysis and synthesis acting in parallel with each other, the analysis of parts and their connection. And all this occurs within the created being while he is supplied with vital energy, starting from the level of food on the animate level and continuing all the way up to the spiritual degrees. Our whole life consists of processes of fission and fusion.

For the time being, we are unable to reveal this order. We act according to the principle: “Do everything in your power.” Certainly this order already exists, but you just haven’t clarified it for yourself yet. For the time being you are not replicating all of the Creator’s actions; you are fussing like a foolish child. However, gradually your actions will become more and more sensible, and you will be careful not to do anything that is senseless. This is how a person grows in spirituality.

From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/1/10, Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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The "Bread Of Affliction"

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Zohar, Chapter “VaYetze (And Jacob Went Out) – Part 2,” Item 219: When the Creator wished to bring them closer to Him, He gave them the degree of bread of affliction. The bread of affliction is King David, of whom it is written, “For I am afflicted and needy.”

King David is the Nukva. When she receives the illumination of the left from Bina, she is at the same level as ZA, the fourth leg of the throne, Bina. At that time, the Nukva is attached to Bina and does not mate with ZA, her husband. Hence, she is poor and without light, and she is called “the bread of affliction,” since the Hochma does not shine without Hassadim. At that time, it is written, “For I am afflicted and needy.” And this degree of the Nukva is her first degree.

It would seem that abundance exists in the Light of Hochma. However, what good does it do you if you can’t use it? Without clothing it in the Light of Hassadim, it only brings you darkness. It is preferable not to have the Light of Hochma before you receive the Light of Hassadim. All of your abundance reveals itself within the Light of Hochma to the extent that the Light of Hassadim is present.

Hence, abundance is measured only by the degree of the Light of Hassadim in the spiritual vessel (Kli). Hochma can shine only to the extent of the presence of Hassadim. This explains why “the bread of affliction” implies that you already have the Light of Hochma, but still lack the possibility of its revelation since you are in need of the Light of Hassadim, that is, you experience the absence of bestowal and love.

From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/30/10, The Zohar

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The Creator’s Works Are Manifold

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Zohar, Chapter “VaYetze (And Jacob Went Out),Item 190: “How manifold are Your works, O Lord! In wisdom You have made them all.” “How manifold are Your works, O Lord” indicates that there is no number to them, meaning Mochin de Hassadim [Light of Mercy]. “In wisdom You have made them all” indicates the Mochin of a number, of Hochma.

It is impossible to count Hassadim because there is no restriction on the property of bestowal and love; there is no thickness (Aviut) of the desire, screens, or height. Even if we do count Hassadim, we do so according to the Light of Hochma, the receiving desires (Kelim) on the basis of which we acquire Hassadim. Yet, there is no count for the Light of Hassadim itself; there is no restriction on it or measurement for it.

From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/29/10, The Zohar

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When He Who Knows All Mysteries Will Testify

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: Why is it written in the Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Item 55, that a person who attained “open Providence [that is, revealed the Creator] is certain that he will not sin again”?

My Answer: A person is certain that he won’t sin because he has corrected, with the help of the screen and the Reflected Light, all his desires to receive. He rose above them and now can proceed further. He needs “the Creator to testify” for his correction in order to continue working with his desires to receive and start using them for receiving in order to bestow.

I need an additional general force which is called the testimony of the Creator. Now I have to open my Pandora’s box that contains all my desires and begin to clarify in which of them I can receive pleasure and thereby delight the Creator. This is a totally new tendency, which has never existed before. I have never done it, and now I have to taste pleasures in order to delight the Creator much like a guest who partakes in the feast to satisfy the host.

In order not to err, I have to collect the unique, new forces provided by the Creator’s testimony. Otherwise, I shouldn’t even touch and start disclosing my new receiving desires. I need an additional assisting force. And “When He who knows all mysteries will testy that I will not turn back to folly,” I will be able to begin correcting my transgressions.

In this stage, transgressions have already turned into mistakes, and I should feel better, as it were. I have already corrected half of the receiving desire, and it is fully filled with the Light of Hassadim. Now I have to begin working with it in the three lines and introduce a little bit of the Light of Hochma into it.

This means that my transgressions have become mistakes. I am going to receive in order to bestow, but I already possess the intention “in order to bestow.” I only need to very carefully add reception to it.

When we attain such a high spiritual level, we will realize what this work is all about.

From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/13/10, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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