Sunday, 19 February 2017 7:45 pm
We are in the world of Infinity even now – the world of infinite knowledge and fulfillment. Through the process of our spiritual development by the method of Kabbalah, we gradually grow our perception of infinity and its completeness – deeper and deeper with every step of the way.
Questions, confusions, problems in our regular lives and relationships with others are actually tools helping us penetrate to its deeper levels. We learn to rise above bad feelings and demand answers from the system, the all-encompassing force of Nature, in a way to be able to hear its answers.
Sunday, 5 February 2017 4:34 pm
Humanity disassociated itself from natural evolution. Celebrating scientific and technological progress of a human mind, we convinced ourselves that evolution applies only to still, vegetative, and animate parts of nature with humans rising above it by being able to change the way it created us.
But nature is a grownup mother that will take a child playing in a sandbox back home when it gets dark even against his will.
Evolution moves forward, developing still, vegetative, and animate nature and humanity, each at its own pace.
There are laws of nature and an evolutionary process that applies to human societies that we are not in control of. Nature develops us through evolution of our ego. We have been ignoring its reminders, but now the call gets louder and more urgent.
The world realizes that it is in a global crisis and is looking for answers.
Everything is at a standstill and seems to be ending. Our egoism is no longer pushing us to achievements in the material world. It is dissatisfied with life and unable to be filled with what we’ve created for ourselves. It is pushing us to the next degree.
But like Albert Einstein has notices, no problem can be solved form the same level of consciousness that created it. It is useless to look for new things at the old level.
People feel that reality becomes surreal and changes, but it isn’t clear how. They can’t feel it yet because it doesn’t exist in our senses. We need to develop new sensory organs.
We are right before this breakthrough that can be very easily implemented if we connect above differences that surfaced lately. Through our connection we can reach the next level of existence.
What can be done?
Here we need to understand that we can reach the next degree of development only through unity. This is what happens in nature’s evolutionary process – smaller organisms come together to build something bigger.
Once we rise above differences and haltered by setting a common goal and moving towards it together, a person’s internal attainment of his nature will be completely new, allowing him to escape from his body and see the world not through the limited physical sensors but above them. Then he will feel the eternal and perfect world.
In essence, we are looking for fulfillment, we want to feel perfection, elevation and purpose of not living in vain. We want to exit the limits of our material body that will certainly die one day.
Kabbalah has the method that can make us eternal and perfect, can open the entire universe in front of us, and can raise us above the boundary of life and death, above all limitations.
Thus, we don’t lose anything of what we have today, but in addition, we gain perfection and eternity. It is possible, we just need to receive additional internal sensory organs to be able to exit ourselves and feel the reality located outside of us.
Learning isn’t about how much a person remembers, but to what extent he expands his perception.
We don’t know what the world we live in is and what the connection between us should be, but if we expand our perception, we will perceive a wider more attractive world. This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah engages in.
When a person expands his “vessels” of perception/space of perception, he absorbs new data and then processes it and attains a new understanding. Unlike animals, we have to explore what we are living for and study the meaning of life.
This is the reason that man was given intelligence, so that he can understand his essence, his role in the world and the purpose of his evolution.
Small children have a natural instinct to learn, to know about new things and to explore so that they will grow and develop. It turns out that the smartest children are not those who memorize information, but who diversify and expand their world. This instinct is extinguished when they grow up, but if an adult has a desire to discover things, to learn, and to develop, he will also be able to study.
The difference between the animate level and the level of the speaking is that the level of the speaking is about endless study, and if I don’t learn something new every day, I don’t feel that I am alive. The understanding is both emotional and mental, the heart understands.
If a person doesn’t learn to correct his soul/reach his true essence during his lifetime, there is nothing left of him after he passes away.
KabTV’s “New Life Series – Learning,” 9/13/16
In our daily lives, we have to connect to people at work, while doing grocery shopping or using public transportation. These are not always the most enjoyable experiences and we feel reaching a point of the world around us becoming more violent and more intimidating every day.
At that point, a person needs to delve more deeply into oneself and to be in less contact with the outside world since a person will not be able to correct it. The best thing one can do is to get away from the world a bit and to focus on internal changes.
Kabbalah teaches that when the internal upper force is gradually revealed in me, the world will begin to shine in a different way. You will see to what extent the people around you are far from you and you will understand that they are managed by that one single force and that they don’t have anything of their own, no freewill, no qualities, etc. but that this is simply how they are played with by the force of nature.
The whole system will be revealed to you and you will see seven billion people running around back and forth like ants. We are all in a network of forces that manages each and every creature on this planet and you shouldn’t relate to people as to someone who has freewill.
Kabbalah gives a methodology that teaches you how to draw the positive force from the network of forces we are in onto yourself, to ascend by this force above the common fate, and to acquire a special new fate. It will be in your power.
Question: The genetic difference between a human and a monkey is very small, a little more than one percent. In other words, a human is ninety-nine percent chimpanzee. How could such a tiny change in a genome lead to a completely different stage of development? What is this one percent that separates a human from a monkey?
Answer: Human and monkey are two completely different worlds. If we talk about the physical body, man developed through all the levels: still, vegetative, animate, and human, and the monkey is an intermediate stage between animal and human. But this is only if we are comparing bodies.
There is nothing special in the physical body of a human. And although it is different because it doesn’t have fur like monkeys, the arms and legs develop differently, and the attitude to life is different, the main difference is not in this. The human is distinguished by the fact that he develops, acquires wisdom, and changes his environment.
Although animals also change their environment: construct houses for themselves underwater or on trees, it is purely instinctive according to the call of nature and doesn’t change from generation to generation. They live the way they were born according to their nature.
Hence, animals are an inseparable part of nature. They have no desire to change their environment or their society, to build some special artificial systems of relations that were not inherited from their ancestors and known before.
On the contrary, a new mind and senses develop in the human from generation to generation that oblige him to change the world. We can’t discover the source of this radical difference. We only see the consequences of it. Indeed, a person changes the environment, changes the world, and wants an upgrade.
He doesn’t agree to live like the chimpanzee that today lives the same way it did 100,000 years ago. Although the chimpanzee has an excellent memory and mental abilities, they don’t push it to develop.
This is the question: Why does a human have an ability to grow and desire to develop from generation to generation and within each generation? Why is this development different from person to person and from nation to nation?
We collect the experience and pass on all our achievements in culture, education, and science. We build an environment for ourselves, human society, government, and social systems. You can compare the modern world created by man with the one that existed a few hundred years ago.
All this came from the inner impulses of man, which is hidden from us. Why are we given such a desire, for what? After all, if we stopped developing, we would live like monkeys. But in every single human and in all of us together, every moment and at all times, lives the desire to advance.
In other words, there is a special program within us that demands its implementation from us. Therefore people develop in a mandatory manner. We see it in children who never get tired of playing with and have a burning interest in all the gadgets.
Each age has its own games. A child demands it from parents, and when he grows up he will certainly overtake them and will be even more advanced than they are. Nothing like this happens with any animal.
Here all we have to do is to ask: For what are we given this? After all, we can’t say that it makes us happier. Perhaps it would be better to freeze all our development at some stage in order to lead a carefree life? Nevertheless, we develop and build ourselves more and more. This inner aspiration is called the human in us. However, where it is leading us is still a mystery to humanity.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 9/6/16
According to “Mentalfloss.com”, “luck” comes from “luc”, short for “gheluc” (in Dutch), meaning “happiness, good fortune”. The notion of “luck” exists in, pretty much, every culture and language; in Latin it is called “fortuna”, in French they call it “la chance”. So, maybe one’s “luck” has nothing to do with “chance” but everything to do with how one manages to control it? Read More
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 1:17 pm
The “Law of Roots and Branches” is one of the fundamental laws in the wisdom of Kabbalah. It states that every action, thought, desire, or occurrence, everything in our world, from particles in atoms through human beings and up to entire galaxies, is operated by forces from above. The relation between the forces and the things they affect is one of cause and effect, root and branch.
The wisdom of Kabbalah allows us to reveal a deeper perception of reality, in which the roots of everything occurring in our world exist. When we reveal those roots, the world seems to become transparent. We see the forces that activate everything. We begin to feel where our thoughts and desires come from, why certain things happen to us or to others.
At every moment, even now, we are living in an image that those forces build for us. They activate us from within and from without just like marionettes, without us being aware of it. Now we have the opportunity to locate the place within that image through which we can enter and begin to influence those forces reciprocally, thus learning to govern life.
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Monday, 12 September 2016 1:26 pm
The younger generation is completely different souls, of a different quality.
They want to literally feel the higher, more spiritual world. The children of today are built for it.
To touch children’s hearts,
we, who come from an older generation,
must recognize how fundamentally different we are from them.
We should not think that they must love and accept us as we are without our changing.
On the contrary, we must try to adapt ourselves to them as much as possible.
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016 8:03 pm
“ARI – The Man Who Paved The Spiritual Way Of The Nation Of Israel”
At the age of 35 he appeared in Safed, mysterious and majestic, and during the two and half years before his sudden death he changed the course of history and brought about a tremendous change. Thanks to him the wisdom of Kabbalah was revealed to anyone who wished to study it and not just a chosen few. The ARI, Rabbi Isaac Luria Ashkenazi, the greatest Kabbalist of Safed passed away on the 5th of Av 444 years ago. He left behinda method of study and a relevant message, which were adapted to our times by Baal HaSulam, Rav Yehuda Ashlag.
“If I had found even one righteous among you, I would not have been taken away from this world before my time,” said the ARI sorrowfully to his students a few moments before he passed away
Rav Isaac Cohen, who was by his side, sobbed bitterly and said “What shall we do now?” and the ARI answered: “Tell the friends on my behalf that from now on they will not engage in the wisdom that I have taught them at all, since they did not understand it properly and only Rav Chaim Vital will engage in it in hiding and by whispering.” Rav Isaac Cohen was very upset and asked “Is there any hope?” “If you are rewarded I will come and teach you,” the ARI answered. “How will you come and teach us after you pass away?!” asked Isaac Cohen again. “You have no business inquiring what is hidden,” answered the ARI and passed away at the age of only 38! (Shaar HaGilgulim)
The Zohar: The ARI’s Whole World
The ARI was the greatest Kabbalist in 16th century Safed and one of the central and most significant figure in the history of the nation of Israel and the wisdom of Kabbalah. He was born in Jerusalem in 1534. His father died when he was eight and the family encountered many hardships as a result. In order to improve their situation, his mother decided to move to Egypt to live with her brother. There the ARI lived most of his life, and delved into the study of The Zohar.
After attaining tremendous spiritual levels and by his special concealed understanding of the development of humanity, he felt that the time had come to reveal it. He moved to Israel and settled in Safed. The ARI knew that he would meet Rabbi Chaim Vital, his loyal student, who would later write his teachings and spread his wisdom in the world.
Thus in 1570, at the age of 36 the ARI moved to Israel and settled in Safed, the city of the Kabbalists. It was centuries after the time of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi) and the Zohar group, years during which humanity had waited for the right teacher who would open the next spiritual level of the wisdom of Kabbalah. The ARI’s arrival to Israel and the publication of The Book of Zohar were clear signs that the time had come.
The Spark of Rashbi
Once he reached Safed, the ARI began to study with the great Kabbalist of the time, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (the Ramak). But shortly afterward the two exchanged roles, the ARI began to teach the group of Kabbalists and the Ramak learned from him.
Rabbi Moshe Cordovero was to first to acknowledge the young Kabbalist’s greatness and as his friend and student he used to say: “You should know that one man who sits here will rise after me and enlighten the generation with the wisdom of Kabbalah. If the pipes were clogged in my time, the pipes will be revealed in his times. You should know that he is a great man, the spark of Rashbi.”
At that time humanity was in an unprecedented turmoil: the Middle Ages were over; the Renaissance began and brought about revolutionary changes in technology and in industry. The human ego erupted and pushed the world to an accelerated evolution and to many storms. Two hundred years later humanity was about to undergo fierce radical changes in Europe, especially bloody revolutions and civil wars.
The ARI who had foreseen the changes in human nature realized that he had to develop an alternative path of spiritual development that would balance the eruption of the ego in order to avoid the terrible suffering. He thus adapted the wisdom of Kabbalah and turned it into a scientific, practical academic method, instead of the method of connection, which until then was allowed only to very few special people. According to his method, if his instructions are followed correctly, people would be able to and the masses would engage in it. The method of correction, which he developed (and is still studied today) lead to an unprecedented shift in the spiritual development of humanity and totally changed history.
The Baton Is Given to Rabbi Chaim Vital
Only two and a half years were enough for the ARI to leave his significant hallmark on the history of Kabbalah. At the same time he never wrote any of his teachings. His whole Kabbalistic theory is known to us only from the writings of his students and the most prominent one and his follower Rabbi Chaim Vital (Harav).
Just as Rabbi Aba served by Rabbi Shimon’s (Rashbi’s) side to write down his teachings, which were to be published in The Book of Zohar, so did the Harav write down the whole wisdom from the mouth of his teacher, which today is known as the ARI’s Kabbalah.
“First a person should arrange his prayers and accept the commandment of love thy friend as thyself and tune his heart to love all of the children of Israel as his own soul, since by that his prayer that includes all of the prayers of Israel rises and will be fruitful. Everyone should include himself as an organ of his friends. If a friend is in trouble, everyone should share his sorrow, and pray for him, and thus he should share all his prayers and his actions and his words with his friend, and my teacher greatly warned me regarding the matter of our love of friends.” (Shaar HaKavanot)
The Harav didn’t add anything to the words of the ARI, and when he wasn’t sure whether he understood his teacher, he specifically said so. One of the major works of the ARI is the book Etz HaChaim (The Tree of Life), which describes all the systems of the upper worlds and the laws of the creation as a clear scientific method, and also the Eight Gates, a series of books, which also includes explanations about reincarnations.
“The Holy ARI was Messiah Ben Yoseph, and so he could reveal such a great wisdom,” said Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag. His great wisdom symbolizes the point between the end of the period of exile, which was characterized by a great division between people and the beginning of the redemption, characterized by wonderful unity between all of mankind. “If I could say words of praise I would praise him every day and say that his wisdom is being revealed every day just like the day the Torah was given to Israel.”
Baal HaSulam was the first in the 20th century to reach the spiritual level of the ARI and could therefore interpret his writings for our generation. He wrote a wonderful connection called The Study of the Ten Sefirot and in the introduction he wrote that the book was meant for anyone in our days who wishes to find the answer to the question of “What am I living for?”
This question has not disappeared and is hidden in every person’s heart. Just as terrible crises erupted in the time of the ARI, which shook humanity and spurred many into asking this questions, so do such crises occur today: a series of terrorist attacks all over the world, the rise of radical Islam, the fading of the EU, the growing polarization between different sectors and communities, and so on. It is actually by studying and reading the special method developed by the ARI with the commentary of Baal HaSulam , his follower, that we can find an answer to the meaning of life. They immediately raise a person to spirituality and enable him to feel the unity on top of the separation that rules us and leads to global destruction.
“If my people listened to me at times when the evil grows strong, they would spend all their time studying The Book of Zohar and the writings of the ARI and thus annul all the afflictions and draw an abundance of Light (Notzar Hesed). It is enough to study from these two great Kabbalists who have paved the way for us to the attainment of happiness, wholeness and eternity in order to build the right connections between us for a good life and to climb up the spiritual ladder, which they have placed for us, a ladder that reaches the sky.
From Ynet article, 08/08/16