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Kabbalah Revealed #5 Introduction to the Four Phases of Direct Light Lecture presented for the American television channel, Shalom TV Anthony Kosinec July 4, 2006 Bold and indented: Original text of Baal HaSulam lowercase italics: emphasized words Capitalized Italics: titles and transliteration from Hebrew Hello again and welcome to Kabbalah Revealed . I’m Tony Kosinec. Let’s begin by reading a quote from Baal HaSulam, from the Introduction to the Talmud Eser Sefirot ( The Study of the Ten Sefirot ). He says: Therefore we must ask: why then, did the Kabbalists obligate each person to study the wisdom of Kabbalah? Indeed there is a great thing in it, worthy of being publicized: There is a wonderful, invaluable remedy to those who engage in the wisdom of Kabbalah. Although they do not understand what they are learning, through the yearning and the great desire to understand what they are learning, they awaken upon themselves the Lights that surround their souls. While one has not attained perfection, these Lights that are destined to reach him are considered Surrounding Lights. That means that they stand ready, and wait for one to purify one’s vessels of reception. At that time these Lights will cloth the able vessels. Hence, even when one does not have the vessels, when one engages in this wisdom, mentioning the names of the Lights and the vessels related to one’s soul, they immediately shine upon us to a certain measure. However, they shine for him without clothing the interior of his soul for lack of the able vessels to receive them. Despite that, the illumination one receives time after time during the engagement draws upon one grace from Above, imparting one with abundance of sanctity and purity, which bring one much closer to reaching perfection. In this lesson we will look at the four phases of the creation of a creature. This is the macro-template for everything that exists in creation: the way in which the creation came into being; the way in which a creature is created; and the way in which everything that stems from that is created in every aspect of the creation. Here’s what the Kabbalists tell us. [Tony drawing] First of all we need to know that there are secrets of Torah, but we are not going to speak of these secrets and they are above our ability to convey them. No Kabbalistic book talks about the secrets of Torah, only about the tastes of Torah.
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These secrets are called His Essence, or Atzmuto . It’s forbidden to speak about this. What forbidden means is that it is impossible. There are no words for this. We have no Kelim (vessels) for it. This can only be known by attainment. We start here [Tony draws the symbol for infinity]. We start with the Creator. The Kabbalists tell us that the initial Thought of the Creator, those who have attained this level, tell us that everything began with an intention, and this intention is to create a creature and to bring pleasure to the creature. This is what’s called Behina Shoresh .
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