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  • Right hello and welcome everyone, welcome to our new semester then.

  • Hello, are you good?

  • We hope you are all well and this is the start of our new semester, the first lesson about

  • the wisdom of Kabbalah, now as your instructors my name is, let me just write that down, it's

  • a bit tricky, Mutlu Marty Meydan, now my friends call me Mutlu, so if you can manage that,

  • great!

  • Worst case scenario, you got my middle name Marty and together with me who we have here

  • is Anthony "hello Anthony Parker, nice to meet you, are you okay?

  • great !and today what we're going to do is going to start working into this wisdom, this

  • deep wisdom called the wisdom of Kabbalah and you're probably wondering or if you did

  • a Google search on Kabbalah, you'll see that there are a lot of things about the wisdom

  • of Kabbalah, some mystical, some with red strings some with yoga, all kinds of things

  • from black magic to yoga.

  • Like I said or mysticism or meditation and this wisdom is actually five thousand seven

  • hundred and seventy-seven years old, so during the course, we'll get to know where this wisdom

  • comes from and what it can really do to help us in our lives because at the end of the

  • day what we're really interested in is to learn something and to attain something that

  • will kind of get us through life with an understanding, with a bit more easier flow and given all

  • the international, you know events and the personal events that we're going through globally

  • we're all seeking actually some sort of wisdom to kind of, to kind of push through life in

  • an easier way and this is actually what this wisdom does and the wisdom of Kabbalah we're

  • going to talk about it in the way that it was first authentically developed.

  • So in terms of coming to this course you're actually going to go into some of the sources

  • that are really authentic from thousands of years old.

  • Now a little about us, if you haven't read anything about Bnei Baruch, you can always

  • go to our website Kabbalah.info to find out what our organization is about and how we

  • work.

  • It's a nonprofit organization and all the work we do is pretty much voluntary and the

  • whole idea of giving these courses is actually to open this wisdom to people who feel that

  • they might use it in their in their lives, to make their lives a bit easier and to make

  • life a little bit more understandable.

  • I've been studying this wisdom, teaching for over well, nearly eight years now, over seven

  • years and I've been teaching various classes, I teach all over the world as well from the

  • United States to South America, North America Australasia, now Europe and Africa as well

  • and I also teach in the Middle East as well.

  • So I've been teaching for quite a long time and as we progress I'm hoping that you'll

  • find this course useful and the beautiful thing is we're going to have an interactive

  • lesson, so this is a very interactive course and if you have any questions during the lesson,

  • you can just ask through the chat box that you have on the website as you're watching

  • and if you have any queries, questions about what Kabbalah is, we're happy to take them

  • on board.

  • Now we have ten lessons ahead of us and these ten lessons are going to be quite interesting

  • because we're not just going to discover what this wisdom is all about but we're going to

  • discover how thousands of years ago people wrote about the perception of reality, how

  • they thought about and discovered and wrote about our free choice, do we have any free

  • choice?

  • what our nature is, what the nature of creation is and all these things that they discovered

  • and felt and attained, they wrote in these special books called the books of Kabbalah

  • and the most mystical thing about Kabbalah in case you're wondering, it's that it's been

  • kept a secret for many years, in fact for thousands of years it was never clear what

  • this wisdom was.

  • Also in this first lesson what we're going to do is to define what the wisdom of Kabbalah

  • is.

  • We're going to take a look at how we can study together, how we can learn and how we can

  • carry on learning even beyond this first semester that we're going to go through.

  • Now hopefully you'll stick around with us over the duration of these and then we'll

  • have a second semester where we'll be able to get into more practical side of things.

  • So this first semester is going to be really all the fundamentals that are the building

  • blocks and the knowledge that we're going to really need to to kind of build ourselves.

  • We want to build an approach to how to study this wisdom because it's a bit tricky and

  • because it's been misunderstood for thousands of years, there are so many definitions about

  • it, so many varieties of things related to it but you know we need to really nail it

  • and make sure we get the right definitions so that the wisdom of

  • Kabbalah from our perspective can guide us according to a very practical methodology

  • called application and that's what we're going to do.

  • During the course we'll be studying a few things that are really actually going to be

  • important for us in our day to day lives as well, we're going to discover how to act,

  • how we actually perceive reality and if you think about it science is now discovering

  • all these things about how we live reality inside our minds.

  • Imagine writing about this and humanity didn't know about it, so these texts are quite authentic

  • and a quite authentic science and we call it the wisdom of Kabbalah.

  • Because it is a science and it's something that a person gradually as he studies or she

  • studies can attain and through that attainment I can see the whole of reality from a different

  • perspective.

  • So hopefully we'll get a glimpse of that and our first lesson is going to be basically

  • defining the wisdom of Kabbalah.

  • Before we carry on though, the book that we're going to use is called "Kabbalah for the student

  • "okay, so this book here now if you like books, this is a, you can get one and our website

  • for that is www.kabbalahbooks.info.

  • So let me just write this down here as well if you're interested in getting

  • books, www.kabbalahbooks.info.All our books are there but if you're not, if you're not

  • a bookworm or if you prefer to read on your mobile or your iPad, whatever you can always

  • go to the website as well which is kabbalah.info and there you can pretty much find all the

  • articles in this book, just download it, read it, it's all free, yeah all our books on the

  • website.

  • They're all in their PDF format or as separate articles so you can go in there and read the

  • whole article because we're not going to have within the duration of one and a half hours,

  • we're not going to have enough time to finish articles and some of them are quite long,

  • so what we'll do is we'll use excerpts from articles but it's always a good idea to go

  • in there and read the article for yourself as well to clarify the matters for yourself

  • and also if you have any questions afterwards you can always raise them in the next lesson

  • and we can answer them as well.

  • So it is a bit of a thick book but there are a lot of information in there and those articles

  • that are in there actually is enough for us to really come to a spiritual elevated state.

  • If we learn from them and if we take from them what we could what we do how we work

  • and how we can apply the wisdom of Kabbalah.

  • So we'll get smashing and I have read some of the notes from people there, I do believe

  • we have quite a lot of people from all over the place from Africa, South Africa, Nigeria,

  • very exciting, England, ok, Ghana.

  • So, we have a lot of friends from Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Somalia

  • and also England, great and I think they're going

  • to be translating these lessons to several languages for the Europeans that want to see

  • them in their language as well.

  • So today we're going to have a lot of translations I think into Portuguese, Slovakian, German

  • and Scandinavian languages and so on.

  • So these will be also, if you should be speaking another language, if your mother tongue is

  • not english, you might be able to find the translations as well later on, after the lesson

  • has been recorded and archived.

  • All the lessons will be archived so if you miss any lesson, don't panic, you'll be able

  • to go back and you'll be able to watch everything again and you can watch them multiple times,

  • you can download them and so on.

  • So it's all free, you can study as you go, so it's going to be nice and comfortable and

  • feel free to interact and later on as we go through, we're going to use a special software

  • called zoom, where we'll be able to actually see each other on the screen as well, So right

  • now you guys can only see me but it's really great to have students also join in later

  • on with the software so we can all interact much better.

  • All right, there, so let's get smashing and then we'll see how we go, so first of all

  • let's define the wisdom of Kabbalah.

  • Now if you did a Google search like I said you probably came across a lot of definitions

  • about the wisdom of Kabbalah and there are a lot of things out there.

  • People try to make it look like black magic, they try to show you red strings and holy

  • water they try to do yoga poses according to Kabbalah and there are you know a variety

  • of things.

  • However the wisdom of Kabbalah in a nutshell is basically understanding human nature, understanding

  • the nature that we're in and also understanding why all the problems we have, the reason for

  • all the problems, the reason for creation, why we were created.

  • So this is a science that really discovers that magical, well not magical but that deep

  • question humanity has been asking for itself for thousands of years.

  • What is the meaning of life?

  • You will discover as we go along that meaning of life is not in red strings or drinking

  • holy water some organizations sell, no, it's not by doing yoga poses with Kabbalistic I

  • don't know what and it's not black magic.

  • I mean I've travelled the world quite a bit, lived all over the place, I lived on four

  • continents actually and I have never seen any magical things, especially not black magic

  • so as adults with a sound mind I think we can all come to an evaluation here that there

  • are certain things that are just not going to happen in the world.

  • So all those things may be according to what somebody's related to, but according to the

  • authentic wisdom of Kabbalah, it is a science based on discovering the purpose of life,

  • why we're created, who created us, why he or she /nature, let's call it created us and

  • what does life want from us.

  • So all these things we need to discover you know, first to have a healthy life because

  • as you see in our lives were going through a lot of problems at an individual level,

  • at a societal level, at a global level and we can't seem to get out of this

  • this loop that for centuries of years humanity has been just going through, you know one

  • drama after another, a lot of suffering all around the world and we just can't seem to

  • come to a resolution, so this wisdom actually really helps us to bring all those things

  • together and it allows us to solve all the issues from a different perspective, so if

  • we understand what this wisdom is all about and how to apply it we can actually solve

  • all of our personal problems, societal problems, living in global problems, the whole idea

  • is to stick around to learn it and to apply it and to move forward with it.

  • It is a deep ocean of a wisdom but as time goes on we will discover it together so it's

  • not difficult.

  • Okay, so I don't want to scare you, it's a very, very practical wisdom, it's applicable

  • to anyone who can study, anyone can study it and you

  • don't need any special talents and you don't need a high level of IQ to study.

  • Anybody who really wishes to study this wisdom can learn it.

  • It's very practical and simple to learn.

  • So let's start with some definitions: Let me give you also our sources, how we study

  • and from which sources we study, now our group Bnei Baruch studies Kabbalah according to

  • the sources of Rav Yehuda Ashlag who is known as Baal haSulam which means the owner or the

  • master of the ladder and this Kabbalist was the most prominent of the previous century

  • and he's known for his work and got this name because he wrote a commentary on the book

  • called the Zohar.

  • So our foundations are from the book called Zohar that dates back more than 2000 years

  • ago and his commentary on a book called The Tree of Life and no other Kabbalist has done

  • that since that book has been written.

  • If you think about it, it is a very, very important step.

  • A prominent Kabbalist who brought authentic sources and he arranged them and organized

  • them in such a way that we can read them because if you think about it how could we delve into

  • something written, without having any idea about what's talked about, even the language

  • is so different.

  • I mean if you think about the English they were using, what we're using now is English

  • that is very different, so imagine, imagine all those years we'd never be able to get

  • into those books.

  • So Baal haSulam did this, a big favor and he arranged all the authentic books that we

  • need to study in order to attain this wisdom plus he wrote articles so for any new person

  • any beginner can come in and just from those basic articles he can begin to enter this

  • wisdom.

  • Our methodology is based on the teachings of Ari, that teaching actually dates back

  • to thousands of years ago.

  • The second source we use is Rav Baruch Ashlag the son of Baal haSulam.

  • He was the teacher of our teacher, Dr Michael Laitman and he wrote a lot of articles which

  • we use for our practical work.

  • Now before.

  • Baruch Ashlag, We also call him Rabash, so we should get used to that.He wrote the articles

  • that gave us the ability to understand what we need to do in in a practical way because

  • Kabbalist actually never wrote about how to do this work practically because Kabbalists

  • actually never wrote about how to do the work practically, all their books described the

  • spiritual worlds, spiritual meaning, a higher level of consciousness and this is why they

  • write all their books to to teach people that there's a higher level of reality and that

  • reality is all in their books but how to attain that was done by Rav Baruch Ashlag, also known

  • as Rabash and because he's the teacher of our teacher Dr. Michael Laitman and he set

  • up this organization called Bnei Baruch, which means the sons of Baruch, so we're going to

  • study only their sources and those sources are based on the Zohar and the Tree of Life

  • and all the articles that these two great kabbalist wrote are only to guide us into

  • the depth of the wisdom.

  • All right, so we're going to study only their sources and those sources are based on the

  • Zohar and the Tree of Life and all the articles that these two great kabbalists wrote are

  • only to guide us into the depth of the wisdom so let's start

  • by going through some of the definitions that Baal haSulam wrote for us about what this

  • wisdom is really all about so on day one we can really clarify for ourselves and understand

  • what this wisdom means and we can clean everything else in our heads from any other website.

  • So we're going to read from an article called the essence of the wisdom of Kabbalah, it's

  • in this book and you can also find it on our website kabbalah.info and you can read the

  • whole article from that, so let's take a look at what he says Baal haSulam from "Kabbalah

  • for the student", the essence of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

  • This is from page 21.

  • "the wisdom is no more and no less than a sequence of roots which hang down by way of

  • cause and consequence by fixed determined rules interweaving into a single exalted goal

  • described as the revelation of the Creator to his

  • creatures in this world"

  • Now that definition within itself might need a bit of explanation so we need to delve into

  • it.

  • Basically Baalhasulam is saying, this wisdom can get you to perceive the creator or this

  • creating force, call it God, nature, a higher force, it doesn't matter what you call it,

  • at the end of the day when we are born in this world we feel like you know we're born

  • here and we understand that we didn't create this reality, so we have an instinctive feeling

  • that somebody, some force or something created this reality and Baalhasulam is in this definition,

  • is telling us that if we do this spiritual work we can actually come to sense that higher

  • force and attain a higher level of conscious living and from this definition we can understand

  • also what he's trying to say with respect to how our lives are being lived here.

  • So he's saying this whole wisdom is about discovering the cause of everything and the