I am sorry for missing yesterday’s DZ study. It was ready but I guess I was a little bit high on alcohol and I didn’t publish it.
For your convenience I bring the studies from yesterday and today together. Some may find it controversial and I invite open discussion, comments and questions.
Continued from DZ 2083
Spiritual technology part 1
Part 1 is from DZ 2084. You may skip to part 2 below if you already read it. (If you missed any of the studies on the portion of Tzav, I suggest going back to DZ 2080 https://dailyzohar.com/daily-zohar-2080/ and catch-up.)
Because of our sins we brought about the destruction of the Holy Temple, we don’t have it any more and the priests cannot draw Light to the world with animal sacrifices. The sages prepared for us the prayer books to replace the work of the priests in the Holy Temple.
“שׁוּבָה, יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ, בַּעֲוֹנֶךָ”
“קְחוּ עִמָּכֶם דְּבָרִים, וְשׁוּבוּ אֶל-יְהוָה; אִמְרוּ אֵלָיו, כָּל-תִּשָּׂא עָוֹן וְקַח-טוֹב, וּנְשַׁלְּמָה פָרִים, שְׂפָתֵינוּ”
“Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.”
“Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips.”
Our prayers are like bringing sacrifices to the altar in the Holy Temple. The verse above says that our lips ‘Pay with bulls’, which means that the prayers we recite do the work of the sacrifices. That’s what we need to do in order to draw Light of cleansing and nourishment into our lives and the world.
Our prayers are spiritually designed by the sages to raise our consciousness and elevate us to a place where we can draw Light. The priests brought sacrifices in the morning and in the afternoon. In our morning and afternoon prayers we include the description of the work of the priests doing the sacrifices in the Holy Temple. This part of the prayers is at the beginning of the prayers. They are usually recited individually because they intended for personal cleansing. Unfortunately many people skip these parts because the congregation starts the prayers just after them.
It’s spiritual technology and should be followed as the sages and the Zohar teach us. Some call these prayers ‘too religious’ but if we don’t go deeper into the prayers then we miss great Light. Prayers are our fight against the negative side. Without it we don’t have much chance. Just look around you. Too many ‘social clubs’ and very few and small ‘war rooms’ (See https://dailyzohar.com/daily-zohar-2049/).
Spiritual technology part 2
In Zohar Tzav, paragraph 17 we read that the word ‘צו’,’command’ is considered ‘Idol worshiping’ or ‘working for the other side’.
The paragraph that follows tells us that the Tzadikim who know the Torah and follow it in truth receive life that strengthens their souls in this world and the world to come.
Following commands for the sake of the desire for the self alone in Malchut is loss of Light because their work go to the other side. When we study the Torah and know that it brings us life energy for the soul, it benefits us in this world and the world to come. Our study and work stays with us beyond this life.
I am upset with teachers who pray daily but don’t teach their students men and women to do the same. If it’s good for them then it should be good for their students. I don’t suggest pushing them into deep connection from day one but after they reach some understanding about the Zohar and the name YHVH, they need to move ‘up’.
I have few important recordings from our prayer book on http://SoundCloud.com/dailyzohar . B”H I will add more when I find the time.
Look for a playlist named ‘Morning connection’ and use it every day. Check: https://soundcloud.com/dailyzohar/sets/morning-1. You can download it to your phone/music player. It’s free like all the spiritual tools we provide.
I have these recording in my phone and I listen to then during my commute to work. Most mornings I have to rush through the prayers because of lack of time. Having the recordings helps me a lot to fill up the gap.
The Hebrew word for religious is ‘דתי’, numerically 414, which is the same for twice ‘light’ ‘אור’. Same as for Kadish.
I am religious because I do the prayers are the sages, the Zohar, the Holy Ari, Rabbi Ashlag, Rabbi Brandwein, Rabash, Rav Berg and other great Kabbalists tell us to do. I am spiritual because I understand, to a certain level, the significance of the prayers and the effect on the spiritual levels. If it’s in the Zohar it’s important so I suggest to all of you to be as religious as much as you want Light in your life.
If you heard that spirituality is consciousness and consciousness is everything then they don’t teach you well. Consciousness is definitely most important in the process of drawing Light but it is not everything. Without practical action and prayers there’s no vessel to receive the Light. The consciousness defines the type and purity of the Light coming into the vessel but we must have expression in the world of Malchut.
The sages didn’t say “Use your imagination to picture yourself bringing sacrifices to the priests”. They told us to meditate that we are praying in the Holy Temple and the words of the prayers will do the needed spiritual connection.
People love other in their minds, they can not make connection until it is expressed and energy is transferred.
Would you do a Kiddush without wine, consciousness and the words of the blessing? Without all elements of the Kiddush it won’t be a Kiddush and no Light to receive. The words of the Kiddush are so important that when there’s no wine or fancy cup, one could do Kiddush with water in a plastic cup.
The big Kabbalah organizations must ‘dilute’ or remove the term religion completely in order to attract students and followers. It’s okay to go down to the level of the people in order to bring them up. When a student has a better understanding of the spiritual system and the YHVH name, they need to start doing prayers and follow precepts in order to achieve greater Light. The Daily Zohar attracts those who want more. I am grateful to the Kabbalah Center and Laitman organizations for teaching the basics of Kabbalah to people, preparing them for studies on the Daily Zohar.