Rav Michael Laitman's words on Shamati (as appeared in Attaining the Worlds Beyond): Among all the texts and tes that were used by my teacher, Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag (the Rabash), there was one, special tebook he always carried. This tebook contained transcripts of his conversations with his father, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Halevi Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), author of the Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar , The Study of the Ten Sefirot (a commentary on the texts of the Kabbalist, Ari), and many other works on Kabbalah. Not feeling well on the Jewish New Year in September 1991, the Rabash summoned me to his bedside and handed me the tebook, whose cover contained only one word - Shamati (I Heard). As he handed me the tebook, he said, 'Take it and learn from it'. The following morning, my teacher perished in my arms, leaving me and many of his disciples without guidance in this world. Committed to Rabash's legacy to disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah, Michael Laitman published the tebook just as it was written, thus retaining the text's transforming powers. Among all the books of Kabbalah, Shamati is a unique and compelling composition.
Rav Yehuda Leib Halevi Ashlag was a mysterious figure whose life and works inspired the movie The Matrix among other pop trends. He was a renowned Kabbalist, meaning that he felt and perceived our reality at a depth concealed from the average person, enabling him to describe in great detail the wars and upheavals that would appear in decades ahead. More importantly, he tried to convey a method by which any person with the desire could come to the same wondrous perception he had, and wield control over ones own destiny. He conveyed this method more systematically and openly than any Kabbalist in history, creating articles written for people with little or no acquaintance with Kabbalah or any other Jewish writings for that matter, as the wisdom of Kabbalah transcends religion and culture. As a result of his great spiritual attainment he was able to create a commentary to the Book of Zohar bridging the languages of the Midrash, Laws, Legends and Kabbalah, a feat unparalleled by any previous Kabbalist.