The Only Criterion

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have different feelings while studying the wisdom of Kabbalah. How can I know that they are real, not fantasy?

Answer: Our only spiritual criterion is the group. I must see the collection of our desires. I want everyone to be connected by the power of mutual guarantee, above corporeal life. Let it flow as usual; after all, I am born, live, and die against my will.

However, here we are talking about man’s basic yearning, about the higher degree where we must connect. I check myself in relation to that common power. That way, I have a scale by which to determine what spirituality is. All other “pictures” are imaginary and mistaken.

On the other hand, if I can’t imagine the collective force that dwells in the group, it is an accurate indication as to how far I have diverted from the spiritual direction. People imagine spirituality in all sorts of strange forms, while the only support, the only spiritual essence for us is the collective power of the group. Otherwise, you will not be able to picture anything correctly.

This should help you understand how wrong your approach has been thus far. You pictured spirituality in a completely different way. It drew you in different directions, except for this one. So hold on to the right course and each time adjust it only in the direction of the group. It makes no difference what we read or study, it is all aimed toward our unity, and nothing but that.

Even if you hate someone, it still has nothing to do with good or evil as the Torah describes it. This is because the Torah only speaks about the unity of friends in the group. Take the shell off spiritual essence, detach yourself from home, family, work, and the rest of the world, and leave only the powers that we want to connect in your perception.

You are looking only for the collective power in the study and friends, and you should interpret every word of the wisdom of Kabbalah through the prism of this concept. Only thus will you be able to advance in the best possible way. Any other form of advancement will lead you through the path of suffering.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/25/2011, “Preface to The Book of Zohar”

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