Seventy Roots, One Truth

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The nations in the East, the Chinese for example, claim that they already know the truth, but actually it isn’t the truth. What can we do about it?

Answer: It says: “Wisdom among the nations—believe.” The point is that all the cultures and religions speak about our egoistic world, trying to insert into it a method that would help us avoid pain in our life, our ego, and that would provide an answer to the current problems and even some hope for the next life, although this part isn’t expressed so strongly in Chinese culture. But the religions and other cultures have developed whole methods by taking the idea from the wisdom of Kabbalah.

One way or another, it is about an egoistic method, about how we exist in it, hoping for a better life in this world and in the next world. All this has nothing to do with changing human nature. There is no method that calls for and sets its goal as loving others as thyself. By this, the wisdom of Kabbalah differs from all the other methods, and it is the only method that speaks about changing man by the use of the upper force and it explains how to do it. All the other means are closed within our ego and using them is like pulling yourself by the hair out of the swamp.

Besides, every method is suitable for the people it was created for. I suppose that it is impossible to understand Confucius if you are not Chinese. His teachings are very deep, but other nations see it as superficial because it is not suited for their nature and character.

It isn’t by chance that there are seventy roots for seventy nations. Every nation has a spiritual root of its own which in our world gives birth to its replica. This is where all the differences stem from, including cultural differences. Suppose opera is for the Italians and you cannot think of the Spanish without thinking of bullfights. This is especially true when it comes to philosophy. It is impossible to understand Dante detached from his culture and his times.

We only pretend that we understand masterpieces from the past. Can I really learn Japanese philosophy if I am not Japanese? I will simply not be able to feel it and to penetrate it. I can only study the material and perceive the dry letters, but not the spirit.

I will not understand Confucius because internally I am not built like him. I will also not be able to understand the Native American Indians. You can visit them and imitate the externality, but I won’t be able to connect their studies with my soul.

At best, I can feel another nation, but not be part of its root. Therefore our world is full of rubbish: We have castrated ourselves and have deprived ourselves of the inner filling from rich cultures and deep philosophical perceptions by leaving only the externality.

The seventy roots are kept until Gmar Tikkun (the end of correction) and only then do they disappear in the general Keter. And so there cannot be any mutual penetration except for dry doctorates. There isn’t an ounce of truth in them.

What is more, the modern Chinese look at Confucius from a distance, and they also don’t understand him in depth. But they can still join him and somehow connect to their root, while no one else can do that.

We have to connect in mutual love above all our roots, without confusing them. The source of the seventy roots is Zeir Anpin, but even there they don’t mix, but rather connect by the Masach (screen). On the whole, in spirituality all the differences are kept and even grow as they ascend, since our attributes become more powerful. At first we are close and hardly differ from one another, but later, the spiritual levels split up like a cone, since “whoever is greater than his friend, his desire is greater.” We connect mutually above it, above all the details we perceive.

You are asking “how?” When I place your desire above mine and you place my desire above yours, I begin to penetrate the teachings of Confucius, and you the teachings of Moses. But in order to do that, we need a Masach and at first we have to work together.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/16/12, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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  1. what if a persons Dna contains a mixture of ethnic groups hence 2 or more different spiritual roots; for example a persons mother is Chinese and their father is a native American Indian, can such a person aspire to both roots?

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