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Model Of Desires

Dr. Michael LaitmanTwo hundred and fifty men saw how the ball of fire that became the inflamed body of Korach, rolled toward the abyss and disappeared in the depths of the earth.

As soon as all the sinners and that belongs to them were swallowed in the abyss, the two ends of the abyss immediately closed. The surface of the earth became smooth, as before, without any cracks (Midrash Raba).

On the spiritual path, the Upper Light bestows upon us, and each time we move forward, we find out that part of our desires are opposite to it. First it seemed to us as if they all were similar to the Light.

Then the Upper Light continues to influence us, and again we make some clarification, sampling, and progressing forward with better desires. And suddenly inside the Light, again it is revealed that some of them are not ready for connection; they are opposite to it.

Everything depends on the intensiveness of the Light. For example: before us stands a clean table, but if we bring a large flashlight and shine it on the table, maybe with the help of some special rays of light, we will see that there is a lot of dirt and debris on it that are not visible to the eye.

That is, each time we are rising, we see what previously seemed suited for use to us in our inner qualities is now revealed as an enemy, as egoism. This sorting takes place in each degree.

The Torah tells about the sequence of the detection of egoistic desires, about a constant model of how the desires go through correction and are now identified as the opposite: some of them are put to death; others go forward.

In the next degree it happens again, and it continues like that until only what is called the stony heart (Lev HaEven) is left, which is corrected only at the highest degree.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/20/15

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The Physical And Spiritual World

Laitman_712_03Question: How does the physical world influence the spiritual world?

Answer: It doesn’t. Everything descends from top to bottom: the upper world affects the lower. But under certain conditions, we can influence the upper world, and through it—the material world.

As we correct our egoistic desires, we affect the properties we have mastered—the properties of bestowal and love. By matching these properties with the altruistic properties of the common soul, through it, we influence the impact it has on our world.

Question: Is there danger that by bringing oneself closer to the Creator and mastering the governing system, Kabbalists could abuse their knowledge?

Answer: It is impossible, because when you fall from the property of bestowal and love you immediately lose your connection with the upper world and, therefore, its impact on our world.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/15

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When Will The World Support Israel?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If we compare Israel to other countries, we can see it isn’t worse here than in other places and it is even better.

Answer: The problem is that you are comparing us to other countries. Of course, in many respects Israel is a better place and the relations between people are warmer, but this is in comparison to other countries.

I compare us to what we should be and to what the world demands of us.

If we don’t unite, nature will drive us to happiness with the stick of affliction: by another Holocaust, pogroms, wars, and other sufferings. Kabbalah warns us. But we can play our trump card and come to unity quickly and comfortably. It depends only on us, and the rest of the world will follow us. In line with this, we will receive the world’s support or blows accordingly.

Many Kabbalists wrote about the unity of the nation. The last Kabbalist who spoke about it in a way that is closest to us is the great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam who lived in the first half of the 20th century.

In his book The Last Generation, he describes a complete social system of social security, protection, and mutual assistance, a system in which everyone cares about other.

This is basically what Marx wrote about in his time, but he wasn’t properly understood. The Marxist interpretation of human evolution was quite close to the truth. This is the reason Baal HaSulam tells us how we should understand Marx correctly because Marx was followed by several opportunistic movements that totally distorted his ideas.

According to Baal HaSulam, we must first educate people and only then teach them to care of one another, mutual responsibility, which is what we call mutual guarantee, Arvut.

Of course this isn’t an instant transition to a brighter future. But as soon as we begin moving toward each other with mutual support and mutual care, toward a round society, our world will immediately begin to change.

Do you want the Intifada to end? Start taking the first steps toward one another and you will see how all of our enemies suddenly will fade. Today’s enemy will come to help you tomorrow and will do it whole-heartedly because the world is a common system, and you control the good force entering our world to create its harmony with the power of evil, egoism..

People will begin to feel that they are one family, will stop cutting each other off on the road, will stop scheming against colleagues at work, and surround one another with care and attention. Then, all of the other nations will feel at ease; tensions will subside. And it all will be thanks to us. Today they say we are to blame for all their problems.

Question: But the better off we are, the worse they will feel. They will see this and will want to destroy us.

Answer: No, the good state between us will be conveyed unto them. Suddenly they will be able to balance their social and political system, the relations in their families, in society, and everywhere. Otherwise, they will not succeed and will continue their attacks against us.
From KabTV’s “Confrontation. How It Works in Reality” 10/28/15

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 111

laitman_231_02Question: What is the book Shamati about and how can a person study and understand it?

Answer: It is about spiritual attainment.

Question: Do I have to go to the spiritual level, the level of the upper Providence, to realize the selfish desires of this world? Or can you bypass this step by simply realizing their properties and aiming them toward bestowal?

Answer: You can begin the ascent immediately.

Question: It seems similar to studying in college: five years of study, but when one starts a job they say: “Forget everything you learned and start really learning.” Colleges teach students how to study so that in a real job environment people are prepared to quickly overcome difficulties.

Answer: Well, it seems right, but we’ll see…

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The Relationship Between Two Worlds

laitman_624_07Question: What is the relationship between the two worlds: the spiritual and the physical? Is it possible to influence the spiritual world from the material and vice versa?

Answer: The world is grasped through my selfish desires when I absorb impressions and information through my five senses: sight, hearing, smelling, taste, and touch.

Everything I feel in the material world, by maximally absorbing pleasant things and maximally rejecting unpleasant things, passes through my egoistic filters and I categorize them. I want see only the good, so I distance myself from all the evil, so much so that I cannot identify much of what is happening because I just don’t want to see it.

But the upper world is built according to a different principle; I don’t draw to myself what is good for my ego, but I interact in an opposite direction: I love others and not myself; I go out of myself for a good relationship with others.

And so I begin to see a completely different picture around me; it’s a completely different world! It is said to be higher because it is above my ego, above my present existence.

The connection between the two worlds is very simple: If I relate to everything egoistically, I feel the material world, and if I relate altruistically, I feel the upper world. This connection exists within me, I connect the two worlds; everything is happening only in relation to me. The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks only about the subjective perception of a person.

Question: Doesn’t a person who goes out to the spiritual world become detached from this world?

Answer: No. His egoistic, beastly, habitual feelings remain in him, and with all his human drives, he moves out of himself to a connection with others to bestow to them according to the general rule of “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). And with this intention to exit himself, he discovers a world that is upside down.

Question: Doesn’t this seem too simple for a person? After all, anyone can say, “I love others.”

Answer: It’s very easy to say that. When he tries to see the upper world, he will understand that this is just impossible to do except according to a specific system of work in a particular group, with clear support according to particular books and a special method. In addition, it takes a number of years.

So someone who says, “What is the matter with you?! I love everyone!” is profoundly mistaken. This is a human mistake.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/27/15

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Moses And The People

laitman_740_02The Lord spoke to Moses saying: “Stand aside from this congregation, and I shall consume them in an instant.” They fell on their faces. Moses said to Aaron, “Take the censer and put fire from the altar top into it and put incense. Then take it quickly to the congregation, and atone for them; for wrath has gone forth from the Lord, and the plague is begun.’” (Torah, “Numbers,” “Korach,” 17:9 – 17:11).

A person must get close to those desires and characteristics that are below him. He needs to make it possible for them to be filled with incense, meaning with Ohr Hozer (Reflected Light), and then he will become like the Creator on his level.

Question: Why was Moses so merciful to the people?

Answer: What else is there to correct if not the people? Moses and Aaron are corrected characteristics. But who are they without the people? For what purpose would they exist?! Moses is the characteristic of absolute bestowal, and without the people he is like a head without a body.

Question: How can Moses feel the people if he is completely divorced from them? How can he pray for them?

Answer: Joining the nation. It’s his job, not the work of the people. All of our desires, except for the head, are basically beastly desires, and only the head keeps them in the right intention.

The head joins itself to a certain amount of desires of the spiritual body and makes a calculation about them, which is called Zivug de Hakaa (coupling while striking). After that it begins to work with the desires, joining them to itself, and the body agrees and completely manifests what the head decides.

Question: Does it follow that Moses felt guilty about his detachment from the people?

Answer: This happens all the time. Every time new desires appear from below the head must find how to work with them.

Comment: And Moses didn’t blame them….

Answer: What could he blame them for?! After all, this is a broken Kli that became disconnected from Egypt because the cloud of the Creator covered it and brought the people out of there. So the body is not to blame at all here.

All of the desires that appear in man are discovered according to a strictly defined schedule, and the head needs to work with them, it is responsible for them. As to the physical desires, there are no restrictions.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/27/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11.12.15

Preparation for the Lesson 

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” “What You Have Given the Strong to the Hands of the Weak, Means in the Work”

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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Congress”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary,” Item 43

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book from the Mouth of a Sage” 

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