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Tests In Spirituality

laitman_232_05Question: Why does a person return to his bad inclinations to a greater degree after transcending to a new spiritual level? Why is it impossible to be tested and to pass the next test like in university?

Answer: A person does not go back. He is given the next test—an addition to his egoism.

Even at school and in university, we study the same subjects for many years.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/29/17

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 1/15/17

laitman_250Question: Can I impact the Creator through the environment?

Answer: Of course! This is our job, to impact Him, to force Him to do what needs to be done. This is called “my sons have defeated me.”

Question: What is consciousness?

Answer: Put simply, consciousness is the feeling that I exist.

Question: Can we say that the intention is a desire that is sharply focused? Or is the intention a thought?

Answer: The intention is the point, the goal I pursue, but not the desire itself.

Question: What is the subconscious?

Answer: The subconscious is consciousness that has not yet been formed.

Question: Does a person’s mind grow older with age? Why is it difficult for elderly people to learn new things?

Answer: Although it may seem like a physiological process, it is not actually so. It is simply the processing of the level we are on.

Question: How does thought differ from imagination?

Answer: Unlike thoughts, our imaginations are still unlimited by our desires, and so, like in a dream, these imaginations can be varied.

Question: Is time the feeling of the flow of my desires, thoughts, and my internal states?

Answer: Yes, it is the feeling of the flow of our desires.

Question: Is man a process of perception?

Answer: No, man is a desire that identifies with the Creator. If we don’t speak about the Creator, it is impossible to define or to determine anything correctly.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/15/17

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Ethics And Kabbalah

laitman_265Question: Why is Kabbalah not human ethics and philosophy at the same time if its main postulate is “love your neighbor”?

Answer: Kabbalah should become like that, and it will become like that. However, today humanity is not ready for this yet.

Currently, we undergo certain stages of the realization of the evil nature of man, and we learn through all the troubles that constantly haunt us. It leads us to the fact that we do not know what to do with ourselves and our world.

Therefore, we are already beginning to realize that we require knowledge about our world, about the depths of the actions of the forces in it. Gradually we will understand that without the knowledge of Kabbalah, we are just a lost generation.

When we discover Kabbalah for ourselves, that is already ready for use, we will enter into a very rapid, easy, and pleasant development, up to our final, absolutely good state.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart

New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

The ceremonies in our world do not change our intention from reception to bestowal, but are only symbols.

The physical action does not purify anything because everything depends on the person’s intention.
From KabTV’s “New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart,” 5/11/17

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The Work On Yourself

laitman_243_02Torah, Deuteronomy 25:02 – 25:03: and it shall be, if the guilty one has incurred [the penalty of] lashes, that the judge shall make him lean over and flog him in front of him, commensurate with his crime, in number. He shall flog him with forty [lashes]; he shall not exceed, lest he give him a much more severe flogging than these [forty lashes], and your brother will be degraded before your eyes.

Question: It is written: “If the guilty one has incurred the penalty of lashes, that the judge shall make him lean over and flog him.” What does it mean “lean over”? Why are these small things described in such detail?

Answer: These are not small things. It is about a person’s descent to such a state where it is necessary to humiliate not him but his egoism and to humiliate it in such a way that he will see egoism in all its ugliness and will not be able to use it anymore. He will consider using it as a baseness for the “man in him.”

This is one’s work on oneself. Therefore, all judges and jurors are needed only to help a person understand himself. He himself must select a punishment in the form of blows that come from the quality of Bina, the numeric value of which equals forty—level “forty.” He must feel these blows on himself and how much he is opposite to the quality of bestowal.

the feeling of oppositeness to the qualities of Bina, understanding of how far he is from reaching its level and the realization of evil in himself are blows on egoism, and not on a person.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/2/16

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“When You Beat Your Olive Tree…”

Dr. Michael LaitmanTorah, Deuteronomy 24:20: When you beat your olive tree, you shall not deglorify it [by picking all its fruit] after you; it shall be [left] for the stranger, the orphan and the widow.

Vineyards, olives, and grains represent different types of desires.

Olive oil, which symbolizes the Light of Hochma, is produced from olives. The oil is extracted by pressing, that is, through a person’s efforts when he receives something not directly from nature but through his own effort. Everything given to him by nature he uses in order to rise to the level of a “Man.”

The same is true regarding bread. Bread symbolizes the Light of Hassadim. If you do not process the grain, it is food for animals. If you process it, make flour, and bake bread, it is already a food for man.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/31/16

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Convention In Almaty “All As One,” Day One – 06.16.17

Convention in Almaty, “One Soul,” Lesson 1

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Convention in Almaty, “Convenant (Brit) and Mutual Guarantee (Arvut),” Lesson 2  

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