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“And The Lord Appeared In A Pillar Of Cloud”

laitman_937Torah, Deuteronomy 31:14 – 31:15: And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, your days are approaching [for you] to die. Call Joshua and stand in the Tent of Meeting, and I will inspire him. So Moses and Joshua went, and stood in the Tent of Meeting. And the Lord appeared in the Tent, in a pillar of cloud. The pillar of cloud stood at the entrance to the Tent.

The appearance of the Creator in a pillar of cloud is the middle line, which Moses and Joshua attained and which the nation of Israel was approaching.

When Moses finished his work, they were all in a particular spiritual state. Nonetheless, it was all happening through Moses, but the active, working part was his lower level, Joshua, or in other words, the will to receive in order to bestow.

On one hand, Joshua was using his egoism; on the other hand, his work in egoism was higher in degree to that of Moses. That is how it happens: the lower you fall, the higher you can rise.

Question: What is “The pillar of cloud stood at the entrance to the Tent”?

Answer: There is such a thing as a pillar of fire and there is a pillar of cloud, depending on the kind of qualities, the kind of desires in which the Creator is revealed. Here, He is still being revealed only in that quality they were able to correct, in other words, in the pure quality of Bina of Moses. And that is why the pillar is a cloud.

The correction of Moses was complete: the forty-year journey through all our inner qualities were corrected to pure bestowal—the quality of Bina, the quality of faith, the quality of Hassadim (mercy).

And now what enters into action is the next correction, the next part: Joshua, who must receive in order to bestow, work with egoism more, and therefore reach higher levels. That is on one hand.

On the other hand, the purity of the work of Moses will always remain as a deposit, as something that is absolutely necessary. That is why after all the long millennia, he will still be waiting for the souls to again return to their corrected state and for him to be able to lead them further.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 1/23/17

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What Does Love Begin With?

laitman_947Question: What is absolute love and why isn’t it possible even in relationships between parents and children?

Answer: The fact is that there is no love in our world in the strict sense of this word.

In Kabbalah, love means a state where I give everything to another person and exist within him with all my expectations, leaving nothing inside of me. My heart is empty, my mind is empty, my strengths are empty, and I give everything to others. This is called “love.” There is no such thing in our world.

In other words, in our egoistic qualities with which we were born and exist blissfully to this day there is no such opportunity because egoism works absolutely differently. It does not matter how we twist it, it will still turn around and do everything the way it is good for it.

Even if we give something to others and wish them well, it is only because we get some benefit from it and for this it is worth to wish for good or do something good for others. Thus, there is no love. Just complete egoism.

Love begins with the fact that we try to work with each other in a group, trying to tune in to correct relationships as if we want to bestow, share, and selflessly pass something from ourselves to others in our ten. Yet, we cannot. Then it becomes clear to us that we lack the force of bestowal, the force of love.

In this case, the need arises to find, reveal, recognize, and receive it. Initially, there is a quality of bestowal and love in nature—the quality of the Creator. It means that we need to receive some of this force from the Creator.

Therefore, when we try to treat each other correctly with bestowal and love in the ten, we see that we cannot do this. Then we all begin to demand from the Creator: “Give us the force of bestowal, of love, and of the correct relationships with each other. You must correct us. You must help us.” And we receive this force.

Thus the Creator reveals between us—the quality of bestowal and love. It is really possible to do this. Our laboratory is our ten, where we constantly discuss everything together, make decisions, act, invite this positive force upon ourselves, and implement it.

Comment: You always say that the Creator is revealed in the relationships between people.

Answer: Only in the ten, in the correct association of people among themselves, and in the correct connection between them. This is not simple. This is work according to the clear methodolgy over a long time.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/11/17

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Resistance To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah, Part 1

laitman_259.01We see that humanity develops under the influence of two forces: support and opposition, pros and cons, driving force and resisting force. It is natural for any development that there is expansion and contraction all the time, like inhale and exhale.

At any given moment, these two forces act because the right development is impossible without a balance between them.

Kabbalah and Kabbalists develop according to their generation. Sparks emerge in the broken vessel of the soul. These sparks are ready to resurface from the fragments of the soul, and they demand correction.

People in whom such sparks awaken feel the need to reveal the purpose of creation, the upper force, the Creator, and to learn about the universe. They seek to rise above ordinary life so as not to remain within their broken desires but to live just for the sake of the spiritual sparks.

Although these sparks are broken, a person feels that they need to be revived. Therefore, there are many forces inside a Kabbalist: sparks, spiritual genes (Reshimot), and desires related to correction, that is, the properties of bestowal.

This process began with the first man Adam. And then more and more people, from those who felt the need to discover and comprehend the purpose of creation and to belong to the upper power and the upper system, joined him in each generation. So, from Adam descended the entire line of Kabbalists who developed the method of revealing the Creator to the created beings in this world.

Kabbalists were those created beings who revealed the upper force. And since spiritual sparks and desires awakened in many people, Kabbalists also spread the wisdom of Kabbalah, which evoked different reactions.

And even a simple study of Kabbalah awakens two opposing forces in a person: the desire for and against the revelation of the Creator. After all, a man is a broken desire to enjoy, an egoist, and inside of him is a spark that demands a gateway to another dimension, to another level—the intention to bestow.

This spark refers to a different life, a different world. Therefore, a Kabbalist has two inner worlds: sometimes he is dominated by the force of bestowal and sometimes by the force of reception. He always goes through ups and downs as two of these opposing forces constantly work in him: sparks and broken desires demand their realization. In this way a Kabbalist develops, sometimes in the right and sometimes in the left line.

The same rule applies to a person and his environment. Abraham, the first Kabbalist who began spreading Kabbalah to the masses, met with strong resistance from his father Terah and his entire former school, as well as from the ruler of Ancient Babylon, Nimrod. The resistance was so strong that he had to leave Babylon.

Resisting Kabbalah is natural, because nothing develops without it. We see in the example of the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels of nature that the whole evolution happens as a result of struggle, and it couldn’t have been otherwise.

Therefore, Kabbalists are patient toward Kabbalah’s opponents because they realize that they receive them from above and that it is the Creator who organizes all these protesting forces. But at the same time, as representatives of the force of spiritual development, they need to resist material and egoistic development.

Opponents of Kabbalah fight it in every possible way, but Kabbalists understand that all this resistance is arranged by the Creator who controls these forces, and therefore, the answer to it must be appropriate. In the end, we need to act for one purpose only: to reveal the Creator to the created beings in this world, which is the goal of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Kabbalah is revealed for this very purpose and it is impossible for one to unfold without the other, as progress and resistance are based on each other.

Therefore, one must treat Kabbalah’s opponents rationally, realizing that from the moment the Light created darkness, that is, when the altruistic desire created the egoistic desire, these desires were opposite to each other, but they must develop together. After all, the Light also develops when it enters the creation, organizes it, and builds up more and more diverse connections in it.

Therefore, one must treat all criticism creatively, with understanding. And although the opponents of Kabbalah brought many misfortunes to Kabbalists, on the other hand, all these forces act according to the program of creation.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/17, Lesson on the Topic: “The Resistance to Kabbalah”

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On The Threshold Of A “Post-Egoistic” Era

laitman_928Humanity wants to know where it is and what it lives for, what the secret of life is, and what will be after it? Where do we come from when we are born into this world? Where do we go after we die? Do we exist only as animals who do not feel anything other than our own biological, material existence?

The latest developments in physics, chemistry, biology, and especially quantum mechanics are revealing new forms of existence; we are beginning to uncover more levels of complexity that our world possesses. Our world apparently consists of many dimensions, one inside the other, and contains a multitude of lifeforms, some as yet unknown to us.

We live in a minuscule fragment of reality, and it is very possible that this reality is not even real but is only generated in our very limited consciousness. It only seems to us as if we exist in physical bodies, in a large world, in a tremendous universe, but in essence, all this is but a representation within our minds. Quantum physics is already finding evidence for this.

This type of understanding is principally important in determining the way we relate to life. Just look at how powerfully religion changes a person’s world-view, when he believes that he lives in this world with the possibility to continue life after death in some other world.

A particular world-view can completely overturn ideas about life, leading to wars and conflicts, dividing and uniting people. This is the most important question because it brings meaning to our biological lives in this world and to that which is beyond this life’s limits as they appear to us.

That’s why it is very important to come to a correct perception of reality. And here we collide with resistance from the side of religion and other forms of faith-based practices, with the indecisiveness of people and with the sciences.

This subject is hushed and covered up; it is not pleasant to talk about it. Because, if we speak of this in the open, there will be resistance, it will completely turn upside-down the philosophy of life for people, it will change the way people relate to their existence and the meaning of life. And this is not an easy thing.

As yet, science has only just begun to guess at this and scientists are starting to speak about it a little. It is very good if people find out that our world is actually structured in an extraordinarily complex fashion and is just one of many worlds, that we can change ourselves and move from world to world, and all that is needed is to change our perception, our sensory organs.

When we move from one potential level and rise to another, we lose contact with this material life. We begin to perceive life completely differently: not limited by some hundred years, but endless in time and space, above all limitations.

If this evidence appeared in all sources of mass media, it would attract many to the study of the science of Kabbalah, because it is specifically Kabbalah that opens to each person the possibility of traveling between worlds.

The era of egoistic control is over. People have changed and already egoism cannot control them. Egoistic programming exhausted itself, and little by little we began to be liberated from the totalitarian control of the ego, from our consumerist attitude toward nature. And that’s why we feel ourselves less limited and we begin to sense and guess that there is something higher than our egoistic perception of the world.

I am very hopeful that ultimately we will reveal the truth. And then all will change: religion, faith-based practices, and the way people relate to life.
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From KabTV’s “Discussion About Perception Of Reality,” 12/26/16

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New Life #898 – Human Awareness

New Life #898 – Human Awareness
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

What is the role of the conscious and the subconscious in human development? Why do we awaken to ask about the reason for our existence and what level of new consciousness can we achieve? Is there a supreme plan in nature that develops and manages us?
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From KabTV’s “New Life #898 – Human Awareness,” 8/17/17

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