How Do We Reach Equality?

laitman_527.03Comment: In our world, equality is a something that people have constantly fought for throughout history.

Answer: There is no equality and there never can be. Equality can only be with respect to the Creator because to Him we are all equal, like children are for their parents. The Creator is our common root. And consequently, we are created absolutely equal by Him.

But with respect to each other, we are all different. We cannot even measure the kind of differences between us. There is no common measuring stick to compare us. Only as we approach adhesion with the Creator and unite in Him do we all become equal before Him.

Question: Can it be said that we are equal in our desire for adhesion with Him?

Answer: Even in this we are not quite equal, but we are gradually getting there.

Only by adhering to Him and becoming His “slaves” do we acquire equality because in slavery everyone is same.

When you obey the upper system, participate in it in the right way, then this state, in principle, is called slavery. But this slavery is filled with a tremendous sense of inspiration and joy.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/9/17

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The “People” In A Person

laitman_243.07Torah, Exodus 23:23: For My angel will go before you, and bring you to the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivvites, and the Jebusites, and I will destroy them.

All of these tribes symbolize desires that need to change from egoistic to altruistic use.

An angel is a force that leads to these desires. You will feel how certain kinds of egoistic inclinations are being revealed in you. And you can count them since each of them has its own manifestation and character, as if it were a people inside of you.

As a result, it is as if you first become one person, then another, then a third, and so on.

It is written: “I will destroy them.” While being inside egoistic desires, you will want to get rid of them because these qualities are absolutely opposite to the Creator.

The desire to get rid of them is necessary; we cannot do without it. Unless a person decides to get rid of them no matter what and asks for it, the Light will not be able to perform this action.
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From Kab TV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 07/1/13

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What Does Kabbalah Say About Love On Earth?

Laitman_910Question: What does a Kabbalist think about love?

Answer: Kabbalists constantly think about love. The question is what exactly does he think about it? Does he wonder whether it exists or not? Does he ask himself what love itself means, what is its definition, what are the boundaries of its existence, what is the level of its manifestation, and what are the conditions under which it manifests and exists?

Can an eternal type of love be reached?

The kind of love that passes is not love. It cannot be anything other than eternal.

Once I gave a lecture to a large audience in Tel-Aviv and I immediately told them that there is no love. At first there was silence but gradually everyone agreed with me.

There is a constant, native, natural love, which is only for the dear and unforgettable me. Within the material framework, this is the only kind of love that is real. It is born and dies together with me, with my “I.”

This is the egoism that exists within me, that develops all the time, and pushes my nose further into myself to see what else can I wish for, get, and bring closer to my dear self. It always asks: how I can love myself even more? This is our egoistic nature. Therefore, self-love is a natural quality of everything that exists.

All material nature in the universe consists of a huge type of egoism that divides into four levels: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human. These types differ only by the degree of egoism that manifests as love for oneself.

Love on inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels is instinctive and not recognized by the object itself. It does not check how much it loves itself but just satisfies its love.

On the human level love is programmable. Although it remains a love for oneself and for oneself only; nevertheless, it undergoes various stages of development, such as in what way it can be expressed and which forms it can assume. Since a person depends on society, on the ones similar to him, and on the ones opposite to him, his idea of love or how to fulfill and satiate himself changes under the influence of society.

However, in principle this is the same self-love but in even more refined and constantly renewed forms. This is the love that exists in our world including such manifestations of it as a mother’s love for a child, a person’s love for their homeland, and so on. No matter what form of love we are talking about, all of them eventually reflect egoistic love for oneself.

Remark: You dispel all the romantic ideas people have about love.

My Comment: There is no romance here except for minor misconceptions. This is known to everyone including scientists, philosophers, physiologists, and psychologists. In our time, egoism has grown so much that we are especially, acutely aware that there is no love.

Even scientists say that people only get together for two to three years. The normal manifestation of mutuality cannot last between them for a long time since all of it quickly disappears. Our egoism is constantly renewed and it erases all of the past conditions that supported the manifestation of any kind of mutuality, even though it was egoistic or only for my beloved self. This, however, also changes.

Question: So, what is next? Habit? After all, many people live together for years.

Answer: If someone lives together for many years, they are just “dinosaurs.” In our time, no one voluntarily lives in the same family for a long time either because of children or because of the goods and everything else they acquired together.

The fact is that, previously, life expectancy did not exceed forty years and people died before their so-called love ended.
Besides, a man—while choosing a spouse—considered not love but whether the woman could be a housewife, making sure that she was healthy, capable, could cook, and could maintain a house. Therefore, there is no room to talk about love here either.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/6/17

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My Thoughts On Twitter, 11/22/17

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The lower can only be studied from the upper. First, one must attain the upper roots, in their true #spiritual form, above our perceptions. Then one can study our world, realizing how the upper roots manifest in this world. (Baal HaSulam. The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah)

Desire to bestow—the Creator; desire to receive—the Creation. #Sensations in the desire to receive FOR ONESELF are called THIS WORLD. Sensations in the desire to receive FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS & CREATOR are the true reality—UPPER WORLD. The intention FOR WHOM changes everything!

The Creator is revealed to the extent that I conceal Him. I don’t attain Him, but my concealment of Him, my screen. Like the copying of his form. The Creator’s revelation is the revelation of my qualities that became like Him. Hence, the Creator is called Bore—Bo (come) and Re (see)

#Honor fills the ego and harms the soul to that measure. That is why Kabbalists who become famous are honored as a form of punishment. But then others arise who accuse them so that shame balances out the honor. Baal HaSulam. Shamati 181. Honor.

When one understands everything the Creator has done for him, he stops blaming Him for everything he hadn’t been able to justify, and feels tremendous #gratitude. Until then, he cannot understand the Creator’s governance, like a child cannot understand why he’s being scolded.

He who neutralizes #evil is a Hero. But he who turns evil into a helper is a Hero among heroes. The evil angel becomes good, and they both bring one to the Creator.

Where’s the #happiness gene? It exists above our egoistic nature. Kabbalah teaches how to ascend to it. Want to bestow to others but have nothing? You need the desire—the fulfillment will come to them through you from the Creator. In a corrected society, punishment is correction.

Why is the forbidden Kabbalah being revealed for all today? The level of society’s development determines the level of #knowledge revealed by nature. Having gone through egoistic development, mankind can understand that it can no longer develop without revealing life’s purpose.

My ego severs the forces connecting me to others. By canceling it, I restore that bond, like a surgeon sewing a severed body part back to the body, and then this part begins to feel the #SOUL—the sensation of connection, and the Creator who fills this connection.

#Mitzvah = action with an intention to bestow. 613 Mitzvot = By a Mitzvah, we evoke its light and fill the soul’s 613 parts with light of NRNHY. Torah, 620 Mitzvot = the soul’s 5 parts filled by 5 lights of Torah, NRNHY. The Torah is the same as the soul.

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The Correct View Of The World

laitman_934Remark: In Kabbalah courses there is a section about the history of Kabbalah, which examines how the first Kabbalist Adam emerged, how he was followed by 20 generations until Abraham, what Abraham contributed to the development of Kabbalah, etc.

One way or another, we cannot get away from the fact that there is a timeline, eras, a certain sequence in transferring of the method. Anyhow, we appeal to world history.

Answer: The point is that no one, not even scientists, can explain all of Einstein’s physical experiments with time flowing backward. Scientists are faced with concepts that imply that time does not exist or flows backward, that space does not exist, etc.

Yet, we are in a more advantageous position relative to everyone else because we can offer people the practice of Kabbalah: to begin to expand your consciousness by including yourself in a ten, and then you will feel that the world is folded inside yourself many times over.

With your complex consciousness, you will be able to find the right view of the world. You will see that this world is inside you. Outside, there is only an imaginary field, a world of illusion. As a matter of fact, it does not exist. Everything exists only within a desire. Everything happens only in Malchut.

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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/16/17

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Why Are We Given Unique Talents?

laitman_571.03Question: What is the spiritual root of talents?

Answer: It depends on the talent. In principle, a talent is a special application of one’s innate tendencies.

People cannot all be the same. We are all different; everyone, I would say, has a unique talent. It is simply a matter of the individual not discovering it or maybe even suppressing it.

But in general, everyone has a particular talent. If we were to educate people correctly, then something unique would be revealed in each person, something that no one else has. And this unique talent is the point in which the individual is similar to the Creator.

Because talents are given to us specifically in order for us to come to similarity of form with the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/9/17

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Freedom Without Limits

laitman_231.04Question: Does a person who reveals the Creator gain freedom or does he still have to go through various stages in order to attain it?

Answer: If you acquire even one percent of the Creator’s quality, you become completely free of the egoism that is revealed within you. And then another level of egoism appears; the inner “snake” rears its head again and says: “I am still here!” And you must rise above it again.

Question: But making an effort to rise above it takes time: days or even months. Does that mean that during this time I am not free and I experience freedom only after I have risen above it?

Answer: You want to measure spiritual states by approaching them with material tools.

The thing is, you obtain freedom for only a moment and only in order to become aware that there are still more levels of without freedom within you, above which you need to rise until you attain the degree of full correction.

Question: By rising above my egoism, I become free from it and not from the Creator?

Answer: The Creator is the quality of love and bestowal. How can this quality not be considered freedom? If you only want to bestow, emanate love, you have no limitations on this.

Remark: But I am still not free since I am dependent on those to whom I want to bestow, whether or not they receive, and so on.

My Comment: No, this is different kind of thinking. And that is why it is impossible to explain it from within the framework of our ordinary, everyday thought.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/2/17

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Kabbalah Lessons, Part 2

laitman_530Question: What exactly does one study in the Kabbalah lessons in order to reach the revelation of the upper world, the network of forces acting on us?

Answer: In essence, it is one force that is divided into many forces that are opposite to each other. We need to awaken its revelation through the study that is conducted in a group of ten people who are building increasingly friendly relationships between themselves. For this purpose, the preparation before the lesson is conducted.

Through our connection and penetration into the study material, we intend not just to learn what is written in the book, but to receive from it a special inspiration, a special force that will connect us even more strongly. As a result, we begin to reveal the network of forces acting on us and we understand that it does not exist somewhere outside, but between us.

The general force of connection called the Creator is manifested within our connection with each other, as it is written: “You shall see your world in your lifetime.” Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is the method of revealing the Creator to the creatures in this world.

All this we achieve through connection in the ten, which is a means of achieving the purpose of creation. The first stage is to reach the love of the creatures, and this is exactly what is being realized in the ten. Then, from the love of the creatures we come to the love of the Creator, the general force governing the system of nature.

Question: So, what is the central subject of the study?

Answer: In the Kabbalah lessons, we study the very same network that connects us with each other that is called the system of the upper worlds. ”Olam – world” comes from the word “Alama – concealment”, that is, a concealed system.

Gradually, we begin to reveal it. Inside these worlds, this network of forces, we discover the connection that exists between us in the ten. This connection is called our soul, or Shechina, in which the Creator (Shochen) is revealed.

Question: Is the purpose of studying Kabbalah to feel the concealed reality or to understand it?

Answer: The purpose of studying is to feel the upper reality. Once we begin to feel it, we must understand it based on the sensation.

Question: What exactly do we want to feel?

Answer: We want to feel a special mutual connection between us that is constantly growing in quality until it reaches the degree of love. Inside this connection we begin to reveal a special force acting in it, which is called the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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“And Moses, The Servant Of The Lord, Died There”

laitman_740.03Torah, Deuteronomy 34:01 – 34:04: And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, [to the] top of the summit facing Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the Land: The Gilead until Dan, and all [the land of] Naftali, and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, until the western sea, and the south, and the plain, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, until Zoar.

And the Lord said to him, “This is the Land I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”

The quality of Moses is not in the land of Israel because the land relates to Malchut and to all the degrees coming from Bina to Malchut, and Moses is the upper Bina.

The mission of Moses ends at this, and so it is said that “he died.”

Torah, Deuteronomy 34:05 – 34:06: And Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there, in the land of Moab, by the mouth of the Lord. And He buried him in the valley, in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Pe’or. And no person knows the place of his burial, unto this day.

The place of his burial is unknown because Bina does not have a place. This is a state that is not in the land of Israel. However, physically, historically, it certainly can be found because it was reflected in the material world.

In our world, there were the people of Israel who exited Egypt, went through the desert, and reached the promised land. That is, the spiritual root must necessarily be reflected in the earthy form as well in our world. Therefore, everything can be found.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/6/17

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226Question: Why in studying Kabbalah is such great importance given to the lessons?

Answer: The study of Kabbalah is intended not for receiving knowledge like when studying other sciences and professions. Kabbalah assumes a completely different approach to study: the goal is not to learn the material, but to change a person’s nature.

The most important thing is to lead a person to such changes that will allow him to reveal the upper force and to see the upper world. Through the correct study in the Kabbalistic group, even in this life, he will reveal the force that elevates him to the new degree of consciousness, perception, and revelation, which is above this world.

Therefore, in Kabbalah it is not an academic approach to study with students just memorizing texts. Even if we wanted to study them theoretically, we still would not be able to do so.

After all, the Kabbalistic texts describe phenomena and actions that take place on a completely different level, not accessible to the attainment of a regular person. This is something that is not clear to us, not understandable, not revealed, and does not appear before our eyes in this world.

It is about the system that controls us, about the network of spiritual forces, that is, about two opposite forces of reception and bestowal that drive us. We need to study how this network operates, how it influences us, and how we must react to this influence.

If from our current state in this world we make efforts in order to react to this influence in a special way, then the upper system begins to gradually change us and oblige us to become similar to it.

This is the desired result of the study. The study widens our consciousness to such an extent that we see not just the material world, but the network of forces affecting the entire reality, this world, people, and everything in general. We begin to distinguish these forces, justify them, and connect with them. We can affect them and change our fate in this way.

Eventually, we correct ourselves to such an extent that we fully reveal the entire universe, the entire network of forces called the upper, next, hidden world, or the Creator. The study of the wisdom of Kabbalah should bring us to such results as it is written: “You shall see your world in your lifetime.”

The entire hidden network of forces controlling us is called the Creator. Therefore, according to the definition, Kabbalah is the methodology of revealing the Creator to a person in this world. During the time when a person still lives in this world, in his biological body, he must fully reveal the upper force, the upper system of governance.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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