What Determines The Path Of The Souls?

760.4Question: If everything is planned in advance by the Creator, then what is considered a mistake on the spiritual path and in the study of Kabbalah?

Answer: A person still has freedom of choice, freedom of will. In any case, we will still come to our final point because this point was initially ordered for us, but not the path to it. By determining one’s path, a person simultaneously defines the paths of the other souls that depend on him since we exist in an integral system.

Therefore, to the extent that he behaves incorrectly, he negatively influences the fate of other people. Naturally, this returns back to him with many times heavier, negative additions.

Although on one hand everything is predetermined, on the other hand, everything depends on a person—every particular moment in time. If he were aware of this, he would not know what to do. Therefore, this is hidden from him.

Remark: Some movies show how a person suddenly begins to understand that his every action affects others and he immediately “freezes.”

My Comment: But even freezing would not help because to the extent that he freezes, he does not act and naturally this also influences everyone.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/24/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 199

laitman_547.03Question: Why doesn’t Bnei Baruch say anything about integral education anymore? In the past, they talked about this a lot; studied it, taught it to others, and now, not a word.

Answer: We study various states in the formation of a spiritual person, in one’s resemblance to the Creator. If something in particular interests you, then I suggest that you turn to our courses, both physical and virtual. You can find everything on the Internet.
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Joshua’s Spirit Of Wisdom

Laitman_001.02Torah, Deuteronomy 34:09: Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands upon him. And the children of Israel obeyed him, and they did as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Joshua is the next step, inferior to Moses. But since it is lower and slightly immersed in egoism, Joshua can lead the people further and higher, can conquer the egoistic desires, and can transform them into bestowal. This is the meaning of the “work in the land of Israel.”

Moses cannot do this. Therefore, he transfers his duties to Joshua.

Torah, Deuteronomy 34:10 – 34:12: And there was no other prophet who arose in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, as manifested by all the signs and wonders, which the Lord had sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and all his servants, and to all his land, and all the strong hand, and all the great awe, which Moses performed before the eyes of all Israel.

The property of Keter (the Creator) and the property of GAR de Bina (Moses) are the same properties of absolute bestowal. This is why it is written that they were “face to face.”
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 2/6/17

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What Is The Difference Between Trepidation And Fear?

Laitman_632.1Question: What is the difference between fear and trepidation?

Answer: Fear is an animalistic (egoistic) feeling. The term “fear” is very rarely used in Kabbalah. It uses the word “trepidation,” a feeling that I possibly do not do enough of what I should do.

Question: Do Kabbalists have no animalistic fear?

Answer: A Kabbalist is a human being like everyone else. Therefore, everything depends on his state. If he falls, he can fall below any person. If he rises, he rises to the level of the Creator.

Question: But does something make a Kabbalist different from an ordinary person?

Answer: It is only the connection with the Creator, which he has almost all of the time: “There is none else besides Him.”

Connection with the Creator neutralizes any kind of fear, and only trepeditation remains because a Kabbalist understands that the Creator is the source of everything that happens.

Question: Can a Kabbalist artificially awaken fear in himself in order to come to trepidation?

Answer: There is no need to awaken any fears or any negative emotions in yourself, only connection and love. There is no self-flagellation; that is anti-spiritual.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/13/17

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Loving Yourself

laitman_571.03Remark: People have a popular view that loving themselves isn’t simple; there are complexes, low self-esteem, etc. Some say, “To love yourself is to love the whole world.”

My Comment: It is truly so. After all, who am I indeed? A person should understand that what he now believes himself to be is not him, but is a small, selfish animal that exists for a certain number of years and that is it.

In fact, the substance of “I” is deeply hidden in him and it must be developed, pulled out, raised, and straightened so that a person gets up, raises his head, and begins to grow.

It is about the point in the heart of a person that can develop.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/23/17

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Thirty Days of Mourning

Laitman_509Torah, Deuteronomy 34:08: So the sons of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, and the the days of weeping over the mourning for Moses came to an end.

Thirty days of mourning is the whole step: Rosh, Toch, and Sof of the Partzuf. When you completely break away from your previous Partzuf, from the previous stage, it is called the thirty days of mourning.

Weeping is a small state (Katnut). After all, the sons of Israel are like children who cannot do anything and therefore weep. They cannot reach the level of Moses, and the awareness of this is called “weeping.”
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 2/6/17

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Desires And Light

laitman_567.04Question: We say that the Light, falling on our desires, depicts a picture of this world for us in our egoistic desires. If I cross the Machsom—the psychological barrier between our world and the spiritual world—do I feel this Light undisturbed by egoism?

Answer: You do not feel the Light, but the desire to bestow that this Light depicts for you. However, it is not in egoistic qualities, but in altruistic ones.

We do not attain the Light. We only attain desires that are its derivatives.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/3/17

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