What Determines The Strength Of The Soul?

laitman_232.05Question: What determines the strength of my soul? Can I increase it?

Answer: The strength of the soul depends on one’s egoism, on what thickness of the ego you can rise above; this is what determines the strength of the soul.

The soul is the property of bestowal and love, which we receive through the upper Light. Therefore, it can be achieved only through annihilation of egoism.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/4/18

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Attacking The Connection

laitman_260The main thing is our unity through which we re-establish the shattered soul of Adam. A person’s work is to correct all parts of this soul, to connect them together by gradually connecting with each other more and more. First of all, we need to figure out what is preventing us, what is the resistance to our unity. It is in our personal inner qualities, not some external enemy. This enemy sits within us and instead of hiding it, we need to correct it so that we can turn hatred of others into love of others. When we draw this adversary toward connection, it becomes 620 times more significant, stronger, and deeper than it was prior to the shattering.

It turns out that it was not a shattering; but only the revelation of the hidden evil. It existed from the beginning within Adam, but had not manifested. And when he wanted to use his desire to receive in order to bestow, he could not do it because the egoistic qualities were then revealed.

We need to understand the essence of the shattering, the sin of the Tree of Knowledge. It was the revelation of evil that had been placed there initially and suddenly was revealed. He then felt  broken, in the sense that he was unable to maintain the previous unity.

We all are the consequences of this action, which is called the sin of the Tree of Knowledge, the destruction of the Temple, the shattering, and we need to find out exactly where those desires are.1

The evil inclination is only that which resists connection, the will to receive positioned opposite to the intention to bestow. Initially this desire was restricted, it was unable to work with receiving in order to bestow. And that is why when this structure called Adam started working with these desires to receive in order to bestow his sin was revealed, in other words, his egoistic intention.

We need to correct these desires that unfold as shattered, starting with the lightest and moving to the heavier. This takes time; we do this in small portions until we return back to the corrected general soul of Adam. We come to the very state that Adam HaRishon wanted to be in, performing the action of receiving for the sake of bestowal in his whole soul, as if he had succeeded.

But in fact, it is not quite the same state. That is why we had to go through this entire process, because we reveal the evil through it. And the disclosure of evil is a tremendous contribution to the correction and to the final state. This evil possesses great power, directly opposite to the Light, to the Creator. And it is exactly through this power of evil and its various appearances that we attain the Creator’s nature, His character, His style.

We come to understand the depth and the multifaceted nature of the evil of egoism and begin to gradually bring it to the good. Ultimately, we acquire a corrected desire in which there are two forces: our desire to unite and the egoism resisting it, both working in order to strengthen the power of the future connection between us and the Creator.

That is why it is impossible to have evil without good or good without evil—both of them must function together. And actually, they faithfully do their work in order to reveal the Creator and give Him pleasure. The entire system is geared toward this and we only need to add our work.2

From all our brief and limited lives, we have one opportunity: to reveal the source of life and to establish an eternal connection with Him. Therefore, we try to establish these connections with the friends. I am obligated to connect to the system since it is only from the ten Sefirot that I will be able to attain the upper force.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/6/18, Lesson on the Topic: “Attacking the Connection”
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2 Minute 3:50
3 Minute 48:13

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Why Do I Need So Much Knowledge?

laitman_546.01Question: I study the theoretical part of Kabbalah in order to more easily depict a spiritual connection. Why do I need so much knowledge if I study this material for myself?

Answer: You need it precisely so you could understand your own structure and the structure of the world.

You are studying the eternal science! You will need it in this world and in the next world, in this life and in the “other-worldly” life.

Study it! This is what will remain with you forever.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/10/17

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New Life #1009 – Education For A Healthy Imagination

New Life #1009 – Education For A Healthy Imagination
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

Children’s education should include discussion about the Creator as the general force of nature and how we get closer to the Creator when we get closer to each other, as well as how to differentiate between this truth and imagination. For example, if children are exposed to content in which still, vegetative, and animate levels of reality speak, parents should explain that this does not happen in reality. Children should be protected by loving parents who avoid talking about death since they cannot accept this. A healthy imagination revolves around depicting a good future for people and society at large.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #1009 – Education for a Healthy Imagination,” 5/8/18

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/19/18

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic: “Melting the Hearts into One Heart” (Preparation for the Convention in Italy 2018)

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 6, Item 6

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom”

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My Thoughts On Twitter 6/18/18

Dr Michael Laitman Twitter

We can easily blame individuals for their abusive actions, and should prevent them from continuing. But these are merely results that float above the surface. The monster that awakens is a social disease that has been incubating for decades and is erupting increasingly in our time.

Evidently, we cannot see our own fault in the moment of truth. The stony heart blinds us and removes the sense of guilt, causing us to lose our senses without being aware of it.

These horrifying incidents reveal the cold, stony heart that beats within the human being. When the #ego overpowers us, it floods us with such a high degree of agitation and fury that conquers all, driving us to harm anyone in our way, even a helpless little toddler. #daycare

What is causing those we hire to take care of our #children to behave in such a monstrous way? And how can we constrain this phenomenon when we don’t have control over what happens inside #daycare centers?
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When the economic system can’t forecast, it enters a #crisis, dragging along all other systems that society created. The crisis is global, involving all systems social, economic, political, etc. Everything has outlived itself, and Trump is merely an engine driven from above.

When our heart finally aspires to unity in the group, we start to feel that “love for the neighbor,” which Kabbalists write about, is not morals, but a law of nature, the law of all creation.
#Spiritualwork_ML #Kabbalah

During an attack on unity in the group, we develop a common language with the Creator.The main part is to start understanding Him, perceiving any occurrence as His invitation to turn to Him.The Creator is being revealed in everything taking place, and I must see Him in everything

Unity can be attained only by a group attack! That’s how we obligate the Creator to implement the unity.
Like a sports coach, the Creator sets ups obstacles to unity, which we must overcome, like athletes, in order to gather the soul and reveal Him in it
#Spiritualwork #Kabbalah
From Twitter 6/18/18

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/31/17, Part 1

laitman_547.04Question: Does the soul have volume?

Answer: The volume of the soul is measured by the degree of its bestowal above egoism. If a person’s egoism is great and he has the ability to transcend it and bestow through its help, it is valued as a great soul.

Question: How much time is required to ascend the spiritual levels if we are regularly studying the wisdom of Kabbalah? Is there an average or is it all individual?

Answer: There is no such measure. It is an individual ascent that depends solely on your efforts.

Question: Why is it that on one hand I know that the Creator exists and is hiding Himself from me even though I do not feel that, and on the other hand, I feel what happens to me directly and do not connect it with the Creator?

Answer: The Creator does not hide from you, rather it is you who are hiding Him. Everything that happens to you is done by the Creator.

Question: Where does the “self” come from? What is the reason for its creation?

Answer: The “self” is simply an egoistic desire, a feeling of self that is revealed through the four phases of the Ohr Yashar (Direct Light).

Question: Is it possible to develop and improve on one’s own?

Answer: No. If you are alone, you have no connection with the Creator.

Question: If the world exists only within me, do all of the sciences. including the wisdom of Kabbalah. also exist only within me?

Answer: Correct.

Question: I read that the Creator suffers much more than we do because He is forced to move us through suffering. How should I understand this?

Answer: Indeed, our sufferings are felt more in the Creator than in us because He is the totality of nature, while we are only a small part of Him.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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Faith In The Spiritual And In The Material

laitman_567.04Question: Is there a correct method of working with doubts in Kabbalah?

Answer: There can be no doubts in Kabbalah. Rising above them, we come to the spiritual quality of bestowal, the quality of faith, and there is no room for doubt in it because there we reveal the Creator, the upper Light.

Faith in the spiritual is the feeling of the Creator. And the spiritual quality of faith is the complete opposite of the material where you close your eyes and imagine that this is so.

In Kabbalah, on the contrary, you open your eyes and begin to see.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/10/17

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“Man” And “Woman” In Kabbalistic Terms

laitman_543.02Question: Can the Creator be revealed between a man and a woman—two opposite qualities?

Answer: There are no men and women in Kabbalah. In Kabbalah, each of us has both a male and a female root.

Question: What are “man” and “woman” from the Kabbalah point of view?

Answer: A man symbolizes the quality of bestowal without any reference to gender, and a woman symbolizes the quality of reception without any reference to gender.

Any two objects, the created being and the Creator, or different parts within the created being, can always be compared as male and female components. That is, each object can be a male part with respect to one thing and a female part with respect to another one.

Everything is determined only by the action because any object is a desire to enjoy. To the extent that the desire manifests itself in reception or bestowal, it is called a male or a female part. From the spiritual point of view, at one time I can be a woman and at another time I can be a man.

Question: However, in this world someone is born as a man and someone as a woman. Why does this happen?

Answer: It is because based on the upper roots, the same distribution occurs on the animate level. But these gender differences mean almost nothing. We are entering the era of complete spiritual equality. Women will express their spiritual aspirations exactly in the same way as men do.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/10/17

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