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The Spread Of Kabbalah

254.02Question from Facebook: Why is Kabbalah openly accessible only now? What is so terrible about it that it was forbidden to do it before?

Answer: When I was a child, we had a large library at home—an entire room lined with bookshelves. As I was growing up, I could get to the higher shelves, take books, and read them. The most inaccessible books to me were my mother’s books on gynecology—they were on the highest shelves. Of course, I wanted to get them, but I could not.

Now you understand that a person must reach only the level that will properly educate him. We start with children’s books, then read junior books, then classics, and so on.

It is a similar process with the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is revealed to a person when he is ready for it. And we reached this only in the early 20th century.

The modern author of the wisdom of Kabbalah is the great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam. We mainly study his works, and we base everything on them and the implementation of his method.

The wisdom of Kabbalah was not waiting for the person who would reveal it, but for the whole generation in which it can unfold. We are that generation.

Question: That is, the “lower bookshelves” can be called the history of humanity?

Answer: Yes. There we developed science, art, politics, war, technology, and mainly religion. And now all of this must undergo a complete overhaul.

Only real, spiritual, altruistic values can be higher than us and give us the opportunity, the strength, and the direction to aim for them.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 9/7/17

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Resistance To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah, Part 5

laitman_254.03Question: Resistance to Kabbalah began back in the time of the Baal Shem Tov, and was provoked by the appearance of many related misconceptions: the Sabbatean movement, when Sabbatai Zevi declared himself a Messiah, Frankism, etc.

They used the Ari’s method and made a surrogate out of it, which attracted a lot of people to them. This caused fears against the Ari’s method and Kabbalah in general until today. How can these historical stereotypes be dispelled?

Answer: If you are looking for an excuse for accusing a movement you do not like, you can always find one. It is the same as when anti-Semites accuse Jews of all possible and impossible sins. It is the same aspiration to oppose the power of bestowal.

Is the Ari’s method to blame for the fact that Sabbatai Zevi took several proposals from it? There are many fictional theories supposedly based on Kabbalah: medical practices, cameos, magic symbols, notes, blessings. All of them use some terms from Kabbalah to show that they allegedly have power.

But we understand that there is no power in them, and eventually this emptiness will unfold, if not in this generation, then in the next one. All false stories die, except true Kabbalah. Kabbalists continue practicing the same method at all times, adjusting it to their generation and passing it on.

Baal HaSulam revealed the Ari’s method to the point that it had never been revealed before, and thus, wrote the Talmud Eser Sefirot, which is a commentary on Ari’s “Tree of Life” and also  The Sulam Commentary on The Book of Zohar. It is impossible to elaborate more on this method. And Rabash revealed work in a group for us, which had not been done before. Even the leader of Hasidism the Baal Shem Tov did not leave behind a single book about his methods.

By studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, we follow the methods of Baal HaSulam, and we use Rabash’s method to implement it in work in the group. If someone does not agree with this, then he will always find an excuse for accusations. But there are no other Kabbalistic books that describe a clear Kabbalistic method.

Ultimately, all resistance to Kabbalah is in favor of Kabbalists and only does harm to the accusers themselves. Criticism, published by ill-wishers, turns into another form of spreading Kabbalah. Gradually it becomes clear that opponents of Kabbalah have no idea about it and are not in spiritual attainment, and therefore, all their accusations are far-fetched.

Their attitude will not change, but will become even tougher as we approach the end of correction. This is called the “war with Amalek” when we spread the law of love of one’s neighbor as oneself, which is taught by the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Kabbalah appeals only to unity. We implement it through practical work in groups of ten, as Moses once did. The method of unification, which we obtained from Kabbalists allows us to reveal an upper force between us. Man exists in this world for this very purpose.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/17, Lesson on the Topic: “The Resistance to Kabbalah”

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Why Don’t People Try To Reveal The Creator?

laitman_622.02Question: Kabbalah says that a person can reveal the Creator in this world. Religions claim that one must believe in the Creator, and then you will find Him in the next world. Nevertheless, no one rushes to reveal the Creator, no one is even interested in that it can be done now, in our world. Why is it this way?

Answer: Our present egoistic qualities push us from the upper world, from the attainment of the Creator. We don’t want it, we want to remain in what is convenient and good for us.

People do not aspire to the science of Kabbalah because they are created in properties opposite to the upper world. That’s that.

Man is not attracted by it, he does not have a direct desire for this, and he does not feel the need inside himself. When I am offered a delicious cake, walk, dance, to watch a good movie or a football match, it is all clear. We have these informational records.

Question: It is not a natural desire to understand the upper force?

Answer: No. Why do I need it? It is better to stay away from it.

Question: On the other hand, isn’t there immense motivation? Any person over twenty years old knows that his life will certainly end. It’s scary. But something covers this fear and doesn’t allow him to reveal the Creator, and eternal life?

Answer: The fact is that despite fears, interests, and everything else, people still do not run to study Kabbalah because egoism stands in their way. It doesn’t fit into our pyramid of desires, which include food, sex, family, wealth, fame, power, and knowledge.

Question: Why didn’t the Creator install such a program in us so that at some stage of our development we would want to attain Him?

Answer: Even when you start moving toward His attainment, you see it as a question about the meaning of life: Why do I live? What do I exist for? What is my life? What do I need the Creator for? Me, I am! This is how it reveals in us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/25/17

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Resistance To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah, Part 4

laitman_249-01Question: How can you object to the opponents of Kabbalah who claim that teaching Kabbalah to the masses is unacceptable because there is a danger of materializing its concepts or, conversely, being in the clouds and fantasizing?

Answer: There is indeed such a danger if we study Kabbalah in the wrong way. But our method is very close to people. In fact, we teach unity and love for our neighbor as for ourselves. Who can object to such a method?

The wisdom of Kabbalah is the true Torah, for it only talks about truth, that is, loving one’s neighbor, which is what the Torah must teach everyone. There is no greater commandment than loving one’s neighbor, for it leads to love for the Creator. This is what we teach, and there is no mysticism in it. And even the spiritual is quite “material” because we are studying how a person should behave here and now in this world.

Question: Is there any claim that the Kabbalah contains a powerful force, like atomic energy, and if we teach it to people who are not ready yet, then they can use these forces to harm themselves and others?

Answer: The Kabbalist does not control the world at will, as the opponents of Kabbalah claim. He does not control anything, but only teaches people how to come to a good union and even love. The goal of Kabbalah is to teach a person love, because we correct the world by a good connection between all.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is a very practical method. Especially people of Israel need it because of anti-Semitism, hatred, and pressure. But all of humanity needs it too. The study of Kabbalah cannot be harmful. Only those who do not know the laws of nature can claim the opposite. That is like scaring a child with a monster so that he will not go out into the street. There is no point in these claims.

People who do not understand this wisdom, disseminate their methods, teach it incorrectly, and cause all the problems related to Kabbalah. There are many kiosks in Tel Aviv where they sell books that they claim are about Kabbalah.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/17, Lesson on the Topic: “The Resistance to Kabbalah”

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laitman_234From the book Collection of Laws, “Blessings for Smells and Blessings for Gratitude”, Law 4: We must now approach the true righteous man of this generation, so that he will find out for us what faith is for today’s time, for faith must be learned every day anew.

And in this, the main strengthening of the evil principle in every generation is to hide and hide precisely the true righteous man of our time. As we see with our own eyes that the main disagreement about the righteous man of this generation, and then after a long time will recognize him and call him a righteous man, but they will not agree on the righteousness of the next generation.

In every generation there are disputes about the Kabbalist who lives and works at this time. They hate him, struggle with him, and cannot agree with him. This is nature.

In fact, the same thing happens in every personal state. When we ascend the spiritual steps, we can agree with the steps that we have already passed, but we are against the current state and have a lot of objections.

Only after the state has been passed through struggle, through the right, left, and middle lines, through ups and downs, and clarifications, as a result of all this, we can agree with the past, which is already included in the correction.

Therefore, the objections to Kabbalah are quite understandable. We need to consider them as an integral part of the process of development that comes from nature. We will still feel the face-to-face confrontation with the right and left lines, the power of bestowal and the power of reception—the two forces that act in nature.

Therefore, do not worry too much about the opponents of Kabbalah. We are on the battlefield of two forces. And in fact, this is not a struggle, as it seems to us, but a form of communication and correction. In this way we can study these two forces—when one is based on the other.

But at all times, a Kabbalist who lives in this generation has no chance of being recognized by his contemporaries and understood by the people. How is it possible to understand him if he belongs to the same generation? Everyone else is at such a level that they are not capable of this.

But after a while, there is a softening. Some gradually start to understand the Kabbalists of the last generation and there are some who are even engaged in spiritual work but still cannot understand his followers.

That is why even the Ari was not accepted by all the Kabbalists of his generation immediately. The renewal that every Kabbalist brings to the world in his time is not necessarily revealed in other souls. That is why it is difficult for them to agree with him.

Each generation reveals a new layer of informational genes (Reshimot), and there are souls in this layer that are more developed and are already ready for correction. and therefore, these people go all the way. And there are those who are still on the borderline and can wait.

They say that Kabbalah is the right teaching but not for them, and maybe they even do not agree with it. That is, they feel some relation to Kabbalah and, at the same time, separation and hatred appears. They begin to protest against Kabbalah.

People who began to study and then left also become opponents of Kabbalah because they need to justify themselves. Their Reshimot have not matured yet. And if a person has not corrected his desire to enjoy, then he must justify himself as to why he left the correction process.

At all times, the egoistic desire wants us to feel that we exist, that is, that we are right. Therefore, their criticism of Kabbalah is inevitable. There were a lot of such cases in our time and in the past.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/17, Lesson on the Topic: “The Resistance to Kabbalah”

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The Only Way To Prevent War

laitman_220Comment: In the The Last Generation, Baal HaSulam writes that there are three bases of disseminating Kabbalah, one of which is: “There is no existence to the world without it, all the more so in the days of the atom and the hydrogen bombs”

Answer: We try to conquer the strongest forces of nature; however, they exist outside of our grasp.

We try to do this in order to change our fate but we affect no changes for it exists in the very merging with the upper force, not in the power of atomic or hydrogen bombs. Therefore, I hope that all these “toys” will not get to be used.

On one hand, humanity always hangs on to the brink of balance. On the other hand, there is a higher governance, which, I hope, will not allow various hot-heads to press the red button.

Baal HaSulam, The Last Generation: “The only counsel to prevent this is by all the nations adopting the regime of perfect communism, meaning altruistic. Needless to say, today, after the discovery and use of atom bombs, and the discovery of hydrogen bombs, it is no longer doubtful that after one, two, or three wars, the entire human civilization will be totally ruined, leaving no relics.”

It is hard to scare us with this today. People are used to this idea and live with the understanding that tomorrow they may not be here.

Comment: Psychologists consider a person to be an irrational being, incapable of being affected by logical arguments. But here, Baal HaSulam uses an example of war as an argument for people.

Answer: That which is known to the psychologists is of little interest to us. Their knowledge has no effect on the world. We, however, the people who move toward the revelation of the Creator can do a lot and can tilt the world to a positive side.

Question: Does Baal HaSulam mention these wars as evidence or does this proof have a deeper meaning?

Answer: A person has the means to end his life on Earth. However, he does not take into account the effect of the upper governance, how its directives are manifested inside him. The notion that we can destroy ourselves is a fact. However, humanity is used to it. It does not realize what it is moving toward.
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Enter The Highest Management System

laitman_537Baal HaSulam, The Last Generation: To that we must add the matter of the immortality of the soul, the reward in the next world, glory of the individual, the glory of the nation.

First, the problem of a person’s relationship with the family, society, and people is very strong. If you do not pay attention to it, then you will be forced into it. We see how individualistic and nationalist movements suddenly begin in the so-called united Europe.

Second, with the help of Kabbalah, man reveals an eternal and perfect system that governs everything. He enters this system as if he enters a pilot’s cockpit where he starts to control and see where and why he is flying. And this flight is eternal.

On the other hand, a person cannot get out of this plane. That is why it is so important that he can fly it and understand where to go.

Question: What is the connection between the soul’s immortality, reward in the future world, and “glory of the individual, the glory of the nation”?

Answer: All this attracts a person.

That is, I put myself at the head of my development and the world depends on me. At the same time, I look like a savior and a leader inside my nation and mankind.

“I lead people to a brighter future.” This is how a person who practices Kabbalah feels because each of us performs that individual function that no one else can perform.

This state is connected to the immortality of people, the immortality of the soul, and the immortality of our existence. There is no death; there is only death of the animal body, which we need in order to reach the next level. We are given a certain timeframe to reach this level and to continue to exist in it.
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Resistance To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah, Part 2

Laitman_060.01The wisdom of Kabbalah and Kabbalists have undergone special development throughout history because the desire to enjoy needs to grow and thus show that material progress is useless.

And every time, the wisdom of Kabbalah must adjust itself to coincide with those people in whom it is revealed, that is, with the people of Israel, the group founded by Abraham.

We see that the wisdom of Kabbalah was available for use by all people only for a limited time when it was revealed inside the people of Israel in the time of Moses. And this was accompanied by numerous arguments, clarifications, and wars within people.

Then, after entering the land of Israel—when Moses left the people and his pressure disappeared—the people of Israel began to descend from their spiritual height. At that time, religion and rules of behavior in the material world emerged, which copied spiritual Kabbalistic laws in matter. People began to create “idols” and “holy things” for themselves.

People went more and more into material traditions, and as it went, the wisdom of Kabbalah came out of it and disappeared. After the destruction of the Second Temple when people fell out of brotherly love into unfounded hatred, Kabbalah completely went into hiding.

One must understand that no one teaches love for one’s neighbor except the wisdom of Kabbalah. Although the principle “Love your neighbor as yourself” is the main rule of the Torah, the Torah itself—which is the wisdom of Kabbalah and the wisdom of Light—no longer exists in the people of Israel. It turned out that the people are in exile from the method of love and unity. The understanding of what the upper force is—the people of Israel, and their mission and development goal—has vanished.

Today, we are already in the very end of days of the genuine exile and on the verge of liberation. In each generation, Kabbalists were revealed that were suitable for that time or for the next generation. We need to understand that the actions of Kabbalists and resistance against them is a consequence of development.

Cruel forces rose against the wisdom of Kabbalah. But, there was a division between religious people. On one hand, there were Hasidim and, on the other, their opponents the Mitnagdim, and many other branches and movements. Kabbalists were also divided into those who were more concerned with the right line or the left, according to man’s nature.

Before the time of the Ari, Kabbalists followed the school of Ramak. Then, Ari’s method was popularized. The next important stage in the development of Kabbalah began with Baal HaSulam because there is a big difference between what was before and after him. Then, Rabash (Rav Baruch Ashlag) developed Kabbalah further. Baal HaSulam and Rabash prepared the method of Kabbalah for our generation.

Each time Kabbalah’s method improved and consequently, its opponents rose, rebelling against the new method, the “new Torah,” and the “new religion.” After all, people do not understand what Kabbalists’ actions are based on. It is very important to learn what claims are raised against Kabbalah to understand what to resist and how to turn these supposedly evil forces into good and useful ones. All this should help us realize the general process by which the Creator leads the created beings to bring their desire to complete correction.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/17, Lesson on the Topic: “The Resistance to Kabbalah”

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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.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/17, Lesson on the Topic: “The Resistance to Kabbalah”

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The Way To The Final Correction

laitman_939.02Question: Do we have to get used to the intention to give egoistically so that, at some point, quantity will translate into quality?

Answer: First of all, correction is not realized in the general mass of humanity but, rather, in a small group—in a ten—in which ten people gather and make a pact that they “want to become similar to the Creator.” No one can achieve this by him or herself but only when everyone starts practicing mutual bestowal toward one another.

We agree amongst ourselves to support one another, to show each other an example, to annul ourselves before one another, and to demonstrate the importance of the goal in the unity between us. In this way, we create a miniature structure that resembles humanity—corrected in its entirety—but on a very small scale of no more and no less than ten. According to Kabbalah, this is the optimal way to reach correction.

Gradually we begin to feel special states between us, we discover the upper worlds, and we reveal the Creator that exists between us and the forces that connect us with each other.

We begin to understand what kinds of forces exist, which of them are called “angels” and which ones are referred to as “sacred animals,” etc. We begin to perceive the upper forces, meaning the qualities of love and bestowal. And most importantly, a special force emerges inside these revelations, a special quality called the Creator, the source of everything that exists, which encompasses the entire universe and becomes revealed to us as a result of our actions.

The result of our work will be the feeling that we are ready to absorb all of humanity and even the entire world inside of us. We do not have to work for this result. For if we create a complete ten, then our work inside it is enough for all of humanity to be included in us automatically.

And then we begin to feel ourselves as completely corrected and similar to the Creator who exists with us together inside our little circle.

All of humanity does not feel this because they do not correct their qualities from reception to bestowal or from egoism to altruism but we do. However, the final correction requires us to immediately disseminate the method once any threshold of correction has been reached. This is the purpose of our work.

Therefore, in the same measure that I want to get closer to the Creator, I simultaneously have to come out of the limits of my ten and disseminate the method to everyone else. Precisely in this manner, I become closer to the Creator and reveal him more and more clearly.

This is similar to a holographic picture in which I can feel the Creator in a very small degree, in a little point (colored red on the diagram), as if I am looking at the world without glasses and seeing everything in a rather blurry way.

If I add more little points to this part, then the focus of the picture will become sharper and sharper, more complete, and with all the details. So there is actually no difference whether I reveal the Creator in my ten or in a larger group.

Everything depends only on the resolution; when I come out into a general setting and attract other people to my ten, then, together, we start revealing the Creator more clearly and precisely and with a fuller understanding and a larger sensation.

That is why the very structure of the system requires us to disseminate. In the measure that I disseminate, I will attain the Creator even more and raise to His level until I reach the maximum capacity and completely fill all of humanity by passing the upper Light through myself into it. In this way, I will become equal to the Creator and achieve the final correction of my soul.
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