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Winnings—Beneficial Or Harmful?

laitman_600.02In the News: In the US, a twenty-year-old Florida resident won 451 million dollars in lottery—one of the biggest winnings in history. How does Kabbalah consider such cases? Is this an accident or a coincidence? And if not, then to whom does luck come? (NBC News)

Answer: There are no accidents. There is a clear system of governance of our world, down to its smallest particles. This system is called “the upper world.”

It governs humanity in order to eventually elevate each person in his desires to the upper level. This is the program of development of each of us individually and all of us together.

According to this program, there are an immense number of commands that descend on us all at every moment. We receive and perform some of them instinctively, and some semi-consciously or consciously. Many of them we miss, are unable to perform, but nevertheless they pass through us in a certain way, forming and developing us.

Someone dies in sufferings, and someone wins millions or just lives his whole life without seeing or feeling anything bad in it. Why is it so?

The fact is that we do not understand the work of the upper “computer.” The wisdom of Kabbalah explains it; however, really comprehending and grasping this program is possible only by ascending to the system of governance.

After all, even an action by our own computer programs cannot be explained straight away. What can we say about the comprehensive program that gradually assembles us into one whole and reveals this thus-far-invisible thing, called “soul”…

We need to study the upper system of governance very seriously. It astounds with its uniqueness, its logic, its absolute interconnection and harmony. Getting acquainted with it, a person feels great pleasure because it fills him with greatness and perfection.

Then the very concept of “luck” also changes. For Kabbalists, “luck” is that they discover the future world, their future states, and bring their approach closer. The wisdom of Kabbalah is needed exactly for this. It says that there is no afterlife, that everyone should receive and master his future world now, in this life.

We live in the lowest, “dullest” of the worlds—until we reveal in it the upper world of love and bestowal. One cannot get there based on luck. There are no favors, lotteries, or accidents. Each person should search, make efforts—and his reward will not be dollars, but the degrees of an exciting spiritual ascent.

Regarding this ascent, everyone is equal and no one has advantages. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, everyone has the facts.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/16/18

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What Makes People Fear Kabbalah?

Laitman_198Question: What makes people fear and hate Kabbalah even though they know very little about it?

Answer: First, the feelings of fear and hatred are inherent in people because propaganda against Kabbalah has been around for at least 3,000 years.

Second, it is contrary to human nature. Kabbalah speaks about something hidden; therefore people relate to Kabbalists as a “secret society” whose members are involved in secret management. After all, a person rises to the level of governing the world. Different labels are stuck on Kabbalists: cult, Masonry, Jewish Masonry, ancient esotericism, etc.

Question: If people who are interested in Kabbalah read this, they might think, “Why should we be involved with this?”

Answer: What is it for? It is the soul that asks this question. A person cannot suppress this desire. If he has the possibility of discovering the meaning of life, attaining the upper world, he will not be able to limit or calm down this desire. Life becomes insipid without this goal. What kind of a taste does it have ? One just sinks into a coma.

Question: If the Creator wants to bring His creation to resemble Him and to give it pleasure, why is it necessary to take such a long route? He gives a method, then conceals it, and everyone hates it. Why?

Answer: The reason is in freewill. We don’t understand how it is realized, but it must be. It is impossible to achieve revelation of the Creator against your will. You can be pushed but simultaneously stopped, leaving you hanging, like on a swing. By constantly attracting and repelling, you are given a chance to solve the question about the meaning of life on your own.

Question: Who does this?

Answer: The upper management, called “the middle line.” There is no getting around it: that is how it is arranged.

However, in general, this is very difficult for beginners to understand, so they constantly complain. In any case, many come and leave, first cheering and later cursing. That is how humanity searches for the meaning of life. And this meaning is above our egoistic understanding of the world, in bestowal, in love, in exiting yourself. Therefore, everything is complicated and daunting.

Question: So you justify this attitude from the Creator?

Answer: This is the system we exist in, the matrix we live in. It is called nature. Therefore, it is impossible to talk about whether it is good or bad.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/10/17

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Question: We say that the wisdom of Kabbalah awakens people. Maybe we shouldn’t disturb their sleep?

Answer: This is exactly what Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt: “What are you awakening the people for? Let the people work peacefully and quietly. What do you want from them? See how good they feel and how comfortable they live. I created a paradise on Earth for them.”

Egypt truly was an egoistic paradise for them. Suddenly Moses came along and started bothering them, telling them they must leave and go into the wilderness!

Question: So we can’t touch people prematurely? We need to leave everything to the Creator? He is the law of nature and He will awaken everyone? Will the time come and people will be awakened?

Answer: We don’t touch anyone. We just disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah to those who need it.

The freedom of man is in the ascent above our world. There are completely different conceptual bases. By changing the system of measurement, we look at life differently and change the value system.

Therefore, the concept of freedom is specifically in an elevation above our egoistic world where only the characteristic of bestowal and love exists, which is the characteristic of the Creator. That is what we must achieve and then we will talk, investigate, and discuss things correctly.

In contrast to this, all of the materialistic philosophies no longer provide any benefit. They are limited to the framework of human nature. For some time, philosophy has already exhausted itself there. Moreover, all the sciences are rounding out and gradually ending their development because humanity has achieved the final state of its development and later the attainment of freedom will be waiting for it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/2/17

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The White Spot On The Map Of The Universe

laitman_942Our entire work is to find out where we have freedom of will and how to use it correctly. Everything comes from the Creator: the Light, the desire to bestow, and the desire to receive pleasure. But where do we find something that depends on us when the Light and the desire contact and interact with one another?

Did the Creator intentionally leave this area free, the middle third of the Sefira Tifferet, where independence was given to us? Or does He only pretend and quietly look after us like we are little children thinking that we are left home alone?

Freedom of will is realized only in the group, in the ten. This is where the Creator is revealed. The point of contact between me, the group, and the Creator is where I reveal this free area in the desire, in the thought, and in the action: the white spot, terra incognita, the unknown land.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/14/18, “The Creator Desires to be Revealed,” (Preparation for Convention 2018)

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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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Does Kabbalah Help Us Understand Our Actions?

laitman_549.02Question: Does Kabbalah help us understand the motivations and intentions of our actions and the actions of others?

Answer: Yes, of course. You need to analyze all your actions and desires.

And in addition, you also need to come to realize how much these actions are not yours. Everything that happens to you, you do not create, you do not make; you have no one to ask for forgiveness and no one to blame, including yourself. All of this was done by the Creator. He even said as much: “I have created the evil inclination.” And immediately added: “And gave you light, for you to correct the evil.”

Comment: Can you imagine if in court a person said: “The Creator did all this”?

Answer: No, in the court of law, there is no one to talk to. But if you are talking to yourself, you must admit to yourself that you have done nothing independently in your life: nothing good and nothing bad.

Your only real actions will be those you do when you start working above the screen—above the Machsom.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/3/17

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One Who Is Higher Than Others…

laitman_608.01Question: If a Kabbalist has the greatest egoism in the world, does it mean he is the most unfree person of all?

Answer: A person uses his egoism in order to rise above it.

Egoism is a force, and when we rise above it, we continually feel freedom to a greater degree. I cannot feel free if I don’t have the sensation of being unfree.

Therefore, Kabbalah is built upon two parameters: the Creator and creation—an enormous quality of bestowal and love, and enormous egoism.

Question: That is, I am grateful to the Creator for having my great egoism and wanting to separate from it?

Answer: This is a must. One who is higher than others has greater egoism too. Otherwise, how could he ascend?
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/2/17

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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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What Is Freedom?

laitman_744Question: A robot, artificial intelligence, does not have egoism. Can you say it is free?

Answer: Freedom signifies rising above yourself to the next level. It is experienced relative to the previous level. That is when you can be considered to be free.

But with respect to the next level, you are once again no longer free. You exist below it and must rise to it in order to once again experience freedom. And so on, until you reach the final level where you attain equivalence with the Creator.

It is the highest level of freedom where all other levels exist below you. This is what we have to reach.

Freedom is our final state, our goal. Kabbalah enables us to achieve it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/2/17

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Is There Freedom Of Choice Between Good And Evil?

laitman_961Question: Is a person initially good or evil? After all, depending on this, all the systems of governance and the systems of the state are built. What does Kabbalah say about it?

Answer: A person is a creature who can harm anyone, even those closest to him, for the sake of his own fulfillment. This is his nature.

Questions: So is there freedom in this? Can he use his nature or not use it? After all, we see that not all people are evil.

Answer: This is another question: “Can I rise above my nature?”

Question: To be kind is a free choice? Do I choose to be a good person?

Answer: A person chooses nothing. These questions are in a very narrow framework, as if we ask a prisoner: “Are you free or are you in prison?” If he was born in prison and has never left it, he would say that this is life. He does not even know what freedom or prison are.

Question: That is, the science of Kabbalah begins with the fact that a person suddenly has a question: “Am I not free? Am I in prison?” This moment begins his search for the meaning of life. Does it mean that before that he should not be touched?

Answer: He should not be touched at all. Only people who want this come to us. And those who are not interested do not come. We have nothing to do with them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/2/17

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