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At The Point Of Choice

laitman_760_2At any point of our spiritual state there are two ways. Therefore the phrase “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse” (Deuteronomy, 11:26) is repeated many times in the Torah.

This phrase is relevant at any given time because people are given freewill. A man is a creature that understands, feels, knows, and is able to realize the freedom of choice.

If at every moment of his existence he doesn’t see that there are two ways in front of him and he isn’t certain which of them is a blessing and which is a curse, then he is not a man but an animal that is urged forward by evolutionary development as a stick prodding him from behind.

But he considers himself a man because he is in concealment, and he doesn’t even realize that he doesn’t decide anything by himself. He’s  like a marionette in the hands of a puppeteer.

Therefore the words “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse” are addressed only to a person, who through the study and implementation of Kabbalah, has reached an understanding of the paths that are in front of him: a blessing and a curse, and he can choose only one of them. He doesn’t have another alternative if he is at the level of implementing freewill. And if he doesn’t realize it, he is not a man.

Therefore, it is written about all the people in the world that they are like animals, apart from those who, with the help of Kabbalah, reach the level of freewill.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/10/16

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“Before They Call, I Will Answer, And While They Are Yet Speaking, I Will Hear”

laitman_236_01It is written in Isaiah 65:24: “…before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” This means that before a person opens his mouth or feels an emotion within his heart or a thought within his brain, the Creator arranges everything for him, in the heart, in the brain, and in the mouth. There is nothing that comes from a person himself, but only from the Creator.

The only freedom of choice a person has is to attribute everything to the Creator, to understand that “there is none else beside Him” (Deuteronomy 4:35), that He is the “good and beneficent,” and that everything exists according to this principle only.

A person only needs to come to this realization—that the Creator is the only one who operates within all of reality, all around him, and inside of him, and that we are the result of His actions. All of our work, at every moment in life, is to reach a state in which we merge in our awareness with the higher management.

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Controlling Fate

laitman_938_03Question: How can I control my own destiny?

Answer: Controlling your destiny is very simple. You must draw the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light), the Light that Reforms, in order to resemble the Creator. When we know the right method for drawing the Light, we become the masters of our own destiny and fulfill it.

We awaken and draw the Upper Light, and it actually performs the necessary change, not we ourselves. After all, we cannot pull ourselves out of the swamp by our own hair, which is our egoism, by ourselves.

What is more, we don’t know what the next right state is, so we can only attract the Light. How can we draw the Light from the upper level? To do this, we are given a group. If we are incorporated in collective unity with each other, we artificially create our next state on the level of this world, and then the Upper Light fulfills it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/9/16

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How Freedom Of Choice Is Expressed

Laitman_701Question: How is freedom of choice expressed in a person? Is he responsible for his approach to the Creator?

Answer: The truth is that we have no freedom of choice in that, either. Rather, our only choice is in awakening our desire to follow the path of development of all of nature.

Otherwise, we are under the complete control of the Creator. When a person carries out the program of creation before it becomes realized in him, in this way, he is realizing his freedom of choice.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/9/16

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It Could Not Have Been Otherwise

laitman_622_01Question: Does a person have the possibility of creating another history, or is everything dictated precisely from the start?

Answer: With respect to every event that has already happened, we must say that it could not have been otherwise. Baal HaSulam writes about this in the first articles in the book Shamati and in Letter 18.

That is, regarding everything that happened, we must say: “That is how it had to happen” and in regard to everything that has not yet happened: “It depends only on us.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/29/16

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Freedom Of Choice On The Way To Spiritual Ascent

laitman_750_03The chapter “Eikev” (Following) tells how to enter the land of Israel and what will happen if the laws of the Torah that were given to the people by the Creator are observed.

After all, the system is uniform: One, you obey its laws and therefore receive through it upper correcting Light, abundance, fulfillment, and revelation, or if you incorrectly awaken it on yourself, it generates in you darkness, all sorts of negative feelings that nevertheless lead you to the same place through an alternative way of development. But in this case you make a circle, and this circle is very unpleasant.

Question: Is this a long time of preparation?

Answer: Yes. But in every point of the spiritual path from egoism, called “Egypt” to the complete system of bestowal and love, called “the land of Israel,” there is an opportunity to move straight or to make a circle and return to the starting point basically just in order to realize that you were going incorrectly, that you were driven by egoism and not a desire for the spiritual ascent, and eventually to make this ascent.

Comment: Anyway, “there is no one else besides Him.” On the one hand, you do this circle; on the other hand, you are not the one who decides this…

Answer: No, freewill is given to us from above. The entire creation would be lost otherwise. Without freewill we would have become little insects that are fully controlled from above and there would be no purpose and no meaning in the creation, in the creatures, in man, and in the Creator Himself, because the Creator is revealed only in relation to the creatures.

The entire path we go through is designed to assemble our efforts of freewill into one single unit, and when we approach the final result, each one with his own effort, with the fact that we analyze, choose, sort, and test, we create from ourselves a system called “man.”

Otherwise, if absolutely everything is fixated on the Creator and there is no freewill whatsoever, there is no point in the creation.

The fact that we will come to the final state doesn’t deny our constant freedom of choice.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/27/16

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Unity And Personality

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Answer: The unity depends only on the annulment of the egoistic personality, not on the total annulment of our individual personality. If I see that the ego only harms me, I want to become a totally different personality.

The personality remains and becomes free. Today I am under the domination of the ego and am drawn to pleasures such as food, sex, family, money, respect, knowledge, and control and I twist and turn in these desires, constantly yearning to fill them as much as possible. Thus I only steal from myself and there is nothing left of me.
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We Are All In A Network Of Forces

laitman_264_01Question: If the world around us is becoming more violent and more intimidating every day, how should we connect with people at work, or when using public transportation, and in other places we encounter people whose point in the heart has not been revealed yet?

Answer: I advise you to delve more deeply into yourself and to be in less contact with the outside world since you will not be able to correct it. The best thing you can do is to get away from the world a bit and to focus on your internal changes.

When the upper force is gradually revealed in you, the world will begin to shine for you in a different way. You will see to what extent the people around you are far from you and you will understand that they are managed from Above and that they don’t have anything of their own, no freewill, no qualities, etc. but that this is simply how they are played with from Above.

The whole system will be revealed to you and you will see seven billion people running around back and forth like ants. We are all in a network of forces that manages each and every creature on this planet and you shouldn’t relate to people as to someone who has freewill.

It will become clear to you how to draw the positive force from the network of forces we are in unto yourself, to ascend by this force above the common fate, and to acquire a special new fate. It will be in your power.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/17/16

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In Search Of Free Will, Part 3

Laitman_709Above The Universe

If we rise and look at the whole picture, besides humanity, at inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature, then we will see a special, uniform law that treats all of us as a general system. Moreover, this system is closed, integral, and perfectly interconnected in all its parts.

This is the way that nature treats everyone, and only we, people, are opposite to it in our essence.

This implies the following: If we are opposite to nature, then we can study, understand, and perceive it from the side and become like it. However not naturally, like the inanimate world, flora and fauna do, but by solely and independently rising to the common, upper degree of nature that lies even above our Universe, and above the Big Bang that started it.

This is the real human degree, the level of man, from the word “Adam,” which means similar (Domeh) to the general system. In this way we will take control over it, we will understand and perceive all of nature, penetrate its depths, and be included in it. This is where the essence lays, the purpose of our lives, and our freedom of will. Only this is worth living. Otherwise we remain miserable ants that execute the commands of our body.

And this means that we need to find a method that will allow us to stand in front of nature, to study, reveal and research it, and at the same time, through this, to form ourselves in equivalence to this universal and global nature that includes in itself the entire Universe, humanity, and who knows what else.

This is what we must reach. Only if I attain this universal system, if I open it, if I find out what I exist for, how I was created, how I live and develop, and what form of comprehensive nature I must reach, only then will I realize myself.

This is my free choice: to achieve this or not, to enter into interaction, into connection, with nature, or at least into familiarity and understanding of it, or not. A person can freely build himself by absorbing the entire system, up to the smallest details into his mind and feelings. And then he will be called a man (Adam).

In this state he combines two opposite forces within himself. On one hand, according to nature of this world, he is an egoist, but on the other hand, according to nature of the global world, he is an altruist. He has a chance to acquire the second force. And this chance is waiting for its implementation. A person is led to this opportunity and then everything depends on him—does he want it or not? He discovers the method, meaning books, mentors, and a group for its implementation, in other words, the place where he implements his connection with nature. In this way a person can move forward and develop toward the stage when nature will reveal itself to him.

And he is free on this path. After all, he can, on his own accord, freely be included in the group that teaches him how to connect, to join to the comprehensive system of nature.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/28/16

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laitman_275Age-Old Conflict

People are entirely and fully dependent on heredity and the environment. Free will is no more than an illusion.

But if absolutely nothing depends on me, if I am just a part of the general mechanism that has no independence whatsoever, and if I don’t act but am being influenced, then my life has no meaning and no reason at all. In that case, why do we exist? What is this all for?

And here we come to the heart of the matter: is a free choice possible in man’s life, a free action that will allow us to call him independent? Apparently, just for the sake of this action he was born and lives from reincarnation to reincarnation. And billions of people live this way.

So what is this free action, albeit tiny, around which revolves my entire existence? When I will get to it and realize it? Precisely from there the meaning of my life will grow and break free.

In researching this question we discover ourselves in the unique system. On the one hand, we all are egoists and lead an extremely individualistic life. With time we disconnect more and more and move away from each other.

Nobody needs neighbors, no one wants communication with most of them. On the other hand, nature brings us closer together; we live on the small planet Earth, in a small global village, in the global, integral connection with each other.

This contrast, this contradiction grows from year to year. Today it is especially noticeable in Europe, where an attempt to create a common market has exposed the inability of the Europeans to unite in correct mutuality.

So how do we solve this problem?
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