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The World Outside Of Us

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You say that we attain the world outside of us. But what is outside of us?

Answer: Outside of us means in the quality of bestowal.

We have to acquire the Creator’s property, which is precisely the quality of bestowal. We do not know what it is—we will understand that only when we attain it.

The spiritual world, the Creator’s property, the quality of bestowal, a way out of oneself, all of this is still closed to us.

Question: But on the other hand, every person has a point in the heart. So, there is a spiritual record, the Creator’s spark in the form of this point and consequently, some understanding of what bestowal is?

Answer: A point in the heart really exists. But this is just a point! What do we understand about it, what can we feel in it? This is a black point opposite to the spiritual state that has reached a minimum size, turning into a point after the shattering.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/20/16

Being Close To Nature

laitman_741_02Question: Bedouins living in Israel can foresee an earthquake several days before it takes place. How can a person do that?

Answer: Bedouins do indeed have such premonitions because they are closer to nature.

Question: Are such predictions harmful?

Answer: They aren’t harmful. All our forefathers lived that way. A person would look at the sky and say: “it is raining 20 kilometers away.” He would know that by the motion of the birds. He could read nature, but that doesn’t means that he was a prophet.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/16

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Who Depicts The Picture Of The World To Us?

Laitman_711Question: Who depicts the picture of the world to me?

Answer: It is my attributes, which I receive from above. But we can change them.

This is the reason we get together in groups, in tens, and act according to what Kabbalists tell us, so we can resemble the upper attributes and begin to feel them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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Shades Of The Perception Of Reality

laitman_754Question: Why do the spiritual forces produce physical and not spiritual images within me?

Answer: Spiritual forces don’t produce anything in you, even though that is what we say. A person, a bee, a snake, like all other animals, all of them look at the world with their eyes and each of them sees it in his own way. A snake may perceive the world as fields of heat, a bee in the form of a honeycomb, and so on.

Why do people think that we see everything in the same way? It is only because we are educated together, filling our minds and memories with all kinds of pictures of this world, and we generally look at it as if produced identical images for us. But in fact, we cannot compare them.

Even a Kabbalist who begins to attain the upper world, perceives it with a personal characteristic and inclination, his individuality. Even though he compares his image with others, the images are impossible to compare, they can only be described. Therefore, we compare our descriptions and not the image itself that exists within us. This picture is completely personal for each one, and we have no possibility of comparing them with what is seen by others.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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In What Way Does Reality Differ From Illusion?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is reality? In what way does it differ from illusion?

Answer: Reality differs from illusion as it is perceived by our senses to the degree that we become similar to the upper force.

Let’s imagine the ego as a vessel in which we perceive different effects. If we correct a small part of our ego with regard to the upper impact, we will feel the upper world in that space. We will feel our world in the whole uncorrected part.

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It turns out that a Kabbalist sees two worlds simultaneously. In his uncorrected desires, he sees the corporeal world, and in his corrected desires, he sees the upper world, and that’s the way it is until he fully corrects himself. In both cases, he always feels everything inside his desire.

In order to feel the upper world, we must first restrict our desire (Tzimtzum Aleph), then build a Masach (screen), the Returning Light (Ohr Hozer), and only then can we begin to receive.

Only then will we begin to feel the upper world within us because now an equivalence of attributes is formed between us and the upper world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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Transcending Time And Distance

laitman_928Question: What does it mean to transcend yourself, to stop feeling your desires, or stop feeling them as yours?

Answer: To stop feeling desires as oneself is a very great correction of man because there is nothing in us that is ours; we are created beings. Creation is formed; it is created! Therefore, the correct image of ourselves, the right perception of ourselves, with the understanding that everything is given by the upper force that surrounds us, is the most important thing that we must do.

Our tuning in to the sensation of the higher field is to first simply believe in it and begin acting, and then to feel it. After all, in fact, there is no faith, as such. It is only required to advance in the attainment of the upper field.

In starting to feel the upper field, you are building more and more reliable and truer images within yourself. Thus, your perception expands, becoming more universal. You rise above time and space.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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Feeling True Reality

laitman_761_3Question: What is the difference between the reality found outside of me and the perception of reality portrayed through my five senses?

Answer: The reality that a person perceives is portrayed within him by the Creator and not by anyone else. Even though it seems to him that he is in a specific physical or spiritual world, he is in fact found within a higher field, the Creator.

The Creator organizes within the person particular fundamental assumptions, preconditions, characteristics, and limitations, in regard to Him; and for the moment, a person perceives the Creator in the form of this world.

It is desirable to begin to perceive the Creator in the way that He exists and not in a form distorted by the limitations of his egoism. This sums up the work of every person. The main thing is to begin to understand that everything that happens to him is realized under the influence of the upper force upon him.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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The Connection Between Materiality And Spirituality

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Once upon a time there lived a human being, and he had a soul. One day a material arrow destroyed his material body, and he died. This affected his soul. Does it mean that materiality can somehow affect spirituality?

Answer: Not at all, the soul has nothing to do with the material body and with what happens to a person. Suppose, he fell from his level. But what he has already done, having developed his first ten Sefirot, a tenth, from the point in the heart and having begun to attain the upper states, stays within him and doesn’t disappear even if he falls from his level back to the earthly pursuits.

Question: Where is the soul or its first fragment located? Where are we located?

Answer: In our consciousness, and nowhere else.

This is exactly what scientists lack when they try to comprehend the next dimension, folding and unfolding universes, or the origin and disappearance of energy. Very soon we will discover many interesting paradoxes in our comprehension of nature. And all of them will lead us to a state of absolute confusion.

We will suddenly begin to disclose the borderline phenomena between the inanimate, vegetative, and animate worlds, and the upper world. All these so-called strict scientific dependencies that we perceive in our world will suddenly disappear, and instead of them we will get new, completely incomprehensible qualities, phenomena, laws, and formulas. And this is because we are approaching the revelation of the spiritual world.
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 11/6/2016

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Mind And Feelings In Spiritual Development

laitman_248_02Question: Where does a person’s thoughts originate from according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Thoughts are a product of the desire. Desire is the basic matter of man: I seek to fill my emptiness. As a result, thoughts appear to choose how I can fill myself.

Question: Where do the feelings, the emotions, come in?

Answer: There is no reference to such concepts in Kabbalistic sources. There is a desire and there is the mind that helps fulfill the desire. The intention is an additional level above the desire that expresses what exactly a person wants to use it for.

The desire comes first and the mind is secondary because the mind never changes the desire; on the contrary, the desire governs the mind. No matter how many philosophers, writers, poets, art critics, and people engaged in the arts wanted to present this to humanity—our corporeal desire manages everything.

Question: What do different emotions, like joy, humor, etc., mean according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: These are all feelings in the desire.

Question: What is the function of the feelings and the mind in a person’s spiritual development?

Answer: The role of the feelings is to show what is happening in a person’s desire and the role of the mind is to be able to work with these desires. But the mind itself doesn’t work on them. It can manage the desire only through the Light that Reforms.

We often see psychologists, and experts in other pseudo-scientific areas in our world who are trying to work with a person’s internal world, with his thoughts and his desires, but they do not succeed.

Being the product of desires, thoughts can help a person manage his internal world, if with the help of his thoughts, he creates in his desire the conditions under which the Surrounding Light begins to impact him.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

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Life In A Hologram

laitman_739In the News (Phys.org): “A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram. …

“The researchers, from the University of Southampton (UK), University of Waterloo (Canada), Perimeter Institute (Canada), INFN, Lecce (Italy) and the University of Salento (Italy), have published findings in the journal Physical Review Letters.

“A holographic universe, an idea first suggested in the 1990s, is one where all the information that makes up our 3-D ‘reality’ (plus time) is contained in a 2-D surface on its boundaries. …

“Professor Skenderis comments: “Holography is a huge leap forward in the way we think about the structure and creation of the universe. Einstein’s theory of general relativity explains almost everything large scale in the universe very well, but starts to unravel when examining its origins and mechanisms at quantum level. Scientists have been working for decades to combine Einstein’s theory of gravity and quantum theory. Some believe the concept of a holographic universe has the potential to reconcile the two. I hope our research takes us another step towards this.”

“The scientists now hope their study will open the door to further our understanding of the early universe and explain how space and time emerged.”

My Comment: The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks a lot about this, but it suggests that one should be involved with the study of man, not the study of nature, to expand the possibilities of our perception, our inner characteristics, so then we will see that the picture of the world that appears before us depends completely on our inner characteristics.

As we shape the world ourselves, we limit it, and as such we also see the world. If we expand this picture by changing our characteristics, we will see the world differently, in other dimensions.

Question: Which is to say, to do this, people must change? And scientists believe it is necessary to explore nature.

Answer: The examination of nature is a very limited approach to the subject. It doesn’t yield anything. We have no benefit from this except satisfying our curiosity.

A person needs to develop and change himself. He can and must expand his internal sensory perception, emotions, desires, and thoughts so much so that he will see worlds that exist outside of him, but he will discover them when he discovers himself.

For example, a little child differs from an adult in that he perceives a small, narrow part of the world, even though he basically sees exactly what the adult sees. The question is what does it mean to “see”? The entire difference lies in this. We don’t see the inner connections of nature, we don’t see the true world but only our lowest level.

It is only when person opens the next levels of absorption, knowledge, emotion, and impressions within himself that the next level of creation that exists around us will be revealed to him.

At present, we are in a period and state in which we can understand that our movement in the direction proposed by scientists is erroneous.

We must turn inward, into ourselves, and expand our senses. But because this is connected to the ego, against our nature, we don’t want this. We sell our perceptive abilities in exchange for petty egoism.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/1/17

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