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In Unity And Connection

laitman_232.08Concepts that are opposite in our perception exist in the world of Infinity in simple unity and connection. (Baal HaSulam, Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 1 “Histaklut Pnimit”)

Question: What does it mean that opposite things are unified? Can you give an example from nature?

Answer: Einstein gave examples of dimensions emerging above time and space. For example, a grandfather and his distant descendant meet hundreds of years later. They both exist simultaneously, but with respect to our attainment it is experienced as past, present, and future.

Question: Does this mean that dinosaurs might be wandering around us and we just don’t see them?

Answer: Dinosaurs are not wandering somewhere; they are wandering within you (in the same way as before, by the way). There is nothing outside of us. We project everything that we perceive so that it seems outside of us and call it “our world.” We feel it only within ourselves. We do not perceive what is outside of us. It is as if some electrodes are connected to us and we imagine that we are somewhere talking with each other and seeing others as if on a screen.

The question thus arises: does this all just seem to exist or does it really exist? We cannot say, because we do not feel anything outside ourselves. Therefore, a person cannot claim objectively that something exists—he always perceives subjectively.

Everything that we reveal and study is purely subjective, including Kabbalah. We never attain the absolute picture. It will be revealed only after the general correction, when all of us unite and our small private sensors (Reshimot) will be united into one common sensor, our small private desires into one common desire that will result in absolute perception, eternal white Light. Then we will be able to talk about what really exists. This state is called Gmar Tikkun—Final Correction.

This is all in relation to us; there are no problems regarding the Creator since His properties include everything. We will be able to achieve this same state when our desire becomes fully integrated, including all the opposites in itself. This is considered loving your neighbor as yourself.

In other words, when I accept everything that exists in another person—all his unpleasant properties, states, thoughts—as my own, as the most precious, with love, then I will include the desires of all the people in the world and will be able to be objective, as all the opposites inside me will be united.

Question: Is it possible to say that both love and hatred will exist in me at the same time?

Answer: Of course. One will not annihilate the other because they will only support each other, so that between them I can feel the acuity of attainment. This is how it works.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/8/18

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Understanding Each Other At A Distance

laitman_959Question: When we are on a spiritual level will we be able to understand each other without words?

Answer: In general, yes. Of course, it is possible to work with a shared screen without verbal communication. But not just yet.

Such communication can be not only between two people who are near each other, but also between those who are in different parts of the world and even in two different worlds—it doesn’t matter. What hinders our understanding of each other are the mechanical, minor limitations of our world.

Question: Why is it that when you suddenly experience some kind of sensation, it is usually impossible to express it with words even to oneself?

Answer: It means that you are not yet able to experience the spiritual impact within your reasoning mind and your heart equally.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 4/1/18

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The Action Is The Reward

laitman_231.04Question: If the whole world is inside me, then time is also inside me. Can you explain how to manage time inside oneself?

Answer: Imagine that there is no time. There is no next moment, as it is said: “Freeze the moment, it is magnificent!”

That is how you should act: there is no time, only a moment of my utmost adhesion with the Creator. Time is a psychological phenomenon. In Kabbalah, time is the frequency of change of spiritual states, not the ticking of the clock. The faster the states change, the faster time passes.

Question: So, if I do something and expect that a month or a year later I will get paid, is the expectation itself called time? But if I receive the payment right away, at the time of the action, then time seems to disappear?

Answer: When the reward occurs at the time of the action, meaning that the action is the reward, then there is no time. That is the magnificent moment.

Question: It follows that this moment is the best one in the life of the Kabbalist? He never thinks of the future?

Answer: The Kabbalist lives in both states simultaneously: in his personal state as well as in the collective one. He has to be concerned about the general correction of the world. For him, an action directed at the correction of the world is the reward. If the Creator gives him this opportunity, by doing so He is rewarding him.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/4/18

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I Want Truth, Not Games

laitman_241.01Question from Facebook: You always talk about playing a game. I hate this word. I want truth in a relationship, not games. What should I do?

Answer: Fate plays with a person. We should understand that we must play in order to draw the upper force that will change and correct us.

The game is not just playing, but checking one’s present state and orienting toward the future at every moment. Since the future is unknown and the present, in general, is not particularly evident, we are always in a fog, in a confused state: How should we proceed?

The correct behavior of a person in relation to the future is called “play” because we ourselves do not determine our future, just our attitude toward it.

Setting ourselves up for the correct attitude toward a good future will bring us good in the present. This is how we will advance.

It is very serious work, but since our next state is unclear to us, our movement toward each other, our attitude to the world, to life, even to the Creator, is like acting on a stage, when we are acting out our best future state, imagining what it can be. When we aspire to it, then accordingly, we receive it from above.

In principle, it is based only on the fact that the future is unknown, and I can determine it and its relationship to me, my inclusion in it, with the help of actions called “playing.”

Question: Is depression also a game?

Answer: Depression is also a game because we build a picture of the future as completely dark, foggy, unknown, and frightening in front of us.

In principle, Kabbalah discusses only about how we can achieve a real, true, and correct future. We need to create it. When I create this future, I build it from blocks. This is the game.

I am playing all the time, building it. If we correctly understand how to play and create our future from the blocks, it should be to connect these building blocks, what we should imagine. What’s most important is the relationship between us in a world that we can make beautiful. We cannot create it. So, we must learn to play.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 6/5/18

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Everyone Has Their Own Reality

Laitman_043Question: Is there any upper reality that exists regardless of our sensation?

Answer: There is an upper reality. If someone comprehends it, then it exists relative to him. If one doesn’t comprehend it, then it doesn’t exist for him.

Now we all feel the earthly reality in the same way because we are on the same egoistic level.

Question: On an altruistic level, will we also feel one reality or each will feel his own?

Answer: Together we will feel each other and one reality. Moreover, everyone will have their own reality, but they will all be similar.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 3/18/18

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Everything Is Relative To The Observer

laitman_276.02Question: What does it mean to rise to the level of the governance of our world? Does Kabbalah rule our world? What is it about?

Answer: Kabbalah does not rule our world.

The fact is that everything we perceive is what we call our world. This is my world. I do not know what the world really is and what it consists of. I only know what I feel and perceive. This is a very important point with which we have to start talking about a person and about where he is.

We have to understand that our world is one that we build within. Therefore, this concept cannot be objective. Everything is relative to the observer. For example, today one might comprehend some things a certain way, and tomorrow interpret them differently. There are, of course, general laws, rules, and methods, but in the end, we are only speaking of a person’s individual comprehension.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/11/18

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laitman_423.02Question: Is it possible that the spiritual world exists only in Kabbalists’ imagination? What is the guarantee that it is real?

Answer: Nobody can promise you and give guarantees that the spiritual world exists more realistically than our world.

However, the fact that our world is not real has already been revealed by Kabbalists. They feel this by being above our illusory world, and they understand that this world is created in such a way on purpose, so that we would push ourselves away from it and exit into the real world.

The upper spiritual world is real because we attain the Creator in it, the only driving force, “There is none else besides Him.” By revealing in the spiritual world the force that governs everything, we determine that it really exists.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/25/18

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Revealing The Unknown

laitman_253Question: Scientists of our world are constantly in dispute and disagree with each other. Everyone promotes their own theory. How does it work among the Kabbalist scientists?

Answer: If a Kabbalist scientist clearly knows where he exists and speaks only from the level of his attainments without crossing into something he has not revealed, then he is a real scientist and his conclusions can be trusted.

If a Kabbalist is unable to clearly define where he exists and he can slightly “overstep” his boundary, then his attainments in that area are not really true. Then he has all sorts of guesses, theories, assumptions, and sometimes mistakes. Kabbalists themselves write about this.

In particular, Baal HaSulam wrote a book about a great Kabbalist of the 17th century who incorrectly described an entire phase of attainment of the upper nature. In Kabbalah, just as in any other science, this has a place.

Kabbalists, just as other scientists, can have various disputes and criticize one another. It can be expressed through their knowledge, assumptions, drawings, or many other things.

In other words, Kabbalah is like ordinary science where a person faces the fact of revealing something unknown.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/11/18

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We Are Eternal Beings

laitman_537Remark: To know yourself means to feel and understand that the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and eight billion people, are all me. This is how the Creator paints my subjective depiction of the world. In reality, there is nothing, including me—there is only the upper Light. This is terrifying.

My Comment: Not at all! I exist in eternity, in perfection, in the Creator, together with Him, and in similarity with Him. I only need to define myself, to find myself. Me and you, we are all included in this system.

However, to say that none of it exists, including myself, is incorrect. We are eternal beings, we just have to discover that state. That is the purpose of us living in the lowest of the worlds.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/11/18

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Gravitational Force And Speed In Spirituality

232.09Question: Are there any concepts of gravitational force and speed in the spiritual worlds?

Answer: Any egoistic desire attracts everything positive and rejects everything negative. Therefore, gravitational force is a force of attraction to what seems attractive to me.

Speed in the spiritual world is the rate at which a desire changes in a person. If the desire does not change, the speed is zero and time stops.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/25/18

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