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A Kabbalist’s Inner Mood

226Question from Facebook: I have been studying Kabbalah for more than five years. Before each lesson and each convention, I experience a feeling of fear, as if the world is collapsing, although there is no apparent reason for this feeling.

Answer: I have internal work to do. I experience the states of ascents, descents, happiness, fears, searches … I prepare for the lesson in advance to be together, in constant connection, in contact with the Creator, according to the principle “There is none else besides Him.” Even looking through the news I realize that everything comes from the Creator’s management, that the world is my reflection.

As a result, coming to the lesson, I have already been completely “formatted” to correctly perceive it. It is not a “hypnotic” fear that lives in me, but a sense of responsibility. I must constantly take care of my inner spiritual mood. And I’m very grateful for this need to set myself up like this.

The Creator sends us very different, sometimes very difficult circumstances. And we must relate to them responsibly, first and foremost. Caring for others, the constant aspiration of oneself outwardly, cancels fears. Take example from me.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/27/18

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Does Punishment Exist In Kabbalah?

laitman_547.05Question: Does punishment exist in Kabbalah?

Answer: In Kabbalah, unlike in our world, all problems have to be solved in the middle line. The purulent tumor has to be opened and treated until it becomes a normal and healthy organism.

Question: But in our world we still have courts, prisons, etc.?

Answer: They do not solve anything. We see how prison does not help at all. People are isolated from society. What is the use? It is not a correction. A prison should be a system of a person’s correction. It should not work in the form of punishment.

Remark: Baal HaSulam writes that punishment is a reproach from society.

My Comment: Yes, but only if the society is prepared to treat a transgressor in a way that he would feel as an outcast. Then it will indeed become his correction.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/17/2017

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A Dream Or Not A Dream

laitman_220Question from Facebook: So we do not exist, and everything is just a dream? Does this include concentration camps too?

Answer: Indeed, when we see the true picture of the eternal world permeated with perfection and love, we understand that, as it is written in the Psalms, “We were like in a dream.” In other words, in isolation, in disconnection from reality.

All that we perceive before this state—our entire lives today, everything that we have gone through and everything that we will still go through—is drawn by our corrupted properties. And if we do not correct them, then many difficult problems, be it wars or other disasters, lie ahead of us.

But on the other hand, we can correct what is inside of us and go through the next stages in a positive way.

In general, we “prepare” our future for ourselves—through our uncorrected or already corrected properties. They should manifest themselves against the background of the white light—absolute love and bestowal. If we do not approach it voluntarily, then we are led by a circular path of suffering.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 02/13/18

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The Scoundrels Within

laitman_290Question from Facebook: Where did you come up with the notion that a person sees in people only his own flaws? In killers too?

Answer: Yes. In everybody and in everything we see ourselves, our reflection. Why? Because we perceive everything in the mirror of our egoism. This is how our perception is structured: we cannot see what is not in us. The picture of the world is drawn inside.

In fact, in front of me there is white Light—the perfect property of bestowal and love. And on this background, I “draw” my own properties. Therefore, whatever is projected onto the screen of my consciousness, it all comes from within. The external evil I see is my uncorrected nature.

And in the end, having corrected all the flaws in myself, I will reveal that same white Light, the original love. In this way, the Creator leads us to Himself—through a gradual realization of the illusory nature of the external world as it seems to us today. This is Kabbalistic psychology.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/13/18

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 224

laitman_565.02Question: Do the friends in the World Kli influence the world and change it for the better by studying the wisdom of Kabbalah even though they have not yet ascended to the first level?

Answer: It is said that any good contact with the wisdom of Kabbalah by every person in the world has a positive effect on the entire world since everyone is a part of the system of Adam.

Question: Can the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah be dangerous for the learner and those close to him? For example, if a person studies alone.

Answer: A person must be mentally healthy, study within a physical or virtual group, and be in permanent contact with everyone—success and patience!

Question: The “point in the heart” has grown, but is now “closed.” I have lost a sense of happiness. Nothing helps. What should I do?

Answer: This is exactly the way the seven years of famine begin. It is a compulsory expulsion from egoism. Then, one enters the upper world to do what is pleasing for the Creator, not the ego!
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laitman_560Question: Are there any objects in creation in relation to which the Creator ceases to act and they have no opportunity to know Him?

Answer: Every person has the possibility of attaining the Creator. It is only objects on the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature that are not prepared to do this.

Question: If the Creator is responsible for my corruption, why does the good and benevolent Creator compel me to develop through evil when He gives me the feelings of suffering?

Answer: It is in order for you to transcend the evil that was created in you initially and to attain the absolute good.

Question: You say that love is about caring for others more than for myself. How should I take care of myself in order to maintain balance? After all, isn’t the principle of love in Kabbalah that I must love myself, others, and the Creator equally?

Answer: I could say that I love myself and that is why I want to take myself out of the servitude to the ego and achieve a full resemblance to the Creator. In principle, this is actually very great self-love. But at the same time, I suppress my egoism with all my might.

Question: Does a Kabbalist understand how the Creator acts through him or does he only feel the action of the Creator?

Answer: A Kabbalist feels the Creator’s actions, and through this feeling he understands Him. The feeling comes first and then the understanding.

Question: Is it worth learning the principles of Kabbalah by heart in Hebrew? Or is it enough to know them in English?

Answer: It is possible in English, but it is desirable to know them in Hebrew so that it will be clear where they come from and specifically why they were called this because the Hebrew language is derived from Kabbalah.

Question: What has happened to a person who has felt the friends and their spiritual state, has heard their thoughts, and then this stops? Where has all of this gone? After all, nothing disappears. Has the vessel expanded?

Answer: Certainly. Egoism grew and everything that existed before, everything that connected him with his friends, has disappeared in the growing egoism. But he must go on because now he will reach a feeling of the friends on a larger scale.

Question: If I am not the Creator, how can I fully be like Him? Would I cease being a creature?

Answer: No. It is specifically in that you are fully like the Creator that you become a creature. So, a person who resembles the Creator is called “Adam,” from the word “Adameh,” similar to the Creator. That is what they called the first Kabbalist who became similar to the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/19/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 223

laitman_560Question: A super effort is a plea and a request to the Creator in a state when I am feeling the utmost greatness of the Creator. It can only be through great effort and only for a few seconds. Then the effort evaporates, and a preparation for a new drop of effort is required again.

This is especially prominent during a group reading of The Book of Zohar. I have heard that a student of a great Rav could reach effort like this up to 300 times during a reading of The Book of Zohar. This is not easy; it requires special intention, an environment, self-development, a special state, and so on. Does an effort like this require previous preparation?

Answer: The ability to implement an effort like this is acquired only after many years of study in a group.
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Laitman_049.01Question: You often give the example of a person refusing a million dollars to be connection with the Creator. In my environment, the situation is different: People with million dollar debts may fall into a stupor and stare off into space, but they won’t yearn for the Creator.

What can you say to someone in this situation where they have every reason to turn to the Creator, but don’t and instead they try to find a solution “at the bottom of a bottle”?

Answer: Salvation comes by turning to the Creator who drove them into this situation so they would call out to Him.

Question: When “Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate” (Esther 2:21), where was he in relation to Ibur (conception, the process of spiritual birth)?

Answer: Mordechai and Esther were in a corrected state, in Bina, and everyone else was in an uncorrected state.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 10/22/18

laitman_282.02Question: What does it mean to seek a solution on the next level if it is hidden? How can we identify the next level of agreement between us?

Answer: You only need to invest effort in your yearning for the next level, and the upper Light will correct everything.

Question: Is “the common intelligence” that is born in a circle limited somehow?

Answer: It is limited only by our ability to approach each other, not in any other way. When we approach each other seriously, we reach the intelligence of the Creator, which is the maximal characteristic of bestowal and love that becomes clothed in us.

Question: How should one react to a participant in a circle who is inclined to doubt the method of the workshop itself, who talks about the uselessness of the people sitting around him, and considers what they say to be foolishness he doesn’t want to hear?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah says that you must “blunt its (egoism’s) teeth.” If a person objects to the general rules that the Kabbalists ordered us to keep, he should leave us. These general rules have already existed for thousands of years; if he doesn’t want to carry them out, he should leave. On this topic, there is nothing to discuss.

Question: What is the principle you use to choose questions for a workshop?

Answer: I know approximately what the shared general level of development of the world group is, and I give the members of the group a task that is one level higher. It is no more than one level because otherwise the question would not be understood and would put them into a state of depression that would not lead to the desired result. The group members need to make an effort to understand the question through their connection, which could even be the answer.

Question: Is the reason I don’t understand the Kabbalistic texts because I have not been investing sufficient work in the group of ten?

Answer: If you don’t understand Kabbalistic texts, you need to read them again and again, many times, and sometimes even copy them, adapting them within you somehow.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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laitman_629.3Question: What does Kabbalah think about social justice and equality? Or is justice on the level of the ego of our world a fictional story that is thousands of years old for narrow-minded, ignorant people?

Answer: Naturally in an egoistic society there cannot be any justice. Kabbalah says something else. When we are together, helping each other mutually, we discover the general force of bestowal and love within ourselves, which brings us to a state called a “just society.” Within this state, we distribute everything necessary for every person optimally: for children, the elderly, adults, women, men, and so forth.

Question: Can Kabbalah provide a supranational concept for the unification of countries?

Answer: No. Kabbalah doesn’t provide concepts! It has only one goal—to attract the higher energy so that it will “fix” us, connect us correctly, build a connection between us, and create one single humanity. The main thing is that should be influenced by the upper force.

Question: Is the ten an optimal form, similar to the structure of spirituality, as a solution for all of the questions about family, economy, and politics, or is it only for spiritual development?

Answer: In the end, the ten will be a means for solving all of humanity’s problems because it is a system within which the nature of the still, vegetative, animate, and human is included.

Question: Who is the neighbor?

Answer: A neighbor is someone with the same goal.

Question: At what historical moment will neo-fascism grow into a new formation?

Answer: This could happen through great suffering and nuclear wars, which Kabbalah constantly warns humanity about. But it is possible to prevent them from the start if people will begin to demand the upper Light for their correction.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/8/17

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