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Answers To Your Questions, Part 188

laitman_571.04Question: If the exile of the Jewish people is designated to mix them with other nations (this is how we see this phenomenon in our world) to be able to correct them, then mixed marriages are the best way, are they not?

Answer: This is mainly about the spiritual mixing of desires and goals, and physical mixing can be a result of this.
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laitman_622.02Question: If there is no Creator outside of a person, then “where” does the Creator suffer more than we do?, Also is it only within and not outside a person’s sensations?

It would follow that a Kabbalist would perceive in his senses that the Creator suffers more than he does, but this is basically a false sensation since the Creator does not exist outside of his sensations. Does the Creator “suffer” only when a person feels it?
Is the person truly capable of giving contentment to the Creator through spiritual advancement or is it self-deception?

Answer: The Creator exists above and outside of our states, but we talk about Him as about someone who is like us because we cannot imagine Him in any other way.
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Studying According To Baal HaSulam

laitman_208Question from Facebook: Kabbalah is taught in many places today. What is so special about Baal HaSulam’s method that you teach?

Answer: There are many methods such as the methods of Ramchal, Rabash, Hagrah, or Haba”d. I teach according to Baal HaSulam’s method and that of my teacher Rabash. I cannot say how it differs from other methods. The deeper you penetrate the wisdom of Kabbalah in your study, the more you will be able to see what is best for you. We are all different, and therefore, it says very simply in the Torah that: “A person learns only where his heart desires.”

You should determine what your heart desires and where you can receive the answers that are closest to your heart and which you understand most. Check in places where you can study, but don’t stop in one place. Check several places, see which is closest to you, and study there.

Many people come to study with me, and many leave. I don’t stop anyone in any way. It all depends on the person himself. People have different roots of their soul, and therefore, everyone should study wherever it suits him, where a person feels that he receives an answer, as the divine voice of his soul about what he hears in the lesson.

Question: What do you think is special about the method of Baal HaSulam and Rabash?

Answer: The uniqueness of the method of Baal HaSulam and Rabash is that it is scientific, precise, and expresses the aspiration for definitions that are absolutely exact. Do not dwell on some emotional moments, but give them purely physical definitions.

Question: Is this what appealed to you?

Answer: Yes.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/27/17

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Is God Good Or Evil?

laitman_566.02Question from Facebook: Is the Creator the Creator in order to create evil. If it is necessary to know God through misfortune, death, and suffering, then is He the Creator? Is this what people worship? Is the source of love and goodness in Him?

Answer: Under no circumstances does the Creator create evil. By revealing Himself to us gradually, He shows us how opposite we are to Him. And this is experienced by us as pain, evil, and suffering.

But, if we are developing correctly, under correct guidance, upbringing, and influence, then we experience His gradual revelation as an incentive to gain greater attainment of Him, not as evil coming from Him.

By revealing Himself, the Creator demonstrates to us the evil in our nature because it is opposite to Him. And by doing that, He pushes us toward the correction of our nature, toward greater likeness to Him. And when our nature becomes similar to the Creator, we discover absolute goodness, pleasure, and fulfillment.

Question: In other words, the evil that is seemingly coming from Him is actually the evil in me. And He is constant in this influence?

Answer: The Creator is constant in His influence, but does so in the following manner: He reveals Himself to a person in the smallest micro-doses. This is experienced as discomfort or pain by the person, but at the same time, there is also the possibility to begin to work gradually toward correcting himself to resemble the Creator.

When the person achieves equivalence of form to Him, even to that smallest degree to which the Creator came near to him, then the person discovers that the Creator is kind and is the only influence on him. After doing this work within himself, discovering a little of the Creator, drawing a little closer to Him, the Creator reveals Himself further. Once again, the person feels a negative sensation from the oppositeness of his qualities to the Creator, and again, he must correct himself in order to achieve similarity of form to reveal the Creator.

Question: When a person actually feels as if evil is coming from the Creator, what should he do first?

Answer: He must participate in the regular work of the group. There, everything will be explained to him. He will be supported and guided. Most importantly: find a group.

Individual advice will not help because each person exists under a specific type of influence from the Creator, and most importantly, these influences need to be addressed collectively.

Question: So you think that this is the action of the Creator, to push him to move toward others?

Answer: Necessarily. It is written so, and that is the way he must act, whether he wants to or not. A person may not understand this, but this the only way in which this is realized.
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From KabTV’s “News With Michael Laitman,” 8/10/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 189

627.2Question: How exactly do the souls transform after death? How does the Creator “arrange” exactly where the soul will reincarnate?

Why is a particular person born in a wealthy family, completely healthy and with a pleasant external appearance, who can be loved by everyone and provide an example, while another person is forced to go through physical and psychological suffering in unsuccessful families?

Why does someone have dazzling success in a career when he is twenty and another is forced to contend with depression, rejection, racism, and humiliation only after many years to reach a goal that he set for himself?

Answer: We don’t understand these states and the situations before and after death because we don’t feel this world correctly. We learn about this in the topic of the perception of reality.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 3/5/17, Part 2

laitman_250Question: Why are the ten Sefirot called the Tree of Life?

Answer: Because they are interconnected so they create a system in which the attribute of bestowal, of love, the attainment of the upper force, the Creator, is later revealed.

Question: Are the writings of Kabbalists also divided into Sefirot?

Answer: Yes, the writings of Kabbalists are also divided into Sefirot, and so is Kabbalistic knowledge. Everything that was created and that we can perceive is divided into ten Sefirot.

Question: Why are Bina and Malchut designated by one letter “Hey – ה”?

Answer: Because Bina builds “Hey” out of its structure, which the lowest attribute, the “Hey” of Malchut, which later attains the attribute of Bina.

Question: Who feels the growth of the desire?

Answer: Whoever is in the desire feels the growth of the desire, for example, I, you, he, she.

Question: If the Light and desire are opposite in their attributes, how can the Light impact the desire?

Answer: The Light creates and develops the desire.

Question: If something in a person’s life doesn’t work out, could the reason be some malfunction in a certain Sefira?

Answer: No, there cannot be any malfunction in any Sefira. There can only be a malfunction in the way you react within your Malchut to all the Sefirot that come before it. You do not perceive the impact on you correctlyת and this perception can change your whole destiny.
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laitman_961.2Question: Is it possible to correlate the structure of the soul with the structure of our body? If so, how?

Answer: Absolutely not. A soul is a soul and a body is a body. We don’t need to imagine our corporeal body as something that is eternal and perfect. It is the ordinary animate level. And the soul is the next level above the animate level.

Question: What is the creation and how are we related to it?

Answer: We are parts of creation. Our role is to begin to consciously react to what is happening to us.

Question: What is a Partzuf?

Answer: The word “Partzuf” means “face” in Hebrew. The Partzuf or the face are called the ten Sefirot, which illuminate when they are properly selected and assembled.

Question: Are the Sefirot filters?

Answer: A Sefira is a filter of the upper Light. What is left in it after it filters the Light turns into our feelings.

Question: Is Malchut the original matter?

Answer: The original matter is the desire in Keter, which develops all the way to the very last state in Malchut.

Question: Is a point and a line of a letter the same as zero and one, a certain code, a program?

Answer: A point is a desire and a line is its direction.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/5/17

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Hatred Of People

laitman_236_02Question from Facebook: How can my hatred of people be explained?

Answer: This is a natural human characteristic!

There is no need to be alarmed by it or to apologize for it. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is simply written: “Go to the craftsman who made me” (Ta’anit 20b), He will correct everything. Depending on the degree of disagreement with what He has done with you, you must turn to Him. It is not your fault that the Creator made you this way, you need to turn to Him so He will change you, and if you ask to be changed so that you will be better, then you will have a connection with Him.

After all, the Creator intentionally created you as evil full of all kinds of corruptions, so if you ask Him to change you, ask only for that; this is what He will do. He was created for this. He is waiting for you to ask. He intentionally created all the evil in me so that I will ask to change all this for the better. In this manner a mutual connection is formed between us; understanding, closeness, common goals, and common work are created.

Question: Can you give an example of a request like this?

Answer: Suppose that I love to steal and I have been caught many times. They beat me and put me in prison, and I come to the conclusion that this was causing me harm.

I begin to ask the Creator that I will stop stealing, and I see that this doesn’t really help me. I think about why this is so. It is apparent to me that I am not asking to be better; rather, I am asking that it will be better for me, and He is not so helpful with that. But if I ask to be truly changed in the direction of goodness, He will help me. That is, everything depends on the degree to which my request is “clean,” how general and detached it is from my egoism.

Question: When I ask for things to be better for me, there is no answer, and when I ask to be better, there is an answer?

Answer: Yes. This is so because when I ask for things to be better for me, but not through “theft,” in fact, this is also theft. He will not help with this. When I ask to be transformed to be better in my relationships with others, when stealing from others hurts me, everything will work itself out.

In other words, if I hate someone, I ask the Creator to correct this characteristic in me into its opposite characteristic.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/3/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 187

laitman_559Question: The recognition of evil in me is the recognition of my egoism. The recognition of something can happen only by our recognition of the differences; how black I can perceive black depends on if there is at least a bit of white in the background.

We can begin to be aware of, to know, and to perceive the Creator, that is, the attribute of bestowal, only if we recognize and are aware of the evil in us. Otherwise we will not be able to perceive and to recognize the attribute of bestowal.

But how can we recognize and perceive the evil in us (our egoism) if all that is in us, all that we perceive in this world, is egoism and nothing else? Please explain, how do you suggest that we recognize our egoism?

If we can recognize and perceive the evil in us, we will be able to justify the Creator with our heart. Otherwise it doesn’t happen and there is only an imaginary movement forward.

Answer: This is actually why we need the upper Light (the Surrounding Light)!
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627.2Question: In a post “My Thoughts on Twitter, 7/31/17,” you wrote: “To #love truly means not to provide the beloved with all their needs, but connect them to the ‘channel of abundance’.” Please explain: what is this channel of abundance and how can one connect to it?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that it is possible to attain spirituality only through everyone because we are a single system of interconnected souls in which each one can be fulfilled only through what others transmit to him.

Question: Why is it that with every new ascent, there is a renewed interest in analyzing my previous states?

Answer: That is because the future is specifically built on them.
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