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Reincarnation In Spiritual Space

laitman_622.01Question: Is there reincarnation from Kabbalah’s point of view? And if so, what for?

Answer: From the point of view of Kabbalah, there is reincarnation, which is called Gilgulim, that is, circuits. These circuits, however, are not our lives, not the return to our world, that is, death and rebirth. They are the circuits in the spiritual space if we achieve it.

Our world has absolutely no circuits. The person who lives in his ordinary life just dies, that is, his animal life ends here. From this point of view, there is nothing in a person. There is a potential embryo of the soul that he did not realize, but it has nothing to do with the material body.

Question: But didn’t you say that reincarnation is a cycle of souls?

Answer: For this, you must attain the soul, and then you will participate in its circuits. But this does not depend on the life of the material body.

Question: Does that mean it can happen instantly, and then again after a few moments?

Answer: Not even instantly; it happens on a different time axis.

Question: What is reincarnation then? Is it an appearance of another desire?

Answer: Yes. Desires are constantly changing. My teacher wrote a few excellent articles on this subject. You can read them. The intention of the desire changes. The higher the intention, the more it is for bestowal, the higher the person. Changing one’s intention from small to large leads to such circuits.
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From TV program “News with Michael Laitman” 6/20/18

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Why Does The Creator Need Contentment?

laitman_600.01Question from Facebook: Why does the Creator need contentment? Isn’t He self-sufficient?

Answer: The same can be said about parents and children. You are connected with your children, you gave birth to them, they are very important to you. This is natural and it comes to us from the Creator in accordance with His attitude toward us.

Question: But isn’t our task to return this, to give Him contentment?

Answer: If a child correctly understands how to treat his or her parents, then he must act so that the parents will receive pleasure from him. And then he certainly will not be mistaken, because he otherwise will not have guidelines in this life. Therefore, setting himself up to give pleasure to his parents, he will always act in the most optimal way for himself.

And so are we with the Creator: giving Him contentment is a guideline to do the right thing for ourselves.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/5/18

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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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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 1/21/18, Part 1

laitman_627.1Question: In the Hebrew language, there are different words for the Creator; what does the most common word for the Creator “Bore” mean according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer:  Bore is the Creator. The meaning of the word “Creator” is a generator. The concept of the “Creator” refers to all of creation and the word “generator” is used in relation to something in particular.

Question: According to you, the words “Creator” and “Nature” have the same meaning. Is it possible to say that the word “Creator” and the word “truth” possess the same meaning such that the truth corrects the soul and helps a person to become a partner with the generator?

Answer: Right.

Question: Why is the feeling of the Creator accompanied by an increased presence of sexual energy? Does this energy exist in everything?

Answer: Yes. When a person advances toward the Creator, toward bestowal through Kabbalistic closeness with the friends, an increased sexual desire simultaneously appears within him, which is a person’s basic desire. This is written about in Kabbalistic books.

Question: It is said that the Creator created us “in His image and likeness.” What is an image and a likeness?

Answer: The Creator created a desire to receive that was created with a tendency toward bestowal and love. Afterward, this desire “fell” from this state to the opposite state, to reception and hatred.

Question: Is humanity unconsciously in adhesion with the Creator?

Answer: Humanity is in full adhesion with the Creator but doesn’t feel it. Our task is to achieve a real feeling of the Creator, and to do this we must use the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Question: What is a “Minyan”?

Answer: A “Minyan” is a system for the unification of people who are divided into tens. It is derived from the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Question: Is there something that the Creator cannot do?

Answer: It is impossible to speak about the Creator like that, because He is a constant force. The Creator is the permanent characteristic of goodness and absolute bestowal.

Question: Is it possible to say that all of a person’s emotions are the Creator but in a hidden form?

Answer: Yes.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/21/18

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Can Betrayal Be Justified?

Laitman_002Question from Facebook: I cannot forgive betrayal. In my mind I understand that a person was put into a difficult situation, but we grew up together, went through thick and thin, and he betrayed me. My stomach turned inside out. What can I do about it?

Answer: It says not to judge until you are in a person’s particular state. You have to move into him, transfer into him with all his internal qualities, into the state he was in. Then you will see whether or not he could have acted differently.

You would see that if you were in an identical situation, being exactly like him, you would have acted the same way. And what would have been the difference between the two of you if you assumed all of it, his qualities and his circumstance? Clearly there would be no difference. Therefore we cannot reproach or despise anyone for anything. I would even say, or love.

Question: Then, it is not clear what “betrayal” means? Is there such a concept?

Answer: No. It only seems to us that a person is betraying—in my egoism I expected a different behavior from him.

Question: Then everything depends only on whether I can truly assume the situation he was faced with?

Answer: Of course. We are biological elements, and everything inside us dictates our actions.

Question: So, is a person that weak?

Answer: A person is not weak, he simply does not exist. He does not exist! He is nobody. He has no ability to control himself. It is only an illusion that constantly “spins” us and seemingly grants us freewill.

Question: Let’s say there is a person who is close to you. How do you relate to him? Can you forgive him for anything?

Answer: I take it as it is. Regarding anyone, close or distant. I am not impressed, annoyed, nor surprised by any relationships people have. I do not fixate on anyone, do not expect anything from anyone other than the Creator. Then I can orient myself somehow toward a certain communication from Him, toward bestowal.

Question: From a person?

Answer: From the Creator through a person. There is no other way. That is, discussing a person doing anything by himself or acting a certain way is wrong, it is incorrect, and we should not attribute or impose some conscious form of behavior on a person. It is not him!

Question: Do you work with the Creator through a person all the time?

Answer: Is there any other way? Of course. The way the Creator controls him, the way He leads him is the way I perceive this person. And such is the relationship of the Creator toward me.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 6/5/18

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How Do I Live If I Do Not Believe Anyone?

laitman_961.2Question from Facebook: How do I live if I don’t believe anyone?

Answer: You don’t have to believe anyone. The fact is that we are all puppets, the whole world is a theater. And the director, producer, writer, the one who controls everything, the king (as we call Him), that is, having absolute power, is the Creator.

Therefore, we should only deal with Him. All others have no freewill, nothing. Our freewill is only so we can properly bring ourselves closer to the Creator. But, in principle, He is the one who does and operates everything, and there is nothing else that could possibly happen without Him. It is one power that holds onto itself, permeates the entire universe, and controls everything.

I think that it is time for people to start becoming aware of the system we live in—that only one power exists in it and it leads us to a specific goal, along a specific path.

If we imagine this path and this goal within ourselves and want it to be realized, then we are in a positive connection with the Creator, and then we enjoy all this, and that is how it will be. But if we do not, then we’ll be worse off. That is our entire fate.

Question: Then why does He lead us through this “I believe—I don’t believe”?

Answer: He is leading us toward absolute unity so that we are completely united, and then He will be revealed in us—from the hidden, He will become apparent.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 2/11/18, Part 2

281.01Question: How is it possible to stop constantly analyzing my actions?

Answer: Why would you? Constant analysis is imperative. We must, however, connect all of our actions to the Creator: His to me and mine to His, and thus we work in two lines.

Question: How do we develop the ability to react differently and not automatically in an egoistic, beastly way?

Answer: When you act consciously, not automatically, you become spiritual, then you will give a spiritual reaction. Until then, you will be who you are. Don’t expect to be able to control yourself. The Creator controls everything.

Question: What does “Jerusalem” (Yeru Shalayim), which translates to Yira’a Shlema – perfect/complete awe/fear/trepidation mean?

Answer: This is the characteristic of Bina that attains the level of Keter.

Question: What is the most common mistake in the process of self-discovery?

Answer: A person only knows himself when he knows the Creator, and understanding the Creator, he works on self-reflection. Therefore, a person is called Adam, from the word “Domeh” (similar). That is, the degree in which one resembles the Creator, one discovers the Creator, I see myself within the Creator and see myself as in a mirror.

Question: How many years of inner work are required on average to pass through the Machsom (barrier)?

Answer: The years don’t matter, although in the Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot, Baal HaSulam wrote that it requires at least five years. However, I think that even with all our efforts, it can’t take less than 10-15 years. This is an inner correction of many properties in a person.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/11/18

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Laitman_013.07Question: A person who reaches the highest level is a person who is completely corrected. What is his task and his relationship to people in everyday life?

Answer: It is to show people the possibility of spiritual correction. There is no other task for a person in our world except bringing the entire world to this state.

Question: A higher radiance operates on the reader when reading a book of Kabbalah. Is this enough in order to move from beastly love to spiritual love, to the attainment of the characteristics of the Creator?

Answer: It is not enough. You must perform what the Kabbalists write in their recommendations for working with the group. No matter how difficult it is to interact with others, it is still necessary.

Question: What in Kabbalah can be attributed to a person’s self-knoweldge if, as I understand, a person himself does not exist?

Answer: A created being reveals the human – Adam (similar to the Creator). To the degree that he discovers this similarity within himself, he is called a human (Adam).

Question: What determines the attainment of the nearest spiritual point?

Answer: Connection with my friends and then attraction of the upper Light. This makes it possible for me to ascend.

Question: What is the “inner voice” that seems to advise each one of us? Or is this intuition?

Answer: This is intuition that has no relevance to the Creator or the soul. Don’t think that the soul speaks within you.

Question: Is it possible to discover my mission in life?

Answer: The mission of life is to “break” yourself.

Question: How can a woman become like Malchut?

Answer: Just like a man can, only through promoting unity. Malchut is part of the Partzuf, the soul, which unites everything.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/11/18

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281.01Question: If a woman has her own picture of the world, is the meaning of life also slightly different for her?

Answer: A woman wants to have a family, to organize herself, her children; that is how she feels realized.

Question: In the wisdom of Kabbalah is there a difference between the meaning of life and the purpose of life?

Answer: The meaning of life is in the achievement of adhesion with the Creator and the purpose of life is to bring all of humanity to this.

Question: Why are there contradictions on the level of our world that are unresolved? Are these obstacles that the Creator has set up on every level in the world?

Answer: Certainly. It is impossible to solve problems at their own level, in our world. To solve problems, it is necessary to ascend to the next level where they all come from. Therefore, our world always only discovers its own failure.

Question: Why has the Creator given people the possibility to feel each other and help each other if there is no higher meaning in it?

Answer: There is a higher meaning in it! Through these problems, lack of understanding, collision, and more and more dependence on each other in our global world, we are gradually reaching the need to connect together into a single whole. Then, within this single whole we will discover the singular upper force that created us as a single system, as a single person.

Question: Was there more suffering a few thousand years ago or were people less sensitive?

Answer: It could be that masses of people suffered more, but they felt it less.

Question: Was a primitive person happier throughout history?

Answer: Yes, everything that he had was from nature and it was good for him.

Question: Does the process of attaining the meaning of life depend upon knowing the laws according to which the world was created by the Creator?

Answer: Certainly. In principle, we learn all of these laws through the unity between us. So we don’t need to desire unique knowledge. All that is necessary is seen and learned through experience.

Question: Throughout the life of a person there is suffering. Does this mean that the meaning of life can be summed up as adhesion with the Creator, is this liberation from suffering?

Answer: Even liberation from suffering is included in the meaning of life, even though this is not its meaning. That is because attainment of the Creator is accompanied by tremendous happiness and joy, a feeling of eternity and wholeness. But these are all secondary feelings.
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From a Kabbalah lesson in Russian 1/28/18

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laitman_560Question: How is it possible to learn to approach or feel the intentions of the Creator in relation to me, to comply with His plans and not contradict them?

Answer: Only through the group.

Question: Why did the Creator create the created being? Why did He have a need for this?

Answer: The Creator wanted to give pleasure to the created being. We cannot understand this yet because we exist within the framework of time. But after entering the ladder of spiritual attainment, this will begin to be revealed to us.

Question: What exercises must a person perform to achieve the Creator’s form?

Answer: It is up to a person to dissolve into the right group by learning and carrying out the principles described in the articles of Rabash.

Question: Is the middle line the soul, the Creator Himself?

Answer: The middle line is what we attain through the correct unity of the right and the left lines, and the Creator is revealed within it.

Question: What is the Light? How is it revealed?

Answer: The Light is the characteristic of bestowal and love that fills our desire, and to this degree we feel the Creator.

Question: Are the higher power and the Light the same thing?

Answer: Yes. The higher power, the characteristic of bestowal, and the Light are the same thing.

Question: Do you raise our questions to the Creator so that He will answer them, as Baal HaSulam did with his students?

Answer: Absolutely. You can be sure that all of your requests and questions reach the Creator but in another form, not according to how you ask them. That is because there are many questions here that are personal and egoistic, that are not worthwhile for turning to the Creator in such a form; but in any case, everything is transferred.
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian 1/21/18

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