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I Fill Your Souls

laitman_938_04Question: Can a teacher identify which of his students will stay or leave?

Answer: No, it is impossible to know this from the start, and it doesn’t matter because the soul is eternal and immortal.

While you are studying, I fill your souls, prepare them for independent spiritual work, and I have enough energy because as far as it seems, I am the only person in the world who is working on the immortality of the soul.

I am saying this completely seriously! My material is you, meaning your desires, which I bring closer to the state of “soul,” the characteristic of bestowal.

My labor doesn’t disappear. It gives me energy because otherwise I would be disappointed. Thousands of students have passed my way, but I am not sorry and I don’t place an obstacle in front of a student who wants to leave. As long as he is here, I influence him; after he leaves, this influence temporarily stops, but it will come back in the future to one of my students.

Question: Do you enjoy teaching? Do you expect results from the lesson?

Answer: The lesson is the result. This is the most rewarding work and the payoff is immediate.

Question: If so, could you teach 24 hours per day?

Answer: Were it not for physical limitations, I could.
[200405]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

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You Shall Set Up Judges For Yourself

laitman_571_08Torah, Deuteronomy 16:18: You shall set up judges and law enforcement officials for yourself in all your cities that the Lord, your God, is giving you, for your tribes, and they shall judge the people [with] righteous judgment.

Question: What is the role of the overseers?

Answer: The entire Torah speaks about the way to rise above our egoistic nature and to become an altruist with love of the creatures and through them with love of the Creator.

If I want to change, I need overseers, assistants, and teachers who would help me to rise above myself.

The judges, help, persuade, and pressure me; that is, they do everything they can because I have become my own enemy since egoism begins to manifest within me and I relate to it as an enemy. In order to cope with it, I need a powerful environment.

Therefore, it is written: set up judges, overseers, and helpers for yourself at all the gates through which you enter and exit, ascend to the Creator and descend from Him, by the degrees of the spiritual ladder according to the level of bestowal, love of others, and so on. You must regulate all of it and hold it in your hands.

Comment: This contradicts material logic that you personally set up supervisors for yourself and they are not placed above you by someone else!

Answer: The fact is that this is a voluntary path where a person builds himself. Of course, he asks for help from above, turns to the Creator, the positive force of nature, because he himself is totally negative, but he does this independently.

If he understands that everything depends on the correct environment, then he needs to build the environment himself. He does it with the help of the upper force, but through his efforts, understanding, and prayer.

The gates that “the Lord, your God, is giving you” is the level of entry and exit: whether you fit the level of bestowal, love, and connection and to what extent you advance in being similar to the Creator. This is your idea, your goal, and your star. This is how you should move forward.
[199736]
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/24/16

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One Desire, Different Intentions

Laitman_632_3Torah, Deuteronomy 19:11 – 19:13: But if a man hates his fellow, lies in wait for him, rises up against him, and strikes him mortally, and he flees to one of these cities, the elders of his city shall send and take him from there and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of the blood that he may die. And you shall not pity him, but you shall abolish [the shedding of] the blood of the innocent from Israel, and it will be good for you.

If a person’s desires are revealed on the level of intentional egoistic actions when he wants to harm and even to murder some desire, he needs a completely different correction than when he uses the anti-spiritual desire unintentionally.

We are not talking about the desire, but about the intention with which the desire is used. If any of the intentions on the desires of a person operate this way, then this intention must be killed, i.e., eradicated from the incorrect manifestation of its activities. This is its correction.

If the anti-spiritual desire was unintentional, then it had no intention. Then a person should attach a correct intention for bestowal, love, and connection to it.

If this desire is egoistic with a coarse intention for yourself, you need to kill this desire first and only then “give birth” to a new intention. It is written in the Torah that it must be done by the judges. You have no right to kill anything and anyone, neither desire, nor intention. A desire can’t be killed at all, only an intention, and it works only through the judges.

In other words, you need to create a system of judges within you and through it judge yourself and then decide which desires with the intention for your own sake should die, meaning must be eradicated, and which desires are just neutral, without anti-altruistic intention.

Desires with the neutral intention should be corrected and desires with the egoistic intention need to first be destroyed and then a correct one added. 

This is called a revival of the dead souls. Moreover, this action can happen within a person at any degree and not necessarily in what is called the end of days.

When we concentrate on the correct attitude toward everything and understand that these are just egoistic desires that should be turned into altruistic ones by changing the intention from for my own sake to for the sake of others, then we don’t have any problems at all. We just want to know how we can change the intention, and the desires remain unchanged.

They should manifest in us according to the ability to restore the correct intention on them, and therefore these desires are hidden. However, once we receive the ability to change the intention from reception to bestowal, they are revealed gradually. The question is only how we connect to the source of the force that corrects our intentions.

Question: Does it mean that the correction of the intention still comes from the Creator? Can’t I correct it myself?

Answer: No, our goal is to raise a request to become altruists so for each desire instead of the intention for my own sake, we would have the intention for the sake of others and through them for the Creator. After all, the Creator is a collection of everything that is outside of me. Such is our work.
[201440]
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/7/16

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Why Do We Need Negative Emotions?

laitman_253Question: What is the need for emotions like rage, anger, fear, etc.?

Answer: That all will be attributed to the Creator only, the sole source of our positive and negative emotions.

Question: What is the connection between attracting the Light and attributing everything to the Creator, are these two different actions?

Answer: No its the same thing. The wisdom of Kabbalah was given to humanity to correct itself, its fate, and to attain the level of the Creator. This can be done only through independent actions. So to the degree that a person makes an effort to change himself, his efforts become empty spaces that are filled with Light.

A person must attribute everything that he experiences to the higher source. Everything comes from there. All suffering, feelings, confusion, fear, anxiety, jealousy, and the other “negative” emotions are sent to you by the Creator only so that you will transcend them, attribute them to the Creator, and demand to be changed from Him.

If a person carries out such actions, he begins to feel the positive force that intentionally stimulates negative emotions in him so that he will transcend them. This is called going above reason.
[201390]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

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How Is The Upper World Attained?

laitman_942Question: How is the upper world attained?

Answer: When ten people nullify themselves relative to each other and they do this together relative to the Creator by wanting to attract Him as Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) to correct them, that is how they create the characteristic of the Creator among them.

Through this action they create a Kli, which is a sensory device for attaining the next level. In this single desire they feel the Creator. After that, by uniting more and more deeply, they discover the Creator more and more.
[201402]

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What Does The Torah Tells Us?

laitman_527_07It is impossible to understand the text of the Torah directly. Therefore, religions and all their distortions appeared from its misinterpretation, and they make us think we should fulfill its precepts in our corporeal lives.

And the Torah says that the group created by Abraham went down to Egypt; that is, they began to feel greater egoism.

Then they decided to exit the egoism, rise above it, which is called the exodus from Egypt. They are ready to connect among themselves to rise above their egoism, in other words, they accept the condition of mutual guarantee.

However, in order to fulfill this condition and begin to correct the egoism by realizing it in the direction of bestowal and love, we still need the upper force called the Torah, which means Light. And they receive it. The Light should enter their egoistic desires and therefore, they inevitably build the golden calf.

Moses is the part that unites them, raises them above Mount Sinai, which means mountain of hatred. He splits this Light and it enters their desires called the golden calf, melts them, and receives the mixture of very strong mutual egoistic desires, inside which the Upper Light exists.

Now they can start working with this terrible mixture, gradually extracting the required parts from it and connecting them into the correct system.

This occurs when Moses comes down from Mount Sinai the second time with the new Tablets of the Covenant on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), ten days after Rosh HaShanah (New Year), that is, after the realization of the internal upheaval and the entrance of the completely different goals, thoughts, and forces for correction—the existence of a new system.

In other words, in ten days, meaning in ten Sefirot after Keter, they reach Malchut and completely attain the system where they exist. Therefore, on Yom Kippur they judge themselves, understanding what they need to do and deciding how to continue to exist. And the actual correction starts after the Day of Atonement.

The first Tablets of the Covenant are the solid Light of Hochma, the strongest Light, that eventually must fill all the desires and reach the state of the world of Infinity, endless fulfillment. They symbolize Tzimtzum Aleph (the First Restriction).

The second Tablets of the Covenant are built on the condition of Tzimtzum Bet (the Second Restriction) when we can completely, fearlessly, without making mistakes, correct ourselves because the Upper Light comes to us not with the same force as the first time, and we begin to feel what desires can be connected among themselves and how to correct ourselves properly.

In other words, the second Tablets symbolize the small state, during which we correct our nature through gradual actions. All the wandering in the desert speaks exactly about this path.
[200217]
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/31/16

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My Blessing Before The Upcoming Convention

laitman_938_03Studying and perceiving the wisdom of Kabbalah means to unite, because when we connect through our attributes, our desires, and our internal yearnings, each of us feels huge new capacities. This strength is not only in the mind or heart, but in our internal attainment of matter, of its internal feeling.

Therefore, try to be free so that you will be able to feel the need to connect with everyone who follows our way. It makes no difference how you perceive the friends as long as a yearning for them flows from you. Then you will begin to feel the next level of your spiritual development through them.

Let’s prepare for the convention in this way and we will succeed. I personally constantly work on it, and so before the convention I am always a bit confused internally. Then during the convention, I connect with everyone. Thus I have an opportunity to see our new level through you and you can see it together with me.

A revelation is an amazing wonderful sight!
[201454]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/4/16

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How Should One Respond To Evil?

laitman_565_01Question: How should a person who studies the wisdom of Kabbalah behave with people who do evil? Should he intervene and stop them?

Answer: Everything is given to man for him to see how the evil in our world is common and how it could be balanced with good. As a general rule, this doesn’t work directly. If you truly want to make a correction, you must participate in a group that is involved with connection between its members and thus attracts the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light). This Light creates the correct opposition to the forces of evil.

Question: How must a Kabbalist respond if he witnesses violence or fraud?

Answer: First of all, he must understand that this has been given to him for correction, and only if he develops the right intention can he act to change the situation. This is possible if a person clearly understands that everything comes from the Creator. The Creator is now showing this on the internal “screen” of a person, in the back of the brain, while the person doesn’t have to react to the apparent urge, but to the same reality that is portrayed by the higher forces.

With lies and fraud it is preferable not to do anything but try to correct this on your internal level. We must counter the egoistic force with the altruistic force. If this is found within you, then you will be able to help correct the situation. If not, nothing will succeed.
[199959]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/2/16

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How Does Faith Change A Person?

Laitman_712_03Question: What kind of qualitative change occurs in a person when he acquires the faith that Kabbalah speaks about?

Answer: To the degree that a person acquires faith, meaning that he acquires the characteristic of bestowal, he begins to feel a world that is hidden from him, the upper force that is concealed from him called the Creator. When a person acquires the characteristic of bestowal, he begins to feel that he exists in the space of the upper force and he departs from the frameworks of time, movement and location because in the upper world these limitations don’t exist.

Our worldly life can be called beastly because it exists on the levels of still, vegetative, and animate nature. The level of Adam—Man—is above this. So a person who wants to attain the upper world begins to feel his worldly life only as a support, as a condition for attaining the upper world. His worldly life could end at any moment, and what he attains in the upper world always remains with him, he exists within this and continues to ascend further in the levels of spiritual development.
[199946]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/25/16

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Fear Is A Lack Of Fulfillment

laitman_547_01Question: Fear is a very strong emotion. How can I cope with it?

Answer: By using the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light). All of our emotions are positive or negative fulfillments of our desires, and fear is a lack of fulfillment.

It is the fundamental component of our sense of life, the world, and it comes from empty desires. When we are fulfilled, fear disappears, and when we are empty, the feeling of worry and insecurity appears.

There are close to 800 kinds of fear in the world. It is a very serious feeling of empty desires, called a Kli (vessel).

It is possible to cure fear with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah, but to do this we must study it systematically and most importantly to study in a group! The empty desires will rapidly be filled then, and negative emotions will be replaced by positive ones.

So the most useful thing possible to hope for is working in a group since it is very difficult for a single person to achieve such a state. It is very easy to arouse the Ohr Makif in a group, and without a group, it is very difficult.
[200836]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

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