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Who Can Consider Himself A Kabbalist?

laitman_243_01Question: I have undergone a transformation and I consider myself a Kabbalist. Is that possible?

Answer: First, one must determine and define who is a Kabbalist.

A Kabbalist is a person who is connected to a group of Kabbalists and who in the connection with his friends, discovers the Creator. The mutual attainment of the Creator in the group enables him to be a Kabbalist who receives the revelation of the upper force.

If you have undergone a certain personal experience, I must tell you that unfortunately it is only an illusion and a misconception.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16

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Violence In Spirituality

laitman_622_01Torah, Deuteronomy 22:25: But if a man finds the betrothed girl in the field, and the man overpowers her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die.

Question: What does violence mean in spirituality?

Answer: Violence is the disparity of a desire and a Masach (screen). This shouldn’t be done. However, on the other hand, there are such desires that can’t be corrected any other way. We see such examples even in our world among animals and humans. This is a consequence of spiritual behavior.

This is a very complex system of behavior in our world between a man and a woman that obviously originates from the spiritual states of the Masach and desire.

On one hand, a woman consciously or subconsciously provokes a man, meaning she attracts him, even to the point that he could rape her. In our world, she can be, in part, psychologically unaware of it, but in the spiritual world, this is so. Therefore, we must understand that all of this is a very complicated system.

When we begin to unveil our desires and think about how to correct them, we are amazed that it is precisely due to the fact that we live in our illusory world that we receive through it the ability to describe spiritual states. After all, there is no language in the spiritual world and there are no separate objects such as man, woman, field, city, and so on.

It would be very difficult to describe all of this if the Kabbalists didn’t use the language of branches. Therefore, in our world, it is possible to depict everything so beautifully and in such detail that there are words for everything, for example: “A man finds the betrothed girl in the field and the man overpowers her.”

It means that the Torah uses thousands of didffernt words that describe such a state in detail, and if we describe this in a Kabbalistic language, then it speaks about the way the Masach interacts with desire, how they approach each other, meet in the field, that is, outside of the influence of all of the others, since no one has the opportunity to influence and limit them.

The Masach tries by all means to perform a correction, even over a desire that is unsuitable for it. In principle, this is an incorrect action, but the desire can be corrected this way.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/10/16

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“You Shall Make A Guard Rail For Your Roof”

laitman_232_06Torah, Deuteronomy 22:08: When you build a new house, you shall make a guard rail for your roof, so that you shall not cause blood [to be spilled] in your house, that the one who falls should fall from it [the roof].

The roof of the house is a screen through which we come in contact with the Creator. Therefore, it is necessary to make sure that no one can use it to harm himself.

This rule also comes from the fact that, firstly, the roof was once considered the safest place where one could hide from wild animals. Therefore, it served as a refuge for sleep.

Secondly, in the Mediterranean climate, the houses were very hot and people slept on the roofs in the cool. The law to create a fence (Maake) on the roofs comes precisely from this fact, and this direction must be strictly enforced.

Therefore, in Israel the roof of each house is fenced.

The inner meaning of this commandment is that in this way you must build your screen, like in a Sukkah (in a hut). Through it, the upper Light comes to you from above and your desires ascend.

Therefore, there should be a restriction on all impure desires in the screen so that no one can use it to harm. After all, if you use the screen for your own sake, it collapses and this is considered a descent.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 9/28/16

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How Do We Feel The Creator’s Revelation?

laitman_276_02Question: How is the revelation of the Creator felt? Is it in a couple or in a group?

Answer: The revelation of the Creator is felt in an absolutely private, individual way. It is never in a couple or in a group. It is the revelation of the relationship between a person and the Creator. A person’s relationship in a couple or a group are only the means for the revelation of the Creator to the individual.

Question: How can we describe the revelation of the Creator?

Answer: As an infinite, eternal sea of warm feelings.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16

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Controlling Our Feelings And Emotions

laitman_237Question: Is it important to learn to control one’s feelings and emotions in spirituality?

Answer: Controlling one’s feelings and emotions is a precondition to a person’s spiritual advancement, but it does not happen the way it does in our world. In the corporeal world, it seems to a person that he does everything by himself. The moment he begins to attain spiritual degrees, he sees that he cannot manage himself in any way.

The wisdom of Kabbalah immediately shows a person to what extent he is a “rag,” as my teacher used to say, and does not control himself. The only thing he can do is summon the upper Light with the help of a well-organized environment, which means to summon the special force that will change his desires.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

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To See A New World

laitman_928Torah, Deuteronomy 20:16 – 20:17: However, of these peoples’ cities, which the Lord, your God, gives you as an inheritance, you shall not allow any soul to live. Rather, you shall utterly destroy them: The Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivvites, and the Jebusites, as the Lord, your God, has commanded you.

A person is a small world, and everything that is written in the Torah speaks about his internal correction.

Therefore, while striving to unite in order to reveal the Creator, I conquer the rest of the nations and their cities, meaning opposite  desires, for the purpose of their further correction. I must correct all my egoistic qualities, my egoistic attitude toward others, hatred, envy, and so on.

The difference between how horrible they were before the correction and the way they became after it turns into a new sensory organ in which I begin to feel the new state that is called “my new world.” I begin to see the world differently than before, in the independent, corrected, and altruistic state, in the quality of bestowal and love.

Naturally, in doing so, I don’t leave any of my former desires and qualities that were filling me previously alive; I transform them into the opposite ones, into bestowal.

This means, “not to allow any soul to live.” Thus, Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivvites, and Jebusites are the key egoistic desires that exist in every person and they need to be corrected.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16

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The Future In Groups Of Ten

laitman_934Question: Can a husband and wife discover the presence of the upper force together like in a spiritual group of ten?

Answer: I don’t think that this is possible today because the world has reached a state where we need to work in groups of ten and show an example to everyone. Becoming an example will allow us to carry out an application for all the rest of the world through ourselves.

So today such things no longer work. I have not seen an example of a husband and wife who have revealed the presence of the higher power. But in the past, 2,500 years ago, even before the destruction of the Temple, this was the case.

Question: Does this mean that you believe that future development will be through groups of ten? Will the entire world be divided into small groups of people within which they will attain their soul?

Answer: Every person will be integrated into groups of ten. Groups of ten could be arbitrary or assigned this way today and tomorrow differently—just like everything changes in a person’s body and is constantly in motion.

Question: Does that mean that we are not talking about ten specific bodies?

Answer: No, not necessarily. In the meantime, this is how we are operating, and later we will see that the groups of ten can be arbitrary.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/30/16

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Living Within Your Limits

laitman_623Question from Facebook: You always say that a Kabbalist must limit himself to the necessary minimum. But the minimum is different for each one. How is it possible to determine the limit?

Answer: A person determines this limit himself by directing all his thoughts and characteristics to uniting with others and through them to unity with the Creator. At the same time, it is natural that the rest of the small desires, drives, and interests will be nullified.

Even though I consider myself to be a Kabbalist and am specifically involved with this most of the time, I must write and explain the wisdom of Kabbalah to people.

So, I listen to the news and watch popular scientific programs in order to conduct my lectures and talks on the basis of this.

Besides that, I love good jokes and stories because this shows how much the human intellect can turn everything around and discover the union of opposites. In principle, this is exactly what is found in a good joke.

Question: Are the minimum necessities a forced equality so everyone will be on the same level?

Answer: No. Not in any way. The main thing is for a person to find an important purpose in life and everything else he does will be subordinate to it. Everything else will be secondary. So everything will get along, becoming natural.

I learned this from my teacher. He loved walking in the park, eating well, going to the sauna, and swimming in the sea. But all this was so minor compared to his spiritual pursuits, with the height at which he was, this was perceived as concomitant.

A person must determine and define the goal precisely. Then the necessities will take care of themselves.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/30/17

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Becoming One

Unity, The Way To A Good FutureQuestion: What is the state in which people feel that they are one whole?

Answer: It is a feeling that cannot be compared to anything else. There are no such feelings in our world. By tearing myself from my egoism and gluing the altruistic part that is born in me to the other friends who have also inserted their altruistic part into the general system, we create a collection of such particles.

Suppose I insert Light into the general system and together with me so do each of the friends focus his bit of Light. Eventually we connect though our desires to ascend above ourselves and merge into altruistic forces. This mutual merging of altruistic forces is called the “soul.”

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The soul is one for all, and each one who joins the center of the ten begins to feel the general system called a soul through it.

Question: Is the energy, the force, that connects people fixed?

Answer: The system itself is fixed but our attitude toward it is not, because we are in perpetual motion in our attempt to attain it. In other words, the system is fixed, but we are constantly moving with regard to it in order to attain it more and more.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/30/16

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Law Of The Middle Line

laitman_600_01Torah, Deuteronomy 22:10 – 22:11: You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. You shall not wear a mixture of wool and linen together.

This is the law of the middle line.

The donkey and the ox symbolize the right and left lines that can’t be joined together. The donkey is kindness, and the ox is stubbornness (the left line).

The left line is egoistic desires, and the right line is the altruistic qualities that we receive from above. However, they should be correctly balanced in the middle line.

The same is true regarding the ban on wearing clothes from mixed fabric. You can’t mix wool and linen that symbolize the two lines, because by this you cause a “short circuit,” and everything you do this way won’t give any good result.
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