Entries in the 'Spiritual Work' Category

When Feelings Are Silent

laitman_939_02Question: From my experience, I can say that there are people who feel that when they unite at a convention, it is good for them; they really feel spiritual elevation. And there are those who do not feel anything at all.

In which cases should a person feel something if he has not yet developed altruistic characteristics? If a person is feeling with egoistic characteristics, it is not called unity. What would you advise those who do not feel anything?

Answer: It depends on the attitude of the person toward what is happening. Let him sit and cry about not feeling anything instead of flaunting the fact saying, “I don’t feel anything and I don’t care, you go ahead and worry.” It should be of great concern to him, because his whole life could continue like that, just as half his life has already passed, and what is the reason for it?

A person must yearn for the highest quality in our world and the upper world to be revealed to him, meaning the Creator, the power of nature, which holds all of creation within it and manages everything.

If I am a sociable person who loves the group, loves unity, then my connection with others is basically prosaic. It interests me to be together with everyone, I spin around, shout and dance; that is one thing.

But when I do all of this because I must discover the Creator, that is another matter. To do this, I am ready to act like a little child. I will do whatever they tell me, because I want to achieve my goal. Therefore, I will do everything in order to enrage my ego. Let the ego “provoke” me, and to spite it, I will step over it and move on.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/19/17

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Dreams In Kabbalah

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Does a dream have any place in Kabbalah? What kind of research is a prophetic dream?

Answer: There are no prophetic dreams in Kabbalah.

A dream in the material world is just a normal animalistic state of our body, reliving everything it went through during the day, and nothing else.

A dream in Kabbalah is an ascent of a Kabbalist to the next level of awareness, when it is not yet fully formed in him, and therefore is called a dream.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Torah – The System Of Connection Between Creator And Creation

laitman_549_01The Book of Zohar, “Lech Lecha”: How beloved is the Torah by the Creator, by which virtue the man is rewarded with life in the future world. And everyone who teaches the Torah to others is more important than everyone else.

The Torah is called the upper Light (Ohr), which acts on one who studies it in the right way, that is, wants to reach a higher level in the Torah than the one he is on now.

He wants to become more altruistic, giving, loving, more connected with others and supporting all. In other words, he wants to become like the Creator—kind, complete and bearer of good.

If a person strives so to change himself, then the upper Light, called the Torah, acts upon him and pushes him forward to this state. And then he feels that he is changing.

Of course, in these changes there are ups and downs, a change of all kinds of states, but from all of them, a person learns how much the Torah actually influences him and acts in him.

First of all, a person must acquire desires to bestow and faith above reason, and then he goes beyond the boundaries of this world. This world begins to dissipate like a mirage because it exists only in our egoistic imagination.

In Kabbalah, our world is called the “point of this world” because there is no other point in it. When we go beyond the boundaries of the egoistic point and expand, we begin to feel the abundance and significance of the Torah, adhering to its Tree of Life. And if not this, then we will remain in darkness, inside a tiny, black point.

The Torah is the Light of the world of Infinity, which according to the program of Creation (HaVaYaH) was divided into 620 Lights, whose purpose is to act on the corrupt desire and correct it. A person must correct his desire with the help of this Light, and on the other hand, he must himself awaken this Light.

He cannot change himself without the upper Light, but the Light must be attracted, and for this, too, the Torah is necessary. It turns out that the whole system connecting the Creation with the Creator and the Creator with the Creation is called the Torah.
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“You Shall Not Take A Widow’s Garment As Security”

Dr. Michael LaitmanTorah, Deuteronomy 24:17 – 24:18: You shall not pervert the judgment of a stranger or an orphan, and you shall not take a widow’s garment as security [for a loan]. You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt…

The widow’s garment remains with her from her previous husband. This is what she is attached to, although it has already come off from that soul, from the Partzuf, to which she belonged as a female part to a male part. It means that the garment that was left to her is part of the screen (Masach) that once was her husband.

After all, the soul consists of male and female part. The female part is a desire and the male part is an intention to bestow. If this intention to bestow disappears or dies, then only the female part remains that is called widow.

However, since she used to belong to the male part, there is a certain residual screen in her and therefore no one has a right to take it. Only if a next husband comes, he will change her garment. This is the whole system of interactions between the old and new intention on the old and new desire. All of it is the cycle of the souls.

Comment: You said once that if a woman had several men, then the genes of the previous men will be embedded in her child.

My Response: Indeed, if a woman had several men, then the genes of all previous men are manifested in her child. Therefore, it is so important that she is a virgin.

This was valued at all times, but today its value has already diminished, not because of debauchery and big egoism, but because the entire world comes this way to its convergence and rounding.

It’s not that egoism from within forces us to be so loose, but because of the purpose of creation. One of the reasons for this is that we must become fully included into each other and unite.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/31/16

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Change An Egoistic Sight

laitman_423_02The wisdom of Kabbalah says that we are born as egoists, separated, and solitary. Moreover, we treat each other egoistically. Each looks at others and sees them only through the sight of beneficial use.

We evaluate others by how much they can harm me or bring me some profit. And if they cannot, I do not notice them. This is called looking at others only through an egoistic sight.

Therefore, our work is to change the sight and see in what way I can give everything I have to everyone and become a conductor of the Creator.

In principle, I have nothing to give, but if I want to do so, I can immediately connect to the Creator. Then the Creator will work through me for the entire world. And the whole world, for which I will work, will be called my soul. This is an altruistic connection.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/19/16

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Everyone Is Responsible For Himself

laitman_566_01Torah, Deuteronomy 24:16: Fathers shall not be put to death because of sons, nor shall sons be put to death because of fathers; each man shall be put to death for his own transgression. 

The upper level is called father, the lower one is son. The upper cannot be completely responsible for the lower and vice versa. They have to adhere to certain types of connection in order to support each other, but can only be held accountable for the fulfillment of their own work.

Therefore, in a Kabbalistic group, as well as everywhere else, we stay in contact with each other, and each person has to understand the framework of his responsibility. Torah, on the one hand, talks of our complete unity with each other, and on the other hand, how we have to be responsible for ourselves.

I bear responsibility for helping my friends, but only answer for my own actions, and I have no right to delve into what is going on inside any of them.

I am obligated to put forth my share of the effort, support, and interaction because we are all small parts of one system. But I do not know how the next part will play out. I only answer for what I pass to it, but cannot assume another’s work. Everyone has his own freewill.

Question: How can I determine my particular part in the group?

Answer: You have to provide others with what they need for their normal functioning. Only this! That is why everyone remains free in their actualization and must give the others what he has to for their actualization.

There is a system of rules where parts of the integral system have to be connected to each other to satisfy the conditions of its proper functioning.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/31/16

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Congresses And Distances

Laitman_524_01Question: How should those who cannot come to a congress, relate to it? What specifically does their work consist of?

Answer: This is a big problem. There are many people from different regions who would like to come, but can not due to material reasons.

I can say only one thing: remain at your places, follow our congress, and be together with us as much as possible. And you will see that everything spiritual, in both us and you, simply transfuse like in one common vessel.

This relates to both physical and virtual groups. If possible, be connected to each other, organize meals together with us. Try to do everything the same as us.

Question: Do you think that more people will not be able to come to congresses in the future?

Answer: Yes, the world is moving downward. Let us hope that this movement will not put pressure on us in our daily life, but it will be more difficult to fly somewhere and participate in congresses.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/19/17

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Refrain From Vows

laitman_554Torah, Deuteronomy 23:22 – 23:23: When you make a vow to the Lord, your God, you shall not delay in paying it, for the Lord, your God, will demand it of you, and it will be [counted as] a sin for you. But if you shall refrain from making vows, you will have no sin.

If you really desire to be in touch with the Creator and understand that there is no one else besides Him, then you cannot promise anything in advance, you cannot count on your strength and vow that you will do it.

How can you rely on the next moment; what if suddenly egoism flares up in you? Then, what?

Question: In other words, I should not sign any alliances, no papers that say: “I will do it, I am confident in myself,” as this is a notorious loss?

Answer: Internally, within yourself – for sure! Only the Creator directs all that is in you. Union with the Creator can exist only if you completely dwell in His properties.

If “There is none else besides Him,” it cannot be otherwise. You simply understand that all your thoughts and actions will always depend only on Him a 100%, and no less.

Question: So, it is always saying: “If you insert the ‘I,’ you’re a loser”?

Answer: You can insert the “I” by annulling it completely. This becomes your alliance with the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/26/16

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Punishment For Bad Deeds

Laitman_002Question from Facebook: Does the Creator punish people for bad deeds?

Answer: The Creator doesn’t punish anyone. He only corrects.

There are no punishments in nature. According to the laws of the wisdom of Kabbalah, even in our world, punishments must be very limited. There is no prison, the death penalty can be decreed once every few decades, and even this is considered to be an exceptional event.

There are no punishments from above. There is intention and support when a person is being pushed from behind toward correct deeds. The mistake is his punishment.

In other words, punishment is a type of lesson: why you did that and what was bad about it so that you will learn for the future. But, just punishment as punishment for something that you did doesn’t exist.

There is no connection between what you did and what you got. Instead of what you did, you simply need to learn how to work correctly. Relearning is considered a punishment in our world.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/21/16

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The Power Of Unity

Unity, The Way To A Good FutureQuestion: What is the power of the miraculous attribute of unity?

Answer: The power of unity is derived from people rising above their ego. The idea is not unity itself. Rather, it is a person attaining it by rising above his ego, and in contrast to it, he connects his desire with the desires of others. With this single and unified desire that is created from unity above the ego, a person achieves the wonderful attribute of unity.

Nevertheless, a very strong tension is created between the egoistic characteristics that want to sever the connection between us and the altruistic characteristics that connect us above the ego. This potential difference between the plus and the minus creates a state called a spiritual Kli within which the Creator is revealed.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/19/17

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