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The General And The Particular Are Equal

laitman_243.05Question: Baal HaSulam, in his article “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” writes that “the general and the particular are equal.” What does that mean?

Answer: The spiritual cannot be divided into parts and that is why any small part of the spiritual system has absolutely the same value as the entire system.

By removing even the smallest, microscopic particle from the system, we destroy it completely because each grain of the spiritual system exists in absolutely all of its parts! In this manner, the absence of a tiny particle carries with it the disruption of the correct functioning of the entire system.

From this comes the principle that the general and the particular are equal. In other words, if there is a small gap, an omission, a disturbance, or a breakdown, it manifests in the entire system!

Question: How is this principle applied in practice?

Answer: In spirituality we must always strive toward wholeness. The difference between the 125 levels lies in that we increasingly come to more completely encompassing our connection to the general system.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/26/17

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In The World Of Complicated Relationships

Laitman_065Question: Why is it that in our world people that are not similar, but are opposite, while complementary to each other, unite?

Answer: The thing is that we are very confused in our world, so it is hard to tell how exactly we unite: in likeliness or not. It depends on which qualities keep us connected with each other.

When I aim to reach the highest spiritual goal, our animal qualities lose their importance to me.

I do not pay attention to the qualities that are opposite of mine in my friend, but treat them as necessary for my internal work, for overcoming various antagonisms and problems between us. I care about the intent toward the main goal.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/26/17

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Without Knowing The Past, We Will Not Attain The Future

laitman_243.07Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation, “Introduction to the Writings of the Last Generation”: Man’s advantage over it is that the spirit of man ascends into the past, and looks into the past as one looks in the mirror and sees one’s flaws so as to correct them. Similarly, the mind sees what it has been through, and corrects its future conducts.

“The spirit of man ascends into the past”—to that force that has created him.

First of all, a person wants to know: “Where did I come from?” And then: “Where am I headed to?” But he cannot ask, “Where am I going to?” If he does not know his beginning, he will not know his end. That is why he looks to the past, wanting to reach the source, the Light, that has created him. Because the question “Who am I?” is a question about the source of man: “Who created me, who controls me, who decides?” And if he becomes aware of the source and studies it, then he attains his future.

“He looks into the past as one looks in the mirror and sees one’s flaws so as to correct them”—flaws that are purposely created in him by the source so that he would come to the awareness and attainment of Him: from darkness into Light—and in this manner to attain the future. And the future exists in the connection with that same source.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 9/11/17

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 11/19/17

laitman_560Question: Are there any objects in creation in relation to which the Creator ceases to act and they have no opportunity to know Him?

Answer: Every person has the possibility of attaining the Creator. It is only objects on the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature that are not prepared to do this.

Question: If the Creator is responsible for my corruption, why does the good and benevolent Creator compel me to develop through evil when He gives me the feelings of suffering?

Answer: It is in order for you to transcend the evil that was created in you initially and to attain the absolute good.

Question: You say that love is about caring for others more than for myself. How should I take care of myself in order to maintain balance? After all, isn’t the principle of love in Kabbalah that I must love myself, others, and the Creator equally?

Answer: I could say that I love myself and that is why I want to take myself out of the servitude to the ego and achieve a full resemblance to the Creator. In principle, this is actually very great self-love. But at the same time, I suppress my egoism with all my might.

Question: Does a Kabbalist understand how the Creator acts through him or does he only feel the action of the Creator?

Answer: A Kabbalist feels the Creator’s actions, and through this feeling he understands Him. The feeling comes first and then the understanding.

Question: Is it worth learning the principles of Kabbalah by heart in Hebrew? Or is it enough to know them in English?

Answer: It is possible in English, but it is desirable to know them in Hebrew so that it will be clear where they come from and specifically why they were called this because the Hebrew language is derived from Kabbalah.

Question: What has happened to a person who has felt the friends and their spiritual state, has heard their thoughts, and then this stops? Where has all of this gone? After all, nothing disappears. Has the vessel expanded?

Answer: Certainly. Egoism grew and everything that existed before, everything that connected him with his friends, has disappeared in the growing egoism. But he must go on because now he will reach a feeling of the friends on a larger scale.

Question: If I am not the Creator, how can I fully be like Him? Would I cease being a creature?

Answer: No. It is specifically in that you are fully like the Creator that you become a creature. So, a person who resembles the Creator is called “Adam,” from the word “Adameh,” similar to the Creator. That is what they called the first Kabbalist who became similar to the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/19/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 223

laitman_560Question: A super effort is a plea and a request to the Creator in a state when I am feeling the utmost greatness of the Creator. It can only be through great effort and only for a few seconds. Then the effort evaporates, and a preparation for a new drop of effort is required again.

This is especially prominent during a group reading of The Book of Zohar. I have heard that a student of a great Rav could reach effort like this up to 300 times during a reading of The Book of Zohar. This is not easy; it requires special intention, an environment, self-development, a special state, and so on. Does an effort like this require previous preparation?

Answer: The ability to implement an effort like this is acquired only after many years of study in a group.

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Why Is There No Coercion In Spirituality?

laitman_622.01Question: If the material world exists under the control of the spiritual and its laws, then why is there no coercion in spirituality, but it is there in corporeality?

Answer: In spirituality, it is impossible to force anyone because we have no means of influencing egoism in such a way so that it refuses to receive pleasure and starts to desire its own correction.

Only the Creator acts this way. This is called the path of suffering. But through this human suffering—wars, problems, all kinds of diseases, etc.—there is a simultaneous spiritual effect on people.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 11/19/17

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Ten Sefirot And Not Less

laitman_231.04We are not capable of feeling less than ten Sefirot in spirituality because ten is the threshold of our sensation. After the first nine attributes, we begin to feel ourselves existing, receiving, understanding, and feeling. And not before that.

It is like a ray of light that has not yet reached the brain through all the channels so that the brain would begin to react and draw for us a picture of what is happening.

Perhaps a signal has already entered the brain, but it has not reached me yet and I do not understand, do not feel, and do not react. Or if I do not hear well and have not heard the sound and the sound is already being made, it is making its way into my ears. This is called the first nine Sefirot.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/27/18, Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 2

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The Main Kabbalistic Principle

laitman_219.01The main Kabbalistic principle is “There is none else besides Him.” It remains the recurring theme of spiritual development, which is built on the revelation of the Creator.

The Creator is revealed as the only one existing, governing, and determining. He is in constant communication with us, sending us all kinds of thoughts and desires that seem to arise in us from nowhere: Suddenly I want something, a thought suddenly pops up and I do not understand where it comes from.

Therefore, our very first task is to begin to focus on the fact that “There is none else besides Him,” which is the source of everything that happens to me and inside me.

Secondly, this principle means that what I do is practically done by the Creator.

Thirdly, if I think that I act by myself, then I am mistaken. But there are such states when I can ask the Creator to let me act. If these actions are directed against my nature, against my ego, then I ask Him to replace them with others.

It is my request, and not the action itself, which in any case comes from Him under the influence of the upper Light, which can arise with the proper processing of my interaction with the environment.

It turns out that all my feelings and everything that seems to come from me, in fact, comes from the Creator, although this is hidden from me.

I can, however, connect with my environment and receive from it such positive and negative excitations in thoughts and feelings, in which I myself will start to generate something in addition to what the Creator does through me. And then these actions will be mine. In these actions, thoughts, and desires, I will be me.

What does “me” mean? When does a human being (Adam) appear? It happens when he begins to interact with his environment such that he gets from it the opportunity to work despite the Creator, against the Creator. Then he gains power and acts. This is called “My sons defeated Me.”

Question: How should I relate the current life process to the principle “There is none else besides Him”?

Answer: In order to do this, you must seriously engage in Kabbalah because only Kabbalah realizes the principle “There is none else besides Him” in all the worlds.

Light governs all the worlds, the person, and humanity, causing all our actions, questions, etc. Therefore, the entire wisdom of Kabbalah fits practically into one principle—the conclusion that there is no one else but the only unified force of nature.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/19/17

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Union For The Sake Of Birth Of The Soul

laitman_938.05The whole of reality is created as a result of the spreading of Light that created desire “out of nothing” and then developed it. Starting from the Big Bang, the desire increasingly coarsened, and so waves, gases, and inanimate matter were created.

Then on Earth appeared plants, animals, and man, who undergoes many stages of development until he reaches similarity to the Creator.

It is interesting that the Light and the desire are imprinted in the creature as two kinds: male and female. Male and female qualities, following the example of two spiritual Partzufim: Aba (father) and Ima (mother), Hassadim and Hochma, connect with each other and give birth to a new generation of masculine or feminine.

Connection between a man and a woman is special, because on one hand they are opposite to each other, but on the other hand, they feel that they have a common goal. The common spiritual goal unites them so much that they act together and give birth to offspring. From this, it is clear where the concept of family comes from and the natural desire to live as a couple, to give birth, and to grow its own continuation.

We all are one family. Not only grandfather and grandmother, father and mother, and children, and so on from generation to generation, but all men and all women in general are one family, descendants of Adam and Eve. There is a big difference between spiritual men and women.

The result of our connection with each other, a child that we can give birth to, is called “a soul.” When we present this connection to the Creator, He gives a spirit of life to it. In this soul, in the correct connection between us, we reach adhesion with the Creator, as it is written, “Man, woman, and Shechina (Divinity) between them.”

The main thing is to know that our connection with each other must be for the sake of building a soul. This means that without friends, I cannot obtain a soul.

If I connect with my friend through my desire to receive, then the desire to bestow is participating from his side, and vice versa—if from his side, the desire to receive, then from my side, the desire to bestow. We always act between each other as Zahar (masculine quality) and Nekeva (feminine quality) that exist in any creature.

Most importantly, a connection between us should be organized, and as a result, it should give birth to the soul. I always expect this from a friend and I myself respond in the same way. With each contact, conversation, or any joint work, we construct our souls at every moment, that is, a place for revealing the Creator, so that the upper Light will fill our communicating common desires.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/19/18, Preparation for the World Convention 2018

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The Whole World is Egypt

Laitman_182.02Our whole world, our whole life, is Egypt, the place of exile. We were born here and grew up feeling ourselves in a wrong reality, very remote from the power of bestowal, love, self-sacrifice, unity, that is, the properties of the Creator.

The study of the wisdom of Kabbalah is meant to set us on an increasingly correct vision of the world so that we can see that there is only one person in the world.

Everyone must see himself as this only person. If he incorporates all humanity into himself, thanks to unity and love and various corrections that he must perform in himself, he will really see only one person existing in the world.

In the meantime, we discover a multitude of forces in the world contradicting and opposing each other. We need to attach all of them to one source, to one desire, to one force beside which there is nothing. In this way, we will gradually come to the conclusion that only self-annulment is the sole action that we have to do at every moment of time, abolishing all the forces that come from me, from others, from everybody else, so that only one upper force that completely dominates over everything remains.

This is the state that puts us in front of the Creator, to His side, to adhere to Him, and to be included in Him.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/27/18, Writings of Rabash

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