Entries in the 'Spiritual Work' Category

The Field Of Life

742.03Rabash, “Love of Friends” (1984,#3): “And a certain man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, ‘What are you seeking?’ And he said, ‘I seek my brothers. Tell me, I pray you, where they are feeding the flock?’” (Genesis, 37).

Question: What does it mean: “He was wandering in the field?”

Answer: The field is the field of life and all the qualities that exist in a person are in it. Joseph is looking for precisely the ones that can aid him to correctly work with his egoism, with his nature, with Malchut, and reach the goal.

A person should constantly hold this image within himself and only slightly correct it and add to it, and by gradually correcting it, he should reach its final appearance.

Question: When does a person come to the state of seeking his brothers for the first time?

Answer: It is a very long way to truly begin to realize in the Light descending upon him that attainment of the Creator happens through one’s annulment to all the others, to the environment: the inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human—to everything.

When a person begins to understand that by annulling himself he reveals the Creator, then this state can be considered an entrance into Egypt. He then increasingly discovers how difficult this is, how much at each degree his egoism is revealed to him, and he must annul himself before it.

Only if he decides to annul himself before all his egoism, does he deserve an exit from Egypt, rise above the egoism, and receive a tool for correct work with it—the Light, the Torah.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 2/1/18

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Rise From Your Keter Into The Malchut Of The Upper

laitman_238.01The state of Malchut is whenI have nothing and Keter is when there is everything. To have everything in spirituality means to attain the ability to bestow to the Creator.

But suddenly from my Keter in which I had everything, from the attained level of bestowal, I fall into darkness; in other words, I think about myself, about the fact that I have nothing. I do not understand anything; I do not feel anything; I envy others and begin to despise them.

I feel completely worthless, a complete zero.

This is called the Malchut of the upper. I received an addition of uncorrected desire in which I sense the truth: who I really am. How can I get out of this state and go further, to the Keter of the upper?

First of all, I need to stop thinking about myself; this is called restriction. I do not care about everything that is in my own feelings; what matters is what happens to the group. It is like a mother for whom it is more important what happens to her infant than her own condition. That is, I must transfer the emphasis from myself to the group, and from the group to the Creator.

If I can rejoice that I can think about the group and the Creator from total darkness, it means that I have entered the spiritual space and am in faith above reason, in bestowal above my own desire to receive.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/6/18, Lesson on the Topic “From Helplessness to Crying Out to the Creator”

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The System Of Desires And Intentions

laitman_276.04Baal HaSulam, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence“: Thus, it has been made clear that the revelation of the Creator is not a one-time disclosure, but an ongoing matter that is revealed over a period of time, sufficient for the disclosure of all the great degrees that appear from Above downwards and from below Upwards. On top of them, and at the end of them, appears the Creator.

It is like a person proficient in all the countries and people in the world, who cannot say that the whole world has been revealed to him before he has completed his examination of the last person and the last country. Until one has achieved that, one has not attained the whole world.

There is an enormous system, a system of desires, and above them intentions that we need to develop, connect with each other, and form our soul from. The desires remain below and practically do not change. The intentions are most important. Their attitude to each other builds the soul between us, what we refer to as the “spiritual world.” The spiritual world is a world of intentions: my attitude to everyone else.

It is based on desires and, possibly, some actions. But that’s it for our world. When we begin to give preference to the intentions, all the actions of our world lose their vibrancy, might, and importance.

Question: Let’s suppose that I do something now, and I realize that I do it for myself. And Kabbalah tells me that I must overcome my will and do something for the sake of the other. Does that work?

Answer: It works, but only in the group. As a member of the group, I try to do everything I can in order for the group to advance successfully.

Question: But what if I don’t hold onto the right intention?

Answer: That doesn’t matter. By carrying out actions in the group, you rouse the upper Light, which forms your intention.

Question: But you say that we draw the upper Light by reading Kabbalistic books, rather than through our actions?

Answer: No. Everything works only through the friends and only to the extent that you rouse the common desire in the group. There is no other way. The books and the studies are the preliminary means, and they are quite weak; through them you come a little closer to the goal. However, the most effective way to influence yourself and the group is when you push the friends to spiritual attainment. Even if you carry out these actions without the right intention, it is good.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/25/18

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Cause-And-Effect Chain Of Ascent

525Question: The cause-and-effect descent of the upper forces comes from the side of the Creator. What is the cause-and-effect chain that goes toward the upper forces from the side of the creation?

Answer: It is correction of our desires by the intention to bestow. This is how we climb the same degrees, by which our soul descended from the Creator to the corporeal world. By correcting our desires, we elevate our soul back to the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/18/18

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Is It Possible To Enter Spirituality Too Soon?

laitman_629.3Question: Is it possible to enter spirituality before the necessary correction and harm myself?

Answer: No. That is absolutely impossible! The spiritual world is protected by your own screen, so you will be unable to do it. It is like giving you a weight of 200 kilograms—you cannot lift it.

Spirituality is protected by a very simple thing: you yourself do not see, know or feel it, and when you get access to feel and work with it, it means that you already have a screen—an anti-egoistic force that helps you to direct your desire to bestowal and love.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/18/18

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Why Are One’s Intentions Hidden?

laitman_552.03Question: The intentions of others are hidden from a person. Why is that? If everything were revealed, life would be easier.

Answer: Then you would be an animal. It is arranged precisely so that people would be able to change themselves by gradually revealing their own intentions, correcting them, and reaching proper connections.

Remark: I am confident that few will agree that people have only egoistic intentions. There are good people and bad people.

My Comment: That is according to your criteria. We are born as absolute egoists. If we evaluate ourselves that way in regard to the spiritual world, we will discover that we are completely corrupted creatures.

Question: Why is it hidden from a person that his or her intentions are egoistic?

Answer: If it were revealed, one would not be able to exist. We would eat ourselves alive. We need to correct ourselves gradually, to the extent that our negative qualities are revealed. We need to compare them to the positive qualities, disclose the various miasmas, problems, and illnesses between us, and treat them.

Question: If I feel the intentions of another person and thereby I realize my own egoistic intention, can that be considered an attainment?

Answer: To some extent, yes
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/25/18

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The Creator Exists In Everything

laitman_275Question: Does it make a difference to the Creator as to how I bestow to Him, either, let’s say, through bestowing to my child or through an indigenous person living in South America?

Answer: The Creator is the general quality of bestowal and love, which covers all parts of inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human nature. He exists in all these states. The problem with our perception is that we cannot experience Him apart from all of creation.

In other words, this quality exists in all parts of creation, in our relationship to them, and in no way separate from them. You cannot separate the Creator from them and say, “Here is the Creator, and that is His materialization in people.”

Comment: Usually, a person thinking about the Creator imagines some kind of object, either begs or thanks Him without any connection to humanity.

Answer: The problem is that we cannot imagine the Creator apart from humanity, apart from people—only together. Behind each person, we need to see the Creator. Otherwise, we will not experience Him.

When you relate to people correctly, inside them you will find that unifying force called the “Creator.”

Question: If I try to do something kind for someone, does that mean that I want to do something kind for the Creator?

Answer: If you try to do something kind specifically for another, without somehow connecting it to your own self-image, then, in the other, you will discover the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 3/18/18

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Discontent Is An Obstacle On The Path To Wholeness

laitman_239Everything is measured relative to a person. The way one evaluates one’s state is the state one is in. Wishing for something beyond what you already have is a luxury. After all, it turns out that you are dissatisfied with what you received from the Creator. This is a huge obstacle, standing in everyone’s way to perfection.

We are in a perfect state, at the end of correction, in the center of all the upper worlds, in the world of infinity. All changes happen only inside a person. Therefore, if one determines one’s state as perfect, then one already is on the spiritual ladder, in the spiritual state.

Therefore, everything depends only on us. We should not wait for something to come from above. We can ask only for our correction, but there are no changes to expect from above, from outside of us. I just need to determine in each and every state that I am in wholeness and want nothing for myself, but only to bestow everything I can outward. We need to aspire for such a state because that is the truth.
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From the Talk on the Subject “Faith above Reason” 8/3/18

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Kabbalah Knowledge And Corporeal Values

Laitman_632.3Question: Does knowledge we receive from Kabbalah devalue universal human values, such as children, life, self-sacrifice, etc.?

Answer: Yes. Kabbalah explains that in our world all the movements from one person toward another, toward oneself and even toward the Creator are completely egoistic. So what? Why should we remain in a rose-colored mist?

Question: Kabbalah states that there is one value in the world: attainment of the Creator. Is everything else substantially lower in value?

Answer: Of course, after all the Creator is the quality of bestowal and love.

Question: Is it possible to apply this quality to children, society, life, to all these values?

Answer: Partially. If through them you want to spread the quality of bestowal and love to everyone, then, in general, you attain the root of this quality, which is called the Creator. Through them you can express your attitude to the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 03/18/2018

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Is There Absolute Attainment?

Laitman_032.02Question: If attainment is always subjective, is there an absolute attainment that is objective and not just a temporary truth?

Answer: Any spiritual attainment, in principle, is already of something objective because it is built on the combination of different desires and objects. This objectivity is expressed by the level of attainment or the power of the Light that fills this level: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, or Yechida.

Therefore, spiritual attainment, as a rule, is relatively objective. The absolutely objective spiritual step is the very last level—the level of complete attainment and complete correction.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 8/4/18

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