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The Four Stages Of The Development Of The Desire

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe first stage is completely filled with Light, which comes out of the root, and it feels that it does not want to receive; this is how we get the second stage.

But then the second stage feels that this did not make it similar to the root. It may not be receiving anything, but it’s not bestowing either!

It only got worse because before I was attached to the Creator like an infant and I did everything that He wanted. I enjoyed infinitely, and even though I did it for my own sake, the Upper One was receiving pleasure from this!

Now, I supposedly got bigger and I do not want to receive from Him, but it turns out that I am not giving Him anything to enjoy, even the way an infant does, because He receives pleasure when I receive from Him.

So what have I done? I have gone even further away from Him! (And this is why the second stage is considered to be a stronger desire than the first stage, even though it does not receive anything.) It is as if I were neglecting Him…

An infant is closer to the mother than a grown child who feels independent and does not want to receive anything from her.

Then the second stage, Bina, decides that if it were to receive the Light from the Creator, He would really enjoy it; this is how we get ZAT de Bina.

The execution of this decision takes place in the third stage, in Zeir Anpin, who receives the Light for the sake of bestowal due to the strength of Bina. In other words, the upper determines this decision (Therefore it is considered that the head of Zeir Anpin is in Bina – ZAT de-Bina).

And then the fourth stage Malchut comes and sees how much pleasure there is… I am Zeir Anpin, who receives for the sake of bestowal, when I perceive the Creator and feel that I am just like Him!

I want to enjoy it both: the fulfillment that I am receiving and the equivalence with Him! I want to enjoy all the pleasures that exist in the Creator; this is called the fourth stage of development, Malchut.

A restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) is done over this fourth stage, and we no longer receive fulfillment egoistically.

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And then second restriction (Tzimtzum Bet) takes place, from ZAT de Bina to Malchut. Malchut penetrates all these desires and says: “Do not even think about reception! It is impossible to receive anything, you will not be able to!”

The fourth stage of desire penetrates the third and the second stages, and now there is a sensation in both Zeir Anpin and ZAT de Bina that any contact with reception of Light will be egoistic.

Previously, there was no feeling that the desire to receive pleasure is so opposite to the Light! But now it is there. But still this prohibition only exists because of Malchut and not because of Zeir Anpin, and especially not because of Bina.

After all, Zeir Anpin is planning on bestowing, but the question is: in which desires is he planning on doing it? Is it in the desires that he had before the fourth stage appeared or is he now planning on receiving for the sake of bestowal in the fourth stage, in Malchut?

And this confusion consequently leads to the breaking, when they were not able to understand why this is impossible. After all, if we are planning on receiving the Light for the sake of bestowal, like in the third stage of Direct Light, then this is an altruistic action.

But it turns out that the fourth stage has already penetrated these desires, and once you get to feel what Malchut is—pleasure from being equal to the Creator—you no longer can refuse it, you desire the taste. You have the fourth stage within you, and you cannot receive for the sake of bestowal!
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/25/10, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Feeling The Common Heart

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We felt a special state when we delved deep into the workshop and lost track of time; time passed and we didn’t even notice it. Does that mean that we drew the Light?

Answer: I don’t want to disappoint you, but this wasn’t the Light. Of course, if you were busy with something else that interested you, you would feel the exact same state. You shouldn’t care whether everything around you disappears or not, it is meaningless.

Do you see yourself inside the friends? Do you feel their movements as your own: their desires, intentions, direction, and changes? Do you feel the same inner sensations that the friend feels because there is one common heart beating inside you? We should try to examine this.

Question: The Creator waits for us to turn to Him. And turning to a friend, bestowing to him, should I expect something in return?

Answer: When you turn to a friend, you turn to the Creator. What do you expect in return? What do you want from Him? Do you want a certain inner connection and adhesion in order to attain the upper root and to discover how you delight Him by that? Everything is already included in such an action, but it should be dressed on specific figures, and in specific clothing.
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From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, Lesson 2

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Equip Yourself With The Higher Power Of Nature

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: A regular person doesn’t even suspect that there is some kind of higher power that is approaching us and summoning problems in our lives. In ancient times there were prophets who told the people about the actions of the Creator. But who will explain to people today what is happening with them?

Answer: The role of Kabbalists is to explain what is happening to everyone, and the main thing is to say that there is a remedy for correcting the unpleasant situation we find ourselves in. We have the possibility of transforming all the negative phenomena into positive ones, transforming darkness into Light.

Question: For this, what kind of change must happen in us?

Answer: All the changes are directed only towards connection. We don’t feel anything else. We need to overcome the rejection, the hatred of one towards another, our indifference, and to understand that only through connection between us do we bring the higher power closer to us in a good way. This force will be clothed in us and then we will merit the most wonderful life.

Everyone will need to study the method of connection and unification in order to understand what must be done and how. In this manner, we merit a wonderful life and remove all of the disasters, problems, diseases, wars, and anti-Semitism.

A powerful weapon like this is in our hands, but we haven’t even suspected this, and this is the whole problem. People must discover and know what this higher power is and how to use it through our connection. The war is not conducted with an external enemy, rather within the people of Israel.

In the meantime, mentioning the Creator, the higher power, frightens a person because he connects these concepts with religious stereotypes he is accustomed to. Nobody knows exactly what is standing behind these words, but each one has his concept, and it seems to him that he supposedly understands.

But essentially, the Creator is the collective power of nature. There are many forces we learn about in physics, chemistry, biology and zoology. These are the laws of all kinds of natural systems. But the collective power that includes all the rest of the forces within it, the general system that includes the other systems within it, this is called the “Creator.” This is everything!

The Creator is not some kind of mystical image but the collective power that holds within it the entire creation that was created by it. Therefore this is what is called.

Besides that, the Creator (Boreh) symbolizes “Bo Reh” (come and see). This means that we can “come,” advance in our correction, and “see.” We approach this higher power through connecting with each other, and in this manner we form the ability to feel the Creator within us.

The law of equivalence of form exists according to which we can only feel such a phenomenon we have common characteristics with. So how can we acquire common characteristics with the Creator in order to feel Him? We attain characteristics like these through our connection with others.
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From KabTV’s “Kabbalists Write: Preparing the People of Israel for Light” 8/20/14

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Come Close To Me

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe song “For You Have Saved My Soul” (Ki Hilatsta Nafshi) is a song of gratitude of a person as he has ascended to the level on which he was created, above our world, and who has finally found the answer to the meaning of life.

Our soul is formed on the upper levels of knowledge, just like the body of an embryo inside its mother’s womb. The soul is gradually formed and begins to descend and to become coarser, dressed in attires that are increasingly closer to matter until it enters the corporeal body.

Spiritual attainment is ascending to the same levels where the formation of your soul began. You begin to attain its root there, the basis, and discover why you have a certain fate, what has been prepared for you not only in this life but in a whole series of lives, until you fulfill your spiritual potential to the fullest and bring your soul to the state that was predetermined.

Attaining the root of the soul provides a person with an answer to the question of how he should live. This is very important, especially today, when we are totally lost, and don’t know what to do with our lives.

This is a song of gratitude to the Creator for having raised you to the root of your soul and for allowing you to attain your soul.

This song is about getting closer to the upper force, to the root of the soul, to the upper attainment, when a person begins a dialog with the Creator and hears the Creator calling him: “Come close to me.”
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From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 2/09/14

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When we look at the problems that are ripping modern society apart, how is it possible to believe that there is any chance of reaching mutual Arvut (mutual guarantee)?

Answer: In society, what happens is what the Creator arranges for us from above, even the most negative things. Believe me, everything is sealed by the Creator Himself and not by any Prime Minister, President, head of the American Congress or the European Union. Everything, down to the last atom, is managed from Above.

Question: Even if there is a feeling that half of the nation should be in prison?

Answer: Not half of the nation, rather the entire nation. Half of the nation are thieves and the other half are to blame for the first half being thieves. So everyone should be in prison, including the police.

If all of us must be in mutual mutual guarantee, then each is responsible for the other. But because we don’t influence the others as is needed, they don’t receive enough influence. So what can be demanded from us?

Only on the condition that we influence others correctly and are concerned that our influence will succeed, can we rest assured that we will see the right response from the others. But if in the meantime, their response is incorrect, then our influence is incorrect.

So the Torah has a completely different approach to punishments in comparison to what is accepted in this world. The punishment must be correction, first and foremost through the environment.

Indeed, a person is a product of his environment. The legal system must be part of the educational system, but punishment must lead to correction. In contrast to this, our prisons are universities for training criminals.

Question: What does this mean: “After all, in your eyes all of Israel are guarantors for each other, both on the positive and negative side?”

Answer: This means that the influence of the environment completely determines human behavior, both positively and negatively. It follows that if the citizens of a nation behave inappropriately, this says that the nation is in a crisis of education. Other than education, nothing else is needed.

The only thing that a nation needs, besides the ministries of defense and health, is the ministry of education. And if the educational system is correct, then we don’t need the military or medicine.

If a nation were to function according to the laws of mutual Arvut, it would not need the military or the police—nothing. They would organize everything that is necessary for material existence for themselves, and they would direct everything else towards spiritual development.

Besides education, nothing is necessary. This stems from the law of mutual Arvut, which means that you are responsible for every resident of the nation and for his behavior as a person. And if he does something that is not good, this means that you have not influenced him positively, you have not given the feeling of love.

Indeed, if he were to feel the love of everyone, this would silence his evil inclination. He wouldn’t need anything and he would feel like a fetus in his mother’s womb, that he has everything: “A lamp is lit above his head, and he looks and sees from one end of the world to the other; and they teach him the entire Torah.”

This is truly an amazing state. Indeed, we are all connected in a single network and this is now being revealed more and more. If you think about the other and influence him, whatever your influence is, this is what will be in him. And as much as your good influence is lacking, you will see this according to his behavior.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/28/14, Writing of Baal HaSulam

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What can be done if after we have checked the needs and the deficiencies of the friends, we see that we cannot help them, we don’t know how to fulfill their needs?

Answer: So we pray, we ask for help.

Question: How does one turn in the right way with a request, with a prayer, so that it will bring the Light that Reforms?

Answer: For that you must enter into the friend’s problem as if it were your problem.

Question: But I cannot change myself.

Answer: Right, only the friends can change you. In the spiritual path, a person sees how weak he is. In the spiritual path I discover that I have “no hands.” I have no way of helping myself and I am completely at the mercy of my environment. If the friends want it, I will advance; if they don’t want it, I will not advance.

So we reach true Arvut. To advance, I require a connection with friends. So I am ready to give them everything.

And then vice versa: I no longer want anything for myself and don’t think about my advancement. Instead, I think about having the opportunity to support them, to help them. This is true Arvut.
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From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/16/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Human Is The Innermost Part In The System Of The Worlds

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the beginning one great vessel was created by means of the four phases of the Direct Light, called the world of Infinity. And then this world began to extend downward, up to our world.

First of all, the world of Adam Kadmon appeared from the world of Infinity, and after it the world of Nekudim was created, which disappeared, shattered.

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After this shattering the worlds of ABYA (Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, Assiya) were created and from them a particular internal system was born called Adam HaRishon (The First Man). The systems of the worlds can be learned from the first 15 sections of the book The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES), and only its last, 16th section talks about Adam HaRishon in a very limited form.

The idea is that everything that happens with the system of the worlds that extend from above to downward, afterwards happens with Adam HaRishon as well. The upper system is called the system of the worlds and the inner part is called Adam, a human being or Neshama (soul).

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The system of Adam HaRishon also evolves from above downward and is shattered like the world of Nekudim. But we ourselves have to carry out the correction of this entire system since this is our work.

The external system of worlds is already prepared, it exists and influences us, whereas we have to correct the internal system.
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From the Convention In France “One For All And All For One,” Day Two 5/10/14, Lesson 3

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why is it that the Reshimot (reminiscences) of Aviut (thickness) of a lower level 4/3 instead of 4/4 is left in the Partzuf (faces) during its purification?

Answer: The Reshimot grow smaller, since I decide not to touch such desires anymore.

After I decide to purify myself, to stop working with the desire, my Masach (screen) rises to the Peh de Rosh (mouth of the head), and on the way, there are beatings of the Light. Eventually the Reshimot of the new level (4/3), which wasn’t in me before, is revealed.

The system by which we work with our Reshimot is like a computer in which there are only zeros and ones. It works only with the data that is in it at any given moment and doesn’t think even one step ahead. At the moment, this is the data I have and I work with it. In the next moment, new data will appear and I will work with it, again without hesitation.

This is the desire to receive and it understands only what it currently feels. This filling depicts the world, itself, and the Creator, and this is what one should work with, as it written:  ”A judge has only what his eyes can see.”

Reshimot 4/3 stabilizes only after I reach Peh de Rosh, where there is a special Light, Keter de Guf (crown of the body), and so I feel how a new attitude towards the host appears inside me.

Feeling the Light of Ruach (spirit) instead of the Light of Nefesh (soul) is like emerging as a plant from inanimate nature. It is a huge difference. The whole universe is filled with still matter with plants existing only on the surface of the earth. A plant differs from the still matter by responding to the Creator, by being attracted to the Creator by itself.

The difference is much greater between a man and an animal and is revealed in the Partzuf only after the whole process is completed.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/04/14, Writings of  Baal HaSulam

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If everyone in our world were already disengaged from the ego and already were in bestowal for the sake of bestowal, then how would our prayer, MAN, influence what is happening in this external reality?

Answer: Through the work that we are doing today, we are entering into the final stage of correction which is called the complete redemption. This means that the whole world, all the souls, must gather together into a single structure of Adam HaRishon (The First Man).

And so everything we do must come down into this world. We have reached such a condition where all of the activities that are carried out by us in the spiritual world will also be precisely realized in the physical world.

The difference between the physical world and the spiritual world will be erased to such a degree that in the physical world if you are not ready to accept these corrections, then the spiritual world will also not appear.

This is because we are in a state where all of the Sefirot, including this world, are becoming a single structure. So we can see how according to the ability to carry out spiritual corrections, physical changes will take place. And the physical changes that are made by us through dissemination of the method of unification will immediately change the higher system and connect us more strongly with the lower system.

When we attain corrections and approach carrying out actions of bestowal for the sake of bestowal, we will see how all of the Light and Shefa (abundance) will begin to stream through us and be clothed in this world.

Everyone will begin to receive illumination. This is like the advantage that infants who are born today have in comparison to those who were born a thousand or two thousand years ago. There is a big difference, even though seemingly a similar infant is born. There are completely different conditions for both birth and growth that are in place for him. So we see very great changes throughout the world, even among people who are minimally connected with us.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/14, The Book of Zohar

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