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What Does Love Begin With?

laitman_947Question: What is absolute love and why isn’t it possible even in relationships between parents and children?

Answer: The fact is that there is no love in our world in the strict sense of this word.

In Kabbalah, love means a state where I give everything to another person and exist within him with all my expectations, leaving nothing inside of me. My heart is empty, my mind is empty, my strengths are empty, and I give everything to others. This is called “love.” There is no such thing in our world.

In other words, in our egoistic qualities with which we were born and exist blissfully to this day there is no such opportunity because egoism works absolutely differently. It does not matter how we twist it, it will still turn around and do everything the way it is good for it.

Even if we give something to others and wish them well, it is only because we get some benefit from it and for this it is worth to wish for good or do something good for others. Thus, there is no love. Just complete egoism.

Love begins with the fact that we try to work with each other in a group, trying to tune in to correct relationships as if we want to bestow, share, and selflessly pass something from ourselves to others in our ten. Yet, we cannot. Then it becomes clear to us that we lack the force of bestowal, the force of love.

In this case, the need arises to find, reveal, recognize, and receive it. Initially, there is a quality of bestowal and love in nature—the quality of the Creator. It means that we need to receive some of this force from the Creator.

Therefore, when we try to treat each other correctly with bestowal and love in the ten, we see that we cannot do this. Then we all begin to demand from the Creator: “Give us the force of bestowal, of love, and of the correct relationships with each other. You must correct us. You must help us.” And we receive this force.

Thus the Creator reveals between us—the quality of bestowal and love. It is really possible to do this. Our laboratory is our ten, where we constantly discuss everything together, make decisions, act, invite this positive force upon ourselves, and implement it.

Comment: You always say that the Creator is revealed in the relationships between people.

Answer: Only in the ten, in the correct association of people among themselves, and in the correct connection between them. This is not simple. This is work according to the clear methodolgy over a long time.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/11/17

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The Way To The Final Correction

laitman_939.02Question: Do we have to get used to the intention to give egoistically so that, at some point, quantity will translate into quality?

Answer: First of all, correction is not realized in the general mass of humanity but, rather, in a small group—in a ten—in which ten people gather and make a pact that they “want to become similar to the Creator.” No one can achieve this by him or herself but only when everyone starts practicing mutual bestowal toward one another.

We agree amongst ourselves to support one another, to show each other an example, to annul ourselves before one another, and to demonstrate the importance of the goal in the unity between us. In this way, we create a miniature structure that resembles humanity—corrected in its entirety—but on a very small scale of no more and no less than ten. According to Kabbalah, this is the optimal way to reach correction.

Gradually we begin to feel special states between us, we discover the upper worlds, and we reveal the Creator that exists between us and the forces that connect us with each other.

We begin to understand what kinds of forces exist, which of them are called “angels” and which ones are referred to as “sacred animals,” etc. We begin to perceive the upper forces, meaning the qualities of love and bestowal. And most importantly, a special force emerges inside these revelations, a special quality called the Creator, the source of everything that exists, which encompasses the entire universe and becomes revealed to us as a result of our actions.

The result of our work will be the feeling that we are ready to absorb all of humanity and even the entire world inside of us. We do not have to work for this result. For if we create a complete ten, then our work inside it is enough for all of humanity to be included in us automatically.

And then we begin to feel ourselves as completely corrected and similar to the Creator who exists with us together inside our little circle.

All of humanity does not feel this because they do not correct their qualities from reception to bestowal or from egoism to altruism but we do. However, the final correction requires us to immediately disseminate the method once any threshold of correction has been reached. This is the purpose of our work.

Therefore, in the same measure that I want to get closer to the Creator, I simultaneously have to come out of the limits of my ten and disseminate the method to everyone else. Precisely in this manner, I become closer to the Creator and reveal him more and more clearly.

This is similar to a holographic picture in which I can feel the Creator in a very small degree, in a little point (colored red on the diagram), as if I am looking at the world without glasses and seeing everything in a rather blurry way.

If I add more little points to this part, then the focus of the picture will become sharper and sharper, more complete, and with all the details. So there is actually no difference whether I reveal the Creator in my ten or in a larger group.

Everything depends only on the resolution; when I come out into a general setting and attract other people to my ten, then, together, we start revealing the Creator more clearly and precisely and with a fuller understanding and a larger sensation.

That is why the very structure of the system requires us to disseminate. In the measure that I disseminate, I will attain the Creator even more and raise to His level until I reach the maximum capacity and completely fill all of humanity by passing the upper Light through myself into it. In this way, I will become equal to the Creator and achieve the final correction of my soul.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/2/17

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How To Correctly Form A Prayer

laitman_938_05Question: How does one form and compose a group prayer correctly and how does one remain in a prayer like this for 24 hours a day?

Answer: At first, the prayer can be artificial because you still don’t feel a special yearning in the heart about concern for the group, for the friends, for connection, for the shared yearning among you, and from that to the Creator.

All of this begins with a fairly artificial internal movement. But gradually, under the influence of the study, the upper Light will operate on you. You begin to feel that your mechanical, false, and artificial actions take on a completely different shade: natural, correct, true, and sincere.

The upper Light that influences you will insert its characteristics into you. And then as a result of this, your prayer will become true; you will feel that you are as one single whole with the rest of the friends.

You must connect the points in the heart to each other, like ten drops of water that are connected together into one big drop. Then you begin to feel within them a higher energy, a higher state, the upper world! Your whole life will be in the upper world.

This is your soul. It is one, for the entire group of ten. A person must understand that individually he cannot move this way. He must connect with others either virtually or physically. Here’s to your success!
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From a Virtual Russian Lesson 5/21/17

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Only Into The Ten!

laitman_938_07Question: Let’s say we have united in the ten, how can we join in a crowded congress?

Answer: The ten is enough. If you are included into it, you will understand what to do with others.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/19/17

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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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What is Reincarnation?

laitman_938_07Question: What is reincarnation or the cycle of the souls?

Answer: We can understand this by the following example: Suppose we attain a bit of ourselves while working in the group of ten, a section of our soul, and then we attach another ten to ourselves and begin to attain more; the transition from a small whole state to the next whole state is called reincarnation or the cycle of the soul.

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This is how the soul seems to wrap itself with larger and larger clothing, with connections to other parts of the general soul until it attains the general common form that is eternal and perfect.

This is exactly where the cycles and the reincarnation of the soul are leading us. It has nothing to do with periods of corporeal life or the physical death of the body, or any of its conditions and development.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/6/16

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How Is The Upper World Attained?

laitman_942Question: How is the upper world attained?

Answer: When ten people nullify themselves relative to each other and they do this together relative to the Creator by wanting to attract Him as Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) to correct them, that is how they create the characteristic of the Creator among them.

Through this action they create a Kli, which is a sensory device for attaining the next level. In this single desire they feel the Creator. After that, by uniting more and more deeply, they discover the Creator more and more.
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An Education In Common

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is the education of the members in a group studying Kabbalah adequate, does it have a place and in which circumstances exactly?

Answer: We have an education in common: I with him, he with me, we, all of us are together! We don’t really educate each other. It is just called an “educational method.” It is actually an educational method for correcting a group of Ten so we form the proper connection between us!

After we create a group of Ten, everything else comes automatically. We discover the positive force in nature, it balances the negative force, creates the correct system of mutual connection between us, and we begin to feel a connection with the system of the world that until now was concealed. It is called the upper world or the concealed world.

We feel it in our desires through which we weave connections between the ten members. That is how we attain our soul, our eternal and perfect state! From this moment on, what happens in our earthly life, in our temporary body, no longer matters because we have already revealed the next state, the next level.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/3/16

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Gather The Parts Of The Collective Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is it that when working in a circle, in a workshop, in a group of ten, I begin to feel a connection with the entire world soul, with people I don’t know?

Answer: The Creator created one big desire and then broke it into pieces.

In other words, the only desire that was created was shattered into billions of fragments under the influence of what is called the sin of Adam, because Adam introduced egoism into this desire. As a result, the connection between the parts of the general desire stopped, and each individual desire stopped feeling all the rest. To be more precise, it felt them, but wanted to use them for itself only.

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The general desire to receive is called, “Adam” or “Adam HaRishon” (the First Man), or the “soul.” After the Shevira (breaking), the collective soul was divided into a multitude of individual souls.

Then, the individual souls fell even lower. In each one of them remained a small point called “Keter,” which is the beginning of a future soul. These points or sparks that remained unbroken, draw us toward reconnection in order to discover the Creator.

When they are ignited within us, we long to discover the entire system of the Creator. This is revealed in us as a longing to attain the meaning of life, and we find ourselves in some group.

A group is a certain part of all the individual souls that must now reach correction. People gather together into one group, without knowing why themselves, and begin to work on themselves in groups of ten, to transform the group of ten into one unit, one common whole. The moment that they attain this, they immediately begin to feel the Creator.

This is what we must do. So in every place, wherever it may be, you must find friends with whom you will learn to create among you a single whole according to the method of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Then you will feel the upper world, meaning you will restore the connection between you called 10 Sefirot, a Partzuf, or a soul.

Through this structure, you will be able to feel the upper world clearly. “Soul,” “Upper World,” and “Creator” are the same thing; it depends on how we scrutinize this discovery.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/8/16

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How Is It Possible To Discover The System Of Creation?

Laitman_524_01Question: According to what criteria is it possible to determine whether a person is going in the right direction?

Answer: If a person carries out what is written in the wisdom of Kabbalah—meaning that he works in a group correctly, making an effort to connect with his friends in order to attract the Upper Light—this means that he is going in the right direction.

With a good connection that is created between him and his friend, he discovers the system of higher management because everything that there is in creation is discovered between ten friends, only in miniature form. Their connection is built like a hologram. There is one big picture within which it is possible to take out some part and see the full picture within it, but on a smaller scale.

In the same manner, we take a group that is composed of ten people (ten small Sefirot), and they attain everything that exists in creation within it, but in a small form. Certainly, we don’t see details and particulars there, but if we join an additional group of ten with this group of ten, our field of vision will grow, and in this manner we can expand the perception of our reality. Our task is to discover the system of creation.

Question: Did you study in a group of ten?

Answer: I learned through a different method, one on one with my teacher. This was a different system through which, in its time, it was possible to prepare a person to continue the work. Studying alone is much more difficult and complicated than studying in a group, but this was necessary because this made it possible for me to acquire the training method.

Today, there is no longer a need for this method. I am sure that I was the last who received knowledge from his teacher like this, whereas now the world has crystallized as an integral system so that starting from our generation and on solitary Kabbalists are not required.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/8/15

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