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What Does The Creator Look Like?

laitman_250Question: Have any of the great Kabbalists ever seen the Creator with their own inner vision? What does He look like? Maybe this is silly, but I desperately want to somehow imagine Him. If a drop of water is the reduced analog of an ocean, then there must be a visible analog of the personality of the Creator.

Answer: First, the Creator has no personality. Secondly, when we, without understanding, imagine something, we cannot “point” something to the Creator. The Creator is nothing other than the quality of connection, bestowal, and love. It is something non-objective, without any volume or image. It is a quality we can identify in a person who possesses it.

In other words, if there is the quality of bestowal in whatever measure, strength, or power in you, then it can be said that the Creator is embodied in you and in this part He exists within you.

Question: Can a person see that the Creator is embodied in him?

Answer: No, seeing it is impossible. Only when an individual attains the quality of bestowal and love, can he, from within himself, sense with his inner vision how much the Creator exists in him, and even measure it.

The fact is that the wisdom of Kabbalah enables the measurement of qualities, sensations, strengths of desires, screens, the distance from and closeness to the force of love or the force of rejection, and so forth. Ultimately, they all give us the picture of similarity of form or movement toward unity with the Creator. A person can sense how close or how far from understanding the “Creator.”

Question: Can it be said that there is the Creator and there are His qualities?

Answer: No. When we say “Creator” we mean qualities. On the material level we also see only qualities, it only seems to us that these are objects. In fact, these are all forces.

Everything is composed of two forces: the force of reception and the force of bestowal. Their interactions create all manner of forms for us.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 1/21/18

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For Those Who Pray

232.1Question from Facebook: According to you there is no God. If God doesn’t exist, to whom and for what do people pray?

Answer: A god that we can imagine and depict to ourselves does not exist. God is the force of bestowal and love that exists around us, but we don’t feel. We need to discover it within us to the degree that we become equal with its characteristics, then God will exist for us.

Question: What is prayer for you?

Answer: Prayer is a request to the Creator that He correct you and make you similar to Himself, i.e., bestowing and loving.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/23/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 206

Laitman_036Question: I know it is not possible to attain and perceive the Light without darkness. I know that without suffering (descents) it is impossible to rise to the next level.

The question is: why is the birth of a child painful for all parties, the growth of the muscles painful and destroys old structures, and illness (if we consider it to be a positive indication from the Creator that one should notice and correct) always painful in any case?

If there are no “bad jokes” in nature, why does the Creator torment us?

Answer: The Creator is nature; we associate the way we feel to Him, as if He feels the way we do. The problems of the still, vegetative, and animate are derived from spiritual actions, and therefore, we cannot avoid them.
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Does The Creator Have Emotions?

laitman_282.02Question: Does the Creator have emotions?

Answer: We do not speak about the Creator. Regarding us, the Creator has no emotions. He is the absolute to whom we attribute our feelings, our actions, our thoughts, because it is convenient for us.

But in Him, there is nothing, and His attitude toward us is absolutely the same. He does not change, He is perfect. Therefore, His attitude toward us can be called absolute love, bestowal, and a good influence.

Saying that the Creator is angry, the Creator is dissatisfied, the Creator needs to do this or that, we speak from ourselves, because it is so much easier for us to direct ourselves to something that also changes in accordance with our actions. But in fact, there are no changes.

Moreover, the Creator is completely indifferent to how we behave and what we do. We ourselves begin to attain: “I need to behave differently; I have to be better, to rise above, etc. What do I attain, how does the world change?” But the Creator is above all our greatest intentions. It does not affect Him.

When we say that we want to give pleasure to the Creator, to bestow something to Him, to love Him—it is all about changing a person, and that is it!
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/13/17

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There Is None Else Besides Him

laitman_222.0Question: What does it mean “There is none else besides Him”?

Answer: That’s exactly what we must discover. In other words, there exists a cause to everything that you could possibly imagine, and this cause is a single, sole source.

This cause arranges, decides, accomplishes, and functions in everything, and it is called “There is none else besides Him.” Who is He?—the force of bestowal and love. Those are His qualities with respect to us. Aside from that, we know nothing about Him.

Question: How am I supposed to work with that?

Answer: You need to constantly reveal Him in every situation, in every action, intention, and thought—in everything—with the understanding that there is a single cause to everything. After all, our nature is matter, the desire to receive, and what brings it into action in all its forms is that same single force besides which nothing else exists.

Why does this force animate matter? Because it wants to push the material world toward unity. Why? It prepared for matter the ability to attain that same single force that is the cause of everything, but the matter has to attain the state of unity first.

And then this matter, to the extent to which it is connected in spite of its resistance, attains “There is none else besides Him,” this single force, and while attaining it, experiences itself existing and in control.

Moreover, above its own experience of existence, it also attains what it means to exist and be in control of all of reality, since that same reason, “There is none else besides Him,” gives this matter, this creation, the ability to be on His level, on the level of the Creator. And then the entire world, the entire created desire to receive, is in control of that same desire and not under the control of the Creator. That is what is meant by perfection.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/15/17, “Lesson on the Topic: “Hanukkah by the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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There Is No God

laitman_600.04Question from Facebook: My reactions to the things around me are my reactions. I understand the external world through my reactions to external things. What does God have to do with anything here?

Answer: There is no God. We don’t make our appeals to Him at all. We make our appeals only to ourselves, to that which is inside us, and it is these internal settings that we need to change, to set them to a correct perception of reality. Then we will be able to reach the correct goal by a much shorter and a much more pleasant route.

God has nothing to do with it. He doesn’t exist. We create God within ourselves.

Our very best, most optimal state, the highest, most positive force that turns all of us into the most wonderful and the most successful, is called God. That’s the kind of God I can agree to.

Question: Are my reactions to the surroundings still my reactions?

Answer: Of course.

Question: Do I understand the external world through my reactions to all that happens to me?

Answer: Naturally. What other way can you know what the outside world is? It is that which you perceive. That’s why everyone has a different impression of the external world.

Question: And all of it, one way or another, steers me to my most optimal state?

Answer: Only if you know how to head in that direction.

Question: Then why do I feel so much discomfort all the time?

Answer: Because you get confused, you don’t understand, you are constantly going around in circles staying in the same place and that’s how you spend your life, achieving nothing and not solving life’s riddles. But in life there are no riddles! Riddles are in how I can achieve my most optimal, most amazing state! But I myself don’t know what that state is!

Ask people what they would have liked to achieve in their lives and they will tell you such nonsense: money, fame, knowledge, honor, power, and health. But all of these end. And what is the deeper meaning of all this? Regrettably, an individual doesn’t know, he doesn’t ask himself this question. That means that we need to explain all of this. This is the reason for the existence of the science of Kabbalah.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 10/19/17

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The Two Forces Of The Universe

laitman_567.04Question: If the Creator is one, then why does His reflection manifest itself in our world through a multitude of different forces?

Answer: There are two forces in the universe: the force of the Creator—the force of bestowal and the force He created opposite to Him called the created being—the force of reception.

All the rest are all kinds of emanations, modifications of these two forces (plus and minus). Other than that, nothing else exists.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/9/17

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There Is No God

laitman_546.02Question on Facebook: If God exists, why did He allow six million people from his chosen nation to perish during the Second World War? Why does He allow others to attack His chosen people today too? I know you will not answer this question, but I am asking anyway.

Answer: I will give you an answer. But maybe you will not see it as one.

Everything that happens in the world, including the extermination of the Jews during the Second World War, was and is carried out by God, who actually does not exist.

There are two forces in the world: the negative and the positive, and they are initially mutually balanced. We are between them in order to constantly support their ongoing development. These two forces develop in such a way that the negative force is constantly growing—this is the growth of egoism within man and humanity. On the other hand, the positive force must be brought into the world by us through the positive interactions between us.

These positive interactions between us can be generated only in the midst of the Jewish people and then spread from it to all the other nations of the world. This is called “being a Light onto the nations.”

Question: So only the Jewish people are able to generate this positive force?

Answer: That is right! And if we don’t do this, all the nations of the world unite against us because they see us as the source of evil. We do not deliver to them the goodness that must come from us to them and that is equivalent to causing harm.

This is why they think that the Jews are the source of the greatest harm in the world and that things would get better by exterminating us. There are many theories about this topic, which come from within a person who experiences suffering caused by the Jewish people.

Therefore, there is nowhere for us to hide. We constantly have to balance out the positive and negative forces and by that we—and through us all the nations of the world—will attain the full correction, meaning the proper connection between the positive and negative forces. Then people will love, respect, and appreciate us. This is our mission.

Until we do that, we really will be the most horrible people on earth. Everyone will want to exterminate us, instinctively thinking that it is possible to destroy us, and that this will bring goodness into the world. But it will not.

That is, all the punishments and attempts to exterminate the Jewish people are intended only to force us, a stiff-necked or stubborn people, to fulfill our mission and promote the whole world toward a wonderful future.

Question: Supposing that the Jewish people will want to unite and will begin this process, will other people welcome it?

Answer: Of course. It will be the most welcomed and respected people of all. Everyone will venerate the Jews.

Question: So, does God exist?

Answer: The middle line, which balances out the right and left lines, is called God.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 9/7/17

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The Concept Of God In Kabbalah

226Question from Facebook: The central place in all religions is the concept of God. What does God mean in Kabbalah?

Answer: God in Kabbalah means the general force of nature, except for it, nothing exists.

In itself, this is an abstract concept in relation to a person, and we cannot speak about something that exists outside our perception. No one has ever felt it. This state of the Creator, which is not in relative to us when this upper force exists by itself, in no way can be perceived by us, and therefore, this force is called Atzmuto, meaning He by Himself is Himself.

Everything that we attain and what is possible for us to attain are the actions of the upper force in relation to us. The wisdom of Kabbalah deals with revealing these actions in relation to a person.

We call this upper force the Creator because He created man, He created all the qualities in a person, within which we feel our world and can explore through our senses the Creator Himself, the one who created us. We can explore why He created us with these qualities, with these limitations or, conversely, with these abilities, and what the Creator wants from us.

Developing in this direction, we begin to attain Him, meaning the Creator. Not Atzmuto, not Him by Himself, but exactly the Creator in relation to us. In this way, we explore His actions, how He created our world and all other worlds, which is a certain system of connections between Him and us. Such a system of connections of gradually descending degrees is called worlds. This system affects us.

By studying these worlds, we study the Creator, we study ourselves, we understand in what states we are in connection with Him. And we can change our behavior and our actions in accordance with this in order to raise ourselves to higher connections, to be connected directly with the Creator, literally face to face.

In other words, we can see what kind of reactions our actions produce in Him and, conversely, what reactions His actions produce in us. We can reach an absolutely complete, open two-way connection.

When we begin to attain this opportunity, to reveal and achieve it gradually, we naturally change our behavior in accordance with what we reveal, and we enter a completely different stage of our development where we begin to change into similarity with the Creator. At the same time, our world and we ourselves are change radically and our state becomes more and more reliable, convenient, correct, and true.

Question: Who do I call God if I study Kabbalah?

Answer: I call God the general force of nature. It is called Elokim, which in gematria (the numeric value of the word) is equal to Teva (Nature). The entirety of nature that I reveal, everything that affects me externally, I call the Creator, and everything that is inside of me, I call the derivatives of the Creator.

This is the whole purpose of our work, study, and all sorts of actions—to make an absolute similarity between ourselves and the Creator in desires, intentions, and actions and to reach a completely harmonious connection.

Just as I discover that all the qualities of the Creator are bestowal and love, so I raise myself to these qualities. All this is perceived through feelings; after all, a person is a sensory creature. The mind is given to him in order to control these feelings and form them into similarity to the Creator.

We are created only for this. However, in order to come to this decision, conclusion, and action, we must go through a very long stage of historical development: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and speaking.

Now we have come to the very last stage of human development. We just need to reveal the Creator and make ourselves similar to Him. Then we will be called “Man” (Adam, which means similar).
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 8/31/17

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What Fills The Creator?

laitman_239Question: What fills the Creator?

Answer: The Creator is filled with our empty desires. He has enough Light. He needs a desire, a request for fulfilment. For example, a little boy asks his mother and she gives to him. How does he give her pleasure? He pleases her by asking.

Question: Do I feel that the Creator is filled?

Answer: You feel that He enjoys your request.

Question: Isn’t the Creator just a system?

Answer: Yes, but this system reacts. It is a bilateral system: you affect it and it affects you with feedback. This is the same as cursing your computer when it gives you problems. You introduce elements of your character into it so much that you are ready to hit it. Why? It is because you are interacting with another object.

I am not even talking about the fact that a gardener speaks to the flowers and they answer him back because he feels them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/21/17

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