Entries in the 'Torah' Category

The Main Thing Is Not To Remain Indifferent

laitman_527_07Question: From the perspective of the wisdom of Kabbalah, is there any sense in millions of people reading the Torah? Does the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) work on them, or is this useless?

Answer: People receive and perceive either positive influences or negative influences from Kabbalists according to the manner in which they relate to them, in a good or hostile form.

Both a positive and a negative attitude are beneficial; the main thing is not to remain indifferent.

Therefore, it is preferable to relate to the wisdom of Kabbalah negatively than to remain indifferent because, in spite of everything, a person arouses negative forces this way that will lead him forward, even though in the opposite direction, and this road may go on for a few centuries, but he will discern his way back.

If a person does not react, but simply walks in place, even though he is not moving further away, there is no way of knowing when he will wise up. Therefore, it is useful to do something in any case.

Baal HaSulam writes that the movement of a person is independent of whether he yearns for the Creator or denies His existence because both the one force and the other force, in principle, act in the same direction.
[201477]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/4/16

Related Material:
To Read The Torah All The Days Of One’s Life
New Life #782 – Reading The Torah
The Torah Speaks About Everyone

You Shall Set Up Judges For Yourself

laitman_571_08Torah, Deuteronomy 16:18: You shall set up judges and law enforcement officials for yourself in all your cities that the Lord, your God, is giving you, for your tribes, and they shall judge the people [with] righteous judgment.

Question: What is the role of the overseers?

Answer: The entire Torah speaks about the way to rise above our egoistic nature and to become an altruist with love of the creatures and through them with love of the Creator.

If I want to change, I need overseers, assistants, and teachers who would help me to rise above myself.

The judges, help, persuade, and pressure me; that is, they do everything they can because I have become my own enemy since egoism begins to manifest within me and I relate to it as an enemy. In order to cope with it, I need a powerful environment.

Therefore, it is written: set up judges, overseers, and helpers for yourself at all the gates through which you enter and exit, ascend to the Creator and descend from Him, by the degrees of the spiritual ladder according to the level of bestowal, love of others, and so on. You must regulate all of it and hold it in your hands.

Comment: This contradicts material logic that you personally set up supervisors for yourself and they are not placed above you by someone else!

Answer: The fact is that this is a voluntary path where a person builds himself. Of course, he asks for help from above, turns to the Creator, the positive force of nature, because he himself is totally negative, but he does this independently.

If he understands that everything depends on the correct environment, then he needs to build the environment himself. He does it with the help of the upper force, but through his efforts, understanding, and prayer.

The gates that “the Lord, your God, is giving you” is the level of entry and exit: whether you fit the level of bestowal, love, and connection and to what extent you advance in being similar to the Creator. This is your idea, your goal, and your star. This is how you should move forward.
[199736]
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/24/16

Related Material:
“Within All Thy Gates”
Guards That Live Inside Me
The Banners Of The Twelve Tribes

One Desire, Different Intentions

Laitman_632_3Torah, Deuteronomy 19:11 – 19:13: But if a man hates his fellow, lies in wait for him, rises up against him, and strikes him mortally, and he flees to one of these cities, the elders of his city shall send and take him from there and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of the blood that he may die. And you shall not pity him, but you shall abolish [the shedding of] the blood of the innocent from Israel, and it will be good for you.

If a person’s desires are revealed on the level of intentional egoistic actions when he wants to harm and even to murder some desire, he needs a completely different correction than when he uses the anti-spiritual desire unintentionally.

We are not talking about the desire, but about the intention with which the desire is used. If any of the intentions on the desires of a person operate this way, then this intention must be killed, i.e., eradicated from the incorrect manifestation of its activities. This is its correction.

If the anti-spiritual desire was unintentional, then it had no intention. Then a person should attach a correct intention for bestowal, love, and connection to it.

If this desire is egoistic with a coarse intention for yourself, you need to kill this desire first and only then “give birth” to a new intention. It is written in the Torah that it must be done by the judges. You have no right to kill anything and anyone, neither desire, nor intention. A desire can’t be killed at all, only an intention, and it works only through the judges.

In other words, you need to create a system of judges within you and through it judge yourself and then decide which desires with the intention for your own sake should die, meaning must be eradicated, and which desires are just neutral, without anti-altruistic intention.

Desires with the neutral intention should be corrected and desires with the egoistic intention need to first be destroyed and then a correct one added. 

This is called a revival of the dead souls. Moreover, this action can happen within a person at any degree and not necessarily in what is called the end of days.

When we concentrate on the correct attitude toward everything and understand that these are just egoistic desires that should be turned into altruistic ones by changing the intention from for my own sake to for the sake of others, then we don’t have any problems at all. We just want to know how we can change the intention, and the desires remain unchanged.

They should manifest in us according to the ability to restore the correct intention on them, and therefore these desires are hidden. However, once we receive the ability to change the intention from reception to bestowal, they are revealed gradually. The question is only how we connect to the source of the force that corrects our intentions.

Question: Does it mean that the correction of the intention still comes from the Creator? Can’t I correct it myself?

Answer: No, our goal is to raise a request to become altruists so for each desire instead of the intention for my own sake, we would have the intention for the sake of others and through them for the Creator. After all, the Creator is a collection of everything that is outside of me. Such is our work.
[201440]
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/7/16

Related Material:
One’s Own Trial
Clarifying The Upper Will
There Is No Punishment, There Is Only Correction

New Life #329 – Patience

New Life #329 – Patience
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

We are under constant pressure and are impatient most of the time. Why is this, how does this state influence the connections between us, and how can we reach a more relaxed environment and be more patient?

We measure patience and lack of patience according to the disturbances from others. Our ego is growing and as a result, we have become impatient. Whoever interferes with my enjoyment, get lost!

Israelis are especially impatient because they have very big egos. They want immediate results.

In the next generation, impatience will grow even more. Life will become very difficult with social problems and health problems. Due to impatience, the family unit is collapsing and people don’t want to get married or have children.

It’s possible to relate to someone with patience only if he is a very close friend, when we are connected as one.
When I feel good, people in society are loving, I am not pressed for time. I have patience, I feel free.

Try to develop a little love for the person in front of you, and then you will see that you have patience for him. When you work on a team on some project, put the pressure on the side and try to develop a warm relationship with them. If you put the building of good relations before the success of the project, you will succeed in the project as well.

In the next generation, there will be a difficult problem with patience. People won’t be able to stand each other. We must work on correcting man’s nature, providing education concerning the building of mutual connection.

Patience is the standard. Delaying gratification is better, putting something different in front of you and turning your attention to it.

If a person is impatient, it is preferable to have a few friends join him to share the tension and stress.

All solutions will come through the connection with others, through developing the ability to look at life through various viewpoints.
[136066]
From KabTV’s “New Life #329 – Patience,” 12/11/13

icon for podpress Video: Play Now | Download
icon for podpress Audio: Play Now | Download

Midrash Raba And The Torah

Laitman_137Question: There are many quotes from the Midrash Raba in the book The Secrets of the Eternal Book. What is this book?

Answer: The Midrash Raba was written before the people of Israel received the Torah and it describes the events that are mentioned in the Torah. Because the Torah tells us about the time of the correction after the exodus from Egypt, the question is how those who have not entered Egypt yet could have known about it. The answer is that they knew and studied it, but they could not yet process those actions internally.

Question: The Midrash Raba describes how the force called Abraham was born, and it is not mentioned anywhere in the Torah.

Answer: The Torah speaks about the actions we undergo. Everything else is secondary, felt beyond the actions that are projected on us, implicit in the sounds and in the letters they are written in. The text of the Torah includes everything, not openly, but as the subtle internal meaning of the text.

There is, in fact, no thought or action in human history, from the worst to the best, which is not included in the Torah. Everything in the Torah must be fulfilled at least once in our world.

Question: Does this mean that you don’t negate the historical fact that Abraham actually existed?

Answer: No, but by studying the Torah, we begin to understand what this condition is, when Abraham was born in our world, and suddenly a man appears. Who are we? Are we actually living here, or is it some sort of modulation of forces that depicts such figures? Why do we need that if we can translate everything in communication on a different level in the form of force fields or information?

The Torah is a manual for people who receive the right and the left lines, which means the forces that help them form the soul and act clearly in trying to resemble the Creator. In that case, they receive it openly.

Therefore, in the corporeal world, Moses was born, who taught people, divided them into groups of tens, hundreds, and thousands. He had students who assisted him, and they had more, and so on. The entire group that came of out of Babylon began to form itself according to the spiritual level, which was later called the nation of Israel.

All of the intentions of this group were not simply aimed at the Creator. They were aimed at resembling and being equivalent to Him. In other words, all of a person’s actions and desires in every situation in life are aimed only at getting closer to the Creator, to being more loving and bestowing.

At the same time, a person rises above all of the problems, fears, worries, and failures, above everything the Creator brings along the way on purpose in order to shape him, because the spiritual shaping is fulfilled only from the oppositeness, from the corporeal and the negative.
[201393]
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/4/16

Related Material:
Midrash Rabba Before Torah
The Torah Is A Guidebook For Love
At The Peak Of The Acute Sensations

What Does The Torah Tells Us?

laitman_527_07It is impossible to understand the text of the Torah directly. Therefore, religions and all their distortions appeared from its misinterpretation, and they make us think we should fulfill its precepts in our corporeal lives.

And the Torah says that the group created by Abraham went down to Egypt; that is, they began to feel greater egoism.

Then they decided to exit the egoism, rise above it, which is called the exodus from Egypt. They are ready to connect among themselves to rise above their egoism, in other words, they accept the condition of mutual guarantee.

However, in order to fulfill this condition and begin to correct the egoism by realizing it in the direction of bestowal and love, we still need the upper force called the Torah, which means Light. And they receive it. The Light should enter their egoistic desires and therefore, they inevitably build the golden calf.

Moses is the part that unites them, raises them above Mount Sinai, which means mountain of hatred. He splits this Light and it enters their desires called the golden calf, melts them, and receives the mixture of very strong mutual egoistic desires, inside which the Upper Light exists.

Now they can start working with this terrible mixture, gradually extracting the required parts from it and connecting them into the correct system.

This occurs when Moses comes down from Mount Sinai the second time with the new Tablets of the Covenant on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), ten days after Rosh HaShanah (New Year), that is, after the realization of the internal upheaval and the entrance of the completely different goals, thoughts, and forces for correction—the existence of a new system.

In other words, in ten days, meaning in ten Sefirot after Keter, they reach Malchut and completely attain the system where they exist. Therefore, on Yom Kippur they judge themselves, understanding what they need to do and deciding how to continue to exist. And the actual correction starts after the Day of Atonement.

The first Tablets of the Covenant are the solid Light of Hochma, the strongest Light, that eventually must fill all the desires and reach the state of the world of Infinity, endless fulfillment. They symbolize Tzimtzum Aleph (the First Restriction).

The second Tablets of the Covenant are built on the condition of Tzimtzum Bet (the Second Restriction) when we can completely, fearlessly, without making mistakes, correct ourselves because the Upper Light comes to us not with the same force as the first time, and we begin to feel what desires can be connected among themselves and how to correct ourselves properly.

In other words, the second Tablets symbolize the small state, during which we correct our nature through gradual actions. All the wandering in the desert speaks exactly about this path.
[200217]
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/31/16

Related Material:
Dance Around The Golden Calf And Shattering Of The Tablets Of The Covenant
The Shattering Of The Tablets
What Does The Torah Speak About?

A Hundred Million For Security

Laitman_632_1

In the News (Jewish Press): “Israel’s two new ‘Adir’ F-35 stealth fighter jets landed in Israel on Monday evening, with great pomp and circumstance at Nevatim Air Base in the Negev. They were received with great ceremony by Israel’s leadership, including President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, Israel Air Force Commander Amir Eshel and top IAF officials.

“’The Adir aircraft redefines Israel’s abilities of deterrence. It re-defines the IDF’s long arm. It redefines the realm of our ability to operate,’ noted President Rivlin.

“’Anyone who thinks to destroy us puts himself in danger of extinction,’ the prime minister said during the welcoming ceremony for the ‘Mighty’ Adir aircraft.”

Question: What is your opinion of the great hopes that are hanging on this acquisition?

Answer: I don’t think that any great hopes are connected to this. These planes constitute a deterrent, just like a nuclear weapon. On the other hand, it is dangerous because when you have a weapon of this kind, it encourages you to use it. But a deterrent like this is truly imperative to have with you and not with your enemies.

In principle, it doesn’t indicate anything. We will become stronger only when we strengthen our spirit. After all, the people of Israel survive not because we have a foreign weapon or something similar, but because we are connected with our roots, which we must bring to their final state, meaning that we must bring all people in the world to a good connection between them.

So the planes will not help us; the proper understanding of our ideological tasks will. If we specifically go out with this weapon and with the power of the spirit, we can win against all the evil forces and bring the world to the correct state.

Comment: In spite of everything, this relaxes a person somewhat. He thinks, “We already have airplanes, we have the Iron Dome. Generally this is some kind of protection.”

My Response: Indeed, but this is a very small compensation for spiritual damage we are causing ourselves. We cannot cover this up with that because we need to bring the world to a good connection anyway. 

And we are doing just the opposite. So the hatred toward us will grow, our opponents will become stronger; they are getting closer and closer to our borders and are equipped no less well than we are. So we need to think about what we are doing with all of this. I would turn the one hundred million dollars that has been wasted on the plane toward education. This would yield much greater benefits and security.
[199252]
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/14/16

Related Material:
Creating A Security Dome Over The World
The Most Powerful Weapon In The World
Israel: Hope For A New Life

To Avoid Spiritual Death

Laitman_632_3Torah, Deuteronomy 18:16 – 18:18: According to all that you asked of the Lord, your God, in Horeb, on the day of the assembly, saying, “Let me not continue to hear the voice of the Lord, my God, and let me no longer see this great fire, so that I will not die.” And the Lord said to me, “They have done well in what they have spoken. I will set up a prophet for them from among their brothers like you, and I will put My words into his mouth, and he will speak to them all that I command him.”

The highest corrected quality in a person from the right side is “Prophet,” from the left side, “King,” and at the bottom, “the people.” Therefore, the people, meaning those qualities of a person that still are in the process of correction, can’t be connected with the Creator at the level of Prophet.

Desires of the people can’t value Prophet and King. This is very serious subordination.

It is written, “Let me not continue to hear the voice of the Lord, my God, and let me no longer see this great fire, so that I will not die.” This means that a person should have fear in order not to go beyond the level where he can’t resist.

For example, if today I haven’t eaten anything, I am still able to hold back and not to take anything from the table. However, if I were hungry for several days, then I’ll grab anything like a hungry beast, not paying any attention to anybody.

Therefore, “so that I will not die” means not to receive for myself, because exactly this means spiritual death.
[200842]
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/05/16

Related Material:
Life Means Getting Closer To Love
What Is Our Life? A Game!
When Spirituality Becomes Our Life

From “Desert” To The “Land Of Israel”

laitman_747_01The entrance to the land of Israel is an ascent to the level of the implementation of freewill. The 40 years of wandering in the desert before entering the land of Israel, means being in certain desires called Bina, which is a high level, but the freedom of will is implemented there on a very weak, we can even say a child’s level – just do as you are told and everything will be all right.

The state of land of Israel represents the worst place in the world, the most terrible, hated place, causing everyone constant squabbles and fury, the land which was said to swallow those who live in it. But if you realize this desire (land – Eretz, from the word “Ratzon” – desire) correctly, you reveal the Creator in it.

In principle, a person who moves from the inner state “desert” to the spiritual state “land of Israel” rises to the bigger egoistic desires and can implement his freedom of will on the next, heavier level. The terrible problems and opposition between good and evil are revealed on this level and he must solve these problems within himself.

Upon entering the land of Israel, a person discovers new depths and new miasmas in him. He is obliged to examine them and choose love over hatred, which is very difficult because he needs to pay for it with his “animal” freedom.

Comment: The entire drama unfolds in front of the people. For example, Moses knows that he won’t enter the land of Israel, but he sends his children there.

My Response: Of course, it is a frightening state when you were ready to go with your people, but you are not allowed to. What will happen to them? You don’t know. You release them and they become independent from that moment.

Moses led people through the desert. The desert is much lower level than the land of Israel because all the contradictions revealed within a person in the desert were quite insignificant relative to the next level.

Besides, Moses was in the desert with them as an intermediary between the people and the Creator, meaning the system of governance. However, this system no longer exists on the border with the land of Israel. It is revealed before us in such a way. These really are difficult states. Unfortunately, we understand them only on our material level, not in the Kabbalistic sense.
[199342]
From KabTV Program “The Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/10/16

Related Material:
A New Level: Discovery Of The Characteristics Of The Creator
The Completion Of Moses’ Mission
Entering The Land Of Israel

At The Point Of Choice

laitman_760_2At any point of our spiritual state there are two ways. Therefore the phrase “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse” (Deuteronomy, 11:26) is repeated many times in the Torah.

This phrase is relevant at any given time because people are given freewill. A man is a creature that understands, feels, knows, and is able to realize the freedom of choice.

If at every moment of his existence he doesn’t see that there are two ways in front of him and he isn’t certain which of them is a blessing and which is a curse, then he is not a man but an animal that is urged forward by evolutionary development as a stick prodding him from behind.

But he considers himself a man because he is in concealment, and he doesn’t even realize that he doesn’t decide anything by himself. He’s  like a marionette in the hands of a puppeteer.

Therefore the words “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse” are addressed only to a person, who through the study and implementation of Kabbalah, has reached an understanding of the paths that are in front of him: a blessing and a curse, and he can choose only one of them. He doesn’t have another alternative if he is at the level of implementing freewill. And if he doesn’t realize it, he is not a man.

Therefore, it is written about all the people in the world that they are like animals, apart from those who, with the help of Kabbalah, reach the level of freewill.
[199303]
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/10/16

Related Material:
How Freedom Of Choice Is Expressed
A Blessing And A Curse
What Is A Person Responsible For?