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Violence In Spirituality

laitman_622_01Torah, Deuteronomy 22:25: But if a man finds the betrothed girl in the field, and the man overpowers her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die.

Question: What does violence mean in spirituality?

Answer: Violence is the disparity of a desire and a Masach (screen). This shouldn’t be done. However, on the other hand, there are such desires that can’t be corrected any other way. We see such examples even in our world among animals and humans. This is a consequence of spiritual behavior.

This is a very complex system of behavior in our world between a man and a woman that obviously originates from the spiritual states of the Masach and desire.

On one hand, a woman consciously or subconsciously provokes a man, meaning she attracts him, even to the point that he could rape her. In our world, she can be, in part, psychologically unaware of it, but in the spiritual world, this is so. Therefore, we must understand that all of this is a very complicated system.

When we begin to unveil our desires and think about how to correct them, we are amazed that it is precisely due to the fact that we live in our illusory world that we receive through it the ability to describe spiritual states. After all, there is no language in the spiritual world and there are no separate objects such as man, woman, field, city, and so on.

It would be very difficult to describe all of this if the Kabbalists didn’t use the language of branches. Therefore, in our world, it is possible to depict everything so beautifully and in such detail that there are words for everything, for example: “A man finds the betrothed girl in the field and the man overpowers her.”

It means that the Torah uses thousands of didffernt words that describe such a state in detail, and if we describe this in a Kabbalistic language, then it speaks about the way the Masach interacts with desire, how they approach each other, meet in the field, that is, outside of the influence of all of the others, since no one has the opportunity to influence and limit them.

The Masach tries by all means to perform a correction, even over a desire that is unsuitable for it. In principle, this is an incorrect action, but the desire can be corrected this way.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/10/16

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“You Shall Make A Guard Rail For Your Roof”

laitman_232_06Torah, Deuteronomy 22:08: When you build a new house, you shall make a guard rail for your roof, so that you shall not cause blood [to be spilled] in your house, that the one who falls should fall from it [the roof].

The roof of the house is a screen through which we come in contact with the Creator. Therefore, it is necessary to make sure that no one can use it to harm himself.

This rule also comes from the fact that, firstly, the roof was once considered the safest place where one could hide from wild animals. Therefore, it served as a refuge for sleep.

Secondly, in the Mediterranean climate, the houses were very hot and people slept on the roofs in the cool. The law to create a fence (Maake) on the roofs comes precisely from this fact, and this direction must be strictly enforced.

Therefore, in Israel the roof of each house is fenced.

The inner meaning of this commandment is that in this way you must build your screen, like in a Sukkah (in a hut). Through it, the upper Light comes to you from above and your desires ascend.

Therefore, there should be a restriction on all impure desires in the screen so that no one can use it to harm. After all, if you use the screen for your own sake, it collapses and this is considered a descent.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 9/28/16

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To See A New World

laitman_928Torah, Deuteronomy 20:16 – 20:17: However, of these peoples’ cities, which the Lord, your God, gives you as an inheritance, you shall not allow any soul to live. Rather, you shall utterly destroy them: The Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivvites, and the Jebusites, as the Lord, your God, has commanded you.

A person is a small world, and everything that is written in the Torah speaks about his internal correction.

Therefore, while striving to unite in order to reveal the Creator, I conquer the rest of the nations and their cities, meaning opposite  desires, for the purpose of their further correction. I must correct all my egoistic qualities, my egoistic attitude toward others, hatred, envy, and so on.

The difference between how horrible they were before the correction and the way they became after it turns into a new sensory organ in which I begin to feel the new state that is called “my new world.” I begin to see the world differently than before, in the independent, corrected, and altruistic state, in the quality of bestowal and love.

Naturally, in doing so, I don’t leave any of my former desires and qualities that were filling me previously alive; I transform them into the opposite ones, into bestowal.

This means, “not to allow any soul to live.” Thus, Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivvites, and Jebusites are the key egoistic desires that exist in every person and they need to be corrected.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16

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Law Of The Middle Line

laitman_600_01Torah, Deuteronomy 22:10 – 22:11: You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. You shall not wear a mixture of wool and linen together.

This is the law of the middle line.

The donkey and the ox symbolize the right and left lines that can’t be joined together. The donkey is kindness, and the ox is stubbornness (the left line).

The left line is egoistic desires, and the right line is the altruistic qualities that we receive from above. However, they should be correctly balanced in the middle line.

The same is true regarding the ban on wearing clothes from mixed fabric. You can’t mix wool and linen that symbolize the two lines, because by this you cause a “short circuit,” and everything you do this way won’t give any good result.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 9/28/16

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For The Benefit Of Others

Laitman_510_01Torah, Deuteronomy 21:10: If you go out to war against your enemies.

This is about the war of a person against his nature that is egoism.

On one hand, this is a very difficult work, and the Torah describes it very precisely as a war. After all, you must fight with your internal properties, views, thoughts, and with the constant discovery that everything is directed to the benefit of your body, for your own convenience.

You always have to rise above this, to prefer the convenience of others, and through them, the convenience of the Creator to your own comfort, because the Creator is the personification of everything that is outside of you. This is a huge war with yourself.

Of course, there are forces that help fight and determine how to choose certain methods, opportunities, time, and circumstances in order to somehow rise above yourself and return your thoughts to the actions for the benefit of others and the Creator, and not for your own benefit. But in general, this is a very difficult job.

And the most important thing is, that although this work is so difficult in the inner pressure of a person, all people in the world must take it upon themselves. This is the most incredible fact.

Such thoughts are typical for those few people in the world who have a point in the heart. They understand the need for attaining the purpose of creation and for fulfilling of its plan. They have a rudiment of a new desire that burns them from within.

Ahead, a great fight awaits them. “Go out to war,” as the Torah says. However, they have at least an initial desire for this. For the rest of the people, all of it is in a dormant internal state. Yet, they are the entire humanity less the dozen people who really have a strong need to rise above their nature and are ready for anything.

In the end, it will still affect everyone because humanity must rise to a completely new nature, new laws, and new forces.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/5/16

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A Man’s Attire Shall Not Be On A Woman

laitman_533_02The Torah, Dueteronomy 22:05: A man’s attire shall not be on a woman, nor may a man wear a woman’s garment because whoever does these [things] is an abomination to the Lord, your God.

The so-called female and male desires have separate intrinsic states. Female desires are mostly selfish. They can be corrected only if a man is by the side. And male desires are desires for bestowal, they are basically intentions.

Therefore, a woman cannot be without a man. A female desire must be either under the guidance of her father or her husband. A free woman, that is a free desire, shouldn’t exist because without the right intention it will be selfish. This is a law and it shouldn’t happen in the nation.

That’s why the current state of humanity and society is completely opposite to the correct state.

If a woman “wears man’s clothes,” this means that she behaves freely as a man, which is the source of all problems in society. But it stems from the fact that it is necessary to correct internal desires, which are always female desires, while the intentions are male. Therefore, a man must always “cover” a woman (desire) with his intention.

If a man “puts on women’s clothes,” this means that he descends to a level at which he starts working for reception instead of bestowal. And this is a terrible degradation.

A man in Hebrew is called Gever from the word Gabrut, an effort, which means putting effort in overcoming his own egoism and always trying to set himself on the Creator. And if he is not doing this, then he is at a very low, animal level. It is said: “All are like animals.”

A woman is a state when you feel your egoism, you try to do something about it, but you cannot. To do this, you have to “get married,” that is, find a man’s intention.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/28/16

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“Twisted Threads On The Four Corners Of Your Garment”

laitman_253Torah, Deuteronomy 22:12: You shall make yourself twisted threads, on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.

Any garment should end with four tassels that symbolize four qualities of desire: Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. The ends of the tassels necessarily must be tied in a knot, which means restriction.

This means that you to some extent restrict each of the desires and then you can use them, already directed at bestowal. You can’t do anything with an unrestricted desire. It must end somewhere, have a restriction, a screen, and a Reflected Light.

For example, a glass has its own shape. Similarly, the desire has its shape if you restrict it by the knots. The four tassels should be not only on garments, but also on the blanket that we use during the day’s sleep, because in this case, it is considered a garment. Therefore, it is necessary to tie knots on the four corners of the blanket.

According to the Torah, there are our basic internal property, then the soul, body, garment, and then the external world. A garment is the external desires, which can be gradually attracted and corrected so that they relate to you like your body. We study this in the writings of the Ari.

Spiritual laws work only for correction of the more internal and the more external desires, and are built on various restrictions, so that it would be possible to gradually work off all the desires and fill the corrected soul with the Upper Light.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/28/16

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Where Your Thoughts Are

Laitman_716_01Torah, Deuteronomy 20:18: So that they should not teach you to act according to all their abominations that they have done for their gods, whereby you would sin against the Lord, your God.

The nations of the world are these desires that draw us to all the pleasures of material life and to all its problems. But all of these very much carry away a person.

We see how, despite the fact that people come to the wisdom of Kabbalah, which is engaged precisely in destroying evil in people and bringing them to the level where they become kind and do good to others, our world pulls them in the opposite direction.

Here we need to confront our egoism. This is what the Torah calls for.

A person must rise to such a level that he takes only what he needs for existence from this world and everything else he directs only toward the attainment of the upper world.

This doesn’t mean that we have to sleep on the ground, live on bread and water, and lead a meager life. A person should have everything that his body requires. For example, it can demand five meals a day, sleep on the feather bed and not on a simple mattress, and so on.

We should start with fulfilling its requests reasonably. Then gradually, as a person moves into the quality of bestowal in connection with others, his demands for life will change naturally, without coercion.

It doesn’t matter what these demands will be! When a person’s intentions are aimed at giving to others and in attracting others toward unity, then it does not matter what his body requires. Give it what it wants so that it does not interfere with his internal development.

Question: Does it mean that if the head is directed upward, the body will gradually come to the state of modesty?

Answer: Of course, however, not because of beliefs and various spiritual practices but in a natural way.

A person is where his thoughts are. Therefore, all the rest comes to the naturally minimal, normal level that is required for a person. His material level automatically restricts itself in accordance with the level at which he is in spirituality.

It becomes ordinary, which does not distract him with any worries; it is good if he has it, but it is also all right if not. The main thing is where your thoughts are.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16

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Evening And Morning In Spiritual Work

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, Deuteronomy 16:06: You shall slaughter the Passover offering in the afternoon, as the sun sets, at the appointed time that you went out of Egypt.

The exit from Egypt symbolizes the initial separation from egoism and rise above it. Afterwards the correction continues because disconnection from egoism and rise above it is still not the correction of the ego.

Therefore, the exit from Egypt constantly recurs. Every time you have to take some part of egoism, feel how you come out of it, and start correcting it for the opposite property.

“Evening” is a state when you feel that there is a new evil in you because a night is the beginning of a day, the time when all evil forces, which you collect and expose, emerge. Then the morning comes.

“Morning” does not mean a sunrise, but a sense of confidence that now you can work in bestowal with all these egoistic desires.
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Acting For The Benefit Of Others

Dr. Michael LaitmanMost important in the spiritual work is to put filters or restrictions on all our thoughts, actions, desires, and words, which would act strictly in one direction: ensure that thoughts in the head, desires in the heart, words in the mouth, and actions by hands all work only for the benefit of others.

However, it doesn’t mean running from hospital to hospital, helping the needy, or assisting old ladies to cross the road, and so on. Nothing like this! We see that this doesn’t give us any results.

There is only one thing left: to pass the Upper Light through ourselves to the entire world by becoming one nation, as it is written in the Torah, “And you shall be unto me a nation of Cohens.” If we undertake this and become intermediaries between the entire world and the Creator in order to bestow to Him and to the world, but never to benefit ourselves as “Cohens have no allotment in this world,” then we will bring the whole world to harmony, balance and fulfil our mission.

This is the essence of the chapter Shoftim (Judges), who all the time have to measure and weigh correctly, pass fair verdicts, and control themselves.
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