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Add Three More Cities For Yourself

laitman_565_01Torah, Deuteronomy 19:07 – 19:09: Therefore, I command you, saying, “You shall separate for yourself three cities.” And when the Lord, your God, expands your boundary, as He swore to your forefathers, and He gives you all the land of which He spoke to give to your forefathers; if you will keep all this commandment to perform it, which I command you this day, to love the Lord, your God, and to walk in His ways all the days, you shall add three more cities for yourself, in addition to these three.

If a person keeps all the commandments, then he will have more problems, because a bigger egoism will be revealed in him, meaning even more unintentional desires—killers of his soul, for which three additional cities of refuge must be opened.

In principle, what do we reveal in ourselves? Desires that are against spirituality and kill a man in us.

The illumination of the greater Light is a very kind and great deed of the Creator when we begin to reveal in us such desires that we wouldn’t be able to identify as egoistic in any other way. They would have stayed hidden in us. Therefore, by revealing them, we advance faster.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/7/16

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Holistic Medicine

Dr. Michael LaitmanTorah, Deuteronomy, 21:20-21: They shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.’

Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear.

“A glutton and a drunkard” is a desire that like a cancerous cell absorbs into itself the Light of Hochma and the Light of Hassadim respectively. Naturally, this kind of desire needs to be killed.

Question: What is meant by “and all Israel will hear of it and fear”?

Answer: Spiritual correction has to be carried out in a general environment and have an impact on the entire nation, on all the souls. It has to be realized in such a way as to ultimately correct the entire system of connection between people or between the souls.

A person brings into the entire system such stress under which it impulsively goes into a different mode. In this way a cancerous part gets rid of its stupid intention and once again begins growth. Naturally, nothing is lost from the collective soul.

Question: It would be interesting to see what would happen if the doctors who are trying to uncover the mysteries of cancer became Kabbalists?

Answer: They would still be unable to do anything. Of course, they discover that this disease is related to the violation of the internal program of a cell whereby it begins to devour itself or the surrounding cells and by this loses its ability to exist. Because ultimately, it begins to divide independently, not taking into account the surrounding space, and dies along with the entire organism.

In principle, it is clear that this is an egoistic mechanism that crosses all boundaries. It doesn’t have self-control, which speaks to the fact that it destroys itself.

For example, living in a village, I cannot burn down all the fields around me. What am I going to do afterwards? What am I going to eat? But this is exactly how an irrational cancerous cell behaves because egoism becomes its master. In this way, it destroys everything around it and then dies itself. The principle of a cancerous cell is: You die today, and I tomorrow.

The thing is that the entire system must be treated together, as a whole. This is why every several centuries, this type of medicine comes into fashion again. But I don’t see that it would ultimately win because a holistic method of medical treatment will enter the mainstream only together with Kabbalah. For now we remain within the framework of ordinary medicine.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 09/26/16

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Three Cities Of Refuge

laitman_740_01Torah, Deuteronomy 19:02 – 19:03: You shall separate three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which the Lord, your God, is giving you to possess. Prepare the road for yourself and divide into three parts the boundary of your land, which the Lord, your God, is giving you as an inheritance, and it will be for every killer to flee there.

We are talking about a person who committed manslaughter. He didn’t plan and execute it; everything happened inadvertently and came from the upper governance. The Creator set him up.

There is a difference in whether a person knew about it in advance and agreed to it.

Of course, the Creator controls everything. However, we need to distinguish clearly whether the crime happened according to the will of a person or not. Suppose, I was building a balcony on the tenth floor strictly according to the calculations, but it collapsed and killed someone. Did I do it deliberately? No. Should I go to jail now? It seems that yes, I should.

However, there is no prison in the Torah. Prisons are not a correction! We see that people, who leave prisons, are even worse criminals and terrorists. Therefore, a person who committed manslaughter should go to a city of refuge.

Three cities were built for such people. It indicates a certain governance of the Creator who wants to separate them from others. This way the Creator draws His line through them. A person should live in this city without the right to get out of it. If he violates this condition, he can be killed.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/7/16

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Do Not Destroy Trees By Putting An Ax To Them

Dr. Michael LaitmanTorah, Deuteronomy 20:19: When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees people, that you should besiege them?

A tree is one’s property that grows and bears fruit. The attitude toward wild trees that do not bear fruit is totally different from that toward the trees that do bear fruit because this is your future, your next states. Such properties within you should get special treatment.

Question: What does it mean, “do not destroy trees by putting an ax to them”?

Answer: Perhaps the rudiments of a future spiritual state are starting to manifest within you, and that’s why they shouldn’t be cut down. Trees, especially those that bear fruit, require very special treatment.

The fruit tree “within me” is composed of my states that will yield results in the future, bringing me closer to the proper degree. After all, I plowed my egoism and I planted the seeds that will grow into a tree from which I will eat. A person has to realize that his future states develop only in this way.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16

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Let Him Escape And Remain Alive

Laitman_509Torah, Deuteronomy 19:04: And this is the case of the killer who will flee there, so that he may live: Whoever strikes his fellow [to death] unintentionally, whom he did not hate in times past.

The fellow is one with whom a person who committed the murder had some kind of contact. This action can be identified and analyzed, and if there is no connection between the crime itself and their relationship, then the murder is considered unintentional and the person is not imprisoned.

Torah, Deuteronomy 19:05: As when a man goes with his fellow into the forest to chop wood, and his hand swings the ax to cut down the tree, and the iron flies off the handle, and it reaches his fellow, and he dies he shall flee to one of these cities, and live.

This is very serious damage from one person to another.

The one who caused serious damage to his fellow doesn’t have a choice, there is no way out according to the the laws of the Torah. He has to go to the city of refuge. He must avoid punishment because he committed an unintentional murder. His isolation is his correction. While staying in the city of refuge, he begins to understand that to some degree, he is under the unfavorable control of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/7/16

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The Head Is Responsible For Everything

Laitman_177_06Torah, Deuteronomy 21:05 – 21:06: And the kohanim, the sons of Levi, shall approach, for the Lord, your God, has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the Name of the Lord, and by their mouth shall every controversy and every lesion be [judged]. And all the elders of that city, who are the nearest to the corpse, shall wash their hands over the calf that was decapitated in the valley…

Cohens (kohanim – priests) is an intermediate stage between the Creator and all the other desires of a person. Our highest sensations, attainments, and desires are called “Cohen.”

To wash the hands means to elevate them to the property of love and bestowal, because water symbolizes the Light of Hassadim. Hands represent what a person receives, his desire to draw in the entire world.

It is written: “And all the elders of that city, who are the nearest to the corpse, shall wash their hands over the calf.” It is precisely the elders, the greatest forces of a person, that are responsible for what happened. Meaning, a person omitted something within himself. Therefore, he must engage his greatest properties in this work.

It is the same in the corporeal world. If something happens to the people, you can’t blame them; the higher authorities are guilty. The head is responsible for everything.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16

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Drama On The Spiritual Path

Laitman_182_02Torah, Deuteronomy 21:01 – 21:04: If a slain person be found in the land which the Lord, your God is giving you to possess, lying in the field, [and] it is not known who slew him, then your elders and judges shall go forth, and they shall measure to the cities around the corpse.

And it will be, [that from] the city closer to the corpse, the elders of that city shall take a calf with which work has never been done, [and] that has never drawn a yoke, and the elders of that city shall bring the calf down to a rugged valley, which was neither tilled nor sown, and there in the valley, they shall decapitate the calf.

Since the Torah speaks only about our internal actions, here it talks about finding in yourself the person killed by you. By working on yourself, you gradually grow from the animal state. Therefore, you take from your quality an animal state that is the closest to a “slain person,” a calf, and decapitate it with a stone.

A calf is identified with the quality of Bina, with milk, and with the quality of bestowal. A stone is Lev haEven (stony heart), the heaviest egoism that is impossible to correct. In other words, you must perform an action when your indomitable egoism in its lowest form decapitates the calf that gives life, meaning milk, what is called the Light of Hassadim.

By this you perform a spiritual action in our world, and by doing so, you atone the killing of a person in you. The recognition of evil that you performed, by killing a germ of the future person in you, serves you as a starting point for the further rise.

I stopped here only on a few reference points. In fact, everything is not simple at all. It is described in the form of an instruction in the Torah and it is unclear how it can be deciphered. It requires the entire wisdom of Kabbalah.

It turns out that you kill a quality of bestowal in yourself, perform the sententious action, as if you are told, “You can’t imagine whom you killed in yourself! And now do it consciously. At the level of human, you didn’t see and couldn’t understand that you were killing a person in you, but on the animate level, you can determine this. So, kill.”

This is a very deep internal action when you force your egoism to kill the animal life familiar to you. You kill the root, from which the human killed by you was supposed to grow and now you can start acting.

This is a great internal drama and an act of inner self-observation.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16

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Work In The Land Of Israel

laitman_933The task of entering the Land of Israel is to work with one’s egoistic desires. It is called Eretz – land, earth, from the word “Ratzon” – “Desire.”

But to become the desires of “Israel” – Yasher Kel, directed straight to the Creator, that is, to bestowal, love, and connection between all—these desires still have to be defeated.

Therefore, we must first create all these systems in ourselves in order to undertake the correction of egoistic desires.

While we were in the desert, these desires were hidden and did not work, and we were engaged only in the accumulation of the Light of Hassadim , which is acquiring the property of bestowal and rising above egoism.

After forty years of full ascension from Malchut to Bina, we descend back to Malchut. Here we begin practical work, but this time we work with our egoism. Previously we just rose above it, but now we are turning every egoistic action into an altruistic one. This is a completely different kind of work.

Question: Once you gave an example of a balloon. If you fill it with a gas lighter than air, it flies to the ceiling, and if you fill it with a heavier gas, it drops to the ground. Does this mean that the entrance to the Land of Israel is a heavier fulfillment and it pulls you down?

Answer: Of course. Egoistic properties always pull you down. Our task is to soar up with all our heavy egoism. But it’s not that scary since everything is done with the help of the Upper Light, the upper force. Our job is just to master this technique.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/21/16

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Where Did The Torah Come From?

Laitman_137Question: How and from where did the Torah appear?

Answer: Thousands of years ago, a human being began to contemplate the purpose of his existence for the first time, not just his perishable body and how to feed it and organize the world around him.

A desire was awakened in humans to reach their roots and discover what shapes, sculpts, creates, and organizes them biologically.

The understanding of the biological nature of humans is not the problem. The problem is to understand according to what laws and with what intention the forces that created them operate.

People have still been asking these questions from generation to generation. From the basic question about the meaning of life, they have penetrated more and more deeply into nature, and nature helped them to do this.

Their intention was simple; they wanted to reach the origin of life. They sought to understand why we exist in this world and in what manner it is possible to observe our future state. Are we moving toward it in a desirable way or is there another direction? Could it be that everything that we do is automatic?

Doubts appeared in people regarding different ways of life, whether it is preferable to advance within the framework of a personal, limited life or to advance together with all of humanity. It isn’t important that this progress consisted of the invention of clubs, clay pots, or huts. The most important thing is where we are moving internally. How can we create our future destiny and do we have freedom of choice?

These questions led humanity to begin to discover the forces of evolution which they called the “hidden power” or “the angel Raziel.”

Humans began to gradually investigate why abilities and knowledge appeared in them, why today is different compared to yesterday, and what is happening in nature that compels them to change.

The evolutionary process is indeed also typical of apes, but people contemplate this and apes don’t. Apes don’t change themselves and the world around them, but people have a need to do this. In other words, from the start there is knowledge that is inherent in humans that leads them forward.

Questions are stimulated by this, like: “If there is an upper force that always awakens new thoughts and actions in me, can I decide where to direct my thoughts and determine my actions this way?

Can I achieve a final result that was not completely expected by the force that manages me? If that result is unexpected, does that mean that on the basis of my personal conclusions I myself am the manager?” People must know whether they are moving forward and that they are doing so correctly.

The question of freedom of choice appears in people from an understanding that people are completely locked within a deterministic nature that manages their thoughts and emotions.

People have nothing of their own, rather everything that exists in the intellect and emotions comes to them from an unclear source, and they cannot do anything about it. People are part of a “device,” which sends signals to them, and they put them into action. This is even though a person doesn’t sense this device and doesn’t think that he is a part of it.

If we accept the assumption that everything works like this, everything becomes simpler. Act according to your instincts and desires, create industrial, economic, and political systems; do anything that comes to mind.

Don’t consider the question of where your thoughts and desires come from and for what purpose they were given, because you are the mechanism of their implementation. We don’t feel that we are implementing an “alien” program because we feel that it is ours, it lives within us, and that is how humanity exists.

Although there is no freedom of choice, the meta-programming gives people the illusion of freedom of choice. Nonetheless, some people began to wonder, “From where am I receiving these signals? Do they appear in me spontaneously or do they come from a program of a higher power?”

The religious view states that if people were created by the program of nature, they can rely upon the program operating for their benefit. Since the higher nature is one step above humans, it is good, reasonable, and compassionate, meaning that everything is derived from divine grace and what will be, will be.

There exists a further point of view that says that if we are managed by nature, we have the possibility of investigating this system of our management, connecting with it, and understanding to what extent and how we can cooperate with it reciprocally since nature has created within us the prerequisites for us to understand it.

This is the point of view that was formulated in the Torah that Moses wrote, but even before its creation, there were identical writings by other Kabbalists. From Adam”on, all of those who attained the spiritual world described the higher power of management, the mechanism that activates all of creation.

Moses wrote the most comprehensive book, from A to Z, from “Bereshit” (“in the beginning,” the first word of the Torah) to “Israel” (the last word in the Torah). Everything that happens in the creature from its first foundations until it is materialized in our world, as well as its ultimate future state is expressed in the Torah.

The Torah is considered to be fundamental. Although it is written in a unique language, there is nothing in it that is of literary significance. The Torah doesn’t talk about people working in the world, but only about the forces that manage creation, the forces that manage the enormous system that is beyond our attainment and in which we, and even our world, are included as a small part of.

The Torah is the general management system of creation that includes within it the still, vegetative, animate, and speaking levels of nature beginning from its spiritual creation through its materialistic formation to the successful conclusion of its future development called the completion of correction.
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Do Not Sell A Captive For Money

laitman_545Torah, Deuteronomy 21:14: And it will be, if you do not desire her, then you shall send her away wherever she wishes, but you shall not sell her for money. You shall not keep her as a servant, because you have afflicted her.

The captive is a desire a person exempted from the previous egoistic intention, but is not able to make a correct altruistic intention on. Then he just sends it, so to speak, to deep waters, and it is “drifting” somewhere.

“You shall not keep her as a servant, because you have afflicted her” means that you rescued her from egoistic intention—you captured it and now you have to fully correct it, that is, to provide this desire with a correct altruistic direction toward the Creator.

If you can’t make it, leave your desire alone and consider it hovering somewhere. In a certain amount of time it will show up again, and then you will deal with it.

Question: What does it mean “you shall not sell her for money”?

Answer: The thing is that you have no right to change one desire to another and thus gain a screen for it. Money in Hebrew is “Kesef,” “Kisuf” – screen, covering. You can’t reach any gain from the fact that you didn’t finish your correction. But then it comes. Such fluctuations of desire constantly arise in a person.

You were confident that with the help of this desire you would now reach the next spiritual level, nearer to the Creator. But it proved to be above your capacities, and you can do nothing about it.

The fact is that this is not the woman who is sitting in your tent mourning her parents. This is you yourself connecting with this desire and cutting your hair. This is how a new desire is absorbed within a person, when he is willing to merge with the Creator with its help, but realizes that he’s unable to do it.

In principle, the Torah is talking about the work with the same desire, which manifests itself gradually, step by step, layer by layer. And at each level, we face problems because we have to realize these desires, see how connected with them we are how we cannot simply correct them, but need to ask the Creator for help. This is tremendous work. Everybody has to do what he is assigned to according to the root of his soul.
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