"Come And See" A New Reality

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur entire problem in spiritual advancement is that we approach Kabbalah, the revelation of the Upper World, as if it were a scientific theory that we must attain with our mind and actualize with our own forces. However, Kabbalah offers us something completely atypical – the chance to acquire new qualities. And as long as a person does not acquire them, he will not find out what Kabbalah talks about.

All of Kabbalah is the method of developing a new quality in a person, the quality of “love for one’s neighbor.” It is also called “the Creator.” Thus, Kabbalah is the method of going from a total negation of Him to His full revelation. Our initial “earthly” feelings and mind do not bear any relation to the revelation of the Creator. The revelation of the Creator is the creation of His quality inside a person. Kabbalah is the method to form the quality of bestowal within us, the state of the Creator.

Our entire reality consists of two components: feelings and mind. When a person creates the image of the Creator within himself, he acquires a new mind and a new feeling instead of the previous ones. That is how he goes from the perception (or sensation) of this world to the perception (or sensation) of the Upper World.

The new sensation inside a person is called the Creator, “Boreh,” which means “come and see.” It is also called the soul.

The main challenge for a person who begins to study Kabbalah is the inability to connect all of his development with the Light that has to change him, with the force that has to bring him a new mind and feelings. We cling to external forms and aspire to perceive the text that was written by Kabbalists with our earthly feelings and mind. We try to adapt spirituality to our earthly existence. However, in all the books of Kabbalah, not a word speaks about our world. Our state is necessary only in order to attract the Light that Reforms through studying in a group. Our task is to expect for the birth of new feelings and a new mind within us, which will give us the perception of the new reality.

Our entire battle with our nature amounts to finding new instruments of perceiving the world, and then perceiving and attaining through them.

From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/4/10, “Matan Torah”

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Bestowal Has A Thousand Names

Dr. Michael LaitmanAll words are names of the qualities of Malchut; this is the only thing we read about in Kabbalah books. You might object because the letters originate in the following way: nine come from ZAT de Bina, nine come from Zeir Anpin, and just the last four letters of the alphabet are contained in Malchut . So why do all the words come from Malchut? It’s because we receive everything as an imprint in Malchut, no matter where it comes from.

Every name is the will to enjoy through the action of bestowal, meaning through reception for the sake of bestowal. The intention to bestow is what gives the desire a specific form. We don’t name the desire and the Light themselves, but their connection, the relationship between desire and Light. Only it has a name.

For example, a “plant” is not just a desire to enjoy, but a desire that contains the force of the Light that forms it into a plant, which is a desire of the vegetative type. The original Kli HaVaYaH is not yet a name, but just its basis. Names are fulfillments that are contained inside this name, or the Lights that can clothe inside this matter according to equivalence of form. This is why all the names come from Malchut.

From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/4/10, Beit Shaar HaKavanot

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Why Is The Grass Always Greener On The Other Side?

Laitman_718_02We always have an impression from a desire (Reshimo de Aviut) and from the Light (Reshimo de Hitlabshut), which don’t match each other. We feel that we can receive a bigger Light than we currently accommodate, and it’s actually good! All of our properties – jealousy, ambition, aspiration toward power and honor – stem from this.

If I am a sensing “cell” that feels the desire for something definite ("A," the Reshimo de Aviut), I see around me only what relates to “A.” If I have an additional data ("B," the Reshimo de Hitlabshut), within me, I observe something related to “B.”

Grass is Alwyas Greener

The discrepancy or difference between the Reshimot (informational records) of the desire and those of the Light (pleasure) makes me see “my neighbor’s grass” as being greener than my own. In other words, I have the ability to envy, understand more, compare myself with the others, and recognize that there is somebody who is greater than I am. This ability to perceive and acknowledge new additional levels is a human property.

This divergence triggers our development. There is no such discrepancy in the Reshimot of the still, vegetative, or animate levels. Only man possesses this quality because of his special spiritual form.

From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/30/10, Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah

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Clearing The Skies After The Volcano: Is Complete Union In The Forecast?

Laitman_715In the News (From CBSNews.com): The European Union and the continent’s air traffic agency want to move fast to abolish Europe’s fragmented national airspaces which they say exacerbated the unprecedented air travel disruptions that grounded over 100,000 flights because of volcanic ash last week.

Industry representatives, regulators, and analysts all predict that the most important result of the post-mortem meetings starting this week will be a move toward a unified airspace at the expense of nations still seeking to jealously guard the sky as a symbol of national sovereignty.

My Comment: The crisis has made the Europeans realize that they have to embark on greater integration and forgo their sovereignty. Otherwise, the incomplete integration results in negative counter-connection.

Europeans have to complete the unification process through to its end and form a unified government. If not, centrifugal forces will rip the “EB” (European Bazaar) apart, right up to a vicious war.

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Who Is Pulling Us By The String?

Laitman_069_01In the News (From Northeastern University): Human behavior is 93 percent predictable, a group of leading Northeastern University network scientists recently found. Distinguished Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási and his team studied the mobility patterns of anonymous cell-phone users and concluded that, despite the common perception that our actions are random and unpredictable, human mobility follows surprisingly regular patterns.

My Comment: Our individuality manifests only at the time of the Creator’s revelation within us, that is, when we start building His image within us. Indeed, it is the only new and free individual action. Beside this, everything is simply preprogrammed by the desire to receive pleasure (egoism), which acts only according to the principle of “maximum reception with minimum effort.”

Therefore, all our actions could be predicted beforehand. For that reason, Kabbalah calls us “animals.” We become “people” by realizing our only freedom of choice – in exiting egoism and becoming similar to the Creator.

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 05.04.10

Preparation to the Lesson, Shamati #137 “Zelophehad Was Gathering Wood
Our advancement is a reconciliation of two opposites: The receptive nature and the quality of bestowal.
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The Book of Zohar – Selections, Chapter “VaEra (And I Appeared),” Item 128
The “Egyptian plague” is a sequential chain of decisions regarding rising above receiving to bestowal.
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Beit Shaar HaKavanot, Item 122, Lesson 38
The Kabbalists don’t provide me with knowledge. Instead they distract and confuse me in order to create a space for growth that’s not filled with familiar facts.
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Rav Yehuda Ashlag “Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah),” Lesson 6
This world and the spiritual world differ only in the intention.  The action can remain unchanged.
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