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A Story About The Ideal State

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah talks only about how to unite all the souls together and mend them into a single soul. It is written, “I created the evil inclination, and I created the Torah for its correction because the Light in it Reforms.”

The Light of the Torah returns us to a single desire. The whole narration of the Torah is devoted exclusively to describing the process of unification among the souls. The Torah talks about the forms of connection between parts of ZON (Zeir Anpin and Nukvah) in all spiritual states. Therefore, the Light from these states of connection restores the connections between us and returns us to the source: the Creator.

It is difficult to imagine how unification of a single soul’s fragments can be elucidated so extensively, yet, the whole Torah tells us only about this. Although the Light of the Torah comes from a single soul, it passes through the systems that were created after its breaking. For this reason, it has adapted to our broken state and has the ability to correct it.

From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/30/10, The Zohar

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Waiting For The Dawn

Dr. Michael LaitmanMan’s egoism hates the wisdom of Kabbalah since it talks about love of others. Yet, in order to nevertheless bring man closer to the state opposite to his ego, religions were invented. This provided an opportunity to use the “wisdom of Kabbalah” (as it were) in various false forms, which allowed people to develop egoistically.

Religion elevates a person above his animalistic existence by espousing that there is a Creator, punishment and reward in this world and the next one, and eternity of his soul. It gives a person a glimpse into something higher, no matter how false it may be. However, people begin to build around it various theories, philosophies, and methodologies, and thereby develop art and culture, striving to become greater. Thus, through religions, humanity develops in its ego, in order to finally realize, during our time, that it is in exile from true spirituality.

When 2000 years ago we lost our spiritual ways, having fallen from love of others to unfounded hatred to all, we didn’t feel the fall because people were used to the presence of the Creator in their existence. But humanity needs to feel the bottomless depth of our downfall and the total disconnection from spirituality! To achieve this, it needs the Light to shine on it and reveal its state as darkness.

Since we do not have a desire for love of others, instead of being given the Torah (the Light that Reforms), we are given the Torah in the form of religion of this world, which is when we use the Torah with egoistic intentions and not in order to attain love for the others.

Waiting for the Dawn
Studying the Torah with egoistic intentions, a person only more deeply immerses into the darkness of his egoism, until he reaches a state in which he becomes aware of the darkness and the fact that instead of loving the others, he is conceited and hateful towards them. We have to undergo this process in order to realize the evil nature of our egoism. The Creator says: “I created the evil inclination,” and we have to find it within ourselves.

Then I will be in need of the Torah, as a remedy for the correction of my ego, and I will lament. This won’t be a mere religion but the Light that Reforms and brings us to bestowal and love.

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/29/10, Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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How To Become A Creature

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: If I give something to my son, he doesn’t feel shame because of my love for him. Why then should we feel ashamed before the Creator if He gives to us?

My Answer: A son doesn’t feel shame in receiving from his father because a son belongs to his father and perceives himself as part of the parent. He receives from the father since he is entitled to it, and everything he gets is not his, but his father’s. Yet, the son doesn’t develop independently this way.

This form of development is called “conception” and “feeding,” meaning that the son, being small, receives everything from his father, the adult. But then children grow up and don’t wish to receive from their parents any longer because by this they remain under their parents’ authority. Thus, a father starts to feel the need to distance himself from his son so that his child will grow into an independent adult, eventually becoming a parent to offspring of his own. Therefore, according to the degree of their independence, children separate from their father, no longer wishing to receive from him, and begin to make a living on their own.

The Creator wants us to become independent and similar to Him. To achieve this, He performs a restriction and hides Himself, giving us an opportunity to become like Him through our own devices, to earn our own perfection, greatness, and fulfillment. Otherwise, if we continue receiving from Him, we will remain small and all our work will consist solely of annulling ourselves and begging the Creator. So after we go through the stage of being small, while learning from the Creator how to be like Him, we acquire independence.

However, the Creator does not want us to remain in such a state. Hence after the initial stage, when we, like the little ones, learn from the Creator how to become like Him, we acquire independence. In spiritual development, even during the stages of “conception” and “feeding,” we act against our nature, and this is why these degrees are already levels of independence.

The sole problem in making a creature is in nurturing its independence, allowing it to detach from the Creator. Hence, there is no creature without separation from the Creator. Detachment is necessary and obligatory; it is our essence. Otherwise, we will not feel ourselves as existing.

However, as of yet we don’t even feel ourselves as a drop of semen in the Creator.

From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/29/10, Article, “The Need For Love of Friends”

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Love Is Stronger Than A Nuclear Explosion

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: Why is it said that the strength of spiritual Light brought to us by the wisdom of Kabbalah is bigger than an atomic explosion?

My Answer: We know that the most powerful forces in our world are obscure and hidden. Muscle strength, a stick in a clenched fist, or a knife in a hand are dwarfed by firearms and explosives. However, the principle remains the same: to inflict a blow.

An even stronger impact exists when we don’t feel the blow in and of itself, but rather its consequences such as with radioactivity. Nowadays, psychotropic weapons have been invented; they don’t impact the human body but our psyches. Humankind uses higher levels of energy as it develops. We don’t feel them, nor do we perceive them through our five senses. We only suffer from their consequences when they cause us harm.

Spiritual power is higher than all other energies. It doesn’t exist in matter, waves, or even thoughts. This force can’t be detected by any worldly instruments. It is impossible to use this force with evil intention. The law of the First Restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph) prohibits such use of this energy. It can be used only for the sake of bestowal, that is, for our neighbors’ good.

Thousands of years of humanity’s development were needed to arrive at the conclusion that we shouldn’t use the power for evil. We should restrict our egoism by using it only for the sake of bestowal, for the benefit of other people.

Spiritual weapons are armaments of love. They are extremely strong and are meant to show a person that he must switch to a different perception of reality, the world, and his life. It is not about another “improved” stick in one’s hand, but rather it’s…a flower. It possesses an unusual strength under the condition that we know how to use it.

When we begin to use this spiritual power, then the Upper Force that rules the whole universe starts to act on our side and begins to fulfill the work together with us. All we have to do is to attract this power instead of looking for it within ourselves. We have to attract the Creator so that He acts for us. Everything in this world depends on the person who attracts the Upper Light, and his “weapon” is the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

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The New System Of Education

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: How can the failure of our education system be due to a lack of unity between people? I don’t see it.

My Answer:
What people call “education” gives knowledge, but does not foster the development of a human being. Schools do not raise children to be a human, but merely provide a certain amount of knowledge in physics, chemistry, and so on.

Society refers to the education system as an upbringing, but as a matter of fact, it doesn’t do the job. It is clear from the results as well as the subjects studied. How many lessons and class discussions are aimed at nurturing a human being? Does anybody care about this? School schedules are filled with physics, chemistry, reading and writing, and later we wonder why we have such difficulties with our children.

Schools produce robots trained to work in various enterprises. The task of the school is to prepare a worker (engineer and so on) for a position within the industry “pipeline.” The board of education does not concern itself with the kind of person one becomes or how he will live. This is because the education system has nothing to do with the system of rearing a person.

The education system has never been aimed at raising a human being. It was formed during the Industrial Revolution with the goal of turning peasants into industrial workers. The school as we see it today was invented then for the purpose of teaching people who worked the land and raised cattle to read and write so that they could work with machines, understand basic laws of physics and chemistry, and follow instructions. Such was the foundation of the modern school and it remains today.

Today we must move to the true “educational” system, and this is something entirely new. It is not defined by how many physics or math classes a person has taken, but by how human a person becomes. A human is one who is connected with all others. Only this connection allows a person to be called a human being, not the amount of knowledge obtained.

If a person continues to succeed in gaining knowledge alone, it will only assist in the design of more deadly weapons because a person will only be adding the knowledge received in school to an uncorrected ego. A person learns how to use others with this newly acquired information; this defines his success in life. An education determines only what profession one chooses and how much it pays. Is that education?

If people see that there is a new system that offers true education for their children, they will immediately respond because the problem of education is obvious to everyone. Today people don’t even want to have children because they have nothing to give them. They would rather not bring them into this world of suffering and pain.

Therefore, we must show people that all problems in society and their personal lives are caused solely by a lack of connection between us. We can arrive at that connection only though the path of Light.

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/28/30, Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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Kabbalists On The Purpose Of Creation, Part 10

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Attainment Of The Purpose Of Creation Rests Upon The Whole of Mankind

But the end of the correction of the world will be by bringing all the people in the world under His work.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee),” Item 20

Every person is obliged to attain the root of his soul.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Acting Mind

This means that every person…is guaranteed to finally attain all the wonderful attainments that the Creator had contemplated in the Thought of Creation to delight every creature. And one who has not been awarded in this life will be granted in the next life, etc., until one is awarded completing His Thought, which He had planned for him, as written in The Book of Zohar.
– Baal HaSulam, Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot, Item 155

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 7

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhat is the Purpose of Creation?
Questions about the post “Kabbalists On The Purpose Of Creation,” Part 5

Question: Aren’t the desire to receive and a material body the same?

My Answer: Yes, because bodies don’t exist; the desire to receive is the only creation.

Question: Is the law of cause and consequence the same at a certain degree as well as while “descending degree-by-degree”?

My Answer: The law of gradual consecutive development is the same for both the general and the particular.

Question: It is said that this world is an exact copy of the spiritual world.
1. Is the task of humanity to correct itself in order to allow this world to reclaim its place in spirituality?
2. Humanity’s correction directly depends on the correction of each individual. Can we arrive at the conclusion that the law of “love thy neighbor as thyself” will soon look as follows: The point in the heart will be revealed in every person in the world and people will try to sense their neighbors as themselves in order to fill them and thus become similar to the Creator (giving)?

Is it correct that in order to achieve this, each person will make a resolution to start giving, and, as a result, everybody will sense other people’s desires as their own? Then, will everybody start working with the desires of others as if they were their own? Will such work eliminate the necessity to materialize certain desires like murder, theft, and so on?

My Answer: All of this is absolutely correct!

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.01.10

Rabash, Shlavei HaSulam, ”You Are Now Standing All of You Today,” Lesson 2
The only actions expected from us by the Creator are unity and mutual guarantee.
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The Book of Zohar – Selections, Chapter “VaYetze (And Jacob Went Out), Item 238
The Zohar is the force of unity. This is why the only desire we need it to affect is the desire to unite.
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Rav Yehuda Ashlag, Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 2, Part 7, Item 1
After the breaking, the world of Nekudim was replaced by the world of Atzilut – a system that’s meant for reestablishing broken connections.
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Rav Yehuda Ashlag, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 5, Lesson 6
Wisdom is obtained through revealing an interconnection between things. Our entire life is a result of disconnection and unity.
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