The Ladder To Infinity

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Zohar tells us about the Upper World, which we reveal inside of us. Everything described in this book occurs inside us. In fact, we perceive our world in the same way. The difference between the worlds or perceptions is that we perceive this world individually, within our egoism, while the Upper World is perceived collectively within our relationships and the connection between us.

Connection through mutual bestowal and love is called the soul, and what we perceive in this soul is called the spiritual world. By making corrections in ourselves we correct the initially broken connection (Kli) and thus reveal different qualities of the connection that The Zohar talks about. The common connection of all parts of the soul or creation is called the Creator. The entire spiritual world is comprised of different types of connections, which are called Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, different angels, as well as still, vegetative, animate, and spiritual objects. These are all revealed in the connections.

Today we perceive our world and think that it exists on its own. However, this is an illusion. The truth is that we perceive a type of connection between us that we call by this name. The last or lowest level of connection among the parts of the soul (the particular souls) provides a sensation of a bad connection that is called “this world.” When we attain the absolute connection of all parts of the universe, this connection is called the World of Infinity because it is an unrestricted connection without any finite limits. It is, indeed, beyond space and time.

Between the full connection in the World of Infinity and the complete absence of connection in this world, there are five levels of connection or five worlds called Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya. We actually exist in only one reality which is the World of Infinity, but our perception of it depends on our attitude toward the connection. This involves 1) egoism or reception, and 2) bestowal or love. Our life is a sensation of the quality of connection between the parts of reality.

If we want to reveal the true world and understand, attain, and enjoy it, we have to try to see ourselves as more connected when reading The Book of Zohar. Then we will begin revealing a greater connection and the Upper World. This method to reveal the Upper World is called “We shall do and we shall hear” (Naase ve Nishma).
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/18/10, The Zohar

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The "Spiritual Simulator" Is A Step Toward The Future Society

Dr. Michael LaitmanOur goal is to bring all of humanity to absolute connection. Our spiritual simulator represents the virtual space where we feel the connection between us, and consequently it will become spiritual. By developing in it gradually, step by step, we will continuously feel greater unity. We will begin to feel the soul, the quality of mutual bestowal. Subsequently such spiritual communication will become the foundation for creating a society according to the principles of connection between the parts of the common soul, which Baal HaSulam describes in the articles “The Last Generation” and “Building The Future Society.”

This communication will continually include new systems of society and government with all of the services and relationships, starting from the level of this world and continuing on to the spiritual connections. In order to express the evolving model of society, the structure will take on various forms and create various virtual platforms on the internet to the extent that these connections are built between friends – all members of the society.

All the spiritual worlds, the Creator, and the perception of reality are revealed by changing and correcting the inner connection between us. The spiritual stimulator allows us to hasten spiritual development and head in the right direction. Individual participation in this stimulator will give a person an opportunity to evaluate, feel, and check the state of development that he is truly in.

(This video was made by our long-time friend and a member of Bnei Baruch from Boston Doctor Alexander Angelov.)

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What Is Real "Kabbalah Dissemination"?

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe more we unite, take part in common actions such as Conventions and unity evenings, and communicate within the “Stimulator” system, general waves of Upper Light will begin to roll over us and gradually cast us up to the shore of the Upper World. We will then discover that there is a multitude of people swaying together in one wave to carry out a common spiritual action. The Upper Force acts synchronously in regard to a great number of people. Therefore, the intensity of this spiritual desire and the Upper Light surrounding it are revealed in this union. This begins to influence all of humanity, and is called the dissemination of the science of Kabbalah.

People will begin to subconsciously feel this phenomenon due to the fact that we are all connected as one soul. Even those who did not see or hear anything about this will inevitably begin to sway on the same wave, feeling the presence of the spiritual movement in the world. The world will become more sensitive to the influence of the Light.

In this manner, we are influencing the whole world with the waves that we create together. We are raising and lowering the whole world – raising sparks of bestowal and lowering egoism. More and more sparks of bestowal are making their way to the top and people are beginning to ask about the meaning of life. Thus we are hastening the process of correction.

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/19/10, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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Dreaming Of Faith Above Reason

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What do I do if every time I hear “faith above reason,” I immediately imagine some egoistic benefit?

Answer: We can’t think otherwise. Any altruistic qualities that ever appear in a person come from “Above” as a result of the Light that Reforms which affects us and brings us to equivalence with the Creator. As long as we don’t feel the need to bestow without some personal benefit, we have to do whatever it takes to cause the Upper Light to influence us and give us this quality.

If I am aware that I am not able to desire selfless bestowal, it shows a good understanding of our nature which a person doesn’t usually possess. This awareness is also brought about by the impact of the Light and is a sign of our advancement toward spirituality.

The Upper Light “draws” its properties on my egoism, which allows me to discern what bestowal “outside of me” means. Likewise, it instills in me a desire to have the attribute of selfless bestowal that doesn’t require reciprocity. If a person attains such awareness, he is on the way to the Machsom, the entrance into the spiritual world.

From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/26/10, Article “15th of Av”

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Ripened Fruit

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Klipa, like a shell protecting the fruit until it ripens, works this way for us the whole time until we reach correction. It preserves us until we become ready and ripened. Then we’ll be able to break free and shed the covering.

However, until then we do not feel that there is a shell, like a wild, unripe apple in which there is no difference between the inner part and the peel: Everything is similarly sour and green. The more a fruit grows, the greater the difference develops between the covering and the inner contents. First the peel is firm, but gradually it separates from the fruit itself, and the more it develops the thinner the peel becomes. If we leave the peel intact, the fruit will finally explode and break away from its skin.

In much the same way, a person grows until he reaches maturity. And as soon as all of our qualities are ready, we throw away and get rid of the Klipa.

Until now we were constantly lured by something in front of us and ran ahead in life, like a donkey lured by a carrot. However, now this whole system stops working. There is nothing more for it to do since we have already been prepared through it. The Klipot are the Creator’s loyal assistants; they reared us and allowed us to ripen. This is why they stop attracting us. Do you think that the Creator ran out of carrots? He has a multitude of other kinds of bait, but we no longer need them. We have reached the upper threshold of our degree and now need to ascend to the next one.

Therefore, nothing else attracts us ahead, there is nothing left to run after, we feel emptiness, and the future does not attract us. We need to come through this shell (Klipa) into the Upper world, like a worm that climbs into the light from a bitter radish.

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/14/10, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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Building The Common Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanDuring a Kabbalah Convention we bring together all our forces of bestowal to create one common, collective force. Afterwards, because of this force, a new egoistic desire becomes revealed. We then begin to work on it by ascending with “faith above reason” despite our unwillingness. At that point we find that new people join us, and that’s because we have acquired the strength to take care of them. We affect the common soul, the only creation, with our actions. We gather the forces of bestowal from each person and thereby form one small soul which is equivalent to the single soul of Adam in the state of the World of Infinity. As a result, we awaken all of the souls through our efforts, and they begin to “vibrate” together! This is the dissemination of Kabbalah. We don’t need a lot of materials about the goal and correction. People will simply feel that the source of the Upper Force is here. However, it will only happen if we will create a common soul, a collective force. From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/19/10, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot
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What Does The Klipa Protect Us From?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does the Klipa (shell, impure force) protect us from?

Answer: The Klipa protects us from the Creator! While we are in our pride, we cannot unite with Him and always develop due to two forces: one force develops us from within with the help of the Light and the other restrains and stops us, causing us to remain within our desire to enjoy for our own sake, which is in fact Klipa.

However, when we grow to the next state, we need to remove and throw away the Klipa so that we can use the ripened “fruit” as “food” for man within us. Therefore, it is customary to remove the peel from the fruit and not to use it as food.

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/14/10, “Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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Examples Of “Faith Above Reason”

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe following examples of “faith above reason” were submitted by the Moscow group:

1) When Windows or any other program has an update and the program asks whether to update now or later, we are consumed by reception for our own sake. More often than not, we are unable to pull ourselves away from supposedly important work and press the button “remind me later.” The accumulation of postponed updates can lead to discrepancies with the central server to a point where a program or even the entire computer system could be lost.

2) Those who drive motorcycles know that in order to smoothly make a sharp turn, it’s necessary to constantly keep your eyes on the very end of the turn since that is precisely where we see the point of deliverance. In other words, as we learn in Kabbalah, we begin to receive pleasure from the change of states itself (the speed of passing states). The fulfillment of the scenes does not make a difference since they become slurred, and it is impossible to make out anything on them (the bad and the good alike). The most important thing is not to rewind and not to enter a scene (state, other gods).

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Kabbalists On Kabbalists, Part 6

Dr. Michael LaitmanDear Friends, please ask questions on the passages from the great Kabbalists. The commentaries in brackets are mine.

Who Is a Kabbalist?

Now we can easily understand the merit [special quality and wisdom, heart and mind] of one who has been rewarded with cleaving unto Him once more. It means that he has been rewarded with equivalence of form with the Creator by inverting the [egoistic] will to receive, imprinted in him through the power in Torah [the Light of correction] and Mitzvot. This was the very thing that separated him from His Essence [absolute good and bestowal], and turned it [specifically his ego] into a will to bestow.

And all of one’s actions are only to bestow and benefit others [in which he is similar to the Creator], as he has equalized his form with the Maker. It follows that one is just like the organ that was once cut off from the body and has been reunited with the body: It knows the thoughts of the rest of the body once again, just as it did prior to the separation from the body.

The soul [the point in everyone’s heart, the aspiration for the Creator after it awakens in a person] is like that, too: After it has acquired [by correcting itself via the Light] equivalence with Him [acquired the quality of bestowal in place of its inherent quality of reception], it knows His Thoughts [as it knows its own for it has achieved adhesion with Him] once more, as it knew prior to the separation from Him due to [uncovering] the will-to-receive’s disparity of form [being opposite to the qualities of the Light, the Creator].

Then the verse, “know thou the God of thy father,” lives in him, as then one is rewarded with complete knowledge, which is Godly knowledge. Also, one is rewarded with all the secrets of the Torah, as His Thoughts are the secrets of the Torah. [“Secrets” refer to the Creator’s thoughts and desires because they are concealed from a person due to disparity of form and are attained by him as he becomes similar to the Creator.]
– Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar

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