My Spiritual Simulator – 10.05.10

Spiritual Simulator: Questions of the Day

The Group Is My Shadow

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe group is my copy, my shadow, just as I am the Creator’s shadow. I receive much more from my friends than what I put into them. It doesn’t depend on them or their behavior, but only on my attitude to them. This environment is also the Creator. It is the opportunity He gave me to work with Him, having created an illusion for me as if something exists outside of me while, in fact, only the Creator exists outside of me.

That is why we must always awaken the environment until we attain the state where the environment influences me so I desire to unite with it in order to unite with the Creator through it. I cannot attain the Creator without the environment because the environment is an external means through which I will see the image of the Creator.

If I don’t desire to unite with the group, then I am not aiming at the goal, the Creator at all. After all, who is my neighbor? The force of the breaking that took place in spirituality divided me into two parts: me and my neighbor. What for? It was in order for me to discern what I lack in order to unite with the Creator.

As soon as I can bring this environment closer to me even though it seems foreign to me, the more I am able to come closer to the Creator. I was deliberately endowed with a dual perception so I would see a part of me as alien and hateful.

That is why “love your neighbor as yourself” is the main rule of the Torah. This is the only thing the Light corrects, and there is nothing to correct but this. If you don’t ask for this correction, then all your efforts are wasted. Everything else is useless cries into the wilderness.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/5/10, The Zohar

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Desire Knows No Distance

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I live in Ecuador. How, during the lesson, can I connect with the prayer for the correction of the group?

Answer: A person has to try feeling as if he were here with us. There is no distance on the spiritual path. If one of us is sitting at the computer screen a few miles away from our center, another is somewhere in Ecuador, and still another is in our auditorium, it makes no difference.

It all depends on where a person’s heart is. All you have to do is try to remain connected with us. A person is where his desire is. That’s because there is nothing else except the desire; the outer “clothing” doesn’t count.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/4/10, The Zohar

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Kabbalists On The Language Of Kabbalah, Part 12

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

The Law of Root and Branch

Thus, there is not an element of reality, or an occurrence of reality in a lower world, that you will not find its likeness in the world Above it, as identical as two drops in a pond. And they are called “Root and Branch.” That means that the item in the lower world is deemed a branch of its pattern, found in the Higher World, being the root of the lower element, as this is where that item in the lower world was imprinted and made to be.

That was the intention of our sages when they said, “You haven’t a blade of grass below that has not a fortune and a guard above that strike it and tells it, ‘Grow’!” It follows that the root, called “fortune,” compels it to grow and assume its attribute in quantity and quality, as with the seal and the imprint. This is the law of Root and Branch, which applies to every detail and occurrence of reality, in every single world, in relation to the world Above it.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah

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Joy Is A Result Of Good Deeds

Dr. Michael LaitmanOnce the point in the heart awakens in people, one way or the other, they come to Kabbalah. Kabbalah explains how to realize this point on the foundation of the desire to enjoy, how to build the screen and intention over the desire, and to rejoice at a new level. Joy now comes from my being able to bestow and identify myself with the primordial Upper Force that created the desire and in it planted the point with the help of which I can rise above the desire and merge with the Upper Force.

The creature, consisting of the desire and the point of yearning for the Creator, performs corrections and thereby develops this point to such an extent that it becomes the screen. Above this screen, it is able to bestow to the Creator, the Light, just as the Light and the Creator bestow to the creature, and this brings it joy.

Then, in this state, the creature sees what is more correct at a given moment: to be empty or filled in its desire. The states it experiences within its desire must always provide a true basis for examining whether it lives in bestowal or not.

If in order to detach from itself, the creature feels pain in its desire to enjoy, then it suffers, but above the pain, it exists in bestowal and thereby rejoices. And if it attains a state where it can rejoice in its desire while being filled not for its own sake (since this takes place after all the restrictions and the Light’s exit, when the creature starts filling itself in order to increase joy above the screen), then the creature rejoices in being able to fill the Creator.

When we attain “Simchat Torah” (Rejoicing of the Torah), it means that we know how to use the Light that Reforms in order to always remain in bestowal, in joy, meaning in “bestowal for the sake of bestowal” or even in “reception for the sake of bestowal.” Then joy comes indeed, as it is written: “Joy is a reflection of good deeds.” Good deeds are the deeds of bestowal in two gates, two parts of my soul: GE (Galgalta Eynaim) and AHP (Awzen, Hotem, Peh).
From the
Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/29/10, Shlavei Hasulam, Article 25, 1991

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A Simple Formula Of Reality

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe reality in which we exist has no time. All of the changes of time, space, actions, and everything that happens to us including our own transformations are all based on our changeable sensations, while nothing changes outside of us. We would not feel any changes without the changes in our desires and intentions.

In reality there is nothing but the desire with intention and opposite to it, the Upper Light that remains at absolute rest. As this desire changes, it experiences different forms and shapes. Presently, we are experiencing the sensation of ourselves, and this is also the desire that perceives itself this way.

This desire goes through different states, one after another, in the order of cause and effect, from the beginning of its development to the end. This entire development is only realized in relation to the desire; there are no changes outside of it.

Therefore, the entire wisdom of Kabbalah speaks only about the way the desire perceives its reality: the location of this desire, why it is there, and who it is connected to. This is its entire life. The wisdom of Kabbalah reveals to us all of the events that happen to the desire, explains this entire process and especially the last stage of the desire’s development.

This last stage is a conscious step, when the desire develops together with its intention and they attain a state where they begin to perceive their own reality. A certain force arises in them, a special property of perception, which enables the desire to rise over it and watch itself from an external and objective point.

Then the desire establishes that it actually exists; it changes and moves towards something, existing in connection with someone unknown for now, and there is a purpose to its development. It begins to think about the future state which it does not yet see.

All of this happens because the so-called “point in the heart” develops in the desire on the last stage of its development. From this moment on, the desire begins to identify itself more and more with this point; it connects with it, values it, and moves outside of itself more.

In other words, instead of paying attention to the things that the desire has or doesn’t, to the degree to which it is filled or empty, it begins to see fulfillment or its absence as the means to identify itself more with the point above the desire referred to as the screen or intention, Creator, or unity. This is how the desire develops.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/29/10, Shlavei Hasulam, Article 25, 1991

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A Cry For Help

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How does one attain the inner plea? Can one advance without it?

Answer: Naturally, there is no advancement without a cry for help. It can be attained solely with the help of the environment. Alone, a person cannot attain such desire. The plea has to be aimed at bestowal, I have to rise above my egoism, and this ascent is possible only through envy of the friends. Otherwise, what will I ascend over? How and to where will I jump out of my ego? I can’t pull myself out of the mud by the hair, or as Kabbalists said, “A prisoner cannot free himself from imprisonment.”

Only by working on unity do I lead my point in the heart from egoism in my desire to connect it with the others. I constantly increase efforts, motivated by the growing enthusiasm of the group through which I receive the Light that Reforms.

The Light expands through the spiritual system from Arich Anpin (AA) through Aba ve-Ima (AVI) and Zeir Anpin (ZA) down to Malchut (M). Malchut is the Shechina, the oneness of all souls. Since below the Parsa the souls dwell in the broken condition, there is no chance for them to receive the Light. Hence, we ascend to Shechina, the assembly of souls that yearn for unity and bestowal, and there, we receive the influence of the Upper Light. There is the place of our gathering.

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Question cont.: Is the cry a group action as well?

Answer: A cry is the result of the accumulation of collective efforts of the group. A person needs external influence to reach an individual plea. A combination of both is required.

In addition, a person feels that he is crying out from unity. In fact, he is not demanding anything but unification; he is not praying to be spared from problems, but for the property of bestowal. His cry is personal, but it is aimed at unity, connection with the others and the Creator.

Such are the laws of the spiritual world, the place where we connect above egoism.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/1/10, Shamati #38

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The Zone Of Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: For what should we ask the Creator?

Answer: There can only be one request: for the Light that Reforms, the force. I cannot change myself. The entire humanity is gradually becoming desperate trying to do it. It is becoming clear that in the end, we only get more confused even in the systems that we have built ourselves.

It is true that we must reach despair in our work. It is not easy. Baal HaSulam writes that there is no happier moment in a person’s life than the moment when he becomes completely disillusioned in his strength. And then, when he sees that he has no other choice, he turns to the Creator, and the Creator responds because his appeal is absolute.

The Light does not work before there is desire. There are 125 degrees on the way towards it. If I rise to the first degree, if I lack Light even to the smallest extent, then the Light influences me. Thus I enter the zone of Light. On the fifth degree, my need increases, and the Light works accordingly because I became closer to it. Such are the laws in the zone of Light.

So far we exist at the level of this world, we lack demand. As soon as a demand appears, the Light will immediately begin to work since it created the desire and maintains it. Desire can never do anything on its own.

In this case, how can the desire have a need (Hissaron) for the Light? There is a spark of Light in the desire, which was left in it after the breaking of the souls; it awakens you, and draws you towards the Light even though the desire pulls you down.

Nothing is expected of a person before the spark becomes manifested, he is simply being developed egoistically. But once the spark ignites, the Light stops working and gives you the opportunity to ask for it. At this stage you are brought to a place where you can magnify your spark until you begin to desire the Light’s influence.

The Zone of Light
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/1/10, Shamati #38

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To Draw Away In Order To Draw Close

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Кabbalists speak of the steps of spiritual ascension. At which step do we become independent masters of our destiny? When does the Creator hand us the reigns?

Answer: Climbing the spiritual ladder is a gradual process. It is the same in our life: With each year, children become more independent; they learn to walk, feed themselves, dress, attend school, shop, go to work, get married, and give birth, all of which characterizes a mature person.

Rabash once gave me the following example. Children are playing outside, and one of them suddenly has to leave. “Where are you going?” the others ask. He replies: “I’m going home, to get a snack.” At home, he opens the refrigerator, doesn’t see what he wants, and starts complaining to the mother: “Why didn’t you buy what I asked you to?” He feels that he “belongs” to the parents; hence, he expresses his dependence instead of independence.

But it takes several years, and later the young man visits the neighborhood. “How are you? Where are you going?” ask his friends. “My wife and I are visiting our parents who invited us for dinner tonight.” This is maturity: The person doesn’t feel like a master, yet at the same time, he is independent.

Thus, to be independent of the Creator, two factors need to be met: the ability to act independently and detachment. On one hand, you are constantly drawing away, but on the other, you become equivalent, close to Him.

To Withdraw In Order To Draw Closer Together [22351]
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/1/10, Shamati #38

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