Kabbalists About The Concealed Torah And The Revealed Torah, Part 2

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

Attainment of the Torah Begins with “Sod” (Secret) and Ends with “Peshat” (Literal)

The concealed Torah implies that the Creator hides in the Torah, hence the name, “the Torah of the hidden.” Conversely, it is called “revealed” because the Creator is revealed by the Torah.

Therefore, the Kabbalists said, and we also find it in the prayer book of the Vilna Gaon (GRA), that the order of attainment of the Torah begins with the concealed and ends with the revealed (Peshat). This means that through the appropriate labor, where one first delves into the Torah of the hidden, he is thus granted the revealed Torah, the literal [revealed meaning]. Thus, one begins with the concealed, called Sod (secret), and when he is rewarded, he ends in the literal [when everything becomes completely clear to him].
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 103

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The Constant And The Variable In The Equation Of The Mutual Guarantee

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Can I break through the external decorations and connect to the points in the hearts of my friends, to their internal emptiness, which they themselves may not yet feel?

Answer: Yes! Begin to use the force of the mutual guarantee because the system is already there. If a person manages to open it even for an instant, it is his success!

The same system exists between us and the Creator, but it does not allow us to reach Him. Upon addressing the Creator, we do not have the opportunity to “rollback”: The minimal threshold of entering the system rises to the measure that we open it. For example, I manifest 10% of it, so now there is no way back, only forward because the Creator is constant, and the contact with Him can only be built on an ongoing basis. If I raise the measurement to 15%, this becomes my minimum.

This is why for now we can “play” the mutual guarantee not in relation to the Creator, but only in relation to the group where there are no problems with ascents and descents and where it is not necessary for us to be constant. In this, the system of souls differs from the Creator Himself. He is present in it, but by concealing Himself within the group, He allows me to “romp about” in the meantime, jumping up and down while all the same moving forward. And when I reach a constant direction only to Him, He will reveal Himself to me.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/8/10, “The Arvut”

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How To Stop Thinking About Myself, Part 1

Dr. Michael LaitmanAll of Israel are responsible for one another (Sanhedrin, 27b, Shavuot 39).

1. The key is to keep in mind that between us (the souls) there is an eternal system of connection. Initially we are unified, and each of us is indebted to the other. There is no freedom in this, because we are initially interconnected and interdependent. Moreover, this holds true not only for Israel, but for the entire world.

2. If we wish to ascend to the spiritual degree of the revelation of the Creator, we must learn the law of connection working in this network and implement it.

3. “Israel” is a small group that decided to learn the law of connection by having aimed straight to the Creator. The name “Yisrael” means “Yashar-El” or directly to the Creator. In Abraham’s time, it was a group of Babylonians who left the general mainstream of development, by separating and distancing themselves from its ideological views.

Today it is not the nation of Israel, but a part of humanity (the modern Babylon) reaching the same decision. Ultimately, all of humanity will join this goal.

4. The main rule in attaining the Creator is the condition of mutual group guarantee (Arvut). We must truly agree to meet it by way of the process called “We shall do, and we shall hear.” We will do everything in our power to do, and consequently, we will “hear” or reach the state of guarantee.

Having met this condition, we uncover the correct connection between us all and become “as one man with one heart.” Finally, the Torah, the method of correction of human nature (egoism), becomes revealed to us.

5. Essentially, Arvut (mutual guarantee) is a very simple thing: I receive from the influence of the group such a strong feeling of certainty and security that I stop thinking about myself completely. If I were a king, I would have money, healers, and an army at my disposal, but none of it would give me such assurance. However, thanks to the total interconnectedness of souls, a person’s desire is assured to be fulfilled and at rest if everyone is thinking about its fulfillment.

6. Wealth and power are useless here; besides, the fellow-guarantors do not have anything to fill me with. And yet, with the collective thought and caring, the friends will open the channels for the Light, and it will flow to me through them.

My soul’s desire will feel satiated; it will stop fearing emptiness and demanding fulfillment, giving me an opportunity to rise above it and to start bestowing to the others without thinking about myself. Hence, aspiring to the Creator is a required pre-condition, and aspiring to the friends is needed as the condition for attaining the Creator.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/8/10, “The Arvut”

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Wishing For The Repentance Of Sinners, Not Their Death

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have a problem that hasn’t been resolved for a number of years, nothing works, and this situation is an obstacle on my path toward a mutual guarantee. When will it disappear? Perhaps, I am doing something wrong?

Answer: You shouldn’t pray for making your problem disappear; rather, you should ask for the ability to rise above it in your search for spirituality, that is, to build a screen on all of your difficulties with the right intention. In this case, all your troubles will become indispensable for the purpose of obtaining a screen.

There are many unpleasant circumstances in our lives, but the more we grow, the better we understand that they are actually beneficial for us. Otherwise, we would do many silly things. Our fear, shame, and jealousy keep us within certain limits, within a special attitude toward the world. With their help, we advance. It balances us out.

All bad and good phenomena in our lives are necessary since they stabilize us on our path. I don’t even try to figure out what helps or harms me; all I ask for is to be above them and to adhere to a higher degree.

Question: How do I know what will happen to me at a higher degree if I am not there yet?

Answer: This is the reason it is called “faith above reason.” I am about to connect to a higher degree. Hence, I don’t want to know anything about it; all I need is the power to cling to it. It is insignificant to me whether I will experience difficulty or not. One gets fulfilled only when the desire to bestow is built on top of the desire to receive.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, “The Love of the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”

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The Light Will Spout Through Every Channel

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the difference between caring for a person from this small circle of people with whom I have signed the conditions of the mutual guarantee and caring for other people?

Answer: They are not consciously in the system of the arrangement.

Question cont.: Does this mean that I should not care for them?

Answer: You must care for everyone in the world, but they will receive this coverage to the degree of their aspiration for the mutual guarantee, according to the degree of their correction.

Question cont.: How will you make sure that they do not lack anything?

Answer: You need to make sure that the Light passes through the group to the entire world. The Light will spout through every channel and direct them to the purpose of creation. Then, deficiencies will become revealed to them, but this will happen softly. They will discover the existence of the medicine for their problems, will take it, and heal.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, “The Love of the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”

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Your Grandma Will Also Be Well

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It is written that when 600,000 people will have no other business in life but guarding the fulfillment of my needs, then I will be satisfied. When it says that “they will have no other business in life,” it confuses me.

Answer: There is nothing else with which to concern ourselves. We should only be concerned with every person having an opportunity to rise above his ego.

Question cont.: I can list a great deal of things which are still necessary.

Answer: No, I only want to free myself of obstacles in order to give myself to thoughts about unity so as to reveal the Creator in them.

Question cont.: What about taking care of yourself, work, and family?

Answer: We are speaking about those who strive to reach the mutual guarantee. This means that you only want to care for unity, where the Creator is to be revealed. So, we pledge to provide you with peace if these worries interfere with your work on the mutual guarantee.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, “The Love of the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”

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Arvut Is Not For The Weak

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn our world, humanity gradually advances from the animate (natural, human) level to the “human” (spiritual, Adam or “similar to the Creator”) level. That is, beside the desire for sustenance, sex, family, wealth, fame, and knowledge, the desire for spirituality, the yearning to attain the purpose of life and its source, awakens in the collective system of souls, in people.

This desire awakens in stages, step by step, since the collective soul consists of various parts: Rosh (head), Toch (body), Sof (end), the three lines, HBD (Hochma, Bina, Da’at), HGT (Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet), NHY (Netzah, Hod, Yesod), 10 Sefirot, GE (Galgalta ve Eynaim), AHP (Awzen, Hotem, Peh), and so forth. Obviously, not all parts are the same. There are differences in their Aviut (thickness or coarseness of the will to receive): Shoresh (0), Aleph (1), Bet (2), Gimel (3), and Dalet (4). There are also differences in how they work with the will to receive: without a screen, with a screen, before the breaking, or after it.

After the breaking, desires fell from the level of bestowal to that of reception, mixed among themselves, and are awakening to correction gradually from the souls with the lightest desires to those which are heavy in their desires. The souls with a relatively small will to receive started to awaken as early as in the times of Babylon.

Then, for the first time, an awakening of the masses occurred; those who recognized within them the desire to attain spirituality are regarded as “Isra-El” (aspiring to the Creator). Abraham collected them and organized the first group. He taught them his quality, “Hesed” (Mercy).

But their desires were weak, and hence, the correcting device, the Torah, the method of drawing of the Upper Light that Reforms, wasn’t necessary. Their own strife was sufficient to draw the Light that Reforms without using the help of the entire system of connection between us, which is called “the Torah.”

Clearly, all corrections are made solely with the help of the Light, but the weak Aviut that the “forefathers” possessed during the period of time between ancient Babylon and Egypt allowed them to reveal spirituality and correct themselves naturally. But after “Egypt,” the souls have acquired greater egoism, the will to receive, and they became separated by hatred as enormous as Mount Sinai. On one hand, they hated each other, but on the other, they had already attained the recognition of evil, hated their exile from spirituality, and were eager to break free.

The key is in the magnitude of the desire, the revelation of egoism. To counteract the ego unfolding during the exodus from Egypt, the souls have to connect with the force regarded as “six thousand souls.” And only when they are eager to unite in this manner, having accepted the rule of Arvut (mutual guarantee), the Light that brings them back to the source, the Creator, gets revealed. This is called “the reception of the Torah.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/10, “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”
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Do I Have A Group?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Every Friday I come to the lesson at your center, and we have also opened up a new center in my city which is like a community. Is that enough? Do I have a group?

Answer: I cannot tell you whether or not you have a group. No matter how many of our centers and events you attend, I do not know if you have a group.

Moreover, some people come here on a daily basis; they take part in different duties, pay Maaser, and carry out many instructions. However, I know that they don’t have a group. It would seem like a person’s physical presence is enough, but such a person may still lack a group.

Question: So what should I do? What is a group?

Answer: The group is inner unity with other people when I know that I will attain the Light only through this unity. I will reveal the Light that influences me and corrects me only on the condition that I unite with them because the Light is concealed precisely inside our unity.

Question: Can I choose these people?

Answer: Of course. In his articles about the group Rabash writes that you choose them according to their aspiration to the goal. Is their goal to reach unity, and through unity – bestowal, and through bestowal – the Creator?

Do they want to reveal the spiritual world, to love their neighbor as themselves? If I see that as a whole they aspire precisely to this, if they don’t neglect this goal, and if they make efforts, then I am together with them.

Question: Can two people be a group?

Answer: Yes. The group is a notion whose meaning is that I come out of myself. It doesn’t matter toward whom I am coming out to. Let it be one thing: the Creator or a friend, or let it be many people; that doesn’t matter. The main thing is that you come out of yourself.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/10, “What is the Day of the Lord and the Night of the Lord in the Work”

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Ask The Kabbalist: Episode One

Pure Benefit

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We expect 7,500 people to attend the Convention and it will take a very large team of people to take care of them. However, not everyone is ready to participate in this work. How can we help others to understand how important this is?

Answer: You can learn from our friends from abroad. They are paying thousands of dollars to buy tickets to fly to the Convention in order to spend three days working in the kitchen. We do not understand how great they are.

Besides, the Convention begins with preparation. We have to provide food for all the participants, set up the necessary equipment and the pavilions, and take care of many more things. We have spent several months planning all of this.

We have been doing this work for many years and I don’t think we would accomplish it if we didn’t know how great is the spiritual benefit it brings us. It holds incredible benefit. Even when you assess it egoistically, it’s worth it for you to put in as many efforts as possible into this.

In general, anything that’s useful consists of efforts you expend, but here we are talking about spiritual benefit in a pure form. Friends from different countries are coming and participating in this work because they understand that this is precisely where unity is revealed. That is where the maximum benefit lies.

Let us hope that more and more people will start to participate in this. It’s not because we can’t manage without their physical help, but rather, if they come and desire to participate, we will be able to share the spiritual benefit with them.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/15/10, “What is the Day of the Lord and the Night of the Lord in the Work”

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