My Spiritual Simulator – 10.24.10

Spiritual Simulator: Questions of the Day

The Correct Formula Of Existence

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Many people see that this world is sliding down into the darkness and they want to save it. However, your words about love for the neighbor and unity seem unrealistic to them. Moreover, when you mention the Creator, they attribute it to religion and don’t want to hear anything more. So how can you explain anything to them?

Answer: Kabbalah is a natural science, not a religion. And it can be explained on a level that’s clear to any person.

Do you accept the fact that our world has become integral and global? Do you see that there is a general force in the world that controls it? We are revealing how everything is inseparably interconnected and develops along specific phases.

We don’t know what will happen at the next moment, but everything in nature is absolutely thought and planned out. And we can use the forces that are inherent in nature.

All of nature is connected in a single system, so let’s also come together and become one system! That way we will attract a positive influence from nature. I am not talking about something artificial, but on the contrary, if we want to use any forces of nature, we have to come closer to the same phenomena, become similar to them and establish a connection with them. This rule applies to everything and to any forces of nature, including electrostatic and magnetic forces we can feel as well as forces that are concealed.

The more similar we are to these forces, the more we can use them and feel their influence. The closer my thoughts are to yours, the more I feel you and the more connected I am to you. Then we can become close, understand one another, and help each other.

In other words, we have to understand the following:

  1. We are inside of Nature and are an integral part of it, but we are not its masters; we are not above it.
  2. We have to admit that we are connected together, and all of modern science shows this fact.
  3. We are the most flawed part of nature, leading it to a catastrophe, while all the rest of nature besides us is in harmony. If there are any problems in it, they’re all because of us.

Therefore, we have to find the right formula of existence! Everyone can agree that it is the formula of mutual participation and interconnection, as the general, integral system obligates us.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/24/10, “Matan Torah”

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Love Is The Most Powerful Weapon

Dr. Michael LaitmanEvery person wants to live in a world built on love, yet no one believes this is possible. Love exists only in children’s fairytales because every person understands that this is good for a child, that it makes life safer than animosity.

But what if it were possible to make the world like that? We live in a world that’s hostile to us, where everyone is fighting and competing with one another, and where life is becoming worse and worse.

“A person is a small world”; man’s anger and cruelty toward the world are starting to turn against him when he actualizes his egoistic desires and hates himself! This split personality is becoming more and more prominent.

Now imagine that you could shift your view and all your relationships to the path of care and love. What if we could suddenly raise and correct the whole world so no one would steal, no one would harm another person, and no one would use others to their detriment? We would see a reverse world and no one would be afraid that tomorrow their life would be destroyed. People wouldn’t be afraid that tomorrow we will destroy the earth and bury ourselves under the waste from our own production.

Love would oblige us to act in the best and most correct way. We wouldn’t have to search for billions of occupations just to keep the population busy, producing things no one needs. Even if they wouldn’t work, every person would receive what he needs because then people also wouldn’t need any excesses since they would live in a kind, amiable world.

Then we wouldn’t pollute the earth with unnecessary products, which is 90% of all the things being produced. If we look at nature, there is nothing wasted. Look at how life is organized in the animal kingdom, from the beginning of creation to its end, in all the forms that are included in nature’s cycle where everything is repeatedly used to 100% capacity.

All the cycles are absolutely closed, with the exception of the things man does. When man produces anything, he does not return it to nature in the natural form, but only in the form of toxins which poison nature.

However, if we treated each other with love, we would make the world absolutely clean! Love would ensure that we did not demand any excess for ourselves and then everything would normalize. How different would things be from today where all the oceans are full of garbage and radioactive waste.

The only thing we lack in our world is attention toward one another and mutual participation in the integral system, and we will get there out of despair.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/24/10, “Matan Torah”

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Kabbalists About The Concealed Torah And The Revealed Torah, Part 7

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

Studying the Concealed Torah Is Preferable to the Revealed Torah

Even though they [unfortunately] do not succeed [do not reach correction of their egoism] through the practice in the revealed Torah, since there is no Light in it, and it is dry [not by itself, but rather] due to the smallness of their minds, they could still succeed by engaging in the study of Kabbalah. This is because the Light in it is clothed in the clothing of the Creator – the Holy Names and the Sefirot [for example, is closer to them]. They could easily come to that form of Lo Lishma, which brings them to Lishma [the property of bestowal and love]. [In spite of being unsuccessful in their study of the revealed Torah they still remain unwilling to change it into the study of Kabbalah and thus remain uncorrected.]
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 35

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Everyone Gets To Know The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is there a difference between studying The Book of Zohar at the congress with the masses and studying it in our group at the morning lessons? What is more important, quality or quantity?

Answer: Quantity doesn’t demean quality. Within a mass of people, there always are those who can unite to a greater or lesser degree, and there are those who can’t unite at all or who forget about it. In either case, quantity has its advantage, as it is written: “I dwell among my people.”

At this point, we are not talking about some special group of people, meaning those who are bright, determined, capable of inner work, and well trained. The Creator dwells within the entire nation, not just in some small group of special characters that He Himself advanced and brought together into the tip of the pyramid. Regardless, He still says that He dwells among the masses.

The Upper Governance cares most of all about the still level (in humanity), less about the vegetative one, less so about the animate, and the least about the speaking level. The weaker the created being, the less free will it has, the less autonomously it can work for the correction of creation (according to the Plan of Creation and the common system), the more the Upper Governance gets clothed in it, and this is a sign of revelation of Godliness (Elokut).

In other words, we are not talking about revelation of the Creator in some exalted souls such as Rashbi and all the great Kabbalists. The revelation of the Creator is measured with regard to society, not individuals. Therefore, we should not neglect large quantity but value it. The power of the masses lies in quantity, not some individual characters that have personally attained spirituality and perform personal spiritual work.

It is the common work which matters the most because by doing it, we allow the Light to be revealed and attain the revelation of the Creator. As to the personal, special work of some individuals, our group, or several groups, it is necessary solely in order to connect to this huge mass (several million people into billions of them) and through us, bring to it the spirit of life.

Therefore, the aim, intention, and goal are namely the society and the people. Hence, we need to disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah in the masses.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/21/10, The Zohar

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There’s Something You Can’t Hide

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If a person falls out of the common circle, won’t this break the union of friends?

Answer: For now I still don’t see that people’s deeds indicate that a union has been made…. There are clear principles regarding this.

First of all: Does a person constantly worry about strengthening the group? Does he worry about the intention of his friends? Does he want them to be in ascent and to feel confident that they will attain the goal? Is he fighting himself for all of this?

And secondly: Does he actually raise his friends’ mood? Does he give them the confidence and realization that the goal is important?

You can tell by a person that he does this not only when he feels good, but in all the states, even if he is tired or devoid of any strength. Seeing his own lack of power, he turns to the group once again and tries to receive forces from it.

The problem is not that he feels bad and wants to raise his spirits, but that the bad mood does not enable him to strengthen the group and carry out the union. Therefore, even when he is devoid of strength, he turns to the friends, but not for his own sake, but because it hurts him that he cannot serve them while in this state.

There are other, clearer signs as well: How much does he care to ensure that the group has the most comfortable order of study and the best organization of all matters so it will advance on the spiritual path easier and faster? Does he care about this from the bottom of his heart or treat it formally as a duty?

This is something you can’t hide. You can tell how important the group and the goal are to a person.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/24/10, Writings of Rabash

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I Came, I Saw, And I Decided

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Creator brings a person to a specific place and tells him, “Take it.” A person has to accept this place and check: What kind of people are there, what is their goal, and what sources do they study? The check is performed through the mind and feeling, according to all of one’s notions and concepts.

A person checks all of this “upon his arrival” and then he has to make a decision: Will he stay here or not? Without making this firm decision he cannot make any further actions and he cannot advance!

We are talking about the inner circle that Kabbalah calls “600,000 souls,” which is the nucleus. A person must clearly feel that he has accepted and entered the spiritual environment. That is why Kabbalistic groups always had an agreement, a statute, and a list of friends who have decided to enter the group and who were accepted by the group.

What does it mean to “become part of the environment”? The correction of the soul requires total dedication. It is written, “A person will sell the roof of his house.” In other words, for the sake of spirituality a person “sells” everything he has in life besides the vital necessity. No matter how much his understanding grows, a person always tries to go higher, above it.

He makes an agreement with the friends, promising to support and strengthen them with all his power and to be together with them so the common unity will enable every person to rise higher. All the forces for ascending can only be received from the unification with the group in which a person finds the Light.

The faster a person makes the decision, the faster he will advance. And vice versa: By being indecisive and failing to make a decision, he stands in one place. The decision is made once and after that a person has to carry it out.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/24/10, Writings of Rabash

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Going Up The Levels Of Unity – Until Infinity

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Zohar, Chapter BeShalach (When Pharaoh Sent),” Item 110: …it is written, “This is the great sea.” And the holy animal is over them, the Nukva from Chazeh de ZA and above, receiving from the three animals of ZA, and she is the fourth animal, from which everyone receives, even the Merkavot of the Sitra Achra and the nations of the world. And all the masses and the camps journey under her hand, going by her word and pausing by her word. When she goes, everyone goes, since everyone is gripped to her.

We study only the relationship between Zeir Anpin and Malchut, where Zeir Anpin is the Creator (Kadosh Baru Chu) and Malchut is the Shechina, the sum of the souls. We are parts of Malchut and to the degree we become included in Malchut, meaning desire to unite with each other, we merit a connection with Zeir Anpin and then he influences us.

Obviously, everyone receives from Nukva, Malchut of the World of Atzilut, but every person receives to the degree of his unity with her, the degree of his inclusion in the connection between Nukva and Zeir Anpin.

Nukva and Zeir Anpin are present from the smallest possible state, this world, until the perfect state, the World of Infinity, the total correction of their connection. To the degree a person is included in Nukva, from her he attains all the degrees of the ladder of spiritual ascent.

Therefore, we don’t need anything else but to unite with Nukva. The degree of our unity with Nukva, Malchut of the World of Atzilut, is what determines the height of our degree on the ladder of the worlds, until the final correction.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/23/10, The Zohar

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Bathed With Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanDuring the convention, a person goes through various states; he experiences mood swings, all kinds of thoughts pass though his mind, some of them "in favor," some of them "against." But we will try to explain to beginners that all of that is inner work which develops us very quickly. These discernments save us years of life with needless suffering.

What you go through in three days of the convention is more than all what you experience throughout your entire life, and all of it is preparation of your inner, spiritual vessel by the power of the Light drawn by such a huge mass of people. It is because the Creator is present "within the nation." Unity contains the Light and that Light acts upon us!

Some understand this more, others less, yet everybody is influenced by the Light according to his or her level. There is no risk in it. A person scrutinizes his states, and it’s very beneficial. We will discuss it there.

You can invite anyone. A person will feel absolutely free at the convention. He will always have an opportunity to go outside, sit down, have a chat with others (there will be stands with tea, coffee, and cookies), and then return to the convention hall or even go home and return the next day.

A person has come in touch with his inner work, and it leaves a mark in him. You can’t put any pressure on him; just give him a chance to come in touch with the Light, with spirituality.

Don’t be afraid; a calculation is made from Above concerning everybody as far as how much force one needs to receive from that human mass in order to advance him. It can’t have any adverse effects.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/18/10, "The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence"

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The Only Thing There Is

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe group supports every person according to his loyalty to it. By giving himself over to the group, a person becomes a great asset to it. It’s not just one more force. Rather, in spirituality every person is equal to the common soul of Adam. Every soul attains all the souls and constitutes the entire Malchut of the World of Infinity.

Therefore, every person who tries to ascend above knowledge and egoism, and to give himself into the hands of the right environment, brings a very powerful force with him. Through him it then becomes possible to attract the Light that Reforms to everyone.

After becoming included in the group, a person cannot criticize its spiritual state; he must worry only about strengthening the group, both externally and internally. Without rejecting the group, he continues to support it through his personal participation and example.

A person increasingly gains a better understanding that spirituality can only be attained through the group. That is where the broken and corrected places are, that is where the Creator and creation – the common soul of Adam – are. Everything is contained in the group. It is the system which the Creator made, and it is the only thing there is.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/24/10, Writings of Rabash

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