Good Environment – 11.29.10

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Let The Upper Light Be Your Teacher

Dr. Michael LaitmanWhy should we treat each other nicely? We should do it only in order to attain adhesion with the Creator. Why do I come to the group? It’s only for the sake of the Creator.

If I have other reasons, then I am the same as the Communists in Russia who built the society of the future for their own sake. That is why they are still dealing with the consequences to this day. The only way to correct them is by "fire with fire," meaning with the right kind of communism – Kabbalah.

The Creator must be our goal! Otherwise there are horrible blows awaiting us. The example of that is Russia, which had invested gigantic efforts, means, and money, and made it the topic of discussion everywhere: on the radio and television, in kindergartens, schools, songs, plays, and everything else that people did. Everything summoned people to do just one thing: Let’s unite and be friends!

But look at what happened. Man did not accept any of it and everything immediately turned to egoism even though it seemed like good, proper education that taught everyone: Let’s live in peace all together as one family.

If the Creator does not stand at the head of everything, being the source of the Light that changes a person, then what’s the use of empty words? They do not match the real facts!

As a result, it becomes necessary to make a person follow them coercively through punishment, suppression, and force. We have to draw conclusions from this about what is the right education and how it applies down to the smallest details.

The only way to educate anyone is through example. And you don’t just show your personal example because if a child learns how to behave as you do, this will not be inner correction; he will simply imitate you. Tomorrow he will see a bad example and will copy it as well.

On the other hand, if he has corrected himself and understood it, then he is already protected until that level.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/29/10, "Body and Soul"

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Patch Up My Soul!

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What can we do to force the Upper Light to elevate us to the first spiritual degree?

Answer: There is only one answer: Keep on trying to check: Are really turning to the Upper Light or its source, the Creator? Are you binding all the factors together? Because if you are not, then you are straying off the path; you are not turning to the right place and are not bringing in the broken vessel (Kli) of your soul, saying: “Please fix it for me here!”

Suppose you take a leaking bucket, come to a blacksmith, and say: “Look, there is a hole here. I want you to fix it.” Then, as per your request, he sees the hole and stops it up.

The same happens in spirituality. You have to bring your vessel (desire) with the place of the breaking and say what needs to be done, what it means for you to be corrected. Then the Light will surely make it happen.

The Light must carry it out; it is the action itself. Your job is to prepare the intention for this action. The Light instantly glues, mends, or puts a patch. It is done by the Light. But it’s up to you to do everything else.

On the higher spiritual degrees you have to bring the Kli knowing precisely the measure to which it is broken and how it can be fixed. At that point, you take the example of correction from the Upper One; you agree with him completely or partially. You analyze not just intention, but types of correction.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/28/10, The Zohar

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The Measure Of Purity In The Work

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What deficiency of the spiritual work allows the “impure forces” (egoistic intentions) to cling to it?

Answer: It happens when I, in my spiritual work, allow the egoistic intentions (impure forces) to arise and exist in me by wanting to use spiritual data, forces, and discernments egoistically. It diverts me from the goal. Being on guard against these thoughts is called “the measure of purity” in the work.

I may err in my intentions; however, a conscious desire (intention) “to bestow in order to receive” or “to receive in order to bestow” is an impure act. On the other hand, purity is defined by my discerning whether or not I steal from spirituality for the sake of corporeality.

It is very important not to try to extract any personal benefit from anything that pertains to spiritual work. We are held strictly accountable for this.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/28/10, Beit Shaar HaKavanot

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Kabbalists About Kabbalah Today, Part 2

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

Proof that Our Generation Has Reached the Days of the Messiah

And who better than I knows that I am not at all worthy of being even a messenger and a scribe for disclosing such secrets, and much less to thoroughly understand them. And why has the Creator done so to me? It is only because the generation is worthy of it, as it is the last generation, which stands at the threshold of complete redemption. And for this reason, it is worthy of beginning to hear the voice of Messiah’s Shofar, which is the revealing of the secrets, as has been explained.
– Baal HaSulam, “Messiah’s Horn

I am glad that I have been born in such a generation when it is permitted to disclose the wisdom of truth. And should you ask, “How do I know that it is permitted?” I will reply that I have been given permission to disclose. Until now, the ways by which it is possible to publicly engage and to fully explain each word have not been revealed to any sage….

And this is what the Creator has given me to the fullest extent. We deem it as dependent not on the greatness of the sage, but on the state of the generation, as our sages said, “Little Samuel was worthy, etc., but his generation was unworthy.” This is why I said that my being rewarded with the manner of disclosing the wisdom is because of my generation.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Teaching of the Kabbalah and Its Essence

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Does The Liver Have A Soul?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In his book Beit Shaar HaKavanot, Baal HaSulam describes that the upper soul (Neshama) is in the brain, the spirit (Ruach) in the heart, whereas the lowest soul (Nefesh) is in the liver! Could you explain this?!

Answer: Kabbalists use words of this world because everything there is in this reality descended from the spiritual world. That is why it is possible to describe the Upper Forces using earthly words.

We have no other choice since in spirituality there is no language, only forces. We can give them any names or even assign numbers to them. However, our definitions have to bear certain correspondences and be able “to speak to us.”

Kabbalists found an easy and wonderful solution: They use words that belong to this world to name phenomena Above. They perceive spirituality, sense its forces, phenomena, actions; they live there! They observe spirituality through this world as if it is translucent. They view powers that act behind each object of this world and behind the entire picture.

It is similar to looking through a transparent glass and seeing a spiritual force that is placed at the other end of my “visual axis.” I see a force that works behind each person and each action in this world, and, therefore, it is easy to find a connection between them. For me, they are the same!

Differences between them show up only relatively to an “observer,” a person who discloses them. He either divulges them through his five bodily senses or perceives them within five spiritual organs of perception.

Other than that, all phenomena are identical. After all, our world is imaginary, and we feel it the way we do only within our sensations. If we get additional organs of perception, we’ll see things as if they happen simultaneously on two parallel screens.

Then, everything gets clarified and we never get confused any more. We realize what “brain,” “heart,” “liver,” and “IburYenika Mochin” (conception, drawing of sustenance, adulthood) stand for. We recognize the spiritual meaning of all earthly words, such as “ascend,” “downfall,” “embrace,” “mating,” “left,” or “right.” They only have one meaning and cannot signify anything else.

We attain spirituality through our material world and sense it as its root. It becomes lucid and “apparent” to us, but the language that describes it has to be “borrowed” from this material dimension as if we “lay” a transparent film over it.

You used to see certain material images, but now you retain only their names that are further transferred onto a parallel screen in spirituality where they cling to the right places. You start using them without any confusion; you don’t have to explain their meaning to others since they, ascending to the spiritual world through the corporeal one, see the same picture and know what an illusion it is!

“Soul in the brain” means that the Light called Neshama (soul) dresses into a spiritual Kli (vessel) called “brain.” Beside the Light and desire, there is nothing else.
From the 3rd part of the
Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/25/10, Beit Shaar HaKavanot

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Reason Or Desire: Who’s In Charge?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is it correct to clarify your state with the help of the mind, using it to discern: Why did I receive this state, where did it come from, and what should I do with it?

Answer: Nothing can be clarified with the mind because the desire is what makes the mind work. Don’t think that the mind exists independently of desire, or that I can take the mind and use it as a device to measure my state or desire. The mind is controlled by the desire.

Sometimes it tells you one thing, and sometimes it tells you the exact opposite, depending on your desire. Knowing this, can you really rely on its conclusions?

How does our mind develop? It develops by virtue of me always wanting to do something, to attain something, or to receive something; that is how I have built my mind. Thus, the mind is an acquisition.

However, when then Light comes, it gives us the opportunity to ascend so we are not enslaved to the mind or the desire. The Light begins to rule over us instead, elevating us and giving us its power.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/29/10, Beit Shaar HaKavanot

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The Four Exiles

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe four exiles described in The Zohar are our “inner philosophers” who force us to work “within reason,” in the desire to receive pleasure, and to follow all of its commands. To exit them means to rise above the mind, above the desire, with the help of the Light that Reforms.

So, if I feel that I am submerged in my mind and sensations and work only within them, am I in the exile or not? Do I agree with my state? Perhaps I even love my mind and feelings, have faith in them, study, understand, and accumulate more knowledge and sensations every day?

On one hand, it is good. However, if a person does not see that all of this is a means to reach spirituality, it is bad since he does not achieve anything by this. He only obtains the false confidence that some day this approach will bring him to spirituality. But it will never happen since one does not study by his mind. No matter how much you know, you will not become closer to spirituality even by an inch.

Then what should we do? We should make a calculation. This is called “and they cried from this work.” A person sees that by using all his strength during the “seven years of plenty,” by attaining within his mind and feelings, and understanding what was written in all articles, he has not achieved anything. The printed text on paper has become imprinted in his brain cells, but this is all he has now….

Then he makes another calculation: “I only need the Light that Reforms! Whatever I have inside me and I myself, all of it has nothing to do with spirituality.”
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/25/10, The Zohar, Introduction, “Among All the Sages of the Nations Of the World, There Are None Like You”

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