Integrating Egoism Into A Common System

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do I make sure in practice that all of reality is within me?

Answer: You need to want for this picture to transpire within you naturally so that you will live in it. After all, this is the authentic perception.

By doing this, you primarily realize the principle of love thy neighbor as thyself. There are no parts separate from you. All of reality is within you and only egoism lies between reality and you, as an imaginary obstacle that separates you from your own parts.

By overcoming this obstacle and laying connections over it you correct the breaking. Egoism remains and can manifest even stronger, while you keep strengthening the interconnection of all the parts over it, trying to unite them in you. And then a Kli (vessel) appears that is 620 times stronger and more powerful than it was before it broke.

You use egoism as a resistor, by using its force of opposition. You do not attempt to short circuit around it; instead, you realize its potential but only with the intention to bestow. In this way Aviut (the egoistic thickness of the vessel) begets Kashiut (the firmness of the screen). In other words, the depth and the strength of the desire begets the firmness of intention.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/30/10, “What Does It Mean that the Creation of the World was in Donation”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I don’t understand Hebrew just yet, so what should I do when we are reading The Zohar? Should I look at the letters or just listen to the text?

Answer: All languages but Hebrew are meant for communication in this world. Hebrew, on the other hand, is not a spoken language but a record of spiritual actions from ZAT de Bina (its seven lower Sefirot), Zeir Anpin, and Malchut on the matter of Malchut. The symbols describe these spiritual actions.

So look at the text before you as a sequence of commands in a computer program: It is simply a record of spiritual properties, forces, and actions that you must carry out within yourself. This is how I view Hebrew. I don’t treat it as a literary language used to make text flow smoothly, as in other languages.

While you don’t usually look at the letters and combinations when reading the Kabbalistic texts, you still look inside the word and its inner meaning. You look at the symbol since each letter is always a symbol.

Hebrew has so much data, information hidden within the language, that it’s impossible to reflect it in a translation. After all, the sequence of letters of the text describes the Sefirot, the order of actions. How can that be recorded in another language?

In each letter we should see a symbol of some spiritual property or action that it signifies.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/30/10, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar, Article “Yitro (Jethro)”

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The Most Effective Means Of Advancement

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Book of Zohar affects a person in a special way: It’s enough for a person to read, listen, and desire to be connected, even virtually, with the group; all of this, even in a small degree, to the extent that life allows a person to free himself for this book, The Zohar immediately starts developing the spiritual organ of perception in him. As it occurs, a person begins to experience changes, stages of development.

The Book of Zohar just needs to be read. It would be good to publish selected pieces in a pocket-sized format so that a person could read it anywhere. In truth, there isn’t a more effective means for advancement than this book.

The Book of Psalms doesn’t help to advance a person spiritually. Humanity has been reading it for thousands of years. People are simply pacifying themselves.

This doesn’t in any way diminish the value of the Book of Psalms, written at the degree of the complete Malchut. After all, King David represents Malchut, the entire creation. Like all other “holy” books written by those who have attained the Creator, they carry His Light within.

However, as Baal HaSulam explains in the “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” the Light that Reforms that builds the property of bestowal within us is closer and more effective for us if it comes from The Book of Zohar. The Light in The Zohar is the most powerful.

Obviously, reading The Zohar must go hand in hand with studying the articles of Baal HaSulam and Rabash and The Study of the Ten Sefirot. Yet, The Book of Zohar should fill all of a person’s free time.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/30/10, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar, Article “Yitro (Jethro)”

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The Universal Energy Of Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is Light if every person reveals it differently? Isn’t it some subjective sensation, rather than a universal one?

Answer: The Light is energy; it’s not a subjective sensation. It’s like electricity that, depending on the device it’s connected to, can generate both cold and heat, it can pull and push. Everything depends on the vessel which receives and senses this energy.

Your desires determine everything. You do not know what the Light is and will never know. All you can do is to prepare your vessels (desires) in order to receive pleasure from it in all possible forms. However, the Light per se does not have any form; energy is formless. When electricity is passed through the wire by moving electrons, it is already a form clothed in matter; it’s not the force itself.

Everything we feel is only sensations in our organs of perception.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/30/10, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why does the Light make us reject pleasure in order to come to adhesion with it? It sounds sadistic.

Answer: The Light doesn’t have a choice. It created you with the will to enjoy, and now it wants you to prefer to be with Him, rather than to keep filling your egoistic desire with pleasure. It is as if you love a woman despite the fact that she is very unattractive, that is, without any personal benefit.

Each of us wants to be loved just as he is with all his flaws. And the Light wants us to demonstrate our love to it, as absolutely as the one He loves us with. We can prove that we love only by having risen above pleasure.

You seem surprised: How can you love someone who hits you? But if I no longer associate myself with my body and egoism, rise above it, and feel that it is not “I” at all, then I have no difficulty falling in love with the Light. And I love Him not by “rising above my suffering,” but along with all the pleasures!
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/30/10, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”

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The Wall Before You Is Your Next Spiritual Degree

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If people agree that all problems are rooted in our egoism, why then can’t we simply agree to share everything with each other and decide that everything is collective?

Answer: If we declare everything ours and divide it between ourselves, it will not resolve anything. We won’t make the world better, but rather would go back to the “fair” socialistic distribution of goods. This cannot correct the world. This is because the entire world exists solely for us to reveal the Creator.

Without taking this into account, you cut yourself off the source that can change a person. Unless you study the wisdom of Kabbalah in even the smallest degree, you won’t have any power to change human nature. As a result, you will end up in an even greater crisis, if not today, then tomorrow.

We must inject everyone with a dose of authentic wisdom of Kabbalah so that he has the force that affects and transforms him. Otherwise, we will simply start playing a game of building some new society.

However, does the world exist solely for us to build a comfortable material life? We must explain to everybody that this isn’t the purpose for which the world was created. The program of creation is to bring each person, all of human society, to another level of existence: absolute, mutual bestowal in order to unveil the force of total bestowal among us. This force is regarded as the Creator, the Upper Nature.

However, in order to change our nature to the degree that we must achieve, we have to receive an infusion from that level so that the Light that Reforms will affect us. Otherwise, how can we jump onto this degree?

At present, I am standing on the lower level, between the first and the second one, and I see how the higher degree is growing before me like a wall. However, it isn’t a wall; it is merely an ascent to the next degree. It’s just that this step is so exalted that it looks like a wall to me.

How do I leap over it? Kabbalah tells me: “You can do it, just draw the force of the Light to you.” However, we can’t do it alone, not you nor he nor I. It’s only if we unify all together. One person will study more and another less. One part will be performing actions and the other intentions. Everyone will be doing just what suits him or her best.

Not all people are the same: One person doesn’t want to think so much and prefers to act; another solves everything solely in thought. However, when all of them unite as one, everything works out for the best. Both are necessary.

However, we have to explain all of this to a person. He needs to understand life and the world he lives in. How deeply it sinks in is up to him. It makes no difference that one person processes things mostly in the mind and another in his feelings. But everyone will have a connection with the Light.

Therefore, Baal HaSulam writes that everybody has to go back to school. The question is only who should be studying and for how long. After all, everybody studies somehow in order to survive, doesn’t he?

Today, you won’t find a farmer who has not studied somewhere. If you were told that tomorrow there will be a horrible storm and you should learn how to escape it, everyone would agree to study, wouldn’t they? Everyone is forced to learn from natural disasters that are taking place everywhere right now. We offer humanity a way to learn how to achieve happiness, which everybody will be happy to learn.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/29/10, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: People are still asking the same question: What must we do in practice?

Answer: If we are talking about a simple, mechanical action, then the less you do, the better. Less damage will be done. If you are able to work only by using your hands, then don’t do anything at all, as it is written: “It is better to sit and do nothing.”

First of all, we need to employ thought to discern. This is true specifically for those who are seriously engaged in studying Kabbalah, who will teach it to the rest of the world as the educational society that produces all types of media and disseminating information about Kabbalah and its method. In this case, there should be much more discernment and very little action.

However, the same goes for all of humanity. Everyone has to influence himself, his desire. Therefore, before anything else, I need to think about what inner and outer actions can change my desire so that I will want to raise MAN (a plea for correction). In essence, this is what finalizes my actions. I need only to ask, to feel the need to change, and to come to bestowal like the Creator, to step out of myself in order to delight Him.

So, how do I accomplish that? If I have to perform some external actions for this, I will, but in essence, the inner actions are what are required. No matter how simple the person, anyone can affect himself to start desiring this kind of transformation by way of various media such as film, music, and theater. After all, each person lives inside his desires, and we need to think about how to evoke in ourselves a desire to transform to bestowal.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/29/10, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What solution can you offer a person who is a neutral observer? Wouldn’t it all seem to him as just a philosophy?

Answer: Kabbalah speaks of a force that exists in nature, and we can invite its positive influence upon us if we wish to become like it. We can’t change that force, but we need to put our house in order. It’s the same as with sunlight; I can stand in the shade, or I can climb onto the roof and bathe in the sun rays. The sun doesn’t change; it’s me who changes, wishing to get more of its light.

There’s the exact same force in nature, and the wisdom of Kabbalah can teach us to receive it. Kabbalah is a science. Be smart, learn to use the power of the Light, and it will develop you in a good and correct way.

We’re not talking about artificial things or fantasies, only about how we need to organize ourselves, the relationships between us, a shared “network” to “catch” the force existing in nature and to profit by it. Instead of turning your back or side to the “sunlight,” turn your face to it. In other words, reach equivalence of form with it.

That’s what the wisdom of Kabbalah is saying. It advises a person: You are forced to evolve whether you want to or not. However, if you want to develop in a good, enjoyable way, know the force that affects and develops you. If you turn your back to it, it develops you through suffering because you feel its effects as pushes from behind. If you stand “sideways” to it, it varies, sometimes better and sometimes worse. However, if you turn your face to it, you will develop in a kind and happy way.

That’s all we do. We just want to discover the positive influence of that force upon us. It influences and develops us in any case, even now. It’s an indisputable fact that our states change. Can we make life stand still? No, every moment we face a new situation, and that process doesn’t depend on us.

However, there’s a science that says: “Look at the existing trend. You don’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel.’ You see that we are all connected with each other, but our connection is not good. We are ruining nature more and more. So, let’s connect in the right way and invert the trend.”

If all of our problems are caused by the flawed connection between us, let’s think about how to connect properly. Kabbalah simply lays out clearly the natural law of similarity of attributes. “Creator” means Nature.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/29/10, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Book of Zohar, Introduction, Article “You Are Partners with Me,” Item 65: …for the righteous, who have already been completed in the upper brightness, constantly going and becoming new heaven and earth, as it is written, “Righteous go from strength to strength.”

How do the righteous create this continuous renewal?

Answer: They are constantly trying to support each other. A person who holds the spiritual intention is constantly thinking only of others who are also supporting the same system.

What does it mean that we penetrate into a more inner screen, into a more internal picture of reality? If I am there, does it mean that I join an unchangeable system, and there is nothing more for me to do? No, I join a system which I support, wanting to see it this way, to realize it in this way.

On the one hand, I say that the greatest people of the generation are in it; everyone is in the right intention. The minute I join it, I am sure that I am in mutual guarantee. Everything depends on me. As soon as I add my “lepta” (the smallest coin in Ancient Greece), everything will immediately settle and be fine.

On the other hand, I must be concerned about everyone supporting this system so that everyone will be in it, will realize this connection, as if I am the only one upon whom everything depends, and I “sentence myself and the whole world to a scale of merit.”

Furthermore, there are mutual actions here. From one side, I connect with others, and they are in the state of Final Correction (Gmar Tikkun). From the other, in order to be together with them, I am obliged to be concerned about and take care of them as if they did not have anything and I support them, and their whole correction depends on me.

What is it for? All of this is for me, for the correction of my Kli (vessel) since my desire consists of everyone else. This is called “interconnection.” I include (connect) everyone within me. If I want them to include (connect) me within them, I have to consist of them.

It is necessary to try to feel these concepts. It will not help to simply memorize them in my head as it will escape me in a second.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/28/10, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar, Article “You Are Partners with Me”

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