Kabbalah Moments: Connecting On The Net

The Most Powerful Medicine Is Here – And You Don’t Need A Prescription

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: As long as we don’t actually attain every word that the science of Kabbalah talks about according to that word’s degree in spirituality, we won’t be able to understand it. Before that happens, we are simply playing around with the words, with abstract forms not clothed in matter. But if Kabbalah is being revealed as the method for correcting the world, then why does it come in a form that’s so abstract and unclear to a regular person?

Answer: Kabbalah is not an artificial or abstract method of correction, but the most natural one. If it is being revealed in this form, that means that this is precisely the form in which we have to receive it and it is the most suitable medicine for us.

That means I have to “take it” without resisting it or complaining that it is bitter, unclear, or that I don’t like the rules regarding how to take it. I must treat this means as absolutely perfect. This “garment” was tailored especially for me.

However, I am perplexed as to how it was intended for me since I can’t see where to insert my arm or head, and how to put on this garment! But I am told: Don’t worry, it’s tailored exactly to your size, no bigger and no smaller!

Therefore, I must only advance toward it, research and look for how I can dress into this garment. After all, it was tailored especially for me and has been laid out before me.

It is possible to slightly adapt the explanation, bringing it closer to people in order to make it easier for them to perceive this science. But in essence, it has already been presented to us in the most perfect form. We can complain that we don’t understand it since it contains many unsuccessful examples (as they appear to us), abstract names (as they seem to us), and The Book of Zohar is full of allegories that confuse us.

But despite this, if a person accepts all of this as salvational medicine sent to him from Above, then he has to take it as the perfect, most effective means that was selected especially for him.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/26/11, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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A Personal Approach

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have been placed into a specific environment by the Creator. But at the same time my environment’s response seems to slow me down. I lower myself before my friends, but they seem to tighten the reins and make me walk instead of gallop. What should I do?

Answer: There are different situations. People who have attained high spiritual degrees can pretend to be indifferent so that you exert more effort, yet nevertheless see them in a positive light, even though they appear to you to be slobs, loafers, and so on.

If the group consists of beginners and has an egoistic intention Lo Lishma (not for Her Name) before the Machsom (the barrier separating us from spirituality), then they must not pretend to be indifferent. They have to demonstrate ascent to one another; otherwise, they will not advance. They must be taught to awaken others, to make sure no one remains indifferent.

One needs to watch people. Some are unable to find a connection with those who dance, sing, laugh, and cry. They do not care about this. In this case, my friends need to notice that I don’t pay attention to their efforts and find a way to come up with tricks and games that will influence me.

This is the way to work with everyone. After all, the group consists of separate people, and this is why we must care for everyone’s ascent. But at the same time, after all the effort we have to be patient because everyone advances at their own speed.

Some are unable to grasp this principle for years; they are here, but they are not present. Others are drawn to the study process: Every page of Talmud Eser Sefirot that they have studied is spiritual attainment to them. Others are very good at teaching or other things, but they neglect everything else. So, we need to be patient.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/25/2011, Writings of Rabash

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A Soul Is Not What You Thought It Was

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe group must continuously work with every friend, and friends must work with the group. This is what is required of a person. When we arrange everything correctly, we accelerate time, and then we really feel the development.

But when we don’t, the development drags very slowly. We lose hold of the cause and the purpose, we are unable to distinguish the stages on the path, and everything happens without inner strength, an inner action, which needs to spur our advancement.

And this is why we must count the states, degrees, stages, and actions that we realize. We need to make sure our desire depends on us: not on the individual, but the environment.

Spirituality only exists in the Kelim (vessels, desires) that are “situated” between people. Suppose we have a special filter that helps us see the desires of people. Then we put another filter and instead of seeing their personal desires, we uncover their common desires which extend between them. These desires are the spiritual Kli.

The desires cannot exist separately in any individual person; they can only be awakened through a common action, a mutual guarantee, the principle of, “Do not do unto others what you don’t want others do unto you,”and “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Essentially, we build the Kli by moving these desires from one stage to another. This is the “half of the work” that is the responsibility of the creature.

Even this does not refer to actual desires. When we turn to the group, we see that nobody has a desire directed towards the spiritual goal. However, we can awaken ourselves towards an appeal, a common prayer, and this will evoke the Light which shapes our Kli.

And then, to the measure of its desire, the Kli begins to demand correction in a collective, group-like form and becomes a soul (Neshama). A “soul” is not one’s personal, individual inner sensation; it is a shared sensation that lives among all.

In the corporeal world, we think that each one of us is a Kli. But in spirituality, it is the other way around: A Kli is that which is common between us. Corporeality is the receiving Kli which absorbs everything, while spirituality is a bestowing Kli which emits bestowal outwardly.

Measurements are always done on the outside, and this is why we are unable to recognize the spiritual world; we are unable to explain, reveal, and perceive it. This is because there, everything is evaluated only according to collectivity, the mutual strength.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/25/2011, Writings of Rabash

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A Driver For Entire Mankind

Dr. Michael Laitman“Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “The Donkey Driver,” Item 74: A man was driving their donkeys, meaning leading their donkeys.

Rabbi Aba said, “Let us open the doors of Torah for now is the time and the hour for our ways to be corrected.” “Driving” means stinging since it is an alias to the donkey driver because of his custom to sting the donkeys with a needle so they will go quicker.

The entire creation needs to be brought to adhesion with the Creator. Everything that happens in reality, including the rotation of any atom, is only moving toward this goal. There are no other actions in the world, whether they occur with the consent of the lower ones or lack thereof.

There is a special force from Above that drives us toward this goal, which is called the “donkey driver.” If we become like the sages described in The Zohar, we will go together with the “driver,” and he will be helping us along the way.

However, if we do not, the same “driver” will sting our “donkeys,” our desire to receive pleasure, with its sharp stick. This is the entire suffering that the world is experiencing when it refuses to move toward the goal consciously with understanding.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/10/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “The Donkey Driver”

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Dr. Michael Laitman“Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “The Donkey Driver,” Item 81: “My Sabbaths.” Et [“of,” this word appears only in the Hebrew of “My Sabbaths”] comes to include the Sabbath zone, two thousand cubits to each side. This is why he added the word Et [Aleph-Tav]. “My Sabbaths” is in plural form, the upper Sabbath and the lower Sabbath: two are included together and concealed together.

Sabbath stands for complete correction (Gmar Tikkun). In reference to time, the entire process when we are preparing ourselves for the complete correction is called “Saturday night,” and in reference to distance it is called “2000 cubits.”

All of us have already entered into that period. This is a reason why the world is experiencing all these painful events which force us to hasten our correction.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/10/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “The Donkey Driver”

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Bestowal Is Never Excessive

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is it possible to differentiate a real desire from an excessive one? How can I know that I’m not asking for excessive things?

Answer: Bestowal is never excessive. It is unlimited because there was no restriction on the Light of Hassadim. Ask as much as you want; don’t limit yourself. The most exorbitant requests are fine. There is no calculation with the Light of Hassadim.

The calculation begins only when you shift from the Light of Hassadim to the Light of Hochma, reception.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/26/11, Writings of Rabash

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The Future Society Amidst The Ancient World

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why did Kabbalists keep Kabbalah hidden from the people of Israel for thousands of years, while they did reveal its secrets to the Greek philosophers?

Answer: It had occurred long before, hundreds of years before the fall of the Second Temple. At that time, many scientists and philosophers of the nations of the world (not only the Greeks) used to come to study with Kabbalists. They were studying the people of Israel, attempting to understand them.

As an example, Alexander the Great, who started with the goal of expanding civilization throughout the world, used to surround himself with scientists and philosophers who studied the life of the people of Israel at that time. That is why he treated them so benevolently.

Scientists strived to comprehend the wisdom practiced among the ancient people of Israel who lived according to spiritual laws. This wisdom was visible to the naked eye, and based on how the government and society were arranged, it was evident that these people’s lives were founded on unique traditions.

There was an enormous difference in how the people of Israel lived compared to other nations, considering we are speaking about barbaric times. In Israel, the system of social relations was perfect in that a person was completely secured, more than by today’s medical insurance or unemployment benefits.

The Talmud describes those times in the following way: There was no child who didn’t know how to read and write or how the world was arranged. The educational system (Levites) included every person. This was first established by Moses while in the desert after the exodus from Egypt.

There was no lawlessness since it is written, “Anyone who buys a Hebrew slave, it is as though he buys a master for himself.” There was no division into upper and lower classes in the society. Never were people recognized for their wealth, unlike in the other nations. Rather, it was the sages who were honored.

People who came to visit from other places were surprised and couldn’t understand how it was done. It might work if such rules were established in a small community, but to have such laws govern the whole nation? After all, no less than three million people departed from Egypt, who later multiplied. In those times, it was a large nation.

There was such a bond between people, such a system of justice, special events and holidays, and an accurate calendar that the people followed so that everything was organized like in a fine clock mechanism in sync with the upper clock. This clock ruled over the entire public life since it was an absolutely perfect system, identical to the spiritual one.

Everybody knew what he or she was supposed to do; they knew it internally! There was no need for a ruler who would have to enforce order by military force and police that would control and punish. Every person innately felt how they should act, and this was a society of integral equality.

A king would serve the people, rather than abuse his power. It was a totally reversed pyramid. The one who had a more exalted position felt even greater responsibility for the others.

It was radically different from how other peoples lived, and this is why their sages came to study. It was an era of prophets from whom many scientists of other nations gained their knowledge. Naturally, just like Abraham wished to transform all of Ancient Babylon, the prophets never rejected those who desired to learn the laws of the universe.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/10/2011, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”

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