Ask And You Will Receive!

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I am certain that each of us wants to build an environment that would be pushing him or her forward since that is all we talk about. On one hand, we desire such an environment, while on the other, we discover our inability to choose this environment even though everybody wishes for, seeks, and hears that it is necessary. How do we get out of this state?

Answer: You are asking me how to “walk the talk,” to move to the inner action in the heart? Ask the Creator! There is no chance it will just happen on its own. You need to keep begging.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/25/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar,” Article “Two Points”

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Dr. Michael LaitmanThere is a certain sequence of states (spiritual degrees) that a created being has to undergo experientially, comprehensively, and consciously. At each degree, a greater desire with all of its properties, individual desires, and forces gets revealed to a person. In this manner, a person starts attaining the spiritual world, the Creator, by constructing Him within oneself.

But first of all, on our part, there has to be a desire. Otherwise, how can we feel all of this? The Creator cannot give us the good that we do not want, or we will feel very bad! If the Light gets revealed without the desire for it, it feels as horrific darkness.

Night is not lack of light, but rather the greatest Light, GAR de-Hochma. But we are seeing the “back” of it, its “reverse side,” since it has come, but we don’t have a vessel for it. This is why we feel so terrible. And come to think of it, why do we? Aren’t we given pleasure? But if we don’t want it, this pleasure is worse than any pain for us.

This midnight Light (darkness) descends to us from adhesion (Zivug) of Aba ve Ima that prepare Kelim (vessels) for the dawning day. First, a spiritual degree, all its 10 Sefirot, has to unfold in full, after which we take its small part and work with it all “day” long. But the “night” is a revelation of the enormous Light.

Therefore, we need to pass through all of these states: day and night, evening and morning, in order to obtain a desire thanks to which we will be able to enjoy. And this is not a desire to receive, but a desire to bestow.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/25/2011, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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Berlin Convention 2011 – 01.28.11

Berlin Convention, Dr. Laitman’s Introductory Talk, Lesson 1
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Berlin Convention, Opening Ceremony
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Berlin Convention, “Man and the Laws of Nature,” Lesson 2
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Berlin Convention, “Man and the Laws of Nature,” Lesson 3
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Berlin Convention, “The Basics of Spiritual Work,” Lesson 4
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Berlin Convention, “Kabbalah As a Social Science, Lesson 5
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One With The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In your opinion, what is freedom? And are you free?

Answer: In my opinion, freedom is absolute similarity to the Creator, when I do not have any other desires but His. This is because the Creator is the absolute law of nature. It is not somebody from the skies, but an enormous law of nature that surrounds the entire nature and controls everything, all of its parts, including me.

And I exist in an absolute prison. Imagine yourself completely tied up. Your nervous system is not able to handle it, you are losing your mind; it is awful! This is your state when you are opposite to the Creator. But when together with Him you reach similarity to Him, His understanding, and balance, you suddenly feel that all these chains, these limitations, disappear.

Like a cogwheel, you are locked in from all sides with all other cogwheels. You are not able to move anywhere; you are not able to do anything at all! And suddenly you feel that specifically your understanding of the Creator, your agreeing with Him brings you to balance, a joyful state when you simply do not need anything else. What a relief!

This already is a state of “Hassadim (Mercy),” a state of  faith. You do not need anything else but corresponding to Him in properties. And no matter what happens, it is Him influencing you with the only purpose of giving you the opportunity to find an even greater possibility to correspond to Him.

Once all His different influences touch you, and you find your similarity to all of them, now nothing can affect you and make you fail to be similar to the Creator: You have attained the state of absolute bestowal, Bina. Now you feel completely free.

What does “completely free” mean? You are under the Creator’s complete power just like before, but you agree with Him completely of your own will, and not against it because you realize that everything must be this way and not the other. You find yourself in absolute harmony, in unison with Him. This is the state of Bina, when nothing is lacking!

The next type of work only begins after this. We call it reception for the sake of bestowal.
From Lesson1 in Moscow 1/14/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar”

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Who Is Referred To As Human?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Who belongs to the human level of development, and who to the animate one? Does this depend on the region where a person lives?

Answer: This has nothing to do with any corporeal parameters. The still, vegetative, animate, and human levels of nature exist in all the people living on Earth. And every person must reach his perfect state at the end of his or her development.

The key issue here is one’s aspiration towards it, which absolutely does not depend on any of us. All souls are gathered together in their initial state, in the initial informational record, referred to as Reshimo in Kabbalah. And every one of us has a place in this hierarchy of souls.

For this reason, when the time comes and a point in this global mechanism must begin its development, the person who possesses this point feels a certain pressure, and this pushes him forward. And the only thing that depends on him is the speed of realization of this Reshimo and its kind: good and fast or slow and evil. Nothing else is up to him.

So, in every region there can be people who are already striving towards spirituality. And this does not depend on one’s location or quality of life.

In Europe we have found a lesser number of people like this so far; the most are in South America and Russia. But, generally, they live everywhere: in China, Iran, Japan, Africa, Australia. We have students everywhere; they are of different races, nationalities, and social levels. And we are not able to foresee which ones are yet to strive ahead, how they will do it, and when. This is completely unpredictable.

We do not know the order of development of every part of the common soul. Just like an embryo in a mother’s womb develops in a certain order, the parts of the single collective soul of humanity, all of us, also develop in the same order. Every individual soul also develops according to the same image and similarity to the collective soul.

Question: Can we say that if the question about the purpose of life has appeared in a person, in other words, that if he has acquired a point in the heart, it means that he is already working with the “human” level?

Answer: Yes, if he has acquired a point in the heart, and he is beginning to ask about the purpose of life from within it, he is already working on the “human” level.

But he can “conserve” himself on this level for many years. Practically, he will not be able to do anything if he does not find himself in a group, near authentic sources, and next to a teacher. Regrettably, there are people like this, and it saddens me to see them. They were with us, and then they stepped away and froze. I hope to see them back soon.
From Lesson 1 from Moscow 1/14/2011, “Introduction of The Book of Zohar”

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