Kabbalists On The Nature Of Man And The Nature Of The Creator, Part 8

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

Egoism Is Embedded in the Nature of Every Person

Egoism is not natural self-love, which is entirely positive, individual force of existence. In that respect, it does not altogether contradict the altruistic force, although it does not serve it.

Egoism is progressive hatred and exploitation of one’s friend to ease one’s own existence. It contradicts and is the complete opposite of the love of others and destroys the society.
– Baal HaSulam, “The Nation

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Matter Woven From Desire By Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Part 1, “Histaklut Pnimit (Inner Reflection),” Item 36: The will to receive is the substance of the essence. … We name the first form in the essence by the name “the first substance in the essence” since we have no attainment or perception whatsoever in any substance.

There are five types of sensations: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. To feel an object as a material one is to touch it. Only by touching it can I be sure that it exists and is material.

The most reliable reality is that which can be touched and taken into the hands. I name something as substance if it reveals itself to me by touch, but in reality, this is not substance. It is simply that I have five organs of perception, and the influence of the Light on my sense of touch creates the illusion of substance in me. If I had no body with nerve receptors on my skin and if I could not perceive the reality I am in through them, I could not feel the material world which I sense today.

What is smell? The influence of the Light on my smell receptors gives me the perception of smell, and the influence on the taste receptors gives me the perception of taste. The same is true for sight and hearing. All of my sensations come through the nerve endings which are located either behind the ear drum or inside the eye.

So, all that we have are the five organs of perception. In the end, they draw for us all of reality: our body and the entire world in front of us. I perceive substance through my sense of touch, while the rest of my senses—smell, taste, hearing, and sight—draw the additional qualities of the alleged “reality” that I and the surrounding world are part of.

The Light draws this entire picture for me. In reality, there is nothing except simple desire, which is being influenced by the Light, giving birth to all of these forms. That is why it seems to me that we all exist as physical bodies.

This is why Baal HaSulam says that “the will to receive is the first form in the essence,” and that we define the first form as “substance” because we have no attainment of the essence. So, there exist matter, form clothed in matter, abstract form, and the essence. Matter is the will to enjoy perceived by us through the organs of touch which are being helped by our other organs of perception.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/7/2011, Talmud Eser Sefirot

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Attune The World To Unity

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: During the preparation for the Moscow convention, many of us focused on the thought that the convention had already started, and we truly felt that we were already there. Should we constantly concentrate on the state of the convention?

Answer: If don’t see ourselves living at the next, higher, spiritual degree, we will never ascend to it. We should do what little children do which, for us, is an example of how to study the spiritual level while being on the physical one. If we don’t yearn to grow up, we won’t. Therefore, visualizing unity as an ongoing, permanent convention is undoubtedly useful.

Concerning the group, we should do the same. In my imagination, the group resides in the corrected state. The only wicked, uncorrected egoist is me. Thus, I am supposed to strive to be with them, visualize that I am already part of them, and clarify what I need in order to be included.

Our entire world is imaginary. However we see it, that’s what it is. Nothing is real. All of this is merely a figment of my imagination.

Put everything in its place. Give everyone, be it a group, person, or quality, a certain value, a specific degree, and you will see that thereby you are tuning the world like a musical instrument to make it fit you.

Everything depends on how you will tune it. What will be higher and lower for you will determine the direction in which you will move: either to evil or good, to stealing and drug abuse or to love and bestowal. It is all up to you as to what kind of world you will create for yourself. The world as it is doesn’t have any form. It all depends on how you attune yourself to it.
From the Lesson in Moscow 6/16/2011, Writings of Rabash

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The Planet On The Edge

Opinion: Thomas L. Friedman (From nytimes.com): “You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century—when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all—and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?”

The only answer is that it is difficult, even if it is necessary, to change our view of life. We are destroying vital reserves, consuming our own future.

We exploit natural resources and pollute the earth with our waste to such an extent that it exceeds the planet’s capacity for self-restoration. We cannot change ourselves at will, and, hence, we will be reformed by the crisis, quickly and radically. Over the course of a few decades, we will have completely reformed the economy, the power industry, and transportation.

“We will realize that the consumer-driven growth model is broken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on people working less and owning less.”

“We are heading for a crisis-driven choice,” Gilding, the veteran Australian environmentalist-entrepreneur, says. “We either allow collapse to overtake us or develop a new sustainable economic model. We will choose the latter. We may be slow, but we’re not stupid.”

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The Place Where We Are Together

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does it mean to do inner work?

Answer: A person is supposed to do inner work 24 hours a day. It may be that one is so absorbed in it that having come to the lesson, he doesn’t see a word written in the book, but that doesn’t matter. The key is what is happening in him.

You shouldn’t blame yourself. Inner work is when you keep trying to hold yourself in adhesion with the internal essence of the group. As a result, when you open the book, what you see there is not some external knowledge, but rather the information describing the types of unification with the friends in the group and, more than that, in the integral soul.

You begin to realize that The Study of The Ten Sefirot, The Book of Zohar, and other Kabbalists’ writings describe only various types of connection between you and the others. If you honestly desire to have this connection clarified, you are studying the Torah indeed (the word “Torah” in Hebrew derives from the words “Ohr,” Light, and “Oraa,” instruction).

Question: So, my work is in finding this inner network between us, does it? However, how do I utilize the corporeal world for this?

Answer: Our entire world is the same kind of network between the people, but is its most external manifestation. This is why we experience it as corrupted.

As to our internal network of connection, we experience 125 consecutive degrees of greater bond, integral unification between us. Yet, our existing state in the external world is mandatory: This is where we start and exist so that we may delve into this connection deeper and deeper.

We need a foundation that doesn’t pertain to moving inward, and this is what the external network of connection between us is, where we exist in the corporeal world. It’s only now that it becomes revealed how truly corrupted this connection is, while previously we simply didn’t think about it. That is what obligates us to perform corrections.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/25/2011, Writings of Rabash

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Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Item 15, Lesson 10
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Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah),” Item 9, Lesson 6
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