Questions About Choosing A Spiritual Teacher And A Partner

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I decided to write to ask you to help me like a “haver” (friend). I’ve studied now with BB for seven years and have attended several congresses. Approximately just before the last congress, another (Kabbalah) “teacher” suddenly came into my life.

I listen both to you and the other teacher. How do I and others who might be in the same situation (inner struggle) deal with this? Whom do I truly believe? Which one should I choose? Both, so to speak, “speak to me,” although perhaps on different “levels.” Would you be ever so kind to possibly help me and others that might be living in this reality?

Answer: One should learn where his heart desires. Therefore, I advise you to listen to yourself, but namely to yourself. A teacher is he who uses the primary sources to teach you how to master the property (intention) of love and bestowal.

Question: I’m a student of Kabbalah for maybe four years, and you are my teacher from the beginning. I want to marry a girl whom I knew before I found the wisdom, and she is a Sufi with a Sufi spiritual teacher.

The problem is that from the beginning we had these differences: I was a Salafi Muslim and she is a Sufi Muslim. Our faiths, cultures, and our way of thinking are different. But what kept me with her is her altruistic attitude to people.

At first I wanted to leave her, but then I started working on the differences between us and realized how much pain is caused by my ego. And now I don’t know what to do: Marrying her is like slaughtering my ego, but what will it give me? Can you please help me sort out my thoughts?

Answer: I would nevertheless ask my teacher!

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The Crisis Will Last For Many Years

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Michael Khazin, an economist, from “I am confident that the crisis will last a long time. Here is why: Crisis is a change of a certain parameter that transitions from an unnatural state into a natural one. Until this process is over, the crisis will continue. Our modern day crisis is related… to credit-based demand stimulation, that is, people lived on credit. As a result, huge amounts of debt have been accumulated. In and of themselves, debt is not deadly… but it cannot be increased any more. And if so, it is impossible to maintain a high level of demand.

“This is the reason why the world economy will decline by 30-35%, …while the American by 55-60%. In a country like the U.S., this will cause a socio-political catastrophe.

“The crisis will persist until world demand will continue to decline. The collapse will end when demand stops exceeding the real income of the population.

“Ordinary people will experience the crisis through the growth of unemployment, lower standard of living, smaller salaries, increasing cost of goods, the transition of many goods that we currently consider ‘common’ into the ranks of ‘luxury’ items, and so on.

“For the last 30 years the middle class in the West was sustained only by credit. The reduction of credit will force many people into poverty; they won’t be able to afford a car, an apartment, or medical services. Fifty percent of Europeans belong to this pool of population, and forty percent of them will fall into poverty.

“Prices will grow faster than wages, and hence purchasing capacity will drop.

“The price of gold will continue to grow… and eventually gold will replace the dollar as a measure of value.”

My Comment: Slow movement towards rational consumption would be a bliss, but it won’t happen because Nature doesn’t plan simply to return us to balance. Instead, it wants us to unite into one system similar to Nature itself. No tricks will help until we go through change towards reciprocity and unity, in similarity to a unified system of Nature, and stop being a cancerous tumor in it.

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Kabbalists On The Greatness Of Baal HaSulam, Part 6

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

There is a strict condition during the engagement in this wisdom: to not materialize the matters with imaginary and corporeal issues…. To rescue the readers from any materialization, I composed the book Talmud Eser Sefirot (The Study of the Ten Sefirot) by the Ari, in which I collected his major explanations and presented them in a simple and easy language.
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 156

Most students materialized the matters explained in Kabbalistic books and although the spiritual concepts are above time and above place, pictured them as set in times and places. Additionally, they were confused by the fact material is expressed in corporeal terms.

Thus, I have come out with this preface, to connect the matters and the foundations of the wisdom in a concise manner, so it will be readily available to those who want to study this science.
Baal HaSulam, “General Preface to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” Item 1

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 09.20.11

Shamati #152 For A Bribe Doth Blind the Eyes of the Wise
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The Book of Zohar – Selected Chapter VaYakhel (And Moses Assembled)“The Firmament over Malchut,” Item 352, Lesson 20
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Talmud Eser Sefirot Part 2, Chapter 2, “Histaklut Pnimit,” Chapter 8, Item 89, Lesson 28
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Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah, Item 122, Lesson 53
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Writings of Baal HaSulam The Nation,” (Start with: “In order to discover…”), Lesson 17
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