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Weekly Torah Portion – 12.12.12

The Book of Zohar, Weekly Torah Portion, “Miketz” Selected Excerpts

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The Duality Of Perception

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do I check the efforts in the group, and whether they should be checked at all? It turns out that my own sensations deceive me, don’t they?

Answer: It does not matter. We still have to take these feelings, take our minds, and work with them, and again in duality! This is our problem.

On the one hand, friends appear in my eyes so that I would have each of them altered or replaced, myself too.

And, on the other hand, everything comes from the Creator; He deliberately gives us the state from which we would come to the conclusion that this is perfect because it stems from Him. And from the state of duality, confusion, not understanding, and conflict, we suddenly begin to identify Him.

We get a substrate, the basis on which we can feel it. The foundation should be different, strewn with all sorts of thorns. It is then, when we have plenty of feelings, properties, various opposite definitions. And then He is felt. Otherwise, we cannot feel the Light.

Despite the fact that we are in it, we still have no contrast between the “I” and He. That is what we are building, a new sense organ.

Question: That is, I check everything both individually and from the state of the group?

Answer: Yes. We must constantly be in two states and analyze what is happening from two points of the observer.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/8/12, Lesson 3

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There Are No Changes For The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If relative to the Creator, we are already in the third, corrected state, then what does it mean that we have to give pleasure to the Creator?

Answer: We have never gone out of the third and the first states; relative to the Creator, there are no changes. Everything that was created by Him was created at once and instantly, and there is not even question of time. We will begin to feel this soon.

Ari wrote in his poem: Behold, that before the emanations were emanated and the creatures created, the upper simple light had filled the whole existence. What do it was before and then mean? Baal HaSulam explains this in his writings.

The state of time is a causal relationship. But we do not understand that either. Cause and effect are always related to time for us.

The picture that we attain in spirituality is beyond our limitations of time, space, and motion. We feel them only at our lowest earthly level. Once we start to feel the upper world, we will see that there is no time, no death, no birth—nothing! There is only a constant ascent in the property of bestowal.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/8/12, Lesson 3

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Does The Creator Need To Know Himself?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If “there is none else besides Him,” and the Creator gives us all sensations, does this mean that a human being is a tool that the Creator uses to know Himself?

Answer: No. The Creator does not need to know Himself. You would like to say that the Creator created something opposite in order to know Himself from this opposite.

First of all, for one who can do this, it is not necessary to know oneself. If I create something opposite, then I already know what it is. We cannot understand this with our mind; it will not work. No philosophy will work here. If we are talking about the primary source, then this source includes everything. All that comes from Him exists in Him of course.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/8/12, Lesson 3

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Love Will Make A Child Smarter

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from DailyMail): “Being a nurturing mother is not just about emotional care – it pays dividends by determining the size of your child’s brain, scientists say. …

“According to neurologists this sizeable difference has one primary cause – the way each child was treated by their mothers. …

“The child with the larger and more fully developed brain was looked after by its mother – she was constantly responsive to her baby, reported The Sunday Telegraph. But the child with the shrunken brain was the victim of severe neglect and abuse.

“The consequences of these deficits are pronounced – the child on the left with the larger brain will be more intelligent and more likely to develop the social ability to empathise with others.

“But in contrast, the child with the shrunken brain will be more likely to become addicted to drugs and involved in violent crimes, much more likely to be unemployed and to be dependent on state benefits.

“The child is also more likely to develop mental and other serious health problems.

“Professor Allan Schore, of UCLA, told The Sunday Telegraph that if a baby is not treated properly in the first two years of life, it can have a fundamental impact on development.

“He pointed out that the genes for several aspects of brain function, including intelligence, cannot function.

“And sadly there is a chance they may never develop and come into existence.”

My Comment: Love, that is, inclusion in the desires of another, is the major property of our world and the upper worlds. The only difference is that in our world this attribute is concealed from our being able to identify it as essential and develop it. Therefore, it is given to us as a command—a guideline that is necessary to follow in order to bring myself and the world to perfection.

Naturally, the same quality of love is beneficial at all levels.

In the case of children, our natural (animalistic) instincts switch on, which are sometimes interrupted by opposing super-egoistic, human ones, when we hurt our own children by choosing ourselves before them, in which case people are “more beastly” than beasts.

Exiting into a higher world rests on love—in spite of and over our egoism. We are building love, leaving rejection beneath it, covering hate with love—and with the least screen, we begin sensing the upper world.

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The Raspberry Spark Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You said that we have to take our point in the heart outward. I do not understand what that means. If the point is in me, then how can I take it out? I feel contentment, sense this fulfillment, and examine it as an observer. Is this point somehow disconnected from me?

Answer: This is a feeling between you and the other person that is as a calm, warm, really crimson luminous point. It is not even a point, but a small ball between you and him.

It does not matter whether it is a man or a woman, you do not notice. It has nothing to do with sex or a person’s appearance, with anything external. This point just appears, and you look not at this person, but at this small ball, which has appeared between you. And you work for it. It is the most important thing for you.

This ball is a person’s desires, his aspirations. You suddenly start to feel them, and you suddenly start to work for them. You want this ball to grow. It attracts you, fascinates you like a fireball, and you work for it.

Question: But if it does not fascinate me, does it mean that it is me who feels contentment?

Answer: But this is not you inside yourself, you are in this ball, you are in this emerging feeling of love for the other. You are still standing like an observer and still are based on you egoism, but you seek this state. It is already yours; it lives in you.

Try it!
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/8/12, Lesson 4

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Am I Correcting The World?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the correction of the world?

Answer: We are on the highest level of a general system because we yearn to be above ourselves. The previous lives have made us the way we are.

There are different illuminations in the world, and this whole system is mutually connected. But the signal comes from above. The Light goes through us to the world and then spreads everywhere. This is called the “correction of the world.”

Am I Correcting The World?

I don’t correct anyone. If we correct ourselves, then the Light is transferred through us to all the other parts of the world. Most people cannot draw the Light; they cannot correct themselves; they don’t understand; they don’t know; they lack the desires. Try to talk to them about the meaning of life and what does it mean to them. It isn’t good or bad, since in the meantime they have no such desire. What is more, these people make up 99% of the world population, and it is up to us to correct them that way.

On the other hand, Kabbalists speak about our obligation to pass the wisdom of Kabbalah on to them, so that they will feel that there is hope and that there is an ideology of correction, that there are levels the world has to go through in order to be corrected, and that we can ease this path for them and make it simple and quick. They have to know a little about it, only generally. The actual correction takes place under our internal influence on them, since we are all connected in one network.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/7/12, Lesson 2

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Through The Veil Of The Ego

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do we work in the group to focus our intention and to achieve the right desire to ascend?

Answer: We have to imagine the ascent from our world to the world of Ein Sof (Infinity) as something that is attainable now, at this very moment. We constantly play it in the group and in the workshops. We constantly imagine it as the desirable state. I want to be constantly included in it; this is my goal in every movement I make. Only if we imagine this goal do we summon upon ourselves the good and beneficial influence of the Surrounding Light from it.

It is a physical law. To the extent that I yearn, I summon the force of the Light upon myself, and it operates and influences me and corrects me by drawing me to a new state.

Question: So does this means that we have to see our friends as great, even if I don’t agree with them and don’t feel that they really are so?

Answer: Of course! What does agreeing or not agreeing have to do with it? Who am I? I am a small, worthless, uneducated person, who has no attainment of the spiritual world. I criticize my friends because I feel comfortable with that, out of my egoistic attributes. It seems to me that they are all wrong and that they are all bad. Of course, I mustn’t accept what I see and hear as the way they really are.

On the contrary, I have to understand that my ego is between me and my group. I see them through the ego and receive everything from them through it.

This means that the questions of who they are and what I receive from them have no solution until I annul my ego.

Through The Veil Of The Ego
But when I annul it, I will be able to see what is before me. Then I will see that it is the Creator! Not the friends, not the group, but the Creator! I will see a totally perfect state.

Now, when I am detached from them, inside my ego, when I am in a kind of an egoistic cocoon, how can I judge anyone?
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/7/12, Lesson 2

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Seeing The World As It Is

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe wisdom of Kabbalah is a special wisdom which actually explains everything. However, one must attain it. It isn’t perceived by the mind and the desires we were born with, not through our nature.

We were born on the “animate” level” and we have to develop the properties of the next level in us, the “human” (Adam) level, which means resembling (Domeh – resemble in Hebrew) the upper force.

In our corporeal reality we also receive different signals from the world around us according to our equivalence to it. I perceive the world around me according to my sensitivity to the range of frequencies and to the sensitivity of my senses of sight, hearing, and other senses, but, in addition, many other frequencies exist, all different sources, which I don’t perceive. I perceive the world only in the range of frequencies that my senses are tuned to or through the instruments I can create in order to expand the range of these frequencies, and not more than that. We don’t create something that we don’t have; we only expand what we have.

On the other hand, in order to reveal the upper force, we have to create a totally new additional sense inside us. It is new qualitatively; since all our senses are locked on receiving, on the egoistic intention for one’s self, we perceive the world around us only with regard to what concerns us: what good we can receive from it and what bad things to avoid.

Initially I perceive the world through the filter of my five senses, in the frequencies I am tuned to. Besides that, there is my ego, which filters every thing according to one principle, “Will it be good or bad for me?” If there is no response in our huge desire for something, in the estimate of the potential benefit or the harm, then I don’t perceive and don’t see it. We only perceive what our desire wants, which means what is positive or negative for it, or what can harm me or bring me contentment—then I see it.

With such an approach, even if we expand our senses by creating different instruments such as telescopes, microscopes, etc., nothing will help since our ego, which is behind them, will still classify everything according to this scale.

Seeing The World As It Is
There is a lot of research on this issue by psychologists and physicists. In modern physics, there is the concept of the “observer.” At first Newton’s physics claimed that the universe is as we see it. The picture that was depicted was rather simple, although Newton studied the wisdom of Kabbalah and also studied Hebrew in order to read the original version of the sources.

Then came Albert Einstein and Hugh Everett who reached a different phrasing of the concept: The world around us is as we perceive it; in fact, it is totally different, but as we perceive it, we change, tilt, and break it by our attributes. By observing any physical events, we distort them just by viewing them, and as a result they will not be as they were without us.

So, it isn’t enough that we perceive everything through the filter of our ego, but even when we just look at something, by our participation, we interfere with the picture of the world. Look at a star and it is already different just by your looking at it; this is what physicists say.

Today, we reach the understanding that there is a different perception of the world, not the formal perception that is based on our animal attributes. The wisdom of Kabbalah puts it simply; it says: Instead of your ordinary sense, instead of the ego in which you receive only for your own good, stabilize a different sense, make it totally different, make it in order to bestow. If you open the attribute of this new sense so that it is focused outside yourself, you will determine what the world actually looks like. You will see that it is totally different; you will see that it is real. In addition, you will change yourself. The new sense that will appear in you is called a “soul.”

Actually, it doesn’t matter what you call it. One way or the other, with this new sense, you will see the whole external world that “hasn’t been touched” as it is—the forces, the connections, and its goals. You will be so adapted to it and so connected to it that everything that is in your ego, your animal state, your animal body, will simply “die.” This means that you will not feel it—this is how microscopic the current feeling of life will seem to you compared to what you will feel when you discover the world outside yourself and exist in it.

This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah leads a person to.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/7/12, Lesson 1

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