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In The Arms Of The Kabbalists

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is my perception of the world constantly renewed until I acquire a soul, meaning spiritual perception?

Answer: With time you will discover that this world is much more complicated than you perceive in your superficial perception. You will feel the forces that are behind the actions and will see that everyone is under the influence of these forces, like dolls that are operated by invisible urges in some kind of a game.

Question: Why is it so complicated?

Answer: It isn’t complicated at all, it is a simple calculation: You either live like an “animal” or you live by attaining all of reality. Along the way it seems complicated, but only so that you will find out whatever you don’t understand by yourself. Thus you begin to understand the general picture.

Without this study you will not get to know and will not attain the upper force. The complications appear only in the system of communication between you. But deeper, where you are adhered “spirit in spirit,” there are no questions. There you become similar to it and all the “worlds,” which means all the concealments, disappear.

The learning process is always confusing. When a person begins to learn nothing is understood and the more you advance in your study the more questions you have. It isn’t by chance that leading scientists are not ashamed to admit how little they know about the world. On the other hand, ignorant “experts” who don’t see further than a few centimeters before their nose say that everything is “crystal clear”…

Question: But still, why do Kabbalists use language that I can’t understand? Why don’t they express everything in a detailed, organized fashion? What is all this “symbolism” for?

Answer: They have no other choice; believe me, they don’t want to confuse you. On the contrary, they are like loving parents who worry about their baby who was finally born late in their life. Since they understand your inner structure and also the spiritual structure, they connect you with the inner essence of the world, with the real reality. They need to carry you in their arms, like a baby, like a piece of “flesh” that is not a human being yet, to the next level. While they carry you, you grow, accumulate impressions, and experience spiritual actions and reactions, until they put you down on the “lawn” of the spiritual world…
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/08/13, “The Peace”

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How Can We Justify The Unjustifiable?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we justify the Creator if we see great suffering like with people who are terminally ill?

Answer: It is impossible to justify it now because we don’t want to lie or pretend to persuade ourselves or to comfort others. There are different psychological methods of influencing a person that enable him to change his point of view with regard to tragic events in his life. But Kabbalists say that real change is possible only if the Light that Reforms influences a person and changes his state.

The current state is the level a person is on. So he will look at what is happening differently, will feel and understand things differently according to a new level, which he attains thanks to the Light that Reforms. In this case, the change is not because those around him have confused him and convinced him. After all, they are deceiving him and not letting him see the truth, as if giving him a sedative. They are trying to show him that everything is fine, and by that they lie to him and block the path to the truth for him.

We have a different method; we don’t calm, but only support a person so that he will discover his ego. We help him discover his ego and deal with it.

A person can deal with every state he faces in two ways: One is to somehow blur the problem and confuse himself, which is turning to religion, different beliefs, and mysticism. This is what everyone in our world does.

But a person can do the opposite: open your eyes and desire wider and start working in order to draw the Light that Reforms so that it will correct you. Then from this new level, a person sees the correct picture.

How do I draw this Light? By justifying whatever happens, and that it all comes from one source, “There is none else beside Him.” I want to discover the upper force, and nothing other than that.

It isn’t that I simply accept what happens like a submissive believer, but I want to discover the upper. I understand that all my feelings are clarions from the Creator who wants the created beings to discover Him and to discover that “There is none else besides Him” and that He is “Good and benevolent.”
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/08/13, The Study of the Ten Sefirot

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Prescription Overdoses Cause More Death Than Drugs

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from USA Today): “Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

“‘The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly,’ said Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which gathered and analyzed the data.

“In 2010, the CDC reported, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths nationwide. Medicines, mostly prescription drugs, were involved in nearly 60% of overdose deaths that year, overshadowing deaths from illicit narcotics. …

“Anti-anxiety drugs including Valium were among common causes of medication-related deaths, involved in almost 30% of them. Among the medication-related deaths, 17% were suicides….

“Last month, a federal panel of drug safety specialists recommended that Vicodin and dozens of other medicines be subjected to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine.”

My Comment: The problem is not in treatment, but in the eradication of causes, and it is in general depression, emptiness, and lack of meaning. If a person is filled with good mood and spirit, he will almost always be healthy.

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Chronic Stress : A Call To Action!

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Los Angeles Times): “With decades ahead of them in the job market, more than half of millennials stay awake at night chewing over all manner of worries, according to a study.

“Those 18- to 33-year-olds actually stress out more than older generations, the American Psychological Assn. concluded in its new study. Slightly more than 50% said that overwhelming worries disrupted their sleep in the past month.

“A dour economy is top of mind for young people, with work and job stability sending their stress levels soaring. And no wonder — their unemployment rate is 13.1%, well above the overall nation’s 7.8%. …

“Nearly 40% of millennials said their stress shot up in the last year, compared with 33% of baby boomers and 29% of those 67 and older.

“Perhaps reflecting their relative inexperience with the working world, the study found young people were more likely to react to stress with anger or annoyance.”

My Comment: This is only the beginning of another great American problem: a big disappointment in capitalism and in the society of great and equal opportunities, and the collapse of the American dream. There is an urgent need to include the entire population in the “process” of correcting themselves by fostering a correct perception of the new world and society. Otherwise, all the energy of the masses will be aimed at destruction.

Society cannot be left unattended; it needs to be taken care of as if caring for a child; the country must bring everybody to study the behavior in the conditions of the new world: the environment (climate), our nature (the laws of society), and the required change in man’s attitude towards the environment (personal correction).

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Upper Abundance

Dr. Michael LaitmanAnd the children of Israel did so, and gathered some more, some less. And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating (The Torah, Exodus, “BeShalach,” 16:17 – 16:18).

We are speaking about how much effort every person can make.

Let’s say I am overweight and asthmatic; I have a bad heart; could I do much stooping over and collecting? While the other, young and agile, can gather a whole bag.

There is no such thing in spirituality! Everything happens according to the conditions you are in. You are evaluated by the specific, individual efforts you make according to your capacity to work.

Manna is the upper abundance that fills a person in accordance with his preparation. To the extent that I am ready to give, I open myself to reception. This is how it works.
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Rejecting The Present You

Dr. Michael LaitmanAnd Moses said unto them: “Let no man leave of it till the morning.” Notwithstanding, they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and rotted; and Moses was wroth with them (The Torah, Exodus, BeShalach, 16:19 – 16:20).

This speaks about lack of faith. If you stock up for tomorrow, you are no longer in the world of the Creator, but are in your own world. This is a constant struggle that should accompany a person in relation to everything: to view the past, present, and future in relation to himself and others and to assess everything that happens to a person—this “I” and my attitude towards everything—where do I become free from my “self?”

Man is a person’s aspiration for the property of bestowal. This entails a very serious transition: from denial, to restriction, to rising above himself, and it includes a variety of other conditions. Try to draw your portrait on the floor and start stomping on it; this is what you want to remove yourself from, to move away from the present you. Feel yourself in these states.

Comment: But there is another attitude, like in the joke: A man is sitting on the roof of a house, surrounded by flood; a boat passes by with people offering to rescue him, but he answers, “No, the Creator will save me.” A helicopter flies above him, “We’ll save you,” “No,” he says, “The Creator will save me.” So, he drowned.

Answer: This is a terrible pride, “The Creator will save me.” That is, a person does not identify himself with the world, does not understand that the Creator is in everything: in the boat, in the helicopter—everywhere. He does not connect this with the Creator, but divides the world into various intermediaries, thoughts, and forces. This happens due to the failure to feel the Creator as unity.
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Perception Of Reality: From Antiquity To The Present Day

Dr. Michael LaitmanA person aspiring to spiritual attainment begins to see that the whole world is one system. It is constant joyful work, and you become accustomed to it gradually. It becomes a necessity. You already exist at this level.

All the other levels are flat, one-dimensional, and it’s impossible to think of them as before. A person begins to get accustomed to thinking in the n-dimensional space which becomes compressed into a single force and purpose; therefore, it’s not difficult to feel the whole world connected with a single goal, with a single thought, with a single force, up to the point that you look at the starry sky and see what connects all the stars.

This raises some very interesting questions, such as, “How did the ancient astrologers associated stars in the constellations?” After all, if I look at the stars I’m unable to join them in all the signs of the zodiac, Orion, the Big Dipper and others. I don’t have such a great imagination as the ancient Greeks or the Babylonian astrologers because the stars are far away from each other and in different planes.

Let’s say that one star is hundreds million years closer to the Earth, and the other is millions years farther. But they saw them connected to each other as in a single plane. What is it: just primitive representations or human fantasy? Where there is a bear with four or five stars forming a square with a tail? How can one imagine this?

It’s a very interesting thing: The idea that links the stars in the zodiac signs is attained by a person through his influence on it.

The ancient astrologers had a feeling of the connectedness of these stars. Due to the development of egoism, we became detached from the universe, from perceiving it as a whole, but they had a sense of relative connectedness because they perceived it as a host of gods, of uppers forces that influenced them. And it was not because they were small or primitive; it’s simply not twisted, not coarse human perception without the number of filters as we have. That is, they had a much greater perception of the Light. If we begin to correct our egoism, we will now feel the Light many times more because we are much coarser than they were.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.12.13

Preparation to the Lesson

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Shamati #16What Is the Day of the Lord and the Night of the Lord, in the Work

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The Book of ZoharSelected Excerpt, ParashatBalak,” Item 435, Lesson 21

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol 3, Part 10, Item 41, Lesson 17

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Introduction to The Book of Zohar

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