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A Pressure Gauge That Helps Me To Rise

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In our group, we read the article “There is None Else Besides Him” every day, but it never is felt as deeply as I have felt it here. It is like cooking some dish without spices. Here, I felt this spice, this taste. What kind of spice can you give us so that we will feel it all the time, everywhere?

Answer: You will not believe me, but I always am watching to relate to a group not like my little pupils but like those who are higher than me. Outside, they don’t see this because I can yell at them too, but, internally, I always am careful with myself.

This is my barometer (pressure gauge), how much I feel them higher than me; I can rise only this way and it makes no difference how they behave. The Creator chose, brought, and gathered them, and it is enough for me to think that there is no one before me higher than they are.

There are Kabbalists who are no longer with us in this world. But I almost don’t feel anything besides my friends. If I could, I would use the opportunity to feel them and to be in contact with them, bringing my excitement, my relationship with them about the greatness of the Creator so that, together with them, I will reach discovery of the Creator, because all of this is found within them.

There is nothing else besides this holding on, this group we were given. Only through dissolving into it, magnifying it, can I approach the Creator who is found within it. We don’t need anything else besides a constant concern to relate to a group like this.
From the World Zohar Week “Integral Education Convention” Day Three 2/4/14, Lesson 1

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Request And Demand

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You always say, “We have to ask, we should demand, and sometimes to do both ask and demand.” At what points should we ask and what should we demand?

Answer: This must come from the heart!

In general, the difference between a request and a demand is on two levels. When we work with the vessels of bestowal, meaning bestowal for the sake of bestowal, then we have a request, and when we work with the vessels of reception, meaning reception for the sake of bestowal, then we form a demand.

In other words, if we work with small egoistic desires, which only require clarification that don’t yet transform the ego into bestowal but only want to inhibit it, to transform it to Hassadim, this is only a request; and when we want to transform the ego into bestowal to work with Aviut ¾ (thickness), then we have a demand. This means that our request becomes a sharp and resolute demand.

In this way, the request or the demand depends upon the same Aviut (the thickness of the ego) with which you are working. If this ego is heavier, then you begin to demand that the Creator will correct it to the degree of its heaviness. However, if it is light and your desire is graded 0-2, then you’re just asking.

Question: However, people have different characteristics. How does one perceive?

Answer: This is not important. It doesn’t provide you with anything. Do you think that it is possible to think whether you are requesting or demanding, and how much and how? This is work in the heart!

You cannot monitor yourself with your intellect because the Creator is in the heart. First, the heart reacts with its degree of correction or destruction. Only after you feel your heart does awareness come to you.

So, it is pointless to carry out some kind of whim where you seemingly turn yourself this way or that. What? Are you going to play with the Creator?

Question: However, when a child asks me for something, my heart is softened and I give to him, and when he begins to demand, I refuse him.

Answer: This is not about that but about yearning for bestowal and love! If it is derived from small egoistic desires, then this is a request because I don’t need anything else, and if this is derived from heavy egoistic desires, then this request becomes a demand.
From the World Zohar Week “Integral Education Convention” Day Three 2/4/14, Lesson 1

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Wisdom Should Not Be Sold On The Market

Dr. Michael LaitmanScience began to develop after the external sages received knowledge and wisdom from Kabbalists back in the days of the prophets, as Plato and Aristotle admit. They warned of the dangers of passing this wisdom on to students who were drawn not only to pure science but also to corporeal passions.

The desire for wisdom is considered spiritual in our world since a person wishes to know, understand, and attain phenomena that are above him, which are an objective part of nature, independent of his body, which have no practical benefit. If this is the case, he is allowed to study science and it can be revealed to him.

But if a person has other goals besides knowing the secrets of nature and his intentions are impure, this knowledge shouldn’t be revealed to him. After all, besides science, he wants more money, fame, and honor. And then he would sell this science; that is, he would begin to use it to achieve corporeal goals, and thus would destroy the whole world.

As long as we didn’t have science, the greatest harm we could cause each other, was to beat each other with sticks. How hard can a person beat another? But today one bomb can kill millions of people. In ancient times not many lives were lost on both sides in a battle compared to what wars can cause today when we use powerful weapons of mass destruction, poisonous gases, and weapons that affect the climate and can cause earthquakes.

Thus we see that we shouldn’t open the wisdom to people who are attracted to values other than pure science. Unfortunately, the wisdom has been revealed and all of today’s sages are controlled by the rich and by politicians who tell them what to do. Scientists are forced to seek grants, funds, and support in different ways in order to carry on with their studies. The studies themselves bring them money, but it’s only beneficial for those who want to kill, poison, and dominate others like they were slaves. This is what today’s science is like.

However, the prohibition to reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah is hard to understand. How can it be harmful if there is a barrier to the spiritual world? If your intention is pure, you will go through it and reach the level where you feel the spiritual forces and desires and begin to use them for the benefit of others and through them for the benefit of the Creator. You discover and feel it; it is your world.

But if you have no intention to bestow, you cannot bestow upon the spiritual world, not upon others and not upon the Creator, and you cannot harm others, so why is it forbidden to reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah? It would seem that it could be opened for everyone! But the wisdom of Kabbalah has been concealed for ages until the time of the Ari. Baal HaSulam says that the fact that The Book of Zohar was revealed before its time by the widow of Rabbi Moshe DeLeon is a great flaw. But there is an account from Heaven with regard to it.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/10/14

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I Need The Whole World

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Does the hastening of the end of correction (Gmar Tikkun) depend upon our connection or that of the whole world?

Answer: Everything only depends on the connection between us; this is enough. And from this connection we feel the necessity for all the rest of the steps.

The main thing is the connection between us, and if we reach some stage, then suddenly we will discover that we need to connect yet another part otherwise we cannot go forward. We require additional forces, densities, and troubles in order to move forward.

So you clarify that you need more and more until you understand that you need the whole world, that it’s entirely mine. As it is said: “The whole world is meant for my use”; that is, to transmit to me all of their problems, troubles, and desires so that I will correct them. “And I am meant for the use of the one who possesses me” because I take all of their desires and rise up to the Creator. It is only this that He needs.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/10/14

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