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Has The Creator Left Me, Or Have I Left Him?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Baal HaSulam said that a person must act practically in order to awaken a love for the Creator in him, but why is it so difficult to do so? Why is there such an inner resistance?

Answer: The fact is that the moment you fall, you not only cease to feel the love for Him, but  you also lose the connection with the Creator, and so it seems to you that the Creator has left you.

The truth is that His love is absolute and infinite, but the concealment on the part of your ego is increasing every day and every moment, so you don’t feel the love inside you. The point is that you forget that it is a result of your inner cooling off, and you think that it is the Creator who has left you.

Therefore, you cry out, “Why have you left me!” However, in fact, no one has left you. On the contrary, the Creator has given you a chance to discover Him even more, by yourself. This is the difference between religion and the wisdom of Kabbalah. A religious person prays to the Creator asking the Creator to do everything for him, while a Kabbalist prays to the Creator to give him the power and the means by which he can correct something.

Question: Does the idea of awakening the love for the Creator mean awakening the love of friends inside me?

Answer: It is impossible to do it otherwise. It is only through the love of friends that you can reach the love of the Creator. As it is written, “From the love of man to the love of God.”
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/19/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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The Essential Secret Of The Jews, Part 30

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“Fundamental Principles of the Integral Theory”

The main problem is how to develop a modern person.

Until everyone understands why and for what he was born and to what purpose nature advances him, humanity will suffer from calamities.

By connecting with others, a person gains the ability to open the heart and mind of nature itself.

To reveal a new dimension, we need new global organs of perception. Nature advances us towards this.

Everything, beginning from distant gigantic stars to tiny, invisible elementary particles, is united into a single system.
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Realization Of The Idea: How It Works

From the brochure “The Only Way Out.”

For the idea of “Love thy neighbor as thyself” to begin to work, it is necessary to come to, in modern terms, real integral relationships between people.

A person is born different to a certain extent and by oneself or by force cannot become integral. This fact is well known and needs no proof. On the other hand, we want, or rather, must become like that.

There is only one way—education, or if you prefer, enlightenment. It should be based not on fictional, even if the most beautiful, theories, but on the laws that were originally inherent in nature and that are described in Kabbalah.

It is impossible to build the correct relationships between people without basic knowledge about the human being, nature, the environment, and their interaction with each other.

The environment is not just the people one is in direct contact with. It includes books, movies, the Internet, and even thoughts.

Only the human being is able to change dramatically under the influence of society, the environment, in contrast to all the other creatures on Earth. Obviously, not by chance, when we talk about the impact of the ecosystem on human, we use the word “environment.”
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In An Eternal Debate With Oneself

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why, among the people of Israel, are there so many opposing streams, and even people with such a critical attitude to their nation and people that they even agree with the charges coming from the outside and with the sanctions against Israel? Why does such hatred regarding the people of Israel exist within itself?

Answer: Once, the people of Israel were on a spiritual level, had attained the higher power and adhered to it for some time, and, after that, we fell from this state. However, a Reshimo (reminiscence) remained in us, genes from the spiritual level, and we don’t agree with this spiritual level because it is completely against the physical world.

It follows that, within every Jew, there is some kind of anti-Israeli attitude that is directed against the true Israel, depending how strong this spiritual Reshimo is within him. However, this Reshimo is in everyone—more in some, less in others.

Likewise, this depends upon the level of development. Sometimes, this Reshimo pops up in a person and creates sharp anti-Israel attitudes in him, and, after that, the opposite; it falls silent. That is what happens with everyone, because it is built in a very diverse form and passes through a multitude of states.

This produces intense tension within the people of Israel. This is to such a degree that the Jews in many countries become the instigators of actions against the nation of Israel and the people of Israel, against Judaism, and against everything that is connected to Jews.

Question: Is this self-hatred?

Answer: This is not self-hatred. A person doesn’t agree with the Jew found within him, and, at the same time, he discovers within himself the source of the seventy nations of the world that he left in Babylon. The source of Israel, meanwhile, is quiescent within him, hidden deeply within, and the source of that tribe from which he was created becomes more prominent.

It follows that he feels closer to those people and that nation, that place where he is living now, than to the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. So, we must explain to him how the Jewish people were created and what is happening with us, and what sources are hidden within him.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 8/12/14

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Turning The Land Of Canaan Into The Land Of Israel

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus”, 14; 33-35: And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, “When ye are come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; then he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying: ‘There seemeth to me to be as it were a plague in the house.'”

Question: I know that people can be infected by leprosy, but I have never heard that it is related to the home. What is the meaning of a home being infected?

Answer: This is only about desires. There are only desires and forces that surround us. If a force is egoistic it appears in the form of different problems like leprosy for example.

A person’s external spiritual desires are called a home, a yard, a field, and a desert. The soul is in the body and the body is in the home, the home is in the yard, and the yard is in an open place in the desert. These five levels: the soul, the body, the home, the yard, and the desert are the same five Sefirot. First they are all egoistic, and so we have to correct them.

First we speak about the correction of the body and now about a totally different level, about the correction of the home, that is about a level called the land of Canaan. A person is a mobile system while a home is connected to the land. This means that a person and his yard seemingly don’t touch one another and there is a home between them. Therefore we have to examine the level of the home now.

Canaan is the land or the desire (“land – Eretz” stems from the word “desire – Ratzon” in Hebrew) that needs to be corrected. Then the land of Canaan becomes the land of Israel. Israel is Yashar-El (straight to the Creator), in order to bestow, whereas Canaan is not that yet.

Question: There are no such attainments in modern Israel yet, so where are we living in the land of Canaan or in the land of Israel?

Answer: Only in the land of Canaan.

Everything that can be corrected on the level of the land is called Canaan. This is already a level, but a level that needs to be corrected. And there are other parts that are still very far from them since besides the land of Canaan, there is Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Babel, and the rest of the world. This is how the land gradually decreases in holiness and grows further away from love and bestowal.

The growth of the opposite attribute, the ego, begins from Egypt, where they used to embalm people. This means that they attributed godly attributes to the human body and tried to immortalize it.

If we speak about holiness, then Israel with its center in Jerusalem is the source where the upper force is revealed to the greatest extent and then it spreads to the lands that I mentioned previously.

Now these states cause the greatest problems because there are the same egoistic forces in them as there are here. Does the positive force stem from Jerusalem today? It is only terrible egoism! This of course, spreads from it, like from the center, and moves in circles to the neighboring countries.

This is the reason that Baal HaSulam said that Jerusalem is the foundation, the source of all the impure forces, and that we must correct it first and foremost. Now this demand comes from all the neighboring countries in the form of their pressure that is meant for us to correct the source of our holiness. Then everything will be fine in these countries too.

We believe that it isn’t our fault that there are wars in Syria, Lebanon, and in other places, but in fact we are to blame for everything that is happening in the world, since we are not the source of the positive force. The nations of the world are absolutely right about that, but we have to work on that. We have already seen that the pressure will not help us. On the contrary, we should all begin to approach this matter independently and work on the correction that the rest of the world expects of us so much.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/25/14

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How Can This Be Done?

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The human being cannot live without an idea. Arabs cannot live without an idea, neither can the world, and we cannot, or rather cannot succeed in living without an idea.

The ideas of hatred towards others in all sorts of guises march across the entire planet. Not just brotherly countries, but just brothers wage war against each other.

The scary thing is that we are not able to stop this unfounded hatred. Why? Because hatred can be stopped only by love. Perhaps they are lofty words, but there is no alternative.

The only question is how, in what way to turn the message of hatred into the idea of love. We know that this is impossible. Everyone knows this. But still, there is one historical precedent. Its author is the Jewish people. The Jews are the people created initially on the idea. The idea of love.

It is clear that conventional education cannot achieve this. We all know that very well. However, there is a special technique that allowed and allows achieving these results. This technique has not been known to the world until now. It is called the wisdom of Kabbalah.

The world knows about Kabbalah as mysticism, esotericism, religion, etc. We are talking about the science on the basis of which it is possible to make the idea of “love your neighbor as yourself” a reality.

It turns out that when humankind achieves its goal, with respect to the success of the bodies, by bringing them to the degree of complete love of others, all the bodies in the world will unite into a single body and a single heart, … Only then will all the happiness intended for humanity become revealed in all its glory.” Baal HaSulam – Rav Yehuda Ashlag (1884–1954), Kabbalist, author of commentaries to The Book of Zohar.
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The Way To Perfection

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It is known that to fulfill our egoistic desires, we use only 3% of our brain’s capacity. In which case would we take advantage of the entire 100%?

Answer: When we begin to include greater desires, then the other capacities of the brain will be used. If we begin to mutually operate the attribute of bestowal between us, the brain will begin to enlarge and activate areas that previously worked in a neutral mode.

But in this case, we are no longer speaking of the physical brain, because when we enter the spiritual world, we stop identifying ourselves with the body. We are not partners with it. Therefore a person who maintains his physical body (and for this there are special laws and instructions), the majority of the focus of life moves to the other side, the side of the spiritual.

For any of our attainment, each stage begins with the body, as from zero, when a person has absolutely no spiritual attainment, similar to how a newborn gradually develops, and thus we develop on each level.

The body needs to be ill, to suffer, to die, and to decompose. Everything takes place according to the spiritual levels, until we go to such a level that it already fully acts in bestowal, and thus there no longer remains opposing forces in him and the possibility of death disappears.

This state of our desires is called eternal, perfect. When we reach this state, our body disappears from our sensations. And in the end, all of this world will enter into a new state, a new dimension.

Question: This means that instead of two forces only one force will exist?

Answer: No. Two forces will remain, but the second force, as well as the first, will work for the sake of bestowal.

All the negative forces have the right to exist and a person’s main problem is to understand that when he enters the system of correction, in attaining the soul, in revealing the Creator, he only needs to change and invert the negative forces into positive ones. This is because they are the most effective and productive, giving the desired fruit.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/20/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.22.14

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Igrot,” Letter 10 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam  “Igrot,” Lesson 14

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Writings of Baal HaSulam  “Introduction to the Study of  the Ten Sefirot,” Item 16

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “One Commandment” 

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Lesson on Topic: “Importance of Distribution” 

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