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On The Path To Enlightenment

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It is said: “Buy faith from the Rav (Teacher) and follow him. And you pray that you have the spirit like the Rav does. This is how spirituality is bought.” What does this mean?

Answer: The belief in the teacher means believing in what he says and performing his recommendations without questions.

Everything I say, I say for you. Anyone who hears and accepts this is advancing.

I do not have any claims to those who refuse to listen to me; it is their own business. But if you want to be tied to me and follow me, you must listen to what I say.

Because on the spiritual path your eyes will always be closed, you will always follow me. They will be opened when you ascend to your next degree, and you will be rising to your next degree with the eyes closed again. This is called “faith above reason.”
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From the Convention in Sochi, Lesson 4

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The Rigid Law Of Nature

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We have to take the deficiency of the masses and bring it to the group so we can direct it to unity. How do we reconcile this with the situation in the Ukraine where there is a war now?

Answer: You cannot do anything about it. It is the general egoistic state of the world that is now being revealed in different places. We cannot even imagine how many wars are going on now. Nobody writes or speaks about them. Is everything quiet in Afghanistan? No. In Africa people are killing each other and everyone keeps quiet, and there are other hot locations in the world!

There is the general ego that we cannot balance at the moment. We cannot hasten our altruistic evolution to match the pace that the ego develops. Therefore, the negative events in the world develop much more quickly than the positive ones. We try to change things, but we cannot catch up with it yet. I hope that this year we will begin a routine of normal balance.

What we see are normal, rigid, accurate laws without any interference on the Creator’s part. Stop imagining some upper will. There is a force that is one constant law in itself; there is nothing but that!

There are no regrets and no sensitivities. The point is that we formulate everything through our feelings in a corporeal language, but in fact the Creator, nature has no feelings! We only depict Him by using this world’s words in order to somehow convey the spiritual method.

Therefore, everything that involves the state of the Ukraine and other places on the globe is the result of imbalance between the right and the left forces. There is nothing we can do, we have to act and try to balance them.

Question: But how should we relate to them?

Answer: Only by disseminating the goal of creation, unity, connection, and nothing but that. Everything else will lead to nothing. We have reached the point in history where the correction has to be fulfilled in either a good way or a bad way. So there is nothing we can do because there is a very rigid, accurate law that operates here.
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From the Convention In Sochi 7/14/14, Lesson 6

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Remember The Road To The Temple

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The latest military crisis in Israel undermined many of our firm convictions. We were confident in the strength of our army, but became convinced that we would be not able to use it to protect ourselves from the threat. Now, it is obvious that the agreements between the governments do not guarantee any security.

Answer: Modern warfare is of a different kind. There no longer the life we were used to. The old foundations, approaches, objectives, principles, and means do not work. This happens not only in Israel but around the world.

Just these questions are not so crucial around the world. But in Israel, which is located in such a hostile environment, it is a matter of life and death. Therefore, we must be sensitive to change.

The people of Israel must understand its purpose and why this is happening to us: what the purpose of our existence is, what the nations of the world require of us, why they blame us in all their misfortunes.

We must explain this to everyone, and first of all, to ourselves. Our nation does not understand what it is and what the mission of the people of Israel is, that it must serve as a model for unification of the whole world.

Only the Jewish people have the knowledge of how to unite. After all, this readiness is already incorporated within it. Every Jew has a special gene because once, in the time of the Temple, our people existed in spiritual unity. We already lived as one man with one heart, accepted this condition for realization.

Today, we must show an example of this unity to the entire humanity that needs it so badly. Only we can do this. I am glad that for the first time the nation felt that it really wants and needs this.

This deep impression was left in us as a result of the last war. I don’t think that it will disappear. It will be less, but it will remain in each Israeli, and it will be possible to awaken this need for connection.

If the nation is already seeking connection, then it needs to know on what it depends and how it can be achieved. No one really imagines such a relationship where we are constantly connected with each other and how we can come to them.

Indeed, it is not achievable. One has only to look at himself, his life, neighbors, and it immediately becomes clear that this is a complete utopia and it cannot take place. Even if you kill me, I am not able to connect with others.

It is beyond human capacity, and even more so among the Jews. We can be very close to each other when this is beneficial. But in real life, when it is not required, we are in no hurry to connect. Therefore, we need a method, a science of unity, which is called the wisdom of Kabbalah.

This science is hidden within us, within the Jewish people. We have already been merged with it in the days of the Temple; we lived as one man with one heart all the time after leaving Egypt and before the fall of the Second Temple.

Today, we need to return to this method. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is revealed so that we realize it within the people of Israel and teach this method to the entire world and become “a light to the nations of the world.”
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 9/2/14

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Love Is The Common Denominator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It seems to me that the absence of a uniform opinion among the people of Israel is not a defect, rather it testifies to the advancement of the people. So, in what manner is it possible to reach a condition where the people will attain unity and, together with this, will maintain the wealth of opinions?

Answer: There is only one word that easily solves this problem: love! As it is written, “Proverbs” 10:12: Love covereth all transgressions. Love balances all the differences. Each one will remain with his opinion, but love will make it possible for us to maintain opposing opinions, feel our connection, and belong to a single whole above them.

The Arabs are trying to attain unity among people in which everyone thinks the same thing without deviating even a millimeter to the side, like robots. However, the wisdom of Kabbalah says the opposite. The more that people develop, their opinions become more divided and contradict each other.

About Israel, it is written, Talmud Babyli, “Masechet Berachot 58b”: To the degree that their faces differ, so their opinions also differ. And, this is good, as it is a sign of high development. It is necessary only to build love in the face of all of this, so that even though each one thinks differently, love will connect us.

We can take advantage of this heterogeneous condition that includes within it a multitude of different desires, thoughts, and opinions for the sake of our shared love, for the benefit of others, and for the benefit of all people. Each one will remain with a very rich view of the world and use it for the benefit of all the people.

Imagine how wonderful this will be. Our land will flower and grow immeasurably, for we don’t destroy the person and don’t make him into a robot who performs commands obediently.

Question: So, what will be the common denominator that will unite all of these different people?

Answer: The common denominator is our belonging to one people, and in order to elevate this unique people to a higher level, each one will use his unique opinion, “love covereth all transgressions.” Thanks to this, we will discover another level of reality, and will go out to a new, higher dimension.

Question: So, in what way is it possible to attain a stable existence of the people of Israel in the land of Israel?

Answer: It is through a tighter and tighter connection between us to the point of absolute love without any limits.
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From the program “A New Life” 8/27/14

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Who Are You, The People Of Israel?

Dr. Michael LaitmanAgain and again, we are subjected to pressure and threats that deprive us of peace, causing a feeling of helplessness and anxiety for our future.

I wonder, “Why did so much suffering befall my people? From where does so much hatred come towards Israel? …Why does this hatred keep coming back and become stronger?”

Our fathers and grandfathers experienced the horrors of Nazism and the complete indifference to our plight from the rest of the world.

Today, we are faced with a similar problem—the widespread growth of anti-Semitism is not met with sufficient counterbalance either at the national or at the social level.

Some believe that the worst is over, that today is different from yesterday, that in the modern enlightened world those slanders, those massive persecutions of the Jews, which took place in the distant and recent past, are impossible.

But it is not so.

We see how easily humanity returns to the same state—and again its forefinger points at us…

In this brochure, I tried to respond to the questions facing the people of Israel, all the Jews of the world, as well as to describe how to deal with the task that we’re entrusted with.

I have made every effort to speak concisely because I am well aware of how impatient our generation is.

I hope this booklet will benefit those who will read it. Interested parties can get more detailed and descriptive explanations on the site www.bundleofreeds.com

With love,

Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman
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A Cloud That Fills A Person’s Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It says in the Torah that the Creator is revealed to a person in the cloud above the veil of the ark (above the Masach). Why is that?

Answer: When a person works with the world around him with the attribute of bestowal, he reveals the Creator, and the Creator approaches him in a cloud, in concealment, but He expresses the attributes of mutuality with a person. This is already a kind of contact.

The Creator appears on the veil that is between the two cherubs. This means that He appears above the Masach, between two attributes, on the middle line. Two cherubs symbolize the right and the left lines that are given from Above and the Creator commands: “Do!” which means that I have to make the third line by myself.

When I work between my first main attribute, which is receiving, and the attribute that I acquire, which is bestowal on all my egoistic desires, I create the conditions for the revelation of the Creator. The Creator sinks into me and fills me. He fills a person’s soul like a cloud that fills a valley, and His gradual revelation takes place inside me.

Moreover, the revelation is fulfilled inside a person and not on the outside. It seems to me that I see and feel something external to me, but I feel the Creator inside me!

I change and my new attributes and discernments give a feeling of a connection with the Creator. Revealing the Creator and uniting with Him, feeling Him inside me is the same action; it cannot take place outside me, but only inside me.

Therefore the wisdom of Kabbalah is called the inner Torah. As for the Torah, I should feel inside me a kind of filling, in knowledge, in attainment, a sense of infinity, eternity, and harmony.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/6/14

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Touching The Creator For The First Time…

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn our world, each of us has a very small desire for spirituality, a point in the heart. The whole heart is our egoism. Of course, we are not talking about the physiological heart-pump; we are talking about desires. And since I only have a minor desire toward the Creator, I am unable to receive more than a thin illumination from the spiritual, which fills our whole world with pleasures.

In order to become similar to the Creator, it is necessary to unite with the friend because the Creator can be felt only in the desire to bestow, i.e., between us. As I try to unite with my neighbors, I begin to understand that I am unable to desire this.

Touching The Creator For The First Time
However, I need to continue to exert efforts, in order:

  • I act for the purpose of uniting with the friends,
  • I discover hatred toward the friends,
  • Gradually, I acquire the importance of the goal, the quality of bestowal,
  • I even acquire a need to bestow.

The Surrounding Light corrects the quality of bestowal in me.

Then what do we lack in order to unite and receive pleasure? Much like a little child cannot understand what is wanted of him when grownups demand that he behave well, we, grownups, also don’t understand that we lack some conditions and actions due to which we will understand what is being demanded from us.

Only due to this, the Creator “broke” the common soul (the common desire), separated it into an infinite number (let’s say, seven billion souls) so that we could elucidate what we lack in order to enjoy Him. Let’s suppose that He is some dish that I am unfamiliar with, which I won’t take until I wish to eat it. But what should I desire for this?

In order to arm ourselves with the right desire we have to work on unification between us. And through this work I understand what I should desire. And after we try to unite, our hatred toward the friends will be revealed. And then along with investing in others and having others invest in me, we reveal the importance of the goal.

Of course, all the while the Surrounding Light affects us. And as a consequence of its influence, I begin to acquire a need for the quality of bestowal: I wish to feel it, to acquire it! I already begin to hear that it is worth it, that it is something great, special, and elevated. I am told that with the help of the desire to bestow, I will break through into another dimension, where I will exist above all problems and above this whole world, and furthermore, I am coming to this here and now!

In addition, I don’t die; I acquire an additional quality. So, why not? And my egoistic desire consents to this: “Ok, so you’ll have a quality of bestowal too!” This is called Lo Lishma (desiring spirituality egoistically, for your own sake). In other words, it occurs gradually, naturally, because such changes are instilled in us from nature.

Thus I have the importance of the goal, and then I acquire a need for bestowal, and if I achieve the full measure of my efforts, the Surrounding Light already influences me and reveals the quality of bestowal in me for the time being, very slightly. Yet it is already enough for me to touch the Creator and feel Him.

The first contact with Him is the most important and the most difficult, but then, after this, a person no longer needs further explanations; he begins to understand on his own what is being discussed.
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From a Lecture for “Kabbalah for the People” of 11/2/10

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 09.12.14

Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention”

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Shamati #19 “What Is the Creator Hates the Bodies, in the Work”

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Writings of Rabash, Letter 40

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Love for the Creator & Love for the Created Beings,” “Two Parts to the Torah: Between Man and God, and Between Man and Man”

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