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A World Of Two Forces

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is the spiritual world connected with our lives? Is it relevant to us?

Answer: The spiritual world is connected with us because it manages us. It is found on a higher level, which Einstein and other physicists wanted to penetrate but couldn’t because this is impossible. Only Kabbalists can attain it.

From this higher, spiritual world, a force that manages us acts and influences us and we obey its management. In the spiritual world there are only two forces, the force of reception and the force of bestowal, which connect in various ways. The force of reception is the desire to attract everything to itself and swallow it. The force of bestowal is the desire to give outwardly.

In our world these two forces produce all phenomena on all the various levels because they are at work within matter and the desire to receive, which is the desire to receive pleasure.

By acting within matter, within the desire to receive, these two forces create all kinds of new characteristics and feelings within matter. It follows that this matter, under the influence of these two forces, receives a new form and begins either to be similar to them or opposed to them. All kinds of changes happen with this matter.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 12/21/14

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The Soul’s Designer

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus,” 20:13: And a man who lies with a male as one would with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon themselves. 

A person kills himself while using the desire, the male part incorrectly, when the one who bestows becomes the one who receives.

This refers to a desire that can be used in order to bestow but is used in order to receive. We don’t simply create the wrong contact between the male and female parts of the desire, but actually lower its level.

With regard to that it is said, “They shall surely be put to death.” Such contacts put themselves to death.

The Torah, “Leviticus,” 20:14: And a man who takes a woman and her mother it is evil counsel. They shall burn him and them in fire, and there shall be no evil counsel in your midst. It is about a short circuit, a wrong connection between the upper and the lower levels. This is impossible.

The Torah, “Leviticus,” 20:15: And a man who lies with an animal, shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. The animate level of the desire isn’t ready to be used in order to bestow. The desire descends by one level and begins to grow again from the level of the vegetative to the animate level and then to the level of the speaking.

The Torah, “Leviticus,” 20:16: And a woman who comes close to any animal so that it will mate with her, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon themselves. The Torah speaks only about how a person can sort out the desires inside him, compare them correctly and create the right network by using them.

There are, for example, many neurons in our brain, which have to connect into synapses (connections) upon which everything depends. If these connections are correct, a person is normal, but if the contact between the neurons is wrong and there are, for example, 500,000 neurons instead of a million, a child is born underdeveloped.

Therefore, the Torah tells us how to create the exact form of the right system inside us, since it was given to us when it is totally ruined. But when you put it together, you begin to realize its inner principle which is impossible to attain any other way. You are like a small child who begins to grow wise by playing with different toys as he understands how they are made. Here too, we are given the right instructions so that we will understand the design of the Creator. It is only by this kind of work that we get to know and attain Him.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/23/14

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An Odd Fish

laitman_764_3Question: How can I develop a new perception that allows me to exit the aquarium of this world?

Answer: First I have to investigate how I live. I have a desire to exit this aquarium, but all my senses operate inside it.

I aspire to break free, but it is only an inner demand that makes me feel clammed up. So what’s next? How can I get out of the aquarium and feel the external world?

An Odd Fish

I want to leave my fish body inside the aquarium and escape like some bodiless spirit so that my soul will break free of this fish, of the water, of the aquarium, and will begin to live on the outside! This is the desire I feel! This desire stems from the same soul that wishes to exit my body.

And in this case I need a guide that will tell me what to do if I am such a crazy fish. Perhaps there is something wrong with me or perhaps I have already developed to the next level.

This yearning seems abnormal since 99% of the people live peacefully in the aquarium and feel fine, while I suddenly feel that living in a locked aquarium is worse than death and that I have to get out of it. I have to discover the external reality, to know the upper force, to know the world that is beyond the walls of the aquarium that has become a prison for me.

Then I begin to look for a way to perform this revolution inside me and I find the wisdom of Kabbalah. The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t teach the beginner what is external to him because at first there is no one to teach. At first I have nothing but the desire to come out of the body of the fish. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches me how to get out.

When I find myself outside the aquarium, I will begin to develop in the new world. The main thing is to get out! The aquarium remains and so does the fish inside it with its physical body and all its senses in the water, but the special desire that has awoken in that fish, which is called the point in the heart, comes out of the aquarium and a new sense develops from it, a new spiritual body.

I don’t identify myself with that fish anymore and it becomes meaningless for me. It lives and I am ready to provide it with everything it needs as long as it leaves me alone. In fact, that fish doesn’t require more than it needs in order to exist: food, sex, family, money, respect, and knowledge. I can provide it with all that as long as it doesn’t interfere with my developing a new sense.

This new body also has five types of sensations: “sight, hearing, taste, smell,” and “touch,” but they have different names: Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. Through them I receive five types of impressions that depict the picture of the upper spiritual world in me. This world is called spiritual (Ruhani) since I first develop in it on the still level and then on the level of the vegetative (Ruach – spirit), which is the first level that depends on me.

Thus, I begin to develop outside the aquarium. The fish remains in the aquarium and it can live and die in it. It is still connected to some extent to my new part that lives outside the aquarium, called a soul, but the main point is that I have already freed my point in the heart, which very much wanted to break out.

I have taken it out of my corporeal desires that were absolutely egoistic and have begun to develop externally to them. Now I begin to feel the reality outside the aquarium, which no one else in the world feels and doesn’t even imagine exists.

There are people who think about what there was before they were born or what they will be after their death. Before we are born our matter exists in a different form and after death it will be transformed again, but our birth, our life, or our death have nothing to do with the spiritual world because they are expressed in the matter of the egoistic desire to receive. On the other hand, the matter of the upper world is a desire to bestow.
From KabTV’s “The Meeting of Worlds” 5/12/14

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The Force Of Good And The Force Of Evil, Part 4

Dr. Michael LaitmanThere Is No Evil in the World

Question: Can a person protect himself from all evil?

Answer: A person can be shielded from evil if he learns from past mistakes or if his parents, teachers, and society teach him from the start.

We pass this education from generation to generation: how to live so that a person will not make a mistake. He must know that there are no good and evil forces, rather there are two opposing forces: reception and bestowal. He must know how to balance them.

There is no evil in the world; rather, there are always possibilities for doing good and maintaining balance. We would not see any evil if we were sources of balance throughout the world and perceived it as one whole system. Only because of our view, our incorrect approach, do we see the world damaged and evil.

However, we have damaged it ourselves by not creating balance anywhere, especially not in human society! And so it seems to us that this world is cruel and that everything in it is evil. It seems to us as if we were given this tiny planet as a toy so that we could break it and throw it away. People behaves on this earth as foolish children.

But the time has come to begin to behave logically and understand the right approach to nature, that there is no evil or good in it, but two opposing force: plus and minus, electron and proton. Between them, we must organize our lives. So let’s organize! Life could be wonderful if it were to flow harmoniously between these two forces!

Good is not found on any single side; rather, it is in the middle, in a balanced state. And the two opposing forces simply operate from the sides. The positive force is called this, not because it is good, but simply because it emits, gives, bestows, and moves outward. The second force is called negative because it receives, and attracts to itself.

These simply are two opposing forces, and if we balance them correctly, we can create a connection between them that is called life.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/03/14

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The Roots Of Anti-Semitism, Part 3

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How does the fact that Jews have two forces, reception and bestowal, give us special flexibility and intelligence that is not available to others?

Answer: Let’s assume that you have one eye which allows you to see everything, but in a superficial form without depth or peripheral vision.This is the picture that would form if you were to close one eye and if the brain would not complete the picture into its usual form.

Jews have two eyes, two forces that he uses to see the depth of things. He sees how they work in a mutual form and how to utilize one force with the other for the benefit of progress. He understand in advance what can result from the plan.

Jews have great potential, as compared to other nations, but we do not know how to use this potential. Indeed, after the Jewish people came to the land of Israel from ancient Babylon 3,500 years ago, the Jews reached love and unity among the people, and almost immediately, we began to deteriorate and descend from the level of concern and mutual connection.

This is called  the destruction of the Holy Temple. All sanctity and mutual bestowal that we had achieved began to gradually disappear. After 1,000 years, instead of love of others, what was revealed between us was unfounded hatred. This is called destruction.

We then entered into a state that is called exile, because between us there was no more force of connection but only the egoistic force. Nevertheless, it keeps us together but only because of our fear of the world, from the nations of the world that are willing to attack us and destroy us. They expel us from one country to another country because we are a nation that no one considers. In the beginning, they receive everything possible from us, and later they expel us. And all this is because we fell from love of others to unfounded hatred.

This means that now there is only the egoistic force that acts inside us, as in the whole world. In spite of that, there remains the potential in us to return to the state where we possessed two forces, to rise above the ego and cover it with a dome of love.

Although we are in exile and we don’t truly posses the second force, since it only exists in potential, nevertheless, a certain illumination acts upon us, because many generations ago we were in spirituality. Something remains in us: this illumination that will act upon us when we will return to spirituality. This is the reason that we have succeeded more than the rest of the nations of the world.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 11/25/14

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Cameos Are A Lie!

Laitman_049_01Question: It is said that the letters of the Hebrew alphabet contain a special power and that is why people who are versed in Kabbalah sign cameos (amulets), which protect a person and help him.

To date, there is a whole industry for the production of a variety of cameos for all occasions. And the only secret of these cameos is that Hebrew letters—in a certain order, in special formulas, in a certain form—are written on them. There is a whole technique for making cameos.

What is the special power in the Hebrew alphabet? What do you need to know to connect these letters correctly so that they really have the power?

Can you teach me to sign a cameo?

Answer: No. Cameos are a lie! How can I give you my cameo?! You must know the letters to form them inside yourself from the two forces of reception and bestowal existing in you.

You must first find out where these forces are in you, distinguish between them, make them in a special combination to get this or that letter, i.e., a special property. After all, each letter is a property. This is explained in the article “The Letters By Rabbi Amnon Saba” in the Introduction to The Book of Zohar.

Once you know the letters and know how to make them within yourself, you start to understand the program that runs through you like a reel of film. You start to see where you are, where in this program, how you are working on where you are.

You “read” it; you become a member recognizing this program, reading it, and beginning to process it.

And suddenly you discover an empty spot in it; you stop and want to insert yourself into this program: “What letter should I add? In what form?” And then you write.

This means that you add your desire, mind, feelings, your personality, to what the Creator wrote to you, exactly in the place that He left empty so you would become His partner.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 12/21/14

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