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The Holiday We Do Not Notice

Dr. Michael LaitmanTorah, “Leviticus,” 23:03: [For] six days, work may be performed, but on the seventh day, it is a complete rest day, a holy occasion; you shall not perform any work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.

In the material world, Saturday comes at the end of each week, so psychologically speaking, we are in the habit of not taking it as a spiritual state.

In fact, it is the most powerful tool for development. On the seventh day, Malchut receives all that was done in six days, and, if I do not comply with the terms of the Sabbath, I will not rise above or reach new spiritual levels that already are characterized as holidays.

Saturday is like a turn in spiritual work, and then there is another turn, and another. After a certain number of turns, I reach a festive stage toward which it is impossible to go without the Sabbath.

Therefore, in the spiritual world, Saturday is the biggest holiday. After putting in the work, the force over egoism, I reach a point where all the states are realized in me and bear fruit.

In this state, I do not have to do anything but allow the Upper Light to reform me.

Let’s say that I repeatedly produce efforts to work within the so-called six days (six degrees), which are Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, and Yesod. By putting six consecutively defined and clearly designed efforts together, the seventh force comes from above because I was not able to make it on my own. Only it can make the highest Light that then comes and changes me.

In the spiritual world, if I do not fulfill this condition, I will not be able to form any other states.

In the material world, it can be represented in the form of a person who always aspires to something, and at some point, comes to attainment. In other words, the so-called six days can take several years.

In essence, the whole life of mankind is seven days, from Adam who first attained the system of spiritual correction, up to the most recent person upon whom the system will come to a close after lasting for seven thousand years, where each day is a thousand years.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/28/14

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Controlling Reality During Our Lifetime

Laitman_709Question: If the world is the way I perceive it in my attributes, what will happen to it when I die?

Answer: We have to try to change reality before we die. When a person dies he is released from the perception of reality in his physical senses.

If he hasn’t acquired the feeling of another reality by then and hasn’t begun to perceive it according to his freewill, he has no other reality. Therefore, he has to return to this world, to the same state, and he gets another chance to attain control of his reality during his lifetime.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, if a person transcends the perception of reality inside himself and tries to be inside the others, he begins to see the world through them and then the picture that he sees is called the upper world. It is because he sees it in senses of bestowal and not of receiving, through the eyes of love, not hate.

Start to ascend above your body according to the condition of “love thy friend as thyself” and you will see a reality that is external to you. It isn’t the same world that you perceive inside you through your five corporeal senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. You ascend above them and feel reality that is external to you the way it actually is, in its true form.

Until then you perceive every object inside you in the way is depicted by your feelings and emotions, but if you ascend above yourself, you transcend the limits of your body and perceive everything the way it is. This means that you feel the upper spiritual world.
From the Radio Program Israeli 103FM 2/8/15

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Like A Bundle Of Reeds—Corrections Through The Ages, Part 4

Like a Bundle of ReedsLike A Bundle of Reeds, Why Unity and Mutual Guarantee Are Today’s Call of the Hour, Michael Laitman, Ph.D.

Chapter 3: Corrections Through the Ages
The Evolution of the Correction Method

 The Great Fall, and the Seeds of Redemption

The exile after the ruin of the Second Temple stemmed from unfounded hatred, but it also served a twofold purpose. The first was that the exile was an incentive to further develop the correction method. Since Moses’ Torah no longer sufficed to maintain the nation’s spiritual level, it was time to adapt the method to the current condition of the people—being in exile, and more egotistic than during Moses’ time. The second purpose of the exile was for Israel to mingle with other nations, to spread the “spiritual gene” throughout the world, and thus enable the correction of the whole of humanity, as Abraham initially intended.

Around the time of the ruin of the Second Temple, two seminal corpuses were composed. One was the Mishnah, and the other was The Book of Zohar. The former, along with the Bible, became the foundation of virtually all Jewish wisdom from that day on. The latter, on the other hand, was concealed soon after its writing, and remained hidden for more than a thousand years, until it appeared in the hands of Rabbi Moses de Leon.

The authors of the Mishnah, the Gemarah, and the rest of the writings of our sages provided the exiled people of Israel with guidance on both the spiritual and the physical levels. While the writings narrate spiritual states, they can just as readily be perceived as physical commandments.

Because the laws that our sages instructed originated from spiritual laws, they were applicable in physical life, just as Israel had applied them prior to the ruin of the Temple. In this way, Jews maintained some level of connection with the spiritual level of the past, albeit without the actual attainment of the source and origin of the laws.

Rabbi Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl wrote in regard to Israel’s disconnect from the spiritual level and loss of attainment of the Creator: “The reason for the exile is the ruin of the Temple in general and in particular. Israel have [become] so corrupted that they caused the expulsion of the Shechina [Divinity] from the general Temple. The particular [personal] Temple is within their hearts … and through the departure from the particular Temple [Divinity] … [they] departed from the general Temple and the exile arrived.”[i]

In the same spirit, Jonathan Ben Natan Netah Eibshitz wrote, “In the First Temple, Divinity did not move from the Temple because the exile was for a short time. But in the second ruin, which is for a prolonged period of time, the Shechina [Divinity] departed altogether.”[ii]

And while the majority of Jews focused on maintaining a connection with spirituality on the level instructed to them by the sages of the Mishnah and the Gemarah, there have always been those exceptional few who simply could not settle for blind observance of commandments. The questions that drove Abraham to discover the Creator were burning within them; their points in the heart had not been quenched, and they were driven to the deepest of all studies, the wisdom of Kabbalah.

[i] Rabbi Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, Maor Eynaim [Light of the Eyes], Beresheet [Genesis].

[ii] Jonathan ben Natan Netah Eibshitz, Yaarot Devash [Honeycombs], Part 1, Treatise no. 13 (contd.).

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Audio Version Of The Blog – 02.27.15

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Unity Or The Tower Of Babel?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Couldn’t today’s integral connection between people be considered like the Tower of Babel?

Answer: There is no connection between people. There are unifications of markets, banks, etc., and this is the construction of the Tower of Babel (egoism). But it threatens to collapse and bury us under its ruins.

Kabbalah offers the same solution proposed by Abraham 3,500 years ago to the same problem. We must reach unity above our egoism and in spite of it. We will master this method in a good way, meaning by the Light, or in a bad way, through suffering. There is no other way. The predetermined goal of nature is before us, which is to reveal the Creator through unity with everyone.

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First Escape Velocity

laitman_233Question: What is the upper world that I can feel if I can develop a system of an additional perception of reality?

Answer: The spiritual world is called the upper world because it is higher than the material world according to its properties. The properties of the spiritual world are bestowal and love—something that is above our own egoism.

This means that I must exit my egoism in the same sense as a rocket that overcomes the Earth’s gravity when it goes into orbit. Much energy must be spent in order to accomplish this.

When a satellite is in orbit, in free flight, the gravitational force pulls the satellite toward the center of Earth. However, a competing force allowing the satellite to push away from Earth neutralizes it.

This means that we need the kind of force that can push us away from our egoism. Egoism pulls us toward itself, wishing to lock us internally; this is why we are so connected to the material world and cannot separate from it.

Technically, this problem can be resolved by creating such powerful engines that would be capable of lifting us off. In order to escape the gravitational field of Earth, one must reach certain speeds called the first escape velocity (4.97 mi/sec) or the second escape velocity (6.96 mi/sec).

Then, it is possible to orbit the Earth without feeling its attraction. Thus, we neutralize the gravitational force with the opposite force of our desire to get away from it, to rise above it.

The same phenomenon occurs in the wisdom of Kabbalah. If we overcome our egoism that pulls us down toward itself by utilizing the forces of bestowal and love, we rise to such a dimension that is completely built upon bestowal. This means that it is located above our physical bodies, and we enter the new world.
From the Radio Program Israeli 103FM 2/1/15

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How To Succeed In The School Of Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I am a real practical person, one that does not believe in any higher power or  in anything else. I just want to know how to gain power over luck.

Answer: You can rule over luck if you change yourself to be like the power of luck.

Question: What if I am an atheist, can I rule over the good fortune according to your method?

Answer: It is not related to faith. It is a technique by which practical, pragmatic people who want to succeed in life reach a result much quicker.

Question: How can I rule over luck?

Answer: The force that moves you throughout life does not change. You have to become like the force. Just like a child who does not want to go to school has to change his view, his direction.

A child needs to see that if he changes himself to fit the grade he is in, does not want to change the grade according to him, but, if he sits quietly and studies, does his homework, then he can achieve a great goal as a result.

Question: As I understand it, the purpose of this whole school of life is to teach me to love?

Answer: It is true; there is nothing other than that. It is written, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” is the main rule of the entire Torah.”

What can one gain by doing this? While reaching the properties of love you connect to a higher power and reach the same state in which this power resides in eternity and perfection, without any restrictions.

Question: Who is the supreme power in your example about school? Is it the principal?

Answer: Imagine that there is someone above the school principal, eternal and perfect. And he wishes for you to reach the same condition as him, to become eternal and perfect, at the expense of his internal changes, its internal transformation. When? Here and now! After all, there is no time and  everything depends on your effort and perseverance.

Question: What is a higher power?

Answer: A higher power is the comprehensive, sole force of nature, in addition to which there is nothing. And we are all in it. We exist only because this force is the power of love and bestowal, and we should reach the same state in which it resides.

We will reach it, since due to this force, we receive the Torah, the so-called Light that Reforms, a Kabbalah methodology, by which we can easily change ourselves to become like the power of luck.

Anyone who wants to gain power over the good fortune has to come to Kabbalah, and learn how to have good luck all the time.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 1/08/15

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