Lending The Desire – The Land

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus,” 25:25 – 25:27: If your brother becomes destitute and sells some of his inherited property, his redeemer who is related to him shall come forth and redeem his brother’s sale. And if a man does not have a redeemer, but he gains enough means to afford its redemption, he shall calculate the years for which the land has been sold, and return the remainder to the man to whom he sold it, and [then] he may return to his inheritance. 

The land should return to its original owners and one shouldn’t make an effort to attain it. It shouldn’t be taken back by force, but rather returned according to agreements that take all the details into account.

Basically, this isn’t about a piece of land, but about a person and his desire. It is hard to understand what renting out the desire means. Do I let my desire to someone and he works on it? What do I gain from that? How can he pay me?

For example, there are people who can correct my desire on the spiritual level of agricultural work, and there are those who own the land and can benefit from it by renting out their desires to others so that they will work and receive the crop.

In order to understand the meaning of renting out my desires to someone, we have to think about how people should relate to one another in order to attain correction together. How do they buy and sell? How do they connect and incorporate into one another in order to attain the jubilee?

Comment: If we say that nothing is mine, I aim at the jubilee anyway. I have one goal, which is to reach the Temple, Bina, and I ignore the fact that the road to it is dirty and that drunks are lying on the sidewalk, for example, since I am headed towards the goal.

Answer: No, you will not reach it if you don’t look to the sides, since reaching Bina means being incorporated in everyone and bringing them to correction on your back. So where is your attribute of bestowal? On what basis do you cultivate, arrange, and raise it? After all, it isn’t a walk towards Bina, but creating it inside you. It doesn’t exist externally to you.

Question: Does that mean that I can ascend only if I include everything inside me and process it?

Answer: Of course! Everything inside you should be organized in such a way that you are led to the attribute of Bina. This means that internally, you have reached a state that you have raised inside you and doesn’t exist on the outside in any form or place since the whole world is inside you. Therefore, you cannot ignore the drunks and the dirt and not correct them. It is very easy to do it mutually. The main thing is to attain mutuality.

The first level is the most difficult. Afterwards, everything becomes much easier and simpler, and at the same time much more difficult. It is because the higher the level a person is on, the greater his desire and the interruptions he encounters. On the one hand, he already has an inner guide book that helps him understands and find his way around, but at the same time, there is greater confusion and bigger problems.

Question: What is the meaning of renting out my land or selling my land?

Answer: It means to cling to others so that together with these people, who seem to be strangers, I can correct the land, since otherwise I cannot correct it by myself.

It is only by connecting to another person that I can correct the still nature part of my desire, which is the land, and then we can both become temporary owners of that land. In order to do so, we have to accept each other’s desires as common desires and thus cultivate the land (the earth). This means that everything is aimed at love of others, at connection with others, until we become one common whole. All the laws of the Torah aim towards this.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/13/14

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And Then You Will Hear Music

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus 25:19:” And the land will then yield its fruit and you will eat to satiety, and live upon it securely.

If we conform to the general program of nature, we will begin to live in harmony with it. Nothing will get confused in nature: You will sow the field, the rain will fall, the time will come for harvesting the crops, the sun will come out, and everything will be normal.

We need to direct the vast organism of nature so that it will influence us positively and beneficially in health, the family, the animals, the harvest, and in everything. Before us is an immense mechanism and we can direct it so the the rain falls or the sun comes out.

Everything will sound harmonious, like a well-tuned musical instrument. It is necessary to invest only a little effort, but mostly to understand how to achieve harmony. And after we understand this, we will strum on some strings and you will hear the music.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/13/14

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The Method For Discovering The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have always felt that some kind of higher force exists that moves everything. But we don’t feel it clearly, and of course not everybody feels that it exists. Why isn’t it revealed? Is it hiding from us?

Answer: That is what is written, “…a God who conceals….” (Isaiah 45:15). But the problem is that we must be adapted to the discovery of this higher force, the Creator.

Of all the forms in nature in which we live, we perceive only a small fraction, a minute fragment of all of nature, depending on how much enters our five senses; seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. By expanding the range of absorption of these five senses, with the help of all kinds of different instruments, we feel a bit more, we see greater distances, hear other frequency ranges, via the radio, etc.

To perceive the higher force, the Creator, we also need to expand our perceptive apparatus; otherwise we don’t identify this force. Likewise, around us exists a multitude of natural phenomena that we cannot recognize.

So there is a method called the Wisdom of Kabbalah (Kabbalah is from the word “reception”), which helps us to receive, to discover, the higher force. And therefore, it is also called the secret wisdom because everything that was hidden before our involvement with this method becomes revealed.

So when a person is involved with the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah, it expands his senses in the right direction towards discovering the Creator, discovering the higher force. The person begins to feel it and then all of his questions are resolved. He understands why he is alive, how to live in the right way, what it is possible to achieve in this life, and his life begins to be happier, because he no longer lives like a poor blind person dwelling in total darkness.
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From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 1/8/15

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Anti-Life Is Victory Over Death

laitman_569_01Today a person perceives life only as reception, absorption, consumption, acquisition, and attainment for himself. That is how he goes around until he gets tired of this life, retires, spends a few years in lines at health clinics, and finally dies.

But there is a possibility of raising ourselves to another level of existence: to conduct life through bestowal and not consumption. And this is not through benevolence and charity, where you help the poor monetarily, rather it is life beyond our ego. Life outside of the ego gives a feeling of anti-life, anti-death, anti-world, as it is said, “I saw an upside-down world” (Baba Batra 10b).

There exists another form of life parallel to our world. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to attain the new form of life. This is an upside down life, not within the ego, which swallows and absorbs everything into it, not within the desire to receive and enjoy, but within the desire to bestow, to love.

This is not the same egoistic love that is familiar to us in this world. Love is when I go outside of myself and am included in the desires of others and then I live within these desires without taking myself into account. A lifestyle like this is not limited by the intensity of pleasure that you can get.

This is not pleasure within the physical body, which cannot eat and drink without limit. In bestowal I am not limited by anything because I go out to others. I am not limited by the life of this biological body, but I am outside of it and that is where I feel my life.

My body remains, but it lives next to me, like a domesticated animal that lives by the side of a human. My inner part that goes out of me and is included in others is called Adam (Man). And that part of me, the biological, beastly body that remains, lives as usual. It lives out its allotted time, going to doctors until it is taken to the cemetery.

Question: But a person struggling with everyday physical problems is not interested in lofty concepts like life outside of the body?

Answer: Every person is concerned about the same questions of life and death. But even normal life is impossible to arrange today without being included in the right network, without balancing our reception and bestowal, and without connecting with each other with the right mutual connections. The wisdom of Kabbalah compels us to organize our lives this way.
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From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 3/8/15

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Like A Bundle Of Reeds—Plurally Speaking, Part 5

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 9: Plurally Speaking
Affecting Social Cohesion Through the Social Environment

The Warrior’s Legacy Left for His Progeny

Today, enough people understand that the only way to avert a global catastrophe is to unite. It may be called by other terms, such as “collaboration,” “coordination,” or “consideration,” but whatever the term, it is fair to say that we already understand that we are interdependent and interconnected. This reality creates a situation where we are de facto united in all our global systems. However, to the extent that we are connected, we are also emotionally alienated and resentful about the situation.

One way to resolve this contrast is to try to “de-globalize” ourselves. While there is no doubt that breaking down the supply chain from developing countries and producing everything inland would cause massive economic and financial challenges, some may say it is worth the price. Perhaps, but worth it or not, no one denies that isolationism will have a hefty price tag. Moreover, in the eyes of some, this notion is completely unrealistic. Economist Mark Vitner, for one, described attempting to untie the global interconnectedness as “trying to unscramble scrambled eggs. It just can’t be done that easily.”[i]

The contrary option to de-globalization is to embrace globalization, expand it, coordinate it, perfect it, and at the same time learn to like each other so that everyone benefits from the prosperity. All we need in order to achieve it is the method by which we shift our thought patterns from me (focusing on myself), to we (focusing on all the people), to one (focusing on society as a single entity).

Today, nearly 4,000 years after Abraham’s escape from Babylon, the world is ready to listen. We have all suffered enough, and we have all grown too smart to think that we can make it on our own, that we can show Mother Nature, or God, that we don’t need her because we are stronger and wiser.

[i] Associated Press, “Recession will likely be longest in postwar era,” MSNBC (March, 2009), http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29582828/wid/1/page/2/

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.30.15

Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 16

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Excerpt Items for Passover,” “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Majestic in Power,” Item 287

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Writings of Baal HaSulam“This Is for Judah” 

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Writings of ARIShaar HaKavanot,” Pesach 

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The Secret Of The Passage To Eternal Life

laitman_744The most important thing for us is to realize ourselves in the correct form in this world. And to realize our destiny means to sacrifice this entire world, that is, our egoism, everything that we aspire to in our world, and make it so the feeling of the upper world is the most important thing for us, and to be able to exchange this world with the upper world.

Although this world does not disappear, we do not chase all the temptations and fulfillments it offers anymore. They stop being the goal of our existence. We want to exchange perceptions of the world and attain the upper reality.

When I intend to do something, what am I paying attention to first? It is to the most important things to me, and I don’t relate to what is not important to me. I don’t even feel it. As it is said, a cat sees only the mouse and does not pay attention to the beautiful world that surrounds it.

Therefore each person sees something different (else), meaning, each ones sees the world differently; the order of priorities that can fulfill us and our sensations, is different for each one.

Therefore, I must reach such a level that I’ll stop paying attention to this world, although all my vessels of absorption will remain: vision, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. Instead of all these I’ll see only the quality of bestowal, love, and connection between all the details. And then I’ll reveal the Creator, because He is the single connecting force of nature.

However, meanwhile, I’m not paying attention to the connection between all the details of nature. I am interested in a completely opposite action, to take for myself as much as possible. This egoistic inclination is opposite to the quality of bestowal, connection, mutuality, love, the qualities of the Creator. And because of that I am not able to reveal this force.

Therefore, I must make all kinds of actions that will direct me to look for this connecting force, similar to scientists who want to reveal it. I do the same thing; I am a researcher. And it’s not religion; it’s the wisdom of Kabbalah. Therefore, I look for this single force that connects, fulfills, and moves everything to one goal, from the beginning to the end according to a certain plan.

I want to know what the secret of death is. Does it exist or not? If I look at this topic from the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, I don’t understand at all what death is. Is it a change of one desire into another desire: the desire to receive into the desire to bestow?

The question of life and death is a critical question and subconsciously worries many people. It is possible to explain it only partially, to leave it in secret, in order to attract them forward and hint by that, that here is the solution for overcoming death and passing to eternity. This will give a person the possibility to understand the greatness of his existence.

Do I perceive the world through my beastly body, through my five senses that exist in me? However, the truth is that the body does not exist. There are only the five senses that give me the feeling of the world and of the self, sensing in it. With this approach, it is quite easy to ignore this world. It would not be terrible if I would not be in it, and this world itself would not exist; it disappears, and that’s it.

We have an opportunity to exit to the eternal existence. There is no death; there is only transition, the exchange of ten Sefirot. Now, I exist in the feeling of existence that is called my minimal ten Sefirot, and inside them I feel this world, myself, and everything that surrounding me.

Let’s assume that a person dies. What is his death? His death means that all his ten Sefirot are emptied, and instead of Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut, or vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste, nothing is left. What remains is information called Reshimo.

Later, this Reshimo transfers to another biological body and begins to realize itself in it. The next point joins it, a new level of desire, (Aviut, coarseness), and what is called Adam (Man) grows with this desire and realizes them.

The Reshimo develops under the influence of the Light at the same level, at the same plateau. It can continue until man himself will want to rise to the next degree, or under the influence of beatings because the Light will raise him all the time (we see what happens in the generations) or under the self-aspiration of the person to rise to the next degree.

The rise to the next degree means that, instead of receiving a small amount of Light that is called “our life,” man begins to receive a special Light that formats him differently and raises him from an inner perception in his minimal ten Sefirot to the exterior perception.

Obviously then the problem of self-existence disappears. If you exchange the means of self-perception to outside of yourself, then outside of you is the volume that exists constantly as if you spread inside it, and your existence becomes eternal and endless. With it disappears the feeling of inferiority, the sense that you lack something as in the current five senses. The Upper Light will pass through to others.

If the problem of existence in the world is constantly to draw, to absorb, to the interior, the energy and knowledge through this world, the problem of existence in the next level, the higher, is to transfer the energy, the force of vitality, through you to the entire world and to feel that the world needs you constantly.

That’s it. Here, there are no problems with life and death. People need to understand that, in principle, there is no other way, and from this path, from this purpose, one cannot escape. To the contrary, in front of us stands a wonderful opportunity of eternal life.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/20/13

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Each One Of Us Is A Representative Of All Of Humanity

laitman_929Question: How is it possible to reach correction if we leave the influence of the group and immediately fall into the corporeal, beastly existence?

Answer: The group must help a person. It’s possible that I am in such a decline that I am not able to connect to the group by myself—that I feel hatred and rejection concerning the group and I neglect the friends.

However, if I have a group in which I previously invested, if I tried to install it in the correct orderso that everyone would help each other and would immediately lift up those who fell, then they also will worry about me when I fall.

Question: How do you strengthen the group so it never leaves a person?

Answer: It is impossible that a person will never disconnect from the work, won’t forget the friends, and won’t curse everyone, including the Creator. It’s impossible that he will not think that he is insignificant and that everyone else are nothing as well. You must go through all the states. You will not succeed going through this path in a smooth way and avoid feeling all of this.

You have to dive into your ego, feel it, and go through all the discernments, and then, later, you will begin to become integrated with the others, and the exile must be four hundred years, four levels that one must pass within the desire to receive. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have anything to correct, and how would one reach the summit?

You are in front of Mount Sinai, and you must raise above all that hatred (Sina) in order to reach the Creator. Don’t be afraid. If you have a teacher, group, studies, a general connection, and dissemination, then you need not be afraid. However, if you are missing any element, that is already a problem, and this is because, at the end of each process, there needs to be the goal to delight the Creator. It is impossible if you don’t connect all the components together and make from them the basis for your bestowal to the Creator

Question: Desires constantly grow. Will they be corrected all at once or will the correction take place gradually, portion after portion?

Answer: The correction takes place gradually in small portions. We progress toward correction gradually because it is hard for us to agree to these changes. We are not able to execute them all at once, and in addition there must be a mixture between feelings and intellect, which corrects them and connects them to each other.

We must go through all of this together. In order to reach Malchut, you must also connect the history, your inner development, and all the souls that existed before you. You must pass through the entire process, and at the end of it you turn into a messenger who represents the huge desire, a huge balloon, with one point above, which is you who is connecting the whole Kli (Vessel) with the Creator.

You become the representative of the whole of humanity, and that’s the intention: that you correct the entire Malchut on your part, concerning yourself, and thus, each one does. So each one, for himself, attains the entire Malchut. Each soul attains the entire creation from one end to the other.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/6/14, Writings of Rabash

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The Eternal Dilemma: To Be Rich Or Happy

laitman_546_02From Rabash “Yenika (feeding) and Ibur (Impregnation)”: And the person must believe that before he is born, meaning before the descent of the soul into the body, the soul adhered with Him be He blessed, and now it yearns to return and adhere, as it was before its descent.

The soul was in adhesion with the Creator because there was a single complete Kli, all of whose parts were connected and whole. The single Upper Light filled them equally in a state of “He is one and His name is one” (Zechariah 14:9).

This state is most permanent, stable and secure; it is the foundation of all of creation. And therefore after the shattering, the vessel was fractured into a multitude of pieces and each one of the pieces yearns to return to that connection. For now they have become parts; they cannot feel fulfillment and always feel deficiency. In this world there is no happiness, fulfillment, and true wholeness, and perfection cannot be. This is because each one is only part of the system, and as long as the system is not whole, deficiencies and problems will always be discovered in it. And that is how it will be until the end of correction.

So each and every part, every person, subconsciously yearns to connect with others. This tendency and inclination is discovered gradually according to the development of the person. Ultimately, the necessity of connection is discovered because we can reach wholeness only in this way.

But for this it is necessary to win the struggle between my yearning for wholeness and connection and my ego that wants to dominate. And connection can only be between equals. So I need to decide what to choose—this or that. But we cannot resolve this inner dilemma.

Until the end of correction we will be found in such an inner crisis. On the one hand, I want wholeness, which can be felt only through integral connection, equality, the general inclusion of everyone. On the other hand, I want to dominate! This may be a connection, but it is one where I dominate and not all are equal and integrally connected.

Therefore, humanity constantly fluctuates, sometimes to one side and sometimes to the other side. And that is how it will always continue until we reach complete recognition of evil.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/14, Writings of Rabash

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