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Question: Lately, you especially have been raising the topic of love of our neighbors and then love of the Creator. When I hear that I immediately want to completely detach from you even though I have been your permanent student for several years now. It’s not that I am indifferent to this topic; I feel hostile to the subject.
Answer: You thought that Kabbalah was a serious science with drawings and formulas. As I keep explaining it for many years, it is a science of the universe, the wisdom of how to correct the evil. However, you never assumed that this knowledge could also be defined as love, i.e., complete connection among all parts of nature, especially humans.
I completely understand you because I had similar thoughts for many years even when I became Rabash’s student.
Moreover, it is impossible to hear about the “methodology of love” because our egoism rejects it. We are incapable of perceiving this doctrine in our hearts or minds. We tend to listen to different aspects of Kabbalah as if the need to love our neighbors is something alien, secondary to the wisdom.
I observe this phenomenon among my students throughout all the years that I have been teaching Kabbalah.
Interestingly, there are two groups of students: those who accept the principle of “loving thy neighbor” and those who consider this condition as something “extra” that can be only used to connect members of their study group. Later, both categories of students mix together and get closer to each other. Gradually, the groups that originally rejected the principle of “loving thy neighbor” realize that it is not a “subsidiary factor” when it comes to correction of our egoism, but it is the most important and desirable quality! It happens in the group that originally rejected the principle of loving thy neighbor to a much greater extent than in the groups that initially agreed with this notion.
Based on my observations, I would split my students into two categories: those who accept the notion of loving thy neighbor and those who are incapable of hearing about it. Both groups study the methodology together and comprise a common vessel. They complement and replenish each other, thus making it possible to disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah as the teaching of love and a transition from love to other people to loving the Creator.
The Torah, “Numbers” 9:09 – 9:11: The Lord spoke to Moses saying: “Speak to the children of Israel saying, Any person who becomes unclean from [contact with] the dead, or who is on a distant journey, whether among you or in future generations, he shall make a Passover sacrifice for the Lord. In the second month, on the fourteenth day, in the afternoon, they shall make it; they shall it with unleavened cakes and bitter herbs.”
On the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight on the anniversary of the Exodus from Egypt, it is necessary to bring the so-called Passover sacrifice, i.e., to identify the next layer of selfishness that has to be corrected as if we are exiting from Egypt at this very moment.
It is said that in every generation, in every action, one must imagine that one exits Egypt because there are desires that that were not revealed in Egypt, because exiting from Egypt was done in a hurry, under the cover of darkness.
A person in this state does not understand if he is capable of analyzing and differentiating between which of his qualities are associated with bestowal and which are not and how they can be corrected.
Now, after a full year of deliverance from Egyptian slavery, after going through the entire circle of correction, one returns to the same starting point and may once again take Malchut, an egoistic will to receive, and exit Egypt again.
This cycle repeats every year. One purifies oneself by rising from Malchut to Bina forty times.
By going through forty steps of purification, at each one of them one discovers another Passover sacrifice that still has to be corrected, i.e., “pulled” out of Egypt. Previously, it was hidden inside a person; it was not seen, it was not felt, as none of us understand what we consist of.
In this world advancing by suffering, only due to distresses do we begin realizing who we are. The Torah explains how to analyze our afflictions in a good way, with the help of the Light.
From KabTV’s “The Secret of the Eternal Book,” 04/2/15
Answer: Of course, all the words in the Torah took place in this world because every upper spiritual root has to develop and eventually touch its material branch.
This is why we went through the entire process in this world: Adam HaRishon and all further generations up to Abraham, and further on through our forefathers Isaac and Jacob, Jacob’s sons, then lowering to Egypt, Moshe, Aaron, the standing at the Mount Sinai, the entrance to the land of Israel, conquering the land of Israel, the destruction of the First and the Second Temples, etc.
Anything we have been through in this world is only one side of the picture. The most important thing is our current state and what events described in the Torah we still have to go through.
The Torah is not about historic events; rather, it is about what we are supposed to correct after Adam HaRishon’s sin. As a result of our correction, we will attain the spiritual world that is eternal and endless; it is here and now, as soon as we agree to go through the process of correction, as is written: “You shall see your world during your lifetime.”
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 6/21/15
The Torah, “Numbers” 9:14: If a proselyte dwells with you, and he makes a Passover sacrifice to the Lord, according to the statutes of the Passover sacrifice and its ordinances he shall make it. One statute shall apply to you, to the proselyte and to the native-born citizen.
A proselyte refers to the desire that can be added to the desires that already have been corrected. When you choose a desire from the egoistic desires called the nations of the world that can be added to the attribute of bestowal called Israel (from the words, Yashar El, straight to God), it no longer is considered a proselyte.
It is the same law for everyone. Therefore, it says that even complete righteous cannot stand in the place where those who repent stand.
It is because a person who repents and returns to the Creator brings with him the greatest ego as he corrects the increasingly more internal egoistic parts, which leads to an ascent that the righteous, the pioneers, cannot bring about. This is how the spiritual system works.
This means that the nations of the world that join Israel don’t simply ascend to that level but actually ascend higher than that since they bring such egoistic attributes with them that do not exist in Israel.
Therefore, it is said, “There is wisdom among the nations, believe it…,” which means that, during the correction of the strongest egoistic desires, they ascend higher than all the others.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/4/15
Question: How does the wisdom of Kabbalah relate to competition?
Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, competition is very important. As it is said, “The envy of sages increases wisdom.” I believe that it is vital. What could we achieve if there were no competition? The great inventors, Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison, for example, made great discoveries in the field of electrical engineering and invented the dynamo generators, devices operating on alternating current, etc.
Interestingly, many great discoveries that have been very beneficial for mankind stemmed from childish competition and the desire not to let others be ahead of you. At the same time, scientists are not really interested in money but want to determine their self: “I will prove that I am better.”
It is impossible to succeed without competition. Real competition always leads to the emergence of a new attribute.
Competition is very beneficial, even for children.
However, everything must be within the normal egoistic limits that we understand: “I wish to learn from others.” To learn from others means to be like them. However, to be like them means to compete against yourself in order to reach a certain level.
Therefore, there are two types of competition. It can be competition that motivates and competition that kills. There is always the element of envy in it, but the question is whether I wish to crush my competitor or whether, thanks to his example, I want to be like him or even greater. This is the reason that there are both positive and negative aspects to competition.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 6/17/15
Comment: If I were a doctor in the future generation and signs of emptiness, depression, being closed, and despair appeared in my patient, I would not extinguish these signs with the help of pills; rather, I would explain to him towards what he was heading and aim him in the right direction.
Answer: I think that in the future, instead of doctors there will be guides who provide people with their new states, through training, education, preparation of internal, psychological, and spiritual workshops that bring the person out to a feeling of outer space. So instead of being closed within himself and only feeling the entire environment within himself, as happens today, it is necessary to bring the person out to a feeling of what is outside of him. This will be the role of the new worldwide university, and now that a passage towards a new need is happening within humanity, a new evaluation of life, we need to think about creating a completely new educational network.
To be continued….
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/11/15
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