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Meditation And Mirages

Laitman_728_01Question: I have heard that some people who meditate feel elevated and enlightened. They sense a whole gratefulness, which fills the entire world connected into whole one. What causes such a feeling within a person?

Answer: This sensation comes because people suppress their egoism with the help of the Eastern meditation and they start feeling one system. After all, they annulled their egoism, which was tearing this system into many parts. However, this is still not an elevation above the material world, above egoism.

They see the structure of reality, but they cannot govern it and exist inside it. This is only anticipation, a mirage, and a sensation of the wholeness of the world. In our world there are a lot of people who without any meditation feel that the nature is whole and everything is interconnected within it.

Scientists and all ordinary egoists come to the same conclusions. They also understand that the world is one system and therefore we have to protect animals, the ecology,  and follow the law of balance in nature. A person feels all of this in his ordinary egoistic desires and he does not demand to rise above his egoism.

The force that elevates one above his egoism is a completely different force. It can be attracted from nature only through unique exercises according to the method of Kabbalah. This force in reality gives us an opportunity to rise above our egoism and enter the next level of existence.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 1/25/15

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He Who Stands On The Earth Builds Heaven

laitman_742_03Baal HaSulam, Shamati #34 “The Profit of the Land”: All the torments that exist in the world are but a preparation for the real torments. These are the torments that one must reach, or he will not be able to acquire anything spiritual, as there is no Light without a vessel. These torments, the real torments, are called “condemnation of Providence and slandering.” This is what one prays for, to not slander Providence.

A person who advances towards the Creator goes through many unpleasant states that eventually teach him to ignore them and to know how to justify the Creator on top of them. We see that our life is full of fatal mistakes and we burn with shame for what we have done in every moment of our life.

We torture ourselves for being evil, for having missed so many opportunities to advance quickly and to attain a good life. Now too we cannot make good use of the time and opportunities we have been given.

It is wrong to think this way. We mustn’t attribute any importance to reality itself and to how we behave and take the opportunities we have, but rather, we need to justify the Creator for everything that happens both inside us and around us. We should not simply justify Him for everything He does, but also understand that behind this whole picture there is a different picture of the upper system to which we should adhere above all the ugly forms that appear before us at any given moment in the past and at present.

We mustn’t regret anything because we condemn the Creator who arranged everything! All these pictures should actually remain, and we should build the positive attitude towards the Creator above them by our efforts. This is a person’s main work.

We have to build the exact same attitude not only towards bad events, but also towards good events, since they come from Above and we have no reason to relate to the good or the bad ones differently. It makes no difference what the Creator presents to us and how it is depicted in our ego. In fact, what our ego finds attractive like success, achievements, and even acts of bestowal are all reasons to turn to the Creator and to attribute all these essential actions to Him. We had to undergo all that including the good, the bad, and the neutral events in order to build the right attitude to the Creator.

By changing our focus from the actual actions, from all the values and all the events in the past, present, and future to the providence of the good Creator, we turn the picture of the world from a negative to a positive one, from the fictitious form called this world to the form of the next world. If we want to see all the most horrible events or the most joyful ones as good, if we see everything only in the Light of the Creator as good, we thus reflect all these events in the opposite light, and by them build the first picture of the spiritual world.

Then we see that there is a great advantage to our desire to receive, which depicts everything to us in opposite forms as help against. Therefore it is written: “the profit of the land.” If we relate to our ego this way, we can build Heaven above it.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/7/14

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Levites, Priests, And Correction Of Desires

Dr. Michael LaitmanAnd God spoke unto Moses , saying: “Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them. And thus shalt thou do unto them, to cleanse them: sprinkle them with the water of purification, and let them cause a razor to pass all over their flesh and let them wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves. Then let them shall take a young bullock, and its meal- offering …  (Torah “Numbers”, “Beaalotha,” 8: 05-8: 08)

The foundation of man is his desires. In the spiritual process one needs to classify them by separating those that can belong to the level of Bina. To purify them means to direct the work of these desires only to bestowal.

The children of Israel are corrected or not fully corrected egoistical desires. The Levites are desires that are purified of the ego, and represent the first step of purification “bestowing in order to bestow.” That is why the Levites have no desires, neither egoistic or corrected.

Those desires, which are further refined and are the second stage of purification “receiving in order to bestow” are called Cohens (Priests)

Water is the property of Bina. “sprinkle them with the water of purification” means conducting their desires through the quality of bestowal.

“And let them cause a razor to pass all over their flesh and let them wash their clothes.” Hair growing on the body is a sign of how much the body needs correction. They symbolize the deficiencies that are revealed.

“Then let them shall take a young bullock, and its meal- offering… .” This speaks about sacrificing uncorrected desires that man cuts from himself because they cannot be corrected any other way. Therefore we must slaughter our beastly component or send it to the desert.

The description of the Temple in the Torah reminds us of a slaughterhouse. If a person is not in a spiritual ascent and does not understand the essence of the Torah, then he imagines terrible pictures: blood flowing all around, screams of animals being slaughtered, and then immediately cut up, roasted, and eaten.

But the inner meaning of the Torah is completely opposite because in the Torah it speaks only about man’s spiritual correction.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/4/15

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Not To Hurt The Group

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion:  How is it possible to attain such a big sensation of importance of the group that a real fear not to harm it will awaken? How can I develop this sensation so that it will not leave me?  Or is this also “above reason”?

Answer: The concern not to harm the group comes gradually under the influence of the Surrounding Light (Ohr Makif) and not in any other form.

The fear for the group, that it will be able to hold itself and work for the Creator, and the movement to the Creator, the sensation of responsibility that it depends on me—all this awakens under the influence of the Upper Light.

I cannot build it in me in an artificial manner. I can try to do certain actions towards it, but not more.

Our efforts will bring us gradually to it, but man needs to search constantly inside himself if this state already awakens in him.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/17/14

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Let’s Disseminate!

laitman_268_01Question: How does our dissemination qualitatively develop our desire?

Answer: It is thanks to the dissemination that I become one who bestows. There is no other action in our world that can make me resemble the Creator except dissemination.

I go somewhere in the evening and have a workshop there, a lecture, talk to people and gradually bring them closer to one another, encouraging them to think about the meaning of life, and telling them how we can improve our corporeal life.

Our corporeal life is only an excuse to participate in mutual bestowal. After all, the whole world is just an excuse, the internal motive to start building the right relationships above it. I tell people how we will be able to get rid of all our troubles and problems thanks to the right relations between us.

They care about what will happen to them in this world. They want me to draw a picture of the wonderful tomorrow for them and I have to draw for them the wonderful future we will have if we are more connected to one another. Having no other choice, it is a compromise for people, and the means to improve their corporeal future, while for me the corporeal life is temporary and only the stimulus, the excuse, the reason, to ascend to spiritual states.

This means that our goals and means are opposite from those of the public, but this is the difference between the levels: for me this is the state on the upper level and for them it is different on the lower level. But I perceive their corporeal desires and in order to fulfill them I suggest that they establish better relations between us and people already begin to think about improving the relations between them since without this our corporeal life will not improve.

I use their desire to correct the relations between everyone and actually raise them to my level. From my level, I already raise these desires to the level of the relations between people that belongs to the thought of creation and ask the Creator to give us the power to overcome the obstacles so that the connection between us will heal the painful wounds of humanity. After all, the fact that they feel blows is a sign of the lack of connection between us. Thus everyone reaches a state of harmony. An ordinary person reaches a certain level of connection with others and a corporeal filling. I get a chance to bestow unto them and thus to bestow unto the Creator, and the Creator enjoys! This means that all these three levels have advanced in the right direction. Thus I intensify the glory of the Creator in the world.

So let’s disseminate! But before we subdue ourselves before this action and delve into clarifications in order to understand exactly:

  • Why we do it,
  • What people want,
  • Why we have to absorb their desires,
  • How we can make sure that we will provide them with a good life only if we are connected,
  • How I begin to feel that I have to bring people the right filling,
  • Why I need the group in order to do that, since otherwise I will not be able to fulfill my role in dissemination,
  • How we need the Creator in this matter.

I actually go out to ordinary people who complain about their corporeal problems and finally I feel that without the Creator’s help I am totally lost. The people format this deficiency in me—the need for the Creator! After all, I see that I cannot give them anything by myself if the Creator doesn’t help me.

Thus we actually connect to the upper force by the people, and therefore, we have to really appreciate our work in dissemination since it actually gives us an opportunity for a spiritual ascent.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/6/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.31.15

Shamati #1 “There Is None Else Besides Him”

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