About Raising Children

laitman_547_05Question: My husband and I began studying the wisdom of Kabbalah a while ago. With tiny steps, we began to set foot on this path. Already in the beginning of the way, we started getting answers to some of the questions that we have been asking throughout our lives.

We have three small children, and as a mother, the question that concerns me is whether I will be able to convey to them some real principles about life.

You say that only personal experience is the way to teach children. How does one do this?

Answer: Free your children from your plans, and don’t force anything on them. When they grow up, they will see what you are involved with and will choose for themselves whether or not this is for them.

Question: Could you please tell me how to deal with, teach and direct my twelve-year old nephew? His mother passed away and his father doesn’t provide for him. He lives with his uncle and grandfather. I really want him to study and understand Kabbalah, but I have no idea how to turn him in this direction.

Answer: Take care of his material needs and gently give him something easy to read from our materials.
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Is It Possible For The Body To Have Eternal Life?

Laitman_709Question: The physical body of a person is part of creation. If a person learns to live according to the Mitzvot (Commandments), will his physical body become immortal?

Answer: The physical body has no connection to Mitzvot. Observance of the Mitzvot is a correction of the ego to the characteristics of bestowal and love of others. It is specifically this characteristic that is called the corrected Adam (Man).

We are commanded to change gradually, time after time, each one of our 613 desires from egoistic to altruistic usage, and in this way, feel the upper world more and more with greater clarity through these corrected characteristics.

Question: What in Kabbalah is the body?

Answer: A body is a collection of desires. We now have 613 egoistic desires, meaning an egoistic body, and when we correct the ego, we acquire another, sacred body, meaning the desire for bestowal and love.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/11/15

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Internal And External, Part 1

laitman_283_01The Decision Is Yours

Baal HaSulam writes that the entire universe, all worlds are divided into internal and external parts. That’s why a separation into internality and externality also exists in this material world.

All internal parts in all worlds are connected with each other throughout the pyramid, from top to bottom. Each of its steps contains the internal and external parts. All of them are enclosed into each other as a telescopic tube in a way that the external part of the higher level impacts the internal part of the level beneath. This is how this process flows from top to bottom.

This spiritual construction reflects on our material world. This explains why this world is also divided into the internal part called Israel and the external layer, the nations of the world.

Israel is those Babylonians that united around Abraham on the basis of loving their neighbors as themselves, those who strived to become similar to nature, the general system of life. Other Babylonians who didn’t follow Abraham are called the seventy nations of the world.

Israel also splits into internal and external parts. The inner part are those implementing the main principle discovered by Abraham defined by the concept of “Israel(Yashar-El), “directly to the Creator”, meaning those who strived to love their neighbors as themselves. This state can be reached by studying the science of Kabbalah that triggers the Reforming Light, the Light that returns to the source.

But the external part of Israel, are those who engage in the external activities, physical observance of commandments without the intention of loving their neighbors as themselves. There also is a secular part of Israel that follows neither the internal or external aspects of the Torah.

The nations of the world also have their internal part, the righteous who strive to commit good deeds, and the external part, those who elicit adversities and damages. So, where is the central,element that determines how to move all of humanity to complete correction, the final goal of creation?

It is possible to advance forcibly under the blows of nature that guide us, give us direction, and crushes us between its millstones. We see that nature doesn’t have mercy; rigid and immutable laws govern us. Judgment and mercy rule the world. They push us to pursue the goal. The natural path of advancement is coordinated by the program inbuilt in nature, “in due time.”

But it is possible to engage in the process of correction voluntarily, and advance faster, “accelerating time,” thus escaping blows and affliction. Such a possibility is presented to humanity by the internal part of Israel that attracts the Surrounding Light, meaning by those who study the science of Kabbalah. Only they are capable of expediting human development so that the entire world reaches the goal of creation by a good path.

That’s why the people who belong to “Israel,” meaning Abraham’s group, who are able to bring the entire world to benevolence, but do not do so, are the ones who trigger misfortunes upon themselves and the others. The entire world is suffering and hates them for that; they want to destroy them since humanity subconsciously senses that these people do not fulfill their mission, and, on the contrary, harm others.

If the group named “Israel” acts correctly, meaning attracts the Surrounding Light, the Light will flow through them to the rest of humanity. It is the goal of creation, since the Creator strives to please everybody so that “they shall all know Him, from the least of them unto the greatest of them…”

If it happens, the entire world will support Israel and the nations of the world will be on the side of those who chose the path of the Light and the acceleration of time. Then, those engaged in studying Kabbalah will acquire everybody’s gratitude and support. The entire world will help them to achieve the best state ever.

This is what Baal HaSulam writes at the end of his Introduction to The Book of Zohar. Now that you know about this, the decision is yours.
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From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/9/15, Lesson on the Topic: “Selections from the Source on the Topic of Connection Between Internality and Externality in the Torah to Israel’s Redemption”

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Spiritual Purity

laitman_602_02The Torah, “Numbers,” 19:6 – 19:7: The kohen shall take a piece of cedar wood, hyssop, and crimson wool, and cast them into the burning of the cow. The kohen shall wash his garments and bathe his flesh in water, and then he may enter the camp, and the kohen shall be unclean until evening.

Spiritual purity means that your intentions are absolutely pure and that in your spiritual work you want to use only the desires that are aimed at connection with others, and through them, with them, with the Creator.

When you work with these desires, you must detach yourself from other egoistic desires, so you need to reveal them.

These desires may not have been revealed in you yet, and you may not even be aware of them or understand how to detach yourself from them. Thus, the Torah instructs us as to how to act. You have to plunge into water (in a Mikve, a pool filled by water from nature), which means to place yourself under the attribute of Bina.

Then, you must be in this state until the evening because only when night falls do the new desires (vessels) appear since every new day begins in the evening.

Since your action was done in these clothes during that day, you don’t have to leave it at the end of the day. You will receive new vessels during the night, and you will be a new person the next day.

Question: Why does a person receive new vessels at night?

Answer: It is because the new desires that rise in a person are not corrected yet, which means that they are in the dark. In the meantime, one cannot work with them with the intention of in order to bestow. This is the reason they are dark.

New vessels are born until midnight, and from midnight onward, they are corrected and the Light is revealed in them gradually, which is called the sunrise.

In fact, there is no sunrise or sunset, but we simply feel dawn, sun, or daylight in the corrected desires.

During the day, we fulfill them correctly, and then they gradually transcend to the next level. When the new, uncorrected desires approach us from a distance, the sun is forced to set by the force of Gevura, the force of rigidity, of Din (Judgment). Then, a new phase begins. The next chain of desires appears in a person, which he must correct. Everything happens inside of us.

Question: What does it mean that the priest must wash his clothes?

Answer: Clothes symbolize the intention. The correction of the ego takes place by helpful intentions.

The five clothes of the priest are a hat, a shirt, a belt, sandals, and trousers. These are the five levels of the egoistic desires, each of which needs a new intention.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/10/15

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Why Does Our World Exist?

laitman_437Question: How and why did the Creator create our world?

Answer: Our world was created especially so that in this world man would develop the ability to ascend and attain the upper state, consistently correcting all of his desires, starting from the less egoistic ones to the more egoistic.

Our world is what we feel and perceive in our uncorrected desires.

When we correct ourselves and ascend to the attainment of the upper world, we feel the difference between the two worlds, their oppositeness, their contrasts, from which comes the depth of understanding the upper world. The potential difference between the two worlds gives a person the feeling of the internal attainment.

Question: Why does a person find the corporeal world so attractive?

Answer: This is specifically to create a system of resistance to the attainment of the upper world within us so that later we would feel the upper world more deeply, according to the potential difference.

Anyone can break out of this world. It all depends on a person’s environment and the correct use of the method of ascent.

Question: Will the corporeal world still exist when all of the souls connect to the Creator?

Answer: No, our world will disappear from our sensations because it manifests only in our uncorrected desires, and we perceive it as the still, vegetative, and animate levels. It is all inside of us.

When we begin to feel the upper world, we discover that our world is only illusory. To the extent that we correct our egoistic attributes, our world gradually disappears like a mirage.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/27/15

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Laws That Stem From The Torah

Laitman_137Torah, “Numbers,” 19:4 – 19:5: Eleazar the Cohen shall take from its blood with his finger and sprinkle it toward the front of the Tent of Meeting seven times. The cow shall then be burned in his presence; its hide, its flesh, its blood, with its dung he shall burn it.

Everything the Torah tells us about seems like a barbarian spectacle taking place on the steps of the spiritual world, not in the material world. The Torah tells us in corporeal terms what happens in our attributes, inside us and between us.

It is very hard to express feelings using the language of our world because there are many interpretations of the Torah. After all, they don’t give us the right picture. These interpretations also need interpretations since the great Kabbalists who attained the spiritual worlds described the spiritual actions as if they take place in our world.

On the whole, it is about the fact that every person has to find the point of the priest (Cohen) inside him and determine how it can help correct the combination of Bina (the attribute of bestowal) and Malchut (the attribute of receiving).

The Torah is written for each of us. The priest, the Levites, and Israel are in one person and he has to perform these actions on different levels of the spiritual ascent.

It turns out that I find the priest, the attribute that is directly connected to the force of love and bestowal. I extract the “red cow” from my inner desires, and I need to slaughter it and skin it, which means to take the uncorrected desires called blood from it, and sprinkle it on the tabernacle, which is the vessel in which I receive the revelation of the Creator.

The cow symbolizes the connection between Bina and Malchut.

Question: Why should I sprinkle the blood on the tabernacle seven times?

Answer: Because these are seven Sefirot: Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut. Hence, everything in the physical world is divided into seven, like the seven days of the week, for example.

There is also a division into sixty, like 60 minutes or seconds, which also stems from the Torah, since Zeir Anpin includes six Sefirot (Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzhach, Hod, Yesod), and each of them is made of 10 levels. Six times 10 is 60 and so 60 actions in Zeir Anpin equal one bestowal unto Malchut.

Besides, there is also the division into 12 in the corporeal world, which stems from the concept of the 12 tribes. These are four levels (Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut) in each of which there are three lines. Thus all the major divisions in our world stem from the Torah.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/24/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11.29.15

Preparation for the Lesson 

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 9

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary,” Item 56

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Lesson on the Topic: “Chanukah by the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 5

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The Temple – The Location Of A Common Desire

laitman_933From the words of the Midrash Rabbah, Parshat “Chukat”: The red heifer is bought from the mandatory annual contributions of the half-shekel, that all Jews contributed to the Temple.

The Temple symbolizes the collective vessel into which the descending spiritual abundance is received. And after that according to a hierarchy it flows and extends to the smaller vessels that are all the people.

The Temple is the uppermost point of attachment of the desires that are connected with the Light, with the higher power. It is not created by one person, but by the sum of all the desires that we connect together in tens, hundreds, and thousands, forming one single desire, dissolved into it.

Therefore, by the Temple, we don’t mean a stone structure, but a place where the shared desire on which a correction must be made accumulates. Correction is not made in each person separately but only in our shared connection.

Question: What does it mean that “the red heifer is bought from contributions”?

Answer: In spiritual work, we give of ourselves only the initial desire (the half-shekel), and the correction comes to us from above (the second half of the shekel), and as a result, a complete desire emerges, a complete vessel (Kli), which the red heifer symbolizes.
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Old Ideologies Don’t Work, And There Are No New Ones….

laitman_546_03Opinion (Vladimir Kerees, political analyst): “Decision makers are guided by a picture of the world that exists in their imagination and is not based upon actual reality. This is possible because of the lowering of the level of the consciousness of the masses. It makes no difference what fantasies they promise us about ‘fresh spring air coming in through the window’; it is impossible to open the portholes in a submarine.

“People don’t understand the consequences of their actions. There has been no ideology in society since the collapse of the Soviet Union. We are living in a world of principles from the victorious period of the Enlightenment; this was an idea of progress in science and society, individual freedom, quality of life and security. There are no other ideas. But the old liberal principles work badly: The economic crisis is liable to grow into a super-crisis, fanatics are destroying civilization, half of the population of the Earth lives in poverty, and ecological problems are taking on a global nature. We must let go of the fantasies of people and realistically evaluate what is happening, without illusions.

My Comment: But how is it possible to realistically evaluate what is happening and make the right decision if the future is hidden? After all, in the past there was no need for consciousness because everything moved only according to direct (egoistic) development. We, the egoists, were like our world.

But today the world is becoming global, instead of a straight line; it is a round sphere in which everyone is mutually dependent. In such a system with many unknowns, we cannot find the right solutions.

Kabbalah advises us to transform ourselves to be like our own world, meaning integrally interconnected, and then we can find the correct solutions to the problems that arise. But to become voluntarily connected, we must want it. Or else problems will arise until actual wars will force us against our will.

In any case, the world is becoming closed globally, and we will be obliged to come to the same form of connection between us.
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