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Climbing The Steps Of Spiritual Development

laitman_243_05Question: How can I know if I have transcended to another spiritual level?

Answer: When a person ascends to the next spiritual level, he feels absolutely everything that happens to him. It is a very accurate feeling, without any visions or illusions.

Question: Will everyone be able to ascend to the spiritual world?

Answer: Absolutely everyone! The only thing necessary is a desire for it. Anyone can attain the upper world. Anyone who agrees to dedicate a certain amount of time and effort will have no problem attaining it. Moreover, while in our world, anyone can choose a certain profession and more or less succeed in it. There is no doubt that each of us will have to master the wisdom of Kabbalah, either in this lifetime or in the next life, and to fulfill himself totally in his spiritual ascent, rising to the world of Ein Sof (Infinity).
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/11/15

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 114

laitman_628_2Question: You often say that we shouldn’t go back to the past, but what can I do if the past is part of my present life and is expressed in different complexes, pressuring me and ruining my life and the lives of those around me?

Answer: You must yearn for unity in the group. You should know and feel that this is how you are spurred to move toward the goal and consequently will begin to be grateful for your feelings and your memories.

Question: What does the feeling of shame mean according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: The past is realized on me by the Creator, so the feeling of shame is never regarding the past, but the present, as to whether I can fill it with mutual guarantee.

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The Kabbalists’ Time Machine

laitman_526Question: If a Kabbalist today could go back to the past in a time machine and speak with Kabbalists who lived during the time of the Bible, would they be able to understand one another?

Answer: Of course, without a doubt! When I ascend the spiritual levels from the bottom up, I meet all the Kabbalists who have climbed these levels. I become part of these levels and attain what other Kabbalists attained in the past.

I go up the elevator to the first floor and see what happens on that floor. All of the Kabbalists also saw the same thing, starting from Adam HaRishon (First Man) all the way to me. Perhaps each described it according to his own style because he perceived a picture that is a bit different, according to the root of his soul, but everyone attained the same thing.

I rise to the second floor, and there I feel what they felt and so on. I must understand them according to the level of the floor I am on, and there is no problem on that level.

I may not understand everything they wrote because they are on a height that I have not yet attained, but when I rise to a certain floor, I attain all the Kabbalists who were on that floor and discover whatever they discovered.
From KabTV’s “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Science” 9/7/15

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Egoism In The Service Of Altruism

laitman_276_01There is a close scrutiny of the connections between Malchut and Bina in the weekly section of the Torah Behukot: how and according to which laws and which dosage can the egoistic attribute of receiving be incorporated in the attributes of bestowal. This is the reason that this section of the Torah is very deep and powerful.

It is about the red heifer that symbolizes the connection between Malchut and Bina (to receive in order to bestow). On the one hand, this connection can sanctify a person and turn him from an egoist into an altruist.

On the other hand, an altruist can turn into an egoist according to what is important to him: whether Malchut is above Bina or Bina is above Malchut. If you are pure to a certain extent and suddenly open your Malchut more than the attribute of Bina, you become impure.

It is a very complex system of interdependence between purity and impurity, specific to the spiritual world. Therefore, the main point is that the connection between Malchut and Bina be in the right dosage.

All of the other laws described in this section of the Torah also emphasize the right cooperation between the ego and the Light that corrects the ego according to the amount of Light that it draws.

The two attributes must be connected carefully in the spiritual world, but how can they be properly connected in advance? This is impossible to determine because a person himself is a totally new object each time.

He doesn’t know who he is and what he is, how he should behave now in order to resemble the Creator because he isn’t familiar with his internal attributes that have been renewed. How can he become one in order not to go wrong? You must be your own psychologist here who works with the unknown each time. This is what the attainment of your nature comes down to.

A person has constant doubts. He is afraid of himself so as not to violate the balance, not to fall, and to be in the right motion forward. This motion can be only in faith above reason, when he constantly controls that the attribute of bestowal in him always is above the attribute of receiving so that he will be able to advance with his eyes closed toward bestowal.

If we are on the level of our world, how can I be sure that I will not steal if I suddenly have such an opportunity? How can I avoid temptations that can turn my head around? I am shaken suddenly, and everything that I have attained disappears. There is another conflict here, a new state. What do I do in this situation? How can I be sure that I will not fall, but will hold on to the attribute of bestowal in all of my actions?

Where does a person find the strength when he begins to explore himself and understand that he cannot count on himself in any way and that he is simply hanging by a thread?

It is only if he has a constant feeling that he cannot count on himself, that he can devote himself to the attribute of love and bestowal, which means to depend on everyone else and act only in them.

Question: How can this be done if a person has no basis under his feet?

Answer: This is actually the best feeling because I don’t do, change, or create anything by myself.

Question: Does that mean that neither knowledge nor wisdom will help me here?

Answer: Nothing! The wise are in the same position. You actually acquire knowledge when you are connected to the upper and not by yourself.

It is then when you don’t feel anything under your feet that you begin the movement from Malchut to Bina. This connection is very carefully calculated.

On the one hand, it is a very accurate, internal, mathematical, and psychological problem where you must calculate how much of a certain Light and a certain Masach (screen) and a certain Aviut (depth of desire) that you need. On the other hand, it means that you are already under the upper.

This is the reason that the weekly section “Chukat” begins with the story of the red heifer that sanctifies the egoists and turns the holy into sinners, which means that it works in both directions, back and forth. When it is burned, it is actually its ashes that turn into the general attribute since then you burn everything, both the attributes of bestowal and the attributes of receiving, and have nothing left. However, then one special attribute is formed.

Question: It says that King David could explain everything except the commandment of the red heifer.

Answer: Yes, it is because this attribute is in Keter, the highest spiritual phase from which the idea of the creation of man that is equal to the Creator descends. It is this that works on a man and how he can ascend to resemble the Creator.

Question: Do the laws repeat on every level?

Answer: The laws are totally the same on every level. They include the first restriction (Tzimtzum Aleph), a Masach, resistance to egoism, and the calculation above the Masach, to what extent can I resemble the attribute that I discover.

When I restrict myself and place a Masach, I discover the attribute of bestowal, the attribute of love, the attribute of connection, that is opposite from me. I discover a new world, and now I see what it is in itself, how I can resemble it, and to what extent I can participate in its actions.

This is the calculation that is made with the sum of the attributes of Bina and Malchut in order to use my previous egoistic attributes to perform altruistic actions.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/24/15

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The Yellowstone Calderas Have Cracked

Laitman_702_01In the News (The Washington Post): “’Mysterious “gash” forms on Wyoming ranch, unleashing fears of hidden volcanoes and earthquakes’

“When a pair of hunting guides noticed a crack in the ground in a remote ranch of central Wyoming last month, they didn’t think much of it.

“When they returned to the location in the Bighorn Mountains a few weeks later, they were shocked by what they found… .

“‘There it was, this huge slide or crack or whatever it is,’ Sy Gilliland, owner of SNS Outfitter & Guides, which offers guided elk, antelope, deer, moose and bear hunts, told KUSA. ‘I don’t really think anyone knows what happened out there, all of a sudden it was just there. I think the reason it’s so fascinating is it’s so big. And it doesn’t make any sense, where it happened it’s just like the ground opened up, and the size of it is just huge.’

“How huge?

“About 50 yards wide and the length of six football fields, SNS reported on its Facebook page. Two posts about the crack generated widespread curiosity and were shared nearly 10,000 times. …

“The gash’s size was impressive, but so was the speed at which it formed. Social media users speculated that the formation represented an impending volcanic eruption or an earthquake, but experts were quick to allay their fears.

“On its Facebook page last week, SNS provided an update about what might have caused the ground to split open:

Since so many people have commented and asked questions, we wanted to post an update with a little more information. An engineer from Riverton, WY came out to shed a little light on this giant crack in the earth. Apparently, a wet spring lubricated across a cap rock. Then, a small spring on either side caused the bottom to slide out. He estimated 15 to 20 million yards of movement. By range finder, an estimate is 750 yards long and about 50 yards wide.

“‘Amazing what Mother Nature can do and is still doing,’ one Facebook user commented. …”

My Comment: We cannot comprehend the amount of trouble that has been prepared for us, all of which is derived from the violation of spiritual balance that determines the natural balance – and all of this has been made by us.

The solution to this problem and all other problems is in the overall balancing of the natural system on its highest level, in human relationships, in implementing the Biblical law, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), such that it brings us into balance with the system of nature.

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.01.15

Preparation for the Lesson 

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” “What Placing the Chanukah Candle on the Left Means in the Work”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Sulam Commentary,” Item 62

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Lesson on the Topic: “Chanukah by the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 7

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