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Balaam—The Creator’s Loyal Companion

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Numbers,” 22:5 – 22:6: He sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of his people, to call for him, saying, “A people has come out of Egypt, and behold, they have covered the ‘eye’ of the land, and they are stationed opposite me. So now, please come and curse this people for me, for they are too powerful for me. Perhaps I will be able to wage war against them and drive them out of the land, for I know that whomever you bless is blessed and whomever you curse is cursed.”

A person always will be mistaken before he attains the state of accurately yearning for the Creator. To be mistaken means to be under the curse of Balaam.

Only when a person reaches the point of accurately yearning for the Creator, which he can reach only after internal wars and the revelation that all of the problems are inside him, does he receive a blessing instead of a curse. This is what we see.

Question: Balak’s call to Balaam is like to the Creator and sounds exaggerated: “… whomever you bless is blessed and whomever you curse is cursed.”

Answer: Balaam is higher than Moses in that. Moses cannot turn to the Creator like Balaam because he turns to Him from an egoistic perspective.

His “she-ass” [donkey], his animal level, is connected to the Creator. Interestingly, his ego is on a level of a prophet. If you are on the left part, in a shell, you have enormous powers, animal powers called Balaam’s she-ass.

Here the she-ass prophesizes, which means that his lowest desires are connected with the upper forces, and all of this is revealed to a person as the left line.

What is poor Moses worth? He must ascend above this state in his connection with the Creator because, with regard to the Creator, he is like a baby. Balaam commands the Creator here. In other words, you face a king who has a loyal companion, a loyal force that gives commands: to stop this little Moses. What is he running around for?

Moses can do only one thing, which is to surrender, but this is how he wins. What is more, their forces are absolutely unequal.
This attribute in us that leads us to the Creator is the peak of our continuous yearning for unity.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/8/15

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Feeling Life!

Laitman_001_02Question: In your spiritual development was there a time when everything seemed meaningless to you? If so, what brought you back to the path?

Answer: A Kabbalist passes through states like these every day! This is on every level! In The Book of Zohar, they describe the difficult states that Rabbi Shimon and his great companions went through when they wrote this book.

Likewise, I saw states like these that my teacher went through. When he was in a state like this, he could not move or open his eyes. He didn’t have any strength; it had left him!

There is no Kabbalist, not even the greatest, who hasn’t experienced daily opposing states on the way, from the greatest minus to the greatest plus. Specifically with their help, he advances in the right and left lines, like walking with the right and left legs.

People going in the path of truth go through states like these because it is impossible to achieve a new, higher level unless we first feel its emptiness.

All knowledge is built on a comparison between darkness and light, so the feeling of disappointment in life—in emotions, in work, in tasks and in everything that a person does, and for which he exists—is natural and necessary. Otherwise, he cannot push himself and rise higher.

However, there is no need to fear these states! It is simply necessary to strengthen the connection with the right environment, and then all of these states will seem like blessings. So, I suggest that you will have disappointments and, together with this, great fulfillments, and then you will feel life!
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/25/15

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laitman_281_02Question: Is it effective to read The Book of Zohar in Russian or English, or must you read it in the original language?

Answer: Of course it is. Read it translated in the language you understand.

Question: You say that if we do anything at the expense of others, we draw further away from the upper world. But we live only at the expense of others: we eat, dress, and so on. What do you mean when you say at the expense of others?

Answer: At the expense of others means that I steal another person’s efforts, what he deserves and not me.

Question: I think that a person attains the Creator after much suffering and pain. Is that really so?

Answer: Not necessarily, a person must feel pain, but it must be pangs of love, like a person in love yearning for his loved one. This means that he experiences pain, but it is sweet.

Question: Is the wisdom of Kabbalah similar to Buddhism?

Answer: No, according to Buddhism, you are supposed to destroy egoism. But in Kabbalah you are told, “Don’t give up anything; yearn for spirituality and, to the extent you yearn for it, the desires for this world will begin to diminish by themselves.”

Question: I have strange dreams. The feeling of reality is blue and white. I come out of my skin and feel free. What does it mean?

Answer: I think that it is a problem and that you should consult your doctor.

Question: Nature speaks to me in a language that I understand perfectly, so how can I discern the thin border between a psychological illness and a healthy perception of reality?

Answer: I can say only one thing: a person who studies in a group with friends according to the right sources and guided by a teacher will not have such difficulties, neither of white and blue dreams nor problems with his psychological perception.

Question: Must a person live with a partner as a couple? Sometimes two people meet, then their kids grow up and one of them dies. Must the other look for a new partner or carry on by himself?

Answer: It is up to you and to what your heart feels.

Question: How can you discover and feel the upper forces in our five senses?

Answer: It is only with friends. When you begin to build the network of forces, you will discover the upper world in it.

Question: Why do I sometimes begin to shed tears during the lesson?

Answer: It happens because the upper force begins to operate in you, but your desire cannot perceive it since its volume is bigger than your desire. But it is a very good thing.

Question: Is all of humanity on the same level?

Answer: All people are on different levels and will never reach the same level of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Those who have stronger egoistic desires are more attracted to it because they want to find an answer to the question about the meaning of life. Those who have smaller desires are more passive in this life.

Question: Why does the Creator need the creation to resemble Him?

Answer: It is in order to reach a state of absolute pleasure.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/11/15

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