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We need to correct all of our desires from egoistic use to altruistic, to mutual connection with each other. We need to ask the Creator to give us the ability to connect, to become as one man with one heart, and in mutual love, give Him the opportunity to be revealed between us.
Strict observation of the commandments means to observe them not for yourself, but only for bestowal to others when you check all of your desires to their very bottom and don’t agree to any deal with egoism.
The Creator commanded us to “Love your neighbor as yourself” in every desire, in all circumstances that He presents before us.
Therefore, we need to convert that egoistic Kli (Vessel) that we carried out of Egypt to the mutual connection in which love is revealed, and in love, the Creator is revealed.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/6/16
Answer: Indeed, the physical destruction of the Temple happened on this day because everything that happens in our world comes down and evolves from the upper world. This is first realized as an “energy field” and then also in our material world.
The Temple is called the world of Atzilut; it is the dwelling place of the Creator. Around the world of Atzilut exists what is called a Parsa (barrier, wall). Outside of this wall, under the world of Atzilut are found all the rest of the characteristics of our world. The function of the wall that is between the world of Atzilut (the characteristics of the Creator) and our world (our desires and characteristics) is to make it possible for only those who are worthy of being on this level to pass to the world of Atzilut, into the Temple. It apparently filters the characteristics. In this way it restrains those who are not worthy and throws them back.
The destruction of the walls of the Temple symbolizes the world of Atzilut acquired the same characteristics that also exist in our world, found outside of its walls. As a result of the destruction, a mixture of all the characteristics of the world of Atzilut and our lower world happens. After that, a gradual recognition that the characteristics of the world of Atzilut are different in spite of everything and a clarification and compilation of the characteristics of the world of Atzilut begins from the general heap of mixed characteristics.
It is up to us to move through this state and build the “Third Temple” from the right characteristics. Then it will no longer need a wall because everyone will dwell within the Temple. About this it is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7). “Atzilut” (derived from the word “Etzlo” – approximate to Him) is the characteristic of the Creator to which everyone will ascend without exception. The entire world will acquire these characteristics and there will then be no restrictions on anything.
If we imagine the ruined Temple in the form of iron filings and the world of Atzilut as a magnet, then those filings whose characteristics match the magnet will begin to be drawn toward it and ascend from the lightest to the heaviest. It is written, “They shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them” (Jeremiah 31:33).
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/11/16
Question: Genetic testing allows a person to learn about one’s personal hereditary likelihood of certain diseases and the effectiveness of different treatments, his or her ancestry, and the migration of deep ancestors. A person’s genetic map can reveal all this. What can Kabbalah say beyond genetics, beyond physical genes?
Answer: Humanity came from ancient Babylon, which was the home of many small nations. From there they spread in different directions over the entire globe. Initially they had common culture and language, a more or less similar approach to life and family. However, since every nation settled in their own place, the nature of the terrain, the force acting there, and the environmental conditions began to influence them.
Every nation received a different influence and therefore acquired their color and character, according to the place they settled, in England, Europe, Africa, or in the East – India, China, and Japan.
A place made a person different from others who settled in different places. And those people who live nearby are usually similar.
We all came from ancient Babylon, all people of the world. I think it is yet to be discovered that there was a connection between South and North America, Europe and Africa. As in the spiritual sense, we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, and in the material sense we come from one particular type of monkeys that developed and spread throughout the world.
Unlike monkeys, humans demonstrated a special ability to develop. Monkeys don’t change from generation to generation, but humans change enormously.
We see how much each next generation differs from the previous one, as if they are made from a different material. The modern generation has a different attitude to life, family, children, and to all basic life necessities. All this changes from generation to generation.
Family is not the same as it used to be; the relationships between a man and a woman, between parents and children, the concept of home, kitchen have all changed, especially nowadays.
Therefore, I don’t think that we should be surprised by the results of genetic analysis. Did all the ancestors of Englishmen live in England? Two to three-thousand years ago, barbarians inhabited the whole of Europe.
Culture began to spread from ancient Babylon to the Mediterranean, and then from ancient Greece and Rome to Europe. People were already mixed when they left ancient Babylon. We look at a person and say that he is one-quarter Indian, one-quarter Finnish, and half French. But this is only what we see, and in fact, all these genes were already mixed in him when people were leaving Babylon.
Question: How are these characteristic features passed from generation to generation? How are they transmitted?
Answer: The properties are transmitted through the Reshimot, i.e., informational genes. This bit of information enclosed within the semen gives the internal and external image developing within a person. Parents aren’t just an incubator where eggs are hatched. There is a much deeper internal connection between parents and children that is passed from father to son.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/12/16
Question: The question about the meaning of life interests me so much that in addition to lectures on the wisdom of Kabbalah, I also listen to lectures by other teachers from various sources and doctrines. Is this “garbage” for my spiritual life?
Answer: I wouldn’t advise you to connect the wisdom of Kabbalah with other teachings. It is better for you to engage in other methods and leave the study of Kabbalah.
It is better for your spiritual health. For example, engage with Yoga or Tarot cards, anything you want, just not everything together. You think you can understand it all? But you can’t! Personal and spiritual “garbage” will really appear that you will have a hard time getting rid of.
A person is unable to get along with and profoundly understand what he hears from everyone. It only seems to him that he can “sort the wheat from the chaff.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/10/16
Question: Does the wisdom of Kabbalah promote involvement with martial arts? It provides training in endurance, the ability to endure pain, team spirit, and developing positive characteristics within you.
Answer: I often heard my teacher Rabash recommend things like that, but only for the purpose of physical readiness and self-defense. I never saw him involved with this himself. He believed that the best thing is walking a lot, swimming, and sometimes working out in a gym. He was a very strong man, much stronger than I, even though I was younger than him by forty years. Rabash was engaged in physical labor all his life. He carried 40 kilogram bags of cement to the third and fourth floor.
So I believe that if it is necessary for a person, he should get involved with martial arts. But in principle, involvement with the wisdom of Kabbalah will balance everything in him. Ultimately, one will choose what is in harmony with one’s spiritual movement.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/10/16
New Life #741 – A True Blessing
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
Jewish customs stem from Kabbalists who discovered the system of leadership through which the Creator, the upper force, operates us. The blessings mean that I have revealed the upper force as good and benevolent, and therefore I bless it.
The Creator created an evil inclination in us, the ego, and He “created a Torah spice for it,” a positive force that can balance the ego. We have to reach a state in which we say the blessings not simply as words from our mouth but in thought and desire. This happens as a result of the correction of the ego.
The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us that it is possible to correct the ego through a special connection of mutual guarantee between people. Thus from the love of the created beings we come to the love of the Creator. The effort to connect summons a positive force upon us that balances the ego. Blessings between a person and his friend are meant to be the outcome of our request, asking the Creator for the power to love others. The Creator wants everyone to reach His level, and so a person’s true healing can be only as a result of correcting himself.
In spirituality a person discovers that he is a small world, which means that everything is inside him. Thus when he corrects himself, he corrects the world, and when he sees that someone suffers, he understands that he has to correct himself. Turning to the Creator is a request for the power to see reality correctly. “There is none else besides Him, the good and the benevolent.” At first there is nothing in us but the evil inclination. All the good that we seemingly do stems from our egoism. When we bless, we bless the appearance of the good force that we have been rewarded to actually reveal.
All of reality exists between two forces: the force of receiving and the force of giving, which we have to acquire. We have to ascend to a state in which we will feel the others just as we feel ourselves; the bodies will not separate us. The blessings people bless one another with symbolize the level we have to reach with the help of our efforts to connect. Eventually a person discovers that there are no other people before him but the Creator, which means that only he and the Creator exist in reality.
From KabTV’s “New Life #741 – A True Blessing,” 7/5/16
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