Convention in Prague – 09.09.16

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Roots And Branches

laitman_608_01There is a law of roots and branches.

Historically we came out of Egypt once, crossed the desert, came to the land of Israel, built the First Temple, then the Second Temple, and so on, and all of this has already happened.

But we are not talking about things that happened in history; after all, they had to happen this way. We are talking about the law when a spiritual root necessarily has to touch its earthy “response,” or earthy branch. Roots and branches must connect with each other, but only once!

It is enough for the root to touch the branch lightly, and it already performs the work in it, creates connection. Therefore, we don’t need to return to Egypt again to buy a plane ticket to meet our Pharaoh there that rules over us. It’s just no longer necessary.

It remains for us to do what we have to do, i.e., to correct ourselves. All this already exists in the root and now we need to implement it in the branches. Therefore, we are in the land of Israel, in egoism, and now we need to undergo all this ourselves, to go through and to correct it.

Question: What does it mean then that a person should feel as if he exits Egypt every day?

Answer: The exodus from Egypt is a rise above our egoism. There are 613 egoistic desires (Taryag) in the egoism that need to be corrected to altruistic ones, i.e., desire of hatred, competition, and hostility to connection and love. This is called observing the commandments of correcting desires.

And this must be done daily because every time a person rises to a new level, each of them has the same 613 desires but in a different, stronger form. Therefore, every day a person must imagine that he exited Egypt and has the right to correct these desires.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 5/11/16

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Donating And Spirituality

Laitman_049_01Question: From the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, is a donation a type of spirituality, or is there a difference between “giving the surplus” and “giving the last?”

Answer: There are no kinds of donations that belong to spiritual impulses.

For everyone, there are strict rules that depend on which stage a person is in.

When a person begins to study, according to his degree of advancement, he begins to understand what he can really spend money on if he has surplus cash; it could be for buying books, coming to a convention, and the like. However, not every donation leads to something good!

For an uncorrected person, this donation is revealed as more egoistic, according to which he supposedly will gain the world to come.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/3/16

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Correction Of The World: A Pyramid Of Desires

laitman_254_03Question: For three years we have been engaged in the general dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah, but then we began spreading it among the Jews, we separated the friends from the general dissemination. How is it possible to cover the shortage of forces?

Answer: According to the “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” dissemination of the method of correction, the wisdom of Kabbalah in the world, must be carried out according to a pyramid of desires:
1) to those who yearn for the goal of creation,
2) to Jews who carry Reshimot (Remembrances) from previous spiritual states, and
3) to the rest of humanity.
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History Of Humanity – A Look Inside, Part 1

Laitman_417Question: You claim that the solution for all problems is in our unity. I am an historian and have studied the history of the destruction of the First and the Second Temples. The First Temple was built by King Solomon, and I am not sure that there was any unity between the people of Israel at that time.

It also doesn’t look like people knew what unity was during the construction of the Second Temple and afterward during the time of Herod. Anyway, if by “Temple” we mean internal connection and not a material concept, then why do we mourn the destruction of the Temple on the ninth of Av?

Answer: There is a difference between the way historians and Kabbalists study history. Historians study events in the form in which they are seen by us based on the visible facts. The cause for all of the events also derive from the analysis of what they have seen. Therefore, they concluded that there were quarrels and feuds between the people of Israel and that clans were fighting with each other.

Humanity works with the means that are available to it and tries to understand the processes we undergo with their help. Therefore, historians ascribe what has happened to different reasons: economic, personal, and random events.

But the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah begins from a completely different root. Kabbalah says that the root cause of everything in our world is the force of nature, which has a program. Under this program, the force of nature, which can be called the upper force or the Creator, our reality unfolds.

Kabbalists study the actions of this upper force, try to understand it and ascertain the event which has occurred from its actions, instead of studying events relative to the subjective perception of a person, which depends on his development and his ability to comprehend events and their causes, the way historians do.

A person sees a spectacle unfolding in our world: Herod, Pharaoh, Moses, Solomon, and Nebuchadnezzar. But they all are just puppets on a stage. Can we see the hand of nature that is acting inside the dolls and moving these puppets on the stage?

This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah deals with. It explains that creation has a beginning and a final goal. The upper force of nature leads all of the creatures from the beginning of creation to its end so that eventually they will achieve the same level of development and the same abilities as the force of nature itself.

Our desire to enjoy, which is opposite to the force of nature, to the desire to bestow, must develop and reach its worst form, opposite to the Creator and standing against Him. Then, a special creature should appear, which will have a desire to enjoy and a desire to bestow in itself simultaneously. It will be called Adam, a man, because it will be able to become like (Edome) the Creator.

A person is given conditions in which he can grow. He must include within himself qualities that are 100% opposite to the Creator and qualities that are 100% similar to the Creator at the same time. In this way, a person can become a perfect creature, independent due to his opposition to the Creator and equivalent to Him at the same time. This is the development that the Creator planned for creation.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/12/16, Writings of Rabash

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Between Humanity And The Creator

Unity, The Way To A Good FutureTorah, Deuteronomy 7:1: When the Lord, your God, brings you into the land to which you are coming to possess it, He will cast away many nations from before you: the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivvites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and powerful than you.

Our desire (spiritual structure) consists of seven parts: Hesed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut. In the Torah, they are represented by seven nations—seven very strong egoistic desires.

And the desire to reach love and bestowal is very weak in a person. It is like a small Moses against the great Pharaoh. Egoism rules between us and we don’t have any strength to cope with it because we lack the qualities of bestowal, love, and connection.

We have no other option except to ask the Creator to help us conquer these nations. And He fights for us. Our strength is manifested only by the fact that we are connected with Him.

We are the link between all of humanity and the Creator. Therefore, we receive negative inclinations from both sides that are obliged to put us on the correct level of relations with both the Creator and all the nations of the world (our egoistic desires).

Our strength is that we can connect with the Creator, to enlist His support and thus overcome our egoism.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/6/16

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New Life #758 – Loving Children Properly

New Life #758 – Loving Children Properly
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

There are two opposing forces at the foundation of nature, the force of attraction and the force of repulsion, love and hatred. So hatred and love are the two main forces upon which all of our lives are built. Only in humans, has nature not left clear boundaries when it comes to attraction and repulsion, love and hate.

For these two forces to be in balance and for our children, we need to to us to relate to the “middle line.” Absolute love awakens repulsion and hatred in a child because he doesn’t know how to respond to it. So incessant pressure is useless and places children in an unclear situation. As people, we are not prepared to feel something that is unlimited; if love is unlimited, it is impossible to feel it.

To know how to behave correctly, one must study human nature. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches this. The right connection includes 3 kinds of attitudes: I am greater than the other, smaller than the other, and equal to the other. Parents and children need to sit in a circle together and speak as equals.

Through such conversations, children will acquire importance and responsibility. If parents radiate a spirit of reciprocity, equality, and respect, this spirit will pass to the children and they will understand that even when parents restrict them, it comes from love. In addition to feelings and intellect, we must develop the middle line in children.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #758 – Loving Children Properly,” 8/11/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 09.09.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Dargot HaSulam,” Article 587

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 81

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World” 

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