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Torah, Deuteronomy 11:26 – 11:28: Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing, that you will heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today; and the curse, if you will not heed the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn away from the way I command you this day, to follow other gods, which you did not know.
If a person turns away from the way that leads to adhesion with the Creator, the only upper force of nature, then, of course, he makes a mistake and goes to “other gods,” meaning turns to other forces of nature.
“To follow other gods, which you did not know,” that is, previously you did not take them into account as something crucial, defining, and fundamental. And if you give them preference now and look at them as managers then, of course, my curse is on you.
What does a curse mean? A person draws fire upon himself by leaving the only true, upper force of control, under which are all the others, its derivative. He introduces himself to the system in which there is no balance and feels its imbalance.
This is the curse. There is no God that sends us something special from above, we just talk about it in such a metaphorical way. Through our actions, we cause a distortion of the common system and thus feel all the consequences on ourselves.
Question: Why is this Torah portion called Rehe (Look)?
Answer: Because we need to attain the spiritual system. After all, vision is the strongest sense of a human, the most powerful source of knowledge and understanding of where and what we are. Therefore, we need to perceive everything through our vision, our highest cognition. Not to believe or simply acknowledge, but to really comprehend the essence of it. Even in court a witness can only be one who saw, not one who only heard.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/22/2016
In the News (Wired): “PAST. PRESENT. FUTURE. In physics, they are all the same thing. But to you, me, and everyone else, time moves in one direction: from expectation, through experience, and into memory. This linearity is called the arrow of time, and some physicists believe it only progresses that way because humans, and other beings with similar neurological wiring, exist to observe its passing.
“The question of time’s arrow is an old one. And to be clear, it’s not whether time exists, but what direction it moves. Many physicists believe it emerges when enough tiny particles—individually governed by the weird rules of quantum mechanics— interact, and start displaying behavior that can be explained using classical physics. But two scientists argue, in a paper published today in Annalen der physik—the same journal that published Einstein’s seminal articles on special and general relativity—that gravity isn’t strong enough to force every object in the universe to follow the same past»present»future direction. Instead, time’s arrow emerges from observers. …
“Time moves as it does because humans are biologically, neurologically, philosophically hardwired to experience it that way. It’s like a macro-scale version of Schrödinger’s cat. A faraway corner of the universe might be moving future to past. But the moment humans point a telescope in that direction, time conforms to the past-future flow. ‘In his papers on relativity, Einstein showed that time was relative to the observer,’ says Lanza. ‘Our paper takes this one step further, arguing that the observer actually creates it.’”
My Comment: Time doesn’t exist, just as space and movement don’t. All of them appear only in our minds. So how is it possible to determine what is outside of our consciousness? We must rise above our consciousness with the help of the influence of the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light—the Light that shines outside of us as long as we are not in a corrected state).
Answer: Unfortunately, this is so. A feeling of happiness can be built only on a prior feeling of misery. That is also what is said in the Torah: “And it was evening and it was morning, one day” (Genesis 1:5). Everything begins from evening and from night because without feeling bad, you don’t understand what good is. We were created, and so we can attain something only through the contrast between light and darkness and other mutually opposite states.
Therefore, only a wise person, already wise in life experience, understands it is necessary to go through states opposite to happiness, so that the misery will help us feel happiness. It happens this way only in our world. In spirituality it is enough for us to gradually to begin to clarify between us how much we are separated and opposite in our material egoism in order to build spiritual states above it.
What this means is that we don’t need to experience negative spiritual states. It is enough to feel negative physical states—poor communication between us, material hatred, and other ugly relationships between each other—to build the correct spiritual states together.
We are in such a unique state here, seemingly not in our world, and we clarify all the bad qualities in our world through this. Above them, we can build the upper world without entering into its negative states.
The negative states of the upper world are called Klipot (impure forces). We do not have to enter them. We have enough in this world to build above it. So all of our material development in this world is given to us to build the upper world above it.
Question: To feel a higher level of happiness, must we feel total suffering?
Answer: We don’t need to feel negative spiritual states to attain positive spiritual states. We constantly need to rise from this world. All problems are solved and can only be solved on condition that one makes the right connection in a group. If you are feeling bad states, fall into them and cannot do anything with them, the only option is to become integrated into a group. If you don’t become integrated with it, you will suffer anyway. You will fall and your fall and suffering will be uncontrolled.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/19/16
New Life #775 – Assimilation
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
In our day the differences between the Jewish people and other peoples have become blurred; everything has become free and open. This is a process that endangers the existence of the people of Israel. With the departure from the fold of religion, the Jews should have adopted the wisdom of Kabbalah. Because they didn’t do this, they began to disappear.
In fact, since the 16th century, we needed to know about our inner wisdom. If we don’t add spiritual development to popular Judaism, people will disappear from Judaism because a Jew can only exist as a religious Jew or a spiritual Jew who applies the wisdom of Kabbalah. When a Jewish person becomes assimilated, the Jewish point in him enters into a coma.
Being a spiritual Jew means returning to our root, correcting human nature, living according to the general rule, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). A spiritual Jew gives an example of how we connect to each other with love, above the egoism of each and every one. If the current trend continues, it is specifically the Jews abroad who will harm the nation of Israel. In the United States, the Jews will completely disappear, except for a few ultra-orthodox groups.
At the peak of our development, humanity will reach a state in which everyone will be equal and connected, and the people of Israel must provide an example of it. If we don’t provide an example like this to the world, everyone will forcefully pressure us and obligate us to do it. Without adding the values of the wisdom of Kabbalah, spirituality, to our lives, we are liable to disappear.
From KabTV’s “New Life #775 – Assimilation,” 10/6/16
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