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Everything should take place only in human desire. Kabbalah operates with what was actually created: desire. Only it can be controlled by the Creator and by a person from below. There is nothing else.
It seems to us that all around us is a material world, but this world is illusory. It exists only in our internal representations. As Baal HaSulam writes in the “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” there is a special “screen” on the back side of our brain that projects all of our thoughts and feelings, and draws for us some supposed kind of reality that we see before us.
In fact, we see nothing. Let’s say that before us are, for example, a table, wall, a world, stars, and galaxies, but none of that exists. It just seems to us that way.
This is a very complex system of senses. The task of the Kabbalist is to go beyond ordinary earthly senses to give a person the correct view of the world, the right sensation of it. Therefore, this wisdom called Kabbalah is the science of the correct perception of true reality: what it is and how it is manifested.
The Creator didn’t envisage that a person would do anything physically because this entire dreamlike world that surrounds us is an illusion. It is written in The Book of Zohar that, when we enter the sensation of the upper world, we begin to understand that everything previously was like a dream.
Nevertheless, even if we obtain spiritual sight, we remain between the two worlds and feel them both. However, the amount we allegedly sense through our earthy qualities, called Olam Ha Medume, are invented, imposed on us by an illusory world.
The real world that we reveal is our true world, and there is a connection between these worlds. A person feels the entire illusion of this world and all of the truth of the upper world. Everything that exists in the world called other world—that is, the world located on the other side of our perception, our illusion—influences the pattern of this world, and thus we gradually adjust to the revelation of the true world.
A person is given everything in order to build and do something not physically with the hands and legs, but to perform actions in his desire because desire is the real material of creation, apart from which nothing was created.
All physical commandments, services in the temples, and so on, apply only to the inner spiritual fulfillment of our desires and intentions. That’s it! Therefore, it is said, “I don’t want from you palaces, precious garments, pomposity that lead only to violence and the struggle for power. I need from you only the purity of the heart, the work on your own desires.”
We must understand clearly what the spiritual root and its consequence mean in our world, how this root affects our perception, and how it forces us to see certain physical images that we supposedly discover through our five senses. It is “supposedly” because it is all like a dream, and sometimes it seems even more real than the true reality.
However, all of this is a projection on us from the upper source, the upper root, that, like a very tricky projectionist, shows a movie within us called “life.” It seems to us that we exist in a body in which we interact, move, and so on, but as soon as we wake up a little bit, we discover that it was all a dream, as it is written in The Book of Zohar.
When we enter into contact with the root and not with the consequence, we will begin to understand why it happened this way, why we were shown this movie called life, why it was so varied and rich in colors, sounds, and so on, that captivated us so much. In fact, we feel very small, literally microscopic influences, narrow in both the depth and spectrum of perception, but we think it is something unusual.
Everything that happens around us is projected by the small egoism of a person in the point where each of us perceives the world. But once the ego begins to expand, we feel in the developing ego the next picture of the world, but already corrected. After all, egoism can expand only by correction! Then, apart from a small point, we begin to imagine the upper world.
We attain the roots of everything that happens to us and to the world, we see how one can interact with this system, accelerate its development, expansion, and demonstration to us. Then, it becomes clear: this is the root and this is its consequence. And we, by influencing the root, can change the consequence.
In principle, at the moment, we are not able to change our world. It becomes possible only when we launch our influence on its root. Therefore, while we are in this world, we see that it doesn’t work for us and that we can’t do anything.
However, when humanity comes to a state of complete detachment, depression, and helplessness, then it will hear that there is another way, and it is the only proper one, not through our egoism that controls us, but through our controlling it. Then, we can rise up and begin to reveal the true world.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/30/16
Question: As a mother, I feel that my great love for my children is mixed with anxiety, and it seems that the Creator mocks my ego through my children.
Answer: The Creator doesn’t abuse anyone. It is actually people who abuse themselves by not performing the actions of corrections that they can perform and, thus, invoke suffering in vain.
Answer: A Reshimo is a person’s recorded spiritual data, the only real thing in us that is valuable, ancient, and that we must develop.
According to the Reshimo, we can determine how close a person is to the correct fulfillment of the goal of the creation. People feel it according to how important it is for them to understand why they are living, for what purpose, and how.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/9/16
Humanity has developed through the construction of various religious temples, which to this day are erected all over the world, and they compete as to whose structure is higher, more beautiful, more reliable, and it creates a special feeling in people.
All of this is for a person to gradually realize the wrong way and, only after this, to see the right way.
Question: What does “smash their monuments” mean regarding the internal work of a person?
Answer: Only after you build various intentions, movements, and targets within yourself and are convinced of their failure, can you smash them and build a structure in their place called the “temple of the Creator.”
This structure is internal, within the hearts of the people. Each likens his desires, his heart, brick by brick, and from the aggregation of these bricks, create a single structure. All of our desires unite, find contact with each other, and then the Creator is revealed in them.
“Burn their asherim with fire” means to not leave anything within yourself because the sacred trees represent everything material toward which we rushed throughout thousands of years of human history, and the ashes are the last inanimate stage, and everyone must reach this state.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 6/22/16
In the News (Wall Street Journal): “‘The United States Must Be the World’s Policeman,’ by Anders Fogh Rasmussen …
“From my former positions as prime minister of Denmark and secretary-general of NATO, I know how important American leadership is. We desperately need a U.S. president who is able and willing to lead the free world and counter autocrats like President Putin. A president who will lead from the front, not from behind.
“The world needs such a policeman if freedom and prosperity are to prevail against the forces of oppression… .
“The Middle East is torn by war. In North Africa, Libya has collapsed and become a breeding ground for terrorists. In Eastern Europe, a resurgent Russia has brutally attacked and grabbed land by force from Ukraine. China is flexing its muscles against its neighbors—and the rogue state of North Korea is threatening a nuclear attack.
“In this world of interconnections, it has become a cliché to talk about the “global village.“ But right now, the village is burning, and the neighbors are fighting in the light of the flames. Just as we need a policeman to restore order; we need a firefighter to put out the flames of conflict, and a kind of mayor, smart and sensible, to lead the rebuilding.”
My Comment: In principle, the United States has no right to be a policeman.
Today the world is crumbling and breaking up and a great war is inevitable unless people unite.
Ostensibly, the European Union tried to unite everyone under the auspices of a single bank and a single industry. On the other hand, America is trying to unite everyone through its power and through NATO, but these are not the ways that will lead to unity.
Unity is possible only through education, explaining in circles and all kinds of educational processes based only on altruistic principles like, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Clearly, this is a long term project, but at least in an educational process of this kind it will be explained, not who is higher or lower, but that everyone is equal and should be united.
This doesn’t exist in NATO or in America, and not in Europe. All of these associations are like armed police, one through the economy, a second through politics, and the third through power. I don’t think anything positive can happen from it.
There is nothing for a person without the right education. Education is the only source for our good future.
So first and foremost, we need to place the principle, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” and methodically begin to move toward it according to the appropriate method.
But neither America nor Europe can help the world. They need help themselves.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/21/16
New Life #379 – The Theater Experience
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
What is it about the theater that makes it such a moving experience? How does it work to make a person identify with the characters on stage, and how can a person be positively affected by a play?
When you go to the theater, you prepare yourself to be influenced by a special environment. This is how it operates on us. Sometimes a play may remind us of past experiences that have been sweetened. It shows us what happened and what should happen. The theater can teach us a moral. It has a great educational potential.
Identifying with the characters, a play with educational value is written to bring a person to a higher human level. The audience can be prepared for the show starting from the moment people enter the theater.
When a person comes to a play, he is filled to such a degree that he forgets about his own life for a couple of hours and is absorbed in the story. This is especially evident with young children. See how fascinated they are when they watch a play or a movie. After watching a play that has an educational value, you return to your own life as a different person, you grow wiser.
From KabTV’s “New Life #379 – The Theater Experience,” 5/22/14
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