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Fantasies And Reality, Part 1

laitman_752_1Question: Sometimes a person thinks that real things happen with him, but then he wakes up and understands that it was just a dream. What is reality and what is illusion?

Answer: There is only one reality—the upper force. To the extent that we reveal that force, we exist in reality. If we do not reveal the upper force, it means that we remain in illusion.

It follows that our current state, in which the upper force is hidden from us, is an illusion. It is written in “Introduction to The Book of Zohar” that the entire world that we see in front of ourselves is only our fantasy, but a highly complicated one, you can even say, a tricky one.

Actually, as the wisdom of Kabbalah explains, we do not see the reality in front of us, but rather imagine it within ourselves. And it seems to us that this internal fantasy actually exists, and it is outside of us.

Imagine that everything we see around us, everything we feel, hear, and breathe, all the impressions in our five senses essentially exist within us. And not inside the body, because it is an illusion too, but in the organ of perception called the will to receive pleasure. This desire includes sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

In essence, we detect not what occurs outside but what happens inside these senses. Sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch are five levels of internal impressions within in us, meaning in the will to receive pleasure. By reacting to waves and fluids that enters it, the will to receive imagines the reality it supposedly exists in.

It is almost like putting on the 3D glasses and seeing yourself in the forest or outer space. Only these glasses are permanent, implanted within us. Through them, we discover our imaginary reality. But it is indeed “ours,” as we have become so accustomed to and united with it that we can not separate ourselves from it.

Kabbalists reveal the true reality existing not inside of us, like the imaginary one, but outside of us. This upper reality, the upper force, is called the “Creator” (Boreh) because it means two actions: “come” (Bo) and “see” (Reh) Him. And then we see that as the upper force governs all reality, which is in fact the will to receive pleasure.

The upper force is the desire to delight, to bestow. By revealing it, we discover how this force fills the entire universe, the entire creation, meaning the will to receive, to be fulfilled.

Question: Do we feel the upper reality with the same senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch?

Answer: We feel the upper reality in the five senses called Keter, Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut. It is the higher form of perception than the ordinary sight, hearing, smell, and touch.

Question: Does it feel as a true reality?

Answer: It feels much stronger than our current one.
From a TV Program “A New Life,” No. 787, 11/01/2016

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 154

laitman_629_4Question: When does a person begin to study the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: When attainment of the Creator becomes the central desire in his life and everything else is only for discovering the Creator within this desire.

Question: You said, “to some extent, a Kabbalist perceives everything that exists in the universe as his own. For the most part, it is humanity’s desire that he feels as his own.

“And it is not easy at all. This imposes a big change in his impressions of the world, brings corresponding reactions within him.”

Does this mean that the existence of the two main Mitzvot (commandments), to love the Creator with all your heart and mind, basically means that you must learn to love yourself? In fact, does this mean that you are fulfilling the Mitzva, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), and this is what it means to be filled with the Upper Light?

Answer: Generally yes, even though it is possible to interpret these words in different ways.

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The Transformation Of A Girl To A Woman

Laitman_198Question: What is the transformation of a girl to a woman on a spiritual level?

Answer: It is very hard to explain from a Kabbalistic perspective what it means when a girl becomes a woman, which is when she loses her virginity. This is a special Masach (screen) of the attributes of NHY.

This phenomenon is characteristic only of humans. As we know, animals have no hymen. But this is not what makes a girl a woman, it is the internal independence that emerges in a girl, who then becomes a teen, and then a woman.

It is the work on herself and, of course, the desire to give birth, to have a family, to unite with her husband, to have children around her, and to care for the family nest.

On the spiritual level, it is a very serious growing process, possible only when the female part takes on the attributes of the male part and turns them into female attributes. Malchut takes the last four Sefirot from Zeir Anpin and turns them into her ten Sefirot. In any case, the relations between men and women have to be good.

But everything is fulfilled only under the influence of the Upper Light and not by us. Therefore, we should not make anything up. We should use the method of Kabbalah and be happy.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/9/16

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The Changing World Order

laitman_523Question: Why is the old world order changing so quickly?

Answer: The time has simply come. The previous order finished its job; its energy is depleted, and now it will be reborn in a new state. As an alternative to capitalism about half a century ago, “monopolism” appeared, a game played by its main holders, the economists, financiers, and bankers who are managing the world.

Now, a transitional stage has arrived for the next aspect of human development in which the state of society will not be determined by money, but by the degree to which a society resembles nature, in other words, the degree of the correct consolidation of society.

This is qualitative transition for which several stages and unique leaders who are strong in spirit will be required. Their appearance as the heads of societies and nations and the connection between them will make it possible for the world to move toward a common plan.

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Don’t Withdraw Into Yourselves

laitman_947Question: Although I study the wisdom of Kabbalah, I encounter disappointments, worries, fears, and emotional turmoil. How can I cope with it correctly?

Answer: You have to be in the right environment, to study in a group of ten friends, a ten, to constantly be connected to them. Thus, you will not feel any descent and even your ups and downs will be smooth and moderate because they will immediately integrate into one system of ten Sefirot, which you build together with the friends.

If you withdraw into yourself and study by yourself, the states you undergo will be spiritually pointless. During the study we reach positive peaks and negative peaks, which need to be discharged just like an electric charge, and this happens in your relationship with the ten.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/19/16

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New Life 787 – Life In An Imaginary Reality

New Life 787 – Life In An Imaginary Reality
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

How does the ego control the perception of our reality, are we living in an imaginary reality, and what is the higher reality the Kabbalists speak about?

What is imaginary and what is reality? There is only one reality, the higher power. As long as we haven’t discovered it, we are living in imagination. The sages of Kabbalah discovered the true higher reality, the Creator (Boreh), from the phrase, “Bo Re” (come and see).

  • There is a general sense within us called a “desire for pleasure”; it is like internal glasses that are installed in us.
  • Like three-dimensional glasses have been assembled and we see an imaginary reality through a program. That is how we are born. It is impossible to remove the “glasses” that were installed in us at birth and which portray the imaginary world for us.
  • The higher power installed these “glasses” in us so that we will come to the conclusion that our lives are miserable and we will want more.
  • There is only one single reality, the upper force, the Creator, which we must discover. Everything else is an imaginary world.
  • There is a true reality that exists without any connection to a person, which is beyond time, movement, and space. It is the force of bestowal.
  • The force of bestowal produces reality and takes care of it until it brings us to consciousness.
  • The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to accept this reality and discover it; therefore, it is called the hidden wisdom.
  • The true perception of reality depends on transcending the ego, above the desire to receive pleasure and enjoyment for oneself.
  • In fact, we are living within a structured situation; it is only when we go out of it that we discover that we were like dreamers.
  • We discover the true reality by changing our perception, changing our relationships with the people around us.
  • The crises in our world are intended to advance us toward discovery of the true reality, the power of love and bestowal.
    From KabTV’s “New Life 787 – Life In An Imaginary Reality,” 11/1/16
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.07.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “From Lo Lishma, We Come to Lishma,” Part 1

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Lesson on the Topic: “From Lo Lishma, We Come to Lishma,” Part 2

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