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From Twitter, 3/17/17
Answer: I definitely have doubts, especially in connection with the question of the manner in which I must advance toward the next state correctly.
A person is always found on a point that balances underneath him, and he must place himself very precisely in the right direction, meaning that he must choose the property of bestowal. All of his egoistic desires and characteristics help him with this.
If I had a small ego, I probably could not have such serious doubts, psychological searches, alienations, estrangements, sufferings, and disappointments. But if the egoism is great, it arouses very strange anti-spiritual feelings that direct me straight toward the goal. Help of this type is called, Ezer Ke-Negdo (help against him – Genesis 2:18).
So egoism was created to direct us toward the Creator. Without it, it would be impossible to move anywhere! Therefore, among great men, there is great egoism and great doubts about the choice of every step, thanks to which they advance. This is not easy.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/20/16
Answer: According to the book Shaar HaKavanot (The Gate of Intentions), the soul is perceived as a Partzuf (a spiritual body) that is made of ten parts (ten Sefirot), seven of which are the main Sefirot.
A soul is a Partzuf that can be either small or big, individual or general, but it is the same system, the same identical structure, that can be either global or individual, and each of the members of the ten is included in it.
The spiritual system is made of a head (Keter, Hochma, and Bina) and the seven lower Sefirot (Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut). Every lower Sefira is made of ten Sefirot, and this generates 70 spiritual roots, which the seventy major nations in the world stem from.
We can say that there are many more nations in the world, but they don’t count as major nations since they somehow spun off from and multiplied from the major nations and are now included in them but have no root of their own other than their own variation.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/30/16
Answer: A broken soul is a state in which the creature, one gigantic desire, crumbles into tiny parts that don’t feel connected with each other. This is precisely the state of all of humanity today. People don’t feel interconnected, interdependent; they don’t feel that they are part of one single whole, like cells in a body. This is our entire problem.
In the meantime, each one of us exists either as a fragment of it or as a point since we don’t feel our state in the collective soul; we only feel life within the beastly body.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/6/16
This wisdom is very simple because it is based on the interaction of two forces: the higher force of bestowal and love and the lower force of egoism, of reception. There is nothing else.
The upper force (the Light) controls the lower force (desire), and everything that happens in the wisdom of Kabbalah is realized between them. The lower force is generated by the upper force and is called Yesh mi Ayn (existence from absence). It is just like mathematics in which there is zero and something different from zero—this is the start of science. It is the same thing here.
The Upper Light acts upon and influences our desire, which is found fully under its control. We are desire: each one of us individually and all of us together.
We are not even conscious of how the Light turns us and we think we do everything ourselves. But, in fact, each one of us is simply a small device. We have the opportunity of evoking the additional influence of the Light. To the degree that we attract it to develop wisely, we have an understanding of how the Light influences us and carries out particular actions in us. We begin to study this and thus we manage both it and ourselves.
About this it was written, “My sons have defeated me” (Baba Metzia 59b).
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16
Answer: A prophet is a spiritual seer of the future (a futurist). People who discovered the steps for elevating a person from his beastly state to the most divine state and described how one must rise in the spiritual levels were called prophets.
They never predicted what would happen in matter. For example, The Book of Zohar was written in a cave 2,000 years ago. But it has nothing to do with the cave or that time.
What is written in it is that in our time we must attain a state of spiritual ascent; it doesn’t speak about what will happen on the face of the Earth. That did not interest the prophets because from the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, matter does not exist. This is essentially something that is given to us only in our subjective feelings.
Comment: In his book, “The Last Generation,” Baal HaSulam wrote about the possibility of third and fourth world wars.
My Response: He didn’t talk about the soul in the book, but about how humanity will get a push for correcting the soul through all kinds of potential problems in our world if people don’t begin to advance correctly. But this is not a prediction!
What he talks about is that there are two scientific ways for the development of nature. This was said even 6,000 years ago. In principle, all of the developmental phases have been described in the wisdom of Kabbalah from the days of Adam, and then later by Abraham in his Book of Creation (Sefer Yetzira). Since then, everything is happening. There is nothing new here because the laws of nature are constant and are being realized before our eyes.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/17
In the News (Legacy Project – Cornell): “I’ve spent time over the past year talking with young people about their hopes for marriage. And the question that comes up more than any other is: ‘How do I know if the person is the right one for me?’ Is there a way to tell if someone is likely to be a compatible long-term mate, or a difficult and contentious partner?
“Sounds complicated, right? But in our interviews with hundreds of long-married couples about what works and what doesn’t for a long and satisfying relationship, one simple and straightforward answer emerged again and again. It turns out that our elders believe there’s something close to a ‘magic bullet’ when it comes to deciding in a relationship: ‘Should I stay or should I go?’ And it all comes down to similarity. …
“Based on their long experiences both in and out of romantic relationships, the fundamental lesson is this: You are much more likely to have a satisfying marriage for a lifetime when you and your mate are fundamentally similar. And if you’re very different, the elders warn although that marriage can work, is likely to be much more difficult.”
Question: Does this have a spiritual root?
Answer: Of course, those who are alike are attracted to each other in every aspect of life.
Question: Does breaking this rule have any implications?
Answer: In such cases it is very difficult to adapt yourself to that person because you have to get used to him and understand him. After all, psychology, ideology, awareness, insight, and tastes require a close match, which none of us, being egoists, wants to do because it involves an enormous expenditure of energy. If people connect, they have to choose someone they can understand very well. Men usually subconsciously choose women who resemble their mothers and women choose men who resemble their fathers.
I wish you all to find the half that is right for you.
Question: Is the Creator the right half for us?
Answer: In order to become His half, we need to resemble the Creator. In this case, the same rule applies—the law of similarity, equivalence of form. We should bestow and love to the extent that He does, and by acquiring this attribute, we get closer to Him.
Question: Do I have to feel that the Creator gives and bestows?
Answer: We begin to feel Him to the extent that we acquire this attribute.
As for marriage, we can take an example from religious families. They marry men and women from their environment, who have been brought up in the same way. They don’t need to learn what their spouse likes or doesn’t like, what he/she is used to, or what kind of life they will lead.
They have seen all that at home and will continue to live this way in their family. They match each other from the start. They resemble each other and so they co-exist without any unpleasant surprises. This is what similarity means. In Orthodox families it works 100%.
Therefore, it is preferable to choose a partner according to likeness. If we could screen young people and see the resemblance and equivalence between them according to certain criteria, it would be clear whether they were suitable marriage partners or not.
All their assurances that they love each other, do not mean anything.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/1/16
New Life #80 – The Health of the Heart
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitza Mazoz
How do love and spiritual perception relate to the health of the heart?
The heart symbolizes an individual’s will and desire. Heart disease is a reflection of our relationships. The heart is a pump that presents a balance between giving and receiving. The heart itself does not need anything except a little energy to operate.
From KabTV’s “New Life – The Health of the Heart,” 10/10/12
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