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Climbing Mt. Sinai

laitman_740_03Question from Facebook: A friend and I decided to climb Mt. Sinai. At a certain point, I felt so weak that I couldn’t move and I gave in. I feel that I was given a chance and that I did not take it.

Answer: There is nothing holy about Mt. Sinai. It was a holy moment when the Jews received the Torah, not the mountain itself but the state of the children of Israel at the foot of the mountain in order to connect and to receive the Upper Light.

The upper Light fills not only our space but other dimensions as well. It is dressed in us and fills us to the degree that we can resemble it, and the resemblance is attained by our yearning to unite between us.

Therefore, Mt. Sinai is simply a geographic landmark along the way and nothing more. In fact, it is the state that people achieve when they want to connect to each other above their egoism. Then their united egoism creates a mountain that grows right in front of them, and they must rise above it.

The point in their heart called Moses rises above their egoism and the whole nation (egoism) remains below, but agrees, by lowering its head, to obey what the Creator tells Moses and to accept this state in order to later attain the same ascent together.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/15/17

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How Do We Comprehend Nature?

Laitman_703_04Question: Why is the principle of holography implemented in nature? Why don’t we feel it?

Answer: We attain everything that surrounds us through our senses, and so the attainment is according to the person who attains. That is why we cannot say that we attain nature objectively.

If we aspire to attain the Creator in the tenth dimension because that’s the way we were created, we don’t feel and don’t understand it any other way because our mind, our sensory instrument, is arranged according to a certain system. If it were created differently, we would probably be able to perceive and understand the environment differently.

It is hard to say what our universe would look like then. It is impossible to describe that because everything is perceived and reflected by a person in his consciousness. Without it, it is impossible to say how things would look.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16

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The Place Where The Temple Is Built

Laitman_931-02Torah, Deuteronomy 16:05 – 16:06: You shall not sacrifice the Passover offering within any of your cities, which the Lord, your God, is giving you. Except at the place which the Lord, your God, will choose to establish His Name….

Desire is called a place. There are auxiliary, secondary desires and there are basic desires that manifest as a result of proper corrections of secondary desires. They are those points where the Creator is revealed.

The most important of them is called the Temple, the Holy of Holies in the Temple, and so on, and there are lower points that are located anywhere in the land of Israel. That is, they all are directed to the Creator, but are included in the common desire called the land of Israel where ten people gather in friendship and unity.

Otherwise, you won’t build the place where the Creator is revealed. After all, He can be revealed not only in Jerusalem, but among any ten people who unite above egoism in order to become similar to the Creator in their unity.

There are plenty of stories that people performed many kind deeds for each other exactly in Jerusalem and that is why the Temple was built there. But, in principle, it appears in any place where unity exists.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/10/16

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Close To The Point Of Choice

760_4Question: What does the wisdom of Kabbalah say about the concept of freedom of choice?

Answer: Freedom of choice is the same point that attracts a person to the wisdom of Kabbalah, to determine if he has freedom of choice or not.

If a person has no freedom of choice, he lives quietly, comfortably, maximally keeping himself away from problems for the rest of his life. But if he has freedom of choice, what is that? It is in relation to what? In what framework?

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that, in principle, freedom of choice is related to the behavior of a person. A person in our world must attain a particular state, meaning he must gradually discover his inner potential in the spiritual world, which is unknown to him and is not felt by him for the meantime.

It is possible to discover the spiritual world in two ways: either naturally when life compels us to do this or a person yearns to advance by himself, voluntarily. A duality is created: either a person acts independently or he waits until nature goads him from behind, “with a stick toward happiness.”

The wisdom of Kabbalah says that all of us move forward driven by nature. But if a person invests effort, he can hasten the process so that it will be successful and pleasant.

Freedom of choice amounts to choosing how to achieve the goal that was predetermined by nature. The goal itself will be achieved in any case: it will be either through freewill or by coercion. Ultimately, a person has no freedom of choice.

Question: In what stage does freedom of choice appear to a person?

Answer: It appears after a person finishes his development on the levels of still, vegetative, and animate and transforms from an ape into an Adam. For thousands of years of evolution, systems began to be developed in which a person could use freedom of choice.

This must appear in a person as a duality: there is a desire that belongs to the next level, the upper world, and the state in which he exists on his lowest level.

Freedom of choice then appears within him: either he develops according to what is called the point in the heart (a desire for the next, higher level), or he remains on his own level.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16

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Do Not Confuse Spirit And Matter

laitman_625_03Question: If every corporeal thing has a spiritual root, my family wasn’t given to me by chance either. If the Creator exists, does this means that I should reveal Him here, in the family?

Answer: There are corporeal and spiritual components.

The corporeal component is the family, and you should live within this framework and care for it. And the other component belongs only to the spiritual, which means to the soul. We should not confuse the two.

In our world, I have to care of my children, my wife, my relatives, and my parents, but this has nothing to do with my soul. It is as it says in the Torah: “Therefore, a man should leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife.

Question: How can we examine the relations in the family solely as animals? If people truly discuss and solve different spiritual problems in the family and listen to the opinions of their relatives, is that also a corporeal inclination?

Answer: There are different families, depending on what they discuss and what they think. This is your business. I don’t reject the family, but I believe that family decisions, even the most serious ones, have nothing to do with spirituality.

Comment: We have said that good relations between a husband and a wife can help them reveal the Creator’s presence.

Answer: They can, of course, if only they succeed in doing that.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16

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Why Was Such A Rich World Created?

laitman_738Question: The Creator created such a varied abundant world. Why then do we, those who engage in the wisdom of Kabbalah, do as little as we can in the corporeal world and engage mainly in the internal work?

Answer: Because we have not yet built a society in which we can Kabbalistically affect each other through corporeal actions.

Question: So all a Kabbalist’s actions come down to studying, listening to the teacher, sitting and speaking in a circle? Is there nothing else? The world seems so diverse and there are so many things you can do out there.

Answer: The best thing is to do nothing. There is no benefit in the actions that we perform to man or to the world.

Question: So why was everything created?

Answer: So that you will live peacefully, comfortably, and quietly and yearn to establish an ideal connection with others.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16

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Spiritual Language Is Eternal

laitman_216_03Question: The Shamati articles were written from a position of bestowal in forms that were appropriate for the generation that was living then. Shouldn’t the articles and books be adapted to the current generation?

Answer: To be honest, I don’t really understand what the difference is. People have not changed since then. If we use examples from those times, they are understandable to modern people today. Concepts like parents, children, food, suffering, and goodness are concepts that are accepted by everyone.

Less than a hundred years have gone by since Shamati was written. For the wisdom of Kabbalah, that is not considered a period of time at all. We use books of Kabbalah that were written 4,000 years ago, and that is astounding!

Imagine that you suddenly met a person living in Europe a thousand years ago. You would not find a common language, common impulses or understanding with him. But if you were to meet a person who was involved with the wisdom of Kabbalah in his time, even 4,000 years ago, you would find a common language and common interests with him.

What could you ask him or learn from him?! After all, before the decline of the generations, people were much closer to spirituality and felt it much more distinctly. Our language would be absolutely identical.

Question: Why have all languages changed and Hebrew has not changed?

Answer: It is because the Hebrew language has an unchanging spiritual root.

Hebrew, as scientists are now proving, is a language that preceded even the Egyptian hieroglyphics. This is essentially the same language that Adam spoke 6,000 years ago. And in general, Hebrew is considered a more ancient language. That is, it is a language that comes from spiritual roots so its writing and pronunciation haven’t changed their form; after all, the spiritual roots are permanent.

Thus, we could speak freely with our spiritual ancestors, understand them, and communicate with them spiritually, and this is what we do. When we ascend the spiritual levels, we actually ascend to them and begin to communicate with them. But it is no longer on a physical level but on the spiritual level, and they are revealed to us as completely precise components of the general soul.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 11/27/16, Part 1

Laitman_025_02Question: Man has a corporeal body. Does the soul have a body?

Answer: The body of the soul is called the desire to bestow.

Question: Is it possible to not get confused by the fact that all of the worlds and all of reality are inside me and that the feeling is that everything is external to me?

Answer: It is impossible unless you begin to feel the upper reality. In the meantime, it is a purely philosophical question.

Question: Once we  we reach this egoistic corporeal world, do we remember our initial spiritual state if it already existed?

Answer: No, we don’t remember. We can only imagine and picture it to ourselves, and nothing more than that. However, there is no need for us to do so. We must advance and not delve into the past.

Question: Can you give a concrete example of love and bestowal in the spiritual sense of the word?

Answer: Connect to your friends in the group to such a degree that you feel them as one unique whole and, at the same time, cease to feel yourself. This is a spiritual feeling. It is useless to try to look for spiritual actions outside the group and outside the friends.

Question: How does reality change when I begin to see the work of the upper force through me and though those around me with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: When you connect with the upper force, you begin to understand how you must bestow unto it and focus on the goal consciously in order to change the corporeal reality. At the same time, you yearn to reach total resemblance and equivalence with the only upper force of leadership so that you and that force will become one whole. This is what a person’s correction comes down to.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 04.18.17

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