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Comment: Your path of life has been rather interesting: from a Soviet citizen to the leader of the Kabbalistic movement. I read several interviews in which you spoke about your long journey to the wisdom of Kabbalah, and I have a few questions.
Why did you emigrate to Israel?
Answer: From the desire to leave the place where you are hated to your place, i.e., to return to the historical homeland.
Question: Why were you interested in Judaism and Kabbalah in Israel and not, let’s say, Christianity, Buddhism, or Yoga, etc.?
Answer: I was not searching for faith but knowledge about the meaning of life.
The change in a person’s nature from egoistic to altruistic happens under the influence of the special force of nature, the upper force that returns to the source (the Torah). However, for this it is necessary to attract such an influence on ourselves.
The method of the wisdom of Kabbalah is designed to attract the Light of correction to us to help us to walk this path until our complete change.
When a person develops new altruistic demands, requests, and relations toward the surrounding world, then it is possible to begin building a new society, country, or world with him, but not before this.
The Bolsheviks tried to do this by force, without correcting a person. However, since people are egoists, everything ended with a big collapse, scandal, and many deaths. It is impossible to force a person to be an altruist; we cannot go against nature, we just must change it.
A society that will be formed when a person is educated in an altruistic manner will understand what it wants to create. It is a constantly developing new formation where people live in the sensation of completely different principles. Unlike the present filling of themselves, their fulfilment will come from bestowal, adhesion, connection, and love for each other and for the entire surrounding nature.
Through these relations with each other and with nature, they will feel completely different forces and connections that are called the upper world. In this new, mutual and altruistic unity, they will feel a force between them that will not press them to use each other like in our world when I look at others and want everything they have.
On the contrary, they will discover the force of bestowal and love between them, and this common force will appear to them, not as our nature, but as the Creator, because they will feel in it an upper degree, upper value, and upper will. In this way, by connecting with each other, they will begin to adhere to this upper force. This is the principle of the existence of the corrected future generation.
However, the Kabbalists warn that if we do not hurry, we will be forced to come to these states by big blows of fate that will force us to give up egoism. It will reveal itself as bringing us misfortunes, and will make us renounce it.
This is like placing poisoned food in front of a terribly hungry person. What can he do? It will be exactly this state that a person will be in before his correction.
He will not be able to use his egoism because he will see to what extent it is killing him. On the other hand, he will not have any opportunity to get up and act outside of egoism because all his thoughts, feelings, inner understanding, habits, and relation to everything, is completely consumeristic and egoistic.
Today, we gradually are beginning to build a new society, educating ourselves in our big international group, and preparing for unity based on the altruistic principles. All of humanity must come to this in the near future.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/22/17
The wisdom of Kabbalah says that we are born as egoists, separated, and solitary. Moreover, we treat each other egoistically. Each looks at others and sees them only through the sight of beneficial use.
We evaluate others by how much they can harm me or bring me some profit. And if they cannot, I do not notice them. This is called looking at others only through an egoistic sight.
Therefore, our work is to change the sight and see in what way I can give everything I have to everyone and become a conductor of the Creator.
In principle, I have nothing to give, but if I want to do so, I can immediately connect to the Creator. Then the Creator will work through me for the entire world. And the whole world, for which I will work, will be called my soul. This is an altruistic connection.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/19/16
Answer: I don’t know. Try to quit. If it works—fine. If it doesn’t work, then make the final decision and come back. It is useless to run back and forth, study a little, and let go for some time. I would like to make it sharp: it is not worth it. It is no use starting, getting disappointed, and blaming Kabbalah instead of correcting yourself.
Studying the wisdom of Kabbalah has certain conditions. If you want to get into it, you must meet these conditions. If not, you should quit it, the sooner—the better.
Remark: But I have a feeling that if I do not study Kabbalah, the Creator will punish me.
Answer: There is nothing to fear! The Creator never punishes anybody for anything.
But you have a great opportunity to discover the upper world. Is it really not worth it?! What do you have in this world?! Another 20, 30, 40 years will pass… and that is all!
And here eternity is opening in front of you. You do not feel how you move from one world to another. You drop your body like a rocket drops its stages, and you keep flying.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16
Answer: The thoughts of ordinary people do not affect our world in any way.
A person in our world who lives his everyday life merely carries out the laws of nature, which keep emerging in him and nothing more than that. He does not even exist in the spiritual system because he has no impulse or the ability to make his own moves.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 15/1/17
The upper level is called father, the lower one is son. The upper cannot be completely responsible for the lower and vice versa. They have to adhere to certain types of connection in order to support each other, but can only be held accountable for the fulfillment of their own work.
Therefore, in a Kabbalistic group, as well as everywhere else, we stay in contact with each other, and each person has to understand the framework of his responsibility. Torah, on the one hand, talks of our complete unity with each other, and on the other hand, how we have to be responsible for ourselves.
I bear responsibility for helping my friends, but only answer for my own actions, and I have no right to delve into what is going on inside any of them.
I am obligated to put forth my share of the effort, support, and interaction because we are all small parts of one system. But I do not know how the next part will play out. I only answer for what I pass to it, but cannot assume another’s work. Everyone has his own freewill.
Question: How can I determine my particular part in the group?
Answer: You have to provide others with what they need for their normal functioning. Only this! That is why everyone remains free in their actualization and must give the others what he has to for their actualization.
There is a system of rules where parts of the integral system have to be connected to each other to satisfy the conditions of its proper functioning.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/31/16
Preparation for the Lesson
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah Compared to Other Sciences,” “Our Sages Did Not Disclose Development from the Wisdom of Truth”
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah”
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Shamati #3 “The Matter of Spiritual Attainment”
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