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My Thoughts On Twitter, 10/9/17

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A spiritual #Teacher is a spiritual system, not a person, who creates problems & guides to solutions, letting the Student enter the system.

#TeachersDay On the spiritual path, one’s connection with the Teacher determines the student’s success, connection to the group & Creator.

#TeachersDay Education happens only via influence of the environment, by placing the child into a society that values unity from early on.

#Catalonia #Spain There will be more and more conflicts in the world—to provide egoistic distance & teach ppl to unite ABOVE differences.

#TeachersDay A Spiritual Teacher is your upper (partzuf, AHP), birthing and elevating your soul. Your bond is eternal and predetermined.

A child plays to grow & develop. The spiritual equivalent of this game is the slow movement toward truth from its opposite. #TEACHers

From Twitter, 10/9/17

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Two Incarnations Of A Great Soul

Baal HaSulam is the greatest Kabbalist of our time. It is very difficult to speak of such a tremendous force because we do not really understand what it means to be a Kabbalist. He lives alongside us and at the same time in a different world. A Kabbalist actually lives in two worlds.

For a Kabbalist there is no confusion. He sees the upper world and the lower world. But what interests him most is their interdependence: how it is possible to make corrections in the upper world from the lower world such that it again influences the lower world and our world rises to the level of the upper. This is the task of every Kabbalist.

A Kabbalist is coming from that desire which characterizes him in the general system of the soul called “Adam.” Each of us has a different root. It is called “point of reference” or “point in the heart.” And that’s why each reveals the upper world in their own unique way.

However, all points in the heart reveal this system in a relatively similar fashion. Nonetheless, all those who wrote prior to Baal HaSulam, for example, had a very difficult time writing a commentary to The Book of Zohar.

And prior to the appearance of The Book of Zohar, no one was able to write anything even resembling it, despite the fact that many Kabbalists knew more than Rabbi Shimon. They just couldn’t describe it the way he could.

That is, in Kabbalah there are many such conditions: you can be great, a spiritual genius, but cannot describe anything, you simply don’t have the ability.

But Baal HaSulam had both of these qualities. It’s amazing! In the entire history of Kabbalah there was practically no Kabbalist with such ability.

Moses was the greatest Kabbalist, and still the Five Books written by him are written in such a way and in such language that everyone can interpret them in any way they want.

And what was written by the Ari in his work The Tree of Life cannot be understood at all; here, a clear attainment of the spiritual world is necessary for one to even begin to understand what he is talking about. In this book, purely physical data are laid out, just as in any physics textbook.

That’s why when the Ari started to teach, the only one who was able to appreciate him was a great Kabbalist of his own time, the Ramak. He sent all the other students to the Ari as well, emphasizing that this material is something new. But neither they, nor he, were able to understand the system of the Ari, not even to the day he died. And that’s because the Ramak belonged to the previous generation of souls, those who came into this world prior to the Ari.

That’s why Baal HaSulam openly says: “All that I attained, I attained following the Ari’s soul incarnating in me,” in other words, he was the Ari’s next incarnation. What is meant here is not the physical body, since it doesn’t exist and neither does our world. The only thing that exists is the shattered, scattered desire in a tremendous egoistic space.

In this space there are drops, like raisins in a cake that have inclinations toward unity, toward adhesion with the Creator. But we don’t feel these inclinations because we exist in an ocean of egoism, we sit in this dough, that’s why we don’t even sense our ego. Each “raisin,” each point in the heart, constantly undergoes all types of corrections.

Baal HaSulam happens to have been the outcome of that same “raisin,” which was the Ari, that same soul who was the Ari, who continued his work. This is called an “incarnation.” In other words, this is not a separate soul, but that same soul continuing its work, only under different conditions, in a different generation.

And what does a “generation” mean? It is not what happens to us in our world. When many points in the heart, embryos of a soul, even though they are changing constantly, while they still exist in a wrong kind of connection between them, they imagine themselves ostensibly experiencing our world.

That’s why it is most important that we think not of this world, presenting itself to us through our five animal sensory systems, but instead about that which is happening through the point in the heart.

Question: When a soul reincarnates, is the individuality preserved?

Answer: The soul engages through various external conditions. The Ari brought into our world The Tree of Life. The next time that same Ari came, he was called Baal HaSulam and brought into our lives Talmud Eser Sefirot.

Question: In other words, he held the same spiritual level of attainment as the Ari?

Answer: Even greater.
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From the Lesson in Russian, 10/16/16

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The Prophecy Of Moses

laitman_740.02On the last day of his life, Moshe continued to speak with the assembled Jews. He began with reassuring affirmations.

“I know that you were alarmed when you heard 98 curses from me. However, I want to assure you that despite all adversity, the Jewish people will not perish. In the end, these curses will serve your good.” (“Commentary on the Midrash Rabba, Chapter, Nitzavim”).

Moses says that after all the terrible blows that the people of Israel must experience, every curse will come true. The prophet clearly speaks of every step that the people must make, go through, understand what the problem is, and correct themselves.

All this is a “stick to happiness” system. Without the recognition of evil, a person does not understand what he must do.

Question: Why, after instructions, the second part of the phrase always says, “If you do not do this, I shall destroy you”?

Answer: This refers to those egoistic qualities of a person that will wither away in the process of correction. First is recognition, then correction, and only after that is mastering the correct desire.

Question: That is, it is like a rocket that drops its stages and flies forward. But these stages return and will it be necessary to process these desires?

Answer: Yes, but they return in a different form—in the form of attainment and revelation.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/9/17

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Abraham’s Discovery

laitman_740.01The Creator is the quality of bestowal and love. He is absolute. And only in this way does He manifest to us. In order to be revealed to His creatures and to make them similar to Him, He created them opposite to His nature, as it is written: “I created the evil inclination.”

However, although He created us as evil creatures that become more and more egoistic every day, at the same time, He gave us an instrument for correction. The only problem is that all this happens gradually according to the laws of nature.

Nature develops according to the laws of inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human organisms. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, a person differs from an animal not by walking on two legs with an uplifted head (after all, an ostrich also walks on two legs) and not by the ability to think. He has an aspiration toward the purpose of life that distinguishes him from animals.

This is a clear desire to know the purpose of life, the question about its meaning: “Why and for what do I live? What is defined in nature as the purpose of my creation and existence?” These questions really worry some people. However, while they ask these questions, they do not know how to answer them.

The first person who attempted to answer this question 5,777 years ago was a man called Adam, who through his thoughts, feelings, inner aspirations, and deep scrutiny penetrated the secrets of the universe and wrote a small book about it called The Secret Angel, which has survived until our time.

Thanks to this discovery and work on himself, he began to correctly use the forces of nature for his development and he was called Adam. “Adam” from the word “Domeh” (like) the Creator.

Many people in different generations after Adam used his method. It went through 20 generations of his disciples and then reached Abraham, who lived in Ancient Babylon and at first was a preacher of the not-quite-correct approach to nature. He believed that spirituality is divided into many gods that should be worshipped.

However, later he discovered that all these many opposite forces of nature that act independently and even have some positive and negative interactions between them, like various ancient Greek gods, in fact, come from one single mind and force.

This mind we must explore, reveal, and approach, and then a person will know and understand what the meaning of life is. Abraham believed that otherwise all the centuries that had passed since Adam were unremarkable and useless.

In principle, we explore different forces that really do exist. However, they do not have a common base (source) and it is necessary to reveal it. This is what Abraham did.

He discovered the unified force of nature above its other disparate forces, which at that time all the people worshipped, including himself until he discovered this single force.

When he explored it, it turned out that it is absolutely good and unified. This is exactly what Abraham started to explain to the Babylonians.

It seems to us that there is no difference between polytheism and monotheism. However, monotheism means not worshipping one force, but becoming similar to it. The fact is that when a person, in fulfilling his destiny, strives to become like it, at the same time, he changes himself, his behaviour, his view of life, and builds social relations in accordance.

By changing himself, he changes the world, society, and his family. He creates everything according to one single pattern that he receives from above by attaining, explaining, embracing, and exploring the upper force.

In principle, this is what Abraham did. He tried to explain everything to his students and they followed his path. Thus, a group of people was organized called the people of Israel, from the word “Isra-El” (Isra – straight, El – the Creator), who were directed straight to the Creator. In other words, this is a group that is directed to the exploration of the good, unified force—the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/4/17

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The World At The Crossroads, Part 5

Laitman_408Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: It turns out that the world erroneously considers Nazism a particular offshoot of Germany. In truth, it is the offshoot of a democracy and socialism that were left without religion, manners, and justice. Thus, all the nations are equal in that; there is no hope at all that Nazism will perish with the victory of the allies, for tomorrow the Anglo-Saxons will adopt Nazism, since they, too, live in a world of democracy and Nazism.

The continuous development of egoism, which is fundamental in nature, leads us to unity, which is called “democracy.” We see that sooner or later, a “democratic” system will be established in all countries and nations.

Democracy means that the majority decides. But no matter how paradoxical it may seem, following democracy, fascism comes. We have already seen such examples in all possible forms, and this is not an accident, but a logical development. Democracy and socialism breed fascism and Nazism. We must understand that this is a natural development that will happen everywhere.

Calls for democracy, socialism, ultra-liberalism, universal equality, to the rule of the majority establish equality in a society that is no longer divided into aristocrats and common people, rich masters and poor slaves. Everyone starts to mix up and there is supposed to be equality for all. This means that people begin to come together and unite.

But their connection turns out to be egoistic, and therefore, it first leads them to liberalism, democracy, and socialism, which then naturally turns into Nazism and fascism. These are the stages in the development of egoism. And there is only one solution that can actually work: unification that is not based on egoism, but is above it, what is called “faith above reason.”

It turns out that all nations in the course of their development that do not adopt the method of Abraham, that is, Kabbalah’s method, will certainly come to Nazism, whether they want it or not. There is definitely a very big difference between India and China if we compare them with Europe and America. But in the places with the most democracy and socialism, Nazism will be established much faster.

The fascists will take many years to come to power in India or China because dictatorship is the form of power and they do not try to establish equality. But this will happen very quickly in Europe and America. And it will be a natural development. Baal HaSulam wrote about the Nazis in America back in the 20s of the last century. And it was not a prophecy, he simply knew the laws of nature and its development.

The United States is a very rapidly developing country, and it cannot be that it will not come to fascism and Nazism after Germany. And humanity must realize that it stands at the crossroads.

Either humanity will come to fascism or it will accept Kabbalah’s method. Then we will begin to understand where we are. This knowledge itself already heals human society because it awakens great surrounding Light that will certainly correct humanity.

There is no other way: our duty is to disseminate the method of unification. That is why we received a desire to study the wisdom of Kabbalah. This is our mission. And of course, interest in Kabbalah is not given to us so that we look indifferently at how the world is moving toward the abyss.
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From the 1st part of the  Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/21/17, Lesson on the Topic: “Europe at a Crossroad”

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New Life #894 – Overcoming Difficulties

New Life #894 – Overcoming Difficulties
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

Why does life place difficulties before us? What is the right way to contend with them and how can we be in connection with the upper force through them? Real communication with the upper force requires correction of egoism and acceptance of the power of love and giving to others.
From KabTV’s “New Life #894 – Overcoming Difficulties,” 8/8/17

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10/10/17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on Topic: Preparation for Convention in Vilnius, “The Ten,” Part 1

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Lesson on Topic: Preparation for Convention in Vilnius, “The Ten,” Part 2

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