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Torah, Deuteronomy 29:06 – 29:07: And then you arrived at this place. And Sihon, the king of Heshbon, and Og, the king of Bashan, came out towards us in battle, and we smote them. And we took their land, and we gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and to the half tribe of Manasseh.
Sihon, the king of Heshbon, and Og, the king of Bashan, represent the egoism in a person in its various manifestations.
The shattering of egoistic desires does not mean that you approach them and reveal them. You begin a battle with them. You need the Light of Hochma to break them and rise above them. Therefore, here you must act only with the Creator.
And it is quite possible that your previous foundations, that is, the Light that already exists in you will be enough to distinguish them and find contact with them.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/28/16
#Jerusalem is the symbol of the perfect city in which, by agreeing to rise above all differences, the perfect connection is achieved.
There is only one way to verify if your Torah is right—by studying it, do you achieve its main law, “Love your neighbor as yourself”?
#Jerusalem is the ability to unite, to be in one desire (heart), to “hide under one blanket” i.e. one anti-egoistic screen.
#Jerusalem: It’s critical to build relationships called “Yeru-shalaim“—”perfect city,” where our world meets the upper force.
#Jerusalem means “perfect city,” requiring the perfect nation to live there, i.e., one that aspires toward “Love your neighbor as yourself”
As the ego grows, people distance, families crumble, states split. Unity is possible ABOVE the disconnection. And the method is #Kabbalah.
From Twitter, 10/15/17
Answer: From the start, one single creature existed called a soul. So that the creature can feel independent and attain the greatest blossoming, meaning the level of the Creator, it must pass through shattering and correction.
Therefore, in our world each one receives a small part of his soul. In each one of us there is a small part of the general soul called Adam HaRishon (the First Man) or simply, Adam (a desire). The fulfillment of the soul is Light.
In fact, the creature doesn’t feel itself in the beginning of its creation because in it there was very little desire and a very small Light. To bring it to a state resembling the Creator, the soul was broken into 600,000 main parts, and as a result of continued division, it became a multitude of many more fragments.
In each fragment, meaning in a small individual soul, there is a desire and its fulfillment also. During the shattering, these fragments began to feel independent; partitions appeared between them, as there are between people, and they began to feel cut off, torn off, and detached from each other. This rejection is called egoism. And at present it is necessary to gather all the fragments and bring them to their original state, to connect them into one general desire and fill them with one general Light.
But where then will the egoism disappear, which separates us as such, that each one is imprisoned in his Klipa (shell)? Nowhere. It is up to us to connect with each other against the egoism, and then we receive a Light that is 613 times greater than it was before.
In this way, instead of feeling a tiny bit of life: cold here, hot there, a bit of light, a bit of shade, we begin to feel piercing states. We feel, “with whom we have business,” who is giving us power and life, how it is possible to relate to the Creator and enter into a connection with Him: “I am to the Highest, and He is to me.” In other words, we begin to attain the Creator and rise to His level.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/23/17
Question: For eight years now I have been suffering with a rare disorder. It’s important for me to know, is it possible not to feel pain? It consumes all my thoughts and my feelings. When the pain comes, I am completely engulfed by it.
Answer: I understand. Of course it is possible to overcome pain, but only if you allow yourself to feel a more powerful sensation.
The moment pain starts, internally focus on a more powerful feeling that would be able to suppress the relatively weak sensation of pain, no matter how powerful it may seem; this is the problem.
In principle, this can go to any level until the body goes into shock, either from the pain or from the effort to rise above the pain. However, the body still has a limit to this. We are created and function in such a way that, ordinarily, we cannot reach such a state.
People distract themselves from pain in various ways: alcohol, mild narcotics, etc. I often laid in the hospital and spent hours distracting myself from pain by finding interesting programs on TV.
This is also called “rising above the pain,” and such everyday means can be advised to others as well. I will not speak of other methods because they would not be acceptable for people not engaged with Kabbalah.
Question: How do the Kabbalists cope with pain?
Answer: Kabbalist can control pain, but also only to a certain degree. From above you are always rewarded with such states so that you begin to understand the insignificance of your organism and of yourself. It becomes clear to you that you are limited and exist under the control of your desire, which experiences either pleasure or pain.
This is given to a person in order for him to realize how insignificant he is and how he must control himself in order to rise above these states to the level of the Creator.
The Creator exists above both negative and positive sensations in desire because there is no desire to receive in Him! In Him is the desire to bestow that does not experience the kind of pain we experience. It feels pain only from the inability to give.
Question: What advice can be given to an ordinary person who feels pain on the corporeal level?
Answer: If not pain-management medication, then any infatuation, any method of distraction can serve as an anesthetic.
It must be raised in importance relative to the pain as much as possible so as not to move into the state of pain; the focus of your attention must be shifted to any other problem or personal concern, in order for that channel of pain, which is somehow triggered within us, not to engulf everything. Diffuse the pain through various channels and make an attempt to go above it through positive action.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/15/17
Answer: The Book of Zohar was indeed written in a very large volume; it possibly contained about a hundred books.
From this ancient book we got, maybe, only a tenth part. However, we do not need more.
When Kabbalists began to explore this book ten centuries ago, starting from the 11th century, they found out that they did not lose anything. After all, The Book of Zohar only sets the person to the correct perception of the Creator, and then he goes by himself according to the principle “One’s soul teaches him.”
Therefore, what is not written in The Book of Zohar, you open and write on your heart, that is, on your corrected desires.
Question: Don’t we need to know the commentary on the words that we do not understand?
Answer: If a person already perceives the upper images of the Creator in himself, then he does not need books.
Remark: But we are talking about those people who are first-time readers of The Book of Zohar. They read and do not know what these words are about.
Answer: It does not at all matter whether they know or not. The main thing is that their aspiration to attainment evokes a special force, called Zohar – radiance. People who study Kabbalah selectively attract the surrounding Light, and it begins to purify them, raise them, and change them, up to the point where they become capable of feeling the upper world, the Creator.
Question: Does The Book of Zohar write about the laws of communication between people?
Answer: Yes, but nowadays they are not revealed to us as the laws of communication. The fact is that first The Book of Zohar affects a person in such a way that it attracts the upper Light that purifies and changes him, correctly connecting him with others. And then, in connection with other friends, he begins to reveal its meaning.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/4/17
New Life 897 – Spiritual Intelligence
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
What is the next stage in the development of human intelligence? What is the spiritual activation software and how can we resemble the top programmer? Will the development of artificial intelligence help us in realizing that we must move forward to the discovery of upper intelligence?
From KabTV’s “New Life 897 – Spiritual Intelligence,” 8/15/17
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Preparation for the Lesson
Lesson on the Topic: “Gadlut HaBore (The Greatness of the Creator)”