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From My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 1/1/18

I see 2018 as a critical year in the development of mankind. I do hope this will be the year of awareness to our own evil and our correction towards goodness.

In Connection With The Creator

laitman_284.02Question: What is the fear of change in life?

Answer: The fear of change in life is a small egoistic “animal” that exists and is afraid to get out of its hole. Everything is good for him, or at least, everything is familiar. It is already tired of bad news. This is the fear of change.

And for a Kabbalist it is the opposite. When I close my eyes and say that everything comes from the Creator, I am not afraid of changes, whatever they are. I am connected with the Creator from whom everything comes, and all the negative changes are in my favor. By rising above them, I become in even stronger contact with Him. In this case, I love and cherish the changes that come to me.

Question: Does it turn out that I even want them?

Answer: Of course. How else can I, an egoist, still be connected to the Creator if not through negative influences? I never approach Him unless I have to run away from something negative.

Question: So, does the Kabbalist perceive all the changes, obstacles, and problems as a challenge from the Creator?

Answer: No. Knowing that this comes from Him, I have nothing to be afraid of, unless, of course, I commit unseemly acts. We only need to understand how and why we are allowed to act like this.

Since everything comes in advance from the Creator, what can be the problem if only one is constantly connected with Him? This is our salvation, our well-being, and our good life.

By being in connection with Him, one will always feel himself in a different world, in a different state, and in a fusion with the upper force. And therefore, everything that will happen before your eyes, ears, and other senses in this world, you will begin to feel like something secondary, like a picture over which you have to always be connected with Him.

After all, the greatest feelings one experiences are in connection with Him. And the picture of our world gradually becomes foggy and unreal, until it disappears altogether, and only the connection of man with the Creator remains. This is an eternal state.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/13/17

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Sports And Health

laitman_751.1Question: Do sports help health or are they a waste of time?

Answer: My teacher Rabash exercised, Baal HaSulam loved sports but in a limited form, in order to keep the body in working condition. This is not sports, but physical exercise.

Rabash learned to swim at the age of 65 and swam 400 strokes in the sea or pedaled 400 revolutions of motion on a bicycle.

Remark: The cult of healthy lifestyle is flourishing now. An entire industry is developing around it.

My Comment: First, people need something to do. Second, sports do help, so it is better that people do sports than something else.

However, the fact is that in our egoism sports take exaggerated forms and Kabbalah does not welcome this. It welcomes exercises only to the extent that a person maintains himself in a normal physical form.

Any gram of excess is harmful to physical and mental health. Everything must be very organic.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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Do Kabbalists Experience A Feeling Of Revenge?

laitman_961.1Question: Do Kabbalists have an inherent sense of vengeance?

Answer: In Kabbalah there are no such feelings. You exist opposite the Creator: “There is none else besides Him.” He places certain challenges in front of you and you have to execute them.

Moreover, He does it in terms of positive and negative influences and all for the sole purpose of your advancement. Carrying out these tasks gives you everything you need. Therefore, you can have no claims against the Creator.

Although, initially, they do come up, and a fair number of them. A person agonizes why he did or did not do something, or why the Creator acted toward him in a certain way, etc.

Later, all of this goes away and a clear connection with the Creator is formed: everything that happens comes from Him and all for my own good. He constantly directs me. Even when I feel completely aimless, He directs me in every second of my existence to place me in the most optimal position.

All the negative feelings that we experience are there for the purpose of us to direct them against our egoism.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/13/17

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 191

laitman_219.02Question: Why did you decide not to become ordained as a Rabbi even though without a doubt you could pass the appropriate tests?

Answer: I carry out the required religious precepts. I do not have the opportunity to delve into them any deeper than necessary for their physical performance.

I get the correct intentions for my actions from the wisdom of Kabbalah. Rav means a teacher, great, not necessarily in the practice of Judaism. My specialization is in the fundamentals of the existence of a person in this world achieving the goal of his existence.

Question: Aren’t you building the same tower of Babel with which you will be able to approach the Creator? After all, as they say, the road to you know where is paved with good intentions. I am not a religious person, but it simply is not very wise to accuse our ancestors of stupidity, alleging they were building a tower to reach the skies or tried to imagine themselves as gods.

You yourself state that our world is an animalistic world, so perhaps we will leave to the Creator to use the “good” whip so as not to attract any more whips to ourselves. I do not think that you will answer my question, but still there is hope.

Answer: Continue to sort it out further.

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 1/1/18

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on Topic: “Entering the Ibur (Conception) With the Help of the Creator,” (Prep for Convention – January 2018), “Absorbed in the Upper One”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 10, Table of Answers for Topics, Item 90

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Handmaid that Is Heir to Her Mistress”

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