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In the material world, we are used to working with our intellect. The teacher explains and I listen to what is said. Then I try to understand with my mind and agree with my heart. In Kabbalah, we study differently because we learn about something that is impossible for us to understand or perceive. Our intellect is not adapted to the level being studied.
On the higher level, there are forces that are inconsistent with my logic and principles, which are based on what I currently understand and perceive. I have to accept them as laws belonging to a higher level while I, myself, exist on a lower level. I need to try—in a group, through study, and through the reforming Light—to rid myself of my current perceptions and reason. Once I have made modifications to my inner programming in order to raise it to the next level, I receive new perceptions and new reasoning abilities.
It is impossible for me to enter the information I am currently studying into my old program. The old program cannot process this new information—I do not understand it, I do not experience it, and it does not register within me. But when I change the program, the material being studied becomes clear and understandable to me. This is called spiritual study.
We need to receive that portion of the Light from above that raises us to a higher level—to a level of faith above reason, to a new reason instead of the old. New knowledge is called “faith” because faith is bestowal. In other words, I rise to a level of greater bestowal and then begin to understand and feel the material being studied.
All we need is greater unity among us and more Light that reforms, which will bring us to knowledge on a higher level, to faith above reason.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/11/18, Writings of Baal HaSulam,“Introduction to The Book of Zohar”
Question: Spirituality is beyond time; past, present, and future don’t exist. From what point does a Kabbalist make a prediction?
Answer: There is no connection between one and the other! Spirituality is a state where you come to a higher level, where a person begins to work on his egoism and builds everything above it. Therefore, in the Kabbalist’s perspective, time doesn’t exist because time is one of the parameters in an egoistic system. However, if the calculation “for my sake” or “not for my sake” ceases to exist, then the parameter of time disappears. Everything happens precisely according to Einstein’s theory; you go beyond the limitations of time, space, and motion. But only beyond egoism.
This doesn’t exist within egoism. Therefore, we exist within time. When you say “spirituality,” don’t try to squeeze it between us. It exists only for people who go beyond the material framework and acquire completely new Kelim (vessels) for perceiving reality.
Question: But doesn’t a Kabbalist make predictions that come from spirituality?
Answer: No. I am not talking about spirituality, only about our world and those people who are in it.
Question: So in what way does a Kabbalist’s prediction Kabbalist differ from others?
Answer: It isn’t different. Physicists make predictions, so do philosophers, and so do I. I am simply pointing out we can expect nothing good based on egoism because it develops and is the basis of our life.
Question: Somehow you must start with alternatives for a solution. What will happen if humanity begins to get closer to the law of altruism?
Answer: If it starts; it is very difficult to believe this. But if they begin, then certainly all events will begin to change according to the changes of humanity.
Question: In Kabbalistic sources it is written that everything is determined. If a third world war is programmed and we suddenly begin to relate to each other well, could it not happen?
Answer: It wouldn’t happen.
Question: But doesn’t it have to happen according to the program?
Answer: Why must it? Nothing is programmed except for the conclusion! But when it will happen and in what way you will reach it is not determined by the system. Therefore, a person has freedom of choice, which exists from beginning to end. It is given to a person with the recognition of evil and with his ascendance to the good. According to this, a person seems to sweeten time.
Question: Does this mean that there are several options for development?
Answer: Every option is before you at every moment. You move a bit in a good direction—the world becomes better. Move a bit in a bad direction—the world becomes worse. Everything depends on the connections between us. We need to resemble the global law of nature that includes the entire system within it. And when we also build a global system of interconnection and interdependence, then we make ourselves similar to the general law of nature and feel comfortable within it.
And when, on the contrary, we follow our egoism, which distances us from each other with hatred and all kinds of calculations, then we oppose the general law of nature and ultimately get what is.
Question: What is the mechanism of the connection between people?
Answer: It is the simplest law, the law of equivalence of form, equivalence of characteristics. We live in a sphere that is absolutely altruistic, called the “Creator” or the higher general nature. The more we resemble it, the more we feel comfortable. And to the degree that we differ from it—then we don’t.
Similarity to nature is expressed by the fact that we must make efforts to assume the mutual laws and relationships that exist in the higher nature. These are the laws of bestowal and love. In this state I perceive all as parts of a single mechanism within which we simultaneously turn in complete harmony with each other. Then it is good for us—no one inhibits anyone, no one is pulled forward against his will, and we are all in an ideal state.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/24/17
Answer: No. As a result of our existence, we should not think about ourselves at all. We must create a society in which everyone will receive what is needed.
In the future, people will stop thinking about themselves, even in the lowest strata. All will receive what is needed for life and care only about how to rise together in connection with each other, higher and higher in the attainment of the real world. After all, now we are in a dream. We do not see the real universe. We do not see where we exist.
We live inside ourselves because our egoism closes us inside ourselves. The still, vegetative, animate, and human levels of nature are the four stages of our desire, within which all kinds of actions occur, and we feel them as the world unfolding in front of us. But in fact, it does not exist. We feel it all inside ourselves, in our sphere.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/15/17
New Life 928 – Attack On Love
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
The human ego is divided into ranks, and each level has a division into useful people and harmful people.
For example, radical Islam wants to subordinate everyone under it and is ready to kill the Sufis because they preach love among all people. A powerful force will be required to create balance with the radical Islamic activities. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches how to attract the upper Light, which is the source of power that has the capacity to change our egoistic nature and repair the world.
From KabTV’s “New Life 928 – Attack On Love,” 12/7/17
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Preparation for the Lesson
Lesson on Topic: “When Brothers Sit Together” (Prep for World Convention 2018)
Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar“