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From My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/24/18
3 thank you messages for what made the World Kabbalah Convention the most powerful spiritual event ever held.
First and foremost, thanks to all the friends and students who came from 70 different countries and dedicated a week of their lives to take part in this special event.
Second, thanks go to the friends and study groups who could not make it but participated virtually and were with us through their screens the whole time.
Third, thanks to all the students and friends from Israel and to all their guests who participated in the convention for the first time.
In addition, the convention took place on the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, so we have put a special emphasis on Israel’s spiritual role in the world. We learned that in Kabbalah, an “Israeli” means one who yearns to discover the higher attributes of love and bestowal and wants them to prevail in all human relations. And people from all over the world identify with this sublime idea, whether they are Jewish or not.
Now, in the days after the convention, we must maintain the spiritual connection we created together. The special connection we had at the conference is a clear example of the spiritual bond that we must achieve and maintain between us at all times—until we merit such a connection that the Creator, the quality of love and bestowal, will be revealed among us in all its glory.
As the great Kabbalists wrote, I truly believe that we can reach such a connection between us and the whole world. The dedication of friends from all around the world and the great effort made in all the preparations for our annual event only indicate that we are laying the foundation for a new and corrected world.
(Image from the opening ceremony of the World Kabbalah Convention 2018)
Question: If the Creator manages everything and wants all of creation to reach the completion of correction, why doesn’t He just give this desire to everyone? What does it mean to ask the Creator to correct me if I have no freedom of choice? If the Creator is almighty, then please, correct everyone immediately. Why do I have to go through these awful, heavy states and beg someone for help?!
Answer: The role of Kabbalah is to discover the Creator in this life. On this basis, we will find answers to all questions.
#Attainment of the Upper world, the Creator, or my future undergoes 125 steps. Each of them requires an answer regarding the meaning of life, agreement with the Creator, and how I implement it. It turns out that with my attitude to the Creator, I define my future, I control Him.
In spirituality there is no time; so, there are no corporeal questions. The spiritual question arises from the difference between the present and the future. Hence, in spirituality there is only a question of attainment, and greater perfection, greater disclosure of the Creator.
The #Torah is not a historical narration. It’s about the development of the desire in us, about how to manage it, and how to rise above the power of the ego-desire (to exit Egypt), which locks us in ego-worries. And we must see ourselves as exiting from the ego, or Egypt.
Problems in a kabbalistic group are solely from lack of unity. The group doesn’t think enough about itself as one whole. It is vital to think not about one’s problem but about including all into one. Therein lies similarity to the Creator and impact of the Reforming #Light.
The correct answer comes only from the connection with the group, because in it resides the force of bestowal, the Creator. Hence, Kabbalists say not to solve anything with a corporeal mind but only with the ten. Then the answer is from above, from the power of your #development.
Every step forward on the #spiritual path requires closing the door behind so as to not escape. The door closes behind and opens in the front – like in a sluice – there is no way back. After all, it is the path of a gradual exit from #egoism, which is my whole nature.
From Twitter, 2/24/18
Answer: Not necessarily. I can speak and while doing it be the one receiving and not the one bestowing. This is all very conditional; it depends on the individual’s intentions.
Question: The most difficult thing is to listen to someone. If I see a person for the first time, how can I raise his greatness to the extent that I will be able to hear him?
Answer: I must imagine myself existing in the zone of the Creator’s influence and He, through my friends, is addressing me. That’s why I am interested, first, in what the friend is saying, and second, in how I react to it.
It may be that I react to it positively, with love, caring, forgiveness, or it may be that I react to it negatively with criticism, dissatisfaction, and hatred. I observe my reactions, and in this way rise above them and above all that the friends are saying toward unity with them.
The Creator is showing me my present state. And no matter what anyone in the circle is saying, even if it sounds unpleasant or hateful to me, I must, in spite of these sensations, achieve a feeling of love toward them, even if they are saying the most unpleasant things. Because I am not looking at them, but at the Creator who is speaking through them.
Question: Let’s say I dutifully observe my reaction to what they are saying. What am I to do with these observations?
Answer: Analyze them to see how much you are agreeing or disagreeing with them, then try, by your answers, to rise above your egoism.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 10/22/17
New Life 938 – Should We Fight For Human Rights?
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
Human rights organizations can make small changes in society but do not create change in the human heart. All the wars on behalf of human rights will not create change in the human heart and will therefore fall short. The human ego believes it deserves rights but, at the same time, will not settle for equality. People are inherently different and the strong always control the weak in every field, including economics and religion. In fact, even democratic countries lack human rights and equality. Only through the wisdom of Kabbalah can we discover the upper force and learn how to care for everyone’s inequalities through mutual love and connection.
From the KabTV’s “New Life 938 – Should We Fight For Human Rights?” 12/31/17
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Answer: Who can guarantee that a Kabbalist understands what he learns? Only a person who is present in the classes can determine if the teacher understands and is familiar with what he teaches.
Question: Are there any external signs you can use to determine if a person understands the wisdom of Kabbalah or not?
Answer: None! Baal HaSulam observes only indirect signs: a recognized teacher who is teaching according to the true sources and doesn’t tie the students to himself. It cannot be otherwise.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/24/17