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Question: What is the main reason a person should attend a Kabbalah convention?
Answer: We are in a state where the wisdom of Kabbalah is becoming more and more widely recognized, not as it has been popularly misconceived throughout history, as religion, mysticism, magic or philosophy, to name a few, but as a substantive method through which we need to upgrade ourselves and the world in all of its fields.
The wisdom of Kabbalah explains the structure of human relations on personal, domestic, social, national and global scales. It addresses the education of both adults and youth according to what is most important in life, how to prioritize human values and engagements, and how to plan personal, domestic and national life in order to bring about a harmonious future generation.
In other words, the wisdom of Kabbalah opens up a new and improved map of the world, showing where the world is headed, and explaining the laws of nature: why and how they work on us. It doesn’t ask anyone whether or not they want to know about the wisdom and awareness it brings. However, if it is important for us to find our optimal place in the world, and to have happier and easier lives, then it is important for us to at least learn and experience a little of what Kabbalah has to offer.
Therefore, I invite everyone to the World Kabbalah Convention. I am sure that everyone will head home with a healthy, rational and practical approach to life, both in relation to everyone’s personal lives, as well as to the world in general. In modern life, which is globally interdependent, such an approach is very much needed.
Question: What feelings can a person expect to experience at a Kabbalah convention?
Answer: We are expecting to make this Kabbalah convention practical, that it will give its participants an ability to feel the forces of nature acting on us, as well as the learning of how to act with and even manage them. By doing so, we will be able to manage our lives, on individual, social, national and even global scales. Through that, we will know what to expect in the near future, as well as in the future generations. It will help us with our own education, with children’s education, with everything, that is, I’ll know how to get along with everyone and everything.
Therefore, physical participation in the convention is very important, because we cannot grasp these things from long distance, over the Internet.
In addition, people will have the ability to ask questions and get answers, and there will be many people helping everyone scrutinize and clarify everything we learn and experience. We will be very happy to see participants from all ages and backgrounds, without limitations, because the wisdom of Kabbalah belongs to the whole of humanity, everyone included, and everyone is equal in relation to the wisdom of Kabbalah. It comes to us from Adam HaRishon (“the First Man”), therefore it is equal for everyone.
Through descents & ascents, a Kabbalist learns the Creator’s work #AvodatAshem on him: how the Creator reveals the ego in him, hardens the heart, forcing him to hold on to studies & the group tighter, even in the states Zion-Yetzia—with no feelings and understanding.
#Spiritualwork_ML #Kabbalah #Passover
Man contains all forces and qualities of nature: Pharaoh, Moses, nation of Israel, nations of the world—all these qualities together. A person is a small world that includes everything. We only have to connect and balance these components.
King intended the kingdom for his lazy son if he earned $1. Son took $1 from his mother. King threw $1 into fire for his son lied. The mother sent her son to work. King threw $1 in the fire, son rushed to rescue it. King gave him the kingdom—his son obtained a desire!
Only Kabbalah is spiritual work, “Avodat HaShem,” because it elevates man above his ego, the nature of this world, to equivalence with the Creator in the quality of #love and #bestowal to people, and then to equivalence and adhesion with the Creator.
Mankind is at the start of “7 hungry years” when old methods stop working. If we don’t start the correction, we’ll face a world war. Hunger isn’t in the lack of food, but in the fact that state systems and societies don’t work & don’t know how to further rule the world.
During the “7 fat years,” we feel that unity benefits us, our egoism, Pharaoh. We do not understand that we have to cut ourselves off from the ego, by faith above reason. The transition to the “7 hungry years” is to reveal that unity must be #selfless.
One defines heaven and hell personally. There are some for whom one instant of separation from the Creator is already hell. A person has to see that each moment he is given freewill. The states of heaven & hell are determined not from above but by the person himself
Concealing & Revealing #Kabbalah
Kabbalists never sought to advertise their science, because a person comes to study Kabbalah by the internal motivation. In our time, society is disappointed with the fulfillment of our world, hence Kabbalah reveals its essence and goals to all.
Creatures feel only by contrast—light from darkness. So, the unveiling of the upper world begins in man with a sense of slavery (“We were slaves of Pharaoh”) in his ego. Whoever feels life this way is moving toward revealing the Creator. They’re many!
Spiritual motion is per the rule “Like a bull under yoke,” regardless of feelings. It’s measured by ins & outs/ascents & descents, described as “From Zion (yetziot/descents) the Torah will come.” Israel is called Eretz Zion; who underwent descents will enter it.
Reason for Unveiling Kabbalah
#Baal_Sulam Reasons for concealing #Kabbalah: no need, impossible, personal secret of the Creator. But due to the development of mankind, the ban “not necessary” turns into a directive “there is a need” & therefore Kabbalah is revealed to all mankind
The main thing required of us is sensitivity to the Upper’s work on us, “the subtlety of the #soul,” to yearn to feel what actions the Creator performs on us directly & which are hidden, like #Pharaoh, or by other means, which are called “this world” in me.
The way out of slavery by the ego, where we are, is possible only after becoming aware of the slavery, which we can no longer endure! And the unveiling of slavery & inability to be in it is reached by joint efforts in the attempts to unite in the group
Any projects starting with our time & onward will be successful only if they provide for a greater connection between people than before implementation of the project! So, it’s necessary to connect the project with uniting people & only then it will succeed #success
The Creator reveals in a Kabbalist new ego-desires; he descends, feels reception as more vital than bestowal, but the friends’ Arvut, reforming Light, & studying return the importance of unity & bestowal. From these descents/exits/yetziyot-Zion, he builds motion.
After descents, a Kabbalist returns to awareness & perception, experiencing new inspiration. Then it repeats, in hardening of the ego/pharaoh’s heart. Through such “exits,” he attains the Torah, the process of revealing the Creator, and achieves adhesion with the Creator.
The whole process of revealing the Creator to man is described in the Torah, which doesn’t depict earthly life, but stages of spiritual development of man: exiting the power of ego/desire to receive to love of others/desire to bestow—the birth in the spiritual world
Kabbalah is spiritual work, “Avodat HaShem,” because it invites and practices unity in the group, above every person’s individual ego, as the forefather Abraham first taught. Unity till achieving love of others is the basis of #Kabbalah.
The Roman Club severely criticizes #capitalism, financial profiteering, & materialism. But calls for self-restraint won’t work. #Egoism cannot be stopped; it pushes us forth, even if there’s an abyss ahead. We need to rise over egoism and break thru to the next stage.
Stages of #development of the soul
1 Studies (per Baal HaSulam) & connection in the group (per RABASH)
2 Exit from ego (Egypt)
3 Attaining bestowal, Bina (Sinai Desert)
4 Attaining love of others & the Creator (taming the Land of Israel, constructing the Temple)
Above our life, there’s #eternity. This is what we have to find, not squander ourselves on petty goals. One must always check: am I moving toward this or not? If yes, there is nothing in my way and I have just one goal: to attain eternity! Otherwise, the ego lowers me to an animal.
3 degrees of nature—still, vegetative, animate—exist by egoistic laws. The Human degree does not exist in nature. It is psychologically born in an animal and demands a special, super-egoistic organization of life, similar to the Creator. This is whom Kabbalah is revealed to.
#Spiritualwork #Passover #Kabbalah
Chew, don’t swallow!
Maror, bitter greens eaten at the Passover meal, symbolize difficult labor in egoism’s/Pharaoh’s slavery. One must chew slowly to feel the bitterness of the difficult, lengthy attempts to break free from egoism to escape!
Spiritual work (Avodat HaShem) happens only in #Kabbalah since it’s called Torah-Ohr, drawing the influence of #Torah, OM [Ohr Makif – Surrounding Light], the Light that Reforms. Study of Torah means letting the Light of Torah, OM, influence, make changes.
3 levels of nature: still, vegetative, animate exist by its #selfish laws. Level “Man” in nature doesn’t exist. It’s born at the animal level psychologically and requires a special above-ego structure of #life, similar to the Creator. Hence it is man who reveals #Kabbalah.
Egoism (evil) emerged with the breaking of the soul, ADAM (likeness to the Creator), BETWEEN its broken parts, NOT in each part. So it isn’t people that need correcting but RELATIONS between them. To replace #evil between us with goodness IS to correct the soul.
#Globalization leads to an increase in the incomes of the population, but at the same time this contributes to the deepening of #inequality. It exerts an external temporary positive effect mainly in weak countries. Revenues from the common market are distributed unevenly
By unifying in a group we connect many opposing properties and in a variety of connections that preserve their uniqueness, linked despite their differences, we create the SOUL, a complex spiritual vessel, 620 times more sensitive, suitable to reveal the Creator.
How with our ego – desire to reach equivalence to Light, to bestow & receive? By connecting ADAM’s broken properties of reception and bestowal in order to reveal the Creator in their connection. Our connection is in fact the Creator (Boreh), “come and see” (Bo-Re).
The reason to achieve love of friends by unification is to reveal the property of “oneness” in which opposing properties can unite, under the influence of the common upper principle “the Creator” that unifies everything. And in it to attain the highest perfection.
The difference between #Kabbalah & other methods is that it’s mastered in a group “sitting in a tent” under one cover in common unity where “all crimes are covered with love” & everyone by canceling his ego is ready to connect with others under one roof of love.
Initially one has a desire to love only himself. But by participating in the group, one realizes that connection with the friends is needed to create a spiritual vessel— a “place” to reveal the upper world, the Creator, in the measure of the evolving connection.
The world reveals our broken connections. Sees how #globalization ruins the world built on self-interest that makes connection not cordial but aggressive, for mutual exploitation. This evidence of evil leads the world to correction (through suffering) #BREAKING.
#The_purpose_of_man’s_existence in the material world is to attain the upper world and there, to continue developing. Our world is the lowest state in existence. The next stage is the #upper_world where our world is managed from.
Thus, the #purpose_of_life is revealed there.
Ego/evil emerged with the breaking of the soul, ADAM (likeness to the Creator), BETWEEN its broken parts, NOT in each part. So it’s not people needing correction, but the RELATIONS between people. Replacing evil between people with good is the soul’s correction.
Success in Kabbalah depends on the connection with the group, where we get many attainments that we needn’t undergo ourselves. By plugging in the friends’ states, cancelling self, and Arvut, one forms within #HaVaYaH, the vessel of the soul to reveal the Creator
It’s good that we’re all different & perceive everything differently. This allows, thru mutual inclusion over differences, collecting a common desire that can reveal the Upper Light; for revelation of the Creator cannot occur in an individual one-dimensional desire
How many more conferences, conventions, forums, and meetings will we need to deal with the relentless global phenomenon of #antisemitism. The path to a solution has already been paved from time immemorial. #GFCA2018 facebook.com
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Question: What is the highest state in Kabbalah, described as a state of complete and absolute happiness?
Answer: Absolute happiness is created through the full integration between the right and left lines into the middle line, when the egoistic system (Klipa – shell, Tuma’a – impurity, Gasut – vulgarity) is completed and filled through the right line, the characteristic of bestowal, love, and care.
If the two systems exist simultaneously in the middle line between them, with complete acceptance of each other, then this state is called absolute happiness.
But this state will not remain permanently because distortions, breakdowns, and decay are constantly revealed within it. In other words, any spiritual state, including a state of happiness, is dynamic.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/17/17
What Is Happiness?
Attainment That Brings Happiness
What Is Happiness?
New Life 955 – The Spiritual Person
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, spiritual development occurs when men and women overcome their own egos and focus instead on understanding and fulfilling the others’ desires. They will complement one another and concede to one another, thereby becoming a united, integrated, complete, and whole human being. Only through this soul connection will they discover the power of the Creator between them.
From KabTV’s “New Life 955 – The Spiritual Person,” 1/28/18
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Preparation for the Lesson
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Writings of Rabash, Vol. 2, Article 23
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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 1, “Histaklut Pnimit,” Chapter 3, Item 23
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Writings of Rabash, Letter 66
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