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Just a few days ago we concluded our annual #Kabbalah #Convention in New Jersey. It was a very powerful and unifying event where we all began to feel as one. But do not forget: with efforts to remain connected, every day can feel like a convention!

Congratulations and good luck to the 150 graduates of KabU—our online #Kabbalah University in English. In the photo: #KabU Graduation Ceremony at the World Kabbalah #Convention, New Jersey 2018.
For more info about courses >> @Kabbalahinfo

Every day one must care about sensing the Creator’s greatness to the point that He fills the whole horizon. Then nothing will be scary or difficult. Work only on this—everything else are derivatives of the Creator’s greatness.
#SpiritualWork_ML

As much as we respect someone, we have energy to work for them. As much as we see them as great, we experience bestowal to them as reception—reward.
Hence, to bestow to the Creator, we only lack a sense of His greatness, and that depends on the environment…
#SpiritualWork_ML

#SpiritualWork_ML
The soul (Adam) did not have parts, head and body—thoughts and desires, but only filling by Light of Hassadim. It didn’t have egoism, called “circumcised,” being in a small state. To reveal the Creator, it needed great desires and thoughts—the fall of sin.

#SpiritualWork_ML #Kabbalah
When parts of the broken common soul unite, their differences don’t disappear. But “love will cover all transgressions.” The broken soul keeps its egoism—huge desires and contradictions. The latter help to reveal the light, as advantage from darkness

Without the breakage of creation, the common soul (ADAM) and its correction, we would feel a small state. But after the breakage and correction, we reveal the entire upper light, become one with the Creator, attain equivalence of form with Him and understanding of His path and #wisdom.

#SpiritualWork_ML #Kabbalah
The common soul—ADAM, the only creature created by the Creator, broke into many parts that we, through our unity, must assemble and reconnect with love, in order to reveal the Creator inside that unity: “from love for creatures to love for the Creator.”

#unity
The convention in Italy is special in that it calls upon all groups and individuals in Europe to unite. Europe is the ruins of Babylon that we must unite. We must all, already now, take part in that unity; the convention will be the finishing touch. All eyes are on Europe!

This is “Shechina in the dust”—efforts for the Creator’s sake are as important as dust…

No strength to correct oneself comes from no importance of the goal.
We don’t appreciate the importance of efforts and the Creator they aim at.
We lack sensation of the Creator’s and hence our work’s importance.

#Israel—One who aspires toward the Creator. Li-Rosh —head of the #soul.

Our mission is to assemble the broken soul. To select its parts, scrutinizing functions and drawing upper light, which sorts, assembles, and enlivens. Those involved in spiritual work are the head of the soul; the rest are the body.

#Kabbalah
The difference between the original vessel (soul, Adam) and the one restored after breakage is that breakage brings out new qualities that used to be concealed, but when they’re corrected they become revealed in the attainment of the Light’s and the Creator’s qualities.

#Congress #unity
The attained unity can disappear for two reasons:
– either it goes away by itself;
– or, we begin to work on new unity—and hence the past disappears.
It is recommended to start the next unification straightaway.

#Congress #unity
Every day must bring new unification of Bnei Baruch—and even many times a day. We mustn’t wait for the previous degree to disappear from our sensations. It gets recorded as corrected, since we attained unity. The state disappears in order for us to continue the work.

#Congress #unity
All of the primary work of unification takes place not at conventions, but between them—in the process of preparing for them. Every day can be like a new convention, like a great ascent or descent—they all come together to produce a common result!
From Twitter, 5/10/18

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Mind And Feelings

laitman_610.3Question: Can a person not understand Kabbalah with the mind, but only sensually?

Answer: Our mind is a derivative of the senses. The spiritual world cannot be understood by reason, because the Creator created a desire, that is, feelings, and when we begin to change our desires, the mind changes with them. Therefore, we turn to the senses—they have to be changed, and the mind will change respectively.

The mind serves our egoistic desires. In other words, it is selfish.

Question: What happens to reason, when intentions change? Does it become different?

Answer: When feelings change for love and bestowal, the mind also changes. It is clearly a servant of desires.

Question: Scientists have established that a person uses 3-5% of the brain’s potential. If he works for bestowal, would he use the remaining 97%?

Answer: Yes. But for this it is still necessary to achieve the quality of bestowal.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/7/18

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Egyptian Sieve

laitman_258Before entering the spiritual world, a person goes through a very difficult stage that is called “seven years of famine,” the hardening of the heart. He sees that he is drowning in his egoism, he is incapable of getting out of it, and he will never be able to get out of it. And this is the truth because the desire to enjoy is our only nature.

This period is dangerous because it could seem to a person that it is fine to remain in his egoistic desires and not worth fighting with them. Why suffer in vain trying to get rid of it if nothing will come out of it anyway? Egoism depicts to a person that he does not have any hope for salvation.

This is really the case: there is no hope to receive any fulfillment in our desire to enjoy. And a person does not yet have a desire to bestow. Therefore, he runs away to religion or to all sorts of “spiritual practices” in order not to feel that his nature is against him. The main thing is not to feel that you are facing Pharaoh. Therefore, he runs away from Egypt.

As it is written: “A thousand enter the room and one comes out to the Light”—this is how we are sifted through an Egyptian sieve. “And only the heroes among them, whose patience endured, defeated the guards and opened the gate.” We need to understand that this is a prolonged and bitter period, called the exile. It requires connection, endurance, and mutual support, otherwise a person cannot survive it. The closest way out that people leave this path is religion, which allows going within reason instead of in faith above reason.

Therefore, it is necessary to create a strong environment, an atmosphere of mutual support and guarantee in order to help each other build a Kli (vessel) for the future revelation.1

Before the exodus from Egypt, a person enters a dark period when he finds himself deeper and deeper in his egoism, every day having less and less strength to fight against it. The desire to enjoy sends him all sorts of extraneous thoughts, desires, and actions, increasingly distant from spirituality. It seems to a person that instead of advancing, he goes backward.

And then, he is tempted to turn to religion, which promises a reward for every action taken right on the spot, as if he alone is sufficient for the correction. This is certainly attractive, and a person leaves.

Rabash writes that specifically such people who have been engaged in Kabbalah for a long time have made good progress, and then left without entering the spiritual world, risk becoming the greatest opponents of Kabbalah and even enemies. After all, on one hand, they seem to understand what it speaks about, and on the other hand, they do not attain it.2

There is no other force acting in reality except the Creator. The only thing that He allows the created being is to realize what is happening to him and what the upper force is doing with him. The created being must apply all possible efforts toward this point of awareness. But in fact, in the past, now, and in the future, at all times, at all levels, only the Creator has acted, acts, and will act.

And we have been appointed to reveal His work. By this we do not influence the work itself, but we want to appreciate it and attain the entire greatness of the Creator.3

It is written: “I and not a messenger.” That is, the Creator Himself takes us out of Egypt. This means that we are in direct contact with the Creator, with the upper force, without any intermediaries. “Intermediary” means that in my demand I do not yet feel myself directly before the Creator and do not connect all my hopes for salvation only with Him.4

We need to make enormous efforts now so that everyone will scrutinize his own condition and will feel that this is the Egyptian exile. The sign of the closeness of the exodus from Egypt is a feeling of utter hopelessness in absolutely everything, from all sides. In this state of despair, the Creator reveals Himself and saves us.

However, we need to scrutinize this state together—this must be our common decision. One cannot exit Egypt alone, but only thanks to a serious awareness in the general Kli.5

Egoism assures a person that the path should not be as difficult and uncompromising as the wisdom of Kabbalah suggests. Why torment yourself fighting with your egoism? There are many psychological methods that allow you to calm down and get along with your desire to enjoy.

Clearly, this is very attractive. Therefore, from the moment the wisdom of Kabbalah emerged, throughout history, many different methodologies developed in parallel with it. And when the wisdom of Kabbalah went into concealment, this served as the reason for the emergence of the three world religions.

Religion sweetens a person’s  life. It lets people perform external actions instead of internal ones, and promises a reward for them in this world and in the next world. It is clear that egoism is looking for a compensation for itself.

However, it is specifically organized from above so that there are other systems, in addition to Kabbalah, that help to find out what egoism is in relation to the force of bestowal, the force of the Creator. Therefore, all the religions and methodologies are needed and nothing can be destroyed. Our task is only to continue clarifying the desire of the upper one.6
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/28/18, Writing of Rabash: “The Difference between Mercy and Truth and Untrue Mercy”
1 Minute 8:28-11:47
2 Minute 13:00
3 Minute 44:40
4 Minute 48:30
5 Minute 52:10
6 Minute 55:30

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Is One Who Needs Nothing Happy?

Laitman_036Question: Various methodologies claim, “Happy is the one who needs nothing.” Is that so?

Answer: In general, yes. On the corporeal level if I need nothing, if all my desires are above the material level, aimed at love and bestowal, outside of me, then this is surely happiness.

Question: Some methods level out our desires. If a person does that, would he be happy?

Answer: A person leveling his desires reduces himself to the level of inanimate creation.

If he does not resist, does not criticize, does not blame anyone or anything, he is happy, but this happiness is emotionless like a rock. In this way he protects himself from suffering as much as possible. However, being a part of the rest of humanity, he will not be able to avoid problems. They will still come through. Moreover, he will constantly feel the need to become something more.

Question: The great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam writes that if a person made a calculation, looked at his life, and saw the amount of pain he felt versus the pleasure he experienced, he would immediately end his life. In other words, the amount of suffering is so much greater than the pleasure. Why is this calculation concealed from a person? We are all egoists. We are constantly calculating.

Answer: This is needed for the internal cumulative process so that we could accumulate multiple evils, bitterness, problems, depression, and come to such disillusionment in life that we would want to rise above it, not to end our lives, but to truly rise, to find the answer to why we suffer—for what?!
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/17/17

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To Reach The Creator

Laitman_117Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: It is human nature to fear anything outside the nature of creation. People are also afraid of anything uncommon, such as thunder and loud noises.

However, He is not so. This is because in fact, there is nothing more natural than coming into contact with one’s maker, for He has made nature.

In light of these words, everything becomes simple, understandable, and there is no possibility for speculation of any kind: not spiritual, physical, nor social.

Today, the whole world is confused because we do not know how it is correctly interconnected. Therefore, we twist and connect its various parts in various ways, and in the end, we get hit. And again, we start to twist them in a different way, to connect differently, thinking that it can be better, and again, we get hit with a blow.

And on the spiritual level, everything is very simple. We see that everything is connected in one system from Keter to Malchut—three lines and nothing else.

Question: How can we reach such simplicity?

Answer: We will reach complete simplicity only at the final correction. Then, we will plug into the single system of ten parts where there is what is called HaVaYaH, which from ten turns into the four-letter name of the Creator, the four stages.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 10/9/17

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New Life #985 – Bitterness In Relationships

New Life #985 – Bitterness In Relationships
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

We feel bitter when we don’t get something we want or expect and our egos are subsequently harmed. Instead of removing bitterness by lowering our expectations, we need to understand the root of the problem. Partners must learn about egoism and how “all who condemn do so with their own defect.” The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to bring our hearts closer together and discover the upper world in a group framework. It is up to us to heal our relationship to the world with the help of the power of love and then the bitterness will disappear and everything will be corrected, good, sweet, and beautiful.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #985 – Bitterness In Relationships,” 3/25/18

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 5/10/18

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic: “Continuing the Congress With an Ascent”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 4, Chapter 1, Item 5

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose”

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