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When I comment on Trump-related matters, I explain the world through the lens of the wisdom of #Kabbalah, which sheds light on the fundamental laws of nature that shape the global and collective #development of humanity.
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From Twitter, 6/10/18
I am also happy in the present state because now I have an opportunity to make a correction and to enjoy this. It turns out that in the past, present, and future, at all times and in all states, I am joyful.
Perfection is built above knowledge, above sensation. Within the sensations, I feel troubles and problems, but above the sensations—scrutinizing why, from where, and for what reason they are coming—I rejoice. These are two different levels.
Everything comes from a great system that reveals problems and troubles to me according to my ability, and I have to correct my attitude toward them. This system exists in front of me. When corruptions are revealed to me, it is a sign that I need to make a correction because there is nothing to correct except my attitude.
From the moment I see the corruption, I begin to think about where it came from, who sent it, and for what purpose. Then I work on it and correct it. I am happy the entire time. I am under the constant care of the upper force that builds my soul. I just need to try and cling to the actions of the Creator regardless of whether they seem bad or good to me.
I have to remember where the problems come from, but not follow them in knowledge (that is, in the sensations that they awaken in me). Instead, I remain one level above them, understanding that everything is done for my benefit. I want to cling to the one who gave me the blow and kiss the hand that hit me. Thus, I want to cling to the Creator above the blows. If I succeed, I detach myself from the corporeal level and exist in adhesion with the spiritual level above the corporeal world.1
I rejoice at the revealed deficiencies, because they existed previously but were concealed, allowing me to think that I am perfect. Yet, when a deficiency is revealed, it is a salvation, because a person is given an opportunity to correct what he is capable of correcting. Therefore, I welcome all the problems and troubles that the Creator brings upon me. After all, the Creator sends them only for the sake of correction. He never punishes us.
The Creator Himself admits that He created the evil inclination. All our problems come only from that egoism. Therefore, there is no flaw that belongs to me personally. My only fault is that I did not fulfill what I could fulfill—this is my entire crime.
All problems exist only in order for me to correct my attitude toward them, declaring that they come from the Creator and being grateful to Him for them. Nothing else is needed. All corrections are made internally, by a change of attitude. It is necessary to come to a state where the whole world will show me where I have to correct my mindset a little, and everything will be fine.
Material actions are just child’s play. The true actions are our attitude to the actions of the Creator upon us. This is called the Creator’s work.2
Joy is expressed in the fact that according to the sensation in my desire to enjoy, I am in trouble, but according to the sensation in faith (in the acquired desire to bestow), I am in an ascent. The gap between one and the other gives me joy. Without the blow to the desire to enjoy, I would not acquire a new desire to bestow.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson on 5/17/18, Shamati, Article 40, “Faith in the Rav, What Is the Measure”
1 Minute 28:35
2 Minute 40:00
3 Minute 49:40
In the News (Nautilus): “Unhappiness Is a Palate-Cleanser,” by Indira M Raman, “…We often behave as though we might find a route to contentment—comfort, satiety, warmth, or some other reward—and be happy all the time if we could just make the right choices. But pleasure is often fleeting, even from the most appealing experiences, giving rise to ennui and sparking the drive for something new and sensational. As a neuroscientist, I can’t help wondering whether the transience of our satisfaction may not in fact be inescapable and instead may reveal an inevitable aspect of the way the brain works, the understanding of which might provide a clue to how to contend with it. …
“Without one’s being able to make comparisons, the world goes gray. In other words, it’s not just that variety is the spice of life; it’s variance that lets us sense anything at all. …
“We perceive things not by their absolute value but by their contrast to what came before. …
“…I think it offers a key to happiness that is compatible with how the brain works. The ability to detect even familiar stimuli can usually be restored by a brief palate cleanser, which literally permits a recovery from desensitization sufficient to intensify a subsequent experience. … Because the brain grades on a curve, endlessly comparing the present with what came just before, the secret to happiness may be unhappiness. Not unmitigated unhappiness, of course, but the transient chill that lets us feel warmth, the sensation of hunger that makes satiety so welcome, the period of near-despair that catapults us into the astonishing experience of triumph. The route to contentment is through contrast.”
Indira M. Raman is a professor in the department of neurobiology at Northwestern University
My Comment: I agree with her. It is impossible to distinguish light without darkness, joy without grief and so on. Our feelings are built on two opposite perceptions, and everything depends on how we evaluate them, weigh them.
The most correct way is for us to begin realizing that bitter sensations were necessary to feel sweet. And then they too become part of the sweet. I wish you such a feeling.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/20/18
In the entire general system of reality there are only two: the Creator and the created being, the upper Light and the desire created by the Light within Himself as a black point that He develops. This point has developed to the state where it feels itself existing independently, that is, as a human being who lives in this world and has his own authority. It stopped noticing that it exists inside the upper Light that rules over it, advances it, and constantly works on it.
This black point, a human of this world, is unaware that his or her entire existence—everything one does, says, thinks, feels, and decides—is determined by the Light, by the upper force. We are in such concealment. And all our work is to discover this upper force and to realize that it acts within us, leaving us no freedom in anything except for one thing: to wish it to come back and to govern us as it already really is but happens without our awareness.
Therefore, there are two worlds: the lower world where we are seemingly in our own authority and the upper world where we discover that everything comes only from above, from the Light, from the Creator. The main thing in this work is to find out the place of our freedom of choice where we can, through concealment and revelation, discover our freedom between them. Only in this place do we really exist as the created beings.
Outside of it we are under complete rule of the Creator, either unknowingly or with awareness. Yet, somewhere in the middle between one and the other there is a special point where we can determine our independence. We can find it only if we are searching for faith above reason. Then the importance of the Creator is gradually revealed, which is greater than the importance of a person.
This is revealed from above and a person begins to feel at least sometimes that the Creator is more important to him than himself, and he is willing to invest all 1his life and all his strength in Him. This sensation comes and goes and comes again. This work is called faith above reason, bestowal above reception. After all, previously everything was based on the desire to enjoy that was revealed in a person.
It is called “an old and foolish king,” but it always grows alongside the force of faith in opposition to it in order to create an opportunity for a person to proclaim his independence as a middle line between these two forces. There, in the middle line, the Creator and the created being meet.
Implementation of this work is possible only inside the group, in the ten. Therefore, achieving mutual guarantee, connection around Mount Sinai is a necessary precondition for receiving the force of faith from above.1
Friends and a group are means to reveal the Creator. The Creator broke the common soul for us to assemble it again and to become one man. Indeed, if we correct ourselves, we will begin to feel like a single structure. Like now we look at our body and perceive each part of it as ourselves, exactly in the same way we will see and feel that all of humanity is one man.
However, we assemble and correct this one man only for one goal—to reveal a spirit of life in him called the Creator. As we connect separate parts, the spirit of life begins to enter them and they come to life. The Creator enlivens everything. Thus, the work with the friends is the means for the revelation of the Creator and of the true reality.
We do not work directly with the Creator. To the extent that we work with the friends and connect organs of the common soul together, the Creator dresses into them.2
The right line and the left line do not cancel each other out. I can feel them both and also the middle line that reconciles between them. One desire is within reason and the other above it; these are two different sensations. They do not mix; I clearly distinguish between them and can shift from one to the other. I can measure one relative to the other; both desires exist, but I must decide with which of them I want to identify myself.3
First, we live only in this world where everything happens in the desire to enjoy and we do not ascend to the “second floor.” Then the second floor appears in addition to knowledge: faith above reason. Therefore, I have two opinions I can navigate between. I understand when the time comes to expand the first floor in order to englarge the second floor above it.
I live in two worlds. Two desires exist in me without cancelling each other: one is within reason, in Malchut, and the other one is in faith, in Bina.
We do not feel this division inside of us yet, but we move toward it. We need to discuss it and try to imagine it. Like we study events in our world that we first do not understand and feel. But gradually in the process of these exercises we get sensations and ideas.
Baal HaSulam writes that there is nothing in the world that a person cannot feel, including the Creator. After all, the upper force exists; we just need to develop increasing sensitivity to it. Everything comes with experience and habit becomes second nature.4
Two worlds exist simultaneously without cancelling each other. Reason and faith above reason are two programs that act in parallel. We can be in either of them and connect them together. Therefore, it is called faith above reason that we discover difference between the two worlds.
Each level has its own truth: truth within reason and truth above reason, the degree of Malchut and the degree of Bina, between which our existence is realized. We need to increase Malchut in order to increase Bina. They influence each other and everything is implemented between them.5
I move to a different level of perception, to the degree of Bina, faith, and decide that faith is above Malchut, above reason. According to the degree of faith, I decide that the Creator governs everything, determines my entire existence, and I want to be guided by the upper mind of faith, not by my animalistic mind and knowledge.
According to reason, I am the most important and according to faith, the Creator and the friends are more important than me. Reason, my desire to enjoy, will always remain as the left line against the right one, and exactly because of it I will be able to increase the right line, faith, and to advance. The angel of death exists until the final correction.6
The Light descended from above downward and on its way it already built every point, made a mark for each state. Rising from below upward, we need to reach the same point, meaning to rise from one of its marks to another. This is like shooting at a ready target. We just need to bring our prayer in line with the state that exists before it. The answer to the prayer already exists and as soon as we ask correctly, we will immediately receive it.7
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/3/18, “Work in Faith Above Reason”
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 16:50
3 Minute 20:20
4 Minute 24:00
5 Minute 28:20
6 Minute 34:00
7 Minute 53:35
New Life 1007 – The Doctrine Of Kabbalah From Concealment To Revelation
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
The code for cracking the encrypted texts in the wisdom of Kabbalah must be constructed inside a person. We must awaken from the egoistic desire of receiving for oneself to the desire of the Creator, which is to express bestowal and love for others. There had been intense opposition to the revelation of the wisdom of Kabbalah in the period of Hasidism and the Lithuanian Mitnagdim (those who opposed Hasidism). Rav Kook and Baal HaSulam attempted to make the wisdom public in the beginning of the twentieth century. The Ari also understood that the time had come to reveal the power that is concealed in the Torah and reach the summit of the evolution of the created beings.
From KabTV’s “New Life 1007 – The Doctrine Of Kabbalah From Concealment To Revelation,” 5/1/18
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