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Measuring Our Love

laitman_259.02We cannot directly measure our attitude to each other. We can only measure how much we love or hate each other with respect to some foreign object. Let’s say that you love something and I hate it, or you love it more than I do; even this love is relative. But only in this way it can be measured.

The technique of inner, spiritual, precise measurement of people’s connection with each other is based on this because through it they also connect with the Creator. This examination should be very personal because we all have completely different desires. We should examine how much we can discern this connection at all. But you cannot doubt that if I love what you hate, then we cannot connect.

This is how we can examine our attitude to each other. There are billions of different discernments in the world, and if we want to love each other, then our attitude to each of them must coincide. Then, this is called adhesion.

How else can I check you and can you check me? It is only possible with respect to the standard that is outside of you and me with which we can compare ourselves and determine whether we coincide or not. The standard by which we examine our attitude to the Creator is the group because it is the place where we are together with Him.

If I relate to the group correctly, then I discover that the Creator is already there in adhesion with the friends. As it is written: “I dwell among my own people.” He is already in the group; the only problem is that I am not there. Therefore, all my work is to cleave to the nine friends and to complete them to a full ten.

To the extent I cleave to the group, I adhere with the Creator. There is no other frame of reference. The group is the benchmark, the standard, the tuning fork through which I calibrate myself. At that, there is no need for friends to agree. If I become included in them without any conditions, annulling myself in everything, I will discover that they accept me with all their heart and soul and the Creator is between them. The group is in the state of final correction.

The Group Is My Spiritual Tuning Fork

It is impossible to measure our attitude to each other or our attitude to the Creator directly,  but only through an external standard that is neither in Him, nor in us, but in the middle. In this standard that is between us, we can find what connects and separates us.

This standard is the group. If I cleave to the friends in the group, then to the same extent I find myself in adhesion with the Creator. The group gives me an opportunity to measure specific parameters: “height” and “weight” of my love and hatred through which I reach the adhesion with the Creator.

According to the extent of my adhesion with the ten, I can determine the extent of my fulfillment with the Light. After all, I have no way to measure the Light itself but only indirectly, through the group. Through the common desires in the group, I begin to feel the Light that is filling it.

I can only feel pleasure in my desires, and this is not enough. I need to check how, through the fulfillment of these desires, I connect with the one who fills them and whom I fill. Therefore, there is the condition: “And from love of friends one can reach love of the Creator.” We cannot scrutinize the Light itself but only the desires fulfilled by it. Just as we do not speak about electricity itself but only about electrical phenomena. It is significant that electricity does not pass through the wire, but around it. Therefore, the group is a perfect measure of my adhesion with the Creator, like a tuning fork by which we evaluate the sound of the string in a musical instrument. It is impossible to say anything about the string before I touch it and it makes a sound. Only by the desires (Kelim) is it possible to scrutinize the Light.

An example for this are the notes by which we evaluate a melody. Notes indicate which strings to touch or which keys to press. This is the score of desires with which we work to hear the sounds of music within ourselves. The note symbolizes not the sound itself, but an instrument which makes it. Therefore, by attaining the instruments of connection with the group, we reach adhesion with the Creator.1
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/27/18, Lesson on the Topic: “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar
1 Minute 9:10

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Shame—Help In Correction

laitman_547.03Baal HaSulam, Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 1, “Histaklut Pnimit“: There is a flaw of shame in any free gift. In order to spare the Neshamot this blemish, He has created this world, where there is work. They will therefore enjoy their labor, for they take their pay from the Whole, in return for their work, and are thus spared the blemish of shame.

Question: So this world was created in order not to suffer from shame?

Answer: No. It only seems so at first glance.

Nothing was created in vain. If shame is created, it is not to suffer from it, but to use it to achieve certain spiritual levels, to turn the shame into a positive component and to move forward with it’s help. Therefore, I need to develop shame, cultivate it,  and use it with even greater desire.

Different variations of the sense of shame will help me understand where I am in the spiritual system and how I can be more fully associated with it.

After all, the different nuances of feeling shame from rejection, lack of connection, deceiving one another, from everything that our egoism pushes us to, committing small cruelties, will help me to correct all this. If it were not for the shame, I would not have felt any of this and would have enjoyed everything without a twinge of conscience.

What is the difference between a rude and an intelligent person? It is the fact that the rude one does not feel shame; it is hidden in him very deeply, and therefore enjoys everything absolutely thoughtlessly, without any pangs of conscience. And a more sensitive, intelligent man feels ashamed of using his egoism, at least in the sight of others, and therefore hides it, tries to smooth it.

Question: So, our earthly shame can at least somehow be compared with spiritual shame?

Answer: Yes. Our earthly shame can help us sort out the spiritual shame, but we do not use it correctly. A person needs shame. The more shame, the better. If I am deeply ashamed, it will quickly lead to correction.

This is a very serious lever. There is nothing else against egoism—only then does one begin to feel one’s insignificance and imperfection. This is called shame.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/22/18

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About Life With Dolls, Utter Loneliness, And Workaholism

laitman_543.02Remark: In Japan people spend a lot of time at work. And people there are substituting dolls for real people as partners.

Someone, after the death of his wife, began to collect dolls that imitate a person. Another one grew cold to his wife and bought a doll. That is, people are replacing people with dolls. They take care of them, wash them, etc.

And this tendency is observed both in men and in women. Women also buy dolls, live with them, talk to them. Some wear doll masks to be perfect beauties. Absolutely absurd!

My Comment: A man hates his appearance, wants to abandon it and enter the world of feelings, the world of inner, non-external communication—not between bodies, but at a higher level. He feels that he is not in demand and does not know what to demand from others. Therefore, an artificial substitution takes place. What can be said about this?

We are in a transition period, and not only the “unfortunate” Japanese but everybody else too. I do not think that the era of dolls will come and replace husbands, wives, children, or even pets. This all is no more than games. In fact, there can be no substitute.

I hope that the current big crisis, like a tsunami, will sweep away all this dirty industry, including all the excessive things that a man invents and produces. It will all be swept away and only the essentials will remain.

Everything else other than essentials would be spiritual, i.e. whatever we use in order to rise spiritually. This can only come up from the correct communication among people, when a state called “spirit” arises among them. People will then rise together in this spirit: “I cannot live without you and you cannot live without me.”

I do not mean men and women. I mean everything. Such mutual addition gradually elevates us higher and higher. This is the spiritual elevator. This is what we must come to.

This is what the science of Kabbalah teaches. I hope this is the solution to the whole problem. This is how it will be.

As for plastic substitutes, they are temporary toys. It is precisely because we do not find the right combination, the right connection between us.

Question: Researchers claim that people are driven by fear, by their desire to be safe. How can you overcome this fear?

Answer: They will not find this in each other either.

They will find this only if they correctly connect with each other, and in this connection, they will suddenly reveal the upper power that created them, keeps them, and on which they completely depend. Then the fear will disappear.

What fear can there be if you are in contact with the upper force that determines everything: how you were born, how you exist and die, and after that, you will again be in other different states! When you are in contact with the upper force, there is no fear.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/31/18

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 3/18/18, Part 1

Laitman_002Question: What is spiritual intelligence?

Answer: It is a mind directed only toward benefiting others.

Question: What is in the power of a person when he is ascending from below upward?

Answer: Absolutely everything! Also, everything that is necessary for him is received from above.

Question: How do you know what you have passed: a step, or a whole circuit?

Answer: A level is an ascent to the next qualitative level of bestowal and love, whereas in a whole circle there is a movement of ten Sefirot that renews their desire and begins a new birth.

Question: In this world if you do not control, you are controlled. Are there only two possibilities: to control or to be controlled?

Answer: In this world it is possible to control the entire world!

Question: If we develop the soul by exiting into the spiritual world, is it possible to attract the Light of the Creator to another person who cannot do this on his own?

Answer: If you can include his desire within yourself, then you will attract the upper Light to him. But keep in mind that by doing this, you ruin his independent development. You should not do a child’s homework for him—he will not become wiser as a result.

Question: The next level of consciousness, attainment of a nature that is completely different from our nature is a holographic intelligence, complex thinking. Does this mean that the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches logic?

Answer: No. Neither complex thinking nor holographic intelligence have anything to do with the wisdom of Kabbalah. These are physical parameters; I would say they are tricks of our world, nothing more.

Question: What is a sign of optimal balance between the spiritual and corporeal?

Answer: An optimal balance is created when a person makes an effort to sustain himself in this life in normal conditions, and devotes the rest of his time and energy to dissemination and the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/18/18

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 9/4/18

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