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The heart is a desire covered by egoistic intention.
By rubbing our hearts against one other, we’ll shed the egoistic shell-intention from the hearts.
Instead of it, we will get the intention of bestowal and the heart will be filled by upper light.
#wisdom #quotes #kabbalah
Build a common desire, a vessel for revealing the Creator, with the ten.
Our world is a world of action. In it, we can make actions without the heart’s consent. This lie nevertheless enables us to build our independence in spirituality, precisely by virtue of the lie…
The sensation, “There’s none else besides Him” depends only on the extent of self-annulment because we build a place for revealing the Creator above our egoism. Through self-annulment, we turn “I” into “We” and “We” into “the Creator.”
Love of friends is just a name that conceals not just connection, but an enormous and difficult analysis. We identify the “evil” between us—a bad connection that stems from our nature. And “above it” we must establish a good (i.e., spiritual) connection.
Each person must constantly check himself: does he submit to the others, so everyone will be equal, as one man with one heart? From this unity, new phenomena, forces and actions are revealed, which we never suspected or imagined.
There are already people among us who exist in the quality of bestowal to the environment.
Next we must enlighten humanity about the need to follow the laws of nature and build life upon the principle of mutual bestowal in order to merit the upper reward, the Creator’s degree (Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”).
“The ethics of nations’ life must obligate people to bestow to the neighbor (love your neighbor as yourself), so there will be full equality in everything. This will be the perfect consciousness of all the nations. Besides this, every nation may follow its own religion and tradition” (Baal HaSulam, “The Last Generation”).
“#Nature, like a judge, punishes us according to our development. Hence suffering grows to the degree of progress, since we are obligated by the Creator’s providence to carry out the law of bestowal. In as much as we do not carry it out, nature punishes us. And Nature will defeat us, will compel us to ‘love the neighbor'” (Baal HaSulam, “The Peace”).
It is best to accept the Kabbalists’ opinion: that the words “Nature” and “Elokim” (one of the Creator’s names) are identical (Gematria 86). In this case the Creator’s Laws may be called Nature’s Commandments, and vice versa, since it is the same thing.
And there is no more need for empty rhetoric. (Baal HaSulam, “The Peace”)
The emergence of a plea to the Creator came from the Creator Himself.
It wasn’t man who initiated closeness with the Creator, but the Creator drew him closer, giving him a desire to ask for help.
It is also the Creator that completes this process by awakening reactive desires for Himself.
Faith in this process leads man to unification.
The ability to annul myself is determined by the environment—as much as I submit to them. At every moment, the Creator gives me this opportunity. The upper light operates constantly—the changes depend on my consent to annul myself within the opportunity that is presented.
There’s no evil without good and no good without evil. We must preserve both, without diminishing the evil, because it is precisely above it that we reveal the good. It is written, “love will cover all sins.” If there are no sins, there is no place for love.
It can exist only while covering the evil.
No one has found clear and sound grounds for building a sound society of equal and happy people. Everyone seeks the truth, but egoism grows and humanity’s state deteriorates. Hence there is no path other than to start gathering into “tens” and gradually building the new society…
… through good upbringing.
#education #happiness #selfdevelopment
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Spacecraft to the moon—check. Oscar—check. Anti-Semitism—check.
Israeli pride was on full display this week: marching up the red carpet to receive an Oscar, and sending a spaceship to the moon.
As usual, the Jewish mind continues to make breakthroughs in science and culture. Good for us! Really, well done!
But humanity expects more of us. Humanity expects us to give it the unique product that only we can produce, the product that is deeply embedded in the Jewish DNA, and is the most necessary for human life on the planet right now: the wisdom of how to connect people.
Depression is increasing worldwide. Many countries are battling political, economic and social crises. The material abundance that exists is distributed very unevenly. Labor security is undermined; governments are zigzagging; waves of immigration are blurring peoples’ sense of identity while fueling racist and violent movements; alliances that have shaped the West since World War II are collapsing.
Technology has turned the world into a small global village, but has also created a web of interdependence that necessitates us to coexist. In potential, we have everything, but in practice, there is one thing missing: good human connections. Everyone agrees that unity is necessary, but no one knows how to mend the broken pieces.
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the nations of the world expect us, Jews, to set an example for a new social order based on connection and unity. Whether consciously or not, they have a deep-seated demand from the Jews to lead such a way of life.
“The Israeli nation had been constructed as a sort of gateway by which the sparks of purity would shine upon the whole of the human race the world over.” Baal HaSulam explains in the article “The Mutual Guarantee,” where he describes the nature of the connection between Israel and the nations of the world, “until they can understand the pleasantness and tranquility that are found in the kernel of love of others”, he said.
Therefore, every moving film, every life-saving drug development, every brilliant technological innovation – ultimately do not satisfy the world’s inherent demand towards the Jewish people. In fact, the Jewish success may escalate the outrage.
The fact is that even after Israel won first place in the Eurovision song contest, successfully launched a spacecraft to the moon and won the Oscar for best short feature film, an airplane captain told an Israeli worker at Ben-Gurion airport: “I do not shake hands with a Jew,” reminding us that anti-Semitism is alive and kicking in 2019.
Now is the time to use all that Jewish genius to kickstart a human revolution that will generate enhanced connection, and facilitate reconciliation between people at all levels of human society.
When we work towards unity – every song we sing or film we shoot will penetrate the heart of the world like an arrow. And when humanity takes the littlest step toward this new level of human connection, they will shower us with love and appreciation in return.
The science of Kabbalah is meant to teach us how to reach the revelation of the Creator, not just to reveal Him in the mind, but to merge with Him so that “All my bones shall say,” which means to reveal the upper force in all of one’s perception: in sensations and in the mind, in each sensory and intellectual cell.
The study of Kabbalah occurs in three stages. In the first stage, we study what the science of Kabbalah is about: about this world, about human nature (egoism), about how egoism arranges our whole life in this world historically and geographically.
We then study the upper world, starting from the very top, from the first point where all the creations originate. This is a spiritual reality cut off from us. There is a desire to enjoy and the opposite force: the restriction, the screen, and the upper Light, the Creator, the desire to bestow. These two forces can get close and interact with each other, reaching connection and adhesion at different levels called the spiritual ladder. The spiritual steps show how the strength to overcome lets the desire to enjoy resemble the Creator’s power of bestowal.
At first, these two worlds seem to be completely unrelated to each other. There is this world, ruled by primitive egoism, controlling all parts of creation: inanimate nature, plants, animals, people. There is also the spiritual world in which the desire to enjoy armed with the strength to overcome and the upper Light operate.
However, at the third stage, devoted to the work of the Creator, a person studies how from this world he can gradually rise to the upper reality and resemble the Creator. It is already about Him.
Meanwhile, he is still at the level of this world, only approaching similarity to the Creator, organizing a group, a ten, not yet knowing what the spiritual world is about; this is called the preparation time. Next comes the period of entering spirituality—practical spiritual work. At this stage, we begin to work not on how to organize the work within the desire to enjoy, but how to overcome it, that is, to rise above it toward the desire for bestowal, the power of Bina.
For this, we exercise faith above reason, referring all our states to the upper force, to the Creator. This is how we try to separate ourselves, detach from the stage of the desire to enjoy, from feeling and understanding within egoism, and elevate ourselves to the next level, to faith, to the desire for bestowal.
In our attempts to jump above the desire to enjoy to the desire to bestow, we are like baby birds learning to fly: jumping, trying to fly, but failing. In the end, they succeed and begin to hover in the air. And so are we trying to jump above ourselves. The exercise is simple: everything I understand and feel, in my sensations and mind, I should relate to the Creator as coming from Him. This is how I change the power of Pharaoh to the power of the Creator.1
Without collecting the external public around us and attaching it to us, we will be unable to rise. We must be connected with everyone, as it is written: “I dwell among my own people.” It is through the AHP, the outer circles, that the Creator is revealed if we do not neglect them out of pride and egoism, but take care of them. After all, caring for people is equivalent to caring for the Creator. The Creator dwells within the people and if we treat the people as the abode of the Creator, we will be able to achieve the upper world, faith above reason, and all the spiritual levels.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/11/19, “To Increase The Greatness of The Creator In Our Eyes” (Preparation for the World Convention 2019)
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 15:30
Question: When a person attains the Creator and becomes similar to Him in qualities, does he stop dressing into a physical body?
Answer: There are a number of Kabbalists in our world who are with us in the same sensation of this world and we can have a connection with them.
At the same time, they exist in the spiritual world and allow us to be connected with it. There are few such people, but there is no need for a large number of them. This is unnecessary because we have little need for spirituality in our world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/7/18
New Life #156 – The Vision of One Family and the Jewish Root
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
What kind of atmosphere will we create here if we all try to relate to others as a family and how is this connected to the roots of the Jewish people? Judaism is based on the principle taught by our father Abraham: “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). Abraham taught how to overcome the coldness that separates us and to activate the power of connection. The foundation of Judaism is unity and connection. Building a society here as one family is the connection to our Jewish root. Connecting as one person with one heart, we unite with all of nature, all of reality, we contact eternity, and we feel wholeness. We must reach this lofty state today and bring Light to the world!
From KabTV’s “New Life #156 – The Vision of One Family and the Jewish Root,” 3/14/13
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot, item 17
Lesson on the Topic “Building The Future Society”