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It is the obstacles of egoism (#Pharaoh) in man’s effort to reveal the Creator (quality of bestowal, unity, love), being opposite to the Creator, that a person is forced to start asking for help from the Creator, and thus brings himself out of exile in egoism (Egypt). #Passover
The entire effect of spiritual efforts lies in their accumulation. Then the result emerges. But in the midst of the process of accumulation, one feels emptiness and despair, and does not feel the accumulation. Only once in a while does one sense some understanding of the process. What matters most is patience along the path and the friends’ support!
Work in egoism against egoism in striving toward the Creator. The result is a growing emptiness. Until the group decides that their work should be in faith above knowledge—in the quality of complete bestowal and unity. And then they appeal to the Creator for help, and He takes them out of the power of egoism.
To rise to the degree of faith above knowledge means not to deny or reduce knowledge, but, on the contrary, to gain the opportunity to explore the spiritual world as well, the manifestation of the second force of nature—the power of bestowal, the expression of the Creator. So in addition to earth sciences, the science of Kabbalah is added.
The Temple, the Creator’s house, is in the center of the group (ten). The path to it is through increasing unity of friends, each person’s increasing bestowal to the group. This is contrary to our nature, but the friends’ support and example gives each one the forces to enter spirituality, the Creator’s House.
At first the study shows a person how far he is from the upper world of bestowal, the Creator. The study creates a desire for bestowal in him, a desire to come out of egoism’s rule. The realization of exodus happens only by the light’s action.
The need for a lengthy exit from egoism (exile) is that if one receives a small fulfillment, he will be satisfied with it and won’t wish for more, since spiritual fulfillment is eternal. Hence one must receive the whole desire, and then portion by portion, correct and fill it.
Work in Egypt, in attempts to come out of egoism, when you plunge into it again and again, brings one to total despair. But if one is aware that precisely this work gives the Creator joy, then the slave begins to feel joy too. Thus egoism’s slave comes out of slavery to freedom.
Light is revealed in the Kli only to the degree of the Kli’s equivalence with the light, in their equal desires for one another.
This is attained through man’s war with the qualities of egoism-reception, which are opposite to light-bestowal, until he changes, under the light’s influence, to similarity to the light—the intention to bestow.
The force (size) of the desire for spirituality is measured by the frequency of entries and exists into the yearning to acquire the will to bestow, i.e., by the shortness of breaks between exit and entry into the aspiration to attain the quality of bestowal.
Before desires are corrected for bestowal, the light shines only to the degree of correction of one’s desires. After one has attained the quality of bestowal, the light influences him in full force, in its greatness and in the complete sensation.
From Twitter, 4/15/19
Answer: No, faith in the wisdom of Kabbalah has nothing to do with the earthly understanding of this word. The category of faith is not in philosophy, psychology, or everyday life.
Faith is the property of bestowal, which is formed in us under the influence of the upper force. When I say that I believe in something, it means that I simply have a certain connection with some phenomenon. But this is in no way connected with the faith that Kabbalah implies.
In Kabbalah, the concept of faith is a special property that arises in a person under the influence of the upper force, upper light. Only then can one make absolutely altruistic actions that are completely unrelated to himself. It is as if he has an additional body—a spiritual one, and with its help it works.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 12/23/18
Answer: The Creator’s goal is to bring us to complete resemblance with Him. This is called “good” because He is absolute and wants to bring us to an absolute state.
Question: In Talmud Eser Sefirot, it is written that the desire to receive pleasure in and of itself is neither bad, good, nor lowly. It is bad only because it isolates us from the Creator. So, if we want to attain the Creator, then is this a bad desire?
Answer: This refers to the desire to receive. If it isolates me from the Creator or I want to use the Creator to fulfill an egoistic need, this is a bad use of desire.
Question: Do I understand correctly: the Creator does everything for the best, and good and evil are given to us in order to understand the difference between them and continue our advancement?
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/14/18
Quotation: “Only a fool needs order, genius can handle chaos.”
Answer: Yes. A person usually rushes to order because he cannot embrace what is in front of him.
The genius on the other hand, feels that he must dissolve in the chaos and then he will see an internal order in it: not the one he imposes on the existing world, but the one that initially exists within this world.
Quotation: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Answer: If miracles did not exist, then everything would be very simple and clear. I too want to explain to everyone: “Why are you suffering? Look, everything is written simply. You are trying to do something in your life with incomprehensible attempts.”
This is one life when we try to grasp the immensity with our minds. But we say in advance: “Why is it there? Everything is simple and good,” embrace it all in our mind.
And the other is when we dissolve in the spiritual, in space, when we understand that we cannot swallow it and we believe that we can only enter into it, dissolve in it.
Thus, we accept the world by entering it. At the same time, we belittle ourselves, our minds, our capabilities; we see nature above us, not us ruling over nature. As Sir Isaac Newton [and often attributed to Einstein] said: “to myself, I seem to have been like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” Only in this way can we enter nature and begin to truly understand it.
Remark: Then we seem to say: “Some wonders abound!”
My Comment: Yes. And this is the correct approach. In fact—only miracles. Why miracles? It is because I cannot comprehend them with my mind. However, when I say that these are miracles and I want to be in them, then I begin to understand them, precisely because I cancel myself before them.
Quotation: “Education is what remains after everything learned in school is forgotten.”
Answer: What does education mean? We form, or we can say, format our brain. As we launch certain programs into computers and then with the help of these programs, we start processing materials, working with them. Education should be just that. In and of itself, it does not matter. Only after I begin to treat life correctly with its help, do I begin to appreciate it.
Question: And what does it mean to forget education in general?
Answer: What did we study at school? I don’t remember history, geography, even math, I don’t know all those equations. Of course, I can somehow speculate about them. In principle, in college, how much was seemingly unnecessary? Yes, it is all necessary in order to develop brains, develop and stir them. Otherwise what? Will I only be able to count my goats or cows in the herd? Or should I still be able to work with the conceptual apparatus?
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 2/26/18
New Life #210 – Shame and Appreciation in Families
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
The feeling of shame is the most severe injury to a person. Everyone wants to be appreciated, but also makes a calculation about how much should be invested in order to gain appreciation. Those around us define the values toward which we will gain respect or feel ashamed. Parents should give correct values to a child from childhood, but not press too hard for achievements. The goal is to develop the feelings of others in the child so that the child will develop and will know how to direct himself in life.
From KabTV’s “New Life #210 – Shame and Appreciation in Families,” 7/16/13
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