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See Whose Orders You Follow

laitman_962.1It is written that the Creator hardens the heart of Pharaoh, that is, the egoistic desire to enjoy. It is necessary to isolate and increase it so it will become obvious who your enemy is on your way to the Creator, identify it, then turn it from the evil Pharaoh into the good Creator, and thus reach adhesion with the upper force.

There is no servant more faithful to the Creator than Pharaoh who is summoned to bring us to the Creator so that we will be able to distinguish between light and darkness, bestowal and reception, sweet and bitter. With the help of Pharaoh, we learn how to reach the qualities of the Creator. Ultimately, the Creator hardens the heart of Pharaoh, that is, He is behind everything, even the events that are most unpleasant for us. “There is none else besides Him” in the entire reality.

If we are able to accept that all forces of nature, all human beings, all hostile actions, and all thoughts come from the Creator and we want to come to love Him, then we turn all these adverse means into help.

We can only discern any quality through the contrast of opposites, not by itself. We are created beings and we must feel both ourselves and the Creator. The gap between these two sensations gives us the feeling of reality.

The more we differ from the Creator, the deeper and more accurately we can reveal Him, on a more inner level. Therefore, it is said that the greater a person is, the greater is his egoism. The further we advance, the more serious disturbances we encounter, and, at the same time, the collision of opposites helps us come to the conclusion that “There is none else besides Him.”

Our entire work is in establishing the uniqueness of the upper force, nothing besides it exists. The whole world is comprised of disturbances from the force that opposes the Creator, called “the Pharaoh.” Over all this confusion created by the Pharaoh, we can establish that it was sent by the Creator. Then all the disturbances become enveloped in “There is none else besides Him,” and we can examine this principle more accurately in all its detail by building the image of the Creator through the image of the Pharaoh.

We have no way to approach the Creator who has no image. However, it is the disturbances that build the image of the Creator in the inverse form for us.1

Pharaoh confuses us throughout our lives until the day we die, forcing us to think that our duty is to serve egoism. We are not even slaves, but voluntary workers, of Pharaoh, ready to carry out all the orders of our nature in order to receive pleasures in return, or at least to avoid suffering. However, if the Creator wants to bring a person closer to Him, he hardens his heart, showing him that he is working for the evil force, for Pharaoh, who does not care about a person’s welfare, but deceives one throughout one’s life in order to eventually bury him in the ground. Pharaoh enjoys the fact that we are following his orders.

However, the good force is hiding behind the evil one and wants to teach us the advantage of light over darkness by showing us through these opposites that there is something above our nature. All this is so that we, through our desires and efforts, will discover this upper reality, the spiritual world, by ourselves, and come to recognize the upper force that is above Pharaoh. This is how we reveal the opposite form of Pharaoh—the Creator.

Afterward, we chase “none else besides Him,” looking not at Pharaoh himself, but trying to see the Creator through him. Let Pharaoh play any role before me, the main thing is that he helps me reveal various forms of the Creator’s attitude toward me.

The Creator is a permanent, unconditional, invariable good that I cannot see. The upper light even now fills all of reality, but who sees it? Pharaoh gives me a transparent negative through which I look at the light and see all kinds of images. I will not be able to understand and distinguish anything in the Creator if it were not for Pharaoh.

The crueler Pharaoh becomes, the more contrasting details we can reveal in the Creator. Without Pharaoh there is no Creator; therefore, the Creator initially created the evil inclination. When we look at the Creator through our evil inclination, we can see all kinds of forms, types of relationships, actions, and intentions, and with the help of Pharaoh, we learn how to become similar to the Creator.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/19, Pesach (Passover)
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 28:36

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3 Similarities Between Pre-Holocaust Europe And Today’s World

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Consider some striking similarities between pre-Holocaust Europe and today’s world: on one hand, social division becomes felt more rampantly, Nazi, fascist and other extremist views gain popularity, and also anti-Semitic pressure increasingly mounts on the Jews. On the other hand, there is still time for the Jews to take a step toward fixing the problem in a positive light.

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The Special Spiritual Component

laitman_962.8There are people who find it hard to even hear that we need to reach connection in order to attain the Creator. The Creator is so exalted and incomprehensible, He is in another dimension that we do not feel. He does not fit into the scope of our mind and feelings. We cannot assemble this puzzle—the image of the Creator—from the thoughts and sensations within us so that we somehow feel and understand Him.

Yet, on the other hand, they say that it happens through simple corporeal actions in our world. We do not understand the connection between the two: how will it help if I smile at others and treat them well? We don’t think of it as a serious game, just hypocrisy. We are egotists by nature and have already tried to change our external behavior without changing the inner essence.

However, here we should understand that there is a special spiritual component called the light that returns to the source—a special force that we can draw and it will change our nature. Therefore, even if we do not want to connect, to get closer to each other, and to support each other, we must do this in order to come closer to the Creator. This is hard work and we need to convince ourselves of its necessity so that even acting against our desire, pretending and playing, we awaken the light that reforms.

The more artificial and unnatural our effort is, and we make it nevertheless, the more light it awakens. Hence the paradox that people who cannot stand any connection with others and do not accept this principle, through their smallest efforts to connect, they awaken a great light of correction.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/28/19, From The Point In The Heart to A Ten” (Preparation for the Convention in Latin America Convention 2019)
1 Minute 14:52

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What Does Kabbalah Study Bring Into My Life?

Laitman_632.3Question: Can I tie all the events in my life with the study of Kabbalah or would all those events happen to me anyway? What does Kabbalah study bring to my life?

Answer: Your study of Kabbalah gives your life purpose. It gives you an eternal gain that does not disappear with your corporeal body, but remains beyond it. Since the property of bestowal is above egoism, it continues to exist even when our body dies.

Kabbalah gives us an absolutely pure benefit from the life in this world. It may take one life or a few life cycles, but you will be able to achieve the state of complete similarity with the Creator, His level. This is the purpose of our development.
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From the Daily Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 12/23/18

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What Does The Upper Light Respond To?

laitman_530Question: How can I draw the surrounding light: with my effort or my desire? What does it respond to?

Answer: Desire and effort are very close notions. But mostly, the surrounding light responds to our efforts.

To the extent that I try to exit myself, connect with friends and achieve a property opposite to my egoism, I begin to feel from the center of the group the impact of a special property called “faith above reason.”
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From the Daily Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 12/23/18

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New Life #1091 – Education For Our Children

New Life #1091 – Education for Our Children
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary:

As parents and educators it is worthwhile to identify what a child is attracted to and to cultivate his natural inclinations. Natural inclinations are not inherently good or bad but their expression can be negative or positive. We need to speak with our children about what they experience and their related thoughts. Good education explains the egoistic nature of humanity and how to promote good to others. As parents, we have to remember that the best way to calm our children is to correct ourselves.
From KabTV’s “New Life #1091 – Education for Our Children,” 3/7/19

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 5/10/19

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Lesson on the Topic “A Covenant of Salt” (Preparation for the Convention in Latin America Convention 2019) 

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