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Question: There are many methods of spiritual advancement that seemingly speak about the same thing but disagree with the methods of attaining the Creator. Should each nation have its own method of attaining the upper force?
Answer: This is true, because attaining the Creator is possible only through annulment and elimination of the egoism that separates a person from the Creator. This work really depends on a person’s nature. The main thorough abolition of one’s egoism is called the method of Israel, which Abraham received. There are methods that he gave as gifts to the seventy nations of the world that at that time lived in ancient Babylon.
It is the same principle: one should annul one’s egoism. With this annulment, a person begins to feel the upper force. Every nation has its own type of egoism, and therefore, the methods of its annulment differ. However, any person can use the method of Kabbalah as the main method that helps everyone. The science of Kabbalah is a wide, reliable path, ready for each and every person. Other nations can use their methods, but there is a difference in the type of spiritual attainment they can reach this way.
It is unnecessary for everyone to study the wisdom of Kabbalah because we study not in order to know, but in order to attract the reforming light. The ego’s annulment is possible in different ways. For example, I know of a case where due to great suffering, a person annulled his ego so much that he received a certain sense of the Creator. The method of Kabbalah is like the main highway. But there are all kinds of paths around it designated for different kinds of souls.1
If I do not think about myself, then I am able to think about the Creator. There cannot be two masters in the world: it is either me or the Creator. I do not care about myself but only about how not to disconnect from the thought that the Creator shapes me at every moment, implementing the thought of creation.
I go to work, take care of the family, think about how to safely cross the road, but at the same time, I want to feel how every moment and every situation has been arranged for me by the Creator. This means not thinking about yourself because I think everything is done by the Creator, not that I arrange everything myself.2
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/24/19, Questions and Answers with Dr. Michael Laitman
1 Minute 00:00
2 Minute 16:20
Remark: Most spiritual practices state that the Creator changes His attitude toward a person depending on the person’s behavior. Based on this, a lot of various practices have been established that discuss how to interact with the Creator.
Kabbalah tells us that the Creator is a substance or law of nature that has no change of attitude toward a person.
My Comment: The Creator is an unchanging constant. We are the ones who change, and it seems to us that the world is changing in relation to us. In reality, the world is my reflection and I am the only one that changes.
Question: But we see that sometimes the upper force has a positive effect on us and sometimes it is negative. What does it depend on?
Answer: This is because I am changing and the force called the Creator is constant. The absolute cannot change because He is perfect. It is the property of utter goodness, ultimate connection, absolute love.
I am changing, and depending on my changes in relation to the Creator, it seems to me that He is the one who changes; thus, I see Him sometimes as good and sometimes as evil.
For example, a mother always loves her child equally. But if you ask the child, he would tell you: “Mom is bad today and yesterday she was good.” That is, he is interpreting his mother’s behavior according to his own conduct.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 12/17/18
For example, psychology explores only feelings, emotions, all kinds of reactions of a person, and desires.
My Comment: In addition, psychology also explores intention, but it is not a science because in our world there are no clear possibilities to measure and compare a person’s psychological parameters.
Kabbalah, however, as a science about intentions, gives us a tool for a completely different approach. Usually, we evaluate a person according to his or her actions and their results, whereas Kabbalah evaluates a person according to his or her intentions. That is the difference. After all, in our world I can perform bad actions with good intentions and vice versa. Bad intentions can sometimes cause good actions.
In general, revealing a person’s intentions is of primal importance. After all, our intentions are what we are, and our actions and desires depend not on us, but arise in us gradually in the course of our physical development.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/13/18