Kabbalah And Beliefs, Part 6

laitman_571.06Sacrifice—Getting Closer to the Creator

Question: In all faiths, the concept of coaxing the higher powers with sacrifice is practiced. What about in Kabbalah?

Answer: Kabbalah also has such a concept called “sacrifice.”

But here it is understood that a person sacrifices his egoism, does not want to use it, and does not want his egoism to command him. He wants to give it up, to change it for altruism and bestowal.

“Sacrifice” in Hebrew is “Kurban,” which comes from the word “Karov” (getting close). A person wants to correct his egoism and based on that come closer to the Creator. This is the sacrifice.

Question: That is, everything that is written in the Torah about donations to the Temple implies exactly this?

Answer: Only that. Donations are practically what they did in the Temple, because the Temple is a place of contact between a person and the Creator.

Question: Did people come there to unite with each other?

Answer: You can come to the Temple physically, but it does not mean anything. A man appears in a place inside his heart where he could sacrifice his egoism—“slaughter” it, sacrifice it, in order to come closer to the Creator with a feeling of absolute altruism, love, bestowal, and connection.

Question: So, this has nothing to do with the fact that animals were sacrificed in the Temple?

Answer: No. That is all allegory, like root and branch, cause and effect, nothing more. So you can kill as many animals as you like and it will not make any difference.

Question: So the high priest sacrificed his egoism in order to get closer to other people?

Answer: He was the most corrected person among all the people.

Question: Along with internal work, he took a lamb, cut it, and they ate it?

Answer: Yes. They performed all the actions at the same time, starting from the most spiritual, highest actions, to the lowest, material ones—together and in the same intention.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 2/17/18

New Life #1155 – A Healthy Lifestyle

New Life #1155 – A Healthy Lifestyle
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, one should exist in the middle line because balance leads to health. We understand what we are living for and attain the middle line by clarifying our thoughts, desires, and intentions. It is possible to calibrate ourselves in the middle line between people, society, and nature, avoiding troubles and problems. A healthy lifestyle requires that we reach the center of the general system of nature and remain there.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #1155 – A Healthy Lifestyle,” 8/15/19

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Responsibility To The Creator And The Group

laitman_543.02Question: Is there any personal responsibility in the work toward the Creator and the group?

Answer: Toward the group, I commit myself to reach, together with them, the quality of complete connection and bestowal.

My responsibility to the Creator is to reach connection with Him because it is for this purpose that He created me. By doing so, I reach my most comfortable, best, and highest state.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/7/19

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To Understand The Creator’s Motivations

Laitman_508.2Question: You say that the path of light is a simpler path. But it turns out that you try to proceed the best way and everything is as usual. You do not understand if you are falling behind or if it is necessary to have such difficulties?

Answer: If you make efforts, take everything that happens to you as a reward. Although at times it is very unpleasant, it is precisely thanks to such reactions that you will advance. Therefore, do not think that the answer to your correct and good deeds will be immediate positive occurrences in your life, because you cannot be pulled out of your egoism this way.

You have to be pulled out of it. Even if you made one motion toward spirituality, you nonetheless still remain in the ego. So you need to be pushed again and again, and you can be pushed with various negative impacts.

So you should not say: “I put in so much effort with my friends in the group, in study, in dissemination, and what is the use? I have nothing.” You do not know the results that accumulate from such efforts, which in the end will “shoot” and will give the correct effect.

You can read about it in many articles of Baal HaSulam, Rabash, and all Kabbalists of the past.

Question: So, I should embrace blows as strokes?

Answer: As approval. It is said: “Whom the Lord loves, He rebukes.” You have to perceive this as a reward. Thus, you rise above the ego. After all, of utmost importance for you is to get out of it. How can you rise otherwise?

That is, when you begin to hate your ego and try to rise above it, then you will understand correctly all the motivations of the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/14/19

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