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From My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/19/19
Black Friday is getting closer and people around the world are already getting ready for this year’s shopping spree. However, as soon as we begin to receive pleasure and the desire is fulfilled by buying something, we suddenly discover that the pleasure comes to an end.
Is it possible to get pleasure that will be endless and constantly increase instead of diminishing? Yes, but it depends on learning to use human desires correctly. Then our lives can become unlimited, infinite, and eternal. This is the secret of eternal life.
The wisdom of Kabbalah literally means ‘reception’ because this is a wisdom of how to receive; it explains how to fill ourselves in an unlimited and infinite manner.
The answer to lasting fulfillment lies in connection.
If we connect among us—if the pleasure passes through me, and I transmit it to you, and you to another, and he to someone else and so on, and this flow constantly happens between us—then the pleasure never stops, and no one becomes satiated.
In that state, the pleasures that pass through everyone are constantly renewed, and each one of us begins to feel the pleasure that comes back to him from everyone, thus he gets pleasure from everyone. It follows that we have an infinite growth of pleasure that results from a higher level of human experience, which Kabbalists refer to as “the spiritual world.” That is possible if we learn how to use the reception of pleasure correctly, and this wisdom is called Kabbalah.
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The center of the ten is a tiny needle’s eye through which I enter the spiritual world. For this I must restrict all my thoughts, all desires, compressing them into one point, so they will lead me into the upper world through the center of the ten.
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In the spiritual world, the ten is my passport, my shield. It’s the baby’s beloved pacifier. Without the ten, I don’t exist. By including myself in the ten, through it, like by an umbilical chord, I connect to the common soul of Adam HaRishon and the Creator revealed inside it.
My ten is my personal Kli, that I cannot come out of, that I am connected to, and must invest myself in. It’s like a pacifier for a baby—by grabbing onto it, he immediately calms down and regains his balance. Tune in to your particular ten, and then into the whole world Kli.
This is the way by which the Creator leads me to the final correction.
…. and say that thinking about Him is the reward.
We cannot give anything to the Creator except our unity! The Creator is perfect and has no needs. The only thing we can offer Him is a vessel, a Kli for His revelation so that He can be pleased with fulfilling our desire, the first 9 Sefirot, 9 friends.
We must bring passion and drive to our Tango dance with the Creator. Every time He disappears I must check myself: what it is that I strive for, and try to improve the quality of my yearning for Him, for the importance to be not in my fulfillment but in whom I strive for.
The Creator is dancing a tango with us, coming closer and stepping back. Once He brought me the light and disappeared, I have to come closer to the prior state. This resembles an inhalation and exhalation.
The Creator is teaching me: through the actions in the group I am giving Him a place to reveal Himself, inviting Him, demanding His revelation.
The main thing is to break away from myself. I want to strive for Him and give Him pleasure. This is contributing to the ten. Therefore, the ten takes on a new meaning, Shechinah, a place for the revelation of the Creator where I can bestow to Him.
Everything is directed toward the state of bestowal, “Lishma.”
I want to connect my states to the Creator: striving toward Him is an ascent, lack of aspiration is a descent, despite the general well-being. If I strive toward the Creator, who is it for: to please me or Him? We weigh in an extra factor: for myself or the Creator …
Myself or a friend?
From Twitter, 11/19/19
Arvut (mutual guarantee) is the law of the correct connection of creations with each other within which they reveal the Creator. We create the Creator in the network of mutual guarantee that we build. With genuine mutual guarantee, everyone exits himself and joins others. Indeed, no one can reveal the Creator within himself, only outside, to the extent of his connection with foreign, maybe even opposite and hateful desires.
It is said: “Love covers all transgressions.” Therefore, we have to reveal the sins in order to build love over them. Only in this way can the light can be known: “as the advantage of light over darkness.” The nature of the Creator is perceived only in contrast: each of His properties is revealed from the opposite of a certain property of creation, and love will cover all transgressions.
Therefore, on the way to mutual guarantee, we have to encounter all the properties opposite to it: hatred, rejection, neglect, and build a system of relations between each other atop them. There is only one aspiration in the system of mutual guarantee: to connect with others and serve them, to fill and give everything they need.
A person can never fulfill himself, in corporeal life and more so in spirituality where there is no way to receive even a spark of light in his own desires. But if I connect with others and want to satisfy them, then the light will shine through me. This means that I “receive,” I get the opportunity to fill the neighbor, and this is called my fulfillment!
So, we gain a spiritual Kli, fill the common network called Adam, man, and the power of unification and unity, the upper Light, the Creator, is revealed in us. All we need is to build mutual guarantee between us, therein lies the correction of the common soul.1
Our common soul is broken. We need to come to the feeling of a single system where everyone fills the others and vouches for them. The Light spreads to all other souls through it. No one else can connect them and fill them like he does, so everyone is like Keter in relation to everyone else. So, we build the system of a common soul.2
How can one feel the desire of a friend? We have to work on this as if I adopted a child and I want to penetrate his desires and serve him.
We have to pray to feel the friends’ hearts. After all, their desires are parts of my soul, but there is resistance between us, a resistor that does not allow me to feel them. I have to feel the power to overcome this resistance, then I will perceive it as help, which is called “Love will cover all transgressions.”
Therefore, these transgressions are for my own good. If I connect with a friend upon them, then the resistance does not disappear but only grows. But I still try to contact him, connect on top of the resistor separating us, and shed all my love on him. Then in this resistor I perform all the work, generate all the power, which is called warming up the hearts, as if an electric current flows in the network and heats up the resistor. The same laws apply here.
Love is revealed precisely because there is resistance. Love can be revealed only when there are clashes and problems.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/19/19, “The Mutual Guarantee”
1 Minute 1:40
2 Minute 9:50
3 Minute 1:24:30
Answer: Yes. A question is of utmost importance to our spiritual advancement. However, it is unnecessary to ask a question and wait for its answer. You study it, want it answered, then you ask the Creator through the group and receive an answer.
All our advancement is comprised of questions and answers. The Passover tale about four sons speaks about this: even when you are in a state when you do not know how to ask a question, you must look for opportunities to have it. There is no advancement without it.
Question: Is a question considered a spiritual action?
Answer: Yes, of course. It is the left line, which is necessary for movement.
Question: Can a question be a real gift for a teacher or for a friend, an example of bestowing to the group?
Answer: In principle, yes.
Question: Is it worth asking a question if the methodology teaches us that questions that arise in us are revealed and clarified naturally in the course of our work in the group?
Answer: When you ask a question or do something in general, you should think about how you are helping others.
From Lesson 4, World Kabbalah Convention in Moldova 9/7/19, Rejoice in What We Lack/Work in Concealment
Question: Is it correct to say that the Creator is infinite and therefore, we cannot define Him?
Answer: The fact is that it is too early for us to talk about the Creator. We should talk not about Him, but rather about ourselves: To what extent can we trust our feelings, compare yesterday’s and today’s knowledge, are we able to analyze and reveal, that is, master the wisdom of attainment?
The system of attainment, the methodology, is quite complicated. Kabbalah explains to us how limited we are in it. This limitation applies not only to us, but also to scientists, to everyone.
In our world, we can say nothing right about our perception. It is only possible with the help of Kabbalah, once we rise above the degree of Bina.
Bina (Havana, Heb. “understanding”) is a perception. When above this degree, we begin to receive the upper light, the light of Hochma, in our desires that are corrected to altruistic ones; that is, we receive for the sake of bestowal and become similar to the Creator by doing so. To the extent we are similar to Him, we can talk about attainments, about the ability to control them, and in some way compare them with each other. Yet, in fact, this is still far away.
Without this, we will always stray and think that we understand each other and can compare ourselves with others. This is a very big problem. Therefore, as The Book of Zohar writes, people are in absolute darkness. They walk with their eyes shut, see nothing, thinking that they exist correctly and each one teaches the other.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19
The Times of Israel published my new article “The future of Europe and the Jews”
November marks the memory of two major events in European history that still resonate in today’s continent: Kristallnacht, the beginning of the systematic persecution of Jews that culminated with the Holocaust; and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the beginning of Europe’s reunification process. But how much has the continent advanced toward unity in the last few decades? Is it going backwards? Do Jews feel safer? Amid rising anti-Semitism and sociopolitical challenges in Europe, it is evident that the glass walls of the continent’s security and stability can be broken any time.
The Reappearance of Hatred That Never Vanished
If we forget the atrocities of the past, we constantly get reminders. Jews were murdered, synagogues were torched, thousands of Jewish-owned businesses, homes and schools were plundered by the Nazis on Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) 81 years ago. This month, right in 2019, the commemoration of the pogroms was marked by a wave of anti-Semitic attacks across Scandinavia attributed to neo-Nazis. More than 80 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in Denmark, and, stickers resembling yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust were placed on multiple Jewish sites in Denmark and Sweden, including on the Great Synagogue in Stockholm.
In Germany, hundreds of neo-Nazis marched on the anniversary of the anti-Jewish riots, while a multitude of demostrators against the rally questioned why German officials turn a blind eye to such events promoted by extremists.
Massive immigration, economic challenges, and increasing political and social divisions in Europe are fueling radical movements from the right and from the left. And as we have learned from history, that is fertile ground to hatred against Jews. This is precisely the reason why the current state of affairs should matter to us.
The Berlin’s Wall Fell But the Tower of Babel Stands Strong
A call for European unity was the key message of an article recently published in 26 EU countries by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, commemorating the fall of the Berlin’s Wall 30 years ago. Conversely, today’s Europe resembles the period of upheaval in ancient Babylon when social division prevailed.
In fact, the downfall of the EU within the next one or two decades is perceived as a possible reality by more than 50% of Europeans, according to a survey conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations earlier this year.
How Jews Can Contribute to Europe’s Future
Knowing our background is crucial to understanding how the Jewish people can contribute to a prosperous future not only for itself but for Europe and the entire world. The people of Israel was not born as a nation in the common sense of the word but as a group of people who subscribed to an idea, the idea of unity. It was formed by Abraham the Patriarch from representatives of different tribes and cultures, just as today’s Europe.
They were an eclectic amalgamation joined only by the idea that there is one force that governs the universe. They also grasped that this force is one of mercy, love, and unity, and that only this force can connect us above our differences and give us the power to agree to unite “as one man with one heart.”
Humanity is now discovering that separation is leading to a dead end, therefore, it is more aware of the need to achieve the opposite state, the state of unity. The nations of the world instinctively feel that Jews, who once attained connection above internal rifts, have the solution to achieve a harmonious existence.
Since Jews are currently not delivering such example of positive connection through Abraham’s method, the nations of the world manifest their pain and discomfort as growing anti-Semitism.
Our role and our most important contribution to the world, according to Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), the most renowned Kabbalist of the 20th Century, is to be a conduit to transfer the goodness of unity to humanity. However, in order for that to happen, we must first implement it on ourselves.
Once we return to a unified state, we will be able to submit to humanity as a whole the method of unity and love among human beings. “And when they do that, it is plain to see that with His work, all envy and hatred will be abolished from humanity” (Baal HaSulam, “The Peace“).
The paramount role of Jews to a promising future for all was also highlighted by Rav Kook, as it is written: “In Israel is the secret to the unity of the world” (Orot HaKodesh).
New Life #6 – The Round World
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi
Everything in nature is drawn toward balance and equilibrium. Humanity is no longer in balance because it has developed past its attainment of basic needs. We mistrust others because they con and cheat us by convincing us we need their redundant goods and services. Love, warmth, and trust cannot be bought. For instance, enjoying a child’s smile is priceless. We have reached a stage in human development through which we must invert hatred into love or we will no longer be able to exist. When human beings learn to love one another and become like one family, all other problems in human health and security will be resolved. Love is the general law of the world. We need to build a mutual, reciprocal system of connection for everyone so that the world will be peaceful, whole, and perfect.
From KabTV’s “New Life #6 – The Round World,” 1/3/12
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