Audio Version Of The Blog – 12/24/19
Listen to an Audio Version of the Blog
Listen to an Audio Version of the Blog
1. Egoism—against unity
2. Unity above ego.
Both have to exist in us. From the bottom we get the strength of desire (Aviut), from above we get the power of intention (Zakut), using both to build a vessel (Kli) for the revelation of the Creator.
I must feel the Creator playing me like a violin: be sensitive, be on the lookout, and invite the Creator in. The #world is the Creator’s message to the creature in various forms: through sounds, images, colors—this is the language of the Creator. If a person understands it, he connects with creation and the Creator.
We must rejoice in the bad as we do in the good, because good alone can’t build a powerful Kli. Let’s grow up and align ourselves correctly.
#Kabbalah #Wisdom #quotes
One should not think that a simple departure from egoism is the end of correction. The truth is that it is only a preparation for correction which has not even begun.
One can’t continue the old way after Hanukkah, a new power is needed because a different light is coming. Before Hanukkah we grow in bestowing desires, in smallness, Galgalta-Einaim. We do not fight our ego, but rise above it.
#Hanukkah #wisdom #Kabbalah
By turning the angel of death into a holy angel, we are building the image of the Creator. All the evil that the Creator has imbedded us with we transform into His image.
#wisdom #kabbalah #Hannukah
We abandon all our quarrels and disagreements and begin to unite above them in the opposite way. Whatever I hated—I now love, what I used to repel—I pull closer, whomever I didn’t want to see—I can’t take my eyes off. I overcome this by building one state above another.
“One needs to pull away from the feeder, because it is not right for a person to eat from the same trough as a donkey.” It means that I perceive reality not just pragmatically, primitively, like an animal, but see the melody of the Creator in it.
We must rejoice at the rise of a conflict—be insightful about what the Creator is sending us. It is wonderful that He awakens enmity. All hatred comes from the breakage, a ditch crawling with snakes, but it gets revealed gradually so that we can build a layer of unity above it.
If you are able to build a relationship where, on the one side, you’re ready to “kill each other,” but above it you come to love of friends—this is called a ten, if you can’t—there is no ten as of yet. A simple condition, just two sides: love will cover all crimes.
We have to learn to live in both states simultaneously—between hatred and love that support each other. Hatred is the heat, the fire that incites love and keeps fueling it more and more. There is no plus without a minus. We need to understand how to combine these opposites.
#Hanukkah is the middle of the path: “stopped here” (hanu-po). There is still a significant and unique war ahead, but for now, having achieved bestowing desires, we are getting a respite. First, the war for the desires of bestowal, faith above reason, and then we begin to work with the desires of reception for the sake of bestowal.
The strength of connection within the ten is measured by disturbances that we can unite above. Egoism is revealed, separating us and giving rise to hatred for each other, but we begin to unite above it. Mutual rejection remains, thus we are working with both of these states.
From Twitter, 12/24/19
My Thoughts On Twitter 12/22/19
My Thoughts On Twitter 12/17/19
My Thoughts On Twitter 12/14/19
Rarely do Kabbalists see their dreams come true. Even more rarely do they see the fulfillment of the dreams of their great teachers. But today is such a festive day: With great joy, I want to share with you that my just released book, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, brings to light everything my teachers had taught me.
They taught me that the fate of the Jewish people depends on their unity, that when they unite, they succeed, and when they hate each other, the world hates them.
Now, at last, packaged into one book, is an enormous collection of evidence from the entire history of the Jewish people that this is what actually transpires. It is a proof that the predictions of our sages are correct!
With the help of dozens of friends and students, a vast amount of resources has been collected, which points to the fact that, as one famous author put it, “The Jews are foiled by their own disunity.”
Indeed, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism is like no other book you have ever read about Jews, about history, or about anti-Semitism. By the end of the book, you will know the reason for the oldest hatred, how it can be dissolved, and how Jews and non-Jews alike will benefit as a result.
I am grateful to the friends and students who have helped in seeing this project through. I am sure it will enlighten anyone who reads it just as it enlightened me while working on it.
In addition, as part of the release, we have printed the first 50 copies in Israel, and I have personally signed each one of them. Here is a link to this limited edition initial set: bit.ly/TheJewishChoiceLimitedEdition50Copies
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “How should you define hell and heaven?“
According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, heaven is the spiritual world of complete bestowal, with no shred of reception.
If we have even the tiniest desire for something beyond what this world has to offer, we can then use the wisdom of Kabbalah to prepare for the spiritual world of bestowal, to engage in positive relations with others.
Then, when we die—not our bodily death but death from our inborn egoistic desire to enjoy at the expense of others—we then enter the second nature of giving and bestowal, and that becomes heaven for us.
If we make no preparations and have no desire to bestow, then relationships of bestowal and love of others are as hell for us.
Therefore, it is considered that this world is a basis upon which, if we prepare ourselves accordingly, we can enter heaven, the spiritual world of bestowal and love.
The Times of Israel published my new article “How to Reconstruct a World in Pieces and Attain Peace”
The world is entering a new year, carrying on its shoulders a heavy weight. An unprecedented number of people worldwide, around 168 million, will need urgent humanitarian assistance and protection in 2020 due to global crises and conflicts, according to the United Nations’ overview for this year and beyond. Why should we continue repeating the same vicious cycle? Can we do no better as humanity? We certainly can and should. We just need to know how.
The number and intensity of highly violent conflicts has risen for the first time in four years, according to UN officials. One in 45 people are expected to require humanitarian aid with even the most basic needs such as food, shelter and healthcare as a result of the world’s instability.
Following every war, research is undertaken, books and plays are written all about the aspiration and desire for peace, but it seems to be a pipe dream. After all, what is peace? Is it the opposite of war, or something else? A penetrating examination of the term “peace” from the perspective of the wisdom of Kabbalah sheds new light on this important goal and how to achieve it.
Following difficult conflicts, wars and much suffering, people have no choice but to concede to ceasefires, armistices and peace treaties. And then it is always a question how long they will last till the next outburst.
The essence of the term “peace” in Hebrew (Shalom) means wholeness (Shalem). Is the mere absence of war sufficient to experience wholeness? Certainly not. A deeper analysis of the term “peace” brings us to the common root of our nature, the root from which we split into male and female parts, myriads of species, and diverse nations.
Today, we number billions of people. We perceive ourselves as separate from each other, and often not even at peace with ourselves. The lack of understanding concerning how to arrive at peace is humanity’s central problem.
The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches that nature develops us to a state of absolute peace. However, in order to approach peace, we need to recognize the global principle: nature is an integral system where all its components are mutually interdependent.
We humans are the sole violators of the delicate balance on the planet with our narrow egoism, i.e., the desire to benefit ourselves at the expense of others, with which we harm humanity, the world and nature. It is interesting to note that as far back as 1930, Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) recognized the interconnected state of the world:
“Do not be surprised if I mix together the well-being of a particular collective with the well-being of the whole world, because indeed, we have already come to such a degree that the whole world is considered one collective and one society.” (Yehuda Ashlag, “Peace in the World”)
Preparation for a state of absolute peace will require a comprehensive societal educational investment for many years to come. It will then be possible to actively start changing human behavior and the state of the world.
This is where the wisdom of Kabbalah’s knowledge of nature can help. It teaches how to bring about an internal change in human nature, which strengthens the will to reach the state of peace. What is needed on the way is the learning of how to work properly with the feelings of hostility that have separated people and nations. Just like a couple that makes up following a quarrel, it is precisely in uniting above the great hatred that a stronger connection can be built.
Proverbs (10:12) teaches us that, “love will cover all transgressions,” and it is the same in nature. Everything is defined by its opposite: light and darkness, heat and cold, sweet and bitter, and so on. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov explained, “The essence of peace is to try to make peace between two opposites.” (Likutei Etzot, “Peace”)
The peace process depends on the development of advanced connections between opposites, the incorporation of opposites to such an extent that a new perception emerges in which there is no longer “them and us,” but a commonality that grows and develops. There are no borders in a state of absolute peace; all exist as a common area and it makes no difference where one is. Government offices, taxes, harvests, resources, budgets—all become the property of the people who have united in peace, and thus they earn a new level of prosperity.
Nothing is more important than the genuine peace toward which human development is headed, and Kabbalah provides a method to do it swiftly and pleasurably, with growing awareness, understanding and sensation. We need only implement it.
Question: Damaged relationships spoil people’s entire life, they can be confusing because of little misunderstandings. What is the right thing to do to prevent resentment, damaged relationships, and to improve them?
Psychologists give the following recommendations: Try to understand the point of view of the colleague. The result of an action is not always intentional. The difficulty with some micro-manifestations is that we all apply different standards to their assessment.
Answer: Where are the standards? The standard is mine—how I see others and compare myself with them or how I see myself and compare them with me. This is completely wrong. It is like taking a dress and putting it on. If I wear it, my stomach and my thin arms and legs will stick out, and the dress will look ugly to me.
There are no common standards. There can be only one standard—for the benefit of one’s neighbor. That’s all. I perceive no one in any way, neither myself nor anyone else. I am only interested in one thing: if some situations occur, whether they occur for the benefit of man.
By man I mean all of humanity, the general image of a person. In no way do I consider anyone specific or I most definitely will be lost.
Question: How can we understand correctly the point of view of the other person, whether it is right or not?
Answer: I cannot understand another person. How can I understand him? How can I exit myself in order to understand the other?
No, we simply need to act in a way that is good for the other person, for anyone. That is, except for my survival necessities, in everything else that depends on me, I must act for the sake of others.
This is natural. Very often we, as a result of our habits, make some movements, gestures, or utter some words, phrases that might seem even offensive to others.
We might not even feel and understand that. It is necessary to tune the heart. The heart should be adjusted to kindness toward others. All the rest will not work at all.
If a person is cordially attuned to the other, then it will be interpreted correctly. Even if he said something wrong, somehow could not express himself, the other person will feel that.
Aim the heart toward the other person, toward all people, toward the good. We need to get used to it. We need to educate ourselves for this. It is necessary that the same attitude be maintained by the environment and the surrounding society. Everything will then be good.
From Kab TV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 7/14/19
A Day Of Spontaneous Kindness
What Is “Good” According To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah
|[media 1]||[media 2]|
Lesson on the Topic “Two Opposites In One Subject”
|[media 3]||[media 4]|
Writings of Rabash, “What to Look For in the Assembly of Friends” (1988)
|[media 5]||[media 6]|
Lesson on the Topic “Hanukkah”
|[media 7]||[media 8]|