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It is said by the sages: “The long road is short, and the short road is long.” The Creator wants us to see ourselves not as the righteous who have nothing to correct, but as sinners and to rise above our defects, over our separation and inability to bestow.
I reveal that I am a sinner and strive to become righteous. The righteous is one who justifies the Creator. Nothing is required of us except this justification, everything else is done from above.
The long or short road, I decide on my ability to justify the Creator. Perhaps I am only at the very beginning of the path, but I adhere myself completely to the Creator. It is not the condition itself that matters to the Creator, but the efforts made by us, as we appreciate the efforts of a baby in a trifling matter and are touched by them more than the great successes of a grown child.
The person himself determines where he is. Maybe he is far from the Creator, but uses this estrangement as an opportunity to show his devotion and closeness to Him. And then the long road becomes short. A short road can be long if a person thinks that he is already close to the Creator. So we judge not by our sensations, but only by our ability to justify the Creator, and then we can already achieve correction.1
From Baal HaSulam’s article, “You Have Made Me in Behind and Before”: “You have made me in behind and before,” meaning the revelation and concealment of the face of the Creator. This is because indeed, “His kingdom rules over all,” and everything will return to its root because there is no place vacant of Him. But the difference is in the present or the future, because one who connects the two worlds discovers His clothing in the present, that everything that is done is a clothing for the revelation of the Shechina [Divinity].
A person for whom the present and future are one and the same feels that he already has the revelation of the Creator; that is, everything that happens is a manifestation of the actions of the upper force.
If I imagine that it is not me acting now, but the Creator acting in me, then the present and the future are connected for me and there is nothing left but this moment. Time does not exist. If the next moment matters to me, then I’m in a flawed condition right now.
The future exists only in order to cancel it and pull it into the present. For this, I must imagine that the Creator rules me at every moment, and for me there is no next moment because I am completely in His power.2
The Creator wants us to find that He controls us all the time, like a horseman with a horse, and leads us toward good. If I reveal a good higher management, then for me the difference between the present and the future disappears, everything ends in the present moment. As soon as I merge with the Creator, time disappears because it does not matter to me what He will do with me, I do not expect anything new.3
It is a mistake to think that in the past I decided something myself and did something wrong, which led to a bad state today. It turns out that I deny the uniqueness of the Creator if I affirm that in the past it was not His government, but I ruled myself.
Everything that occurred up to this point happened according to the will of the highest management, and I am forbidden to regret the past. I have to stick to the present moment.
The horse’s freewill is not to ride against the will of the rider and not even to guess his wishes in advance. The horse’s freedom is to work against its will. This is where it reveals freedom of choice: to be in the power of the Creator all the time and merge with Him. The state cannot be frozen; it changes all the time. And I have to change myself, remaining in constant fusion with the Creator, despite changing conditions.4
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/6/19, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “You Have Made Me in Behind and Before”
1 Minute 7:50
2 Minute 18:20
3 Minute 20:48
4 Minute 25:00
It is said that the Creator is close to those whose hearts are broken, and my heart breaks when I understand that I can’t break it. I need to work a lot to agree that my heart is really as hard as a stone, and only the Creator can break it, and only through the ten, the friends.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/6/19, “The Condition Of Raising Above Your Circle”
1 Minute 1:11:19
Richard S. Hirschhaut, Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Los Angeles, meets Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman to discuss the role of Jews toward humanity.
Our world is naturally drawn toward greater and greater connection. This is the law of our evolutionary progress. The more we in balance with that trend, the more we benefit from nature, and if we go against it, we suffer.
In order to stop suffering and take the path to happiness, we need to learn how to connect above our selfish attitudes toward each other. Humanity cannot advance toward that connection without the group of the people of Israel. Why? It is because this is their essence as a group. They attained a special connection around 3,800 years ago by Abraham around the principle “love covers all transgressions,” where specifically in a period of intensifying social division, they applied a method to connect above the increasingly divisive tendencies.
Therefore, these days, there is a growing demand upon the Jewish people to connect according to what they originally received from Abraham, and show the world the method of human connection. This is the matter of education and raising awareness of the need for this method. When Jews realize that they are a kind of “social glue” and start performing their role, then the anti-Semitic sentiment will calm down. People would then understand that Jewish unity is what they wanted from the Jewish people, and support will replace hatred.
Question: According to the Latin proverb “The most certain thing in life is death, the most uncertain thing is its hour.” Indeed, a person does not need to know the hour of one’s death although it is interesting.
Buying, let’s say a lottery ticket, he reckons that he will win although the chances are one in a million. Yet when he goes out on the street, he never thinks that something can happen to him even though the chances are much higher. This is how we are arranged.
What is the reason for this behavior?
Answer: This is because we wish good things for ourselves and not bad. Therefore, we do not evaluate circumstances and actions correctly. As a rule we think that everything will be alright.
Question: Is the formula “maximum pleasure with minimum efforts” the program of our existence?
Answer: Yes, because our entire life is designed so that we would go through states of pleasure. In every moment of our existence we always put ourselves in the most comfortable state.
From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19
New Life #1125 – National Resilience
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
The social cohesion of Jews influences national resilience across the globe because the purpose of Jewish existence is to connect ourselves and the whole world. Jewish people have a spiritual root past down from Abraham based on the principle “love your neighbor as yourself,” whereas other nations have physical roots and unique, instinctive connections. When Jews live by this rule, they match the integral nature of the system in which we exist and they become strong and resilient. As a result of this connection, the upper force will dwell in them and they will become a source of abundance for the whole world.
From KabTV’s “New Life #1125 – National Resilience,” 6/18/19
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