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Leave The Security Of The Known, Egoism, And Discover Perfection, Bestowal

laitman_962.8The personal desire of each one is very small, he is able to enjoy only the pleasures of this world. If one acquires the desires of the Creator, that is, the intention for the sake of bestowal, one gains unlimited desire, a spiritual vessel, and to its extent enjoys not receiving, but bestowal. One is no longer in isolation, in the grip of temporary, random, personal sensations, but in a sense of eternal, perfect and infinite fulfillment.

This is the difference between selfish desires and altruistic desires. In fact, the purpose of creation is to delight the created. We should enjoy it, but in such a way that the Creator can give us unlimited fulfillment; that is, we would not limit ourselves. Therefore, we need a desire that is outside of creation without any boundaries. And this can only be with bestowal.

It scares us that we supposedly break away from our “I” and lose ourselves, falling into slavery to the upper force. But this is not at all true. On the contrary, we exchange a tiny, temporary, random, limited desire for a perfect, eternal and unlimited one. That is the whole difference. But for this it is necessary to overcome the psychological barrier: It is my desire. And I grab onto it like a baby onto an old teddy bear. He cannot let go of it, although the whole world is offered to him in return: go, enjoy, and open new horizons. No, he only wants this bear, clutching it to himself, because it is “mine.”

So we disagree with parting from our petty egoism, although it gives us only trouble. In fact, these problems are a help to us, a call from the Creator to exit egoism. But no matter how hard we try to get the toy out of the hands of the child, he does not let it go.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is trying to explain to us that it is worth leaving your egoism and starting to work in a group. However, we have great difficulty accepting these explanations. We are tightly closed, limited, and unable to think just above this selfish border, above our old bear. We cling to it and it seems to us that our whole life is enclosed in it.

Only the group, only the light that reforms can help and change something here. Therefore, the Creator, in preparation, breaks up the common soul and says: “May one help one’s neighbor.” I cannot help myself, I am not able to fight my egoism, but I can help my friends. And so it is for each of us.

Everyone in the ten thinks about the others, and thanks to this we have the opportunity to let this bear go, open our hands, and in return, enter another world, another reality. The Creator has done great preparation to give us this lucky opportunity. We need only listen to the Kabbalists’ advice. We are at a critical point today, and we can realize this transition if only we seriously think about it and don’t miss the chance given to us.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/28/20, “Bestow Contentment to the Creator”
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“From Generation Screen To Generation Connection” (KabNet)

KabNet published my new article: “From Generation Screen to Generation Connection

A lot of criticism has been raised about the younger generation trapped in virtual space day and night behind computer screens and mobile devices. Various detractors say that this is a lifeless generation lacking proper brain development, communication skills, imagination, and that they have sunk into themselves, buried between rows of words and myriad images. “Generation Screen,” however, is more adept than any previous generation at discerning the deadly disease of persistent self-centeredness festering within our world.

As the accurate diagnosis of a disease in its early stages gives us a great advantage to heal it, so “Generation Screen” brings forth the gift of “the recognition of evil,” i.e., the awareness of the destructive nature of the human ego — the desire to enjoy at the expense of others — residing within each of us as being the source of all our problems. Without such a realization, we cannot expect any positive forward progress, any healing of our disease.

“In an atmosphere of friendliness, warmth, sympathy and support for one another, we can build positive connections above our egoistic impulses in a spirit of open discussion.”

However, where our screen generation can reach a significant recognition of evil, the solution to the problem cannot be done through the same screens magnifying the problem. Books, too, although known to work more positively on brain development, improving linguistic, writing, imagination, listening and learning abilities, originally emerged as a disruption that spoiled a more natural word-of-mouth conveyance of wisdom from teacher to student.

In the distant past, teachers of wisdom sat on hills and under trees, surrounded by circles of students, and would deliver words of wisdom, teaching through conversation and interaction. We can thus learn from past conversational learning formats in order to approach a solution to our current problems.

In an atmosphere of friendliness, warmth, sympathy and support for one another, we can build positive connections above our egoistic impulses in a spirit of open discussion. In other words, when we acknowledge how our technological, scientific and cultural progress has been paralleled with a decline in the quality of our connections, then we can pair the desperate need for healing our connections with the method of connection, which was perfected in the educational methods of our sages, in order to find the cure to our current state.

When wisdom needed to be conveyed by word of mouth, our learning required attentive listening in order to understand what was being discussed, and in order to internalize and add the material to our memory reserve. Students would listen, ask questions and converse in order to gain knowledge and wisdom. In their circles, they would absorb the spirit of the material being taught. Through a conversational and social approach, students would connect among each other and with their teachers face to face.

Therefore, our challenge to correct the evil inherent in human nature today is to learn how to positively connect above our divisive drives. At the center of our discourse should be the understanding of such a need, and the impetus to balance ourselves with the law of nature that moves everyone and everything toward more and more unified states.

Our conversations would then gradually advance us in understanding and feeling a more powerful desire to positively connect with much greater mental and emotional aptitude. Our brains would then develop alongside our more developed hearts, as we would gain access to the ultimate unifying device for dealing with any problem and form of division that would appear between us.

Spiritual Holidays, Part 1

laitman_744Holidays Are Recurring States

Question: Special dates that Kabbalists celebrate can be called “holidays” or “traditions,” but they all carry special spiritual information. Some of them exist as historical events, some are simply described in the Kabbalistic sources.

The word “Holiday” itself is “חג” – “Chag” in Hebrew. What does it mean?

Answer: “Chag” is from the word “Mehuga” (returning arrow). That is, these are recurring events that represent spiritual states of any person who wants to advance in spirituality.

Spiritual space is above our world and exists on its own. These people who attain spiritual qualities and forces become included in this space and feel themselves in certain spiritual states.

These states are called Chag, Mehuga, that is recurring, returning states. They initially come from the structure of the system of the upper world, and as it descended, they manifest in our world.

The first state is Rosh Hashanah (New Year). This date represents the creation of a person and therefore, we celebrate it. The world was created five days before that but we do not celebrate this. We are interested in the New Year when the system of Adam was created.

This is not a person in our world but a spiritual system that controls us. Before it, the system was formed that controls inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature. On the sixth day of creation, meaning on the sixth degree, the system called Adam appeared.

Question: Does it mean that Adam is a program that controls all of our reality?

Answer: There is a program that controls us and inside it there are subprograms. One of them, the most central one is called Adam (human).
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/29/19

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Sensing Creatures

laitman_622.02Question: What is the “mercy of the Creator” in Kabbalah?

Answer: Leave all the epithets like “The Creator is good,” “The One Who does good,” “mercy,” “love,” “hatred,” and so on for novels even though they are used in the Kabbalistic books.

We just need to understand that we cannot express our impressions in any other way. By saying that this is wet, this is hot, this is cold, pleasant, unpleasant, and so on, we express ourselves in this way.

In principle, we all are emotional creatures. Although it seems to us that we act with reason, in fact, it is never the case. We always feel and measure our sensations. Even when I say “five meters” or “500 thousand kilometers,” I still emotionally measure these distances. Where we have no feelings, there are no dimensions, no science, and no concepts.

We cannot act absolutely rigidly, without feelings, in a system of measurement. This is how we are arranged because our essence is the desire to enjoy. We can even measure ourselves in relation to this desire—whether we feel greater pleasure or smaller pleasure.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/22/19

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 2/11/20

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic “Despair from his own Forces” 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,”  Item 153

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Selected Highlights

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