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Control Over The Heart

137Baal HaSulam, “One Commandment”: As in the past, so is now, and so will it be: Every servant of the Creator must begin the work in Lo Lishma, and from that achieve Lishma….The way to achieve this degree is not limited by time, but by his qualifiers, and by the measure of one’s control over one’s heart.

Question: How does this readiness ripen?

Answer: Everything depends on the extent to which the person can devote himself to the spiritual path. It is to the extent that he “bends” for the sake of this goal in all of his minutes, seconds, and movements in the world.

“Control over one’s heart” symbolizes a person’s control over his desire. It is to what extent he can direct his egoism so that everything within him will necessarily be directed only toward the discovery of the upper world.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 11/25/18

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What Can Reconcile The Right And The Left?

273.02Question: The world has split into two equal camps: the right and the left. What does it mean?

Answer: It means that people do not learn anything at all. They remain the same as they were born, as they were raised. By their nature, initially when they are born, they belong either to one variety or to another, and you cannot do anything about it.

Question: That is, they are either leftist or rightist?

Answer: Yes. A person is born this way, right from the delivery room.

Question: Even as a child, a person can be identified as to which camp he will belong to?

Answer: Practically, yes.

Question: That is, he does not learn anything during his life, but follows this line?

He cannot change, he was created that way. He will be drawn to it. He may be here or there by mistake, but then he will still come to what he belongs to.

Question: So what is next? That is, it shows that there is no one unifying idea?

Answer: That is for sure, there is not a single unifying idea. It shows that humanity is created in equal proportions in the right and left lines. Based on the nature in which a person was originally born, one goes on like this.

Comment: Each of them talks about the truth all the time. Both the right and the left.

My Response: Of course, they speak frankly, they do not bend. This is how each of them actually thinks.

Question: By their nature one person claims that this is the truth? And another one based on his nature claims that that is the truth? So one must suppress the other one?

Answer: They do this all the time.

Comment: This is how it was until it came to the middle. Before that, there were more rightists or more leftists. Somehow earlier there were more leftists, then there were more rightists, and this is how they fought. But today they suddenly became equal in proportions.

My Response: We have come to a state where we are beginning to see that all this is going on according to some rule.

Question: Who will be the first to take a step toward reconciliation?

Answer: Nobody. Neither this one nor the other one.

Question: But how will this happen then?

Answer: The world must feel the necessity, more and more of such torments until people understand how they can exist. How can one build a country if half, exactly half, of the country is against him?!

Comment: Yes, this is totally incomprehensible. You are the president of half of the country. And the other half is plotting to throw you off next time. It cannot be like this all the time. That is, somewhere there must appear a cry: “Let us unite somehow!”

My Response: The state itself is amazing! Not the majority, the minority, and so on; that is what we have always studied in political economy.

Question: So you are saying that in this world of those born right or left, there is no truth?

Answer: Naturally, none of them holds the truth. It can exist only if they converge in the middle line.

And then, if they get together in order to find the truth, they will recognize the Creator in it. That is, the highest root from which both opposite states descend. And then they will find it there. And in it they will find a true, wonderful connection with each other.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/9/20

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Time “X” Has Already Come

183.01Question: A couple of thousand years ago, the cyclical nature of civilizations was noticed. Tough times give birth to strong people. Strong people create good times. Good times breed weak people. Weak people create difficult times.

Now is a difficult time. Will it give birth to strong people? Will the cycle go the way it went before?

Answer: No. I will explain why. In those times, they understood the law of the egoistic development of mankind. So, if we are talking about growing egoism, then it has no choice but to develop up and down, like a wheel moving forward.

This world must understand that a new force must appear, a positive force, the force of good, that will counter the negative, egoistic force, the force of evil. And we can exist on the connection of these two forces, between them.

That is, we do not remove the evil force of nature, but we gradually use it in order to build the force of good against it. And then these two forces, like plus and minus, will lead us forward. It will not work out in any other way, I really hope.

Question: Is this called the time of the last generation, everything that Kabbalists have been talking about through the millennia? Time X has arrived?

Answer: Yes.

Question: And if we do not follow this path?

Answer: Nature will force us anyway.

Question: Do you think there is no way out?

Answer: No, by no means. These structures change and no one asks us.

Question: Should we attract a positive force from nature?

Answer: Yes. This is the force of universal connection. All of nature around us is actually integral, interconnected, and mutually determine each other. There is no negative and no positive force, but the relationship between them regulates everything. Only we at our human level distort their correct correspondence.

We need to make sure that we naturally learn to maintain a balance between positive and negative forces. That is, they both have the right to exist. You must reject, you must attract, but it all depends on what you attract and what you reject, not blindly but reasonably, so that in the end you understand how all nature works, and you control it.

Question: What are the requirements for a person to realize this?

Answer: Only then does one become human! We must now get out of our primitive development!

“Man” – “Adam” (from the word “Adomeh,” similar to the Creator, similar to the higher positive force) is the one who understands how to act above his animalistic power. We must sit on our animalistic strength like a man sitting on a donkey riding it. But in fact, now we are being driven by the donkey. So let’s try to get out of this somehow.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/12/20

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How Does A Ten Impact The World?

530Question: What does uniting the ten in order to manage the creation mean?

Answer: The ten and the whole creation are the same thing. The ten is the same system but on a smaller scale. What we do in the ten impacts the whole creation to the same degree as the ten’s resemblance to it.

If we can somehow connect in the ten by resembling the laws of mutual bestowal that are in the general creation, we impact the whole world to the extent that we try to implement these laws on top of our egoism. Moreover, our impact is also very strong because we are small and weak beginners.

It seems that the more we grow, the more we will be able to impact everything. In fact, on one hand, we seemingly have a greater impact but, on the other hand, we have less of an impact. This is like the impact small kids have on the world. It is not great in power, but it is great in its impact.

This means that we pay much more attention to children than to adults. The world must be attentive to them and act for them since they are the central part of the world and its future.

So, by the power of the attribute of bestowal and its quality, we impact creation to a great extent qualitatively and very little by force. This will change later because we will speak about spiritual worlds and not about our egoistic world.
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The Basis Of Moral Principles

600.01Question: Unlike simple customs and habits (i.e., birthday celebrations, weddings, send-offs to the army, and various other rituals), moral norms are not simply established due to the generally accepted order, but have an ideological justification in the ideas of a person.

What do you think should be the basis for moral principles in society?

Answer: Any moral norm should be based upon the fact that, at every moment of its development, society should be aimed toward mutual merger, love, and friendship, the achievement of an absolute, complete, integral, and common desire called the soul.

The goal of nature is to raise a person and, then all of nature to the level of eternity and perfection. A good relationship between us is a means to reach this goal. After all, if there were no such goal, there would be no need for love for one’s neighbor nor for any morals.
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“I Have Seen An Opposite World”

934Question: What practical actions should we perform if we cannot annul the hatred when we feel repulsed by each other?

Answer: If we judge according to what our Kabbalist sages said, we see that there are only two actions we can perform.

First, the friends should not stop talking between them and should at least remain on the level of verbal connections. They should try to understand and support each other and know that all the guidance they receive stems from the Creator. We should not sink to the level to where we are thrown out from the spiritual action and believe that everything that we see is actually true and not that it is only the Creator who arranges things this way for the sake of correction.

Second, we need to work on ourselves together, as each one tries to help the friend, no matter how and by what. It is because I cannot get out of this swamp by pulling myself out by my own hair.

In principle, this is how the ten works by turning to the Creator. We need to do the same thing that Kabbalists did 2,000 years ago.

If we begin to engage in this seriously, soon we will feel how it affects us positively and we will gradually understand and feel the work of the upper light on us, not in our current feeling, but in our current understanding. Additional emotions and insights will appear in us, both integral and global. The emotions from the Creator and from the ten will dwell in us and we will begin to see the world differently.

As it says: “I have seen an opposite world,” a world that operates according to different laws and rules in which opposites support each other, a world in which hate generates love that is actually supported and sustained by hate.

Baal HaSulam tells us in his articles that it is actually thanks to the fact that we are all different, that we can attain high levels of development, yet at the same time, we must not kill or annul anything, because the greater the diversity of views in the society, the more it can attain higher levels of development.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12/14/20

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