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Ascents and descents are necessary on our path; we must treat them equally and constructively and understand that we build ourselves through them. We think that the ascents are good because they feel more pleasant for our egoism. But in fact, a true worker feels better about the descents because they allow him to expand his work. A true master is happy that he has difficulties, experiences, burning, and search.
The ten is like King David’s harp, which the Creator plays on its strings. We want to make this instrument from ourselves, to join the Creator through our connection, to help Him in everything He does with us, and to try at every step to reveal His every address in order to allow Him to play on us. This is how we come to adhesion with the Creator.
If the friends want to connect in such a way that everyone complements the other, they reveal how much they all can adhere to the Creator through each person in the ten. No one can contact the Creator alone. Each time someone establishes a connection with the Creator and joins all the others to it.
There is always a structure of ten Sefirot where each one plays a special role, representing one Sefira, and we all attack together. It is like a military unit that goes on the offensive, and the one in front is the first to shoot, and then he retreats behind the backs of his friends. Then the second comes out in his place, while the first reloads the gun. Then the third, and the fourth one, and so on.
From the conversation on preparation for the Convention, 1/22/21
Question: Doctors advise us to cry once a week. They say tears relieve psychological stress. When we cry, endorphins, which we lack, are released. Also, they say physical pain is dulled. The body produces enkephalins, which are natural pain relievers. Sweat and tears help remove harmful toxins from the body, and tears help lower blood pressure. ”
It seems we should cry more often. Can you explain this?
Answer: Definitely. There is a lot in tears, in the very process of crying, in this little inner stress that tears carry.
This is purification. A man cries out.
Question: Does one have to cry to the end, and after that, he is at peace?
Answer: It is not easy. Even more so for men. It happens only sometimes when special exciting actions take place, when you feel that you are revealing something. But these are not women’s tears.
Question: Are men’s tears different from women’s?
Answer: Absolutely. This is where a borderline between men and women becomes clear—a woman cannot cry for male reasons or a man for female reasons. There is nothing to be done here. Therefore, we are two and not a single one. Our tears are different. We have different systems! In a male, it goes through the brain, and in a female through the heart and womb.
In a male, it goes a little through the heart, but mostly through the brain. In a female—through the heart and mainly through the womb. Tears go through these systems, which are called masculine and feminine.
A man cries when he realizes something special and his awareness of this special thing merges with his feelings for it. A woman cries when all this goes through her system. After all, they are completely different people. They are from different worlds!
Question: Then what does the connection of these worlds mean?
Answer: They do not connect. They unite only in the Creator when they rise above themselves in order to reveal their common single root. Only there can they unite, reveal the Creator, and each one truly reveal themselves in the other.
Therefore, there is such a special pull between us, the oppositeness of these genders and so on. This is a very complex system of relationships.
Question: Does the real union appear there—in the Creator?
Answer: In heaven, as they say.
Question: You are not a sentimental person, but when we are talking about your teacher Rabash very often I see how your eyes suddenly moisten and how different you become. Why?
Answer: I cannot do anything about it. Because the root of my soul is in him, that is why I am different.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/28/20
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What are 5 facts about spiritual love?“
1) The attainment of spiritual love and spiritual connection can only take place above sensations of hatred and rejection. If we love others without having built love above hatred and rejection, then it is not spiritual love.
2) It is written about the attainment of spiritual love in the Torah, that “Love will cover all crimes” (Proverbs 10:12).
3) Spiritual attainment requires holding onto the rule of “Love will cover all crimes,” and that we cannot hold love without feeling the “crimes,” i.e., hatred and rejection of others. The attitude to love and hatred thus needs to be equal in importance. We attain spirituality between them both, and thus those who wish to attain spirituality need to equally position love and hatred, or connection and rejection, before themselves.
4) The human ego, which is a desire to enjoy at the expense of others, is the cause of feeling hatred and rejection toward others; it is an “anti-spiritual” quality. Developing spiritual love thus requires feeling hatred and rejection illuminating in our ego’s rejection of spirituality, then reaching a decision to restrict the ego, and then above the ego, developing an attitude of love and connection to others. Moreover, such an attitude needs to be constant, where we feel love and hatred simultaneously, and choose love above the hatred. It is unlike our corporeal world, where we love and hate at different times. Holding these qualities together gains us access to the sensation of eternity.
5) The development and discovery of spiritual love above its opposite hatred and rejection is the “artistry” of spirituality. In the language of Kabbalah, it is expressed as follows: that the spiritual Partzuf (a spiritual entity or identity) takes its Aviut (coarse egoistic desire), which is a sensation of hatred and a complete lack of connection to others, and through a Tzimtzum (restriction) of the egoistic desire, the Partzuf rises above the Aviut to connect—elevating values of connection much higher in importance than the natural egoistic inclination—and to the extent of the oppositeness between qualities of love/connection and hatred/rejection, the new, higher, more spiritual and giving Partzuf is discovered: both through the Aviut (coarse egoistic desire) below, and the Zakut (purity) above.
Based on the Daily Kabbalah Lesson on January 27, 2021. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Answer: Spiritual acceleration means speeding up development. It can happen only to the extent that I am not doing it for myself but only for the group, for the Creator, for humanity, meaning for anything that goes beyond the framework of my egoism.
If I yearn to speed up my spiritual development in order to help others, I will receive additional strength, and by accelerating my development, I will draw the entire Kli, the whole soul, after me.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/9/18
Question: There is a lot of talk about spirituality now. How does one recognize the level and correctness of the teaching? What can you recommend? There are many different options. How does one choose the best one?
Answer: I don’t know. I do not call anyone, I do not attract anyone, and I do not entice anyone. I can only tell you one thing: you must feel it yourself, not to trust, but to feel what is closer to you.
Kabbalah is a science that explains everything very logically and sensibly, it uses examples and exercises, not some mystical, meditative ones. If meditation or prayer is closer to you, then go to other places. If you are closer to science, clearer knowledge, then come to us.
Question: How can it be felt? What is this feeling and how can you find out inside yourself what is closer? How is closeness manifested?
Answer: There are people who by their nature, say: “You tell me something so that I believe in it. Give me some piece of paper, and I’ll use it to pray so that I feel good,” like a small child holding onto a pacifier or a rattle, and this gives him confidence. He doesn’t need anything else in life.
But if a person wants to comprehend, learn, understand, and, most importantly, achieve something specifically different, then he comes to us.
He senses that the truth is here. Not just like that, but through feelings and reason. Mostly by reason. He understands that this is indeed a science that seriously speaks about an attainment of the upper layers of the world, the systems that govern.
And this is exactly what is intended for our generation.
From KabTV’s “Ask a Kabbalist” 12/31/18
Question: Baal HaSulam writes that there is nothing more sublime than truth and nothing lower than a lie. How can we define categories “truth” and “lie” in our world? Where is the truth here? After all, everyone has their own truth.
Answer: This is exactly the problem. Therefore, we are not properly oriented to anything in our life and we replace lies with the truth and the truth with lies all the time.
Question: Where can this measuring device be found? What and who is the benchmark?
Comment: Indeed. There is no generally accepted agreement that this is true.
My Response: None. You can even go through the criminal, procedural, and all sorts of other codes, from country to country, and you will see that everyone has different concepts of truth and false.
Question: But if it is natural, maybe it is correct? Who said that there should be one concept of truth?
Answer: If Indians live somewhere, Eskimos somewhere, Africans somewhere and they are not connected with each other, then it is normal. But if the globe becomes round and everyone communicates with each other and everyone needs some common ground to understand each other, for this we practically need one law.
This is the same as physical laws. For example, the law of gravity is the same for all and nobody has problems with it. This is natural. Social laws should be the same. But because we are egoists, everyone wants to bend laws for themselves.
We cannot change the laws of nature in any way. And social laws are given to us so that we can adapt them all the time to ourselves and to the truth. That is why it is said: “Seek justice.” Seek for a long time, seek all your life, from generation to generation, and gradually you will advance. Then you will have a society that will truly move forward.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/22/19
Answer: There is a Creator (the quality of pure bestowal) and there is creation (the quality of pure reception). The connection between them lies in the fact that the creation wants to receive what comes from the Creator. This is how it was made.
At the same time, the creation can absolutely not feel the Creator Himself, but only what comes from Him, like a newborn child who receives everything from his parents. He has no shame: he asks, demands, grabs, and uses his natural desire to receive to fulfill himself.
And suddenly there comes a point when he feels the difference between his parent’s nature and his own. Then he begins to understand that he is a receiver and his parents are givers.
Before, he simply knew that his parents gave and he wanted to take without evaluating anything, whether this was good or bad, or about the benefit of giving or receiving. He felt no qualitative difference between giving and receiving. And suddenly, he begins to feel it.
Then he goes out into the world. If he is always with his parents, he may not feel this difference unless they were teaching him, distancing him from themselves, showing what was allowed and what was not, what he had to work on or needed to earn.
But once we go out into the world, we interact with a wider external circle and begin to understand what I can and cannot do, what is different from the way it was with my parents. If I receive, then I must give, that is, I must work to earn a reward, and so on. Then there is already a feeling of giving and receiving, of upper and lower, of dependence on one another.
It may be simply in the fulfillment or it can be in a sense of quality, especially when there are higher and lower qualities, those that are accepted in nature and society.
It follows that I have qualities that society praises and those that it condemns. And it turns out that I begin to evaluate myself critically. This is how all sorts of complex self-analyses arise.
Question: So shame does not arise from what I receive, but from the fact that I am the opposite of either some social values or the Creator?
Answer: Yes. If I feel another person above me and myself below them and this feeling comes from the fact that this is accepted in my society, then I feel a special attitude toward my egoism, which is my main quality, the desire to receive.
I begin to feel how much my egoism humiliates me. I feel inferior to others and my ego suffers, not because I may have less or more of something, but from being morally inferior to another.
This is shame! I’m ashamed of my nature. What is interesting is not the nature in which the Creator created me, but my present state. I attribute it to myself. I cannot attribute it to the Creator. It depends on us both.
Comment: But He created me this way.
My Response: He created the desire to receive in me, and I’m ashamed of how I use it.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/22/19
Answer: Soon you will see how it will collapse. It is not about the bankers, it is only about us. If we strive for correction, for the purpose of creation, to rise above this small, greedy world, then the bankers will simply disappear.
From KabTV’s “Ask the Kabbalist” 12/31/18