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The Property Of Love Is Self-Explanatory

600.02Question: We must satisfy the desire of our neighbor, that is, our friend, for his own good. What does “his own good” mean?

Answer: I do not know what “his own good” means. I just know what I would like to receive for myself. That is the same thing I want to give to a friend. And that’s all.

Therefore the property of love does not need any special explanations unless you forget that to love another means to treat him like yourself.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/6/22, “Approaching the Creator Through the Network of Connections Between Us” Lesson 1

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To Be A Complete Zero

232.031The importance of the work is precisely when one comes to a state of zero, when one sees that he annuls his whole existence and being, for then the will to receive has no power. Only then does one enter the Kedusha. (Baal HaSulam, Shamati,  19. “What Is ‘The Creator Hates the Bodies,’ in the Work?”)

However, before annulment a person has a big job when he does not want anything for himself. He wants only one thing: to be at the state of zero as if he absolutely does not exist and egoism has no control. Only after that he begins to enter the spiritual world, the feeling of the Creator.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah, we call this Tzimtzum, restriction. At the same time the desire does not disappear, it is just restricted, and then we enter into other qualities. On the other side of working with our will to receive, we already operate with it as if for the sake of bestowal.

Question: How can I annul my existence at this moment?

Answer: Try to do it physically. This is why we are created in the corporeal world. It does not matter if we are in egoism or in altruism. We are taking the first steps in our world where we can exist physically, i.e., be in contact with each other, regardless of our internal qualities.

We must try to do what Kabbalists advise. Begin with annulling ourselves in practice before the friends in the ten. Whatever the ten decides within the framework of our common advancement I must accept unconditionally with joy, understanding that it pulls me to the goal. And move forward with this.

Question: Right now, I am sitting at the lesson. I have a million different desires and thoughts. How can I annul them before my friends?

Answer: This is why we have preparation for the lesson. We must be prepared for the fact that we are going to annul ourselves before our friends. All I want to do now is to be inside my heart, to focus within it only my desire for connection with the Creator, with the purpose of creation. For the sake of this, I annul myself and get integrated with the friends. That is, I need to completely annul myself before my group.

I want to be inside them. I want to be together with them specifically in this boat, which we all form from our desires and yearnings.
From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2

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What To Ask For

624.07Question: How can I help a friend through prayer if prayer means judging yourself?

Answer: There are many types of prayer. A request comes when man feels that he still needs to annul himself. Apart from that, practically nothing else is needed. As we annul ourselves, we join the group. This is what we must ask for how to make ourselves a zero. Our spiritual ascent will begin from this zero.

Question: And you need to attune yourself for this?

Answer: Of course! I must attune myself to the fact that I cancel myself before my friends and that the Creator sent this state to us on purpose.

And this is the greatest help from Him, to, even in my egoistic state, have such an example, such an opportunity to be physically connected with others although I have absolutely no feelings for them. I must work on my feelings, my desire to be one with them, within one desire, yearning to the Creator.

The rest of their desires, in principle, do not interest me. They can be different. We all have different professions, families, and inclinations. And we have one thing in common: we want to attain the Creator. We study the methodology and begin to understand more and more that only through uniting can we attain Him together. Therefore, I am with them.
From the International Convention ““Rising Above Ourselves” 1/7/22, “Annulling before the Friends” Lesson 2

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A Person Is Sustained By The Environment

945It is impossible for a man to raise himself and break out of his circle. It is like trying to lift myself by my own hair, and it is clear that I cannot do it.

Therefore, a person must get sustenance from one’s environment, that is, gain strength, the correct intention, and loftiness and greatness of the goal from the environment. If a person receives all this from the environment, then he will be able to raise himself above himself, above his egoism.

And we have many environments we get sustenance from: home, work, former acquaintances, and friends. But the most important thing is to put my group above all of them because as far as it will determine in me the highest properties and preferences of development, so I will be able to develop and not otherwise.

A person should check himself about how he can rise above the rest of the world, above all its potentials and attractions, so that the group can give him the utmost greatness, strongest feeling of the goal, which is that there is nothing higher than attaining the Creator and no possibility, no other means, of reaching the Creator except through the group.

Each of us already knows for sure that there is a little egoist inside him. And as we advance, we will reveal an even bigger egoist in us. It will grow and grow in us, as it is written: “Anyone who is greater than his friend, his inclination is greater than him.”

Therefore, we must constantly take care that the environment, the group, that shows us the path to spirituality, to higher development, from everyone in our surroundings, always prevails over all our other groups and values.

Therefore, if a person chooses a good environment for himself, then he gains time and effort. But the environment itself cannot be good or bad, it is the way we make it. We cannot change ourselves, but we can affect the environment we find ourselves in.

The Creator brings us into a group, puts our hand on good fortune and says: “Take it, I give you this opportunity!” And now it depends on a person how to realize this opportunity the Creator has given him. It is only to strengthen oneself in this environment. And strengthening depends only on how much we will raise the group in our eyes, move away from all our natural calculations, prerequisites, and engage in raising the right environment that will show us our goal and within which we can achieve this goal.

Therefore, if a person chooses a good environment for himself, then he gains both in time and effort. That is, each of us can very quickly achieve the goal. We determine the time, the amount of effort, and shortness of the path by raising the environment above ourselves. And then, by adhering to this environment, we fly straight forward to the goal of creation, to the full revelation of the Creator in us.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/8/22, “Deriving the Greatness of the Goal from the Friends” Lesson 4

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Always Forward And Not A Step Back

947Without our unity, we cannot attain and reveal the Creator. After all, the Creator is revealed as the central point of our unity that everything came from and everything must return to.

The greatness of the friends is first in the fact that the Creator chose them. That is, they are the ones chosen by the Creator.

Second, I see how much they are aiming for the same goal. That is, the Creator placed in them a desire that I value and it is precious to me.

Third, friends can help me, and I cannot achieve my goal without them. Without them, I am absolutely nobody and nothing. Everything I can receive for attaining the Creator comes only from them.

Therefore, by receiving from them all kinds of qualities, intentions, and yearnings, I can come to the Creator. I myself have nothing with which I can come to the Creator. I am completely disconnected from the Creator with my qualities and thoughts.

The group is a connector that connects me to the Creator. Without a group, I cannot adhere to the Creator. It is for me like the placenta is for a fetus, a place for a fetus in the uterus. The fetus cannot attach to the uterus itself. It must first attach to the placenta and then to the uterus through it. The uterus is a female organ, and the placenta connects the fetus to the uterus.

The Creator is the spiritual womb and the entire upper organism, and the placenta, which connects the growing soul with the Creator, is the group. Therefore, if I do not attach myself to the group, to the friends, and do not connect with them into one common whole, then I have no connection with the Creator and no opportunity to reach it in the future.

Therefore, there is only one solution: always forward and not a step back.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/8/22, “Deriving the Greatness of the Goal from the Friends” Lesson 4

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Make The Next Year More Benevolent

292Question: What should be added to our world in the new year so that it becomes more benevolent and so it would be easier for a person to go through all these pandemic metamorphoses?

Answer: I think that it is necessary to add to our world the awareness of its goal and how we can achieve it, which we can still do ourselves without expecting mercy from nature. This is the most important thing.

Question: You mean for a very clear goal to appear?

Answer: The goal still should be one. We will not arrive anywhere if we do not bring humans to the same balance with nature in which the entire inanimate, vegetative, and animate world exists.

That is, egoism of every type, of every level, to be in balance with the whole of nature or with the Creator, one might say. Man is not in balance with it. We need to find, realize, and implement this formula.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/20/21

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“Only One Bad Thing About ‘Good Riddance Day’” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Only One Bad Thing about ‘Good Riddance Day’

For the past fifteen years, every December 28, New Yorkers have been burning their past year’s woes on “Good Riddance Day” in Times Square. People write down their most embarrassing moments, biggest failures, worst regrets, and throw their notes into an incinerator. Casting away unpleasant moments and incidents sounds like a great idea, except it doesn’t work. On the contrary, rejecting the bad instead of embracing it in order to learn from it is the best way to guarantee its recurrence.

People are indeed suffering. The level of hatred and agony that we inflict on each other has become unbearable for many. Julia from England, for example, wants to burn away anger. “Everyone hates each other, and it’s brought out the worst in people,” she says. Like Julia, Celeste from Manhattan wants hatred to stop. “If I had to get rid of anything, it would just be the hate,” she says.

Neither they, nor anyone else who was in Times Square or participated virtually, since the event was broadcast around the world, will see their wishes fulfilled. The intentions are good, but this is not the right way to go about it.

If we want something to disappear, we must understand why it came in the first place. Everything happens for a good reason. If we ignore the reason, we cannot get rid of its result.

We cannot know why every single thing happens, but by and large, there is only one thing that causes all the bad things that happen to us. As Celeste noted, it is hate. Our hatred for each other is the culprit behind all the bad things that happen, behind the harm that we do to each other and to the environment.

However, we cannot simply choose not to hate. We must acknowledge that we feel hate, then jointly foster love and mutual concern that are more intense than the innate hatred that oozes out from the depth of our psyche.

The hatred and the anger that we see on the outside merely reflect our inner feelings. If we cultivate among us opposite feelings from the ones we see around us, they will percolate inside us and mitigate the hatred that we all emit.

It must be a joint, concerted effort. Only by working together can we subdue such a formidable nemesis as human egoism. Alone, we are defenseless against it. But if realize that hatred is the culprit, and if we join hands in building love above all our differences, chasms, and hostilities, then we will make the year that has just begun, and all the years that follow, a truly good year, with much to be grateful for, and little to want to bid good riddance.

What Does A Person Feel Before Death?

627.2Question: Doctors and nurses of hospitals and hospices say that most often before death people admit to someone from their loved ones that they love them. The phrase “I love you” is uttered by most dying patients. A great number of people have a feeling that this is what they missed in life.

Even a materialist like Steve Jobs wrote in his final letter: “Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.”

What can you say about the fact that a person before death says “I love you”?

Answer: A person before death begins to feel something from the world of truth. He is not just illuminated by the future, he escapes from the egoism of the past. After all, what does death mean? First of all, it means the death of our egoism. Whether he acquires something after that is another question.

Question: Is this some kind of a boundary between caring only about yourself and exiting into a completely different space? And there is a small truth there.

Answer: It is small, but this is where we begin to attain it and a new world opens up.

Question: Is “I love you” this truth?

Answer: Yes, this is where it starts. From the fact that you now feel that you did not love and what it means to really love.

Question: Do I feel at this moment that I lived for myself, loved only myself?

Answer: Very much so!

Question: What is in this last confession, this cry, this prayer?

Answer: A person realizes that his entire life in his egoism was basically wrong. Yet, there are people who say the opposite: “Drink, smoke, party, take everything you can from life.” I am serious. I have heard that. “Do not take anything else into account! Fulfill your desires.”

Comment: This is an interesting twist. Suddenly, from the romantic “I love you” to this…

My Response: This is not a romantic “I love you.” This is what a person really feels. These are not romantic feelings of “I do love—I do not love.”

Question: Is this an illumination of such truth?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Still, could you tell me what is behind “I love you”?

Answer: It depends on what kind of person is saying it.

Question: But in truth, what is behind the phrase “I love you”?

Answer: I love you means that I want to feel myself as something nonexistent that only fulfills you and rejoices in your fulfillment.
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“Can You Describe How Humans Receive And Transmit Information?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Can you describe how humans receive and transmit information?

We transmit our positive or negative attitude to each other, and likewise, we perceive positive or negative attitudes from one another.

What we transmit, project and receive—the interaction and interference between these waves—is what creates our world.

Today, science demonstrates a phenomenon that the wisdom of Kabbalah has discussed for thousands of years—that the waves of two objects synchronize when they meet, because they equalize, collide, cancel each other out, and create a destructive effect.

What this means in relation to our lives is that we each receive and transmit information, and accordingly, we would be wise to work on our ability to transmit positive attitudes to each other. We would then also become relatively protected in perceiving a positive, balanced and harmonious world.

Based on a video “How We Transmit Waves of Attitude to Each Other” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.