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Climbing the Degrees of Perfection

41.01If the program of creation is to bring us pleasure, then why do we feel suffering?

It is known that if we feel pain in the body, then something is wrong in that place for some internal or external reason. It is the same in our relationship with the Creator; if everything is corrected at the current degree and the Creator fills everything and controls everything, then we should feel great in this corrected state, in perfection.

Only if we are in the transition between degrees, in an intermediate state, we feel uncomfortable. But this is an incentive to move to the next, more perfect state.

We are not able to move forward if we feel good. We can move forward only when we feel a lack and when the future promises pleasure or at least less suffering. Then this difference of potentials gives us the driving forces that propel us from state to state.

The will to receive is not able to distinguish, evaluate, and take into account anything except for these two states: suffering and pleasure. But if we are in a group, then it can play, presenting us with the desired future state and thus helping us advance.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/13/23, “From Lo Lishma [not for Her sake], we come to Lishma [for Her sake]”

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Profession of the Future: Builder of the Connection of Hearts

557Since we still do not know how to act for the sake of the Creator, we must act for the sake of our group, for the sake of our friends. It is the same as in ordinary life, a person never lives only for himself. After all, he has parents, children, or even grandchildren already, and he lives for the sake of all of them.

Sometimes we hear that a person dreams of giving up everything and going to a deserted island to take care only of himself. But this is only out of desperation because a person should be connected with others.

Modern media connect us more and more closely to each other. As a result, we will feel like living together with the whole world, not just inside our computer, but inside our brain, our heart, from where it is impossible to escape. In this way, the Creator will obligate us to unite as one person with one heart.

Now we reject this connection, but it will certainly come, partly unconsciously and partly according to our own desire, for lack of another solution.

Everyone will be required to become specialists in the field of connection between people. Just as today everyone needs to know how to turn on a computer, enter a password, how to use email and other applications, so in the future we will need more and more knowledge in building a connection between hearts.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/13/23, “From Lo Lishma [not for Her sake], we come to Lishma [for Her sake]”

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The Main Commandment for Humanity

293.1Question: What is joy?

Answer: Joy is a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Question: What is the difference between spiritual joy and corporeal joy?

Answer: There is no difference. Filling itself happens mechanically. When the desire is filled, then joy is felt.

There is joy from corporeal (animal) fulfillment when you fill yourself. And there is joy in filling other people who were strangers to you, but you turned them into loved ones, and therefore you rejoice in their filling. This is called spiritual joy. Compared to egoistic joy, this one is not limited.

In egoism, you can only fill yourself. Therefore, you are limited in volume, and, consequently, in quantity, in the force of joy, and in its sensation. That is, your life is limited by the size of our world.

In starting to fill others, you reach a degree where your filling becomes boundless, infinite, and therefore gives you a sense of eternity, perfection, free space, and unlimitedness.

But this is only when you have love for others, when you are ready to fill them infinitely because at the same time you connect with the Creator. He gives you everything to fill others. And you guide Him through yourself to them as to your most beloved, desired, loved ones, relatives. Therefore, you have an unlimited opportunity to fill everyone and feel great joy in accordance with this.

This feeling of immense, infinite joy when an endless stream of pleasure passes through you gives you a feeling of upper eternal life. But to do this, you must first start loving others.

Comment: This is the hardest part.

My Response: But this is the main commandment, because if a person approaches this, then he is moving correctly and realizing himself. And if not, then whatever he does in this life is worthless.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What is Joy?” 2/27/11

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Unity that We Attain Through the Letter “Aleph”

629.3The Creator told her, “Although the world was created with the letter Bet, you will be the head of all the letters, for there is no unification in Me, except in you. In you will all calculations begin, all the works of the people of the world, and the whole unification is only in the letter Aleph” (Zohar for All, Introduction of the Book of Zohar,” “The Letters of Rav Hamnuna Saba,” Item 38)

Question: Can you explain what unity we are talking about?

Answer: The letter “Aleph – א” opens a series of signs with which the Creator depicts the universe, the forces acting in it, and the connection between them from beginning to end.

Therefore, the letter “Aleph” has a very complex structure in its image: the upper world and the lower world, separated by a border called Parsa.

Only in this case is it possible to imagine a system that really consists of two worlds, is controlled from above by a single force, and brings the entire system and all worlds to a single form.
From KabTV’s “Introduction of The Book of Zohar” 4/23/23

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What Is Force?

962.2Question: What is the force of nature?

Answer: Force is force. But in a person, it is also expressed in desire because all our matter is desire. Therefore, there is a desire and the force of desire by which we can measure it.

The Creator is characterized by the force of pleasure, meaning bestowal and love. But in relation to us, these qualities are manifested as the force of His pressure on us, meaning the cause from which any effect proceeds. Therefore, we measure His influence, His love, for us by the force of influence, the force of love, with which this field affects us.

There is a difference between the spiritual field, in which all kinds of qualities are located, and the force of the influence of this field on some foreign object located in it.

If this object has adopted the quality of the spiritual field, then they are in balance, no one is pressing on anything. But if this object is still somehow foreign, that is, does not correspond to the qualities of the field, then the field acts on it and causes movement in order to bring this object into balance with itself.
This is what happens in our world, and exactly the same law operates in the spiritual world.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is Power?” 2/27/11

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What Is a Lie and a Truth?

207Question: What is a lie?

Answer: A lie is a quality opposite to the Creator, its reverse side.

In order to determine His qualities, we need to plunge into the qualities that are the opposite of Him in everything. Therefore, the Creator created darkness so that from feeling it we would come to understand what light is. Otherwise, we would not understand it because we cannot see anything in one solid white light.

Since we, as created beings, must feel the qualities of the Creator, we need to consist of two opposite sensations: darkness and light. On their contrast and various transitions, we build images of ourselves and the Creator and thus reveal Him.

Question: Does it mean that if we talk about the truth, then the Creator is the truth?

Answer: Yes, because we need to measure relative to something. If I measure relative to my egoism, that is one thing. But if I by myself (since I am constantly changing) want to take some more objective measure of reference, then I try to find the Creator to measure relative to Him.

After all, if He controls everything and dominates everything, then no matter whether I think about Him well or badly, I have to take Him as a starting point.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is a Lie and a Truth?” 3/12/11

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Letters—Carriers of Spiritual Forces

193Question: In principle, does each Hebrew letter have its own specific form that depicts the manifestation of upper forces in matter?

Answer: Yes, there are only a few forces, qualities, that form letters in a certain combination with each other and these combinations, as if stamp their altruistic qualities on the substrate of our world, on the egoistic desire.

Question: How can this affect a person? For example, if I look at the outlines of letters depicting some spiritual forces, and I do not understand what this is about, do they nevertheless somehow affect me?

Answer: Yes. Absolutely. Let’s say a person is like some small animal. But if he works with these letters, if he tries to find something in them, to depict, to understand, and to read, then with their help he gradually approaches the great knowledge of nature.

By his desire to understand what this is about, he, as if, summons all these forces upon himself, and they begin to change him from within, to give him some kind of awareness.
From KabTV’s “Introduction of The Book of Zohar” 4/23/23

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The Pain of a Kabbalist

294.4Question: As a Kabbalist, you feel the world differently than an ordinary person. Do you feel the general pain when something happens to the world?

Answer: And what do I do every day? Telling everyone and everywhere how to come to a better life not in a tragic way but gently, smoothly, quickly, and comfortably.

I feel the pain that all of humanity may experience.

Question: But not the current one?

Answer: The current suffering is not pain compared to what may happen. It is so small that it is not even worth talking about it.

Of course it is suffering. Of course it is a great torment. You look at the screen and see skeletal children without food, without drink, without medication, dying from infectious diseases. You see drug addicts and depressed people. And is it better for the rest? Look at what they are messing around with, what are they doing in general?

But compared to what may happen during this period when correction is realized not in a good way, but in an evil way… Can you imagine how much humanity needs to be beaten in order for it to correct itself, to turn it into awareness, from awareness to consent, and from consent to realization?

But here, it is right away—take it and implement it. Easy. After all, if the majority is together, then everything is easy.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What is the Pain of a Kabbalist?”

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“What does it mean to unite ‘as one man with one heart’?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What does it mean to unite ‘as one man with one heart’?

“One heart” means that we are in a single desire to begin with.

This desire shattered and organized us into billions of people who are separate and distant from one another. In other words, in our current state, we have many hearts, or many desires.

Then, by correcting ourselves, i.e., by bringing ourselves closer together in a common intention to love, bestow and connect like the force of love, bestowal and connection that Kabbalists call “the Creator,” we come to perceive a different picture of reality: that there are not “many people,” but rather “one man.”

To the extent in which we bring ourselves closer to the Creator, adhering ourselves to the force of love, bestowal and connection, we come to perceive a single form of bestowal.

We then observe the state of unity “as one man with one heart,” in adhesion with the Creator.

Based on the Daily Kabbalah Lesson with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on May 16, 2023 on the topic of Shavuot, “As One Man with One Heart.” Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.