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Feel The Common Soul Begin To Work

laitman_962.7Each Kabbalistic group in the world should work in order to serve as the foundation for the upcoming congress in Bulgaria. The soul of Adam HaRishon, the common body, contains many different properties, each of which cannot be neglected. Everyone must annul themselves before the others in order to achieve connection, but at the same time, one does not cancel one’s individuality, character, and strength. On the contrary, a person must show this unique desire for unification granted to them and be an example for everyone so that they would also want to serve as an example. The result is a common connection.

Everyone must grow for the common unification. Everyone cares about how to help others, how to help them maximize their special nature so that all qualities are clear, bright, and burning, showing all the differences and all the connections between them. The differences between us grow as our relations with each other develop.

This is practical work for all groups and individual students. Everyone has to do this before the congress. Mere physical organization of the congress is insufficient. All groups and individuals in Europe must be awakened so that everyone feels that they are an important, vibrant part of the European system. Otherwise, we will be incapable of creating a common spiritual vessel (Kli).

The purpose of the congress is to create a central Kli of the world soul made up of European students. All material prerequisites for this exist because of the revelation of major egoistic contradictions requiring correction specifically in Europe.

Our mutual connection grows as we care about improving the common world group, strengthening and expanding the ties between all the groups in order to overcome everything that divides us as a result of the Babylonian separation—psychological and spiritual differences, different languages—rising above everything, and covering it with love. With the help of the connection between us, everyone will correctly rise on his personal spiritual path.

From now on, it is impossible to build a single spiritual Kli without concern for common unification. The main goal is a common connection, which obliges each group in any country to grow in the right form.

The era of personal development, when an individual soul could rise, has ended. Wherever a group is formed—in Novosibirsk, in Berlin, or in Italy—not one of them can grow individually. All of its corrections, development, and spiritual strength, starting from today, will depend only on the awakening of the collective Kli. It will be felt more and more. This is what our current time demands.

By establishing ties between us, asking for help, and helping each other, we revive the system of Adam HaRishon. We will begin to feel our interdependence and our obligation to take care of everyone.

This is a new stage of the work. Its result will be each individual Kli being able to grow correctly, developing its individual character and contribution to the system. We will feel how the common soul begins to function and breathe.

We cannot do otherwise. The stage of separate tens and groups has passed and ended. A new and special stage of advancement has begun. We will feel a stronger manifestation of the upper force through the general system, how it guides us and operates on us.

This is a very important stage for approaching the Creator because He will be felt within all groups.

Therefore, remaining in our tens, we have to start taking care of all the groups, the common spiritual Kli, and the system of the common soul of Adam. That is where the Creator will be revealed.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/23/19, Questions and Answers with Dr. Michael Laitman

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What Did I Do To Deserve This?

laitman_600.02People often ask: “Why do such troubles happen to me?” A person might get fired, be stricken by a serious illness, or experience the death of a loved one, and he starts wondering: “What did I do to deserve this?” I have heard it a thousand times from people who came to seek advice from me.

In fact, it is impossible to find out why a disaster occurred; one should not dig into the past searching for a reason, as if there is a connection between our actions, reward or punishment. If I try to connect the past and future, building a causal chain, that would be a very simplistic, material approach. It is how we talk to small children who are unable to grasp any more than that. As a child grows up (at 12-13 years old), he must develop a different way of thinking.

I do not know why certain things happen to me—it depends on the root of my soul. Each state is something completely new at every moment. Whatever happened in the past has no bearing on the future, everything depends on a common system for all of humanity, on the common soul. Everything comes to me from there and I am interconnected with an infinite number of variables that affect my destiny.

Quite possibly, parts of the soul that are very distant from me determine what is happening to me at this moment. Conversely, I can be the reason for what is happening to them. After all, we are all connected in the one common soul of Adam.

Obviously, on a simple corporeal level, I can predict the consequences of my physical actions. But suddenly something happens and I lose a direct connection. It happens because we are unable to take into account all the variables in our lives. It seems to us that all the reasons should be evident, but it is not the case.

The question is, what can be done when a difficult situation arises? We must not look into the past, but work with the state we are given now. A person is renewed every moment, every day. There is no moment that is like another. These are spiritual laws. Commands come to us from the spiritual world without any connection with what one does in this world.

This shatters our entire previous system of beliefs about reward and punishment and it forms a new system where we are connected with the real reasons—the upper governance that shapes our whole lives.

If something happens, do not look for the reason in the past. Even if I believe that I have found it, would it help me? Based on that, I will only make more mistakes in the future. Thus, it is best to say that each moment comes from above, based on the root of my soul. If I want to ensure a good, decent, and fast development for myself, I must affect the root of my soul so that only good directions come from there.

The past happened and sank into eternity; we are not concerned about it anymore. In my current state, I must look for greater connection with everyone. If I am not in a Kabbalistic group, among people who want to connect into the one common soul of Adam HaRishon, then I have no way of influencing my life. I will be merely executing the commands that come from the upper governance, not knowing where they come from.

If I want to connect with my spiritual root, I must be in the right environment in order to take care of the group and humanity, pulling them toward connection. Then the system that I am a part of, which is the source of all the commands, will be revealed to me.

If a tragedy occurs, one must not blame or devour himself. Instead, one must accept it as it is and from this state connect even more with the group. In order for this to happen, one must be among people who also want to influence, understand, and rise above their lives. It is possible.

We see that there is no reward or punishment for past deeds in this world. Criminals live beautiful lives while a simple worker, earning his bread by the sweat of his brow, suffers. Trying to find fairness means wasting your efforts in the wrong direction. There is nothing to learn from this world because it is built on falsehood.

The science of Kabbalah explains the only way to affect the world: to find a group of like-minded people and start uniting with them. Only by the power of our connection can we influence the upper force. Then it will change reality for all of us.

We can create such a revolution without a single soldier or shot fired, without any violence, only on account of the upper force. If we unite in a ten, we awaken the upper force to correct us and all of humanity.

Our reward is in our unity and the sensation of the ten of us as a single unit. Our punishment is in our inability to achieve that. Then, whatever happens to me, even the worst thing imaginable, I will say that it came from above and that it is the best thing possible because it pushes me toward love and connection with my ten. Every moment is a new life, a new state that I have to work with inside my ten. In this case, anything sent my way will be perceived as good.

I build my soul inside the ten. Ten friends trying to unite (“friend” –  “Haver” from the word “connection” –  “Hibur”), build such a mechanism between them called “a soul.” In the soul, they reveal the force of love and bestowal, unity, that which controls the whole universe. That is why it is called the upper force. Our whole lives, all events lead us toward the realization of this goal.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 8/5/19

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What Will Happen To The Common Soul If Humanity Dies Out?

laitman_600.02Question: What will happen to the common soul if all of humanity comes to a global catastrophe and becomes completely extinct?

Answer: Do not worry, humanity will not come to total extinction, although a portion of humanity could. Therefore, we need to think about helping people start the process of correction before a problem occurs.

In principle, the state of complete correction already exists in a spiritual form. The only thing we can do is to quickly implement it and be in it.

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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/16/18

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Two Incarnations Of A Great Soul

Baal HaSulam is the greatest Kabbalist of our time. It is very difficult to speak of such a tremendous force because we do not really understand what it means to be a Kabbalist. He lives alongside us and at the same time in a different world. A Kabbalist actually lives in two worlds.

For a Kabbalist there is no confusion. He sees the upper world and the lower world. But what interests him most is their interdependence: how it is possible to make corrections in the upper world from the lower world such that it again influences the lower world and our world rises to the level of the upper. This is the task of every Kabbalist.

A Kabbalist is coming from that desire which characterizes him in the general system of the soul called “Adam.” Each of us has a different root. It is called “point of reference” or “point in the heart.” And that’s why each reveals the upper world in their own unique way.

However, all points in the heart reveal this system in a relatively similar fashion. Nonetheless, all those who wrote prior to Baal HaSulam, for example, had a very difficult time writing a commentary to The Book of Zohar.

And prior to the appearance of The Book of Zohar, no one was able to write anything even resembling it, despite the fact that many Kabbalists knew more than Rabbi Shimon. They just couldn’t describe it the way he could.

That is, in Kabbalah there are many such conditions: you can be great, a spiritual genius, but cannot describe anything, you simply don’t have the ability.

But Baal HaSulam had both of these qualities. It’s amazing! In the entire history of Kabbalah there was practically no Kabbalist with such ability.

Moses was the greatest Kabbalist, and still the Five Books written by him are written in such a way and in such language that everyone can interpret them in any way they want.

And what was written by the Ari in his work The Tree of Life cannot be understood at all; here, a clear attainment of the spiritual world is necessary for one to even begin to understand what he is talking about. In this book, purely physical data are laid out, just as in any physics textbook.

That’s why when the Ari started to teach, the only one who was able to appreciate him was a great Kabbalist of his own time, the Ramak. He sent all the other students to the Ari as well, emphasizing that this material is something new. But neither they, nor he, were able to understand the system of the Ari, not even to the day he died. And that’s because the Ramak belonged to the previous generation of souls, those who came into this world prior to the Ari.

That’s why Baal HaSulam openly says: “All that I attained, I attained following the Ari’s soul incarnating in me,” in other words, he was the Ari’s next incarnation. What is meant here is not the physical body, since it doesn’t exist and neither does our world. The only thing that exists is the shattered, scattered desire in a tremendous egoistic space.

In this space there are drops, like raisins in a cake that have inclinations toward unity, toward adhesion with the Creator. But we don’t feel these inclinations because we exist in an ocean of egoism, we sit in this dough, that’s why we don’t even sense our ego. Each “raisin,” each point in the heart, constantly undergoes all types of corrections.

Baal HaSulam happens to have been the outcome of that same “raisin,” which was the Ari, that same soul who was the Ari, who continued his work. This is called an “incarnation.” In other words, this is not a separate soul, but that same soul continuing its work, only under different conditions, in a different generation.

And what does a “generation” mean? It is not what happens to us in our world. When many points in the heart, embryos of a soul, even though they are changing constantly, while they still exist in a wrong kind of connection between them, they imagine themselves ostensibly experiencing our world.

That’s why it is most important that we think not of this world, presenting itself to us through our five animal sensory systems, but instead about that which is happening through the point in the heart.

Question: When a soul reincarnates, is the individuality preserved?

Answer: The soul engages through various external conditions. The Ari brought into our world The Tree of Life. The next time that same Ari came, he was called Baal HaSulam and brought into our lives Talmud Eser Sefirot.

Question: In other words, he held the same spiritual level of attainment as the Ari?

Answer: Even greater.
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From the Lesson in Russian, 10/16/16

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“The Coming Anti-National Revolution”

laitman_264_01Opinion (Robert Schiller, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Professor of Economics at Yale University, author): “ For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another. These revolutions operate in the minds of humans and are spread – eventually to most of the world – not by war (which tends to involve multiple causes), but by language and communications technology. …

“I think the next such revolution, likely sometime in the twenty-first century, will challenge the economic implications of the nation-state. It will focus on the injustice that follows from the fact that, entirely by chance, some are born in poor countries and others in rich countries. As more people work for multinational firms and meet and get to know more people from other countries, our sense of justice is being affected.

“Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, a huge bestseller in the Thirteen Colonies when it was published in January 1776, marked another such revolution, which was not identical with the Revolutionary War against Britain that began later that year (and had multiple causes). The reach of Common Sense is immeasurable, because it wasn’t just sold but was also read aloud at churches and meetings. …

“The same could be said of the gradual abolition of slavery, which was mostly achieved not by war, but by an emerging popular recognition of its cruelty and injustice. …

“All of the past ‘justice revolutions’ have stemmed from improved communications.”

My Comment: Everything depends on the connections between people. When they begin to feel they belong to a greater whole that is manifested in them subconsciously as the one force that manages them, the Creator, appears in them. Hence, the growing intellect appears in the recognition of dependency, in the new meanings that emerge from the discovery of the connection between us, which is not clear at the moment; it is revelation of the connection between all, the system of Adam (Man).
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Why Do I Get All of This?

laitman_555Question: Why do numerous troubles pour onto those who live virtuously, never hurt anybody, and make every effort to help the others? Is it a punishment for their prior lives?

Answer: People came up with many theories about punishments for their prior lives and future rewards. In fact, nobody knows why we get blows from destiny.

We all depend on each other. We all are in one network. All of us represent one common soul of Adam; we are one whole! The overall system we exist in is called “Adam.”

Each of the system’s parts is responsible for the others. Our body works similarly: if there is a wound on the foot, it hurts the whole body aches and can’t think of anything besides the wound. In this case, head and nerves depend on the sore foot. Our interdependence extends to this degree.

Our world is an integral system. That’s why it is necessary to improve the entire world, mend our inclusion into each other and the rest of souls. If you do, you begin sensing yourself in a perfect and absolutely comfortable state.

Question: What does the correction of our inclusion in other souls mean?

Answer: It signifies the state of “loving thy neighbor as thyself.” Before we completely correct ourselves, entirely and mutually, we will continue asking questions about the reasons for earthly afflictions without being able to find suitable answers.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/27/15

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The Physical And Spiritual World

Laitman_712_03Question: How does the physical world influence the spiritual world?

Answer: It doesn’t. Everything descends from top to bottom: the upper world affects the lower. But under certain conditions, we can influence the upper world, and through it—the material world.

As we correct our egoistic desires, we affect the properties we have mastered—the properties of bestowal and love. By matching these properties with the altruistic properties of the common soul, through it, we influence the impact it has on our world.

Question: Is there danger that by bringing oneself closer to the Creator and mastering the governing system, Kabbalists could abuse their knowledge?

Answer: It is impossible, because when you fall from the property of bestowal and love you immediately lose your connection with the upper world and, therefore, its impact on our world.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/11/15

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The Sin Of Adam Is The Cause Of All Of Our Troubles

laitman_929Question: Why in these days, from the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, is a completely unique atmosphere felt?

Answer: These are days of judgment, and we see this when we look at the events that are happening in Europe and Israel. The world requires our correct participation.

In the days of judgment we need to judge ourselves, our behavior, our deeds, to clarify the cause for all of the failures and the unfavorable fate.

It is always necessary to examine ourselves in relation to the origin, and our origin is Adam HaRishon (the First Man). The sin of Adam HaRishon is the reason for everything that happened after it.

Twenty generations after Adam, one of the great sages of ancient Babylon Abraham began the correction of the sin of Adam HaRishon; he called for all the Babylonians to unite and rise above the mutual hatred, which is called the Tower of Babel that led to a crisis.

Some of the Babylonians heard the call of Abraham and joined him. Abraham taught his students “to love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), so that love will cover all crimes, over all hatred. So Abraham gathered a group that later evolved into the people of Israel.

These events are directly related to what is happening today. After so many events we have experienced throughout history, we are still in the same situation of Adam HaRishon; we must correct his sin.

The people of Israel were chosen from among all the other peoples for this purpose because they had the desire for unity, spirituality.

These are a unique people possessing a unique desire, a special readiness of mind and soul that can achieve such a unity between them by which the whole world is then united. The great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam wrote about this in the article, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar.”

The sin of Adam is the basis of the breakup of humanity, all of its suffering and troubles. All of our problems come from this sin because of which one great desire, one soul, was shattered into a multitude of fragments. In each one of us there is a tiny fragment of the collective soul.

If eight billion people are living in the world today, there is a part of the soul of Adam HaRishon, of Adam in each one of them. So we need to connect with each other so that all of these parts will merge together.

But the realization of this function isn’t imposed upon eight billion but upon the people of Israel. If the people of Israel will correct themselves and unify according to the conditions of “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” then all the nations of the world will automatically be integrated within it.

This is specifically what Abraham taught the ancient Babylonians who joined him and created the people of Israel. They were selected from all of the humanity that existed then, when for the first time the shattering, the first crisis after the shattering of Adam was discovered.

Abraham gathered around him all those who wanted to correct the primordial sin. These were unique people who yearned for the goal of creation, the attainment of the meaning of life, and Abraham taught them the method of connection and unity.
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From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 9/20/15

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Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (cont.ws):  “This revolution, many researchers call a demographic catastrophe, as the European region stopped the reproduction of its population. By 2050, excluding immigration, instead of the current 728 million, the European continent will number 600 million. That is equivalent to the loss of the population living today in Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland combined. The last time such a significant reduction in the population was observed in Europe was only during the plague years 1347-1352. …

“Naturally, this leads to the inability of the EU to maintain the integrity of the existing social structure: the labor force will soon be too small, which already puts into question the very preservation of the social security system. While the many generations who were born in the demographic boom after World War II are still working in Europe, when they retire, the system will change radically. …

“The most important condition to prevent it is a constant and growing influx of immigrants. …

“As a result of these processes in the countries of Europe, there is a deep ethnocultural restructuring, in which it is increasingly becoming like a ‘melting pot’ (the concept of total blending of nations and races …). Europeans are being replaced by other ethnic groups, which are mixed with each other, and are forming a ‘nation of immigrants’ or ‘new nomads.'”

My Comment: All this is completely compatible with the trend of all matter merging into a single whole, into the image of Adam (Man), as described in the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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In The Shadow Of The Asteroid Cloud

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Is the impression created that Adam HaRishon (the first man) Adam was much more advanced than we are because he felt the upper force we don’t feel?

Answer: There is no doubt about it! Spiritual development doesn’t proceed parallel to physical development. On the contrary, the first Kabbalists were much closer to the upper force and the upper worlds than we are. If we now had the luck to meet with our father Abraham, it would be possible to ask him many questions. In the spiritual sense, a constant decline happens more and more with each generation. And accordingly, our ego and technological advancement, along with financial and economic development, have grown more and more..

Ultimately we have reached maximal technological advancement and minimal spiritual development in this world. And so the global crisis develops and breaks out, which is moving and felt all over the world in our time. It is possible to solve this crisis only through the revelation of the wisdom of Kabbalah to all of humanity. If all of us are united, we will reach discovery of the upper force and this world will ascend to the height of the upper worlds.

Question: We scarcely make any money to live in this world, but you want us to be involved with higher worlds?

Answer: The present crisis is only the beginning. Terrible blows are expected for the world. I don’t want to scare you, but unfortunately that is how it is. We already see clear symptoms now of a future Holocaust all over the world that nobody can stop.

The idea is that the world is becoming round. The higher spiritual forces are approaching our world like an asteroid cloud or a comet. The higher forces that are linked in a single network compress in an increasingly dense ring around our world, which is not connected into a single network. Rather, everything is divided, separate, crushed and torn apart by internal struggles. Our world and the network of higher forces that are approaching it are in opposition and contradiction with each other, so very unpleasant and negative phenomena are revealed in our world. They will grow more and more until we begin to connect and unite to be more and more adjusted to the one and only integral force. Only in this manner can we be saved.

Question: Are all the problems of the modern world sent to us as a punishment?

Answer: There are no punishments! It is only people who perceive what is happening in this way. In fact the law of nature is simply acting on us. More and worsening negative forces are awakening within us as we see the ego has grown from generation to generation. But higher spiritual forces are approaching us more and more like a single network. The opposition between these two systems is increasing: On the one hand, there is the evil human ego, and on the other hand, there is a higher network of good forces. Between them appear the potential differences and tension that we endure.

We cannot change the higher network; we need to only correct ourselves and unite. And you shall love your friend as yourself is the great general rule in the Torah. (Yerushalmi Nedarim 30b), which if not for its existence, we wouldn’t survive. The whole world is becoming global and integral, linked like a single small village. And as such, the world demands from humanity an identical good connection between them. But we are not ready to create a connection like this, so we suffer.

Only the wisdom of Kabbalah can bring all of humanity to good and wonderful relations, so it is being revealed in our time. Further, The Book of Zohar, which was written 2,000 years ago, pointed to our time when humanity would reach a state where it would be compelled to use the method of Kabbalah to connect itself and live in happiness. So I wish for a good and sweet year for everyone, meaning a year in which we have a chance to reach the good life.
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From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 9/6/15

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