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The Essence of the Creator’s Instructions

294.3Question: There are a huge number of people around me in this world. Some of them are talented, rich, and happy, and some, on the contrary, are poor, unhappy, and sick. I really feel like saying that the former people were rewarded by the Creator and the latter were punished. Is it right to reason this way?

Answer: But these are your judgments. How do you know what the reward and punishments are? How do you know the absolute meaning of the Creator’s relation to man?

Even the Torah says: “He, who does not beat his son, hates him.” What is meant is not actual beatings, but the fact that you have to put pressure on him to make a man out of an animal.

Question: So, if a person does not see the entire program of creation, he cannot, at a certain stage of his development and all of mankind’s, draw conclusions about reward and punishment, right?

Answer: No, in no way! For this, we are given lists of instructions that we can align ourselves with. Although we have not yet grasped their truths, we can still concentrate on them.

Question: Is the problem that everyone understands them in their own way?

Answer: It really depends on how developed a person is. But this is precisely the point of these lists, that a person is mistaken to the extent that he does not merge with them, to the extent that he does not comprehend the instructions.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 5/31/22

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528.03Question: What are the Ten Commandments?

Answer: Once you get out of the Egyptian slavery, i.e., out of the power of egoism, you begin to take on other forms of connection between you and the Creator, between you and others. An action above one’s egoism is called a commandment.

Question: So, the structure of the ten Sefirot receives ten blows and after that I perform ten actions to connect with the Creator?

Answer: Let’s say so. Yes.

Comment: This is all very complex, not simple. In general, the world is, of course, a complicated system.

My Response: I don’t think so. We just do not want to convert it into sensations, then everything would become quite simple. The most important thing is not to leave it in your head, in some calculations, but to convert it into feelings.

Question: But what does “we do not want to” mean? Everyone would like to feel the Creator. It does not work.

Answer: You can feel it only if you want to rise above your egoism and act in spite of it. You will have to cultivate this movement within yourself perhaps over many years.

Question: Why does one still have a feeling that it is only him and the Creator? Why don’t we have a natural awareness that in order to reveal the upper force, there must be at least ten people? There is no such thing in society. On the contrary, if you want to reveal the Creator, you must seclude yourself, and in general, it seems to be something internal, concealed. What do any other people have to do with this? Why should I share the Creator with them?

Answer: You must do this in order not to deceive yourself, so that you clearly see whether you are approaching the quality of love and bestowal or not. If you can do this in relation to other people, then once you achieve this quality, you will relate to the Creator the same way.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 5/10/22

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620 Times More

942Rapprochement of friends in the group means getting closer to the CreatorOnly in this way can we realize our connection with Him.

And the Creator reveals the quality of our aspirations to the extent that we correctly aspire to each other and we reach the state where He begins to reveal Himself as the quality of our connection, as light, as the power of unification. This quality of connection that we acquire is called the upper light. This is the Creator.

We always feel only the connection between us, we originated from it, and everything except for the point of connection between us was shattered. And from this shattering we must again restore our connection.

When this happens, we attain the initial state called Adam HaRishon (the first man) who was created by the Creator as 620 times stronger than it was initially created.

This is the difference between our work and the work of the Creator. That is why it is written: “My sons defeated Me.” The Creator seems to be saying: “I created a relatively small initial state that existed only in the light of Hassadim, and they took all the egoism from the desire I created, turned it into the property of bestowal, and thus revealed Me 620 times more.”
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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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What Did The Virus Come For?

202.0Comment: The world is now shuddering from a new variant of the coronavirus. The world knows almost nothing about the new variant of the coronavirus and it is already causing irreparable damage to the well-being of people around the world.

It has deprived them of the confidence that the worst was over, and this has slowed down the exit from the economic crisis after two years of the pandemic. It has robbed the world of certainty. Even if the fear of a new variant of the coronavirus turns out to be exaggerated, the deed is done, the belief that the pandemic is over has been shaken.

In principle, everyone thought: “Okay, let’s suffer a little, and then we will start economic growth.”

My Response: No! There will be no growth! We will quietly slide down, just slip down, because the world psychologically does not need any progress. It no longer needs any economic growth. No! It’s best to have nothing at all.

Question: And what will happen then? How will the world live in this case?

Answer: It will live quietly, quietly, and even more quietly. What we have is good for us.

Question: So you think this virus shows correctly, the opposite, that there is no need for any economic progress?

Answer: Yes. It will teach us everything: how to relate to each other, to nature, to society, to everything. Otherwise, everything will decline.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/2/21

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630.2Question: On Purim traditionally sweet cakes are eaten shaped to resemble Haman’s pockets. What is it about this symbol?

Answer: In our world, there is a connection between the root and the branch. Therefore, we must somehow display all this in the branches. The people should be attached to such things.

Question: Isn’t it primitive that in the 21st century we are following these traditions?

Answer: I believe that our century is the most primitive of all previous centuries. The more we develop, the more our egoism grows. Therefore, we suddenly begin to feel like some kind of greatness and criticize previous centuries, scientists, and everyone else. But they understood much better than we did about the structure of the worlds, the forces of creation.

They knew these roots, saw them, guessed them, and understood what they were dealing with, not in order to make some kind of historical story out of this, but to include in the system of correction so that each generation makes its own correction and gradually we would come to complete correction, which is called “Purim.”

Question: Is that why they introduced the tradition of eating sweets shaped like Haman’s pockets to the people?

Answer: Of course. All this was done by the great Kabbalists. There are innumerable allusions to spiritual properties and actions that we must perform.

Question: It is customary to give gifts on Purim. In honor of what? In honor of joy?

Answer: Yes, because when we connect with each other, we fulfill each other: I am you, you are me. And each individual cannot fulfill himself.

Purim is the final correction. The Creator created egoism, an evil inclination that is completely corrected.
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The Torah Is The Instruction On How To Achieve Love

527.05The Book of Zohar, vol.7, Behaalotcha, Item 58: Woe unto one who says that the Torah comes to tell literal tales and the uneducated words of such as Esau and Laban. If this is so, even today we can turn the words of an uneducated person into a law, and even nicer than theirs. And if the Torah indicates to mundane matters, even the rulers of the world have among them better things, so let us follow them and turn them into a law in the same way. However, all the words of the Torah have the uppermost meaning.

The problem is that people do not understand the Torah, they do not understand that it describes the laws of nature that we must comply with in order to exist in a correct relationship, in a correct unity with nature.

Its most important law is “Love your neighbor.” So it is written: “We should interpret that it is known that it is impossible to achieve love of the Creator before a person is rewarded with love of people through “love your neighbor as yourself,” which Rabbi Akiva said is a great rule in the Torah.

For a person striving to fulfill it, this law includes all the other laws of the Torah.

Comment: This is very strange because the Torah mainly writes about murders but nothing at all about love.

My Response: It writes about how difficult it is to love your neighbor as yourself. The entire Torah is written about this.

Question: So the Torah is the instruction on how to achieve love for your neighbor?

Answer: Only that!

Question: And what are the Ten Commandments?

Answer: In order to fulfill the law of “Love your neighbor,” there are 613 (Taryag) of all kinds of sub-laws. They are included in the Ten Commandments, which are included in one basic law.

Question: If we take at least one commandment, suppose, “Do not steal,” what are we talking about?

Answer: “Do not steal” is natural. Is it possible to implement the law of “Love your neighbor” and steal? In this law, there are more internal, higher, although seemingly irrational rules. But in principle, it starts with purely human relationships.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 6/3/19

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Why Is The Torah So Hard To Understand?

209Comment: If we say that everything in the Torah is written allegorically, but at the same time we recognize that there were such a people, that the exodus from Egypt happened, that there is the Land of Israel and today we claim it, then it turns out that people call it “allegorical” when it suits them and when not then “it really happened.”

My Response: These people have nothing to do with Kabbalah, so I have nothing to talk about with them. What allegory? Kabbalah speaks about the laws of nature, about its true laws.

I look not at what historians write but at what is passed down to us from generation to generation. And this is always confirmed. I am not interested in university scholars disagreeing with this. Although I myself have obtained my doctorate in Kabbalah and to some extent I belong to them, I am not interested in their conclusions because they rely on what is beneficial for them in order to manipulate some facts, to say something new. I met with American, Russian, and Israeli scientists, and I see how they work.

Comment: Such things do happen, of course. But I am using simple facts as an example. It is written: “And God completed on the seventh day His work that He did, and He abstained on the seventh day from all His work that He did.” We understand that this cannot be. Or it is said that the serpent stood on two legs. It is clear that this is an allegory.

Answer: Absolutely.

Question: Explain when it is an allegory and when not? Are the ten Egyptian plagues laws of nature? It seems like some kind of incomprehensible mysticism. What was happening there?

Answer: The Torah only writes about what happens inside a person.

Comment: But based on all the historical facts, we claim the State of Israel. The whole history is built on the fact that there is such a nation.

My Response: Because these events actually took place here. This is proved by excavations and everything else.

Question: So what happened and what did not? What is allegory and what is not? What is inside a person and what is not? How can this be understood correctly?

Answer: The people of Israel lived in Egypt for some time, left, and founded their own state. It existed for over a thousand years and then scattered throughout the world.

Question: Indeed, we see that there was a Temple, its remains have survived, etc. So this is not an allegory, it existed?

Answer: Yes.

Question: So can we say that the Torah is a historical story?

Answer: No. The Torah does not write about history. It writes only about a forty-year period in the life of the people and about what happened before that. It ends at the entrance to the Land of Israel when Moses died. And the passage of the people of Israel across the river Jordan, the entrance to the Land of Israel and its development is no longer the Torah but the Prophets and the Scriptures.

They describe historical periods. These books must be believed despite the fact that perhaps they seem inaccurate or somehow unreal to us. At least their descriptions should be taken seriously and not explanations be made up for them.

The problem is different: people do not understand at all what is written in the Torah. They believe that it indicates how to fulfill the commandments in our world: slaughtering livestock, maintaining various conditions in the Temple, etc.

You need to understand why and for what it is written in this way. It writes only about the inner state of a person, about how he must correct himself in order to become a Temple so that all his still, vegetative, animate, and other “ingredients,” so to speak, mind and heart, thought and desire, come into the right state in order to connect with neighbors and achieve the state of absolute love.

Question: Are all the animals and plants described in the Torah are levels of desire?

Answer: Only that.

Question: Let’s say, making a sacrifice means taking some kind of animal egoistic desire of yours, sacrificing it, and raising it to the level of man. Is this how we should understand it?

Answer: Only that. It is very difficult to understand what the Torah is. If it says that “love your neighbor as yourself” is the most important law of the Torah and everything else, as Hillel said, is just its explanation, where do you see this being fulfilled?

Hence, we understand something else—we do not adhere to the Torah at all, we do not fulfill it, we do not understand its inner meaning—it is not in us.

Question: What does it mean “love your neighbor as yourself” if it is only about me?

Answer: That you have to bring yourself to such a state.

Question: Who is this neighbor in me?

Answer: All your inner states which, it seems to you, exist outside.

Question: Should I love my inner states?

Answer: Yes. And through them the Creator because from love for one’s neighbor, one must come to love for the Creator.

Question: And those people I see outside myself, should I also love them?

Answer: Also outside of yourself—it is a must! By correcting yourself, you must correct your view of the world so that it turns out that you love everyone.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 6/3/19

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“Did The Ten Commandments Come From God?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Did the Ten Commandments come from God?

The true meaning of ten commandments eludes us in this world, and it is common to refer to them simply as God’s instructions for human morality. However, the ten commandments mean something else entirely.

The ten commandments are limitations that we apply to the use of our nature, the desire to enjoy, which in the wisdom of Kabbalah is called “Malchut.” In the language of Kabbalah, these limitations are a “Masach” (“screen”) and “Ohr Hozer” (“reflected light”) placed on Malchut, which in short means applying an intention to love, bestow and positively connect to each other and to our common source. When our desire to enjoy, Malchut, accepts these limitations, it becomes the place for the dressing of the ten Sefirot, and so it is called “the Ten Commandments.”

A commandment, which in Hebrew is “Dover,” stems from the Hebrew root of the word “utterance” (“Dibur”), which is born in the Peh (mouth) of the Partzuf (spiritual entity), known in Kabbalah as the “Peh de Rosh” (i.e., the place in our soul where we act on our decision to resemble the spiritual quality of love, bestowal and connection, and which receives the ability to love and bestow according to the strength of the intention to bestow). These actions are performed in the world of Atzilut, the highest of the spiritual worlds that is closest to the pure quality of love and bestowal, the Creator’s quality.

We receive the ten commandments only after connecting to each other “as one man with one heart” in order to rise above the raging egoistic desires that resist connection, and which make us hateful of one another. That massive egoistic quality is represented in the Bible story by Mount Sinai (“Sinai” from the Hebrew word for “hatred” [“Sinah”]). If we fail to positively connect to each other in order to rise above the ego that divides us, then we also cannot discover or observe any of the ten commandments. We have to be on a spiritual level of attainment, namely the level of “Bina,” one of the ten Sefirot which represents the pure quality of bestowal, in order to have the ear (Bina is the spiritual root of our sense of hearing) to hear the ten utterances from Mount Sinai. In other words, we need to attain a certain level of equivalence of form with the Creator in order to observe the ten commandments.

We can reach a spiritual level where we will discover and observe the ten commandments by first undergoing a preparation period in this world, where our main emphasis should be to achieve connection “as one man with one heart,” and only then will we observe the commandments. Otherwise we will lack the ability to understand them. In short, “love your neighbor as yourself” is the foundation of all spiritual attainment and ascent to a spiritual level.

Based on the first part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson on June 3, 2014, Shamati 66 “The Giving of the Torah.” Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Photo by Clint Adair on Unsplash.

The Commandment “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife”

962.3The Tenth Commandment says: “And you shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.” This means that you must reach a state where you change the initially egoistic desire into an altruistic one, fully achieve the property of bestowal called “receiving for the sake of bestowal,” and all of this huge infinite desire becomes “your wife.”

To desire “your neighbor’s wife” means to receive for your own sake. If you are directed at the Creator, then any desires that are not directed at Him are forbidden for you.

This commandment corresponds to the act of creation: “It is not good for a man to be alone.” If you want to reach the Creator, you cannot be alone. You must connect all the great desire, which is called feminine, to yourself, to the property of “Adam.” And only by combining the screen with the desire do you fully become like the Creator.

This is what it says: “Husband and wife, and the Creator between them.” This is the state when these two opposite qualities are combined and the Creator fills the vessel of the soul.

As for our world, we must abandon any hope that something right will happen in it if we do not start to change spiritually. Then other signals will come down to our world from above and make it better. But only as a result of spiritual correction! No other way!

We see how for thousands of years we have tried to do something good here but in the end we only destroy the world. Humanity is so lost, confused, and exhausted that it does not know what to do.

I look at the leaders of the world. They want to achieve something, they constantly plot behind the scenes, but in fact they are confused like small children who are lost and are about to cry. That’s how we are in this world today. Therefore, the science of Kabbalah is now spreading. If we reveal the Ten Commandments for ourselves, we will find ourselves eternal, perfect, and equal to the Creator, and then we will see that everything we have gone through was for our benefit.
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“What Is The Role Of The Ten Commandments Today?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the role of the ten commandments today?

The ten commandments represent desires to positively connect among each other and with our common source.

The Giving of the Torah takes place at the foot of Mount Sinai after the people of Israel accept the condition of Arvut (mutual guarantee)—to be united “as one man with one heart.”

Mount Sinai represents an enormous amount of hatred (“Sinai” stemming from the Hebrew word for “hatred” [“Sinah”]), rooted in our egoistic self-centered quality. We can rise above the immense ego and hatred, which divides us from each other and causes all the world’s ills, if we follow a single small desire that wishes only to love, bestow and positively connect. That small desire is called a “point in the heart” in the wisdom of Kabbalah: a tiny desire for spirituality within our “heart,” which represents the totality of our egoistic desires. In the Bible, this point is called “Moses,” which in Hebrew is “Moshe,” since this point “attracts” or “pulls” (“Moshech” in Hebrew) us out of our divisive ego and into the harmonious spiritual quality of love, bestowal and positive connection.

Mount Sinai is a gigantic amount of ego and hatred, similar to the Tower of Babel, but bigger because it is on a later degree of egoistic growth. The people of Israel standing at the bottom of Mount Sinai means that we are ready to rise above our divisive ego in order to unite. In other words, we agree to unite parts of our individual egos into one big mass, and not fear it even though it is a huge amount of hatred, because our focus is entirely on longing to positively connect with a mutual love and care for one another above our egoistic drives that itch away at us, which make us want to do everything but to connect in such a way.

When we unite in such a way, we form a demand for the revelation of the spiritual quality—love and bestowal—in our unity. The tendency to unite forms a true need for the spiritual quality of love and bestowal to dwell among us, what in the wisdom of Kabbalah is called a “Kli” (“vessel/tool/receptacle”) for spirituality. That is, the more we direct ourselves at connecting to each other, the more we discover our ego resisting connection, and this dual-motion eventually leads us to a true need for the spiritual quality of love and bestowal to dwell in our connection, since we increasingly find that without such a force, our ego forever blocks us off from each other. It is written that “From the love of the created beings, we come to love of the Creator.” We thus accept the condition of “Love your neighbor as yourself” and by doing so, discover the laws of spiritual connection that the ten commandments describe.

Based on the first part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson on June 3, 2014, Shamati #66 “The Giving of the Torah.”
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.