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Inside A Single Mechanism

75.01Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”: Reality shows us that an individual cannot exist in isolation without a sufficient number of people around him to serve him and help him provide for his needs. Hence, man is inherently born to lead a social life. Each and every individual in society is like a wheel that is linked to several other wheels placed in a machine. This single wheel has no freedom of movement in and of itself but continues with the motion of the rest of the wheels in a certain direction to qualify the machine to perform its general function.

A huge, absolutely interconnected world was created around us. Nothing is free in it. Therefore, a person can never be free even if he suddenly finds himself at the end of the world with no one by his side. He will still be totally connected to other people.

He must understand that even in this state when he is seemingly physically disconnected from everyone, he is still connected to billions of people in the world through his inner wheels. We will soon discover that.

Wherever we are, it is desirable that we always feel or try to feel how absolutely connected we are to the whole of humanity.

There is no such thing as feeling totally free in the world. I think that if I lie on the sofa and turn on the TV or sit in front of my computer, I am by myself, I am free. I am not free! I am like a tiny particle that is connected to all of humanity no matter what.

If a person feels that at any given moment, he begins to receive certain signals. On one hand, it seems that by living this way, constantly thinking about everyone, we are overloading ourselves. Yet if I do that, I soon begin to feel how I mutually interact with them, how they affect me. And through them, I quickly find the connection with the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/21/19

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Should One Believe In Fortune Tellers?

760.4Question: “How should one relate to fortune tellers? I have been told things that it is better not to repeat. Should I believe them or not? And if yes, how can I avoid what they predict for me? I believe you. I do not want to believe them.” Sergei.

Answer: You understand that a lot of people have the ability to sense the future. I have met such people. I talked about this with my teacher. And he had several such students in his lifetime who came, studied a little, and acquired this sensation of the future.

But I personally did not feel an immediate attraction to them.

Question: What about curiosity? To know what will happen to you, how fate will turn out?

Answer: No. I will tell you frankly, what will happen to me in a week, a month, a year, ten, twenty years—well, so what? I think it is much more interesting to live when you do not know anything. You just do not know anything! It is much more interesting, it is exciting.

And when you know everything, it is like you came to a movie, as we used to do to cinemas, sat down in your chair, and suddenly you find out that you remember this movie perfectly, you have already seen it. All the sharpness is gone.

Question: In other words, it is desirable to live as you say: tomorrow is tomorrow, what will be will be. Everything is in the hands of the upper. And you move along with this current?

Answer: Yes. The best thing is to know nothing and be the master of your life.

To what extent you are the master or not, you will start to understand that this is also pointless. I go forward according to the rules that the Creator has set in order to come to Him. I am getting closer to Him precisely according to the conditions that He has set out for me. And I want nothing else. I do not want to see another iota more! I do not want anything else! I want to be only this: a devoted follower of the Creator.

This is the most beautiful thing that can be! This is a great reward for a person when he can behave like this!

And at the same time, listening to how your future is being slandered, no way! We must come to bestowal from inside-out.

Question: And if around a corner during this journey of, as you call it, surrendering to the Creator terrible things suddenly happen?

Answer: There is nothing terrible or not terrible. It all depends on how you feel about it. If you give yourself to it openly, just like that, you open your soul: whatever is there is there and it is from the Creator; there is nothing terrible.

It is just that everything instantly becomes simple, clear, and soft. What your attitude to the Creator is, that is how you make Him—the Creator. And that is all. And there is the right connection between you.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/22/21

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Choosing The Way Of Acceleration

120Question: How does the goal of creation to bring the created beings pleasure, go along with the steamroller of development, pain, and terrible afflictions, which operate in unbelievable cruelty?

Answer: Who has the Creator promised that everything will be fine? Only those who choose the way of getting closer to Him.

Getting closer to the Creator’s attributes guarantees each of us the entrance to completely different natural conditions, to the feeling of life, of our existence, of nature, in a totally different manner. But if a person does not engage in that, he will surely feel like all the beasts and animals living in our world. He will have nothing left.

The Creator does not promise paradise to everyone, and certainly not for free, because a person does not have the attributes by which he can feel spiritual life. He can do so only if he understands how to attain the good states. A person is given the opportunity to do so.

This is the reason there are two authorities. On one hand there is the authority of the rigid control of nature as its developing forces operate on us like a steamroller, and we cannot escape them. On the other hand, we can develop by preceding this development, which means by moving in front of the steamroller, by understanding the forces of our development, and participating in the process constructively.

Question: How can there be two authorities if there is only one authority that manages everything by the upper force?

Answer: Yes, but that authority also enables us to yearn for it more and faster than it manages us.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/14/19

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By The Will Of The Creator

49.03Question: Does a person act according to his own will or to the will of the Creator?

Answer: A person always acts according to the will of the Creator! He has no freewill of his own. The only matter is to get rid of the illusion that we supposedly have free actions and that we act on our own. No, we all perform the actions of the Creator. Absolutely!

If we agree with this, we are in the right mutual connection and this leads us to the revelation of the Creator. To the extent that you want to do what He tells you, you do it. It is advisable not to prevent your actions and desires from meeting His desires. If you go against it, then you feel bad. All our sufferings and problems are only because we are doing His will unwillingly and unconsciously.

Baal HaSulam says a lot about this. Starting with the first article in Shamati, he immediately writes that there is no one else besides Him, that is, there is no other power besides the power of the Creator. The fact that it seems to a person that he has his own power, his own strength, is only from the fact that he is in concealment.

We must remove this concealment from ourselves. It is removed to the extent that I want to do what the Creator sends me. If I agree to implement all His control signals, then I reveal what I was in before but did not want to understand.

Thus, in our actions, we can never contradict the Creator in anything, but in thoughts and in intentions, we can. Therefore, all we have to do is correct the intention.
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Changing Life For The Better

571.08Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World“: We must know that the above-mentioned law of development, which is spread over the whole of reality, is certain to reform all evil to good and useful, and acts through the power of the government of heaven above, meaning without asking permission from the people, dwellers of the earth. However, the Creator placed knowledge and authority in the hands of man and permitted him to accept the above-mentioned law of development under his own authority and government, and handed him the ability to hasten the process of development as he wishes, freely and completely independent of the boundaries of time.

There is an active inevitable law of nature in time. Everything is arranged according to a timetable and there is time for each and every event. We cannot change anything and we act according to this timetable with the same developing force that tirelessly leads us through all the phases of our development.

It is a rigid system of nature. This is how it operates and we cannot escape it; we are bound to it, like tiny insects that must act according to it. Yet, although this development is necessary and takes place accurately and on time, there is a way to hasten and to improve it, and this depends on us.

We develop according to the plan in any case, like a train that moves from one point to another and must reach its destination. We can hasten our arrival at the last station and feel much better during our journey than if we participate in the process unconsciously and move and change not knowingly. Of course, we would perceive the final phase differently.

We would attain it and reach the same outcome anyway, but we would go through all kinds of conflicts along the way, we would fall and rise, quarrel and undergo disasters in every aspect of our lives. But it can also be the opposite way, by acting comfortably and feeling that we are led through this whole way like in a dining car.

On the whole, the wisdom of Kabbalah provides us with only one solution. If you want to advance no matter how, you can leave everything and not hear anything, return to your life and carry on together with everyone else, in unity with the whole globe, as long as it revolves.

But if you want to change your life for the better, while advancing toward the attainment of the goal of creation in which your place has already been determined, where everything has already been determined, and advance toward it consciously, wisely and quickly, you can do it with the help of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

That makes all the difference! This is our choice.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/14/19

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What Is Our Freewill Actually All About?

962.2Question: If a person attains spirituality, does he choose a more successful birth in his next life or not?

Answer: He does not choose anything. His entire path is predetermined. The fact is that when he advances, he can only choose whether to move by himself, by his requests, prayers, and cooperation with others or by waiting to be pushed from behind.

Why do we study the wisdom of Kabbalah? It is only so that we know how to cooperate so that we move forward quickly and correctly.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 6/16/19

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Who Determines Fate?

294.4Question: A letter from Svetlana Alexandrova: “It is nice to listen to you, but you always rely on the Creator to solve everything, and on a combination of circumstances. Only some people have a wonderful life, and others do not. Who decides who and how I should live? This is unclear. It is very difficult to accept that some Creator is favorable to some but not to others. What should we do with this? Why does the Creator decide this way?”

Answer: It depends on the root of a person’s soul; it does not even depend on the Creator. The Creator does not choose whom to be friendly with and whom to punish, and whom, on the contrary, to elevate. There is no such thing. It all depends only on the state in which the total sum of souls is, how they interact with each other.

Here everyone has their own destiny. But this fate, in general, is predetermined, and no one here has any distortion, some kind of favor, a special state better or worst in relation to others. None of this exists. It all depends on the person himself.

Question: So, you are saying that every person, everyone, has their own root of the soul in the common soul? Is it on this string that he should rise to the common root?

Answer: This is not a string, but a path to climb a mountain on all fours, fall, rollback, and climb again.

This is all predetermined except for how a person will perceive this path of ascent.

The more we think and strive for connection and convince the Creator to help us, the faster we accelerate our development to a good state. We do not have anything else.

Question: Is that why you always rely on the Creator?

Answer: I trust in the Creator that we will force, oblige, and convince Him to help us create a normal human society out of us in good external conditions.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/8/21

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How Is Freewill Expressed?

962.5Question: They say that freewill is when I do anything that I want. But maybe a person is freer when he does what he does not want?

Answer: If I do what I want, it means that my desire manages me. If I do what I do not want, this is already a question.

How can I do what I do not want? This can only be if the upper light influences me. If I still do something, it means that my desire has changed, which means that I already want to.

So, freewill eventually brings me to a point where I do what I do not want to do. It is in this state that my freewill is expressed.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 5/12/19

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Choosing The Ten

934Question: On one hand the created being is a puppet on a string. On the other hand, he can seemingly choose something. So can he choose or not? What does he need in order to have a choice?

Answer: The only choice we have is the ten. It comes down to entering the right society that will lead you forward and that you too will help. This is the ten.

So, organize in tens and then you will feel that you can really find different directions and landmarks correctly and thus change yourselves.

Comment: But in the article “The Freedom,” Baal HaSulam says that a person chooses according to the desires and the tastes of the society that surrounds him, not by its best part, but by the majority. But you say the ten.

My Response: A ten does not operate according to its desires!

How does a society choose its ideals? Is it according to its strong and clever members or according to the fools, the thieves, the bribe-takers, etc.? Who gets to the top of the egoistic ladder? The greatest criminals. Everyone understands this.

The tens, on the other hand, were created according to different rules, according to different values! A ten is a totally different system. It is mutual help, mutual love, and developing the right relations with each other that do not exist in our world. We want to create the relations of the upper world in the ten; you try to do everything in order to bestow.

Question: Does this mean that I build a healthy cell in this ill body?

Answer: Of course.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 5/12/19

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The Way To The Goal

41.01Question from Facebook: Freewill is how to attain the Creator, but if our actions are predetermined, is the way to attain the Creator also predetermined?

Answer: The way to the Creator consists of two branches. One way is straight, smooth, and comfortable, like a highway. The other way is bumpy and you cannot drive a Mercedes on this road, but only a cart pulled by a pair of worn out horses. So our choice is in which way; a person chooses that.

The goal is set, the starting point is also. It is only which path that depends on a person. There are people who overcome it quickly and are already at the end of the way, already enjoying the attainment of eternity and wholeness above this world. You don’t need to die in order to attain this. You can attain it in our world. There are, however, people for whom it will take a long time to reach the ultimate goal. Still, everyone will reach it, but the question is how much suffering they will have to undergo.

The role of the wisdom of Kabbalah is to guide a person on how to follow the fast and easy road toward the predetermined goal.
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From KabTV’s “Answers to Questions from Facebook” 3/10/19

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