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Managing Desires

laitman_213Question: Is the role of the created being to develop the desires given to him by the Creator? What free actions does the created being have in relation to the desires that we reveal during our lifetime?

Answer: We can control all our desires but only if we begin directing them for the benefit of everyone else, outside of us. Otherwise, we will be like ordinary people.

In principle, the method of Kabbalah is very simple, but it is hard to master it because we have to act contrary to our current qualities, which means applying all our desires for bestowal, for good, and for connection with others, then we will be able to control them with the help of the upper Light. Otherwise, they will control us the way it is now.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

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The Human Prerogative

laitman_278.01Question: What does the upper providence manage? What remains in the person’s power and freedom, which is not subject to management from above?

Answer: Everything except our freedom of will is the Creator’s prerogative.

Freewill means to determine at every minute what else I can add to get closer to other people.

Our task is to connect all the elements of the spiritual scheme together into a single system. I thus have to determine whether I can do this with greater success at every given moment. In essence, this is my job, and I cannot escape it. However, the question is, did I put my efforts into it or will the upper world, the Creator, force me to do it?

It is between these two possibilities that my freedom of will lies: either I myself rush forward to connect with everyone, or I will be forced from above. Therefore, freedom of will, as Baal HaSulam writes in the article of the same name, is to get involved in the environment, to receive the corresponding desires, aspirations, and goals from it, and to realize them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/22/18

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Can Betrayal Be Justified?

Laitman_002Question from Facebook: I cannot forgive betrayal. In my mind I understand that a person was put into a difficult situation, but we grew up together, went through thick and thin, and he betrayed me. My stomach turned inside out. What can I do about it?

Answer: It says not to judge until you are in a person’s particular state. You have to move into him, transfer into him with all his internal qualities, into the state he was in. Then you will see whether or not he could have acted differently.

You would see that if you were in an identical situation, being exactly like him, you would have acted the same way. And what would have been the difference between the two of you if you assumed all of it, his qualities and his circumstance? Clearly there would be no difference. Therefore we cannot reproach or despise anyone for anything. I would even say, or love.

Question: Then, it is not clear what “betrayal” means? Is there such a concept?

Answer: No. It only seems to us that a person is betraying—in my egoism I expected a different behavior from him.

Question: Then everything depends only on whether I can truly assume the situation he was faced with?

Answer: Of course. We are biological elements, and everything inside us dictates our actions.

Question: So, is a person that weak?

Answer: A person is not weak, he simply does not exist. He does not exist! He is nobody. He has no ability to control himself. It is only an illusion that constantly “spins” us and seemingly grants us freewill.

Question: Let’s say there is a person who is close to you. How do you relate to him? Can you forgive him for anything?

Answer: I take it as it is. Regarding anyone, close or distant. I am not impressed, annoyed, nor surprised by any relationships people have. I do not fixate on anyone, do not expect anything from anyone other than the Creator. Then I can orient myself somehow toward a certain communication from Him, toward bestowal.

Question: From a person?

Answer: From the Creator through a person. There is no other way. That is, discussing a person doing anything by himself or acting a certain way is wrong, it is incorrect, and we should not attribute or impose some conscious form of behavior on a person. It is not him!

Question: Do you work with the Creator through a person all the time?

Answer: Is there any other way? Of course. The way the Creator controls him, the way He leads him is the way I perceive this person. And such is the relationship of the Creator toward me.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 6/5/18

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How Do I Live If I Do Not Believe Anyone?

laitman_961.2Question from Facebook: How do I live if I don’t believe anyone?

Answer: You don’t have to believe anyone. The fact is that we are all puppets, the whole world is a theater. And the director, producer, writer, the one who controls everything, the king (as we call Him), that is, having absolute power, is the Creator.

Therefore, we should only deal with Him. All others have no freewill, nothing. Our freewill is only so we can properly bring ourselves closer to the Creator. But, in principle, He is the one who does and operates everything, and there is nothing else that could possibly happen without Him. It is one power that holds onto itself, permeates the entire universe, and controls everything.

I think that it is time for people to start becoming aware of the system we live in—that only one power exists in it and it leads us to a specific goal, along a specific path.

If we imagine this path and this goal within ourselves and want it to be realized, then we are in a positive connection with the Creator, and then we enjoy all this, and that is how it will be. But if we do not, then we’ll be worse off. That is our entire fate.

Question: Then why does He lead us through this “I believe—I don’t believe”?

Answer: He is leading us toward absolute unity so that we are completely united, and then He will be revealed in us—from the hidden, He will become apparent.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 6/5/18

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Under The Dictate Of The Upper Force

laitman_600.04Question: Do animals feel the Creator?

Answer: No. The upper force works in them purely automatically, as well as in people.

In our world, we think that one person is harmful, another is good, another is smart and another stupid, without knowing the extent to which this is determined only by the Creator, and by no one else. No one has freewill. Everyone does what the upper force dictates to them. But this is hidden from us.

Moreover, in people who are coming close to feeling the Creator, it is being gradually revealed. They begin to feel their relationship with the Creator: whether they are directly connected to Him, whether they are fulfilling His will, and so on.

Question: Do people who are coming close the Creator feel sorry for everyone else acting as programmed robots?

Answer: When you look at your little son, you see how controlled he is. So what? Do you feel sorry for him?

Also, you should not talk with an ordinary person about this issue, only in the event that he will have the opportunity to correct himself. If he is not in the appropriate environment and does not have such a need, then in no case should it be done. As it is written, “Do not place obstacles before a blind man.”
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/18/18

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The Highest Peace

laitman_537Question: We must become independent of egoism, but dependent on the Creator. Is the freedom of choice to establish a connection with Him and consciously observe His control?

Answer: Correct! If I feel how the Creator controls me, then at the same time, I feel great spiritual pleasure. There is nothing more pleasant than to feel that the Creator is in you and controls you.

This is the state of the highest peace because the Creator is felt both in the senses and in the mind. And then the truth of this state is revealed to you, its eternity, perfection, that it is a closed system; you comprehend the upper harmony.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/11/17

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Winnings—Beneficial Or Harmful?

laitman_600.02In the News: In the US, a twenty-year-old Florida resident won 451 million dollars in lottery—one of the biggest winnings in history. How does Kabbalah consider such cases? Is this an accident or a coincidence? And if not, then to whom does luck come? (NBC News)

Answer: There are no accidents. There is a clear system of governance of our world, down to its smallest particles. This system is called “the upper world.”

It governs humanity in order to eventually elevate each person in his desires to the upper level. This is the program of development of each of us individually and all of us together.

According to this program, there are an immense number of commands that descend on us all at every moment. We receive and perform some of them instinctively, and some semi-consciously or consciously. Many of them we miss, are unable to perform, but nevertheless they pass through us in a certain way, forming and developing us.

Someone dies in sufferings, and someone wins millions or just lives his whole life without seeing or feeling anything bad in it. Why is it so?

The fact is that we do not understand the work of the upper “computer.” The wisdom of Kabbalah explains it; however, really comprehending and grasping this program is possible only by ascending to the system of governance.

After all, even an action by our own computer programs cannot be explained straight away. What can we say about the comprehensive program that gradually assembles us into one whole and reveals this thus-far-invisible thing, called “soul”…

We need to study the upper system of governance very seriously. It astounds with its uniqueness, its logic, its absolute interconnection and harmony. Getting acquainted with it, a person feels great pleasure because it fills him with greatness and perfection.

Then the very concept of “luck” also changes. For Kabbalists, “luck” is that they discover the future world, their future states, and bring their approach closer. The wisdom of Kabbalah is needed exactly for this. It says that there is no afterlife, that everyone should receive and master his future world now, in this life.

We live in the lowest, “dullest” of the worlds—until we reveal in it the upper world of love and bestowal. One cannot get there based on luck. There are no favors, lotteries, or accidents. Each person should search, make efforts—and his reward will not be dollars, but the degrees of an exciting spiritual ascent.

Regarding this ascent, everyone is equal and no one has advantages. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, everyone has the facts.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/16/18

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What Makes People Fear Kabbalah?

Laitman_198Question: What makes people fear and hate Kabbalah even though they know very little about it?

Answer: First, the feelings of fear and hatred are inherent in people because propaganda against Kabbalah has been around for at least 3,000 years.

Second, it is contrary to human nature. Kabbalah speaks about something hidden; therefore people relate to Kabbalists as a “secret society” whose members are involved in secret management. After all, a person rises to the level of governing the world. Different labels are stuck on Kabbalists: cult, Masonry, Jewish Masonry, ancient esotericism, etc.

Question: If people who are interested in Kabbalah read this, they might think, “Why should we be involved with this?”

Answer: What is it for? It is the soul that asks this question. A person cannot suppress this desire. If he has the possibility of discovering the meaning of life, attaining the upper world, he will not be able to limit or calm down this desire. Life becomes insipid without this goal. What kind of a taste does it have ? One just sinks into a coma.

Question: If the Creator wants to bring His creation to resemble Him and to give it pleasure, why is it necessary to take such a long route? He gives a method, then conceals it, and everyone hates it. Why?

Answer: The reason is in freewill. We don’t understand how it is realized, but it must be. It is impossible to achieve revelation of the Creator against your will. You can be pushed but simultaneously stopped, leaving you hanging, like on a swing. By constantly attracting and repelling, you are given a chance to solve the question about the meaning of life on your own.

Question: Who does this?

Answer: The upper management, called “the middle line.” There is no getting around it: that is how it is arranged.

However, in general, this is very difficult for beginners to understand, so they constantly complain. In any case, many come and leave, first cheering and later cursing. That is how humanity searches for the meaning of life. And this meaning is above our egoistic understanding of the world, in bestowal, in love, in exiting yourself. Therefore, everything is complicated and daunting.

Question: So you justify this attitude from the Creator?

Answer: This is the system we exist in, the matrix we live in. It is called nature. Therefore, it is impossible to talk about whether it is good or bad.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/10/17

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Question: We say that the wisdom of Kabbalah awakens people. Maybe we shouldn’t disturb their sleep?

Answer: This is exactly what Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt: “What are you awakening the people for? Let the people work peacefully and quietly. What do you want from them? See how good they feel and how comfortable they live. I created a paradise on Earth for them.”

Egypt truly was an egoistic paradise for them. Suddenly Moses came along and started bothering them, telling them they must leave and go into the wilderness!

Question: So we can’t touch people prematurely? We need to leave everything to the Creator? He is the law of nature and He will awaken everyone? Will the time come and people will be awakened?

Answer: We don’t touch anyone. We just disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah to those who need it.

The freedom of man is in the ascent above our world. There are completely different conceptual bases. By changing the system of measurement, we look at life differently and change the value system.

Therefore, the concept of freedom is specifically in an elevation above our egoistic world where only the characteristic of bestowal and love exists, which is the characteristic of the Creator. That is what we must achieve and then we will talk, investigate, and discuss things correctly.

In contrast to this, all of the materialistic philosophies no longer provide any benefit. They are limited to the framework of human nature. For some time, philosophy has already exhausted itself there. Moreover, all the sciences are rounding out and gradually ending their development because humanity has achieved the final state of its development and later the attainment of freedom will be waiting for it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/2/17

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The White Spot On The Map Of The Universe

laitman_942Our entire work is to find out where we have freedom of will and how to use it correctly. Everything comes from the Creator: the Light, the desire to bestow, and the desire to receive pleasure. But where do we find something that depends on us when the Light and the desire contact and interact with one another?

Did the Creator intentionally leave this area free, the middle third of the Sefira Tifferet, where independence was given to us? Or does He only pretend and quietly look after us like we are little children thinking that we are left home alone?

Freedom of will is realized only in the group, in the ten. This is where the Creator is revealed. The point of contact between me, the group, and the Creator is where I reveal this free area in the desire, in the thought, and in the action: the white spot, terra incognita, the unknown land.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/14/18, “The Creator Desires to be Revealed,” (Preparation for Convention 2018)

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