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Between The Friends

laitman_962.5If I want to connect with a friend, I find I need the help of the Creator. The more I ask the Creator for help, the more I feel my dependence on Him. To the extent the Creator strengthens my connection with the friends, I establish a connection with the Creator, I begin to understand and feel Him. All this is revealed within my connection with my friends, within human relations, not in some abstract feeling of the Creator.

I feel the Creator, I appeal to Him because I need Him as a mediator standing between me and my friend. A I reveal different types of connection with a friend, I attribute it all to the Creator. Between me and my friend there is a difference of potentials, which the upper Light, the Creator, fills, like a current flowing between two poles.

In this form, I attain the Creator, that is, not Him, Himself but His actions, as it is written: “By Your actions, we know You. ” The Creator builds and ruins the relationships between us, breaks them, leading us through all possible states, through darkness and evil, making me cry and curse Him. But then comes insight, sensation, the Light comes, and I understand that one cannot exist without the other because “…the advantage of the Light from within the darkness” is revealed. As a result of all these states, I begin to attain the Creator. Although He is hiding, I begin to distinguish His presence judging by the difference between the states.1

The 613th commandment is love for the Creator. We can fulfill 612 commandments, but not the 613th. The last commandment comes from above.

The 612 commandments are the correction of the connection between the parts of the broken soul. 612 Lights glue and fix the shattered fragments of the vessel. The 613th commandment is an addition to the full, complete Kli—the Light of Yechida—coming from the Creator himself. We ourselves are not capable of any action regarding this commandment.

The spiritual commandment is love for one’s neighbor as for oneself. If we perform it, then we come to the love for the Creator. I do not neglect the physical commandments, but the main thing is to know what we want to achieve with this. For example, washing the hands means liberation from receiving after which our whole life should be only in bestowal.2

The Creator is between all the friends. Moreover, it is the feeling of a gap, of a distance between us—this is the feeling of the Creator. I look at a friend and see how different He is from me, what a discrepancy there is between us, what omissions—this is the Creator between us. And if we work correctly, we see that the Creator begins to unite us, as it is written: “A man and a woman, if they are rewarded, the Shechina [Divinity] is between them.”3

In Adam HaRishon before the shattering, there was no mutual inclusion of desires into each other. But after the shattering of the common soul, all its parts were mixed and penetrated into each other in an infinite number of variations, which allows a person to deeply understand and feel the Creator.

Prior to this, the sensation of the Creator by Adam was “circumcised,” as if in a small child. He did not have the tools to penetrate deep into the Creator. And due to the shattering and interpenetration of all parts that require working on their correction and asking for the help from the Creator, a man becomes acquainted with the inner world of the Creator and penetrates deep inside Him.

Before the shattering, Adam received the Light only into the body of the Partzuf at the level of Nefesh – Ruach. But thanks to the shattering, we can raise the reflected Light from the screen to the head (Peh de Rosh) upward, as if we are entering inside the Creator. And then the Light spreads from top to bottom to this height of the reflected Light, to the height of attaining the Creator, and we attain Him in ourselves. This determines the measure of our mutual inclusion, merging with the Creator: to the extent we attain the Creator in the head, to this extent we unite with Him through the body of the spiritual Partzuf.

And all this begins and ends in connection between the friends. This is our only goal, otherwise it will be not the goal of creation but some kind of surrogate. This determines our attitude to creation and shows whether we have the right to be called the last generation.4

The solution is only in connecting in the tens. Meanwhile, we cannot overcome the separation between us, our mutual rejection. We want to receive all the answers from our connection in the ten. Whatever happens in the world, I look into the ten and from there I get every answer. I arrange myself in this way and then I suddenly feel that there really is a system that can respond to any of my questions.

Everything that happens in the world and with me personally is a consequence of what is happening in the ten. This is an internal cause, which then causes all the consequences in my family, at work, and all over the world. It is only necessary to look inside the ten: to what extent are we united or do we lack unity—what happens in every corner of the world depends on, like a branch coming from the root.5
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/6/19, Writing of Baal HaSulam, Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot, item 64
1 Minute 47:55
2 minute 54:07
3 Minute 59:40
4 Minute 1:11:00
5 Minute 1:45:40

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Attack In The Group

laitman_943Question: Can we create an attack in the group and how can we do it correctly?

Answer: An attack in the group is possible only when you are gathering together with one goal, one desire, one intention. Try to concentrate as much as possible among yourselves to clearly discern your desires, and then begin to pray and ask.

Think about what we should ask in what way. Try to formulate it together. You will suddenly see how you begin to understand each other more, see how your hearts become closer, how who you are becomes clearer, what you want, and what you should ask for.

Talk to each other, talk about it, and come to a single conclusion. Try to stay with this conclusion for the maximum time and you will feel how it changes you.

That is, you do not just send a telegram somewhere and get an answer. You are in the Creator’s system, and in the process of this work, you begin to feel how a right relationship with the Creator, or a desire for a right relationship with Him changes you. You will succeed!
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 11/4/18

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Congress: Absorbing Others

laitman_963.8Question: How can we be in touch with all the tens when some of the friends participate in the congress physically and some virtually?

Answer: What is the difference? At the congress there will be random tens. I don’t care where my friends are.

The congress is designed to absorb all the tens, the entire world Kli, to absorb opinions, feelings—everything that is in all our friends, and not that I come along with my ten, sit down at the table with a sign: “This is the Italian group, here is its table.”

What difference does it make if I sit here or at my home in Rome or elsewhere. I have to mix with everyone, to feel their spirit and life as much as possible, and in this measure I will advance.

Our progress depends on how we mutually intermingle with each other; this is our strength—not each of us separately, but jointly!

So, let one part come here and another part remain there, there is no difference; the main thing is that I constantly try to absorb the impressions of all the friends, their love, their feelings, and their aspirations to the goal. I need these forces.
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 2/5/19

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Triangle: Me – Group – Creator

laitman_938.03Question: What should we feel first: the desire (lack) of the Creator or the desire of a friend?

Answer: It can be both. We must come to adhesion with the Creator, that is, to complete connection with the quality of bestowal. This can be achieved only through the group.

Therefore, you must first fully connect with the ten. This can only be done if you demand that the Creator gives you the quality of connection, the quality of mercy (Hassadim), so that He will influence you with surrounding Light (Ohr Makif) with the help of which you can unite with your friends.

You use the Creator to unite with your friends and you do it in order to adhere to the Creator. This is a constant triangle.

Therefore, you must act in both ways. That is, use the ten in order to achieve adhesion with the Creator, to give Him pleasure, to work for Him; and on the other hand, unite within the ten. In order to do this, you need to turn to the Creator so that you have the power to unite with the ten. You must constantly spin in this triangle.

The most important thing is to come “from the love of friends to the love of the Creator.” Therefore, use the Creator to achieve love of friends, and from them, from the highest point that can be achieved, the union called love, when you are included into one desire and one intention, you will be directed toward the Creator together as one whole.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/5/19

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Everything Changes Under The Influence Of The Light

281.01Rabash, “Concerning the Importance of Friends”: But how can one consider one’s friend as greater than himself, when he can see that his own merits are greater than his friend’s, that he is more talented and has better natural qualities?

This is right. Egoism is always setting us up. But under the influence of the Light everything changes.

We are only egoistic beings. There is nothing in me but one hundred percent egoism. To the extent that the Light influences me, it weakens egoism in me a little and I begin to feel that others are above me.

I begin to understand that what I had seen before and that now is different depends only on the intensity of the Light that affects me. And there is no truth.

Therefore, if I want to be closer to the Creator and become like Him, then I want the Light to act on me as much as possible. At the same time, I understand that then I will look like the lowest and slowest person, who does not understand anything. But I don’t care; on the contrary, it pleases me because I reveal the truth that there is nothing in me except egoism.

Thus, the first action of the Light is the feeling that everything in me speaks of egoism. And the second is that instead of egoism, the property of the Light is beginning to take shape in me.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/30/18

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The Request Must Start From The Group

laitman_963.8Question: For thousands of years, billions of people have been praying for their unfilled desires to be filled. Where are their answers and what is the sense of praying to an unknown Creator?

Answer: First, they ask egoistically. We are trying to reach requests for altruism, the property of bestowal and love—this is the most important thing.

Second, in order to really ask correctly, we try to bring this request through the ten so that it is the same for everyone, collected and coordinated with everyone. From this Minyan (the ten), all ten people rush with one request to the Creator.

The ten is one spiritual unit. If you do not ask from the ten, then you are not a spiritual unit and the Creator does not feel you.

You often ask: “And if I myself ask for my relatives?” …Ask. In the end, you will see that the whole world does this, but nothing happens.

The request must originate from the Kabbalistic group that clearly understands that the system in which we exist is created as an egoistic one on purpose in order for us to ask only for our correction and raise this request correctly.

Question: Do the friends in the ten have to hear my words, know about them, or is it my personal inner state when, from our connection, I appeal to the Creator for them?

Answer: They do not need to hear your words. But in principle, if you ask, it is best to appeal to the Creator with the desires that have been agreed upon in the ten. Not at the moment, but in general when the ten agrees with this and would also like to participate in raising this desire to the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/4/18

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Not To Harm The Group

laitman_938.04Rabash, “The Agenda of the Assembly”: Each one should seriously consider the purpose of the gathering—that it should bring about a sensation, following the assembly of friends, that each one has something in his hand which he can put in his vessels, and that he is not in the form of, “But do not put any in your vessels.” Each one should consider that if he does not sit especially attentive during the assembly, not only does he himself lose, but he also corrupts the whole of society.

To the extent that a person can receive from the whole group, he can also under-deliver, that is, bring harm to it.

Question: Is that the fear that a person should have?

Answer: Definitely. It is considered to be his achievement or vice versa. In general, he can go either to the plus or the minus in relation to the group.

Question: So if I don’t invest toward the goal in relation to the group, do I fear that my actions will harm it?

Answer: Fear is not the issue. The fact is that every positive or negative result stems from what you invested into or took from the group. By taking, it means you introduced a negative force of moving forward to the group. But by investing in it, you create a positive force of advancement.

Practically, you take nothing for yourself. However much of the positive or negative force you brought into the group should be measured, and that is what is yours. That is, the group feels the result of your actions, and it stays there.

The negative force means criticism, various arguments, and descents, including personal ones. Positive forces are high spirits, security on the path, inspiration, etc.

Both, positive and negative states should be brought together. But the negative ones should be scrutinized and applied to our work.

Question: How can we bring the negative states into the group correctly?

Answer: If you scrutinize them correctly, the group will benefit from it. There can be no advancement without positive and negative factors.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 6/27/18

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No Agreement, No Group

laitman_528.02Rabash, Writings of Rabash, the article “The Agenda of the Assembly 2”: This is similar to what is written in the Midrash (Vayikra Rabba, Chapter 4): “Two people went inside a boat. One of them began to drill beneath him making a hole in the boat. He told him, ‘Why are you drilling?’ And he replied, ‘Why should you care; I am drilling under me, not under you?’ So he replied, ‘You fool! Both of us will drown together with the boat!’”

You should always take into account what you are doing for the group—a positive or a negative action that can be measured only in relation to the assembly.

The order should be that anyone with a suggestion that can improve the love of friends, it should be discussed, but it must be accepted by all the friends, so there is no issue of coercion here.

The discussion should be very clear, precise, and comprehensive so that everyone agrees and accepts it for implementation. It cannot be otherwise. If there is no consent, there is no group.

Question: In the inner work, I can visualize it. But how can such a state arise externally so that everyone agrees with the decision made by the group?

Answer: This is what internal work is about. You connect ten elements that will become a system where the Creator will reveal Himself. If at least one element disagrees, then this is as Rabash writes: “a hole in the boat.”
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/27/18

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The Importance Of Friends

laitman_939.01Question: Is the the only salvation for a person engaged in spiritual work the friends?

Answer: There are two approaches here. First, I save myself in order to save them. Indeed, thanks to them, I can pull myself out of the stream of egoism in order to give myself to them. Second, I cannot save myself, only they can save me.

In both cases, the importance of friends is purely altruistic. This constitutes mutual guarantee. If so, the prayer is obtained for all.

Question: So I ask my friends to save me in order for me to save them later? That is, I do not need my life…

Answer: For your sake, you wouldn’t do it. This is called above life and above death; it is behind the screen. When we nullify ourselves and move toward connection, the purely individual calculation is no longer there, both psychologically and spiritually.

Question: So without the help of friends, I cannot be in the right intention and prayer toward them? Do I receive strength from them in order to give even more strength to them?

Answer: Yes. All work is only for a group of friends. You understand that they are you. This is your spiritual “I,” your real realization.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/6/18

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Without Depending On Inspiration

laitman_571.06Remark: Recently during a workshop we talked about the love of friends and I heard how everyone spoke not from logic, but from a deep feeling and understanding that it is important, that this is their future, and that they are ready to follow this path selflessly…

My Comment: I am not particularly encouraged by such phrases. Suppose friends are talking about ascent, desire, aspiration, love,  and friendship now, we know how quickly it passes and what remains.

I love to build my inspiration, based on the beginning and end of creation: Where we are? How do we achieve it?—not from what a man says today and tomorrow maybe not.

Therefore, I prefer to always have such a state from which I can develop love, desire, approval, and greatness. But this should be based on the structure of the universe, on the reason for its creation, on its purpose. Then it is really something eternal, global, and perfect.

Of course, everything depends on a person’s character and qualities, but I personally prefer to always have a drawing at hand that shows the beginning and end of creation, the whole path, and how it can be overcome with the help of the group.

Therefore, whatever I have been asked, I always say: “Let’s start with Adam, with his development, with the fact that together we have to restore his structure.” We cannot escape this. We are in it. And then I explain what to do. It does not depend on inspiration. This is the reality.

Question: So, when I am in a dead state, I start to scroll again: the creation of the common soul, the breaking of Adam HaRishon, etc.?

Answer: Yes. But you understand why this dead state is given, where it comes from—from the everlasting, perfect, eternal, and true!
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