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The Purpose Of A Kabbalistic Group, Part 9

laitman_544The principle of a Kabbalistic group is a special attitude toward the friends.

Comment: One of the principles of working in a group is valuing each of the friend’s individuality.

My Response: It is necessary to give everyone the opportunity to show their abilities, to help them in this, so that when identifying all the abilities of the friends, we come to the maximum development of a common desire, intention, effort.

Comment: The principle is as follows: Constantly exalt your friends and feel the lowliness of your egoism.

My Response: That is, as an egoist, I must always lower myself in relation to the group, to relate to my friend with an increased desire to help and support them in everything. There are two forces within me, positive and negative. Maximize the positive and minimize the negative.

Comment: Another principle: Try to see the friends in a more corrected state than what my egoism is showing me.

My Response: I should try to see my friends as more corrected than I am. Then I will have a desire to get closer to them, to lower myself before them. My admiration for them will give me the strength to advance.

Question: The next principle: annul yourself before the friends. What exactly needs to be done here?

Answer: This arises naturally in a person. When one works in a group, whether one wants to or not, a person begins to feel lower and lower than the rest. He or she sees strength and goodness in the friends, but not in oneself.

Moreover, we are not saying that this happens on its own, but that a person can annul themself before the friends by one’s own effort. That is, to artificially lower oneself before the friends and to see oneself as worse than them, lower, less advanced. This will give a person the opportunity to raise them, raise the Creator through them, and thus, advance.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/20

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laitman_939.01The Principle of a Kabbalistic Group: Equality.

Question: There are certain principles we must observe to achieve unity in a group. One of these principles is equality. What is equality between friends? How are we equal?

Answer: We are equal in everyone helping each other as much as possible. Just like in the family: the youngest are actually the most important in the family.

In a group, we always strive to mutually complement each other and not feel each other as separate individuals, but as a community, as a ten.

Question: So everyone makes maximal efforts, but these efforts are different, and this is where we are equal?

Answer: Of course, and then we are not different but equal.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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laitman_939.02The Group: New Community

Question: In Rabash’s articles, it is written that the goal of the group is to investigate and practically check its attitude to a neighbor.

If I want to attain the property of the Creator, where can I check it? Only in the group? And how do I know that the property of the Creator is a property of bestowal?

Answer: We study this from the materials of Kabbalists: do everything possible to connect with each other, somehow organize ourselves into one whole in completion to each other, so that in communication with each other we begin to feel that each of us is dissolved in the group and disappears in it.

Instead, in the center of our circle, in the center of the ten, a new entity arises: a common desire, a common aspiration, a common goal, a common connection between us. Then through this state we begin to feel the revelation of the Creator.

Question: Is the goal of the group is to develop pride in a person that he belongs to it?

Answer: Certainly. Pride regarding a special group, a special purpose, a special idea in the world.

Question: Isn’t pride egoistic?

Answer: It depends on what a person is proud. If one is proud to be acting for the good of humanity, then why not? There is nothing negative in any impulse, in any movement, in any state; it always depends on the goal.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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laitman_528.02How is the group assembled?

Question: Each individual has a certain desire either for the Creator or for what nature excites in him or her. To cultivate this desire, you have to connect with people who are similar to you. How does this happen?

Answer: It is unclear to us how the group unites. People suddenly feel that this idea is close to them, and in this way they come to the group.

There cannot be a lot of such people. They are sifted out and there are fewer and fewer of them until such a number of people in quantity and quality get together that they can embody a spiritual ideal, unity among themselves.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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laitman_530Goal of a Group— Unite in One Desire

Question: On one hand, a group in Kabbalah means not people themselves, but the totality of their desires.

On the other hand, this group of people united by a single idea is necessary in order to increase the desire because everyone comes to it with their small desire for spirituality. Therefore, the goal of the group is to increase the desire. How does this happen?

Answer: No. The goal of the group is to connect with each other to the extent that it represents one single desire.

The group is assembled not by people, but from above. It is powered by the upper light, the Creator. Therefore,  the action of the members of the group is to unite and become as similar as possible to the upper light.

This is a very complicated relationship because it exists against their huge egoism. But the greater their rejection from each other and the greater their aspiration to each other, they achieve a certain combination between egoistic darkness and altruistic light in this and a state arises in which they can feel the upper force.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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laitman_947The Structure of a Ten

Comment: After Abraham, Moses continued developing the spiritual method. He divided the Jewish people into tens, small groups in which everyone could somehow express the property of bestowal and love.

Even books were written by Kabbalists not individually, but in tens, in groups. Interestingly, a ten means not ten physical bodies, but a set of desires. Therefore, two people can also be considered a ten.

My Response: A ten is a complete common desire. In this way, The Book of Zohar was written. Since we are in the last generation, in the final correction, we should try to make the same group as those who wrote The Book of Zohar.

Question: Were you and your teacher also a ten, a group?

Answer: Yes, but it was a completely different state, unlike today.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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Laitman_524.01Unique Generation

The great Kabbalist, Baal HaSulam, wrote that we are a unique generation because we have to master Kabbalah specifically within the group. Group work began with Baal Shem Tov and gradually continued to develop to this day.

Now we have to begin forming mini-unions within tens, to somehow show the world how we can unite, what we should be aimed at and how to go about it; meaning, we need to give the world an example of what its future would be like.

Question: So the group of people, or we can say the whole of humanity, is the place where the upper force, the Creator, becomes revealed?

Answer: Yes. We have to attain all the worlds while being in this world, in this life.

Question: Can the revelation of the Creator be compared to revealing the force of gravity that we all feel? There is a certain force of gravity between us all on the societal level.

Answer: Yes. But the thing is that we do not feel the upper force because each of us exists in a paticular individual concealment from it.

Thus, we are given the science of Kabbalah that helps everyone reveal it individually, but at the same time, we have to create a certain common entity—a group within which, inside a ten, we can begin to feel our similarity with the upper force.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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Attaining The Creator In The Center Of The Group

laitman_938.04Question: On our path, we should go through moments of hatred. If hatred is not revealed, is it a sign that we are not advancing?

Answer: We should not wait for any negative feelings. If we do not have them so be it. We just need to move toward the center of the group and persistently look for the Creator in it.

Our work is very simple. As Baal HaSulam writes in the article “Arvut” (Mutual Guarantee), the Creator brings a person to the group, places his hand on the correct path and says “Take it.”

Now in the group, we just need to increase the influence of the environment on us until we will attain the Creator in the center of the group. That’s it! There is nothing else!

We will see that the world around us is all fiction. All of it is the illusory world (Olam ha Medume). There is only the ten and the Creator within the ten. I want you to leave the convention with this thought, with this truth.
From the World Kabbalah Convention in Moldova 9/8/19, “Collecting All the States Toward the Creator,” Lesson 7

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The Purpose Of A Kabbalistic Group, Part 1

laitman_962.5Everyone has their own path toward the Creator

Question: Throughout history some Kabbalists have reached spiritual attainment without teachers. There were those who attained the Creator without the sources and even those who have done it without the group. How can one reach the goal without these factors?

Answer: It depends on the goal, the state, and the point in time.

Remark: The goal of those who study Kabbalah is to reveal the Creator.

My Comment: Even that can be quite different. Just like in our world one can be educated on different levels, in various aspects: in depth or in width, etc.

The fact is that all the souls are different, from various parts, meaning different parts of the common soul. Thus, throughout 20 generations from Adam to Abraham there were such souls that did not have the need for Kabbalah because they had a natural inner inclination toward attainment.

Question: Just like today there are people who are naturally embedded with the ability to heal people?

Answer: Exactly. They don’t know where they get it from. There are people who, on the contrary, attain it with knowledge and understanding, through teachers, through small groups of people. Everyone has their own path toward the Creator; there’s nothing that can be said about that.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 9/6/19

laitman_597.02Question: What should be the prayer if you feel like a clump of evil and corruption?

Answer: That is great. If we all felt like such clusters of evil, egoism, envy, jealousy, meanness, and everything that possibly exists, it would be perfect. How much a person would want, if not to get rid of it, at least to paint over it a little!

This is good. It means one already has a need to change oneself.

Question: How and when we will be able to connect all of our AHP to us?

Answer: To do this, first you must have Galgalta ve Eynaim and then AHP. First of all, you must have bestowing desires, then you will be able to work with the desires to receive for the sake of bestowal.

Question: How can we not come to inaction or indifference because of annulling ourselves?

Answer: Let’s first learn to annul ourselves and then we will see. You are right, there is a question in this. The fact is that I am annulling not myself, but my egoistic participation, and ask that in its place, the Creator will give me new strength, the quality of bestowal.

Question: If concession to the friend does not lead to the greatness of the goal, should you concede to him?

Answer: If this is a ten, I do not make any calculations whether it does or does not lead to the goal. Most importantly, by conceding to the friend I move toward the goal.
From the Convention In Moldova “Day One” 9/6/19, “To Become Ready to Be Influenced by the Society,” Lesson 2

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