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Collect All The Sparks Of Love

laitman_938.03Baal HaSulam, Letter 13: This happened to you due to negligence in my request to exert in love of friends, as I have explained to you in every possible way that this cure is enough to recompense for all your faults. And if you cannot rise to heaven, then I have given you moves on earth. So why haven’t you added anything in that work? 

A person cannot be constantly directed at the Creator and constantly strive to Him as the foundation of all one’s feelings and thoughts. However, friends can elevate you to this level and then you will not have to make great efforts and have excessive inner tension in order not to break away from the Creator, because the group will be supporting you.

However, first we must try to go through this by ourselves for some time. A person will then realize that with the help of the group, one can easily, even without effort, solve this issue: the group will work for you and you for the group. This is much easier.

Baal HaSulam, Letter 13: Besides the great cure that lies within it, which I cannot interpret, you should now that there are many sparks of holiness in each one in the group. When you assemble all the sparks of holiness into one place, as brothers, with love and friendship, you will certainly have a very high level of holiness for a while, from the light of life, and I have already elaborated on that in all my letters to the friends.

Sanctity is bestowal, love, and reciprocity, which is manifested between the friends because it is a spiritual quality.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/11/19

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Fear Of Harming The Group

laitman_530Question: In my work with the ten, I feel that I harm the friends. Even when I do this, I have no strength to stop. However, I am terribly upset that I cannot change anything. Is this a prayer? Or should I do something more to reverse this situation and move on to the next state?

Answer: You have to pray and ask for the ten to help you become kind and good. Try to be frank with them, straightforward.

Do the same with the Creator. Do not be afraid to do so, it will help. If you do not do this, then your spiritual development in this life will not work.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/9/18

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In A Group Of Like-Minded People

laitman_947Question: What should I do when extremely strong negative emotions overwhelm me? Such things cannot be discussed in the group, but I can’t keep them to myself, otherwise a deep depression begins. With whom can I discuss this? Truth be told, I am not in a group yet and am studying the first semester online.

Answer: With whom can you discuss such things if you are not in a group? With no one. I do not advise you to talk to anyone on this subject at all because no one will understand you.

You need to be in a permanent group and then, you will be able to discuss this with those friends who study with you, deal with the same problems, and have the same questions as you. It won’t work otherwise.

If you already have a group and a teacher, then you can ask questions and discuss some topics there. The teacher should put you in circles, from time to time, for you to get accustomed to a discussion.

Question: Should a person share his feelings when he is depressed?

Answer: Yes, you can share what you feel. There is nothing wrong with that. We all go through the same states. So, you will not say anything especially new. There will not be any of your personal, heartfelt secrets.

But you can talk about that only in the group, only with those with whom you study, not outside of the group—not with relatives, not at work, or at home.

Question: Where is the boundary of the prohibition for sharing your internal states with each other and discussing a storm of feelings with other new students?

Answer: I cannot tell you this because you still do not understand what levels we are talking about. I believe you must read the first 20 to 30 articles of Rabash, which explain the group work.

It is possible to discuss states of your spiritual development, your spiritual life among yourselves in a group. But only in the group.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 12/16/18

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Consequence Of Advancement

Laitman_144Question: Some new students who face sudden problems, think they are related to the study of Kabbalah. Is it so?

Answer: No. Problems in studying Kabbalah arise only in a group when friends begin to feel rejection and hostility. This results from advancement so that each time one will rise above these obstacles, nothing more.

Question: Where does the feeling that something is about to happen come from? Perhaps sensitivity increases?

Answer: Sensitivity also increases. How else can we overcome all sorts of obstacles in order to rise above them even higher and define the spiritual more if we do not feel them? Obstacles existed before, they just manifest themselves more now because we deserve it and we can rise above them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/18/18

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Attainment In Your Own Feelings

525Question: Kabbalists say that the very essence of the Creator is unattainable. We can attain only His form and matter. What does it mean?

Answer: It follows from every physical phenomenon we attain. We do not attain anything that exists outside of us.

Suppose a certain signal enters into my sense organs. I do not know what kind of signal it is. I know that it passes into the ear, presses on the eardrum, then on the hammers and other parts of the organ of hearing. Then it turns into electrical signals, passes to the brain, and is displayed there in some concepts.

What is the connection between the fact that some thoughts and sensations from your words appear in my brain and how sound vibrations reach my eardrum?

Since thousands of changes are taking place, I cannot even say what is outside of me. I attain only what is already in me. From what is in me, I begin to experiment and discover that all this comes as if from the outside.

That is, we never attain the phenomenon itself, we only attain its reflection in us. It is the same with the world. It is displayed in us like that. What do these walls, books, people, TV sets, light, and darkness really mean? I do not know.

Question: Suppose a man is a liar. His biological body is the matter, and his form is a liar. As I understand it, a lie disconnected from a person is his abstract form and cannot be researched. Is this correct?

Answer: This is philosophy that leads to mistakes.

Question: Does it mean that it is impossible to research it? Even Kabbalists cannot do it?

Answer: No, Kabbalists can research it. They name all the elements of the spiritual world only from their attainment.

Question: But they research the form and matter itself and not the abstract form and its essence?

Answer: Yes. Of course. That is why it is called Atzmuto, that is, a phenomenon that we can neither research nor feel. It existed before it entered in us.

For example, the sound wave that enters into me and then goes through all the transformations, starting from the auricle to the awareness in the mind about what it is, exists in me. What is outside of me I will never know because is outside. Similarly, Kabbalists clearly separate their attainments from what is unattainable, because a person is still a created being.

Remark: There is a law in Kabbalah: do not personify or create any image of the Creator or upper forces.

My Comment: Yes. As a result of the development of science, it is now much easier to explain than it was 40 years ago when I started to teach Kabbalah.

Today, you can clearly explain that everything around us is waves, forces, not volumes or objects. The fact is that all volumes and objects exist only in our sensations, and in reality, they are all some kind of impact on us, the nature of which we do not understand.

We can talk about what exists only from our sensations in ourselves. Therefore, today it is much easier to explain this to people, especially to the younger generation, which already understands that this is how things work.
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From KabTV’s “The Essence of the Science of Kabbalah, Part 7” 11/12/18

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What To Ask The Creator

laitman_625.02Baal HaSulam, Letter No. 27: But I do pray to the Creator to lead you on the path of truth, that you will be saved from all the obstacles along the way, and that the Creator will succeed for you all that you do.

As for you, you should meticulously follow the ways that I have set out for you regarding mind and heart, longing and prayers, and then the Creator will certainly make us succeed and we will soon unite in body and soul, in this and in the next.

Each teacher prepares his students for what Baal HaSulam writes about. From our side, there should be a request. A request is a prayer.

I constantly ask to be connected with the Creator, to feel His actions within me, and that we all feel Him and His actions with respect to the ten, with respect to the group.

I ask Him to show me a place in this ten, in this group, and to let me feel my inclusion in them so that He will reveal Himself between us as filling all the distances between us.

The ultimate goal of my request is for Him to fully connect and fill us. This is of primary importance. Thus, gradually, a person establishes a connection with the group and with the Creator until he comes to the state: “I, the group, and the Creator are one.”
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/11/19

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“Turning On” Mutual Guarantee

laitman_943Question: Should we constantly cultivate the importance of the principle “There is none else besides Him”?

Answer: If the friends in the group think about how none of them should forget to identify the Creator as a root cause of their states, then you will really help each other.

This stage is called mutual guarantee; it begins from the fact that we simply mechanically want to help each other keep ourselves in the thought that “There is none else besides Him.” At the same time, each of us thinks about the other.

When we all think this way about each other together, we “turn on” the mutual guarantee and it works. In this case, each member of the group remembers more often that the Creator is the source of his or her thoughts and feelings, and they begin to form, to connect with each other into one network.

By constantly helping the friends remember that we are mutually included into each other and connected to the Creator, we try to identify the Creator as our common source. Each of us then becomes connected with others in such a way that the signal from the Creator passes through each one to everyone else. This is another level of connection.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/11/19

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The Power Over The Spiritual State

laitman_937Question: What are the degrees of power over the heart and over spiritual states?

Answer: The power over the spiritual state lies in domination over egoism, since it separates us from the spiritual one. It is possible to master egoism only with the help of the upper light. It does not depend on our willpower, strength of our character, or the stern vows that we take upon ourselves.

It all depends on how much a person includes himself in the group and can dissolve in it. In this measure, he will more correspond to the higher light, the property of the Creator, and will gradually become closer to Him.

The Creator is not always in hiding. I can reveal Him at some stage, and He will immediately disappear so that I can go further and focus even more on Him. Suppose I caught Him with my new, more corrected properties, and He disappears again so that I again focus on Him with my kinder properties, which I develop in even greater conjugation with the group, and so on.

If I am a part the ten, we should make such mutual intersections with each other so that a uniform field appears between us.

When we strive to create this field, the Creator appears within it. That is, the Creator is the result of the desire of the ten to be as one. This is the main condition.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 12/9/18

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The Minimal Time To Reveal The Upper Light

laitman_528.03Question: Have you ever seen a ten in our world that reached the light of Hassadim?

Answer: I haven’t. Close to it, yes. Not a ten, but a smaller number of people.

Question: How long did it take them to reach that state?

Answer: It doesn’t matter because it depends on many variables. Such revelation can happen with five to six people in a couple of years, or might take a decade for a ten. But I don’t believe that it can happen sooner than in three to five years. This is the minimal time.
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From the Daily Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 11/25/18

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The Duality Of The Upper World

laitman_944Question: How can I unite my desire with the group’s desire when I want to hide even the smallest degree of the Creator’s greatness as a personal attainment? It is too personal for me to share.

Answer: The best way to progress is to leave all your desires, everything you have, only take strength from it, enter the group, and try to turn to the Creator through it. Take all the aspirations of the friends from the group as if you are an adult and they are small children.

This is what you need to gather from them and then appeal to the Creator with a request to protect them, raise them, direct them to think correctly so that they feel how they should be interconnected, how they should rise in a common connection in order to create a Kli (vessel)—a place for the Creator to be revealed. This should all be in order to give Him contentment, and at the same time you should also be content by giving Him pleasure.

We always move in two levels: egoism and connection above it, unification, and gladness in order to please the Creator. We must clearly work on these two levels.

You will then feel how you emerge into the duality of the upper world where both the corpuscular and the wave theory of light work. That is, light is perceived as waves or particles depending on whether you observe the electrons passing through.

You will see that in reality, it is all one in the spiritual world. Only our egoism divides it into different levels. Therefore, in every level we get different opinions, desires, combinations, everything that kills our world, but this is precisely so that in the next, higher level, we will perceive perfection.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/6/19

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