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Commandments—The Laws Of Connection Between Us

laitman_943Question: Should there be laws against empty talk or gossip in a group advancing toward the goal?

Answer: All the commandments only speak about the internal connection between us. In our world, however, they are described in the form of mechanical actions: a certain way of eating, washing hands, and other corporeal actions that a person performs with his body when working in the field or with animals, etc. In reality, all these desires either facilitate or impede our connection. We have to understand and realize them correctly.

Therefore, the revelation of our various qualities along the path to our unity, some of which are for and others against the connection, is necessary in order to align ourselves correctly. This way, we observe all the positive and negative commandments, understanding what to use for connection and what to abstain from, and we reach the goal.

This is the observance of the commandments, which is carried out with the help of the upper force called the Light, or the Torah.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 4/8/18

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Find The Center Of The Group

laitman_933Rabash, “Love of Friends – 2”: Hence, the primary basis upon which the building of sanctity can be erected is the rule of “Love thy friend.” By that, one can acquire the need to bestow contentment upon the Creator. After that, there can be fear, meaning fear of perhaps not being able to give contentment to the Creator. When actually past that gate of fear, he can come to faith, because faith is the vessel for instilling Divinity, as it is explained in several places

Question: Why is fear a commandment but faith and love for one’s neighbor are not?

Answer: Fear is an awakening from below, which is extremely necessary. Faith by itself is the quality of bestowal. However, I would not focus on these three conditions. The most important thing is to find the center of the group.

The center of the group is the point where everyone annuls himself. This is a definition of an embryo, its attachment to the upper Partzuf. In other words, there is a next degree above you and you need to find the center of the group from which you ascend. Through this center you receive the Light that comes to you as if through capillaries.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 4/12/18

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How To Acquire The Desire To Bestow

Laitman_524.01Rabash, “Love of Friends – 2”: By which substance can one be brought to acquire a new quality that he must bestow, and that reception for self is faulty? This is against nature! Though at times, one receives a thought and desire that he must abandon self-love, which comes to us by hearing of it from friends and books, it is a very small force, which does not always shine for us…

A person, making timid attempts to get away from the power of the ego, may desire, scream, and pray, but this is all within the ego, inside his own cell. I remember how I wept from despair and Rabash laughed in my face. There are various challenges and moments.

This is all given to a person so that in the end one will realize that nothing is solved by the person alone. Everything is solved only by revering the group, and this is possible only with the help of the upper Light.

When joining the group, you do everything that it needs, you realize all your strength, and you do so in order to gather your friends together and make a vessel of them for the revelation of the Creator.

Question: It turns out that the influence of Kabbalistic books and sages are insufficient; we also need a group?

Answer: Of course. In the individual form, nothing happens. The influence of books on each of us is only necessary to awaken a person.

This is the preliminary information, the preliminary pressure on the person, which pushes him to the goal. Realization comes later, at a “mature age,” when a person is already in the group for several years, studies, communicates with his friends, and acquires some concepts and contacts. He masters the lexicon, a certain literature, because he must absorb it all.
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From TV Program “The last generation” 4/12/18

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Be As One

laitman_943All the commandments of the Torah are the laws of commutation between friends in a group in order to bring the whole group to the state of “one,” to one unit. This unit then will match to the Creator, He will begin to unfold in it.

Question: Is it important for me, working in the ten, to know that my friends are also obeying the commandments?

Answer: In his articles, Rabash writes that there must be mutual support; friends must influence each other and show each other an example. It is natural.

Question: If I am internally ready for my friends to do this for me, is this progress, since I understand that I am not the unit, but the ten?

Answer: Yes. When everyone in the ten strive to be like one, then they will get something, otherwise they will not.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 3/15/18

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The Game Is The Constant Work Of The Group

laitman_947Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: Just as we expect actors in the theater to do their best to make our imagination think that their acting is real, we expect our interpreters of religion to be able to touch our hearts so deeply that we will perceive the faith of religion as the actual reality.

We have to play a game, until “faith in this methodology will gain strength in our hearts.” Playing a game is the constant work in the group. If this is not the case, it is unlikely the group has a chance to advance.

Question: Is the agreement to act out a contract between us or is each of our contract’s in relation to the Creator? Is there a difference in these definitions?

Answer: There is no difference. The cause and the consequence change all the time: I work with the Creator for the sake of the group, or I work with the group for the Creator.

Question: So the concepts of “contract with the Creator” and “contract with the group” are the same?

Answer: Yes and no. It depends on what is the cause and what is the consequence.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 2/8/18

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In The Field Of The Creator

laitman_944Rabash, “The Agenda of the Assembly 2”: To the extent that the society regards the greatness of the Creator with their thoughts during the assembly, each according to his degree originates the importance of the Creator in him. Thus, he can walk all day in the world of gladness and joy, meaning he enjoys every little thing that he does concerning the work of the Creator. This is so because if he remembers that he should contemplate spirituality for even a minute, he immediately says, “I am already grateful and praising and glorifying the Creator,” since he believes that now the Creator has called him and wishes to speak with him.

We need to work not in our field, but in the field of the Creator. Then, there will be no problems. You are constantly concerned about making Him happy, like a mother who does not think about herself but about her child. If something happens to the baby, she is completely within it, not within herself.

Blessing the Creator is the work in His field.

Rabash, “The Agenda of the Assembly 2”: And when a person imagines that the King is calling him and tells him that he wants to play with him, what joy would he experience then, and what high spirits would he have? Certainly, in that uplifted state, he would not think any trifle thoughts. He would only be a little embarrassed at not knowing the King’s laws and manners—how to behave when the King speaks to him.

But he considers what he does know how to do for the King as a great fortune…

At every moment I should try to think about how I influence the Creator through my present state: What do I bring Him in the given moment?
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 2/8/18

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How To Maintain A Positive Mood

laitman_938.04Question: What is the meaning of a “positive mood” in a Kabbalistic group?

Answer: In a Kabbalistic group a person’s mood is under the influence of the surrounding environment and only that. This is because one who advances, correcting himself, is practically never in control of himself.

He exists either in an uplifted state, when the Light pulls him upward, or in a descent into the worst possible dark state, when the upper Light releases him. That is why he is constantly in states that he cannot regulate nor create something above himself.

We are not talking about an ordinary person in our world who exists under the influence of two opposing forces that constantly, like on a swing, toss him up or throw him down.

That is why he needs to be connected to a society that buffers his states, transferring them to itself and passing them back to him. In other words, while in an ascent, the individual passes to the group his confidence, knowledge, understanding, and desire to progress; and when he is in a descent, the group returns this all back to him. Then again, in a positive state, he passes all of that to the group, and in a negative state, the group elevates him.

It turns out that if he passes these states through the group, then there is always a closed ever-changing contour, and he is constantly moving forward. But without a correct society that helps him advance with the help of a certain agreement called “mutual guarantee(Arvut), he cannot progress. The upper force will constantly be throwing him into an opposite state.

Question: What is meant by positive mood—to be happy, joyous?

Answer: For a Kabbalist, it is the confidence that in each moment he is in a correct relationship with the Creator. The descents and ascents bring him out of this relationship. Moreover, while in ascents he feels that he is the master of himself and the entire world.

Question: What kind of actions can an individual make in order to raise the mood of those around him?

Answer: He must do the same for them as he expects from them.

Question: How do we correctly elevate the mood of an individual who is engaged in inner work and not interfere with his focus?

Answer: Only through example. Demonstrate to him, without words, that you are in the correct, positive, creative ascent. Help him only through your inner intention and desire, and externally, by an unobtrusive example.

Question: How can I see that my friend is in a state of descent? Does he need to tell me about it?

Answer: If he really cannot do anything, then he must speak about it to his friends and ask for them to take him into their hands. Moreover, the individual understands that by this, he helps others and the group. He can not only ask for help for himself, but also give the ability to the group to unite around him. In this case the group, undoubtedly, rises.

The individual must understand that the friends work together as one soul. There is nothing shameful in this. But on the contrary, if he really has no strength, then it is a sign that he must turn to them because they are all placed into this state by the upper force.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 2/8/18

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The Uniqueness Of The Method Of Kabbalah

laitman_528.02Question: Are members of a Kabbalistic group comprised of people who have a lot of abilities?

Answer: A Kabbalistic group is complicated in the sense that those who enter it have a big ego directed toward attaining the Creator. Their egoism crosses the boundaries of our world, which indicates how big their ego is.

They have to work on their ego without killing, lowering, or erasing it, but instead construct the opposite property through a unique ascent above the ego. The ego grows all the time, but a person builds the property of bestowal and love above it: the ego grows, one builds the property of love; the ego grows more, and more of the property of love is added. This is how a person constantly pulls himself up.

Therefore, the Kabbalistic method is complex. First, it works within a person who exists in two states: one state is egoistic and the other one pulls him to the altruistic part. The person is torn between these two states not knowing exactly which one he should attach to. Big descents, big ascents, and a huge tension between them.

The method explains to him what he should do, while he constantly works on discerning his freedom of choice. This is not easy.

Question: Where in this work can one give a good spirit to the other person?

Answer: In all the states, but only through the correct environment.
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According To The Highest Plan

laitman_942Rabash, The Social Writings, “Concerning Love of Friends”: What is the reason I chose specifically these friends, and why have the friends chosen me?

On one hand, we came together accidentally because we were looking for the meaning of life, the possibility of understanding existence, and we are guided by our common goal.

On the other hand, everything happens from above. As we later understand, it was the higher plan that led us to come together. It unites and brings us closer to each other despite the fact that we are egoists, especially those who come to study Kabbalah. These are people who have never really been drawn to each other or to others, everyone felt themselves as individuals.

Therefore, when they come together, they have a special job: to show love to each other, to organize meals and various activities together, and so on. Generally, this is not for them because such behavior is contrary to their nature. But they have to do this in order to become closer to each other.
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A Zero From Ten Sefirot

laitman_292The Creator is revealed inside the connection of ten people, each of which has annulled himself to zero. But how does this connection become equal if each one makes his own annulment toward the group that he views in his personal way? Everyone has his own desire, which is different from all others, so all our zeroes turn out to be different. How do they then become a single zero?

Every one of us is different and unique. There is not a single form where we would be equal. But since we all annul ourselves, we are reduced to a single zero that contains ten zeroes within it that differ from each other like ten Sefirot.

Thus, a Partzuf is created, which has ten completely annulled parts in it connected with each other like ten Sefirot. After all, they are different, but they have annulled themselves to zero, and through this they have connected into single point. This point, however, is complex, consisting of ten points connected through their annulment toward one principle.

Each of us annuls himself and no one is similar to the other in his annulment because each one perceives this principle in his own way. Yet these ten turn into a single system because a single Creator becomes revealed in them and fills them. The Creator summarizes all these ten desires into a single whole.

Each of the ten desires is filled with Light in its individual form in proportion to its self-annulment. They very much differ in their character and strength, but they are considered to be one point: a drop of spiritual semen that begins to develop.

It is a point, but a very complex one. There is no difference between this drop and the entire immense system of the world of Ein Sof (infinity).

The very first self-annulment is not yet enough to reveal the Creator, which requires more advanced forms. With each self-annulment, they absorb the desire to enjoy inside the Klipot above which they annul themselves for the sake of the general principle of unity, and in the contrast between the Light and the darkness, they reveal the Creator.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/13/18, Lesson on the Topic: “Revealing the Necessity for the Ten” (Preparation for the Convention “All As One” in New Jersey 2018)
1. Minute 1:52:55

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