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What Gives Birth To A Desire?

742.03Question: How can one desire give birth to another? Is there an example in our world?

Answer: The Light gives birth to a desire. We study this in the four phases of direct Light. The Light acts on the original desire and begins to develop it from the still to the vegetative, then to the animate and human, which gives its desire to bestow.

The quality of bestowal, unity, love, helps the desire become diversified and at the same time connected. That is why atoms appear, molecules, and all sorts of chemical compounds that form the vegetative nature, developing under the influence of the sun, photosynthesis, and other phenomena.

Then the animate nature appears in which complex protein and other processes take place. Then, finally, human nature—but this is not even in matter, but higher than matter—the desires and the thoughts of a man are what distinguish him from the animal.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

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Kabbalah And Faith

Laitman_177.02Rabash, “Love of Friends – 2”: Thus, we must also use faith to have confidence that we can reach the goal and not despair mid-way and flee the campaign. Rather, we should believe that the Creator can help even a low and ignoble person like myself. It means that the Creator will bring me near Him and I will be able to attain adhesion with Him.

Reaching the goal is not easy. But the fact is that we were given a group, an environment to help us. It is necessary to create such an environment in advance, which can support you in times of descent. If you create it, you guarantee in advance that your descent will be very special, soft, understandable, and there will be a glimmer of Light within this descent.

Question: What is the concept of faith in Kabbalah?

Answer: Faith is the quality of bestowal.

Question: Then, why is it said: faith in the sages? What is it?

Answer: Faith in the sages is a state when I have already grasped how much they understand the situation and therefore I am ready to follow them like a little child. Despite the fact that I do not understand what they are talking about, but they claim that this is what needs to be done, and so I do it.

My faith in them is based on the fact that I comprehend their sublimity. I submit to the upper, as a lower one. Therefore, faith is the feeling of the greatness of the upper Partzuf, the upper state, the upper soul.

This feeling comes when I earn it. I need to work hard for this.

Question: Is it not that someone said something and I believe it?

Answer: No. Such an approach will not save me. The person begins to believe either in a state of despair when he has no other option or when he has gone through all the scrutinies and is convinced that this is so.

Question: But then what is the difference between religion and Kabbalah?

Answer: Religion says: “You have to close your eyes and believe in what you are told.” And Kabbalah says: “A person has nothing more than what his eyes see.”
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 3/22/18

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Hebrew—The Language For Perceiving The Creator

Laitman_151Hebrew is much more suitable for expressing the science of Kabbalah than any other language. It has a greater supply of suitable words that more accurately express an inner feeling. After all, the Hebrew language grew out of the science of Kabbalah. This science, its approach, the aspiration toward the Creator, created and formed the language.

Therefore, Hebrew contains all the symbols to clarify the Creator. The form of the letters, the way they are written, the grammar, everything is adapted only for the purpose of explaining the essence of the desire in which the Creator can be perceived.

There is no other language that can be compared with Hebrew in the expression of Kabbalah. Other languages do not have such properties.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/3/18, Lesson on the Topic “The Wisdom of Kabbalah in the Modern World – The Real Perception of Reality”

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It All Depends On The Goal

laitman_245.11Question: “There is none else besides Him” is a popular religious mantra. But what is the difference between the efforts of a religious person without a point in his heart and the efforts of a Kabbalist to reveal by every action the upper force, to love it, and be connected to it?

Answer: It all depends on what goal you are pursuing: either your own pleasure or bestowal and love for the Creator through the created beings.

The question is, what is it you want from studying and realizing Kabbalah, because “to receive for yourself” will not work here. If that is your aim, then practice various spiritual techniques, meditations, and learn how to feel better. There is nothing of it in Kabbalah.

While studying Kabbalah, it is necessary to invest a lot of effort, to sweat, even to suffer, until you learn how to properly guide yourself, drawing the surrounding Light.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

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New Life #1047 – The Method Of Research In The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

New Life #1047 – The Method Of Research In The Wisdom Of Kabbalah
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

In order to learn the wisdom of Kabbalah, one must build a sensor and decoder out of himself and conduct experiments by changing himself. In order to calibrate himself to be able to absorb the upper force, a Kabbalist must connect with a group of like-minded students and cancel the existing barriers between them. In the common space they build between them, while simultaneously restricting the private ego, they become able to feel the upper force or root of all reality. The Kabbalistic laboratory is this group in which a relationship of bestowal and love of others is built that resembles the upper force. The Kabbalist learns how to recognize himself, the upper force, as well as what is in between them. The Creator and the creation become integrated and a pipeline of abundance is developed. The wisdom of Kabbalah can bring humanity the best of everything, including the ability to move from world to world.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #1047 – The Method Of Research In The Wisdom Of Kabbalah,” 8/14/18

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Applied Scientists And Researchers

laitman_963.8Question: The purpose of creation is to delight the created beings, to delight man. This is where the starting point of spiritual work begins. Why is it so important to remember this in order to advance?

Answer: You must understand that the group is more important to the Creator than you are, that your mission is to push them, to bring them to adhesion with the Creator. Like any researcher, you have to enter the unknown. Make the work in a group your goal and everything will appear in front of your eyes.

To an ordinary person, everything is seemingly clear. He plays with toys like a child. While nothing is clear to us, we constantly reveal greater depths, hollow spaces in us, as a result of our scrutinies, and thus try to unravel the creation, its essence, its system and forces. This is the highest level of work.

There are two kinds of scientists: applied scientists and researchers. Applied scientists know the laws and tries to apply them in various fields. They do great work that is useful to humanity, but they don’t venture into the unknown. However, this is precisely where the greatest human work lies, the utmost state a scientist can be in.

How did all the great minds like Einstein and Newton make discoveries? They did not know what they were about to discover until, as it says, “an apple falls on your head.”

When we come to such a state through our own efforts where we receive a “blow on the head,” and then everything opens up.
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From the TV program “The Last Generation,” 3/22/18

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Soul – One For All And Each Has Their Own

Laitman_177.13Question: What parts is a spiritual object called “a soul” comprised of? Is it permanent or subject to change?

Answer: The soul consists of ten Sefirot. It constantly changes depending on a person’s work on himself. But there are always ten parts connected in a single integral system, and it is everything.

The soul is one for all or each one has his own, just as our world is one for all and each one has his own. But what we perceive in our egoism is called “our world,” “this world,” and what we perceive in the property of bestowal, and maybe even love, exiting our egoism, is called “spiritual world” or “soul.”

Question: Is the soul and the upper world the same?

Answer: The feeling of the upper world is called the “soul” or the “ten Sefirot.” The ten Sefirot are the skeleton of the soul.

The word “Sefira” comes from the word “luminous” (Sapir). It is a point that was egoistic and became bestowing, altruistic. Therefore, it glows.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/10/18

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New Life #1046 – The Wisdom Of Kabbalah And Science

New Life #1046 – The Wisdom Of Kabbalah And Science
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

The wisdom of Kabbalah is the root of all sciences. It is the study of the whole world and provides us with tools to explore all of reality, independent of the viewer. Our inner structure determines what we see as reality. In normal research, a person investigates the world through the five senses and other instruments that expand the range of his egoistic perception. This type of scientific study is based on the desire to receive. The wisdom of Kabbalah, however, approaches study from a new vantage point, namely, the desire to bestow. We perceive the power of bestowal or “nature” according to the degree of our inner development of the desire to bestow. In other words, in order to explore the power of bestowal, a person has to build within himself a force of bestowal, similar to the one found in nature.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #1046 – The Wisdom Of Kabbalah And Science,” 8/14/18

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What Does Kabbalah Offer?

laitman_281.02Question: Why is it easier for people with depression to shoot themselves rather than to change their viewpoint that led them to depression in the first place?

Answer: Shooting themselves is not a problem. We know that some may end this life because in this way one escapes one’s suffering. Therefore, we must think of how to rise above such suffering.

Kabbalah offers you, while you are still in this life and the protein body still exists, the sensation of entering life’s next level called “the soul,” that is, the property of bestowal. Everyone who hears this has this opportunity regardless of age. Let’s help one another to realize this quickly. This is all in our power.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/29/18

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The Dalai Lama, It’s Not Easy …

laitman_600.04In the News (The Earth Chronicles of Life): “‘The Dalai Lama revealed the secret of happiness’:

“Less envy and anger, more love and compassion – only through this man can come to harmony in the soul, the Dalai Lama XIV said in Riga during the spiritual teachings for Buddhists from Russia and the Baltic States.

“Man is destroyed by anger, envy, a sense of competition, fears and other negative emotions that lead to suffering, while happiness is achieved not through the implementation of unbridled desires, but through the ‘peace of mind’. Compassion and altruism help to come to him.

“’It has already been scientifically proven that anger literally destroys the immune system, while compassion and peace of mind strengthen it. If you treat others with compassion and altruism, then malice, envy and competition in you will be much less, and happiness – much more,’ said the Dalai Lama.

“A materialistic system of values ​​makes a person a money-grubber.

“’Unchecked desires destroy both man and the environment, and this does not bring happiness to anyone. Happiness comes when the mind is at peace, when there is peace in the soul. Therefore, it is so important to train your mind,’ he said.”

My Comment: He is absolutely right, but how can this be accomplished?

Remark: In principle, it is clear what the Dalai Lama is leading to: it is a specific view of the world, meditation…

My Comment: This method is good for people with very little egoism, which used to manifest itself in humanity thousands of years ago. Also, today it also applies, but only in some parts of the world where it can really be offered and accepted.

Question: How can the state of happiness be achieved?

Answer: To do this, you need to change a person in order for a person to change the world so that the world does not chase artificial goals, but everything is in balance with nature and with each other.

It is possible, but not through a technique of just sitting and feeling happy.

Question: You said that the ego will develop and grow and that there is no escape from it. What can be done with egoism that grows and kills me?

Answer: I’ve talked about this many times. Until we show people that this final state leads us to destruction and instead there is an eternal and perfect state that we can achieve in this world now, today, until we convince humanity of this possibility, we can do nothing.

Question: How can this be done?

Answer: Only by working on ourselves, bringing ourselves to a state where we can truly become an example of correct human relationships, finding happiness and the highest quality between us.

Question: What should our relationships be like?

Answer: Love each other. The Dalai Lama also speaks about this, only it must be achieved. It is not easy and is accomplished through tremendous effort and by a trustworthy method that connects the impossible with the desired.

Is it necessary to get to this? It is necessary. Is there an opportunity? There is, but it’s hard. Here, we must reshape human nature, change it.

Question: How does human nature change?

Answer: Only under the influence of the revelation of the upper force. In attempts to unite, we reveal this force. We want this power to change us, but only this force! And not that I want to be good, and I’m already good.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/20/18

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