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New Life #1152 – Perceiving The Reverse World

New Life #1152 – Perceiving the Reverse World
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

It is possible to get out of the body, replace my limited, egoistic perception, and feel a different reality based on giving. All of reality consists of me—my qualities and what I feel—and it changes when my desires change. We can transcend our egoistic perception by rising above it and developing senses for absorbing reality in a new way. When we exit from the perception of self-benefit to the perception of the benefit-of-others, we reveal an opposite world. Giving becomes precious and the upper world becomes tangible when we develop our mind and feelings according to the law of equivalence of form.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #1152 – Perceiving the Reverse World,” 8/8/19

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Flying To A Beautiful Future

laitman_928Question: How does the light decide who is worthy to cross the Machsom (barrier)?

Answer: The light operates upon us simultaneously, and according to our strength, purity, and similarity to the light, we aspire to the goal in our own individual way, at different speeds.

Try to be as close as possible to the light in your qualities and you will literally begin to fly, as if through the air, to this beautiful future.

Question: Can a Kabbalist, with the force of his screen and thought, travel in time: backward, forward, like in a time machine?

Answer: Traveling in time means having a screen. Yes, it is possible. But again, what for? There can be nothing egoistic; this is not like some kind of corporeal journey: I want to fly above the clouds.

Here I am referring to taking off with the force of my will, tremendous internal tension, by bringing myself closer to the upper qualities of bestowal and love, to a universal greater distribution. In this way, I can fly. These are all very serious efforts.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/28/19

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Uniqueness Of The Creator, Part 8

laitman_744What is Perception of Reality Made of?

Question: The purpose of nature is to develop all its parts to the state of polar opposites and then combine them. Why is this so? What is the meaning of such development?

Answer: Only in this way do we reveal everything. Our attainment consists of differentiation and integration of all parts of what we observe.

Remark: We see that our nature, our desire to receive, is constantly evolving, becoming more powerful, more egoistic.

My Comment: In the same way, the ability to integrate this, to capture the interconnection between all parts, is developing in us. This is what our perception of reality consists of.

But the next Kabbalistic awareness of reality is that there is no reality as such. We only project our inner properties onto the upper light, and we feel and consider this picture, which we ourselves create with our feelings, as the world in which we exist.

Question: “Upper Light” is a new term. Why do Kabbalists in their sources use it instead of the concept of “Creator”?

Answer: The Creator/Upper Light is a property of bestowal and love, and therefore, we associate it with the light of the sun, the light of the mind, with something higher.

Against the background of the upper light, the properties of bestowal and love, all our egoistic desires paint a three-dimensional, living picture of this world. But actually it doesn’t exist. I only observe my internal properties.

Therefore, to the extent that I am moving closer and closer to the properties of the upper light, this world dissolves and becomes more and more elusive, until I find myself in absolute light.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 12/10/18

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As If We Put On Glasses And Begin To See

laitman_276.032,000 years ago, the Temple was destroyed and the people of Israel began their wanderings around the world. We got used to living in exile among other nations and often even succeeded in doing so. Sometimes, on the contrary, the nations of the world settled scores with us. Hatred of the Jews steadily grew, one wave rose after another, and recently a tsunami of anti-Semitism has been rising.

The problem is that we are not correcting the shattering. Anti-Semitism is the result of our neglect of the possibility of achieving correction. The exile ended, but only in potential, not in practice. Many would dream of leaving the land of Israel and returning to exile. After all, holiness is only in the unity that we can build between us. Without unity, there is no holiness, and we are still in destruction.1

In fact, the destruction was a correction. You cannot call it corruption because there was still nothing corrected that could be corrupted. It was the shattering of the boundary between the receiving and bestowing desires, the boundary between the Creator and the created being, between the properties of the Creator and the created being. Therefore, it was only for the sake of correction.

The desire to enjoy existed before the shattering, only it was hidden. After it was revealed, the created being could already begin to work on it and rise to the Creator. Each time the creature reveals its disparity with the Creator, which gives him the opportunity to correct this discrepancy and get closer to the Creator.

This disparity already existed before, but now it has been revealed. That is, there is a revelation with respect to the created being, as if we put on glasses and begin to see the malfunction that we did not notice before.2

The destruction of the Temple represents the merging of Bina with Malchut. Therefore, there were two destructions, according to the two levels in the spiritual Partzufim: Dalet-Gimel (4/3) and Gimel-Bet (3/2). The first Temple was destroyed at the level of Mochin de Haya, and the Second—at the level of Mochin de Neshama. Therefore, the destruction of the First Temple was much more powerful and significant. But the destruction of the Second Temple was more significant in that it meant a complete exit from spirituality.

The First Temple is a spiritual union in which all desires are combined together with the intention of bestowing to the Creator at the level of Mochin de Haya. There was a huge struggle between people and each one within himself for the sake of maintaining this unity and not falling. But egoism was steadily growing and in the end, the shattering did occur. The people of Israel went into exile; that is, there was a gap between the levels—the spiritual Partzuf exhausted itself. After the exile, the people were returning to spirituality, building a new Temple. (The First Temple is like Malchey DHGT [Daat, Hesed, Gevura, Tifferet] and the Second Temple is Malchey TNHYM [Tifferet, Netzah, Hod, Yesod, Malchut] in the world of Nekudim, which were broken).

The destruction of the Second Temple was already the final exit from spirituality—all went into intention for their own sake. Since then, the whole nation except for some special people, Kabbalists, entered the process of the continuous descent of generations.

It is impossible to compare the generations that lived immediately after the destruction of the First or the Second Temple with our contemporaries. They felt a much greater connection with each other. Holiness still illuminated them from afar and the sparks from the destruction of the previous Temple fell and made an impact. Therefore, there were still great people in those generations even after the destruction of the Second Temple. We see what great books they left for us: Mishna and Talmud.

Many were still in spiritual attainment. The fall did not happen instantly. The light was exiting the Partzuf gradually, until we were almost in total darkness by the time of the Ari.

From the time of the Baal Shem Tov and onward, the awakening from below began. Baal Shem Tov did a great job reviving spirituality, and he was followed by Baal HaSulam. There were other Kabbalists who lived in the time between them. The last great Kabbalist of our time was Rabash who left us the whole method of correction that we use today.3
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/21/19, “Ninth of Av”
1 Minute 9:50
2 Minute 12:50
3 Minute 18:58

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Evolution Of Desires, Part 13

laitman_600.01To the Level of Absolute Interaction

Question: A person consists of intention, desires, feelings, emotions, reason, and thoughts. Are there are two kinds of intentions: for oneself or for others? Is there only one desire—to enjoy?

Answer: Yes. Nothing else. This is a quality of nature. That is, receiving fulfillment or avoiding suffering is basically one and the same.

Feelings and emotions are manifested in desire, the magnitude of its filling. The mind lets us accurately realize what we want.

Question: Before I thought that the mind is separate, as it were, or vice versa, that desires serve the mind?

Answer: The mind on inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels can serve instinctive desires. When a person develops oneself, then the mind begins to serve one’s human desires.

In fact, we need reason in order to circumvent inanimate, vegetative, animal, and even human desires, and begin to rise to the level of absolute interaction, higher than our nature. This is the so-called “faith above reason,” when we seek connection with each other in spite of all other desires and intentions.

Question: Is our goal to correct the natural egoistic perception of the world, egoistic desires—toward the neighbor?

Answer: Not even a neighbor, but a union: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That is, I must love myself and my neighbor as well. This means absolute unification in order to create a common system. Therefore, I want to be its integral part.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 7/19/19

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Determine The Future

laitman_557Question: On one hand, you say that we always live in the future. On the other hand, there is no future. Could you explain this, please?

Answer: The fact is that I always as if precede myself and go half a step ahead. Otherwise, I cannot exist in my current state. It is called that I live as if in the future. But there really is no future because I define it. On one hand, I wait for it, but on the other hand, I predetermine it.

The science of Kabbalah says very simply: if you think that the future itself comes to you, then you exist on animate level. The inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels of nature—this is what controls you.

If you want to determine your future yourself, then please, define it yourself, but for this you must rise to the appropriate level of control where you understand that the future depends only on the degree of unity among people.

The stronger we are united, the better the future, we accelerate time, and events become more coordinated. The more people are in greater separation among themselves, the worse is the future and of course, everything else.

So, with our interactions toward our unity or separation, we ourselves determine the future.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 4/28/19

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The Future Already Exists

Laitman_131Question: You say that the future depends on us, but our destiny is predetermined. How are we to understand that?

Answer: The fact of the matter is that we all must reach the state of the final correction. It is already predetermined. Moreover, we already exist in it.

Now we need to realize this future, bring ourselves closer to it. How we do it—the fast way or the slow, we strive forward by ourselves or urged by nature—depends on us. But the future already exists.

This is the state we were in before the breaking of the vessel of our soul and now we have to get back to it. We will not get away from it, we will be obliged to take each of our points, our cell, you, and I, and everyone else.

But the road by which we reach this predetermined future does not exist, it depends precisely on us. It depends on us how quickly we will be able to achieve this goal, how fast can we reach it, how comfortable our way will be.

We absolutely have to reach its predetermined end where all the parts of the soul will meld into one common system, into one whole, and the Creator will fill them infinitely with the upper light. We must get to this state.

Question: You frequently mention that there is spiritual information, Reshimo, in a person. Does it really exist in us?

Answer: There is a Reshimo in a person, a record of all states that this person needs to go through from the beginning till the end. But the person determines how he will go through them: fast or slow, comfortably or through blows.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 4/28/19

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Absolute Interconnection

Laitman_117Question: I came to Kabbalah with a clear internal understanding that everything a person thinks about comes to him from the Creator. I put that into practice when I have a thought about some other person, relative, or acquaintance; I make sure I realize this thought immediately.

What I mean is that I will call him and ask what is going on, and it turns out that at the very same moment this person was thinking about me or was having problems.

Do these thoughts come to us from our egoistic world or arise from the upper worlds?

Answer: Nothing appears by itself. We are all connected by our thoughts and desires. I am not saying that we have to call each other all the time and inquire about what is happening. But if any thoughts or desires surface, they depend on the global picture of souls with whom we are completely interconnected.

Nothing is independent in this world, not the slightest thought or desire. Everything is completely interconnected and mutually defined. We all determine each other’s destinies.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/21/19

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Try And See How Beautiful The Upper World Is

Laitman_183.04Question from Facebook: You talk about spiritual work, but how do we know that the changed values will be better than the previous ones?

Answer: The fact is that all the values we have today are built on the insignificance of our sensations, the insignificance of our world, on the fact that we run away from problems all the time, and we struggle with various difficulties.

In a different state, at the next level of perception of reality, there is a completely different existence—in plus, not in minus. Therefore, the values there are in bestowal, in love, and in fulfillment. In our world, everything is the other way around.

The Book of Zohar says: “Try and see how beautiful the upper world is.”
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From KabTV’s: “Answers to Questions on Facebook,” 3/10/19

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Evolution Of Desires, Part 9

Laitman_115What Gives Rise To A Thought?

Question: What do thoughts relate to—desire or intention?

Answer: A thought arises when there is a contradiction between what is desired and what you have. The difference between the desired and the actual gives rise to a thought. Otherwise, it would not have arisen.

If I feel what I want, then I have no thought. I have some kind of fulfilment in desire and that is it. If I feel my desire is completely different than the one that is in me now, then the difference between the desired and the reality gives rise to thought.

This thought, in turn, gives rise to a certain action: how to achieve that vector of forces that would lead me from this state to a more desirable one.

Question: Suppose I am hungry and immediately receive some fulfillment, then I don’t even have a thought. If I am hungry and there is no such filling around me, no food, I start thinking about how can I find it?

Answer: Yes, as they say: “love and hunger rule the world.” The absence of the desired generates thought, development. Therefore, it is said, “they give two unbeaten for a beaten one.” When a person receives punishment or suffering, it develops him.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/3/18

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