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Tuning To The Range Of The Revelation Of The Creator

934My egoism looks for flaws in my friends, but if I want to advance spiritually, I must, on the contrary, see their merits and envy their success. After all, I do not have enough desire to achieve the goal, and where else can I get it?

I once was Adam HaRishon, one common soul, one great desire. But then this desire broke into many pieces, and I was left with only a tiny piece of the entire huge vessel of the system of the common soul. Now I have to move from this meager piece to the huge desire that I had when I was included in the entire system.

This can only be achieved through envy. Envy is a very important tool that increases our desires and opportunities. And without growing the desire, it is impossible to move toward the goal. The Creator needs a certain volume in order to be revealed, called “full measure”(Seah). He cannot be revealed in a vessel capable of receiving only a few grams of filling.

Let’s say that the spiritual experience begins with receiving ten kilograms of filling. When I find the need to receive such fulfillment, I begin to feel my desire empty and then fulfilled. And if my lack is less than that, I do not feel anything.

All our sensory organs are arranged in the same way, working only in a certain range. Devices detect that there are many different waves around us: sound, light, but we do not see or hear them. We begin to perceive the signal, starting from a certain level and up to a certain level, that is, in a limited range.

It works in the same way in the spiritual world. If we want to begin to experience spirituality, we must increase our desire to enjoy in addition to what we received in the shattering. At the expense of what can I turn one gram of desire that I have into ten grams? Only by taking over the desires of others can I be impressed by their qualities and needs.

So we get together in groups, learn together, discuss, and thus get involved in each other’s desires. And the one who does not mix with the desires of others has no chance of revealing the Creator. The Creator reveals himself between us in my desire to receive that is increased by connecting with my friends. Therefore, without envy, which allows us to expand the Kli, we will not be able to reveal the Creator.

The fact is that before the sin of the Tree of Knowledge and the breaking of Adam HaRishon, we were all connected and included in each other in an ideal way. But as a result of the shattering, each one has separated from the others, and now he lacks what is in others.

Before the shattering, everyone had the same common desire, and now only his personal point remains while all other qualities are lost for him. And without attaching them to himself, he will not be able to reveal the Creator in them. Therefore, the revelation of the Creator depends on how much I have become involved in the qualities of a friend.

It is about this that it is said that “You lack nothing but to go out to a field that the Lord has blessed, and collect all those flaccid organs that have drooped from your soul, and join them into a single body.” This is our job. In this field, blessed by the Creator, we find all our broken desires and want to gather them together, to join them.

And all this because of envy. I am now in my egoism and I envy my friends, what they have. Because of this I approach them, engage in their desires, and restore the whole vessel of Adam HaRishon. In this way, I correct the shattering and approach the goal of life, the goal of creation.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/15/21, “Envy”

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Fly Through Time

233Question: What do forward and backward mean in the spiritual coordinate system? Is it cause and effect, time, or something else?

Answer: There is no going backward in spirituality at all because that is regression, and the only direction we move is forward.

Moving forward is based on greater connection, unity between us. The more we accelerate time, which makes us closer, we ourselves try to get closer to each other, the more we will hasten time and advance toward the future ahead of all of humanity.

We can easily find ourselves 200 to 300 years ahead while all of humanity will still be in our miserable 21st century.

The only thing we need to do is to accelerate the unity between us. A group that does this becomes like a spaceship. It flies through time feeling it as one of the parameters it can change. This is what we also say about the spiritual world that is above time and space.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/22/19

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Love Yourself

235Question: You keep repeating the same phrase: “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and you say that this is the way to live. But if I hate myself, what should I do about it? Don’t you need to first love yourself and then your neighbor? Or is there something I do not understand?”

Answer: You are right. This is exactly what this phrase really says. You are actually on the right path to understanding the meaning of this great phrase. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” that is, you must love yourself and your neighbor as yourself.

You exist in this world. What does it mean to love yourself? Make it so that you feel good in this world, warm, safe, and calm. How to do it?

How would you do it for a loved one, as a loving person? Imagine yourself in place of everyone else around you Then you will see that the entire world is really just you.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 1/7/21

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Fix Yourself And Fix The World

961.1Question: What is the correction of the egoistic nature of man?

Answer: To the extent that I correct myself, I see only goodness in the world.

Question: Suppose a couple of million people died of hunger now. Does a Kabbalist not see all this or does he see it differently?

Answer: He feels all this and feels that he is to blame for it because he has not yet corrected all these properties in himself.

Question: And if he has corrected them, does he see this phenomenon as positive?

Answer: No. He realizes that all this is still not corrected because he cannot completely correct the entire universe. However, he corrects a part of it.

Question: But he has no complaints against anyone? He takes all claims upon himself because he understands that something hasn’t been completed yet?

Answer: Only to yourself. Fix yourself, and you will fix the world.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 5/13/19

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A Hero Is One Who Conquers Himself

507.03Question: Your teacher Rabash wrote that a hero among heroes is someone who transforms his hater into his lover, that a hero is the one who overcomes his evil inclination.

Looking at other people through my egoistic prism, I see them as low and base and myself as sublime. But if I make an effort to see them as elevated in my eyes, then I become a hero. Does being a hero mean to overcome your innate egoistic nature?

Answer: Yes. A hero is the one who conquers himself. In principle, we do not need anything other than this. If we overcome our egoistic nature, then to this extent we will simply enter the state of general goodness.

The fact is that nature created us as egoistic people who judge everything to the extent of our depravity. I always see negative properties in others. Therefore, I need to somehow understand that all these properties are inside me. This is the realization of evil.

Question: But if there were no other people, I would never have seen these negative properties in myself?

Answer: Yes, just like any animal.

Question: That is, I live from life cycle to life cycle, see negative properties in everyone, and complain about everyone. And then, at some stage, I suddenly begin to understand that this is all inside me?

Answer: But such an understanding is not easy to come to. Kabbalists revealed this and they wrote to us about it.

As we read their books, we begin to understand that they are telling the truth, but we do not see this. They revealed everything in their senses and described it in their writings, but we still do not feel it. Therefore, from what we read, we must gradually move to the realization that everything in nature is really created this way, and we perceive it in this way.

First we gain knowledge and then understanding and sensory attainment.

Question: How does this happen? What does inside me mean?

Answer: Everything that happens in the world happens in your perception. And you cannot say anything about what is outside. The world is depicted in us.

Question: Can you imagine how much evil happens in the world every second? Does a Kabbalist feel that this is all because of him?

Answer: Not only this. If you dig deeper, all this is me.

I cannot see anything except my “I,” my desire. Everything that happens in it is the world that I comprehend.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 5/13/19

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We Want To Know The Future

49.01The Book of Zohar, Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah), Item 87: When one observes the tweeting of fowl to know the future, why is it called “a serpent” and “witchcraft”? It is because it extends from that side of impurity, since the spirit of impurity is over that bird, which announces things in the world. And every spirit of impurity clings and comes to the world from the serpent, and there is none who is saved from him in the world, for he is in everything—until the time when the Creator is destined to remove him from the world, as it is written, “And death shall be swallowed up forever.”

Question: What do birds have to do with it? What harm did they do?

Answer: Birds are something that is higher than us, that is, a lighter desire. There are animals, fish, birds, plants, and so on. This means that our egoistic desire is stronger, heavier, coarser, and more subtle, light, graceful. Birds are the personification of less selfish desires.

Remark: But for some reason impurity comes from them.

Answer: Because people who are fortune tellers, in principle, already trust someone. Their egoism is not yet highly developed. Real strong egoists can trust someone only if they have a hopeless situation when very serious things are at stake.

They have done everything to ensure their success, and yet, they see that there is some element that they do not control. Then they go to fortune-tellers or shamans. It happens.

I have seen interesting examples of this in America. I have a friend who is a very wealthy man and owns huge motel estates in North Carolina. It so happened that drunkards and drug addicts started to visit these properties and committed tomfooleries.

Neither he, nor the police, nor the court could do anything. Then he turned to Indian shamans at the time I was passing through there visiting him. And what is interesting is he believed in it! I have seen all these primitive routines. People believe it will help.

Question: So did it help or not?

Answer: No, it did not help. In the end, he sold everything.

When does it help? When a man is sick and believes very much that what is recommended to him will help. The placebo effect. You take a sugar-pill believing that it is a medicine, and at the same time you include such inner forces that rejuvenate you and heal you. This is natural.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #4

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How Not To Go Along With Biases?

629.3Question: Our brain categorizes everything it feels. From these categorizing what is known as bias grows. That is, a person thinks in patterns and often makes decisions that were originally ingrained in him. Sometimes these decisions can be wrong, unfair.

Scientists say that one of the methods of preventing bias is to stop a person in time and ask him the appropriate questions. Basically, make him pause so that he asks himself, “What assumptions do I have? What influences me in order to make the right decision?”

We are subjected to bias from birth. What can I do about it? How can I not succumb to it?

Answer: I believe that nothing will help except the right environment, which will influence a person. If one begins to question himself, to remember some of his schemes, habits, and patterns implanted in him from childhood, it will not have any results. The only remedy is to be constantly under the strong influence of the right environment.

It turns out that you can only fight against bias by changing it to another. That is, a person is initially under the influence of one society, which forms something in him. Then he gets under another influence and it forms something new in him.

Nothing can be done otherwise. Then there will be a third society, a fourth, and so on, which will influence him more and more. However, from each environment, he will receive what it imbues him with. In this way, he will begin to comprehend everything better and go up the degrees.
From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 1/12/21

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Eight Billion Is Me

929Question: You talk all the time about raising a person. Everyone considers themselves to be good and well-mannered. How will a person understand that he needs education and change?

Answer: Only through the blows. How else? If people consider themselves to be so good, why is the world so bad?

Comment: Others are bad, therefore, the world is bad. This is how a person thinks.

My Response: And we will continue in this way until something so heavy falls on our heads that no one will think about anything anymore.

Question: Can we say that by doing this, we are inviting trouble even upon ourselves?

Answer: Of course. Instead of correcting ourselves, trying to do something, we calm ourselves down. This is leading the world to disaster.

Question: Does real education mean that I start looking at what I am like?

Answer: Yes, when I look at myself, what I am. When I look at what I have to do for others, when I am the only one who is not corrected, that is everything that exists is in me: a liar, a thief, a deceiver, a hater. I do not know what other epithets to come up with. It is all me.

And all the others are not. All the others do not exist at all. All the others are my various reflections that I see around me. That is, I look around me at a lot of people, each of them portrays a negative me. In this form and in that and also in this.

There are eight billion people in the world, and each of them represents some negative quality of mine. Eight billion! This is me. This is how our world is designed. And that is how I see it.

Question: What do I do when I see evil, an evil person?

Answer: If I correct myself, I begin to see the world more connected, more aspiring for bestowal, for love, for unity. As a result, I understand that all this is one system, this is one person, called Adam. And this Adam is me because I assembled him in this way by my deeds, actions, thoughts, and all sorts of corrections.

Question: Does it mean that I am absorbing the world in myself? Do I become this single soul, Adam?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is this the truth?

Answer: This is the truth.

Question: And what we see is a lie?

Answer: No, we also see the truth, but it is a partial truth, torn apart by our internal egoism.

Question: Does it mean that here we as if do not pass it through egoism? We do not look through egoism.

Answer: Yes. If I gather them all together into one single image, then this is me.

This is our task—to gather the whole world and say, “This is me,” and this world depends on me.

Question: Am I responsible for everybody and for everything?

Answer: Absolutely for everything that is here.

Question: Is every person, the simplest, most ordinary person, responsible for the world, for everything that happens in this terrible world?

Answer: Yes, to the extent that he finds himself in this world.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/28/20

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Toward People

546.02Question: The meaning of life disappears when I think that I need to merge with all people into some common consciousness. Yes, I want to interact with people, but I do not want to lose myself and my individuality. Is there something wrong with me? After all, I feel comfortable without interacting with people.

Answer: This all will pass. You have nothing to lose in yourself and in your comfort. You have no idea what comfort you get when you connect with everyone and begin to feel an infinite, perfect world, above time, motion, and space.

And you, like a child, hold on to a small toy and are afraid of losing it.

Question: Does it mean that it is still worth getting closer to people, toward them?

Answer: Of course.
From KabTV’s “Ask a Kabbalist” 12/31/18

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We Do Not Disappear

537Question: I do not exist, there is only the Creator. On the other hand, do I exist only when I am different from Him or when I merge with Him? So, do I exist or not?

Answer: We exist. There is no doubt about that.

But in what way can we connect with the Creator? To do this, we must create a special organ of sensations in us that will be able to feel something outside of us. The Creator is outside of us, we do not feel Him now.

That is why I have to understand how to exit myself, that is, exit the egoistic quality in which I am now into the opposite, altruistic quality, which I develop inside me. If I possess those two qualities, I will be able to feel the Creator in me and become similar to Him without vanishing anywhere or disappearing. That is, I am an integral and eternal element of creation, we do not disappear anywhere.
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