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Kabbalah And Beliefs, Part 11

laitman_222The Purpose of Creation Is to Become Like the Creator

Question: Kabbalah says that a person should become like the Creator, not in some external actions, as in other beliefs, but in intention. What is the difference?

Answer: If in action I want to be like the Creator, then it is very simple. Take a look at our world. Only the actions of the Creator are manifested in it. “There is None Else but Him.” Do you like this world?! Everyone can be similar to the Creator according to the actions we see in our world.

This is not what is meant in Kabbalah. To be like the Creator means to achieve what we comprehend within this system: complete love, complete bestowal, complete interconnection. In order for us to attain this, the Creator provides us with a picture of a ruined, torn world, so from it we attain the opposite perfect world.

Remark: Kabbalists say that if it were not for the purpose of creation to become like the Creator, there would be no need to do good deeds in our world and generally relate to others.

My Comment: Of course. We are all absolute egoists, and with each generation egoism is growing in us more and more. In the end, this should lead us to a state of mutual bestowal and love. Merging with the Creator is truly the goal of creation.

Question: Does the Creator reveal our egoistic nature? He created it, and without Him we cannot correct egoism at all?

Answer: In no way. We are completely dependent on Him.

Question: Why did He do this?

Answer: So that we depend on Him. Indeed, it is this dependence that leads us to perfection, likeness to Him.
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From the KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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laitman_567.04In A Dance With The Creator

Baal HaSulam, “Freedom of Will“: The way of Kabbalah consists in relying on the minds of those who already attained the ultimate goal, as if it was our own life experience. … Hence, the law of communal living is considered one of nature’s laws and we must observe it with great caution. This law must develop realization of: self-love as evil and love for others as good, because this is the only way to loving the Creator.

The essence of all spiritual techniques is to understand the Creator, comprehend Him. But only the science of Kabbalah leads us to this because it reveals how the Creator acts on us, how we must respond to Him, and through this two-way interaction “He is for me, I am for Him” to establish a right constant connection, like in a tango in which two are dancing in unison.

Such a dance, when we enter into full integration with the Creator is called the “bride’s dance,” in which what comes from Him to me and what comes from me to Him are completely incorporated.
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From the KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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laitman_260.01Why Does the Creator Love Sinners?

Question: Baal HaSulam wrote that he rejoices at the revelation of sinners within himself, meaning egoistic intentions toward the Creator. What does this mean?

Answer: The Creator loves sinners more than the righteous because the sinner reveals that the Creator sends him evil. The Creator created the soul, a huge universal web where we are all connected, and then broke it. And now He is showing us its fragments so that we constantly keep asking Him to properly reconnect us.

Therefore, when I feel separated from others, unwilling to connect with them, in opposition to the Creator and the whole world, I am called a sinner. But that leads me to ask Him for correction.

The righteous is a state in which I have nothing to ask for. It is possible that I mistakenly remain in this state.

Question: In any case, all these states keep changing; they are not static?

Answer: Of course. The most important thing is to change. This happens only if a person is in a group and the group is directed toward the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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laitman_275Turn to the Creator

Baal HaSulam, Shamati, Article 209: There are three conditions in prayer:

 

  1. Believing that He can save him. Although he has the worst conditions of all his contemporaries, still, “Will the Lord’s hand be too short to save him?” If it is not so, then “the Landlord cannot save His vessels.
  2. He no longer has any choice for he has already done all that he could but saw no cure to his plight.
  3. If He does not help him, he will be better off dead than alive. 

These are three correct attitudes to life. Everything is determined by the Creator. There is not a single thought or feeling that comes from me, only from the Creator.

Therefore, I have to always be in a heightened state of readiness, analyzing everything happening in my mind and feelings, realizing that the Creator presents it to me, and ask Him immediately for correction, to direct me properly to have good thoughts of love and bestowal toward others, that is, accompanied with good feelings that are above oneself of bestowing to others.

The Creator reveals only evil in me, as it is said: “I created evil.” However, I catch this evil mid-way and immediately ask Him to change it to good.

I then begin to enter into an interesting relationship with the Creator called “a dance,” like a tango: He leads me, and I lead Him. He influences me, and I give back to Him. Thus, we complete each other.

Acknowledging the evil is primary here. Once you understand that it came from the Creator and that “There is none else besides Him,” there is only one thing left to do: ask Him to change the evil to good. This is what our whole life is about, our entire spiritual work.

Question: Can I turn to the Creator without acknowledging my egoistic qualities and their destructiveness?

Answer: No. It is like you are the goalkeeper and the Creator constantly shoots at the goal, and you have to constantly deflect His shots.

Question: Do Kabbalists engage in self-reproach?

Answer: If you constantly cry, dissatisfied with your life, reproach anyone and everything, then you are dissatisfied with what the Creator has given you.

Question: Does Kabbalah view the cause of human depravity positively?

Answer: The Creator specifically did this so a person would need His help, and thus could ascend to His level.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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laitman_600.04What is man’s sin?

Man’s sin is that he did not ask the Creator for help. Had he asked for help, he would certainly get help from the Creator. But if a person says that he asked for help and the Creator did not help him, to this comes the answer that a person should believe that the Creator hears the prayers, as it is written, “For You hear the prayer of every mouth.” … when a person wants to walk on the path of bestowal and not by way of reception, the sin is mainly that a person did not ask the Creator to help him overcome the evil. For this, he asks forgiveness, and from here on he will ask for help.(Rabash, Shlavey HaSulam, Article. 4 (1988), “What Is the Prayer for Help and for Forgiveness in the Work?”)

Remark: A sin is usually understood as a bad action toward another…

My Comment: Good or bad actions are not performed by you, but by the Creator.

The transgression is not in doing something bad, but in not asking the Creator to correct you, and thus, the egoistic qualities that have awoken in you have pushed you toward making this poor action.

You sin is in not asking for correction of your egoistic qualities. The rest of it is all the Creator, and in no way is any of it on you.

In fact, there are no actions that you have to do except a single one: to ask the Creator for help to conquer the evil inclination.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals  of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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laitman_571.06Sacrifice—Getting Closer to the Creator

Question: In all faiths, the concept of coaxing the higher powers with sacrifice is practiced. What about in Kabbalah?

Answer: Kabbalah also has such a concept called “sacrifice.”

But here it is understood that a person sacrifices his egoism, does not want to use it, and does not want his egoism to command him. He wants to give it up, to change it for altruism and bestowal.

“Sacrifice” in Hebrew is “Kurban,” which comes from the word “Karov” (getting close). A person wants to correct his egoism and based on that come closer to the Creator. This is the sacrifice.

Question: That is, everything that is written in the Torah about donations to the Temple implies exactly this?

Answer: Only that. Donations are practically what they did in the Temple, because the Temple is a place of contact between a person and the Creator.

Question: Did people come there to unite with each other?

Answer: You can come to the Temple physically, but it does not mean anything. A man appears in a place inside his heart where he could sacrifice his egoism—“slaughter” it, sacrifice it, in order to come closer to the Creator with a feeling of absolute altruism, love, bestowal, and connection.

Question: So, this has nothing to do with the fact that animals were sacrificed in the Temple?

Answer: No. That is all allegory, like root and branch, cause and effect, nothing more. So you can kill as many animals as you like and it will not make any difference.

Question: So the high priest sacrificed his egoism in order to get closer to other people?

Answer: He was the most corrected person among all the people.

Question: Along with internal work, he took a lamb, cut it, and they ate it?

Answer: Yes. They performed all the actions at the same time, starting from the most spiritual, highest actions, to the lowest, material ones—together and in the same intention.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 2/17/18

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laitman_261Is It Possible to Pray to the Law of Attraction?

Remark: As I understand, in Kabbalah there is no plea for mercy, no atonement for sins in exchange for promises of unquestioning obedience?

My Comment: We deal with serious actions. I do not stand before the judge begging for forgiveness. I face a system that completely defines me and I am trying to figure out how we influence each other.

If I have any requests, I have to state them in such a way that the system will correctly respond to them. If there are no requests, then this is a problem because the system expects real intervention from me in it.

Question: Is it just like I cannot pray to the law of attraction?

Answer: Of course! How is the law of gravity different from others? This is also the law and force of the Creator, like all other forces of nature.

Question: What is the difference between the Creator and the laws of nature?

Answer: There is no difference. Pray to the law of gravity. You can pray to any force of nature and ask to be in the right alignment with it.

Question: If I fall, I cannot ask the law of gravity to soften the blow?

Answer: No, it will not help.

Question: What should I do? Should I place a mattress or something else to soften the fall?

Answer: It will help. Or you should ask the Creator to make sure that you do not fall: “How should I change so as not to fall?”

That is, you do not ask Him to protect you from falling, but you ask how to change in order not to fall. Everyone in the world asks for protection, but it does not help. But to change, to make yourself better, so that you are properly acted upon by the forces of nature so you do not fall, that you can ask. That is, you only ask for your correction and nothing else.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah” 2/17/18

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624.02Prayer and Prayer Books

Question: In Kabbalah, prayer means to “judge yourself.” What does that mean?

Answer: It means that a person evaluates himself, his qualities, and checks based on what properties he measures and evaluates the Creator. Therefore, he judges himself: Am I doing it right, am I rising above my egoism, can I be objective, etc.?

A person carries out internal clarifications of the level of one’s perception, how objective it is and how correctly one senses the Creator, undisturbed by one’s inner egoism.

Question: Is it possible to say that prayer is the realization of what a person desires from the current state and what state one aspires to? This delta causes a necessary internal request in the person, and although one does not understand whom one is addressing, a person senses changes within himself.

Answer: Precisely.

Question: And this nothing to do with those prayer books also written by Kabbalists?

Answer: Everything is much more complicated here. Prayer books are what the Kabbalists wrote for themselves, that is, a research plan of their own perceptions and how it can be corrected and adjusted.

Kabbalistic prayer books are a whole system of human interaction within himself, with the world, and the Creator, which is inside him. This is very serious instruction and very serious work.

Question: What if you just read what they wrote as is traditionally accepted on holidays without understanding it? Does it have any effect?

Answer: The fact is that there is an ordinary prayer book and there is a Kabbalistic one. A Kabbalistic prayer book will be understood only by a Kabbalist, and only starting from a certain level. An ordinary prayer book can be understood by anyone who knows this language.

Remark: But the usual prayer book was also written by Kabbalists.

My Comment: Yes, but the Kabbalistic prayer book deals with the interaction of forces and the human being. In an ordinary prayer book, this is conveyed in a language understandable to everyone.

Question: So can prayer be divided into two parts? Is one of them my inner prayer that now I really am lacking in relation to the state I want to come to, what pains me right now?

Answer: Yes. There is also a prayer that the Kabbalists wrote. If I read it, it will be like an instruction of spiritual elevation for me. Although I don’t yet feel such states, it nevertheless raises me, helps me.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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laitman_284.03Comment: In Kabbalah, one must attain, feel, the Creator, and not just believe in Him. There are practically no methods that say that you must reach the level of the Creator and only then can you understand His goal and His attitude toward you.

Answer: There is a big confusion between Kabbalah and other methodologies regarding beliefs and attainment because the other methods practice blind faith: I agree with a certain postulate, thus, for me it becomes the truth.

Kabbalah doesn’t practice that. Nothing is taken on faith. Everything is attained. It is explained in a very interesting sentence: “The judge has only what his eyes can see.” It means that eyesight is the most precise and important organ of perception of reality. Therefore, what you see is considered the  truth. This is the only thing that can be relied on, everything else can be disregarded.

Also, in our world, the court witnesses are asked: “Did you see?” “No, I heard.” “Having heard” is not proof. If you saw it, which is thoroughly investigated under cross examination, such testimony is accepted as the truth.

Question: What does “seeing and hearing the Creator” mean?

Answer: Attainment of the Creator, as it is in our world, happens in sounds and pictures. The sounds, as in “I’ve heard the voice.” In addition, I saw a vision, which is considered as fully reliable proof.

Question: So, to see or to hear the Creator are different levels of attainment? But is this talking about seeing with our own eyes?

Answer: No. We’re discussing inner vision and hearing, which have no connection with our corporeal organs of perception. Vision is attainment in the light of Hochma, and hearing, in the light of Hassadim.

Seeing the Creator is the most profound level of attainment, understanding, and feeling. While hearing is a much lower level, it is still an attainment.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 12/17/18

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laitman_214.01The Creator Is a Never-Changing Constant

Remark: Most spiritual practices state that the Creator changes His attitude toward a person depending on the person’s behavior. Based on this, a lot of various practices have been established that discuss how to interact with the Creator.

Kabbalah tells us that the Creator is a substance or law of nature that has no change of attitude toward a person.

My Comment: The Creator is an unchanging constant. We are the ones who change, and it seems to us that the world is changing in relation to us. In reality, the world is my reflection and I am the only one that changes.

Question: But we see that sometimes the upper force has a positive effect on us and sometimes it is negative. What does it depend on?

Answer: This is because I am changing and the force called the Creator is constant. The absolute cannot change because He is perfect. It is the property of utter goodness, ultimate connection, absolute love.

I am changing, and depending on my changes in relation to the Creator, it seems to me that He is the one who changes; thus, I see Him sometimes as good and sometimes as evil.

For example, a mother always loves her child equally. But if you ask the child, he would tell you: “Mom is bad today and yesterday she was good.” That is, he is interpreting his mother’s behavior according to his own conduct.
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