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The Basis Of “Love Thy Friend As Thyself”

laitman_962.2It therefore follows that the rule, “Love thy friend as thyself,” is built on 612 Mitzvot. In other words, if we keep the 612 Mitzvot, we will be able to achieve the rule, “Love thy friend as thyself.” It turns out that the particular elements allow us to achieve the collective, and when we have the collective, we will be able to achieve the love of the Creator, as it is written, “My soul yearns for the Lord.” (Rabash, The Social Writings, “What Does the Rule ‘Love Thy Friend as Thyself’ Give Us?”)

If we take the commandment “Love thy neighbor as thyself” and interpret it in relation to the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature, and most importantly, to a person in all life circumstances, we will reach all 612 commandments, which are summarized in the 613th. That is why there is no 613th commandment as such; it is a result of implementing the other 612 recommendations.

Remark: The world believes that one needs to fulfill all 613 commandments. Kabbalists, however, say that there is practically only one commandment: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” All the others are attached to it, they are a part of it.

My Comment: It is written in many Kabbalistic sources, including The Book of Zohar.

In fact, we need to organize ourselves into a human society that would lead us to some kind of system, regulating each other’s relations based on the same commandment: “Love your neighbor.”

To do this, we have to study Kabbalah and learn to fulfill this commandment at every moment, in all circumstances, wherever we are. So gradually we will implement the 612 recommendations.

The Book of Zohar says that all the commandments of the Torah consist of 612 councils and 612 fulfillments. If I follow the advice correctly, then I get a certain portion of the upper Light, which corrects me.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 3/15/18

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Who Will Show Humanity The Way?

laitman_750.03Baal HaSulam, “The Writings of the Last Generation”: From the perspective of Lishma [for her name], it is an emotional need. Admittedly, they are few, as it is written, “saw that the righteous are few… and planted them in every generation,” that they may have demand from birth. However, some abhor material life. If they do not accomplish the goal of adhesion, they will commit suicide.

A meaningless life is the most terrifying prison: you were placed into it against your will and you are obliged to exist in it. Today, humanity subconsciously feels global depression, sensing the uselessness of existence.

There are two forces acting here. One of them shows you that you are nothing, living without a purpose, and the second force should show you the correct path. For the majority of humanity this path does not exist. It is written that they do not have a head, only a suffering body. We, the Kabbalists, must be the head who will show humanity that there is such a way and will become a guide—Moses, leading humanity forward.

With ever-increasing suffering, the masses will realize that they need such a guide, and Moses appears only when such a need appears in humanity. And prior to that, the Kabbalistic group, which represents the head part of humanity, is being prepared.

Question: In this preparation, an individual must constantly feel the pressure of the group, resistance to this pressure, and on the other hand, agree with it, move forward together and work with the group. Is this how it constantly needs to be?

Answer: Yes. If this does not happen, then it must be created so that it happens. The individual must close his eyes and throw himself into the group, dissolve in it, until there is nothing left.

Question: During the period of the last generation, when the majority of people begins to act to bestow to others, will this help the small group that is the head part of humanity?

Answer: Of course. The masses will push them forward. Baal HaSulam wrote that there is great collective desire in the masses, and in the few righteous, there is only the connection with the Creator.

The first group is in great in quantity; the second, in quality. Therefore, the masses represent that great egoistic part that needs to be dragged forward. And that job is given to the righteous.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 12/19/17

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Society of Equal People

 Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: Israel must be the first among the nations to assume the international, altruistic communism. It must be a model demonstrating the good and beauty of this government. Because they suffer and will suffer from the tyranny of the nations more than all other nations, they are like the heart that burns before all the other organs. Hence, they are better suited to adopt the proper government first.

Baal HaSulam talks about creating a society of absolutely equal people united in one common family that exists in a state of complete mutual guarantee. This is an ideal socialist system working by the principle of “work according to one’s ability and receive according to one’s needs.”

In an altruistic society, no one will take more than he needs. At first, he will not get extra, and then he will stop taking surplus.

People will think only about the consent between all members of society and connection in such a system of interaction in which a single force—one equal, homogeneous field that will fill the entire space between them—will be revealed. This field will be revealed between them not as their derivative, but as their initial force called the Creator.

Question: Is this the ideal perception of a future person because his primordial nature is egoistic?

Answer: The method of Kabbalah is based on the correct application of egoism. It is due to mutual rejection, hatred, and other negative qualities that exist in everyone in relation to others, which we can use to restore the opposite, positive properties above them.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 12/11/17

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The Society Into The Whole World Will Flow Into

laitman_265“It will have all the forms of the government of a state. In this manner, even if the framework of this institution will contain the entire world, and the brute-force government will be revoked, nothing will need to be changed, in both government and work.”—Baal HaSulam, “The Last Generation

An altruistic organization develops by testing all sorts of methods, gradually exploring how to operate more correctly. It does not matter whether it includes ten people or ten thousand. In both cases, such a society is united as one organism.

The quantity does not become quality, and vice versa—the ten is always a ten. Moreover, if there are ten thousand around this ten, they are still considered the same ten.

Therefore, if ten people in attainment of the upper world accept society’s management upon themselves, all the others can slowly come and join this small organization, obeying its laws.

This is a gradually accumulative process that will lead to “the whole world will flow into its framework and the power of the brutal force will disappear completely.”

Question: Baal HaSulam writes, “nothing will need to be changed, in both government and work.” Does that mean that the form of management will remain unchanged?

Answer: If all systems are in absolute agreement with each other, and the general system consisting of them is similar to the ten Sefirot that constantly retain the basic laws; systems do not change. Quantity does not become quality—just the small systems connecting to the general one acquire the same quality.

Question: Does this mean that the system will work on the same principle, only the quantitative changes will happen around it?

Answer: There will be no quantitative changes. Even if ten thousand people work in the organization, they will not feel that there are ten thousand of them, because the unification absorbs everything.

Question: Will the small altruistic organization change after the ten starts to change?

Answer: No, it will only expand, reveal, explain, and promote its activities.
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From KabTV Program “The Last Generation” 10/30/17

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To Reach The Creator

Laitman_117Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: It is human nature to fear anything outside the nature of creation. People are also afraid of anything uncommon, such as thunder and loud noises.

However, He is not so. This is because in fact, there is nothing more natural than coming into contact with one’s maker, for He has made nature.

In light of these words, everything becomes simple, understandable, and there is no possibility for speculation of any kind: not spiritual, physical, nor social.

Today, the whole world is confused because we do not know how it is correctly interconnected. Therefore, we twist and connect its various parts in various ways, and in the end, we get hit. And again, we start to twist them in a different way, to connect differently, thinking that it can be better, and again, we get hit with a blow.

And on the spiritual level, everything is very simple. We see that everything is connected in one system from Keter to Malchut—three lines and nothing else.

Question: How can we reach such simplicity?

Answer: We will reach complete simplicity only at the final correction. Then, we will plug into the single system of ten parts where there is what is called HaVaYaH, which from ten turns into the four-letter name of the Creator, the four stages.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 10/9/17

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No One Is Closer Than A Kabbalist

laitman_560Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: Consequently, the attaining person even becomes more natural, simpler, and most humble. It might even be said that before the endowment, that person and all the people were outside of the simple nature. This is because now he is equal, simple, and understands all people, and is very much involved with them. There is no one closer to the folk than he, and it is only him that they should love, for they have no closer brother than him.

A person who leads the people, a group, humanity, is the most important person on Earth for them because he provides them with contact with the Creator and explains the upper knowledge. He does not disclose anything new but simply lets people reveal their abilities into which he transfers the upper knowledge.

Question: What does it mean that a person who is awarded contact with the Creator becomes equal and simple?

Answer: In order to contact humanity and the Creator according to the laws of commutation, he, on one hand, must be equal to the masses, and on the other hand, tied to the upper sphere.

It is said that contact occurs when “…it is only him that they should love, for they have no closer brother than him.” That is, on the part of the masses, there must be an attitude toward him as a child to his father: sometimes love, sometimes devotion, sometimes obedience, sometimes demanding—the totality of all states.

Remark: The Magid of Vitebsk used to say that he is most thankful to people who spur him.

My Comment: The fact is that a person rises thanks to his haters. And those who admire him, on the contrary, weaken him.

I do not consider it possible for a Kabbalist to reveal himself and elevate himself in the eyes of the masses. Only if it is necessary to get them out of big problems so that they obey him, go or even run after him to move away from their troubles, then he can afford to show them in a limited form that he is the bearer of special forces. There is no other way.

Those who are near a Kabbalist usually feel him a little, see something, start to guess, sense, but these are microdoses.

Question: Baal HaSulam writes that a Kabbalist understands all the people by maintaining quite close relations with them. Is it an internal rapprochement or a relationship at the material level?

Answer: A Kabbalist, communicating with his disciples, relatives, with anyone, behaves in a deliberately simple way. He has no contact with them except for their common interests.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 10/9/17

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Good Intention Defines Everything

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What is this like? It is like a wealthy man who had an old father whom he did not wish to support. He was tried and the verdict was that he would support him at least as respectfully as he supports his own kin, or he would face a harsh punishment.

Naturally, he took him into his home and had to support him generously, but his heart was grieving. The old man said to him, “Since you are already giving me every delight that you have on your table, what would you lose if you also had a good intention, which is reasonable in the eyes of every sensible person, to be happy with having the opportunity to honor your father, who had spent all his energy for you and made you a respectable man? Why are you so obstinate that you afflict yourself? Can you rid yourself even slightly because of it?”

So it is. At the end of the day, we bestow upon society, and only society gains from our lives, since every person, great or small, adds and enriches the treasury of society. But the individual, when weighing the sorrow and pain that one receives, one is in great deficit. Hence, you are giving to your fellow person, but painfully and with great and bitter suffering. So why do you mind the good intention? (Baal HaSulam. The Writings of the Last Generation).

The parable talks about the fact that we must change our attitude toward all people in the world from contempt, hatred, distance, and rejection, to love. By caring for the father, the parable means that the same care for the whole world is as for the people closest to you.

Everyone knows that the Torah commands “to love your neighbor as yourself,” but no one is eager to fulfill this single commandment in any religion or culture till today. Everyone fervently utters words of love and then sticks a knife into their neighbor’s back. Thus, a person does not have neighbors. The only person close to one is oneself.

Question: In the parable, the father says: “You can rejoice that you have the opportunity to show respect to your father.” How is it possible to switch to sudden joy?

Answer: We must understand the depth of this story. A person makes a calculation: If I can show respect to my father to the extent that I will deserve to enter the Garden of Eden (paradise), then I should do it because how long will my father live… I will formally show him respect, I can’t change my heart.

Or maybe I can? If I begin to imagine the paradise that is being prepared for me in the other world every day, then, of course, I will have certain feelings for the Creator because I earn this paradise with His help.

But in any case, this is a very difficult deal, even in the egoistic sense, because paradise is waiting for me in the future world, but to make an effort, I have to sacrifice myself in this world. Only a few are capable of this. Where are they, these people who would do good for others for the sake of entering paradise? I would like to see them, be among them, and let them earn paradise with my help.

A person is made in such a way that no tricks or any persuasion can affect his egoism. It is very difficult for one to change one’s attitude even toward one’s own parents, relatives, and friends, and even more so to society, which consists of the most diverse people, those opposed to oneself, including one’s enemies. Change in attitude is realized only with the help of the science of Kabbalah.

Baal HaSulam wrote: “So, what difference does it make if you have a good intention?” When a person asks this question and begins to understand what it means to change one’s attitude, one sees how it is not easy, because actions have no value, but intention defines everything.

The right intention is the transition from our world to the spiritual world; this is the revelation of the upper world.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 10/9/17

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The Goal Of The Future Society

laitman_938.03Question: If ordinary people understand that they should unite for the importance of the goal, they will be able to work correctly with their egoistic nature. What is this goal?

Answer: Many people restrain themselves somewhat in order to work with others to achieve a beneficial goal. If I enter into a partnership with someone, I understand that I limit myself, my opinion, possibly the result, my profit, etc. I have no other choice. There is a very clear, direct egoistic benefit.

In the beginning, it should be that way in both ordinary and Kabbalistic relationships. There is no difference between them because both always start with simple egoism.

But then, by working together according to the Kabbalistic method, I gradually start to feel two opposite forces in this work.

On one hand, my ego greatly resists moving forward. On the other hand, in business, it may not be so. To the contrary, in business, my ego agrees that we should unite and go forward because the ego always weighs the possible future outcomes, such as wealth or completion of a project.

In our case, it doesn’t work that way. We feel increasing resistance from the ego. Why? It is in order to elevate the goal in our eyes—that the goal will always be a level higher than the ego’s resistance. Meanwhile, we reach a state where we try our best to elevate the goal and struggle to make it more important than our ego.

Here, mutual guarantee and the influence of the surrounding upper force are very important. By acting correctly, we receive the strength to remain connected with each other until we are transformed into one common desire, one common intention, in which the sensation of the upper force appears according to the extent of our unity.

This sensation is the action of this force. We connect with each other and with this force. This state is called the next, spiritual level of our existence.

Question: Who can tolerate this, except a person with a point in the heart?

Answer: Everyone has a point in the heart that will gradually develop. In addition, a person sees what is happening in the world around him: constant stress, failure, drugs, and so on. Kabbalah provides us with a profound science about humanity’s ascent.

Question: Is the seriousness of this science understood through a person’s efforts to unite? In business, everything is clear: millions, billions of dollars attract people to it.

Answer: Here, too, we can measure the greatness of the goal in millions and billions, but in relative units, not money.

Question: What does the measurement of the goal mean for a Kabbalist?

Answer: There are 125 steps to achieve this goal. At each step, it is achieved at a certain degree. The ultimate goal becomes increasingly clearer with each step. It is felt qualitatively higher and the aspiration to it grows accordingly.
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From Kab TV’s The Last Generation” 8/16/17

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New Lifestyle

laitman_222.0There are already people among us who use their singularity in forms of bestowal upon others. But they are still few, as we are still in the midst of the path of development. When we come to the Highest point of the degrees, we will all be using our singularity only in a form of bestowal upon others, and there will never be any case of any person using it in a form of self-reception. By those words, we find the opportunity to examine the conditions of life in the last generation—the time of world peace, when the whole of humanity achieves the level of the first side and will use their singularity only in the form of bestowal upon others, and not at all in the form of reception for self. And it is good to copy here the above-mentioned form of life so it will serve to us as a lesson and as a role model to settle our minds under the flood of the waves of our lives. Perhaps it is worthwhile and possible in our generation, too, to experiment in resembling this above form of life. (Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World“)

We have to create small communities that can demonstrate individual principles of the future generation. We need to advertise them so that people come, study, take courses, and try to put these principles in practice by moving with their families to such communities for at least a couple of months.

All forces that are manifested in the person, nature, and the world around us push us to rise above our egoism and to exist on a completely different level—the level of the Creator, the total power of nature and altruism. The problem is in how to do it.

For this, there is a special group of people in our world called Kabbalists who, due to their unique internal development, which was independent of them, they received a push to a new lifestyle.

They study how the system managing our world is organized, how we can come to it, adapt it to ourselves, and change ourselves for it.

Therefore, the masses have someone to learn and adapt this method from, because Kabbalists realize it in their own experience.

Most people, however, know nothing about it, nor do they understand it, and are egoistically against it. After all, we are talking about a special inverse change within our nature—a change from someone who desires to receive and enjoy at expense of others to one who gives, where another becomes closer than himself, or at least like his only beloved child who he constantly thinks about.

It is almost unbelievable and imperceptible in a person. But nature will pressure us with great suffering if we do not voluntarily move toward it.

Kabbalah explains how one can make small steps to the biblical principle of “love your neighbor as yourself” so that although not by your own choice, but still not very restrained, one can learn these principles in advance, try to absorb them, and even begin to translate some elements of the main commandments of the Torah “love your neighbor as yourself” and “the unity of all people.”
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 10/23/17

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Screen And Social Responsibility

laitman_608.02Question: Kabbalah uses the term “screen” on the desire to receive. So a person always wants to receive something.

Is it possible to equate a concept of social responsibility or responsibility to society with the concept of a screen?

Answer: Yes. The screen is an absolutely clear anti-egoistic, anti-individualistic social orientation in a person’s actions and thoughts, i.e., actions for the sake of society in spite of egoism.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 8/20/17

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