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In Order To Not Go Astray

laitman_942Rabash, “Concerning the Importance of Society”: Therefore, in matters of work on the path of truth, one should isolate oneself from other people. This is because the path of truth requires constant strengthening, since it is against the view of the world. The view of the world is knowing and receiving, whereas the view of Torah is faith and bestowal.

Question: Will people leave the group of the last generation?

Answer: They will leave because in the group of the last generation one needs to make great efforts to constantly make progress.

The fact is that when you are in psychological groups or groups engaged in spiritual practices, then the movement takes place on the basis of knowledge or development of the method.

However, in the Kabbalistic group, the egoistic engine constantly operates and it kind of pushes you out of the group. If you do not constantly work against it, then you do not rise above it and cannot advance. Therefore, in the Kabbalistic group, there is always a need for additional efforts, and one cannot stand still. This is what forces a person to advance.

Question: Why is it that when a person is taken out of the group, he seems to go against the group and/or the method?

Answer: He must justify himself egoistically, so he turns against the group he was in. He wants to show that he is right and they are wrong. He thus tries to find flaws in the group to prove his point.

When a person comes to the group, the point in the heart, which is awakened from above, speaks within him. He suddenly feels that his soul is here.

Then, to stay in place, he needs to make an effort. This is the place of spiritual work. He holds on somehow, for some time, but if he does not make serious efforts, he is drawn away from the path.

Question: How can one make an effort to clear out all the opinions that a person absorbed during his life?

Answer: Everything is written in the Kabbalistic sources. They are written for this purpose.
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From KabTV’s “The last generation” 4/25/18

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The Right To Choose Where To Live

Laitman_419Question: Should we have the right to choose where we live?

Answer: A person’s main goal in life is to realize himself in such a way as to do the maximum for society with maximum efficiency.

Therefore, if after studying and examining himself a person feels that he can realize himself in a certain place for the benefit of humanity, then he certainly needs freedom of choice and the opportunity to leave his place and go where he can bring the most benefit to all humanity.

However, he should do so only after he truly saw and verified that humanity needs him in this particular place. This should not simply be his desire, not that it “seems” so to him. No, he knows the general law and, as Baal HaSulam writes, then he may receive special permission from people who understand where he is able to realize himself best. Then, of course he must go and act there.

Also, if a person has nothing to do and in a simple egoistic, material form drags himself from place to place for the sake of greater egoistic fulfillment in another place where he can use what others have prepared for him—this certainly does not make him useful to society. I do not think that this is justified.

That is why emigration today, for example from Asia to Europe, does not benefit either Europe or Asia.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

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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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