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This Is Happiness!

962.3Some say happiness is when you are understood, great happiness is when you are loved, and real happiness is when you yourself love.

The feeling of love—from the egoistic to the most absolute one.

Question: What is happiness for you?

Answer: Happiness for me is when I connect with the Creator through my teacher.
This is happiness.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/27/20

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Annul Yourself Before The Teacher

165Question: There are methods that affect the comprehension of information. It is said that when we listen to a lecture, we perceive about 5% of the general information that is quickly forgotten during the day. When reading, we absorb 10%, through listening 30%, through video – 50%.

We perceive 70% through role-playing games, seminars, round tables, and 90% when we  teach someone else. Do you agree with this?

Answer: This is usually the case in our egoistic world. And if one tries to “enter” the teacher and connect with him in spite of our egoism, then the perception will be 100%. Only it will be different in the scope of his internal capabilities, the so-called soul, different from the soul of his teacher.

The student must annul before the teacher, allow him to enter into himself, and then he will perceive 100% of the information. Very little depends on the teacher. It all depends on the student.

The spiritual teacher allows everyone to enter into him, and no one disturbs him. As it is said: the AHP of the lower connects to the Galgalta Eynaim of the upper.
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From KabTV’s “Management skills” 7/24/20

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 6/4/20

281.02Question: What is important for you in your work?

Answer: To see my students advancing in their understanding of the structure and the goal of creation.

Question: What is your favorite work?

Answer: Studying, spiritual education.

Question: What awakens you to study in the most efficient way?

Answer: Only my students and the goal of our life.

Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages in your daily work?

Answer: I would not say that there are any particular advantages or disadvantages in my work. It is meticulous daily work for many years with different kinds of videos, writing, speaking, holding different gatherings, meetings, conventions, etc. It makes no difference how it is done as long as the work leads to the spiritual advancement of those who participate in it and that they appreciate this opportunity.

Question: Who or what can obligate you to stop working?

Answer: I think that only death can force me to stop working.

Question: What do you think is the best way to motivate employees?

Answer: The feeling of necessity and at the same time satisfaction. This means the need to work and the satisfaction from the work.

Question: Do you agree that work makes a person?

Answer: The exertion for the sake of the upper goal inspires anyone and turns a person into a human being.

Question: Which habit, which skill would you like to acquire in the near future?

Answer: To become better.

Question: What kind of work are you ashamed of?

Answer: I don’t think that any kind of work can be shameful if it is done for the sake of society. Why? When a baby defecates in his diaper, we wash and clean him, and we are not ashamed of this work. If a sick person needs help, we don’t disrespect taking care of him either. There is nothing humiliating about any kind of work that is done for the sake of society or an individual.

Question: Have you done certain work that you can be proud of?

Answer: I have organized a system of virtual learning with my students since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in which everyone is mutually connected. This is something to be proud of.
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From KabTV’s “The Post-Coronavirus Era” 6/4/20

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Baal HaSulam—The Channel Of Our Connection With The Creator

216.02The anniversary of the passing away of Baal HaSulam, our teacher, is a special day. This is the soul that connects us with the Creator, the person who opened the gates of the wisdom of Kabbalah for the last generation, in which we live.

Without his teaching, we could not be awarded what we have already received and can still receive in the future. Knowledge, the entire approach, the methodology, and the stages of attainment, all this was prepared for us by Baal HaSulam. Of course, everything comes to us from the Creator but through this great soul.

One of the reasons that the wisdom of Kabbalah (reception) has such a name is that it gets passed on from generation to generation. Every student must have a teacher. Only exceptional individuals with special help from above can directly reach the attainment of the Creator by themselves. Therefore, we must always be connected with the sages who have attained spirituality, the great Kabbalists, so we can advance from generation to generation.

It all depends to what extent a person is able to follow the teacher. Everyone has their own difficulties in this. It is natural because this is how the degrees are arranged from above downward. It is difficult for the lower one to overcome their egoism and connect with the upper one.

In our world, on the animate level, there is no such problem because nature obliges a child to be dependent on adults. However, at the degree of man where you need to study the wisdom of Kabbalah, this is not easy to do. There we need to bow down and maximize the greatness of the teacher in order to learn from him.

Of course, this is not in order to honor the teacher but only for the benefit of the student. If the student feels less than the teacher, he will be able to bow down more and receive from the teacher. In the sciences of this world, this requirement is not so categorical, after all there the student must be critical of the teacher and check him out.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah, however, a person cannot attain anything if he does not bow before the Creator. Therefore, as much as he bows down before everything he receives from the teacher, who teaches him from the sources that came from the teachers of all generations, that much attainment he receives. Only in this form can the small one receive from the big one.

Therefore, we need to understand what an exceptional and great man Baal HaSulam was. We must accept all his works and legacy without any criticism, then we can hope that we will begin to connect with his soul and receive through him the upper force from the Creator.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/10/19, “Baal HaSulam Memorial Day”

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I Don’t Decide Anything

961.1Question: Who can influence your opinion when making a decision?

Answer: About what? I’m not deciding anything. The Creator solves higher-order problems for me and my students solve lower-order problems.

I ask my students what topic is better to discuss, I ask them to select materials for me for each lesson, etc. And already based on these materials, I begin to explain and confuse them, so that they themselves carry out certain clarifications.

Question: So there are people who can influence your decision?

Answer: This is not a decision. I go with a team that wants to move forward, and according to my request, on my assignment, they select material for their advancement. I think this is correct.
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From KabTV’s “Management Skills” 6/11/20

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To Be Worthy Of The Name “Sons Of Baruch”

961.2Today is a special day in memory of my teacher, Rabash, the anniversary of his departure (Yahrzeit). But in fact, this day cannot be called special because we are always in connection with Rabash, with his high spirit, his path.

It is not customary among Kabbalists, like ordinary people, to grieve for the deceased, for his body no longer being near us. After all, he is connected with us even more than during the life of the physical body because we are filled with his spirit, and day by day we try to cleave to his words, to his message, to his soul.

Therefore, it remains only to thank the Creator for sending us such a soul, which has become our guide on the spiritual path, leads us and guides us. Through Rabash, the Creator fills us and manages us.

First of all, of course, we should be grateful to the Creator, and after Him to this great soul Rabash for his efforts to build the Kabbalistic group Bnei Baruch in order to convey to us all the wisdom of Kabbalah and the method of correction with the help of which we can achieve merging with Creator.

That is why I named our group Bnei Baruch (Sons of Baruch) in honor of Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag. Let’s hope that we will be able to justify the name we have taken and implement its methodology right up to the very purpose of creation.

Kabbalists usually do not celebrate the day of remembrance as it is customary, to commemorate the deceased on this day and gather at his grave. We understand that a person is not where his body is buried. Our thoughts are directed in a completely different direction.

Baal HaSulam said that it did not matter to him where his sack of bones will be buried because the soul is not connected with material remains. We want to cleave to the soul of Rabash and that is why we attach such importance to the day of his memory because this is an occasion, a special opportunity, to get even closer to his spirit and to further advance in his path to the Creator.

Of course, we celebrate this special day of memory of Rabash, but we associate it more with the spiritual path he paved.

I chose this name Bnei Baruch for our Kabbalistic group because Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag is our spiritual father, which means that we are his sons. Therefore, I had no doubt that we should be called Sons of Baruch. I was hoping that we could be worthy of this name.

I was with my teacher for twelve years and felt like a small child growing up next to an adult. He seemed huge to me, and I tried to hold on to him all the time as a child clings to a father. Therefore, I did not have to look for this name; it came to me naturally, by itself.

Our center is located on the street named after Rabash. Petach Tikva now has a street named after him, and the building of the Bnei Baruch center is located on this street. Every day we study his articles, his methodology, and we get everything from him. It is clear that Baal HaSulam stands behind Rabash, but he is extremely high, like endless space. And Rabash is closer to us. He is like a father to us.

Baal HaSulam is followed by Baal Shem Tov, then the Ari, and then Rabbi Shimon, the author of The Book of Zohar. Through this chain, we receive all our sources for studying Kabbalah. Rabash and Baal HaSulam are two people the Creator gave us so that we could approach Him.

I am grateful to my disciples for the fact that they have received from the Creator the desire to accept this material, to bind themselves to the goal of creation, and to try to achieve it. Thank you!
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/22/20, “Memorial Day for Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (Rabash)”

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“My Teacher And I”

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/22/20

One cold, rainy evening in February 1979, as I was doing my usual delving into Kabbalah books with my friend Chaim Malka, I realized that it was hopeless. “Chaim,” I said, “we are going to find a teacher right now.” We got into the car and drove off to Bnei Brak, an Orthodox city where I had heard that people study Kabbalah. As the rain poured down the windshield; I drove almost blindly, in zero visibility. But I was driven from within; I had to keep going.

Once inside the city, we had no idea where to go. Suddenly, I saw a man standing on the sidewalk waiting to cross the street. In the pouring rain, he was the only one around. I rolled down the window and hollered through the torrent: “Where do they study Kabbalah around here?!”

The man looked at me nonchalantly and said, “Turn left and drive toward the orchard. At the end of the street you’ll see a house across from it; that’s where they study Kabbalah.”

In that house by the orchard, I met my teacher, Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (RABASH), the firstborn son and successor of Rav Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, the greatest kabbalist of the 20th century, who was known as Baal HaSulam (author of the Sulam) after his Sulam (Ladder) commentary on The Book of Zohar.

During the next twelve years, I served as RABASH’s personal assistant and became his prime disciple. I studied with him three hours in the morning and two hours in the evening with everyone else. I also studied with him while we were alone as I took him on his daily outings to the beach or to the park. I studied with him every other weekend when the two of us spent weekends in each other’s company, and I studied with him when he was hospitalized for a month on two occasions. I asked him all the questions that I could about spirituality, whether during lessons or while driving, or at any other opportunity. I asked him because I needed to know. I knew he was the last of the Mohicans, the final link in a lineage that goes back millennia, and I knew I would have to keep that teaching going. I recorded every lesson and took notes of his words. I absorbed from him everything I could, the outer and the inner meaning of the words, so I could pass them on when the time came.

After some years, when RABASH told me that I needed friends with whom to practice spiritual work, I brought him forty students. To them he started writing his priceless essays about one’s progress from a regular person to a kabbalist—who knows the innermost subtleties of human nature and one’s relationship with the Creator.

The essays of RABASH paved the way not only for his students, but for all of us, every single person. Now these essays are a lighthouse that shows the way to anyone who wants to achieve spirituality. They teach us how to relate to one another and how to relate to the feelings and states we discover within us along the way. RABASH, much like his father in his own way, was a pioneer, a trailblazer of endless courage, compassion, and love for humanity.

After his demise in 1991, people asked me to start teaching. RABASH had encouraged me to teach while I was still with him, so when people approached me I consented and formed a study group we called Bnei Baruch (sons of Baruch). Indeed, we aspired then and aspire now to merit the name and be my teacher’s spiritual children.

Today, as we commemorate the 29th anniversary of his passing, it is my hope that we will continue to merit the name Bnei Baruch, to walk in his path of love and unity, and to spread the authentic wisdom of Kabbalah throughout the world to every thirsty soul.

“And once I have acquired a clothing of love, sparks of love begin to shine within me, the heart begins to long to unite with my friends, and it seems to me that my eyes see my friends, my ears hear their voices, my mouth speaks to them, the hands embrace, and the feet dance in a circle, in love and joy together with them. And I transcend my corporeal boundaries and forget the vast distance between my friends and I … and it seems to me that there is no reality in the world except my friends and I. After that, even the ‘I’ is cancelled and immersed, mingled in my friends, until I stand and declare that there is no reality in the world but the friends” (RABASH, Letter No. 8).

Agreeing With The Teacher

604.01Question: If I do not really understand what the teacher tells me or I do not agree with what he says, does it interfere with my receiving the light through him?

Answer: You need to accept everything the teacher says as the absolute truth, and at the same time scrutinize it, because if you don’t agree with something, you must understand it and agree, since this is the reason that you develop.

No one is forcing you to close your eyes and agree with the teacher in advance, but you are called upon to accept his perspective and reach the state in which you will attain it and agree with it. If you begin to see flaws in it in advance, you will not advance.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 9/16/18

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Holding On To The Teacher

444Question: What does it mean to hold on to the teacher and to feel him, and what does it mean to receive the light through the teacher?

Answer: To hold on to the teacher and to feel the teacher are two different things. To hold on to the teacher means to try to do everything he advises you to do, to learn everything that he teaches you. You can hold on to the teacher only if you fulfill all his requirements and help him, even perhaps in his daily life, but mainly in the process of the study and dissemination.

Dedicate yourself to serving not the person, but what he represents, and then you will discover that this is how you begin to attain the upper world.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 9/16/18

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Perpetuate The Name?

laitman_294.2Question: Should schools of integral education that will be opened by your students be named after you?

Answer: Why on earth? First of all, I didn’t invent anything new, so I’m not supposed to do anything here. Don’t attribute anything to me.

Our organization is named after my teacher RABASH. Our center is located on a street named after him in Petach Tikva, Israel. I don’t need anything else.

I will teach a couple of thousand people the Kabbalistic method, and they will go further. And personally, I will disappear into them. That’s my feeling.
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