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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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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/17/20

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How To Find Guides On Spiritual Paths?

laitman_530Question: How can a newly created group of friends find a teacher?

Answer: Finding a teacher is a problem. You have to choose a real teacher who does not hide the goal from you and has the experience in how to lead people to it.

He, in turn, also had the right teacher and will not hide from you that the path  is not  easy, it is long and difficult, but he will lead you forward in a consistent way. And he will not just lead, but will walk this path together with you. Of course, he is already at a different degree, but he still goes with you.

I do not think that today you can find such teachers, “guides” on spiritual paths, except among my students. I am not just advertising them to you, there are no others in the world.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/26/20

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To My Students, Friends, And Followers

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 6/15/20

We are living in a special time. The hidden connections that tie us all into one whole have emerged and demand our attention. At such a time, we are all accountable; we are responsible for one another. What each of us does, says, and thinks, impacts every single person, and the whole planet.

For this reason, now we must pursue unity more than ever before. We must pursue it above all that separates us: race, color, religion, gender, language, culture, history, literacy, mentality, and character. We are one body, one organism, and in an organism, there is no hatred among the organs, only love, respect, and gratitude to each organ for carrying out its unique role. Now that we are all connected, we can see that we, humanity, are just like any organism. We are all dependent on each other, and we must therefore cherish one another.

When we help each other grow and express each one’s uniqueness, we are not doing it for another person; we are doing it for ourselves! When each of us is happy, all of us are happy. This is how it works in an organism. And when we work as an organism, we will discover the power that exists in unity. This power, which enables all of reality to work in harmony, exists among us. If we build our connections in congruence with this power, we will feel it filling up the cavities between us. Then, all hatred and anguish will cease.

In these special times, every person in humanity is summoned to partake in the unity, and spread it far and wide. The wider we spread it, the more we will feel it. For this reason, I am asking all my friends, students, and followers to please share this message. Share the posts on my page wherever you can; place them on your wall and in groups where you are members. You are not doing this for yourselves; you are doing this for the world, to spread unity and love the world over. Never before has spreading love and unity been more pressing and essential than it is today. By doing so, you are healing humanity from hatred; you are ushering in solidarity, friendship, and happiness at a time of great transformation. It is in your hands to determine if we go through it pleasantly and easily, or painfully and slowly.

Please spread the word,
Michael

A Teacher Of The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

laitman_582.01Question: Those who teach courses in the wisdom of Kabbalah have not attained the state that they teach. How can a person convey what he has not attained?

Answer: Do you think that a teacher of mathematics needs to necessarily be a triangle or a square?

Comment: I think that he needs to understand what it is.

My Response: A teacher gives you access to knowledge so that you can be in contact with it, connect and integrate in it according to the method that he teaches you. In any case he cannot convey his spiritual feelings to you.

Question: These are subjective feelings, of course. Are you in a corrected state?

Answer: I will not tell you. Open your eyes a bit more widely and you will see.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/15/19

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Two Sources Of Connection With The Spiritual World

laitman_528.02Question: Is our connection with the spiritual world either through a book written by Kabbalists or through people who have already attained this system?

Answer: No, connection with the upper world is very difficult to obtain through a book. It can be only through a teacher, and so constantly, from generation to generation.

The book does not replace communication with a Kabbalist-teacher. You can read many books that can direct a person to the right goal, but you can achieve it only by learning from the right teacher.

Moreover, not all Kabbalists, those who have attained the highest state of nature, can be teachers. It depends on the root of the soul. Someone has it, someone does not. As in our world: a person can be a great scientist, but a terrible teacher, i.e., he is not given these abilities. But there are, on the other hand, those who teach extremely well, but they themselves are small fries.

Question: So, the connection with the upper world takes place through two components: a teacher and a book?

Answer: Yes. Therefore, this science is called “Kabbalah,” that is, “receiving,” including from the teacher.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/10/19

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Attuning To The Upper

laitman_267.01We are not able to understand the view of the upper who thinks on a different level, and therefore, we do not agree with it. No matter how much I check my conclusions and the conclusions of the upper, I only become more and more convinced that this is unacceptable for me.

The view of the upper seems to be unreasonable to me, detached from reality, a naive fantasy. According to my understanding, it can’t be true.

And after I have checked several times and made sure that there is no way to justify the upper, I stop myself by saying, “Now I am going to accept the opinion of the upper above my mind, even though it contradicts my opinion.” And it is because it is against my understanding that I accept it by faith above reason and rejoice in the opportunity to do so.

And if I can’t accept it, then I ask the upper to give me the strength to do so because I go by faith above reason and accept the opinion of the upper. And it is clear to me that my knowledge remains at the bottom, and the knowledge of the upper is higher, one on top of the other.

That is, I did not replace my previous knowledge, understanding, and perception with the upper’s knowledge, understanding, and perception, like in our world children accept the opinion of adults. In the spiritual, I remain with my own opinion, and in addition to it, I receive the opinion of the upper and work according to it. In this form, I will exist in spiritual reality.

My opinion, verified a thousand times, with which I remained, is called my knowledge. And the opinion of the upper, also verified by me a thousand times, becomes my faith, which is higher than my reason because I take it for the truth, although according to my understanding, it is not real at all.

It is clear that this does not agree with the rational logic of our world, but this is how the spiritual ascent occurs and the perception of the upper world is revealed. Even now we are in the upper reality, so why don’t we feel it? Because we cannot yet replace our attunement with the corresponding spiritual reality, that is, tune our heart and mind to the perception of the higher world.

And even if I don’t understand the upper world yet and I can’t reveal what the Kabbalists are talking about, I should be grateful that I was allowed to at least get close to it and hear about it. I am happy to be among those who are moving toward the entrance to the spiritual world—this in itself is a great privilege and a personal gift from the Creator. Therefore, I am full of gratitude and joy, and bless the upper force for the great mercy to me.

It is very important to develop such an attitude in oneself, a desire to get closer to the Creator, thank Him, and do everything necessary to be able to serve Him in some way.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/17/20

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A Gold Coin In An Empty Pocket

laitman_622.01A good example of faith above reason is contained in the story of David Leikes, a student of the Baal Shem Tov. The student says that they sat with the teacher at a meal late in the evening at the end of the Sabbath, and no one had a penny in their pocket, they were all very poor.

And suddenly the teacher said to him: “David, give me money to buy mead.” And the student put his hand in his pocket, drew out a gold coin, and gave it to him.

How could that be, when he knew that his pocket was empty? But since the upper one had told him to give him money, he didn’t hesitate to reach into his pocket and pull out a coin. And this is not a fairy tale, but a true story.

This is called faith above reason. He knew that there was nothing in his pocket, but when the teacher told him to take the money out of his pocket, he had no doubt that there must be the money that the teacher was talking about because this is a different degree of reality. This is why the student put his hand into his pocket and pulled out a coin.

We cannot judge the spiritual world from the level of this world or judge this world from the level of the upper world. This is exactly the same as with young children: If you want to understand why the baby is crying, what his grief is, then you need to go down to his level and enter into his state. Then we will know what he feels, what he sees, and why he cries. We cannot understand the cause from the height of our level, but only see the effect.

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to dress in the state of the upper and then be able to reveal it, understand and feel where we get all the orders that govern us. So now, when I tell you about this gold coin, about the spiritual state that we have to reveal, can you follow the teacher with faith above knowledge and pull the gold out of your pocket?

I tell you that you are at the end of correction—this is the true state immediately created at the creation of the world, only you do not feel it! But in fact, our condition is perfect, so put your hand in your pocket and pull out the final correction!

A teacher in Kabbalah is a guide on the spiritual path and you should follow him with your eyes shut.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/23/20, “Concerning Above Reason”

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How To Turn Dust Into Diamonds

laitman_290At each level, a person goes through an unpleasant state, feels as if in the dust, in darkness, spirituality loses its taste and ceases to shine. It seems to him that the Creator has moved away from him. But in fact, this is an invitation for advancement.

Precisely in such a gray, foggy, senseless state, I must develop the right attitude. Forces of nature now do not tempt me with light, but present me with a twilight state: neither darkness nor light, but some kind of grayness. But exactly in this state, I have the opportunity to attract the Creator, engage in the power of bestowal, and advance.

Most of the states a person goes through are gray: neither light nor dark. And one must be very sensitive to these states in order to awaken  the need for spiritual work in oneself, the importance of the Creator, the sensation and revelation of an upper force.

When there is no taste but only the taste of dust, this is a sign that I have the opportunity to begin to rise from this indifference and perform a lot of spiritual work.

Dust is like sand, and if we connect these grains of sand, compress them together under great pressure, we get a diamond. That is the whole difference between dust and diamonds: the cheapest thing and the most expensive one. This is the way cheap stuff turns into a jewel—only thanks to our pressure and the effort to connect.

Each step begins with the state of dust, and if I do not abandon it, but take it correctly in all seriousness, then I can rise from the dust to great heights and make a diamond out of the sand.

In the material world, that is, in our egoism, this state is felt as dust; but in spirituality, that is, in bestowal, according to the Creator, this is the most important state. In the eyes of the Creator, these are diamonds, but in my eyes, in my desire to enjoy, it is seen as simple dust.

Therefore, I must ask my friends to help me exit my egoism toward bestowal and from this state to build my spiritual state.

Try to be more within your friends than within yourself, and you will feel how you are rising from the dust. Pray, ask, cry, and just don’t expect that the state will change by itself. Sand will not turn into diamonds on its own.

The strong pressure with which I make a diamond out of sand is my unwillingness to accept my gray state as worthless. Egoism feels that there is no importance in this state, like in dust. I feel that I have fallen and lie on the ground, but I do not agree with this feeling because my desire to enjoy is depicting this reality for me.

It is good that our egoism now feels itself in the dust, but I want to raise my desire for bestowal, the point aspiring toward the Creator, upward from the dust. And this is called faith above reason.

And then I feel that it is from this dust, from the desire to get out of it, and by the applying pressure to it, I turn it into the most precious state as if I were making diamonds out of sand. The material remains the same, it is only the measure of its compression that turns it into the greatest jewel.

The feeling of spirituality in our egoistic desires is called dust, and the feeling of spirituality in the desire to bestow is called a diamond.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/22/20, “Concerning Above Reason”

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Coronavirus Is Cleansing Humanity

laitman_962.2Question: Is the coronavirus an individual or general governance of the Creator?

Answer: Coronavirus is the manifestation of the general governance of the Creator because we have entered a state of development called the “last generation.” I would clarify it by calling it the last egoistic generation that must rise from the egoistic level of development to the altruistic.

Question: It says that everything in the world happens for the benefit of man. Do you feel that the virus came for your benefit?

Answer: I feel that the virus is a blessing that is cleansing the whole of humanity. Our world was like hell, and now we are going through purgatory. The next step is paradise when we are fully united with each other through kind connections, which will be the final form of human existence.

Question: Which inner changes did the virus bring about into your life?

Answer: It caused the restructuring of communication with my students. I see how this is for the better. Now I am connected with them in a more equal way.

Before I had 300 to 400 physical students and the rest were virtual. The virus made all my students virtual. I am speaking to you now from my office, and I am glad to continue conducting my lessons this way for the remaining years. Let the students, of which there are millions, listen to me through the Internet systems.
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From KabTV’s “CoronavirusIs Changing Reality” 3/26/20

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I Will Be Happy To Learn

Laitman_112Question: If a person disagrees with you, can he or she be your student?

Answer: Why not? I really like people who disagree with me.

I mean ideological disagreements, not simply waving me off as a fool. Give me serious reasons why you disagree with me and I will be very happy about that.

Maybe I will find out that I do not know, do not understand, something, that I need to study more. I still need to learn a lot, this is true. Inside, I’m still a child. Do nоt look at me as a fully accomplished person. So I will be very happy to learn.
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From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/5/20

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