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Baal HaSulam

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 9/20/18

“I find a great need to break an iron wall that has been separating us from the wisdom of Kabbalah,” wrote Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag a.k.a. Baal HaSulam (“Master of the Ladder”) for his Ladder commentary on The Book of Zohar.

Today, on the 64th anniversary of his demise, we pay our respects to one of the greatest Kabbalists in the history of mankind. A unique soul that descended to our world to bring us the wisdom of Kabbalah, and bring us closer to a life filled with joy, peace and unity.

Indeed, he was the first to interpret the entire Zohar and the writings of the Ari, the first to adapt the ancient wisdom to every person, the first to publish a Kabbalistic newspaper (The Nation) and spread it publicly. His deep concern for the fate of humanity pulsated in his heart, a concern that dictated the entire course of his life.

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The Human Prerogative

laitman_278.01Question: What does the upper providence manage? What remains in the person’s power and freedom, which is not subject to management from above?

Answer: Everything except our freedom of will is the Creator’s prerogative.

Freewill means to determine at every minute what else I can add to get closer to other people.

Our task is to connect all the elements of the spiritual scheme together into a single system. I thus have to determine whether I can do this with greater success at every given moment. In essence, this is my job, and I cannot escape it. However, the question is, did I put my efforts into it or will the upper world, the Creator, force me to do it?

It is between these two possibilities that my freedom of will lies: either I myself rush forward to connect with everyone, or I will be forced from above. Therefore, freedom of will, as Baal HaSulam writes in the article of the same name, is to get involved in the environment, to receive the corresponding desires, aspirations, and goals from it, and to realize them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/22/18

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 4/1/18

laitman_250Question: What element conveys spiritual information to a Kabbalist, like a quantum in physics?

Answer: A spiritual information unit is called a Reshimo (reminiscence) or information indicator. It tells us about the level of egoism with which we are working: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Question: Why can a Kabbalist see the spiritual future and potential of the student’s soul, but doesn’t know the earthly speed with which the student will realize it?

Answer: A teacher sees the potential of the student, the size of his soul, but he doesn’t know how he will realize it because this is where the student has freedom of choice.

Question: Do the connections between actions through cause and effect explain the consequences of events in the life of a person?

Answer: No. I can do very good deeds and yet suffer. This is in no way connected to that.

Question: How is it possible to learn to observe oneself?

Answer: Observe your friends and feel your reaction regarding them. This is called “observing oneself.”

Question: It is said, “He who holds back his rod hates his son” (Proverbs 13:24). How do you punish your students? In what way is this expressed?

Answer: I don’t punish them; they punish me. In a case like this, a person punishes himself. I try to give all that I can, and accordingly they take what they are capable of taking.

Question: How can a student know that he is advancing correctly? Is there some kind of indicator?

Answer: It is only in relation to the assessment of the teacher and the friends, how much more he understands what they need.

Question: What is good and bad in spiritual relationships? Or are there no concepts like these?

Answer: When you work for others, this is good. When you work for yourself because of compulsion, this is bad.

Question: Can the wisdom of Kabbalah harm creativity?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah is creativity itself. If a person is captivated by it, then corporeal pursuits can certainly be harmed as a result of this.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/1/18

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Teacher And Students

laitman_938.05Question: In what way do you as a Kabbalist adapt yourself to the students and the group? How do you interconnect and annul yourself?

Answer: And how do we adapt ourselves to newborns and children as they grow up and become more and more adult? They do not adapt to us, but we always adapt to them. They say that a small child is the head of the family because the family exists for him.

Why do I need a group: for them to serve me or for me to serve them? I must raise the students to the next level.

Question: Do you, as a teacher, clearly see if the group, the students, perceive you correctly?

Answer: I keep my students in myself like “a hen on eggs.” I fill them, control them, keep them on a short leash, cause certain reactions, certain influences, monitor their reaction, and in accordance with this, I change myself—not them. In Kabbalah, the teacher must adapt to the students more than the students do to the teacher.

Question: When you hold students within you, do you keep contact with them through the Creator or are they inside your spiritual Partzuf like a child in the womb?

Answer: This means in the Creator because the system called “womb” in which I carry my students is the Creator in me. Only in Him are the next souls born.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/1/18

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Can A Student Be Higher Than His Teacher?

laitman_544Question: Is the appearance of a teacher in a person’s life an explicit manifestation of the Creator, which makes it clear to the student that he is ready for correction?

Answer: Yes, this is a message from the Creator to a person, and then everything depends on the person himself.

Question: Can a student be higher than his teacher in a spiritual aspect?

Answer: Certainly! Would a good teacher envy his student who has outgrown him? He will just be proud of him.

Question: Is this possible? Has it ever happened before?

Answer: Of course!
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/18/18

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Who Are Rabash’s Articles For?

laitman_961.2Rabash, Shlavey Sulam, “Purpose of Society” (1.1): We have gathered here to establish a society for all who wish to follow the path and method of Baal HaSulam, the way by which to climb the degrees of man and not remain as a beast…

Rabash wrote the first article on the work in the group on a cigarette paper when he was sitting with me on a bench in the park. We then bought him a typewriter, and for the whole day the sounds of tapping on keys came from his room. This was his life. He kept thinking of the right way to express his thoughts. At the time of writing articles, he was a completely different person.

We cannot even imagine the depth of his work. Even now I only get the uppermost layer of his writings.

Question: Even an article that we studied 200 times…?

Answer: It does not matter. In Kabbalah, there is no division of information for beginners and advanced Kabbalists, because the depth of the text depends only on the reader who comprehends it. In these articles he laid out almost everything. They are designed for those who want to rise from the animal level of development to the human (Adam) level.
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“Do Not Show A Fool A Job Half Done”

laitman_243.03Question: What does the Kabbalistic principle “Do not show a fool a job half done” mean?

Answer: The Creator does not show us half of our work until the step is completed.

The measure of the full step is called “seah” (an ancient measure of granular substances). Until we fill up our “cup” with a full measure of effort, we will not feel that we have done anything. We are shown neither half of the work, nor a quarter—only the completely finished work.

In every Partzuf (spiritual system) there cannot be less than ten Sefirot, otherwise their presence in Malchut (the tenth part of the Partzuf) is not felt. Only after all the processes in the nine upper Sefirot reach Malchut does she begin to feel that something is happening. Therefore, it is written that the spirituality is not divided into parts—there is only an integral structure.
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian, 11/26/17

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My Way

Laitman_912Question: Is it difficult being Michael Laitman?

Answer: I do not know. I never asked nor answered this question. I have a duty, and I must realize it.

Remark: But people know you, criticize you, love you—whatever…

My Comment: As for whether they love me more or hate me more, I find it difficult to say. And to work for posterity only for the sake of being appreciated afterward is also not in my nature.

I will say only one thing. At the age of thirty-five, I was a fairly wealthy man who could afford not to work and to live peacefully somewhere on an island or in Canada. One could prefer this kind of life, but I could not afford it.

I chose the path with a lot of mistakes, doubts, and torments. But this is my way.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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Communication Between Kabbalists

laitman_528.04Question: How do you communicate with your teacher and how do you learn from your students?

Answer: I communicate with my teacher on the spiritual level. It is not a problem that he is not in his body and I am still in it because our communication is on the level of equivalence of spiritual, not corporeal form. This is exactly how I am in contact with my students as well. Whether or not they are aware of it, there is an internal contact between us.

Comment: It is said that a teacher can learn from his students.

My Comment: Of course. It is practically a daily occurrence. My students all over the world constantly communicate among each other, forming various virtual groups, and the individual souls merge into one common soul. Each student displays a particular quality, a nuance in the spiritual Kli (vessel). By feeling them, I reveal new opportunities through them. They are like my eyes and arms.

Question: So, we are not talking here about some actions when you can observe a behavior and learn something from it?

Answer: No, this is solely an internal feeling.

Question: How often does this happen?

Answer: At every lesson, every conversation, all the time. And particularly when they form a certain union between them. Then that union plays in perfect harmony, like a well-tuned piano.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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The Creator – The Teacher

laitman_282.01Question: Can the Creator be a person’s direct teacher?

Answer: No. Our egoism would want this because it wants to receive, to capture, to seize, to enslave. The Creator can serve as a teacher only through the group, within it. To the same degree that I merge with the group, enter into it, dissolve within it, I begin to discover the presence of the Creator within it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/31/17

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