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From Heart to Heart

283.02A person who teaches Kabbalah has states when he can express his thought technically quickly and correctly, and there are states when he needs to express something emotionally without a special technique of speech, and then these emotions are conveyed even better. After all, he has to strain himself emotionally and send an invisible charge from himself to others.

This often works better than beautiful words. There is contact between the internal systems of the one who wants to convey and the one who wants to receive.

This is more effective than words because it enters directly without clothing in phrases that should pass into some meaning, and then the meaning in some way should pass into feelings, and the feelings should be felt and absorbed. This whole mechanical chain does not exist because the message goes straight from heart to heart.

It depends on the contact between the student and the teacher. It either exists or does not exist. However, it mainly depends on the student. If he wants to connect with his teacher and be as connected with him as possible, to drown in him, to be absorbed by the teacher, and asks for it, then it happens.

Question: You are talking about an internal request. How can we build it so that it really comes from the heart?

Answer: Gradually, by elevating the teacher in your eyes, above all your opinions, above all possible corporeal conditions. By understanding that you are given a great, unique opportunity to receive something from the teacher, and it is necessary to take advantage of it, to not neglect it, to not postpone it for later, to not accept it as something ordinary, and to not transfer it to some corporeal relations and corporeal benefits.

This is a very big problem of the interaction with the teacher because a person is given difficult conditions here. Yet, if he observes them more or less, he can obtain contact with the Creator through his teacher. At the same time, they should build such a chain when the lower one is completely immersed in the upper one.

We study this from the system of building blocks of the upper system where each degree enters the higher degree, and that one enters an even higher one, and so on. Therefore, if the lower degree enters the upper one and exists there as an embryo inside its mother, then it can develop with this upper degree, at least in the first nine degrees. This is called nine months of fetal development.

Then it goes outside and gets its own external model of development, which also depends on the upper one, like a baby who was born and develops next to its mother. The nursing period lasts two years, growing up six years, childhood and adolescence twenty years, until full maturity.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Public Speaking” 6/29/14

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Condition For The Independence Of The State Of Israel

417Question: Baal HaSulam writes that the condition for the independence of the state of Israel will be met if the nation becomes the basis for the spiritual development of all humanity. How do you envision it?

Answer: If we strive to be the spiritual center of the world and to show the whole world the quality of bestowal, love, and connection, then we will get the strength to hold ourselves, to support others, and to achieve it so that we will be understood, loved, and respected.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual states” 4/26/22

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Revealing The Spiritual System

219.01Question: When you talk about the spiritual system, you always radiate confidence that everything comes from one source. Are you 100% sure of what you are saying?

Answer: Why should you believe me? So what if I say,”Of course, I know; of course, I see; of course, I feel; of course, it is in me; of course, I am in Him.” What is the point of saying that? It is still empty words for you.

I am passing on the knowledge of this system to you gradually to the extent that you can adapt it inside you and begin to implement it in some way. Some of you are implementing it and some of you are not yet. But as long as you are able to absorb it into yourself and at least partially comprehend, understand, and realize it, we are moving forward. Of course, I would like to go faster.

But what can you do!

Comment: When you explain, you kind of give us hope.

My Response: I do not give you any hope. I convey what I feel. And if you do not implement it, then you will not have any hope. You can feel it only to the extent that you have the appropriate tools.

Comment: You clearly convey to us those feelings that you yourself perceive; although, when we talk to each other, we speak more in your words.

My Response: Naturally, it is similar to when children hear something from adults, they repeat their words after them.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. First Aid in Descents” 2/16/14

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Internal Indicators in Spirituality

234Question: When a student unquestioningly follows the instructions of the teacher, is it not idolatry?

Answer: No. He worships the knowledge and insights of his teacher, not the person himself.

Comment: In this case, anyone can say, “I bow not before a person, but before his ideas, before his qualities.”

My Answer: In principle, each person can determine what he worships and whether he is an idolater. How do you know what and how, and toward what he leads himself. There are no external indicators in spiritual things, only internal ones.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/5/22

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A Hero Is The One Who Defeats Himself

221Question: The German philosopher Herder argued against war as a legitimate course of action and criticized the age-old justifications for the use of military force and subjugation of one nation by another.

What should replace the glorification of military achievement, heroism?

Answer: Nothing. A hero is someone who can prevail over himself, over his egoism. The hero is the one who defeats himself. By this he is glorified.
From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 3/4/22

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Virtual World Of Communication

962.3Question: If previously the process of new students coming to your community consisted primarily in the fact that people met physically, got acquainted, and influenced each other, today this is not the case. Does it reduce the degree of connection and the impact of communication?

Answer: I think that, on the contrary, it is perceived more clearly and explicitly.

If, for example, a friend of mine is ill now, then I really feel that I am missing something, i.e., something has formed in me that needs treatment, recovery, and replenishment.

I believe that our world group in the virtual world of communication, if you can call it that, has first of all grown. If there used to be 2,000 of us, today there are already 6,000 or 7,000 of us clearly present at systematic lessons and taking part in the life of the community.

If today we made a virtual, all-inclusive congress, the number of participants would be close to 10,000 people. We see that such communication helps us. It does not oblige people, but on the contrary, does not bind them. You come in whenever you want, attend lessons, and discuss various topics through computer communication.

But time did it all. Therefore we need to actively explore virtual space.

Comment: It is quite possible that by using modern technologies we can also allow such a form of development of your community as a real virtual world in which we will sit in the same hall wearing augmented-reality glasses and study together in one huge congress hall, just as we do today sitting in front of computer screens.

My Response: It is not a problem at all. Today I feel my students from South America to North America, across the entirety of both continents. I feel students living in Africa, Australia, and Asia, in absolutely all countries. They feel like they are with us.

Comment: Imagine such a picture that other people will be able to enter this virtual huge congress hall.

My Response: We are open to everyone. We never hide or close anything. And why? Our task is to connect all of humanity to this.
From KabTV’s “Virtual World” 2/9/22

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Find An Approach For Everyone

945Question: How do you manage to annul yourself in front of your students like Rabbi Yossi Ben Kisma?

Answer: What can I do? You see how you are forcing me to adapt myself to you. Unless it is in serious contradiction with the teachings of Kabbalah, with advancing, I annul myself before you. If you want to study something else—please. I may gradually correct this, but in general, I follow your requests and desires.

So it is written: “Train a child according to his way;” that is, as he wishes. You educate him, but in a way he can perceive. We must find an adequate approach to everyone so that they can get hold of the material. Do not present it by force but in a wrapping he can accept and swallow.

Even such a great Kabbalist as Rabbi Yossi Ben Kisma could not do anything alone and was completely dependent on his students. They were small, but there were many of them, and they wanted to come together for the upper goal. And he was ready to always be with them because only together can people reach heaven. This is what we hope for.
From the International Convention “Rising Above Ourselves” 1/8/22, “Deriving the Greatness of the Goal from the Friends” Lesson 4

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“You Become Responsible, Forever, For What You Have Tamed.”

962.4You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed (Antoine de Saint-Exupery).

My Response: This is absolutely true. If you tamed, that is if you brought some of your properties, into a person or even into an animal, then you are responsible for those properties that now exist in him from you. And you are thus responsible for it.

That is, if you teach a person something, then see that as a result of your studies and training with him, he advances correctly in life.

Question: And if not? Am I taking the blame?

Answer: It is entirely your fault. Absolutely! It cannot be otherwise.

Comment: That is, one cannot say: “I invested so much in him, but he … look.”

My Response: If you have invested, then you have put yourself into it. And that’s it. You are responsible for it.

Question: What should be invested in a person, for real, in the course of life?

Answer: Man must receive help to create his soul.

Question: What is the soul in your understanding?

Answer: The property of bestowal and love for strangers, for others, for everyone.

Question: Is this really the only task of a teacher?

Answer: Yes. Nothing else is needed.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/29/21

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According To The Feelings

219.01Question: Is it possible that my enemies in this world will be revealed as my friends in the spiritual world?

Answer: Of course, this has nothing to do with spirituality. We are deliberately confused, pushed into conflict with each other, and become enemies in this world.

Question: So, there must be some force telling us: “This is how you are confused, let us untangle this confusion, keeping in mind that you are being played with.” Is there something deeper here? There must be some system, right?

Answer: There is a system, a very simple and clear one. The only thing is that it is revealed not through logic that enable it to be passed on to others, but through feelings. You can only suggest to another how to change oneself so that this system will clothe in him, and then it will become comprehensible, clear to him, will become his world.

When I give lessons, I do not speak from a book. For me, a book is an object, a topic, and then I begin to reveal it all, supplement and explain it. After all, everything comes not from the book but from your feelings.

There is nothing difficult about this, I do not need to memorize anything. I come to the lesson without preparing in advance, like a professor usually does who needs to know the topic he is currently discussing with students. This is not the case in Kabbalah. In Kabbalah, if you are at a certain level, you talk about it, if you are not there, you keep quiet.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #20

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Not Fantasies But Reality

209Question: You usually read a paragraph from the original source and then comment on it. How is this different from a simple explanation?

Answer: I live in this state, and to the extent that I can understand it and experience it, I can talk about it.

At the same time, I awaken in students the desire to reach that sensation. And then, from reading a book or an article, they will have a desire to feel, to reveal, not to understand, but to feel, to be in it. Like a child who reads a book about adventures on a desert island and he finds it exciting, interesting.

Imagine that you are becoming the same boy in spirituality. This is how you should feel what the spiritual book tells you, and not as in a boy’s fantasy, but in reality. It captivates all of you.

These states are imperishable, they change every second, and you are constantly in such metamorphoses, spectra of feelings, sounds, even smells.

We can remember what was thirty years ago by smell or sound, and what will be millions of years ahead. All this is in us. We do not keep it in our “box,” but we are connected to the huge world of infinity.

We must fully open it, absorb it, and exist in this dimension outside of time and space, they are simply annulled for us.
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