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The Purpose Of The Kabbalistic Group, Part 6

laitman_528.02How is the group assembled?

Question: Each individual has a certain desire either for the Creator or for what nature excites in him or her. To cultivate this desire, you have to connect with people who are similar to you. How does this happen?

Answer: It is unclear to us how the group unites. People suddenly feel that this idea is close to them, and in this way they come to the group.

There cannot be a lot of such people. They are sifted out and there are fewer and fewer of them until such a number of people in quantity and quality get together that they can embody a spiritual ideal, unity among themselves.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

The Purpose Of A Kabbalistic Group, Part 5

laitman_530Goal of a Group— Unite in One Desire

Question: On one hand, a group in Kabbalah means not people themselves, but the totality of their desires.

On the other hand, this group of people united by a single idea is necessary in order to increase the desire because everyone comes to it with their small desire for spirituality. Therefore, the goal of the group is to increase the desire. How does this happen?

Answer: No. The goal of the group is to connect with each other to the extent that it represents one single desire.

The group is assembled not by people, but from above. It is powered by the upper light, the Creator. Therefore,  the action of the members of the group is to unite and become as similar as possible to the upper light.

This is a very complicated relationship because it exists against their huge egoism. But the greater their rejection from each other and the greater their aspiration to each other, they achieve a certain combination between egoistic darkness and altruistic light in this and a state arises in which they can feel the upper force.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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Why Are We Advancing So Slowly?

laitman_599.02Question: The Creator is perfection. Why then do we advance so primitively, so slowly, and with such suffering?

Answer: It is because we are not moving.

You can move toward the Creator only if you will connect more and more. The device that reveals the Creator is as many different people as possible connecting together and ready to destroy all the differences between them in order to find the Creator.

If the Creator is a single, unified force, a uniform field, then you must make sure that there are no differences between you; that is, you must connect in spite of your differences. In this case, you become a detector of this field, and the Creator is revealed in you.

Question: Can I influence the Creator from this point of observation? How can I do it?

Answer: You can influence Him only in one direction so that He will quickly lead you and all of humanity to His revelation and draw you closer to Him.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 11/24/19

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The Purpose Of A Kabbalistic Group, Part 4

laitman_947The Structure of a Ten

Comment: After Abraham, Moses continued developing the spiritual method. He divided the Jewish people into tens, small groups in which everyone could somehow express the property of bestowal and love.

Even books were written by Kabbalists not individually, but in tens, in groups. Interestingly, a ten means not ten physical bodies, but a set of desires. Therefore, two people can also be considered a ten.

My Response: A ten is a complete common desire. In this way, The Book of Zohar was written. Since we are in the last generation, in the final correction, we should try to make the same group as those who wrote The Book of Zohar.

Question: Were you and your teacher also a ten, a group?

Answer: Yes, but it was a completely different state, unlike today.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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749.02The Highest Desire—Israel

Question: Evolution constantly separates some parts of nature. It turns out that a group of people called “Israel,” which has a certain path of development, is selected by evolution. Then, all kinds of small groups called “tens” comprise that group.

Why is it impossible to work with the whole of humanity? Why is it necessary to be locked in a small group of people?

Answer: The fact is that the soul, that is, the general desire created by the Creator, is divided into many different levels and sublevels. For example, if we take its highest, most sensitive level, then, it is, in turn, the most egoistic and at the same time closest in its effect to the light back and forth. That is, it is directed to the light and the light is directed to it. Light is the Creator’s influence on a desire.

Therefore, in the first place, it is this highest desire that begins to develop, which because of its aspiration for the Creator is called “Israel,” meaning “directly to the Creator.” Being closest to Him, it must first come into contact with the Creator and then through it the influence of the Creator passes on to other desires.

Remark: We know that it is unrelated to nationalities since the group of Israel was assembled from the least egoistic representatives of various tribes of ancient Babylon.

My Comment: I would not say that they were less egoistic. On the contrary, they felt more detached and more susceptible to all kinds of bad states. As a result of this, they felt that they were obliged to attain the meaning of life, or, allegorically, that they must attain where it comes from, who rules them, and how they can change their lives.

Therefore, they gathered around Abraham who called them to spiritual attainment. He explained to them that this is possible only if they begin to work together on unity among themselves.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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Laitman_524.01Unique Generation

The great Kabbalist, Baal HaSulam, wrote that we are a unique generation because we have to master Kabbalah specifically within the group. Group work began with Baal Shem Tov and gradually continued to develop to this day.

Now we have to begin forming mini-unions within tens, to somehow show the world how we can unite, what we should be aimed at and how to go about it; meaning, we need to give the world an example of what its future would be like.

Question: So the group of people, or we can say the whole of humanity, is the place where the upper force, the Creator, becomes revealed?

Answer: Yes. We have to attain all the worlds while being in this world, in this life.

Question: Can the revelation of the Creator be compared to revealing the force of gravity that we all feel? There is a certain force of gravity between us all on the societal level.

Answer: Yes. But the thing is that we do not feel the upper force because each of us exists in a paticular individual concealment from it.

Thus, we are given the science of Kabbalah that helps everyone reveal it individually, but at the same time, we have to create a certain common entity—a group within which, inside a ten, we can begin to feel our similarity with the upper force.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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The Creator Is Within Connection

laitman_938.02Question: During the convention we went through many things. How can we keep this so that we will not live from one convention to the next, but will multiply the experience every day?

Answer: At the convention, I tried to prove to you that when you connect you get closer to the Creator. You must clearly remember this, engrave it on your heart.

Only by connecting with each other do we approach the Creator because to begin with He is inside of our connection. That’s all.

Question: In both concealment and revelation?

Answer: Everywhere, always.
From the World Kabbalah Convention in Moldova 9/8/19, “Collecting All the States Toward the Creator,” Lesson 7

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An Opportunity To Reveal The Creator

laitman_221Question: When encountering obstacles that cause suffering along the way, how do we apply the knowledge that there is none else besides Him?

Answer: This, in general, consists of the revelation of the Creator. When we perceive all manifestations in our life as negative, we cannot imagine how life can be perceived as a manifestation of the Creator.

Here, a person has a direct opportunity to start identifying the Creator as acting correctly, with goodness, directing a person with His negative influences to the goal.

And the goal is for us to perceive all actions in the world as there is none else besides Him and thus gradually uncover the Creator as good who does good. In an exact way, all the negative influences that we feel push us in the shortest way to His revelation.

Proceeding from them, try to be directed to “there is none else besides Him,” that it is He who gives them to you, for what, why exactly the negative feelings, why do you need to rise above them, what does it give you, and how far do you separate yourself from your ego and precisely by rising above it get closer to the Creator? Try to act this way. These are the best conditions.

It is said: whom the Creator loves, He sends problematic conditions. But this is not as presented in religions, but in order to reveal the Creator as good in these states, as guiding us correctly.
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Attaining The Creator In The Center Of The Group

laitman_938.04Question: On our path, we should go through moments of hatred. If hatred is not revealed, is it a sign that we are not advancing?

Answer: We should not wait for any negative feelings. If we do not have them so be it. We just need to move toward the center of the group and persistently look for the Creator in it.

Our work is very simple. As Baal HaSulam writes in the article “Arvut” (Mutual Guarantee), the Creator brings a person to the group, places his hand on the correct path and says “Take it.”

Now in the group, we just need to increase the influence of the environment on us until we will attain the Creator in the center of the group. That’s it! There is nothing else!

We will see that the world around us is all fiction. All of it is the illusory world (Olam ha Medume). There is only the ten and the Creator within the ten. I want you to leave the convention with this thought, with this truth.
From the World Kabbalah Convention in Moldova 9/8/19, “Collecting All the States Toward the Creator,” Lesson 7

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The Purpose Of A Kabbalistic Group, Part 1

laitman_962.5Everyone has their own path toward the Creator

Question: Throughout history some Kabbalists have reached spiritual attainment without teachers. There were those who attained the Creator without the sources and even those who have done it without the group. How can one reach the goal without these factors?

Answer: It depends on the goal, the state, and the point in time.

Remark: The goal of those who study Kabbalah is to reveal the Creator.

My Comment: Even that can be quite different. Just like in our world one can be educated on different levels, in various aspects: in depth or in width, etc.

The fact is that all the souls are different, from various parts, meaning different parts of the common soul. Thus, throughout 20 generations from Adam to Abraham there were such souls that did not have the need for Kabbalah because they had a natural inner inclination toward attainment.

Question: Just like today there are people who are naturally embedded with the ability to heal people?

Answer: Exactly. They don’t know where they get it from. There are people who, on the contrary, attain it with knowledge and understanding, through teachers, through small groups of people. Everyone has their own path toward the Creator; there’s nothing that can be said about that.
From the KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19

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