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Ein Sof (Infinity)—The Attitude Of The Creator To The Created Beings

712.03Baal HaSulam, Shamati #3, “The Matter of Spiritual Attainment”: Ein Sof pertains to the thought of creation, which is “His desire to do good to His creations.” This is considered Ein Sof, and it is the connection existing between Atzmuto and the souls. We perceive this connection as a “desire to delight the creatures.”

Ein Sof is determined as the Creator’s attitude to the created beings. The Creator is infinite in His desire to bring His creatures contentment and to give them eternal, whole, and absolute pleasure.

The created being can understand this only to the extent that one has a desire to enjoy in quality and quantity. A person receives from the Creator and determines His attitude to him and his attitude to the Creator.

Thus, “By Your actions we know You,” which means that we cannot say anything about the Creator but only something about His actions inside us. It is from these actions that we establish our impression of Him.

People who are in the spiritual world feel the Creator as the good that does good, and so they call Him the source of everything that is good. We, on the other hand, who have not reached the right attainment yet do not know how to define Him. Each one defines Him differently each moment.

Question: You say that the Creator is good. Is this already the Creator’s name for those who attain Him?

Answer: For those who attain Him it is. “The good that does good” is the Creator’s real name. It is an impression of the Creator, and this is how we reveal Him by yearning for Him.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19

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A Self-Negating Definition

laitman_610.1Question: Is the Creator a closed and therefore limited system?

Answer: Yes. The Creator or nature is a closed limited system that is felt as such in our egoism, in our desire.

Question: Does it mean that a person himself limits nature, the Creator?

Answer: Naturally. If I grow, then I will allow nature to grow and manifest itself more and more to some limits. And to what limits, we will see later. Practically, this is an infinite limit, but it feels like the one that has the boundaries of infinity. This is a definition that negates itself.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/10/20

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The Essence Of The Creator Is Unattainable

laitman_276.02Baal HaSulam, Shamati #3, “The Matter of Spiritual Attainment”:

Hence, with respect to spiritual attainment, reality in general is divided into three discernments:

 

  1. Atzmuto [His Self]
  2. Ein Sof [infinity]
  3. The Souls

1) We do not speak of Atzmuto at all since the root and the place of the creatures begin in the thought of creation, where they are incorporated in the manner, “The end of an act is in the preliminary thought.”

The essence of the Creator is the most unknown, the most elusive substance from us. We don’t speak about it because we cannot attain it.

To the extent that we change, we can speak about the Creator and about His impact on us, as a result of our changes. Therefore, we determine that the result of an action is inherent in its original plan: “By Your actions we know You.” We always call the Creator according to the action that He performs on us, and this relates to His essence.

But we do not comprehend His essence just as we don’t comprehend the force of gravity, for example. We all experience it, we can measure it, we are inside it, and we work with it, but we don’t understand the essence of the force of gravity. Why does a certain body draw other bodies toward it? What is the essence of this phenomenon?

In the same way, there is a Creator whom we can somehow feel but not comprehend. It is said that the essence of the Creator is absolutely hidden from us.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19

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Patience And Awareness

laitman_961Question: What is patience in Kabbalistic terms?

Answer: Patience is an understanding of the processes that occur in a person and in society. You must give them a certain path of development and maturation, and only participate and help where necessary. Do not meddle your advice and thoughts.

I’m talking about a possible change in the world for the better because this has already come. And if this state did not exist everywhere, including in the press, if they did not write that something needs to be changed and that there will be no more returning to the past, I would not say that. Just now, the relevant conditions have appeared.

Question: And what is this state of awareness?

Answer: Awareness is an understanding of the whole program of nature and its implementation at the moment.

The program for the realization of nature is to bring it to a dynamic balance between positive and negative forces.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/3/20

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Balance And Harmony

laitman_546.02Question: Can nature be cunning, wise, and angry, or do we ascribe these attributes to the Creator, who does not change?

Answer: That’s right! It is only in us. The rest of nature is a perfectly balanced system. That is where we exist.

But our actions bring this system out of balance. Therefore, it affects us with feedback; it wants to bring about an appropriate balance. We need to learn how not to get out of balance, but only to constantly increase its level in nature. And then we will rise to better and better states.

Question: What are the balance and harmony that you so often mention?

Answer: When you exist in your egoism between the positive and negative forces of nature, you stabilize them through yourself, then you achieve balance and harmony. By incorporating both the positive and negative forces of nature, you fully feel it and become, as if, its master.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/10/20

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What Is Altruism?

laitman_594Question: What is “altruistic direction”?

Answer: Altruism is the opposite side of egoism. Egoism is when everything is directed to me, my beloved, and altruism is when everything from me is to my beloved, outside of me, to all of humanity. Egoism is inward; altruism is outward.

Question: How do I learn this?

Answer: It is impossible to learn this. This requires a special environment, a Kabbalistic environment. To do this, you need to study practical Kabbalah, which causes certain forces in nature that transform you from an egoist to an altruist. They invert you to the opposite. You become a being with reverse thoughts, desires, actions, intentions, and goals. All in the opposite direction.

Question: If everything depends on the force changing us, then what depends on me?

Answer: Desire. Nothing more. I want to be different. I am convinced that the egoistic forces are negative, harmful; they lead me and everyone else to death, to extinction. And only altruistic forces can revive us, save us, give us a new life.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 12/17/19

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 4/12/20

Laitman_630.2Question: Humanity does not know the concept and the instrument called intention. Can the wisdom of Kabbalah help us begin to operate mutually and correctly by using our intentions, even with those who do not have the point in the heart?

Answer: Every individual has an intention. A person’s attitude when he cooperates with others is actually determined by his intentions. This is a crucial component in our mutual relations. But we need to learn how to build and how to use our intentions, because our compatibility with the general, integral, global nature actually depends on them.

Question: What should we expect, as to whether humanity will change as a result of the coronavirus?

Answer: Don’t worry about that. It is already starting to change and it will change even more. If it doesn’t, there will be another virus and then another. Nature will hit us until we change.

Question: We always give love to others, but it is sometimes painful. How can we balance our relations with those we don’t get along with, with those who cause us pain?

Answer: If you are in the right society where people understand each other, you need to lower yourself and to do everything so that others will want to be in good relations with you.

Comment: We see what is going on in the world today as the coronavirus is spreading, but people still engage in “games” such as marketing, commerce, and banking.

My Response: I think that if not this virus, then the next virus will wipe out all this, and so all the games of money will no longer exist. I am confident that this will happen. We will undergo such shocks in the near future, that this whole system of games, shares, coupons and so on will simply shrink, and will belong to the past.

Question: How does our beastly fear change to the fear of the Creator?

Answer: It is only when you know that everything that the Creator demands is good. Then the beastly fear gradually changes to spiritual fear.

Question: Which professions will be most in demand in the future society?

Answer: In the future society the profession that will be most in demand is educator, a person who educates others to mutually cooperate with each other. This is what we teach.

Question: The pressure and the tension as a result of the confinement are already felt. People have grown tired and are beginning to engage in causing harm and destruction. Why is that?

Answer: People’s nerves are growing weak, and there is nothing with which they can fill themselves.

They don’t want to engage in developing themselves and in understanding nature correctly and the right connections between them. This is the reason there is unrest and violations of the social order. A lot can happen when you lock people up in one place.

Question: Can the ten be family members?

Answer: Preferably not.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/12/20

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Learn To Work With Egoism

laitman_232.06Question: If egoism is bad, if it is necessary to get rid of it, isn’t the Creator an egoist? After all, it is written in the Torah that it is necessary to sacrifice for the Creator. But He could have said: That which you have sacrificed for Me, give to the poor. What is this if not egoism? What does He teach us?

Answer: I don’t really like these expressions because they are all far-fetched, completely wrong, not original, and a thousand times transformed.

I can show you the original sources, and you will see that these sayings have a completely different meaning than the one you gave to me, although you don’t even realize that you are distorting it. There is no need to do this.

We must learn to work with egoism. It doesn’t disappear anywhere. We just need to balance it correctly with good deeds. That’s it. It is given to us by nature.

In the world around us, there are plus and minus, good things and bad, and we must use everything.

Nothing in itself is bad or good. The balance between good and bad, between plus and minus, gives a positive effect.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/10/20

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Everything Must Be Balanced

laitman_558Question: We are created in order to receive and to bestow. Should everything be in moderation? Not just bestowal without egoism?

Answer: Of course not. First, egoism does not disappear. We use it all the time. Second, reception and bestowal must be balanced. Only then will there be a dynamic equilibrium in the system.

It is necessary to bestow and to receive. One against the other; one part receives, the other part gives—as in each person, and in society, and in the entire system in general. This is what we must learn.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/10/20

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Meeting In The Spiritual World

laitman_275Question: How is it possible to reach spiritual adhesion with other people?

Answer: To the extent that you rise above our world and to the extent that others also rise above it, you can meet on some common platform, on some common floor.

This means that you will begin to understand and feel each other. You will see each other in the spiritual field.

There are 125 degrees in the upper world, and on one of them you can meet. It is within your power.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/17/20

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