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Answers To Your Questions, Part 233

laitman_592.02Question: When I feel suffering or unpleasant sensations in my physical condition, should I perceive this as a manifestation of insufficient connection with the ten and as a beacon for investing greater effort in strengthening the connection with it?

When I feel some kind of pleasure and even just a good mood in my physical state, should I also relate this to the fact that the Creator is giving me pleasure for a proper integration in a ten?

What is the best way to do this? Should one thank the Creator or simply surrender to the state with the thought of giving Him pleasure if I succeed in connecting my state with Him, as the giver?

Answer: Feelings do not determine anything, because they are egoistic. Therefore, we can only be guided in our actions according to the advice of Kabbalists.

Question: I read on your website that “there is no such thing as a situation in which the Creator is pleased or not pleased. There is nobody above who is not satisfied or indeed satisfied. We are talking about a law of nature, there is no pleasure or satisfaction about it.

“When I say that we need to give the Creator pleasure, what I mean is bestowal to others. ‘Above’ means to the rest of the souls, to the rest of humanity. There is no Creator and there is no upper force; rather there is humanity.”

I have a question about this: If the Creator is everything that has been created combined together, and when all of us are together this is Him, how can it be that the Creator can suffer more than we do? How can one understand this correctly?

Answer: Read all of our material, and the understanding will come gradually.
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Toward A Single Origin

laitman_558Question: Earlier people believed in a multitude of deities, now we’ve come to monotheism and it is all the same, even with the understanding of the existence of an upper force, everyone still prays to their own power. It seems like there are two forces: good and evil?

Answer: The problem is that we don’t attribute them to a single force, stemming from the same source, a singular root.

It would be much easier for us if only we understood that it originates from the one source. Then we’d be able to discern: How can I change myself to be connected to the root, and not to the positive or the negative force? I will never find peace between them.

I cannot belong to the right or the left line, to a certain party, or to some movement, to nothing at all! We see that communism failed, as did capitalism, fascism, and feudalism, not to mention democracy. The right and the left lines exist solely for the purpose of forcing a person to come to the middle line and find the Creator in it. Both of these lines of government come from Him, and only so a person will link them  and thus build the Creator within oneself.

From these two lines, good and bad, understanding and misunderstanding, awareness and confusion, etc., I have to build the image of the Creator that exists outside of me.

I don’t know the Creator, but I can construct His image so He is in me in complete adhesion. So it becomes my image, my final state.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 10/14/18

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I Want To Meet The Creator!

laitman_565.01Question: Is there a difference between the fact that a person senses evil and understands that it comes from the Creator and that he simply senses evil without blaming the Creator?

Answer: The difference is great. If I want to get closer to the Creator, to comprehend Him, to reveal the secret of my life—in what form I existed before birth and in what form I will exist after I part with the bodily shell—then of course, the Creator interests me. This is the source of my existence in all metamorphoses.

Therefore, I am interested to get to know Him, to acquire His qualities, to see myself in all worlds, in all states. It allows me to exist. Currently, I do not exist. The Book of Zohar calls our existence a dream far from reality.

So I wish not to remain in this state. I want to really understand where I am, that I can change and see the true world and not the world as it now seems to me.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 10/14/18

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Understanding The Creator’s Rule

laitman_622.01Question: Why is perceiving evil a denial of the Creator’s rule rather than acceptance of His governance as evil? If He rules, what is the reason I feel evil?

Answer: That is not the point. It is not important to the Creator or even to yourself what and how you feel. The main thing is that if you perceive the upper governance as evil, you do not have the right understanding of it. For that you must be in equivalence of form with the upper governance.

Now you are like a little child who is forced to do something by his parents and he thinks that they are evil. How would you advise him to act? You would tell him: “You have to understand that they want what is best for you. If they treat you “well,” it really would be bad for you.”

We need to understand the Creator’s rule. Then we will see the world correctly and reveal why He acts this way. We turn on the TV, open a newspaper, get on the Internet, and get a barrage of news and gossip…

We cannot make sense of it, but all of it is the governance of the Creator. If we could see the whole picture, we would understand how He manages all of humanity and how we can help Him with it, like a child who wants to understand what his parents want from him.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/14/18

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No Agreement, No Group

laitman_528.02Rabash, Writings of Rabash, the article “The Agenda of the Assembly 2”: This is similar to what is written in the Midrash (Vayikra Rabba, Chapter 4): “Two people went inside a boat. One of them began to drill beneath him making a hole in the boat. He told him, ‘Why are you drilling?’ And he replied, ‘Why should you care; I am drilling under me, not under you?’ So he replied, ‘You fool! Both of us will drown together with the boat!’”

You should always take into account what you are doing for the group—a positive or a negative action that can be measured only in relation to the assembly.

The order should be that anyone with a suggestion that can improve the love of friends, it should be discussed, but it must be accepted by all the friends, so there is no issue of coercion here.

The discussion should be very clear, precise, and comprehensive so that everyone agrees and accepts it for implementation. It cannot be otherwise. If there is no consent, there is no group.

Question: In the inner work, I can visualize it. But how can such a state arise externally so that everyone agrees with the decision made by the group?

Answer: This is what internal work is about. You connect ten elements that will become a system where the Creator will reveal Himself. If at least one element disagrees, then this is as Rabash writes: “a hole in the boat.”
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/27/18

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Feeling The True Creation

Laitman_138Question: Are a Kabbalist’s expectations fulfilled more often than an ordinary person’s?

Answer: Such things cannot be compared. It is like asking a child if he wants to take the place of his wise father who researches, stays up all night, constantly searching. A child cannot imagine this.

The only thing I can say is that when a person seriously engages in Kabbalah, he enters the true process of work. He begins to feel the true creation.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/8/18

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laitman_962.6Question: What kind of emotional communication should exist between people so they will attain the goal of creation?

Answer: There must be absolute adhesion between them. Each takes his place in the system and is maximally devoted to others. “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) is a law of nature.

Question: Are there techniques of introspection in Kabbalah?

Answer: There is only one method in Kabbalah: to the measure of the Masach (screen), I perceive the Creator. According to my characteristics, I can describe Him. “There is none else beside Him” (Deuteronomy 4:35). What I feel is always the Creator. Even all of our limited nature is nevertheless some kind of revelation of the Creator.

Question: What is my work?

Answer: Your work is to hear the example I set regarding the tens sitting in front of me and to participate in a ten wherever you are. You can even create a virtual ten and work in it.

Question: What did you mean when you wrote that the Creator is partially revealed in states of severe suffering?

Answer: The Creator is revealed in states of severe suffering during a particular stage of person’s development. As a rule, these are one’s first steps in Kabbalah when one begins to feel suffering. One felt the suffering before, but now one connects them with one’s impulses to comprehend their cause.

Question: Do you talk about the perception of reality from your experience and attainment, or do you say what was said to you?

Answer: I speak about the perception of reality according to what I have read and then went through in my own experience.

Question: A normal person feels life in the framework of time, motion, and space. How does a Kabbalist feel life?

Answer: A Kabbalist feels life through time, motion, and space spiritually, not physically.

Question: How can the correction of my soul on a spiritual level influence the physical world?

Answer: It can do this completely. By correcting your soul, you can stop wars and bring humanity closer to the solution to all of its problems.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 8/12/18

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Laitman_507.05Question: Is exiting yourself some kind of fleeting state or a level a Kabbalist feels himself in all the time?

Answer: Exiting yourself can sometimes be transitory, sometimes repeated in different ways. It then becomes permanent and progressive.

Question: Is everything that comes directly from the higher power felt as pleasure?

Answer: Yes, because the upper force is the property of bestowal and love of the Creator. If it is acquired and felt by us in the same way according to the law of equivalence of form, then to the degree that we enjoy, we feel the Creator and our adhesion with Him.

Question: How must I relate to questions and answers?

Answer: Answers should be studied together with the questions. If you didn’t get an answer, ask again. Prepare a page of questions and answer them, organize the questions and answers.  Make notebooks or complete books from them. This is very important! I believe this could accelerate your progress.

Question: Is my true “self” a black point in the heart that is connected with its source, with the Creator,  and my egoism is exists separately from me?

Answer: The egoism is not yours. It is given from above so we will transcend it and can begin feeling the new world. Our “I” is a fixed point. Around it you build your new attainment.

Question: How is a Kabbalist different from the Creator?

Answer: A Kabbalist differs from the Creator in that he builds the property of bestowal and love above egoism. This characteristic exists initially in the Creator. With us it is acquired and with Him it is natural.

Question: Is death a punishment or a reward?

Answer: There is no such thing as death. There is a transition from an egoistic desire to an altruistic desire through the study of Kabbalah. If a person doesn’t study Kabbalah, then his egoistic desire gradually fades until it becomes zero, this is what is called a person’s death.

Question: You constantly say that it is necessary to study, and you invite people to participate in lessons, is it possible to exchange study for some kind of work?

Answer: You can’t replace study with anything, because the upper light descends on us during the lessons.

Question: If all that is presented to me is an illusion, then aren’t all ascents and descents part of the same depiction and therefore an illusion?  Should we try to get out of this maze?

Answer: Don’t try to be clever! Ascents and descents are spiritual states. They are what remain after your existence in this world. This is what you have. Both ascents and descents occur in spiritual stages.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/5/18

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What Is The Benefit Of Correction?

laitman_237Question: If all events are already pre-planned, then what is the use of me changing? Whatever is meant to happen will happen anyway.

Answer: No. The world is created not for us to let it run its natural course: “Whatever will be, will be.” We should not take it this way and relate to it like that.

Question: So there is a script, but it is not predetermined? Or is there some kind of freewill for the participants of this performance?

Answer: If I could rise a degree above myself, I would find that everything in me is determined from there: what I see, what I feel, how I decide to act, and what I achieve. Everything exists on this degree.

But I don’t know this. Therefore, I must act in accordance with this supposed higher degree, without seeing, without understanding, and without knowing it, to the extent of my faith in it and in the measure of my property of bestowal.

If I have an intention to give, to adhere to the Creator, to do what He deems necessary, then I rise up to this degree, carry out whatever He has written in it, and reveal that everything is prepared in this way; there is nothing new under the sun.

But I myself reached the decision that I need to correct myself in order to see a corrected world; I depicted it before me and it materialized.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/26/18

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281.01Question: How is it possible to feel something outside of yourself if we fix only the reactions of the Kli to what enters it?

Answer: You are absolutely right. We just say “outside of myself.” Everything that is outside of our egoism is called outside of myself.

Question: If I am the desire to enjoy, is the Creator the source of wealth, wisdom, and power that constitutes my pleasure?

Answer: Everything we perceive as most pleasant for us is in the Creator and proceeds from Him. Therefore, the Creator is perceived by us as the source of pleasure.

Question: When a person says that he has no pleasure, is he like the Creator then?

Answer: No. In principle, the world was created for pleasure, but only for the correct pleasures in which you are like the Creator. When you convey pleasure to others through yourself, all of the pleasure remains in you, even though you are thinking about how to fulfill others.

Question: Is it possible to say that the secret of the wisdom of Kabbalah is summed up by saying that my soul is found in others?

Answer: Certainly. The soul is one for all. None of us has a soul. It is only the integration of each one with the others that gives birth to a feeling of the common soul.

Question: How is it possible to understand pleasures and gifts correctly? How can one thank the Creator for them correctly?

Answer: You need to understand that in this way you have the opportunity to give to a friend. It is also up to him to understand what you are doing with it. It is in such a way that each one can practice copying the Creator and in fact become this copy.

Question: How does the mechanism of reasoning and avoiding mistakes in the next situation work in the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: It is only if you can “go outside of yourself” that you will not make mistakes.

Question: Is it possible to say that a Tzimtzum (Restriction) happens when I don’t want to feel anything except a connection with the Creator and am ready to replace everything in exchange for this connection?

Answer: Yes, exactly so!

Question: In what way is a Kabbalist different from good simple people who are concerned about others?

Answer: A Kabbalist differs in that he wishes spiritual elevation and an exit to the upper world for people. This is what is considered as “good.” Therefore, understandably, this concept doesn’t match what is defined as good by people in this world.

Question: How must one understand the word “spirituality”?

Answer: Spirituality is bestowal and love. Don’t confuse it with anything in our world; our world lacks spirituality, there is not any bestowal or love in it. There is self-love, but this is not considered to be love because this is the natural state of our beastly body.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/15/18

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