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Real Pleasure

laitman_938.05Question: If the purpose of creation is to bring contentment to the Creator, then  when I receive pleasure why don’t I fulfill the purpose of creation?

Answer: The purpose of creation is not to receive pleasure. After all, when you enjoy something you satisfy your animalistic egoism and nothing more. This is not pleasure. We are like little kids who think that they feel good if they eat something sweet.

The real pleasure is possible only when you are absolute, eternal, perfect, dissolved, spread among all worlds, and don’t have any kind of limitation whatsoever. This is the state of absolute fulfillment. You have to reach such a state.

To do this you should not merely receive pleasure from your little temporary body; instead, you need to rise to the level of connection with others where the Creator fulfills you all together.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 03/17/19

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Break Through The Shell Of Egoism

laitman_571.08Question: Why in spiritual concepts are there the properties of bravery, courage and devotion?

Answer: This is all work with your ego. Egoism stands between me and the Creator like an insulating shell.

It surrounds me from all sides, and I am in it like in a cocoon unable to transfer anything outside or perceive anything from the outside except through it. This is our problem. So, we must constantly hammer it. As soon as we pierce through it and look out of the shell of egoism, then we will see the real world.

For this, great courage is needed and certainly help from friends without whom it is absolutely impossible to move in this direction.

Question: What do we need devotion for and to whom?

Answer: Striking one’s egoism once with a beak is very painful. It needs to be hammered at for a long time before you break through the shell and, like a chicken, you peek your head out. Here we will have to work very seriously with full devotion to our group and to the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 03/24/19

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laitman_962.2Question: Can a thought of one person change the entire world?

Answer: Unfortunately, no, because then that person would change our whole world. This cannot happen. All of us together must connect our desires, then we will have the right thoughts that will change the world. The main thing is the desire.

Question: Does intention drive desire and thought?

Answer: Yes. It manages both desires and thoughts. But the intention appears only after the appearance of the desire itself. When the desire is processed through thought, an intention appears, and thanks to it, the action takes place.

Question: Is there a connection between thoughts and the reforming light?

Answer: Certainly. The reforming light influences you and awakens particular thoughts in you. But everything depends on how you react to them.

Question: What do I gain if I attribute all of my thoughts and desires to the Creator? What should the right response to these thoughts and desires be?

Answer: You will gain a connection with the true source of all your thoughts and desires. First you connect yourself correctly to the source and then everything depends on what you want from it, how, what you are giving back, what you are asking, and what kind of desire you are raising.

Question: How does the thought that “there is none else besides Him” translate into sensation?

Answer: Only through your efforts, your aspirations constantly to try to feel that “there is none else besides Him,” that the Creator manages you completely, and that your connection with Him is absolute and complete, passing through all the cells of your body.

Question: How can we make sure we are giving the Creator pleasure?

Answer: It is very simple. If I give pleasure to the friends, it means that I am giving pleasure to the Creator.

Question: What if we were to see how our thoughts work immediately?

Answer: No, that will never happen. I must only think about the fact that I am working in the right group where everyone will merge together into one single mass and how this mass will become homogeneous, merged without any identification, where our desires and intentions are subject to one thing: to attain the Creator, the one and only power.

Remark: At first, my mind gladly perceives the Creator as an ideal of all the good, without any flaws. But then immediately there is the contact with the ugly realities of this life.

My Comment: Correct. However, I must be ready to perceive these ugly realities of life as being directed at me in order to correct them. They are nothing more than that.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/3/19

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Light From The Future

laitman_294.4Question: What should our attitude be toward negative manifestations of the Creator if it seems improbable to us that something positive will come after that? Or vice versa?

Answer: If I am working hard right now and have two hours left until the work day ends but I know that a wonderful evening awaits me: I will come home, take a shower, dress smartly, and go out with a beautiful girl, is the time that I suffer working hard really suffering for me? No. It is already tinted by the light, by the pleasure that I will receive in the evening.

This is called the Ohr Makif (surrounding light), which is shining to me now from the future. Therefore, today I cannot feel the suffering. Suffering is felt not because I do not have today, but precisely because I do not have tomorrow.

Question: If I do not see the future, then I cannot see the next stage in which a positive face will be revealed?

Answer: This is another matter. How can I ensure that, although I do not see the next step, I am sure that it exists and that it is kind and good for me? In this case, you have to create a group that would support you in this. Embrace the friends and go forward.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/24/19

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To Build A Structure Of The Soul

Laitman_197.01Remark: When Baal HaSulam found the Ari’s book The Tree of Life, he was very happy and was full of hope: “Finally I found it!” However, as your teacher Rabash recounted, he did not know that only after 20 years would he be able to understand what he had found and would begin to comprehend it.

It is not easy for a person to hear that all this will start to penetrate him in 15-20 years.

My Comment: No, it is not a problem. It is a natural and necessary condition of attaining the upper world because you have to build the elements to sense it in yourself, its awareness and attainment.

It is not easy because it is born in us and accumulates in small pieces. This is how our sensual and intellectual apparatus works, that is, the heart that feels and the mind, which evokes definitions and concepts. Therefore, this combination of two systems, sensual and thinking, we cannot comprehend. Our world does not have this.

In music, in art, in anything in our world, there is no clear connection between a sensation of understanding and feelings, how one depends on the other.

The connection between them occurs precisely in Kabbalah. That is why it takes so much time.

But it does not matter. It is important that you build this correct conjugation in yourself between sensation and understanding, in order from sensation to influence understanding and from understanding to influence sensation. This is the structure of the soul, and you need to build it in yourself.

Gradually, it is created in you, only it takes some time. So what? You are all mostly young. Even if there are elderly people among us, I assure you that they will have time to reach the level of the upper world, eternity, and perfection in this lifetime.

No one is given Kabbalah to simply touch on and stop there. If a person came to Kabbalah, if he heard about it, then it means that in this lifetime he can realize this opportunity. Everything depends on his efforts.
From the Lesson in the Russian Language, 3/10/19

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Preparation Begins In The Morning

laitman_962.5Question: Is it right to prepare myself in advance to be in one thought about the Creator, the group, and the ten? Suppose tomorrow the usual work week begins. I know that if I do not prepare myself, then the normal working day, with all its problems, will just take it away.

Answer: What you are preparing yourself for is your business, your decision. But preparation is always needed in any case and no matter what for. If a person does something, he must prepare for it.

As soon as you wake up, the best thing is to direct your thoughts to the fact that there is none else besides Him, and then your day will be mainly dedicated only to strengthening unity with the Creator who absolutely controls you in every way and at every moment. Then, inside this you can insert all your earthly problems.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/3/19

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Thinking Of The Creator

119Question: What does it mean to think about the Creator?

Answer: Thinking about the Creator means seeing the single force that presents itself to you behind all objects, actions, thoughts, and events.

The whole world, everything that affects your five senses, everything that you have before your eyes, it is all the Creator. He simply reveals Himself to you this way in order to tune you to Him through all your senses.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/2/19

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Why Positive Thoughts Extinguish Negative Ones

Laitman_036Question: No matter how many positive thoughts we send into space, there are still more negative thoughts. Why do they silence and quench positive thoughts?

Answer: You are sending your thoughts incorrectly. You must send them through the group to the Creator, and ask Him to direct the whole group to come closer to Him.

Remark: We want to change the world so that everyone will know the Creator. But everything is going so slowly. I want us to hurry up!

My Comment: This is a very good intention. Do not think that anything is missing from your efforts.

Everything is absolutely closed in this world, nothing is lost. But you need to concentrate your intentions through the group more correctly, not just somewhere into space.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 02/03/19

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Source Of All Thoughts

laitman_628.2Question: What is a filter for transmitting my thoughts and receiving thoughts of others?

Answer: Not only my thoughts, but also the thoughts of others, I must perceive as if I receive them from the Creator. At the same time, I do not take into account from whom among those around me I received these influences, because they come only from the Creator.

I exist in the Creator and receive from Him everything that I hear and see. The fact that there are say billions of people  around me, all this does not exist. It is just an appearance of the Creator to me at the level of “man.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/3/19

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Laitman_632.3Question: I have heard that the word “Ubar” (Embryo) and the word “Zam” (Rage) are connected. Can you explain the connection between them?

Answer: The strongest form of expression of egoism is a person’s rage, when he disagrees with the thought of creation and wants to command the world. If he overcomes his rage, closes his mouth and eyes, and restricts all of his egoistic feelings, he becomes an embryo.

Question: Everything happens internally, emotionally with me. Even if someone insults me, either indirectly or consciously, without my knowing about how he feels this, I feel sorrow and always turn to the upper light for help. Are these egoistic feelings?

Answer: It doesn’t matter if it is egoistic. The main thing is that it is affecting you and in this way you expand your spiritual Kli. In order to transcend your ego, it is up to you to experience many examinations within yourself for many years.

Question: Is it necessary for us to discover “fear” in order to begin to attain the right acceptance of creation?

Answer: Yes, but it depends what you are afraid of. The right fear is one where I will not be sufficiently connected with the friends so that through our union the Creator will be discovered and we will give Him satisfaction.

Question: Should I direct my feelings more toward working in a group than to study? Meaning that if you immerse yourself in studying and begin to enjoy it, it will simply sweep you away?

Answer: No. Feelings must develop only in relationships between friends. Everything else is a Klipa (Shell).

Question: What is the right reason for working in a state of nullification in which you only want to care about the spirituality of the friends?

Answer: If your work is directed toward the Creator and you hope to discover Him in the center of the group, your connection to Him and the connection from Him to you is the right direction.

Question: The world is more or less relaxed at the moment and we have the possibility of being involved with spiritual work in a ten, in dissemination, and in study. What if suddenly something happens, a war or big problems in the world, will we still have the possibility of working in a ten, being involved with dissemination and study or will there be problems with this?

Answer: All of this depends personally on you, in your group, in each one of us in a concrete way and in all of us together. It is only this and nothing more.

Question: Regarding the study of the “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” according to what you say, it is necessary to dissolve into a ten, become connected with it, and that is of utmost importance, and we will not understand anything in our mind. But suppose I connect with a ten and dissolve into it and still don’t understand the study material?

Answer: First dissolve into a ten and then it will become clear to you what you must do next. Don’t jump. It is not necessary to say anything at first, just do it. Only this must be in front of you.

Question: What is the importance of the Sabbath and the rest of the customs that are described in the Torah in relation to the ten?

Answer: These holidays have no meaning, these are just spiritual levels. Over time, we will begin to use them and maintain them, but not according to a physical calendar, rather when we achieve these levels.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 4/4/19

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