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To Achieve The Goal, Talent Is Not Needed

laitman_282.01Rabash, “Love of friends (2)”: Now, we must understand what these three above-mentioned things qualify us for. Faith, confidence included, gives us a preliminary belief in the goal, which is to do good to His creations. We must also believe with certainty that we can promise ourselves that we, too, can reach that goal. In other words, the purpose of creation is not necessarily for a select group. Rather, the purpose of creation belongs to all creations without exception. It is not necessarily the strong and skillful, or the brave people who can overcome. Rather, it belongs to all the creatures.

We are all parts of the general system of Adam, and therefore, each of us, to the extent that he is in this system, is obliged to achieve connection, bestowal, and support for the entire system, and with this he fulfills his mission.

Each individual will be obliged to realize himself to some extent as the Creator. No one can escape from this.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 3/22/18

How Does A Kabbalist Relate To Our World?

laitman_423.02Question: What are the manifestations of our world’s deep understanding by Kabbalists if they acquire have the most developed part of the upper world?

Answer: The fact is that both worlds are constantly connected with each other. Everything that happens in our world comes down from the upper world. Therefore a Kabbalist understands the origins of what is happening in our world.

However, as a rule, he is not interested in it because sooner or later all the necessary changes will occur in our world. Also, if something changes in our world, it is only by people’s education.

Thus, a Kabbalist does not pay much attention to our world. He would like to change it, but for this, he needs to spread the wisdom of Kabbalah and teach people. It is through this that he can change the world. That’s what we’re trying to do.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/3/18

Kabbalah And Faith

Laitman_177.02Rabash, “Love of Friends – 2”: Thus, we must also use faith to have confidence that we can reach the goal and not despair mid-way and flee the campaign. Rather, we should believe that the Creator can help even a low and ignoble person like myself. It means that the Creator will bring me near Him and I will be able to attain adhesion with Him.

Reaching the goal is not easy. But the fact is that we were given a group, an environment to help us. It is necessary to create such an environment in advance, which can support you in times of descent. If you create it, you guarantee in advance that your descent will be very special, soft, understandable, and there will be a glimmer of Light within this descent.

Question: What is the concept of faith in Kabbalah?

Answer: Faith is the quality of bestowal.

Question: Then, why is it said: faith in the sages? What is it?

Answer: Faith in the sages is a state when I have already grasped how much they understand the situation and therefore I am ready to follow them like a little child. Despite the fact that I do not understand what they are talking about, but they claim that this is what needs to be done, and so I do it.

My faith in them is based on the fact that I comprehend their sublimity. I submit to the upper, as a lower one. Therefore, faith is the feeling of the greatness of the upper Partzuf, the upper state, the upper soul.

This feeling comes when I earn it. I need to work hard for this.

Question: Is it not that someone said something and I believe it?

Answer: No. Such an approach will not save me. The person begins to believe either in a state of despair when he has no other option or when he has gone through all the scrutinies and is convinced that this is so.

Question: But then what is the difference between religion and Kabbalah?

Answer: Religion says: “You have to close your eyes and believe in what you are told.” And Kabbalah says: “A person has nothing more than what his eyes see.”
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 3/22/18

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I Want The Truth!

Laitman_632.2Remark: You are like kids in a sandbox, role-playing friendship and love, that is, things that you do not feel…

My Comment: This is not our invention. This is what Kabbalists—people who have already attained spirituality—write and explain to us that there is no other way.

Even if I take half a step toward the goal, it is nevertheless a great achievement for me. I cannot imagine where I am in relation to perfection, to the Creator, and therefore, half a step is very important to me. I want to devote my inconsequential material (animal) life to a life that is human—to the attainment of the Creator.

If you do not want to, don’t. Except, what is left for you in life?

Remark: But all of this is a game, and I want the truth…

My Comment: You will receive the truth when you have the corresponding perception toward the spiritual. In the meantime, you need to play how a child plays. We advance according to nature. Like a child accumulates experience until reaching maturity in the mind and heart (in the senses), we do it similarly. For us, this is really serious work.

Twenty years pass before a child becomes an adult and barely begins to understand something about life. Similarly, it can also take us twenty years. Indeed, it is all a game, but one with a precise intention.

Children do not understand that they are playing, because by nature they do everything automatically. We, however, understand that we need to play, and therefore, we create a correct environment for ourselves so that by playing in it, we pull ourselves up to the level of an adult, namely, that of a Kabbalist.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 3/22/18

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Everything Is Achieved By Prayer

laitman_239Question: What desires are there in spirituality besides the desires to connect with other people?

Answer: None. We come from the broken vessel of Adam, and therefore we only need to unite with each other. There is no need to philosophize. I do not know how I need to connect, with whom, by what properties, etc. I only have to expose myself to the influence of the upper Light.

I cannot be smarter than the upper Light, but can only cause its impact so that it corrects me. I cannot be above the point of my correction, and so I only ask. Everything is achieved only by prayer.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

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See The True Picture Of The World

laitman_928Question: Are my desires also a test?

Answer: Your desires are the basis on which you build your spiritual Kli (vessel). There is nothing superfluous, nothing hostile in the world.

Try to see in everything the property of the Creator, His preparation, His help, meaning that which is referred to as help against you. You will then find that all of a person’s external and internal problems are needed only to recognize that it is all done by the Creator.

When you begin to agree that everything comes from the Creator, you will suddenly begin to feel your connection with Him through all these problems. I feel bad here, I feel bad there, but it is also different: the Creator does all this so that you direct yourself to Him.

It turns out that you already create the correct picture of our world and the spiritual world. So try to act this way at every moment, and you will see how everything will become manifested in you: how the picture of our world that obscures the truth will begin to dissolve. You will understand that it is all a sham, a theater that the Creator purposely portrays in front of you, and that you have to see Him through all these puppets, as He acts on you.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/3/2018

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From Darkness To Ascent

921Comment: Sometimes you say that we do not have to go through states of darkness.

Answer: For me, darkness is a necessary state for the next ascent. We must go through it and absorb it. However, this does not mean that you have to be in darkness all the time, partaking in it, and enjoying beating yourself up.

It is necessary to experience this state correctly because you will be building your ascent on it, each time passing through two lines: left – right, left – right. This is how we make steps, left – right.

Question: When we talk about the state of darkness, do we mean a person’s spiritual world and not his attitude to the external world? Does he remain cheerful in our world and everything is good with him?

Answer: It is unlikely that he will be cheerful and feel good because the spiritual states are brighter, stronger, and more impressive than the corporeal ones. Temporary spiritual descents can last a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, and especially in the beginning, even a few months.

Therefore, it requires special work of the group on the person and the person on himself, the understanding that this is happening on purpose so that he would accumulate negative sensations and then begin filling them with light.

Question: Does the frequency of these states increase as we advance?

Answer: Yes. On one hand, the frequency increases, but on the other hand it becomes different. You begin to discern in this darkness, in the descent, what you are being trained for, like an astronaut is spun around in a special simulator, dipped under the water, dropped with a parachute, etc.

You feel this preparation that the upper light performs on you as anticipation of the future elevation above descents, the future attainment of the Creator and inclusion in connection with Him.

Thanks to the greatness of the goal and the greatness of the group, you can shorten time, but nevertheless, states of descent are unavoidable. Therefore, it is written, “The Torah will come from Zion,” meaning that the Torah, the upper Light, is revealed precisely from all the descents (Yetziot).
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 3/22/18

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It All Depends On The Goal

laitman_245.11Question: “There is none else besides Him” is a popular religious mantra. But what is the difference between the efforts of a religious person without a point in his heart and the efforts of a Kabbalist to reveal by every action the upper force, to love it, and be connected to it?

Answer: It all depends on what goal you are pursuing: either your own pleasure or bestowal and love for the Creator through the created beings.

The question is, what is it you want from studying and realizing Kabbalah, because “to receive for yourself” will not work here. If that is your aim, then practice various spiritual techniques, meditations, and learn how to feel better. There is nothing of it in Kabbalah.

While studying Kabbalah, it is necessary to invest a lot of effort, to sweat, even to suffer, until you learn how to properly guide yourself, drawing the surrounding Light.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

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Is Human Life More Important?

Laitman_709Question: Do we have the right to perceive human life as more important than other forms of life?

Answer: First of all, we need to realize that the general system of nature is built in the form of a pyramid. It is based on an inanimate level: the whole universe, all inanimate matter, the stars and planets that exist in it. This is the bottom of the pyramid.

Then comes the vegetative part on Earth, and then higher than it is the animal part on Earth, and the top of the pyramid is occupied by the speaking level. Humans are not the animal part, not our body, but the speaking, human level in us.

Therefore, of course, human life is more important than all other forms and levels of nature, not because we desire this egoistically, but because we include all other forms of nature. If we treat nature correctly, we will correct ourselves, as well as all of nature in general.

All global natural disasters and problems—tsunamis, droughts, the harm that we inflict on nature, environmental disasters—are ultimately nothing more than a phenomenon projected onto nature by the person. Therefore, definitely, human life and its role in nature is most important.

We will find that by our own egoistic attitude toward ourselves and nature, we cause all disasters and all misfortunes both in human society and at other levels of nature: animate, vegetative, and even inanimate. If we change ourselves, then we will certainly change nature as a whole.

Therefore, we need to understand that the environmental disasters breaking out in the world today and the new ones still ahead of us depend solely on a human’s attitude to the world. They do not come because nature is suddenly out of balance. We cause imbalance in nature with our thoughts.
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Good Desires

laitman_294.4Question: Everything is manifested through a desire. The sick want to recover, but they cannot. The poor want to be rich, but they are unsuccessful. What does it mean “to desire”?

Answer: It means that I want to feel the fulfillment of what I now feel as a deficiency.

Question: Which desires come true?

Answer: All good desires come to fruition. These include desires that cause no harm to anybody and also that can be used to satisfy others in a positive way.

The rest of the desires are needed only to teach us to understand what good desires mean.
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