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That Is How We Were Created

75.01Rabash, Article 10, “What Is the Degree One Should Achieve in Order Not to Have to Reincarnate?” (1984): The thing is that we have to know that all of the souls extend from the soul of Adam HaRishon, for after he sinned in the sin of the Tree of Knowledge, his soul divided into 600,000 souls. This means that the one light that Adam HaRishon had, which the Holy Zohar called Zihara Ila’a [upper brightness], which he had in the Garden of Eden at once, spreads into numerous pieces.

There is a state called “one general soul” or Adam. This is a desire to receive, to enjoy, to fill one’s self, to be filled with Light.

In such a state this creature feels itself in the most minimal way because it has been filled quite a bit, like a baby who has been fed, had his diaper changed, lies in his mother’s arms, can smell her, and needs nothing else, he feels good.

The Creator does not wish to leave us in this state. He wants us to attain His state, which is the most mature state, and so He shattered this desire into 600,000 parts (souls), which are divided into an infinite number of sparks of the soul.

Each part differs from the others by its egoistic desire, which does not allow him to perceive the desires of others. There is a huge antagonism between them.

There is a particle of the general soul in each of us. Therefore, we don’t understand each other and cannot connect between us in any way. We can only feel that we depend on each other and that this dependence forces us to put up with each other. As long as I receive a filling in an egoistic manner, some benefit from others, I tolerate them next to me. If there is nothing I can gain from others, then I actually suffer from their presence and try to break away from them. That is how we were created.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 9/16/18

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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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Make The Plan Of Creation Come True

Laitman_177.06Question: Perhaps all souls are a single organism. But how can we say the whole of humanity is a single organism? What kind of organism is this? How is it connected?

Answer: We are not talking about physical bodies. We are talking about the inner meaning of creation, where it is headed, the purpose it is imbued with, and what motivations act in it on every level.

The inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human levels of nature have their own inner strength, their own vector. Everything hinges on the direction of this vector, even if we fail to realize that it exists in the smallest grain of sand as it does in a huge, remote part of the universe.

The inanimate, vegetative, and animate parts of nature are subordinate to the human level. If we directed ourselves correctly toward each other, we would suddenly find that all of nature, all the cosmos, change, their objects would become more benevolent toward each other.

We would see that there are no explosions happening randomly, no separation or removal. We would see the meaning of everything that happens in us, within or outside us, in space, in black holes, in everything.

All of nature is not just matter but thought. This thought, on different levels, strives for its perfection, for its realization. This is what Kabbalah calls the thought of creation.

We must try to make this plan of creation come to life so that it reaches its single, final essence, it’s form and realization.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/19/20

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The World Of Roots And The World Of Consequences

712.03Remark: The form of corporeal reality is similar to the spiritual one. The difference is only in the quality of the material. There is no detail in our reality that would not have a root in the upper world.

In other words, our world is the world of consequences and the spiritual world, or the world of forces, is the world of roots, i.e., root causes.

My Reply: Everything is very simple. There are reasons and there are consequences. The cause is the upper world, and the effect is our world. Depending on this, we can define them like that.

Question: You said that in the spiritual worlds there are such phenomena that have no consequences in our world. There is a wider range of various sensations there and are not all of them materialized in our world?

Answer: Yes. What do the spiritual world and our world mean? The spiritual world is what is felt in our desires that are corrected into bestowal, into love for others. Our world is what is felt in our uncorrected, selfish desires.

Naturally, there is a difference in sensations because both worlds, their boundaries, calibration, and everything else, are determined only relative to a person. Therefore, we can talk either about what is felt by an ordinary person in our world, not corrected in his egoism, or by a person who has already risen above his egoism and feels what is happening in the intention for bestowal or love for the neighbor.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 6/10/19

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New Life 1184 – The Formation Of Life

New Life 1184 – The Formation Of Life
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

All forms of life that evolve exist as a non-materialized force in nature. Life is created through this force so that the desire to receive develops all its needs at each level of evolution including the inanimate, vegetative, and animate forms found in nature. We cannot change the inner desire in nature, so we cannot turn inanimate parts into living parts. The next level of evolution will require of us to use the forces of nature in order to correct the human ego. The more advanced human being will live for the benefit of others and will feel love for the whole world. Through connection, we will build another life together, feel eternity, and reveal the power of the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “New Life 1184 – The Formation Of Life,” 12/3/19

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The Essence And The Root Of Unity, Part 6

laitman_232.05What does the variety of opposites give?

Question: As far as I understand, the purpose of nature is to develop all its parts to the state of polar opposites and then to unite them. What can we gain from such an opposite?

Answer: Existing between two forces, negative and positive, we must bring them into balance. There is no good and no bad. There is only the correct balance between opposite parts, which leads to their correct combination.

Question: Like in a salad: the more ingredients it has, the tastier it is?

Answer: It is all proven by nature from the beginning. As humanity develops, naturally, the number of ingredients increases.

We see how people develop, each one is not like the other. However, the more diverse we are while interacting properly, the richer society and our development will be.
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From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 3/24/19

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The Force That Controls Everything

712.03Comment: Evolution occurs at the intersection of the interaction of two forces: positive and negative. Scientists say that the explosion of a small cluster of energy, which was smaller than an atom, led to the formation of what we see around us. This, in my opinion, is harder to believe than that God created everything by some single act.

My Response: Yes, indeed, it seems incredible.

I remember the times before the Big Bang theory was accepted. People believed that the universe existed indefinitely and was unlimited in size. This is what they told us at school. Why? That was simply the way it was, without any connection to a person.

Humans were considered an accidental formation of life on Earth as a result of the coincidence of some properties. This is how we develop, this is how we live, this is life. That is, a purely mechanical theory was recognized.

In parallel, there was, of course, the so-called divine theory (creationism), which stated that an upper force created all this because it wanted to.

Question: What does Kabbalah say?

Answer: Kabbalah says that neither one or the other is wrong. We simply need to understand what is happening to our world based on what reveals to a person studying Kabbalah.

One reveals that there is a program of creation based on a positive upper force that develops everything and governs this program. We can call this force “our Maker,” “the Creator,” or “God”—it does not matter.

This force controls everything. It has a program, a preset goal, and we develop along this path, whether we want to or not. No one asks us about this at all.

We have a given starting point of our development and its end so we can go through this whole path, develop, and comprehend ourselves. Based on this, we would comprehend our source, the Creator, the upper force of nature, to such an extent that we would absolutely and completely identify, connect, and merge with this force.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/11/19

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laitman_423.01Causes of Population Change in the World

The wisdom of Kabbalah studies the order of the cascading of the upper forces from the quality that is first revealed in Malchut of the world of infinity in four phases of direct light and then descends to us through Tzimtzum Aleph (first restriction).

Then Partzufim Galgalta, AB, SAG, MA, and BON are formed, then the worlds Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya, and then the special structure is created called Adam, or the common soul, and the shattering of this soul occurs. We are the pieces of this shattering.

As egoism manifests more and more in order to create the possibility of some kind of an ascent and work with it, the general egoistic mass breaks into more and more parts. Therefore, in our world we feel that we are multiplying—the population of the planet grows.

Conversely, if we enter into any negative relationship with each other, then destruction and wars begin, that is, a certain amount of the population is removed.

It is not because war kills people as we think it does, but because in this case humanity needs no large number of people, it therefore can be reduced. If there is suffering, fewer souls can also fulfill their purpose. This is the way to look at an increase or decrease in the population on Earth.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 8/18/19

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laitman_232.06Cascading of the Upper Forces to Our World

Question: What does sequence of roots that hang down by way of cause and consequence mean?

Answer: There are two states: primary and secondary, cause and consequence. The entire creation is created by such a process of cause and consequence.

We want to reveal creation from the uppermost root, which is the Creator. He is the cause of everything and everything else is His consequence, that is, the gradual cascading of all the laws, qualities to our world, down to each of us. This is the work of the Creator, nature.

The Creator or nature is one and the same, only “nature” is the broader sense of the word, which includes everything.

Question: What does the term “cascading down” mean?

Answer: The Creator is a quality of bestowal, love, and emanation. This is an absolutely good, absolutely complete quality from which emanate all the forces, all the qualities of our world, so that we all are under Him. Therefore, the forces represent the cascading from Him (the Creator) to us.
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From Kab TV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 8/18/19

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Branches Of HaVaYaH

laitman_548.03Question: Are the four states of matter, liquid, solid, gas, and plasma, branches of HaVaYaH?

Answer: Naturally. However, understanding HaVaYaH, i.e., the four-letter name, the pattern of nature, which is in every part of nature and in the whole, is a problem for everyone who is not only in our world, but also in the spiritual, because HaVaYaH is the skeleton of the whole universe.

From the property of bestowal (absolute altruism) to the property of receiving (absolute egoism) pass four states.

Nothing else exists in nature, only the property of bestowal (absolute altruism) and the property of receiving (absolute egoism), plus and minus, in all its variations. Between them there are four stages that connect these two opposing forces.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 10/27/19

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