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A Branch Is An Opportunity To Comprehend The Higher Root

laitman_934Question: How does the connection between the higher root and the force controlling the lower object work?

Answer: The highest root controls all material branches in our world, and branches have to do everything in their power to rise to the highest root and exist in it.

A branch is an opportunity to comprehend the higher root. In order to come closer to it, one has to connect with his friends since the properties are integral in the highest root and our properties are individual. If one connects with the ten, he will reach his root.

Question: So, one cannot understand the cause of all the things that happen to him?

Answer: It is possible only in a group. When one connects to the friends in the circle, he will understand the reason for everything, the higher root.

Question: Even if something happened to me individually?

Answer: Individual is a ten, not less.

Question: Are the main properties of the higher root reflected in the earthly branch in a direct or in a reverse manner?

Answer: They are reflected in our world to the extent that one can correctly perceive it. And the rest is hidden.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/8/18

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The Ten—A Special Kind Of Unity

laitman_940Question: How do Kabbalists describe the concept of connection and unity?

Answer: Connection and unity are mutual inclusion of one another in thoughts and feelings. Whatever one feels, the other feels also, whatever one thinks about, the other thinks about too. One can argue that thoughts and feelings can be mutually exclusive, but the fact is that when we want to unite, from being mutually exclusive, we become complementary. This produces an amazing effect!

Moreover, this is not just mutual completion. When we add up the “bricks,” we get an exponential return. We have n-dimensional space, but it has its limits.

Since each of us consists of 620 parts, those 620 parts in me and the 620 parts in you produce multiple mutual additions. They turn into another sphere, a composite field of perception, like a honeycomb. Although it is not yet integral, it is already moving toward it.

When we gather all our individual thoughts and feelings in the ten, they get combined such that they form a sphere. All our unique individual aspirations, narrow passages and tunnels, do not disappear; they turn into an integral system because of the inclusion of ten individuals into each other.

In the ten, we are like the upper world, which creates a totally different configuration out of us, similar to itself, and therefore, it becomes a complete integral sphere. If there were no similarity to the upper world and if it did not shape us out of many parts into a common integral system, we could not have achieved this on our own. Therefore, a ten is a special form of unity.

Question: How can those who feel justified hatred toward each other and who start by being mutually exclusive become complementary toward one another? This miracle of Kabbalah cannot be understood on this level of human consciousness.

Answer: This is truly a miracle. But a special kind of miracle and a great joy when people unite with each other. This is accompanied by experiencing a great surge, a release of energy, a flow of information and feelings.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/8/18

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Where Is The Upper World Revealed?

laitman_528.01Question: What kind of spiritual benefit can there be from the talks, discussions, and disputes of a group of people who have begun their journey  in the wisdom of Kabbalah but are not in spiritual attainment?

Answer: People need to try to find a common language, to unite, to understand how different they are, what they can do to come closer to each other, and help each other mutually. They need to talk about this a lot, to study the books of Kabbalah, and to organize common meals, as we did with my teacher Rabash.

Every week in addition to learning, we would gather in the evenings and read his articles, and sometimes we would travel to different places as a large group. In other words, this was a complete system of exercises that functioned on two levels.

One level was indeed completely physical, psychological, and amiable: we would simply get together and get to know each other. We needed to do that. It is relevant to both groups of women and groups of men.

A second level is learning about our relationships and connections, but on a deeper level we don’t yet feel, like the workings of parts of the soul, or a spiritual system, or a Partzuf; it doesn’t matter what this is called.

If ten friends achieve an inner connection, then a system is created between them called a Partzuf (spiritual body) or a Kli (vessel) composed of ten parts, ten desires, connected correctly, and a unique force called the Creator starts becoming revealed.

Ten people together feel and discover it. This is called the discovery of the upper world. The power of the Creator manages them, guides them forward, and changes them and all the circumstances that are around and within them. He teaches them. The moment they discover Him, He immediately begins to work with them.

All the transformations that happen with them are multifaceted. Even if they seem to negate and contradict each other, at the same time, they still help, integrate, and the group of ten gradually ascends. The friends feel the contradictions between them more and more, and yet, the force that connects them becomes greater and greater.

It is particularly when faced with great opposition or in parallel with them that we start discovering a general integral connecting force. Between the two forces of rejection and attraction, a spiritual sense organ, called “a soul,” is created. It begins to teach them, as it is said, “A person’s soul will teach him,” and they follow it.

In this way, everything is resolved the connection among the people, not only in the group of ten. The more there are such groups of ten, and the more they connect with each other, the better, because the whole of humanity must reach such a connection.

That is how the upper world is revealed. It cannot be revealed in any other way. We can only make discoveries of the upper world in the connection between us, because we all emerged from system of Adam that shattered, and which we must restore.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/8/17

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Work In The Ten

laitman_942Question: When the ten works together, does the effect occur when at least one member thinks about the other nine or when the entire ten simultaneously does the same thing?

Answer: It is enough for just a few to be thinking about the others at any given time, and those few periodically rotate with each taking their turn. They are reminded of this from above since everything happens not because they want it to happen, but because they are controlled by the upper system of control, and they are rearranged among themselves in constant intention toward their personal connection and unity with the upper force.

They control absolutely nothing; they are just trying to think about the ten. They only need to awaken each other to the greatness of this controlling force and their ability to affect it together.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 8/16/17

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A Kabbalistic Art

laitman_942Question: How can you practically touch the heart of your ten during a workshop?

Answer: This is a Kabbalistic art: how to agree with friends in the ten, create such mutual understanding, mutual relations, and inclusiveness so that they see the goal that we want to achieve as the most important thing.

Congresses are good because we are not distracted by anything. I came here and for me there is no one except the friends I am with now. I do not want to think about anything else. At this moment I want to achieve the sense that we are adding to each other in the ten where I will reveal the Creator.

Nothing prevents me from this except myself. And my friends will act just like me. I have to believe that the Creator controls them and makes them the best figures for me. He plays with me through them.

If I constantly try to work on myself, adjust to them, add to them, and collect them together into one single whole, then inside of them I will reveal the Creator between us.
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From the Convention in Vilnius “From Chaos to Harmony,” Day One 11/3/17, Lesson 1

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Tens In The Time Of Moses

laitman_934Question: Abraham’s method was intended for several thousand people, while Moses’s method was intended for the people that needed to be organized in the correct form. Where did the tens, hundreds, and thousands start from? Did these tens consist of ten friends or also family?

Answer: The ten included ten men and ten women separately. In this division, the families were not taken into consideration.
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From a Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/23/17

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How Does The Objective Perception Of The World Happen?

Laitman_931.02Question: According to the method of Kabbalah, I take ten people, organize relationships with them according to certain laws, and through these relationships begin to perceive the world. Isn’t this subjective? Anyway, I will perceive through them, I will see some other world. And my friend will see something different.

Answer: You have no other possibility of attaining the upper world. However, you with your friends will feel the same because each of you will include in yourself all the rest, the entire ten.

Being in the ten, I remain Malchut (M), and my nine friends represent the first nine Sefirot that I annul myself before. I include all of them in myself and it turns out that I see everything in them.

At the same time, I do not take myself into account. I make a restriction (Tzimtzum) on myself.

I act only through the friends and therefore perceive the world objectively, through them. I see the spiritual world, the degrees of attainment. The only thing that is revealed at these degrees of unification is the Creator. There is no one and nothing else.

Question: Does it mean that there are no stars, trees, and cities?

Answer: No. The Kabbalist perceives these in his five animalistic (corporeal) sensory organs.

If you want to correctly perceive world history, you must immerse yourself in your ten and constantly seek greater compression in it, that is, unification. In this measure, you will begin to attain the degrees of connection and your steps of ascent on the ladder of the revelation of the universe, of the Light.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/16/17

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Workshop In A Circle And Practical Kabbalah – Part 3

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Gathering of Friends

Question: Sports training is conducted under the guidance of a coach on the football field or in the gym, the study consists of reading textbooks, listening to the lectures and making notes. What is the basis of the workshop in Kabbalah, is it based on people’s conversation with each other?

Answer: The workshop is built on a conversation between people, but it is conducted on the basis of special texts written by Kabbalists. Each time, a new selection of excerpts is chosen according to a particular topic on which the basis of a workshop is built.

The workshop is not a simple discussion because it is not very important what people say. The guide can even ask them to talk together at the same time. What matters is not what they say, but what happens to their heart, to what extent it wants to join the group in order to bestow to it, connect others, and reveal the Creator. That is, it is not the words that are important, but the inner aspiration of a person toward the ten.

There is a special kind of a workshop that is called the gathering of friends. It involves not only ten, but a large number of people, as if many tens are connected together. Let’s say that there are eight billion people in the world, which is eight hundred million tens. This is also kind of a workshop, but more like a meeting.

The gathering of friends is a more general action that obeys the same laws as the workshop. At a gathering of friends, we do not engage in clarifications, but speak about positive things, such as our progress and achievements, the greatness of the friends, the teacher, and the Creator, the greatness of our goal, and our ascent.

The gathering of friends is always conducted in the “right line,” that is, without any criticism in order to raise the spirit in the group. Usually the gathering of friends are held in a large group with many people and all the tens are connected together into one circle; they sit together and feel as one ten.

Question: What is the purpose of such a gathering?

Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, there is no more than HaVaYaH, that is, ten qualities. Therefore, any number of people in relation to the general assembly will always be like ten.

Question: What is the most important condition of a successful gathering?

Answer: The gathering will be successful if all of us want to feel ourselves connected. However, at such gatherings we do not discuss our deficiencies or any topic that can separate us or cause a rift between us. Everything is aimed at strengthening the greatness of the Creator and the group.

If we leave such a gathering filled with the sense of the greatness of the group, the wisdom of Kabbalah, the teacher, and the Creator and feel ourselves the happiest, it means that it was successful. This is not a psychotherapy, we really are telling the truth without being insincere.

We simply help each other to rise to the height of the group by this platform that the group creates for us, as if on an elevator. No matter at what level a person is, the group lifts him. The gathering of friends is an elevator, which upon entering, one can rise to the “second floor,” “third floor,” and even to the roof.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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Workshop In A Circle And Practical Kabbalah – Part 2

laitman_942Question: What is the meaning of the workshop, discussions in a circle, as a method of practical work widely used in Kabbalah?

Answer: A “workshop” is a joint action of ten men or ten women who perform exercises according to the recommendations given in the Kabbalistic sources or under the guidance of a teacher, like athletes under the guidance of a coach. Only these are not physical exercises, like in sports, but internal ones based on inner efforts to connect with each other to such an extent that inside this connection the Creator will be revealed.

It might seem good if this could be realized in one action. However, usually this requires a lot of exercises for many months or even years. Such an exercise with an aim of creating a special connection between us, inside which we will be able to sense the upper force of bestowal and love, is called a “workshop.”

There are many different types of workshops, but as a rule they are held as a preparation for Kabbalah lessons. During the workshop, we check connections between us, how much they correspond to the nature of the Creator, bestowal and love. Once we reach such bestowal and love for each other during the workshop, or conversely, we cannot reach them, but discover our oppositeness to each other—we move to studying.

Then through the study, we demand from above the force of bestowal, the Light that returns to the source, that is, the force that exists in the Creator. This is called the study of the Torah, about which it is written, “I created the evil inclination” that separates us in the ten and “in addition to it, I created the Torah, the Light that returns to the source”.

It turns out that if we study Kabbalah in the ten in order to get closer and connect with each other, then we can use the force of the Torah. During the study, we learn what it means to be connected, how spiritual objects (Partzufim) and worlds are built, what the ladder of spiritual degrees is, and how all this connects together and joins us to itself.

In this case, we attract a special force to ourselves called Torah, Surrounding Light, or the Light that returns to the source, which influences us and brings us closer to each other.

In this way, we build a network of connections in which we eventually reveal the special phenomena called the manifestation of the upper force, the revelation of the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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laitman_934Question: The method of Kabbalah allows us to change a person’s nature so that he will start caring for others instead of himself. To implement this technique, workshops in the circles, roundtables, are used. What is a roundtable?

Answer: The roundtable is a group action in which men, women, and children participate. Kabbalah is a method of revealing the Creator by the created beings in this world, and this is only possible when there is an equivalence of qualities. It means that we must acquire qualities that are similar to the upper force and then we will be able to reveal it, like any locator should be ready for those phenomena that it is designed to discover.

For example, a smoke detector is built in order to react to smoke rather than a sweet, bitter, or sour taste. So here if I want to reveal the upper force, I must form the sensory organ within myself that is similar to the nature of the Creator that I do not have yet. Then I will be able to find the Creator, like a bloodhound that got the trail. All I need is a sense of smell to discover where He is hiding.

Kabbalists say that the Creator hides between us. If we have kind, good relationships between us and there is mutual aid and love for friends, as if we are one man with one heart, it means that we indeed want to feel ourselves as one whole.

In this aspiration, we begin to feel, like a dog with its nose, the presence of the Creator. We do not look for Him somewhere in other worlds and spaces, but connect with each other more and more in order to find where and how we can reveal the Creator.

It is clear that once we build friendly relations between us we will reveal the upper force inside them. The network of connections between us that are as kind as possible, up to love, is called Shechina (Divinity), because we want to discover the presence of the Creator within it, which is called Shochen.

Therefore, there is no need to move to another space; we just need to correct the network of relations between us to mutual love, bestowal, embracing, and unity to such an extent that we will become so close to each other internally that within this connection the Creator will be revealed. The only thing we need to worry about is our unity, and everything else will be revealed within it.

In order to build such a special connection, we work in a group of ten people who want to reveal the upper force. If they implement the advice of Kabbalists, they gradually reveal this force.

It is desirable that such a ten gather every day to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and also to try to connect all the friends together through talking about unity, reading Kabbalistic articles, and performing all sorts of exercises.

All this is in order to build such relations between the friends within which the network of connections between us will be revealed. This network already exists, but we need to pull it out of concealment, like a net from depths of the sea. As fishermen drag the fish out with the net, so too will we pull the Creator out with this network and reveal Him.

A workshop in a circle is an action that allows us to become similar to the qualities of the upper force. This is the entire practical wisdom of Kabbalah that speaks about the ascent of a person from the bottom upward.

There is a part of Kabbalah that explains the structure of the universe that descends from the world of Infinity downward. Its other part teaches how from this world to rise back to the world of Infinity and reveal the Creator. This work is done through the workshops in the circles.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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