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Aiming Toward Love

laitman_527.03MAN is not the heavenly manna that falls from above, but a prayer that a person raises from below and becomes fulfilled by it. It is the drive forward, not the reception, but the aim, the push, the daring that fulfills him, and by this he lives.

Only through the aiming toward love does a person feel pleasure, which is called the sweet labor of love, without which it does not exist.

Fulfillment is only the request to the Creator. That is why the prayer in Hebrew is called “tfila” from the word “lehitpalel,” which means to judge oneself. Although you are not asking anyone for anything, you scrutinize and understand yourself. You do not need to address anyone; it is sufficient to reach the aspiration for the goal and not to search for the goal itself.

Only those working on spiritual correction and going through everything themselves can understand this. No one else can.

And even for those who are engaged, it takes a long time before the aspiration forward is not for oneself without any reception, absolutely selfless, and becomes their inner need. But this is the true spiritual state.

So, it is specifically the desert where you eat the manna—that is the ideal state. You have nothing other than the aspiration forward, toward love and bestowal.

You still cannot use your “Pharaoh” (ego) that sits in your “duffle bag,” but you already start aiming forward. And then your drive will increase so much that without expecting that this desire will grow in you, you will gradually begin pulling it out and changing it into aiming forward.

And then you will be able to act. Like the Creator acts in bestowal you will, with the help of the Pharaoh, act on working in bestowal. Specifically the black force of the Pharaoh is what will give you the ability to bestow.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/25/15

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“He Is Faithful Throughout My House”

laitman_740.02Torah, Numbers 12:02 – 12:08: They said, “Has the Lord spoken only to Moses? Hasn’t He spoken to us too?” And the Lord heard. Now this man Moses was exceedingly humble, more so than any person on the face of the earth. The Lord suddenly said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Go out, all three of you, to the Tent of Meeting!” And all three went out. The Lord descended in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the Tent. He called to Aaron and Miriam, and they both went out. He said, “Please listen to My words. If there be prophets among you, [I] the Lord will make Myself known to him in a vision; I will speak to him in a dream. Not so is My servant Moses; he is faithful throughout My house. With him I speak mouth to mouth; in a vision and not in riddles, and he beholds the image of the Lord. So why were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?

The level of Moses is in the attainment of the Creator. And the attainment of the Creator occurs in the corrected state of a man. That is, Moses is many levels higher in his correction than Aaron and Miriam.

Being below him, they do not understand it and object. The lower degree never understands the higher one. In the spiritual, the higher degree seems absolutely illogical.

In our world, for example, this is manifested in the upbringing of children—they also do not want to agree with us. And this is natural.

And in the spiritual state, the higher degree seems stupid, small-minded, unclear, illogical—without a conscious approach, because each time you exercise greater faith above reason. You only need to annul yourself, close your eyes and follow the higher degree, either against your will or by decided it is necessary.

Question: What does God talk about with Miriam and Aaron?

Answer: Miriam and Aaron are at the level of prophecy. A prophet is a person the Creator speaks with. He even sees some manifestations of the Creator in the Reflected Light (Ohr Hozer). But generally this is the attainment through the property of Bina. Therefore, the degree of Bina is called “hearing.”

It is said: “With him I speak mouth to mouth,” meaning, without hiding anything, without passing through any transformations and weakenings—that which is in Me, he receives too. This is the highest degree of adhesion of the soul with the Creator.

Question: What does it mean “he is faithful throughout My house”?

Answer: Moses fully mastered the property of Bina. When Malchut ascends to Bina, this is the house of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/25/15

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Leprosy (Tzara’ath)

Laitman_120The Torah, Numbers 12:09 – 12:15: The wrath of the Lord flared against them and He left. The cloud departed from above the Tent, and behold, Miriam was afflicted with tzara’ath, [as white] as snow. Then Aaron turned to Miriam and behold, she was afflicted with tzara’ath.

Aaron said to Moses, “Please, master, do not put sin upon us for acting foolishly and for sinning. Let her not be like the dead, which comes out of his mother’s womb with half his flesh consumed!”

Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “I beseech you, God, please heal her.” The Lord replied to Moses, “If her father were to spit in her face, would she not be humiliated for seven days? She shall be confined for seven days outside the camp, and afterwards she may enter. So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not travel until Miriam had entered.

This is a very serious correction. First the revelation of egoism occurs, then its correction, which is a period of suffering, and then movement forward.

Suffering is not punishment. In the Torah, punishment is correction.

Remark: But leprosy is a terrible correction.

My Comment: Naturally. Lesions appear on a person’s skin because the skin symbolizes the most external egoistic stage. It is affected the most.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Just like the liver, kidneys, and so on, the skin is an organ. It breathes, works, and processes everything. The exchange of gas with atmosphere and exchange of heat happens through it, and it feels everything.

We do not understand what it is. In our time, it is fashionable to get all sorts of tattoos on the skin, but they disrupt the entire work of the body.

Question: What does leprosy on the skin mean?

Answer: Leprosy on the skin is the revelation of the very last stage of egoism. In other words, this is a cleansing because all of it was inside and now it is manifesting from the outside. The only way to cure it is by the Light of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/25/16

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The Place Where The Creator Is Revealed

laitman_608.02Torah, Leviticus 8:33 – 8:36: And you shall not leave the entrance of the Tent of Meeting for seven days, until the day of the completion of your investiture days, he will inaugurate you for seven days. As he did on this day, so the Lord has commanded to do, to effect atonement for you.

And you shall stay day and night for seven days at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. You shall observe the Lord’s command, so that you will not die, for thus I was commanded. And Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord commanded through Moses.

Breaking away from egoism is the atonement.

It is compensation for getting rid of something impure, negative, and detrimental like, for example, some kind of disease. This is the way you purify yourself and start a different, healthier life. This is exactly what happened here.

The six days symbolize the six Sefirot: Chesed, Gevurah,Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, and Yesod; the seventh day represents self-purification and is called Malchut. Aaron and his sons are able to ascend above the ego and use it for the purpose of love and bestowal. Then, they will be called Cohens or Levis.

Malchut works only above itself by raising the reflecting Light. In other words, I work in order for someone else to get pleasure.
But we are not talking here about people and their physical bodies that require energy. We are talking about spiritual qualities. Therefore, everything I can share, apart from necessities for my own survival, goes toward giving above Malchut.

Question: What does “work with the reflecting Light” mean?

Answer: Malchut has to become similar to the six upper qualities that are above it.

The Light gets reflected off the screen between Malchut and Yesod and then returns back up. Specifically, in the Light that is reflected off Malchut and rises from the bottom upward, the similarity to the six qualities gets formed, which is the revelation and perception of the Creator. From that reflection, an image is formed of the new, spiritual person, which is the embodiment of the Creator.

The person and the Creator join within this image. Moreover, the joined image resides between the inborn egoism of the person and the altruism of the Creator. It follows that the image is neither the Creator nor the person, but is their joining into one whole. This is the state of wholeness that we aspire to.

Based on the strength of the unified image of the person and the Creator, we can determine which of the 125 levels of correction the person is on.

Malchut remains a desire to receive. The intention to give is above Malchut and it transfers from there to the others. Therefore, the quality of bestowal—the place in which the Creator is revealed—is built above Malchut.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/10/13

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“A Wind Went Forth From The Lord”

laitman_746.03Torah, Numbers 11:30 – 11:31: Then Moses entered the camp; he and the elders of Israel. A wind went forth from the Lord and swept quails from the sea and spread them over the camp about one day’s journey this way and one day’s journey that way, around the camp, about two cubits above the ground.

A wind (Ruach) is a movement. “A wind went forth from the Lord” means that a new inner movement enveloped a person.

“And swept quails from the sea and spread them over the camp… about two cubits above the ground.” If we look at this from the point of view of physical units of measurement, an elbow [an ell, a cubit] is approximately 60 centimetres. This means that two cubits are one meter and twenty centimetres. The whole camp was covered with quails for one day’s journey from the camp in all directions. Can you imagine how many tons of meat this is? The people demanded food and they received it.

Naturally, this is an allegory. It does not mean quails. Do you want to receive fulfillment into your egoistic desires? Please, come and get it!
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/25/15

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“I Will Give You The Stone Tablets”

laitman_740.02Torah, Exodus, 24:12 – 24:14: And the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me to the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets, the Law and the commandments, which I have written to instruct them.”

So Moses and Joshua, his servant, arose, and Moses ascended to the mount of God.

And to the elders he said, “Wait for us here until we return to you, and here Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a case, let him go to them.”

This is about the separation of various levels of governance. There is the same separation within a person as there is in society. There are common people, Levites, Cohens, and Moses within him. Yet, only the point called Moses enters the uppermost contact with the next level, and then the ascent begins.

It is written, “I will give you the stone tablets, the Law and the commandments.” The point called Moses gets included into the next degree that starts from the inanimate level (Domem – stony level, what is called Lev HaEven, the stony heart) and surrenders to the upper force that carves the commandments on it. This is the work of the Creator.

Moses is unable to carve on his heart (on the level of Lev HaEven) the words of the Torah, that is, the spiritual commandments that represent the ten Sefirot, the most corrected and most profound ones. After all, the basis of the next degree is the correction of a person on the deepest egoistic level.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/1/13

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Tear Them Down And Shatter Their Monuments

Laitman_115.05Torah, Exodus 23:24: You shall not prostrate yourself before their gods, and you shall not worship them, and you shall not follow their practices, but you shall tear them down and you shall utterly shatter their monuments.

What is being referred to here is not idol worship of primitive tribes, but about man building the likeness of the Creator within himself.

“Shatter their monuments” means to destroy all egoistic desire, all the way to the last level, to the “rocks,” in other words, to the inanimate level. Man must stop using egoism in any of its forms.

Initially, when a quality called, for example, Jebusites or Hittites, which had never been experienced before, begins to develop, a person may think that he can move toward the goal correctly with this quality: live in this world in order to grow spiritually. But, later, he begins to discover that this quality is opposite to the spiritual.

Moreover, this quality still needs to be developed to such an extent that you grow to despise it: you are ready to do whatever it takes to no longer remain in this guise, in this shell, in this form—that is how completely opposite it is to the likeness of the Creator.

Nonetheless, thanks to this, thanks to each of these forms, each of these qualities, each of these “nations,” the form of the Creator is revealed within you. That is how you come to recognize Him from all angles and gradually reveal Him.

Only a person who is moving toward the Creator is able to come to despise these “nations” within oneself.

Question: Any other hatred is not considered hatred?

Answer: No, earthly qualities are not being referred to here, but the people who took on the goal to make themselves similar to the Creator.

No matter how grand this sounds, it is still a very difficult job. Actually, the Creator does everything, but identifying all the opposites to Him within yourself to such an extent that you beg Him to correct you, that you must do yourself. “Strike me with a chisel and hammer, cut from me all the egoistic excesses and leave in me only Your image,”—this you need to beg for.
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The Creator Hears Everyone’s Prayer

Laitman_153Question: What does it mean: “The Creator hears everyone’s prayer”?

Answer: The Creator is the upper system, the system of Bina, called Elokim.

This system hears all of our pleas because we are its consequence; we live inside Bina—not at its height, but inside of it—since it gives birth to us, takes care of us, and supports our existence so that we would desire to become like it. It is completely bestowing and we are all receivers. That is how we were created.

Bina gave birth to us and takes care of us, and we gradually reach a state where we find that we are opposite to it. We do not care that we are opposite to it; we do not even identify that this is so, but an aspiration to attain this degree of Bina awakens in us.

This aspiration is called the point in the heart. This point awakens us because the degree of Bina is always working on us. This goes on until we start to turn to it, wishing to come closer to it. We suddenly feel that it is important. We aspire to it as if yearning to return home, to attain our source.

What do we aspire to? To the root of our life, the place where it originates. We aspire to our source in order to find answers to the questions—“Where do I come from? Why do I exist? For what purpose?”—because the root contains everything. We do not know about the future, but the root exists, without a doubt.

Therefore, we aspire to Bina since we contain a spark from there. This spark connects us to the degree of Bina. Our will to receive is completely on the degree of Malchut, which Bina gave birth to.

This is how we exist inside an inner sensation between two worlds: between the degree of Bina, the upper world, and the degree of Malchut, the lower world. This is already contained in us. Now our work is to constantly respect, awaken, and grow this spark. That is what we do with the help of the work in the group.
From the 3d part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/5/17, “Working with Disturbances”

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“The People Rose Up All That Day”

laitman_746.02Torah, Numbers 11:32 – 11:34: The people rose up all that day and all night and the next day and gathered the quails. [Even] the one who gathered the least collected ten heaps. They spread them around the camp in piles. The meat was still between their teeth; it was not yet finished, and the anger of the Lord flared against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very mighty blow. He named that place Kivroth Hata’avah [Graves of Craving], for there they buried the people who craved.

Everyone died except those who did not touch this ration from the sky. This is not talking about people but desires in every person.

All egoistic desires—those that hunt these gifts—are instantly punished in the desert. Therein lies their correction—they die.

This is about one person who advances in his spiritual development and sees that all of his requests can be satisfied, but it will entail his spiritual death.

Question: What are the “quails”?

Answer: Everything in our world results from the influence on a desire of a certain Light and the desire is formed by its influence. The Light generates desires, which then are revealed as dead, and is named in this world.

Question: In principle, do all the desires that prevent one from advancing get cut off?

Answer: On this degree, yes. But then they arise again and are corrected. Nothing remains in the egoistic state.

Dead means not suitable for use now. The next moment, at the next degree, all of this is revived and corrected. Just as we die in this world, in our understanding, in our view of what happens to us, and are then reborn.
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Malchut Is Waiting

laitman_282.01Torah, Numbers 12:01: Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses regarding the Cushite woman he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman.

Moses’s wife Zipporah is a Cushite, meaning she is dark-skinned. It means that Moses’s Malchut is much darker, harder, and heavier than the desires of Miriam and Aaron. Therefore, when he works with her, he reaches a higher level.

In the same way, we now have to attach ourselves to all of humanity. Can you imagine the Malchut that is waiting to be connected?! At the same time, when this happens all will receive such an elevation!
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