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After Darkness Dawn Appears

921Question: What states, earthly pleasures, and sufferings did you personally undergo before you revealed the Creator?

Answer: I went through a lot of things. You will too. It is the same for everyone.

Question: Did you feel emptiness or depression?

Answer: How can they not be felt if these are necessary states even before receiving any knowledge? You have to feel that you lack this knowledge, do not understand something, and are in a confused state.

It is the same with spiritual attainment. Before you reveal something spiritual, you must feel like you do not understand anything, you are in some kind of prostration. It seems to you that you will never achieve what you desire and that all your studies are absolutely useless, aimless, and stupid. You start cursing both yourself and me, all of us.

Then this state changes. A new day comes, a new light, and everything manifests in a new way, only at a higher level.

Each time darkness and light rotate, night and day, until you accumulate enough impressions that turn into a constant sensation—knowledge.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/23/18

The Future Of The World, 15 Years Ahead

laitman_941Question: How do you see the future development of the world 15 years from now? What will come to the forefront? What is Israel’s role in it?

Answer: The desirable path of development is the awareness of the Israeli people, together with our groups in the world, and the so-called progressive humanity that the most important thing is to unite and to show the world an example of unity.

When we manage to unite with each other at least a little bit, then the upper light will pass through us and it will be felt at all levels of humanity. People will feel that real life and the possibility of progressing to the next stage of development, exiting to a new level of existence, is in unity.

Being in this corporeal world, we will at the same time begin to penetrate into higher matter, into higher existence, into those areas where not our brain operates, but the commands that control it.

I hope very much that we will begin to feel this in the coming years. It is at our doorstep, but it depends on us how much we will be ready to adapt this knowledge and sensations.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/13/19

Get Close To The Upper World

laitman_259.02Question: If the desire to receive is our basis, then what is the quality of bestowal and how can it be separated from the desire to receive?

Answer: We have only one quality—to receive, to enjoy, to feel everything in yourself, in your egoism. We cannot even imagine what it means to feel not in our quality. How can this be? Where do I feel?

Therefore, a completely new quality, feeling, sensation, which is opposite to our nature, is being built over us, and it can be built only with the help of the upper light. We must do everything we can to attract the light, to somehow direct it toward ourselves, to get closer to it. That’s what we do.

If I try to directly experience the upper light myself, then I will fail. I would be dealing with mysticism, slander, conventions, maybe religious attributes. If I really want to start feeling the upper world, then this requires an upper force. I need to clearly address the Creator and demand from Him, and this is possible only if we turn to Him together.

I can study for many years The Study of the Ten Sefirot or Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah (Pticha), but if I will not be directed through the group to the Creator, I will fail.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 4/4/19

Relationship Between Teacher And Student

laitman_528.04Question: The role of the teacher is very important in studying the wisdom of Kabbalah.
What is a Kabbalah teacher?

Answer: First of all, it is the one who has received knowledge from a recognized Kabbalist. Second, he teaches from original sources. Third, he does not attract attention to his personality. And fourth, he directs everyone to the revelation of the Creator.

Question: What is the interaction between the student and the teacher?

Answer: The interaction depends on the student, not on the teacher. The teacher can help the student in everything that can benefit him. However, he completely detaches himself from interfering with the inner world of the student, thus teaching him to become self-attaining.

On one hand, there is a constant concern for the development and care of the student. But the teacher always keeps a certain distance from the student in order to give him a feeling of freewill, freedom of action, freedom of decisions, and so on, because no one can be a substitute for student’s independent progress.

Question: What is the difference between a Kabbalah teacher and a teacher of other disciplines?

Answer: A Kabbalah teacher does not teach as much as he gives the student advice how, by changing himself, he can reveal what he needs to attain. What student comprehends is his, not the teacher’s attainment.

He goes along a certain path, constantly developing his inner properties, his soul, and achieves even greater revelation of the Creator. This is purely his personal achievement. Therefore, the teacher here is just an external, helping source.
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From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah”, 11/20/18

Torah And Vowels

Laitman_507.05Question: Vowels are used in Hebrew: nekudot—dots above the letters that indicate the correct pronunciation of the vowels. There is an account that they were developed by a family from Tiberias after the destruction of the Temple in order to preserve the sound of the Torah. But we study that the vowel vocalizations are the lights that are above the letter, i.e., above the Kli (vessel) or under the Kli.

Were the nekudot invented by the Tiberias family to record the Torah? After all, the Torah itself was written without nekudot.

Answer: It does not matter. In the Torah, there are really not very many signs necessary for its reading. After all, when you read the Torah, you must reproduce it with all your external and internal instruments.

That is, I must know how I sing the text, how I give intonation to each sentence, where I can pause, and where it is forbidden. After all, a person cannot read the text in one breath.

Moreover, the reading of the Torah is different from usual reading when you take air into the lungs, read something out loud, and release the air. When reading the Torah, I must properly manage my lungs like an organ in a cathedral. I press on certain parts of my lungs, which consist of five parts. After that, I turn on the five parts of the reproduction apparatus: the larynx, throat, mouth, lips, and teeth.

Therefore, Hebrew letters are a shortened form of the huge, powerful data that a person received in order to read.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/6/19

Is It Possible To Accurately Predict The Future?

laitman_222Question: To what extent does perception and comprehension of spiritual timeless roots allow us to see the future within the framework of the material world?

Answer: I cannot say that there is an exact correspondence between the spiritual and the material and that one could foresee the future. The future depends on many parameters that are beyond your desire; in particular, from many specific people and factors.

Therefore, it is impossible to accurately predict the future. You can tell which way it flows, but what state it will take at each moment in time, you do not know.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/20/19

What Does It Mean To Carry Out Commandments?

laitman_938.03Question: What does it mean to carry out commandments?

Answer: Carrying out commandments means carrying out the conditions of our interconnectedness, the connection between us.

Being connected to each other in the single system of Adam is a commandment.

Although this system consists of egoistic desires, by building altruistic connections between its parts, it becomes similar to the Creator, the quality of bestowal, which is revealed precisely in it to the extent that it becomes giving—first on the zero egoistic level, then on the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth levels. Then the Creator appears in the form of the light of Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, and Yechida.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian of 11/25/18

My Articles In The Media, April 2019
The Creator Is A Perfect Altruistic System

laitman_284.07Question: How does the Creator judge and understand what is useful and what is harmful for me?

Answer: The Creator is not some bearded uncle, who, like the fictional Russian character Khottabych, pulls out a hair from a beard and thinks of something.

It is an absolutely complete, perfect, altruistic system of all worlds. To the extent that we connect with each other, we become similar to it and begin to feel that ideal, the reciprocity that exists in the system.

At the same time, we combine positive and negative properties; therefore we neutralize life, death, and everything that happens at our level. It all disappears, and we begin to feel the perfection of the upper life.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 11/18/18

To Enjoy Ourselves Or To Give Joy?

laitman_616.2The force of faith comes from a special illumination that opens from above. The light of faith gives a person faith, meaning the force of bestowal. Just as now, naturally, according to the formula implanted in me, without hesitating, I constantly think about myself, so will I begin to think according to the inverted formula, about the benefits of others, that is, ultimately about the benefit of the Creator.

I understand that the Creator depicts all the details of reality that I see in front of me so that through them I could come to true bestowal to the Creator. My friends, allies, and enemies, different characters that poison my life and conversely, support me, all the inanimate nature, plants, animals, and humans, are just actors in the great theater called life. They are all controlled by the upper force of the Creator with the sole purpose that through them I will connect to the upper force.

Faith is the Creator Himself; He is called the “God of faith.” When this light is revealed, then under the influence of its illumination, I begin to act according to the instructions of this force. And when the light is concealed, I act contrary to it, like Pharaoh, the evil inclination. In fact, there are only two forces, both the front and back sides of the Creator, that are playing with me.

The entire world are the details of the Creator’s game with me; as much as I can connect them, I come closer to the Creator. All the calculations are directed only to the Creator, my intention is directed only to Him; all the rest are just the means. However, without these means it is impossible to reach the Creator, so I must treat them exactly the same way as I treat the Creator. Then these means, along with me, will turn into the matter, the desire, by which I adhere to the Creator.

The light of faith is the surrounding light that returns to the source and brings the force of bestowal to the heart of a person. It is the only thing that we need; there is nothing else to wait and hope for. If we attain the light of faith, then with its help we will be able to ascend to the level of bestowal, exit the desire to receive, and start working with it altruistically. The whole Torah is to correct the intention from “in order to receive” to “in order to bestow.”

The desire to enjoy remains as it was created by the Creator. The only question is what gives us pleasure: to enjoy ourselves or to give joy to others. This is the whole difference between the nature of receiving and giving. It is not the desire that changes, not the matter itself, but rather the intention that is inverted by the reforming light.1

My ability to bestow is determined by the light of faith that I receive. Therefore, the use of my desire expands and I see what can be done with it. If I work with it in order to bestow, the world suddenly becomes transparent to some extent. The more of my desire I use to bestow, the more transparent the world becomes.

After all, I see the world through the desire to receive. If the desire is egoistic, the world is very limited, closed. The intention in order to bestow opens an opportunity for me to see what is beyond my narrow animalistic interests. Now I think only about things that are good for my animal. The reality I feel in this perspective is called this world: food, sex, family, money, honor, and knowledge. However, if I expand my perception, I see a different life.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/20/19, Shamati “What Is Greatness and Smallness in Faith?”
1 Minute 4:38
2 Minute 20:30