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How Can Israel Defend Its Independence?

294.2Dear Michael Laitman,

I am 92 years old. I have been living in Israel for 34 years. I love this country, I love my people. My children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, all are here, no one has left.

Tell me, we have been celebrating Independence Day in Israel for 76 years. We have defended Israel in six wars. Today, we are at war again, and I see that beasts are against us. Hamas are beasts. In the north, there are Hezbollah terrorists. Iran will not leave us alone. There is such antisemitism all over the world! It is scary for a Jew to walk the streets. So many people want our country not to exist, and this worries me greatly.

Michael, tell me, will we be able to celebrate our independence in a year or in ten years? I am not thinking about myself when I ask you this question.

My Response: I understand you, and am very touched by your words. I think that we will still celebrate Israel Independence Day in such a way that it will be a holiday for the whole world. For the whole world!

We will achieve the point where the idea outlined in the Torah becomes the fundamental idea of the existence of humanity “love your neighbor as yourself” first and foremost.

Question: So are you saying that if the country lives by this law we will celebrate these holidays all the time?

Answer: Absolutely.

Comment: But tell me, is it possible that we could be expelled from here by force?

My Response: I do not think that we can be expelled from here. I do not think that difficult times lie ahead. Now we need to think not only about ourselves but also about the world: what we say to the world, what we need to show it, what we need to lead it to. This is how we will defend our independence.

Question: Should we also defend it militarily today?

Answer: Of course! Of course, we must.

Question: Have you no doubts about that?

Answer: No. For Israel, peace is a means to spread the idea of “love your neighbor as yourself” to humanity. We must not forget this and always behave in accordance with this principle.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 5/6/24

Memorial Day Is Inseparable from Independence Day

961.2Memorial Day and Independence Day follow right after each other because Memorial Day speaks about who we are and where these special people came from. It is said that the people of Israel do not belong to all other nations that arose naturally, but were created from a group that was gathered by one person, Abraham, the forefather.

These are people who have no other connection between them except their willingness to unite together for the sake of a common spiritual idea.

This idea is abstract, not material, and does not belong to this world, but we see that it holds the people of Israel together and does not allow them to dissolve among other nations. On the other hand, it opposes all the nations of the world and holds it more strongly than any other nation.

This idea is so strong that it gives the whole of humanity the foundations of culture, enlightenment, spirituality, and morality; it is such a strong influence that none of the most numerous nations could exert.

The influence of the nation of Israel continues to this day, and who knows how much more important it will become in the future. This phenomenon seems very strange and unique. And in fact, the people of Israel themselves and even more so the nations of the world do not know what they are really dealing with.

Memorial Day is not only in the memory of the people who gave their lives for the establishment of the State of Israel in our days. It is also dedicated to where these people and the state originated from, what the basis of its independence is, and why it is called a nation although it does not have the usual biological basis like all other nations.

We need to explore our roots based on their knowledge, realize our entire history, and honor the memory of the entire path we have gone through. We may understand what is happening to us today and where we are going.

Rambam writes in the book Yad Khazaka: “At the age of forty, Abraham knew the Creator and began to proclaim publicly to all the people that there is one Creator for the whole world, and in His name it is worth working. And he went and gathered people from city to city, from state to state, until he came to Eretz Canaan…

“And he informed each of them until they returned to the path of truth, and tens of thousands gathered around him. And these are the people of the house of Abraham. And he put this great principle into their hearts, and wrote books about it… And a people was formed in the world who knew the Creator.”

We see that a very special event happened: one man, forty years old, revealed the spiritual message and continued to spread it, and urged everyone who wanted to join him regardless of gender, race, nationality. Everyone who heard and accepted this idea joined Abraham’s group, and so “a nation was formed in the world who knew the Creator.”

This is the whole point of this idea: to bring together people who have a desire to know the Creator of the world. From this, we should understand our roots, our purpose, and the force that holds us together. It is on this basis that we unite as a nation.

Without attaining the Creator as the purpose of our existence, there is no need for the nation of Israel. In this case, we will not receive any opportunity from below in the material world nor permission and strength from above for existence, and we will not find any reason to be together.

Initially, the nation of Israel was formed on a spiritual basis, not on a biological commonality like all other nations who came from the same ancestral clan, one village, one territory. The nation of Israel unites completely different, opposite people. This has always been the case, and it will be so at the end of generations when everyone joins in this one goal of revealing the Creator.

These strange, unusual conditions relating to the nation of Israel are not like those under which any other nation exists. It is obvious that our history, laws, fate, and the forces acting on us must be completely different from all other nations. From this, we can understand what the reason for the emergence of the nation of Israel is, what its mission is, its basis, what forces are acting on us, and what our fate is.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/18, “Memorial Day & Independence Day”

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Memorial Day and Israel Independence Day

963.4Why is Memorial Day observed right before Independence Day? Everything emanates from the upper roots, and in the spiritual work, it is impossible to come to unity, to good spiritual force without rising above the force of evil, overcoming difficulties, problems, and the burdening of the heart.

The advantage of light is only attained from darkness. If we want to advance toward truth, then we must be prepared for the revelation of darkness. Then “there will be evening,” there will be night, and after “there will be morning—one day.”

Evening, night, darkness with all its inherent attributes are inseparable parts of the day. Therefore, Memorial Day is traditionally observed right before Israel Independence Day.

Independence Day symbolizes the coming of the light and the great correction. But before that, we have to uncover in what darkness we exist amidst evil and war, and we are obligated to fight and win this battle in order to come to Independence Day.

“Love covers all crimes.” Since we as created beings attain everything only from the opposite, there must be Memorial Day before Independence Day. Everything we have been through was intentionally sent from above, and all sufferings have a purpose and explanation; therefore, we must perceive them as necessary.

But if through our unity we reveal this necessity in a positive way, then we do not even need to suffer from darkness, misfortunes, and woes. If we are ready for darkness, we accelerate it and can pass through the darkness as a necessary part of our development so that evening and morning become one day, meaning night and darkness are included in the day, in the light.

Kabbalists understand that everything that happens is a part of the development process and therefore justify it as sent by the one upper force that brings us good in every state.

If we try, we will discover that there is only good and no evil. The Angel of Death will turn into a holy angel. With correct preparation, we can go through all difficulties with understanding and agree with them because in both darkness and light we will reveal the Creator’s good attitude toward us.

There are no days of mourning or states of sorrow because everything comes together at the end of correction: all the darkness, misfortunes, and woes, along with the emerging light above them in common unity and love.

If we ourselves seek deficiencies, broken desires, as necessary tools for revealing the Creator in order to bring Him contentment even before problems and woes are revealed, then we rejoice in the revealed sinners.

After all, concealed sinners certainly exist as a result of complete shattering, and we therefore rejoice in all identified shortcomings and regret that we have not yet revealed them all.

If we uncover evil in the light of day, then “darkness shines as light.” Therefore, there is no darkness; everything depends on my attitude.

If I uncover discrepancies between myself and my friend in order to eliminate this discrepancy by uniting above it and covering it with love, then I rejoice in the manifestation of shortcomings no less than in their correction. All work depends on the correct preparation in the group.

Memorial Day is a mournful day. But from the bitter experiences of the past, we need to understand that we can prepare ourselves for the revelation of evil in such a way that we will not see evil! Evil will only be revealed internally as a deficiency in our connection, and not as evil in this world, war, and the hatred of enemies. As it is said: “Cast your eye on them, they become a pile of bones.”

We need to understand that our enemies have power, and they can cause us a lot of trouble. After all, through them, the Creator acts and pushes us toward correction. We will have to seek the path of correction, and it lies only in our unity within the people of Israel through whom the light will flow into the world.

Let’s try, even if just for a month, let’s declare a “truce” within the state of Israel: let’s not quarrel with each other, let’s not hate one another, let’s try to become closer to each other. The love of Israel will protect us from enemies.

Let’s try to establish this love among us, let’s remember what our mothers told us: “Be good children, stop quarreling, be friends with each other!”

Let’s see what happens after a month of such an experiment. Then it will be easier for us to continue because habit will become second nature. Let’s try and see how the world’s attitude toward Israel changes, how our stocks rise on the stock exchange, how our army strengthens, how our children become better, how the number of accidents on the roads decreases and the number of divorces decreases—everything will start to improve.

Let’s declare a month of unity and then check the statistics: what happens to the people of Israel when they are not in internal discord.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/7/19, “Memorial Day & Independence Day”

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We Should Celebrate Independence

294.2Mark writes:

I want to ask about Israel Independence Day. Today, there is so much negativity said about Israel, and there is so much pessimism, doubt, bitterness, and tragedy in the country. Dear Michael, say something encouraging, something uplifting on our Independence Day. People will listen to you, many listen to you.

My Response: I hope that those who listen to me and hear me, hear my approval of our celebration of Independence Day. It does not matter how it was established even though there are many questions here.

I believe it is a necessary holiday. No one can cancel it. There are many who do not welcome it because it is not a religious holiday.

Comment: But it is known that your teacher, Baal HaSulam, the teacher of teachers, a great Kabbalist, celebrated this day. He even raised the “holy” knife on Shabbat that he used to cut the Shabbat Challah, and on it was written: Medinat Yisrael, which means the State of Israel. This was a challenge for Orthodox Jews. He did it. So, did he recognize and fully support this holiday?

My Response: Yes.

Question: How should it be preserved?

Answer: We do not need to preserve it. We just need to constantly restore it. Because as long as we exist, we are obliged to fight to celebrate this day once a year precisely because the people decided that this is their independence and it must be marked.

Question: You said the word “fight.” Does that mean we have to fight for it? Can it be that we finally reach a point where this day…?

Answer: No, that cannot be.

Question: Will it always be through a struggle?

Answer: As long as our world is opposed to the spiritual world.

Question: In your opinion, what does Israel Independence Day mean for the world? For us, it is like our security, our freedom. But for the world, what is it?

Answer: For the world, Israel’s independence is a fundamental date marking the transformation of the world from the ancient world to the modern world, and from a world where Jews existed as oppressed, persecuted, and pressured people to a world where we can exist proudly in our own country.

Question: You just said that this is supposed to be for the Jews. Or did you actually say that it is a holiday for the world too?

Answer: It means a lot to the world too because it is precisely thanks to the Jews, thanks to Israel, and thanks to our independence that we can continue our existence in a way that allows the world to exist.

Question: So do we give something to the world?

Answer: It is not that we give something; we hold the world upon us.

Question: Does this tiny dot that is barely visible, like a pinhole, hold the world on itself and is the center of the world?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Why do you say this so confidently?

Answer: Because it symbolizes that piece of the world that strives to strengthen this world, to make everyone equal and worthy.

Question: And is this Israel?

Answer: This is Israel, of course. Its goal is to make the world for everyone.

Question: The existence of Israel is intended specifically for the world?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Then will this be accepted by the world?

Answer: Then the world will accept this.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 5/6/24

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627.2All the sicknesses that I have visited upon Egypt I will not visit upon you” (Exodus 15:26).

Question: In Egypt we feel that we are suffering from illnesses. What do we feel and what do we ask for after leaving Egypt?

Answer: We ask the Creator first of all to heal us from egoism, and everything else is secondary.

Question: But at the moment of illness when it consumes me, how can I see the Creator and direct myself toward love?

Answer: Only with the help of the friends. If they support you, then you will be able to rise above your state to love, to adhesion with the Creator, and to feel the same attitude from Him.

Therefore, the entire group must be in a common intention, directed at the fact that such states are given in order to come closer to the Creator. Then, even if someone goes beyond the intention, they still do not let him stray far.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/27/24, Writings of Rabash “And God Spoke to Moses”

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Last Generation—The Beginning

963.4Question: A husband and wife ran a hotel for ordinary people. One day, a wealthy merchant came there. The wife saw his rich belongings and told her husband: “I have a powder called “forget everything.” I will add it to his rice, and he will forget some of his beautiful possessions.” So she did.

The guest had dinner, praised the hostess, and set off at dawn. The husband and wife rushed to his room to search for valuable things that had been forgotten. Suddenly, the husband shouted: “He forgot, he forgot!” “Forgot what?” his wife exclaimed joyfully. “He forgot to pay for the night.”

The question is this. We always want to let down one’s trust, which is our condition—a smile, good actions, deeds, and so on. A person can sit with an aging father or relative knowing his property will become his. Women marry millionaires, and so on. All soap operas are built on this. A person is not punished for that; this is how he receives. It is our world. In the parable, they are punished—the merchant forgot to pay.

Please tell me whether a person is still punished for this because he is trying to put another to sleep and take something from him.

Answer: Naturally, he is punished.

Question: Even though he maybe does not feel it?

Answer: Nature does not care that he does not feel it. In nature, all this is perfectly balanced.

Question: But all of humanity is this way. We smile the same way to get some position and befriend people to get something out of it. Is this human nature?

Answer: Yes, of course.

Question: And we are still punished for it. By what? By having this world?

Answer: Yes. It is our punishment. This world is a punishment.

Question: So, is everything that happens, including wars and all this suffering, caused by our attitude?

Answer: Yes. We do not wish happiness and kindness to anyone, or anything of this sort.

Question: Simply to wish. But it is not our fault, is it?

Answer: Go to the one who created you and tell Him: “Look how You created me! What can I do? I only scatter seeds of hatred around me. And it was You who made me this way.”

Question: And He expects us to go to Him with that?

Answer: He is waiting for us to reveal it and say it to Him, and then He will fix it.

Question: How do you feel about the proverb, “Don’t dig a hole for someone else; you’ll end up in it yourself”?

Answer: I do not particularly believe in this proverb.

Comment: Although you just said that we are being punished.

My Response: Yes, but it is all relative. How many holes have we dug for others and then not noticed that they are coming to us? If they came, it would be good. We would learn quickly.

Question: How does this match? You first said that we are being punished in some way. So, are we still being punished?

Answer: Yes, but we do not know what for, why, or how. It is a problem.

Question: If we did something wrong and got it right away, we would understand it was terrible. So we do not get it?

Answer: No.

Question: But it is good like this: what if I did something terrible and got it right away? Is it good or bad?

Answer: No, this is bad. It would not educate us. We would be like soldiers.

Comment: But a person would realize: I do something terrible and get punished.

My Response: He would do this because he realizes his actions were wrong.

Question: But in reality, how should it be?

Answer: Not to want to do evil in the first place.

Question: Not to want to hate? Should this be our main request?

Answer: Yes.

Question: I must feel that I want to do evil and hate?

Answer: Yes! Necessarily! I feel bad that I discovered this and asked the Creator to change this property in me.

Question: Will we ever get there?

Answer: Necessarily!

Question: So, is this the ending one way or another?

Answer: Yes.

Replica: If I can now somehow pull myself together and feel that I…

Answer: You cannot.

Question: When that hour comes, what can I do? You say that they are taking us there.

Answer: This is called the “last generation.” We are at the beginning, still only at the beginning.

Question: What is the last generation?

Answer: It is when humanity reveals its evil nature, opposite to the Creator, and passionately desires change.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 3/4/24

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Rise above Troubles

543.02Question: You mentioned that if the Creator did not send troubles, a person would not need to seek Him correctly. How do you properly contact the Creator over troubles to use them effectively?

Answer: To do this we must rise above all troubles, be independent of them, arouse them one by one, and through this build our states.

Question: What does it mean to rise above and then arouse them?

Answer: You rise above troubles so they do not seem to touch you, and then you awaken them from your spiritual state.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/2/24, Writings of Rabash “Jacob Dwelled in the Land Where His Father Had Lived”

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The Light of Joy

572.01We have reason to rejoice! It lies in the fact that we are approaching the point where we can rise above egoistic desire and connect with the desire for bestowal, that is, with the Creator. Then we will receive all the upper light that will bring us joy.

That is how we are designed. Therefore, anyone who wants to attain true joy must connect himself with friends and with the Creator, and from there he will receive the light of joy that will fill him. Joy can be a material matter, and it can be spiritual. It all depends on what desires we fill. With material joy, we fill our desires to receive pleasure. But with spiritual joy, we reveal and fill the desires to bestow. And the difference between these two types of desires is like between heaven and earth.

By receiving spiritual pleasure, we feel ourselves above time, space, and movement. There is no time, no place, no movement, no changes.

We simply rise above matter, above our material world, even above our material selves, and this gives us tremendous strength to continue our journey further toward the Creator.

Let us hope that we all succeed in attaining such spiritual joy.
From the Kabbalah Lesson 3/23/24, Unity Day for Purim, Lesson 1, “The Joy of Unity“

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How Can We Feel What the Creator Needs?

95Question: What should we feel ashamed of before the Creator?

Answer: That He expects one thing from you, but you bring Him another.

Question: How can we feel exactly what He needs?

Answer: Kabbalists write that the Creator desires nothing but for us to love one another. Try to love each other in a way that allows you to feel the state of the Creator.

Currently, He is concealed from you because He does not want to upset you, He does not want to show you how dissatisfied He is with you. But you should behave in a way that your actions could bring Him contentment. Then He will not need to conceal Himself from you, and you will not need to conceal yourself from Him.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/27/24, Writings of Rabash “What Is, If He Swallows the Bitter Herb, He Will Not Come Out, in the Work?”

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A Special Record in the Soul

293.1Every moment when I am in the ten, I feel how our connection is strengthening more and more in one form or another. I feel I am moving toward a state where we all will be in the same heart.

And the closer I get to this one heart, the more joyful I feel. I feel the Creator and the whole global soul above our world. That is the feeling we must try to achieve as soon as possible.

We are in constant motion, from the current point to the next, until the end of correction. Kabbalists promise us that we will achieve it.

Therefore, you need to be happy that you are on the path and have a goal in life that is above everything that lifts you to the top of the universe. The state of final correction is prepared for us and awaits us.

We should realize yet how lucky we are. But in fact, everyone has a record in the soul that distinguishes them from millions and billions of people who do not have this in their lives. They will start and end this life without achieving anything. And we, during this life, climb the spiritual ladder from degree to degree.

Therefore, we need to be joyful on this holiday of Purim, which symbolizes all our ascents. I am thrilled that more and more people are joining us daily, and the understanding is growing that we have a lucky ticket.
From the Kabbalah Lesson 3/23/24, Unity Day for Purim, Lesson 1, “The Joy of Unity“

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In The War against Egoism

507.03Question: In the war against egoism, there are situations where my strength is taken from me. I give more strength, but even more is taken from me. Where can I find strength?

Answer: Indeed, you are lying there and cannot do anything. Only friends can come to your aid, lift you up, and revive you.

They can feel you because you interact with them in some form. This means they are connected to you by receiving some signals from the Creator through you.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/24, Writings of Rabash “The Connection between Passover, Matza, and Maror

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International Kabbalah Convention, “Faith Above Reason” – 5/19/24

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Gradation of the Importance of Love

528.04Question: You said that the importance of loving one’s friends can be divided into 620 steps. What kind of gradation is this?

Answer: From zero to complete love we have 620 positive steps, and from hatred to zero, we respectively have 620 negative steps.

So in our correction, we must go through the entire spiritual ladder.

Question: Sometimes you seem to love your friend and think about him. How can we increase the sensitivity and resolution of this love?

Answer: The Creator does this. He raises us to the stage of unity and love, and He makes changes in us.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/2/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Love of God and the Love of Man“

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Exit from the Material to the Spiritual World

931.03The unification we want to achieve is a unique state in which a person feels that he is canceling himself to zero, dissolving into his friends, and disappearing in them.

As he loses himself, he feels that he is leaving the material world and entering the spiritual world, and receives a new desire and a new sensation there that is already all spiritual.

He feels that at the center of all this sensation a higher force, the Creator, is waiting and desires him.
From the Kabbalah Lesson 3/23/24, Unity Day for Purim, Lesson 1 “The Joy of Unity“

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The Light of the Letters

525You will thoroughly keep the Achoraim [posterior, back] for Me, for My name, then the abundance will do her thing and fill the letters. The qualities will become Sefirot, since before the filling they are called “qualities,” and upon their fulfillment for the best, they are called Sefirot, sapphire, illuminating the world from one end to the other (Baal HaSulam. Letter 14).

Achoraim are receiving vessels. If we use them for the sake of the Creator, if we want to bestow with their help, then the filling that comes through the receiving Kelim lifts us to the Panim (vessels of bestowal).

And so we begin to see what secrets, what lights, are in letters and words.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/26/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam Letter 14

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Follow the Example of Nahshon

749.01Question: When I feel the fear of death, I close my eyes and pray. What else can I add?

Answer: By overcoming the fear of death a little, you can choose the way to deal with it and get out of it to a state of spiritual ascent. This is what Nahshon demonstrated to everyone.

Nahshon realized that only by setting an example to all the people would he be able to force them to throw themselves into the sea and cross it.

Question: If we, like Nahshon, depend on the people, then maybe the nation has not yet reached the state of “it is better to die than to live like this.” Can it wait?

Answer: You do not have to wait, you have to try to get closer to it.

When we unite our souls, everyone gets strength from everyone. And this helps us all to get out of the Final Sea, i.e., from the completion (Sof, the end) to come to the beginning (Rosh).
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/28/24, “Nachshon’s Jump and the Tearing of the Red Sea”

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The Task of the People of Israel

269Question: What is the function of the nations of the world when the people of Israel fulfill their correction?

Answer: In relation to the nations of the world, the people of Israel are like the first nine Sefirot in relation to Malchut.
That is, they work with each other, connect, and internally correct themselves, but their main task is to prepare everything for working with the last Sefira Malchut. The nations of the world at this time are practically not correcting anything.

I am not talking about our movement, about those who join it. There were people who came from the Greeks, from the Macedonians, from nations very distant from Judaism and Kabbalah. They made a huge contribution to the dissemination and study of Kabbalah.

There are even people who lived two or three thousand years ago mentioned in our sources as great Kabbalists.
From the 2nd part of  the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/6/24, “The Holocaust Remembrance Day“

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Strive for the Creator

49.03Question: How does the desire for the Creator appear in us?

Answer: Directly from the Creator Himself.

Question: Does it turn out that it emerges selectively?

Answer: Of course it is selectively. The person in whom the desire for the Creator arises is called Israel. Isra—straight, El—to the Creator.

These people come to the science of Kabbalah. They do not know how it happens. There are millions of different cases.
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How Can We Become the Creator’s Favorite?

963.4Question: Every ten makes efforts, but one goes in the right direction and another has long lost its way, although it seems we were all following the teacher. Does it mean that the Creator has favorites?

Answer: The Creator has favorites, it is true. Some strictly follow the Creator, and others do not put much effort into it.

Question: If you do see that someone has lost their way, can you correct him and help him?

Answer: This is someone’s personal work. The teacher is not there to point out his mistakes. If the student himself does not see them, the teacher cannot do anything.

Question: How can we anticipate these mistakes and become the Creator’s favorite?

Answer: I will start from the end: I would not recommend being the Creator’s favorite. It is very difficult because it requires a lot of effort. So we will continue as much as we know, and then the Creator will help us.

Ultimately, everyone will achieve complete correction and the end of all creation, but we want to reveal the unique attitude of the Creator. Therefore, we need to make sure we do what the Creator wants.
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