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If You Were Offended

36Question: A student asked: “Teacher, how can I learn to forgive?” The teacher replied: “Learn not to be offended.”

Do you still need to learn to forgive or learn not to be offended?

Answer: Do not be offended.

Question: Why? Can you explain it to me?

Answer: We need to understand other people and agree with them in advance that offense is all a pure product of our egoism.

Question: If I learn to forgive, then do I learn to forgive him? And if I learn not to be offended, is it me who learns not to be offended? Is there work with my “I” here?

Answer: Yes, sure.

Question: What do I do with it if I am not offended even though I have been very offended?

Answer: I believe that this is in the order of human nature; therefore, I do not feel justified in rising up against it.

Question: Is it human nature to offend? If I have been offended, I must say, “This is human nature”?

Answer: Yes.

Question: At the same time, should I say this is my nature, too?

Answer: In general, yes, but it is not necessary.

Question: Is it possible not to be offended when you, your “I,” are crushed and spoiled?

Answer: It comes with age that you begin to feel and understand that this is human nature, there is no point in being offended. We are talking beyond 70 years of age. And before that, you are still a child.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/18/23

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How Can You Make a Teacher Like You?

528.04“Not all who want to take the Lord may come and take. This is why we need the righteous of the generation. By adhering to a real teacher, whose desire is only to bestow, and then one should do things that his teacher likes, meaning hate what his teacher hates and love what his teacher loves, then he can learn Torah that will not be a potion of death (Baal HaSulam, Shamati 245, “Prior to the Creation of the Newborn”).

Question: What does it mean to bring contentment to the teacher, and how does this manifest itself in the ten?

Answer: The teacher requires only one thing from you—to approach the Creator through the ten all the time. That is all. Do you want to be liked? Do this action, nothing else is needed.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/10/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Prior to the Creation of the Newborn”

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What Does It Mean to Rush on the Spiritual Path?

200.01Question: Baal HaSulam’s article in Shamati 248 says that “He who rushes—gains.” What is one who rushes?

Answer: A quick person is a person who wants to strengthen his or her actions in coming closer to others. He does not wait for his friend to love him but tries to be the first to love the friend, as it is said: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The one who acts quickly, looking for ways to come closer to his friends, is always ahead.

Question: The sources say that the Creator is the first and the Creator is the last. Does my effort between the first and the last help in being quick?

Answer: Your work is to try to love your friends and the Creator with all your strength and desires.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Let His Friend Begin”

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Add Kindness and Love

Question: As a rule, the tightest connection between us occurs after some conflict or dislike for a friend. Can we provoke these states ourselves, or do we not need to do this?

Answer: No, in no case should you provoke anything negative.

Comment: But through kindness and love, the connection is somehow felt less.

My Response: I understand you. But to do this, you need to see that you still need to add kindness and love to your friends so that you may feel that you are getting closer to them.

Question: What could it be?

Answer: Kindness and love. Every minute, every day.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Let His Friend Begin”

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Questions about Spiritual Work—84

963.5Question: Why is the process of our connection taking so long?

Answer: We constantly receive questions, answer them, come to prayers, and get closer and closer to the Creator. But still, it takes a lot of time because the distance between us and the Creator is great.

Question: What helped King David be at such a high level of emotions? We read his psalms every day. Feelings of this degree are simply unattainable.

Answer: That is why King David is considered the first king. All our prayers are from him. They all come from what he wrote.

Question: Do we meet with Klipot during the preparation period or only when we are on spiritual degrees?

Answer: Everything that prevents you from approaching the group and the Creator can be safely called Klipot (unclean forces).

Question: When you know the answer to your question, is it worth asking? Or should you wait until you have a question you do not have an answer to and only then ask?

Answer: If you think the question is worth for everyone to know and hear the answer, then ask.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “My Adversaries Curse Me All the Day”

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Preferred Option

250Question: Let’s say you come to the lesson and only read the text with everyone, or you come to the lesson, read the text, and pray for your friends, or you come to a lesson and see that you have no strength, and you ask the Creator to give you the strength to pray for your friends and to be in the intention. Do these options attract the light of the Torah differently?

Answer: Certainly, the preferred option is the one that most awakens the prayer to the Creator. It depends on what you want from the reforming light that returns to the source.

Ideal is the desire to awaken all the friends, the ten, the group, and to rise together with them to the Creator and provide Him with a common Kli so He can fill it up to the final correction.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/24, Writings of Rabash “What Are Torah and Work in the Way of the Creator?”

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Lessons from the Creator

423.01Comment: There is a certain perception of reality. Some parts of the universe seem to take us aside, while others, on the contrary, lead us.

My Response: These are all manifestations of the Creator. There is no difference between what takes you away, what leads you, what properties, feelings, people, or reasons.

All these direct me to the Creator or are how He leads me to Himself. He leads me by confusing and addressing me in various ways. Every minute He takes me somewhere else, and I need to cling more and more to the understanding that all this is Him, according to the principle, “There is none else besides Him.”

Then I will gradually begin to see through these interferences, through all His exercises with me, that He wants to teach me to distinguish Him inside all these scenes that He plays before me, including playing Himself.

The Creator wants me to attain His thoughts, His mind, His desires, and His intentions regarding me and everyone; He wants me to attain the internal motor that controls the entire universe.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. The Creator is Everywhere“ 12/24/11

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“Building Bridges of Peace: A Call for Unity in Israel” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman on the Times of Israel: “Building Bridges of Peace: A Call for Unity in Israel

It is a great rule in the Torah that “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (“Veahavta Lereacha Kamocha”). It is significant that this command is written in the singular, “Veahavta” and not plural “Veahavtem” as it emphasizes the need for every member of the nation of Israel to become an exemplar of love for the entire nation, until they all reach a unanimous agreement on a collective love for one another.

In the current war, Israel is focused on eliminating its enemies from its immediate surroundings, due to the constant threat to its existence and its people’s safety otherwise. But the true outcome of this war should transcend the physical removal of adversaries. It should compel each member of the Israeli nation to internalize the conditions for fruitful living—overcoming the inner distance between the people of Israel at the level of attitudes to one another. This boils down to embracing the timeless principle, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Such an outcome would mean comprehensive success. Physical distance from enemies who wish for the nation’s eradication is a temporary win until the people of Israel establish a society rooted in unity. The prevailing spirit within our society, a yearning for unity, is what will ultimately eliminate the existence of all enemies. That is, when we cultivate a unifying spirit, we affect unifying rippling effects throughout human consciousness. Then, from within, no one would feel the wish to disturb the people of Israel, because they would feel the people of Israel as a source of goodness in their lives.

Within our society, everyone should recognize the importance of developing positive human connections and understanding the purpose and plan for our shared existence. Discovering, feeling, accepting and realizing our life’s plan involves achieving a connection where mutual love, support and concern for one another come out ahead.

Our neighbors also need to comprehend that survival hinges on friendship and love. While these words may seem out of touch with the current reality that presents itself, they are states we must strive to achieve. While one of the results of the current war should be a message that breaching borders with an intent to harm will result in consequences, the longer-term aim is a world where war fails to appear even as an option.

Humanity should recognize that the people of Israel possess the ability to bring about peace for all. The relationships we cultivate can send waves of harmony worldwide, but it depends on our dedication to the unity of hearts. The nations of the world should realize that we cannot be broken, convinced or forced into a corner so that we agree to conditions that would serve to separate us, because we have a historical mission that we are committed to achieving. Instead, they should support us in attaining our purpose.

Therefore, our engagement in the current war should be accompanied by a widespread acknowledgment of our mission and role. Now is an opportune moment to reaffirm the Jewish principle of loving others, and create everlasting connections of love that expand onward to every person in every place.

Fear and Love Must Be Balanced

945Question: Fear and love together are perfection. And if there is less fear than love, what is this condition in the ten?

Answer: Fear and love must be balanced to support each other and exist together.

Question: If these qualities grow as we move forward, we will become like a high-voltage transmission line.

How can one bear this tension since it will increase?

Answer: The voltage will increase, but you will tolerate it. Connect love and fear with your friends and see how it will come into balance.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/11/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Joy with Trembling”

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Ascent of Malchut into Bina

934The garden of Eden means the ascent of Malchut into Bina where she receives Hochma, as Eden means Hochma. And then Malchut, called “garden,” receives Hochma in the form of “Eden,” and this is “the garden of Eden” (Baal HaSulam, Shamati 84, “What Is “He Drove the Man Out of the Garden of Eden so He Would Not Take from the Tree of Life”?”)

Malchut is the lowest degree. Raising Malchut into Bina means correcting Malchut when it rises to the level of Bina with the help of prayer (MAN), receives light, and corrects itself so that it can use its desire for the sake of bestowal.

Question: Is the lowest degree our connection in the ten or my personal work?

Answer: This is the initial work of any person, it is one’s connection with the ten. If a person does not have connection with the ten, one does not go anywhere.

As a result of connection, you gain strength and confidence that you are acting correctly, and then go down and raise MAN.

With this MAN, prayer, you turn to the Creator, and He lifts and corrects you. And you, based on your corrected state, begin to correct all ten Sefirot in the place from which you ascended.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/8/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “What Is ‘He Drove the Man Out of the Garden of Eden so He Would Not Take from the Tree of Life’?”

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Our Work Is to Beseech the Creator

534Question: It is said that when a person gets used to the path of the Torah, he should regret the smallness of his attainment. How do we train the body for this and not stray from the spiritual path?

Answer: Through imagination, a person must imagine this.

Does he already feel that he contains the whole world within himself? Of course not. And therefore he continues to pursue the light, to pursue the Creator. He tries to ask, and implores the Creator not to abandon him, to draw him closer.

We must regret that there was some understanding and it disappeared. And so on and on until we reach a greater desire.

Question: What if some friends lose this regret? How does a group of ten not deviate and continue this work?

Answer: You must pray for the Creator to attract them.

This can happen to anyone. When you see that friends are cooling down, you must ask the Creator to worry about them. Our work is to turn to the Creator.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/13/24, Writings of Rabash “Rewarded—I Will Hasten It”

Bless the Creator

276.01Question: How and in what ways can we bless the Creator?

Answer: We give the Creator all our intentions and desires and bless Him so that He can use them, unite us, and, through our desires bring His light to the whole world.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/24, Writings of Rabash “What Are Torah and Work in the Way of the Creator?”

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How Is the Tree of Life Formed?

938.02Question: How is the Tree of Life formed from the Kelim (Vessels) of the friends that I feel?

Answer: When you try to come closer to your friends and connect to their roots so that you can bestow to each other together, then the real Tree of Life is formed from which you feed, receive vital juices for fruits, and move forward in this way.

To do this, you must connect with your friends.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/13/24, Writings of Rabash “What Is Eating Their Fruits in This World and Keeping the Principal for the Next World, in the Work?”

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Questions about Spiritual Work—83

557Question: How do we increase our desire (Hisaron)?

Answer: You can increase Hisaron (desire) only by connecting with your friends because then they show you to what extent Hisaron (desire) can be even greater.

Question: Will we ever come to the point where the property of faith will no longer be necessary for us?

Answer: No, on the contrary, you will have a greater and greater need for faith, even at the final correction. It is a spiritual force that makes us similar to the Creator.

Question: In the corporeal world, we get old and physical strength diminishes. What will compensate for our strength in spirituality?

Answer: New strength that you will receive.

Question: How can we fulfill you?

Answer: Only by the fact that you will be connected with each other and will fulfill the Creator.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/13/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Rewarded—I Will Hasten It”

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At the Moment of Impact

531.03Question: When something happens and you internally feel blows from the general system, could anything be changed in advance? And if you could not change it in advance, what could you add at the moment of impact?

Answer: At the moment of impact, nothing can be done. At that moment, it is only possible to be aware and hide because when a blow occurs, a negative force opens up in the system. The reverse side of it is bestowal. All that remains is to be aware of this as much as possible.

Any force consists of feeling and reason multiplied by each other. Feelings multiplied by reason equal the power of this force. If I engage my reason, then I should sense much less in my feeling. A small “ouch” is enough for my mind to turn it into a huge “ouch.”  And then I will not see massive destruction: “Got it! Enough. Thanks. No need. I am ready to improve. That’s it, I will be different.”

Nature forcefully teaches people. After all, we are just small sensory elements. Because a human is a desire, the most important thing in him is sensation. Sensations can be increased or decreased with the help of the recognition of evil.

Therefore, all of Kabbalah only gives us the opportunity to increase the recognition of evil so that we perceive a small evil as a big one, and immediately, like a smart child, react correctly and move forward.

Each time we increase our sensitivity in this way, again and again advance, and gradually reduce the correcting forces that affect us negatively.
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Criteria for Evaluating Friends

528.01Question: If I see that my friends have deviated from efforts to attract light and have forgotten about the goal, in what case do I work with this assessment and in what case do I look for a way to remind, give importance, and continue the search for how to attract more light? Are there any criteria?

Answer: There are criteria, but they are still unknown to us. We cannot pinpoint them.

We must always think about how to approach our friends and through them approach the Creator. That is all.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/14/24, Writings of Rabash “What Are Torah and Work in the Way of the Creator?”

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The Intention to Love

527.02Question: What kind of intention should love have?

Answer: Love has only one intention: to love.

Question: But I love everyone egoistically. How do we come to true love with a good intention?

Answer: Here you already have work to do—to transform love from egoistic to altruistic. Try it.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/11/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Joy with Trembling”

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Think More about Love

294.4Question: I have a desire to love, and when I come to the point where I can express this love, a strong fear appears and I feel I am afraid to love. Why does this fear appear?

Answer: Fear appears from the fact that you are afraid that you will not get an answer. But the fact is that we always get an answer.

The most important thing is not even an answer, but the fact that we have a question to the Creator, some kind of appeal to Him. Basically, this is what the Creator awakens in us.

Question: How do you tear yourself away from fear in order to go toward love?

Answer: Think more about love, and you will see that gradually the fear disappears. It is necessary only in order to further develop love.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Joy with Trembling”

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How Can We Awaken Trembling?

261Question: It feels that when we work in a group, we only feel love. How can we awaken trembling?

Answer: You should think about how you will be more connected with each other so much so that no circumstances will separate you, and be afraid that love will disappear, that you will break it, that you will forget about it.

Question: How do we use fear correctly?

Answer: Use it so that it does not allow you to approach things you do not need on the spiritual path and does not tear you away from things that help you to move toward the goal.
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622.02Question: What is special about fear that only together with it will the state of love be perfect?

Answer: The fact is that we are egoists and love only ourselves. Therefore we must add fear to where we turn with love.

Each of us should understand that even if he loves someone, it is still desirable that fear and anxiety join this love: What if I do not love enough? What if I do something for him that will make him neglect me? It is not because your egoism is afraid of it, but because you do not want such a relationship between you.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/11/24, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Joy with Trembling”

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