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“Is there a creator?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is there a creator?

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains our complete interconnection in the general system of reality. We are completely connected whether we like it or not throughout the still, vegetative, animate and speaking degrees of nature.

Even though we do not see the full extent of our interconnectedness, we are nonetheless connected in a way where we each determine each other’s states.

The system of our connection is hidden, and we can thus harm each other because we perceive other people as disconnected from us.

The wisdom of Kabbalah, however, states that we share a deep essential connection, and the closer we come to discovering our deep and true connection, we likewise discover the force that dwells inside that connection, called “the Creator” or “the upper force.”

In other words, the more we discover the true connection we all share, then the more we discover the Creator that acts in this system, flowing through it like how blood flows through our bodies.

Based on the video “Where Is the Creator?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

The Magic of Singing Together

947Question: When we are all singing together, a person seems to enter into a common wave. Is he actually included in some level of connection with others or is it just our imagination?

Answer: The fact is that our common desire draws the surrounding light, which gives a certain illumination, and people feel that they are in some kind of cloud.

In addition, serious mutual efforts can even cause the manifestation of the upper world and then people really get a clear feeling of what is happening, but only for a certain time. And then, if they do not have the opportunity to constantly remain in this state, it goes away.

It is not like in our world when I have caught something and keep holding it by force. I can retain the feeling of spirituality only through my own properties. If I have the properties of the upper world, then this feeling exists in me. Yet it seems to people that they can hold it by force: “Now I will strain myself, crouch, jump up, and fly.”

There are no such “flights” with us. One has to work very seriously to raise and hold on despite the fact that all sorts of opposite desires are constantly arising in you.

Based on this, one needs to reckon. There are people who just sit with their eyes closed and try to catch some special mood.

There are those who feel it more. There are those who already enter this state, but temporarily. And there are those who stay in it constantly.

But when a group gets together and aspires together to a certain spiritual manifestation inside itself through connection, then it results in a corresponding ascent. And then, when this ascent passes, some of them descend from that state to a lower but still spiritual level and some descend and pass through the Machsom back to the earthly level. Each one on his own at different sub-levels.

Question: But is it singing long drawn-out songs that we sing at our meals or meetings of friends, that lead a person into different states? Does it actually work in a person?

Answer: Only in the case that people unite, it works, and if they do not unite, it does not work. And you can sing whatever you want. The main thing is that it supports you and helps you unite. There is nothing supernatural or mystical in this singing.

Comment: It is not even mystical here, but precisely the feeling where private states are canceled, as it were.

My Response: It is because people believe so, because they try to connect their feelings with the music from which they came.

In the past Kabbalists used it, and so naturally as these sounds exist in the spiritual world. Like with Munchausen, they froze and then they played. In the spiritual world, all this happens all the time. If great Kabbalists used this, then we connect to them with the help of these sounds.

But this is not mysticism. We simply excite the field that they once excited. Basically, there is no “once.” Nothing disappears in spirituality.

Question: Can a person enter spirituality through Kabbalistic singing?

Answer: No. Kabbalistic singing can affect a person a little, move him, or raise him up. He will feel that there is, perhaps, something attractive in this. But nothing more.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. The Magic of Singing Together” 5/11/13

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Loss of Spiritual Sensation

546.02Comment: You once said that a person should use the light of confidence that occasionally shines on him.

My Response: This happens when the group provides him with their support. When he feels that he is walking with his friends, they support him all the time, and he has something to fall on.

Question: Is isn’t the light when a person felt his first contact with Kabbalah and really felt that this was the truth?

Answer: No, of course not.

Question: Why does a person still lose the feeling he experienced the first time he encountered Kabbalah?

Answer: So that he can move forward normally. Now he must understand it himself within his corrected properties.

Question: It turns out that the initial feeling is erased so that there are no moments one can become attached to?

Answer: Of course. After all, you return to a normal state in which you do not believe that there is something that is not material. You can even say, “All this is nonsense,” despite the fact that you once absolutely clearly experienced spirituality.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Forget Spiritual Attainment” 6/9/13

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Rosh HaShanah—Time to Ask for Forgiveness

562.02Rosh HaShanah is the time to ask forgiveness from the Creator for your crimes. In other words, I feel that I do not have a sense of the importance and greatness of the Creator, and I apologize for this. After all, if I felt the greatness and importance of the Creator, then of course I would behave differently. It turns out that I lack only the feeling of the Creator.

And that’s why I ask: “Let me feel You and I will become different!” This is what a person should say to the Creator; this is the correct request and the right apology. After all, why do I commit crimes? Because I lack the sense of the Creator, which is called faith. There is no feeling of the Creator, there is no faith, and therefore, there is no one to stop me. I cannot do otherwise because if the Creator does not rule over me, then the evil inclination, egoism, rules.

Therefore, I ask the Creator to take authority over me. This is my main request, after which we come to Rosh HaShanah, we come to the king, and we want to place Him to reign over us.

I want to repent of all my sins, to know and feel everything that prevents my correction. I ask the Creator to open my eyes and let me feel where the crime is and where the commandment is so that I understand where I fulfill His covenant to give, to love, and to unite, and where I do the opposite.

I don’t feel it now at every moment of my life. If I did, of course I would improve. The problem is that I don’t feel the Creator, the force of bestowal, which I could check myself with. So with this, I turn to the Creator and demand that He give me the opportunity to test myself regarding the force of bestowal, and then I will never commit a crime.

We do not recall the past and do not ask for forgiveness for it. I should not cry about what happened, but about the fact that I do not strive for correction and do not require the Creator to help me in this. I want to move forward, not dig into the past and shed tears about what I did.

Did I do something? I didn’t do anything, the Creator did everything. And He did it on purpose so that I now know what I need to fix. I take this evil, the crime that has now been revealed, and begin to correct it. My whole aspiration is forward, not backward. This is the difference!
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/16/20, “What Is Preparation for Selichot (Forgiveness)”

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Justification of Revenge

49.01Question: Let’s say some scoundrel teases me, laughs, and mocks me. Should I say that the Creator sends me this and I justify Him and do not take revenge?

Answer: When others mock you, when you are in such a hostile environment, but you perceive it as coming from the Creator, then this state is called exile from spirituality.

It encourages you to break out of there, to look for methods of how to do it. You begin to understand that such a state is specially created and acts in such a way as to bring you closer to the Creator.

After all, if there were no negative impact from the environment, for example, of other nations upon the Jews, then in the end, they would have dissolved, disappeared, and would not have come to today’s fulfillment of their mission.

Therefore, it is said that Pharaoh brings the Jewish people closer to the exodus from Egypt and closer to the Creator, and forces them to this by his negative attitude toward them.

Question: Does this justification of revenge come at any stage?

Answer: Of course, because everything comes from the Creator.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Take Revenge on the Enemy” 5/24/13

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“Is money evil, or is it just a myth?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is money evil, or is it just a myth?

Money is the universal equivalent for effort. It is an indicator for our personal exertion that shows the extent to which we succeed by using the special talents we receive. For instance, money can somewhat measure whether one person is smarter, more successful, stronger or luckier than another person. It is essential to have a universal equivalent for such measurements.

Having such a universal equivalent is not evil. We cannot measure each and every person, yet we still need to be able to somewhat evaluate people and their efforts.

In Hebrew, the word for money is “Kesef,” which derives from the word for covering, “Kisuf.” It means that we cover our efforts correctly, with an intention to bestow goodness upon others, and the measure of covering our efforts is called “money” (“Kesef”). However, in its original Hebrew use, such a meaning of money/covering implies spiritual efforts and results.

Yet it also applies to our corporeal world. As mentioned, money is a certain universal equivalent we use to measure human efforts. It can, however, be replaced with another universal equivalent: relationships. That is, when we understand human relations and exercise positive connections among each other and with nature, when the laws of nature becomes our common universal equivalent, then the other dimensions will disappear, except for our inner attitudes to each other, our relationships. In the language of Kabbalah, such a measurement is called a “Masach” (“screen”) and “Ohr Hozer” (“reflected light”). The screen and reflected light become spiritual tools akin to the way in which we use coins and banknotes today. The strength of the screen and reflected light that we receive is equivalent to the strength we have to resist our own egoistic desires, which prioritize self-benefit over benefiting others, and raise the importance of benefiting others over benefiting each person’s own self. We can then measure the extent to which we positively connect in ties of bestowal above our egoistic resistance.

The more we can bestow above our egoistic resistance, the more we discover true spiritual wealth, which is eternal and completely fulfilling, unlike corporeal wealth that never truly satisfies. Wealth is about how much of ourselves we can give to others. That is the high spiritual root of money, and it has since descended to simple cash and coins that we relate to in our corporeal reality. However, we need to descend to the very bottom, and see the true egoistic extent of our relationships, in order to realize the lowliness of such relations and reach a critical juncture where we develop a genuine desire for change. At that point, nature’s positive forces will lift us. We just need to realize the lowliness of our current state and the desire to change, and accordingly ask for the kind of change that nature responds to: to improve our attitudes to each other and wish for nature’s quality of bestowal to enter into our connections.

Based on the video “Is Money Evil?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Semion Vinokur. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

The Condition in which the Creator Is Revealed

942Question: How can we love the Creator more and how can we respond to Him?

Answer: The only thing I can say for sure is that one person is not able to do anything. There should be at least one more, and even more desirable, the ten. If they work on their connection in this way, they will definitely reveal the Creator in it.

The Creator reveals Himself in the attraction between people in the love between them. Kabbalah has been talking about this for thousands of years. But it is only in our time that we are approaching the opportunity to explain this to people. After all, people have already gone through many varied changes in themselves and see that unification is probably truly in love, if only it can be achieved. But it is the only thing that will save humanity from all misfortunes, wars, and problems, and lead it to spiritual elevation.

Therefore, we need a group, we need friends, we need awareness of the support of friends. You support them and they support you until we eliminate egoism from our relationships in the group so that we can really reveal the Creator in this union. We make Him, we create Him.

Therefore it is said, “You have made Me.” It is through our connection that we create the condition in which the Creator reveals Himself.
From Dr. Laitman’s Conversation with the Georgian Group 9/15/22

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Earn the Spiritual World

962.3Question: Did you have a choice to follow the spiritual path or not?

Answer: There is no choice. This is destiny, and that is it.

Question: How can one distinguish whether a person is going through a state of burdening or if he already is at the exit? Is it written in the system?

Answer: In either case we must accept a person as if he is really ready for everything and is moving forward; what is happening is happening. We see how egoism works for many. They understand how difficult it is to apply egoism in our society, there is no fulfillment for it here, and they leave.

Question: So, a person has no choice, he will leave anyway?

Answer: It depends on how much he bows his head in front of the group. Only that. He must do this.

The most important thing is to continue: “I’m not going anywhere, I am staying in this place, only here I exist.” That is it! That is what should be decisive: do whatever you want except for leave. Do whatever you want with me, just do not throw me out.

Comment: But you said that it is easier for many people to leave than to stay and suffer.

My Response: It is their business! If you want to earn the spiritual world, then you have to work for it. When students properly put themselves in contact with me, the group, the study, and dissemination, then this work goes relatively easily.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Protect Yourself?” 6/25/13

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Becoming the Master of the Entire Universe

707Comment: Let’s say you watch the news and realize that the world is heading toward certain things; in other words, man is just doing stupid things and making unnecessary actions.

My Response: Why are they unnecessary? These are not stupid things but stages of growth. Humanity must grow.

Question: Are you not annoyed by these stages of growth?

Answer: You are talking like a little kid who thinks: “Let’s just jump; I want to be a grown-up!” However, I, who knows everything that a child has to accumulate over many years of his development, understand that he cannot immediately become a grown-up. He has to grow and accumulate a great deal of knowledge and skills, and only after that will he become an adult person.

There is nothing we can do. I understand what a great system stands behind each of us, what kind of work a person must do so that this system will open to him so he finally begins to really work on it, to take upon himself the functions of the Creator. This is the future work of each of us.

A Kabbalist is someone who is already beginning to take over the functions of the Creator, who understands a certain part of the system, and is learning from Him. Therefore, on one hand, he is called a worker of the Creator or His disciple. In essence, all of humanity must assume this function, that is, become the master of the entire universe, of all worlds. To do this, we have much to learn.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Stages Of Development” 7/5/13

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Zohar Is a Cure for all Illnesses

138In The Zohar, just like in the Torah, there is no requirement to read necessarily in order; you can open the book anywhere you want!

It is like Psalms; you open somewhere, on any verse, and you read it. You can even start from the middle.

The main thing when reading holy books (written by those who attained the Creator from the quality of holiness, bestowal, the quality of Bina) is not what to read or what to read about, the main intention is what do you want to achieve by reading?

It is because you anyway read about the upper world, which you do not feel and do not understand.

The Zohar is the highest source of all the holy books. This is the most powerful source of upper light, the light of correction. It is like an infusion to a patient, it is the medicine that you take.

So, what do you want to achieve by taking this medicine? What does it mean for you to be healthy? The power of The Book of Zohar can become for you both a life-giving elixir of life and a deadly poison, one of the two!

Therefore, before opening the Book, you should think, feel, adjust yourself, prepare, and look for what are you going to get out of it now?

You are going to receive a medicine whose symbol is a snake. Its poison may really be poison or it may be a cure for all diseases.

So before opening The Book of Zohar, we must stock up on right intention and not to take a deadly poison but a life-saving elixir of life.

If people study the Torah without the right intention, then it becomes dry and lifeless. This is especially dangerous if we are before such a huge source of power as The Book of Zohar.

And it is not by chance that it was hidden from ordinary people for so long, but was revealed to Kabbalists.

A Kabbalist (that is, a person who has achieved the right desire) somehow always found this book from someone, through someone; in some way it was sent to him from above and brought him to where he could find it.

But it was not revealed to other people because we were previously unable to arm ourselves with the right intention. Therefore, The Zohar could only bring us harm.

And today, we open The Book of Zohar with the intention that it will bring us good, that it will become a source of life, and, God forbid, not turn into a deadly poison.

After all, there is such a powerful force in The Zohar that you need to be careful to open it only together, only with the right attitude.

And that is why it has revealed itself in our time; it gives us wonderful opportunities. And we want to offer it to all the people.

But everyone should know that only the right intention during the study of The Zohar turns it into the elixir of life.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/31/10 The Book of Zohar “VaYechi”

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600.02Over the past 20 to 30 years, amazing changes have taken place in the world! Today, through the Internet and television, you can go anywhere. You could not do it some time ago.

Once, a book I published was bought by a maximum of 1,000 people and there was no way to send it to another country or to acquaint readers with it. One could only dream of speaking on television.

Today, through the Internet, you broadcast yourself almost to the entire world. It all depends on how relevant you are, whether you can attract people, and how much people need you. But in general, everything has changed. It turns out that everything is in your hands, just start working. This is what we are trying to do.

If we take an ordinary, normal average city with a population of 200,000 to 300,000 in the center of the country where absolutely all ranks of society live that are completely opposite in character, employment, income, lifestyle, and culture and show on its example what can be done with the help of integral education, then in a year, or two, or three, you will see what happens.

According to statistical data, we can check how much healthcare will improve; there will be fewer sick people, family problems, injuries at work, road accidents, thefts, murders, and cheating. The level of protection of the population, school performance, etc. will increase. Then people will begin to agree to apply this method and give us the opportunity to act.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Integral Education System” 5/11/13

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294.3Question: What is deja vu? Is it a burst of memories or some kind of recorded program that a person sees?

Answer: There is nothing supernatural about deja vu. It is just how our brain digests everything. We do not enter either the past or the future, we are in the present all the time. Only this present can be accelerated with the help of a stronger influence of the upper light.

The light constantly acts on the desire it has created. Under its influence, the desire gradually develops in leaps, since it consists of four stages of development: still, vegetative, animate, and the human level. All four stages exist in still objects, plants, animals, and humans.

The desire develops to the fourth stage and then there is a qualitative leap. Then comes the next development in four stages, and again a qualitative leap, and so on. The light influences this desire evenly all the time, which develops qualitatively and quantitatively.

At first, the development of stages one, two, three, and four occurs mainly quantitatively. And when it goes to the next four stages, there is a qualitative leap, although quality and quantity are always interdependent on each other.

There is no sorcery or magic in Kabbalah but only one thing. When you understand how the world works, what you are going for,  and you connect physically in advance, do this training, expose yourself to the influence of the light, and realize that you are working with it, you attract it, you want it, and you know that the light is working to put you together with others.

By making such attempts, you accelerate the influence of the light on yourself because you, yourself take an active part, although a very small one, but still such that the light has a more effective impact on you. This is all that Kabbalah can do, nothing else.

Just like in our world, when raising a child, we give him some exercises, i.e., we accelerate his development along a kinder path. Of course, he will live out his years anyway, he still has his own program, and his fate depends on others anyway because we are all interconnected, but we are trying to provide him with the best tools for the path of life.

The same is true on the spiritual path. There is nothing special here. That is how we work. This technique is called Kabbalah—accelerating our development in a good way.

I hope that the uniqueness of this system will finally be revealed and will allow us, like a small child, to quickly walk on a good path at a good pace, to gain intelligence, strength, and in good health, in good connection with others to come to a good result and not look for it in the dark, like little lost children.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What is Deja Vu?” 5/19/13

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“What is Kabbalah in one sentence?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is Kabbalah in one sentence?

Kabbalah is a wisdom that explains the single force of nature, which determines everything, and which exists and acts in every person and in the whole of humanity.

Based on the Daily Kabbalah Lesson on the article “The History of the Wisdom of Kabbalah” by Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

Rosh HaShanah, the Beginning of the New Year

506.3Rosh HaShanah is the beginning of the new year according to the Jewish calendar. Like any other nation celebrating the new year, we hope that it will bring us a good renewal.

The Rosh HaShanah holiday is preceded by a period called Selichot (Repentance), when we make a critical analysis of everything we have done over the past year, checking how well or how badly we treated people.

Judaism is built on the principle of loving one’s neighbor as oneself, so a person is obliged to calculate whether he really behaved kindly toward all people in the world. And then he sees that he did not always comply with this principle, and therefore repents and asks for forgiveness for offending people, committing a crime, or an unintentional oversight. After such repentance, we come to a special day from which the new year begins: Rosh HaShanah. After all, according to the Torah, the world was created five days before Rosh HaShanah. And on the sixth day, a man was created, Adam, who, as is known, sinned and was banished from paradise. Therefore, we are obliged to correct Adam’s transgressions because we are all parts of his soul.

In fact, there are four beginnings of the year. The year really begins with the exit from Egypt, about which it is said: “Now you have become My people.” Therefore, the new year, the new period should be counted from the moment of leaving Egypt, that is, in Pesach.

The second beginning of the year is Rosh HaShanah, which we are celebrating now. And then there will be a celebration of the beginning of the year for trees, Tu BiShvat. And there is another beginning of the year to commemorate the giving of the Torah.

It turns out that we celebrate all four beginnings of the year, but the most traditional holiday of the beginning of the Jewish year is Rosh HaShanah.

The traditional symbols of Rosh HaShanah celebrations are apples with honey and round challah. They express our hope for a good new year. It is also customary to eat pomegranate on the holiday, symbolizing with its seeds a large number of good deeds that we commit to doing in the new year.

It is customary to eat round challah on the holiday since the circle is a symbol of perfection. The apples and challah are dipped in honey to commemorate a good, sweet year.

It is also customary to eat the head of a fish and wish each other to be the head and not to stay in the tail. Fish represent a creature living in water, and water symbolizes mercy, Hesed. The child at birth comes out of the maternal waters in which he grew.

All these symbols indicate that we are entering a new period, a new life.
From KabTV’s “The World” 9/5/21

“Change Is the Only Certainty” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “Change Is the Only Certainty

The world is changing very quickly, and the pace seems to be growing exponentially. On the one hand, each new technology, and there are countless of those, promises to make the world a better place. On the other hand, new technologies are used almost invariably to exploit other people, deplete the earth of precious metals and other valuable materials, or pollute the air, water, and ground that sustain all of life on Earth, including ours.

Nevertheless, change is happening and we cannot stop it. The climate is becoming increasingly erratic and indignant, wars are breaking out around the world, some of which with potentially catastrophic consequences, and economies are crashing as prices skyrocket and shortages loom. To understand what is going on and how to deal with it, we need to understand the purpose of the changes.

Before we understand their purpose, we must recognize their direction. The changes are leading to what looks like entropy, which is a scientific term for “total disorder.” In fact, however, things are moving toward equilibrium, toward a state of balance, with equal pressures and equal density. Particles, all particles, and humans are particles, as well, are spreading out more evenly. Just as the wind calms when the air pressure decreases because the air density has become more even, so particles are evening out across the global system. Therefore, what scientists define as entropy is actually increased order.

The universe began at the moment of least evenness. At some point, the pressure was too great to contain, so the dot that was the condensed universe exploded. Since then, things have been moving toward increasing balance, or evenness.

If we understand the direction of evolution — toward balance, or evenness — we will also realize that this is the purpose of everything that happens: to lead us toward balance. Because there is a clear direction to evolution, and reality is not yet there, nature keeps pushing toward increasing balance. As a result, the only thing that is guaranteed in reality is that yesterday is not as today, and today will not be as tomorrow. Change is the only certainty.

The reason we feel the world as chaotic is that we are resisting the process. Our ego wants the familiar to remain, and the changes to be safe and under control. Since the world does not behave the way we want, we try to change it. When we fail, we feel that the world as hostile. We fight against nature, but nature will not yield. When we try to detain nature’s progress, it accumulates pressure, which ultimately explodes in our faces. If we let the changes flow at their own pace, we would not feel them as hostile.

Additionally, balance and evenness are the last things our ego wants. It wants sovereignty and uniqueness. It wants everything to concentrate around the self. This, again, contradicts the flow of nature toward evenness and balance, and puts us at odds with reality.

However, nature will force human society to play by its rules, as well, and become balanced. The concentration of power in the hands of exploitative few contradicts the flow of evolution and is therefore bound to vanish. It is not a question of who will rule, but of the very purpose of ruling. Exploitation does not exist in nature, and therefore cannot exist in human society. All that exists is balance, harmony.

If we adapt human society to the fabric of nature, we will feel that it supports us, and life will be an effortless ride. If we continue to rebel against nature and try to exploit each other, our struggles against nature and our wars against each other will grow ‎increasingly intense until whoever is left in the aftermath of the mayhem relinquishes the ego’s dominance and agrees that balance is the only sustainable way.

“What are the qualities of a righteous person?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What are the qualities of a righteous person?

At the outset, it is worthwhile clarifying that what people commonly think of as righteous—as people who give of themselves for the betterment of others, e.g. people who give money, clothes, and food to the needy—such people are not actually righteous.

Why? It is because such people have a natural desire to do good deeds, and instinctively following one’s desires is not a quality of a righteous person.

A righteous person is one who hosts two counter-forces, positive and negative, and who exercises their free choice to raise the positive force and action against their own natural desire.

The negative force is our egoistic desire, which makes us want to benefit ourselves without any concern for anyone else.

The positive force lets us receive what we need for our sustenance, and give the surplus we receive to benefit others, despite the negative force that tells us to take everything for ourselves. A righteous person is one who hosts these two forces, and who elevates the positive force over the negative one.

When we give of ourselves to others against our innate desire to receive for ourselves, we bring correction to our desire: from receiving for ourselves to giving unto others. Our soul, our collective desires, then become filled with a divine light.

If we receive what we need for our sustenance, and give the rest for the benefit of others, then we become great righteous people. Even more so, we become balanced with nature. Holding the right balance in life and with nature means that we leave for ourselves what we need in order to live normal lives, and contribute our surplus to society. It does not mean living merely on bare bodily necessities. We can be healthy and wealthy, and give a lot to others.

We are talking about an inclination in our hearts, and the more this inclination sorts itself out—from evil to good—in our hearts, the more we will see its positive materialization throughout the world.

Based on the video “What Are the Qualities of a Righteous Person?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

Rosh HaShanah—First Station on the Way to Correction

293.1The holidays that come with the beginning of the Jewish New Year symbolize the entrance of a person into spiritual work. In fact, this entrance begins much earlier, during the preparation period. This is why the month of Elul means “I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me.” That is, a person begins to reveal that he has a connection with the Creator.

A few years after beginning to study Kabbalah, a person discovers that he experiences ascents and descents in mood, in understanding, and in perception of texts. Then, after some time, he realizes that spirituality can really be reached only through connection, that is, he begins to believe in what he has read and he connects with the material.

He understands that there is no choice, it is necessary to join the group for practical work. After all, beautiful conversations are not enough, one needs to feel with the heart and awaken one’s feelings. This is necessary for spiritual attainment and sensation, and the realization of one’s life. He does not want life to pass between the dates of birth and death and end without a trace. He wants to rise above it and continue further.

Then he understands that he needs to correct himself, to gain the force of bestowal above the force of reception. The recognition of the need for internal change is the beginning of the month of Elul.

Elul is a month of introspection: What can I do with my soul to start coming closer to the first contact with the Creator? I am waiting for the revelation of the upper force, not to enjoy it, but to bow before it.

Let my egoism bend down and allow me to become a slave of the Creator. I will be happy to put myself under the power of the upper light and feel its perfection, eternity, and greatness. My will to receive is ready to bow down before such revelation, to reduce itself, and to give itself to the control of the upper force.

This is how we come to the New Year, Rosh HaShanah, the essence of which is to proclaim the Creator as the king of the whole world. The upper force stands at the beginning, at the end, and in the middle of everything, controlling everything without exception. All we need is to feel ourselves under the influence of upper force, as slaves of the Creator, His faithful subjects, to receive faith above reason, the force of bestowal above reception, and to begin using it to work on our desire.

All this work relates to the holiday of Rosh HaShanah, the first stage on the way to the correction of creation.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/21/18 “Rosh HaShanah

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How to Deal with Inflation

220The difficult situation in the world, the pandemic, and the war led to a sharp increase in inflation, which has not occurred for many years. Today this subject worries many people who are forced to reduce their spending and change their places of work. The most disturbing thing is that we do not really understand the cause of inflation.

The real reason is not the war between Russia and Ukraine, not the Coronavirus pandemic, which we somehow learned to cope with, and not the vagaries of the weather with extreme heat, extreme cold, and drought, not locust infestations, and not the shortage of oil, gas, or coal. There simply is a cycle according to which the world economy suddenly enters a recession.

Although there are many seemingly objective reasons for this, in fact no one can name one true reason that explains what is happening.

I think that the deep, true reason is that the relationships between people across the globe are absolutely wrong. They completely do not correspond to the state of the world, which has become closed, interconnected, and integral.

We must feel and understand that everyone depends on everyone and build the world economy in a more integrated, interconnected form as a global economy of the world. But we do not do that.

It turns out that we are lagging behind the world, which has become much more integral and connected. Yet we, people, in not only economic, but most importantly, human relations, do not build such a society. This is why such troubles happen to us.

Judging by the problems we are experiencing in human society throughout the world as a whole, as well as in individual countries, and especially because of conflicts between countries, it is clear that we are all egoists. Everyone is not thinking about the common world system, but on the contrary, everyone is thinking about himself without realizing that we are nevertheless dependent on each other.
From KabTV’s “World” 9/22/22

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A Sign of the Last Generation

200.02I am very glad that we have such groups that are able to come closer to each other. I am sure that you will be able to reach any spiritual heights and complete adhesion with the Creator. This is all happening before our eyes, literally in our time. This is why we are called the “last generation.”

All the corrupted generations from the shattering of Adam to today have undergone special preliminary corrections. Now it is our turn; we have to start connecting, all of us together.

The group called Bnei Baruch, named after my teacher Baruch Ashlag, the eldest son of Baal HaSulam, is a group that was the first in the history of humanity that committed itself to direct all people on Earth toward connection.

This is a sign of the last generation when the duty to connect begins to descend on absolutely all people on Earth, to connect above their egoistic nature, in spite of it, only for the sake of unity in which they will reveal the Creator.

I am sure we are capable of doing it. I am sure that we will be able to reach this.
From Dr. Laitman’s Conversation with the Georgian Group 9/15/22

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Phases of Development of the Will to Receive

548.02Comment: In The Study of the Ten Sefirot Baal HaSulam explains how creation, our desire, was created according to the four phases of direct light. We study it as the anatomy of the creation of desire.

The first phase is called the first expansion or Hochma. The second phase is the first intensification or Bina. The third phase is the second expansion or Zeir Anpin. The fourth phase is the second intensification or Malchut.

Malchut is the creation itself. Baal HaSulam points out that expansion is male and intensification is female.

My Response: The four phases of direct light is a very serious topic. The Creator created the will to receive. The light, that is, the Creator, influences it, and under the influence of the light, an emanation occurs, the development of the will to receive in four phases. Two phases are the influence of the light (the Creator) on the desire, and two phases are the reaction of the desire to the light of the Creator.

As a result, it turns out that under the influence of the bestowing and loving Creator who wants to fill creation, the creation expands its desires, reveals Him, is filled with His influence on itself, and then, in accordance with this filling, feels changes in itself.

Therefore, there is a phase of being filled with the Creator and a change in desire, again filling with the Creator, and again changing the desire. That is, two phases of filling, two phases of reaction.
From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 9/4/22

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