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The Biggest Еgoist in the World

231.02Question: It is said in Kabbalah that those who are greater than their friends have more egoism. Surely you are the greatest egoist of all, are you not?

Answer: I have always been a very big egoist, so much so that I simply could not hear others and be in tune with them.

Question: How do you have the patience now to listen to the most stupid statements?

Answer: The fact is that I integrate with the one who asks, in his desire. His desire is new in the world. It does not matter that I went through that already and he did not. In the general system, this desire has not yet been corrected, and when a person asks, I connect to his desire and make a correction.

For me this is an opportunity to do more, so I am glad for such manifestations. The same questions can be repeated for thousands of hours, but each time they are asked by different elements of the general system of souls, and therefore every time I look at this as an opportunity for correction. With my answer, I connect a person to the spiritual, and he continues on.

Switching occurs through me.

It is just a system, like that which we see today in technology, in computers, and in some large networks. It is a system! Of course, it works on completely different principles, primarily on the principles of bestowal. Secondly, it is integral. Everything in it interacts simultaneously; there is no time, no cycles. This is not a pulse system, but an analog one. It is impossible to describe it.

But in principle it is possible to influence each other in some way. Prayer is called the revelation of desire, and the answer to prayer is the reception and fulfillment of desire. There are two very interesting articles in The Book of Zohar about raising prayer and about its fulfillment; these laws of commutation are described there.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. The Biggest Еgoist in the World” 7/14/12

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The Last Generation—Perception of Reality

712.03Question: What is the perception of reality of a person of the last generation?

Answer: The reality of the last generation is that people will see all the connections between the numerous parts of nature.

Nothing will change, only the understanding of connections will change.

For example, if an alien suddenly came to our planet, he would not be able to understand the differences between us. It would be incomprehensible to him that these are policemen, these are thieves, these are rich, these are poor, these are women, and these are men. It does not have that understanding. It is the same with us.

When we reveal the upper world, we see nothing new except that we begin to understand the correct relationship between all the elements of creation. It is so amazing and capacious; it gives an understanding of the depths of everything that happens in the universe,  with the unborn, with the born, with the living, and with the dead.

Everything is included here: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human matter in all its cycles. But most importantly, there is a network of connections and mutual influences between parts of all degrees of nature before their origin in this world and during their existence in this world and after.

When this interaction is revealed in its entirety, a person sees an infinite, eternal picture that gives answers to all one’s questions without exception. Everything becomes clear to a person in whatever has happened, is happening, and will happen in the world.

He clearly understands the law by which everything develops because he sees the interconnection of all parts of nature. It is like embroidery on a hoop: on one side there is a beautiful picture, and on the other side there are knots, and if you cut them, everything will fall apart. We are like that, without feeling the connections, we move away from each other.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 12/27/17

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Grasp the Feeling of The Creator

527.03In physics, there are phenomena that based on some alternative possibilities and research, we come to the conclusion that something exists, but we cannot determine it even indirectly. We have the same problem with the Creator. People guess and make assumptions about Him, and on these bases philosophies, religions, and what not arise!

What is this force that determines, creates, and brings everything to life? We cannot feel this either in our bodily senses or with artificially created instruments. We cannot! We do not have such a measuring tool or some kind of scanner or X-ray.

Kabbalah directs a person to create a device within oneself that will enable the person to sense the Creator, tune oneself to this phenomenon, this force, this field, and by continuously changing oneself to come closer and closer to it. You need to work tirelessly on yourself and then it will happen.

It is said that after you make certain quantitative and qualitative efforts which are called Igati (came), you will reveal Him, which is called Matsati (found). And that is it!

The only problem is that we do not know exactly what kind of efforts there are. And for that we have been given a group and all the conditions that Kabbalists write about.

In principle, Kabbalah exists only to help a person not be confused, but to apply the right amount of effort in the right place and as efficiently as possible.

And then, when you grasp the tail of the feeling of the Creator, and you already have it, you begin to move forward along it. You grab the end of the rope and climb up. The main task of Kabbalists is to bring us to the first contact in order to grasp the feeling of the Creator.

Therefore, every day you need to change and be afraid that you are losing time. After all, here you are racing against time.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Change Every Second” 7/14/12

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Dissemination Is a Push to Rise

254.01Comment: You say that dissemination is more useful to us than to the world because the world does not change. We must change it.

My Response: Yes, the more I pass the light through me to the whole world, naturally the more I ascend and rise. It is an interconnected system. I cannot ascend unless the next layer forms underneath me. This is how I grow, only through the students.

Once upon a time, the first Kabbalists were at the level of NHY, the lowest Sefirot. Then a layer of students started to form under them who reached the level of HGT, and then to the level of HBD. That is, everything grows from the bottom to the top because more and more corrected souls are connected from below.

The same thing happens with us; if you want to rise even a little, you need some more people to form under you.

For example, if you make a certain dissemination project in such a way that many people will awaken from it to a correct action and as a result they somehow indirectly, no matter how, reach the source of light, then naturally, a huge foundation will be formed under you so that you can rise.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Personal Benefit” 9/8/12

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Distributing the Sparks of Bestowal

161Comment: Jewish people have their own purpose and that is why the point in the heart is revealed in them. But others do not have these sparks. But sometimes you say they will still awaken in everyone.

Answer: No, the shattering was only among Jews. Therefore, there are parts of the desire of the common Malchut into which the sparks of bestowal have penetrated more or less, but they necessarily exist somewhere.

Therefore, there are such nations, such parts of civilization, that cannot independently feel the point in their heart or ignite it by attracting the upper light upon themselves and creating an inner light out of the surrounding light. And there are those who gradually will be able to do so.

Thus, there are nations closer and further from correction in accordance with the so-called 70 nations of the world—the 7 Sefirot of Zeir Anpin. Therefore, they are divided into more active ones, not as low, with awareness and perception, as well as less active, more passive ones.

But this does not say which of them is higher or lower. This only speaks about the correction process: who is earlier or later, who should help those lagging behind.

And then, once everything is formed into a general system, it turns into a sphere where everyone is absolutely equal.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Jews Always Win“ 6/9/12

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“Can you define ‘love’ in one sentence?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Can you define “love” in one sentence?

Love is to place the desires of others above one’s own desires.

Based on KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Find the Purpose of Your Child” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on June 27, 2012. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman 6/27/12.

What Is Attainment?

226Question: You said that attainment is the perception of the opposite. Is this the correct definition of attainment?

Answer: Yes, attainment appears only from the perception of the opposite. Otherwise, there would be nothing.

The Creator does not have this. In the absolute, if we can somehow talk about His existence outside of us, everything exists outside the definition of a thing from its absence, some property from its opposite, light-darkness. It exists only in us.

Therefore, we must accumulate many sensations of light-darkness in ourselves and from this create a picture of the world and of ourselves.

Question: What is attainment for all sorts of gurus, for example, Indian yogis?

Answer: This is the psychology of our world. The time will come when people will rise above it.

They will see where the science of attainment called Kabbalah is, and where the beliefs and personal impressions of a person are, which he somehow gained in our world and which are mainly based on rituals: how to dress, dance, sit down, stand up, and so on. All this is connected with his material life, his physical body, some actions, words, and everything else.

But here there is none of that. This means that if an initial desire for spirituality arises in a person, then the method of its development does not at all apply to our world.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call—What Is Attainment?” 9/15/12

168Comment: In our world a person is judged by his achievements in society, to what status he reaches.

My Response: To what status? Sometimes I watch the news on TV channels and that’s it. All other programs talk about all kinds of frauds, murders, punishments, about the army—everything is forceful. The triumph of power is promoted: here we are him, and he is us, who will crush whom, and so on.

Is it really possible to educate the population about this?! Not even just to educate, but somehow to nurture a new generation.

What kind of person do you end up with? We have no idea what we are doing with society at the same time! Or is this the state program? Maybe it’s called freedom: Do what you want?! This is terrible!

And the Internet is not a free field either. They are led by serious forces; the state should think about what is happening in the field of the Internet. There are laws for its development, switching, and management. Or does the state think it’s OK to have so many porn sites there? It is an unreasonable approach! This also affects a person!

Of course, things like violence and murder, should be mentioned but in a very limited way so that we can see that there are such things. People need to be educated! Man is an animal. Once he climbed down from a tree, but today he is worse than in those days.

So where is this government policy?! Any parliament in the world deals only with internal bruising and nothing else. Look at the structure of the world, what selfishness has brought us to!

I’m not against crime films. But these should be isolated cases from which you can learn something, and not shown on all channels. By watching all this, negative examples are deposited in our brain, and we are already acting on these patterns: This is how I saw it in this film. These pictures pop up in a person, and he realizes them. This is the current upbringing.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. A Man Is Judged by His Deeds.” 6/16/12

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Not All Habits Are Good

281.02Comment: A student who is not yet in attainment has a feeling that there is a certain force, but he does not use it as a Kabbalist because he does not understand it.

My Response: If he does not understand, then you cannot do anything. We must strive to reveal it.

The most important thing is not to feel crushed by everyday life so that what was yesterday is yesterday, today is completely new, and every time it is new more and more. It is hard but necessary for advancement. To meet every minute and ask yourself: “Well, what’s new?”—shake off the dust that settles on you every second.

Comment: The main problem is that many people freeze and enter a layer of some kind of habit.

My Response: That is the worst part. As Pushkin wrote, “Thus heaven’s gift to us is this: That habit takes the place of bliss.” This is terrible happiness. It is not only an animate level but the happiness of the dead, when you exist and that is it. We must fight this state.

Comment: But on the other hand, there is a need for a person to get used to something and at the same time always to be refreshed.

My Response: And what can you get used to? No way! Habit is death.

Habit should be only at the level of a conscious routine when you set certain tasks for yourself and set a routine in accordance with them. Then you really control yourself and your movements. But if you give yourself up to a dead routine, then that is it.
Everything can be changed and reconsidered at any time. This should be our habit.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Habit Kills.” 6/30/12

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Agent Of the Secret Lodge

547.05Comment: I constantly look at the comments on your videos. Among the people making comments, there are those who believe that you work by following someone’s program, like a representative of some secret lodge.

My Response: What kind of secret lodge can we talk about if we talk about bestowal and love?!

There can be no mysteries here because you want to attract everyone to mutual bestowal and mutual love, to a society of reasonable consumption, balance, and equality, and you yourself remain on the sidelines, that is, not to lead all this and pursue some selfish goals. Where can there be any egoistic intention here?

I understand people. A person cannot believe that someone is working for an idea. The idea must be either religious or national. And when it is not against someone, but on the contrary, for universal equality, brotherhood, and unity, then it sounds unnatural.

Of course, people have thoughts that there must be some kind of underground society here, which may have decided in this way to break and destroy the world, with poor people and governments devoted to them and supposedly caring about them.

Today we have already reached the final stage of our development. Therefore, on the last straight line, they can say anything they want. Time is running so fast that they won’t have time to invent something.

There are some philosophers, all kinds of wise guys who twist everything the other way around. I once met with a famous politician and listened to his philosophy. It’s just an explosion of an unjustified and unconfirmed mystical extravaganza that you don’t know what to do with and also mentions angels, ghouls, devils and others. And, of course, all this negativity is attributed to Jews and all the positive is attributed to other peoples.

I think that people like this highly erudite person will eventually realize their confusion. It’s not their fault. I can respect him for his general knowledge. But I also understand that he relates the Jews and their mission from a completely opposite side.

He ascribes to them great powers, abilities, and versatility, considers them the greatest force in the world, that they practically determine the entire history, everything, everything, only from a negative point of view. It all depends upon the view. It will turn around for him and I think he will understand.

By the way, I am by no means offended by anyone. Let people know that I love them all. Just so that they will always read and study what I say, it doesn’t matter with what purpose, even to find something for which you can tease. And gradually it will sort itself out.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Agent Laitman” 6/16/12

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Acceleration of Advancement

938.03Question: If a person steps out of the group for some time does it happen according to a program instilled within him?

Answer: No way! A person does not have a predetermined program in regards to approaching or distancing from the Creator! Everything exists within his freedom of will.

This is not predetermined in advance! There are some initial coefficients, constant data that are provided in the common system since this is a system rather than a single person and the Creator. This is a whole body: others will be influencing in some way, the world will be advancing in some way, some of its pieces, meaning souls will fall or rise in the movement toward the approaching and revealing the Creator together, in one single state.

The more effective this will be, the more it will influence a person. The more the world will slow down, the more it will slow down the person. However, these are only the outer data. Every one of us can also influence this.

There are situations you cannot escape. However, when you individually advance toward the Creator, toward His revelation within yourself, you experience these situations in completely different aspects; instead of stopping after receiving a blow, oppositely, you can speed up your movement.

This can be compared to a launch of a space shuttle in the direction of distant planets. When you launch a space shuttle a far distance, the space objects that exist between us and the target object serve as sources of acceleration. If the space shuttle is moving toward them with a certain trajectory, they will attract the space shuttle and will accelerate its movement; however, they will not let it approach them. It is like they pull the space shuttle toward them, it moves faster, eventually skips them, and continues to fly further.

The same is happening in spiritual work. It seems to you that these bodies that are together with you on the path can slow you down, attract, and even swallow you on the way. However, in reality they only accelerate you and you skip through further.

Question: Does it mean it is unrealistic to make a calculation about what is good and what is bad?

Answer: No, only maximum advancement with the help of yourself, the group, and the entire humanity.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How Do They Leave Kabbalah?” 7/14/12

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States of Disconnection

259.02Comment: Sometimes a person is strongly thrown out of spiritual work. He starts to back off. Maybe he will slowly get closer afterward, but he is already distancing himself.

My Response: We will see later. In the end, he is not going anywhere anyway. Of course, it may take years.

I gave an example of when I was studying with Rabash, a man who had not been there for ten years came back one morning. Then the same morning a second man appeared who had not been there for fifteen years. I quietly asked Rabash: “Who are they?” He replied: “This one has not been here for 10 years and that one for 15. That’s it, they started coming back.” So a new circle began.

It was very interesting to watch those who returned. They did not have any feeling that they had left the group at all. It was strange to see it! As if a person did not have those years, he fell and woke up ten years later. And no one even said a word of reproach to them. Then it struck me!

And now I am not surprised by this and in no case do I worry that I have invested so much in someone, and then they would leave and maybe even say something against our methodology. I understand that they may come back later.

It is not man! These are his internal changes that are simply necessary; otherwise, he will not reach the revelation of the Creator. He must go through everything! If he is driven forward by the light, then all states are good for him.

Question: So these people had to go through a state of disconnection for 10 to 15 years?

Answer: I do not know. After this has passed, you have to say: “Yes, this is how it should be,” but not before that.

Of course, in those 10 years, they could have achieved something more. But, in principle, this is how the program manifested itself, and it depended not only on them. After all, they are a small cell in the huge body of all other souls connected together.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How do They leave Kabbalah?” 7/14/12

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“What do you gain from rising above the ego?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What do you gain from rising above the ego?

You gain upper knowledge, sensation and attainment with which you acquire absolute fulfillment.

You then see the entire universe from one end to the other, indefinitely and integrally, and you feel and realize how interconnected everything is.

Based on KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Pride” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on July 30, 2012. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

No Need to Wait to Be Crushed

293Comment: There is a parable about a frog who got stuck in the mud in a rut. No matter how hard she tried to get out, nothing worked. Friends tried to help to no avail, they failed.

In the evening, the exhausted friends went home and left their friend to the will of fate and were sure that they would come the next day, and she would no longer be there.

They came, and she was jumping merrily on the grass. They say, “How did you manage?!” “Very simply,” the frog replied, “a cart appeared, and I simply had no choice but to get out as soon as possible.”

How similar it is to our world, that we have to approach such a disaster that will simply crush us!

My Response: The awareness.

Question: Yes, and only then will we get out. You say that there is a path of goodness, and there is a path of suffering. We are on the path of suffering. Meaning, we should be crushed, and only then will we come to something good?

Answer: Yes. At the last step. Otherwise, we will not want to get rid of egoism. There must still be an ideological basis here, the solution to the problem is at its root—for what will we get rid of atomic weapons.

We must get rid of our desire to suppress, destroy, and dominate others. The desire to receive, the desire to suppress another is pure egoism. That is what we have to get rid of. This means, to come from hatred to love.

Such a turn is practically impossible. Only through the revelation of evil. And the revelation of evil can really only be global and only a free decision.

Question: So, we, like this frog, are in a rut? The cart is coming, and we still don’t care about it?

Answer: Yes. Moreover, we look at others, what would they do? Let them be the first to get scared and start doing something. But I hope that today’s situation also determines something.

Question: Is it not just a cart, but a tank that will crush us?

Answer: Yes.

Question: So, this fear, as you say, is at the heart of everything. And we will escape out of fear?

Answer: Yes. We will jump out of fear and from the realization of the inevitability of death. Moreover, we are not particularly afraid of death. It is just that the time will come, the condition of humanity will change, and we will understand that we have nowhere to go, and dying is also not an option, it is not a solution to the problem.

Question: And how does fear and the fact that committing suicide, dying, is not the solution to the problem, lead to the realization of the foundation that everything is in egoism, that it is to blame for everything? Where does this turnover happen?

Answer: A revolution occurs in a person when he suddenly begins to realize that even death does not save him from egoism. That even his death does not lead to the end of existence. He will exist in the feeling of such suffering, internal, it’s no longer a matter of physical, not bodily, the body already seems to be gone, but he will continue to suffer.

Question: And when will he realize that the cause of these sufferings is egoism? At what point is this understood?

Answer: When one has nothing left but egoism. When one sees that death does not save him and does not pull him out of terrible conditions, out of life. He will continue. After death, life continues, only in a different form, and he will suffer all the time, as in hell.

Question: And who will tell him that egoism is the cause of everything?

Answer: Then he will feel what sets him up to such a negative attitude to himself, to the world, to everything, and to egoism itself, which dominates him and always leads him from suffering to suffering.

Question: So, there will be this point that says: “I wanted to suppress everyone, but I have to suppress myself”? Will that be the feeling?

Answer: I think so. This is the solution. There is no other solution.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 1/26/23

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What Is the Difference between Hallucinations and Dreams?

565.02Question: What is the difference between hallucinations and dreams?

Answer: Hallucinations are not dreams, but certain excitations that we artificially induce in our consciousness, not during a state of sleep, but by going into special states of semi-disconnection or complete disconnection.

Sleep is the natural state of the body. It is typical for everyone. It seems to us there are some creatures that do not sleep. In fact, they still sleep either in motion or in some other way. It does not matter, sleep is necessary.

Any living being that has perception and some storage of information must sleep. In this state, it passes from one state to another. It is so with all wildlife; ie., even plants fall asleep in winter and wake up in summer.
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A Mighty Bunch Against the Creator

293In our time, a hierarchy has formed in the world where there are only a dozen families or people who control the world and do everything they wish for themselves. It seems like they have boundless abilities, they are controlling humanity and limiting it from obtaining true information.

In addition, they limit us from getting medication, normal food, and cheap energy that could have been used a long time ago instead of oil, and they are doing this based on their egoism and their position.

Nothing about this can be done differently until humanity rises to such a degree of internal integration that it starts feeling the upper force, the upper governance. Only then will the world stop being controlled by a handful of people. They will not be able to stand in the way of the upper governance and limit our world in its positive development.

Of course, these people themselves are also angels; meaning, they are governed by the upper force. They are like a shadow of our flaws. When we begin to unite among ourselves, we thereby neutralize them. But for now, in our disconnection, in our egoism, it is as if we are sustaining them, we are their power source, and we are creating the conditions for their existence.
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Is Food the Meaning of Life?

506.3Comment: People spend most of their life on food, everything revolves around nutrition. Why is the system built in such a way that the process of nutrition practically occupies our entire life?

My Response: What else would you do?

If we had organized life in our world correctly, in accordance with the upper spiritual roots, we would deal with the food issue for a maximum of two hours a day for normal, rational self-sustenance and devote the rest of the time to our spiritual development and fulfillment.

Instead, we spend time making unnecessary things, selling them to each other, quickly bringing them to the “cemetery,” and making new ones.

In principle, sleep, nutrition, and spiritual work are what a person needs in this life in order to quickly begin to feel a new, quantum spiritual world and pass into eternity, into perfection.

What else do we need? Why should we linger here, at this waypoint?
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Be Renewed Every Minute!

294.1Comment: You say that it is necessary to learn how to empty yourself quickly so that the next day will be like a new one. You must not be stuck in yesterday’s calculations.

My Response: Yes, a mandatory condition for spiritual work is to be renewed every minute. In no case do not drag yourself from minute to minute. Leave your prior one in the past minute, and in the new one be a newborn, with new views, new tastes, a new attitude to everything.

Will I be able to or not? If not, then I am an animal that does not change during life, while a human changes.

Comment: But memory nonetheless exists. Many old people live in past memories.

My Response: This is given to us on purpose so that we suffer from how much, perhaps, we have done wrong to others. It is good if people have such remorse. But, in principle, it is necessary to live anew. I personally can’t otherwise. I just don’t agree with the fact that the day or some part of it, has passed just like that.

I have a schedule, and I have to follow it: lessons, blog, preparation for workshops, all kinds of meetings, five-minute meetings, preparation of materials for dissemination, for development.

Even if I don’t change anything myself, it still makes me change. In advance I put myself in such a framework that forces me to do this.

There is a schedule and I am in it. And inside this, of course, there are also my own thoughts and good impulses. How can they herewith not be renewed?
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Expand Your Organs of Perception

131As a result of the breakage of the common soul, its descent and mixing of all kinds of broken parts even at the spiritual level, all kinds of analyses, clarifications, and scrutinies of these parts take place in us, and therefore a person is often in such states when he does not know what is happening to him; someone seems to be leading him, performing actions for him, he somehow automatically goes through life and suddenly there is some kind of an accident, fate, fatalism.

What to do? Being only in the sensation of our world, we do not understand anything. For this reason, there are some people who feel that they are supposedly messengers of the higher worlds. This is how their egoism sets them up: you are special, from somewhere out there, take care of yourself, you have a purpose, etc.

This has been known for centuries. Where did all the beliefs come from? Some eccentric jumped out of bed early in the morning and ran through the city, shouting that he had an epiphany. And it went on and on for thousands of years.

But all this comes to its logical end. Today we are in a state of clarifying these things.

According to Kabbalah, everything is explained very simply, according to absolute laws, not as mysticism, only higher physics. The difference between Kabbalah and all religions, beliefs, and even sciences is that it is very realistic. It is not limited, not rigid, and not closed, like other sciences, where scientists are blinded in their characteristics.

They do not understand that they are limited in their perception of the world by their qualities, and they believe that what they see exists. If they had expanded their senses and their organs of perception, they would have seen more. They do not have a mechanism for expanding the boundaries of their perception. This is the limitation of the sciences, their dead end.

Kabbalah is good because it says: “Indeed, we have only what we see, what we can clearly explore, with repetition, with experience, with many people, and so on, but within the limits of those boundaries that give us existing knowledge.

However, these limits can be expanded. Let us say you have such a framework, you see the world through some diopters, another through others, and a third through the third ones. Let us describe the world through all these diopters and see how we can change our vision, that is, our perception, and whether we can expand it. If we can, that is great.”

In such a way we get 125 degrees of attaining the universe, the world. Moreover, not only attainment of its image, but also in-depth opening, i.e., qualitative attainment.

We do not just expand the world by zooming in on stars with a telescope or magnifying microorganisms through microscopes. We change ourselves! You begin to see the world qualitatively, deep into the n-dimensional space.

Then you see its governance, internal connections, meaning, and everything else. But again, it is realistic, scientific, and is confirmed by those who are engaged in expanding their perception.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Perception of the reality of a schizophrenic” 6/9/12

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“Why is Passover important today?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why is Passover important today?

Kabbalists relate to Passover with utmost importance because it represents an exit from our egoistic nature, the desire to enjoy at the expense of others and nature, which separates us from sensing the eternal and whole reality in which we exist.

The exit from our narrow egoistic perception into one where we exist in a common positive connection is the start of the spiritual path. The more we develop, the more we feel our egoistic nature suffocating us, leading us to an increasing entanglement of problems and crises.

Why? It is in order to grow a new desire in us: to escape from our egoistic closure in order to move toward a new state of positive human connection.

In the language of Kabbalah, this shift is described as the restoration of the common vessel of Adam HaRishon, our return to one common soul in which we feel ourselves—all of humanity—as parts of one massive desire that is filled with an immense force of love and bestowal, which binds us together in complete harmony.

It is for that reason that Kabbalists consider Passover the most important of all holidays. The word for Passover in Hebrew, “Pesach,” means to “leap” (pasach). Making a leap means shifting from a state of egoistic reception to altruistic bestowal.

It is truly a special holiday when we exit our egoism and begin a fascinating journey into the spiritual world.

Preparing for Passover means preparing our desire to want to include everyone together as one, for everyone to fill our innermost desire, that our thoughts and aspirations would be aimed in a purely spiritual direction: to connect among each other and with the Creator—the force of love and bestowal that connects us.

Based on the Daily Kabbalah Lesson on March 6, 2023. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.