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Overcome The Resistance—Reveal Love

Laitman_632.3Arvut (mutual guarantee) is the law of the correct connection of creations with each other within which they reveal the Creator. We create the Creator in the network of mutual guarantee that we build. With genuine mutual guarantee, everyone exits himself and joins others. Indeed, no one can reveal the Creator within himself, only outside, to the extent of his connection with foreign, maybe even opposite and hateful desires.

It is said: “Love covers all transgressions.” Therefore, we have to reveal the sins in order to build love over them. Only in this way can the light can be known: “as the advantage of light over darkness.” The nature of the Creator is perceived only in contrast: each of His properties is revealed from the opposite of a certain property of creation, and  love will cover all transgressions.

Therefore, on the way to mutual guarantee, we have to encounter all the properties opposite to it: hatred, rejection, neglect, and build a system of relations between each other atop them. There is only one aspiration in the system of mutual guarantee: to connect with others and serve them, to fill and give everything they need.

A person can never fulfill himself, in corporeal life and more so in spirituality where there is no way to receive even a spark of light in his own desires. But if I connect with others and want to satisfy them, then the light will shine through me. This means that I “receive,” I get the opportunity to fill the neighbor, and this is called my fulfillment!

So, we gain a spiritual Kli, fill the common network called Adam, man, and the power of unification and unity, the upper Light, the Creator, is revealed in us. All we need is to build mutual guarantee between us, therein lies the correction of the common soul.1

Our common soul is broken. We need to come to the feeling of a single system where everyone fills the others and vouches for them. The Light spreads to all other souls through it. No one else can connect them and fill them like he does, so everyone is like Keter in relation to everyone else. So, we build the system of a common soul.2

How can one feel the desire of a friend? We have to work on this as if I adopted a child and I want to penetrate his desires and serve him.

We have to pray to feel the friends’ hearts. After all, their desires are parts of my soul, but there is resistance between us, a resistor that does not allow me to feel them. I have to feel the power to overcome this resistance, then I will perceive it as help, which is called “Love will cover all transgressions.”

Therefore, these transgressions are for my own good. If I connect with a friend upon them, then the resistance does not disappear but only grows. But I still try to contact him, connect on top of the resistor separating us, and shed all my love on him. Then in this resistor I perform all the work, generate all the power, which is called warming up the hearts, as if an electric current flows in the network and heats up the resistor. The same laws apply here.

Love is revealed precisely because there is resistance. Love can be revealed only when there are clashes and problems.3
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/19/19, “The Mutual Guarantee”

1 Minute 1:40
2 Minute 9:50
3 Minute 1:24:30

Advancement Through Questions And Answers

laitman_219.01Question: Is a question the most important element of practical work in studying the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Yes. A question is of utmost importance to our spiritual advancement. However, it is unnecessary to ask a question and wait for its answer. You study it, want it answered, then you ask the Creator through the group and receive an answer.

All our advancement is comprised of questions and answers. The Passover tale about four sons speaks about this: even when you are in a state when you do not know how to ask a question, you must look for opportunities to have it. There is no advancement without it.

Question: Is a question considered a spiritual action?

Answer: Yes, of course. It is the left line, which is necessary for movement.

Question: Can a question be a real gift for a teacher or for a friend, an example of bestowing to the group?

Answer: In principle, yes.

Question: Is it worth asking a question if the methodology teaches us that questions that arise in us are revealed and clarified naturally in the course of our work in the group?

Answer: When you ask a question or do something in general, you should think about how you are helping others.
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From Lesson 4, World Kabbalah Convention in Moldova 9/7/19, Rejoice in What We Lack/Work in Concealment

World—Reality Or Illusion? Part 11

laitman_276.01Master the Wisdom of Attainment

Question: Is it correct to say that the Creator is infinite and therefore, we cannot define Him?

Answer: The fact is that it is too early for us to talk about the Creator. We should talk not about Him, but rather about ourselves: To what extent can we trust our feelings, compare yesterday’s and today’s knowledge, are we able to analyze and reveal, that is, master the wisdom of attainment?

The system of attainment, the methodology, is quite complicated. Kabbalah explains to us how limited we are in it. This limitation applies not only to us, but also to scientists, to everyone.

In our world, we can say nothing right about our perception. It is only possible with the help of Kabbalah, once we rise above the degree of Bina.

Bina (Havana, Heb. “understanding”) is a perception. When  above this degree, we begin to receive the upper light, the light of Hochma, in our desires that are corrected to altruistic ones; that is, we receive for the sake of bestowal and become similar to the Creator by doing so. To the extent we are similar to Him, we can talk about attainments, about the ability to control them, and in some way compare them with each other. Yet, in fact, this is still far away.

Without this, we will always stray and think that we understand each other and can compare ourselves with others. This is a very big problem. Therefore, as The Book of Zohar writes, people are in absolute darkness. They walk with their eyes shut, see nothing, thinking that they exist correctly and each one teaches the other.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

“The Future Of Europe And The Jews” (Times of Israel)

The Times of Israel published my new article “The future of Europe and the Jews

November marks the memory of two major events in European history that still resonate in today’s continent: Kristallnacht, the beginning of the systematic persecution of Jews that culminated with the Holocaust; and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the beginning of Europe’s reunification process. But how much has the continent advanced toward unity in the last few decades? Is it going backwards? Do Jews feel safer? Amid rising anti-Semitism and sociopolitical challenges in Europe, it is evident that the glass walls of the continent’s security and stability can be broken any time.

The Reappearance of Hatred That Never Vanished

If we forget the atrocities of the past, we constantly get reminders. Jews were murdered, synagogues were torched, thousands of Jewish-owned businesses, homes and schools were plundered by the Nazis on Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) 81 years ago. This month, right in 2019, the commemoration of the pogroms was marked by a wave of anti-Semitic attacks across Scandinavia attributed to neo-Nazis. More than 80 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in Denmark, and, stickers resembling yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust were placed on multiple Jewish sites in Denmark and Sweden, including on the Great Synagogue in Stockholm.

In Germany, hundreds of neo-Nazis marched on the anniversary of the anti-Jewish riots, while a multitude of demostrators against the rally questioned why German officials turn a blind eye to such events promoted by extremists.

Massive immigration, economic challenges, and increasing political and social divisions in Europe are fueling radical movements from the right and from the left. And as we have learned from history, that is fertile ground to hatred against Jews. This is precisely the reason why the current state of affairs should matter to us.

The Berlin’s Wall Fell But the Tower of Babel Stands Strong

A call for European unity was the key message of an article recently published in 26 EU countries by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, commemorating the fall of the Berlin’s Wall 30 years ago. Conversely, today’s Europe resembles the period of upheaval in ancient Babylon when social division prevailed.

In fact, the downfall of the EU within the next one or two decades is perceived as a possible reality by more than 50% of Europeans, according to a survey conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations earlier this year.

How Jews Can Contribute to Europe’s Future

Knowing our background is crucial to understanding how the Jewish people can contribute to a prosperous future not only for itself but for Europe and the entire world. The people of Israel was not born as a nation in the common sense of the word but as a group of people who subscribed to an idea, the idea of unity. It was formed by Abraham the Patriarch from representatives of different tribes and cultures, just as today’s Europe.

They were an eclectic amalgamation joined only by the idea that there is one force that governs the universe. They also grasped that this force is one of mercy, love, and unity, and that only this force can connect us above our differences and give us the power to agree to unite “as one man with one heart.”

Humanity is now discovering that separation is leading to a dead end, therefore, it is more aware of the need to achieve the opposite state, the state of unity. The nations of the world instinctively feel that Jews, who once attained connection above internal rifts, have the solution to achieve a harmonious existence.

Since Jews are currently not delivering such example of positive connection through Abraham’s method, the nations of the world manifest their pain and discomfort as growing anti-Semitism.

Our role and our most important contribution to the world, according to Kabbalist Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), the most renowned Kabbalist of the 20th Century, is to be a conduit to transfer the goodness of unity to humanity. However, in order for that to happen, we must first implement it on ourselves.

Once we return to a unified state, we will be able to submit to humanity as a whole the method of unity and love among human beings. “And when they do that, it is plain to see that with His work, all envy and hatred will be abolished from humanity” (Baal HaSulam, “The Peace“).

The paramount role of Jews to a promising future for all was also highlighted by Rav Kook, as it is written: “In Israel is the secret to the unity of the world” (Orot HaKodesh).

World—Reality Or Illusion? Part 10

laitman_531.03Language Is a Sense of Communication

Baal HaSulam writes that a Kabbalist must use absolutely accurate definitions. Where can we find them?

Here, the law of root and branch arises in all worlds, in all states, in each and every one of us. It is from there that I can take clear, accurate definitions from nature’s point of view. You also will take your definitions from there and we will compare them with each other. From this comparison, we can correctly understand each other rather than speak with the same words but with a different meaning.

In our world, each one ascribes different meanings to the same words because each of us differs from the other. How can we combine everyone’s complex internal states in order to begin to understand each other and overlap each other so that these concepts will combine and give us a clear idea as to what extent we are talking and feeling the same thing? This is a problem with language.

Language is a sense of communication with each other when you and I feel the same thing. If we do not, then we clearly feel the difference in our sensations.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

Climbing The Steps Of The Spiritual Worlds

Dr. Michael LaitmanBaal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: This wisdom is generally divided into two parallel, identical orders, like two drops in a pond. The only difference between them is that the first order extends from Above downwards, to this world, and the second order traverses from below upwards, precisely by the same routes and make-ups imprinted at the root when they appeared from Above downwards.

The first order is called “the order of descent of the worlds, Partzufim,and Sefirot,” in all their occurrences, whether lasting or transient. The second order is called “attainments or degrees of prophecy and Holy Spirit.” A person rewarded with it must follow the same trails and inlets, and gradually attain each detail and each degree, precisely by the same rules that were imprinted in them upon their emanation from Above downwards.

After the descent of the upper force from above downward, the steps Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, and Assiya remain and we use them to ascend from below upward through Assiya, Yetzia, Beria, Atzilut, and Adam Kadmon.

A revelation of Godliness does not appear at once, but gradually, over a period of time, depending on the cleansing of the attaining, until one discovers all the degrees from Above downwards. And because they come in an order of attainment, one after the other and one above the other, as do rungs of a ladder, they are called “degrees” (steps).

The ascent from below upward is an attainment of the steps that have descended previously from above downward, in order to determine the levels of our attainment. This path is prepared for us from the beginning.

Therefore, the science of Kabbalah and all the conditions are now being revealed so we can absorb it wherever we are and advance further.

Question: Is it possible to fall from these steps?

Answer: You can fall and rise partially. But in principle, they all lead to ascent because even descents are meant for that. It is impossible to move along the steps of the spiritual worlds without descents. A special kind of start-stop movement happens here.

Each time we descend in order to comprehend our path. However, it is not a descent. For example, in every science there are such periods when you don’t understand anything, don’t know anything, can’t think, are absolutely exhausted and it is the same here. Then, you rise again.

Such step-by-step development is necessary for constant renewal, clearing yourself of previous baggage, and becoming completely empty to the extent of your last fulfillment. And precisely because fulfillment turns into a new emptiness, one can reach the next step.

Question: Is the main thing to not be afraid of descents?

Answer: Do not be afraid of anything. Any fulfillment will turn into emptiness and any emptiness will turn into even greater fulfillment. This is the law of nature.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 8/18/19

World – Reality Or Illusion? Part 9

laitman_227Adhere to the Language of Kabbalists

Baal HaSulam, ”The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”: Any reasonable person will understand that when dealing with spiritual matters, much less with Godliness, we have no words or letters with which to contemplate. This is because our whole vocabulary is but combinations of the letters of our senses and imagination. …

It is particularly so where one needs to find some rationale in these words to help one in the negotiations customary in the research of the wisdom. Here the sage must use rigorously accurate definitions for the eyes of the observers.

If we expressed in our words everything we feel, each of us will create our own language, our own encyclopedia, etc., and we would be unable to communicate with each other. Therefore, what we can and should do is take the words, expressions, and definitions based on our essence.

This is exactly what Kabbalah does. It says that a person consists of desire that is divided into five kinds: zero, one, two, three, and four. In these five types of desires, we feel various positive and negative fulfillments, and everyone has them. Thus, everything consists only of desire.

Therefore, if we adhere to a clear Kabbalistic language, we will not go astray. We will speak the same language. It was so before the shattering in ancient Babylon when all people spoke one language, Aramaic, in which The Book of Zohar is written.

The Aramaic language is good because it comes from the essence of nature itself. The five levels of desire, from which each of us consists, generate five definitions. This language is based on them.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 9/15/19

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/16/19

From Rockets to European Labeling of Israeli Products. When Will Threats Against Israel Stop?

Around 450 rockets have been fired at Israel in the last few days and still counting, despite the announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Beyond the headlines, residents in the south and center of the country, the areas directly under attack, are paying a heavy price, living in constant fear and uncertainty about the future.

Are we on the road to an escalation or is the current menace one that will die out soon? Either way, we have not solved the root of the problem, nor does it seem that a solution looms on the horizon. Our fate depends only on us, the people of Israel, on our unity.

Mounting Pressure Against Israel

Life in Israel is similar to living in a fortress, always on the alert against enemy attacks. However, we do not enjoy protection from any enemy: not Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the south, not Hezbollah in the north, or even from a Russian submarine that was recently located off the shores of the center of the country. If we widen our gaze, we will realize that the attacks come from all fronts. The European Court of Justice decided not to allow us time to even recover from the wounds of the current rocket attacks before inflicting a new blow. The EU’s highest legal court adopted a resolution stating that the European countries are obliged to mark any product originating in the Israeli settlements—territory that Israel captured, the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war, areas disputed by the Palestinians—so consumers could make “informed choices” when they shopped.

The court’s ruling has been considered anti-Semitic and discriminatory by Israeli authorities and producers, since Israel is the only country that has been singled out, despite the fact that there are over 200 territorial disputes around the world; the labeling measure only applies to Israeli goods.

How Should Israel React?

Wars in the field and in judiciary courts, ground attacks and psychological warfare, will be of no help. Nor will idleness. When the nations of the world rise against the people of Israel in one way or another, the only viable solution is to access our common arsenal: the power of unity. Therein lies a more supreme power, stronger than all our current forces. As the sages wrote: “The prime defense against calamity is love and unity. When there are love, unity, and friendship between each other in Israel, no calamity can come over them.” (Maor Vashemesh)

We ought to listen attentively to the message the world is screaming at us. We need to peel off our thick layers of stubbornness and absorb the essence of the demand coming at us, the reason an accusatory finger is pointed toward Israel. What is the world requesting? They are asking only for good and fulfillment.

Access to that good depends on the Jewish people. The key is in our hands. If we are united in one heart, we will be like a conduit of supreme power to the nations of the world. It will be through us that the good, the abundance, and the love for all will pass, without exception. In this way, without a lot of words and without noise, we will be recognized as “light unto the nations.” This is our unique virtue and role as the people of Israel. As the Kabbalist Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam) wrote: “The Israeli nation had been constructed as a sort of gateway by which the sparks of purity would shine upon the whole of the human race the world over.” (The Arvut – Mutual Guarantee)

Light on the Horizon

We do not need another day of rockets or more sorrow of children crying in shelters before we react. We must undertake an incisive analysis now in the spirit of the saying, “the end of the action lies in the initial thought.” And the final outcome should be to unite as one, above our origins, ideologies, and preferences, to foster unity as a nation showing a positive example to the world.

Repairing the world on all levels begins with our connection, the connection within the people of Israel. If we establish unity as a distinct trend, we will bear witness to a positive transformation throughout the world. As the wisdom of Kabbalah describes, the solution to our situation, whether negative or positive, belligerent or friendly, depends exclusively on us. The solution lies in our hearts, in our desire to either unite or not unite.

By virtue of our connection we will awaken great, unifying forces dwelling in nature that will affect our surrounding world in a harmonious way, and everything will calm down. Forces that currently oppose us will be reversed. Today’s enemies will approach us with love, and peace will reign.

Protests vs. Cooperation: What Will Make Governments Listen to People’s Needs?

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 11/16/19

Mass protests are shaking the planet. Can protests really affect change in the world? What are people lacking in order to get into the right cooperation with the countries’ governments and make them really work for the needs of a particular society and the world as a whole?

The answer is connection. Protests give people a certain kind of unity, but it is a unity that is induced. They have an announced goal, several mottos, and blinding emotions. The main point of protest is “against,” not “for.” Therefore, those who come to protest connect around their personal hatred regarding something, or because of the external threat. As soon as it’s gone, or “a dog is given a piece of food” to calm down, the artificial unity disappears as it never existed before.

Can we get out of this locked circle?

Yes. Just as how hatred nourishes hatred, love nourishes love. Therefore, if people connect “for” something—a common goal aimed at building a new prosperous society—and show the government their unity “as one man with one heart,” their needs and requests will be immediately met and fulfilled.

How do we find that point of “for” unity? The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us about it. See Less

Our World Is An Imprint Of The World Of Assiya

Laitman_912Question: Our world is part of the world of Assiya and, at the same time, as if part of the spiritual worlds. But they differ in the degree of bestowal, which does not exist in our world. Is it possible that, perhaps, our world came into being separately, not as part of the spiritual? After all, here is a different quality of existence. Why is it included in this system?

Answer: First of all, it is written by Baal HaSulam. This is the first and very simple answer. I always refer to the sources.

Second, our world is under all spiritual worlds and is an imprint of the world of Assiya in which the same parts exist as in the spiritual worlds. However, in the spiritual worlds, these parts are connected by the law of bestowal, love, and interconnection, and in our world by the law of receiving and rejection.

In detail, our world and the spiritual world are absolutely identical. But to say that our world was created separately is impossible. You can imagine anything you want. We take what Kabbalah says as a foundation. This is all I can say.

Read the sources. Everything is described there and explained a little more than we analyze in lectures. I believe that you just need to simply chew all this yourself, swallow and digest it.

It will give you not only understanding, but a feeling of how much our material world is connected with the spiritual world, their similarities and contrasts, how the spiritual world affects this world, etc.

When we talk about the similarity of our world to the upper world, we mean only its structure, not its qualities and its management. Although our world is an imprint of the upper world, it is made from totally different material. The spiritual world is the material of bestowal, love, and connection and our world is absolutely opposite to it, egoistic.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,”, 6/10/19