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Two Conditions For Attaining The Creator

laitman_943Rabash, “Concerning the Importance of Friends”: But in the essay, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar,” it is written, “The measure of the greatness comes under two conditions:

  1. to always listen and receive the appreciation of society, to the extent of their greatness; the environment should be great, as it is written, ‘In the multitude of people is the king’s glory.’”
  2. The bigger the environment is in my eyes, the greater confidence, strength and the ability to act quantitatively and qualitatively it gives me.

What is more important here: quality or quantity? Of course, in our state, quality is much more important. We are always in small quantities, but since we are in the last generation, we must take care that there are both quality and quantity. Moreover, both are generally achievable.

To accept the first condition, each student must feel that he is the smallest among all the friends…

And for the second condition, each student must extol each friend’s merit as though he were the greatest in the generation.

Question: Rabash gives two steps here that we are always confused about. If I am lower than others, aren’t they automatically higher than me?

Answer: No! It depends on how you became lower than others. You either found out that they are really huge that raises them in your eyes, and therefore, you became lower, or you lower yourself.

It depends on what you are working on to be below them: on their elevation or on your own humiliation. There are two possibilities, two types of work.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/9/18

Why Does Humanity Have No Knowledge Of The Purpose Of Creation?

laitman_423.02Remark: If a person doesn’t read Rabash or Baal HaSulam, he would not know about the purpose of creation. It seems odd because humanity has made so many advancements and conducted a lot of research, but still has not come to this realization.

My Comment: This is because the human mind is not ready for it. People speak of nature being an interconnected single organism, but a person cannot adapt to this because he is different from it. He is not integrally connected to nature or society, and thus cannot achieve it on his own. He has no integral mind, no integral sensitivity or perception.

He is characterized by an egoistic perception, an egoistic connection with the rest of the world: take, grab, seize. Not being integrally connected with the world, he is separated from it, he remains inside himself. Therefore, it is very difficult to understand, perceive or feel nature as perfectly holistic and integral.

Kabbalah gradually begins to develop within us our integral perception of reality. Moreover, it says that you see the reality that you create yourself. Here you see a clash with modern psychology. You begin to perceive yourself as a projector of reality: you create the world, you depict it.

In the end, it turns out that there is no reality, it is all inside you. It follows that you have to, somehow, change yourself in order to investigate it. You get the opportunity to do this, by developing yourself, by becoming integral. You then begin to use yourself like a machine, like a laboratory. In other words, by changing your qualities you feel how the reality you feel changes.

You depict it, you create it, and you become the Creator of your reality, of your life. Also, you see how all the people, the animals, the vegetative, and the inanimate world, including all the cosmos, are a projection of your inner qualities: inanimate, vegetative, animate and human components—the first, second, third, and fourth stages of your egoism.

You can see whether this reality is corrected, meaning whether it is integrally connected with the other parts.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 12/8/18

How Can We See The Friends As Equal?

laitman_938.07Question: How can we see the friends in the group equal in their efforts? After all, 50% of the efforts I see are my efforts. I do not see the 50% of the friend’s efforts.

Answer: We cannot measure even our own efforts let alone the efforts of others. We do not have such abilities. Therefore, we should just work on our connection, and it will sort everything into place.

Question: Do I, as a friend who is following the spiritual path, have the opportunity to see that someone in the group does not give his full effort?

Answer: I pay no attention to it. If all this is presented by the Creator, then I must work with these parts of my soul and accept them as the Creator created them. I have to go by faith above reason.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/9/18

Profit—Only In Spirituality!

laitman_544Question: Will the people of the last generation be able to have joint business, joint enterprises?

Answer: For the sake of correcting the soul, they can go for it. They can start a joint business only when they really have a clear connection through the Creator.

Question: And then they are not interested in financial profit?

Answer: No. All profits are only in the spiritual! Of course, in corporeality, they must provide for themselves in order to exist. But this is secondary.

Question: If a friend lacks necessities, can another friend give him a job, help him in this?

Answer: While they are still not corrected and are not even in the minimum state of connection with each other in the Creator, they should not do this. If they are not connected by spiritual work, they should not confuse necessities with corporeality.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/9/18

Like A Father In A Family

laitman_938.01Question: How should I treat a friend who annoys me because he is constantly late for class and sleeps during the lesson? How can I justify him? Can you give any advice?

Answer: Rabash had a tolerant attitude toward such a situation. I myself many times fell asleep in the lessons because our states do not actually depend on how tired we are. Therefore, we must try to justify a friend.

Question: There is a state when a person should see himself above the friends. But not everyone can do this. Does it mean that he should make efforts toward this?

Answer: Of course. How can I help the friends if I am lower than them? I have to take care of them, organize everything for them, do everything I can. For this, I must feel like a father in the family.

Question: You always say that I should feel like a father, these are my children, and on the other hand, I should feel as if I am inside my mother, that the group is my mother. How can these two states exist at the same time, in the same person?

Answer: They cannot be together at the same moment because they come from completely different internal states. However, they can be absolutely adjacent. There is no problem that one state is instantly replaced by another. We work in a pulsating mode.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/9/18

How Can We Achieve Equality Between Us?

laitman_934Rabash, “Concerning the Importance of Friends”: Concerning the importance of the friends in the society and how to appreciate them, meaning with which kind of importance everyone should regard his friend. Common sense dictates that if one regards one’s friend as being at a lower degree than one’s own, he will want to teach him how to behave more virtuously than the qualities he has. Hence, he cannot be his friend; he can take the friend as a student, but not as a friend.

And if one sees one’s friend as being at a higher degree than his own, and sees that he can acquire good qualities from him, then he can be his Rav, but not his friend.

This means that precisely when one sees one’s friend as being at an equal degree to one’s own, one can accept the other as a friend and bond with him. This is so because “a friend” means that both parties are in the same state. This is what common sense dictates. In other words, they have the same views and thus decide to bond. Then, both of them act towards the goal that they both wish to achieve.

It is like two like-minded friends who are doing business together to achieve a profit. In that situation, they feel that they have equal powers. But should one of them feel that he is more competent than the other, he will not want to accept him as an equal partner. Instead, they would create a proportional partnership according to the strength and qualities that one has above the other. In that state, the partnership is a thirty-three or twenty-five percent partnership, and it cannot be said that they are equal in the business.

It is impossible to feel equal to your friend because you are constantly in states of ascents and descents. There are no equal states in nature, yet there should be a desire for equality.

By wanting to be equal to his friend, a person forces efforts to rise higher, descend lower, and thus, gradually achieve the state where they unite in a complete mutual connection, fulfillment, reception, in a state of mutual communication. The sum of both states leads to the right connection.

We are talking about the communication of different qualities that must be both fulfilling and receiving from each other, like a system in a connected state.

Such communication between all parts of the broken soul naturally requires that one be higher in something than the other and in something lower than the other, and so on. We can never be equal because we are all different! Therefore, there can be no comparison between us except in our efforts to achieve the common goal.

If I connect with the others in order to achieve adhesion with the Creator, which is our common goal, then we find ourselves to be absolutely equal inside Him. Here, no one is big or small, it is irrelevant what qualities each of us happens to be in. The main thing is that we are all driven toward the same goal. Thus, in this goal, we achieve the middle line.

That is why it does not exist. Only when we reach the Creator can we obtain the middle line in Him and the equal connection between us.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/9/18

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Break The Partition Between The Two Worlds

Laitman_631.1Question: Why should I suffer at the earthly level if I do not have spiritual egoism?

Answer: If we did not suffer at the earthly level, we would never come to reveal the eternal state.

We need to go through these states so that they form in us and, most importantly, accumulate them so that we have enough power to break through the barrier between our world and the upper world. This has to be done both in quantity and quality.

We need to come together. Then it will be easier for us to gather all our desires and thus to break through, to make our way forward.

Question: Will man at some point even be thankful for the fact that he had suffering?

Answer: Yes. After crossing the Machsom (barrier), one begins to understand the price of suffering, effort, and resistance.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/24/18

The Group Is The Orientation Toward The Goal

laitman_938.05Question: Suppose a person is trying to see himself lower than the friends and holds this goal in front of him. At the same time, he must make an inner effort. Where does he get the strength from if he is at a point where he does not yet see them above himself?

Answer: I must explain to myself that the aspiration and the achievement of the goal do not depend on me. My task is to receive the aspirations of the group and fulfill them.

It seems to a person that he has a goal, a direction, that he knows everything, can do anything, and that everything depends on him, or at most on the Creator. Yet in fact, the orientation toward the goal is provided by the group, and the goal itself is in the center of the group, in the correct connection between everyone.

Therefore, I completely depend on the group. When I first choose the goal, I determine that by my efforts I am leading the whole group to it, adding everything from myself that they need to achieve it.

I make efforts to absorb their aspiration and excitement toward the goal. I try to get closer to them by being above, below, and equal to them, because it is in them that I will reach adhesion with the Creator. All my work is concentrated inside the group.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/9/18

Work On The Mistakes

laitman_571.04Question: How often do you realize that you were mistaken in something?

Answer: Very often. But I try to draw some conclusions from this, correct them, and move on.

In principle, every next step should be based on the correction of the previous one. A correction is possible if you appreciate your mistakes.

This is why it is said: “For there is not a righteous man on earth that does good and sins not.” That is, our every step should consist of: mistake-fix, mistake-fix. This is how we advance.

Therefore, I often tell my students: “I check whether it is worth doing so or not. Let’s think together, maybe it is too difficult for you. Maybe we will take a step back.”

I do not hide this because it is necessary in order to teach people how to relate correctly to moving forward. Moreover, it can only happen through mistakes. The work on the mistakes is what’s most important.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/1/18

Do We Have To Wait 6,000 Years?

laitman_228Question: If we are all parts of a unified system and only together can reach the upper Light after 6,000 years, what is the point of individual souls reaching the upper world? One still has to wait for the rest.

Answer: There is no need to wait. Kabbalists did not expect anything. All the time, both in past centuries and today, they attain the upper world and reach the end of correction. This supreme, complete, and harmonious correction awaits all of us!

Do not think that if we correct ourselves now and fix the world with this, we will have to wait until the year 6,000. No! Time does not exist. As soon as we become corrected, we get it. The perfect state is ready, it exists, and everything depends only on when we reveal it!
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/1/18