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An Opportunity To Reveal The Creator

laitman_221Question: When encountering obstacles that cause suffering along the way, how do we apply the knowledge that there is none else besides Him?

Answer: This, in general, consists of the revelation of the Creator. When we perceive all manifestations in our life as negative, we cannot imagine how life can be perceived as a manifestation of the Creator.

Here, a person has a direct opportunity to start identifying the Creator as acting correctly, with goodness, directing a person with His negative influences to the goal.

And the goal is for us to perceive all actions in the world as there is none else besides Him and thus gradually uncover the Creator as good who does good. In an exact way, all the negative influences that we feel push us in the shortest way to His revelation.

Proceeding from them, try to be directed to “there is none else besides Him,” that it is He who gives them to you, for what, why exactly the negative feelings, why do you need to rise above them, what does it give you, and how far do you separate yourself from your ego and precisely by rising above it get closer to the Creator? Try to act this way. These are the best conditions.

It is said: whom the Creator loves, He sends problematic conditions. But this is not as presented in religions, but in order to reveal the Creator as good in these states, as guiding us correctly.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12//1/19

Freedom Of Choice, Part 7

laitman_560“Fate” from the everyday point of view

Question: If we consider fate not with respect to the final correction, but from the everyday point of view: who to become, whom to marry, what kind of children will I have, what problems, etc., can this be changed?

Answer: It is very difficult because for this we must educate future couples in advance in understanding the meaning of life, the purpose of life, the realization of this purpose, and how much they are ready for it.

To select these couples as they become ready, understanding what they should sacrifice, what they should let go of,  than, on the contrary, what they should help each other with and how they should mutually support each other to achieve this goal. A lot of work has to be done here.

I hope that if not in our generation, then in the next, people will do it because humanity will come to a state of separation from any solution to family problems. People will stop marrying and having children. They will not understand why they need it! Up to the point that even sexual instincts will “freeze” in them. This is a problem that will be addressed through the matter of suffering.

Question: But on the other hand, why should I change anything if, let’s say, I understand or believe that there is some upper force, and it leads me to the goal of creation?

Answer: It leads you by the way of suffering. However, you do not realize yourself as a person. If you go with the flow, then you are an animal.

Question: If I do not make conscious efforts to change myself, then does the upper force act on me in the form of suffering?

Answer: Like on any animal. At that moment you are called an animal. And you are called a man only in those moments when you yourself see the goal and exert forces to get closer to it.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

Attaining The Creator In The Center Of The Group

laitman_938.04Question: On our path, we should go through moments of hatred. If hatred is not revealed, is it a sign that we are not advancing?

Answer: We should not wait for any negative feelings. If we do not have them so be it. We just need to move toward the center of the group and persistently look for the Creator in it.

Our work is very simple. As Baal HaSulam writes in the article “Arvut” (Mutual Guarantee), the Creator brings a person to the group, places his hand on the correct path and says “Take it.”

Now in the group, we just need to increase the influence of the environment on us until we will attain the Creator in the center of the group. That’s it! There is nothing else!

We will see that the world around us is all fiction. All of it is the illusory world (Olam ha Medume). There is only the ten and the Creator within the ten. I want you to leave the convention with this thought, with this truth.
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From the World Kabbalah Convention in Moldova 9/8/19, “Collecting All the States Toward the Creator,” Lesson 7

“How Parents Can Prevent Their Children Cutting Them Off” (KabNet)

KabNet published my new article: “How Parents Can Prevent Their Children Cutting Them Off

When my late mother lived alone in her older years in Canada, I did everything I could to find her the best place to live.

My son, who also lives in Canada, would send me pictures and videos of her, as he was well aware of my concern for her, and regularly updated how she was getting along and felt. This continued until the very day he sadly informed me of her passing.

Today, there is a phenomenon where adult children cut off their parents. Sometimes it is due to physical or emotional abuse they suffered in childhood, but it is also often related simply to money. The older children feel that their parents fail to provide them with the money they wanted or expected, and so the children scrap the parents from their lives, cutting them off from their grandchildren as well, sometimes to such extremes where they even tell their children that their grandparents are dead.

“It is our duty to our children to sustain a parallel relationship of being both their friends and their teachers.”

Over the years, I have closely observed how my wife raises our children. She made it clear to them that they could get everything they needed from us. Every cent we earned was for them, and this is also how it is today when they are grownups with families. Also, we have organized our savings and assets to be handed over to them when we leave the world. They are well aware of our investment in them, and how much we sacrifice for them, and they also discuss it openly among themselves.

At the same time, they have never been spoiled. It has always been made clear to them that they had to pay for everything they received in one way or another. For instance, we paid for their university studies monetarily, and they had to “pay” for those same studies with their full investment and focus.

It is very likely that this is an outcome of the culture we were raised in. Nevertheless, however, it is a healthy and correct approach. Both of my daughters completed their national service, and each served the full two years. My point is that my children have always received my full support, but also a deliberate hand, which demands accountability, responsibility and effort.

It is our duty to our children to sustain a parallel relationship of being both their friends and their teachers. With such an approach, we prevent an attitude forming toward us as being something to use and discard of, i.e., where they perceive their parents as a mere ATM machine and a kitchen.

This is why it is beneficial for parents to spend time with their children: to talk with them, listen to them, and do the things that they enjoy doing together, i.e., becoming friends to a certain extent. Also, the children need to have a certain extent of fear in losing their parents’ positive attitude toward them if the children display contempt and laziness.

Such a relationship prevents any desire for children to cut their parents out of their lives. Why would anyone want to abandon anything that provides a sensation of confidence, security, safety, empowerment and warmth in their lives, especially in today’s turbulent times?

Our parents can be the closest people in our lives. Even today, I see my wife behaving similarly with our grandchildren. They get along very well, openly and honestly discussing everything together.

Education is conducted not by words, but by sensation. When children are impressed by a genuine person-to-person relationship, it is recorded in their hearts, and they naturally emulate it in their relationships with others.

The examples we receive at home as we grow up later affect our every relationship in life. The general principle is as follows:

  • the way that you relate to your parents is the way that your children will relate to you,
  • the way that you relate to your siblings is the way that your children will relate to each other, and
  • the way that you relate to your children is the way that they will relate to their children.
Meaning Of Life, Part 4

laitman_543.02Each Has One’s Own Meaning of Life

Question: Why isn’t the meaning of life taught to us at school?

Answer: What can teachers answer to this question?

Remark: In religious schools, for example, they would answer that the meaning of life is in the revelation of the Creator.

My Comment: Indeed, religious people say so. Therefore, today a lot of people return to religions where they find some mystical comfort, which somehow answers this question.

Remark: Secular people would say that the meaning of life is in creating a good family, in love.

My Comment: This is not the final goal. It all ends. Even psychologists and physiologists say that all relationships disappear in a few years.

People remain together only because of children and common property. In principle, no special mutual feelings remain, only mutual responsibilities.

Question: Does it mean that love and family cannot be the purpose of life?

Answer: No. There are many works of psychologists on this subject. Any good relationship between a man and a woman does not last more than three, even two and a half years. After that, we cool down. That is how we are built. However, there are children, a common household, for which it is worth living together.

Question: Why is the meaning of life not the same for everyone? Everyone has their own.

Answer: What you mean is not the meaning of life but whatever a person uses to clog themselves with. For example, scientists believe that it is necessary to pursue science, for creative people it is art. Some people think we should raise children to be happier than we are, and so on.

That is, each person comes up with a meaning of life that calms him and gives him a sense of existence. In fact, it is just a “calming pill” and nothing more.

In order to really reveal the meaning of life, you have to do a lot of internal searching, digging, until a person finds the wisdom of Kabbalah and begins to really explore the meaning of life with its help. The meaning is in understanding the root, the source of life. Only there will you find the answer to this question.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 1/14/19

Freedom Of Choice, Part 6

laitman_760.1“Fate” from the point of view of Kabbalah

Question: From the point of view of Kabbalah, there is such a thing as fate. Can I change it?

Answer: Fate was originally inherent in each of us, meaning what state we must achieve. Only the style of movement toward this goal, toward our final state, depends on us, nothing other than that.

All the same, I will surely come to the state that is outlined for me, and even now I exist in it. Actually, I am there, but for the realization of my freewill I am here.

Question: Usually we say that fate cannot be changed. Does this mean the ultimate goal: to become like the Creator, to reach complete correction? Is this the fate of every person?

Answer: This is freewill, which expresses an understanding of the Creator’s program, agreement with it, devotion, and effort, when you want to justify this program, when you agree with it, although moving toward this goal is usually against your egoism.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

Feeling More Darkness Is Really More Light

laitman_276.05If we feel that darkness is thickening, it means that the light has come, and that is why we see darkness.1
From the Lesson Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/2/20, Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Freedom”
1 Minute 5:26

Take A Look At The World With Altruistic Eyes

laitman_766.4Remark: There are two types of perception of the world. The first is through personal feeling and the brain of a person who perceives our world through their five sensory organs. The second is through the environment, when the individual views the world through the people around them.

The purpose of everyone in this world is to know the Creator. According to Kabbalah, one cannot explore the Creator through the usual five senses, but only through society, that is, society as sight, the aim, through which I look at the Creator. I cannot directly see Him, but if I learn to look through society, then I can clearly determine who the Creator is.

My Comment: The fact is that we need to defocus our vision, or rather, our sensations. Now we have them imprisoned for our egoistic fulfillment, and therefore, we do not feel the Creator.

We thus need to look at the world with altruistic eyes, that is, from the quality of bestowal. Let’s say the whole world is our little child, whom we madly love. Then how would we look at the world with love?

However, this is insufficient because we still would look at it egoistically. We need to look at it with altruistic love, meaning as if absolutely independent of ourselves. Now imagine instead of your child, who is the whole world for you, a stranger, and even better, a person you hate the most. You must thus defocus yourself, tear yourself away from your egoistic view of the world, through a prism that completely turns you inside out, and then through it, you will see the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/4/19

“Why Connection Makes Us Happier Even If We’re Happy With Less Social Contact” (KabNet)

KabNet published my new article: “Why Connection Makes Us Happier Even If We’re Happy with Less Social Contact

Highly intelligent people are happier to have less social contact.

That is a conclusion from a study by evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa and Norman P. Li, who examined the effects of population density, frequency of social interactions and intelligence levels in relation to people’s happiness.

It is quite a clear phenomenon. We can see how people who engage in specialized fields try to surround themselves only with whatever and whoever relates to the goals they have set for themselves.

“The principle is that when a person desires to connect with others as a means to reach the purpose of life—balance with the laws of nature—then this yearning guides the person to discover his or her perfect place in the system.”

I, too, would be happy to sit in a closed room all day with my books and my computer, and not come into contact with anyone. However, since I have come to the realization that the purpose of our lives is to correct ourselves by positively connecting with others—to transform our egoistic intention for self-benefit into an altruistic aim to benefit others, and by doing so, achieve balance with the laws of nature—then due to my adherence to life’s goal, I do whatever I can to come out of myself and connect with others.

In my case, this involves giving Kabbalah lessons every morning and evening, which is the most direct way to draw the force of connection into our lives. 1,000s of my students around the world use these lessons to increase their closeness to each other and to the laws of nature. They advance in their connection from one day to the next in groups of ten—an infrastructure for realizing such connection.

Outside of the lessons, I also have my schedule filled with speaking in programs for the TV, radio and Internet, writing articles and posts, working on books, and participating in various meetings, all in order to advance the idea of humanity’s needed connection.

Everyone has a different place in the system of creation, and thus it is unnecessary for everyone to study and spread the wisdom of Kabbalah in such an intensive way, even though the option is there for whomever so wishes.

However, the principle is that when a person desires to connect with others as a means to reach the purpose of life—balance with the laws of nature—then this yearning guides the person to discover his or her perfect place in the system. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, this is referred to as reaching the root of our soul, the ultimate harmonious state that we can all achieve.

The Purpose Of The Kabbalistic Group, Part 1

laitman_962.5Everyone has their own path toward the Creator

Question: Throughout history some Kabbalists have reached spiritual attainment without teachers. There were those who attained the Creator without the sources and even those who have done it without the group. How can one reach the goal without these factors?

Answer: It depends on the goal, the state, and the point in time.

Remark: The goal of those who study Kabbalah is to reveal the Creator.

My Comment: Even that can be quite different. Just like in our world one can be educated on different levels, in various aspects: in depth or in width, etc.

The fact is that all the souls are different, from various parts, meaning different parts of the common soul. Thus, throughout 20 generations from Adam to Abraham there were such souls that did not have the need for Kabbalah because they had a natural inner inclination toward attainment.

Question: Just like today there are people who are naturally embedded with the ability to heal people?

Answer: Exactly. They don’t know where they get it from. There are people who, on the contrary, attain it with knowledge and understanding, through teachers, through small groups of people. Everyone has their own path toward the Creator; there’s nothing that can be said about that.
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From the KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/6/19