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Michael Laitman, PhD

Inner Understanding

Q: How do we attain the acts of the Creator? Do we understand in our hearts or in our minds?

A: Anything we attain and speak of is what we attain within ourselves. What we hear, see and feel are not external objects, but our own responses to those objects. When we attain the Creator, we realize that nothing really changes outside us. Only we change inwardly, and we relate to those inner changes as external ones.

Kabbalah is a study of how to sense the Creator. You cannot understand Kabbalah with your mind. It’s been said, “Wisdom in the gentiles - believe; Torah in the gentiles - do not believe.”

Torah is a Light from Above revealed only to those who have corrected their physical desires to enjoy for their own delight and have acquired a screen that can perform Zivug De Hakaa (spiritual coupling) with the Upper Light.

People make every effort to absorb everything around them and take in as much as they can with as little effort as possible. In such a state, we experience only our internal responses, as complete egoists. But when we succeed in restricting our intentions to please ourselves, we begin to want to please the Creator, to feel what is outside us without the aim for ourselves. We begin to feel what is outside us because our desire is for something outside us.

Then, to the extent that we want “not for ourselves,” we feel the Light of the Creator. To the extent that we get to know the Creator, we feel a desire to give to Him, which results in the buildup of a reciprocal bond between man and the Creator.

The extent of the revelation of the Creator is called a “degree.” In man’s emotions, these degrees are organized in five groups called “worlds.” These are the measurements of the discovery and concealment of the Creator.

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