Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rising To A New Degree

laitman_233The Torah, Deuteronomy 12:26: “However, your holy offerings which you will have, and your vows, you shall carry, and come to the place that the Lord chooses.
Holy offerings mean everything precious that I have in me: Reshimot (spiritual information records), qualities, forces, and desires. I have to uncover them, bring them to new contact with the Creator, and by doing that, gradually rise.
I have to constantly analyze my highest states and bring them to unification with the Creator. All this is for the sole purpose of discovering that what I have is suddenly transformed from the elevated states into low states. What was an achievement on the previous level becomes a transgression on the next degree.
When I establish a contact with the next degree, with the next revelation of the Creator, all of my best, wonderful inclinations toward unity, toward the love of others, toward everything, is unexpectedly revealed as evil to me. This is constant: holiness at the lower level becomes evil at the upper degree.
Everything I’ve considered unshakable in me becomes rubbish. I see how my preconceived notions, relationships, definitions, rules, and my perception of the world disappear. There is nothing in them, no truth at all, no value, and no spirituality. All of a sudden, I have discovered that everything I considered to be my contact with spirituality is just zero.
At the same time, the new degree is opened to me because I’ve advanced with faith above reason; I am ready to reject everything that used to be “me” and rise above it.
Faith above reason is a state when I accept the qualities of the Creator, bestowal and love, above what exists in me now. I am ready to accept completely opposite values in desires and intentions to my current state and work according to them. Meanwhile, the next degree is completely opposite to the previous level.
Only one law exists: to rise in bestowal above the will to receive. All past is completely erased and I am building a new degree!
From KabTV’s, “Secrets of the Eternal Book,” 7/6/16

Do The Translations Of The Torah Match The Original?

Laitman_137Question: Does a translator of spiritual texts have to be a Kabbalist? After all, he inserts his perception of reality into a translation.
Answer: If you read the Torah in Russian, you must notice that the text does not match precisely the original Hebrew.
The Torah was written 3,000 years ago by Moses. Then 1,500 years ago, they began to translate its texts from Hebrew, with many additions and distortions that each one made according to what came to his mind.
If you want to read the Torah in Russian, I would recommend the Chumash (five books of Moses) that they are publishing in Israel. That is a clean and precise word-for-word translation.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

Why Does A Man Need To Have Faith?

Laitman_522_03Question: Why does a person, unlike animals, since time immemorial need to believe in something?
Answer: Uncertainty about the next day worries man. In animals this question doesn’t arise because they have no concern about what will happen in the future. A beast obeys its instincts. Man does not have this instinct, but he has many worries, fears, and doubts about the future.
This uncertainty causes a person to need to believe in something big, so that he can at least hope for its mercy, its compassion, and its good treatment. Because a person cannot control his future, he thinks that if there is someone who can, he should be in good relations with him. This is the reason that the question about the forces of nature came up, which eventually lead to the emergence of religions.
Religion arose at the dawn of humanity. We may say that the need for faith emerged the moment the monkey evolved into man, since at that point he began to question his future. Man began to ask himself what tomorrow will bring and he sought to explain everything that happened to him.
Man is distinguished from animals in this anxiety about the future: What will happen with my life, what is its purpose? Although this question comes up subconsciously and is not formatted, this is actually what distinguishes man from a beast. Man needs faith whereas a beast has no need for it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/25/16

Student And Teacher, Two Levels

Laitman_917_02Question: When can a teacher become a transmitter of spiritual energy for the student?
Answer: This is when a teacher can serve as a channel through which the Upper Light will pass to a student or at least help a student connect with a group of ten that will begin to absorb the Upper Light.
Question: But, doesn’t the teacher lock the student onto himself?
Answer: In the wisdom of Kabbalah, this cannot happen!
I remember my teacher Rabash, the last giant Kabbalist. He never allowed his greatness, his immense importance, to be seen.
Today, we read his articles that were written before my eyes. I remember everything that happened then, down to the last detail, the time of year when were sitting on a bench in the park as he wrote. I remember literally everything, even the background noises and voices around us. Today, when I read his articles again, I notice that I understand them more deeply than in the past, even though so many years have passed since then.
It is not possible to appreciate a teacher immediately, even though he doesn’t hide his inner world. No one is hiding anything from us. At that time, I thought to myself: “I am going to move in next to him. I will be by his side, and then I will shake him and take out of him everything he has!”
There isn’t anything to shake out. The teacher is ready to transmit everything. It only depends on the degree to which the student can understand him. Student and teacher are two levels.
But how can a student approach a teacher to receive, absorb, and take from him—this is another matter and is not easy.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16

Monday, January 16, 2017

Italy: Fascism Is Possible

Laitman_408In the News (BBC): “Italian PM Matteo Renzi’s referendum defeat on Sunday has left Italy facing political and economic uncertainty.
“Mr Renzi announced he was stepping down after his constitution reform plan was rejected by voters. …
“There are concerns the instability may trigger a deeper crisis for Italy’s already vulnerable banking sector. …
“Mr Renzi staked his political future on his attempt to change Italy’s cumbersome political system. He wanted to strengthen central government and weaken the Senate, the upper house of parliament.
“His opponents – including some within his own party – had argued that the reforms would give the prime minister too much power. The electorate agreed.
“But the referendum was more than a vote on constitutional reform, it was widely regarded as a chance to reject establishment politics.”
My Comment: Agreements signed in the past were kept and honored for decades and the parties involved kept the agreements because they were economically worthwhile first and foremost for the elite. But when the elite reach a state of saturation and the lower classes cannot bear the situation anymore, problems arise between the elite and the lower classes. The official unemployment rates in Italy today are at about 30%-40% and this is why they are “getting divorced.”
Now it is the Italian Brexit, then there will be the Spanish Brexit, and so on. This is what will happen in every country since the neoliberal economy is collapsing. The economy was never truly neoliberal in the past, it was aimed only at the benefit of the elite. Now it is all over.
Question: Does this mean that the establishment of the EU was meant to fail from the start?
Answer: The EU was established only for the sake of the elite and all the slogans about a united Europe, etc., are worthless. A common market?
It is a market. So it is collapsing now. It can no longer be sustained. Karl Marx wrote correctly about the decay of capitalism, but he believed it would be followed by a socialist society.
Baal HaSulam, on the other hand, wrote that if we don’t spread the wisdom of Kabbalah and do not reveal why we are undergoing this process, Nazism would rise.
We are now witnessing the right emerging in many countries, replacing the left. This situation poses a very big problem for the world because it may lead to terrible wars.
Therefore, our option is either a fascist regime and a world war or to develop a method according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, which means educating people to understand that it is only by getting closer to each other that we can be saved from imminent death.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/5/16

The Blood Is The Soul

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, Deuteronomy 12:23 – 12:25: However, be strong not to eat the blood, for the blood is the soul; and you shall not eat the soul with flesh. You shall not eat it. You shall not eat it, in order that it be good for you, and for your children after you, when you do what is proper in the eyes of the Lord.
Blood is called the greatest, biggest glow, filling the desire—the Light of Hochma at its highest level. We are unable to obtain this Light until the final correctionabout which “be strong not to eat the blood” was allegorically written.
Blood is the fourth part of the world, the fourth part of a desire that cannot be used because we are unable to feel adhesion with the Creator with the quality of bestowal, while at the same time feeling the enormous desires that are filled with the strongest Light. This is beyond our desires.
Thus, we have to cleanse everything from blood. That is why Kashrut laws are based on appropriate rules for animal slaughter and the extraction of blood from meat.
Question: It is written that “the blood is the soul.” What does this mean?
Answer: The soul has five degrees: Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama, Haya, and Yechida.
Blood is the lowest part (Nefesh) and that is why its use is prohibited. It is impossible to accept this fulfillment with the intention to bestow; we do not have the force to resist the heaviest egoism. This will continue until the final correction and only after that will we be able to shift to different laws.
From KabTV’s, “Secrets of the Eternal Book”, 7/6/16

The Torah Speaks About Everyone

laitman_624_02_0Question: According to what you say, Jews must save the world, Israel are those who yearn for the Creator, God loves Israel, and so forth. With such expressions about the specialness of the Jews, you sow contempt in the nations of the world. Aren’t you afraid that you will be accused of extremism?
Answer: Every page in the Torah says that the Jews are special. The nations of the world, the Christians, and then the Muslims were not given any source by the Creator other than the Torah, so they rewrote it and taking on the “birthright.”
Everyone’s problem—the Jews, the Christians, and the Moslems—is that no one understands exactly what the Torah says. The Torah appeals to all people of the world and calls for the fulfillment of the main law of the Torah, to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and nothing but that.
The Torah refers to anyone who fulfills this condition of love of others as a “Jew,” “Yehudi,” from the Hebrew word “Yichud,” unity. A person who does not fulfill this condition is referred to as a Goy, which translates to “the people,” and the Jewish nation is also called Goy in the Torah.
The Torah speaks only about the unity of all of the nations as the Prophets said. Foreseeing the compelling future of humanity and that the Jews must show the way to it, is referred to as being “a Light of nations” of the world.
The problem stems from the misinterpretation of the Torah. The Torah speaks about the people of every nation. This is how Abraham turned to all of the people of ancient Babylon and founded his religion on the rule of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” as Baal HaSulam tells us in his article, “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose.”

Jews And The Reason For Anti-Semitism

laitman_600_02Question from Facebook: Do you claim that anti-Semitism is a result of the actions of the Jews themselves?
Answer: Certainly, how could this not be so? The Jews awaken pressure from the anti-Semites. Whether there will be anti-Semitism in the world, whether there will be good or evil, war or suffering, in the world depends on the Jews.
In The Book of Zohar, written 2,000 years ago and considered to be the source of the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is written that, unfortunately or fortunately, everything that happens in the world takes place because of the Jews because they are the link that connects all of humanity with the upper force of nature.
So when they are directed and keep this connection correctly, it is good for the world. And if they don’t, it is bad for the world. Everything depends only on the Jews.
The Jews are a group of people who broke away from all the rest of humanity in ancient Babylon, and accepted the method of spiritual development, a connection with the higher power of the world, with what is called the Creator.
In a later stage, 2,000 years ago, this group fell from its spiritual level, and since then, they don’t even know what existed. And still, they felt as if they were a unique group in humanity, the Jews always bothered everyone somehow. This is because they don’t know what their purpose, what they must carry out with regard to the world. The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about it.
So we Jews oppose it, but we cannot escape from it. There is a mission we must carry out, we need to lead all of humanity after us, to connect it with the upper force of nature, and then the gracious management will descend into our world. In contrast, today all of us are running around like a dog chasing its tail and are unsuccessful in holding onto success.
Let’s take ourselves by the hand and carry out our mission, becoming a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 49:6), and this will be good for everyone. Everyone will respect and love us, which is how we will bring happiness and knowledge of the higher conduct, of the Creator, to the world. In the Torah it is written that this is our destiny.
I did not invent this; all the accusations against me are meaningless. I simply explain where this is written. Each one can check for himself. Why shut your eyes and wait for the next blow of fate?
Let’s do this so that it will be good for everyone. It depends only on us.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/21/16

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