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Due to participating at the 2017 World Kabbalah Congress in Israel, the editor will be away for two weeks, resuming refreshing the blog again from the 28th of February.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Can We Offer The Wisdom Of Kabbalah To Everyone?

laitman_254_03Question: Is it possible to offer the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah to everyone? Why do you teach and transmit this closed and hidden information to an enormous number of people on the Internet?
Answer: I act according to what was dictated to me by my teachers. I am a student of Rabash. Rav Baruch Ashlag was my teacher. I studied with him for 12 years and served as his personal assistant, his secretary. I must disseminate all of the knowledge that I acquired from him, and particularly from his father Baal HaSulam throughout the world without restriction to absolutely everyone! That is what is written in their sources and I am trying to do this to the best of my ability.
Without this dissemination, they write, the world will reach a very bad state. Therefore, we must reveal this wisdom at any cost. It is imperative for the world today because otherwise the world will go completely out of control.
Although the world sailed in an egoistic current for thousands of years, without the addition of a second, altruistic force, it can no longer be managed today because the world is becoming integral and closed and the two forces, positive and negative, are needed in a closed, integral system.
So, the wisdom of Kabbalah has become as relevant as all other knowledge.
Baal HaSulam writes in the “Preface to the book Panim Meirot uMasbirot: “…only through the expansion of the wisdom of Kabbalah in the masses will we obtain complete redemption…. Both the individual and the nation will not complete the aim for which they were created, except by attaining the internality of the Torah and its secrets…. Therefore, we must establish seminaries and compose books to hasten the distribution of the wisdom throughout the nation.”
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/2/16

Religions Do Not Interfere With Unity

laitman_622_02Question: Most people in the world define themselves as believers no matter what religion they belong to. On the other hand, you talk about unity.
Religion and the wisdom of Kabbalah have their vectors aimed in different directions. Kabbalah always moves forward, religion always returns to the past. There is no common ground between them. How is it possible to find a point of contact?
Answer: It is not necessary to search for one. People will remain in their religions! We don’t bother them about that. Some pray toward the east, others toward the west; this one bows to a stone, that one to a cross, it does not matter. There are close to 2,800 different faiths in the world; it makes no difference.
Kabbalah calls upon people to rise above all religions and cultures to create a single united human society.
Question: From a practical point of view, doesn’t it seem that people who believe are in a state of complete absence of freewill and that every religion divides into “us” and “them.”
Answer: Religion is just like in a family, every culture, and every profession. Anything can separate people.
But it is possible to successfully transcend religious differences. They don’t need to separate us. The time of religious wars has passed. It is not a problem if I believe in one thing and you believe in something else.
Everyone understands that for the world not to explode, we must establish the right mutual connections between us. What relevance is there between this and religion? You live here, I live here, we must reach an agreement like neighbors. If we are hostile toward each other, what is the benefit?
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From the Webinar “The Year in Review” 12/26/16

What Remains After A Person Dies?

Question: What remains after a person has departed from this world?
Answer: To the degree that a person has not attained the next world during his life in this world, nothing remains after his death except a spiritual seed, recorded information called a Reshimo (remembrance).
The body dies and nothing remains of the person at all. He lived like any animal lives and that is all. In this sense, a person has no superiority over animals. There is no significance to who he was and what he represents.
If a person works on himself internally throughout his life and develops the positive force within him, this force does remain with him.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/3/16

New Life #321 – Humility And Pride

New Life #321 – HumilityAnd Pride
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
Summary
What power is there in the attribute of humility, how do humility and pride affect all aspects of life, and how does one properly use these attributes to benefit the society?
There are several degrees of humility. At the simplest level, we speak about a modest life without being proud and patronizing. A higher level is to face life humbly and understand that I am not an all-powerful hero who controls everything.
In the past there were great rulers like Napoleon and Alexander the Great. Today a ruler could find himself in jail. There is no respect today, not for scientists or artists, really not for anyone. There is nothing left for man to be proud of.
Imagine that the still, vegetative, animal, and man were sitting together talking. The still would say, “I am the basis of the whole world. There would be nothing without me.” The vegetation would say, “I give life to all, all the oxygen comes from me, without me there would only be lifeless stones.” The animal would say, “I fill all of nature, ranging from microbes to huge elephants, with life.
And what about man? The other creatures in nature are connected to nature and fulfill their orders with humility. And man as if wants to control everything, to change everything in his favor, not to be dependent on nature. This is pride.
Man is missing humility. If we would bend a little to nature, we would find its inner strength. If we had humility, we would be able to arrange all of our lives to be much more comfortable.
Today, people work very long hours, barely see their families, working just to attain all kinds of false goals. Think about it, how are we happier than the previous generation? Our pride is bringing us to total destruction.
Humility is to learn the laws of nature and to try to fulfill them. Animals don’t exaggerate at all.
Once we descend from the artificial level of pride toward humility, we will discover why nature awakens pride in us.
The Sages said that humility is the most important measure because it enables a deep penetration into nature. The reversal of great pride to humility builds the perfect life for man and enables him to touch eternity.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #321 – Humility and Pride ,” 3/18/14
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The End Of The Age Of The Ego

Laitman_115_05Opinion (Mikhail Khazin, Russian economist and political commentator): “In the past few days, there were two events that, at first glance, have no relation to each other. Moreover, they could not even be logically connected. However, symbolically, they are very close.
“The first event – the death of Fidel Castro, who personified a whole era. …
“The second event—a statement by the President of Germany Joachim Gauck that Germany needs to suspend the further integration of the EU. The fact is the idea of European integration, which in the 1980-90s was perceived as the capitalist idea equivalent of revolution, has gradually arrived at collapse. At first, she had promised everyone happiness and prosperity, which was spread all over the world, and by 2010 had reached its peak. Today it is not even a question of whether the EU would be expanded, but whether it will be able to continue as a single structure.
“And the other is the end of an era. The death of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez earlier symbolizes the exhausted potential of Latin American revolutionaries. The idea of liberal expansion is over. Practically, this means that the world will still be built on the confrontation of ideas—but it will have other ideas. And now it is important to understand what these ideas will be and how they will interact.”
My Comment: I don’t think that the world will be built on opposition as we are nearing a point in which the developing force that motivates us, egoism, has exhausted itself.
It is like when the fuel in a nuclear power plant burns up, the plant ceases to operate, and the fuel must be refilled, and so must we. This went of for thousands of years. But as of today, the whole ego has been burnt out and our nuclear power plant is gradually shutting down, quieting down: one block, then another block, and then a third block. One step at a time, glissando, the whole world is going to sleep, a standstill.
Question: What does the future hold for us?
Answer: In the future humanity will gradually grow sober and begin to ask: “What are we living for?” After all, a person has to be filled with the meaning of life! He shouldn’t just study history, geography, and literature, watch movies, etc.; he should find out why he is living.
This is a frightening question, which will increasingly manifest in humanity, will make them enter into depression, and force them to find the answer.
When humanity inevitably begins to suffer, cry out, and howl like a wolf at the moon in search of the meaning of life, then it will also begin to see clearly and reveal that there is great meaning in this vacuum! The whole vacuum is the whole meaning! This is the formula, the matrix in which we are living.
Then we will grasp it just as Adam HaRishon (the First Man) did and as the twenty generations of Kabbalists that followed him until Abraham did, and as the Kabbalists who followed Abraham did.
Eventually the circle will be closed and we will once again participate in this great venture, when people will once again start the search for the meaning of life, which they started back in ancient Babylon. In fact, to this day, this question has not been fully disclosed by humanity. In ancient Babylon a small group of people revealed it and it disappeared. Now we have to adopt their system of searching and gradually discover it on our level. This is what we are getting ready for.
We have to show humanity that is crying out: “what is the meaning of life?!” not only what the real meaning is, but also the method through which they can discover it.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/30/16

Let’s Start Changing Ourselves!

Laitman_631_3Question: What is the spiritual root of resentment? I am very touchy. I cannot cope with the emotions from being constantly offended by my husband. How do I learn to forgive?
Answer: What is the connection to your husband? The Creator is playing with you like this! He is pulling your strings. No one else is around you! Through this entire theater that is being portrayed for you, you are being influenced by the Creator, the upper force.
Begin to respond to Him, not to those puppets that surround you. I am not belittling their importance in any way, but only am saying that this is the way reality should be perceived.
After all, who is this person? No one and nothing. This is just a small mechanism, like a clockwork toy.
But, to the same degree that one begins to awaken, to invite higher influence upon oneself, and it begins to work within him, then one is changed. One becomes an Adam (Man). Then, one no longer jumps like a clockwork bunny. Instead, one begins to operate and move forward independently.
Therefore, you must not be offended by your husband or be angry with yourself that you cannot avoid being offended, etc. Let’s change ourselves with the help of the upper force!
Imagine that someone achieves the level of the Creator and begins to feel everything that He is doing within him: why He created him like this and what he must do with himself. It gradually becomes clear: I must become like the Creator! Nothing more and nothing less.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

Spiritual Ecstasy

laitman_239Question from Facebook: An egoist has to be satisfied with altruism. An altruist is ready to give everything for an idea and an egoist is ready to take everything. For what?
Answer: So that they will support each other. A person in this world builds, invents, prepares, and makes everything in order to gain something, in order to receive, here and now. But what can a person do so that what he gains will remain forever and he will not feel a sense of loss? The moment a person attains something, he is afraid that it will disappear.
On the other hand, when we perform spiritual actions and attain something, there is no worry that these achievements will disappear. We know that the achievements do not disappear. If we perform a certain correction, it already exists in creation.  It gives us indescribable pleasure, spiritual ecstasy!
Everything a person does on the corporeal level always invokes worry of how to preserve it. On the spiritual level, on the contrary, it is perfectly clear that everything a person does immediately transcends to all the layers of creation and fills them. Therefore, such an attitude toward the world saves a person from all the problems which may depress him.
Question: Is spirituality the right combination between egoism and altruism or is it the suppression of altruism by egoism?
Answer: Spirituality is the right combination between all our attributes. It is the true implementation of egoism. We cannot express or implement this in our world in any way because we would like to receive everything. But we don’t receive anything, and even if we do receive, it eventually ends up as a greater loss and failure.
Therefore, the most important thing is to learn to implement our egoism correctly and then we will be happy. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to receive correctly.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/21/16

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