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The Form of the Future World Is Global Mutual Guarantee

929Mutual guarantee for each other is a correction that all mankind must receive from above. As a result, everyone will be obliged to come to the form of Adam HaRishon, that is, to become like one man with a common mind and heart.

We will not see any partitions between us, but we will feel ourselves existing in one body: both in the spiritual sense and in the corporeal, which includes all our desires, thoughts, qualities, and hopes.

There will be no separation between us. We will look by ourselves for what can divide us, and thus eliminate these differences and become as one. Then we will acquire the form of a man, Adam, similar to the Creator.

This noble goal is to be achieved by all people and all nations, for our future lies in it. Let us hope it comes as soon as possible. All this depends on how we can break down the walls that separate us so that nothing separates us from each other, and all the differences that we are now discovering have turned into forces of connection. And then the darkness will shine like light.

The more tightly we unite, the more we will feel how the upper light, the Creator, fills all the gaps between us. And all the obstacles that disturbed the connection will, on the contrary, become sources of uniting forces. That is why we will feel 620 times greater unity, attainment, and the feeling of the revelation of the Creator together as one spiritual Kli. All this is thanks to the mutual guarantee.

It is said that darkness will shine like light. That is, the differences, the forces of confrontation that we cannot overcome yet, will turn into their opposite, into a powerful connection and such strong ties that we will feel like one whole, in one heart, in a single system where everyone supports everyone as one.

The confrontation will turn into a supporting force. It is due to the correction of distance, differences, internal resistance, and rejection of a person by another, that the small, almost imperceptible light that is between us will receive a 620-fold gain. Then everyone will clearly feel the whole world as one person filled with the force of the Creator without any differences and barriers. Thus we come to a full mutual guarantee.
From KabTV’s “The Arvut” 5/23/23

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The Torah Is a Gift from the Creator to a Person

760.1The essence of the Torah is to give a person the opportunity to reach the state in which he finds the Creator. To the extent a person receives the ability to understand, agree, and make an effort, he begins to feel the true world that we exist in and that is so far concealed from all other inhabitants of this world.

The giving of the Torah is really a gift given to a person who leads an animalistic existence in this world, but who receives the opportunity to become a man. He can rise above the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels to the level of Adam (similar to the Creator) through the changes made in him by the Creator under a certain condition.

A person must agree with this plan, accept it for himself, and implement it. The purpose of creation is to raise all the people of this world to the degree of the Creator, that is, to bring them to complete adhesion with Him.

Everyone should feel and attain that there is one central force in nature that is the Creator. He alone controls everything, moves everything, supports everything, and we are completely dependent on Him 100%. But on the other hand, we also influence our development. We cannot change the direction of development, but we determine its pace.

In the end, everyone will come to final correction, but at every step we are required to stop, examine our condition and everything that led to it, and decide how to take another step forward from this point.

The entire work of a person is to come to the final correction.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/19/23, “The Time of the Giving of the Torah”

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Chemical Reaction of Connecting Souls

934The first step to achieve the love of the Creator is to adhere to friends in the group by loving one’s neighbor as oneself. In the first stage, a person discovers his inability to love others and turns to the Creator for help.

Then he sees how much he depends on his friends, on everyone individually, and all together. He aims to get closer to each friend and support him, as well as bring everyone together into one system that the Creator fills and raises higher and higher on the degrees of unity.

Adhesion means that I strive to get closer to my friend by getting to know him better and strengthening the inner connection with him until we feel like one person with one heart. This means that we have one desire, even though we are two different people.

We feel the distance between us all the time, but over it, we want to achieve closeness and connection. And so I learn how much these two opposites help each other.

I study the qualities of a friend and try to make my qualities correspond to him in an external form.

Children learn from adults by imitating them in everything. This instinct is embedded in the child at the animate level. On a spiritual level we need to penetrate the inner qualities of an adult, into his feelings, understanding, and nature, and try to become like him inside.

Of course, this is impossible. But we can outwardly perform actions imitating someone else, even the Creator, and ask Him to reward our efforts by making internal changes in us that will bring us closer to Him. That is the whole point of working in a group.

In a group of ten people, there are ten desires, and each desire is divided into smaller ones. If we try to get closer and closer to each other and intertwine our desires, then over time we will feel how each is imbued with the desires of the other, and gradually we turn into one person with one heart.

Such a connection between people does not happen in the material world—it is a connection of spiritual nature on another level. It is like a chemical reaction between atoms of different substances when they combine into increasingly complex molecules. But only this reaction of connection occurs at a higher degree: between desires, thoughts, and perceptions, and until everything unites into one heart.

Each of us has different qualities, but above all of us, there is one head that controls everything. If the ten is built and operates on this principle, then we feel the revelation of the Creator in it.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/19/23, “The Time of the Giving of the Torah”

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“Can there be more than one Israel?” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “Can there be more than one Israel?
A new survey published in Israel reveals that about half of the Jewish public in Israel believes that splitting Israeli society into two autonomous states is possible. Ten percent of the respondents in the survey believe that such a division is not only possible, but even likely. In my opinion, dividing the State of Israel into two separate states is possible only in theory, but not in practice. What the survey does show, however, is how divided and splintered Israeli society really is, and this is what we should really worry about.

As a practical idea, two autonomous Jewish states cannot happen because the division would be between secular and orthodox Jews. However, the orthodox Jews cannot sustain a state on their own without the help of the secular part of society, primarily in the economic aspect.

At the same time, the secular part of society will not be able to maintain a separate state because its social cohesion relies on denunciation of the orthodox Jews. If it receives its own state, without orthodox Jews, the fragmented secular society that is currently united against the religious would have nothing to keep it together and would shatter into countless pieces.

Fragmentation and division have plagued Jewish society since our inception as a nation. However, breaking up has never solved anything for us. On the contrary, it only worsened our plights.

Instead of looking to splinter our society even more, we should understand that our only hope of solving our problems is by embracing the differences between us and using them for the common good. Jews will never be similar to one another. On the contrary, the differences and divisions between us will only widen and intensify the feeling of estrangement. And the only way that we can ever deal with our mutual aversion is to accept the differences, embrace them, and then contribute each sector’s unique qualities for the success of Israeli society in its entirety.

Such an approach may sound impossible to carry out, but we really have no choice. Either we embrace it, or we will fall apart altogether.

It is not a new approach. In fact, this was the modus operandi that our ancestors sought to implement. King Solomon encapsulated this method with a single verse (Prov. 10:12): “Hate stirs strife, and love will cover all crimes.” In other words, hate causes conflicts, but we cannot solve them through compromise, but rather by cultivating love for one another despite the hatred. It may seem impossible, and certainly undesirable, to love someone when what I feel is hate, but it is nevertheless the only solution that will save the State of Israel from dissolution.

The way to overcome such a formidable hurdle is to focus not on our negative feelings, but on our responsibility to the world. We must remember that our nation emerged from strangers who followed Abraham’s ideology of unity and mercy among all people, which he bequeathed to his progeny and disciples. Therefore, it is precisely when we feel like strangers that we can implement our forefather’s ideology and realize the greatest legacy of the Jewish people to the world: the motto, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is also when we become a light to the nations, as we had been chosen to be, and what the world still expects us to do.

Our entire history, we have been running away from our vocation. Our entire history, we have been persecuted, expelled, and murdered almost to extinction. It is time to stop running from ourselves, from who we are destined to be, a nation of courageous people who face their own hatred of each other and prove to the world that unity among strangers, which is how we feel about each other, is possible, and we are the living proof. Only if we do this, we will find peace, and peace of mind, and the world will find them with us.

115Question: At the end of the article “The Letters of Rav Hamnuna Saba” it is written that all the letters’ questions mean raising MAN by the letters, and all the answers are the descending of MAD. What does it mean?

Answer: When a person is reading certain texts, he raises his desires, requests, and prayers to the Creator, and this is called MAN.

When a person finishes his request, his prayer, then he receives from above what is called MAD, which is a descent of the upper light, the upper force. This is how a person influences the Creator and the Creator influences a person. This is what is called MAN and MAD.

Therefore, it is said that being in the Sinai desert, the sons of Israel were fed on MAN, manna from heaven, that is, through raising their desires, their prayers to the Creator. In response, they received from above something like a white semolina, that is, a substance covering the sand in the desert. They collected this substance and ate it for 40 years.

40 years symbolizes from Malchut to Bina, that people must pass through and correct those qualities, and then they enter the palace of the Creator and reveal Him.
From KabTV’s “Introduction of The Book of Zohar” 4/23/23

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Kabbalah—The Source of Sciences

1.02Question: What came first: Kabbalah or science?

Answer: In principle, science came from Kabbalah, which was discovered by Adam more than 5,700 years ago. After him, Kabbalists appeared 20 generations before Abraham, before ancient Babylon, and then others appeared after Abraham.

Kabbalah gave us a system. Philosophy emerged from Kabbalah. As medieval German philosophers write, Aristotle and Plato took scientific knowledge from Kabbalists, developed it, and turned it into philosophies, which became the foundations of the sciences.

Many ancient scientists write that they studied with Kabbalists. After all, back then, man aspired to enquire about the general nature that is not in his five animalistic sense organs. Today it sounds fantastic that a person was first drawn to know the meaning of his life; he was very close to nature, and this was what interested him. And then people went into egoistic development and into all kinds of technologies, and they adhered to this right up to our time. But now we are returning to the same position again, to the same first explorers of our world.

The study of our world is the most fundamental; it determines what we live for, what the material world is, and in what we exist.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is Science?” 3/6/11

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Consequences of the Technological Revolution

959Question: Why did humanity gradually erase the edge of feeling the spiritual world and then we began to develop egotistically?

Answer: This is because egoism has surged up! The technological revolution began. A person began to develop various technologies and forgot himself in them, started playing with toys, as he is losing himself playing with iPads and everything else today, as if his whole life is in playing in pictures with music.

Nature hammers a person in a person, makes him be a child. Look at what is happening in the world! There are no adults, a person does not want to grow up, he plays all his life.

He doesn’t need a family, he doesn’t need anything, he wants to travel, work a little, and have fun. And this is so until the end of one’s life.

Women still realistically relate to life. They give birth without men and raise children. And, thank God, that our time gives them the opportunity to be financially independent. And men play with toys and remain children. This is what technology has done to us.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is Science?” 3/6/11

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The Exclusivity of Ideal People

229Question: How do you see humanity, which is divided by genetics into a caste of improved ideal people and those who stayed the old-fashioned way? Will there be any problems? After all, Kabbalah also says that in the society of the future there will be ideal people who are similar to the Creator, and people who are deprived of such an opportunity. Is that not elitist?

Answer: The fact is that people who will be similar to the Creator will be engaged in educating and providing for those people who have not yet become similar to the Creator up to the moment when all people will move from the current egoistic state to the right, corrected, altruistic state.

Question: Is this the exclusivity of these ideal people?

Answer: Of course.

Question: Does it mean that there will be no racism here?

Answer: No, it cannot come from them.

Question: Will there be no advantages of some over others?

Answer: The advantage will be only in that they will take the reins of governance into their hands and will be able to show, prove, and train all the others who are still uncorrected what they need to become.

Question: What should we become?

Answer: Love thy neighbor as thyself. This was said several thousand years ago.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/20/23

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The World Is One Big Village

115.05Question: What is history from the point of view of Kabbalah?

Answer: It is the development of egoism.

History is the development of the simplest egoism, which gradually increases from small, individual, family, like in animals, to communal, urban, state, and finally global.

Accordingly, we see the struggles of people at the same level. First, the settlements fought with each other, then small disparate states. Then they united because it was necessary to unite in the fight until they reached the current state.

Now egoism shows us that we are in a useless fight with each other, that we are connected with each other. At the same time full mutual interconnection is revealed, and therefore we raise our hands: “What to do?”

If one country closes and then another, unpredictable phenomena will begin in the world. The world does not realize that it will come to a standstill and that is it. You will not be able to turn on air conditioners or heating, there will be no international connection, nothing. The whole world will just stop.

What does the world have? If today it does not receive a couple of tankers with oil, then it will only have strategic reserves for as long as they last in each country. That is it. We are sitting on an oil needle, not to mention other needles. If there is no fuel, who will deliver food to various countries?

We have no idea how interconnected we are, how fragile it all is. Today there can be no world war because no country provides for itself. I am not talking about any frills, but about the essentials.

Today, living on the twentieth floor, you cannot live as you once did in the village, where you had your own garden, your own cellar, planted potatoes and cabbage, and you were ok; you provided yourself with everything. It is not like that any longer.

I remember my childhood in the small town of Vitebsk with a population of a quarter of a million people. We had a small plot and a large cellar where, like everyone else, we kept potatoes, cabbage, garlic, and onions. All this was prepared for a year so that the family would not starve.

This was the case for most of the population. Today no one has that. Imagine huge residential areas and cities with a population of over a million. What will you feed them? There will be pestilence all over the earth. We do not realize what will happen if a couple of large countries suddenly cease to function.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is History?” 3/13/11

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A Bomb Shelter Will Not Save You

552.03Comment: There are people who believe that by creating their own infrastructure, meaning building a house, planting a garden with a vegetable patch, etc., will allow them to survive in a dysfunctional world.

My Response: There is no returning to the caves. There are too many of us, it will not work.

I have rich friends who live in England who built themselves a bomb shelter, planted a vegetable garden around it, and feel they have provided themselves for the future.

Nothing will help! The Creator’s plan is such that you cannot predict anything in advance. Moreover, what is destined for you will happen anyway, one way or the other.
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“How has technology changed our interactions with each other at both local and global levels?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How has technology changed our interactions with each other at both local and global levels?

The more we develop, the more globally interconnected and interdependent we become, technologically and economically, i.e., with more and more external connections to each other.

We have built systems where if one country switches off in even one of its parameters that it supplies to the world, then the entire world suffers.

It has become impossible to disconnect from the world. Our increasing global technological and other external connections are a stepping stone toward the discovery of a much deeper connection that we share.

We have reached a stage of development where we can understand that we are globally interconnected and interdependent. Moreover, the more we connect in a superficial manner, the emptier we find ourselves.

On one hand, we are reaching the realization of our need for connection. However, we experience myriad negative effects from our current external form of connection. If we crack how to positively connect with each other—a deeply-felt positive connection beyond merely sending each other short, pleasant messages, smileys and heart emojis—then we will start unraveling another world that will fulfill us all.

In other words, our increasing technological interconnection is a preparation for a much deeper feeling of our connection to each other—a feeling of our complete interdependence.

When we learn how to realize our interdependence positively, we will come to understand that we can find the source of our fulfillment in other people and that we need others to fulfill ourselves.

We will then seek connection with others according to a common desire to connect positively to each other. That is, we will seek out other people who will want to be together and who will find fulfillment solely from our togetherness.

The Internet will then become free from the control of people with money and power interests. Our sincere desire to positively connect to each other will leave them no room to manipulate us.

Such a desire to positively connect will bring about the next major revolutions in the virtual world, one which will see a complete remake—and a whole new usage—of the Internet.

Based on KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is Technology?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on February 27, 2011. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“What Does Shavuot Signify?” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “What Does Shavuot Signify?
Shavuot signifies the day of the giving of the Torah, which is the greatest event that could ever occur.

Why is it the greatest ever event?

It marks a state where certain people who lived their usual lives, unknowing of why they were alive, received instructions—a method—on how to live optimally in our world, how to discover who they truly were, and that if they so wished, they could exit the narrow framework of feeling this world in their five bodily senses, expanding their perception and sensation to feel a new world.

They called method that they received “the Torah.” Through this method, they could discover a much richer and wider reality—the eternal reality—which they could connect with and feel.

That is what the Torah gives us. It is a method for expanding our perception, and which lets us discover the true reality where forces of love, bestowal and connection dwell in addition to the narrow reality we perceive in our five corporeal senses.

Shavuot is thus a very special holiday. It marks a differentiation of us living as animals in this world to becoming human beings in the fullest sense of the term, i.e., those who exit their feeling of this narrow and transient world and enter the attainment of a true, eternal and perfect reality beyond the bodily senses.

We should thus respect this holiday and try to reach what those who have attained those states—Kabbalists—tell us about it: that it is a state of connection “as one man with one heart,” of mutual support and understanding, with love and care for one another, and where we feel ourselves existing in one heart.

Even though we each initially live in our egoistic qualities, where we play host to many divisive thoughts, desires, decisions and opinions that resist the state of our complete connection to each other, by using the method of the Torah—the method of how to connect to the force of the upper nature that influences and changes us—we can rise from our egoistic level to one of eternity and perfection.

If we had not received the method of connection called “the Torah,” then we would have become completely divided, and we would have had no opportunity to understand the quality of love, bestowal and connection. We would have remained like animals in this world. Thanks to various unique individuals who implemented this method on themselves, we can access and apply the same method on ourselves.

When we do so, we develop a sense for feeling the quality of love, bestowal and connection. We then come to feel that there is a special force that vitalizes and illuminates the connection between us.

All people host this sense, but some feel it more than others, and the method we received on Shavuot lets us develop it until we feel attracted to connecting “as one man with one heart.” Moreover, those who develop this sense influence its awakening in others, and as such, more and more people increasingly draw toward it.

What is this sense? Generally speaking, it is a sense of love.

If we hold ourselves in an inclination to reach a common love for one another, then we undergo several states of feeling our disconnection, with disregard and disrespect for each other, until we discover the force of love, bestowal and connection that unites us upon those states.

We then become a new nation based on a common desire to connect in love above our divisive qualities, i.e., a nation that was previously nonexistent in a natural and biological way.

It is my hope that we indeed develop this sense of love, bestowal and connection using the method of connection that we received, and that we come to achieve this new sense sooner rather than later. When we do so, we will feel a new inclusive, eternal and perfect reality open up to us, a sensation of harmony and peace that we cannot even imagine in our current earthly senses.

In a Single System

566.01Question: Do you, as a Kabbalist, take people’s material situation into consideration?

Answer: Of course I do! I have to consider them with love and empathy like a mother toward a child, and only with the understanding of what is for his benefit rather than what he wants himself.

For this, a certain spiritual maturation must take place in a person. I do not turn to my baby and do what he wants. I do what is best for him, maybe even against his will.

Question: But you feel people much more than many of your students. Although you say you do not understand the level they talk about, you give out such information that is understandable to external people.

Answer: Because I cannot help but feel humanity.

I do not feel mechanical, purely artificial systems created by people; for example, all kinds of financial, banking systems or tricks they pull in business. I cannot feel this mechanics because there is no analogy to them in the spiritual world.

But when it comes to the whole of humanity, its nature, and man himself, his aspirations, and problems that need to be corrected, I of course know better than everyone else. Although these problems may not affect me personally, I feel them because I am included together with everyone in a single system.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Problems of Kabbalah” 2/18/11

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294.4Question: Why is such a thing as sex so hidden? What is sex?

Answer: Sex is a fusion of two opposite qualities that connect with each other in order to rise to the next level.

Initially sex was conceived in nature as a connection of creation with the Creator. Creation is a feminine principle that wants to receive fulfillment from the masculine principle, from the Creator. And when the Creator gives it fulfillment, this fulfillment develops in the feminine principle and generates their next, mutual, middle stage.

The purpose of all creation is to come to such a combination with the Creator. This act of spiritual copulation of the one creation with the one Creator is described in the “Song of Songs” by King Solomon.

Since the state of fusion of creation with the Creator is the highest, it gives the greatest pleasure in our world. Therefore it is said that love and hunger rule the world as two basic instincts.

Hunger is understandable to us; it also exists at the animal level. And sex on the animal level exists instinctively in the same way as food does. The animal needs sex and does it according to the program at certain times of year.

But man does not, because it is precisely in this that he has freewill to come and merge with the Creator. Therefore this feeling in a person is not dictated by nature, but is given to him in perfection so that he can control it himself.

Since we are in an egoistic state, we manage it completely wrong. And if a person comes to a spiritual state, then, on the contrary, he begins to correctly control his sexual impulses.
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Income Growth for Every Third Inhabitant of the Planet

051Comment: The largest trade agreement in history was forged between 15 countries during the pandemic. The main goal of the RCEP is to smooth the path of trade among the 15 Asia-Pacific nations and eventually pave the way for a comprehensive free-trade zone, in the style of the European Union or the old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a trade pact between 15 nations in the Asia-Pacific region. In total it covers more than 2 billion people — about 30% of the world’s population. It promises income growth to every third inhabitant of the planet and gives hope for the revival of world trade and cooperation. The agreement united China and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Japan, and South Korea.

The agreement allows trading partners in Asia to gain access to each other’s markets, reduces duties on goods, and improves living standards, especially for the poorest countries in the region.

Why not live like this? They set noble goals, however egoistic, but nevertheless, to provide income for people who are poor today, having nothing.

Answer: Yes, of course, people live badly there.

Question: Why do all the leaders not rise above their pride, join one union, and start slowly reviving our world, which is falling economically all the time?

Answer: I do not think it is possible. I do not even hope that they will have it all as rosy as they write. Someone has to win at the expense of someone who loses.

This is our world! Therefore, agreements are agreements, but then politics comes into play, petty egoism, and that is it.

Question: So, will we not be able to live normally in this world?

Answer: No. We will not. And these good impulses, they are all not really good. The point is, at the expense of what will they win? At the expense of whom will they win?

Question: Do you think one way or another, I have to suppress someone?

Answer: Our world is created this way.

Comment: They say that these are equal agreements.

My Response: That is what they always say: mutually beneficial conditions, mutual trade, and the welfare of nations.

Question: Tell me, please which union will work?

Answer: The one that has a different goal: to lead people to unity, to rise above themselves, above their egoism, above their nature. Otherwise, nothing will work.

Question: So, my goal, that I want to give welfare to a third or half of the world’s population, to the whole world, will not work anyway?

Answer: No.

Question: Should there be a goal for the people of the world to be able to unite?

Answer: Yes. Such a goal is in a state of good balance with the global force of nature, with the general development of mankind. Then, of course, it will work.

Question: Can you imagine leaders who say: “We are now uniting in order to…”?

Answer: They will explain that there is no reception against scrap, one cannot stand against nature. It turns out that going against this basic law of nature is like stepping back on some kind of rake. From this side or from a different side, under some other pretexts, it does not matter.

Question: So if people do not change, will they be like wolves to one another or be in competition with one another?

Answer: They are initially wolves. And they will not cover it with some good external affairs. This will come out and lead them to something bigger, perhaps, war among themselves.

Question: You are saying, if we are wolves, then we cannot achieve anything in this world?

Answer: Nothing. Only by suppressing each other, only by towering one above the other. We must play on our egoism.

Question: Whom does the wolf have to become for everything to happen? So that everything will be fine?

Answer: He must understand his wolf’s nature and also understand that in our time we cannot act in any other way but to become aware of our nature, and together, gradually counter it. It is not easy, but at least we must admit it.

Question: What would you advise these leaders in such a situation, in this world? If they were listening to you, what would you say? Start with yourselves?

Answer: Yes, start with yourself. Explain to each other, and write a general memorandum of your intentions and how you expect them to come true. This is possible only if you move alongside the development of nature so that your development coincides with its development.

We see how for millions of years, with humanity it has been for thousands of years, nature develops us egotistically and at the same time creates such conditions that we are obliged to somehow cope with this egoism, to balance it. And if not, then by war.

So, we have no choice but to first understand our nature, what state we are in, and what should be the path of our development—to realize that there must be a rapprochement between us above egoism.

Question: Is this your advice to leaders?

Answer: Yes. To admit that we are all egoists. It is not that hard. But the fact that we must work on it and get closer to each other is already a problem. How can we see ourselves rising above egoism and acting despite it? How can we weaken the egoistic ties between us and replace them with some altruistic ties, equal, which are based on mutual understanding, on mutual rapprochement? This is not easy.

Question: Would the law of mutual guarantee, which we are talking about, suit them? Can this be included in the memorandum?

Answer: In principle, it is implied that we will act in mutual assistance.

Question: Mutual assistance to what?

Answer: Economic mutual assistance, which stipulates global development, so that there is no one at the expense of others anywhere so that no one suppresses one another.

And how is this possible if we are in a closed space, in a closed world? We must initially define for ourselves the norms of our behavior, each relative to all. That is, it is like a group of 15 people who must work out some kind of system to come closer to each other.

Question: And if they decided to build some kind of common territory in which everyone will, in general, be happy with this connection, then should they follow these laws?

Answer: They must develop the population. They must explain to the population that the future of the world is in the good connection between people, otherwise there will be war, and in our time it can destroy them in a second.

A good connection is necessary in order not to lead these 15 countries to a fierce war, in which they have already been each in their own way, but now it can explode in general. So, this commonwealth will split into many different small communities that will start fighting among themselves, pulling the blanket, and that will be the end of it.

Comment: That is, this is the aspiration for a good connection.

My Response: Who will lead this good connection? Who will promote it, who understands what this kind of connection means? Who will counteract the egoistic individual politicians, each of whom, in turn, wants to climb above everyone and sit on everyone’s heads? This is the nature of our world. Who leads these countries? The biggest egoists.

Therefore, I do not know. Personally, I look at all this, just so it will not all explode.

If they do not follow the path of proper education of the population of their 15 countries, then in the end they will see how angry they are at each other, how much their inner egoism does not allow them to be in connection, even slightly, with each other, and eventually a trade war, a political war, will begin, and then the real war.

Question: So there is only one way—education?

Answer: Only education, changing a person.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/3/22

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Until a Person Matures

600.04Question: For a long time The Book of Zohar was hidden from people, and now some have a skeptical attitude toward it: “Well another book has appeared.” How do I explain to them that this is actually a very important book?

Answer: It is impossible to explain. Until a person receives a certain amount of blows and matures, there is no way to explain it to him. He will say: “But I don’t believe it!” Well don’t believe it! You’ll learn gradually. Nothing can be done.

We see that a huge number of people in our world are engaged in all kinds of nonsense! What can you do with them? Can you approach a person and explain to him, show him, and tell him what The Book of Zohar writes about?! He will turn away from you and that is it. But when he gets hit hard, he immediately begins to listen. That is how we are built.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. A New Religion?” 4/4/11

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A Sensory Connection Rising From Within

284.06Question: You say that over time we will not need an Internet connection, but only an internal, sensory one. What is it? Let’s say I’m several continents away from you, how will we connect through our senses instead of through Facebook or Skype for example?

Answer: You will not feel the need for an Internet connection. You will feel the need to rise from it to a more internal connection with each other. What is the use of me texting you? Because there is an inner desire to be in a closer connection (not virtual, but spiritual) when we feel each other telepathically. We are simply connected by this network.

Question: How can we uncover this telepathic network?

Answer: It is through desire, through mutual desire.

Usually such a desire exists in a mother with a child. She feels what is happening to him because she loves him, strives for him, and wants to feel him all the time. They have an open animal root between them (not spiritual, but animal) because she gave birth to him. At one point he was in her; a little creature was born out of her, and she feels it.

Question: How will such a desire be revealed to everyone?

Answer: On the account of it rising from within us. It also develops within us. After all, in comparison with inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature, we are developing, and will inevitably have to reveal this connection that initially exists between us in ourselves. Now it is still manifested on a low level as a connection of hatred, a desire to use each other, but in the end it will manifest itself in a different way.

Question: So this is a natural evolutionary process. Will it not depend on the person himself?

Answer: No, it will depend very much on the person. Otherwise, if this process goes by the way of evolution, it will be forced and painful, when nature will push us forward with a roller of development as it has been forcing us for millions of years.

If we want to go faster, not by the stick toward happiness, but with awareness, then we must understand nature, anticipate its next pressures on us, and help ourselves in this development. It is like an intelligent child who understands what is required of him and performs everything in advance, without expecting punishment. And punishment is not punishment, but simply coercion to correct development.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What Is Technology?” 2/27/11

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The World in Physical Representation

423.02Question: In the future will there be such a thing as the need to work for existence?

Answer: As long as we feel this world, it will remain.

But when we rise to the level where we completely fulfill each other spiritually, we will cease to feel the corporeal level. It will gradually move into the next one, the spiritual one. What seems corporeal to us today is felt as such only in our physical representations.

If our feelings rise to spiritual ones, then we will begin to feel our world as spiritual. We will see that there was no corporeal world. Therefore, it is called Olam HaMedume, that is, an illusionary, imaginary world.
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“What do you know about the system in which we live?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What do you know about the system in which we live?

We live in a single global-integral system, and it has a specific demand from us.

What is its demand?

It is that we adapt to its global-integral laws.

The system we live in urges us to connect to it in a harmoniously-interdependent manner, like parts of an analog system.

We, on the contrary, act negatively to each other. We prioritize self-benefit over the benefit of others and the whole system.

Such an attitude is destructive.

It leads to a proliferation of exploitation, manipulation and abuse in our connections, and the depletion our planet’s resources. In other words, we currently want, think and act oppositely to the laws of the global-integral system we exist in.

Accordingly, we receive myriad negative responses from the system, all kinds of problems and crises on personal, social, economic and ecological scales: from increasing depression, stress, anxiety and loneliness through to various wars and other conflicts, and all the way through to ecological disasters and pandemics.

The global-integral system we live in responds to our attitudes to it, i.e., to our attitudes to each other and to nature in general.

We can make of it whatever we like, but we will eventually have to learn how this system functions with total interconnection and interdependence among its parts, its integral laws, and reach the understanding of how to lead harmonious and peaceful lives while living in it.

If we do not learn the system’s laws, we will then feel increasing negative feedback from it, because the force of protection in the system will always prevail.

Based on the video “We Live in an Integral System” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

When Killing Others, You Kill Yourself

963.1Question: Do you think a killing gene is present in every person?

Answer: Every person has this inclination because every one of us is comprised of the full set of desires, from the best to the worst.

Question: So do we have absolutely all desires?

Answer: All of them.

Question: I heard that a serial killer said that every time he killed, he killed a part of himself? Do you think a person is constantly engaging in some sort of suicide if he kills others.

Answer: That is correct. It is natural because we are all in one common desire, in one common system.

Everything that exists is inside of me: still, vegetative, animate, and human. By killing someone or something, I kill a part of that inside of me. This is so true that a person must repent, so to speak, when he uses anything from this world for himself. He must justify this consumption, starting with a gulp of air and ending with lives, and so on.

It is the same as when we consume food or anything else. All of it requires some kind of correction.

Question: Are you saying that a person kills a part of himself if he kills someone in war or somewhere else?

Answer: Yes, that is correct.

Question: But even when killing an animal for food, am I also killing something inside of me?

Answer: Yes. Anything at all, when I consume it, including as I said before, a gulp of air, a gulp of water, it does not matter what, by that I consume, nevertheless. I kill that particle of the cosmos and I must somehow take responsibility for it. That is why there are blessings that we have to say and more things.

A person feels this even subconsciously. There are people who before drinking something, pour a little out of the cup, cut off a piece of bread, and put it aside, or do other things.

This all indicates that a person understands that he is taking from nature and taking practically without ever returning it. By that, he kills the Universe. And he wants to give, share, and so on. This exists in many nations, and it is subconsciously instilled in man.

Comment: So to exist I must kill around me.

My Response: If you do it as a necessity for your existence, to support life, then it is another matter. But you must understand it, nevertheless. That is why you have to say a blessing, so to speak, set apart a piece for someone, a tithe, and so on.

Question: And a blessing, is it when I say that I require this for my existence?

Answer: Yes. Even though it is not my fault, I was not the one who created myself this way, but I recognize this and share it in this way.

Question: Can you say why this was done? Globally speaking, for what?

Answer: A person must understand that he is in a world where he has no right to anything at all. And if he takes something and consumes it for himself, for his own sake, then he must pay for it, give it back, repay it, and so on.

Question: And the fact that we ruin everything, kill everything, and that we have brought the environment to the brink, will we be punished for that or not?

Answer: Yes, it is a great shame.

Question: Does all of it boomerang back to the person, in your opinion?

Answer: We will have to pay for all of it globally.

Comment: Rabbi Akiva said that the book is open and the hand writes, and you borrow, but later you will have to return all of it.

My Response: Indeed.

Question: Is this what we are talking about the same thing?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Is taking normally only when it is for one’s existence?

Answer: It is only for existence, and if you take it only for existence, then you will be able to bestow it.

Comment: And that is blessed.

My Response: Relatively speaking. This is very complex because nature is closed, whole, and perfect. That is why our existence in it, in nature, requires us to be very careful and to be in complete bestowal.

Question: How do we nevertheless reach harmony with nature?

Answer: Only by attaining the feeling of unity with nature and the opportunity to bestow as much as we take. Then we will regulate how much to take and how much to give.

Question: But in principle, are we constantly moving toward this, one way or another?

Answer: I hope that one day we will get there.

Question: But why were we not given an understanding and feeling of this? We take without a second thought.

Answer: But we are moving toward this. This is development, the gradual development of nature from the still level onward.

Question: So do we have to come to a state where I cannot simply take and that is all? And even more so, to kill, steal, and so on?

Answer: Of course.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 3/23/23