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It Is Better to Be at a Lower Degree but All Together

937How can you prepare yourself for the upcoming congress in the Arava so that you can be with everyone together, at its very epicenter, and not miss something very important, which will then be a thorn in your heart for many years?

If you follow the congress closely, from no matter where, then you will join it and we will all be together in the same Kli, in the same scrutinies, and in the same exercises. And in this way we will rise together.

Of course, everyone will understand this to the extent of one’s preparation. But we still have almost a month ahead of us and we can prepare so that everyone can be practically on the same level. And that means a lot.

It is better to be at a lower degree but all together, than at a higher degree with each on his own. I hope that we will integrate so that we will all be together at a certain small degree, but we will all understand each other and try to rise together. That is what is important for the congress.

So the most important thing for this congress is to be together! Not physically, but psychologically and spiritually.

It is better to be on a lower degree together than on a higher degree alone, because when I am on the same degree with the ten, I am in a spiritual Kli. And when I am on the spiritual degree alone, without a spiritual Kli, there is no guarantee that I will be able to stay there. At any moment I can fall from there.

We need to reach the end of correction at least in the ten, and then all the other tens will join. So far, there are a small number of tens at the degree of the end of correction, Rabbi Shimon’s ten and a few more. And we also want to achieve it, so we are counting on the success, not of any individual, but of at least a ten.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/26/23, Writings of Baal HaSulamIntroduction to The Book of Zohar

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Prize for Excellent Parking

566.01There is a funny story about a seven-year-old girl Gili giving parking tickets to cars parked near her house. But she wrote on the infringement note: “Thanks for the great parking” and drew a heart.

Why do only children think about making others feel good? Apparently, children are smarter than adults. After all, it does not occur to us to give each other such cards and smiles at random passers-by. The egoism of an adult is very big because we have to rise on top of it, above all nations and countries.

Instead, we go along with our egoism. It controls us, not that we control it. It is good that we have such children next to us. Let’s hope that when they grow up, they will be able to change something in this world.

Although most likely, it is now, while the children are small that they can do such noble deeds from the bottom of their hearts. Later their egoism will grow, and they will join the common competition with everyone. Maybe they will even join some party, and then we will see them handing out completely different flyers.

At the moment children want to be guided by their good intentions. Cute children! But then their egoism will grow, and they will start distributing other leaflets, campaigning for some party or against someone. In such a way they will join in the squabble going on between everyone. Cute children will be corrupted and join the ranks of the fighting parties.

It is necessary to go by faith above reason and think that salvation is only in connection. Otherwise, this is the end. We can win and stand up against everyone, but not against our egoism, which will bury us.

To take control over your egoism means to appreciate something more than a sense of your own rightness. That is, you strive to cover all crimes with love and desire nothing but that. The main thing is connecting with other people. This is the only thing that counts.

But as a child grows, his will to receive grows and forces him to make larger and more far-reaching calculations. There is nothing one can do about it, what is left is only to accept by faith above reason that everyone is obliged to concede. Instead of trying to win and outwit the other, we need to think about how to outwit ourselves in order to be together with others. The war should be internal, not external.
From KabTV’s “An Inside Look” 1/15/23

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Study Human Nature

281.01Question: How can people who study The Study of the Ten Sefirot with us use this information not just theoretically but practically?

Answer: In principle, it speaks of the development of nature.

Question: But where am I there? Suppose I now learned something new, filled my brain with this information, or maybe I have become smarter, what is next?

Answer: This information explains to me who I am, what humanity is, and how we will be getting out of the current situation.

We can already start thinking. In the meantime, human nature is developing us to a state of recognition of evil, so we try to start getting out of it.

In The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Baal HaSulam is trying to say that we are the creation, we are the will to receive, and therefore, there is nothing to be expected from us. At any moment in time, we want to get something, preferably at the expense of someone. And that is okay.

That is, we must understand our nature, and not go against it. We just need to study how we can change it.
From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/1/23

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The Singing Planet

712.03Some doctors explain harmful addictions as a person experiencing a pleasant sensation and afterward he wants to repeat it. But over time, the sensitivity is dulled, and the sensation weakens. It turns out that a person is forced to constantly increase the dose in order to reach the initial sensation.

It is the same in ordinary life; we never manage to repeat the experienced pleasure with the same intensity. This is possible only in one case. If the desire to do good to others, to bestow, to share, becomes such an addiction, then we will really feel happy because this makes us similar to the upper force of nature, the Creator.

In this form, we come to the fact that there will be a wonderful world around us. We will hear trees, bushes, and birds singing, we will understand and feel that all of nature wants to share good with everyone.

All nature wants to sing only about love, connection, and a happy life. But because of man, there are birds singing sad songs. We are just not sensitive to it.

If we felt nature, we would hear this melody in the rustle of trees, bushes, and grass, in the voices of birds and animals, even in the howling of the wind. We would feel them singing about a good, beautiful world if we, humans, did not spoil nature, did not bring the force of malice and greed into it.

We just need to understand the general mechanism of nature and turn it in a good direction by turning there ourselves. This can be achieved in the shortest possible time. After all, if we change at our human degree, then all degrees below us will change, all of nature will calm down, and harmony, perfection, and world peace will be established in it.

Man will have only one addiction: listening to the voice of nature, to its inner strength aimed at mutual understanding and care, as it is said in the Prophets that the wolf and the lamb will live peacefully side by side.
From KabTV’s “An Inside Look” 1/15/23

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“How Fast Can We Fill the World with Love?” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “How Fast Can We Fill the World with Love?

We all want to live in a world filled with love, but at the same time, think that it is impossible.

But what if we could live in a loving world?

We currently live in a hostile world. We find ourselves fighting and competing against each other more and more, and our lives become worse as a result.

Our egoistic nature, where we wish to self-benefit at others’ expense, starts turning against us as we can never fulfill our growing desires, and we likewise excrete more and more anger and cruelty into the world, which negatively boomerangs back to us.

Now imagine that we could shift our worldview and our relationships to a direction of love and care.

What if we could suddenly change the world so that no one would exploit or harm others?

We would then see an opposite world, one where our fears, anxieties and negative sensations in general would shift to a positive direction—one of support, encouragement and love for one another.

Love would obligate us to want, think and act optimally. We would cease our constant plight to keep ourselves busy with an ongoing array of producing, advertising, using and throwing away unnecessary excesses.

If love filled the world, then even if nobody worked, we would still get our needs met because we would have no desire for excesses. Instead, an atmosphere of love and mutual consideration would fulfill us completely.

Today’s overblown human ego leads us into an increasing contrast with nature, as around 90 percent of what we produce is unnecessary, while nature itself produces only what is necessary. In nature, everything is repeatedly used in 100 percent of its capacity.

Nature functions as a closed integral system, and our influence within nature is the exception. That is, our produce does not return to nature in its natural form, but rather in a distorted form that adds toxins and poisons back into nature.

If, however, we related lovingly to each other, then we would clean the world. A loving and caring attitude among us would replace our demands for excess and surplus, and we would reach a newfound balance among each other and with nature.

Moreover, until we bring about a major transformation in our attitudes to each other—where love would replace hatred, and where care and support would replace indifference and apathy—then the more we invest in technological means to clean the world without fixing our attitudes to each other, the more we will find our world becoming increasingly polluted. This is because nature ultimately demands of us to come into balance with each other, in our attitudes to each other, that we would create an atmosphere of love and mutual consideration throughout the world. Until we do so, nature will keep reminding us that our efforts to solve our accumulation of problems without fixing our attitudes to each other will only lead us to more and more problems and suffering.

In order to develop relations of love in our world, we need to exercise our attention, consideration and responsibility toward one another. By doing so, we will mutually participate in the integral system of nature, and only then will we bear witness to a new loving world that will solve the myriad problems and crises that are tumbling down on us today.

The Main Laws Cannot Be Changed

282.02Comment: In your blog you wrote that a sacrifice is the ability of a person to literally cut off pieces from his desires of the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels.

The simplest thing is to work with inanimate desires. For example, in the Torah this is described as manufacturing various objects from precious metals. In addition, you mention different categories of all kinds of vegetative and animate desires, which, according to the Torah, are sacrificed.

The last level of desire is human: Cohens, Levites, Israel. This is not clear.

My Response: Everything is measured by whether I do it clearly for the benefit of people or not.

Question: But why is everything coded like that? The Torah is more than 3,000 years old, and most people do not feel that it is necessary to come closer to the Creator by “cutting off pieces of their egoism.” Why is everything so concealed and not said directly?

Answer: Basically it is said directly. But people do not want to admit it.

Question: But it is not clear from the Torah that it is necessary to work with egoism inside a person.

Answer: Why? “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and so on. What is not clear here? The most basic laws are given in a concise and very clear manner. You cannot change them in any way.

Comment: Yes. But when you read all these love stories…

My Response: Indeed, people begin to interpret them in their own way: to some yes, to others no, yes for one thing, no for another. It is all because of our egoism. This is how we turn everything supposedly in our favor.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 1/8/23

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How I See the World of the Future

249.01People often ask me how I see the world of the future, what it will be based on, and how we will interact with each other in it.

Unfortunately, I must admit that I do not see it coming in the near future. There will be many more problems that accompany the birth of a new world. But when it is revealed, it will be a different world, one that exists in the minds of people who will understand that it is necessary to live in such a way that we do anything to avoid wars and hatred between us.

We must fight among ourselves so that no one has hatred for the other, but on the contrary, mutual love, respect, and desire for contact.

I hope that we will reach this. At least now all the events in the world are aimed at revealing what is good and what is bad between us.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/26/23, Writings of Baal HaSulamIntroduction to The Book of Zohar

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White Light, Black Desire

151Question: Where did the letters Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey come from? Why are they called the four-letter name of the Creator?

Answer: Because white light draws its image on a black background. The desire is black, the light is white. Thus, an image of the qualities of light is drawn on the quality of desire.

Question: Why is the first letter Yod?

Answer: In general, all this is explained very simply. The quality of light and the quality of darkness are placed opposite each other so that the light depicts itself exactly in this form.

The letter Yod looks like a comma and indicates the beginning of the expansion of the light. The letter Vav is depicted as a wand, which symbolizes the spreading of light from above downward. All Hebrew letters are created in this way.
From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/15/23

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To Love a Person or the Masses?

49.01Question: There is a phenomenon when a person, for example, an actor, goes on stage and works with the audience that he can’t live without it, he craves it. And when he meets his fans individually, he treats them contemptuously. Why?

Answer: This happens because, in general, he does not like people. He loves the mass, their next level, when they are connected to one another. Therefore, his attitude manifests itself either in an egoistic or altruistic way.

The artist loves a mass of people because they praise him and he gets energized. We know actors who are like a “little mouse” in everyday life. But suddenly he comes on stage and here he is Hamlet or the Moor. And in ordinary life nobody and nothing.

But he lives on stage because there he transforms into another character.

Have you ever been a prince in your life? No. But he has! He works as a prince for two or three hours every evening. It means a lot. And, of course, for this he loves the mass sitting in front of him. He does not like people individually because they do not give him the opportunity to stay in the image of a prince. This is a purely egoistic approach.

And there is an altruistic approach when in front of the artist there is a mass of people who want to somehow unite, then this is, of course, a field of activity for him. Either self-gratification or general enjoyment. Either you rise egotistically yourself, or you raise the mass by uniting it, lifting it up.

The audience rises up to a higher level thanks to the power that he gives it; rises higher means closer to the light, to the sun, as they say. At this time, a beneficial light bestows on them.

And then they descend, but this effect remains in them. And so, time after time, they begin to feel some kind of opportunity to rise in themselves.
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Decline of the Level of Consumption

507.04The depression that envelops the world is not quenched by any yachts, villas, travel, or banquets. Of course, this depends on the level of development of countries and societies because in more developed societies it is even stronger.

The fact that the era of consumption is coming to an end is evident through the increase in the number of psychologists, psychiatrists, sedatives, drug legalization, and so on. When it comes to industry where there are people who want to profit, and the masses do not allow them to profit because they do not buy the goods they produce, this is where the problem arises!

What will those who need to add another zero to their wealth do? They have a lot of things: both weapons and power, but no one buys anything from them. How will their bank account be replenished?

They created an economy that depends only on the purchasing power of people. If you buy and throw it away, earn money again and buy and throw away, then they profit from it and that is what they need. This is what they enjoy. The fact that all of this is thrown away pollutes the Earth and depletes it of minerals does not matter. The main thing is to see an additional zero in the bank.

But what do you care? No matter how much they try to convince you that you need to buy, you no longer want to. Here is the crisis, and they do not know what to do with it.
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Who Is the True Hero?

294.3A hero is someone who, by relying on his egoistic nature, builds another person out of himself, that is similar to the Creator.

Imagine that a person, like a worm, is inside a rotten apple and begins to slowly emerge from it. He sticks his head out, sees a wonderful world of giving and love, and comes out of himself into a completely different space, the blue sky and the sun, not the darkness in which he lived. Although he had enough of everything for his body, this world wasn’t there.

And now when he gets out of this rot, he must process it, which means processing all his egoism to bestow to others. And how?! Out of himself, out of his egoism, he builds similarity to the Creator.

He studies the Creator, asks Him to reveal Himself, to show him an example like an adult to a child, and he overcomes his ego as much as he is able to. He uses it not for himself, but for similarity to the Creator. And similarity to the Creator means love for everyone else.

And so in portions: a little more he studies the Creator, a little more he makes himself like Him; a little more he studies the Creator, a little more he makes himself like Him. As a result he sees that all his egoism is intended only to turn this huge, terrible mass into similarity to the Creator, to gain the full quality of bestowal and love for everyone else.

And then he becomes equal to the Creator. That is all. The problem is solved. But it is completely the opposite of how we use egoism in our world. And now we have to start processing it.

Question: At some point in history, a man named Adam realized that there was solid egoism surrounding him. From that moment on, the spiritual system began to unfold as a basis for ascent.

Does it turn out that we could not do without what happened before in order to realize all this selfishness, all this mass?

Answer: We couldn’t. What happened before our time, it should have been so. But from our time onward, we can already act differently.
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“Can music be used in education?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Can music be used in education?

There are numerous examples of how music and songs are used in education in order to let students absorb the material more easily. Moreover, by learning various subjects through music, the students themselves learn how to teach others, their next generation, and so on. If students sing together in their learning, then they also add a component of a common bond and adaptation to their learning.

More importantly, however, than using music to better learn within the current educational frameworks, we need a different kind of education altogether, one in which the students would understand the need to positively connect.

In other words, as our world becomes increasingly connected, then we need a renewed emphasis in our educational methods on the need for positive connection. The first takeaway students should extract from their learning is that without positive connection in their society, groups and various interactions, nothing will help them in life.

Such an approach disregards the current educational approach at its core, which is primarily based on individual learning, development and achievements. Developing ourselves in individual competition against one another is an outdated educational approach that no longer suits our globally interconnected and interdependent world. All learning, development and achievements should then come after establishing the new emphasis in education—on the need to positively connect.

The world thus needs new kinds of educators who know how to enter the students’ hearts and generate a well-connected atmosphere. Doing so also requires that the educators themselves grow a positive connection among each other. Indeed, such a vision is distant from our current educational frameworks, and it seems impossible to educate teachers in such a way today. Perhaps it would become possible to reach some kind of an agreement where teachers first establish a positive connection among themselves in the teachers’ rooms, and then from a well-connected state that they reach, they pass that atmosphere over into their classrooms. Certainly, then, we would start seeing better results across the board: first in the more harmonious social atmosphere of kindness and care, then in mutual assistance and the desire to learn better.

There is a long road ahead to develop new educators—and thus a new educational system—based on the need to positively connect throughout society. Along the way, teachers would need to have both their material and ideological interests in such ideas piqued. That is, they would need to receive a satisfying paycheck for their educational work, and also learn the many ins and outs of positive human connection while exercising it among their fellow educators.

Based on the KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Semion Vinokur on November 10, 2022. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“What Is Time?” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “What Is Time?

We can observe time when we look at our watches, and we can sense time when we reflect on our lives and realize how quickly time passes., We feel it when we contemplate the events in our lives and consider their consequences and our emotions.

Our desire to receive, the fundamental matter from which we are composed, perceives the past, present and future. It recognizes time as changes that take place in our desire for pleasure. In other words, time is dependent upon the sensations that arise from our desire to receive. Without these sensations, we would have no concept of time.

If there were no differences in our sensations between feeling better or worse, we would be unaware of the passage of time. If our sensations remained the same, time, as we know it, would stop. That is, time is a result of fluctuations in our sensations. If there is no change, there is no time. How does one minute differ from the next? The variations are due to the processes that take place in our desire to receive, and that is what we call “time.”

Time is the measure of the difference between the amount of pleasure we experience in our current state compared to our next state. Our sensations continually change, which explains why occurrences in our past, present and future are so important from our egoistic point of view. We explore the states that our desire to receive pleasure experiences, and the changes between these states are recorded within us as time.

The desire for pleasure is the matter of creation. It is a sensor that feels fullness or emptiness. It assesses the state that it undergoes based on a comparison of the sensation of fulfillment in its previous state and forms a concept of time by evaluating the amount of pleasure in both states.

Time is a tool for measuring fulfillment in the desire to receive. We strive for contentment, so we look to the future and reflect on the past in order to learn how to best organize ourselves for achieving a desired outcome. Since we organize our fulfillment, we thus split time into various phases.

Both our past and future are based on our desire for pleasure. The desire to receive develops and goes through the following phases: inanimate, vegetative, animate and human. Humans are the only ones who sense time, i.e. they recognize the past, present and future. These phases are different for humans from the viewpoint of their sensation of fulfillment.

We experience different types of time internally. There is time that we keep track of with a clock, but we also have an inner sense of time. We can measure time as expansive as billions of years or as minuscule as fleeting moments. We gauge time according to its significance to us and our involvement in it.

Our perception of time and its essence are two distinct concepts. Our own experience of time is based on our personal experiences, while astronomical time measures the orbital movement of planets, though this too is relative for the time being.

The entire universe is a desire to receive within which we observe processes that take place at inanimate, vegetative, animate and human levels. Therefore, everything in reality is really inside us. Our reality is a product of our perception. If our perception changes, then the concepts of time, motion, space, the universe, and its entire picture that we live in will also change. This leads us to ask questions about our reality and whether we have the power to alter it.

Where Does Desire Come From?

627.1Question: Where does the desire come to me from?

Answer: Desire comes out of you.

Question: Where is the place in me from where desires come to me?

Answer: They just appear in you.

Question: What to do when you do not know what you want?

Answer: When you do not know what you want, you have to start taking care of others. This will lead you to the right decisions and the revelation of the world.
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Inner Meaning of Four Letters of HaVaYaH

548.03The four phases in the desire are the meaning of the four letters… in the four-letter Name HaVaYaH: The tip of the Yod is Ein Sof, meaning the operating force included the thought of creation (Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, “Inner Observation,” Chapter 8, Item 31).

The tip of the letter Yod  is the very beginning of creation when there is still no clear desire on its part, but only development on the part of the Creator.

The letter Yod is already the development of desire, the feeling of a certain light inside the desire.

The first Hey is Bina, meaning phase two, regarded as the actualization of the potential.

The difference between Hey and Yod is that the desire created by the light in the first phase begins to feel it exists and regards the light as filling it. This stage is called Binah. It wants to become similar to the light.

The letter Vav means Zeir Anpin or the third phase. This phase is the combination of the first and second phases when both the light of Hochma and the light of Hassadim are inside the desire, and the desire continues to form itself. As a result, it comes to a state where it wants to receive only the light of Hochma.

The last, fourth phase is called Malchut, it is the formed desire. This is creation. We are a part of this Malchut, and therefore we feel ourselves as receiving.
From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/15/23

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548.02Question: In The Study of the Ten Sefirot it is written that after the first stage of the development of the desire, there are still many different actions, worlds, and Partzufim, and only at some stage is creation created. So, Malchut, the fourth degree, is not a creation yet?

Answer: No, it is still an unfinished creation, but it is already a completed desire, and that is why it is called Malchut (the kingdom of desires).

Question: And when can we say that this is a true creation?

Answer: Creation can be called such a state when the desire feels completely opposite to the Creator and can act independently. And before that, all his actions are determined in advance and there is no freewill in them.

That is, potential prerequisites for the development of creation are created first. This can be compared to the genetic code, which contains some information, but it has not yet been revealed. In principle, a real creation is a person who begins to study all this and independently advance.

Comment: But to come to this, one must go a long way.

My Response: Yes, we see this in our world. Which people, our contemporaries, realize who they are, what they are, what for, and how? I mean, this also requires development.
From KabTV’s “The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 1/1/23

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The Civilization of Global Love

632.3In the News (Big Think): In 1973, a computer program was developed at MIT to model global sustainability. Instead, it predicted that by 2040 our civilization would end. … But what the computer envisioned in the 1970s has by and large been coming true. Could the machine be right?

“The prediction, which recently reappeared in Australian media, was made by a program dubbed World OneIt was originally … commissioned by the Club of Rome to model how well the world could sustain its growth. …

“The model’s calculations took into account trends in pollution levels, population growth, the amount of natural resources and the overall quality of life on Earth. The model’s predictions for the worsening quality of life and the dwindling natural resources have so far been unnervingly on target.

Question: If the collapse of civilization in the form in which we know it is predicted, then in what form will civilization exist?

Answer: Let them broadcast what the computer indicated for the next 20 years. And we will see to what extent it is right or not. I have not heard or read anything about this computer. I want to see what it has written and what came true, not some retellings of it.

Question: Even if these are stories and fairy tales, please tell me your feelings, “What kind of civilization would there be if there was no one like today?” In general, such a civilization is most likely not needed.

Answer: No. It is needed only to realize the wrongness of its path.

Question: What kind of civilization will there be in the future? Not in 2040 or 2050, but in general, what kind of civilization are we going to have?

Answer: Civilization will be built on universal love, interconnection, and mutual assistance. It is concrete. But this is after realizing the evil of our civilization.

Question: And how will we be aware of it? Via blows?

Answer: Here is our problem. Either we realize it in a good way or in an evil way,  with a stick to happiness or awareness of the correct path.

Question: I am interested in your opinion of how will we realize this and see what is happening?

Answer: I think with a stick. So far, it is improbable that humanity has realized anything at all. There needs to be the recognition of the evil of their nature by every person. And then he will do something with himself and not others.

Question: For us to do something with ourselves, strong blows will be needed?

Answer: I hope not, but in general everything is leading to that.

Question: And how does this vector unfold? We have said more than once that we live in criticism of others, in capturing others. And how does the vector unfold?

Answer: The common vector should lead us to realize that we are enemies to each other and in this we are enemies to ourselves.

Question: So, this is not my enemy, but my enemy is inside me. Is this the main thing we should come to?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Then we come to the future through love, as you say?

Answer: Yes. Then we come to the future through love and to the victory of good over evil.

Question: And when love, kindness, and a kind attitude prevail, what will people do?

Answer: People will give up all unnecessary work and will go fishing, to the beach, to the sea, take care of children, walk in the park with flowers in their hair, listen to birds singing, and record birds singing. That is what life will be like. Everyone will bow to each other.

In general, this is an idiotic vision of the future.

Question: What do you think is real? When love…

Answer: A person cannot exist without a struggle. And the struggle for what? For the harvest? For territories? Where does a person feel that he is doing something, creating?

Question: But what happens if love rules the world? Where is the struggle, what is the struggle?

Answer: The struggle will be in being able to show love more and more. It will be very difficult. This is the hardest part.

Question: So there are dramas and everything else?

Answer: Of course.

Question: But with joy, with love?

Answer: It will still be with dramas. Without this, a person cannot exist.

Question: But is it still that we are moving toward love?

Answer: Yes.

Question: So such a goal will be set, and a person will go toward it. What do you mean by the word “love” now when you say it?

Answer: When I value another above myself.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/15/22

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Life Based on Egoism

115.06The multifaceted development of egoism has led to the fact that it simultaneously kills the feeling of the family in us, the relationship between children and parents, our nature, arts, science, and the whole culture in general.

It does not only work in the economy. It works in everything! As a result, the ego destroys our family, public, state, political, and social structure. But we still have to act. There is more than one factor at work here. Our whole life is built on egoism, and we have to change all this.

We are so egoistic that we do not care about anything, not the fact that families are falling apart or about the terrible social atmosphere; it does not matter to us. When it comes to our pocket, to the economy, then we believe the crisis has come. Yet we are used to the fact that before that “I treated everyone like a dog and everyone else treated me the same way. It is okay, everything is fine.”

This indicates how much the crisis and our development in general has led us to such a low state: I do not care, I retire at home, I do not need a wife, I do not need children, I can order everything for myself, easily serve myself and that is all; I do not give a damn for everyone.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call, How to Make a Revolution” 2/4/12

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Not a Moment of Peace

549.01Question: When a person turns away from the spiritual path and tries to settle down in life, does the system leave him alone or after some time does it begin to push him with blows?

Answer: Why should he be left alone? Why does he exist in this world?! To get comfortable, like an animal?!

Once upon a time in bourgeois times it was so. Today there is no such thing and it cannot be because all of humanity is moving forward with great speed, and nature will not leave anyone alone. It will push us, pull us by the ears, and slap us on the cheeks—in general, bother us.

How can it be that at such a pace of development that is observed today, we would be left alone?!

Question: Does this mean, as it is said, that there are no former students and they are all connected in some way?

Answer: Yes. But it depends on the speed at which they develop.

A person who comes to study Kabbalah for the first few years does not understand where he is at all because this is his first adaptation to Kabbalah, to feeling, to space, and to the fact that the world is arranged completely differently because everything in me and everything through me, depends on me.

It is very difficult. Therefore, there is no seniority here. A person can sit here for five or even 10 years and be completely unaware of what we are studying. There are some like that.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call, There Are No Former Students” 1/28/12

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“Can love exist without hate?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Can love exist without hate?

On what basis would love arise if there were no hatred? What kind of love could there be if there were no rejection? What would love manifest upon?

Every one of our qualities and feelings of life, ourselves and others are born above something, and since the ego—the desire to enjoy at the expense of others and nature—is our nature, our main quality, then love gets born above it.

In other words, the ego is our main quality, and love is its main opposite quality.

Based on KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Transform Hate into Love?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on February 11, 2012.