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How To Reach Upper Love?

610.2Question: The upper governing force is love, and it cannot be attained by the mind. How can we reach it?

Answer: The upper governing force is love. It can be reached only to the extent that a person develops it within himself. In our world, in our states, this feeling does not exist at all.

Our corporeal love is egoistic. It is not the correct, natural, true attitude of one person toward another. However, Kabbalah gives us the opportunity to attract the upper light, the upper energy, which builds the quality of true love  in us.
From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 7/19/21

Why Should I Forgive?

546.03Question: Lyudmila writes to us: “I don’t know how to forgive. I also believe that any action should be punishable. But if I could forgive, I think it would be much easier emotionally. Can we learn to forgive?”

Answer: We can learn to forgive only if we understand the evilness of our nature.

Once I realize what I am: an egoist, forgetting about others, never paying back with kindness, and so on and so forth, then I come to a state where I cause all the negative effects upon myself. Thus, I have no one to forgive. I just need to have good thoughts about others.

Comment: What you just said: “I cause negative effects upon myself.” It sounds a little scary.

My Response: Of course, I cause it. How else? With my egoistic nature, I turn the whole of nature against myself. Therefore, it follows that I need to change myself, to at least want to change myself even if it is not possible to accomplish anything. And then everything will change. The world is actually all about the relations between us.

Question: So I am beginning to understand that criminals are all inside me?

Answer: Of course.

Comment: As soon as I change that, everything will change around me?

Answer: It all depends on me.

Question: Will this formula work if I truly understand that I need to change and then everything around me will change?

Answer: It does not change instantly, at will. But it does change.

Question: Given that there is such a process, will humanity have no choice but to follow it?

Answer: Humanity must be convinced first of all that there is no other way. Only then will it follow this process exclusively.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/24/21

The Wisdom Of Kabbalah And The Nations Of The World

632.3Question from Facebook: There is the concept of gentiles, the nations of the world, in the wisdom of Kabbalah. How do Kabbalists relate to them? Is it like in the Talmud or not?

Answer: The Talmud and the wisdom of Kabbalah are the same thing. We just need to understand that everything depends on the person who reads what we call the holy books. They are called holy because they were written by people who attained the upper world.

The Hebrew word “Goy” means nation. The Jews are actually not considered a nation. It is a special group of people who have taken the responsibility to attain the attribute of love and bestowal, to resemble the Creator, upon themselves, and then to convey this attribute to the whole world, to teach it to humanity, to be a light unto the nations of the world, and for the nations of the world.

So the group that was formed in ancient Babylon from all the nations of the world that lived there and was cut off from them, began to call itself the nation of Israel, although it is not a nation. It is also written in the Torah, that this group is not one of the nations.

There are the 70 nations of the world that stem from other roots, because there are 70 spiritual roots for all these nations and they are all egoistic, while the group called the nation of Israel iswas altruistic. But eventually, after 1,500 years, we fell into the ego once more, and today we are the greatest egoists among all the other nations.
From KabTV’s “Answers to Questions from Facebook” 3/10/19

Is It Possible To Forgive And Forget Everything?

961.2Comment: It seems that we are entering the era of repentance. In America, police officers are asking for forgiveness more and more, and now the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is being considered in Congress, which addresses the behavior of police officers and Americans in general.

French President Emmanuel Macron, on a visit to Rwanda recognized responsibility of France for the genocide in 1994 and asked for forgiveness.
The German Foreign Minister admitted that the Germans carried out a genocide in Namibia in 1904 – 1908. He promised to allocate one and a half billion Euros for the development of Namibia. Canada has called the forced assimilation of Indians a cultural genocide. The Canadian Prime Minister apologized.

How do you feel about this process?

My Response: Mainly, these will be various excesses and nothing good will come of it either because all this is based on the great egoism of people on both sides.

What good happened to South Africa, to Pretoria, after the local population occupied Cape Town and all the other cities and cultural places? They literally turned it all into latrines, and nothing else.

That was the end of this country, which was very progressive, where the first heart transplant was performed. It had its own nuclear industry. It was a flourishing country. And what happened to it today? Poor people live there, including the same local population.

Comment: Here the question is whether to ask for forgiveness for past sins or not to ask? For example, Germany is going to give one and a half billion Euros for the development of Namibia. And Namibia says: not one and a half billion, but you owe us 400 billion for the past genocide.

My Response: I think this is not how it should be. They should help in the restoration, strengthening, development, and most importantly in educating the population, in raising the general level of the population. After all, if you pour in not even 400 billion dollars, but as much as you want, it still will not work out, it will even be worse.

You will pull them out of their centuries-old way of life, and they will disperse completely and who knows what will happen to them. We see such examples all over the world.

Therefore, I believe that there should be a completely different approach here based specifically on education.

Question: How do you feel about the era of forgiveness, if it comes?

Answer: There is no need for any forgiveness, they will not understand it all. They will turn it all upside down.

Question: Is this not a correction for those who ask for forgiveness?

Answer: No, I do not believe that either. No egoism voluntarily agrees to all this. All this is happening under the influence of a small group of rabid egoists who believe that this is exactly what should be done. They demand that the government apologize, do something in this way or in that way.

Comment: There is no component of education here.

My Response: There is none of this at all! Give us the money and shut up, that is what they demand.

Question: Does it mean that the countries will not become better, neither France nor Germany?

Answer: If you do not raise the general level of the population, to which you as if owe, then nothing good will come of it. Rather raise the population that you allegedly suppressed earlier to today’s level.

In fact, we see that all over the world, everywhere, this process of colonization, slavery, use of the local population took place: in South America, North America, Africa, and Australia. This is a period that humanity must go through.

And what to do today? Ask for forgiveness? There is nothing to ask, they just need to invest, and raise that population to today’s level. This is decades of work. Build factories and plants for them. The most important thing is educational institutions, medical institutions, and so on. Raise, lift, make people out of them. In principle, I imagine that this is very serious work and for many, many decades. It seems to me that this will stretch for many generations.

A few hundred billion dollars is not enough here, it will take much, much more. But it must be done.

It is necessary to bring the entire planet to a single system, the unification of education, upbringing, and internal development.

Comment: And for the countries that want to buy off, that is not a process of correction for them?

My Response: No, there is no ransom here. Let’s just forget about the past altogether. We need to bring the Earth into a round state.

I think that they will eventually come to this. Otherwise, there will be no peace in any way.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/7/21

Those Jews Again

292Comment: Addressing our viewers, and there are two million of them on Facebook, you said that you consider humanity as a single whole and do not divide it into nations according to skin color, and so on.

Natalia writes: “I remember that in another video you covered the events that took place in Israel, while trying to explain to us, the listeners, who the people of Israel, that is, the Jewish people are. I also remember that you tried to explain to us what those people were created for. Let me ask you a question: Don’t you yourself divide humanity into nations? In my opinion, you contradict yourself. Maybe we misunderstood something.”

My Response: Yes, maybe you misunderstood, maybe I did not say enough.

I will tell you. All of humanity is divided into 70 so-called nations of the world. These are 70 spiritual roots that are reflected in the characteristics and properties of people. There is also a group that separated in ancient Babylon from all these 70 small nations of the world, a few people from each nation, and they became an assembled group among themselves.

Abraham called it “Israel.” “Isra” is straight and “El” is the Creator. It means “directed straight to the Creator.” These are the people who came from all the 70 nations of the world who lived in Babylon at that time, and gathered under the leadership of Abraham because he taught them how to reveal, how to attain the Creator.

Since then, everything is divided like this. That is why the entire world feels its dependence on this group, which should make contact between the nations of the world and the Creator, but has not fulfilled this yet. When they reach this, this implementation will force all the nations of the world and the people of Israel to unite together, and in contact with the Creator, they will find their eternal perfect state, what is called final correction. This is all.

Question: Are you saying that there is a group that should be the first to perform this correction, unite with each other and with the Creator, bring this message to the world, and lead the world to this?

Answer: Yes, this is what I mean. We should aim for this. I hope that we will do it.

Comment: When is there the division into nations?

My Response: This is all only because of egoism, which appears if we do not want to connect with each other. In general, as Baal HaSulam writes, humanity has no divisions into black, white, yellow, or red, into races and into nations. That is, it exists, but this is not a spiritual division, these are egoistic divisions.

Question: Is the spiritual state one single whole, one family? Should the people of Israel be the first ones to lead humanity to this?

Answer: Yes. They are the collective from all the nations of the world. They united then, it was in ancient Babylon 3,500 years ago. This idea of uniting and attaining the Creator comes from there.

Question: These people at that time went after the idea? Do they have to implement it?

Answer: Yes. It is very simple to implement it. It is very simple to understand this idea. They must rise above their egoism, which divides them all, and unite above their egoism in the quality of “love your neighbor as yourself.” Within it you will find the Creator because the Creator is precisely the center of love.

Question: Does it mean that this division into the people of Israel and the nations of the world still exists for you?

Answer: Absolutely! Do you not see to this day what is happening in the world?! This is an amazing division that exists at every moment of time, among anyone. There is no person in the world who would not feel this.

Question: That there are nations of the world and the people of Israel?

Answer: Yes, that there is some group in the world that is absolutely alien to this world!

The nations of the world have no idea what to do with this group! They believe that it harms them in everything! The people of Israel themselves do not know what to do with it. This is how they exist. The Creator does not allow them to make some last final decision as Hitler wanted. No one will be able to do this.

Question: That is, these people cannot be destroyed in any way, they must fulfill their mission. Should both the nations of the world and the people of Israel understand this?

Answer: Yes.

Comment: The question began with the fact that you said that there is no division for you.

My Response: Eventually, there is no division for me because I am looking further, I am already looking at the correction. When I am looking at the correction, there are no longer any nations of the world or Israel, everyone is already connecting together there: They shall all know Me from their smallest to their greatest” (Jeremiah 31:33), and “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7).

Question: Does it mean that you are looking at the final state?

Answer: Yes, it should be manifested very soon.

Question: Is it the correct way to straightaway see the final state, the final state in the beginning of the action?

Answer: Yes, in nature everything is intended not the way we have, from the beginning to the end consecutively, but precisely in the way that the end of the action determines the beginning and the entire process.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/24/21

“Human Change To Climate Change” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Human Change to Climate Change

We used to think we were in control of the ecological environment, but every now and then a natural plague arrives and shows us how weak and fragile we are. Extreme heat, swarms of locusts, turbulent storms, violent winds, devastating floods, and long-lasting plagues are occurring with greater frequency and ferocity. Is there a way to completely ensure our future safety?

It is quite clear that the actions we take affect the ecological environment and throw the natural system out of balance. But it is not clear what the consequences of each given step may be. It is not obvious where the next blow will come and what its nature will be because the system is so complex that we do not understand the myriad connections in it.

Our intellect, emotion and even science, are not currently able to grasp the integrity of nature and its complexities. Additionally, the economic interests of the ruling elites define what happens in each and every moment, and therefore, different systems and functions serve those interests, either consciously or unconsciously.

Many organizations work to reduce human harm to nature, but such activity alone will not solve the imbalance in nature, which is the reason for environmental catastrophes. Why? Because our problem is much deeper than reducing human harm to the environment. What destroys the ecological balance the most is the egoistic relationship of self-interest between human beings.

Nature is a system composed of an integral connection that operates through hierarchy. What happens to a certain degree in the system affects all the other degrees. The intensity of the impact is in line with its hierarchical ranking. The human race is the most developed echelon, so its influence on nature is the strongest.

A person’s relation to the inanimate, vegetative, and animal levels of nature occurs at specific degrees, and the system of relations between people happens at a higher degree. The nature of human relationships is determined by the level of egoism that is developed in a person. Jealousy, hatred, respect, corruption, domination, humiliation, joy, any sentiment that passes from person to person, both in action and in thought, upsets the balance of the entire natural network with the greatest intensity.

At the same time, the human being is also the most delicate creature in the natural system. When the system is influenced negatively, people suffer the most painful injuries.

As soon as this hierarchical image becomes evident to us, we will begin to address the root of the problem.

The intensification of human egoism, characterized by self-concern and exploitation of our surrounding environment, at a time when the world is becoming so interconnected, puts us in a perilous state. It urgently forces us to upgrade human nature. In the whole ecosystem there is integrity and reciprocity; we have no choice except to understand this principle. We are in one boat, so in order to survive the 21st century, each must change one’s human nature from its inherent evil, both in behavior and thoughts. We must change our thoughts, actions and desires to those that are beneficial for others and the environment.

The practical method to learn how to attain this imperative transformation is the wisdom of Kabbalah. When we learn how to transcend all of our negative egoistic tendencies and recognize that we are all individual parts in a single, connected and completely interdependent mechanism, will we also comprehend that doing good to others is also good to me. Then we will have the mindset and emotion needed to build a network of mutual consideration and mutual guarantee.

In this advanced state our effect on the whole system of nature will be positive. We will return the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels of nature to a general balance.

Just as today we are the ones who destroy all of nature, so we also have the power to repair it. The future of the planet depends on us.

“It’s The End Of The World (As We Know It)” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “It’s the End of the World (as we know it)

If you place your finger anywhere on the world map, you will find that unprecedented natural disasters are plaguing it. Nature is wreaking havoc on the planet, and people are beginning to ask, “Is it the end of the world?” Gladly, it is. It is the end of the world as we know it, and the beginning of a new, and much better world. The upheavals we are experiencing are labor pangs, and we, the apex of creation, can accelerate and ease the delivery, or make it arduous and painful.

The emergent world is balanced, calm, and all creations in it support one another. It is the opposite of the world we live in now, where “survival of the fittest” is the motto and the weak are exploited ruthlessly. The current world is not like that because nature is inherently careless. Nature is inherently balanced. We, on the other hand, are inherently and infinitely selfish, and being at the top of the pyramid, we determine how everything functions. Because we are selfish to the core, we make the rest of the world function likewise, and the consequences are evidently horrendous.

Because the negative part in us is overwhelmingly dominant, we act without regard for anything, not even for the future of our own children. We are simply insatiable, and no rational explanation will convince us to stop devouring whatever we can, however we can, and the more we degrade others in the process, the better we feel about ourselves. It is just as the Torah writes (Gen. 6:5), “The wickedness of man is great … and all the creations of his heart’s thoughts are only evil all day long.”

Worse yet, Kli Yakar, an extensive 17th century interpretation of the Torah, writes about that verse: “‘All the creations of his heart’s thoughts are only evil all day long’ means that throughout the day, [man’s] lust is insatiable. There is not an hour in the day when he is satisfied. Rather, every hour, he adds more to his lust.” Now that we see who we are, can we expect the world around us not to fall apart?

After more than a century of unhinged exploitation of resources, animals, and people, we’ve come to the end of the world that we’ve known.

From here on, we will be forced to build a new world, one that is balanced and caring for all its inhabitants, a society whose motto is not “the survival of the fittest,” but “the survival of the friendliest,” as anthropologist Brian Hare and research scientist Vanessa Woods titled their most recent book.

When we finally come to the realization that we must be like the rest of nature, balanced and caring, we will realize that this is how things have been all along. Hare and Woods, for instance, noted in their book that Darwin’s apparent emphasis on the survival of the fittest is a misinterpretation of his findings. In a quote from Darwin’s Descent of Man, they bring to light a fresh perspective on Darwin’s writing: “Those communities, which included the greatest number of the most sympathetic members, would flourish best and rear the greatest number of offspring.”

We can attribute our reluctance to see how things really work to our ego, which strives to be the sole ruler, but today, this aspiration is a prerogative we cannot afford to take. If we stretch our abusive conduct any further, nature will snap and all of us will pay the price. Not only will natural disasters take their toll on us, but aggression and enmity will grow in every aspect of our lives until we find ourselves embroiled in a third world war where countries use nuclear weapons against each other.

Of course, if this happens, we will have to learn that we have no choice but to change our behavior toward each other. But can we really not learn this before we burn

Men And Women Complement Each Other

632.3Question: Is there such a thing as female intuition in Kabbalah? If so, how does Kabbalah influence it and help it develop?

Answer: Of course there is. In our world, a woman is much closer to nature. She is more realistic about everything than a man who remains a child until the end of his life.

It is due to the fact that a woman must give birth and educate children, she in some way receives from the higher system, from the Creator, His functions: giving birth, developing the next level of nature, the next generation.

Therefore, a woman in our world is more mature and more realistic than a man. But on the other hand, this is compensated for in men by such properties that women do not have.

I believe that the existing separate male and female groups, in principle, complement each other. Therefore, it is not necessary to put pressure on anyone, but let them develop freely.

We are only the first generation of the open development of Kabbalah in the world. And therefore, we must first study this phenomenon on ourselves, and then it will manifest itself, and we will learn how to proceed further.
From KabTV’s “Videoconference” 7/28/21

Collective Punishment Or A Lesson

294.2The transition to the state of spiritual embryo, which starts to develop in the upper world, is very difficult. This is the most difficult transition of all spiritual processes. We can say the same about corporeal conception and birth of a new life, which is a miracle.

Therefore, the spiritual transition requires a lot of patience and perseverance, a daily examination of what we can add to the state of spiritual conception in order to transition from the feeling of this world to the feeling of the upper world, from externality to internality.

Such a transition requires complying with many conditions and strictly following the advice of Kabbalists, working in the ten with complete subjugation without which it is impossible to come closer to the Creator. My friends are very important to me because only through them can I influence the Creator and advance.

Through the coronavirus pandemic and all other problems such as fires and floods, the Creator teaches us that it is only possible to approach Him if you value society and become integrated into it as much as possible. There are still many such problems ahead of us, and all of them are in order to make us think about the way to escape the blows. Salvation is possible only through collective work, all the way to complete connection.

This is how we will reach the solution.

The blows bring us closer to a better understanding of the connection we should be in with each other. Nowadays, blows are happening on a global scale and are affecting all of humanity because we live in what is called the last generation, which must begin the correction. That is why the Creator arranges such lessons for us—so that we can find out what He requires from us based on His actions toward us.

We must understand that the only way to protect ourselves from blows, floods, fires, and viruses is through good relations between us. Until we learn this, we will receive blow after blow. We will not be able to return to a quiet life. Nature is preparing unpleasant surprises for us from all directions. Since the modern world is connected by a global network, wherever a blow occurs, it will resonate everywhere and reach everyone.

Everyone will feel the blow, which will help us recognize that we are connected and dependent on each other. If we do not want to come to this voluntarily, then the Creator will have to teach us through such collective punishments.

Everyone will receive some kind of blow: some will suffer from fires, others from floods, others from viruses, others from extreme heat or cold. We cannot know why each of us received precisely this kind of a blow, but in the end, everyone will suffer.

This is exactly what is happening now and will happen in the future. Our life is determined by the time in which we live, that is, by the stage of general correction. Hence, world wars, extensive fires around the globe, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions can possibly occur. Nature has enough measures of influence.

However, it all depends on how quickly we can put a protective shield against all these problems, that is, can come closer to each other and thereby cancel all evil forces.

The Earth will immediately calm down because with a good connection between us, we can calm and balance it and live a wonderful life. We will continue to strengthen our connection more and more until we reveal within it not only the sensation of this world to its full depth, but we will also begin to reveal the upper world ever higher and higher.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/29/21, “Ibur (Impregnation) and Yenika (Nursing)”

Looking For Happiness Or Simply Living?

760.2In the News (“Why Our Pursuit of Happiness May Be Flawed”): “It is an emotion linked to improved health and well-being, but is our obsession with being happy a recipe for disappointment, asks Nat Rutherford. …

“Yet more and more aspects of life are judged in terms of their contribution to the phantom of happiness. Does your relationship, your job, your home, your body, your diet make you happy? If not, aren’t you doing something wrong? In our modern world, happiness is the closest thing we have to a summum bonum, the highest good from which all other goods flow. In this logic unhappiness becomes the summum malum, the greatest evil to be avoided. There is some evidence that the obsessive pursuit of happiness is associated with a greater risk of depression. …

“By misunderstanding happiness, the modern conception increases the likelihood of disappointment. … Instead, aim with Aristotle to embrace those blemishes and to flourish in spite of them.”


My Response: I agree absolutely and clearly! For an ordinary person it is so. And if he really wants to find happiness, then he must first understand what it is, proceed from there, and achieve it.

Question: Happiness comes all the time, then it slips away, it comes and slips away again. How can you define what happiness is and near it so that it is not illusory and so that we really achieve happiness?

Answer: It must be real and not that everyone will have their own happiness and constantly change.

Question: Is it necessary to look for happiness all the time or not—real happiness?

Answer: You do not need to look for it. You need to define it. It exists and it exists in only one form—in understanding the meaning of life. Only what exists in the present and not what you invent for yourself over and over based on your condition.

So if you know exactly how to reveal this meaning, it will lead you forward, it will reveal the meaning of life more and more, and in finding the meaning of life, even if you are unhappy and dissatisfied with it, you will still be happy because you understand the meaning of life.

Question: What is the meaning of life when I can feel unhappy on the path?

Answer: It means that you are not yet able to develop yourself to such an extent that you can understand the meaning of life.

Question: And understanding it will make me happy?

Answer: Yes. The fact that you aspire to it. That the meaning does exist outside of you! Even this already creates a feeling of happiness in you.

That there is life and there is happiness in it, and happiness is in understanding the meaning of this life. Even if I still do not understand it but I am moving toward it, I am already happy. I am already absorbing it, looking forward to a future meeting with it.

Question: It is amazing when I am happy on the way! What kind of happiness is this, please tell me?

Answer: It is being happy to feel the harmony of the universe.

Question: I enter this harmony and also become harmonious?

Answer: Yes. Like entering a black hole and I reveal absolutely everything there!
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/10/21