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Coronavirus Is Changing Reality, Part 10

laitman_278.03What it Takes to Defeat the Coronavirus

Question: As a Kabbalist, do you see the blows awaiting us, I mean the ten Egyptian plagues, that is ten blows on the egoism of all of humanity? What lies ahead?

Answer: We do not have to go through all ten blows. We have already been through them in the past, and therefore, they cannot be as powerful today as they were in Egypt.

We need only a few serious hints, to be pricked like a donkey that is prodded with a sharp stick to make it go forward. We need this incentive in order to advance correctly.

I hope that maybe this virus in addition to our explanations will be enough. It is quite possible that humanity is already able to draw the right conclusions in some way.

Here, a lot depends on governments. They are the first who start to think seriously about it because the virus affects the entire economy.

Question: What advice would you give governments?

Answer: I would advise them to become smarter and understand that humanity’s development is not in their hands; therefore, they should listen to what the Kabbalists say.

Question: What about people who are now sitting at home in isolation? What should they do?

Answer: I wish for people to understand that positive relationships are the best, surest, and only medicine that can lead us to goodness and well-being.

Question: In other words, people who stay at home should simply understand that the plan for the development of nature is in the correct connections between us. It is nature that generates problems and disasters at all levels. And from us all that is needed is a mutual reaction. If there is a reaction, the problems decrease; if there is no reaction, the problems and pressure increase. Did I understand correctly?

Answer: Yes. We just need to get closer to each other in our feelings in a good way, and that’s it. Good luck to all of us in this!
From KabTV’s “Coronavirus Is Changing Reality,” 3/12/2020

Nourished By Spiritual Energy

laitman_565.01Question: After several years of studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, there are those who are happier and who are doing better at work, but on the other hand, there are those who become sadder and nothing in their corporeality makes them happy. Does it depend on a person’s character, or is it about a person’s level of development, and a person gradually changing?

Answer: A person undergoes many different states, so I cannot give you one definite answer to this question. We all change all the time. Everything depends on the society that we live in. We constantly undergo ascents and descents. What is more, if we carefully guard ourselves and know that we have to undergo states of ascent and descent, we have to organize the right society that will lend us a hand when we are in a state of descent and will seriously support us and pull us out of any state of descent to a state of ascent. This means that everything depends on the society.

Question: If that’s the case, a person can be happy even in a state of descent since he knows what to expect in the future.

Answer: Of course. If you understand that the descent was given to you in order to ascend in the future, there is no problem in rejoicing during the descent. The system works like a capacitor or any other device of accumulation. You operate in a certain spiritual regime, accumulate something, and then everything disappears, and so you must connect to the society in order to be nourished by it.

When this period is over, you will begin to ascend again, and to attain and accumulate again, and so on.

This means that it is according to different periods that you have to give spiritual energy to the environment, or the environment gives it to you. And thus, in these sequential periods, in this sinusoid, you will advance.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 2/2/20

Why Should I Act By Myself?

552.02Question: Do we need to learn to act in front of each other?

Answer: Yes, we need to learn how to act as actors on the stage, to understand the elements of the game, to play along with each other, to inspire one another. It really affects us.

It seems to me that I see my friend acting, or maybe I do not understand at all where he is playing and where he really is. This doesn’t matter to me at all. To me, it is important to get inspired by him so that I myself aspire to the goal, even in a make-believe way.

Question: Can a person act by himself?

Answer: Of course. I know who I am and how selfish I am. Therefore, I want to act with myself, that is, to elevate myself higher.

Question: The fact is that we constantly act: in the family, at work, and in the spiritual group where we want to develop. We act out the principles that the Kabbalists wrote about in order to achieve the goal within such a group.

Why should I act by myself? Shouldn’t I be honest at least with myself?

Answer: You can be honest with yourself and act at the same time, knowing your two levels: one is “Me,” and the other is “Who I want to be.”
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/25/19

What Is The Essence Of Our World?

laitman_423.03Question: I have heard that our corporeal actions have no affect on the spiritual world. But as I started to engage in Kabbalah, I see only corporeal actions here. What is the point of studying Kabbalah then?

Answer: The essence of our world is that a person who is disconnected from the spiritual world can begin to correct himself and the whole world from an independent position; when not in the spiritual world, one can each time choose how to influence it.

That is, we exist in the corporeal world, outside of spirituality, to live as we want and enter the sensation of the spiritual world and abide by it when we wish.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/9/20

At The Junction Of Opposites

laitman_245.10Question: Why is the sensation of something born in the junction of opposites?

Answer: How else could it be? I can’t feel only sweet or only bitter or only sour. I can feel something from another because I have receptors and there is an internal recording.

Inside me there are as if cones with prepared tastes, and therefore I can try, compare, and say yes, no, etc. That’s how it goes in everything.

Question: A person must make some kind of internal movement in order to move on to a diametrically opposite sensation, for example, from hatred to love? What happens at the time of this qualitative transition?

Answer: A person begins to feel that one quality is perceived from another. This isn’t a transition, but rather the inclusion of both properties.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 12/29/19

Coronavirus Society

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 4/7/20

World leaders naturally want to restore the kind of civilization we’d had prior to Coronavirus since they were the ones on top. They had power, control, and wealth, so of course they want to restore it. But COVID-19 changed the lives of all of us, and they will not return to what they were. Once the shock is over, we will discover that our lives have become far better.

Until how, we’ve been driven by ruthless competitiveness; we were at each other’s throats, and the only ones who gained from it were the rich and powerful. The coronavirus forced us all to stop and rethink everything. For example, isn’t it odd that the economy collapses as soon as we buy only what we really need? Shouldn’t it be the other way around, that buying what we really need makes for a healthy market?

The virus forced us to return to the basics, to normalcy. If we revert to our old ways, nature has got many more bugs in store. The message it sends is simple: “Your days of dog-eat-dog are over. If you don’t learn to live for one another, you will not live at all.”

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 4/7/20

CBS46 reporters Tim Lister, Sebastian Shukla, and Fanny Bobille wrote that there is “A new kind of global war as countries battle it out for masks and PPE (personal protective equipment).” “The U.S. diverted 200,000 respirator masks destined for Berlin”; “Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya said an order for ventilators that had already been paid for had been impounded in Turkey.” Unspecified “American customers … had tried to pay Chinese suppliers three or four times the agreed price to get critical supplies diverted” from France. The Brazilian government has also claimed that US demand is vacuuming up available supplies” and that they tried to purchase PPE but “a lot of them fell through” to American hands.

But countries aren’t only stealing from one another; they are also preventing exports of equipment, thus “testing existing relationships and alliances,” according to the article. For example, the French government seized all masks that are made in France, and Newsmax writes that America threatens to take legal action against China for restricting exports of PPE.

I understand why they are doing this; it’s human nature. At the same time, I understand that this kind of behavior, especially now, will backfire against those countries. UN environment chief, Inger Andersen, told The Guardian, “Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic.” I think it’s more than a message; I think it’s a warning shot, a scratch on the skin, but of no real harm to humanity.

We are surrounded by insects, rodents, and wild animals that we have forced to come near us by ruining their habitat, and each of them carries an untold number of viruses and germs that could potentially be far worse than COVID-19. What if, for instance, the Ebola virus that mutated into a more contagious but less aggressive strain and started the 2014 West African Ebola epidemic had mutated into something even more contagious or more violent? This is just one example, but nature is very creative when it comes to plagues.

Those who steal masks are not only harming themselves; they are harming everyone, the whole planet. We must realize that we cannot keep using our egos as if there is no tomorrow. The corona genie is already out of the bottle and demands that we stop. We’d better listen because it can make us pay.

There is no place to hide from it, even for the wealthy, who contemplate riding out the plague in their secluded mansions. If the virus could spread as far as Easter Island and sicken someone who has not been in contact with anyone from outside the island, then the virus can go anywhere.

The only solution to stopping the coronavirus, and any other bug that’s lurking in the entrails of some animal, is to stop the spread of meanness toward each other and toward nature. And we must start with one another and from there advance toward nature, not the other way around. Only once we transition our ill-will toward each other, we will be able to transition it toward everything else: climate, trees, animals, and nature as a whole.

We cannot learn what care means before we care for one another. We cannot be happy unless we create a society whose members are happy to be together. And if we’re not happy, there is no chance we will be kind to nature, to each other, or even to ourselves.

Coronavirus Is Changing Reality, Part 9

400Coronavirus and Anti-Semitism

Question: Until recently, you dealt with problems of anti-Semitism, you wrote articles and books on this topic. Suddenly there is this virus, and now you are more engaged in explaining where this blow comes from. Why?

Answer: No, I am not particularly engaged with the virus. I understand why it was given to us. This is a fairly simple task. It cannot be resolved as anti-Semitism where it is necessary to explain everything on an ideological level.

Question: Is there any connection between what is happening now and anti-Semitism?

Answer: There soon will be. Soon Jews will be accused of deliberately launching this virus through China and Iran, that is, through their detractors.

Comment: It already is in the Iranian media.

My Response: In Iran, this is understandable. Soon it will be all over the news and people will talk about it. However, there are a lot of things we can do. That is when I will start explaining the reasons for anti-Semitism again.

For now it is very difficult to explain to people the connection between the virus and the Jews, between their historical role and the egoistic connection of different nations.
From KabTV’s “Coronavirus Is Changing Reality,” 4/12/20

Coronavirus Is Changing Reality, Part 8

laitman_527.11At Times of Global-Scale Problems

Question: Does the virus affect only the animate level, our biological body, in order for us to change our attitude at the “human” degree, that is, on the spiritual, psychological level?

Answer: Yes. The fact is that the highest connection between people is an emotional one—their mutual relations with each other and the intentions of one person to another.

If these intentions are good, aimed at connection, nature moves to its absolute integral state, and then, of course, everything goes fine. People see only the assistance of nature, as far as their actions are good.

However, if they establish more and more egoistic relations with each other in order to profit at the expense of others and even harm others, then obviously nature manifests itself in the opposite way with regard to them.

This is where all sorts of biological problems come in, like this virus. It can also be environmental problems, wars, or anything at any level: inanimate, vegetative, animate, or human.

The main thing is to disperse. As it is written, “Disperse the wicked; better for them and better for the world.” People keep a certain distance from each other in order to gradually draw the correct conclusion and begin to connect again, but in a good way.

Question: So nature forcibly integrated us, and now somehow isolates us from each other through cataclysms? Are you saying that according to Kabbalah this is how it influences us?

Answer: Absolutely. This is what has happened throughout history starting with the sin of Adam, when there was one single system, which then broke into many parts. Now we must reconnect them by correct interaction with each other.
From KabTV’s “Coronavirus Is Changing Reality,” 3/12/2020

From Babylon To Rome, Part 2

laitman_937Human Nature: To Enjoy at Another’s Expense

Question: What ideology united the people of Israel in the times of the First Temple?

Answer: It was the ideology of Abraham who, being a spiritual leader of Babylonians in the times of King Nimrod, discovered a general governing force of nature, the Creator.

This force not only unites everything, but also acts as the opposite of itself—disconnecting. All of nature exists on the symbiosis of these two forces: connecting and separating.

Question: Baal HaSulam writes that Jews gradually adopted the “ways of their neighbors to enjoy life, as their egoism required of them.” What is the problem with this?

Answer: Human nature is egoistic. Its opposite nature is altruistic. In our world, i.e., in our consciousness and sensation, only the egoistic nature of the world is revealed, and altruistic only to the extent necessary to maintain its existence.

There is another side when the altruistic nature of the world is revealed, and the egoistic exists only to maintain its existence.

Question: But why does it say: “Adopted the ways of their neighbors to enjoy life”? What is wrong with enjoying life?

Answer: In our world this can happen when you are thinking only of yourself. In general, there is no problem with enjoying life. The problem lies in the fact that you are enjoying life at the expense of others.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 7/8/19