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Everything Is Achieved By Prayer

laitman_239Question: What desires are there in spirituality besides the desires to connect with other people?

Answer: None. We come from the broken vessel of Adam, and therefore we only need to unite with each other. There is no need to philosophize. I do not know how I need to connect, with whom, by what properties, etc. I only have to expose myself to the influence of the upper Light.

I cannot be smarter than the upper Light, but can only cause its impact so that it corrects me. I cannot be above the point of my correction, and so I only ask. Everything is achieved only by prayer.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

See The True Picture Of The World

laitman_928Question: Are my desires also a test?

Answer: Your desires are the basis on which you build your spiritual Kli (vessel). There is nothing superfluous, nothing hostile in the world.

Try to see in everything the property of the Creator, His preparation, His help, meaning that which is referred to as help against you. You will then find that all of a person’s external and internal problems are needed only to recognize that it is all done by the Creator.

When you begin to agree that everything comes from the Creator, you will suddenly begin to feel your connection with Him through all these problems. I feel bad here, I feel bad there, but it is also different: the Creator does all this so that you direct yourself to Him.

It turns out that you already create the correct picture of our world and the spiritual world. So try to act this way at every moment, and you will see how everything will become manifested in you: how the picture of our world that obscures the truth will begin to dissolve. You will understand that it is all a sham, a theater that the Creator purposely portrays in front of you, and that you have to see Him through all these puppets, as He acts on you.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/3/2018

Why Respect A Person?

laitman_294.3Question: What basic feelings and virtues of each person deserve respect and why are so many people deprived of it?

Answer: We need to respect only the aspirations and efforts of a person that are aimed at humanity’s benefit. Not for the good of oneself, one’s nation, or one’s family, but only for the benefit of humanity. If we respect this, we will see the extent to which a person overcomes his egoistic nature for the sake of belonging to, and sacrificing for, the entire world.

I think all people should overcome themselves, their egoistic desire. If each of us sacrifices ourselves in this way, then in response we should receive gratitude and respect from society. Everyone—the children at home, the wife, the relatives, the parents, the environment, the friends, and the whole world—should be grateful to a person and appreciate him only to the extent of his contribution to society.

A person is created in such a way that he needs the recognition of society. By this, in essence, he expresses himself, his “I.” If we make society protect a person and respond to his contribution to humanity, this will obligate everyone to be an active part of humanity. We will see from everyone only good things in relation to the entirety of human society and we will see what contribution each one makes.

Therefore, we need to establish such laws in our society so that everyone can be assessed only by their contribution to humanity and so that it is easily visible.

If we measure a person only according to these criteria, if everyone knows that this is how he is assessed, this is how he is treated, then he will have no way out. He will have to become a healthy cell in the general body, that is, a person that is as useful as possible for humanity.
The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

From Darkness To Ascent

921Comment: Sometimes you say that we do not have to go through states of darkness.

Answer: For me, darkness is a necessary state for the next ascent. We must go through it and absorb it. However, this does not mean that you have to be in darkness all the time, partaking in it, and enjoying beating yourself up.

It is necessary to experience this state correctly because you will be building your ascent on it, each time passing through two lines: left – right, left – right. This is how we make steps, left – right.

Question: When we talk about the state of darkness, do we mean a person’s spiritual world and not his attitude to the external world? Does he remain cheerful in our world and everything is good with him?

Answer: It is unlikely that he will be cheerful and feel good because the spiritual states are brighter, stronger, and more impressive than the corporeal ones. Temporary spiritual descents can last a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, and especially in the beginning, even a few months.

Therefore, it requires special work of the group on the person and the person on himself, the understanding that this is happening on purpose so that he would accumulate negative sensations and then begin filling them with light.

Question: Does the frequency of these states increase as we advance?

Answer: Yes. On one hand, the frequency increases, but on the other hand it becomes different. You begin to discern in this darkness, in the descent, what you are being trained for, like an astronaut is spun around in a special simulator, dipped under the water, dropped with a parachute, etc.

You feel this preparation that the upper light performs on you as anticipation of the future elevation above descents, the future attainment of the Creator and inclusion in connection with Him.

Thanks to the greatness of the goal and the greatness of the group, you can shorten time, but nevertheless, states of descent are unavoidable. Therefore, it is written, “The Torah will come from Zion,” meaning that the Torah, the upper Light, is revealed precisely from all the descents (Yetziot).
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 3/22/18

Hebrew—The Language For Perceiving The Creator

Laitman_151Hebrew is much more suitable for expressing the science of Kabbalah than any other language. It has a greater supply of suitable words that more accurately express an inner feeling. After all, the Hebrew language grew out of the science of Kabbalah. This science, its approach, the aspiration toward the Creator, created and formed the language.

Therefore, Hebrew contains all the symbols to clarify the Creator. The form of the letters, the way they are written, the grammar, everything is adapted only for the purpose of explaining the essence of the desire in which the Creator can be perceived.

There is no other language that can be compared with Hebrew in the expression of Kabbalah. Other languages do not have such properties.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/3/18, Lesson on the Topic “The Wisdom of Kabbalah in the Modern World – The Real Perception of Reality”

It All Depends On The Goal

laitman_245.11Question: “There is none else besides Him” is a popular religious mantra. But what is the difference between the efforts of a religious person without a point in his heart and the efforts of a Kabbalist to reveal by every action the upper force, to love it, and be connected to it?

Answer: It all depends on what goal you are pursuing: either your own pleasure or bestowal and love for the Creator through the created beings.

The question is, what is it you want from studying and realizing Kabbalah, because “to receive for yourself” will not work here. If that is your aim, then practice various spiritual techniques, meditations, and learn how to feel better. There is nothing of it in Kabbalah.

While studying Kabbalah, it is necessary to invest a lot of effort, to sweat, even to suffer, until you learn how to properly guide yourself, drawing the surrounding Light.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

Is Human Life More Important?

Laitman_709Question: Do we have the right to perceive human life as more important than other forms of life?

Answer: First of all, we need to realize that the general system of nature is built in the form of a pyramid. It is based on an inanimate level: the whole universe, all inanimate matter, the stars and planets that exist in it. This is the bottom of the pyramid.

Then comes the vegetative part on Earth, and then higher than it is the animal part on Earth, and the top of the pyramid is occupied by the speaking level. Humans are not the animal part, not our body, but the speaking, human level in us.

Therefore, of course, human life is more important than all other forms and levels of nature, not because we desire this egoistically, but because we include all other forms of nature. If we treat nature correctly, we will correct ourselves, as well as all of nature in general.

All global natural disasters and problems—tsunamis, droughts, the harm that we inflict on nature, environmental disasters—are ultimately nothing more than a phenomenon projected onto nature by the person. Therefore, definitely, human life and its role in nature is most important.

We will find that by our own egoistic attitude toward ourselves and nature, we cause all disasters and all misfortunes both in human society and at other levels of nature: animate, vegetative, and even inanimate. If we change ourselves, then we will certainly change nature as a whole.

Therefore, we need to understand that the environmental disasters breaking out in the world today and the new ones still ahead of us depend solely on a human’s attitude to the world. They do not come because nature is suddenly out of balance. We cause imbalance in nature with our thoughts.
The Round table of independent opinions. Berlin 9/9/06

laitman_294.4Question: Everything is manifested through a desire. The sick want to recover, but they cannot. The poor want to be rich, but they are unsuccessful. What does it mean “to desire”?

Answer: It means that I want to feel the fulfillment of what I now feel as a deficiency.

Question: Which desires come true?

Answer: All good desires come to fruition. These include desires that cause no harm to anybody and also that can be used to satisfy others in a positive way.

The rest of the desires are needed only to teach us to understand what good desires mean.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/13/18

Affecting The Program of the Creator

laitman_214Question: Suppose there is an earthquake somewhere and a war somewhere else. Who determines it? How does it happen?

Answer: There is one single force that permeates the whole world. It does it all. It reacts to everything, including all our movements. This force, called Shechina (Divinity), constantly makes a clear calculation based on our actions and reactions on how to lead us to full compliance with it in the most optimal way.

Question: What is the Kabbalist’s partnership with the Creator about? Can he somehow change these actions?

Answer: By his actions, a Kabbalist absolutely consciously affects the program of the Creator, constantly improving it. He draws the whole world after him. Then, the Creator changes His governance from unsatisfactory to good.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/3/18

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Hurricane Michael

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 10/11/18

Hurricane Michael Devastation Only Tip of the Iceberg

Powerful Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive march inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years. (AP)

Nature has not gone crazy – we’ve gone crazy. Scientists have been warning us for many years but since we are not making any significant changes in our life, the situation will continue to escalate.

Former Vice President Al Gore warned that “time is running out” after the release of a U.N. special report that gives the world 12 years to head off climate calamity by radically transforming “all aspects of society.”

The conclusion from the report is simple: if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced by 2030, the Earth will be irreversibly damaged. You can also add blows from the rest of nature, such as tsunamis, floods, storms, fires, extreme cold and heat waves, melting glaciers, and more.

In order to understand the bleak situation we’re in, we need to understand the reason for what’s happening.

Earth Is a System of Forces That Must Maintain Balance

The natural system we live in is a system of forces operating at different levels of inanimate, vegetative, living and human beings. It is a closed, integral system, where even the most remote elements are completely interconnected. The relationship between the pieces is so interdependent that each part affects the entire system.

Think of our body as an example for a harmonious system. When any organ is out of balance, it throws the whole body out of balance and causes an illness. Physicians examine the balance across the systems in our body, and when they receive the test results, they diagnose the state of our body in relation to the norm. If certain parameters are too high or too low, it means that our body is not in good health.

Until the last fifty years or so, we lived in relative balance on Earth. In other words, this nice home that feeds and sustains us, was relatively “healthy.”

The illness emerged as we breached our balance with nature. We have been emitting carbon dioxide, polluting the oceans with non-biodegradable waste, fertilizing the soil with chemicals, feeding cattle and poultry with antibiotics, and the list goes on. The chemical and non-natural compounds don’t break down in the soil or the air, and ultimately we feed on them again and again. As a result, new diseases emerge within us and around us.

Why Earth Is Sick

As long as the human ego controls our actions, the situation will only get worse. Greed drives corporations to use toxic substances in agriculture and medicine, and the integrity of nature is the least of their priorities. Governments are subject to tycoons, and scientists conduct their research according to the interests of the heads of industry and commerce.

Thus, we’ve thrown the natural system out of balance, and as a result we witness “natural diseases.” Just like a person who shows symptoms that indicate he is on the way out of his health range, our planet is getting sick. The “physicians of nature,” the scientists who study the various climatic conditions, are noticing that we are facing a terrible outbreak of disease.

Even if it seems that the climate is wonderful in one region and stormy in the other, this is all temporary. The planet is round and the natural system is integral. Ultimately, just like a foot infection can gradually spread throughout the body, the diseases of nature will spread throughout the planet.

But instead of working towards balance with nature, we continue to work for the short term benefit of the rich and powerful. In turn, inequality and polarization grow within human society, and society as a whole grows increasingly out of balance with nature. As the gap continues to grow, the blows of nature will cost us a great deal of suffering, sickness and death. Just consider the amount of damage that one earthquake can cause.

The Human Ego Blocks the Healing Process

Ultimately, climate destabilization will force us to change our ways. We will have to become conscious and wary of our balance with nature, and our connection with each other inside this integral system.

In fact, this change should have happened from the middle of the twentieth century, as we began to be bound through global interdependence in commerce, industry, economics, media, and so forth. The human race should have begun to act in mutual responsibility. That is, to take care of the needs of all mankind, while maintaining balance with nature.

But the reality is that we cannot even deal with our global challenges and their rapid spread because our own ego stands in the way. The human ego doesn’t care about climate change and is ready to trample any agreement on its way to getting its hands on every single penny.

Therefore, it is the human ego that we must balance first if we are to reach any stable agreements between us. Treaties such as the “Kyoto Protocol” or the “Paris Agreement” only serve to show us the futility of any attempt to solve our problems without taking the human ego into account.

Balance with Nature Starts with Balance between Us

To change our fate on this planet, we must begin with harmonizing the connection between all human beings.

The world is a single creation, and even our psychology and our inner forces interact with nature in ways that we don’t see or understand. Our thoughts and our intentions have a lot to do with our balance with nature.

We’re at a unique point in human development, where everyone can begin to see the need for harmonious human connections on a global scale, and yet, we don’t have the power and method to make that happen.

This is why the wisdom of Kabbalah is being revealed today. Authentic Kabbalah is not a new or ancient religion, it’s not mysticism and it’s not a philosophy. Rather, it is an empirical method that teaches us how we can achieve balance with nature through activating our deep wiring for human connection.

Everything depends on the relationship between human beings. When we realize that and begin to consciously act on that, the whole system of nature will give us positive feedback. We will begin to sense that we are a global human family, and Earth is our only home.

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