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Ask for the Force of Bestowal and Adhesion with the Creator

562.02Our sages said that if a person asks the Creator to revive his soul with faith, then such a request is immediately accepted. Apart from faith, we have nothing to ask for, we will receive nothing else.

There is no point to turn to the Creator with any other questions, there will be no answer. That is, we will receive indirect answers that will gradually turn us toward the correct prayer. This is what is happening to us so far.

Therefore, we must find out what we really want to receive, not money, fame, or small momentary joys. What should we ask of the Creator in this short life? That is, the main problem is not how to turn to the Creator, but what exactly to turn to Him with, which means to find out what is really important to us in life and to turn to Him with it, no matter in what words.

We see that billions of people are constantly turning to the Creator. Every second in the heart of any person there is a request to the Creator, which he may not even realize. But all these requests are not relevant. Therefore, we cannot say that the Creator does not respond to them at all; He reacts, but just a little bit. We have been advancing toward corrections in this way for thousands of years.

Therefore, Kabbalah teaches us how to ask correctly in order to accelerate the process of correction: to ask for the force of faith, the opportunity to move to the force of bestowal and not live in the force of egoistic reception. The answer to such a request is guaranteed to us because this is the purpose of creation. Everything that a person has in this world is given only so that he can ask for the force of bestowal and adhesion with the Creator.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/08/22, Rabash “The Striking of Thoughts upon Man”

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Without Options

938.03When we move from rejection of others to a connection above our egoism, then we begin to feel this system of communication between ourselves and everyone else. The connection between you and everyone else is called rising along the degrees of the worlds.

To the extent we can reduce the internal distances between us to be heart to heart with our desires, intentions, and fillings, to that extent relative one to the other, we ascend the degrees of the worlds. My egoism is between me and you, and if I divide the ego into parts, then it will have five degrees: zero, one, two, three, and four.

If I can overcome the first degree a little and get closer to you, it is called that I have ascended to the degrees of the world of Assiya. The second degree is the world of Yetzira, the third is the world of Beria, then the world of Atzilut, the world of Adam Kadmon, and Infinity—the place where we completely merge, it means without end, without limitation. That is how it happens.

When I am in this state relative to you, nothing is difficult for me; that is what is called worlds. And there is nothing else but the surface on which we all exist—broken, rejected, separated from each other by our egoism—and we must unite.

Let’s say that the upper world is acting on us now, which means, the global system is starting to work more. But the ties between us are vicious and bad. Therefore, when a small “electric current” passes through us i.e., a small connection, then the system feels in disarray, in crisis, so to say, and we can do nothing about it.

We feel like we are trying to be disconnected from each other, and the system constantly engages us more and more, and we cannot get anywhere. Contrary to this system, we are in an egoistic relationship with each other, but it requires us to be connected and act together. Therefore, the crisis is called global, integral!

Here we have no options in front of us. We must unite and join this system either voluntarily, with awareness and what Kabbalah calls for and helps to do, or the system will turn on more and more, and we will feel sufferings more and more until they convince us.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How do you know Kabbalah?” 11/12/13

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The Essence of Creation

275Since the Creator contemplated delighting the created beings and the light expanded from Him and seemingly departed Him, the desire to receive His pleasure was immediately imprinted in this light.
You can also determine that this desire is the full measure of the expanding light (Baal HaSulam, The Study of the Ten Sefirot, Part 1, “Restriction and Line,” “Inner Observation,” Chapter 1, Item 11).

The will to receive, which the creation begins to feel, determines the entire essence of creation and the full measure of its fulfillment from the Creator.

It turns out that we can enjoy only the revelation of the Creator and nothing else.

Question: Does it mean that without revelation of the Creator, we will feel everything else as suffering?

Answer: There is nothing more to reveal because everything that is around us and in which we exist is the Creator.

Comment: But, actually, throughout the entire historical development we reveal some new things.

My Response: All this is nothing more than the revelation of the Creator to the created beings.

Question: What else can we reveal that we have not revealed today?

Answer: We can reveal all the Creator’s desires to delight us through what exactly and how He wants to delight us, and we can be able and ready to accept and be filled with this pleasure. We need nothing else. This is the purpose of creation.
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From KabTV’s ”The Study of the Ten Sefirot (TES)” 10/30/22

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The Prerequisite for the Revelation of the Spark of Light

528.02If we correctly tune ourselves with our friends and create a substrate from two opposite qualities, a place in which these qualities will be connected with each other, then a third quality, called the Creator or the middle line, will manifest in it.

Otherwise, He does not exist and the middle line does not exist. There is no one to chase outside; there is nowhere to look for them around you, or somewhere over the stars, or underground. There is nothing to draw any images. Only our correct connection will manifest the Creator. We will find Him ourselves and create this condition and this quality between us. Otherwise He is nowhere.

When you follow such a method, holiness arises only in our correct relations with each other above egoism that is really created in the most correct way, so that from it we build a correct attitude to each other, which is called the Creator.

As a result, a person becomes Adam, similar to this quality, and feels him in oneself. And the fact that such a quality arises in people even at the beginning of their correct connection, such an inner spirit, this is the prerequisite for the smallest light that we must reveal.

That is what we are doing. This is Kabbalah, which is open to everyone.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Sectarian Fanaticism” 10/19/13

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Run Away from Big Money

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Question: Forbes magazine published the rankings of the highest-paid content producers on YouTube. Twenty-three-year-old Mr Beast tops the rankings with 2021 income of $54 million. Nastya, a seven-year-old Russian emigrant, holds 7th place in the rating; she has  nearly 90 million subscribers.

And what’s going on in Tik Tok?! Tik Tok stars can charge $500,000 just for an advertising post. All of them are young guys under 25 years of age.

What do you think about such young people getting such large sums of money? It is clear that parents and others are behind them. But the fact that young people have such an income from advertising with Tik Tok—what do you think? What’s going on with his psyche? What’s going on with him?

Answer: Of course, this is a very big burden on the psyche. And what will happen to this child next, I do not know. I think that such children will fall into depression. They will not be able to balance themselves and be normal people. They will demand that they deserve everything and everything needs to be given to them. I wouldn’t want that. By no means.

Comment: What if you were to receive money for one of your clips and then more and more?

My Response: Just not that I would receive it personally, but for the organization. Let them spread Kabbalah all over the world and so on.

Comment: Even you, are you afraid that if suddenly you were tested…?

My Response: This is not allowed, in no case.

Comment: I thought you were already insured against this.

My Response: No! As long as you live, you can’t be insured. How can I trust myself? Am I completely in the hands of the Creator, and then suddenly I am my own master?

Question: So a person should not trust himself?

Answer: No. That is why it is said: “Do not believe in yourself till the day you die.”

Question: What kind of death are we talking about?

Answer: Egoistic death. And who knows how much more egoism there is inside each of us?

Comment: Do you think that these tests, which are carried out by people who have winning lottery tickets or who earn millions on YouTube or in Tik Tok…?

My Response: This is a misfortune!

Comment: This is not happiness and one should not be thankful for it; on the contrary, one should be wary.

My Response: I ran away from it. And I had the strength to do so; God led me very well so that I could avoid all this.

Question: And if this happens? Then at least give me a way out, a small loophole. So it happens that a talented person starts earning crazy money. And so young!

Answer: It’s a misfortune.

Question: But what to do?

Answer: You can’t do anything. I don’t think anything can be done against it.

I had such things, but they were when I met strong, serious people who could seduce me with wealth and so on. I was able to protect myself. But of course the Creator did everything, but I tried to slip off.

Question: So for example, if we are talking about a young man, then in general he can no longer slip off?

Answer: How does he even know what he’s doing? He’s still a boy.

Question: Yes, but he wanted to make money and suddenly he earned millions, billions, and so on. We know a lot of broken fates. Does this come from above? Is this a test? Is this how a person is led?

Answer: Yes! A person cannot live without limits, without a solid, rigid framework within which he exists. He just can’t!

Question: And why does the Creator do this to a person?

Answer: To show an example of him to others. As Shota Rustaveli said: “Give away the treasury to the homeless and free the slaves.”

Comment: Meaning, the conclusion is: if a lot of money comes to you, run.

My Response: Yes.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 2/7/22

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Will We Survive or Perish?

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1. One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. This amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year, worth approximately US$1 trillion.

2. All the food produced but never eaten would be sufficient to feed two billion people. That’s more than twice the number of undernourished people across the globe (World Food Programme).

The U.S. throws away up to 11.3 million tons of textile waste each year—around 2,150 pieces of clothing each second …

Only a fraction of what’s manufactured gets recycled. Eighty-seven percent of the total fiber input used for clothing is ultimately incinerated or sent to a landfill. Fashion brands have come under criticism for practices such as destroying unsold products and sending piles of clothes to landfills (Bloomberg).  

Comment: I also heard that two million cars have been produced globally that were never sold over the past two decades. Over the last 20 years, two million more cars were produced than were sold globally.

In conclusion—an incredible conclusion—we have reached the limits of our world and now need to expand beyond our planet, i.e., to economically develop other celestial bodies.

But today this is not possible. So what should we do? Imagine coming to such a conclusion! They don’t say: “We need to stop this madness somehow. What are we doing?!

Answer: We can’t do anything else. How can we stop it? Stall everything? Turn off the lights?

Comment: We’ve messed up here, so now we need to move to another place, and there we will…

Answer: You are not going to go anywhere, nor will you do anything here either.

Question: So they ultimately ask what we must do? How can a person come to the right conclusion from these true and frightening statistics?

Answer: We have exploited this planet, sucked everything out of it, and polluted it. So now we can die in peace.

Question: Are we unable to stop anything? Over the years there have been so many economists and so many proposals for change!

Answer: No, there were no proposals. These were all unrealistic utopias, nothing really to work with. If you don’t change man, there’s no sense in changing anything else.

Comment: So there’s only one real conclusion—to change man.

Answer: Yes, for one to feel what is worth living for.

Question: And then will he then stop producing so many cars and throwing away so much food unnecessarily?

Answer: He will work only for what is necessary, to make necessity sufficient.

Comment: Your conclusion is very simple—to change man to get by with necessities.

Answer: Yes, because we cannot change the world.

Question: In that case, here is my usual question: Doesn’t each person have their own set of necessities?

Answer: It depends on their upbringing. Everyone will apply this education to themselves personally.

Question: But will it ring true in their minds and hearts? “I don’t need more, this is enough for me.”

Answer: Of course.

Question: Well, you know, this is utopian.

Answer: If this is utopian, then we will go down a different path, a path of self-destruction. Only very simple self-destruction. Stop having children, stop producing anything. Stop the process, begin stalling this planet.

Comment: That is, if we don’t make do with necessities, then it’s self-destruction and there is no other way.

My Response: Yes.

Question: At the point of reaching necessity does one experience happiness that he has enough and needs nothing more? Is this a good, happy state?

Answer: What can he replace it with? After all, his greed also knows no bounds. How can you stop it? My neighbor has more! It’s a race!

An arms race, a technology race, a race of anything. What can you do? We need to change the character of man. We cannot change his nature, but we can change the typical application of his nature. We will either come to this or we will die.

Question: That is, the “I want” will not change. My desire that needs to be filled—this will not change. I have to be filled with something. So how will this sentence conclude?

Answer: I have to be filled so I feel I get everything from the world at the same time! And then I don’t need anything else. I will only get completely fulfilled when we mutually fill each other.

There’s no getting away from this. We will have to figure this out and how to come to this.

We will not be able to destroy ourselves, but rather we must bring ourselves to the realization of this need for change.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 2/7/22

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“What are your thoughts on the rise of right wing politics in Europe and around the world?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What are your thoughts on the rise of right wing politics in Europe and around the world?

The recent rise in popularity of the right is an outcome of our current stage of human development, where more and more people are seeing that the truth is with the more egoistic and resolute forces, i.e. those who stand by their opinion and not those who paint themselves various colors in the name of equality. The latter period is coming to an end.

We are now entering a more serious and realistic period. Nationalism and right wing politics, however, will not solve any problems. It is only a more realistic option than what we had before.

The more we develop, the readier we become to penetrate beyond the “nice words” that we hear, and increasingly inquire into human nature—all the while adjusting our behavior the more we learn about ourselves.

Our next stage of development toward a harmonious world is for us to realize where our egoistic nature situates us. In short, we live in hostility toward one another, and positive development from here requires learning how to positively connect, and what such connection depends on, i.e. fundamental changes in our media, culture and education systems. We can then take some small steps toward a more harmonious state.

The current rise of the right shows us that we want to view ourselves more realistically. Then, when we come to acknowledge our egoistic nature, we can start thinking about how to truly improve our lives.

I am not discouraged by this tendency toward the right, but on the contrary, I see it is a step toward a more correct and realistic state. It is a state that needs to unfold, and afterward, we can think about what we can do in order to transition to a better state.

Based on the video “The Rise of the Right in Europe – A Kabbalist’s Response” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Family – the Next Gen” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “Family – the Next Gen

A new documentary in Israel discusses a growing trend in Israel: open marriage. The film presents couples that express feeling stagnation in their marriage and wish to “vitalize” their relationship. Open marriage is only one facet of a much broader phenomenon of accelerated disfiguration and dissolution of the family unit in an attempt to “freshen up” people’s relationships and “revitalize” their lives.

I can understand where the need is coming from. Humans are dynamic beings. As such, they need constant changes and innovations. This has nothing to do with whether or not we are inherently monogamous.

The current perception is that people have families, raise children, bring them to independence, and pass away. We expect this to continue for eternity, but this is not our vocation; it is the vocation of animals, and we have within us something that does not belong to the animal kingdom: We not only live, we ask about the purpose of life. Whether we know it or not, our lives are dedicated not to living, but to understanding why we live.

In most people, the question about the purpose of life is still dormant, but in many others, and in many more people every day, it has awakened and demands answers. For such people, nothing is a given; they challenge everything and need to understand why they do what they do. It is not a desire to ruin, but the urge to understand, to comprehend everything that happens on the deepest level.

This drive is the reason for the shattering of our traditional social institutions. You find it not only in our homes, but in every aspect of our lives. We question education, economic systems, forms of government, religion, and family.

Even if we cannot find answers, there is critical value in questioning existing systems. Distrusting and shunning them liberates us from the shackles of tradition and moral restraints, and the sense of freedom allows us to develop something entirely new, which is not anarchy, but healthier and more fulfilling relationships. Such a society will be one where everyone is willingly and voluntarily committed.

In such a society, people are committed not only to their families, but to the entire community, and eventually to all of humanity. Moreover, they are committed to the same extent, and even more than they are currently committed to their families. However, they must choose this commitment freely, and they cannot be forced into remaining committed should they choose to leave. Perhaps it is hard to imagine such commitment at the moment, but humanity is headed toward it nonetheless.

In such a society, where everyone is committed to everyone else, everyone cares for everyone else and the natural feelings of alienation and suspicion no longer set the tone in society.

Family ties in such a society will be very strong and solid, but not because people are forced to remain monogamous. The whole purpose of the relationship will change, making issues of monogamy and fidelity irrelevant.
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“The Climate Is a Matter of Attitude” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “The Climate Is a Matter of Attitude

Ministers deliver statements during the closing plenary at the COP27 climate summit in Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 20, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The two weeks of climate discussions at the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, ended in disappointment. As CNN wrote, “The world has failed to reach an agreement to phase out fossil fuels … an attempt to address the biggest source of the planet warming emissions that are causing the climate crisis ended in a fiasco after a number of nations, including China and Saudi Arabia, blocked a key proposal to phase out all fossil fuels, not just coal.” While the members reached an agreement “to set up a ‘loss and damage’ fund meant to help vulnerable countries cope with climate disasters,” it will not reverse climate change or solve our major problems.

If we want to change the climate, we must change it on all levels, and first and foremost the social climate we have created. As long as it is negative, aggressive, and heating up, the global climate will reflect it.

We may be able to assist with local climate crises, but we cannot change the global climate with our current attitude. If we want to change the climate, we must change it on all levels, and first and foremost the social climate we have created. As long as it is negative, aggressive, and heating up, the global climate will reflect it.

The reason we hold global climate conferences is that the climate is a global issue. Everything we do, in any country, affects the global climate. Therefore, without global mutual consideration, humanity will not be able to resolve the climate crisis.

Regrettably, to work in global mutual consideration, we must develop empathy toward all of humanity and rise above the narrow interests of each country. We are nowhere near such an attitude. On the contrary, each country tries to impose decisions that serve its own interests on the rest of the world, and the result is a climate world war where everyone loses.

As is the case with every war, the rich and powerful countries set the tone. They continue to burn fuels that pollute the air and accelerate climate change, and nothing will stop them unless natural disasters become so extreme that they will force all of humanity to change.

As is the case with every war, the rich and powerful countries set the tone. They continue to burn fuels that pollute the air and accelerate climate change, and nothing will stop them unless natural disasters become so extreme that they will force all of humanity to change. In the meantime, as lip service, or perhaps to buy the world’s consent, they set up “loss and damage” funds to “repair” the damage. Such funds do not solve anything, and everyone realizes this.

Besides extreme weather and climate disasters, the climate crisis has another adverse impact: Icebergs that have been frozen for thousands of years, and often far longer, are thawing. And buried in the ice are countless viruses that have been reawakened, and for which our bodies have no immunity. Scientists are already warning that the next pandemic may actually come not from wild animals or human errors, but from melting icebergs. A paper published two years ago aptly named it the “permafrost pandemic,” and warned of “the risk that deadly diseases from the distant past may return.”

Indeed, if you look at all the crises plaguing the world today, you will find that none of them are local. Covid is a global issue, climate change is affecting the entire planet, rising energy prices and interrupted supply chains are affecting all of humanity, and even a local crisis such as the war in Ukraine has serious consequences for the entire world. The interdependence already affecting all of humanity will only intensify until we are unable to make a single movement, to take a breath, without affecting the entire world.

On the positive side, none of our problems are insurmountable. In every single crisis, if we only work together rather than against each other, it will disappear as though it never existed.

All that is needed in order to fix our every plight is to change our attitude and put humanity first. Since reality is global, so should be our order of priorities. Prioritizing humanity will not only help the entire world, but every single individual, precisely because we are irrevocably interdependent. If we continue to impose a narrow vision on an expansive reality, we will continue to collide with one another and with all of nature. If we change our attitude, we will change the climate, and we will change the world.
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“What was the result of NASA hitting the asteroid?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What was the result of NASA hitting the asteroid?

Indeed, NASA managed to hit a giant asteroid and divert it from its orbit, and NASA’s director stated that NASA is trying to be ready for anything that the universe might throw our way.

I think it is a positive development, but I also think that the universe is not throwing any asteroids at us to begin with.

If we seek a true sense of security on our planet, then we need to acknowledge the existence of a higher force in the universe that is hidden from us. It is a force that encompasses and manages everything and everyone, and through this force, we can manage the universe.

We connect to this force in our desire, when we want to come closer to it: to make our desire as its desire. What is its desire? Its desire is for us to operate it toward everybody’s benefit, and that everything will connect as a single system. In other words, the general force of the universe is waiting for us—human beings—to activate it in a way that is good and benevolent toward everyone. When we realize the higher force’s desire toward us in such a way, then we also alleviate the blows that we receive from the universe, and will instead feel a major embrace, as if it is hugging us—a sensation of eternity and perfection.

Therefore, if we adjust our inner force—a small desire within us—to adapt to nature, we can then manage the universe and feel secure without the need to create devices that crash into asteroids.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah, there is a saying, “Make your desire as His desire,” and then He—the higher force—will make His desire like yours. The higher force, or general force of nature, is also called “the Creator” in Kabbalah. If we wish to come closer to the Creator with a positive intention, then He will do the same toward us.

In practice, coming closer to the higher force of nature means exerting a positive influence over all people. If we do so, then we will start feeling that we can organize the forces around us in nature, on our planet and in outer space harmoniously.

Based on the video “NASA Hits an Asteroid – A Kabbalist’s Response” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Free Iran” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “Free Iran

The World Cup games have barely started but already, we have seen one of the most memorable pictures: Iran’s soccer team staying rebelliously silent while their national anthem is playing before the beginning of their match against England. There have been other protests in Iran against the regime of the Ayatollahs, but this one feels different. They are no longer only against the government’s treatment of women, but have become a demand to transform the regime altogether and open it up to the rest of the world. Despite killing more than 400 peaceful protesters, the demonstrations are continuing in full force.

The Iranian government is hostile not only toward Israel and toward its own people; it is hostile toward the entire world. Its stated goal is to impose Shiite Islamic law on the entire world, and it will not rest until it achieves it, however long it takes.

Unfortunately for them, the Iranian people do not share the goals or dogmas of the regime; they want to live as people live in the free world, where people can do what they want, live how they want, and say what they want within acceptable limits. In short, the Iranian people want to be free and feel free.

I have said before that Iran is a very ancient and very intelligent nation. I believe that if the will of the people triumphs, Iran and Israel will not be enemies and will resume the warm relationship that the two countries had cultivated before the Ayatollahs overthrew the Shah and set off a dark chapter in the country’s history.

Oppression stymies development. Only free people can grow and change and develop, and change is intrinsic to human nature. If not this time, then perhaps next time, but in the end, the Iranian people will free themselves from the regime that wishes to oppress them and bind all of humanity to its yoke.
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“No One Wants War, but We Are Always Fighting” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “No One Wants War, but We Are Always Fighting

A few days ago, Norma Livne, the host of the show El Mundo (“The World”), dedicated one of the shows to answering questions from my students. One of the questions was about the war in Europe. More precisely, the question was why, if no one wants war, do we always fight against each other?

Indeed, people cannot live without war. At any given moment, there is an active conflict somewhere on the planet.

If you think about it, it makes no sense. If you ask people if they believe that violence can settle differences, they will agree that it cannot. If this is the case, then I, too, would like to ask, why are we fighting? Is it to show who is right? But if this is the reason, it means that the stronger one is also the right one because he won the war. This is clearly the wrong answer.

In fact, it is not only wrong, it is deplorable and immoral. How can anyone believe that if you are aggressive and crushed your dissenter, then you are right? This is not justice; it is bullying. We are not even animals; we are worse than animals!

Yet, this is human nature. This is how we have been behaving since the dawn of time, and it will not change until we change human nature. When we decide that we are fed up with our egotism and want to try a different way to live on this planet, we will be able to think of more agreeable ways to live.

When we decide to give up our self-centeredness, we will discover that opposites do not cancel each other, but complement each other. Opposites do not threaten each other’s existence, they secure and support it.

Complementary opposites exist not only in nature, but also in humans. Just as spring has no meaning without autumn, capitalism has no meaning without socialism. The same applies to liberalism and parochialism, and globalism and isolationism. Each concept is meaningless without its counterpart, which helps define and clarify it.

Yet, the truth lies on neither side. The truth lies in unity and cooperation. Truth is what enables life. The heart and the lungs, for example, perform very different, almost contradictory functions. The lungs saturate the blood with oxygen and the heart streams the blood throughout the body and distributes the blood to the organs. In terms of oxygen saturation, these are contradictory functions. Nevertheless, only when both the heart and lungs function properly can we have a healthy body. The “truth,” if you will, is neither that the blood must be full of oxygen, nor that it must be devoid of it. The truth is that when the heart and lungs operate properly, there is balance, health, and vitality.

Truth, therefore, is balance, not subjugation. If we maintain a balance where all parts of society contribute their respective and unique shares to society, we will have a balanced and healthy society whose members are safe and satisfied. If we try to eliminate any of society’s organs, we will condemn all of society to instability, dissatisfaction, and ultimate disintegration.

Norma Livne, the host of the show El Mundo (“The World”) and Michael Laitman

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When the Soul Is Crying

236.01“My soul shall weep in secret,” meaning when one comes to a state of concealment, then “My soul shall weep,” because one has no other option (Baal HaSulam, Shamati 18, “My Soul Shall Weep In Secret”).

Question: What does it mean that the soul is crying?

Answer: When a person would like to give everything to the Creator and cling to Him but sees that he is not yet able to achieve this, he feels that his soul is crying.

In the spiritual world, as in our world, there are many different states: the soul is crying, the Creator is crying, the children of Israel are crying. But all this happens within one person.

In principle, in spirituality, as in our world, there are different tears: tears of happiness, grief, and so on.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 11/6/22

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Life Doesn’t End with Death

760.2The living conditions of the last generation require every member of society to know how this society operates, for what purpose it exists, and in what form it should exist.

He must understand that there is no other way than the way nature advances us and affects us from all sides, and our duty is to consciously move toward the right goal of our development, without making mistakes.

The very first thing a person should learn and explain to others is that peace in society, peace on the planet, and peace in each country depend on each other. We see the shattering that the world is in today, what conflicts countries are involved in, and how it affects every person. There are still people who are dissatisfied with the country and are trying to change the government in it.

We need to understand that there is only one way to fix the world; otherwise, we will face the same problems and wars all the time. Therefore, it is so necessary to spread the wisdom of Kabbalah, which explains the structure of the world and the purpose of its existence and discusses the possibility of achieving this goal in the only way: increasing mutual connection between all people.

Only in this way will we be able to come to a good life and not just live comfortably until the end of our days, and after us through the flood, but to achieve eternal life. No one dies, because there is no death; there is only a change in the form of our existence. Time after time, our form is renewed in many cycles of life.

People have always dreamed of eternal life. It is only out of desperation that a person tries not to think about how short life is and how much suffering there is in it. We have to start getting closer to each other; otherwise, the world has no future.

In this sense, a person is more unhappy than an animal because the animal does not know that it will die and does not make any plans for the future. A person knows that death is ahead and still continues to live and move toward it—a completely disgusting state.

What a relief it would be to know that life does not end and that there is life after death. Our universe is infinite and eternal. It is time to say goodbye to the communist idea that a person has nothing in life but an animal body. The animal body of course will die, but everything else in us, human spirit, will remain. We have the opportunity to correct our soul, our inner part, the non-disappearing human self, and belong to eternity.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 11/7/22, Writings of Baal HaSulam “Peace in the World”

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When Does the Creator Shed Tears?

509Question: It is said in The Book of Zohar that the Creator sheds tears into the great ocean. Is it because He cannot make corrections for men? How can we understand that the Creator sheds tears?

Answer: Tears are Ohr Hozer, reflected light, i.e., those properties that a person must express in order to clothe the direct light of the Creator in his reflection. Then the light of the Creator is clothed in the light of man, and a good, normal, direct contact arises between them.

Tears are like those remnants (Odafim) that a person cannot correctly perceive and clothe the direct light in them. Therefore, they are thus distinguished and expressed.

Comment: As far as I understand, a person should wish to correct himself, but he does not want it. And the Creator, as if, suffers because of this.

My Response: If we speak from the side of the Creator, then yes. The upper Partzuf sheds tears.
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From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 11/6/22

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Faith Above Reason Is Attainment

610.2Question: On one hand, you talk about faith above reason. On the other hand, there is no faith at all in Kabbalah but only attainment. What does it mean?

Answer: Faith above reason is attainment. Faith is the quality of bestowal, the quality of Binah. Bestowal above egoism is called faith above reason. With the help of this condition, a person discovers the upper world by himself.

There is nothing you can do about the fact that the concept of faith has been distorted in our world. Everything in our world is distorted.

Only a person who has risen to the quality of bestowal can we say is a believer.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 9/24/17

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The Last Fairytale of Humanity

273.02Question: What is democracy in your view?

Answer: Democracy is the latest fairytale of humanity, when it is slowly discovering that with our nature, human nature, we will remain in a state of absolute barbarism if we coddle and pamper our nature as we are doing now and ask it what to do.

Currently, all kinds of adornments of this barbarism are going through the process of the realization of their pettiness. They are gradually falling off humanity, and what remains is the evil, grumbling, salivating “muzzle” of the modern generation that no longer has any thirst for anything.

The last generation has hit the wall, so to speak. It does not want to leave home from mom and dad, does not want to make decisions on its own, does not want to do anything, everyone wants to be freelance artists.

They are not interested in great accomplishments. Even in the area of egoism they do not want to invest in anything. They calmly allow their moms and dads to work and do not make any decisions without consulting with dozens of friends on Twitter or Facebook.

This generation is completely opposite to the previous one. In the 1960s, during my college years, the generation was boiling, ambitious, marching out. What ambitions and aspirations are there now? There are none! “Leave us alone! Figure out everything for us. We do not need anything from you and wish you would not want anything from us. Just provide for us in some basic way, and that is all.” That is the generation we have now.
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From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. What is Democracy?” 10/12/13

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Destructive Shame and Constructive Shame

60.01Comment: Shame and guilt are feelings directly related to social norms. As norms are changing, shame and guilt are changing. What used to be shameful is not considered so today. Shame, nevertheless, is the result of incongruity to the ideal. Self-condemnation is a destructive forms of shame is constant self-condemnation.

My Response: That is correct. Why does a person feel ashamed? As a result of self-condemnation.

Question: What does he condemn himself for?

Answer: Everything. That is why there is a sense of shame: “Why am I like this? What is wrong with me?” And so on and so forth.

Question: Is this feeling good or bad, and should it be exterminated?

Answer: It should be very well targeted. Then there will be no sense of shame, and there will be serious work on yourself.

Question: Should there or should there not be a sense of shame?

Answer: The feeling of shame for the fact that you did not have time to correct yourself into something more proper, kind, and so on.

Question: So, I actually have to see something good in front of me in order to experience shame? I do not see anything too good around me. There must be an ideal opposite me. There are no ideals today. I am talking about an ordinary person.

Answer: No, it is not about you seeing the ideal in someone in front of you. The fact is that you would see yourself a little better, a little better than yourself at the moment.

Question: Where does the point of shame begin—from which moment? I have to see something good and feel that I am not like that?

Answer: The point of shame begins from the moment you study yourself and realize that you have to be a little better and comparing this image—to be better than yourself—shame arises from the difference between them.

Question: Where can I get this image?

Answer: We can get it only if we study the science of Kabbalah. It will tell us what it means to be righteous and, based on this, we will see how much we have not grown to this level, and we will be ashamed.

Question: What is a righteous person from the point of view of Kabbalah?

Answer: A righteous person is one that justifies the Creator’s action on him. In everything. And then, by realizing that I am not like that, I feel ashamed.

Question: Then there are two shames. Is the shame experienced by an ordinary person in our life real shame?

Answer: That is a different matter. It is a shame that I was caught stealing, and so on.

Question: Would you call it shame, the fact that I was caught?

Answer: Of course. There are a lot of people who blush like that. And if they were not caught, they would feel proud.

Question: But that is not the same shame you talk about all the time?

Answer: No. I am only talking about the shame that arises in a person who feels himself a degree less than he should have been. Meaning, a degree less than the righteous. And he must come closer to this state of the righteous all the time.

Question: Shame in our world, the usual shame when a person blushes that he was caught stealing, does this shame lead to that other shame or is it a step toward it? Or is it purposely given to us in this world after all?

Answer: It is interconnected but very complicated.

We should try to do what is revealed to us.

Question: And when a parent says to a child: “You should be ashamed of what you did,” where does he come from?

Answer: He must proceed from the fact that the child will correctly discern between what is desired and what is actually there.

And when a child understands this difference, he is ashamed that he is not in the best state where he could be, and then this feeling arises in him which can be called shame.
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From KabTV’s “New with Michael Laitman” 8/18/22

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“Who are the Jews today?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Who are the Jews today?

Around 3,800 years ago, Abraham the Patriarch reached a perception of the oneness of nature, a perfect unity of everyone and everything as a single whole. He taught the ways of attaining the perception of nature’s oneness to anybody who was willing to learn back in ancient Babylon, and the Babylonians who advanced as a group implementing his methodology became initially known as “the people of Israel,” and later as “the Jews.” Every Jew today has a part of that perception, but it is yet to reveal itself, i.e. it exists only in potential.

Revealing the full extent of the perception that Abraham once attained would bring humanity to a state that Kabbalah calls “the end of correction,” i.e. the end of our development from perceiving in an incomplete, transient and divided manner, to perceiving a world where everyone and everything connects as one. We would then discover reality in its entirety: all worlds, created beings and various forms as one system filled with a single light, i.e. with a single force of connection. In such a state, we would perceive the true, whole and perfect reality.

Moreover, reaching such a perception is not a matter of whether a person is a Jew. Being Jewish is not about being born to a Jewish mother, as is commonly accepted in today’s world. A Jew is someone who yearns for connection (the Hebrew word for “Jew” [Yehudi] comes from the word for “united” [yihudi] [Yaarot Devash, Part 2, Drush no. 2]). Anybody who aspires to positively connect with others is on the way to becoming Jewish. The first stage toward reaching a state of unification is the condition that Hillel stated—”Don’t do to others what you hate”—and afterward we aim to reach the condition of “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

People who are born as Jews have certain remnants with exalted and powerful potential that come from a completely different perception of reality than the one we experience today. Also, humanity’s future development will lead to everybody having to reach the same perception as Abraham, where we perceive everything and everyone as one, and toward that perception, it does not matter whether someone was born a Jew or not.

Who is a Jew? A Jew is one who wishes to unite everyone, and who feels the whole of reality in addition to feeling oneself. We are Jews if we feel that everything and everyone belongs to us equally as to everyone else, and we yearn to attain the perception of our lives’ source, the discovery of everything and everyone as one.

Based on the video “Who Is a Jew Today?” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

Rise Above I Feel Good or I Feel Bad

928Faith above reason requires a special mind. The fact is that the man of this world: you and I, each of us, is built out of egoism, the desire to enjoy, inside of which he feels the whole of reality.

We feel only what can bring us pleasure or, conversely cause suffering, that is, plus or minus relative to our egoistic desire to live pleasantly.

However here a special approach is required by us: I do not want to feel what is pleasant or unpleasant to me, but I try to break away from this dependence, rise above it, and evaluate reality regarding what is good or bad for others. After all, in this way I will begin to see what is outside of me. Otherwise I don’t see anything, the whole world for me is only what determines my own egoistic benefit.

By this I limit myself very much and do not go beyond the animal that thinks only about its stomach, or am like a small naive child who understands only his own pleasure and does not take others into account.

Then the child grows up, and he seems to begin to take care of others, to see and understand the world better. But in fact, we still do not see the world, but simply expand the field of our interests more and more and we can assess what will benefit us and what will harm us.

The sensor with which we perceive reality is created from a single desire to enjoy, and this must be realized. We live inside our egoistic desire, and this is called the creation of this world. In fact, there is no this world, the future world, the upper worlds; there is one reality that depends only on our perception, on our attitude to what is happening.

There are some phenomena in the world that we do not feel at all, because our perception is determined only by what is good or bad for us. We just don’t notice anything else.

If the signal is not picked up by my egoistic sensor, the desire to enjoy, neither as positive nor as negative, I do not feel it at all. Maybe something big is happening around me, but I don’t see anything.

Kabbalists who have attained the upper world say that it is right here. We don’t need to fly somewhere to the other end of the universe, to another galaxy, all the worlds are already here, next to us.

Only we don’t feel them, as we perceive reality only by one narrow parameter: “I feel good” or “I feel bad.” It turns out that the whole reality is limited only by my primitive egoistic interest.

But how can I see more, feel more, understand more, and start coming out of my cocoon? This is possible if I rise above the feeling of “I feel good” or “I feel bad” and acquire the quality of bestowal, the one that is called faith. Then I will feel everything not relative to my own benefit, but in relation to others.

If I begin to evaluate reality in this way, then I rise above myself and gain a new sense organ: faith above reason. Thus I get out into a new, external perception of reality, independent of my egoism. I will be able to feel what others feel outside of me, and thus my view becomes relatively objective, depending on how far I can separate myself from my own interest.

I begin to see the objective reality that I was able to reveal: 125 spiritual degrees, five upper worlds, and gradually develop my view until I see everything that is outside of me. And what is outside of me is called the Creator (Bo-re), that is, “come and see.” Now, I don’t see anything in my desire to enjoy, but I have the opportunity to attain the Creator, the reality that is outside of me.

Then I will understand where I really live, what nature is, and what is happening to me. Therefore, this technique is called Kabbalah (reception), because it teaches how to get a sense of all this boundless reality. And a person who has developed such feelings is called a Kabbalist because he perceives reality objectively, not distorted in his egoistic perception, but as it really is.

Even the very first exit from your egoism allows you to feel that a higher, spiritual reality exists! Thus I begin to understand where I am, what for and why, what process I should go through, what state to reach. And before that, we are completely blind, insensitive, and have no way to look above our egoism. Only faith above reason allows us to break out of it.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/30/20, “Concerning Above Reason”

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