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Evolution From Democracy To The Method Of Connection

laitman_294.3We need to learn what is happening with the egoism from current events in Israel. It is based on the matter of creation—the desire to receive. If desire acts for its own sake, it is called “egoism,” the evil inclination. We see similar processes in the United States, Europe, and Israel, where small groups, pursuing their own interests and taking advantage of the fact that we live in a democratic society, rise and demand what they think they are entitled to.

However, these are unjustified demands if we judge objectively, in proportion to their actual contribution to society. Yet, they take advantage of the fact that everyone has freedom of speech. It turns out that the more disorder there is, the more attention they attract to themselves. Existing laws allow this. This is happening in many parts of the world with all kinds of groups, no matter what their color, direction, philosophy, or goals are.

They use the growing egoism, both their own and of the society. This enables them to manipulate stronger forces, prompting them to rise against each other and to benefit from this confrontation.

It turns out that democracy is becoming bankrupt by letting small groups manipulate big formations such as right and left forces, Democrats and Republicans, and so on. In every country, they are called by different names, but the essence is the same because egoism is the same everywhere, which is why we see such occurrences in the US, Israel, and in any other place.

We see that democracy is coming to an end and what’s next is unclear. Small groups with narrow interests gain strength, and take advantage of the fact that there are two large camps opposing one another, manipulating them. As a result, large formations begin to follow a small group that uses them for its own benefit.

There is no solution for this yet. Obviously, this will continue until we start correcting egoism and explaining that the difference in opinions, in the views of the right and the left, should contribute to the strengthening of society and not to the destruction of each other. Both are necessary and we need to find a space where opposite opinions complement each other, then there will be progress.

An ascent complements a descent and a descent complements an ascent. There is no light without darkness and no darkness without light, no will to receive without the will to bestow. There must be two opposites to build a middle line, which is not a compromise. Instead, it acts as “love that covers all crimes,” that is, rises above them both.

Compromises in which opposite parties take small steps toward each other do not work because they exist up to a certain point and then everything explodes.

Obviously, in its present form, human society has reached its limit. Democracy, free development, and freedom of speech for everyone turned into a destructive force in society. This is evident from the refugee crisis in Europe and the conflict between right and left parties in America and Israel. Each small group tries to take advantage of this situation and to cling to one side in order to make the most profitable deal for themselves, turning into a Klipa, that is, instead of becoming a useful force, it becomes harmful.

Two large groups must exist and all the others in between are only looking for which side to join, changing their beliefs to the opposite every day, depending on the gain. This is all a logical product of our democracy and liberal laws. The situation becoming apparent today means the end of democracy, democratic elections, and human society. Therefore, our duty is to reveal to the people of Israel and then to the entire world the method of connection, the method of human education.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/4/19, Building The Future Society

laitman_938.05Question: If the purpose of creation is to bring contentment to the Creator, then  when I receive pleasure why don’t I fulfill the purpose of creation?

Answer: The purpose of creation is not to receive pleasure. After all, when you enjoy something you satisfy your animalistic egoism and nothing more. This is not pleasure. We are like little kids who think that they feel good if they eat something sweet.

The real pleasure is possible only when you are absolute, eternal, perfect, dissolved, spread among all worlds, and don’t have any kind of limitation whatsoever. This is the state of absolute fulfillment. You have to reach such a state.

To do this you should not merely receive pleasure from your little temporary body; instead, you need to rise to the level of connection with others where the Creator fulfills you all together.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 03/17/19

The Main Thing That Guides Us In Spirituality

laitman_283.02The need for the greatness of the Creator is the main thing that guides us in spirituality. The more we strive for this and fight for the greatness of the Creator to become more important to us than anything else, more than our own importance, the more we change our path and direct ourselves to the spiritual world. Spirituality is built on the greatness of the Creator: to the extent in which the host becomes more important to me than myself, to that extent I am able to give to Him. That is why it is not a minor issue out of many, but the main and decisive one.

Throughout the day, I need to check whether the greatness of the Creator accompanies me so that I need Him like a breath of air. Just like I cannot stop breathing, every second I must check whether I feel the need for the greatness of the Creator, whether I live for it so that only this will enliven me. If the Creator disappears from one’s life, one immediately falls into one’s egoism, which takes power over the person and transforms him or her into an animal.

It is very difficult for us to feel the greatness of the Creator because He is hiding, hiding Himself from us so that we do not seek Him out of greed, material and selfish gain. We will only increase our egoism this way. We have to want the Creator to rule over us because He is higher than our egoism. Preferring the greatness of the Creator to the greatness of our egoism, we prefer bestowal to reception and we advance.

For this, the Creator has made a lot of preparations and shattered the common soul, which lets us gather in tens and together develop the need for the Creator’s greatness and His importance. It is written about that: “May man help his neighbor.” When we are impressed by friends’ desires that ignite envy and ambition, we can attract the reforming light.

The light will come even if our intentions, desires, aspirations, and questions are not selfless yet. It is similar to a mother who understands her baby who still does not know how to speak and ask questions, but the mother feels what the baby wants. Therefore, it is enough for us to shout and ask from within our egoism and ask for help. Although we strive for the greatness of the Creator because of egoistic motives, they are accepted from above as inevitable on our part.

If we turn to the Creator through the group, that is, if everyone annuls himself a little bit, then we awaken the reforming light that changes us. Little by little, we begin to feel the need for the Creator’s greatness and also His greatness. If it shines upon us a little, then we can already appreciate that this is a complete remedy. We feel that this is the only thing missing.

When with the help of the group I replace the importance of my egoism, which forces me to constantly take care and think about myself, with the greatness of the Creator and worry about Him, I move from the material to the spiritual world, from reception to bestowal. The greatness of the ten and the greatness of the Creator within it is the leverage with the help of which I lift myself from the material to the spiritual world.

I need to check whether I care about the importance of the greatness of the Creator as the main thing that I need. And everything else that can be of help, I will accept with joy. To the extent of the greatness of the Creator, the greatness of the host, I will be able to bestow to Him and advance in spirituality. Therefore, this subject will be with us until the very end of correction because the greatness of the Creator has no limits and it is the only thing that raises us.1

The Creator is not only the quality of bestowal. Bestowal is a force that exists in nature, but it is inanimate and we cannot approach it. The Creator is not only a force, but also the desire, plan, program, and purpose of creation and of life. The Creator builds my whole life and me. Therefore, I appeal to Him and not to one of His qualities or manifestations.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/26/19, Deficiency For The Greatness of the Creator
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 9:40

Infallible Kabbalists?

laitman_961.2Question: Is there a personality cult in Kabbalah? Do you believe in the infallibility of some authors or should everything be treated with a certain degree of skepticism?

Answer: Frankly speaking, I, with my little spiritual attainment, cannot afford to rate Kabbalists. Indeed, despite the fact that I feel, comprehend, attain, and dwell in some spiritual space, I am in it at the level of a fifteen-year-old boy in our world.

What can I say about it? In the spiritual world when you comprehend even at such a level, it gives you the feeling that you are just a young person, you still don’t know much, and therefore, you cannot open your mouth, criticize, or give any assessment.

Can I criticize such great Kabbalists like my teacher Rabash and his father Baal HaSulam or those who preceded them: Baal Shem Tov and the Ari? They are all in absolute attainment of the Creator. Therefore, I have nothing to say in this matter.

I accept their books as absolute knowledge. Those are people who made no mistakes in rising to their level, and their level is practically in the Final Correction (Gmar Tikkun).

The only difference between them is that each attained it from the root of his soul, so there is a difference in the presentation. But for me, it is actually good. I read from one angle about the attainment of the upper world, then from another, from a third, and it develops me.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/10/19

Love Constantly Grows

laitman_276.05We need to understand that the desire to receive will never be filled because it is not egoism that is filled but the intention to bestow. We turn to the Creator in faith above reason. In vain we hope to fill ourselves with the sensation of the Creator, to attain His revelation. In fact, we must form His image within ourselves; this is what will fill us up.

The difference is that it is not the Creator who comes and fills me, but I am filled with the desire for Him, building His image within myself by the fact that I want to resemble Him.

We cannot be filled up with love. If I get content from someone I love, then love quickly disappears, burns out, and can even grow into rejection and hatred. Love means that I constantly develop the desire toward the loved one and that sustains my love. Then I can be filled with it forever. This yearning, this passion, is called the reflected light.

This means that our prayer should fill us up. By asking the Creator, we do not expect to receive anything: the very appeal to Him will already be a filling. Above all kinds of disturbances and obstacles, we want to develop an appeal to the Creator, make a restriction on our egoism, the screen, and the reflected light. I do not demand anything else, feeling the image of the Creator that I built in the reflected light and it fills me. But we never attain the Creator Himself.

Like a couple in love, seeing that their love is gradually fading, they think of how to awaken it. Even if it has not yet disappeared, they try to increase their love, because if you do not rekindle it, it will disappear. Then they come to the conclusion that it is impossible; it is impossible to fight with nature, with habit.

The person is unable to love forever. Gradually, love becomes a habit, and the habit brings no satisfaction. There is only one way out: to increase the yearning, the desire, the craving for each other. Then love can burn forever.

The feeling between two lovers should always develop. This is possible only by developing a system above the egoistic desire; this is already a spiritual area in which the science of Kabbalah is engaged.

Spirituality is a continuation of the corporeal development, but in an eternal direction when love constantly grows and does not fade. At the same time, the plus and the minus do not cancel but support each other.

In essence, these are the very same forces of nature, only organized in new ways. It is said that the Creator did not create anything new.1
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/5/19, Prayer
1 Minute 38:48

Break Through The Shell Of Egoism

laitman_571.08Question: Why in spiritual concepts are there the properties of bravery, courage and devotion?

Answer: This is all work with your ego. Egoism stands between me and the Creator like an insulating shell.

It surrounds me from all sides, and I am in it like in a cocoon unable to transfer anything outside or perceive anything from the outside except through it. This is our problem. So, we must constantly hammer it. As soon as we pierce through it and look out of the shell of egoism, then we will see the real world.

For this, great courage is needed and certainly help from friends without whom it is absolutely impossible to move in this direction.

Question: What do we need devotion for and to whom?

Answer: Striking one’s egoism once with a beak is very painful. It needs to be hammered at for a long time before you break through the shell and, like a chicken, you peek your head out. Here we will have to work very seriously with full devotion to our group and to the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 03/24/19

Meeting with MK Yoav Kisch

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/16/19

I was happy to meet with member of Parliament Yoav Kisch – יואב קיש (Likud). We spoke at length about the growing social schism in Israeli society, and the need for a cohesive and unifying element.

Yoav was one of the founders of the People’s Unity Caucus in the Knesset, and led the “Day of Unity in the Knesset” – a dialogue between ministers and Knesset members with representatives of “Israeliness.” I was very impressed by his willingness to create a spirit of mutual responsibility in the Knesset, as well as his many efforts to strengthen the ties between the divided segments of the public, and support positive initiatives that are promoting a dialogue of connection.

We share the urgency for Israel’s unity specifically in our time, and I support his efforts towards strengthening this unity. It is precisely from the Knesset in Jerusalem – which currently presents division and resentment – where an example unity and connection should radiate to all.

Concealment And Closeness Of The Creator

laitman_962.6Turning to the upper force, the Creator, is the most important thing we have. A worker of the Creator, that is, a person who wants to advance on the spiritual path faster than usual, is distinguished by the fact that he or she asks to advance. Everyone advances, every creature, everything is returning to its root, to the complete adhesion that already exists but is concealed from us and needs to be revealed. The natural course of development requires a lot of time, suffering, and blows along the way. However, a person has an opportunity to pursue the advancement by oneself.

Initially, he does not feel such a need in himself; otherwise, everybody would be asking and begging for this. We must look for the correct deficiency and if we discover this deficiency for the Creator, we will be advancing faster than by the usual path of suffering. This path of acceleration (Achishena) does not depend on time but only on our efforts, on our yearning to connect and reveal the next desired state, to want it to be revealed.

By raising our prayer, our request, we accelerate time, and that is why we are called Israel; otherwise, we are considered the nations of the world. This is the whole difference between Israel and the nations of the world. Israel is aiming straight to the Creator (Yashar-El), yearning to reveal Him and adhere to Him above time, that is, faster than it was set by nature. By accelerating time, we become workers of the Creator.

There are periods of such descents when we agree with everything that will happen, losing any hope. We fall to the state of an ordinary person, but then we wake up again by the influence from above. So we move through descents and ascents, that is, a relative disconnection from and connection to the Creator. In the descent, we come to terms with everything that we have, falling to the degree of a beast. Yet, during the ascent, as soon as the Creator awakens us, we are prepared to invest efforts, searching how to strengthen ourselves and to advance more.

States are constantly changing: a black band, then a white one. The Creator seemingly helps us more, then less, and we need to raise our prayer. In all the descents and ascents, our participation is minuscule, but it is precisely what is included in the correction and develops us. In spirituality, it does not matter how big or small you are but how much you have added to your desires and develop them.1

The truth is not as we imagine it according to our mind and feelings. “They have eyes and see not; they have ears and hear not.” It turns out that we will never be able to discover the Creator directly but only through the concealment, by faith above reason.

In fact, the Creator is closest to us exactly when we feel His concealment. He comes closer to us and then we discover that we do not feel Him, do not understand, and do not know. After all, a certain force approaches, elusive to and unattainable by our perception.

But this is not a state of an ordinary person who simply feels and understands nothing. We feel the concealment before us and our inability to reveal it through our sensory organs. It is precisely because the Creator is coming closer that I discover that I am unable to reach Him. What we call concealment, descent, is the time of greatest closeness with the Creator.2
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/9/19, Prayer
1 Minute 0:20
2 Minute 11:00

Talk With John Safran

John Safran and Michael Laitman discuss the essence of Jewishness: the Jewish role to be a conduit for unity to spread globally.

How To Raise Children

laitman_543.02Remark: In Japan, any physical punishment of children will soon be banned. The ban on physical punishment of minors applies to parents, social workers, and teachers.

My Comment: How can I express my dissatisfaction with the child’s behavior if it goes beyond what everyone says is acceptable for society, the family, and so on?

Let them give me a full distribution of the influence on children in order to educate them. Because education implies limiting.

You must express your discontent so that the child understands. And he would understand that it is for his benefit. That is, you do it not because you are annoyed and full of nerves, but because you wish for his good. This is of utmost importance in education.

Question: How do you keep in mind that you are not unloading your emotions onto a child?

Answer: To do this, educators must be educated.

Question: That is, you can’t do anything with prohibitions?

Answer: You cannot do anything. So what if there will be the law? What, they will be fined, imprison the parents? It will make such a mess in society.

When the state introduces such a law, and in general any laws, it must necessarily teach how to comply with this law and give it appropriate reinforcement.

Question: What is a proper upbringing?

Answer: It is said: “Man is born to small animals.” Gradually, if we do not educate him, he will become a big animal. In order to educate him, it is necessary to apply a certain pressure—simultaneously with his development.

Letting him know that I am putting pressure on him regarding the animal in him and not about the man in him. I want to develop man, and I want to curb the animal… and the animal is wild.

A child should know that he consists of two parts: good and evil, and we must limit evil.

Remark: I anticipate outraged comments on Twitter …

My Comment: It doesn’t matter. What difference does it make whether or not there are outraged comments? Most importantly, say the truth, and then it will become realized after a while.

Question: So your conclusion is that you need to educate parents and educators?

Answer: Of course. It is necessary to raise parents before raising children. Otherwise, parents will raise their children even worse than themselves.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 4/9/19