In A Family Everyone Is Dependent On Everyone Else

international-kabbalah-congress70x70_previewA question I received: The notion that the individual’s welfare depends on the society’s welfare is the foundation of any upbringing. Unfortunately, at the end of the day this rule is never followed…

My Answer: So as to not get confused in the concepts of “integral, global humanity,” “the butterfly effect,” “the mutual guarantee” and “mutual bestowal,” it’s best to picture just one image: we are all one family. And in a family everyone is dependent on everyone else; if one member is unwell, this feeling is shared by everybody.

Similarly, today the welfare of each individual is dependent on the welfare of everyone. That is why we must devote ourselves to the care of others, since each one of us is a member of one family.

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The Future Of Internet News – No News Is Good News

from-our-world-to-the-vurtual-world-to-the-upper-worldIn the News: Rupert Murdoch has announced to his newspapers’ readers that they will soon need to pay to access the Internet sites of their favorite newspapers. During the next 10 years, physical newspapers will become obsolete and in the next 2 years, people will be able to have full access to news delivery through any mobile device, with information being updated every hour.

My comment: If only we were fed something good to read!  But our higher degree of egoism will begin to reject the inferior quality of the information, and it won’t fulfill us.

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We Are Hardwired Into The Eternal Circuit Of Nature

you-cant-teach-anyone-through-forceA question I received: I don’t understand what’s so bad with globalization? I had a cake brought to me in America from Italy – the whole world is a small village, and isn’t that good? What’s wrong in this example with the cake?

My Answer: It’s an example of how humanity makes a calculation based on the small private profit of an individual, unmindful of the rest of Nature. Obviously, such a calculation will be incorrect, for it cannot be the case that half of humanity will gorge themselves on cake brought to them across the ocean, while the other half of humanity will starve, lacking even moldy bread. If we are talking about universal balance, equality and unity, then each person must receive only what he needs to live.

First, however, we need to reveal Nature on the global level and the Upper, universal force that conducts Nature. We must discover how we are a part of it, permeated by it, and how mutually connected we are to it in our thoughts and desires. Each one of us is like a transistor in a giant electronic circuit. We are hardwired into it! If each of us feels that we are inside Nature, inside the Creator- then we will be able to make the right calculation.

In other words, each person must first feel the desire to learn how to unite with the Creator and with the entire universe in order to make the proper calculations. First there’s adhesion, after that – calculation, and only then – action. Therefore, first and foremost we need to listen and to learn. We have already done enough damage by acting without the proper calculation.

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Through Kabbalah, It Is Possible To Suffer With Understanding And Love

laitman_2009-05-28_8354_wQuestions I received on the Light’s influence and the difficulties experienced while studying Kabbalah:

Question: Is it possible that the Light influences us even if we are unaware of Kabbalah yet feel attracted to it? Perhaps subconsciously, previous life cycles when we intensively engaged in Kabbalah awaken in us and cause us to search for Kabbalah?

My Answer: A person’s awakening to study Kabbalah is a result of Reshimo emerging in him. Maybe it’s the first time for him, or perhaps a continuation in this life of what began before. The sequence of Reshimot are revealed one by one, leading us to Kabbalah even if we don’t know anything about it.

Question: Would the difficulties that we experience when studying Kabbalah which are brief sufferings in a condensed form, still have come to us even if we weren’t studying Kabbalah?

My Answer: Definitely. However, when we study Kabbalah we suffer, not in reality, but in the mind, and with understanding and love.

Question: The force which acts upon us, given our desire to advance spiritually, is called the “Light” because it “illuminates” the darkness, i.e. the unconscious. Then it becomes conscious?

My Answer: Yes it does, to the extent of our equivalence to it.

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Perfection Is The Unification Of Light And Desire

laitman_2009-05-27_8216_wA question I received: You said that if a person properly unites the qualities and traits that are present in him, he reaches perfection. What is this unification?

My Answer: There are two natural forces in man: the desire to receive and the desire to bestow, which correspond to the quality of the created being and the quality of the Creator. We need to unite them properly and equalize them!

Initially our desire to receive acts only for its own sake. Equalizing it with the desire to bestow does not mean changing it, but rather changing its implementation. The desire to receive remains, but its implementation needs to be changed from “for one’s own sake” to “for the sake of others.”

In this way, the desire to receive becomes similar to the Creator’s desire to bestow, and a person reaches the quality and the level of the Creator – the sensation of the desire in a new implementation of eternity and perfection.

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