Choosing Between Two Extremes

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Every evolutionary process is a cycle: There is a beginning, a climax, and an end. Don’t you feel that the evolution of civilization is coming to an end in the egoistic feeling?

Answer: Today we have returned to Mesopotamia! Once again we are in ancient Babylon. Only this Babylon now covers the entire globe. That ancient Babylon, a civilization of three million people, has grown to seven billion. We are back in the place we escaped from, which means in the same crisis that the ancient Babylonians went through. This is exactly what Kabbalists predicted.

Question: But the people in ancient Babylon did manage to exit the ego?

Answer: They did not overcome the crisis but solved it in a different way. They drew away from one another and dispersed all over the earth, which we cannot do.

If we don’t solve the crisis we are in by using the wisdom of Kabbalah, the only thing we will be able to resort to will be war, there is no other way. It’s our only point of freewill, we will either be able to bring people to our method before they start a war or they are about to experience the path of sufferings; there is no other way.

Nature is not cyclic, it has never been and will never be; it doesn’t develop that way. We see it in the still, vegetative, and animate nature; we see it in space. If a certain body revolves around another body, it doesn’t mean that it is a cycle but that it moves forward. Just like the backward and forward movement of a wheel moves forward.

Nature doesn’t need cyclicality. If we say that nature is conscious, wise, and that it created us and it is clear that the program that manages us is much wiser than us, then cyclicality is corruption, lack of purpose, and absolutely inconclusive.

Kabbalists started writing since the days of Adam. He was the first Kabbalist who discovered the spiritual world 5,770 years ago and who wrote about it in the book The Angel Ratziel. Since then everything that Kabbalists prophesied was accurately fulfilled. Therefore, I see no reason that this is going to change.

A person who studies Kabbalah begins to see its laws since it’s just like physics: There are two forces, two vectors that are balanced by a third force, a Masach (screen), and there is nothing but that. This is what the work of all the systems is based on, of all the different mechanisms in still nature, the living cells, in an organism that is a collection of cells, and so on all the way to human society, a collection of egoists. All are governed by the same laws that are elucidated with minute precision.

A Kabbalist who studies the laws of nature actually experiences these states. Thus he goes through what humanity has not gone through yet and can write about it for humanity and teach it. Otherwise, he has no reason to do so.

We begin to study Kabbalah from the level of the world of Ein Sof (Infinity) from where one force descends, the positive force of bestowal, and then thanks to it, a second force is created, the negative force of receiving, the desire. Then we study about the development of these two forces, about the four phases of the direct Light, and about its descent into our world.

By the way, the Torah only describes the world of Atzilut, the world of correction and not what preceded it. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” which means that Bina of the world of Atzilut generates the system of ZON (Zeir Anpin and Malchut). It is the uppermost level in the Torah. In fact in Kabbalah we learn about higher Sefirot.

When we study these laws, we see that they are fulfilled everywhere without exception. Corporeal nature is a result of these laws. It is transparent and we see how it all moves, grows, and develops; we see how these two forces cooperate and generate the still nature, the vegetative, the animate, and the “speaking”; we see what generates every small movement in our world. Therefore there can be no guess work here.

The main thing is that the freewill that humanity in ancient Babylon had still exists today. But it is relative freewill. If you don’t want to use it and to advance along the good and conscious way, it means that more sufferings should be added so you will understand the need to develop in a positive way. Otherwise you may come to a nuclear world war.

After all, no matter what we say, the sufferings have an educational role, although we are in continuous regression. We regressed when we were egoists, but now there is nowhere to return to, so a war will be a most serious addition that will help us understand the way things really are, but it’s very undesirable.
From 1st Preparation for the Convention in Krasnoyarsk 6/13/13

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