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A Corporeal Wrapping And A Spiritual Essence

Laitman_201_01Question: How can one become a real man or a real woman? What should a man and woman be like in the ideal state?

Answer: An ideal state for a man and a woman is when they are totally compatible with the group, each according to his own circumstances and regardless of gender.

When a person totally melts into the group and takes upon himself all the problems and worries of the group, he thus turns into the bestowing part in the group, which means the male part.

It has nothing to do with physiology, a person’s external appearance, or gender.

Question: So why is everything in our world so complicated?

Answer: Because on one hand, our world was created according to the image of spiritual discernments, and on the other hand, our physical image is fixed. In this world a person cannot change and become a woman the next day if he is a man today, while in spirituality it is possible, and so our earthly wrapping has nothing to do with our spiritual level.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/6/15

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How Can We Become The Nation Of Israel?

laitman_944Question: The people of Israel are basically very egoistic; each one considers himself the center of the universe. Can we expect radical positive changes in a nation where everyone is focused on themselves?

Answer: This is why it is said that the Jews are a stiff-necked people. There is nothing we can do about that. We were created this way intentionally in order to lead the entire world and to give to the world.

We have given the world so much, and now we must give humanity the method of connection and integral unity, and we must be the ones to do so, although we are so individualistic and so far from it.

Question: Who is “we?” In fact, there are 300,000 Jews living in Israel who are considered of “secondary importance” to the state, such as “half-Jews” and mixed families.

Answer: We do not refer to a people on a genetic basis, but to the people founded on the basis of a 3,500-year-old idea first introduced by Abraham in ancient Babylon.

Question: Who is considered the nation of Israel today?

Answer: There is no nation today. What we call our nation are only people who have reminiscences (Reshimot) from previous generations and who have carried the idea of unity throughout human history. This genetic intellect awakens in them today and demands the attainment of the meaning of life.

There are people in whom the question about the meaning of life is still dormant, but it can appear in people who never have been related to the Jewish people. This means that according to the wisdom of Kabbalah a Jew today is someone who feels an inner desire to discover the meaning of life.

If we unite according to the method of connection and integral unity, not only in Israel but all over the world, there will be no problems.

Question: This implies that basically the entire world can become Jewish.

Answer: It must be so since we are not speaking about nationality. A Frenchman, for example, can be a Jew in ideology.

Question: I am for the idea of seeing all of the people in the world as part of the nation of Israel, but it seems that in Israel there are those who do everything to deny people the right to be called Jews.

Answer: We must establish a different absorption system according to which we can accept all those who want to come here. We will examine their readiness for unity, for connection of equals with everyone, and if a person agrees to that, it is a sign that he is a Jew.

Question: But we cannot base our policy on that.

Answer: I don’t see any special policy here. I see a mass of people who are called a nation that is totally divided. It reminds me of nuts in a bag who don’t want to connect, and it is only the bag that connects them and keeps them together.

Therefore, it is not a nation, not a state, but as the Arabs say, “a temporary Zionistic entity.”

If we were like all of the other nations, internally connected by our natural genes, we would be a state, but we are not connected at the moment, neither by genes nor by ideology. So, there is no nation.

We cannot get along and live with each other, and we only get along when we are pressured from the outside and become like a bag of nuts. However, it is impossible to live under external pressures for a long time since these are merely sufferings and nothing more. What we need is to reach a balance of forces.
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From the Webinar on zahav.ru 1/13/16

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Justifying The Title Of The Chosen People

laitman_281_02Question: I am a Christian. For 2,000 years we murdered Jews in the name of Jesus, and that is our fault.

I am a coordinator of a work group that conducts Jewish-Christian dialogue in Russia. We come together with the “Russian – Jewish Conference” to places where there have been mass murders of Jews and erect monuments there on which, “Forgive Us” is written.

Today is the time to confess and express regret to the Jewish people for what we did. Now Europe is harvesting exactly what it did 2,000 years ago when the Jews were expelled and sent to the gas chambers. So there has apparently been a price of repentance and regret to the people of Israel, the “chosen people.”

Answer: Regarding the Jewish people being the “chosen people,” I would say that this must be justified. If being chosen means earning something, that is what the Jews must do. As to repentance and expressing regret, all of us must rise above our common enemy, the ego, which is really burning inside of us. If we begin to do this, then we will feel that we are on a completely different level of development and there will be no need for any justification.

What you are doing is natural human behavior, but the wisdom of Kabbalah welcomes only deeds that are really directed towards a link between humans.
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New Life #647 – Human Development To The Next Dimension

New Life #647 – Human Development to the Next Dimension
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

There is a desire within a person for pleasure from everything humanly possible; this desire is divided into 613 different desires. Overall, our lives are an escape from evil and an approach to good in which the definitions of good and evil change every moment.

We get values from the environment that influence us, and we operate according to them throughout our lives. Sometimes existential questions arise in us such as what are we living for at all? It is necessary to remember that our body will live and die, but the spark in us, the inner part, wants to discover the meaning of life.

The wisdom of Kabbalah engages specifically with this. For thousands of years it was concealed, and now it is bursting out onto center stage. The wisdom of Kabbalah makes it possible for a person to ascend to the upper world, to a higher dimension, to build a “soul.”

Psychology, meditation, and so forth serve only as tranquilizers. They don’t lift a person to a new dimension. The wisdom of Kabbalah is the only wisdom that investigates the inner nature of our world, the law of development, and a spiritual person is a person who lives within the mechanism in which all of us are connected together, from within, into a single soul.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #647 -Human Development to the Next Dimension,” 1/18/16

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New Life #648 – Exiting Myself To A New Life

New Life #648 – Exiting Myself To A New Life
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

We perceive reality through a filter of “is it good for me or bad for me,” but we don’t feel what actually happens. But the human being in us wants more. He wants to know what he is living for, what actually happens in reality. The wisdom of Kabbalah tells us how to do that. We simply need to connect to more people who also want to “come out of the radish.” Together we perform exercises with each caring for the others, and thus we build a network of mutual guarantee and spur the concealed force.

Nature is made of two forces: the positive and the negative forces. This is true on the levels of nature: the still, vegetative, and animate, but when it comes to us, only the negative force operates. When we practice in a circle, we stimulate the positive force toward ourselves, and it balances the negative force in us. The positive force flows among us like a spring, builds a new attribute of bestowal in us, and pulls us out of the radish. This is how a network called “man” is built between us in which there are five spiritual senses.

Once we enter the upper dimension, the negative force among us grows again and separates us, and once again we work against it. A person then gets rid of all of his problems, understands why everything happens, and promotes his advance toward others, toward love. The force of bestowal that we invoke is the plus that balances the minus in us. The human being in you is not inside of you, but in others. When you exit yourself, you discover that the whole world is you.

The upper world means the upper reality, the upper dimension. It is impossible to explain what it is before you feel it. Now we live in the attribute of receiving, and it is the transition to life in the attribute of bestowal. The reality we feel now is false, while the upper reality is real, eternal, the world of truth. The human body dies, but the human being in it, the attribute of love and bestowal that he has developed, is eternal.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #648 — Exiting Myself To A New Life,” 1/18/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 02.09.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention”

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The Book of Zohar – Selected Excerpts, “Zivug

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Gatehouse of Intentions,” Item 115

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Love for the Creator & Love for the Created Beings,” “Why Was the Torah Given to Israel”

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