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How Should We Relate To Unfaithfulness?

laitman_961Question: In the past every man had several women, is this considered unfaithfulness?

Answer: In earlier times it was not considered unfaithfulness or anything unusual, since a man did not neglect his family.

If we wish to understand this phenomenon, we should simply understand the upper nature of a man and a woman first, and then accordingly understand what we can demand from each of them.

A woman feels that she belongs to her man. This is how she is built psychologically, and so any expression of passion on her man’s part to another woman seems to her as unfaithfulness. Women’s sexual passion is related to feelings, to faithfulness, etc., whereas a man’s passion stems from sexual arousal, and he doesn’t feel anything toward the object of his passion other than the sex drive.

This is the reason that humanity needs to learn how to live and to relate to each other correctly according to nature.

Question: What if a man is in a long-term relationship with another woman?

Answer: Then it is not sexual attraction anymore but also a material connection. It was acceptable in earlier times for a man to have several families or one family with several wives and many kids from his different wives.

Today, there are cultures in which a woman can have several men; it is all a matter of culture.

Question: But is there anything that can harm one’s spiritual development? Isn’t it a transgression of the commandment “thou shall not commit adultery?”

Answer: Adultery refers to a woman who is married to another man. A married woman is a taboo, just as a woman has no right to seduce a married man.

But today we live in such a time and our life is so confused that the corporeal laws no longer match a person’s spiritual nature.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/6/15

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Internal And External Beauty

Laitman_632_3Question: Does a connection exist between the soul and the external beauty of a person?

Answer: No, when a person speaks from within his soul, then he is beautiful. It is immediately felt that he is a serious person internally: with intensity, with knowledge, with understanding, with some kind of illumination—with this, he is beautiful.

After all, we don’t judge art and science according to their appearances. We judge them according to the potential genius that is found in them. We admire scientists without any connection to their external appearance because they reveal the secrets of existence to us.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/20/15

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The Higher Intelligence Of The Group

laitman_947Question: What is group intelligence?

Answer: In an organized collective, there is an eclipse of reason, a relinquishing of thought and criticism, an intoxication in the collective setting, a pleasure derived from the numbing of the senses and the herd instinct of the masses. We lose independent judgment and become stupid.

So as not to become thrown into the will of the masses, of society, a small group must have a goal and a sincere desire to achieve it.

In our group, which consists of those who are studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, each person’s energy is directed toward complementing the others with Arvut (Mutual Guarantee). When we realize our aspirations in the framework of the group, the group of ten, no one’s voice is silenced. Instead, it becomes an addition to the group. Then, what appears is not just a collective animal intelligence, but the higher intelligence of the group.
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Geometry Was Invented In Babylon

Laitman_115_04In the news (bbc.com): “Sophisticated geometry – the branch of mathematics that deals with shapes – was being used at least 1,400 years earlier than previously thought, a study suggests.

“Research shows that the Ancient Babylonians were using geometrical calculations to track Jupiter across the night sky.

“Previously, the origins of this technique had been traced to the 14th Century. …

“It had been thought that complex geometry was first used by scholars in Oxford and Paris in medieval times.

“They used curves to trace the position and velocity of moving objects.

“But now scientists believe the Babylonians developed this technique around 350 BC. …

“Prof Ossendrijver examined five Babylonian tablets that were excavated in the 19th Century, and which are now held in the British Museum’s archives.

“The script reveals that they were using four-sided shapes, called trapezoids, to calculate when Jupiter would appear in the night sky, and also the speed and distance that it travelled.

“’This figure – a rectangle with a slanted top – describes how the velocity of a planet, which is Jupiter, changes with time,’ he said.

“We have a figure where one axis, the horizontal side, represents time, and the other axis, the vertical side, represents velocity.

“The area of trapezoid gives you the distance travelled by Jupiter along its orbit.

“’What is so special is this type of graph is unknown from antiquity – so making figures of motion in this rather abstract space of velocity against time – this is something very, very new.’”

My Comment: According to the writings of the wisdom of Kabbalah, Abraham, who was a Babylonian priest, lived during that period and according to our opinion, would be considered a scientist and his father was as well. They were a famous family of scientists; there they also developed the wisdom of Kabbalah, which had been handed down for generations from Adam HaRishon (First Man). The wisdom of Kabbalah was used for correction of the person, in his union with others, and for discovery of the upper force through this unity.

In those days it was considered to be an absolutely practical science, a science for discovery of the upper force of nature. And in our day we are also returning to the same attitude toward the wisdom of Kabbalah. If so, it is possible to say that Babylonian civilization also developed the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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New Life #691 – Intention And Fulfillment Of A Mitzvah (Commandment)

New Life #691 – Intention and Fulfillment of a Mitzvah (Commandment)
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

 

Summary

A person is a desire for enjoyment for his own benefit; this is called “ego.” When we act for our own benefit, we only feel this world, but if we change direction, from drawing into ourselves to going outside toward others, we perceive a new reality called the “upper world.”

The transition from the intention for one’s own benefit to the intention for the benefit of others reveals the soul of man; it is written that, “A Mitzvah without intention is like a body without a soul” (Don Isaac Abravanel, Nahalat Avot, commentary on Masechet Avot 2:13).

The Mitzvot were given for the correction of the heart, and the correction is actually carried out in a group. The correction is to connect as one person with one heart, and the entire world should proceed forward toward this. The intention that should attach to any deed is love, and the “Light that Reforms” is the force that connects between ten people who want to connect as one.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #691 – Intention And Fulfillment Of A Mitzvah (Commandment),” 2/11/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.03.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 11

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Gatehouse of Intentions,” Item 138

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar

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