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The Formula Of Life

laitman_214Question: What should I study the wisdom of Kabbalah for? What will this give me?

Answer: Studying the Kabbalah helps us to understand where we are. We exist within a particular program of nature, like in a matrix, that manages us. And through a reciprocal connection, we can also manage it.

But this is only in the case where we understand how to influence it and not just to improve our physical destiny, but to discover the meaning of life. A precise and permanent existential program was inserted in each one of us and in all of us together from the start. If we look at the history of humanity, we see that everything has developed according to a particular program, which none of us planned from the start. Our destiny was inscribed from the start, but a person doesn’t know what will happen tomorrow.

Question: Is there a way to know this?

Answer: There is. The wisdom of Kabbalah was specifically given to us to discover our destiny. People reach the wisdom of Kabbalah not just to discover their fate, but also to correct it. The wisdom of Kabbalah is wisdom about life, it has been prepared for everyone, and there is a personal way within it for each individual.

Question: In other words, the wisdom of Kabbalah is a formula with which to calculate the fate of each person?

Answer: Certainly, I and my students study it. It is more or less universal for everyone, but it seems different to everyone when applying it.
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From the Webinar on zahav.ru 2/10/16

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Educating Kids Through WhatsApp? It Doesn’t Work!

EducatingKidsThroughWhatsAppItDoesntWork Article On Y Net: “In recent weeks, a lot has been said about the “state of youth.” According to the data of the anti-alcohol and drug abuse authority, children in grades 7 – 11 participate in parties where alcohol flows like water and in which they also engage in free sex. ‘The combination of alcohol, hormones, puberty, and the absence of a responsible adult is very dangerous,” says Dr. Yossi Harel Fish, Chief scientist of the Israeli Anti-drug Authority and an expert in the field of children’s risky behaviors. ‘If in the past teenagers went out to have fun and also drank little, today the purpose of entertainment is the drinking itself.”

“’Later on in the evening the clothes come off as these kids get drunk and soon the atmosphere intensifies. Such parties take place in guest rooms with a Jacuzzi, in fancy lofts, or in distant forests. In most cases the parents don’t know what is going on or perhaps prefer not to know.” This may be part of the explanation as to why they don’t ask…

If you also take into account the trendy sayings about today’s youth like “they are indifferent, cold, and alienated” or “today’s youth are shallow,” along with terms like “the screen generation,” you get a combination, which according to recent studies conducted by the University of Michigan, there is an 80% decline in the ability of today’s youth to feel empathy towards one another. “Our kids are less humane, and we don’t notice it,” said anthropologist Tamir Leo recently. Leo is right but only as to the second part of the sentence; indeed we don’t realize what is happening with the youth today.

The youth are not the problem at all

We are the problem—the parents, not the youth. Nothing in this world happens by itself. There is no such thing as “good youth” or “bad youth.” Every generation is a product of their upbringing. And our generation is the direct outcome of our neglect. We have brought this trouble upon ourselves by our own hands.

We can build the world that we want for ourselves. We have dedicated our lives to the chase after a comfortable life, a successful career, and self-fulfillment, building our status and accumulating material possessions, and along the way have abandoned our children. Where were we when they left the playground, the ball games, and the walks in nature and fell into the poisonous dosage of screens, sex, alcohol, and drugs and rolled into a state where they don’t know how to communicate if it isn’t through the screen?

Instead of preparing the infrastructure for a happy life for them, we sent them to school hoping that something good would happen to them there. But what can happen in a system whose only goal is to provide information? A system whose only goal is to prepare them for making money, to succeed, to become famous but not for what they really need in life. We have created a distorted reality for them, which is everything but what life really is. It includes infinite connections between a person and a machine and zero connections between people and between one heart to the next. Today school is one of the worst places one can be, the source of most of the “viruses” our kids are affected by.

From the Ministry of Information to the Ministry of Education

What will happen in the next generation? In a decade, in two decades? When our children will manage the world? If we go on like this, the future doesn’t look so bright.

If we wish to give our children an entry card to life, we must make education, and not the teaching of information, an important national mission. The Ministry of Education and schools as its leading institution need a face lift. Instead of the obsessive engagement in information, grades, and international achievement tests, schools should focus on building the human being in a child. It has to cope with the greatest cause of distress youth feel today—their inability to speak, to open up, and especially their inability to properly connect with the environment.

Research shows that children and teenagers simply don’t know how to converse with one another. This is one of the reasons for their drinking or smoking: drinking dulls the pain and fills the internal empty void.

This goal goes along with one of the most highly demanded skills in the labor market today, which is teamwork. The more global the world becomes, the more we need to know how to work together, how to build the right relationship between us, to develop relationships of trust and cooperation. But instead of focusing on such skills, the education system focuses on an assembly line of chemists, mathematicians, or other technocrats.

A different type of education

Education means providing a young person with the right tools to understand himself and others, to understand the impulses he and others have, to teach him how to build a relationship with a mate and have a family, and how to make the world a warm and humane place. A child needs to feel that school teaches him how to live and prepares him for real life in the complicated era of the 21st century.

Social dynamics that should result from workshops, games, and activities during the school day should turn the child into his own “psychologist.” He has to study and to explore his nature, discover himself, and thus be able to successfully deal with life.

Today’s youth are experiencing a distorted reality of norms and behaviors that they see on the screens. They see artificial patterns of what is considered beautiful and expect the scenes that they view to be realized in life. School must become a mediator which is aware of the hormonal roller coaster these young people experience and help them learn about the inner world of both sexes, while respecting others and being sensitive to them. Ultimately most of the problems stem from lack of mutual understanding.

Teenagers must feel that they have someone they can talk to and who will listen to them. They must feel that what happens to them also happens to others, and therefore there is no reason to feel ashamed or to hide anything. This process must be accompanied by the right professional guidance, but the main point is that a child has a whole inner world that school doesn’t relate to in any way, and so he doesn’t understand why he is there and only becomes increasingly frustrated as the days pass.

My private room

It is actually from this seemingly indifferent uncaring generation that all the questions about the meaning of life will burst and which will open up the door to a world that is much deeper than the one we are used to. But until that happens, we have to explain to them what is happening to them, what the point of their development is, what they undergo and what their inability to satisfy themselves stems from. We also need to study a little more about life and the purpose of life in order to do so.

What is happening among the youth and also between us today is a natural phase of our development. The human ego is changing and this is the reason for the generation gap. It is the ego that makes us uncaring and indifferent, addicted to technology, closed inside our little shell, in our private room.

But this is only the intermediate phase, one stop along the process of our internal development. We didn’t come into this world in order to communicate through a keyboard or a touch screen, but in order to break through all the partitions that keep us apart, and to communicate from one heart to another on a dimension of feelings and mind that is beyond our corporeal reality.
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From the Rav Laitman’s Article On YNet

Women Become Smarter Through Love

Laitman_183_03Question: Researchers at the University of Syracuse, New York conducted a study and concluded that women in love become smarter, while men become more foolish.

Answer: The point is that, when a man sees a beautiful woman, he loses his mind. This is our nature, and there is nothing to be ashamed of or to be hypocritical and self-righteous about.

Question: Those who took part in the experiment were asked to perform simple exercises. The women did them quite easily, while the men sat with their mouths open and looked at the women.

Answer: When a man is flooded by hormones, there is nothing he can do. A woman looks at a man’s brains, while a man looks at woman’s beauty, at her body, and that attracts and tempts him. His only expectation is that she will suit his taste.

A woman, on the other hand, doesn’t look at a man’s externality. She assesses him either according to his money or according to his brains. A woman naturally can get used to any man, while a man doesn’t and must leap from one branch to the next all of the time since he is a hunter according to his basic nature.

A woman is a housewife from birth. She needs a home, a foundation. She should have children, a home to care for, and family.

This means that men and women have totally different internal foundations and perceive totally different messages, so it is absolutely impossible to compare them.

Our forefathers knew this ages ago, but we have reached a “unisex” perception lately, a unified sexual perception according to which we don’t differentiate between a man and a woman anymore. Now, we are returning to the initial stage by rediscovering who we are.

Question: What is “falling in love?”

Answer: It is a combination of totally external influences on a person, on hormones that suddenly awaken and control a person. It can be spurred by electrical signals, thoughts, waves, and in any way possible.

Question: What is love from a Kabbalistic perspective?

Answer: Love from a Kabbalistic perspective is the mutual complementation of one another that is built consciously by a man and a woman above all of the problems they may have and their correct solution.

This must be taught and aspired for. I hope that at least the next generation will be ready for that. People will begin to understand how to build relations between them called love that will not be affected by anything. They will begin to format themselves internally for the right mutual connection.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/18/16

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 127

laitman_281_02Question: How should I think correctly? What should I do with unwanted thoughts and desires when, on the one hand, there is the temptation and, on the other hand, there is an internal protest?

Answer: I recommend reading the Book of Psalms or Shamati.

Question: How can I participate in your Kabbalah lessons without getting up early in the morning and without interrupting the routine of my family life or at work?

Answer: You can watch or listen to the lessons during the day as my students all over the world do in countries where they cannot participate in the lesson live online.
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Proof That There Is A Soul

laitman_543_02Question: Can you prove the existence of the soul?

Answer: In the wisdom of Kabbalah there are no proofs. Someone who wants to hear will hear. It is impossible to prove anything to a person as long as he doesn’t feel the higher world, and he can feel it only if he opens his senses to absorb the higher state. Here I can help him, but as long as this doesn’t happen, he will not see anything.

Question: Does a person need luck for this to happen?

Answer: He needs luck, happiness, and he needs a special sign from above.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/20/15

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New Life #694 – The Power Of Intention

New Life #694 – The Power of Intention
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

It is written “Last in action, first in thought” (Lecha Dodi); so people who want to realize life begin to clarify what their intention must be, what is the highest intention appropriate for me? What is the highest thing for which it is worthwhile to live? When we were young we asked ourselves questions like these and later we forgot; we flow through life on “autopilot.”

The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about intentions and explains that we are living within intention. We are built according to a desire for pleasure and intention is clothed on that, while we have the ability to control intention and change reality. The reality that we feel at present remains and a new reality called the upper world is added to it. Higher, spiritual intentions are intentions to bestow goodness, love, and connection to others. The intention that is directed within me creates the image of this world, and intentions directed outside of me create the upper world. Most people live without thinking about their intentions and without clarifying why they are living.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #694 – The Power Of Intention,” 2/18/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.07.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 15, Item 200

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

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