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How Do We Grasp The Wisdom of Kabbalah?

laitman_525Question: In regular science, a person reaches everything in a logical manner through his intellect. In the wisdom of Kabbalah it is said that a person must obtain everything in sensations without creating physical images. How do we grasp the wisdom of Kabbalah at the beginning of the study and memorize drawings, definitions, and information as usual in science and create some logic circuits in the mind?

Answer: In section 155 of “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot” it is said that Kabbalists wrote their books so that during the reading of these books the students would begin the awakening and then the continuation of certain Lights on them.

They don’t need to understand anything nor are they able to understand since they still haven’t revealed anything. However, through attracting the Upper Light they begin to gradually change. These changes build in them elements of various attainments like cells in a honeycomb, ten rows high, ten rows across, and ten rows down, but only in N-dimensional space, and there are 620 honeycombs like these for each sensation.

This is a very serious and interesting system of the psychology of a person’s soul, the element of his real attainment called “ the soul.” Man marches toward attaining his root in his clarification of “Where am I?, “Who am I? and Who created me?” On the way he clarifies how he should act in order to study and research the plan of creation in which he is included. Where will it lead him? Will he be able to realize it in the best possible way, accelerate his development, change its final point, and so on. This is to say study and research of the future is taking place here. When a person begins to understand the entire chain of the transformations that occur within him, then he becomes a Kabbalist.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/28/16

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Freud’s Birthday

Laitman_088Comment: 160 years have gone by since the birth of Sigmund Freud. Many great Jews who transformed the world were born in the 19th century, including Freud, Marx, and Einstein.

Attitude: The second half of the 19th century was the golden age of Europe, a period full of the flowering of all of humanity! But after the revolution in Russia, after the First and Second World Wars, national opposition and resistance began and instead of scientific and psychological discoveries, instead of cultural understandings, technology began to work for the sake of war, annihilation, subjugation, etc.

Ultimately everything was revealed as a phenomenon of the complete alienation of humanity from itself. And today we are “reaping these fruits.” We have again immersed into complex states. Compared to the 19th century, our 21st is certainly losing everything!

Question: How do you relate to the psychology that Sigmund Freud established?

Answer: These were magnificent attempts of making inquiries about a person’s inner world, although they are certainly fragmented and not based upon precise internal studies since the “psyche,” meaning the soul, doesn’t belong to science, on the one hand. On the other hand, it directs all of human activity, all thoughts, everything that stands behind our attitude toward us and the world. It stands behind all of our thinking: how we behave, how we relate to each other, how we receive signals from the outside, how we send signals from inside.

So a great leap was expected from this area for solving questions that a person must know: What is it that directs him, what are his internal instincts, drives, and movements, and what kinds of relationships does he have with his parents, relatives, himself, and the Creator? All of these create a basis for understanding what motivates a person.

In principle, a person needs psychology very much, especially in our time when we are found in constant contact with each other. But psychology cannot be a science. We cannot rely on it; we cannot bring it to the entire system.

Ultimately nothing came from it, even though materialistic psychology did very great work. It took the person out of fragmentary and complex images about himself, about the Creator, about religion, about the subconscious and about the unconscious. It “died” successfully in spite of all this.

Here the wisdom of Kabbalah is essential for us because only it is involved with the study of the soul, entering our animal soul as well, in which we are working when we are found in this world. So Freud did great work and had good followers.

Comment: I would like to read a few of Freud’s catchphrases and have you respond to them. He wrote: “We don’t choose each other by chance. We meet only those who already exist in our subconscious.”

Answer: Of course! This is because otherwise we don’t see others. We see and react only to what has already been prepared in us from the start.

Question: Is that the way we choose a mate?

Answer: Yes! All of this was already registered from the start.

Comment: “The task of making a person happy was not included in the program of the creation of the world.”

Response: Making a person happy in the egoistic sense, as we imagine to ourselves in this world, no, not in any way! On the contrary, the task of the Creator is to show a person that he is found in a miserable world to push him so that he will raise himself to the level of true happiness.

Comment: “We enter the world alone and we leave it alone.”

Response: This truism is understood by all. Yet I don’t think that we enter into the world alone because we are naturally connected to that body from which we were born. But we leave the world absolutely alone. Already in old age, before death, we feel completely torn and detached from others.

Question: And if, a person begins to study the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah, on the contrary, links the person with all of creation, with all of the souls: present, past, and future. above time, beyond everything! It’s completely different, not according to the teachings of Freud.

Comment: “You never stop searching for power and security on the outside. But you must search for them within yourself. They were always there.”

Response: There is no power in a person, he only has a tiny egoistic force through whose help it is up to him to understand that he completely lacks power and he can receive the correct force only from the Creator.

He receives both the inflexible, dark egoistic force and the bright and great altruistic force from the Creator. And with their help, like two legs, he climbs the ladder, he rises up to a state of absolute happiness in which these two opposing forces connect together and create his soul.

Comment: “The masses have never known a thirst for the truth. They require delusions without which they cannot live.”

Response: This is correct. But these illusions must be replaced by the discovery of the truth. However, the truth will not be discovered by the masses but by spiritual leaders, a spiritual aristocracy that is found above them. The masses will simply cling to them and will be nourished by them to attain spiritual truths, but passively, like the head and body of one spiritual creature. That is how Judea still was before the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) and we are now returning to this.

Comment: You will certainly agree with the saying that, “Every person has desires that he doesn’t tell to others, as well as desires that he doesn’t even admit to himself.”

Response: That could be, but not with a Kabbalist. A Kabbalist rises above envy, above insults, and especially above shame. The moment he begins to understand that everything within him was created by the Creator and he is himself an empty puppet that the Creator manages, he no longer associates himself to any instincts, thoughts, movements, and even the most despicable acts.

So if he works within himself, he can say clearly that everything within him comes from the Creator, and even his correct behavior today also comes from Him. So we have nothing personal within us, nothing!

If a person is not a Kabbalist, he certainly always has something to hide; he cannot get rid of the feeling of shame, self-criticism, and so forth. But if he attributes everything to the Creator, then in that point where he merges with Him, he becomes like a fetus in his mother’s womb and is not aware of what he has to hide, if all of this is the creation.

Comment: It follows that if everything comes from the Creator, it is possible to justify everything that way.

Response: First it is necessary to attain a direct connection with the Creator, and then from this it is possible to justify the situation.

Comment: “It is typical for a person to appreciate and want what he cannot attain above everything.”

Response: Certainly, because in the framework of our world we cannot achieve everything we want; I am not a painter, not an author, not a dramatist, not a great scientist, not a billionaire. Generally I am not this or that or that. So in this world there are very many limitations to the realization of my “self.”

But a person is given the possibility of exiting to the upper world, to the world of the wisdom of Kabbalah. There he can attain the infinite world in which he will begin to receive all the great desires that exist in creation and to fulfill them. So the wisdom of Kabbalah is called the wisdom of fulfillment.

Comment: “The person never refuses anything; he simply replaces one pleasure for another pleasure.”

Response: This is completely correct. The same thing exists in the wisdom of Kabbalah. We exchange small, temporary, meaningless pleasures of our world for the one eternal, infinite, absolute, and complete pleasure of the upper world.

Comment: “Before you have diagnosed yourself with depression and low self-esteem, make sure that you are not surrounded by idiots.”

Answer: A person always evaluates himself in relation to others. But this is not enough. Today we exist in such a world in which we are beginning to feel great depression, even without seeing it in others. A person no longer is measured in relation to those around him, but in relation to the next level to which we must ascend. So it is not enough for a person to equalize himself with those around him. What does it matter to him if they are suffering or not? And me?!

In this case, my “self” leaves the general society in that it demands its personal and unique realization. Here it will no longer help me to look among those “idiots” around me.

I am depressed not because of them, but because within me appears a true desire to ascend to the next level, not to realize myself with those around me, but with the Creator, with the higher level, to attain the true meaning of existence and to realize myself on the level of eternity, infinity, wholeness! This desire is latent in us. So the world is immersed today in such a depression. So Freud’s advice no longer works.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 5/8/16

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The Wisdom Of Kabbalah And Psychology

Laitman_083Comment: The wisdom of Kabbalah explores egoism, yet psychology also explores the reaction of our egoism to various external stimuli and can record this with the help of formulas. What is the difference between them?

Answer: Psychology cannot record anything with the help of formulas because a person has nothing that will upgrade his egoism; he cannot manage it.

It is possible to manage egoism only if a person directs a particular “Light” (the desire to bestow) toward himself like a laser, a beam that directs it toward an object, and under a particular frequency and wavelength of the Light changes occur in the object. If the person doesn’t control the management of his egoistic desire, then all of the reports and results are absolutely spontaneous. It is impossible to predict conclusions in advance.

Therefore psychology is not a science. It gives correct results, yet is not possible for them to lead to a general method and common denominator because a person has no precise and clear influence over his egoism. It is impossible to say: “If I add 10 grams of effort, something like this and that will happen, I add another 10 grams of effort and something else happens.” There is no such thing. So it is impossible to determine differences between people.

In psychology, statistical data work according to averages, but they are imprecise because a person doesn’t have the Upper Light in his hands, an instrument that will influence his desires and characteristics.

But the wisdom of Kabbalah does. By changes in a person’s attitude and the efforts that he makes toward others, he attracts quanta (portions) of the Upper Light that carry out gradual changes in his desires. With each quantum of Light, desire changes and the person feels how he changes in one direction or another. He upgrades and re-calibrates himself on his own.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/28/16

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Without Earthly Calculations

laitman_543_02The Torah, “Numbers,” 35:31: You shall not accept ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, for he shall be put to death.

If the quality “killer” clearly affects the human in me, then it needs to be eradicated. It is impossible to mitigate or justify it even if I receive benefit from it because this benefit can be only egoistic. Therefore, in no case can we mitigate the court!

The Torah, “Numbers,” 35:32: You shall not accept ransom for one who has fled to his city of refuge, to allow him to return to live in the Land, before the Cohen has died.

Let’s say one person accidentally killed another and fled to the city of refuge. One of his relatives comes to the authorities and says: “We will pay you anything you want, cattle, money, we will do everything, just please, allow him to return to his wife and kids.” But no one is allowed to accept a ransom for one who has fled.

Question: Does it mean that the person has to undergo final correction?

Answer: This is not the only thing, here we are faced with another condition. The Creator arranged it so that he killed another person because nothing is done without the upper intention, and therefore we can’t use our earthy calculations here.

It is said that the killer is allowed to return back only when the high priest dies, because then the whole system of control will be replaced from above.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/16/15

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The Threat Of Civil War In Europe

laitman_222Comment: According to Professor Danny Helmut Neiburg, an expert in the relationship between hormones and intelligence, the results of his studies regarding the decline in fertility of the local European population in contrast to the wave of immigrants who have a lower IQ indicate that this will turn the Europeans into a minority and the IQ level will drop to such a level that it will threaten the flourishing democracy and Western civilization.

Answer: I have no doubt about it, since it stems from the effect the environment has on man. These physiological and spiritual genes spread in the air and affect people.

The intellectual level of the population eventually affects the individual and his level of intelligence.

These are the laws of nature: the mass is powerful and so is the individual. If the mass agrees the individual can raise it and lead it, but if he cannot do so, the mass pressures him and obliges him to act.

Therefore the wave of uneducated masses that is flooding Europe will undoubtedly lower the intellectual level of the continent and it will no longer be Europe but will resemble the Islamic states in the Middle East.

Comment: Professor Neiburg believes that there are three possible solutions: first, submission and obedience; second, sending the refugees back to their countries, and third, a civil war. He believes that there are greater chances that there will be a civil war.

Answer: I believe that there will be such confrontations that will turn into civil war. Someone will have to surrender and to obey someone. I don’t think that the Europeans will be able to simply give in. They will have to find a common language and together will declare war on Israel.

I cannot say whether it will happen in our days, but I believe it will happen quite soon.

The only way out is if Israel gives the world the power of unity, from which no one can escape so that everyone will surrender to it and will start communicating with each other and with us.

Then we will begin to build the future society based on mutual unity of mankind. If the nation of Israel regains its composure and fulfills its goal, the whole world will follow it.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 4/13/16

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New Life #359 – The Effect Of Music On People

New Life #359 – The Effect Of Music On People
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Music is a universal language that directly strums the strings of our emotions. What makes it affect us so strongly and how does it create the feeling of harmony, elation, and connection between us?

Summary

Music is a language that expresses our innermost feelings,; it can change our mood.

Music immediately reminds a person of something and arouses certain feelings as if it skips the mind. Music is an emotional language. It is different from ordinary language that requires understanding, a mind, memory and the ability to compare.

When I hear sounds, my feelings begin to operate to the rhythm of the sounds, they control me. We have an understanding and feeling. Our sight operates on understanding; our hearing operates on feelings,

In order to hear better we sometimes close our eyes so that our sight will not interfere with our attempt to focus on the music. Hearing belongs to our insight.

The sounds that we perceive give me a sense of harmony and balance. I enjoy the wholeness of the sounds.

There is something in musical harmony that is similar to the upper wholeness in nature. This is the reason that music elates us. There is nothing threatening in music and it brings quiet joy, tears, and something that is very internal, personal, and deep.

All of nature plays music and music can heal.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #359 – The Effect Of Music On People”, 4/27/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 05.29.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 27

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 42

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Giving of the Torah”

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