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Separating The Wheat From The Chaff

laitman_626Question: According to Wikipedia, the wisdom of Kabbalah is defined as an esoteric religious study in Judaism that emerged in the 12th century and spread in the 16th century. How should we understand that?

Answer: There is no way you can understand that, because these are assumptions people make and nothing more.

Comment: But people rely on Wikipedia as a source of information.

Answer: There is nothing we can do about it. That’s the way it should be so that a person will break through the thorns to the stars.

Such myths are meant especially so that when a person goes through them, like through the wilderness, he will grow stronger. He strains with the mind and feelings and then he can distinguish the truth, like separating the wheat from the chaff. A person begins to understand that it makes sense and is worthwhile, whereas the definition he has read are conjectures of people who don’t understand anything.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/24/16

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Becoming The Owner Of Body And Soul

Laitman_709We must educate people from infancy to relate to their bodies as a stranger that has attributes, opinions, feelings, etc.

For example, when some part of the body hurts, we must say that the body hurts, that it is the body that has pain. In other words, relate to the body as a part that is not merged with the person himself; rather, it exists separately next to him for awhile, as Rabash would say when he would point at the body and say: “Let it suffering!”

With such training of this attitude toward the body it will gradually become a habit to perceive the body as something given to us in addition to the soul, and to differentiate the soul from the body. We must also speak about the soul as something that we are given for a particular period of time for a particular purpose.

The person himself must be the owner of both the body and the soul, managing both of them, the egoism of the body and the higher purpose of the soul. The soul and the body are like two lines, and we must build a third line as the combination and sum of both of them, and you see yourself, your embodiment, as the result of the combination of both of them.
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A Small Bridge Between Love And Hate

laitman_933Question: Should we change our character and attributes to become happier in life?

Answer: No, all we have to do is to connect with one another correctly. By discovering the Creator in this connection everyone remains the same. Moreover, a person doesn’t need to distort himself, pretend to be something else, and engage in eliminating egoism. It is enough to restore the connections between himself and others above the ego.

Question: What is a connection? Is there anything in our world that is similar to it?

Answer: Imagine that you hate someone and love him at the same time. If we calculate the average between these two attitudes and arrive at an average attitude: between your attitude to another and the other’s to you, this will be the right mutual connection.

We assume that a certain attitude is our nature and that we cannot change it, but we can build a small bridge of mutual connection above it. The greater the gap between egoistic hate and altruistic love, the higher a person is and the greater is the magnitude of the Creator he discovers between himself and others.

Question: Are these relations similar to the relations between a father and son?

Answer: Absolutely not, a father and a son are connected by relations on the animate level, an animal relationship.

Question: Why aren’t we given an example of the right connection?

Answer: Because we cannot connect the two emotions of love and hate at the same time. But we were given a group of like-minded people in order to build such mutual relations.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/13/16

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Approaching The Correction

laitman_746_03Torah “Deuteronomy,” 02:16 – 02:19: So it was, when all the men of war finished dying from among the people, that the Lord spoke to me saying, “Today you are crossing the boundary of Moab at Ar. And when you approach opposite the children of Ammon, neither distress them, nor provoke them, for I will not give you of the land of the children of Ammon as an inheritance, because I have given it to the children of Lot as an inheritance.”

There is a very clear sequence in the correction of egoism. Esau comes first, then Lot, and then all of the others except Amalek who can’t be corrected. Therefore it is said that it is impossible to correct him, because he is so-called “Lev Ha-Even” (stony heart). His correction is destruction.

Thirty-two main desires, which are the basis for the entire egoism, are unchangeable! And all others can be corrected to bestowal, love, and connection. The order of the correction is specified in the Torah.

For a person who understands what it says and who feels the upper roots, this is a real state with which he can deal and correct himself. For him this is revealing an inner world, and he, by working with it, clearly sees the entire geography, history, humanity, various nations, and so on. Everything is inside his egoism and is subject to the actions of correction.

Remark: The Creator says to the children of Israel, “Neither distress them, nor provoke them.” But they begin to feud.

Answer: The war for correction begins. When we talk about extermination and murder, we mean the destruction of the egoistic intention, which are restored to altruistic intentions.

Egoism by itself only corrects the intention “for myself” to the intention “for others” and becomes altruism. And all the desires remain. This is called the extermination of the nations or correction.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/20/16

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New Life #561 – The Holiday Of Shavuot In Israeli Society

New Life #561 – The Holiday Of Shavuot In Israeli Society
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

What does the Wisdom of Kabbalah say about the consumption of dairy products and fruit that is typical of the holiday of Shavuot? How is it possible to realize the occasion of the giving of the Torah and what is assured to humanity through receiving the Torah?

Summary

The consumption of dairy products symbolizes love, like the love of a mother for her children. The color white symbolizes Light, clean giving. If we relate to each other with love, we attain very special fruits, we discover a perfect world.

The problem is that we naturally feel everything only through the desire to receive, stealing for myself, exploitation, and so forth. There is a special force that can transform the bad attitude toward others to a good attitude. We call this force “Torah.”

The wisdom of Kabbalah makes it possible for a person to receive the force of the Torah, the force that corrects our attitude toward others. We receive the Torah with the Exodus from Egypt, which symbolizes the summit of distance, hatred, and separation.

If we don’t bring the good force into Israeli society, we cannot continue to exist. The good force is inherent in nature, it is hidden. Therefore, the method for discovering it is called the “wisdom of the hidden.” Kabbalah teaches us that if we don’t connect with the help of the good force, our enemies will compel us to connect.

Today, neither the religious nor the secular define “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) as the goal of the existence of Israel. Only Kabbalah is engaged with the general rule, “And you shall love your friend as yourself,” and so it succeeds in connecting between all parts of the people.

Making a correction means correcting your attitude toward others from hatred to love with the help of the force of the Light. A corrected person feels responsible for the whole world; his role is to connect the positive force with everyone. In conclusion, the Torah of truth, the hidden Torah, the “Torah of Light, is a method for building love for others, a perfect and eternal life.

Happy Holiday!
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From KabTV’s “New Life #561 – Holidays and Festivals: The Holiday Of Shavuot In Israeli Society,” 5/3/15

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Unity Across Races

laitman_423_03In the News (gazeta.ru): “The United States mistakenly detained a black athlete, confusing him with the real culprit. Why do members of other races for a man ‘all look the same’…

“Nevertheless, there is also a scientific substantiation of this phenomenon, which is not a racist prejudice, as many think. For this phenomenon there is even a special term – the effect of “cross races» (cross-race effect). By this phrase researchers understand cognitive phenomenon, which consists in the fact that members of one race is more difficult to distinguish and identify the members of another. …

“Throughout the XX century, the world, at least parts of it, have become more tolerant. Nevertheless, the ‘cross-race’ effect has not stopped. No longer be held, and research. For example, a Canadian-German group of researchers in 1995 was able to experimentally confirm that it is very difficult for members of one race to understand what emotions are expressed in members of the other race. Further research only confirmed the assumptions that were expressed before. …

“According to psychologists, the ‘cross-race’ effect is mostly due to the fact that people do not often come into contact with members of other races in childhood. …

“Moreover, the [Texas] state government…developed a special training course for police officers.The main task … was to teach the servants of the law ‘not to arrest the first blacks or Hispanics,’ they came upon and to distinguish between and identify them. The experiment failed: the only effective way was to use police officers of the same race as the alleged criminals. …

“Nevertheless, there is a way to save children from the problem of distinguishing other races. To do this, you need to actively show them before the age of nine months. If you miss the moment, the child will join the number of those for whom they ‘all look the same.’”

Answer: In the future, when working on the unification of all races and peoples, we will have to raise children of different races together “from the cradle” so they will have a better mutual understanding. This may also be solved in a mixed group of adults who work on getting closer and on revealing the attribute of mutual connection in order to reveal the Creator in the group.
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A Crisis In Masculinity

laitman_565_01In the News (The Telegraph): “There is a crisis in modern masculinity, with men struggling to deal with pressures in their personal and professional lives, according to a report by the mental health charity CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably). …

“Suicide is now the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20-49 in England and Wales, with males accounting for 78 per cent of all suicides in the UK. Female suicide rates, in comparison, are declining. …

“Roughly half of all the 1,000 men and women surveyed said they had experienced some form of depression, yet women were much more likely to seek help or confide in a friend. 74pc of women who had suffered depression said they had spoken to someone about it, while only 53pc of males had done so. 69pc of men who had suffered depression said they preferred to deal with the problem themselves.

“When it came to work, 42pc of men said they felt pressure to be the main breadwinner in the family, compared to just 13pc of females. Of those surveyed, men were much more likely to have lost their jobs previously (54pc compared to 35pc of females) and to have lost their job more than once (25 pc compared to 10pc of women). 29pc of men believed their partner would think they were ‘less of a man’ if they lost their job.

“When asked about relationships, around three in 10 men felt that they personally lacked qualities and abilities that sexual or romantic partners look for in a man. …

“Men also felt additional pressure to remain strong during times of crisis. Around 42pc of male respondants said they believe a man is ‘mostly responsible’ for being emotionally strong and taking charge in a crisis, compared to around 17pc of women.

“Speaking of the findings, CALM’s chief executive Jane Powell said: ‘The research underlines that so often their own worst enemies, men need new rules for survival. Outmoded, incorrect and misplaced male self-beliefs are proving lethal and the traditional strong, silent response to adversity is increasingly failing to protect men from themselves.”

In the News (The Guardian): “Philip Zimbardo is a superstar mainstay of introductory undergraduate courses in psychology – well, a lot of them. He’s the man behind the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971, which provided insights into the psychological impact of being placed in either a position of power, or powerlessness in a confined prison setting. But in a new book out this last week, Zimbardo’s focus has shifted to – in his view – something much more concerning. Zimbardo thinks that there is a crisis in menfolk going on, and it’s all the fault of video games and porn.

“One of the main concerns that Zimbardo and Coulombe seem to have is that young men are playing video games to excess, and that they are using games as a form of extreme escapism from the worries and responsibilities of real life.”

My Comment: It is possible to detach from the screen only through an enticing of life that the screen cannot provide. When a man discovers that there is an exit to the next level of consciousness and existence, he will detach his attention from the screen, from the games and so on, and enter into contact with people like him to attain an exit to a higher dimension.
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New Life #587 – Freedom Of Expression

New Life #587 – Freedom Of Expression
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

What responsibility is placed on a person who publicizes his personal opinions, what kind of responsibility is involved in the use of freedom of speech, and why should we understand where humanity is heading before using this freedom?

Summary

To the degree that a person expresses his opinions, he feels his existence. This is a natural impulse that is derived from the ego. As we develop and the ego grows, we demand more freedom of expression.

Looking deeper, it is worthwhile clarifying what freedom of expression is. Is it the freedom to say anything that comes to me? Freedom of expression also requires a person to be responsible because his words can have much influence in the world.

In the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is explained that even the thoughts of a person influence the world, so this requires even more responsibility.

Freedom of expression, as it is today, leads to social disorder and contempt of people toward each other. Even the media are controlled by particular interest groups and others, and everything is bought and sold with money.

To reach true freedom of expression, we must learn what the world is developing toward according to the law of nature. The summit of development will be when all parts of reality will be in absolute balance, connected as one.

On the way to this, we must go through all kinds of forms of opposition between each other, as it is said, “…as light excelleth darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:13).

The opinions that people express today are not really independent opinions. What is heard impresses one, and so on.

A child’s self-expression are to grab, take, and hit others. Then he or she expresses verbally. Yet it is not enough to allow a person to shout his opinions; he must be taught what the good state toward which we aspire is.

Nature determines where we are advancing to, not us. But like little children, it seems to us that we are free. Keeping our mouths shut is also not good. But in the meantime, when everyone shouts, we aren’t advancing toward the good. Without a general social educational process, we won’t advance toward the good.

We must know what the law of nature is demanding from us. The final state nature is moving us toward is for us to be as a single unit, “As one person with one heart.” When this general picture becomes clear, everyone will be able to express themselves optimally.

In summary, freedom of expression obligates us first to learn what kind of world we are in.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #587 – Freedom Of Expression,“ 6/21/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.10.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash “Rungs of the Ladder” Article 29

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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