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Sunset Of The Great European Civilization, Part 1

laitman_755_2Question: Europe is going through difficult times: an economic crisis, refugees problem, the spread of Islam, and resurgence of fascism and Nazism; all these problems are snowballing very rapidly.

Yet Europe made a great contribution to the development of humanity, probably greater than all other continents. What is the reason that such a high civilization developed in Europe?

Answer: Ancient civilization emerged in the Middle East, in ancient Babylon, Persia. But then it all moved to Europe, to ancient Greece and Rome, which built European civilization.

From Greece to Europe came science and philosophy that Greek scientists received from the Jews during the period from the First Temple until the destruction of the Second Temple, a thousand years before our era. European scientists and philosophers write about it themselves.

The Romans gave the social system that developed Europe. After all, when the Roman Empire was at the height of its prosperity and power, Europe was totally barbaric. If the Romans didn’t conquer Europe, crossing it all up to the northern borders and down, it’s hard to say what would have happened to the European civilization.

The Romans gave Europe a state system; they laid and paved the roads. The Talmud writes that when Judea fell, the Roman Empire took over its power and wisdom and rose upon them. Eventually everything came out of Israel, from the destruction experienced by the Jewish people. The spiritual knowledge of the people of Israel, their spiritual attainment and strength, were exhausted, and only pitiful crumbs were left from them.

The people of Israel didn’t know how to use them because they were not created to build something in this material world, but only for the spiritual work. The Romans adopted this knowledge and used it to build the material life in European countries.

The campaigns of Alexander the Great really contributed to it who stated that he sought to convey this modern, scientific, developed public method of existence to the entire world. This was the purpose of his conquests.

In addition, Christianity was a great help in spreading the Roman influence over Europe. It was adopted from the Jews and grew on the basis of those remains that were left after destruction of the Second Temple. The first Christians were Jews that turned Christianity into a new religion, after the destruction of the Second Temple.

Christianity obliged its followers to develop this religion, to spread it further and to add new souls to it. This is what inspired ancient Rome to conquer Europe, bringing science, philosophy, and religion there.

Prior to it, barbarians that worshiped spirits inhabited Europe. Christianity gave them a system and books. Art began to develop since people were illiterate and drawings were required in order to explain this idea to them.

Religions and philosophies blossomed on the ruins of the Jewish Temple due to the impossibility of continuing the spiritual idea that fell and shattered. The entire European civilization grew from the few crumbs that were left from the hidden wisdom that the Jews had.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #762 8/18/16

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Can You Make Money From Spirituality?

laitman_554Question: Can you engage in spirituality and make money from it? If there is nothing bad in the desire and all that needs correction is the intention, why can’t you make money from spirituality? After all, Baal HaSulam did take money for his lessons.

Answer: Baal HaSulam did take money for his lessons, not for himself but in order to oblige his students to take care and to work for the method they acquired. One of the requirements of spiritual work is to pay Maaser, a tithe. A person who wants to develop spiritually must understand that this is a basic precondition for his advancement, but it is not compulsory. A person can also study without putting any money in the general money box.

No one can make money from disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is very dangerous. If he hasn’t secured himself with a spiritual Masach (screen), which enables him to perform actions of bestowal, he may begin to calculate the interaction with his clients (we will call them clients in this case and not students) and make decisions that stem from his pocket.

Question: Who is it more dangerous for, the teacher or the students?

Answer: For the teacher. The students would only receive a corporeal method from him, which is similar to other psychological methods of study.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/3/16

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Tu B’Av – Love That Transcends Hatred

laitman_285_01Dear beloved friends, children and grandchildren!

I welcome all of you to the holiday of Tu B’Av! Tu B’Av is a special holiday that symbolizes love, relationships built above hatred, above the destruction of the Temple, which was destroyed because of personal and mutual hatred between us. We correct it when we rise above it and thus attain the great love, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).

This is a special feeling of connection between us called true love, which elevates us to the level of eternity, wholeness, and infinite expansion of our feelings and thoughts. We begin to feel that we exist eternally, fully in every feeling, in all information, everything, that all other people relate to him only with love. Imagine the feeling that everyone loves you; everyone looks at you and relates to you as their little child! We need to give each one of us this feeling.

This is what Tu B’Av symbolizes, built specifically above the hatred among us that we discover between us today. Let’s hasten its discovery!
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 8/11/16

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Why is everything so bad?

The study of nature shows us that every part in nature is managed in a purposeful deterministic manner, just like fruit growing on a tree is managed to reach the ultimate sublime goal, to ripen. But the earlier maturation states are opposite from the mature form. What is more, the sweeter the fruit when it is ripe, the more bitter and ugly it is in the intermediate phases.

A beast develops quickly while a baby is born weak and dependent and takes many years to develop. A person who doesn’t know the final outcome of their development may say that the beast is better than man in every way.

Thus, we learn that nature manages the development in a purposeful and deterministic way disregarding the intermediate forms and taking into account only the ultimate outcome. Nature’s positive attitude toward the created being is not felt until the final phase of its development.

Conclusion: The management of every part of nature is purposeful and good, but this fact is revealed only at the end of the development process and only to those who attain the final phase of their development, the Kabbalists, can see the world in its final good form.

There are two ways to develop: by suffering or by efforts.

Nature’s plan is to make us resemble the attribute of the absolute goodness and two ways have been prepared for us to develop in order to attain it.

  1. The way of suffering: it is a slow and unconscious process of development under the influence of sufferings until recognizing that the goodness is necessary.
  2. The good way: it is a quick, conscious, and pleasant development until resembling nature.

The ultimate goal is essential and predetermined. There is no way we can avoid it. Nature manages us rigidly along the way of suffering or along the good way. Nature reveals the egoism in us, the evil force, which we have to discover. We have to discover the good force and learn how to generate with our desires and actions from nature.

The purpose of the wisdom of Kabbalah is to develop us by the positive force.

By studying the wisdom of Kabbalah a person discovers that it is actually his natural egoism that stands in his way of developing peacefully to the happy state he was meant to reach by nature. The root of all evil is self-love called egoism. This attribute is opposite from the general force of nature, from goodness. Thus the reason for all the sufferings is the gap between all the negative attributes of egoism and the positive attributes of nature.

When a Kabbalist corrects the evil in him, the egoism, so that it will resemble the goodness in nature, in the transition from self love to love of others, he discovers the highest pleasure and a feeling of eternity. Our correction is fulfilled in unity, and so uniting until we reach the love of others is actually a commandment that we have to fulfill as the general law of nature. In the unity we discover the positive force of nature, the Creator.

The difference between the wisdom of Kabbalah and other methods is the goal. Our whole nature is evil and we have to correct it to goodness. Otherwise evil will destroy us. The wisdom of Kabbalah ensures success and happiness to those who use it because a person who attains the love of others is close to the upper force of nature, to the force of goodness, and thus becomes free of the feeling of our world of suffering and feels the wide eternal world of bestowal and the upper force. Thus we see that the wisdom of Kabbalah serves the person who uses it in the best possible way, but doesn’t affect those who don’t use it at all.
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah and Its Purpose.”

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Obesity Is Invincible

laitman_565_02Question: During the last 40 years, the number of people that are suffering from obesity grew six-fold: from 105 million to 640 million! It is said that toward the year 2025 one in five will suffer from obesity. Some claim that it comes from lack of money for healthy food and others claim that it is from excess of money, people eat more. Is it possible to explain this phenomenon?

Answer: It depends on our way of life. Today few are working in a physical labor. In addition, our nutrition obviously influences our body weight, and fat is added to food to heighten its taste.

I don’t think that a special revolution will occur in the future, but the change will occur when society gradually recognizes the purpose of creation and its main interest will be in achieving the meaning of life, entering the next level of existence, breaking the link between life and death, and between life and death finding the exit point to the next dimension. When people will understand that this possibility exists, it will also lead to a change in their attitudes to nutrition and lifestyle. Humanity will loose the taste for certain types of food.

If people will seriously deal with the system in order to achieve the upper state and exit to the next world, then they will become more balanced in their corporeal lives. As a result, all the distorted, ugly, and one-sided attitudes toward food and toward all the rest will disappear. I think that restaurants and even coffee shops will continue to exist in the same form now. They will no longer be places for entertainment.

Naturally, the custom of serving mutual treats to each other will remain, but it will be just plain food.
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From Kab TV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 4/3/16

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New Life #373 – Motherhood In The Connected World

New Life #373 – Motherhood In The Connected World
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

What changes in a woman when she becomes a mother, what must she expect and prepare for in this process, and how is it possible to use motherhood as a springboard for internal and spiritual development?

Summary

A woman who becomes a mother moves to the level of Adam (Man) to the level of the system. She easily perceives the good future for her baby depends on the creation of a mutual connection between everyone. Women who intend to become mothers are doing something natural, wonderful, and most important for humanity.

The forces of darkness want to crush the institution of motherhood and are brainwashing us due to various interests. The world exists thanks to you, a woman who becomes a mother; she produces life. This is really a divine activity.

By raising and educating a child, a mother can truly realize herself and attain inner spiritual power. A mother in the world is connected in the system and links everything. She is the foundation. This is followed by her husband and children.
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From the KabTV’s “New Life #373 – Motherhood In The Connected World,” 5/15/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 09.01.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 154 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Peace,” “The Wheel of Transformation of the Form” 

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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention,” Lesson 1

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