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Ynet: “What Is The Hidden Law Of Nature?”

In my column in Ynet: “What Is the Hidden Law of Nature?”

A butterfly fluttering its wings in Paris creates small changes in the atmosphere that can ultimately generate a tornado in Brazil.  The “butterfly effect” that operates in an integral system also has an optimistic side: a small action on our part for the benefit of society can trigger a lot more goodness on the other side of the globe.

Imagine a person who decides to retire from social life in order to live in a cave or in the mountains or on a desert island in the middle of the ocean.

He lives cut off from everything: no fast food, no Internet, no cell phone, and no people around him, only the person himself and nature that surrounds him. At first, he probably feels an amazing sense of freedom, a dream come true, but soon enough, he finds it difficult to meet his basic needs: food, protection from predators, shelter from weather changes, trouble taking care of himself in case of an injury or an illness, and no one to share his moments of sorrow and joy with.

Ironically, this person can be any one of us. Even in the global era of the 21st century, in a society where we all are connected to each other through advanced technology, everyone retires to his own desert island, prefers to cut himself off from others, and takes care of himself instead of cooperating with his environment. By doing so, we go against nature, disrupting its global laws, and the immediate result is that our relationships are in a crisis, reaching a dead end expressed by the high rate of divorce, conflicts between neighbors and colleagues, wars between peoples and nations, as well as by poverty, hunger, and deprivation, which unfortunately are becoming the daily routine of most of mankind.

How have we reached this absurd situation in such a developed world? What can we do in order to change things for the better, and what does nature actually expect from us?

How to Survive These Days

Man is a social creature by nature. Nature has motivated man for ages to create infinite social, economic, and cultural relationships that have been woven into a tight global network thanks to which a person can get anything that he wants today by the click of a button. It may seem that nature operates randomly, without a certain purpose or direction, but the vast nature works very precisely, according to a predefined range of laws that drive every detail in harmony toward a single goal: to connect all parts of humanity into one society.

Nature could have developed in a perfect manner toward ultimate happiness, toward global unity where we could live as one big family, but this isn’t what we are seeing. So, what prevents us from connecting this way? It is our egoistic nature. A man’s heart is evil from his youth, the negative force in us that often makes us prefer our wellbeing to the wellbeing of others.

The combination of nature that pressures us from the outside by different climactic changes and places obstacles along our way so that we would unite into one society, along with the forces that operate on us from inside, the negative feelings that make us feel repulsed by each other, are leading us to an eventual clash. They disrupt the balance in our relationships and lead to the disintegration of social infrastructures and all of the troubles and disasters that we encounter.

We must spur the force of connection, the positive force, in order to overcome the ego and balance the bad relations between us. When we sit together at a roundtable and focus our conversation on the internal point that ties us together, the effort to leave the desert island and to move toward the common part, it will reveal the positive force that is concealed in the connection between us. We will be wrapped in a feeling of love and warmth. This togetherness will make us feel good and comfortable, but this is only the first step of the process. The stronger the connection between us becomes, the more connections we will create that are essentially similar to the connections that operate in nature.

A Relationship of Give and Take

At the roundtable we will learn about the force of nature that operates in order to connect us. There are only two laws: giving and receiving. The law of receiving obliges every individual in society to receive the basic necessities for himself so that he can care for his own wellbeing and prosperity. The law of giving, on the other hand, obliges every individual to care for the prosperity of society and its wellbeing. The law of receiving is embedded in us just like the law of gravity. We keep it naturally since if we don’t, we will be “punished.” A person who stops working, for example, soon will face economic problems. Life itself forces us to keep the law of receiving.

The fulfillment of the law of giving is much more complicated. Our contribution to the development of society does not always bear immediate fruit, and sometimes it takes time until this goodness returns to us. Therefore, we don’t have a strong desire and a natural urge to obey the law of giving and to care about the prosperity of the society. When we don’t obey this law, the punishment arrives very soon. As Baal HaSulam, Rav Yehuda Ashlag, writes in his article “The Peace.”

“Thus, humanity is being fried in a heinous turmoil, and strife and famine and their consequences have not ceased thus far. And the wonder about it is that nature, like a skillful judge, punishes us according to our development. For we can see that to the extent that humankind develops, the pains and torments surrounding our sustenance and existence also multiply.

“Thus you have a scientific, empirical basis that His Providence has commanded us to keep with all our might the Mitzva of bestowal upon others in utter precision, in such a way that no member from among us would work any less than the measure required to secure the happiness of society and its success. And as long as we are idle performing it to the fullest, nature will not stop punishing us and take its revenge.”

The law of giving is intentionally concealed from us since it is thanks to this concealment that we have a chance to develop independently in order to acquire the great wisdom that is concealed in nature. A butterfly fluttering its wings in Paris creates small changes in the atmosphere that can ultimately generate a tornado in Brazil.  The “butterfly effect” that operates in an integral system also has an optimistic side: a small action on our part for the benefit of society can trigger a lot more goodness on the other side of the globe.This goodness sooner or later will return to us. Nature is stronger than all of our forces and will continue to “beat” us until we join it and fulfill the law of giving. Then, we will pave the safe way to happiness.

Based on the “Necessity to Practice Caution with the Laws of Nature” from the article “The Peace,” by Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam).
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From Ynet article 6/2/16

The Spiritual Roots Of A Person’s Attributes

laitman_281_02Question: There are open, extroverted people in the world and there are closed, unsociable, introverted ones. How does Kabbalah explain this? What spiritual roots does it come from?

Answer: Everyone is different.

It depends on the Sefirot in the individual in the general body. If the Sefirot of Hesed and Netzach are in a person and control him, they are Sefirot responsible for spreading and expanding. On the other hand, the Sefirot of Gevura and Hod are attributes of introversion, vigilance, and defense.

The Sefira Yesod is the general unity of all the Sefirot. This Sefira leads to the correct use of all the attributes, both the “negative” and the “positive” ones because you cannot have one without the other. It is by their mutual complement that the perfection we have to attain is born.

Question: Does an ascent to an upper level enable us to manage all the relationships between people or just to a certain degree?

Answer: An ascent to an upper level enables you to manage all the relationships between people and all the relationships with the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/1/16

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The Creator Is The Observer Of His World

Laitman_910In the News (pravda.ru): “A world comprised of large objects is predictable, reliable, and slow to change. But the whole world consists of particles – photons, and they in turn are movable and are unpredictable. Behind the shell of familiar objects seethes quantum life. …

“Classical physics describes on a large scale. It describes the world, it describes the people, it describes gravitational force – something with which we are accustomed to face on a daily basis.

“Quantum physics – is different. It describes the world on a microscopic scale. After all, the quantum – is elementary, the smallest beam of energy. The most famous quantum – a photon – is a particle of light. In recent years, it became clear that our world as a whole is quantum. … This is a very profound conclusion redefines modern scientific concepts that recently were regarded as immutable. …

“The first paradox: light – is both particle and wave.

“Probability is built into the very structure of reality – it is the first property of the quantum world. The second property – is non-locality, entanglement particles. A complexity of particles: the particle knows the behavior of its partner, if they are at a distance of a kilometer or even in different parts of the galaxy. It is also strictly scientifically proven fact. And two linked particles in the quantum world always communicate with each other. Moreover, this interaction manifests and propagates faster than light.

“Einstein’s theory is not broken. The fact of the matter is that this relationship of particles is not associated with information transmission. That is, the complexity does not allow passing information and any energy. And here is the complexity in the quantum world, its unity is completely unrelated to the classical concept of space, time, the speed of light. …

“Particles we imagine as a point. But the particle, in reality, is not an object in the conventional sense of the word. The particle – is like the excitation of a quantum field that surrounds us….

“It’s not that our material world, the world of large objects, is illusory – it is not. The fact is that it is not the main one. And the main thing in the structure of reality happens on a microscopic quantum level. …

“How is this fundamental quantum world refracted into what we see? The tables, chairs, television screens and, finally, in ourselves? It turned out that the most important thing in nature – is the act of observation. The world of quantum entanglement, turns into a seething world of material objects, when observation takes place. …

“Who watched the world, before there was mankind, when only the Universe was there? It was some kind of third-party super-observer, call it the Creator, the Maker – some kind of pure intellect.

“Now, many physicists, not marginalized, generally believe that if you turn away from the forest you were looking at, then there will no longer be the trees for you, the uncertain quantum turbulence. …

“It turns out that the concept of objective reality, which we were taught at school, is wrong?

“Absolutely correct. It is hard and difficult to understand quantum physics, because it is contrary to our sound logic, our common sense. We’ve learned that everything in our world goes on, the morning sun rises and sets, gravity works, we do not fall into the ground and do not fly away. But the quantum world is completely different.

“It turns out that the very birth of the world, the creation of our universe, can be considered a unique unusual quantum transition. And always an observer is required in quantum transitions. Who could be that observer at the time of origin of our cosmos? You can call it God, the Creator, the Maker, pure consciousness, and so forth.

“It turns out that without the observer, the universe simply makes no sense – based on direct interpretation of the current understanding of quantum physics, it is impossible to create without the act of observation. And once we understand that the world was the emergence of a quantum event, it is absolutely clear that there is God. It is – quite a scientific fact.

“It [our Universe] is organized in such a way so that it is comfortable for intelligent people to exist in it. … The mass of parameters in space is so favorable for our reasonable natural life – apparently, this is not accidental. The question naturally arises: ‘What if the world was originally provided for the possibility of our existence?’”

My Comment: In fact, nothing was created except for consciousness. The material world does not exist. Everything is felt only in our minds. Physicists are doing everything in their power to penetrate the other world. They penetrate its boundary layers, but later both matter and energy will disappear and evade the perception of different instruments and the mind.

Then they will understand that the wisdom of Kabbalah is calling people to discover, explore, and understand the Creator. The Book of Zohar tells us about that (see “The Introduction to The Book of Zohar“)
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“When The Market Falls…”

laitman_220In the News (CONT.ws): “Right now in the world economy the ideal conditions for a large collapse have been created, large injections into the economy and negative rates work against all the rules. Only one question remains, when…

“There are two options, everything will blow away slowly or abruptly and painfully.

“In the first case the markets will slowly slide down, and investors will lose their savings. …

“But for the sharp decline, there are reasons galore. …

“The the threat of the collapse of the European Union has dramatically increased. It is worth monitoring the elections in France and again in Italy. For there have recently become more popular proponents of exit from the EU. …

“Currency war is another danger for the modern economy. China is slowly and surely devalue the yuan, thus exporting deflation.

“In fact, China is currently the main threat for the United States. … Therefore, it is important for America to reduce China’s economic role. The output of production has already begun. In the long term it can be a real trade war. It can also impose sanctions against China. …

“Do not forget about the various military conflicts.

“Initially under the economy laid a time bomb, it is negative interest rates, and sooner or later it will explode.

“In a very interesting and challenging times we live in! Change is inevitable, and it is only a matter of time.

My Comment: There are two ways to balance the system: the bad way and the good. In any case, the world must take on the form of one system that resembles all of nature. The development of the system will bring the world to mutual cooperation whether by force or willingly by the recognition of the need to develop integrally.

We are at the point of decision—which way will the world continue to develop to its full purpose of unity.

The law of nature is relentless, but man can make itself a reasonable component of its implementation- and thus achieve the inevitable future state in a good way.
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History Of Humanity – A Look Inside, Part 6

laitman_570Question: The Temple isn’t a house but a spiritual concept, and yet we mourn the destroyed Temple?

Answer: Do we need to mourn the Temple once we understand that it had to fall? Are we sorry about the destroyed house that stood in Jerusalem, or do we mourn its internal structure?

All the hearts had to be in my heart, but I cast them out, not wishing to feel or even allowing them to get close to my heart. This is the real destruction that I mourn.

If we don’t mourn the internal essence of the destruction, we don’t have a chance to reach the correction. Then the destruction of the Temple was useless because it didn’t lead us to any correct conclusions. In this case, we cry only about stones. In fact, with our stony heart we can only feel regret for the stones and no more.

These are meaningless tears that are completely useless. We’ve already reached such a development when we can rise to mourn the real problems: the reason the destruction happened. Then maybe we will decide that it is right that the Temple was destroyed; after all, it was bound to happen. The entire program had to be realized until the time of  the ARI.

However, from the moment the ARI discovered the wisdom of Kabbalah and this method became ready for the correction of the world, everything depended on us. Now we can mourn but not about what happened in history because all of it was in the hands of the Creator. Until the 16th century, when the wisdom of Kabbalah was revealed thanks to the ARI, it was impossible to change anything.

However, from the time of the ARI onward it is permitted for us to intervene in the process of development of the world and to accelerate it, that is, to change it to a better one with our participation. Then we can write a new story that is different, not as bitter as before! This is what all the Kabbalists mourned.

They wanted to do it very much. Ramchal thought about disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah to the people, but he wasn’t allowed to do it and he became subject to such persecutions that he had to run away from Italy to Europe. Abulafia did a lot to spread the wisdom of Kabbalah and even taught it to non-Jews.

Baal Shem Tov began to implement wide dissemination of Kabbalah by creating Hassidism. But the countermovement Metnagdim rose, which fought against the revelation of Kabbalah by declaring that Hassidism was a sect. On the basis of their denunciations, Hassidim were imprisoned, although both sides were Jewish. This split is felt even today.

“Metnagdim” is translated as “opponent,” opponents to the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah, i.e., the method of correction. And the Hassidim argued that it is required to spread it the way Baal Shem Tov taught them and they studied Kabbalistic books.

Today we live in such time when it is necessary to continue this work. After all, we are given much better conditions than 2,000 years ago, and we can realize the purpose of creation in a good way.

We have this opportunity; we don’t just go through it by the easier way, we will grow through the effort of this work. It is impossible to reach the final purpose of creation in the state humanity is in now. We shouldn’t hope that it will happen by itself over time.

We have to be smarter and develop the feelings and mind, and fully reveal the Creator that is a good force, on condition that we will learn to love our neighbor as ourselves. And this is only possible using the method of Kabbalah. The question is only how we use it: either under the pressure of huge disasters, even world wars, or we will understand that we should engage in it right now and begin to implement it. The choice is ours.

Therefore we disseminate the wisdom of Kabbalah among people because otherwise the world is entering the path of great suffering. Of course, in any case the end will be good. However, let’s hope that it will come as a result of our work and not under pressure from the forces of nature that will force us to it by suffering, since it will be more terrible than all the previous destructions of the Temples combined together.

Question: Prior to the ARI, why was it impossible to move to the path of the Light (Achishena)?

Answer: First, the complete shattering of the common desire had to happen on two main layers, which correspond to the destructions of the First and Second Temples. Then the desires fell from the world of Atzilut to the worlds of BYA, and once under the Parsa, the boundary of the world of Atzilut, all these broken shards begin to mix with each other and with the stony heart that wasn’t directly included with the shattering.

All the desires have to mix with each other; this period is called the time of exile. Exile isn’t just a meaningless waiting, but a sequence of ongoing actions, mutual inclusion of broken desires. These desires, previously separated from each other, now connect in all sorts of shapes and become arranged in a ladder according to the degree of their shattering with respect to the upper force.

When they all are distributed into their places from top to bottom, the first action of correction begins. This is what the manifestation of the soul of the ARI means. Therefore, before this time, it was impossible to do anything. However, from the time of the ARI onward, the period of correction begins.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/12/16, Writings of Rabash

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New Life #761 – Love Completes Me

New Life #761 – Love Complements Me
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

Naturally we only want to receive and we give only when giving brings us pleasure.  If I loved people the way I love my children, I could give to them and also enjoy my giving. When I cannot give the person I love what he needs, such love is painful.

Therefore, we are afraid of losing love since it is a source of pleasure for us, and without feeling loved a person feels that he doesn’t exist.

The human image in us is built from the sum of the impressions we have of other people, including our spouses, we are like one unit absorbing impressions from other people.

People usually cannot feel whole by themselves, meaning without a partner in life. This is the way nature made us. Our partner is supposed to complement us into an image of a whole human being, although today everything is disrupted.

In a perfect connection, a couple feels that although the world around them is in turmoil, they feel as one man in one heart. At the peak of our evolution as human beings we will feel love between us all, a perfect connection, and then we will feel the upper world.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #761 – Love Complements Me,” 8/16/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 09.20.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 7

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Excerpts on Rosh HaShanah

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 170

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Writings of Rabash, “Dargot HaSulam,” Article 781

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