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“Fading Western Optimism”

laitman_272In the News (El Pais): “For decades the EU was concentrated on itself, while the United States have drawn away from Europe to pay increasing attention to Asia. But now, unexpectedly, we face serious challenges, which are similar here and there and do not come from outside but from within our own countries. And by sharing our familiar demons, again we become aware that we function as a true community destination. …

“First, faith falters on economic progress, believed indefinite, and goes installing the impression, shared by broad layers of the population, that new generations will live worse than the preceding. And secondly, the fear is heightened to a loss of identity linked to cultural changes brought about by immigration.”

My Comment: Optimism is the result of new prospects for the development of society. But to see it, people must open their eyes and understand how society develops as the egoistic force in nature develops and requires the revelation of the altruistic force. The wisdom of Kabbalah reveals this process to us. Today we have come to the point in which the revelation of the second force of nature is vital, the second force that is meant to balance the negative egoistic force.
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What Do We Enjoy In Spirituality?

laitman_608_02Question: In spirituality, does a person enjoy something specific or is this enjoyment for no reason?

Answer: Not only is there a reason for spiritual enjoyment, but it is also emotional and personal because a person knows to whom he is giving pleasure. He joins his desire and fills it so the pleasure is eternal and perfect.

Question: What is this pleasure?

Answer: The pleasure is from the love of others through you and through others to love of the Creator. The circle is then closed through an inclusive connection and inclusive love. The Upper Light begins to fill everyone to the degree of this connection. For this to happen, even a small group of people is sufficient.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/28/16

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Two Views About Life And Death

laitman_760_2Question: Is there life after death?

Answer: According to the mundane understanding, the sensation of life depends on the manner in which we are living, and after death there is a sense that there is no life.

But according to the spiritual understanding, life goes on forever. Even here everything depends completely on the manner in which we realize and discover it.

Therefore, death doesn’t really exist in spirituality.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/9/16

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 152

laitman_216_02Question: Can I write prayers for myself?

Answer: Certainly, just like King David wrote the Psalms.

Question: Were the Shamati articles written in the language of the branches? What I mean is, is it possible to understand the meaning of the words in the text as they are usually explained in this world?

Answer: No!
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Studying The Book Of Zohar In Aramaic

laitman_262Question: Is it worthwhile to study The Book of Zohar in Aramaic?

Answer: It is not necessary to study it in Aramaic, Hebrew, or in any other language, because you won’t understand anything anyway.

You must first study the wisdom of Kabbalah itself as a key to the material in the source books, and only after that will you begin to understand what is said in The Book of Zohar, otherwise it will just be the reading of incomprehensible pages that will only lead you to reject it.

Question: Does reading The Book of Zohar in Aramaic awaken some kind of illumination?

Answer: Yes. But I suspect that people “will get lost” when they read it and are liable to think that they have already had contact with the wisdom of Kabbalah and don’t have anything more to search for there. So it is better to begin with a three-month introductory course on the wisdom of Kabbalah.

In the course you will be able to get an idea about the general system of creation, its management, and a person’s purpose within this system. In that way you will know what is happening to you, what needs to happen to you, how you can manage this system, influence it, and what reactions you can get back from it. What this means is that you can be in mutual cooperation with the general system and manage your life.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is a science.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/26/16

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New Life #783 – Going Up To The Torah

New Life #783 – Going Up To The Torah
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

What is the meaning of going up to the Torah, what is the spiritual stage called Bar Mitzvah, and what kind of process is a person beginning to go through when he reaches this stage?

The Torah is the program of all of reality; it explains how the higher power operates on us.

Main points:

  • Two forces come from the higher power—right and left, and they are found in everything. A person must balance both of them.
  • “And you shall love your friend as yourself is the great general rule of the Torah” (Yerushalmi Nedarim Chapter 9) means that all options and situations will be directed for the benefit of others.
  • Spiritually, going up to the Torah means reaching the middle line, the balance between the two forces.
  • Going up to the Torah for a Bar Mitzvah indicates the maturation of a boy who is ready to achieve balance.
  • There were Kabbalists who achieved balance before the age of 13, but most people don’t achieve balance until the end of their lives.
  • To realize the Torah, we must be in a special society that aims toward balance between people.
  • We must organize ourselves within a Minyan, a group of ten, a group, and through these connections between us, we discover the good, balancing force. This force connects us, balancing between our ten opposing egoistic forces.
  • One cannot read the Torah except in a Minyan because reading the Torah is the discovery of the higher power.
  • There is the Torah that explains reality; there is a Torah that operates as the Light that Reforms, and there is the Torah that is the discovery of the Creator.
  • The Creator is the origin, the root of everything. All our tendencies in life are directed toward discovering our roots.
  • Cohen, Levi, and Israel are practices that symbolize the different intensities of a corrected ego.
  • The Holy Ark and the curtain symbolize the stages of intellectual and emotional development on the way toward discovery of the Torah.
  •  The cantillation signs: Taamim, Nekudot, Tagin and Otiot, are the four stages of attainment of the higher power.
  • A person who organizes his inner desires according to the Torah and everything that is in it, is called a “man of Torah.”

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From KabTV’s “New Life 783 –  Going Up To The Torah,” 10/25/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11.27.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Mimaasecha-Hikarnucha,” Part 1

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Lesson on the Topic: “Mimaasecha-Hikarnucha,” Part 2

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