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My Thoughts On Twitter, 7/3/17

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Egoism And Altruism

Laitman_049_01Question: What is the difference between egoism and altruism?

Answer: Egoism differs from altruism only in the intention: on whether I want to do something for myself or for others.

I can kiss you and it will be for myself, and I can slap you a couple of times, and it will be for you. In other words, the action itself is meaningless. It is only the intention that determines its essence.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17

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How Does The Creator Manage A Person?

laitman_527_03Question: How does the Creator manage a person?

Answer: The Creator manages a person by constantly sending him small portions of Light, of pleasure. And the person accordingly, like a dog, sniffs: “Where is it?” and he runs there.

To stop and not chase that Light, a person must acquire a correct intention in advance. This is the person’s task.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17

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“Buy” The Qualities Of The Creator

laitman_289All our earthly desires are a creation (Malchut). We are the creation. The nine parts that descend into Malchut are the upper forces or the nine Sefirot of the Creator’s influence on us. Therefore, the Partzuf (a spiritual body) is always divided into nine and one.

The purpose of creation is to rise to the level of the Creator. This means that from our state we must master the nine Sefirot and turn them into our personal properties. Then we will reach the Creator.

The realization of this method is dealt with by the wisdom of Kabbalah, which explains how we can “buy” the nine upper qualities, existing in a completely unearthly atmosphere, and thus become like the Creator and ascend to His level of eternity, infinity, and absolute goodness.

Therefore, the most important thing that we need to acquire is the nine properties (the first nine Sefirot) that exist between us and the Creator. We must reveal them in ourselves. And then we will reveal the Creator within ourselves, because everything is revealed inside a person.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/3/17

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Wonder Woman, Part 2

laitman_570The movie Wonder Woman in which the main character superhero who saves humanity stars an Israeli actress caused a huge wave of excitement and pride in Israel.

But I am sad to see that our people, like little children, are still waiting for a good magician who will come and arrange our life, instead of arranging it by ourselves.

Is it possible with indifference, laziness, and confrontation tearing up the Israeli society, we are still waiting for a magician? We ourselves must change. Is there anybody who can come from outside and change our evil nature?

Question: The film encourages us to come to love, but does anyone know how to do this?

Answer: There is a method that teaches you exactly how to come from hate to love; it is called “the wisdom of Kabbalah.” This is why Kabbalah is revealed nowadays. The Kabbalists of all generations talked about our time, and we need to take up this technique and begin to study it in order for all to rise to the level of “super-human.”

Question: Why is it not so easy to love?

Answer: It is not easy because our nature is pure egoism that causes us to ill-treat others. Egoism does not relate to the fact that I want to eat, drink, and sleep more, to lie in the sun on the beach and swim in the sea.

Human egoism is the desire to improve one’s state at the expense of others—our evil attitude toward the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature, and most importantly, to people.

Egoism is when I enjoy not from my own achievements, but from the fact that I belittle others; that is, I do not just care for my own good, but I wish evil to others. Even if I do not want to harm them directly, I still measure my success only in relation to others.

When I look at the people of Israel, I see a people who had the opportunity to build a new state and a new society, but who still remain a “gathering of refugees.” The country is divided into lots of factions and communities that hate and oppose each other.

If this situation continues, the time granted to us will soon run out and we will have to leave this land. In fact, if those living here had the opportunity to leave Israel, many would do so.

It is possible that the movie about an Israeli wonder woman awakens a hidden hope regarding Israel in the nations of the world. They understand that Jews are a special people. The biggest anti-Semites in the world, such as Hitler or Henry Ford, wrote a lot about the mission of the people of Israel and accused Jews of not fulfilling the role assigned to them.

Therefore, the world makes serious accusations about Israel, although it does not understand their true cause. But the wisdom of Kabbalah explains it in all sincerity: Israel is obliged to be a Light for the nations of the world, that is, to show everyone how to unite and come to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Such a love the people of Israel must achieve within themselves and thus set an example for the whole world, to become a Light for the nations of the world.

But we do not fulfill this mission, and therefore, the nations of the world rise against us, wishing to destroy us. This is what is written in the “Introduction to The Book of Zohar.” It is worth reading about what is written there and to understand that we have no other way out, neither the people of Israel, nor the whole world—the only solution is that Israel realize its mission.

The people of Israel should be the superhero who saves humanity—the Messiah – Mashiach, that is, the power that will pull out (Moshech) all people from the evil, egoistic nature to the good and altruistic, from hatred to love.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/8/17

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Reward And Punishment In Our Lives, Part 8

laitman_760_2A person has to exist on two different levels. One level is his usual, egoistic attitude to the world, which exists in him by nature and is concerned only with taking care of himself.

The second, a higher and a more advanced level, which he needs to build in himself, is the awareness of the integration he must achieve in order to conform to the general reality, that is, caring for others.

In this, a person does not sacrifice himself, he just begins to realize that concern for others is his real life. This is similar to anyone who does something kind for their own children; it feels no different from doing something kind for themselves.

Question: How does a person perceive unfolding events from these two levels? Can punishments that happen to him on his animal, egoist level be perceived as rewards on his integral, “human” level?

Answer: Of course, that which I perceive as evil on an egoistic level, I see as a reward on an altruistic level. This is with respect to any event in our lives.

Question: And what if, G-d forbid, something terrible happens to my children?

Answer: It is difficult to explain this question because there are too many personal feelings involved here. But, in reality, there is no evil in the world. That is what we discover when we rise to a higher level.

If we look at life from the most narrow and egoistic angle: here is my life, my children, me, and our perception does not include anything more than that, then it is impossible to explain anything. If a person looks at reality through the general system, then for him, on the material level, there is no life or death, no rewards and no punishments; all calculations are only for the common good.

The general system is eternal and complete; therefore, there is no such thing as death in it. Although in the physical body some cells constantly die as millions of cells are renewed each second, new cells come to replace the old, and life continues.

Therefore, if we look from the perspective of the general system, then our understanding of reward and punishment moves to a completely different level.

And we even see the same thing in our everyday life. If a little child cries because his mother doesn’t give him what he wants, is the mother is evil or kind? It’s impossible to say because each level has its own understanding of reward and punishment.

Question: What good actions should I do in order to receive only rewards, only positive responses from the system?

Answer: The only action that guarantees success is to find people who are already involved in developing this integral level within themselves. And then together you will learn how to connect to the physical general system and the spiritual one.

The most important law of the Torah is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the sign of connecting with the entire system in an integrated way. If you completely connect with the entire system, then it will, without doubt, affect you only in a positive way.

Question: And what if someone screams at me or hurts my feelings?

Answer: We have to understand that he is, as yet, an uncorrected part of the system and we must help him to correct himself.

The system is perfect and behaves according to one law: love of others. And if we want to be connected with this system, then we must learn to love!

All so-called rewards and punishments come to us only in order to direct us to this single law of love. And even if right now it seems to us to be the opposite, we need to follow this law with faith above reason, and then we will come to a higher wisdom.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 2/2/17

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New Life 859 – Our Approach To Life: The Solution For Anxiety

New Life 859 – Our Approach to Life: The Solution For Anxiety
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

When we learn to connect to the upper Light, our life will be perfectly secure and happy.

A person who feels absolute love is not afraid because he is close to the Light and the Light fills him.
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From KabTV’s “New Life 859 – Our Approach to Life: The Solution To Anxiety,” 5/23/17

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.03.17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, Vol. 1, Article 9, “One Should Always Sell the Beams of His House”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 17  

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose,” “Conscious Development and Unconscious Development”

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