6,000 Years, 6,000 Levels

laitman_214.jpgQuestion: Why must our world exist for 6,000 years? What is the meaning of this number, and why does the Creator limit the time of correction for us if time doesn’t exist?

Answer: You are absolutely right. Time and distance don’t exist, and even we don’t exist in the same form in which we perceive ourselves. It is all imprinted in our sensations, nothing more.

Our feelings are graded in such a way that particular influences are felt by us as temporary and other influences as a change in the space around us, changes within ourselves and the like.

These influences are all forces that act on desire. There are only two components in the creation: a force called “Light” and a desire created by it. The influence of Light on the desire awakens all kinds of changes in its form.

Therefore, everything that seems to us as existing in this world—including time, movement, distance, and changing ourselves in relation to the environment—is actually happening within us, within our desire.

Does anything exist besides that desire? No. How do I know this? It is because I feel myself only within this desire. And the rest? All the rest don’t exist; I feel them all within my desire. Except for desire, there is nothing in us.

Therefore, we can speak only about the desire and about the influence of the Light on it. This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches. 6,000 years are 6,000 levels through which the ego (the desire) must pass in order to resemble the Creator.

Question: Can the world exist for tens of thousands of years more?

Answer: You can attain resemblance to the Creator today and you can attain it in another ten thousand years.

Comment: But you say that 223 years remain for the existence of the world.

Answer: This is about levels, and I say this to give a person an idea about that sequence within which he exists.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/2/17

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Why Were The Worlds Created Before The Soul?

laitman_275Question: Why were the worlds created before the soul?

Answer: Because the worlds are brighter (a smaller ego) and are weaker than the general desire that was created by the Creator. Each of these desires on the levels of 0,1, 2, 3, or 4 builds its system, which is made of five Partzufim on the background of the upper Light. Each Partzuf is made of five Sefirot, etc., and they make up concentric circles in which the soul exists.

Question: Is it possible to see the parallel worlds to our world in which the level of the still nature, the vegetative, and the animate were first created and only then man was created into this environment?

Answer: Yes. It is exactly the same thing. This is how man was created in the worlds and he also begins to develop according to a system of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, the still, the vegetative, the animate, and the human levels of nature. When he completes his development the human nature is also divided into the same levels: 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 and so on. This means that every part is divided in subparts and its own sub-levels.

Question: Does this means that these worlds are also desires, but simply are coarser?

Answer: They are desires of the still level. A pencil, for example, has a desire that comes down to preserving the shape and the attribute of its creator.

Question: Is there a pencil in the spiritual world?

Answer: Of course. It is a spiritual force by which man can write down his thoughts about his desire. A desire is the heart.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 5/14/17

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Who Can Engage In Spiritual Work?

Laitman_032.02Baal HaSulam, The Last Generation: Not everyone must delve in spirituality, but only a chosen few according to the changing needs. There will be a so-called Supreme Court and all who wish to participate in the spiritual life, must first be permitted to do so by this court.

Permission to engage in spiritual work must be issued by a court comprised of people who see that a person is worthy of it. For example, today, the doors of our organization are open to everyone who wishes to come. But in the future, it should be more limited.

It is impossible to call all people to engage in spiritual development because this is not according to the framework of the development of society. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that there are such people who are not fit for this. They have an undeveloped soul  or more precisely, they have different kind of soul. They do not need Kabbalah. We see that today, only a few thousand people out of seven billion are attracted to it

This is the way it should be. Therefore, it is necessary to strictly limit the reception of people who are trying to engage in this wisdom. Although there are no restrictions in principle, among them, there are those who simply do not need it. They are just deceiving themselves.

Moreover, not only students, but teachers as well—everyone up to the very last, highest instance—will need to receive permission to be in their spiritual role.

Question: If I, as a resident of the last generation, have some ideas as to how to raise the society to a higher level, do I need to turn to the highest court in order for it to consider my proposal?

Answer: Obviously, yes. However, in principle, you do not need a higher court for this. After all, you exist in a certain framework; you study somewhere. Contact people at that place. You do not need to go immediately to the Supreme Court. The local court will be enough, as it is in our time.

However, a person must go through the inspecting body because the court directs, supports, obliges him, and gives a basis to anyone who wants to progress spiritually by engaging in the wisdom of Kabbalah. Otherwise, there is no other way to reach the revelation of the Creator. The goal of spiritual life is the attainment of the Creator by a person in this world.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/12/17

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How To Move To The Upper World

laitman_938.02Question: Is it possible to cross the border to the upper world spontaneously?

Answer: Yes. You can be in a convention, “dive” headfirst into it, and find yourself in the upper world. Like cave explorers who dive into lakes in caves and don’t know to where they will float, so too can you also float and go out to a completely different world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/12/17

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Spiritual Realization Of Desires

Laitman_631.1Torah, Deuteronomy 27:22: Cursed be he who lies with his sister, his father’s daughter or his mother’s daughter. And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’

All the laws of the Torah relate, in the first place, to the spiritual state of a person; after all, the most important thing is to correct the soul.

These laws also exist in our world but only as a reflection of the upper laws of nature. Therefore, we speak only about their spiritual realization and, in no case, about the earthly one.

Kabbalists are engaged in the spiritual realization and religious people are engaged in the earthly one. Kabbalists and religious people disagree in this respect because religious people are engaged in the physical fulfillment of the laws of the Torah and not in their spiritual realization.

Question: It is written, “Cursed be he who lies with his sister.” What does “sister” mean from a spiritual point of view?

Answer: A person has many desires that he cannot correct in a direct way since he does not have a suitable screen. He must create a system for this and correct his desires with its help through subsystems that he forms within himself.

That is, he cannot directly influence his desires, which are called his various relatives such as his sister, his mother’s daughter, his mother-in-law, and so on.

These desires are being corrected and are represented in our relatives, especially those who are closer to us; relatives are subsystems in relation to a person.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/23/16

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New Life #886 – Everything Is Predetermined

New Life #886 – Everything Is Predetermined
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

What is predetermined and what can we control in our life? Which force develops us above our egoistic nature, and how can we summon it to operate on us?
From KabTV’s “New Life #886 – Everything Is Predetermined,” 7/25/17

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Newsmax: “How To Cope With The Emotional Toll Of Irma“

The largest portal Newsmax published my new article “How to Cope With the Emotional Toll of Irma

When the winds calm, power returns, and food and gas are available again, there will still be people who need help. Besides the obvious physical cost of the storm, there is another aftermath that survivors will have to handle. Many of these people will have lost everything dear to them to the wind and the water: their memories, pictures, and memorabilia of loved ones who passed away. No insurance can cover this. There is only one recompense for the emotional loss that such people have endured—new human connections. Forging companionships and solidarity of residents is crucial to restoring the vitality of every disaster ravaged community.

Today, most people are so detached from one another that when they need real friends to help them, many have no one to turn to. Despite our advanced technological means of communication, it is growing harder for us to communicate with one another.

We may think that self-absorption is the personal problem of the self-absorbed, but it is anything but! In truth, the quality of human connections has immense consequences on all of society, and ultimately on the entire planet.

Acclaimed Prof. Nicholas Christakis described human society as a type of “superorganism.” Everything we do, say, and even think, he explains, ripples through society and incites similar emotions, ideas, thoughts, and actions in other people.

We can prove this by this very simple experiment. Within our families, with a few friends, or even with just one friend, if this is all we have, dedicate one day to thinking not about what I want and what will please me, but about what the person or people with whom we are experimenting feel. They, in turn, will do the same toward us.

I can testify that the results will astound you. When everyone focuses on making everyone else happy, it makes life better all around. No one is left out.

If we conduct this type of experiment on a large scale, it will echo through the country and change the way we think about society and how we relate to other people. When masses of people focus on bonding, it makes recovery from trauma, any trauma, infinitely more rapid, effective, and lasting.

The current structure of society, where people are disconnected and mistrustful of each other, makes it much harder on them to endure traumas such as natural disasters. Even day-to-day life is far more difficult when your social life can be encapsulated into a 5-inch communication box, a.k.a. “smartphone.”

The current wave of natural disasters is not the last one, nor is it the worst. If we neglect our social ties, the next wave might prove too challenging to cope with, and who knows what social toll it will take.

Therefore, we can turn the current bane into a boon. Since tens of thousands of people are already concentrated in storm shelters, we can turn them into “connection centers.” Instead of waiting for the all-clear sound to go home, people can busy themselves forming friendships that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The workshop that I shared in last week’s column demonstrates how easy it is to connect. All we need is to sit together in small groups and share these four things: 1) the most emotional moment for us in this event, 2) if and how Irma has shaped our attitude toward other people, 3) how we hope to express this new attitude, and 4) the benefits of sharing our experiences and thoughts in this manner.

Beyond the social benefit, there is another, more elusive prize to positive human connections: their impact on the environment. Social isolation undermines our emotional and mental stability, and drives us to look for compensation for our lack of human companionship. When this condition affects hundreds of millions of people, it affects everything, including even the environment.

The superorganism that Christakis describes is not confined to human society. Just like our own bodies consist of all levels of existence—mineral, vegetative, and animate—the superorganism of humanity is part of an even larger system that is our planet. When someone’s kidneys fail, it is the whole person who is sick, not just his or her kidneys. Likewise, when humanity is sick, it makes all of Earth unwell.

The symptoms may seem unrelated, but just as a headache doesn’t mean I have a problem with my head, Earth is showing its symptoms in ways we don’t understand. But what we do know is that we are an ailing society, and curing it will cure the entire superorganism we all live in. For this reason, if we want to abate natural disasters, we must heal our own society, or more precisely, our ill connections with one another.
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The End Of The Tower Of Babel

Laitman_115_05Question: Modern innovations and studies say that the period of the Tower of Babel has ended, meaning the lack of understanding of languages. Soon there will be headphones that will translate all languages and we will communicate easily.

What will communication like this provide?

Answer: This kind of communication will make it possible for us to feel the whole world as one global whole, without borders, not in the full sense of the word, but at least partially. This is because in spite of everything, language is a very big limiter of communication between people.

Question: When will the Babylonian division actually cease?

Answer: It will be when people will feel that they must rise to the next level of self-awareness.

Question: Are there languages there or not?

Answer: There are no longer any languages there.

Imagine that a gigantic spaceship is hovering above us surrounding the entire globe and hiding the sun from us.

How would we behave in a situation like this? Would we fight, argue in parliaments, think about who is going where? Would we begin to think about who is plotting against whom here on the face of the earth while a gigantic black machine is hovering over us, hiding the sun from us while we are found in total darkness about everything that is happening to us?

It is possible to understand how this could unite people…nobody will plot against anyone. What do I care about the other? After all, I see that this is the end.

Question: And then languages will disappear?

Answer: Everything will disappear. We will begin to search for a way out of the situation and “aliens” will declare: “We will talk with you only when you all become a single whole. Unite; we will wait. Meanwhile we will be hovering over you.”

We will wait, but how long? “It could be another 500 years, it makes no difference. We are above you. And every year that passes with lack of unity among you, we will get closer and closer, we will arrange situations like these for you that will whip you from behind. That is how we will help you.”

Question: This scenario would happen with suffering. But what is the truth about the absence of language, the lack of division into languages?

Answer: We will be able to make better use of getting closer and closer to each other, meaning that we will truly unite so everyone will be like brothers in a single family, without language and without distance. In such a situation, communication could be arranged that erases all differences.

But I don’t think that for this we need to put headphones on our ears, we will feel each other; there will be no need for words. We will begin to talk by means of the heart.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/12/17

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Raise The Ideal Above The Material Level

laitman_214.01Baal HaSulam, The Last Generation: Ethics cannot rely solely on education and pubic opinion, because public opinion necessitates only what is in the public’s favor. Hence, if one comes and proves that morality is harmful to the public and vulgarity is more beneficial, they will immediately discard morality and choose vulgarity, as Hitler testifies.

This is a very simple and practical attitude. We must raise the ideal above the material level. Humanity must work not for itself and its society because we will not find truth inside society and inside ourselves. It can only be found in rising above ourselves, that is, in unity with the upper force of nature.

If we strive for the ideal in the plane of our world, then Hitler will come and everyone will follow him because in our world there is no ideal that stands above us.

Question: Is this so even if we wash society with education and ethical ideas?

Answer: There is nothing that will help. We need the upper Light for this, and its influence we can attract only through the correct connection according to the Kabbalistic method.

Question: Doesn’t Baal HaSulam completely deny education on the level of this world. He believes that it will still lead to Nazism one way or another.

Answer: Yes. We see that today everything once again turns to this. Especially in our time when egoism, while constantly working, leads us back to Nazism.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/26/17

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“As The Eagle Swoops Down”

3Torah, Deuteronomy 28:49 – 28:50: The Lord will bring upon you a nation from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you will not understand, a brazen nation, which will not respect the elderly, nor show favor to the young.

Such egoistic qualities that you never suspected begin rising within you. They enslave you with more and more new egoistic instructions, and although you resist them, you nevertheless obey. And by obeying, you become an even bigger fan of fulfilling them. And you realize all of it!

A very interesting inner problem is revealed within you. On one hand, you are burning in your aspiration to fulfil the egoistic directions, and on the other hand, you are ashamed and you cannot do it, but you do it anyway.

It is written: “As the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you will not understand.” These are new egoistic qualities that are revealed in a person, and he does not even understand them; they control him instinctively.

Although he had some ideas about honesty, about correct relationships and obligations, nothing is left of them in regard to parents, children, or society. Egoism rules in him directly, to the full depth of his nature.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 12/19/16

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