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My Thoughts On Twitter, 10/18/17

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Love is when you’re in me like a fetus in a mother, and I’m in you like a mother senses herself in her child—his desires trump everything!

To overcome (Itgabrut) is when, above the emerging #hatred (Itnagdut), you diligently look for ways to bestow pleasure (Miluy).

True love can only be built above hatred. These two sensations are the two poles of life, creating a field for the pulse of life to thrive.

Love your neighbor as yourself: when #suffering grows the need for love from others and the Creator, I grow the same attitude toward them.

Love precludes any act against the society. This feeling becomes paramount not by coercion. And that is the “art of love.” #love

Love is when I put my desires below my friend’s & the Creator’s desires so as to fulfill His desires. Everything else is my animal #ego!

#Hatred is what brings #knowledge how to fulfill another’s desire. So the foundation of life is self-love, ego—all else is the spice!

It doesn’t make sense to hide the chasms between us—they are necessary to activate the positive force of love and #unity above them.

My love toward others and onward, toward the Creator, turns to absolute, infinite fulfillment. It is called the Light, #Torah, Creator.

Love is the inner space in me that I free up for the Creator, where the inner connection between me and Him is formed.

True love can only be built above the #hatred.

Love has nothing to do with gender differences. There’s no separation between lover and loved. In it, man and Creator accept and give love.

Love is when I look for ways to fulfill another, necessarily rising above any personal attitude toward them, which is egoistic.

Love = a union of 2 opposite forces: for oneself & for the Creator. Their conflict begets a sense of the upper world, hidden from others.

“The Creator’s nation” means being absolutely connected by the law of complete bestowal, love, mutual aid-to live in a sensation of WE, not ME.

From Twitter, 10/18/17

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Resistance To The Wisdom Of Kabbalah, Part 2

Laitman_060.01The wisdom of Kabbalah and Kabbalists have undergone special development throughout history because the desire to enjoy needs to grow and thus show that material progress is useless.

And every time, the wisdom of Kabbalah must adjust itself to coincide with those people in whom it is revealed, that is, with the people of Israel, the group founded by Abraham.

We see that the wisdom of Kabbalah was available for use by all people only for a limited time when it was revealed inside the people of Israel in the time of Moses. And this was accompanied by numerous arguments, clarifications, and wars within people.

Then, after entering the land of Israel—when Moses left the people and his pressure disappeared—the people of Israel began to descend from their spiritual height. At that time, religion and rules of behavior in the material world emerged, which copied spiritual Kabbalistic laws in matter. People began to create “idols” and “holy things” for themselves.

People went more and more into material traditions, and as it went, the wisdom of Kabbalah came out of it and disappeared. After the destruction of the Second Temple when people fell out of brotherly love into unfounded hatred, Kabbalah completely went into hiding.

One must understand that no one teaches love for one’s neighbor except the wisdom of Kabbalah. Although the principle “Love your neighbor as yourself” is the main rule of the Torah, the Torah itself—which is the wisdom of Kabbalah and the wisdom of Light—no longer exists in the people of Israel. It turned out that the people are in exile from the method of love and unity. The understanding of what the upper force is—the people of Israel, and their mission and development goal—has vanished.

Today, we are already in the very end of days of the genuine exile and on the verge of liberation. In each generation, Kabbalists were revealed that were suitable for that time or for the next generation. We need to understand that the actions of Kabbalists and resistance against them is a consequence of development.

Cruel forces rose against the wisdom of Kabbalah. But, there was a division between religious people. On one hand, there were Hasidim and, on the other, their opponents the Mitnagdim, and many other branches and movements. Kabbalists were also divided into those who were more concerned with the right line or the left, according to man’s nature.

Before the time of the Ari, Kabbalists followed the school of Ramak. Then, Ari’s method was popularized. The next important stage in the development of Kabbalah began with Baal HaSulam because there is a big difference between what was before and after him. Then, Rabash (Rav Baruch Ashlag) developed Kabbalah further. Baal HaSulam and Rabash prepared the method of Kabbalah for our generation.

Each time Kabbalah’s method improved and consequently, its opponents rose, rebelling against the new method, the “new Torah,” and the “new religion.” After all, people do not understand what Kabbalists’ actions are based on. It is very important to learn what claims are raised against Kabbalah to understand what to resist and how to turn these supposedly evil forces into good and useful ones. All this should help us realize the general process by which the Creator leads the created beings to bring their desire to complete correction.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/24/17, Lesson on the Topic: “The Resistance to Kabbalah”

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Newsmax: “Paddock’s Motive Unknown But Motive for Violence Is Everywhere“

The largest portal Newsmax published my new article “Paddock’s Motive Unknown But Motive for Violence Is Everywhere

As expected, the Las Vegas massacre has refueled the gun control debate in America. But no one seems to consider a much wider debate to be had on the ongoing breeding of violence in the U.S.

“We still don’t have a clear motive or reason why,” says Undersheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, about a week after the massacre. But it’s not just police detectives who are tenaciously looking for answers. It’s everyone.

The default answer that comes to mind is that Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white male with no criminal record, was some sort of a psychopath. A madman. One of those deeply disturbed people whose senseless actions may never be fully understood.

But there’s a problem with that answer. It casts Paddock and everything about him as an outsider, detaches him from our social values, and rejects any association of his image with our culture. And by doing so, it prevents us from taking a good hard look in the mirror as a society.

Paddock could have very well been a psychopath, and some even suggestthe criminal genes of his father played a role. But Paddock was also a replica of the horrific scenario that repeats itself in America, over and over again. He managed to leave a painful scar in America’s collective memory as the deadliest mass shooter in U.S. history, but do we realize that there were six other mass shootings in America the very week before?

Broadening the Discussion

It’s frightful to discover that a mass shooting, defined as at least 4 people shot in a single incident, happens in America every 9 out of 10 days on average (!). More than 30,000 people die every year from gun-related incidents in the U.S. — more than HIV, malnutrition, and fires, to name a few. No other country in the developed world even comes close to these numbers. Moreover, sociologists from Yale University have shown gun violence to be a social epidemic that spreads over time.

But even more eye-opening is the fact that overall assault death rates — including but not limited to gun-use — reveal a similar picture: the U.S. is significantly and consistently more violent than other OECD countries since the 1960s. With this in mind, what we should be debating is a social epidemic of violence, of which guns are simply the loudest and most detrimental expression.

So instead of limiting the discussion to Paddock’s motive and the gun control debate, I believe Americans should expand the public discourse to ask the question: What keeps fueling America’s extremely high rates of violence?

Like Something Out of a Movie

Officer David Newton of the Las Vegas Police Department told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that breaking into Paddock’s hotel room and finding his body alongside his weapons arsenal was like something “out of a movie.” Newton, without noticing, pointed to one of the major variables that are usually left out of the equation that explains the extreme levels of violence in America — the countless visualizations of violence seen by the American people.

With television programs displaying 812 violent acts per hour, the typical American will watch 200,000 acts of violence, including 16,000 murders, before they turn 18. And this is just television. When you take a moment to consider the impact this has on our social climate, is it really so surprising that similar violent scenes are playing out in real life?

We are trapped in a vicious cycle that makes it easy to overlook its psychological consequences: Content producers are taking their violent scenes to greater extremes, giving audiences a bigger fix to keep them watching. At the same time, viewers are becoming increasingly desensitized to what they see. The result is a society whose attitudes and norms concerning violence are reaching a new low each time.

Gradually, we get used to the ongoing appearance of extremely violent acts and they become a “normal” part of everyday life.

Every couple of days, the same amount of people as in the Vegas shooting are intentionally killed by guns, but these killings don’t make the headlines. Every day, domestic violence takes the lives of nearly 3 women, but these deaths don’t break into the public’s awareness. It takes a mass shooting of hundreds of people at once from the 32nd floor to shock society.

Systematically Nurturing Common Humanity

So, regardless of where you stand on gun control, if we want to treat the violent tendencies in America from their root, we have to deal with something much deeper: the culture that breeds them.

The morning after the Las Vegas shooting, President Trump said: “We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence.”

Every sensible person would agree with this statement. But in order for its effect to last more than a day, we have to consistently work on our unity so that it is more powerful than our evil, which is the potential eruption of the human ego. And only if we regularly strengthen our bonds and our common humanity, then violence between us will rarely happen.

Social scientists have long established that we are all highly susceptible to the examples, norms, and values of our environment. We must open our eyes to this and cultivate a social climate that nurtures our common humanity on a daily basis. If we begin to do so systematically, we will surely see a much less violent America, and we could hope to prevent the next Paddock from happening.
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What Is Wrong With My Soul?

laitman_628.2Question: What is wrong with my soul? Why should I correct it?

Answer: Let’s start by saying that you do not have a soul and that you must attain it. A soul is a part of the Creator.

When the egoistic desire, which we discover inside us, begins to work with love and bestowal, it becomes what we call a soul to the degree that it exits itself and resembles the Creator. But if a person does not have such an altruistic desire, he does not have a soul either.

Question: But there is the concept of a corporeal soul?

Answer: This is merely a force of vitality that keeps our physical body alive. We have nothing but that. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, a soul means our resemblance to the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/23/17

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Society Of The Future: From Internal To External Changes

laitman_600.02Question: You talk about the need for the internal transformation of a person. Do we also need practical changes in society?

After all, we can continue spiritual work in the groups while living in a capitalistic society where everyone has his own property and there is a trade. Why do we need to move to a new framework?

Answer: You do not need to move on purpose, but you yourself will want to move.

A person is arranged in such a way, and we see this throughout history that everything we change within us is somehow also reflected outside of us. We build the world around us according to our inner states.

We move from internal changes to external ones. Thus, everything happens automatically, we do not need to do anything here. Therefore, Baal HaSulam warns not to introduce any forceful methods.

Only one single relatively forceful method is allowed: when we force society to study. We force children to study exactly the same way.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 7/31/17

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New Life #899 – Higher Awareness

New Life #899 – Higher Awareness
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

If we discover nature’s development program, we will find an answer to the question: “What do we live for?” Today our lives add up to “a work camp with two weeks of vacation per year.” On the other hand, does nature have wisdom for developing every creature and creation?
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From KabTV’s “New Life #899 – Higher Awareness,” 8/17/17

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 10.18.17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Practical Work in the Ten” (Prep for Convention in Vilnius)

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Lesson on the Topic: “Mutual Guarantee,” Item 23

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