What Is Happiness?

Laitman_715Question: What is happiness?

Answer: Happiness is a state in which the Upper Light descends upon a person and fills him with the sensation of an eternal perfect existence.

Happiness (“Mazal” in Hebrew) means luck, which stems from the root of “nozel – drip.” When the Upper Light descends on a person, then the Upper Light flows, then, it fills him with attainment, with knowledge, and the sensation of absolutely clear, perfect, and eternal existence. This is happiness.

Question: Can such a state come without any effort on a person’s part? After all, there are people who are lucky in life.

Answer: In our limited material existence, of course. It may be that a person feels that everything is fine and that he doesn’t need anything else. He simply lives an empty life. Why not? Walk into a hut in some remote village, build yourself a cozy den there, and be happy if you can.

However, the fact is that the ego is constantly developing. It needs new fillings all the time. Otherwise, a person will not feel satisfied.

How do we make the sensations that come to our ego fill it without any problems? Only if his desire is focused on bestowal, outside of himself, will he not feel that he is empty all the time. Happiness is creating such senses that are external to us, and then we will be happy.

Question: Most people think that we need harmony, a balance of attributes, in order to attain happiness. Which attributes are we talking about?

Answer: A person can live in harmony with the world around him if the person and the world become one general collective. This can happen only if a person feels the world as himself and cares for it just as he cares about himself.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16

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The Secret Of The Hebrew Alphabet Revealed

Laitman_151In the News (ScienceNews): “The world’s earliest alphabet, inscribed on stone slabs at several Egyptian sites, was an early form of Hebrew, a controversial new analysis concludes.

“Israelites living in Egypt transformed that civilization’s hieroglyphics into Hebrew 1.0 more than 3,800 years ago, at a time when the Old Testament describes Jews living in Egypt, says archaeologist and epigrapher Douglas Petrovich of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Hebrew speakers seeking a way to communicate in writing with other Egyptian Jews simplified the pharaohs’ complex hieroglyphic writing system into 22 alphabetic letters, Petrovich proposed on November 17 at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.”

My Comment: A mistake is concealed here.

The Jews didn’t borrow anything from anyone because the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet are derived from the spiritual structure of three levels (Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut) of the upper world that influence us. So humanity began to realize them subconsciously. The Hebrew alphabet comes from Adam, who discovered them 5,777 years ago and used them himself. So in any case, humanity will have to reconsider archaeology, paleontology, and everything else, and will then agree that everything comes from there.

If there were any records before then, as far as it seems, these were notes and symbols, but an alphabet by which we connect a collection of images into a meaningful word and create a sentence from the words, meaning a completed thought on a particular subject that even after generations can be transmitted, something like this didn’t exist anywhere. This is only because the Jews had a connection with the upper world and specifically took the terms and the method from there.

In other words, there are three levels between us and the upper world that are filled with a particular collection of forces that become the letters in our world.

Each spiritual force is a letter. We get a word by connecting them together and by connecting words, we get a thought.

Question: Did all signs and hieroglyphs appear after these letters?

Answer: Certainly. The Hebrew letters are the foundation of written languages, including Chinese and Japanese.

Question: Why do we have no way of proving this?

Answer: Why should we prove it? Humanity is searching in its own way based on excavations, motivations, opinions, and theories. But this was written in our books thousands of years ago. Nobody wants to pay attention to this because it contradicts the Christian and Muslim approach. So it is preferable that we remain quietly on the side.

The different languages, the alphabet, and everything else came from ancient Babylon and this reached ancient Babylon from Adam.

Horizontal and vertical lines and other elements of the letters are derived from those forces that we try to symbolize, because each letter is a symbol of a particular spiritual expression, of a particular spiritual form, of a force, and so forth. They are like a seal. So there are 22 such seals, which are absolutely sufficient for conveying the higher spiritual characteristics of Bina and the lower spiritual characteristics of Malchut.

Nothing more or less is required. That is how the letters must be conveyed. However, there have been permutations, their replacement. In general, this is a deep, complex system, because everything is found in the letters.

So in this way, the secret of the letters, their combinations, their formation, and their development is still waiting to be discovered. There are laws according to which it is impossible to modify anything in the Hebrew alphabet. It is impossible to change even one letter, even one line, font, or embellishment. Everything about the calligraphy must be preserved.

In computer programs, we find twenty thousand different fonts. This has no connection to truth. There exists only one font called “Ktav sofer – scribal writing” through which everything is presented in the Torah, because there the precise graphic form expresses the inner content of the force in the letter.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/14/16

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The World Outside Of Us

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You say that we attain the world outside of us. But what is outside of us?

Answer: Outside of us means in the quality of bestowal.

We have to acquire the Creator’s property, which is precisely the quality of bestowal. We do not know what it is—we will understand that only when we attain it.

The spiritual world, the Creator’s property, the quality of bestowal, a way out of oneself, all of this is still closed to us.

Question: But on the other hand, every person has a point in the heart. So, there is a spiritual record, the Creator’s spark in the form of this point and consequently, some understanding of what bestowal is?

Answer: A point in the heart really exists. But this is just a point! What do we understand about it, what can we feel in it? This is a black point opposite to the spiritual state that has reached a minimum size, turning into a point after the shattering.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/20/16

Add Three More Cities For Yourself

laitman_565_01Torah, Deuteronomy 19:07 – 19:09: Therefore, I command you, saying, “You shall separate for yourself three cities.” And when the Lord, your God, expands your boundary, as He swore to your forefathers, and He gives you all the land of which He spoke to give to your forefathers; if you will keep all this commandment to perform it, which I command you this day, to love the Lord, your God, and to walk in His ways all the days, you shall add three more cities for yourself, in addition to these three.

If a person keeps all the commandments, then he will have more problems, because a bigger egoism will be revealed in him, meaning even more unintentional desires—killers of his soul, for which three additional cities of refuge must be opened.

In principle, what do we reveal in ourselves? Desires that are against spirituality and kill a man in us.

The illumination of the greater Light is a very kind and great deed of the Creator when we begin to reveal in us such desires that we wouldn’t be able to identify as egoistic in any other way. They would have stayed hidden in us. Therefore, by revealing them, we advance faster.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/7/16

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Stress Makes You Sick

Laitman_022Question: A few weeks ago, a father in the village of Migdal near the Kinneret killed his wife, their small children and the neighbors’ son. This is the third incident since the beginning of the year in which parents murdered their children. In Jerusalem, a mother killed her four daughters and in Acre a mother killed her five-year-old son. How can we explain the fact that a parent who is supposed to protect his child becomes his murder?

Answer: People find themselves under such pressure, such circumstances that pressure them on all sides, until they begin to think that it is actually their children who are the main liability in their life, and thus they sentence them to death. They believe that if they had no children, they wouldn’t be under such pressure and would not have to care for anyone and would be relieved.

These are exceptional tragic incidents. I believe that the cause for such incidents is the fact that life has become too stressful for people and there are those who cannot take it and are willing to free themselves from it at any cost.

Question: How does that happen, because we always use parental love as the closest example of true, unselfish love?

Answer: Love of parents for their children is a natural emotion that is typical of both humans and animals, but when parents find themselves under pressure and don’t know what to do, they lose their mind. If someone had stopped them at that moment, and then told them what they had intended to do, they would of course have been shocked. This is a situation of temporary insanity.

Question: So who is insane, humanity?

Answer: Today, people undergo very strong pressures and so, unfortunately, such cases will reoccur.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/30/17

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Changing The Thoughts Of Another Person

laitman_627_2Question from Facebook: Can a Kabbalist change the thoughts of other people?

Answer: No. A Kabbalist can help a person change by bringing him to a particular environment and providing an example.

A Kabbalist influences other people only through a higher Sefira by helping them to connect to it. A higher blessed energy descends from there, which balances the person and shows him how to behave correctly in order to be in harmony with nature.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/23/16

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Being Close To Nature

laitman_741_02Question: Bedouins living in Israel can foresee an earthquake several days before it takes place. How can a person do that?

Answer: Bedouins do indeed have such premonitions because they are closer to nature.

Question: Are such predictions harmful?

Answer: They aren’t harmful. All our forefathers lived that way. A person would look at the sky and say: “it is raining 20 kilometers away.” He would know that by the motion of the birds. He could read nature, but that doesn’t means that he was a prophet.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/16

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New Life #825 – Democracy, Law, And Education

New Life #825 – Democracy, Law, And Education
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

Why does it seem that the rule of law does not protect us anymore? How can we adjust to the laws of the system of nature of which we are part, and why is it essential that we undergo a process of re-education in order to achieve that?

Only laws that stem from our understanding of nature and its goal with regard to mankind will be able to establish a good society. As long as we don’t accept the law as our internal law, we need a system of rules.

In the ideal state, everyone needs to receive all his basic necessities from society and to contribute to society as much as he can. We will ascend to a state of connection only through education, only when we feel equal, and no laws will help us do that.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #825 – Democracy, Law And Education,” 2/7/17

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Who Depicts The Picture Of The World To Us?

Laitman_711Question: Who depicts the picture of the world to me?

Answer: It is my attributes, which I receive from above. But we can change them.

This is the reason we get together in groups, in tens, and act according to what Kabbalists tell us, so we can resemble the upper attributes and begin to feel them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/27/16

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What The Official Definition Of Anti-Semitism Will Improve

Laitman_417In the News (BBC): “British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday will deliver a speech in support of the official definition of anti-Semitism, which, in its view, makes it easier to prosecute the perpetrators of crimes motivated by hatred of Jews.

“A clear definition of what should be considered anti-Semitism will help the police, municipalities, universities and other organizations, according to the government.

“International Alliance Memory of the Holocaust (IHRA) hopes that this official definition, agreed only in this year, it will be taken at the international level.

“In this formulation, anti-Semitism is called ‘a certain attitude toward the Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews’.

“Further, the text states that ‘Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews or non-Jews, and (or) their property against the Jewish community institutions and religious buildings.’”

My Comment: It could be that an accepted official definition for anti-Semitism will make it possible to denounce people more concretely for relevant activities or statements, but it will not “cure” them of anti-Semitism!

The origin of anti-Semitism is in the appearance of the “point in the heart” in Jews, which is the budding of the altruistic characteristic that appeared in them at the time of Abraham until the destruction of the Second Temple, meaning for the 1,500 years in which the Jews existed within the framework of the principle, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) or fought for the sake of realizing this principle. The destruction of the Temple was the moment the Jews fell from the level of altruism.

Human nature is opposed to the principle of altruism, so when they feel that it exists in a particular group, they hate that group of people subconsciously. In the Torah it is said that this hatred was born in humanity when the Torah was received. It is a method for correcting human nature from egoistic (all deeds intended for oneself) to altruistic (all deeds intended for the sake of others).

Human nature will certainly not change due to the adoption of an official definition for the term “anti-Semitism.” The (special) natural negative attitude of anti-Semites toward Jews will not disappear. In the Introduction to The Book of Zohar it is said that hatred toward the Jews will exist in all generations, until the period when all the nations of the world will begin to change their egoistic nature to an altruistic nature. The crisis in development that is beginning to be revealed in our times will force them to this more and more.

So the wisdom of Kabbalah, the method for changing human nature, is being revealed in our time. The Jews are required to be the first to learn the method. Their role will then be to reveal it to the entire world. In that way, mutual relationships in the world will begin to improve. Without accepting this method from the Jews, the world will achieve this change as a result of world wars.

From the introduction to The Book of Zohar, it is absolutely clear that the appearance of anti-Semitism among the nations of the world is a natural phenomenon, a law, whereas the uprooting of anti-Semitism from the nations of the world is possible only if the Jews will adapt themselves to the correction of their nature and give an example to all the nations of the world this way, becoming a “Light for the nations” (Isaiah 49:6).
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