Answers To Your Questions, Part 214

712.03Question: When I was on vacation in the mountains, I experienced something unbelievable and amazing. I enjoyed looking at the view and didn’t notice that I had entered an inexplicable state. I saw that the entire world is interconnected, that all people, animals, the plant world, and the earth itself are one single whole and living body! I stood and cried from joy. I had chills all over my body and my hair was standing on end. I had never felt such happiness. This continued for about 10 minutes (maybe, because I didn’t feel time). Later, it happened another two times, but this was in a city.

Dear Michael Laitman, why was this shown to me and for what purpose? After all, isn’t that the way it is? What should I do with this information? I found out about you by chance.

Somehow I saw your program on YouTube, the “Echo of Moscow” with Dorenko, where you claimed that the world is a single whole body.

Answer: Your feeling is correct and sometimes it is discovered among many other people. But this is not a revelation of the upper world. It is only the feeling of the connection between the nature of our world. But it does give a sensation of harmony and union. The wisdom of Kabbalah makes it possible to attain this harmony, expand it, study it, and live within it!
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The Difference Between The Wisdom Of Kabbalah And Psychology

Laitman_088Question: It is very difficult for people to perceive the difference between the wisdom of Kabbalah and psychology and philosophy. Can you explain the difference?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah talks about the structure of the system of creation that is based upon opposites and the connection between two forces: the properties of bestowal and reception, the positive force and the negative force, and the material that exists between them that is managed by the two forces.

This method explains the four phases of the extension of the Ohr Yashar (Direct Light – the characteristic of bestowal) on the property of reception and how both properties interact with each other, producing different variations of integration of all the forces, elements. Kabbalah proceeds from the most simple, true, elementary beginning and explains how everything is extended and developed into our world.

Psychology and philosophy have nothing to do with this. Kabbalah is not a speculative science, it is immensely logical. A person who is involved with it, even if he or she doesn’t feel these forces or doesn’t reveal the upper world, the knowledge is still very interesting.

Therefore, many come and just study Kabbalah as a theoretical science even though they don’t understand what is spoken about. And there are people who want to develop themselves and master the wisdom in a practical way. Everything depends on the goals a person pursues.

We teach both these and those. It doesn’t matter to us why a person studies Kabbalah, we teach him or her everything. The first course “The Structure of the Upper World” includes the study of the system of creation. The second course “Practical Attainment of the Upper World” includes a person’s work in a group.

In principle, the wisdom of Kabbalah is designed to elevate a person above the egoism that prevents us from uniting, and psychology teaches a person how to get along within egoism. Psychology and philosophy cannot go beyond egoism.
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian 9/24/17

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New Life #943 – History In The Light Of The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

New Life #943 – History In The Light Of The Wisdom Of Kabbalah
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

Historical development occurs according to five stages that repeat themselves at different levels.

You can look at the history of the human race as a person whose life (or egoism) has evolved over the generations. The human ego has developed through the Stone, Copper, Iron and, now, Plastic Ages. Today, we face a state of despair as we are on the cusp of a new level of spiritual existence. Since God was revealed to man for the first time 5,778 years ago, the human race has been in the process of becoming a spiritual creature in consciousness and feeling. We are about to acquire new forces such as the ability to feel things with the desire to love rather than the desire to receive.
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From the KabTV’s “New Life #943 – History In The Light Of The Wisdom Of Kabbalah,” 1/7/18

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Discovering The Field Of The Creator

laitman_934Question: How do we come to the sensation of communication in the circle without words?

Answer: We exist in a field, a space, called “The Creator.” In order for us to feel it, we must create similar qualities inside ourselves: bestowal, connection, love, and emanation. We have no such qualities. We are created opposite to the field of the Creator, in egoism—reception, neglecting others, distancing ourselves from them, and so forth.

It is done this way so that we ourselves would create qualities similar to the upper field, which are achieved in the correct connections between us. That is why we try to unite among each other inside states based in our egoism, where we deny and keep distance from each other.

We are purposely created as egoists so that, despite it, we would rise above it and create the conditions in ourselves that would let the field fill us, and we would be able to catch it in the newly created sensory organ called “mutual connection.”

If we meet this condition, we will discover the upper force, the Creator, His program, His force, and His plans for us and everyone else. It will become clear how to act better, and what to do. We will find ourselves inside this field in the state of eternity and perfection.

In order to attain the qualities of the upper field and begin sensing it according to the law of similarity of form, we must create close contact. Therefore, all our training is aimed at bringing us to a state where we rise above our egoism.

We don’t destroy our egoism. Despite it, we connect.

It is a very difficult and long practice, but today it is available to everyone. Anyone who is interested can master it. A person can then discover the upper force that fills our world. He will know how and why everything happens to him and others. His eyes will be opened to everything happening in this world, life, and everything outside of it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/22/17

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Past And Present

721.03Question: Why can’t we communicate directly with the Creator? Why do we need an intermediary, like a teacher?

Answer: It is not an intermediary. It is your previous state. The fact is, creation is a shattered system, which starts to correct itself like links in a continuous chain from the least, almost undamaged elements, to the more complex.

An element that went before always passes all of its knowledge, all it has accumulated, all of its connections, to the next element. And because we are links in this chain, we are always connected to our teachers and then become teachers for the next generation.

Question: If the teacher is my previous state, then who is my future state?

Answer: The future state is you until you advance spiritually. And then it is your students, those who must continue the correction after you, moving through the levels of this broken system. They either find you during your lifetime or in some way connect with you spiritually after death.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 10/1/17

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New Life #942 – How To Treat The Past

New Life #942 – How To Treat The Past
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

The human being’s roots depend not on his relatives but on the root of his soul. In contrast to animals, which have no interest in their roots, people are intrigued about their relatives even though attitudes passed from parents to children can take on an opposite shape or expression. It is worthwhile to learn from the past and direct oneself to a higher goal, but not be immersed in it since it is already dead. The best remedy for a person who has lived a difficult life is to find a higher purpose that will illuminate to him and start a new life.
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From the KabTV’s “New Life #942 – How To Treat The Past,” 1/7/18

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The State Of Israel—The Place For Revelation Of The Creator

Laitman_417From the writings of Baal HaSulam it is apparent what tremendous meaning he gave to the State of Israel, the people of Israel, and its land being united. In this union lies a very powerful spiritual charge. That is why it should not be permitted to separate the people of Israel from the State of Israel, from the land of Israel, or from our international, global Kabbalistic group, which represents all people and nationalities.

How is it that the entire world relates to the State of Israel? All acknowledge that the land of Israel is unique since it is considered holy by all three main religions. But why is the State of Israel, which just turned 70 years old, so important?

For Baal HaSulam, the concept of the state of Israel was holy, he even had a Shabbat knife with the inscription “State of Israel.” In returning to this land and to Zionism, he saw another very important step toward the revelation of the Creator.

It is because a place appeared where real unity and brotherly love “as one man with one heart” could be established. Initially, it applies to the people of Israel, who must realize this unity first in order to serve as an example for the entire world.

The world demands this from us without realizing it. This is the sole reason for the existence of anti-Semitism, which doesn’t disappear from history’s stage as time passes, but instead strengthens and becomes sharper. The success of the people of Israel and its existence in the land of Israel depends on this understanding. Without it, there is no place for us here.
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From a “Talk During the Meal” 2/2/18

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Complain To The One Who Created Us

laitman_272The world is beginning to feel that it has reached a dead end. It turns out that there is no democracy, no liberalism. What have we come to from allowing the mass media and oligarchs to freely run rampant?

After a decade, they will again gather in Davos and proclaim: “Now 99% of the total capital is owned by 1% of the population, and soon all 100% will come into our hands. All the rest can die from hunger. We, of course, feel sorry for them, but there is nothing we can do about it. This is an egoistic path of development. If you dislike it, complain to the Creator.”

The rich themselves will say: “You want change, but it’s not in our hands. We are not at fault; we are the same egoists like everyone else. You would have done the same in our place. All the money has accumulated with us because the desire to enjoy obligated us to act in this way. Complain to the one who created us.” Perhaps then, those unfortunate people who have not a crumb left will understand that they need to turn to the Creator.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/25/18, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 60

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To Comprehend Universal Consciousness

763.1Question: Do we have the opportunity to comprehend the universal mind and learn how to correctly perceive, respond, and build our behavior in society and society itself?

Answer: If we look only at our life and at our limited possibilities and properties, then the future “does not shine” for us.

We see what is happening in the world: egoism grows and people indulge in it, no one is going to limit it and cannot do so, and no one can manage the world intelligently.

If there are some great personalities who understand this, their influence on society is so small that the chance of coming to a world correction is almost zero.

The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks of very interesting and rather revolutionary things. It explains that there is nothing outside. All that I observe and everything that appears to me—are my internal properties. Absolutely everything is inside me. But I see this as inanimate, plant, animal, and human nature that is outside only to be able to feel more, because I cannot see this inside of me.

If I begin to know the outer world as my inner one, to expand my participation in it, and to relate to the world with good connection and love, then I begin to feel these qualities in myself. They come back to me from the outside.

I perceive them in myself and thus I understand that, in addition to my true consciousness, i.e., a large information field, there is nothing outside, and I exist with respect to it. And all other creatures, including humans, exist only in me as my internal properties.

When one starts to get insight into this, one understands that there are no contradictions here—you just see other people who have certain properties and seem to exist, like you, but in reality you are one in one whole mind.

According to Kabbalah, humanity will come to a state when they will be convinced that they are under threat of destruction. But people cannot destroy themselves because it contradicts the general development program. Thus, people will understand that they have to move into such a relationship that will give them the opportunity to begin to feel themselves existing at the next level —not only in the power of reception, but in the power of bestowal.

And then between these two planes—the lower (egoistic) and the higher (altruistic)—we can exist in such a way that egoism will be directed to the benefit of love and bestowal because we need to feel others and know what to give to them and how to be with them in the right communication.
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From KabTV “Together on the main thing. Alexander Zhdanov,” 11/24/17

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New Life #941 – How Does Man Change Internally?

New Life #941 – How Does Man Change Internally?
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

In previous generations, people had stability at work, married once, and were less likely to desire change. These days, the desire to enjoy, which is inherent in all of us, develops constantly and our lives are always changing. We want to look good in the eyes of others, but eventually this pleasure also fades away. Eventually, we ask about the meaning of our lives, and this leads us to study the wisdom of Kabbalah. We learn how to acquire the attributes of the Creator and see reality differently. We discover the upper force, learn about the power of love, and become included in eternity, revealing the secret of life.
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From the KabTV’s “New Life #941 – How Does Man Change Internally?,” 1/2/18

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