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Alone In A Crowd Of A Billion, Part 7

laitman_947One For The Sake Of Together And Together For The Sake Of One

Question: Do you like to be alone or surrounded by other people?

Answer: I like to be alone. But I have a goal that is very important to me, and for its sake, I leave my room and come to people. As a result, it turns out that throughout a year, I fly around the globe.

Question: What is the use of being alone?

Answer: Alone I can develop individually: read books and articles. I absorb the sources, work on the material, and analyze the phenomena personally, so that no one interferes.

But beyond that, I have to go outside to communicate with other people because there is a goal that obliges me. The more I give them and help them, the more I can absorb from them. It is written: “I learned from all my students.” In fact, to the extent that I want to convey my knowledge and all the good to them, through the same channel, I get their impressions that teach me.

It turns out that mutual communication begins between us: I teach my students and I learn from them; that is, I become a student. This approach is possible with respect to any area of human life. The time has come when we must communicate with each other in such form; this is called the era of the Messiah, the last generation.

Question: What is the correct relationship between being alone and interconnected with other people?

Answer: Everyone should feel the right relationship individually, as the saying goes: “The soul of man will teach him.” He will feel that he is obliged to go outside, spread his knowledge, help others, and also receive from them. A person realizes that he needs a new kind of connection.

Question: Where will mankind of the 21st century go: to solitude or to be together?

Answer: In the 21st century, there will be both. Above all individuals there must be another layer that covers everything, where we are together. That is, there will be complete harmony: loneliness for the sake of unity and unification for the sake of individuality, one for the sake of together and together for the sake of one. Between these concepts there will be no contradiction, only mutual support.

Now we see that these concepts are in contradiction—a man secludes himself and does not want communication. That is, the one principle still collides with the principle of together. But when we get to the critical state in this matter, humanity will start looking for a way out, a method for uniting people, which nature requires of us.

Otherwise, nature is out of balance and we await climatic catastrophes and wars. People will be unable to build families and live together. The face of the generation will become very cruel because it will be incapable of uniting the two principles together: individuality and unity. And then, people will want to learn the methods of unification that Kabbalah offers.

Question: How can a person check what is at the point of equilibrium?

Answer: Balance is a harmony between these two areas in which a person will feel how nature is revealed before him. He will open his eyes to a new dimension. Inside the combination of these two layers: individuality and complete unification, a new world is revealed to him where all opposites unite and replenish each other.

Question: Will a man of the future be an individualist?

Answer: The whole individuality of the future man will be designed to support one man, that is, a common system united as one man. The individuality of each will be expressed in that it will include everyone.

Question: That is, he will not care about personal benefits, but about the benefits of society?

Answer: The personal benefits of each will be inseparable from the benefits of society. We will all feel like one man, as the supreme power that unfolds within all of us, filling us with mutual bestowal and love and revealing the higher reality to us.

I wish for us to achieve this kind of life as quickly as possible!
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/4/17

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Three Times About Love

laitman_527_03Comment: You said that a person is given the feeling of love in his youth and each of us has, indeed, experienced first love. The second time is when a person has a child, and as for the third time, he has to develop it himself, consciously in relation to strangers.

Answer: The first case is not love but a natural internal hormonal call that is described in many sources. In the second case, when a person has a baby, he feels that he is part of nature and that he is taking some high part in it. This action is similar to the Creator’s action and so it gives a person a special feeling. In the third case, if a person begins to truly resemble the Creator, he can already feel what love is.

Question: In the first two cases I can somehow imagine what love is. Can I relate to these two cases as an example in order to understand how to love others?

Answer: No! In the first case it is merely a hormonal discharge and that’s all. Forgive me for speaking about love and romance this way, but there is nothing else in it. You can ask any psychologist. And as for the love of a baby, it is a beastly emotion.

Nature did not let us feel all that for no reason but to develop the next level in us, which is above nature. You begin to love another not because you like him or because you fill up some of your desires, but because you are bringing the Creator pleasure by that, and this is called altruism.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17

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The Work Of The Correction Of The World, Part 3

laitman_229Question: In the world there is a lot of corruption, deceit, unfairness, and inequality between those who have and have not—all of it stands in the way of normal life. Evidently, there are people who are more at fault for this than others, but what can be asked of a simple person?

Why do you insist that everyone has to correct themselves? Wouldn’t it be better to correct those in the position of power, so they would improve all our systems and make our lives better. What does a ordinary person have to do with this?

Answer: A simple person suffers without even knowing why. But the truth is that everyone is in charge of their egoism and will have to correct themselves.

Question: So why not correct only those who are the cause of the problem?

Answer: They are not the cause of the problem; the problem is the consequence of all of us. If we replace some people at the top, others who are no better will come to replace them. We need to correct the entire human society and then all the other levels: animal, vegetative, and inanimate will be corrected too because they all depend on man.

Question: What is so specific about each person that is detrimental to the whole system?

Answer: It is the human desire to build its success at the expense of another.

Question: But we try to help each other. There are so many humanitarian aid societies today and no one goes hungry. It looks like we care about each other and wish each other well?

Answer: The problem is that everyone judges according to their own opinion, and therefore is puzzled about why is it that we do so much good to each other, but the world keeps getting worse and worse? Apparently, we don’t know what it means to do good to each other, and what the system of nature requires of us. We don’t understand that we need to build a human society not based on our views, but according to the higher requirements, above the level of our egoistic mindsets, feelings, or philosophy.

Each person has his own understanding of what the ideal human society should look like. First, we must establish what the correct format of that society should be. We lack that understanding, and therefore we constantly enter into arguments, wars, and everyone thinks that they are in the right. Courts are overflowing with people trying to prove their convictions.

So who can give us the definition of the correct parameters of the world system for it to be an objective verdict, not someone’s opinion? After all, we all are corrupt egoists full of different stereotypes, and whether subconsciously or not, we always think only of ourselves and not of others.

That is why, the first thing we need to do is to determine the correct, objective form of the world system. And for that reason we need to turn to the science of Kabbalah, which explains what the upper force and the system of nature are and how can we become similar to it. For that is the only way we can come to a good life.

The upper force of nature is beyond us, and we cannot change it. However, we can change ourselves and bring us to harmony with it. The more we begin resembling its qualities, the better our lives will be.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/13/17

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Generations X, Y, and Z, Part 3

laitman_229Question: How does external influence affect the character of a generation and shape it?

Answer: Human egoism is like clay or dough from which a society can mold anything.

Question: Doesn’t the character of a generation depend on its egoism?

Answer: Egoism only determines how pliable this material is. Once, it is molded from clay, then sculpted from marble, and later, even more complex materials are used for construction. Today, mostly plastic is used.

The distinction is all in the material, and what to build and how is determined by the generation. But, the material itself, suitable for construction, comes from within, from the developing desire to enjoy.

Question: The older generation created all the innovations that had not existed before in the world, and the next generations enter a world in which everything is as it is. Is that perhaps why the younger generation is not very impressed with material values?

Answer: Young people are not impressed with material values, and they have nothing to add to the world of material things. It would seem, what will they do? But, this is just like after Newton’s physics where everything was already known. Einstein suddenly came and opened new dimensions.

The same is true here. We built all kinds of devices, but the next generation has the opportunity to create new programs for them, to get inside the matter, inside the genome, into the source of life, inside the brain and above it. They still have a lot of work.

As a student, I worked in the field of medical cybernetics at an institute engaged in the study of blood and the brain. But, this is nothing compared to modern instruments and research facilities. The research went far into the interior: inside the cell, inside the brain, the psychology of man, and beyond the boundaries of the mind. It breaks through and beyond the borders of human life.

These studies still refer to the material, but they are approaching the border of the spiritual world, and we are gradually losing touch with matter. This information is from the border zone and over the matter.

The egoism of modern man is more developed and complex. It is destined to perceive the deepest mysteries of life. And for him, they seem quite natural and ordinary. A person is no longer impressed with the tools that fall into his hands, but he is looking for what can be achieved with their help.

The baby boomer generation built a material base, the equipment. The next generation created a program for it. The youngest generation will now use all of this.

Question: And what will the new generation have to do? Where are we going?

Answer: I think that the next generation will enter the reality that we will reveal at the expense of all of our previous development, and they will live in it. They should reveal the spiritual world. The challenge of the next generation is to move from computers and the study of matter to its forces. Deeper inside the material, through it, we reach the forces that govern it, and there we will continue our research.

Question: What will young people be impressed with in a decade?

Answer: It seems to me, with nothing. The younger the generation, the more difficult it is to be touched by something. Their egoism is so subtle that it is not impressed by anything tangible in this world. They need to uncover higher sources of influence on themselves and, perhaps, they will impress them. The usual fulfillments—food, sex, family, money, honor, and knowledge—are no longer important to the modern generation.

It is clear that it is necessary to satisfy the essential needs of the body, but beyond the necessary, a young man will want to be in the world of the managing program, in the world of forces, above the material, where matter comes into play in the large computer of creation called the “spiritual world.”
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/18/17

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Laitman_036Question: When you look at yourself and your generation of baby boomers, and compare yourself with your grandson who is a few generations apart from you and belongs to generation “A,” you, of course, see a big difference.
What is the root cause of such differences? Why do new generations have a completely different perception of the world?

Answer: From the moment of the creation of our universe, from the Big Bang to today, all of our development was egoistic. First, evolution was at the level of inanimate matter; atoms began to form and connect to molecules. Then, plants appeared on the surface of the globe, later animals, and finally, man who has also been developing for many tens of thousands of years.

All of this evolution was due to the growth of egoism inside the matter at all of its levels: inanimate, vegetative, animal, and human. Thus, the egoism of the generation of my grandson, of course, is a lot greater than the egoism of my generation. He demands more from life. After all, the more time that passes from the beginning of creation, the more matter develops.

Its development is expressed in the fact that it begins to demand more fulfillment, both in quantity and in quality. Accordingly, one generation is different from another. In addition, there is a certain acceleration of generations. Before, it was necessary to pass several centuries in order to make the difference between generations noticeable. Nowadays, the generation is completely new every ten years.

Egoism grows and requires more and more from life. Therefore, the modern generation needs to know the meaning of life, its essence, and how to fill one’s egoistic desire, which has grown in relation to past generations. It quickly finds out what is worth doing and what is not. In short, it is more selfish.

The quality of egoistic desire has also changed. Man can no longer be filled with small joys that were characteristic of the old generation. I remember when they bought me a bicycle; the joy lasted for about two years. My younger grandson is almost indifferent to whether he has a bicycle or not. He is looking for better fulfillments.

As a child, I looked at a plane in the sky and was inspired just by its appearance. My little grandson was taken on a trip to France, and I was amazed at how calmly he entered the plane, as if this was the most ordinary event. He treated it like an adult.

From the outside, it seems that he is a small child, but in fact, there is an adult inside who is not impressed with the material. His impressions and their form exist on a completely different level.

The modern child turns on the computer and knows in advance what should be there. His inner need tells him how each button should work. He knows that the computer was prepared for him by the last generation, and that’s what it should be. This generation comes and opens things, knowing in advance that they have already been created.

This is very characteristic of the last generations. After all, our generation only made discoveries and created new things. It was a generation that had nothing. Everything just started to enter our life. Cars and planes—we created them ourselves.

For our grandchildren, it has become ordinary. The sky and the earth are full of all kinds of machines. So, nothing impresses the young man: not mountains, the supermarket, nor the amusement park. Everything seems to be obvious in advance. Egoism has become more sophisticated, complex, and requires a better fulfillment.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/18/17

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laitman_269Question: Generations come and replace each other, while each brings its own distinctive approach, relation to reality, and perception of life. And especially recently in our rapidly changing world, it becomes noticeable how the person himself is changing.

Every few years there is a new type of people with new goals and lifestyle. The generation of “baby boomers” is those born after the Second World War who are now 50-70 years old. Then comes the generation of those who are now 40-50 called “generation X.”

“Generation Y,” which is 20 to 40 years old, and “Generation Z,” which are 10 to 20 years old, and the last generation, for which there are no letters left, will probably return to the beginning of the alphabet and become “generation A.”

Each generation was formed under the influence of certain events that qualitatively changed its nature: social causes, wars, economic crises, and technological breakthroughs. Do you feel a qualitative difference between generations, and what it is?

Answer: Kabbalah does not study such differences between generations and does not take them into account. It explains to a person the reality, its perception, and teaches him to comprehend the true world that is outside of man. He begins to understand where he is and what happens to us before birth and after death in dimensions that are higher than time and space.

But Kabbalah does not investigate generations X, Y, or Z; after all, it talks about a person’s egoism, which even though it varies from generation to generation, it does not do so qualitatively. Kabbalah is engaged in changing the nature of man, and therefore is indifferent to which generation he belongs. Whether he came to study at 20, 40, or 60, his original form of perception is not important because Kabbalah changes his perception and approach to life.

Kabbalah is designed to give a person the right guidance, the correct view of reality—the only one, clear, eternal, and unchanging from generation to generation. Today it is the same as it was 6,000 years ago. This is the same method in which there is nothing to change.

Man changes with the course of history in his material, animal properties. But Kabbalah does not take them into account because its task is to develop the human in him, a new individuality that is higher than all generations of X, Y, or Z.

Question: Why then does the book Bereshit speak about ten generations from Adam to Noah?

Answer: Ten generations from Adam to Noah are stages in the development of the spiritual structure raised by man above his egoism. A person engaged in his inner correction, building a soul, passes certain levels of development, called a transition from generation to generation. But we are talking about spiritual progress.

From this point of view, generations are different as far as they awaken a person to the search for spiritual development. For example, the generation of ancient Babylon was pretty developed in this sense and so it gave rise to all of humanity, to the entire human civilization.

After the outbreak of the crisis,  a group came out of Babylon, later called the people of Israel, which was solely raising itself above all corporeal life. In this case, external, material conditions awakened the demand, the need for spiritual elevation.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/18/17

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Start Preparing For Family Life From Early Childhood

Laitman_049_03Question: From what age should we begin to prepare adolescents for family life and what exactly does this education consist of?

Answer: We think that matrimony is something exceptional. But, in reality, it is just a form of connection between people. We should start educating children about the art of connecting with others from two to three years of age.

A very young child doesn’t know how to play with anyone else. But at around two to three years of age, he begins to play with other children, and then it is necessary to teach him how to be in correct contact with others. The methodology for this includes roundtables, connection exercises, mutual concession, and games. The child needs to understand how to use these correctly.

Connection is when I can unite with another through all of my desires, all my aspiration; I can unite with one other, two, ten, or a larger society. And as children mature, this understanding must be expanded. It needs to be explained that connections exist between sexes and the new growing desires in us also need to be used for appropriate connection with others.

When suddenly sexual interests appear—that divide all people into men and women, into those who are close and those that are distant, into those he loves and those he doesn’t—he must know how to use these interests for the right kind of connection to society. The science of Kabbalah teaches how to achieve this right kind of connection and appreciate the importance of various forms of rejection and attraction.

This needs to be studied, and I would make this education compulsory for everyone because it is obvious that without it we lose a great deal in life.
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From the lesson “Time Of Kabbalah,” 6/20/2017

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Alone In A Crowd Of A Billion, Part 6

laitman_942Better Together or Apart?

Question: Is the right connection built on the contradiction with the natural desire of a person to unite with his or her own kind and including people as different from others as possible?

Answer: It’s like playing the lottery, and here we need to rely on fate. Fate is in the hands of the upper force that arranged that we meet and have the opportunity to unite in a group.

It has long been known that unity gives great strength, but this is a special case. In this group, all are connected together in one system, all are directed to one goal, and each one nullifies himself for the benefit of the group, as if in a commando unit. This is a completely different method, compared to the usual connection adopted in our world.

In order to do this, we need to build a new educational system that teaches how to connect above separation. We need to know what we unite for and how, what the nature of each and every one is, and in what form we can connect. And most importantly, we reveal the power of mutual bestowal, not the power of egoistic connection to win over someone else.

The power we gain is not egoistic, but altruistic. This is a different approach, a different goal, and everything is different.

Question: Which is better: to be together or to be alone?

Answer: If this is a bad society of drug addicts or criminals, then it’s certainly better to be alone. If the society is good, then it is preferable to be in the society.

Question: Why does research speak about the benefits of loneliness?

Answer: Because we cannot provide a good society for a person, and then, of course, it is better to be alone. In the past, loneliness was beneficial for human development, but today it is caused by the fact that a person flees from society. Therefore, this kind of loneliness is negative.

As a child, I loved spending time alone, reading one book after another, bookshelf after bookshelf . But today’s loneliness among young people is different because nature demands a completely different kind of involvement from us.

My peers felt an inner need to play, walk, and do sports together. And a completely different thing is required from today’s generation: to connect together above their egoism, while preserving the individuality of each one.

Egoism pushes us away from connecting with each other, and people do not want to leave their house or to be connected with someone. And at the same time, nature presses on us and demands connection. As a result, a person feels split.

And here comes the method suggested by Kabbalah, which allows us to balance the two tendencies: the requirement of nature to unite and the separation we feel. They both come from nature.

Inside, a person remains himself and develops individually according to his inclinations: a musician, a writer, or a football player. But nature obliges us all to be within one sphere, one force that connects us, and we need to learn how to do this without encroaching on anyone’s individuality.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/4/17

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laitman_929The Peak Of Human Development

Question: We know that human development very much depends on the environment. How do we build a correct connection in society so that it influences a person in the best way?

Answer: It is necessary to assemble a group of people who will work according to the method that allows them to connect above their egoism and to explain to them the laws of the society that exist in unity as one man. There they will perform exercises, when each one tries to annul himself with respect to others, or to see himself above others, or to see everyone as completely equal. We should consider unity as the peak of our desired development and imagine what we can achieve by becoming one man with one heart, with one feeling, conceding to each other in everything.

We need to assemble such groups, not from people with similar qualities, in other words, not only from energetic ones or not only from lazy ones; on the contrary, it is necessary to mix everyone together. It is desirable to have different people in the circle who complement each other in all forms.

Why is it so important? The fact is that previously we were connecting with each other “rectilinearly,” according to our inner nature. Therefore, each one was looking for the people who are closer to him in qualities, more similar and suitable, and that “speak the same language.”

However, we want to build groups where “love will cover all crimes.” There, on the contrary, the more differences between us we overcome by connecting above them despite all the inequalities and inconsistencies, the bigger opportunity we have to rise above our material nature. Then we will be able to feel what is happening on “the second floor,” meaning in our connection above natural, inner qualities and habits.

In this way, we can attain the internal system of nature where everyone is different and even opposite and no one is similar to another. And each one should remain the way he is, without bending before the society, but at the same time without ruling over it. The main thing is to find the correct connection between us so that each one would complement others without any dominance from society toward him, or from him toward society.

By reaching such fine integral connection, we really feel ourselves in the unified society as if in a family. And when all the tens will feel themselves as one, ten tens will connect into one ten, where each unit will be equal to ten. And this work will continue in this way until all of humanity becomes as one man.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/4/17

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New Life 861 – Restraining The Evil Inclination

New Life 861 – Restraining The Evil Inclination
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

Why do we have an evil inclination? How can we recognize it and what is the good force that helps us in this process?
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From KabTV’s “New Life 861 –  Restraining The Evil Inclination,” 1/6/17

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