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Two Vectors Of The Universe

Laitman_168Question: How are egoism and altruism defined?

Answer: Baal HaSulam defines egoism as self-love, when a person wants to fill himself as much as possible in spite of all others, without reckoning with anyone.

Altruism is a desire to fill another person, giving away everything you can, in spite of yourself—not to please yourself, but to please the desire of a friend.

There are only two vectors in the universe: a force directed either toward oneself or toward others. Their combination generates everything that exists in nature at all levels: inanimate, vegetative, animal, and human.

Question: Why was such a multi-level system created?

Answer: Four levels of nature personify the four stages of the development of direct Light. Inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human nature correspond to the first, second, third, and fourth levels of desire.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/4/18

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Connection Without Smartphones

laitman_623In the News (BBC): “An app that rewards students for time spent away from their phones is being released in the UK. …

“It has proved popular in Scandinavia, with more than 120,000 users across Norway, Denmark and Sweden. …

“Students will accumulate 10 points for every 20 minutes that they do not use their mobile phone between 07:00 and 23:00 every day of the week.

“Points can be exchanged for goods and services within the app’s marketplace, with brands such as Caffe Nero, Vue cinemas and Amazon signed up.

“To earn two free coffees, students will need 300 points, which equates to 10 hours on the Hold app. For free popcorn at the cinema, they will need to spend two hours to accrue 60 points.

“Students can also exchange their points for books and stationery which are donated to schools via Unicef.”

My Comment: I am not sure that smartphones will be around for too much longer. Why do we need useless conversations that come from our inner worries, from misunderstanding what is happening around us and in the world? And when a person finds an answer to this and starts to hold on to the essence of what is happening, one will not need small talk, uselessly filling the air.

Judging by the intensity with which smartphones are used today, I think this will subside soon. Desire will vanish.

Question: Does that mean that the desire for physical communication will reignite?

Answer: No, it will be on a different level—internal. Other desires will appear, different goals. People will try to find an inner layer of nature in their relationships. This layer will attract them, carry them away, fill them up. They will seek this.

Question: What layer is that?

Answer: Information about our world, but more profound, hidden within nature. This is information about what happens in nature itself manifests in each of us and in the connections between us. This source will be very interesting to us.

All the rest, what we are still looking for today, is only an unconscious connection with the same source. We do not need anything else. This is exactly what we always want to find.
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From KabTVs: “News with Michael Laitman,” 3/13/18

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We “Outgrew” Clothes

273.02In the News (Bloomberg): “The Death of Clothing”

“The apparel industry has a big problem. At a time when the economy is growing, unemployment is low, wages are rebounding and consumers are eager to buy, Americans are spending less and less on clothing.

“The woes of retailers are often blamed on Amazon.com Inc. and its vise grip on e-commerce shoppers. Consumers glued to their phones would rather browse online instead of venturing out to their local malls, and that’s crushed sales and hastened the bankruptcies of brick-and-mortar stalwarts from American Apparel to Wet Seal. …

“Apparel has simply lost its appeal. And there doesn’t seem to be a savior in sight. As a result, more and more apparel companies—from big-name department stores to trendy online startups—are folding.”

My Comment: The point here is not at all in fashion and not in the fact that there is a large amount of affordable goods. It is just because our egoism, our desires, outgrew clothes. Today you are not judged by your appearance. People are looking for something internal, something more elevated. The superficial things are gradually receding and these changes come from within.

Over time, only the good, correct attitude of a person to others will be appreciated, when he understands that he exists in a uniform society where all people are united and equal for the attainment of the next degree of our development.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/18

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What Makes Man Special?

laitman_282.01Question: If we look at a flock of animals, for example, they live in a kind of a communist society where everything is communal. Is man a mutation of nature, a special being in which the ego suddenly began to develop?

Answer: Man, in his animal state, is an ordinary being. But there is human egoism in him, which raises him above nature.

In all of nature—inanimate, vegetative, and animate—there is no egoism; it boils down to instinct, the desire to survive. The instinctive desire for survival, the fulfillment of the rigid laws of nature, exists on these levels like on a hard disk, as in a permanent memory, and is not considered egoism.

Egoism is a desire for excess, when I want more than I need for my material existence. And if I naturally fight for my existence, this is not considered egoism.

The egoistic additive makes man special. Therefore, he stands out from the number of animals and begins to develop as a special being.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 11/13/17

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The Egyptian Exile Of The 21st Century

laitman_749.01Why was it beneficial for Pharaoh to raise Moses in his house? Just think, how much has the world gained from the Jews? The world owes its entire development to the Jews because the upper Light is conducted through them, through the quality of Bina to Malchut, bringing it everything: the start of all religions, beliefs, and knowledge.

Even the corporeal desires for food, sex, and family develop because the Light shines on them from above in addition to the animal level. And this is all because there is an intention to bestow, represented by Israel. Therefore, more Light keeps coming and develops desires. And the desire itself does not develop, it is dead like dust.

The only reason that a desire develops is for the sake of it reaching the next degree. And if all four stages have already been reached: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human, then further development can only come from above, through Israel.

This can be seen by the displacement of the Jewish people experienced in Europe as they were exiled from one country to the next. If not for this small group in our world that is somehow connected to the upper Light, the world would not have developed. Why would it? All the development is done for the sake of achieving bestowal, adhesion, and the end of correction.

And if there is no such group and no connection between the upper Light and Malchut, then Malchut does not develop. Therefore, the world blames the Jews for all its problems. It is the Jews that caused the world’s development that has now come to the end. The world is up against a wall, the global crises is unfolding, and the Jews are obviously going to be blamed for it.

The Jews are astounded by these accusations because they gave the world so much good, so many new inventions. But this is a misunderstanding of our role, because we are meant for something completely different.

It is similar to the story of the exile in Egypt. At first, the Jews brought a lot of benefit to Egypt, and then life went bad. These parts of Bina are supposed to start rising from Malchut and to elevate it to the next level of development. It is like a woman who is ready to give birth, but is unable to. Can you imagine what would happen to this child?
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/11/18, Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Pesach,” Part 1

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History Is Coming To A Close

Laitman_001.02All sciences, except Kabbalah, work within a small Light that can be obtained in receiving desires without correction. So our entire world exists without the intention for bestowal.

But this is a very limited glow, a barely smoldering spark of life that allows desires to exist just waiting until the time of correction.

In our time, the Light has almost filled all desires. Therefore, science is in crisis, and has reached a dead end. There are no more breakthroughs in science; everything is fading. We only find connections between various phenomena. Humanity is allowed to discover this because it leads to the understanding that our world is closed, round, global, and integral.

So we must be connected with each other and with all of nature. Only in this direction does science develop and reveal our common relationship to us. But beyond that, there will be no scientific development. Only technology will develop, not the fundamental sciences. Scientists have been talking about this for many years.

We have completely exhausted our desire to enjoy that we can exist in. Now only its perverted forms are possible. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries before the Great Depression in America, we used such incentives as money and power to advance for.

Then, it ended. Today, we simply earn abstract numbers in accounts, and money also is losing its value. History is coming to a close. In other words, we are becoming aware of the need for correction.

However, there will be no more material development due to the Light of Hochma entering into this world’s desires. As a result, people will experience disappointment, depression, and a global crisis in all areas of human activity.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/28/18, Shamati, Article 37 “An Article for Purim”

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What Is The Limit Of Craving Wealth?

547.01Question: You say that the desire for wealth and knowledge is natural. How do we satisfy it? What is the measure, the limit, you should set for yourself?

Answer: The measure is only in transferring the upper Light through yourself to society.

Food, sex, and family are necessary desires that you must satisfy, otherwise you cannot exist. However, wealth, power, and knowledge are not physiological, but social desires.

Therefore, you can only develop them to the extent that, through them, you can be properly connected to the society, to your surroundings.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/20/17

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Why Are There So Many People?

laitman_423.03Question from Facebook: Why does the Creator need so many people on planet Earth?

Answer: The number of people on the planet, including those who have died and those who are yet to be born, is strictly predetermined because it depends on the volume of the egoistic desire we must correct. And each of us: living, dead, or yet to be born, carries that desire.

Following this process, we are nearing the end of correction. The desires are becoming greater and that is why they need to be divided into a larger number of bodies. That is why the population increases.

Question: Does it mean that if there were fewer bodies, they would not have been able to bare the egoistic pressure?

Answer: Of course. It is all strictly regulated.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 11/23/17

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Sex Dolls Will Not Help

laitman_600.04In the News (The Next Web): “This futuristic vision is becoming a reality, fast. … One of the biggest sex doll manufacturers in the world [is] aiming to have an interactive doll on the market by the year’s end. Founder Matt McMullen has started another company … to focus on this revolution. …

“To complete the quest of the first proper artificial partner, McMullen and his team have created ‘Harmony AI’ that will be able to link up with virtual reality to create a complete sexual ecosystem that we can’t truly imagine right now. …

“McMullen asked: ‘What is your dream?’

“Harmony responded: ‘My primary objective is to be a good companion to you, to be a good partner and give you pleasure and well-being. Above all else, I want to become the girl you have always dreamed about.’ …

“Turning back the tide on the sexbot revolution is just not going to happen. Time and again we have seen the sex industry drive technology like VHS video, mobile communications, and we’re also expecting it to play a critical part in VR. The sexbot industry could, then, be one of the best technical partners for the AI industry as a whole.

“There are people out there ready, willing, and able to embrace a $15,000 sexbot from the likes of … . This will probably soon become mainstream and sex dolls will be a part of our life before we know it.”

Question: What will this eventually lead to?

Answer: It will lead to, as usual, rejection—a person will see that this does not fulfill him. Everything we create, we do for our egoism. As it keeps growing, we constantly feel that we are in a bigger and bigger empty inner space.

Question: So, the comfort will not amount to anything?

Answer: No. Our growing egoism leaves no place for enjoyment. It keeps revealing its vast emptiness to us.

Therefore, by enjoying a movie, or sex, or artificial dishes, anything at all, I will still “devour” myself inside my new egoism, I keep being dissatisfied with myself.

My only salvation is in drugs. But even the drugs will not be consumed for long. Egoism will develop to a point where it will say: “This is not a solution,” and I will not be able to touch them again.

And what then? There will be a long, wolf-like howl across the world because everyone will be howling at their fate, and they will not be able to do anything about it.

And then, The Book of Zohar will be revealed to all of humanity because there will be no alternatives left. The desire will emerge from the inside, and then the method of attaining the next degree will be revealed.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/14/17

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