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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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In The Dark Entanglement Of The Egoism

laitman_232_01Question: Ever since I was young, I wanted to understand how I can bring benefit to other people and what the meaning of my life is. This search has led me into the dark entanglement of other peoples’ egoism.

For some reason, they were always happy to take advantage of my search and my kindness for their own benefit. Where have my good intentions led me?

Answer: You have been searching without a method! You simply wanted to do good to other egoistic people who took advantage of that.

Question: How can I learn to give correctly?

Answer: That is a whole science. You must be tougher and more cunning. You shouldn’t let anyone use you. A person should be very resourceful in order to cope with his ego, with the snake, and to work with it.

You shouldn’t be a fool or at least not naïve. It is good that you have such attributes. But now you already know that you must change yourself.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17

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Does The Ego Exist In The Spiritual World?

laitman_608_02Question: Does the ego grow after we transcend to spirituality?

Answer: Egoism as we know it does not exist in the spiritual world. It changes to altruism, to the opposite action, to benefit others. After the transition to spirituality, it works with the intention of in order to bestow unto others.
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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 1

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: There are a lot of different ideas of how the world should be corrected. Everything comes down to this being a very important and exalted goal. Religious people expect the Messiah to come and for all the people to become religious.

“Green” people understand the correction of the world as improved ecology. The British National Committee on Environmental Protection recently published a report that lists 50 most urgent measures to “save the world.”

Here are a few of them: radically improve electricity consumption, introduce worldwide use of solar energy, and raise public awareness to reduce the waste of energy. All these measures are from the side of the Greens.

What does the correction of the world mean from the standpoint of a Kabbalist?

Answer: Kabbalah is a very extensive science that touches on the foundations of the world and extends through the whole depth of nature. Therefore, before talking about the correction of the world, we need to find out what in it is spoiled.

Everyone has their own opinion of what needs to be fixed because their major concern is for their own life. If you ask an old person versus a young one, a man versus a woman, married or single, everyone will give you a different answer.

So first we need to gain insight, whether the world is actually imperfect, and exactly how. Is this imperfection dependent on a person or not? And if it is, it follows that it is the person that needs to change, and not the world.

According to the science of Kabbalah, the world is so bad because it was corrupt from the beginning. Everyone is familiar with the story of Adam and Eve who lived in the Garden of Eden; everything was perfect until they violated the prohibition and sinned by eating the apple of the Tree of Knowledge. After that, the snake, or our egoism, started ruling the world. Since then, we began wishing evil to one another, and evidently remain this way to this day.

Apparently, the world would have been much better off if not for the sin of Adam. If people were kinder to each other, then surely our world, our society, would have been better.

If you look at the quality of the whole of nature: inanimate, vegetative, and animate, even there you will see that one consumes the other and lives at the expense of it. So it comes down to it also being in need of correction. There is no species that exists on its own; it is always at the expense of others. Especially man who always builds his own wellbeing to another’s detriment.

It follows that in order to correct the world, we need to correct general nature. And Kabbalah states that if the human nature is corrected, then the entire world would be corrected—everything will unite into one cohesive system, and even wolves and sheep will leave peacefully side by side, and a small child will lead them, as written by the prophets.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/13/17

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Fate Of The High Souls

laitman_938_01Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Building the Future Society”: There is an allegory about friends who were lost in the desert, hungry and thirsty. One of them had found a settlement filled abundantly with every delight. He remembered his poor brothers, but he had already drawn far off from them and did not know their place. What did he do? He began to shout out loud and blow the horn; perhaps his poor hungry friends would hear his voice, approach and come to that abundant settlement filled with every delight.

Question: How do we build such a path so people will feel that it leads to this “settlement filled with every delight”?

Answer: This transition is very difficult and far from popular. The fact is that not many people can move to the new state with their mind, powers, thoughts, and spiritual work.

“With their mind” means with the help of study and practical application of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Only a small fraction of people can do this. All the others will come to the same state precisely because of the influence of the group. The masses won’t have a choice; they will feel miserable, useless, and jobless.

And their suffering will become more internal rather than external. If once a person had no clothes and food, today he doesn’t have internal fulfillment, and this is much worse than hunger or cold. We see how people suffer from depression.

Therefore, the most important thing for us is to assemble a group of people that really can master the new stage of development, and then they will be able to pull the rest of humanity after them.

Comment: It is written that he “began to shout out loud and blow the horn; perhaps his poor hungry friends would hear his voice.”

My Comment: It doesn’t mean that he addressed the broad masses; they can’t hear the spiritual appeal.

They will be able to hear his cry if they feel miserable and hungry; otherwise, they will continue to play with their “toys,” especially since governments are interested in filling their lives with them.

Therefore, the spiritual appeal is directed to a few, and the rest will browse the Internet filled with entertainment and services created especially for them. It is possible to control the masses through the Internet without problems. They will give them free computers, only to keep everyone in an inter-tension.

Question: Is it only in order for them to not feel hunger and start to shout?

Answer: They won’t be able to. After all, the manifestation of hunger for the next state, for the meaning of life, is a fate of the high souls.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/15/17

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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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Egoism And Altruism

Laitman_049_01Question: What is the difference between egoism and altruism?

Answer: Egoism differs from altruism only in the intention: on whether I want to do something for myself or for others.

I can kiss you and it will be for myself, and I can slap you a couple of times, and it will be for you. In other words, the action itself is meaningless. It is only the intention that determines its essence.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17

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The Indefatigable Growth Of Egoism

Dr. Michael LaitmanEgoism is created in us specifically so that we, through developing it, will achieve the possibility of free will and will begin to use it in spite of ourselves. Then we will attain the Creator.

The ego’s property of unlimited growth is an incredible attribute that does not exist in nature.

If I want something and taste it, I will want twice as much; if I consume twice as much, I will want four times as much, and so on. I constantly need to double my pleasure otherwise I cannot feel it as a pleasure.

This means that the Creator’s force is within the ego, and it keeps growing. This does not exist in the other levels of nature, but it does in our egoism. In man, in the fourth phase of development, after the the still, vegetative, and the animate levels, there is the Creator’s spark that is actually concentrated in the ego, which keeps growing exponentially.

Question: If a person enjoys the fact that others feel bad, does that mean that it is a real egoism?

Answer: Yes, when the filling is at the expense of others, I feel great pleasure. At the same time, my egoism exits my internal frameworks. A lion, for example, that devours a certain animal is satisfied and has no need for anything else. A man who devours one, looks for something else to devour.

This means that very big desires emerge in us and constantly demand renewal and are insatiable. On the contrary, the more you try to satisfy them, the hungrier you feel. If you satisfy the double egoism, you are four times as hungry, and so on, and it is impossible to do anything with such a bottomless pit.

Question: Does this apply to all of mankind?

Answer: It applies to all developed people. An underdeveloped human being is like an animal, like a baby, whom you give something and he is satisfied. A developed man, on the other hand, wants the whole world, and even that is not enough for him.

The desire to receive everything at the expense of others is a special kind of egoism. We can see the competition between rich and famous people, like artists, for example, who burn with envy of each other.

Question: But the Creator has created all that. How is that supposed to bring us closer to Him to reach His attributes?

Answer: It happens in a very bitter manner when a person begins to realize that he will attain no pleasure, will not be satisfied “till death do us part between me and my sack of gold.”

Question: Do you think that a kind, good hearted, gentle, honest person is an underdeveloped person?

Answer: Yes, he is not egoistically developed enough yet. But today, this can happen very quickly.
When a person begins to understand that there is no point chasing new fillings because they don’t satisfy him anyway, he begins to look for a substitute on a higher level and reaches the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/26/17

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