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What Prevents Happiness?

Laitman_036Remark: Scientists came to the conclusion that by 2050, the world will face 10 major problems: human genetic modification, increasing proportion of elderly population, disappearance of cities, evolution of social networks, new geopolitical tensions, security of transportation, diminishing natural resources, colonization of other planets, expansion of human brain capabilities, and growing influence of artificial intelligence. (BBC “10 Grand Challenges We’ll Face by 2050“)

Answer: None of this will happen. All of our current development is leading us to a dead end. It seems like we can deal with so many problems, populate other planets, and develop deserts, anything. We can build, destroy, and delude ourselves no matter what. But our egoism will not allow it.

It will make our life unbearable and will lead to continuous fighting between us: between family members, children, parents, residents living in the same city, in the same neighborhood; it won’t matter where or what. We will not be able to get along with each others. And it will be a terrible life. Egoism will lead us to this state.

No inventions will help us. They will provide nothing. First of all, we will use them to subjugate other people, to profit from, and pressure everybody. We see how technology develops and what it is used for.

So, let’s see what prevents us from being happy!

Happiness is not about settling on other planets—these lifeless celestial bodies, and it’s not about driverless cars, or living till the age of 200. It is quite enough for us to live seventy or eighty years. No need for more! It’s not a question of how long one lives, but how one lives! Anyway, you cannot escape death. To push it away is just a senseless human pursuit.

We need to make it so that we will begin to feel ourselves eternal, existing infinitely while still alive in this world. This is the solution to the problem. And we should not look for solutions to everyday problems according to our egoism. Egoism will spoil everything anyway.

We cannot say that today we are happier than those who lived 50 years ago. They did not have the electronic gadgets that we play with now, but they were not less happy because of it.

I see that according to current statistics, people are less happy, humanity is in deeper depression. Today, everyone starts to think about how and where to consume marijuana or something else to “check out.” Why should a person live for 200 years? So 100 of them will be spent in a drugged delusion?!

We must create a good life for ourselves. This is achieved very simply, through good relations between us. Otherwise, Armageddon awaits.

Do you know what Armageddon is? In Israel, there is a small mountain (Har) called Megido. There were some skirmishes a couple of thousand years ago. From that, this figurative expression “Armageddon,” the end of the world, got started.

In fact, we do not need to wait for the end of the world. It is possible to climb up this hill now and look down from it. It’s not that high; it’s some kind of mound only 700 to 800 meters high. Let’s not bring ourselves to the extreme states. Let’s make our life calm, good, and happy today, not in 50 years.

And most importantly, with the help of the science of Kabbalah, we can begin to feel the next life, the upper world, the transition from one state to another, from one reincarnation to another. This is all in our power.

I wish for you to discover for yourself the eternal state of growing and contented matter.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/2/17

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Is It Possible To Change The Course Of History?

laitman_265Question: What impact does ignorance about the program of creation and reluctance to know it have on world history?

Answer: History is what is written on our bones. Therefore, if we want to be participants in world history, then we should understand how to interpret and how to change it.

We are the ones who write today’s history. I have an opportunity to attract the upper Light with the help of the group. It can raise me above egoism, and then I will start to feel what is called the upper world. This will be my story.

Only I can do this with myself, and no one can stop me, but they can help me. The ten or the group exist for this purpose.

Question: Can Kabbalists interfere in history or change it?

Answer: I can interfere in history only by spreading the Kabbalistic method, and if people become interested in it, they will also improve our state. Otherwise we can not influence anything. In Kabbalah, it is impossible to manipulate the forces of nature. There are only two forces of nature, and you can only manipulate them within yourself.

You can only act in one direction: becoming more like the Creator. In this way the upper Light will pass through you to Malchut, in which all of humanity is.

Question: Can we say that history is the plan of creation, its program?

Answer: Yes. It is a program of revealing the plan of creation to the creations.

Question: And is everything deterministic, meaning that nothing can be changed, except the future? That is, can I act only in the present in relation to the future?

Answer: You can act in the present to change it.

This is what the Kabbalists say. This is the only purpose of Kabbalah. It teaches how to go through the period from our time until the end of correction of the whole creation quickly and pleasantly.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/16/17

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Laitman_703.04Question: How can relationships between people affect a volcano or an earthquake? Can an ocean find out that people on its shore have begun treating each other better and then it will calm down?

Answer: We all: inanimate nature, plants, animals, and humans belong to one system. Tsunamis and hurricanes are awakened by the same forces that are controlled by our thoughts and feelings. It is only that our mind and feelings are at a higher degree than the force that causes hurricanes. A hurricane is strong in quantity, and a person—in quality.

If we improve our relationships at the human degree by “ten grams”, getting closer to each other, then by this we weaken the hurricane at the lower degree not by ten grams, but by ten billion times. It will not cause any harm.

After all, this is one system, one level above another. We, at the human level, are at the qualitative level and the hurricane, at the inanimate level, is at the quantitative level. Its strength is in quantity, and ours is in quality, and therefore, human thought is capable of starting and stopping hurricanes. However, so far, we only start them.

Question: Can one hundred thousand people that stand on the shore stop an approaching hurricane with the force of a thought?

Answer: No. First, they do not need to stand on the ocean shore for this. The main thing is that we must reach connection and unity between us and balance the evil forces that we have with the good forces. Then at all degrees—inanimate, vegetative, and animate that are below us—balance will also be restored.

Question: Does it mean that the threat does not come from a stormy ocean, the earth that shakes beneath us, or an erupting volcano? Should we turn the force of our thoughts to them?

Answer: Not at all! We should pay attention only to ourselves, to correcting our attitudes to others. As much as this may seem fantastic, unrealistic, and unscientific, it works exactly this way.

We must learn to control our thoughts, desires, and intentions. After all, if we do not do this, then they automatically turn to the egoistic side, seeking to bring more benefit to us and more harm to others.

Question: What will the corrected person of the future be like?

Answer: The corrected person of the future will learn the skill of keeping an ideal balance with others so that he will not be above all, and they will not be above him, but they will all be friends, connected by good relationships. Thanks to this, all of nature will come to balance, and this will be called the Garden of Eden, paradise.

Question: What will people worry about when they wake up in the morning in such a Garden of Eden?

Answer: It is written that “the world acts according to its unchanging laws” and in life everything will be the same. But a person will take care of the balance between himself and all of nature, including all of humanity.

Question: Will this be a good life or will it be too boring?

Answer: Do not worry, you will have experiences, not from the problems, but from pleasant things. Instead of worrying about a call from the police, the doctor, or the school regarding your children, you will be touched by a good attitude toward you.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/10/17

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737.01Question: When you look at nature, it seems that in it everyone tries to devour each other, but at the same time the whole complex of opposing forces in the end develops into complete harmony, which is called “life.” How does it happen that each individual brings disorder to nature, but nature as a whole is harmonious?

Answer: If we study laws by which the general system of nature operates, we see that they complement each other. Although the whole system is egoistic and is guided by very simple, primitive and abrupt principles, the overall process of its development is aimed at growth, self-attainment, and realization of evil. In the end, we need to understand in what kind of horrible egoism we exist.

From the selfish struggle, forces will grow for understanding, feeling, and realizing what we are doing and for what. Is it possible that our whole life will pass in fighting with each other, like cats that are driven to fight by blind instinct?

Gradually, all of nature—inanimate, vegetative, animate, and especially human—are approaching the realization of evil. We begin to disclose that our nature is bad and it shows us such a life only in order for us to understand what we need to correct in ourselves.

Question: The purpose of disorder is to show us how to move forward to order?

Answer: The world exists and is ruled by complete harmony. Disorder is created in our perception artificially because “Everyone judges according to his own flaws.” We look at the world and see disorder. But as soon as we stop watching it, it immediately turns into the world of Infinity.

The moment I look at the world, I immediately spoil it with my properties. It turns out that due to gradual development, I come to the realization of the fact that I need to correct myself.

Question: It turns out that we look at the world as through broken glasses and, therefore, see it broken?

Answer: We do not see the right connections between all parts of reality; therefore, it seems chaotic to us. In fact, the world is absolutely perfect.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/24/17

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laitman_763.3Question: Today “climate engineering” is developing rapidly. This means that instead of fighting for the preservation of the environment, people are trying to intervene in natural processes, and, with the help of advanced technologies, to manage the climate, cool the globe, change the structure of the atmosphere and the state of the oceans, and so on.

People try to restore balance in nature with the help of modern technology. Is this good for humanity, or conversely, is this a great danger?

Answer: Of course, we have to pay in this way for our wrong reaction, building earthquake-resistant homes and protecting ourselves from the blows of nature. However, this still will not help because we ourselves evoke these natural disasters through our wrong behavior.

We must understand that a person’s thoughts and desires are at the highest level of all the forces that exist in the universe. Therefore, just with our thoughts, desires, and intentions we inflict the main damage to nature.

Man is the bearer of the negative force in nature, since he is guided only by the force of reception. Therefore, we need to balance ourselves with the force of bestowal. In a natural way, every person acts in society trying to receive everything for himself. Yet, in accordance with this, we must develop an ability to give in ourselves. Then balance will be established between us and from humanity it will spread to the rest of nature.

Question: Let’s say, we begin treating each other well and there will be love and bestowal, complete harmony between all people and all nations, how can it stop volcanic eruption or a tsunami?

Answer: Our thoughts and desires are also forces of nature. Man is part of nature, the crown of its development. How are we different from all other parts of nature? We have science, intelligence and more developed feelings. Although these feelings are evil, they are more developed compared to animals, and because of this we are called man, human.

The only problem is that we do not use our forces correctly. We think that we can live as instinctively as animals, without reaching love for our neighbor, and without exploring our influence on the world. Yet, this is not right, because we belong to the human degree. And being human is first of all science, reason, and feelings, which elevate us to the very top of the pyramid.

It turns out that unlike all other levels of nature—inanimate, vegetative, and animate—that are instinctively included into one system called “nature,” man separates himself from it.

We are obliged to complement the system of nature through our participation, joining it together with all others. Due to the fact that we balance our feelings, mind, and the negative force of our egoism with the positive force, we will reach a good connection with all parts of creation.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/10/17

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Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It is clear that all the disorder in our lives is caused by the fact that everyone thinks only of themselves. But how do you see a corrected, permanent, perfect state where everyone is in harmony?

Answer: Such a state actually exists in nature, but we do not see it. As it is written: “He who has eyes to see, let him see, and he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Everyone judges in the measure of his own depravity and perceives the world arranged according to his egoistic reason and feeling. Therefore, we are not able to see how perfect nature is and we consider ourselves smarter than nature.

It turns out that we do not see the truth and are plunging into greater chaos all the time. Egoism grows bigger and bigger, and our ability to cope with it is melting in front of our eyes. The situation is becoming critical, and soon we will finally destroy humanity in nuclear world wars, as Kabbalists warn.

The only way out is to get to know the system of nature. We will either discover through suffering that nature is perfect and only we are spoiled, or we will begin to understand the system of nature through studying the wisdom of Kabbalah.

The power of bestowal, connection, and reciprocity reign in nature—the exact opposite to what a person lives on—that is, the power of receiving, personal domination, envy, and hatred.

Question: Where do you see mutual assistance and connection in nature?

Answer: We do not see it when we look at it with our own egoistic eyes. On the contrary, it seems to us that in nature there is a fierce struggle for existence where the strongest wins.

But if we look deeper, the question arises: where does life come from? This very life in which completely different opposing forces suddenly somehow miraculously complete each other and create all possible varieties of creatures: inanimate matter, plants, animals, and humans.

How is it possible that opposing forces wishing to destroy each other suddenly connect and even complete each other, sacrifice one for the sake of the other, because without this life is impossible. Where does it come from?

If you look more closely at nature, as, for example, bio-cybernetics does, which studies the systems existing in living organisms, you will see how one thing completes the other. All these systems operate on the basis of completely different forces, and it only seems to us in our faulty perception that everyone wants to swallow others and forcefully establish their power.

If it were so, then life would never be able to exist because it is based on bestowal, concessions, on my concern for someone who will then help me, and so generation after generation. This is completely different from what appears to our superficial glance.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #912” 10/24/16

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Laitman_117Question: The Torah tells us that at first there was darkness and chaos from which life was later created. How can harmony arise from chaos?

Answer: All this is said only in relation to man. And even if it seems as though we are talking about the periods of evolution that ostensibly took place before the appearance of man, this is wrong. Evolution makes sense only with the inclusion of a person who is beginning to use the whole world, and all changes occur only with respect to him

Only after the creation of consciousness and with respect to it can we talk about the creation of the world, the universe, the planet Earth, all systems, and humanity. Before the appearance of man, there seemed to be nothing. And when we are talking about darkness and chaos, they also exist only in relation to man because his consciousness is distorted, that is, opposed to the ideal system we exist in.

A person does not understand or feel this system, that is, he does not perceive it either in mind or heart. He sees the reality projected by his faulty qualities against the background of an immutable and perfect world.

He does not see the upper, spiritual world or the ideal system, but sees himself with respect to this system; that is, he sees the difference between the one and the other, between the qualities of man and the qualities of nature. Therefore, it seems to him that the world is dark and disorderly.

All of nature exhibits bestowal, love, connection, completing each other, whereas the qualities of man are the exact opposite: receiving, disorder, and the inability to connect with others and complete them. Everyone acts guided by their own benefit to the detriment of others, and therefore sees disorder in the world.

Disorder is a quality arising from the nature of man, from his egoism.

After all, if everyone thinks about himself and is guided by his own benefit, without taking others into account, he stops the entire system, like a faulty gear.

Instead of connecting with the rest and turning together like a working clock, everyone spins in his own direction, as he pleases. As a result, we resist each other, break our gears, and the whole mechanism almost fails to work.

There is another system that punishes and corrects, showing how bad we feel because of this egoistic attitude. Therefore, out of hopelessness, we begin little by little to take each other into account. Although these mutual considerations are also egoistic because the main thing for me is my own good, I do take the others into account only when necessary. It turns out, we somehow manage to exist but our lives are full of suffering and chaos. Chaos and disorder in our lives are the result of everyone being controlled by the power of their own egoism and thinking only about their own good rather than the benefit of the common system. This is the main reason for the disorder that manifests in all areas of our lives.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/24/16

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laitman_423.03Question: Chaos and disorder are a part of our life. Usually a person strives to determine laws and put everything in order, but nature always knocks us out of balance and plunges us into chaos. Why is our life constantly getting out of control and our world moving toward a constantly growing disorder?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah asserts that, in fact, we exist in the world of Infinity, in an endless Light, in an ideal, optimally organized system. This system is constant and never changes because it is absolutely perfect.

The system is called the world of Infinity because it has no limits and is in an ideal, immutable order, without any need for correcting or changing any of its elements. But a person existing within this system must constantly change. We have informational genes, records (Reshimot) of impressions, states, desires, and thoughts that are being constantly updated.

A spiral of such records about thoughts (that is, impressions in the mind) and desires (impressions in the heart) is constantly unwinding in a person, and he is changing. Therefore, it seems to us that the world is changing, which is, in fact, immutable. We see a constant, beautiful, infinite Light in front of us, but our perception changes all the time.

If we approach the Light thorough our properties, then we feel good, and if we change in the opposite direction, then we feel bad in all sorts of ways.This, in fact, determines all our life. Therefore, we can talk about chaos or harmony only in relation to a specific person and the world that he feels in his constantly updated organs of perception. Because of this, it seems to us that the world is changing and we are changing, but all these changes exist only in relation to ourselves. And if we see chaos around us, it means this chaos exists exclusively within us.

This can lead to despair because it turns out that I do not know where I really am and what is happening. I do not see the world of Infinity because I am locked inside my distorted imagination and I perceive my own properties and thoughts constantly changing according to the program that is unknown to me. That is, I see my own film, the form of the world that my thoughts and desires project to me.

Question: But if my thoughts and desires are revealed according to the program of development, then there is an order in them.

Answer: The order really exists, but it is not known to us. And if we react inappropriately to their disclosure, then we enter this order with incorrect properties, actions, and thoughts, and this changes our development. This is what our life consists of and it is happening moment after moment.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/24/17

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laitman_263Question from Facebook: How do you feel about the United States? Many say that the United States deserves catastrophes, so it is necessary and the quicker it is cleansed, the better for all.

Answer: I don’t myself concern myself with that because all that is in the world comes from one single force—the Creator. He controls everything: He raises and lowers different countries, peoples, and parts of the world; sends hurricanes and earthquakes; explodes nuclear reactors, etc.

That is how the upper control works, wanting to shake us up and bring us to order so that we wake up a little and stop being constantly submerged in our own foolishness.

Therefore, no one is to blame: not the Unites States, not Russia, no one. Everything is controlled by the Creator. It is written in Kabbalistic sources that the hearts of those controlling the world are in the hands of the Creator. That’s why I don’t have any particular opinion, neither critical or approving, not toward one particular system or toward a particular government.

I think that all of us together, like little children, need to sit down and begin to study the system of the upper management and only then will we understand how much we really need to do this.

And the first to sit down and really study this science should be those who are managing the world because they channel the actions of the Creator to the rest of us. I very much hope that they will listen to this advice and then, in understanding and compliance with the upper control, the world will be able to come to a state of calm.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 10/2/17

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Is It Possible To Avoid Suffering?

laitman_567.01Question: If we could experience the suffering that people experience during natural disasters or wars, would we have the possibility of choosing our path more correctly?

Answer: No, in this case, a person simply obeys and submits to blows; this is not choice. Nature is specifically interested in the conscious choice of the next level of development; otherwise, it is not human choice.

The transition from the still to the vegetative level and from the vegetative to the animate level happens under the influence of the blows of nature, and a person in our world is a result of that development.

Presently it is up to us to move consciously to the next level, the level of speaking in a completely different manner, and therefore, the method of the wisdom of Kabbalah comes to us in the form of a system of information. Because precisely after the developmental states of still, vegetative, and animate (where we are today), there is a conscious tendency in us to rise above the personal self.

We are in an intermediary state. For example, between the level of the still and the vegetative there is the intermediary stage called corals, between the level of the vegetative and the animate there is the level of the “dog of the field,” and between the level of the animate and Adam there is the level of the ape. So between the level of the Adam of our world and the level of the Adam in the upper world there is the Kabbalist.

A Kabbalist is a person who, on one hand, includes within himself the beastly properties of this world that are characteristic of a person in our world and, on the other hand, the characteristics of the next levels of the upper world.

The ascent of a Kabbalist to the upper world doesn’t happen under the influence of the instinctive forces of nature; it happens consciously. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us about freedom of choice, work in a group, and how to create a special state within and around us for the purpose of being changed.

Apparently by ourselves, we take ourselves out of a state in which the ego manages us and we rise to the next level in which we balance the ego through the good force that is revealed in us opposite to the ego. In this way, we exist with two forces, both a negative egoistic force and a positive altruistic force.

In the nature of our world, the altruistic force doesn’t exist, so we must attract it. And then we exist in the connection, in the balance of these two forces. This will be our next state called the middle line.

I hope that we will consciously, using freewill, come to the right decision, and that we will reach this state without world wars.

Question: If we make the right choice, will we avoid an apocalypse and natural disasters?

Answer: Yes, this is so even if at least a small part of humanity will understand that the only way to prevent natural disasters is to follow the method that is given to us in the wisdom of Kabbalah. We need to recognize that there is no other way out.

Question: What is the reason for giving blows to humanity if this is not useful for development anyway?

Answer: The accumulation of suffering brings humanity to a state in which it, nevertheless, begins to think about what to do, meaning that the sufferings balance the human ego.

For example, if a child doesn’t want to go to school, his parents begin to limit his pleasures: They take away his ball, after that his bicycle, and so on until they don’t leave him any choice but to agree to go to school.

But even in this situation, freedom of choice exists, the possibility of choice remains. We are always found under some limitation; choice is possible not only when there is unlimited freedom.

This is the manner in which the possibility to choose spirituality, between reward and punishment, exists in us. Therefore, it is our obligation to understand all the conditions and circumstances that bring us to the unique situation called “freedom.”
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/10/16

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