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Microbes Will Help Us

laitman_547.05In the News (Stanford News): “Stanford study indicates that more than 99 percent of the microbes inside us are unknown to science

“A new survey of DNA fragments circulating in human blood suggests our bodies contain vastly more diverse microbes than anyone previously understood. What’s more, the overwhelming majority of those microbes have never been seen before, let alone classified and named, Stanford researchers report August 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Answer: But we live, don’t we? And if we hadn’t studied this 1%, we would still be alive.

Question: Why are these organisms living in us?

Answer: It is us! It’s not that they live in us; if they were removed, then we would cease to exist. In other words, we are actually a “bag” carrying all kinds of microorganisms. And these little bugs are just hanging out there all the time. That is what we are.

Question: Does that mean that if we learn about 1% or a larger percentage or no percentage at all, it wouldn’t make any difference, we won’t gain anything from it?

Answer: No, we won’t. It will only add more trouble. We will always think that these microorganisms must be eliminated, those over there need to be increased, etc. This is all wrong. Interfering with human nature is disastrous for us. We do not achieve anything.

We must get to a level of good, benevolent, eternal existence through a different method. Not by the method of interfering with the work of our body, but by interfering on a much higher level. Rising through our own attainments, revealing the upper system, the upper world—this is within our power. And these “little bugs” will only help us in all this.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 10/2/17

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What Causes Depression?

Laitman_510.01Question: Is depression the lack of love of others for me, or conversely, the lack of my love for others?

Answer: No. Depression is a very broad concept. It can have medical reasons, such as the lack of chemical elements in the body. It can be anything.

In principle, depression occurs because a person is a great egoist. He is not satisfied with what he has. It is just that his egoism is not filled.

However, this is a common depression. If we are talking about depression from medical reasons, then everything happens at different levels. Nevertheless, the basis for all diseases at any level is the same: our egoistic desire does not receive a correct fulfillment. It is just like cancer.

In cancer, a cell, instead of being in correct connection with other cells, suddenly begins to devour them and eventually dies itself. That is, any disease is a special egoistic state of our cells.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/11/17

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From Antidepressants To Weed

Laitman_182.02In the News (Time): “Antidepressant prescribing has risen nearly 400% since 1988, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 1 in 10 Americans over age 12 now takes an antidepressant, the study finds, and yet two-thirds of those with severe symptoms of depression do not take antidepressants at all.

“The new research, led by CDC epidemiologist Laura Pratt, was based on responses from about 12,000 people who took part in a national annual health survey in 2005-08. The findings were released on Wednesday as a National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief.”

Question: Over the last few decades, the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed by 400%.

It is reported that scientists have found an increased content of antidepressants in the brains of fish in the Niagara River. This means that the water purification systems do not block these substances and they enter the water supply. This once again confirms how interconnected everything is.

What do you have to say about this? How long will this go on? How will we realize once and for all that this is all one system?

Answer: Indeed, we are breathing, eating and absorbing all of this.

Question: And as a result, all the people eating that fish are taking antidepressants?

Answer: That goes not only for fish. The same goes for everything, including the air and water. Everything that we synthesize and invent using artificial means is all around us and inside us.

But that doesn’t worry me. Our problem isn’t about how to live our lives better. If there is a continuation to our lives, then it makes sense to fight for everything. But if there isn’t, then let’s provide ourselves with the best possible existence for a certain number of years, and then peacefully depart from this world.

Question: Where is this all pushing us? Where will it take us?

Answer: Antidepressants won’t help us. Right now, weed or cannabis is taking its turn and is being rapidly developed. It will be permitted in every form and dose, however and wherever people please. You will be able to buy it in any store, as much as you want. And it will come in any form you like: pills, coffee with cannabis, coca-cola with cannabis, and so on. Everyone will consume it. It’s all being prepared as we speak. This is actually why the whole large-scale campaign against smoking was staged.

Question: This is the first step. And what will follow?

Answer: Nature wants to show us that we won’t be able to calm down this way.

It seems to us that this will help us calm down. That’s what everyone thinks. But we won’t calm down because we will proceed to the following blows. And they will, in turn, be much more powerful than the previous—so powerful, in fact, that we won’t even be able to use drugs.

Drugs have always been available to humanity, but we did not use them. We won’t be able to put ourselves to sleep. Nature will begin managing us in such a way that I will have a tranquilizer next to me, but I won’t be able to take it. I won’t be able to, my hands won’t reach that far. I will prefer to suffer, to run around in a frenzy, but not take it.

This will go on until we realize what the reason for our state is. Then we will proceed further, to correction. Meanwhile, drugs such as cannabis will help us reach this realization. But these will be weak drugs, ones that don’t kill us but seemingly help us tune out somewhat and realize that it does not solve the problem.

Question: So a person still won’t tune out?

Answer: No, since it’s nature managing us, it won’t allow us to tune out or be semi-conscious. On the contrary, it will shake up our minds and feelings in order for us to assess the situation better.

That is, these drugs will work against themselves: they won’t put us to sleep, but will relax us in order to relax our egoism, and then we will be able to soberly, objectively, above our egoism, assess where we exist, what for, and how. We will calm egoism down and will be able to reason correctly and sensibly.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 9/7/17

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The Era Of Stress, Part 4

Laitman_051Question: The main thing in the cause of stress is the never-ending desire to receive. But is there something wrong with the desire itself, doesn’t it lie at the very basis of life? Without it, there would be no fulfillment in life.

Answer: What is wrong is not the desire itself, but the attempt to fulfill it at the expense of others. We are in a constant competition with each other throughout our entire lives, measuring our success relative to others.

We all exist in one system and there was a time when we were connected to such an extent that we felt ourselves as if we were one person. There were many people in the world, but egoism was so minimal that we felt no difference between us. That is how it was in primitive societies. Then the desire to receive began to grow and we began to make distinctions: this is my family, that is your family, and over there, that is his family.

Before that happened, people lived as one commune, as if under communism, where everything belongs to everyone equally, like in a tribe. But then we began to distance ourselves from this unity: here is my wife, my children, my cave. Distinctions and divisions started to be made with respect to professions as well, as it is written: “Go and earn from each other.”

Our egoism is growing non-stop. That is why competition began and we started judging who is more successful and who is less. This is how we have been advancing until the present day. But now competition has grown to worldwide proportions because mass media affects us by showing the entire world to us on our television and smartphone screens.

They obligate us to compete with the entire world, showing us how everyone is more successful than we are. It is not surprising that people are gripped by depression.

Question: You think that the desire to be first is bad? But it is responsible for making the individual strive to be successful.

Answer: It is a bad desire. The person needs peace and happiness, not outstanding achievement.

Stress means that the external influences on the individual’s egoistic desires are greater than he can bare, that although a person is driven to fulfill the desire to receive pleasure, he is still unable to easily achieve the goals that are set before him. The difference between the desire for pleasure and the ability to acquire fulfillment for it creates a stressful state.

It is obvious that an average person will never be able to acquire all that he sees in the media. We are constantly living in a state of low-grade, chronic stress due to all the potentials for pleasure that are shown to us on the screen: clothes, sports, beauty. This relates to women and men equally.

Stress affects us on many levels. Ultimately, we will reach disillusionment and we will see that the condition is hopeless; we will leave this race for pleasure and reassess our values. Eventually everyone will realize this. Then we will see that we need to take a different route and search for pleasure in a completely different place.

There we will also compete to receive fulfillment, but differently. The one who brings the biggest benefit to others will be considered more successful. Pleasure from bestowal to others is much greater than egoistic fulfillment and does not lead to any stress.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/27/17

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Laitman_198.jpgQuestion: We exist within an immense system of nature that constantly develops and grows the desire to receive pleasure within us, while also having a hidden goal of bringing us to complete despair. What specifically is the cause of this despair?

Answer: We come to despair as a result of our own nature—egoism, the desire to receive pleasure—because if our actions stem directly from this desire, then we drive ourselves to stress, complete hopelessness, global crises, and wars.

Human nature itself is bad because it constantly pushes us to achieve the unattainable. As a result, we all have to continuously compete with everyone else and this causes stress.

Question: Why are these goals unattainable?

Answer: Because egoism wants everything that the eyes see. And if everyone wants to get what they want, then each person has to build their success on the failure of others. It is impossible to do it otherwise.

Everyone wants to rise higher than others, to be the king of the world, for others to be his subordinates. But he is not the only one in the world; there are eight billion other egoists just like him, and each one wants the same thing. The result is that I constantly need to protect my place under the sun. This is what our lives have become.

Question: Does that mean stress was pre-programmed into the system of nature?

Answer: Our egoistic nature is the sole reason for all our misery and suffering. But if we were able to pacify our desire for pleasure… . But it is impossible to pacify it, other than perhaps through the use of narcotics. But then the person is completely disconnected from his life.

And so a question arises: Why is everything built in this way? And here the science of Kabbalah explains that stress has a cause: to bring a person to the awareness of the evil of his own nature, which only pushes him to seek pleasure. A person’s drive to receive pleasure has no limits; this desire would swallow the entire world. And if there were several worlds, then all those as well.

That is why we live in stress. Our abilities are limited, life is short, and there is nothing that will help.

In practice, we see that our egoism harms only ourselves; it is because of it that we are sick, that we die. We suffer terribly and it’s all for nothing. That’s why it is written that “a man’s foes shall be they of his own household,” in other words, in your own body. Egoism is within my body—and it is my greatest adversary.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/27/17

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Laitman_182.02Question: Is there some kind of solution to avoid this widespread stress of our modern day?

Answer: A solution for avoiding stress cannot exist because our entire life is controlled by egoism, which at all times demands maximal success and does not permit us even one calm moment.

The general, collective ego arouses constant stress that only grows from generation to generation. Human society arranges everyone along steps of a ladder, giving to each his part of honor and respect, this creates the desire to avoid feeling oneself lower than others, feeling oneself despised in their eyes.

Each person wants to present themselves as being successful and special, that is our nature. And that is why there is no escape from stress, and to the degree it constantly grows, we will have even greater problems associated with it: heart disease, psychological and emotional disturbance, etc.

Question: Are there people who are less susceptible to stress? Those with calmer personalities?

Answer: That doesn’t mean they are calm. These types of people just seem like that on the outside, and they may even consider themselves calm, but this has nothing to do with there being less stress for them. It’s just that the evidence is less apparent.

Doctors say that stressful internal states are almost unrelated to the type of personality a person has: melancholy, sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic. Stress still has an internal effect, these types of people are just more introverted.

Question: Why does our desire for fulfillment grow more and more and is never satisfied? Doesn’t this create a situation where stress only grows?

Answer: That is how it is pre-programmed by nature in order to bring us to complete despair, the sense of helplessness, to complete disillusionment in our egoism that is always pushing us to achieve the unachievable. Every time our possibilities for success seem bigger and bigger, every time it seems that we are getting closer, it disappears, it grows nearer and disappears. And all this happens so we understand this game and become convinced that our egoism will never bring us success but only problems, illness, and death.

We exist within laws of nature and are the effects of it. Nature moves us and develops a desire to receive pleasure in us. And if we cannot fulfill it, then it means that there is a program within nature to lead us to despair.

Comment: This doesn’t seem like a very good program.

My Response: It is a very wise program that gives us the opportunity to get to know our nature and realize its evil inclination. With egoism we will never achieve any success; this is already evident in all of our societies. We achieved great advancements in the sciences, culture, education, but what did they bring us, other than a global crisis?

Instead of blossoming, we experience the opposite, we feel we are miserable failures, miserably sick, more so than in all the previous generations.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/27/17

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Laitman_508.1Question: Stress, tension, and psychological pressure have all become ordinary phenomena that every person experiences. Our era is even called the era of stress. Modern existence puts a person under chronic daily stress, making stress a constant rather than a periodic occurrence.

It is also known that prolonged stress is the cause of all most common illnesses: heart disease, diabetes, strokes, depression, etc. What explains this frightening phenomenon that we are living with today?

Answer: A person is a desire to receive pleasure and if he receives pleasure, he is calm. This is also seen in animals. But, from generation to generation, a person’s desire for pleasure constantly grows so he always requires ever increasing pleasure or fulfillment for his desire.

And because everyone wants to receive ever increasing pleasure, we find that we have to share with others, therefore, there is nothing in life from which we can just receive fulfillment. With each generation, life becomes increasingly more stressful.

And now stress is becoming increasingly more specific; the evidence is the increase in the incidence of heart attacks and depression, the rise in the use of narcotics and antidepressants by every group, including household pets.

We are all under constant stress, which increases the probability of heart disease and other illnesses. Not all diseases appear to be a direct result of stress, but in reality, stress is the main cause. There is no disease in the body that is not the effect of stress: skin disease, diseases of the inner organs, mainly, the heart and lungs.

Stress accompanies us from the moment we are released from our mother’s arms and it does not leave us until the end of our lives. As children we are required to go to kindergarten where we are immediately placed under stress because we don’t want to be there. Before, children were raised at home by their mothers and grandmothers, and later took on the profession of their fathers and continued their craft. A person didn’t leave his circle.

Today, he is obligated to travel somewhere, run, fly, search, where to receive a profession and fulfillment for his life. His egoism grows. He receives information from the Internet, from others, and doesn’t want to be less successful than the rest. Therefore he is under constant pressure. The result of all this is that we live under constant stress.

In addition, a person works 24 hours a day. We could ask, why should he work so much? But, the elite want to earn more money and drag us into all kinds of competitions. The husband and the wife work, while the poor children are abandoned in a kindergarten or at school from early morning, where they too are under stress. If you talk to children, you would be amazed at the kind of psychological pressure they are under.

You can’t take a small child from the mother. A child, by his very nature, needs to grow up within the family or some kind of a wider environment that he accepts as his own family. As soon as he is taken from home and placed in a kindergarten, he immediately finds himself in a stressful state because he doesn’t feel safe there.

A child wants to be the same as everyone else, that is the most soothing state. It is not pride, but merely a lack of confidence, that makes him want to hide himself among others. After he moves through this first stage and becomes like everyone else, i.e., the society accepts him, then the ego pushes him to want to stand out from the rest. He starts to make a constant calculation between safety and aspiration for power, pride, and can even step outside his comfort zone or put himself in danger to a particular degree.

But the search for a maximal safe state or the desire to stand out both put us under very heavy stress, and this is where our entire life happens. If we live in a society that is completely controlled by egoism, then we cannot hide from stress and we are only left with antidepressants and narcotics. This is what we are seeing in today’s society.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/27/17

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To Not Feel Pain

laitman_293Question: For eight years now I have been suffering with a rare disorder. It’s important for me to know, is it possible not to feel pain? It consumes all my thoughts and my feelings. When the pain comes, I am completely engulfed by it.

Answer: I understand. Of course it is possible to overcome pain, but only if you allow yourself to feel a more powerful sensation.

The moment pain starts, internally focus on a more powerful feeling that would be able to suppress the relatively weak sensation of pain, no matter how powerful it may seem; this is the problem.

In principle, this can go to any level until the body goes into shock, either from the pain or from the effort to rise above the pain. However, the body still has a limit to this. We are created and function in such a way that, ordinarily, we cannot reach such a state.

People distract themselves from pain in various ways: alcohol, mild narcotics, etc. I often laid in the hospital and spent hours distracting myself from pain by finding interesting programs on TV.

This is also called “rising above the pain,” and such everyday means can be advised to others as well. I will not speak of other methods because they would not be acceptable for people not engaged with Kabbalah.

Question: How do the Kabbalists cope with pain?

Answer: Kabbalist can control pain, but also only to a certain degree. From above you are always rewarded with such states so that you begin to understand the insignificance of your organism and of yourself. It becomes clear to you that you are limited and exist under the control of your desire, which experiences either pleasure or pain.

This is given to a person in order for him to realize how insignificant he is and how he must control himself in order to rise above these states to the level of the Creator.

The Creator exists above both negative and positive sensations in desire because there is no desire to receive in Him! In Him is the desire to bestow that does not experience the kind of pain we experience. It feels pain only from the inability to give.

Question: What advice can be given to an ordinary person who feels pain on the corporeal level?

Answer: If not pain-management medication, then any infatuation, any method of distraction can serve as an anesthetic.

It must be raised in importance relative to the pain as much as possible so as not to move into the state of pain; the focus of your attention must be shifted to any other problem or personal concern, in order for that channel of pain, which is somehow triggered within us, not to engulf everything. Diffuse the pain through various channels and make an attempt to go above it through positive action.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/15/17

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Be Afraid Of Fear

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In the News (New York Times): “Climate change is essentially tied with the Islamic State as the most-feared security threat across much of the world — except in the United States, where cyberattacks are considered a greater danger than global warming, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Tuesday.

“Residents of 13 countries ranked climate change as the greatest threat to national security, while in 17 countries the Islamic State was considered a more immediate problem.

“In the United States, however, a gaping partisan divide pushed climate change to third-most severe perceived threat, after ISIS and cyberwarfare. Just 56 percent of Americans surveyed identified global warming as the most serious threat to the country, compared to 71 percent for cyberwarfare and 74 percent for Islamic State attacks.”

Question: What are your thoughts, what should a person fear most? 

Answer: A person is most afraid of fear. He is afraid that he will be gripped by fear and very much wants to avoid this state. And the rest is not important since it is all relative. That’s why we need to fear only the experience of fear and not all those things that stand behind it.

Question: What can we do to not be afraid of fear?

Answer: We need to rise above it, to the level where absolute confidence, freedom, limitlessness, eternity, perfection, and love exists. It is to this level that we need to rise rather than lowering ourselves to the bottomless pit of our consciousness or even worse, our sub consciousness, where rats, snakes, demons, devils, and worms, all those things that devour us exist. Because they all exist only in the experience of fear.

And the experience of fear is only triggered by the unknown, which is intentionally brought on to you in order to get you to rise and reveal the Creator. Because when the Creator is revealed, everything suddenly becomes clear, simple, and calm.

Question: So it turns out that the Creator is intentionally pushing us out of fear?

Answer: Naturally. He creates evil, as it is written in the Torah. The Creator says something like, “And now I will give you more of this and that. Moses, go to your people, they received another portion from Me.” Each time, more and more.

Question: Each time adding more fear?

Answer: Not just fear, but all sorts of problems in order for the people to rise above them and, in partnership with the Creator, turn them into a force propelling them forward.

Question: How are we to rise out of personal fears, out of all of these, as you say, worms, devils, and all those things that eat a person up?

Answer: That’s what the science of Kabbalah is for. We gradually rise along all the 125 steps. The Creator will constantly be awakening negative feelings, and we must rise above them to Him, our beloved. I only need to know: all that He awakens within me is experienced in my egoism. And if I rise above ego, there I will discover His love and devotion. And with respect to my egoism, I see that the Creator is intent on constantly arousing it with evil, fear, and so on.

Question: In other words, we can say that He hates my egoism and demands for me to rise to Him?

Answer: Naturally.
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From KabTV’s “News With Michael Laitman” 8/10/17

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We Are Killing Sperm

laitman_566.02In the News (BBC): “Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years. …

“Dr Levine, an epidemiologist, told the BBC that if the trend continued humans would become extinct. …

“‘If we will not change the ways that we are living and the environment and the chemicals that we are exposed to, I am very worried about what will happen in the future,’ he said.

“‘Eventually we may have a problem, and with reproduction in general, and it may be the extinction of the human species.'”

Answer: In the 18th century there were about a billion people on the whole Earth. Two centuries have passed and we have become 8 billion. For what? Instead of 8 billion we can become one billion again or even less.

Question: Do you believe that this is how nature regulates the number of people?

Answer: Everything depends only on us, on our state. We are the ones who are killing ourselves and, of course, killing life, killing sperm.

Comment: They say that the reason for that are the chemicals and fertilizers we use, obesity, smoking…

Answer: No, these are already the outcomes. Everything happens as a result of our killing ourselves. It is as if we don’t want to live, don’t want to exist; we agree with the negative force in us, with our negative nature, and allow it to drive us to extinction.

Question: Could there suddenly be a change?

Answer: No, “suddenly” can’t happen. This can happen only if we recognize our evil nature and realize where we can find the positive force to correct it.

Question: Do you believe that everything that happens, including the decline in the number of sperm cells, is happening for one goal?

Answer: It is only in order to bring us to the recognition of our evil nature, of our egoism, and to oblige us to draw the positive force of nature, which exists and is waiting for us to use it.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/27/17

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