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New Life #945 – The Meaning Of Life

New Life #945 – The Meaning Of Life
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe


Neither science nor religion has an answer to the question “What is the meaning of life? The wisdom of Kabbalah is a metascience [a science of science] that reveals the answer to this question. Every person is given the opportunity to attain the highest power in nature, the power that created and manages him. There is no need to believe in the existence of this higher power since it can be explored and discovered in truth. In this way, he attains the meaning of life and eternity.
From KabTV’s “New Life #945 – The Meaning Of Life,” 1/9/18

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What Am I Living For?

Laitman_198Without the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is impossible to answer the question about the meaning of life. After all, we exist in the desire to enjoy, which is our entire nature, and so we always serve only it.

Our ego immediately answers the question “What am I living for?” with “To feel good in your desire to enjoy!,” i.e., inside your nature, not above it.

It turns out that my whole life is to guarantee my egoism’s fulfillment. That is, I serve my animalistic body. I do not exist above the animalistic level, but within it.

Only under the condition that I give my animalistic body the most necessary things, like to an ox, a donkey, or a horse so that they would serve us people, then I use my body for the needs of a person who is above the animalistic body. This means I scrutinize the question: “What am I living for?” Not the ox or donkey, but the person within me: What is the purpose of his life?

We then find out that life is not in the desire to enjoy, which lives and dies, but above it. It means that we should search for the meaning of life above egoism, where there is only the force that created the desire to enjoy: the Creator.

It turns out that the answer to the question about the meaning of life cannot be found inside oneself, in one’s animalistic body, but only in the examination of the force that created us and led us to this question. I must discover the Creator, and then I will understand what I am living for.

The attainment of the Creator takes place in 125 degrees. In each degree, we discover the Creator more and more, understanding what we are living for. When we complete all our corrections, that is, the entire attainment of the Creator, then we will uncover a complete answer to the question about the meaning of life.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/26/18, Lesson on Topic: “What Am I Living For?” (Prep for Convention 2018)

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What Is To Be Done If The World Has Lost Its Value?

Laitman_198Question: What is to be done if the world has lost its value and all you can see around us is useless fuss?

Answer: You need to thank the Creator for showing you that our world has no value. It has always been like this, and now, it has finally lost its value in your eyes. You have clarified this. So, you need to acknowledge it.

Question: What is happening inside a person when he has a feeling like this?

Answer: He understands that it is not worthwhile to live for the sake of our physical world. However, there is the next, upper world that it is worth living for, and you can discover it and attain it today!
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/24/17

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How Does A Spiritual Spark Appear?

Laitman_013.02Question: How can a spiritual spark appear in a living creature that is on the level of an animal?

Answer: It really is unclear how a regular piece of flesh in which some kind of  organs are functioning and a common life exists, suddenly there is a desire not for food, sex, family, money, fame, and knowledge, but for attaining its source: “Where do I come from? Who controls me and is there such a thing? What is my mission?”

A desire associated with infinity is revealed in a person. I look at the stars: “Where is my source?” I am not sure where to look for the answer.

Perhaps I should go deep into the ancient ages, engage in archaeological dig and then I will solve this mystery. Or, on the contrary, I should aspire forward. Yet, how can I know the future? I do not know what to do.

A person who feels major emptiness wants to find his source because everything that exists in this world is absolutely clear to him. But what am I for? This “I” cannot be satisfied with human desires, even if you give him everything.

Of course, it is possible to suppress his thoughts using drugs, wealth, using anything, but they will cut through nevertheless. Whatever he has: sex, family, money, power or knowledge, all this will not fulfill him. They just fill a small inner volume in him, a small sphere. Outside of it, when he begins to feel that there is something above this, he loses the taste of life.

When I was a child, I thought that if I had a small tricycle, I would be happy. Finally, my dream came true. Suddenly, I see that in the neighboring yard my friend is riding a big two-wheeled bicycle! Such a storm of feelings arose in me that I was ready to break my tricycle!

It is the same here. It seems that I have everything, I need nothing! Then suddenly, a new emptiness is revealed in me. Life as if laughs at me: “I give you this and that—take everything you want. However, the meaning of life, eternity, and perfection are not for you.”

However, I do not want a small tricycle anymore because the most important question about the meaning of life remains open.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/3/17

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My Facebook Page: “Marijuana vs The Meaning Of Life”

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As a Kabbalist, I was asked about the connection between the growing trend of legalizing marijuana and the search for the meaning of life.

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To Discover The Meaning Of Life

Laitman_709Question: You have been studying the meaning of life your whole life. But isn’t the meaning of life unique for everyone?

Answer: That is correct. We are absolutely different from each other and we all have our own meaning of life. But in order to find it, there is a system called Kabbalah, which places a tool in our hands for how to attain our meaning of life.

Everyone has his own soul, the root of his soul, his destiny, his way to the goal, which is to discover the meaning of life, and therefore, everyone has his own path. But still, it is necessary to know how to go so as not to stall at a dead end, not to disappear somewhere, not to deviate by one degree, which later turns into a big deviation.

In order to correctly achieve the goal, you need certain guides, skills, a cane to walk with, direction, an azimuth , a map; all that is necessary for the traveller. This is with what Kabbalah supplies us.
From KabTV “News with Michael Laitman” 10/19/17

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Change Fate

Laitman_712.03Question: You say that by studying Kabbalah it is possible to change one’s destiny. But is it necessary?

Answer: Yes, it is necessary. Now we are at the level of our compulsory existence. It is not even an animalistic existence, but much lower because an animal does not ask questions about the meaning of life.

Once we start asking such questions, we have an opportunity to rise with their help to the level of absolute freedom, freedom from death, from material life, and from the tight framework of our present existence. This is freedom from being under some special supervision, restrictions, distributions and so on. That is, you become the highest.

In this way, each of us, by reaching an ability to bestow, becomes the highest. One can say, “This is an illusion. How can everyone be the highest?” But it is, in fact, so because we will find ourselves in another, spiritual space.

Question: Do we change our destiny by this?

Answer: Of course. Our destiny is in our hands. We can change not only our corporeal life, but a destiny we know nothing about yet, those stages that we still have to go through.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/2/17

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The Book Of Zohar, The Main Book Of The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

Laitman_065A person exists in the world in a certain volume where he is born, develops, and lives. During his lifetime, many questions may emerge in him, such as: What am I living for? What is the meaning of life? Is there a Creator? Could it be that the Creator is nature? Does life just go by and end?

We know that nothing happens in nature without a cause and that everything develops within a process of cause and effect, but we still do not understand what ultimately happens to us, what the reason of our existence is, and what the outcomes of our lives will be. When a person has such questions as these, he arrives at the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

The main book of the wisdom of Kabbalah is The Book of Zohar that describes all of the transformations a person undergoes and provides complete answers to all of the above questions. But The Book of Zohar should not be used as an ordinary guide in which a certain chapter engages in the meaning of life and another in the goal of creation. The Book of Zohar is not an encyclopedia. It was written according to a totally different principle. It is not an ordinary, scientific book although what it contains is absolutely scientific. It is based on a science that operates in a different way.

The science we know in our world fills and charges our brains and minds with various data that we can analyze and come to different conclusions about. But The Book of Zohar is studied in a different way. Studying The Book of Zohar has nothing to do with the intellectual level a person is on or may be on. It has nothing to do with filling the mind with different concepts and with questions as to whether a person can act according to these concepts. The Book of Zohar expands the framework of a person’s perception so that he can see much higher, wider, and deeper than in our world. A person receives knowledge of the upper force.

This information is initially perceived as a higher sensation from which a person begins to extract knowledge. It is like when children, on the level of our world, compare different experiences between them: I tried it, I did this, I got this; they accumulate information regarding cause and effect that helps them understand and attain our world. The same thing happens in the process of attaining and understanding the upper world. It is only through our practical work that we comprehend the management of our world and how our world affects the upper world, etc.

The Book of Zohar puts us in a special state. To the degree that the study is done properly, when I read it, and most importantly, how I read it correctly, a person prompts and summons a special Light upon himself, a force that expands the borders of his understanding, attainment, and feeling.

When a person feels, perceives, and attains these borders and compares all of the different data, new dimensions, levels, understandings, evaluations, and values of this totally different world inside himself, then a new science emerges inside him called the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is the science of the control system of our world because our world is based on a person’s sensations of oneself and the world around him.

When a person tries more and more to spur and summon the Light in order to reveal the upper world within himself, he feels it inside himself, attains it, and the connection between the two worlds becomes clear to him, that is, the connection between the world we are living in now and the world that is personally revealed to him. At the same time, he reaches a state whereby the two worlds exist in him with mutual cooperation and he operates between them.

At the same time, by using The Book of Zohar, a person begins to discover a tool for understanding new definitions, names, and feelings. Now he attains the world in two dimensions, beyond the frameworks of time, motion, and space. Most importantly, a person restores the connection with the upper force of management, mutually influence each other, and eventually become partners. The Book of Zohar enables us to achieve all of this.

This is the reason that a person begins to understand that the main thing is to spur and summon the upper force unto himself so that it will teach him more, fill him more, expand his horizons, and create totally different definitions and understandings within him. A person who exists in both our world and the upper world at the same time has to understand the connection between the two.

The Book of Zohar teaches a person how to manage his feelings and what the connection between the feelings associated with the upper world and the feelings associated with our world is.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/12/17

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On The Ashes Of Egoism

Laitman_109Question: The meaning of life is sought after by those who have lost interest in the pleasures that life offers. Do you gather around yourself those who are disappointed in what is offered to man as a gift from the Creator?

Answer: Such disenchanted people make up 70% of all of humanity today. People use drugs, sedatives, and sleeping pills; even pets are depressed, not to mention small children. Not only do we constantly feel depressed, but we have forgotten how to admire, rejoice, and accept everything with a smile.

Question: Do you want to lead the disappointed even farther away from earthly pleasures? Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to cure them from their lack of interest?

Answer: What could they be interested in? Our egoism is burned out. It does not exist anymore. If there had been interest in food, sex, family, knowledge, honors, fame, and wealth before, it is all slowly fading away today. Talk to the new generation under 30 and you will better understand this.

They just continue to live because it is necessary to exist, but they are generally neither interested in higher realms nor anything else. Even sex does not really excite them. They need very little from life in general.

We see that they are not planning to marry and they do not want to leave their parents. Buying a house is not worth it; it is not worth chasing after anything. I have my own corner and that is enough. This is a result of what they feel, that our world has nothing to offer them.

Question: But how can earthly egoism burn out if it is said, “One who has filled one measure wants two?”

Answer: The concept of “has filled one measure, wants two” refers to spiritual egoism; earthly egoism gradually fades. We observe this in all of life’s occasions. A person does not attain fulfillment. He or she is ready to experience anything, if only to feel fulfillment, even in battle or in death—no matter what—if only it could be genuinely great.

We are no longer fulfilled with the material pleasures of life; we are looking for something else.

Remark: But you always say that our whole history is the constant growth of egoism…

Response: Yes, until now, egoism was developing but now it has started to cave in and burn out. We are at a very serious point in history. If, in the past, a person ran after pleasures, one desire would end and he would immediately rush to the next. Now, the current generation does not want anything—give them a smartphone and that is enough.

According to statistics, this is happening all over the whole world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/23/17

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