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Distance In Spirituality

laitman_249.03Question: What is distance according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Distance in spirituality is the difference in attributes between two spiritual objects. If I compare myself to someone’s attributes and resemble him, I get closer to him. But if our mutual attribute has somehow changed, I draw further away from him. It is as if we are in outer space.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/19/17

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laitman_934Question: Kabbalah says that there is one force in nature that can change our whole life for the better and make us happy, but it is possible to attract this force only by working together in a special group. What is a group from Kabbalah’s perspective?

Answer: The concept of group for our world is something irrational and non-existent. Although we do hear the word “group” everywhere, Kabbalah puts a completely different meaning in this concept.

The whole reality is one integral system bound by all its parts and properties into one whole. It is just like all organs in our body are connected into one system, and so our body lives. And if this system breaks down and the body becomes ill, then the problem is not with some separate organ, but mainly because the communication between organs is broken.

Traditional medicine operates on the principle of allopathy; that is, it concentrates on the treatment of a particular organ or a small part of the body and does not take into account the rest of the body. The eye doctor does not treat ears, and the otolaryngologist specializes in ears but knows nothing about the kidneys, etc. This is the problem; we do not treat our body as a single system.

The further we advance, the more we are convinced of the incorrectness of this approach. The world becomes round and closed, and we find out that everyone is connected with each other. This is a result of our high level of development. We discover that we exist in one system and in complete interrelation with each other even when we develop in an egoistic form.

We have no choice but to look at the world from a different perspective and to begin to perceive humanity as one. If we continue to see ourselves as separate individuals, it will lead to our having very bad lives, even into breakdown and catastrophe, the signs of which are already felt today.

They say that you can reach anyone through a chain of five people. And generally we live in a world where trade, travel, communications, and industries have become transcontinental. But people are not ready for this. Each of us remains by himself, as a huge individualist who is not ready to connect with others as all systems in the modern world unite.

We also see that all objects are interrelated when we observe the universe. Advanced methods of scientific research show that the universe holds many secrets that we cannot comprehend because we do not use a common, integral approach in our study.

We cannot even imagine the quality of communication that exists between all parts of reality. By its nature, we cannot associate sound with light, health with nature. Only now are we discovering that we are dependent on what is happening on the sun and other stars and that our state and mood depend on phenomena in the universe. Gradually we will reveal this universal relationship.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/4/17

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The Notion Of Time

laitman_760.5Question: Is the notion of time subjective or objective?

Answer: Time exists only in our internal perception; there is no time in spirituality.

In spirituality time is perceived as the number of states one passed through. If I have not exerted toward any spiritual development since this moment, I have not lived this year and I have zero time.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/19/17

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The Spiritual World—An Eternal State

laitman_744Question: In spirituality certain events happen after others. Is there time in spirituality after all?

Answer: No. Events happen in strict succession in spirituality, as chains of cause and effect, which is called time. But this is not time that is measured by a clock. It is time measured by the number of actions. The more actions there are, the more rapidly time passes.

Question: What does Kabbalah say about the possibility of movement in time?

Answer: A person manages advancement in time. Time itself doesn’t exist. According to Einstein’s theory, time depends on the axis in which you exist. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, we ourselves determine these axes; therefore, time depends on us.

Question: Is it possible to go back to the past?

Answer: No. It is only possible to act so that the past, present, and future will stop existing for you.

Question: And what is left then?

Answer: A wonderful eternal state remains.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/19/17

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To Change The World

laitman_423_02Question from Facebook: Why does everyone complain about life, yet do not want to change anything?

Answer: Because you can complain about the fact that you do not have something: “Give it to me!” And to change means that I have to give something from myself. How can you?! I want to turn the world around so that I don’t have to do anything and yet have everything.

This is the desire of our egoism. You cannot escape this.

Therefore, of course, a person’s desire is to complain about himself, the world, his fate, the Creator, everything. In the end, of course, it is the Creator, because He determines everything.

Man feels himself to be the only existing exceptional creation. The sensation of uniqueness is an exclusive experience for each of us where it seems to me that only I alone exist and the rest are just like shadows around me.

And if someone should change, it is him or her, not me. I’m remaining “Me”!

A person must change himself in order for the world around him to change. Do you want to change the world? Very good. Just change yourself so that changes in you influence the world. And it can be done. You can change yourself every second, and the world around you will change.

Question: How does a person come to this decision?

Answer: Only when one begins to understand that there is only the Creator and oneself in the world, and the world is a kind of phantom sensation between them.

Question: Doesn’t this add pride to a person, as if there is only the Creator and me?

Answer: No, because by changing oneself to change the world, one gradually minimizes his or her egoism and then the world changes. He includes himself in others and others in himself, and so attains the properties of mutual bestowal.

Question: When do we come to such understanding?

Answer: Not all people come to understand this, but only those who have what is called a point in the heart. They can feel the inner qualities of the world and realize that the world is only a certain unreality of our internal properties that we imagine, a reflection of ourselves to the upper Light.

Therefore, there is nothing to complain about. Complain to yourself—this is the most true. Every character and everything that is in our world: inanimate, plant, animal, and especially people, all are your internal characteristics that you see outside of yourself. No one can make claims to anyone except to himself.

Only by changing yourself, will you change the world: for better—for the better, for the worst—for the worst. So decide in which direction. With what help? There is only one way: the science of Kabbalah.

Good luck with this!
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/12/17

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A Single Force In The Evolution Of Nature, Part 3

laitman_756_2The upper force created us with the ability to feel ourselves as separate from it in order to give us the opportunity to come to know it as bestowing and benevolent, as our source.

Question: What do we need this for?

Answer: We feel this need because we are dependent on this force. We find that our lives in this world are very limited, and we suffer. This suffering makes us look for the cause, and the cause is within it, within that same single force. We want to uncover this force in order to improve our condition.

There are people who explore this general force of nature and discover that this is a force of kindness, a force that wants to bring us to perfection. But in order for that to happen, we first need to become aware of our evil. It is impossible to attain kindness without knowing its opposite, that is, evil. It is possible only through our own experience of the contrast, of the fundamental difference between good and evil.

We want to experience comfortable, pleasant conditions. As soon as we experience hardship, we immediately try to protect ourselves, to distance ourselves from it. Then, in addition to our feelings, we need to engage our intellect with which we can begin to figure out how to avoid these hardships. In this way, we develop emotionally and intellectually.

Naturally, we try to distance ourselves from unpleasant experiences and approach pleasant ones. For the thousands of years of our development, beginning with the most primitive forms of life to this moment when we find ourselves in the 21st century, we are gradually building within ourselves a new mechanism, giving us the ability to better understand and sense how we need to behave.

Ultimately, out of all that’s available to us, we try to build a maximally comfortable form of existence for ourselves. We try to use this general force of nature in which we exist in order to be comfortable, according to our understanding. In essence, this is our entire work in this life.

With this specific goal, we develop the sciences, culture, education, psychology, philosophy, and history. Basically, we just want to know how to feel better because the pursuit of pleasure is a basic human need, our natural desire to receive.

Kabbalah is physics on a higher level, from a more advanced perspective, the “physics of the future.” In ordinary physics, there is no talk of the observer having to change his own qualities. In the theory of relativity, the observer’s experience changes relative to time, speed, and distance. Nevertheless, he himself does not change. His psychological state remains the same.

The correct combination of physics and psychology is when we focus not on the perception of reality, but rather on who is perceiving it and what kind of corrections it is possible to make within him in order for him to experience a new world. This is the next stage of development for the theory of relativity because time, speed, and location do not change outside the observer. Rather, it is the observer who changes in his approach by correcting his own inner qualities.

Then, we find that there is nothing eternal that remains in our world; everything becomes relative and temporary. A person changes all of his qualities and changes reality itself. Then, we rise still higher. Kabbalah says that reality does not have any form at all, that everything depends on the perception of the observer. So, we can draw a conclusion: The force of development in nature is constant and eternal; we exist within it, possessing various changing qualities, and we must figure out what is constant and what is variable within us and within the reality surrounding us, having learned to differentiate between constant and variable.

The constant is the force of nature or the upper force, Creator, and the variable force is the person observing it. The entire reality that the observer perceives is a direct consequence of his inner qualities. If we change the person, then we change the world he perceives.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/27/17

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A Single Force In The Evolution Of Nature, Part 2

Laitman_707Question: What is the upper, absolute, force of nature that is controlling all creation? In what way is it different from the basic forces of nature that are known to science: gravity, nuclear, and electromagnetic?

Answer: All other forces that humanity discovered by means of intellect exist on the same level as the intellect where we also exist and study them. If we developed in a different form and on a different level, then we would have discovered different forces and a different world.

The difference between all of these forces and the upper force of nature is in the subjectivity of our perception of them. Everything depends on the individual, on the level from which he investigates and comprehends. Without the individual, there’s nothing and it is impossible to say that anything actually exists.

Question: But what if we are to look at it not subjectively, but objectively?

Answer: That’s impossible; we are incapable of objective observation because we were created with specific qualities by the upper force. If I am not observing some phenomena, then it does not exist. It appears only in my perception and in the form that I am able to perceive.

Question: Then what actually exists?

Answer: Nothing exists other than the single upper force that is the foundation of all nature. But we are only able to perceive this force as various forms and different qualities, depending on the form and qualities I create.

Question: So we perceive this one single force in the form of some fragments, depending on the level of our development? Will this perception change in the future?

Answer: Everything depends on the individual because the world exists within his perceptions, and other than him there is only one upper force, called nature, creating our entire life. All revelations exist within us as effects of this one force.

Everything that I see, sense, think, everything within and around me, all my emotions and reason, all these are revelations of the upper force. A person is given the ability to separate from this force and in that separation experience himself existing in a particular reality that we call this world.

Question: What is the quality of this single force?

Answer: Its only quality is bestowal, giving, emanation, a source that constantly gives, gives, gives… That is how we experience it. We do not reveal the force itself, rather its relationship to us, its bestowal.

And we realize that with the very first act of bestowal, this upper force created the ability within us to feel its influence and to differentiate between it and ourselves, experiencing ourselves as existing outside of it. This specific differentiation is what allows us to experience our own existence and a reality surrounding us.
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Laitman_712_03.jpgQuestion: What is this force that compels the development of the entire world: all of nature and humanity?

Answer: We exist within a force field called nature, which includes within it a multitude of various forces. We divide this force into levels: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human, or according to the scientific approach used to study it: physics, chemistry, biology, etc. We define it, according to the trajectory of our development, as a cause and effect relationship.

Within this field there are areas that are completely unknown and incomprehensible to us. All of nature is a single force. The further we advance in our understanding of reality and the deeper we investigate nature, the more we are convinced that it is a single force.

Our perception becomes increasingly more integrated and global; we already understand that there is no separation between physics, chemistry, biology, and zoology; rather, each is an aspect of a single form. It is only due to the limitations of our perception that we are able to tune into a single reality that appears to us in the form of separate fragments. We are simply not able to see all of creation in the form of one picture, one force.

But gradually, according to the degree of our development, we begin to understand that this is actually a single picture, a single force, within which we exist. And this force develops us and gives us the possibility to get to know it. This force called nature, as if it itself, wants us to recognize it.

A person studies nature with his own abilities given to him from birth, and that is why, of course, he is limited by time, movement, space, and his own perceptions. He is not capable of clearing his brain and reprogramming it anew. This is because humanity is the result of a lengthy evolutionary process, which took place under the influences of various activities and forces extending over billions of years.

A person is a result of the development of nature. And that is why a question arises: being that man is an inseparable, integral part of nature, is he able to study it? Because in order to do this, it is necessary to rise above nature.

Only recently, on the cutting edge of science, we have begun to understand that time and space are relative, that instead of matter, there can be energy. But energy is something that disappears, which means that matter too can disappear.

It turns out that all the endless tons of matter that we see in the universe is not matter but energy, that is, something ephemeral and disappearing. In essence, our universe is empty!

Furthermore, cause and effect can change places, and that which seemed to us as being the cause, can be discovered to be the effect, and vice versa. It is possible that the event that needs to occur now, produces the cause for itself, and not the cause producing the event.

There is a phenomenon described in quantum physics where particles that are separated from each other by cosmic differences are observed to be connected to each other. And if one of the particles spins in a particular way, then the other particle, that is billions of miles away, spins the same way. And it’s not that one particle mimics the actions of the other, rather the two of them are bound together. Neither one of them is the cause nor the effect, but everything is a unified whole and is in such a form that we are unable to conceptualize it with our intellect because our intellect is so extraordinarily limited. It turns out that because of this, all of our investigation of nature is extremely limited.

Question: Do we have to admit that there is a great deal we don’t know?

Answer: We know almost nothing! Since our perception of mathematics and physics is also the result of the way we are made. And if we were made differently, we would have a different sort of mathematics and 1 + 1 would not equal two.

It is only an assumption that 1+1=2. If we replaced our sensory organs, then we would see a different reality. All of nature surrounding us would seem completely different.

But the force that develops nature can be accepted as absolute, existing outside of us. This force created nature and us in such a form that enables us to study part of nature, to a limited degree. And if we actually want to study nature, then we must rise to the level of this force, for which it is necessary to acquire new abilities.
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Change Yourselves And The World Will Change

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Answer: We feel a certain volume, me and my world, which is basically the reflection of my internal spiritual state. If we change this state, we will accordingly begin to change our feeling toward ourselves and the world.

This is very convenient because you don’t need to change anything or to be convinced with regard to anything. You are not dependent on anyone! Change yourselves and the world around you will begin to change.
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Why Is There So Much Inanimate Matter In The Universe

laitman_746_03Question: Why is there such a great amount of inanimate matter in the universe if there is only one humanity?

Answer: It is because nature is made of four levels: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and speaking. Still nature is the biggest part and by its great quantity, it creates a new quality, the level of the vegetative.

The vegetative level of nature covers all of the Earth’s surface, but in its great amount, it expresses only one attribute, the animate.

On the other hand, although there are far fewer animals than plants, their great diversity leads to a state in which they become equal to one human being.

This is how everything is arranged. Therefore, there has to be a great amount of still matter that is balanced by a certain amount of the vegetative level of nature.
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