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Ascent In Three Lines

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: You say that the task is to ascend above our egoism, as if on a “wave,” while, at the same time, not removing it. Does this mean that the greater the egoism, the greater the power of altruism? Can one not exist without the other? Because the more I receive, the more I can give. Is this the way to ascend to the peak of altruism and bestowal to the Creator?

Answer: Right, the ascent is achieved through three lines: the negative left line, the positive right line, and the perfect middle line. The Creator develops the left line in us, according to what He said: I created the evil inclination (the left line). But I gave you the Torah, (the correcting upper Light), which you attract by way of the group—the right line. It is so that you will correct and transform the evil into good, in the middle line.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/11/16, Part 2

Laitman_201_01Question: Dear teacher can I make you happy?

Answer: Of course, you can promise to make me happy when together with you, I will reveal your spiritual level.

Question: How can I love others as myself if other people in the world don’t want that?

Answer: You can do it on your part only. There is no need for others to love you in order for you to love them.

Question: What attributes should a Kabbalist’s wife have?

Answer: She should be a loyal companion, which means that she should provide her husband with everything that he needs in order to study the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Question: How can we maintain good family relations other than by mutual concessions?

Answer: It is only through mutual concessions. You should compete between you as to who makes more concessions. This is the guarantee for good relations in the family.

Question: Isn’t it a coincidence that all the fairy tales end in a wedding, but in real life everything only begins with a wedding?

Answer: Fairy tales are wise stories. They teach us that it is better to end everything in a wedding.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/11/16

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/4/16

laitman_600_04Question: Do men and women have a different perception of the world?

Answer: Of course, it is different in many ways and cannot be compared. We may hear, see, and perceive things differently, but the difference between us cannot be compared since there is no basis for comparison.

Question: Can a homosexual study the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: This is a problem. A person has to follow his sexual inclination. It is beyond one’s powers.

Question: What happens in a man if the female part dominates him?

Answer: Nothing happens. He still has to engage in the wisdom of Kabbalah, it makes no difference.

Question: How can a woman with a traditional view of life ,who expects the man to be the breadwinner, psychologically overcome the fact that she makes more money than the man?

Answer: What difference does it make? The couple must first of all feel each other and be friends.

Question: Is it easier for a man to develop spiritually in a family because his wife takes care of him and easier for a woman to develop spiritually when she is not married because then no one stands in her way?

Answer: A woman should try to get married, but if it doesn’t work out, she can attain the upper world by herself unlike an unmarried man.

Question: How does alcohol impact the relations between a man and a woman?

Answer: In a very negative way; in every case and aspect of it. I am against it.

Question: Do I have to make every effort in order to win the heart of a girl I think is cute?

Answer: You should make every effort to win the heart of a good girl, not a pretty girl.

Question: I really envy my husband, how can I overcome that?

Answer: Envy is a very hard and restricting feeling. The best thing to do is to delve more deeply into the wisdom of Kabbalah and gradually understand that a body is a body and a soul is a soul. Stay together and try to envy the Creator and so that the Creator will envy you. Your husband is your companion for the period of earthly existence.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/4/16

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Jews Are Rootless Cosmopolitans

Two MethodsQuestion: Why did they call the Jews “rootless cosmopolitans” in Russia?

Answer: Because in principle, this is exactly so! The Jews have an unconscious sense of “suspicion” in this world; there is no place in this world that they feel as their place because their “place” is in the spiritual world, meaning in the feeling of spirituality, the feeling of the Creator.

And while they haven’t achieved this, they feel insecure on the earth, the usual basis for all other peoples, the Earth, and suspended in the air; they don’t feel grounded. And they have no land, the existence of their country will be agreed to only if the Jews become a people. And for this, they must achieve unity, the awareness of interdependence, mutual responsibility, and love.
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Is It Possible To Pray For Others?

laitman_239Question from Facebook: Human nature is to always take care of only one’s beloved. Is it really possible that we will pray for others? This is absolutely unnatural and false.

Answer: Absolutely. You’re right. This is already a true starting point. Is it possible to correct and change our nature to the opposite, to the correct balance between us? If all of nature—still, vegetative, and animate—exists in an integral mutual connection, how can we make people co-exist among themselves in the same way?

We see that this is possible in a limited field: in engineering, trade, science, art, but not in communication between people.

How can this be achieved? Only by changing human nature from egoistic to altruistic. And this is beyond our control. We can only wish that it happens.

But there is a power in the world called the upper force because it is above our egoism. It can correct us. We will feel each other closer than our brothers, sisters, parents, and children. We will acquire such a feeling, and it will oblige us to be together as one family.

Question: Do I have to think that in this process, I am attracting the upper force?

Answer: It’s not important. It’s a matter of methodology. There are different human levels. The main thing is that there is such a positive force in nature that can change us if we draw it upon ourselves.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/27/17

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Good Relationships, Where To Start?

laitman_284_02Question from Facebook: Why do you think that all problems can be solved by uniting? The Knesset directs the state [Israel]. We should start with it.

Answer: There is no point talking to governments and leaders who only think about how to occupy a warm seat, hold on to it, and rise as high as possible, which is the absolute opposite of what we are calling for, the goal a person should advance toward.

It is better if we engage in spiritual matters and leave them to their businesses.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/18/16, Part 2

Laitman_157Question: What is “eternity”?

Answer: Eternity is the absence of any limitations.

Question: Must a spiritual factor be taken into account in professional relationships in this world?

Answer: No. If we are working together, the relationships between us have nothing in common with what is within a group.

Question: How does the wisdom of Kabbalah relate to a person who writes poetry?

Answer: As a person who writes poetry.

Question: How should one behave toward human ingratitude?

Answer: By forgiving.

Question: Which profession is worthwhile for the younger generation to choose when they grow up?

Answer: I think that it is best to choose teaching professions. A teacher or an educator is closer to what is expected for us in the future because the rest of the professions, other than educating people, will have moved toward automation.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/18/16

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laitman_281_02Question: Are there many people in the world with a point in the heart?

Answer: There are not that many, a total of a few hundred thousand. Initially, every person has a point in the heart, but we are talking about people with whom the point in the heart has already manifested, pulling them from within, and they cannot live in any other way.

Question: What is the main thing in the spiritual work of a person?

Answer: The most important thing in a person’s spiritual work is to understand the right connection between studying, the group, the teacher, and the Creator.

Question: How does the work of fulfilling the ego differ from the work of correcting the ego?

Answer: We must first correct the ego, and then to the degree that it is corrected, it will be fulfilled.

Question: What must a person do during the time he is in this world, in his body?

Answer: He must go to the upper world.

Question: Could it be that the Creator has programmed falsehood, greed, and egoism in a person?

Answer: Certainly. He did all of that.

Question: Where is it possible to read about the correct order of the inner work of a person?

Answer: One can read the book Shamati It has been published in a variety of forms and translated into many languages.

Question: Why is it worthwhile to make an effort to conduct professional activities?

Answer: This is only to support the family; all the rest of one’s time and energy should be devoted to spiritual development.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/18/16

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A Question From Prison

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I will spend the rest of my life in jail. I’m trying to forget what I did, but I cannot. What should I do?

Answer: You don’t need to forget anything. You shouldn’t think about it at all. Our students teach the method of integral education in prisons. Try to tune into what is being taught and fully immerse yourself into this wisdom.

You will rise to the next level of your existence and will not feel that you are in prison. On the contrary, you will feel free and that the rest of the world is imprisoned.

I advise you to do this. This is an amazing state.

You will thank the Creator for having committed all these misdeeds. At the end of the day, it was not you who did it, but the Creator who thereby gave you this opportunity to now calmly attain the upper world.

Therefore, you can transform your prison sentence into true freedom.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Laitman” 2/15/17

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Is It Possible To Run Away From Problems?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion from Facebook: You say that the world is terrible. I just dropped everything and left the city. How can one live in the cities? Returning to nature is the solution to all problems.

Answer: I understand you, yet this is not the solution to the problem but an escape from problems. In principle, this is what many people do: If there is a possibility, they buy a small house on an island in the ocean and live there. You too are welcome to buy a house in the countryside and live in peace.

I personally cannot do this because I worry about the world, the society, people, their changing nature, and them reaching the purpose of creation. Studying the world, I begin to realize that the world was created for humans to change, to ascend, to transform themselves and thereby transform the world.

Therefore, I cannot retire and live somewhere on a tree, thinking that everything is peaceful and good. I am concerned about other problems than just retire and end my life in peace.

Moving from cities to nature will not change anything. This will not end our problems. We see that we left caves, climbed down from trees, evolved, and all this happened in us naturally. We cannot think of anything else.

We have nowhere to go because we only have a small planet Earth. Instead of separating and isolating ourselves from each other, we have to create good relations among ourselves.
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