Entries in the 'Q&A' Category

Why Are You Scaring Us?

laitman_547_05Question from Facebook: Why do you keep scaring us in your posts all the time? You keep saying that humanity is like a little rabbit hiding and shaking under a bush.

Answer: Of course! This is what I see people behaving like! On the one hand, they try to harm each other, and on the other, they are afraid to be treated in the same manner. This is how our whole life is managed.

If we don’t change, of course it will be bad!

I “frighten” people in order to warn them in advance of the sufferings, so they could avoid suffering. It is just as we say to a child: “You shouldn’t do that, you will fall, you will get hurt, and it will be painful.”

My intentions are very good, but what can I do if people think that I am just saying that? It is just like parents who want to protect a child from trouble, but cannot avoid what will happen! I will try to be gentler.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/15/17

The Development Of Egoism

laitman_566_02Question from Facebook: You claim that the development of society is the development of egoism in it. Why isn’t it the development of altruism? Could it be that we should begin to promote cooperation between us instead of promoting competition?

Answer: I see how the world has been evolving for ages and that it is only as a result of egoism. Moreover, all scientists and researchers confirm it. The wisdom of Kabbalah says the same thing.

We should not develop through egoism, that is, not in the desire to receive everything inside you and thinking only of yourself at any given moment: “What should I do so that I will feel good?” But we should change our paradigm, that is, we should think of: “What I should do so that others will feel good?” This is a significant shift, an internal revolution in a person, which he cannot do by himself.

Question: How can I change myself if our nature is pure egoism?

Answer: This is an internal paradox; we cannot exit the framework of our nature. We can fix it but only with the help of the upper force, the Creator.

If the Creator illuminates His force on us and influences us like a magnet moving a piece of metal from a distance, we will be able to change ourselves and move in the opposite direction from our egoism.

In order to do so, we need to convince the Creator to move us forward to a totally different attribute: from the property of receiving to the attribute of bestowal, not the attribute of egoism but the attribute of altruism, not the attribute of hatred but the attribute of love.

Let’s try to do it. This is what the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us!
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/15/17

Answers To Your Questions, Part 166

Laitman_633_3Question: You have mentioned that the Creator does not exist and there is no one to bring pleasure to. I also heard from you that the Creator suffers more than we do; where does that fact come from? How does it turn out that He doesn’t suffer or that He suffers and doesn’t exist at the same time?

Personally I would like the Creator to exist in my life, because if He does not exist and is not alive, the whole wisdom of Kabbalah would seem uninteresting and practically empty just like our beastly life.

If there is no one except me, I would rather live in this illusion without reaching some upper world. Although I am only 24 and have found the wisdom of Kabbalah at the age of 18, I would like to focus myself on the Creator as on someone who exists and is alive and who feels me, because the other attainments don’t interest me.

I am actually afraid to discover that the Creator does not exist. Does that mean that the wisdom of Kabbalah is not for me? At the moment, I don’t intend to study because there is no guarantee that the Creator actually exists and is alive, but if I heard that the Creator is alive and does exist from you (which is the most important thing for me), then I would study the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Answer: Everything we say about the Creator is not His actual essence and does not say anything about Him, but only about what we can express in our sensations. Later, your feelings will change and you will be able to perceive the complexity of the world, and opposing views will not nullify each other, but will actually begin to complement each other. Then you will have no more questions.

Who Wrote The Book Of Zohar?

Laitman_132Question from Facebook: Who was the author of The Book of Zohar, Rabbi Shimon or a group of authors, his ten companions? I don’t understand how it would be possible to write together.

Answer: Rabbi Shimon could not have written this book alone because he had to first transmit this book through his students.

First, they all discussed it among themselves, each one expressing his admiration for it and his impressions. They didn’t complement each other; instead they integrated and collected them into one single opinion by rising above themselves. As a result of this, the highest attainment came out, The Book of Zohar.

By uniting among themselves, they were elevated to the next level where they apparently became a single author, a single person.

Question: But in the sources it is said that Rabbi Shimon spoke and Rabbi Aba recorded…?

Answer: It is necessary to understand what is meant by “recorded.” This is not talking about physical recording. Instead, they attained a state in which the white Light was written on a black background, meaning inside of them.

This was a collective effort of a generalized person that included all of them, when all of them were one. Therefore, a power is hidden in The Book of Zohar. Moreover, specifically because of this fact, it is necessary to read it together and not alone.

If we read The Book of Zohar individually, there is no benefit to it. To do this, we must gather ten people (a Minyan), connect into a single whole, and by reading the text together, to a particular degree, everyone begins to feel what the authors of The Book of Zohar felt.

Question: Do you penetrate The Book of Zohar or does The Book of Zohar penetrate you?

Answer: The Book of Zohar is the Light that surrounds us. Therefore, to the same degree that the readers connect together, they make it possible for the Light to enter into the shared integration between them and to format it. The feeling from the book comes from this.

This is also said about the Torah, that it is “white letters written on a black background,” meaning, that it is the Light, which is written on the desires.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/25/16

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What Are The Sefirot?

laitman_608_02Question from Facebook: What are the Sefirot?

Answer: A Sefira is something that shines . It is all very simple. Our ego, wanting to swallow everything into it, is an absolute black body that cannot illuminate. But, if it closes itself and begins to work in the opposite direction, with the intention in order to bestow, it begins to reflect the light and everything that comes to it.

A black body, for example, which swallows the light, doesn’t reflect the rays of light, so we cannot see the body itself either. But if it shines and doesn’t swallow the rays of light, but rather reflects them, everyone can see it.

A Sefira is the corrected ego to a certain degree, in a certain way. Therefore , it shines and is called Sefirot (which comes from the Hebrew word “sapphire”)—luminous.

We are arranged such that there are ten parts in us, and we have to make them shine to the fullest. This state is called “a person’s complete end of correction”; it is when he becomes a man of the Light.

Question: Is that what is meant in the Torah when it says that Moses shined?

Answer: Yes. Rays of light came from his head. But unfortunately, in translation it sounds like “horns” because “ray” and “horn” are two meanings of the same word.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/6/17

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Changing The Thoughts Of Another Person

laitman_627_2Question from Facebook: Can a Kabbalist change the thoughts of other people?

Answer: No. A Kabbalist can help a person change by bringing him to a particular environment and providing an example.

A Kabbalist influences other people only through a higher Sefira by helping them to connect to it. A higher blessed energy descends from there, which balances the person and shows him how to behave correctly in order to be in harmony with nature.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/23/16

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Mission Of The Jewish People

Unity, The Way To A Good FutureQuestion from Facebook: You are always talking about the mission of the Jewish people. Are you certain they will be able to fulfill it?

Answer: Yes. This is laid in the basis of nature. The question lies only in how quickly they accept the job and in what manner they will actualize it in order to give all of humanity an example of connection.

This is essentially the mission of the Jewish people. They must become united within and demonstrate to all humanity how to build society and the state correctly.

It is exactly for this reason that the Jewish people find themselves on their own land again after 2,000 years, in order to once again build a state and create a unified nation, a correct society, family, and so on. This phenomenon does not exist in nature! We have to build it here, now, on this land. And then we will suddenly find ourselves in the center of the entire human community.

Everyone will suddenly look at us, but this time not with hatred, as they do now, but on the contrary, with comprehension that this is exactly what they were expecting from us, and therefore, they hated and thought negatively of us because we were not fulfilling our mission.

This is called becoming a “light to the nations”—demonstrating an example of connection to them so they too will unite.

Question: That means that the Jewish people will build a society of the future, but not for themselves?

Answer: The Jewish people do not exist for themselves. That is the problem. They need to understand that they must exist for all the other peoples. The law of altruism, bestowal, “love your friend as yourself,” is calling us to this.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/15/17

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Easier Said Than Done

laitman_938_03Question from Facebook: Everything you say sounds very simple, so why is it so hard to fulfill it?

Answer: The point is that the fulfillment of the method is according to our egoistic desires, impulses, and yearnings. In contrast to them, we have to achieve a hearty internal connection with others, in order to create a state between us of mutual attraction toward the center, not to one of us, but to everyone with regard to the others.

This is no simple thing, but this is in what we should engage. Then we will begin to feel that we have great help from nature, from the Creator, since nature and the Creator are the same thing. If we do that, we will feel a new state between us, the next dimension, the upper world, the Creator, and at the same time, we will feel that we exist not in our corporeal body, but external to it. This is to what we aspire.

A fine internal intention is required here, to which a person brings himself after years, until he reaches a state of being detached from himself because the thin wire that connects all our impulses to the ego has to be broken.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/2/17

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 8/21/16, Part 2

laitman_283_01Question: Often it seems to me that I am being moved, as if I am not doing anything. Is this only my imagination?

Answer: It is quite possible it seems like this to you. If you study the wisdom of Kabbalah seriously, you will begin to feel how this happens and where, how the upper force manages you and what it does inside of you.

Question: What feelings does a Kabbalist experience? Does he receive pleasure from our world?

Answer: A Kabbalist experiences feelings a billion times greater than a regular person, and even if these are feelings in our world, he can connect them with the Creator.

Question: Is intuition also product of desire?

Answer: In Kabbalah, there is no intuition. Intuition is a lack of knowledge, an absence of awareness in our world, which we somehow make up. In Kabbalah, the Light fills a desire precisely and guides it.

Question: Is it possible to give an example of how it is possible to attribute everything to the Creator?

Answer: I suggest you constantly reread the articles from the book Shamati, especially the article “There is None Else beside Him,” then you will surely begin to feel contact with the upper force and will know how it is possible to be in mutual interaction with Him.

Question: What can one do if emotions take you over and you cannot turn through them to their source?

Answer: You can! Continue to read the articles in Shamati, but seriously.

Question: How is it possible to get rid of constant memories about a girl? Except for a strong feeling of hatred toward her, nothing is left.

Answer: This doesn’t bother the girl or you. I repeat again, study the wisdom of Kabbalah seriously, and it will direct you toward the right goal.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

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laitman_570Question: How does a Kabbalist overcome negative emotions?

Answer: A Kabbalist brings negative emotions to the Creator because the Creator arouses them so that he will connect with Him above the negative emotions.

Question: Which feelings must a person cultivate within himself?

Answer: These are mainly the feeling that “There is none else beside Him” and that everything that the Creator does is absolutely good. In this world, at this time, we need to discover that the Creator is the only force that is filled with good.

Question: What does “feeling the Creator” mean? What is this like?

Answer: Feeling the Creator is like a feeling of a huge, all-encompassing single immense force that completely controls the whole world and you. And you are in this; you see this! This is the most wonderful feeling that a person can experience. We must reach this feeling and be immersed within it all the time.

Question: In a group composed of ten people, how can we feel that we are attracting the Light?

Answer: You must feel it in yourself.

Question: What does the expression, “upbringing of the senses” mean in spirituality?

Answer: None of the methods in our world have anything to do with emotional education. This is a process that happens when I awaken and summon particular portions of the Upper Light and then feel how much I and my emotions have been changed under their influence.

Question: Must there be a balance between the mind and the senses?

Answer: Without a doubt, between the mind and the senses there must be a middle line, and both of them must be constantly balanced.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/21/16

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