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Who Created Religion?

Laitman_417Question From Facebook: Buddha did not create religion; Jesus did not create religion. If that is true, who created it and for what purpose?

Answer: Three religions exist in the world: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Buddhism and all of the rest of the Eastern doctrines are not religions, but currents and methods. They exist without any pretense about anything and without imposing anything on others.

Religions were created as egoistic copies of the wisdom of Kabbalah and come to us instead of the Kabbalistic principle: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches only how to achieve love of others. It is called the inner true Judaism.

When they began to carry out the principle “Love your neighbor as yourself” between a small number of people, they discovered that, as soon as they applied it, they came across difficult problems that tore the people to pieces.

The principle “Love your neighbor as yourself” arouses intense egoistic desires and drives within a person. These are described as the “Wars of the Jews” according to history. Beginning from the tenth century BCE, for a thousand years, terrible things happened among the Jewish people. There was constant, internal civil war.

Even though people struggled to hold onto the level of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” they discovered that they could not. Therefore, the Kabbalists who managed the nation during the period of King David, King Solomon, and the rest of the kings gradually began to loosen up the higher level so as not to approach people with demands that were too high to implement this general rule.

People could not tolerate this general rule, for according to the thought of creation, the law of nature, it was necessary to reduce a person to the lowest egoistic level. So, immediately after they attained the highest level of altruism called the “First Temple,” they began to fall from this level. According to the program of creation, this was necessary.

The people had to maintain this level, but people did not succeed. The sages of the Sanhedrin that stood as their head understood that they would not succeed in holding the people to a level like this, for the people were not prepared to survive physically or spiritually.

So everything gradually deteriorated to a level where the people began to carry out ordinary physical actions instead of spiritual laws. For example, to show love, they would express this with a material gift. If they wanted to create a partnership, it was created externally, not internally. Instead of correcting oneself, a person began to immerse in a Mikveh (ritual bath), etc.

In this way people moved from the inner implementation of the law “Love your neighbor as yourself,” meaning rising above the ego, to the performance of external actions called Mitzvot (commandments).

Beginning from this period until our day, religious tradition became a copy of the spiritual actions that a person performs in his heart. The books of Kabbalah say that one must write a Torah on the walls of one’s heart. It is specifically this which is required of a person.

For this reason, the wisdom of Kabbalah is called the interior of the Torah, while religion, which teaches and maintains the Mitzvot until today, is called the exterior of the Torah and doesn’t require a person to yearn for love of others, but only to study and perform physical actions mechanically.

In our day, the period of the implementation of the external part only has finished. According to the law of nature, we must begin to ascend to the next level, meaning from the external implementation of the Mitzvot of the Torah to the interior implementation. The stipulation of “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” must remain our principle, our idea, until we discover that there is an inner meaning to all of our actions.

Question: In the past, people could not hold onto this level. Can they do so today?

Answer: Today, we no longer have a choice. We have done the preparatory work for beginning to apply this principle gradually by connecting in small groups, in groups of ten. That is how Moses united the people after they left Egypt.

We try to apply the law of “Love your neighbor as yourself” in our groups and try to show and teach it to all of humanity.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/21/16

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Answers To Your Questions, Part 164

laitman_281_02Question: Does a person feel that he is alone in the upper spiritual world, or is he in contact with other souls?

Answer: It is so different from our feelings that it is impossible to describe. The upper world is perceived through the Creator the way that we perceive the Creator through the unity between us.

Question:  Could you reveal the role of a Kabbalist in this world? How should we relate to people around us when we receive information and an opportunity to correct ourselves from the Creator? Is our mission only to correct ourselves, or does it include the correction of the world around us?

Answer: A person must first read the basics of the wisdom of Kabbalah in order to understand this.
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Sex Is Important

laitman_543_02Question from Facebook: Why are people so interested in sex and in the mutual relations between the two sexes? It seems that this is the only thing people are interested in.

Answer: They say that love and hunger make the world go round. If hunger no longer manages the world because there is actually enough food for everyone, what is left which can fill a person is love.

A person’s desire is to enjoy. It is the essences of his existence. This is how we are programmed. If we could turn off this program inside us, the world would be totally different. Radio, TV, sports, arts, science, everything would be totally different.

Sex is a person’s greatest desire. We cannot even imagine how everything that we do is actually subconsciously sex-oriented. Everything that we do stems from our internal sexual inclination. It is the basis of our behavior.

What is more, it isn’t about the kind of sex that we understand as corporeal coupling but about a yearning for a filling by something that is opposite from me, just like a plus yearns for a minus. All of a person’s thoughts are absolutely sexually directed.

What do we mean by sex? On the one hand there is the desire, the need (even in food), and, on the other hand, the filling. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, sex is referred to as Zivug de Hakaa (mating).

So it all depends on the level at which we examine this concept. On the physiological level of the corporeal bodies, we call it sex; whereas, on the lower level of the still or vegetative nature or the higher level of spirituality, it is called coupling.

If a person who knows nothing about the wisdom of Kabbalah begins to read Kabbalah books, he comes across many sexual concepts such as: coupling, upper kiss, lower kiss, practically the Kama Sutra.

It is actually because sex is at the basis of our desire that the wisdom of Kabbalah refers to it in such direct, very accurate, and correct language. If you wish to read a good sexual novel, you can read the The Study of the Ten Sefirot.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/28/16

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Do Not Imagine That You Are Superhuman!

Question: From the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, how should a person relate to the rapid growth of genetic technological systems?

This can significantly change the life of humanity: artificial intelligence, neural networks, artificial bodies as an attempt to lengthen life, the general project of cyborgization, decoding and modification of the human genome, and the immense streams of information that overwhelm our consciousness.

Can the development of a manmade system be a danger to spiritual development and are some researchers infringing on the role of the Creator?

Answer: We are inside a small, closed, egoistic desire and there is no reason to imagine ourselves as superhuman.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 7/24/16

laitman_628_4Question: Will there come a time when there won’t be any languages and people will understand each other through thoughts?

Answer: I hope that the time will come when people will be completely connected and can convey their feelings and thoughts without external communication.

Question: If this world doesn’t exist and only the spiritual world exists, does this mean that any perception or illusion that I have in the physical world is the result of a spiritual influence?

Answer: Certainly. In our world there is nothing else except what descends from the upper world, including all of our illusions.

Question: Dear teacher, you appear to be fine. Every time I see you it seems that you have become more and more youthful. Do you have the secret of youth?

Answer: Yes. If you don’t want to age, you must have students. From them strength, health, enthusiasm, and a thirst for life will be added to you and you will seem younger. Try it!
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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Spiritual Ecstasy

laitman_239Question from Facebook: An egoist has to be satisfied with altruism. An altruist is ready to give everything for an idea and an egoist is ready to take everything. For what?

Answer: So that they will support each other. A person in this world builds, invents, prepares, and makes everything in order to gain something, in order to receive, here and now. But what can a person do so that what he gains will remain forever and he will not feel a sense of loss? The moment a person attains something, he is afraid that it will disappear.

On the other hand, when we perform spiritual actions and attain something, there is no worry that these achievements will disappear. We know that the achievements do not disappear. If we perform a certain correction, it already exists in creation.  It gives us indescribable pleasure, spiritual ecstasy!

Everything a person does on the corporeal level always invokes worry of how to preserve it. On the spiritual level, on the contrary, it is perfectly clear that everything a person does immediately transcends to all the layers of creation and fills them. Therefore, such an attitude toward the world saves a person from all the problems which may depress him.

Question: Is spirituality the right combination between egoism and altruism or is it the suppression of altruism by egoism?

Answer: Spirituality is the right combination between all our attributes. It is the true implementation of egoism. We cannot express or implement this in our world in any way because we would like to receive everything. But we don’t receive anything, and even if we do receive, it eventually ends up as a greater loss and failure.

Therefore, the most important thing is to learn to implement our egoism correctly and then we will be happy. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to receive correctly.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/21/16

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How Is The Upper World Attained?

laitman_942Question: How is the upper world attained?

Answer: When ten people nullify themselves relative to each other and they do this together relative to the Creator by wanting to attract Him as Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light) to correct them, that is how they create the characteristic of the Creator among them.

Through this action they create a Kli, which is a sensory device for attaining the next level. In this single desire they feel the Creator. After that, by uniting more and more deeply, they discover the Creator more and more.
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laitman_249-01Question: How many people can be included in the concept of a group of ten?

Answer: It doesn’t matter. It could be random and virtual groups of ten. The main thing is that between five and ten of these people try to arrange the right connection between them. The right mutual relationships must exist in symbiosis between the right – positive and the left – negative lines.

Question: What is independence from the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Independence is when I absolutely feel included within a group.

Question: Despite a correct and true understanding of the Kabbalistic method, it still irritates and angers me. How is it possible to overcome this?

Answer: Kabbalah can annoy and anger people because it is not in our hands; you cannot use it the way you want to. Precise physical laws of nature are operating in it. It is permanent and you don’t have the ability to change it in any way. That always annoys a person. But there is nothing to be done. It is the truth.

Question: Can I attract positive forces when I watch your programs?

Answer: Yes. When we talk about how the Kabbalistic method works toward unity, a very great positive force influences us.

Comment: A mother is not always good toward her children; sometimes she is even strict for their own good.

My Response: This doesn’t mean that she is not good. She is good. She simply doesn’t always express this externally. But what is good for her children is always in front of her eyes.

Question: Won’t there always be a psychological division between life in a group as an altruist and life in society as an egoist among egoists?

Answer: No, you will see how simple this is if you behave simply and correctly at work as you do in a group. Then you will be more loved and respected. Don’t think that that you will lose out because of this.

Question: How can we cultivate a desire to be on the level of the Creator?

Answer: Cultivating one’s desire to bestow and love is possible only through the common desire of the group.

Question: You say that our world is an illusion. Why is it so difficult to understand and grasp this? How is it possible to achieve the right perception that everything is found within the person?

Answer: The Upper Light does this; you don’t need to fabricate anything!

Question: Which of my characteristics can influence the upper forces of nature?

Answer: It  is only through yearning to reach a connection with the positive force, with the Creator, through connection with others.

Question: Is it preferable to oversee friendly relationships among children already from childhood?

Answer: I don’t think it is necessary to do this. It is simply necessary to show them an example.

Question: How is it possible to educate children in a family consciously according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: This is only through a good personal example. When they grow up, it is important that they will give an example to each other themselves.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/3/16

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Why Hasn’t Esperanto Caught On?

Laitman_036Question: Why do you think Esperanto hasn’t caught on as an international language?

Answer: Esperanto is an artificial language people invented in order to provide a minimal vocabulary for all people. But people don’t need to be communicate with each other. They are egoists.

Therefore, Esperanto, which in a certain sense is an altruistic language, has not caught on, whereas English, being a purely egoistic language, has, and we all use it whether we like it or not.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/24/16

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 8/14/16

laitman_286Question: What determines where a person is born?

Answer: A person’s upper roots determine where he is born. We have no right to intervene because we don’t know how and what will happen, so we don’t need to guess about anything regarding this matter. Whatever is supposed to happen to a person is what will happen to him.

We cannot affect anything except for one thing: the unity with friends in order to reveal the Creator among them. Everything else is predetermined.

Question: How can I discover where my true home is and whether I should live wherever I was born?

Answer: You should feel where it is best for you to fulfill yourself in spiritual connection, but don’t do anything because there is a group in a certain place or anything like that. If you attain a certain spiritual state, you will be led from that place onward as I have been led. My teacher did not allow me to move closer to him for two years.

Therefore, I advise you not to rush. Today, thanks to the Internet and other means of communication, you can tranquilly remain where you are and advance in the spiritual sense, and later you will see where this takes you.

Come to the convention and see what you can do with yourself, and how you can tighten the connection with others because it is only through the connection between us that you will discover your future.

Question: Have the upper forces created the Africans with dark skin so that they will be able to adapt to the hot climate?

Answer: No, it depends on the four phases of Direct Light (Hochma, Bina, Zeir Anpin and Malchut) not because they have black skin, Native Americans have red skin, Asians yellow skin, and Europeans white skin. It is all conditional.

In fact, it relates only to the spiritual root because everything descends from the top downward. People in Africa are not black because the sun shines much more strongly there, but because it is inherent in the spiritual root. This means that all of the lower phenomena stem from one upper cause.

Question: Is it possible to save the Dead Sea by connecting it to the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea? Should we save it?

Answer: It is indeed possible. Personally, I believe that this can be taken into account if it is done automatically by valves or taps. Sea water must be added to the Dead Sea since the water that flows from the Kinneret is not enough to fill it.

Question: Can a person affect external natural phenomena such as stopping the motion of the sun, for example, by changing his internal attributes?

Answer: Such things are described in the Torah, but this is absolutely unrealistic. No one engages in that. I don’t advise you to think in this direction.

Question: Should we try to look at everything according to the perception that time, motion, and place do not exist on the outside, but are only reflected from a person outward?

Answer: No, you cannot act that way all the time because you are not on this level of attainment. Gradually, however, everything will be revealed and become familiar inside of you, and you will look at all of reality tranquilly from the side.

Question: If nature responds to a person’s negative actions, does that mean that even the actions of a single individual invoke problems, discomfort, and troubles?

Answer: Of course, for each and every one of us.

Question: What is a real goal? Must everyone find it by himself according to the method of Kabbalah?

Answer: Yes, we clarify the real goal throughout our lives and even during more than one lifetime of spiritual development. The moment we arrive at our complete fulfillment, we will be able to say that we have attained our goal, that we understand and perceive that “Now, I am finally in the goal of creation.”
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/14/16

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