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Reward And Punishment In Our Lives, Part 2

laitman_571_08Kabbalists do not perceive rewards and punishment as the general public does; they view them as reactions to them from the system. This is why they calmly receive any criticism or accusation as the system trying to help them to advance.

They do not attribute it to some specific individual, but only to the general system. And so the accusations that may seem to another as punishment, to a Kabbalist represent the material with which to work until it is experienced as a reward.

Question: How can it be considered a reward when a person is accused or shamed?

Answer: For many years now I have also been criticized, accused of deceit and a desire for power. But I understand that this criticism does not come from specific people who have some kind of freewill, but from the system. And therefore, I must receive this criticism in order to feel myself in exile.

Their behavior is appropriate because they help me in my correction, and as I progress toward correction, I feel these negative manifestations as positive. And if I feel them as negative, it is only because I am still not corrected in my certain inner qualities.

In other words, rewards and punishments from a natural and egoistic perception are entirely opposite to what is perceived by one who desires to advance, and is, therefore, relating to them above his own egoism.

For this reason, people who want to free themselves of their egoism, perceive all negative criticism toward them as a gift, given to them in the form of an opportunity to rise and to turn punishments into rewards because this means that the system is paying attention to me, gently and with care, as a mother raising a small child and teaching him good behavior.

Question: Like a mother who gives her child healthy food instead of a can of soda?

Answer: Yes, to receive blows is very healthy. They should not trigger resistance or defensive accusations, but rather an analysis: What specifically is triggering me, what are these qualities, thoughts, and desires in me? All these I need to correct in the exact place where I am experiencing the blow.

This is precisely what I need in order to rise from my egoistic state. If I feel the blow there, it means that there is still a calculation for personal benefit and I need to rise to a higher-level calculation.

Question: But don’t you want to receive a positive reaction from others?

Answer: I want to receive a positive reaction as an indicator that this quality in me has reached correction, not because I want to see that others around me became corrected. It is written, “Each judges according to their own flaws”, so when I correct myself, I will no longer experience blows. The system is built in such a way that then no one will criticize or accuse me any longer.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 2/2/17

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Origins Of Culture

laitman_628_2Question: Where is the border between spirituality and culture?

Answer: Culture is not a separate concept.

The difference between culture, ethics, and spiritual situations, does not exist. Religion is the source of culture. Without religion, painting, literature, and music would not have developed. All of them began with religion, and developed externally later. But the foundations for all of them were laid in spirituality.

Question: There are tribes that do not maintain any of the world religions. They have their own culture, communications, behavior, and foundations.

Answer: Those tribes have their own customs. There are 2,800 kinds of religions and faiths that exist in the world.

Everything that there is in humanity has appeared thanks to religion. All the arts were created out of the religious need of humanity to express itself to the higher power.

Question: In the Torah, it is said: “Regarding his son, a father is obligated to circumcise him, redeem him, teach him Torah, marry him to a woman and teach him an art.” (Kiddushin 29a).

Answer: The intent of the word “art” is the characteristic of bestowal.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/8/17

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Ethics And Kabbalah

laitman_265Question: Why is Kabbalah not human ethics and philosophy at the same time if its main postulate is “love your neighbor”?

Answer: Kabbalah should become like that, and it will become like that. However, today humanity is not ready for this yet.

Currently, we undergo certain stages of the realization of the evil nature of man, and we learn through all the troubles that constantly haunt us. It leads us to the fact that we do not know what to do with ourselves and our world.

Therefore, we are already beginning to realize that we require knowledge about our world, about the depths of the actions of the forces in it. Gradually we will understand that without the knowledge of Kabbalah, we are just a lost generation.

When we discover Kabbalah for ourselves, that is already ready for use, we will enter into a very rapid, easy, and pleasant development, up to our final, absolutely good state.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart

New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

The ceremonies in our world do not change our intention from reception to bestowal, but are only symbols.

The physical action does not purify anything because everything depends on the person’s intention.
From KabTV’s “New Life #853 – Hope And Purity Of Heart,” 5/11/17

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Freemasons And The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

Laitman_112Question: Some people say that Masonic Lodges were formed with the active participation of Kabbalistic groups. Who are the Freemasons and are they connected to the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Freemasons are completely unaffiliated with the wisdom of Kabbalah. These are people who act in special relationships among themselves and they build a small closed society in their connection. It has nothing to do with Judaism, religion, and all the more so with the wisdom of Kabbalah. They believe that by performing certain rituals, they can impact their conditions of the conditions of those around them.

I met with Freemasons in Rome and gave them lectures. They invited me to their ceremonies and explained what they meant, but I would not say that their rituals were interesting. It is very difficult to impress me because Kabbalah puts a person on such a level that after that there is nothing to be impressed by.

Don’t look for anything mysterious in the world because whatever seems mysterious is only because we don’t know its nature. Be an absolute materialist!

The wisdom of Kabbalah is the study of the upper nature, not the physics of our world. This is actually how it approaches every phenomenon and this is how it explains it. Therefore, it is open to everyone and does not require any initiations, incantations, secret signs, or special dress.

Do you have a desire? Come and study the wisdom of Kabbalah. Afterward, everything will depend on you. You will manage to ascend above your egoistic nature and become Kabbalists, both men and women.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Clairvoyance And Kabbalah

laitman_600_04Question: Can a person develop the ability to foresee the future, extrasensory abilities, etc., by studying the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Kabbalah does not develop foreseeing the future or any extrasensory abilities. A person has inner vision, but it has nothing to do with such abilities.

There are psychics and clairvoyants who can perceive the future, but it has nothing to do with the wisdom of Kabbalah. They could be be total egoists, evil people. But as a rule, people who have extrasensory perceptions are inclined to good more than others, although they are far from attaining the qualities of love and bestowal.

These people simply have developed extrasensory perceptions, but anyone can develop them.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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laitman_628_4Question: It is written in The Book of Zohar that Egyptians were powerful wizards. Many magicians state that they possess magical powers because they study Kabbalah. Is it possible? By the way, this is written not only in The Book of Zohar, but also in the Torah and the Great Commentary.

Answer: Many books that we study in Kabbalah mention this. Some of them were written 4,000 years ago. For example, the Great Commentary was written in 1,600 BC and the book The Secret Angel, which came to us from Adam, is 5,770 years old.

Many books have been lost over the years, but there are sources that mention them. We have the Book of Creation (Sefer Yetzira) from Abraham that was written 3,600 years ago.

As for magicians that supposedly received powers from Kabbalah, one can say anything, but there are no miracles in the world.

Kabbalah is an amazing, absolutely materialistic knowledge. Its main principle is: “We do not speak about what we do not attain.” That is, you have the right to speak only about what you can attain and describe, but if you don’t attain, be silent, because it already is a mysticism.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Sufism Is Islamic Kabbalah

laitman_533_02Question: Are there common points of contact between Kabbalah and Sufism?

Answer: Sufism is Islamic Kabbalah. The Sufis follow the same principles as Kabbalists. Although Sufism is much simpler, everything that is written in its true sources is taken from Kabbalah.

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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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Faith According To Kabbalah

laitman_240Question: Faith above reason is the fundamental concept in Kabbalah. But the concept of faith traditionally belongs to religions. What is faith in Kabbalah?

Answer: Faith is defined as the quality of bestowal in Kabbalah. This is not what is accepted in religions. All Kabbalistic terms originated several thousand years prior to the appearance of religions.

Jewish religion came into being 2,000 years ago. Before that, the Jews only had Kabbalah and people existed sensing two worlds simultaneously: our world and the upper world. Later on, they fell from sensing the upper world and remained sensing only our world, and what resulted became known as Judaism, religion.

The Jewish nation lost the condition of “Love your neighbor as yourself” and began to engage in the routine performance of the commandments – Mitzvot. From that, Christianity appeared with all of its branches and later on, Islam. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam do not belong to Kabbalah.

Kabbalah explores the upper world and brings a person to its revelation while living in this world. That is why in Kabbalah, there is no need to believe in anything. In Kabbalah, faith is called the quality of bestowal, the quality of influencing others.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/22/17

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What is The Connection Between the Wisdom Of Kabbalah And The Torah?

Laitman_137Question from Facebook: What is the connection between the wisdom of Kabbalah and the Torah? After all, Kabbalah is a science about the universe, its origin, general structure, its movement as a whole, and every detail in particular. How can such a grandiose teaching be based on religious stories and parables?

Answer: Indeed, there is no connection between Kabbalah and the ordinary worldly interpretation of the Torah. After all, in truth, Kabbalah is the hidden, secret part of the Torah because a person cannot reveal it through his own qualities.

But when it reveals itself, a person sees that the Torah changes his senses and leads him to the perception of the upper world—the system of governing our world in order to change a human and through him to change our world, and not just to perform some kind of material actions. This is what the Torah speaks about.

The Torah is divided into the internal part (Kabbalah) and the external part, which talks about the fulfillment of some accepted conventions and actions, which is called “practical Judaism.”
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/27/17

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