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How Should We Treat History And Traditions?

laitman_202.0Question: How should we view the events that have already happened? How should we assess them?

Answer: Not in any way! Do not look back at the past, do not think about it or dwell on it. There is only today, and it depends on me.

What matters most for a person is to find out how he can attune himself to perceive the world the right way.

Question: Doesn’t the study of history, traditions, and culture help us develop?

Answer: We need to rise above traditions and culture. The only thing we need is to communicate with the people around us properly and teach them just one thing: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Everything else was invented by our egoism in order to assert itself.

Question: We don’t even need to study the history of Kabbalah?

Answer: By studying Kabbalah, a person learns its history as well because he learns about the development of the Kelim (vessels, desire) and the development of the Light that influences the desire. This is what all of history comes down to.

A certain space has been set for us. This space is called the will to receive. It is influenced by the Light—the will to bestow.
As the will to receive goes through the stages of its development, it gradually becomes similar to the Light. To this degree, the Light fills it.

The gradual filling of the will to receive by the Light, this is all of history. There is nothing else.

Remark: Since I study history at a university, my urge is to disagree with you. But on the other hand, we do not see any examples of man learning anything, making the right conclusions, and acting correctly based on his study of history.

My Comment: First of all, history is written by egoists—each from his own point of view that is beneficial to him: either to elevate himself or his nation or to make another point.

If you ask me why I need history, it is only to speak to people because I disseminate Kabbalah. Otherwise, I have absolutely no need for it.

I am speaking as a person who has gone through extensive higher education and studied many things. None of it is necessary. “The less you know, the better you sleep.” That way you do not clutter your head with any philosophies or histories. You need to know just one thing: how to interact with the upper Light, the only force in nature that can help you do anything.

For this, you don’t need to study mechanics, electricity, or computers—nothing at all.

Remark: But if I didn’t know anything, you wouldn’t be able to explain anything to me.

My Comment: That is a different matter. Of course, I am in favor of people studying, but not for the sake of their personal benefit and personal lives.

Question: So, everything depends on the intention with which you study?

Answer: Of course. The intention should be to correct the world by correcting yourself
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 07/16/17

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What Is The Stretching Of Time?

laitman_537Question: In the articles of Rabash it is written that the stretching of time along the spiritual root is related to the Klipot (impure forces). What is the stretching of time?

Answer: Actually, time does not exist. Everything that we are doing in the present moment is preprogrammed and already known.

Moreover, just as there is movement in a straight line from past to future, there is also movement in the reverse direction from future to past.

In principle, we can change the past from the future, just as in our world we are used to changing the future from the past. These are interconnected and interchangeable processes flowing in both directions.

In physics, for example, if we choose to measure either the electron or the wave, then by this choice we predetermine if it is as an electron or a wave.

In other words, I choose a measurement instrument now, and what I am planning to study already knows, from the past, what I am thinking and rearranges itself. And then I measure it either as a wave or as a discrete particle. But in Kabbalah, this happens in action.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 7/9/17

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The Correct View Of The World

laitman_934Remark: In Kabbalah courses there is a section about the history of Kabbalah, which examines how the first Kabbalist Adam emerged, how he was followed by 20 generations until Abraham, what Abraham contributed to the development of Kabbalah, etc.

One way or another, we cannot get away from the fact that there is a timeline, eras, a certain sequence in transferring of the method. Anyhow, we appeal to world history.

Answer: The point is that no one, not even scientists, can explain all of Einstein’s physical experiments with time flowing backward. Scientists are faced with concepts that imply that time does not exist or flows backward, that space does not exist, etc.

Yet, we are in a more advantageous position relative to everyone else because we can offer people the practice of Kabbalah: to begin to expand your consciousness by including yourself in a ten, and then you will feel that the world is folded inside yourself many times over.

With your complex consciousness, you will be able to find the right view of the world. You will see that this world is inside you. Outside, there is only an imaginary field, a world of illusion. As a matter of fact, it does not exist. Everything exists only within a desire. Everything happens only in Malchut.

From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/16/17

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Earthly Sciences And Freedom Of Choice

laitman_538Question: Is it possible to prove to a person that he is a slave to his own illusions?

Answer: If a person is in his illusions, he should not be touched. It is not that it is impossible to prove anything to him—it is not allowed! You should not go to a person and say: “You are a slave; you are a prisoner.”

He feels good. You have no right to upset him. However, if he comes to you and says: “I can’t take it anymore. I can’t breathe…,” then it is a different story.

Question: If it were possible to bring a course on the freedom of choice to schools or universities, would it be possible to prove this to students by showing them various scientific studies?

Answer: Only in a very limited way, depending on the level of development of the society, but not more: do not pull a person out of the state he is in.

The science of Kabbalah speaks about a person’s life in this world, how he is controlled by desires that are constantly evolving, etc. From this perspective you can explain everything. It is completely rational, realistic, correct, scientific, and here, there can be absolutely no contradictions or objections from the scientific or ordinary societies.

But as soon as you start talking about having to rise above egoism, problems start to arise. What does it mean: above egoism? As if it is in control of me? I do not see that it is; I do not feel that it is. And if it is in control and, at the same time, it also happens to be our nature apart from which nothing else exists, then how can I detach from it?

Remark: Several years ago, scientists conducted an experiment. They connected electrodes to a participant’s brain and asked questions that the subject had to respond to with a “yes” or “no” by pressing a corresponding button. It was shown that the response was formulated in the brain five to six seconds before it reached the person’s consciousness and he was able to press the button.

Answer: Naturally. An impulse and a command appear in the brain and only after that does the finger press the button through strictly mechanical control. The device used in the study was able to measure when the impulse appeared in the brain.

Question: That means that the desire appears within me five to six seconds prior to my even knowing about it. This proves that the individual has no freedom of choice. Is it worth investing in such research just to prove to people that decisions are made for them?

Answer: No one is making decisions! This occurs naturally in our body. You want to say that higher order signals are transmitted to an individual’s brain, which then develop within him, and then he carries them out? That is true. So what? All this is in nature!

Question: But this type of research could push humanity to the awareness that there is no freedom of choice and to the search for this freedom. Or not? You are a person of science; you don’t think that science will come to reveal the truth about the freedom of choice?

Answer: Science cannot prove this. It already hit a wall and is now in a state of crisis. Scientists themselves acknowledge this.
After all, science can only use what the egoistic individual who created this science possesses. And no more. Science exists only within the framework of human knowledge, within the framework of human nature.

Scientists simply calculate algorithms of their own egoistic tendencies, which they then apply to the world around them. Nothing more.

If we had a different nature, we would have different sciences. And physics and even mathematics would be different. We would see the world differently. In physics, chemistry, and biology there is nothing objective. It is all only relative to the individual.

Why was Einstein’s theory so revolutionary? Because he said that everything depends on the observer. And where is this observer? First, let us bring him to its original state, and then, from this state, we will see what actually exists in this world. After all, the initial state is a rise above egoism to the zero level.

This is the restriction (Tzimtzum) from which, according to Kabbalah, we begin our study of the world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/2/17

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World History In The Light Of Kabbalah, Part 1

laitman_229Question: How, according to which laws, does world history unfold? Is it cyclic? Does it repeat in every generation?

Answer: This is a complex question, not because it is related to history or geography, but because it is related to our perception of reality.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, there are two basic forces in the universe: the will to bestow or the positive upper force, the Creator, and the will to receive—the lower negative force, the creation. Both desires, interacting with one another, determine practically all of history.

Since their initial parameters and final states are set, we can describe all of these stages of the will to receive (creation) under the influence of the will to bestow (the Creator) in advance. In principle, there can’t be any surprises here.

The first part of the development of history happens completely under the influence of the upper Light, meaning the force of the Creator. In this process, creation feels the pressure of the Light and, being fully in its power, transforms under its influence, going through specific phases of development, the same ones that an embryo undergoes in its mother’s womb for nine months. This is why we understand absolutely everything that is happening.

Because only one factor operates here, the upper Light, we know in advance which stages we will go through and how.

In principle, this is how humanity developed. And this program of creation presupposes a person’s reaction to the influence from above: the extent to which he can advance contrary to his egoism, on the side of the upper Light, the quality of bestowal, love and connection; or he does not desire this, cannot do it, does not understand how to act, and by that he seemingly opposes the Light’s influence.

And if he opposes it, then he naturally feels different. Then history includes greater forces of resistance on the part of creation and greater coercive forces on the part of the Light, the Creator. However, in general, the development of history is strictly regulated from the beginning.

Today we have reached a very interesting stage of development where we can acquire a certain freedom of will, allowing us to change our history and change the speed and type of our development.

In any case, we will develop according to strictly delineated, pre-set degrees. We will either go through them consciously, with understanding and participation, in which case the development will be favorable, voluntary, and welcomed by us. We will see it as good development from our perspective and the Creator’s. Or we will resist it like small stubborn children, not wishing to implement the program of creation.

That is, either it is unknown to us, as is the case for most of humanity, or we are familiar with it, like people who study Kabbalah and are obligated to know it, as those who have already gone through these states thousands of years ago. We have to try to correct our path, making it more conscious and good for us, but most importantly—for others.

Thus, all of world history was written from the beginning. This is why philosophers and scientists, when beginning to examine history, man’s behavior, the present, past, and future, are stumped when trying to answer the questions: Can time proceed backwards? Is everything predetermined? Where is our freedom of will? How does an elementary particle choose the form in which to continue its development—as a particle or wave, meaning light?

Physicists say that everything depends on the person performing the experiment. When he sets up the device to measure the elementary particle either as a wave or a particle, the particle knows about it in advance and behaves in accordance with the chosen device. It’s as if the present determines the past, meaning time that proceeds backwards. This is what physicists assert.

Kabbalah speaks about this much more simply. In principle, it does not relate to the concept of time because there is no time; we realize that which exists in the world of infinity in its final form. But since all of our states are set in advance, there are no surprises here—there is no present, past, or future, as if someone is playing a movie for us and we see its separate shots.

Everything has already been recorded on the film in advance, and we are only viewing it. This is our life. It is being played inside of us, but practically, we can say that it is being played in front of us.

We are the direct participants of this viewing, which is predetermined in advance, and we know everything that will happen and what we will do, except one thing—by being in the group and attracting the upper, positive force upon us, we can elicit changes.

However, we can’t change history itself or the course of events, but only our attitude to it, and then it will look completely different. That is because our attitude to it determines what we will see on those shots: war or peace, good or evil. We determine everything.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/16/17

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Research In The Science Of Kabbalah

Dr. Michael LaitmanEvery science consists of three parts: basic research, practical research, and the popularization of the science including education.

If everything is more or less understood regarding the popularization of science, it is not the case regarding new basic research and applied science.

Question: Are there new basic studies conducted in the wisdom of Kabbalah, or does it all come down to studying ancient sources? Is the research spontaneous or is it coordinated by Bnei Baruch?

Answer: Studies on the wisdom of Kabbalah are conducted in Kabbalistic groups who make laboratories of themselves and examine how the changes in the group are affected by the upper Light, the surrounding Light (Ohr Makif)

Question: If it is an applied science, a practical science, what is the essence and the direction of the study? Or is the role of the wisdom of Kabbalah reduced to merely supporting other sciences in the practical sense, sciences like quantum physics, for example, or individual scientists?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah does not support material sciences in any way, although they can use its findings. The role of the wisdom of Kabbalah is not so much about research but the practical use of the upper force, the surrounding Light (Ohr Makif), in order to change man’s nature.

Question: Is there a plan to popularize the wisdom of Kabbalah? I mean is there a system developed system to spread the wisdom of Kabbalah around the world in cooperation with different religions, science, educational institutions, the mass media, etc.?

Answer: There are studies of the wisdom of Kabbalah. But since it is necessary to change the nature of the scientist for the Kabbalist to study it, there is a need for a group in which such research can be conducted.

This cannot be done in the framework of university communities because none of those students studying Kabbalah academically want to switch from its theoretical study to its practical study in a group as the Kabbalistic sources describe. They eventually keep talking about the subject, about the field, without actually attaining the subject, the field, itself.

Everything you are asking exists in the wisdom of Kabbalah in a unique form because the Kabbalistic knowledge of attaining the concealed layers of nature is revealed to a person to the degree that he changes himself, corrects his egoistic nature, which is never required of any other scientist.

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The Wisdom Of Kabbalah Covers Everything

laitman_628.2Question: Can studying Kabbalah cause the desire to study sciences such as physics, psychology, and philosophy?

Answer: No. Kabbalah covers everything. After all, you enter into a new part of the universe, the management system, and therefore you are not interested in what is happening at the lowest level of our world.

Comment: Once it was believed that a person must study seven sciences before he began to study Kabbalah.

Answer: That was a long time ago; Kabbalists existed even in the time of the forefathers.

Question: Does it mean that today secondary school and higher education is enough?

Answer: Even this is not required. Current egoism is so developed that it does not need to be developed further. You can immediately begin participating in the connection in the circle and reveal the Creator existing between us.

Question: Is it possible that a person will not develop a desire, for example, for art?

Answer: He has no side-wishes! A person demonstrates aspiration only to one point. He will not aspire to anything except the highest level of his existence. Why should he focus on the little things? This is like an adult who goes to a sandbox to play with children!

We are talking about desire, about the fact that a person begins to work with it. This is necessary for him in order to correct the world, not for something else. After all, looking at our world with all its attributes, such as culture, science, philosophy, psychology, and anything else he sees, all of it is already in the state of terrible crisis. We reveal it more and more every day. So why should he enter into this?!

Kabbalah, on the contrary, raises us to the next degree where all of humanity will have to ascend. Just today, people do not yet have the predisposition to it. However, their interest in culture, the arts, and everything else is already disappearing.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/25/17

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Why Did Dinosaurs Become Extinct?

laitman_600.04Question: Why were the dinosaurs in existence for hundreds of millions of years? Does a Kabbalist know what made them extinct?

Answer: All the inanimate, vegetative, animal, and human life are gradually transformed into higher forms.

That is why the ancient fern and other plants became extinct, as did various kinds of animals. Even minerals have changed. According to researchers, you can tell how many million years old a particular rock is. Everything happens naturally.

The same holds true for the people. Just look at how different people living today are from those who lived a hundred or a thousand years ago. Even in their appearance, not to mention their level of consciousness.

If I were to teach Kabbalah today the way Aristotle and Plato wrote about it, claiming that the soul depends on how deeply a person breathes, I would be laughed at. Can you imagine what the great thinkers of the past wrote about?! With a deep inhalation and exhalation we fill our soul. And they really believed that is what the soul is.

Today, those great minds of their generation would look like silly boys if they remained on the same level because the constantly developing desire develops us. That is why we can not compare ourselves to other generations.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/19/17

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Kabbalah—The Science Of The Upper System Of Governance

laitman_214.jpgQuestion: I am a chemistry scientist, and don’t understand how Kabbalah can be connected to science. It seems esoteric to me. Why do you say that Kabbalah is a science?

Answer: It really is difficult to understand because Kabbalah is not a science of this world. Everyone can study the science of this world without any internal change, since our inherent material qualities are sufficient for it.

Kabbalah is a science, but it studies the upper system that governs our world. Therefore, first of all we must understand the language in which it is written. Then we need to find out what is behind each word and each definition. Only then will we begin to penetrate deeply into this science and study it.

Obviously, the knowledge of chemistry or of some other material science won’t help. It may well be that the simplest person, who is far from science, will have a propensity for Kabbalah and a desire to study it, and a great scientist will understand nothing and won’t be able to approach it.

Question: What is this system that governs us?

Answer: The upper system is a network of forces that governs our entire life, the universe, and each of us. This is a huge, multifaceted network of forces that pervades the entire reality and binds together all of its elements.

Our universe is in a particular place that exists by itself, although we don’t feel it. And the stars, nebulae, and other cosmic objects are located inside this place. They all exist in a close connection with each other. Imagine what would happen if they all weren’t bound into one network, what chaos would reign in the universe.

Exploring the universe and nature in general, we find out that everything in it operates according to strict laws, as it is written, “The law is given and cannot be transgressed.” The wisdom of Kabbalah studies this entire reality, the network of forces, and most importantly, finds out for what purpose everything is created, in what form humanity and the universe in which we exist are developing.

Question: Are we part of this reality?

Answer: Of course, we exist on Earth that develops in a certain direction and fly in space thousands of kilometres every second along with our entire universe. The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about this entire reality. Modern science is a part of Kabbalah and exists within certain limits that are set by a given nature of a person.

For example, Einstein discovered that by changing our angle of view at reality, we change it. Kabbalah goes even further by saying that if we change a person, his inner qualities, then the reality will change.

However, how is it possible to take a screwdriver and adjust something in a person in order to adjust him in a new way and to let him see the new reality, the new world, in his new qualities? The wisdom of Kabbalah allows us to do this!

Question: What do we need to change in ourselves for this?

Answer: We don’t need to change anything, all the changes are done by the force that is hidden in Kabbalah, the force of Light, the inner force of the whole reality that affects a person and changes him.
From the virtual lesson “The Time of Kabbalah,” 7/4/17

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How Are Spiritual Laws Revealed?

3Question: You say that Kabbalah studies the laws of nature. Does this mean that we look at nature and mimic it?

Answer: This is not the nature that we study as natural sciences like botany, zoology, etc.

Kabbalists investigate the relationship between all parts of nature, ours and that which is hidden from us, in its absolutely complete integral state. This is the subject of the study of Kabbalah.

The main thing is that we include in ourselves, our abilities to attain. And afterward, we begin to see that only as we improve our organs of perception, when we make them also infinite and perfect, it becomes possible to feel and understand nature and the Creator.

Spiritual laws are revealed in us to the extent that we can be in the quality of bestowal and love, in the quality above our own egotistic nature because we have developed the corresponding sensory organs.

Question: And before that, we can only hear that they exist?

Answer: We can read about this, but we do not understand what we are reading about.

Question: Do we have to believe in the existence of such laws?

Answer: There is no need to believe in anything. We must open our senses, raise them to the level of the quality of bestowal. Then, we will be able to explore the higher nature.

Nature is divided into two parts. One of them, the lowest or selfish nature of our world, works on the property of receiving. In this part we can comprehend all the laws of the still, vegetative, animate, and human nature functioning at the level of the material world.

But, in addition, there is the nature of the next, upper world, which works inversely like a mirror image, to bestow, not to receive.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/12/17

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