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The Discovery Of Adam And The Failure Of Modern Sciences

laitman_250Question: How did the Kabbalists discover that everything comes from the upper force?

Answer: The first person with heightened sensitivity appeared 5,778 years ago; he discovered that everything comes from the upper force, and explained it. His name was Adam.

He described what he discovered in the book The Secret Angel (Raziel HaMalach). It was a small booklet of 70-80 pages, but at that time, it was considered a respectable publication.

As all Kabbalistic works, initially this book was hidden from the public and was only revealed 3,500 years ago. Practically all forces of nature were described in it but in a very difficult, essentially encrypted form.

From that time and onward, the entire methodology became revealed and each person has the opportunity to delve into it, study, and learn it.

Question: Are scientists not talking about it yet?

Answer: Scientists are increasingly incapable of understanding the world we live in. Even though our world is constantly revealing itself more and more, it is nonetheless not the type of revelation that can be comprehended by the human instruments of study. Instead, it requires a much higher order of understanding.

A paradoxical picture appears: we only uncover small, fragmented pieces of the whole of creation and build our entire science on these fragments. However, in recent times, such phenomena are being revealed that we cannot explain.

Einstein, Hugh Everett, and other scientists, offered some understanding, but nonetheless, the world in which we live is becoming evermore incomprehensible.

We have no answers to the majority of questions arising today because these questions demand a completely different approach, which we do not yet possess. We cannot exist above time, space, and infinite speed, and we cannot live in a matrix other than the one in which we exist.

That is why science, that is, the potential of our knowledge, is at a dead end, but not nature itself—it is revealed in the form of dark clouds, black holes, and so on. Yet who can explain all of this? The same also applies to the micro-world.

This speaks to the fact that our cognitive tools are very limited. Science gives us what it can, being the product of our capabilities, and nothing more.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/8/18

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In Unity And Connection

laitman_232.08Concepts that are opposite in our perception exist in the world of Infinity in simple unity and connection. (Baal HaSulam, Talmud Eser Sefirot, Part 1 “Histaklut Pnimit”)

Question: What does it mean that opposite things are unified? Can you give an example from nature?

Answer: Einstein gave examples of dimensions emerging above time and space. For example, a grandfather and his distant descendant meet hundreds of years later. They both exist simultaneously, but with respect to our attainment it is experienced as past, present, and future.

Question: Does this mean that dinosaurs might be wandering around us and we just don’t see them?

Answer: Dinosaurs are not wandering somewhere; they are wandering within you (in the same way as before, by the way). There is nothing outside of us. We project everything that we perceive so that it seems outside of us and call it “our world.” We feel it only within ourselves. We do not perceive what is outside of us. It is as if some electrodes are connected to us and we imagine that we are somewhere talking with each other and seeing others as if on a screen.

The question thus arises: does this all just seem to exist or does it really exist? We cannot say, because we do not feel anything outside ourselves. Therefore, a person cannot claim objectively that something exists—he always perceives subjectively.

Everything that we reveal and study is purely subjective, including Kabbalah. We never attain the absolute picture. It will be revealed only after the general correction, when all of us unite and our small private sensors (Reshimot) will be united into one common sensor, our small private desires into one common desire that will result in absolute perception, eternal white Light. Then we will be able to talk about what really exists. This state is called Gmar Tikkun—Final Correction.

This is all in relation to us; there are no problems regarding the Creator since His properties include everything. We will be able to achieve this same state when our desire becomes fully integrated, including all the opposites in itself. This is considered loving your neighbor as yourself.

In other words, when I accept everything that exists in another person—all his unpleasant properties, states, thoughts—as my own, as the most precious, with love, then I will include the desires of all the people in the world and will be able to be objective, as all the opposites inside me will be united.

Question: Is it possible to say that both love and hatred will exist in me at the same time?

Answer: Of course. One will not annihilate the other because they will only support each other, so that between them I can feel the acuity of attainment. This is how it works.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/8/18

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What Is The Difference Between Kabbalah And Corporeal Sciences?

3Question: What is the difference between Kabbalah and corporeal sciences?

Answer: Corporeal sciences reveal the interaction between different parts of nature at the lowest, material level.

Kabbalah, however, let us use the force from the next, spiritual degree so that we could rise to it and free ourselves from all connections with the corporeal forces, stop obeying them, and enter the attainment of the universe’s next level.

Question: On one hand, Kabbalah is a science, but on the other hand, it is constantly concealed?

Answer: It is not concealed! It simply slips through our fingers because we do not have spiritual sensations. When you reach those sensations, which Kabbalah uses, it will be in your hands.

Question: Will it ever receive the status of science?

Answer: No. Only among Kabbalists! Kabbalah is called a hidden wisdom because others do not have this tool.

For example, everyone can study and use physics without changing one’s nature. The Kabbalistic method, however, submits to those who agree to change themselves to its level.

Question: The uniqueness of Kabbalah that people have a special attitude toward it, there are a lot of opponents, so is it necessary that we constantly prove something?

Answer: Nothing can be done here because people do not understand what it is about. It will continue this way until most of the people will manage to master Kabbalah and declare that they are in the attainment and realization of it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/18/18

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Revealing The Unknown

laitman_253Question: Scientists of our world are constantly in dispute and disagree with each other. Everyone promotes their own theory. How does it work among the Kabbalist scientists?

Answer: If a Kabbalist scientist clearly knows where he exists and speaks only from the level of his attainments without crossing into something he has not revealed, then he is a real scientist and his conclusions can be trusted.

If a Kabbalist is unable to clearly define where he exists and he can slightly “overstep” his boundary, then his attainments in that area are not really true. Then he has all sorts of guesses, theories, assumptions, and sometimes mistakes. Kabbalists themselves write about this.

In particular, Baal HaSulam wrote a book about a great Kabbalist of the 17th century who incorrectly described an entire phase of attainment of the upper nature. In Kabbalah, just as in any other science, this has a place.

Kabbalists, just as other scientists, can have various disputes and criticize one another. It can be expressed through their knowledge, assumptions, drawings, or many other things.

In other words, Kabbalah is like ordinary science where a person faces the fact of revealing something unknown.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/11/18

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What Does The Creator Have To Do With It?

Laitman_006Question from Facebook: Everything you teach is pure psychology of the relationships between people. What do the Creator, Light, and all other attributes have to do with it?

Answer: The fact is that the Creator is attained between people when a special relationship of bestowal and love appears between them. Not earthly bestowal, earthly love, but on a higher level, that is, above our egoism.

In order to rise to the next level, above our egoism, the wisdom of Kabbalah is needed, which, in principle, deals only with this. That is, it is psychology, but on the next, higher level.

In our earthly psychology, a person does not need to change himself in practice. Here he must receive the upper force, and Kabbalah explains to him how to do it. Receiving this force, he builds above himself another entirely different person who works in bestowal and love to others, outside himself. That is, on the material level, “I am inside myself,” and on the spiritual level, I act “outside myself.”

Materialistic psychology cannot deal with this; it does not have tools for this, no power of Light that can inversely change a person. Therefore, psychology is psychology, and Kabbalah is Kabbalah.

Question: Is it possible to say that materialistic psychology adapts us to the earthly reality, and Kabbalistic psychology, to the upper reality?

Answer: Of course, I adapt myself to a different system of relations built on complete disconnection from my egoism and above it.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 4/10/18

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Reach The Cherished Goal

laitman_600.01Question: Can a student of Kabbalah fail to achieve his cherished goal?

Answer: Of course. Kabbalah is a science. Everyone wants to be Einstein, but some only become assistant professors. This is necessary.

A person should strive for the maximum, but it does not matter how it will turn out. However, if he works correctly, he will surely reach it.

In a closed system, when one returns to his roots, he feels that he is higher in relation to others. By passing the upper Light through them, he feels himself to be a special source of energy for everyone else.

Question: Einstein is an example of reaching a high level in a certain direction. But he had a rare talent, there is no second Einstein in the world. And you say that in Kabbalah, everyone can reach great heights?

Answer: Einstein had a gift to see the inner connections of the world. His genius was in that, through the combination of various opposite properties of nature, he was able to obtain new formulas, expressions, comprehension, and to describe them mathematically.

Therefore, mathematics is the basis of all sciences, although it is not a science by itself. It is a way of describing internal connections of nature. After all, nature is also not a science. Nature is a network of connections between us.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/4/18

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No Joy Without Grief

laitman_599_02In the News (Nautilus): “Unhappiness Is a Palate-Cleanser,” by Indira M Raman, “…We often behave as though we might find a route to contentment—comfort, satiety, warmth, or some other reward—and be happy all the time if we could just make the right choices. But pleasure is often fleeting, even from the most appealing experiences, giving rise to ennui and sparking the drive for something new and sensational. As a neuroscientist, I can’t help wondering whether the transience of our satisfaction may not in fact be inescapable and instead may reveal an inevitable aspect of the way the brain works, the understanding of which might provide a clue to how to contend with it. …

“Without one’s being able to make comparisons, the world goes gray. In other words, it’s not just that variety is the spice of life; it’s variance that lets us sense anything at all. …

“We perceive things not by their absolute value but by their contrast to what came before. …

“…I think it offers a key to happiness that is compatible with how the brain works. The ability to detect even familiar stimuli can usually be restored by a brief palate cleanser, which literally permits a recovery from desensitization sufficient to intensify a subsequent experience. … Because the brain grades on a curve, endlessly comparing the present with what came just before, the secret to happiness may be unhappiness. Not unmitigated unhappiness, of course, but the transient chill that lets us feel warmth, the sensation of hunger that makes satiety so welcome, the period of near-despair that catapults us into the astonishing experience of triumph. The route to contentment is through contrast.”
Indira M. Raman is a professor in the department of neurobiology at Northwestern University

My Comment: I agree with her. It is impossible to distinguish light without darkness, joy without grief and so on. Our feelings are built on two opposite perceptions, and everything depends on how we evaluate them, weigh them.

The most correct way is for us to begin realizing that bitter sensations were necessary to feel sweet. And then they too become part of the sweet. I wish you such a feeling.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/20/18

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Kabbalah—An Experimental Science

Laitman_001.02Question: Which part of the Creator’s qualities can we attain and which can we not?

Answer: Kabbalists write about the part we can attain.

We can only attain whatever concerns us. Everything that does not concern us, we do not know and cannot even imagine.

Kabbalah talks about what is perceived inside the desire to receive, created by the Creator. If the desire cannot define something, it is impossible to describe. Kabbalah is a purely experimental science.
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From the Kabbalah lesson in Russian 1/21/18

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In Support Of Artificial Intelligence

laitman_600.02Question: How do Kabbalists feel about science and technology?

Answer: Kabbalists view science and technology, and anything that progresses the world, favorably, so that people see as quickly as possible that it all gives us nothing.

Question: In other words, are you in support of robots and artificial intelligence?

Answer: Yes, let everything around us be artificial: doctors, lawyers, etc. This is exactly what will help people understand where their true purpose lies, what they must actually be doing in this world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/7/18

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Degrees Of Independence

Dr. Michael LaitmanAchieving independence is in essence the entire work of a person on this earth. The whole process—from the moment of our birth in this world and before entering the spiritual world and the subsequent development of the soul until the end of its correction—is advancement toward independence.

Independence is realized in achieving similarity with the upper force, the Creator, nothing more or less than that. Until a person reaches the Creator’s degree, power, and similarity with Him in all qualities, he won’t complete his development and won’t gain independence.

Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book Panim Meirot uMasbirot,” “It is written in The Zohar: “With this composition, the Children of Israel will be redeemed from exile.” Also, in many other places, only through the expansion of the wisdom of Kabbalah in the masses will we obtain complete redemption. They also said, “The Light in it reforms him.” They were intentionally meticulous about it, to show us that only the Light enclosed within it is the cure that reforms a person.

Hence, it is clear that only in this way is it possible to reach the independence that we want so badly and to become free, even in the material sense. Only in this way will we be able to free ourselves from the external threat that doesn’t leave us even for a moment, each time forcing us to fight for our survival.

After all, the opportunity to return to their land was given to the people of Israel as an opportunity for a limited period of time, precisely in order to achieve independence that depends on the revelation of the wisdom of Kabbalah among the masses.

We exist inside the system of nature, in a special network that acts according to its laws. It is possible to study particular forms of the manifestation of these laws on inanimate, vegetative, and animate degrees, as does physics (the inanimate level), botany (the vegetative), biology, zoology, and genetics (the animate, that is, everything relating to living organisms).

There is also a part that relates to a person’s inner world. Psychology and psychiatry dabble in it, but their abilities are very limited, and, in fact, this area remains practically unknown.

The only science that really deals with the person’s inner world is the wisdom of Kabbalah. It studies a person as an internal system acting according to certain prescribed laws, and it lets you understand these laws and use them in order to change human nature and bring the person to the good form of existence.

We can improve our environment and make it comfortable by knowing the laws of physics, chemistry, and other sciences. We can also improve a person’s inner qualities by knowing the laws that the wisdom of Kabbalah explains to us.

These laws remain unchanged and absolute from generation to generation. They are ready for our use, unlike the laws of psychology that constantly change, with declarations that something considered harmful yesterday is today considered useful.

The person’s inner nature is subject to absolute and immutable laws. These laws come from the Creator, nature’s highest force we comprehend to creation’s very depths, the nature of which is opposite to the Creator.

Therefore, Baal HaSulam writes that only through the disclosure of the wisdom of Kabbalah can the entire world shift from exile to redemption. The people of Israel must do it first and show an example to all other nations. This is called “to be a Light unto nations.”

In this way we exit all of this world’s limitations. We are compelled to exist in this world in order to support our body, trying every moment to provide to it the most comfortable conditions. We spend our entire life servicing the body, which eventually dies, turning all our efforts to ashes.

However, we can start working on ourselves in order to achieve true, eternal degrees of existence that are above the care for our animalistic body. When we do so, our main concern becomes attaining the upper force and similarity of qualities with it.

To the extent we become similar to the Creator, we receive an opportunity to be as eternal as He is. Then we begin to climb the degrees, reaching an ever-greater force of eternity and perfection.

Of utmost importance is rising above our body that is given to us only in order to accompany us for some time, until we exit it. If I dedicate myself to the care for it, meaning place myself inside it, then I am engaged in a losing business from the beginning.

It turns out that I invest all my strength and my entire life in developing and filling something that will inevitably die. It means that all my efforts are completely useless. Therefore, we simply are obligated to realize opportunities that the wisdom of Kabbalah gives us.
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