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Instructions Of “The Last Generation”

laitman_533_01Question: When reading Baal HaSulam manuscript The Last Generation, we feel that there is a treasure in them—instructions how to build the future society. How can we understand it correctly to study and present it to other people?

Answer: The problem is that Baal HaSulam these manuscripts wrote for himself; they are not systematized enough and repeat themselves in many respects. He was making sketches from time to time, but didn’t bring them to any order.

Rabash said that Baal HaSulam considered his generation still not ready for correction, and therefore he stopped writing. After all, his newspaper was closed and it was forbidden to print his writings.

I understand your desire, but you should also understand me. It is based on Kabbalah; I can say that this is an absolutely practical science! Although it seems like mysticism where some Sefirot, Partzufim, and worlds are supposedly spinning, this is the most practical science! It completely depends on the inner state of the people studying it.

Therefore, I don’t know to what extent we can develop the topic of “The Last Generation.” Perhaps, we can do it in a very limited form since we need to reach this individually by ourselves. We’ll try to do this.

I understand your enthusiasm. Perhaps it can help us. But you need to understand that I get up every morning, which starts for me at midnight, and I begin to study. I come to the audience without knowing at what level the lesson, the discussion, or the questions will be; it doesn’t depend on me.

I can’t reveal more than how I feel the desire of the people, their needs, and their ability to at least partially absorb the material. If they can absorb at least ten percent of what I am saying among them, it means that I can already speak and I invest a hundred percent. Otherwise, I can’t.

Therefore, despite your strong desire to describe the instruction of “The Last Generation,” if the audience doesn’t have such a desire, I find it difficult to do so.

So far we haven’t reached this. But I am an optimist, I am always ready.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/15/17

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To The Dialog Between Kabbalah And Science

Dr. Michael LaitmanComment: I believe that the development of a dialog between Kabbalah and science is a path that science, which is now in crisis, should follow. Kabbalah not only opens a second wind, but is the basis from which science originated and where, most likely, it will come.

Answer: I am sure that Kabbalah and science will come together.

We need to bring Kabbalah to the level of practical use. Then people will find complete interaction between science and Kabbalah so that mutual descriptions of both science and Kabbalah simultaneously and in the same language will become possible.

I would like for this to become possible so that one can describe classical physics, chemistry, biology, zoology, and other sciences in one language together with spiritual levels. All of this is possible, but we need to work for this.

Nature is one. We just need to find a language for its general description. This is still ahead of us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16

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What Does The Wisdom Of Kabbalah Study?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What does Kabbalah say about the mystery of dark energy and dark matter?

Answer: Kabbalah does not deal with the phenomena of our world and doesn’t say anything about them. One can draw some parallels between the upper world and ours, but these comparisons are relative and do not directly relate to each other.

Question: What does Kabbalah study? Can we say that it studies man’s consciousness and the connection between consciousnesses?

Answer: No. Kabbalah studies two properties of the desire: the property of bestowal and the property of reception. Both desires are at the core of our nature. The correspondence between these properties—which of them prevails, to what extent, and so on—constitutes all parts and all levels of creation.

Question: What does it mean “Kabbalah does not study our world”?

Answer: Sciences of our world do that. And the wisdom of Kabbalah studies the next, so-called higher level. But to do this you have to be at the level at which you want to study it.
From KabTV’s lesson in Russian, 12/25/16

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Hawking Warns About A Threat From Outer Space

laitman_747_04In the News (The Guardian): “’We come in peace’ might be the traditional opening gambit for aliens in science fiction, but we should be wary about beaming back a response to any advanced life-forms in real life, Stephen Hawking has warned.

“Our first contact from an advanced civilisation could be equivalent to when Native Americans first encountered Christopher Columbus and things ‘didn’t turn out so well’, he cautioned. …

“It is not the first time Hawking has warned about the prospect of hostile aliens. Launching the Breakthrough Listen project, which will scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, last year he suggested that any civilisation reading our messages could be billions of years ahead of humans. ‘If so they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria,’ he said.”

My Comment: If there were an extraterrestrial civilization that existed that possessed such high technology, accordingly it would also be on a higher level of thinking and social order. In fact, all structures of social development will develop in parallel and determine the levels of development of each other.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, no other civilizations besides this one on the face of the Earth exists in nature! Our universe fully reflects the higher system of HaVaYaH, from which it follows that we are alone in the universe and must bring the entire universe, the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate, to complete connection specifically uniting reasonably on the social (human) level.

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Love Is The Fulfillment Of The Desires Of The Other

laitman_613Question: Where is the boundary between the spiritual and material worlds? How do we cross it? Does this boundary exist?

Answer: The boundary between the spiritual and material worlds is inside a person. We can consider and measure everything only relative to a person. Therefore, our attitude to the world and to life is very subjective; while I live, the universe shines.

But if I exit my egoism that psychologically is my nature and rise above it, I begin to feel the entire universe in a completely different sense. Because from the inside, I already see everything in the Light of bestowal, love, and altruism. My sensory organs perceive absolutely different characteristics and values, and therefore, the world looks completely different to me.

Question: Why is this called love?

Answer: Because I want to do good to my neighbor. I don’t know what is called love in our world, but in the wisdom of Kabbalah, love refers to such an attitude to the neighbor when you want to fulfill any of his desires. To do what he wants means to love him.

By feeling the neighbor as yourself, you reach your final correction and exit the framework of our world into the framework of the next world, the next degree of attainment and cognition.

Comment: There is an interesting phenomenon in physics that is called synergy, when the system is not equal to the sum of its subsystems. This, to some extent, is reminiscent of what Kabbalah says about the amazing connection, when people, through their unity, begin to feel like one single whole, which no longer divides into separate particles.

My Comment: The collective is much bigger than the sum of its parts.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16

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Nothing Would Exist Without The Light

laitman_275Comment: According to the laws of physics, there are active particles of light, photons, that convey electromagnetic effects and bind the atoms and the molecules of which man is composed. In fact, the light (the photons) make us whole. If it weren’t for the light, our bodies would disintegrate into atoms.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the Light also sustains the whole system.

My Response: Nothing would exist without the Light. The general Light is the Creator.

It is the same in physics. If the initial Light had not appeared, everything else could not have developed: waves, matter, etc.

From a Kabbalistic perspective, the Light ties our desires together. The Light gradually disappears and seems to fade away to the extent that our desires begin to gradually retreat, and so everything begins to fall apart.

This is the reason that we see that everything is divided into different parts in our world, although it is all one common whole.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16

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Intention Is Beyond Matter

laitman_608_01Comment: Chemists who study the brain describe different chemical reactions for different desires. In fact, they have understood that it is possible to describe everything except intention. It is specifically this which differentiates a human from a beast.

In a beast, intentions and desires correspond, whereas in the human, the more he develops, the more his intention is separate from his desires.

My Comment: Intention is above nature, it is above matter. This is what I would like to achieve with the help of the influence of the upper Light on me. Intention is not desire and not Light.

Light is the origin of external energy. Desire is what already acts within my substance. If I want to achieve a new state, then the desire itself becomes intention. In the wisdom of Kabbalah, I don’t associate the intention with matter, but with the upper Light that changes me.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16

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The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

laitman_265Question from Facebook: Why isn’t the wisdom of Kabbalah taught in schools in Israel if it is a science? Why isn’t Kabbalah considered alternative knowledge?

Answer: Kabbalah is a totally independent science and not part of it. The difference between the wisdom of Kabbalah and ordinary sciences is that it penetrates the world that surrounds us, enters it, and explores it. Humanity has aspired for that throughout its history and has eventually arrived at a dead end. All the sciences are in crisis.

We develop the earthly sciences through our senses, which are limited to begin with. Although we use instruments like telescopes, microscopes, etc., they enable us to extend the borders of our limitedness and nothing more than that.

The main problem is that we perceive the world that exists along three axes as a world that exists on a fourth axis, the axis of time. This is how we were created and we cannot exit this framework. We can expand or restrict time,  change the axis somehow, but we cannot exit this state. In order to do so, we have to ascend above our essence, whereas the earthly sciences do not enable us to do so.

While we exist in the scientific dimensions of our earthly framework, all the sciences developed as they explained man’s attitude to the world that surrounds us. Today, however, having reached a dead end, we begin to realize that there is nowhere else we can develop.

It is actually for this reason that the wisdom of Kabbalah is being revealed now. It tells us that we shouldn’t delve deep into matter, space, etc., but we need to go deeper into ourselves, see which tools we are using, and whether we can change ourselves in order to explore the world differently and see a different world.

Today, we feel the world we explore through our senses, through our tools of understanding and perception. This isn’t the same world that is external to us, but a world that we feel internally.

Here, for the first time, scientists throw up their hands and say: “We have to change man in order to achieve this, but how? We don’t know.” And so the next science emerges offering not to explore what is external to us but to explore ourselves; not to change the world that surrounds us, but ourselves.

As a result of changing ourselves, we will know what the world actually is. This will be a totally different science, a science of adaptation, a science of exploring the world according to a person’s level of attainment of the states and the attributes we are in, attributes we can change.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is first and foremost a science that changes man and accordingly describes what he feels, including our world. This is the reason that it does not engage in physics, chemistry, or biology and actually not what we feel in the standard state we are in now. The wisdom of Kabbalah engages in the knowledge of how to change ourselves internally and to feel the world by the changing states, as it is felt in a totally different manner then.

The wisdom of Kabbalah is available for everyone. It is actually today when all the sciences have reached their ultimate peak and cannot develop any further that the wisdom of Kabbalah is revealed saying: “Let’s change our view, which was once determined as a constant, fixed measurement, that a person doesn’t change and explores the world from inside himself. If we change this constant, we will see a world that appears before us and how we can explore it.”

This is a much wider and richer science, and because it engages in the next levels of man’s development, it reveals to man states that are not related to his body. Even if the corporeal body dies, the states that a person attains continue to exist inside him objectively.

We can read about that in the “Introduction to The Book of Zohar” and in many other sources. On the whole, the wisdom of Kabbalah is a very interesting method that explains the true theory of relativity, not Einstein’s, but the theory of relativity of our attainment and perception.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/6/17

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The Dualism Of Nature

laitman_562_02Question: There are many examples in physics that verify the fact that our nature is dual. It is the division of matter into material and energy particles, or in other words, into fermions and bosons.

All the objects and phenomena in our world are either binary or dual, and two forces are observed in every phenomenon.

All of the systems that physicists study are either absolutely balanced or aspire for balance. The two forces in the system must complement and balance each other in order to reach a balanced state.

Answer: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the world is also basically divided into two opposite forces—the force that bestows and the force that receives—and everything that happens is only the expression of the different variations of the relationship between them.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/25/16

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It Is Impossible To Survive Alone

laitman_543_01In the News (MedPulse): “A person, by evolution itself, is not programmed to survive alone. Therefore, we tend to imitate the most, and our health and well-being are directly affected by the presence or absence of social ties. …

“Employees of the University of Texas found that sick people who support friends or relatives recover faster and spend less time in the hospital after admission.

“Experts studied data of more than 119 thousand patients who were in rehab after injury, stroke, and various operations.

“It was found that those patients who were surrounded by the attention of family and friends needed less time to recover. Apparently, the positive emotion from communication has beneficial effects on health.

“Tolerance of pain is associated with the number of friends.

“In the journal Scientific Reports, the results of scientific studies were published [showing] people with many social ties seem to tolerate pain, more so than less ‘socialized’ individuals.”

My Comment: The science of Kabbalah spoke many years ago about the influence of the environment, mutual connection, and unity as the foundation of nature. Now in the 21st century scientists are finally coming to this. It is difficult for scientists to feel Kabbalah as a science. Only a person with a “point in the heart” is capable of that, someone with a special longing, which depends upon the structure of his soul.

I remember giving a lecture at the University of Miami to 2,000 students, after which I talked with 70 or 80 professors. I explained the main laws of Kabbalah to them. They nodded in agreement and said: “Yes, that is very interesting, so it is here with us too,” and we parted as friends.

I don’t blame them at all, because a person is given a longing for something, like a longing for music. Either he has this desire or he doesn’t.

For example, I have perfect pitch, but I never had a desire to study music seriously for ten hours a day. So the fact that I have perfect pitch doesn’t mean anything.

So it is in Kabbalah. If people have a point in the heart, they will come to study because they feel that there is something interesting here. After that, many of them see the abyss of work that they must do on themselves, and leave.

Question: What does this mean? After all, they have a point in the heart.

Answer: There is a Reshimo de Hitlabshut (information about the Light) and a Reshimo de Aviut (information about the desire). A Reshimo (reminiscence), which shines to a person, pulls him forward, and what he needs to sacrifice for this need is no longer in him.

Therefore, we are waiting for people who are oppressed by the meaninglessness of life. I’m waiting for such a person.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/10/16

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