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The Secret Of The Hebrew Alphabet Revealed

Laitman_151In the News (ScienceNews): “The world’s earliest alphabet, inscribed on stone slabs at several Egyptian sites, was an early form of Hebrew, a controversial new analysis concludes.

“Israelites living in Egypt transformed that civilization’s hieroglyphics into Hebrew 1.0 more than 3,800 years ago, at a time when the Old Testament describes Jews living in Egypt, says archaeologist and epigrapher Douglas Petrovich of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Hebrew speakers seeking a way to communicate in writing with other Egyptian Jews simplified the pharaohs’ complex hieroglyphic writing system into 22 alphabetic letters, Petrovich proposed on November 17 at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.”

My Comment: A mistake is concealed here.

The Jews didn’t borrow anything from anyone because the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet are derived from the spiritual structure of three levels (Bina, Zeir Anpin, and Malchut) of the upper world that influence us. So humanity began to realize them subconsciously. The Hebrew alphabet comes from Adam, who discovered them 5,777 years ago and used them himself. So in any case, humanity will have to reconsider archaeology, paleontology, and everything else, and will then agree that everything comes from there.

If there were any records before then, as far as it seems, these were notes and symbols, but an alphabet by which we connect a collection of images into a meaningful word and create a sentence from the words, meaning a completed thought on a particular subject that even after generations can be transmitted, something like this didn’t exist anywhere. This is only because the Jews had a connection with the upper world and specifically took the terms and the method from there.

In other words, there are three levels between us and the upper world that are filled with a particular collection of forces that become the letters in our world.

Each spiritual force is a letter. We get a word by connecting them together and by connecting words, we get a thought.

Question: Did all signs and hieroglyphs appear after these letters?

Answer: Certainly. The Hebrew letters are the foundation of written languages, including Chinese and Japanese.

Question: Why do we have no way of proving this?

Answer: Why should we prove it? Humanity is searching in its own way based on excavations, motivations, opinions, and theories. But this was written in our books thousands of years ago. Nobody wants to pay attention to this because it contradicts the Christian and Muslim approach. So it is preferable that we remain quietly on the side.

The different languages, the alphabet, and everything else came from ancient Babylon and this reached ancient Babylon from Adam.

Horizontal and vertical lines and other elements of the letters are derived from those forces that we try to symbolize, because each letter is a symbol of a particular spiritual expression, of a particular spiritual form, of a force, and so forth. They are like a seal. So there are 22 such seals, which are absolutely sufficient for conveying the higher spiritual characteristics of Bina and the lower spiritual characteristics of Malchut.

Nothing more or less is required. That is how the letters must be conveyed. However, there have been permutations, their replacement. In general, this is a deep, complex system, because everything is found in the letters.

So in this way, the secret of the letters, their combinations, their formation, and their development is still waiting to be discovered. There are laws according to which it is impossible to modify anything in the Hebrew alphabet. It is impossible to change even one letter, even one line, font, or embellishment. Everything about the calligraphy must be preserved.

In computer programs, we find twenty thousand different fonts. This has no connection to truth. There exists only one font called “Ktav sofer – scribal writing” through which everything is presented in the Torah, because there the precise graphic form expresses the inner content of the force in the letter.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/14/16

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Life In A Hologram

laitman_739In the News (Phys.org): “A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram. …

“The researchers, from the University of Southampton (UK), University of Waterloo (Canada), Perimeter Institute (Canada), INFN, Lecce (Italy) and the University of Salento (Italy), have published findings in the journal Physical Review Letters.

“A holographic universe, an idea first suggested in the 1990s, is one where all the information that makes up our 3-D ‘reality’ (plus time) is contained in a 2-D surface on its boundaries. …

“Professor Skenderis comments: “Holography is a huge leap forward in the way we think about the structure and creation of the universe. Einstein’s theory of general relativity explains almost everything large scale in the universe very well, but starts to unravel when examining its origins and mechanisms at quantum level. Scientists have been working for decades to combine Einstein’s theory of gravity and quantum theory. Some believe the concept of a holographic universe has the potential to reconcile the two. I hope our research takes us another step towards this.”

“The scientists now hope their study will open the door to further our understanding of the early universe and explain how space and time emerged.”

My Comment: The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks a lot about this, but it suggests that one should be involved with the study of man, not the study of nature, to expand the possibilities of our perception, our inner characteristics, so then we will see that the picture of the world that appears before us depends completely on our inner characteristics.

As we shape the world ourselves, we limit it, and as such we also see the world. If we expand this picture by changing our characteristics, we will see the world differently, in other dimensions.

Question: Which is to say, to do this, people must change? And scientists believe it is necessary to explore nature.

Answer: The examination of nature is a very limited approach to the subject. It doesn’t yield anything. We have no benefit from this except satisfying our curiosity.

A person needs to develop and change himself. He can and must expand his internal sensory perception, emotions, desires, and thoughts so much so that he will see worlds that exist outside of him, but he will discover them when he discovers himself.

For example, a little child differs from an adult in that he perceives a small, narrow part of the world, even though he basically sees exactly what the adult sees. The question is what does it mean to “see”? The entire difference lies in this. We don’t see the inner connections of nature, we don’t see the true world but only our lowest level.

It is only when person opens the next levels of absorption, knowledge, emotion, and impressions within himself that the next level of creation that exists around us will be revealed to him.

At present, we are in a period and state in which we can understand that our movement in the direction proposed by scientists is erroneous.

We must turn inward, into ourselves, and expand our senses. But because this is connected to the ego, against our nature, we don’t want this. We sell our perceptive abilities in exchange for petty egoism.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/1/17

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Politics, Economics, And Kabbalah

laitman_265Question from Facebook: You talk a lot about politics and economics, how is this relevant to the study of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: Kabbalah doesn’t investigate or teach politics or economics. It studies the inner essence of man—his egoism. And all that is derived from it, everything that we do with the help of egoism, that is, our entire world, is its consequence.

Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah has something to say about it. It understands the origin of human development in economics, politics, his mutual relationships, in the family, in the nation, in society, and in every situation because they are based on egoism.

If you want to know the truth about economics and politics, study Kabbalah!
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/15/17

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Spiritual Attainment And The Insight Of Scientists

laitman_222_0Question: What distinguishes spiritual attainment from all other disclosures, insights, revelations, and discoveries of scientists and philosophers?

Answer: Spiritual attainment happens through the characteristics of bestowal and love, through exiting yourself, transcending yourself. This doesn’t happen in a person in our world, no matter how inspired one might be.

Spirituality is the characteristic of bestowal without any connection to yourself, regardless of any consequences for yourself. This is a characteristic that comes from above, and a person must acquire it. It is not found in any person except for those who are engaged with the clear Kabbalistic method that comes from Adam.

Question: In the history of the world, have there been many such people?

Answer: From Adam until our day there have been millions. After all, while in Babylon, tens of thousands of people followed Abraham. After that, thanks to practical spiritual work, they became what were known as the people of Israel and later spread throughout the world.

What this means is that at the time of the existence of the Batei HaMikdash (Temples), hundreds of thousands were in spiritual attainment. At that time, this was a great people who felt the upper world for many generations.

After the destruction of the Temples, the decline of the generations began. In the first millennium of the current era, a few thousand people remained in spiritual attainment, in the second millennium of the current era, far fewer remained, and in our day this there are individuals, and it is not known where they are and who they are.

But we are renewing the way upward; it is already a global movement. In principle, it always was global because according to genetic origin, the Jews are not a people but a group of Babylonians who united thanks to a spiritual ideology.

Therefore, there was nothing in it that was contrary to any people. It should be noted that throughout our history, from Babylon on, very large numbers of people joined the people of Israel to enter the perception of the upper world.

Among them were a multitude of ancient Kabbalists and masters of the Talmud who came from Greece, Rome, and other nations surrounding ancient Israel: Onkelos, Rabbi Akiva, and other prominent luminaries, and others as well.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/20/16

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Why Are The Laws Of Humanity Hidden From Us?

laitman_281_01Question: Do clear laws exist for mutual cooperation between people, as they do for the laws of physics?

Answer: Such laws exist, but they are hidden from us. In every physical system, a switch exists between its elements to maintain balance, its working state, and so forth. Precise formulas also exist for preserving the system of human society. There is a general system of control.

The first articles by Rabash can be used as an example; in them it is said:

  • You must be higher than others,
  • You must be lower than others,
  • You must be equal to others,
  • You must be concerned about the existence of an intermediary component.

This is the entire law.

There is nothing else besides the laws of switching of people in a group, a group of ten! This is the main law of nature from which it is possible to derive all the rest of the laws.

Question: Why did people first begin to discover the physical laws, but were not concerned about discovering the laws of human connection first?

Answer: It is because the ego repels people from the laws of human connections. And it is the opposite for the laws of nature; it attracts people. Helped by knowing the laws of nature, a person can influence, manage, and control! But the laws of human nature say that a person must be equal with everyone, he must be concerned about everyone.

A person is interested in everything except in building the right mutual connection. `But the human, societal system is the highest system that exists in nature. If you balance it and make order in it, within it, the person begins to feel the next level of creation.

All the more so, for correction to happen it is enough to build the right connections on the level of a group of ten. With less than a group of ten, it is difficult to do this. With more than a group of ten, it is impossible because the focus is dispersed. Ten people is the optimal situation. We were created such that a group of ten is the maximal condition required for us, like in mathematics.

Question: Why is this hidden from us? Why do we know all the laws of nature on the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate, but we have not yet discovered the laws of human society?

Answer: The laws are discovered according to the degree of our development. A person who is not developed is not ready to discover these laws, just as it is impossible to talk with a small child about the discoveries of Tesla.

Besides that, a lot depends on the perception of the person. For one person, human relationships present no difficulty; for another person, this is a closed subject. A person is generally not interested in this aspect of life until he begins to study the wisdom of Kabbalah. Within the wisdom of Kabbalah, he discovers his relationships with the Creator.

Only after that does a person gradually begin to feel that there are all kinds of mutual relationships between people. This understanding comes through the upper world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/2/16

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The Future Of Science

laitman_265Question: Is a Kabbalist living in the year 2017 able to distinguish between scientific work and the fabrication and distortions of pseudoscience?

Answer: For a Kabbalist, there is no special relationship with the science of our world. The wisdom of Kabbalah is indeed a science, but a science about the upper world!

The upper world projects onto our world, which reflects what is happening in the spiritual world. However, there is no clear connection between the science of our world and the wisdom of Kabbalah because material life is dominated by egoistic laws and in Kabbalah completely different laws rule. 

Today the science of our world has reached its limit, an impasse, in all fields of development except for technology. Therefore, the next stage in the development of science can only be through studying the wisdom of Kabbalah. In Kabbalah, a person changes himself and in this way his science is changed, meaning the attainment of space, the world. If a person doesn’t change himself, then within those limitations he exists today, his comprehension and perception are limited.

So I suppose that materialistic science will not continue to develop. It could be that it will continue to develop to a certain extent, but only until it fills all the human boundaries. Technology will develop further and further. It is possible to assume its developing for many years ahead, but it is not clear how this will benefit humanity.

People are becoming disappointed at a rate faster than the production of new “toys” because these do not take them out of the limits of our world.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/16

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Malchut And Bina, Salt Water And Fresh Water

laitman_740_01Question: What is the spiritual root of fresh water resources such as lakes and water reservoirs, and how do they differ from the spiritual root of salt water?

Answer: Salt represents Malchut and water represents Bina. The connection between Malchut and Bina, i.e., the ascent of Malchut to Bina or the descent of Bina to Malchut, generates life. This is the difference between our life and the upper life.

Salt water is Bina that received Malchut’s special attributes. There is a greater amount of salt water on the surface of the earth and very little fresh water. Most of the fresh water is desalted water that goes through filters and is evaporated, etc. There are also many different systems that balance the attribute of Bina and the attribute of Malchut.

Question: In geographical Israel, there is the freshwater lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and the saltwater Dead Sea.

Answer: The two lakes are total opposites. The Kinneret is fed by water descending from above, from Mt. Hermon, from melting snow and from rainwater.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the world, which is a depression in the ground completely covered by salt. The sea raises the salt in the earth and even the fresh water that comes from the Sea of Galilee becomes salty. The source of the salt water in the Dead Sea is different from the source that fills the seas and the oceans. This is a very special physics of this particular geographical location.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/14/16

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The Predictions Of Futurologists

laitman_627_1Comment: There are many predictions that are not made by people with special properties but by people called futurologists, or people who have a fertile imagination, like science fiction writers.

Answer: Futurologists are people who, based on science, technology, and the progression of various strata of humanity, predict a general trend for the next 50 or 100 years.

Comment: Futurologists predict that by the year 2030 robots will have been invented that will connect our brains directly to a data cloud, and it will be possible to print both food and houses on 3-D printers.

Answer: In the future we will print everything on printers, there is no problem. It is possible to load a printer with palm oil and it will issue sausages, cold cuts, dairy products, porridge, and everything else.

Question: They say that in another 20 years, toward the year 2045, a unique revolution will begin, meaning that an artificial brain will transcend the biological brain. Will an artificial person have a soul?

Answer: There is no connection between the soul and the brain.

Question: If a robot were to sit next to a person and manage a program, what would a person do?

Answer: I see how people talk with a computer today, so why would he not talk with a smart robot and exchange information with it?

Question: Do you mean just rational information?

Answer: This would not only be intellectual information but even emotions. A regular person is a mechanism whose actions and responses can be completely calculated and predicted because all of these are not found in a spiritual space; there is nothing here that cannot be predicted.

We can create machines that could communicate with us splendidly, instead of people. Likewise, as we would want, according to how we would direct them and the data that we insert, they could be lyrical, rigid, or romantic, directed toward musical or psychological communication, etc. They could be integrated and composed of different kinds of characters.

Comment: This would be more attractive if they would be faithful friends, good friends….

Answer: It depends on how we program them; after all, they could also be the opposite, very cruel.

You would go to the store, choose a robot for yourself shaped like a little dog or a tough friend. Why not? They don’t have to be shaped like a person. There are no limits.

A person reacts to everything that happens in the world just like every beast. The nature of the still, vegetative, and animate is absolutely capable of being programmed. So there is nothing secret in a person, nothing that is sublime. But on the next level he begins to attain the soul, meaning “a portion of the divine from above” (Job 31:2). Then he is no longer a person but what is called an “ambulatory soul.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/1/17

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Everything Proceeds From Spiritual Roots

laitman_746_02Question: Why do we need Kabbalistic geography? Is it related to the geography of the corporeal world, which is about coordinates, landscapes. etc.?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah explores and teaches everything that stems from the root of creation. The root of creation is the four phases of the spreading of the Direct Light, which means the first ten Sefirot. When the Light began to bestow a point inside it, the first phase appeared and then the second phase, the third, and the fourth, then there was a restriction and everything continued to develop.

The Light that spreads affects the desire that appeared in it, the desire to receive, to enjoy, to be filled, and the desire began to change accordingly.

Since on one hand, the Light carries the filling , and on the other hand, the attribute of bestowal, which is its essence and conveys them to the desire, two reactions occur in the desire. The first is that the created being enjoys the filling of the Light because it is opposite from the Creator so that it can receive pleasure from Him. The second is that the desire gradually resembles the Light and perceives its character and attributes, which diminishes the desire to enjoy in it.

All the next levels of the development of the created being stem from the emergence of these two opposite attributes in matter, in the desire to enjoy. The created being develops through five worlds by being divided into an external part called “the world” and an internal part called “soul.” It thus develops until the lowest point in its spiritual evolution.

Then there is a transition to the level of our world and the spreading of its matter, which is a mark of the spiritual world. And the matter of our world is a matching replica between matter and the spiritual forces.

Therefore, whatever happens in the spiritual world in the coordination between the forces, happens in our world in the coordination between the different parts of different matter. This leads to a very interesting phenomenon: on the edge of some galaxy, the tiny quite unimpressive globe appeared. And despite what we know about the universe and that the Earth is somewhere on the side, it is actually at the center of the universe from the perspective of the impact of the upper forces in our world.

Of course we don’t feel that because we don’t have the scientific instruments that enable us to perceive it, but Kabbalists tell us about this.

Then the oceans, the seas, the continents, islands, and huge areas of plants and animals, the underwater world, and eventually man, who historically settled all over the earth and now covers the whole globe, appeared on the surface of the Earth.

The existence of the continents, oceans, natural areas, four races of mankind, numerous nations, different ethnic groups, and everything else stem from the upper spiritual root.

The coordination of the spiritual forces in the spiritual world is revealed in our world in the form of a corporeal seal, including the earth and everything on it, including us. If we take our small system, which includes the sun, the moon, and the different planets, the Earth and everything on it, the wisdom of Kabbalah describes everything in a very detailed way. It even tells us about hidden places in the universe, which we have only recently discovered, and sometimes about things that one can only guess that they exist and which we will probably discover in the future.

Generally speaking, geography, as well as astronomy, is fully described in the wisdom of Kabbalah. You can also find the roots of geology, and anthropology in Kabbalah books because there is nothing new under the sun and everything spreads from the upper root to the lower branches, to its outcome.

Because there is only the coordination between forces in the upper root, it creates the imprint of these forces and the connection between them in the matter of our world, and this is actually the reason that we can describe the upper spiritual forces through the objects in our world and by the interaction between them.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/14/16

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You Should Be Envious!

laitman_552_02In the News (Huffington Post): “Your friend gets a dream car while you’re still driving a piece of junk. Or your nemesis is marrying Mr. Right while your love life is anything but a fairytale. Whatever the scenario, we’re all bound to feel jealous at some point or another. And it’s not a fun feeling.

“But a new study says we can look forward to seeing green less often with each coming birthday. Indeed, researchers from the University of California, San Diego say envy is more common among younger people. …

“Overall, the majority of people reported feeling envious in the last year — but jealous feelings fell after age 50. Around 80 percent of under-30s recalled feeling envy in the past year but that dropped down to under 70 percent for people over 50.  …

“Across the board, people seemed to be jealous of those similar to them — of the same gender and around the same age. But there were differences between young and old. Younger people were more likely to envy another for their looks, educational accomplishments and romantic success. Older people were more likely to be envious of things like wealth and career success. For example, around 40 percent of younger people reported being jealous of someone because of their romantic conquests, but that number dropped down to around 15 percent for people over 50.

“Researchers say the findings show that envy reflects the things we value. For older people, that seems to be wealth and being established.”

My Comment: First, this is incorrect. Scientists have understood correctly that one can envy someone who is more or less equal to you because he shows you what could be yours, but isn’t.

If I live in a certain place, I think of others who live in the same place and if my neighbor buys a new car, I will envy him. But if I look at the son of a king, I realize he is the son of the king.

This means that everything is assessed in my feelings as profit or loss. But if it is on a higher or lower level than my own, I don’t focus on it. Everyone feels envy. It is the major basic attribute of the ego.

Comment: Scientists emphasize that envy is a nasty trait.

My Response: It isn’t nasty. You might say that about all of our nature: the desire to enjoy is disgusting and terrible. And it is expressed in everything, no matter what and how.

You can educate every person to envy both kings and common people. After all, we see how nations rebel even against their kings. This means that you can go up or down this “elevator” as you wish.

Question: Is envy an important attribute?

Answer: It is an essential attribute! You cannot advance without it. A person even envies himself: he compares the way he was yesterday to the way he is today. Yesterday, for example he was healthy and today he feels a bit worse.

Envy is a feeling of one state compared to another and if I cannot compare, I feel very bad because I cannot build any protective systems or systems that will help me advance and develop.

Comment: According to Kabblists, envy helps a person enter the spiritual world.

My Response: Of course, if we don’t envy Kabbalists who describe what heights they have reached, how will we be able to attain them?

This is white envy, because they want to share their experience with us. There cannot be black envy here. I know it from my own experience; when I was by the side of a great Kabbalist, I did not feel black envy toward him because he had something I didn’t.

After all, he revealed and gave me everything that he could to push me to the level he had reached and even higher.

This is the reason that there must be envy, but it is Light, because the Kabbalists are calling us, drawing us, helping us, and holding us like babies. Every teacher wants his student to attain his level. The student must envy the teacher and know that he can attain much more.

So you should be envious!
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/7/16

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