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The Basis Of The Future Society, Part 3

laitman_942Practical Kabbalah Tools

A Kabbalistic group is a laboratory for the study of nature as one single system. Thanks to the fact that we are building new altruistic desire in the laboratory—that is common to all of us—we see another world: not in the Light of reception, but in the Light of bestowal.

Man ceases to feel himself as a separate individual, but connects with a group of people, and within this connection feels reality as one single system—great and perfect.

Question: What tools can we use to make this change?

Answer: To do this we need to implement the methodology of Kabbalah in practice. Kabbalists discovered this method almost 6,000 years ago and wrote a lot of books about it. There is a clear program that we need to accomplish in ourselves. When we enter this “laboratory,” we get complete instructions and books—everything we need to do this experiment.

This technique is unique and only the people of Israel have it. They used it many thousands of years ago, but then they forgot about it. And today it is time to update this method, not only within the Jewish people, but also to pass it to the whole world.

After all, the world has evolved to such states when it needs this technique. The next stage in the development of humanity is to achieve connection in tens around the world.

Question: How and by what means does our connection take place?

Answer: We go to a group and with the help of all sorts of exercises, we begin to move closer to each other. We understand that it is impossible to break through into a new dimension alone.

After all, we remain egoistic, and to rise above an egoistic nature into the opposite, other nature, which apparently exists as a plus against the minus, can only be achieved by uniting in a group. Only in the group can we discover the power of bestowal.

Question: What are these exercises that enable us to reveal the power of bestowal?

Answer: My teacher, the great Kabbalist Baruch Ashlag, wrote articles about the work in the group. By studying these articles we understand what needs to be done. All exercises are directed to uniting in a circle. The circle means that everyone is equal. Everyone tries to annul his egoism and serve others. Everyone cares about the common connection and tries not to think about themselves but about the friends.

Together we study Kabbalistic books to understand how to become more connected and close to each other. In essence, these are very simple practical exercises; you just need to follow the Kabbalists’ advice and work on it every day.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/4/17

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The Basis Of The Future Society, Part 2

laitman_933.jpgLiving Laboratory

Human society does not realize how much we are interdependent and what harm we do to ourselves by trying to separate and distance ourselves from each other.

And the true reality is one system with all elements of it completely interconnected at all levels. And we have an opportunity to see this inside human society.

The group is a laboratory where we study nature as a single organism. This means that people gather and start learning how to be together. If they can get closer to each other despite their egoism and awaken the force of unity, love, participation, and sympathy within themselves, then a special bond will arise between them.

It is desirable that the group is not mixed so as not to confuse us with the relationship of the sexes. It is better to have only men or only women in it of about the same age, status, and education so that it would be easier for them to understand each other.

The smaller the differences will be, the easier it will be for us to work and continue to approach each other more closely in this experiment that we want to perform on ourselves.

As we approach each other, we feel a joint desire for unity between us, a common force that can influence us. We will find that apart from a personal and egoistic desire that everyone came with initially, another common desire is born, which is called the “group.”

Before that, we were a simple gathering of people. But we become a group when we create and build something that relates not to everyone individually, but to all of us. Without this new power, which we reveal in each other, there would be no group. It is not possible to remove any member of the group and retain this force.

That is, we all depend on each other and we want to unite in such a way as to achieve this power of unity, which already works outside of us, above our level. This force does not belong to either of us—it is common. So we create an additional force that did not exist before.

A group in which we all are united and everybody annuls his egoism for the sake of others, wishing only good to one another, produces one new common force, which is called the strength of the group.

We feel related to this power. We no longer perceive ourselves individually and egoistically as we did before. This perception disappears and we do not want to remember it, but we try to learn only this common force. After all, this way everyone includes everyone else.

For example if there are ten of us, then each gets ten times more power than we formerly had. And then in the ten, the force is multiplied, 10 x 10, that is, 100 times more.

And this is only the beginning because by working on our connection, we multiply this common force more and more. It is interesting that this common force is no longer egoistic but altruistic, which is the force of mutual bestowal. After all, everyone has come out of his egoism toward others, and that’s how we give birth to the power of bestowal, the power of love and unity that is outside man.

This force exists in nature beyond our egoism. We suddenly give birth to a new creation—called Adam, Man, and not every one of us, as he was in his animal existence before.

Adam is a spiritual body, a force, not matter. We all feel that we exist within it, within this desire. With the help of this new force, created by us, we can explore a new reality, that is, can find out what we feel in it and how we can live in it.

We find ourselves in a completely different world, because we felt the world within our egoistic desire. And having risen above individual egoism and creating one common great altruistic force, we see a different reality in it, which is called the upper spiritual world. We acquire a new common mind, new sense organs and properties, and feel ourselves in a new dimension—not egoistic, as now, but in a world of love and bestowal.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/4/17

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Do We Know Our Thoughts?

laitman_764.3Baal HaSulam, The Last Generation: It is important to make such a correction that no person will demand his needs from society. Instead, there will be selected people who will examine the needs of every person and provide for every single person. Public opinion will denounce one who claims something for oneself, such as today’s thief and scoundrel. Thus, everyone’s thoughts will be devoted to bestowal upon one’s fellow person, as is the nature of any edification that calculates it, even before one feels one’s own needs.

Question: Who will be inquiring about the needs of each person?

Answer: No one. Today we are in physical communication with each other. However, when our connection moves to the level of thoughts and desires, they will be understood by everyone. All thoughts of the mind and desires of the heart will be revealed to everyone, and you will begin to feel them, to feel this degree.

Question: Once you asked me: “Are you ready to have your thoughts broadcasted right now?” And I thought …

Answer: There is nothing to think about. Today, a person does not know his thoughts yet. If they really were revealed to you, you could not endure them because of the horror. Everything is not that simple; we must prepare for this.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/5/17

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Do Not Punish, But Encourage

laitman_263Baal HaSulam, The Last Generation: There is no such word as “punishment” in the laws of the court, for according to their rules, the guilty ones are always the ones who gain the most.

In the future society, it is believed that proper encouragement affects a person far more than any punishment.

What does “punishment” mean? Perhaps a person did a good deed, but then found he was doing it for himself. The act itself is good, and the intention is bad. And how do we evaluate it?

For the present, we still live in the material world. And when our actions help us move to the upper world, we stop seeing the material world, our bodies, and we communicate and feel our desires only as virtual forces and properties. It all depends on which level we are talking about.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/12/17

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The Purpose Of Courts

Laitman_508.1Question: Why will we need courts in the future society?

Answer: The court is necessary in order to direct a person to the upper goal. Since a person is an egoist, he needs a strict framework that would always direct him and not let him to go astray.

Like we take a child by both hands and teach him how to walk, showing him how to do it, limiting him, and constantly watching him, so we must teach a person throughout his entire life.

Question: Let’s say I leave the framework slightly. In this case, what is the difference between the court and education?

Answer: There is no difference. They should be engaged in education.

At the head of the courts should be the greatest, most educated, and most enlightened people. A judge is the highest position in nature and in society. He has the right to manage everything because he is on the high spiritual level.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/12/17

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At The Head Of The Future Society

laitman_265Baal HaSulam, The Last Generation: Each and every one is committed to the labor of raising ever higher the living standard of the world society, so all the people in the world will enjoy their lives and will feel more and more happiness. The same applies for spirituality, though not everyone is obligated to engage in spirituality, but only special people, depending on the need.

Baal HaSulam wrote this for the last generation, marking the transition to the new formation.

In the end, we should always strive to ensure that there are very moral people at the head of society—Kabbalists who have reached the spiritual level and are not guided by various philosophizing, the laws of the English or Turkish mandate, and so on. There can be nothing else.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 6/12/17

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“And A Wolf Shall Live With A Lamb”

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The prophet Isaiah writes (11:6), “And a wolf shall live with a lamb, and a leopard shall lie with a kid; and a calf and a lion cub and a fatling [shall lie] together, and a small child shall lead them”. Could you please describe how this will look before the moment when the world will rise to the next level of development?

Answer: In order to create such a society, we must do all possible actions understanding that we won’t succeed by ourselves if we don’t constantly take the reforming upper Light, the Creator, as a partner.

This is how we must interact with each other and with the Creator, thinking only about the welfare of society and constantly being in increasing connection with each other and with the Creator. This is the process in which the last generation will exist.

Question: How do I approach the state when I lack the Creator, and I must attract Him?

Answer: I understand where I can start from, from my uncorrected qualities that I must convert into the opposite ones. However, I can’t do it myself. I can only want this.

Therefore, all my work is in the request, in the prayer that I really want the upper Light to perform such an operation on me so it constantly works on me and changes my thoughts, desires, and attitude toward others. I agree to change. For this I need to relax completely internally and wish that He will do this to me.

Question: What is the difference between our current state and the state the last generation will be in?

Answer: The difference is in the greatness of the goal, the greatness of the Creator, and the greatness of the process that we can enter.

The change in the connection between people changes everything in a person qualitatively and quantitatively.

The most important thing is the relationships between us. Changing, they are projected onto the rest of nature, and we suddenly see that wolves don’t attack lambs anymore and everything starts to take a completely different meaning.

We begin to feel that we have seen our life in our previous qualities and now we see it in the new altruistic qualities that absolutely change the entire reality.

Therefore, all our objects and feelings change. They undergo such a serious process of correction that I stop perceiving this world in the form that I see it now and begin to see the interaction of its objects with each other.

Matter, as such, is presented to me in the egoistic form. However, when it appears before me in the altruistic form, it begins to disappear and only its forces and intentions remain.

Therefore, instead of inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature, I see forces of interaction; I see myself and all others as thought and desire. And all these thoughts and desires are not just gradually connecting more and more, but they merge into one single whole desire that is called Adam that is filled with the upper Light, the upper force, the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 5/22/17

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Work Hours In The Future Society

laitman_629.2Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: For the work of one hour of type one, type two works two hours, type three four hours, and type four six hours. Each person is trusted with finding one’s appropriate type of work that suits one’s strength.

Comment: Baal HaSulam divides the working hours into four types: for the weak, for the average, for the strong, and for the quick-witted. Each one decides for himself which type suits him. He is valued according to the program he is associated with.

Answer: All this is quite relative. The matter is not in the hours, but in the potential, in the belonging, etc. Everything depends on the person’s individual characteristics given to him by the Creator, by nature. And the hours of work depend on a person.
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The Last Generation: Eternity Has No Boundaries

laitman_229Comment: Baal HaSulam writes that the last generation is a society that will live by the law of love your neighbor as yourself and that the main pleasure of the members of this society will be in being in adhesion with the Creator.

Answer: Ordinarily, the term “last” means final, but here, it is the opposite it is about the highest, the eternal.

Having achieved such a state, the society of the last generation will continue to perfect it because this movement is constant—eternity has no boundaries.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 6/19/17

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laitman_527_02Baal HaSulam, The Last Generation, Pragmatic Communism Accepting the religion of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” literally.

Literally means that through our correction we must reach the state that my neighbor will become more important to me than myself.

From the materialistic point of view, this is completely incomprehensible and unrealistic. And according to Kabbalah, it follows that when people begin to develop under the influence of the higher forces that bring them to the state of love your neighbor, then a very simple correspondence is revealed.

It is that your attitude toward your neighbor that determines your attitude toward the Creator, and your attitude toward yourself determines your attitude toward yourself on the animate level.

In other words, a person begins to divide him or herself into two parts: the animate, materialistic part and the equivalence with the Creator. To achieve equivalence with the Creator means to reach the Creator’s level. One can ascend to it from his animate level only if one begins to treat others more attentively, better, with more love than for himself.

This reflects a person’s attitude toward the Creator. After all, it is not about the neighbor, but about how a person raises himself to the spiritual, divine level.

Executing the law “love your neighbor as yourself” must become human nature. A person will feel, understand, and participate in certain studies and activities, consciously adopting this technique. And society will begin to explain and teach people this technique. All institutions of the last generation, courts, schools, etc., will be needed only to help people give up love for themselves to reach the higher phase of nature.

Question: But along with this will stronger egoism be revealed?

Response: Egoism will unfold exactly to the extent that a person can rise above it to the next spiritual level. On one hand, a person can hate his neighbor more than before, and, on the other hand, one can rise above this hatred and love him even more.
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