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New Life #397 – Community Building In The Era Of The “I”

New Life #397 – Community Building In The Era Of The “I”
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

How to we get to know the self through community education and how do we learn to manage our lives in the best possible way through our relations with the environment?

Everyone is an individualist, but today we are all connected. We need to develop community education. Community life can certainly save us a lot, but no one wants to get close to others.

The goal of community education is to develop the ability to connect to others, the ability we had as children. An educational group is not a community yet. A community refers to the connection between people.

If everyone comes out of his corner, we can turn any simple neighborhood into a prestigious neighborhood.
From KabTV’s “New Life #397 –Community Building In The Era Of The “I” 6/5/14

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New Life #396 – The Need For Community Life Today

New Life #396 – The Need For Community Life Today
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

Where does the desire to live in a community stem from? What is the social trend in this respect and how do we build the right community?

The lack of social life has been felt since the 1960’s. People began to gather in different communities. Life develops us in two different directions: indifference to others, and, on the other hand, the lack of warmth and mutuality. In the future, the community will be responsible for all the services a person received from the tribe or the extended family in the past.

In a community a person feels secure that if something happened to him, he would be supported. This is mutual help. When every individual nullifies his own boundaries and is connected with everyone as one man in one heart it is a community.

Today everyone has a very big ego that keeps us part. If we connect above it, it will be heaven on earth.
From KabTV’s “New Life #396 – The Need For Community Life Today,” 6/5/14

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A Last Chance For Modern Civilization

Unity, The Way To A Good FutureQuestion: Kabbalists foresee a third and a fourth world war, which means that humanity is still advancing along the path of suffering. Is this the reason that our generation is called “the Last Generation?” Is this the last resort for mankind?

Answer: The Last Generation began from the end of the 19th century, and it will last until humanity corrects itself, that is, until we all gather into a single system and establish the collective internal connection between us. If we reach this connection, we will begin to feel that we exist on a totally different dimension, in a totally different state, beyond the frameworks of this world.

Our perception of reality is strictly individual and everyone perceives reality according to his egoism, according to the desire to receive pleasure and fill himself, which is the essence of our nature.

When we begin to connect together, we activate different laws, the laws of switching between us. They help us acquire a totally different property of the perception of reality; we begin to feel not through ourselves but through others. When we connect, we acquire a collective system of perception.

Today, people cannot attain, feel, or imagine this perception. This is possible only if a person is engaged in studying the wisdom of Kabbalah, then through studying the material and doing practical work in the group, the Upper Light gradually influences us. A person who begins to connect with others receives the Light as a result, which means the upper information, and then he begins to feel the whole creation through the connection to the general system, through the general feeling. This is called the revelation of the upper world and this is what the wisdom of Kabbalah engages in.

When a person begins to perceive the whole world through a collective feeling, he operates in a totally different manner, he understands everyone is mutually connected and that he should actually act to benefit the common state, for the sake of the general system. He begins to feel the upper force that manages everything and he calls this force the Creator because he can see that this is actually the force that creates, unites, and connects everyone, manages, and determines our present and our future.

We have to consciously and willingly reach the mutual connections between us that will enable us to discover the upper force, and if we don’t, we will bring great suffering upon us.

But in the end, as Baal HaSulam wrote, “Whether after a third world war or a fourth world war, humanity will reach a state in which it will be forced to connect, in order to discover the upper force through this connection and live in it according to its operating laws.”
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/10/16

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Europe At A Crossroads, Part 4

laitman_626Question: What means do you propose for Europe to come to unity?

Answer: This means is not within us, but is hidden inside nature. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to extract this good force and to use it to change ourselves. We don’t need to change anything except ourselves.

I can’t change others. But each one who participates in this work changes himself, and nothing else. He can teach others only how to do the same actions and to change.

Question: What is hidden in nature’s force?

Answer: This is a force of connection and unity, the force of love.

Question: So why couldn’t the Europeans discover this force before; after all, they were also talking about unity and love?

Answer: This force hasn’t been revealed yet in any place in the world because the world only now begins to discover how much it needs it. Until now this force wasn’t needed and everybody thought that we would succeed through developing culture, education, science, and philosophy.

But today we see that everything that exists within a person becomes detrimental to him if he begins to use it. If we want to achieve a good, peaceful life, without wars, problems, and troubles, we should adopt the method of Kabbalah that explains how humanity can continue its development in a good way.

Kabbalah teaches us how to extract this force from nature and reveal this force that will unite us. To do this we need to examine ourselves, our nature, the nature of the world, and the force hidden in nature. Previously, we were developing only by the evil egoistic force, but today we can add the good force to it.

Question: Will this force perform a miracle and turn a person from an egoist to an altruist?

Answer: Actually, this force will lead a person to a balance. There will be the old force and the new force present in him, a minus and a plus. Thus, a person will be under control of two forces. Then he will really know how to realize the goals assigned to him.

Question: Does it mean that there is a hidden force in nature that you are advising us to extract?

Answer: This force isn’t so hidden; it operates in nature. We know that in nature there are positive and negative forces in each atom. Only within a person there is the negative force alone, and the positive force isn’t revealed. However, in fact, we know that it exists. We just need to reveal it.

Question: Why haven’t we revealed it so far?

Answer: Because nobody required it. But today we are ready to reveal this force; therefore, the method that allows us to awaken the positive force of nature and to balance the negative force is revealed. This method of Kabbalah was always lived within the people of Israel.

Question: Does the wisdom of Kabbalah have some unknown patent for revealing the positive force within a person?

Answer: Of course! Kabbalah explains how to connect, how to study, and where and how to search for this good force. It is because the people of Israel who have this method don’t reveal it that the nations of the world subconsciously hate them. After all, we have the method to unite that everybody badly needs, but we don’t pass it through ourselves to others.

The era of European civilization in its present, egoistic form is coming to an end, and a new era is beginning where we will have to implement the method of Kabbalah and to bring the Light to the world. The new stage begins with a person’s awareness of the need to change himself. People will open their eyes and will begin to understand from where it is really possible to get a force for changing their life for the better.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 8/18/16

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New World Economy

laitman_228Question: Does the wisdom of Kabbalah provide an answer to the question of how to build a new economy and new attitudes toward production?

Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah treats this very seriously. Baal HaSulam wrote about this in the book The Last Generation. You can read or listen to my conversations with economists on the Internet in any language.

The current economy is a transitional economy for the last egoistic generation. Therefore, our world is in a huge crisis.

We must go through these situations so we will recognize the imperative of changing ourselves. The change doesn’t “come down” from above.

From above only opposing forces “come down.” In our time an immense opposition between the egoistic system of our world and the altruistic system of the upper world is being discovered so that we will understand we need to be similar to the higher system that the wisdom of Kabbalah talks about. So the need for self-improvement, correction, and re-education will appear in us.

I can say briefly that the economic system by which the next generation will live is a system in which every person in society will receive the rational necessities for his existence but no more than that.

Everything else will be accessible to him only to the degree that he will be connected to the higher system from which he will begin to receive fulfillment in the form of a unique force that will fulfill him directly because a person is actually a desire.

The desire is fulfilled with forces; if we shape the desire correctly, then we will have the ability to be fulfilled by nature because this force is found in it. And that is how he will exist in an eternal, perfect, infinite, everlasting state.

The world requires a new fulfillment, not a physical fulfillment. Therefore, the present economy exists to connect everyone together, manufacturing only what is necessary and distributing all of the products among us. In an ideal situation, this is the right mutual connection between producers, consumers, and service teams.

In contrast to this, the economy of the coming generation will be based on mutual connection between us and mutual fulfillment of each other, but without competition and only to the degree that is necessary for each one of us. All other kinds of connection will be directed only toward discovering the source of the higher fulfillment between us.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/17/16

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Creating A Future Society

laitman_229Question: Humanity needs an example of a peaceful existence according to a higher law. The great Kabbalist Baal HaSulam wrote about the possibility of providing an example through the creation of a kind of mini-society of the future somewhere, the perfect generation living according to the principles of unity and love. Why are we not doing this? Could it be that Baal HaSulam was writing this for people who are already in spirituality?

Answer: That indeed answers the question. We are not doing this because creating a future society requires a certain number of people who have attained the spiritual world.

Guiding the new society correctly requires a mighty handful of serious people who already are in the sensation of spirituality and know and understand the higher system, because only then will they interact in the right way and manage all of those under them who have not yet attained the revelation of spirituality.

Until entering the sensation of the upper world, it is impossible to fulfill the mission of the last generation. So, it is up to us to approach this in our conditions. It is impossible to create a generation like this artificially, without people who compose the spiritual skeleton. If, among the thousands of my students, there were at least two hundred people who attained the spiritual world, then it would be possible to think about creating a spiritual mini-nation.

When I was in Canada, I heard about a group of Hasidim numbering two hundred families who traveled far to the North, bought land there, and live there with their entire community, raising cattle, growing vegetables, bringing up their children, and praying, and it works well for them.

But we, the students of the wisdom of Kabbalah, have a different goal. The work against the ego is constant and difficult. To do this, it is necessary for there to be a critical mass of corrected people.

Question: For them it is easy, but for us it would not be easy. For example, in a movie, the hero is determined by being placed in a dramatic situation. Otherwise, he doesn’t emerge.

Answer: The dramatic situation for us is absolutely different than in an egoistic film. In a film, you overcome the ego of a stranger, suppressing it through your ego. Even when you suppress your own ego, you are suppressing your current ego. So, in any case, this is an egoistic gain.

Question: However, the conditions are very similar there. It only happens in a dramatic situation, only when you are at a dead end. It doesn’t happen in any other situation.

Answer: This is a dead end that you are leaving because you are going for broke, even to the death, because you are expecting a reward after death. Your ego wins anyway.

In contrast to this, in a society of students of Kabbalah, it is the opposite. It is up to you to suppress your ego, to destroy it, to eradicate it so that it will not exist at all. The state of the impasse occurs only for a moment. Then we work above the ego when you constantly ascend above it, in opposition to it.

Question: Why not create an artificial dramatic situation of joint life and shared work in which it would be necessary to advance, to ascend to work above the ego?

Answer: Baal HaSulam dreamed about this, and I spoke about this many times with Rabash. From what I understood in his time and from what I see today, a critical mass of people standing on a serious spiritual base is what is required.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 5/15/16

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The Concerns Of The Future Society

laitman_627_1Question: Modern society can feed great numbers of people, but it cannot occupy them. What will it do with them?

Answer: Every individual is important because he contains part of the general soul that has to undergo its correction during many life cycles while here in this world.

Therefore it is forbidden to kill people. Everyone should live according to the time nature has given him and fulfill his destiny during this lifetime.

This will actually be the concern of the future society, which Baal HaSulam speaks about in his article “Peace in the World.” Everyone is special and no one can replace him in correcting his part in the mosaic of the general system of the one soul called Adam.

The future society will spend minimal time on supplying its basic needs, and will provide every individual with everything he needs, whether he works or not, including altruistic integral education for the correction of his soul, that is, the complete unity of all the members of society.
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Depression—An Illness Of Lack Of Meaning In Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanComment: One of our listeners wrote that his child has no interest in life and says that he wants to die.

Answer: An aspiration for something else that is beyond this life is already appearing in the world and is especially apparent among children. Previously there was never such a problem as childhood depression. But today it is appearing at a very young age.

Depression among adults didn’t exist 100 years ago either. It appeared as minor sadness or melancholy because of boredom, especially among the nobility. But it has manifested intensively only in our time. And this disease is a lack of meaning in life, and many people suffer from it.

However, this is also progress since nature intentionally arouses such sensations in us.

Question: How long does it take a person to reach a state in which he can look at his body as if it were a foreign object, as if it were a little puppy by his side?

Answer: This is independent of time, since the wisdom of Kabbalah has become part of our lives in the 20th century, people are continuously developing internally. So it is impossible to say now how long it will take every individual to reach that state.  

A person who reaches it now may have tried to attain it for years, while it may take someone who comes five or ten years from now only a couple of months. People are born today with a different potential of spiritual power, and in a couple of months, they perceive what took us years.
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From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/20/15

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Why Is The Blame On Us?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It isn’t enough that the whole world blames us Israelis for everything that is happening in Israel,  and even the wisdom of Kabbalah says that the Jews are to blame for everything. I would like to understand what exactly are we to blame for? You say that we are divided, but I am familiar with many good people who are friendly and help each other.

Answer: You are absolutely right, from your external point of view of the world. But if we go deeper into the system that connects all of humanity and manages all of nature, then it will be clear that the Jews are that very part through which the general force of nature influences and acts upon everything else. So if the Jews don’t behave correctly, all the rest suffer. Imagine yourself a small nation, a small group, that don’t unite well or correctly among themselves. So all the influences that pass through them to humanity go out negatively and lead to separation, opposition, and mutual hostility.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains these laws, opens our eyes, and allows us to penetrate into the system and see the cause. From the point of view of your ordinary logic, you are right. But if we look further inside, we find justification for everything that is said in the Kabbalistic sources.

I relate to this like a scientist. My first profession was in biocybernetics, the second was in general philosophy and the wisdom of Kabbalah. in addition, I have a doctoral degree in ontology, the science of the general structure of the universe. When you study all these sciences, you begin to see how everything is organized such that all of the power of bestowal for the entire world moves through a group called the people of Israel.

This group determines everything: as much as it is connected, the whole world is also connected. If the Jews are divided and even hate each other, then the whole world will also be like this. The world justly blames Jews, because they instinctively feel that everything depends on us. Anti-Semitism and the negative attitude of the peoples of the world towards Israel indicate that they feel themselves dependent on the people of Israel. I understand that it is insulting to you to hear that they are blaming you for everything; I also used to think like you. But come, let’s not be short-sighted! The study of nature obligates us to agree with everything that is written in the Kabbalistic sources, the inner part of the Torah.

Question: Do you mean that we need to begin living in communes? Are you talking about unity like this?

Answer: No, we are not talking about creating communes. We only need to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and to begin to look at the world with different eyes, to see the internal system that manages all of humanity. Then your view changes and you will understand how much everything depends on you.
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From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 10/18/15

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From Crisis To Birth

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (To The Death Media):: It must be finally getting crunch time for the primary central banks around the world because on Oct. 10, the G30 group of global money printers admitted in a detailed report that the tens of trillions of dollars, euros, yen, and other currencies they have infused into the system has done absolutely nothing for local economies, and instead has accomplished what alternative economists stated would happen from the very beginning…

“Create asset bubbles, un-payable debt, and assure that there would be no sustainable growth. …

“Central banks have never had the primary purpose of protecting an economy , or judiciously regulating a nation’s money supply.  Instead their purpose, going back to their creations over the past 400 years, has been to protect private banks and through the tool of inflation, steal the wealth of a given country and then move on to new fields that are untouched by their locust instincts.  And with the U.S., Europe, Japan, and others standing on the precipice of near complete insolvency, the sociopaths within the global central banks are trying their best to deflect their failures onto someone else, and act like the results the world is experiencing was not their fault.”

My Comment: It is wonderful to discover that the egoistic world is collapsing and an altruistic world is being born. Even more wonderful is the help that is making its birth easier through the unity of those who want to be born together within a single new body, desire.
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