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Look Ahead, Don’t Be Stuck In The Present

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe need to understand that there is a good and wonderful development there for us. We receive additional wisdom to counterbalance our destructive egoism, and these two forces in us are able to help our advancement. Here we acquire an opportunity to understand where our freedom of choice is. It’s exactly in the middle of these two forces.

On one hand we have an “ugly” force, while on the other, a good and reasonable force intended to help us. After all, we as people really value and respect wisdom. Thus, we can find the true path between the ugly nature and the wise mind, a path that is both good for us and for the still, vegetative, and animate levels of nature, ecology. The result is we will be in harmony with all the forms of life, with Nature.

This means that all the suffering we experience is essentially an invitation to use our free choice and the two forces at our disposal in the correct and balanced manner. The power of the mind allows us to take charge of our egoism and control it the right way. It must not be destroyed, unlike different techniques and beliefs tend to do. We must understand that there is no evil in Nature. The only time the negative force turns to evil is when we don’t use the positive force, thereby necessitating our need to learn to apply it.

One must not judge the outcome by its current stage. It is written, “Do not show a fool half the work.” In other words, there’s nothing to lament in the middle of the journey because in that way we are fools. On the contrary, we must view the current picture according to how much it’s directed toward the goal and we need to understand that every stage of the journey is necessary for attaining this wonderful goal. It shines at us from afar, and we come closer to it by continuing to correct our life. There really is a good future there for us.

And this is why one must not treat nature, oneself, and others badly. One must not have unjustified demands and complaints, or criticize, despise, or hate without a reason. We must understand that all of us are going through the stages of this process and must help each other like people who are lost in the desert and need each other’s help to come out of it. Mutual correction and mutual help is what will bring us to the wonderful goal.

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The Science Of The Creator

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the basis for your claim that psychology is close to Kabbalah?

Answer: It all depends not on the issue itself but on how we understand it. Our understanding changes with time. Today, for example, we live in a time of great changes, especially changes in our perception of the world and accordingly our attitude toward the world.

For centuries Kabbalah was considered mysticism and Kabbalists were considered mystics; witchcraft and fortune telling were attributed to them. (See Wikipedia about Rav Kaduri and others). However, time changes our perception and Kabbalah is gradually being perceived as the science of the world, the upper psychology of man.

Psychology also had to defend itself for many years against accusations of mysticism. It had to prove its materialism, and subject to fears of accusations of being connected to religions, reincarnations etc.

Lately, however, the world is in such a state of confusion that it is possible to change perceptions and renew perspectives: Kabbalah isn’t just mysticism any more and psychology permits itself to speak about things that are beyond this world. The concept “materialism” has broken through its fixed boundaries. Psychology has become a materialistic science, despite the fact that its name “psyche” means “soul” in Greek.

In fact, it is in the reports, research, and discussions of modern physicists that I see more and more mysticism! In the future all sciences will merge and become one. The wisdom of Kabbalah is the science of all of creation, or rather, the science of the Creator. After all, there cannot be so many fields of study about one world!

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Balance In Everything

Dr. Michael LaitmanIf we want to correctly apply the scientific approach, then we need smart people, who know about nature and understand that a particular process flows in it according to a particular program. The theory of evolution, itself, indicates that our development follows a pattern and not accidental chances. And even though we may not have studied these laws yet, we can already discern the general flow of events. It is not clear to us yet where it is leading, but by the method of approximation we deduct that it is aimed at balance. Similar to how nature is balanced on all levels, we must also arrive at balance on a human level in the end.

Nature balances out a lot of parameters: heat and cold, differences in pressure, with winds, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions…. In the end, nature balances out itself, including the human level as well.

What is interesting is that a human must balance himself out by himself. There are good and bad forces inside of us, and in order for it all not to come to an explosion, we have science and knowledge, which allows us to establish a balance between these forces within ourselves. Using the bad force and the force of reason, we can adjust them and move forward in harmony.

  • On the human level this means that we have to arrive at balanced consumption and take care that the whole world arrives at the same.
  • On the human level, we must all be equal in the society, like brothers in one family.
  • On the level of scientific knowledge we must aspire towards the knowledge of the general law of reality.

This way, maintaining balance on the material, bodily level, on the human level and on the level of knowledge, we will arrive at the perfect state, similar to an apple, which has ripened.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” Episode 10, 1/8/12

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The Desert Guides

Dr. Michael LaitmanOnce, humanity was touched by spiritual unity. We are talking about the people of Israel who were connected by brotherly ties and were all friends in the days preceding the exile when the Temple still existed. Then, we were all brothers living perfectly in mutual connection and mutual participation.

But, then the Temple was destroyed because of unfounded hatred. As usual, in the course of development, the egoistic desire suddenly grew in this nation, and it fell from the degree of brotherly love to the degree of unfounded hatred, becoming even worse than other nations who were not bound by brotherly love and did not experience this fall. Since then, this nation became rejected and peculiar. So far, it cannot find a place and rest.

Hence we can see that human hate towards this nation obviously is a reflection of the law of nature. This hate towards the representatives of Israel and Israel as a whole can be found everywhere. The reason is that these people should be the first ones to return to the corrected state, to brotherly love, to rise from the unfounded hatred stretching for two thousand years of exile, to unity and by this set an example for all the rest. They must realize what they had before because this perhaps makes them unique and different in the eyes of others.

The world needs this good example because it does not know how to get out of the crisis. And we, the sons of Israel, are in a specific state: We reveal the method of correction for all of humanity and we need to demonstrate brotherly love, the realization of the principle of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” We need to show humanity that precisely in this way all the people will come out of the desert they are lost in to a beautiful and wonderful life.

We have been entrusted with an enormous, unique, and very important task. There is no challenge greater and better than the one that we face now.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” Episode 10, 1/8/12

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Revealing The Concealment

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If we succeed in keeping the mutual guarantee conditions during the convention, what will happen after the convention ends?

Answer: The mutual guarantee conditions do not exist, not before the gathering at the foot of Mt. Sinai, not during the receiving of the Torah, and not afterward. If we manage to fulfill these conditions for just one moment, that would be enough! It is just as it was then at the foot of Mt. Sinai.

You are not responsible for how you will change. All the changes take place in us due to the Light. I can only ask for strength from Above to be able to fulfill these conditions below. And we are ready for that.

What will happen a moment later? I am not responsible for that. If you were given a spiritual vessel and Light, you’ve reached revelation. Immediately after that there is a greater fall, to the golden calf. But never mind. There are many different stages ahead, but they take place in the revelation and the concealment of the Creator. It isn’t the way it is now when we don’t understand who we are, where we are, and who we are dealing with.

You will then be either in concealment or in revelation. Even if there is concealment, you will already know that there is the Creator who is concealed from you. This is already a revelation, the revelation of the concealment! Now I already know that He is concealed from me. It is as if we are playing hide and seek. I have signs of His presence, a feeling.

Suppose on the levels of 0-1-2-3 (Shoresh, Aleph, Bet, Gimel) He is revealed, and on the fourth level (Dalet), he is concealed. Therefore I feel it. If He weren’t revealed in all the other levels of my desire, I would exist like an animal. He is revealed a bit, once here and once there, on different levels, through different attainments, at a certain level of recognition, and so I feel His presence. Even when I don’t feel Him clearly and am not in contact with Him inside my vessel, it is called concealment.

The concealment is a certain revelation, when He is inside me, but I can’t perceive Him. I feel how He turns me, but I can’t operate mutually with Him.

The concealment can be in the fact that I only pay attention to different signs but don’t reveal Him as a clear feeling.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/22/12, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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Israel Arava Convention – 02.25.12

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