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The Disastrous Trajectory Of Civilization

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (David Dubrovsky, Ph.D., Chief scientist at the Cognition Theory Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy, co-chairman of the Russian Academy of Science Scientific Council for the Methodology of Artificial Intelligence): “The constant worsening of the ecological crisis and other global problems shows that our consumer society is approaching a dead end. Many people are talking and writing about this. But no decisive actions can be seen.

“In order to change the perilous trajectory of the development of the world’s civilization, we must change mainstream consciousness.

“The concept of human nature expresses a complex of stable qualities of the social individual, which are reproduced in all eras and among all peoples, which shows that they are conditioned by our biological nature.

“The main issue is how to change the negative qualities of human nature: unbridled consumerism, aggression towards one’s fellow human beings, excessive egotistical strivings. The source of our global problems reside in these things.

“We do not have a definite answer. There are probably only two possible options:

  • We must either change man’s biological nature by reconstructing the genome, to change the human psyche and vital functions;
  • or take the path of transferring the mind and personality of an individual to a non-biological cybernetic system, i.e., by anthropo-technological transformations, which is the path of evolutionary transhumanism.”

My Comment: The scientist thinks correctly in his own right. After all, a human cannot change his nature himself; this is possible only by attracting the same force that created him. But this power is not found in our genome. We can reprogram human actions not for oneself but for others, to consider others rather than oneself in all occasions. But it would be a robot (angel). Now, we are these robots (angels) acting in everything only for ourselves.

But the goal of our development is to bring us to a state where we become the masters of the two forces, bestowal and reception, and using them for the benefit of society, we become like the Creator. This change can be made only by attracting to ourselves the concealed (non-existent in us) the force of the Upper Light, the properties of complete bestowal. This is the essence of the wisdom of Kabbalah, its method.

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I Envy You

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How can we turn envy into a force that helps us advance and not a force that hinders us?

Answer: It is better to feel envy towards the group than towards an individual. I don’t need to envy someone personally because he advances successfully and because I feel that I lag behind compared to him.

Envy should be with regard to the group, with regard to how united they are, how strongly connected they are, while I am not. I have to constantly evoke this feeling in me. This is very good envy.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/14, Questions and Answers with Dr. Laitman

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Going Around The Stumbling Block

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Hatred is our natural state we are accustomed to living with. If I have an aversion to someone, I always can justify myself, and the thought that I need to love him awakens resistance in me. How can one leave hatred and rise above the ego?

Answer: To the degree that I hate a friend, I hate the Creator. That the Creator formed us and awakened mutual hatred in us is His exact intention.

It could be that this is the only stumbling block that disturbs our connection. One must not remain with this.

The entire group should connect with a prayer about how to ask the Creator to grant you love for a friend. Maybe, in the meantime, this is not love, but you look at him as someone who is close to you because you have revealed the connection between you and the Creator. Ask the Creator not to remain blind to this, and begin to feel that, specifically here, between the friend and you, the revelation of the Creator will be discovered.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/24/14, Questions and Answers with Dr. Laitman

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Balancing The Lines

Dr. Michael LaitmanPharaoh is growing all the time. If I work for connection and increase the part of the Creator, then Pharaoh also needs to grow so that I can maintain balance and build the middle line.

Equilibrium means that the right line is stronger than the left line, in other words, that I arrange them such that the right line will dominate the left line, and this is called the middle line.

Balance is when I cover and balance all that is within my evil inclination with what I have attained with the good inclination. I cover and balance all of the egoistic left line with an intention for the sake of bestowal, and then this becomes the middle line.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/27/14, Writings of Rabash

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The Work Of The Final Stage Of Correction

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: If everyone in our world were already disengaged from the ego and already were in bestowal for the sake of bestowal, then how would our prayer, MAN, influence what is happening in this external reality?

Answer: Through the work that we are doing today, we are entering into the final stage of correction which is called the complete redemption. This means that the whole world, all the souls, must gather together into a single structure of Adam HaRishon (The First Man).

And so everything we do must come down into this world. We have reached such a condition where all of the activities that are carried out by us in the spiritual world will also be precisely realized in the physical world.

The difference between the physical world and the spiritual world will be erased to such a degree that in the physical world if you are not ready to accept these corrections, then the spiritual world will also not appear.

This is because we are in a state where all of the Sefirot, including this world, are becoming a single structure. So we can see how according to the ability to carry out spiritual corrections, physical changes will take place. And the physical changes that are made by us through dissemination of the method of unification will immediately change the higher system and connect us more strongly with the lower system.

When we attain corrections and approach carrying out actions of bestowal for the sake of bestowal, we will see how all of the Light and Shefa (abundance) will begin to stream through us and be clothed in this world.

Everyone will begin to receive illumination. This is like the advantage that infants who are born today have in comparison to those who were born a thousand or two thousand years ago. There is a big difference, even though seemingly a similar infant is born. There are completely different conditions for both birth and growth that are in place for him. So we see very great changes throughout the world, even among people who are minimally connected with us.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/14, The Book of Zohar

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Praiseworthy Mercy

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How is the work at the time of reception for the sake of bestowal differentiated from bestowal for the sake of bestowal?

Answer: If we receive for the sake of bestowal, we receive Ohr Hochma (Light of Wisdom) within Ohr Hassadim (Light of Mercy). So from this, Ohr Hassadim becomes a different Hassadim; it is no longer just “faith,” but “complete faith.”

Previously Ohr Hassadim was Ohr Ruach (Light of Spirit) and now Ohr Hassadim testifies that it has grown and can now fill Ohr Hochma! It doesn’t just fill itself, but allows the Ohr Hochma to be revealed. It gives a place for the Creator, since the Creator is Ohr Hochma. In this manner the Ohr Hassadim shows how it is the most important thing in all of creation.

This is called the praiseworthy Hassadim, elevating it even more. These are no longer just empty Hassadim, rather they fill with Ohr Hochma and in this way, they become very important.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/18/14, The Book of Zohar

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Delving Into Spiritual Feelings

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Where is the Creator before a person discovers Him?

Answer: Nowhere. I always see that people don’t understand that the Creator doesn’t exist. We create Him by ourselves by ascending to a higher level. It is the next state in our evolution, and when we attain it, we make the Creator, as it is written in The Book of Zohar, “You make Me.”

However, we create Him by the attributes that He has prepared for us in advance in which there is a force that we haven’t discovered at all that is called Atzmuto. We discover the image of the Creator inside us by attaining Him in our inner attributes, in our inner senses.

After we determine our contact with the Creator, a person advances according to different principles. However, it doesn’t mean that he has any special guarantee. On the contrary, he encounters increasingly greater obligations with regard to himself and to others. However, at the same time, he also discovers increasingly greater support.

The main thing is to rise to the first level, and it is a problem. Then, there are totally different hardships that a person encounters, like an expert who becomes more and more involved in his profession. He already is devoted to it, immersed in it, and finds unique subtleties and problems in it. However, they don’t repel him since he is totally involved in it.

He already sees our world as a weak reflection of the upper world, which is presented to us in distorted emotions on purpose so that we will exit them and make our way to the real feelings and see everything that happens between us not as the true reality, but as a form of guidance.

Question: So, he probably feels sorry for all the other people who play with the toys of the corporeal world.

Answer: Why should he feel sorry? I have children and grandchildren, and I don’t feel sorry for them. They are parts of the general, enormous desire to receive who also will go through such states with time. At the moment, they are simply on another level.

By the way, a person becomes indifferent to his relatives to a certain extent. He has no desire to devote more attention to them than to anyone else. He becomes a citizen of the universe.

He understands the objectivity of what is going on and treats everyone equally. The moment he has spiritual urges, he immediately passes his knowledge to them. At the same time, he doesn’t commit himself, but does it with ease thanks to the altruistic attributes he has acquired. It is said that a father must teach his son a craft, which means to bring him to the level of Bina.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/27/13

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Constant Light

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Book of Zohar, “Tzav” (Command), Item 50: “A perpetual fire shall burn on the altar; it shall not go out.” This is the Torah, which is called “fire.” It was said about it, “‘Is not My word like fire’ declares the Lord?” meaning that it should always shine on the altar, on Malchut.

An illumination of the first nine Sefirot of the Partzuf depends on the presence of the Direct Light and the Returning Light in them, while Malchut should constantly nourish them like a candle.

If we take an oil lamp and oil, they will not light separately. But if we connect them, the oil fuels the lamp and burns.

This state symbolizes the attribute of the ten Sefirot. Nine Sefirot is the oil lamp itself, different types of the intention of in order to bestow, and the matter that burns is Malchut, although it cannot burn by itself.

Therefore the correct connection of Malchut, which nourishes the first nine Sefirot, provides them with constant Light.
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