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Death Is Not The End

laitman_928In the News (from Psychology Today): “Life is an adventure that transcends our ordinary linear way of thinking. Our classical way of thinking is based on the belief that the world has an objective observer-independent existence. But a long list of experiments shows just the opposite. We think life is just the activity of carbon and an admixture of molecules: we live awhile and then rot into the ground.

“We believe in death because we’ve been taught we die. Also, of course, because we associate ourselves with our body and we know bodies die. End of story. But biocentrism, a new theory of everything, tells us death may not be the terminal event we think. Amazingly, if you add life and consciousness to the equation, you can explain some of the biggest puzzles of science. For instance, it becomes clear why space and time—and even the properties of matter itself—depend on the observer. It also becomes clear why the laws, forces, and constants of the universe appear to be exquisitely fine-tuned for the existence of life.

“Until we recognize the universe in our heads, attempts to understand reality will remain a road to nowhere. …Everything you see and experience right now‚ even your body, is a whirl of information occurring in your mind. According to biocentrism, space and time aren’t the hard, cold objects we think. Wave your hand through the air—if you take everything away, what’s left? Nothing. The same thing applies for time. Space and time are simply the tools for putting everything together.

“Consider the famous two-slit experiment. When scientists watch a particle pass through two slits in a barrier, the particle behaves like a bullet and goes through one slit or the other. But if you don’t watch, it acts like a wave and can go through both slits at the same time. So how can a particle change its behavior depending on whether you watch it or not? The answer is simple, reality is a process that involves your consciousness.

“Or consider Heisenberg’s famous uncertainty principle. If there is really a world out there with particles just bouncing around, then we should be able to measure all their properties. But you can’t. For instance, a particle’s exact location and momentum can’t be known at the same time. So why should it matter to a particle what you decide to measure? And how can pairs of entangled particles be instantaneously connected on opposite sides of the galaxy as if space and time don’t exist? Again, the answer is simple: because they’re not just ‘out there’—space and time are simply tools of our mind.

“Death doesn’t exist in a timeless, spaceless world. Immortality doesn’t mean a perpetual existence in time, but resides outside of time altogether.

“Our linear way of thinking about time is also inconsistent with another series of recent experiments. In 2002, scientists showed that particles of light ‘photons’ knew, in advance, what their distant twins would do in the future. They tested the communication between pairs of photons. They let one photon finish its journey—it had to decide whether to be either a wave or a particle.

“Researchers stretched the distance the other photon took to reach its own detector. However, they could add a scrambler to prevent it from collapsing into a particle. Somehow, the first particle knew what the researcher was going to do before it happened, and across distances instantaneously as if there were no space or time between them. They decide not to become particles before their twin even encounters the scrambler. It doesn’t matter how we set up the experiment. Our mind and its knowledge is the only thing that determines how they behave. Experiments consistently confirm these observer-dependent effects.

“Bizarre? Consider another experiment that was recently published in the prestigious scientific journal Science (Jacques et al, 315, 966, 2007). Scientists in France shot photons into an apparatus, and showed that what they did could retroactively change something that had already happened in the past. As the photons passed a fork in the apparatus, they had to decide whether to behave like particles or waves when they hit a beam splitter. Later on—well after the photons passed the fork—the experimenter could randomly switch a second beam splitter on and off. It turns out that what the observer decided at that point, determined what the particle actually did at the fork in the past. At that moment, the experimenter chose his past.

“Of course, we live in the same world. But critics claim this behavior is limited to the microscopic world. But this ‘two-world’ view (that is, one set of physical laws for small objects, and another for the rest of the universe including us) has no basis in reason and is being challenged in laboratories around the world. …

“One well-known aspect of quantum physics is that observations can’t be predicted absolutely. Instead, there is a range of possible observations each with a different probability. One mainstream explanation, the ‘many-worlds’ interpretation, states that each of these possible observations corresponds to a different universe (the ‘multiverse’). There are an infinite number of universes and everything that could possibly happen occurs in some universe. Death does not exist in any real sense in these scenarios. All possible universes exist simultaneously, regardless of what happens in any of them.

“Life is an adventure that transcends our ordinary linear way of thinking. When we die, we do so not in the random billiard-ball-matrix but in the inescapable-life-matrix. Life has a non-linear dimensionality; it’s like a perennial flower that returns to bloom in the multiverse.

“’The influences of the senses,’ said Ralph Waldo Emerson ‘has in most men overpowered the mind to the degree that the walls of space and time have come to look solid, real and insurmountable; and to speak with levity of these limits in the world is the sign of insanity.’”

My Comment: From the time of Adam to our time, every Kabbalist attains everything that has been told, moreover, in reality discovers what is happening only within himself, in his consciousness, beyond time, space, and motion.
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A Country That Has No Enemies

laitman_944The Torah, “Leviticus,” 26:6 – 26:8: And I will grant peace in the Land, and you will lie down with no one to frighten [you]; I will remove wild beasts from the Land, and no army will pass through your land; You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you; Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.

The enemies are different uncorrected desires that suddenly emerge in a person and are revealed inside him. There are no other enemies but our internal attributes, but they are revealed externally since our world is a replica of our internal attributes.

It says: “Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you,” because a person will always have the power, the power of the Light in order to overcome the enemies that rise against him; the power to defeat them and to go on.

Comment: I always think of an allegory that is related to a small state called Israel that looks like the eye of a needle on the world map. It is surrounded by many enemies, but will it be able to overcome them if it is compatible with the law of bestowal?

Answer: Even more than that. It will have no enemies. The enemies will be revealed only for a moment and will immediately become our friends, our helpers, because we will be protected by the attribute of love and bestowal.

Question: Don’t you ever give up because this doesn’t happen as quickly as you would like it to and is actually going in the opposite direction at the moment?

Answer: We should feel that way because we come out of Egypt only in a state of total darkness. Therefore, I am waiting impatiently for this state, waiting for the time that we will all be able to undergo it.

The people who are attracted to the revelation of the Creator need to understand that we have to undergo these phases, that we have to support one another, and that we have to advance in any case or crawl if we don’t have the power to do so! There is no other way. “Only he who follows the path will overcome it.” I do hope that I will be able to be with everyone at least in the hardest path of this road, so as not to leave the people in Egypt.

Question: Has the hardest period already started?

Answer: Yes, and I am glad that it has. We shouldn’t speak about it too much since otherwise we will not undergo it. We will begin to calm ourselves: “Everything is fine; that’s the way it should be; everything is still ahead of us.” Then we will really be unable to succeed in anything. We see what the Creator does: “Come to Pharaoh once again! And then once again!” so should I calm everyone here? On the contrary, we have to undergo all that.

The Torah says: “And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” Which means that without night there is no daytime; without night there is no whole day; without night there is no Light. One day! It is only after the evening, night, or darkness that we reach the Light. Every state, whatever it may be, has to start from the negative side.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/12/14

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What Is God?

Dr. Michael LaitmanGod is a connection of love among people. More precisely, a connection is an action and the sensation that accompanies the action. The property that appears as a result of it is called God. We cannot imagine this property outside of us.

That is why it is prohibited to envisage God as an image. In Kabbalah, prohibited means impossible.

However, it is feasible to depict Him as a property that dresses in each of us as a quality of love, bestowal, and merging. It is said: “I’ll know the Lord from inside me. I’ll know You from your actions.”

God can be attained only through our efforts to unite, and our appeal to unite in essence is a call to reveal the Creator.

As soon as humanity admits that an overall and powerful egoism dwells within us and as soon as we learn to regard egoism as a crisis that accompanies all of our uncontrollable actions, it will be a true sign that we have reached a transition point to the next, spiritual developmental level. This is a state when people will be united, not through egoistic relationships, but by building altruistic liaisons among them.

Before this transition takes place, the opposite (reverse) manifestation of the Creator, the egoism (Pharaoh, Aman, etc.) inside us will press on us to make us continue developing for the sake of His revelation. In other words, it is He who impacts us by his opposite side and makes us reveal Him.

It is said, “There is none else besides Him” because we are governed by a single force, no matter whether it is done by His front, direct side or by the opposite, hidden side, as it is said, “You have hemmed me in from behind and before.”

This is what makes us grow in the initial phase of our advancement before we acknowledge our egoism as the evil force. The final development of the ego, the opposite side of the Creator (Pharaoh, Aman, etc.) reveals gradually and its appearance corresponds to the four stages of the spreading of the direct Light. It is meant to bring creation (a desire) to build an independent reaction, the four steps of exile and submersion in egoism and the four levels of liberation from the authority of Pharaoh. Today, we (Abraham’s group, the people of Israel) have reached the fourth phase of our liberation process.

Only after we go through all four stages and admit our selfishness, i.e., the opposite side of the Creator, only after we recognize and realize that our ego is evil, can we confront it. Egoism was artificially inserted in us by the Creator in order to make us decide which side of the Creator we prefer to choose: the opposite, negative side or His front side, i.e., love above egoism, faith above reason.

This is why we should understand that there is nothing that harms us; rather, everything we face is meant to happen to promote our further growth. We are the ones who define the state we are in by reacting to the events that involve us. If we relate to circumstances correctly, with understanding that no matter what is going on with us is sent by the Creator, our afflictions will be replaced by the positive side of the Creator. There is no intermediary condition. It is either the opposite side of the Creator or His front side.

To summarize the above, it is not the Creator who changes His impact on us from negative to positive; rather, it is we who alter our attitude to His actions from misunderstanding and rejection to understanding and consent.

The difference between God and the Creator is that God is the upper detached quality, whereas the Creator is the acting, governing, close and sensible property. However, all these definitions are true only for humans who strive to reveal Him (aspire to sense Him).
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See parts 1 and 2 of the Daily Lesson 3/20/15

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At The Foot Of The Mountain

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe weekly section of the Torah BaHar (On the Mount) tells us about the laws that the Creator gave the nation through Moses. These are laws that a person has to fulfill inside him. There is a mountain of egoism in each of us, which is the same Tower of Babel but is now depicted to us as Mount Sinai (Sina – hatred).

The upper force is above its summit and it helps us fulfill the ego and turn it into a holy mountain, into the Temple Mount. Then we build the Temple upon it, the Creator is revealed in the vessel above our ego.

If we stand at the foot of the mountain and are ready to love one another, to be mutually responsible for one another, and to be as one man in one heart, we receive the Light of correction called the Torah, and then we can transform the whole mountain of hatred into a mountain of love. It is only on top of it that we can build the house of the Lord.

During the giving of the Torah, only Moses can ascend Mount Sinai. Then it completely loses its holiness completely, as Mount Sinai is holy only when a person receives the Torah. Otherwise it is just a pile of egosm. This is why the Torah tells us allegorically how to turn the mountain of hatred into a holy mountain on which we build the Temple.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 11/12/14

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Pesach: The Sale Of Leavened Bread

laitman_527_01Question: What does the sale of leavened bread before Passover mean? Today, it is possible to complete a form on the Internet and sell one’s leaven in two seconds.

Answer: The sale of leavened bread means that I sell it only for a time and bring it back. I do it just to exit my ego, my “evil inclination,” which I use for the detriment of others.

Then, I will use it for the good of others. Thus, this is selling it only for some time, for seven days, to break away from the old paradigm, to get rid of my bad attitude to the world, but only my attitude, and when I get rid of it, I use all of my desires for a good attitude to the world. Therefore, I return this leaven after seven days.

First of all, we need to get rid of the old, from previous relationships. Let’s together make a decision to become “good kids.” We are in the world that is threatening our existence, like in the story of the exodus from Egypt, but we can rise above our ego and reach the genuine land of Israel, a completely good state.

Question: Are you an optimist?

Answer: Yes, this undoubtedly is going to happen. The only question is how much we must pay for it. We can achieve this in a fast and beautiful way, or in a long way, full of suffering. However, in any case, we will come to it.
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Pesach: From Hatred To Love

laitman_285_02Question: Before the holiday of Passover, we clean the house of leaven (Chametz),  and then burn it. What does the ceremony of burning the Chametz symbolize?

Answer: Burning leavened bread, i.e., my bad, egoistic attitude to others, when I use everyone else, suppress everyone, rule over them—means to remove it from the world so that it is no longer in my life.

This decision is a must! If we all support each other, then we really are ready for it, as it is written, “Man shall help his neighbor.” Then, we come to such a state that we burn all our incorrect connections. There is nothing behind us. We are standing in front of the entrance to the new world and cross the Red Sea.

This crossing is called crossing the barrier from hatred to love for others. It’s not love yet, but the beginning of a good attitude toward others.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 04.16.15

Topic of Lesson: “Independence Day in Israel” 

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Topic of Lesson: “Holocaust Memorial Day”

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