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Everything Is Transient – Only The Relationship With The Eternal Is Eternal

Laitman_631_5Question: Jerusalem is a city of three religions. In Islam, Jerusalem is considered a holy city because according to legend, the Prophet Muhammad miraculously was transported from Mecca to Jerusalem and from there ascended to heaven. Why do all the religions point to Jerusalem?

Answer: All religions speak of the upper force. The difference is that each of them recognizes its own representative of the upper force: Muhammad, Moses, and Jesus. Religions do not argue with each other regarding the upper force; they all agree with the existence of one God.

All disagreements arise with respect to the representative of this upper force and the requirements that it puts before people through its messenger.

Question: How could religion survive for such a long time, millennia?

Answer: Religions exist because a person has no other way of contacting the upper force but through those prophets, everyone of whom is considered a saint in his religion.

A person is clinging to religion, understanding that everything in this world is transient: today exists, and tomorrow does not. Only connection to the Upper Force—eternal and perfect—does not disappear. Every religion teaches us how to behave in order to come, through a particular prophet, a representative of the Upper Force, in contact with it.

The wisdom of Kabbalah does not deal with religions and faiths, which exist in great numbers, in addition to the main three.

Baal HaSulam writes in the article “The Essence of Religion and Its Purpose” that the true religion is Kabbalah that reveals the Creator to the human being. And the religions that exist today are just intended to support a person during the time when he develops until he grows out of them and will be able to grasp the overall comprehensive methodology, that is, Kabbalah.

Kabbalah does not belong to any religion: not to Judaism or Christianity or Islam. In it we reach the point where “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people,” and all the nations of the world will come to the Creator.

Therefore, everyone must use the same technique for revealing the Creator to the created beings, not related to any single nation. Abraham is the forefather of all three religions, which therefore are called Abrahamic.

But in fact, the basis of Abraham’s teaching is the wisdom of Kabbalah. Abraham wrote The Book of Creation, in which he tells how to reveal the upper force, which is hidden from us.

The group of Abraham’s disciples, that later grew and turned into the people of Israel, revealed the upper force. The people of Israel lived in connection with the upper force until the destruction of the Temple. It is written that “They checked from Dan to Beer Sheba … and did not find a baby boy or a baby girl, a man or a woman who were not proficient in laws of impurity and purity.”

Their desires were so corrected that even a child could feel the upper force. There was a time in the history of the nation of Israel until it fell from this high level and found itself in darkness and concealment of the Creator. Then all the religions appeared.

But now we live in a time when all the religions are gradually exposing their emptiness. They are revived for the last time before disappearing completely. We are going to witness major wars within each religion and between them.

This was told by the prophets describing the so-called era of the Messiah in which we find ourselves today. We are faced with a very difficult time until people become completely disappointed in all religions and realize what the only correct actual method is. Kabbalah not only talks about the prophets and their prophecies, but reveals the upper force to man.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 5/7/15

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Modern Society – Unprecedented In History

Laitman_004Opinion (Andrei Fursov, Historian, Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Izborsk Club, Russia): “In the West in the 70s the social basis for the Leftist movement began to disappear. This was derived from technological and economic development. And so in modern society, social injustice has grown, but there has been no response to it.

“The middle class will deteriorate to the level of the lower class, which is called the poverty line. The rich rapidly become richer, the poor rapidly become poorer, the elite conduct a social war against the lower strata. This war also bears an ideological character of vilifying (demonizing) the lower classes. But there has been no response to this from the lower strata! This means that the social system does not function the way the Marxists and Leftists have usually seen it.

“Modern society has exhausted the historical potential of the Left and Right; it has developed according to the logic of the disintegration and degeneration of social class. This is not a new period of the Middle Ages because society is developing on a highly powered technological basis. The society is not directed against Capitalism; rather the elites of the modern Capitalist world are themselves breaking down the Capitalist system.”

My Comment: This is similar to what Marx envisioned, that capitalism would annihilate itself, but it is specifically because a new government of full unity and equality must come as a replacement for it, not as a result of class struggle, but through a natural historical development.
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Why Does The World Hate The Jews?

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Question: Why has the world always hated the Jews?

Answer: It is because this group of people who left Babylon and began to unite understood and agreed that through connection and unity, we re-educate ourselves and become like nature, a nature that exists according to a single solitary law, the law of general reciprocal connection.

This system exists within us, and in the remaining part of Babylon that was scattered over the face of the entire world, the method doesn’t exist. So, the nations of the world subconsciously feel that we have something that they don’t. It seems to them that we are hiding this, even though most of us don’t know ourselves about that secret.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the right, good, and mutual rapprochement between people above all the divisions and contradictions that separate us will bring them to resemble the general law of nature, mutual connection. This mutual connection is now being revealed more and more in the world and in human society. In its appearance in us, it arouses a completely different feeling of the world. We go out to a level, which is outside of time, movement, and location to other strata of the attainment of nature that are much deeper than those that we feel with our five physical senses.

For the first time in life, freedom of choice has been given into our hands. This is because all seven billion people are acting according to an inherent program. But when we begin to study the wisdom of Kabbalah, freedom of choice appears in us, and we begin to feel what it is. The uniqueness of the wisdom of Kabbalah is in changing a person, giving him an additional sense that helps him feel in what kind of world he really exists. He begins to feel not only the world and our small space, but also the next dimension. The wisdom of Kabbalah raises a person above his egoistic nature.
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From the Press Conference 3/11/15

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The Influences Of Technology On A Person

laitman_959In the News (from novznania.ru): “New scientific research involved with technologies created by people shows that these technologies influence our way of thinking and behavior.

“Radio – Information is perceived as truth, a person’s critical perception of the information is dulled because we hear the voice but don’t see the person to whom the voice belongs. Subconsciously the disembodied voice arouses more confidence than a real person.

“Mobile Telephone – Arouses a state of concern and sleep disorders, because people are constantly waiting for a call.

“Internet – has changed the manner of reading. Instead of reading a full article n in order, now people focus on key words, skimming a page.

“Social Networking Profile – Raises self-esteem because the social networks create an image of the ideal “self”.

“Television – Distorts the perception of real life. In a world created by television, good and evil strive to be absolute. As a result of this, people stop distinguishing between fiction and real life.

“Digital Cameras – With their appearance, people stopped counting the number of pictures. But the photographic process itself distracts the attention from the events that are happening on the other side of the lens.

“Headsets – As a shield against the outside world, headsets in the ears create a sensation of protection from the outside world.

“Computer Games – During the games the player is forced to carry out violent acts. The players are aware that the acts of cruelty are being carried out in a virtual world and not in the real world, but the brain interprets the acts as realistic. Following this, a subconscious feeling of guilt appears with the players, something that inspires them to carry out good deeds in ordinary life.”

My Comment: In my humble opinion, without a doubt we are living in an era of the rapidly changing human. But the main change in us is yet to come; this is a change in our consciousness from “me” to “we.” In the new consciousness we will feel a new world, a higher spiritual eternal world, meaning, free of all the vices of egoism, from time, movement, and location.
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A Patent For Love And Peace At Home

Laitman_183_04Question: You talk so beautifully about unity, but what is one to do if unity doesn’t exist in their own home? I side with leftist political views whereas my husband favors extreme right-wing views. Our conversations about politics lead us to fights all the time. What can be done?

Answer: I think that you, and all the people of Israel, have received the opportunity to correct this situation. As it is said, “…love covereth all transgressions” (Proverbs 10:12). How is it possible to attain peace between us? Peace doesn’t mean that one defeats the other and suppresses him, or convinces him that he was wrong, as we want to do in general.

Peace means that in relationships with another person who is against me heart and soul, in all characteristics and opinions, we reach complete mutuality. This is attained by building a bridge of love between us. And then on the physical plane we are left with contradictions and oppositions, in struggle, resistance and collision with each other, whereas above this, specifically as a counterweight, we build love.

It is necessary to learn how to do this. The main thing is not to be afraid that we have two planes: a lower one in which we contradict and oppose each other absolutely, and a higher one in which we are connected with each other. This is called, “…love covereth all transgressions.” Specifically above all the transgressions and mistakes, no matter how many great contrasts there are between us, we can build a stronger connection of love. One cannot be without the other. Therefore, if we are talking about wholeness, about unity and even about love, this is talking about two planes. It is impossible otherwise. It is possible to build a connection only above all the disturbances, frictions, and differences between us.

So nobody is allowed to demand that the other change. There can be no coercion, neither religious nor secular, from either side and in anything. Each one must remain as he is. If he wants to change, he wants this by himself. And we only need to learn by ourselves and to teach ourselves how to build love as an umbrella that covers us all, even though we oppose each other. And precisely then our love can be permanent, without being transitory, great and flourishing due to the fact that inside rage flames of our opposition to each other.
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From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 5/3/15

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At What Age Can One Begin To Study The Wisdom Of Kabbalah?

Laitman_083Question: I have read that according to research data certain regions of the brain reach their maximum functioning only at around the age of 50 and the ability to assess the emotional state of other people, which is a measure of wit and wisdom, reaches its peak at about the age of 40-50.

At the same time, there is no specific age in which a person’s reaches the ultimate peak of his cognitive abilities. The structure of the brain constantly changes and certain abilities can grow and become more dominant while another can deteriorate.

As we all know, the speed of data (incoming information perceived) reaches its peak when a person is in his 20’s. Short-term memory is at its peak at about the age of 25 and at about the age of 35 it begins to deteriorate. Isn’t the answer as to why it is forbidden to study the wisdom of Kabbalah before the age of 40 hidden here?

Answer: Correcting our egoistic nature to an altruistic one isn’t a result of understanding the material we study, but only the result of using it correctly in order to correct one’s self as a result of the study with the intention of summoning the special force of correction the Surrounding Light, the Light that Reforms (Ohr Makif).

Summoning the correction of our nature by resembling the Creator is called spiritual work (God’s work, “Avodat Hashem“) or a prayer, a request for correction, raising MAN (Aliyat MAN). Brains and wisdom are a result of our correction by the Light. This is the reason that a person can engage in the wisdom of Kabbalah at any age, as our sages said that during the time of the Temple, that even small will be brought up of the spirit of bestowal and will attain the Creator in infancy.
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 05.20.15

Writings of Rabash, Rungs of the Ladder,” “Make for Yourself a Rav and Buy Yourself a Friend – 2”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 3, Part 9, “Histaklut Pnimit,” Item 8

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Mutual Guarantee,” Item 23

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