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Love And Loyalty

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Numbers”, 5; 5-7: The Lord then spoke to Moses saying: Tell the children of Israel: When a man or woman commits any of the sins against man to act treacherously against God, and that person is [found] guilty, they shall confess the sin they committed, and make restitution for the principal amount of his guilt, add its fifth to it, and give it to the one against whom he was guilty.

Question: What is the meaning of “to commit a trespass against the Lord?”

Answer: To commit a trespass against the Lord means to love one’s self more than the Creator. The Creator has no form. It is the attribute of love that has to stem from each of us and fill the void between us. If I love someone, all my thoughts and intentions are aimed at his or her wellbeing and this is called love of others. But if instead of that love I suddenly become immersed in egoistic love, it means that instead of cultivating the general mutual love between us, I begin to think about myself.

Love of the Creator is love of the attribute of love and bestowal. But if I turn my back on this attribute, it means that I definitely l only love myself. This is called a trespass. There is no middle way in nature: It is either plus or minus; either in that direction or backward. There is no other way! Therefore, if you are not connected to this attribute, it means that you are clearly absolutely connected to yourself. This is simple human love on the corporeal level.

In fact, I love the feeling that a certain person or a certain food or music invokes in me, this feeling fills me. We, on the other hand, refer to love as an attribute, of a spiritual state! An ordinary person cannot understand that although the same thing actually happens in our world, we don’t feel it. We don’t understand it and don’t discover these possibilities inside us.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/21/15

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The Truth About The Boycott Of Israel, Part 1

Dr. Michael LaitmanBefore our eyes a global phenomenon is gaining momentum, a new front against Israel—different organizations are boycotting Israel.

The boycott covers various spheres such as culture and economics. The organization that sponsors such initiatives is called BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) specifically founded in order to put pressure on the State of Israel.

A few recent examples:

– in Australia shop owners were threatened to be killed if they continued to sell merchandise imported from Israel.

– the British Association of Journalists’ was called to boycott Israeli goods and to impose sanctions on Israel.

– in The Hague measures are being taken to start an investigation of Israel’s “war crimes” in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

– in North America the postal workers union, universities, and campuses initiated a boycott of Israel.

I see this as a natural logical and legal phenomenon. The general trend is that eventually all the nations will turn against us because we are not performing our duty in the world.

As Baal HaSulam writes: We were given a certain length of time to organize and to build a nation so that we will be able to fulfill our goal. Kabbalists explain that we have to open people’s eyes so that they will understand what world in which we live and what the purpose of existence is.

Our task is to set an example of unity that allows us to discover the upper force in the connection between us. But we are not doing that. As a result, humanity suffers because the upper force isn’t revealed, and instead it sinks into difficult states that continuously replace one another and only increase the negativity. People feel in their subconscious that it all happens because of the Israeli nation. Today they blame the State of Israel and in the past when it didn’t exist, they blamed the Jews who were scattered all over the world.

To be continued…
From KabTV’s “About the Boycott of Israel” 6/3/15

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A Win-Win Game

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Our entire lives are theater. Is there some program or plan to everything that is happening to us? Is there a director of this play?

Answer: When we investigate nature, we see that everything functions in it according to precise laws of physics, chemistry, biology, and zoology. It seems that human life must also work according to particular laws. In humanity, all the individual laws of nature connect together and manage us. We are in a field of energy that moves us to a state where we begin to ask: “What is this game, where is it leading us, what are we living for and for what purpose?”

Religious people solve this problem very simply: They believe that there is a Higher Power that manages us; we don’t need to worry and think about what will happen to us. Kabbalah says that the solution is through our bringing this force out of hiding, opening our eyes and seeing the entire creation: this world and the upper world, the spiritual world. Then we begin to live in all of the worlds. From the height that we attain, we see how everything is managed and why it is necessary for it to be managed specifically this way and not another.

And in truth, we approach this because the upper force inserts us deeply into the game until we understand that If we don’t discover and know the conditions for this game, if we don’t become participants and conscious partners of the upper force, then our lives are under threat.

Question: What does it mean to win in this game of life?

Answer: Winning is possible only when we discover that this is truly a game, and we discover where it leads, what the program of the director, the upper force, is, and how to become His active performer. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us how to do this. When we discover this game, then we see that it is the highest in the world. It is arranged according to clear and precise laws that cannot be violated and it leads us to a wonderful and sublime goal. This entire game is designed to confuse us and then awaken in us a need to discover the secret of the game of life.

The purpose of the game is to transform all of humanity so that it becomes similar to the Creator, bringing us to a state of absolute goodness, an eternal and perfect life. In the end, we receive infinite fulfillment, but on the way we must discover our complete loss, lack of knowledge, lack of understanding, the crisis that we experience today. And all of this is so that we will solve the mystery of this game.
From Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 5/17/15

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Forbidden = Impossible

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I watched your lecture on Monday, May 24, 2015 on the article, “The Donkey Driver.” that in my humble opinion was wonderful. I understood from your words that in the wisdom of Kabbalah it is forbidden to attain my “self” in a state of Malchut. In connection to this a number of questions arose for me:

  1. Does this mean that the goal of the wisdom of Kabbalah is for me to attain my “self” as it is found in Bina (and could it even be that the “self” of every person exists in Olam Ein Sof), and not to correct the desire to receive into the desire to bestow? So then could it be that the correction of desires is not the goal, rather it is a means for attaining my “self” (the Creator)?
  2. In this context, in the wisdom of Kabbalah is there a prohibition against attaining my “self” (a realization of the desire to attain my “self”) in a state of Malchut (finding ourselves while in our world of desires to receive)?
  3. Is it possible to violate this prohibition, and is there another (not Kabbalistic) known way for a person to attain his “self”?
  4. What would happen to a person who, despite the ban, would attain his “self” while he is in our world?

Answer: In Kabbalah nothing is forbidden! When the word “forbidden” or “prohibited” is used, it means that it is impossible, and so it is not worthwhile to invest any effort. But in general everything is permitted, only in a different way. So go in the way that they taught you and you will attain!

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The Middle Ages Or A Bright Future?

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from “The difference in income between the richest citizens and the poorest in the developed nations has reached alarming proportions and is liable to reach a level that was typical of the Middle Ages and not of developed social economies.

“Since the 1980s income inequality of citizens has been constantly growing and has reached the highest level in the last 30 years. For the purpose of reducing income inequality, it was recommended to create more jobs.”

My Comment: But the world doesn’t need workers but the opposite; there is an excess of workers that society doesn’t know what to do with all of those on unemployment benefits!

This could result in wars, through which society will get rid of the masses that have no salaried income, or society will move on to a rational state of existence, where it manufactures only what is necessary for everyone’s needs, and free time and energy is directed toward the realization of the unity and connection between people. There is no other solution!

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Communism: Utopia Or Reality, Part 7

Dr. Michael LaitmanComment: Many believe that the Scandinavian countries are socialist….

Answer: No, Scandinavia is a “primitive” society and from an egoistic aspect it is underdeveloped. Three or four small nations with deep folk roots live very separately; they are frozen in their inner development. So they agree that on the one hand, a king manages them, but on the other hand, there is some kind of equal rights since they feel as if they are a small family.

The Scandinavian nations have still not come out of the “cave” as in ancient society; they have not yet begun to feel within them the intense, egoistic forces that rip them to shreds. And so it is impossible to take them as an example, for this type of community can also be found in Africa where people have nothing at all; it makes no difference. In the Scandinavian nations there may be high culture, advanced science, Nobel prizes, everything possible, but we are talking about the inner development of a person. From this point of view, they are nations that are not sufficiently developed from an egoistic aspect.

I am not saying that this is bad. They can be beautifully developed economically and culturally, but there isn’t the same developed, stubborn human ego in them that they need to realize that they are egoists. They still haven’t grown to this state. With time, the approach of humanity towards an exploration and creation of an integral society will gradually influence them and with a leap forward they will break out and adhere to the others.

To be continued….
From KabTV’s “About Our Life” 5/11/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 06.14.15

Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot” 

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Talmud Eser Sefirot Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 17

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “The Peace” 

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