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We are all in a system that operates on with different forces, and as a result, different desires, urges, and thoughts emerge in us. Everything depends on the extent to which we mutually participate with these forces correctly in order to reach a state of balance and harmony with them.
A person is under the pressure of segmented forces, and he must arrange his thoughts and desires and understand where we are headed. We see that everything is advancing very fast in a certain direction, but without a plan. Yet, nature has a very clear and accurate plan that man doesn’t understand. He doesn’t know how nature develops and what it demands of us. We are forced to participate in the evolutionary process together with the still, vegetative, and animate nature that surround us, and at the same time, within ourselves, like all of humanity.
However, we cannot even imagine the forces of our development, their goal and nature’s actual plan. We don’t know what tomorrow may bring, and thus we participate in this process passively.
In order to find the answers to the basic questions about the purpose of human existence and of humanity in our complicated times, we must pay attention to nature that surrounds us and try to understand its plan. Indeed, to date we have already passed along a large portion of the time axis of our development, and we see that we are developing very quickly. Of course, there are different periods, but it is an accelerated process. This acceleration is especially evident lately, and it is very frightening.
Our development takes place under the influence of our egoistic desires to understand and discover everything, to control and manage everything. Moreover, everyone’s egoism—of every nation, of every state, and the entire universal egoism—is only the human ego. All of the other parts of nature—the still, vegetative, and animate—have no egoism. They are managed naturally, instinctively, under the influence of nature’s mechanical laws. They do whatever nature spurs in them. This is the reason that they are not the problem, but it is only mankind. We also can divide mankind into four groups: the masses on the level of the still, vegetative, and animate nature, and human beings, according to their ability to understand the purpose of our existence.
Therefore, first and foremost, we must teach and educate those who are close to the perception and understanding of human nature.
KabTV’s “Talks with Michael Laitman” 6/1/15
Answer: I think that I knew I needed to figure out know what the stars are for since I was seven or eight years old. The immense dark skies always fascinated me. As a child, I used to go outside and stare at the dark sky. I didn’t understand where I was, what I was, what all this was, and why the stars sparkled so mysteriously.
At the time, I thought that it had to do with astronomy. I was attracted to it until I realized that astronomy is just mechanical calculations, and so I lost interest in it.
I didn’t know what the wisdom of Kabbalah was at the time and didn’t imagine that I would find the solution and the meaning of life in it. But that had always been my desire. Later, when I studied the wisdom of Kabbalah, I realized that it was the Reshimo (Reminiscence) that already was expressed in me, the inner need, the desire that is not filled until the end of the creation. I knew that I would not be able to escape from it.
Question: Is the wisdom of Kabbalah meant for everyone or only for those in whom the Reshimo is revealed and who ask the question, “What is there beyond the stars?”
Answer: I believe that, thanks to our efforts (mine and my students’), we will reveal the wisdom of Kabbalah to everyone because this wisdom is actually very close to people.
We flow with the current in the boat of our lives that gradually takes us somewhere. The wisdom of Kabbalah helps us participate in this process and add our efforts to the natural development of our desire, because desire is the only matter that was created.
To the extent that a person participates in the evolution of desire, he begins to explore its causes, origins, the actual flow of life, its purpose,and how he can affect it, where the limits of his freewill are. Moreover, he attains his root, his point in this process and his ultimate state.
We can discover all that by ourselves, which means ascending above the natural, involuntary development of our huge desire, above all the matter of the universe, attaining this enormous mechanism. Only to those who feel the need and the necessity to discover and attain the goal of their existence are allowed to reveal that. But if a person has no need for it, you will not be able to force him to engage in it, and there is no need to do so. He will flow with the current naturally, according to the speed determined by the general mechanism of the universe.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 6/1/15
Answer: In different times, various excuses have been cited. After all, the Jews weren’t always accused like they are today for running the world, manipulating everyone through the banks, and enslaving humanity this way. In the past, it was rumored that they were starving people, sending all kinds of infectious diseases, causing corruption and the evil eye, etc. In general, to every normal person it is clear that the Jews had some kind of secret that is impossible to grasp in any way, even if you were to grab them and strongly shake them. It isn’t clear, but they have something of the source that is unusual, and what is unusual is the fact that the Jewish people have succeeded in existing for so many thousands of years.
There are even various theories about their creation. They are different from the rest in that supposedly they came to Earth from a distant star or were created from a different type of ape, etc. There are a multitude of reasons for not liking Jews, and if some kind of negative event happens in the world, then it is always possible to pin this on them. On one hand, it is easy to make them a scapegoat, but on the other hand, there is really something about them that makes people feel that they are to blame for everything.
Among the nations of the world, this is a natural feeling. Suppose that I am not a Jew. I look at them and feel that they have something that we don’t have. It is not clear what it is, but it is there. How can one fight against this? What can one do with it? I don’t know.
The Jewish religion, even though it is the foundation of all religions, is directed against them for some reason. Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Confucians, all of them, are centered on themselves, whereas, for some reason, the Jews have a relationship with everything.
The Inside Information of the Jews
Question: All people who become dispersed among other peoples must disappear after three generations according to geopolitical laws. Only the Jewish people have held onto their position for not only three generations but for 2,000 years in exile. On one hand, for the length of their existence itself, and on the other hand, the hatred of humanity toward them makes the Jewish people something illogical. Where does this irrational hatred come from?
Answer: From the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is because in some way we truly are the source of evil for all of humanity. We have a remedy through which we can make everyone happy, and we not only don’t give it to others, but we also haven’t discovered it ourselves because we don’t know that we are the ones who possess this remedy. The idea is that the method for acquiring happiness is concealed within us and is kept as inside information, as something that could be revealed to the world.
This method has been latent in us from the beginning. We became a people based upon it. Around three and a half thousand years ago in ancient Babylon, we became detached from all of humanity and gathered together to the call of Abraham, “Whoever wants to understand the meaning of life, the essence of what is happening with us, what stopped us from understanding each other and why we built the Tower of Babel, whoever feels that salvation can only be through connection and consolidation, come with me!” That is how we consolidated around him. Moreover, Abraham gathered representatives of completely different tribes who didn’t understand each other and didn’t know what to do. But he explained what was happening to this mixed audience, and he showed them how it is possible to rise above the separation, above the hatred, above all the differences, and connect into a single whole, and this single whole became the Jewish people.
Question: Now, do we carry a genetic memory of this unity within us?
Answer: This is not just a genetic memory. It is a program that plays within us. We are connected to each other according to a particular algorithm, and from our connection, we have understood somehow that it is necessary to continue to develop the idea of mutual connection even though, at every moment, we really want to get out of it.
Question: So were those people who followed Abraham drawn toward this unity?
Answer: They understood through their inner sense that there is a method for salvation here because all of Babylon was in a terrible state and humanity dispersed throughout the world. In his historical writings, Flavius Josephus described in which directions all the various tribes (clans) scattered. Some went east, others to the north, to the south, and so forth, becoming the foundation for the present civilization. However, Abraham gathered tens of thousands around him who had the same outlook and actively showed them how to connect based upon the method of connection circles.
These were practical lessons that included all of the nuances of their common life within them. Abraham took them out of Babylon and led them to the land of Canaan (present day Israel), and with their adaptation to this land, it also was called the “House of Abraham.” They were engaged constantly with connection because, every day, every moment, the aspiration to scatter again appeared in them. After the ego grew in them, rejection constantly flared up between them, and they needed to connect again. So, their method constantly became more sophisticated, despite and thanks to the development of the egoism within them.
To be continued.
From KabTV’s “About Our Life” 6/4/15
Opinion (Aristarh Rabinovich): “A year or two ago a political revolution developed in the communications media about the involvement of the police in many ‘scandals’ regarding the use of unnecessary force, sexual harassment, excessive violence and so forth. And so naïve people believe all of these slanders, and as a result, the population is beginning to support the ‘revolutionaries’ who are destroying the nation. A few months of riots in the streets and there will be no nation.
“And suddenly it became Israel’s turn. As if on command, in the Israeli news appeared about ‘police lawlessness.’ They had seen that it was not okay to apply pressure on Israel from the outside. Shooting attacks only consolidate the society against an external enemy. So the United States went in another direction: the United States is preparing a diplomatic coup in Israel, dividing and splitting the society through national disputes and differences. The Americans very much need to oust the rebellious Netanyahu, who is leading Israel towards independence from the United States.”
My Comment: I think that whether this is correct or not, we can stand against any threat and win only if we are united. When we unite, the unique power of unity appears among us, the Ohr Makif (Surrounding Light), the Upper Light, which shields us and transforms enemies into friends. Everything depends on us!
The method of Kabbalah allows us to really achieve a harmonious, balanced state. With its help, we find contentment, not in lowering ourselves from the human to the animate level like during a vacation.
Usually, a person goes on vacation to think about nothing, to disconnect from daily news, that is, to separate himself from human society with its problems.
He doesn’t worry about food or family concerns—only about what to bring pleasure to his physical body: to sunbathe on the beach, swim in the sea, then to have dinner, after dinner a little nap, in the evening to sit in a coffee shop to talk, drink beer or wine, to dance—everything is quiet, serene. The next day is the same thing; a person lowers himself to the level of an animal.
He does not advance anywhere this way, but acts just to benefit his body with comfortable bodily sensations. Nothing but this concerns him. This is the same degree as that of a cat basking in the sun that behaves in the same way.
It is good to relax like this if a person is capable of it. But we are approaching such forms of development of the world where a person cannot be satisfied with this.
On the other hand, life will become so difficult that we will not be able to afford to go on vacation. The crisis will intensify. The times when people took time off and traveled around the globe will be over. All the hotels around the world will be empty.
The process of evolution, which is controlled by one egoistic force, will lead us to the full realization of evil. We will see that we are at the mercy of the evil force and can do nothing about it. We have all the potential to turn this world into paradise, but there is one evil ruler who does not let us live happily.
Hotels and beaches will become empty. Everything seems to be arranged for our pleasure, but we will not be able to enjoy this; we will have neither the desire nor money for this. Thus, we will become aware of the need to reveal the positive force, which will balance the evil.
All over the world there will be increasing tension, conflicts between countries, clashes, revolutions, murders, violence, and terror. The globe will shake so much as if it has gone mad. Why do we need all this, what for? No one will have an answer. The evil force will rule over us in everything.
Gradually, we will realize that we must reveal the positive force. For this, we will need the wisdom of Kabbalah that allows the Creator to be revealed by created beings in this world. We will not be able to accomplish this without it.
Meanwhile, the upper management hides the force of good from us and reveals the evil, egoistic force more. This will continue until we demand from it to reveal the good force. Then people will be drawn to Kabbalah and will feel the need for it. They will have the patience and desire to grasp this science because without it our life will become worse than death.
If we turn to the wisdom of Kabbalah, then with its help we begin to reveal the positive force of nature, which is manifested in our connection with each other. This happens very fast, like a miracle. As soon as we try to unite as a group, we will immediately reveal the power of good that is able to balance the force of evil.
We feel that a good force is added to our lives. And having two forces can bring order to our lives. It’s impossible to cancel or reduce one force at the expense of another, but it is always possible to arrange them to remain in equilibrium between these two forces and advance.
This is the practical application of the wisdom of Kabbalah that we need to learn.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 12/18/14
Question: Recently Israel celebrated Unity Day. The government announced it and people went out to the streets, sat in circles and discussed the current state of the nation. These discussion circles took place in universities, various organizations, and city squares. It seems that we are working in the right direction, so what is the problem?
Answer: The problem is that unity shouldn’t last only one day. Unity has to be our constant state. We need true internal unity when people feel close to one another and warmly connected. We will have to work hard on our egoism, but without that we will not be able to live as a nation, even without the international boycott. We can live in this land only if we fulfill our true essence as the nation of Israel.
If we give in to external pressure and accept the demands imposed on us, the outcome is predetermined. After all, those who initiate them basically want to destroy the state and the nation and send us in every which way and take over the space that will be vacated here. Taking this into account, Unity Day is certainly better than nothing at all, but it can also have negative implications if it confuses people and leads them to believe that they have already done it and that there is no need to unite further, after all, they spent a whole day on it.
On the other hand, we have simply polished our pride for the time being by demonstrating a noble initiative. Unfortunately, I don’t feel any unity and I don’t feel that our nation is soldered into one whole. On the contrary, people are submerged in alienation, distancing from one another, hating each other. We don’t need one day in a year but a whole education system that deals with that. We need to regard our divided state as a national problem. We should use all the media channels to guide the nation in the right direction and to show people how to actually unite.
Even if we don’t have any spiritual aspirations, we are trying to resemble the spiritual world through our unity. But first and foremost, people must understand that we will not survive if we are not united.
From KabTV’s “About the Boycott of Israel” 6/3/15