Audio Version Of The Blog – 08.27.15

Listen to an Audio Version of the Blog
Download: MP3 Audio
[audio: title=’27.8.15′]

Who Manages Us?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: I have had unusual moments in life that I don’t know how to explain. An example of this is when I have needed to make a “Yes-No” decision, and I felt, knew, or wanted to say, “No,” but I was terribly afraid of saying this.

And suddenly for a few moments, I saw my future if I were to say, “Yes,” and I saw and felt fear and an anxiety that was much stronger than the fear of saying “No,” so I said, “No.”

There were more situations in which I acted in an apparent split. Logic told me one thing, whereas the body did something else and said something else, something that I would never have said or done. All of these events changed my life drastically.

I suspect that this happens to all people, but they simply don’t pay attention to this. my question is: What is this? From where does this intervention come that seems external to me?

Answer: We are constantly under external influences, since there is simply nothing else. More precisely, this is internal influence. It builds in us a feeling of this world and of ourselves. The wisdom of Kabbalah reveals to us the possibilities of influencing this source of feeling about ourselves and our world and for us becoming the builders of the world and of everything that is felt in us, which is Olam Ein Sof.

Related Material:
A Toy That Must Come To Life
He Is Everywhere. So Where Am I?
Seeing The Uniqueness Of The Creator

Our Universe Is Dying

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom the News (  “Astronomers who have been studying 200,000 galaxies in the Milky Way have noticed that the universe is gradually dying. Its stars have become twice as dim in the duration of 2 billion years. This is the conclusion of an international group of astronomers who have measured the energy emission of galaxies.

“All the energy in the universe was created in the Big Bang and some of it is concentrated in the mass of matter. The stars shine as a result of the thermonuclear transformation of this mass into energy, which is described by Einstein’s famous formula E = mc2.

“So the energy emission of galaxies today is only half of the energy that was emitted 2 billion years ago, which means that the universe is gradually being extinguished and is dying out.”

My Comment: As I always say, the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us about the finite and temporary nature of our world, or of what we perceive by our consciousness as our world. It is because we don’t see ourselves or what is around us, but only the world that is inside us. The wisdom of Kabbalah is revealed precisely for the purpose of allowing us to correct the feeling of our reality and to ascend in our feelings above the limited world that is felt by our egoistic attributes. We then ascend to an unlimited world, the world of Ein Sof (Infinity), that is felt in our corrected altruistic attributes of love and bestowal. This wisdom promises us a smooth transition from our world to the upper world and the gradual disconnection from the feeling (consciousness) of our body and of this world, to the extent that we change the attributes of receiving to the attributes of bestowal.

Related Material:
The Balanced Universe
Physicists: The Universe Is A Giant Brain
Is Our World Finite?

On The Threshold Of Discovering The Goal Of Evolution

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: People are gradually beginning to understand that there is a crisis in our world. They feel it in their lives, and they try to find an answer to the questions: “What is to be done about it? How can one respond to it? How long will it continue?” Is there some kind of rule or lawfulness according to which the crisis will continue to develop further? What can be realistically used as a solution, and what can be offered as a solution to these problems?

Answer: The idea is that we are found within nature, in a particular network of forces, that is developed to the degree of the development of the ego, meaning to the degree of the development of desire on all levels of nature.

In the beginning, these were small desires of elementary particles. After that, the particles became more consolidated until they created a gigantic structure, like our planet Earth, upon which developed conditions for biological life for the vegetative, animate, and human levels. This was the result of the evolution of desire within matter, the desire to receive, enjoy, be fulfilled, and to use material that is found in some kind of contact with us. On this basis a connection between the elementary particles, molecules, atoms and all kinds of biological parts took place, and from the grouping of animals, a beastly society gradually gathered, and from humans, a human society gathered. This means that everything evolved as a result of the evolution of the ego.

Accordingly, our desires also developed: from the beastly desires of the body (food, sex, family), the social desires emerged (wealth, respect, control), because our ego became social. After that, a desire for information developed. Our history reveals that we have gone through these stages on an axis of evolutionary development and we always understood how to act. Our egoistic development instinctively pushed us somewhere: the exploitation of more visible and hidden resources, and the realization of the craving for food, sex, family, wealth, honor, and knowledge.

But after tens of thousands of years of development, suddenly we reached an unexpected situation where the linear and even the exponential laws of egoistic development stopped working. Humanity always developed linearly, and suddenly in the past 100-150 years, this became exponential and has reached some kind of saturation, a summit. We are now at this summit.

On this level, very interesting phenomena are happening since suddenly our ego has stopped working. In the past, the more effort that we invested, the more we developed intellectually and the more we succeeded. The stronger we were, the more confident we felt. But now, not one of these simple linear relationships work. If in previous centuries, a person with a big ego profited more from its use, this is not so anymore, since our normal egoistic development has exhausted itself. It follows that we are moving towards a completely different paradigm, another dependence. The question is towards what kind of a paradigm are we moving? We still don’t know.

Scientists now are beginning to assume and imagine that our continued evolution doesn’t depend on individual ego, rather evolution depends on the mutual connection and coordination between us. Today this is derived from communication, which developed rapidly, is integral and encompasses all of human society, all of civilization, but we are using it linearly, thinking about what one can get from it.

This means that we are found in a transitional stage of the linear ego to a mutual integral connection, and it could even be towards altruism. And gradually we perceive towards what we are going. These perceptions began to be discovered in the middle of the 20th century, from the time of the Club of Rome, who published all kinds of work of economists, philosophers, and other scientists. But the problem is that even though work has been done, and the scientists are more or less aware of this, nobody hears them. And even though we see the futility of the egoistic arousal that continues in both people and in larger organizations, the inertia still exists in all of this and there is nowhere to escape from it.

And in spite of it all, since we continue to work in society, where instead of linear laws, spherical, integral laws are beginning to work, we see how our society is beginning to undergo heavy pressure and find itself in an ugly form. From this is derived the stratification of society, in which its upper part, a few thousand people in the world, concentrate the wealth and control in their hands, whereas the rest of the masses are falling below. An immense gap has been created between the uppermost stratum, composed of a few thousand people, and the lowest stratum, which includes the remaining billions of people.

On the one hand, this certainly must lead to a great explosion. On the other hand, all the wealth that has been accumulated will not be worth anything. The hierarchy of the development of desires (food, sex, family, wealth, honor, knowledge) includes a level in which it is possible to use wealth for the needs of the next level of development. And when humanity begins to overtake this level and complete it, there will no longer be any need for wealth, for the next level begins to appear, it will lead towards the attainment of the meaning of existence.

The scientists who study creation are suddenly beginning to study its holography, multiple universes, and reach the conclusion that planet Earth and our entire universe are finite. We are beginning to understand that we have always been playing some kind of game with money, armies, and wars. And essentially a big process is now taking place in which we are elements within it. Moreover, we don’t determine its development, course or flow, and especially not its goal. We are in a stage where we must discover the true evolutionary goal of our own development. This will bring us to disillusionment and a new vision of the world. We need to look at ourselves and at everything that is happening from the side and investigate all of nature in its coming development.

This means that behind the physical desires (food, sex, family) and the social desires (wealth, honor, knowledge), a new desire is developing for attaining the true meaning of our existence. This is the desire that must dominate us and towards which we are moving. So today, humanity is gradually discovering the crisis, and I hope that we will design the correct vision of it for ourselves, for then we won’t come to deviations on the way, and we will understand that life continues only on this path.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 8/12/15

Related Material:
When You Run Out Of Fuel
The Mistake Of Those Who Don’t Care
Now Is The Time For A Complete Revision

Transformation In The Spiritual Growth

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Numbers,” 13:30 – 13:31: Caleb silenced the people to [hear about] Moses, and he said, “We can surely go up and take possession of it, for we can indeed overcome it.” But the men who went up with him said, “We are unable to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”

Caleb is among the spies like Moses. It is the same point in the heart that receives a different name in every state in which it exists. It remains in every state and this is how a person advances, since without it he could not advance. Imagine if all the spies had declared that the spiritual work wasn’t for them and left. The Creator would have had a terrible account with the people.

The Torah, “Numbers,” 13:32 – 13:33: They spread an [evil] report about the land which they had scouted, telling the children of Israel, “The land we passed through to explore is a land that consumes its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of stature. There we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, descended from the giants. In our eyes, we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we were in their eyes.

It is the ego into which the spies sink, not having the powers to ascend above it. The giants (Nephilim) are those who have already overcome the ego and so they can exist above it. “In our eyes, we seemed like grasshoppers,” means that the spies have attained the slight spiritual attainment of GE when they ascend above the ego and see that they are nothing when considering their spiritual forces, their abilities, and their options compared to the giants. They seem to be looking at their future states.

If you belong to the generation of the desert, you see yourself as big before entering the land of Israel. What do I have to do in order to attain that?! But, if you ask a child these questions, for example:

– Do you want to be the best?

– Yes.

– Then you have to graduate from a university, get several degrees, and work 18-20 hours a day.

– What about my life?! I cannot do that! It is too difficult! I work all the time and try to make efforts to succeed!

– But this is your future. So will you go for it or not?

– I would rather go back to the desert.

This means that there is a comparison here between the present me and me in the land of Israel. They enter their future and realize how difficult and complex the anti-egoistic actions are.

The point is that when you look at it from a distance, you see that it is impossible because you look at everything through the eyes of the desert! You don’t see the component that the Creator has given you, so you don’t take it into account. The Creator has given you the power to become great, yet you don’t feel it. So you think, “If I need to do it by myself, I cannot.” The feeling that the Creator is by your side is taken away from you so that you will understand that you have to do it, but that you can’t do it without Him. Then a potential is built up in you. You escape, and don’t want anything, then you come back and escape again. Then there is a blow from above and you advance towards conquering the land of Israel. How? It doesn’t matter; your eyes are closed and you don’t care about the how, you simply need to sacrifice your life for it.

This is a turning point, the crossing of the Jordan River, which is similar to the crossing of the Red Sea. But there the sea split and that’s it, while here it is a more conscious process, which means that it is more complex. Before the escape from Egypt, fear of Pharaoh, who was chasing you, pushed you. Here it is the opposite, since you now have to awaken the need to move in this direction. There you escaped out of fear, but here you enter it. That’s the way it should be since this is the spiritual growth.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/8/15

Related Material:
The Power Of The Cave Of Machpelah
From The Desert To The Land Of Israel
Giants On Guard Over The Land Of Israel

A Single Leap To Happiness

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: There is a Japanese proverb that says: “Troubles will transform you into a precious stone.” How do you relate to this?

Answer: This is Samurai philosophy and speaks about the way of suffering. I think that we have no need for this at all, since we go our own way. Why do we need to go towards happiness through the way of suffering? We can leap above it immediately, as the Jews very well know.

In the meantime, we haven’t succeeded in doing this because we don’t want to listen to the method that we received thousands of years ago, the wisdom of Kabbalah, but it can lead us to happiness in a single leap.

Comment: But nevertheless, when you had health problems, your teacher said that he was envious of you because he saw this as a sign of advancement.

Answer: Certainly thanks to suffering a person improves because suffering works against the ego that wants pleasure all the time. So another system of study and understanding appeared that was opposed to the ego. But this is not the right way!

Christianity says: “If they slap you on one cheek, give them the other cheek also.” This is not right. We must go another way. The wisdom of Kabbalah explains everything in a very simple way. The Creator created life and death, so choose life. With all our might we must yearn for good, for love, for ease, and not burrow into suffering. We have no need for it. To go willingly into exile, suffer there, and this will be better for all people is absolutely the wrong way! The ego intentionally attracts us there and this is not the Kabbalistic approach towards the world, our history, our mission.

The Creator blesses us with peace, happiness, Light, and warmth, but in no way with suffering. For in suffering, the person is not prepared to bless the Creator. He cannot cry and say: “How good it is for me to be with you!” After all, this is a lie. So it is forbidden for us to develop our own suffering. Christianity is based upon this. But from the point of view of the wisdom of Kabbalah, this is absolutely incorrect.

Question: So what does “Rejoice when the wicked are revealed to you” mean?

Answer: It means to rejoice when your defects are discovered within you. You are happy about this and don’t suffer. This is happiness because your personal characteristics are now being revealed, and you see that you can correct them. If they are revealed to you from above, it means that you will surely correct them.
From KabTV’s “Conversations with Michael Laitman” 8/5/15

Related Material:
The Creator Does Not Need Our Suffering
Unnecessary Sufferings
Pain As A Lever For Ascending

Where Is My Real “Me” And Not The Imaginary One?

laitman_940Question: If the Creator controls both my heart and my mind, then how can I choose and change direction?

Answer: Me, I am just a part of the system, something that is included in the group, and with the help of the connection with it, am able to participate in the general prayer, MAN.

It’s not my body and not my present feelings and mind. All of that isn’t taken into consideration at all, thus this world is called “imaginary.” It is possible to completely erase everything that we feel since there is nothing real about it. Everything is fictitious. So what do I have left? The Reshimo (reminiscence) isn’t me either, since it also comes from above. Only my efforts to be integrated into the group are taken into account, with the goal to return the system back to what it was in the beginning. And this is called MAN.

Question: When I work in the group, do desires of another kind awaken in me?

Answer: Of course it is another kind of desire. My desire to be integrated into the group and the efforts I make in order to connect to the friends is already my effort to reach bestowal since when I do this, I must annul myself.
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/9/14

Related Material:
My “I”
Where Does The Real Me Begin?
I Am Disappearing And Growing

Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.27.15

Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” “Lishma Ve She Lo Lishma

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download

The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts “Souls,” “Equivalence of Form”

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download

Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 110

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download

Lesson on the Topic: “European Convention,” Lesson 6

icon for podpress  Video: Play Now | Download
icon for podpress  Audio: Play Now | Download