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Blitz Of Tips

laitman_259_01Question: Is it possible to get the right results in a group that is composed of two people?

Answer: It is very difficult, but possible.

Question: What is to be done with the fear of approaching old age and the problems that are connected to it?

Answer: There is no old age; there is a transition to another state. It is only necessary to make it good. Don’t worry! Begin to study and you will succeed in many things and won’t have any fear of old age.

Question: Why invest effort if all is predestined?

Answer: That’s right; everything is destined. But until we make efforts to achieve this destiny, it will only be destined.

Question: What does the wisdom of Kabbalah say about the Messiah?

Answer: The Messiah is a force that helps a person develop and reach the sensation of the upper world. “Messiah” is derived from the word, “Limshoch” (pulling), meaning to pull and take the person out of the feeling of this world.

Question: Why are people thrown out of the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: It is because they underestimate what they are giving up. Otherwise, where is he going? The usual beastly life?

Question: Is spiritual advancement possible under comfortable conditions? Or is it necessary for our “beast” to suffer?

Answer: It is not necessary to suffer! The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t talk about asceticism.

Question: When you study the wisdom of Kabbalah, the desire to earn more money and so forth is lost. How is it possible to force myself at least to begin to change something?

Answer: Why? You become internally richer, not externally. And the external still comes and goes. You waste a lot of time and energy in making a profit. Think: why are you doing this? Is it to seem successful in the eyes of those around you? Are they worth all of that effort?

Question: How is it possible to save a soul if you are confused or you are confusing them?

Answer: The right environment is necessary for that. It is also imperative for rapid advancement.

Question: My children are ages 9 and 11.  What answer should I give them to the question: “What is the meaning of life?”

Answer: Life is given to us to experience the eternal and infinite world in this world.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/25/15

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Changing Our Way Of Life

laitman_760_5Question: The global rate of suicide is growing. Why does the Creator give a person a desire to commit suicide?

Answer: We must undergo a certain period of time before we realize that our current life is worthless and meaningless.

Subconsciously, a person runs away from this feeling, escaping into drugs, plunging totally into an occupation or favorite pursuit, or ends his life by committing suicide, just to forget and avoid the search for the answer for the meaning of life.

If this question does come up in a person’s mind, it means that he has reached a state in which he must find the answer. He has reached the barrier where he can attain the meaning of life, but prefers to repress this question.

Question: Can a person change the way he lives in an incorrect manner?

Answer: Of course, he can. This is the purpose of the wisdom of Kabbalah: to change the way one lives from the wrong one to the correct one and, at the same time, to feel continuous pleasure from advancing toward the right goal.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/25/15

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Brain Research

laitman_543_01Comment: At Tel Aviv University conducted a study, which conclude that there are no difference between the structure of the brains of men and women.

Answer: Certainly, because the brain is a machine, a computer.

There are no differences in the structure of the male and female brains. Everything depends on desire, or as they say, on the heart. But the heart is just a motor, a pump. A person’s desire is not found in any physical volume.

There is no initiator of desire within our body, it is found outside of us, and the body is its receiver that absorbs the desire, begins to process it, and reacts to it in a particular way. So men receive particular types of desires and women other types, and in this manner their brains are activated. But in themselves, their brains have no differences.

Desires come from a network that links between us, but we don’t feel it. And all of our actions go there: the mental, physical, moral, ethical, whatever. All of our reactions on all levels go back to this network.

I receive stimuli from this network, react to them, and these reactions go back into the network. The problem is learning how to accept and grasp the signals that reach us emotionally, react to them properly, and transmit them back correctly.

If I do this, I feel this network as a new world, the upper world is revealed to me. The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks precisely about how to react to this system correctly, use it, and manage it. The cybernetics of the future is the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/10/15

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Zigzags Along The Spiritual Path

Laitman_631_1The Torah, “Numbers,” 21:4 – 21:6: They journeyed from Mount Hor by way of the Red Sea to circle the land of Edom, and the people became disheartened because of the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in this desert, for there is no bread and no water, and we are disgusted with this rotten bread.” The Lord sent against the people the venomous snakes, and they bit the people and many people of Israel died.

Once again we see the next correction of the initial egoistic desires. Some of them are already corrected, let’s say, on the levels of the root phase and levels one and two, while the deeper egoistic levels are corrected now.

Question: Why do we need these turning points? It seems that everything is fine and suddenly the people come complaining again and again!

Answer: The correction is fulfilled according to the same rules as the slalom: you follow a course to an end point, but constantly zigzagging, you can’t go directly. When an athlete skis down the mountain he has to zigzag, otherwise he would fly down the mountain. It is the same when he climbs the mountain. This is the reason that everything we have seen now repeats over and over again but on a different level. Moreover, if before it seemed that we were performing good deeds and thus advancing, now we discover that we had performed bad deeds and must correct them.

For example, a person who studied Kabbalah wrote books about it. No matter how you look at it, he is not corrected yet and it is his ego speaking in him. I remember the pains I felt when I wrote and rewrote my first books over and over again. You cannot imagine how it raises a person, ignites him and makes him feel satisfied expecting this bestowal and this receiving. On the one hand, he performs some work, but when he raises himself he needs to correct everything afterward. This means that you ascend upward; that is, you ascend but you will have to correct these zigzags!

This is life. You cannot tell a person that it would be better if he did nothing. This prolongs the path. Looking at it from the outside, you see that it’s fate; there’s no getting around it: a person performs his intended path, which has a starting and ending point. He can not avoid such zigzags.

In this area our ego grows, and then we have to correct it by making great efforts. This is great additional work we spend years on. But at the same time we are expanding its correction, including all that we do in our egoism, which expands it.

It is actually by such zigzags that the correction is carried out.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/1/15

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My Favorite Job – Vocation Or Mission?

laitman_228Question: I have found my destiny exclusively in my work, which I really love. Tell me, am I going in the right direction? Could it be that I have found my calling but have lost my purpose?

Answer: Indeed, finding interesting work, really engaging and dissolving into it is a great joy. You have found your calling. In the past I also tried to find a job I loved that was appealing and satisfying, but I realized that it was meaningless. I remember how a scholar advised me to take a certain period in history like the Thirty Years’ War, for example, and delve into it and study it in depth.

– And then what?

– Then you will be an expert on the Thirty Years’ War if you dedicate your whole life to it.

As a big egoist, I thought it wasn’t worth spending my life on the Thirty Years’ War that occurred 400 years ago. The price seemed too high. Life goes by and a person develops and suddenly begins to realize that he has been engaging in something that is meaningless. Instead of the satisfaction and the enthusiasm a person felt before: “How interesting and what a success!”,  he suddenly feels emptiness, disappointment, and lack of energy, and this is terrible. Where have all the years gone? And for what? What should I look for now? He doesn’t have the same strength, desires, or possibilities as before. It turns out that a person shouldn’t engage too much in corporeal pleasures in this life, but rather choose what seems to be the greatest and the most important lasting value that is unchanging and above our lives.

Above our lives can only be eternity. This eternity is what we need to find and not waste time on trifles.

The question arises: Do I go for or not? If I agree, there can be no obstacles, only the attainment of eternity! This has to be a person’s standard since otherwise he lowers himself to the animal level.

Therefore, we need to engage in clarifying the level on which we attain eternity. It isn’t just eternity since there is no point existing on a corporeal level eternally. We don’t need such eternity. You can approach anyone on the street and ask whether he would like to live in this world forever. I doubt whether anyone would agree. It is only the beastly fear of death that forces us to live, but basically it is absolutely meaningless. This is the reason that everyone has to find out their ultimate purpose.

Question: But at the same time a person should have a profession?

Answer: Everyone should have a job so that he will be able to provide for himself normally and be useful, to engage in a job that he likes and not feel that he is wasting his time in vain. But at the same time, he has to make sure that every minute of his life is a small step toward the great goal, toward the attainment of eternity and perfection.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/25/15

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“The World, Is It Muslim?”

laitman_282_02From the News (slate.fr): “Demographic projections on increasing global population projections have added developments of religious believing people. We can not say if the estimate of the volume of religious populations accurately describes those believers or those of people from a certain tradition. The rise of spirituality compensates the decline of certain dogmas. In other contexts, fundamentalist affirmation prevails. Nevertheless, the general outlook…sees very significant progress of Islam in the world… .

“Among the few sources for these prospective analyzes, the Pew Research Center…won. The Pew delivered last spring, a serious extensive study. The work is based on available data, around the world, on differential fertility and mortality, migration and even more complicated operations, conversions from one religion to another….

“… What might the religious distribution of the world be in 2050? Christians should remain the majority. Islam, in its diversity, should grow much faster than all other major religions. Over the period, the number of Muslims (1.2 billion) could grow by almost 75%, against 35% for Christians (750 million) and 34% for Hindus. By 2050, the number of Muslims (2.8 billion, 30% of humanity) would be roughly equivalent to that of Christians (2.9 billion, 31%). The inertia is strong, it is not until 2070 that the number of Muslims would exceed that of Christians.”

 

My Comment: Our observation in this world regarding the amount and “who will prevail over whom,” can be achieved only if the two sides are found on the same level. But if the levels are different, meaning one is at a higher level and has more power and connection, then it outweighs the quality of the larger number on the lower level. And this is because the higher level generates and nourishes the lower. So even though everything happens according to the script of “The Days of the Messiah,” the options of the this script are in our hands!
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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.18.15

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, Dargot HaSulam,” Article 128

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” Item 33 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Philosophy”  

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