New Life #674 – Information Is Power

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New Life #674 – Information Is Power
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

We need information about the world and ourselves, and further information to help us realize what know. When we know that something is bad for us, like smoking for example, we have a desire that prevents us from fulfilling it.

The wisdom of Kabbalah gives a person information about the system that manages him and the possibility of integrating in it, but this upper knowledge opens up to a person provided he learns to control his evil inclination, his heart.

All human knowledge accumulated until now has not led us to a life of happiness, but to a deadlock and collapse of the system, and everything we produce eventually turns against us. We live in constant competition and war with one another, subject to pressure and tension, until we finally ask ourselves: Am I glad? Am I happy? What am I living for anyway? We have no answers and we become depressed.

We lack vision of where we can go and how to open ourselves to this perspective for the future. Without this, we have no energy for all the trouble and pressures of life. In fact, a person wants to feel that timeless and eternal life depends on acquiring the knowledge on the operating system of the world, on opening horizons.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #674–Information Is Power,” 1/12/16

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Show Me The Upper World

laitman_624_03_0Question: Can a Kabbalist reveal his consciousness to others so that that they will yearn to love others like he does?

Answer: How can you reveal that? There is no way. How can you reveal mathematics or advanced physics to a small child? You have to bring him up first.

Therefore, we hold lectures and explain the structure of the upper world, but we teach it theoretically in an abstract manner by using examples and diagrams.

Should I show you the upper world so that the sky will open and you will suddenly see the next level of the evolution of matter? With what properties would you perceive it?

You need to leave your egoistic attributes below and reveal yourself. The rule of love thy friend as thyself is so that you will discover yourself and will be able to see the next level of the world.

Why has the Creator created everything in such a terrible manner? For us to develop new sense organs for the next world and to enter it by the connections between us, not in order to correct our corporeal lodgings.

But how can we do that if we have not built a system of perception system in the coordinates of the upper world? How can I convey it to you? There is no way.

First we need to develop internal senses on the next level, and then we will begin to perceive it.
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From the Talk at the Moscow Jewish Cultural Center, 11/24/15

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Driving A Mercedes To The End Of The World

laitman_546_03Comment: American Bran Ferren over four years built a “mansion on wheels” for several million dollars. He claims that it can save a person from the apocalypse.

He is convinced that the apocalypse is approaching and he built the “mansion” for his four-year-old daughter. On the basis of a Mercedes, he built a gigantic vehicle that can travel on any terrain.

In fact, humanity is engaged in preparation for Judgment Day, and entire forums exist that are involved with the end of the world. But they don’t try to understand how it might be possible to stop or avoid this situation; instead, they are searching for methods of how to exist in it.

Answer: Where does this inventor intend to travel? Where would things be better if there is an apocalypse? This person has a very strong survival instinct. He is like an animal that is concerned first and foremost about its survival. He doesn’t understand that nothing will happen to him anymore because it will not be him.

Question: Will an apocalypse happen?

Answer: No, it doesn’t have to happen. According to the program of nature, humanity must rise to the next level of development, which is existence outside of bodies.

There are three levels in nature: still, vegetative, and animate. We belong to the animate nature, and the next level is called Adam (Man). Adam doesn’t exist in our physical world but in the field of forces. The physical world will disappear and we will exist only in a world of forces.

In this world we exist with our mind and feelings, but are connected to each other in a single system. This system is constantly developing. Just as we develop in this world, so we will develop in the next world in 125 levels that are characterized by coming closer to each other until we unite into a single whole, one single integral humanity. We must complete this development.

On the next level of existence, time doesn’t exist, so it is impossible to speak about the time it takes to attain this development according to our usual form of measurement.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains this. It describes how to rise through the 125 levels and what will happen to us.

Question: Does the wisdom of Kabbalah say unequivocally that there won’t be an apocalypse and that all of humanity will rise to another level?

Answer: As they say, there will be peace, but before that the struggle for peace, which will not leave a single stone unturned.

So before us is another problem; can we move to the next level through goodness and our own desire, by understanding that it is imperative and preferable to attain this with little blood, or we will have to go through these levels under the influence of the great and merciless forces of nature?

The wisdom of Kabbalah describes how it is possible to move to the next stage easily and in song. Good luck to us in this!
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/19/16

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The Maturation Of Society – There Is No Evil Without Good

laitman_202_0Question: How does the wisdom of Kabbalah relate to the inequality in Israeli society? For example, one person works very hard and does not earn much, and another does nothing and earns a lot; he lives very well.

Answer: Very simply, we need to know the system by which the world and our society is spinning, and our society, the Jewish people, need to know even more so. Otherwise it seems that all of this is happening chaotically while there is a very strict order here. It is not the people who determine it.

Human society operates according to precise and clear laws of nature that are similar to the laws of physics in the world. It is simply necessary to know them.
We don’t know them and so we cannot manage society, and even if we find out about some of these processes, we use them egoistically.

Nature is pushing us toward a single integral system. We are discovering this on the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate,; and even beginning on the human level, it is being revealed in our world more and more. This means our world is truly becoming a small global village.

Question: Social networks are very helpful for this integration. Could it be that this is what we have been waiting for and they will move humanity to the next level of development?

Answer: Certainly not. Of course this is a blessing in disguise. There is no evil without good. We are shortening the time of our maturation by means of this.

Today, social networks are working to ensure that we quickly realize how much we are unfit for anything as far as we are, how egoistic we are, how we cannot be in the correct connection, and how hatred repels from each other. Social networks are gradually revealing this, and in principle, must lead us to the conclusion that in this way we are approaching extinction. Society cannot exist like this.

If we reach this awareness more rapidly, before deteriorating into all out war, it will be good. The possibility of a nuclear world war exists as long as we don’t understand that we urgently need to do something about ourselves.
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From the zahav.ru webinar 1/13/16

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In The Name Of Unity

laitman_629_2Question: In what way can the wisdom of Kabbalah help the citizens of Russia who are worried about their workplace because of the crisis in the nation and live in fear because of an anticipated war?

Answer: I am not afraid of war and I don’t think its threat will be realized soon. Although the ISIS organization is undermining the security of Israel, Europe, and Russia and is causing tension in everyone, we don’t need to fear it and try to fight against it directly; rather, we must understand where it comes from. It is a certain level of human development: egoism, which has grown to such dimensions that it wants to conquer the world and enslave it.

Therefore, it is up to us to set an ideological force against it, not a military force. But in the meantime, humanity doesn’t understand this, and ideological power is not  in the area of the military and the nation.

So today, for the first time in two thousand years, the wisdom of Kabbalah is being revealed and declares that it has a solution to this problem, which is found on the ideological plane, not on the military plane, because the terrorist organizations are specifically winning through ideology.

The terrorist organizations attract people to them due to their consolidation around an idea with particular principles, and this is what makes them attractive and inspiring to young people.

We still don’t know how much support they have in all the western nations, in North America, and in Australia. Many of them come from good families. This is happening because humanity has ended its former paradigm and cannot continue existing according to its former small egoism.

Comment: The impression is created that humanity is bored with the cultured world so they want to try something new.

Answer: The cultured world in our day doesn’t provide fulfillment to people. People don’t want to marry, don’t want to have children, and don’t want anything at all. And this is a problem. They simply exist due to the power of inertia because they cannot die.

Many consume drugs, suffer from depression, and so forth. Why? Because they don’t have an answer for the meaning of life. Imagined wellbeing summed up by work, family, and raising children doesn’t provide a person with anything anymore. What can you give them? What can you feed them? 

Therefore, the young are going to ISIS.  And they are stronger than anyone. They are not afraid of anything because they would rather die than exist without meaning.

The wisdom of Kabbalah opposes them with the idea of good connection and unity, which raises us all up to the next level of development, and does not engage in mutual destruction. This is idea is not built on egoism and mutual hatred, but on good and cohesion.

Question: If all of us were to follow your advice and the ideas of the wisdom of Kabbalah, how rapidly could we defeat terrorism in the Middle East?

Answer: I am sure that within a few months we would see amazing changes in the world. We do we have to lose? We are talking about the need for people simply to get closer to each other.

This direction is justified economically, politically, and socially and is linked to the general trend of nature, which mutually connects us to each other and makes all of humanity a single small global village. We are not going against anyone’s principles here.

Comment: If everyone were to come closer and unite into small groups and everything were to sort itself out, it follows that the nations would no longer need political leadership.

Answer: The world will reach not having borders between nations. When people will begin to approach each other, they will see for themselves that there is no difference between them and there won’t be any need for borders.

Without preparing the population for this, without educating it in the spirit of mutual connection, nothing will succeed. For example, Europe created a common market instead of unity between people; indeed, there is a common bank, but where is the unity? The alliance between leaders is made for their own profit and not for unity and balance. Europe is not united by a common ideology and common education.

Question: If we defeat ISIS and the borders between nations fall, will all of humanity live happily?

Answer: It is impossible to defeat ISIS without counterbalancing it through the good force, the power of Light. The ideology of this organization is very strong and is controlled by a force that is not balanced by the good force.

We grant it the right to exist and breathe life into it as long as we don’t counterbalance it through closeness and connection between people. If we begin to implement the ideology of goodness of unity, they will come to us themselves and will work in partnership with us for unity and good.

It is up to us to thank them for those forces that are compelling us to unite. After all, that is why they were created. It is nature showing us who we are through the negative force that we ourselves created through our inaction.

But I am sure that we can counterbalance this negative force with the method of correction of Kabbalah. It laid the groundwork for the principle, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) around 3,500 years ago. This is the primary law of nature. And we will reach it together. Preferably this will be done as quickly as possible and with little bloodshed.
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From “The Echo of Moscow” Radio Program 11/25/15

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New Life #673 – Torah And Mitzvot: Not What You Thought

 

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New Life #673 – Torah And Mitzvot: Not What You Thought
 Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

Humanity lives in its world without being aware of the system that manages it, and so it takes a beating. This system is what we call “Torah.” The Torah describes the 613 forces that manage a person and the 613 desires that are desirable as a correct reaction to the active forces. The situation is like a person who is in a dark room with a treasure, and he is hungry and sad, not seeing anything. And only if he implements the Torah and Mitzvot (commandments) according to the definition of Mitzvot in the wisdom of Kabbalah, will he correct his desires and discover the Light.

From the period of the destruction of the first Beit HaMikdash (Temple), the decline of the generations began, and ignorance spread among the people of Israel about the understanding of the Torah and Mitzvot. The children of Israel who fell under the control of the ego stopped seeing life spiritually and the attitude towards the Torah and Mitzvot became a formality. They implemented the Mitzvot in their literal sense as written in the Torah in an external form without trying to reach, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), and the connection with the Light that Reforms to correct the soul disappeared.

If we return to the internal and correct implementation of Torah and Mitzvot, another world will be opened for us, and we will discover the upper force that is the general force in nature, and we will understand how it acts on us and toward what it is leading us. The correct reaction of a person to this force makes him similar to it until he becomes one with it.

It is our obligation today to teach humanity what the correct meaning of Torah and Mitzvot is; otherwise, life will just go on until a time when it will be possible to attain eternity. According to the religious perception, a person expects a reward, a paradise in the next world while the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us that everything depends on the person who attains it, “You will see your world in your lifetime” (Berachot 17a), and if we develop love for each other, we will discover the upper world.

In the past we attained the upper world from which we understood how to relate to everything that exists on all levels of existence: still, vegetative, animate, and speaking. Over time, the feeling of the upper world disappeared and we were left with only mechanical actions without any correction of the heart.

The human ego is in constant development; the world is continuing to become more difficult, filled with emptiness, and humanity doesn’t know how to fulfill itself. The screaming will be terrible until ultimately everyone will reach the question: What are we living for? And then a new world will open before us.

With the help of the Light that Reforms, we correct the 613 desires in us, from egoism to love. Each one of us is connected to others with 613 threads; in our egoistic nature we want to exploit each other, and the correction is to want to connect and bestow goodness to everyone.

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From KabTV’s “New Life #673, Torah And Mitzvot: Not What You Thought,” 1/7/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 01.29.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention”

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The Book of Zohar – Selected Excerpts, “Torah, Studying at Night”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World,” “The Four Attributes: Mercy, Truth, Justice, and Peace, in the Individual and the Collective” 

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Audio Version Of The Blog – 01.28.16

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Marijuana By Prescription

Laitman_058Comment: Israeli health minister Jacob Litzman announced that in six months doctors in Israel will be able to give prescriptions for marijuana without the authorization of the health ministry. Today only 36 doctors are allowed to do so, but when the law is passed people will be able to get marijuana with a prescription in regular pharmacies.

It is interesting to note that people in Russia are prosecuted for drug offenses.

Answer: It is a matter of months before the same thing happens in Russia.

The whole world is going in this direction.

A couple of years ago when the campaign against cigarette smoking began, I warned that by banning cigarettes governments will encourage the use of drugs. You give a person a piece of bread, a glass of water, and a cigarette and he is happy. With stupefied eyes he will watch TV, football, soap operas, etc.

A person needs to be satisfied so that he won’t rebel, won’t make noise, and won’t object to the government and the state. Politicians realize this and fulfill such small requests and “take care” of people, throwing them crumbs just so long as they are quiet and let the government take control.

Question: Do you believe that the authorization of drugs is so that mankind will be obedient?

Answer: Of course, this will continue until the number of the world population gradually decreases from seven billion to let’s say one billion. When people don’t want to have families, and marriage becomes meaningless, humanity will shrink within one generation by at least half, and within two generations by four or five times. So I think that by 2050 there will only be two billion people left in the world.

Question: And the reason for that will be the legalization of drugs?

Answer: No. The reason for everything that happens is egoism. Once it reaches the limit of its growth, it begins to devour itself. It is just like children in very rich families where everything is allowed and so they go wild not knowing what to do. The ego is the same. It exceeds itself and becomes a monster that devours its own tail. It has no rationality.

Question: Does that mean that a person fills himself in order to forget? Is this why he needs drugs?

Answer: Of course, there is nothing he can do about it. The only answer is to educate people.

By educating them we insert the positive force into the world, the energy that balances the negative force, and between these two forces we can exist in a rational, correct, and clear manner.

We have a lot to exist for—for the revelation of the next level of our evolution: the universe, Ein Sof (Infinity), the world of the souls, the world of wholeness and eternity. We want to attain all that now and in a realistic manner, and if we don’t attain it, we simply take drugs since in its better to feel nirvana. What do we have in this world? I open my eyes and what do I see? A world that I want to withdraw from, to forget?

See how many people are in a state of detachment today when they are forced to use antidepressants. There is so much depression. It even happens to kids and pets, not mention adults.

Indeed a person finds no point in existing in this world, especially when he is no longer keen to work, to explore space, to achieve things in life, to discover something new, nothing. When we lose interest in sex and food we will have nothing left but to disconnect through chemical nothingness.

Question: Are you for or against the drug law?

Answer: I am neither for nor against it. Everyone is managed by our general egoism. Both the legislators and the drug dealers, everyone operates as the ego forces them to. So if we don’t bring the positive force that balances the negative egoistic force into our world, we will perish.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/21/16

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