New Life #636 – How To Be A Good Person

New Life #636 – How To Be A Good Person
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

When people will see that it is impossible to continue living as we do today, the situation will change for the better. Recognition of the evil in our situation can come from life itself, and this will be painful, or from a development of awareness. A good example of the development of awareness sparing one from suffering can be seen in the global campaign against smoking.

Latent in nature is a hidden, positive power that can balance the evil inclination in us, and the wisdom of Kabbalah is a means for discovering it. The good power is called Light, and it makes it possible for a person to control his evil nature, to reach balance. If we want to bring the hidden positive force into our lives, it is worthwhile to approach the wisdom of Kabbalah.

In the discussion circles that are made according to the method of Kabbalah, 10 people together become a detector of the good force. The conversation circles of Kabbalah are a means for awakening the positive force latent in nature and achieving balance.

If we build connection and love in Israel, nobody will be able to harm us; this will acquire true security for us. Why? This is like a body in homeostasis that illnesses cannot approach, for it has a natural immune system. If we balance ourselves internally, the haters of today will become friends; they will feel that it is good to be with us.

A person experiencing a conversation circle through the television or the Internet or who listens to our conversations, approaches balance. The good force balances the evil in us and brings health, tranquility, protection, a good attitude, and wisdom on all levels.

In conclusion, we are facing difficult situations; it is obligatory to learn to balance the evil in us. Kabbalah is the method for doing this.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #636 – How To Be A Good Person,” 10/21/15

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New Life #688 – Levels of Thinking

New Life #688 – Levels of Thinking
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

The desire to enjoy is the matter of creation and it is divided into 4 levels: the still, vegetative, animate, and man. The more the desire to enjoy grows, the more power of thought it requires in order to be optimally filled. The power of thought serves the desire and it is especially evident in young children, while grownups hide their aspirations.

We can study creatures that are on a lower level than we are with our mind, but we find it difficult to study ourselves since in order to learn who I am, I have to rise to a level that is higher than me, to the level of Godliness, and I can do that by using the wisdom of Kabbalah. The power of thought that is greater than that of man is called the power of the Creator, which is the upper thought that connects everything. When a person discovers the upper thought, everything changes: his accounts, his values, and his plans, and he begins to discover that reality is actually himself, and then the desire to bring everyone to the same recognition awakens in him.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life #688 – Levels of Thinking,” 2/9/16

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World Kabbalah Convention “Day Three” – 02.25.16

World Kabbalah Convention, “Sufferings of Love,” Lesson 7

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World Kabbalah Convention, “Adhesion — I Am for My Beloved and My Beloved Is for Me,” Lesson 8

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Audio Version Of The Blog – 02.24.16

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How Humanity Can Acquire A New Characteristic

laitman_229Question: How can an ordinary person become like the Creator?

Answer: According to one’s characteristics. All the properties of a person are diametrically opposed to the upper force. One must begin to transform them.

All that there is in me, I have to gradually learn to transform to the opposite, as in a mirror. This is not complicated.

It turns out that I do not even have to dig into yourself or learn anything! After all, I do not know the Creator and do not know or His properties. Therefore, I have to come to a group of people who have opinions like His, preferably no more than ten people, and begin to get closer to them according to a method that the wisdom of Kabbalah explains to us.

Getting closer happens in spite of our rejection, mistrust, and hostility, changing us and making us like the Creator.

We do not have to change themselves. This convergence will automatically transform us. We need only to start looking for a common language between us. You can not imagine how easy it works. Convergence gradually change us to complete similarity to the Creator.

Question: How do we attain the characteristics of the Creator?

Answer: Those who study the wisdom of Kabbalah attain this in the connection between them.

Comment: Group work is well known to humanity, for example, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.

Answer: In many cases group work is a positive factor and the means for getting out of difficult situations. But in the groups of those who study Kabbalah, the intention is to acquire the unique characteristic of becoming like the upper force according to the method of study of the Kabbalists.

Question: Is it necessary for a person to have a desire to resemble the Creator from the start?

Answer: Yes, one must have the desire now, specifically while living in this world, to reveal the upper force, eternity, wholeness, the next state.

Question: And what if this desire doesn’t exist in a person?

Answer: This desire exists in everyone, but it is blurry, closed by an egoistic layer. A person rejects it; he doesn’t want to think about it. Why should he think about something that might be in the future that is not clear when, where, and how while he has needs here and now? This is how he manages to confuse himself to the end of his life and suddenly life is over and he dies.

The amazing opportunity to do something with himself disappears. Just before death, a person feels bitterness that he lived his life this way.

In contrast, working in a group of ten people according to the method of Kabbalah, one begins to clean the egoistic layer, like in an archaeological excavation. The connection between us that was formerly called a group or the world and was our common egoism changes into an altruistic connection and mutual love. This new characteristic is called the Creator. Participation in a study group like this is like flying upward, leading to the next level of development.

People who study stop feeling themselves as existing in a body; they begin to believe, see, and discover the next system of existence. All of humanity must achieve this development because we have existed on the face of the Earth throughout all the generations for this purpose.
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From KabTV’s “The Wisdom of Kabbalah and Science” 1/25/16

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New Life #633 – Governance By International Corporations

New Life #633 – Governance By International Corporations
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

Today corporations are stronger than governments; they actually run the world. The dominance of corporations helps in seeing that the entire world is connected, and they are all like a single nation.

Negative mutual guarantee (Arvut)  is the nature of the connection between people today: connected, dependent, but alienated. The corporations are actually a type of international government that runs the world forward and back.
Even if there would be economic benefit for the Europeans from these agreements, the United States will begin to control them. Europe is ultimately heading toward chaos; the United States has organized flooding it with migrants. The Americans want chaos.

Europe will feel that their culture is being erased, and that’s the main thing. Europe will stand in front of the point of truth; we are collapsing and must learn how to connect with each other. Europe is the modern Babylon. Israel will teach them how to connect above all differences. “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) above all, between everyone, the people of all nations, religions, and cultures.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #633 – Governance By International Corporations,” 10/12/15

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New Life #687 – Real Self-Criticism

New Life #687 – Real Self-Criticism
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

“The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh” (Ecclesiastes 4:5); everything that happens is handed from above, so we must look forward. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches how it is possible to intervene with the future and change things from a bad path to a good path. Nobody learns anything from the past, so there is no reason to dig into it. All of humanity is deteriorating, but since it is impossible to change the previous moment, there is no reason to consider it.

A person cannot change anything for the better himself, but can only attract the positive force of nature to counterbalance the negativity that is in him. If he attracts the positive force, he has nothing to fear from the future or to “eat himself up” about the past. The evil force in us is the ego that wants everything for itself, and the good force is the power of giving. From our time forward begins a new era in the development of the ego, and we require the good power in nature to survive.

This is not a fanatical religious approach, rather it is the most realistic one there is. There is a higher force that manages us, and a person is responsible for how much he attracts the force of goodness into his life. He should criticize himself only in regard to this. Our system of management is called the “soul,” through which I can measure and feel how much good and how much evil there is in me. It is up to me only to attract the good force into my life, and I don’t have to do anything about everything else.

I am responsible for the next moment, and not the previous moment. Advanced physics is discovering that there is no time, rather everything is relative in regard to us, and what was in the past is not our responsibility, and so we have no criticism about the past. But tomorrow is again in our hands, and the good force is the power of giving and love; it is essential for survival in the connected world of today. The power of giving and love connects us to everyone and suddenly we see that the whole world is me; it is my soul.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #687 – Real Self-Criticism,” 2/4/16

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World Kabbalah Convention “Day Two” – 02.24.16

World Kabbalah Convention, “There’s Nothing Else But the Friends,” Lesson 4

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World Kabbalah Convention, “Love,” Lesson 5

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World Kabbalah Convention, “One Soul,” Lesson 6

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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 12/13/15

laitman_281_02Question: When the Machsom (Barrier) is crossed, what will happen to my soul after the physical body dies? Will it be reincarnated?

Answer: Certainly, the soul reincarnates until it moves through all 125 levels of development and reaches its source.

Question: If the wisdom of Kabbalah is not a religion, why does it talk about keeping the Mitzvot (Commandments)?

Answer: The 613 Mitzvot are 613 egoistic desires that exist in us that we must correct by making them altruistic. The correction of these desires is referred to as keeping the Mitzvot.

Question: Is it possible to see the upper force and compare it with other forces?

Answer: It is impossible to see the upper force, but you can feel it inside of you only when you carry out all of the conditions for spiritual ascent. You activate them, and you act according to their help.

Question: What do you mean by egoism?

Answer: Egoism is resistance to unity.

Question: Is it possible to use this world during spiritual work?

Answer: Absolutely, by working and living within this world and simultaneously ascending through the spiritual levels, we use it correctly.

Question: I have no way of being in a physical group or virtual group. Is it possible to advance as an individual?

Answer: No, you must at least find virtual partners for yourself.

Question: You have said many times that humanity still has not achieved maximal development of the ego and its ultimate spiritual fall. How much worse can the situation get?

Answer: Does all of humanity feel itself in a spiritual fall? Most people will tell you that nothing is happening and that everything is normal, but those people who are beginning to wake up and ascend spiritually must want this in order to ascend, and in this way, they will pull the entire world along with them.

Question: Can the limited quantity of people who are beginning to be awakened spiritually change anything in the world?

Answer: Yes, because, in the spiritual world, quality has a higher value than quantity. If the limited quantity of people become qualitatively unified, they will be able to influence the entire world.

Question: Why do I receive blows all of the time?

Answer: It is for you to rise above them. You get them, and thanks to this, you rise to a higher level of development.

Question: In order to get the power of bestowal, can I try to unite with trees, for example, instead of people?

Answer: No, it is impossible. You need to connect with those creatures who are on your level of your development—those who are like you, coarse people, egoists, those who are blocked and don’t really want to develop—and specifically by pushing and raising every one of you together, you will succeed in ascending to spirituality.

Question: How is it possible to know if I am ready to study the wisdom of Kabbalah?

Answer: It is only according to your desire. If you continue to yearn for a goal, even though all kinds of problems sprout up at the time, you approach the wisdom of Kabbalah; these problems have been given to you intentionally as guidance from above, and nothing will stop you. This means that you truly are ready to be involved with the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/13/15

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