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A Meat Diet Transformed The Ape Into A Human

laitman_231_04Question: An observation at Harvard University revealed that the ape became human thanks to a change in its mastication (chewing) apparatus.

The researchers claim that the hallmark of the evolution from ape to human, walking upright on two legs, is not just walking on two legs, but a reduction of the tooth-jaw mechanism as well. In their opinion, the main reason for this evolutionary change was the consumption of meat.

Answer: This is the opinion of the researchers at Harvard.

However, according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the four levels of nature—still, vegetative, animate, and speaking—are necessary. It derives from a higher level. In fact, there is no evolution. There is a gradual appearance of the spiritual roots in our world, which seems like evolution to us.

But they are revelations, not evolution. After the root of the still level completely revealed its pattern, the root of the vegetative level began to be revealed. After that came the root of the animate level, and finally the root of the speaking level. There are additional intermediate levels between them, but this is not really evolution.

Nothing can be created in our world or something else developed from a single element. There is only a manifestation of a growing upper root that yields more and more consequences in our world.

Question: Do you support the theory of Charles Darwin or not?

Answer: When I talk about evolution, I don’t mean evolution according to Darwin’s theory, which talks about the transformation of an ape into a human.

According to his theory, this phenomenon happened on Earth by itself. I emphasize that Darwin was right when he claimed that the human was created from an ape. But he was not right about this phenomenon happening by itself on the level of our world. Nothing can be born in our world. That is the problem.

Our world is a world of results, a world of branches. The spiritual world is a world of roots. The moment that the spiritual roots come out and are revealed, their results are discovered here! So, we truly are seeing an evolutionary process in front of us, but, in fact, it is happening in the upper world in the revelation of the higher roots.

Question: What is evolution? The development of desire?

Answer: Yes, in the upper world there is nothing other than desire. The desire of the vegetative level develops into the desire of the animate level, and after that into human desire. In our world, desire is revealed as a result, as tangible objects.

Everything that we do in our world first happens in the upper world. It is said that a person could not move a finger were it not for a higher power that awakens a desire for this movement in him. So, there isn’t any connection to the chewing mechanism of the ape or to eating meat. Apes began to eat meat because this root was revealed in them.

If the roots and the results were revealed to us, we would look at our world and see a theater of puppets on strings where each one performs an action only according to that action from above—not even according to an instruction, but as a result of the higher force that necessarily arouses the appropriate activity.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/16

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A Ban On “Jewish” Veils

laitman_222Comment: The authorities in Egypt may forbid women to wear veils and scarves that cover their faces because they claim that they were invented by the Jews.

Answer: The reason is not that. The fact is that now a relatively democratic government is in power in Egypt. They want to cancel various Muslim orthodox traditions as much as possible. So they have taken the opportunity to ban the wearing of veils in public places: at work, theaters, and coffee houses to defeat this trend and free the younger generation from it.

Regarding Jews,  they nourish dislike, to put it mildly, and even hatred, and so they say that the Jews invented the niqab.

Comment: They claim that it is said in the Talmud that if a woman leaves home without covering her head and face, she is violating Jewish religious law.

Answer: I have never seen Jewish women cover their faces. Their heads yes, not only on the street but also in their homes. A covering that leaves only the eyes exposed doesn’t exist in Judaism.

It is worthwhile to note that women wearing veils may appear more attractive. We know from the wisdom of Kabbalah that concealment is something charming, attractive, and bewitching. It is like a courtship, with only big, almond-shaped eyes exposed with beautiful makeup and everything else is covered. So the play of the eyes actually attracts a man more; he is magnetized by those wonderful dark eyes. So instead of concealment derived from modesty and distance, the complete opposite is created.

Question: And what does the Jewish custom of a woman covering the hair on her head symbolize?

Answer: This is a quite another matter. Covering the head is a tradition that comes from higher Kabbalistic sources. A woman’s hair is considered to be unsuitable and inappropriate for a stranger. But this does not apply to unmarried girls because they wore their hair loose all the time. Married women would cut their hair short and wear a scarf over their heads, which was always considered to be a sign of modesty and virtue.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/16

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A Mizva To Kill A Terrorist

Laitman_514_02Comment: The Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Baruch Lao, referred to the killing of a terrorist as a Mitzva. He also quoted from the Torah saying that: “You should precede he who comes to kill you,” and added that there is no need to fear the legal implications of the offense.

Answer: I don’t know how he can guarantee that since the state laws are not always the same as the laws of the Torah.

Comment: What is more, he added that if someone goes out to the street with a knife, he shouldn’t be able to return to his home.

Answer: It is clear why he went out with a knife and that he has no other intention but to kill. When terrorists are captured and interrogated, they don’t hide their intentions and declare their desire to kill; therefore, if you encounter such a person, you should do everything in your power to kill the attacker.

Comment: The Chief Rabbi of Israel believes that this is the only way we can stop terrorists.

Answer: I doubt whether it would stop them because they receive a lot of money for such acts of terrorism, and mainly because they believe that they will be rewarded by entering paradise, which is the most important thing for them.

In addition, the families of terrorists reap huge benefits, their homes are preserved, they are given grants and medals, and the terrorists are given impressive funerals. In the past, the British used to bury dead terrorists wrapped in pig’s skin, and then according to the Koran, a person cannot reach paradise. Then then terrorist attacks immediately came to an end.

We should also stop the grants that we give the Palestinian Authority so that they will not have the means to encourage terrorists and their families.

Moreover, we should destroy their houses and evacuate the families, which means, that we should do everything in our power so that they will not get used to committing acts of terror.

But the most important thing we should do is to unite among us so positive forces will reach our world that will force potential terrorists to change themselves, their tactics, and their attitude to Israel, to themselves, and to life.

This is how we can influence them in the quickest, easiest, and most effective way. We don’t need anyone in order to do that; we don’t pressure anyone and no one can blame us for anything. If we do what is up to us, we will not need anything else.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/13/16

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Changing Human Nature

Laitman_115_05Question: Do you think that egoism is the highest human sin?

Answer: It is our nature and nothing more.

Question: But at the heart of all crimes and transgressions is the ego. For example, are the members of Daesh, whom everyone talks about, simply egoists or barbarians?

Answer: They are egoists, but their ego finds its expression in fanaticism.

Question: Does this mean that when we defeat the ego, their will be universal prosperity?

Answer: Then we will be connected with good harmonious connections, not only with each other, but also with the surrounding nature and with its general system of management.

We truly will feel that we are living in a balanced world, and we will begin to feel our coming higher states through the system of nature. This is the most important thing the wisdom of Kabbalah reveals. It gives us a perspective not only of this world, but of all of the rest of our states.

This is very influential for a person. He begins to understand that, during the process of his existence in this world, it is up to him to take into account all of his other possible states, completely realistically.
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It’s Time To Work Less

laitman_628_4Comment: The price of oil has dropped, so many countries are trying to take measures to save as much as they can. In Venezuela, for example, the civil servants’ work day has been reduced.  Now on they will work from 7:30 in the morning until 1 pm.

Answer: Every natural resource is becoming increasingly cheaper and more accessible today. Therefore, there can be no hunger. Instead there will actually be general abundance that no one will really need. People will be satisfied with simple, normal, corporeal consumption.

This of course will lead to increasing unemployment, but it will be dealt with by special government allowances. First people will receive money without having to work and every individual will have a permanent income or allowance. Work will not be required.

Second, we will have to oblige everyone to undergo the right educational process so that they will not pass their time being idle. If a person doesn’t have to work and all his necessities are taken care of throughout his life, he won’t need to go to school or to university, he won’t need to learn a profession, he won’t need to do anything. This means that he will sit at home, watch TV, play on his computer or on his cell phone, and that’s all. Therefore, it is essential to oblige everyone to get an education.

I hope that some of the people who will stop working will undergo retraining and become teachers and educators and some will be students, and thus they will begin to advance up to the desired spiritual level.

Education will be aimed at making every individual a human being in the right sense of the word. A person is not an animal who walks erectly on two legs and uses dark instincts, modern weapons, and drugs. A human being is a person who understands his goal and feels that he has to attain it in his connection with people like him.

I do hope that all the governments will understand that this is the only way they can succeed, since otherwise they will devour themselves.

Question: Will the state force people to engage in self-education?

Answer: The state is a compulsive body and it has to exert pressure on people in order to turn them into good citizens since otherwise we see what happens. Europe is turning into a negative example for the whole world today, while 30 to 40 years ago it was a positive example. It is because the Europeans were allowed to have free benefits, but did not implement the right education at the same time and didn’t do anything.

We all see what it has brought them to; it is a clear example. Therefore, there will have to be compulsive government education and it will be the most important function of the state.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/29/16

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New Life 696 – Thank God That He Hasn’t Made Me A Woman

New Life 696 – Thank God That He Hasn’t Made Me A Woman
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Nature has created mankind as two different creatures, a man and a woman, and the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us about their spiritual roots. A man in spirituality is someone who overcomes his ego and a woman is the definition of the ego before it is corrected. When a man overcomes his ego and leaves the power of a woman he blesses the Creator “Thank God that He hasn’t made me a woman.” Everyone is obliged to correct his ego, man or woman, Jew or gentile.

A woman’s modesty is called the egoistic desire to receive that has not been corrected yet, and so it should be hidden. “A king’s daughter’s honor is concealed” means that the Upper Light can enter the corrected desire to receive. The place where the Creator is revealed is called Shechina or bride and the Light with regard to the vessel is called a groom.

Our customs are a kind of a theatrical play hinting as to what the spiritual commandments are that we need to perform. The custom of women covering their head, their hair that symbolizes storms, the egoistic thoughts that need to be covered before they are corrected, and a woman’s modesty in general symbolize the uncorrected desire to receive that needs to be covered, restricted, until it reaches the state of to receive in order to bestow. All the corporeal actions are only customs and not commandments, while the corrections of the desire are commandments, and the force that corrects the 613 egoistic desires inherent in us is called the Light that Reforms.

The Creator is the general force of reality and coupling with Him is when a person can bestow like He does. Then the Upper Light can enter the corrected desire like a groom that couples with the bride. The Light that enters the vessels is such a great pleasure that one can bear it only with the intention of in order to bestow.
From KabTV’s “New Life 696 – Thank God That He Hasn’t Made Me A Woman,” 3/1/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 03.30.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” “Love of Friends”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 15, Item 1

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Writings of Rabash, “Dargot HaSulam,” Item 936

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