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Can We Picture The Spiritual World?

laitman_222_0Question: In the corporeal world there are colors, shades and sounds and we can describe and draw. How can we picture the spiritual world? Are there corporeal objects there like houses and trees?

Answer: No, and neither are there in our world. Houses, trees, colors, shades, and sounds exist only in our perceptions. Objectively there is nothing beyond our senses.

All of reality is depicted in our brain and is then fixed in our senses. This is how we feel our inner attributes, which depict inside us what seems to be our environment.

The spiritual world is objective and external to us, and so we begin to feel the perfect eternal nature there, the upper nature that is in perfect harmony, and not our own nature.

We are chained so tightly to the frameworks of our world that we cannot imagine what the perception of the true reality is. When we get rid of our body, of the feeling of existing in the current dimension, everything will be clear, as it says: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/21/16

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A Second Holocaust? It Is Up To Us

laitman_222When anti-Semitism is rising reaching heights we have never seen before, a call to cancel the Holocaust Memorial Day was echoed on campuses all over Europe. In the US, there are campus protests to boycott Israel, and the BDS organization is becoming increasingly more legitimate in the eyes of many. It may be time to begin asking ourselves how to prevent a second Holocaust.

I was born in 1946, about a year after WWII, in the region of Vitebsk where many Jews were killed. The atrocities our people had undergone were burned into my memory since I was a child and have been part of my life. For me, the Holocaust Remembrance Day is not just a national memorial day for a tragic event that took place in the past, but a warning sign of what might happen, especially if we consider the hatred that the nations of the world feel toward us.

It is a common mistake to believe that the hatred for the Jews was born in Nazi Germany seven decades ago. It is actually a phenomenon that is more than 3,000 years old. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the root for the deep hatred is at the gathering at Mt. Sinai, a special event where the feeling of hatred was revealed among the nation of Israel (the word “Sinai” stems from the root “Sina – hatred” in Hebrew), on top of which they managed to rise and unite as one man in one heart through the method of connection, the Torah.
From the Webinar, “Why Jews?”

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On Hitler’s Birthday

laitman_293Comment: On the 20th of April, Adolf Hitler’s birthday, nine universities in Germany suddenly began printing leaflets with quotations from Hitler’s book Mein Kampf: “Wake up Europe! Hostile foreigners have flooded Europe, and the Jews are responsible for the settlement of foreign racial elements on the banks of the Rein.” This was written a long time ago, and is now being published in a new edition.

Answer: Baal HaSulam said that Nazism is not a product of Germany. Therefore, everything comes full circle to Nazism.  Any history of human begins on a small scale.

There have been seeds of Nazism in the past that have developed in the course of evolution, repeated in a spiral and reached the last explicit manifestation as Nazism in Germany. And now has come the time for the manifestation of Nazism all over the world.

And the claim that “the Jews are responsible for the settlement of foreign racial elements on the banks of the Rein” is true. We are not responsible for the foreign invasion to Germany and their settlement there. We are responsible for not bringing the world to correction, for not explaining and not setting an example of how to do it.

In fact, we sit idly because we are not drawing the Upper Light that can correct humanity. The Jews are the only force that can do so, and if we don’t, everything that will happen is natural.

Nazism is the most extreme form of mutual hatred that appears in humanity. Therefore, it is only natural that it will be aimed first at the Jews, and this time from all over the world. It will be cultivated simultaneously by everyone, starting from many serious prominent sources, which all of the others gradually will join because they will not be able to resist it.

Let’s see how it happens in America and Europe because the Jews there will be blamed instead of Israel; here we, in general, are in a similar situation now to that of the time of Masada.

Soon, we will need to fight, not on land, air, and sea, but in the spiritual dimension. This is the reason that we must quickly prepare the people of Israel and the Jews all over the world by making it clear to them that if we unite and understand our mission in the world, we will not weaken or kill our rivals, but will change and re-educate them, and then the world will reach a happy ending.

Everything depends solely on us. Let’s start doing it. We only have time left for the accurate correction, not for reflections and philosophies.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 4/24/16

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Two Systems Of Control

laitman_600_01Question: What is the spiritual root of cruelty?

Answer: There are two systems of control: right and left. The left is a cruel and terrible system, and the right is its opposite, it gently softens everything with affection, welcoming, encouragement, and support. And we advance in the middle line, more or less around it.

Sometimes the left line enters  the control of the world, and wars and annihilation begin, great suffering comes. If the right line enters the world, then we feel that everything is going well.

The problem is that when we feel good, we soften and weaken, returning the world to the hard line again.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/14/16

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Why Is The Creator Hiding?

laitman_276_02Question: If the Creator intends to give us pleasure, why is He hiding?

Answer: How else could He fill us if we didn’t have a desire for pleasure?! So this is necessary. First the Creator hides Himself, creates the desire for pleasure, and then this desire develops itself to feel a great need, a yearning for fulfillment!

And then to the degree that the huge egoism is corrected, he feels the Creator. Otherwise a person will not appreciate the immense pleasure that the Creator prepares for him. Moreover, this fulfillment exists around us and within us now, but we don’t feel it! So to tempt us, the Creator hides and creates all kinds of problems for us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 2/14/16

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New Life 720 – The Splitting Of The Red Sea

New Life 720 – The Splitting Of The Red Sea
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

The development of humanity cannot be described without the Torah that influences it dramatically. Kabbalists don’t relate to the Torah as a description of the phenomena of nature, but as an inner description of a person according to “A person is a small world” (Midrash Tanhuma, Parshat Pekudei, Siman 3).

The truth is that there is no world outside of a person, everything that we see around us is a projection of our interior. 100 years ago we didn’t imagine that there would be television, and in the future, technology will insert the viewer into the movie realistically. When we approach a spiritual perception we understand that reality is portrayed within us. The wisdom of Kabbalah is the wisdom of perception.

The Torah describes how the upper thought, the higher program, directs all of the theater around us. A person lives within himself, yet he has the possibility of connecting to that higher thought, the upper force. Some of us believe that there is a higher power that demands that a person fulfill Mitzvot (commandments) and accordingly gives us a reward in this world and in the next world. Others say that the higher power expects us to want to become aware of it, to resemble it, to love as it does.

Those who are concerned about their privacy in this world and in the next world, remain in the ego, with Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And those who are concerned about love of others, to be like the upper force, which is good and does good, leave Egypt. When they want to break away from the control of the ego, egoistic thoughts again “pursue” them, which are called, “He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh” (Exodus 9:20), and they seem to tell a person to fulfill Mitzvot, to receive a reward and be satisfied with this.

The Exodus from Egypt reaches its conclusion with the splitting of the Red Sea (Yam Suf), detachment from the egoistic intention. It is called this because it indicates the end (Sof) of the control of Pharaoh in Egypt. The egoistic intentions in a person are not able to agree with disconnection. Therefore they sink in the sea, and this is their correction. The sea symbolizes the waters of Gevura, and they are opened only for those who are truly ready to break away from self-interest and thinking of oneself as a law of nature.

The splitting of the Red Sea describes what goes on in a person internally. The miracle happens through the power of faith when we are ready to go above our reason, and according to the force of love. The splitting of the Red Sea is detachment from the ego and association to the total system, and this is the answer to all the questions of existence.
From KabTV’s “New Life 720 – The Splitting Of The Reed Sea,” 4/21/16

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 05.08.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash “Rungs of the Ladder,” Article 14

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The Book of Zohar — Selected Excerpts, “Good and Evil”

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 15, Item 17

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Writings of Baal HaSulam “Inheritance of the Land”

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