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Comment: Scientists from Oxford University have calculated the benefit that would come from the transition of humanity to vegetarianism. According to their model, if the population of the world were to agree to switch to vegetarianism, close to 8 million people would be saved. In addition, they will preserve nature, the trees, forests, and more.
Answer: Clearly this is a fantasy. I have travelled throughout the world and everywhere people eat everything: seafood, snakes, lizards, frogs, dogs, sheep, cattle, birds, and more.
It is impossible to stop humanity from eating meat. This is not merely an ancient habit or custom, a person is born this way, he exists in this state. Likewise, it is still necessary to prove that a person can exist without eating meat; in my opinion nothing will replace meat.
A human being is an animal. He is not an animal that eats grass, but an animal that eats everything, and there is nothing bad or good about that. That is how he is directed by nature and this is not considered to be destructive.
If we remove the need for animals from our diet, we are forced not to eat their products, like eggs, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. We would not manufacture leather products from animals and things like that.
So then we would move to nutrition from plants. And on what basis we can absorb it, perhaps a plant has feelings?! After all, even a stone feels. So we would be compelled to reject even them. So where will we go then? We don’t have enough studies that show that we could survive without the proper consumption of a normal and varied diet coming from nature.
We need to consume everything; the world was created so that the person would use everything found on a lower level. Humans have risen to the top of the pyramid, and it exists entirely for him, for his proper nourishment both physically and spiritually.
The whole world was created with the goal that we would justify this existence and not alter it.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/28/16
Answer: A red string has nothing to do with Judaism or religion, and certainly not with the wisdom of Kabbalah. I don’t know where this idea comes from. I think it is an invention of the famous Berg Institute that engages in the desecration of the wisdom of Kabbalah and in selling anything they can: “holy water,” red strings, and other “Kabbalistic” accessories.
Question: Are there people who cannot be corrected?
Answer: Basically yes. These are people who cannot fully perceive reality. There are people who are born detached from reality and who relate to it differently than we do, and so the wisdom of Kabbalah isn’t for them.
Question: How does the wisdom of Kabbalah relate to female intuition? Is it real?
Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah welcomes women who have strong intuition and those who don’t, but it has nothing to do with the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Question: Were Spinoza, Leibnitz, and Newton Kabbalists?
Question: How does the wisdom of Kabbalah relate to a man’s unfaithfulness?
Answer: As the usual manifestations of animal behavior.
Question: How does the wisdom of Kabbalah regard artificial intelligence? What is its function?
Answer: This is a mechanical, computational intelligence that by calculations can resemble human feelings to some degree. On the other hand, any machine cannot recreate the Kabbalistic attribute of perceiving the upper world because it is based on the attribute of bestowal.
Question: In what way is a Kabbalist different from a prophet?
Answer: A prophet is a person who is directly connected to the upper force. It is a special attribute of the soul. You can become a prophet, but in order to do so you have to attain a special level on which you begin to feel the connection with the Creator on the level of a prophet.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/24/16
“And that’s why I have decided to leave. …
“Six years ago, I became an assistant secretary general, posted to the headquarters in New York. I was no stranger to red tape, but I was unprepared for the blur of Orwellian admonitions and Carrollian logic that govern the place. If you locked a team of evil geniuses in a laboratory, they could not design a bureaucracy so maddeningly complex, requiring so much effort but in the end incapable of delivering the intended result. The system is a black hole into which disappear countless tax dollars and human aspirations, never to be seen again. …
“I am hardly the first to warn that the United Nations bureaucracy is getting in the way of its peacekeeping efforts. But too often, these criticisms come from people who think the United Nations is doomed to fail. I come at it from a different angle: I believe that for the world’s sake we must make the United Nations succeed.”
Answer: This organization should not be an organization of united nations, but a supra-organization nations. It should be an organization comprised of representatives from every country and religion but which is not divided into separate countries and peoples of the world.
Such an organization should work for one goal, which is uniting humanity more and more, every second, day by day, month, and year. This should be its major role, and it shouldn’t deal with any other problem.
The UN would deal only in rallying above all differences in uniting in itself not as representatives of countries, but as strong representatives of all of mankind, who would be engaged in only one thing —the union of the whole of humanity into a single unit, in a single homogeneous society.
Question: Can a representative of a certain country ascend above his concern for his own nation this way?
Answer: There wouldn’t even be representatives of countries, instead, those who gather there would be people who care about the unity of mankind.
I am sure that such an organization will be founded and will exist, and when that happens it will begin to manage the world as one system, one umbrella organization, for everyone. This will be a global government.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/20/16
Answer: Yes, there are different periods in human evolution that are more intensive or less intensive, etc.
We live in a very special time, the cornerstone of an intense period of mankind’s development, when all his past development of systematized, stored, connected, and integrated evolution has come to one common denominator—to the conclusion that the world now needs to reverse and change from reception to bestowal. Therefore, currently we are experiencing a very serious step in the evolution of mankind!
We should be thankful to the Creator for the opportunity He has given us; as Baal HaSulam says: “I am glad that I have been born in such a generation when it is permitted to disclose the wisdom of truth.”
We are witnessing increasingly greater changes today because we are implementing what Baal HaSulam and Rabash prepared for us. We are the souls who pave the road for all the other souls to the Creator’s palace, to adhesion with the upper force, to the ascent up the 125 levels of the upper worlds! We are laying the foundations for the revelation of the Creator.
Our situation is the most critical in all of human history, because this is the first time we encounter such changes. Like a ray of light in complete darkness, distant and totally different particles that have been shattered and dispersed in the great dark space of the general soul are now gathering and beginning to reunite into one whole!
It is great joy that it all happens with us and to us, joy that we are the ones to be rewarded by it! Therefore, we must make greater efforts in order to comply the one creation and to resemble it.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 1/17/16
Question: What does Torah write about according to the wisdom of Kabbalah? Does it describe the historical events?
Answer: The Torah describes the upper system that governs the entire world, including me. It explains how I can reveal this system and establish the direct, “short” relationship with my Creator.
The Torah gives a person the opportunity of bringing him to the love of the Creator through the love of the neighbor as himself. Love is the deepest and the most inner and intimate connection. Torah brings a person to these relations with all of humanity and with the Creator. This is not only spiritual, but also the complete instruction.
Question: Still, did the events described in Torah actually happen?
Answer: These states occurred within a person who was in the process of attaining the Creator, correcting his properties to such a degree until they would be equal to the properties of the upper force, and climbing the rungs of bestowal and love.
Question: Did people like Moses and Abraham exist?
Answer: Of course, they existed. All spiritual states described in the Torah also were realized in the material branches of this world. Every spiritual root has to touch its material branch and become manifested in it.
Question: Who was the first man, Adam HaRishon, according to the wisdom of Kabbalah?
Answer: A man whose name was Adam lived 5,777 years ago. He is considered the “first man” because he was the first one to reveal the Creator, the upper force, and he wrote a book about it titled Angel Raziel.
He was a person like you and me. After him we are called people, “children of Adam” (Bnei Adam) since all of us came from him.
This is not because he was the first human being in this world after the monkeys. Just like other people, he was born of a mother and father. However, Adam is called the first man because he was the first who revealed the upper system and the upper force existing within it, which governs all of us.
Question: How long has the world existed according to the wisdom of Kabbalah: 5,777 years or 14 billion years?
Answer: Obviously the world has existed for 14 billion years. The Kabbalistic books describe the Big Bang and the evolution of the world. Baal HaSulam writes how the Earth was going through the periods of warming and cooling for the duration of 30 million years. People simply don’t understand what is really described in the Torah, and therefore they get confused.
Even 500 years before Darwin, the great Kabbalist the Ari wrote that a human being developed from a monkey and this development took tens of thousands of years. All evidences obtained from the archeological excavations are true. Kabbalah is a science rather than a blind belief. It is based on Kabbalists’ research of reality. This research gives them the understanding of the world.
Question: Not everything described in the Torah seems to be like real events. For example, I never in my life have encountered a snake who could speak or a sea that could split.
Answer: The Torah does not speak about our world, but rather about the upper world. However, all spiritual roots reach our world and govern it. For example, the original serpent is our egoism, which sits within us and tempts us all the time.
The serpent, Adam, and Eve described in the Torah are the inner, spiritual properties that exist in each of us. The Torah speaks about the inner, spiritual properties within a person. When a person develops himself through the study of Kabbalah, he attains the forces existing within him, that relate to each other like Adam, Eve, the serpent, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is an inner dialog within a person.
Moses and Aaron exist within each of us. Everyone reveals the book of Torah and finds it within himself. The nation of Israel and nations of the world, Nebuchadnezzar, and Maccabees are all different forces of our soul.
Within us there is always a battle between the good and evil forces, which we are created from, as it is said “I created the evil inclination and Torah as addition to it as a remedy for its correction.”
The force of evil is constantly growing within us, manifesting itself with greater strength each day. At the same time, we have to attract the force of good, the Light of Torah that returns us to our source, through the study of Kabbalah. Thus we will constantly balance the growing force of egoism with the good force.
Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 02.28.16
New Life #646 – The Jewish-Israeli Ideology
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz
There are two paths of development: the path of setting goals or just rolling along and flowing through life. That is how we proceeded until ancient Babylon when Abraham gathered people around him who later became the people of Israel.
They were connected by the ideology of “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), connected above all the differences of opinion. This ideology comes to us from nature; all of its parts are connected harmoniously, like a single body. Where does the power to unite come from? After all, this is against our nature. It is from the force that unites all the parts of nature.
This is the ideology of the people of Israel, and in fact it is the only ideology that can be considered an ideology at all. We must develop ourselves to the kind of unity toward which nature is advancing us, whether we want it or not.
Islam has an earthly ideology, which is to bring everyone under their control. But we have a spiritual ideology. Both Christianity and Islam stem from a single source, Abraham. But neither of them change a person. Only we have the method for changing a person from an egoist to an altruist. But as of today we are not doing this. Since the destruction of the Temple there has been unfounded hatred between us and a small Light is holding onto us until we return to ourselves.
All of the power that Islam has today is only because we haven’t activated our ideology. Islam and Christianity exist only because of our weakness. If we were to become strengthened with brotherly love, everything would be okay. As of today, only connection between us can save Israel. Kabbalah teaches how to bring love into our hearts. Christianity and Islam also speak about love for others because they drew this from us. But they don’t have a method for achieving this.
The only method that can correct the evil in a person is the wisdom of Kabbalah. It teaches us about how all of reality is constructed. The connection between us will have an influence through our common root, Abraham, as well as on our cousins, and they will calm down.
From KabTV’s “New Life #646 – The Jewish-Israeli Ideology,” 11/8/15
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