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Question: American psychologist, Robert Epstein, has set a goal for himself to clarify how searches using Google’s search engine can influence people’s political preferences. It became clear that, due to the degree of need and desire, Google could choose the new president of the United States. It has been found that 50% of the people read only the first two entries of the search engine, and 90% of the people read no more than nine entries, which is to say that people only believe that they are free.
Answer: People have never been free, especially since the advent of the communications media.
With the onset of newspapers, a person’s freedom ended. Even before then, he was not free since everything had been determined for him and he didn’t choose anything, neither a king nor any other public figure.
With the development of the media, when children who distributed newspapers began to run and shout “News!” the process of working directly on public opinion began. Instead of a king, a president, or some other national master, alleged freedom and democracy began to be advertised and sold.
How does this impact the population? It is through the media. Moreover, they are much more developed and sophisticated today than in the past because large populations are involved with it, and they manipulate things according to their will.
Radio, television, and the Internet were invented only for this goal. Otherwise there would not have been any success for networks, life, and society.
At the beginning of any such invention, it is clarified in what manner it would be possible to manage the masses with its help, and only after that are they deployed.
If someone thinks that, in this context, the Soviet Union was ahead of everyone, he is very mistaken. America and Europe have been the leaders; they know how to do this.
Question: This is additional proof of Kabbalah’s fundamental supposition that freedom doesn’t exist.
Answer: There is no freedom from the influence of the Creator.
Humans living on the face of the Earth have been given the opportunity to advance more or less correctly toward the goal that the Creator has indicated. Depending on this, we receive smaller or greater suffering. In any case, we do what has been determined by the Creator, but we apparently choose the way, and here the media play an important role.
Question: It is impossible not to fall under their influence.
Answer: Certainly, everything is processed in such a form that we fall under their influence.
Question: What can one do? Select President Clinton, and so forth?
Answer: There is nothing to do. They already have chosen her for you and have made an intention like this for you, and like a robot, you go peacefully and nicely to so-called free elections, and you vote.
In the Soviet Union, there was only one candidate, and they chose him, whereas here there are two or three because in the West, they can allow themselves to activate a developed method and make a presentation like this that is spread over the year so that there is something to be involved with and to write about.
This is speaking about an immense engine of commerce and politics on which they waste a lot of money because all of this animates life. Americans can allow this for themselves, so there could be even 20 candidates among them. What difference does it make?
Question: Is it possible to do something about this?
Answer: It is impossible to do anything unless humanity finally understands that it must act, must do something with itself. Only then will it be clear to people how they truly can influence their lives only through a higher connection so that their longing will be directed straight above.
For this, they must unite. Only a common desire to depart from material immorality to rise to a higher level, entering into a higher conduct and managing their fate, can save them.
Question: There are others who think that all of this is imaginary. Is this also the influence of the media?
Answer: Certainly, through the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah, we feel against whom we are working. After all, this is a powerful, egoistic machine that doesn’t make it possible for us to develop on any level: national, political, religious, or emotional. The ego dominates everything.
We are the only ones who say that it is necessary to rise above it. So, everything that is found in the hands of humanity will be directed against it.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/17/16
Answer: To begin with, the couple must build the right mutual relationships between them. The idea is not to break through to the upper world immediately.
Our world is built according to the upper world. So first and foremost it is necessary to create a mutual connection built on the basis of mutual concessions, which is one of the working principles in a group of Kabbalists.
When I come to a group, I must nullify myself completely in regard to the others; I must become integrated with the friends, give them what they require, serve them, and do everything to connect with them.
Similarly, a married couple must operate mutually, he for her and she for him. Moreover, this must be done within reason without dwelling on the other. Rather, their relationship must be built carefully and sensibly
If we want to create a group that works according to Kabbalistic principles in a family, we must precisely establish the conditions that are written in the first 15 articles by Rabash about constructing a group. It doesn’t matter with whom we are mutually cooperating, with a partner or with the friends in a group. In every case, what is built is a system of mutual connection, of right and left lines, characteristics of reception and characteristics of bestowal, of one person with another.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/6/16
Question: What does The Book of Zohar say if it is such a secretive book?
Answer: The Book of Zohar is not secretive at all, at least no more than any other book written in a different language unknown to me. I can say about such a book that it is a secret for me since I am unable to read and understand it.
The Book of Zohar is secretive for those who are incapable of attaining what it is talking about. One has to study the wisdom of Kabbalah and learn the code, the key for this book. Then when we read it, we will start seeing through this book what it is telling us about the system that governs us, which advances us.
“Zohar” means “higher lights” (Zeira Ilaa), which clothes us. It governs us and gradually leads us to a more correct form until we discover the upper force and see that we really live in the upper world rather than in this one. We will start expanding this world to the boundaries of the upper world. This is precisely what The Book of Zohar explains to us.
Israeli Radio program 103FM, 2/28/16
But even the practical way that you suggest is very abstract. How can we come to our senses and create the same warm atmosphere you speak about? Are there more concrete suggestions? What can I do today?
Answer: You can do only one thing: Join our organization and begin to study the method of integral consolidation. I cannot explain this in two words. In our organization, whose branches exist in dozens of nations all around the world, close to two million people are studying. We publish books in all languages, publicize our material and give free access to them on the Internet.
First you must discover and know who you are, what you are, why you exist and not only you, but the whole world. You can clarify where we are moving, what we must do, in what manner we can correct our situation, what nature is pushing us toward, and how to reach the next level of our development. If we don’t discover this, then we cannot realize our mission and then things will be bad for us.
From a Webinar “The Security of the Jewish People,” 5/8/16
Answer: How can there be a day for the protection of children?! Children all over the world are the least protected members of society!
If we really cared about children they wouldn’t grow up to be such wicked adults. A child who doesn’t feel that he is cared for grows up to be a rigid barbaric person who wants to vent everything he did not receive in his childhood.
Question: What do you consider taking care of a child?
Answer: Taking care of a child is first of all bringing him up. He needs warmth and simple basic attention.
How can parents give something to their children today if they work all day long and only have time to pick up their kids from the different institutions they are placed in, put them to bed and take them back there the next morning? We say that a child seemingly grows up in family, but in fact he spends the whole day at the “kids’ home.”
This is the situation we have arrived to! A mother has to engage in bringing up a child and then we will have no problems.
Question: What does a mother bringing up her child mean?
Answer: It means that a mother visits the same educational institution her child does where there is a class for the children and a class for their mothers. There the mothers learn how to raise their kids, how to be connected together, and how to strengthen the family. This is how the upbringing and the education of mothers and children is done.
The fathers also should have mandatory training for one or two hours while at work about how to bring up a child and how to behave properly in the family. Then everyone at home will understand one another.
We are constantly developing so this type of education is vital! Animals don’t need this type of education but even among animals the mother is constantly by her young and doesn’t let anyone else take care of them until they grow up.
Comment: This means that we have to build increasingly stronger family connections because it is like a small cell in a large body.
Answer: It is vital that we change the world for the sake of the children so that they will grow up to be good parents. This is our role.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/11/16
Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 1:34 – 1: 36: And the Lord heard the sound of your words, and He became angry and swore, saying, “If any of these men of this evil generation sees the good land, which I swore to give your forefathers, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh he will see it, and I will give him the land he trod upon, and to his children, because he has completely followed the Lord.”
Caleb is the only one of the spies who said, “Don’t believe the spies, I also was with them. We have to follow the Creator and we will get to this country.” He has the quality on the basis of which he understands that it is possible to correct an egoistic state.
Every person has this point called Caleb, one against all others.
Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 1:37: The Lord was also angry with me because of you, saying, “Neither will you go there.”
Question: What is Moses’s fault? He always follows the Creator.
Answer: The quality called Moses can’t enter the land of Israel because it begins working differently.
The people followed Moses who brought them out of Egypt. And when they reached the Yam Suf – Final Sea (Red Sea) the only quality that acted in them was Nachshon, whom they followed after and jumped into the sea.
It means that one leader appears in a person each time, a single quality that goes forward and becomes a bridge from stage to stage. Thus Caleb is also a bridge that detaches from others and in spite of them enters a new degree.
On different degrees this quality helps a person detach from the ego, rise above himself, not by common sense, but only by breaking away from his common qualities, from the so-called “his people,” and get closer to the Creator.
And always he has a problem with his people, i.e., his qualities, to prefer the point called Moses (from the word “Limshoch,” which means to pull himself out of the egoism) over them.
Now he reaches the state when he doesn’t have a level called Moses in him anymore, and ahead is the next degree, called Yeshua, then Caleb, and so on.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/6/16
New Life #712 – The Effect Women Have On Men
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
The matter of creation is a desire to receive, called a woman. A female is the desire to be filled and the man is the one who fills her. In the animal world a female’s desire exists only in order to have offspring and the male’s role is to fulfill her desire. On the human level we have freewill and we have to use it in order to resemble the Creator and reach a level of existence on which all our actions are aimed at the revelation of the upper force that operates us.
If nature, for example, evokes the sexual desire in a person, he has to discern and discover the upper force that operates him; his goal should be to discover the upper force that manages his life, which operates him and which is behind everything.
The Creator is dressed in a person like a hand that operates a puppet and His desire is that a person would be His partner. Freewill is in carrying out the upper plan in the correct way.
A woman is much stronger than a man in her ability to change reality so a woman has to guide the man toward the Creator in order to receive the spiritual filling through him. The Creator is revealed in the home they build by this common desire and the right connection between them. We are initially created as egoists and our goal is to fill the other and to complement one another, which is the creation of the soul.
The Creator is the general force of love that fills our reality, and a man and a woman want to discover Him in the love between them.
From KabTV’s “New Life #712 – The Effect Women Have On Men,” 4/7/16
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