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Int the News (Hi-News.ru): “Why is there something rather than nothing?
“Our appearance in this universe is too strange an event that words cannot express. The vanity of our daily lives makes us take our existence for granted. But whenever we try to deny it and think deeply about what is happening, the question arises: why the universe is all there is and why does it have and is subject to such accurate laws? Why does anything exist? …As for philosophers, they came to this anthropic principle that our particular universe manifests itself in such a way because of our presence in it as observers.”
Answer: The reason for everything that exists is thought; it is primary and gives rise to matter, the desire to fill itself. It gives the desire, matter, its attributes and consequently matter, the desire yearns to resemble the thought, its Creator.
Question: Is our reality real? How do we know that what we see around us is real and not a big illusion that was created by some invisible force? Could it be that we are the product of an intentional simulation, that our civilization is an illusion and that we are not who we believe we are? What should we consider real?
Answer: Everything is manifested in our sensations, in us, and there is no way we can discover what is beyond us. Kabbalah develops within a person the ability to feel what is external to him by faith above reason and thus enables us to answer all these questions.
Question: Do we have freewill? Are our actions managed or do we make our own decisions of our own freewill? Neuroscience shows that the brain makes a decision before we understand it. Quantum mechanics indicates that we exist in a universe of probabilities and any form of determinism is basically impossible.
Answer: There is freedom of will to explore the intended path of development and to advance along this path either by force or consciously. (See the article “The Freedom” by Baal HaSulam).
Question: Does God exist? We cannot know whether God exists or not. We don’t know about the inner workings of the universe in order to make grandiose claims about the nature of reality and about the fact that there is an upper force behind the scenes.
Answer: We have to reveal the Creator. This is the only way to solve this issue! The method for the revelation of the Creator is called the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Question: Is there life after death? We cannot ask the dead, so we can only guess. Materialists assume that there is no life after death, but it seems impossible to prove this scientifically.
Answer: Our biological life is born, lives, and dies. The eternal element is the desire, which when connected to the biological body has to undergo different phases and grow. The desire grows by drawing the force that created it, the Creator. We were given life in order to reveal the upper state, in order to attain the Creator’s level in this life.
Question: Can we perceive anything objectively? We can observe the environment only through the filter of our senses, thoughts, and minds. Everything that we feel has gone through a multi-layer filter of physiological and cognitive processes. Our world view is subjective. The only way to check this is by somehow seeing the world through another person’s consciousness. We can observe the universe only through our mind and interpret it only subjectively.
Answer: The wisdom of Kabbalah develops senses in us that are external to our body, through which we discover the true reality, the upper world and the reason for it, the Creator. Our efforts in uniting the group spur and summon the correcting Light, the Surrounding Light (Ohr Makif), and it develops a sense of perception in a person that is external to his egoistic subjective filter. This is called the revelation of the Creator and of the upper world to a person.
Remark: According to studies that were conducted recently, Europe is becoming a continent of drugs. Recently 98 new drugs have appeared that have a narcotic effect. For every 1,000 of the European population, there is a need for 500-1000 milligrams of drugs.
Answer: The phenomenon of drugs hosted by the government of every nation and the world government as a whole, is very easy: give a person so many grams of drugs and he is calm and happy.
So soon they will give everyone drugs in the form of cocktails or a special cup of coffee for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They will even give them in schools instead of the drugs given to children today for various problems. This is something that will happen in the near future, and as a result of this, it will be easier for the world.
But the fact is, this is not a correction. After all, we are in a certain natural system that must bring us to the disclosure of the managing force to ensure we will take upon ourselves the management of the world.
We need to rise to the level of the upper force (the Creator); this has been given not just to the Kabbalists, but to everyone. When a person understands everything that is happening, he can consciously participate in the work of the one integral system, independently turning this entire “clockwork” in unison with everyone else, meaning that he feels the entire system of creation, its flow and direction. This should be discovered soon.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/2/16
Answer: They must unite, following the Jews. The same method of unification is for everyone. It is open to everyone today.
The time has arrived that all of humanity needs this. The wisdom of Kabbalah invites everyone, without distinction, to join in studying it and implementing it.
From the Webinar 5/8/16
Answer: Fear is an unfulfilled desire on a certain level that gives a person the feeling of a lack of filling.
Fear can be dulled by medications, drugs, alcohol, and so forth, but for Kabbalists, the feeling of fear is encouraged and supported because it enables a person to work on the fear in order to rise above it.
After all, everything we undergo is according to the Creator’s guidance, which means that I must feel and experience this feeling, but I need not remain in it. One moment is enough. I must work that way in order to eradicate all of the negative feelings that I have by turning them into positive ones, but I cannot ignore them!
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/13/16
Answer: It is because they use the Jewish property they were given to unite, they use for their commercial interests, in order to make money, in order to stand out in different ways, and to manage better in this world.
Question: Anne Frank said that a Christian is personally responsible for everything he does, while all of the Jews are responsible for what one Jew does. Why is there such injustice?
Answer: Because the Jews are one unique nation that is capable of mutual guarantee, and no one can escape it. The Jewish nation was created in order to be as one man in one heart. This is the reason that every person among the nations of the world is judged individually, while the Jews are judged collectively.
From the Webinar 5/8/16
At the end of the month, a final poll will be conducted in England, and it is possible that the nation will leave the European Union.
Do you think it is a matter of time until, in one way or another, everything will break up?
Answer: I was sure of this from the start because instead of a union of hearts, a European market was created, not a union.
Question: So where is this going and what can be done?
Answer: Nothing except to leave quietly while this is still possible. I believe the EU leaders will not come to anything, but in the meantime, they haven’t heard us.
We, as Kabbalists, cannot come to them and convince them that we are right. They have another belief system and understanding, so they will not accept our approach.
Question: Is this liable to end in war?
Answer: The problem is that everything is unpredictable. I can predict the operation of systems that are in dynamic development, or the opposite, in anti-development. And there is not one or the other. Soon, another million refugees will arrive in Europe. All seething as in a cauldron, and it is unclear what will happen.
Question: Will the division of Europe happen specifically because of the refugees?
Answer: If there were no refugees, Europe would experience a much simpler breakup of the union. The nations of the EU would have found a common path.
Question: Could a leader appear who could unite Europe?
Answer: Do you mean a new Hitler? That is absolutely possible. Such a revolution could happen in France and Hungary, that is, nations that are particularly close to Nazism. And the rest of the nations would support it. Each one would have its own leader. But nothing can be predicted.
We are arriving at the next stage of the world. I do not predict, but only talk about the fact that we must very quickly and urgently bring the upper force of goodness and love. How this power will act in the world is not our concern. Our role is to bring Light to the nations of the world.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 6/2/16
In the News (vestifinance.ru): “The members of the Bilderberg Club, whose meetings behind closed doors for more than half a century, is an occasion for all sorts of conspiracy theories, once again synchronize watches on key issues on the agenda of the globalist Western elites.
“In 2016 the meeting place for ‘Bilderberg’ guests has become Dresden. …
“Here as always, on the site of the permanent attributes of protest against the Bilderberg meetings: claimed to discuss topics traditionally vague and provide only approximate information:
1. Current events. 2. China. 3. Europe: migration, growth, reform, vision and unity. 4. Middle East. 5. Russia. 6. US political landscape, the economy: growth, debt, reform. 7. Cybersecurity. 8. Geopolitics of Energy and commodity prices. 9. Prekariat and the middle class. 10. Technological innovations. What it will include a discussion of these topics? …
“As always with Bilderberg, it’s just guesses. In this case the main thing is not what is going on behind closed doors. The fact that over the past 60 years, a meeting of representatives of the authorities, the heads of major banks, energy companies, defense corporations, major media of western countries leaves no secret aura of paranoia and speculation, It does not add to the fans ‘Bilderberg’. …
“‘Daniel Estulin, author of the acclaimed bestseller Who rules the world? Or the whole truth about Bilderberg, describes the meeting as a “meeting of the shadow world government … threatening to take away our right to manage our destiny, creating a disturbing reality”. “Imagine a private club where presidents, prime ministers, bankers and generals closely communicate, where people who make war and affect the markets, saying that they would never dare to say publicly,” – he said. In the overwhelming majority ‘Bilderberg’ represent the interests of global capital. They are not accountable to the population. At the same time they discuss issues that directly affect many people… .’”
My Comment: This is characteristic and natural in our egoistic world. They think that they own the controls. Each one of them wants to take everything, and they all agree how to peacefully divide the world. But there is no reason to worry about their decisions because everything is done from above. The Creator establishes and materializes our desires.
If we know how to ask, to raise MAN, we determine the managerial influence that comes down from above! But this is the role of all the people of Israel, meaning all those who are prepared to raise the right request to the Creator. The group of Kabbalists of Bnei Baruch are disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah, the method for correctly influencing the managing upper force, the Creator; while the powerful rulers in this world are no more than “puppets on strings”—conductors of this force.
In the News (Harvard Business Review): “We humans need to make an evolutionary leap. We’re in much deeper trouble than we allow ourselves to recognize.
“Thirty years ago, an ecologist named Garrett Hardin wrote an article in the journal Science titled, “The Tragedy of the Commons.” His thesis was that individuals, acting in their rational self-interest, may ultimately destroy a precious and limited resource over time.
“To illustrate, Hardin used the metaphor of an open pasture — ‘the commons’ — to which herdsmen bring their cattle to feed. The herdsmen, living at subsistence levels, understandably want to feed as many cattle as possible to maximize their income and improve their lives. As demand rises, however, the effects of overgrazing take a progressive toll on the commons, until ultimately they’re destroyed for everyone.
“‘Therein is the tragedy,’ Hardin wrote. ‘Each man is locked into a system that compels him to increase his herd without limit — in a world that is limited. Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons.’
“How different are the rest of us in our blithe assumption that we can draw down the resources of the commons — think oil, electricity, water, for starters — regardless of the consequences in the long term?
“The same is true of our own internal resources — our energy. Organizations continue to demand ever more without recognizing that sustainable performance requires that we intermittently renew our energy. We’re all too willing to keep pushing ourselves, chasing the hope that more, bigger, faster will eventually prove to be better.
The tragedy is that the more we myopically focus on our immediate gratification, the more we hasten our collective demise. Spending without replenishing eventually leads to bankruptcy — in the world, and for ourselves.
“How can rational human beings allow this to happen?
“The answer lies in the ways our brains work. Much as we may believe we make rational choices by using our prefrontal cortex, the fact is we’re often run by the more primitive parts of our brain. And they’re concerned solely with our immediate survival.
Two powerful default instincts still guide much of our behavior: the fight or flight instinct to avoid pain, and the pleasure-driven hunger for immediate gratification. These instincts helped alert us to predators thousands of years ago and kept our focus on finding food and passing on our genes. They serve us far less well in today’s vastly more complex world.
“The modern version of these primitive instincts is the individualistic drive to accumulate more and more. We crave money, possessions, and power, hoping they’ll make us feel happier and more secure.
“The truth is, we’re all in this together and our choices all affect the commons. To the extent that we’re not part of the solution, we’re unavoidably and increasingly part of the problem.
“So how can we aim higher? The evolutionary leap I have in mind — for all of us — is to move from our current focus on ‘me’ and ‘mine’ to a wider and shared commitment to ‘we’ and ‘ours.’
“The ultimate scorecard isn’t how much value we build for ourselves, but rather how successfully we marshal the advantages we’ve been given and the skills we’ve developed to add more value to the world than we have spent down.
“Waking up begins with more consciousness and humility. It’s about pushing past our infinite capacity for self-deception. It’s about catching ourselves when we begin to automatically default to whatever makes us feel better in the moment. It’s about widening our lens from narrowly self-serving to truly considering what choice we could make to better serve the commons. It’s about having the courage to pause before we act to ask, ‘How would I behave here at my best?’
“The irony is that the willingness to make personal sacrifice and endure some discomfort in the short term, in order to better serve the commons in the long term, is ultimately a form of enlightened self-interest. It’s a vote for sustainable survival — especially for our children and grandchildren.
“So how, practically, can we resolve to evolve? It’s tough to do all it alone, given the power of our more primitive impulses, the force of our habits, and the endless temptations we face. We need others to make these commitments with us — to cheer us on, and hold us accountable. We need communities of practice.”
My Comment: That is correct, except for the solution. We cannot even reduce our need and think about our descendants egoistically. “After us, the deluge will remain, the basic principle of the egoism. It develops in us unceasingly.
The purpose of evolution is to guide humanity toward the recognition of the need to “replace egoism with altruism.” It is possible to implement this only through the intervention of the upper force, the Creator.
This is done so by nature (or the Creator; they are the same thing) intentionally, so that we need to discover Him to the degree of that we resemble Him. Eventually we become similar to Him and enter into a state of Gan Eden (paradise), eternity and perfection.
New Life #582 – Becoming A Mom
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
Where do the feelings a mother has for her baby stem from? Why is the whole family obliged to take care of the baby and what is the connection between motherly love and the idea of “love thy friend as thyself?”
The purpose of our evolution is that the desire to enjoy that was created would reach the level of love and bestowal. This means that we will transcend from the nature of self-love and hating others to the nature of “love thy friend as thyself.”
This may sound like a fantasy but it is the direction of evolution. Nature has implanted a love for her baby in a mother. It is a kind of correction, as one soul takes care of another. The perfect correction is to develop such love for strangers. Motherly love is an example for us.
In the past it was very easy for a woman to take care of her baby. She was in a supportive environment, whereas today there are different modern disturbances. The relatives should take an active part in caring for the baby. It is part of the correction of their soul. Nature is like a mother for us; it is a complex system that raises us and teaches us.
A tip for fathers: Do everything that your wife asks you to do with the baby. This is part of the correction of the soul.
From KabTV’s “New Life #582 – Becoming A Mom,” 3/31/14
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