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Instructions For Spiritual Ascent

Laitman_041_01Comment: You say that the wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t explain much; it says, ascend and attain…

Answer: This is the reason that so many people don’t like the wisdom of Kabbalah, me (Michael Laitman), and Bnei Baruch. “Why don’t they provide any answers? Why don’t they fill me? Why don’t they serve me?”

No! We provide instructions for the spiritual ascent. The instructions aren’t simple, but the students should fulfill them, study, explore, and implement the instructions between themselves. And whoever does it reveals the wisdom of Kabbalah, and those who don’t will not reveal anything. The wisdom of Kabbalah is different from ordinary science where one can listen and understand. The wisdom of Kabbalah is revealed only through a person’s internal attainments.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/20/16

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Where Does Individualism Lead Us?

Laitman_115_06Question: If the desire for freedom comes from the Creator and according to this program, leads to our individualism and liberalism, where does this lead us to in the world today?

Answer: It leads us to the feeling that our plans are baseless, to a dead end of our goals, and to our inability to lead a sensible normal life, which means to the recognition of a total collapse.

Humanity is reaching this point, and then it will begin to realize that there is a totally different way to advance.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/20/16

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The Jews’ Mission

Laitman_168Question: Why have the Jews kept their religion in contrast to the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, and others?

Answer: It is because the Jews have a special purpose in the historical development of all of peoples.

Maybe they would gladly dissolve among the other peoples, but this is impossible! They must attain unity between them and show the peoples of the world how to implement it in this terrible world that has nothing to save us but unity.
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Man And Woman — A Magnet Between Them, Part 3

Laitman_701Question: Can a person be cleansed from the accepted standards and fashions that conform everyone to one size in order to hear his inner voice and understand what kind of a partner he needs?

Answer: I hope that today we will conduct an audit of everything we did during the last 100 years and will decide to ignore all the representations imposed by society in order to try and discern our natural internal aspirations and find a really suitable partner with whom we will unite for life.

A woman can be fat, short, and ugly, but she suits me according to my internal requirements. Perhaps we will even conduct this type of survey for men and women in order to understand what suits a person. And then our society will promote the development of true and natural couples.

This is a very important question, perhaps the most important of all because dissatisfaction with family life is reflected totally on everything: on the life of the country, economy, industry, security in each country and throughout the world. Family is a foundation of our lives.

If a person is comfortable in his family, he is calm and he can develop connections. Family is the foundation of society, and if we build this foundation correctly, we will build a world.

Today, the family is collapsing, but it will return due to a lack of choice; however, it will be on another level in the corrected form. As always, we destroy something until we come around, grab our heads, and decide to return to the old form, but in a new form.

Question: Nowadays, a person’s happiness is not evaluated by a happy family and relationships with loved ones but by one’s wealth, position, and power. Is this what a person needs?

Answer: Society is built so that it pushes a person to the various artificial values. But in reality, a person is interested in completely different things: not a profession and money, but a harmonious happy family, and a warm atmosphere at home next to his wife and children.

Of course a man can’t be limited only to the house and needs some more development, but only as a supplement. Because peace in the family will provide him with the right foundation, with which he will relate accordingly to his entire life.

He would want to build a society in such a form that it will suit his family and will support it. Thus the entire society will be focused on the family, not on conquering other countries and on insane enrichment. Building a correct family is the basis of the entire humanity.

Question: Is it true that for each person there is a partner that ideally suits him?

Answer: Certainly. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah we all came from one person who consisted of male and female parts, Adam and Eve. And when they shattered in the fall of the Tree of Knowledge, fragments were formed, which when combined fit together perfectly. Every Adam has his Eve that completes him entirely.

All the cycles we undergo throughout history are in order to finally find this half that is exactly opposite to me and suits me perfectly.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 4/5/16

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Money: Past, Present, Future

laitman_202_0People have always believed that the Jews have a special secret for “attracting money.” Kabbalists were particularly accused of this. Alchemists attempted to formulate a “golden formula” based on learning ancient Jewish mystical teachings.

In some ways these people were right. Kabbalists truly know the “secret of money.” And the secret is their bestowal.

Only little children do not understand that everything in the physical world has its own value, its price—the required amount of effort invested to acquire what is desired. Money is a measure. But how is it possible to measure the inner efforts of a person, his happiness, sadness, importance?

We need to constantly measure our connection with each other. People actively exchange the results of their labor. The emergence of money as universal equivalent of our efforts replaced the exchange of goods.

Money, as well, is the equivalent of universal human desires. If I want something, I am ready to give everything for it. It may not be of material value (for instance, the memory of a beloved grandmother), but I would pay for it materially. Everything depends on individual requests.

The wisdom of Kabbalah has always studied and investigated the source, our nature itself. It is necessary to pay (through money or effort) for pleasure. The word “money” (Kesef in Hebrew) has the same root as the word “yearning” (Kisuf), meaning a covering (Kisui) of my egoism. I cover my desires to satisfy them by placing a Masach (screen) over them through their correct use. In our society, direct reception based upon egoism is impossible.

Therefore the concept of money (Kesef) is linked to the Masach that the person places over his desires. Thanks to the Masach and the desires, he can carry out what he wants according to the size of the Masach, meaning according to the value of the money.

When a person wants to acquire something, he must pay an equivalent sum of money that the seller stipulates. This is the version of relationships between us in an egoistic society. How is this arranged in altruism, when the exchange scheme—money for commodity—doesn’t work and we buy not what suits us but what gives pleasure to someone else?

The world is gradually reaching a new economy: money no longer works. Already there are countries in the world in
where you can take a bank loan with zero and even negative interest.That is, you give back less than you took. This is evidence that money ceases to play the role as the universal equivalent for reception and gradually is beginning to play a role as the general equivalent of bestowal.

Here a purely Kabbalistic principle is working: receiving in order to bestow. All of humanity is gradually moving toward this model. This transformation is not understood by our egoistic intellect.

The world bankers are seriously considering giving more money to the population so that the economy will be stimulated. The consumer society is coming to an end. Previously we were encouraged to consume, and now, on the contrary , to give.

Society has reached a state in its development in which it is possible to supply everyone with what is needed and money no longer plays a role. It has lost its value.

Coming to the forefront are relationships between people, and people are beginning to search for fulfillment and pleasure in society in connection with other people, not in material terms, because we have become too dependent on each other.

The world is advancing toward general production. And the most important product of this society is the right mutual relationships. Money is losing its value before our eyes.

We see drug addicts supplied with 10 grams of drugs so that they will not yearn for money at all, or the unemployed who are not seeking to earn money living from the welfare provided by the state to cover their minimal  requirements.

In this way, from bodily pleasure, we are moving to spiritual fulfillment. Society cannot yet to weigh and understand this, so people become depressed. In fact, the previously purely egoistic universal equivalent—gold coins, jewels, slaves—is above the material, a spiritual equivalent.

How much as a person can connect people to each other is what will be appreciated. He will be judged by his direct participation in the arrangement of society, in the public “factory.”

So the next form of money will be the Masach itself, meaning the right relationships between people. Through connecting, bringing one’s share, and giving to his fellow man, each one of us “pays” the very “spiritual money (Kesef)” and covers (Mekaseh) the common desire for fulfillment. How much I can offer, give, and bestow to another, this is the measure to which I will also be able to receive.

This is exactly how trade will look like in the future because the most important element in the process is to exchange one’s participation in the general “production” of common desires for the collective overall fulfillment.

We live in the world where the Light is unlimited. But the size of our Kli (vessel) depends on the degree of the connection between us. If the connection is negative, the vessel has no fulfillment, we live in materiality and constantly strive for self-fulfillment, like an animal.

If the connection is zero, then we are almost at the transitional level between an animal and a human being. When our connection is positive, we attain a complete degree called Man (Adam, from the word “Domeh” – similar to the Creator). We move on to a completely opposite function of money, measured not by how much I can get but by how much I can give.

The problem is how we move from the material state to the spiritual state. This is the transition we need to make with money, where it will turn into an equivalent of bestowal instead of receiving.


In this world, things that fulfill us are always in somebody else’s hands. So, in order to satisfy myself, I have to pay for pleasures. This world is just a game. In the eternal state are absolute delights, fulfillments, which are also in the hands of the Master, the Creator, nature.

How can we get these pleasures? The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches this. This wisdom is named from the word “Lekabel” – “to receive.” However, receiving is very interesting. Kabbalah teaches us that just as in this world where we pay for what we want, in the spiritual world we have to pay for what we get. Nothing is given for free!

So what do we pay with? We pay with our desires. The Creator sets the price for “endless pleasures” that are available only under one condition: being able to endlessly receive from Him. In other words, the size of our desire should have no limits. Until we reach this level, our will to receive is fulfilled or not filled, there is pleasure or the absence of pleasure.

The law leads us to obtaining perpetual enjoyment of existence beyond the parameters of this material plane. “I want to give you the entire universe, my dear guest, if you can consume all of it!” – as if the Host, Creator, tells us. But how can we make our desires endless?

At some point, after we satisfy all of our material desires, we start dealing with a qualitative evolution of the desire, thus ascending to spiritual needs and pleasures. At this point, the law of similarity of properties steps in.

Initially we are created with “small desires,” the desires of this world. They are finite because the filling is limited. But when we connect with nature using the methodology of Kabbalah, we acquire huge desires since we manage to embrace Infinity. I get fulfilled for the sake of fulfilling Him.

I receive to fulfill Him. For there is none besides Him. Where is money in the picture? It reflects various states between us. It is a huge screen that is placed between people. What do we pay to the Creator for immense pleasures He give us? Our payment is our intention to fulfill Him through accepting His gifts. All we can do is to repay Him with our positive attitude to Him.

In the future, money will work in reverse; it will be used for bestowal. We will share fulfillments with each other. We will fully invest in society, which will be the “bank” of mutual efforts to provide each other mutual guarantee. This kind of a bank is called the soul. In it, we will sense the Creator, mutually fulfilling each other endlessly.


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Psychologists Against Nature… And The Wisdom Of Kabbalah

Laitman_088In the News (Slon): “Science journalist Matthew Hutson describes in his article in the latest issue of Nautilus Publishing, how scientists have recognized that our ‘default mode’ – is rather selflessness, not selfishness. …

“Willingness person to cooperate with the other can be determined in an experiment called public-goods game… .

“After analyzing ten such experiments, in 2012, Harvard researchers Martin Novak and Joshua Greene found that in most cases people showed selflessness and evolved into a common fund, despite the risk of being left with less money (because you never know what the rest of the players will do). …

“Scientist David Rand from Yale demonstrates the same principle that, acting “from his heart,” man acts unselfishly. He conducted a meta-analysis of more than fifty studies on this topic and confirmed this conclusion. …

“The experiment, which Rand subjected their virtual heroes, was a sophisticated implementation of a prisoner’s dilemma. …

“Back in the 1980s, American political scientist Robert Axelrod, engaged in agent-based modeling, determined that the most probable strategy of behavior in the game, based on the scenario of this dilemma would be the so-called principle of “you give me, I tell you.” That is, everything will begin with cooperation between the prisoners, and all subsequent rounds will be based on the previous behavior of one of them (if one decides to betray the other, the latter will no longer shield him as he again did not make a step forward). …

“Rand also created a population of agents to look at the evolution of their behavior, with single or multiple rounds. In the case of a single round success agent promised a betrayal of his partner; in the case of multiple, it made sense to think about long-term cooperation with them. …

“In one of his other experiments Rand discovered another interesting trend in human behavior. During this experience, participants first played in the prisoner’s dilemma: one group participated in multiple rounds (where, respectively, cooperation prevailed), the other – in a single (in which betrayal often happened). This was followed by playing ‘the public goods game’ with them. It turned out that those who were in the dilemma of cooperating with others, in the second part, invested in the common fund of greater amounts.It turns out, according to Hutson, the norms of human behavior changed during the experiment. This shows that in a world where the pattern of behavior of ‘every man for himself’ (as, for example, it is customary in American corporate culture) is encouraged, it is possible to change the situation. For starters, you can at least introduce a system of incentives and mutual cooperation among employees. Selfless behavior strengthens as a strategy of behavior even in an uncertain situation (for example, when you do not know whether you can trust your partner completely), and as a result becomes the new norm… .”

My Comment: These opinions are completely contrary to the wisdom of Kabbalah, to common sense, and the experience of humanity.

In an exchange of letters between Einstein and Freud in 1932, Einstein asked Freud if there were any possibility of directing the development of human beings in such a way that they would be more resistant to psychoses of hatred and destruction?

Part of Freud’s reply to Einstein was “The organism preserves its own life, so to say, by destroying an extraneous one. … For our immediate purpose then, this much follows from what has been said: there is no use in trying to get rid of men’s aggressive inclinations. We are told that in certain happy regions of the earth, where nature provides in abundance everything that man requires, there are races whose life is passed in tranquillity and who know neither coercion nor aggression.I can scarcely believe it and I should be glad to hear more of these fortunate beings.” …

“Anything that encourages the growth of emotional ties between men must operate against war. These ties may be of two kinds. In the first place they may be relations resembling those towards a loved object, though without having a sexual aim. There is no need for psycho-analysis to be ashamed to speak of love in this connection, for religion itself uses the same words: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ This, however, is more easily said than done.”

Freud added, “Wars will only be prevented with certainty if mankind unites in setting up a central authority to which the right of giving judgement upon all conflicts of interest shall be handed over. … (S. Freud, “Why War”)

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New Life #515 – The Wisdom Of Kabbalah: God And I, Part 1

New Life #515 – The Wisdom Of Kabbalah: God And I–Part 1
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Everyone is looking for God, but He is hidden, so humanity has developed many methods of how to find Him. On the whole, however, everyone has his own God, which is a sublime value that a person sees as the goal of his life.


When the desire to discover the meaning of life awakens in a person, he aspires for a personal connection with the upper force and begins to feel that there is an upper force that he wants to hear, understand and perceive. If a person truly wants to discover the upper force, he reaches a teacher and the method for revealing Him, and then he learns that the upper force seems to tell him: Do you want to reveal Me? You have to change.

There are many teachers in the world who direct people to all kinds of God. Personally, I was attracted to the wisdom of Kabbalah. Kabbalah teaches a person that it is possible to discover the upper force only through the law of equivalence of form, by resembling Him.

The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches a person how to build the right connection with God without any fantasies or dreams. You simply discover that there is an upper force that controls everything and that everyone can get to know Him by changing his nature.
From KabTV’s “New Life #515 – The Wisdom Of Kabbalah: God And I–Part 1,” 2/5/15

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 07.17.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on the Topic: “Preparation for the Convention,” Lesson 1

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 6, Part 16, Item 110

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World”

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