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During the first few weeks in July, my articles were published in the following publications:
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Question: If everything that we get from the Creator is designed for our good and for correction, and everything negative is a change in the form of our desires, what must be “cleansed” from our lives?
Answer: The Creator throws an immense amount of “garbage” into our lives and we need to select the necessities from it and discard the rest. We must sort out what is good and what is bad, what is imperative and what is not imperative. This sorting makes us into a correct creature. Based on it, we understand how the Creator operates.
Before us is a pile of garbage in the form of so-called values: sports, movies, travel, power, wealth, etc. All these lure us so that we cannot differentiate good from bad, light from darkness, the logical from the illogical, and the purposeful from the empty.
If we sort everything correctly, we see that there is almost nothing left to choose from except our inner thoughts and feelings. All the external influences that we get, say through the television or computer screen, are essentially empty.
By separating the necessary from the unnecessary, we constantly choose so that these clarifications will ultimately reveal before us an immense mechanism, the immense system called the Creator.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/10/16
New Life #522 – From A New Society To A New Family
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
In the last decades we have gone through a dramatic change. Outbreaks, fights, and family conflicts have become commonplace.
The solution to problems in the family will be found only when we know where nature is leading us, what the law of equivalence of form is, and we equalize our form with Him. All of us must become one big family. When we build a new society, families will get along, there will be love, consideration, and reciprocity; everything that we want to be in the family we must create in society by ourselves.
In the society we are building, every person will begin the day with 15 minutes of watching something about corrected interpersonal relationships. After that at work, the day will begin with a connection workshop about the right relationships between people.
At the end of the day we will move on to a workshop that will prepare us to return home and how to act calmly and to relate to the members of the family at home. Nationwide social education processes like these will bring us to the feeling of a wonderful life; we will be in the clouds. This will heal our connections with the members of the family and co-workers and will also buy security for us.
The direction is: each one must see how he transcends his egoism to a higher life. So that each one will have the forces to relate to the family at home nicely, social support is needed. This future state will be called the next world, a corrected world in which the force of bestowal and love will prevail among us.
Without a nationwide process of social education, no family will succeed in contending with the growing egoism alone. The growing ego will bring every member of the family to close himself off in his own corner without any connection to the others. It is worthwhile conducting a family workshop: Let’s talk about what a good family is, what will let us make concessions, and so on….
Only the education of the people will bring education of the family. The direction is: All of us are friends; all of us are family.
From KabTV’s “New Life #522 – In Honor Of Family Day – From A New Society To A New Family,” 2/15/15
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Answer: Suffering moves us forward. Like we prod an animal in order for it to walk in the right direction, in the same way suffering awakens a person.
Once a person receives a shot in one of his desires (for food, sex, family, money, honor, or knowledge), he awakens to the external and internal action, meaning to change in order to eliminate the suffering and its source, or at least to move away from it, to sweeten it somehow.
Therefore, suffering performs a very important function; we would not be able to do anything without it. For example, I sit and speak feeling certain limitations, trying to behave so I won’t be ashamed, meaning this is the fifth type of suffering that infringes on my desire for honor. And my companion suffers from the desire to know what I will say; this is the sixth type of suffering.
Life would be impossible without suffering. Even electrons, molecules, and cells of our body that collide, merge, and divide also suffer from this.
Suffering is the basis for feeling. If there were no suffering, we wouldn’t feel anything. The only question is with what do we extinguish suffering? If, when suffering from hunger, I sit down for a meal, then I enjoy on the basis of the suffering that makes me hungry. The moment the suffering disappears, the appetite and the pleasure from the food also disappear.
Everything is based on suffering and it is essential in order to enjoy. The moment I am satiated, the enjoyment disappears; it is so with everything. A person who stops feeling suffering has lost desires, doesn’t feel any deficiency, and becomes indifferent and fades. This is real death. When we cease to desire, we die.
Therefore, we care so much that children will have strong and correctly aimed desires, and we stimulate them with gifts and punishments. Suffering is the foundation of our life. If there is no suffering, there is no life and no feeling. All is measured on this scale, from suffering to pleasure.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/23/16