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“We Have Lost The Fear Of Nuclear War”

laitman_228In the News ( “Alexei Arbatov : Alas, now really very few people can imagine a nuclear war. Within only the first few hours, 70-80 million would be killed – more than were killed in all the years of the Second World War! And then, within a few weeks the rest of the world would perish. This is what is shown by all the computer models.

“You’re right, there has been a very dangerous psychological shift: in the 25 years since the end of the Cold War, nuclear war as a real threat has been pushed out of people’s consciousness. …

“But the thing is that nuclear missiles are in fact still focused on the major cities of the potential enemy. In this sense, for 25 years, nothing has changed! The US and Russia have only a dozen other major cities. And the number of nuclear warheads each has still would be enough to erase the city to the ground, and even more than once. Think for yourself: a few dozen cities on each side and strategic nuclear weapons – about 1.5 thousand. And those 70-80 million killed in the first hours of a nuclear war – it is just the population of large cities and their hinterlands. The secondary effects – radioactive contamination, fires, the atmosphere filled with smoke – after a while would turn into a disaster for the rest of the world. …

“Therefore, neither the United States nor Russia has any chance of surviving in the event of full-scale nuclear exchange. This would also be the case for other nations, even those located somewhere in Africa or Asia. After all, the planet’s atmosphere would become opaque for many years, which would entail the collapse of all agriculture. And then, as they said during the Cold War, the survivors will envy the dead. They will die painfully in the dark from hunger and disease – in the radioactive ruins of what had recently been a civilization.”

My Comment: According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, if we don’t yearn to rein in our egoism through the discovery of the Creator in time, egoism will necessarily bring us to nuclear war. After all, there is no other way than the way of suffering, of egoism, or through the Light above the ego, above our nature, ascending above it to the characteristic of bestowal and connection.

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Legalizing Cannabis Will Bring Billions

laitman_249-01Comment: All over the world today, cannabis is being legalized. And now it is happening in London. It is expected that the country will gain a billion dollars for taxing the use of cannabis. In addition, they claim that legalizing cannabis will reduce crime and other negative repercussions.

Answer: Legalizing cannabis will calm people. When certain phenomena become so broad and reaches the people, it must be resolved. And to go against it is not realistic, simple, or wise.

Question: Then what kind of future awaits us?

Answer: Our future will be like a narcotic dream. Consumption of light drugs will be a partial medication for the state we are now entering. We experience strong pressure. We are in a huge crisis that has no solution on our level. Egoism devours itself like a snake that eats its tail. Nothing is left for us to do other than to calm and reduce it. Therefore, gradual restriction of the ego with relatively harmless drugs will be incented.

In addition, people who want to develop will aspire to attain upper spiritual goals and all the rest will remain in the same degree until the need arises in them.

We see that humanity naturally turns toward light drugs and antidepressants. They suppress their bad moods, elevate it a little with alcohol, football, and any means to kill their depression and somehow raise their spirits.

Question: According to your words, you seemingly call all the passions of this world “drugs.”

Answer: I don’t know where the line is here. In principle, a person needs to determine the limit him or herself, as long as it doesn’t harm others. Also, everything depends on his education and upbringing. If we begin to engage in education, then we will be able to reorganize the structure of relations of the global population in the best form where people will put themselves in certain frameworks and see a higher purpose; they will discern how to reach it and where to get calming influences.

Today, humanity is still not able to do without drugs. People cannot live with a goal that is still not revealed to them. They don’t understand that access to the upper state is now being opened before them. So they don’t do anything but something to extinguish the hopelessness.

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The Best Profession For Spiritual Success

laitman_628_2Question: Is the wisdom of Kabbalah opposed to having a job?

Answer: No way. A person must work even if he has no need for money. Regarding a profession, I would recommend to a person who wants to be a Kabbalist to choose work that doesn’t require a lot of thinking, rather than becoming a doctor, for example. A doctor will be inundated by work, even being called at night. Although he will certainly make a much lower salary than a doctor, he will be more relaxed and have time for the development of the soul.

Comment: But there are many doctors and programmers who study with us….

Answer: Everything is relative. A person that is devoted to spiritual work cannot dedicate his time to becoming well known in a profession because his thoughts will be completely focused on spiritual attainment. His focus will no longer be directed to the development, inventions, and visions of a demanding profession.

Question: Did your inclination toward science and involvement with cybernetics help you in learning the wisdom of Kabbalah, or did it only get in the way?

Answer: When I finished my studies, I worked as a junior researcher in an institute for blood transfusion. This was long before I started studying the wisdom of Kabbalah. I immigrated to Israel only after finishing my master’s degree. So, all of this belongs to my past—I left all of it behind. Since then, I have not been involved with cybernetics; I only remember particular fundamentals that help me to teach the wisdom of Kabbalah, because cybernetics is a science that concerns the governance of life and the wisdom of Kabbalah also concerns the governance of life, but on a higher level.

I learned cybernetics in order to fill an empty void within me. I thought nothing was more interesting than a theory about managing life, describing how life is created, how it behaves, where it comes from, what it is for, and why. As a student, I gradually understood what was written in those books and what they deal with, so I became interested. But when I finished my studies, all of the romance in this context “evaporated.”
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/10/16

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The Hidden Wisdom – The Science Of Intentions

Laitman_083Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 7:26: Nor should you bring an abomination into your house, lest you are to be destroyed like it, but you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is to be destroyed.

“Bring into your house” means to bring it into your desires and into your heart. Beware that your mistakes and impure desires won’t become habitual to you. Try to stay above them and to control yourself all the time.

After all, what is the difference between a pure and impure person? Only the intentions are different. He kills, curses, hangs, destroys, burns, and rapes, he does everything that we can imagine as the most terrible acts, but does so only for the benefit of others.

It is unclear. But here we mean that all this is done inside a person over his desires. Naturally, such a person can’t harm others externally; he can’t kill, rob, or rape them.

However, it needs to be said that there are many actions that don’t harm others but with which we allegedly can’t agree. He performs them the same way from both pure and impure sides, but we can’t figure this out. Therefore, Kabbalah is called a hidden wisdom because it talks about things that are not visible to others, about a person’s intentions.

Comment: Let’s say there is an ordinary looking person in front of us, but inside him are wars, violence, and murders.

Answer: Yes, but not only that. Even outwardly he can be very abrupt. The problem is that his internal actions are hidden from others.

Question: For example, you told us that your teacher Rabash once said to you, “I was everything.” And for people around him he looked like an innocent person. Is this what he had in mind?

Answer: Yes. Kabbalists go through absolutely everything within themselves.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/27/16

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“You Shall Not Covet The Silver Or Gold, Lest You Be Ensnared By It”

laitman_527_01Torah, “Deuteronomy,” 7:25: The graven images of their gods you will burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is upon them and take it for yourself, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord, your God.

Silver represents the quality of bestowal, and gold represents to bestow in order to receive. Like in the pure vessels—that is, the vessels of bestowal—we have a small state, the Light of Hassadim, and a big state, the Light of Hochma, and in the impure desires (Kelim, vessels), there are the same states.

Question: What does it mean to be ensnared by coveting the silver and gold statues of gods?

Answer: As soon as you begin to work with the attributes of bestowal, you can get into states where you are welcomed, rewarded, and praised, and you will sell yourself for it. While feeling yourself allegedly in the quality of bestowal, you, in fact, are ensnared.

This also happens in our world. For example, as soon as a politician achieves some sort of a position, he immediately ceases to think about others and cares only about himself.

Before his appointment, he shouts that he stands for the welfare of women and children, for equality, for special benefits, laws, and so on. Having achieved a seat in parliament, he does the opposite, he votes against the things he fought for. After all, if this is realized, how will he advertise himself in the future? How will he win over his voters?

In other words, in the government, he must work against his promises so that he will have an opportunity to use them in the next election.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/27/16

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New Life #327 – Violence In Society, Part 2

New Life #327 – Violence In Society, Part 2
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe


Why is the tendency toward violence increasing in society in spite of the education that is given in schools, and how is it possible to treat the root of the phenomenon and lead a person to feel love toward others?

From generation to generation egoism evolves and aggressiveness increases. A person doesn’t understand why others exist at all. If I don’t receive satisfaction somewhere, I cannot wait and violence erupts. If once there was shame in being violent and powerful, today this is a norm; there is no shame about anything. A person cannot hear criticism, doesn’t agree with it, and immediately erupts with violence.

We don’t know how to build a proper system of relationships with the environment so that we enjoy each interacting.

Violence is a result of the lack of social education; it should begin from infancy and continue throughout life. Today, education is not carrying out a treatment of the root of the human ego. Instead it just tries to limit outbreaks. Adults require children to behave nicely, but behave violently themselves.

We need to do some soul-searching. Our society is sick, dominated by interests that don’t want correction. The internal cancer that is eating us is human egoism. We need to discover it and begin treatment.

Internal change comes from the study of human nature and developing the ability to use the ego correctly in relationships with others. Society will improve only when the individuals that compose it, the people, will change for the better.

The study is carried out in a circle, in a group, through building a good environment and correct communication between people.

Today someone with violent behavior is blamed, but the truth is that those who educated him should be blamed.

Correction is not through overcoming the violent impulses that are in me, but to reach a state where they are not aroused. It is not fear of punishment that is required to suppress violence; rather, it is the development of an attitude of love for others.

The correction of our situation depends on using the wisdom of connection that is being revealed today to move us forward.
From KabTV’s “New Life #327 – Violence In Society, Part 2,” 3/25/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 08.17.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Dargot HaSulam,” Article 468

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

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “A Handmaid that Is Heir to Her Mistress,” “Two Harms from Revealing Israel’s Wisdom to the Nations of the World” 

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